Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Timely Cyberthriller ‘Nerve’ Starts Strong Before Fizzling Out

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 3:54 PM

Given the way the augmented reality game Pokemon Go has become an overnight sensation, the timing for the release of Nerve, a cyberthriller that opens areawide tomorrow, couldn’t be better.

While the film makes use of some clever visuals and constantly switches point of view to capture the action as contestants in the “truth or dare” like game engage in a variety of outreagous stunts, it ultimately settles for clichés about the dangers of technology.

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Pop/Rock Act Marianas Trench Gets Personal on 'Astoria'

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 1:25 PM

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The guys in the pop-rock act Marianas Trench were just teenagers when the band first formed in Vancouver in 2001. While the songs on their 2006 debut, Fix Me, suggest a certain innocence, the guys sound all grown up on their latest offering, last year’s Astoria. They play with singer Skylar Stecker at 8 p.m. on Sunday at House of Blues.

A press release announcing the album claims it’s “about completely falling to pieces, and picking yourself back up again.” Singer-guitarist Josh Ramsay, who received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for co-writing and producing Carly Rae Jepsen’s breakthrough hit “Call Me Maybe,” wrote songs that chronicled both the break-up of a relationship and his mother’s struggles with a terminal disease.

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Cavs Stuff Made Out of Butter? Cavs Stuff Made Out of Butter

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 1:23 PM

The 2016 Ohio State Fair is upon us and that means butter sculptures. This year's culinary craftsmanship includes, among other works of art, a display honoring the Cavs' NBA championship.

Sculptures of the Cavs logo, the Larry O'Brien Trophy and mascots Moondog and Sir C.C. (and a couple cows in there for good measure) are complete after 400 hours of crafting by Ohio-based artist Ted Hendricks.

The Dairy Farmers of America donated the 2,150 pounds of butter used in the Herculean artistic task.

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 The fair runs through August 7th.

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Pokemon Go Players Getting Cited for Trespassing at Memorial Park in North Royalton

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 1:15 PM

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If you spot Pikachu in Memorial Park in North Royalton after hours, you'll have to wait until it reopens to go hunting or face a citation.

The North Royalton Police Department is citing Pokemon Go players for trespassing if they're caught playing the game when the park is closed. Last Saturday around 1 a.m., two people were cited for trespassing, according to WEWS. Yesterday, four more people were citing for trying to catch 'em all after hours. Of course, it's certainly not a rarity to be going where you're not supposed to be in pursuit of the game — two people in Toledo were cited for trespassing in the Toledo zoo after hours — but it's still discouraged.

Now, to their credit, finding hours for the park online wasn't the easiest (though we're guessing most kids probably won't be climbing the jungle gym at 1 a.m.), but it's probably best to hunt when the sun is actually out.

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Documentary About Director Brian De Palma Comes Across Like a Long-Winded Lecture

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 12:43 PM

If you can define a “genius” as a social outcast who doesn’t conforming to societal norms and exhibits an obsession with his or her work, then you can add director Brian De Palma to the list.

The new documentary De Palma, which screens at 9:05 p.m. on Thursday and at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, explores his work in a 150-minute film that virtually functions as a lecture. The Cinematheque will show seven of his films throughout August.

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Group Rallies for Public Transit Investment, More Devastating Shortfalls Loom

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 12:21 PM

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The crew from Clevelanders for Public Transit, together with representatives from the local service workers and transit workers unions, spoke at RTA HQ Tuesday morning, advocating for greater investment in public transit.

If this sounds like a familiar story, it is. Coming up in August, of course, RTA will raise fares and cut a small number of routes in response to a projected $6 million budget hole at the end of the year.

But that’s not what the rally was about.

Earlier in July, Federal regulators stepped in at the state level and did away with Ohio’s practice of collecting sales taxes on Medicaid managed health care services. That means transit agencies around the state, which are largely funded by sales tax revenue, will take a big hit.

In a memo to RTA staff on July 6, Joe Calabrese lamented the forthcoming change to Ohio tax law, which would reduce sales tax receipts for the RTA by 8.2 percent, or $18 million per year.

(Because the change won't go into effect until July, 2017, next year's shortfall is only projected to be about $4.5 million.)  

“It would be a huge hit,” wrote Calabrese, in the memo. “It could result in a significant 10 percent reduction in RTA services, which would impact both our customers and our employees.”

At a meeting Tuesday morning, Calabrese suggested that as many as 200 RTA employees could be cut.  

Calabrese noted a silver lining, though: Because the impact would be felt statewide, he was confident that “someone in the State Legislature” would aggressively seek a solution.

Members of Clevelanders for Public Transit weren't quite as confident. They’ve seen the resolve from Ohio’s elected representatives when it comes to funding public transit, and it is limp.

Leonard Thomas, a member of SEIU Local 1, said that projected service cuts and an additional fare increase would "decimate" transit-dependent riders. 

"We can't afford this increase," he said, "let alone the next one." 

Ron Jackson, president of ATU Local 268, (the union representing bus operators), said the changes would affect employees just as much as it would affect riders. 

"When they're cutting buses, they're cutting employees," he said. "What is good for the operators is also good for the riding public." 

Organizer Akshai Singh spoke passionately about the weak response from elected leaders. 

"This is not just an ask; this is a demand," Singh said. "And if community quote unquote leaders don't do something, we're going to make them." 
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Comedian Joe Rogan to Perform at Masonic Auditorium in September

Posted By on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 10:43 AM

A standup comedian with more than 20 years of experience, Joe Rogan sells out theaters internationally.

His The Joe Rogan Experience, a podcast featuring “long form conversations” with celebrity guests, is one of the most popular comedy podcasts on iTunes.

His Syfy TV series, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, premiered on July 24 and has been a hit. On it, Rogan, a paranormal mystery-addict, explores “unknown worlds and untapped territories” to search for answers to “life’s most startling theories.”

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