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Monday, August 20, 2018

American History Comedy Podcast 'The Dollop' is Coming to Cleveland Sept. 14

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 4:52 PM

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"Youuuuuu're listening to The Dollop," the bi-weekly American History Podcast begins. Every week, Dave Anthony reads a story to his friend Gareth Reynolds, who has no idea what the topic is going to be about.

Since it's debut in 2014, The Dollop has consistently ranked in the iTunes top 100 and The Guardian rated the show as one of the 50 best podcasts of 2016.  Hosts Reynolds and Anthony have recorded a number of live episodes in various U.S. cities, Canada and three tours of Australia. Live shows both inside and outside the U.S. often include additional guests, including Patton Oswalt, Wil Anderson, and Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff of the podcast My Favorite Murder.

In 2017, a book format of the popular show was published titled United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories from American History featuring 29 stories that had previously been featured on the podcast, including Cleveland's historically pride moment (and one of the funniest episodes they've ever done), "Ten Cent Beer Night." A favorite moment of many Cleveland fans of the show consists of Gareth Reynolds learning about our tragic Cuyahoga River fires:

"The river's on fire!"
"Pour some water on it!"
"No, this fire LIKES water!"
"Then pour some fire on it!"

This is the first time The Dollop will record in Cleveland, and given the fact they've already tackled Balloonfest, it's anyone's guess what Cleveland historical moment or person they'll tackle at Playhouse Square.

The Dollop's live show is Friday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. in the Ohio Theatre. Tickets are available on the Playhouse Square website here.

Gareth seems way more hyped than Dave to come visit us...

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Rapper Travis Scott to Play the Q in December

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 4:15 PM

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Known for his off-the-wall live shows, rapper Travis Scott has just announced the dates for a fall tour. Scott, who performs tonight on the MTV Video Music Awards, will start the tour in early November in Baltimore. He comes to the Q on Dec. 4.

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More Drowning Deaths in Lake Erie Than Any Other Great Lake in 2018

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 3:24 PM

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So far this year 23 people have drowned in Lake Erie, the most of any of the Great Lakes. The latest incident occurred Friday when a man jumped off a boat near Put-in-Bay last Friday and never returned to the surface.

This research was collected by Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, which has kept track of all drownings in the lakes since 2010. The group has noted 64 Great Lakes drownings in total this year. 

While it makes sense to want to cool down this summer by hanging out by the lake or jumping in a pool, the reality is that many people don't know how to swim, or swim well. On top of that, 70 percent of all deaths that  in the United States occur because of alcohol usage, according to the Centers For Disease Control and prevention. Meaning that while about 4,000 people drown in the U.S. each year, many of these deaths are preventable.

Sign up for swim lessons in Northeast Ohio right here. And, of course, before jumping into Lake Erie, do check safety advisories here.

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Bayside to Bring Its Acoustic Tour to the Grog Shop in December

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 3:14 PM

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Earlier today, indie rockers Bayside announced they’d embark on an acoustic tour to support their forthcoming album, Acoustic Volume 2. Due out in September, the album features one brand new track, "It Don't Exist," in addition to ten re-imagined versions of songs from the band's discography.

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The Truly Outrageous JemCon Invades Cleveland This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 2:29 PM

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JemCon, the annual convention that celebrates the truly outrageous icon, Jem and the Holograms, invades Cleveland this weekend. The fashion dolls-turned-cartoon may have aired more than 30 years ago but it’s maintained its robust fan base, while bringing in new fans thanks to reruns syndicating on Netflix and The Hub as well as the 2015 comic series which has received numerous awards and praise for featuring a female lead cast along with gay and transgender characters.

The launch of the new comics was so successful, a spin off series was created this year and the Integrity toy line saw success with its first doll 'Hollywood Jem,' selling out within two days of appearing at San Diego Comic Con in 2013.

After an intense bidding process, the Cleveland region was chosen as the official host site for the 14th convention. The convention promises to provide a fun filled weekend in a warm and friendly environment for visitors of all ages from all over the world.

“I am thrilled to have this wonderful event come to Cleveland, the home of rock and roll,” 2018 JemCon chair Rachel Pankiw said in a statement.“We have some amazing guests lined up who were involved not just with Jem but all the major shows and brands from the '80s and '90s. It’s going to be an outrageous weekend.”

The event first launched back in 2005, and fans gather from all over the world each year with some traveling from as far as The Netherlands to connect with other fans, discuss the show and the larger brand, and meet special guests who were involved with the show.

Jem fans will kick off the weekend on Thursday with the long-deserved appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the "Stay Tuned: Rock on TV" exhibit. At 4 p.m. the Rock Hall will also be putting on a special pre-JemCon event as part of their 'Stories of Rock' series called 'How Rock & Roll Infiltrated Saturday Morning Cartoons."

JemCon 2018: "Click Clash in Cleveland" will be held from Aug. 24-26, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cleveland - Westlake and will include special guests, vendors, displays, panels, games, cosplay and more.

For information and ticket purchasing, click here.

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Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Just Bought Four Vintage California Zephyr Railcars

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 1:57 PM

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Last week, the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad announced that it had acquired four vintage railcars from the original California Zephyr fleet. The purchase was made possible by CVSR's inaugural capital campaign and will allow for additional excursions and rail-themed programs in the national park. 

“The acquisition of the Zephyr railcars was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur. “We not only are preserving history, but giving hundreds of thousands of people the opportunity to have one more way to travel through and experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park.”

For train enthusiasts, the railcars are gems, exemplifying passenger-rail travel in the postwar era. (The first California Zephyr trip was March 20, 1949 and continued as an Amtrak route until 1970.)

CVSR already owns the "Silver Bronco" another California Zephyr observation car with a Vista Dome, which provides 360-degree scenic views. The new set includes two more Vista Dome cars, a sleeper car and a baggage car. CVSR says that it is now one of the nation’s few railroads in possession of four cars from the original California Zephyr fleet.

The Zephyr railcars are currently housed in Los Angeles but will be transported — as fate would have it, via Amtrak — to the Cuyahoga Valley next month.

The public’s first opportunity to ride in these beauts will be at the Steam in the Valley event (September 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30). CVSR says that after Steam, the Zephyr cars will then be used for excursions and special events.

  • Courtesy: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

  • Courtesy: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

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Capitol Theatre to Screen 'Isle of Dogs' on National Dog Day

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 1:56 PM

Founded in 2004 by a pet expert who wanted to celebrate canines, National Dog Day takes place every year on Aug. 26.

Earlier today, Cleveland Cinemas announced that it would celebrate the occasion with a special screening of the Wes Anderson flick Isle of Dogs. The screening, which takes place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, will include a recorded conversation with Anderson.

The screening will also include a pre-recorded conversation between director Anderson and Bob Balaban, the guy who provided the voice for the character of King in the film.

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