Our picks for local art events in June 2016
Inside | Out Block Party
June 11 at Shadyside Park in Kenmore, 9 am
Take a free trolley ride through Akron Art Museum’s Inside|Out Art exhibit that has been displayed throughout Kenmore. A museum docent will ride along to explain the displays. Seating is limited, so show up early!
June 17 at 7:30 pm; June 18 at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm at Akron Civic Theatre
A 60-plus member cast and crew of students from all around Summit County will host the 5th annual All-City Musical, this year featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The musical is based on the 1991 animated film. There will be three performances, and tickets start at $10. They can be purchased at akroncivic.com or at the theatre box office.
Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Myopia”
Now through Aug. 28 at Akron Art Museum
Akron native Mark Mothersbaugh presents “Myopia,” a collection of drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music. Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the band DEVO, has been making art for the last 40 years. Tickets for the exhibit are available at the art museum.
June 22 at Bit Factory, 6 pm to 9 pm
Crafty Mart is hosting a new series of entrepreneurial workshops for local makers. Here, business owners can share knowledge and resources on various entrepreneurial topics for developing and promoting small, but visionary businesses and hobbies. Tickets are $20 and are available at craftymart.org/the-maker-sessions/. Tickets include snacks and Thirsty Dog brews.
Into the Mold
June 25 at Firestone Park Community Center, 7 pm
Directed and co-written by Katie Beck, “Into the Mold,” is a play inspired by Firestone Park’s rich history with a modern twist. There are no tickets, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds will help fund Beck’s Knight Arts Challenge project Nepali Applause.
June 2 through June 26 at Weathervane Playhouse, time varies
Spamalot is a musical based off of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Directed by Dave Stebbins, the musical features the adventures of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased at weathervaneplayhouse.com.
Neighborhood Art Celebration
June 7 at Northwest Family Recreation Center, 1730 Shatto Ave, 6 pm to 8:30 pm
The Neighborhood Art Celebration is an opportunity for communities to embrace their local artists. This time, we’re partying with Ward 8. This event is free to the public.
June 15 at Summit Artspace, 5:30 pm to 9 pm
Arts Alive! honors outstanding artists, arts leaders and arts supporters who give their time and talent to enriching Akron’s creative community. Also returning to the biannual event is the Out-of-the-Box auction and exhibition. Reserve tickets now through June 12 at summitartspace.org.
Hope Will Never Be Silent: A Compassionate Response to the Heroin Crisis
June 11 at Akron Civic Theatre Club, 8 pm
We spoke with Akron native Tessa Gaffney about her presentation of “Hope Will Never be Silent,” a play that takes a compassionate look at the Heroin epidemic that affects so many people.
Sophie Hamad: How did you get involved with this event?
Tessa Gaffney: I had done another cabaret-type performance – also called “Hope Will Never Be Silent,” although it was about gay rights at that time – at the Interbelt a couple years ago. When I started working at the Civic in March, Howard Parr, the executive director, asked me if I would like to perform it on their stage. After talking to the cast, my best friend and I decided that this issue was more urgent right here, right now.
SH: Why is the heroin epidemic important to you personally?
TG: My best friend has shouldered the weight of addiction in her family for as long as I’ve known her – a lucky 11 years. In the last year alone, we have seen heroin claim the lives of old classmates, coworkers, and friends and we just didn’t know what else to do.
SH: What is the goal of this event? What do you hope it will accomplish?
TG: I hope it starts a conversation about how to combat the heroin epidemic in Akron and beyond. I hope it provides those with no experience with addiction a deeper understanding of what it’s actually like. I hope it reminds those who are struggling that they are not alone. I hope it strives toward something better than mere existence.
“Hope Will Never Be Silent” will be hosted in a cabaret setting where the actors and the audience are on the Civic stage together. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at akroncivic.com.