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Kent State Football Player Dies Unexpectedly

Kent State Football Player Dies Unexpectedly

Kent State University officials confirmed that student and football player Jason Bitsko, 21, died unexpectedly this morning. From the university: Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m. Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue....

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Why I Drove 600 Miles to Ferguson to Help Get Protestors Out of Jail

Why I Drove 600 Miles to Ferguson to Help Get Protestors Out of Jail

I got in my car in Ohio City Friday and drove almost 600 miles from Cleveland to Ferguson, Missouri. I’m not a protest tourist; I’m not a member of any organization. I’m not even really employed at the moment. I’m just an outraged guy...

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Shabu-Shabu Eatery to Open in Tremont Before End of the Year

Shabu-Shabu Eatery to Open in Tremont Before End of the Year

When Dante Boccuzzi opened Ginko three years ago, he introduced Tremont diners to the joys of shabu-shabu. The Japanese-style fondue — also called hot pot — is a fun, interactive dining experience around which entire restaurants are built. That’s the plan down the street...

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Gleeson Gleams in Calvary

Gleeson Gleams in Calvary

Movie Review
Calvary was the biblical site, outside Jerusalem, where Christ was crucified. The story goes that two thieves were crucified beside him, and that one’s repentance and faith (and the other’s lack thereof) at the moment of death determined their salvation. We are reminded, in...

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Boston Receives Warm Welcome at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Boston Receives Warm Welcome at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Concert Review
If you’re a Boston fan, you know that band leader Tom Scholz doesn’t get out much, something that the veteran guitarist/producer himself acknowledged during a recent interview. As a result, when Scholz takes Boston out on the road, he really puts a lot of effort...

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Jeff Krotine is Dead, But the Mystery of His Wife's Murder Lives On

Jeff Krotine is Dead, But the Mystery of His Wife's Murder Lives On

I used to go out for hamburgers with Jeff Krotine even though I suspected he may have hired someone to murder his wife. He died a couple weeks ago, at the age of 66. Anyhow, this was back in 2004, my first year at Scene....

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Local Indie Rockers These Knees Debut New Music Video

Local Indie Rockers These Knees Debut New Music Video

Indie rockers These Knees have just finished their first official music video for the jittery indie pop tune “Pacifica.” Shot in Cleveland Heights, Edgewater Park, Rocky River Metroparks and Lakewood, the video follows singer-guitarist Stephanie Trivison as she sets up a lemonade stand and then...

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Historic League Park Will Officially Open on Saturday

Historic League Park Will Officially Open on Saturday

League Park, the site of the 1920 Cleveland Indians' World Series victory — and Babe Ruth's 500th home run nine years later — will officially open to the public on Saturday as a rehabilitated testament to the power of baseball. Here's our April 2013 feature...

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Photo of the Day: Petty Officer Dameon Smith from Cleveland Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

Photo of the Day: Petty Officer Dameon Smith from Cleveland Aboard USS Gerald R. Ford

Cleveland native Dameon Smith, a 1999 John Hay High School graduate, is serving in the U.S. Navy as part of a hand-picked crew charged with bringing the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier into service. The USS Gerald R. Ford is the first ship in its class...

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Jack White Concert Moves from Wolstein Center to Jacobs Pavilion

Jack White Concert Moves from Wolstein Center to Jacobs Pavilion

The Jack White show originally scheduled to take place at the Wolstein Center at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15, has moved to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. The date and show time remain the same and previously purchased tickets will be honored at the...

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Old Reliable: It Has a New Owner and Some Good Bar Food, But the Rowley Inn Will Remain the Rowley Inn You Know and Love

Old Reliable: It Has a New Owner and Some Good Bar Food, But the Rowley Inn Will Remain the Rowley Inn You Know and Love

Though the Rowley Inn technically resides in Tremont, folks who come here have and always will call this area "the South Side." The bar sits just a mile south of Lincoln Park, but it might as well be clear across town. For at least 60...

Dining Lead

Dallas in Cleveland: Luxe's Newest Helmsman Trades Ego for Efficiency

Dallas in Cleveland: Luxe's Newest Helmsman Trades Ego for Efficiency

"I'm a little bit of a different chef — for instance, I don't require anybody here to call me Chef," says Dallas Martinez, the chef at Luxe Kitchen and Lounge in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. It's his way of explaining that he does things a...

Food Features

The Silent Partner: John Cipriani's Vital Role in Almost Every New Cleveland Restaurant

The Silent Partner: John Cipriani's Vital Role in Almost Every New Cleveland Restaurant

Tucked into a dark and dusty corner of Dubick Fixture & Supply, a 65-year-old restaurant supply company in downtown Cleveland, sits a stockpile of used ranges, coolers, mixers and other commercial kitchen equipment waiting to be repaired, cleaned and shipped out to the next optimistic...

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Band of the Week: Scarlet and the Harlots

Band of the Week: Scarlet and the Harlots

Meet the Band: Scarlet (vocals), Trevor (guitar, vocals), Ryan (guitar), Toussaint (bass, vocals), Chris (trombone, vocals), Tim (saxophone), Dylan (drums) Straight Outta Kent: The band formed three years ago when group members met at Kent State University. Scarlet admits the concept came to them when...

Band of the Week

Buckcherry Gets Gimmicky on ‘F#ck”

Buckcherry Gets Gimmicky on ‘F#ck”

Buckcherry F#ck (F-Bomb Records) buckcherry.com Buckcherry is the band that just won't die. Initially, the hard rock group dissolved in 2002, but after that short hiatus, band founders Josh Todd and Keith Nelson reformed the group in 2005 and got a good second wind when...

Music Feature

Gaslight Anthem’s ‘Get Hurt’ is a Letdown

Gaslight Anthem’s ‘Get Hurt’ is a Letdown

Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt (Island) thegaslightanthem.com Get Hurt is the sound of Gaslight Anthem running out of ideas. The band's had a good run and became critics' darlings as it delivered albums such as 2008's The '59 Sound and 2010's American Slang. This outing, which...

Music Feature

Are We There Yet? The Ride at None Too Fragile Theater Has a Few Too Many Script Bumps to Make It a Smooth Trip

Are We There Yet? The Ride at None Too Fragile Theater Has a Few Too Many Script Bumps to Make It a Smooth Trip

How did young people come of age before the car (or bus) was invented? You'd think from all the works of art that feature those vehicles as the central transporting device — from Jack Kerouac's On the Road to Thelma and Louise — that wheels...

Theater

Also on Stage

Also on Stage

If there is one filmmaker whom many cineastes love, and also love to hate, it's probably Leni Riefenstahl. Her movie glorifying Hitler's Third Reich, Triumph of the Will, stands to this day as a monumental achievement in cinematography and a craven tribute to a certifiable...

Theater

Nazis, Myths, and Gay Romance: It All Comes Together, Despite Iffy Performances, in Amazons and Their Men by convergence-continuum

Nazis, Myths, and Gay Romance: It All Comes Together, Despite Iffy Performances, in Amazons and Their Men by convergence-continuum

If there is one filmmaker whom many cineastes love, and also love to hate, it's probably Leni Riefenstahl. Her movie glorifying Hitler's Third Reich, Triumph of the Will, stands to this day as a monumental achievement in cinematography and a craven tribute to a certifiable...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: Land Ho!

Film Review of the Week: Land Ho!

Land Ho!, a gently bobbing film about two ex-brothers-in-law on a trip to Iceland, should be perfect fare for the Cedar Lee: modest in scope, slow in pace, noble in aspiration, and blue-haired through and through. It opens there on Friday. Indeed, Mitch (Earl Lynn...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: When the Game Stands Tall

Film Spotlight: When the Game Stands Tall

Sports movies have the luxury of a built-in climax. The plot usually centers on a big game against a formidable opponent. Against all odds, the heroes manage to pull off the win, discovering something deep and meaningful about themselves in the process. Credit director Thomas...

Film Features

Film Review of the Week: Magic in the Moonlight

Film Review of the Week: Magic in the Moonlight

Hate to sum things up in a single sentence here, but in Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, there's not much magic on the screen. The manic, sexually pedatory auteur's 44th feature film opens areawide on Friday, and it's chock-full of Allen's babbling, bantering, endlessly neurotic...

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