Thursday, January 31, 2008

Dear Students: Stop Punching Me Or I'll Give You Extra Homework

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 4:08 PM

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Dear Class, Please listen up, because this one comes from the heart: I’m tired of your knuckles pummeling me into the hospital. This is not why I became a teacher. Seven years ago, I happily discarded plans to become an electrical engineer so I could read your argumentative essays on why the school’s dress-code sucks. I have forsaken fortunes to explain to you why 2X over X equals ... hell, I forget what that equals, thanks to the concussion you gave me with your trapper-keeper. I still vomit in my sleep from that one. And do you know how much new flannel sheets cost after tax? No, you don’t, because when I tried to teach you percentages, you shivved me with my own mechanical pencil. ...

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Can you dig it? 'The Warriors' take over Cedar Lee on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 440.564.2030) is a gem of a movie theatre. They play quality movies (sorry Dennis Quaid), sell reasonably priced popcorn, and, most importantly, they serve beer. (As an aside, said beer is half-priced on Wednesday before 8, which means you can get a Heineken or Great Lakes for $2, which is the rough equivalent to them paying you to drink it.) The place also has character. Case in point: their “Cult Film Series," which plays a different classic cult flick the last Saturday of every month, at 9:30 and midnight. ...

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Mic Check: Marilyn Manson at House of Blues on Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 3:11 PM

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Marilyn Manson, who plays HOB Friday, has a new album out. Here's hoping he doesn't play anything off of it.
Remember when The Onion made fun of Marilyn Manson in 2001, implying that the once inventive shock-rocker was becoming a tired parody of himself? Well, it’s now true. Manson’s latest album, Eat Me, Drink Me, is a mess of unintentional laughs, faux-spookiness, and boring riffs. (For an in-depth look at the CD, check out Hannah Levin's story on Manson in this week’s Scene.) But it wasn’t always this way. A decade or so ago, Manson was making music that was literate, smart, and genuinely wicked. His best album, Mechanical Animals, was a sharp concept record about modern-day alienation that combined the lofty lyricism of David Bowie with Nine Inch Nails’ industrial squall. But these days, Manson is a drugged-out joke, dating girls half his age and still trying to shake the mainstream. The big news regarding his latest tour is the return of Twiggy Ramirez, Manson’s old bandmate who left in a huff earlier in the decade. We’re not sure that Ramirez can salvage Eat Me, Drink Me’s clunkers onstage. But at least he’ll bring a smattering of nostalgia to distract from the caricature the pasty-faced rocker has become. -- Michael Gallucci Marilyn Manson performs at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 1, at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. The show is sold out, but you may be able to find tickets on craigslist. For a preview, listen to “Cake and Sodomy” below:

For Valentine's Day, Beware the AOL CityGuide

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM

With two weeks to go until Valentine’s Day, AOL CityGuide recently issued annual its list of recommended spots for Cleveland singles and couples looking to spend February 14 out of the house. It’s a really useful guide – if you want to spend a romantic evening frolicking among the always gentlemanly crowd on West Sixth, ending the night at a club that hasn’t been open for weeks. ...

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Indie Rockers Rejoice: The Matinee Cleveland to Open Doors Soon

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Ever since Speak In Tongues closed its doors in 2002, Cleveland's west side has suffered a major drought of quality indie-rock clubs. For nearly eight years, the Ohio City haunt was one of the most important underground venues in the nation, with bands from Modest Mouse to the Brian Jonestown Massacre gracing its stage long before their names became mainstays in Spin and Rolling Stone. Since then, west side rock fans have been forced to make the grueling trek -- at least it seems grueling with a half-dozen PBRs in your system – to the Beachland Ballroom and the Grog Shop to get their musical fix. But that should change in late February, when Mario Nemr opens up The Matinee Cleveland at 2527 West 25th Street, between the West Side Market and Clark Avenue. ...

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Money Where Your Mouth Is: Red Wanting Blue

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 10:30 AM

C-Notes' music junkies are presently camped out at McCarthy’s Ale House in the Flats, poised to get good seats at the bar for Sunday’s Super Bowl party. Instead of writing up Columbus' earthy alt-rock cult heroes Red Wanting Blue, we're just passing the virtual mic to frontman Scott Terry to explain why they're worth your time tomorrow night. ...

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Euclid Tavern Serves Again

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 9:36 AM

A new incarnation of Cleveland’s legendary Euclid Tavern (11629 Euclid Tavern, University Circle, 216-231-7066) opened last weekend. The first week was a low-profile one, climaxing with a Friday night set by the expert Grateful Dead emulators of the JiMiller Band, a mainstay at the bar from 1981 until '87, when Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox breezed into town and filmed some of the rock movie Light of Day there. By night's end, the tables were cleared, and the dance floor was open -- and packed. ...

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