Monday, March 31, 2008

Evangelists coming to Ohio to prove they’re not that weird

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 5:27 AM

According to those way closer to God than you, it turns out that Jesus is more into health care than stopping gays guys from marrying.
With President Bush’s approval ratings hovering at -18 degrees, evangelicals are starting to worry that they’re about to lose their grip on power. Recent polls show that most secular Americans believe that evangelists are mostly concerned with opposing abortion and gay marriage. Technically, this may be true, but they’re also concerned with stuff that matters, like the environment and poverty, according to The Sojourners/Call to Renewal, a D.C. evangelical group. So in an effort to readjust the evangelical image in the public eye, the group will host a number of “justice revival” seminars, starting in Ohio on April 16, to demonstrate to America that they’re not as scary as previously thought...

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Cult films: Pee Wee's Big Adventure at the Cedar Lee

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 5:17 AM

The first Saturday of every month, Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 440.564.2030) plays a different cult flick at 9:30 and midnight. It’s their “Cult Film Series," and it can get intense; the cult fans, mostly drunk or on their way there (Cedar Lee sells reasonably-priced beer), often wear movie-appropriate costumes and yell at the screen...

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An IRS investigation of White Hat Management?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 5:09 AM

David Brennan has managed to fail on levels others can only dream of.
Over a decade ago, a man with a big white hat made a promise to Ohioans that he could educate at-risk children better than the public school system. It didn’t turn out so well. Hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars later, David Brennan, the owner of White Hat Management, has actually managed to produce a school system that performs worse than Cleveland’s schools…

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Jim Rokakis’ recurring nightmare: Being thwarted by the Evil Empire in Columbus

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 5:02 AM

Legislators are once again trying to stop Jim Rokakis from saving people's homes
This week’s Screaming Into The Void award goes to Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis. For the past year, he’s been using a surplus in delinquent tax collections -- known as DTAC -- to keep some county families from losing their homes in foreclosure. Rokakis’ program offers families $3,000 loans, but they don’t go to just anybody. In order to qualify, people must show they can keep making their payments…

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Mic Check: Shelby Lynne at the Beachland Ballroom on Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 5:46 AM

Shelby Lynne, presumably seen here in her sexpot stage, plays the Beachland Sunday
Shelby Lynne released one of the decade’s best blue-eyed soul albums, I Am Shelby Lynne, at the top of the ’00s. Since then, she’s recorded one blah album after another. First, her record company tried to make her a cooing sexpot. Then they tried to make her a beer-swilling hard-ass. Then they just threw their hands up in frustration and let her do what she wanted. After all, Lynne’s earned that right. She’d been making records for more than a decade when she won a Best New Artist Grammy in 2001…

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Friday, March 28, 2008

WTF? The beauty of the convention mart deal: You'll have no idea where the money went!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

The convention mart deal is the kinda trough made for Jimmy Dimora
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In an ongoing series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: Whenever civic leaders want you to pick up the tab for a new project, they inevitably trot out claims that thousands of new jobs will be created. Remember Gateway, when they told us it would create 27,000 new jobs? Or how about the fabulous Euclid corridor project, where a miracle bus route is supposed to create 9,000 jobs? …

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On the schedule for this weekend: Bernadette Peters, Dave Zastudil, and prancing stallions

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Browns punter and pride of Bay Village Dave Zastudil will be at Hilarities Saturday.
Every Friday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do this weekend. For more options, log onto And check back Monday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week. Friday: Broadway bombshell Bernadette Peters gets her gay-friendliness on, when she duets with the North Coast Men’s Chorus in a benefit for the 100-homo choir at Playhouse Square. Accompanied by the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Peters will share stage time in a rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” before she launches into a one-hour solo set. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at the Allen Theatre, 1501 Euclid Avenue. Tickets cost between $10 and $105 by calling 216-241-6000...

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