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Monday, January 11, 2016

Audio: David Bowie at Cleveland Music Hall in 1972

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Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 9:13 AM

1972 was a big year for David Bowie. The musician had donned his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, and set out to take over the world of rock 'n' roll. Sept. 22, 1972, was the start of his first American tour since the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Where'd he start the tour? Right here in Cleveland. 

And he came back in November to play the show we've embedded below.

The Spiders from Mars — Mick Ronson on guitar, Trevor Bolder on bass, Mick “Woody” Woodmansey on drums and Mike Garson on keys — rounded out the lineup during these concerts. This one here is a solid show, and the audio embedded below holds up well 42 years after the gig.

Here's music journalist legend Jane Scott, writing shortly before her death:
“He sailed over; he won’t fly, his wife said. Orange-haired Bowie, one of the most important figures of ’70s rock, seemed a little awkward at an earlier press conference, but after his smash show, he eluded his security guards and was eager to talk about coming shows. We reporters sensed that a star was born that night."

Here's our roundup of other vintage audio/video from around Cleveland:

AC/DC at World Series of Rock at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1979
Smashing Pumpkins in Tremont in 1991
Queens of the Stone Age at Euclid Tavern in 1999
Warren Zevon at the Odeon in 2000
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Agora in 1978
The Grateful Dead at Richfield Coliseum in 1990
Peter Frampton at the Agora, 1974
Bob Marley at the Agora in 1975
Kiss at the Agora in 1974
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Richfield Coliseum in 1978
Metallica at the Agora in 1983

An earlier version of this post misidentified the month of the show embedded here.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

IKEA Could be Coming to Cleveland (Updated)

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Update: Well, maybe not. Multiple reports out there today relate the news that IKEA has officially announced a store in Columbus in 2017. What that means for a potential Clevo location — not great news if you ask us — remains to be seen.


(Original story: 12/19/14) — The PD's Michelle Jarboe McFee reported this morning that the Swedish furniture behemoth IKEA has purchased 16 acres of land from the Plain Dealer Publishing Company.

The site is off 480, just north of the PD's printing plant. Both PD and IKEA execs, however, stressed that a physical store won't be coming for some time (if it comes at all).

Still, IKEA has been, quote, "eyeing" the market for years, and seems interested enough in Northeast Ohio: lots of twentysomethings, after all, who can't get enough of cheap, shitty furniture.  

IKEA currently has about 40 U.S. stores, the closest three being in Pittsburgh, Canton, Mich. (near Detroit), and West Chester, Ohio (near Cincy).  A Cleveland store would be IKEA's second in the state. 

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Friday, January 2, 2015

UPDATE: Cleveland Needs More Time to Respond to Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed by Tamir Rice Estate

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 9:01 AM

UPDATE: The city of Cleveland filed a motion this week seeking an extension in its deadline to respond to the lawsuit, asking a federal judge to push the date back until March 2. The city's filing claims that the investigation is still ongoing. 

Relatedly, the police department's Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team remains in the midst of its 90-day investigation into the shooting.

Originally published Dec. 5

Today, a civil rights complaint naming officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback and the city of Cleveland was filed in federal court. The lawsuit, filed officially by the estate of Tamir Rice, hinges on three causes of action: excessive force, assault and battery and wrongful death. See the full complaint below.

Section III, the statement of facts, lists in chronological order pretty much every major point of narrative since Nov. 22. Included in the complaint are references to Timothy Loehmann's professional background, first reported by NEOMG's Adam Ferrise earlier this week, and the U.S. Department of Justice findings on the Cleveland Police Department, announced just yesterday to the public.

Regarding the DOJ report, the suit asserts: "These policies, practices and customs have been perpetuated by the line officers including Defendants Loehmann and Garmback, policy makers and those responsible for hiring, training and supervision of police officers within the City of Cleveland who have all acted negligently, recklessly, intentionally, knowingly and with deliberate indifference to the serious safety needs of the citizens of Cleveland, including Tamir Rice."

The suit goes on to "request a jury trial on all claims triable to a jury."

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Changing of the Guard at Urban Farmer. Top Chef Moves On; New Chef Signs On

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Urban Farmer (1325 E. 6th St., 216-771-7707, has been open for just six months, but already the executive chef has left the building. Opening chef Brad Cecchi, who relocated from Sacramento to Cleveland for the job, has accepted a new position back home. He will be the chef de cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Solbar at the Solage Calistoga resort in Napa Valley, California.

“My fiancé and I always planned on eventually going back to California, whether that was in two years, five years or whenever,” Cecchi says from the sunny West Coast. “But then this opportunity at a Michelin-starred restaurant popped up.”

While here, Cecchi built a solid foundation for the restaurant – and his replacement – to build and grow upon.

“Urban Farmer is a great concept in a great building,” he says. “My kitchen staff was incredible. To find the amount of talent that I did there is pretty remarkable.”

While he won’t miss the winters here, he does have a newfound soft spot for the city he leaves behind.

“There’s such a buzz in Cleveland right now,” he says. “There’s nothing I could say about the city that isn’t totally positive.”

Of course, Urban Farmer will be in good (new) hands. Incoming executive chef Trent Love will take over the top chef role, says Kristen Pritchard, a manager who has been with the restaurant since the beginning. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, California, Love worked as an Executive Sous Chef at Mastro’s Steakhouse in multiple locations, and helped open Herringbone in Los Angeles as their Chef de Cuisine.

“He has a great background and I think that he’ll work really well with our group.”

Meanwhile, Sage Restaurant Group, the Denver-based firm that developed the concept, will open the third Urban Farmer restaurant in the country in 2015, this one in Philly. 

About Time! Columbus Road Bridge Is Finally Open

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM

After 20 months, the Columbus Road lift bridge has finally opened to vehicular traffic, and getting downtown will no longer resemble, in the words of Scene Managing Editor Eric Sandy, "something on the order of a Peter Jackson film." 

The construction faced several delays — the bridge was originally slated to open in June, then October — but the county's crews have removed the final blockade and cars began passing through a little after 10 a.m., Dec. 31. 

The project cost upwards of $30 million and the final delay was due to calibrating the massive counterweights that raise and lower the central span over the Cuyahoga.

That span, which reportedly weighs about 2 million pounds, was constructed off-site and conveyed via barge to the bridge location this summer. 

Via the NEOMG, if prior traffic patterns hold, the bridge can be expected to carry more than 6,000 vehicles every day. 

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Incoming County Exec Armond Budish Narrowly Avoided Driver's License Suspension With His Fancy Legal Work

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

This is just a nice preview to this weekend's Cuyahoga County executive inauguration, in which Armond Budish ascends to the highest political office 'round these parts. NEOMG's Andrew Tobias uncovered some fancy legal work performed by Budish that got him out of a driver's license suspension — efforts, by the way, undertaken precisely as incumbent exec and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald was facing his own bizarre driver's license revelations.

Read the saga, which basically involves Budish pleading guilty to driving 49 in a 35, then delaying hearings on his 11th and 12th driver's license points long enough to let a 2012 speeding ticket slip off his record. That earlier infraction involved driving 82 in a 60 without his license in Linndale, which is just straight-up nutty if you're the guy who's supposed to know and run Cuyahoga County. 

Anyway, tiki hut purchasing this is not. But with a new political term upon us, Budish's legal dance is a reminder that a savvy attorney is taking up office downtown. Speeding tickets, whatever, but what's next? Taking mescaline on the job and shooing away the investigation? We've seen those pupils. The people, likely also riding the effects of their own brutish drugs, will be watching. 

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Atlanta Hawks Turn Back LeBron-Less Cavs 109-101

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The Cavaliers should see if Cedar Point would be interested in a sponsorship because their play is nothing but a rollercoaster ride of mismatched intensity and defensive effort, offensive brilliance and ball-stopping indolence. It’s up and down to be sure, and last night they finished down, losing to the Atlanta Hawks 109-101 in a game where Shawn Marion (ankle) and LeBron James (sore knee) sat.

Though shorthanded and absolutely wretched during one seven minute stretch (from 3:45 left in the second to 8:30 left in the third) during which they were outscored 27-9, the Cavaliers showed the moxie to battle back and close the game to a two-point deficit at 95-93 with just under five minutes left.

Even minus four key players (the aforementioned plus Varejao and Love, who would depart mid-game), they staged an improbable comeback built on solid defense and Kyrie Irving’s terrific pick and rolls with Tristan Thompson.

However in a familiar storyline, the Cavs had no answer for the Hawks’ pick and roll of Jeff Teague and Paul Millsap down the stretch. During the last five minutes, they made five of their six shots and four of four free throws, as they outscored the Cavs’ duo 14-8.

Kevin Love left the game late in the third with back spasms and did not return. He was probably happy to be done with a game where he had nothing going. Coming on the heels of a 20 pt, 10 rebound performances Sunday in the loss to the Pistons, Love’s 7 point (1-7 FG, 4-4 FT) 7 board, 2 steal performance is a tad disappointing, especially as the team made a concerted effort to get Love the ball in the post.

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