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Friday, February 29, 2008

Michael Kaminski tries to rob video store with cologne bottle

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Our hero apparently got his ass kicked in a failed robbery attempt
There was a time when Michael Kaminski was making headlines as the guitarist of Cop Shoot Cop, an NYC three-piece whose dark, jazzy dirges landed them spots on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and tours with Iggy Pop. Now Kaminski is simply getting ink for being a total idiot. Today, The Akron Beacon Journal reports that 41-year-old Kaminski, who now lives in Akron, was charged with aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon after he tried to rob a Highland Square video store…

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Calling all sneaker addicts: come scrap over kicks at “Cleveland’s Got Sole” shoe summit

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 12:12 PM

To most Clevelanders, sneakers are those things that protect your feet from dog crap and syringes. But to a select, slightly demented few, sneakers are life itself. I believe the term is “sneakerheads” — people so devoted to the collection of sneakers (usually Nikes) that the most extreme will wait in lines for days, fly to Japan, or pay thousands on eBay for a limited pair. These are the maniacs responsible for what the New York Post dubbed the “Sneaker Riot," where thugs stalked a Manhattan sneaker boutique during a release of Nike “Pigeon Dunks,” and strong-armed shoppers as they emerged with the shoes, which would sell from $2,000 and up on eBay. On Saturday, the obsession will descend on little Independence. ...

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Rubber pants and trailer trash top our Picks of the Week

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 11:57 AM

Every Friday, Scene calendar editor Cris Glaser provides a random but reliable sampling of things to do this weekend. For more options, log onto And check back Monday for C-Notes' Picks of the Week. Friday: A latex lovefest stretches over this weekend for the first-ever Mr. Rubber Cleveland competition. At 10 tonight, meet the contestants at Cocktails Cleveland, where a panel of judges will crown a winner at 11 p.m. tomorrow. Rubbermania winds down at 4 p.m. Sunday with a congratulatory party for organizers Ric Scardino and James Foster, who swear by rubber jackets, chaps, and harnesses over their leather counterparts. A $5 ticket gets you in the door at 9208 Detroit Avenue, or call 216-235-6375 for more info. Saturday: Amateur sketch artists meet inside the Hyatt Regency at the Arcade for the monthly Cleveland Sketch Crawl. For two hours, the group takes a walking tour to draw images of downtown landmarks on their pads. Today’s crawl stops outside the Arcade to draw the construction equipment littering the landscape for the Euclid Avenue Corridor project. Meet from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hyatt, 420 Superior Avenue. Sunday: Big hair and even bigger drama unfold for the touring production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical in Elyria. The story takes place at a Florida mobile-home park, where gossip reigns supreme among the trailer trash living there. The cast even throws in campy renditions of country-western ballads and disco-diva staples, like the Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men.” Showtime is at 7:30 tonight at Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Center, 1005 North Abbe Road in Elyria. Tickets are $25. Call the box office at 440-366-4040 or visit

Score reopens at Clifton and 117th

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 11:16 AM

After what seemed like an eternity of remodeling, the taps are flowing again on the corner of West 117th Street and Clifton Boulevard, where Score has finally unlocked its doors to reveal a sports-bar vibe, anchored by a ginormous bowling-pin-shaped punching bag in the middle of the club. Yesterday, the club worked out the last of its opening-day kinks as a chorus line of barmaids served cocktails and bottled beer to a predominantly neighborhood clientèle in the old City Place restaurant, which closed in the fall. The kitchen crew also showed off its menu of moderately priced salads, pizzas, wings, apps, and wraps while the club’s five HDTVs blared ESPN. Starting at 10 tonight, DJ Debi will spin house music on Fridays and Saturdays, and a rotating slate of jocks will play Euro-techno on Sundays. Lake County DJ Little Mike rounds out the weekly entertainment by hosting Thursday-night karaoke. Score is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily at 11636 Clifton Boulevard or call 216-631-9000. -- Cris Glaser

In Loving Memory of Coventry’s Que Tal

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 11:03 AM

Wanted: The Chipotle Burrito, in the murder of a damn-fine hangover cure.
Que Tal, Que Tal, oh how you will be missed. Sure, we enjoyed visiting you for a lunch or dinner of taco-y goodness, with your selection of fresh ingredients and snappy service. But where you truly shined, where you proved how irreplaceable you were, was in the realm of hang-over cures. ...

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You too can play with Tim "Ripper" Owens

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Tim “Ripper” Owens – the Beyond Fear/former Judas Priest-Iced Earth vocalist who recently signed on with guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen – still has room on his roster for you … if you have the chops. Sunday, March 2, a real-life rock-band contest kicks off at Sadie Rene’s (7200 Whipple Avenue NW, North Canton, 330-499-8246). Judges will select three musicians to record a song with Owens. ...

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Alternative Press' 100 Bands list includes Cleveland's Bears and Salt of the Wound

Posted By on Fri, Feb 29, 2008 at 9:56 AM

Alternative Press, the Cleveland-based music mag, shows admirably little local bias, aside from hiring a couple local hacks to write now and then, present company included. But three homegrown acts get the spotlight in the April issue, which includes its annual industry tip sheet, the 100 Bands You Need to Know list. ...

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