Friday, August 31, 2007

Cleveland, the New Ibiza: Tiesto to spin Metropolis this month

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Tiesto, one of the world’s best and most widely recognized trance DJs -- a dude who regularly spins in Ibiza and other electronic dance music hotbeds -- is heading to little old Cleveland. At the forefront of the EDM-DJs-as-superstars phenomenon, Tiesto’s career blew up in the late 90s. He then started performing solo sets that drew huge crowds, helping start the trend of trance DJs performing solo shows like concerts. He’ll be spinning on September 10, at Metropolis. Check out promoter Mike Mellon’s Myspace page for more info. -- TK Kim
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Tower City's Pay-By-The-Pound, an innovator in fattening your ass up, dies

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 12:45 PM

It’s official: Pay-by-the-Pound is leaving Cleveland. If you don’t spend your afternoons stoned, and you don’t have a truck-scale in your bathroom, you may know the wonder of Natural Buffet, in the food court at Tower City. For the overweight pot-head population, it was the equivalent of Mecca, only you don’t have to wear white and worry about being trampled to death (unless, that is, you’re in line in front of Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora). But, sadly, this wonderful phenomenon is leaving Cleveland, another casualty of the slowly fading all-you-can-eat-gorge-yourself-until-you-shart industry. Where else can you pile mash potatoes, macaroni salad, and chicken wings into your fat-ass with no one telling you that you can’t have any more? For anyone familiar with this special place, you know there was a science to the pay-by-the-pound lunch. It wasn’t just about piling food up on a tray, like those celery-eaters over at Subway thought. Rather, it was a fine balancing act. You’ve got nine bucks in your pocket. Is one more crispy Chinese noodle on top of your salad going to tip you over? It takes a true buffet connoisseur to be able to eyeball these things. Now, with Pay-by-the-Pound gone, it looks like it’s back to doing laps around the food court until you’ve taken enough free samples of General Tso’s that the manager finally recognizes you and makes you pay for a meal. A sad, sad day indeed. – Jared Klaus
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Vote Against Regionalism

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 10:14 PM

If you think all the talk about regionalism is because it's a good idea, you need to think about the appeal of "one size fits all" clothing. The fact is it can be worn by all, but fits no one. It appeals to politicians because they become less accountable and more distant from the concerns of taxpayers. The advertised "economies of scale" have not been evident in other cities that have tried this form of government. And think about the gross inefficiency and unresponsiveness of county government. They do one thing well: declare tax increases. Regionalism is a Trojan horse containing bureaucracy, inefficiency and unresponsive government. Blayne Vilk Bedford
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Hate Mail of the Week, With a Twist: A writer sounds off

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Turns out it's not just our readers who hate us. Our own writers hate us too. This week, our tastiest batch of hate mail comes from a freelance writer who apparently had a small problem with changes made to his article -- about a Shogon Assassins show at In the Living Room Cafe next Wednesday -- by Michael Gallucci, the editor of Scene's Night & Day section. You know, if your pupose with your write ups was to discredit people who are actually putting in work to achieve is your purpose, you keep that hoe shit to yourself. I am already a credited writer, poet, activist, artist, graphic designer and more. I don't need your magazine trying to change my write ups to discredit what I do. I have so much more going for what I'm about you can't hold me however hard you and your little circle at the scene tries to do. For real write the shit and manipulate it for yourself. That show was legit and it still goes down... Whatever your intentions were to make Malikee who was already an internationally voiced and heard activist for pushing 20years, and the group, G-style and Free, the coffee shop and anything else, don't cross my path and I won't cross yours. I am already aware of professionalism, the legitimancy of what I'm doing, and please if your in tentions were to try to make people look like fools, then as I said, keep that bullshit amongst your little downtown office clowns. and fuck you to your face if you think its about playing people for a joke, the poets, emcee's, and artists involved with what S.A. are doing are continuously working with the community, and the public through violence and struggle firsthand and personally.... like I said you think what is going on out here is a joke, keep that bullshit with your little office friends I don't need that fake shit your trying to post like I can't write an simple fucking write up and I don't need you playing anybody involved with it looking like a fool... go back to playing yourselves for the worst cuz I don't have time for it. If you ever need me to come down to ya'll office to clarify it in person, MY PLEASURE, fuck the games and the bullshit ... Malkiese Paythress
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As Browns prepare to cut, Jason Short is out with a concussion

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 2:13 PM

A concussion will keep Jason Short out of tonight's preseason finale.
Browns special-teams freak Jason Short will sit out tonight’s preseason finale against the Bears, with what is an incredibly predictable injury for him: post concussion syndrome. Short’s not a household name among casual fans, but his injury is a total bummer for anyone who enjoys watching violent men run into each other really violently. A Painesville native and Riverside High grad, Short made his name – in high school, at Eastern Michigan U., in NFL Europe, for the Philadelphia Eagles, and in various fistfights along the way – by showing more or less complete disregard for his body. Remarkably, despite playing only on special teams, NFL players voted him among the league’s most feared players last season. As Scene wrote in its June 27 feature story, “The Human Grenade,” the Browns signed him in May, and Short was ...
thrilled to play for his hometown team. But he knows his fate is a numbers game. "It's always gonna be a fight," he says. "And they're going to always make you believe that it's a bigger fight than it is." Coaches won't discuss Short's future. But former Browns coach Sam Rutigliano, who remains close to Browns' staff, says Short has impressed. "He's gonna make the team," Rutigliano says. "He's a 1950s guy. He is dirt-tough. I mean dirt-tough. He will electrify special teams. He covers kicks like a kamikaze pilot . . . This guy is Superman."
It hasn’t been reported how Short suffered his concussion; smart money says he was blowing up a wedge on a kick-off. Either way, the injury has to concern the Browns somewhat. Short told Scene he’s suffered at least five concussions since high school, probably more. It also has to concern his new wife and family, especially considering the onslaught of news in recent years about post-career health issues among former NFL players. The league will never admit it, but their sport, while beautifully so, is damn violent, and and it’s making people damn sick. In the end, though, this is likely of little concern for the Browns or Short right now. The team's worried about kicking off against the Steelers next week. And Short’s worried about making the team, so he can be the guy covering that kick-off. Head first, no doubt. – Joe P. Tone
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Dusty Jacket Book Reviews: Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 10:47 AM

(Sporadic book reviews from a really slow reader and cable-TV junkie. The first in an occasional series, maybe.) Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio, edited by Lisa Watts, published by Ohio University Press. From $12 and up online. This painfully nostalgic anthology is chock full of the biggest hitters from Ohio's literary pantheon: Akron's Rita Dove; Shaker Heights' Susan Orlean; teen scream novelist R.L. Stein; Hudson's Ian Frazier of New Yorker fame; Lorain's Michael Dirda; and others. The book is divided into three sections based on the distinct geographies of Ohio, from the soot-covered mills of "City Sensibilities" to the salamanders and sycamores of "In Fields and Woods." While Susan Orlean quickly sketches a day at the pool during her painful pubescence, Ian Frazier elaborates on his final escape from the stillness of Hudson's manicured hills, and Mary Oliver dedicates stanzas to illiterate grandmothers standing in kitchens. By the end of the book's 201 pages, you can safely say that you've traversed every corner of our great state in perfect prose. But what makes this collection of stories so fascinating is not the obvious portraiture of iconic industry or woods. It's how each writer's relationship with the Buckeye state has contributed to their literary success, for better or worse. R.L. Stein writes that his Columbus suburb was so boring that he spent most of his time in his head, dreaming up his morbid worlds. Elizabeth Dodd talks about overcoming her native shame to realize that, upon leaving it, she couldn't get this sticky world out of her blood. Needless to say, most of the authors in this book left Ohio long ago. In the end, their backward gaze gives the book the solemnity of a dead uncle's memorial. Most of them reminisce over an Ohio that no longer exists, and many claim they could never return. It's sort of a slap in the face to a reader whose zip code still begins with a 44. But it's also pretty cool to realize how much talent has been bred by this oft-forsaken state. -- Denise Grollmus
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Dancevert ditches Cleveland, sends rad moves and beloved frontal shots to DC

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 10:30 AM

Dancevert will be missed, and not just by 14-year-old boys.
After 20 years in Cleveland, modern-dance group Dancevert is relocating to Washington, D.C. The troupe snagged eight Ohio Arts Council excellence awards for its choreography over the past couple decades. Co-directors Susana Weingarten and Tom Evert have performed shows at pretty much every venue in town – from Playhouse Square to the Cleveland Museum of Art. We’ll miss them. We’ll also miss their innovative dances, which often featured Weingarten’s naked rack, which was pretty cool. -- Michael Gallucci
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