Thursday, January 31, 2008

Restaurant of the Weekend: A Winking Lizard Near You

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 7:01 AM

The majority of Americans who watch the Super Bowl this Sunday will do so in their family rooms, while noshing on store-bought pizza and wings. According to industry sources, in fact, February 3 will be the biggest day of the year for pizza chains. Domino’s estimates it will deliver more than 1.2 million pies that day, while industry leader Pizza Hut expects 2.5 million calls. ...

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Schedule Set for High School Rock Off Finals

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 5:45 AM

The Twelfth Annual Tri-C High School Rock Off comes to an end Saturday, February 2 at House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 215-523-2583). Drawn from all over Northeast Ohio, 19 bands will perform 15-minute sets, competing for cash, instruments, and other prizes and opportunities. If you want to see your boss’s kid’s band, but you don’t want to spend all day watching ska ensembles from Willoughby, worry not: Scene has the bands and their (projected) start times after the jump. ...

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A fresh idea for bringing local produce to Cleveland restaurants

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 5:05 AM

Last August, five future entrepreneurs from Case Western were tossing around ideas on how to become rich. One happened to strike up a conversation with the owner of Crop Bistro, a restaurant on on West 6th. They got to talking about how hard it is for Cleveland eateries to buy local produce. Freshforkmarket.com was born. The five students contacted area farmers and restaurants about participating in a program that would bring fresh produce to the doorsteps of kitchens. The group set up a website whereby farmers could upload pictures and detailed reports of their freshest crops. Restaurateurs could then peruse the inventory and order online. A messenger would deliver the vegetables within 24 hours...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

One (very small) step toward a smaller Cleveland City Council?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 4:57 PM

For years, our civic leaders have been discussing the possibility of reducing the number of seats on the Cleveland City Council. The body now stands at a fat 21 members, but seeing as how it does less work than an ODOT highway crew, many believe that it's unwise to keep paying that many people $70,000 a year – especially in a shrinking city. Of course, little progress has been made. The proposition essentially requires Council to A) do something and B) do something against members' best interests. Analysts believe that only an act of God could force them to do either. Some on Council even contend that nothing will change until the new Census comes out, so they can pretend to have a scientific rationale for whacking someone’s seat. They’ll just have to get someone to read the Census for them…

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Mic Check: DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist at HOB

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 4:09 PM

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DJ Shadow takes to the tables Thursday at the House of Blues.
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s “The Hard Sell” tour isn’t about the turntablists’ latest albums. So don’t go expecting to hear songs from Shadow’s 2006’s boring The Outsider, or his landmark Endtroducing ... from 1996, or whatever Chemist, who's better live anyway, has released recently. This show is all about the two pals spinning together on stage. Here are the stats for tomorrow night's stop at House of Blues: eight turntables, two guitar-loop pedals, four hands. Shadow may have reshuffled the DJ genre on Endtroducing . . . , which raided crates of old records to come up with a sound that wasn’t quite hip-hop, electronica, or ambient, but was a mix of all of them and then some. But “The Hard Sell” show is sure to keep the focus on party jams. Fans, after all, fans want to raise their hands like they just don’t care, not nod to sleepy beats for an hour and a half. -- Michael Gallucci DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $29.50.
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Money Where Your Mouth Is: Babylon A Go Go

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Catch some of Cleveland’s finest indie-rock bands at this weekend’s Woodchuck Fest. Click the video above for a righteous video of the super-hot rock duo Mr. Gnome, and read on to learn about Babylon A Go Go, and why they say you need to see the show. -- DX Ferris

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The Midwest Teen Sex Show: Changing Sex Ed, One Bucket of Lube at a Time

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Remember the good old days, when high school sex education consisted of plastic ovaries and condoms on bananas? Kids these days have it way better. The Midwest Teen Sex Show is an online show designed to educate teens about sex, run by a trio from Illinois and Wisconsin. And for once, this sex education speaks the language of the teens it’s trying to reach — it’s crude, ridiculous, and hilarious. ...

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