Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New chefs take helm at Paladar and Boulevard Blue

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 7:05 AM

One measure of a restaurant’s soundness is how well it can cope with the loss of key team members. The best-run spots have clear contingency plans for such losses, and an in-house talent pool to draw upon. The others? Well, let’s hope you aren’t left holding an unusable gift card. As we reported in last week’s Side Dish, executive chef Matt Mytro has left dual posts at Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar and Boulevard Blue, in order to plow new ground with Crop Bistro’s Steve Schimoler, in food-product R&D. Will this be a problem for the popular boîtes? Apparently not. ...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mic Check: The Cure at the Wolstein Center on Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 3:00 PM

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Who would have guessed these guys liked black?
The Cure has been getting gloomy, doomy, and occasionally happy for 30 years now. There are plenty of great records in its discography – the career-defining Pornography, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – and plenty of crappy ones (we’ll start with 2004’s self-titled dud). Robert Smith dresses up his songs just like he makes up his face: by piling on tons of artificial colors that can make the whole package glow. Singles compilations don’t get much better than the Cure’s 1986 set, Standing on a Beach. But the Cure can also be a complex album act. For every “Boys Don’t Cry,” there’s a 7-minute plodding epic buried deep in the record. And for some reason, Smith chooses to fill his band’s marathon three-hour live shows with these cuts. They’re just as cloudy and as boring as anything the Grateful Dead has done onstage ...

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Bachelorette's Jesse Csincsak has the strange idea that Colorado mountains are sexier than Lorain County

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM

jesse.jpg The babes at Ziggy’s bar, in Amherst, were glued to the TV last night as they cheered native son Jesse Csincsak into the final four on The Bachelorette. Sadly, the 2001 Marion L. Steele High School grad didn’t return the favor. To catch you up, 25 bachelors from around the country have been trying to impress a 26-year-old Georgia peach named Deanna Pappas in the show’s fourth season. But at the end of each episode, the brown-eyed, brown-haired real-estate agent has been giving the boot to some of the dudes, whittling the field down to four finalists, including the 26-year-old Csincsak. ...

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Voting machines eyed by Cuyahoga County are lousy, expensive, and probably mean to old people

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 2:14 PM

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"Did you hear that? My machine just called me 'liberal swine!'"
As Cuyahoga County election officials muddle through the now-familiar ritual of picking new voting machines for the November election -- we hear it's a big one -- there’s a creepy feeling of déjà vu to the proceedings. Let’s go to the instant-replay booth: First, we had the Diebold touch-screen machines, which were so bad that one upstanding citizen took it upon himself to beat one up. Then, in March, we switched to the old-fashioned optical scanners, which were fine, except they didn’t allow ballots to be scanned at the actual polling place. Now the state is forcing the county to buy new machines that will read ballots on site. ...

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Shawshank Redemtion: The Reunion

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 11:26 AM

shawshan.jpg It was 15 years ago this August that the film crew for Shawshank Redemption first came to the Mansfield Reformatory to begin shooting. The filming was a rare prime-time moment for the sleepy Ohio town. So a few years ago, Bill Mullen, who owns the Sandusky lumberyard where many of the movie’s woodworking scenes were shot, decided it was time for a reunion. Mullen contacted Castle Rock about the idea last year. Executives were excited, he says, and sent him contact information for many of the extras who appeared in the film. And on the weekend of August 29th, about 1000 former workers, grips, actors, and fans will arrive in Ohio to tour the facilities where the movie was shot, and exchange memorabilia and stories from the time – of which there are many. ...

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The Cure in Cleveland: Should you go, or stay home and watch YouTube clips?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 9:48 AM

The Cure plays CSU’s Wolstein Center on Wednesday. But while these gothy alt-rock grandfathers have a back-catalog of some of the most ecstatic singles in the history of the known universe (“Just Like Heaven” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” to name two), they happen to put on the least kinetic live show ever, standing still while they reduce their greatest songs to shoegazing snoozers, and stuffing sets with 11-minute servings of psychedelic sludge. In other words, if you bought a ticket expecting this ... ... you’ll have to sit through a couple hours of this:

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This Just In: The lastest concert announcements. Drink slowly to avoid brain freeze

Posted By on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 9:43 AM

This week, 27 new shows, with hot hipster metal from Bang Camaro, Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins (above) , and acoustic sensation Wild Carrot. Read on for the full rundown. -- D.X. Ferris

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