Thursday, April 26, 2007

SI Columnist: Browns Going with Brady Quinn

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:54 PM

Bad news for the gang at Don’t Draft Brady Quinn.com: Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks reported late yesterday the Browns “are locked in” on Quinn with Saturday’s third pick. Banks says owner Randy Lerner has long favored the Notre Dame quarterback, and that Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel will listen, if only because it’ll help them keep their jobs. Still, the news hasn’t deterred yet another online petition from joining the debate. Draft Troy.com aims to “Help Put Troy Smith in Cleveland and Stop the Bleeding in BrownsTown.” More than 1,800 signatures have been posted, though not all of them are dying, exactly, to see Smith in a Browns uniform. “No,” reads one post. “Troy deserves better.” – Jason Nedley

Christian Hippie Music is seeing a Resurrection

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:47 PM

“They would become the All Saved Freak Band,” wrote Thomas Francis in “Lord of the Strings,” a 2004 cover story detailing the turbulent career of local guitar god Glenn Schwartz. “A true grassroots operation compared to what Glenn was used to, the band traveled the country in a van, setting up on the sidewalk outside rock concerts or music festivals. Hill sang and preached, accompanied by the sweet voices of two sisters, Pam and Kim Massman. Glenn played his usual brilliant guitar, next to Markko's rhythm guitar. “It was a persuasive formula. Those who liked the band and pledged their Christianity were invited to live with the group at a commune near the town of Orwell in Ashtabula County.” For a good chunk of the ’70s, Schwartz, who plays every Thursday night at Hoopples in the Flats, played guitar for the All Saved Freak Band, a Christian pop-rock group and commune (some call it a cult). Rare rock records from the hippie era are some of the most sought after platters among collector-nerds. And over the past several years, this obsession has spilled over into underground Christian rock from that era. Self-produced records by longhaired missionaries like Agape, Concrete Rubber Band, and First Revelation command seriously big bucks. The All Saved Freak band is no exception: A copy of the ASFB’s My Poor Generation LP from 1973 is currently up for auction on eBay. Starting bid: $225. Hidden Vision Records, out of Arizona, began reissuing remastered CDs from many of these groups, including four titles from the ASFB, who don’t sound all that different from the Mamas & the Papas, Cream, and the Doors. The same can be said of most of these bands, in fact. “Our mission,” reads the label’s ever-growing website, “is to spread the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ through the ongoing influence of the contemporary Christian music of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The music of these early pioneers proved to be one of the primary vehicles for what was later identified as the Jesus Movement.” If you want to learn more about one of Cleveland’s rock stranger chapters then check out Hidden Visions. – Justin F. Farrar

Female Chauvinist Pigs: OSU's Cheerleaders Need to be More Revealing

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:37 PM

For years feminists have complained about how the media exploits women. Cameramen are more than happy to ogle over women in bikinis and slinky dresses, and producers are happy to broadcast these images. But now comes a new complaint: In a threatening letter sent to producers at ESPN and several Ohio State employees, one unhappy, anonymous viewer called out the sports network for its biased coverage of college cheerleading competitions. The author’s complaint: ESPN does not exploit women enough, since it refuses to showcase cheerleaders in revealing outfits. ''For the last 6 years, Ohio State cheerleaders have received more TV time than any other Division 1A cheer squad on ESPN, because they wear long sleeved red/white outfits,” the writer asserted. “If they wore sleeveless outfits, they would not get ANY TV time. So, we are fed up with this constant exploitation.” After Ohio State and ESPN received these threatening letters, they were forwarded onto the FBI, which is now investigating. OSU athletic officials say that, despite the threats, there are no plans to dress the school’s cheerleaders in French maid uniforms. – Rebecca Meiser

The Gypsy Gourmet: Underground Dining comes to Cleveland

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:30 PM

Drawing inspiration from everything from Cuba’s secret supper clubs to celeb chef Anthony Bourdain, underground dining is hot in spots like San Fran, New York, and Chicago. Now, thanks to a cadre of chefs, the trend has come to Cleveland with the arrival of The Gypsy Gourmet. Like most of its kin, the Gypsy celebrates food, friendship and culinary creativity by bringing together like-minded strangers to break bread in private dining rooms, backyards, and empty work spaces. Not only does it give hardcore foodies an exclusive alternative to restaurants, but it’s a great way for chefs to flex their creative muscle, cooking up cutting-edge fare they could never sell to a wider audience. We can’t go into to detail – it’s a secret, all right? – but if we let it slip that the Gypsy held its inaugural dinner last week, probably no one will mind. To see some mouthwatering pics of the offerings (and get a hint of who’s involved) click here. -- Elaine T. Cicora

Velocity is Ready to Reemerge After a Fire

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 5:27 PM

The tables are set, the wineglasses polished, and staff training is slated to start next week at Velocity, the Clifton Blvd. bistro that barely began running last June before fire shut it down. With any luck, brothers and co-owners Ken and Gregg Korney hope to reopen for dinner service on May 8. A sneak peak at Chef Gregg’s prototype menu reveals some fascinating possibilities – many of them a sort of tongue-in-cheek riff on county-fair food, others clearly global in their inspiration. Among the dishes that caught our eye: a shrimp corndog, with chipotle ketchup ($8), fried bologna stromboli ($9), and spinach gnocchi with shrimp meatballs in a tomato-vodka-truffle sauce ($17). Velocity is at 10427 Clifton Blvd.; call ’em at 216-961-3438. -- Elaine T. Cicora

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Slideshow: Molkie Cole, Live at the Winchester

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 5:13 PM

Last weekend, one of Cleveland's more precious and successful rock acts from the '70s, Molkie Cole, revived its legendary stage show for a two-night engagement at the Winchester. Specializing in a theatrical blend of glam, progressive rock, and Beatles-inspired pop, the Cole performed before sold out audiences both nights. Action Rock Photographer Wanda Santos-Bray was there to capture the festivities with our latest slideshow. -- Justin Farrar

Kent State Students Give it the Ol' DIY Try

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 1:56 PM

They’re not Quincy Jones or Clive Davis just yet. But the students in Gene Shelton’s record-promotions class at Kent State are giving it the ol’ college try at making stars out of Northeast Ohio bands. The class has founded GTB (“Got to Believe) Records . So far, they’ve signed five acts, including Kent folkie Chittlin, Toledo rockers Strike Out Pro, the regally named Cleveland rapper Sir, and alt-rockers Goose and Speedbump, both of Akron. The labelmates will perform on May 3 at the Kent Stage to showcase tracks off their compilation CD. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $5 at the door. -- Cris Glaser

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