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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Revamped Diner on Clifton Opens Today With New Menu, New Location, Booze!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 at 3:34 PM


Plenty of folks were sad to see the closing of the Diner on Clifton in 2016 after 17 years of dishing up efficient, delicious diner fare. Almost immediately, owner Perry Drosos said he'd be looking for a new location to reopen the venerable institution.

Well, today was that day. After two years of waiting, the new diner officially reopened at 11 a.m. in Lakewood, just across the border from Cleveland, home to the original spot. 

The Dinerbar on Clifton, so named because the new location sports a bar and liquor license, can be found at 11801 Clifton in the former Clifton Medical Arts Building, which Drosos also owns.

With 2,200 square feet and an expansive patio, the new spot will be dishing up its welcoming mix of diner fare, including breakfast, lunch, brunch and home-style suppers. 

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Monday, July 23, 2018

What to Expect at the American Dance Festival in Cleveland

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 4:26 PM

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The second annual American Dance Festival in Cleveland starts tomorrow, celebrating movers and shakers for the next two weeks. For seasoned dancers, there are daily advanced workshops, but for the rest of us, expect plenty of dance-themed events and shows, including the celebration of National Dance Day on Saturday, July 28. Here is the list of events for all, even those with two left feet.

Tuesday, July 24
- Body of Work: Dialogues on Dance - a Conversation & Dance Demonstration Featuring Pam Tanowitz Dance at the Allen Theatre at 7 p.m. Buy tickets here.
Wednesday, July 25
- Tai Chi on the U.S. Bank Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
Saturday, July 28 (National Dance Day)
- Outdoor mega barre exercise class on E. 14th St. from 1 to 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
- Dance demonstration by La Danse Cleveland on E. 14th St. from 2 t0 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
- Student showcase performance at the Allen Theatre from 3 to 4:15 p.m. This event is free, but a ticket is required. Register here.
- Community dance lesson on E. 14th St. from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you think you and your friends have what it takes to compete, register for the "Dancing in the Streets" competition here. This event is free and open to the community.
- Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performance at Connor Palace at 7 p.m. Buy tickets here.
- Silent Disco Party on the U.S. Bank Plaza from 9 p.m. to midnight. This event is free and open to the community.
Tuesday, July 31
- Power Stretch on the U.S. Bank Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
- Salsa "Dancing Under the Stars" on the U.S. Bank Plaza from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
Wednesday, August 1
- Tai Chi on the U.S. Bank Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the community.
Thursday, August 2
- Dance Cinema Night at Connor Palace at 7:30 p.m.: The Red Shoes. Buy tickets here.
Saturday, August 4
- Intro to Swing Dance Master Class with Caleb Teicher at Cain Park (14591 Superior Rd., Cleveland Heights) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is free and open to all levels ages 13 and up, but you must register here.
- The Caleb Teicher & Company tap dance performance in Cain Park's Evans Amphitheater at 8 p.m. Buy tickets here.
- Swing Fling After Party in Cain Park at 9 p.m. This event requires your performance ticket.
Take a look at a recap of last year's celebration below:
The event is a collaboration between DANCECleveland, American Dance Festival, Playhouse Square and Cleveland State University's Department of Theatre and Dance.

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Halestorm and In This Moment to Perform at the Masonic Auditorium in November

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 2:57 PM

  • Courtesy of Ashley White PR
Earlier today, the hard rock bands Halestorm and In This Moment, two acts that feature female singers, announced today a third leg of their tour. The new dates include a Nov. 26 stop at the Masonic Auditorium.

“You asked for it, and now you’re gonna get it,” says Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale in a press release announcing the dates. “I’m so excited to announce the third leg with my empowering, beautifully vicious women. Three tours, and we don’t show any signs of slowing.”

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Ohio Highway Patrol to Crack Down on Offenders of 'Move Over' Law

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 2:16 PM

  • Flickr: @Jack

Ohio's State Highway Patrol and state police are joining five other states in focusing on enforcement of the Move Over law this week.

Despite the popular belief that the Move Over law is merely something to do out of courtesy, drivers approaching any vehicles with flashing or rotating lights that are parked on the roadside or shoulder are legally required to move over to an adjacent lane, pending traffic and weather conditions.

If there isn't the availability to move into a different lane, drivers are required to slow down and proceed with caution. In Ohio, the Move Over law also protects firefighters, maintenance workers and tow-truck drivers.

On average, one cop, 23 highway workers, and five tow-truck operators are struck and killed by the side of the road every month. From 2013-2017, Ohio patrol cruisers were involved in 58 crashes that appear to be related to the Move Over law. The crashes resulted in the deaths of two civilians and injured 34 civilians and 24 officers.

While the Move Over law doesn't explicitly protect truck drivers, accident sites or cars needing assistance on the side of the road, moving over to the other lane is always the preferred and most non-asshole way to share the road.

The penalties for breaking the Move Over law depend on your driving record and may include fines or even jail time. If you fail to comply with the Move Over law and your driving record is clean, it’s a minor misdemeanor. You’ll have to pay $300 in fines, double the $150 usually associated with minor misdemeanors.

If you have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a traffic or motor vehicle offense within the past year, it’s a fourth degree misdemeanor – that can mean up to 30 days of jail time and a fine of $500.

If you have two or more offenses within the past year, it’s a third degree misdemeanor, which carries up to 60 days of jail time and a $1000 fine.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol began heavily enforcing the law Sunday, and that will continue until 11:59 a.m., July 28.

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Ohio Library Card Holders Can Soon Take Thousands of Free Online Courses

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 1:54 PM

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Any Ohio resident looking for new ways to improve their job skills can soon take free online enrichment classes, thanks to the state's public library. All you'll need is an area library card.

Thanks to a partnership with LinkedIn, the Ohio Library Council and the Ohio Public Library Information Network is offering free access to more than 12,000 of's courses — most of which offer training needed for the workforce, such as how to use specific computer programs, but also leadership, writing and business strategies. The program is set to last the next three years, and can be accessed from personal computers or those at any local library.

The service should start up at most library districts in September, just in time for participants to feel like they're really headed back to school.

For more online learning opportunities, check out the Ohio Library Council's
current webinars right here.

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‘Eighth Grade’ is a Delightfully Awkward Time Capsule of the Contemporary Pre-Teen Experience

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 1:17 PM

  • Courtesy of A24
Looking back on my middle school years, I’m reminded of my Tracy-Flick-in-Election-esque need to overachieve in every possible extra-curricular activity, the fact I was never once asked by a guy to dance during a slow song at the winter formals and the mortifying experience of hitting puberty years before the rest of my classmates.

Now, I can look back and recognize my overachieving nature is actually a highly-sought after job quality, guys didn’t want to dance with me because I was, and still am, queer as hell and dealing with puberty early on made me better prepared to deal with the world around me and saved me a lot of years of turmoil down the road. But at the time, these issues were the end-all, be-all of my entire existence. There was nothing more serious or more important than the problems of my day to day 12-year-old life, and A24’s newest release, Eighth Grade captures that anxiety with delightful perfection.

Written and directed by comedian and performance artist Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade follows the last few weeks of wannabe YouTube sensation Kayla Day’s middle school experience. We see a forcefully enthusiastic and inarticulate 12-year-old recording self-help videos on her Macbook within the private confines of her room, while simultaneously being voted “Most Quiet” by her classmates for the end-of-the-year superlatives.

Burnham rose to fame from his popular YouTube videos in 2006, and successfully turned his new-found fanbase into incredibly successful career as a comedian. Burnham’s adolescence was not ‘normal’ by conventional means, and there are some obvious parallels drawn between growing up under the public eye, and the fact that kids today have had access to social media from the day they were born. Kayla can craft her personality any way that she wants from the false sense of safety and confidence allowed by the internet, but in real life, she’s constantly anxious and desperately seeking approval.

Coming-of-age films often focus on losing one’s virginity, a first period or maneuvering the high school experience, frequently forgetting that girls traditionally mature way faster than boys. Eighth Grade doesn’t treat Kayla’s experience as this Lifetime made-for-TV movie or Degrassi-esque world of after-school special dramatics, but rather focuses on the nuances and small experiences that looking back years later would seem minuscule, but in the moment mean absolutely everything.

I remember being 13 years old and hearing a truck driver honk at my friends and I as we’d walk down to the beach by my house and we’d all giggle and laugh about how it must be because we “looked so hot” that day. As adults, I can now recognize that the truck driver honking at a bunch of 13-year-old girls is a fucking creep, and nothing about his attempt to compliment us in that manner is acceptable.

Kayla experiences something similar, and it’s the one moment in the film that borders on the line of shocking or dramatic. It’s a moment, however, played so genuinely, it definitely brought back a lot of memories that had been long since blocked from my psyche. It’s one of the most tension-filled moments I’ve ever experienced in a theater, and it’s solely because its one that myself, and just about everyone who has ever been an eighth grade girl can identify with.

Kayla is played by Elsie Fisher, who voiced Agnes “it’s so fluffy I’m gonna die” Gru in all of the Despicable Me films, but Fisher’s handling of Burnham’s spot-on dialogue littered with “ums,” “likes,” and ear-grating unironic expressions of “Gucci” is masterful. There are moments she delivers so authentically, it’s difficult to believe she wasn’t just improvising.

Age will definitely play a factor into how audiences receive this film. Sure, middle school was hell for absolutely everyone, but today’s middle schoolers endure something that many of us will never be able to fully comprehend. Instead of a tornado drill, Kayla and her classmates groan with annoyance when it’s time for the annual “school-shooter” education drill. Hiding under desks in the dark is like, so boring, so like, how can they expect them not to play games on their phone or scroll Instagram? The drama club has volunteered to play “shooting victims,” complete with low-budget special FX bullet hole wounds in the middle of their foreheads.

I watched this film in a mostly-empty theater surrounded by other members of the press, exclusively male and everyone at least twenty-years my senior. I laughed when a kid interrupted the class assembly by shouting out “LeBron James” like the famous vine, fully aware that the rest of the audience was laughing simply because he’s relevant to Cleveland.

I audibly chortled when the principal “dabbed” in an attempt to relate to his students, a moment that was completely lost on everyone else around me. But when it came to watching Kayla’s single dad Mark (played by the incredible Josh Hamilton), the men in the audience quickly had someone to identify with, a beacon of guidance through this world of emojis and snapchat filters that were flying right over their heads.

Unlike the John Hughes films of yesteryear, Mark is a fully realized character and is actively trying to do everything he can to ensure his daughter that she is exceptional, even if she feels like she can’t amount to beauty or “coolness” of the popular girl in school. Burnham’s involvement of Mark emphasizes the important role parents play in the lives of their pubescent teens, and that this is a time more than ever to be an active participant, even when kids are doing everything in their power to shut them out because, parents just don’t understand.

Eighth Grade isn’t a movie about how it feels like the whole world is against us when we’re in middle school, but rather a film about how we carry the problems of the world on our shoulders, and never give ourselves the break we absolutely deserve.

Eighth Grade opens in Cleveland on July 27.

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Lakewood Public Library to Host Fundraiser for Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 11:39 AM

  • James Onysko
Since 1988, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless has aspired to “break the cycle of homelessness in Northeast Ohio.” “We organize and empower homeless and at-risk men, women, and children through public education, advocacy, and the creation of nurturing environments,” reads the description on the organization’s website.

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