Tuesday, November 21, 2017

MLB Network's Chris Rose Joins the Fellas — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 9:58 AM


Native Clevelander and NFL Network/MLB Network TV host Chris Rose joins the podcast to talk Browns, Tribe, his career path, his Shaker Heights roots, the state of the media business, and play a little Glory Days

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Flats East Bank Flip Side is Closed, Will Reopen as '70s-Style Entertainment Venue

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Given that Flip Side is a family friendly burger bar, owner Michael Schwartz concedes that perhaps the Flats East Bank wasn’t the best location for the concept. He and partners Tiffany and Shawn Monday will stick with their six other locations of that concept, but have shuttered the downtown location as of close of business yesterday.

“We’ve been working on a concept to rebrand the space for many months,” Schwartz explains. “This is an entertainment district and we’re going to become an entertainment facility. We know that our bread is going to be buttered on Friday and Saturday nights because that’s when the business is here.”

When it opens in spring, Good Night John Boy will a highly conceptual dive bar dripping with nostalgia. If you’ve always wanted to hang out with the gang in Eric Forman’s basement from “That '70s Show,” you might soon get the chance.

“We’re going to create a great ‘70s party atmosphere — think classy, high-end Basement from the good-old days of the Flats,” Schwartz adds. “It’s going to be a party in here on weekends.”

During the week, Good Night John Boy will serve diner-style breakfast and lunch items like eggs benedict, lemon ricotta pancakes, corned beef sandwiches and the like. The owners are attempting to finagle free parking to facilitate quick, affordable ins and outs at breakfast time. Dinner will only be served on weekends, and it will run until 4:30 a.m.

“We feel there’s a late-night food need in Cleveland,” he says.

Schwartz says that although he admits that Flip Side might not have been the best fit for the spot, he never had any interest in packing it all in.

“We’re doing really well down here with Magnolia and FWD,” says the owner of both of those Flats-based concepts. “We’re vested down here.”

Meanwhile, the team’s other project, Bell and Flower, is currently taking shape in the former home of Rick’s Café in Chagrin Falls. That new concept should come online sometime in January.
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Star Wars-Themed Burlesque Show Coming to the Beachland

Posted By on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 9:41 AM

  • Emanuel Wallace
The local burlesque Le Femme Mystique Burlesque regularly hosts events in Northeast Ohio.

One of its most unique events, Star Wars Burlesque — The Return of the Tease, will return to the Beachland Ballroom at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Jersey Swaps, Rap Concerts and Bad Football — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 4:37 PM


Andre and Zac discuss the Jay-Z concert, the Browns' 99 problems, on-field jersey swaps and the 2018 NFL Draft quarterback class.

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Council to Vote on Ordinance Requiring Financial Disclosures with Initiative Petitions

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Councilman Zack Reed tries to explain Council's maneuvering to members of GCC, when referendum petitions were denied on 5/22/17. - SAM ALLARD / SCENE
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  • Councilman Zack Reed tries to explain Council's maneuvering to members of GCC, when referendum petitions were denied on 5/22/17.
A seemingly benign piece of legislation was subject to scrutiny at a City Council Finance Committee hearing Monday afternoon, spawning a long and heated discussion about transparency and campaign finance. The ordinance in question, 854-17, would require financial disclosures within five days of the filing of initiative petitions. It was met with skepticism by several councilpeople who questioned its purpose and efficacy.

“I wonder if this isn’t a solution in search of a problem,” said Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson, who raised the loudest objections.

The ordinance echoes — in fact is literally copy and pasted from — the Ohio Revised Code. The law had not already been in place locally because Cleveland is a city with its own charter and its own processes for initiative petitions.

But after high-profile voter-led referendums over the past two years — the $15 minimum wage issue, the Frank Jackson recall, the Q Deal — Council President Kevin Kelley said this ordinance was an important service for the public, to educate them about how these campaigns are funded.

“This is a small ray of light, a small amount of transparency that we can provide,” Kelley said. And later, “it’s just kind of a good practice to have this on the books.”

Kelley was, of course, Public Enemy Number One on the minimum wage and Q Deal issues, and remains a sworn blood rival of the Service Employees International Union. Still, Kelley stressed that the ordinance would in no way suppress voters' right to referendum; it would only require financial transparency.

"The only thing we're asking is that they submit a financial statement," he said. "We're not restricting anybody's rights. We're not imposing any onerous burdens. All we want to know is where the money's coming from."

In many respects, the legislation is uncontroversial. Typically vocal councilmen Mike Polensek and Zack Reed both agreed that more transparency was something to be pursued. Councilwoman Dona Brady was rightly curious about the requisite paperwork. Polensek said he has dutifully filed his campaign finance and ethics reports since he’s been in office and “has a real problem with” people who don’t. But he advised that if council were serious about transparency, the body ought to take a look at the “bigger picture.”

“For the first time, in this last election cycle, we saw Dark Money influence campaigns,” Polensek said. “And I say this to my colleagues. Brothers and sisters: That money can be used against you next time …. We’ve got to protect the institution from people with thick checkbooks determining who serves on City Council."

Council will likely vote on the legislation as an emergency ordinance Monday evening.
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Jay-Z Motivates and Inspires During Engaging Concert at the Q

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 2:27 PM

  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace
There is an old adage suggesting that hip-hop is a young person's game and that the pioneers and forefathers who paved the way for the new generation of upstarts should quietly make their way to the land of retirement — Jay- Z never got that memo.

The soon-to-be 48 year-old rapper and businessman recently released his 13th solo album, 4:44, to nearly universal praise from critics and fans alike for the album's abundant peek into the personal life of Jay-Z. The 31-date North American tour pulled into the Q last night with support from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa.

The crowd was still filing into Quicken Loans Arena as Mensa went through a suite of about six or seven songs including "Didn't I (Say I Didn't)." Toward the end of his set, Mensa brought out renowned Chicago poet Malik Yusef and implored fans in the audience to put their lights up for the victims of mass incarceration.

See more photos from the concert right here.

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Downtown PizzaFire Giving Away Pizza to Those in Need This Thanksgiving

Posted By on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 1:15 PM

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Giving back to the community, the downtown Cleveland PizzaFire restaurant is once again offering free pizza for anyone in need on Thanksgiving. The offer only runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with employees fully volunteering their time for a couple hours on the holiday.

Last year, more than 500 customers were served fresh, free pizza, QSR Magazine reports. And as in the past, PizzaFire has alerted nearby shelters and non-profits to spread the word.

PizzaFire, which pumps out pies in three minutes thanks to an 800-degree Italian oven, is located at 236 Euclid Ave. next to the new Otani Noodle.
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