Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chrissie Hynde's Akron

Chrissie Hynde's Akron from Blue Green on Vimeo.

Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders (Brass In Pocket, I'll Stand By You), hails from the great state of Ohio in the city of Akron. She even wrote a song referencing the city titled My City Was Gone. Her song Break Up The Concrete also pays tribute to Akron, and is the background music to this video montage she produced promoting the attractions and hot spots of the city.

Take a look at the film and mark down some of the locations she visits to make your "Day in Akron."

My personal Quick-List of The Top 9 Places To Check Out When Visiting Akron is listed below (some are not featured in the video above). Be on the lookout for more posts dedicated to Akron and focused on how to plan the perfect trip to the city (eventually, we may follow Chrissie on her exact route).

1. VegiTerranean (21 Furnace Street): Chrissie's very own ALL vegan restaurant. Fantastic food even if you're a meateater. Try the Chrissie fries and the grilled gardein bruschetta pomodoro panini. Be on the lookout for a full artcle/review on VegiTerranean by OHventures.

2. Musica and Mocha Maiden (17-19 Maiden Lane): A combo of a music venue and coffee shop perfect to see local acts play. Never a dull moment dancing to the music and rocking out!

3. Crave (57 E. Market Street): For some reason, Crave is not featured in the video Chrissie made. Perhaps because it is not all vegan like her restaurant (or maybe it's too much competition to her restaurant?). Truth is, it's the swankiest and most delicious place to eat in all of Akron. Hands down. I suggest trying the steak wrap, or hell, anything they have! Be on the lookout for a full artcle/review on Crave by OHventures.

4. Rubber City Clothing (18 N. High Street): Small boutique with Akron-themed and Akron-made clothing. Chrissie's t-shirt in the video happens to be from Rubber City Clothing. Definitely worth a look! I do not own anything from here yet but I am dying to get me a t-shirt! (If you are from Columbus, think of this as Akron's "Homage").

5. Akron Civic Theatre (182 S. Main St.): One of only 5 atmospheric theatres of its kind left in the entire United States, Akron Civic Theatre hosts concerts and other live entertainment events of all kinds. If you happen to go when there's a show, consider buying a ticket. If nothing else, treat yourself by popping in and looking around at the architecture...it's absolutely stunning!

6. Northside (111 N. Main St.): Yet another bar/music venue. It's a total dive but that's what makes it so much fun. Cheap drinks and lots of fried goodness (mac 'n cheese bites are the best). If you don't like what's on the docket at Musica, come to Northside!

7. Akron Art Museum (1 S. High St.): I've seen some pretty awesome art exhibits here at the Akron Art Museum. "Who Shot Rock & Roll" was a fantastic showing of iconic photographs of rock and roll's biggest stars. And currently you can see a killer exhibit on one of my favorite artists, M.C. Escher.

Above: The Dale Chihuly Polymer Sculpture in Akron (pics taken by OHventures)

8. Dale Chihuly Polymer Sculpture (170 University Ave.): Who doesn't like Dale Chihuly?! His glasswork is amazing, whether it's at the Bellagio in Vegas or right here in Akron in front of the Goodyear Polymer Center. This 40-foot tall structure is quite a marvel and we are lucky to have it in Ohio. It represents both art and science.

9. Towpath Trail (2928 Riverview Rd.): This address is just one of the many entry points you can take to get onto the Towpath Trail in Akron. It stretches 9.28 miles and is right alongside the Cuyahoga and Little Cuyahoga Rivers. It is notorious in the area and the best place to take your bike (or go on a nice stroll).

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