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Monday, March 31, 2008

Hello, Cleveland: This Week’s Concert Calendar

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 3:52 PM

If Tuesday’s Grand Buffet concert at the Beachland isn’t the week’s biggest show, it will definitely be the funniest. Other big nights out include jazz-guitar great Bill Frisell, the Canadian indie rock of Stars, and grimy metal from Devil Driver. Click MORE for a full rundown of the week’s concerts, complete with a cheat sheet. – D.X. Ferris

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WTF? Why are we building a convention center when we already have two?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Councilman Mike Polensek seems to be the only one asking the obvious question: What are we gonna do with the convention centers we already have?
In their ongoing quest to blowtorch your wallet, then stomp it to death while doing Cherokee war cries, Cuyahoga County commissioners may have fashioned their worst deal yet to build a new convention center/medical mart in Cleveland. In an ongoing series, Ace Reporter Lisa Rab breaks down the absurdity of the deal for those of you scoring at home: Councilman Mike Polensek is feeling a bit miffed these days. He has this crazy notion that since the new convention center is going to be built in Cleveland, the city should have some say in the deal. This is especially important, he notes in a recent letter to Council President Martin Sweeney, because, um… the city already has a convention center…

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Motorist Warning: Beware the man-eating pot hole on MLK

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 3:08 PM

The city placed a cone in the middle of a pot hole on MLK, naturally diverting motorists into oncoming traffic.
Well, looks like the city has finally given up the fight against pot holes. This weekend, drivers going north bound on Martin Luther King had to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid an orange cone placed inside a gaping pot hole in the middle of the road. It seems like the city is trying its best to create a Mario Kart course out of this curving stretch of road. Drivers beware: This pot hole comes out of nowhere. It took the air out of a Volkswagen Beetle last Saturday. But as of this morning, the cone was missing. A lonely hub cap sat nearby as a tribute to its departure. And the pot hole, who we affectionately named Carl, grows deeper and deeper by the minute. It sneaks up on drivers like a man-hole without a cover. We expect a Ninja-Turtle to crawl out at any moment…

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Slideshow: Shelby Lynne live at the Beachland (before our photographer got kicked out)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Quit worrying, Shelby. You’re still a babe.
Country-singer-turned-blue-eyed-soul-diva Shelby Lynne played the Beachland Ballroom Sunday night. Scene photographer Walter Novak was there to shoot some pictures. But in the middle of her first song, Lynne gave Novak the “stop” hand (as you’ll see in the accompanying slideshow), cutting short his snapping madness. Novak believes that because aging Lynne is often sold as a sexpot – and is beginning to show her years on the road – she didn’t particularly want him shooting with a long lens. He did get some pretty good photos of her working that first song, however. Enjoy. -- Michael Gallucci

Sean Levert dead at age 39

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

The Levert brothers have hit a bad run.
Less than 18 months after Gerald Levert’s death, word comes that brother Sean died last night in a local jail. He was there for the past week after not ponying up for child support. So far, there’s been no official word as to how the 39-year-old singer died. An autopsy is scheduled. -- Michael Gallucci

The controversial LeBron covers you may have missed

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

LeBron: Clueless dupe, or promoter of racism?
There’s been quite the brouhaha over the Vogue cover featuring LeBron James and Tom Brady’s current flame that was shot by Annie Leibovitz. The not-so-subtle King Kong reference has given rise to a furious debate over the depiction of black athletes, with pundits far and wide hoping to set the new land-speed record for sphincterism. But did you know that LeBron has been appearing in racially insensitive cover shots since high school? That’s right. The guy is practically a walking advertisement for the Klan. Here are some of the other controversial covers you might have missed…

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Is the Ohio Supreme Court rigged in Alex Arshinkoff’s favor?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 at 5:37 AM

Proteges of Alex Arshinkoff celebrate at the Summit Republicans' Lincoln Day Dinner
It’s really nice having friends in high places. Just ask the Summit County Republican chairman, Alex Arshinkoff. He’s sued Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner for refusing to reappoint him to the Summit County Board of Elections. The suit is now before the Ohio Supreme Court, where he’s loaded up with important friends. Take Justice Maureen O’Connor. Last week, Scene brought you the tale of her incredible war chest and how it affects her rulings. Of course, O’Connor wouldn’t be rolling around in all that dough if it wasn’t for her trusty mentor, Daddy Arshinkoff…

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