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Dear Dan, I’m a 26-year-old lesbian 18 months out of an eight-year relationship. She was my first girlfriend. I do not want to be in another monogamous relationship. I want to have a couple of sex buddies or, preferably, a couple of friends with benefits. In the last 18 months, I have had three FWB “arrangements” with different girls. The problem is, about two or three months in, each girl developed serious like/love feelings and began talking about a future together and how they want to be with me exclusively. Each time, I had to reiterate my feelings about not getting into a relationship and wound up feeling like an asshole. I care about these women and don’t want to hurt their feelings, but I told them the situation from the start. Am I a bad person? Or are FWB impossible?

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You’re having real orgasms, WRO. When your clit is fully engaged — using your hands or toys when alone, rubbing against the abdomen of a big guy during intercourse — you get off. Some women’s clits are fully engaged during intercourse without any extra effort (they can come “just” from fucking), but they’re in the minority. If climaxing during intercourse is important to you, WRO, you’ll have to sleep with big guys exclusively, rub your own clit during sex, or instruct skinny dudes to rub your clit for you.

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Friends-with-benefits arrangements may not be committed relationships, but they are relationships. They’re ongoing sexual relationships, and — you might want to sit down for this — people have been known to develop like/love feelings for folks they’re fucking on a regular basis. So if “getting into a relationship” is something you want to avoid, and you don’t want anyone developing feelings, you should have one-night stands and/or NSA sex instead. (Those are also relationships, in my opinion, but they’re extremely short-term ones, and people rarely develop serious like/love feelings in a single sex session.) On to your questions: You are not a bad person. FWB are not impossible — there are a lot of successful FWB arrangements — and a desire for exclusivity or a future together is not proof someone entered into a FWB arrangement under false pretenses. And reiterating your disinterest in a committed relationship isn’t

Dear Dan, I am in a heterosexual relationship. My boyfriend and I have been together for two years. We were long-distance for the first year and a half. When we were long-distance, he complained that it was hard to have a relationship over the phone. Now that we are in the same city, he says he feels like our relationship has gone “stale” and he feels “trapped.” I’m sick of his complaining. Does he want to be with me or not? What is he really trying to say? Confusing Lad Is Nagging Girl

“I’m intolerable and you should break up with me.”

On the Lovecast, Dan chats with graphic novelist Ellen Forney about dating when you’re bipolar: savagelovecast.com.

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WHEN BRITISH SINGER AND RAPPER LILY Allen announced her retirement in 2009, it came just as her musical career was peaking. Her return shows that she’s sharpened her sense of humor (and became a bit more jaded) during the time off. On the sputtering, electropop title track, she drops the names of rivals such as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Lorde and Katy Perry while singing, “gimme the crown bitch, I want to be Sheezus.” M.I.A.-like tunes such as “L8 MMMR” and “Air Balloon” mix pop and hip-hop and are incredibly infectious. It’s not all party music — the slo-mo “Our Time” shows Allen’s sensitive side as she sings about music’ subversive power. At a time when Gaga, Perry and the like have run out of things to say, it’s refreshing that Allen still has the ability to make music that matters. — Niesel

CLASSIC ROCKER SANTANA HAD A comeback of sorts in 1999 with Supernatural, an album that featured collaborations with gringos such as Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. He’s back in fine form on this, his latest studio recording, but this time around, he recruited some of the top Latin rock and pop musicians to play with him. Album opener “Saideira” features Brazilian rocker Samuel Rosa on lead vocals. The hugely popular Colombian singer Juanes contributes to the mid-tempo “La Flaca” and Argentina’s Los Fabulosos Cadillacs bring breezy horns to “Mal Bicho.” Given that Santana collaborates with so many alternative-minded acts, it’s a bit disappointing when mainstream singers such as Gloria Estefan and Diego Torres make appearances. Still, the good outweighs the bad here and Santana can still really wail on the six-string. — Niesel

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C-NOTES JAM ON IT The newly formed Cleveland Jams aims to “cross-promote local bands and venues”; it hosts its first concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Winchester. The line-up features blues guitarist Noah Shull, folk rockers the Brittany Reilly Band and groove gurus Adam’s Ale. “We have gotten over 550 likes on the Facebook page in the past six weeks and a lot of interaction with local artists and fans, so it is beginning to get out there,” says organizer Brent Hopper in a press release about the event.

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ROGER THAT SIDE SHOW The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s annual spring benefit concert featuring Hall & Oates takes place on Saturday, May 10, but some of the performers will be in town a day early for a club gig. Eliot Lewis, the keyboardist in Hall & Oates, performs a solo show at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at Wilbert’s. We’re told some of his bandmates might show up to jam with him too. Should be a blast.

The local hip-hop act Kill Roger celebrates the release of its new EP when it joins locals Discordia, Two Muffin Rabbit and Black & Broke and plays as part of the Turquoise Jeep Records showcase that takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9, at the Foundry. Irreverent tunes such as “8bit-butt” and “Who Fucking Cares,” a track that features a spoken-word riff about how much life sucks, suggest the band’s X-rated sense of humor.

GETTING RICH Local indie singer-songwriter Adam Rich has announced he’ll release his CD Streetlight Smile in mid-July. The CD features many guest musicians such as locals Norm Tischler, Frank Ian, Skychief’s Mike Taffi, Xtra Crispy’s Jerry Principe and the Flavor’s Ernie Richmann. It was recorded at Mann Wolf Studios; Rich will launch a Kickstarter campaign in May to help pay for its release. — Niesel

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GUITAR HERO: Kent-based singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield took nearly a year to record her new album, Make My Head Sing…; the album shows off her ability to play guitar as she plays lead on all 10 songs. On the disc, she comes off as if she’s an alt-country PJ Harvey. “Guitar has been a new way for me to express myself,” she says. “I had to change how I wrote songs. I used to write lyrics first and then build everything around it. I love playing the guitar so much.” She and her collaborator, bassist and husband Jesse Newport, whom she married two years ago, produced the album, which they recorded at Nashville’s Club Roar studio. A RELATIONSHIP RECORD: Mayfield says the opening track “Oblivious,” a dreamy number that sounds a bit like Mazzy Star, is

WHY YOU SHOULD HEAR HER: Songs such as “Seein’ Starz” are deeply personal tunes that really resonate. “That was the first song I ever wrote about Jesse and us meeting,” she says of the track. “Toward the beginning of our relationship, we said if we were both touring, we would never get to see each other. It was about trying to meet up with him. We made the decision for him to tour with me. We just can’t work for other people and do what we want. We want to spend all our time together. People give us shit for it. So it’s rebellious in a sense. We play pinball and tour and screw and do what we want.” With its tender, stuttering vocals, the song has pop elements too. “I’m into the irony of that kind of stuff,” she says. “Whenever I do anything that’s remotely poppy, it’s more fun. That was the main thing with this song — it was fun coming up with the cute parts.” WHERE YOU CAN HEAR HER: jessicaleamayfield.com WHERE YOU CAN SEE HER: Jessica Lea Mayfield performs with Dylan Leblanc and Shivering Timbers at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Beachland Ballroom. — Jeff Niesel

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His latest project, BWO Is Landing, comes across like a retro-future exercise in synth exploration. Backed by an eight-piece band, Worrell creates an expansive soundscape on the album. The title track takes the classic funk aesthetic and thrusts it into the contemporary world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Double Wâ&#x20AC;? illustrates a sparse, bizarre other-worldly landscape, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get Your Hands Offâ&#x20AC;? is a solid laid-back funk tune that gets slammed into an aggressive chorus. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear the funk iconâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s versatility and originality wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be ending soon. 9 p.m., $10 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Eric Gonzalez) Bob Corlett/Dr. Jire: 8:30 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern. Rodney Crowell: 8 p.m., $25. The Kent Stage. Mirah/Loamlands/Led to Sea: 8 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern. Mushroomhead CD Release/Erasing Never/Lydia Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Breathe/Unsaid Fate/Hysteria/Matt-o-Matic/Seven Face Sin/Kevlar: 6:30 p.m., $20 ADV, $24 DOS. Agora Ballroom. Queensryche featuring Geoff Tate: 7 p.m., $25. House of Blues. Fredo Santana/Boss Lucci/Chevy Sosa: 8 p.m., $16. Grog Shop. Star Signs/Potty Mouth/Fleabite: 10 p.m., $5. Happy Dog. Two Set Tuesday (in the Wine Bar): 6:30 p.m. Brothers Lounge. Dan Zola Big Band: 7:30 p.m., $10. Vosh Club.

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Fu Manchu/Electric Citizen/Mofos: Nineties stoner rock group Fu Manchu is still chugging out lowspeed stoner jams. You probably remember its 1992 single â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Bother Knockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (If This Vanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rockin)â&#x20AC;? or, a few years later, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Missing Link.â&#x20AC;? Both feature super bass-y ultra-distorted riffs and ďŹ ery noodlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; solos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it ainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t broke, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ďŹ x it,â&#x20AC;? must be the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mantra, as the Southern California groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th studio album Gigantoid delivers the tried-and-true combination of facemelters and gut-chuggers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anxiety Reducerâ&#x20AC;? lays down the repetitive fuzzy riffs; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joined by some squiggly sci-ďŹ induced soloing and Ken Pucciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gruff punctuated vocals. Released on the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own At The Dojo Records, this album is full of the classic Fu Manchu slow burns that fans have come to expect. 8:30 p.m.,

$13. Grog Shop. (Gonzalez) Mogwai/Majeure: On Mogwaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth studio album Rave Tapes, the band delivers another set of compelling, mood altering, mostly instrumental tunes. Mogwai wrote and recorded Rave Tapes at its own Castle Of Doom studios in Glasgow, Scotland, with producer Paul Savage, who also worked on their 2011 Sub Pop album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. In tracks such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remurdered,â&#x20AC;? a song about a guy who was stabbed and left for dead only to escape and then be â&#x20AC;&#x153;remurdered,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Repelish,â&#x20AC;? a tune that features a strange spoken word rant about Led Zeppelin, the band successfully incorporates old-school synthesizers into the mix. That slight alteration aside, expect the live show to still be deafening. 8 p.m., $20. House of Blues. (Niesel) Moon Hooch/Revolution Brass Band: Two saxophones and a drum kit. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all. But culled from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, this trio of jazz musicians crafts some of the best dance music around. Their self-titled album from last year, containing song titles like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number 9,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Low 2,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number 3,â&#x20AC;? is ďŹ lled with undeniable grooves. Drummer James Muschler is a rapid-ďŹ re machine gun, laying down bullets that force dual sax guys Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen to dance around each other in mindbending ways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number 10â&#x20AC;? is a really phenomenal example of how these musicians can manipulate energy with ease. Their live show will undoubtedly reďŹ&#x201A;ect their in-studio joy. Get ready to dance, Cleveland. P.S. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great video on Youtube of the guys crashing at some fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; house and performing a little show in their living as their â&#x20AC;&#x153;alarm clock.â&#x20AC;? 8:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. (Sandy) New West Guitar Group: 7 p.m., $15. Nighttown. The Rat Pack: 7 p.m. Vosh Club. Nathan Ryan/Steez Click/Phatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Potent da Rockstar/JJ Demon/Koly Kolgate/ Sonny Jr/Hai/Johny Damron: 6 p.m., $15. Agora Ballroom. Two Car Garage/TeaseBox/Tom Evanchuck: 8:30 p.m., $8. Beachland Tavern.

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songwriter Neko Case got her start playing in punk bands in British Columbia but eventually would embrace an alt-country sound with 1997’s The Virginian. She hasn’t looked back. Her latest album, last year’s The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, is another terrific collection of twangy tunes that shows off Case’s beautiful, Patsy Cline-like voice. It received a welldeserved Grammy nomination. At tonight’s show, you can expect to hear tracks from it and from her now-extensive catalog. 8 p.m., $35. Beachland Ballroom. (Niesel) Crosses: Combining their first two EPs and adding several new tunes, Crosses released their debut album earlier this year. The minimalist electronic band — Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Far’s Shaun Lopez, Chuck Doom — has put together a formidable sound, and it’s clear that each musician here is really enjoying the project. A question hangs in the air, though, regarding the sheer selfindulgence of Moreno. The band’s eponymous album is filled with fine tunes, but there’s little evidence to support the claim that Moreno actually is a great songwriter (see those first three Deftones albums, in particular, or even Team Sleep’s 2005 outing). While providing some evocative electronic musings, Crosses may actually have an identity crisis. Plenty have pointed out the odd typography in the band’s name, which just adds confusion to the hodgepodge of musical styles contained within. 8:30 p.m. House of Blues. (Eric Sandy) Busy Living/Gypsydaze/Luv Muthas: 9 p.m., free. Grog Shop. Night Owls: 3 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern. School of Rock: 1 p.m. Brothers Lounge. Shale Satans/Amanda X/Heavy Sweater: 10 p.m., $5. Happy Dog. Tricky Dick and the Cover Ups: 10 p.m. Vosh Club.

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Alan Parsons Project: The press release we got on this gig states that Alan Parsons, the famed producer, engineer and recording artist, hasn’t done a gig in Northeast Ohio in more than 15 years. We’re not sure if that’s really the case but this rare appearance by the prog rocker most famous as the engineer behind Pink Floyd’s opus Dark Side of the Moon is quite anticipated. It’s billed as a “greatest hits” tour but Parsons isn’t one to shy away from his best-known work — high-minded art rock tunes such as “Eye in the Sky” and “Games People Play.” Expect to hear those tunes as well as some deep tracks at tonight’s show. 8 p.m., $35-$100. Masonic Auditorium. (Niesel) Bernie Worrell Orchestra/Sultans of Bing: Keyboardist Bernie Worell coined the phrase “world of originality” to describe his one-of-a-kind music.


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LIVEWIRE tradition played after every Red Sox victory. It also charts the history of the various members over the years (with one even being a Mickey Mouse Club cast member), and their connection to West Side Story among other interesting oddities. On their ďŹ rst major U.S. tour since the 1960s, the band will play its signature snotty garage punk. They are best known for their 1966 hit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirty Water,â&#x20AC;? which reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts and they have been dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;the godfathers of punk rock.â&#x20AC;? The Rock Hall also lists â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dirty Waterâ&#x20AC;? among the 500 songs that have shaped rock and roll. Other popular tracks include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes Good Guys Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Wear White,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Pick on Meâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riot on Sunset Strip.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m., $15. Beachland Tavern. (Trenholme) Along Came a Spider/This is a Lifetime/Seek Shelter/Vent/Filament 38/Youth Forgotten/Seneca Falls/ Lower 13: 6:30 p.m., $10 ADV, $13 DOS. Agora Ballroom. Eddie Brookshire Quintet: 8:30 p.m., $10. Nighttown. Rachel Brown/Liquor City Buddhas: 8 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern. Cleveland State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the East 21st Street Band: 9:30 p.m. Vosh Club. Dave Hammerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Power Supply/ Redhoney/Jovan Wilder/The Wild Things: 9 p.m., $5. Musica. Jessica Lea MayďŹ eld/Dylan Leblanc/ Shivering Timbers: 9 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Ballroom. Miss Alexandra Huntingdon/Acid Cats/Bobby Selvaggio: 9 p.m., $5. Happy Dog. Sonny Moorman Group: 9 p.m., $15. The Winchester. NASA Space Universe/Divine Grime/ Mindless Patty Duke Followers/ Hysteria: 9 p.m., $5. Now Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Class. Post Road: 9 p.m. Thirsty Cowboy. Residency Night with 107.9 the Band (in the Locker Room): 9 p.m., free. Mahallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 20 Lanes. Vance Music Student Showcase: 4 p.m. Vosh Club. Jackie Warren: 10:30 p.m., free. Nighttown.

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Cloud Nothings/Cruelster/Mothcock: A couple of years ago, the local indie rock outfit Cloud Nothings’ manager suggested the group make an album with producer John Congleton (Modest Mouse, St. Vincent). That manager no longer works for the band, but the band finally got to work with Congleton. He produced its new album, Here and Nowhere Else, a fine collection of new tunes which the band recorded in Hoboken at Water Music over an eight-day period. It’s a poppier, cheerier effort than 2012’s Attack on Memory and suggests singer-guitarist Dylan Baldi has refined his approach to singing. 9 p.m. $12-$15. Mahall’s 20 Lanes. (Niesel) The Connection: The E Street Band’s Little Steven van Zandt loves the Connection, a garage punk outfit out of New Hampshire that regularly wins his “the coolest song in the world” competition. Given van Zandt’s love for retro rock, you can see why he’d like the Connection. Last year’s Let it Rock! is a terrific collection of Beatles and Stones-inspired tunes that show off the songwriting chops of band leaders Brad Marino and

Geoff Palmer, two thirtysomethings whose deep friendship comes across in the songs’ vibrant energy. Tonight’s show is a warm-up as the band plays Public Hall tomorrow night as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s big Spring Benefit concert featuring Hall & Oates. 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge. (Niesel) Kool & the Gang: Nearly 50 years ago, bassist Robert “Kool” Bell and his brother, saxophonist Ronald Bell, started the straight-up jazz group the Jazziacs. That band would soon morph into the funk/R&B/dance music machine known as Kool & the Gang, which delivered a slew of hits through the ’70s and ’80s. Robert “Kool” Bell still heads the group and last year he took it on tour with raprocker Kid Rock. Their performance at Blossom was fantastic as the group had the audience on its feet for classics such as “Ladies Night,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Celebration.” Expect to hear a similar collection of hits tonight. 8 p.m., $45-$75. Hard Rock Rocksino. (Niesel) Silencio: Performs the Sounds of David Lynch: For the past several years, guitarist Kirk Salopek has led Silencio, a band that plays the moody music from the soundtracks to David Lynch movies. The group also writes original music in the vein of the scores that Lynch collaborator Angelo Badalamenti penned for the director’s films. A high school art teacher, Salopek and his crew can play all the music from Lynch

films such as Eraserhead and Inland Empire. They’ll have some trippy visuals with them too. 9 p.m., $12 ADV, $15 DOS. Beachland Tavern. (Niesel) Uh Huh Her/DJ Kim Anh: Named after a PJ Harvey album, this L.A.-based duo just released its latest album Future Souls this March, and is now touring in support of it. Tracks like “Time” and “Strange Design” have velvety vocals and dance-y beats set against a hazy, electronic soundscape. They kick up the sass with songs such as “Bullet” and “Nothin Without Your Love,” tracks on which the keyboard-induced, hypnotic beat takes over an ’80s British dance club sound. Some tracks veer a little into the Auto-Tune world at times, but overall it’s impossible to listen to them without wanting to put your dancing shoes on — and that’s a good thing! 8:30 p.m., $13 ADV, $15 DOS. House of Blues Cambridge Room. (Liz Trenholme) Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $25. Nighttown. Bound by Fate/At No End/Rogue/ Padded Room/Against All Odds: 7 p.m., $8. Agora Ballroom. Boys on the Radio/The Brother’s Band/ Ledges/Stereovox: 9 p.m., $8. Musica. CLE Jams Presents: Adam’s Ale/ Brittany Reilly Band/Noah Schull: 9 p.m., $10. The Winchester. Festivus: 11 p.m. Brothers Lounge. George Foley: 10:30 p.m., free. Nighttown. Herzog/Field Trip/Shit-box Jimmy: 10 p.m., $5. Happy Dog.

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Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express: Widely recognized as a pioneer in the jazz-rock and acid-jazz movements, keyboardist Brian Auger started his career on a different track. He began performing at jazz piano bars in his native England in the early ’60s and even won a Melody Maker award for his playing in 1964. But then he discovered the organ and started dressing differently. Once he began wearing Carnaby Street clothes, he fit in more with rock crowds. After playing with guys like Sonny Boy Williamson and Jimmy Page, Auger formed Oblivion Express to further break down the boundaries between rock and jazz. He eventually disbanded the group and planned to support Eric Burdon on a tour, but that didn’t last long. Auger relaunched Oblivion Express in the mid-’90s with son Karma on drums. He makes frequent appearances in Cleveland, which has always supported him, and enjoys sharing stories from his classic-rock past. Tonight’s shows are part of a threenight stand at Nighttown. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $25. Nighttown. (Jeff Niesel) The Artery Across the Nation Tour featuring Upon This Dawning/ The Browning/Adestria/Phinehas/ Dayseeker/Little Wars/Incite the Riot: 5:30 p.m., $12 ADV, $14 DOS. The Rock Factory. Bad Boys Jam: 9 p.m. Brothers Lounge. Dance Gavin Dance/Capture the Crown/Palisades/Beach Blond/Side Effect: 6 p.m., $15 ADV, $17 DOS. Agora Ballroom. The Foreign Exchange/Mister BradleyP: 8:30 p.m., $20. Beachland Tavern. Mark Freeman/Eric Everett Jazz Ensemble/Kris Brown: 6 p.m. Barking Spider Tavern. Chris Hatton (in the Wine Bar): 8 p.m. Brothers Lounge. Le Tour: 6 p.m., free. Now That’s Class. Nasty Habit/Vulgar Devils/Dead East Garden: 9 p.m., $5. Now That’s Class. The New Soft Shoe: 9 p.m., free. Happy Dog. Slint/Wrekmeister/Harmonies: 9 p.m., $28.50. Grog Shop.

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WHEN THE LOCAL METAL ACT Mushroomhead formed in 1993, few critics imagined the group would still be going at it in 2014. And yet the masked band is now more popular than ever. It’s just returned from Australia, where it played as part of the massive Soundwave festival. Percussionist Skinny called us last month as he was packing his bags for the band’s first-ever show in Moscow and said the band is riding a new artistic high. Its new album — its new studio effort — embraces a wide range of musical styles, including hip-hop, electronica and hard rock. Recorded at the band’s studio in North Royalton and mixed by long-time collaborator Bill Korecky, The Righteous & the Butterfly is arguably the band’s most polished effort to date. “We’re happy with the way it came out,” says Skinny. “It made morale good again for the band. We got to 20 years and we just wanted to have some fun.” The band plays the Rock Factory in Akron on Friday, May 9, and the Cove in Geneva-on-the-Lake on Sunday, May 11, before performing a special concert on Tuesday, May 13, at the Agora Theatre. Here’s Skinny’s take on the album’s songs. Find the full version of the interview at clevescene.com

“Our Apologies” It’s the first song on the album because it has so much energy to it. It’s really in-your-face. That’s the chorus you hear whispered at the beginning. It’s basically saying, “Do we really have to say sorry again after 20 years?” It’s amazing how much fans feel like they’re in your band. I feel the same way. I get attached to a band and then they change the singer and I say, “I’m never going to listen to them again.” Then you buy the album and you

find out the singer kicks ass. Bands change; that’s part of it.

“How Many Times” It starts out slow and melodic and it has a real cool bass tone to it. The whole intro and outro was an idea for another song and it got put together as a last minute thing. There’s a few different styles in that tune. It almost has a Tool/Deftones vibe to it and also Rammstein vibe to it. We’re experimenting with different sounds. [Guitarist] Church has a lot to do with it and it has a lot of guitar textures. “Devils be Damned” That one is really cool. The chorus is definitely reaching out to the fans. It’s about how we’ve done everything we could and it’s still not good enough so fuck it. It has a good wide open chorus and is kind of singsong-y. We found that to be a theme — we would get heavy and then change it up so you could sing along. It’s not just screaming all the time. “Qwerty” We wanted something fun and something that had the old-school vibe to it. It was one of the first things that [bassist] Dr. F and [guitarist] Church brought to the table. We wanted to bring back that element that the early Shroom albums had a lot of. The first album was really experimental, and this album reminds me of that.

Mushroomhead, not to be confused with Slipknot. (Photo courtesy of Mushroomhead)

wanted to have the vocal style match the somberness of the piece. It’s a dark song but it’s beautiful at the same time.

“This Cold Reign” Church and I had been doing some drinking, and we listened to a lot of heavy stuff. We listened to a lot of Stone Sour and Sepultura. We’re old speed-metal dudes anyway. This one is very in-your-face and fun to rip. It’s a shredding piece for sure. “We Are the Truth” Jackie LaPonza from Unsaid Fate sings. It’s a cool piece. We were going for some art there. The Best Buy version of the album has three other mixes of that song. It has the fast version and an electronic music remix. We did it in Australia at the SoundWave festival. It went over really well. People moved to it. They were diving in the pit and stuff. It was a cool piece to test. “Son of 7” We just added it into our setlist for Russia. It highlights [singer] Waylan and Church. It starts blistering with double bass but once it gets into a groove, it’s great. It’s a simple piece but effective.

“Portraits of the Poor” It reminds me of early Shroom. [Singer] J Mann sounds great. That one wrote itself. It’s traditional Shroom style stuff.

“For Your Pleasure” This one has the old-school vibe. It reminds me of the early days but it’s a little more mature. When it gets heavy, it’s really good.

“Childlike” That was an experimental piece with [local rapper] Jus Mic. We

“Worlds Collide” This one is really dark. It’s kind of doomy and has some cool electronics

to it. “Graveyard du Jour” That was an early piece and it’s [singer] Jeff-heavy. Jeff and Waylan harmonize together. It very much reminded me of the first two albums. You have the kids talking and laughing and the big, heavy hits with the piano. It’s traditional Shroom.

“Out of My Mind” The label was talking about using it as a secondary single. It’s upbeat and catchy. And there’s not a lot of swearing. The label got on me about that. I think this will be a good one to play live. It’s very upbeat and got a good fucking hook to it. “Rumor Has It” That’s an Adele cover. Dr. F and I were working on some masks one day and that tune came up. We thought, if you put some heavy guitars behind it, it could be like Metallica. We did it to laugh and have a good time. Plus, Adele is awesome. Anything she does is great. Hopefully, she gets the chance to hear it and likes it.

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IT’S BEEN MORE THAN 40 YEARS since Daryl Hall and John Oates released their first album. Now, they’re being recognized for their decades of musical accomplishments with their well-deserved induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Believe it or not, the Hall of Fame induction has been a controversial topic for those who only consider the work that the Philadelphia-bred duo did together in the ’80s. That somehow makes them less worthy in the eyes of some — which is kind of funny, because really, shouldn’t they be eligible on the strength of that period of songwriting alone? However you want to frame it, when you take away the decades of hits, the albums and concert tickets that have been sold, you’re left with the most important thing: the influence that Daryl Hall and John Oates have had as musicians and songwriters on generations of people who are making music now. Just witness the words of Questlove, the Grammy-winning drummer for the Roots (presently, the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and a fellow Philly native, who honored the importance of their contributions during his speech inducting them into the Rock Hall. It was their work with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick of the Temptations in the mid-’80s that would spark new interest in both the Temptations and classic Motown, Questlove said, while noting that because their songs covered so many different genres, “their music became prized amongst hip-hop artists.” Hall & Oates “cross all of the boundaries, because that’s what great music does.” In a phone conversation a few weeks prior to the ceremonies,

John Oates was modest about their upcoming induction. “Well, you know we’ve been eligible since ’97. So it’s nothing I’ve been losing sleep over. [Laughs] It’s more like really a lifetime achievement award in a way and I appreciate that. I think on the night that it happens, it’s going to be very exciting and emotional, but right now I’m not really dwelling on it.” When he finally found himself at the podium, he gave thanks to his parents, the “young couple in New York City in the early 1950s who bought a ’47 Chrysler and decided to move to Pennsylvania.” It was in Philadelphia where Oates would hear both big-band music and rock and roll for the first time. He also saw “the greatest R&B acts in the world” and folk music at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Second Fret. As he said in his remarks, “There was a hotbed of incredible music happening in the ’60s and that’s where I wanted to be — I wanted to be in Philadelphia. It really defines everything, the way I think about music, the way I write songs and the way I play.” More than four decades later, Oates is still finding new ways to define himself musically. His latest solo album Good Road to Follow features 15 tracks spread across three genre-specific EPs strategically named Route 1, Route 2 and Route 3. Each of the 15 tracks features Oates collaborating with different songwriters and musicians. “Stone Cold Love,” the opening track, finds him paired up with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and offers an immediate hint that it’s going to be an interesting ride. “He and I crafted this completely separate set of lyrics to this music

John Oates, looking like he just performed a magic trick. (Photo by Juan Patino)

that he had basically created and then he really had a vision for it,” he says. “He wanted it to be really extreme, really heavy, really lean and not overly complex. He told me to pick up the guitar and he basically walked me through how he wanted me to play. It really was Ryan taking the lead on this thing. I just took his direction, because I wanted to be directed. It was almost like being an actor in a movie. I wanted to be directed by him and I wanted to really see his vision through and I’m glad I did. Because I never would have done a song like that on my own, so it’s really awesome.” The initial plan was to simply release a series of singles, which is exactly what Oates did beginning in March of last year. But after releasing a half dozen tracks, the idea of an album began to materialize. “Everyone was really intrigued and I was getting a lot of press and a lot of interest, but there was an overwhelming response of, “Hey, these songs are really cool — how come they’re not on an album?” I didn’t really think of them as an album, and for that reason, the songs are very diverse.” The “album” part of things was really important to him, and he put a lot of work into making sure that Good Road to Follow would

be available as an actual physical product. “I want to go back to the old days when you bought an LP and you couldn’t wait to see it and hold it and look at it and read the liner notes, look at the pictures and look at the cover and have it give you a feeling of something,” he says. “It just seems like music is just taken so lightly. It’s here one minute and it’s gone. I wanted to make something that felt like something you wanted to hold onto.” Hall & Oates have created plenty of tangible musical memories for people to hold onto and they’ll celebrate that during their sold-out show at Public Hall as part of the 11th annual It’s Only Rock and Roll Spring Benefit. As for Oates himself? Good Road to Follow makes it very clear that creatively, he still has plenty of roads left to travel.

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playing. When everyone else went for size, distortion and noise, Pajo and co-guitarist Brian McMahan played clean, precise guitar parts with a keen ear for dynamics. It also might win the prize, as long as Cannibal Corpse isn’t running, for the album whose packaging most closely match its content. Spiderland’s cover has become an icon, perhaps for just that reason. Shot by Will Oldham (you might know him as Bonnie “Prince” Billy), it features the heads of the band in black and white floating above a water-filled quarry. It’s a cover every bit as stark as the music inside. Far from stifling the band, Louisville’s small-but-mighty punk scene pushed them in increasingly adventurous directions. “It was really looked down upon if you sounded like another band, like an existing band either in the scene or globally,” says Pajo. “It was really encouraged to have your own sound and to not sound like anyone else.” Though Pajo, at 20, was the oldest member of the band when Spiderland was recorded, Slint’s members had already amassed plenty of experience in other bands pushing the boundaries of what a rock group was supposed to sound like. Pajo and drummer Britt Walford played in a band called Maurice, which, like Slint, experimented with unconventional intervals and time signatures. But when Pajo started pushing for them to play with cleaner guitar tones, he was met with resistance, and the group disbanded. “The last Maurice song became the first Slint song,” he explains. Slint brought two particular forces together: unconventional influences, and a sense of workmanship. The band didn’t just seek to push rock’s boundaries, they looked deeper into rock’s roots for inspiration, seeking inspiration from Neil Young (their cover of “Cortez the Killer” is just that), Leonard Cohen and the Delta blues. “All that stuff sort of became more exciting to us than the current hardcore scene,” Pajo says. “We had one foot in what was current and obscure, but also being excited by stuff that was pretty old. I guess I didn’t see much of a difference. I didn’t really think of it in those polarities. If it was good it was good.” But this latter attribute is perhaps the most notable, and the most revelatory element of the box set. Slint worked tirelessly to perfect their sound. Pajo says that the demos of the

songs on Spiderland are his favorite pieces of the collection, as they closely resemble the final versions of the tracks. “I think it’ll show some insight into how pretty much everything on the album was deliberate, even though it was recorded really quickly.” After that, everything about Slint would stop being deliberate. The day after Pajo and McMahan finished laying out the artwork for Spiderland, McMahan quit the band, and the others decided that they shouldn’t continue without him. Slint’s reputation left the controlled environment of the studio, seeping its way into heavily postered rooms, into the minds of kids in black T-shirts, into their playing, into the rock mythos. It wasn’t such a different sense of fascination that first motivated Pajo. When he recalls his own memories of being a young rock fan, fascinated with rock bands’ mystiques, he may as well be talking about Slint. “When you’re young and all you have is one record and like a blurry black and white of them, maybe really small on the back, you can only imagine what they’re like, and who they are as people.” With the box set and the movie, some of their secrets will be revealed. Breadcrumb Trail contains archival footage shot by Oldham, as well as interviews with the band, and contemporaries like Steve Albini, Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye and Jesus Lizard’s David Yow. They began getting materials together for the box set, which was slated for release in 2011, for the album’s 20th anniversary. It missed the deadline, however, because of the amount of material that they wanted to include. “As we worked on it, it kind of just got bigger and bigger,” Pajo says. Despite the intentionality, the attention to detail that returns with the return of Slint, some things still remain out of their control. An air of mystery hangs over Spiderland, even for Pajo. “I don’t know what we did right,” he says. “I’m glad we did it.”

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The limited edition box set reissue of Slint’s 1991 opus Spiderland goes all out; it comes with a remastered version of the studio album, 14 unreleased tracks and a 104-page book. While we probably don’t need the “basement practice” version of “Washer,” completists will love the fact that it’s included. The boxset also comes with Breadcrumb Trail, a documentary film about the band’s early days. Here are a few highlights from the release, issued through the relatively dormant Chicagobased imprint Touch and Go Records. — Jeff Niesel

“BREADCRUMB TRAIL” Spoken word vocals slip in and out of the nearly six-minute long song as distorted guitar riffs stop and start. The song — it makes reference to a fortuneteller — alternates between incredibly soft moments and absolutely harsh ones. The remastered version really brings out its intricacies.

“CORTEZ THE KILLER” The band played this Neil Young song during a performance in Chicago in 1989 and delivers the tune in all its epic glory, nailing the distorted guitar intro and capturing the song’s distinctive slowburn.

“GOOD MORNING CAPTAIN” One rock critic referred to this track as the band’s “Stairway to Heaven” and there is a way in which it represents Slint at its best. A reference to the famous Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” it’s the most accessible song on the album as its steady drumbeat and precise guitar riff have a methodical element to them.

“NOSFERATU MAN” You can really hear the Gang of Four influence in the angular guitar riffs that distinguish this song. The vocals often border on screaming, suggesting the band’s hardcore roots.

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DAVID PAJO’S PRONUNCIATION of Louisville is distinctly Francophonic. He says, “Louie-ville.” Odd, considering it’s his home town and, as anyone who knows a resident of the city — or even anyone that’s spent any time in Kentucky — can tell you, there’s a correct way to say it: “Lou-uh-vull.” Pajo laughs when he’s called out on it and sounds a little surprised. “I must have lost it ’cause I haven’t lived there in so long,” he says via phone from a Louisville tour stop. That would make sense. He was the first of his band, ’90s post-rock legends Slint, to leave the city after they broke up in 1991, spending time in Chicago, New York and Columbus before settling in his current home outside Philadelphia. He’s also gone on to have arguably the most artistic success post-Slint out of any members. In the almost 25 years since the band dissolved, Pajo’s released albums with the likes of Tortoise, Royal Trux and Billy Corgan’s Zwan — not to mention some 22 solo albums under the names Aerial M, M, and Papa M — and has served as the tour guitarist for Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol. The day that Pajo called us, Slint, which has reunited occasionally since 2005, was playing, as Pajo puts it, “a not-so-secret show” to a home crowd. The concert was in celebration of the release of the Spiderland box set, which includes a remastered version of the studio album, 14 unreleased tracks and a 104-page book. The limited release collection, now sold out, also includes a documentary about the band’s early days, entitled Breadcrumb Trail after one of the songs on Spiderland. It’s directed by Lance Bangs, a filmmaker perhaps best known for music videos with Pavement and Arcade Fire, as well as his cinematography for Jackass. To hear Pajo talk about it, this would seem like a big deal over nothing, just some band he was in as a teenager. “I always think of Slint as just a blip in the radar,” he says. ‘We’re just one of many bands that broke up in Louisville.” That’s just not true. Spiderland is a huge deal. It’s one of those albums that coke-bottle-lensed record store clerks speak of in hushed tones, one that sent ripples out of Louisville, affecting musicians the world over. With the exception of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, there might not be a record released in the heyday of college rock that so shaped guitar

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ADD EARLYBIRD BREWING TO the growing list of Cleveland breweries. The small brewery is on schedule to open late summer or early autumn near the border of Ohio City and the Stockyards neighborhoods. Owner Pedro Sarsama says that had the legislation not recently changed, which dramatically lowered the ďŹ nancial threshold of opening a brewery, he likely never would have gotten this far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would have been too cost prohibitive,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would not have considered it had the legislation not been eased up.â&#x20AC;? As he stated, his plan is to start small â&#x20AC;&#x201D; very small, with just a 1.5-barrel system, which is being fabricated by Rust Belt Welding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to be a small brewery that essentially serves the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he notes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not interested in attracting people from all over the region.â&#x20AC;? Fittingly, Earlybird is going into the former home of the Spang Baking Co. (2701 Barber Ave.), a local bread company. Beer is often referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;liquid bread.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baking bread is actually what got me into brewing beer,â&#x20AC;? Sarsama says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I come from a family of bakers.â&#x20AC;? Sarsama says that drinkers can look forward to English-style ales, brewed and served on premises in a small taproom. He also will distribute to local bars and restaurants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I appreciated hops, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a hophead. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably see a lot of malt-forward beers.â&#x20AC;? Sarsama adds that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been thrilled at the early response heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been getting from neighbors and colleagues.

BITES â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things I love about brewing in Cleveland is the level of collaboration between brewers,â&#x20AC;? he says.

BAC UNVEILS PLANS FOR UNIVERSITY CIRCLE CAFE Back in January, we told you about Bac Nguyenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to open a second Cleveland restaurant. He opened his ďŹ rst, the popular Bac Asian Bistro in Tremont, approximately four years ago. At the time, Bac divulged that the new restaurant would be located on the east side and that it would not be a copy of Bac Asian Bistro. He described his concept as a pub with a fun Asian spin. Diners, he added, could look forward to a concise menu with lots of affordable small plate and street food-style options. Beer and booze will be part of the concept. What he did not divulge was the name and precise location. That he saved for today. When it opens this summer in University Circle, near the intersection of Euclid and MayďŹ eld, Ninja City Kitchen and Bar promises to up the cool factor of the area by attracting a young, diverse demographic. The funky interior design will feature pops of 1980s street art and grafďŹ ti, says Bac. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The space is supposed to feel like an abandoned warehouse in Big Trouble in Little China,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The name is tongue in cheek; the whole point is to pay homage to â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s kung fu ďŹ&#x201A;icks, comic books and video games. The food will kind of reďŹ&#x201A;ect that too.â&#x20AC;? Bac says that all items will be priced south of $10, and the concept will be decidedly casual, simple and convenient. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shooting for a July opening. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in that area,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really think it will develop into not just a place for the students, but one that appeals to both students and regular Clevelanders.â&#x20AC;?

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EAT PARKER BOSLEY: THEN AND NOW Elite chef embraces humble cuisine By Beth Phillips

there were a lot of other really good restaurants springing up in the area,” says Parker. “I had my time, it was a great time and I was very fortunate. It was someone else’s turn.” But Parker didn’t retire for long, instead transitioning to a completely different side of the local food movement. He now works with farmers as the chef-in-residence for

Fresh Fork Market, a local foods subscription service. “It’s very exciting,” says Parker. “I’m being introduced to ingredients that I never cooked in my repertoire at Parker’s — more humble foods that you don’t see in fine dining. I’m learning how to cook many things for the first time.” “This local food movement has been very dominated by ‘foodies,’

a term that I just detest. My final mission is to get everyone to think of those folks who aren’t foodies, who can’t just go into any store and pay these extravagant prices. Let’s find ways to serve them with local products too.”

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PARKER BOSLEY, WIDELY considered to be the godfather of our region’s local food movement, has no doubt enjoyed a long and fruitful livelihood in Cleveland’s food industry. Trading in a career in public education in his late 30s, Parker says his desire to become a chef was born simply. “I came to this not so much as a chef or an advocate,” he says. “I came to food through eating. I was a patron first and became increasingly interested in and put a higher value on the idea of the dinner table: what you’re eating and when you’re eating it. I decided I wanted to cook because that’s how I could have the kind of food I wanted to eat.” That’s how it all began, but that career change has taken Parker on quite an unexpected journey through the years. He began to make a name for himself in 1982, when he took over the kitchen at Sammy’s in the Flats. “By then, I knew my cooking was good because I had the right skills, but I still didn’t think it was great because I was using inferior products. Having grown up on a farm, I knew there were people growing the kind of food I wanted. So I went back to the country and asked farmers if I could buy from them. Within a couple of years, Sammy’s really was producing the very best food that had ever been produced in the Midwest.” As Sammy’s grew and became a more diversified corporate business, Parker decided he wanted to stay small. He left to open Parker’s Bistro (later renamed Parker’s New American Bistro) which operated for more than 20 years. Over time, it became a nationally recognized establishment. “By the time I retired,

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In a land bereft of quality barbecue, Oak and Embers is a blessing By Douglas Trattner a Carolina mustard and a bourbon barbecue. From the moment our party was seated, we knew we were in for a great time. The music was loud, the dining room was crowded, and the attached bar gave the place an appropriate roadhouse feel. Oak and Embers is the antithesis of fancy — precisely as a barbecue joint should be. Our bouncy server had drinks on the table in record time, and appetizers weren’t too far behind. We passed what little down time there with doodling on the brown craftpaper-topped tables with provided crayons. I’d normally steer clear of tacos at a barbecue joint, but when our server noted that the chicken tacos ($9.49) are filled with 100-percent smoked and pulled thigh meat, the debate was pretty much settled. Three flour tortillas are topped with hefty portions of wood-smoked meat and a drizzle of bright citrus aioli. A smattering of shredded lettuce and tomato is served on the side for those who want it. Like all food, the tacos are served unceremoniously on wax-paper-lined pizza pans. They join piles of smoked chicken wings ($9.99), meaty specimens dripping in tangy, spicy sauce. You don’t often find burnt ends ($8.99), a delicious byproduct

of the barbecue process, in local restaurants. Just the sight of them on the appetizer menu conjured visions of dark and gnarly nuggets of heavenly textured beef brisket bark. Unfortunately, the ones we sampled were one-dimensional, all soft and squiggly like braised beef, with none of those blissful burnt bits. The good news is that the beef brisket entree ($14.49) is immensely flavorful, if not quite a blue ribbon winner. A good pound of thicksliced, hickory-smoked beef is moist, meltingly tender and fatty in all the right places. Better yet, it’s not buried beneath a gallon of sauce. On my next visit to Oak and Embers, I’ll skip the smoked half chicken ($12.99), a perfectly acceptable entree for unambitious diners, and just focus on the ribs and fried chicken. The baby back ribs ($23.99/full) sport just the sort of delicious bark that the burnt ends did not. Beneath that charred mantle of crust is expertly smoked pork, all pink, porky and subtly sweet. If they had a touch more firmness, they’d rank as some of the city’s best bones. When your buttermilk fried chicken ($10.49) starts with boneless thighs, you already have a wing up on the competition. The marinated dark meat stays moist and juicy beneath a crackling-crisp layer of

breading, and the lack of bones makes eating them an effortless pleasure. Of course, there are scratchmade sides galore, like corn-studded, cheddar-topped muffins, creamy succotash, sweet potato fries, mild and milky mac and cheese, and fluffy white cheddar grits, to name a few. Drink prices are more than agreeable, with oversize craft drafts like Lagunitas and Bell’s coming in at just $4.50. A bourbon special of the night offered up an endless flow of $5 Knob Creeks — any way you called them. Show up before 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and those prices are even lower. Given that barbecue takes 20 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master, we have nothing but high hopes for this place. If the Garofolis continue on their current path of slow-smoked study, they’ll be cranking out some of the best ’cue on the east side.

OAK AND EMBERS TAVERN 8491 Mayfield Rd., Chesterland, 440-729-3480.

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WHEN IT COMES TO BARBECUE, Cleveland will never be an Austin, Kansas City or Memphis. Hell, Cleveland likely wouldn’t even crack the top 20 best cities for barbecue. To compare the local smoked offerings with those found in exalted barbecue burgs is an exercise in futility, frustration and despair. That’s why I’ve simply stopped bothering — not eating it, mind you, just dissecting it with a competition judge’s fanatical eye. Dining out should be fun not frustrating, and pigging out on barbecue is just about the most fun one can have while seated at a table. Gather some friends around heaping platters of smoky meats, add some cold beer and great music, and you best not open your mouth to complain. Held against these standards, Oak and Embers Tavern in Chesterland is a winner. Opened in March by Marc and Gretchen Garofoli, the laid-back eatery specializes in three of life’s greatest pleasures: barbecue, bourbon and beer. The old Murphy’s Tavern was gutted to create an open and comfortable dining room. A custombuilt Nolen smoker, shipped in from Missouri, turns out batches of hickory smoked beef brisket, pork shoulder, baby back ribs and half chickens. The two main sauces are

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frat house basement. Teddy and Pete steal the airbags out of Kelly’s car and plant them in strategic places that, if sat upon, will cause serious bodily harm. The frat ends up with two strikes against it and Mac and Kelly devise a way in which the guys can get a third strike and be forced to shut down. The film’s climax won’t be any sort of huge revelation — suffice it to say that the frat throws the biggest party of the year in an attempt to leave behind a legacy that frat houses will remember for all of eternity, and Kelly and Mac try to find a way to infiltrate the party and turn Pete and Teddy against each other. We won’t tell you who wins, but it ain’t hard to guess. Director Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) doesn’t always nail the pacing (the film hits a mid-movie lull), but he gets great performances out of Rogen and Byrne. It’s a testament to the actors’ comedic skills that they can make their one-dimensional characters really work. And while Franco and Efron aren’t particularly well known for being funny, they hold their own too. The film probably has one too many dick jokes, but that’s a minor criticism. The year hasn’t produced a wealth of good comedies, so this movie benefits from arriving at the right time and being in the right place. — Jeff Niesel

Blue Ruin Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party) wrote and directed this gritty, old-school horror movie about a man who returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. It opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

Fading Gigolo John Turturro wrote and directed this lighthearted romantic comedy about a unsuspecting gigolo (Turturro) and his bumbling pimp (Woody Allen). It opens at the Capitol Theatre, the Cedar Lee Theatre and Cinemark Valley View on Friday.

AKRON-BORN DIRECTOR-WRITER JIM Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Stranger Than Paradise) isn’t the first guy you would think would make a vampire movie. And yet his latest art house effort, Only Lovers Left Alive, which opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, centers on Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two vampires struggling to live in a world where human blood is so tainted, they need to hit up hospital labs to find something pure enough to drink. The film serves as a metaphor for the modern world. The vampires’ quest for clean blood to drink mirrors our own quest for unpolluted drinking water in a world where our natural resources are constantly being drained. Adam, in particular, struggles to cope with what the “zombies” (a term he uses to describe humans) have done to planet Earth. It doesn’t help matters that he lives in an abandoned house in the most desolate part of Detroit where his only friend is a long-haired rocker (Anton Yelchin) who keeps him supplied with vintage guitars and amps in exchange for cash. When Adam enters a particularly deep depression, he asks Eve to travel from her Tangier home to see him and help keep him from putting a wooden bullet through his heart. The two make for a particularly hip couple. Adam spends most of his time working on his droning, psychedelic rock music (and he’s old enough that he has stories about hanging out with literary figures like Lord Byron and Mary Wollstonecraft) and drives around town in a retro sports car that runs on technology pioneered by Nikola Tesla. Eve is a highly articulate speed-reader who’s read all of classic literature. When Eve’s trouble-making sister Eva (Mia Wasikowska) unexpectedly arrives, the group of vampires even ventures out to some dingy club to hear a loud punk rock band play. And they love it. But that’s about as exciting as it gets in this slow-moving film that doesn’t have much of a plot. Rather, the movie plays like an extended music video. While it features some great music and is beautifully filmed (as is always the case with Jarmusch’s films), it ultimately fails to be truly engaging and comes to a rather abrupt, dissatisfying end. — Jeff Niesel

Mom’s Night Out Local hero Patricia Heaton stars in this comedy about a group of moms who take the mini-van out for a wild night on the town. It opens areawide on Friday.

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PRODUCER/DIRECTOR JUDD APATOW (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up) didn’t have anything to do with Neighbors, the new comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne that opens areawide on Friday. But with its awkward sex moments (we see a halfnaked Rogen on more than one occasion), witty dialogue, sharp slapstick humor and over-thetop shenanigans, it sure seems like an Apatow movie. While not quite a cult classic, it makes for a good summer comedy (and it helps that Byrne and Rogen are in such good form). The rather flimsy premise centers on Kelly (Byrne) and Mac (Rogen), a young couple who are trying to put their party-hearty ways behind them and focus on raising their newborn baby in a safe environment. When a fraternity moves into the house next to their home, they initially try to befriend the group. They invite themselves to a party and even offer Teddy (Efron) and Pete (Dave Franco) some pot as a peace offering of sorts. Despite the age difference, Mac and Kelly really hit it off with the college kids. But the friendship doesn’t last. After Mac calls the cops to shut down a particularly wild party, the neighbors find themselves at odds with each other. And they’ll do just about anything to get the upper hand. Mac, at one point, busts the water pipes in the

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ALSO ON STAGE SWIMMING IN THE SHALLOWS Oh no! Senator Rick Santorumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twisted fever dream of the ultimate effects of gay sex have come true! But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worse! Santorum only imagined same sex coupling leading to â&#x20AC;&#x153;man-on-dogâ&#x20AC;? relationships. But in Swimming in the Shallows, now at convergencecontinuum, it is man-on-shark sex that is at issue. And as it turns out, that cross-species dynamic is the most interesting part of a production that disappoints at almost every level. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that playwright Adam Bock canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that he relies on too many gimmicks and familiar comedy crutches. Barb and Bob are a middle-aged couple dealing with Barbâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s midlife crisis: Meanwhile their lesbian friends Carla Carla and Donna are thinking about a commitment ceremony, but Donnaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chain smoking is an obstacle (ho hum). The ďŹ fth wheel on this

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THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF people in the world: People who get a pounding headache and jimmy legs watching TED talks, and those who happily sop up those pontificating excursions into arcane corners of science and culture. Count me among the latter group. That may explain why I find Informed Consent now at the Cleveland Play House so thoroughly involving. Written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, the play plunges into the heady world of genetic anthropology with such puppy-like eagerness, it’s hard for lecture nerds like me to resist. The production, which has traveled intact from its world premiere showing last month in Rochester, N.Y., features five slightly arch yet effective performances. However, a heinous occurrence during the curtain call almost ruined the whole megillah. The play begins in a theatrically inauspicious manner, with scientist Jillian addressing the audience, explaining how “we’re all cousins” on a cellular level, since we’re 99.9% the same biologically. Some may quibble with the exact percentage, but her point is that the human family is a sprawling collection of kinfolk who insist on dividing ourselves based on the fraction of one percent that differentiates us into “races.” Those air quotes are used frequently in this production. The play shifts back and forth from lecturing to snatches of dialog as we follow Jillian’s professional

and personal journey. In a story based on an actual event, she is given an opportunity to do a diabetes research study on the isolated Havasupai tribe. But she uses that chance to explore genetic information related to her own battle with a familial tendency for acquiring early-onset Alzheimers. Trouble is, Jillian’s extracurricular research leads her to information that contradicts the tribe’s history of its origin, so the tribe sues the sponsoring university and tries to bring down her research project. On the home front, the irritatingly up-front and intense Jillian marries easy-going Graham and they have a child. They proceed with a family even though Jillian warns Graham that she is likely— no, certain—to pass on that terrible neurological memory bomb, since her mother gave it to her via a specific genetic mutation. Playwright Laufer assembles the scientific factoids with skill, and she deftly crafts the short bursts of conversation so that characters are developed quickly and believably. Plus, she utilizes the cast in many ways; they take on different characters while also reading comment cards from previous audiences’ responses to questions (“How did you feel when someone close to you died?”) that are handed out prior to the show. Although the cast displays a certain smug superiority as a group, they do well individually.

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Fajer Al-Kaisi is warm and amusing as Graham and Tina Fabrique handles multiple roles nicely while singing a cappella in her stunning voice (she played Ella Fitzgerald at CPH previously). Larissa FastHorse has some telling moments as Arella, Jillian’s main contact with the tribe, and Gilbert Cruz adds some heft as the supervising academic on Jillian’s project. In the central role of Jillian, Jessica Wortham is hard-edged and vulnerable in all the right places. She registers real fear at her slowly approaching demise, even as she pursues every bit of information. Her inner conflict, and her confrontation with the tribe, beautifully encapsulate the dilemma we all face: Do we want to learn more about our personal genomes, after we give “informed consent?” Do we want to make life decisions based on our cells? This production eloquently

delivers on all these questions thanks to the smooth direction by Sean Daniels. Unfortunately, he has seen fit to provide Wortham with a tissue to wipe away her tears during the curtain call. Even if an actor is overwhelmed by emotion after the curtain goes down, we needn’t be alerted to it in this showy manner. Dear Mr. Daniels, et al: As there is no crying in baseball, there is no tissue wringing during curtain calls. You have a fine show, so let the tears and snot flow as they will. We, and you, will be able to handle it.

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is the Cuyahoga County Public Library’s main fundraiser that brings renowned contemporary literary figures to the Ohio Theatre to present their work. Tonight, you can hear award-winning author Katherine Boo speak about her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. Boo is known for writing about impoverished and mistreated people, and in this non-fiction work she describes an Indian slum and the people who live there. In 2003, the writer won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her series about the abuse of intellectually disabled people in group homes. Tickets are $30 and the talk starts at 7:30 followed by Q&A and book signing. (Gonzalez) 1501 Euclid Ave., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org. NIGHTLIFE

Trivia Tuesdays How do you spend your Tuesday nights? If you’re not at Nano Brew in Ohio City, you’re definitely missing out. This friendly neighborhood brewpub hosts weekly trivia nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Grab some friends and head on down for a little brain-stimulating trivia, freshly brewed craft beer and some seriously stellar bar grub — we recommend the Macro Fries and the Fine American Sandwich. Better yet, bike on over. The folks at Nano Brew love bikes almost as much as they love beer, and they’re happy to share that love by giving you half off your first drink when they see your bike helmet. (McConnell) 1859 West 25th St., 216-862-6631, nanobrewcleveland.com. T H E AT E R

Writers’ Night In yet another way that Cleveland Public Theatre helps local artists connect with audiences, the first Tuesday of every month marks the Dark Room, which offers local writers a chance to have their scripts read and receive feedback from other writers and actors. So if you’re an actor looking to read a new work or a writer looking for notes on your newest one-act play about a robot farm set in a

dystopian future where carrots have reigned supreme, come on down to the Church on the Cleveland Public Theatre campus. Sign-ups start tonight at 7:15 and the readings begin at 7:30. There’s a suggested donation of $5 and free Magic Hat beer will be served. (Stoops) 6415 Detroit Ave., 216-631-2727, cptonline.org.

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Behind the Art There’s a free lecture tonight at the Cleveland Museum of Art about the museum’s print collection. Jane Glaubinger, curator of prints, will discuss the current Treasures on Paper exhibit. This will be a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the various pieces, the stories behind their creation and how the museum acquired them. Some of the pieces have “fascinating stories full of surprises and intrigue” behind them. Although the museum’s collection is not the largest, it’s considered one of the best in the country. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. and takes place in the Recital Hall. (Trenholme) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org. C O M E DY

Variety Show Brought together by local comedians and sketch actors Zachariah Durr and Adam Richard, Supershow! has become a staple at Mahall’s. If you’ve been around to other comedy events in Cleveland, you may know Durr or Richard by one of the funny characters they present during their standup routines. Tonight’s show features music, sketch comedy, standup and whatever the guys think up to make you laugh. Always entertaining and often a bit left field, Supershow! exposes audiences to the alternative comedy scene. Admission is $5. (Stoops) 13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-3280, mahalls20lanes.com.

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Sweet Emotion Tonight, enjoy a rare Monday screening at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque (which usually conďŹ nes itself to Thursday through Sunday lineups). Mumblecore ďŹ lmmaker Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) directed All the Light in the Sky, starring Jane Adams as an aging L.A. actress who knows that her

roles are drying up. Her young niece arrives in Malibu with silverscreen aspirations and shit gets promptly emotional. Adams is an incredible actress and Swanbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really coming into his own as a director. And fortysomethings take heed: This one has critical acclaim to back up its hipster appeal. Tickets are $9 for this 6:30 p.m. screening. (Allard) 11141 East Blvd., 216-421-7450, cia.edu. NIGHTLIFE

Trivia Pursuits Do you have tons of obscure music knowledge? Are you a student of fast food menus and their nuanced histories? What say you about the geographic evolution of Scotch whisky? Tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your chance to wow your friends, make yourself instantly more desirable to someone youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re newly dating, and hang with Clevelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headiest hipsters and hot dog lovers. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Happy Dog Monday night trivia. Starting at 8 p.m., expect themed rounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a crap shot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and general knowledge questions that seem considerably trickier than

some of the other live trivia locales in town. Obviously, have a hot dog and a craft brew while youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at it. And arrive early. The tables ďŹ ll up quickly. (Allard) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com. FOOD

Vegan Mondays If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or just plain interested in trying something new, head over to Townhall in Ohio City this evening from 5 to 10 p.m. for Vegan Night. Work your way through the delicious and healthy vegan menu, featuring hits like Veggie Vegan Flatbread (think fresh tomatoes, chiles, mushrooms and vegan cheese), Tofu Etouffee (blackened tofu, onions, tomatoes and brown rice) or many of the regular menu items made vegan (we recommend the Thai Bowl). If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still feeling skeptical, know this: Monday night is also Craft Beer Night and all 36-ounce drafts are just $3. (Alaina McConnell) 1909 West 25th St., 216-344-9400, townhallohiocity.com.

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Good for a Chuckle Reddstone, Chucklefckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tuesdaynight hideout, is one of Clevelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terriďŹ c little incubators of humor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been cool to see that kinda develop and congeal over the years,â&#x20AC;? Chucklefck emcee Ramon Rivas told Scene in 2013. The open-mic celebration of local comedy has gathered fans across the region in recent years. And each week, the room gets packed with youthful hordes thirsty for the type of interaction that only a comedian can provide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a young nucleus of people who are all at the open mics,â&#x20AC;? Rivas says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need those rooms to be able to go and develop that new stuff.â&#x20AC;? Reddstone and the Chucklefck following take care of that with deft skill. The comedy starts at 8 p.m. (Sandy) 1261 West 76th St., 216-651-6969, reddstonecleveland.com. ARTS

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Mas Tequila Cinco de Mayo has come and gone but if you still want to get your drink on, head on over to Zocalo for the third annual Tequila Festival. The event, which takes place from 1 to 5 p.m., features tequila tasting, appetizers and educational presentations (during which we hope to learn what the heck is the deal with the worm). The Margarita Showdown features local margarita makers in head-tohead battles. Tickets start at $30. (Niesel) 2071 East Fourth St., 216-781-0420, zocalocleveland.com. ARTS

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Hooley Noted Now in its fifth year, the Hooley, an annual event that takes place at Kamm’s Corners in West Park, rivals St. Patrick’s Day. The name is Irish slang for party and the event lives up to the billing. From noon until 8 p.m., Kamm’s Corners will be closed to traffic from West 165th Street to Rocky River Drive so vendors can set up a variety of food and entertainment booths. The Rugby Target Throw contest is always popular and the family stage will feature karate demonstrations and dance performances. Plus, a slew of local bands are slated to perform, and the Guinness will be flowing at the terrific collection of bars and pubs on the street. A good time for all ages. Admission is free. (Niesel) kammscorners.com. SHOPPING

What are the Odds At a time when everything is prefabricated, the 11th bi-annual Emporium of the Weird seems all the more enticing. As its name implies, the event, which takes place at the John S. Knight Center in Akron today from noon to 10 p.m., features jewelry, sculpture and ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, glass, textile pieces and more. This year, organizers have added the Oddmall Comic and Toy Expo featuring more than 100 comic, toy, game,

vintage, pop-culture, and other scifi related stuff. Local bands such as ShiSho, Tonks & the Aurors, 2d6, Kevin Conaway and Steve Trent will perform. Special-effects makeup artists David Henson Greathouse and Beki Ingram from SyFy’s Face Off will be on hand as will King of the Nerds contestant Alana Smith-Brown and comic illustrator Dan Gorman. Admission is free. (Niesel) 77 E. Mill St., Akron, 330-899-1017, oddmall.info.

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Another Flea for All At their best, flea markets offer the chance to score some real finds at bargain-basement prices. At their worst, they offer the chance to sift through a lot of junk. Taking place today from 1 to 6 p.m. at Now That’s Class, Crack Gardens Flea Market is so unstructured, it’s hard to say what you might find. “The only rules are that there aren’t any rules,” boast the promoters. Even if you don’t find anything worth buying, the club will offer up vegan food specials and “sassy” drink specials. Admission is free. (Niesel) 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net. FOOD

Mother’s Day Brunch The monthly Gospel Brunch has been a spiritual Sunday staple for years at the House of Blues. Created by famed gospel singer Kirk Franklin, the recently reinvigorated show puts a bit more emphasis on the music. Today, the group Lafayette Carthon and Faith performs. Starting at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., the all-you-can-eat musical extravaganza features Southern classics like chicken jambalaya, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles. Tickets range from $18 to $38. (Niesel) 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com. NIGHTLIFE

Shake It Down Probably the best way to kickstart the week is by shaking your ass uncontrollably at Shake It Down, B-Side’s bitchin’ Sunday


Blues. The event features a silent auction, food and drinks. Tom “the Buffettman” Watt will perform. It takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at House of Blues and tickets are $25 to $125. (Niesel) 308 Euclid Ave., 216-523-2583, houseofblues.com.

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All That Jazz Jazz and cinema are two art forms that developed in tandem, and the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque celebrates this relationship in what’s been dubbed the Double-C JazzFilmFest. This first-ever jazz film series at Cinematheque is dedicated to the memory of WCPN’s Jazz Tracks host Bobby Jackson. The series runs until June 21 and serves as a fitting prelude to the Tri-C JazzFest. Tonight at 6:50, a restored 35mm print of the 1955 film The Man with the Golden Arm will show. Directed by Otto Preminger and starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak, this film was rejected by the MPAA for depicting drug addiction. Then, at 9:10 tonight and 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, New York, New York, the 1977 Scorcese film about big-band jazz starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, screens. Tickets are $9. (Gonzalez) 11141 East Blvd., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

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Fantastic Flea “The sun shines on the local artisan community,” reads the Facebook post announcing today’s Cleveland Flea — it’s happening rain or shine. It’s the second of what will be a whole bunch of really fun flea markets this spring and summer, chock-full of vintage wares, oddball apparel, handmade accessories and all sorts of organic food and crunchy trinkets and furniture and stuff. The Cleveland Flea is at Sterle’s Country House on East 55th Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring bags! And cash! And curiosity! And an enabling lover! (Allard) theclevelandflea.com. SHOPPING

Farmers Market Spring is finally here and the North Union Farmer’s Market is back for its 10th season at Crocker Park. A wide array of vendors will be on hand selling everything from local, organic produce and meats to honey, preserves and baked goods. You can also purchase plants you can take home to start your own organic garden. This year’s new location is across from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the market takes place every Saturday through December. (Trenholme) 143 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, crockerpark.com. C O M E DY

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Local Humor Cleveland’s comedy scene is growing. Apart from creating comedic greats like Drew Carey and Dave Hill, the underground scene is quickly producing solid comedians with unique life perspectives. The Chucklefck comedy shows are at the forefront of this intentionally hilarious movement. For $6 tonight at Reddstone, you can check out some of Cleveland’s funnier assets in this five-comedian-deep line-up. While most of these comedians are still early in their careers, they’re more than capable of creating a night full of laughs. The bar upstairs opens at 9 and the show starts at 10 with $5 burgers, pizzas and wings and drink specials. (Patrick Stoops) 1261 West 76th St., 216-651-6969, reddstonecleveland.com.

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Cemetery Gates MOCA has partnered with Lakeview Cemetery for a one-of-akind tour called Angels to Arrow Signs; it will take you through a 145-year history exploring the way symbols and imagery have been used to represent death and beliefs about death. Participants will meet on the first floor of MOCA and then be picked up and transported by Lolly the Trolley to the cemetery. This is part of the ongoing exhibition and event series entitled DIRGE: Reflections on [Life and] Death and tour times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today only. Tickets are $15 and must be paid for online prior to the event. (Trenholme) 11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org.

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and handmade papers and fibers. Tonight’s event is part of Heights Arts’ CuratorTalk and Ekphrastacy series, and includes readings by local poets Bunny Breslin, John Burroughs, Jill Sell and Linda Tuthill, lead by Cleveland Heights poet laureate Kathleen Cerveny. The poetry presented is inspired by the work in the exhibition. The event is free and starts at 7. (Gonzalez) 2175 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-371-3457, heightsarts.org.

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Wild at Heart Reputedly the “weirdest” and “most entertaining” of the Chinese actioncomedy actor-director superstar Stephen Chow’s oeuvre, the 2013 romp Journey to the West centers on rival demon hunters. They’re vying for similar romantic conquests and trying to save a village from pig demons and fish demons and dragon demons and all sorts of demons. With hyperrealistic special effects, barnyard makeup, and all your favorite Chinese screwball hi-jinx, this one’s a must see for the Asian cinema junkies out there and lovers of 16th century Chinese folklore, out from which this instant classic has sprung. It screens this evening at 6:45 and tomorrow at 9:20 p.m. at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. Tickets are $9. (Allard) 11141 East Blvd., 216-421-7450, cia.edu.

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no one, Keating is a St. Ignatius High School alum. The author event is from from 5 to 8 p.m. and coincides with Visible Voice’s Friday Happy Hour — $1 off all beer and wine. Also enjoy music from the Luckey Ones during and after the reading. (Allard) tremontartwalk.com. FOOD

California Dreamin’ At an event dubbed California Dreamin’: Celebrating a Half Century of Craft Brewing on the Coast, West Point Market in Akron pays tribute to the Golden State’s many fine breweries. Breweries such as Anchor Steam, Anderson Valley, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, Green Flash, Knee Deep, Lagunitas, Mission, Sierra Nevada, Stone and 21st Amendment will all be represented. There also will be live music and food. The event takes place tonight from 7 to 9 and tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event. (Niesel) 1711 West Market St., Akron, 330-351-3966, westpointmarket.com. ARTS

Great Scott Novelist Scott Lax is a huge wine lover. He’s even said that he considers wine to be an essential character in his new novel Vengeance Follows. Lax discusses the novel and his love of wine tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at Chuck’s Fine Wines as part of an event that’s billed as both a wine tasting and a book reading. Patrons will taste the same wines that the characters in Lax’ book drink. Reservations are suggested and tickets run $30. (Niesel) 23 Bell St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-7534, chucksfinewines.com.

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Art Walk If you’re sauntering through Tremont this evening for the monthly art walk — an especial pleasure during the springtime — stop by Visible Voice books to hear Kevin Keating read. He’s a local novelist who was featured in Scene’s inaugural fiction issue last year. His first book, The Natural Order of Things, chronicles the lives of the students and faculty at a Jesuit prep school in a dying industrial town. To the surprise of

House Party For 90 years, Merrick House, one of Cleveland’s original settlement houses, has provided child care, youth mentoring and GED preparation. Oh, and it also provides recreation programs and parenting education. Oh, and it also puts on the annual Tremont Arts & Cultural Festival. The organization does all sorts of good stuff, giving us plenty of reasons to attend tonight’s Merrick [Rocks the] House event at House of


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Catholic and Crass In her headshot, comedian Lisa Landry looks sweet and innocent, but she’s one of the most crass comedians out there. She holds nothing back; everything is fair game for her. Her jokes span subjects like slutty Catholic high schools, how terrible parenting is, and the story of how her husband gave her ADD (we won’t go there). She will shock you, but she’s funny. Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Improv and she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Liz Trenholme) 1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com. SPORTS

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Feeling Minnesota It’s the final day of a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins, and the Tribe continues to try to put their April woes behind them. It’s an afternoon game — 12:05 first pitch — and hopefully April showers really will bring some god-forsaken May flowers. The game is also two days after the Sin Tax vote, so you’ll get the opportunity to enjoy the faces of some really happy or really gloomy

ushers. The Twins have had some surprisingly effective bats during the early part of the season, so here’s hoping for a high scoring game, and that the Indians can find a way to hit a few out of the park. (Sam Allard) 2401 Ontario St., 216-916-6100, clevelandindians.com. FILM

Field of Schemes If you’ve been meaning to hit up the Cinematheque, but Asian cinema weirdness isn’t your thing, try some British cinema weirdness on for size by catching A Field in England tonight at 8:55 or 7:30 tomorrow night. Described as a “hallucinatory” visual drama, the film focuses on four soldiers who are lured by an apprentice alchemist to scour a meadow for buried treasure. The film-viewing experience is not unlike eating mushrooms while listening to garage rockers try out classical instruments for the first time. Time Out London said that there’s a 10-minute sequence of “pure psychedelic freefall and freakout which is one of the most captivating, hypnotic and beautiful things you’ll ever see on a cinema screen.” We’ll have to take their word for it — we didn’t make it quite that far. Still, worth a viewing for the adventurous

cinephiles who think that David Lynch is just way too mainstream. As always, tickets are $9. (Allard) 11141 East Blvd., 216-421-7450, cia.edu. C O M E DY

Grumpy Guy Comedian Jimmy Schubert is a grumpy guy and everything annoys him. Take traveling, for instance. He doesn’t understand the profiling that goes on. He once got held up in the TSA line for having nail clippers and watched an old lady get wanded. Sure, his jokes are off-color at times, but they’re funny. Tonight’s show starts at 8 p.m. at Hilarities and performances continue through Sunday. Tickets are $18 to $23. (Trenholme) 2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com. MUSIC

Modernist Music Tonight, the Cleveland Orchestra presents a program of Scandinavian music conducted by Osmo Vänskä, director of the Minnesota Orchestra. He’ll open the concert with Aulis Sallinen’s Symphony No.1. The neo-romantic Sallinen is one of Finland’s most important living composers. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson has

more than 80 concertos in his repertoire, and you’ll hear his technical prowess as he joins the orchestra for Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Composed in 1868, this is Grieg’s first orchestral work and his only completed concerto. Ending the program is Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, a work composed in contention with the rising popularity of modernist music in 1915. This year, Vänskä won a Grammy Award conducting works by Sibelius, so expect a masterful interpretation of this symphony. The concert starts at 7:30 at Severance Hall with another performance Saturday at 8. Tickets start at $31. (Eric Gonzalez) 11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com. ARTS

The Power of Paper As paper becomes less necessary, one group preserves the artistry of its production. The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory’s work is on display at Heights Arts, and tonight you can hear executive director Tom Balbo speak about the exhibition Morganites: Fiber in Flux. This work highlights the collaborative effort of papermaking, including paper art, book art, painting and drawing that uses commercial

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Draft Day The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback but will they draft one? Find out tonight as the much-anticipated NFL Draft takes place. Bars all across town will host parties, but the official draft party takes place tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Convention Center. The Browns will install a special massive video cube for viewing purposes. Browns players and alumni will be on hand. The event is free but you must register in advance through the Browns website. In case the event is sold out, we suggest hitting your local bar to watch the draft. Here’s to hoping the Browns don’t fumble it away. (Jeff Niesel) 300 Lakeside Ave., 216-928-1600, clevelandbrowns.com.

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wrote that he was leaving Cleveland too, in a post entitled “Leaving Egypt.” He compared his exit from Case Western to the Book of Exodus, the Hebrew prophet Moses leading the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. “Today I am leaving a place I have lived for the past few years, a place for me of pain, of disillusionment, of disappointment. I’ve been thinking a lot about it and where I’m going — to my own promised land” in New York. Mitchell provided a statement to Scene through his lawyer: “I stepped down as dean in part to concentrate on my defense of this lawsuit and will continue to do so through the judicial system. I have great confidence in the court system and believe the appropriate place for factual evidence to be presented and considered is in the court room, and nowhere else. I also believe strongly in our faculty, staff and students, as well as in the interim deans now leading the school. Any comment on my part would unnecessarily distract from their important work, when in fact the community should focus on the outstanding achievements the law school has made in recent years under my leadership.” President Snyder and provost Baeslack declined to comment for this story, but a Case Western Reserve University spokesman did issue this statement to Scene: “First, the university takes seriously all allegations of sexual misconduct. Second, the claims raised in the lawsuit are many and complex. The appropriate venue for discussing and resolving them is the judicial system, which is best suited to allow due process for all, as well as full and thorough presentation of the facts.” While students were quick to talk and some faculty agreed to only speak anonymously, public comment amongst professors has been evenkeeled, but the sentiment centers on looking forward. In the wake of Mitchell’s resignation, two interim deans were appointed — Jessica Berg, a law and biomedical ethics professor and associate director of the LawMedicine Center, and Michael Scharf, a law professor and director of the K. Cox International Law Center — while a nationwide search gets underway.

“I don’t think anybody wants to take a particularly strong position on anything,” says Cassandra Robertson, one of a few professors to speak on record to Scene. “I mean, none of us really know the facts of what happened. There’s an overall sense of not knowing what happened, not knowing who may be in the right, not wanting to make any really strong statements without having that kind of knowledge. We’re law professors — we want to let the justice system play out and hopefully to get to the bottom of this.” “One of the good things to come out of all of this is the faculty has very much unanimously rallied around Jessica and Michael, our new interim deans,” she says. “Jessica and Michael have been doing a really good job substantively, and the best thing they have done is get faculty unanimously behind them and moving forward with the law school. Larry [Mitchell] has moved on, and I think the school has moved on.” Berg and Scharf declined to comment, but a university spokesman issued a statement on their behalf, extolling the recent success of the law school. “It has been a privilege to serve this law school and to see the overwhelmingly positive response prospective students have had to the new curriculum we’re launching this fall. Our faculty, staff, students and alumni have demonstrated enormous dedication to the school, and their efforts have brought us great success. “As of April 30, applications are up 63 percent over this date in 2013, and deposits have increased 55 percent over the same date a year ago. “Meanwhile, our employment figures for the Class of 2013 show a 6.5 percentage point increase over the previous year for overall employment, and an 11-point jump in the proportion of graduates employed in positions that require passage of the bar. “And last week we learned that 100 percent of our first-time takers passed the Ohio Bar Exam in February.” More applicants, more donors, more employment, better rankings. The school has moved on, for sure. And for Barbara Snyder and company, the ends have justified the means.

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severance packages to employees who have been there for at least a full year, but they were happily offering it to Dubè, repeatedly telling him he was “so close” to that mark. He had only been there five months. He, again, refused to sign it. The VPs informed him he was done working at Case but would receive his regular salary for two and a half more months. “The amount was such as might be generally attractive in proportion to my salary, and for someone of my age facing a layoff,” he wrote to Scene, describing the non-disclosure offer. “I did not sign because I wanted to retain the possibility of speaking or speaking out. I valued my voice.”

A trial for the case is set for January 2015 in Cuyahoga County but is currently on hold as Mitchell’s lawyers appeal a discovery ruling by Judge Corrigan. With the lawsuit lingering, Mitchell resigned from his position as dean of the law school in March, though he’d been on paid leave since Nov. 6, two weeks after the lawsuit was filed. He will also draw another full year’s salary for his upcoming sabbatical — he’s a tenured professor, after all, and Case has stood behind him during this entire process. “Upon thorough reflection, I have concluded I that I cannot return to my job as dean with the same energy and enthusiasm that characterized my earlier service,” Mitchell wrote in a letter to the school. “At this point, it is in the best interest of the law school for me to step down as dean. I will retain my position as tenured professor and continue to seek to serve the school however I can.” He’s maintained a personal blog during his leave, and on April 3 he

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e-mails, including all e-mails from my personal account going back to GW, some of which I described. In total, these numbered in the hundreds.” Instead, on Jan. 5, 2012, Mobley sent him a letter that read: “The allegations that you raised could fall within the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy, if true, and, therefore, I conducted an initial inquiry under that process to determine whether there was a complaint to be processed via that Policy. I can advise you that from my inquiry, I did not obtain any information corroborating the allegations concerning Dean Mitchell… Therefore, this informal inquiry under the Policy is considered closed unless information is received regarding any allegations…” This was now twice that the university heard identical claims against Mitchell. In both cases, they dismissed them. In return for coming forward, Dubè was about to enjoy the same treatment from his employer that professor Ku had endured. In January 2012, he was reassigned out of the law school “and brought to work next door to Gregory’s office” in the human resources department, which was previously used as a storage room. His parking pass was deactivated, his new phone didn’t work, his email was rarely accessible, his work computer didn’t allow him to sign on and he was given very few assignments. This set-up was short lived: He was laid off for “budgetary reasons” less than a week later. He was offered a generous severance package if he signed a non-disclosure agreement. He did not. The university officials told Dubè that Case had a policy to only offer

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gave the move its stamp of approval. The very next day, Ku resigned as the associate dean for academic affairs and chair of the law school diversity committee. He remained a professor, however, and planned on teaching classes until his sabbatical for the 2012-2013 academic year. Several students who took his Spring 2012 semester class say Ku did not finish out the year though, instead leaving at the end of March. He didn’t communicate much nor create the final exam for the class. During one Skype session, he told students he wasn’t even supposed to be getting out of bed. “So Ku takes this leave, right? That’s when rumors start swirling, and the rumors that start swirling are the ones that are backed up in this complaint,” says a student. Many of those classmates had seen Mitchell’s questionable activity firsthand or heard about it from elsewhere, knew that he asked a classmate for a threesome, knew about his drinking and dating habits. “The rumor was that some students had gone to Ku and complained about Dean Mitchell’s behavior, and that Ku had stood up to Dean Mitchell, and that they had kind of gotten into it. I heard that as a result of this, Ku was going to be stepping down from Case and take a job at another school, and he was just phoning it in.” When Ku returned from sabbatical last summer, he learned an additional undergraduate seminar had been added to his workload (a role that came without pay and one that had been previously filled by faculty who volunteered). Then he found out Mitchell had knocked him down from the role he cherished — he would no longer be a part of the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts for the first time since he was hired a decade earlier. That last move, according to some, was a kick in the gut and the final straw for Ku. On Oct. 23, 2013, he filed suit. While the allegations of retaliation were surprising to students, the tales of sexual harassment were not. “All this shit was common knowledge, it was all out there,” says one third-year student about the

harassment described in the lawsuit. “The student body was all talking about it.”

Mitchell’s lawyers contend the lawsuit is factually baseless and nothing more than the retaliatory actions of a man who been denied the chance to be dean. But, a signed affidavit later submitted to the court by Daniel Dubè, an attorney and Mitchell’s former assistant, says differently. (Dubè is not a party in the suit and rejected the school’s offer for money in exchange for signing a nondisclosure agreement.) Dubè writes, under oath, that in early September 2011, Mitchell told him Ku had made a sexual harassment claim through the school. It stemmed from, among other incidents, a night

to the dean’s candid emotions and conversations, all of which backed up Ku’s claims. “Mitchell told me that he did this hoping and expecting that Ku would not abide by the new requirement, thus providing Mitchell with a pretext to fire Ku as the Associate Dean,” Dubè wrote. When Ku did step down as dean, Mitchell “expressed surprise and relief that he had been saved the work of formally firing Ku,” he said, reporting that Mitchell already had replacements in mind. And the Teflon dean reiterated that president Snyder was on his side. Dubè had tales of his own to tell, ones that further illustrated how manipulative and deliberate Mitchell could be. He relayed how one professor had come to him hoping Dubè could talk to Mitchell on the professor’s behalf — it seems Mitchell had been

AND THEN THERE WAS THE TIME MITCHELL PULLED HIS FAVORITE MOVE ON DUBÈ AND HIS GIRLFRIEND — INVITING THEM TO A GUEST BEDROOM IN HIS HOUSE AND PROPOSITIONING THEM FOR A THREESOME, POINTING OUT HIS NEW SILK SHEETS. when Mitchell drove a female law student home from a school party in August 2011. Dubè says that Mitchell admitted he drove her home “with the intention of engaging in sexual relations with her” but “he reconsidered and simply ‘made out’ with her on her doorstep before departing.” After the claim made its way to provost Baeslack, Dubè says Mitchell made it clear that he had the university on his side and supported his desire to remove Ku from the faculty. Dubè was in a precarious position: He had personally heard Mitchell’s various admissions, including that he had made out with a current law student following a party, but he needed to protect his job, for which he had moved from D.C. to take just a few weeks earlier (Dubé was a student of Mitchell’s at GW). “I felt that I had no choice but to support Mitchell if I wanted to keep my job,” he wrote in his affidavit. Mitchell’s assistant was privy

“all over” his date at a recent dinner for senior faculty. At another party Mitchell hosted for students at his house, Dubè and other staff members saw Mitchell “paying an inordinate amount of attention to a particular female staff member,” which they “found to be sexually inappropriate in the presence of students and staff.” This particular female staffer had brought her longtime boyfriend to the dinner. But Mitchell had directed Dubè to arrange the seating chart so that she’d be next to him and to seat her boyfriend on the opposite side of the table next to Dubè, so he could distract him. Mitchell had previously asked him to analyze email exchanges between the two “for sexual attraction.” He had also planned on taking her on a business trip to Columbus, but had confided in Dubè that another Case staffer had warned her about taking a trip alone with the dean. And then there was the time Mitchell pulled his favorite move on

Dubè and his girlfriend — inviting them to a guest bedroom in his house and propositioning them for a threesome, pointing out his new silk sheets. “The sexual proposition from my boss was unwelcome and made me uncomfortable, and I declined to engage in the ‘threesome’ with Mitchell,” Dubè wrote. The undercurrent of all the allegations, innuendo and firsthand experiences with Mitchell’s comeons and physical interactions was the frequency with which those stories were told around campus. It would be impossible for president Barbara Snyder not to know about Mitchell’s inter-school dalliances and sexual habits given the internal complaints and stories circulating around town, and his history before coming to Cleveland. In addition to the anonymous message distributed at the City Club event in January 2012, for example, an anonymous letter was sent to president Snyder in October 2011. Dubè finally confronted Mitchell on his own in November 2011, fed up with his boss’s actions and concerned about the image of the university. After he shared his thoughts about the internal management of the school and sexual impropriety, Dubè says Mitchell stopped meeting with him as regularly and diminished his role. One month later, in December 2011, Dubè hand-delivered a signed letter to the same provost that took Ku’s original complaint: “The letter stated that Mitchell had engaged in sexual relations with a current law student and that he was retaliating against me because of my knowledge of his improprieties. I expressed that this improper conduct was part of ‘a pattern of unprofessional behavior.’” Two days after delivering the letter, and after administrators told him they didn’t have enough evidence to start an investigation, Dubè met with two vice presidents at the university: Carolyn Gregory, the VP for human resources; and Marilyn Mobley, the VP for inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity. Over a few hours, Dubè outlined the long list of Mitchell’s bad behavior and offered to supply specific documents to support his claims. The school officials refused that offer. In a written response to Scene, he elaborated on what he said in his affidavit: “I offered to supply all my


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Raymond Ku, a tenured Case law professor since 2003, is an Internet law and privacy law expert who was named the school’s professor of the year in 2009. In 2010, under Bob Rawson, he was named the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs. He was also co-director of both the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts, and the Cyberspace Law & Policy Office. Ku, the son of two Chinese immigrants, is also ambitious. In 2006, he ran for state representative as a Democrat in the Republicanleaning district around his Bainbridge Township home in Geauga County. After an uncontested primary, he lost to incumbent Matt Dolan, the Republican son of Indians owner Larry Dolan (and also a Case Western law school grad), with 43 percent of the vote. Ku also apparently wanted to be considered for the then-vacant Case law school dean job, the one that Mitchell ended up scoring. In October of 2013, Ku filed a lawsuit against Mitchell and Case Western alleging sexual harassment and retaliation from Mitchell when Ku confronted school administrators

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YET ANOTHER STAFF MEMBER, AN ASSOCIATE DEAN, LATER TOLD KU THAT MITCHELL SAID THE SAME THING TO HER THAT NIGHT — THAT HE WAS GOING TO “STEAL HER” FROM HER HUSBAND.

and the dean about the allegations. The complaint outlines the same type of behavior that multiple students had witnessed for years; Ku’s tales begin with Mitchell’s first semester in Cleveland. “From the time Dean Mitchell became dean, he made comments to professor Ku regarding his Chinese

heritage,” the complaint reads. “Upon learning that Professor Ku was about to convert to Judaism, Dean Mitchell remarked that Professor Ku was in two of Dean Mitchell’s favorite groups, Asian and Jewish. Dean Mitchell asked Professor Ku about being circumcised.” Ku’s genitals were brought up again on August 28, 2011, during a faculty party hosted by Mitchell. He again prodded Ku about the status of his penis, this time in front of Ku’s wife. (Mitchell’s response, per court records: “Dean Mitchell also admits there was a brief discussion as to a ‘Bris.’”) Later that evening, as Ku and his wife were leaving for the night, he saw Mitchell “run his hand up the back” of an assistant dean, who was wearing a “summer dress.” It was “inappropriate physical contact — which is best described as a caress of his colleague’s exposed skin — and found it to be sexually inappropriate as well as unnerving and creepy.” The next week at work, the new dean’s behavior was the topic of discussion. One female professor told Ku about Mitchell’s “discrimination/ harassment” of two other professors and also about how Mitchell, at the party, had said to yet another female professor, in front of her husband, something “about Dean Mitchell stealing her away from her husband,” a comment that apparently caused some tension. Yet another staff member, an associate dean, later told Ku that Mitchell said the same thing to her that night — that he was going to “steal her” from her husband. Ku and that associate dean deemed this sexual harassment, the suit says, and intended to follow the school’s policy on reporting such actions. The woman was scared for her job, but Ku had tenure so he decided to bring the concerns to the university himself. On Sept. 1, Ku met with provost Bud Baeslack — the No. 2 administrator at the university, the one most directly in charge of Mitchell and described by some as Barbara Snyder’s “hatchet man” — about the law school dean. He “reported what he had witnessed and heard about Dean Mitchell’s inappropriate and sexually harassing behavior toward women at Case.” He didn’t drop the names of the women, “out of concern for their privacy and potential retaliation against them.”

It didn’t go as planned. Baeslack told Ku to address Mitchell individually and report back to him on how the conversation went. On Sept. 6, during a previously scheduled meeting, he did just that. Mitchell didn’t take it well, expressing disbelief that those who had come to Ku didn’t come to him directly. The conversation ended with accusations of disloyalty. If Ku ever reported him again, the suit says, Mitchell said he’d fire him. “Dean Mitchell continued to claim he had been ‘betrayed’ by Professor Ku and — effectively admitting conduct — stated, ‘it’s not like I raped someone,’” the complaint reads. “Dean Mitchell accused Professor Ku of undermining his authority and stated that this is exactly why Case Law School ‘was not able to get a real dean’ for the last several years.’” Mitchell ended the meeting, telling Ku to apologize on his behalf “to the women who expressed concerns with him.” When Ku reported back to Baeslack, the provost acknowledged that Mitchell had contacted him about the conversation and was indeed quite angry. But that was understandable. Baeslack conceded it was expected for Mitchell to be angry Ku had gone over his head and, according to the complaint, he too would be miffed if a subordinate did that to him.

Ku claims that Mitchell then engaged in a systematic attempt in trying to force him out from Case. Mitchell enlisted his assistant to “monitor Professor Ku’s blog posts and drum up faculty support for the dean, while attempting to discredit Ku.” Mitchell, in the response to the suit, admitted he had someone monitor Ku’s postings. The dean also enlisted his assistant in a campaign to persuade other staff that Ku’s claims were baseless. The unofficial henchman did his job well apparently — he received a bonus shortly thereafter. The campaign to make Ku’s life miserable didn’t stop there, according to the complaint. Mitchell forced him to do what Baeslack reportedly admitted to be unnecessary “homework” and shut him out of meetings associate deans would normally have attended. Next, Mitchell took three major responsibilities another faculty professor had been taking care of and

Raymond Ku, Case Western law professor. (Photo via CWRU)

assigned those to Ku. That September, Ku met with Marilyn Mobley, the university’s Vice President of the office of inclusion, diversity & equal opportunity, and explained his situation. “Dr. Mobley responded that this was ‘a classic case of retaliation,’” according to the filing. “Dr. Mobley told Professor Ku that she was going to bring Dean Mitchell’s retaliation to University President Barbara Snyder’s attention right away.” In mid-September, on the advice of Mobley and faculty diversity officer John Clochesy — who shared his opinion that Baeslack “just didn’t get it” regarding sexual harassment in general, based on his behavior after a past sexual incident involving a student in a study abroad program — Ku filed a formal complaint for retaliation. The school was to begin an investigation. But a week or two after the internal complaint, Mitchell reportedly learned that president Snyder had decided to back him regardless of Ku’s allegations. Meanwhile, a few days later, Ku learned that yet another professor had begun the process of bringing another allegation to the administration after a student confided in them that Mitchell had propositioned the student for a threesome. The multiple allegations didn’t amount to anything: At the end of October, Mobley told Ku that her investigation was complete and his allegations were unsubstantiated. There was no explanation of how she had proceeded with the investigation. The administrator’s ruling essentially meant Mitchell won; he forced Ku out and the administration


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med school had discouraged his being hired, as she feared him to be a substance abuser,” Dubè said in a written statement to Scene. “Specifically, Mitchell cited her as having been horrified that he had two highball scotches at an important event. He intended to convey that she was a prude. At the time, he claimed to have learned this information from provost Bud Baeslack.” Despite these concerns, Snyder tabbed Mitchell as the official pick and the board of trustees signed off. In April 2011, the school announced Mitchell as the new law school dean and Snyder bestowed him with a seven-year contract, according to a source. He was supposed to be the steadying force for a school that had faced so much uncertainty in previous years. Mitchell packed up and moved to Cleveland alone. He bought a $575,000, five-bedroom house in Cleveland Heights, just a few miles from campus, with plenty of space to host parties for students and faculty.

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From a macroscopic view, Mitchell was everything Barbara Snyder could want in a law school dean hired during the great law-school market crash. Shortly after arriving, he did meetand-greets with faculty members — something previous deans had never done. He personally visited big law firms that had hired Case graduates, introducing himself and lobbying partners to give his grads a shot. He helped Case tally a record fundraising year at the law school. Mitchell consciously cut class sizes. His first year, 190 new students enrolled. In 2012, that became 165. Last fall, 104. But fewer students didn’t mean less money. The dean established strong connections to institutions in China, which brought in students who would pay the full annual tuition (currently $46,000 for J.D. students), whereas in-country candidates rarely pay full price. He helped reverse CWRU’s previously tumbling place in the U.S. News rankings. While the system is almost universally panned

as arbitrary, a school’s rankings can have dire consequences and significant rewards, and Mitchell knew how to game the system. One important factor: the peer assessment rankings, which might be why Mitchell penned a widely discussed Nov. 2012 New York Times op-ed entitled, “Law School is Worth the Money,” in which he chastised those who argued against the lofty tuition tag for an education in a struggling industry. Journalists might have roundly panned it, but those people don’t contribute to the peer assessment rankings in the U.S. News report. It worked: CWRU climbed to No. 64 last year, up four spots from 2012. He also developed a new curriculum that will be installed this fall, and which was widely praised by the law community, emphasizing practical experience for the Case law students. From the top down, Mitchell’s rein looked to be off to auspicious beginnings. He was working long hours, traveling and putting in the effort previous deans had not, sources said. But that wasn’t the full picture.

The law students who will walk across the stage of Severance Hall next week to receive their diplomas have the most colorful stories about Lawrence Mitchell. A lot of them come from the days before classes even started during their first years together. “During orientation week that first year, the school had organized events at various bars downtown to kind of get to know everyone in the class,” says a third-year law student. “There was this one at Pickwick and Frolic, and the dean had come to mingle with the students, and within an hour he was really drunk, pounding on the bar, screaming at the bartenders. It looked like he was about to puke all over the bar and lose it.” Another student remembers the same drunken display: “He apparently just flew in from some sort of trip. He got sloshed at this thing, telling us the only way he got through law school was his friend Jack Daniels, or something like that. And this is the first time ever meeting the students, the first impression. Already, it’s like OK, this guy is kind of weird.” Students present at the function

The CWRU School of Law building on East Blvd. (Photo by Doug Brown)

tell Scene Mitchell propositioned a female law student for a threesome that evening, making the offer as people were leaving the East Fourth Street bar while offering the young woman a ride home. Sources at the university say students had informed some faculty soon after orientation week that Mitchell had propositioned them for a threesome as well. Those first interactions with Mitchell still resonate with the soonto-be graduating law class. “During the first weeks of school, everybody was talking about how the dean was out, drinking various things, doing various stuff,” says another student. “Maybe you’ve heard this, but one person even has a picture of him making out with this girl. There was this first year orientation event and the dean just shows up with this young chick; he doesn’t even have a pretense, he’s smashed and he’s making out with her.” Two third-year students independently reported to Scene that a picture of Mitchell making out with a college-age woman during an orientation week event in Coventry was circulating on Facebook in the fall of 2011. Over three years, Mitchell developed that reputation and more. For this year’s graduating class, if they haven’t experienced it firsthand, they know someone who has, and many of those incidents happened at booze-fueled parties at his home. There would be regular get-togethers with a full bar and plenty of beer, and Mitchell would tell particular female students just where to find the good stuff. “You’ll just hear from female

students who went to these dean’s dinners, that he was very — I guess the word would be ‘lecherous,’” says one student. “To be quite frank, it would not be inaccurate to describe him as a dirty old man, but that said, there’s nothing wrong with being a dirty old man as long as you are able to keep that in an appropriate setting,” says a thirdyear student who also explained that Mitchell was much more personable than other administrators they had interacted with. “Where I think the error of judgment occurred is being more relaxed in settings where he was with his staff and colleagues and students and not trying to tone down that part of his personality. If you’re living in New York City or D.C., you can go out to bars and you’re anonymous, just a guy at a bar. But Cleveland is a small town, and an even smaller legal community, so you really have to be vigilant about what you say and who could possibly be listening. Unfortunately he didn’t do a very good job of that.” Another female law student remembers bumping into Mitchell with a young girl at a Cleveland Heights grocery store near campus: “I was like, ‘Oh, cute he’s with his daughter.’ But then he starts making out with her in the meat section.” Another said Mitchell overtly hit on a gay law student. Another relayed what she saw one evening last spring when she was walking past the law building after dark. The lights in Mitchell’s corner office were on. There was a young woman on his lap, open for all walking by to see. “I just kind of stopped for a second and thought, ‘Oh


his reputation as a heavy drinker with few personal or professional boundaries. Nearly two years after the City Club fiasco, Lawrence Mitchell and Case Western Reserve University would face more than anonymous rumors.

In 2011, Lawrence Mitchell left his longtime post as a professor at George Washington, one of the country’s top law schools, for a new challenge: leading an unstable and money-hemorrhaging law school in the Rust Belt back to prominence. The 52-year old corporate law scholar had a sterling academic career on paper

law school. Simson’s time as dean was rough — the school dipped in the U.S. News rankings (he had been a staunch critic of the methodology used in those rankings), CWRU students’ bar passage rates became the second lowest among the nine law schools in the state of Ohio (75 percent for first-time test takers, compared to 95 percent at Cleveland Marshall), and he had created testy relationships with wealthy Case alumni (those coveted donors who write the big checks). Snyder is a fundraiser. Snyder is a schmoozer. Simson didn’t jibe with her needs. Sources say she created a panel to review his position, dismissed him in 2008 and then crafted a press release announcing

Lawrence Mitchell, hired as dean the of CWRU School of Law in 2011 (Photo via CWRU)

and Case Western was in the midst of trying to repair its image. Not only was the law school market in a downturn, but Case had also been left in a lurch after a forced resignation of the last full-time law school dean, one who had alienated wealthy alumni during his tenure. Complicating its leadership crisis, the university was also struggling with fundraising and its place on the almighty (but seemingly arbitrary) U.S. News and World Report law school rankings. Barbara Snyder, who began her academic career as a CWRU law professor in the mid-1980s before working her way up the administrative ladder with positions at Ohio State, was named Case president in 2007. A year prior, Gary Simson, a law professor at Cornell who emphasized the social justice tenets of the profession, replaced Gerald Korngold at the top of the Case

that Simson had agreed to resign. “He was unceremoniously dumped,” a source says. “They pretended he was resigning, but he wasn’t.” The school installed Bob Rawson as interim dean while they looked for a permanent candidate. Rawson, a partner at Jones Day, was universally praised for guiding the law school through a tough period, though that interim stint wasn’t supposed to last three years. Case, it seemed, had trouble attracting a permanent replacement. And so, in late 2010 and early 2011, CWRU finally connected with Lawrence Mitchell. A 1981 Columbia law graduate, he spent the mid-1980s as a corporate lawyer for Wall Street firms before teaching at the Albany Law School of Union University and eventually landing on the faculty at George Washington in 1991. By 2010, after 20 years on staff, Mitchell was eying other

opportunities. He had sough the dean position at the Brooklyn Law School (in his hometown) and, according to reports at the time, was a finalist for jobs at the University of San Diego School of Law and the University of Colorado Boulder Law School. Mitchell had also sought the recently opened dean position at the George Washington law school, sources said, but took his name out of the running early on when he realized he wouldn’t get it. What set Mitchell apart from other finalists for the CWRU job — including former Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith — was his “brutal honesty” while laying out his plans for the school. He illustrated Case’s myriad problems, outlined small tasks he’d tackle in order to correct them, pledged to focus on the school’s U.S. News ranking and presented himself as a donor’s friend. He was the anti-Gary Simson; he valued corporate law and making money over public-interest work. He was Snyder’s kind of law school dean. But Mitchell also came with plenty of red flags, the kind of warnings that did not bode well for someone about to take over that much power. Taken individually, they could be written off as inconsequential. Taken as a whole, they showed a pattern of behavior that could very well cause problems down the road. In Mitchell’s case, it was widely known throughout law school faculty, the search committee and the administration that he had a documented history of sexual relationships with at least one student and people under his authority. He was 43 when he married a 24-year-old law student in April 2000. They would be divorced soon after. In 2004, Dalia Tsuk joined the faculty at George Washington as an associate professor, a subordinate to Mitchell. Mitchell and Tsuk would get married shortly later. After adopting a daughter, the relationship ended in 2010. Pam Davis, the successful dean of Case’s medical school, co-chaired the university’s search committee. According to attorney Daniel Dubè, who was a student of Mitchell’s at GW and who came with him to Case as his personal assistant, Mitchell told him that Davis had discouraged the university from hiring him. “He told me that the dean of the

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is cut our class size by 10 percent, which is going into effect this year. We’re doing that for a number of reasons, not the least of which is we believe the restructuring of the legal profession is a common fact of life. We believe the demographic trends are going to lead to fewer applicants. We believe we ought to be concentrating our resources on a fewer number of students and doing a better job educating those students so they can fulfill the mission of our law school.” Off the stage, things weren’t nearly as smooth. Someone who had an axe to grind against Mitchell had handed out flyers to the City Club guests. “QUESTIONS SOMEONE SHOULD ASK DEAN MITCHELL,” its header read, with six paragraphs below, each containing salacious rumors about who Mitchell had slept with and allegations of sexist comments. University administrators reportedly got a copy. “Dean Mitchell, about half of all law students today are female. What should female law students expect from a dean who, in his short time in Cleveland, has already had affairs with a Case graduate student, a recent Case law grad, a local lawyer, and the girlfriend of [y]our personal assistant?” “Dean Mitchell, what does it say about your attitude toward female students that you joked to Case faculty members that the Case graduate student you were having an affair with, “wasn’t good for anything but keeping the bed warm?” The note also mentioned his two divorces, one from a spouse who was a former student, the other a professor who was his subordinate. Gossip spreads fast through the Cleveland legal community. One female student, a first-year at CWRU at the time, said the drama quickly entered the inbox of her online dating profile. “Some guy claiming to be a lawyer in Cleveland messaged me and said, ‘Did you hear about all this drama at the City Club?’ and accused Lawrence Mitchell of this, that or the other. I was just astounded,” she says. “All it said on my dating profile was I’m a law student in town.” Just four months into his tenure at the law school, Lawrence Mitchell had already ruffled more than a few feathers with his overtly sexual come-ons and had quickly solidified

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Lawrence Mitchell was supposed to bring stability to Case Western Reserve University’s law school, not treat it as his personal pickup playground By Doug Brown “GREAT CITIES HAVE GREAT LAW schools,” boasted Lawrence Mitchell at the City Club of Cleveland, flanked by the law school deans of the University of Toledo, University of Akron and Cleveland Marshall. It was January 2012, the beginning of Mitchell’s

second semester at the helm of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and he was holding court with the same confidence and charisma that had won over the search committee less than a year earlier. “We are the entry point for

students from around the country, and increasingly, around the world, bringing talent to this area that previously had not been here.” The City Club’s “Meet the Deans” event was a conversation about diversity, plummeting application

rates and the value of an expensive law school education during a time when demand in that field has taken a nosedive. “The economics are real and they’re complex,” he said. “What we’ve decided to do as a law school


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HEY MARY! Of NBA scribes, Cavalier uncertainty, and a Sterling Silver moment By Sam Allard

MARY SCHMITT BOYER, THE Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer for the Plain Dealer, moonlights as the president of the Professional Basketball Writers’ Association. She is the first female to hold that office since its inception in 1972. Amidst one of the most riveting first rounds in NBA playoff history and the historic ban of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling, Boyer took some time out of her morning to chat with Scene about the league, its crazy trends, its new commissioner Adam Silver, and just where the hell the Cavs might be headed. (Hint: not even Dan Gilbert knows). The full interview is available at clevescene.com.

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Sam Allard: Man oh man. These playoffs. Mary Schmitt Boyer: I know. I cannot stay up late enough to watch these West Coast games, but boy, they are tough to turn off. I wake up on the couch watching some infomercial…

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Whooee. So end-of-year voting is now transparent! This seems like kind of a big deal in the basketball world. I wish it were a bigger deal, and I wish I could take more credit for it, but it could not have been any less dramatic of a development. It’s something that’s been discussed for a number of years. So what happened this year? Honestly, all I did was send out an email. We [the PBWA] meet twice a year, at the All-Star Game and the finals, so ahead of the All Star Game I sent out an email saying, “Anybody have anything they want on the agenda?” People wrote back saying they’d like to talk about the voting. We had a very brief session with Adam Silver. We took a hands vote, “Are you in favor of making votes

transparent?” It was not unanimous. There were a few dissenters. But we had, I’m gonna guess, 60 writers there and 45 to 50 raised their hands.

This is on the record, yes? Oh yeah yeah yeah yeah, except there’s not much to the story. Adam Silver is Mr. Transparency, honestly. It will be a hallmark of his era. He was all in favor, so boom, that was it. There was no arm-wringing. There was no negotiating. It was really, to use a cliche, kind of an idea whose time had come, and I was in the right place at the right time. Do you think it’s a problem that writers and broadcasters affiliated with certain teams are voting for league-wide awards? Is there a conflict of interest there? A number of papers, including the New York Times, does not let its writers vote for these awards, and frankly, I have no problem with that. A very good argument can be made that none of us should vote, especially because some of these players have bonuses for winning, which complicates salary cap considerations. The Plain Dealer’s kind of traditional in that the beat writers don’t write a lot of “columns” advocating things, but with broadcasters in the mix, that taints it. What was your ballot? I voted for Noah for defensive player of the year. He’s the best defensive player on the best defensive team. I voted for Kevin Durant for MVP. I thought he was more important to his team this year, given the injuries OKC had, though I still think LeBron’s the best player. I think Durant was more valuable this year. Do you think voter fatigue’s a real thing? That writers might be getting sick of LeBron winning year

Mary Schmitt Boyer opted not to wear the Cavs’ uniform on picture day. (Photo courtesy of the Plain Dealer)

after year so they vote for someone else? You know there could be some of that, but I like to think my colleagues give thoughtful consideration to their votes. I like to give them more credit than that.

even know if he’s gonna be here. In conversations I’ve had with Griffin, he can’t do anything but act as if the job is his. The combine is in Chicago in two weeks and you would have to think that Dan Gilbert would make a decision before then.

Initial reactions to the Donald Sterling fiasco? I don’t think Adam Silver could have done a better job. Three months into his commissionership, I think that everything he said and did was absolutely the right way to go. That it landed on Adam Silver’s plate is a little curious.

What’s the hold up? My problem speculating is that I have not spoken to Dan Gilbert. A lot of times he’ll talk, and everything will be off the record, but at least you have some idea of what’s going on, but there’s been no conversation here. One school of thought holds that perhaps he feels as if he acted too fast last year. By this time last year, they’d fired Byron Scott and hired Mike. So he’s taking an extraordinary amount of time this year. At least it feels like it to us.

You mean because people say Sterling should’ve been ousted 20 years ago? Right. And I know that Adam Silver was asked about that at press conferences. But I think that’s unfair. [Under former commissioner David Stern], Silver was not making decisions. He may have been in the room during discussions, but he didn’t make them. When it was his turn to make a decision, he made a very forceful one. I have not heard anyone who was not pleased with how he handled things last Tuesday. In a terrible situation, he did exactly what was needed. Let’s talk Cavs. Any word within the organization about guys they’re eying in the first round? None. It sounds absurd, but they’re still sort of in their rating process. They’ve certainly done their initial research, but it’s difficult when [interim GM David] Griffin doesn’t

Think he’ll fire Mike Brown? My gut reaction is no. Is the Kyrie/Dion drama fixable? Griffin certainly believes it’s a fixable problem. The thing that will determine what happens is the whole contract issue. Is Kyrie worth the max contract? Put it this way: He is their best player. He is not their leader. He wants to be the leader. He recognizes that for better or for worse he is the face of the franchise. But he is not their leader.

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UPFRONT Cleveland is more of the god-forsaken same. Cleveland is a city that thinks it enjoys a cultured lifestyle, a creative tip of the hat toward the weirdness of America. And some in this city really do bleed artistic hope for the betterment of all. Naji is one of them, and there are many, many others. But Cleveland is a city helmed by puritanical elbow-rubbing poo-pooers.

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An arbitrator has ruled that the expulsion of Shaker Heights High School Sophomore Isaac Richmond, who filmed an altercation between two female students on his phone on March 19, was excessive and unwarranted. Richmond will return to class Monday, May 12, to the relief of parents (and some teachers) who have increasingly come to view new 34-year-old Superintendent Gregory Hutchings as an egomaniac with something to prove. Isaac Richmond isn’t Dr. Hutchings’ first sacrificial lamb who has successfully appealed his sacrifice. On April 22, Channel 5 reported that Shaker Heights Sophomore Josh Lugo-Ortiz, a strong student who’d been expelled for picking up a homemade knife that his friend had brought to school -“Curiosity got the best of me,” LugoOrtiz admitted -- would be allowed to return to class on May 19, sooner than the prescribed 45-day expulsion. Lugo-Ortiz’s attorney, Todd Kotler, told WEWS that the school had every right to keep its students

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NEWS safe, but “where they became overzealous” was punishing his client to prove a point. Kotler said he hoped the situation would foster a conversation about school policies. School policy was at the root of the appeal in Isaac Richmond’s case as well. Richmond filmed a fight on an electronic device, and though technically the student handbook prohibits the use of such devices, “unless otherwise instructed by a staff member,” Richmond’s mother Karen Trumbo said students use them all day long. Any high school teacher will tell you the same, despite their efforts to keep kids off their phones. “They do surveys in class, they look up words,” Trumbo told Scene in a phone interview. “They send pictures of their food to Michelle Obama. That’s what they do. I told Hutchings, ‘The kids are way ahead of us.’” Trumbo said that her son has been instructed not to post videos like that to social media, but he did forward it to a friend, a senior on the basketball team. He also shared the video with a Shaker Heights police officer who works undercover at the high school for security. That officer, who asked to remain nameless, told Scene that because there are no cameras in the classrooms, Richmond’s video may in fact be used as official evidence in a court of law. He also confirmed that when security guards see students with phones in the hall, they tell them to put them away and that’s generally the end of it. Trumbo said that sensible policies regarding students’ devices haven’t been made clear. “Isaac didn’t even know he did anything wrong,” said Trumbo.

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“If they would’ve asked him to delete the video, he would have.” She said she finds it problematic that Dr. Hutchings called an emergency meeting for faculty after the altercation but never held an assembly for the students to review rules and expectations. “This should have been a teaching moment,” she said. Instead, he was expelled. Trumbo also contended that the initial hearing for her son was a sham, as Hutchings had already indicated to the “Shakerite,” a hyper-local news outlet, that he’d be recommending expulsion for the videographers as well as the combatants. Hutchings, who most recently worked “in a position equivalent to an assistant superintendent” in Alexandria, Virginia, was unavailable Monday and Tuesday for an interview. Shaker Heights Schools’ Director of Communications Peggy Caldwell responded by phone to say that as a matter of policy, they don’t discuss individual disciplinary procedures publicly. She provided the portion of the student handbook which pertains to use of electronic devices. “If a student uses a cell phone or other electronic device during the school day without authorization,” the handbook read, “it may be confiscated and held in the office until claimed by a parent/guardian.” Hutchings’ version: “If a student uses a cell phone one more fucking time, he/she will either be expelled or sentenced to 48 hours in the goddamn stocks.” Todd Kotler cited two studies (one from the American Psychological Association and one from a family law journal) that argue persuasively

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that zero-tolerance policies like Hutchings’ aren’t effective methods to rehabilitate and reform misbehaving children. Kotler, along with Trumbo, felt that punishments should be commensurate with the infraction. Scene agrees. Confiscating a phone when you’re not supposed to be using it sounds fair. Expelling high-performing students for a first-time, non-violent offense seems like the most egregious crime of all. But so it goes in the fiefdoms of over-aggressive, power-hungry superintendents.

WILL MASCARO WILL DEBATE YOU ON ANY SUBJECT AND WIN On a lighter education note: Last week, Hawken senior Will Mascaro won the Tournament of Champions, which is the most prestigious high school debate forum in the country. He’s kind of a phenom among the national debate circuit. Gavel Me Down, a Tumblr devoted to such endeavors, routinely features Mascaro and hints at a level of otherworldly debate prowess that most others will never attain. He’s the only two-time defending state champion in the history of Congressional Debate (aka Student Congress and aka the Will Mascaro Thunderdome) and is the No. 1 ranked high school debater in the country. We don’t often get to throw light on upbeat stories around here (see: the preceding two stories), so here’s to Will.

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“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” That’s a startlingly relevant quote from H.L Mencken, who would be such a great addition to the local media landscape here in Cleveland. Yes, even as a rotting bag of carbon six feet deep in Baltimore these days, Mencken’s input is a needed dose of reality against the brutes running things around here. On May 2, state liquor agents raided Loren Naji’s Studio Gallery on West 25th Street. It was a Friday night, and Naji was hosting a show featuring three local artists and a local band. There was a fine spread of beer and wine and food, as there tends to be at these sorts of things, to be given out freely to guests. The same scene plays out every weekend across galleries all around town but this shindig was singled out. Cleveland police officers visited the gallery at the start of the reception and requested that Naji not accept tips for the alcohol. He said that he would only be accepting tips for the band, Yosemight, playing throughout the show. The officers then left. (The Cleveland Division of Police declined comment to the local press.) In short order, plainclothes state

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WHAT THE RAID ON LOREN NAJI’S STUDIO GALLERY MEANS FOR CLEVELAND liquor agents arrived and shut the whole event down. According to those at the party, the agents (all wearing matching black sweatshirts as to appear most mighty and dad-like) were insisting that it is illegal for galleries to give away alcohol. They herded everyone out of the gallery, some 150 people in total, refusing to answer questions and attempting to stop all attempts at recording their activities. More than $600 in alcohol was confiscated, along with the tin can of tips totalling some $53. Naji, meeting with Scene in his gallery earlier this week, was still grasping for an explanation. He’s owned his building for 11 years and helped anchor both development along West 25 Street and the city’s burgeoning arts community as a whole. He remained cooperative during the raid, agents say, but he’s still wondering: What the hell? All lines of conversation lead to a “retired contractor” named Henry Senyak. He lives in Tremont and by all accounts despises fun and loves the governmental permitting process. He’s a civic building code junkie, which is just about the worst kind. His Facebook page is pure theater. Back in March, Senyak personally initiated a city inspection of Naji’s

THE PRICE IS PUBLICLY SUBSIDIZED RNC rep leaves Cleveland with a “favorable impression.” Turns out she was just talking about Joe Cimperman’s great impression of Drew Carey. Ask him about it.

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studio. Records show only that Naji’s property was being investigated for “illegal use.” The two inspectors listed on the code enforcement record were unavailable for comment earlier this week. But furthermore, Senyak admitted to The Plain Dealer’s Micheal Heaton that he initiated the Friday night raid, as well, saying only that it’s his love of Cleveland that drives him to get all crazy about building code violations. One attendee of the party backed up the widely reported claims of frenzy during the raid and told Scene: “After talking to a few different people, it was evident that a man named Henry Senyak was somehow involved in this whole bust. Everyone was just ripping him apart. The party drastically died down because of the alcohol being taken and the police putting a huge negative vibe on the night.” Which makes sense: partygoers love booze and hate negative vibes.

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No official has really been able to articulate what Naji did wrong. The Cleveland Enforcement Office of the Ohio Investigative Unit just let the phone ring and ring when Scene called in. An F-2 permit must be secured for a nonprofit to sell alcohol on the premises for up to four days (that’ll run about $160), but Naji was not selling alcohol nor is he running a nonprofit. In those cases, the state claims that event organizers must seek some sort of nonprofit sponsor. It’s easier to follow the line that Cleveland police seem to have struck out on: For-profit gallery owners host shows and offer complimentary drinks. That’s fine. Those sorts of events have catalyzed neighborhood growth from Tremont and Ohio City to forthcoming boons in Collinwood and Slavic Village. After Friday’s raid and the ensuing silence from local leaders, it’s unclear if Cleveland understands that. At best, what the raid signifies to

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