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NEOCycle Music Fest Taps Locals Cloud Nothings and Jessica Lea Mayfield

NEOCycle Music Fest Taps Locals Cloud Nothings and Jessica Lea Mayfield

Cloud Nothings It’s been a great year for local music and Cloud Nothings and Jessica Lea Mayfield, two artists who’ve put out albums that have received national attention, will perform at the inaugural NEOCycle Music Fest, a free festival that takes place at the Hub...

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Beachland to Honor Local Bassist Patrick Christopher

Beachland to Honor Local Bassist Patrick Christopher

Local bassist Patrick Christopher died suddenly on June 7 and to honor him, the Beachland Ballroom is hosting an open invitation music memorial from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9. With acts such as Hayshaker Jones, the Jack Fords, Lonesome Bones, Bop...

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Wilco to Play Akron Civic in September

Wilco to Play Akron Civic in September

We can’t remember the last time alt-country icons Wilco came through town, so anticipation should be high for the band’s appearance at the Akron Civic Theatre on Sept. 4. Though singer-guitarist Jeff Tweedy and co. don’t have a new album out (they haven’t released...

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Columbus Road Lift Bridge on the Move

Columbus Road Lift Bridge on the Move

This photo was taken moments ago from Scene HQ on W. 9th St. downtown. The Columbus Road Lift Bridge, which has been under construction for more than a year, is at this moment being transported by barge along the Cuyahoga to its final resting...

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Ensō Lets Diners Design Their Own Sushi Rolls and Stir-Fry Bowls

Ensō Lets Diners Design Their Own Sushi Rolls and Stir-Fry Bowls

When the folks at Stark Enterprises travel, they don’t return with souvenirs and gifts — they come home with new restaurant concepts. At Stark properties like Crocker Park in Westlake and ETON Chagrin Boulevard, both national and proprietary retail concepts attract diners looking for...

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Jerry Seinfeld Loves Cleveland's Hilarities 4th Street Theatre (And So Do We)

Jerry Seinfeld Loves Cleveland's Hilarities 4th Street Theatre (And So Do We)

Last week, funnyman Jerry Seinfeld hosted an Ask Me Anything on reddit and dished to the social sharing site that he loves performing at Hilarities.  Nice choice, Jerry. We love Hilarities too. Thanks to redditer paxprobellum for bringing this to our attention....

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Ohio Ranked Proudest State in the Nation

Ohio Ranked Proudest State in the Nation

It's true. Movoto (the "fun" real estate blog) has ranked Ohio as the proudest state in the nation.  To come up with these rankings Movoto analyzed data from Facebook to determine what percentage of the population in each of the 50 states "liked" their home state...

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James Taylor Digs Deep Into His Catalog for Blossom Concert

James Taylor Digs Deep Into His Catalog for Blossom Concert

Concert Review
Just moments into his headlining appearance last night at Blossom Music Center, James Taylor shared the story behind his opening number, “Something In the Way She Moves.” He recalled playing the song for Paul McCartney and George Harrison in a small room in London...

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The Fray Gives Spirited Performance at Jacobs Pavilion

The Fray Gives Spirited Performance at Jacobs Pavilion

Concert Review
After opening last night’s 90-minute concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica with mid-tempo rockers “Closer to Me” and “Heartbeat,” the Fray singer-pianist Isaac Slade, who, with his shaved head, looked a lot like former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, apparently decided the crowd of about 3,000...

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John Waters is Coming to the Cleveland Cinematheque

John Waters is Coming to the Cleveland Cinematheque

Guys! Guys! John Waters is coming to Cleveland on Sept. 27 for a 90-minute one-man show. Deets below. Tickets here. John Waters, the Baltimore underground filmmaker ("Pink Flamingos") turned American cultural icon, appears in person to present a unique one-man show that has delighted...

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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...

Band of the Week

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...

Music Lead

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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