Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Behold the 'Wickedness and Corruption'

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 2:44 PM

I am a Cleveland resident and a college student. I enjoyed your story on "Black On Black Crime" [February 21]. Your powerful article has empowered me to write to my congresswoman, the national NACCP, and the Urban League to inform them of this crime against people who want to work. I am outraged at the black leaders who walk all over their own people for money. As a student who attends one of the universities, I have seen the wickedness and corruption of no diversity on major construction projects. I plan to write more national leaders about this crime. Thank you again for this eye opening article. --received anonymously by email
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Good Eating: A Peasant's Luxury

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 2:41 PM

You know that feeling you get, when you cruise the designer department at Sak's as if you could actually afford something? That's how I was feeling this morning, paging through the current issue of Gourmet, past the ads for Jags, Viking ranges, and West Coast spas. As a Midwestern wage slave, there's no way I'm among Gourmet's affluent demographic. Which then lead me to ponder the actual connection between wealth and good eating. My conclusion? Eating well may be the most affordable luxury around. Consider: Even if your budget prohibits foie gras, caviar, and other stereotypical splurges, what could possibly be more indulgent than fresh, wholesome, simply prepared food? A juicy orange, a buttery bowl of fresh fettuccini, a crisp Ohio apple... all luxurious, sensual interludes available at bargain-basement prices. You don't have to be Martha Stewart to bake a batch of brownies; or Bill Gates to tuck into freshly baked bread. Grow fresh tomatoes on your doorstep. Bring home broccoli from a farm stand. Or simply skip the junk food for a month, and use the savings to dine at a great restaurant. My guess is that's why food --- growing it, buying it, cooking it, eating it, or simply reading about it — has become a national passion, right up there with music, film, and sex. Visceral, pleasurable, and always luxurious, eating well is the great equalizer, a true indulgence that nearly any of us can afford. -- Elaine T. Cicora
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Beans and Mice?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 4:45 PM

Scott Taylor: Crushing small restaurants for fun and fame.
Thinking of taking your date to Luchita's on Shaker Square tonight? Then you should know about a new special on the menu: mouse poop con queso! Action 19 investigator Scott Taylor, known for his courageous battles to shut down small, family-owned, ethnic restaurants, found health department violations for rodent droppings in the Mexican restaurant's kitchen, ole! You can see the video, and all of Scott Taylor's searing "Dirty Dining" investigations here. -- Jared Klaus
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This Just In... Concert Announcements

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 4:35 PM

The Police are coming to the Q
This week, Scene has more new concerts than J.D.'s got Salinger. The Police's long-anticipated reunion tour comes to the Q. Top-shelf hip-hop from Nas. Hot dance tunes from NYC's Baby Dayliner. Punky-trad Celtic music par excellence from Black 47. Premium screamo from From Autumn to Ashes. Melodic sissy metal from Sonata Arctica. Operatic black metal from Dimmu Borgir. And 42 more. THIS JUST IN: Joseph Arthur/Stars of Track & Field: Sun., May 20, 9:30 p.m., $5, 21 and over/$10, 18-20. Lime Spider. August Burns Red/I Killed the Prom Queen/See You Next Tuesday/Chasing Victory/Life in Your Way: Wed., May 2, 6 p.m., all ages. Lime Spider. Baby Dayliner/JJ Magazine: Fri., March 16, 9 p.m., $5. B-Side Liquor Lounge. Black 47: Sat., March 24, 9 p.m., $15. Wilbert's. Ronnie Baker Brooks/Brickhouse Blues Band: Fri., June 1, 8 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern. Brother Ali/Psalm One/ BK One/OneBelo/Toki Wright: Sun., April 29, 9 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Grog Shop. Savoy Brown:< @$p> Wed., May 16, 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester. Bullet for My Valentine/Escape the Fate/the Confession: Tue., April 24, 7 p.m., $15.50. House of Blues. Andy Caldwell: Sat., March 10. View Cleveland. Mike Dillon's GoGo Jungle: Sun., April 15, 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop. Dimmu Borgir/Unearth/Devil Driver/Kataklysm: Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m., $22. Agora Theatre. Joao Donato Trio: Wed., April 4, two shows: 7 and 9 p.m., $30. Nighttown. Doro Pesh: Thu., June 14, 7 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Peabody's. Fred Eaglesmith: Tue., May 8, 8 p.m., $20. Beachland Ballroom. Electrelane/the Blow/Tender Forever: Mon., May 21, 9 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop. Epica/Visions of Atlantis: Sat., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., $15 ADV/$18 DOS. Peabody's. The Fad: Mon., April 9. Pirate's Cove. Fairport Convention: Fri., May 18, 9 p.m., $20. The Winchester. Finntroll: Wed., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., $17 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's. From Autumn to Ashes/Haste the Day: Tue., May 1, 6:30 p.m. Agora Ballroom. G. Love & Special Sauce: Tue., April 10, 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues. Gary Hoey Band: Sat., May 12, 9 p.m., $15. The Winchester. The Greencards: Fri., May 4, 8 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Beachland Tavern. Jamie McLean Band (of Dirty Dozen Brass Band): Wed., March 21, 8 p.m., $10. Wilbert's. Kamelot/Leaves Eyes: Sat., Aug. 25, 7 p.m., $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's. Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials: Thu., April 19, 9 p.m., $12. The Winchester. David Lindley: Wed., April 25, 8:30 p.m., $12. The Winchester. Little Charlie & the Nightcats: Fri., April 20, 9:30 p.m. Wilbert's. Lucero/Catfish Haven/American Princess: Wed., April 11, 8:30 p.m. Beachland Ballroom. Making April/My Favorite Highway: Sun., March 25, 7 p.m., $10. Pirate's Cove. Coco Montoya (with band): Thu., March 22, 8:30 p.m., $15. The Winchester. Nas: Mon., April 2, 8 p.m., $34. House of Blues. The Nighthawks: Sat., April 14, 9:30 p.m. Wilbert's. Over the Rhine: Fri., May 4, 9:30 p.m., $5, 21 and over/$10, 18-20. Lime Spider. verkill: Thu., Oct. 18, 7 p.m., $17 ADv/$20 DOS. Peabody's. Packway Handle Band: Wed., March 7, 8:30 p.m. Wilbert's. Piebald/MC Chris/Street to Nowhere: Wed., March 21, 8 p.m., $10. Grog Shop. The Police/Fiction Plane: Mon., July 16, $50/$90/$200. Quicken Loans Arena. The Ponys: Sun., April 22, 9 p.m., $8. Grog Shop. Prong: Wed., Oct. 31, 7 p.m., $14 ADV/$17 DOS. Peabody's. Sick Puppies: 92.3 KROCK low-dough show, Tue., March 20, $.92. House of Blues Cambridge Room. Willie "Big Eyes" Smith/Blue Lunch: Fri., March 9, 8:30 p.m. Wilbert's. So Serious Getting Down to Business: Sun., March 11, 9 p.m., $10. Rockstar Cleveland. Sonata Arctica: Sun., Sept. 23, 7 p.m., $17 ADV/$20 DOS. Peabody's. Garrison Starr: Tue., March 13, 8 p.m. Beachland Tavern. Straylight Run: Mon., March 26, 7 p.m., $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Peabody's. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd tribute): Two-set show, featuring acoustic set, Tue., April 10, 7 p.m., $20. House of Blues. Tommy Womack & Band: Sat., March 10, 7 p.m. Beachland Tavern. Zibra Zibra: Tue., May 29, $5, 21 and over/$10, 20 and under (all ages). Lime Spider. CANCELED Guru's Jazzmatazz: Mon., April 2. House of Blues. SOLD OUT Cartel/Cobra Starship/Boys Like Girls/New Atlantic: Sat., March 10, 6:30 p.m., $16. House of Blues.
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Black on Black Criminals

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 4:11 PM

Received via voicemail: Hi. I was calling concerning the article...that you wrote on Black on Black Crime. I was just calling to tell you what a great job that you did on this article, and I'm happy that you were able to expose a lot of our black leaders -- who we are looking up to and looking... forward to them helping a lot of us black, poor people to find these construction jobs... And look what they've done to us. A lot of black people blame white people for a lot of things that are going on in the construction business, about us not being able to find these jobs. I'm 46 years old and I was never able to actually get me a construction job, except through a temporary agency. And now I come to find out that my own black leaders, who I was supposed to put my trust into to help me find a job, are the very ones that stopped from even finding a job to help feed my kids. So anyway, I just wanted to thank you... Just wanted you to know that there's some black people out here who know this is definitely the truth, and it really hurts me to read this. It really did.
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Fear at the Orchestra

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 4:07 PM

I read your piece on Preucil ["Sour Notes," February 14]. I do understand why the orch members couldn't go on record as to who they are. There is that air over there as of late that if somebody talks to the press, it's thought of as betrayal. I do know that people do fear for their jobs over there. As a matter of fact my unemployment was being contested by them. I asked several of my former co-workers to testify at my hearing on my behalf and they couldn't because they feared for their jobs. Sign of the times. In any case, this story has been brewing for a very long time. I knew that this was going on and I also knew that CIM paid for that incident to go away for Preucil. They told him that they were going to keep him on so he could attempt to pay them back. --Anonymous
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Greg Brinda Bumped

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Greg Brinda
When Craig Karmazin, owner of Good Karma Broadcasting (but better known as the son of Viacom president Mel Karmazin), scooped up both of Cleveland's sports-radio stations, he spent an afternoon talking to listeners. Most wanted to know, in the words of one caller, "if there was some other way Greg Brinda could be leveraged." In an overhaul of the morning drive at WKNR — excuse us, "ESPN 850 WKNR" (the name's changing, too) — the station has bumped Brinda, The Sam Fulwood of Radio�, from the 9 a.m. weekday slot he's soiled for the past two years. He'll now air at 6 p.m., when his tired ramblings and pubescent screech are less likely to incite workplace violence. Karmazin has tapped Tony Rizzo, the sports director at FOX 8 TV, to fill Brinda's slot. He can't be expecting much -- Rizzo hasn't anchored a radio broadcast in more than 10 years. It's like talking your hitting coach out of retirement to take the ninth spot in the order. Preceding Rizzo will be "Mike & Mike in the Morning," plucked by Karmazin from sister station AM 1540 — sorry, "Cleveland's AM 1540 KNR2." That's where Steve Czaben, who held 850's old morning-drive slot, is headed, in an even swap for The Mikes. Brinda debuted with a bang. He berated listeners for not remembering that it was he who first projected the Browns might spend April's third pick on Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson. Then he tried to stir a debate on why free throws aren't important. And then, because every audience apparently needs a name, he christened his "The Nightcrawlers." "That's got an edge to it," he said. He appeased one caller's worries by revealing this was at least the sixth change in his air time since the station started in 1991. "I'm a firm believer in things happening randomly," he said. Then, to prove it, he insulted two of the next three callers. -- Jason Nedley
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