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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat: Art is Alive to become traveling festival throughout Stark County

  • Traditionally held in April at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts, Art is Alive will move this year to Sept. 7 at downtown Massillon’s Duncan Plaza and the neighboring Massillon Museum lawn.

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  • Art is Alive, the annual art festival launched by Deloris Angeli way back in 1992, has been through various changes over these many years and here come another few.
    Traditionally held in April at Canton’s Cultural Center for the Arts, Art is Alive will move this year to Sept. 7 at downtown Massillon’s Duncan Plaza and the neighboring Massillon Museum lawn.
    Organization of this year’s event has shifted from ArtsinStark to the Massillon Museum, the Ananda Center and other entities.
    “The plan is for Art is Alive to move annually, to promote art and tourism in different areas of the county,” said Libby Doss, volunteer coordinator at the Massillon Museum. “This will allow different towns to make something fresh and fun and new every year.”
    However, “If it goes well in Massillon, I really hope they keep it,” said Judi Christy, marketing director for ArtsinStark.
    More details will be announced as they unfold at www.artisalivestark.com and the Art is Alive Facebook page.
    TARANTINO-ESQUE COMEDY
    If Quentin Tarantino wrote an extended skit for “Saturday Night Live,” it might look and feel like “A Behanding in Spokane,” the very dark comedy being presented through March 9 by Akron’s new None Too Fragile Theater.
    Written by Martin McDonagh, the Irishman behind the films “Seven Psychopaths” and “In Bruges,” “A Behanding” has a fairly absurd plot. It centers on a sociopathic man desperate to locate his missing hand, which was severed 27 years ago in a sadistic assault. As the play opens, he’s meeting at a seedy motel room with two pitifully inept young con artists — a bickering male-female couple —  who claim to have his hand. A fourth character is the motel’s highly unpredictable desk clerk.
    What follows over 90 intermissionless minutes involves handcuffs, a lighted candle, a can of gasoline, a gun, a telephone, a gruesome suitcase and rampant profanity. That the play is presented on a small single set with the audience at very close range makes things uncomfortably claustrophobic — heightening the intensity of these unpredictable events, and the horrific comedy.
    If edgy-funny is your thing, you might really enjoy “A Behanding,” which starred Christopher Walken in its 2010 Broadway run. My friends and I — none of us easily offended — laughed plenty. Nick Yurick,  who plays the wildly quirky desk clerk, is especially funny. That the con man is a black man and the n-word is tossed around liberally will certainly make some people squirm. The production feels more like R-rated “SNL” than full-fledged serious stagecraft, but on a weekend night, after a good burger and a beer at the adjacent Pub Bricco, that worked fine for me.
    Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a 2 p.m. show this Sunday and a 7:30 p.m. show this Monday. Tickets, $20, are on sale at www.nonetoofragile.com. The theater is inside Pub Bricco at  1835 Merriman Rd. in Akron.
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