Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Grog Shop Offers Special BOGO Black Friday Ticket Promotion

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 3:39 PM

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The Grog Shop has just announced that it will offer a special Black Friday promotion for most of its upcoming concerts. If you buy one ticket on Friday, you’ll get one ticket free.

The promotion takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and this weekend’s concerts qualify, so the deal will apply to comedian Dave Hill’s performance on Friday, the local band Sync Pulse’s show on Saturday and the Beach Slang concert on Sunday.

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Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Get Friend Back in the Restaurant Biz

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 12:22 PM

"Many of you know and love Ehab Enaia and his former place, Cafe Falafel," says Diane Sikorski, who many know as the gal behind Humble Pie Baking. "When he made the decision to close the cafe last year, I knew I wanted to do something to help him reopen in a new location. This Kickstarter campaign is the result of that desire."

The moving short video (from Cleveland's Purple Films) tells the story of Enaia's journey from war-torn Palestine to America and, eventually, to Café Falafel, which he opened in 2012. That lovely little shop in Kamm's Corners served traditional Middle-Eastern foods like tabbouleh, shish kabobs and some of the best falafel this side of the Nile. But more than just a source of great food, the shop became a gathering space for the community.

"Something unusual was going on at Café Falafel," Sikorski adds. "An Arab chef was breaking social and racial barriers through food. Whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Atheist, rich or poor, it didn't matter to Ehab. His passion for feeding people was powerful."

The small restaurant footprint, loss of parking and welcome news of a new child compelled Enaia to make a difficult decision. To the disappointment of his friends and fans, he shuttered his shop after four good years. It was only at the urging of his friends that the dream not be permanently put to bed.

"Café Falafel was a testament to Ehab and his personality and the way that he brings people together. His character is precisely what made his restaurant so magical," says Sikorski. "On the surface, this campaign is about raising money for Ehab to start a new restaurant, but to me, it has become more than that. We are people who hold open the door for people who come after us. We believe in building a bigger table and that sharing good food and time together brings people together in a meaningful way."

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Update: Original Members of the Cleveland Metal Band Breaker to Reunite for Metal Holiday Food Drive

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 11:41 AM

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Update: In addition to featuring a performance by the Ventura, Calif.-based hard rock band Night Demon, this year’s ninth annual Cleveland Metal Holiday Food Drive will also feature a special appearance by the veteran local metal act Breaker. The original members will reunite for the first time in more than 25 years.

Local metal acts such as Shok Paris, Olathia and Gluttons will perform along with Resistance, Lady Beast, Granicus and RaiatriX. The burlesque troupe the Red Hot Heathens will be on hand, and comedians Cyndi Rice, Brad Bishop and John Hensler will perform.

German-based rock writer Iron Ingo Sthührenberg and Olathia's Chris Emig will serve as the hosts.

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Cleveland Has the Worst Pre-Thanksgiving Traffic in the Country, But it Can Be Avoided

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 11:23 AM

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It's not all in your head, Cleveland has the highest concentration of Thanksgiving traffic in the country the day prior to the holiday, a Google Trends analysis called Mapping Thanksgiving recently discovered.

According to the data, more people are traveling through/from the Cleveland area than in any spot in America the day before Turkey Day, in presumably an attempt to meet up with loved ones in other parts of the state or country, as compared to area traffic patterns on a regular Wednesday. Google Trends even suggests that leaving for your Thanksgiving destination from Cleveland at 4 p.m. today is pretty much the worst idea you've ever had.

But there's a simple solution — besides banging your head against your car window and calling your mom to tell her you can't make it — leave Thursday morning. This way you get to sleep in your own luscious bed the night before all while avoiding the shitshow highway parking lot.

The rest of the weekend, feel free to take it easy, with family or not. Whatever you do, just don't drive back to Cleveland on Sunday (see below).

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Cleveland Rape Crisis Center Sees Upturn in Calls After Celebrity Sex Assault Stories

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 10:22 AM

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The ever-growing list of powerful, famous men accused of sexual assault and harassment has come about because of and resulted in a greater willingness by victims to tell their stories. That cultural change is being born out in headlines but also on a smaller scale.

For some victims it has meant speaking publicly, as seen with the #MeToo campaign where victims took to social media and even the streets to show solidarity against sexual violence. For others, the process is playing out more privately.

Since the campaign began last month, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has seen a 50-percent increase in the number of calls/texts/chats to its rape crisis and support line. According to Center records, they're on pace to exceed 6,000 calls by the end of the year, which would be the most it's ever handled.

"Over the last five years, we've experienced an overwhelming increase of calls to our hotline, which reflects the seismic shift in cultural attitudes about sexual assault and more people willing to come forward," a Rape Crisis Center spokesperson tells Scene.

Sondra Miller, president and CEO of the Center, says that while the public accounts have helped, victims need to know that getting help comes first.

"It's really important for victims to understand they have no obligation to share their story with anyone; they don’t owe that to anyone," Miller says. "Telling your story is really about feeling safe enough that you can share your information."

Like new Clevelander Gabrielle Union, whose recent memoir We're Going to Need More Wine describes being raped as a college student. The actress, and wife of the Dwyane Wade, officially went public with her survival story in 2014, but it took years of therapy and healing to get to that point.

"Once I shared, others shared ... I realized I was offering a bridge, a hand, to other people who wanted to share, or who just needed to know, 'Hey, I’m not alone.'" Union told the Washington Post. (Watch her speak more candidly on the subject below.)

"I do see it as positive momentum. I think many people who have this experience... they think they’re the only one this happened to, that there is something wrong with them," Miller says. "When we have these conversations, the blame belongs with people who committed the crime, not the victims."

And it's not just women who are utilizing the Rape Crisis Center's services. After the Jerry Sandusky scandal hit in late 2011, Miller says the amount of men calling for help went from about 2 percent to 11 percent of inquiries. She says that number hasn't dipped since.

"None of this is new. It’s being revealed," Miller says.

A harrowing report published earlier this year confirms that sexual assault and rape are far more prevalent in America than one might think. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three women and one in six men in America will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

"Prevalence of sexual violence isn't more now than any other decade, just then it was under reported," Miller says. "There was so much stigma, and we’ve been gradually chipping away at that."

Miller says the most important thing friends and family can do for sexual assault survivors is to listen.

"This may seem simple, but telling survivors you are sorry this happened, and this isn’t their fault — that can be transformative," she says.

The 24-Hour Cleveland Rape Crisis Center hotline can be reached at 216-619-6192 or 440-423-2020.
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Bad Tom Smith Brewing to Open Monday, Dec. 4, in Ohio City

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 9:46 AM

Update: After a series of setbacks and delays, including a string of break-ins, Bad Tom Smith is ready to open its doors in Ohio City.

That will happen on Dec. 4, a week from this coming Monday.

The taproom, located in the former Weenie a Go Go space, will feature a range of options including a monthly, rotating homebrewer selection.


(Original story 12/22/16): There’s been chatter on the street that Bad Tom Smith Brewing Co., a small Cincinnati-based brewery, was looking to plant a flag in Ohio City. The plan, as laid out by the Cincinnati Business Courier this summer, was for owner John Vojtush to ultimately open taprooms in Louisville, Dayton, Pittsburgh, Eastern Kentucky and Northeast Ohio.

Now we know when – and where – that Northeast Ohio taproom will open.

Local operator Stephen Fellows said that the process of converting Weenie a Go Go (1836 W. 25th St.), a former hot dog diner, into a small brewery and taproom has already begun. The goal is to be open and pouring by St. Patrick’s Day.

When it opens, Bad Tom Smith will be brewing beer on site on a four-vessel, three-barrel system as well as shipping in beer from its Cincinnati brewery. Bad Tom’s Cincy-based master brewer will work with a crew of local brewers.

The space will accommodate approximately 100 guests, says Fellows.

When it opens, the taproom will join local breweries Great Lakes, Market Garden Brewery, Nano Brew and Hansa Brewery in the immediate vicinity.
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TubaChristmas Cleveland and More Holiday Weekend Classical Music Fun

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 9:17 AM


Most classical music organizations are lying low during Thanksgiving week, but The Cleveland Orchestra will fill the weekend with interesting concerts, and the Christmas season gets a late November leg up with two other events.

Concert organist Paul Jacobs returns to Severance Hall for three performances of Stephen Paulus’s Grand Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, one of four works the late Twin Cities composer wrote to feature an instrument that can be a whole orchestra in itself. Nashville Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero will be the guest conductor, and the program — as varied as a Thanksgiving feast — also includes Aaron Copland’s El Salón México and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. You can hear performances on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25 at 8:00 pm or on Sunday, November 26 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are available online.

Carl Topilow’s Cleveland Pops Orchestra has a busy agenda for its “Magical, Musical Holiday Pops” concert on Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 pm in the Connor Palace Theatre in Playhouse Square. FOX 8’s Todd Meany will be on hand for a sing-along retelling of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, vocalist Joan Ellison will be featured in popular holiday music, and family fun activities in the lobby will include a toy donation fundraiser, photo ops with Santa, and adorable, adoptable pets from local rescue shelters. Tickets available online.

Back after a few years’ hiatus, TubaChristmas Cleveland will bring a plethora of euphoniums and tubas to First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights on Sunday, November 26 at 5:30 pm. Birch Browning will lead the ensemble, joined by the CSU Viking Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, J.c. Sherman and Tyler Ferris on serpents (old wind instruments you have to see to believe), flutist Brianna Keith, soprano Rachel Cammarn, baritone Benjamin Ganger, and others for holiday music played by a critical mass of low brass. It will be euphonious, for sure, and it’s free. An offering will be collected toward expenses.

For details of these and other events, visit the Concert Listings page.
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