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Friday, August 31, 2012

Become a Zombie & Get Paid!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM


With so many zombie stories in the news lately, you may have found yourself thinking wistfully, “Gee, that sounds like fun. How do I become a zombie?”

Mapleside Farms — a visitor-oriented apple farm and restaurant in Brunswick — is offering you a shot. This year, it’s added a “Light Up the Living Dead” element to its annual weekend fall festivals. Starting September 14, visitors can come and participate in Zombie Paintball — a hayride from which they can shoot paintball guns at costumed actors portraying zombies.

But they need zombies — they forget to handcuff and hang on to Mitt Romney when he appeared at the farm in June. So they’re hosting a Zombie Job Fair — a funner distant relation to a McDonald’s job fair — to hire an undetermined number of scary creatures. It’s happening from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. next Tuesday, September 4. If you think you’ve got what it takes to lurch out from behind an apple tree and inspire a wagonful of people to douse you with paint, please come on out. For more information call 330-225-5576.

Dayton Robbery Ends with Rare Act of Charity, Kind of

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Yeah, they took my wallet, but they also gave me this new haircut!
  • "Yeah, they took my wallet, but they also gave me this new haircut!"

Sometimes you read enough of these depressing news items and get the idea this whole western civilization thing is nose-diving fast. I mean, we've got a punchline making a serious run on a US senate seat, horny school teachers ditching eHarmony for their 6th period European history class, and a Steelers' fan bought the Browns.

But just when you figured it couldn't get worse, you come across a little news story like this one that partially restores that faith in humanity Josh Mandel's fake country accent took out back and drowned in the swimming pool.

This news item comes out of Dayton
, and it begins depressingly, familiarly enough. A guy waiting for the bus at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning was approached by two assailants. Yes, assailants, so you know what's coming next . . .

After pulling at .22-caliber gun, one of the individuals demanded the victim turn out his pockets. The loot included a cell phone and $40.

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What to Do This Weekend: Get Out!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 2:20 PM


It's summer's last big weekend: Don't blow it. Here are three picks for holiday happenings:

The Great Geauga County Fair
Yes, “great” is an official part of the name of the 190-year-old Great Geauga County Fair — the oldest and one of the biggest county fairs in Ohio. The five-day event in Burton features an overwhelming array of things to see, do, and eat. The most popular attractions involve vehicles doing things they’re better off not doing in real life: tractor and truck pulls (Sunday), FMX Freestyle Motocross (Monday), and of course the essential and wildly popular demolition derbies ( Saturday). For those who prefer their fair entertainment without ear-shattering noise and exhaust fumes, there are twice-daily performances by the Geauga County Fair Band, a group of amateur players founded in 1938 that performs traditional band tunes at festivals and parades throughout the summer. The obligatory country artist, performing in the grandstand at 8 p.m. Friday, is Chris Higbee. (It probably won’t help his cause to tell you that the Pennsylvania-born fiddler was a member of the Povertyneck Hillbillies, who were the official band of the Pittsburgh Steelers.) The fair runs from 9 a.m. to midnight today through Monday. Admission is $7; kids under 12 are free. Grandstand motor-sports events require an additional admission; buying tickets in advance is highly recommended (you can do so online).
14373 North Cheshire St., Burton, 440-834-1846,

The Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest
The place to go this weekend for some serious outdoor eating is the Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. And you know Germans: They take their

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An interview with Reverend Horton Heat, who play the Beachland on Sunday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 10:42 AM


While the Reverend Horton Heat has just released 25 to Life, a DVD of a live show that celebrated 25 years of raising rockabilly hell, that’s not the impetus behind the band’s current tour, which comes to the Beachland Ballroom at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. (Goddam Gallows and Lords of the Highway open and tickets are $20).

“We tour for the sake of touring,” says frontman Jim Heath, who adopted the name Reverend Horton Heat years ago. “We tour regardless of any album release. That’s my art form is playing music as opposed to some technology thing where I’m in a studio doing stuff. I like to do the studio stuff. I’m working toward building my place. Music is about the crowd and the moment. That’s what we do. We play a lot of shows.”

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Video: Josh Mandel Campaign Ad Outtakes

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 10:17 AM


Mike Polk as Josh Mandel.


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Video: Kent State Player Recovers Fumble, Runs Wrong Way

Posted By on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM


Kent State linebacker Andre Parker recovered a fumble last night. Kudos!

He promptly picked up the ball and ran 58 yards in the wrong direction. Doh!

Video below.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Concert Review: Dan Deacon at the Beachland Ballroom

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:35 PM


The first night of Dan Deacon’s first lengthy U.S. tour in about three years got off to a shaky start last night at the Beachland Ballroom. Deacon, an electronica artist out of Baltimore, began the 90-minute show by instructing patrons to download an app to their phones and then raise them up the air. The idea was that the phones would flash like multi-colored lighters to the music. It didn’t exactly work and Deacon, who compared the experiment to the Wright Brothers initial attempts to fly, apologized for the snafu. Once that was out of the way, Deacon, who was flanked by two drummers and multi-instrumentalist, successfully turned the place into a wild dance party.

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