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Thursday, October 21, 2021

12 Hours of Terror Offshoot Coming to Capitol Theatre in December

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 1:16 PM

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Though the annual all-night horror movie marathon 12 Hours of Terror had to take two years off due to the pandemic, it is returning in a more modest format to the Capitol Theatre in the Gordon Square Arts District in December.

12 Hours of Terror Presents: Season's Bleedings will be a mini horror movie marathon repurposed for the holidays. It will feature four timeless cult classics: Flesh for Frankenstein 3D aka Andy Warhol's Halloween (1973), Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984), New Year's Evil (1980), and that John Carpenter cold-weather slasher, The Thing (1982).

This will be the Cleveland premiere of a new 3D print of Flesh for Frankenstein.

“12 Hours of Terror had become a real tradition for horror fans in Cleveland and surrounding cities and states,” said Dave Huffman, Special Program Consultant for Cleveland Cinemas, in a press release. “One of the most common questions we have been receiving during the pandemic was, “Will there be a 12 Hours of Terror?” While the full-scale, all-night marathon couldn’t happen in October, Season’s Bleedings is going to be an amazing night with 8 hours of Santa slashers and over-the-top gory fun.”

As in years past, the marathon will includes all sorts of door prizes, cameos and thematic costumes and décor. Some fun onscreen surprises await as well. Seeing as its the holiday season, an "evil Santa" appearance may be in the offing. Unlike in years past, the marathon won't be a full 12 hours. The event is scheduled to last from 4 p.m. until midnight.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the show. They can be purchased online at clevelandcinemas.com or fandango.com. Face masks are encouraged.

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Behold, The State of Ohio's Brand New Hideous License Plate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 11:13 AM


Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the state's new standard license plate in a press conference Thursday morning. It's the first time Ohio has updated its license plate design since 2013, and boy does the new one suck ass!

There are two immediately identifiable (and pretty rudimentary) flaws: First, the busy, multi-colored landscape design will make the license plate letters difficult to make out in inclement weather. Second, and just as importantly, the plates aren't recognizable as Ohio plates! The word "Ohio" will only appear in the small state-shaped box at the top, in a thin, hand-scrawled font. Yuck! What an unforced error! 

My personal preference is for more old-school, simplistic designs.
But man.

The license plate should not be a painting. It's not a freaking postage stamp. And as others have noted, an image that reflects the anodyne observation that a state has both urban areas and rural areas sure doesn't evoke much pride. Ditto the ridiculous "Birthplace of Aviation" tagline that has appeared on the state's license plates for decades, as if anyone in Ohio feels the remotest connection to this marginal piece of history. (The Wright Brothers' first successful flight was in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.) 

Ultimately who cares — and maybe the heinous design will make a few  hundred or so irregular motorists throw up their hands and go car-free — but the artistic incompetence of the state and its cities remain a daily horror show.

The plates will be available, per DeWine, by the end of the year. 

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20+ Things To Do in Cleveland This Weekend (Oct. 21-24)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2021 at 8:27 AM

Comedian Gary Owen performs at the Improv tonight. - CLEVELANDIMPROV.COM
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  • Comedian Gary Owen performs at the Improv tonight.
Our weekly picks of the best things to do in Cleveland this weekend. Also check out our full Cleveland event calendar.

THU 10/21
Gary Owen

Comedian Gary Owen has been entertaining audiences across America for more than a decade. He's not limited to the stage either, as he's had roles in the film Think Like A Man and in Tyler Perry's show House of Payne. Owen says he was always the class clown growing up and it has followed him into his adult life. Ebony magazine proclaimed him to be "Black America's Favorite White Comedian." Owen's set mainly focuses on his personal life and racial stereotypes. Catch his performance tonight at 7 at the Improv, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Check the Improv website for ticket prices.
1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

10 Absolutely Insane (But Correct) Statistical Predictions for the Cleveland Cavaliers 2021-2022 Season

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 4:24 PM

A Young Bull, Triumphant. - NBA.COM / CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
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  • A Young Bull, Triumphant.

The Cavs season begins tonight. Thank God.

The uniforms are still hot garbage, but the black City Edition Rock Hall threads have grown on me, and there are glimmers of hope both on-court and off to nullify the horrendous artwork. (This constitutes me Letting Em Know)

Very tall men in their early twenties are everywhere, comprising what the team calls its "young core." Collin Sexton and the front office didn't manage to agree to a contract extension, but that doesn't mean there's no future for him in Cleveland. (See No. 9). Handsome Spaniard Ricky Rubio is here, coming off an absolute ejaculation of production in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics of 2021. Kevin Love is here too, having accepted, at last, his circumstances and proving it to his haters by showing up to training camp in decent physical shape. Oh, and were you aware that one of the most exciting young NBA prospects of the past dozen years is a member of the Cavaliers? This shit is almost surreal.

It'll be a bumpy ride at times, but the multi-year rebuild is clearly headed in the right direction, grammatically maddening core values notwithstanding. The team is hungry for victory and is led in their hunger by ascendant point guard Darius Garland. The boys may take a substantive leap if a handful of players perform up to or beyond expectations.

Here are some predictions, because why not? 

1) Darius Garland, the ascendant point guard himself, will make more than 164 three point field goals, good for one of the top five seasons in Cavs history in that category, (besting Kyle Korver, who drained 164 threes in '17-'18). Though Garland will fail to crack 40% from downtown, (he'll stay in the .382-.396 range), his uptick will come from increased shot volume, as encouraged by head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. His confidence will continue to soar as he flirts with 22 points and 6 assists per game. 

2) Lauri Markkanen will make even more threes than Garland — SAY WHAT — and will lead the team in total three-point field goals by season's end.

3) Rookie Evan Mobley will win rookie of the year — you heard it here first, folks! — largely on the basis of his dazzling two-way performance. While he'll average a sporting 14 points and ~6.0 rebounds, his biggest contributions will be on the defensive end, where he'll average better than two blocks per game and top Hot Rod Williams' 167 total blocks as a Cavs rookie in 1986-87.

4) Ricky Rubio will finish among the top four vote getters for the NBA's sixth man of the year award. In his first season serving primarily as a backup, he'll still manage to average more than six assists per game, becoming the first Cavalier in history to do so while coming off the bench. 

5) Someone will record a triple-double. 89 triple-doubles have been recorded in Cavaliers history, but 64 of them were by LeBron James. Since the 1999-2000 season, only three players have managed to notch triple-doubles: LeBron a whole bunch, Andre Miller four times, and Kyrie Irving once. This year, someone's joining the club, and my money's on Rubio. 

6) For the first time in his career, elder statesman Kevin Love will not average double digits in points. Love figures to be a key reserve on Bickerstaff's bench and will likely play in the neighborhood of 18-22 minutes per night. He'll find ways to contribute, but more importantly, will find zen on any number of mental health apps. In that headspace, he'll be content to average a noble 9.0 pts and 5.0 rebounds. In doing so, he will eclipse both World B. Free and Campy Russell on the franchise points leaderboard, slotting into the Cavs number 10 all-time. He'll also pass Jim Chones on the rebounding list, and move into the Cavs' seventh all-time. 

7) The frenetic, fragile Dylan Windler will fail to appear in more than 30 games. After a broken leg derailed his rookie season before it began, Windler logged minutes in 31 contests in 2020-2021, but suffered a broken hand and dealt with lingering lower body issues. A bruised hip is already keeping him out of the season opener, and broken bones lurk around ever corner with the ginger workhorse.

8) Jarrett Allen, he of the five-year, $100 million offseason contract, will lead the team in both total minutes played and field goal percentage, besting .600 from the field once again. 

9) By season's end, if Collin Sexton remains in a Cavs uniform, he will have transitioned to a bench role, serving as a microwave scoring option in the Jordan Clarkson mold. Isaac Okoro will slide over to starting shooting guard and will still be tasked with defending the opposing team's most potent offensive weapon. The positional stars will thereafter align, and while Sexton's scoring numbers will naturally dip from his stratospheric 24.3 ppg last year (he'll likely level off in the high teens), he'll be unleashed in his minutes, attacking opposing defenses with his speed and ferocity, more or less running routes for the bearded, 30-something quarterbacks Rubio and Love, who can be counted upon to find the blazing Young Bull from enormous crosscourt distances. He'll still close out games when buckets must be got and will, without warning, graduate from a player that fans love to hate to one they simply love. 

10) The Cavaliers will squeak into the Eastern Conference play-in tournament, securing a #10 seed — the East will be extremely bunched from #3-#12 — after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks at home in the final regular season game of the year. The Cavs will then defeat either the Pacers or the Hornets in the so-called Nine-Ten Play-in Game and then defeat either the Knicks or the Bulls to miraculously secure an 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, after which they will be absolutely disemboweled by the Bucks in the first round, during which Giannis will effortlessly average something like 34 pts and 16 rbs per game while barely cracking 30 minutes of action.

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Kelley and Bibb TV Spots Go All In on Public Safety

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 1:46 PM

With two weeks until the Nov. 2 general election, Cleveland mayoral candidates Justin Bibb and Kevin Kelley are out with 30-second TV ads. Both focus almost exclusively on public safety.

In Bibb's, above, the candidate describes his personal connection to the police, (his father was a cop), and gun violence, (his cousin was murdered), before outlining his safety plan, which includes getting more officers out from behind desks and into the community, adding mental health support on police calls and enhancing accountability. (Bibb is a supporter of Issue 24, the ballot initiative to increase the powers of the civilian police review board.) Prominent leaders and community members who have endorsed Bibb appear in the bottom quarter of the screen.

In Kelley's ad, below, a narrator and councilmen Blaine Griffin and Kevin Conwell describe Kelley's record dealing with "what worries Clevelanders most": public safety. Kelley calls for getting cops out of cars and walking beats, and re-establishing ward-based safety centers or "mini stations." The narrator alludes to Kelley's involvement in crafting lead-paint legislation and "reducing infant deaths."

Kelley does not speak during the advertisement, which is paid for by an aligned political action committee, Citizens for Cleveland's Future. 

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Ohio Senator Joined Anti-Vaccine Panel Hyping Debunked, ‘Alternative’ COVID Treatments

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 10:12 AM

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An Ohio senator joined a conference of anti-vaccine advocates hyping “alternative” COVID-19 treatments, several of which like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine are explicitly warned against by regulators, public health officials and medical associations.

State Sen. Andrew Brenner, R-Delaware, was introduced as a “surprise special guest” amid a panel that included an anti-vaccination advocate who was indicted for joining the Jan. 6 raid of the U.S. Capitol; a cardiologist who recommended people gargle diluted bleach to prevent COVID-19; and a discredited biologist who claimed the CDC is “cooking the books” in counting coronavirus cases.

The webinar was hosted Oct. 7 by Children’s Health Defense, an anti-vaccine advocacy organization that demanded this summer that the CDC “halt” the administration of COVID-19 vaccines to minors.

The event’s emcee prefaced the webinar with a disclaimer that nothing offered at the seminar is a replacement for medical advice or treatment. Speakers then went on to erroneously claim that vaccination against COVID-19 is “risky” but treatments that the CDC, American Medical Association, and others warn against are safer bets.

Brenner told viewers that he will introduce legislation in two to three weeks called the “COVID-19 alternative therapies” act.

“Basically, it’ll say that you can’t be discriminating against people or information that deals with alternative therapies, such as what you’ve been discussing today,” he said. “Social media and the press have basically suppressed all this information. I learned a lot this evening in the short time I’ve been listening here.”

Several speakers on the panel touted the purported benefits of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic in humans and dewormer in livestock that has grown in popularity in conservative circles, as a preventative and treatment for COVID-19. Health officials, private practitioners, and even the drug’s manufacturer warn that there’s no evidence to support its use against COVID-19 and it can have dangerous side effects.

Along with ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, speakers championed some lesser-known “alternative” treatments and preventatives including antibiotics (which do not combat viral diseases like COVID-19).

The emcee, a man named Kedarji who operates a wellness center in Youngstown and has equated “pandemic hysteria” to the “extermination of the Jews by the Nazis,” said at the conference that ginger root, garlic and turmeric could help prevent symptoms from presenting themselves after a coronavirus infection.

Not a single speaker, according to video of the 140-minute conference provided to the Ohio Capital Journal by self-described vaccination advocate Sarah Barry, recommended people get vaccinated.

“If somebody agrees with ivermectin or some of the other stuff you guys have been talking about this evening, it should not be censored by the press or our social media platforms,” Brenner said.

He did not respond to emailed inquiries.

Other speakers

The panel speakers all have lengthy history disseminating inaccurate information about COVID-19.

Dr. Simone Gold, founder of “America’s Frontline Doctors,” led off the webinar. AFD formed in 2020 and has regularly sought to sow doubt into public discourse surrounding the efficacy of masks and vaccines.

Its doctors earned $15 million on consultations and prescriptions for treatments like ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, which have been long been declared bunk by health officials and experts, according to hacked data provided to The Intercept.

Gold used the October event to steer viewers to AFD’s services.

“If your doctor won’t write you a prescription, go to [AFD’s website] … you sign up for telemedicine consult, and then they can mail the meds right to your home,” she said.

Federal prosecutors have accused Gold criminally of several offenses related to her entrance into the U.S. Capitol during an insurrection Jan. 6 seeking to block congressional certification of the presidential election. She pleaded not guilty. Court documents indicate she’s in talks with prosecutors over a possible plea agreement.

After Gold, a cardiologist named Dr. Peter McCullough spoke. To prevent coronavirus infection, he recommended gargling or nebulizing dangerous chemicals like hydrogen peroxide.

“Even sodium hypochlorite, a few drops of household bleach in about 6 or 8 ounces of water, also can be gargled and spit out,” he said.

Bleach is a strong and corrosive alkaline. Even gargling it in diluted form is dangerous, according to Dr. Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, a physician and professor at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Medicine. She said the chemical isn’t meant to contact human skin or mucous membranes like the mouth and throat.

McCullough is a regular guest on news outlets like Newsmax, OANN and Fox, where he has claimed there’s no clinical reason to seek vaccination against COVID-19, which has killed more than 726,000 Americans. He’s currently locked in litigation with his former employer, a large hospital network in Texas. The hospital alleged McCullough breached a separation agreement that compelled him to refrain from identifying himself as affiliated with the hospital network in his media appearances. His doing so caused “irreparable reputational damage and business harm,” the hospitals alleged. McCullough denied the accusations.

After Brenner spoke, a biologist with no medical background identified as a biomedical researcher named James Lyons-Weiler addressed viewers. He claimed the CDC’s COVID-19 testing technology is “baloney” and accused the agency of “cooking the books.”

A special court in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, specifically created to review allegations of vaccine injury (a tremendously rare but nonetheless real occurrence), rebuffed Weiler’s testimony last year. Weiler testified in support of a Kentucky man who claimed he was permanently disabled from a flu vaccine.

A judge overseeing the case noted other cases in which Weiler was found to be “wholly unqualified” to opine on whether a vaccine caused injury and noted Weiler has studied zoology and ecology, not medicine or immunology.

“Mr. Lyons-Weiler’s willingness to opine upon a topic on which he seems to possess no qualifications renders suspect his credibility,” wrote Special Master Christian Moran in an opinion for the court.

Brenner and COVID-19

Brenner is among the most extreme members of the Ohio Senate on pandemic-related matters.

In June, he introduced an amendment to legislation that eventually became law, prohibiting schools and colleges from either requiring that students take a vaccine that’s available under emergency use authorization from federal regulators (as opposed to fully approved).

In a speech on the Senate floor at the time, he cited a study from a Swiss medical journal that claimed two people die for every three people saved by vaccination. The journal later retracted its findings, calling them “incorrect and distorted.”

Brenner has pushed legislation to prohibit schools from requiring students or employees to wear face masks.

Just weeks into the pandemic, Brenner’s wife in a Facebook post equated Ohio’s early response to the emerging pandemic to the Holocaust and life under Adolf Hitler’s regime in Germany. Brenner commented in the post, assuring that “we won’t let that happen in Ohio.”

Originally published by the Ohio Capital Journal. Republished here with permission.

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L.A.-Based Dave's Hot Chicken to Open Location in Ohio City

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2021 at 9:55 AM

Dave's Hot Chicken bound for Ohio City. - DAVE'S HOT CHICKEN
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  • Dave's Hot Chicken bound for Ohio City.

Ohio City will welcome one of its first national restaurant chains when Dave's Hot Chicken opens its doors in spring of 2022. The fast-casual eatery will be taking a portion of the former W. 25th Street Furniture space at Chatham and W. 25th, according to commercial real estate broker Kevin Moss of CBRE.

The Los Angeles-based restaurant launched as a street-food concept in 2017. The streamlined menu of Nashville-style hot chicken drew many fans and before long the company secured investors and expanded throughout California, Toronto, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado and Texas. The Cleveland location is part of a big Midwest push for the brand. Columbus alone is expected to net 13 locations.

Diners can look forward to a concise menu of fried chicken tenders and tender sliders, offered in seven different spice levels that climb to the dreaded "reaper." Those items are joined by sides like crinkle-cut fries, kale slaw and mac and cheese.

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