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"You Could Get In Trouble in a Bar in Youngstown If You Said Something Bad About Jim Traficant"

"You Could Get In Trouble in a Bar in Youngstown If You Said Something Bad About Jim Traficant"

RIP, Jim Traficant, who passed away after sustaining injuries from a tractor accident last week. There's plenty to say about ole Jimbo, of course. One of the things that could be said, "You could get in trouble in a bar in Youngstown if you said...

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Pic of the Day: Sunrise in Silver Creek Metro Park

Pic of the Day: Sunrise in Silver Creek Metro Park

Courtesy of Mike Vielhaber, who has plenty more dynamite shots around town (sunrise, sunset and otherwise non-sun-related) right here....

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Video: The Grateful Dead at Richfield Coliseum, September 8, 1990

Video: The Grateful Dead at Richfield Coliseum, September 8, 1990

Latter-day Dead is a hit-or-miss proposition. Despite fatigue in the 1990s, 1990 itself brings with it some of the band's last peaks (though there's plenty to enjoy in the ensuing years before Jerry's death). The Cleveland shows are terrific, and night two is reproduced...

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Video: RTA Bus Turns Left At Red Light, Drives On Wrong Side Of Road

Video: RTA Bus Turns Left At Red Light, Drives On Wrong Side Of Road

The bus turns left at a red light, and drives on the wrong side of the road A recently uploaded Youtube video shows a Greater Cleveland RTA bus driver making a left turn at a red light and then driving on the wrong side of...

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County Executive Candidates Will Debate at Noon Today

County Executive Candidates Will Debate at Noon Today

Armond Budish (D) and Jack Schron (R), the candidates for Cuyahoga County Executive, will debate each other at the Renaissance Ballroom today at noon. Admission costs $25 for City Club members and $25 for non-members. You can also tune in via WVIZ and WCPN.  Budish,...

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Chvrches Emphasizes the EDM Side of Its Sound at Sold Out Show

Chvrches Emphasizes the EDM Side of Its Sound at Sold Out Show

“We played a DJ set last night so everything is working except for my brain,” said diminutive Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry at the start of last night’s 65-minute show at House of Blues. Her apology wasn’t really necessary; the Scottish band sounded sharp as it...

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Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino Takes Home Top Votes in Annual Casino Player Magazine Poll

Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino Takes Home Top Votes in Annual Casino Player Magazine Poll

Cleveland's Horseshoe Casino was recently voted number one in a boatload of categories by readers of Casino Player Magazine, including Best Overall Gaming Resort.  In the eyes of our readers, Ohio's first casino is still the best. Horseshoe Cleveland topped the poll as Best...

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National Press Descends for LeBron's Media Day

National Press Descends for LeBron's Media Day

The Cleveland Cavaliers' media day Friday was what might be termed a success, for local and national media personalities, plus assorted hangers on, certainly obtained the requisite quotes to fill one or more stories per day for the duration of training camp. The regular season...

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Woollybear Festival Returns to Vermilion on Sunday

Woollybear Festival Returns to Vermilion on Sunday

Dick Goddard's 42nd annual Woollybear Festival sweeps through Vermilion on Sunday providing hundreds of thousands of locals with their yearly dose of woollybear fun. Essentially a Groundhog Day on steroids, Woollybear Fest is northeast Ohio's annual opportunity to poke and prod a bunch of furry...

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Scene Podcast: LeBron, Cavs Media Day, Loose Lips on Podcasts and More

Scene Podcast: LeBron, Cavs Media Day, Loose Lips on Podcasts and More

This week, host Craig Lyndall chatted with myself and Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson about, what else, sports. Cavs media day is today, and with that the official launch to the Cavs' season and LeBron's return to Cleveland. We wondered whether it has really felt...

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Go West, Young Man: Ohio City Mainstay Matt Stipe Sets Up Shop in Detroit Shoreway with Banter

Go West, Young Man: Ohio City Mainstay Matt Stipe Sets Up Shop in Detroit Shoreway with Banter

Matt Stipe was the first person Sam McNulty hired when he was opening Bier Markt way back in 2005. Stipe stayed on for years, helping to open Bar Cento, Market Garden Brewery and Nano Brew along the way. He's been in the "business" for half...

Dining Lead

36 Hours in Pittsburgh: A Guide to Visiting Our Neighbors to the East

36 Hours in Pittsburgh: A Guide to Visiting Our Neighbors to the East

Cleveland has always enjoyed a healthy rivalry with its Rust Belt sister Pittsburgh. But when it comes to that city's blossoming culinary scene, one can't help but draw a comparison to our own hometown. Inspired by a thriving, off-the-beaten-path cultural vibe, the Steel City has...

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36 Hours in Pittsburgh: Stay in High Spirits

36 Hours in Pittsburgh: Stay in High Spirits

Pittsburgh might be known for its beer, but it also garners accolades for its growing number of small-batch distilleries. The Strip District should be the first destination for any distillery connoisseur. In the spirit of Pennsylvania's long-steeped whiskey-making tradition, take a tour of Wigle Whiskey...

Drink Features

Eponymous for a Reason: St. Vincent's New Self-Titled Album is Her Best Yet

Eponymous for a Reason: St. Vincent's New Self-Titled Album is Her Best Yet

Concert Preview
Over the course of the past 10 years, singer-guitarist St. Vincent (Annie Clark) has built an impressive resume that includes stints with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, both credible indie rock acts with cult followings. Additionally, she worked with ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne,...

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Band of the Week: Distant Signals

Band of the Week: Distant Signals

Meet the Band: Matt DeSantis (bass), Mike Moscato (lead guitar), Dave Normile (percussion), Dave Smith (lead vocals, guitar) and Don Tomlinson (keyboards, pedals, guitar) In the Beginning: This year marks the Pittsburgh-based group's fifth anniversary. When keyboardist Don Tomlinson started the group, he set out...

Band of the Week

Alt-j Delivers a Strong Sophomore Effort with ‘This Is All Yours’

Alt-j Delivers a Strong Sophomore Effort with ‘This Is All Yours’

Album Review
Alt-J This is All Yours (Canvasback/Infectious Music) altjband.com This British band made an auspicious debut with 2012's Mercury Prize-winning An Awesome Wave, an album that rightly drew comparisons to Coldplay and Radiohead while simultaneously announcing the band's distinct approach. Singer Joe Newman possesses a soft...

Music Feature

Art Patronage: The Most Convincing of All Compliments

Art Patronage: The Most Convincing of All Compliments

Somewhere in Sandusky sits what appears to be your typical, modest home. Walking or driving by, you wouldn't suspect anything unusual about it. It blends into a row of similar homes on an average road in a residential part of an average town. However, this...

Arts Lead

A Family of Predators: Teeth are Bared in the Delightfully Vicious The Little Foxes at Cleveland Play House

A Family of Predators: Teeth are Bared in the Delightfully Vicious The Little Foxes at Cleveland Play House

Some say that to be a successful CEO in a modern corporation, it helps enormously to be a sociopath. Once you are free of the moral strictures that impede others — such as caring for the environment or worrying about worker rights and safety — then...

Theater

Everywhere You Turn: The Next 7 Days Are Filled With More Art Than You Can Handle. Try Anyway.

Everywhere You Turn: The Next 7 Days Are Filled With More Art Than You Can Handle. Try Anyway.

It's a busy week for Cleveland's arts community. Let's get straight to the rundown of the roughly dozen events taking place throughout the region over the next week. No matter your interest or experience, there's something for you. Thursday might as well be an "Art...

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Film Review of the Week: The Skeleton Twins

Film Review of the Week: The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig as estranged siblings who both attempt (or prepare to attempt) suicide on the same day and are thereby re-united to rekindle their relationship amid the mess their lives have become. It opens on Friday at the...

Film Features

Film Spotlight - This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier

Film Spotlight - This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier

When cult filmmaker John Waters first started performing in front of live audiences, he took a much different approach than he does with his current bit of performance art, a 75-minute monologue he dubs This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier. "I would come out dressed...

Film Features

Film Review of the Week: Tusk

Film Review of the Week: Tusk

Featuring what is indisputably one of the year's most original premises and disputably some of the year's most nauseating make-up effects, Kevin Smith's Tusk opens this Friday for an exclusive engagement at the Cedar Lee. Though the film is eventually irredeemable, for a while it's...

Film Features

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