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Oldboy’s Shawn Brewster and Shelby Lynn Sangdahl To Release Debut EP

Oldboy’s Shawn Brewster and Shelby Lynn Sangdahl To Release Debut EP

Known as one of the better indie rock bands in town, Oldboy plays somber folk-inspired music that can often quiet a noisy room. Now, the band’s Shawn Brewster and Shelby Lynn Sangdahl have started up a band they’ve christened Shawn & Shelby. The group celebrates...

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A Lakewood Detective Played Aerosmith's 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' While a Transgender Woman Was Being Interviewed

A Lakewood Detective Played Aerosmith's 'Dude (Looks Like a Lady)' While a Transgender Woman Was Being Interviewed

After being arrested for shoplifting at Sapell's in Lakewood, Robin Spitfire Adelmann found herself at the Lakewood Police Department on Dec. 21, 2014.  The booking process and the stint in jail were standard-issue police protocol. Robin, a transgender woman living at a women's shelter in...

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The Saga of a Conspicuously Absent Dennis Kucinich Portrait

The Saga of a Conspicuously Absent Dennis Kucinich Portrait

Cleveland Magazine's Erick Trickey — who won't be with Cleveland, or Cleveland, much longer — has updated a story he's been following for some time regarding a portrait of Dennis Kucinich and its rightful place in City Hall. The portrait was completed last year, Trickey reports,...

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Local Rapper Releases Music Video With Positive Message

Local Rapper Releases Music Video With Positive Message

Local rapper K-Von and the crew he calls the New Generation regularly go into city schools to talk to kids about the value of education. "I want to hide my ego and not my intelligence," he told Scene in 2013. "I can't tell kids to...

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Bill Cosby's Show in Sandusky Will Go On Next Week For Some Reason

Bill Cosby's Show in Sandusky Will Go On Next Week For Some Reason

Noted sleazeball and unprosecuted alleged serial rapist Bill Cosby wants to let the world know he's really excited that a venue in Sandusky hasn't done the right thing by not canceling the despicable old man's show next week on January 30 despite the never-ending parade...

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Scene Podcast: Talking Sports with Will Burge

Scene Podcast: Talking Sports with Will Burge

Today, Will Burge joins host Craig Lyndall to talk sports. They discuss the greater Cleveland Sports awards, the Cleveland Browns and their free agents, Buster Skrine, Tashaun Gipson, Jabaal Sheard and Brian Hoyer. Also on the table: the Indians and how they have fewer questions to...

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Nelsonville Music Festival Lineup Stacks Higher With New Announcements

Nelsonville Music Festival Lineup Stacks Higher With New Announcements

Nelsonville Music Festival, that Southeast Ohio music-lovers congregation that grows by leaps and bounds each year, is looking mighty fine this year. The fest takes place May 28-31 in bucolic Nelsonville, Ohio. Camping is an option, as are any of the wonderful roadside motels that...

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11 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

11 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

FRIDAY, JAN. 23 Less Than Jake Still riding the ska punk wave that crested in the late 1990s (Less Than Jake having been formed in 1992), this band is primed for another album release this week. A glance across Less Than Jake’s progression over the...

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Here's How to Watch the East Tech Basketball Team Play

Here's How to Watch the East Tech Basketball Team Play

This week's cover story — "The Program: Meet the East Tech Scarabs, a Cleveland Team Actually Worth Rooting For" — is an in-depth profile of the city's best public school basketball program in a generation. Led by coach Brett Moore, star sophomore guard Markell...

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State Threatening Lodi Couple With Forced Removal of Pet Bear

State Threatening Lodi Couple With Forced Removal of Pet Bear

Jeff and Debbie Gillium, of Lodi, have owned their black bear, Archie, for 30 years. They rescued him from nightmarish captivity when he was 6 years old. USA Today has the gist of the issue at hand: Now, Archie is nearing 40 — and...

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Fine and Pricey Dining: Dispelling the Celebrity Mythos of The 9's Adega

Fine and Pricey Dining: Dispelling the Celebrity Mythos of The 9's Adega

To be candid, I've been avoiding dining at Adega at The 9 because of what I expected to find there. Frankly, the accounts of celebrity residents, entourage-led security details, and crazed, slap-happy sports fans all but soured me on the place. But what we found...

Dining Lead

Meet Melanie Bauer: The Recipe Blogger

Meet Melanie Bauer: The Recipe Blogger

Melanie Bauer still seems humbly in shock at the attention she's garnering from behind the computer screen in her Shaker Heights home. Since creating her blog, Melanie Makes (melaniemakes.com), Bauer has racked up praise from the likes of Better Homes and Gardens and her original...

Food Features

Finger Lickin' Good: A Quest for the Best Fried Chicken in Cleveland

Finger Lickin' Good: A Quest for the Best Fried Chicken in Cleveland

White or dark, batter or breading, mild or spicy: Southern fried chicken is one of our favorite comfort foods. It's a staple, uncomplicated and ridiculously satisfying when done right. There's the crunch, of course, followed by the fatty richness of the skin. Inside, the meat...

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The Mother of Invention: Singer-Guitarist Ani DiFranco Enters a 'New Era' with Allergic to Water

The Mother of Invention: Singer-Guitarist Ani DiFranco Enters a 'New Era' with Allergic to Water

"I've changed a lot as a person since I was 18," says singer-guitarist Ani DiFranco via phone from her New Orleans home as she reflects on her career that stretches back decades. "I was doing an interview the other day on the phone with someone...

Music Feature

Band of the Week: Gatlin

Band of the Week: Gatlin

Meet the Band: Don DeBiase (guitar, vocals), Jon Drake (vocals, bass), Patrick Ols (guitar), Warren Cadle (guitar), Kenny Irizarry (bass, vocals), Stephen Lockhart (drums), Michael Morrison (drums), David Miller (drums) A Teen Dream: DeBiase was only 18 when the band first formed; the group was...

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Miles Ahead: Local Rapper Takes a Conceptual Approach on his Forthcoming Album

Miles Ahead: Local Rapper Takes a Conceptual Approach on his Forthcoming Album

Halfway to a show in Washington D.C., Cleveland hip-hop artist Tae Miles was set to play for the largest crowd he'd seen yet when his car broke down. The alternator was blown and the battery drained, and his girlfriend who accompanied him on the trip...

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New Exhibit at Fawick Showcases Local Artists' Vision of the Land

New Exhibit at Fawick Showcases Local Artists' Vision of the Land

Landscape of Dreams
SCAPE is a group exhibition of five accomplished local artists, each with a unique way of depicting a common subject matter: landscapes. Through this lens, the artists' unique voices create a dialogue between realistic depiction and emotional abstraction. SCAPE opens at Baldwin Wallace University's Fawick...

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A Mellow Take on Prejudice: In Driving Miss Daisy, Good Sense and Affection Eventually Prevail

A Mellow Take on Prejudice: In Driving Miss Daisy, Good Sense and Affection Eventually Prevail

If you didn't have a calendar, you might think that, in terms of racial relations, we're living in the 1950s. There are explosive confrontations between predominantly white police forces and black communities in several cities, and then the Academy Award nominations include no actors of...

Theater

Lasting Impressions: CSU Celebrates Two Longtime Professors with Retrospectives Celebrating their Lives and Art

Lasting Impressions: CSU Celebrates Two Longtime Professors with Retrospectives Celebrating their Lives and Art

Last fall, Cleveland State University began a yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary. The festivities have been frequent and diverse, and as students return from winter break, CSU's Art Department is getting in on the game, celebrating its past with two new exhibitions at the...

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Film Review of the Week: Song One

Film Review of the Week: Song One

A-lister Anne Hathaway stars in Song One, a somber, fitful, folk-infused romance opening Friday at the Cedar Lee for an exclusive one-week engagement. Hathaway is Franny. She's out in Morocco studying nomadic tribes for her Ph.D. when she gets a call from her mom (Mary...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Cake

Film Spotlight: Cake

Cake, the new film from director Daniel Barnz (Beastly, Won't Back Down) that opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, begins with a particularly awkward scene. Claire (Jennifer Aniston) isn't coping well. She can barely walk since she had a few pins put into...

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Film Review of the Week: Appropriate Behavior

Film Review of the Week: Appropriate Behavior

In a paper thin story about a Persian bisexual twentysomething living in Brooklyn, the walkways and warehouses of which are redolent with hipster sex and kombucha, Appropriate Behavior doesn't achieve much more (visually or thematically) than your standard episode of Girls. Though it probes some...

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