Thursday, May 21, 2015

Weird Al's Satire Continues to Hit the Mark

Concert Preview

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

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Weird Al Yankovic knows how to put on a show. During a two-hour concert in 2013 before a capacity crowd at Cain Park, the satirist did a bit of everything. He changed into a countless number of different outfits and played funny, home-made videos in which he took clips of celebrity interviews and inserted his own colorful commentary. That show, his last appearance in town, was a crowd-pleasing concert that catered to both the families and hipsters in attendance.

With his latest effort, last year’s Mandatory Fun, he proves that he’s still at the top of this game as he turns Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” into “Word Crimes,” Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” into “Tacky,” Lorde’s “Royals” into “Foil” and Iggy Azaela’s “Fancy” into “Handy.”

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Here's Scene's Website Circa 1996

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM


"Welcome to Scene Magazine Online!" (This is still what I say to myself every time I go to our website.)

We thought we'd share a little trip down memory lane — to the earliest available iteration of our very own homepage, circa Nov. 2, 1996. And even better than just looking at it, you can actually visit this functioning slice of history

Of note: The late and always excellent Murray Saul worked (or "worked") in the ad department; 19-year-old Fiona Apple had wowed new fans at Lakewood Civic Auditorium that week; the "Akron Blast" minor league baseball team was looking for a new name (which they would go on to do yet again in 2013); and we gave a glowing review to Korn's Life is Peachy, so, uh, sorry about that.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Several Local Musicians on Forthcoming Benefit Album, 'You Can't Live on Love Alone: Songs for the Fight Against Multiple Myeloma'

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 5:21 PM

A Shaker Heights native who now lives in St. Louis, Virginia "Pigeon" O'Brien, has worked for a number of years in the music and entertainment business. She was a managing editor at Sassy Magazine and has handled PR for several bands, including Rugburns singer Steve Poltz. About a year and a half ago, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and Matt Wardlaw, a Scene contributing writer, and longtime friend (and fellow journalist) Jeff Giles wanted to do something to help with the financial issues. They dug into their archives of live performances from their podcast, The Matt 'N' Jeff Radio Hour, and realized that they could hit up some of their favorite artists for exclusive tunes and have a solid benefit album.

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Rover Fest 2015 Tickets Go On Sale Next Friday

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 2:51 PM

Rover and the ladies back in 2009.
  • Rover and the ladies back in 2009.
Tickets for RoverFest 2015 go on sale next Friday morning on 

"This will be the biggest RoverFest,” said Shane “Rover” French on his much-adored WMMS morning talk show May 18. “The biggest party of the year is going to be even bigger.”

Slated for July 18 at Black River Landing in Lorain — the same venue as last year — this year's fest will feature musical acts Flo Rida, Sevendust, Andrew W.K, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts and Filter. 

As always, the ladies vying for a spot in the Miss Morning Glory Calendar will be twerking their way to your hearts throughout the afternoon.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased bright and early May 29, unless of course you'd like to get them ahead of time at Around the Corner in Lakewoord or Aces Grille in North Ridgeville. Both locations will have tickets as early as May 27. 

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West End Bistro in Chagrin Falls to Close After Blossom Time. Will Reopen as Casa Roja

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 2:21 PM

Following this weekend’s Blossom Time festivities, the Chagrin Falls restaurant West End Bistro (79 West St.) will close. A week later, the restaurant will reopen with a brand new look, feel, menu and name: Casa Roja Tapas Restaurant.

The building, a small and attractive red-sided structure, was first converted into a restaurant back in 2008, when owner Tom Lutz debuted Village Exchange, a quick-serve sandwich shop. A year later, he transformed the operation into what it is today, a polished little eatery for 50 guests.

“After seven years, we feel we need to retool,” says Lutz, who also owns the neighboring Gamekeeper’s Taverne (87 West St., 440-247-7744, “We had numerous conversations about going with a Mexican concept, but to be honest, we couldn’t bring ourselves to do a taco and street food theme.”

Lutz says travels to the Spanish cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville inspired him to open Casa Roja.

“I’ve always been enamored with their culture, art and especially food,” Lutz says of Spain. “I always wanted to do a tapas-themed restaurant.”

Lutz and executive chef Alex Arsham have devised a menu built around small plates, sharable platters, and a handful of entrees. The tapas is divided into sections for hot and cold. Diners will enjoy items like warm olives, hand-carved serrano ham, and a variety of paellas built for two. As time goes on, says the chef, the dishes will become more adventurous.

“We’re aiming for a nice arrangement of small plates and nice plate presentations to bring people in, but not things that will alienate people,” Arsham says. “At first it’s all about getting people comfortable with tapas and how we do things and slowly getting more adventurous.”

All dishes will be priced south of $20, with the majority of small plates costing $10.

Of course, there will be plenty of wines from Spain and South America, as well as Sherry and Sangria.

The interior will receive a major overhaul, says Lutz, leaving it “much more sophisticated and sexy.”

Look for Casa Roja to open for dinner the first week of June, with lunch to follow a week or so down the road.

Diners can look forward to changes at Gamekeeper’s as well, says executive chef Craig Fitzgerald, who has been making improvements since he started with the restaurant a year ago.

“We’re trying to evolve; we’re trying to get back up to what Gamekeeper’s was in the past,” he says.

He’s been incorporating more local produce and proteins, while introducing new game dishes to the menu.

“Being in business since 1976 we have to evolve, and I think we have the two guys here – Craig and Alan – who can effect that change,” says Lutz. 

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Got a Story Tip? Drop Us a Line

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 2:17 PM


Got a tip? Have a story you think we should tell? Know something that no one else knows but you'd like to share?

A reminder here that you can send over all tips to or find a specific staff writer here. Many of the great features and investigations in this mag come from people just like you. Crime, politics, corruption, human interest, someone with a life story that everyone should know about, news, gossip, scandal, hot business developments, profanity-laced rants about why you do or do not love Scene  — any and all welcome. We promise.

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Michelle Knight Makes Debut as a Pop Singer

Music News

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Held captive for 11 years, Michelle Knight took scraps of poems and songs with her after she escaped from Ariel Castro's Seymour Avenue home. She’s just released “Survivor,” her first song. Her close friend Aaron “D-Boyy” Dissell, a producer who’s worked with acts such as Machine Gun Kelly, Layzie Bone and aspiring rapper and former NBA Star Daniel "Booby" Gibson, produced the track. "At first, I didn't know the papers were what she wrote in the house,” says Dissell in a press release. “When she told me, that made the hair stand up on the back of my neck. There it was, everything, in its raw form. Art."

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