Thursday, July 27, 2017

Local Guitar Teacher Nurtures Untapped Talent at Monthly Cleveland Acoustic Jam

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 4:44 PM

“Ask anyone under 40 what a 'meet-up' is, and they won’t know what you’re talking about,” says local guitar teacher Eric Hankinson one afternoon over coffee at Loop in Tremont.

Hankinson hosts a monthly “meet up” for musicians at Lava Lounge. Dubbed the Cleveland Acoustic Jam Group, the gathering provides players of all different levels the opportunity to improve their skills.

"The jam group represents a unique opportunity for local players to get together in an informal setting and to put their musical imaginations to work," says student Paul Meade. "All are welcome to attend, whether to play or just sit and listen."

Inspired by his father, whom Hankinson describes as “a world-class musician” who toured all over the word and played with people like Brenda Lee, Ronnie Milsap and Johnny Mathis, Hankinson originally took up the ukulele before learning to play guitar and bass a few years later.

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National Sports Collectors Convention Returns to Cleveland in 2018

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 4:15 PM

  • Photo via The National Sports Collectors Convention/Facebook
The National Sports Collectors Convention starts up this weekend in Chicago, but next year, the roving national event comes back to Cleveland.

Held Aug. 1-5 in the International Exposition Center, this is the seventh time Cleveland has hosted the sports memorabilia event, which celebrates collectors of things like athletic trading cards, autographs and bobble heads.

Ray Schulte, president and CEO of Schulte Sports, told he's thrilled for the event to come back to Cleveland, as last time the convention was held here in 2014, attendance was the third highest in NSCC's 38 years.

"We love Cleveland," Schulte added. "It does have a rich history, sports history, so it's been a show favorite for us. We keep going back there for us. It's a great venue, a great location."

You can check out photos from Cleveland's 2009 convention right here.
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Several Clevelanders Make Cameos in Sweet Apple’s New Music Video

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 1:21 PM

The new music video for the Sweet Apple tune “World I’m Gonna Leave You” features vocals by Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age) and Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices).

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48 Cats Removed From Animal Hoarder's Home in Wooster

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 1:14 PM

  • photo via Scene archives
A Wooster woman was discovered with fifty animals in her recently condemned home, Authorities reported, finding 48 cats and two turtles.

While the alleged hoarder seemed comfortable in her home, occupying the space for the past 20 years, the animals were not so lucky.

The Wooster law director reported that the ammonia levels inside the home exceeded that of a meth lab, primarily because of the uncleaned litter boxes. Due to these unsafe conditions, several kittens died and animal cruelty charges are possible.

Unfortunately, animal abuse is not an uncommon occurrence in Ohio.
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Ohio State Fair Reopens Today, After a Ride Malfunction Killed One and Injured Seven

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 12:22 PM

click image An example of the carnival ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair. - PHOTO VIA JUSTINJBUCHANAN/INSTAGRAM
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  • An example of the carnival ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.
The Ohio State Fair is open again today, following a tragic incident last night that left one dead and seven more injured.

Currently, all fair rides are shut down for re-inspected and safety tests. But other parts of the fairgrounds are open to the public, and scheduled activities will continue as planned.

A Fire Ball carnival ride malfunctioned yesterday at the fair, killing an 18-year-old. Riders were thrown into the air when the ride began to fall apart. The 18-year-old was thrown 50-feet into the air and killed on impact.

Authorities said three victims seen flying off the ride are in critical condition and the other four are in stable condition, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

Chief Ride Inspector Michael Vartorella, from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said during a press conference that the Fire Ball ride was inspected three times by state officials before the fair opened.

Gov. John Kasich, who has ordered a full investigation into the incident, also called it "the worst tragedy in the history of the fair," according to the Dispatch.

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Rock Hall to Host a Week of Events Leading Up To YESTIVAL Concert

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 12:07 PM

After years of being snubbed, prog rockers YES were finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. Earlier this year, the group announced a tour to celebrate their induction. Dubbed YESTIVAL, it includes an Aug. 20 stop at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.

The concert will also feature special guest Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

At some point, YES will dedicate its 2017 inductee exhibit and add new items including their silk drummer suits and iconic “Topographic” bass drums designed by Michael Tait. Details regarding that event will be announced on

Courtesy of a Rock Hall press release, here is the schedule for the other events happening at the Rock Hall in advance of the concert:

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You Can Soon Tour the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge and Subway

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 11:45 AM

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The Cleveland Public Works department once again hosts a public tour of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge and Subway station. Saturday, Aug. 19, tour participants get to venture underneath the 3112-foot bridge to one of Cleveland’s creepiest spots, something you can only do once a summer.

The tour begins on Superior Viaduct, the bridge’s official entrance. You already know about the Veterans Memorial Bridge's upper motorway, but the lower deck (read: dark, abandoned tunnel), which hasn't been of much use to anyone since 1954 when streetcars were discontinued, is what everyone has come to see. Films showing the history of the place will add to the eeriness of the destination as you walk along the self-guided tour.

The event is free, and goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations are required. 2433 Superior Viaduct, 216-348-3824,

Check out photos of the long-closed underground space here.
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