Thursday, July 31, 2014

Panic! At the Disco Elicits Screams at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

Concert Review

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM

When bands set their touring schedules, they rarely come to the same city more than once within a six-month period. The thinking is that they don’t want to saturate the market. Not Panic! At the Disco. These guys have been in Northeast Ohio a number of times this year (most recently, singer Brendon Urie performed earlier this month at the Alternative Press Music Awards). And yet fans can’t seem to get enough of Urie and co. About 3500 (mostly female) fans showed up last night to see the group perform at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, filling about three quarters of the venue. In fact, the audience was so skewed that promoters changed one of the men’s restroom to a women’s restroom to accommodate the number of women at the concert. And piercing screams could be heard between songs — those screams were deafening when the sculpted singer removed his shirt at the concert’s start. 

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Tech Talk: Engaging Local Residents Through Government Apps With CitizenSync

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:25 AM

From left to right: Chris Haynes, Darren Mills, Zac Sebo.
  • From left to right: Chris Haynes, Darren Mills, Zac Sebo.

Tech Talk is a weekly series that explores the people behind startup companies in the Cleveland area.

Zac Sebo is no stranger to hard work. Shortly after completing his bachelor’s degree in sport sciences and management at Ohio University, he went on to co-found two companies — KegFLY, a daily deal website for college students, and CollegeVolt, a marketing agency for startups — before becoming Vice President of Operations at Campus Shift, an online marketplace to buy and sell textbooks. After little more than a year, though, his entrepreneurial spirit got the best of him, and he left the position along with two co-workers to pursue his most ambitious work yet: a common mobile app platform for city governments.

The government, more often than not, is far from the cutting edge when it comes to technology. Sebo aims to change that. His company, CitizenSync, creates and maintains custom mobile applications for local government, which integrate proximal information like nearby businesses and upcoming events plus historical data, maps, forms, and tools.

Since CitizenSync’s founding in 2013, three cities — Oberlin, Granville, and Fairlawn — have contracted the startup to maintain an “official” app for those respective cities. Sebo credits the momentum to CitizenSync’s two-prong approach: the government appreciates the technical expertise which it oft times lacks, and local businesses are eager to attract more eyeballs. Advertising is a big part of CitizenSync’s revenue strategy — the company charges advertisers a monthly fee, ranging in the case of Oberlin from $49.99 for 1 self-serve ad to $249.99 for 10. The model’s been working thus far — CitizenSync plans to launch a redesign of its apps and is in talks begin serving a new city, Strongsville, soon.

To learn more about the founding of CitizenSync and Sebo’s plans for his business’s future, I sat down for a discussion with him and CitizenSync’s two other co-founders, Chris Haynes and Darren Mills.

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10 Things Going on in Cleveland this Weekend (Aug. 1 - 3)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 7:10 AM

There are a plethora of entertainment options to choose from this weekend, from Rascal Flatts to a gigantic drunken pool party and church festivities. Take a minute to check out the selection, and have fun! You've earned it this week.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local Singer-Songwriter Dan Miraldi to Play Farewell Show at Mahall's

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Local singer-songwriter Dan Miraldi is moving to New York next month to get his masters degree in music business at New York University. Last year, he had heard about music business programs and started researching them. One of the major programs was at NYU.

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Burntwood Tavern Founder to Launch New Concept in Chagrin Falls

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:15 PM


In just over four years’ time, Bret Adams has managed to assemble a five-restaurant (and counting) empire since opening his first Burntwood Tavern in Chagrin Falls. With additional locations in Rocky River, Solon, Brecksville and Cuyahoga Falls, the fast-growing concept clearly has legs. Before the end of the year, Adams will open a brand new concept, again using Chagrin Falls as the starting point.

M Italian, “an upscale-casual Italian eatery,” will open on W. Orange Street, in the heart of the village, before the end of the year. Named after his wife, the restaurant will feature simple Italian dishes with contemporary twists. Diners can look forward to salads, pastas and wood-fired pizzas — all made from scratch in house.

"Our goal is to give village residents and visitors a great place to enjoy a comfortable lunch, a casual cocktail, or a night on the town," explains Adams. "We're committed to establishing another great landmark addition to the great Chagrin Falls dining community."

When finished, the space at 22 W. Orange St., in the former Ski and Sport Haus building, will channel an Italian vibe, with exposed bricks, rustic beams, plush fabrics and soft lighting. An outdoor patio will have a covered portion plus casual seating around a large fire pit.

A unique feature of the restaurant will be a window wall that offers diners a look into an adjoining glass studio, where artists and students will be blowing hot glass.

"Four years ago, we opened the first Burntwood Tavern in Chagrin Falls," Adams says. "We were very humbled by how the Chagrin Valley embraced our original concept, and we're thrilled to provide this area with another distinctive dining experience."

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"Caucasians" T-Shirt is Popular on Canadian Indian Reservations

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Scene contributor Peter Pattakos.
  • Scene contributor Peter Pattakos.
The Toronto Star reports that a "Caucasians" shirt mocking the Cleveland Indians mascot and team name (pictured right) is selling like hotcakes on Canadian Indian reservations.

The smiling face of Peter Pattakos, a regular Scene contributor and anti-Wahoo crusader, can be seen on the front page of Reddit this morning. 

Shirt sales took off when DJ NDN (from the Native American trio A Tribe Called Red) was accused of racism for wearing the shirt last month, the irony of which made most sentient humans' brains explode. 

One woman in the Star story echoed sentiments from Cleveland-area Native Americans who have repeatedly declared that they do not feel "honored" by Chief Wahoo and Native American mascots across the country. 

"I have to say unequivocally I do not feel honored by those outdated, offensive team mascots and names, and think its time they be changed," she said.  "And if we can draw attention to that by turning the tables using a bit of humor then why not?”

Robert Roche said as much when he was confronted by a fan in red face at this year's home opener.
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Johnny Manziel Went to Two Bucks Last Night

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM


The Browns have an off day today, which meant no curfew last night, which meant Johnny Manziel could finally enjoy the rich bar culture that Middleburg Heights/Berea has to offer.

His choice: Two Bucks, according to a fan who posted some pics on Twitter. (Hat tip to Busted Coverage.)

We're more of a Mike's Bar and Grill sort of bunch, but whatever floats Johnny's $2 draft beer.

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