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Monday, February 18, 2019

New Burning River Baroque Program to Address Toxic Masculinity and Other Social Issues

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 7:05 AM

  • Matt Minde
Inspired by the social reform that took place after the 1969 Cuyahoga River Fire, the classical ensemble Burning River Baroque, whose mission is to "give voice to the voiceless," was founded in 2012.

The group’s 2018-2019 season continues next month with The Other Side of the Story: Untold Perspectives on Familiar Tales, a program that takes on issues of “toxic masculinity.” “This program ties common ideas and stories from ancient passages and mythical tales together with a broad range of musical compositions,” reads a press release about the event.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

All the Best Photos From Vodka Vodka 2019

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Big Economic Inclusion Summit Tentatively Planned for September

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 3:52 PM

Rally for a Seat at the Table, (12/13/2018). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
  • Sam Allard / Scene
  • Rally for a Seat at the Table, (12/13/2018).
An economic inclusion summit that aims to tackle the region's woes and identify priorities for our economic future via in-depth engagement and "Appreciative Inquiry" has been tentatively scheduled for September.

Friday, organizers with Destination Cleveland sent out follow-up material to the 84 stakeholders who participated in a two-day summit-planning session in December and said that attendance for the September summit was estimated to be 1,000. Community engagement and marketing efforts will be getting underway soon. These efforts will include giving the upcoming summit a name.

As for the summit's content:

"While the exact objectives of the summit are still under development, the anticipated focus areas include growth, equitable opportunity and leadership, all addressed through a process that builds a culture of trust."

The 'Guiding Values' of the summit were established in December. They are as follows: Accountability, Transparency, Courage, Love and Equity.

December's planning session occasioned some controversy. Activists rallied outside 1801 Superior Avenue, home of and host of the session, to advocate for better representation among the summit's designers.

"Nothing is scarier for poor and disenfranchised people than when rich people and politicians come together in a room to talk about the needs of poor people, without including poor people," said Kareem Henton, of Black Lives Matter Cleveland.

These concerns were brought up explicitly during the design session, according to attendees Scene spoke with, which more than once created a tense atmosphere. But the concerns led to the creation of the "stakeholder mix" working group, one of five working groups that will plan the summit.

According to Destination Cleveland's outline, the stakeholder mix team will be "focused on an inclusive process that builds broad buy-in and adoption of the outcomes of the 2019 Summit, emphasizing that people cannot feel that economic success is planned for them but rather with them."

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Everything You Need to Know About Cupid's Undie Run This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 2:05 PM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
First, what you need to know about the annual Cupid's Undie Run is that the event features a whole lot of skin. In the summer it's not uncommon for the athletically inclined among us to run outdoors in sports bras and short shorts, but the difference here is it's winter.

Which brings us to the second thing you need to know: it's bound to be below freezing this Saturday afternoon when the fun run meanders through Tremont for a mile or so. Feel free to bring something warm to change into afterward.

The event is held in various cities throughout the country all in the name charity, raising money to find a cure for neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare genetic tumor disorder.

Cleveland's party kicks off at The South Side in Tremont (2207 West 11th St., 216-937-2288). Runners roll out at 2:30 p.m. and the celebration continues until 4 p.m. Registration is $50 the day of. Find out everything else you need to know about the event right here.

See photos from last year's event right here.

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Black Lives Matter in Cuyahoga County Will Suspend Frank Jackson Recall Effort

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 1:04 PM

  • The City Club
Organizers with Black Lives Matter in Cuyahoga County have announced that they are suspending an effort to recall Mayor Frank Jackson due to insufficient support.

"The still-popular mayor will, unfortunately, continue in his role as Pied Piper, leading the Black community into incrementally deeper states of socioeconomic oppression," said organizer Jeff Mixon, in a prepared statement.

Mixon said the two most "disturbing" aspects of his outreach efforts were that black residents believe Jackson's failings as mayor, including the ongoing poverty in many of the city's neighborhoods, are the results of "family-related blackmail." Many of them also believe that the Mayor's poor performance, and the negative coverage of it, should be seen as an opportunity to "rally around [him] rather than remove him from office."

Mixon told Scene in a phone conversation that Jackson will remain popular in the black community "no matter what."

"Honestly, unless we see a videotape of him choking a black woman, the black community will stand by him," Mixon said. "Even that, he might be able to explain away. It's just like Do the Right Thing. We want to see black faces. Jackson is a polite guy, well-spoken, and the black community doesn't connect him with the tragedies all over the city."

Mixon said, in fact, that he had a member of his organization quit because she was such a fan of Jackson's. The Mayor had come to CMHA and taken a photo with her, Mixon said, and she thought of the Mayor as a friend.

Black Lives Matter in Cuyahoga County will now shift its focus to supporting ward-based organizers who are exploring the possibility of recalling poor-performing council members. Mixon also said that the group would re-evaluate an Armond Budish recall effort in May or June, presumably after more information about the county corruption investigation has been made public. (County Executive Budish's offices were raided yesterday by the FBI and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.)

Mixon told Scene that Black Lives Matter in Cuyahoga County has not yet considered backing candidates in the 2021 municipal elections. For now, Mixon is most excited about CLASH and the prospect of taking that group's lead-safe ordinance to Cleveland voters.  

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Planned Parenthood Files Lawsuit Against Ohio Over New Abortion Restrictions

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:55 AM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America, along with state and local chapters of the women's health organization and an affiliated Dayton clinic called the Women's Med Center, filed a lawsuit today in U.S. District Court against the state of Ohio over abortion restrictions state lawmakers passed last December.

House Bill 145 banned so-called "dilation and evacuation" procedures, which are used in roughly 95 percent of second-trimester abortions — those taking place between 15-20 weeks after conception. The procedures are sometimes also undertaken after a woman has a miscarriage. Under the law, doctors performing the procedures could be charged with fourth-degree felonies and sentenced to a year and a half in prison. The law makes limited exceptions when a pregnancy presents a risk of death or serious injury.

The procedure accounted for roughly 3,400 of Ohio's more than 20,000 abortions in 2017. During the second trimester, the only alternative to the outlawed procedure is inducing labor, an expensive and more arduous option.

Pro-life groups have applauded the passage of the bill, while advocates for abortion access have called it unconstitutional and cited opposition from physician groups like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“As a doctor, I know how important it is for patients to work with their doctors to choose the best medical procedure for their individual medical situation," Planned Parenthood Federation of America's Leana Wen said in a statement today. "Medical decision-making must be free from political interference. This ban has no basis in medicine — it is opposed by medical organizations and will cause harm to women in Ohio. Abortion is part of the full spectrum of reproductive health care, which is health care, and Planned Parenthood will always safeguard the ability of our patients to access safe, legal abortion, no matter what."

Nine other states have passed similar laws, some of which have been rejected by courts in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and elsewhere after legal challenges.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio's bill into law late last year before leaving office, though he vetoed an even stricter "heartbeat bill" that would have outlawed abortions as early as six weeks after conception. Lawmakers missed overriding Kasich's veto by two votes in the state Senate and have reintroduced the legislation under new Gov. Mike DeWine, who has indicated he will sign it into law.

Both pro-life and pro-choice advocates have identified such legal restrictions — 20 of which Ohio has passed under Kasich and now DeWine — as attempts to trigger a court battle that could topple Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed women's rights to abortion access.

Abortion opponents criticized Planned Parenthood's lawsuit.

"It's hard to imagine how Planned Parenthood could be in support of a procedure which allows living unborn babies to be ripped limb from limb," Ohio Right to Life said in a statement. "At what point will the court reject Planned Parenthood's frivolous lawsuits?"

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Spacehog's Royston Langdon and OURS' Jimmy Gnecco Bring Their Co-Headlining Tour to the Beachland On February 27

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:39 AM

Royston Langdon - MARK KOH
  • Mark Koh
  • Royston Langdon
A few years ago, fans began to tell singer and multi-instrumentalist Royston Langdon (former lead singer of British rock band Spacehog) and Jimmy Gnecco (songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and frontman for alt-rock band OURS) that they should tour together.

Earlier this year, the two finally hit the road together on a co-headlining tour. They’ll perform at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Beachland Tavern.

Langdon is touring in support of his debut solo LP, Everything's Dandy, which he released under his new moniker LEEDS (a nod to his UK hometown), and Gnecco will play an all-acoustic set featuring tracks from OURS’ fifth studio album, New Age Heroine II. Langdon's album features Bowie-inspired vocals and somber melodies, and the OURS album is cut from the same musical cloth as anthemic rock acts such as Radiohead.

In a recent conference call, the two spoke about their respective careers.

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