State of the Arts

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Theater and dance, museums and music, film and food: From fine art to pop culture, from the mainstream to the cutting edge, Northeast Ohio is full of experiences to tantalize the senses.  Friday’s on Morning Edition, WKSU’s Mark Arehart explores all that Northeast Ohio has to offer on State of the Arts.

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Chef Todd Brazile shows off his latest creation called The Heater. It features Flamin' Hot Cheetos atop a pork sandwich.
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The official start of summer is still about three weeks away. But for baseball fans flocking to the region’s ballparks, summer is already here. And many are bringing their appetites with them to the game. On this week’s State of the Arts, WKSU’s Mark Arehart puts on a bib and tries two of the most extreme sandwiches the Northeast Ohio's ballparks have to offer.

Ted Sikora has watched his Apama series expand to include the antihero the Tap Dance Killer.
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Northeast Ohio has a rich comic book history. Superman was conceived in Cleveland in the 1930s. In the 70s, it was Black Lightning. But both stories are not set here.

It was just a few years ago that Northeast Ohio got its own locally based superhero. On this week’s State of the Arts, we delve into the world of Hero Tomorrow Comics.

Steel Vengeance is the world's tallest hybrid roller coaster.
Courtesy of Cedar Point

Roller coasters have long been separated into two types: wooden and steel. Wooden coasters often have rougher rides and aren’t typically racecar-fast. Steel coasters offer the twists, flips and sheer speed many thrill seekers live for. On this week’s State of the Arts we head to Cedar Point in Sandusky to ride Steel Vengeance, a new coaster that offers the best of both worlds.

A photo montage by Akron photographer Shane Wynn caputures 24 years of photography in the city.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

The City of Akron has two dozen neighborhoods. Each is captured in a new photography exhibit called "24."

On this week’s State of the Arts, we talk with the people behind the camera about what it means to see Akron through a lens.

From left to right, Editor Chris Mitchell, Director Tim Newfang and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Krayzie Bone at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is perhaps the best known rap group to ever come out of Cleveland. Now, some of its members are channeling their hometown in a new documentary that screened at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

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