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Feds Sentence Ashland Man to 30 Years in Prison for Labor Trafficking

Feds Sentence Ashland Man to 30 Years in Prison for Labor Trafficking

CallahanJordie L. Callahan, 28, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for his role in holding a woman with cognitive disabilities and her child against their will and forcing the woman to perform manual labor for him and others. Earlier this year, he and...

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Thrillist Names Cleveland's Nano Brew Among Best Burgers in Nation

Thrillist Names Cleveland's Nano Brew Among Best Burgers in Nation

The folks at Thrillist have again compiled their annual list of the nation’s best burgers, and Cleveland, it seems, is represented. Ranking alongside joints in major cities such as New York and L.A., is Cleveland's Nano Brew, hailed especially for its Spicy Burger, as...

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Alternative Press Music Awards Makes Promising Debut

Alternative Press Music Awards Makes Promising Debut

David KempBilly Crooked and Joan Jett Music Awards ceremonies can be rather formal affairs with rock stars dressed up in tuxes and designer dresses. Not the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, which took place last night at Voinovich Park behind the Rock and Roll Hall...

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Could East Cleveland Forums Be as Contentious as Sound of Ideas? Find Out Tonight!

Could East Cleveland Forums Be as Contentious as Sound of Ideas? Find Out Tonight!

“I may disagree with Mayor Jackson,” said Cleveland city councilman Jeff Johnson during the heated final third of Tuesday morning’s Sound of Ideas broadcast about a Cleveland/East Cleveland merger. “But when we’re in a room together, our focus is Cleveland.” Johnson’s implication was that the leadership in East...

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Cleveland Turns 218 Today, So There Will Be Cake at Public Square

Cleveland Turns 218 Today, So There Will Be Cake at Public Square

If eating cake at a pre-redesigned Public Square sounds like a fun thing to do, well, you're in for a real treat today. IT'S CLEVELAND'S BIRTHDAY! Cleveland — born "Cleaveland" — turns 218 today, but does not look a day over 200. When asked about...

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Happy Birthday David Spade, Selena Gomez and Cleveland

Happy Birthday David Spade, Selena Gomez and Cleveland

It's a big day for birthdays around here and you know why. We're sitting around the Scene offices doing a Joe Dirt marathon and hope you're doing the same. The inimitable David Spade turns the big 5-0 and hooboy, that's a milestone. The lovely...

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Louisville's Forecastle Grows Into Major Festival

Louisville's Forecastle Grows Into Major Festival

Concert Review
Nickel Creek “We should play into a freeway more often,” exclaimed a jubilant Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, during her band’s incendiary set on Sunday evening, the third and final day of Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival, which took place this past weekend in the city’s...

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Rock Hall to Open New Exhibit Featuring Beyoncé's Bling

Rock Hall to Open New Exhibit Featuring Beyoncé's Bling

Beyonce's gold pumps. Tomorrow, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens a new exhibit devoted to hip-hop icon Beyoncé Knowles Carter (or Sasha Fierce, as she's sometimes known). Located in the Legends of Rock section of the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall,...

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Three Bodies Discovered in Cleveland Parks Since Friday

Three Bodies Discovered in Cleveland Parks Since Friday

A pedestrian discovered a body in a creek near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive this morning. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is presently investigating the cause of death and identity. The Monday morning discovery marks the third time since Friday that a body has...

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Central Ohio Man Heads to Coshocton Municipal Court to Answer for his Therapy Ducks

Central Ohio Man Heads to Coshocton Municipal Court to Answer for his Therapy Ducks

Darin Welker, 36, needed back surgery after he left Iraq in 2005. The Department of Veteran Affairs agreed to pay for that. But the government office balked at the notion of physical therapy or mental health counseling. Welker took to raising ducklings — 14 of...

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This Isn't Your Parents' Chinese Restaurant: Han Chinese Gives a Modern Touch to the Asian Staples

This Isn't Your Parents' Chinese Restaurant: Han Chinese Gives a Modern Touch to the Asian Staples

Han Chinese Kabob & Grill doesn't look at all like other Chinese restaurants in Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood. It's bright, modern and attractive. There are no hanging lanterns, calligraphy scrolls or rice paper umbrellas. In place of a murky fish tank with questionable sea life there...

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Beers and Business

Beers and Business

"My mother was a lousy cook," Jan Litterst begins. "I was underweight my whole life until I got married and learned how to cook on my own." But for Litterst and her now ex-husband, "Ho Hos and Romanburgers were our thing." In 2000, doctors told...

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36 Hours in Ann Arbor: Plenty of Reasons to Take a Trip to that State up North

36 Hours in Ann Arbor: Plenty of Reasons to Take a Trip to that State up North

Ann Arbor is a college town, which means that summer is a wonderful time to visit. Thanks to the mass exodus of tens of thousands of University of Michigan students, the leafy, liberal town reverts to a more peaceful version of itself. Throughout the lazy...

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Chris Tuma Gets All Weird and Wacky on ‘Acoustic Tuma’

Chris Tuma Gets All Weird and Wacky on ‘Acoustic Tuma’

Acoustic Tuma Enter-Exit (self-released) reverbnation.com/acoustictuma Chris Tuma, Lakewood-based singer-songwriter, first gained some popularity in the late '90s on the local rock circuit. He moved out of town for a spell, but returned a few years ago and adopted a rootsier sound. His new album mixes...

Music Feature

Band of the Week: Erienauts

Band of the Week: Erienauts

Meet the Band: Brendan Provenzale (bass, vocals), Pat Fleming (guitar, vocals), Ryan Fletterick (guitar), Kelsey Etters (drums). straight outta tha basement: The band came together a year ago when Provenzale wanted to start a side project with Fleming. When his "other band" split up, the...

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The Dissident: Guitar Hero Slash Talks about Taking a Different Approach on his Forthcoming Album World on Fire

The Dissident: Guitar Hero Slash Talks about Taking a Different Approach on his Forthcoming Album World on Fire

Concert Preview
It's no coincidence that former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash releases his albums on his own Dik Hayd record label. He's spent nearly three decades working in what he described as the "insidious music business" and once he had the chance to do things differently,...

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It's Alive!! (Well, Sort Of): An Energetic Production Attempts to Enliven a Comatose Book and Score in Young Frankenstein at the Beck Center

It's Alive!! (Well, Sort Of): An Energetic Production Attempts to Enliven a Comatose Book and Score in Young Frankenstein at the Beck Center

Outside of Playhouse Square, no theater in town does the big musical as well as Beck Center, Artistic director Scott Spence and his associates understand (and clearly love) the form, and reliably deliver the goods. They do the same this time around with Mel Brooks'...

Theater

Also on Stage

Also on Stage

Sunset Boulevard The shallowness of Hollywood in its heyday is exposed in Sunset Boulevard, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical now playing at Mercury Summer Stock. And thanks to ingenious and imaginative staging by director Pierre-Jacques Brault, this musical rendition of the famous 1950 movie starring...

Theater

A Mite Short on Wit: Starmites at Porthouse Theatre Tries Hard but Never Takes Flight

A Mite Short on Wit: Starmites at Porthouse Theatre Tries Hard but Never Takes Flight

You'd think that a Broadway musical that was nominated for six Tony Awards would have a lot going for it. But in the case of the regrettably titled Starmites, now at Porthouse Theatre, there's less to this show than meets the eye. Turns out, this...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: Venus in Fur

Film Review of the Week: Venus in Fur

Given his notorious past (he was arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl and then fled the states for Europe to escape incarceration), Polish writer-director Roman Polanski (The Pianist) rightly inspires rather negative reactions. And yet despite that, he continues to make movies that...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Planes, Fire, and Rescue

Film Spotlight: Planes, Fire, and Rescue

The sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise, Planes: Fire & Rescue has such a flimsy plot, it never really gets off the ground. Opening areawide on Friday, the animated film has some great characters in it, but the story...

Film Features

Dawn of the Planet of the Weeping Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Weeping Apes

Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (which arrives in theaters area-wide Thursday evening) opens dramatically on a set of eyes. The eyes are angry and focused and green-brown, instantly recognizable as human. Except they’re not. They reveal themselves, via slow zoom out,...

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