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Friday, May 30, 2008

Tribe: The bullpen is exploding; is there help on the horizon?

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM

With Rafael Betancourt behaving like the new Joe Borowski, who will become the new Rafael Betancourt?
"It's nothing I haven't said to him, or Carl [Willis, pitching coach] hasn't said to him, 100 times. So I'm saying it to you. The bottom line is until he has enough trust and passion about throwing the ball inside, they're going to go out there and hit it. "There's no excuse for it. There's nothing he can say that can make any sense. What you're seeing and what's happening is real. He has enough command with his pitches where he can throw the ball to both sides of the plate. Obviously, he's throwing away to right-handers and away to left-handers. So he can do the same thing the other way around." That was Eric Wedge’s reaction after Rafael Betancourt came into a 5-3 game with men on first and second in relief of Rafael Perez in the 7th inning and promptly gave up consecutive doubles to A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Quentin. The 5-3 lead had turned into a 6-5 deficit by the time Raffy B. got out of the inning – a situation, combined with the postgame comments by Wedge and the fact that Paul Hoynes said Raffy was heard throwing furniture in the clubhouse, that basically solidifies his fall from the most dominant relief pitcher of 2007 to just another dude with a metal plate and six screws in his elbow. ....

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Money Where Your Mouth Is: Quadrophonic Desperation

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Check out this week’s Scene for a review of Quadrophonic Desparation’s self-titled, full-length debut. And read on for the details, and to see why the band thinks you should check out their CD release party at Now That's Class on Saturday. -- D.X. Ferris

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Kids in the Hall, Creole invade Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

kids%20in%20the%20hall.jpg 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: Back in the day, you couldn’t talk about Cleveland’s Michael Stanley Band without a mention of the sextet’s influential axeman Jonah Koslen. Tonight, the songwriting brains behind MSB staples like “Waste a Little Time on Me” teams with Breathless keyboardist Rik Williger and bassist Bill March to debut Koslen’s new CD, Telling on My Self, on Cleveland’s West Side. Former Easy Street Band drummer Donny Thompson rounds out the foursome. A $10 ticket gets you into the 9 p.m. show at Brothers Lounge, 11609 Detroit Avenue. Call 216-226-2767 for details. Saturday: Canada’s quirky comedy troupe, Kids in the Hall, reunites after a six-year break for a couple hours’ worth of social satire in Live As We’ll Ever Be, at Playhouse Square. Co-founder Kevin McDonald hints that this may be the last time the quintet will take their act on a cross-continental tour with classic characters like the Chicken Lady and Headcrusher. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 1519 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $39.75 by calling 216-241-6000. Sunday: Fais do-do on the B-Side bayou for the tastes and sounds of Nawlins Night. Cleveland Independents – a club of 80 indie restaurants – has partnered with party band Buckwheat Zydeco to produce a night of New Orleans-style grub and Louisiana blues. For a $50 ticket, the menu boasts Creole offerings, like Fat Fish Blue’s seafood jambalaya, Bistro 185’s crabcakes, and the J. Pistone Market’s bourbon pecan bars. The party runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the B-Side Liquor Lounge, 2533 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights. Call 216-932-3322 for more info.

$13 at ... Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 11:19 AM

In this weekly feature, C-Notes stretches your dollar at restaurants around the region, because with gas prices waging war on your wallet, every little bit helps. This week … The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar 2448 Fairmount Boulevard, (216)229-9463, What $13 got us: A Raspberry Ice martini and a grilled chicken pizza What else $13 can get you: Any of the menu martinis and certain beers, pizzas for $6.50 and a few menu items The Verdict: Come for the drinks. But eat first. ...

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Mic Check: Natasha Bedingfield, the Veronicas, and Kate Voegele at House of Blues on Monday

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Bedingfield: 25 percent of the cutie action coming to HOB.
The Verizon VIP Tour – starring Natasha Bedingfield, the Veronicas, and Kate Voegele – couldn’t come to town at a better time. The weather’s finally starting to warm, the sun’s peeking out from the clouds, and we’re sporting shorts instead of sweats. All three of these artists make music so damn cheery, they bring the sunshine no matter how dismal it is outdoors. Perky Brit Bedingfield’s latest album is called Pocketful of Sunshine. That should give you an idea where she and her tourmates are coming from. Plus, Bedingfield’s big hit, “Love Like This,” sounds like a summer jam – even though it was released in the dead of winter. Australian twin sisters the Veronicas also bring the bounce on their new album, Hook Me Up. And Bay Village singer-songwriter Voegele, still touring Don’t Look Away, sounds like a little vessel of sunshine. Prepare for an overload of cute. --Michael Gallucci Natasha Bedingfield, the Veronicas, and Kate Voegele perform at 7 p.m. Monday, June 2, House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $20, available by calling 216-523-2583. For a preview, listen to Bedingfield’s “Love Like This” below.

How long till we're flavor trippin' in Cleveland?

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:08 AM

People who experimented with synsepalum dulcificum in the '70s say they occasionally experience flashbacks that make pepperoni pizza taste like a chocolate milk.
It’s just like we suspected: Somebody – in this case, a crew of way-too-hip-looking New Yorkers – is having way more fun than we are. Our confirmation comes via a recent story in the New York Times, touting the joys of “flavor tripping.” Said tripping appears to take place at trendy parties – we don’t see any tank tops or beer bongs in the photos -- where guests indulge their taste for “miracle fruits” (synsepalum dulcificum), tiny red berries that trick the tastebuds into thinking that beer tastes like chocolate and vinegar tastes like apple juice. ...

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Mick Boogie still has five on it

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Although he threatened a while back to move to New York, DJ Mick Boogie is still here, still bloggin', and, with partner-in-crime Terry Urban, still throwing his monster monthly old-school hip-hop party at Touch Supper Club (2710 Lorain Ave, 216.631.5200), a sweaty little joint in Ohio City. The party, I Got Five On It, is the last Saturday of every month (that's tomorrow night). It costs five bucks. And it serves as an important reminder that once, in a much simpler time, Tupac used to clown with the Underground: -- Joe P. Tone


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