Women Speak Out

And it’s time for us to listen. The Bechdel Test for films is easy: at least two female characters with names must talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. Akron teacher/activist Brit Charek took those guidelines and turned them into the Bechdel Film Fest, taking place at several venues in Akron this week.

14-year-old Cleveland singer/songwriter Ava Preston is Billboard’s Best Junior High Jazz Vocalist for the 2nd year in a row, and she is performing at the #1 Jazz Club in the USA, the BOP STOP. Street glass artist Deanna Dionne shows her work at Oberlin’s Verite Gallery. Film icon Bette Davis stars in the 1950 film All About Eve,screening at the Capitol Theatre’s Happy Hour Classic Film Series.

Peruse our curated listings and features below and you’ll find other superwomen (and men) appearing, performing and otherwise strutting their stuff in our region this week. Be sure to check out our popular annual 2019 Summer Festival Guide, freshly updated. Then we’ll see (and hear) you out and about this week. –Thomas Mulready

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