Singer-songwriter Joshua Jesty wrote his first song when he was 12 and has been writing, recording and touring ever since. He originally thought his new album, Wasn't the World Supposed to End, would be an double album, but he's decided to make it the first in a series of EPs. Yesterday, he came by the office to play a few tracks from it. You can see him and his band, the Universe Doesn't Stand a Chance Against Joshua Jesty, on Friday at Mahall's.
The miniature travel-style piece is basically a rundown of the Ohio City, Tremont and University Circle neighborhoods, highlighting their trendiest new joints and a few iconic landmarks — the West Side Market, St. Theodosius, etc. — with little commentary other than the hackneyed, wide-eyed "dying industrial town gets hip" angle.
It's not like I'm completely over that angle. I mean I still dig the postindustrial aesthetics and the fact that I feel entitled, by birth, to compensatory grit. It's just that I've seen so many stories celebrating this "renaissance" — Cool chefs! Unlimited microbrews! Arts out the wazoo! — that, in the first place, I think media peeps can stop peddling this "revival" as something new and unexplored.
"Hold your horses," a chorus of pundits interjects on what feels like a quarterly basis. "Cleveland — You heard right, Cleveland — is cooler than you always thought."
Plus, there's definitely been an emotional shift, at least from a native's perspective (i.e. mine). There was a time when seeing stories like these in national media outlets was exciting, almost validating. We have been acknowledged by the New York Times; therefore we are.
Now it's like, I don't know, we get it already. Nothing feels unique or worthwhile about this genre of "Cleveland-as-Phoenix" finger-pointing, especially because we've seen replicas of these stories (featuring the exact same content) a hundred times before.
And is there anything to be gained from this coverage, other than a potentially modest boost in regional tourism? Are New Yorkers suddenly flocking to get their paws on the goods from "Cupcake Wars" winner Bon Bon Pastry & Cafe?
I doubt it.
I don't get the sense that "cosmopolitan" folks on the coasts suddenly respect us or something. I feel like Cleveland is the fat kid who got fit ten years ago, and New York (as a symbol for bigger, more established cool cities) are the popular kids who approach us every month announcing, "Oh my God, you've lost weight!"
As the cogs of 'Murica slow to a grind this morning after Congress boozed it up last night before throwing the "Gone Fishin'" sign out on the lawn, and reasonable folks across the country stand perplexed and angry at the douchenozzles in Washington shutting down the federal government for the first time in 17 years, we all look for solutions.
Maybe someone in Sandusky or our nation's capital should set aside their preconceptions and take this guy's phone call. I mean, at this point, he doesn't sound like the craziest guy in the room.
Two weeks ago, the 21-year-old daughter of Columbus Sports Anchor Dom Tiberi was tragically killed in a traffic accident as she was driving on I-270 near Cemetery Road.
Still reeling with grief, the 10TV anchor returned to the air last week, extending his appreciation to everyone who has supported him and his wife during such a difficult time.
He gave a special shout out to Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and the entire “Buckeye nation.”
Then, while waiting to report on the Ohio State win against Wisconsin on Saturday evening, Tiberi was recognized in one of the most heartwarming ways imaginable.
Player after player paused to embrace Tiberi as they made their way to the locker room after the game. The team's response is truly touching.
Watch the complete video below:
Fairy tale meets vampire in the New Adventures dance company’s gothic rendition of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” which opens at the Palace Theater this evening.
The ballet is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne, who re-configures the classic good versus evil love story into a fantastical tale of transformation and resilience.
In this particular version, the Prince is actually a mere commoner named Leo, one whom Aurora knew before she was cursed into slumber, and one who dramatically transforms into a vampire to wait for her to awake.
The critically acclaimed ballet premiered in London in 2012, and plays at Palace Theater in PlayhouseSquare October 1 - 13.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Tickets are available at PlayhouseSquare.org or by calling (216) 241- 6000.