Thursday, September 29, 2016

Prosecutors Want Bond Revoked for Former 92.3 The Fan Producer J.G. Spooner After Another Alleged Scam

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 10:43 AM

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Update: J.G. Spooner is still awaiting trial on charges of money laundering for allegedly setting up fake GoFundMe accounts and pocketing the cash. (We assume he will be wearing a shirt if and when he appears in a courtroom). The former 92.3 The Fan producer was indicted back in April and since then he's been out on a $10,000 bond.

Prosecutors are now seeking to have that bond revoked or to have J.G. Spooner placed under house arrest after some additional alleged shadiness he's pulled since then.

Scott Taylor, formerly of Channel 19 and now working his investigative shoe leather in D.C., tweeted the news yesterday. 

It seems Spooner allegedly offered up his house as a rental. The problem here is twofold: First, Spooner doesn't own the property. He rents. Second, when a woman gave him a $900 deposit, he refused to return the money and stopped responding to her when questions arose.

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We'll let you know what the judge ends up deciding.

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(Original story 4/6/16): That there is J.G. Spooner, he of a Superman tattoo that we didn't know about until today and formerly a producer for the Ken Carman show on 92.3 The Fan until earlier this week.

Spooner tweeted the news the other day that he was no longer employed by the station. It was a bit of a mystery as to why he was let go, but that mystery appears to be solved.

Scott Taylor reports that Spooner was arrested and charged with money laundering and is currently out on a $10,000 bond. Taylor also reports the allegedly shady deals that landed Spooner in jail. Turns out he was (allegedly) setting up GoFundMe accounts, including one to benefit two women with cystic fibrosis, and depositing some of those proceeds into his personal bank account. What a guy.

Feel free to make your own joke about his shirt being laundered in the comment section below.

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Former Ohio Trump Campaign Chair Who Said Racism Didn't Start Until Obama Administration Was In Front Row of Mike Pence Rally Yesterday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Remember Kathy Miller? Garbage moves so quickly with the Trump campaign that it might be easy to forget the volunteer Mahoning County Trump campaign chair who quit just last week. That came after a video interview with The Guardian during which she said things like, "I don't think there was any racism until Obama got elected," and, "If you're black and you haven't been successful in the last 50 years, it's your own fault." She quickly resigned but stood by her wrong assertion that racism was born only after President Obama took office.

Anyway, people like Kathy Miller tend to stick around despite reasonable humans' desires for them to fade to the background. And so there she was in the front row of a Mike Pence rally yesterday in Ohio.

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39 days until the election.
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Everyone Who Worked for the Cavs Last Season is Getting a Championship Ring

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 9:32 AM

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And you get a ring. And you get a ring. And you get a ring. 

A nice little story from Joe Vardon yesterday: Dan Gilbert and the minority owners of your 2016 NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers have elected to bestow a championship ring not only to the usual crew — players, front office, etc. — but to every damn person that worked for the Cavs or The Q during a Cavs game last season.

Yeah, not everybody is going to score the bling the players get. That piece of jewelry is loaded with approximately 1,567 (estimated) diamonds and looks like this. But, everyone will get something. That includes janitors and cops, vendors and ushers. 

Vardon says estimates have the total price tag at getting all 1,000 or so full or part time workers at about $1 million. 

Go ahead and start the countdown to when one of those beauties (or a fake) ends up on eBay.
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Nighttown to Host Tribute to Singer-Songwriter Laura Nyro

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 7:45 AM

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New York-based singer-songwriter Christine Spero fell in love with singer-songwriter Laura Nyro’s music when a friend of hers gave her a copy of Nyro's Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.

A Rock Hall Inductee, Nyro became one of the most covered artists in the 1960s and 1970s with tracks such as “Eli's Coming,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “And When I Die” and “Wedding Bell Blues.”

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Great Lakes Theater's 'My Fair Lady' Sticks to the Fundamentals — And That's Good

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 7:14 AM

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One of the pleasures of seeing a classic Lerner and Loewe musical such as My Fair Lady is in seeing how it can be restaged, or even reimagined, some 60 years after it opened on Broadway. In this Great Lakes Theater production, directed by Victoria Bussert, very few liberties are taken with the material. And that’s a good thing, since the material is so damn good all by itself.

Of course, back in the day other Broadway teams took a run at musicalizing George Bernard Shaw’s story of Pygmalion—including Rogers and Hammerstein. Richard and Oscar worked on it for more than a year before giving up, What threw them was the lack of a strong romantic through line, since the stern taskmaster, phonetician Henry Higgins, and the poor flower girl Eliza Doolittle never seem to really hit it off.

In this production, Eliza is played by Jillian Kates, and she handles her chores with professional aplomb, even though the “r” sound is barely noticeable in her tender rendition of “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.” Still, she is a properly rough and tumble gal as the early Eliza, joking and dancing with the other denizens of the gutter. And she shows some real spirit in “Just You Wait,” her rant against the dominating presence of ‘enry ‘iggins. When Eliza is transformed as a proper lady, Kates shows off her powerful singing voice in the amusingly repetitive “I Could Have Danced All Night.” But once this Eliza gets her rap together, her character becomes a bit too flat, the spirit refined out of her.

As Higgins, Tom Ford brings a tense, rapid-fire, no-nonsense approach to a role that was made famous by Cyril Richard’s talk-singing profundity and slow burn. Ford’s take is quite amusing throughout, especially in “I’m An Ordinary Man,” but it sacrifices something in the connection that is supposed to grow between Higgins and Eliza. Since Ford’s machine-gun nastiness seems reflexive rather than inspired by the specific presence of the Cockney lass, it makes his eventual softening towards her less personal, and thus less meaningful, than it might otherwise be.

There are particular delights in the smaller roles. M.A. Taylor has never been better than he is as Eliza’s scoundrel father Alfred P. Doolittle. His takes on “With a Little Bit of Luck” and “Get Me to the Church on Time,” augmented by energetic dance numbers choreographed by Gregory Daniels, are little gems. And Colton Ryan as Freddy loads plenty of yearning into “On the Street Where You Live,” making his reprise laugh-out-loud funny. And Laura Perrotta manages to cadge some laughs from the rather drab role of Mrs. Higgins, Henry’s mom.

The scenic design by Jeff Herrmann is to drool for, with simple rotating panels indicating the locations and a virtually monochromatic color scheme of whites and off-whites giving the production a lush feel. The orchestra under the direction of Joel Mercier is spot on.

My Fair Lady is a treasure and this production does it full justice.

My Fair Lady
Through October 29 at the Great Lakes Theater, Hanna Theatre, 2067 E. 14th St., 216-241-6000.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Local Hip-Hop Act Clapper the Rapper Releases New Music Video

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 4:42 PM

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Locally produced by Steven Turner and directed, edited, and filmed by Mike Moline, the new music video for Clapper the Rapper’s bluesy “Diss Tracks” finds the rapper delivering his rapid-fire rhymes in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse.  

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Prog Rockers Coheed and Cambria Deconstruct Most Recent Album, 'The Color Before the Sun'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 2:20 PM

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When Coheed and Cambria came through town in 2014 to play a sold out show at House of Blues in support of the reissue of 2003's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, the band put on a helluva show. 

The group assembled such an array of lights and sound equipment on the club’s relatively small stage, it looked like the group was ready to play an arena. One of life’s greatest pleasures is witnessing an arena rock act in a small club — it’s the equivalent of watching your favorite major league baseball team play a Spring Training game. In that respect, Coheed didn’t disappoint; the two-hour show had an epic quality as the band played 2003's In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 in its entirety and then returned for three encores.

The current tour, which includes an Oct. 10 date at the Agora, comes in the wake of the reissue of 2015’s The Color Before The Sun: Deconstructed. Even though the band won't play that album in its entirety, the concert promises to be another epic affair.

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