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Sneak Peek at Ninja City Interior, Menu and Opening Day Deets

Sneak Peek at Ninja City Interior, Menu and Opening Day Deets

Those traveling through University Circle lately might have noticed the bright, bold signage for Ninja City Kitchen and Bar, the new casual concept from Bac Nguyen, who also operates the four-year-old Bac Asian Bistro in Tremont. That sign is just one of the many...

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Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd Deliver Greatest Hits Sets at Blossom

Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd Deliver Greatest Hits Sets at Blossom

Concert Review
When you’ve been around for more than 40 years, you’re not supposed to sound as good as Bad Company sounded last night at Blossom Music Center. But when you’ve got Paul Rodgers as your vocalist, the deck is definitely going to be stacked in your...

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Watch 'Questionable Culture With Will Burge' Live Right Here

Watch 'Questionable Culture With Will Burge' Live Right Here

Live at noon today: Week 4 of Questionable Culture with Will Burge, and special guest Ryan Dalton! Stream below live, or watch the replay if you're catching this later. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream...

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5 Tracks from Way Out Records You Should Listen To

5 Tracks from Way Out Records You Should Listen To

With two discs and over 40 tracks, there’s plenty to choose from in the Way Out Records anthology, available from Numero Group. Here are our five favorite tracks and a little about the circumstances around which they were recorded. While you're listening, do peruse this week's...

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R. Kelly Headlining Slot in Columbus Prompts Debate Among Music Community

R. Kelly Headlining Slot in Columbus Prompts Debate Among Music Community

R. Kelly has been picked to headline the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus on Labor Day weekend, and his dubious past is pushing music fans across Ohio into a broader debate about artists' role in society. At issue are Kelly's 2008 child pornography charges...

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Pic: Brennan's Colony Reopened Last Night to a Packed House

Pic: Brennan's Colony Reopened Last Night to a Packed House

Just about four weeks after the tragic murder of Jim Brennan, Brennan's Colony reopened last night for the first time since the killing. Here was the scene on the patio, courtesy of Scene dining editor Doug Trattner....

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Lorain County Sheriff's Department Confirms Body Found in Oberlin Landfill is Cory Barron

Lorain County Sheriff's Department Confirms Body Found in Oberlin Landfill is Cory Barron

After the July 18 disappearance of Fremont resident Cory Barron during the Jason Aldean concert at Progressive Field, the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that his body turned up in a landfill in Oberlin on Tuesday. He was 22. The news caps a long...

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20 Historic Photos of Cleveland's Public Square

20 Historic Photos of Cleveland's Public Square

In the wake of plans for Public Square's soon-to-be-changing face and a hefty donation from the Cleveland Foundation to fund the aforementioned project, we thought now would be a great time to take a look back on how Public Square has evolved throughout the 20th century. Here are 20 photos...

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Feds Sentence Ashland Man to 30 Years in Prison for Labor Trafficking

Feds Sentence Ashland Man to 30 Years in Prison for Labor Trafficking

CallahanJordie L. Callahan, 28, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for his role in holding a woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor for him and others. Earlier this year, he and...

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Thrillist Names Cleveland's Nano Brew Among Best Burgers in Nation

Thrillist Names Cleveland's Nano Brew Among Best Burgers in Nation

The folks at Thrillist have again compiled their annual list of the nation’s best burgers, and Cleveland, it seems, is represented. Ranking alongside joints in major cities such as New York and L.A., is Cleveland's Nano Brew, hailed especially for its Spicy Burger, as...

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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...

Dining Lead

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

This Isn't Your Parents' Chinese Restaurant: Han Chinese Gives a Modern Touch to the Asian Staples

This Isn't Your Parents' Chinese Restaurant: Han Chinese Gives a Modern Touch to the Asian Staples

Han Chinese Kabob & Grill doesn't look at all like other Chinese restaurants in Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood. It's bright, modern and attractive. There are no hanging lanterns, calligraphy scrolls or rice paper umbrellas. In place of a murky fish tank with questionable sea life there...

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Band of the Week: Sunless Sky

Band of the Week: Sunless Sky

Meet the Band: Juan Ricardo (vocals), Dave Kirk (lead/rhythm guitar), Jocko Jermann (bass), Rob Brandt (drums), Harry Hillock (rhythm/lead guitars) round and round: The band came about two and a half years ago. They did one show with a previous drummer. After that show, Brandt...

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The Grounded Game: The Fray Loosens Up on Its New Album Helios

The Grounded Game: The Fray Loosens Up on Its New Album Helios

Fray singer-guitarist Joe King always thought he'd never marry. "I was the one who was going to be single until I was 55," he says via phone. "I thought I would be that guy who didn't need a wife and would be free and have...

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Tony Cuda’s ‘Herding Jazz Cats’ Offers a Little Bit of Everything

Tony Cuda’s ‘Herding Jazz Cats’ Offers a Little Bit of Everything

Tony Cuda Herding Jazz Cats (self-released) reverbnation.com/tonycuda A social studies teacher at Shaker Heights High School, Berklee-educated electric bass player Tony Cuda is a staple on the local jazz scene. He spends most of his free time working with the prog-leaning outfit Cuda, Renko &...

Music Feature

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

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

It's Alive!! (Well, Sort Of): An Energetic Production Attempts to Enliven a Comatose Book and Score in Young Frankenstein at the Beck Center

It's Alive!! (Well, Sort Of): An Energetic Production Attempts to Enliven a Comatose Book and Score in Young Frankenstein at the Beck Center

Outside of Playhouse Square, no theater in town does the big musical as well as Beck Center, Artistic director Scott Spence and his associates understand (and clearly love) the form, and reliably deliver the goods. They do the same this time around with Mel Brooks'...

Theater

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...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: A Most Wanted Man

Film Spotlight: A Most Wanted Man

Anton Corbijn's high-tensile political drama A Most Wanted Man, which opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the German chief of an anti-terror unit in Hamburg, Germany. Hamburg, we learn, was where Mohammad Atta and an Islamist terror cell...

Film Features

Film Review of the Week: Venus in Fur

Film Review of the Week: Venus in Fur

Given his notorious past (he was arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl and then fled the states for Europe to escape incarceration), Polish writer-director Roman Polanski (The Pianist) rightly inspires rather negative reactions. And yet despite that, he continues to make movies that...

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