Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Rock Hall unveils plans for Rolling Stones exhibit

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM


The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that its next major exhibit, Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, will open on May 24. It takes the place of the Grateful Dead exhibit that’s currently on display, and it represents the Museum’s first exhibit devoted to the Stones, who are currently prepping for a 50th anniversary tour. The press release the Rock Hall sent out promises the exhibit “will celebrate the Rolling Stones’ incredible contribution to popular music from their earliest days playing small clubs, to their era-defining recordings such as ‘Gimme Shelter,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Jumping Jack Flash,’ ‘Tumbling Dice,’ ‘It’s Only Rock And Roll’ and sold-out global tours. Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones’ astonishing five decades at the top.”

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Waiters and Walton — Yes, Walton — Crucial in Cavs Road Win

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM


The Cavs bounced bravely into the United Center last night without the leadership of Kyrie Irving, preparing to face the music and slaughter which has become almost ritualized at the hands of the Bulls.

Before last night, the Cavs had lost 11 consecutive contests to their division rivals. Kyrie was scratched with a sore/ hyperextended knee, and things looked predictablly grim at the game's outset.

But after a sloppy first few minutes, they settled down, played aggressive defense and drove to the bucket with great verve and velocity.

Rookie Dion Waiters was electrifying with the ball in his hands and Luke Walton contributed key minutes (including an impressive +/- differential of +13) and a game-clinching steal.

In general, our bigs put the necessary pressure on the Bulls' Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer to keep them from dominating on the boards and in the low post.

Here's the box score.

—I can't stress enough that limiting the defensive production of Boozer and Noah was huge. Chicago's starting front court has averaged nearly 20 boards per game between them. Last night, Noah had 9 and Boozer had 5.
—Shaun Livingston looked confident as hell out there starting at PG for the injured Kyrie. He was 6 of 11 from the field, but it felt like he was draining everything, weaseling into pockets of open real estate and draining extemporized jumpers from mid-range.
—Waiters had a few careless drives, but was otherwise sensational. "Full head of steam," as they say. He's definitely got a score-first mentality, but last night it paid off.
—Wayne Ellington's contribution was a pleasant surprise. The deep balls for which he is known were fun — one at the third quarter buzzer — but his rebounding production was even more critical. Good positioning from the young master Wayne.
—Shooting free throws at a high percentage (16 for 19 last night) keeps us in games.
—And get this: The Cavs have won 9 of their past 15 games. And they've been incredibly fun to watch during that stretch, not just because of their "potential" either. They're playing engaged basketball right now.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Going Whole Hog at The Black Pig

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM


“Everyone enjoy that?” Black Pig Chef Michael Nowak emerges from the kitchen rosy-cheeked, his tweed hat slightly askew.

He doesn’t have to ask: everyone in the packed dining room has unceremoniously hoovered the dish Chef Nowak coyly branded as “schnitzel” for the night’s tasting menu, the second plate in a 5-course snout-to-tail pork dinner.

“That was the head and the feet,” Chef Nowak announces with a shit-eating grin, well aware that he’s subverted the timeworn properties of a beloved comfort food. Nowak’s whimsical take on pork schnitzel eschews the standard bland pounded loin for a hodgepodge of offal, the collagen in the trotters and head meat yielding a rich, meltingly moist “cutlet” cloaked in a judicious layer of breadcrumbs, then fried and served with a chunky celery root remoulade and burnt lemon wedge.

Nowak’s schnitzel adaptation was one of five dishes sourced from same hog at last night’s dinner, the first installment in HooftyMatch’s CLE Meats series, which seeks to solidify and celebrate the nexus between food enthusiasts, Cleveland chefs, and local heritage meat suppliers.

HooftyMatch, a startup aggregation tool and online marketplace that connects consumers to local meat sources, was one of ten local tech companies to receive a $25,000 seed-stage investment last November by Cleveland venture capital firm and business accelerator LaunchHouse. Their goal, explains the company’s co-founder Jonathan Yale, is “to be kind of an Etsy for local foods,” streamlining the farm-to-table concept and rendering it digitally accessible to consumers.

The company will also sponsor recurring CLE Meats dinners, spotlighting a unique chef/meat pairing, or “challenge,” each month, encouraging selected local chefs to designate which animal they want and who they want to source it. Chef Nowak seemed like an obvious candidate for the CLE Meats series debut — his menu, inspired by French country cooking, has exalted local pork since the restaurant’s inception, Nowak’s passion for the protein foregrounded fairly unambiguously by the restaurant’s name.

“He was like, ‘So…merry Christmas to me?’,” quips Yale’s partner, HooftyMatch co-founder Phillip Williams, recounting Nowak’s reaction when HooftyMatch approached him about preparing the first CLE Meats dinner. Nowak requested a hog from Tea Hills, a family-owned farm in Loudonville that specializes in pastured heritage breeds.

“When they asked who I wanted to use, I knew immediately,” says Nowak of his favored supplier.

Thus began a weeklong odyssey of carving, prepping, curing, rendering, stock-making, processing, roasting, frying, and braising that transformed Nowak's 186-pound Tea Hills pig into a five-course meal for 56 diners.

Along with the schnitzel, Nowak prepared country pâté—a coarse medley of bacon and pork meat—accompanied by Black Pig’s house-made pickles, crisp pork rinds, local radish medallions, and mustard. Nowak’s pork sausage—studded with foie gras, natch—crowned a bed of firm Puy lentils, a side of pickled Ohio apple matchsticks accenting the earthy platter in a cheeky play on the classic pork-and-apple pairing.

Nowak’s signature cassoulet was the meal’s centerpiece, well worth the four days of soaking, resting, and flavor-building Nowak dedicated to his rendition of the French peasant stew, which aggregates a whopping six varieties of pork meat — sausage, hambones, and bacon ends in the stock, trembling cubes of smoked belly and slabs of loin atop the stew, and chunks of braised shoulder meat nestled in the broth among fat, creamy Tarbais beans. To finish, a chocolate truffle pairing — one flecked with bacon, the other with black truffles—topped a loose ganache “dirt” in a self-aware nod to the animal’s rustic terroir and truffle-hunting legacy.

When asked how much of the Tea Hills pig he used, Nowak shrugs cavalierly. “I have maybe three to four pounds of grind left,” he replies. “We used the whole damn pig.” As last night’s guests can attest, it was damn delicious.

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All Good Festival Announces Lineup

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Ohio-based All Good Music Festival announced the 2013 lineup this afternoon. See the full list below.

The festival will take place July 18-21 in Thornville, Ohio - east of Columbus. Early bird tickets are currently going for $179 for the weekend.

Read Scene's review of the 2012 All Good Festival.

Pretty Lights
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Leftover Salmon
North Mississippi Allstars
John Scofield Uberjam Band
The Infamous Stringdusters
Trevor Hall
MarchFourth Marching Band
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Bridge
Tribal Seeds
Digital Tape Machine featuring Kris Myers and Joel Cummins of Umphrey's McGee
The Sheepdogs
Nahko And Medicine For The People
The Stepkids

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Concert Review: Bosnian Rainbows at the Grog Shop

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM


There’s something admirable about a band that gives its all, even if it’s not playing to a full house. That was definitely the case last night at the Grog Shop when Bosnian Rainbows, a band featuring former Mars Volta/At the Drive-In guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, played to a sparse crowd of about 150 fans. While Rodriguez-Lopez has his loyal followers (something he acknowledged at the concert’s end when he thanked the audience for supporting his music), Bosnian Rainbows has yet to release an album, something that made this show seem a bit like a rehearsal of sorts even though the debut disc is recorded and due out this spring.

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Robert Randolph Presents 'The Slide Brothers': New Music Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Acrobatic slide guitar *master* Robert Randolph is well known for his exciting virtuosity. So it is with an eager ear that we tune in to his latest project: highlighting the awe-inspiring talents of fellow Sacred Steel gurus Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent.

By even the most conservative estimates, these cats are the cream of the crop. Album opener "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" - penned by Gregg Allman - certainly puts that claim on a mighty pedestal. The energy, the solos, the verve: Everything is kaleidoscopic.

There's an enticing blend of earthy gospel tunes and upbeat, get-down-to-the-dancefloor anthems. "It Hurts Me Too" embodies the delta blues sound while kicking the heat up and shining a light on the vivacious lead work for which these guitarists are known.

Several songs later on the album, "Motherless Children" shows up with rockabilly percussion and a toe-tappin' rhythm. You'll be hard pressed not to just start groovin' at your desk, in your car, in the pew or wherever you happen to be.

Hopefully we'll be seeing much more from these guys going forward. "My goal is to open the door for people in the same way that musical doors have been opened for me," Randolph says. Their spring tour has no Cleveland gig, but do keep an eye out for regional updates.

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This Morning in Craigslist Crime

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM


The murder trial of portly former street minister Richard J. Beasley got underway yesterday in Summit County. Beasley, a "wolf in sheep's clothing" — per the prosecution — is accused of luring men to a remote location in Southern Ohio with bogus farmhand work and then murdering them.

Three men died and a fourth was shot in a 3-month span during 2011. In the opening statements, defense attorneys pointed to a lack of physical evidence linking Beasley to the murders. The prosecution, after citing the bible, told jurors of cell phone and computer records which tied him to the crimes. They also revealed Beasley's penchant for assuming new identities.

In another Craigslist crackdown, the Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy girls' basketball coach was arrested on misdemeanor charges for responding to a fake prostitution ad. The 42-year-old Hudson man was one of a dozen arrested Thursday and Friday in a sting orchestrated by the Willoughby police department. The men were told they'd be meeting a 20-year-old in a hotel room. When they arrived — surprise! — handcuffs.

The man has been relieved of his basketball coaching duties and put on administrative leave from his high school teaching job at Eastlake North.

The Craigslist ad evidently was convincing enough to inspire some interstate commerce. In addition to the local men arrested (from Painesville, Rocky River, Beachwood, Cleveland, Eastlake, Mentor, etc.), one fellow from Palm Beach found himself upon this woebegone roster.

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