Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Joseph Arthur Talks About Each Track on 'Redemption's Son,' Which He'll Play In Its Entirety at the Music Box

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, an Akron native, has released 14 albums under his own name and 11 official EPs. He’s also been involved with several side projects such as Fistful of Mercy, a group that featured Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison.

Since this year marks the 15th anniversary of Arthur’s studio album Redemption’s Son, he decided he wanted to do something to honor the occasion.

He’ll play the album in its entirety, something he’s never done before, when he performs on June 29 at Music Box Supper Club.

Real World Records, the imprint run by Brit rocker Peter Gabriel, has just reissued the original album (with its original artwork) along with nine bonus tracks, all of which have been previously unreleased.  The anniversary edition will be available on 180-gram double LP, double CD and digitally. It will be the first time the album has been available on vinyl.

In a phone call from his Brooklyn home, Arthur talks about each track on the album.

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Local Rockers Tropidelic to Headline Their Own Music Festival in August

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Tropidelic formed in 2008 in Kent and built a following after self-distributing over 10,000 free copies of its self-produced first EP, Rebirth of the Dope. After releasing their second EP, Tree City Exodus, and relocating to Cleveland, the group has gained some traction and opened for acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, the Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja, the Wailers and Flobots.

Now, the band has announced its first festival, the Freakstomp Music Festival. Taking place from Aug 11 to 13 in Medina, the festival will feature acts such as Vibe & Direct, Bumpin’ Uglies, Sun-Dried Vibes, Pasadena, Elementree Livity Project, Drunken Sunday and Derlee.

Tropidelic will headline both nights of music.

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Akron Students Charged in Locker Room Swastika Case Pen Apology

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 2:10 PM

An Ellet High School hallway. - PHOTO VIA MATTERETH/INSTAGRAM
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The five Ellet High School students who were charged in March for pasting a swastika and racial slur on a locker room door have penned a court-ordered apology letter.

"We thought it was a joke but obviously it wasn't," the letter reads. "By being reminded of what all of the things we said we are reminded that racism, slavery, and anti-semitic views are still somehow affecting everyone today."

The students were charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief and ethnic intimidation. In March, Akron Public Schools Board of Education President Patrick Bravo said the Board would also discipline the high-schoolers, to "send a strong message to the entire community about this kind of behavior."

Akron Mayer Dan Horrigan called the crime "disturbing and unacceptable" in a statement last March.

"It is essential that all our young people feel welcome, valued and safe in this city and in their school environment," said Horrigan. "Our diversity is our strength; and acts like this, intended to divide us or incite fear, will never be tolerated in Akron."

The students concluded their collective apology letter with this paragraph:

"From this point on we will always think before we speak and do. We will always make sure our actions are positive. If we see someone using hate speech toward an individual we will make sure to speak up and defend that individual. If someone does try and do something related to this issue in a way, we will try to warn them of the punishment that comes with it and how it will affect them. So please if you are willing to find a way to forgive us five who have done this, it would be much appreciated."
They taped the swastika and racial slur on the Ellet basketball team's locker room door, where it remained for about an hour before being removed.

Video surveillance contributed to the identification of the students.

"They didn't just attack the black players, they attacked the whole team and that is something we'll use as motivation," Assistant Coach Monta Smith told Cleveland 19 News, as well as his team. "But don't let the actions of some of the lesser, ignorant people deter you from going forward and being successful. We'll get through this."
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Cleveland Author to Lead Discussion of ‘Twilight Zone — The Movie’ at the Cinematheque

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Plain Dealer TV critic Mark Dawidziak became infatuated with the sci-fi TV show The Twilight Zone when he was a kid.

“I discovered Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone when I was 9,” he says. I was not old enough to see it in its original run. There was a TV station in New York where I grew up that re-ran the show. It was right in my wheelhouse. I loved spooky stuff, and I adored this show because of the eerie endings. That’s the level I enjoyed it on. I carried this show with me throughout my life, and it remains my favorite television show of all time.”

In his early twenties, he decided he’d like to write a history of the show, but in 1982, he walked into a bookstore and saw Marc Scott Zicree’s The Twilight Zone Companion and knew he’d been beaten to the punch.

“That was a landmark book,” he says. “I set my sights on Columbo and determined to do as good as job as Marc.”

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Shake Shack Coming to Cleveland Sooner than Planned

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 12:31 PM

In February, we learned the exciting news that Shake Shack would be planting a flag in Cleveland if and when the mixed-use, high-rise development NuCLEus ever materialized.

Today we learn of more concrete plans.

Shake Shack just announced that it will be opening a location at the Pinecrest development – Ohio’s first – by the spring of 2018. Located on Harvard Road at I-271, Pinecrest is the new mixed-use district from Fairmount Properties to be filled with shops, restaurants, boutiques, entertainment, hotel, residences and office space.

The Pinecrest Shake Shack will offer all the classics, including the ShackBurger, crinkle-cut fries and handmade shakes, plus a selection of frozen custard concretes in collaboration with local food purveyors.

Shake Shack’s burgers are made with fresh 100-percent hormone- and antibiotic-free Angus beef.

Since the original Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, the company has expanded to more than 80 locations in 18 U.S. States and the District of Columbia, and more than 50 international locations including London, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul and more.
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Protests Mounting Before Sen. Rob Portman as Health Care Vote Nears

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 12:11 PM

Tribe fans will bear witness not only to Lonnie Chisenhall's woodshed precision at this Friday's game against the Twins of Minnesota, but also to a message in the sky: “SENATOR PORTMAN: TRUMPCARE HURTS WOMEN."

A plane, commissioned by UltraViolet Action, will fly around The Jake on June 23, broadcasting a plea to Sen. Rob Portman in the waning days before an expected U.S. Senate vote on the latest draft of the American Health Care Act. It's one of many last-ditch attempts at public protest before the senator, who's sort of wavered in his stance to the AHCA's evolution in Congress. (Portman's last real statement on the bill, upon its passage in the House: "We will review the new analysis as we work on a different approach here in the Senate.")

This morning, constituents aligned with Indivisible staged a sit-in at Portman's Washington, D.C., office. Last week, UltraViolet hosted another sit-in at Portman's Cleveland office (and at the offices of other Republican senators).

Recall that the Senate's new version of the AHCA bill has been drafted and constructed in secret by a small contingent of power, with no public hearings ahead of what seems by most accounts to be a rushed vote. The general theory, based on the last failed attempt to pass the AHCA earlier this year, is that Sen. Mitch McConnell would not be taking this thing to the floor unless the votes were locked in. Portman has yet to declare how he'll vote on this next week.

The Congressional Budget Office will likely report on this next version of the bill when it's public, but recall also that the last version received abysmal marks by any reasonable standard of health care. Some 1 million Ohioans would likely lose access to health coverage in the event that the AHCA replaces the Affordable Care Act, and the state's aging population would no doubt face incredibly costly obstacles to insurance in the years ahead.

Senate "moderates," like Portman — and Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) — likely hold the key to staving off an affirmative vote for the AHCA. Their basic dispositions on the bill have been tied to the impending Medicaid expansion rollback (they want it to be as gradual as possible). Without knowing the details of the Senate bill, it's hard to say whether McConnell will make sure to bend to their wishes or will pursue the baseline Republican rallying cry of scaling back Medicaid quickly over the next few years.
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You Can Soon Text Your Emergencies to 911 in Cuyahoga County

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:47 AM

Starting July 1, people in Cuyahoga County will be able to text their emergencies to 911.

This service is only available in about half of the States, and four other counties in Ohio.

Where the texts end up depends on the location of the sender; if you're in Cleveland, the city dispatch center will receive them, and if you're in the suburbs, the Cuyahoga Emergency Services will determine where to forward them.

Cuyahoga Emergency Communications System director of public safety and justice services Brandy Carney told that the ability to text 911 will benefit people unable to call, as well as the 25,000-plus deaf or hearing-impaired Cuyahoga residents.

Carney also said when dispatch centers are inundated with too many calls, texting will help people reach them.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires all carriers to send "bounce-back" messages if someone attempts to text 911 in an area where it's not available, and these rules don't apply to messaging apps that operate through social media.

The FCC emphasizes that while texting is certainly helpful for some, calling is still preferable:

"Even where text-to-911 is available, if you are able to make a voice call to 911, and if it is safe to do so, you should always make a voice call to 911 instead."

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