Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Former Marilyn Manson Collaborator Tim Sköld to Perform at the Phantasy

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:46 PM

Since shock rocker Marilyn Manson was born in Canton, Northeast Ohio can claim him as a native son.

Back in the 2000s, the influential artist hooked up with Swedish bassist and producer Tim Sköld, who officially joined the band in 2002 after the departure of bassist Twiggy Ramirez.

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Feds Uncover Racketeering Scheme at MetroHealth Led by Former Executive

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM

Former MetroHealth executive Edward Hills was arrested today after landing a laundry list of racketeering and conspiracy charges in a recent indictment.

Hills and three other dentists were involved in a plan that diverted "hundreds of thousands of dollars" from the hospital, according to federal investigators. (Hills was formerly the president of the Ohio State Dental Board, as well.)

The whole scheme reads like a page out of Jimmy Dimora's playbook.

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In short, the indictment outlines how Hills would demand all sorts of things from dental employees — cash, checks, airfare, hotel reservations, TVs, etc. — in return for "favorable official actions," including pay raises and bonuses. The indictment reveals a number of texts showing how Hills' lackeys were working hard to deliver cash to his personal bank account.

Further, Hills and two other dentists — Sari Alqsous and Yazan Al-Madani, also in custody now — used their time on the job at Metro, a public institution, to work on Hills' private practice, Oral Health Enrichment. Alqsous and Al-Madani also had their own private practice, and Hills would often direct Metro patients there. (Their practice is called Buckeye Family Dental.) This scheme sits at the center of the indictment, with untold amounts of money being diverted away from Metro.

In his leadership role, Hills allowed those dentists to work part-time hours while receiving full-time pay (and tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses) and while operating their own private practices.

A number of examples of Hills' influence can be found in the indictment. 

At one point, Alqsous was moving out of his downtown apartment; Hills demanded that he continue to pay rent and utilities while Hills moved a woman identified as "Designee 1" into the unit. Hills also demanded that Alqsous and Al-Madani and another person pool funds to buy an Apple computer for "Designee 1."

Those activities and rest of the schemes contained in the indictment took place between 2008 and 2016.

In one particularly bizarre and revealing example, Hills demanded a Louis Vuitton briefcase for his first day of work as the interim CEO and President of Metro. (His predecessor had carried a similar one.) Once again, Alqsous and Al-Madani bent over backwards to find the briefcase. The relevant text messages read:

Alqsous: got the guys together to deliver your gift to start ur new job...

Alqsous: This is the one? [Accompanied by a picture of a Louis Vuitton briefcase]

Hills: Yes

Alqsous: The guys are also very excited about their raise haha

Hills: Thanks I'm so excited to have my bag to start my new job as #1

Alqsous: You are welcome, it is an honor

Hills: Thanks it is like having 3 sons

The briefcase cost $3,879.

We'll keep an eye on this case as it moves through the court.

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Pacos Tacos in Solon Has Closed

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:07 PM

Pacos Tacos & Tequila, billed when it opened last year as an “innovative, hip and edgy East Side dining landmark featuring Mexican Street Food,” has closed. The taco concept was launched by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group in a former Applebee's location in Solon.

Management notified the public via the following message:

"Pacos Tacos has permanently closed as of October 22, 2016.

The management and staff would like to sincerely thank Solon and our guests who have supported the restaurant since its opening. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this closure."

Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group also operates M Italian in Chagrin Falls and Burntwood Tavern, which is up to eight locations.

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Classic Lineup of the Jayhawks to Perform at the Kent Stage

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 12:56 PM

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When singer Gary Louris first started the Jayhawks, a pioneering alt-country band that formed in Minneapolis in 1985, he didn’t set out to craft a sound from roots rock and country. The band plays the Kent Stage on Nov. 2.

Rather, he confesses that he was initially an “Anglophile” when it came to music.

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Video: Paul Hoynes Jumped in Lake Erie to Pay Off His World Series Bet

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Yesterday, we updated you on a long-standing debt that Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes owed to a Twitter user. The origin: Back in September, this exchange took place. 


As of yesterday, however, Hoynsie had yet to publicly acknowledge his impending dip nor actually enter the chill waters of Lake Erie, this despite the Tribe's berth in the Fall Classic being secured last week.

Well, this morning, he finally made good. (We'd like to think yesterday's post prodded Paul to finally take the plunge.)

Anyway, here's glorious video proof. And here's his short article to accompany his swim.

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Video: Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert Square Off on Indians vs. Cubs World Series

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 12:17 PM

To say tensions were high during Tom Hanks' visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night is a bit of an understatement.

Tom is, of course, an Indians fan, and he came out with a full arsenal of insults for Stephen, a Cubs fan (nominally?).

Hanks seemed to have more knowledge about his team — Colbert couldn't even name the Cubs best relief pitcher. And we'll forgive him for saying the "ghost of Rocky Colavito." Colavito is still alive, but we'll assume he meant ghost in the figurative sense.

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The Orchestra's Halloween Spooktacular and 5 More Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 11:59 AM

This week’s recommendations feature a service band, two final homages to a beloved French composer-conductor, a Canadian violin virtuoso, The Cleveland Orchestra all dressed up (in a different way), and two professional vocal ensembles, one domestic and one from across the pond.

The United States Air Force Concert Band & Singing Sergeants, conducted by Col. Larry Lang, will swing by Cleveland on their current tour for a program at the Maltz Performing Arts Center, 1855 Ansel Rd. in University Circle, on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm. Thanks to your federal tax dollars, the concert is free. Congress has plans to curtail the Armed Forces service bands. Come hear this concert and write to your senators and representatives and tell them what you think about that.

The two final events in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Boulez Legacy series are scheduled for this week. The famous French composer and conductor, who guest-conducted The Cleveland Orchestra for nearly 50 years, will be honored with two concerts: one by Ars Futura on Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 pm, another by the CIM New Music Ensemble on Sunday, October 31 at 4:00 pm, both in Mixon Hall.

The Wednesday program features Shuai Wang, piano, Madeline Lucas Tolliver, flute, Benjamin Chen, clarinet, Jinjoo Cho and Yun-Ting Lee, violins, Daniel Pereira, cello, and Luke Rinderknecht, percussion, in Olivier Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir (1951), Pierre Boulez’s Improvisé – pour le Dr. Kalmus (1969), György Ligeti’s Continuum (1968), Pierre Boulez’s Sonatine for Flute and Piano (1946), and Mario Davidovsky’s Flashbacks (1995).

The Sunday concert, conducted by Keith Fitch, will feature guest composer Augusta Read Thomas and Cleveland Orchestra principal flute Joshua Smith, and the selections include Pierre Boulez’s Dérive 1 (1984) and Mémoriale (“…explosante-fixe…” originel) (1985), Thomas’s Dancing Helix Rituals (2007) and Klee Musings (2016), Gyorgy Kurtág’s Hommage à R. Sch. (1990), and Bernard Rands’ …sans voix parmi les voix… (1995).

Before the Sunday concert, at 3:00 pm, a panel discussion moderated by Fitch will feature Thomas and Smith in conversation with CWRU music professor Susan McClary. All these events are free, but you’ll need to reserve seating passes by calling 216.795.3211.

Canadian violin phenomenon James Ehnes will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut this week in concerts on Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29 at 8:00 pm in Severance Hall. The concerts, led by the wild-haired French conductor Stéphane Denève (below), are devoted to the music of Sergei Prokofiev: the Suites from The Love for Three Oranges and Romeo and Juliet, and the Violin Concerto No. 1. Tickets are available online.

The Cleveland Chamber Choir made a big impression with their debut concerts last season. Led by Kent State choral professor Scott MacPherson, the ensemble will sing double performances of their programs this year. The repeat of their first program takes the group to the West Side on Friday at 8:00 pm for a concert on the John Knox Performance Series at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 25299 Lorain Rd. in North Olmsted. “Americana” includes William Billings’ When Jesus Wept and Shiloh, Charles Ives’ Psalm 67, Aaron Copland’s Lark, a selection from John Cage’s Living Room Music, Samuel Barber’s Reincarnations, Stephen Foster songs, folk song arrangements, and spirituals. The concert is free.

They’re normally decked out in their work uniforms — white tie and tails — but The Cleveland Orchestra will get into the Halloween spirit on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm by playing in costume for their annual Halloween Spooktacular, this one subtitled “Superman at the Symphony.” The musical program includes excerpts from John Williams’s score to Superman and Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony, with projected images of The Man of Steel (who may have been born on Krypton, but who was invented in Cleveland). The fun starts at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 30 at Severance Hall. Buy tickets online.

It’s a great weekend for choral music. In addition to Cleveland Chamber Choir, the schedule includes a concert by the British group Voces8 on Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm. Emily Dickens and Andrea Haynes, sopranos, Barnaby Smith and Chris Wardle, countertenors, Blake Morgan and Sam Dressel, tenors, Rob Clarke, baritone, and Jonathan Pacey, bass, will demonstrate their splendid choral chops at Mary Queen of Peace Church, 4423 Pearl Rd. in Old Brooklyn. This one is free.

For details of these and many other events, visit the ClevelandClassical.com Concert Listings page.
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