The Voice of Soul: Wesley Bright

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‘Life Itself’ Presents Compassionate Portrait of Film Critic Roger Ebert

‘Life Itself’ Presents Compassionate Portrait of Film Critic Roger Ebert

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The opening scene in Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams) Life Itself, a documentary about the life of film critic Roger Ebert, is tough to take. Ebert, perhaps the most renowned film critic in the world, has been hit hard with thyroid cancer. He no longer...

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Blue Coupe Bassist Dennis Dunaway Reflects on his Rock ’n’ Roll Past

Blue Coupe Bassist Dennis Dunaway Reflects on his Rock ’n’ Roll Past

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When asked about the first time he ever played Cleveland, bassist Dennis Dunaway admits he can’t recall the year or venue. But given that the guy was touring with the Alice Cooper Group, a shock rock act known for outlandish live shows, that’s understandable....

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Cedar Point Will Rename Coaster "King James" if/when LeBron Comes Home

Cedar Point Will Rename Coaster "King James" if/when LeBron Comes Home

Game, set, match, folks. It's not like LeBron James needs any extra coaxing, but leave it to Cedar Point to lather unnecessary icing on a cake before it's baked. The Sandusky amusement park just tweeted this out (and promptly disseminated press releases to the...

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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (July 11 - 13)

10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (July 11 - 13)

Congratulations, you've survived another week. Now reward yourself with a large brew and tickets to see the Tribe play, or to the Sara Bareilles concert, if that's more of your thing. Whatever you do this weekend, Cleveland, have fun out there. ...

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Local Rockers the Quickening to Play First Show in Six Years

Local Rockers the Quickening to Play First Show in Six Years

Local indie rockers the Quickening haven’t booked a gig in six years. The band plays moody indie rock that’s characterized by quivering vocals and emo-ish sensibilities. The guys have recently reunited and will perform with the Universe Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Joshua Jesty...

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Fucked Up Comes to Beachland on Heels of Noisy New Album

Fucked Up Comes to Beachland on Heels of Noisy New Album

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In the ’90s, the post-hardcore band the Jesus Lizard earned a reputation for fierce live shows that featured the unpredictable antics of frontman David Yow. The group never sold many albums but it did have a loyal cult following. Toronto’s Fucked Up, which plays...

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Tech Talk: Daniel Mansoor's GiveNext is at the Forefront of the Philanthropic Revolution

Tech Talk: Daniel Mansoor's GiveNext is at the Forefront of the Philanthropic Revolution

Tech Talk is a weekly series that explores the people behind startup companies in the Cleveland area.From a contributor perspective, philanthropic giving could be a whole lot easier. Depending on the cause, donation can quickly become a complicated enterprise, requiring research and by extension time....

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Questionable Culture With Will Burge Live Right Here at Noon

Questionable Culture With Will Burge Live Right Here at Noon

Week three of the Will Burge show goes live from Townhall at noon today, which is just a few minutes from now, and ohhhh boy are there a few things to talk about. Today's guest: Josh Cribbs. But, um, we have a feeling Burge...

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Audio: Lakewood Man Dials 911 To Report Drug Dealer On Corner, Realizes During Call That Suspect Is Just A Sign

Audio: Lakewood Man Dials 911 To Report Drug Dealer On Corner, Realizes During Call That Suspect Is Just A Sign

In a hyper-vigilant fight against drugs, a Lakewood man dialed 911 on Sunday evening to report there was a man dealing at a busy intersection. But he realized, midway through the call, that he may not have all his information correct. The call details...

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Nostalgia Reigns Supreme at Journey Concert at Blossom

Nostalgia Reigns Supreme at Journey Concert at Blossom

Concert Review
If you were at Blossom Music Center last night and didn’t do a lot of advance research, it might have been a bit confusing to witness the triple bill of Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power. At the very least, it perhaps warranted...

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36 Hours in Ann Arbor: Plenty of Reasons to Take a Trip to that State up North

36 Hours in Ann Arbor: Plenty of Reasons to Take a Trip to that State up North

Ann Arbor is a college town, which means that summer is a wonderful time to visit. Thanks to the mass exodus of tens of thousands of University of Michigan students, the leafy, liberal town reverts to a more peaceful version of itself. Throughout the lazy...

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36 Hours in Ann Arbor: Don't Forget the Beer

36 Hours in Ann Arbor: Don't Forget the Beer

"Ann Arbor has always been a beery town," says David Bardallis, resident beer geek and author of Ann Arbor Beer: A Hoppy History of Tree Town Brewing. "Historically, the German roots played a large role in Ann Arbor becoming a beer-loving town. Everybody knows that...

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Liquid Gold: BottleHouse Brewery in Cleveland Heights is the City's First Full-Fledged Meadery, but the Brewers Say there's Room for Competition

Liquid Gold: BottleHouse Brewery in Cleveland Heights is the City's First Full-Fledged Meadery, but the Brewers Say there's Room for Competition

Jason Kallicragas loves his job. What's not to like? He has a 2-mile commute. He spends his workdays behind the bar or brewing up concoctions in the back room of BottleHouse Brewery.And his boss lets him try new things. Well, new old things: About a...

Drink Features

Band of the Week: The Rhythm Syndicate

Band of the Week: The Rhythm Syndicate

Meet the Band: Pat Sandy (guitar), Angelo Ciu (guitar), Kevin Dyckes (saxophone), Benny Pacheco (drums) and Len Gray (bass) jam session: Guitarists Pat Sandy and Angelo Ciu first met up at one of the many jam sessions they would attend in the mid-'90s at Westlake...

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Indie Rockers Braid Return with Superb ‘No Coast’

Indie Rockers Braid Return with Superb ‘No Coast’

Braid No Coast (Topshelf) braidcentral.com Initially, this emo band out of Champaign, Ill., had a short six-year run before calling it quits in 1999. But like many bands that emerge before their time, the group's back catalogue started to attract new fans in the wake...

Music Feature

Act Naturally: Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles Talks about the Importance of Staying True to her Coffeehouse Roots

Act Naturally: Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles Talks about the Importance of Staying True to her Coffeehouse Roots

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles clearly remembers her first tour. It wasn't pretty. The guys in Maroon 5, who were friends of hers, invited her to accompany them on an East Coast tour. "I had no idea what I was doing," she says via phone from her...

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A Mite Short on Wit: Starmites at Porthouse Theatre Tries Hard but Never Takes Flight

A Mite Short on Wit: Starmites at Porthouse Theatre Tries Hard but Never Takes Flight

You'd think that a Broadway musical that was nominated for six Tony Awards would have a lot going for it. But in the case of the regrettably titled Starmites, now at Porthouse Theatre, there's less to this show than meets the eye. Turns out, this...

Theater

Summer Wimps, Listen Up! It's Time for a Jolt of Live Theater

Summer Wimps, Listen Up! It's Time for a Jolt of Live Theater

Imagine it is now the first week of September and you're wondering how the summer disappeared so fast. "Where did it go?" you mewl. "It seems like the Fourth of July was just yesterday!" Well, July 4 is right now and it's time for you...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: Tammy

Film Review of the Week: Tammy

If you like Lesbian dance parties, Viking burials, old-people flirting and Melissa McCarthy, Tammy's a can't-miss summer bonanza. If you're not particularly gaga for any of the above, this one's still an enjoyable, if pretty low-watt, R-rated summer comedy. The inimitable McCarthy (The Heat, Bridesmaids,...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Begin Again

Film Spotlight: Begin Again

With his 2007 film Once, writer-director John Carney had an advantage: Stars Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova had worked together as the Swell Season even before the film was conceived. As a result, their performances in the movie, which eventually became a successful Broadway musical,...

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