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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Piano Wiz Tony DeSare to Join Cleveland Pops Orchestra Tonight at Severance Hall

Posted By on Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM

A number of press outlets have compared Tony DeSare, an up-and-coming piano whiz, singer and composer, to Harry Connick Jr, Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.

The New York-based musician performs classic American standards but also writes his own music and plays with a swinging piano style. In addition to being a talented player and singer, DeSare has looks and charisma.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Comedy Duo Reformed Whores to Perform at CODA in April

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 3:30 PM

The Southern bred/New York-based comedy duo Reformed Whores (aka Katy Frame and Marie Cecile Anderson) have toured the country opening for the likes of musical parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic, bassist extraordinaire Les Claypool, guitar hero Dweezil Zappa and rockabilly vets Reverend Horton Heat.

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Matthew McConaughey's 'White Boy Rick' Movie Has Begun Filming In Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Today, film crews were spotted at E. 128th Street and Beachwood Avenue in Cleveland filming White Boy Rick, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern and more.

Cleveland 19 nabbed footage of the filmmaking in progress, but McConaughey was nowhere in sight. View that right here.

While we already knew the movie, slated for a 2018 release, was being made in Cleveland and Detroit starting this March, it was still unclear exactly when filming would begin. Now it seems production is in full swing.

The film tells the real life story of Richard Wershe Jr., who went to prison for almost 30 years for a nonviolent drug crime committed when he was a juvenile in 1988. In the movie, McConaughey plays Wershe's dad.

Hopefully, we'll have a McConaughey sighting soon.
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Punk Blues Band Boss Hog Continues to Kick Out the Jams With Unparalleled Fierceness

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 1:57 PM

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Boss Hog, the scuzzy punk blues band fronted by singer-guitarist Jon Spencer and singer Cristina Martinez, first took the stage in 1989 at CBGB’s and made one helluva debut.

The band bio proclaims that its “sexy-dirty brand of bluesy punk” left a “sweaty, immutable mark” on the New York underground.

“I don’t remember a lot of specifics about that first show,” says Martinez, who keeps a day job as the editorial production direction for Bon Appétit, via phone. “It was nerve wracking and only lasted about 15 minutes. It was very fast and furious and full of a lot of adrenaline.”

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Eugene Johnson, Part of 'East Cleveland 3' Wrongful Convictions, Files Suit Against Prosecutor, Detectives

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Eugene Johnson (left) with Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover - ERIC SANDY / SCENE
  • Eugene Johnson (left) with Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover
Eugene Johnson is suing the county prosecutors and East Cleveland detectives who had a hand in the wrongful conviction that landed him 19 years in prison. His lawsuit follows co-defendants Derrick Wheatt and Laurese Glover filing a separate civil suit last month.

Part of the issue is that prosecutors have refused to dismiss the case with prejudice. While the charges against the three men were dropped during a new trial granted last year and the men were subsequently and finally "free," the state has left open the possibility of re-indicting them for the 1995 murder of an East Cleveland man.

We published an extensive feature on the case in the wake of the new trial. With the state's position that the case should not be dismissed, Johnson and his friends are up against an even greater burden in terms of trying to find employment or housing or state compensation for their wrongful conviction, hence the civil litigation unfolding now.

We'll keep tabs on Johnson's suit as it moves through court. (Read the full complaint below.)

Separately, in a document filed yesterday in federal court, attorneys representing former Cuyahoga County prosecutors involved in the East Cleveland 3 case denied nearly all of Wheatt and Glover's claims. They requested that the lawsuit be dismissed.

Eugene Johnson (East Cleveland 3) lawsuit by sandyatscene on Scribd

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John Selick Promoted to Senior Culinary Manager of University Hospitals

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 12:20 PM

Chef John Selick
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Inside of the Ahuja Medical Center, part of University Hospitals’ network of campuses, Chef John Selick prepares his plan for the week. His innovative and health-based approach to hospital food, something more often dreaded than appreciated, has helped facilitate UH in its long-term goal of wellness education and preventative practices for patients and their families.

After 13 years working for Sodexo Healthcare Services, Selick recently applied for a position with a competing hospital, but his current employers presented him an unexpected counter offer. In his new role as Senior Culinary Manager, he will be taking on meal planning for all UH facilities. “I want to emphasize the use of more seasonal recipes, using fresh vegetables that are in season and work with our purveyors to bring in local produce,” the chef says of his long-term plan to unify offerings across the system.

After working for The Ritz Carlton and fine dining destinations in D.C., Selick had plenty of obstacles to overcome at first on the Main Campus, but it was as Executive Chef of Ahuja that he was able to expand his vision for operations.

“This was a chance to start fresh,” he says. “I didn’t inherit any old mistakes or ‘we’ve always done it this way’ mentality. I hired everybody, I bought everything, wrote all the menus, and I tried to do things the right way.”

Working with Farmer Lee Jones at the Chef’s Garden and Culinary Vegetable Institute endowed Selick with an appreciation for sustainable agriculture. And beets. “I was helping out, doing their dinners, and I really thought that the beet was my favorite vegetable that they grew. The flavor is just so nuanced,” he says. Beets now feature prominently in a variety of dishes and fresh-cut at the salad bar.

“People are afraid of weird food,” he understands. “But it’s a chance to make a difference in people’s lives. You can’t change the way they live during a hospital stay, but you can introduce brown rice or quinoa to them.”

Deep-fried and frozen foods and soda were items that Selick proposed to eliminate. 

When he first started developing the kitchen at Ahuja, he may have ruffled some feathers. “It was sort of a culture shock,” he explains, transitioning from preparing food for a hundred to 4,000 in a cafeteria setting. He demanded his staff step up their game by making more from scratch, which had previously been deemed costly and time consuming.

Rarely do we think of the person behind our meals at health facilities, however Selick is working hard to put a name and face to his work. As the President of the American Culinary Federation chapter in Cleveland, he is committed to continuing education for chefs working in corporate, dive, or fine-dining settings.

“The ACF is a network of chefs where the purpose is to make sure that it remains a profession,” he says. “Now, chefs are rock stars but back in the '70s it was considered domestic work in a lot of ways. Some employers, like UH, they look for certified chefs because they know those chefs will understand management, sanitation, food costs; they treat it as a business.”

Chef Selick uses his position not only as a platform for internal change at UH, but to help the community by participating in Autism Speaks and Cleveland Food Bank fundraisers annually. Working in a hospital, he says, allows him to see firsthand the impact of giving back. “I really feel like my job is important. I want to come home and make my kids proud.”
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Cleveland Police Find Local Drummer's Stolen Car and Drum Kit

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 11:15 AM

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We here at Scene love a joyful ending to a story, and we've got a nice one for you today.

Local drummer Andrade Scovil's kit has been found — with his stolen car — thanks to the handiwork of Cleveland police officers Friedrich Kaufmann and James Crivel.

The car was found near East 55th and Broadway. "Everything's here!" Scovil's daughter said in a Facebook video posted last night. Scovil's car and drum kit were stolen almost two weeks ago at a West 150th Street gas station. He was devastated, but Fox 8 broadcast his plight, the local music community rallied and the Cleveland police worked with what little information was available.

Scovil plays in the band Intrique. While they don't presently list any upcoming gigs on their Facebook page, one can only imagine that the next show will be a celebratory good time.

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