Our picks for the 12 best choices you can make this month

03/29/2018

Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8

Reservoir Park Paintscape Party

Reservoir Park, 1735 Hillside Terrace

1-5pm

Free

AtPlay Akron hosts a collaborative celebration of Akron’s “Journey of Water,” featuring collaborative murals, live music, history and games. Help transform Reservoir Park into a more colorful, comfortable and family friendly environment for the summer!

Atplayakron.com

 

Friday, April 13

Bounce Innovation Hub open house
526 S Main St, Akron

5-8 pm

FREE (register at Eventbrite)

You don’t have to be the CEO of a tech startup to benefit from Bounce, or to be curious about the changes that have been made to the incubator formerly known as the Akron Global Business Accelerator. Tour the facility, meet the leadership and staff then hear from Mayor Dan Horrigan, all while munching on local grub on the progressive dinner. Plus, real virtual goodness provided by New Territories VR Arcade. To register, visit devilst.rip/BounceOpen

 

Saturday, April 14

4th Annual Rubber City Beer Fest

Lock 3 Park, 200 S Main St

3pm

Admission: $40 advance, $45 at the door if available

Over 40 Ohio breweries will be in attendance, offering beer, mead, cider and even kombucha. The event will take place in two halls, with outdoor access to food trucks and a live music tent. You get 20 – 2oz. beer tasting tickets for the admission price, plus a Souvenir Taster. Growler fills will be available for $10 from 6:30-7pm, based on available beer. Lock 3 will have empty growlers for $5 or you can bring your own clean and empty growler. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include a bottle of water. This event is 21 and older, and IDs are checked at the door. facebook.com/rubbercitybeerfest

 

VOV Hyper fundraiser show for Voice of the Valley Noise Rally

Hive Mind, 375 W Exchange St

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm

Admission: $10

This show is to help fund the 10th anniversary of the Voice of the Valley Noise Rally. Music and art by Marcia Custer, Eeny, Contamination Diet, Actual Form, Slump Lapse, DJ Marc Lansley, Gov Naim and Scare Words. Hive Mind is a safe space and does not tolerate any forms of bigotry or violence. Show is all ages, but you can BYOB. Hive mind checks ID at the door.

Hivemindoh.org

 

Tuesday, April 17

Women’s Studies Presents Tarana Burke

The University of Akron, Student Union Ballroom

7pm

Free

Hear from one of TIME Magazine’s ‘Silence Breakers,’ Tarana Burke. Tarana is out to assist survivors of sexual assault and end sexual violence. She is also the founder of the #MeToo Movement which hears out the thousands of those who have been victims of sexual assault and puts back the focus on survivors.

uakron.edu/ws

 

Thursday, April 19

Victoria Rogers, Knight Foundation VP of Arts

Akron Roundtable luncheon sponsored by Akron Art Museum

Quaker Station, The University of Akron

Noon

$25 (includes lunch)

Last year, Victoria Rogers oversaw funding for 17 Akron arts projects that total nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from the Knight Foundation. She’ll be speaking about why the Knight Foundation works with partners who create or present art that engages, educates and delights residents in ways that reflect the rich diversity and identity of Akron. Her talk is titled “To Borrow a Phrase from the NEA – ‘Art Works.’” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit akronroundtable.org.

 

Thursday, April 19 to Sunday, April 22

“Columbinus”

Citizens Akron Church, 647 E Market St

Thurs-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 6pm

Admission: $12

Galamac Productions presents Jeremy A. Clarke and Omar Mack’s production of the all too timely play “Columbinus,” by the United States Theatre project, written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch, conceived by PJ Paparelli. A longtime dream project for the creative team, the production will honor the original play which was developed following the Columbine High School massacre of 1999 in Littleton, Colorado based on records, transcripts, police records, and interviews from the community. Following recent events in America, now seems like the perfect time to re-examine a dialogue of high school adolescence, mental health, and safety, while also looking at how grief affects a community and the power of knowing the truth in the event of a tragedy.

nationalcompassionfund.org

 

Friday, April 20

2018 Drag Battle presented by Akron Pride Festival
Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S Main St

8-11pm
$15
Pride season kicks off in downtown Akron as 15 drag queens fight heel-to-heel for the Miss Akron Pride Festival crown, featuring the Mistress of Ceremonies, Raven, from her appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul Drag U and All-Stars. Judges will be evaluating costume design, runway lip sync and even crowd following as contestants take questions from the panel. The queen who takes the crown will also perform and emcee at the Akron Pride Festival on August 25 in Hardesty Park. This unique evening of glitz, glam and lots of laughs supports the Akron Pride Festival. To purchase tickets, visit devilst.rip/DragBattle

 

Saturday, April 21

Summit Lake Cleanup

Reach Community Center, 390 W Crosier St (Registration and kick-off)

9am

Free

Join Keep Akron Beautiful and some of the hardest working volunteers in Akron to help clean up Summit Lake. Last year, 239 volunteers removed an impressive five and a half tons of litter and 18 tires in only three hours! Help make 2018 the biggest clean up yet. To register, fill out this form and write “Summit Lake” under clean up location: keepakronbeautiful.org/clean-up-akron-month.

 

The Mom and Pop Shoppe by Crafty Mart

Akron Art Museum, 1 S High St

11am

Free

Back in time for Mother’s Day, Crafty Mart’s annual spring show features handmade goods by local vendors. Pick up some gifts for the mothers in your life, or just show up and show support for this staple Akron craft fair.

Craftymart.org

 

Tuesday, April 24

Urban Troubadour – Blutique Sneak Peek

Uncorked Wine Bar, 22 N High St

6pm

Admission $53.74

The event begins with pre-concert wine and small bites at Uncorked Wine Bar, followed by the 7:30 concert in the United Building for a sneak preview of downtown’s new Blutique Hotel with Jane Berkner on flute, Stephen Aron on guitar, Michael Strauss on viola and Ann Gilbert on string bass. After concert with piano and jazz vocals begins at Chill ice cream parlor at 9pm.

urbantroubadour.org

 

Thursday, April 26

Jilly’s Jam

Jilly’s Music Room

11 N Main St, Akron

8-11pm

FREE

This open mic jam is hosted by long-time Akron music scenesters Jen Maurer (Mo’ Mojo) and Mike Lenz (Rubber City All-Stars), but despite their extensive chops, musicians at any level of experience are welcome — just as long as you bring your instrument and your voice. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 pm. Full backline is provided.

jillysmusicroom.com

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