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Battery Park Wine Bar to Close. CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen to Take its Place

Battery Park Wine Bar to Close. CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen to Take its Place

Susan Walters is getting back in the restaurant business. The pioneering restaurant owner and consultant behind such concepts as KeKa and SubStance will take possession of the Battery Park Wine Bar next week. The four-year-old Detroit Shoreway wine bar will close after service this...

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Western Reserve School of Cooking to Open Outpost at Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen

Western Reserve School of Cooking to Open Outpost at Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen

A few years back, Catherine and Carl St. John. planned to open a second outpost of their popular Hudson-based cooking school and retail store Western Reserve School of Cooking in Ohio City. That never panned out, but come this fall, they will open a...

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Charles Ramsey to Host Weekly Webcast

Charles Ramsey to Host Weekly Webcast

Charles Ramsey, in his ongoing effort to alchemize a courageous act into lasting celebrity, will begin hosting a weekly webcast radio show Thursday, Aug. 7. The one-hour program will stream on the Rogue Radio Network — "No Rules. No Restrictions." — and will give Ramsey a...

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Porco Lounge Unveils the $25 Tiki Cocktail. (Somebody Call a Cab)

Porco Lounge Unveils the $25 Tiki Cocktail. (Somebody Call a Cab)

Since opening last summer in Ohio City, Porco Lounge and Tiki Room http://porcolounge.com (2527 W. 25th St., 216-802-9222) has been attracting Tikiphiles from near and far thanks to its dreamy Polynesian-themed cocktails and décor. The bar has single-handedly cultivated a respectable Tiki scene in...

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Video: Warren G Reading Warren G. Harding's Sex Letters

Video: Warren G Reading Warren G. Harding's Sex Letters

A couple weeks ago, we had John Oliver reading Warren Harding's recently released hot and heavy love letters to his mistress. Today, we have Warren G reading them, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel. (Hat tip to Gawker)...

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The Fill-In-The-Blank Cleveland Revitalization Think Piece

The Fill-In-The-Blank Cleveland Revitalization Think Piece

Some good things have been happening in Cleveland, not that they haven't been happening for awhile, but the current string of good news means it's high time for Cleveland think pieces on the Forest City's renaissance. If you haven't written yours yet, that's okay,...

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Cleveland Woman Accused of Shoplifting at Walgreens Responds By Pooping in Store

Cleveland Woman Accused of Shoplifting at Walgreens Responds By Pooping in Store

A 51-year-old Cleveland woman who was attempting to abscond with $140.47 of merchandise from the South Euclid Walgreens was spotted by a store manager and the suspect did what any reasonable person would do when faced with the fact that the gig was up:...

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Panic! At the Disco Elicits Screams at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Panic! At the Disco Elicits Screams at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Concert Review
When bands set their touring schedules, they rarely come to the same city more than once within a six-month period. The thinking is that they don’t want to saturate the market. Not Panic! At the Disco. These guys have been in Northeast Ohio a...

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Tech Talk: Engaging Local Residents Through Government Apps With CitizenSync

Tech Talk: Engaging Local Residents Through Government Apps With CitizenSync

Tech Talk is a weekly series that explores the people behind startup companies in the Cleveland area. Zac Sebo is no stranger to hard work. Shortly after completing his bachelor’s degree in sport sciences and management at Ohio University, he went on to co-found...

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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (Aug. 1 - 3)

10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (Aug. 1 - 3)

There are a plethora of entertainment options to choose from this weekend, from Rascal Flatts to a gigantic drunken pool party and church festivities. Take a minute to check out the selection, and have fun! You've earned it this week. ...

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10 Years Later: The Legacy of Brian Polcyn

10 Years Later: The Legacy of Brian Polcyn

It's been 10 years since Brian Polcyn and Michael Ruhlman published the groundbreaking book "Charcuterie." For a book that almost never saw the light of day, it has managed to completely change the landscape of the American dining scene. A decade ago, charcuterie boards didn't...

Dining Lead

Come on Back: Crumb and Spigot Offers Plenty of Reasons for Diners to Return

Come on Back: Crumb and Spigot Offers Plenty of Reasons for Diners to Return

Crumb & Spigot is billed as "a tavern where neighbors can eat, drink and gather," and while that statement might sound plain or even unexciting, I believe it accurately conveys the mission and ambitions set out by owner Karen Gorman. The longtime catering chef saw...

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Fun in Aisle Five: Gourmet Grocers are Attracting Customers with More than Well-Stocked Shelves; Join the Crowd at One of These On-the-Cheap Nights Out

Fun in Aisle Five: Gourmet Grocers are Attracting Customers with More than Well-Stocked Shelves; Join the Crowd at One of These On-the-Cheap Nights Out

Everyone loves a free sample. Those little booths help make obligatory grocery store runs more tolerable, sure, but a paper cup of soup or sausage-on-a-pick will hardly bring in a crowd. So area markets have introduced store events designed to supplement or even replace your...

Food Features

Making that Magic Happen: The Iguanas Mix Different Musical Styles Together on their Terrific New Album Juarez

Making that Magic Happen: The Iguanas Mix Different Musical Styles Together on their Terrific New Album Juarez

A few weeks ago, sax man Kaz Kazanoff, a Texas guy who's played with blues artists such as Marcia Ball, Jimmie Vaughan and WC Clark, caught a show from the New Orleans group the Iguanas. He sent out a tweet that expressed how much he...

Music Lead

Band of the Week: The Strange Familiar

Band of the Week: The Strange Familiar

Meet the Band: Kira Leyden (vocals, keyboards), Jeff Andrea (guitar), Frank Freeman (bass), Nicholas Sainato (drummer) They came back to their city: Singer-keyboardist Kira Leyden and her husband, guitarist Jeff Andrea, moved from Akron to L.A. for five years. While there, they appeared on the...

Music Feature

Cosmic Soul: Local Musician Marcus Alan Ward's New Album is a 'Metaphor for Growth'

Cosmic Soul: Local Musician Marcus Alan Ward's New Album is a 'Metaphor for Growth'

In the deep subspace of human consciousness, strange and beautiful things can happen. A galaxy unto itself, this abyss harbors the polydactyl monster of growth and self-discovery. Like a classic science fiction tale, Marcus Alan Ward's new album, Last Night I Grew Tentacles, explores these...

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Orphan Back: It's the Return of that Grimy, Gruel-Fed Rugrat in the Classic Musical Oliver!

Orphan Back: It's the Return of that Grimy, Gruel-Fed Rugrat in the Classic Musical Oliver!

In the past few decades, there have been many Broadway musicals about dark and troubling topics such as Sweeney Todd (serial killer), Chicago (murder and venality) and Assassins (assassins). But that trend may have started way back in 1960 with Oliver! by Lionel Bart. This...

Theater

Also on Stage

Also on Stage

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Interesting, how time changes our perceptions. Back in the 1960s, when Ken Kesey wrote the book on which this play is based, mental institutions were an accepted fact of life. Sure, they were probably awful, but at least there...

Theater

Complex and Compelling: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Gives Your Brain a Vigorous Workout at Mamai Theatre

Complex and Compelling: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard Gives Your Brain a Vigorous Workout at Mamai Theatre

It's easy to believe we're all living on the brink of chaos. Especially after a week in which a commercial airline was shot down and another Gaza incursion began. Of course, as humans we always believe the best way to control chaos is through knowledge,...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy

Film Review of the Week: Guardians of the Galaxy

From the moment Chris Pratt dances solo on a deserted planet in the opening minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy, booting the native rodent-dinosaurs through puddles and clutching one by the midsection to use as an impromptu microphone, you'll be on board with this zany...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Boyhood

Film Spotlight: Boyhood

Actress Patricia Arquette remembers when writer-director Richard Linklater first called her about his new film Boyhood, which opens on Friday areawide. Linklater sought to capture a child's experience over a 12-year period by filming in real time. Arquette loved the concept even though there wasn't...

Film Features

Film Review of the Week: Wish I Was Here

Film Review of the Week: Wish I Was Here

The 2004 much-adored, much-maligned indie dramedy Garden State established a devoted cult following for writer-actor-director Zach Braff. But the sudden exaltation of Braff as his generation's scribe, not to mention his debut's qualified success, weren't enough to secure him financing for anything at all these...

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