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The Electric Pressure Cooker - 5/19/2018

  • The Rialto Theatre 1000 Kenmore Boulevard Akron, OH, 44314 United States (map)

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In order to receive the perfect #EPCooker score this May, you must first answer the following question correctly – are you coming?!?!?!

Akron's most RAUCOUS and RIVETING open mic event returns Saturday, May 19th and invites performers across the spectrum of artistic genres to swing by The Rialto Theatre and score high on the "Anything Goes" scale.

Location: The Rialto Theatre

Featured Emcees: The Akronist's Chris Miller & Around Akron with Blue Green's Christopher Green

$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 or via phone by calling 330.612.3090.


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


Pop Quiz: Where is the place to be on Saturday, May 19th?

The Zenith AWARD-WINNING Electric Pressure Cooker Cabaret is back on the road, so get ready for this exam of artistic excellence. This month's dynamic showcase featuring artistic talent and "ANYTHING GOES" fun will "happen" at The Rialto Theatre in Kenmore.

Featuring local community advocates/journalists Chris Miller and Christopher Green, the fine atmosphere of the The Rialto Theatre, and a performance unlike any other, this Electric Pressure Cooker is sure to have the #EPCooker Community acing this artistic test before the night is through!


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

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 emcees: The Dynamic Duo Chris Miller & Christopher Green

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 performance artists and even full bands, many wonderful performers have premiered at the #EPCooker.


The Rialto Theatre offers a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits. Outside beverages are not permitted. However, outside food is allowed.


Chris Miller works as a Communications and Community Investment Officer at Akron Community Foundation, where he researches grant applications, works with nonprofits and shares stories of grantees and fundholders through video, feature articles, social media, and other outlets. He also serves as editor of the The website, a grassroots online publication that stemmed from a citizen journalism program in Akron. He’s a multimedia storyteller, songwriter and musician, who is a little too enamored with the ukulele these days, so much so that he co-founded the Rubber City Ukes collective. He lives in North Hill and serves as a service human for his two dogs.

Christopher Green...

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