Off the Clock: Things to do in and around Akron

Off the Clock: Things to do in and around Akron


Artist Talk: Bruce Checefsky

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24; Akron Art Museum, 1 S. Main St., Akron.

Bruce Checefsky — an artist whose work is spotlighted in the museum’s “Serial Intent” exhibition, which features series of works in pop art prints, photographs and more — will talk about the process behind his “Garden” series of pieces and give a demonstration in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

This event is free.

Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival

Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 24-26; various venues in downtown Akron.

This is the second year for the celebration of jazz and blues that will take place all over downtown Akron at venues including Blu Jazz+, Lock 3 Park, Nightlight Cinema, Musica, the Akron Art Museum and more. The fest kicks off with a Jam Fest on Thursday night at Blu Jazz+ and continues with a slew of performances, including a full day of festival fun (kids activities, vendors, etc.) on Saturday. Artists include Joey DeFranceso, Victor Provost and James Johnson III. Check out the fest’s website for details, times and a full schedule.

Events are free.

Akron Pokemon Go

10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, through 6 p.m. Sunday, 27; downtown Akron.

Spend some time this weekend chasing Pokemons around downtown Akron. OK, they are not real critters, but virtual ones as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation teams up with Pokemon Go publisher Niantic Inc. for the weekend event. The goal is to get residents, University of Akron students and visitors to connect with the downtown area. The event, which coincides with UA freshman orientation, is incorporating some-real world things, too: activities, musicians, free charging stations and more.

This event is free.

Rock the Lock

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25; Lock 3 Park, 200 S. Main St., Akron.

This week’s tribute act channels David Bowie as “David Brighton’s Space Oddity: The Ultimate David Bowie Experience” gets top billing. Brighton has been doing musical impersonations since 2001 and even performed once with Bowie, who died in 2016. Mo’ Mojo opens.

This event is free.

‘Dave Made a Maze’

Various times through Thursday, Aug. 31; Nightlight Cinema, 30 N. High St., Akron.

This unique indie film by director and Cleveland native Bill Watterson is receiving some rave reviews. Dave, an artist who can’t seem to finish any project he starts in his career, manages to build — and finish — a cardboard-box maze in his living room. But that’s where the trouble starts as he and his friends get trapped inside the maze’s supernatural world. How does one recent review in The Arizona Republic describe the film? ” ‘Weird’ is one word for it, and it certainly applies. But so does ‘creative,’ ‘inventive,’ ‘compelling’ and, finally, ‘good.’ ”

Tickets range from $7 to $9.

Akron Pride Festival

Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; Hardesty Park, 1615 W. market St., Akron.

Akron Pride’s mission is to “unify and affirm the LGBTQ community and allies in celebrating our diversity and recognizing our likeness. We will promote acceptance of all individuals by defending human equity.” The inaugural event kicks off with a Equality March, which will step off at 11 a.m. in Highland Square and process to Hardesty Park. There, festivities will include live music by Martha Wash, food and art vendors, street performers, a kids zone and carnival games.

This event is free.

Wild for Wine

6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26; Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Way, Akron.

Wine lovers, it’s your turn to check out the animals. The Akron Zoo is hosting its first wine-tasting event, with six local wineries — Barrel Run Crossing Winery and Vineyards, Filia Cellars, Maize Valley Winery, NautiVine Winery, Troutman Vineyards and Wolf Creek Winery — offering their products. Square Scullery will prepare appetizers to pair with the wine offerings. The event also will feature live painting demonstrations.

Tickets range from $45 to $50 and are available online. Designated driver tickets range from $25 to $30.

Fall Hiking Spree Kickoff

Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27; Liberty Park Nature Center, 3973 E. Aurora Road, Twinsburg.

Get a head start on the 54th annual Fall Hiking Spree at this kickoff celebration. A naturalist and mascots will be on hand, and hiking forms will be available, as well as Fall Hiking Spree T-shirts for purchase. The spree requires participants to hike at least eight designated trails by Nov. 30 . At the end of all that walking are some cool rewards in the form of walking staffs (first-year hikers) and shields.

This event is free.

John Mayer

7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30; Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls.

Grammy winner John Mayer is coming back to down, this time singing his own stuff instead of fronting the Dead & Company, as he did earlier this summer. Known for hits “Your Body is a Wonderland” and “Daughters,” among other, Mayer is touring behind his latest album, “The Search for Everything,” released in April.

Tickets range from $36 to $125 and are available online.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30; Goodyear Theater, 1201 E. Market St., Akron.

Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-By Truckers, brings his unique, pure sound — which stretches across genres, from folk and country to rock — to the fantastically intimate Goodyear Theater. The singer-songwriter and his band are touring behind his latest album, “The Nashville Sound.” A recent review in the New York Daily News said, “Isbell (and more specifically, Isbell’s voice) anchored a set that was low on spectacle, but filled with moments that made you shake your head in disbelief.”

Tickets range from $30 to $85 and are available online.


Published at Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:00:00 +0000