Akron Glass Works’ new location near the University of Akron is ideal for this glass blowing studio and gift shop, where everything is made by local artists, including the work of owner Jack Baker. On this episode (which also has an accompanying video - check out the Akronist's YouTube channel), Jack takes us through the inspiration behind Akron Glass Works, the building’s former life as a church and the company’s connection with artists, ending with a demonstration in the “hot shop,” where he creates a beautiful glass marble. To sign up for a glass-blowing workshop, contact http://www.akronglassworks.com.
Akron’s historic buildings contain so many interesting stories of the city's past and its people, says Lauren Burge, who works as a historic architect. The firm Chambers, Murphy & Burge is responsible for restoring a number of important buildings in Akron, including its headquarters the Hermes Building. She talks about the “Akron Style,” which was known all over the country and can still be found in some of our churches, along with working in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, along with her most recent effort, a wine company called Bottle to Glass that she and her husband operate (headquartered at another historic building in downtown Akron).
It’s apparent the artistry that goes into the day-to-day operations of downtown Akron’s Crave restaurant, which has been a staple for 12 years. Liz and Chris talk with owner Aaron Hervey about his background in acting, photography, painting and other creative endeavors, and he shares info about the upcoming opening of Crave Cantina in Cuyahoga Falls. Aaron also talks about why chefs eat tacos, and Liz shares some big news.
Heather Roszczyk has one of the coolest jobs in Akron. As the Akron Entrepreneurship Fellow for the Fund for Our Economic Future, Heather gets to hear about and work with many of the area’s entrepreneurs, who are starting businesses and attempting to make their marks on Akron. She points out that many of our city’s startups are all about collaboration. Heather also oversees the website Akron is for Entrepreneurs (http://www.akronisforentrepreneurs.org/), which serves as a resource for local startups.
Those attending Rubber City Shakespeare Company’s “Cymbeline,” which opens this Friday, Feb. 10 at the Well CDC, will get to see an evil stepmother, a poison apple and a young heroine who takes her destiny into her own hands. It's a fairy tale adventure, written long before Disney came along. Dane Leasure and Casey Robinson stop in to talk to Cody and Chris about this lesser known Shakespearean play, along with what it takes to put on productions in a former church sanctuary in Akron’s Middlebury neighborhood. The company offers unique takes on the Bard’s body of work, including an upcoming twist on King Lear. Visit www.rubbercityshakes.com/tickets for info.
Blue Green joins the Spoils of Akron crew to talk about his new show "Around Akron with Blue Green," on Western Reserve PBS. Blue is on a mission to bring broadcast TV back to Akron. Cities of comparable size have multiple television stations, so if Blue has his druthers, we'll see more original TV content coming from Akron. His show profiles some of the best people, businesses and places Akron has to offer.
This week, Spoils of Akron is on location at the Nightlight Cinema in downtown Akron, where Executive Director Kurtiss Hare leads Ryan and Liz (and Chris behind the camera) on a tour of the theater, from the concession area, where specialty drinks are served in tandem with the featured movies, to the cinema’s brand new comfortable seats, which were recently installed thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. Stop in to see a movie here and you’re sure to enjoy it, because the movies shown at this small arthouse cinema have been handpicked by Kurtiss and his team.(Check out the accompanying video for this podcast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEw-Sket0g8&feature=youtu.be)
Jennifer Davis, from smART Studio, joins Liz and Chris to talk about the joys of teaching art to children, who are imaginative and eager to learn how to create. Along with the kids’ art opportunities, smArt Studio offers craft and maker sessions for adults, bringing out their inner creative child. Jen talks about growing up as an artist in Akron and the path that led her to become an educator, along with a new collaborative venture, Akron Craft + Social Club. This episode also features a special guest, the youngest guest in Spoils of Akron history.
Liz and Chris welcome two talented Kevins this week: Kevin Richards and Kevin Smalley, who have collaborated for an art exhibit at the Mustard Seed Market & Cafe in Montrose. They talk about the artistic process, the coolness that is the University of Akron's art program at Folk Hall, the recent Mariah Carey New Year's Eve meltdown and some strange performance art ideas, most of which involve not wearing pants.
Why has 2016 been such a crappy year for many of us? Liz thinks it may be because this year is the Year of the Fire Monkey, according to the Chinese zodiac. She speaks with Chris and Ryan about the recent loss of Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in the iconic Star Wars movies) and singer George Michael, along with a recent electrical fire in downtown Akron, which affected Liz and Jason’s living situation. They also discuss the Hale Farm holiday celebration, Weathervane Playhouse and New Year’s resolutions for 2017.