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Fun With Budgets: Rock Salt Positively Disembowling City Spending

Fun With Budgets: Rock Salt Positively Disembowling City Spending

Mayor Jackson released 2015 city budget estimates today, forecasting more city spending than in each of the past eight years (at least). The $542 million in budgeted expenditures does not include costs of hosting the Republican National Convention or any costs associated with DOJ...

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Big Fun's West Side Store is Closing

Big Fun's West Side Store is Closing

Big Fun's Clifton Boulevard location will be closing sometime in the next few weeks. Here are the details from owner Steve Presser: It is with sadness that we announce that Big Fun Cleveland (West Side) will be closing its doors. It's not easy in retail...

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ICMYI: U.S. Rep Tim Ryan Changes Stance on Abortion

ICMYI: U.S. Rep Tim Ryan Changes Stance on Abortion

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, the democrat and zenmaster who represents a slice of Eastern Ohio from Youngstown to Akron, has publicly announced a new stance on abortion. He's now pro-choice. In a letter to the Akron Beacon-Journal, Ryan said that during his 13 years in...

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Jeff Jarrett to Leave Post at AMP 150 for Top Spot at Hub 55, Sterle’s, Future Restaurant

Jeff Jarrett to Leave Post at AMP 150 for Top Spot at Hub 55, Sterle’s, Future Restaurant

Rick Semersky’s ambitious plan to breathe new life into his beloved St. Clair neighborhood, Hub 55, has a new culinary guide. Chef Jeff Jarrett has accepted the position as Executive Chef and GM of the entire portfolio of properties. He leaves his position as executive...

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Changes in Store for Tremont Sweet Shop, A Cookie and A Cupcake

Changes in Store for Tremont Sweet Shop, A Cookie and A Cupcake

Owners of the Tremont gem A Cookie and A Cupcake made some big announcements this week: First, they're moving from their quaint Kenilworth location to a larger storefront at 2681 West 14th Street to accommodate the ever-growing demand for cupcakes, and to integrate their other business, Churned...

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Josh Gordon Pens Open Letter to Charles Barkley, Other Media About His Failed Alcohol Test

Josh Gordon Pens Open Letter to Charles Barkley, Other Media About His Failed Alcohol Test

Josh Gordon is looking at another suspension, this time for failing a test for alcohol. Following his charges for a DUI last year, the league mandated that the wide receiver abstain from beer and booze for the season, a point he emphasized in an open...

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"What Will We Have Next — 12 Monopolies for Whorehouses in the 12 Largest Counties?" Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and Others Opine on the ResponsibleOhio Marijuana Plan

"What Will We Have Next — 12 Monopolies for Whorehouses in the 12 Largest Counties?" Ohio Auditor Dave Yost and Others Opine on the ResponsibleOhio Marijuana Plan

That right there is a good quote, and Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is as good as any statewide official at this stuff. He and others, including Josh Mandel, sat down with the Associated Press to discuss the future plans for possible marijuana legalization in the...

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Kyrie Irving's Game-Winner and Moments of Perfection

Kyrie Irving's Game-Winner and Moments of Perfection

What we witnessed was not only the best scoring performance of the year by any player, but a superstar coming into his own with a 55-point night including a game-winning three-pointer to give the Cavs a 99-94 win over the Blazers. (Find video of...

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A Food Critic Tried Olive Garden's "New" Menu

A Food Critic Tried Olive Garden's "New" Menu

After John Oliver dissected the much-publicized Olive Garden shareholders meeting last year, the one that mentioned serving “a mushy, unappealing product” that can be “barely edible,” the ubiquitous suburban-friendly "Italian" chain went back to the drawing board in efforts to make their food less mushy,...

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Beachland To Host Benefit Concert to Help Pay Its Legal Fees

Beachland To Host Benefit Concert to Help Pay Its Legal Fees

Last year, the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern and the City of Cleveland came to terms regarding unpaid admission taxes that the city claimed the club owned. The city even agreed to reduce the admission tax for small clubs like the Beachland so that the place...

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New Grove Order: Grovewood Tavern Oddly Evolves Out of its Beloved Tavern Roots

New Grove Order: Grovewood Tavern Oddly Evolves Out of its Beloved Tavern Roots

When the Grovewood Tavern opened, it was widely praised by diners and critics alike as a hidden gem worthy of a trek across town. The Collinwood dive on a blue-collar residential block was a pioneer in the neighborhood saloon-turned-bistro genre that later included places like...

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Fine and Pricey Dining: Dispelling the Celebrity Mythos of The 9's Adega

Fine and Pricey Dining: Dispelling the Celebrity Mythos of The 9's Adega

To be candid, I've been avoiding dining at Adega at The 9 because of what I expected to find there. Frankly, the accounts of celebrity residents, entourage-led security details, and crazed, slap-happy sports fans all but soured me on the place. But what we found...

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Meet Melanie Bauer: The Recipe Blogger

Meet Melanie Bauer: The Recipe Blogger

Melanie Bauer still seems humbly in shock at the attention she's garnering from behind the computer screen in her Shaker Heights home. Since creating her blog, Melanie Makes (melaniemakes.com), Bauer has racked up praise from the likes of Better Homes and Gardens and her original...

Food Features

Red, Red Groovy: BoomBox Blends Acoustic and Electronic Traditions on New Album

Red, Red Groovy: BoomBox Blends Acoustic and Electronic Traditions on New Album

Concert Preview
This story, like many worthy yarns, begins in the desert. Or, to be honest, it begins in Muscle Shoals, Ala., before departing for the desert. There, in the Deep South, Zion Rock Godchaux met Russ Randolph in the course of recording an album. They clicked...

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Band of the Week: The Sidekicks

Band of the Week: The Sidekicks

Meet the Band: Steve Ciolek (vocals, guitar), Matt Climer (drums), Ryan Starinsky (bass) Anti-everything: The band started about 10 years ago when Ciolek was a freshman in high school, learning to play guitar with his friends at Padua High School. He met Climer and the...

Band of the Week

Terror Turns 10: Pittsburgh Punk Rockers Anti-Flag Revisit their Most Accessible Album

Terror Turns 10: Pittsburgh Punk Rockers Anti-Flag Revisit their Most Accessible Album

Concert Preview
Early in a career that now dates back some 20 years, the guys in the Pittsburgh-based punk band Anti-Flag picked up an important lesson from Brit folk singer Billy Bragg. An ardent leftist who unabashedly expresses his political beliefs in his songs, Bragg told the...

Music Feature

Hand in Hand: New Exhibits from Christopher Pekoc Challenge the Viewer

Hand in Hand: New Exhibits from Christopher Pekoc Challenge the Viewer

Christopher Pekoc's latest exhibitions reveal the rewards of an artist who continues to challenge himself in new and increasingly difficult ways. No, that isn't a typo; Pekoc currently has two exhibitions in Northeast Ohio. Hand Made at the Akron Art Museum (1 South High St.,...

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Hide And Seek, Jungle Style: An Uncle and His Niece Are Both Hiding From Their Pasts in Slowgirl

Hide And Seek, Jungle Style: An Uncle and His Niece Are Both Hiding From Their Pasts in Slowgirl

Sometimes, an audience has to do some yeoman work to climb over nonsensical barriers before it can enjoy a production. And such is the case with Slowgirl by Greg Pierce, now at Dobama Theatre. This show begins with some head-shaking doozies that you just have...

Theater

New Exhibit at Fawick Showcases Local Artists' Vision of the Land

New Exhibit at Fawick Showcases Local Artists' Vision of the Land

Landscape of Dreams
SCAPE is a group exhibition of five accomplished local artists, each with a unique way of depicting a common subject matter: landscapes. Through this lens, the artists' unique voices create a dialogue between realistic depiction and emotional abstraction. SCAPE opens at Baldwin Wallace University's Fawick...

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Film Review of the Week: A Most Violent Year

Film Review of the Week: A Most Violent Year

Though this is the final weekend in January, a few "award-season" 2014 releases are still trickling into area theaters. For that we should be grateful, if only to spell us from The Boy Next Door and its January ilk. A Most Violent Year, directed by...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Match

Film Spotlight: Match

When Cleveland native Matt Ratner first saw Stephen Belber's play Match performed on Broadway in 2004, he told Belber he ought to make it into a feature-length film. "I told him he was crazy," recalls Belber, who, along with Ratner and star Matthew Lillard, will...

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Film Review of the Week: Song One

Film Review of the Week: Song One

A-lister Anne Hathaway stars in Song One, a somber, fitful, folk-infused romance opening Friday at the Cedar Lee for an exclusive one-week engagement. Hathaway is Franny. She's out in Morocco studying nomadic tribes for her Ph.D. when she gets a call from her mom (Mary...

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