Friday, July 22, 2016

Ghost Hunter Chad Calek Brings his Paramerican Tour to Agora

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM

  • Craig Powell (left) and Chad Calek (right)
Filmmaker Chad Calek now hunts ghosts for a living. But he wasn’t initially obsessed with paranormal activity as a child.

I grew up in a family where [the paranormal] wasn’t spoken about,” he says in a recent phone interview. “I was a complete atheist. I had no belief in the other side.”

In the film American Ghost Hunter, which he released last year on Hulu, he tells the story of how he started to experience paranormal activity after his family moved to a small town in Iowa.

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Celebrate Cleveland's 220th Birthday With Some Free/Cheap University Circle Fun This Afternoon

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:12 AM

  • Courtesy Euclid Beach
Today marks Cleveland's 220th birthday. And what better birthday present than the RNC packing up and leaving town last night/this morning? Well, that is certainly the most welcome news we've heard in awhile and it there's plenty of free things to do to celebrate the birthday/re-possession of our city.

Rides on the Euclid Beach Grand Carousel at the Cleveland History Center are $1 each from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. today, or free and unlimited with admission.

There will also be a Founder's Day Party from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wade Oval.

In honor of the occasion, University Circle is throwing Founder's Day party from noon to 2 p.m. today at Wade Oval. The event includes live entertainment, a bounce house, a birthday cake, Euclid Beach Rocket Car rides and more.

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7 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:03 AM

  • New West Records

All Them Witches

When Nashville-based psychedelic rockers All Them Witches set out to record their first album, Our Mother Electricity, they did so with little in terms of funding. Even by indie rock standards, the sessions were a low budget affair. But along with sophomore effort Lightning at the Door, the album created enough of a buzz that the group inked a deal with New West Records, a prominent indie imprint. The group doesn’t tone things down on its latest effort, last year’s Dying Surfer Meets His Maker, which commences with the somber “Call Me Star,” a tune that with its whispered vocals and tempered guitars sounds like the quieter side of Led Zeppelin. (Jeff Niesel)  9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

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The Beauty of Appalachian Music in Northeast Ohio and Three Other Classical Music Events to Hit This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 9:41 AM

  • Courtesy Apollo's Fire

Grab your lawn chairs, pack your picnic baskets, and head to McGaffin Tower at the Church of the Covenant in University Circle on Friday, July 22, or Sunday, July 24. Guest Carillonneur Dave Osburn will perform a concert of Gilbert & Sullivan tunes on Cleveland’s only Carillon bells. Friday’s lunchtime concert, from 12:15-12:45, will offer a tour of the tower following the performance. Sunday’s program will begin at 11:00. Listen to the bells from the lawn, Case Western’s campus, or even your car! The concert is free and free parking is available in the Euclid Avenue parking lot.

Apollo’s Fire brings the beauty of Appalachia to Northeast Ohio with the revival of their hit program (and now bestselling CD) “Sugarloaf Mountain.” Performances take place on Friday, July 22 at The Bath Church, UCC in Bath, and Saturday, July 23 at Geauga Lyric Theatre in Chardon. This concert sounds as if sprung fresh out of the roots of countryside America, mixing southern-style fiddle playing with African-American spirituals and even early settlers’ ballads. Nothing quite compares to this live music experience, mixed with rural atmosphere and outstanding musicianship. You can grab your tickets online.

The Cleveland International Piano Competition will begin on Sunday, July 24, with the opening ceremony in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium. It will feature 2013 winner Stanislav Khristenko performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with CityMusic Cleveland under the direction of Joel Smirnoff. The competition begins on Monday, July 25 at 1 pm in Gartner Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online.

The Cleveland Orchestra is performing an unmissable concerts this weekend at their summer home, the Blossom Music Center. The concert on Sunday, July 24 is titled “Magic of the Movies.” Michael Krajewski conducts the orchestra alongside soprano Capathia Jenkins in film scores throughout the ages. Tickets available online.
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The MLB Trade Deadline and Football — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:45 AM


Football season and the baseball trade deadline are coming. Andre and Zac get you ready. 

Subscribe to A to Z on iTunes here.

Download the episode directly here.

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The O'Jays Condemn the Trump Campaign's Use of Their Hit 'Love Train'

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 8:41 AM

Polls suggest that presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn’t have much support from African-American voters.

So it’s not a surprise that Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, two founding members of the vocal group the O’Jays, have condemned the use of “Love Train” by the Republican National Convention to, as they put it, “bolster the fear and hate-driven candidacy of Donald Trump.”

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A Definitive Ranking of the Best of the Cleveland RNC merchandise

Posted By on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 7:30 AM

  • Emanuel Wallace

The RNC is over and all we have left are our sweet, sweet memories of road closures, misspelled protest signs, open carry enthusiasts, negging Onion headlines, and whatever collectible merchandise we’ve been able to acquire over the past four days.

Here is a definitive ranking of the best RNC merchandise, so you can be sure to acquire only those items that will be cherished for generations to come.

18) “Make America Great Again” beer coozie - $12
The perfect item when you want to politicize the act of drinking a cold beer.

17) “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns” t-shirt - $20
This t-shirt harkens back to that old saying: girls just wanna have guns, boys just wanna have grenades, men just wanna have rocket launchers, women just wanna have stealth bombers.

16) WTF RNC CLE 2016 Mug - $10
There are only five necessary acronyms this election cycle (DNC, RNC, CLE, WTF, and FML) and this mug manages to get has three of five right there in print. A masterpiece.

15) “Hillary for Prison 2016” button – now is $10
Short, snappy, and proudly displays the fallacy that you can vote someone into prison.

14) “Wake Up America” travel tumbler - $20
You see, it works on two levels. 1) you put coffee in it and coffee has caffeine that helps you to be more alert or “wake up”, 2) Obama’s 8 years in office were just a bad dream and never happened. Wake me up mommy! Wake me up!!!!

13) “My party of choice - cocktail party” needlepoint – $55.00
Perfect for letting your friends know that you’re an alcoholic who’s not registered to vote.

12) “Cleveland 2016 Proud Host” Apron - $16.00
One day, it’ll be twenty years from now, on a warm summer evening, and you’ll be grilling out with your grown children and your grandchildren and you’ll be wearing this apron. And your youngest grandchild, a brunette girl no older than 5, will tug on your apron and say, “What does your apron mean?” and you’ll say, “Once, Cleveland was the host the 2016 RNC. And we came together as a city and showed the nation who we were and what we were capable of, and we were proud.” And she’ll say nothing because she’ll have wandered off in search of something that’s actually interesting.

11) “weepublican” onesie - $27.00
For when you want to all but ensure that your offspring will be the leader of the next “Occupy Wall Street/piss off my parents” movement.

10) The Donald Trump Gas Bag - $9.00
This is a whoopee-cushion-like product that has the Donald’s face on it and a the slogan “Sit on my face and I’ll give you a speech you’ll never forget.” Because he’s a wind bag! Get it? Oh, oh God, my side.

9) “Hot Chicks for Trump” button - $10
There are two assumptions that come with this button. 1) it’s being worn by a chick, and 2) she is very physically attractive or “hot”. Along with these is a third, unspoken, assumption that the wearer of the button is also armed, so never question the veracity of the first two assumptions.

8) Dump the Trump toilet paper - $20.00
If you want to turn the act of getting enough fiber in your diet into a political statement, this is the product for you.

7) Trump Flakes - $40
Though this novelty cereal features the slogan “They’re great again!”, you really can’t justify paying $40 for this. Because one day it’s going to be 4AM and you’re going to be home from the bars and super hungry and this will be the only thing in your cabinet and then it’s goodbye savvy investment, hello mediocre late night snack.

6) “Trump 2016: Finally Someone with Balls” button - $10
Because no one has ever managed to pull off running for the office of the president while also having testicles. It’s never happened.

5) “Life’s a Bitch: Don’t Vote for One!” button - $10
Misogyny: misogyny!

4) “’That’s What She Said – Melania Trump’” t-shirt - $20
They put this one together in the past few days and it’s perfect and will always be relevant.

3) Donald Trump condom. - $5.00
This prophylactic features the phrases “Next time you hit that rump, think of the Trump”, and “Not for use on Megyn Kelly.” Of course it’s not for use on Megyn Kelly because, it’s like we always say guys, Megyn Kelly should always be pregnant. We want as many copies of her genes running around this planet as possible.

2) Dryer lint sculpture of Donald – sold to the highest bidder
This piece of art is nothing short of majestic. Made from 30 lbs of dryer lint, much of which was donated by loving patrons of the arts, it uncannily life like both because it really looks like Donald Trump and because it is extremely flammable.

1) Life size Donald Trump cardboard cutout - $35.00
No matter your feelings towards him, positive or negative, you can have him with you always, either to consult on a business deal, turn to when you need to be yelled at, or demanding to know why Scott Baio was given any stage time.
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