Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cult Films: 'Harold and Maude' at the Cedar Lee

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 8:38 AM

The first Saturday of every month, Cedar Lee Theatre (2163 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 440.564.2030) plays a different cult flick at 9:30 and midnight. It’s their “Cult Film Series”, and this week, they play one of the more F’ed-up love stories in Hollywood history. Harold and Maude is a 1971 dark comedy about the carnal relationship between a morbid rich 19-year old kid who’s into faking his own suicides and a 79-year old woman at the end of her life. Not surprisingly, the film was a commercial flop—but has become a cult favorite as new generations of weirdos have discovered it. 19- and 79-year-olds with proof of age get free popcorn at Cedar Lee, a theatre always eager to pile on inventive promotions. And grandmothers will be spared the $5 admission fee if accompanied by a paying grandchild, which, considering the film’s plot, is pretty creepy. -- Gus Garcia-Roberts
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Times: For now, saving Ohio with wind- and solar- energy is a pipe dream

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 7:51 AM

Something to gnaw on when you hear your esteemed mayor, city council, and other leaders pinning this fine state's future on alternative energy, namely wind and solar energy, which they seem fond of doing: If it's going to happen, The New York Times' Thomas Friedman writes today, it's going to take some folks in Washington retracting their retractable claws -- they do it for cocktail parties, so why not alt-energy policy? -- and getting together to help the States catch up with the rest of the globe on solar and wind. In the meantime, Friedman writes, the immobility in Washington is having a direct and pretty depressing effect on Ohio:
While all the presidential candidates were railing about lost manufacturing jobs in Ohio, no one noticed that America’s premier solar company, First Solar, from Toledo, Ohio, was opening its newest factory in the former East Germany — 540 high-paying engineering jobs — because Germany has created a booming solar market and America has not.
Feeling sadistic? Read the rest of Friedman's column here. -- Joe P. Tone
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Michael Symon's Roast -- bringing one kick-ass ribeye to the Motor City

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 6:31 AM

One of the high-points of covering last week’s story on Roast, Michael Symon’s Detroit restaurant slated to open in late October, was the chance to chat with the charming Chris Ferchill, VP of development for Cleveland’s Ferchill Group, which owns the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel where the restaurant will be located. ...

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Breaking news: Beacon Journal theater critic breaks balls

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 5:30 AM

The Bang and the Clatter Theater group has been getting reviews. But this week the Beacon Journal lit them up.
It’s been a while since The Akron Beacon Journal has had a reputation for thought provoking reviews of anything, let alone theater. Thanks to massive lay-offs, diminishing content, and a totally demoralized newsroom, we’ve come to expect little from the paper’s critics. It’s enough if they just get the name of the director and a principal character or two into the review. However, this week writer Elaine Guregian throws readers a curve-ball by actually expressing a strong opinion about a play that wasn’t written by Shakespeare...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Braylon Edwards: An expert on ... media and blogs?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 4:56 PM

Browns receiver Braylon Edwards will participate in the Bob Costas “State of the Sports Media” roundtable tonight in New York. The HBO special (it first airs at 10 p.m. tonight) includes Costas, Will Leitch of Deadspin, Detroit Free-Press’ Mitch Albom, ESPN and Washington Posts’s Michael Wilbon, the Kansas City Star’s Jason Whitlock, and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Jay Mariotti, among others. Braylon’s segment centers on the topic of “the internet and the impact of sports bloggers.” Now, I’m not exactly sure why Edwards was chosen to represent “the athlete” in this particular discussion, but I can only assume it’s because he’s a daily reader of C-Notes and has many good things to say about us. Either that, or he was already in New York and had nothing better to do. Hopefully we’ll get a ton of interesting tidbits regarding Clevo media, although they’ll probably come in very couched and nonspecific terms. I generally think Braylon comes across as one of the good guys, and beyond that, a very well spoken and educated young man. So, if he’s got opinions on sports bloggers, I’d sure love to hear them. – Vince the Polack
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In Lorain, La Sala brings hope to a dying bar scene

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:00 PM

In recession-wracked Lorain, blue-collar saloons and upscale discos have come and gone on the main drag of Broadway Avenue. But there’s a new oasis near the corner of 9th Street that patrons say has a fighting chance to survive this flagging economy because of its target market: Lorain’s burgeoning Latino community. But you don’t have to be from south of the border to chill at the recently opened La Sala. ...

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Dick Feagler: This Soulja Boy kid belongs in a work camp

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Dick Feagler: This Soulja Boy kid belongs in a work camp Today's topic: Dick disapproves of the hip-hop brouhaha involving the Cavs-Wizards series I was at the coffee shop, and the guys all agree: this Soulja Boy character looks like a prime candidate for electric-shock therapy. ...

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