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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 32
Nov
25
to Nov 26

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 32

Akron's most ELECTRIC open mic is back just as Wandering Aesthetics gears up for the upcoming launch of #AkronBreadbox!!!

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at epcooker.com or via phone at 330.612.3090.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:

Helping Wandering Aesthetics reach our Year Two match for The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox, as well as towards paying the #EPCooker team members in order to maintain this vibrant community event.

After successfully reaching our Year One match – in large part thanks to the #EPCooker Community – Wandering Aesthetics has started the fundraising process for Year Two of Bigger Than A Breadbox. Bigger Than A Breadbox – launching this fall – is one of the 27 winners of the of the 2015 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. #AkronBreadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds over two years - but only $37,500 over the next 14 months.

For more information (including the up-to-date funds raised) visit akronbreadbox.com or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is piggybacking off of the upcoming F*N*M at everyone's favorite brewery – Aqueduct Brewing – for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" entertainment!

Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20+ performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm. Performances begin between 8:00 - 8:30 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 12-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at epcooker.com.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee: Comedian & Improviser Ruben Ryan

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands and performance artists. But the sky is the limit; no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker!

ALL levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision.

The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic. It is an open and welcoming community of artists. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. Storyteller Kyle Jozsa, Comedian Sarah Jones, Just Go With It Improv Comedy Troupe, Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

Aqueduct Brewing has a quality selection of craft beer, cider and food available for sale. Outside beverages are not permitted. Outside food is allowed.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Jeff Klemm...

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Food, Glorious Food!)
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Food, Glorious Food!)

“Experienced my first storytelling last night at Jilly's. I'm hooked. The vibe was so wonderful, the all-inclusive atmosphere they created was like medicine.” ― Danielle Sawat

Open to all, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a prompt and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true story inspired by the evening’s prompt or just come to enjoy the evening! (No experience necessary.) Co-hosted by Wandering Aesthetics, Jilly's Music Room and The Akronist, this intimate evening of storytelling will conjure the spirit of community.

 

Stories range from heart wrenching to hysterical – and everywhere in-between!

Registration is encouraged, (especially for storytellers), but not required. To register or for more information, please visit www.watheatre.com/fullcircle, email info@watheatre.com or call 330.612.3090.

Full Circle Storytelling is FREE and OPEN to the public.

EVENT HASHTAG: #FullCircleStories

THE PROMPT: ‘FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD!'

Oh food! Wonderful food! Marvelous food! Glorious food!

Let’s be real for a minute: we all love food. Sometimes it’s a love/hate relationship, but without food, we’d just… die. For better or worse, food has us in its thrall. Join Wandering Aesthetics with emcee Dana Norris (Story Club Cleveland) to share stories about “Food, Glorious Food!”

…Even if the stories aren’t so glorious.

Prompt inspired by submission from: Beth Stropki Knorr of Summit Food Coalition

FULL CIRCLE STORYTELLING MISSION STATEMENT

Full Circle is a successful monthly storytelling event open to the community. Telling their own true tales, Akronites place themselves at the center of their own life journeys. We use the art of narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Gods & Monsters)
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Gods & Monsters)

"The importance of Full Circle cannot be overstated… Storytelling is such a healing and loving way to share with your community.”Jennifer Betz

Open to all, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a prompt and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true story inspired by the evening’s prompt or just come to enjoy the evening! (No experience necessary.) Co-hosted by Wandering Aesthetics, Jilly's Music Room and The Akronist, this intimate evening of storytelling will conjure the spirit of community.

Stories range from heart wrenching to hysterical – and everywhere in-between!

Full Circle Storytelling is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Registration is encouraged, (especially for storytellers), but not required. To register or for more information, please visit www.watheatre.com/fullcircle, email info@watheatre.com or call 330.612.3090.

EVENT HASHTAG: #FullCircleStories

THE PROMPT: ‘GODS & MONSTERS’

We live in a land of Gods & Monsters. Some exist on a spiritual plane, some only in our minds, and some are all too human. Whatever form they take, it is undeniable that they walk among us. Join Wandering Aesthetics with emcee Roger Riddle (ArtsNow) to share a story about your Gods, your Monsters, or both.

Based on submission 'Monsters' by: Orie Dean

FULL CIRCLE STORYTELLING MISSION STATEMENT

Full Circle is a successful monthly storytelling event open to the community. Telling their own true tales, Akronites place themselves at the center of their own life journeys. We use the art of narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.

REGISTER

Name *
Name
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Scared Silly (An Interactive, Family-Friendly Performance)
Oct
20
to Oct 21

Scared Silly (An Interactive, Family-Friendly Performance)

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Scared Silly is an interactive, family-friendly version of Boogers, Witches and Haints: Spooky Stories from Appalachia.

(BWH is a collection of spooky stories collected by Kyle Jozsa and Benjamin Rexroad on their 2013 thru-hike of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail!)

Join Wandering Aesthetics' storyteller Kyle Jozsa as he creates a campfire-like atmosphere by leading the audience on an adventure straight out of Appalachia. This family-friendly performance is both highly engaging and interactive - with games, chants, songs and more - bringing out the spooks, even indoors.

Perfect for children and adults of all ages, this hour-long performance is designed to teach audience members about the art of storytelling and the power of word-of-mouth. The audience will be entertained as they engage their imaginations, conjuring ghosts and goblins right before their very eyes. There are sure to be many chills, thrills, laughter and squeals!

BEWARE: Boogers, Witches and Haints may appear!!!

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B4 Bed: Stories For Adults
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults

With Halloween right around the corner, enjoy an evening of thrills, chills, fears and tears at the latest addition of B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS held at Firestone Park Branch Library.

DATE/TIME:

Monday, October 16, 2017
6:30 PM

LOCATION:

Firestone Park Branch Library
1486 Aster Ave.
Akron, OH 44301

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Enjoy podcasts? How about a good book? Maybe you always wanted to start a story only to realize you don’t have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only.

B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and getaway from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike.

Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle weaves two tales of absolute terror.

STORIES FOR OCTOBER:

...Horror...

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe

"I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees – very gradually –I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.”

The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs

One paw. Three wishes. An enormous price.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 31: The Bee's Knees
Sep
30
to Oct 1

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 31: The Bee's Knees

The open mic everyone in Akron is BUZZING about is heading to Hive Mind in West Hill as Wandering Aesthetics continues to gear up for the upcoming fall launch of #AkronBreadbox!!!

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at epcooker.com or via phone at 330.612.3090.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:

Helping Wandering Aesthetics reach our Year Two match for The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox, as well as towards paying the #EPCooker team members in order to maintain this vibrant community event.

After successfully reaching our Year One match – in large part thanks to the #EPCooker Community – Wandering Aesthetics has started the fundraising process for Year Two of Bigger Than A Breadbox. Bigger Than A Breadbox – launching this fall – is one of the 27 winners of the of the 2015 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. #AkronBreadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds over two years - but only $37,500 over the next 14 months.

For more information (including the up-to-date funds raised) visit akronbreadbox.com or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is wandering to a brand new location in West Hill – Hive Mind – for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" entertainment!

Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20+ performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm. Performances begin between 8:00 - 8:30 pm. Anyone – from beginner to pro – may sign up for a 12-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at epcooker.com.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee: Performer, Improviser & Mother: Jennifer Betz

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, experimental art, dancers, burlesqu, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands and performance artists. But the sky is the limit; no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker!

ALL levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision.

The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic. It is an open and welcoming community of artists. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. Storyteller Kyle Jozsa, Comedian Sarah Jones, Just Go With It Improv Comedy Troupe, Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

There will be wine, water and pizza available at Hive Mind. All other outside food and beverages are also permitted.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Jennifer Betz performs improv with Point of No Return Improv in Cuyahoga Falls along with the River Side Valley Players in Chagrin Falls. She choreographs, and occasionally performs, for local theatre productions, is working with Gum-Dip Theatre on their current show called 'Namaste What?', and likes to take a smidge of credit in the upbringing of her amazing daughter, McCartney. In her "spare" time, she loves open mics and is always looking for anyone willing to play an instrument while she makes up songs.

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Jumping Off The Page (Improvised Play) w/ Wandering Aesthetics At Kent Creativity Festival
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Jumping Off The Page (Improvised Play) w/ Wandering Aesthetics At Kent Creativity Festival

Join Wandering Aesthetics for a day of improvisational play for ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS! Guided by Storytellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo, participants will – adding their own personal twist – act out well-known stories from throughout the ages as audiences cheer them on! From myths to fairy tales, this day is sure to be an adventure like none other.

ABOUT THE KENT CREATIVITY FESTIVAL:

This free event will take place on Sept. 30, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade between Rockwell Hall and downtown Kent.

The festival is being planned by a group of local stakeholders, including Kent State University, the City of Kent, Main Street Kent, local non-profit organizations and Kent businesses.

The second annual Kent Creativity Festival provides an opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels to come together to create, share and explore the creation of all forms of art. Artists prepare and lead interactive creative activities that will engage and inspire visitors to explore their own creativity and participate in the joy and transformative power of making art and sharing it with others.

ABOUT JUMPING OFF THE PAGE (IMPROVISED PLAY):

Join Wandering Aesthetics for a day of improvisational play for ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS! Guided by Storytellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo, participants will – adding their own personal twist – act out folk tales from around the world or create their own as audiences cheer them on!

A few props, some makeshift costumes and a story is all you'll need throughout this interactive theatrical affair. From trickster foxes to helpful monkeys, step out of reality and into the world of make believe.

LOCATION:

Lester A Lefton Esplanade, Kent, OH
(Between Downtown Kent and Rockwell Hall)

COST:

FREE!!!

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: WTF)
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: WTF)

“Experienced my first storytelling last night at Jilly's. I'm hooked. The vibe was so wonderful, the all-inclusive atmosphere they created was like medicine.” ― Danielle Sawat

Open to all, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a prompt and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true story inspired by the evening’s prompt or just come to enjoy the evening! (No experience necessary.) Co-hosted by Wandering Aesthetics, Jilly's Music Room and The Akronist, this intimate evening of storytelling will conjure the spirit of community.

Stories range from heart wrenching to hysterical – and everywhere in-between!

Full Circle Storytelling is FREE and OPEN to the public.

Registration is encouraged, (especially for storytellers), but not required. To register or for more information, please visit www.watheatre.com/fullcircle, email info@watheatre.com or call 330.612.3090.

THE PROMPT: ‘WTF’

A moment when something so surprising, so stupid, or so utterly ridiculous happens that the only appropriate response is “WTF?” We’ve all been there; we’ve all had one. Join Wandering Aesthetics with emcee Blue Green (Around Akron with Blue Green) and share a favorite story that will leave the audience asking, “WTF?”

Prompt inspired by submission from: Christopher Green

FULL CIRCLE STORYTELLING MISSION STATEMENT

Full Circle is a successful monthly storytelling event open to the community. Telling their own true tales, Akronites place themselves at the center of their own life journeys. We use the art of narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.

REGISTER:

Name *
Name
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B4 Bed: Stories For Adults
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults

Just like the leaves, B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is falling back to Firestone Park for another rendition of radio drama.

DATE/TIME:

Monday, September 18, 2017
6:30 PM

LOCATION:

Firestone Park Branch Library
1486 Aster Ave.
Akron, OH 44301

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:


Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don’t have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only.

B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and getaway from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike.

Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle leads listeners on a tale of boys, girls and personal discovery.

STORY FOR SEPTEMBER:

'The Copy-Cat' by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, an American short story writer, novelist, playwright, and poet, is most known for her stories, 'The Revolt of Mother' and 'A New England Nun.'

'The Copy-Cat' is a realistic look into the post-Civil War New England life of a group of shool-age children. It tells the story of Amelia, the titular character, who resorts to copying a fellow student while in the midst of her own journey to self-discovery. A typical strength of Freeman, the story focuses on the psychology of the characters, epsecially the adults, of 'Copy-Cat.'

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Min-#EPCooker at Kenmore Better Block
Sep
1
8:30 PM20:30

Min-#EPCooker at Kenmore Better Block

The AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, presented by Wandering Aesthetics, is heading to Kenmore for some "ANYTHING GOES" entertainment! This miniature version of the most popular open mic in Akron will feature selected acts from the bi-monthly Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, ranging from musicians to comedians and performance artists.

The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic - it is an open and welcoming community of artists.

FEATURING

Emcee: Nici Romo
Musician: Josephine Marie Music
Strongman: Mark Burnett
Storyteller: Tyler Hodges
Theatre Company: Gum-Dip Theatre
Musicians: Deb Douglas & Brian Douglas

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 30: Dirty Thirty
Aug
26
to Aug 27

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 30: Dirty Thirty

Akron's most ELECTRIC open mic is back and turning 30 just as Wandering Aesthetics gears up for the upcoming launch of #AkronBreadbox!!!

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at epcooker.com or via phone at 330.612.3090.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:

#EPCooker team members and to help reach our Year Two match for The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox. Bigger Than A Breadbox – launching this Fall – is one of the 27 winners of the of the 2015 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. #AkronBreadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds over two years - but only $37,500 over the next 15 months.

For more information (including the up-to-date funds raised) visit akronbreadbox.com or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is piggybacking off of the upcoming F*N*M at everyone's favorite brewery – Aqueduct Brewing – for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" entertainment!

Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20+ performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm. Performances begin between 8:00 - 8:30 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 12-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at epcooker.com.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee: Comedian & Improviser Ruben Ryan

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands and performance artists. But the sky is the limit; no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker!

ALL levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision.

The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic. It is an open and welcoming community of artists. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. Storyteller Kyle Jozsa, Comedian Sarah Jones, Just Go With It Improv Comedy Troupe, Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

Aqueduct Brewing has a quality selection of craft beer, cider and food available for sale. Outside beverages are not permitted. Outside food is allowed.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Ruben Ryan...

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Performer's Tool Box
Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

Performer's Tool Box

Wandering Aesthetics is proud to announce our fourth annual collaboration with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association. We will once again be conducting a series of four one-off workshops entitled The Performer’s Tool Box, as part of the Highland Square PorchRokr Festival Workshop Series.

DATES & TIMES:

Saturday, July 22 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 29 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 5 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 12 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION:

Our Lady of the Elms
1375 W Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44313

WORKSHOP FEE:

FREE!!!

REGISTRATION:



ABOUT:

A collaborative partnership between The Highland Square Neighborhood Association PorchRokr Festival and Wandering Aesthetics, the Performer's Tool Box is a way for performers – of all genres and experience levels – to enhance their onstage presence, work through stage fright, brush up on invaluable performance skills and practice in front of an audience.

Each session is designed as a “one-off” workshop geared to nurture onstage success.

1) Making Contact: Overcoming Stage Fright & Forming a Genuine Connection
(JULY 22)
2) Do Not Be Dismissed: Presence and Energy in Performance (JULY 29)
3) Seen, but Not Heard: Voice for the Performer
(AUGUST 5)
4) From Vamping to Banter: Improv for the Unexpected (AUGUST 12)

*Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four (4) sessions

For more information, please email info@watheatre.com or call Instructor Kyle Jozsa at 330.612.3090.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Drawing on a work ethic derived from his path to Eagle Scout, Kyle Jozsa co-founded the storytelling theatre company, Wandering Aesthetics in 2013 with his partner in work and life, Benjamin Rexroad. Kyle serves as Wandering Aesthetics’ Artistic Director, Director of Education and primary Storyteller. As such, Kyle is charged with collecting stories from the heart of Appalachia to the shores of the Cuyahoga, creating dynamic storytelling performances and inspiring students of all ages to find their voices and tell their own tales. Kyle’s theatrical training includes an intensive summer program at Double Edge Theatre in Asheville, MA, multiple workshops with Akron’s own New World Performance Laboratory and extensive work with Director Benjamin Rexroad. Following his hike of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Kyle made the transition to solo performer. Most recently Kyle was named the 2016 Akron Arts Alive! Award Winner for Outstanding Artist in Theater.

Through all of these changes, Kyle has remained dedicated to his personal training and the study of the actor’s (and storyteller’s) craft.

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Performer's Tool Box
Jul
29
12:00 PM12:00

Performer's Tool Box

Wandering Aesthetics is proud to announce our fourth annual collaboration with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association. We will once again be conducting a series of four one-off workshops entitled The Performer’s Tool Box, as part of the Highland Square PorchRokr Festival Workshop Series.

DATES & TIMES:

Saturday, July 22 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 29 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 5 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 12 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION:

Our Lady of the Elms
1375 W Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44313

WORKSHOP FEE:

FREE!!!

REGISTRATION:



ABOUT:

A collaborative partnership between The Highland Square Neighborhood Association PorchRokr Festival and Wandering Aesthetics, the Performer's Tool Box is a way for performers – of all genres and experience levels – to enhance their onstage presence, work through stage fright, brush up on invaluable performance skills and practice in front of an audience.

Each session is designed as a “one-off” workshop geared to nurture onstage success.

1) Making Contact: Overcoming Stage Fright & Forming a Genuine Connection
(JULY 22)
2) Do Not Be Dismissed: Presence and Energy in Performance (JULY 29)
3) Seen, but Not Heard: Voice for the Performer
(AUGUST 5)
4) From Vamping to Banter: Improv for the Unexpected (AUGUST 12)

*Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four (4) sessions

For more information, please email info@watheatre.com or call Instructor Kyle Jozsa at 330.612.3090.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Drawing on a work ethic derived from his path to Eagle Scout, Kyle Jozsa co-founded the storytelling theatre company, Wandering Aesthetics in 2013 with his partner in work and life, Benjamin Rexroad. Kyle serves as Wandering Aesthetics’ Artistic Director, Director of Education and primary Storyteller. As such, Kyle is charged with collecting stories from the heart of Appalachia to the shores of the Cuyahoga, creating dynamic storytelling performances and inspiring students of all ages to find their voices and tell their own tales. Kyle’s theatrical training includes an intensive summer program at Double Edge Theatre in Asheville, MA, multiple workshops with Akron’s own New World Performance Laboratory and extensive work with Director Benjamin Rexroad. Following his hike of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Kyle made the transition to solo performer. Most recently Kyle was named the 2016 Akron Arts Alive! Award Winner for Outstanding Artist in Theater.

Through all of these changes, Kyle has remained dedicated to his personal training and the study of the actor’s (and storyteller’s) craft.

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Full Circle Storytelling: Collected Works, Vol. 2
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling: Collected Works, Vol. 2

Over the past year, Wandering Aesthetics, The Akronist and Jilly's Music Room partnered to produce nine Full Circle Storytelling events – each inspired by a prompt and an idea: everyone has a story.

From these open mic events, eight storytellers were chosen to work with Wandering Aesthetics’ Director of Education Kyle Jozsa to shape their stories and present them at ‘Full Circle Storytelling: Collected Works, Vol. 2.’

Special guest Neema Tamang, a Nepali actor who recently performed in ‘In Search of Alternative Dreams’ as part of Gum-Dip Theatre’s Nepali Applause Festival, has been invited to share a story about “first love in a refugee camp.” DJ AaRron Epps will guide the gathering, spinning soulful soundscapes as the evening’s emcee.

Stories range from heart wrenching to hysterical – and everywhere in-between!

Tickets are $10.00 and available at the door or online at www.watheatre.com/fullcircle. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available at the door. For more information please call 330.612.3090 or email info@watheatre.com. Doors at 7:00 PM, Storytelling begins at 7:30 PM.

THE STORYTELLERS:

Jennifer Betz
STORY: "The Pitfalls of Stream Littering"

Brenda Cummins
STORY: "Conception in Three Acts"

Emily S. Durway
STORY: "First Date Fiasco"

Tyler Hodges
STORY: "Just Another Manic Sunday"

Meghan Meeker
STORY: "My Father's Father"

Benjamin Rexroad
STORY: "Family Tree"

Bart Sullivan
STORY: TBA

Brian Young
STORY: TBA

SPECIAL GUEST STORYTELLER:

Neema Tamang
STORY: "First Love"

Neema Tamang was born on August 10, 1996 in a Nepali refugee camp. He worked with Suruwath Theatre Company as an artist, which he established on April 20, 2011. His goal was to bring social awareness to the community and preserve the Nepali culture. His interest in the arts drives him to perform. He also wants to share the arts with other people so they know what it is to love the arts and do creative things. Not only is he passionate about theatre, he’s passionate about sports too.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

AaRron Epps joined BMe as Acting Community Manager in Akron where he leads efforts in building caring and prosperous communities. Epps is a certified facilitator for the "Ice House Entrepreneur Program" and "Thinking for a Change" a cognitive-based learning program for ex- offenders. Epps was recruited to be a speaker at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He spent two semesters facilitating a workshop about the early influences of “Hip Hop” and how teachers can use this information to get in better contact with students. Epps has over ten years of experience of working with at-risk youth and ex-offenders. He is the founder of the SAC Program, which is focused on building and sustaining the city of Akron through community building, entrepreneurship and black male achievement.

FULL CIRCLE STORYTELLING MISSION STATEMENT:

Full Circle is a successful monthly storytelling event open to the community. Telling their own true tales, Akronites place themselves at the center of their own life journeys. We use the art of narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.

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Performer's Tool Box
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Performer's Tool Box

Wandering Aesthetics is proud to announce our fourth annual collaboration with the Highland Square Neighborhood Association. We will once again be conducting a series of four one-off workshops entitled The Performer’s Tool Box, as part of the Highland Square PorchRokr Festival Workshop Series.

DATES & TIMES:

Saturday, July 22 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, July 29 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 5 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, August 12 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION:

Our Lady of the Elms
1375 W Exchange St.
Akron, OH 44313

WORKSHOP FEE:

FREE!!!

REGISTRATION:



ABOUT:

A collaborative partnership between The Highland Square Neighborhood Association PorchRokr Festival and Wandering Aesthetics, the Performer's Tool Box is a way for performers – of all genres and experience levels – to enhance their onstage presence, work through stage fright, brush up on invaluable performance skills and practice in front of an audience.

Each session is designed as a “one-off” workshop geared to nurture onstage success.

1) Making Contact: Overcoming Stage Fright & Forming a Genuine Connection
(JULY 22)
2) Do Not Be Dismissed: Presence and Energy in Performance (JULY 29)
3) Seen, but Not Heard: Voice for the Performer
(AUGUST 5)
4) From Vamping to Banter: Improv for the Unexpected (AUGUST 12)

*Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend all four (4) sessions

For more information, please email info@watheatre.com or call Instructor Kyle Jozsa at 330.612.3090.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Drawing on a work ethic derived from his path to Eagle Scout, Kyle Jozsa co-founded the storytelling theatre company, Wandering Aesthetics in 2013 with his partner in work and life, Benjamin Rexroad. Kyle serves as Wandering Aesthetics’ Artistic Director, Director of Education and primary Storyteller. As such, Kyle is charged with collecting stories from the heart of Appalachia to the shores of the Cuyahoga, creating dynamic storytelling performances and inspiring students of all ages to find their voices and tell their own tales. Kyle’s theatrical training includes an intensive summer program at Double Edge Theatre in Asheville, MA, multiple workshops with Akron’s own New World Performance Laboratory and extensive work with Director Benjamin Rexroad. Following his hike of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail, Kyle made the transition to solo performer. Most recently Kyle was named the 2016 Akron Arts Alive! Award Winner for Outstanding Artist in Theater.

Through all of these changes, Kyle has remained dedicated to his personal training and the study of the actor’s (and storyteller’s) craft.

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B4 Bed: Stories For Adults
Jul
3
6:30 PM18:30

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults

Just in time for Independence Day, Wandering Aesthetics is pleased to present another addition of B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS!

DATE/TIME:

Monday, July 3, 2017
6:30 PM

LOCATION:

Firestone Park Branch Library
1486 Aster Ave.
Akron, OH 44301

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don’t have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only.

B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and getaway from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike.

Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle leads listeners on a journey of adventure, suspense and danger!

STORY FOR JULY:

TO REGISTER:

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Jumping Off The Page: A Storytelling Performance
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Jumping Off The Page: A Storytelling Performance

Enjoy stories and songs from around the world as they jump right off the page and into your imagination!!!

Join Storytellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo from Wandering Aesthetics, as they share stories, songs and fables from the banks of the Mississippi to the plains of Ancient China.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have a fabulous time!

COST:

Free

TO REGISTER:

Contact North Hill Branch Library by calling 330.535.9423 or emailing northbranch@akronlibrary.org.

***FOR ALL AGES***

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Falls Downtown Fridays Kids fest
Jun
23
4:00 PM16:00

Falls Downtown Fridays Kids fest

Join Wandering Aesthetics at the first annual Cuyahoga Falls Kids Fest as they entertain, emcee and host the interactive Jumping Off The Page!

ABOUT JUMPING OFF THE PAGE:

A few props, some makeshift costumes and a story is all you'll need throughout this interactive theatrical affair. From Little Red to Big Bad and all those characters in between, step out of reality and into the world of play and make believe.

Join Wandering Aesthetics for a day of improvisational play for ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS! Guided by Storytellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo of Wandering Aesthetics, participants will – adding their own personal twist – act out well-known stories from throughout the ages as audiences cheer them on! From myths to fairy tales, this day is sure to be an adventure like none other.

ABOUT KIDS FEST:

Kids Fest is an evening of fun for the children in the Cuyahoga Falls community and will feature musical entertainment, crafts, and interactive play!

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Let's Play! Mommy & Me
Jun
16
4:00 PM16:00

Let's Play! Mommy & Me

Does your child love to play pretend!?

Children constantly use their imaginations to create something out of nothing. Their lives are ones of theatricality and experimentation, discovering their world and themselves through play.

DATE:

Friday, June 16th @ 4 PM

LOCATION:

Akron Children's Museum

COST:

$10/Family (Up to 3 people including kiddos)
$5/Each Additional Person

Preregistration is required at the museum or by calling 330.396.6103
Admission to the museum is only $5/person if wish to come before or stay after.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Join Teaching Artist Kyle Jozsa as he – along with parents – leads children on an adventure straight out of a storybook.

Let’s Play! uses theatrical concepts (such as: movement, voice, imagination, costumes, props) to facilitate physical, social & emotional development in your young performer. Designed for children ages 2.5 - 5, the class incorporates songs, stories and activities that use imaginative play as a foundation for learning.

Each parent/gaurdian will stay with their child during the program and help them through the games and activities geared to prepare their little one for preschool and beyond.

*For more information about the instructor, please visit http://www.watheatre.com/education/

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B4 Bed: Stories For Adults (THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME)
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults (THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME)

Just in time for Father's Day, Wandering Aesthetics is pleased to present another addition of B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS!

DATE/TIME:

Monday, June 5, 2017
6:30 PM

LOCATION:

Firestone Park Branch Library
1486 Aster Ave.
Akron, OH 44301

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don’t have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only.

B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and getaway from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike.

Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle leads listeners on a journey of adventure, suspense and danger!

STORY FOR JUNE:

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

The Most Dangerous Game, also published as The Hounds of Zaroff, is a short story by Richard Connell, first published in 1924. The story features a big-game hunter from New York City who falls off a yacht and swims to an isolated island in the Caribbean, where he is hunted by a Russian aristocrat.

The story is inspired by the big-game hunting safaris in Africa and South America that were particularly fashionable among wealthy Americans in the 1920s.

TO REGISTER:

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'Jumping Off the Page' at Summit StageFest
Jun
3
12:45 PM12:45

'Jumping Off the Page' at Summit StageFest

Join Wandering Aesthetics at the first annual Summit StageFest for Jumping Off The Page.

ABOUT JUMPING OFF THE PAGE:

A few props, some makeshift costumes and a story is all you'll need throughout this interactive theatrical affair. From Little Red to Big Bad and all those characters in between, step out of reality and into the world of play and make believe.

Join Wandering Aesthetics for a day of improvisational play for ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS! Guided by Storytellers Kyle Jozsa and Nici Romo of Wandering Aesthetics, participants will – adding their own personal twist – act out well-known stories from throughout the ages as audiences cheer them on! From myths to fairy tales, this day is sure to be an adventure like none other.

PERFORMANCE TIMES:

12:45 PM
1:45 PM
2:45 PM

ABOUT SUMMIT STAGEFEST:

Join us for Highland Square's next great festival! Summit StageFest brings together theater groups from all over Northeast Ohio for a free, all-day celebration of live performance, art, and food. The event takes place on West Market Street between Casterton and Portage Path.

Performances include:

Antic Theatre - "Fingerfoods"
The Cleveland Opera - "La Boheme"
Cleveland Opera Theater - "Opera for All"
Dynamics Community Theater - "Oz"
Elliot & Krisopher Carter - "American Idiot"
Gum-Dip Theatre - "Nepali Applause"
The Illusion Factory - "The Little Mermaid"
Jim Volkert's Puppets - "Punch & Judy," "Gingerbread Man" & "Prince James"
John Moody - Wandering Minstrel
Just Go With It Improv Comedy
Magical Theatre Company - "Pinocchio"
Mason Brown & Brandi Eaton - "Shadowplay" & "Telegram"
Mustache Pete Stand Up Comedy
Neos Dance Theatre
New World Performance Lab - "Get Away With Murder" and "The Devil's Milk Trilogy, Part 2"
The Nairobi Trio - "The Wild Goose"
Ohio Shakespeare Festival - Green Show
Rubber City Radio Players - "Sunset Boulevard" Radio Show
Rubber City Shakespeare - "King Lear"
Theatre on the Spectrum - Student Showcase
Tyler Hodges - Scenes From "Hair"
Wandering Aesthetics - Audience Participation Improv
Weathervane Playhouse - "Hairspray"

Plus performance workshops from The Illusion Factory, Just Go With It Improv, and the Summit County Library!

*Performances include complete plays and highlights from longer works.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 29: Birthday Boys
May
27
to May 28

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 29: Birthday Boys

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at epcooker.com or via phone at 330.612.3090.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:

The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox is one of the 27 winners of the of the 2015 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. Bigger Than A Breadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds over two years - but ONLY $300 more to reach the coveted first half match of $37,500!!!

For more information (including the up-to-date funds raised) visit akronbreadbox.com or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is partnering up with Gum-Dip Theatre and North Hill's brand new Exchange House Akron for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" entertainment!

Celebrate Kyle and Benjamin's birthdays, send Dean Coutris off in style and help Wandering Aesthetics raise the final $300 (of $37,500) at this month's #EPCooker.

***May's event will be held inside a circus tent outside of Exchange House Akron.

Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20+ performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 6:30 pm. Performances begin between 7:00 - 7:30 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 12-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at epcooker.com.


An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee: Performer Dean Coutris.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands and performance artists. But the sky is the limit; no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker!

ALL levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision.

The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic. It is an open and welcoming community of artists. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. Storyteller Kyle Jozsa, Comedian Sarah Jones, Just Go With It Improv Comedy Troupe, Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

There will be a fine selection of beer available provided by Gum-Dip Theatre at the Exchange House Akron. Outside food is permitted.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Dean Coutris has been a working actor in the Norheast Ohio region for the past four years. He has appeared on stage at Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Actors' Summit At Greystone Hall, and Coach House Theatre. He is also a company member of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and a co-founder of Just Go With It Improv, a long-form improv group based in Akron! In his spare time, Dean enjoys playing his guitar, riding his bike, rock climbing, yoga, and drinking coffee with friends. By day, Dean is an accountant with a specialization in non-profit accounting and tax return preparation. No matter where he ends up in life, Akron will always be home.

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: The 7 Deadly Sins)
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: The 7 Deadly Sins)

This Full Circle Storytelling event is FREE!

Open to the public, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a prompt and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true tale related to the evening’s prompt (or any great story) OR just swing by to enjoy the show! (No experience necessary.) Co-hosted by Wandering Aesthetics, Jilly's Music Room and The Akronist this intimate evening of storytelling will conjure the spirit of community.

***Hosted by: TBA
***Live music will be provided by: TBA

Registration is encouraged (especially for storytellers), but not required. To register or for more information, please visit www.watheatre.com/fullcircle or info@watheatre.com.

Prompt: THE 7 DEADLY SINS

MISSION STATEMENT:

Full Circle is an open mic for storytellers. Telling their own true tales, Akronites are placed at the center of their own life journeys. Based on the work of Joseph Campbell, we use narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.

VIDEO ARCHIVE:

We are creating a video and audio archive of stories from residents of the Greater Akron area. This archive may be used by students, journalists, researchers, artists, etc. for purposes beyond Full Circle Storytelling events. Participants at our live events are not required to have their stories recorded for our archive. Sometimes the magic is only for those in the room.

REGISTER:

Name *
Name
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Hot Applesauce Improv Class
May
21
5:00 PM17:00

Hot Applesauce Improv Class

Funny Noizes Production is pleased to introduce it's first professionally instructed improv class at the historic West Theater in Barberton – lead by Storyteller Kyle Jozsa.

ABOUT HOT APPLESAUCE IMPROV:

Funny Noizes Production will be bringing the finest instructors of improv from Akron, Cleveland, Canton, and other cities, to provide an in-depth, on your feet, hands-on experience in improv.

These will be ongoing one-off classes that will utilize the fundamentals of improvisation inspired by the founders of improv, such as Del Close, Keith Johnstone, Viola Spolin and others. This class will be instructed by a rotation of various teachers to introduce different styles and techniques.

This class will be a balance of fun, yet will still provide skills for any stage performer. Hot Applesauce is suitable for beginners as well as those with improv experience.

The concession stand will be open for your convenience.

REGISTRATION:

The cost of this 2 hour class is only $5 and space is limited to 15 people.

You can reserve your spot in this fun-filled event through PayPal using cdketler2@gmail.com or by calling 330-201-1499.

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Night at the Museum
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Night at the Museum

Watch Out! This Saturday master storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics will be roaming the tombs and totems of the Canton Museum of Art's “Avatars” exhibit. You will be led on a spine-tingling journey deep into the backwoods of your imagination.

Beware…. creatures of the night may appear!

ABOUT NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM:

Night at the Museum is a free fun-filled family event for those who are young and young at heart! Explore an interactive archeological dig, Glow-in-the-Dark face painting, live owls, roaming entertainers, family yoga, and so much more. In conjunction with the "AVATARS: Relics from the Future" art exhibition, attendees will embark on a mystical journey through the past and future. From creative awe-inspiring relics to customized make and take totems, Night at the Museum will inspire and engage all ages. This special event will feature free activities from our friends at the Akron Zoo, Massillon Museum, Stark County Public Library, Rockstar Rock Shop, 6th Street Yoga, Wandering Aesthetics, Akron Fossils & Science Center, McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, and many more. This free event is made possible by ArtsInStark, Ohio Arts Council, Key Bank Foundation, Williams Family Dental Group, Inc., and Winick Endodontics.

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Pajama JAM ('Taste of the Breadbox' Launch Party)
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Pajama JAM ('Taste of the Breadbox' Launch Party)

Join Wandering Aesthetics for a night of entertainment, food, and comfort as we kick off Taste of the Breadbox: An Evening of Culture from the Couch (our online auction) with Pajama JAM!

Date/Time:

Friday April 14, 2017
7:00pm

Location:

Jilly's Music Room
111 N. Main St.
Akron, OH 44308

Price:

FREE!!!!!!

About The Event:

We love supporting Akron’s amazing artistic community and we bet you do too. But if you’re anything like us, it can be a challenge to get off the couch to go to these great events, so we brought the couch to you! Come down to Jilly’s Music Room in your most comfortable attire to check out and bid on the online auction items AND enjoy a taste of what Bigger than a Breadbox will bring to Akron.

Pajama JAM Line Up:

8:00pm to 8:30pm Jeff Klemm
8:45pm to 9:00pm Rosilyn Jentner Cicora
9:00pm to 9:15pm Theresa Göttl Brightman
9:30pm to 9:45pm Gum-Dip Theatre
10:00pm to 10:30pm Josephine Marie Music
10:45pm to 11:00pm Thomas Skala
11:00pm to 11:30pm Amy Heisei

About 'Taste of the Breadbox':

In 2015, Wandering Aesthetics was awarded a two-year Knight Arts Challenge matching grant for “Bigger Than a Breadbox.” Building on the success of our open mic-style “Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret”, “Breadbox” gathers Akron’s finest performers, provides coaching to further develop their talent and then features these acts in quarterly vaudeville-esque variety shows. Shows rotate throughout different neighborhoods in Akron, highlighting their unique histories– from the forgotten women of the canal era to the changing faces of North Hill.

Over the past nine months, “Breadbox” has worked to successfully raise over $30,000! However, “Breadbox” is $5,500 shy of its Year One match criterion. Once these funds are raised, “Breadbox” can focus on elevating its artistic quality, growing the company and creating the most impactful programming possible.

To complete our remaining match for year one of Bigger Than a Breadbox, we are hosting a two-day online auction: Taste of the Breadbox: An Evening of Culture from the Couch. The online auction site will be live for 48 hours beginning on April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm and closing on April 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

The Pajama JAM may be FREE, but we all know how hanging out in your p.j.’s all night is priceless!

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Taste of the Breadbox: An Evening of Culture from the Couch
Apr
14
to Apr 16

Taste of the Breadbox: An Evening of Culture from the Couch

We at Wandering Aesthetics love supporting Akron’s amazing artistic community and we bet you do too.

Unfortunately, if you’re anything like us, it can sometimes be a challenge to get off the couch– let alone muster the energy to put on your snazziest outfit and attend a fancy gala.

But there is a way you can help the Akron arts community without having to leave the comfort of your couch.

DATE & TIME:

Begins Friday, April 14th @ 12:00 PM
Ends Sunday, April 16th @ 12:00 PM

LOCATION:

Online: akronbreadbox.com

COST:

The auction is FREE to join and the album is FREE to enjoy!!!

ABOUT BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX:

In March of 2016, Wandering Aesthetics, was awarded its first ever grant of $75,000 from the John S. Knight Foundation for our winning #KnightArts Challenge idea: The Electric Pressure Cooker Presents... Bigger Than a Breadbox" (BTAB). This Project (BTAB) is tasked with providing Akron's artists and businesses, through a quarterly vaudeville show of local talent, a platform that will travel to different neighborhoods showcasing a rich mixture of Akron's best.

Over the past nine months, BTAB has worked to successfully raise over $30,000! However, BTAB is $5,500 shy of its Year One match criterion. Once these funds are raised, BTAB can focus on elevating its artistic quality, growing the company and creating the most impactful programming possible.

ABOUT 'TASTE OF THE BREADBOX':

In 2015, Wandering Aesthetics was awarded a two-year Knight Arts Challenge matching grant for “Bigger Than a Breadbox.” Building on the success of our open mic-style “Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret”, “Breadbox” gathers Akron’s finest performers, provides coaching to further develop their talent and then features these acts in quarterly vaudeville-esque variety shows. Shows rotate throughout different neighborhoods in Akron, highlighting their unique histories– from the forgotten women of the canal era to the changing faces of North Hill.

To complete our remaining match for year one of “Bigger Than a Breadbox”, we are hosting a two-day online auction. The online auction site will be live for 48 hours beginning on April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm and closing on April 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm.

To be a part of the fun, visit www.akronbreadbox.com. There you can find more information, preview auction items, and, once live, place your bids. If online bidding is too exciting for an “evening on the couch”, you can also make a flat donation toward our goal. Anyone who donates or bids will receive online access to a specially curated selection of art that offers a “Taste of the Breadbox”. (Just another reason to stay home.) Please email info@watheatre.com with any questions.

So: don’t be afraid to bid– and bid often. You don’t even have to take off your pajamas.

Benjamin Rexroad & Kyle Jozsa
Co-Founders, Wandering Aesthetics

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B4 Bed: Stories For Adults (COMEDY)
Apr
3
6:30 PM18:30

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults (COMEDY)

Wandering Aesthetics is delighted to announce the return of B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS!

DATE/TIME:

Monday, April 3, 2017
6:30 PM

LOCATION:

Firestone Park Branch Library
1486 Aster Ave.
Akron, OH 44301

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don’t have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only.

B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and getaway from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike.

Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle weaves these three tales of horror and mystery.

THEME FOR APRIL:

...Comedy...

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Written in 1729, 'A Modest Proposal' is a satirical essay written and published anonymously by Jonathan Swift. The author suggests that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic burdens through a simple scheme: selling their children as fancy fare (food) to the rich.

'Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot' by Reginald Bretnor

Feghoots are a long-running series of short science fiction pieces that were published in various magazines over several decades. Each humorous Feghoot follows a fundamental formula in which the title character has to solve a problem bedeviling some manner of being or extricate himself from a dangerous situation.

'The Mouse' by H.H. Munro (Saki)

Considered one of Saki's lighter and more purely humorous stories, 'The Mouse' is about a socially awkward man and his difficulties in dealing with a mouse climbing up the leg of his pants...

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Hi-Fructose Storytelling with Wandering Aesthetics
Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Hi-Fructose Storytelling with Wandering Aesthetics

***FREE, but registration is requested***

A picture is worth a thousand words… So just imagine the stories the work of artists like Mark Ryden and Wayne White of the Hi-Fructose collection can inspire. Hone your verbal or written storytelling skills in this workshop fueled by the artwork inside Turn the Page.

Guided by Storyteller Kyle Jozsa of Wandering Aesthetics, participants will discover the process of storytelling: from inspiration to creation. Whether quirky, fantastic or real, you’ll leave the class ready to put pen to paper and further develop your finished story or spoken word piece.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 28: Days Later
Mar
25
to Mar 26

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 28: Days Later

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performance slot online at watheatre.com/epcooker or via phone at 330.612.3090.



ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:

The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox is one of the 27 winners of the of the 2015 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. Bigger Than A Breadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds - $37,500 (which we're quickly approaching) over the next 2 months!

For more information (including the up-to-date funds raised) visit watheatre.com/btab or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is returning to a popular Akron hot spot – Aqueduct Brewing – for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" entertainment!

Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20+ performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 7:00 pm. Performances begin between 8:00 - 8:30 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 12-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcees: Dynamic Duo Cody Stanley & Ryan Dyke.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands and performance artists. But the sky is the limit; no art is too taboo for the #EPCooker!

ALL levels – from beginner to the most experienced – are encouraged to perform. Those under 18 are permitted to attend (and perform!) with adult supervision.

The #EPCooker is not just an Open Mic. It is an open and welcoming community of artists. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. Storyteller Kyle Jozsa, Comedian Sarah Jones, Just Go With It Improv, Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

Aqueduct Brewing has a quality selection of craft beer, cider and food available for sale. Outside beverages are not permitted. Outside food is allowed.

ABOUT THE EMCEES:

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: Transformation)
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: Transformation)

This Full Circle Storytelling event is held in conjunction with WORLD STORYTELLING DAY.

FREE and OPEN to the public, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a prompt and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true story related to the evening’s prompt or just come to enjoy the show! (No experience necessary.) Co-hosted by Wandering Aesthetics, Jilly's Music Room and The Akronist this intimate evening of storytelling will conjure the spirit of community.

***Hosted by: Meghan Meeker
***Live music will be provided by: Zach Freidhof

Registration is encouraged (especially for storytellers), but not required. To register or for more information, please fill out the form below or email info@watheatre.com.

Prompt: TRANSFORMATION

MISSION STATEMENT:

Full Circle is an open mic for storytellers. Telling their own true tales, Akronites are placed at the center of their own life journeys. Based on the work of Joseph Campbell, we use narrative to ignite understanding between diverse peoples, building bridges– not walls– within our community.

ABOUT WORLD STORYTELLING DAY:

Started in Sweden, World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. Each year on or near the March equinox, communities gather together to celebrate storytellers and stories. Participants share with each other, gaining insight, building relationships, and inspiring all who listen.

VIDEO ARCHIVE:

We are creating a video and audio archive of stories from residents of the Greater Akron area. This archive may be used by students, journalists, researchers, artists, etc. for purposes beyond Full Circle Storytelling events. Participants at our live events are not required to have their stories recorded for our archive. Sometimes the magic is only for those in the room.

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B4 Bed: Stories For Adults (THE AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH)
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

B4 Bed: Stories For Adults (THE AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH)

Wandering Aesthetics is delighted to announce the return of B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS!

DATE/TIME:

Monday, March 20, 2017
6:30 PM

LOCATION:

Goodyear Branch Library
60 Goodyear Blvd.
Akron, OH 44305

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Have you always wanted to start a good story only to realize you don’t have the time? Or maybe you want to feel just like a kid again and have a good story read to you? Let your imagination wander as you join Storyteller Kyle Jozsa from Wandering Aesthetics as he shares a series of short stories – radio play style – for adults only.

B4 BED: STORIES FOR ADULTS is all about that return trip to childhood. So sit back, relax and getaway from the everyday as we read you enthralling episodes from modern and classic writers alike.

Participants should feel free to bring their sewing, knitting or crocheting projects, coloring books or other handheld fidget toys to enjoy as Kyle weaves these three tales of horror and mystery.

STORY FOR MARCH:

The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez

Considered a "poem on the solitude of power" and featuring Márquez's unique voice, this story is one of six sections from Gabriel García Márquez's The Autumn of the Patriarch.

Based on real-life autocrats in the Caribbean, The Autumn of the Patriarch tells the story of a fictional dictator who conveys to the reader his desperation and loneliness while also detailing some of the atrocities and ruthless behavior that keeps him in power.

TO REGISTER:

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