A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why Method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators. Take in a safer form of imitation with this GrouponLive deal to see This Land Is Your Land: The Legacy Of Woody Guthrie at Akron Civic Theatre. For $12, you get one ticket for cabaret seating on the stage on Friday, April 19, at 8 p.m. (a $25 value). Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Many of the modern era’s most prolific songwriters, including American icons the likes of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, can trace the DNA of their styles back to Woody Guthrie. With a heart open to the working class and a guitar famously inscribed with the message “This machine kills fascists,” Guthrie has remained a staple of Americana with his immortal folk song “This Land Is Your Land,” which immediately evokes the American theme of freedom. In this tradition, Ryan Humbert and his acoustic band pay homage to Guthrie by covering cuts from the singer’s catalog, as well as performing Guthrie’s unpublished lyrics set to music by well-known artists such as Wilco, Billy Bragg, and Jackson Browne.
E.J. Thomas Hall
Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.