Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cleveland's Honey Hut Named on BuzzFeed's List of Ice Cream Shops To Visit Before You Die

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:47 PM

  • Photo courtesy of Honey Hut, Facebook

The BuzzFeed team recently put together a list of ice cream shops to visit before you die and Ohio, it seems, is well represented. 

Cleveland-based Honey Hut came in at number 13, hailed for both its classic and modern varieties.
Why we’re screaming: Cleveland isn’t just for LeBron fanatics and disappointed football fans. Ice cream connoisseurs are in for a treat at Honey Hut (there is also a spot in nearby Brecksville). Inside, expect to find classics like cookies n’ cream and mint chocolate chip, along with surprises like honey pecan and orange blossom.
Columbus-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams ranked number five. 
Why we’re screaming: Jeni’s has “scoop shops” across the United States, but for the true ice cream aficionado, make a stop at the company’s original Columbus location. There you will find classics like salted caramel and constantly updated limited-edition and seasonal flavors like roasted strawberry buttermilk.
If you haven't yet popped in to these local creameries, do so now, before summer's end. 
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Video: Here's the Pro Gay Marriage Ad That Will Air Across Ohio on Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM


For the first time in years, a pro gay marriage ad will make its way across Buckeye airwaves on Wednesday.

The deets, via Cleveland.com:

The ad, from Why Marriage Matters Ohio, features former Cleveland Museum of Art curator Henry Hawley and Cleveland Institute of Music instructor George Vassos. The couple, who live in Chagrin Falls, have been together for more than 50 years and married in New York last fall.

Watch it right here.

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15 Cleveland-Area Dogs Looking for a Home

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Looking to add a furry friend to the family? Look no further; these 15 adorable pups would love to go home with you. All of them are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and can be applied for here at Paws and Prayers Rescue. Check out their precious faces and some fast facts below.

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Edgewater Marina Floating Docks Show First Signs of Frailty

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Overturned dock, waves over break wall in background. - PHOTO BY MARINE SURVEYOR GREGORY GROUP
  • Photo by Marine Surveyor Gregory Group
  • Overturned dock, waves over break wall in background.
Scene wrote an in-depth story earlier this year attempting to clarify why exactly the flimsy new floating docks at Edgewater Marina may represent not only a waste of money, but a very serious safety hazard.

The floating docks were constructed too quickly after Superstorm Sandy with less-than-optimal materials and less-than-unimpeachable bidding/contracting tactics (if we’re going to paint the picture in pastels).

Upshot: The docks remain structurally insufficient to withstand the waves in the marina’s basin without a reinforced break wall. The international engineering firm URS Corp. was expected to secure the repair bid, but that work won’t begin in earnest for some time.

To skeptics and industry professionals who have been blasting the Ohio Department of Natural Resources with concerns for most of 2014, the destruction of the floating docks has been perceived and portrayed as only a matter of time.

So Monday evening’s heavy winds, during which the floating docks sustained some minor cosmetic damage, was something of an “I told you so” moment. Though no boats were damaged, a few lines broke, one boat was blown from its moorings, and a portion of one dock was overturned in the waves.

“Our biggest problem is that some of the boat owners don’t use big enough lines,” said Anne McCarthy, Edgewater Marina’s office manager, in a phone interview with Scene. “We’ve told them, ‘Put the biggest line that your boat will hold.’ Some of these people are using, like, clotheslines.”

McCarthy said that the marina is at roughly half capacity (~125 boats), and that the marina staff encourages safety “constantly.”

“We tell these people over and over and over,” said McCarthy. “Just this morning, after walking the docks, we decided we’re going to put up a sign.” McCarthy said she’s not nervous for storm season, and that if the owners are responsible, the marina should be fine.

Monday’s damage wasn’t serious by any stretch, but it’s a reminder of the docks’ perilous situation. Kenneth Kabb, an attorney and sailor and member of the Edgewater Yacht Club who was on the water Monday afternoon, estimated that winds were blowing at 20-25 mph.

“That’s pretty typical for Edgewater in the spring and fall,” Kabb said. “And if there’s even minor damage at 25, it’s going to be horrendous when winds pick up. Force is square to wind speed. It’s not linear.”

A spokesperson for MariCorps US, the St. Louis company that designed the floating docks, remained aggressively unavailable during Scene’s reporting. Previous ODNR materials describe the docks as being able to withstand “one foot continuous waves and waves up to 2.5 feet for a duration of four hours.” During Sandy, for perspective, the Edgewater Marina was battered by 4-plus foot waves for more than 24 consecutive hours.

Regarding immediate improvements and ongoing safety precautions, the feckless Ohio Department of Natural Resources media folks provided no comment. Though they were reportedly responsive to the marina’s request for aid Monday, they have publicly acknowledged that this whole project is a massive “calculated risk,” and they generally keep quiet when asked to elaborate.

That hasn’t sat well with State Rep Nickie Antonio, who’s remained diplomatically “concerned” through the proceedings. She held a community meeting in April to gather information about the project, one which ODNR did not attend, and spoke to Scene Tuesday from her car en route to the marina herself.

“My primary concern, after health and safety,” said Antonio, “is the appropriate allocation of taxpayer dollars. Taxpayers always end up being on the hook. Are the taxpayers going to be responsible again. And if so, how many times?”  
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Scene Podcast: Movies, Mergers, and LeBron!

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM


This week, host Craig Lyndall chatted with Sam Allard about a whole bunch of fun stuff: what kid movies adults like, Guardians of the Galaxy, two recent forums where residents and leaders discussed how no one wants a merger with East Cleveland, and the LeBron beat writing gig that NEOMG is currently looking to fill.

Remember to subscribe to the Scene podcast on iTunes here.

Download this week's episode here.

Or stream below.

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Gogol Bordello Delivers Manic Performance at House of Blues

Concert Review

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

In a recent interview in which he talked about the “wildness” of Gogol Bordello’s live shows, singer Eugene Hutz explained that his approach to performing live isn’t just about running around stage like some kind of animal that had just been let loose from captivity. “The other aspect is actual craft,” he explained. “That craft is what keeps the attention and feeds people in other ways. No energy can sustain attention if it’s not guided.” That craft was on full display last night at House of Blues where Hutz and his six-piece band put on a high-energy show that started strong and didn’t let up for two hours. Sure, the band played with furious punk rock energy (think Iggy and the Stooges) but the group also alternated between electric and acoustic instrumentation and showed just how much Hutz has evolved as a singer and songwriter.

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The Fashion Meets Music Festival R. Kelly Concert Has Been Canceled

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM


Update: After a strong backlash (see details below), the R. Kelly concert has been canceled by promoters. Via the Columbus Dispatch:

An R. Kelly concert scheduled to open the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival next month at Nationwide Arena has been canceled because of backlash over the R&B singer’s past.

“We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners ... to make a statement and support the city we live in,” said festival spokeswoman Melissa Dickson, who added that a public-relations firm is helping the event repair its image.


R. Kelly has been picked to headline the Fashion Meets Music Festival in Columbus on Labor Day weekend, and his dubious past is pushing music fans across Ohio into a broader debate about artists' role in society.

At issue are Kelly's 2008 child pornography charges (he was acquitted) and the ongoing barrage of sexual assault allegations against him, the latter being most thoroughly documented by the Village Voice and, more specifically, Jim DeRogatis via the many outlets with which he works.

Local band Damn the Witch Siren took their frustration to their blog, where they denounced the booking and pleaded for organizers to reconsider:

We are asking Columbus, and society as a whole, to WAKE UP AND STOP IGNORING THE SERIOUS PROBLEM OUR CULTURE HAS WITH GLAMORIZING PREDATORY MEN AND IGNORING THE VICTIMIZATION OF WOMEN. Seriously, it needs to stop, and the only way it's going to stop is if people like you and us stand up and say we're not okay with the idea of shelling out thousands of dollars to bring in an entertainer who is contributing to the problem, when that money could be given to any number of rape prevention or womens' services across Franklin County, or perhaps to other big-name artists who haven't been accused of multiple statutory rapes.

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