Monday, July 30, 2007

Portage County: Home of the Bigfoot?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 2:12 PM

Portage County’s never exactly been a hotspot for tourism. The county seat, Ravenna, was once where the Army made World War II’s best TNT. To this day the plant’s contaminated, but still standing, wisely, while the feds try to clean it up. But the Bigfoot Field Research Organization says Portage County is first in Ohio with 13 reported encounters with the big, hairy fella. Neighboring Geauga County has seven, including an alleged sighting last year by a family still looking for their cat. That makes the area prime hunting space for the Ohio Bigfoot Organization, whose members venture deep into the forests about twice a month to investigate sightings, noises, footprints, pretty much anything to feed the chase. Most accounts, say founder Paul Mitchell, come from jokesters and whack jobs. They tell him they’re living Harry and the Hendersons, or that they shot one and won’t give up the body until enough money’s wired to their Swiss bank account. “A big part of the job is just weeding that out,” he says. But a tiny percentage yields the base of squishy evidence which sustains the hunt. Mitchell himself gushes over tales of huge beds of matted brush, and farmers catching eight-foot apelike beings plundering their apple trees. “It may not be too long now,” he says. He became interested in Bigfoot two years ago. On a camping trip in Guernsey County, he was jerked awake before sunrise by a deep, unfamiliar howling sound. He followed it for several minutes until it died out. “It was so loud,” he says. “There was no way it could have been a man.” He discovered similar recordings on the BFRO website, and has been on the trail ever since. “Talk to the park rangers,” says Mitchell. “They’ll tell you they’re there.” -- Jason Nedley
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SI calls Quinn Holdout "Dumbest in History"

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 1:57 PM

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Brady Quinn to Browns: “Chuckie Frye comes cheap. Beefcake like this don’t.”
C-Notes thinks Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is the best writer pro football’s ever had, though we’re not crazy about his indulgent tendency to grade training-camp food. Still, for the record, he dug our chow. “If only the Browns played as well as they cooked,” he wrote. Here’s another tasty morsel from his trip to Browns camp:
I think the Brady Quinn holdout is one of the dumbest holdouts in NFL history. And that's really saying something, given the idiocy of some of these work stoppages we've seen recently. The Browns and Tom Condon, Quinn's agent, have just about reached an agreement on the overall dollars and package -- now it's haggling over guarantees, many of which Quinn is going to receive regardless of how well or poorly he does, since this team is not going to cut the golden boy quarterback after a crummy year or two. Sometimes holdouts make sense, sometimes they’re stupid. This one is definitely the latter.
Speaking, also, of stupid: Jacksonville just signed Tim Couch. Let the buyer beware. - Jason Nedley
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Mikey G's Picks of the Week

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 1:47 PM

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Paramore gets their brood on at the Warped Tour, Thursday.
This week’s top arts and entertainment picks around town, from the guy who’s paid to pick them: Monday: The Cleveland Botanical Garden’s A Taste of Tuscany loads up on Italian flavors with a smorgasbord of special exhibits, displays, and programs. The showpiece is a horticultural show featuring fountains, statues, and lots of exotic plants. A photo exhibit, Giardini di Toscana, includes 50 color pics of Italian gardens and villas. And the venue’s café serves rosemary- and garlic-flavored dishes throughout the exhibition’s three-month run. That’s-a good! Tuesday: The unlikely pairing of Marilyn Manson and Slayer on the road this summer has metal fans stumped. Slayer is one of the most real bands in the game; Manson is, well, Manson. Still, the ear-bleeding potential is paramount. They play Tower City’s Time Warner Cable Amphitheater. Wednesday: It seems that Ted Leo & the Pharmacists have been on the road every single day since their 2003 breakthrough, Hearts of Oak. Every once in a while, they get around to releasing a pretty good album too – like the new Living With the Living. Leo brings his mix of old-school punk and pop anthems to the Beachland. Thursday: The Vans Warped Tour comes to Tower City’s Time Warner Cable Amphitheater today. There’s gonna be more bands there than you can possibly see. Try not to miss Paramore , a young Tennessee band led by the spunky Hayley Williams. Their new album, Riot!, rocks. Friday: Allegro starts off as a pretty conventional love story between an ambitious pianist and a woman he meets after he locks himself out of his apartment. But within 20 minutes, this terrific film takes a wide turn. The woman leaves the brilliant but emotionally detached musician during a recital. Soon after, their Copenhagen neighborhood becomes mysteriously surrounded by an impenetrable force field, sealing off from the rest of the world. It’s a mind-fuck on the scale of Kubrick’s best. It screens at the Cleveland Cinematheque tonight and Sunday. -- Michael Gallucci
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Slayer, Manson set lists: C-notes has 'em!

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 1:35 PM

(Above: Slayer performs the Grammy-winning single "Eyes of the Insane" on the Jimmy Kimmel show. For Cleveland, expect a different production and a way bigger pit.) Slayer and Marilyn Manson play Time-Warner Amphitheater at Tower City Tuesday, July 31. Bleeding Through opens the show at 7 p.m. Slayer and Manson will co-headline. Both will play 70-minute sets. Slayer's set to take the stage at 8 p.m. Manson -- who discovered Slayer at a Quonset Hut when he was a pubescent young lad in Canton -- should hit he stage 9:40-ish. “People ask me how I think this tour is going to go," Slayer guitarist Kerry King told Scene this week . "And it depends what Manson brings to the party. He could play a set from Holy Wood on, or mix it up and hit the whole audience. We [just saw the band] at a festival. Four songs in, they played the song I wanted to see, 'Irresponsible Hate Anthem.' And I'm like, 'Cool, I can leave now.'" Funny he should mention it ... Scene has set lists from both bands. Manson's heavy on material from his tepid new disc, but he's playing his seminal nu-metal rippers too. Read on to check out both set lists.

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Warped Tour Week, Part I*: Money Where Your Mouth Is

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 1:31 PM

*In which one of 97^ bands playing one of the Vans Warped Tour’s 36^ stages explains why you should find them on the schedule.) ^Exaggerated figures. But trust us: it's damn big. Band: The High Court Web: MySpace.com/thehighcourt Hometown: Mt Holly, NJ Sounds like: “80's style riffage, complete with guitar solos. Powerful vocals with a tinge of Queen and Marvelous 3.” Fun fact: “We all are huge fans of hardcore and metal, except for JB, who wears his earplugs in the van because he can't stand the brutality.” Playing: Thursday, August 2 at the Vans Warped Tour, at the Kevin Says Stage. Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City, 351 Canal Rd. Why you need to see them: “’Cause you need to rock your face off and dance your ass off as you prepare to overdose on the best rock, pop, and punk bands the world has to offer.” -- Mike, guitarist/roach exterminator Visit C-Notes all week for more Warped extras.
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Gates Mills Actress Stars in new Spike TV Series

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 7:12 PM

In a cramped living room in Gates Mills, about 30 of Laurel Johnson’s family and friends gathered around the screen to watch the premier of the new Spike TV’s show The Kill Point, a series about a group of U.S. soldiers who decide to pull off a huge bank heist. Johnson, a bubbly, blonde Brandeis graduate, is one of three Cleveland actors appearing in the show, which stars former New Kids on the Block Donnie Wahlberg. The native Clevelander, who plays Wahlberg’s pregnant wife, didn’t actually appear in the first episode, but no one in the room seemed particularly bothered by that small fact. At the very end of the show, a camera panned to Donnie making a discreet phone call to Johnson. He seemed very deep in conversation, but the audience couldn’t hear what Johnson was saying. Nevertheless, when the phone call ended, everyone in the room cheered. “Why are you applauding?” Johnson asked confused. “It’s clear that you are a very great listener,” they told her. Johnson spent two days in Pittsburgh filming her scenes. She was very impressed by the “whole Hollywood” experience. Before The Kill Point, her only other screen credit was as an extra in The Devil Wears Prada. But what surprised her most was the food. “I walked on set, and [an assistant] asked if I wanted breakfast. I said ‘What do you have?’ and she’s like ‘everything.’ She started listing all these things; french toast, pancakes, omelet’s. I said, um, I’ll have eggs and bacon, please. .. The food was impeccable.” As for Johnson’s impressions of Wahlberg: “He’s so funny, like, a total goofball. He was always joking, always in a good mood. I’d catch his eye and he’d wink at me. . . He’s just as cute as Mark and a whole lot taller.” You can catch Johnson in person next in Some Girl(s) at the Bang and Clatter Theatre on August 10. – Rebecca Meiser
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To PD Editor: The Newspapers Have Blown Medical Mart Coverage

Posted By on Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 6:24 PM

Plain Dealer Editor Susan Goldberg, The Plain Dealer has editorially endorsed and again slanted its news coverage for the Cuyahoga County sales tax increase for a medical mart and convention center. The most recent example is the July 28 Saturday Plain Dealer article titled "Petitions for vote on sales tax." Of course you could not ignore this news, since the Cleveland TV stations and radio stations have been broadcasting this news since Wednesday that Zack Reed and others will try to get enough petition signatures to put the county sales tax increase on the ballot. So finally you published this very important news July 28, but only as ONE PARAGRAPH to try to minimize it, rather than the full-length so-called news stories you have publihed in the past few weeks, in which The Plain Dealer has promoted the medical mart, and a new convention center and county sales tax increase to pay for both, as corporate welfare. It is a catastrophe for Greater Cleveland that you became editor of the Plain Dealer, as your misleading editorials and slanted news reporting for this sales tax increase shows. A lot of pro-sales tax propaganda by your newspaper. You are fortunate that the alternative news media in town, scant and sleepy as it is, have virtually ignored this big issue and the Plain Dealer's slanted coverage of it. When and if they wake up, they will run you out of town. You are lucky that the weekly Sun newspapers of Greater Cleveland are owned by the same putrid company that owns the Plain Dealer.

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