Friday, July 19, 2019

First-Ever PAWsitively Pinecrest Event to Take Place on Aug. 3

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 3:45 PM

  • Courtesy of Emily Nelman
Earlier this week, Pinecrest, Cleveland’s mixed-use destination that’s located in Orange Village, announced that the first-ever PAWsitively Pinecrest event featuring a canine carnival and official Guinness World Record attempt will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The event will offer on-site dog adoptions in partnership with the Cleveland Animal Protective League, Geauga Humane Society and Lake Humane Society. It will also feature an official Guinness World Record attempt for most dogs in a single photo, and there will be a dog playground, a pet caricaturist, doggie dessert stations, and a vendor village featuring pet merchandise, services and giveaways.

Participating dogs must be registered in advance and can do so online.

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Blues Traveler's Tad Kinchla and Moe.'s Chuck Garvey Talk About Their Co-Headlining Tour That's Coming to Jacob's Pavilion at Nautica Next Week

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 3:20 PM

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  • Moe.
Just over 30 years ago, the four original members of Blues Traveler, who have known each other since their early teens, gathered in the basement of their drummer’s parents’ Princeton, home and launched a jam band that has now recorded a total of 13 studio albums, four of which have gone gold, three platinum and one six-times platinum.

Thirty years into its career, the jam band moe. has delivered 11 studio albums and a slew of live releases under its belt. The band has shared the stage with a wide range of acts, including Allman Brothers, the Who and Robert Plant.

For the first time ever, the two bands have embarked on a co-headlining tour. They bring the show to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Saturday, July 27. G. Love opens.

During separate phone interviews, moe. guitarist Chuck Garvey and Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla spoke about the jaunt.

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Northeast Ohio is Home to 3 of America's Most Scenic Restaurants, OpenTable Report Finds

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 12:47 PM

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It seems OpenTable just can't stay away from Ohio when it comes to making its various national restaurant roundups. Recently, the online restaurant reservation company announced that four of the Buckeye state's eateries, including three in Northeast Ohio, have grabbed a spot on its annual 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America list.

The actual criteria and methodology for this piece of click bait, as in years past, remains murky, but the site claims the 100 honored restaurants were chosen based on an analysis of 12 million user-submitted reviews of about 30,000 American eateries. What makes these places exceptionally scenic is not entirely clear either, but nearly half of all states didn't even get one mention on the list (which seems a little callous to us).

The inclusions of the follow Ohio places probably won't shock you, given their reputations and the fact that they make a lot of OpenTable's lists and were even on this exact list last year.

-The Twisted Olive in Green
-The Bistro at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton
-Pier W in Lakewood
-Primavista in Cincinnati

Unsurprisingly, California took up the most slots on the list with 24. To take a gander through the entire round-up, go to

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Cleveland Cooling Centers Announced for Excessive Heat Watch This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 12:10 PM

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Summer is hitting Cleveland hard this weekend, with predicted temperatures in the mid-90s with added humidity making it feel like 107 degrees. Thanks to all this sticky warmth, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for eastern Ohio through 8 p.m. tomorrow.

The advisory warns that these conditions may cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke during extended or strenuous activity outdoors (meaning this may not be the best weekend to start training for a marathon).
Luckily, the city of Cleveland has designated multiple facilities as “cooling centers,” where folks can hang out for extended hours and cool down.

Seventeen area outdoor pools will be open from noon to 7:30, and the city has announced eight recreational centers that are extending their hours.

The designated rec centers are as follows:
- Zelma George Recreation Center, open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. (3155 MLK Jr Blvd., 216-420-8800)
- Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, open 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (8611 Hough Ave., 216-664-4045)
- Fairfax Recreation Center, open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (2335 E. 82nd St., 216-664-4142)
- Earle B. Turner Recreation Center, open 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. (11300 Miles Ave., 216-420-8358)
- Michael Zone Recreation Center, open noon to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. (6301 Lorain Ave., 216-664-3373)
- Cudell Recreation Center, open noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. (1910 West Blvd., 216-664-4137)
- Glenville Recreation Center, open noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. (680 E. 113th St., 216-664-2516)
- Lonnie Burten Center, open starting at 11:30 a.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday. (2511 E. 46th St., 216-664-4139)

The Lonnie Burten Center doesn't have air conditioning, and the Glenville Recreation Center is only partially cooled. However, the Glenville Recreation Center will have designated areas where people can cool down.

Oak Street Health’s Glenville (10553 St. Clair Ave., 216-682-7702), Lee Harvard (16888 Harvard Ave., 216-810-7159) and Westown (10688 Lorain Ave., 216-682-7703) locations will welcome anyone in their community rooms from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Stay cool out there, Cleveland.

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Singer-Guitarist Joe Bonamassa Coming to Connor Palace in March

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 11:12 AM

  • Courtesy of Playhouse Square
Earlier today, Playhouse Square announced that singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa will hold down a two-night stand at Connor Palace in March. He’ll perform at 8 p.m. on March 6 and 7 as part of a spring tour that’ll serve as a warm-up for a big summer tour.

The shows will feature “a signature selection from” his vast catalog, including classics, reinventions and fan favorites. His band will include Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and backup singers Mahalia Barnes and Jade MacRae.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 26.

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Annual EarthQuaker Day Celebration to Shake Things Up in Akron Aug. 3

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 9:31 AM

The folks at the Akron-based, hand-crafted effects pedal manufacturer EarthQuaker Devices have just announced that they will celebrate EarthQuaker Day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Earthquaker headquarters at 350 West Bowery St. in Akron.

Billed as “two parts music festival, three parts customer appreciation day, one-part effects pedal factory open house, one-part guitar show, one-part art installation, and one-part street fair with a pinch of carnival fun and games and a side of bazaar,” the event will showcase the new Plumes Small Signal Shredder for the first time ever.

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Ohio Lawmakers Approve CBD, Hemp Legalization Bill

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 9:08 AM

Right now, it's illegal in Ohio to buy or sell CBD, a hemp extract that contains only trace amounts of THC, outside the state's medicinal marijuana program. But that will probably change soon.

The Ohio House of Representatives July 17 passed Senate Bill 57 legalizing the sale of CBD and the cultivation of hemp. That could be a big boon to farmers — and to fans of CBD who credit the substance with a host of physical and psychological benefits.

Last year, the federal government took hemp from its controlled substances list when Congress passed the Farm Bill. That cleared the way for Ohio to do the same, though current state law conflates marijuana and hemp.

In August last year, the Ohio Pharmacy Board issued guidance suggesting that hemp-derived products were only legal within the confines of the state's medicinal marijuana program, causing CBD and other products to be pulled from shelves in Cincinnati and elsewhere around the state.

In addition to farmers, retailers and CBD fans, Ohio universities could also be a big beneficiary of the proposed law. The bill would allow universities to cultivate hemp without a license — something Ohio State University is looking to do in order to study hemp cultivation.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine still needs to sign the bill into law. If he does, it will go into effect immediately.

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