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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Documentary About Blossom Music Center to Air on WVIZ/PBS Next Month

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 3:08 PM

  • Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of the Cleveland Orchestra.jpg
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Blossom Music Center, the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and a popular destination for touring bands of all musical genres (acts ranging from rapper Wiz Khalifa to metal masters Slayer have recently performed at the facility).

A new Ideastream production, Blossom Music Center – 50 Years and Counting, commemorates the venue's history and revisits some of the biggest rock and pop concerts that have taken place at the venue.

Set to air next month, the documentary program revisits the place’s history and explores Blossom's origins when the local architecture firm Shafer, Flynn and Van Dijk was chosen to oversee its design.

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Report: Cavaliers' Sideline Reporter Allie Clifton To Leave Position At Fox Sports Ohio

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 2:25 PM

  • @Al.Clifton/Instagram
According to reports, Allie Clifton, the longtime sideline reporter for Cavaliers' games on Fox Sports Ohio, will be following LeBron James to Los Angeles. According to Kevin Kleps, assistant editor and sports business reporter at Crain's Cleveland, who first reported the news, her new position is not yet known.

Clifton, who came to the Cavaliers after a four-year college basketball career at University of Toledo, has been the sideline reporter on Fox Sports Ohio since 2012. Earlier this year, Clifton received two Lower Great Lakes Emmy Awards for her work on the sidelines.

In addition to her work with Fox Sports Ohio, Clifton hosts the popular Road Trippin' podcast with former Cavalier Richard Jefferson and current Cavalier sharpshooting big man Channing Frye. The podcast, which began in 2017, is partnered with Uninterrupted, an all-digital sports programming network with videos, podcasts, documentaries and original series from the athlete's perspective that is partially owned by LeBron James. Uninterrupted is headquartered in Los Angeles, but it is unclear at this time if Clifton is going to work for the company full-time.

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LEGO Fan Convention Coming to Cleveland Next Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 1:48 PM

  • Courtesy: BrickUniverse
The BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Convention arrives in Cleveland next weekend (Sep. 8 and 9), where fans of the popular toy building bricks can view enormous LEGO displays — including a full Chicago cityscape — and buy all sorts of LEGO merch at the Huntington Convention Center. Tickets for the convention are $15 and can be purchased here.

Local LEGO enthusiasts and builders will be on hand as well. Many of them are members of the North Eastern Ohio LEGO Users Group (NeoLUG), one of an estimated 300 such groups worldwide. LEGOs aren't just for kids.

According to a press release for the convention — riveting stuff, rest assured — David Beckham, Ed Sheeran and Britney Spears all consider themselves "AFOLs" or Adult Fans of LEGO.  And the Northeast Ohio group is evidently pretty accomplished, having won awards for their creations. Their work will be featured at BrickUniverse.

"Attendees will be able to see skyscrapers, cities, stadiums, spaceships — whole worlds built with LEGO bricks," reads the official statement. 

The convention is geared toward both kids and adults, and will include, among other attractions, a LEGO Star Wars building Area.

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Symposium to Host Tap Dance Killer's Comic Book Cabaret on Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 1:38 PM

In 1994, local comic book writer and filmmaker Ted Sikora first staged his Nothing Like Vaudeville musical at the Phantasy. Tap Dance Killer, one of the “vaude-villains” in the play, would later inspire some of Sikora's comic books.

With the Phantasy set to close this weekend, Sikora aims to give the venue a proper send-off by staging a show that he’s called Tap Dance Killer’s Comic Book Cabaret.

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Nearly Two Dozen Guards, Nurses and Inmates Treated for Possible Overdose at Ohio Prison

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 1:09 PM

  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Nearly 24 people, including officers, nurses and inmates at the Ross Correctional Institution, are currently being treated for possible overdoses after exposure to an "unknown substance," according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The state troopers arrived on the scene around 9:10 a.m. Wednesday morning after the impacted parties fell ill. Lt. Robert Sellers told the Associated Press that naloxone was administered to an inmate and staff members and the Adena Regional Medical Center officials reported “numerous unresponsive” patients from the facility at about 9:30 a.m.

Adena Hospital president and CEO Jeff Graham, reported 19 people were being treated at the facility with the main symptom being nausea. Investigators are still working to determine what substance caused the illnesses, and state troopers believe the substance was possibly fentanyl.

According to a State Highway Patrol release, all of the affected parties are responsive. One cell block of the prison has been evacuated, and a high school adjacent to the prison has also been put on lockdown out of caution, according to the Chillicothe Gazette.

Ross Correctional Institution is a medium-security prison that houses about 2,000 male inmates and employs about 500 people. Officials with the state's prisons agency and the State Highway Patrol didn't immediately return requests for comment Wednesday morning.

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7 Tips to Keep Your Dog Calm This Weekend While the Cleveland Air Show Terrorizes the Sky

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:37 AM

  • Courtesy of Bark Post

Labor Day weekend in Cleveland might as well be Fourth of July 2.0 for our furry friends, with high-flying, death-defying aerial acts from the Cleveland National Air Show ripping through the sky and causing a whole lot of noise. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are set to deliver an impressive performance out of Burke Airport as usual, but the soaring engines are just as terrifying as fireworks for our pets.

Dogs have been known to pace, pant, shiver, hide and jam themselves behind furniture when they're scared of loud noises. In severe cases, they'll claw through walls, chew carpets, or break through screen doors from their escalating panic. To prevent your dog from experiencing three days of absolute Hell, there are steps that can be taken to ensure this Labor Day weekend is a success for you and your pup.

Update your dog's tags
First things first, during a potentially frightening experience, dogs are at a higher risk of escaping in fear and becoming extremely disoriented because of it. July 5 is often cited as one of the busiest days for animal shelters due to the high number of dogs that run away due to the fireworks. If your dog has proper identification, it can assist the shelters or other people who may find your scared dog return them to you. Having recent photos of your dog is also helpful in identifying your dog in case their collar comes off at any point.

Give your dog plenty of exercise in the morning
The major fear for dogs with something like fireworks is stemmed with the sounds paired with the visuals. While desensitizing your dog to things like YouTube videos of fireworks displays may be helpful, the air show may only be audible depending on where you live, and the sounds will be unpredictable and difficult for dogs to identify. Give your pupper plenty of exercise in the morning so they can spend the time of the air show indoors and away from where the sound will be too loud and scary.

Distract your dog with treats
Dealing with loud, unpredictable, terrifying sounds can be a traumatic experience for your dog, and they are going to desperately be in need of comfort. Toys that require full attention (like food stuffed inside of chew toys) will help keep your pet distracted, or at least put them at ease between the loud soars of engines. Some dogs will possibly be too scared to eat or play, but trying to give them positive reinforcement during scared moments can help them associate the sound of the air show with getting toys or treats, alleviating some of the fear.

Leave the TV on or play music
It's not likely that you'll be spending all of Labor Day weekend cooped up in your house with your dog, but leaving them alone in a quiet home while jets screech through the skies will increase their anxiety. The TV or music playing will at least alleviate some of the nervousness by offering a sound distraction so the air show won't blast them out of nowhere.

Offer a safe space
If there's a room in your house that's more soundproof than others, perhaps consider moving your dog's toys, bed, or other items into that area for the weekend. Anything to muffle the sounds of the skies will be beneficial for your dog, and cause less of a headache for you trying to take care of them.

Invest in a Thundershirt
A lot of dog owners swear by the Thundershirt compression vests for dogs, and the constant gentle pressure seems to soothe many dogs from sudden sounds like thunder, fireworks or air-flipping jet engines. Thundershirts are not a guarantee, but just as weighted blankets have been proven to work for humans, the weighted vest may offer relief for your dog similar to swaddling a baby.

If all else fails, Benadryl has been approved by many veterinarians for calming down dogs with mild to moderate sound anxiety. As always, you should consult with your dog’s veterinarian before trying any type of medication to make sure it’s acceptable and safe for your dog. If drugging up your dog with the same stuff that alleviates your seasonal allergies isn't your cup of tea, there are organic options like Rescue Remedy that contain flower based materials that can naturally reduce dog anxiety.

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5 Concerts to Catch in Cleveland This Labor Day Weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 11:13 AM

  • Bradley Atom

Ottawa/Samfox/Spirit of the Bear

Singer Dale DeLong and guitarist Tim Czajka formed the local indie rock act Ottawa in 2013 after their previous band, the Royaltons, dissolved. They had a good run with the Royaltons, which played around town from 2007 to 2010. But they've had an even better run with Ottawa, which has built a bigger local following and produced more material. New tracks such as "No More Love Songs" show off singer Dale DeLong's powerhouse voice and feature lacerating guitars and intense musical swells. Expect to hear plenty of unreleased tunes at tonight's show since the band has just finished recording a new album. (Jeff Niesel), 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $12 DOS. Grog Shop.

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