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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Ohio City Galley to Cease Operations this Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 6:13 PM

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The Ohio City Galley (1400 W. 25th St., 216-525-9933), which opened in the fall of 2018, will be closing its doors for good this weekend, according to people with direct knowledge of the news. That likely will take place following service on Friday, February 28.

When reached for comment, Chad Ellingboe, Director of Operations for parent company Galley Group, said, "We're not prepared to make a statement yet. We are working right now to prepare a finalized statement. But you're obviously hearing the talk."

The non-denial essentially affirms what sources inside the Galley are saying about the future of the venue. Hailed in these pages and beyond as an innovative food hall and small-business incubator, the Ohio City Galley was to follow in the footsteps of the successful Smallman Galley in Pittsburgh, which is still going strong after nearly five years. That location is joined by another Pittsburgh-based Galley, as well as the newer Fort Street Galley in Detroit and North Loop Galley in Chicago. The Fulton Galley, also in Chicago, closed after only five months just as founding partner Benjamin Mantica exited the company.

Locally, Ohio City Galley appeared to have struggled finding a niche and retaining kitchens. Two of the four original tenant-concepts, Rice Shop and Poca, departed earlier than expected. A third, the Galley-operated Forest City Steaks, lasted just a few months. But the recent acquisition of Pie Squared and Grains and Greens, both operated by chefs Brett Sawyer and Vince Thomascik of the Plum and Good Co., appeared to signal good news for the concept.

As we await official word from the PR team, all we can do is speculate as to causes while considering possible future tenants for the historic space in one of Cleveland's most desirable neighborhoods.

"We have no knowledge of what will happen to the space," added Ellingboe. "That would be up to [developer] Snavely, I guess."

In the meantime, go support the local vendors and employees while you still can to help provide them with a more comfortable transition.

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107.9 The End Relaunches as an Internet Radio Station

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 4:54 PM

Up until it ceased operating as an alternative rock station in 1999, 107.9 The End played a role in breaking new artists in Northeast Ohio. It also catered to the local music scene and featured a terrific local music program dubbed The Inner Sanctum.

Now, the station has relaunched as an internet only station.

"I used to run it in the late ‘90s and I wanted to run it as a stream and do something different with it as a hobby," says Dan Binder, the station's former program director. "I thought it would be really cool if I could bring it back and make it sound like it used to sound. We didn’t have this technology [to stream] when the station was on the air.

During a quick listen, we didn't hear any live DJs (or any local ads, for that matter), but we heard a good quotient of '90s acts such as Bush, Jars of Clay and Gin Blossoms. A few of the more "modern" acts that received airplay included Neon Trees, the Head and the Heart, and Matt Maeson.

"I would love to be able to get to that point [of having live DJs]," says Binder. "With the technology, the sky is the limit. I would love to get it to a frequency and do everything we used to do. I work full-time and this is just a hobby but I’m certainly up to getting it to back to what it used to be."

Binder also said he's looking for local music to play and for any old photos from the station's past.

The city really embraced it, and Clevelanders were really passionate about the station," he says. "When the station got taken off the air, we never had a proper goodbye, which is part of the reason why I wanted to do this. I thought it would be cool to give something back. I switched this over only 48 hours ago and people found it out of nowhere. I’m not surprised because the station had such a cult following, but it’s been off the air since 1999, so that's pretty amazing."

Binder can be contacted through the station's Facebook page.

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No, Corleone's Ristorante & Bar in Parma Isn't Closing

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:40 PM

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There have been a glut of Cleveland-area restaurant closings in the first months of 2020, including longtime stalwarts like the Greenhouse Tavern.

Fans of Corleone's in Parma had no good reason to fear the Italian restaurant, which just celebrated 25 years in business, would be one of the next to fall. But yesterday morning a caller (yes, Stan in Brooklyn) said on ESPN Cleveland 850's morning show that it was closing.

Following up, after noticing a tweet about the news, Scene called Corleone's today.

"We are not closing," someone who answered the phone said, while also noting they'd been getting slammed with calls asking the same question.

"Yeah, we just celebrated our 25th anniversary and aren't going anywhere. I think he probably meant Carrie Cerino's."

Carrie Cerino's, a different Italian restaurant, announced last week it was shutting up shop after five decades in North Royalton.

This has been your Corleone's update of the week.

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Gogol Bordello to Play the Agora in May

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 3:37 PM

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Gypsy punks Gogol Bordello have just announced the details of a summer tour, and the jaunt will include a date at the Agora on Saturday, May 9.

"People think you explore the world with the latest phone in your hand," says band leader Eugene Hütz in a press release. "My focus is always on staying experiential. Go for first-hand information, transmute it into wisdom, and share it with the people in a communal celebration. Bowie always said his main area of expertise was processing information, and I can relate to that. My storytelling is all about assembling diverse, disparate things and bringing them into focus."

Tickets to the show go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday.

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Original Woodstock Stage to Be Donated to the Rock Hall

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 2:47 PM

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The Rock Hall’s Woodstock at 50 exhibit will close soon and to mark the occasion, the Rock Hall will welcome Steve Gold, a Woodstock attendee and the owner of the iconic festival’s original stage, for a special artifact presentation and donation that takes place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, at the Rock Hall.

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Oberlin Artist Recital Series Welcomes Genre-Mixing Russian Renaissance This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 2:47 PM

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More and more, today’s musicians are shrugging off divisions of genre. Another trend in programming? Folk instruments from places far and wide are being welcomed into the world of mainstream classical music. Give those unfamiliar instruments a listen and be rewarded.

A perfect example of all that is the 2017 M-Prize-winning ensemble Russian Renaissance, which visits Finney Chapel as part of the Oberlin Artist Recital Series on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 pm. The quartet of Ivan Kuznetsov (balalaika), Anastasia Zakharova (domra and domra alto), Alexander Tarasov (button accordion), and Ivan Vinogradov (balalaika contrabasso), aims to “marry tradition and modernity, creating a fusion of styles and eras.”

That’s echoed in Friday’s program, which ranges from the Baroque and Romantic eras to folk, jazz, and tango, including music by J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, Richard Galliano, Piazzolla, Egberto Gismonti, Zequinha de Abreu, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Béla Fleck, Django Reinhardt, and the members of Russian Renaissance themselves. A full program and ticket information are available online.

“It’s very important for us to mix different genres, because we consider music to be a universal language of communication, without borders and limits,” the ensemble wrote in an email. “To play in a particular genre requires some immersion in history and style, and a knowledge of the features of the work. We study this and try to convey the essence of the music.”

Venturing into different styles brings up the challenge — or the opportunity — of arranging music. “We compile our arrangements ourselves,” the group said. “Music for Russian folk instruments is rich, but for a quartet like ours, there is sadly not much original music of good quality. We painstakingly look for the best sound, and some of the pieces require a lot of effort.”

Alexander Tarasov is the main arranger for the group. “He brings in his ideas, and the process of rehearsal creates the final result, which we present to the audience. Sometimes this process takes many months.”

Like many great classical musicians, the members of Russian Renaissance began learning their instruments early in their lives. Kuznetsov took up the three-stringed, triangular-bodied balalaika at age five, the same age that Zakharova started on another lute-like instrument: the round-bodied domra. Tarasov began playing the accordion at age nine, while Vinogradov found his way to the massive balalaika contrabasso at fifteen after beginning on other instruments.

The group came together four years ago following a tour of Serbia by Kuznetsov and Zakharova. At the suggestion of Serbian filmmaker, actor, and musician Emir Kusturica, that duo expanded into the quartet for a performance in Moscow.

Chemistry is difficult to quantify from the outside, but a brief listening session suggests there’s a special energy, playfulness, and sense of communication among the Russian Renaissance players. “It seems that we are united by the desire to play music,” the group said simply. In terms of chemistry, they added, “It is either there or it is not.”

Their debut album, Russian Renaissance, was released just this month on Cleveland’s Azica Records.

“This album weaves a very tangled musical texture,” the ensemble said. “We think these pieces are a good example of our eclectic interests. It includes avant-garde music by Alfred Schnittke, a tango by Richard Galliano, the music of Ryuichi Sakamoto from the movie Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, and our own piece, Vanya, where American rock is intertwined with Russian folk songs and improvisation. We also include classical works of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Johann Sebastian Bach.”

Published on ClevelandClassical.com on Feb. 24, 2020.

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Condado Tacos Opening New Spot in Strongsville, Not Far From Planned Barrio Location

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 2:07 PM

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The battle of the Cleveland-area build-your-own-taco restaurants is continuing to heat up as Condado Tacos just announced plans to open a new location in Strongsville come July. The spot is only a couple miles from where Barrio also plans to open another restaurant this year.

For those who aren't familiar with Condado yet, it was started by former Barrio co-owner Joe Kahn in Columbus in 2014 and offers an eerily similar concept to Barrio, including double-decker taco options, checklist order sheets and neon margaritas.

Condado most recently opened a new spot in Crocker Park, after only coming to Orange Village's Pinecrest in 2018. This new location at the Royalton Collection plaza (17800 Royalton Rd.) will be the chain's 15th opening. And it appears Condado won't be slowing down its expansion efforts anytime soon. Earlier this week, Nation's Restaurant News reported that Condado's investors plan to take the concept nationwide.

Barrio meanwhile is soon opening up at the former Molly McGhees Sports Bar at 13169 Prospect Rd. It will be the restaurant's 10th location.

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