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Sockhop Bloody Sockhop: Survivor Girl's rockin' retro costume party (Page 20)

Presidential Politics: A look at Scott Scarborough's surprising political past (Page 30)

A Day in the Life of Professional Haunter, Ryan Cunningham (Page 21)

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The last day of this September felt like my whole past year in microcosm.

After the Knight kickoff but before calling sources about new stories out of the University of Akron, I went to Aladdin’s to meet another editorial team. This was one with our I was no longer the weird, brilliant Arts section editors: Bronlynn, Noor nervous guy alone at the and Megan. (Our Music & Entertainment back of the room, sipping editors—Jenny, Mackenzie and Brittany—are his first ever scotch and doubting whether he equally badass.) The conversation wandered. should submit any of his terrible ideas to the Knight It was fun. I was reminded, “Oh yeah. Cities Challenge. Instead, a year later, I was at the You really like this thing you’re doing and front, addressing the audience and then getting you like this people a lot.” I walked home punked by Roger Riddle, one of my best friends carrying a take-out slice of cheesecake, just in the world—a man who was only standing next trying to breathe in what was left of the day to me because he’d moved to Akron to help me from the vapors cooling in the moonlight. I run Unbox Akron, one of the 30-something ideas really love this place. funded by the Knight Foundation. Definitely didn’t see any of that coming. Nor did I imagine how, earlier that day, Riddle and I would have been on a two-hour tour of Akron Children’s with its CEO Bill Considine. As a parent, I am as grateful that such a facility exists as I am hopeful to only ever see it as a visitor. I left that experience trying to figure out how I can be Bill Considine when I grow up.

Parting thoughts…

After reading through the 540+ submissions made When she and I met, about eight years ago, I was to the Akron Knight Arts Challenge, I haven’t a chain-smoking drunk surviving on a diet that stopped thinking about what could happen if we was 85 percent gas station-based. And still, she can connect people who have ideas that overlap saw something in me that I hadn’t, which gave with others. Case in point, there must have been me enough of a glimpse at it to want to pursue it. two (maybe three) dozen “Let’s open an arts/music/ Now, everything I do, for better or worse, is some To get to Children’s on time, I had to rush out of culture center for kids” variations. While parts of effort to live up to our vows, to become the man Akron Family Restaurant where I was meeting with these submissions are being done already—the she sees when she looks at me. Sophie, Jessica, Katie and Ilenia, the four amazing Summit Artspace, at ACAMP next to Cadillac Hill, women who are leading our Community & Culture or with smart Studios—that doesn’t mean the I may never get there. Lord knows I struggle to section as we install our first editorial team. Most of ideas are bad ones. If only they could all figure out even be halfway presentable (i.e. – “showered”) our editors have been part of The Devil Strip since a way to collaborate… most days. This, I know, is both my best shot at the beginning, or damn near it, and now, they’re keeping her in my life and the best I can to deserve steering the ship. This means we’ll get even better the love she gives. Without getting any mushier, by even quicker. You should know, they’re doing it far the biggest sacrifice I’ve made to publish this because they love the city of Akron and the people magazine is the time I could be spending with my who make it unique. bride. If you’ve ever met her, you know what I’ve My wife is way out of my league. She’s wicked been giving up. I skipped lunch to visit The Tangier and Renaissance smart and undeniably kind and surprisingly funny Artisan Distillery, and afterwards worked briefly on and inexplicably patient, not to mention smoking Heather, I love you. Happy anniversary, sweetheart. what I’d say at the Knight Cities Challenge kickoff. hot. But that’s not what makes her too good for me. That morning, I got up and at ‘em at 2:30 because I’d be away from my laptop all day and needed to knock some stuff off my to-do list. As the day started to wear on me, I remembered what it was like a year earlier when I routinely woke up at 2:30 The cover art this week was submitted by Alexander Poholski as part of am because it was the only way I could get to work the Kickstarter Art Project for Newspaper Box Awesomeness, which in Cleveland on time. you may have noticed has been in limbo all summer. (The vinyl

It’s our anniversary…


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It’s been nearly a year since I quit. I was certain I was going to try this but radically uncertain how it’d go. I told myself (and my wife) we’d give it a couple months. Then a couple more. We keep sticking it out a little longer. Well, we aren’t rolling in dough—what is this dough you speak of?—but even as impatient as I am to arrive where I know we can go, it’s impossible to look back at how much has happened and think I’d rather be doing something else. This year, the sleeplessness is on my terms.

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wraps will be ordered soon and you'll FINALLY see these on these mean Akron streets in the very near future.) Working on this issue, I was reminded of Mr. Poholski's excellent work when I found out that certain high-ranking, six-figure earning officials at the University of Akron were unaware that the title of our humble magazine isn't Satanic in nature but rather our community's unique reference to the bit of government-owned, home owner-maintained grass that separates the sidewalk from the road. Then, of course, I saw how Dr. Scott Scarborough confused the titular "devil" with "angel," so as a public service, I figured it'd be good to clear that up.





AAA Cruise Show The Mutton Hill Quilt Show

Akron Symphony Presents Music of John Williams Saturday, October 10 at 7pm E.J. Thomas Hall The sounds of the cinema will come to life with The Music of John Williams. The concert will feature themes from Williams’s best-known scores, including Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The fun begins at 7:00 p.m. with a costume contest. Come dressed as your favorite characters from John Williams’s movies for a chance to win some great prizes. First place winner of the contest will receive a $100 Visa gift card, with second place winning a $50 Visa gift card. Additionally, all guests who don a costume from a Williams-scored movie will be entered in a drawing to win two tickets to the 12th Annual Halloween Charity Ball or the Akron Civic Theatre’s Masque of the Red Death. Maestro Christopher Wilkins will be the contest judge, so concertgoers should dress to impress.

these heated rivals in recent times. The winner goes on to play in the Confederations Cup in 2017 in Russia. The losers stay home. Join the Akron chapter of the American Outlaws at Ray's Pub to chant, sing, and cheer on the Yanks!

UP for Debate: Akron Saturday, October 17 from 10 am-5 pm (location tba) The Jefferson Center is hosting another event on Saturday, October 17, this time convening 18 young Akronites to help develop the framework for meaningful, mutual engagement between the City of Akron and local millennials. Participants will be randomly selected to reflect the diversity and creativity of Akron’s under-35 population. All participants will be paid a $75 stipend for their time, plus reimbursement for travel and childcare expenses. Sign up and more info available at

Grape & Granery's Home Beginning Beer Brewing Class

Akron American Outlaws USA vs Mexico Watch Party Saturday, October 10 at 9:30pm Ray's Pub 816 W. Market Square, Akron The United States Men's National Team takes on rivals, Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup. After a disappointing finish for the USMNT in this year's Gold Cup tournament, there is a lot on the line for this match. This match has the potential to be one of the most exciting games we've seen between


Saturday, October 17 from 2 – 4:30pm Grape & Granery 915 Home Ave, Akron Ever wanted to brew your own beer? Well, this is the event for you! In this beginner/intermediate brewing class, you will discuss the flavor and aroma of various malts and hops. You will also learn indepth information on yeast and yeast culturing. The instructors will demonstrate the intermediate beer brewing process and how to properly sanitize your brewing equipment. You will learn everything you need to get setup, start brewing, and make your spouse mad that you are taking up more room with a new hobby. But hey, you'll know how to properly use a hydrometer so that more than makes up for that little spat. No beer samples will be given due to current Ohio liquor laws. The class is $10. Call 330633-7223 to make reservations for the class.

Saturday, October 17, 11-7pm and Sunday, October 18, 11-5pm John S. Knight Center 77 E. Mill St, Downtown Akron The fiber arts are on and poppin'. New generations of crafters are picking up the needle and thread and joining the ranks quilters all over the nation. Quilting isn't just a state fair business anymore. The Mutton Hill Quilt Show is sponsored by the Summit County Historical Society, and is Ohio's largest judged quilt show. There will be more than 200 antique and contemporary quilts on display, many of which will be judged by recognized quilting authorities. There will also be quilting vendors, scissor sharpening services, and guest speakers discussing a variety of quilting topics. Get inspired for your next project. Admission is $10. Group rates are available.

Saturday, October 24 from 10am – 2pm AAA Travel 111 W. Center St., Downtown Akron We've all been there. It's past time to get away from reality for a little while. You deserve a vacation and AAA is ready to help you plan it. Celebrate AAA Travel’s Cruise Month with refreshments, entertainment, booths, information and presentations from AAA- preferred cruise line representatives. AAA Travel agents will be on hand to advise and help make your dream cruise a reality! Free and open to the public. For information call 330-762-0631.

UA Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular Sunday, October 25 at 4 pm First Congregational Church (292 East Market St., Akron) Come in costume – the musicians will be! Cider and donuts to follow in the church fellowship hall, with prizes for best costume. The event is free to attend but an offering will be taken to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. 330-972-8301 or

Countryside presents: Women, Wine, and Whey – A Celebration of Women in Agriculture "The Subject of Parafiction” Lecture by Professor Carrie Lambert-Beatty Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 pm Akron Art Museum Parafictional art presents fiction as fact. Carrie Lambert-Beatty is a Harvard professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the author of “Being Watched: Yvonne Rainer and the 1960s” as well as the essay “MakeBelieve: Parafiction and Plausibility” in October magazine. What do we learn about ourselves and the world around us when we fall for a carefully constructed deception in our encounter with art? From imagined art projects to invented historical figures, from non-existent supermarkets to ersatz archives, from faux advertising campaigns to bold fictionalizations of historical events--this new genre of artistic strategies has gained the name of "parafiction," or the type of art that seamlessly weaves reality and fiction together.

Wednesday, October 28, at 6pm Winery at Wolf Creek 2637 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Barberton DO THE LADIES RUN THIS MUTHA FOR YA? HELL YEAH!! The most popular Countryside Chix event returns for a night of exploring the tastes and pleasures of wine and cheese pairing. Wine maker Carrie Bonvallet of Wolf Creek and cheese artisan Abbe Turner of Lucky Penny Creamery will team up for this master class for your taste buds. The evening begins with a guided tour, through the vineyard and the wine cellar. Then we gather in Great Room to enjoy five unique wine and cheese pairings, and listen to these amazing women in agriculture as they lead a fascinating discussion about how to taste each pairing. You'll also learn what you should be looking for in your wine and cheese selections, and what to consider when shopping for your upcoming holiday parties. Admission is $40 and net proceeds benefit Countryside Concervancy.

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Hot Black Coffee : A 'Twin Peaks' Portrait Painting pARTy on Oct. 27 at Musica from 7-9 pm

Three musical brothers honor their grandma by launching a fund for minority artists (page 11)

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Gothic Fiction Comes to Life at

The Masque OF THE Red Death

Civic Theatre Presents Macabre Masked Ball Halloween Night by Brittany Nader

Ballin’ Makes Me Feel Good

An Akron Halloween tradition that’s about having fun and helping others

HALLOWEEN CHARITY BALL Friday, October 30 at 8 pm to midnight The Tangier (532 W. Market Street, Akron) Tickets: $50 (advance) to $100 (VIP) On Halloween night, Akronites will be tricking and treating, drinking and dancing, all while transformed into monsters or heroes that disguise their identity and allow them to adopt the mischievous spirit of the evening. Inside the walls of the grandiose Akron Civic Theatre, masked patrons will participate in the haunted splendor of the evening in the style of Edgar Allen Poe. The historic theater, too, will disguise itself as Prince Prospero’s castle for the 6th annual Masque of the Red Death masquerade ball. In Poe’s famous short story, the aforementioned royal character throws a similar party, during which he encounters a mysterious stranger in a blackened room illuminated by a deep blood-red glow. The figure is revealed to be the embodiment of the Red Death, a gruesome plague that consumes the partygoers, ending the tale in a rather morbid fashion. The Gothic tone of the story is the inspiration for the local macabre event taking place Oct. 31, with enchanting costumes, music and beguiling delights arranged to recreate Prince Prospero’s evening of decadence. At 8 p.m., guests will arrive at the event, treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the sounds of Balkan-Gypsy blues from The Help and The Hands in the Grand Lobby. As attendees make their way through the mezzanine, they will be greeted by a “gypsy trail” of psychics ready to read guests’ fortunes or fates. Magicians, henna tattoo artists and dancers will be on site, transforming the theater into a carnival of haunts and enchantment. Dancing on the illustrious Civic stage will begin at 9 p.m., and a special activity will take place throughout the evening, sending guests on a scavenger hunt to reveal the identity of the Red Death character. Attendees will adopt the roles of amateur detectives as they gather clues throughout


the venue until the clock strikes midnight and the culprit is revealed on the theater’s stage. “This event is unmatched,” says Val Renner, media and public relations director at the Akron Civic Theatre. “Tortured souls are transported into the story of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Masque of the Red Death.’ The characters of Prince Prospero’s world draw you into the fantasy that awaits you.” While area bars, clubs and neighborhoods will be electrified by costumed tricksters of all ages on this particular night, the theater will serve as an opulent alternative to the Halloween festivities most are familiar with. The masked ball will take attendees into a different era, one rich with fanciful dress, sounds, sights and spooks. Part murder mystery dinner, part swanky soiree, The Masque of the Red Death is a night to cloak your identity and adopt the persona of a storied noble or even a cryptic apparition. It’s a night of fantasy and darkness, an escape from modern life and an entrance into a Romantic horror tale full of thrilling twists and turns.

Proceeds benefit two charities, the Empowering Scholars Project and Life Is Good No Matter What. You and your friends want to do something cool. Something big. Something good. What if you could help more than 600 people have a blast and raise $25,000 in the process? That’s what four local women started doing in their 20s and now the event— the Annual Halloween Charity Ball—is in its 12th year. The goal is to donate $35,000 to charity and get 700 people to come out and throw down. Two of the original organizers, Getta Cornici and Samantha Coldwell, say the ball has helped collect over $200,000 for local nonprofits, including last year’s beneficiaries the Victims’ Assistance Program and Akron Rotary Camp. All from throwing a kickass party, the biggest Halloween bash in Northeast Ohio.

The ball, in its fifth year at The Tangier, starts at 8 pm and runs until midnight. People arrive all dressed up to vie for prizes in the costume contest, which is the evening’s tent-pole event. This year features a few changes, like four categories (Best Girl, Best Guy, Best Couple and Best Group) in which judges pick a top three who then face off with the crowd making the final decision. The category winners take home $100 and the Best in Show gets $500. Don’t feel like competing? No problem. Between the open bar and live DJ, you’ll no doubt become a dance, dance, dance, dancin’ machine an open bar.

The event, reserved for adults 21 years of age and older, costs $75 per guest. Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Theatre’s box office, Ticketmaster or at the door. Formal attire is required. 12th Annual

Tickets ($50 pre-sale/$60 at the door) include the DJ dance party, open bar, hors d’oeuvres and admission into the main ballroom. The VIP package ($100) includes all that, plus admission to private lounge with premium liquor, choice hors d’oeuvres, private seating and special performance by Roxxymoron. Thing is, you must be 21+ and you’ll need your photo ID to prove it.

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Dracula Opens Oct 1 at Weathervane Playhouse ($22) 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula in this action-packed, blood-soaked, thrilling, chilling retelling of the classic tale of horror!

Four Nights of Fulci Oct 9, 10, 16, 17 at Nightlight Cinema ($8.50) 30 N High St, Akron Catch four of “Godfather of Gore” Lucio Fulci’s best movies on the big screen at Nightlight! Featuring “The House by the Cemetery,” “Zombie,” “City of the Living Dead,” and “The Beyond,” all sure to scare and disgust you (but in the best way possible). Mugs for Recovery: Sharing the Journey Through Clay Starts Oct 9 at Zeber-Martell Clay Studio & Gallery (FREE) 43 Furnace St, Akron Participants from local recovery organizations, including AA Support Groups, Oriana House, and Community Support Services worked with Michael Martell and Claudia Zeber-Martell to decorate mugs representing their journey from addiction. A silent auction will be held on Friday, Oct 9, and all proceeds will benefit 91.3 The Summit’s Rock for Recovery. Mugs will remain on display through Oct 17. Boo at the Zoo Starts Oct 10 at Akron Zoo ($10 trick or treaters, $7 observers) 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron Dress your little ghosts and goblins in their costumes for everyone's favorite non-scary Halloween event. Use your candy passport to find all of the treat stations at the zoo! Presale tickets are available at the Zoo and Acme stores.


Akron Craft Beer Festival 8pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($40) 182 S Main St, Akron 38 craft brewers and two mead makers offer more than 80 selections at the third annual Akron Craft Beer Festival! If you love beer, this event is one you won’t want to miss.

Murder in the Mansion Oct 15, 22, 30 at Stan Hywet ($36 for members, $45 nonmembers) 714 N Portage Path, Akron Suspects! Motives! Mystery! Costume Party! It’s an incredibly shocking evening experience. Another murder has taken place in the Manor House. Who is the murderer? What was the motive? Come and join the suspects to help figure out this whodunit. This interactive evening concludes with light refreshments and sweet treats in the Manor House Auditorium where all will be revealed. Guests are invited to join our Costume Party theme and dress up to this event. Costumes are optional.

Katt Williams 8pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($47) 182 S Main St, Akron Katt Williams started his comedy career in his hometown of Cincinnati before his breakout role on Nick Cannon’s MTV improv show, “Wild n’ Out.” Katt is known for his quick wit, observational humor and animation during his live shows.



Brew at the Zoo: Oktoberfest 6pm at Akron Zoo ($25 members, $31 nonmembers) 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron Enjoy some of the top Oktoberfest brews from over a dozen breweries, plus food from The Orange Trük and Stray Dog, live music, and the beautiful Akron Zoo! Criss Angel Presents: The Supernaturalists 8pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($39.50) 182 S Main St, Akron Criss Angel explains, “While there are other ensemble shows out there, performing many of the same illusions that have been around for years, my goal is to redefine magic touring like Cirque du Soleil did for the Circus. I've scoured the globe for the very best performers, each in their respected disciplines, and our lineup is truly historic."

Choice Cuts with Chief Curator Janice Driesbach 2pm at Akron Art Museum ($10) 1 S High St, Akron Did you know the Akron Art Museum gave Cindy Sherman one of her first museum exhibitions or that our Mickalene Thomas was delivered to the museum straight from the dining room of an apartment of a United Nations dignitary? Join Chief Curator Janice Driesbach on a tour of key works in the museum’s collection. Tracing the history of the museum’s acquisitions, the tour will explore the curatorial decisions (and juicy stories) involved in building the museum’s world class collection.



Synapse Lecture: Alexis Rodman 6:30pm at Akron Art Museum (FREE) 1 S High St, Akron The UA Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. Alexis Rockman's landscape paintings depict a future impacted by climate change, genetic engineering, and pollution. Mixing natural history museum displays, sublime sunsets, and the current crisis in the environment, Rockman challenges us to reflect on who we are and where we are going.

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theme of “Doubt” or just come to enjoy the show! No experience is necessary. Co-hosted by ASCPL, Wandering Aesthetics and the Akronist, this intimate evening of storytelling will conjure the spirit of community.



Jack-O-Lantern Jog 5k 9:30am at Lock 3 ($30) 200 S Main St, Akron An event so fun — it's spooky. Race through the historic Glendale Cemetery in downtown Akron, while enjoying a day with the entire family. The annual 5K and 1-mile Fun Run are great opportunities to show off some Halloween spirit and support a great cause. Proceeds benefit the University Park YMCA.


Quilters Opens Oct 8 at Actors Summit ($33) 103 S High St, Akron Quilters, a play with music, blends a series of related scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. The stories are based on first person oral histories. The women share the love, warmth, rich and lively humor, and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity.


Dinner of the Western Reserve 6pm at Hale Farm and Village ($48) 2686 Oak Hill Rd, Peninsula Join the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park as they explore the foods that travelled west during the early 1800s. Chef Larkin Rogers will create a meal using her extensive knowledge of the foods of this era. This dinner is presented in partnership with Hale Farm & Village. Full Circle Storytelling 6pm at Firestone Park Branch Library (FREE) 1486 Aster Ave, Akron Come tell a true story related to the evening’s

Pop In Pop-Up Drop In 6pm at Akron Art Museum (FREE) 1 S High St, Akron Can’t get enough of pop up books? Adults and children alike can’t get enough of these sculptural masterpieces. Pop in to our pop up night and learn how pop-up books are made. Check out the work of Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart in the Corbin gallery, peruse vintage pop ups with pop-up book collector and artist Mark Soppeland and try your hand at making a pop-up page of your own.


Scotch Tasting at Old 97 Cafe 6pm at Old 97 Cafe ($42) 1503 Kenmore Blvd, Akron Mark Barbuto from Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio has selected five amazing Scotches to try, plus enjoy a cigar and food from Old 97! Dancing for the Kids 7:30pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($25) 182 S Main St, Akron Watch eight local celebrities, paired with University of Akron dance students, dance across the stage to raise money for the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. Vote for your favorite dancers at the event or online and help support a great cause!


Ghost Walk 6pm at Kendall Lake Shelter (FREE) 1000 Truxell Rd, Peninsula The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s costumed characters bring Ohio's past to life. Witness tales of love and despair, joy and grief, and kindness and horror. This 1-mile lantern hike is on the unpaved, rolling Lake Trail. Hikes depart every 30 minutes. Campfire: Northern Cheyenne Indians 7pm at Firestone Metro Park (FREE) 2620 Harrington Rd, Akron Join tribal members from Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indians. They will share their history, traditional celebratory music and drumming. Brought to Akron on an exchange with The Lippman School, this is a rare opportunity for an authentic glimpse into their nation's powerful artistry. (continued on page 11)


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Hitchcock, Fleming & Associates, an Akron advertising institution, is celebrating 75 years in business this year. While you can look to our website for an conversation with Keith Busch, an hfa partner, we thought you might enjoy some of these throwback ads created in the agency’s early days.


Ralph Hitchcock and Robert Wolfe co-found Akron Advertising Art, Inc., an art studio based in the annex of the downtown Akron O’Neil’s department store on State Street above Olsen Electronics. For two decades, the small and growing agency provides art and photography services to Akron’s rubber companies, including: Goodyear, Cooper, Mohawk, McCreary, General, Firestone, Kelly Springfield plus other firms.


Bob Fleming, a seasoned Akron advertising executive, joins the agency.


Cy Hitchcock, Ralph’s son, joins the company.


Ralph Hitchcock retires from the firm and a bright, energetic Jack DeLeo is hired under the tutelage of Bob Fleming.


Cy Hitchcock and Bob Fleming take over the agency and rename it Hitchcock Fleming & Associates, Inc. (hfa). Shirley Shriver joins the agency. hfa moves to its current headquarters, 500 Wolf Ledges Parkway.


Cy Hitchcock retires. Jack DeLeo takes the helm as President/CEO. Stan Buda becomes Chairman.


Establishing its new brand identity, hfa returns to its original roots at 475 Wolf Ledges Parkway, opening a second office – hfa “East.”


Jack DeLeo retires and is inducted into the AAF-Cleveland Hall of Fame the same year. Chuck Abraham becomes Managing Partner, joined by other partners: Shirley Shriver, Kevin Kinsley, Keith Busch, Matt McCallum, Dale Elwell, Maggie Harris and Tracy McCutcheon.


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Paging Fox Mulder Akron author James Renner calls his newest novel a ‘love letter to conspiracy theories’ by Megan Combs

What if all major conspiracies ‒ fluoride in the water, tacmars, etc. – were part of one giant conspiracy? Kind of Fox Mulder-ish, right? That’s the tone local author James Renner is going for in his newest book, “The Great Forgetting,” in bookstores Nov. 10. The book is about a Lakewood High School history teacher who gets pulled into a heap of conspiracy theories and has to save the world… in 420 pages or less. “In the book, we’ve chosen to forget 100 years of human history,” Renner explains. “What happened to make us forget?” Renner, 37, grew up in Palmyra Township in Portage County. He received his undergraduate degree from Kent State University in 2000 and got a job at Cleveland Scene magazine where he worked on the crime beat. He’s always been fascinated by the true crime and supernatural stories that originate in Northeast Ohio. After Scene, Renner needed a way to scratch his writing itch, and thus, his first novel “The Man From Primrose Lane” was born. The whole book was written in the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar on West Market Street. In fact, that’s where Renner does most of his writing every day, he said. “I had an idea for a novel based on a real case in


Eastlake that I reported on,” Renner said. “It was about a man who committed suicide and when the police called his next-of-kin and told her her brother had died, she said, ‘Yes, I know, he’s been dead for a long time.’” So this man had been living for 30 years under someone else’s identity and no one knew who he was or why he was living that way. Renner goes on to tell the story as if he is the officer investigating the man from Primrose Lane, and even manages to throw some sci-fi, horror and thrill into the mix. A perfect Halloween read.

He continued, “I like to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. My fiction always has allusions to real people, places and events.” So if there really was 100 years of human history missing, what do you think happened that made us all choose to forget it? // Megan, a lover of Swedish thriller novels, got the heebie jeebies several times during this interview (conspiracy theories are creepy, people!).

All photos courtesy of James Renner.

Renner’s "The Great Forgetting" will be released on Nov. 10. He will host a release party at

7 pm on Nov. 11 at

Loganberry Books in

Shaker Heights (13015 Larchmere Blvd). Follow him on Facebook for more book or movie announcements:

In fact, in 2013, “The Man From Primrose Lane” was picked up by Warner Brothers and optioned as a movie starring Bradley Cooper. Renner didn’t have an update on that at press time, but it’s looking like it could happen, he said. “Everyone likes a good whodunnit,” Renner said of the appeal of writing horror/thriller novels. “I’ve always liked to try and figure out what happens before the writer leads you there. In my writing, I like leaving little clues.” When asked why his books are based in local areas “The Man From Primrose Lane” features Larry’s Main Entrance on West Market Street ‒ Renner said, “Northeast Ohio is really easy to write about because there are some weird, bizarre stories happening around here. You’ve got your share of serial killers and the paranormal.”

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Grandma’s Hands Akron-based singers launch fund for minority arts students

words and photos by Chris Miller, The Akronist Watch video of Durrell and Jaron LeGrair online at


t’s typically challenging for artists to find consistent funding for their work, but for minorities, this effort can prove even more difficult. So three brothers from the Akron area have started a fund in the name of their grandmother, which will go toward offering financial support for minority arts students at the collegiate level. “Growing up in the arts, there was little to no funding for us collegiately,” says Jaron LeGrair, a singer and speech and voice coach, who adds that as he once sought scholarships and grants, the funding opportunities were sparse. “For musicians and artists, there was nothing for us.” So the brothers looked back to their grandmother for inspiration.

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LeGrair, along with brothers Durrell and Emmanuel, have started the Flossye J. Bass Foundation. Their grandmother, and the foundation’s namesake, was given the opportunity to pursue opera but wasn’t able to due to the time she lived in, say the LeGrair brothers.

Durrell LeGrair, a singer and composer, says the brothers have been singing since they were 2 or 3 years old. He recalls standing on the stairs at home, in front of a mirror, pretending they were in a church choir and singing for hours. “We’ve been entrenched in singing for our whole lives,” he says.

amount, that makes a huge difference and can mean the world to somebody.”

“She never got a chance to pursue everything she loved, so the three of us grandchildren are artists ourselves,” he adds. “We are kind of living out what she wanted to do. We wanted to encourage other people in college to pursue what they want to do.”

Music is the glue that has held the family together, he adds. “It’s really been a hallmark in the LeGrair household.”

The brothers recently wrapped up an Indiegogo campaign, but donations to the Flossye J. Bass Foundation for the Arts may be sent by contacting

“A lot of people in college are discouraged to go into the arts, because there’s no money, there’s no jobs. We want to be a voice saying, ‘We take you seriously.’” He adds: “That’s why we started this foundation: to encourage tomorrow’s artists.”

provided. The clothes and creativity are up to you! Registration for the crow calling contest will be the day of the event. Call 330-865-8065 to register.


Monster Dash 9am at Lock 3 ($25) 200 S Main St, Akron Wear your scariest monster costume and follow this haunted course through Akron’s towpath trail, beginning and ending in the heart of downtown. Monsters may be lurking in the bushes and behind bridges – so beware! The event also includes two other kids events: A quarter-mile non-spooky Kids’ Fun Run and Trick-Or-Trot, a trick-or-treating event with a candy course. Scarecrow Day 12pm at F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm (FREE) 1828 Smith Rd, Akron Join Summti Metro Parks for the 5th annual Scarecrow Day. Fabulous fall fun includes a scarecrow build-off, a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, storytelling, marshmallow roasting, raffles and a crow-calling contest. Awards will be given to the best crow callers and the top three scarecrows. To participate in the scarecrow buildoff, advance registration is required. An armature, bag for the head, markers, twine and straw will be


Gabby Gifford and Mark Kelly 7:30pm at EJ Thomas ($10) 198 Hill St, Akron Gabby Giffords was a Congresswoman elected in Arizona, serving from 2007 until her resignation in 2012 following an attempted assassination in 2011. Her husband, Mark Kelly, is a retired astronaut. They’ve written a best-selling book about Gabby’s struggle to survive and conquer her injuries. Don’t miss what is sure to be an inspiring evening!


Locktoberfest 5pm at Cascade Locks Park Association (FREE) 248 Ferndale St, Akron Join the Cascade Locks Park Association and celebrate the fall with food, pumpkin carving, story-telling from the Akron-Summit County Public Library, and more! Wine & Improv with Just Go With It 7pm at the Akron Center for Art, Music & Performance ($15 for workshop, $20 includes performance) 118 W Market St, Akron Piggybacking off the highly popular Wine & Canvas night at ACAMP, join Just Go With It Improv for a night of laughter, performance and - of course -

He says the group is “reachable, touchable and local” and whatever they raise they will give right back to the community by helping up and coming musicians.

The third brother involved in the foundation is Emmanuel LeGrair, who’s also a singer and composer.

Even if residents aren’t able to give much, every little bit does make a difference, he adds. “Whatever money we can get, even the smallest

____________________________________________ Pictured above: (From left) Durrell and Jaron LeGrair, along with their brother Emmanuel (not pictured), have established the Flossye J. Bass Foundation for the Arts, which will benefit minority students pursuing arts on a collegiate level. (Photo courtesy of Chris Miller)

WINE! Participants will see how fun and games can be turned into valuable lessons for everyday life by exploring different styles and techniques of making things up on the spot. The evening will end with a special performance by 'Just Go With It.'

museum for a night of art-making fun and surprises. Trick-or-Treat in the galleries, create monsterpieces and perk up your ears for a spooky musical performance. Registration is required at



Psychic Tours of the Perkins Stone Mansion with Laura Lyn 6:30 or 8:30 pm at Perkins Stone Mansion ($18 members, $20 nonmembers) 550 Copley Rd, Akron Join local psychic Laura Lyn on a tour of the Perkins Stone Mansion, built in 1837 with a long history of paranormal activity!


Women Wine & Whey 6:30pm at Winery at Wolf Creek ($40) 2637 S Cleveland Massillon Rd, Norton Join Carrie Bonvallet, Wolf Creek winemaker, and Abbe Turner, owner and cheesemaker of Lucky Penny Creamery for a wine and cheese pairing event coupled with fantastic conversations about selecting and pairing wine with cheese. We'll be pairing local, Ohio cheeses with award winning Wolf Creek wines.


Trick or Treat on S High St 5pm at Akron Art Museum (FREE for members, $10 for nonmembers) Break out your costume early and trek to the

Masque of the Red Death Masquerade Ball 8pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($75) 182 S Main St, Akron Reserve your ticket in advance, plan your disguise, join the dance. Arrive in splendor, don't be late, the party begins when the clock strikes 8. The scene is luscious glitter and glare, wine and ale and savory fare. Music, dancing, fortunes, readings, performances and guests intriguing all will fill the hours of night, while through it all you'll find delight. Stroll gypsy trails, peruse the scene-beauty, beast and in-between. The night begins in the Grand Lobby with food, drink, and revelry while you enjoy the spectacle of the arrival of our well dressed guests.


The Producers 7:30pm at EJ Thomas ($32) 198 Hill St, Akron Based on the Academy Award-winning 1968 film, The Producers is the story of a down-on-his-luck theatrical producer and his mousy accountant. Together they hatch the ultimate scam: raise more money than you need for a sure-fire Broadway flop and pocket the difference. From the genius mind of Mel Brooks comes this comedic masterpiece!

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In The Collection Find “Proof” before it’s gone by Dominic Caruso

Photography has always received a special status for truthfully recording the world, but how truthful is it? A few weeks ago the Akron Art Museum hosted a panel discussion to explore just that question and how it relates to issues of documentation and manipulation, and reality and fiction in photography. Joined by moderator and assistant curator Elizabeth Carney, the panelists included artists Josh Azzarella and Barry Underwood, and photojournalist Peggy Turbett. Their discussion was both lively and illuminating. Azzarella, who is from Akron and who graduated from The University of Akron Myers School of Art, has two images on view in the current exhibition, “Proof: Photographs from the Collection.” Proof is an expansive presentation of works of classic documentary photography along with artwork that questions and stretches the boundaries of the genre. Azzarella’s work belongs to the latter category in that he creates provocative images by manipulating existing photographs—often from photojournalism—that depict a traumatic event. By digitally removing the most potent content of the photograph, he creates an image that suggests new meanings. What is left is a kind of uneasy absence in a photograph that seems at once familiar and strange. Included in Proof along with a grouping of documentary photographs that provide the point of view of the eyewitness, Azzarella’s images are particularly powerful. In the past, Azzarella explained, it took a much more specialized set of skills to manipulate a photograph in this way, but in the digital era, all it takes is access to photo-editing software. He admitted to being alternately fascinated and horrified by conspiracy theorists who sometimes seize upon images he has created as proof that an event didn’t happen as it was reported. Barry Underwood, whose photographs were on view earlier this year in “Altered Landscapes” and most recently in “Staged,” creates remarkable staged photographs using LED lights and other luminescent materials that he inserts into landscapes. He related the resulting photographs to art interventions like earth art (such as Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty”). However, instead of physically altering the landscape, Underwood captures the temporary alteration his lights bring to it. Drawing on his background in theater set design, he described his work as documents of almost theatrical moments of enhanced mystery and wonder in the natural environment. His photographs are indeed mysterious, enhancing the beauty of the landscapes that they capture while also evoking multiple readings. Although the Underwood photographs in the Akron Art Museum collection aren’t currently on view, you can see them online at

Above: Andrea Modica, Scuola Venturi, Modena, Italy, 2010, platinum palladium print, 10 x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist. Left: Judy Pfaff, Manzanas y Naranjas (Apples and Oranges), 1987, Woodcut on paper. 57 in. x 69 1/4 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Kathleen Monaghan and Richard Shebairo in tribute to the staff of the Akron Art Museum. Peggy Turbett, award-winning photojournalist and adjunct professor of communication at John Carroll University made the point that, in terms of journalism, the litmus test for a photograph is whether its presentation is fair and balanced in the context of what it portrays, but also in the context of the story of which it is a part. If you missed the photography panel, you can still catch the exhibition “Proof: Photographs from the Collection” at the Akron Art Museum through October 25, 2015. Coming on October 10, the art museum will present “Andrea Modica: Extended Moments.” Modica uses an 8 x 10 inch view camera and platinum palladium contact printing to create photographs filled with lush tones and rich visual statements. You can also catch an art history lecture on October 22 at 6:30 pm, delivered by Harvard University art historian Carrie LambertBeatty on the subject of “Parafiction: Practices of Deception and Hoax in Contemporary Art.” And, on November 4 at 6:30 pm, pioneering mixed-media installation artist Judy Pfaff delivers a University of Akron Synapse Lecture at the art museum. Between material and space, Pfaff creates work that is evocative of the invisible workings of the body, the energy of the cosmos, and the change happening in our everyday lives. Synthetic and natural systems intertwine forming complex and conflicting perspectives.

Underwood, also an assistant professor and chair of the Cleveland Institute of Art sculpture department, pointed out that all photographs are charged with a certain amount of subjectivity that is dependent on who is taking the photograph and where it is intended for publication—from gallery walls to photo assignments for newspaper stories to personal projects. Right: Barry Underwood, Norquay (Yellow), 2007, Archival pigment print. 28 x 28 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund.


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Craft creates healing

Pottery studio, gallery creates Mugs for Recovery’ words by Chris Miller, The Akronist, and photos by Dale Dong

Art and recovery often go hand in hand, as a number of artists have traditionally plied their trades with therapeutic intentions in mind. And when the owners of Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Art Gallery were looking for a tie-in to American Craft Week (Oct. 9 through 17), recovery became a prominent theme. “We wanted to do something different that would reach out to the community,” says Michael Martell, who co-owns the studio on 43 Furnace St. with his wife Claudia Zeber-Martell. “We thought to use the simple coffee mug as a symbol of healing by creating Mugs for Recovery: Sharing the Journey Through Clay, which turned into a two-month series of free workshops for those recovering from addiction.” Participants from such social service agencies as Community Health Center, the Oriana House Turning Point Program and Community Support

of what the mug means to them and those will also be displayed with each mug for the viewer to read.”

Michael Martell, co-owner of Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Art Gallery, will auction off handmade mugs as a symbol of healing for Mugs for Recovery: Sharing the Journey Through Clay, with auctioned proceeds benefiting 91.3 The Summit’s Rock and Recovery programming. (Photo: Dale Dong) Services have been hard at work in the studio with the clay artists and owners, hand-stamping words and symbols that represented the participants’ recovery from addiction. The mugs will be auctioned off Oct. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m., where the public may bid on the more than 40 handcrafted mugs. Some mugs are truly functional, while others are sculptural, but all reflect the positive impact of recovery and illustrate that craft creates healing. The mugs will remain on view in the gallery from

Oct.9 through 17 to celebrate American Craft Week, whose theme this year is “Craft Creates…” Martell says he and Claudia Zeber-Martell followed that ellipses up with the word “Healing.” “For us, we have always believed that things made by hand offer a shared experience between the the maker and the user,” he adds. “A simple object like a mug or a bowl can forge connections.” Each mug, Martell says, is different and based on the individual’s recovery experience. “Each participant has provided a short written description

The money raised will go directly to support the programming of Rock and Recovery, produced locally by publicly supported radio station 91.3 The Summit FM. “91.3 the Summit is really very much community based and quite simply they have reached out to a listening segment that might feel disenfranchised and created a positive listening experience,” says Martell. “The money from the silent auction goes directly to support their efforts since the station depends on public to support their programming.” The mugs will be on display during Zeber-Martell’s normal gallery hours through Oct. 17. For more information, call (330) 253-3808 or email

How to hang with Boogers, Witches and Haints words by Alyssa Keown, photos by Michael Carrino

Wandering Aesthetics successfully captures their audience with both laughter and fright with their storytelling production “Boogers, Witches and Haints: Spooky Stories from Appalachia.” The show is being presented at 15 Broad St. in Akron’s historic Middlebury neighborhood and the performance company welcomes all with hospitality and enthusiasm. Incorporating the company’s unique style, Benjamin Rexroad (Co-Artistic Director of Wandering Aesthetics) produced a show you will not find anywhere else. The production economically utilizes a minimalistic set, allowing solo-performer Kyle Jozsa to rely on his phenomenal storytelling talent to create the imagery and characters within the stories.


He accomplishes this with wild, dramatic gestures and an abundance of voices. With these skills, Jozsa walks audiences through the trails of Appalachia and into different hostels where the artistic duo picked up the three frightening tales they present throughout the show. By moving all about the stage, and even jumping into the audience, Jozsa brings the audience to laughter and fright during these superstitious legends that Wandering Aesthetics took from the mountains and brought back to Akron, Kent, and many more places to come. The performance is open this coming weekend and I recommend, anyone looking for

something new to experience in the theatre, go see this hour-long production of funny and eerie ghost stories.

“Boogers, Witches and Haints” Oct. 29- 30 and Nov. 5-7 at 8 pm 15 Broad St., Akron 44305 Special performance of the family-friendly “Scared Silly” on Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door and online at for $15 each. Reservations may also be made by calling 330-990-5138. Seating is limited so pre-orders are recommended.

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The Pumpkin Beer Battle Royale How our readers recommend you enjoy this season’s most prominent adult beverage.

“As a self-proclaimed pumpkin beer connoisseur, Pumpking remains my all-time favorite. Southern Tier's brews are more spiced than most (since we all know that pumpkin doesn't really have a flavor and it's the cinnamon and nutmeg that make the difference). Their Warlock is great, too, if you want a delicious spiced stout (with an 11% ABV).” - Jen C. “I second the Warlock. It's Mmm Mmm good.” - Jessie G.

“Pumking is KING of pumpkin beers.”

drinking it. Stick with the king. Oktoberfest.” - Sarah J.S. “Step 1, hollow out pumpkin. Step 2, fill with whiskey. Step 3, you know what to do.” - Timothy E. “I really love New Belgium's Pumpkick beer. It has everything fall offers with pumpkin and spice, but then there's a cranberry kick to it that sends it almost in the cider realm of taste. I used to herald Pumpking as the best pumpkin beer, but i think I've changed my mind with this one.” - Jen A. “The only one I've liked is Punkin by Dogfish Head.” - Ian M.

- Stephanie D.

“Southern Tier Pumpking because it's not too sweet and a bit of spice.” - Bronlynn T. “So I just don't understand this. I heard the hype. Bought a bottle of this Pumking and it is the worst beer I ever tasted.” - Woody S. “I kind of hate Pumking too—but I like Warlock. I actually prefer my pumpkin beers to taste less of pie...” - Quincy S. “I cannot help you. Beer is beer. Pie is pie. And never the twain shall meet.” - Julie D.

“Just say ‘no.’ Pumpkin is for pie and Jack-o'lanterns...” - James C.S. “Take one step back, do an about face and march to the end of the cafe/beer/wine/cold drink aisle. We have good beer in the cooler back there. Although, I do enjoy a few of the Oktoberfests that come out around this time. Atom Smasher is wonderful, I think. And I like to have at least one Barktoberfest per season. But no pumpkin beers for me. I shouldn't be saying this. I should be trying to sell you all that pumpkin beer.” - Taylor M. “Pumpkin beers are good. After getting into beer as much as I have I find them overly spices and

“My favorite thing about pumpkin beer is not

lacking in complexity. If you want to make a great pumpkin beer, design it for barrel aging and make it strong. After all, it's a seasonal beer. Stick with a Marzen or a Oktoberfest brew for your every day. But this Pumpkin beer [Rumpkin], by far is my favorite by Avery Brewing.” - Christopher P. “I like Dogfish Head Punkin' and Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. Not crazy about the spices in some of the others, but those two hit the spot. Kind of like an Octoberfest with a little pumpkin spice tossed in there.” - Micah K. “Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth and Pumking are my favorites. They pack in the most pumpkin flavor, which some find overwhelming.” - Ann T.V. “Sam Adams ‘Fat Jack’ is my favorite by a long shot. It has just the right amount of pumpkin flavor and delicious spice—just tastes like crisp fall weather. I've only ever found it at Acme, it's a rarefied treat! ...and I must mention the awesome label.” - Renee K. K. “Too much to write but most of the pumpkins that have been release since early august are just made of pumpkin pie spices and canned or extract pumpkin. Real pumpkin beer like Thirsty Dog won’t be out till mid-October.” - Yuri S. “My 3 favorite pumpkin beers are Hoppin’ Frog Double Pumpkin, Rivertowne Brewing Headless Wylie and Fat Head’s Spooky Tooth. All are full of flavor and very enjoyable to drink.” - Jeremy B.

“Pumpkin' ‘flavored’ – no pumpkins were harmed in the process.” - Michael T. “Hoppin' Frog Brewery's Barrel Aged Frogs Hallow Double Pumpkin Ale is outstanding!” - Beth H.

“Not a fan of beer that tastes like a scented candle. That said, I've had a couple decent, less spicy ones. O’Fallon's is good (actually, it's spicy, but not pie-like), and I just had a great one at Scenic Brewery in Canton—vegetal pumpkin, very little spice- nice.” - Quincy S.

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The Akronist Sound Files Time Cat record release rocks the Rialto (page 22)

Sockhop, Bloody Sockhop How to get a famous director to pay for Survivor Girl's rockabilly your first movie: Talking to J.R. Bookwalter revival costume party about "The Dead Next Door" (page 20) (page 18)

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Music spotlight >>>>>>>>>>

complex, guitar-driven progressive compositions, which they’ve sometimes done sharing the stage with the likes of the Shins, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Retribution Gospel Choir and EYE.

Pies I could jam into my mouth. (Perhaps because I am but an amateur still.) However, the music is great, and this time around Jilly’s is featuring Akronite Beckie Plush and Colin John.

DJ Ben Fulkman Sunday, October 11 from noon to 4 pm Mustard Seed Café (Highland Square) How’s about a side of some funky, soul-filled vinyl with your Sunday brunch? Mr. Fulkman (aka – DJ Ben Crazy, 1/3 of The Mighty Soul Night collective) will be serving it up hot and fresh for your ears’ convenience.

The Mighty Soul Night

Moustache Yourself Sunday, October 25 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm Mustard Seed Café (Montrose) How’s about a side of some gypsy jazz with your Sunday brunch? Moustache Yourself creatively renders Django Reinhardt’s gypsy-style music into something groovy, moody, and swinging.

Saturday, October 17 from 8pm – 12:30am Uncorked Wine Bar 22 N. High Street, Downtown Akron The Mighty Soul Night is one of the most unique and fun events downtown Akron has to offer. Three of Akron's best DJs and record collectors – El Prezedente, Ben Crazy, and Forrest Getem Gump – dig deep into their record collections to bring you a night of soul, jazz, Latin, afro-beat, and rare groove. They are joined by Dennis Oliver on live percussion. This night takes place surrounded by art and served with a great wine selection at Uncorked Wine Bar.

The Ohio Weather Band | Oldboy | Travis Black & Friends


Moonpie Matinee Invitational Pro Jam feat. Beckie Plush

Saturday, October 10 at 10 pm Musica Featuring past members of Party of Helicopters, White Pines, Drummer and more, Relaxer plays

Wednesday, October 21 at 5:30 pm Jilly’s Music Room To my dismay, no one involved with this semiregular event invited me to see how many Moon

Saturday, October 24 at 8pm Akron Civic Theatre Shivering Timbers combines Indie Rock energy, Blues/Punk passion, and Country/Gospel reflection. All with a dynamic stage presence that will get you moving! Don’t miss these local favorites in a special cabaret show at the Civic.

Time Cat CD release party Friday, October 9 at 8:30 pm The Rialto Theatre You know Time Cat is really good, right? (See the preview on page 22.)


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Friday, October 23, 2015 at 8:30pm Musica Ah, yes. The sounds of rock ‘n roll. Means the Ohio Weather Band has taken the stage. This Alliancebased, four-piece band has wowed crowds across the U.S. with their rootsy vibe and blues influences. Fronted by Corey King, whose unique voice complements their overall sound, this band leads their audiences through stories of love, loss, and just living life. It’s sure to be a great time.

Shivering Timbers

Ak_Underground Comedy with Devin Conner & Dan Stefan Wednesday, October 28 at 8:30pm Jilly's Music Room There’s nothing like a good belly laugh, especially when it’s free. Except, maybe magic powers. That’d be dope as hell. And like Scrooge McDuck level money? Swimming in your giant pool of gold coins would be so much better than laughing. But I digress. Devin and Dan are badass local comics and this show is too good for you to keep missing. Seriously. Stop missing it. Go. Now!


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Land of Plenty's Hallow's Eve Friday October 30 from 9pm – 3am Aura Ultra Lounge 1 W Exchange St, Downtown Akron Following up on the success of last month's “Alchemist Ball”, Land of Plenty is now teaming up with Cumulus Entertainment to bring us Hallow's Eve! This great party takes place on Friday, October 30 at the newly-renovated Aura Ultra Lounge in downtown Akron. With 12 different DJs spinning house and techno – including the headliner, Jaykode from Los Angeles – playing across two different rooms, Aura will be transformed into a nightmare full of music, mischief, and mayhem! Tickets are $15 in advance / $20 at the door, and can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets. com/event/2285339. Ages 18 and up. Party begins at 9pm.

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Tania Grubbs Quartet 8pm at BLU Jazz+ ($12) 49 E Market St, Akron Pittsburgh jazz vocalist Tania Grubbs swings into Akron with a fresh & innovative approach to the Classic American Songbook, supported by a world-class band!

The Claudettes 7pm at BLU Jazz+ ($15) 49 E Market St, Akron Inspired by the ’60s piano-drums blues recordings of Otis Spann & S.P. Leary, Chicago based 3-piece ensemble The Claudettes brings a fusion of blues & soul-jazz on a "punk kick" for a sound all their own!



The Music of Ray Charles featuring Joe McBride 7pm at BLU Jazz+ ($18) 49 E Market St, Akron Missouri-born keyboardist, singer & acclaimed recording artist Joe McBride makes a roaring return to NE Ohio by way of Dallas for a soulful tribute to the legendary R&B, gospel, and blues icon, Ray Charles!

Ed Caner 7pm at Hines Hill Conference Center 1403 W Hines Hill Rd, Peninsula Ed Caner has performed as a sideman for over 50 major acts. He is also a founding member of his own band, Hey Mavis. Each month, Ed invites guest musicians to perform with him in the cozy Hines Hill Conference Center.

The Music of John Williams 8pm at EJ Thomas ($35) 198 Hill St, Akron The Akron Symphony presents The Music of John Williams. The most accomplished film composer of all time has composed for more than six decades from Star Wars to Lost in Space, Jaws to ET, Harry Potter to Superman - earning him 5 Academy Awards and 22 Grammys.

Indigo Girls 8pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($29) 182 S Main St, Akron The Indigo Girls have spent thirty-five years performing together, produced fifteen albums (seven gold, four platinum, and one double platinum), earned a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations, and have toured arenas, festivals, and clubs the world over. Don’t miss their return to the Civic Theatre!


Relaxer 10pm at Musica ($5) 51 E Market St, Akron Comprised of members from past members of Party of Helicopters, White Pines, Drummer and more, playing complex, guitar-driven progressive compositions.

Party of Helicopters, The Chihuahuas, Ultrasphinx and Jon Finley 9pm at Thursday’s Lounge 306 E Exchange St, Akron Party of Helicopters reunites once again for Thursday’s anniversary show!



A Blues Gathering 6:30pm at GAR Hall ($18) 1785 Main St, Peninsula Join Jon Mosey, Mike Lenz, Kristine Jackson and Austin Walkin’ Cane mix it up on this historic stage. Expect some awesome guitar work, “bluesey” vocals, a little friendly competition and a night of great blues music among friends.

Shivering Timbers 8pm at Akron Civic Theatre ($20) 182 S Main St, Akron Shivering Timbers combines Indie Rock energy, Blues/Punk passion, and Country/Gospel reflection. All with a dynamic stage presence that will get you moving! Don’t miss these local favorites in a special cabaret show at the Civic.

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Patrick Sweany with Lilly Hiatt 9pm at Musica ($12) 51 E Market St, Akron Join Patrick Sweany for a CD release party. On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. He’s joined by East Nashville firebrand Lilly Hiatt.

SUNDAY, OCT 25 David Wilcox 8pm at Happy Days Lodge ($12 members, $17 nonmembers) 500 W Streetsboro St, Peninsula David Wilcox’s skills as a performer and storyteller are unmatched. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

FRIDAY, OCT 30 Bobby Selvaggio: The Standards Project 8pm at BLU Jazz+ ($12) 49 E Market St, Akron Bobby Selvaggio is one of the leading alto saxophone voices on today’s jazz scene. In his new project, he explores compositions from the “Great American Songbook” and creates a very personal spin, taking rhythmic and harmonic influences from every corner of the planet. Halloween Sockhop with Survivor Girl and Jeff Klemm & The Letters 8:30pm at Musica ($10) 51 E Market St, Akron Join Survivor Girl, 50s-style rock & roll from a killer perspective, Jeff Klemm & The Letters, and more for a Halloween dance at Musica!

United Way launches Summit County kids toward healthier lifestyles by promoting physical activity to prevent childhood obesity. To donate or volunteer, go to


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Honor Your Ancestors Nuevo’s Día de Los Muertos Celebration by M. Sophie Hamad

For those unfamiliar with Día de Los Muertos﹘the Day of the Dead, a holiday ritual built on honoring one’s ancestors﹘Nuevo will be the perfect place to become better acquainted. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which recently added this indigenous festivity to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Día de los Muertos “commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones.” It begins October 31, which means you can spend Halloween evening sipping excellent tequila and taking in a little international studies education all at once. Nuevo will even provide face painters to ensure you fit in as they celebrate tradition. While Día de los Muertos shares a date with the Catholic observance of All Saints’ Day, the main thing the two festivities have in common are the feasts. Día de los Muertos celebrations incorporate pre-sixteenth-century pagan religious rites, from a time before European settlers introduced their

Christian beliefs to the area, and puts an emphasis on facilitating deceased relatives’ return to Earth with offerings at the grave of favorite meals, flowers, candles, crafts and candies, such as the notorious sugar skulls. Nuevo’s new fall menu will be available both days. In addition, on November 2, Nuevo will be hosting its first Tequila Dinner at 6 pm: four courses paired with tequila for $60 per person. Special beverage offerings will include signature cocktails and a line of Day of the Dead themed beers produced by Cervesa De Los Muertos, as well as Perro Nuevo, a Thirsty Dog dark lager exclusive to Nuevo.

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Fright Nights at the Nightlight In addition to all the incredible indie and art films already part of the programming at The Nightlight, the cinephiles there recently launched a guest-curated series of late-night movies. It returns for the fall with an incredible mix of horror fan staples, overlooked treats and cult classics—meaning both movies that have a cult following and movies about cults. And mostly movies about the living/walking/brain-eating dead. Plus one, huge special local treat: the theatrical re-release of “The Dead Next Door,” shot in Akron by native Akronite J.R. Bookwalter with modern horror legend Sam Raimi serving as executive producer (see Bookwalter interview, page 19). Here's the upcoming schedule, with descriptions provided by The Nightlight, so you can just plug these directly into your calendar. For more information (about these or other excellent films), or to buy your tickets directly, visit


THE NIGHTLIGHT PRESENTS: “NIGHTMARE ON HIGH STREET” The Nightlight’s programmer and executive director, Kurtiss Hare (Cuyahoga Falls, OH), is throwing his hat in the ring this round. Here’s his All Hallow’s Eve get-down.

“The Dead Next Door” Saturday, October 10 8:30 pm, $8.50 (reg); $6.50 (college students & members) Shot from 1985 to 1989, J.R. Bookwalter’s “The Dead Next Door” is a local legend and global cult classic that featured more than 1500 Karo syrup-coated zombie extras, most from the greater Akron area. Now it’s getting a big screen revival treatment at The Nightlight with a special Q&A afterwards with Bookwalter. This screening features the voice talents of “Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi, regular on “Hercules” and “Xena” (and brother to Sam, who literally bought into Bookwalter’s vision for this flick). This revival comes on the heels of Bookwalter’s crowdsourced restoration of the film for a brand-new Blu-ray release set for November. But you special folks get to see it first at The Nightlight.

WEAVER MEDIA PRESENTS: “FOUR NIGHTS OF FULCI” Eugene Weaver (North Canton, OH) is one half of the local podcast, “Movie Freaks,” which can be subscribed to on iTunes. Along with co-host, Erik Marner, the Movie Freaks are lovers and collectors of all films cult and Italian. Eugene wanted to pack his schedule out with four films by Italian horror director Lucio Fulci, “the Godfather of Gore.”


“The House by the Cemetery” (1981) Friday, October 9 11:30 pm, $9 Can anyone survive the demented marauding zombies in “The House by the Cemetery”? The “Shining”-like story of Fulci’s final entry in the “The Gates of Hell” trilogy fades away in favor of atmosphere and imagery.

“City of the Living Dead” (1980) Friday, October 16 11:30 pm, $9 Don’t you hate it when you unwittingly open a portal to Hell? That’s what happens when a priest commits suicide. A psychic and journalist team up to quell the resulting maelstrom of awakened undead. “The Monster Squad” (1987) Friday, October 23 & Saturday, October 24 11:30 pm, $9 “You know who to call when you have ghosts, but who do you call when you have monsters?” The Monster Squad, of course! Kurtiss: “I’ll never forget the first time I watched this on VHS at an overnight birthday party. Especially the scene where we find out, ‘Wolfman’s got nards!’”

“Zombie” (1979) Saturday, October 10 11:30 pm, $9 “Zombie” poses itself as an unofficial sequel to George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead”. Tisa Farrow (Mia’s sister), stars in this well-made shocker featuring a zombie fighting a great white shark underwater and much, much more.

“The Beyond” (1981) Saturday, October 17 11:30 pm, $9 This hair-raising horror film features a very hungry hotel, built over one of the seven gateways to Hell. Bodies? It’ll devour those. Souls? Yes, please.

“The Shining” (1980) Friday, October 30 & Saturday, October 31 11:30 pm, $9 Is this the best horror film ever made or the best film ever made? Stanley Kubrick’s fastidious framing and seemingly bizarre, deliberate inconsistencies make The Shining a hotbed for chilling conspiracies. House gushing blood? Check. Creepy twins? Check. See “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”era Jack Nicholson go increasingly insane over his inability to finish a novel.

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Survivor Girl brings Ghoulish Grooves to Slasher Sockhop By Brittany Nader



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Another great dinner enjoyed by two We went there for our anniversary and they never disappoint! They gave us a great table and the best waitress, Taylor A. She was a delight the entire evening and we never had to grab her attention, she was right there whenever we needed something. That is why you go out to dinner, great service. I can cook great food at home, but I cannot give myself great service!! Thanks Taylor A. Food was fabulous. I had the special, walleye with chile gooseberries, and my husband had scallops. Wonderful. - posted on Open Table

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The formula for a classic horror film tends to include a few specific, predictable elements. An oft-repeated trope prevalent in the slasher movie world is the Survivor Girl, a wholesome female protagonist who finds herself, as the last character alive, forced to confront the dreaded killer after the rest of the cast has fallen under his vengeful wrath. These are the Lauries of “Halloween” and the Nancys of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” those recognizable characters less celebrated than the murderers but still so crucial in driving the story forward and saving their neighborhoods (until a sequel or four come along, anyway). This characterization of modesty, fear and a surpise vigilante strength is what inspired Scott Roger and his triad of greaser musicians to adopt the Survivor Girl name for their horror-inspired sound, deftly meshing the sugary sweetness of the 1950s sound with the darkness, shrieks and howls of those cinematic monsters who tend to overtake our television sets around Halloween time. Though the band itself doesn’t rely on goofy stunts or gimmicks, the idea for Survivor Girl initially came to Roger as a bit of a joke during the recording of a horror podcast he hosted. An offhand mention of starting a pop punk band where a scary-movie killer sings songs to the Survivor Girl character strangely developed into a collection of solo demos inspired more by the rock music he grew up on than the genre he originally mentioned. Roger says the first CD he owned was Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits, and a sprinkling of the Motown girl groups his mom loved helped him develop a new sound that differed from the heavier and faster music he had been playing for roughly 25 years.

“I played in a [local] metal band called Ichabod Crane,” Roger says. “My drummer, Brandon, approached me about doing something different. He heard my Survivor Girl demos, and we decided to make it a ‘real band.’” The slower-paced ‘50s tunes erupted into a retro surf-rock-meets-rockabilly sound, with overwrought, campy tunes shrouded in bouncy, happy melodies with contrasted ominous undertones. Roger and Brandon Siegenthaler, along with bassist Joe Flach, stuck with the original concept of performing tunes from the perspective of horror movie killers, this time with a pure rock ‘n’ roll sound that conjures images of Buddy Holly back from the grave, stalking the Survivor Girl and meeting his fate, once more, in a darkly epic moment of cinematic gold. The trio successfully turns the world of sock hops, malts, saddle shoes and horn-rimmed glasses upside down with a spattering of blood and wretched screams for help – but remember, it’s all in good fun. Survivor Girl plans to unveil its new album on Oct. 30, otherwise known as Devil’s Night, during a special community benefit concert at Musica. Aptly titled Slasher Sockhop, the event is the second of its kind organized by the trio after spending a year refining and inviting friends like Jeff Klemm & The Letters, Younger Still and Telamom to flesh out the lineup. Proceeds for the evening’s events will benefits ACCESS Shelter, a homeless shelter for women and children, and will feature a ghoulish host, costume contest, raffles and more Halloweenthemed activities for attendees. (continued on page 32)


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We Get You ...

Day in the Life of…

RYAN CUNNINGHAM professional haunter

words by Mackenzie Mehrl and photos by Paul Hoffman

Even stepping out of an SUV covered in Umbrella Corporation stickers, Ryan Cunningham doesn’t seem like a scary guy. He smiles too much for that, and eager to tout his happy 13-year marriage to Kimberly with whom he has two kids. Plus, it’s hard to picture the guy soaked in (fake) blood and chasing you with a weapon when he’s so at home in proud dad mode, calmly sipping lemonade in the midst of an Oktoberfest celebration in Cuyahoga Falls. His “haunter” gig is a second job work-wise—he’s a machinist by day—but it’s less about the business than his passion. In early 2010, he helped start a group called “Z.E.R.O.S.” – Zombie Eradication and Rescue Operation Squad—who’d act out doomsday scenarios as highly-skilled zombie killers (or, “survivors,” as he’d call them) who were tasked with hunting the dead to save the living. Once they fished the living from “infected areas,” the Z.E.R.O.S. would escort them to a safe zone—all of this part of the sort of live theatre innate in a “zombie walk.” Later that year, in October of course, Ryan was approached with an offer for work by the owner of a haunted house, a gig that lasted three years. That led Ryan to the Carnival of Horrors at Blossom Music Center. He’s entering his second year, performing as Dr. Douglas Capitate, the Head Psychiatrist at the Insane Asylum, who you’ll recognize by the menacing syringe he carries: Ursula. His buddy Billy, who joined us for our impromptu Oktoberfest, plays the second doctor, Dr. Needles. He sports a head saw. The Carnival of Horrors is a four-part haunted experience. The adventure begins with the Fun House, filled with twisted clowns waiting just out of sight for you. Next you’re given a flashlight to lead you through the Wicked Woods, dodging

the monsters hiding just out of sight. Only then do you enter the Asylum, an abandoned building overtaken by Dr. D. Capitate, Dr. Needles and their patients. Once (or if…) you escape the doctors, then you must face the 3-D Freakshow. I watched crews set up and caught some of the auditions. After everyone arrived, the first 10 minutes were filled with laughter and embraces—a reunion of returning haunters, playing catch-up once again. Clearly, they saw themselves as more than merely coworkers as this crowd quickly transformed from a sea of strangers to a family that celebrated and cheered each other as their audition groups’ performances ended. After having spent only a few short hours with Ryan and his fellow haunters, it was easy to see how this has become much more than a job for him. Unfortunately for you, when you meet Ryan— er, Dr. D. Capitate—don’t expect a warm welcome paired with a smile.

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celebrates new music release Oct. 9 at the Rialto Theatre words by Connie Williams for The Akronist

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Time Cat, fronted by guitarist and lead singer Jeri Sapronetti, is a self-described “adventure rock trio” and listening to Sapronetti’s sonic and bluesy handiwork is nothing short of an adventure. Sapronetti, along with band mates Sam Caler on drums and Colten Huffman on bass, will celebrate the release of their latest singles, “Boozled” and “Victory.” Oct. 9, at the Rialto Theater, 1000 Kenmore Blvd. in Akron. Those of us fortunate enough to get out and enjoy Akron’s growing music scene has likely heard of Time Cat, which formed as a duo in 2011. Original members Caler and Sapronetti have released two albums to date, “Your City” and “Space and Time Cat.” After adding bass player Huffman this year, the band rerecorded crowd favorites “Boozled” and “Victory.”

local music venues with audiences ranging from die-hard, know-all-the-words-to-every-song fans to first-timers who are quickly won over by the band’s unique sound. It is difficult to talk to people about a musician and to describe a band’s style, without making comparisons, but I think comparisons often sell artists short and imply that what they are doing – at least in part — has already been done. That said, what sets Time Cat’s music apart is its ability to be informed by and to join with a number of influences to create something truly original. Blues, rockabilly and trippy rock and roll are all part of the Time Cat sound. Their music also has a vibe that is undeniably Akron, which often draws comparisons to THAT superstar Akron band, The Black Keys.

Sometimes people see our show and ask, ‘Wow, how can a girl play like that?’ Whatever.

Listening to the original recordings side by side with the soon-to-be-released tracks, I came to a couple of conclusions: 1) bringing Huffman to the Time Cat scratching post was a really good decision; and, 2) Sapronetti and Caler, both strong musicians to begin with, have grown exponentially as artists. Time Cat’s live shows are wildly popular, consistently drawing crowds at community events and filling

I recently sat down with the band at Sapronetti’s home to talk about their music and themselves, and how each of those two informs the other.

I asked her to share her feelings about making music and about where she wants that to take her, and her response was refreshingly and unapologetically honest. “I feel really lucky because I know exactly what I want to do and I’m doing it. I want to go straight to the top,” Sapronetti said. (continued on page 33)




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double trouble podcasters edition collected by Roger Riddle

When it comes to listening to radio, times are changing and so are our listening habits. In 2014, the Washington Post reported that podcast subscriptions through iTunes had reached 1 billion. The numbers continue to grow as more and more people are finding podcasts through their smart phones, and more people find it easier to produce their own shows. That’s true in Akron, too. So, if you’re looking for some Akron-centric listening, we have a few suggestions to make. This month, we’re highlighting Lousy Weather Media and Norka News, two vastly different and yet still very entertaining shows.

“LOUSY WEATHER MEDIA” GIVES THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AROUND AKRON AND DOES IT WITH A PUNK ROCK ETHIC, GIVING IT A FEEL LIKE ANY MINUTE THE EPISODE COULD COME OFF THE HINGES. HOSTS: ................................ Sean Ast, Paul Wolfe, Bob Comparda Tony Sansonetti STARTED: ....................................October 2, 2013 CURRENT AKRON NEIGHBORHOOD: .....................Goodyear Heights DAY JOBS: .................................... Service Industry WEBSITE: What do you wish was on more Akronites’ radar? There are so many talented comedians, musicians, directors, photographers, etc., underneath a lot of people's radar. Between places like Blu Jazz, Jilly's, Annabell's, and the Funny Stop here in Akron, or the Stone Tavern and Euro Gyro in Kent, there is live entertainment for cheap or even free every night of the week. What are your favorite local cultural assets? Goodyear Metro Park, the Tow Path bike trail, the Goodyear Airdock, and DIY venues like the Kling Thing house. When did you fall for Akron? All of us fell in love with Akron at different times and in different ways, but the main common thread between us, is it took exploring, seeing and learning the city on our own to get an understanding of why it’s so special here. Where in Akron do you like to escape? Metro Parks, specifically the trails at Goodyear, the Gorge, and Sand Run. A lot of people take our metro parks for granted, but other cities just don't have the same amount of quality land and sights preserved in a parks system like we do in Akron. Why should everyone try your local favorite restaurant? There's honestly something to eat for anyone


visiting or exploring Akron. From the dozens and dozens of local pizzerias, to Swensons, the Lamp Post, Duffy's, The Lockview and Louie's, local favorites have survived because they continuously provide great food at good cost How do you think Akron will be different in five years? We would love to think if development continues around the new Goodyear Headquarters, we will see a new life, pride and resurgence in the Goodyear Heights and Ellet neighborhoods, which can be a breeding ground for more Akron music, comedy and art. What role can podcasting play in entertainment/news for Akron? Podcasting preserves a weekly time capsule for anyone who does it. For ourselves, the point of our podcast was to interview people to showcase their talents, stories and ideas on a platform targeted towards listeners in the Akron area. The beauty of podcasts though, is anyone in the country or the entire world can listen also. What's your favorite podcast? We all are fans of so many podcasts, but to name a few they would be the shows apart of both the Earwolf and Smodcast networks, the "Jim Cornette Experience," and local favorites "Facts and Friends" and "Perfect America" What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into podcasting? Consistency, People who enjoy podcasts tend to add shows to their daily routines. Building an archive by posting and promoting quality content on a consistent basis will help keep current listeners and always continue to gain new listeners who will add your podcast to their routine.

NORKA NEWS TAKES PLACE IN A BIZARRO/ALTERNATE DIMENSION OF AKRON WHERE ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN. I REALLY MEAN ANYTHING, IN A PREVIOUS EPISODE DINOSAURS WERE ROAMING THE STREETS AND ATE A DOG NAMED SCARBOROUGH. THE GUYS BEHIND THE PODCAST HAVE ANSWERED OUR QUESTIONS AS THEY WOULD ON THE SHOW, IN CHARACTER. HOSTS:................................. Kurt Kleidon, creator; Christopher Hisey, narrator; Brian Hollingsworth, producer STARTED: ........................................8 months ago CURRENT AKRON NEIGHBORHOOD: ...............A little bit everywhere DAY JOBS: ......................... We work in marketing, healthcare and nonprofit fundraising WEBSITE: What do you wish was on more Akronites’ radar? UFOs. Did you know that 1 in 3 Akronites are visited by aliens every night? And they leave dirty dishes in our sinks? And most of us have no clue about these beings. The truth is out there! What are your favorite local cultural assets? The Akron Open Zoo, where wild, carnivorous animals and people get to roam side-by-side, just like the olden days. When did you fall for Akron? Early in the courting process Akron tried to slip a roofie in our drink, but we saw through that plan right away. Eventually, it was Akron’s charming personality, radiant blue eyes and healthy bank account that made us fall for her. Where in Akron do you like to escape? By law there is no escaping Akron. Why should everyone try your local favorite restaurant? You have to try this new place where you communicate only in Tweets with hashtags! Like: “I have a spot on my #spoon. May I have a clean one? #tryagain #dishwasherfail” and “My #pork

is undercooked. #foodpoisoning #barf” or “Is this place #swarming yet? #checkedin #tacotuesday #fomo” The food is awful, but you don’t have bother talking to anyone, which is totes fab. Plus, you can’t pay your bill and leave until you have Instagrammed your food. How do you think Akron will be different in five years? Less facial hair. Good lord, who isn’t sporting a mustache, beard or goatee these days? Also, in five years, we expect Chris Horne will be president of the University of Northern Akron. What role can podcasting play in entertainment/news for Akron? (Putting on my serious hat for this one) Our largest chunk of listeners are from Northeast Ohio, but not far behind are NYC, Washington DC, SoCal and Denver. That’s kind of pathetic, unfortunately, for Akron. I hate to say it, but podcasting will never play a major role in Akron unless the audience starts plugging in. What's your favorite podcast? Welcome to Nightvale. Without it, there would be no Norka News. What advice do you have for someone who wants to get into podcasting? Do it for the money. Every twenty seconds you listen to our show, our checking account goes chaching, because that's how the Internet works.

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10 Things To Do

Roaming the Hills

(For Every Season)

at Virginia Kendall Area: 1. Fly a kite in the big meadow by the Ledges Shelter, or over the Hills at Pine Hollow. 2. Hike or run any of the eight main trails, ranging from the easy .5 mile Forest Grove Trail to the challenging 3.3 mile Boston Run Trail (not to mention countless connector trails).

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Che enjoys grapes from our picnic dinner at the Virginia Kendall Lake Shelter.

by M. Sophie Hamad

When I first feel a chill float in on the late summer air, two things happen. First, I cry a little while hunting for my sweaters and scarves. Next, I turn into a little kid again, remembering all the vivid colors and earthly smells that come with autumn.

to take a photo of some type of dead-but-stillbeautiful plant, I hear my sons crying. I run over the top of the hill to find the wagon tipped over. E.J. and I stifle a laugh, as we brush the kids off and help them up and back into the wagon.

As that inner child, beholden to Ohio’s autumn beauty, begins to overpower the whiney adult who can only think of impending winter, she reverts to her first-grade self and runs for the Virginia Kendall Hills. She seems to have forgotten that leaves don’t actually begin to change until October, though. Oops.

Maps are extremely helpful at the Virginia Kendall Area (which includes the Hills and the Ledges), as there are numerous trails headed in different directions. We make a bee-line for Kendall Lake, travelling along one of the grassy paths connecting Pine Hollow parking lot to our picnic destination, complete with tables and shelter.

So, half-disappointed at my own ignorance of seasonal changes, I roam the hills with my husband, E.J., who pulls an all-terrain wagon-load of toddlers along in front of me.

Just before heading out of the hills and meadows and into the forest that surrounds the lake, an orange something flutters in my periphery. I turn my head in time to see two monarchs circling each other on the wind. One stops to rest and drink nectar on a stalk of goldenrod. As it takes flight again, I look around to see countless more flitting around the flowers and tall grasses. I’m standing in the midst of a kaleidoscope of monarchs migrating through Northeast Ohio on their trip south. It’s ethereal.

My fondest childhood memory of Virginia Kendall Hills involves a roll of wax paper and an iron. And leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. Any native Ohioan can likely relate. The school project that took me to these hills with my father so many years ago required collecting a variety of colorful autumn leaves, ironing them between two pieces of wax paper, identifying them properly, and then turning each wax paper leaf-tomb into a page. All the pages were bound together into a book entitled “Fall Leaves”. The recreation of this memory with my own children will have to wait. In the meantime, I marvel at the mid-September Midwest views all around us while my husband toils with the wagon. It is late afternoon, and we are racing the sun. The warm-green glow of the hills is intermittently blanketed in cloud-shadows. As I stop at the crest of one of the shorter hills

“MOM! Where are you? Are you coming, Mom?” Indigo, 4, snaps me out of my dream state, and I jog a little to catch up to the family. They’ve turned left off the grassy trail, into the woods. Both boys desert their wagon in favor of running down the dirt path that leads to the lake. The sun reflects off the lake and shines through the trees, illuminating my children and husband. Che, almost 2, runs with his arms outstretched, free and exhilarated, the sun glowing through his curls like a halo.

When we reach the shelter at the lake, everyone is exhausted and ready to eat. I unpack our picnic cooler. We’ve brought a homemade dinner: 1. Kale, fresh from our garden, massaged with olive oil, salt and pepper, tossed with blueberries and crushed walnuts, and dressed with Ohio maple syrup and Dijon mustard. 2. Tuna salad sandwiches made with Sustainable Seas tuna, mayonnaise, dill pickles, celery, Honeycrisp apple, and red onion on Udi’s gluten free bread. 3. Honeycrisp apple slices tossed in lemon juice to keep them from browning. 4. Big, juicy red grapes. We devour our dinner as the sun falls lower in the sky. There’s something melancholy about eating outside in the last days of summer. We know we have only a few more of these adventures before winter holds us hostage for too many months. Che’s dimpled smile warms me, and I let the winter doom fade into the back of my mind for now. We clean up our mess, pack up our leftovers, and load the kids into the wagon. We go back the way we came, until we come to the crossroads of the connector trails on the hills. On our way to the lake, we went around the big hill, to save time and energy. This time, E.J. wants to climb the big hill, so we can see everything.

3. Winter sports, including snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing. Pine Grove even has a warming area where you can thaw your hands and hats, and enjoy your thermos-full of hot cocoa. 4. Reserve one of the three picnic shelters for a group event. 5. Take in the scenery—view the fabulous fall foliage from the vista at the Ledges Overlook, admire the wildflowers at the Hills, or watch the icicles drip from the rock outcroppings along the Ledges Trail. 6. Go fishing or ice fishing. 7. Enjoy the big field which the Ledges Trail encircles. Bring a picnic basket, a blanket, some hula-hoops and various types of sporting goods. Swing your hips, or play ball. 8. Go on a ranger-led hike or walking tour— check the calendar of events on the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s “Plan Your Visit” page on the National Park Service website. 9. Roll down the Hills at Virginia Kendall Hills, as long as it didn’t rain the day before. Or even if it did. 10. Watch birds and see abundant wildlife.

“Are you sure?” I ask, as he begins the ascent. He is sure. We climb up and up and up.

Virginia Kendall Area is part of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Pine Hollow is located at 5465 Quick Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264

Plan your visit!

E.J. pulls Indigo and Che over the hills in our renovated all-terrain wagon. // M. Sophie Hamad is preparing for winter hibernation, like a grumbly mama bear.


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Creeping, shimming, stepping and stealing Exploring the Ohio State Reformatory words and photos by Jenny Conn

Fans of creepy places rife with tales of horrific violence and deaths likely know about the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. A life-long devotee of the scary stuff and a weekend mystic, I recently spent a day at the reformatory with my brother, Gerald, and his wife, Karen, and my sister Becky.

Mansion—I know there is an ongoing argument about whether orbs are actually dust motes. Orbs are ghost hunters’ most prized trophies. If you catch a round translucent ball in an image, you’ve captured a spirit, they say. Naysayers insist that’s just floating dirt.

We talked about what to expect on the drive down, about an hour down I-71 from Akron. Would this be akin to a Halloween haunted house in which we shrieked a bunch and clung to one another as we entered each new chamber? Or would it be more “Blair Witch” where we lost our way, retracing our steps for hours until our slowly dimming cell phone flashlights finally located an exit?

Here’s what I think: they could both be right.

It was, of course, none of the above, and nothing that I could have anticipated. We chose a self-guided tour, armed with audio wands, which explained significant events at the Reformatory and pointed out areas with high paranormal activity. Informational plaques also are posted strategically throughout the prison. It was all we needed. Here I should point out that darn near everyone there, including my clan, was snapping photos and shooting videos in hopes of catching paranormal phenom. After participating in many ghost tours— from New Orleans to Key West to Akron’s Perkin’s

Why? Because I captured many circular things on film on our visit and some are faint but all over the picture. Makes sense. In a place like the Ohio State Reformatory, you’d expect the entire frame to be filled with dirt. But in a few photos there are standout circles of light, alone or with one or two others. If it’s dirt, why does it travel as a lone particle, or in twos and threes? It feels strange. Also, my moderately priced Canon camera is not capable of capturing dust motes with the clarity you’ll see in some of the pictures and at the distance they’re captured. Finally, the big-daddy question: why did it feel the way it did? Fear doesn’t describe our visit to the Reformatory, in any way. In fact, Gerald and I both felt the same thing all day: a sense of sadness and longing, a kind of strange welcoming. Not welcoming in the way of a well-lit tavern on a frigid winter night. More like a yearning to be understood and remembered. The general feeling was: “This is the place we lived and it is where we

suffered. Feel it and please, please remember it. Validate that we lived it and that many of us did not survive.“ Listening to my videos from that day I keep remarking about the sadness. Gerald said he kept thinking about Genesis’s song “Home by the Sea,” whose lyrics capture the feeling at the Reformatory beautifully.

Coming out the woodwork, through the open door Pushing from above and below Shadows without substance, in the shape of men Round and down and sideways they go Adrift without direction, eyes that hold despair Then as one they sign and they moan Help us someone, let us out of here Living here so long undisturbed Dreaming of the time we were free So many years ago Before the time when we first heard Welcome to the Home by the Sea

The Reformatory was initially built as a half-way point for young, male, first-time offenders, to essentially keep them out of the Ohio penitentiary in Columbus. With its cornerstone laid in 1886, the Reformatory was designed by Cleveland architect Levi T. Scofield, who intentionally melded Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne styles to create a look and feel that would inspire the young inmates to abandon wickedness and return to a more spiritual existence. The exterior of the building is a true visual delight: Disney meets medieval German aristocracy. But it’s a complete 180 from what you find inside. The dichotomy is astounding. The prison’s extraordinary architecture and seriously scary vibe have been repeatedly harnessed by filmmakers in such movies as “Air Force One” and “Tango & Cash” but it was Stephen King’s “The Shawshank Redemption” that put the Reformatory on the map for notably scary sites.

Home by the Sea © Michael Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks

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In operation from September 1896 to December 31, 1990, during which it housed 155,000 men, the Reformatory slowly devolved from its original lofty aim. Allegations of deplorable conditions complete with torture, violence and abuse culminated in a class action suit by inmates who cited overcrowding and inhumane conditions. The Reformatory was closed via a federal court order. In 1995, the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society reopened the Reformatory for year-round tours, including over-nighters. Check the website for dates and times:

Above (L to R): The East Cell Block is known as the largest free-standing steel cell block in the world, featuring 600 hundred cells packed into six tottering levels of flaking pant, rotting plaster and crumbling brick. It’s where we got the strongest sense of “something else.” Here inmates were abused and often tortured. Stories tell of inmates sliced by shanks, pummeled with soap bars and thrown from the high walkways. The place is freezing even on a sunny day. We were stricken by how cold it must have been during Ohio winters and how, with no air flow, stiflingly hot it had to be in summer. • An upstairs wing in the main building housed the wardens and their families. The warden’s chambers also contained the administrative offices. In 1950, the wife of the prison superintendent is reported to have knocked a loaded gun off a closet shelf and shot herself through the lung. She died the next day. Some believe the superintendent killed her to avoid a divorce. In 1959 a heart attack killed the superintendent in his office. The warden’s wing is considered one of the prison's more paranormally active areas. • On a self-guided tour you wander a bit aimlessly, which is good fun in a 250,000-square-foot prison. But we did wonder about all the staircases, many of which were disintegrating, throughout the prison. Some were closed. • Karen Simpson Conn walks a corridor in the solitary confinement area. Is that an orb or dirt?


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n September 15, the Ohio Supreme Court released Hope Academy Broadway Campus, et al. v. White Hat Management, LLC, et al., holding—with a possibly major asterisk— that evil will always triumph over good, because good is dumb.

NOT a Smooth Operator What the Ohio Supreme Court’s recent White Hat ruling means by Susan Covey

No, really. Hope Academy, a (public) charter school, signed a management contract that it really shouldn’t have because that contract was ridiculously one-sided in favor of White Hat, a private firm that manages charter schools, and the court ultimately held (in a very divided opinion—more on that in a moment) that the contract was binding even though White Hat was doing a lousy job of managing the charter schools it was contracted to manage. Picture a contract for a personal shopper (not that you’ve really ever thought about hiring one) in which the personal shopper gets to keep everything they’ve bought—using your own money—if you fire them. That’s not far from what Hope Academy signed. The Hope Academy schools, which are public, signed contracts with White Hat, a private operator, under which White Hat would manage the individual schools for 95-96% of the per-pupil funding that the schools received from the Ohio Department of Education. In addition, the contracts provided that on termination, White Hat got to keep all the personal property White Hat purchased in its own name to operate those schools— furniture, computers, software, etc.—unless the individual schools (which, remember, had only been keeping 4-5% of the revenue) paid White Hat the

remaining “cost basis” of all that property. The Ohio Supreme Court held 5-2 that the term was enforceable, even if it was possibly mindbogglingly stupid for the schools themselves to sign such a deal. Of the two dissenters, Justice O’Neill argued that the contract should never have been legal in the first place; he “would hold that a contract that vests title to public property purchased with public funds in a private entity violates public policy and is unenforceable.” Justice Pfeifer dissented for two reasons: first, he argued that the rest of the court was misreading the contract and that it could be read to require White Hat to make Hope Academy the owner of the purchased property, and second, that if it really did allow White Hat to keep both the money and the property purchased with it, then the contract was “unconscionable,” meaning so unfair that it the court should refuse to enforce it. (Legally, O’Neill saying the term is “against public policy” and Pfeifer saying the contract is “unconscionable” are not quite the same thing, but they’re close enough for anyone who isn’t a lawyer—both holdings would void the contract.) The more interesting part of the decision is the majority opinion, which could have implications far beyond the fate of a bunch of used furniture, computers, software and other school materials. The court held that “a management company that undertakes the daily operation of a community [charter] school has a fiduciary relationship with the community school that it operates” (emphasis added) and that “the fiduciary relationship between an operator and its community school is implicated when the company uses public funds to purchase personal property for use in the

school that it operates.” Fiduciary duties are, to use the nontechnical term, a big effing deal. More technically, a fiduciary duty generally means “a duty of the utmost good faith, trust, confidence, and candor owed by a fiduciary to the beneficiary; a duty to act with the highest degree of honesty and loyalty toward another person and in the best interests of the other person.” Fiduciary duties override general capitalist assumptions about looking out for your own best interests; fiduciaries are obligated to look out for their beneficiaries’ best interests. There wasn’t enough evidence on the record for the court to rule one way or another whether that duty had been breached, but even holding that it existed is a major development. The Ohio appeals court that considered the case before it reached the Supreme Court held that there were no such duties. Two Ohio Supreme Court justices, Kennedy and French, agreed, but the other five—including the two who dissented on the contract issue—all agreed that fiduciary duties arose in this context. Therefore, White Hat won what may, down the road, prove to be a Pyrrhic victory at the Supreme Court, while it had won a total victory in the lower appeals court. In future litigation between charter schools and their operators, expect to see schools arguing that, regardless of specific contracts involved, operators like White Hat were absolutely not acting “with the highest degree of honesty and loyalty” and in the “best interests” of the schools. ___________________________________________ PHOTO: (standing, L-R): Justice Judith L. French, Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, Justice William M. O'Neill. (seated, L-R): Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Justice Terrence O'Donnell

The road to eco-hell is littered with good intentions collected by Roger Riddle The city of Akron spends about three times as much on pulling trash out of the recycle bins and sending it to the landfill as it does on arts programming because people aren’t following the direction on the lids.

As a kid in the 1960s, one of my first entrepreneurial reuse efforts was offering a stack of three cigar boxes—in three “price ranges”—to swap with other kids for bits and bobs. Later, as a fledgling 1970s recycler, I tore apart motors and dragged home pieces of scrap iron to sell for spending money. In the 1980s, when distributing bins as part of a recycling campaign, I found it startling older adults were leaving messy coffee cans of grease to be supportive of “the effort.” After a lifetime of thinking I was doing the right thing, my good intentions have arrived at a bad result. I put my recyclables in a clear plastic bag.

If an event like the recent Porch Rokr can recycle two-thirds of the discarded materials from 10,000 people with only one-third going to waste—or the Akron University InfoCision Game Day Challenge can rank first in the Mid-American Conference and second in the less formal National Division by recycling 88.808 percent from both stadium and tailgating—then why can’t I remember to keep my pizza box out of the recycling bin?

Robert L. Harris, Jr., Solid Waste and Recycling Manager for the City of Akron, says recycling contamination is a big problem. Each year, the single stream recycling program pulls 69,000 tons of trash out of the system, which has to be hauled away as trash to the tune of $46 a ton. Want the math on that? It comes to about $3.17 million a year, or more than three times the amount the city invests in arts programming.

This was wrong. It costs us all both money and labor.

I’m not alone. Much of what is being recycled is also being contaminated by other waste.

Just by reading the Blue Bin lid and following the directions, Akronites would impact the city’s bottom

Sometimes, when I try to be good it goes wrong.


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line, which could ultimately save jobs and quality of life programs. But what about the stuff that doesn’t go in your recycling bin? When you’re cleaning out your garage, take that old paint to the Summit ReWorks site. If you have boxes of bottles, the Akron Fire Stations come to your rescue even if your kitty isn’t stuck in a tree. Let’s say you have a separate load of aluminum cans, AFD’s Sierjie Lash says the proceeds from those go to the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit. Once you’ve got things locked down at home, turn to GAINS (Greater Akron Innovation Network for Sustainability) for help intertwining your recycling routine at work. Local artist and musician Karen Starr, owner of Hazel Tree Interiors, introduced me to the group’s focus on the community building side of sustainable businesses. Anyone interested in furthering the cause can join their meetings on the second Wednesday of every month at the Musica (51 E. Market, downtown Akron) from 5:30–7:30 pm. (continued on page 29)


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Life in Red Lipstick Styling a Vintage Piece for Autumn by Natalie Ulm

Wearing vintage clothing can be difficult without looking like you’re dressed in a costume. Don’t get me wrong—I do dress in head-to-toe vintage, but for every day, I usually choose pieces which are less delicate and a little more wearable. One of my favorite ways to put together a look which will never go out of style is to pair vintage pieces with modern ones. Recently, I styled an outfit with a classic silhouette—I call it 1950s-meets-modern—and paid a visit to our beautiful, historic Glendale Cemetery. OUTFIT DETAILS Embellished Cardigan: 1950s vintage Tulle Skirt: Thrift store Shoes: Target Photos by Ronda Warren

(continued from page 28) At the last meeting, Yolanda Walker of Executive Director of Summit ReWorks broke-down the changing world of composting and organics. Cleveland’s “Rust Belt Riders” showed how they’re composting by making pick-ups from area restaurants—first by bicycles but now in small vans. Karen, who was also an organizer for Porch Rokr, talked about the event’s success reducing waste. With almost 10,000 people in attendance, there were only eight bags of trash and 56.4 lbs. of food scraps collected. The big efforts continue on college campuses, too. Andrew Henry, Recycling Superintendent for The University of Akron, has worked with a large corps of volunteers to stay ahead of students’ recycling needs. He credits the volunteers with both efforts


and ideas to improve the opportunities in recycling. The on-campus convenience stores stock only product containers that can be recycled and end of term discarded clothes now end up in boxes for donation instead of the landfill. Maybe knowing a little more about some of these amazing efforts to improves lives, save money and create jobs will help you realize how much your little actions can add up.

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PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: How much of Scott Scarborough’s rise to President is owed to a failed attempt to win office in 1990? by Chris Horne


rom 1992 to 2013, the state of Texas has paid out more than $89 million to people who were wrongfully convicted, having served on average almost 7.5 years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since 1989, Texas has freed 82 people for drug offenses and 63 for sex crimes. In a state where black people make up just 12.5 percent of the population, nearly half the 215 total exonerated Texans are black. If Scott Scarborough had his way in 1990, most of those people would be dead now. "In the long term, we don't need more prison beds, police officers, or drug agencies – we need speedy trials and more capital punishment which is swift and unencumbered," Scarborough, then an accountant at Coopers & Lybrand, told the Austin American-Statesman. He was describing his tough-on-crime platform as a candidate in the 1990 Republican primary for the District 48 seat in the Texas House of Representatives. Scarborough, who described himself as “the only pro-life” candidate in the race, also told the Statesman he would add child abuse, drug dealing, rape and repeat felony offenders to the list of crimes punishable by death. This may be what he meant in the opening


seconds of his campaign commercial, on file in the Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive at the University of Oklahoma, when he said, “Edmond Burke once said; ‘All that is necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.’ My name is Scott Scarborough and I’m a candidate for State Representative. My desire is simply good government, where justice prevails, where legislators are good stewards of our tax dollars, but good government doesn’t just happen. It’s up to you and me. Please vote in the Republican Primary on March 13th.” That is, he is a good guy standing up to the bad guys.

Under Scarborough, the Travis County Republicans shifted hard right. “For years, the joke in GOP circles was that three types of Republicans live in Texas: urban Republicans, rural Republicans and Travis County Republicans,” David Elliot wrote in the Austin American-Statesman, March 27, 1994, referencing the group’s relatively moderate leanings. “No longer.” Despite vocal opposition within the Travis County GOP, including protests from gay Republicans, the district convention’s “conservative wing” added “anti-gay language” to their platform, a list of their political values. Some members compared that decision and an increased emphasis on social issues to the party’s founding by abolitionists who fought against slavery.

The 27-year-old Scarborough lost the primary, coming in third with a quarter of the vote and then threw his support in the runoff behind another 27-year-old candidate Leonard Smith, who the daily paper reported had falsely accused the leading From the Statesman report, the plank on candidate, Alan Sager, of doctoring his resume and homosexuality reads: being unable to get tenure as a professor at the "Republicans believe that the practice University of Texas-Austin. Smith would beat Sager of sodomy leads to the breakdown but would fall in the general election to Democrat of the family unit and the spread Sherri Greenberg, a financial analyst who kept the of (AIDS). We oppose teaching in seat for a decade and is now a fellow at the Lyndon public schools that homosexuality is B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University equivalent with sexual expression. of Texas-Austin. No person should receive special legal entitlements or privileges based Two years after that primary race—1992, the same on sexual preference, to include year he joined the University of Texas System as marriage between persons of the an Audit Manager—Scarborough became the same sex, custody or adoption." chairman of the Travis County Republican Party.

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Andy Smith, a Log Cabin Republican who once led the statewide College Republicans and worked for Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1984, compared the platform’s treatment of the LGBT community to the view Nazis held about Jews and homosexuals. “There is some very hateful, vitriolic, vicious language in the majority report,” Smith was quoted saying. The article ended on this note: Travis County GOP Chairman Scott Scarborough, whose term is expiring, told delegates they should “lift up King Jesus” through their work as Republican activists. By 1996, two years after he stepped down as chair, Scarborough became Vice President for Business Affairs at the University of Texas-Tyler. He was tabbed in 2001 by then Texas comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander to manage the $30 billion of state money in the Texas Trust. One of Keeton Rylander’s sons, Scott McClellan, was President George W. Bush’s press secretary. Another son, Mark McClellan, led the FDA— and later Medicare—under President Bush. He graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in 1985, the same year Scarborough, as student president, led a walkout to try stopping a student council measure supporting LGBT students on campus. (continued on page 31)


Community & Culture (continued from page 30) So what of it? Scarborough is a Republican, or at least was. He has said his views on homosexuality have changed, telling the Akron Beacon Journal he doesn’t remember the hurtful comments he reportedly made in 1985. “Looking at it 30 years later, you say to yourself, ‘I couldn’t have said that, could I? I could not have been so stupid or insensitive to say something like that,’” he told ABJ reporter Rick Armon. Whether he remembers his campaign or not, you could assume his extreme tough-on-crime views have changed with the times too. While it might be disconcerting to some that he hasn’t acknowledged his past political aspirations before—and did not address the “anti-gay” actions taken by the Travis County GOP while he was at the helm—it is hardly criminal or unethical. However, it plays into a growing narrative some have about what Scarborough is hiding and whether he can be believed. For example, the elimination of the university’s baseball program, which put several former players and their families thousands of dollars into debt. (continued on page 34)

QUESTIONS FOR ‘THE SCAR' What our readers want us to ask Dr. Scott Scarborough in our October 21 interview For reasons that are still unclear to me, Dr. Scott Scarborough asked a friend of mine to broker a meeting between us, which I found odd because I am A) easy to reach, B) have been in contact with university officials weekly since July and C) had actually requested an interview weeks earlier (albeit on video in the presidential residence). Regardless, I am thrilled by the prospect of hearing whatever he has to say. After a couple weeks, his secretary reached out to set up the meeting for lunch on October 21. The problem for me, if he keeps the meeting, is knowing where to begin. So I turned to our readers for suggestions (offering “bonus points” for making me laugh) and this is what they gave me. I gave out a lot of bonus points. – Chris Horne

If your new VPs are receiving higher salaries than their predecessors due to expanded duties, why aren't lower level employees who have been told to "do more with less" not receiving pay increases? - Adam M.

lies and half-truths) would effectively make this a "great university," why the need to procure other arrangements—of course, like so much else, at our expense—for your daughter's college? - Chris D.

Have any of your PR and marketing staff actually taken any of the University's PR and Marketing coursework? - JT B.

What is the role of the student body and faculty/staff in governing a public university? - Wendy D.

How do the events happening at UA reflect the larger picture of the state of education in Ohio? Are Scarborough and Kasich great pals? - Pamela K. I would ask him if he expects you to write a favorable piece, and when he answers "no" ask him why he agreed to an interview then. - Keith W. Why do you submit mileage reimbursement requests when you receive a $1,500/month car allowance? - Adam M. If your plan (whatever the fuck it is, because you won't ever tell the public, apart from


Is that a Rickel in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? - Brian B. I heard a commercial on a radio station the other day, promoting Akron U as Ohio's Polytechnic. The commercial told me that the “poly” stands for "unlimited." Do you think that Akron, a pretty bottom line, plain-speaking place as a whole is willing to buy into a rebranding strategy that is clearly hyperbole and smoke and mirrors? - Wendy G. Do you plan to investigate additional names/tag lines after failing to secure URLs related to Ohio's Polytechnic University? - Matt N.

What is the difference between running the University of Akron like a business and being fiscally responsible while supporting a strong, diverse, research-driven faculty that will attract and foster an enthusiastic student body? - Andrea B.

and ask if he's ordering the Mediterranean salad for lunch. - Dan S.

Does an $80,000 patio set feel good on the ass, and how does it compare to a Big Lots closeout for aesthetics? - Ronald F.

AND SOME FROM GRADUATES OVER GREED, AN ANONYMOUS STUDENT GROUP ORGANIZING PROTESTS AT THE OCTOBER 14 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Why is okay to spend private money on your mansion but not to save the baseball team?

I'd ask him to describe specifically the prospective student, parent, employer of alumni or donor the University of Akron thinks it must market to in order to cure the financial problem(s) it's facing. Hint: parents willing to pay full tuition (probably largely international) would likely be high on my guess list. - Cindy W.

Would you be open to renaming the JAR Arena to the Olive Jar Arena? - Kevin T.

If you're facing a "financial problem," why are you spending $26,000 to let Larry Burns have his own radio show to serve his giant ego?

You don't seem to have lost any weight… Are you not When budget cuts are discussed, why are salary cuts using the equipment the university spent $7,200 on? for the highest-paid university employees never a part of the equation? - Adam M. How do you sleep at night knowing you ruined the lives of so many people so you could give your For starters, you should wear an olive colored suit friends higher paychecks?

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CrossFit Akron and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Bathroom Reviews by Marissa Marangoni and Emily Dressler

regularly. When you’re working out hard and avoiding gluten, well, things happen. And they happen in the CFA bathrooms. While I wouldn’t suggest taking deep, cleansing breaths inside the three restrooms, the air quality hasn’t prevented anyone from returning. I give the CFA bathrooms a solid 3.9 out of 5 toilets. Interested in checking the place out for yourself? On October 30th, all access to CrossFit Akron bathrooms and classes are free to visitors! Tell ‘em Urine Luck sent you.

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In the women’s bathroom, my main gripe is that when you lock the stall door, the lock sticks. Luckily, thanks to CrossFit, I just use my hulk arms to muscle myself free. Functional fitness at its finest. The initial visual appeal of this bathroom is good, but closer inspection reveals a clash. The floor and walls are matched in a beige-ish shade of tile, while the bathroom stall is gray. I don’t know why. Cleanliness is hard to maintain at a gym, but the coaches at CFA do their damnedest to keep them fresh. Many CrossFit members are eating clean, following a Paleo diet, or drinking protein shakes


The truth is that I am afraid of bathrooms in moving vehicles. It’s not because they’re gross (though sometimes they are), it’s just a problem I have. I overcame that fear today. If the rest of this review reads like stream-of-consciousness, it’s because I am writing through the fear. I took a deep breath and opened the door after a man had just exited. I made sure to latch the door so that the “occupied” light would be on. The seat was still up. No surprise there. I nudged it down with my shoe. Dim lighting. Oddly shaped bathroom. Tiny sink. Extra stuff in the corner. Toilet looks like a miniature. Water/stuff in toilet is weird color. A sign above the toilet instructed me to hold the handle down until the flap opens. What is a toilet flap? Do I have to look at it? Is it in the toilet? I hold onto the wall and imagine I am an old-timey train passenger. Just using the toilet like a quaint lady on a train. No big deal. Old-timey me would probably have a nice hat.

All the liberal hydration and movement that go on in a gym demand a designated area for whatever release you require. After three years at CrossFit Akron, I can confidently say that in addition to offering top-notch functional fitness classes, CFA also promises a solid bathroom experience. CFA has a men’s room, a women’s room, and a unisex bathroom. The men’s and women’s rooms are right inside the main training area, and each features a single stall with a toilet, sink, and shower. I am told the men’s room doesn’t have a urinal, and that its absence is “annoying,” but having cleaned a urinal before, I will never understand wanting to pee in a trough with a cake in it. However, if you’re willing to walk further, the bonus bathroom can satisfy your urinal desires and provide another single stall and sink set-up, all conveniently accessed when you find yourself in emergency mode mid-workout. Or if you need a paper towel.

est our coach car was luxuriously huge. This time, it was not. But it was easy to find and functioning.

At least there was toilet paper. Time for toilet flap. The instructions showed a clock, indicating that the flap-opening would occur after a short amount of time. The sign was smeared with water or whatever so I didn’t know how long to wait. For some reason, I didn’t want to watch the flap open, so I held the handle down for 30 seconds.

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Steams Steady by Emily Dressler Locomotive #765, an historic steam engine, rolled into Akron for Steam in the Valley during a perfect fall weekend in September. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) runs trains through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is mostly staffed with volunteers. Don’t expect bathroom attendants or fancy towels, and just be thankful for the scenic railroad and the pastoral Cuyahoga Valley. Equipped with a number of coach cars, there are plenty of unisex restrooms to handle the crowds. The last time I rode these rails, the bathroom near-

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As I turned around, the water was still running and I thought please don’t let me break the toilet on this historic passenger train car. It stopped running, and I left without washing my hands. I was too afraid. I cannot fault this bathroom for being weird. I rate it a 3.5 out of 5 toilets.

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(continued on page 20) “We held off on doing shows for a while to save our energy for the Slasher Sockhop and to focus on recording the album,” Roger says. “We’re mixing and mastering it now, and we kept everything in house. So I got to take some control and be a perfectionist.” The new record, “Survivor Girl II: Captive Audience,” is titled, he says, in the infamous style of Danzig’s releases with the subtitle serving as the actual name of the release. Though Survivor Girl has a sound and aesthetic all its own, its horror punk influences are prevalent in the new release, woven in with Western-style ditties and guitardriven rock that touches on a new sect of spooky movie antagonists. Roger says he’s compiled a whole list of horror movies to touch on, and the new album will include a special three-song mega-track sung from the perspective of the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and a Mummy. The songs will be a little campier, reflecting the inherent humor the band celebrates and incorporates in its musical craft. “The songs are from a different point of view – they’re not humanized killers – they’re actual monsters,” Roger says. “There’s the element of laughter, but these monsters are still killing people in horrible ways. The songs reflect the voyeuristic feeling we get when we watch these horrors onscreen.” Roger says the faster-paced songs sound best live, and last year’s inaugural Slasher Sockhop felt like a special homecoming for the band. They spent just 12 months putting the group together, writing their first album and organizing the special event. This year, they’ve spent roughly the same amount of time on putting the new release together, and with previous tunes like “My Hellbound Heart” and “Bloody Beach Party (of Blood)” under their belts, fans wait with bated breath for the upcoming ghoulish greaser bash and collection of new tunes dedicated to those special ladies who bravely rose to the occasion, defeating on-screen villainous beasts. Survivor Girl will live long in the local music scene, adopting the evil voice of these devilish characters while maintaining golden hearts dedicated to bringing the community together for a night of fun, frights and contributions that benefit women and children.

2nd annual Slasher Sockhop at Musica Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit ACCESS Shelter Akron, a nonprofit sheltering homeless women and children in Summit County. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume and bring their dancing shoes for the special Devil’s Night celebration.


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The Wanderer Thai Food Get in My Belly words and pictures by Holly Brown

I can distinctly remember the first time I had Thai food. I was probably about twelve, older than I would have liked. I was slightly horrified that I had lived so long without ever having eaten pad Thai or drunken noodles.

Thai garb, and an electronic sign on the side of the building flashing phrases such as “Yummy Yummy Thai Food” and “Thai Food Get in My Belly.”

I knew I could not go wrong with their namesake, so I ordered it with meatballs at a level three spice (out of six possible options: one-five and Thai spicy). This particular day happened to be brisk and when that humungous, steaming bowl of pho was placed in front of me, with a side of jalapeños and bean sprouts for the adding, I was thrilled. Chop sticks in one hand and soup spoon in the other, I took down that meal down like I was mad at it, albeit slowly at first because it was really, really hot. A level three spicy was spicy, spicy enough that it led me to imagine what kind of superhero could ingest Thai spicy without immediately breaking a sweat. I absolutely love spicy food and if you are one of my people, this is your place, I promise you.

There’s something about Thai food that really gets at my constant need for umami-ness. The flavors are earthy and spicy simultaneously, and as long as I can inhale Thai food at a relatively reasonable rate, it hits a spot somewhere close to take-out Chinese without that lead in the belly feeling that follows. However, I do have a tendency to discover that after 10 minutes of believing I am stuffed to the brim with Thai and unable to eat another bite, something shifts in my stomach and it’s the perfect time for leftovers. I had been on the lookout for my new regular Thai place since I moved to Akron. Conveniently, this past month I had found the diamond in the rough I needed. Right away, I knew this was my kind of place. Friends from the Urban Eats crew—Jason, Max and Maya—invited my boyfriend, Ryan, and I to Thai Pho, aptly named for their signature dish. Fun fact, I had never even had Thai Pho before this day—and once again, I was struck with horror (and complete shame) that I had never done so before, nearing the end of my 23rd year.

alert: I returned to Thai Pho after this initial visit and was encouraged by my ever-attentive and hilarious server to try a shot of sweet tea vodka in the Thai iced tea itself. Good god was that delightful.)

Once you enter Thai Pho, you are greeted with colorful paper jigsaw lanterns covering the lights, beautiful fabric coasters embroidered with golden elephants, and a massive mural facing the bar that includes what I imagine could be nothing other than Thailand night complete with someone riding an elephant. We were all seated at a table in the dining room and under a red lantern, I perused the menu. We ordered Thai iced teas, a deliciously sweet and creamy cold tea. (Spoiler

The broth of the pho was just packed with flavor and spices, once you reach the bottom of your container of leftovers (I absolutely promise you, you will have leftovers) you will see small chunks of all the goodness that makes it so damn good. The meatballs were a great addition to the noodles, both of which almost seemed to melt in your mouth with tenderness. I find that Thai food is very good at maintaining an interesting bite variety, and the ability to add the bean sprouts to the pho itself gave crisp crunch to all that deliciously savory, for lack of a better term, noms. I alerted everyone there that I would be returning for regular warming

during the fast approaching winter.

As previously stated I went to Thai Pho not once, but twice in preparation for this article. While the pho was the star of this piece, I would like to also give honorable mention to the pad Thai and the yellow curry both of which treated my belly just as kindly as the Thai pho. Next time you’re so cold, it reaches your bones (it’s coming people, for better or worse) head to Thai Pho for some Thai pho, I promise you will leave with a tropical ocean inside you and plenty of leftovers.

THAI PHO 1099 E. Tallmadge Ave, Akron Monday-Saturday 11 am-10pm // Holly Brown loves to write poems and eat food and is currently sad she has gone on so long without Thai pho in her life.

Thai Pho itself is unassuming, a restaurant in the shape of a clapboard house. Though, once you take a closer look, you will find the giant billboard rising over the parking lot, complete with photograph of the master chef herself in traditional


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community & Culture (continued from page 22) I asked her what that looked like and she replied, “Well, my dad said, ‘You have to make them care,’ and that’s true. You play a sweet show and you want people to cheer for you. Making it is just a side effect of being that band that does that. We’ve talked about it as a band and we agree. We’re all in.”

Sapronetti added, “He was a fan first so he knew all our songs, knew every chord to every song. He fit right in.”

I asked her about what inspires her to write about the things she does and Sapronetti thought a moment before answering, “I always felt like I was from another time. Real rock-n-roll is for the people, the anti-establishment. I want to sing about the government and about spiritual things. Music is inherently spiritual. Music is the vehicle of a message and that gets lost today.

I tried to play it cool, but I’m fairly certain the ridiculous ear-to-ear grin on my face gave me away as we made our way down to the basement with a couple of their friends who had gathered for a private concert. I still can’t pull off playing it cool about that – I’m grinning as I write this.

“’Four Corners’ is partly about spirituality,” she added, and then recited couple of lines of the song from their first album: “All you see is not all that there is, so you should take your time…”. At this point in the conversation, her band mates joined Sapronetti. I turned to Caler and Huffman and asked if they ever felt overshadowed by the charismatic Sapronetti or by the attention her natural “rock star persona” receives. Caler responded first by saying, “No, it doesn’t bother me. I never feel like that. It may not be directed at me but it makes me better.” Huffman added, “She rocks harder than most dudes I know,” drawing attention to a subject I had not addressed previously: Sapronetti’s gender. I asked her about being a woman lead singer/lead guitar player in a field that is predominantly male. Sapronetti commented, “Sometimes people see our show and ask, ‘Wow, how can a girl play like that?’ Whatever,” she shrugged, rolling her eyes.

We’d been talking for a while when Sapronetti looked at me and asked, “Do you want to come down to the basement where we rehearse and we can play a little for you?”

Entering the basement was like walking into a classic Akron music venue. There were old sofas and floor lamps, a platform stage, and trippy colored lights swirling from the ceiling. As they started to play (a FULL SET!!), I managed to stay in the moment, and what a moment it was. When the band finished playing, I was exhausted from the energy expended in the room, but the three musicians of Time Cat looked like they could play all night.

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on the “Second Year Timeline.”

Scarborough said eliminating baseball was a tough decision made for the same reason the Board of Trustees approved laying off 161 people: the university faces a dire “financial problem.” But he also told sports media it was a symbolic move, and after a meeting with CFO Nathan Mortimer, former UA baseball player Tom Farmer, who is pushing the university to restore the program, said, “Mortimer confirmed to us that the land usage was part of the reason for elimination of the baseball team. Along with several other reasons.”

Most egregiously, Scarborough told local media the university conferred with officials from the Akron RubberDucks in a last-ditch effort to save the baseball program. Then RubberDucks GM Jim Pfander said, in an email to the ABJ, “…we never had any conversations about games shifting over here.”

Then documents were released regarding a “Grand Entrance” that would use the land the baseball field currently occupies. Still, he told the Faculty Senate in early September there are no plans for a Grand Entrance, that he was only making notes about potential improvements and the reporting was done out of context. Except, according to slides released by the university, he was giving presentations to various stakeholders with a slide featuring “Grand Entrance” near the top of a list of capital projects for April-June 2016

In the end, however, what he seemingly still believes is worth the most attention because its echoes are evident in many of the moves Scarborough has had approved by the Board of Trustees, particularly outsourcing in areas like online education and student success that were traditionally done in-house. In a February 1990 article in the Austin AmericanStatesman, he told a reporter, "The voters of Texas want their elected officials to determine whether the public or private sector should provide needed services, then decide where tax dollars can be used for the best possible good.” Perhaps there are some things that never change.

As Sapronetti walked me to me car, she stopped me and pointed to the house across the street from hers. She said, “Do you see that house? The Black Keys used to live there. They recorded their first album there.” I responded, “I wonder what young band will be pointing at your house someday and saying that?” She looked at me with a confident grin and said, “I wonder…” For more information about Time Cat’s music and shows, go to For information about the “Boozled” release party at the Rialto Theater, go to https://www.facebook. com/events/1486058201689065/

We moved on, and I asked Huffman if he was having fun playing in Time Cat. “Oh, yeah,” he replied. “It’s what I really want to do.”

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Issue 14 - Akron's Polytechnic Arts & Culture Magazine  

It's fall, which means pumpkins and pumpkin beer and regular beer and Halloween and costume parties and haunted houses ...and more questions...