Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thieves Raid Great Lakes Brewing Company, Christmas Ale Untouched

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM


Cleveland police are on the hunt for three Ohio City thieves who recently broke into Great Lakes Brewing Co. and made off with over 500 feet of copper electrical cable.

The upshot? GLBC's coveted Christmas Ale (and actually all of their signature brews) remained unharmed.

The break-in occurred at around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 21- just three days before the brewery's highly anticipated annual Christmas Ale First Pour.

Fortunately for the rest of us, the three thieves were too busy causing thousands of dollars worth of damage during their little escapade to crack a tap and try the brewed gold ahead of time. has some security photos up of the suspects- you can check them out here.

The investigation is still ongoing, so if you have any info about the suspects or the break-in, call the Cleveland Division of Police Second District Detective Bureau at (216) 623-5218.

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Playhouse Square Announces Date for Momentous Star Plaza Chandelier First Light

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM


The folks at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare have announced a May 2, 2014 light date for the spectacular new outdoor chandelier that is currently being strung up over the popular outdoor gathering spot, Star Plaza, near the intersection of Euclid Ave. and E. 14th Street.

“We hope everyone will plan to be part of the excitement on May 2,” PlayhouseSquare President and CEO Art Falco said. “While we are not yet ready to announce the evening’s details, I will say that it will be quite a special night for Northeast Ohio. You are going to want to be able to say you were there.”

Apparently this chandelier lighting is actually a pretty big deal since there are no other outdoor ornaments of its kind anywhere in the world. Standing over 20 feet tall and weighing 8,500 pounds, the chandelier will be adorned with 4,200 crystals, similar to the style of the grand chandeliers seen in the lobbies of the Allen, Palace, and State Theaters.

The idea is that this piece will be a neighborhood spectacle, admired not only by Clevelanders, but by people from around the world.

The chandelier is just one part of a $16 million Theater District transformation that also includes new gateways, light-up video signage, upgrades lighting and sound systems.

These improvements have been designed by The Barnycz Group, led by Danny Barnycz, which orchestrated other attention-grabbing projects, including the Crown Fountain at Chicago’s Millennium Park, American Eagle Outfitter’s Times Square Spectacular, LG’s Vegas Spectacular, the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates.

“When I first visited PlayhouseSquare, I was taken by the beauty and the history of the theaters,” said Barnycz. “But you are not able to enjoy that until you go inside. What we envision is bringing elements of the theater design and history outside in a dynamic, inviting way,” he said.

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Drunks and Riot Police: 12 Hours at Kent State's Halloween Bash

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM


Kent State, of course, has a complicated history with large crowds, drinking, and overeager law enforcement. In recent years, there are two days annually — College Fest in the spring and the Saturday before Halloween in October — with the legitimate potential to turn ugly quickly in the Portage County college town. One bad decision by a 20-year-old deep into a case of Coors Light or a panicky officer from another town decked out in SWAT gear can push things over the edge from a party to a riot.

I made the 50-minute trip down to Kent this weekend to see how this year’s Halloween would go down in my former college town (I moved from Kent to Cleveland a couple months ago after finishing grad school there earlier this year). My goal was to spend 12 hours walking the streets — around 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday — documenting what happened from before most students went out until after most were long asleep.

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City Councilman Zack Reed Pushes For Diversity Among Correspondents at CBS' '60 Minutes'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

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In sort of a strange move last night, City Councilman Zack Reed (Ward 2) urged passage of a resolution that calls for CBS News to hire minority correspondents for its program "60 Minutes." Scene confirmed this morning that Cleveland's Ward 2 does actually have more pressing matters toward which Reed might attend.

Now, the cause here is certainly worthwhile in a broad, *media studies 101* sense. "60 Minutes" isn't known for its diverse lineup of journalists. Ed Bradley died in 2006, and Byron Pitts moved to ABC News earlier this year. Really, even the simplest glance into American newsrooms will show that, goddam, we need a broader range of voices in just about every newsroom in this country. So Reed is on-point in a conversational sense.

ANYWAY - the time spent championing this notion in council chambers last night strains the gamut of relevancy here in Cleveland. The measure passed almost unanimously, however (Cleveland politicians doing hard work!), save for Council President Martin Sweeney's personal issues.

“Zack just irritates me,” Sweeney hilariously told the PD's Leila Atassi. “This was just an opportunity for Zack to talk, and he’d rather talk about these issues than his own issues. I fully support the cause. But the way Zack did it — my no vote was a vote against Zack.”

And Reed knows as much: "He can't stand me."

The Plain Dealer, for its part, endorsed both of these perennial clowns in its latest round of incumbent-hugging.

To sorta wrap things up here, a) What the hell is Cleveland City Council doing? b) Zack Reed has probably drunkenly slogged through segments of "60 Minutes," angrily shouting - perhaps rightfully so, but still drunkenly - at his TV and c) What the hell is Cleveland City Council doing?

I mean, again, things are kinda bleak in many areas of Cleveland. Mount Pleasant, represented by Reed himself, boasts crime rates so damning that the U.S. Department of Justice awarded the neighborhood one of five nationwide $1-million grants to lend some credence to the abysmal law enforcement taking place there. Reed's ward is where events like the Imperial Avenue murders took place and where Jazmine Trotter's body was found earlier this year and where Christina Malone's body was found earlier this year and where Ashley Leszyeski’s body was also found earlier this year. (No one has been convicted of or even charged with the murders of those three women.)

Reed insisted last night that Cleveland City Council has been known to spend its tax-funded time debating the merits of totally irrelevant things. He cited a resolution from 2003 calling on eBay to alter its racist search algorithm. Noble, sure, but its relation to Cleveland politics is an exhausting stretch. Ditto for the "60 Minutes" resolution.

Mr. Reed: Remove head from ass and get to work. For chrissakes, try to at least act like you'll earn your inevitable and unfortunate re-election.

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30 Photos from Peabody's Illustrious Past

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The epicenter for the city's metal and hardcore scenes, Peabody's hosted its last show last night. Located across the street from Cleveland State University, the venue is being torn down to make room for a health innovation center. Owner Chris Zitterbart has decided to move his operation to the Agora, but it's unclear whether the Peabody's name will live on in any capacity. Scene contributing photographer Joe Kleon caught some of the best shows the club hosted during its run. Here's a slideshow tribute to the club.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jets Player Josh Cribbs Pulls the "At Least We're Not Cleveland" Card

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Ex-Browns player Josh Cribbs is under fire today after taking a jab at his former team, while praising his current one, the New York Jets, who are fresh off a 49-9 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"We're not the Browns," Cribbs told Newsday on Sunday. "We're not the team that gives up. We have fight in this team. They're a motivated bunch of young guys. I'm just happy to be here and be able to contribute ... Love it here."

"We lost. It's going to be a lesson for us and we're going to play harder," Cribbs continues. "It's good that (loss) comes now because we're still in the mix of this. We're halfway through the season."

News of Cribbs' dis toward the Browns has been traveling fast, especially here in Cleveland where he was fan favorite for eight seasons.

In attempt to get the upper hand, Cribbs tweeted this out last night:

"...the worst 4me? I thought by now u can read thru the chopped up quite a miss conceptions...smh but I know it hard to cypher thru I love y'all like a sibling we can fight as long as we always make up! Be blessed...."

Nice try pushing the blame back onto Newsday, sport.

A savvier wordsmith would have avoided such careless phraseology altogether.

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The Akron Aeros Changed Their Name to the Akron RubberDucks

Posted By on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Akron Aeros top brass announced a branding overhaul this morning. They've changed the team name to the Akron RubberDucks.

The name comes from Akron's history as the "Rubber Capital of the World." Akron maintains standing as the home of Goodyear HQ and the Bridgestone-Firestone tech center.

"We wanted to do something that was fun and entertaining while honoring the heritage of this great community," RubberDucks owner Ken Babby says. "The logo accomplishes a lot of things. Right off the bat, it represents the grit and fierceness of this blue-collar market."

Known for pitching branding rights to the public in the form of contests (none of which came to fruition, really), the team whittled the possible names down to five back in 2011: the Vulcans, the Gum Dippers, the RubberDucks, the Tire Jacks, and the Aeros.

All of this, of course, falls closer in line with Minor League Baseball's fantastic tradition of boasting weird team names. A few parting examples: Toledo Mud Hens, Montgomery Biscuits, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Savannah Sand Gnats and the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.

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