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Grog Shop to Host Bob Marley Birthday Celebration

Grog Shop to Host Bob Marley Birthday Celebration

Reggae icon Bob Marley would have turned 70 this year and to celebrate, the Grog Shop is hosting a birthday celebration on Feb. 5 featuring the Ark Band, Organik Sounds and DJ Soundsystem. The club will also show vintage Bob Marley movies, and Bratenhal Kitchen...

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In the 216 Opens Retail Storefront in Coventry Village

In the 216 Opens Retail Storefront in Coventry Village

In the 216, an artisan shop showcasing the work of dozens of local doers and makers, has opened up a storefront in Coventry Village. The store quietly launched on Friday afternoon, occupying the old Phoenix Coffee Company space at 1854 Coventry Road. "We offer the work...

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Local Musician Strives to Finish Debut Solo Album Before Cross-country Move

Local Musician Strives to Finish Debut Solo Album Before Cross-country Move

Brandon Zano’s forthcoming solo album has had a long gestation period. His first mark on the Cleveland music scene was when he started playing with the hard rock act Tender Blind Spot in 1997. “That was the first band I started to tour with,” he...

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Rock Hall Announces Events for Black History Month

Rock Hall Announces Events for Black History Month

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a slew of events slated to take place in honor of Black History Month. Sinkane, an electronic/funk musician who spent some time living in Northeast Ohio before moving to his current home in Brooklyn, starts...

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Police Still Seeking Suspect in Shaker Heights Hit-and-Run That Killed Elementary School Teacher

Police Still Seeking Suspect in Shaker Heights Hit-and-Run That Killed Elementary School Teacher

In just an utter tragedy on Jan. 24, a driver fleeing police jumped a curb in Shaker Heights and killed 51-year old James Caffrey, a fifth grade teacher who was out for a jog on South Park Boulevard. The suspect drove on, eventually abandoning his car...

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P.J.'s Luncheonette to Close after 30 years, Jack Flaps to Expand Brand to Downtown

P.J.'s Luncheonette to Close after 30 years, Jack Flaps to Expand Brand to Downtown

It’s the end of an era for P.J.'s Luncheonette (530 Euclid Ave., 216-861-2475), the no-frills breakfast and lunch diner in the Colonial Arcade. For 34 years, owners Gene and Odie have been dishing up 3-dollar breakfasts, cheeseburger deluxes with fries, and grilled liver and...

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IKEA Could be Coming to Cleveland (Updated)

IKEA Could be Coming to Cleveland (Updated)

Update: Well, maybe not. Multiple reports out there today relate the news that IKEA has officially announced a store in Columbus in 2017. What that means for a potential Clevo location — not great news if you ask us — remains to be seen. *** (Original...

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UPDATE: Seven Hills Councilman David Bentkowski is Suing a Bunch of People Again

UPDATE: Seven Hills Councilman David Bentkowski is Suing a Bunch of People Again

No surprise: David Bentkowski is appealing Judge Nancy Fuerst's dismissal of his lawsuit against the city of Seven Hills. The goofball litigation saga continues, and we now return to our midday feast of Quizno's subs. *** 1/2/15 Update: After a year and a half,...

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Experimental Rockers If These Trees Could Talk Reissue Two Out-of-print Albums

Experimental Rockers If These Trees Could Talk Reissue Two Out-of-print Albums

Akron’s experimental hard rock band If These Trees Could Talk have spent the better part of the past decade under the radar of the local rock scene. While local art rockers Mr. Gnome regularly take them on tour and acknowledge their significance, the band isn’t...

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Cleveland Loves American Sniper, America Does Too

Cleveland Loves American Sniper, America Does Too

Though Scene Music Editor Jeff Niesel wasn't moved or deeply bestirred by the patriotic allure of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, starring an enbeefed Bradley Cooper as superlethal Iraq war sniper Chris Kyle, viewers across America certainly have been. With a record-breaking second weekend at the...

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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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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A Mellow Take on Prejudice: In Driving Miss Daisy, Good Sense and Affection Eventually Prevail

A Mellow Take on Prejudice: In Driving Miss Daisy, Good Sense and Affection Eventually Prevail

If you didn't have a calendar, you might think that, in terms of racial relations, we're living in the 1950s. There are explosive confrontations between predominantly white police forces and black communities in several cities, and then the Academy Award nominations include no actors of...

Theater

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...

Film Features

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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