Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sterle's Country House to Close After More than 60 Years

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM


“Sterle’s is not closing,” explains chef Natasha Pogrebinsky. “We are rebranding and focusing more on large groups and private events. Just because we are not going to be open for public dinners, it’s not like the restaurant is going to be torn down.”

The chef stresses that the intent was never to shock and sadden the community with the sudden news. The shift away from public dining to private dining just made sense, she says.

“We grew more into an event space,” she adds. “This way we can keep the restaurant alive, keep the food and traditions alive, just in a different capacity. This Cleveland treasure is being cared for.”


Original story:

It's the end of the line for another Cleveland landmark. After more than six decades, Sterle's Country House will close, according to owner Rick Semersky.

Semersky took over the business, formerly Sterle's Slovenian Country House, in 2012. He has since worked tirelessly to make the restaurant relevant to today’s younger dining clientele by tweaking the menu and concept. Apparently, those efforts have not been enough to buoy the operation.

Semersky added the casual Cafe 55 to the complex a couple of years ago and last year debuted Goldhorn Brewery. Hub 55, a multi-dimensional entrepreneurial endeavor at the same site, will continue.

Going forward, Sterle’s will be used solely for private events.

Here’s the official statement:

“Dear friends, family, and community! We want to thank you for the many decades of support. You have been a part of our family and hearts as much as we have been a part of yours. Although we will be discontinuing our dinner programs, we are happy to announce a new era for Sterle's. Due to massive popular demand, we will be re-branding as a full-time events and catering venue. We are excited to host your next party, celebrations, or event, family or business, we accommodate all requests. Our Executive Chef Natasha Pogrebinsky will continue to host regular Chef's Dinners, for all you dieheart fans of Sterle's food, stay tuned for more info on that. In the mean time, come see us at Cafe55 and Goldhorn Brewery, just next door, where Chef Pogrebinsky and the dedicated Hub55 Team are cooking up fresh, and delicious meals everyday. This is not goodbye, rather a new and exciting beginning!”

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Ohio Light Opera Does Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes' Plus All the Other Classical Music Events to Hit This Week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:57 AM


ChamberFest Cleveland, ENCORE Chamber Music, and Ohio Light Opera continue to fill out your calendars for this week.

Diana and Franklin Cohen’s imaginative ChamberFest Cleveland continues its cycle of concerts on June 22 at 7:30 at CIM’s Mixon Hall. “Fin de Siècle” features Johannes Brahms’s Clarinet Trio, Maurice Ravel’s La Valse for Two Pianos, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Suite for Strings and Piano Left Hand.
On Friday, June 23 — also in Mixon Hall at 7:30 — will be “Hommage,” featuring J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 209, Sofia Gubaidulina’s Reflections on the theme “B-A-C-H” for String Quartet, Gyorgy Kurtág’s selections from Játétok, that composer’s take on Bach’s Sonatina from Cantata No. 106, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in d.

On Sunday, June 25 at 2:30 in Dunham Tavern Barn, “Youth” will include Wilhelm Popp’s Rigoletto Variations for Flute and Piano, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio in G, and Bela Bartók’s Piano Quintet.

“Pierrot” on Monday the 26th at 7:30 in Mixon Hall will bring to life Guillaume Connesson’s Techno Parade for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Waltzes for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, Kaija Saariaho’s Sept Papillons for Cello, Carlo Gesualdo’s Vocal Selections, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Tickets for all ChamberFest concerts available here.

ENCORE Chamber Music continues with two performances at the Gilmour Academy’s Tudor House. First, on Friday, June 23, the Cavani String Quartet (Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violins, Eric Wong, viola, and Si-Yan Darren Li, cello) performs Joaquín Turina’s La oración del torero, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 8 in c, and Franz Schubert’s Quartet No. 14 in d (“Death and the Maiden”).

The Cavani return on the 25th at 2:00 for “Sunday Unplugged No. 2.” They will be joined by violinist Jinjoo Cho and violist Kim Kashkashian for Mozart’s Divertimenti in B-flat and F, K. 137 and 138, and Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat.

On Wednesday, June 21 at 2:00 pm at Freedlander Theatre at the College of Wooster, Ohio Light Opera adds Cole Porter’s Anything Goes to Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. Five more openings will follow until all seven musicals and operettas are playing in repertoire, including H.M.S. Pinafore, Primrose, The Student Prince, Countess Maritza, and The Lady of the Slipper (a modern Cinderella). Tickets available online.

For details of these and many other events, visit the Concert Listings page.
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Government Report Says Great Lakes in Bad Condition, Lake Erie Worst of the Bunch

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:26 AM

  • Maumee Bay, 2014, Eric Sandy

The relative health of the Great Lakes, or lack there of, is no secret, but a new report from the EPA and its Canadian counterpart puts a fine point on the perilous situation the largest collective body of freshwater in the world is in.

According to the State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report, agricultural runoff and pollution, algal blooms and the overall loss of habitat plague all five lakes, but Lake Erie in particular. The report designated the fair shores of Lake Erie the worst and in deteriorating shape.

That shouldn't come as a surprise residents of Ohio and Michigan, who have seen the effects firsthand, most notably in the 2014 massive algal bloom that saw Toledo shut down its water supply to 500,000 people. Michigan's environmental agency declared its portion of the Erie shoreline "impaired," while the Ohio EPA declined to issue such a designation, even though officials in Lucas County have pleaded for such action that would trigger regulations. The state has argued those would be harmful and unneeded restrictions that would impair voluntary incentives.

The Feds come down with Ohio on this one — they declined to designate the lake impaired in May — despite opposition from Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman — and Trump's budget plans put the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which funds quality oversight, runoff mitigation, habitat preservation and more, directly in its crosshairs. Which is all the more weird when the EPA is saying the Great Lakes need dire help.

"As the report makes clear, progress is being made—but serious threats remain," National Wildlife Federation scientist Michael Murray said in a statement. "Lake Erie's deteriorating health serves as a warning that public officials on both sides of the border cannot let their guards down. The millions of people who rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, health, jobs and way of life are counting on public officials to continue to make Great Lakes restoration and protection a top priority."
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Rock Hall Opens New Summer of Love Exhibit

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:18 AM

  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Fifty years ago, a confluence of events took place in Northern California that would lead to "the Summer of Love." Thousands of hippies moved to the San Francisco neighborhood Haight-Ashbury to, as Timothy Leary put, "turn on, tune in and drop out."

Today, the Rock Hall opens a new exhibit that chronicles that social phenomenon. The exhibit includes Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet jacket and the recording console used for his “Summer of Love” recordings, a guitar belonging to the Grateful Dead's Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, clothing worn by the Mamas and the Papas’ Michelle Phillips, concert posters from the Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom, and original artwork by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

'Transformers: The Last Knight' Buckles Under the Weight of a Clunky Plot and Excessive Special Effects

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 7:28 PM

Predictably enough, Transformers: The Last Knight, perhaps the most bloated film to hit screens this summer, commences with an action sequence.

The mind numbingly long film that clocks in at 149 minutes suffers from a clunky plot and ridiculous special effects sequences that feature elongated fight scenes between Transformers and humans and Transformers and Transformers.

The movie screens tonight at select theaters and then opens wide tomorrow.

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More Changes at Red Restaurant Group: Team Adds Executive Chef, Director of Operations

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 5:03 PM

Lately, the news out of Red Restaurant Group has been one of exits: that of longtime chef and partner Jonathan Bennet, and that of short-lived restaurant 811, which closed last week to retool.

This week brings some positive news for the organization. The recent hiring of two key figures will undoubtedly add some leadership and stability as the company continues to expand its footprint at home and away.

Shawn Cline, who for many years has been an integral figure with Hospitality Restaurants, not the least of which has been helping to launch and expand the Rosewood Grill brand, has been named Executive Chef of Moxie and Red, the Steakhouse (Beachwood). Cline graduated from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and actually worked at Moxie early in his professional career.

David Schneider, who recently rejoined Zack Bruell’s ZB Restaurant Group after exiting from it a few years back, will leave it again to join Red Restaurant Group. As Director of Operations, Schneider will oversee all facets of Red’s growing portfolio of restaurants, both here and in cities like Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Miami.

“David and Shawn share the same passion for providing our guests with the highest level of experience,” states Jonathan Gross, President and CFO, Red Restaurant Group. “Our team of professionals is committed to excellence with every bite and at every turn.”
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On David Griffin's Departure, Dan Gilbert and Power — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 4:07 PM


Andre and Zac discuss David Griffin's exodus as general manager of the Cavs, the hot streak Jose Ramirez is riding, the danger of Dan Gilbert's power trip and which potentially available players might make the best fit alongside LeBron James.

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