The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Creatives to network at Broadway Mary’s

- By Aliah Kimbro akimbro@morningjou­

Lorain native is creating opportunit­ies for artists to connect.

Darius Price-Smith is an audio engineer who would like to see Lorain known for its artistry.

Price-Smith is in the band, LetsM8AMov­ie, where he plays the keyboard.

He is a 2010 Early College High School graduate.

After high school, Price-Smith relocated to Mesa, Ariz., where he studied engineerin­g.

On Sept. 5, he is hosting a networking event at Broadway Mary’s, 939 Broadway in Lorain.

“I want to promote connectivi­ty and positivity here in the city,” Price-Smith said.

“A lot of creatives work independen­tly, but it’s good to network.”

The event, which takes place from 6-9 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Price-Smith said he wants to showcase local talent and provide a space for artistry in Lorain.

The event will include live performanc­es and a versus battle.

“It’s not competitiv­e, but it’s a battle,” Price-Smith said. “It’s for fun and allows for the producers to show their skills.”

Broadway Mary’s owner Mary Fields said she wants the restaurant to be a haven for creativity.

“We want to bring culture here,” Fields said. “We’d like to be an oasis for artists and creatives to have events or create their art.

“I believe art is important in the revitaliza­tion of the city.”

Price-Smith said the purpose of artistry is to tell the stories.

“We’re taking trauma, repacking and distributi­ng it in a positive way,” he said.

Artists of any sort are encouraged to attend the event.

 ?? ALIAH KIMBRO -- THE MORNING JOURNAL ?? Darius Price-Smith poses outside Broadway Mary’s.
ALIAH KIMBRO -- THE MORNING JOURNAL Darius Price-Smith poses outside Broadway Mary’s.

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