Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In Advance of His Upcoming House of Blues Show, Gary Numan Talks About His Politicially Charged New Album

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 4:21 PM

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Gary Numan started writing the novel that informs the themes of the songs on his latest album, Savage (Songs from A Broken Heart), well before the U.S. presidential election that put Donald Trump into office. And yet, Trump still had an influence on the tunes that would appear on the finished project, which came out last year.

“I wrote the first two songs for the album based on the global warming idea just as [Trump] started to say it’s all part of Chinese plot,” says Numan via phone from a tour stop in Brazil. He performs with Nightmare Air at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at House of Blues. “Obviously, I didn’t agree with that. I thought it was a pretty crazy thing to say, and it made me frustrated and angry at the same time. I couldn’t believe it. The whole world had come together [to fight global warming], and we were all going to fight this common problem that affected us all. Then, Donald Trump comes along and says it’s all rubbish. No, it isn’t.”

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'Space Jam 2' Will Begin Production in 2019, Black Panther's Ryan Coogler to Produce

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 3:32 PM

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LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment have successfully enlisted Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce a sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan smash hit, Space Jam. Production on the Warner Brothers film will likely begin, The Hollywood Reporter reported, in 2019.

Terence Nance, of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, will direct. James is now conveniently located in Los Angeles and will naturally star. He appeared in the 2015 Amy Schumer-Bill Hader rom-com Trainwreck and recently provided the voice talent for a supporting character in Smallfoot, the animated musical which opens on Sept. 28.

After LeBron saw Black Panther, he said it was one of the greatest movies he'd ever seen. But Director Ryan Coogler would have been a hot Hollywood commodity anyway — both Creed and Fruitvale Station are fantastic films. Black Panther solidified and rapidly accelerated his critical and commercial acclaim. 

Space Jam rumors have been circulating for years. But LeBron appears to be getting much more active in the entertainment arm of his empire. Just last week, THR reported, NBC and The CW announced separate shows in development with SpringHill Entertainment, which is located on the Warner Brothers lot.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron and Maverick Carter have been "waiting for the right situation" to go ahead with production. 

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told THR, “It's so much bigger. I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan [Coogler] did that for a lot of people.”

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5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 2:40 PM


Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

After touring Europe this June and July, former Beatle Ringo Starr lined up dates throughout North America for a fall tour. His 2018 All Starr Band includes Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie and 10cc’s Graham Gouldman. Percussionist and saxophonist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette complete the band. Each band member will play his most popular songs, and Starr will play some of his solo tunes. The set will likely include several Beatles’ tracks as well. (Jeff Niesel) 8 p.m., sold out. Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park.

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Lakewood City Council Proposes Ordinance Banning Conversion Therapy on LGBTQ+ Youth

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 2:01 PM

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File this one under "How was this not already a thing?"

Lakewood Ward 4 City Councilman, Daniel J. O'Malley, introduced an ordinance banning conversion therapy in minors. For those unaware, conversion therapy is a pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from LGBTQ+ to heterosexual or cisgender using psychological or spiritual interventions.

"We've seen some really tragic examples of how conversion therapy has impacted LGBT youth," O'Malley told Cleveland.com. "There was a very sad story out of Cincinnati a few years ago where a transgender girl committed suicide. One of her last things she was able to convey was that she was in conversion therapy."

O'Malley was referencing to the death of Leelah Alcorn, whose suicide in 2014 sparked national outrage as Alcorn arranged for her suicide note to be posted on her blog several hours after her death. Petitions were formed calling for the establishment of "Leelah's Law", a ban on conversion therapy in the U.S., which received a supportive response from U.S. President Barack Obama. Cincinnati has since criminalized conversion therapy.

Despite the overwhelming amount of factual evidence showing that conversion therapy is ineffective as well as its condemnation from the American Psychological Association, it's a practice still supported by people like Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence.

O'Malley noted that the response to the conversion therapy ban has been positive, with many Lakewood residents unaware that Ohio therapists were even practicing the psychological torture moonlighting as "therapy."

"I'm not aware of any who are practicing in Lakewood; however, we want to send a very clear message that this activity would not be welcome here," O'Malley told Cleveland.com. "In fact, it would be illegal if this ordinance passes."

For those who still don't understand, science recognizes that being LGBTQ+ is a part of the natural spectrum of human identity and is not classified as a disease, disorder or illness.

Connecticut, California, Nevada, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Illinois, Vermont, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Maryland and Washington all have statewide bans against conversion therapy. Ohio does not have a statewide ban, but some municipalities are passing legislation to protect their communities. Lakewood is hoping to be the next one.

O'Malley expects a hearing in the next month or so, and expects the ordinance to pass as he believes it to be in line with the city's 2016 comprehensive non-discrimination LGBTQ+ ordinance.

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On Josh Gordon and Poor Little Mikey — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 1:42 PM


Andre and Zac close the chapter on Josh Gordon's relationship with the Browns. They also preview the Jets game, talk a little baseball and offer a prayer for Poor Little Mikey.

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Chef Jeff Fisher to Open Salted Dough Artisan Pizza in Broadview Hts.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 1:18 PM

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Chef Jeff Fisher, long of Crust and Touch Supper Club, will open his own restaurant in Broadview Heights. When it opens in late October or November, Salted Dough Artisan Pizza (9174 Broadview Rd.), will offer a full-service experience built around pizza, yes, but also a broader menu of American and Italian selections.

Fisher gets credit for helping to develop the pizza crust that got the dough ball rolling at Crust, with whom he parted ways a few years back. At Salted Dough he’ll be tossing pies with a similar New York/New England style – that is to say thin-crusted, deck-oven baked, large to gigantically proportioned.

“We’re thinking about doing a 40-incher so we can lay claim to the biggest pizza in Ohio,” says the chef.

Those pies will be sold by the slice and by the round, in sizes well below that record-setter. They will be joined by starters like calamari and charcuterie boards, salads, subs, and five or six entrees like house-made gnocchi, seasonal ravioli, items built around meat and fish.

“We’re going to stay away from typical red sauce Italian and focus more on contemporary American with an Italian flair,” Fisher notes.

Desserts like tiramisu and gelato from the display case will round out the fun, as will the beer, wine and cocktail list.

Salted Dough will be a full-service sit-down restaurant with seating for 95 indoors plus another 50 on the patio. Fisher says that he’s going for a simple, contemporary look, with exposed ceilings, stained concrete floors and an open kitchen “so you can see us making the pizza, see us rolling the gnocchi,” he adds.

A separate entrance will be dedicated to handling lunch and dinner take-out orders in an efficient manner. Fisher says that he was attracted to the location at Broadview Commons because of its proximity to hospitals, a university and the Interstate.

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George Forbes, Champion of a Free and Independent Press?, To be Celebrated by Western Reserve Historical Society

Posted By on Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 1:05 PM

George Forbes chilling before his official remarks, (9/19/18). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • George Forbes chilling before his official remarks, (9/19/18).
"Without a free and strong media, the country would deteriorate overnight," said former Cleveland City Council President George Forbes Wednesday morning. "I recognize that now, and I recognized that when I was in public office. If we don't have a strong press, democracy couldn't exist."

The statement was a surprise coming from Forbes, whose famously hostile relationship with the press was plastered on Cleveland front pages through the 1980s, a decade through which he reigned over City Council with an iron fist. His relationship with the media was so strained, he said, because reporters and editors were always trying to tell him what to do.

"And I figured I knew more about what I was doing than you did," he said.

Forbes, who seldom appears in public these days, offered brief remarks Wednesday at the Western Reserve Historical Society as part of a media presentation to promote a weekend of events in October that will celebrate Forbes' life and legacy. WRHS President & CEO Kelly Falcone-Hall observed in an introduction that those who "truly understand Cleveland history" know that Forbes was "by far the most powerful" individual who ever presided over City Council. 

"He's a political giant," she said, "a Cleveland icon."

The weekend of Oct. 13-14 will include a big-ticket ($150) dinner and salute to Forbes, with proceeds benefiting the history center's African American archives. Sunday, Oct. 14, WRHS will open its doors to the community for a daylong celebration, (12-5 p.m.).

Forbes has also donated his personal papers to the museum. Forbes' daughter, Helen Forbes-Fields, who's chairing the celebration committee alongside her sisters and a Who's Who of public and private dignitaries, quoted her father in a statement.

"It is my hope that the legacy of my works and dreams for the city of Cleveland, and the upliftment of black people in particular, can be used as a catalyst for positive growth, in my community and beyond," she read. 

In follow-up questions, WRHS told Scene that Forbes' papers are currently being processed and inventoried, so it's still unknown what all is included among them. Once the processing is complete, the material will be accessible in the research library and organized in an online catalog.

Forbes spoke only briefly. He expressed his gratitude to WRHS and said he'd save his reminiscing for the event on Oct. 13. He admitted that he's lost a step, and part of the reason he so rarely makes public appearances anymore is because he knows he's not as sharp as he once was and doesn't want to embarrass himself. It was during a Q&A that he was asked about his relationship with the media.

"We had a combative relationship," he said, and went on to describe a meeting with former Plain Dealer publisher and editor Tom Vail regarding reporters covering local politics. "I said, sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong, and sometimes I fool them. It wasn't something that was deep-seated, it just happened. You win today, tomorrow I win. And we call it square. I think you all enjoyed it, and so did I. Let me say this: The Plain Dealer went out of business the moment I left City Hall."

Forbes' longtime friend and Chief of Staff (from 1983-1989), Jon Ferrell, spoke as well. In a moving tribute, he said that out of the public spotlight, Forbes was one of the most open and approachable leaders he'd ever known.

"Most of you know him a little differently," Ferrell said. "There was always a flame raging just beneath the surface within him. But it's constantly misinterpreted. It's an impatient and often frustrated demand for justice, dignity and equality.... He said what needed to be said long before people were ready to hear it."

Ferrell recalled that through Forbes' advocacy and stubbornness, 20 percent of construction jobs during the downtown construction boom spawned by generous tax abatements were promised for black people. Even though the city had no leverage to negotiate with BP, in Ferrell's account of the BP Tower meetings, Forbes remained adamant about the diversity requirement.

"Doing the difficult, ugly, thankless work," said Ferrell, "is the vastly underappreciated hallmark of his legacy. If you question my use of the word legacy, would any major firm today dare to invest in Cleveland without including community economic benefits in its proforma? The answer is no."

(Ferrell would certainly do well to ask the Greater Cleveland Congregations about community economic benefits.) 

Former Councilman Benny Bonnano also spoke. He marveled at Forbes' ability to deal so firmly with an unruly city legislature during an era of boisterous personalities.

"Think about it," Bonnano said. "He had to deal with me, Jeff Johnson, Dennis Kucinich, Mike Polensek. It was like herding cats. It was just impossible to get [anything] done. But George did."

Benny Bonnano, reminiscing, (9/19/18). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Benny Bonnano, reminiscing, (9/19/18).

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