Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Pinecrest to Host a Summer Send-Off Event in Early September

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 4:57 PM

  • Courtesy of Akhia Communications
To celebrate the end of another all-too-short summer, the folks at Pinecrest, that $230 million mixed-use lifestyle district near the I-271 and Harvard Road exchange in Orange Village that’s home to a Shake Shack, Pinstripes Bowling and the Silverspot Cinemas, will host a Summer Send-Off event in the Central Park lawn at the property's north end from 4 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 8.

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Shake Shack is Coming to Cleveland Hopkins Airport This Winter

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 2:31 PM

  • Scene Archives Photo
Shake Shack is set to fly into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this winter, along with three other new restaurants.

The juicy news was announced today that a multi-year contract was reached between Fraport USA and Skyport Hospitality, which will bring in a fresh and redone concession space to the airport.

Shake Shack first came to the Cleveland area earlier this summer, opening in the new Pinecrest outdoor mall in Orange Village.

“We’ve been welcomed so warmly since we opened our very first Ohio Shack earlier this year in Pinecrest,” Michael Kark, Shake Shack Vice President of Global Licensing, said in a statement. “We are excited to journey to the West Side and to share Shake Shack with even more Clevelanders, whether they’re just starting their journey or heading home to Cleveland.”

Expect the usual fare to be served up at the new location, including gooey cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and thick shakes.

Along with the famed burger chain, expect the following casual concepts: Wow Bao, Cantina Taqueria and Tequila Bar and 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen. No opening date is yet set for the new Cleveland Hopkins restaurants.

Floun'say Caver Appointed Interim GM of RTA While Board Looks for Calabrese Replacement

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 1:50 PM

  • Courtesy: RTA
Floun'say "Doc" Caver has been appointed interim General Manager of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority while the board seeks a permanent replacement for outgoing GM and CEO Joe Calabrese.

Caver currently serves as the agency's Deputy General Manager of Operations, widely considered to be RTA's number two role. He first joined RTA in 2000.

After he obtained his Doctorate in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas, he rejoined RTA and has been there since 2006. Caver also holds an undergraduate degree from Hiram College and a Masters from CSU's Levin School of Urban Affairs.

"Doc's capabilities are an excellent fit to this organization, and I look forward to assisting him during this transition," said Calabrese, in a statement.

Calabrese will be gradually transitioned out. He'll continue serving as CEO and GM officially until Sep. 1. and will then serve as a "Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Strategic Innovation" in a full-time capacity between September 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019. After that date, he will serve as a part-time adviser until February 29, 2020.

A faction within the RTA board, led by Valarie McCall (a Frank Jackson appointee) and Trevor Elkins (an appointee of the regional mayors association) pushed for Calabrese's ouster last month. The agreed-upon arrangement, however, is thought to be preferable to an outright termination, which would've have cost the agency a great deal of money without the benefit of Calabrese's knowledge and guidance on his way out. If Calabrese hadn't agreed to the deal, sources said, the board would have fired him.

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Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Rich Cordray's Social Media Campaign is Crushing It

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 12:38 PM

  • Courtesy of RichKnowsOhio.com

Political campaigns are notoriously nasty and downright cruel. Often times, rather than focusing on what positive changes a candidate can bring to their elected office, they'll instead focus on trashing their competitor.

Sure, campaign announcement ads are typically positive and filled with soft filter lighting and college-pamphlet levels of diversity represented, but for the most part, political ads are vicious reminders of how ugly our political system can be during election season.

And then there's Rich Cordray, the Democratic Ohio gubernatorial candidate with the purest and most innocent social media campaign in history. It first began in text form, with Cordray posting 'Thursday Trivia' on his Twitter account, typically about Ohio or things Ohio has made famous.

Apparently the trivia tweets were too impersonal, as Cordray dug back to his roots as a 5-time winner of Jeopardy! and began posting a series of videos of Cordray offering answers to Ohio trivia on the streets, solving Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?-esque questions like "What's the state vegetable?" and "What's the state flower?"

Cordray pops into frame to provide an answer to the question, and offers the same level of enthusiasm as your dad trying to show off the newest dance craze. The ads then cut to a clip of him being announced as the winner of Jeopardy! in 1987, complete with a bashful lip bite that is sure to spawn a wave of Cordray fans determined to make young Rich Cordray an unintentional sex symbol.

The ads were created to plug the RichKnowsOhio.com website, a fanpage recounting his five original appearances on Jeopardy!, including four full episodes, highlights of Cordray's personality, and links to his issues page on his regular campaign website.

With the exception of YouTube, these "Rich Knows Ohio" videos have been spread across Facebook and Twitter, with some of the videos only available on certain platforms. It's a smart move, because now people that use both social media platforms aren't going to be inundated with the same video over and over again.

The crown jewel of this charming and dorky social media campaign, however, is Cordray's take on the popular Jimmy Kimmel Live! segement, 'Rich Cordray Reads Mean Tweets.'

In the video, Cordray reads a disparaging public tweets about himself and then offers commentary on the critiques. The first in the series shows him responding to a user that wishes they lived in Ohio so they could have the privilege of voting against him. Cordray's response is so, so pure.

It can be speculated that these videos are meant to win over millennial voters who are more likely to be swayed by this hilarious and easily sharable material. But even so, it's such a breath of fresh air to see a candidate completely owning his awkwardly geeky charm and leaning hard into it rather than wasting time bashing his opponent.

To be fair, his opponent Mike DeWine hasn't been doing much on the grounds of bashing Cordray, instead focusing on the ideals Republicans eat up like family values, government transparency and manufacturing industry jobs.

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Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare Live' is Coming to Cleveland to Make All Your Childhood Dreams Come True

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 12:20 PM

We're not sure how much green slime is set to be involved with the live iteration of Nickelodeon's family-friendly game show classic Double Dare, but that will all become abundantly clear as soon as the show hits Playhouse Square's KeyBank State Theatre Nov. 11.

The show, which originally ran in the late '80s and early '90s, got on an on-air reboot this summer, but announced a series of live shows Monday. Along for the ride this fall is the show's original host, Marc Summers. 

“Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to bringing the fun and messiness of Double Dare to audiences across the country,” Summers said in a statement. “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.”

Each show on the tour features two sets of families, selected from the audience, answering trivia questions and competing in the original obstacle-course-filled format.

Make all your childhood dreams come true with tickets to the event, which go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Find those at playhousesquare.org.

Check out some of the show's classic moments below: 

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Rock Hall Now Offers Sensory-Friendly Resources for Patrons on the Autism Spectrum

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM

  • Courtesy of KultureCity

Alabama Non-profit organization KultureCity, has made incredible strides for acceptance of those living on the Autism Spectrum, having provided inclusive resources for some of Cleveland's biggest venues. In 2017, KultureCity assisted Quicken Loans Arena in becoming the first NBA arena in the country to accommodate fans with autism, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and similar conditions.

These efforts caught the eye of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and beginning Aug. 24, the Rock Hall will offer sensory-friendly bags to better accommodate patrons with sensory sensitivities.

Any guests feeling overwhelmed by the Rock Hall's bright, flashy and loud environment can check out a sensory bags — at no cost — that include noise-dampening headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, weighted lap pads and other resources.

Thanks to assistance with KultureCity, the Rock Hall has also designated a few "quiet zones" throughout the museum, in addition to training staff to learn how to better interact and communicate with guests who have sensory sensitivities. The goal is to not silence out the historical music experience, but rather offer a less overwhelming experience so guests of all sensory sensitivity tolerance levels can experience and appreciate the music at their own pace.

In just 2018 alone, KultureCity has created sensory inclusive spaces in venues and for events all across the country, including the NFL Pro Bowl, NFL Super Bowl, 16 NBA arenas, five NFL stadiums, five NHL arenas and countless zoos, science centers and aquariums. Canal Park, home of the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, The Akron RubberDucks, has also been declared "sensory friendly," by KultureCity.

In addition to the Q and The Rock Hall, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History also offers 'Sensory Friendly Sundays' for children on the autism spectrum. 

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Bird Pulls Scooters From Cleveland as Talks Between City and Company Continue

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 10:18 AM

  • Sam Allard / Scene

Bird announced earlier today that it has voluntarily pulled all of its scooters out of Cleveland, a city not only unaccustomed to nice things, but one that actively works against them.

"We are voluntarily pausing our operations in Cleveland," a statement from the company read. "However, we have had productive conversations with Councilman Kerry McCormack and community members, and are hopeful that we will be able to collaborate with the City on their permitting process so that Bird can be a reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly transportation option for the community."

Some officials had voiced safety concerns, and councilman Kerry McCormack said in a series of tweets this morning that, "I support @BirdRide’s decision to temporarily pull their scooters in #Cleveland. This is a good faith effort to allow for talks with the city on hammering out an agreement and guidelines for permanent operation. I expect those conversations to happen in a reasonable time frame. As a community we need to develop & support a comprehensive #transportation plan for Downtown and neighborhoods throughout #Cle. This should be inclusive and consider safe infrastructure for all modes of transportation."

Because when one thinks of a reasonable and informed body capable of making a good-faith timely decision, Cleveland city council immediately comes to mind.

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