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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

"Helloooo Cleveland" Explained

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Every wonder why rock-and-rolll types think it's hilarious to work "Hello Cleveland!" into their columns at every given opportunity? It's not just 'cuz we love Cleveland (we do), and not just 'cuz Cleveland rocks (it does), and not just 'cuz we love to hear ourselves type (we really do). It's one of the classic lines from Spinal Tap, which was the definitive music mockumentary before Martin Scorcese's Bob Dylan: No Direction Home , a compelling yet futile argument that Dylan's music is worth listening to. There it is. So for now: Goodbye, Cleveland. -- D.X. Ferris

Reggae Month at the Rock Hall

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 2:18 PM

The fabulous Mighty Diamonds play the Rock Hall's main stage February 23.
The Rock Hall will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events honoring reggae's history. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free with a reservation. Members can RSVP starting January 19 by emailing or calling 216-515-8426. February 6, 4:30 p.m. Case Western Reserve University Baker Nord Center Kenyon Professor Ennis Edmonds opens the month's program with a lecture, "Rastafari and Reggae: A Marriage Made in Jamaica." February 7, 7 p.m. Rock Hall, 4th Floor Theater Jamaican Music on Film: An evening of reggae Cinema. February 11, Reggae brunch featuring Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band Parkview Nite Club Restaurant, 1261 West 58th Street Brunch starts at 11:00 a.m. The band will perform from 3 to 8 p.m. Admission is $5. February 20, 7 p.m Rock Hall, 4th Floor Theater A Hall of Fame Series Q&A with inductee Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. February 21, 7 p.m. Roll Hall, 4th Floor Theater From Songwriters to Soundmen: The People Behind the Hits lecture series continues with Mikey Dread, reggae star and Clash collaborator, who will perform with his band and discuss his career. February 23, 8 p.m. Rock Hall, Main Stage A concert by reggae's premier harmony trio, the Mighty Diamonds. Cleveland's Dub Flex will open. Tickets are $10, available at the box office and via Ticketmaster. February 26, 7 p.m Rock Hall, 4th Floor Theater Reggae scholar and collector Roger Steffens will present an evening of unreleased filmed interviews and performances by many legends of reggae. Steffens is the co-author of Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography and the founding editor of The [Reggae and African] Beat magazine. February 27, 7 p.m. Rock Hall, 4th Floor Theater Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals will close the month with an evening of music and conversation. Hibbert wrote the 1968 single "Do the Reggay," which is credited with giving the genre its name. -- DX Ferris

Bishop Dick

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 1:59 PM

In today's Scene, First Punch reports that Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon is a complete dick. Or at least, he was when he was still working in Boston, where he was caught on tape being an utter bastard to filmmaker Joe Cultrera, whose brother had been molested by a pervy Massachusetts priest. You can watch Cultrera's documentary, Hand of God, here. It's broken into chapters. Lennon's cameo comes about five minutes into the film's 10th chapter, "Balancing Faith Against Outrage." (See the movie trailer above.) Word to the wise: Have bucket handy, especially if you're Catholic. — Joe P. Tone

Lakeshore's Latest Pitch

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Great news arrived in the mail today from Lakeshore Buick Pontiac! You may remember this Shaker Heights dealership as the proud home of the $5 car ("The $5 Miracle," January 10). It's also the newest satellite of a company facing dozens of consumer complaints alleging that it misleads customers and sells damaged cars. This week, Lakeshore is touting its best offer yet. According to the flier we received, I'm PRE-QUALIFIED* for a car loan of up to $27,000! (That is, as long as my credit clears.) And, it gets better. If I take advantage of this special deal, I'll receive a "pre-paid TARGET Gift Card worth up to $5,000."** Granted, the fine print informs me that my odds of actually winning a $5,000 card are 1 in 32,500. But, at least I'm "GUARANTEED" to get some kind of Target card worth... um...something. Hurry now, seven days only. A winner has been notified by mail, and IT COULD BE YOU! — Lisa Rab

Gay Festivities in Cleveland

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 1:50 PM

Say you're a visiting homo and have no clue where all the hotspots in Cleveland are. What to do? The Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland is coming to the rescue with a new travel guide featuring local gay businesses, stores, and galleries. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland is helping create and distribute the handbook. Naturally, the move comes only four years after every other city started doing this. And you're out of luck if you're in town this weekend ... or even next month. The guide won't be published till sometime later this year, because that's how we do things around here. Fortunately, Scene's very own Cris Glaser — incisive chronicler of all things gay — is always here for you every week with the most exhaustive listings of gay events in Cleveland. Behold. --Michael Gallucci

Party Your Pants Off Night

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 1:10 PM

Everyone gets a gift bag from Dream Girl Direct, which sells clothes like this lady has on, perfect for fishing or high school reunions.
Velvet Dog manager Tino Rancone — one of Cleveland's most fearsome club promoters -- e-mailed us a couple days ago to be a "celebrity judge" at the club's first-ever "Party Your Pants Off Night" on February 9. The name should say it all. At 11 p.m., contestants will "get down in their unmentionables" for a "Shake-Ur-Kahlua" competition. The amateur dancer who can shake, shimmy, and damn near shut down the swanky club for anti-nudity violations will score either a weekend stay at a downtown hotel or $100 cash. Nobody goes home empty-handed, though. Everyone will get a gift bag from Dream Girl Direct. And outfits from the exotic-lingerie distributor will be auctioned off to benefit the American Heart Association. At 10 p.m., Cleveland fashionista Priscilla will emcee a lingerie show. Clubhoppers can also dance with the Kahlua Girls while getting looped on free shots of the liqueur. Then the judging begins. But hey, somebody's gotta do it, right? — Cris Glaser

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Concerts: This Just In...

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 2:41 PM

30 Seconds to Mars takes on the Agora March 19
New this week: 37 hot shows... Staind frontman Aaron Lewis unplugs for a solo tour. Hair-metal faves Girlschool return. The Blood Brothers bring their spazzed-out screamo to the Agora. And that dreamy guy from My So-Called Life brings his ab-fab band, 30 Seconds to Mars, to town. We're so there! In musical tribute news, the Akron Symphony won't be performing the music of Pink Floyd, but Michigan's the Surrogate Band will. And nine-girl European sensation MT-TV will join AC/DC tribute band Bonfire for its annual Bon Scott memorial show. THIS JUST IN Almost Queen (Queen tribute): Fri., Feb. 23, 8 p.m., $10. House of Blues. Ambulette/the New Trust/Viadora/the Midnight Passenger: Mon., March 12, 8 p.m., $7. Grog Shop. The Ataris/Asobi Seksu/Wax on Radio: Thu., March 8, 7 p.m., $15. House of Blues. The Black Angels: Mon., April 2, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland Tavern. The Blood Brothers/Celebration: Mon., March 26, 8 p.m., $13. Agora Ballroom. Bonfire (AC/DC tribute)/30 Seconds Out/MT-TV: Bon Scott memorial show, Fri., Feb. 16, 7 p.m., $10. House of Blues. Ryan Crosson (aka Berg Nixon): Tue., Feb. 27. Touch Supper Club. Dean & Britta (from Luna): Wed., March 14, 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Beachland Tavern. Mikey Dread/Broke by Monday: Tue., Feb. 20, $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop. Antje Duvekot: Wed., March 28, 8 p.m., $8 ADV/$10 DOS. Beachland Tavern. Girlschool/Daze: Sun., March 25, 9 p.m., $15. Beachland Ballroom. Terry Grant (Bedrock Recordings): Sat., Feb. 24. Cloud 9 Ultra Lounge. Ann Hampton Callaway: Wed., March 14, 7:30 p.m., $25-$45 ( Palace Theatre. Hit the LightsValencia/Forgive Durden/Love Arcade: Wed., April 18, 6 p.m. Grog Shop. Hookers & Blow: Thu., Feb. 22, $10. The Funky Frog. Jedi Mind Tricks/Grayskul: Wed., April 4, 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop. Bill Kirchen: Fri., March 30, 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$15 DOS. Beachland Tavern. Chris Knight: Thu., April 12, 8 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Beachland Tavern. Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers: Wed., March 21, 9:30 p.m., $8, 21 and over/$10, 18-20. Lime Spider. Aaron Lewis (of Staind): Solo acoustic, Fri., March. 2, 7 p.m., $30. House of Blues. The 2007 Moondog Coronation Ball, featuring Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Negron (ex-Three Dog Night), the Association, the Buckinghams, and Chad & Jeremy: Sat., March 24, 7 p.m., $32/$47/$62 (Ticketmaster). Quicken Loans Arena. Mo Mojo Mama Band: Mardi Gras celebration, Tue., Feb. 20, 7 p.m., $10. Nighttown. Monotonix: Mon., April 9, 9 p.m., $6. Beachland Tavern. Peeping Tom (featuring Mike Patton): Sat., April 14, 8 p.m., $20 ADV/$23 DOS. Agora Ballroom. The Placebo Effect/the Mistaken: Sun., Feb. 25, 6 p.m., $7. Grog Shop. RJD2/Busdriver/Happy Chichester: Thu., April 19, 9 p.m., $15. Grog Shop. Say Hi to Your Mom: Wed., April 4, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern. Scene Ultra Music DJ Battle: Thu., March 1-Sat., March 3. Twist. Stone Sour/Lacuna Coil/Shadows Fall: Jagermeister Music Tour. Sun., April 1, 6 p.m., $28.50. House of Blues. The Surrogate Band (Pink Floyd tribute): Sat., Feb. 24, 9:30 p.m., $10. Wilbert's. Tempest Release Party Tour: Dead by Wednesday/Wolfpac/Boondox/JCW stars: Hosted by ICP, Mon., Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., $15 ADV/$20 DOS. Agora Theatre. Tequila Sunrise (Eagles tribute): Sat., March 24, 8 p.m., $13.50. House of Blues. Robin Thicke: Sun., March 4, 8:30 p.m., $20. House of Blues Cambridge Room. 30 Second to Mars: Mon., March 19, 7:30 p.m., $20 ADV/$22 DOS. Agora Theatre. The Tragically Hip: Sat., April 14, 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues. Chris Trapper (of Pushstars): Fri., March 23, 7:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern. Unleashed/Krisiun/Belphegor/Decrepit/Embalmer: Sat., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Peabody's. NEW DATE Frog Eyes: Fri., May 25, 9 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern. CANCELED Liquid Soul: Fri., Feb. 2. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Akron Symphony Orchestra Performs the Music of Pink Floyd: Sat., Feb. 24, (Ticketmaster). E.J. Thomas Hall.


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