By Joe Tone
on Tue, Jun 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM
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. ...
By Joe Tone
on Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 2:06 PM
The Horror Convention Massacre 2 makes its DVD debut at the Roc Bar (1220 Old River Road, East Bank of the Flats, 216-771-6655) Saturday, June 14. Produced in Cleveland, the indie horror flick stars Ari Lehman (Jason from Friday the 13th), and features an appearance by Uncle Scratch's Gospel Revival. The film will screen at 9 p.m.; the party starts at 8. Admission is $7.
With Old School Sinema, B-movies aren’t just an aesthetic; they’re a way of life. The DVD premier party will kick off a new monthly bash, a night of B-movies, bands, burlesque dancers, more more surprises, with prizes, giveaways, and things you’re just not going to see every weekend in the Flats. This time, live music includes fast, furious, and swingin’ rockabilly from Kentrucky’s Rumble Club and Cleveland’s Scarlet Fever. Between sets, the Sinema Sirens dance troupe make their debut. Call it Plan Nine From the East Bank. - D.X. Ferris
By Joe Tone
on Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 11:15 AM
Here's something incredibly awesome I learned recently about college reunions: You can still get just as shit-faced at them as you did back in the day.
Case in point: I recently met an old college buddy for a multi-class get-together to tour Kent State University’s new School of Journalism and Mass Communications. The Friday-night reunion started with the obligatory meet-and-greet of alumni neither of us had seen in years. And after we took a two-hour look-see of the renovated Franklin Hall – with its three stories of classrooms, lecture halls, radio station, TV studio, and the Kent Stater newsroom – we all retreated to one of Kent’s most revered bars, Ray’s Place, a vintage-1937 former hotel named after innkeeper Ray Salitore, whose clientele included comedian W.C. Fields. ...
It’s one thing for a nightclub to slash its prices as patrons simmer over high gas prices and supermarket bills. It’s another thing entirely to chauffeur them to and from the bar to get them to drink. And so it’s with great pleasure that we introduce (cue the trumpets) the Apex nightspot, where manager Johnny Cartwright is offering his customers free limo rides in his eight-seat Lincoln Continental if they’re too juiced to drive. “Come to the bar, and you don’t have to worry about getting home,” he says, causing us to stand and cheer for 45 minutes straight and alarming our fellow cubical farmers. ...
In this week's Scene, food critic Elaine Cicora takes a long, deep dive into the mind of Giuseppe O'Connell, Cleveland's most well-known and disliked restaurant GM. (In short: He's kind of a dick, but quite good at his job). That story will be on newsstands shortly, and on the restaurant page of clevescene.com this afternoon. But for now, go behind the scenes with O'Connell at his latest workplace, the new Brothers Lounge on Detroit Avenue, with this slideshow. And check back to clevescene.com/slideshow for concert pics and other visual evidence that Cleveland is still alive and kicking. -- Joe P. Tone
Just in time for the return of patio weather, Prosperity Social Club (1109 Starkweather, in Tremont; 216- 937-1938 ) has added Sunday hours to its lineup. According to owner Bonnie Flinner, the retro-style bar, restaurant, and outdoor-dining room will be open from 2 to 10 p.m. each Sunday, with a menu featuring barbecued baby back ribs served with handcut fries and coleslaw. (Price is $14.95 for a half slab, and $20.95 for a whole.)
That patio, incidentally, is a cutie, tucked around behind the vintage tavern, and decked out in a sort of 1950s “picnic by the highway” motif, complete with travel posters, picnic tables, and bouncy metal chairs. “Hopefully, Mother Nature will continue shining down on us, and customers can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening out there,” Flinner says.
For the skinny on Prosperity, read our full review from 2006. --- Elaine T. CicoraRead Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at clevescene.com.
By Joe Tone
on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM
In this weekly feature, C-Notes stretches your dollar at restaurants around the region, because with gas prices waging war on your wallet, every little bit helps. This week …The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar 2448 Fairmount Boulevard, (216)229-9463, http://www.thefairmount.net/What $13 got us: A Raspberry Ice martini and a grilled chicken pizza
What else $13 can get you: Any of the menu martinis and certain beers, pizzas for $6.50 and a few menu items
The Verdict: Come for the drinks. But eat first. ...