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The Last Third Friday at 78th Street Studios of 2014 Has Plenty for Everyone

The Last Third Friday at 78th Street Studios of 2014 Has Plenty for Everyone

78th Street Studios is ending 2014 on a high note and hosting a bunch of holiday-themed exhibits and happenings on the final Third Friday of the year this week. On the first floor, the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL) and E11even 2 have both...

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Backstage Pass: An Interview with Rock Singer Chubby Checker

Backstage Pass: An Interview with Rock Singer Chubby Checker

Most famous for his 1959 hit “The Twist,” singer Chubby Checker has spent the past couple of days in Cleveland promoting his upcoming show at the Hard Rock Rocksino. He also made a run out to Mentor where Chubby Snacks Beefy Jerky is produced. Dubbed...

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Video: Johnny Manziel Gets the Elf on the Shelf Treatment

Video: Johnny Manziel Gets the Elf on the Shelf Treatment

Angry Browns Fan posts a whole bunch of Browns videos. Among those, most are funny, but none really hit the cute note quite like this one. Points definitely awarded for getting all the usual Johnny Manziel references into the vid in creative ways....

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Cleveland Heights Officials Tell Their Side of the "Cop Draws Gun on Guy Whose Wife Was in Labor" Story

Cleveland Heights Officials Tell Their Side of the "Cop Draws Gun on Guy Whose Wife Was in Labor" Story

If you've been alive and looking at a computer or television screen in Cleveland the last two days, you've probably heard the story of the Cleveland Heights man who said that a Cleveland Heights cop pulled his gun on him after the driver finally stopped...

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Scene Podcast: Two Girls With Glasses on Gift Buying and Holiday Shopping

Scene Podcast: Two Girls With Glasses on Gift Buying and Holiday Shopping

This week, Nikki Delamotte and Brandi McElhatten talk about the various holiday-themed fleas, bazarres, and other places to shop for the crafty gifts and handmade goods you'll need before Christmas arrives. Subscribe to the Scene podcast on iTunes here. Download this episode here. Or...

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Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams is on Andrew Hawkins' Side

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams is on Andrew Hawkins' Side

“It is important to note," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, in a statement, "that the comments made by Mr. Follmer do not represent the views of the Cleveland Division of Police." Williams was responding to outgoing Police Union president Jeff Follmer's public castigation of...

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Cleveland Chef Wins First Place at National Pizza Competition

Cleveland Chef Wins First Place at National Pizza Competition

Cleveland's Michael LaMarca of Master Pizza has taken home first place in the U.S. Pizza Team Fall Trials competition which took place earlier this month in Chattanooga, TN.  LaMarca's winning pie, a four-cheese Popeye Pizza made with spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, garlic butter sauce, and balsamic glaze,...

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Cleveland's Hofbrauhaus to Host Christmas Beer Keg-Tapping Party Tonight

Cleveland's Hofbrauhaus to Host Christmas Beer Keg-Tapping Party Tonight

If you haven't yet stopped in for a drink (or two, or three) at Cleveland's newly opened Hofbrauhaus, take a break from your holiday shopping and swing by tonight for a Christmas beer keg-tapping party. At 7 p.m., Jeff Kinzbach of Akron's 97.5 WONE will tap...

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10 Cocktails to Drink this Holiday Season

10 Cocktails to Drink this Holiday Season

Mint mixed with vodka and martini glasses Black currant nectar and empty shot glasses Drunk Christmas caroling with friends who can’t sing These are a few of my favorite things We might have rhymed “glasses” with “glasses” there, but it’s the holidays and you shouldn't...

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MICK to Spin at Drop Bar on Friday

MICK to Spin at Drop Bar on Friday

Formerly Known as Mick Boogie, MICK was one of the city’s most popular DJs in the ‘00s. When he won “Best DJ” back in 2002 (when he was known as Mick Boogie), here’s what we wrote about him: “No DJ is more attuned to his...

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From the Source: Phoenix Coffee's Christopher Feran Travels to Ethiopia

From the Source: Phoenix Coffee's Christopher Feran Travels to Ethiopia

Trace the lineage of the Arabica plant and all roads lead back to Ethiopia. That country's coffee heritage makes it a destination for sourcing trips by roasting aficionados eager to immerse themselves in what remains to be one of the country's largest exports. As Ethiopia...

Drink Features

Pie Powered: Stick to the Pizza and Wine and CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen Works Just Fine

Pie Powered: Stick to the Pizza and Wine and CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen Works Just Fine

Every neighborhood deserves a great pizza joint, even those neighborhoods that seemingly popped up over a long weekend. When it was built a few years ago, Battery Park was the largest housing development in the entire city of Cleveland. The $100-million community takes its name from...

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The Butcher and Ashtabula: After Moving from NYC, a Couple Shapes an Old Meat Market into a New Dining Destination

The Butcher and Ashtabula: After Moving from NYC, a Couple Shapes an Old Meat Market into a New Dining Destination

Like many young chefs, Jennifer Pociask and Alex Asteínza dreamed of opening a little place of their own. Unfortunately, they were living in New York City at the time. "We were looking to open something in Brooklyn, but the costs are astronomical," says Pociask. The...

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Band of the Week: Common Ave.

Band of the Week: Common Ave.

Meet the Band: Phrazes (vocals, production), Stoke (vocals, production) and Jordan M. (vocals, production) A Tale of Three Producers: The three members of this up-and-coming hip-hop group met in high school in Cleveland Heights. Phrazes and Jordon started working together first and then they brought...

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Dark Star Orchestration: After a False Start, Mr. Gnome Regroups for its Terrific New Album

Dark Star Orchestration: After a False Start, Mr. Gnome Regroups for its Terrific New Album

Concert Preview
When the duo in Mr. Gnome, a fine local band that's turned into a national act over the course of the past couple of years, set out to record its new album, The Heart of a Dark Star, it followed the same path it has...

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The Rite Stuff: The Bad Plus Shows Off its Musical Range on its Two New Albums

The Rite Stuff: The Bad Plus Shows Off its Musical Range on its Two New Albums

Concert Preview
On its latest efforts, Inevitable Western and The Rite of Spring, a take on the Stravinsky composition, the Bad Plus, a heady jazz trio with a young, open-minded fanbase, shows off the breadth of its musical ability. The group has been together for a good...

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Loren Naji Reopens his Ohio City Gallery for a Special Exhibition Benefiting the Homeless. One Catch: You Have to Help Out Before You Check In

Loren Naji Reopens his Ohio City Gallery for a Special Exhibition Benefiting the Homeless. One Catch: You Have to Help Out Before You Check In

Helping hands
Last May, authorities raised both eyebrows and concerns throughout the region when they raided, and later shut down, Loren Naji's Ohio City gallery during two consecutive receptions. That gallery has now been closed for more than six months. It will reopen its doors on Saturday,...

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The Magical Babysitter is Back in Mary Poppins at Beck Center

The Magical Babysitter is Back in Mary Poppins at Beck Center

A flight of fancy
Beck Center certainly has the magic touch when it comes to holiday shows. In recent years, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and Annie have been luring in families in droves, filling the main-stage house with patrons who are really easy to see over if...

Theater

Christmas in a Troubled Time: In the Engrossing A Civil War Christmas at Dobama Theatre, Threads of Current Strife Come Front and Center

Christmas in a Troubled Time: In the Engrossing A Civil War Christmas at Dobama Theatre, Threads of Current Strife Come Front and Center

Eric Garner. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Those are three names that everyone knows now, names that put the lie to many cherished holiday songs about love and good will. Indeed, this year's Christmas carols feel more than slightly tarnished by distorted policing and legal systems...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review of the Week: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

There's little any critic could say or do to en- or discourage you from seeing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, now showing at theaters areawide. It's the final installment in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy and the final of six monumental films devoted...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Foxcatcher

Film Spotlight: Foxcatcher

It's probably for the best if you don't remember anything about the 1996 incident involving an Olympic wrestling champion and paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont. But even if you know the outcome, the Foxcatcher is still a terrific new biographical drama. It arrives in theaters...

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Film Review of the Week: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Film Review of the Week: Exodus: Gods and Kings

The Red Sea is featured prominently in the TV spots for Ridley Scott's new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and opens Friday areawide. Moses, of course, was the Egyptian prince of mysterious parentage who led the Hebrews out of B.C....

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