Not to be outdone, the Akron Art Museum has announced its own Northeast Ohio photography contest. But if the Cleveland competition leans toward the high tech — what with online submissions and the display of photos on the Playhouse Square Jumbotron — Akron is running gleefully in the other direction. The Akron contest has one defining rule: All photos must be taken with a Lomo camera. The Lomo is the plastic low-fi jobby that has achieved cult status for the often blurred and oddly distorted images it produces. To enter, submit up to three photos in any of the following five categories: Freaks and Geeks, Self-Portraiture, Landscape, Life on the Street, or People and Pop Culture. The deadline is September 30. Selected works will be shown at the museum starting October 18. Call 330.376.9186, x 230, or go to akronartmuseum.org.
Cleveland Public Theatre is taking proposals for its Little Box play-reading series, October 23 through November 2. CPT offers those whose work is selected the opportunity to stage a full reading in the James Levin Theater for one night. BYODA (bring your own director and actors). You’ll get two rehearsals before the performance and all-day use of the theater on that day. The idea is to develop new work and get feedback from audience members through book-in-hand staged readings, with little or no set and minimal lighting plot. Each team will be provided a small honorarium of $120. For application materials, e-mail email@example.com or go to www.cptonline.org. The deadline is September 12.