The Akron Art Museum’s popular summer concert series, Downtown@Dusk, returns for its 29th season, offering a showcase of great music with a lineup of nine great bands as well as talks on art and children’s activities.
Offering everything from rockabilly to abstract blues, the free concerts will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the museum’s High Street surface lot or in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby in case of rain. A variety of beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and a selection of food provided by Old Carolina Barbecue or Urban Eats will be available for purchase during the concerts. Refer to http://AkronArtMuseum.org for each week’s restaurant option.
Other activities, including Art-Camps@Dusk and ArtTalks@Dusk will take place in the classroom and auditorium, respectively. Personalities from WKSU (89.7-FM) will emcee each concert.
During ArtCamps@Dusk, children 6-12 years old will explore fun and hands-on art-making. Each session is $5, free for members. Space is limited, register online at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com.
While the band takes a break from 7:30 to 8 p.m., join museum staff, area artists and local experts for ArtTalks@Dusk. Presenters will offer a series of enlightening talks about the exhibitions on view as well as a variety of other art-related topics.
The galleries as well as the Museum Store will remain open until 9 p.m. (admission not required to shop in the store). On the third Thursday of each month gallery admission is free all day.
Downtown@Dusk visitors can enjoy free admission to both the collection and exhibition galleries today, July 18 and Aug. 15.
View The Snowy Day and The Art of Ezra Jack Keats on view through June 30, Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders on view through July 21, Draw Me a Story on view through Aug. 4, Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak on view through Nov. 3, Real/Surreal on view July 20-Nov. 3 and With a Trace: Photographs of Absence on view July 27-Jan. 26.
• Today — Lost State of Franklin, rockabilly and more. Art talk: Alison Caplan, director of education, gallery tour, The Snowy Day and The Art of Ezra Jack Keats.
• June 27 — Robin Stone, soul pop, intelligent groove. Art talk: Ellen Rudolph, senior curator, Ghostly Images: Sneak Preview of Upcoming Photography Exhibition.
• July 4 — museum closed, no concert
• July 11 — The Speedbumps, variety. Art talk: Arnie Tunstall, collections manager, Cycle Maniacs and Reckless Women.
• July 18 — Horns and Things, jazz. Art talk: Jan Driesbach, chief curator, gallery tour, Eye Dazzling: Julian Stanczak and Color.
• July 25 — The Wanda Hunt Band, old-school R&B. Art talk: Jacob Trombetta, composer, Surrealism and Music.
• Aug. 1 — JD Eicher & the Good-nights, pop, light rock. Art talk: Akron film shorts, short films, Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium.
• Aug. 8 — 15-60-75 The Numbers Band, abstract blues. Art talk: Janice Driesbach, chief curator, Women of Surrealism.
• Aug. 15 — Anne E. DeChant, American, pop, country. Art talk: Gina Thomas McGee, associate educator, New + Improved.
For more information, call 330-376-9185 or go to http://akronartmuseum.org.
The Gift — Akrona Galleries, 1765 W. Market St., Akron, unveils a John Weiss painting, The Gift, at 6:30 tonight at an event held by Marty and Beth Hauser. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Jean and Milton Cooper Cancer Center at Summa Health System. For more information, call Darlene VerSluys, Akrona Galleries, 330-865-0909 or go to www.akrona.com.
Oh Snap! — To celebrate the upcoming Andy Warhol exhibition, the Massillon Museum will host The Disco Ball at MassMu’s Studio 54 from 7 to 11:30 p.m. The official opening of the exhibit will be on Saturday. Gala guests will be among the first to view the exhibition, Snap! In the Photobooth With Andy Warhol and Friends. The event will include disco music, a buffet of small bites, a cash bar and more. Advance tickets ($80 per person) are required. More information at 330-833-4061 or www.massillonmuseum.org.
Art Camp — Art for Kids at PAA-Summer Art Camp will begin with one- and two-week summer camps from 9 a.m. to noon, through Aug. 13. Expanding to six sessions this year, the camps include glass fusing, clay building, drawing, painting, tie-dying, soap making and more. Learn about color theory, art history and the fiber arts, and take a nature walk in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. $135-$145 per week. Most camps are for ages 6 and up. For more information, contact the Peninsula Art Academy, 1600 W. Mill St., at 330-657-2248 or go to www.peninsulaartacademy.com.
Extended — The deadline to submit nominations of deserving artists, arts educators, philanthropists, businesses and volunteers for the 2013 Arts Alive! Awards Celebration honoring outstanding achievement in dance, music, theater and the visual arts has been extended to Aug. 2. Awards are also given for outstanding leadership and generous support of the local arts and culture community. Nomination forms are available by calling 330-376-8480 or visiting www.akronareaarts.org.
Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.