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Friday, August 9, 2019

The International Cat Show Returns to Cleveland's I-X Center This October

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 10:37 AM

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In a city where dogs seem to get all of the attention, Cleveland cat people will have their weekend to shine at the International Cat Show, hosted by the Cat Fancier’s Association, this October.

More than 1,000 cats from every corner of the globe will compete at Cleveland’s I-X Center in 16 categories to become Best in Breed in the largest cat show of its kind.

Since starting in 1994, the annual competition has showcased the most diverse range of breeds out of any cat show in the country. This year promises to be no different, with 45 breeds registered in the two-day competition.

Visitors can expect stiff competition, with opportunities to get to know the furry athletes competing in the agility ring and the chance to pet the cats.

The International Cat Show also boasts bonus feline friendly opportunities like a meet and greet with celebrities the Savitsky Cats, as seen on America's Got Talent, a stroll down the Meow Mall shopping market and pet education shows for children. Visitors who don’t already own enough cats can take one home from the cat adoption portion of the festivities.

(Check out photos from last year's Cleveland event right here.)

For cat parents interested in registering their pet for the competitions, the deadline for sign-ups is Aug. 27 at noon. Spectators can buy tickets starting at $14 for adults and $7 for children. The event runs Oct. 12-13. Learn more at cfa.org.

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Update: Bonnie Raitt Guitar to Be Featured at Today's Member and Donor Appreciation Event at the Rock Hall

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 10:01 AM

[image-2] Update: Bonnie Raitt’s resonator guitar won the most votes as the item that will be exhibited today as part of the Rock Hall's Member & Donor Appreciation Day.

The guitar won via an online member vote and beat out a Neil Schon of Journey electric guitar, a Jon Anderson of YES outfit, a Rihanna bustier and a Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers electric guitar.

Raitt used the guitar for both touring and recording. She plays it on “Cry On My Shoulder” from her 1989 album Nick of Time. Raitt was inducted into the Rock Hall in 2000.

The guitar will remain on display through next year’s vote in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibition Hall, adjacent to the Right Here, Right Now exhibit.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Here's How Ohio Politicians Feel About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 2:11 PM

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  • Sherrod Brown and Jim Renacci

Citizens across the world spent nearly nine hours yesterday listening to the impassioned and even-tempered testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and whatever it was that Brett Kavanaugh did before, during and after claiming  "The Devil's Triangle" is a slang term for a drinking game, that boofing means farting, and that he's never blacked out from drinking.

As the November elections are fast approaching (the last day to register to vote is Oct. 9), it's important for us to know how our representatives feel about the important issues. For your viewing pleasure, here's a round-up of how the major players in Ohio feel about Brett Kavanaugh.

Senator Rob Portman (R) has said he's going to vote "YES." He ended his official statement by saying, "The Brett Kavanaugh I know is a man of integrity and humility. He also has the right qualifications and experience to serve on the Supreme Court. In fact, the American Bar Association has given him their highest rating, unanimously. I support his confirmation."

That's cool and all, but the American Bar Association also announced today that they want the Kavanaugh hearing delayed, pending a proper investigation with the FBI.

As for Senator Sherrod Brown (D), he took to Twitter with his thoughts.


Brown is up for re-election this November and is facing republican Jim Renacci for the senate seat. Renacci paid a visit to Fox News to call the democratic handling of this situation "hypocritical," and told WLWT 5, "Let's get the vote taken care of."

In the governor's race, Democratic candidate Richard Cordray has called for a delay in the vote while Republican Mike DeWine told The Columbus Dispatch he had seen none of Thursday’s hearing and declined comment when asked if the Judiciary Committee should hold off in voting on Kavanaugh.


Bucking the trend of his Republicans contemporaries, sitting governor, John Kasich, is against pushing through the Kavanaugh vote without a proper investigation, A staunch critic of Trump and his recommendations, Kasich delivered a public statement to his twitter page.


The Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court earlier today. Senators will now move forward with a full Senate vote, but at the request of Senator Flake (R-Ariz.), there may be a week-long FBI investigation of Dr. Ford's claims. We'll see if that actually happens.

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'Dead Body' Found in Ohio Nature Preserve Was Actually a Sex Doll

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 12:24 PM

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Hamilton County engineer crews working off Lick Road near the Richardson Forest Preserve called Colerain Township police on Thursday afternoon after uncovering what they believed to be a dead body.

Police responded to the scene near a Hamilton County Park and requested the presence of the county coroner's office, only to discover the dead body was just a lifelike (and life-size) sex doll, partially wrapped in a black garbage bag. To be fair, from the distance, the sex doll resembled a disposed body, The Dayton Daily News reports.

The "recreational mannequin," as police referred to it, was disposed in a difficult to reach area.

It's unknown who the doll belonged to or why it was discarded, but given the fact realistic sex dolls can cost a few thousand dollars, the previous owner must have had a pretty serious motivation to ditch it.

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Journey’s Jonathan Cain to Participate in Hall of Fame Series Interview at the Rock Hall

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Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 11:51 AM

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In 1976, Journey’s Jonathan Cain released his first solo record, Windy City Breakdown. He then became a member of the Babys and would join Journey in 1980, just in time to work on the band’s platinum-selling album Escape.

Cain was inducted into the Rock Hall when Journey was inducted last year.

He'll appear at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Rock Hall for a Hall of Fame Series interview. The interview will include a special acoustic performance too.

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Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence Comes to Grog Shop Oct. 2

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 10:47 AM

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It's difficult to imagine how Cameron Esposito could follow "Rape Jokes," a standup special about sexual assault from her perspective as a survivor that has raised nearly $100,000 for RAINN, but much like chopping off her iconic side mullet, Esposito understands the importance to keep moving forward.

After a stint in London, Esposito begins the American leg of her tour, "Person of Consequence," coming to the Grog Shop on Oct. 2.

Given the recent passing of the Cuyahoga County LGBTQ+ protection ordinance on Tuesday, and Esposito's reputation as an activist for the community, she couldn't have picked a more perfect time to come to town.

"I'm excited to be back in Cleveland," she tells Scene, "I played the Grog Shop before a few years ago so I know it’s a cool venue, and I'm excited to meet all of these folx who are so jazzed about these changes."

Esposito is going through some serious changes in her own personal life, and these experiences are at the core of her new comedy set. "It’s very different from what I did with 'Rape Jokes' because there was a lot of distance there," she says. "Of course talking about assault, those feelings can come back, but the difference is now I'm actively living something and talking about it on stage, and I haven’t done that in a long time."

Despite the massive and devastating life changes, Esposito has persevered, and didn't cancel her tour or any appearances. "I tend to think of comedy less like I’m some heroic artist living a different life than most people, but that the things I deal with are things that most people deal with," says Esposito. "Sometimes you feel like shit and you still have to go to work."

Being a stand-up comedian may be a job, but she recognizes that it is anything but usual. "The number of people that go to work and have people thank them on a daily basis with tears and presents and saying 'your work matters' is something so few people experience, and I’m very grateful for it."

As a member of a marginalized community, Esposito also recognizes that the struggles she deals with at work are struggles that many members of the LGBTQ+ community deal with every single day. Her podcast recognizes queer heroes, aka "queeroes," for short, and Esposito absolutely embodies the expression. "I didn’t see a voice that I felt was similar to mine out there, so I felt the need to fill that space, she says. "It does not ever get old that folx respond to that."

Her commitment to unapologetically queer representation has been admirable, and The Guardian has even called her "a new kind of comedy hero." Anyone who has seen Esposito's work understands that she's not here to be a symbol of a movement, but to bring some basic civility to this world. She's the type of comic who will openly ask about pronouns and recognize that "men and women" encompass more than just a binary, while many of her white male contemporaries would cry "censorship" if even suggested to do the same.

Esposito admits that there's a tinge of sadness in this new set, given everything going on in her personal life, and performing this show is a brand new experience for her as a comic. When asked how she deals with it all she says with the utmost honesty, "I don’t know. I talk to my friends, I go to therapy, but in the moment, I’m just grateful."

As the host of the extremely popular podcast, Queery, Esposito has amassed an extremely impassioned fanbase. Given the fact she's performing two shows combined into one super-show in Cleveland, it's safe to assume we're a city planning to welcome her with open arms.

"I know that my audience is really down with following me a lot of places," she says. "I trust you. I trust my audience. So let's see if I fuck this up."

Tickets are still available for Cameron Esposito: Person of Consequence on Oct. 2 at the Grog Shop, but they're going fast. For more information and ticket purchasing, click here.

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Metric to Launch U.S. Tour at House of Blues in February

Music News

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 9:28 AM

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  • Justin Broadbent
The Canadian alternative rock act Metric has just announced the dates of an upcoming U.S. tour that will also feature the Mexican rock band Zoé and fellow Canadian rockers July Talk. The tour supports the band's new album, Art of Doubt.

For the first time in three albums, guitarist Jimmy Shaw did not co-produce the album; Justin Meldal-Johnsen (M83, Beck, Nine Inch Nails) handled those duties.

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