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Monday, December 9, 2019

'Love Actually,' Playing at Cedar Lee Next Week, Proves Love is Still All Around

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 12:43 PM

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The Cedar Lee Theatre is bringing Christmas feelings to hands and toes once again in the form of Love Actually.

The schmaltzy romantic comedy, playing on the big screen next Tuesday, tells the tale of eight or so mostly British couples as they dive into ponds, learn to play drums, make creepy wedding videos and fly to Wisconsin, all in the name of love. First released in 2003, Love Actually is full of plot holes and extremely questionable workplace behaviors, but there's something that brings us back to this ridiculous romp every single year — Emma Thompson as a wronged housewife.

Stop it, Emma Thompson, stop it. Every freaking year you make us cry and cry. Joni Mitchell's mellow update of her own song "Both Sides Now" playing in one of Thompson's more affecting scenes doesn't help anything either.

Sure, the film isn't perfect, but the acting is top shelf and its songs are the best kind of cheesy. And as one of the most entertaining holiday releases since the turn of the century, it certainly deserves a place in the Christmas film canon.

Catch the Cedar Lee film screenings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 17. Chagrin Cinemas is also playing the film the same date and times.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ohio Man Sentenced for Threatening Mass Shootings in Las Vegas

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Update: A Cuyahoga Falls man was sentenced today to 17 months in prison after sending texts late last year threatening a mass shooting event in Las Vegas. The texts, which he sent to his estranged wife not long after the historic Vegas mass shooting by Stephen Paddock that left 58 dead and 851 injured, were turned over by his wife to investigators.

Wei Li's lawyer said his client was depressed and acting out because his marriage was falling apart.

U.S District Judge Christopher Boyko responded by saying these threats, in these times, must be taken as serious ones, "especially in today's society because of all the carnage across the country."

As reported, Li will likely be deported after his sentence is completed — he came to the U.S. in 2012 to attend graduate school; his wife has filed for divorce — and Boyko said he would have handed out a stiffer sentence otherwise.


(Original story 11/16/17): Wei Li, a 28-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man, was arrested and charged in federal court with counts of interstate threatening communication and destruction of evidence in connection with texts he sent his estranged wife threatening "historic" mass shootings at the casino in Las Vegas where she worked and a local church, according to

FBI investigators say that Li sent the texts to his wife on Nov. 6, stating that if he didn't receive his green card, he would kill her and others. He included photos of himself holding weapons, including a rifle, and a list of Vegas casinos.

"There are 1,000 people in our church," he said in one message. "I will make the biggest in history."

The woman reported the messages to authorities and Li was interviewed last week. He copped to sending the texts but told investigators he wasn't serious, and that he didn't own a rifle — a gun he'd previously owned was stolen years ago, a claim that checked out. Li deleted all the messages during the interview before handing over his phone, then lied about deleting them before admitting he did because they were "bad."

He was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail before being transferred to federal court. His first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday in Youngstown.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Brickstone Has Reopened for Baseball Season

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 8:16 AM


Update: Brickstone has reopened for baseball season. You might have noticed that the joint, located directly across from Progressive Field, had a For Lease sign in the window after the conclusion of last year's disappointing playoff run, but with the debut of spring, or what passes for spring in Cleveland, Brickstone is now dishing up beer, wood-fired pizza and burgers on game days. It's also available for private events.


(Original story 11/7/2017): Brickstone, located on East Ninth Street at Bolivar Road by Progressive Field, has closed. The casual eatery and bar opened at the start of the 2013 Indians season in a revolving-door location that has been home to Cooper'stown, Local Heroes and GoodFellers.

Although attempts to contact management have been unsuccessful, the website is down, the phone number is disconnected, and there’s a "For Lease" sign on the building.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Mister Brisket's Sit-Down Cafe Now Open

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 10:19 AM


Update: Delicious news to pass along on this President's Day: Mister Brisket Next Door, the new sit-down cafe connected to the butcher shop, is now open.

They're open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Find them on Facebook here and find Mister Brisket's deli menu here.


(Original story 11/14/17): “We’ve been here since 1974, so I guess you could say that we've been cautious,” says shop manager Hank Kornblut, in the understatement of the year. “We decided a couple months ago to take over the spot next door. I reached a point where it felt like it made sense to add a sit-down component to our sandwich business so we could attract more people.”

For roughly 40 years, Mister Brisket has been Cleveland's finest purveyor of beef, veal, lamb, pork and poultry products. Founder Sanford Herskovitz supplies many of the city's top restaurants as well as home cooks who value quality products like USDA Prime meats.

In 2006, the shop began making in-house versions of corned beef and pastrami for sale by the pound and in sandwich form. Since then the menu has expanded to include barbecue beef brisket, beef salami, turkey and Ruebens.

“Our business has been growing,” Kornblut adds. “The sandwiches have brought new people in, which allowed us to expose our raw meat end of our business to more people.”

The extra 1,000 square feet will allow for seating for approximately 25 guests. It will also add some much needed space for prep and cook equipment. The two spaces will be connected by a simple doorway. To start, the menu will consist of soups and sandwiches, but could grow in terms of regular items and specials.

“We’re going to do this as simply as possible to start with,” says Kornblut. “I’ve seen far too many businesses make a huge investment and take on a lot of debt. That’s something we want to avoid.”

Kornblut points to a flurry of recent activity in the area as signs of good things to come for his Cedar-Taylor district. New service-based businesses have moved in as well as retail food ops like Greedy Girl and expansions at Quintana’s.

“It seems like a number of businesses in the area either have expanded or joined the area and of course it all began when Melt moved in,” he notes.

If all goes as according to plans, the sit-down shop will open after the holiday season.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Update: Portugal. The Man Concert Moves From the Agora to Music Hall

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 2:11 PM

  • Courtesy of Atlantic Records
Update: Because the Agora Theatre is currently undergoing an extensive renovation that will be completed in multiple phases throughout 2018, several upcoming shows have shifted to other venues.

The Portugal.The Man show scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 18, will now take place at Music Hall.

All previously purchased tickets will be valid at Music Hall.

Additional tickets will be released and will go on sale today at If any tickets remain, they'll be on sale at the Music Hall box office on the day of show.

Refunds for those unable to make the new venue will be available by contacting TicketWeb’s customer service line at 1-866-777-8932 by 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

These Adorable Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Otter Pups Now Have Names

Posted By on Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:56 AM

  • Photo via Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Facebook
Update: The nameless now have names. The three baby otters born at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo back in September have officially been dubbed Adhi (first), Bejo (lucky) and Cipto (to create).

The zoo announced today that the names are meant to reflect the Asian small-clawed otters' heritage, and were selected by a naming contest open to the public.

The healthy pups continue to grow and are now swimming with ease, as seen in this Cleveland Metroparks Zoo video.

(Updated post 12/19/2017): Cleveland Metroparks Zoo announced today that the "wait is over." The trio of male otter pups have officially joined their parents in the outdoor otter habitat, the zoo said on its various social media accounts.

The playful babies should be out and about most mornings, moving between their outdoor and indoor locations.

Check out the pups' first time out in their new RainForest digs below:

(Original Post 11/17/2017): It's been a busy year for newborn animals at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and this morning came with yet another birth announcement. Three male otter pups were born on September 24 to proud otter parents Bitzy and Kibble.

As Asian small-clawed otters are born with their eyes closed, the zoo took a few weeks to introduce the babies to the public. The trio is expected to be released into The RainForest exhibit with their parents within the next few weeks, the zoo said in a statement.

Check out how the pups are doing with this Metroparks Zoo-released video:

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Outspoken Singer-Songwriter Will Hoge to Play Musica in Akron

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 4:50 PM

  • Lori West
In the initial media guidelines that the Country Music Association sent out regarding the CMA Awards ceremony that took place earlier this month in Nashville, journalists were warned to refrain from asking questions about the mass shooting in Las Vegas. “If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort,” warned the CMA.

Singer-guitarist Will Hoge was one of the first artists to lambast the CMA’s guidelines. As other artists spoke out too, the CMA eventually rescinded those restrictions. Given that the National Rifle Association has such a huge role in the country music world (it regularly sponsors tours), it was a gutsy move on Hoge’s part.

Hoge, who performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at Musica in Akron, says he was happy to lead the charge and start a conversation about gun control.

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