The police blotter item from Cleveland.com immediately below raises one and only one question: What 23-year-old man owns rollerblades?
DRUG POSSESSION, CLAGUE ROAD: A Fairview Park, 23, man wiped out while rollerblading on the Interstate 90 overpass just after 6 a.m. Aug. 21. Investigators found he was carrying marijuana and a pipe and hypothesized those items might have something to do with his demonstrated lack of coordination. He was charged with marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"Just put those apostrophes anywhere, RTA."
Last year, the Cleveland music scene lost a couple of its most historically significant players: Steve Popovich, founder of Cleveland International Records and all-around Cleveland music cheerleader, and former Plain Dealer rock reporter Jane Scott. Popovich had been a constant presence at the Beachland Ballroom, and his sudden and unexpected passing started Beachland owner Cindy Barber thinking about how to preserve the legacy of Cleveland’s musical past — and to fuel its present and future.
The result is the just-unveiled nonprofit, Cleveland Rocks: Past Present and Future, which will launch with a benefit event on Wednesday, September 26 featuring Ian Hunter, who plays the Beachland Ballroom the following night. The two-part event starts with a 7 p.m. Q & A with Hunter at the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater with vice president of education and public programs Lauren Onkey. She’ll interview Hunter, the author of the iconic tune “Cleveland Rocks,’ about his relationship with this city and with Popovich.
It then moves over to Ohio City’s Crop Bistro from 9- 11 p.m. for a reception with Hunter and his wife Trudi that will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and Cleveland rock and roll memorabilia. It’s being supported by Cleveland Food Rocks. The intimate event is limited to 100 tickets. The price, $200, will fund the launch of Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future. You can order tickets at the website or through the Beachland Ballroom.
The nonprofit’s mission statement says that it aims to “support and preserve Cleveland's popular music culture and enrich local social welfare and economic growth by stimulating music-centered initiatives.” It’s divided that mission into four parts: the Legacy Project, which will work to create oral histories, documentaries, and books about Cleveland’s music scene and it significant contributors; Cleveland Rocks Now, which will promote the current music scene and help provide its players with resources, Music Saves the Future, to connect businesses, customers and investors to grow the music community economically, and Keep It Live, to create performing opportunities and grow the audience for live music.
The organization's founding board is Nick Amster, Cindy Barber, Al Kaston, Colleen Miller, Ravenna Miceli, and David Spero.
The Cedar Lee Theatre really wants to show Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story. But they can't, until so many people reserve tickets for the one-night screening.
So if you're at all interested in seeing this documentary about the late frontman for the Massachusetts alt-rock group Morphine, do the Cedar Lee a solid and reserve a ticket here.
They need only three more people to reserve tickets.
The Cedar Lee is pretty confident they'll be showing the movie. After all, they've already lined up the screening time and date: 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.
Still, it would totally suck if they got this close to showing the movie and couldn't because you didn't reserve a ticket.
So do it.
Now. —Michael Gallucci
Update II: Scott Smith will be on house arrest with an electronic ankle bracelet until his September 24 court date. In the meantime, he'll undergo a psychiatric evaluation. (AP)
Update: Scott Smith's attorney says his client brought the guns, ammo, and knives to the theater for protection because he was concerned about someone else pulling a Dark Knight-style massacre. (AP)
Clevelanders know better than to let gray skies dampen the fun. Here are three picks for weekday entertainment:
Monday August 27
Navy Week Begins: The Navy’s Blue Angels flying team is always a highlight for patrons at the annual Cleveland National Air Show, which takes place Labor Day weekend at Burke Lakefront Airport. This year it will cap Cleveland Navy Week, one of 15 such weeks the Navy is holding around the country to spotlight its mission and history. This year’s event also honors the bicentennial of the War of 1812. It launches today with a free welcome event at Cleveland Port Authority from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Other doings, including ship tours, Coast Guard band performances, and 1812 reenactments take place all over town all week. Find a full schedule on the website.
1375 East Ninth St., navyweek.org/cleveland2012.
Tuesday August 28
LIfe, the Universe & Hot Dogs at Happy Dog: You wouldn’t expect to find the chairman of Case Western Reserve University's biochemistry department hanging out at the Happy Dog on a Tuesday evening trying to decide which of 50 toppings to have on his hot dog. But that’s where you’ll find Michael Weiss from 7:30 to 9 p.m. this evening. Every fourth Tuesday is “Life, the Universe & Hot Dogs” night, featuring a science-related program. Weiss’ is titled “Sex Determination in the City,” and it
New Jersey’s the Front Bottoms are still getting some good mileage out of last year’s self-titled release, a collection of nerdy indie pop tunes with undeniable charm. The band plays a few more stateside shows, then heads to Europe before coming back to the States for a series of dates that extend into November. Singer-guitarist Brian Sella phoned in from a tour stop to talk about the band’s early days and the progress he’s made on the follow-up album. The band plays tonight at 8 p.m. at Now That’s Class with Meridian and Runaway Brother. Tickets are $10.
You guys have been friends since you were kids. Do you remember when you first met Mathew Uychich?
I chilled with Mat’s older brother a lot and would hang out. I would ride over to his house and hang out and that’s how we first met. We’d be chilling in the backyard, jumping on the trampoline and stuff like that. I didn’t learn how to play guitar until I got to high school. I was too busy playing video games and shit like that. Toward the end of high school, things started coming together. We had played in another band and did that but that was nothing. We just messed around in the basement.