Monday, January 16, 2017

Councilman Jeff Johnson is Running for Mayor

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 8:07 PM

In a Mark Naymik joint published on Youtube today, Councilman Jeff Johnson announced a run at the mayor's office. A primary election will take place Sept. 12 in Cleveland, ahead of the Nov. 7 general election.

Johnson is the first established city politician to throw his hat in the ring. Six other residents have pulled petitions to run, including Ja'Ovvoni Garrison. In today's announcement, Johnson reiterated his message (often delivered at council meetings and disseminated via, again, Youtube) that City Hall has maintained too fixed a gaze on downtown — to the detriment of people living everywhere else.

"It's all about, for me, the neighborhoods," Johnson said. "City Hall has forgotten what's going on in the majority of neighborhoods in our community."

Mayor Frank Jackson has not yet announced whether he'll run, but the scuttlebutt among political observers is that it's inevitable. Think of it as inertia, if nothing else. We'll let you know when he drops the news, though don't expect a video.

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An Epic American Poem Inspired the Latest Film From Northeast Ohio Native Jim Jarmusch

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:54 PM

Northeast Ohio native Jim Jarmusch, an indie writer-director with a long and storied filmmaking career, has said he came up with the idea for the script for his new movie Paterson, which opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, more than 20 years ago.

He conceived of the movie on a trip to New Jersey city that provides the setting for both his film and for the famous William Carlos Williams poem of the same name.

In the poem, the man and city become one. Jarmusch directly references that element of the poem by naming the movie’s central character Paterson.

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Photographer Lee Sechrist is Shooting Cleveland's Hangovers, One Pain-Riddled Face at a Time

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 3:26 PM


When Lakewood resident Lee Sechrist woke up one recent January morning after a night of drinking he had a gnarly hangover. He’s got a two-year-old son and doesn’t party quite like he used to, so hangovers these days tend to be brutal. This one was particularly bad.

Sechrist felt terrible and his face said as much. He looked in the mirror and the face staring back conveyed exactly how shitty he was feeling. It was a face worth memorializing in a photo. Thankfully Sechrist is a photographer and didn’t have to leave home to document the suffering.

After shooting the photographs he wondered to himself if anyone else might want their hangover similarly documented. He sent out an invite to some friends that he’d make mimosas and have a small hangover party; unfortunately, no one came over. So he just posted the set to Facebook, where it gained a little traction. Eventually Sechrist offered to travel to anyone who was hungover and willing to sit — headaches and nausea and all — for a session. Hell, he’d even bring coffee and bagels.

Some friends took him up on the offer at first and strangers have followed as word has spread. He’s even received messages from people in the middle of the night, as they’re drinking, as they’re preparing for what inevitably comes next, asking if he can shoot them the following morning.

“Just go ahead with the night you were planning on having. Don’t drink anymore on the account of wanting me to take your picture,” Sechrist said. “I don’t think anyone should get hungover on purpose. It’s one of the most awful feelings.”

While it’s certainly not a geographically unique project, Sechrist believes there’s something special about Cleveland’s hangovers. “I think people in Cleveland spend more time hungover than actually drinking," he said. "There’s a brewery popping up on every corner and they usually have beers with over 7% alcohol. Cleveland’s definitely a hard drinking city.”

Check out more of his work at his site and follow along on Instagram here.
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Local Metal Band Midnight to Release New Compilation and Tour with Kreator

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:59 PM

Jamie Walters (aka Athenar) originally played in the local metal band Boulder before forming Midnight more than 10 years ago.

Back in 2012, the band issued Complete and Total Hell, a compilation of its various EPs and splits up to and successive of 2011’s Satanic Royalty.

Now, the band has announced it will release Shox of Violence, an album featuring four new songs, on Feb. 20. The group will release it as a stand-alone 12-inch while the CD and tape versions will feature 25 tracks total, including a cover of Venom's "Too Loud (for the Crowd)" that was available exclusively to subscribers of Decibel magazine, several live tracks, and covers by Quiet Riot, Girlschool, the Pagans, Taipan and Crucifixion, among others.

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More Than $100,000 in Payroll Was Lost in an 'Email Scam' at Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:30 PM

In a Jan. 13 email to Cleveland Metropolitan School District staffers, CEO Eric Gordon explained that some sort of "email spoofing scam" routed $100,786.99 in district payroll to an unknown third party. In all, 61 employees were affected. (They've since been issued paper checks.)

It seems that the scam involved the classic bait of getting people to hand over their email account information.

The district has, of course, alerted law enforcement and "taken steps to prevent additional malicious activity."
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You Can Go See the "Sherlock" Season Four Finale on the Big Screen

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:26 PM

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Fans of the hit BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the most famous detective of all time, already know that the fourth season is currently underway.

The third and final episode of the season will screen at two local theaters, in a presentation by Fathom Events.

On Monday, Jan. 16 (today) and Wednesday, Jan. 18, the season finale will play at 7 p.m. at Cinemark Valley View and Regal Crocker Park. Tickets are $15.

A Cinemark employee advised by phone that the event has proven extremely popular and only front-row seats are available for tonight's screening. A Regal employee reported that tickets are still available at that location for both evenings.

In addition to the 90-minute episode, viewers will enjoy an exclusive 15-minute featurette, "The Adventures of Mary Watson," in which actress Amanda Abbington will talk about playing the wife of John Watson (played by Martin Freeman, to whom Abbington was married in real life until a recent split.)
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Slyman's Lands on List of 33 Best Sandwich Shops in America

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:16 PM

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It's not like Slyman's needed more validation, but it certainly doesn't hurt. The corned beef emporium landed on Thrillist's list of the 33 best sandwich shops in America alongside some very good and notable company.

Here's what they had to say:

Cleveland's in the midst of a restaurant renaissance, with chefs like Jonathon Sawyer and Michael Symon upping the culinary game and locally wrought chains like grilled cheese oasis Melt popping off. But at Slyman's, nothing has changed in five decades. Nothing has needed to. The joint has stood tall among old-school New York-style delis since owner Freddie Slyman's folks opened the doors to the no-frills diner back in 1963. Salt-smacked corned beef is stacked 6in high on two slices of rye on a sandwich that would give the cats at Katz's pause, while hot brisket makes a similar tower, though we'd be lying if we didn't say it somehow becomes better when given the Reuben treatment. And yes, the pastrami would make a New Yorker's knees buckle. Some say Cleveland's changing. We say it's just catching up with what Slyman's has been doing all along.

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