I've been going to the neighborhood that is now called Gordan Square for over 25 years, and I've never experienced any crime. For a long time, some stretches looked pretty empty and even scary at night, but again, I've never had a problem. It's now clearly one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city and will only get better, as long as the national economy doesn't tank.
Don't be such a crabby complainer. You went the first week where they had more attendance than they probaby had all last year. I work at a museum. They timed the tickets for your benefit, so you could actually have a promised time-slot to enter the museum. It would have been better to fight for a place upfront and push your way in? In general, I'm reacting to your traditional Cleveland 'tude that requires immediate condemnation of any thing new, lest we become happy and proud of the place we live in. I went there this Sunday in the afternoon and walked right in, after purchasing a membership. It is now clearly one of the best contemporary art museums in the country and a stunning building that we should all be proud of.
Great Pic O'the Day!
You don't have to go to Ellis Isalnd to see this. We have one on display at the Maltz Museum in Beachwood!
Having seen Ubu countless times since '87, and David Thomas solo before and after that, I have to say I was somewhat underwhelmed by the show. I remember them at the Agora in the summer of '87 when David ran around like a madman pounding on a railroad spike with a hammer (in all fairness he said he didn't do that anymore after the Einsturzende comment, but it was still fantastic to see). On the next tour down at the Cove the floor was literally shaking and throbbing when the crowd starting surging for Non-Alignment and Final Solution. Everyone in the room was soaked in sweat and ready to collapse when the show ended. Versions of these songs last Friday kicked off the show, but were much less anthemic than in the past.
The show picked up in intensity as it went along though, and the band played really well. One thing I noticed--and I'm not one to criticize anyone's drinking--but by my count David had 4 beers and 2 bourbons on stage during the show. Given that it lasted less than 90 minutes, he must have been smashed, and it seemed to me his head was somewhere else for most of the night.
Maybe I'm getting old and maybe the the first times you see a band are always the most powerful? I'll still see them next time. But David used to be a lot more fun/weird/sincere/bombastic/powerful/enigmatic, you name it. Now he just closes his eyes, stands in one place and stares at the ceiling for the whole show.
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