Monday, September 16, 2013

Recently rejuvenated punk rockers AFI play House of Blues tonight

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM


Before they took a hiatus in 2011, AFI were hugely popular. The punk band played a sold out show at the Agora Theatre in 2006 and album sales even reached platinum levels during its heyday in the mid-2000s. So why did the band take a break?

"As soon as we get off the road, we immediately start writing another album and immediately start recording it," says bassist Hunter Burgan. "That cycle has been going as long as I’ve been in the band. After 14 years of doing that, it was time to take a breath. I think it’s a slightly self-indulgent thing to have a moment to ourselves and establish what we’re doing in our lives, but AFI is a huge part of our lives and it wasn’t long before there was a pull back into that."

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Coventry-Based Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt Expanding to Ohio City and Beyond

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM


After just six months in operation on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, the owners of Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt have signed a lease for a second location. Snagging the 1,100-square-foot spot (2547 Lorain Ave.) between Bonbon Pastry and Crop Bistro, owner Adrian Bota says he's thrilled to be a part of the neighborhood.

"Piccadilly goes perfectly with the urban movement in Ohio City," he says. "We want to keep the 'burbs for Menchies. Our demographics are young adults."

Bota and his brother Cosmin, Clevelander's by way of Romania, are very familiar with the Ohio City neighborhood. "Both myself and my brother have worked in various stands in the West Side Market," says Bota.

After a stint on Wall Street and a management position with Pfizer, Bota left Manhattan and returned to Cleveland a year and a half ago to start planning for Piccadilly. After opening its doors this past March, the yogurt shop has been very well received, thanks in no small part to its organic and vegan menu items. "We just wanted to start something different," notes Bota.

The Ohio City location will feature a similar design to Coventry, staying as green as possible by utilizing upcycled materials, including tables made from wood salvaged from a Geauga Lake roller coaster. The interior design is being handled by former Cleveland Institute of Art students at Vergez Inc.

The menu will also be consistent with the Coventry shop.

Not known to sit still, the Bota brothers already are scouting locations for new shops in Lakewood and Downtown. "The Heinen's announcement got us very excited about that area," says Bota.

Look for a late October opening for the Ohio City location.

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Lingerie Bandit Steals $1500 Worth of Undies from Victoria's Secret in Elyria

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

  • Photo Courtesy of Victoria's Secret, Website

A thieving lingerie bandit has stolen approximately $1,500 worth of underwear from a Victoria's Secret retail outlet at Midway Mall in Elyria Ohio.

In addition to the lingerie, four sweatshirts, two varsity jackets, three pairs of pants, and a bottle of perfume were also reported missing.

Fox 8 News reports that all of the items were stolen on Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, but that managers did not realize the theft had occurred until completing an end-of-the-day tally.

At this time, no suspects have been identified but police may be on the lookout for suspicious persons clad in luscious lingerie.

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Unsaid Fate plays Scene Session

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

The hard rock band Unsaid Fate recently played a rousing set at Peabody's at the Scene Music Awards/Cleveland Music Festival but the group capably played an unplugged session last week at our offices. Most of the songs for this session came from the band's recent EP, Never Turning Back. Look for a new full-length in the coming months.

Check out previous Scene Sessions with the Promise Hero, Zach, Stephanie Trivison, Diana Chittester, One Day's Notice and Taylor Lamborn.

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The Rail Opens New Burger Joint in North Olmsted

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

  • Photo Courtesy of The Rail, Facebook

The Rail is sharing their burger, beer, and milkshake love with their neighbors to the north.

That's right- The Rail's second location will open up this December at Great Northern Mall in Cleveland's North Olmsted neighborhood.

Word on the street is that this joint will be twice as big as the Summit Mall location.

[If that means twice the burgers and fries, we're totes okay with that.]

The new place will also sport a least two dozen taps, all dedicated to spewing out pint after pint of Ohio craft brews.

We'll drink to that!

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Steubenville Rape: One Year Later

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM


Jezebel's Katie J.M. Baker has written a compassionate retrospective on the Steubenville rape case, one year removed, which paints the residents of the small town in eastern Ohio not as the grand conspirators and rape apologists they were often cast as, but folks grimly affected by national stigmas.

It didn’t feel right to shrug when business owners told me their livelihoods were threatened by strangers who falsely believed they were complicit in covering up the rape, especially given that more than a quarter of Steubenville’s residents live below the poverty line. It’s difficult to tell a mother to suck it up when she recounts how her little kids were called rapists by an opposing Little League team, or how masked vigilantes terrified her children by camping out in her snow-covered driveway. If you Google the name of a 16-year-old girl who was out of town the night of the rape, you’ll find her photo alongside untrue claims she drugged and lured the victim to the party — should I have told her to stay quiet out of respect for the victim?

From my office in New York, I could rally against rape culture without sympathizing with any of these people. In Steubenville, I couldn’t look them in the eye and tell them I thought they were necessary collateral damage.

Baker spent a week in Steubenville for the piece, interviewing high school students, teachers, residents and officials connected to the case. It's a compelling story which not only encourages readers to look beyond the erroneous knee-jerk assumptions of the mainstream media and online commenters over the past year; it also considers the ramifications of accurate assumptions if and when they're taken too far.

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Scene Podcast: The Murder of Lisa Knoeffel

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 2:08 PM


In this week's edition, host Craig Lyndall chats with reporter Doug Brown about the murder of Lisa Knoeffel.

The social worker died after being stabbed 178 times by her foster daughter, but prosecutors argue that teen was convinced to act by her foster father, who began a relationship with the girl and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in life insurance payouts after Knoeffel's death.

Listen below.

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