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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Life on Mars)
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Life on Mars)

"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!

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: LIFE ON MARS

Akron, we have a problem:

We’re lost in time
Or maybe lost in space
Had close encounters
Among the human race

Join Wandering Aesthetics with emcee AaRron Epps (BMe Community) to share stories that are “out of this world!”

Prompt inspired by submission from: Thomas Skala
 

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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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 33: Inauguration Protest Station
Jan
20
to Jan 21

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 33: Inauguration Protest Station

Akron's most ECLECTIC and ELECTRIC open mic event returns Saturday, January 20th to the University Park neighborhood's very own Aqueduct Brewing on the anniversary of the presidential inauguration. Featuring Emcee and Performer Karlise Starr Brown, the #EPCooker invites performers across the spectrum of artistic genres to: Congregate - as part of the #EPCooker community. Participate - in the interactive Inauguration Protest Station. Celebrate - the artists that are reshaping Akron and Northeast Ohio.

$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:

Continued fundraising for the second half match of The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox, (premiering in early 2018), as well as maintaining this vibrant community event by compensating #EPCooker artists and team members.

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 in early 2018 – 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 $30,000 over the next 10 months.

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

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The Zenith AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is back for the new year, so get ready to congregate, participate and celebrate! This month's dynamic showcase featuring artistic talent and  "ANYTHING GOES" fun will "happen" inside the historic Aqueduct Brewing.

Featuring the amazing vocals of Emcee Karlise Starr Brown, Aqueduct Brewing's fine craft cider and beer, and the "Inauguration Protest Station" – an interactive "station" where participants can privately express their opinion of the past year – this Electric Pressure Cooker is sure to turn up the heat on this cold January night.

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Through humble beginnings in the basement of a Highland Square flower shop, the #EPCooker is an artist driven event that sees over 80+ audience members, 20+ performances and 5 non-stop hours of art.

Doors open and registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm with performances beginning sometime 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, stage, lighting and sound system (with operators) are provided. The environment is like no other open mic in the region.
This month's emcee: Performer Karlise Starr Brown

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, comedians, feats of strength, play readings, debates, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improvisation, devised work, full rock bands, storytelling 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 and advocates. It is also a great networking event, a great place to improve stage presence and a great place to develop as an artist. From comedians to full bands, many wonderful performers have 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:

Karlise Starr Brown...

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Happiness Is...)
Dec
27
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 3 (Prompt: Happiness Is...)

"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!

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: ‘HAPPINESS IS...'

Happiness is finding a pencil/pizza with sausage/telling the time…
Happiness is learning to whistle/tying your shoes for the very first time…
Happiness is two kinds of ice cream/knowing a secret/climbing a tree…
Happiness is five different crayons/catching a firefly/setting him free…
Happiness is a warm gun.

While this unsettling “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”/Beatles mash-up gives us rather specific details about what “happiness is”, its true message lies in what happiness is not. Happiness is not the same to everyone. Join Wandering Aesthetics with emcee Drew Louis (Actor with Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. • Senior at Hudson High School (Ohio)) to share stories about what “Happiness Is…” for each of us.

Prompt inspired by submission from: Jennifer Betz

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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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: 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.

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Name
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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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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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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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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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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.

REGISTER:

Name *
Name
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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: The Great Outdoors)
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: The Great Outdoors)

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 story related to the evening’s theme 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: Cristina González Alcalá
***Live music will be provided by: Ben Gravatt

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

Prompt: THE GREAT OUTDOORS

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.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 27: #EPCooker Cubed
Jan
28
to Jan 29

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 27: #EPCooker Cubed

$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 6 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 back ON THE ROAD at the historic Rialto Theatre in Kenmore for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" fun!

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 emcee: Performer Rosilyn Jentner Cicora.

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.

The Rialto Theatre will be selling pizza by the slice and has a full bar available. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Rosilyn Jentner Cicora...

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Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: Comfort Zone)
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling, Vol. 2 (Prompt: Comfort Zone)

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 story related to the evening’s theme 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.

***Emcee & DJ: AaRron Epps

***Poetry provided by: Steve Brightman & Theresa Göttl Brightman!

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

Prompt: COMFORT ZONE

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:

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Full Circle Storytelling (Prompt: FAMILY CELEBRATIONS)
Dec
28
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling (Prompt: FAMILY CELEBRATIONS)

This Full Circle Storytelling event is FREE.

Open to the public, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a theme and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true story related to the evening’s theme 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 Chris Horne of The Devil Strip

***Special Performance by: Kaj Beeler


***Live music will be provided by: Josephine Marie Music (as seen at the #EPCooker)

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

Prompt: FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

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:

While not required, registration prior to the event is encouraged. Register below:

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Full Circle Storytelling (Prompt: TASTE OF HOME)
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling (Prompt: TASTE OF HOME)

This Full Circle Storytelling event is FREE.

Open to the public, Full Circle Storytelling events revolve around a theme and the idea: everyone has a story. Sign up to tell a true story related to the evening’s theme 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: Actor Dean Coutris

***Live music will be provided by: Chris Miller of The Akronist

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

Prompt: TASTE OF HOME

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:

While not required, registration prior to the event is encouraged. Register below:

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Electric Pressure Cooker 26: 26x26
Nov
26
to Nov 27

Electric Pressure Cooker 26: 26x26

$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 for the 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 over the next 8 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 back at the chic Pub Bricco for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" fun!

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

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 watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee: Musician Jeff Klemm

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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.

Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Dubbed the "Hardest Working Man In Akron Show Business" American singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Jeff Klemm, based out of Northeast Ohio, best known for his work as Maid Myriad's frontman and guitarist in the now defunct Via Lotus. His newest solo endeavor showcases his craft of songwriting and versatility playing all the instruments in the studio while performing live with JEFF KLEMM & THE LETTERS.

Klemm has performed his music throughout the country many times, embarking on several national full band and solo acoustic tours averaging out to around 100 shows a year since 2012. His accomplished work as a sound engineer has been showcased prominently in national venues and mainstream radio stations.

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Full Circle Storytelling (Prompt: GHOSTS OF THE PAST)
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Full Circle Storytelling (Prompt: GHOSTS OF THE PAST)

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 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.

***Live music will be provided by: Amy Heisei of Light of the Loon & Church of Starry Wisdom

***Poetry provided by: Jessica Kaisk and Aumaine Gruich of “Poetry in Akron”

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

Prompt: GHOSTS OF THE PAST

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:

While not required, registration prior to the event is encouraged. Register below:

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Stories of Kenmore
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Stories of Kenmore

The Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance and Wandering Aesthetics are coming together for a night of food, booze and stories of Kenmore.

DATE/TIME:

Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:00 PM

LOCATION:

The Rialto Theatre
1000 Kenmore Blvd.
Akron, OH 44314

PRICE:

FREE!!!

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Grew up in Kenmore? Live there now? Come share your stories of this diasporic community.

 

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Electric Pressure Cooker 25: Close Quarters
Sep
24
to Sep 25

Electric Pressure Cooker 25: Close Quarters

  • Standing Rock Cultural Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$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 for the 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 over the next 8 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 back ON THE ROAD for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" fun!

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

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 watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee: Comedian Chad Weaver

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts will have wine available. Outside food and beverages are permitted.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Chad Weaver's Chad Weaver is a comedian from Akron and he came here to rock 'n' roll. He runs a monthly comedy show at the Rialto Theatre in Kenmore called Thrill or be Thrilled, and is a part of Pizza Money, a monthly sketch show in Cleveland. He will be hosting the Electric Pressure Cooker on September 24th at Standing Rock in Kent, which is the event description you're reading right now. Yeah I'm talking to you, yeah you. Chad's in your brain right now. Don't turn around, I'm behind you.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 24: A Case of Fears
Aug
27
to Aug 28

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret 24: A Case of Fears

$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 for the 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 over the next 8 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 returns for another month of "ANYTHING GOES" fun!

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

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 watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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 fine selection of craft beer and cider available for sale. Outside beverages are not permitted. Outside food is allowed.

ABOUT THE EMCEE(S):

Keyboardist/vocalist Arcana Smyth was born into the Church of Starry Wisdom, daughter of Alchemist "Al" Smyth & Susan Lovecraft "Lovey" Smyth, their sole surviving child, the rest of their brood sacrificed to the Crawling Chaos for knowledge of the universe. Arcana's fellow band members were all abducted by the same cult at very early ages and have no prior memories. Their parents were all sacrificed by Church ministers to the Haunter of the Dark for Starry Wisdom. All names are unknown in order to hide the murders. When choir leader Topaz transitioned into womanhood, a priest praised this as a sacrifice unto Nyarlathotep, but Topaz disagrees. She didn't give anything up. Her private parts are tucked safe inside quite nicely now, thank you. Drummer Dez Troyer is a man of few words and many beats. His hobbies include arson & bringing the apocalypse. And finally (but certainly not last) there's Maxx Welles on synths/samples/guitar. He just wanted to write songs and make noise. But when every guitarist at Church was sacrificed to the God of 1,000 forms in manners so gruesome as to be tragic, if not for that holy trade for Starry Wisdom, Maxx was forced to play guitar. The melody to "Nemesis" came to him in a vision and that's when the band was incubated to create gospel music for the Outer Gods & Great Old Ones. Watch out! The Church is currently stalking talented contributors to the #EPCooker (& beyond) & using subtle brainwashing techniques to kidnap them into their worship team.

Arcana Smyth was created by Kurt Brown & Amy Spencer, and she is performed by Amy Spencer. Topaz is played by John Dayo-Aliya. Dez Troyer is played by Vince Tyree. Maxx Welles is played by Kurt Brown.

Who will you play?

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#EPCooker Porch at PorchRokr
Aug
20
12:00 PM12:00

#EPCooker Porch at PorchRokr

Join us on Saturday, August 20th for Akron's biggest party of the year! Voted Best Free Festival in The 330 by Akronlife Magazine!

As part of the upcoming PorchRokr festival, Wandering Aesthetics will be hosting the #EPCooker Porch located at 235 Casterton Ave.

The porch will feature NEO Maniacal Comedy Studio, some of the #KnightArts Challenge Winners and selected acts from the Award-Winning Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret.

12:00 STAGE OPENS

12:00 - 4:30 #EPCooker Performances & #KnightArts Presentations

4:30 - 6:00 NEO Maniacal Comedy Studio

6:00 STAGE CLOSES

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The Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret
Jul
16
to Jul 17

The Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performanceby clicking on the form below 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 for the 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 over the next 10 months!

For more information visit watheatre.com/btab or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Because of the ever-expanding and loving #EPCooker Community, the AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret continues to be one of the area’s hottest monthly events. Started in the basement of a flower shop, it is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20 performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

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 watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee is one of Firestone Park's finest: Katie Beck.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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, Just Go With It Improv, the Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Katie Beck aka K-Beck aka K Beezy is a community-based theatre artist who grew up in Firestone Park and South Akron. She is a 2014 graduate of Allegheny College with her BA in theatre and community and justice studies. (Don't be fooled by the rocks that she got, she's still Katie from the block). Most recently, she co-wrote and directed Into the Mold: a Firestone Park Community-Based Play. This year she was also commissioned by the Year of Meadville (Pennsylvania) to create A Town for Us which premiered at their Community Celebration. Katie took two years of ballet as a child so now she considers herself a professional dancer. She loves black olives, furry cats, and everything Akron. The only cheese she likes is in jokes.

Oh. And she contributed an account of community-based theatre in practice to "Developing a Community-Engaged Scholarly Identity," a chapter in the recently published Publicly Engaged Scholars. But no big deal or anything.

ABOUT BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX:

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics’ reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, Bigger Than a Breadbox (BTAB) draws inspiration from Akron’s historic ties to vaudeville. Using this vaudevillian blueprint, BTAB will be a dynamic quarterly event that celebrates artistic excellence and unites audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers. BTAB will tour Akron; each “bill” will be comprised of acts selected from the EPCooker and the neighborhoods where BTAB events are held. Acts will reflect a diverse array of talent and receive a performance stipend.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret
Jun
24
to Jun 25

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performanceby clicking on the form below 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 for the 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 over the next 10 months!

For more information visit watheatre.com/btab or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Because of the ever-expanding and loving #EPCooker Community, the AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret continues to be one of the area’s hottest monthly events. Started in the basement of a flower shop, it is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20 performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

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 watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided. This month's emcee is Natalie Grace Martin.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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, Just Go With It Improv, the Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

ABOUT THE EMCEE:

Natalie Grace Martin is Akron's transgender sweetheart. She earned her degree in Contemporary Vocal Performance from Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA, and upon returning to Ohio in 2009, fronted the reggae/rock band Mr. Maze, won the grand prize in the 2011 Gorilla Battle of the Bands in Cleveland, and released 2 solo albums for Vindicated Records from Columbus. After a year-long retirement, she reemerged on the music scene as Natalie and took up a residence at Uncorked Wine Bar, where she plays the first Wednesday of every month. She has been a featured musician at the 2016 Akron Big Love Fest, the 2015 Cleveland Trans Day of Remembrance, the 2016 Trans Day of Visibility Rally, the TransOhio 2016 Symposium in Columbus, and she also plays keys/bass guitar for Akron local rock band Twin Atomic. She lives in Wadsworth with her daughter Penny and her son Mac.

ABOUT BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX:

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics’ reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, Bigger Than a Breadbox (BTAB) draws inspiration from Akron’s historic ties to vaudeville. Using this vaudevillian blueprint, BTAB will be a dynamic quarterly event that celebrates artistic excellence and unites audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers. BTAB will tour Akron; each “bill” will be comprised of acts selected from the EPCooker and the neighborhoods where BTAB events are held. Acts will reflect a diverse array of talent and receive a performance stipend.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret
May
28
to May 29

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret

  • None Too Fragile Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$5 cover charge or pay-what-you-can at the door. Audience members can pay their covers and artists can pre-register for a performanceby clicking on the form below 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 for the 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 over the next 11 months!

For more information visit watheatre.com/btab or email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Because of the ever-expanding and loving #EPCooker Community, the AWARD WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret continues to be one of the area’s hottest monthly events. Started in the basement of a flower shop, it is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 20 performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

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 watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit, keyboard and sound system (with operators) are provided. Keeping in the spirit of the award-winning #EPCooker Community, this month's emcees will be the entire #EPCooker Team!!!

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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, Just Go With It Improv, Copper Pennies and many other acts premiered at the #EPCooker.

Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

ABOUT BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX:

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics’ reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, Bigger Than a Breadbox (BTAB) draws inspiration from Akron’s historic ties to vaudeville. Using this vaudevillian blueprint, BTAB will be a dynamic quarterly event that celebrates artistic excellence and unites audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers. BTAB will tour Akron; each “bill” will be comprised of acts selected from the EPCooker and the neighborhoods where BTAB events are held. Acts will reflect a diverse array of talent and receive a performance stipend.

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Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret
Apr
2
to Apr 3

Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret

$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 by clicking on the form below or via phone at 330.990.5138.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO:

The Electric Pressure Cooker… presents Bigger than a Breadbox is one of the 27 winners for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Akron. Bigger than a Breadbox needs to raise $75,000 in matching funds!

For more information email watheatre@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The #EPCooker is one of the area’s hottest events. Started in the basement of a flower shop, it is an artist driven event that sees over 100 audience members, 30 performances and 6 non-stop hours of art.

Registration for performers begins at 7:30 pm. Performances begin at 8:00 pm. Anyone may sign up for a 10-minute slot. Performers may pre-register at www.watheatre.com/epcooker.

An emcee, house drum kit and sound system (with operators) are provided.

ALL varieties of acts are encouraged to perform. Previous acts have included: monologues, acoustic musicians, play readings, comedians, experimental art, dancers, scenes from plays, improv, 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.

Pub Bricco has a full bar and a wide selection of food. Food and alcohol are permitted in the theatre.

ABOUT BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX:

Building on the success of Wandering Aesthetics’ reoccurring Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret, Bigger Than a Breadbox (BTB) draws inspiration from Akron’s historic ties to vaudeville. Using this vaudevillian blueprint, BTB will be a dynamic quarterly event that celebrates artistic excellence and unites audiences through affordable access to a revolving lineup of high quality performers. BTB will tour Akron; each “bill” will be comprised of acts selected from the EPCooker and the neighborhoods where BTB events are held. Acts will reflect a diverse array of talent and receive a performance stipend.

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Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers (Theme: Strong Women)
Mar
20
5:00 PM17:00

Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers (Theme: Strong Women)

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Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers is a *FREE* event and open to the public.

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

Registration is encouraged (especially for storytellers), but not required. To register or for more information, please email watheatre@gmail.com.

Theme: Strong Women

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Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers (Theme: The Jaws of Defeat)
Feb
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6:00 PM18:00

Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers (Theme: The Jaws of Defeat)

This Full Circle Storytelling event is FREE.

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

Since this event is open to the whole community, language and content of stories should be no stronger than PG-13. (Don’t tell us anything your Mama wouldn’t want to hear.)  Stories can range anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes in length.

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.

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

Theme: The Jaws of Defeat

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Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers (Theme: Drinkin' Buddies)
Jan
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6:00 PM18:00

Full Circle Storytelling: An Open Mic for Community Storytellers (Theme: Drinkin' Buddies)

This Full Circle Storytelling event is FREE.

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

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.

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

Theme: Drinkin' Buddies

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