Wednesday, April 30, 2008

$13 at ... Shaker Square's Fire

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 3:28 PM

In this weekly feature, C-Notes stretches your dollar at restaurants around the region, because, as it turns out, most bistros don’t accept Monopoly money. The picky bastards. This week … Fire Food & Drink 13220 Shaker Square, Cleveland, (216) 921-3473, www.firefoodanddrink.com For Scene’s full review, click here. What $13 got us: Braised pork crepes with crème fraiche, Argentinean pepper relish and fried egg, and a cup of Columbian coffee. What else $13 can get you: A variety of apps, from soups and salads to fruit and yogurt; a variety of sides, including house made breakfast sausage and applewood smoked bacon; most entrees, including a cured salmon plate with Bialy’s bagel, egg salad, shaved onion, and capers ($10); chicken salad with cherries, carrot bread, baby watercress, lemon and olive oil ($12); brioche French toast with roasted apples and Snake Hill Farm maple syrup ($10), house made pancetta, French brie, poached apricots, and baby arugula flatbread ($12); and lemon soufflé pancakes with blueberry compote ($11). The Verdict: Completely worth crossing a (formerly) Burning River. ...

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Juanita Myrick gets 20 years for stealing from Cuyahoga County

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

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Only in Jimmy Dimoraland could someone steal $864,000 over 13 years -- and keep getting promoted.
When last we left Juanita Myrick, the meticulous bureaucrat and longtime veteran of the Cuyahoga County Department of Employment and Family Services had been indicted for stealing $864,000 in welfare checks from the agency. In a marathon scam that escaped the county’s notice for a whopping 13 years, Myrick would doctor the files of former welfare clients, switching their information on the computer so that she got the checks instead of them. She even invented clients—some of whom lived in Germany [“The Perfect Scam,” June 13]. All the while, she kept getting promoted up the agency’s food chain. It was a clever scheme, and won Myrick a lengthy list of fraud and theft charges from the county prosecutor’s office. This week, she finally pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. We’re assuming the computers don’t work as well in the slam, so maybe this time Myrick won’t get promoted as fast. —Lisa Rab
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The Beachland Prom: It's coming up, so ask her soon before that burn-out with a band does

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00 PM

The Beachland (15711 Waterloo Road) will host its annual adult prom night Saturday, May 17. The Helper T-Cells and Dreadful Yawns will provide the music to which you will cut your rug and, if your date lets you, slide your hands inconspicuously onto his or her ass until Miss Heinrich comes by with a ruler and tells you "hands to yourselves." The club hasn't released full details yet, but these things are always a blast: You dress up in your best duds. Or your best duds from 1998. Or someone else's polyester onetime best duds that they sold to an old thrift store. And you come to the Beachland Ballroom for a night of food, dining, keepsake photos, and dancing. Previous live entertainment has included bands such as Cobra Verde, regaling the crowd with prom anthems of yesteryear. Tickets are $3 with prom attire, $5 without. Party starts at 9 p.m. -- D.X. Ferris
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Roz G, Jim Jeffries play Cleveland this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Unless you recognize a comedian’s name as That Girl From that Movie or the Dude from That One HBO Special, it can be hard to tell whether a stand-up is worth seeing. Lucky you: C-Notes did the legwork, and the skinny on this week’s big comedy shows, video included, is just a click away. Read on for a full rundown. -- D.X. Ferris

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Travis Hafner: the new Paul Sorrento?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:43 AM

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I used to look at Travis Hafner standing at the plate and see something like this. Now, all I see is this. That’s right Wahoos, that’s Paul Sorrento, the Indians’ first basemen and sometime DH from 1992 to 1995. And while the first image might be scarier for pitchers to glare down in the batter’s box, that monster is gone. The latter is even more frightening for Tribe fans, considering Hafner’s recent and continued implosion in the batter’s box. ... Is it time to write the obituary for Pronk? ...

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Luxe Kitchen opens Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:27 AM

The bar is stocked, the staff is trained, and the permits have all been signed: Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, Marlin Kaplan’s much anticipated Gordon Square restaurant, opens on Thursday. The vibe is hip, the décor is funky, and prices are moderate – all aimed to attract the neighborhood’s growing number of young professionals. “It’s gonna be awesome,” says the veteran chef-restaurateur, whose other spot is downtown’s One Walnut. “You’re gonna walk in here, and you’re just gonna say, ‘Wow!’” ...

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Last Night in Cleveland: The B-52’s

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:17 AM

The last time the B-52’s released an album, it was 16 years ago. Good Stuff was a brave but futile attempt at soldiering on without founding member Cindy Wilson. The new Funplex, in essence, sounds like the proper follow-up to the 1989 blockbuster, Cosmic Thing. Two days after celebrating her 60th birthday, Kate Pierson joined soul sister Wilson, resident space-cadet Fred Schneider, and guitarist Keith Strickland for a sold-out party at House of Blues that was positively cosmic ...

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