Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Police: Ohio Man Threatens to Cut Off Girlfriend's Head with a Samurai Sword

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 1:47 PM

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A man has been charged with felonious assault, resisting arrest and obstructing official business after police say he attacked his live-in girlfriend with a samurai sword, according to WOIO and the Canton Repository.

John Smith, 53, was spotted in a car reversing toward a woman walking down the street near Bonnieview Avenue in Alliance Monday evening when police attempted to make a traffic stop. He jumped out of the car and led police on a short chase, but was arrested shortly thereafter. 

The litany of charges stem from his threats to his girlfriend. Smith allegedly held the sword to her neck, threatened to chop her head off, choked her, and tore at her dress, apparently in an attempt to grab her cell phone.

The woman was leaving their home after the violence and threats when police caught up with the pair. The sword was found in the backseat of Smith's car.

Smith's first appearance in front of a judge in pending; he's being held on $102,500 bond.
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Slayer's Kerry King and Anthrax's Scott Ian Talk About Their Co-Headlining Tour

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 1:24 PM

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In the early '80s, Slayer and Anthrax took elements of punk rock and heavy metal to form thrash metal, a new genre. Along with Megadeth and Metallica, the bands became known as the Big Four. Thirty-five years on, Slayer and Anthrax, who kick off  a fall tour on Sept. 9 at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, are still going strong.

Despite the tragic loss of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Slayer has soldiered on with guitarist Gary Holt, who adds some vicious guitar work to the band’s latest album, Repentless.

And despite various lineup changes, Anthrax continues to tour and record. The band recently released a new studio album, For All Kings. In separate phone interviews,  Slayer guitarist Kerry King and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian provided some perspective on just how the once-underground bands have managed to persevere.

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Chardon-Based Noce Gourmet Pizza to Open Spot in Tremont

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 12:16 PM

You can soon add Noce Gourmet Pizza to the list of pizza providers in Tremont. The popular Chardon-based restaurant has been going strong for almost a decade, but management feels the time is right to install an outpost in the big city. 

"We want to be downtown and the opportunity popped up, so we're rolling the dice," explains owner John Tomlinson, who along with son Jay run the operation. "We’ll see what happens. We think we have a good product. There’s not a lot of science behind it."

Noce made news a couple years back when it claimed honors as "Northeast Ohio's Best Pizza" in a vote-herding competition spearheaded by the Northeast Ohio Media Group. But for years before that, the popular pizza shop has been pleasing customers with its fresh take on the Italian staple. 

"It's kind of a combo between New York style and West Coast," Tomlinson adds. "The crust is like a baguette consistency — thin, crispy. crusty."

Unlike Neapolitan-style pies, Noce’s undergo a long, slow bake in moderate oven, allowing the crust to support a generous array of fresh toppings. Those toppings come from small farms like New Creation and Great Lakes Growers, among others. Staples like that airy dough as well as salad dressings are made in-house. 

Unlike the full-service Chardon location, the Tremont spot will be a strictly take-out and delivery operation. The 1,000-square-foot storefront, formerly Big Guy’s Pizza (2539 W. 10th St.), will carry the same menu of salads and two dozen pizzas, with versions available in slice or pie form.

Look for Noce to open in the next couple months. 

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Akron Art Prize Voting Begins This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 11:52 AM

Voting for the fifth annual Akron Art Prize begins with an opening night reception from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 3. This year’s event features more than 200 artists showcasing paintings, photography, collage, graphic design, sculpture and more. This year’s Akron Art Prize features several changes, including an increased prize amount totaling $16,000, as well as consolidating the event under one roof at Summit Artspace (140 E. Market St.).

“We just had art intake over the weekend where we accepted over 200 entries, [followed by a] one-day professional photo shoot and then two days of intense art installation which will energize all three floors of Summit Artspace for the month of Akron Art Prize,” the coordinator of this year’s Akron Art Prize, Courtney Cable, said last week.

Also new this year, additional categories and juried prizes have led to restructuring of the prize levels. The top prize winner will receive $5,000 and an opportunity to exhibit their winning work at the Akron Art Museum for a month following the competition. First place winners in two- and three-dimensional categories receive $2,000, and second place winners receive $1,000. Prizes also include $1,000 Artists’ Choice Award and a juried category, with two local arts and two civic leaders awarding four $1,000 awards.

Later in September, organizers host a “Meet-the-Artist” reception at Summit Artspace from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. The event is designed to offer the public and artists a chance to converse and network. The evening includes DJ Ben Crazy and Kofi Boakye, a crosswalk painting activity with STEM middle school students featuring Random Cushing and light refreshments.

Voting closes at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, with a finale reception from 8 to 10 p.m. Awards will be presented at 9 p.m., and DJ Ben Crazy will return. The free reception includes light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

The Akron Art Prize entries are viewable Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m. at Summit Artspace through the entire month of September. Voting is quick and easy through the Akron Art Prize app, free through the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. Through the app, voters can view entries, curate favorites and cast their votes. The app makes voting more convenient with information like artist name and profile, entry title and description. The app can be downloaded and viewed anywhere, but votes can only be cast within the Akron Art Prize footprint.

Each registered voter (ages 16 and older) may cast up to five votes, but voters who cast all five votes and fill out a brief survey will receive a sixth vote and be entered into a drawing for $100 gift card to the downtown Akron business of their choice. For those without smartphones, voting kiosks are available on each floor of Summit Artspace.

For more information, visit akronartprize.org or facebook.com/akronartprize. Guests are encouraged to share their experiences on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #akronartprize16. The Akron Art Prize is sponsored by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and coordinated by the Downtown Akron Partnership.

(Summit Artspace) 140 E. Market St., Akron, 330-376-8480, summitartspace.org

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Walk Through This Cavs-Inspired Corn Maze at Mapleside Farms in Two Weeks

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 11:03 AM

  • Courtesy Mapleside Farms

There have been celebrations upon celebrations after the Cavs' championship but the most unique yet may be this giant corn maze in Brunswick, opening to the public soon.

Words in the maze,  located at Mapleside Farms, spell out "Homegrown Hero" and "Believeland," and includes LeBron's profile and the Larry O'Brien trophy.

"The positive effect on everyone has been amazing to see, and it's probably the reason why all three of our boys instantly thought of what LeBron and the Cavs accomplished when we asked them what we should put in our corn maze this year," Mapleside owner Greg Clement said in a release, giving credit to his sons who came up with the design.

The maze will open to the general public on September 10 at Mapleside's Fall Festivals and Pumpkin Village.
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The Pure Joy of Art You Can Touch at the Akron Art Museum, Created By the Cleveland Institute of Art's Jimmy Kuehnle

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 10:57 AM

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Do you know what’s happening in Akron right now? This past Friday the Akron Art Museum unveiled a new exhibit and it’s occupying my every waking moment. The exhibit is an installation by Jimmy Kuehnle entitled “Wiggle Giggle Jiggle.” I know that sounds like the title of a DreamWorks animated movie about three seals who dream of becoming circus clowns, but stay with me.

I like art I can touch. When I visited the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh there was an exhibit that was literally a room full of silver balloons. Running through the room, batting at giant balloons, and being softly pelted in the face by their reflective surfaces, was the most fun I had ever had at an art exhibit. Until I visited a small gallery in Chicago that was hosting a piñata event for charity – local artists had crafted piñatas based on various themes and, one at a time, the piñatas were hoisted up so visitors could, in exchange for money, hit the piñatas with a bat as hard as we could. It was tactile and dangerous as the audience was showered with glitter and, at times, pudding. It was an interactive experience I don’t expect to have at an art museum.

“Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle” is enormous, red and, really, quite jiggly. The artist, Jimmy Kuehnle, sat in his Cleveland Heights apartment and sewed and sewed for weeks and weeks to create this experience. It starts at the entrance of the museum, where one part of the installation is climbing up the glass atrium wall, extending over the ticket desk, inviting you in while looming over you. The second part is in its own room that you are invited to walk through, and here it gets real tactile. The room is filled with big, fat columns of red fabric. These columns are inflated, lit from within, and quiet. They extend floor to ceiling and are spaced to create walking paths. You enter , and immediately get lost. You aren’t able to tell the shape of the space you’re in – how big is this room? How small? Does this go on forever? Or is it about to end? The only light comes from within the red inflated walls and, as you’re working to gather your bearings, the lights suddenly cut off. You stop, it’s nothing but dark, and the room now goes on forever, up and down, side to side to infinity. And then the lights are back on, winking playful, inviting you to go on.

I walked through the installation a few times on my own, but it took a child in the exhibit to show me how it was actually supposed to be experienced. Two boys, about 10 years old, began bumping into the columns. They hid from each other, pursued each other. They squeezed through places where the fabric columns touched, places I wouldn’t have thought to try to get through. But they could get through, and I could get through, with the satisfying sucking sound of our skin moving against the vinyl-like fabric. The boys ran to each other, ran away from each other. Their father hid in the corner and jumped out yelling “Roar!” The space created by this installation is ideal for hiding and jumping and laughing. The more people that come into the space, the larger it gets. When others are with you in the room you’re inspired to find new ways to move through the red walls, new spaces to hide in or poke through.

This exhibit makes me want to travel back in time, become 13 years old again, go to this thing during a middle school field trip, and get caught making out with someone in between two inflated red fabric columns. I want to take every child I know to this thing and watch their uncertainty of how to interact with this red, puffy labyrinth slowly turn into sheer joy. I want to rent this thing for, not my child’s birthday party, but for my own birthday party. I want to hold an improv class inside this thing. I want to have tea in this thing. It’s a bouncy house fever dream. It’s as though Jimmy Kuehnle took the idea of joy, made a pattern of it, sewed it together, hung it from the ceiling, threw in some air and light, and gave it to us to enjoy. Which, I suppose, is exactly what he did.

“Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle” is at the Akron Art Museum through February 2017.
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Local Indie Rockers Extra Medium Pony Debut New Single 'Over Expose'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM

A veteran local musician who’s played with the likes of Dreadful Yawns, Nicholas Megalis, Afternoon Naps and Herzog, singer-guitarist Rick Spitalsky now devotes his time to the local indie rock act Extra Medium Pony.

He solely wrote and recorded the forthcoming album, Meaninglessness, due out next month. He also played all the instruments and made the artwork himself. The LP will be released via Exit Stencil Recordings, the same label that put out 11868, the band’s 2013 debut.

A 12-track, “lyric-driven and perception-bending LP based on observations from Spitalsky’s life,” the album shows Spitalsky’s love of music from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

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