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Monday, January 21, 2019

Listen: Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 Speech at Glenville High School

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 10:26 AM

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On April 26, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. visited three east side high schools in Cleveland, including Glenville. Audio of that speech had been recorded but sat undiscovered in the high school's library until it was accidentally unearthed in 2011 by an art teacher and some students.

King had been invited to Cleveland by the United Pastors Association, a group of ministers that organized after the Hough riots.

Seems timely in more than one way today and this week.

"And so there are things that all of us can do and I urge you to do it with zeal and with vigor. And let me say to you, my friends, that in spite of the difficult days ahead, the so-called white backlash — which is nothing but a new name for an old phenomenon — I’m still convinced that we’re going to achieve freedom right here in America. And I believe this because however much America has strayed away from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is tied up with the destiny of America."

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Now Open: The Grocery OHC in New Quarter Development

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 9:22 AM

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Update: Right on schedule, Rachel Kingsbury opens the second location of her popular Grocery concept today in Ohio City. The sunny spot is larger and more prominently located than the original on Lorain, but fans can count on the same great assortment of fresh produce, dry goods, prepared foods, salads, sandwiches, coffee and juices.

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(Original story 01/09/18):

It’s been three years since Rachel Kingsbury opened The Grocery (3815 Lorain Ave., 216-303-9099), a green grocer/cafe dedicated to stocking and selling locally sourced products and prepared foods for those living on the western-edge of Ohio City. Come summer of 2018, she’ll bookend that neighborhood with a second shop on the eastern edge of the district.

Kingsbury will enjoy a prominent first-floor presence in the large Quarter development presently taking shape at the corner of W. 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. With nearly 200 market-rate units above her head, not to mention those already in the neighborhood and soon to join them, she plans to take full advantage of her new clientele.

“We are going to have similar products [to the original] but we will offer more of the things people need when you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I have nothing in my refrigerator and I want something that’s healthy,'” Kingsbury explains. “The more you give people the ability to get things easily, the more likely they are to add it into their schedule. Hopefully, people will treat us like their actual grocery store where they do their weekly shopping.”

At three times the size of the other shop, plus a much better equipped kitchen, the new Grocery will be able to stock more staples like yogurt, eggs, bread, fruit, greens and grains. Prepared foods, too, will be expanded to include a full deli counter where guests can order juices and smoothies, rice bowls, salads and sandwiches, and even grilled-to-order proteins like salmon and chicken to go on top.

“The grocery experience has definitely changed over the last 10 years into more of an experiential type of retail experience,” she adds. “People come in and want something right now.”

The grocery will have indoor and outdoor seating.

No changes are planned for the original shop, Kingsbury assures customers.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu Opens Medina-Based Gymnastics Gym Today

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Update: Dominique Moceanu predicted her gym would open in May, and it is. Right on time, the Olympic medalist's Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center celebrates its grand opening tonight at 6 p.m.

Located at 734 N. Progress Drive in Medina, the space offers yoga (mostly for adults) and non-competitive gymnastics for kids of all ages. The gym is open Monday through Saturday.

(Original story posted 1/11/2018): At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 14-year-old Dominique Moceanu had the world's attention at her feet. Her floor routine, artfully choreographed to "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (see above), not only helped solidify millions of fans' devotion, but also the first-ever team gold medal for U.S. women's gymnastics.

Following the Games, however, Moceanu was in the spotlight for other reasons — suing her parents for emancipation, and also writing a tell-all book about her coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi's abusive tactics.

Now 36, the Olympian is opening The Dominique Moceanu Gymnastics Center in Medina. She plans to have the gymnastics/yoga/birthday party hot spot up and running by May, according to her gym's website.

“I’m going to put my own dream into this facility,” Moceanu told the Chronicle. “We’ll create a gymnastics and yoga facility under one roof. I believe this was meant to happen.”

Moceanu, who's lived in Hinckley the past few years with her husband and two children, has also been instrumental in speaking out about the abuses of USA Gymnastics. Her Medina-based gym will not offer a competitive team option, but will focus more on the instructional side of the sport.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Update: Rock Hall Announces Presenters for the Upcoming Inductions

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Bon Jovi performing at the Q. - JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
  • Bon Jovi performing at the Q.
The Rock Hall has just announced more presenters for the upcoming Inductions that take place on April 14 at Public Hall.

Howard Stern and Ann Wilson have both already announced that they'll respectively induct Bon Jovi and the Moody Blues.

A Rock Hall press release sent out this morning adds that Mary J. Blige will induct Nina Simone, Alabama Shakes' singer Brittany Howard will induct Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Killers' Brandon Flowers will induct the Cars.

Also, singer-songwriter Andra Day will perform for the late Simone.

The ceremony will premiere at 8 p.m. on May 5 on HBO.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Annual Local Brews Local Grooves Event Takes Place Tonight at House of Blues

Posted By on Sat, Feb 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM

EMANUEL WALLACE
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House of Blues' annual Local Brews Local Grooves event that pairs local blues and rock acts with craft breweries will take place at 6 tonight at the concert venue.

Local artists such as the Vindys, Whiskey Bound, the Ohio Weather Band, Chris Allen, Diana Chittester and Tom Evanchuck will perform. Breweries such as Jackie O’s, Lager Heads Brewing Company, Willoughby Brewing Company, Masthead Brewing Co. and Revolution Brewing will be on hand.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Update: Justin Timberlake Adds a Fall Show at the Q

Posted By on Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 10:15 AM

JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
Update: In the wake of his performance at last night's Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake has added dates to his upcoming tour.

He's already scheduled to perform at the Q on March 31, and he'll return for a second show at the Q on Oct. 2.

American Express card members can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12.

Members of the Tennessee Kids Fan Club are also eligible for pre-sale ticket purchase.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Singer-Songwriter Rachael Yamagata Brings Her Stripped-Down Tour to Music Box

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 5:21 PM

LAURA CROSTA
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Singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata originally began performing with the Chicago-based band Bumpus before leaving that group to pursue a solo career. The move marked a significant change to her approach

“The music I did in [Bumpus] was so different,” says Yamagata, who adds that she grew up listening to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Cat Stevens, in a recent phone interview from her New York home. She performs with Sandy Bell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at Music Box Supper Club. “Musically, that was an easy transition because I was moving toward something that I thought was my own voice for so long. In terms of the weight of things on your shoulder as a solo artist, that was a different experience. I went from having a band family to having to create a new backdrop for it. It was all organic in how it came together. I didn’t intend to go solo, and I never expected to have a solo career.”

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