Canton First Friday Pizza Wars

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in News

Canton First Friday Pizza Wars

MAMMA MIA! September’s First Friday has arrived and the theme is PIZZA WARS! So, come on down to the Canton Arts District from 6-10pm on September 1st and enjoy local businesses competing for the title of Best Pizza. Stop at 4th and Court for your Pizza Passport for a chance to win an Arts District basket worth over $250. Along with local pizza, take advantage 6th Street’s “Pizza for Peace” activities, including pizza vendors set up on opposite ends of 6th Street, live music from Brad Skinner at Colette’s Vintage, free chalk for those wishing to cover the sidewalk in Pizza Art, and a free pizza roll party from Just Imagine Gift Gallery courtesy of Twilight Café. Take advantage of some great deals going on this Friday: Bring in your receipt from any September First Friday downtown pizza purchase and get 20% off a single item, as well as spin the “Pizza Wheel of Discount” and get a discount on your purchase. Academy of American Karate will also be offering free demonstration on self-defense techniques on the Market Square at 6pm. First Friday means Free Family Movie at the Canton Palace Theatre! At 7:30pm, grab a seat at the Palace to watch “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”. Admission is free, but a ticket is required. Pick up your tickets ahead of time at the Palace, throughout the Canton Arts District, and at the Canton Museum of Art. Take a stroll through the galleries and studios to see the latest exhibits: JULZ will be featuring fine art photography by Carolyn R. Jacob. Modern Ritual will be teaming with Eulogy Tattoos to design tattoos from their premade pizza flash along with showcasing solid gold pizza jewelry. You will also be able to make Art Pizzas with Artist BZTAT and Mia Meow on Court Avenue. Stop by Print & Press Shop & Studios for some pizza-themed cards and prints and new fall tees from Little Chicago Clothing Co. The Canton Arts District will be full of awesome shops and unique finds! Show off your team spirit and decorate a free team fan sign for the next big game and enjoy complimentary admission to the new “Scrimmage” art exhibition. Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center will be honoring Norris “Glenn” Tharp by selling over 500 pieces of artwork on a donation basis. Arrowhead Vintage & Handmade Goods has cooked up some handmade crochet pizza items for you as well as some snazzy pizza buttons and magnets. All this talk of Pizza making you hungry? There are plenty of places to eat. Macho Nacho Food Truck will be serving street-side nachos, burritos, and chorizo mac-and-cheese. Cultured Coffee & Waffles will be featuring the supreme pizza waffle. Grapes in a Glass will be participating in the pizza wars with a selection of homemade pizzas with live music from Nate Lupi and Brad Harper. First Friday will...

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Scared Scriptless to present its April Fools comedy show April 1

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in News

Scared Scriptless to present its April Fools comedy show April 1

Canton’s professional improv comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, will perform their April Fools Show at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. This performance will entertain their 18-and-over-only audience for 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets ($8 each) can be purchased at the door, over the phone at (234) 410-3475, or online at: http://avenuearts.org/ This performance will be held at The Kathleen Howland Theatre, 324 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio. The theatre is part of Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre. For information of future performances, please visit the website: https://www.facebook.com/ScaredScriptlessImprov This particular improv performance will showcase the talents of Scriptless regulars Justin Edenhofer, Tim Carmany, Ryan Lynn, David Sponhour, Moriah Roberts, and John-Michael Roberts. These unscripted shows depend on audience suggestions. Scared Scriptless promises new games and new takes on classic fan favorites. About Scared Scriptless: Scared Scriptless has been performing since May 2006. In addition to their many Canton-area appearances (Akron Civic Theatre, First Friday, the Player’s Guild Theatre, the Kathleen Howland Theatre, The Auricle, First Row Centre for the Arts, Lions Lincoln Theatre), they have taught several workshops and classes to groups such as Stark County Job and Family Services, Leadership Stark County, Leadership Tuscarawas County, Dover Middle and High Schools, GlenOak High School drama groups. They have raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations, including the Massillon Museum, the Walsh University Museum Studies Program, the Player’s Guild Theatre of Canton, and the historic Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon. Scared Scriptless began with an auditioned group of 14 members, which dwindled to a core group of 5 members who would perform with the group for many years after. In 2011 it became apparent that new members and new ideas were needed. Auditions yielded 4 new members of the group, who would debut in Scriptless’ first Fisticuffs battle royale performance. In 2015 they began adding music as a regular performance piece, creating songs from audience suggestions. Scared Scriptless led many workshops and even held “I’m Scared Too” open improv jams. They are also well-known from their days at Canton First Friday as the strange people helping folks cross the street safely and hilariously. Throughout the years many games and members have come and gone but the group still retains that spark of humor, provided by the audience’s suggestions. For more information about Scared Scriptless, visit their website:...

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Canton Arts District All-Stars call for entry

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in News

Canton Arts District All-Stars call for entry

The Canton Arts District All-Stars Exhibit is a one-night art event that is open for submissions to visual artists who have worked, played, or exhibited artwork in the Canton Arts District. Drop off your artwork and completed application on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 10am – 6pm at the Canton Museum of Art.  Applications are available online: http://www.cantonart.org/all-stars-call   The works will be on display in the Museum Galleries for one-night only: First Friday, November 4 from 5-8:30pm.  Visitors during the event will vote on their favorite works until 8:00 pm and the winner will be announced before the show closes at 8:30pm.  PRIZES:  Extensive Media Promo Package Including: •Feature ARTe e-blast to thousands of subscribers • Artist profile in About Magazine • Feature Article on ArtsInStark Blog  • Feature Article in @CantonMuseum Magazine  • And other media opportunities  A Downtown Canton Package featuring: •A 2017 Solo Exhibition at ArtsinStark’s Avenue Arts  •Gift Cards to Area Restaurants   There is no fee to participate.  BASIC RULES: Artists must be at least 18 yrs. old Limit one submission per artist. Open to all artists who celebrate the Canton Arts District (May live in Summit, Stark, or other counties). Collaborative works are welcome but each individual can only be part of one submission. Entries must be original and created between 2014-2016.  2D Size Limits: Must be under 4’W x 4’H and 6” Depth (Must be ready to hang/install)  3D Size Limits: Must be free standing or fit on a 20” x 20” pedestal.   For more details, download an application:  ...

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Celebrate Canton Pride with First Friday

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in News

Celebrate Canton Pride with First Friday

There’s no better way to show your Canton Pride than by spending time strolling, shopping, wining, and dining all while supporting local business and vendors in the Canton Arts District during First Friday on June 3! Start the evening early at First Stop First Friday (5:30 p.m.) in the Canton Museum of Art (CMA). Inside you’ll find Upcycle: Transforming Trash to Treasure where local artists have created unique works of art from recycled materials with the help of artist, Gwen Waight. Bring the kids to create a “Trash to Treasure” make-and-take craft hosted by the Stark Recycling District. Give back to fellow Cantonians by visiting the Canton Police Department’s mobile command center on 4th Street as we “fill the cruiser” with non-perishable food goods to benefit partners of Project Homeless Connect, helping the needy in our area. Mayor Bernabei will officially open the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) at 6 p.m. at Buzzbin Art & Music Shop. The DORA permits people to legally walk outside within specified boundaries with open containers of beer, wine and liquor sold at Arts District bars and restaurants. Only patrons using the DORA “official cup” will be permitted outside with an open container. Bounce over to 6th and Court Avenue to shoot hoops into inflatable baskets from the Canton Charge with Kempthorn Motors! Light up toys will be on sale with all money raised going to the Canton Ex-Newsboys Association, helping send local youth back to school with new coats and shoes! Relax with the kids in the Canton Palace Theatre for the First Friday Family Movie, “Underdogs,” at 7:30 p.m. Cantonology is all about Canton Pride! To celebrate the First Friday theme, all of their Canton-themed jewelry will be on sale. Shop ‘til you drop at unique places like Arrowhead Vintage, Just Imagine, Colette’s Vintage, and the newest arts district business: Modern Ritual Piercing and Jewelry. Cool down and take $2 off your first drink at the Auricle Bar & Venue with receipt of purchase from any Downtown Business (Art Galleries, Restaurants, Bars, Shops, etc.) 6-10 p.m. There’s something for everyone in the downtown galleries: Julz by Alan Rodriguez displays art created by four-legged friends from Pawsitive Ohio; Juilliard 3rd Space Art Gallery features the work of seniors from Canton Local, Plain Local, and Canton City Schools; Lynda Tuttle’s Art Center exhibits Beyond the Surface: Womb with a View, a powerful art installation revealing the lives of five women artists—donations will be accepted to benefit local women’s shelters; Dyanne Williams Mosaics has make-and-take raffia flowers; the Hub Art Factory brings back Erin Mulligan and her biological oddities; IKON Images shares their full size “Sewer Dweller” and “Gallery Ghost” one last time before they go back underground; Snarky Art & Journey Studios will debut “Mascot Mash-Up”, a stained glass-style painting of Stark County’s high school mascots; Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography holds a silent...

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The Other Place this weekend at the Kathleen Howland

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in News

The Other Place this weekend at the Kathleen Howland

By Todd Walburn Many artists are known for working in a particular medium. Painters mostly paint, sculptors mostly sculpt and Photographers mostly take photographs. There are a handful or artists who slip easily from one medium to another, effortlessly transitioning from the smell of oil paint to the spinning potter’s wheel, in an effort to scratch their personal creative itch. In the Theater Arts the roles of people needed to create a play are just as varied, with the overlapping drive to create the perfect piece the unifying force in any theater company. But actors mostly act, directors mostly direct and lighting designers mostly design lighting. As with everything, however, there are exceptions.Jacki Dietz has been testing those creative waters for about a year now. An actor for 23 years, last year Jacki directed her first piece, a one act play by Christopher Durang called “The Actor’s Nightmare”. She was also my choice to facilitate the staged reading of my play, “We Rise” last summer. I chose her for the task not because I knew she had an interest in directing but because I knew she knew the art of acting and she understood the importance of the words on the page and knew how to bring those words to life. She was successful in both endeavors last year and in 2016 has directed her first full length play, Sharr White’s “The Other Place” which opens this Friday the 13th at The Kathleen Howland Theatre.   “The Other Place”, a play about a woman’s struggles with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, might not be most people’s first choice for cutting their directing chops but Dietz was drawn to it for several reasons. “I love surrealist plays, I love memory plays that are character-driven,” she said. “The writing is beautiful and these characters are real and provide actors with opportunities to develop their acting skills and also an opportunity for me as a director to pull things out of the actors in a way that other plays do not. As for the challenge of transitioning from actor to director she found the task formidable to say the least. “As an actor, I’m used to looking at things through the microscope of my character and the other actors with whom I interact,” she says. “As a director you are looking through macroscope. You have to look at everything, the lights, the sound, the actors, the set design. It’s a huge challenge and it can be overwhelming.” You don’t have to be any special skills to understand while talking to Dietz, however, that she loves what she is doing. She talks about her production with the tenderness and familiarity of a parent talking about her child. This is a play created with the care of someone who knows the art of theater, no matter which hat she may be wearing. “The Other Place”...

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Downtown Canton Flea Returns April 16th

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in News

Downtown Canton Flea Returns April 16th

By James Dennison This Saturday, April 16th, the very successful Downtown Canton Flea @ Deli Ohio returns for its second year. The event is free for shoppers and begins at 9am on 4th Street NE next to Deli Ohio. The event currently has over 50 vendors booked for inside and outside of Deli Ohio. Last year’s downtown flea was a giant success for vendors and local businesses. “We went from a Saturday with maybe 10 sandwich orders to feeding over 300 people. I can’t believe the turn out we had,” said Deli Ohio owner Ryan Miller. Ryan created the flea collaborating with David and Melissa Sherrill of the popular vintage store Arrowhead Vintage and Handmade Goods which is also located in Downtown on 4th Street NW. “I gave them an idea and they really ran with it, they put in a ton of work and JAB Advertising has helped from the start also. Without these really great people working long hours on a shoestring budget it wouldn’t be nearly as fun and cool.” Ryan said. Melissa Sherrill from Arrowhead and Jab Advertising have done some major rebranding of the flea during the winter months, changing the name slightly, creating a cool logo and website that allows you to see future events, sign up for vending and answer any questions you have about the flea market. Ryan has added a mural to the 4th Street side of his downtown Deli Ohio location and has turned his back parking lot into a beautiful pocket park full of edible plants, but Ryan has even more tricks up his sleeve! He’s purchased his own hot dog vending cart and will be slinging gourmet franks outside all day next to Canton’s very favorite coffee truck Native Hill run by husband and wife team Max and Jordane Puterbaugh. Ryan’s new hot dog cart, named The Local Frank, will have several different styles of dogs. The Downtown Canton Flea hosts a very impressive amount of local makers, 3d printers, beekeepers, soap makers, jewelry makers, vintage clothing booths, beard oilers, writers, poets, henna artists, painters, natural deodorant and lip balm, printmakers, organic farmers, crafters, button makers, t-shirt companies and is looking to double or triple in size during 2016! The best way to keep up to date on the Downtown Canton Flea or for more information on vending check them out at https://www.facebook.com/downtowncantonflea Or check out the new website at : http://www.downtowncantonflea.com/ This slideshow requires...

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New Juice Bar in Downtown Canton : Diaita Cold Press Juice

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in News

New Juice Bar in Downtown Canton : Diaita Cold Press Juice

By James Dennison One of the most exciting new businesses opening this spring in Downtown Canton, right in the center of the Arts District is Diaita Cold Press Juice. Diaita is an established business which has been open on Whipple near the Belden Village Mall for a year and is expanding their current success into the excitement and growth in Downtown Canton’s Arts District. Diaita is a cold pressed juice business, which means that they sell pre-packaged, refrigerated bottles of 100% organic healthy vegetable and fruit juice Cold Press Juice is new chapter in the veggie juice industry which is becoming extremely popular lately. Cold Press Juicing is a superior way of retaining the essential nutrients and benefits of fresh fruit juice and vegetable juices without pasteurization and greatly speeding up the time it takes to get a fresh veggie and fruit juice. The organic veggies and fruits are ground up and then squeezed through a hydraulic press to release 100% of the natural juice from the chosen foods. The juice is then sealed and refrigerated and is ready for you to grab and go. No long lines, no slow process and all the great juice that do wonders for your body. The name of the store Diaita which is an ancient greek word translating into the English word “diet” but also is defined as “way of life” and is really the philosophy behind Diaita Cold Press Juice. Diaita offers 12 different bottled juices that are perfect for all the different dietary needs of local health conscious consumers, all of their juices are 100% raw, 100% Organic and 100% Cold Pressed. Diaita also offers help for people seeking an easier, quicker alternative to people needing a cleanse. Diaita offers 7 different cleanses for every monetary and health level. The cold press juice cleanses help with weight loss, detoxification and people who are just needing a health boost. Their current location is beautifully stylized with all of the hand crafted work being completed by the owner Eddie Mealy and wife Shamiko Mealy. The ceiling is tiled with beautifully stained wood panels, the space is clean and open and is a very relaxing natural environment. Even the open sign is lovingly hand crafted by owner Eddie Mealy. Once you’ve been in Diaita Cold Press Juice and find how quickly you can be in and out and on your way with a beautifully crafted juice you’ll never step foot in an old fashioned juice bar again! Look for this great new addition to Downtown Canton to open on First Friday, May 6th 2016. They are located right in the center of the Arts District at 225 3rd Street NW just a quick walk between Cultured Coffee and The Canton Brewing Company. Like them on facebook and check them out online at...

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March Forth at Canton First Friday

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in News

March Forth at Canton First Friday

It’s time to March Forth for your community ON March 4th at Canton First Friday! March 4th marks the kickoff of the annual ArtsinStark campaign and we’re challenging you to come out to support the Canton Arts District. The Palace presents the FREE movie “Dick Tracy” at 7:30pm, Doors open 6:30pm. Invitation required. Invitation can be printed, or presented on a smart phone by visiting their website. Colette’s Vintage will donate a portion of their sales that night to the Canton YWCA. Bring your hygiene products to help the Canton Police fill the cruiser on Court Avenue for the needy in our community. Check out the young talent of our area at the Julliard Battle of the Brush competition. The Hub Art Factory opens a new exhibit of University of AKron student Tara Dedmon and Second April’s shaking things up with new artists in residence. Journey and Snarky Art have new art and fashion in store while the Canton Museum of Art has “Garden to Gallery”, a special Floral Art Exhibit which integrates one-of-a-kind designs of live flowers, inspired by the vibrant paintings of Joseph Raffael And don’t forget, ArtsinStark wants to say THANKS to all those that support local artists with their buy art, get cash promotion. Buy $20 or more in art and get $5 cash back instantly! Live music, local food, and exciting art are all in store for you as you March Forth on March 4th to support our community in the Canton Arts District from 6-10pm. Download the map, plus additional details you may need at www.cantonfirstfriday.com. First Friday is presented by the downtown Canton Special Improvement District and ArtsinStark.   This slideshow requires...

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Growing Businesses in the Canton Arts District

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in News

Growing Businesses in the Canton Arts District

By James Dennison As you all know downtown Canton’s Arts District is growing by leaps and bounds. Today we’d like to showcase a few of the businesses that have and are currently expanding into locations outside of the downtown area. Speaking with each of these businesses they all concur that downtown Canton is a really special place where the businesses support each other and the success of their downtown business is what spurred them into expansion. First is Basil, which is a wonderful Asian bistro located at 585 Market Avenue in Downtown Canton. Basil is a beautiful restaurant that serves Asian Fusion cuisine. It is owned and operated by Tony Ly and has been open downtown since 2013. Tony’s hard work and success spurred a second location in Green, Ohio and soon they are opening up a third Basil restaurant in Wooster. The new location will have almost the same great menu as the original Basil which will be a good move since you can’t improve on perfection. Another Downtown Canton staple is Deli Ohio. Deli Ohio is by far the best sandwich choice in the area, well known for their locally sourced foods and commitment to community education, social growth and improvement. In 2015 Deli Ohio worked with the community to turn it’s decaying rear parking lot into an edible pocket park and worked to create a downtown outdoor flea and craft event that runs once a month during the spring and summer. Deli Ohio is currently working on a new satellite location in North Canton which will have a similar menu as the downtown location but is focused on carry out options. Follow Deli Ohio on Facebook and Instagram for more information! Muggswigz is one of the area’s longest running coffee shops, known for it’s live music and poetry and being open almost more hours than most businesses downtown. Muggswigz has been downtown since 2003 making a strong 13 years of steady business. Almost three years ago they opened a second location in Canton near Lake Cable on Fulton Drive. Talking with Muggswigz they find that downtown has had wonderful growth in the last few years and they’ve noticed a much stronger police presence in downtown leading to a better feeling of safety and community. They also note that the First Friday events have only been better and better and they’re looking forward to seeing what the last half of this decade has in store for downtown! Carpe Diem is my one of my personal favorite coffee shops in downtown. The warm cozy atmosphere and soft lighting make Carpe Diem Coffee feel more like a second home than a local business. Owner Cathy and Patrick Wyatt are always full of smiles when they hand you a warm cup of quality java. Carpe Diem has been in downtown for over 13 years and have added a second location...

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Beat the Winter Blues with Canton First Friday

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in News

Beat the Winter Blues with Canton First Friday

Baby it’s cold outside, but the Canton Arts District has just the thing to get you out of your winter funk. Head downtown February 5 from 6-10pm for Canton First Friday’s Frosty Frolic! Start at the Canton Museum of Art for new art exhibits. Join artist, Kristen Cliffel, for a special event “Cupcakes and Cocktails” from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Indulge in cupcake decorating as a fun activity for the whole family and then kick back and enjoy custom cocktails designed by the artist herself. You could settle into your favorite downtown eatery for a hot dinner. How about the “Soup’s On” event at the Canton Woman’s Club where there will be plenty of warmth to go around. Cozy on the couch with a coffee from your favorite downtown coffee shop like Muggswigz, Carpe Diem, or Cultured Coffee, who has Saxy Rob from 7-9pm. Stop in for a spell at the Palace for the FREE family flick, “Jack Frost” at 7:30pm. Let all the live music and new art get you fired up for the weekend. Head over to the newly reopened Snarky Art and Journey Studios for a few sunny surprises. View the unveiling of “Canton Connected: Past and Present” triptych painting by Judi Krew, participate in the Community Project “Great Square Inches of Art 2”, answer the Question of the Month, and shop for original clothing creations by Su Nimon and our other unique designers. The 3rd Space Art Gallery will be featuring three-dimensional and two-dimensional Art from Canton Local, Plain Local, and Canton City School Districts. Nate Keen and Kara Hula have come together to create a visual feast of Monsters and Madness at the Hub Art Factory. Join them for a Poetry Reading at 7:00pm with Meg Johnson who will be celebrating the release of her new book The Crimes of Clara Turlington. If nightlife is what keeps you toasty, check out Buzzbin and George’s live music lineup, or relax with a glass of wine at Grapes in a Glass, with live music from Matt Basso. Live music won’t be in short supply with Brian Henke at the Joseph Saxton and Jared Lees at IKON Images. And of course there’s plenty of shopping to be done at places like Second April, Just Imagine Gift Gallery and Colette’s Vintage, where vintage coats and sweaters are up to 50% off. So join the party and make Canton First Friday part of your weekend on February 5 in the Canton Arts District from 6-10pm. Download the map, plus additional details you may need at www.cantonfirstfriday.com. First Friday is presented by the downtown Canton Special Improvement District and...

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Junie B. Jones The Musical at the Players Guild Theatre

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016 in News

Junie B. Jones The Musical at the Players Guild Theatre

By James Dennison   An excellent new children’s musical is currently running at the Players Guild Theater located inside in the Cultural Center for the Arts on Market Ave North in Canton. Junie B. Jones; The Musical is an adaption of children’s book series written by Barbara Park. Barbara published 33 different Junie B. Jones books in a span of 20 years beginning in 1993 and ending in 2013 with the passing of Barbara Park. The musical is the 9th theater production spawned from the Junie B. Jones series of books. The musical adaption was written by Marcy Heisler with music by Zina Goldrich and is sure to entertain children and adults alike.  The play begins on the first day of First Grade and stars Junie as well as her friends, foes, teachers and parents. Junie is a saucy youngster with big glasses and a big smile. She’s not afraid to speak her mind in spite of her weaknesses of bad spelling and poor grammar. The irrepressible Junie B. Jones frequently spouts her spunky catch phrases like “Wowie Wow Wow,” and “Yeah, only,” and fills the stage with her kooky quirks like her fear of clowns, ponies, and roosters. This delightful performance is sure to have the kid in you howling for more.  The Players Guild Theatre which is producing the show has been a Canton tradition since 1932, originally located inside Lincoln High School and has moved three times before settling inside the beautiful Cultural Center for the Arts. The Players Guild Theater is one of the oldest continually operating volunteer-based theater in the nation.  Junie B. Jones runs until Feb. 7th. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. Fridays and  2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 children under 18. Buy your tickets in person, or online at www.playersguildtheatre.com or call the Players Guild Theatre at 330-453-7617. Please remember that seating begins a half hour before each performance. If you’d like to buy your tickets in person the box office is open one hour before each performance and closes after the play has begun. The Players Guild Theatre is officially sponsored by Basil Asian Bistro in Downtown Canton as well as Arts In Stark, Target, WKSU, R. G. Smith Company, CSE Federal Credit Union, PNC Bank, The Repository, The Ohio Arts Council and Black McCluskey.        ...

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Comedy Show tonight at Buzzbin

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in News

Comedy Show tonight at Buzzbin

By: James Dennison Touring comedian John Dick Winters will be stopping at Buzzbin Art and Music Shop tonight and working on new material for his upcoming 2016 comedy DVD recording tentatively called Stranger Than Friction. Winters hails from Pittsburgh, PA and is bringing comedians with him as well as being supported by several local comedians. The tour, called The Weak Ends, is a quick three-stop tour with shows in Canton, Morgantown, and Columbus. Tonight’s stop at Buzzbin adds Canton’s own David Sherrill (supporting his own CD release titled Reduced For Quick Sale) and host Willis Gordon, as well as Akron comedians Sam Dee and Chris Harvey. The Weak Ends show at Buzzbin starts at 8pm and there is no cover to get in. We suggest you get there early to get a great seat and enjoy some of the great beers on tap at Buzzbin. Before and after the show the comedians will be challenging all comers to beat them at Pinball at the nearby Buzzbin Pinball Barcade. John Dick Winters has been doing comedy for three years and has toured the Eastern half of the United States with his punk rock style of honest comedy and humble self deprivation. He’s visited Canton twice on his comedy tours and says that he looks forward to his time at Buzzbin as one of the best venues for alternative comedy in Ohio. He states, “Buzzbin and the crowd that it brings are the perfect setting for my comedy. I always look forward to this stop and have made a lot of good comedian friends in this area. David Sherrill is one of the most talented comedians I’ve ever seen and I always look forward to seeing what new jokes he’s worked up. Willis Gordon is also an amazing comedian I’ll be excited to work with again.” Akron comics Sam Dee and Chris Harvey will be making their Canton debut at the show tonight. Sam Dee has performed for crowds all across the nation including Brooklyn, New York and is a regular at Bill Squire’s Hilario At Barrio show in Cleveland. Chris Harvey is a talented new comer with only a year of comedy under his belt but is already getting big laughs performing at the Funny Stop comedy club. Tonight is guaranteed to be a great night of free entertainment and big laughs at Buzzbin Art and Music Shop located at 339 Cleveland Ave NW, Canton, Ohio. Show starts at 8pm and there’s no cover to get...

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Skip the Mall this weekend in the Canton Arts District

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in News

Skip the Mall this weekend in the Canton Arts District

By Todd Walburn I am no stranger to the mall. As a child of the ‘80’s it was the center of my social and economic life. Evenings and weekends were spent roaming one of the consumer palaces that were within driving range of my suburban home, visiting with friends, eating sugar in all of its various incarnations and honing my developing fashion sense to something that resembled a hybrid of Cliff Huxtable and Cyndi Lauper. It was bright and effortless and oddly comforting, this plastic replica of a neighborhood market. It may have been the sugar but it seemed like the place where everybody shopped. It was where we met and where rivalries were borne. It was also where you could buy an engraved clock, a hot pretzel and underpants under the same roof in less than 20 minutes. After college, in the midst of a recession, with no jobs in my chosen filed I briefly worked in a mall and found it to be anything but comforting and effortless. Every day truckloads of identical shirts were unloaded onto the sales floor and I was charged with explaining to my customers how miraculous the material was or how much the color would accentuate the color of their eyes (or some such nonsense). I would sit on my lunch break in the food court eating plastic food from a plastic tray with a plastic fork and wondering when everything became so….well…..plastic. That I ended up owning a small business is no mistake. I get to sell things I love to people I know. I get to talk about the work of people I admire and respect to customers who are eager to hear the stories. I am grateful for the opportunity to help individual artists make money doing something they love. I love that that money stays in our local economy and that the more that we feed that cycle of sustaining our own community it snowballs and leads to growth in small neighborhoods and downtowns that have been neglected for decades. During the holidays we have so many opportunities to spend money at any number of brick and mortar stores and even online. Despite all of the choices, however, I have seen an increase in sales from people who have changed their habits and updated their traditions to something more…well….traditional. More people are choosing to shop small on Black Friday and venture out to their local shops and boutiques on Small Business Saturday. It’s not just great for the bottom line of small business, it’s great news for the people who live and work in your community. This weekend, the business owners of The Canton Arts District encourage you to add another date to your local shopping calendar. Saturday, December 12th from 12 to 5 you are invited to “Skip The Mall” and make a day of shopping in...

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It’s Home for the Holidays at Canton First Friday

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in News

It’s Home for the Holidays at Canton First Friday

Well there’s no place like home for the holidays! Especially if your sled’s pointing to the downtown Canton Arts District on First Friday, December 4. Buy local in the Canton Arts District! There you’ll find a welcome home of savings including final deals at Lynda Tuttle’s, and buy one get one 25 percent off at her neighbor, Colette’s Vintage. Grapes in a Glass, your downtown wine shop, has a 20% discount on canvas prints along with a variety of items sure to please any wine lover on your list. John Strauss is fresh from his gig at High Point Furniture Market and gives away a soy candle with every $100 purchase. Check off your gift list at places like Bliss, Journey, the Canton Woman’s Club and the Canton Museum of Art. Earn $10 cash for every – that’s right, we said every — $20 purchase made before 9:45 by bringing your receipts to the 308 4th St ArtsinStark office. Don’t miss Canton’s holiday tradition of the FREE viewing of “Polar Express” at the Palace at 7:30 with Jay Spencer on the Kilgen at 7:00. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be taking visitors at the Onesto till 8:00pm where they’ll also collecting hats and gloves for The Children’s Network. The Hub Art Factory has live art night with live demonstrations all evening. You may see some new faces at Cultured Coffee so stop in and say “hey” to a few buzzzzy friends. “The Holiday Extravaganza Art Show” is up at the Dreg Spot inside Second April Galerie and Studios, a great place to find a unique gift for someone special. Deli Ohio has some touching work from Mandy Altimus Pond. Check out Cantonology, Just Imagine, and 3rd Space Student Gallery, our three newest additions to the Arts District. And there’s plenty of live music to set the mood including Saxy Rob at Lynda Tuttle’s, Soft Winds Jazz at the Joseph Saxton, and Shooter and the Sharp Shootouts at Buzzbin. So join the party and make Canton First Friday part of your weekend on December 4 in the Canton Arts District from 6-10pm. Download the map, plus additional details you may need at www.cantonfirstfriday.com. First Friday is presented by the downtown Canton Special Improvement District and...

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Mandy Altimus Pond’s the Face of Hunger exhibit to open on First Friday

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in News

Mandy Altimus Pond’s the Face of Hunger exhibit to open on First Friday

Local award-winning photographer Mandy Altimus Pond will unveil her Face of Hunger, Stark County, Ohio photography series in an exhibit at Deli Ohio on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 6:00-9:00pm. Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods, which will be donated to Refuge of Hope nearby. This project, funded through a grant from ArtsinStark, examines hunger within Stark County, Ohio. According to the Stark County Hunger Task Force, in 2015 there were 27,000 people served by their organization each month- an astonishing figure. “I don’t believe that our community fathoms the reality of the problem right here in our neighborhoods.” said photographer Mandy Altimus Pond. Altimus Pond continued, “There are many prejudices and misunderstandings about the homeless and the hungry. Everyone has a story. Come and see the faces of those in our community touched by hunger or homelessness and read the inspiring stories they have to share.” Altimus Pond worked with staff and patrons at Refuge of Hope, Stark County Hunger Task Force, and Hope Outreach Ministries to document the people served, their stories, and what these organizations have done to better their lives. The exhibit will be hosted at Deli Ohio, 328 Walnut Ave NE, Canton, Ohio. The First Friday opening night guests may also enjoy music by Rust Belt Ramblin’, and get a peak at the Fair & Square Market. The Face of Hunger exhibit will be on display through the end of January 2016. For more information or to view the online exhibit, visit: http://altimuspond.com/faceofhunger For more information about the beneficiary of the canned goods and the subject of many of the featured photos, Refuge of Hope, visit: http://www.refugeofhope.org/ For more information on Canton First Friday: http://cantonartsdistrict.com/firstfriday/ About Mandy Altimus Pond: Mandy Altimus Pond graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude with honors. She works as the Archivist at the Massillon Museum. Altimus Pond also owns Altimus Pond Photography, where she focuses on taking portraits. Her photographs have been exhibited in juried shows in Ohio and Michigan, and have won several awards. Two of her photographs were published in the highly competitive International Photography Annual 2 and 4 (INPHA 2 and INPHA 4), produced by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio (2014 and 2016). Her one-woman photography exhibit A Long Time Ago: The Fairytales of Mandy Altimus Pond debuted in Canton in June 2014, and traveled Pennsylvania in 2015. She has published two photography books, A Long Time Ago, and Images of World War I, a collaboration with Faircrest Memorial Middle School and ArtsinStark to teach students about World War I and recreate photographs from the war. She was awarded a 2015 special projects grant from ArtsinStark to produce this photography exhibit on hunger in Stark County, Ohio.   This slideshow requires...

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Canton celebrates Light Up Downtown

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in News

Canton celebrates Light Up Downtown

By Maranda Saling I will never forget my first Light Up Downtown. Standing in the middle of Market Ave as an entertainer sang Silent Night with the snow gently falling truly felt like magic. Follow that moment of stillness with Santa setting off fireworks set to our favorite Christmas Classics and it was a moment I’ll always treasure. Some may say that was the first time I realized I loved Downtown Canton, a short 10 years later and I live here! Say what you will about our various organizations in Canton, this is a fabulous event everyone loves and returns to year after year! Presented by the Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, it stimulates economic development with many doing their Christmas shopping, increases appreciation of the arts in the form of dance, song, public art, etc., boosts our community pride with all of our Canton-ness everywhere and is fun and FREE to everyone! As someone who is not a child and currently not a parent I have attended more Light Up Downtowns then maybe I should proud of… but that’s neither here nor there. Here are a few tips: Don’t feed the meter. If you’re lucky enough to find a close spot on the street, remember that you don’t have to pay the meters in the evening. Do, however, pay if you’re in a garage or a lot and try try try not to park in a private lot. Getting towed is not conducive with the holiday spirit folks. If at all possible leave the stroller at home. You can get trapped as those parents with kids on their shoulders instead zip around you. Also, revolving doors are tricky with a stroller. Visit every building that’s open! Without fail every year I’ll be talking about some great singing group or art exhibit and someone says “WHAT?! I was there. How did I miss that?” Give yourself and your family time to explore the shops, restaurants and performances! Speaking of time, give yourself plenty. Give yourself more than enough time to get to where you want to be with as little stress as possible. It’s going to be crowded and nothing shuts down the Christmas spirit more than a Grinch who’s mad that so many people are out celebrating the Holidays! These are memories you will have forever, don’t rush through it! Visit someplace new! Pop in to at least one restaurant, gallery or retail location that you’ve never experienced. It’s easy to think you know Downtown, but it’s an ever evolving force and you just might be surprised by our sense of community, talent and business boom! Please CLICK HERE to visit the official Light Up Downtown website for detailed information about performances, parking and Canton City Fire Department’s “Spread the Warmth” winter essentials drive! 2015 LUDT Map   Maranda...

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Light Up the Hub Thursday

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in News

Light Up the Hub Thursday

You have a little bit of time before the holiday season soaks up all of your time. Sneak off to the Hub Art Factory for a little bit of “improv” art and camaraderie while you support your local scene and arguably two of Canton’s most legendary artists, Pat Buckohr and Joe Close. This Thursday, Dec 3, 8:30pm, Light up the Hub features both local artists in a night of art, drinks, snacks and a gift bag, including a free t shirt from Little Chicago. Tickets are $30 for the evening, available on EventBrite. Please RSVP with your chosen tshirt size. The Hub Art Factory is not only a studio for artists, six and counting, it has also emerged as a live art venue. Wander in to the Hub Art Factory, plate up a few of the catered snacks and wait for the magic to begin! Watch two local artists work together to create a new and unique piece of art before your very eyes. Light up the Hub offers you a unique, bird’s eye view of, allowing you to actually see both artists work in tandem to create a piece of art which will then be auctioned off at the end of the night. From scrappy scratch to glimmering finish, you’ll be a part of history being made. Thursday, Joe Close and Pat Buckohr will work together on a piece of art, medium is still to be decided. If you’re scratching your head because you would swear you’ve heard these names before, you’re right. Pat Buckohr is a well traveled tattoo artist and an accomplished scrap metal artist. Pat created the gorilla, giraffe, angel fish and rubber duck in downtown Canton. Joe Close, a recognized oil painter, welder and glass blower, has his own downtown Canton offering, Gaia’s Hope, a mural on Court Avenue, measuring 6 feet wide and 8 feet tall. This is not the first time Pat and Joe have collaborated, they were both able to work together to create the rhino in downtown Canton out of old tires. With these very special talents and fields of expertise, one is still left to wonder what the medium will be…will you be the winner of this very special, one of a kind art project created by Pat and...

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Stoffers Market shows true kindness to downtown community

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in News

Stoffers Market shows true kindness to downtown community

By Su Nimon of Journey Art Gallery Just a sweet holiday story in case you have not enough to feel grateful for. In our own little neighborhood in Canton Arts District, there are all sorts of people. Many small businesses working hard every day just to survive. Everyone is hopeful for a brighter future business-wise so we keep on working. But here’s the story of one small business that is hoping for a brighter future period. And they’ve taking action to make it so. As in any urban area, there are some people who struggle. Sometimes there are reasons why this happens and sometimes it just happens. I’ve been close to being homeless before but had a great family who I knew would rescue me if I needed it. Not everyone is so lucky. Some of our downtown folks who needed a little help learned about ‘family” they never knew they had. David and Linda Stoffer run Stoffer’s Market , 332 4th St NW. The market is small but wonderful with fresh veggies, homemade baked goods and many necessities. The Stoffers knew that downtown dwellers need a grocer and they’ve made the investment in the downtown community. But today they showed how deep their investment is when they served Thanksgiving dinner to some of the downtown folks who might not have had a delicious big meal tomorrow (or anytime recently for that matter.) Photos from Joe Albert show what a lovely spread the Stoffers put on. As a downtown business owner, I challenge those of us who live and work downtown. If you haven’t shopped at Stoffer’s Market , start doing so. And if you have stopped in, maybe you can stop in more often. When a business has a heart this large, we must support them as they are supporting those less fortunate. If you know anyone who lives, works and loves downtown, you might consider sharing this post with them. Thanks. Happy thanksgiving to all and for all I hope for a good meal and time with good friends. https://www.facebook.com/stoffertrees Photos by Joe...

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Small Business Saturday in the Canton Arts District

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in News

Small Business Saturday in the Canton Arts District

By Jara Anton Black Friday…how many people got trampled last year? Didn’t that other lady die? And for what? A hand towel to the first 15 people through the door? This year, more than any other, we’ve seen a real push back towards Black Friday. We’re also seeing an attempt at refusing all Thanksgiving night sales. And rightfully so, aren’t the holidays about love and family? Are you getting dragged out this year for a new clock radio that you don’t even need? There are options. Small Business Saturday! But, what IS Small Business Saturday? If small business is Luke Skywalker, then Walmart is Darth Vader and Black Friday is your turn to pick a side. Will you wait in lines for a crappy TV that won’t make it till SuperBowl? Do you want to pick out thoughtful, charming presents that will make you seem MUCH more considerate? Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate the area vendors while making your dollar vote count. Small businesses in the area will be opening their doors early and staying a little later to accommodate all of your needs. Oh, and there will be free snacks! We both know why we tend to default to big business—its easy. We’re going to buy a six pack, lipstick and a spatuala…maybe for a big night in. No one’s judging. You know what you’re getting, but the trouble is—everyone’s getting the same thing. Then, you fool yourself into thinking that you’ll just get in and then get out. But then, the Receipt Regret Shuffle. You’re holding your bags and frantically scanning that receipt, “what did I even buy?!” Yeah, that’s not going to happen with Small Business Saturday. Canton Brewing Company is giving away one of their logo glasses with every $50 gift card purchased. They’ll even throw in a collectible CBC porcelain pin with any t shirt or sweatshirt purchase. Sounds like you’re knockin’ it out already! Need to re-stock on those gift cards? Carpe Diem is going to be open 8am-4pm, buy 4 of the $10 gift cards and get the 5th one free! Hub Gallery Art Factory will be offering $50 off any Tim Carmany artwork in the gallery! AND! $50 off a Christmas Gift Commission! Pop into Bliss, they’ll be open 11-7. Print & Press Studios is going guerilla style with a popup in what will eventually become their shop space, 429 4th Street. Grapes in a Glass is getting in on the action, offering 20% off all canvas prints, from Small Business Saturday all the way to First Friday! Feeling peckish already? Canton Food Tours will be open from noon to five where you can drop in for free refreshments. Even more snacks will be available from The Dreg Spot, 10am-5pm. Come for the snack, stay for 30% of artwork. *Not including the bargain car or holiday work. Enjoy...

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Canton Palace Theatre and TomTod present “He Named me Malala”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in News

Canton Palace Theatre and TomTod present “He Named me Malala”

Join the Canton Palace Theatre and TomTod ideas for their presentation of “He Named me Malala” on Thursday, November 19. HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker David Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers. Doors Open at 7pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm. The run time is 1 hour 28 minutes and is rated PG-13. Admission is...

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Second April Open House Saturday

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in News

Second April Open House Saturday

By Todd Walburn As a child I was always fascinated by the idea of Santa’s Workshop. The concept of such a magical place, filled with the sounds of Christmas music, laughter and jolly elves tinkering away at creating Christmas presents appealed to the child in me (and, from a practical standpoint I found the idea of a centralized production and shipping facility to be ingenious and innovative.) I used to imagine the happy elves, crafting gifts at long tables, happy to be a part of the chain of events that culminated in happy children on Christmas morning. It was an attractive myth, unbelievable but grounded in the hopes and wishes of the not-yet-jaded. Of course, as I got older and learned how to read I wasn’t so gullible. That “Made In China” stamp wasn’t placed there as some elaborate ruse as my mother tried to convince me. There was a whole economy of disgruntled workers producing the plastic crap that I had grown so fond of and, let’s be honest, that was just fine with me. Over the years, however, I began to understand the joy of giving gifts to others and I loved shopping for just that right something to put under the tree for my parents or my siblings or my friends or someone I had a crush on. I would spend hours, days combing through stores trying to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind item that would mean something special to that other person. Soon the joy of giving overtook the joy of getting and I started to understand a little bit better what made Christmas special to me. That I grew up to be one of the owners of a gallery that features one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, art is not a huge surprise. I guess it’s the closest I could imagine coming to having a seat at the long table at Santa’s Workshop next to the elves. That the “Elves” here are really smart, creative, hard working grown ups is hardly a disappointment (though jolly, I always thought elves would be a tripping hazard anyway). What I’ve begun to learn over the years is that these artist “elves” are every bit as committed and invested in creating things for the enjoyment of others as I imagined the workers at Santa’s Workshop would be. Seemingly out of thin air, they craft work that is beautiful and special and would be a prized gift under anyone’s tree or for any other occasion. This Saturday, November 14th from Noon to 5, you can join me and the artists at 2nd April Galerie and see what they’ve been up to in their workshops this year. Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone you love or for yourself you will be amazed at the variety and the quality and the creativity in every item at every studio. Jimmy Chesterfield will be singing holiday...

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Relax and Color with Ikon

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in News

Relax and Color with Ikon

by Maranda Saling Every artist found their start somewhere and now Ikon is offering you a chance to take your skills to the next level, regardless of the level you’re at now! Ikon Images Gallery is hosting an event called Relax and Color where attendees will be given the opportunity to learn from artist and teacher Ann Hessman, who will be teaching artistic shading and blending practices that even the most rudimentary skilled artists will be able to understand. It isn’t often that adults take the time to sit back and doodle or color, but it may actually be good for their mental health if they would feel so inclined to spend some time daydreaming and expressing their inner child. According to Medical Daily, research shows that while coloring is not medically considered therapeutic, it allows for people, including adults, to shut off their brains and de-stress for a short time in their lives. How often is one given such an opportunity? In this busy world it becomes easy to simply lose sight of our stress levels and lose control as a result. Coloring is akin to meditation in that it helps visualize the inner peace that everyone needs to achieve every once in a while. Ikon Image Gallery will be showing you just how much coloring can help you relax and it will only cost $15 and two hours of your time! If interested, make sure to bring a set of twenty-four high quality artist coloring pencils, a sharpener, eraser, colorless blending pencil and coloring book of your choice or purchase all you need from the gallery. The event takes place on November 14th and starts at 1pm. See the website to sign up and join a group who isn’t afraid to let the kid inside free every once in a while! www.ikonimagesgallery.com   Maranda Saling is the owner of Bellflower...

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Three Stooges Film Fest at the Canton Palace Theatre

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in News

Three Stooges Film Fest at the Canton Palace Theatre

Are you a wise guy? Do your hijinks often leave your friends spouting gibberish? Well now you have a chance to learn from the best in the business of ridiculous, physical comedy! On November 7th, the Canton Palace Theatre will be hosting a showing of four movies starring none other than The Three Stooges themselves. Not sure who the Stooges are? Well then here’s a few interesting facts about them to help paint the picture properly! The Three Stooges was a wildly popular comedy trio in the 1930’s, but have remained popular as a result of their strange brand of slapstick comedy. Though a few cast members came and went throughout the course of the mid 1900’s, the well-known members are Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard. Even though most people attribute the humor to nothing but random silliness, the Stooges were ahead of their time when it came to political and social satire! Many of their films focused on making fun of those that fit the bill of negative image based around the social structures of the pre and post-Depression era. So even though the films seem like silly gags and jests without reason, most were actually well planned ribbing at the serious problems facing the world at the time! The Stooges are well known enough as far as the big three, Moe, Larry and Curly, but there were many more stooges prior to, and after, the men who would bear the title much longer past their deaths. Ted Healy, the talent manager for the Stooges, was eventually kicked off the team and replaced by Moe as manager. Ted Healy actually recreated a “Stooge’ group in name only, and then a second one after the first failed. However, the Three Stooges people knew and loved became great as Moe, Larry, and Curly. Now come on out to watch the movies with friends and use them to help determine where you sit in your own group of chums! Are you a mischievous Moe? Maybe a lighthearted Larry? Perhaps a credulous Curley? Check out this event to find out yourself and prepare have a fantastic time! This event will only run you $6 a person and doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:30pm showing. Visit  www.cantonpalacetheatre.org for more information Maranda Saling is the owner of Bellflower Communications and a blogger for...

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The Hap Hap Happiest Holiday Extravaganza Since Bing Crosby Tap Danced With Danny F%*king Kaye”

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in News

The Hap Hap Happiest Holiday Extravaganza Since Bing Crosby Tap Danced With Danny F%*king Kaye”

By Todd Walburn Don’t be misled by the quirky poster, the strange (bleeping) name or the promise of “Dreg Nog”. The Dreg Spot’s next show “The Hap Hap Happiest Holiday Extravaganza Since Bing Crosby Tap Danced With Danny F%*king Kaye” is no joke. One of Second April’s oldest and most unique tenants, is continuing his tradition of thinking outside the box. This time the box just happens to be a Christmas present…..and you are the recipient. Craig Booth, the Dreg Spot’s proprietor and his equally talented and imaginative other half, Vanessa Booth, have once again cleared space in the gallery for an invitational group show celebrating any or all of the December holidays in the artist’s choice of medium. It’s a creative free-for-all from artists of all experience levels, merging their talents with their imaginations in what is certain to be different from your traditional holiday art show. The Dreg Spot has always been Second April’s home for “Outsider Art”, art created outside of the established art scene. With that safe place to nest, many artists have found a home on the gallery’s walls during these regular invitational exhibits. While ordinarily the gallery is filled with the mixed media pop art style of Craig and the always innovative and imaginative creations of Vanessa, when the mood and an idea strikes, the gallery is transformed into a colorful collage of subjects, styles and media (usually around an equally imaginative theme). Their first group show, art inspired by the movie The Big Lebowski, was a huge hit, followed the next year by an ’80’s and then a ’70’s themed show. There is no end to the variety of work represented in this show. From traditional paintings on canvas to t-shirts, ornaments and beyond there is literally something for any taste and gift items for any budget. It’s fun, irreverent, colorful and festive….exactly what you expect from the minds of artists who have been given the freedom to create in an environment that encourages all kinds of artistic expression. And of course your favorite work by Craig and Vanessa will be there as well throughout the season. Make a point to make The Dreg Spot a stop on your shopping adventure this year. There are plenty of opportunities starting with the opening on Thursday, November 5th from 5pm to 8pm followed by First Friday on November 6th. And of course The Dreg Spot is also open the same hours as Second April Galerie from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday. There is plenty to keep you in the holiday spirit all season long! Todd Walburn is the co-owner of Second April Galerie and Studios and a blogger for...

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