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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Kurt Cobain Would Have Turned 52 Today; Here's Nirvana Performing in Cleveland in 1991

Posted By on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 2:43 PM

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Kurt Cobain would have been 52 years old today. (Imagine!) All over the world, surely, fans are sharing memories and videos and music from the days when Nirvana stood atop the rock 'n' roll summit for a brief moment in history.

We'll never forget his daughter, Frances Bean's nice little memorial to her father on Instagram back when he would have turned 50.

With that in mind, here's Nirvana performing at Empire Concert Club on East 9th Street in 1991. Check the setlist below.


Another One Bites The Dust (jam)
Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
Drain You
Floyd The Barber
Smells Like Teen Spirit
About A Girl
Love Buzz
Come As You Are
Pennyroyal Tea
Negative Creep
Been A Son
Rape Me
Territorial Pissings

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Headtrip, a Nano Brewery at Hudson-Stow Border, Eyes December Opening

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM

[image-1]Update: Some good holiday beer tidings from Stow/Hudson as the ABJ reports Headtrip Brewery is just weeks away from its official debut.

Partners Nick Seagle and Tom Mitchell are currently in the midst of a series of soft openings for their nanobrewery. Featuring a three-barrel system, Headtrip will be serving up four beers to start, including  Arndale Ale, a mild ale;  Manneken Pis, a Belgian-style golden strong ale; Bike & Hike, a Belgian-style rye IPA; and Thank Evans, a chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal, coffee stout.

Look for a late December grand opening. Follow along at their Facebook page.


(Original story 2/15/17): Nick Seagle has been home-brewing for just over six years, but he says the time has come to make the leap. He’ll be taking that jump with partner Tom Mitchell, when the pair opens Headtrip Brewery this summer on the Stow-Hudson border.

“I’m ready to take that next step,” says Seagle, who is sharing some of his latest creations with a small group of thirsty listeners. “I have been getting incredible feedback on my beers. I just needed that nudge.”

The Bainbridge and Cuyahoga Falls owners, both in their early 30s, are starting out small, both in terms of space and equipment. The 1,500-square-foot space in the Stow Hudson Towne Centre, a former Guava Juice Bar, will feature a small brewery and taproom. The operation will be open weekends only.

“We’re definitely nano,” Seagle says. “We are building a three-barrel system but will start with barrel-and-a-half batches.”

"Small brewery, big dreams," adds Mitchell.

The partners are doing everything themselves, from the property improvements to the fabrication of the direct-fire brewhouse. A selection of six draft beers, a few core flavors plus ever-changing varieties, will include Belgians, stouts, porters, wheats and tart, sour-like fruit beers. On tap during our discussion were a range of brews that included a smoked stout, peanut butter coffee stout, mild ale and Belgian rye IPA.

“We’ll have a couple of mainstays, but we’ll always change it up,” Seagle adds. “It’s fun when you go to a place and there’s something new to try.”

The guys says that as craft beer drinkers they grew tired of having no options in their own backyard. The closest brewery, MadCap Brew Co., is located 20 minutes away in Kent.

“This is a community that is starved for things to do,” Mitchell points out. “We have to drive to Akron or to Cuyahoga Falls or to Hudson.”

“As a craft beer consumer I pay attention to new breweries that are opening – and I know that I’m not alone,” adds Seagle. “You here that one is open and you want to go there. People are looking for these things, especially one where you don’t have to drive to.”

When it opens, the taproom will not serve food, but rather leverage the local options in the immediate area.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Proper Pig Smokehouse to Open its Mentor Shop on June 23

Posted By on Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 7:07 PM

[image-1]Update: It's your lucky month, east-side barbecue fans. Proper Pig Smokehouse has announced an opening day for its new Mentor location, and it will be June 23rd at 4 p.m.


(Original story 8/30/16): Almost a year to the day that Shane Vidovic and Ted Dupaski signed the lease for Proper Pig Smokehouse in Lakewood, the pair signed a lease for a second location, this one clear across town in Mentor. The site, a former Quiznos (9582 Diamond Center Dr.), should be up and smoking by May, according to Vidovic.

“We’re going to take what we did in Lakewood and use some of things we learned since we opened to improve on the process,” Vidovic explains.

Since opening last spring, Proper Pig has earned the favor of scores of customers who adore the Texas-style barbecue dished up in a casual Lakewood storefront. The team was selling so much slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, pork ribs and hot link sausages that they had to quickly expand their equipment.

“Going forward we will be better streamlined and open more often,” he adds.

The Lakewood shop is dinner-only every day but Saturday and Sunday, but the Mentor shop will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu will be the same as on the westside and all the meats will be smoked on site. Wisely, the new spot has room to expand if and when the need arises.

As for the original location, which will turn one in April, Vidovic says the learning curve was steep and quick. The two went from running a food truck to operating a busy-as-heck brick-and-mortar spot almost overnight. But Proper Pig is now right where they want it to be.

“It’s running so much smoother,” he reports. “We’ve gotten the hang of not selling out of certain things, cooking enough and getting our capacity right. That’s why we feel we can do this one too."

And if you think slow-smoking implies slow-moving, think again.

“We hope this will be the model for moving forward. We don’t like to stop moving.”

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Report: Cavs to Announce Jersey Sponsorship with Goodyear Today

Posted By on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 9:51 AM

Update: Darren Rovell and Kevin Kleps are reporting that the Cavs will today announce a multi-year jersey patch deal with Goodyear that will begin next season. Yes, ads are coming to NBA jerseys, because: money.


(Original story 2/9/17): Ads are coming to NBA jerseys starting next season, because nothing good lasts and a professional sports league is going to milk every square inch of real estate for every last dollar. A few teams have already announced their corporate shilltastic partners and reviews so far are mixed from aesthetically mediocre (the Celtics, whose ad at least meshes with their colorway) to the abysmal (the Nets, for instance).

As for your hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, a report last night claims they have a deal with Goodyear.

Reps from Goodyear and Cavs didn't respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg. Previously announced deals have been pegged in the $5 to $10 million a year range.

It's not the worst arrangement, which isn't saying much. At least it isn't Quicken Loans.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Update: Additional Tickets Released for Sold Out Lady Gaga Concert at the Q

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Update: Live Nation has just announced that it has released extra tickets to the sold out Lady Gaga show slated to take place at the Q on Aug. 23.

According to a press release, "thanks to an innovative stage design featuring multi-levels, multi-stages and clear sight lines on all sides more fans will now have the opportunity to catch these previously sold out dates. While quantities last, excellent reserved seating adjacent to the stage and general admission floor tickets have just been released for all North American arena tour dates."

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Disabled Veteran Alleges Ongoing Harassment by Cleveland Police in Anti-Panhandling Lawsuit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 3:57 PM

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John Mancini, a disabled veteran and the named plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city of Cleveland and its anti-panhandling laws, filed an affidavit over the weekend that alleges continued harassment from police officers. (See the original story and the signed affidavit below.)

Mancini asserts that he was panhandling March 11 on Euclid Avenue near Playhouse Square. An officer identified as "Officer Jordan" saw him and pointed at him from a passing car before ultimately asking him to come over. At the car, the officer began questioning Mancini and his role in the lawsuit. "Does the ACLU know you're sitting in front of the Playhouse?" he asked Mancini.

According to the affidavit, Mancini said that "he was in front of a closed business," referring to Moko Coffee.

Mancini wrote that he felt "so shaken up and felt so intimidated" that he immediately got on the next bus to pass by Euclid. It happened to be the wrong line, so he rode needlessly out of the city on the No. 90, rather than the No. 15. He walked three hours home to Garfield Heights in the cold, he wrote.

"I am even more afraid of panhandling in Cleveland now, because the police are acting angry that I filed my lawsuit," Mancini wrote. "They are stalking me and harassing me to intimidate me. I feel they are retaliating against me."

Originally published Feb. 28

With the backing of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and the ACLU of Ohio, local disabled veteran John Mancini filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Cleveland over its anti-panhandling laws.

(Read the full civil complaint here.)

At issue are two Cleveland ordinances that restrict solicitation on sidewalks and roadways. "Solicitation" is defined as speech that "request[s] an immediate
donation of money or other thing of value from another person, regardless of the solicitor’s purpose or intended use of the money or other thing of value. The solicitation may be, without limitation, by the spoken, written, or printed word, by gesture or by other means of communication.”

Mancini states that in December 2016 and January 2017, he "was ticketed four times and convicted once for violating Cleveland’s Anti-Panhandling Ordinances. During this time, and since, he has also been repeatedly told to leave areas where he has panhandled, and threatened with arrest....Since his tickets, the police threats and harassment against [him] have escalated, and he is now too afraid to panhandle in downtown Cleveland."

Recently, according to the lawsuit, Mancini has posted up on Euclid Avenue near East 14th Street, with a sign that reads: "wartime vet; can you please help a vet trying to get by; your help appreciated.”

According to NEOCH and Mancini, the Cleveland Police Department issued more than 5,800 tickets for violations of the Anti-Panhandling Ordinances between 2007 and 2015. Currently, violation of the ordinance comes with a $55 fine. Ballparking the hypothetical impact of those violations — assuming the tickets weren't nullified in court or not paid — that's more than $319,000 in revenue off the backs of Cleveland's homeless population in that time span.

On top of fines, there are court costs, which tend to grow as quickly as criminal dockets in Cleveland Municipal Court. NEOCH points out that homeless men and women often don't have reliable transportation and, in all honesty, can't even afford the fine in the first place; many people tend not to show up to court hearings. At that point, Cleveland police identify and jail the no-show defendants.

“In addition to being unconstitutional, anti-panhandling ordinances are bad public policy,” Mike Brickner, senior policy director at the ACLU of Ohio, said in a public statement today. “Homelessness and poverty are distressing issues, and being confronted with them can make us feel uncomfortable. But criminalizing poverty—especially by ticketing or jailing individuals in violation of the First Amendment—is not a solution.”

As Mancini and NEOCH claim in the complaint, "These restrictions criminalize certain types of speech based on the content of the message conveyed. The Anti-Panhandling Ordinances further stigmatize and demean individuals who are homeless and very poor in Cleveland."


March 11 affidavit:

Plaintiff John Mancini affidavit by sandyatscene on Scribd

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FiveOne Experimental Orchestra at Market Garden and Five More Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

Posted By on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 3:04 PM

All three of the operas Mozart wrote on libretti by Lorenzo Da Ponte will hit area stages this spring. First up is the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater’s production of Così fan tutte, which plays at 7:30 pm from Wednesday, March 1 through Saturday, March 4 in Kulas Hall at CIM. Director David Bamberger has moved the setting from 18th century Naples, Italy to 1970s Naples, Florida. Harry Davidson conducts the CIM Orchestra, and the show will feature two different casts in rotation. Read a preview here. You can reserve tickets online.

One of Russia’s great orchestras will visit E.J. Thomas Hall in Akron on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 pm when Tuesday Musical presents a concert by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Nikolai Alexeev, conducts, and Nikolai Lugansky will be featured in Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the docket: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10. Pianist Caroline Oltmanns will talk about the program in a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 pm. Book your tickets online.

Music by American composers Leonard Bernstein, Augusta Read Thomas, and Aaron Copland will be featured on this week’s Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Severance Hall. Concertmaster William Preucil will take the solo role in Thomas’s Violin Concerto No. 3 (”Juggler in Paradise”), and associate conductor Brett Mitchell will lead the Orchestra in Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from “On the Waterfront” (adapted from the Marlon Brando film), and Copland’s Symphony No. 3 (where the brass suddenly break out in an episode that later became the Fanfare for the Common Man). Performances run from March 2-4 (Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 8:00 pm). The Friday performance is part of the Orchestra’s Fridays@7 series (no Bernstein, but food, drink, and entertainment before and after). Tickets available online.

The venerable Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival — now an octogenarian — continues to evolve in new directions. This year the emphasis is on how Bach influenced the music of Johannes Brahms. For the first event, BW will take over the 78th Street Studios near the Shoreway on Cleveland’s West Side for a Friday evening event on March 3 featuring Verb Ballets and duo-pianists Pierre and Sophié van der Westhuizen, vocalists Nancy Maultsby, Sara Masterson and Chris McCarrell and an alumni choir. “Out of the Bachs” includes Johannes Brahms’s love songs, music by Cole Porter and songs by Ira Gershwin, with food and spirits. You can reserve tickets online.

Cleveland’s “modern music chamber band” 51XO (a.k.a. the FiveOne Experimental Orchestra), will present “Homebrew” at the Market Garden Production Brewery behind the West Side Market on Saturday, March 4 at 9:00 pm. New and recent works by Buck McDaniel, Jonathan Sokol, Christopher Lee, Kevin Krumenauer, Tracy Mortimore, Jeremy Allen are on the playlist, plus a 51XO improvisation — and, of course, beer. Reserve your places online.

Here’s a latecomer to the calendar: the Czech Republic’s famous chamber ensemble, the Pražák Quartet, had two unscheduled days during their American tour this month, so they arranged through their old friend Karel Paukert to give a free concert on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church in Cleveland Heights. Violinists Jana Vonášková and Vlastimil Holek, violist, Josef Kluson, and cellist Michal Kanka will play Joseph Haydn’s Quartet in B-flat, Op. 71, No. 1, and two works by Czech composers: Leoš Janáček’s Quartet No. 2 (”Intimate Letters”), and Antonín Dvořák’s Quartet in E-flat, Op. 51. As we noted before, it’s free.

For details of these and many other events, visit the Concert Listings page.

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