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Listen: Ferguson Group Was Assaulted At Middleburg Heights Motel 6

Listen: Ferguson Group Was Assaulted At Middleburg Heights Motel 6

Cleveland's streets are hot with protests this weekend as groups from Ferguson, Missouri, join the local movement to demand justice for victims of police brutality.  Charles Wade, an organizer from Ferguson, spoke to a gathered crowd at the Cudell Rec Center Saturday morning, in front...

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Mike Miller Starts and Displays Midas Touch in Cavs' 95-91 Win Over Nets

Mike Miller Starts and Displays Midas Touch in Cavs' 95-91 Win Over Nets

Mike Miller sent Coach David Blatt a thank you note last night for giving him the starting SG nod: Seven three-pointers. He was the Lone Ranger on a night when the Big Three went a collective 14-46 from the field. It was Miller’s first night...

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Big Week for Joe Thomas: Picking Up a Local Award As Well As Wisconsin Environmental Crime Charges

Big Week for Joe Thomas: Picking Up a Local Award As Well As Wisconsin Environmental Crime Charges

We now humbly offer congratulations to Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who this week earned the Player of the Year award by the Cleveland chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America, as well as national headlines related to environmental trouble up in his native Wisconsin. ...

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11 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

11 Concerts to Catch This Weekend

FRIDAY, DEC. 19 The Royal Southern Brotherhood Featuring Devon Allman and Cyril Neville There was a time in the '80s when it seemed as if a different supergroup was born every day. You had Asia, the Firm, Traveling Wilburys, the Highwaymen. We could go on...

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11 Cleveland Bars Open on Christmas Day

11 Cleveland Bars Open on Christmas Day

Let's face it: On Christmas night, after all the food has been eaten and all the gifts have been unwrapped,  the one thing that's left to be done is drink ourselves into a happy holiday oblivion. But what to drink? And, more importantly, where to...

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Local rockers Death of Samantha to Play ‘Holiday Hangover’ Show at Beachland

Local rockers Death of Samantha to Play ‘Holiday Hangover’ Show at Beachland

The post-punk group Death of Samantha disbanded in 1990 but decided to revisit its old songs and re-record them live in the studio before a 2011 reunion show. The resulting album, If Memory Serves Us Well, came out earlier this year to much fanfare....

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Meet the Pro-Slavery Fairview Park Auxiliary Cop

Meet the Pro-Slavery Fairview Park Auxiliary Cop

Aaron McNamara is a young auxiliary officer at the Fairview Park police department [Update: "was" an auxiliary officer with Fairview police; he resigned less than an hour after this story was posted], climbing up the law enforcement ladder as he finishes his college degree...

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15 Adorable Pups Currently Up for Adoption at the Cleveland APL

15 Adorable Pups Currently Up for Adoption at the Cleveland APL

Don't be a heartless bastard this holiday season; give one of Cleveland's rescued animals a warm and loving home. The Cleveland Animal Protective League has dozens of dogs and puppies, as well as cats, hamsters, and other furry creatures just itchin' to go home with...

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John Farina Named Executive Director of ARTneo, Plus More Announcements From the Last Board Meeting

John Farina Named Executive Director of ARTneo, Plus More Announcements From the Last Board Meeting

At their last meeting of 2014 this past Monday, ARTneo’s Board of Directors made a number of exciting announcements. For starters, John Farina has been formally appointed as the nonprofit’s next Executive Director. Christopher Richards was also named ARTneo’s new Curator and Collections Manager, and...

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Alenka Banco Announced As New Executive Director of the Cleveland Arts Prize

Alenka Banco Announced As New Executive Director of the Cleveland Arts Prize

After serving as Interim Director of the Cleveland Arts Prize since Sept. 2013, Alenka Banco was formally announced this week as the organization’s next Executive Director. She’s been a trustee since 2006, and stepped in as Interim Director after Marcie Bergman departed. The Board of...

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From the Source: Phoenix Coffee's Christopher Feran Travels to Ethiopia

From the Source: Phoenix Coffee's Christopher Feran Travels to Ethiopia

Trace the lineage of the Arabica plant and all roads lead back to Ethiopia. That country's coffee heritage makes it a destination for sourcing trips by roasting aficionados eager to immerse themselves in what remains to be one of the country's largest exports. As Ethiopia...

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Pie Powered: Stick to the Pizza and Wine and CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen Works Just Fine

Pie Powered: Stick to the Pizza and Wine and CHA Spirits & Pizza Kitchen Works Just Fine

Every neighborhood deserves a great pizza joint, even those neighborhoods that seemingly popped up over a long weekend. When it was built a few years ago, Battery Park was the largest housing development in the entire city of Cleveland. The $100-million community takes its name from...

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The Butcher and Ashtabula: After Moving from NYC, a Couple Shapes an Old Meat Market into a New Dining Destination

The Butcher and Ashtabula: After Moving from NYC, a Couple Shapes an Old Meat Market into a New Dining Destination

Like many young chefs, Jennifer Pociask and Alex Asteínza dreamed of opening a little place of their own. Unfortunately, they were living in New York City at the time. "We were looking to open something in Brooklyn, but the costs are astronomical," says Pociask. The...

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Band of the Week: Common Ave.

Band of the Week: Common Ave.

Meet the Band: Phrazes (vocals, production), Stoke (vocals, production) and Jordan M. (vocals, production) A Tale of Three Producers: The three members of this up-and-coming hip-hop group met in high school in Cleveland Heights. Phrazes and Jordon started working together first and then they brought...

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Dark Star Orchestration: After a False Start, Mr. Gnome Regroups for its Terrific New Album

Dark Star Orchestration: After a False Start, Mr. Gnome Regroups for its Terrific New Album

Concert Preview
When the duo in Mr. Gnome, a fine local band that's turned into a national act over the course of the past couple of years, set out to record its new album, The Heart of a Dark Star, it followed the same path it has...

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The Rite Stuff: The Bad Plus Shows Off its Musical Range on its Two New Albums

The Rite Stuff: The Bad Plus Shows Off its Musical Range on its Two New Albums

Concert Preview
On its latest efforts, Inevitable Western and The Rite of Spring, a take on the Stravinsky composition, the Bad Plus, a heady jazz trio with a young, open-minded fanbase, shows off the breadth of its musical ability. The group has been together for a good...

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Loren Naji Reopens his Ohio City Gallery for a Special Exhibition Benefiting the Homeless. One Catch: You Have to Help Out Before You Check In

Loren Naji Reopens his Ohio City Gallery for a Special Exhibition Benefiting the Homeless. One Catch: You Have to Help Out Before You Check In

Helping hands
Last May, authorities raised both eyebrows and concerns throughout the region when they raided, and later shut down, Loren Naji's Ohio City gallery during two consecutive receptions. That gallery has now been closed for more than six months. It will reopen its doors on Saturday,...

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The Magical Babysitter is Back in Mary Poppins at Beck Center

The Magical Babysitter is Back in Mary Poppins at Beck Center

Beck Center certainly has the magic touch when it comes to holiday shows. In recent years, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and Annie have been luring in families in droves, filling the main-stage house with patrons who are really easy to see over if...

Theater

All the Colors: DayGlo Teams up with Doubting Thomas for a Third Year of Psychedelic Goodness

All the Colors: DayGlo Teams up with Doubting Thomas for a Third Year of Psychedelic Goodness

The winter months tend to be slow in the art world, but that doesn't mean the calendar isn't dotted with exciting, unique events. Take, as just one example, the Tremont Art Walk, happening this Friday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. For the third...

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Film Review of the Week: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Film Review of the Week: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

There's little any critic could say or do to en- or discourage you from seeing Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, now showing at theaters areawide. It's the final installment in Jackson's Hobbit trilogy and the final of six monumental films devoted...

Film Features

Film Spotlight: Foxcatcher

Film Spotlight: Foxcatcher

It's probably for the best if you don't remember anything about the 1996 incident involving an Olympic wrestling champion and paranoid-schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont. But even if you know the outcome, the Foxcatcher is still a terrific new biographical drama. It arrives in theaters...

Film Features

Film Review of the Week: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Film Review of the Week: Exodus: Gods and Kings

The Red Sea is featured prominently in the TV spots for Ridley Scott's new film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which stars Christian Bale as Moses and opens Friday areawide. Moses, of course, was the Egyptian prince of mysterious parentage who led the Hebrews out of B.C....

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