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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood Among 10 Jewish Centers That Received Bomb Threats Yesterday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:49 AM

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The Mandel Jewish Community Center in Beachwood received a hoax bomb threat yesterday around 11:17 in the morning. No evacuation was ordered and police with bomb sniffing dogs quickly determined the threat was false.

“Like many JCCs around the country, the Mandel JCC received a noncredible bomb threat via phone call earlier today,” JCC president and CEO Michael Hyman said in a statement. “Following established procedures, Mandel JCC security officers initiated a building-wide search. City of Beachwood police with bomb-sniffing dogs and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Director of Community-Wide Security were quickly on site. It was determined that the threat was non-credible and the building was not evacuated. The J remains open and operating as usual.”

Still, the JCC was among 10 Jewish centers around the country that received bomb threats yesterday (which happened to be Presidents Day). There have been more than 40 in previous weeks.

The FBI and Department of Justice are involved in the investigations of incidents that also targeted JCC centers in Buffalo, Birmingham, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Nashville and Houston. Additionally, 170 Jewish gravestones in a Missouri cemetery were knocked over.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate group activity, told NBC News that it had found 1,094 incidents in the month after the election tied to anti-Semitic, anti-black and anti-immigrant feelings.

Ivanka Trump addressed the wave of threats in a tweet last night, saying, "America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC."

The President himself briefly addressed the most recent wave of attacks in an appearance this morning at the National African-American Museum. Before that, Trump was most recently asked about the increase in anti-Semitic feelings and attacks since the election last week during a press conference. Here's what he said the:

Trump had previously drawn criticism for failing to mention the Jewish people in his remembrance of the Holocaust.
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A Centennial Celebration of Thelonious Monk and Four More Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 9:16 AM

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German composer-conductor Matthias Pintscher visits The Cleveland Orchestra this week with one of the most varied programs of the Severance Hall season. It begins with Pintscher’s own Ex Nihilo, a twelve-minute score that reflects his all-too-common experience of “waking up jetlagged in a foreign city, eyes starting to see shapes in the hotel darkness.” French pianist Cédric Tiberghien will solo in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” and Pintscher and the Orchestra will finish up the program with Arnold Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 2 and Claude Debussy’s impressionist seascape La Mer. Concerts begin on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 pm and continue on Friday, February 24 at 11:00 am (without the Schoenberg), and Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 pm. Tickets here.

If you haven’t yet celebrated the centennial of jazz legend and pioneer Thelonious Monk, the True North Big Band will play some of his most beloved compositions in Trinity Hall of John Knox Presbyterian Church in North Olmsted on Friday, February 24 at 7:00 pm. It’s part of the John Knox Performance Series, and it’s free, though contributions are welcome.

20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc often wrote music with his tongue firmly in his cheek, but his opera The Dialogues of the Carmelites tells the story of the Carmelite nuns who were sent to the guillotine in 1794 during the Reign of Terror for refusing to renounce their vocation. Baldwin Wallace Opera Theater will produce four performances of this 1956 masterwork at the Kleist Center in Berea from Thursday through Saturday, February 23-25 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm. Scott Skiba directs, and tickets are available online.

Contemporary vocal music is the theme when the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble makes its next visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 pm. Gregory Ristow guest conducts the ensemble of singers and instrumentalists in Harrison Birtwistle’s Entr’actes and Sappho Fragments for soprano and ensemble, as well as Stephen Hartke’s Tituli for five solo male voices, violin, and two percussionists. Tickets for the concert in Gartner Auditorium are available online.

And on Oberlin’s home turf, the next Artist Recital Series concert will feature Toronto’s esteemed Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in “J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation.” This multimedia creation combines music, text, and projected video and images to explore the world of the artisans — papermakers, violin carvers, string spinners, and performers — who helped J.S. Bach realize his musical genius. The concert is at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, February 28 in Finney Chapel. Tickets are available online.

For details of these and many other events, visit the ClevelandClassical.com Concert Listings page.
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Seafair's Chayla Hope to Headline Her First Solo Show

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:53 AM

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Formed in 2012, the local indie rock act Seafair  created lush soundscapes that drew apt comparisons to Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene.

Last year, Seafair sadly called it quits after a performance at the Burning River Fest. And yet, singer-keyboardist Chayla Hope has continued on with a solo career.

On Friday, she headlines her first show as a solo artist. The concert, billed as “Chayla Hope & Friends,” features an all-local, all-female lineup, including the Whiskey Hollow’s Madeline Finn, guitarist Kimberly Haffey and cellist Shelby Lynn Sangdahl.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Nightlight Cinema in Akron to Host a Special Screening of the New Comedy/Drama 'All Nighter'

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 4:53 PM

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As part of the New York Film Critics Film Series, a regular series of ongoing preview screenings that takes place in about 50 selected major markets, All Nighter, a new comedy/drama starring Emile Hirsch, Analeigh Tipton and J.K. Simmons, will screen on March 20 at the Nightlight in Akron.

The movie centers on the hijinks that take place when when a “globe trotting, workaholic father” (Simmons) discovers his daughter (Tipton) has gone missing. He then forces her banjo-playing ex-boyfriend (Hirsch) to help him find her over the course of one “increasingly crazy” night.

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Four Northeast Ohio Restaurants Land on OpenTable's Ranking of Most Romantic in the Country

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 3:28 PM

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The actual criteria and methodology for OpenTable's list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants for 2017 is a bit nebulous, but the site claims the 100 honored restaurants were chosen based on an analysis of 10,000,000 user-submitted reviews of about 24,000 American eateries. What makes these places exceptionally romantic — Tons of candlelight? Perfectly dark and quiet corners for making out? Menus chock full of aphrodisiacs? Bathrooms appropriately sized and sequestered away for quickies? — is not entirely clear.

Whatever the case, the list exists and four Northeast Ohio restaurants made the cut. The inclusions probably won't surprise you given their reputations as destinations that seem to attract lovebirds.

-Chez Francois in Vermilion
-The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton
-Don's Pomeroy House in Strongsville
-Pier W in Lakewood

The Big Egg will have to wait another year for its proper recognition, apparently.

As for the rest of the Buckeye State: Cincinnati received a strong shout out for its contemporary American restaurant Orchids at Palm Court, the Italian eatery Primavista and the Coldwater Cafe & Catering in Tipp City. Meanwhile, Columbus' French Refectory Restaurant & Bistro nabbed that city's only mention.
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Kurt Cobain Would Have Turned 50 Today; Here's Nirvana Performing in Cleveland in 1991

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:25 PM

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Kurt Cobain would have been 50 years old today. (Imagine!) All over the world, surely, fans are sharing memories and videos and music from the days when Nirvana stood atop the rock 'n' roll summit for a brief moment in history.

His daughter, Frances Bean, posted a nice little memorial on Instagram.

With that in mind, here's Nirvana performing at Empire Concert Club on East 9th Street in 1991. Check the setlist below.


Setlist:

Another One Bites The Dust (jam)
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
Aneurysm
Drain You
School
Floyd The Barber
Smells Like Teen Spirit
About A Girl
Breed
Polly
Sliver
Love Buzz
Come As You Are
Pennyroyal Tea
Negative Creep
Been A Son
Blew
Rape Me
Lithium
Territorial Pissings

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GCC Calling on Dan Gilbert to Invest $35 Million in Community Equity Fund

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 2:19 PM

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Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) has asked Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert to personally contribute $35 million to a Community Equity Fund that would match, dollar-for-dollar, all $160 million of the publicly financed portion of the Quicken Loans Arena renovation deal.

In a meeting with Cavs’ corporate leadership Feb. 6 (a meeting that included Cavs’ President Len Komoroski, but not Gilbert himself), GCC asked for a face-to-face meeting with Gilbert to seek his support for the fund. The $35 million that GCC wants from him would instantly capitalize the fund and provide start-up costs for the construction of two mental health crisis centers in Cleveland, one on the east side and one on the west. In addition to the crisis centers, GCC would like to fund “Job Access Pipelines” and “Neighborhood Capital Projects” with the community dollars.

Requesting substantial direct support from Gilbert stems from GCC’s idea that Cleveland residents are getting railroaded by downtown interests and that there needs to be commensurate investment in distressed neighborhoods if Gilbert and the Cavs’ (and, crucially, elected leaders) want voters’ support for what's being spun as a "deal" — not like they ever asked for it.

“At a time when we need to unite our city and county, this deal as it stands further divides Cleveland,” GCC wrote in a letter to Gilbert, delivered to Komoroski on Feb. 6. “We are asking for a meeting directly with you to negotiate these terms, because you are the principal decision-maker. We believe it is your responsibility to ensure this deal builds one Cleveland.”

In a press release sent to media this week after GCC received no response from the Cavaliers’ organization, GCC got more specific about the imbalance of the deal.

“GCC’s belief is that the financial benefit Mr. Gilbert and the Cavaliers accrue from the Q far outweighs what Cleveland-area residents receive in return,” GCC leaders wrote. “Examples of these benefits include not paying property tax on the Q building, extracting exclusive value of the building’s naming rights, and a Cavaliers franchise now valued at $1.2 billion, up from $375 million when Mr. Gilbert first purchased the Cavs, which the public helps subsidize through the current Q arrangement.”

GCC plans to discuss the deal on March 9 at 7 p.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church. They hope to be making a positive announcement, but given the response to date — nothing from the Cavs, not a peep from County Executive Armond Budish, whom they met with in January — they may have to settle for rallying the crowd against greed and injustice.

The March 9 assembly will build on the choreographed demonstration at County Council Headquarters last week, where more than 100 GCC members packed into council chambers to declare that they were #NotAllIn on the renovation deal.

Fairmount Temple’s Rabbi Josh Caruso, one of several speakers for GCC, asked why Cleveland’s income tax hike had just been passed, premised on a lack of resources for basic city services, when the city seemed to have access to tens of millions of dollars for the Q deal. He also posed the question: What's to stop the Indians or the Browns from asking for a similar deal in the next few years? "Doesn't this open the floodgates?" He wondered. “Where does it stop?”

County council will deliberate on the Q deal during their committee meeting at 2 p.m. tomorrow. That takes place on the fourth floor of the county administrative headquarters (2079 E. 9th St.).
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