Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vote for the Cleveland Museum of Art in USA Today's 'Best Free Museum in the U.S.' Contest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Inside the Cleveland Museum of Art - VIA CMA
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  • Inside the Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland is once again a finalist in one of USA Today's "10 Best" contests, this time with the Cleveland Museum of Art in the running. We all know it's one of the greatest treasures of art in America, the bonus, of course, being that it's free. It's high time we ring out the vote and give it some more recognition beyond the borders of Northeast Ohio.

Twenty venues in total are vying to be named a Best Free Museum in the country, including The Frye Art Museum (Seattle), Getty Center (Los Angeles), Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Museum of Art and more. As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the CMA is in seventh place and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is in sixth.

You can vote as many times as you want, but can only vote once a day until the contest ends August 29.

Want to vote? Send in your ballots here.

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Have You Seen This Missing Llama?

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM

The Stark County Humane Society is searching for a llama that went missing on August 15.

Jules aka the "llama on the lamb" was last scene on the corner of SR 619 and SR 44.

Note: If you find said llama, don't chase it. Apparently they really hate that.

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Accidental Comedy Fest Returns This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 11:39 AM

For the fifth year running, Accidental Comedy Fest will bring locals and out-of-towners — from the big names to up-and-comers — to Mahall’s for a weekend of funny. Truth is, comedy is one of the things that Cleveland does best. And if you haven’t noticed yet, know that Accidental Comedy Club is the cream of the crop.

The festival runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, though they’ve jammed enough stuff into the schedule to make it feel like a season-long tribute to the things this city loves most. Take a gander: three stages of comedy and performances (sketch, podcasts, music), bowling, awesome food and booze, monster truck tours (courtesy of Be Adventurous), VIP rooftop hang sessions and a hell of a lot more.

Some of the out-of-town guests include Kurt Braunohler, Beth Stelling and the Undone Sweaters (“an embarrassingly sincere, sociophobic Weezer cover band” featuring Cleveland’s own Jim Tews).

The Accidental Comedy Club is a collaborative organization that promotes and dishes up shows and open mics around town each week. Comprising a crew of notable locals, the group’s most visible presence is Ramon Rivas II, who’s been working in Los Angeles and New York City most of the summer. (He also traveled to New Orleans to film a Comedy Central special, and he appeared on @midnight not too long ago with an excellent Jo-Ann Fabrics joke.)

Wherever Rivas goes, he’s seen sporting an Accidental Comedy hat and some sort of Cleveland T-shirt, repping our proud city in an already very prideful year. That’s one of the big points: Cleveland is fucking awesome, and there are a hell of a lot of cool, funny people here doing terrific things. If you’re reading this, then surely you already. But if you need a reminder, well, ACF takes place this weekend. Tickets are available at accidentalcomedy.com.

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New SPACES Exhibitions Explore Impact of Environment on Society

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:49 AM

João Enxuto and Erica Love, Atlanta Central Public Library (Interior 2) -, 2015, archival inkjet print, artist
  • João Enxuto and Erica Love, Atlanta Central Public Library (Interior 2) -, 2015, archival inkjet print, artist
Following its nationally acclaimed RNC-related programming, SPACES is ready to unveil its latest projects. Opening with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, SPACES presents Hidden Assembly, Public Displays of Data and Moving Anthropologies. As their titles suggest, all three exhibitions explore our impact on our environment and its impact on us.

Hidden Assembly explores the invisible production of the objects that populate our surroundings in a capitalist society. The project examines how factors such as global outsourcing, technological advances and the rise of precarious work have obscured or eliminated our perception of the creation of these everyday goods, and explores how factors such as increasing geographic distance have shrouded global labor.

“The starting point of Hidden Assembly is the recognition that under capitalism most production is rendered invisible,” explains Hidden Assembly curator Yaelle S. Amir. “The labor that people perform is largely obscured or eliminated—an effect heightened by the expanded tech field, global outsourcing, and the rise of precarious work. Hidden Assembly addresses our reconfigured labor market by featuring projects that examine what it means to work in current times and the uniquely precarious conditions resulting from capitalist values and governmental strategies; unrecognized producers in the new digital economy; and creative activism that advocates for improved and regulated worker conditions in an age of global and unorganized labor."

The exhibition includes artists/projects: Art Handlers Alliance (AHA-NY), Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Art Handlers Alliance (AHA-NY), Gulf Labor Artist Coalition, Joao Enxuto & Erica Love, Marisa Jahn (Studio REV-), Betty Marin, Huong Ngo & Hong-An Truong, Laurel Ptak/Wages for Facebook and Andrew Norman Wilson.

Following its run in Cleveland, Hidden Assembly will travel to Newspace Center for Photography and Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR on Nov. 3.

Also opening on Friday, California-based artist Tim Schwartz debuts his Public Displays of Data, explores the implications of our digital presence, and how it is gathered, stored, organized and sold by organizations, corporations and governments. As SPACES SWAP Resident Artist, Schwartz has been working on his project at SPACES since July 18, and remains in residence at SPACES through Aug. 29.

Meanwhile, SPACES’ Vault presents Moving Anthropologies, videos by three Portugese artists: Maria Lusitano, Mónica de Miranda, Rui Mourão. Curated by Mourão and José Carlos Teixeira, these videos present fragmented perspectives reflecting issues of memory, identity, history, otherness and cultural difference.
All exhibitions remain on view at SPACES through Oct. 21.

(SPACES) 2220 Superior Viaduct, 216-621-2314, spacesgallery.org

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Channel 19 GM Stepping Down, Local TV News in Flux

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 10:11 AM

  • Fred D'Ambrosi, via Twitter
The announcement of Dee Perry’s retirement from WCPN, last week, arrived as local TV continues to hemorrhage on-air and executive talent left and right.

The latest departure from the turbulent landscape: Channel 19 / Channel 43 Vice President and General Manager Dominic Mancuso. Mancuso reportedly told staff last week that he’d be stepping down. His last day will be Friday.

During two years at the helm, Mancuso presided over the re-branding of Channel 19. He coaxed the station from its in-your-face “19 Action News” approach to the softer, more upbeat “Cleveland 19 News,” the stated editorial goal of which has been to “champion all that is great about Cleveland.”

Though an executive behind-the-scenes, Mancuso was also a recurring on-air presence, sounding off in short editorials on the issues of the day — he’s a huge Chief Wahoo partisan, among other things. Mancuso was also the spirit and force behind Channel 19's tenants-rights activism: He sent a dead mouse to the corporate landlords at K&D to protest the station's hellacious working conditions.  

Mancuso’s quiet departure follows closely behind the news that Channel 5 Multimedia Journalist Homa Bash has taken a gig in Dallas. In May, Channel 19 Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor jumped ship to the ABC affiliate in D.C. 
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Local Rocker Tim "Ripper" Owens to Close his Akron Club in September

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:19 AM

As of Sept. 3, Northeast Ohio will lose one of its music venues. Local rocker Tim "Ripper" Owens has announced he’ll close his Akron-based restaurant/rock club, Tim Owens' Traveler's Tavern.

Last year, Owens, famous for subbing for Judas Priest singer Rob Halford when the British metal act toured and recorded without Halford, transformed the former Rock House for Bar Rescue, a Spike TV reality show. But apparently the makeover wasn’t enough to keep the joint afloat.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Classic Rock Act Toto to Play Cleveland for the First Time in Over 20 Years

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 5:16 PM

After co-headlining runs the past two summers that found the group sharing the stage with longtime friend Michael McDonald in 2014 and then progressive rockers Yes last summer, Toto is doing its first full-on headlining run of the United States in a long time this summer, and it’s a well-deserved victory for the band, which regrouped in 2010 after taking a short break. Former vocalist Joseph Williams came back into the fold for the first time since the late ‘80s. Keyboardist Steve Porcaro also came back after a break of more than a decade.

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