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Grog Shop to Host Bob Marley Birthday Celebration

Grog Shop to Host Bob Marley Birthday Celebration

Reggae icon Bob Marley would have turned 70 this year and to celebrate, the Grog Shop is hosting a birthday celebration on Feb. 5 featuring the Ark Band, Organik Sounds and DJ Soundsystem. The club will also show vintage Bob Marley movies, and Bratenhal Kitchen...

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In the 216 Opens Retail Storefront in Coventry Village

In the 216 Opens Retail Storefront in Coventry Village

In the 216, an artisan shop showcasing the work of dozens of local doers and makers, has opened up a storefront in Coventry Village. The store quietly launched on Friday afternoon, occupying the old Phoenix Coffee Company space at 1854 Coventry Road. "We offer the work...

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Local Musician Strives to Finish Debut Solo Album Before Cross-country Move

Local Musician Strives to Finish Debut Solo Album Before Cross-country Move

Brandon Zano’s forthcoming solo album has had a long gestation period. His first mark on the Cleveland music scene was when he started playing with the hard rock act Tender Blind Spot in 1997. “That was the first band I started to tour with,” he...

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Rock Hall Announces Events for Black History Month

Rock Hall Announces Events for Black History Month

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has a slew of events slated to take place in honor of Black History Month. Sinkane, an electronic/funk musician who spent some time living in Northeast Ohio before moving to his current home in Brooklyn, starts...

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Police Still Seeking Suspect in Shaker Heights Hit-and-Run That Killed Elementary School Teacher

Police Still Seeking Suspect in Shaker Heights Hit-and-Run That Killed Elementary School Teacher

In just an utter tragedy on Jan. 24, a driver fleeing police jumped a curb in Shaker Heights and killed 51-year old James Caffrey, a fifth grade teacher who was out for a jog on South Park Boulevard. The suspect drove on, eventually abandoning his car...

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P.J.'s Luncheonette to Close after 30 years, Jack Flaps to Expand Brand to Downtown

P.J.'s Luncheonette to Close after 30 years, Jack Flaps to Expand Brand to Downtown

It’s the end of an era for P.J.'s Luncheonette (530 Euclid Ave., 216-861-2475), the no-frills breakfast and lunch diner in the Colonial Arcade. For 34 years, owners Gene and Odie have been dishing up 3-dollar breakfasts, cheeseburger deluxes with fries, and grilled liver and...

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IKEA Could be Coming to Cleveland (Updated)

IKEA Could be Coming to Cleveland (Updated)

Update: Well, maybe not. Multiple reports out there today relate the news that IKEA has officially announced a store in Columbus in 2017. What that means for a potential Clevo location — not great news if you ask us — remains to be seen. *** (Original...

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UPDATE: Seven Hills Councilman David Bentkowski is Suing a Bunch of People Again

UPDATE: Seven Hills Councilman David Bentkowski is Suing a Bunch of People Again

No surprise: David Bentkowski is appealing Judge Nancy Fuerst's dismissal of his lawsuit against the city of Seven Hills. The goofball litigation saga continues, and we now return to our midday feast of Quizno's subs. *** 1/2/15 Update: After a year and a half,...

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Experimental Rockers If These Trees Could Talk Reissue Two Out-of-print Albums

Experimental Rockers If These Trees Could Talk Reissue Two Out-of-print Albums

Akron’s experimental hard rock band If These Trees Could Talk have spent the better part of the past decade under the radar of the local rock scene. While local art rockers Mr. Gnome regularly take them on tour and acknowledge their significance, the band isn’t...

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Cleveland Loves American Sniper, America Does Too

Cleveland Loves American Sniper, America Does Too

Though Scene Music Editor Jeff Niesel wasn't moved or deeply bestirred by the patriotic allure of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, starring an enbeefed Bradley Cooper as superlethal Iraq war sniper Chris Kyle, viewers across America certainly have been. With a record-breaking second weekend at the...

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Fine and Pricey Dining: Dispelling the Celebrity Mythos of The 9's Adega

Fine and Pricey Dining: Dispelling the Celebrity Mythos of The 9's Adega

To be candid, I've been avoiding dining at Adega at The 9 because of what I expected to find there. Frankly, the accounts of celebrity residents, entourage-led security details, and crazed, slap-happy sports fans all but soured me on the place. But what we found...

Dining Lead

Meet Melanie Bauer: The Recipe Blogger

Meet Melanie Bauer: The Recipe Blogger

Melanie Bauer still seems humbly in shock at the attention she's garnering from behind the computer screen in her Shaker Heights home. Since creating her blog, Melanie Makes (melaniemakes.com), Bauer has racked up praise from the likes of Better Homes and Gardens and her original...

Food Features

Finger Lickin' Good: A Quest for the Best Fried Chicken in Cleveland

Finger Lickin' Good: A Quest for the Best Fried Chicken in Cleveland

White or dark, batter or breading, mild or spicy: Southern fried chicken is one of our favorite comfort foods. It's a staple, uncomplicated and ridiculously satisfying when done right. There's the crunch, of course, followed by the fatty richness of the skin. Inside, the meat...

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Band of the Week: Gatlin

Band of the Week: Gatlin

Meet the Band: Don DeBiase (guitar, vocals), Jon Drake (vocals, bass), Patrick Ols (guitar), Warren Cadle (guitar), Kenny Irizarry (bass, vocals), Stephen Lockhart (drums), Michael Morrison (drums), David Miller (drums) A Teen Dream: DeBiase was only 18 when the band first formed; the group was...

Band of the Week

The Mother of Invention: Singer-Guitarist Ani DiFranco Enters a 'New Era' with Allergic to Water

The Mother of Invention: Singer-Guitarist Ani DiFranco Enters a 'New Era' with Allergic to Water

"I've changed a lot as a person since I was 18," says singer-guitarist Ani DiFranco via phone from her New Orleans home as she reflects on her career that stretches back decades. "I was doing an interview the other day on the phone with someone...

Music Feature

Miles Ahead: Local Rapper Takes a Conceptual Approach on his Forthcoming Album

Miles Ahead: Local Rapper Takes a Conceptual Approach on his Forthcoming Album

Halfway to a show in Washington D.C., Cleveland hip-hop artist Tae Miles was set to play for the largest crowd he'd seen yet when his car broke down. The alternator was blown and the battery drained, and his girlfriend who accompanied him on the trip...

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A Mellow Take on Prejudice: In Driving Miss Daisy, Good Sense and Affection Eventually Prevail

A Mellow Take on Prejudice: In Driving Miss Daisy, Good Sense and Affection Eventually Prevail

If you didn't have a calendar, you might think that, in terms of racial relations, we're living in the 1950s. There are explosive confrontations between predominantly white police forces and black communities in several cities, and then the Academy Award nominations include no actors of...

Theater

New Exhibit at Fawick Showcases Local Artists' Vision of the Land

New Exhibit at Fawick Showcases Local Artists' Vision of the Land

Landscape of Dreams
SCAPE is a group exhibition of five accomplished local artists, each with a unique way of depicting a common subject matter: landscapes. Through this lens, the artists' unique voices create a dialogue between realistic depiction and emotional abstraction. SCAPE opens at Baldwin Wallace University's Fawick...

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End of Life Follies: A Failing Judge is at the Center of a Wonderful Production in Trying at the Clague Playhouse

End of Life Follies: A Failing Judge is at the Center of a Wonderful Production in Trying at the Clague Playhouse

American audiences have a proven fondness for being entertained by grumpy old men. This is evidenced in the Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau movies of that name, and in the galaxy of other shows that lean on our fascination with old farts, from Ebenezer Scrooge...

Theater

Film Review of the Week: Song One

Film Review of the Week: Song One

A-lister Anne Hathaway stars in Song One, a somber, fitful, folk-infused romance opening Friday at the Cedar Lee for an exclusive one-week engagement. Hathaway is Franny. She's out in Morocco studying nomadic tribes for her Ph.D. when she gets a call from her mom (Mary...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Cake

Film Spotlight: Cake

Cake, the new film from director Daniel Barnz (Beastly, Won't Back Down) that opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, begins with a particularly awkward scene. Claire (Jennifer Aniston) isn't coping well. She can barely walk since she had a few pins put into...

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Film Review of the Week: Appropriate Behavior

Film Review of the Week: Appropriate Behavior

In a paper thin story about a Persian bisexual twentysomething living in Brooklyn, the walkways and warehouses of which are redolent with hipster sex and kombucha, Appropriate Behavior doesn't achieve much more (visually or thematically) than your standard episode of Girls. Though it probes some...

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