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House of Blues to Host Benefit for Documentary Film About Famed Rock Writer Jane Scott

House of Blues to Host Benefit for Documentary Film About Famed Rock Writer Jane Scott

Friends of Jane, an Ohio company put together by locals Thomas Kelly, Michael Heaton, David Spero and Michael Stanley, has launched a campaign to finance a documentary film about the late Jane Scott, the Plain Dealer reporter who covered rock n’ roll for many...

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Guided by Voices to Play Grog Shop in October

Guided by Voices to Play Grog Shop in October

Even though they played what they said would be their last show ever in 2004, Guided by Voices have been steadily touring and releasing records since reforming in 2010. Singer Bob Pollard and whatever assortment of players he can put together deliver a helluva...

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Indians Sign Former Indian Russell Branyan, Assign Him to Columbus Clippers

Indians Sign Former Indian Russell Branyan, Assign Him to Columbus Clippers

Russell Branyan's back, Cleveland.  Today, the Cleveland Indians signed former Cleveland Indian Russell Branyan. The 38-year-old utility player returns to Ohio by way of the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican Baseball League (.296, 19 home runs, y'know). He'll be playing Triple-A ball for the Columbus...

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This Craigslist Ad From Parma is So Parma

This Craigslist Ad From Parma is So Parma

Free shrubs, you guys. Free shrubs.  "Just stop by, dig them out and fill the holes."  Straight Parma. ...

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Avon Lake Councilman Wants to Allow Residents to Shoot Deer With Paintball Guns to Scare Them Away

Avon Lake Councilman Wants to Allow Residents to Shoot Deer With Paintball Guns to Scare Them Away

“I really don’t want to deal with phone calls of a polka-dot deer running around town because it’s gotten hit with 17 different colors of paint balls.” That quote is from Geoff Westerfield, Ohio Division of Wildlife assistant wildlife management supervisor, responding to queries on...

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Accused of Drugging and Raping Employee, A Put-In-Bay Bar Manager Is Finally Indicted

Accused of Drugging and Raping Employee, A Put-In-Bay Bar Manager Is Finally Indicted

Chris Blessing managed both Mr. Ed's Bar & Grille and Mist pool barChris Blessing, a 32-year-old Put-In-Bay bar manager, was indicted this week on two counts of rape, nearly four months after an employee accused him of drugging and raping her, the Sandusky Register reported...

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Photo of the Day: Cleveland Police Know How to Tailgate Too

Photo of the Day: Cleveland Police Know How to Tailgate Too

Presented mostly without comment, here's a pic that's been making the rounds of a Cleveland police officer lending his hand in a tailgate beer bong. Reason No. 74 why we love tailgating in Cleveland. Hat tip to redditer RamboNation for this one. ...

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16-Bit Bar + Arcade Opens Today in Lakewood

16-Bit Bar + Arcade Opens Today in Lakewood

For the past three months, Stow native Troy Allen and his team have been hard at work converting the old Five Guys spot on Detroit (15012 Detroit Ave., 216-563-1115, 16-bitbar.com) into an adult-themed wonderland. And according to Allen, the 4,000-square-foot space came out better...

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New Board Chairman Says Wilberforce Must "Create Entrepreneurs"

New Board Chairman Says Wilberforce Must "Create Entrepreneurs"

This afternoon, Wilberforce University, the historically black college (HBCU) near Dayton facing the loss of its accreditation, has announced a new chairman and vice chairman of its board of trustees. Mark Wilson, President and CEO of eVerifile, a background check provider based in Atlanta, has...

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Former Medina High School Basketball Player Sues After Getting Cut From Team

Former Medina High School Basketball Player Sues After Getting Cut From Team

A 2013 graduate of Medina High School is taking to federal court because he feels he didn't get enough playing time on the varsity basketball team and that his First Amendment and due process rights were violated when he was finally booted from the...

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A Tradition in the Making: Tim Bando Brings Maturity, Value and Something for Everyone to Chagrin Falls with Grove Hill

A Tradition in the Making: Tim Bando Brings Maturity, Value and Something for Everyone to Chagrin Falls with Grove Hill

An undeniable sense of déjà vu washes over me as I enter Grove Hill in Chagrin Falls. It's been 20-plus years since I've stepped foot inside the building, and many of the interior treatments have changed, yet I still can't help but anticipate a meal...

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What's Fresh at: Deagan's Kitchen & Bar

What's Fresh at: Deagan's Kitchen & Bar

Ohio sweet corn
Deagan's Kitchen & Bar in Lakewood is known for its abundance of creative vegan dishes as much as for its lengthy craft beer, scotch and whiskey options. It's natural, then, that executive chef Ryan Kaston is committed to using fresh, seasonal produce. "When the season...

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Old Reliable: It Has a New Owner and Some Good Bar Food, But the Rowley Inn Will Remain the Rowley Inn You Know and Love

Old Reliable: It Has a New Owner and Some Good Bar Food, But the Rowley Inn Will Remain the Rowley Inn You Know and Love

Though the Rowley Inn technically resides in Tremont, folks who come here have and always will call this area "the South Side." The bar sits just a mile south of Lincoln Park, but it might as well be clear across town. For at least 60...

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Basement Jaxx Return to Form with ‘Junto’

Basement Jaxx Return to Form with ‘Junto’

Basement Jaxx Junto (Atlantic Jaxx/PIAS) basementjaxx.com Basement Jaxx started making electronic music before it was cool to make electronic music. So you can't entirely blame them for coming out of hibernation to cash in on what's become a popular trend. The duo of Felix Buxton...

Music Feature

Band of the Week: Diana Chittester

Band of the Week: Diana Chittester

Meet the Band: Diana Chittester (vocals, guitar) Transplanted: Singer-songwriter Diana Chittester moved to Cleveland from Pittsburgh, and started playing open mic nights at places like the now-closed Winchester. She released her first EP in 2008 and followed that with 2012's In This Skin, which features...

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Local Instrumental Group Cellocentric Impresses with Self-titled Debut

Local Instrumental Group Cellocentric Impresses with Self-titled Debut

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Cellocentric Cellocentric (self-released) dougwoodmusic.com An instrumental group that features mandolin player/guitarist Doug Wood, cellist Tara Hanish and bassist Darren Frate, Cellocentric bridges a few different musical genres, and the group has recently taken to collaborating with some of the Classical Revolution Cleveland folks. It often...

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As You Like It: Local Theaters Cater to Every Taste this Fall

As You Like It: Local Theaters Cater to Every Taste this Fall

Twenty shows will open from now through November, and they're all ready to give you what you want. For instance... WANT NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES? The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy, None Too Fragile Theater, Akron, Sept. 12 to 27. A black ex-con rescues an intellectual white atheist...

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Are We There Yet? The Ride at None Too Fragile Theater Has a Few Too Many Script Bumps to Make It a Smooth Trip

Are We There Yet? The Ride at None Too Fragile Theater Has a Few Too Many Script Bumps to Make It a Smooth Trip

How did young people come of age before the car (or bus) was invented? You'd think from all the works of art that feature those vehicles as the central transporting device — from Jack Kerouac's On the Road to Thelma and Louise — that wheels...

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Also on Stage

Also on Stage

If there is one filmmaker whom many cineastes love, and also love to hate, it's probably Leni Riefenstahl. Her movie glorifying Hitler's Third Reich, Triumph of the Will, stands to this day as a monumental achievement in cinematography and a craven tribute to a certifiable...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: Trip to Italy

Film Review of the Week: Trip to Italy

Last week, Land Ho, a refreshing low-budget film about two sixtysomethings on a trip to Iceland, warmed the hearts of those who saw it at the Cedar Lee. This week, Trip to Italy, a snoozerino about two fiftyish guys taking just what the title says,...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Jamie Marks is Dead

Film Spotlight: Jamie Marks is Dead

When Christopher Barzak, a local author who holds an MFA in creative writing from Pittsburgh's Chatham University and teaches fiction writing at Youngstown State University, wrote his first novel, One for Sorrow, he was trying to capture the anxieties of growing up in the Mahoning...

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Film Review of the Week: Land Ho!

Film Review of the Week: Land Ho!

Land Ho!, a gently bobbing film about two ex-brothers-in-law on a trip to Iceland, should be perfect fare for the Cedar Lee: modest in scope, slow in pace, noble in aspiration, and blue-haired through and through. It opens there on Friday. Indeed, Mitch (Earl Lynn...

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