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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cleveland Flea is Coming Back in May, But Will No Longer Run Monthly

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 5:12 PM

  • Photo by Caitlin Summers
Seven seasons in, Cleveland Flea is changing things up.

In the past, the Cleveland Flea has kicked off in April and ran as a monthly event through October, while also throwing a holiday-themed indoor market in the winter. But this year, the beloved community event is starting up May 4-5 and so far has only three other weekends booked through December.

Other announced dates coincide with the seasons: July 13-14, Sept. 21-22 and Dec. 13-15.

Not everything is changing though. Unlike other flea markets or swap meets, which often require sorting through garbage, the Cleveland Flea is still a much more currated event. As always, expect plenty of I-Heart-Cleveland items and overpriced vintage furniture, along with locally crafted art, jewelry and even food.

The kickoff event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 5 at 3602 St. Clair Ave NE.

Find out more about the Cleveland Flea right here.

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Cleveland History Center to Host a Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel Birthday Bash on May 19

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 1:43 PM

  • Courtesy of the Cleveland History Center
May 19, 1910 was the day that opened the season for Euclid Beach Park, and that day also marked the first time attendees would ride the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel. Installed by Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC), the carousel had four rows of horses, three inside rows of “jumpers” and an outside row of nearly life size stationary horses. It cost a whopping $7,734.04.

To mark the anniversary, the Cleveland History Center will host a Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel Birthday Bash on May 19.

There will be Sugardale Hot Dogs and Weber's Premium Custard and Ice Cream as well as unlimited rides on the Grand Carousel. Tickets cost between $5 and $10.

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Picket Line Off, Kamala Harris On, at Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Annual Dinner

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 10:56 AM

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Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris had been scheduled to keynote the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party's annual dinner and fundraiser Sunday evening at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel.

But when a local union representing nurses and medical staff at the county jail vowed to picket the event to protest losing their jobs, Harris issued a statement saying she would not cross a picket line.

Harris now appears to be in the clear, as the local American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees chapter (AFSCME) has called off their demonstration after reaching an agreement with the county.

In a news release Wednesday, AFSCME president John Lyall said a deal had been struck with county leaders so that nurses and medical staff would retain jobs, at the jail or in other county departments, and would not be fired without due process. 

"The nurses and medical staff at the Cuyahoga County Jail are dedicated, caring, and deserve to be respected for their commitment to our community," Lyall said, in a statement. "I'm hopeful that our elected and community leaders will double their resolve in the future to stand up for working people. When workers like these nurses and medical staffers contribute so much to the well-being of our community, they in return deserve to be treated fairly with a living wage, health care, and dignity. They were not asking for anything more than to keep working, and I'm glad we were able to make sure they will have jobs."

The county recently contracted with MetroHealth to manage healthcare at the beleaguered county jail. Via County Council President Dan Brady, Metro has hired 37 of the 49 county medical staff. reported that those who were not offered jobs by MetroHealth would be placed in other county jobs or would be assisted in finding placements elsewhere.

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Update: Fat Head's Brewery to Host a Second Bob Ross Experience Paint Night Fundraiser in May

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 9:40 AM

Update: Tickets for the May 10 Bob Ross Experience, a paint night fundraiser at Fat Head's that will benefit the Cleveland chapter of A Special Wish Foundation, sold out so quickly that organizers have added a second event.

The second event will take place at Fat Head's at 7 p.m. on May 17. Tickets cost $45.

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Brian Regan to Play the Masonic Auditorium in December

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 9:15 AM

  • Friedman Bergman
Brian Regan originally set out to become an accountant. But when that didn't work out, he shifted into comedy. Years later, comedians around the country hail his impeccable delivery and ability to inflect just enough physicality into his routines.

Regan, who refrains from using profanity, relies on observational humor to entertain patrons. His bit on Pop-Tarts is a classic as he makes fun of the complex instructions for how to prepare the snack.

He's just announced the dates of a new tour. He'll perform on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Masonic Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Republican Proposes Ohio Child Exploitation Law After 9-Year-Old Performs in Drag

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 2:55 PM

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An Ohio state representative has introduced a bill against "child exploitation" after footage of a 9-year-old performing in drag in his district went viral.

Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) proposed House Bill 180, which would ban performances "in which child simulates sexual activity." The genesis of the bill seems to be 9-year old Jake's performance as "Miss Mae Hem," a drag queen who has danced around Toledo, including at its Pride Festival.

HB-180 would prohibit children from simulating sexual activity in any establishment that has a D liquor permit, which includes restaurants that have beer on premises. The bill would remove liquor licenses from any establishment that had children behave in a way that is perceived sexually by an "average person applying contemporary standards." (Emphasis ours.)

The bill is being proposed in light of a December performance at JD Hendersons bar, outside Columbus. While Jake had been dancing at other events, this performance sparked outrage on a "City of Lancaster" Facebook page. The page was not city-affiliated, but conservative outlets began sharing the post and the comments, and criticized Jake's costume and dancing.

His mother, Jerri, told the Toledo Blade the performance was "grossly warped."

"[Jake] is just a guy who likes to dress up and dance and feel pretty," she said. Watching RuPaul's Drag Race inspired Jake to begin dressing in drag and dancing, and his parents helped him to learn gymnastic-inspired moves.

"I asked my mom if I could do drag, and she said, ‘Yeah, sure,’" Jake told the Blade.

The controversy prompted Lancaster Mayor David Schleffin to respond. In a Facebook post, he wrote that Jake remained clothed, was not touched by audience members and that a police investigation uncovered nothing criminal, because duh.
Given the evidence, Rep. Schaffer's concern for "exploitation" seems doubtlessly to be an attack on a kid who enjoys dancing (and his supportive family).

Rep. Schaffer's bill does not explicitly address gender-non-conforming acts, and largely discusses concerns appealing to "prurient interests," which is kept vague.

 “I think on its face [the bill] sounds good, but the intent and where the proposal came from was done in bad faith,” Kristen Angelo, of LGBT+ organization Harvey's House told the Blade. “There is nothing wrong with what [he] is doing. Nothing sexual, nothing inappropriate.”

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Trump's Likely Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Once Called Cincinnati and Cleveland 'Armpits'

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 12:50 PM

  • Photo by Gage Skidmore

President Donald Trump is expected to tap Stephen Moore as a nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, which sets financial policy for the federal government. It's a good thing for Moore that Ohioans (well, other than our two senators) don't get to vote on that, because recordings have emerged of Moore dumping all over two of the Buckeye State's biggest cities.

A former CNN contributor, Moore is currently a columnist with the Heritage Foundation, the far-right think tank that has increasingly funneled staff and preferred appointees into Trump's administration. The foundation has taken a number of controversial stands, from stances skeptical of climate change to campaigns hounding insufficiently-conservative Republicans.

But those are stances about the wider world. Moore, during a 2014 book talk in Chicago hosted by the Heartland Institute, expressed some more focused opinions about our own Queen City, as well as Cleveland.

"If you live in the midwest, where else do you want to live but Chicago," he said about 46 minutes into the talk. "You don't want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or these armpits of America like that. You want to live in Chicago."

While there are probably worse parts of the body to be, Moore's comments are not a great feeling for folks who love those cities.

It's worth noting he pronounces Cincinnati as "Cincinnat-uh." Also worth noting: In the same talk, he calls teachers' unions "the evil empire," an assertion sure to anger educators and Democrats.

The statement has, somewhat predictably, riled up U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown, a Democrat and Trump critic. Brown fired off a letter to Moore yesterday demanding an apology. You can probably safely say Brown won't be voting for Moore's appointment — he called Moore's 2014 remarks "disqualifying."

“Unfortunately, it’s not just your words that make your disdain for the American people clear," Brown wrote. "You have a long history of supporting policies that have directly contributed to the challenges faced by the millions of Americans in these towns and cities. Your positions on the economy, tax cuts for the wealthy, health care, financial regulation, and farm policy show that you don’t understand the ongoing challenges these communities face and the policies that would actually help them.”

Trump hasn't formally nominated Moore, but his other pick, former Republican presidential primary contender Herman Cain, dropped out of consideration recently.

The shade thrown at Cincinnati and Cleveland isn't Moore's only comment getting attention since his name started being floated for the Federal Reserve Board appointment. Most prominent among them are his views about women as expressed in columns he wrote for the National Review in the early aughts.

In one, expressing anger over women being allowed to referee men's college basketball games, Moore calls the development "an obscenity" and wonders, "is there no area in life where men can take vacation from women?"

"Here's the rule change I propose," Moore wrote in the 2002 column. "No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders (sic), no women anything," he wrote in March 2002. "There is, of course, an exception to this rule. Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like (then-CBS sports reporter) Bonnie Bernstein. The fact that Bonnie knows nothing about basketball is entirely irrelevant."

Moore has since said those comments were "a spoof."

Should Trump formally nominate Moore, the Senate will need to approve him. How is Ohio's other senator, Republican Rob Portman, responding?

Portman's office told that he will review Moore's qualifications should he become Trump's nominee. But Portman spokesperson Kevin Smith also said Moore's 2014 statement isn't great.

"If Stephen Moore meant that as a joke, it was a bad one," Smith said.

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