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Monday, December 9, 2019

Are You Cleveland Scene Magazine's Next Intern?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 10:54 AM

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Scene is looking for several passionate interns to join our online editorial team this spring. We're interested in candidates brimming with ideas, who want to hit the internet with amazing Cleveland stories. Writing is a huge part of this internship, so we're looking for students with backgrounds in journalism and English.

Yes, that means you're not just getting us coffee.

Candidates must be able to receive academic credit, and have reliable transportation. Interested parties should send a resume, cover letter and three article clips to Web Editor Laura Morrison at The internship is set to start in mid-January.

Those looking for a summer internship are also more than welcome to apply starting now.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

'Shawshank Redemption' Director and Cast Reunite for 25th Film Anniversary in Mansfield

Posted By on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 11:25 AM

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Update: The director/screenwriter of The Shaswhank Redemption will now be on hand for this year's 25th Anniversary festival in Mansfield, Ohio. Oscar nominee Frank Darabon is joining a list of talented actors from the film (so far still minus the main two) for the event's panel discussions and more.

(Original story 3/7/2019): Everyone's favorite prison movie, The Shawshank Redemption, is turning 25 this year. In honor of the milestone, film fanatics can make the trek to Mansfield, Ohio, where the cult classic was filmed, the weekend of Aug. 16-18 for a huge celebration.

Since 1994, the hope-filled film has brought curious fans out to places like the  Ohio State Reformatory and other nearby haunts to get a glimpse behind the scenes. But this summer's big event includes not just a self-guided Shawshank Trail driving tour, but also a 7K family fun run, a film screening and even a meet-and-greet with many of the film's actors. 

We still don't know if Morgan Freeman or Tim Robbins will make appearances, but the list of actors who are so far scheduled to attend isn't shabby at all and includes:
Bob Gunton (Warden Norton)
William Sadler (Heywood)
Mark Rolston (Bogs)
Frank Medrano (Fat Ass)
Alfonso Freeman (Red’s Mugshot and a Fresh Fish Guy)
Scott Mann (Glenn Quentin)
Renee Blaine (Linda Dufresne)
Claire Slemmer (Bank Teller)

Find more information about the event right here.

Just in case you want to relive the film's beautiful ending right now, we have it for you below: 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Update: Hessler Street Fair to Go on Hiatus After This Year’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted By on Wed, May 8, 2019 at 1:27 PM

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Update: One of Northeast Ohio’s longest running festivals, the Hessler Street Fair, will go on hiatus after this year’s 50th anniversary celebration.

“That doesn’t mean it will end,” says Hessler Street Fair director Packy Malley in an email. “It has gone on hiatus before. There are several factors involved in this decision. Some of them are the condition of the street, the lack of parking, the skyrocketing costs, the Hessler Neighborhood Association is down to one member, Hessler Road is full of undergraduates now and when school is out no one is on the street.”

Malley stays he’s trying to stay positive about the festival’s future, but at that point, he admits it’s inevitable it’ll have to take a break.

Original Post 3/25/2019: While it's not summer (or even feeling quite like spring) yet, the dates for the annual Hessler Street Fair have been announced for the weekend of June 1. And this year, the free community event is celebrating 50 years in action.

Conceived in 1969 as a block party (and later abandoned amid the not-so-hip 1980s), the Harmony Park's Hessler Street Fair has evolved into one of the biggest and most involved parties the city has to offer.

The eastside celebration is one of the first big events of the season, and gets packed in quickly. Festival music, dancing and shopping goes from 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Note that finding nearby (free) parking is nearly impossible, so, as always, remember that public transportation is a wonderful option.

Find out more about the event right here. Check out everything we saw at last year's edition right here.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Update: Here Are the Details For Tremont’s Dyngus Day Celebration

Posted By on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 12:05 PM

  • Emanuel Wallace
Update: Tremont was home to generations of Polish-American immigrants, so it makes sense the neighborhood would participate in Cleveland’s annual Dyngus Day celebration that takes place the Monday after Easter.

“On Dyngus Day the neighborhood pubs and clubs invite Northeast Ohioans of all ages and ethnicities to indulge in traditional Polish comfort food, from stuffed cabbage at Sokolowski’s University Inn to Bigos hunter’s stew at the Tremont Tap House,” says Prosperity Social Club owner and neighborhood organizer Bonnie Flinner in a press release. “Tremont has many Dyngus Day options, whether it’s exploring the rich history and beautifully decorated hot-wax-and-dye pysanky eggs at the Ukrainian Museum Archives, getting a glimpse inside Polish Veterans Post 58 or tapping your toes to lively polka standards performed by legendary Stan Mejac at Prosperity.”

A complimentary Tremont-only Brew Bus will circulate throughout the neighborhood. Here’s what to expect.

Prosperity will open at 11 a.m. and feature live polka music from Stan Mejac from noon to 6 p.m. and from Malphonia from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Traditional food specials including an ethnic platter, kielbasi with cabbage and noodles, pork schnitzel, stuffed cabbage, kielbaski “corn dogs” and pierogi (including Prosperity’s “loaded pierogi platter”).

Forest City Brewery will release a special Dyngus Day Grodziskie Smoked Wheat Beer and have Kiedrowski's Bakery Paczkis, Polish sausage sandwiches and Sophie's Choice pierogi. There will be live music and dancing from 1 to 4 p.m. in Waldorf Beer Hall.

Hi and Dry Bowling & Beer will offer authentic food and drink and Polka karaoke with DJ Kenny from 6 to 9 p.m. The FD Roosevelt Post 58 Polish Legion of American Veterans will open at noon and feature Polish food and drink specials and live polka music from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sokolowski’s will open at 11 a.m. and host the Jimmy Kaye Polka Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Its all-Polish menu will feature stuffed cabbage, pierogi, fresh and smoked kielbaski, chicken paprikas, Salisbury steak, borscht, mushroom barley soup and Polish pastries.

The South Side opens at 11 a.m. and will have Polish food and drink specials. A polka band performs at 5 p.m. Tremont Tap House will open at 3 p.m. and feature a special Dyngus Day Cask Ale. There will also be ethnic-inspired food specials including apple & prune pierogi with fig brown butter cream sauce, a Kielbasa plate, and Hunter’s Stew “Bigos” with kraut, kielbasa, ham hock, pork shoulder, figs, apples and mushrooms.

And finally, the Ukrainian Museum Archives will be open from noon to 5 p.m. It will have special decorated Easter eggs for sale in its gift shop.

Original Post 3/20/2019: Founded in 2010 by husband and wife Justin Gorski and Laura Ross, the annual Cleveland Dyngus Day Festival draws crowds of about 40,000 to Gordon Square, Ohio City and Tremont.

DJ Kishka will serve as the host at this year’s event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22.

The festival will mainly take place on Detroit from West 57th to West 59th in the Gordon Square Arts District. In addition, the event will also overflow into other surrounding neighborhoods including Tremont, Ohio City, Hingetown, and Gordon Square. Lolly the Trolley will provide free transportation.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Update: Here's the New Music Video From the Local Metal/Hardcore Act Ringworm

Posted By on Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 1:27 PM

  • Barb Merritt
Update: The local metal band Ringworm has just released a music video for “Acquiesce,” the first single from the forthcoming album, Death Becomes My Voice.

Clevelander Don Tyler and Ringworm singer Human Furnace directed the video.

“The 'Acquiesce' video is a sequel to the 'Shades of Blue' video and actually a third act of an ongoing story that started with our very first video for 2005’s 'Justice Replaced by Revenge,'” says Human Furnace in a press release. “It’s another small piece of a larger story that we’re planning on telling in its entirety, soon, as its own stand-alone short film, this fall. We’ll have a longer directors cut of the video, shortly. It’ll let you in on more of the story told over the course of the three videos, complete with storyboard to scene side-by-side comparisons and a brief outline of the story.”

Additionally, the band has announced dates for the Death Becomes My Voice record release weekend. The group will perform on May 3 at Belcher's House of Rock in Mansfield, on May 4 at the Sanctuary in Detroit and on May 5 at the Phantasy Nite Club in Lakewood.

Original Post 3/5/2019: Earlier today, the veteran local metal/hardcore act Ringworm announced it’ll release its eighth studio album, Death Becomes My Voice, on May 3.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

SEIU Local 1 Janitors Unanimously Ratify New Contract at Tri-C, Paving Way for $15 Wage

Posted By on Sun, Mar 31, 2019 at 11:09 AM

In a unanimous vote Saturday afternoon, approximately 70 janitors with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 ratified a new contract at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). The new agreement with Tri-C's cleaning contractor charts a path toward a $15 hourly wage by 2024, with guaranteed annual wage increases for all employees.

Saturday's ratification follows a similar vote by janitors at the Cleveland Orchestra in February and is part of the union's efforts to build momentum and awareness as major downtown contracts will be negotiated in the coming months.

The campaign, called "One Cleveland," is premised on the idea that all Clevelanders should benefit from an economic resurgence downtown. It is dramatized by the fact that many of the union's members are women of color. Many are employed by downtown buildings that have seen enormous public subsidies and yet many struggle to make ends meet.

"There’s no doubt that as janitors in this city, we are building momentum,” said Kathy Curlee-Jones, a Tri-C janitor, in a statement released by SEIU. “The fact that $15 is becoming the standard is evidence that when people of all racial backgrounds stick together, everybody wins. We need $15. Cleveland needs $15. We can do this.”

The new Tri-C contract will inject nearly $2 million into Cleveland's economy, SEIU said, and will be an infusion of funds into Cleveland's most neglected neighborhoods. Curlee-Jones, for example, told Scene that she lives on the southeast side, near Cleveland's border with Garfield Heights.

She said annual raises, and ultimately $15, will give her some "breathing room" in her monthly budget. She's hopeful she might be able to put away a small part of her paycheck for emergencies. Like many of her colleagues, her paycheck is currently used entirely for bills and necessities, and she routinely has to get on payment plans for past-due bills.

The significant wage increases are important for the day-to-day lives of janitors, but the five-year Tri-C union contract includes other benefits as well, including additional paid time off, sick days and holidays.

You can read SEIU's full report, "A Tale of Two Clevelands," here.

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