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Friday, April 26, 2019

Update: Terrestrial Brewing To Tap a New Beer That'll Help Save the Spotted Turtles

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 12:09 PM

  • Courtesy of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium
Update: As a follow-up to last year’s special release porter that supported spotted turtle research, Terrestrial Brewing Company will tap its latest libation, I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale, on Thursday, May 9.

“This year, we are brewing an easy-drinking dry hopped pale ale with peachy and tropical notes,” says Terrestrial Co-Founder and Chief Brewing Officer Ralph Sgro in a press release about the event. “Everyone at Terrestrial is an animal lover, so we have chosen animal conservation causes as a way to give back to this community that has been so supportive of our brewery.”

The May 9 launch party begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but the beers will cost you.

If you can’t make the event, no worries. The I Am Still Saving the Turtles Pale Ale will be available on tap at Terrestrial Brewing Company throughout spring and summer.

“We plan to put the original I Love It When I Save the Turtles Porter back in rotation in the fall,” says Sgro. “The chocolate-y carmel-and-pecan porter was a hit, but we thought we’d try something a little more quaffable for the warmer weather.”

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bell and Flower Now Open in Chagrin Falls

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 10:37 AM


Update: Bell and Flower is now open for business in Chagrin Falls (86 N. Main St.). The restaurant, located in the former Rick's Cafe spot, is brought to you by Michael Schwartz and Shawn Monday, who also operate One Red Door, Flip Side and 3 Palms Pizzeria.

Check out the full lunch and dinner menus here, and our story from last month below.

Bell and Flower is open Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with the bar closing at 11 p.m., and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the bar closing at 9.

Expect brunch service to start next month.


(Original story 3/21/2018): It’s been eight months since the iconic Rick’s Café closed its doors after 40 years of serving the Chagrin Falls community. The restaurant was sold to partners Michael Schwartz and Shawn Monday, who planned a “quick turnaround” of the space in advance of unveiling Bell & Flower (86 N. Main St., 440-600-7755), a new concept. That quick turnaround more than doubled in time, but as one can see from the photos below, nary a surface was spared from the wrecking ball.

The team, which also operates the restaurants One Red Door, Flip Side Burger and 3 Palms Pizzeria, spent considerable time, money and effort revamping the dated interior to create a space that’s modern, uncluttered and functional. Drop ceilings were removed, wide-plank flooring unveiled, exposed brick walls featured, and plenty of natural and reclaimed woods introduced. Of course, the restrooms and kitchen both received plenty of love as well.

As for the experience, diners can expect a laid back environment featuring a broad menu of reasonably priced fare.

“I have a very clear vision of what I plan to do,” Schwartz explains. “It will remain a neighborhood gathering place that will incorporate some of the flavors found at the places that we currently have in our other facilities like One Red Door, 3 Palms, as well as a couple of Rick’s classics like the ribs and coleslaw."

In an apparent effort to target almost every diner in the neighborhood – young and old – the expansive menu offers numerous choices in various categories that include starters, salads, sandwiches, tacos, entrees and sides. Dishes mainly stay in the $10 to $18 range, but climb higher for items like a New York strip steak with starch and veg or grilled salmon in a creamy clam broth.

Guests can snack on peel-and-eat shrimp, confit chicken wings and made-to-order guacamole served with house-fried chips. Salads range from simple side salads and health-focused quinoa and kale blends on up to a grilled chicken Caesar. More than a half-dozen sandwiches are built around ingredients like Nashville hot chicken, house-ground beef burgers, plant-based patties, and house-smoked turkey breast. There’s even a banh mi-style burger.

A taco section, sold by the pair or trio, ranges from crispy tempura-fried walleye with red cabbage to sautéed wild mushroom with poblano peppers and local goat cheese. Tacos are served on corn tortillas.

“Rick’s famous baby back ribs” are here in spirit if not exactly the same format. These bones will actually see the inside of a smoker before getting grilled and sauced. Other main courses include shrimp and grits, beer-braised bratwurst, “old-school” meatloaf with a ketchup glaze, and Southern-style fried chicken with a choice of sides.

This being Chagrin Falls, the menu also offers a kids’ section of $7 items.

Look for Bell and Flower to open the first week of April.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Update: Cleveland Musician Madeline Finn Won't Advance on 'American Idol'

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 9:21 AM

  • Photo by Lexie Puru
Update: Last night, local singer-songwriter Madeline Finn's run on American Idol came to an end. Along with a group of other musicians, the talented Finn was cut from the show.

In the episode, she cries and hugs judge Katy Perry. "You have to come out on the other side, like I've done since I was a kid," she says during the program.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Annual Animation Show of Shows Comes to the Cinematheque Tonight

Posted By on Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 7:00 AM

A touring program that features animated shorts from around the world, the 19th Animation Show of Shows will feature 16 critically acclaimed flicks from a slew of countries.

This year's program includes the stop-motion musical The Burden as well as the 1964 classic The Hangman, a movie that Animation Show of Shows organizers have recently restored.

The program begins at 8:35 tonight at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $10, or $7 for Cinematheque members and students.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Thompson Square Brings Its Acoustic Tour to the Kent Stage Next Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 4:45 PM

  • Garrett Merchant
More than 20 years ago, Thompson Square singer-guitarist Keifer Thompson met Shawna, the woman who would become his wife and bandmate at a singing competition in Nashville.

He describes their first encounter as “a storybook type of thing.”

“That seems like it was a thousand years ago,” he says when asked about how the band first came together. Thompson Square performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, at the Kent Stage. “We moved to town the same week back in 1996. There’s a place that hosted a contest. You go up and sing with a band. I went there right after I moved here. So did Shawna. We met that night."

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Local Label Reissues First Two Damnation of Adam Blessing Albums on Vinyl

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 3:52 PM

  • George Shuba
At the height of its popularity, the local psychedelic rock band the Damnation of Adam Blessing played with acts such as Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger and Alice Cooper. It released two solid albums — 1968's Damnation of Adam Blessing and 1970's The Second Damnation — and had a couple of regional hits before calling it a day.

Nearly 20 years ago, the Italian label Akarma reissued the band's three albums and packaged them in a box set that came with a booklet and poster. That label had remastered the vinyl copies of the records, so the quality wasn’t particularly good.

But now, the locally based Exit Stencil Records has reissued the band’s first two albums. Because the Exit Stencil guys got ahold of the masters, the quality is much higher.

Getting the masters from United Artists/Capitol/Universal was no easy task.

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Documentary About Stuntman Gary Kent to Screen at Cinema Wasteland

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 1:05 PM

  • Joe O'Connell
Filmmaker Joe O'Connell claims that stuntman Gary Kent is the real “most interesting man in the world.” He should know — he’s made a documentary movie about the guy.

Kent worked on more than 100 films during the independent film/drive-in movie surge of the '60s and '70. Kent's resume includes working with directors such as Monte Hellman, Richard Rush, Al Adamson, Ray Dennis Steckler and Don Jones, and he starred in flicks like Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting, Satan's Sadists, Schoolgirls in Chains and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant.

He also worked as Jack Nicholson's longtime stuntman. O'Connell says Kent is likely the inspiration for Brad Pitt's stuntman character in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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