Thursday, November 22, 2012

Concert Review: Delta Spirit at House of Blues' Cambridge Room

Posted By on Thu, Nov 22, 2012 at 8:59 AM


It’s a common technique that when participating in a race that requires a certain amount of physical strength and stamina, it’s best to save your strength for the final stretch. That seemed to be the approach that Brooklyn-via-San Diego rockers Delta Spirit took last night at House of Blues’ Cambridge Room. The 90-minute show started slow but gained momentum and finished strong. While the guys were playing large festivals all summer, they seemed to really relish the smaller Cambridge Room, even though their extensive gear (they made use of two drum sets and brought in their own LED light display) barely fit on the stage.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving From Your Pals at Scene

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:26 PM


It's Thanksgiving, so you're supposed to dance until dawn, or something like that. We'll see you back here, all a little fatter, next week. Make it an autotune-worthy time until then.

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The Quality of Cleveland Life Report

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM


Your guide to living in fabulous Cleveland.

The Cleveland chapter of the Ohio State Alumni Association hosts a ten-year reunion of the 2002 championship team, including Maurice Clarrett and Jim Tressel. Anyone with a secondary NCAA eligibility violation gets in free.

Cleveland can't seem to figure out the source of water that frequently floods Scranton Rd. beneath the Carnegie bridge. The good news is, there will be one more public ice skating rink this winter.

Cops find a 120-plant marijuana operation in a warehouse downtown, less than a mile from FBI headquarters. The drug trade has yet to learn the most important lesson from real estate: location, location, location.

This Week's Index: You didn't help John Carroll try to set the world record for high fives in a minute, but you did high five yourself, which is awkward. Don't do that.

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Power Rankings

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:20 PM


A weekly roundup of the top newsmakers around town.

1. Joy Roller: Named the new President of Global Cleveland after leading the transformation of the Gordon Square Arts District. Hopes to help immigrants open all kinds of hipster businesses all over the city.

2. Mentor Patrolman Phil Croucher: The Mentor cop captured on video dunking his head in a bucket of urine for $450 at a Browns tailgate is suspended two days. Forever being known as the bucket of urine guy seems like punishment enough to us.

3. Cleveland Cop Caught Sexting: 19 Action News publishes sexts sent from a Cleveland detective to a young lady. Sadly, he never once made a pun about the nightstick in his pocket.

4. Cleveland Cops Caught Sleeping:At Zack Reed's urging, Fox 8 captures Cleveland cops sitting in a parking lot for hours, urinating in public, and possibly sleeping in the car. All things, of course, that Zack Reed is an expert on.

5. Cops Not Caught Doing Anything At All: Hey, all you cops not caught doing anything bad: Good job!

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Concert Review: Yellowcard at House of Blues

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM


Yellowcard wasted no time jumping into its nearly two hour set last night at House of Blues, opening with “Awakening” and “Surface of the Sun,” the first two tracks off its newest album Southern Air. The energy continued from there with the crowd-pleasing “Way Away.” It wasn’t until after the fifth song, “Shrink the World,” that the band took a breath, as singer Ryan Key then restarted the “nonstop rocking” with a “traditional Yellowcard circle pit” for yet another new song “Rivertown Blues.” Later, the band performed “Holly Wood Died” with the help of a string orchestra (on a backing track). Key explained that violinist Sean Mackin writes all the classical string chords, and “since an entire orchestra won’t fit on stage, we backed it to play tonight.” It was clearly a lesser known song by the sold out crowd, but the round of applause for Mackin proved it a hit. An acoustic version of “I Will Wait,” a Mumford & Sons cover, slowed things down around the middle of the set. “We don’t usually do covers because we don’t like to conform. I mean, we have a violinist,” Key said. Though the song gave the band a breather, the audience continued to crowd surf through it, something it managed to do every song of the night.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Van" Morrison - Master Mixologist

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 8:13 AM


Master Mixologist
Vanessa “Van” Morrison
Winks Bar and Grille

This is the first of a new monthly series that will feature Northeast Ohio’s most popular and innovative bartenders. The term “Master Mixologist” is granted only to those individuals who excel at a handful of attributes. Not only should the bartender be technically proficient, but creative and personable.

Vanessa “Van” is Northeast Ohio’s newest cocktail gunslinger. Originally from Pennsylvania, she currently reigns supreme at the newest and most unique concept from the Winking Lizard, Winks Bar and Grille. Helping the Galleria come back to life, Winks has been a hit since opening a few weeks ago.

Part of the success is its ambitious cocktail menu, which Morrison brought a lot of experience to. She came Winking Lizard owner John Lane’s attention after winning the Hangar One regional cocktail competition in 2011. Recognizing her talent, Lane enticed Morrison to accept a corporate position as his company’s official mixologist, developing all the Lizard’s cocktail menus.

At Winks, Morrison has really been able to spread her wings. Some of her more creative efforts include ingredients like smoked bison grass, “charred” ice, egg whites, and even nicotine! Beyond beyond the liquid wonderland, Morrison’s personality also packs a punch. It is easy to understand how she can hold court at Winks and make any type of customer feel comfortable. When I met her, she was days away from becoming the first female bartender to win the Fabulous Food Show mixology competition.

The combination of delightfully odd ingredients and a welcoming personality is Morrison’s ticket to being a Master Mixologist. Between the Steelers and Morrison, Pennsylvania is really giving us a run for our money. At least Morrison is a Clevelander now. Check out a couple of her creations at Winks and judge for yourself.

Smoking Jacket ($6)
Four Roses Single Barrel
tobacco/anise infused bitters
fresh lemon juice
house made honey syrup

“Charred Ice” Smoked Rye Manhattan ($6.50)
Bulleit Rye
Fernet Branca
Simple Syrup
Orange Bitters
Smoked Ice Puck

Winks Bar and Grille
The Galleria
1301 East 9th St.
Downtown Cleveland

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Concert Review: Chris Knight at the Covelli Center

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM


Even though country singer-guitarist Chris Young had a rough day yesterday, he didn't let it affect his performance last night at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. He said he received news earlier in the day that his good friend died, but he was still willing to party for “Sunday Funday.” He opened his concert with "Snake Farm," a new, unreleased songs “Snake Farm” and continued to fire up the crowd with the hit “Gettin’ You Home.” He dedicated “The Man I Wanna Be” to his recently deceased friend and you could hear the emotion in his voice. However, sad emotions only lasted for a song, as he then turned to upbeat and fun songs such as “Save Water, Drink Beer,” “When She’s On” and “Neon.”

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