Thursday, December 19, 2013

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts capably christen new Hard Rock Live

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM


In Richard Linklater’s cult film Dazed and Confused, actor Matthew McConaughey, who plays a guy who’s regularly hanging out with people much younger than himself, delivers one of the movie’s best lines. “That's what I love about these high school girls, man,” he says. “I get older, they stay the same age.” You could say the same thing about Joan Jett’s backing band the Blackhearts. The diminutive singer-guitarist gets older, but the guys in the band (with the exception of aging keyboardist Kenny Laguna, who thankfully keeps to the shadows) appear to stay the same age. Jett, who played the first-ever show at the new Hard Rock Live in Northfield last night, was backed by a group of tattooed and spiked hair dudes who looked like they could pass as Green Day. They worked well with Jett too, jamming on several tunes and playing with punk rock-inspired energy.

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Peter Billingsley Reflects on 'A Christmas Story' and How the Film Shaped His Life

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 10:35 AM

  • Ralphie/Peter
Every now and then, BuzzFeed rolls out a nice little story that won't turn brains into list-based gunk. Today, Adam Vary's profile of Peter Billingsley - that's Ralphie to you - hit the website.

The piece speaks for itself, so do check it out. For fans of the canonical Christmas tale, it's a fairly heartwarming look into the impact of the film on its lead star.

Here's a choice excerpt from Mr. Vary's work:

It’s exactly this kind of accelerated adulthood that usually fucks up child actors for the rest of their lives. “When you’re number one on the call sheet, you have a lot of power,” says [Jon] Favreau. “You’re treated a certain way, and certain things are expected of you beyond what’s expected of a kid.”

“Well, you grew up faster, I think, in some ways,” Billingsley says. “There’s a sense of responsibility that maybe other [kids] don’t have. But my parents kept that very much in perspective. It was always regarded as a privilege [and] an honor to be a part of this stuff.”

Fortunately for Billingsley, when A Christmas Story first opened in theaters, it was far from a hit — even if it didn’t feel fortunate at the time. “I remember the only place you could get information on box office was Entertainment Tonight,” he says. “I don’t know what it did cume, but under $20 [million].” (His memory is spot-on: The film made $19.3 million over its initial theatrical run, roughly $48 million in 2013 dollars.) “And so you think, That’s it. This was a 13-channel universe. Movies didn’t have a shelf-life, really."

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The Browns QB T-Shirt for the Sad Browns Fan in Your Life

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

You know all about the infamous Browns quarterback jersey, which will definitely be getting a new name added to the tally next year, but how do you represent that ineffectual drafting, poor front office decision making, and general shit luck in real life?

How about this t-shirt, The Chosen 21?

There's a sad Browns fan in your life that wants this, and a few days left to order before Christmas. Plus, there's plenty of time left before the draft. Buy it here.


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First Edition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Discovered in Cleveland Public Library

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:18 AM

A rare read was recently discovered amongst a plethora of other covers in Cleveland Public Library's Special Collections Department: an original first-edition copy of the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, A Christmas Carol.

CPL staffers aren't exactly sure when the 170-year-old book was donated or by whom, but they do know they've unearthed a real holiday treasure. Only 6,000 other copies, originally printed in 1843 Britain, are in existence.

To get a glimpse of the rare find for yourself, head on up to the third floor of the CPL with a photo I.D.

A Christmas Carol, First Edition, Title Page - PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • A Christmas Carol, First Edition, Title Page

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Today's Buzz: Lakewood Named One of the Most Exciting Small Cities in America

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

  • Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

National love for Lakewood is making the rounds on Twitter today, after Business Insider named the Cleveland suburb one of the 10 most exciting small cities in America.

To gauge just how exciting Lakewood is, the folks over at BI evaluated six criteria:

1. Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)

2. Live music venues per capita

3. Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)

4. Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)

5. Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)

6. Percentage of young residents ages 20 to 34 (the higher the better)

Lakewood schooled the nation's other small cities in pretty much every category.

Here's the write-up:

Resident Ohio native David Cross (of awesome lists about Columbus fame) says he can attest to Lakewood’s eligibility for our top 10. The numbers say that, out of all the criteria we measured, this Cleveland suburb ranked highest for things related to active life. This isn’t really surprising when you consider all of the things to do on and around Lake Erie. Things like the Lakewood Park and the Rocky River Reservation.

In the town proper, there’s a pretty happening (does the 20 to 34 crowd, 24 percent of Lakewood, even say that?) nightlife scene along Madison and Detroit Avenues. There are even places lauded for their dual specialisation in grub and brews, such as Melt (with its deep fried sandwiches) and and Buckeye Beer Engine, which is renowned in the area for its burgers. Best of all, they aren’t chains; only 7 percent of restaurants in Lakewood are, which is something to be excited about.

We'll go ahead and forward this on to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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