Thursday, June 28, 2007

Slideshow: Wynton Marsalis at the Allen Theatre

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:56 PM

On June 18, Wynton Marsalis and Ghana musician Yacub Addy performed at the Allen Theatre, where they revived New Orleans' Congo Square, a legendary place that served as a breeding ground for jazz and most other African-American music forms in the 18th and 19th centuries. Aiding Marsalis and Addy were the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Odadaa!, a Ghana drum troupe. Action Rock Photographer Walter Novak was there to capture the action for his latest slideshow. -- Justin Farrar

Happy Hour in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:53 PM

It may have started at the corner bar, but the trend toward value-laden happy hours has arrived at even the high-end restaurants. The latest hotspot to hop onboard: Downtown 140, Shawn and Tiffany Monday’s much honored restaurant and wine bar in Hudson. From 5 to 7 p.m. each Monday through Thursday, a mere $7 is enough to score a glass of the featured wine and one of the Chef Shawn’s zesty starters. While the offerings change weekly, the recent retinue included such tidbits as tempura shrimp; crispy calamari; a chargrilled flatbread pizza with prosciutto and Fontina; and an organic-chicken spring roll, with peanut slaw and miso dipping sauce. But don’t wait too long: The deal only extends through August. --- Elaine T. Cicora

Celebrity Spotting: Carl Monday Hits the Weights

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:51 PM

Either someone was jackin’ it at the Fitworks gym downtown, or “C.M.” – the artist formerly known as Carl Monday, before he left WKYC for 19 Action News and had to figure out a sneaky way to get around his non-compete clause – is working on his pipes. Monday, who gained infamy and became a national joke when he busted a man pleasuring himself at a library, was spotted first at the lateral pull-down machine, putting up what appeared to be about 50 pounds. Then it was off to the incline bench, where he did some sort of side sit-up resembling a 90-year-old woman trying to dance to a 50 Cent song. And then he was gone, his guns smoking from the exertion. C-Notes just has one question: Why hasn’t anybody kicked this guy’s ass yet? Trust us, it won’t be hard. -- Jared Klaus

Mr. Posh Spice Won't be Coming to Cleveland After All

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:49 PM

A showdown between the Cleveland City Stars and British soccer stud David Beckham apparently wasn’t meant to be. On a humid Tuesday night, the Richmond Kickers capitalized on their hometown advantage to edge the Stars 2-1 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The victory sets up a third-round match between the Kickers and the L.A. Galaxy on July 10. Since Beckham doesn’t start as L.A.’s $50-million-a-year midfielder until Sunday, the face-off will mark Beckham’s third game in the States after signing a five-year deal in January to leave Spain’s Real Madrid squad. The Stars are now seeking revenge. They meet Richmond again on July 21 at Cleveland State’s Krenzler Field for a regular-season match in the United Soccer League. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. -- Cris Glaser

We Thought You Shaker Guys Were Supposed to be Smart

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:46 PM

Shaker Heights has been long been lauded for the academic achievements of its public schools. So perhaps city planners should think of consulting high school kids the next time they put up signs on Shaker Square. Exhibit A: A new sign erected near Michael’s diner says “Do Not Cross Tracks.” Ironic, since the sign is next to newly paved pedestrian walkway that goes directly over the tracks. – Rebecca Meiser

Pink Power Weekend in Northeast Ohio

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:44 PM

This weekend, Northeast Ohio will wrap up its two-week festival aimed at raising awareness about violence against women. Known as V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, the event is part of a global movement launched by Eve Ensler, creator of The Vagina Monologues. Through plays, spoken-word performances and community events, the festival tries to educate people about crimes against women while raising money for rape crisis centers and other organizations. Highlights from this weekend include a collection of monologues called A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the main branch of the Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St., and a rally after the Indians game at Jacob’s Field Sunday. For tickets and more information… -- Lisa Rab

The Real Truth Behind Jerry Falwell's Death

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 5:34 PM

In response to the question posed in my June 6 letter as to the real cause of Rev. Jerry Falwell's death: I have since discovered the answer, thanks to information leaked to me by insiders at Falwell's Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. Falwell died of severe constipation, caused by an extremely tight ass. Over the years, as his ass became tighter and tighter, the reverend simply couldn't do-do the number two, and he became more and more full of shit. Many people mistook his obesity for fat. It wasn't. It was shit. Finally, on May 15th, his body couldn't take the strain any longer and, while in his office writing another homophobic screed, he exploded. The resulting cacophony sent staffers rushing to his office, only to be greeted by the sight of his office walls, ceiling and floor covered in shit. The reason it took a full week before his funeral on May 22 is that a haz-mat team spent six days trying to find all of his body parts, the last part found being his microscopic anus. Louis H. Pumphrey Shaker Heights

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