Thursday, October 20, 2016

'A Seinfeld Exhibition' and Fall Debuts Highlight This Week's Third Friday at 78th Street Studios

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 4:27 PM


This month, many of the galleries at 78th Street Studios debut their new fall exhibitions. With four floors and more than 150,000 sq. ft. of art galleries, artist studios and more, we’ve got you covered with the most must-see attractions during Third Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 21.

Start by entering through the entrance off 78th St., accessing renowned local sculptor Giancarlo Calicchia’s exhibition at Tregoning & Company, as well as Derek Hess Gallery’s Acting Out exhibition from their separate entrances. (You can read more about the exhibition and the entire Acting Out! Festival here.) Derek Hess Gallery is located on the second floor, just above Tregoning & Co.

“The Source: A Life in Sculpture has utilized our galleries to a degree never equaled in our 8 years here at 78th Street Studios,” says William C. Tregoning III, owner of Tregoning & Company. “We consider this one of our most significant exhibitions of the gallery's 34 year history.”

Speaking of separate entrances, don’t forget FORUM Artspace, which hosts John W. Carlson and Shari Wilkins’ Destruction of Form 2 (DOF2). The exhibition continues the collaborative efforts between Carlson, a local painter, and Wilkins, founder and Executive Director of the Cleveland Print Room.

Once again, both artists explore vernacular photography (found photography featuring imagery of everyday life). “We’ve altered the original photograph’s premise,” says Carlson. “It may be presumptuous of me to know the intent of the photo, but when the premise of the photo is destroyed it becomes an entirely new photo. A lot of this is about context and perception.” A follow-up to Destruction of Form (which originated at the Cleveland Print Room and later travelled to BAYarts), Carlson and Wilkins continue their collaboration with paintings, drawings, as well as two- and three-dimensional constructs.

Navigating your way through “Cleveland’s art maze,” stop by ARTneo and the many other spaces on the lower “ramp” level.

On the first floor, Cleveland West Art League presents Rich Cihlar and Bob Peck’s Don’t Panic! 2. Like FORUM’s DOF2 exhibition, CWAL’s exhibition is a follow-up to Cihlar and Peck’s Don’t Panic! Collaborative exhibition at E11even2. For their sequel, Cihlar and Peck collaborated to create works with bright pop imagery and colors, but often with elements of anxiety, stress and unease – juxtaposing child and adult viewpoints. In each work, Cihlar produces sharply rendered imagery of toy guns, robots, sugary snacks and more, and Peck adds his trademark abstract spray paint and acrylic paint. The show also features the debut of Peck’s exciting new three-dimensional works.

Directly next door to CWAL, Cihlar’s E11even2 (which he co-owns) continues its Seinfeld-themed exhibition. Featuring more than 50 works, Yada, Yada, Yada: A Seinfeld Exhibition even includes a partial installation of Jerry’s apartment. Yada, Yada, Yada is curated by E11even2 co-founder Billy Nainiger. Friday’s Third Friday is your last chance to view this exhibition.

The second floor includes two new exhibitions presented by HEDGE Gallery, Christopher Kier’s Architectonic and Carmen Romaine’s Fabric of Time. Architectonic is Kier’s first local solo show since relocating from Toronto to live and work in Cleveland. Through his encaustic wax technique, Kier creates topographic environments on his canvases – juxtaposing 19th and 20th century buildings, dwellings and monuments. Kier’s work explores “the concept of shelter as a tactile experience.”

Carmen Romine is a 2010 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Through her carefully crafted paper fabrications, Romine creates abstract landscapes by working mainly with paper waste and other natural or recycled materials. These dimensional drawings and collages explore both sustainability and patterns in nature. Both exhibitions at HEDGE Gallery remain on view through Dec. 2.

Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery continues its Cinema 07. This year’s cinema-themed group exhibition features 16 artists from 11 cities in four countries. Cinema 07 remains on view through Nov. 12.

Finally, the third floor features the closing reception for PopEye Gallery’s Melt Art Challenge, celebrating Melt Bar & Grilled’s 10 Year Anniversary. 30 local artists created artwork inspired by Melt, its food, history, décor and more. Matt Fish himself, as well as many of the artists will be in the gallery for Friday’s closing reception. (Disclosure: I’m the co-director of PopEye Gallery and curator of the show).

There’s plenty more to see and do from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 21.
(78th Street Studios) 1300 W. 78th St., 330-819-7280,

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Cleveland Cinemas Showing 'Major League' for $1 to Celebrate Tribe ALCS Win

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 4:13 PM


Tickets to the World Series may be sold out and insanely expensive on the secondary market, but you can catch some sweet baseball entertainment next week for just $1.

Cleveland Cinemas is screening the classic Major League this coming Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol, Cedar Lee, and Chagrin Cinemas and it'll set you back one measly buck. There's really no better way to spend the night before game one, to be honest.

They're also offering everyone wearing Indians gear a free drink with their paid popcorn purchase starting Oct. 21 at the following locations:

Apollo Theatre (19 E. College St., Oberlin)

Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland)

Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Rd., Cleveland Hts.)

Chagrin Cinemas (8200 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls)

Shaker Square Cinemas (13116 Shaker Square, Shaker Hts.)

Tower City Cinemas (230 W. Huron Rd., Cleveland)

You can say that again.
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First Look: Marble Room Steak and Raw Bar

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 4:09 PM

Sorry, Crop Bistro. When Marble Room Steak and Raw Bar opens downtown, it will immediately jump to the front of the line in terms of Cleveland’s most impressive dining rooms. The dramatic restaurant is just now taking shape inside the historic bank lobby of the Garfield Building at E. Sixth and Euclid.
Most recently National City Bank, the immaculately preserved interior was going to become the home of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. When that deal fell through, there was little doubt who would step in to fill its shoes.

“There’s too much at stake – you can’t screw it up,” explains Malisse Sinito, who along with husband Frank will be the ones building out and operating the Marble Room (623 Euclid Ave.). The pair also own Lockkeepers restaurant in Valley View, and Frank is CEO of Cleveland-based Millennia Companies, the owner of the building. The commercial office space above the restaurant is being converted into apartments.

Guests who step off Euclid Avenue and spin their way through the revolving door first will be floored by the immense volume of the room, a high-ceilinged space that exceeds 10,000 square feet, discounting private spaces. Twin lounges with elegant soft seating will flank the central host stand. To the right will be a bar devoted to sushi and raw bar. To the left, a bowed 20-seat marble bar is positioned between columns, above which will rise a two-story wine cellar accessed via sliding ladder. The old deposit slip tables in front of the bar are being repurposed into cocktail-friendly high tops. Booth seating will be tucked in between columns on both sides of the room.

“You’ll feel like you have some privacy,” Sinito says.

In between will be more tables, chairs and booths. All said and done, the main dining room should accommodate about 175 guests. Drapes, carpeting and large fabric-covered panels will be installed to combat excessive noise. Downstairs, bank vaults and safe deposit box rooms will be able to handle multiple private events.

When news broke on the arrival of Jeff Ruby’s, the response was almost unanimous. Another downtown steakhouse! So I posed the question to Sinito.

“I agree,” she says. “If you asked me before I would have said the same thing. But you saw the space. What would you do with it?”

“With a space like this you can only go one way and that’s high end,” she continues. “But you can still be playful with it. You still want to keep it fresh and modern and cool and sexy and fun. Not stodgy.”

For those who don’t want a big, juicy USDA Prime porterhouse, there will be fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell, fresh-cut sushi, small plates and plenty of seafood, Sinito assures us.

“For people who don’t want to come in for a steak, you can come in and sit in the lounge and have oysters or sushi or small plates and a cocktail. It’s not just beef.”

The menu and kitchen will be overseen by Alberto Leandri, the Venice born chef who for the past four years has been executive chef at Lockkeepers. The contemporary steakhouse menu will be almost 50-50 in terms of beef and seafood. Classic steakhouse starters and sides will be given a modern twist.

As we descend the sweeping brass-railed marble staircases of the turn-of-the-century building we pass by ornate light fixtures, under polished stone arches, through gilded gated doors, and toward the hefty bank vault door, now permanently ajar.

“Can you imagine recreating all this now?” Sinito asks. “You couldn’t do it.”

The team is shooting for a spring opening. When it does open, Marble Room will serve lunch and dinner and maybe weekend brunch.


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A Former Clevelander, Contemporary Jazz Star Johnny Britt to Perform in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 4:08 PM

A founding member of the R&B group Impromp2, singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger, music director and composer Johnny Britt has two No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Singles to his credit. He currently has a third tune that has been No. 1  on that chart for eight straight weeks.

A Cleveland native, Britt returns to town this weekend to perform at his alma mater, Cathedral Latin High School, which is celebrating its centennial.

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High Energy and Acrobatics at Dillinger Escape Plan's Final Show in Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 4:01 PM

  • Photos by Amber Patrick

Along  with their chaotic metal style, The Dillinger Escape Plan's reckless tendencies have notoriously transferred into their live performance, with plenty of shows being accurately described as "batshit insane." With their current tour being their last one before their impending breakup, it's no surprise that Dillinger have already made headlines with their show antics when frontman Greg Puciato jumped from the 2nd-floor balcony into the crowd below at the band's NYC show last weekend, doubly making it a must-see tour to witness their outlandish displays one last time.

Whether scaring himself straight with that stunt, or being urged by all his loved ones to not try that shit again, Puciato didn't leap from any daring heights at the House of Blues last night, but Dillinger still put on a remarkable performance for their last trek through Cleveland. Particularly, lead guitarist Ben Weinman exuded with enough energy for the entire band, and being armed with a wireless guitar system, he used his cordless freedom to the fullest extent while performing: gracefully pirouetting between other band members, jumping atop speakers, diving into the crowd during "Panasonic Youth," and even dangling upside-down from the balcony rafters while continuing to play "Room Full of Eyes." Erratic movement alone wasn't the only thing Weinman had to boast, and from his machine-like execution of frenetic riffs in "When I Lost My Bet" and "Sugar Coated Sour," to improvised solos in "Milk Lizard," his guitar skills dazzle onstage as much—if not more—as they do on the records.

On Puc iato's end, his voice got to travel the whole spectrum of modes throughout the set, ranging from his throat-shredding screams in "Hero of the Soviet Union" and "Farewell, Mona Lisa," to crooning falsetto in "One of Us is the Killer" and "Black Bubblegum." And with the setlist containing plenty of songs from their latest and final album, Dissociation, Puciato's singing about the looming end of things was preacher to the choir for the last live experience shared between the band and the Cleveland crowd: playing call-and-respond with the final hook in "Limerent Death," sullenly mourning these last moments in "Symptom of Terminal Illness," and angrily spitting about finding a way to move on in "Surrogate." Come the encore, Dillinger made one last appeal to singing goodbye in the throwback ballad of "Mouth of Ghosts," then closing things out with a bang in the classic staples of "Sunshine the Werewolf" and "43% Burnt." At the end of it all, Puciato leapt into the crowd for one last intimate moment with the Dillinger fans of Cleveland, making for a heartfelt (and sweaty) farewell.

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Federal Judge Restores Voting Rights for Thousands in Ohio Purged From the Voter Rolls

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 3:44 PM

Update: Federal Judge George C. Smith, of the U.S. District Court in Columbus, ruled last night that voters illegally purged by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted will be allowed to vote.

If you remember, Husted's office purged the Ohio voter roll of thousands of voters who hadn't engaged in "voter activity" (classified as registering to vote or voting) in six years, or three consecutive federal elections. The sum total of the purge isn't known. Democrats say tens of thousands. Republicans say far fewer. Purging also includes getting rid of the names of deceased voters or those that have moved out of state. Husted's broader application was what led the ACLU and the Ohio Democratic Party to bring suit against Husted's office.

Originally, Judge Smith ruled in favor of Husted in the case. In September, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overruled his decision, saying Husted had violated the National Voting Rights Act, and sent the case back to him. 

In his decision yesterday, he wrote, “There is no dispute that the remedy ordered by this court will not involve the reinstatement of all voters who have been removed from the voter registration rolls.” Basically, any unregistered Ohio voters who were part of the purge and who still reside at the same address where they were previously registered will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot for this election.

Smith's also ordered a 15-percent increase in provisional ballots at each polling location in Ohio. 

Husted's response, via the Columbus Dispatch: “Our main concern was to protect the integrity of the election by not having to reinstate deceased voters, those who moved out of state, or are otherwise ineligible. We will fully comply with the judge’s order to count votes of people who remain eligible in their original county and continue to focus on the important work of administering a smooth election."


(Original story 9/23/16): The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed an earlier ruling that shot down a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jon Husted. The target of the lawsuit: Husted's process of eliminating the names of registered voters from the state's voter rolls. It's a process called "purging," and it's meant to clean up state databases and delete the names of voters who have moved out of the state or died. It also leaves the door open to negligence and political machinations.

As PBS's Chris Bury once put it, "When it comes to the right to vote, Ohio is a 'use it or lose it' state." 

Today's ruling sides with the plaintiffs who brought the case against Husted and originally sought an end to this purging practice. 

Husted's policy is twofold: There's the typical matter of comparing voter rolls with the National Change of Address database (and eliminating the names of voters who've moved out of state), and then there's the matter of deleting the names of voters who haven't engaged in "voter activity" for the past two years. ("Voter activity" means registering to vote or actually voting.) Those who fall into that second category are sent a notice and then given four additional years to vote. If after six years there's no "voter activity," that person is scrubbed from the database, despite possibly still being an eligible voter. 

Under Husted, there seems to be something of an overreach. It's one thing to get rid of the names of the deceased; it's another thing to just delete countless names of eligible voters from the record. For now, no one can really say how many names have been scrubbed. Estimates vary from "tens of thousands" to "hundreds of thousands."

A Cincinnati Enquirer/USA Today investigation this year raised questions about the murkiness behind the policy. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Husted's office is in violation of the National Voting Rights Act. — Eric Sandy

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Standing Room Tickets for Sold Out World Series Games Listed for $600+ on Stubhub

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:55 PM


All of the World Series games at Progressive Field are sold out. And it all happened pretty quickly, which isn't surprising given season ticket holders (who could buy up to 8 seats), those with playoff priority, and the Indians Insiders who got a crack at seats yesterday. So when a very limited number of seats went on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. this morning, it didn't take long for them to disappear. 

(There were apparently technical issues yesterday and today, it looks like. Multiple times, we and others got error messages and the system seemed generally overloaded. Again, not surprising, but definitely aggravating.)

Ticket prices were predictably steep, with standing room starting at $100 and the numbers climbing into the multiple hundreds from there.

Many of those tickets quickly appeared for sale on secondary markets. Prices there are beyond steep. Now, it's worth noting we're early in the process here and the market is bound to correct a little as Game One next Tuesday approaches, but so far SRO is being listed for $600+, six times face value. (One caveat on the market correction would be if the Cubs prevail over the Dodgers. Cub fans are more inclined to scoop up the pricey tickets given the proximity and the historical import of a South Side World Series berth.)

So you might not be able to make it in the doors for a home game, but the Tribe will be hosting watch parties for road games at the Jake. We'll update you on those details once the Tribe announces them.
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