Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Thanks to Serial, Weed Possession in Euclid Is Now a Minor Misdemeanor

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 10:09 AM

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After the Serial podcast highlighted a police brutality case in Euclid that stemmed, ostensibly, from marijuana possession, the east side suburb has voted to reclassify the crime. Beginning next year, those found with small amounts of marijuana will now only face a maximum $150 fine, as opposed to the $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail they face currently.

Ideastream reported that Euclid City Council voted unanimously (8-0) earlier this month to revise their criminal code. The new classification will take effect Jan. 2, and will move Euclid in line with all other Cuyahoga County municipalities except Bedford Heights. There, possession of any amount of marijuana is still a first-degree misdemeanor, with corresponding harsher sentences, (up to $1,000 in fines, up to six months in jail).

The reform is a direct response to the Serial podcast. Euclid Councilwoman Stephana Caviness told ideastream that council members had discussed the show and determined that it was important to align Euclid with the Ohio Revised Code and other cities in Cuyahoga County.

Serial's episode three told the story Emirius Spencer's brutal beating at the hands of two Euclid police officers, including officer Michael Amiott, who went on to savagely beat Richard Hubbard III after a traffic stop in 2017 and was revealed by Channel 5 as one of the Euclid officers most prone to violence.

Amiott and his partner attacked Spencer in his own apartment complex after patting him down and discovering a single blunt on his person. Spencer had been knocking on a neighbor's door, hoping to bum a cigarette.

The episode went on to show how local prosecutors and cops work together to "script" testimony that produces airtight defenses for police so that they are almost never held accountable, even for egregious constitutional violations. 

Euclid's marijuana possession reform is a step in the right direction.

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21 Cleveland Restaurants We Said Goodbye to in 2018

Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 10:05 AM

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The Final Christmas Holiday Shows of the Season and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch Before 2019 Rolls In

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 9:16 AM

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Classical music-making winds down between Christmas and New Year’s, but here are a few performances that should bend your ear during that holiday period.

The outdoor music of bells helps define the spirit of Christmas, and the McGaffin Carillon at the Church of the Covenant in University Circle will peal out at 12:15 pm every weekday from December 19 through New Year’s Eve. University Circle carillonneur George Leggiero and guests will play seasonal music at lunchtime and provide a 7:00 pm prelude of traditional carols and music by J.S. Bach and Nino Rota on Christmas Eve, before the church’s candlelit organ concert and lessons and carols service. Outdoors means free (and so is the church service).

The Almeda Trio revives their annual Winter Solstice Concert on Friday, December 21 at 6:00 pm, not at the Planetarium of the Natural History Museum but in Glick Recital Hall at The Music Settlement, and with two guest artists. Violinist Mari Sato and pianist Anne Wilson will join Almeda founder and cellist Ida Mercer for musical selections from Bach to Brubeck, interspersed with a brief presentation on the science behind the solstice and film footage of deep outer space flight through the solar system. Tickets are available online.

Most American Christmas traditions spring from Britain and Germany, but you’ll have the opportunity to explore lesser-known French traditions when Cleveland’s French Baroque ensemble Les Délices joins Quire Cleveland to present three concerts of charming music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier from December 21-23. Early music specialist Eric Milnes will lead the combined ensembles in Charpentier’s Midnight Mass on French Noëls and Dialogue Between the Angels and the Shepherds, and director Jay White will lead Quire in other French carols to fill out the program. Catch the performances in Akron (7:30 pm on the 21st at Holy Trinity Lutheran), Lakewood (8:00 pm on the 22nd at Lakewood Congregational), or Cleveland (4:00 pm on the 23rd at Our Lady of Peace). Buy tickets online.

The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio will present its annual Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival, a big Elizabethan pageant with colorful costumery and festive music by organ and brass, on Saturday, December 29 at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. There are identical programs at 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm, and a freewill offering will be received toward the expenses of the show.

The Hollywood Songbook will be the focus for Cleveland POPS Orchestra’s annual New Year’s bash at Severance Hall, and the headliner is vocalist Erich Bergen, who currently stars as Blake Moran on the hit CBS television drama Madam Secretary. The party gets underway at 9:00 pm on December 31 with a program in the concert hall led by Carl Topilow, with dancing to follow in both lobbies until 1:00 am on the first day of 2019. Tickets can be ordered here.

We’ll be back with more SCENE picks the first week in January.

Check out details of these and other events on our Concert Listings page.

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Gregg Williams, Baker Mayfield and More — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 9:06 AM


Andre and Zac are back! They discuss the Browns, Gregg Williams, Baker Mayfield and wild travel stories.

Subscribe to A to Z on iTunes here or stream below.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

LBM Extends Its Hog's Head Inn Harry Potter Pop-Up to Two Days

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 5:34 PM

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Update: Due to overwhelming feedback, LBM is extended its upcoming Harry Potter-themed event to two days. Now muggles can attend the LBM-as-Hog's Head Inn extravaganza both Sunday, Dec. 30 and Monday, Dec. 31 from 4 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The event is still free but only 49 people are allowed in the bar at a time. Arrive early to avoid waiting in line.

(Original Post, Dec. 4, 2018:) The cocktail wizards over at Lakewood's LBM are going full hog wild this holiday season, with a pop-up Harry Potter-themed night.

Sunday, Dec. 30, the Viking bar is transforming into the Hog's Head Inn, the dodgy, off-the-beaten-path Hogsmeade bar of the Potter Universe where many important plot points occur.

Expect some unusual food selections from LBM's kitchen, including blast-ended skrewt, pumpkin pasties, mandrake root stew and more. But it's the drink selections we find most intriguing.

The HP-themed cocktail list is as follows:
Belvedere Unfiltered Vodka, Chrysanthemum Agave Soda, Lemon

Polyjuice Potion:
Tanqueray Gin, Captain Morgan White Rum, Grapefruit Oleo, House Grenadine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Yerbe Mate Mint Tea, Grapefruit Bitters

Draught of the Living Death:
Apple Infused Peligroso Tequila, Ginger Orange Syrup, Lime, Butterfly Pea, Absinthe

Crown Royal, Disarrono, Pear Cordial, Lemon, Mead

Bulleit Barrel Strength Bourbon, Captain Morgan 100, Smirnoff 100, Spiced Cranberry Cordial, Lime, Vanilla Honey, Orange Bitters

Butter Beer:
Brown Butter Washed Captain Morgan Black Rum, Brown Ale Syrup, Chocolate Chai Supreme Tea, Orange Zested Whipped Cream

Bulleit Rye infused with Maple, Apricots, Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger and Orange Peel
Harry Potter fans are encouraged to bring their wands and robes for the evening. Doors open at 4 p.m. Find out more about the event right here.

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I Got Five On It to Celebrate Its 13th Anniversary

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 1:01 PM

One of the country’s longest-running club parties, I Got Five On It will celebrate its 13th anniversary on Dec. 29 at Touch Supper Club. Promoters boast that “the party provides the best in '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s music...from disco to funk to rock, all mixed with classic hip-hop." DJs Mickey "Mick (Mick Boogie)" Batyske, Terry Urban and Robert Ivanov co-founded the event.

“Throughout the many years of I GOT 5 ON IT, we have withstood the test of time. From the evolution of djing, records to mp3's and now the birth of millennial music,” says Urban in a press release announcing the event at Touch. “I’m extremely proud of this party and what we have gone through to bring such a great event to the people of my hometown. Clevelanders deserve this party! They need to have an eccentric event that they can dance and have fun.... without dealing with the typical carbon copy parties in the rest of the city."

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Cheech & Chong Coming to Hard Rock Live in February

Posted By on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

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Over the course of a career that stretches back to the ’70s, the comedy duo Cheech & Chong recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1973 Grammy winner Los Cochinos, and starred in several films.

Though the duo split up in the 1980s, they reunited in the 2000s for their Light Up America tour.

The loveable stoners will return to Northeast Ohio to perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Hard Rock Live.

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