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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Browns Week One Recap, Tribe and Ohio State vs. TCU — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 4:12 PM


Andre and Zac discuss the aftermath of the Browns-Steelers tie, the quarterback situation and the mess at left tackle. They also talk a little baseball and look ahead to Ohio State - TCU.

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Rock Hall Library & Archives to Honor Producer and Arranger Nick DeCaro

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 3:55 PM

  • Rockhall.com
During his career, the late Nick DeCaro collaborated on more than 380 albums and worked with the likes of Dolly Parton, Randy Newman, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, Arlo Guthrie and the Doobie Brothers.

An accordionist, DeCaro has also performed on over 70 albums for Grammy-winning artists and albums.

As part of the Library & Archives NEO Sound initiative, an archival collection of personal items and library materials that “preserve Northeast Ohio’s cultural heritage and the region’s significant contributions to rock & roll history,” the Rock Hall Library & Archives Reading Room will celebrate his career with a special program that takes place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20.

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Capitol Theatre to Launch Its Annual Fall Doc Series Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:50 PM

This past summer, feature-length documentaries such as RBG, Won’t You Be My Neighbor and Three Identical Strangers were some of the most popular titles to hit the arthouse circuit. Each of the movies even grossed more than $10 million bucks.

The Capitol Theatre hopes the six movies it'll show as part of its annual Fall Doc Series will benefit from the popularity of those aforementioned films.

Here’s the series lineup along with descriptions provided by Cleveland Cinemas. The Fall Doc Series commences next week.

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Medical Examiners Confirm Second Case of West Nile Virus in Cuyahoga County

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:38 PM

  • Scene Archives

The Cuyahoga County Board of Health announced today that a resident of Shaker Heights has contracted West Nile virus. This case marks the second documented contraction in the county and the 17th case in Ohio this year.

Fortunately, roughly 80 percent of infected people won't exhibit any symptoms of the disease and only one in every 150 people will suffer from severe illness, according to the Ohio Department of Health. As many already know, the disease can be transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitos.

The Ohio Board of Health notified the county board earlier this summer that mosquito traps set in Cuyahoga County had come back positive for infected mosquitos. A 71-year-old Willoughby man was hospitalized in late July, serving as the first documented human case of the virus in 2018, but mosquito season peaks in late August.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus tend to appear two weeks after infection, and include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and headaches. Those suffering from a severe form have been reported to endure neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors and muscle weakness. In the most extreme cases, falling into a coma or facial paralysis is possible.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by following the recommended steps from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health:
  • Utilizing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or lemon eucalyptus oil and follow label instructions.
  • Disposing of containers that collect water (buckets, tires, cans, flower pots, etc.) and eliminating areas of standing water
  • Emptying and refilling bird baths at least once a week
  • Cleaning, draining and covering pools or hot tubs if not in use
  • Unclogging all gutters so they drain properly
  • Filling tree holes with tar or cement
  • Tightly screen all doors/windows of your home
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when possible
  • Keeping children indoors during times of peak mosquito activity (1 hour before and after sunrise/sunset)

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

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:38 PM

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In a city where dogs seem to get all of the attention, 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 44 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 in the Meet the Breeds EduCATion Ring.

The International Cat Show also boasts bonus feline friendly opportunities like a meet and greet with celebrity cat Farrah Pawcett, 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.

For cat parents interested in registering their pet for the competitions, the deadline for sign-ups is Sept. 25 at noon. Spectators can buy tickets starting at $12 for adults and $6 for children. Learn more here

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Oberlin Celebrates the Late, Great Frances Walker and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week in Cleveland

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 2:26 PM

  • Courtesy Oberlin

The fall season is getting underway, with bells, new music, and guitars figuring importantly in this week’s recommendations.

The McGaffin Carillon will peal out from the tower of the Church of the Covenant on Fridays at 12:15 noon, beginning on September 14 with a guest recital by David Osburn. Familiar tunes by Leroy Anderson, Rodgers & Hart, and George Gershwin can be heard all over University Circle, but you can bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic and hear the bells up close — for free, of course.

No Exit new music ensemble launches its new season with a triple-header of free concerts in conjunction with Zeitgeist, their counterparts in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. On Friday, September 14 at 8:00 pm at SPACES, the two ensembles will present the premieres of newly-minted pieces by Christopher Goddard and Ty Emerson, and slightly older but still contemporary pieces by Joshua Rosner, Philip Blackburn, and Jerome Kitzke. There’s also a “structured improvisation” by Julius Eastman.

On Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 pm at Wolfs Gallery, the ensembles will repeat the Goddard, Emerson, and Blackburn pieces, adding the premiere of a new work by Alexis Lamb, and a performance of Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by pianist Nicholas Underhill.

Finally, on Monday, September 17 at 8:00 pm in Drinko Hall at CSU, No Exit and Zeitgeist will join Cleveland’s Ars Futura and Transient Canvas, pianist Geoffrey Burleson, and composer-conductor Andrew Rindfleisch for the premieres of Rindfleisch’s American Monster and Greg D’Alessio’s video work Running with the Devil, plus Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

The first of nineteen free concerts in the new Silver Hall Series at CWRU’s Maltz Performing Arts Center in University Circle on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm will feature the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society’s annual Showcase Concert. Guitarists Colin Davin, Jeremy Collins, and Stephen Aron will team up with Cleveland Orchestra principal viola Wesley Collins for Mauro Giuliani’s Rossiniana No. 1, Aron’s The Magpie, The Coyote, The Albatross, The Tarantula, and The Dolphin (from Managerie, Sixteen Concert Studies for Guitar), and the first performance of Jeremy Collins’ Impressions for Viola and Guitar.

On Sunday, September 16 at 2:00 pm, Oberlin College will celebrate the life of the late pianist Frances Walker (1924-2018), an Oberlin alumna and the first African American woman to become a tenured professor at the school. Musical tributes will come from pianists Vincent Craig, Kevin Sharpe, Clifford Jackson, Bill Billingham, and Joseph Williams, as well as violinist Gregory Walker, and speakers will include Andrea Kalyn, David Stull, Lee Koonce, and Peter Takács. The event in Warner Concert Hall is free and open to the public.

BlueWater Chamber Orchestra makes its first appearance of the season at the Breen Center in Ohio City on Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 pm with Daniel Meyer on the podium and hornist Richard King and mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings as featured soloists. King, fourth horn with The Cleveland Orchestra, will be in the spotlight with two Mozart concertos, Stallings will be highlighted in de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, and Meyer and the Orchestra will fill out the program with Stravinsky’s neo-Baroque Dumbarton Oaks Concerto. Tickets can be reserved online.

Check out details of these and other events on our Concert Listings page.

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Akron's Chief of Staff Tells Cleveland Leaders to 'Get Your Shit Done' at FlashStarts Event

Posted By on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 1:39 PM

  • Flashstarts
Clevelanders need not look longingly to the coasts for dynamic civic leadership. Indeed, just forty minutes south, a new cadre of Akron leaders are shaking up the city and pitching old-school leadership to solve new problems.

"The disruptive innovation that needs to take place in Northeast Ohio," said James Hardy, Akron's Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff, "is common sense. It's as simple as checking one's ego at the door and recognizing that we're not going to solve infant mortality with an app. We're not going to solve economic despair with some sort of innovation that comes out of anywhere but the systems that created it. We have to change the systems, radically, if we want to see innovation."

Hardy spoke as part of the Flashstarts "Pitch NEON" event Monday night, a Tedx-style series of presentations featuring local start-ups and innovators in the civic and corporate spheres. Both Bernie Moreno and Jon Pinney were on the roster, speaking about the Blockland initiative. MetroHealth's CEO Dr. Akram Boutros presented too. He was the only speaker without an accompanying PowerPoint and spoke, unexpectedly, about the innovation on display at the Bernie Moreno Companies. The Urban League of Greater Cleveland's Marsha Mockabee and Kent State University President Beverly Warren were among the other high-profile presenters.

A few of the early-stage companies that have participated in the FlashStarts accelerator — Vlipsy, Hedgemon and Unbox the Dress — gave slick presentations that showed real promise and potentially game-changing innovations in their respective fields.

But the star of the evening — from Scene's perspective — was Hardy, who admitted that he could barely use his cell phone but stressed that civic innovation generally isn't about technology.

James Hardy, speaking at Flashstarts' Pitch NEON event, (9/10/18). - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • James Hardy, speaking at Flashstarts' Pitch NEON event, (9/10/18).
"I always hear that tech can solve 90 percent of my problems. An app will solve 90 percent of Akron's problems," he joked. "But when I see cities innovating in the modern economy, it's more like 10 percent. The other 90 percent is getting your shit done."

(The title of Hardy's presentation was "G.S.D.," i.e., Getting Shit Done.)

He cited a recent editorial in the Philadelphia Enquirer, which suggested — his paraphrasing — that "one of the most subversive and innovative things cities can do is maintain their shit."

He offered the Akron Civic Commons project as evidence, an example of multiple public agencies sharing their budgets and strategizing how to spend effectively with public input.

"There's this obsession with collaboration," Hardy said, admitting he's grown weary of Summit County leaders touting how well they collaborate. An identical situation exists in Cuyahoga County. Leaders love celebrating the region's collaborative spirit, despite the dismal outcomes their collaborations have produced. ("Rhapsodizing about public private partnerships," we wrote this summer, "is more or less [the Greater Cleveland Partnership's] posture in repose.")

"It sounds wonderful, doesn't it?" Hardy said. "If only we had shared interests and efforts, everything would be fine!"

But he said collaboration wasn't enough. For cities to succeed, they must move from collaboration to coordination, not just sharing interests but organizing people and groups so that they actually work together.

Brad Whitehead, the President of the local Fund for our Economic Future, was on to something similar when he opined in the Plain Dealer in July that what the region needed, more than new big ideas, was "greater civic alignment and commitment to implementation at scale."

Hardy said that Akron's recent systemic changes have been spurred by "once-in-a-generation" shifts in regional leadership. There is now a new mayor, a new Summit County Executive and a new president of the local chamber of commerce.

Under this new triumvirate, Akron has completed a joint strategic plan across all three entities that "de-duplicates, strategizes how we're going to deploy our funds so that no one spends money that somebody else is spending, and reorganizes ourselves to focus on local growth — innovation and entrepreneurship — in an inclusive economy." 

Just being willing to be transparent about one's budget and coordinating with other agencies' budgets, Hardy said, has been pretty transformative. 

Lastly, Hardy suggested that the region should dispense with its "ridiculous notion" that each city in the region is its own entity that competes with its neighbors.

"No one else does this," he said. "We've got to get over this generational bull that says that whatever happens in Cleveland can't happen in Akron and whatever happens in Akron can't happen in Cleveland and oh, by the way, at least we're not Youngstown. That's never going to build this region. We're in it together."

It was a Ted-style talk, and Hardy offered a slam-dunk conclusion that we won't try to improve upon. "We've seen a lot of apps today, and that's wonderful," he said. "But in the civic space, nothing replaces systemic change that's aligned, coordinated and focused on real people solving real problems." 

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