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Monday, June 18, 2018

Sammy DeLeon to Kick Off Free Summer Concert Series at Lake View Cemetery

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Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 11:44 AM

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Now in its fifth year, Concerts at Lake View Cemetery offers locals yet another great opportunity to catch a free concert this summer.

On Sunday, local jazz percussionist Sammy DeLeon kicks off the six-concert series that takes place on the Garfield Monument lawn. The organizers encourage fans to bring a lawn chair, blanket or picnic to the events

The concerts take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Here’s the complete schedule:

June 24 (rain date July 1): Sammy DeLeon
July 8 (rain date July 15): Red Light Roxy
July 22 (rain date July 29): Blue Lunch
Aug. 5 (rain date Aug. 12): Beatnick Playboys
Aug. 19 (rain date Aug. 26): Hot Djang
Sept. 9 (rain date Sept. 16): Hubb’s Groove
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Two Akron Firefighters on Paid Leave After Allegedly Making Porn at Fire Station

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 11:42 AM

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According to a report from ABC News 5 Cleveland, two Akron firefighters have been awarded paid leave after allegations surfaced that they created pornographic videos in one of their fire stations. An internal investigation is underway with the Akron fire department, and the Akron police department has expressed no involvement.

Information about the content of the pornographic videos is unknown, so there's no way to say whether this was a full-scale pornographic shooting operation or if a couple of firefighters just took a selfie video of themselves making the beast with two backs while at the station.

(Regardless, this incident feeds into the well-researched and scientifically proven fact that people find firefighters ridiculously sexy.)

However, Akron city spokeswoman Ellen Landers-Nischt said in a statement that the firefighters are accused of making the videos at a firehouse on Akron-Peninsula Road.

City officials have not released the names of the firefighters and Landers-Nischt said the city expects to release more information about the investigation later today. 
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Imagine Dragons Win Over Blossom Crowd with Exuberant Energy

Concert Review

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 10:37 AM

SCOTT SANDBERG
  • Scott Sandberg
Last night at Blossom, Imagine Dragons ignited the evening with the explosive “Radioactive,” their very first hit from their 2012 debut album, Night Visions. The summer sun was still up for the 8:15 p.m. start time, and the band seemed larger-than-life and almost too real in the harsh light of day.

You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

Shirtless front man Dan Reynolds wore black jeans and his skin glistened from the sweltering heat of the pavilion stage. The band’s energy was high as they transitioned into “It’s Time” and “Whatever It Takes.” Reynolds set out his intent for the night, which was to let go and be free, and he hoped the crowd would let go and feel free with him.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith Do Justice to the Monkees' Formidable Catalog

Concert Review

Posted By on Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 12:06 PM

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More than 50 years after the Monkees made their Cleveland debut, two of the band's principal members—Micky Dolenz and Mike Nesmith—brought their first-ever duo tour to Cain Park last night. The two-hour, 30-song set did justice to all facets of the band's formidable catalog, and underscored the Monkees' vast musical range.

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Shania Twain Delivers a Visually Compelling Career Overview at the Q

Concert Review

Posted By on Sun, Jun 17, 2018 at 9:27 AM

JOE KLEON
  • Joe Kleon
It’d be hard to script a better comeback story than that of Shania Twain. The Canadian-born country singer abruptly retired from performing in the early 2000s; she later explained that Lyme disease and dysphonia weakened her voice to the point that she could no longer effectively sing.

After working to restore her voice, she made a triumphant return to the stage by successfully holding down a residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, joining the ranks of acts such as Cher, Elton John, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and others who've had extended runs at the joint.

The stint at the Colosseum inspired a new single and world tour. Her comeback story is also at the heart of last year’s Now, her first full-length studio album in 15 years.

Last night’s concert at the Q was one stop on a world tour in support of the album. You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Cain Park's 80th Season Kicks Off Tonight with 'Memphis: The Musical'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 3:59 PM

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The heart of Cleveland Heights' summer experience, Cain Park, is celebrating its 80th season with a dynamic slate of events, kicking off tonight with the opening of Memphis: The Musical.

Directed by Cain Park Theater's Artistic Director Joanna May Cullinan, with musical direction by Jordan Cooper, Memphis: The Musical stars two of Cleveland's most talented vocalists, Nicole Sumlin as Felicia Farrell and Douglas F. Bailey II as Huey Calhoun.

"This piece is still all too relevant," Bailey, previously in the productions of Godspell and Rock of Ages at Cain Park, tells Scene. "It's important for today's audience to have the perspective of where we were as a society 60-plus years ago, but it is also important to remind ourselves that we have not come as far as time would make us think."

Inspired by actual events, Memphis: The Musical is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Audiences will be taken along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

In speaking with actress Sumlin, she tells us the show truly surprised her.

"In developing my take on Felicia Farrell and diving into this era of our nation’s history, I revisited my own family’s history in the South and reflected on my own experiences as an African-American," she says. "In doing so, I found myself giving voice to some truths that I’d not shared before 'in the room' while developing a piece — specifically reflecting on a relationship I had with a Caucasian young man when I was a teenager, with the pain of the ignorance and racism we experienced from his family."

And to share the sentiment of fellow cast member Kate Michalski, Sumlin's performance is one you won't want to miss.

"You think you’re ready to hear Nicole Sumlin? You are not ready to hear Nicole Sumlin," Michalski says. "You will hear Nicole Sumlin, and when it’s done, you will not have been ready to hear Nicole Sumlin."

The cast of Memphis: The Musical features 23 actors across multiple races and generations, creating a sound as beautiful as it is diverse. Director Joanna May Cullinan explains that because Cain Park is owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights, it was really important to her to choose a show that represents this community. "Memphis celebrates love, diversity and the arts; it’s going to be personal for a lot of people," she says.

Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Bon Jovi founding member, David Bryan. And Bailey and Sumlin both say they've learned so much working in this show.

"Building the world of this work allowed yet another opportunity to reiterate the importance of authenticity and integrity when portraying communities of color," says Sumlin. "This show let us shout out loud about how strong love actually is. Our society has come so far, but has so very far to go. I did not expect to be as challenged, impacted, and changed as I have been."

Continues Bailey, "I hope that this piece causes the audience to consider the current climate of our country. The events of the play occurred in the 1950s, and yet we have still allowed blind hatred to be so prominent. This story is ultimately one of love. Hopefully our telling of it will spread that love."

Memphis: The Musical
 plays at the Alma Theater at Cain Park until July 1st. Thursday-Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are available here. Cain Park is located at 14591 Superior Road in Cleveland Heights.
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Here's Where Cleveland Would Have Been on the Pangaea Supercontinent 240 Million Years Ago

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM

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Here's a cool tool developed by Ian Webster that plots modern addresses on a map of earth from up to 750 million years ago. The search defaults to the Pangaea age, but you can change the timeframe from 750 million years ago through today. And now you have something to kill a little time with on this sunny Friday afternoon.
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