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Leo Kottke Shows Off Guitar Playing and Storytelling Abilities

Leo Kottke Shows Off Guitar Playing and Storytelling Abilities

Concert Review
There’s something very Garrison Keillor-like about fingerpicking folk singer-guitarist Leo Kottke. With his faded blue jeans and hiking shoes, Kottke, who performed the second of two weekend shows last night at Music Box Supper Club, dresses like a guy who might be heading to...

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13 Photos of Cleveland's Deserted Detroit-Superior Underground Subway

13 Photos of Cleveland's Deserted Detroit-Superior Underground Subway

Not many folks remember when Cleveland's underground subway system was active, extending service to the West Side and throughout the downtown for decades until coming to a halt in 1954. Yet, several times a year, the Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office opens the tunnels to the public, allowing locals...

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Wrestling Legend Ox Baker — Whose 1974 Match Caused a Riot in Cleveland — Dies at 80

Wrestling Legend Ox Baker — Whose 1974 Match Caused a Riot in Cleveland — Dies at 80

Wrestling legend Ox Baker — a massive 6'5" guy known for his "heart punch" — passed away this morning at the age of 80. The news was announced by Jerry Lawler: Just got the sad news that my friend and wrestling great, Ox Baker...

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Northeast Ohio's 25- to 34-Year-Old Population Rose 1 Percent from 2000 to 2012

Northeast Ohio's 25- to 34-Year-Old Population Rose 1 Percent from 2000 to 2012

A few years ago, we touched on how little Cleveland's downtown population of young professionals had grown over the course of a decade: The city's core added only 1,300 "college-educated people ages 25 to 34" from 2000 to 2011.  Nowadays, you can't throw an artisanal...

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Ohio Ponies Up $800,000 to Combat Ebola In-State

Ohio Ponies Up $800,000 to Combat Ebola In-State

The Ohio Controlling Board today approved $300,000 in emergency requests from the Ohio Department of Health. That money will fund protective equipment in the fight against Ebola. The board also approved $500,000 to pay Cincinnati-based Absolute Bio-Recovery Services for cleanup and disposal services, were Ebola...

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Local Rapper Matthewmaticus Releases Promising Debut

Local Rapper Matthewmaticus Releases Promising Debut

At 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Guide to Kulchur, Cleveland Tapes Beat Monthly presents a listening party for rapper Matthewmaticus, who’ll share and perform songs from his terrific debut, the mixtape The Job Will Not Save You. Produced in part by Cashous Clay,...

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Republicans Host Event Centered on Black Issues, Minority Votes are "Up for Grabs"

Republicans Host Event Centered on Black Issues, Minority Votes are "Up for Grabs"

County Republicans hosted Wall Street Journal columnist and Fox News contributor Jason Riley for a conversation Friday evening with local activist Basheer Jones on the subject of urban black values. Sipping on cocktails in the clubby ambience of Red Space on Superior Avenue — pretty...

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New Home, New Life for Oak and Embers Barbecue Restaurant

New Home, New Life for Oak and Embers Barbecue Restaurant

In March of this year, Marc and Gretchen Garofoli converted the old Murphy's Tavern in Chesterland into Oak and Embers Tavern, a comfortable restaurant specializing in barbecue, bourbon and beer. The couple quickly gained a following for barbecue offerings like baby back ribs, beef...

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The 9 Debuts an Artist-in-Residence Program and Exhibitions of Local Art

The 9 Debuts an Artist-in-Residence Program and Exhibitions of Local Art

An “urban resort” hotel? With an artist-in-residence (AIR) program featuring local artists? In Cleveland? If you’ve been around E. 9th and Euclid Ave. lately, you might not be surprised. The former AmeriTrust tower and historic Cleveland Trust Rotunda have undergone a major facelift, inside and...

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OU Students and Kasich Supporters Welcomed Ed FitzGerald to Athens With Some Great Signs

OU Students and Kasich Supporters Welcomed Ed FitzGerald to Athens With Some Great Signs

Ed FitzGerald — Democratic candidate for governor and noted local tourism guide for Irish delegates — stopped by Athens last week for a get out the vote dinner. A couple young OU students and Kasich supporters (we're guessing) welcomed Ed to town with some clever...

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Good Seats: Alton Brown Brings a Live Version of His Madcap Brand of Food Edutainment to Cleveland Next Month

Good Seats: Alton Brown Brings a Live Version of His Madcap Brand of Food Edutainment to Cleveland Next Month

Alton Brown had aired just two pilot episodes of "Good Eats" on the Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW before getting noticed and picked up by the Food Network. The year was 1999, before Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and all the other "Next Food Network Stars" would water...

Dining Lead

A Perfect Blend: Local Restaurants and Beverage Makers Team Up to Delicious Effects

A Perfect Blend: Local Restaurants and Beverage Makers Team Up to Delicious Effects

Behind-the-bar inspiration doesn't just come in the conventional form of brews and booze. As more local beverage makers unveil their own twists on standards such as sodas, juices and teas, resident bartenders and baristas throughout the city are getting creative in the ways they shake...

Drink Features

Beer Me, Beer You, Beer Everyone: A Guide to Some of the Best Events of Cleveland Beer Week

Beer Me, Beer You, Beer Everyone: A Guide to Some of the Best Events of Cleveland Beer Week

While many Clevelanders mourn the passing of summer, craft beer connoisseurs look forward to the falling of the leaves. After all, October signifies the imminent arrival of Cleveland Beer Week. Now in its sixth year, this countywide celebration shines a spotlight on the craft beer...

Drink Up

Band of the Week: Uno Lady

Band of the Week: Uno Lady

Meet the Band: Uno Lady (vocals) Straight Outta the Living Room: Uno Lady, who counts Roy Orbison, Laurie Anderson, Freddie Mercury, Mary Ford, the Shangri-Las, and the Shirelles as her influences, played her first show at Pat's in the Flats in 2007 and has been...

Band of the Week

Format Busters: Reigning Sound Goes Old School on its Latest Release, 'Shattered'

Format Busters: Reigning Sound Goes Old School on its Latest Release, 'Shattered'

Concert Preview
For the Reigning Sound’s Greg Cartwright, 42, music has been not only a career, but a lifestyle that he’s wholeheartedly pursued his entire life. Cartwright and his bandmates navigated the special challenge of recording on an eight-track, one-inch recorder for their latest work, Shattered. The...

Music Feature

It’s Everly Time: The Rock Hall Pays Tribute to the Influential Pop/country Duo Known for its Vocal Harmonies

It’s Everly Time: The Rock Hall Pays Tribute to the Influential Pop/country Duo Known for its Vocal Harmonies

Concert Preview
The Everly Brothers never became as popular as pioneering rock acts such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry or Jerry Lee Lewis. But like Presley, Berry and Lewis, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1986 as members of...

Music Feature

Three-Way Intersection: William Busta Brings Together a Trio of Exhibitions on Objects and Shapes

Three-Way Intersection: William Busta Brings Together a Trio of Exhibitions on Objects and Shapes

After 25 years, William Busta has established himself as one of the region's most celebrated and respected art dealers. This Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m., his gallery in Midtown hosts an opening reception for its three latest exhibitions, featuring sculptures by Kate Budd and...

Arts Lead

Dive! Dive! Into a Heady Submarine Comedy: Undersea Telemarketing Helps Artistic Revelation Surface in Spirits to Enforce at Cleveland Public Theatre

Dive! Dive! Into a Heady Submarine Comedy: Undersea Telemarketing Helps Artistic Revelation Surface in Spirits to Enforce at Cleveland Public Theatre

We are all aware of the phone bank on TV, appearing during the WVIZ membership drives and popping up for a litany of other causes. Those chairs are usually populated by diligent folks talking on the phone, forcing smiles when the camera pans across their...

Theater

A Compact and Compelling Les Mis: Thanks to an Outstanding Jean Valjean, this Great Lakes Theater Production (Mostly) Soars

A Compact and Compelling Les Mis: Thanks to an Outstanding Jean Valjean, this Great Lakes Theater Production (Mostly) Soars

If one song can make an entire musical a success, then that is the magic that happens when Stephen Mitchell Brown, as Jean Valjean, sings "Bring Him Home" in Les Miserables, now at Great Lakes Theater. His performance of that lovely Act 2 tune is...

Theater

Film Review: Men, Women and Children

Film Review: Men, Women and Children

All that talk about how his 2009 film Up in the Air captured the zeitgeist of an era in which corporate lackeys jetted across the country to ruthlessly downsize big conglomerates must've gone to writer-director Jason Reitman's head. He again tries to capture the times...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Local Cinemas Offer Up Seasonal Treats

Film Spotlight: Local Cinemas Offer Up Seasonal Treats

If you're looking for an alternative to whatever crappy Halloween flicks are showing at the multiplex this month, local arthouse theaters have got you covered. "We will be screening classic horror films, hosting musical performances and creating new beverage concoctions to fit the season," says the...

Film Features

Film Review: The Judge

Film Review: The Judge

In The Judge, out Friday at theaters areawide, high-profile Chicago defense attorney Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) must defend his father, Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), a long-tenured district judge in Carlinville, Ind., after he's been accused of murder in the wake of his wife's death....

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