Friday, August 11, 2017

UK Dance Duo AlunaGeorge to Open for Coldplay at the Q

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 4:06 PM

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After touring with singer-songwriter and producer Sia last fall, the London-based duo AlunaGeorge — singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid — has nabbed another prime opening spot. The band will open for Coldplay when it performs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Quicken Loans Arena. A second opener, Izzy Bizu, will start the show off.

“It’s been a massive learning curve,” says Francis in a recent phone interview when asked about playing in front of Coldplay. “We did do the Sia tour last year, year but that’s about a third of the size of a stadium. The audiences have absolutely no idea who I am. Don’t forget. There’s a crowd of people waiting for Coldplay to come on. It’s like we’re the tease before the thing they’re waiting for. You have to do some intense getting-to-know-you activities to warm them up. That’s been my challenge.”

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Op-Ed: Will Dan Gilbert’s Greed Cost Cleveland an NBA All-Star Game?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 12:51 PM

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Will Dan Gilbert’s greed cost Cleveland an NBA All-Star Game?

This is a question that seems to be getting lost in the debate over the Q-deal referendum, which will now be moving forward thanks to yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and his surrogates, both in their legal briefing against the referendum and in their related public-relations efforts, have repeatedly tried to blame opponents of the Quicken Loans Arena subsidy for costing Cleveland a chance at hosting the NBA All-Star Game. The Cavaliers went so far as to argue that the Supreme Court should disregard the constitutional right to referendum precisely for this reason, and filed a letter from the NBA advising city officials that that if construction on the proposed renovation isn't underway before Sept. 15, Cleveland, “a very strong host city contender,” will no longer be considered to host the game in 2020 or 2021. The NBA’s ultimatum immediately became headline news, and even led off its coverage of yesterday’s ruling by noting that it “likely scuttles Cleveland's hopes of hosting the NBA All-Star Game in either 2020 or 2021.”

As if the All-Star Game were more important than the Court’s affirmation of the democratic process and its rebuke to public officials who tried to deny the public’s right to test the arena proposal at the ballot. But worse that has this narrative exactly backwards: If anything has “scuttled Cleveland’s hopes” of hosting the All-Star Game, it’s Gilbert’s continued refusal pay for the upgrade himself or otherwise come to a deal that benefits the community—a refusal that persists despite Gilbert’s infinite resources, and despite the fact that Gilbert is the one who takes 100 percent of the profits from the arena’s operations.

If the NBA wants the renovations to be underway by Sept. 15 to give Cleveland a chance to host the All-Star Game, there’s no good reason that Gilbert couldn’t make it happen. If Cleveland—“a very strong host city contender”—loses its chance to host the NBA All-Star game, there’s no one to blame but Gilbert himself.

Peter Pattakos is an attorney who represents the Q-deal petitioners and has legally represented Scene.

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Weapons of Mass Creation Moves to Mahall's for Eighth Iteration

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 12:06 PM

  • Photo by Andrew Wells, courtesy of Go Media.

Although it may feel like just yesterday, it was eight years ago that Cleveland-based design firm Go Media debuted Weapons of Mass Creation Fest. Since its inception, the weekend-long, late summer festival has grown, evolved and become the region’s premier design conference. Moving this year to Mahall’s in Lakewood, WMC Fest brings artists, designers, illustrators, art directors, freelancers and students to Northeast Ohio for three days of inspiration, networking and exchanging ideas. However, as more guests discover each year, you don’t necessarily need to be an industry insider to enjoy your time at this design conference. Each year, the event attracts more than 1,000 attendees.

“We're thrilled to be moving this year's event to one of Cleveland's coolest venues, Mahall's, this year,” says WMC Fest event director Heather Sakai. “Mahall's has the humble, grassroots vibe that feels authentically WMC. We're going to be taking over the entire venue, our attendees inhabiting every nook and cranny, participating in workshops and art experiences, interacting with speakers, listening to bands, battling it out on the bowling lanes, tasting specialty cocktails, talking to vendors, screen printing merch, socializing with new friends. We've curated a lineup and branded the event to feel truly special for this, our eighth year.”

Whether you’re a casual attendee with no design experience or a professional designer, WMC Fest can and will inspire your own passionate creativity, after days spent listening to experts from Cleveland and beyond discuss the topics they are most passionate about. This year’s speakers and panelists include: Irwan Awalludin, Jason Carne, Jamal Collins, Corey Favor, Erin Guido, Stephanie Irigoyen, Dustin Lee, Lisa Lorek, Nick Nawroth, Shannon Okey, Frank Oriti, Scotty Russell, Ken Schneck, Amy Shock, Marshall Shorts, Snakes + Acey’s (Hannah Manocchio and Anthony Zart), Reina Takahashi, Laura Wimbels and Sarah Yeager.

These diverse presentations cover a variety of topics, and have been described as TED Talks of the design community. Plus, this year’s WMC Fest includes the return a full lineup of bands performing throughout the weekend.

“After a small hiatus, we're bringing bands back to Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, and we couldn't be more excited,” Sakai says. “We are including a diverse line-up of musical tastes, so we hope that there is something for everyone this year. We kick off Friday's events with Cleveland favorites MuAmin Collective, as well as Mike St. Jude and the Valentines and Slug Fest. Saturday and Sunday midday, we're featuring Miss Macy and the Low Pay Daddy's and Punch Drunk Tagalongs. Our Saturday evening 90's Dance Party will feature Sunday Morning and the Bloody Mormons.”

WMC Fest 8 takes place from Friday, Aug. 18 to Sunday, Aug. 20. The weekend commences at 10 a.m. Friday morning with a Cleveland Studio Tour (additional registration required), and continues Friday evening with Ink Wars, a live drawing competition pitting eight artists and illustrators against each other. Each artist is given an eight-foot canvas, some markers and an hour time limit. Ink Wars takes place from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday. As usual, tickets, especially three-day passes, are expected to sell out quickly. Weekend passes are $110, individual day tickets range from $40 to $65 and some workshops require an additional fee. For tickets, more information and a complete schedule, visit

(Weapons of Mass Creation 8) 13200 Madison Ave.,Lakewood, 216-521-3280,

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Nearly 160 Applebee's and IHOP Locations Closing, Unclear How Northeast Ohio Will Be Affected

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 12:02 PM

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You may soon have to find a new place to meet your grandparents (or parents) for lunch.

While it's unclear whether Northeast Ohio's 10 Applebee's and five IHOP locations will be affected, parent company DineEquity Inc. has said in a release that they're planning to shut down 105 to 135 Applebee's locations and 20 to 25 IHOPs, citing declining sales.

"We believe 2017 will be a transitional year for Applebee's and we are making the necessary investments for overall long-term brand health and expect to see improvement over the next year," DineEquity Chairman and Interim CEO, Richard J. Dahl, said in the release.

As for IHOP, which "remains on solid ground," the company will introduce online ordering and potentially delivery in the future.

DineEquity will decide which stores to close based on profitability, operational results and quality standards.

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Man Attempts To Fondle Edgewater Beach Lifeguard While Touching Himself

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:56 AM

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Earlier this week, Cleveland resident Ibrahim Shamsadeen, 29, reportedly attempted to fondle a lifeguard at the very public Edgewater Beach while groping himself.

The Tuesday incident began with Shamsadeen masturbating on the beach, before he decided the next logical step was to climb up the lifeguard's chair. He made sexual comments towards her and reached out in an attempt to grab her breast. The lifeguard immediately jumped away, court documents said.

Shamsadeen is charged with public indecency and attempted sexual imposition, according to court records.

A warrant for Shamsadeen's arrest was issued Wednesday. His only prior conviction is a 2013 disorderly conduct charge.

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Medical Marijuana Licenses Likely Won't Be Issued Until November, Potentially Stalling Ohio's Weed Crop

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:38 AM

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Thanks to relatively new medical marijuana laws, Ohio plans to issue 24 cultivator licenses across the state (half for small growers and half for larger ones). So far the Ohio Department of Commerce has received 185 applications for licenses, but they likely won't distribute them until November, which could hinder the state's intention to launch the new program by September 2018.

Thomas Rosenberger, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association of Ohio, expressed concern to over the November deadline. He said the slow application reviewing process puts "tremendous pressure" on marijuana growers to build "world class facilities" and be able to distribute the crop by fall 2018.

Initially, licenses were expected to be distributed in September, just over a year after Ohio marijuana laws were passed in June 2016. The laws stipulate that people with any of these 21 medical conditions can use the drug, with a physician's recommendation.

Justin Hunt, Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program Chief Officer, told that people might not have to worry, as decisions could be made sooner than November.

"We have the resources that we need, depending on the number of applications that came in," said Hunt. "There were 185 of them so we're moving as quickly as possible."

In the meantime, potential licensees are anxious to know whether their applications are accepted so they can obtain zoning approval.

A panel comprised of in-state and out-of-state commerce department employees, along with three consulting firms (from Ohio, Arizona and Illinois), is currently deliberating on which 24 applicants will be granted licenses.

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Three Massillon Nurses Needed to be Revived with Narcan After Treating Overdose Patient

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 11:36 AM

Three nurses at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon (near Canton) were revived with Narcan doses earlier this week after treating an overdose victim and cleaning the patient's room. The nurses came into contact with an unknown substance, though police suspect that it may have been something like fentanyl or a related chemical analogue.

The New Philadephia Times Reporter shared the story this week, noting that the nurses are fine now. Detective Shaun Dadisman told a local news station that, "They were cleaning up the room and started to feel sick. And then that left them waking up in a hospital bed."

It's a story that echoes an East Liverpool overdose back in May, when a police officer absorbed a small amount of fentanyl through his skin. Even minor contact — a small amount grazing a shirtsleeve, etc. — requires police officers and health professionals to go through the testing and treatment process immediately.

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