Northeast Ohio Cult Film Fest 2019 - 10/19/2019
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

Northeast Ohio Cult Film Fest 2019 - 10/19/2019

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The Northeast Ohio Cult Film Fest is a one day celebration of horror, adventure, and science fiction. We plan to showcase independent films, shorts, and animations from Northeast Ohio creators, and beyond!

Doors: 11:30am / Showtime: 12pm

Admission is just $5 per person. 18+ only. (+$5 Surcharge for Under 21)

Full bar available during the event! Please bring a Valid ID.

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The Rialto Theatre's Halloween BASH!!! - 10/25/2019
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Rialto Theatre's Halloween BASH!!! - 10/25/2019

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Come join us at the Annual Rialto Theatre Halloween Party!!!
***FREE EVENT***
Halloween Party & Costume Contest
at The Rialto Theatre in Akron, Ohio

DJ Loki, costume contest, prizes, horror movies, light appetizers, games, drink specials, and Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Dancing, and much more !

Doors 7pm. Start thinking about those costumes!

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R&B Unplugged The Bobby Brown Tribute - 11/01/2019
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

R&B Unplugged The Bobby Brown Tribute - 11/01/2019

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Real Stage Entertainment is back at it again bringing you tribute concerts from your favorite artist from the 70’s-early 2000’s era of music! We strive to focus on the quality of the music to bring the same vibe of various artist in the prime of there careers! On November 1st at 9pm we will pay our tribute respects to Bobby Brown! Follow @RealstageSLR for more info and updates on this event as well as future events!!

Doors: 7pm / Showtime: 9pm

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Dazed & Amused-An Evening of Comedic Hypnosis Ft.  Magic Mike - 11/08/2019
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Dazed & Amused-An Evening of Comedic Hypnosis Ft. Magic Mike - 11/08/2019

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Biography

Magic Mike Productions was formed in 1999 by master illusionist, hypnotist and balloon artist Magic Mike, when he decided to pursue a professional career in the fine art of prestidigitation. Collaborating with colleagues, fellow magicians and artists such as Brian M. Kehoe, David Fraiser, Carli Taylor-Miluk and many others, Magic Mike produced his own stage-illusion and comedy hypnosis show, "Trick-a-Nosis", a play on words.

Magic Mike has brought Trick-a-Nosis, and many other stage shows to local theatres and venues throughout the greater Akron/Cleveland area (such as Weathervane Playhouse, Brecksville Theatre and the International Exposition center).

The mesmerizing comedy hypnotist and illusionist Magic Mike, was first inspired to pursue a life of entertainment at age five when he was given a magic kit for Christmas. His interest piqued, he began seeing live performances of magicians, including the world renowned David Copperfield. At a young age he was also inspired by Harry Blackstone Jr. who provided invaluable advise about the entertainment business. From that point forward, determined to achieve similar notoriety, Mike became impassioned with learning more about the craft of illusion and hypnosis. After hours of cultivating his skill, he presented his first performance. “The first time I got on stage I was overwhelmed by a plethora of emotions. I was wrought with anticipation, excitement, nervousness and overall contentment.”

Furthering his career, Magic Mike became an expert in all areas of live performance. Over the years he also acquired an impressive collection of magic illusions, artifacts and memorabilia including several Houdini heirlooms. Today, Mike is one of the most successful illusionists and hypnotists in Northeast Ohio. “In the future I hope to go in a mainstream direction and tour a college and theatre circuit on a national level” Mike says.

Doors: 7pm / Showtime: 8pm

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MIDWEST MELTING POT 4 - 10/12/2019
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

MIDWEST MELTING POT 4 - 10/12/2019

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Low Life Promotions presents!
Midwest Melting Pot 4!

Artists

Motives (OH)
Sleep Waker (MI)
Freely Spoken (OH)
Pickwick Commons (IN)
The Cambion (IN)
Adrift on River Styx (OH)
Blossom Reynolds (OH)
Txger vppercvt (OH)

Doors: 5pm / Showtime: 6pm

$10 at the door each night
(Weekend pass available soon)
$13 for a weekend pass

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Take 4: Joker / It 2 / Ad Astra - 10/12/2019
Oct
12
4:00 PM16:00

Take 4: Joker / It 2 / Ad Astra - 10/12/2019

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Produced by Rubber City Reviews!

Join the team as they re-assemble to discuss the latest blockbusters along with some other fun tidbits. This one will be a bit more edgy than our previous shows as Joker, It 2, Rambo and Ad Astra will be featured in our discussion. Come on over in person. There will be plenty of seating and the bar will be open. Bring a snack, and enjoy the show!

Doors: 3:30pm / Showtime: 4pm

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Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre - 10/02/19
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Swing Dance at The Rialto Theatre - 10/02/19

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Swing dance on Wednesday, September 18, starting at 8pm for $3. For those who do not know how to swing dance, have no fear! For only $5 more, we are offering a one hour lesson from 7-8pm so you can learn a few moves before the night begins. Also, you do not need to bring a dance partner to participate in the lesson, so there are no excuses. This is a great way to get out, meet new people, get a little exercise, and have fun all at the same time!

7-8pm Swing Lesson led by Rachel Itsell & Mike Arteno ($5)

8pm Dance ($3)

Lesson + Dance ($8)

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Jason Eady & Courtney Patton at The Rialto Theatre - 09/26/2019
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Jason Eady & Courtney Patton at The Rialto Theatre - 09/26/2019

Jason Eady & Courtney Patton at The Rialto Theatre!

Thursday, September 26th, 2019. Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm.

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 Jason Eady

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Mississippi bred singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Eady will release his highly anticipated seventh album in August 2018. A new collection that continues to showcase Eady’s distinct sensibilities into a stripped-down, roots-oriented sound that highlights the gritty elegance of his songwriting.

 For Eady—who names Merle Haggard, Guy Clark, and Willie Nelson among his main inspirations—instilling each song with so much graceful honesty proved to be his greatest achievement and thrill in creating a new album.

 Two of his last three albums have charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Heatseekers chartsThe latest I Travel On is the follow-up to 2017’s self-titled album and includes a heavy dose of dobro by highly acclaimed Bluegrass artist Rob Ickes. Jason and band will tour in 2018-19 to support the release both nationally and internationally.

Website: www.jasoneady.com

Courtney Patton

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Courtney Patton is a storyteller. She’s also a mother, a wife, a producer, a singer, a songwriter, a tour-van driver, a musician and also a world-traveler when she’s touring across the globe. But to anyone lucky enough to be sitting in the audience, she is the consummate storyteller. 

 Her latest album What It’s Like To Fly Alone hit #4 on the iTunes Country chart, landed on four different Billboard album charts and the Top 20 Americana albums sales chart. She tours regularly solo and with band.

Website:  www.courtneypatton.com




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Chris Trapper at The Rialto Theatre W/Diana Chittester - 09/25/2019
Sep
25
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Trapper at The Rialto Theatre W/Diana Chittester - 09/25/2019

CHRIS TRAPPER  is a storyteller. With his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor and an uncanny knack for melody, Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper's first foray in the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even John Prine himself.   As a singer/songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song THIS TIME, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories.  The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”  The new CD SYMPHONIES OF DIRT & DUST is a collection of 12 songs written and performed by Chris Trapper and Produced by Jason Meeker at Silver Top Studios, Boston, MA. Guest musicians include Dan McLoughlin of The Push Stars on bass and NYC singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild on harmonies.  "I have to mention Jason, the producer of Symphonies of Dirt & Dust. He is my old friend, who not only worked the clubs in rock bands but also worked for Geffen records in their heyday, so he has a good sense of the music business as a whole. What I love about Jason is that he is absolutely obsessed with his craft and getting songs right.   Every record tells a story. For me, much more than gimmicks, my albums are like diary entries, or truthful accounts of where I'm at in life. I suppose that might be the same for most songwriters, but in the spectrum of the music business, it's still an animal that's nearly extinct." Chris Trapper   Chris has toured North America and the UK with multi platinum songwriter COLIN HAY.   In the Spring of 2013 Chris performed a duet with his songwriting idol JOHN PRINE at the Portsmouth Songwriter Festival.  “It’s an incredibly rare musician, particularly in the world of popular music, who is able to forge a career based on quiet dignity and steadfast integrity.” The Buffalo News  A prolific songwriter, Chris has garnered several high profile film placements including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), Say It Isn’t So (Heather Graham) Gun Shy (Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson) and most recently, Some Kind of Beautiful *Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek) as well as significant television placements including All My Children, Women's Murder Club, Malcolm In The Middle, a coveted placement in George Clooney's final episode of ER, the theme song for WB Networks dramedy Pepper Dennis and a cameo on-screen appearance with the show's star, Rebecca Romjin.   Chris has written 7 songs with/for Canadian band GREAT BIG SEA, including their #1 single "Sea Of No Cares" from the certified-platinum Sea Of No Cares CD. Great Big Sea covered Trapper's song "Everything Shines” and their version served as the debut single off their certified-gold Road Rage CD album. Chris’ songwriting collaborations with Great Big Sea earned him two prestigious SOCAN awards. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and Antigone Rising have performed other notable versions of Trapper's songs.  Trapper’s live show is a favorite among fans of alt–acoustic music. His on–stage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody, infectious. Audience members seem to particularly appreciate the lighthearted moments with the ukulele.  "His humble sense of humility is what makes Trapper’s songs so strong... He makes you feel like you are the person he’s singing about.” Popdose  Chris Trapper music can be purchased from iTunes or CDBaby  You can listen to the full Discography on Spotify   www.christrapper.com    https://twitter.com/christrapper    https://www.facebook.com/ChrisTrapperFanPage/    https://www.instagram.com/christrapperofficial/

CHRIS TRAPPER is a storyteller. With his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor and an uncanny knack for melody, Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper's first foray in the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton and even John Prine himself.


As a singer/songwriter, Chris is most known for his original song THIS TIME, the #1 selling song on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for AUGUST RUSH (Robin Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers /Warner Bros Pictures). His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories.

The New York Times has called his work “classic pop perfection.”

The new CD SYMPHONIES OF DIRT & DUST is a collection of 12 songs written and performed by Chris Trapper and Produced by Jason Meeker at Silver Top Studios, Boston, MA. Guest musicians include Dan McLoughlin of The Push Stars on bass and NYC singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild on harmonies.

"I have to mention Jason, the producer of Symphonies of Dirt & Dust. He is my old friend, who not only worked the clubs in rock bands but also worked for Geffen records in their heyday, so he has a good sense of the music business as a whole. What I love about Jason is that he is absolutely obsessed with his craft and getting songs right.

Every record tells a story. For me, much more than gimmicks, my albums are like diary entries, or truthful accounts of where I'm at in life. I suppose that might be the same for most songwriters, but in the spectrum of the music business, it's still an animal that's nearly extinct." Chris Trapper

Chris has toured North America and the UK with multi platinum songwriter COLIN HAY.

In the Spring of 2013 Chris performed a duet with his songwriting idol JOHN PRINE at the Portsmouth Songwriter Festival.

“It’s an incredibly rare musician, particularly in the world of popular music, who is able to forge a career based on quiet dignity and steadfast integrity.” The Buffalo News

A prolific songwriter, Chris has garnered several high profile film placements including There's Something About Mary (Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz), The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep), Say It Isn’t So (Heather Graham) Gun Shy (Sandra Bullock, Liam Neeson) and most recently, Some Kind of Beautiful *Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek) as well as significant television placements including All My Children, Women's Murder Club, Malcolm In The Middle, a coveted placement in George Clooney's final episode of ER, the theme song for WB Networks dramedy Pepper Dennis and a cameo on-screen appearance with the show's star, Rebecca Romjin.


Chris has written 7 songs with/for Canadian band GREAT BIG SEA, including their #1 single "Sea Of No Cares" from the certified-platinum Sea Of No Cares CD. Great Big Sea covered Trapper's song "Everything Shines” and their version served as the debut single off their certified-gold Road Rage CD album. Chris’ songwriting collaborations with Great Big Sea earned him two prestigious SOCAN awards. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty and Antigone Rising have performed other notable versions of Trapper's songs.

Trapper’s live show is a favorite among fans of alt–acoustic music. His on–stage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody, infectious. Audience members seem to particularly appreciate the lighthearted moments with the ukulele.

"His humble sense of humility is what makes Trapper’s songs so strong... He makes you feel like you are the person he’s singing about.” Popdose

Chris Trapper music can be purchased from iTunes or CDBaby

You can listen to the full Discography on Spotify

www.christrapper.com

https://twitter.com/christrapper

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisTrapperFanPage/

https://www.instagram.com/christrapperofficial/

Diana Chittester  stands on stage with an arsenal of acoustic guitars. Whether solo or with her 4-piece band, the show is always brought to life with her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, without the use of a looper. She blends her intricate finger-picking guitar style with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability Diana shares on stage resonate with audiences as she invites them along on her journey.  Video "PARADOX":  http://bit.ly/2DYV8p0  (this was just selected to screen at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival!) Website:  https://dianachittester.com/  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DianaChittester/

Diana Chittester stands on stage with an arsenal of acoustic guitars. Whether solo or with her 4-piece band, the show is always brought to life with her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, without the use of a looper. She blends her intricate finger-picking guitar style with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability Diana shares on stage resonate with audiences as she invites them along on her journey.

Video "PARADOX": http://bit.ly/2DYV8p0 (this was just selected to screen at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival!)
Website: https://dianachittester.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DianaChittester/

Doors: 7:00pm / Showtime: 8:00pm

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GhostHello Album Release at The Rialto Theatre - 09/20/2019
Sep
20
to Sep 21

GhostHello Album Release at The Rialto Theatre - 09/20/2019

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Ghost:Hello Cd Release Extravaganza with special Guests
Oregon Space Trail Of Doom & Night Goat

Free Copy of Ghost:Hello's Debut album "The sound of color in space" with every pre-sale ticket. Just present your ticket to the merch table after entry.

What folks are saying:
The Killchain - "Equal parts driving stoner rock and weird darkwave, Ghost:Hello have released one of this year’s most interesting records."

Doomed & Stoned - " However you slice it, Ghost:Hello is absolutely entrancing. Seriously, once I started listening to ‘Sound of Color in Space’ (2019), I couldn’t stop. Every song has something odd, unusual, or otherwise interesting to tune into, gracing an already accomplished rhythm section that keeps your head bopping and lyrics that will haunt your earspace long after the spin is over."

Alternative Control - "Cacophonous one moment and quiet the next, their upcoming album The Sound of Color and Space is a wild ride”

Doors: 7:00pm / Showtime: 8:00pm
Presale - $10.00 / Door: $15.00

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Amy LaVere Album Release! - 8/27/2019
Aug
27
8:00 PM20:00

Amy LaVere Album Release! - 8/27/2019

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Amy LaVere in Akron at The Rialto Theatre

Opening the Evening is Josh Ferro and Stephanie Axtell of “My Buddy Josh’s Band”

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Doors 7:30pm. Show 8pm.

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Amy LaVere

There’s something uniquely fun about Amy LaVere, even when she’s breaking your heart. 

She is well known among songwriters and critics alike. NPR’s Robert Siegel says she“specializes in lyrics that are more barbed than her sweet soprano prepares you for.” Her growing catalogue of material and steady critical acclaim suggest a first-tier presence on the Americana and indie-folk/punk circuits. Her latest album Painting Blue comes out August 16th on Nine Mile Records (Glorietta, David Wax Museum, Carson McHone, Patrick Sweany, Greyhounds).

Amy’s live performances are anything but predictable. She might appear on stage with a full band, sporting a mask and pink wig, or simply be a natural in blue jeans and sandals, but her upright bass and clever song delivery are constants. Her voice is at once the bully and the victim. She’s performed in venues as wide-ranging as St. Andrew’s Hall in London and Memphis’ famed dive bar Earnestine and Hazel’s. There’s no room she can’t find an audience in and charm it to pieces. 

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, this future bard moved continuously throughout childhood due to her father’s job. She spent notable parts of her life in Canada, Texas, Maryland, Illinois, Ohio and Michigan. Outside of Detroit and only just entering high school, Amy formed her first band and began writing and performing.  Music fans first discovered this “sweet soprano” on This World is Not My Home in 2005, but it was her Jim Dickinson-produced breakout album Anchors & Anvils two years later that put Amy LaVere on the map. Stranger Me, the 2011 release on Archer Records, was called “the break-up album of the year” by SpinPaste said it was “among the year’s best,” and it earned a first listen feature from NPR’s All Things Considered. She followed it in 2014 with another critical smash: Runaway’s Diary, a concept album based on her own experience as a teenage runaway, produced by Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars).  American Songwriter called it “boundary pushing… heartfelt, reflective, challenging and consistently compelling.” NPR Music’s Robert Christgau said it was her best yet.  Of Hallelujah I’m A Dreamer (Archer Records, 2015) No Depression said simply: “pure bliss.”

In addition to her solo records and a tireless touring schedule, Amy enjoys working with otherartists. In 2012 she joined an all-star collaboration called The Wandering, composed of Amy, Luther Dickinson, Shannon McNally, Sharde Thomas and Valerie June. They released Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here (Songs Of The South, 2012) to critical acclaim and sold-out shows.

In the afterglow of The Wandering, Amy and Shannon McNally hit the road together and released an EP titled Chasing the GhostThe Rehearsal Sessions (Archer Records, 2012),  featuring songs from both artists recorded live during rehearsals for the tour. Amy next paired up with noted Memphis rocker John Paul Keith to create Motel Mirrors. Their styles clearly complemented one another, which made for magic on stage and in the recording studio. Their eponymous vinyl EP release was named one of the “10 Essential Albums of 2013” by No Depression. In 2017 Motel Mirrors released a full length effort, In the Meantime; this record had the addition of some Will Sexton co-writes and his powerful guitar work throughout. Motel Mirrors later released a live recording, Gotta Lotta Rhythm, on the Italian label Wild Honey.

 Painting Blue, produced by her husband Will Sexton, captures perfectly the moment that Amy is in. Will Sexton’s masterful production and Amy’s soft, clarinet-like vocal pour over you, pushing and pulling, stirring and calming.  As we’ve come to expect, this record is honest, revealing and sounds uniquely like no one else.

Josh Ferro and Stephanie Axtell

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Bio:

Josh kicked off his singer/songwriter career singing at a local open mic in Kent, Ohio. He became an audience favorite with his song "No Glove No Love." The rest they say is history. Soon after finding that first mic My Buddy Josh began his band.

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The Lowsiders Album Release Show at The Rialto Theatre - 08/24/2019
Aug
24
to Aug 25

The Lowsiders Album Release Show at The Rialto Theatre - 08/24/2019

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The Lowsiders will be releasing an Album on August 24, 2019 at The Rialto Theatre with Special Guests Time Cat & See Creatures.

The Lowsiders

Story

The Lowsiders are a psychedelic garage rock outfit from Northeast Ohio, where their music is wrought from the concrete and rust of post-farmland parking lots and shopping strips, the rattle of coal and salt filled boxcars, and the ghosts of rubber and steel.

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Time Cat

Story

Time Cat formed as a 2-piece rock band in 2011 by guitarist/singer Jeri Sapronetti and drummer Sam Caler after they met at the legendary "Jam Nite" hosted by Sapronetti in their mutual hometown, Akron, Ohio. They went on to record their first full-length album "Your City" and toured across the country multiple times on self-booked tours, having lots of crazy adventures with wild Americans.

Upon returning from a 30-city tour in 2014, luck would bring multi-instrumentalist Colten Huffman on bass, which brought much needed depth to the duo's raw sound. In late 2018, with no discussion whatsoever, guitarist Donald Alan (The Tenants, Blond Boy Grunt and The Groans) began jamming with the trio adding a new dynamic with incendiary licks and inter-weaving rhythms.

With an ever developing sound, Time Cat has become one of Northeast Ohio's premier rock bands. With influences like Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane, listeners are quickly immersed in a world that is familiar, yet completely new. In their time, they've had the incredible privilege of opening for the likes of Chrissie Hynde & The Pretenders, Juliette Lewis, Muse, AFI, and Fantastic Negrito.

Right now, they are completing work on their 3rd studio album while releasing tracks over the summer from a previously unreleased EP.

"I want to say thank you for keeping ’the thing' alive. I suspect there will be a new wave of bands coming along in these barren times, you at the forefront, and you have given me that hope."

-- Chrissie Hynde

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See Creatures

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DreamStates at The Rialto Theatre - 8/16/2019
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

DreamStates at The Rialto Theatre - 8/16/2019

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About:

DreamStates is a rare musical alchemy brought on by the combination of Madeline Eckhart and Natalie Grace Martin. We do covers and original songs. Peace :)

Bio:

The DreamState Band is Madeline Eckhart and Natalie Grace Martin.
Madeline Eckhart is a singer, songwriter, actor, voice-over artist, puppeteer, digital designer, and costume designer from Elyria, Ohio. Miss Eckhart has a strong following of thousands on her YouTube channel, and she's been singing since her early school years. Since attending the University of Akron for Theatre Arts, she has been an artistic "Jill-of-all-trades" throughout Northeast Ohio. As well as working with the Ohio Shakespearian Association and several high-profile animators, she was a featured speaker at the 2016 TransOhio Transgender & Allies Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, and her work as a costume designer/puppeteer has been featured at multiple comic and anime conventions. With dozens of character voices at her disposal, Madeline is a skilled and versatile performer who is also trained at improvisation. In the digital design field, she lends her talents to album cover artwork, producing and editing music videos, and designing cartoon characters.
Natalie Grace Martin is a former Vindicated Records recording artist, and 2005 graduate of the Vocal Institute of Technology at Musician's Institute in Los Angeles, California. She is a trained multi-instrumentalist, having played piano since she was 5, bass guitar since she was 11, and percussion since age 14. Martin is a prolific songwriter and singer with 4 previously released solo albums, "Such A Mess It's Beautiful" (2011) "UltraHeavy"(2013) under her pre-transition alias C. Mardo Martin, and her independent, post-transition albums "Rules Are For Breaking"(2015) and "She/Her/Hers"(2017). Ms. Martin has been a constant presence in the Akron music scene since 2009. She's currently a public speaker, activist, solo performer for all of Ohio, frequently playing in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, plus numerous Akron-area music festivals. A parent of two young children, Natalie also works with children as the music teacher at the Lippman Elementary School in Akron.
Natalie Grace Martin and Madeline Eckhart started The DreamState Band together in December of 2017. They bonded musically over a Paramore-style cover of the song "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys, and decided that the results of their efforts were too much fun to be a fluke. Previously, they had honed their harmonies while working together in Martin's "She/Her/Hers" live ensemble, earning rave reviews for their performance at Akron's innagural Pride Festival in 2017. Solidified by a mutual desire to expand the roster of transgender musicians in the entertainment industry, they began work on Part One of their self-titled debut album.
Using a combination of FL Studio 10 and Audacity, all six songs for Part One came together in less than two weeks, using a fluent mixture of live and synthesized elements to craft the dreamlike "what's real and what's not" sonic landscape from which the band drew their name. Part Two followed suit with 6 more songs being completed in just shy of three weeks. Eckhart's influence on Martin's compositional style is apparent from start to finish, clearly distinguishing Martin's previous, peppy work from DreamState's darker, more mature tone. Part Rogers and Hammerstein, part Tenacious D, and part Daft Punk, The DreamState Band is following in the footsteps of music's most famous duos.
Their activism in the LGBT community is as important to them as their music, with both Martin and Eckhart working as featured clinicians at the TransOhio Transgender & Allies Symposium 2017 in Columbus. Martin was a featured musician at Cleveland's 2016 LGBT festival "Pride in the CLE," she provides music for Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremonies in Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, and Northern Kentucky, and she also shares her story as a public speaker for church groups, high schools, colleges, and trans support groups all throughout Northeast Ohio. They stand tall and proud with their trans brothers and sisters every chance they get, and will continue to do so regardless of the success of their music endeavors.

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A Chamber of Sequins:  A Harry Potter Themed Burlesque - 08/10/2019
Aug
10
to Aug 11

A Chamber of Sequins: A Harry Potter Themed Burlesque - 08/10/2019

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Midwest Nerdlesque presents Harry Potter burlesque! Grab your wands and order a butterbeer for this magical event!

Headlined by Verna Vendetta as he who must not be named

Featuring:
Heather and Lace & Lottie a la West as Bellatrix LeStrange & Narcissa Malfoy
Robyn Emblynde as Minerva McGonagall
Pussy DeMunchon as Romilda Vane

Local Favorites:
Rhett Corvette as Harry Potter
Dusty Bucket as Rubeus Hagrid
Dottie Comma as the Golden Snitch
Miz Juicy Jem as a Ravenclaw student
Georgia Pearl as Dolores Umbridge
Poppy Poison & Cherrie Sorbet as Fred & George Weasley
Noella DeVille as Rowena Ravenclaw

Hosted by Roxy VonTeddy

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Zvada at The Rialto Theatre! - 08/09/2019
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Zvada at The Rialto Theatre! - 08/09/2019

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Bio

Born and raised in the surrounding areas of Akron, OH. Zvada learned the craft of writing songs at a very young age from his older brother. Spending countless hours in his bedroom at his parents house, he slowly developed a unique voice that many have compared to the great Neil Young and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra. While co-fronting the folk/rock band, Peter James & His Flapping Wings, in his late teens/early twenties, he had the opportunity to captivate audiences all over the US. In late 2014, Zvada relocated to Nashville, TN to continue the journey. 

Three years later, he debuted his first solo EP, Sleepless Nights. It was written during extended stays in London and New York City. "The idea for the EP was to lyrically paint a picture of the situations that came about from aimlessly wandering around the two cities. One minute you would be sitting on a train listening to people go about their days, then a few minutes later you find yourself in silence staring at an ocean with gloomy gray skies lingering overhead. There was inspiration in every direction I'd look." Zvada said. 

To capture these songs, he hid out in an attic in East Nashville during the winter of 2016. With the help of Luke Martin and Jon Bayley they found a way to paint those pictures with the limited resources available around the house. Together they achieved everything they wanted at the time. Telling stories of lost love and letting go of vices. 

Zvada has performed with artist such as Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Frontier Ruckus, Joshua James, David Mayfield Parade, River City Extension, Lincoln Durham, and many more. 

He is currently in the process of recording his second EP which is due to be out in the early winter of 2018. 

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Jake Porter and Ty Prager will be opening the show!

Doors: 7:30pm / Showtime: 8:00pm

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KENMORE KREATIVE YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS: FRACTURED FAIRYTALES - 08/03/2019
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

KENMORE KREATIVE YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS: FRACTURED FAIRYTALES - 08/03/2019

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Kenmore Youth Theatre and The Rialto Theatre Present:

Fractured Fairytales

Featuring:

The Steadfast Plastic Soldier By Gary L Blackwood - A Drama Notebook Title

&

Beautiful Ogre By Dwayne Yancey Along With Works By The Youth Ensemble

*Modern adaptations of classics that will make your heart warm and see them in a new light! The Steadfast Plastic Soldier and Beautiful Ogre will be presented along with smaller works by the KenMore Kreative Youth Ensemble.

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Doors: 6:30pm / Showtime: 7:00pm

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KENMORE KREATIVE YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS: FRACTURED FAIRYTALES - 08/03/2019
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

KENMORE KREATIVE YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS: FRACTURED FAIRYTALES - 08/03/2019

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Kenmore Youth Theatre and The Rialto Theatre Present:

Fractured Fairytales

Featuring:

The Steadfast Plastic Soldier By Gary L Blackwood - A Drama Notebook Title

&

Beautiful Ogre By Dwayne Yancey Along With Works By The Youth Ensemble

*Modern adaptations of classics that will make your heart warm and see them in a new light! The Steadfast Plastic Soldier and Beautiful Ogre will be presented along with smaller works by the KenMore Kreative Youth Ensemble.

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Doors: 1:30pm / Showtime: 2:00pm

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Kenmore Kreative Youth Theatre Presents:  Fractured Fairytales - 08/02/2019
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Kenmore Kreative Youth Theatre Presents: Fractured Fairytales - 08/02/2019

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Kenmore Youth Theatre and The Rialto Theatre Present:

Fractured Fairytales

Featuring:

The Steadfast Plastic Soldier By Gary L Blackwood - A Drama Notebook Title

&

Beautiful Ogre By Dwayne Yancey Along With Works By The Youth Ensemble

*Modern adaptations of classics that will make your heart warm and see them in a new light! The Steadfast Plastic Soldier and Beautiful Ogre will be presented along with smaller works by the KenMore Kreative Youth Ensemble.

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Doors: 6:30pm / Showtime: 7:00pm

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A Dual CD Release:   By Rock Salt and Nails & Goslee Reed and Kean - 7/26/2019
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

A Dual CD Release: By Rock Salt and Nails & Goslee Reed and Kean - 7/26/2019

A Dual CD Release: By Rock Salt and Nails & Goslee Reed and Kean @ The Rialto Theatre

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Doors: 7pm / Showtime: 8pm

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Rock Salt and Nails

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Rock Salt and Nails formed in 2008 when Keith, Priscilla and Jim joined forces to create music with a rich acoustic sound and solid vocals. Pulling inspiration from various directions, an eclectic group of influences can be heard in RSN original tunes and in the songs we cover.  Sharing the lead, each of the group's members headlines songs, adds a harmony, provides back up or takes the instrumental break.  An evening of RSN music is one of variety, team work and fun.

Keith McMahon on lead guitar and mandolin brings a deep catalogue of folk songs from the likes of Utah Phillips, Greg Brown, John Hiat tand Norman Blake.  But each cover is his own, with vocal honesty that tells the tale.  

Priscilla Roggenkamp on the upright bass has written or co-written many songs in the band's catalog.  She lends easy vocal harmonies and a thumping bass that anchors the band’s sound.  She covers songs by artists such as Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt and Ryan Adams.

Jim Dutter on rhythm guitar rounds out the trio with his love of bluegrass and singer song writers such as Johnny Cash, Steve Earle or Tom Waits. Jim has written and co-written many of the groups songs.  And he delivers them solidly and sweetly with his deep 'Cash' voice.

RSN's music is a blend of our well crafted sound, sweetened with the right songs from ballads to the blues and seasoned with laughter and friendship.  A combination that keeps folks coming back for more.  

RSN will be releasing their fouth CD “Time Stands Still” in Akron at the Rialto Theatre July 26th, 2019.

Jim Perone will be sitting in with his terrific clarinet riffs and breaks. Jim adds a unique sound to our music and we love it when he’s able to play with us. 

Goslee Reed & Kean

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Sarah Goslee Reed is an accomplished singer/songwriter and violinist with many years of performing and seven CDs of original music to her credit. Sarah has a particular focus on writing songs for children and she performs for them regularly, including a residency every year at a special needs summer camp. Her music has been arranged for choirs and performed at Disneyworld. Originally from Cleveland, where her father was principal bassoonist with the Cleveland Orchestra for many years, Sarah lives in Mt. Vernon, Ohio and performs throughout the Ohio Valley.

 Kerry Kean is a well-known area guitarist, fiddler, singer/songwriter and piano tuner, and makes his home in Kent, Ohio. Besides recording several albums of instrumental and vocal music, Kerry has played solo and as a leader and sideman with bands of all kinds for many years. His original music covers a wide spectrum ranging from guitar instrumentals to quirky ballads and humorous story songs. He has shared a stage with performers as varied as Tom Paxton, Nanci Griffith, Karen E. Reynolds, John Fahey and many others.

 Sarah and Kerry were aware of and admired each other's music for years, and they finally met and performed together at Folknet's 2012 Rootstock concert. The decision to make it a regular thing followed and the duo have been delighting audiences throughout central and northeast Ohio with their original songs, as well as classic folk and fiddle tunes. 

Along with their individual recordings, Goslee Reed & Kean have recently released a live performance CD with eleven of their original songs along with a traditional fiddle tune.

 

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Comedy Night w/ Just Go With It Improv! - 7/18/2019
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Comedy Night w/ Just Go With It Improv! - 7/18/2019

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Just Go With It Improv at The Rialto Theatre!


July 18th - The Rialto Theatre - 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, Ohio

6:15pm - Doors

6:30 - Workshop
7pm - Performances (Opening Comedic acts TBA)

Just Go With It Improv is a fun and energized improvisational collaborative aimed at providing opportunities for local performing artists to improve their craft through improvisation. We view ourselves as an experimental group and one that engages with the local community and local artists of all disciplines.

Just Go With It Improv is offering an improv workshop, open to anyone who would like to learn how to play some fun improv theatre games, or would like to brush-up on some improv skills!

Tickets:
$5 - show only
$10 - show & workshop

***The Workshop will be before the performances. If you are attending the workshop feel free to stay and attend the performances immediately after the workshop***

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Indre' / Aaron James / Daniel Rylander - 6/20/2019
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Indre' / Aaron James / Daniel Rylander - 6/20/2019

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Bio: 

Indré is a singer/songwriter from Akron, Ohio. She released her debut album, “Serenity” in February 2019, and she continues to touch the hearts of the Akron music scene with her powerful vocal range and emotional depth as a songwriter. As she grows, her future only gets brighter, and her potential rivals that of the biggest artists in the game.

Aaron James

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Bio:

With a mind overflowing with thoughts and questions, and a heart and soul dedicated to music and his own self discovery, Aaron James is an ever-evolving, indie/folk artist based in Memphis, Tennessee.

With over half a million Spotify streams to his name, and a year and a half of national touring under his belt, Aaron James strives to be human; flawed, transparent, and vulnerable. Aaron’s music is the byproduct of a desperate search into himself, because while it's a restless journey, he hopes at the end of that tunnel of self-understanding, will also be a sense of belonging. Being a part of the Memphis based creative company and record label “Unapologetic”, Aaron James aims to represent the universal and never-ending journey of finding yourself and being unapologetically you.

Daniel Rylander

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Bio:

Daniel Rylander is a singer/songwriter from Akron, OH. He's been a part of the Ohio music scene since 2013 when he released his first, full-length record, Strawberry Skyline. One of the more memorable tracks on that album is, "A Friend & Brother (Be Thou at Peace)" which was inspired by the loss of his older brother, 2nd Lt. David Rylander. Learning to find peace and comfort through music despite this tragedy has ultimately been the motivating factor in Daniel’s pursuit of a career in music, and since then he has played over 200 shows locally, regionally, and nationally. He released his second studio EP, entitled: How the Seasons Change Us on August 17th, 2018. This record is meant to be more of a concept album in that each of the songs are to represent one of the seasons, and are reflections on how we change over time as they do. Daniel’s music combines catchy melodies with smart lyrics, and is blended seamlessly together with his smooth, soulful voice.

Doors: 7pm / Showtime: 8pm

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An Evening with The Diana Chittester Band and Marc Lee Shannon Trio - 6/14/2019
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with The Diana Chittester Band and Marc Lee Shannon Trio - 6/14/2019

An Evening with The Diana Chittester Band and Marc Lee Shannon Trio at The Rialto Theatre

Friday, June 14

Doors 7pm. Show 8pm.

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DIANA CHITTESTER stands on stage with an arsenal of acoustic guitars. Whether solo or with her 4-piece band, the show is always brought to life with her signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar, without the use of a looper. She blends her intricate finger-picking guitar style with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability Diana shares on stage resonate with audiences as she invites them along on her journey.

Find out more about Diana on her website: https://dianachittester.com/

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Watch her video for “PARADOX” that was just selected to screen at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival:

MARC LEE SHANNON’S more than 30-year career has taken him from his hometown of Akron, Ohio to Los Angeles and back again. After leaving home at 19 to attend the Guitar Institute of Hollywood, Shannon found himself playing with now legendary West Coast bands such as the Rave-Ups, in the alt-country scene that included Lone Justice, the Blasters, Kimm Rogers and the Beat Farmers. Back in Ohio, he brought his extensive musical expertise to the bands The TopKats, the Midlife Chryslers, and most notably, northeastern Ohio legend Michael Stanley’s backing group The Resonators.

Find out more about Marc on his website: https://www.marcleeshannon.com/

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Jess Klein at The Rialto Theatre - 6/13/2019
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

Jess Klein at The Rialto Theatre - 6/13/2019

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An evening with Jess Klein.

Thursday, June 13th, 2019.

Doors: 7:30pm Showtime: 8pm

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Over two decades and 11 albums, Jess Klein—who possesses what MOJO calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible song-craft.  Jon Pareles of The New York Times calls her “a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity…who finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal.”

Klein released three albums with former indie giant Rykodisc (2000-2005) which launched her career around the world.  She has since toured the U.S., UK, Europe and Japan on her own and with such artists as Arlo Guthrie, John Fullbright, Damien Dempsey, and Carlene Carter.  Her 2014 release, Learning Faith was described by Folk Radio UK as "Unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career." Klein spent eight years soaking up the live music culture of Austin, TX before a 2016 move to tiny but vibrant Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Following the cross-country move, Jess joined forces with Producer Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Weems/Gerrard Band) and Engineer Thom Canova (Amy Ray, 4 Non-Blondes, Oranj Symphonette) at StudioM in Durham, North Carolina to record a new album entitled Back to My Green.

Back to My Green finds Klein delivering a deeply felt set of original tunes that embody the same intensity that made her prior releases so powerful, while adding a playful sensibility that reflects the inspiration of her new surroundings. Such new compositions as "In Dreams," "Tougher Than I Seem" and "Mammal," evoke 60’s era MoTown while "Blair Mountain" and "New Thanksgiving Feast" (a tribute to Native American pipeline protestors) reflect Klein’s folk/country roots.  All resonate with feeling, reflecting the internal and external changes that have influenced Klein's current batch of compositions.  

One unexpected change in Klein's creative life was a physical one that forced Klein to retool her songwriting process. "In early 2017," she explains, "I developed a Repetitive Strain Injury that made it painful for me to play guitar or to write or type for long periods of time. That was terrifying for me. I felt overwhelmed with fear of what the election was gonna bring, and now, the one way I was used to channeling my emotions into something positive had become physically painful.  I had to learn to write music differently, to run with melodies in my mind and not rely on the guitar to dictate the chord changes. I had to trust my imagination and trust the musicians around me to execute what I was hearing. In the end it led me to a much bigger and more collaborative sound."

"It felt like the more confident I got, the bigger my ideas got all around," Klein notes. "I became determined to write songs about being strong and resilient and finding hope and healing. It can be scary to say those things in dark times. But it's not naive. It's powerful. Positivity is still a powerful choice." 


https://www.jessklein.com 
https://www.facebook.com/jesskleinmusic
https://www.instagram.com/msjessklein/
https://twitter.com/MsJessKlein 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jess-klein/4026099

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Arsenic and Old Lace - 6/9/2019
Jun
9
2:30 PM14:30

Arsenic and Old Lace - 6/9/2019

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Arsenic and Old Lace By Joseph Kesserling

THE STORY: We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their nephew who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other nephew—these require no further description or amplification here. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a ready-made comedy hit.

Featuring Charlie Shook and Bill Vaill

Eric Hutchins - Mortimer
Mark Burnett - Reverend Dr. Harper and Officer O'Hara
Brian Young - Vengeful Johnathan
Nate Vaill - Teddy
Tony Paparella - Dr. Einstein
Vinton Bair- Lieutenant Rooney
Jennifer Betz - Elaine
Bradley Haramis - Officer Brophy
Mary Parker - Mr. Witherspoon
Glenn Sonoda - Set Design / Music

Sunday, June 9th at The Rialto Theatre

Doors: 1:30pm Showtime: 2:30pm

-Appetizers Included-

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