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UPFRONT KARI OATMAN JOINS PIVOTAL EAST CLEVELAND MAYOR’S RACE
ON THE HEELS OF A MAYORAL recall last December, the voters of East Cleveland turn now toward a municipal election this November. Current Mayor Brandon King has not yet ﬁled his candidacy with the Board of Elections, but all signs point to him running. (He assumed leadership after former Mayor Gary Norton and former Council President Thomas Wheeler were ousted). So far, seven candidates have joined the race, including ﬁrst-timer Kari Oatman. Scene met with her recently to talk about the direction of her hometown and what awaits on the horizon for East Cleveland. In the wake of last year’s headspinning presidential election, Oatman joined her friends in taking up the Indivisible movement — a resistance to how politics were unfolding in 2017 and a widespread mobilization of U.S. citizens. One of the underlying tenets of the movement is direct contact with elected representatives, and, indeed, a steady stream of phone calls and emails has rolled into Washington for the past few months — more than double the usual amount. The Indivisible movement also encourages citizens to run for local ofﬁce. Oatman says she’d considered running in East Cleveland for years, and 2017 seemed to bring about the right conﬂuence of events for her to make the decision. “I think there’s a time and a place when you have to step up and civically do your due diligence if you want to have change,” she says. Looking around at the state of East Cleveland, it’s clear that something has to give. Merger talks with the city of Cleveland have largely publicly stalled, and the conversation about how to fund
“I think there’s a time and a place when you have to step up and civically do your due diligence if you want to have change.”
the city’s future continues apace in council meetings, in library meetings, at church. The city remains in ﬁscal emergency, according to the state auditor’s ofﬁce. Funding for public services remains a top priority for East Cleveland, and Oatman is very familiar with that. “We can’t just rely on state funding, federal funding and grant funding,” she says. The key to a healthier budget, she adds, is growing the city’s network of investors and a broader private tax base. The border with Cleveland’s University Circle, of course, is central to that idea. Already, investment is brewing on East
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Cleveland’s southern hemline. Oatman says that the key to working with University Circle stakeholders in encouraging “organic” growth. She says that, as mayor, she would outline three business districts in East Cleveland: Euclid Avenue, Hayden Avenue and Noble Road. “We want to try to get different independent small businesses in,” she says. The “spillover effect” from University Circle’s economic development successes can be treated as a foundation for East Cleveland’s growth. And for private residents, the housing stock is a vital component of city tax revenues as well. Oatman’s plan will determine who
owns every home in East Cleveland and urge payment of back taxes or forfeiture to the city — at which point the city will rate homes on a 1-5 scale and either demolish what needs to be demolished or market the rehabbed homes to prospective new residents like single mothers and veterans. “We’ve got to up our population,” Oatman says. What the development problems — and the infrastructure problems — demand is open communication between city leadership and its residents. For too long, as anyone who’s attended a public meeting in East Cleveland can attest, internal distractions have taken up a lot of public time. “It is years of inﬁghting,
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mismanagement,â€? Oatman says. â€œI think in some cases, lots of things have come to pass that the people who are on council currently inherited. I salute anyone who stepped up to the plate to try to correct this. But you look at things like the ďŹ nancials of the city: Have they been allocated properly? You look at the audits for the city, and there are so many holes and gaps: This is not the proper way that things should be managed. I think that weâ€™re going to have to make some drastic changes very quickly if we want to maintain our â€” and I donâ€™t want to say â€˜sovereignty,â€™ but if we want to maintain our own thing.â€? There are many visions for East Cleveland, but Oatmanâ€™s begins with the word â€œcommunity.â€? She recalls street festivals, neighborhood gatherings at Forest Hills Park and just generally a better sense of morale in East Cleveland when she was growing up in the 90s. â€œThere may not have been a ton of money, but we were better using what we had,â€? she says, adding that the city still has a spectrum of great programs available for residents â€” but that they arenâ€™t being marketed well to the people. Itâ€™s hard not to look back at East Clevelandâ€™s past, the home of John D. Rockefeller and the wonders of Euclid Avenue. But whatâ€™s past is merely prologue, and Oatman insists that thereâ€™s a very important conversation that needs to happen in the city right now. â€œThereâ€™s nothing to say we canâ€™t have that back, but we do have to look at it from a modern standpoint,â€? Oatman says. â€œI donâ€™t think our history lies in gentriďŹ cation. Thatâ€™s worked in Ohio City in Tremont, and thatâ€™s OK; for us, itâ€™s multicultural linguistics. Itâ€™s learning how we can come together to create new histories, new businesses, new restaurants. We donâ€™t even have a coffee shop! How are we going to attract young professional families?â€? â€” Eric Sandy
METROHEALTHâ€™S TRANSGENDER JOB FAIR COUNTERS ONGOING DISCRIMINATION The third annual Transgender Job Fair returned to MetroHealth recently, offering a welcoming space for men and women too often stuck on the wrong end of employment
discrimination in Ohio. The job fair brings a bunch of inclusive companies together â€” many of them national brands, like Starbucks and Progressive â€” and introduces them to transgender men and women seeking work in the Cleveland area. â€œIt is simply to provide opportunity for a group of people that sometimes has difďŹ culty accessing work,â€? says Ginger Marshall, a member of Metroâ€™s patient/family advisory council and a transgender woman herself. â€œWe tend to get screened out.â€? Sheâ€™s referring to the process of employers running background checks and ďŹ nding incongruities between prospective employeesâ€™ legal names and, say, former names that might show up on credit reports or other records from the past. Those can be explained away, of course, but very often employers will shut down the screening process if differently gendered names are coming up â€” well before any HR rep even picks up the phone for a ďŹ rst-round interview. Thatâ€™s where the Transgender Job Fair comes in, and, by all accounts, this yearâ€™s event was a big step in a helpful direction. â€œItâ€™s kind of old-fashioned,â€? Marshall says. â€œI donâ€™t know if youâ€™ve looked for work lately, but the process is horrendous: online applications that can take a couple of hours to ďŹ ll out. You get screened out by machines based on keywords, and you never actually talk to a human being.â€? Weâ€™ll point brieďŹ‚y to a major report published by the Williams Institute a few years back: â€œAs recently as 2010, 78 percent of respondents to the largest survey of transgender people to date reported having experienced harassment or mistreatment at work, and 47 percent reported having been discriminated against in hiring, promotion, or job retention because of their gender identity.â€? Some cities maintain legal language that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression â€” and some companies do, too â€” but this sort of discrimination lurks far more systemically that local legislators might publicly admit. Gov. John Kasich, for his part, says he hasnâ€™t heard about anything like that. On the campaign trail last year, with regard to anti-LGBT discrimination, he remarked: â€œIf youâ€™re feeling like somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just for a second get
Q DEAL REFERENDUM EFFORT HEATS UP IN EARNEST Calling the Q deal â€œdeeply ďŹ‚awed,â€? Greater Cleveland Congregations announced a new coalition of local citizen organizations that will begin gathering signatures for a voter referendum in an effort to repeal the controversial legislation passed last week. The ordinance in question (305-17) commits an estimated $88 million of city money to the Q project from 2023-2034. It has been the subject of extensive debate
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as it has progressed â€œlike a knife through butterâ€? (quoting Ward 8 Councilman Mike Polensek), through the county and city councils. It was never expected to fail. The $88 million represents the cityâ€™s contribution in the arenaâ€™s exterior overhaul, which may cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $280 million after interest payments and the creation of a sports facility renovation reserve. The city funds will come from a portion of the eight-percent admissions tax collected on ticketed events at the Q. County council voted to issue $140 million in bonds for the project after lengthy deliberations earlier this year. Greater Cleveland Congregations, the organization that has led the opposition effort thus far, is now joined by Service Employees International Union Local 1199, the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 268. Together, theyâ€™ll begin collecting the necessary 6,000 signatures. They have 30 days to submit them. The coalition has been meeting to explore strategies for weeks â€” GCC has said that â€œall options were on the tableâ€? â€” but they met recently at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church to ďŹ nalize their next steps on the referendum. â€œFrom the beginning there has been an unwillingness to develop a deal that addresses the critical ills in our neighborhoods like high unemployment, inadequate mental health crisis centers, increasing gun violence, and persistent challenges in schools,â€? said Pastor Richard Gibson, one of GCCâ€™s leaders, in a press release. â€œMore energy has been spent attacking our proposal than considering or developing a deal that would more broadly impact our city and county.â€? Itâ€™s an important point. GCC has long cried foul that the deal was never subject to meaningful negotiation with input from residents. It was presented to the public, fully formed and â€œto much fanfare and celebrationâ€? at a press event in December. As Kevin Kelley veriďŹ ed to Scene, all city council was prepared to do was ratify the deal, not change or expand it. It was Kelley, nevertheless, who was said to have negotiated additional provisions to sweeten the deal hours before the ďŹ nal council vote. GCC contends that those additional provisions are nowhere near enough. Among other
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gestures, the Cavs have agreed to â€œrefurbishâ€? the gym floors at city rec centers and CMSD high schools â€” about 53 gym floors at roughly $15,000 a pop, per councilman Matt Zone â€” a far cry from the dollar-for-dollar match that GCC has proposed. Negotiating a community benefits agreement, the GCC said, is a practice â€œthat has become commonplace across the country when municipalities seek significant public subsidy for development projects such as sports arenas, yet has never been done in Clevelandâ€™s history.â€? While the city does have a â€œCBAâ€? in place for development projects, it deals exclusively with hiring goals. And while hiring local and minority labor is important, GCC has contended that those considerations should be â€œbaked intoâ€? every city project â€” before benefits negotiations. Like others who oppose the deal, including several of the city councilmen, the new coalition highlighted an array of difficulties facing the region that could be
neighborhoodsâ€? and erroneously wrote that it would create 700 new permanent jobs â€” it will create an estimated 2,500 construction jobs and zero permanent jobs â€” and repeated the lie that the Cavs will cover costs if actual tax revenue comes up short. As County Council discovered and City Council confirmed, the public will be covering shortfalls. â€”Sam Allard
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addressed in a CBA. â€œThe push for the Q expansion has taken place in the backdrop of Cleveland experiencing its worst street violence in decades and Cuyahoga County being the epicenter of the nationâ€™s opioid epidemic,â€? the press release concluded. â€œThe region remains one of the hardest-hit by the foreclosure crisis and slowest to recover. The county is $1 billion in debt and the city of Cleveland recently needed to pass a major income tax increase on regular working people to cover the costs of basic services in the city. There remains a better solution for our community.â€? Because City Council passed 305-17 with a 2/3 majority â€” Brian Cummins switched from a NO to a YES to make the final tally 12-5 â€” the ordinance received an emergency designation and took effect immediately. Frank Jackson signed it into law in a rhapsodic Facebook Live video last Tuesday. And in Sundayâ€™s Plain Dealer, he wrote an opinion piece once again calling the deal â€œone of the best the city of Cleveland has ever made,â€? an astonishing statement. He further characterized the project as â€œan investment in Clevelandâ€™s
persuasively has lost its way. In a lively question and answer period — it was the longest line for questions we’ve ever seen at a City Club event — Sanders touched on issues of political activism, gerrymandering, the national Democratic agenda, his support for a Pro-Life candidate in Nebraska, and even the Q deal. “I don’t want to get too involved in the local issue,” said Sanders, in response to the question posed by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, “but I will tell you this. You have, all over this country, in many cases billionaires, people who own professional teams, who are going to taxpayers to ask for money. I don’t like that idea. That smacks to me of corporate welfare. I think billionaires can fund their own endeavors, and when you talk about a city which has blight, which has educational problems, I think what government should be doing is investing in the needs of working people and low-income people.” The early part of Sanders’ speech, about the perils of wealth inequality and the inordinate influence of money in politics, could be read as a direct (though accidental) condemnation of the Q deal. Later, in a question about what young people can do to get involved in politics, Sanders referenced basketball explicitly. “I understand you take basketball very seriously here,”
the senator said, referencing the impending series against the Raptors. “But Democracy is not the LeBron James show. It’s you.” —Allard
COSGROVE OUT Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove announced Monday morning that he will be stepping down from that role, which he’s held for 13 years. A replacement is expected to be named by the board by the end of this year. (Cosgrove will stay on in an advisory role.) Cosgrove worked as a cardiac surgeon at the Clinic for 30 years. He got his start as a surgeon in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam. “Cardiac surgery is an athletic event,” Cosgrove said once in a C-SPAN interview with David Lamb. “I had seen a lot of surgeons come to the end of their careers and not stop when their athletic abilities deteriorate. I wanted to stop before that happened.” He was named CEO in 2004. “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of an extraordinary and forward-thinking organization that puts patients at the center of everything we do,” Cosgrove said in a public statement this week.— Sandy
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EAT IT UP 25 new restaurants, breweries and bars we’re looking forward to this summer in Cleveland By Douglas Trattner LOOSEN YOUR BELTS, CLEVELAND DINERS AND drinkers: The next few weeks and months will be ﬁlled with gobs of restaurant, bar and brewery openings. If you thought 2016, which brought the arrival of Salt, Mabel’s, The Plum, Proper Pig, and Parker’s Downtown, to name just a few, was a frenetic year for new eateries, just wait ‘til this summer when no fewer than 26 new spots will debut from east to west. Buckle up, or, er, unbuckle, as the case may be. It’s shaping up to be a tremendous, delicious year.
NOW OPEN CHOW CHOW AT THE PARKVIEW It’s been a year and a half since Joseph Zegarac opened the popular Southern-styled shop Chow Chow Kitchen in Lakewood, and almost since the beginning the young chef was wondering where it all might lead. Expansion was the obvious choice, given the shop’s almost nonexistent dining room.
“I’ve met with people to discuss partnering up and I just get anxiety about more work just falling on me,” he says. “I never got the idea that someone would have my back and work with me until this situation came up.” “This situation” is a new partnership with Mike Plonski of Parkview Nite Club. You can now ﬁnd Zegarac running Chow Chow at the Parkview.
“Basically, we’re going to take pretty much everything that we love doing on both sides and collage it together,” says Zegarac. Parkview diners will get to enjoy Chow Chow staples on the reg, like Winner Dinner fried chicken and Nashville hot chicken, that crimson-crusted, devilishly spicy variation on a theme. TERRESTRIAL BREWING COMPANY Since the Battery Park neighborhood was developed more than 10 years ago, the eastern half of the historic smokestacktopped powerhouse building has remained vacant. That changed last month when Terrestrial Brewing Company (7524 Father Frascati) took up residence within those red brick walls. The project, more than two years in the making, is from partners Ryan Bennett and Ralph Sgro. Sgro, who is the brewer, was the opening GM at Platform Beer, where
he helped ﬁnish construction of that space and get it up and running. “Since I started home brewing, this has been a dream of mine,” he says. The owners were attracted to the building, formerly part of the Eveready Battery complex, and the proximity to Edgewater Park. But what appeals most to the owners is the number of current and future residents in the immediate area. “We had the opportunity to go out to Portland, Oregon, to do a workshop with Portland Kettle Works [the brewing equipment manufacturer],” Sgro says. “Just seeing the beer scene there, it was very similar to Cleveland. All these breweries pop up all the time there and it seemed like each brewery had its own little neighborhood that made it their own.” Most of the eight or so beers on tap now are ales, and some will be one-offs and small-scale experimental creations like single-keg infusions. The 95-seat taproom is pet- and family-friendly. | clevescene.com | May 3 - 9, 2017
FEATURE There is no kitchen; instead guests can take advantage of the myriad local restaurants nearby like CHA Pizza Kitchen, GrafďŹ ti, Vita Urbana, Local West and Banter. HOOK & HOOF For the past year, partners Hunter Toth and Chaz Bloom have been working to convert the old Fanucceâ€™s pizza shop (4125 Erie St.) in downtown Willoughby into Hook & Hoof, a New American kitchen, which recently opened. â€œI walked in the building and immediately fell in love with the old brick and character,â€? Toth notes. â€œI had this idea to build an old New York or Boston-style restaurant, with a long and tall room. I didnâ€™t want miles of square feet.â€? The concept for the restaurant melds the chefâ€™s experiences growing up in a family that ran a grocery store, where food and butchery were everyday concepts, with his culinary travels around the country. â€œIâ€™ll use all the techniques from butchers and ďŹ shmongers and all the ingredients that they would take
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OPENING SOON AND THROUGH THE SPRING FOREST CITY SHUFFLEBOARD After nearly a year of construction, Jim Miketo is putting the ďŹ nishing touches on Forest City ShufďŹ‚eboard Arena and Bar (4506 Lorain Ave.), a gorgeous new entertainment option on the Ohio City-Detroit Shoreway border. A
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“It’s one of those things that when you get people out there for the ﬁrst time they really enjoy the experience,” he explains. “There’s really no physical exertion, there are low barriers to entry, and you’re able to have a few drinks while playing competitively against your friends.” The building features ﬁve indoor and two outdoor courts. The “vintage varsity” boasts collegiate-style details like original baseball stadium seating, an old but functional scoreboard from Magniﬁcat High, bleacher-board backbar, high-tops fabricated from basketball court hardwood, and a jumbotron that will hang from the rafters. A fully equipped kitchen space, with service windows accessible from both inside and the outdoor patio, will be staffed by a rotating roster of local talent at all times. Out front, the two outdoor shufﬂeboard courts will be ﬂanked by a patio topped with green athletic turf keep the sports theme consistent. BOILER 65 Owners Lawrence Harris and Srey Ny, a refugee of Cambodia who grew up in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, visited numerous similarly styled eateries throughout the country in preparation for this project. Sometimes referred to as Cajunstyle seafood, boiling seafood, or even the less-than-tantalizing “seafood dump,” these fun, spirited restaurants have been proliferating across the nation after originating down south and out west. All feature seafood – almost always shellﬁsh – that is steamed and then tossed in a bag with spices and delivered to the table. Diners can “dump” the contents of the bag directly onto the wax papercovered tables or pluck it straight from the bag. Meals will be built around crawﬁsh, whole crab, head-on shrimp and lobster, which is steamed and tossed with a choice of ﬂavors and spice levels. Flavors range from Cajun to lemon pepper, and the spice levels from mild to incendiary. Bags usually also contain andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. Boiler 65 will open this week in Gordon Square. SEAFOOD SHAKE That aforementioned boom in boiling seafood restaurants? It’s extending to the east side as well. Ever since Winking Lizard closed its doors on Coventry last summer after nearly 20 years, there has been a ﬂurry of activity inside the space. Soon, all that prep activity will be
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done and Seafood Shake, much in the vein of Boiling Seafood on Lee Road and Boiler 65 in Detroit-Shoreway will debut. Since taking possession, the owner has completely gutted the 3,000-square-foot space. Built-in booths are covered with awnings to lend a casual “outdoor picnic feel” to the interior. A 12-foot-long, three-level ﬁsh tank will be ﬁlled with live seafood like lobster, Dungeness crabs, and other ﬁsh. In-season specials like live king crab and crawﬁsh will join the usual line-up of oysters and shrimp. All of it will be sold by the piece or pound and is prepared in one of a couple ways, Cajun style or fried. Look for Seafood Shake to open sometime in May. HI AND DRY Speaking of games… The curtains came down on Press Wine Bar (2221 Professor Ave., 216-566-9463) this winter, but owner John Owen was ready with a plan for the space with a springtime debut including a new name, concept, and design. The new concept has an old name: the Hi and Dry, which is the name of the tavern that the Southside replaced. Sherman DeLozier, Southside owner and partner to Owen, says the name is intended as a tribute. “I had my ﬁrst date with my wife at the Hi and Dry, so it’s always had a special place in my heart,” he says. The largest physical changes will take place in the large back room. That’s where approximately four duckpin bowling lanes will be
installed. Popular along the East Coast, duckpin features 10 short, squat pins and softball-sized balls with no ﬁnger holes. Bowlers get three balls per frame instead of the usual two. String-based pinsetters will right the fallen pins. DeLozier, who admits that ﬁnedining was never really his thing, says that he appreciates the time and place when everything wasn’t so highbrow in Tremont. “I’d love to bring some of those elements back,” he says. Look for the Hi and Dry to begin the fun in the coming weeks. CRU No restaurant project in recent — or distant, for that matter — memory comes close to Cru Uncorked with respect to spare-no-expense construction. The multi-million-dollar passion project in Moreland Hills is the vision and triumph of Bill Cutler, along with parents Sarah and Sandy, who is the retired CEO of Eaton Corp. “Our biggest word here is experience,” Bill Cutler explains. “There’s an experience when you arrive at the restaurant. There’s an experience when you walk into the restaurant. There’s an experience when you walk into the dining room. And there’s an experience when you go into the lounge.” Just 108 chairs are divided among those ﬁve spaces and servers will be responsible for no more than 14 guests at a time, guaranteeing that no request goes unheeded. John Stropki, a classically trained French chef, will preside over a
seasonal, Continental-style menu that favors high-end ingredients like foie gras, lobster, duck and tenderloin. Appetizers, priced $10 to $20, include grass-fed beef tartare with trufﬂe caviar and a quail egg; bordelaise-glazed escargot with a lemon herb salad; and lobster bisque with lobster meat and foam. Entrees on the spring menu, priced $30 to $50, include a sweet pea ravioli with braised radishes and wild mushrooms; striped sea bass with artichoke emulsion and favas; and a lavender-scented duck breast with duck conﬁt-stuffed onions and hazelnut farro. Fitting for a restaurant named Cru, a 6,000-bottle, 215-label wine inventory is spread among multiple temperature-controlled cellars and displays. Cru debuts in mid-May. MARBLE ROOM STEAK AND RAW BAR When Marble Room Steak and Raw Bar opens downtown this month or next, it will immediately jump to the front of the line in terms of Cleveland’s most impressive dining rooms. The dramatic restaurant inside the historic bank lobby of the Garﬁeld Building at East Sixth and Euclid was going to become the home of Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. When that deal fell through, there was little doubt who would step in to ﬁll its shoes. “There’s too much at stake – you can’t screw it up,” explains Malisse Sinito, who along with husband Frank will be the ones building out and operating the Marble Room | clevescene.com | May 3 - 9, 2017
FEATURE (623 Euclid Ave.). The pair also own Lockkeepers restaurant in Valley View, and Frank is CEO of Clevelandbased Millennia Companies, the owner of the building. Guests who step off Euclid Avenue and spin their way through the revolving door will be ﬂoored by the immense volume of the room, a highceilinged space that exceeds 10,000 square feet. Twin lounges with elegant soft seating will ﬂank the central host stand. To the right will be a bar devoted to sushi and raw bar. To the left, a bowed 20-seat marble bar is positioned between columns, above which will rise a two-story wine cellar accessed via sliding ladder. Booth seating will be tucked in between columns on both sides of the room. For those who don’t want a big, juicy USDA Prime porterhouse, there will be fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell, fresh-cut sushi, small plates and plenty of seafood. The menu and kitchen will be overseen by Alberto Leandri, the Venice-born chef who for the past four years has been executive chef at Lockkeepers.
THE LITERARY TAVERN For 30 years, the property at 1031 Literary Road in the heart of Tremont was known as the Literary Café, or “the Lit” for short. This past fall, Ross Valenti purchased the building from longtime owners Andy Timithy and Linda Baldizzi. Valenti, a Tremont resident who also operates the Broadview Heights businesses D’Agnese’s and Cantine, appreciates the building’s history, both architecturally and operationally, and intends to honor it. “I want to keep the integrity of what it was, because I’m old enough to remember the old Hi and Dry and the Starkweather – the transitional years,” he says, noting a couple neighborhood classics that were drastically changed. The bulk of the improvements are cosmetic, he says, with a storefront renovation chief among them. His goal for the 50-seat café, which will go by the new moniker the Literary Tavern, is to create a casual, comfortable and relevant place for neighbors to enjoy themselves. “Like a modern take on a shot-anda-beer bar,” Valenti says. “The idea is to have the kind of place I would like to go to. Not a concept-heavy place; it’s not a gastro-tavern, it’s not a wine bar, it’s not a cocktail lounge. It’s just a neighborhood tavern.” | clevescene.com | May 3 - 9, 2017
NOBLE BEAST Things are coming together quickly at Noble Beast Brewery, the craft brewery and taproom from Shaun Yasaki. In just a handful of years, Yasaki has moved from wedding photographer to cellar rat at Fat Head’s, to opening brewer at Platform Beer, where he worked for a year and a half. He left that post to open up a place of his own. That place turned out to be a 4,800-square-foot craft brewery at 1470 Lakeside, on the northeastern edge of downtown in what used to be a storage facility. Now the space features a custom designed 10-barrel brewhouse from Portland Kettle Works. Though it is just blocks from the heart of downtown, its location on Lakeside feels like an entirely different neighborhood, where views of the lake and sturdy brick warehouses dominate the landscape Yasaki plans to open in May with a lineup of ﬁve beers and grow from there. The name Noble Beast, he explains, is an allusion to the style of beers he intends to brew. “It will be a split between noble, classic beers like traditional German and Belgian styles and the crazy American styles.” Chef James Redford, who has spent the last four years working for Ben Bebenroth and Spice Catering, will preside over a menu of “locally sourced pub fare.” WORKING CLASS BREWERY AND TAPROOM “It’s full-steam ahead right now,” Richard Skains says about Working Class Brewery (17448 Lorain Ave., 216-965-2569), a new brewery and taproom that he’s opening with partner Carmen Rusoniello. The former Cleveland teacher and band director is building out a 3,600-square-foot space in Kamm’s Plaza. The rear third of the property will be home to the 10-barrel brewhouse and six fermenters. The front two thirds will be the site of the 70-seat taproom. There will be no kitchen; guests will be invited to bring in food from area restaurants if they wish. Skains says that as an avid homebrewer with summers off, he began working part-time at local breweries like Rocky River and Fat Head’s. “I’m at the age where I’m transitioning from one profession to another and it really only makes sense to be an owner,” he says. When it opens soon, Working Class initially will produce ﬁve year-
round styles, as well as seasonals and experimental one-offs. Beers will be sold onsite, but also canned and kegged for regional distribution. ZAYTOON A year and a half ago, David Ina and his parents Ghada and Albert opened Al’s Deli (1717 E. 9th St., 216-589-9223) on the main ﬂoor of the Residences at 1717. That popular deli is one of the few places in town where a diner can order a corned beef sandwich alongside a homemade falafel pita. “Some days we sell more chicken shawarma than we do Reubens,” Ina explains. “It amazes me the amount of trafﬁc that comes in particularly for the Middle Eastern food, which makes us really conﬁdent with this new concept.” That new concept is Zaytoon Lebanese Kitchen, a Middle Eastern café that will open this spring in the former Huron Square Deli space (1150 Huron Rd. E.) in the Halle Building. Zaytoon will open early, offering Turkish coffee and Lebanese pastries like namoura, dense semolina bars ﬂavored with orange blossom water, and kunafa in ka’ak, bubbling sweet cheese baked with shredded phyllo and tucked into sesame bread. The lunch menu will feature lentil soup, salads like tabbouleh and fattoush, vegetarian and beef-ﬁlled grape leaves, spinach pies and meat pies, falafel, and beef and chicken shawarma rolled into pita sandwiches. SMOKIN’ Q’S Back in December of 2015 we shared the news that Fisher’s Tavern (718 S.O.M. Center Rd.), the “oldest restaurant in Mayﬁeld,” was closing after 82 years in business. The owners had decided that the time was right to sell, which they did to restaurateur Carl Quagliata, the man behind such classics as Piccolo Mondo and Giovanni’s Ristorante. In the coming weeks, Quagliata and chef Zachary Ladner will open Smokin Q’s, a barbecue restaurant serving smoked meats and sides as well as lighter fare, lunch-appropriate salads and sandwiches. In addition to growing up in Texas and eating barbecue, Ladner says that he worked in a restaurant that focused heavily on smoked meats. Given his roots, the chef will certainly smoke beef, but he also recognizes our local fondness for pork, so that will ﬁnd a place on the menu as well. All will be smoked using real wood, he promises. ROOD FOOD AND PIE Brian Ruthsatz is a Cleveland native who’s been itching to get back
into the restaurant game since his days as an operator in Chicago. He’ll do just that come June, when Rood Food & Pie (17001 Madison Ave.) opens in the West Madison neighborhood of Lakewood. Rood Food will be an all-day café that straddles the line between breakfast and dinner, sweet and savory, classic and contemporary. What attracted Ruthsatz to this particular piece of property was the roomy back area that will serve as the on-site bakery. In the morning, Rood will serve light breakfasts of coffee, espresso and tea with pastries, overnight oats, scotch eggs, and pie. Lunch might feature biscuits, savory chicken potpies with fresh herbs, and smashed toasts creamed with avocado, basiltomatoes and/or meats. Dinner will offer small plates like build-yourown slider ﬂights on house-baked rolls. Items like refried jerk chicken, brisket and sloppy tofu will be paired with fresh-baked milk bread rolls or punchy curry rolls. “The other piece of this, obviously, is the pie,” says Ruthsatz. “We want people to segue into pie. When you talk about pie, people smile.” An in-house pastry chef will put a modern spin on classic pie recipes. A few seasonal options might include peach with a green tea crust, blueberry chamomile, apple with Ohio maple syrup, and lemon meringue with a raspberry bottom. LUCA WEST Since the summer of 2013, Luca Italian Cuisine (2100 Superior Viaduct, 216-862-2761) has been attracting lovers of ﬁne food and atmosphere to the Superior Viaduct, where magical skyline views combine with gourmet Italian food and wine to create truly memorable nights. Come mid-summer, owners Luca and Lola Sema will open a second location, this one in Westlake at the former Viva Fernando/Viva Barcelona spot (24600 Detroit Rd.). Following a total renovation of the space, Luca West will debut with a similar menu and wine program to the downtown location. BOSS DOG A year and a half ago. Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine closed its doors after 20 years. The stand-alone building was almost immediately purchased by local business owner Yashar Yildirim, who took his time searching for a suitable tenant for the space near the Cedar Lee Theatre. That search ended last summer when brothers Josh and Jason Sweet purchased the building to open
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FEATURE Boss Dog Brewing (2179 Lee Rd.), a 10-barrel brewery and restaurant that should plug a gaping hole in the immediate landscape. “We’ve been looking for the right space for two years,” says Josh. “We wanted to stick to the East Side; we’re Heights people, both my parents went to Heights High.” To get to this point, the brothers played the ultimate long game, starting down a path ﬁve years ago with this exact end game in mind. “We started out as your average homebrewers, doing it on our stove,” explains Josh. Boss Dog beers will be sold exclusively onsite to begin with. As for the style of beer, Josh says they won’t likely be timid. “Deﬁnitely more on the bold side,” he says. “We love hoppy beers, and coming from Fat Head’s, their beers are pretty hop-forward. But we’ll do a lot of different styles.” The decision to include a fullservice restaurant stems from the fact that the space is roomy but also the nature of the surrounding neighborhood. “We want to be a community centered place and I think that lends itself to an actual sit-down restaurant with good food and greet beer.” Diners can expect gastropub-style fare when Boss Dog opens its doors this summer. CITIZEN PIE, OHIO CITY VERSION The popular Neapolitan-style pizza shop Citizen Pie (15710 Waterloo Rd., 216-417-2742) is expanding and you can basically hear the whole west side of town squeal in delight. The team has inked a deal to open a second location, this one in the SoLo neighborhood of Ohio City, a block or so south of the West Side Market. The original in Collinwood continues to exceed the expectations of both the owners and customers. “It’s just this tiny little place, but we have become a destination,” says owner Claudia Young. The team, which also includes chef Vytauras Sasnauskas and partner Paulius Nasvytis, will be dishing up the same great woodﬁred pies in an eatery twice the size of the original when it opens this summer. “It’s going to be pretty much along the same lines, but each shop will have its own ﬂavor and vibe,” says Young. New additions will include a few salads and Saltimbocca Neapolitan
sandwiches, which basically take all the usual pizza ingredients and assemble them into sandwich form. Think wood-ﬁred pizza dough for bread ﬁlled with mozzarella, arugula, tomatoes and prosciutto, which will be sliced in house on a shiny new slicer. Also new to the roster will be pizza fritta, a Neapolitan street food that quickly deep fries a stuffed doubledough pie. SAUCY BREW WORKS Hingetown recently welcomed Spaces Gallery as one of its newest attractions. Another marquee addition will be opening soon: Saucy Brew Works from brewer Eric Anderson, formerly of Butcher and the Brewer, and partner Brent Zimmerman. Saucy promises to provide a fun, casual brewery and self-serve pizza concept in the old Steelman Building on Detroit and West 29th. By self-serve, Anderson means that customers will place their orders for beer and food up at the counter and grab seats in the open, industrial space. Based on the popular West Coast chain Pizza Port, the concept employs pizza ovens with baking stone conveyor belts that bake pies in less than two minutes. “They will be New Haven-style: medium-thin crust with lots of sauce and toppings,” says Anderson. The name obviously refers to pizza sauce, but it also is a reference to Anderson’s at-times unconventional brewing practices. This is the man, after all, who concocted a white stout called Albino. “It’s a double entendre,” he says. “Pizza is saucy, but it also refers to the way I approach beer with a little
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irreverence.” In addition to the sours, and a full slate of classic styles, Anderson will push the boundaries when it comes to experimental beers and hybrids that straddle the line between beer and wine. He’s a graduate of the Master Brewing Program at the Siebel Institute of Technology, the nation’s oldest brewing school. “I’ll use my microbiology background to make some mixedyeast fermentations to create some new ﬂavor proﬁles that just don’t exist with standard off-the-shelf yeasts,” he explains. XINJI NOODLE BAR The boom along Lorain Avenue in Ohio City just keeps on going. Soon, a Japanese-style noodle shop will join Platform Beer, The Grocery, Herb’n Twine, the Plum, Jack Flaps and Ohio City Provisions in that part of the neighborhood. Owner Shuxin Liu, a cook of two years at Momocho, will open Xinji Noodle Bar (4211 Lorain Ave.), an ambitious farm-to-bowl eatery. When it opens this summer, the restaurant will specialize in Japanese-style ramen, Korean-style fried chicken, smoked chicken wings and steamed buns. Liu says that each week, he’ll bring in whole pigs to use for the meat, broth and side dishes. The fat-and-gelatin-rich pork broth will be supplemented with meat from the belly, shoulder and neck, noodles, and traditional accompaniments like soy egg, scallions, bamboo shoots and wood ear mushrooms. What’s not used for the ramen will be crafted into charcuterie-style appetizers.
He also intends to expand the menu Citizen Pie from just ramen, Korean-style fried chicken and steamed buns to include small entrée dishes as he grows the business. The bar will focus mainly on beer and sake, but will offer a few wines as well. LBM, A COCKTAIL BAR AND KITCHEN For the past six years Eric Ho has worked at Melt in Lakewood, making his way up every rung of the industry ladder. Before the end of the year, he’ll take the next big step when he becomes an owner. When it opens this summer, L.B.M. (you’ll have to ﬁnd out what it stands for yourself) will be a casual cocktail bar with a full-service kitchen and chef. The inspiration for the concept originated in Chicago, says Ho. “Scofﬂaw in Chicago is my favorite bar,” he explains. Ho says that his spot will utilize the same high-quality ingredients and talent of other cocktail bars, but at a price point that makes it more of an everyday type of place. “A lot of it comes from the fact that I don’t have a bar that I’m comfortable sitting at,” he adds. “There are plenty of restaurants that have nice bars, but they close at 10 or 11 o’clock. And the ones that do go until 2:30 sometimes hurt the wallet a little bit. The drinks are really good but I can only go to them like once every three months or so.” A full-service kitchen, run by an as-yet-unnamed chef, will prepare a menu of progressive American small plates. The 1,300-square-foot interior will
have the look and feel of a â€œViking drinking hall,â€? notes Ho. Think chunky woods, plenty of taxidermy, masculine as heck. IL RIONE PIZZERIA Most of us are familiar with Clevelandâ€™s well-known Little Italy neighborhood on the east side of town. But few of us know the history behind Clevelandâ€™s west side Little Italy, clustered north of Detroit between W. 65th and 69th streets Along with partner Brian Moss, Holleran will channel that history with a new addition in an old billiard hall turned apartment building on W. 65th â€“ directly across the street from Stone Mad Pub - Il Rione Pizzeria (1303 W. 65th St.). The two have been developing the project since they worked together at Stone Mad. Holleran grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, and says that heâ€™s been lamenting the lack of what he calls â€œreal New York/New Jersey-style pizzaâ€? since he moved to Cleveland a decade ago. â€œMy goal was to try and replicate Spiritoâ€™s in Elizabeth, New Jersey,â€? he says. â€œIf you were to combine Spiritoâ€™s and Patsyâ€™s Pizza [in New York], thatâ€™s the ultimate goal.â€? To Holleran, pizza perfection is a 16-inch pie baked in a Blodgett deck oven. It comes out with a crispy bottom â€“ â€œmore like a baguette kind of doughâ€? â€“ and crispy crust enriched with a touch of olive oil. â€œThere will be nothing creative about our place,â€? says Holleran. â€œWe are not trying to be fancy-pants, but we donâ€™t want to be fast food either.â€? There will be beer, wine and a full bar, but donâ€™t expect a menu of Manhattans and Sazeracs. Because this project has been percolating for so long, Holleran says that he and his partner have watched in trepidation as new places continue to open up all around them. â€œEvery time another pizza place or place that has pizza opens up weâ€™d freak out and say, â€˜Somebody else is going to be the pizza people here!â€™â€? he says. â€œBut then weâ€™d go down and try it and say thatâ€™s totally not us, this is not even close to who we are, what we want to do, and how we want to make it. â€œ BAD TOM SMITH Thereâ€™d been chatter on the street that Bad Tom Smith Brewing Co., a small Cincinnati-based brewery, was looking to plant a ďŹ‚ag in Ohio City. Now we know when â€“ and where â€“ that Northeast Ohio taproom will open. Local operator Stephen Fellows said that the process of converting Weenie a Go Go (1836 W. 25th St.), a former
hot dog diner, into a small brewery and taproom is well underway and the beers, both brewed on site and shipped in from the Cincy brewery, should be ďŹ‚owing soon. HEADTRIP BREWERY Nick Seagle has been home brewing for just over six years, but he says the time has come to make the leap. Heâ€™ll be taking that jump with partner Tom Mitchell, when the pair opens Headtrip Brewery this summer on the Stow-Hudson border. The Bainbridge and Cuyahoga Falls owners, both in their early 30s, are starting out small, both in terms of space and equipment. The 1,500-square-foot space in the Stow Hudson Towne Centre, a former Guava Juice Bar, will feature a small brewery and taproom. The operation will be open weekends only. â€œWeâ€™re deďŹ nitely nano,â€? Seagle says. â€œWe are building a three-barrel system but will start with barrel-anda-half batches.â€? â€œSmall brewery, big dreams,â€? adds Mitchell. A selection of six draft beers, a few core ďŹ‚avors plus ever-changing varieties, will include Belgians, stouts, porters, wheats and tart, sour-like fruit beers. The guys say that as craft beer drinkers they grew tired of having no options in their own backyard. The closest brewery, MadCap Brew Co., is located 20 minutes away in Kent. â€œThis is a community that is starved for things to do,â€? Mitchell points out. â€œWe have to drive to Akron or to Cuyahoga Falls or to Hudson.â€? CRUST Progress is picking up steam at the former Komorowski Funeral Home building (2258 Professor Ave.) in Tremont, which was gutted and rebuilt to accommodate a new and improved Visible Voice Books and Crust (1020 Kenilworth Ave., 216-583-0257) pizzeria. Ferrante purchased the spacious three-level structure in the heart of Tremont, and when the building reopens this summer it will feature a second-ďŹ‚oor bookstore, a main ďŹ‚oor pizzeria, and a spacious back patio. New to the Crust operation â€“ in addition to square footage and air conditioning â€“ will be a bar and liquor license. To accommodate the move, Crust owner Mike GrifďŹ n will shutter the small ďŹ ve-year-old shop down the road
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p.m. at the Happy Dog. Admission is $5. (Niesel) 5801 Detroit Ave., 216-651-9474, happydogcleveland.com.
Art Doc Double Feature Tonight at 6:45, the Cleveland Museum of Art will screen two ﬁlms about groundbreaking American artists. The ﬁrst, What About Style? Alex Katz: A Painter’s Painter, focuses on Katz, a subject of a current CMA art exhibit that showcases nearly 80 key loans of Katz’s work. Tonight’s program also includes a screening of Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray, a ﬁlm that pairs interviews and archival ﬁlm clips with journal entries read by Meryl Streep. Tickets cost $9, $7 for CMA members, students and seniors. (Jeff Niesel) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org. COMEDY
Bill Burr Aside from selling out shows internationally, comedian Bill Burr has made his way into a few movies — playing both serious and comedic roles — and put out ﬁve albums, all while being hailed as one of the top comedians in the industry. It’s for good reason, though, because the brutally honest Burr’s “against the grain” perspective on many of society’s quirks makes for sets that will both offend and delight. His tendency to cap his thoughts with “Ya know?” makes him seems more like a passionate everyday guy than a seasoned veteran putting on a show. He performs tonight at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Hilarities. Tickets are sold out. (Jacob DeSmit) 2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com. SPORTS
Cavs vs. Toronto Raptors The Cavs dominated the Raptors during the regular season, beating them in three of four meetings. But the Raptors still ﬁnished with one of the best records in the East and should be a formidable opponent for the Cavs. Tonight’s game begins at 7 at the Q. Tickets are sold out, but fans with or without a ticket to the game can experience Cavs playoff excitement at the popular free Cavs Fan Fest taking place outdoors at Gateway Plaza and along East Sixth St. (Niesel) 1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.
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CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program For nearly all of its 100-year history, the Cleveland Museum of Art has presented music from around the world, making its annual Performing Arts series part of a long tradition. The series launches tonight with a CIM/CWRU Joint Music Program that features artists from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University’s early and baroque music programs. The musicians will present mixed programs of chamber music, and the concerts regularly feature instruments from the museum’s keyboard collection. Those concerts take place in the museum’s galleries at 6 p.m. on the ﬁrst Wednesdays on the month through May. (Niesel) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org. ART
The Cleveland Arts Prize The Cleveland Arts Prize is the oldest award of its kind in the United States. For more than 45 years, the organization has recognized local individual artists and arts advocates with special awards. From 6 to 8 tonight, MOCA Cleveland hosts a live announcement of the 2017 Cleveland Arts Prize winners. Wednesday’s event also includes the third installment of CAPtalks, featuring storytellers Cindy Barber, owner of the Beachland Ballroom & Tavern (CAP 2007), and geometric abstraction artist John Pearson (CAP 1975), who’ll discuss the subject of love. General admission tickets are $15, and Sponsor Circle tickets are available for $100 each and include 5 p.m. entry. (Josh Usmani)
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Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is a weekly series that pairs ﬁne food with storytelling. Through it, the folks at the Music Box Supper Club hope to help raise awareness of the mission of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to “bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past — from sports, to rock ‘n’ roll, to Millionaires’ Row,” as it’s put in a press release. Admission is free, with no cover charge, although a prix ﬁxe dinner, designed to complement the night’s theme, is $20. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is served at 6, and the storytelling starts at 7. Tonight, Chris Ronayne, the President of University Circle Inc., talks about why University Circle is laid out the way it is. The featured three-course dinner includes kielbasa and kraut soup, braised pork chop, gravy and mashed potatoes, and an ice cream sundae for dessert. (Niesel) 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com. SPOKEN WORD
Keep Talking Keep Talking is an exciting storytellers program where locals can share their real-life experiences on a theme. This month’s theme is “art.” The series offers attendees the chance to grab a drink and a dog while listening to some of their Cleveland neighbors tell tall tales. It starts at 8
Kent State and the Vietnam War Weeks after national guardsmen shot and killed four college students during an anti-Vietnam war protest on the Kent State University campus, Neil Young penned “Ohio,” a tune about the incident. The Vietnam War inspired songs from Buffalo Springﬁeld, Phil Ochs and Edwin Starr. Kent State & the Vietnam War, a ﬁlm about the time period, screens continuously today until 9 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theatre. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-5158444, rockhall.com. FILM
Reel Science Cleveland Cinemas and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History have teamed up for Reel Science, an ongoing series of ﬁlms that features an eclectic and diverse line-up of classic and contemporary ﬁlms The series aims to “explore the facts and ﬁctions in each ﬁlm” with an introduction and post-screening discussion hosted by one of the experts from CMNH. Tonight’s entry: When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, a campy sci-ﬁ/fantasy movie about “a time when men lived in fear,” as it’s put in the trailer. The screening will feature a live commentary with comedian Bill Squire from The Alan Cox Show, Lee Gambol (Distance Learning Coordinator) and Lee Hall (Vertebrate Paleontologist) from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $7.50, but CMNH and Marquee Rewards members can purchase a discounted admission at the box ofﬁce for just $5. A portion of each admission beneﬁts the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. (Niesel) 1390 West 65th St., 216-651-7295, clevelandcinemas.com. FOOD
Walnut Wednesday Walnut Wednesday is one of summer’s great traditions. Today from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Perk Plaza at Chester Commons — at East 12th and Walnut Streets — food trucks gather to serve up lunch to area residents and employees. Follow the Downtown Cleveland Alliance on Facebook for weekly updates on vendors, entertainment offerings and more. | clevescene.com | May 3 - 9, 2017
GET OUT Admission is free, but the food will cost you. (Niesel) downtowncleveland.com
sangrias and margaritas in the United States.” DJ Traga will spin Latin, Carribean, South American, Jamaican Dancehall and Mexican vinyl until 9 p.m. Both events are free. (Niesel) 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net. COMEDY
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her a Screen Actors Guild award nomination; she’s now in the process of writing a revealing autobiography and putting together her own one-woman show, The Confessions of a Suicidal Diva. She performs tonight at 7:30 at the Improv, where she has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets are $17 to $20. (Lisa Hammond) 1148 Main Ave., 216-696-IMPROV, clevelandimprov.com.
Orny Adams Orny Adams’ dry optimism and seeming preference for the things most people would hate (he likes nightmares more than good dreams) are good fodder for his standup. His past work includes writing jokes for Jay Leno and Gary Shandling, and he currently plays the character of Coach Finstock on MTV’s Teen Wolf. He performs tonight at 8 at Hilarities, where he has shows scheduled through Sunday. Tickets start at $23. (Liz Trenholme) 2035 East Fourth St., 216-241-7425, pickwickandfrolic.com.
Pelléas and Mélisande Among the most magical of all opera scores, Pelléas and Mélisande, Claude Debussy’s only completed opera, centers on two fallen lovers who marry and then return to a dark ancestral castle. Yuval Sharon (The Cunning Little Vixen) directs this made-forCleveland production. The performance takes place at 7:30 tonight at Severance Hall, where it repeats at the same time on Saturday. (Niesel) 11001 Euclid Ave., 216-231-1111, clevelandorchestra.com.
Art Therapy Studios Spaces’ new home includes a beautiful classroom space overlooking the intersection of West 29th Street and Detroit Avenue This new addition allows the organization to provide more regular educational programming and community outreach efforts. Join Spaces and members of the community for Art Therapy Studios on the ﬁrst Thursday of each month. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., Spaces invites the public to get inspired by the experimental art projects currently on view in its galleries, create your own original artwork and connect with your community. A $5 admission fee covers the cost of supplies, and all materials are provided. At least ﬁve reservations are required for the class to be held. Please RSVP by calling 216-791-9303 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Usmani) 2900 Detroit Ave., 216-621-2314, spacesgallery.org.
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Beast No Feast Cinco De Mayo Celebrating Cinco de Mayo doesn’t have to involve stufﬁng your face with beef tacos. Today at 5 p.m. at Now That’s Class, the restaurant Helio Terra presents Beast No Feast Cinco de Mayo, a vegan-friendly celebration that will feature bean and cheese enchiladas, Jicama Napa cabbage slaw, and raw chipotle chocolate cashew cheesecake. Then, at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Now That’s Class will host a bonaﬁde Cinco de Mayo celebration and serve what the club claims to be the “best
all the latest designers. Tickets include appetizers and an open bar. The local glam act Vanity Crash will perform. Tickets are $45. (Niesel) 2000 Sycamore St., glamjamcle.com.
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The 46th Student Show As the academic year comes to an end this month, the Galleries at Cleveland State University present the 46th Student Show and Merit Scholar Exhibition. An annual tradition, the exhibitions showcase the best work produced by students throughout the school year. The South and Center Galleries host the 46th Student Show, a juried exhibition of nearly 100 works by current students. This year’s jurors are both local artists and gallerists: Gadi Zamir, founder of Negative Space Gallery, and Karl Anderson, co-founder of Forum Artspace at 78th Street Studios and R&D Program Coordinator at Spaces. The North Gallery’s Merit Scholar Exhibition includes individual showcases of new work by the Art Department’s Merit Scholars, students awarded special, merit-based scholarships each year. As part of their scholarship contracts, Merit Scholars are required to present their work, even installing it on the gallery walls themselves. During the opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today, awards will be presented for the Student Show. Both exhibitions remain on view through June 10. Free. (Usmani) 1307 Euclid Ave., 216-687-2103, csuohio.edu/artgallery. FILM
commercials, then you’ve seen comic Cocoa Brown. In the commercial, this vivacious comedian and actress plays the angered wife whose husband decides he wants to juggle chainsaws. Tyler Perry has even taken her on as a vital character in his TV shows and ﬁlms. Brown’s no-holds-barred attitude has gotten
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GlamJam: Fashion & Music Billed as “a celebration of fashion design and music in Cleveland,” GlamJam takes place tonight from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Powerhouse and Greater Cleveland Aquarium on the West Bank of the Flats. Models will walk the runway wearing clothes by
Cezanne et moi Schoolboy friends who became artistic icons, painter Paul Cezanne and novelist Emile Zola had a long and sometimes strained friendship. Cezanne et moi, a 2016 French ﬁlm, chronicles their relationship. The ﬁlm shows at 7 tonight and at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the Cleveland
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In its 6th year, this event has become the most anticipated event to take place in Downtown Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer and Taste of Summer is the perfect Willoughby. This two-day event is going to rock this town with three stages featuring live opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy the weather. This event will feature food, local music, plus vendors and a complete kidâ€™s zone plus beer & craft cocktails, and, of course, ribs music, craft cocktails, beer, local vendors, Cavs and Indians on the big screen and activities for all from participating Downtown Willoughby restaurants & national vendors. ages.
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SCENE Magazine presents the third annual Van Aken Beer Garden in Shaker Heights. The second Friday of each summer month we will celebrate the season with music, food, beer, wine, cocktails, retail vendors, and activities for the kids. Admission is free and this event is bike and pet friendly.
You nominated your favorite people and places, where to go for that perfect bowl of pho, the bartender who makes the perfect drink, your favorite sports player and much more. These were then narrowed down, voted upon and now we get to celebrate all of those named the Best Of Cleveland for 2017! Enjoy craft cocktails + music while meeting some of our Best Of winners for this year. Let's celebrate what makes Cleveland the place we call home.
The 9th Annual SCENE Magazine Ale Fest will feature over 100 beers from around the corner to around the globe. The celebration is packed with your favorite porters, stouts, pilasters,ales, wheats, Belgians, ciders, and lagers just to name a few. Ale Fest has live music, interactive games, food booths, local vendors and more.
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The Fine Print Just a week before seniors at the Cleveland Institute of Art present their BFA theses and exhibitions, the school’s juniors showcase their work in a completely student-organized exhibition at 1Point618 Gallery in Gordon Square. The exhibition, titled The Fine Print, includes work by 22 juniors from a collaborative class at CIA designed to introduce future gallery artists to the professional art world. Role of the Artist as a Producer is taught by Amber Kempthorn and Sarah Paul. A diverse exhibition, The Fine Print includes students majoring in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture and expanded media. For this exhibition, the students’ work explores unspoken rules within our society. The Fine Print opens with a reception from 7 to 9 tonight and remains on view throughout the month by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact the gallery. Admission is free. (Usmani) 6421 Detroit Ave., 216-281-1618, 1point618gallery.com. THEATER
Forever Plaid Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross, the musical Forever Plaid centers on four eager singers known as the Plaids. After meeting an untimely demise, the singers get one last chance to return from the afterlife to play the gig they never got to perform. The play opens tonight at 7:30 at the Hanna Theatre, where performances continue through May 21. Tickets are $15 to $80. (Niesel) 2067 East 14th St., 216-241-6000, playhousesquare.org. SPORTS
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Gladiators vs. Philadelphia Soul The Cleveland Gladiators, part of the struggling Arena Football League, go up against the Philadelphia Soul tonight at 7 at the Q. The league has diminished over the last couple of years and only a few teams remain, the Gladiators being one of them. The high-scoring games can be good fun, and tonight’s game features concession specials that include $1 sodas and $2 draft beers. Tickets start at $9. (Niesel) 1 Center Court, 216-420-2000, theqarena.com.
Hispanic Burlesque Showcase Hispanic, Latina, Latinx, Mexican and Afro-Latina performers will participate in the inaugural Hispanic Burlesque Showcase that takes place at 7:30 tonight at the Beachland Ballroom. The show will focus on “the celebration and visibility of performers of these backgrounds and their vibrant heritage.” Performers such as Lola Coquette (Portland), Ms B Rose (Chicago), Ruby Rounds (Portland), Lorelei (Toronto), Bella Sin (Cleveland), Marley Teenie (Cleveland) and Noella Deville (Akron) will represent the cultures of Mexico, Chile, Panama and Puerto Rico. Their credentials? Rounds has a background in performing the Mexican folk dance, Baile Folklorico. Coquette won Best Representation of Latin Culture at the 2014 Latin Burlesque Festival. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP tickets cost $30 in advance, $35 at the door. (Niesel) 15711 Waterloo Rd., 216-383-1124, beachlandballroom.com. MUSIC
Rolling Stone at 50 When Rolling Stone magazine made its debut in 1967, the Beatles, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Velvet Underground, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and many other acts released major albums. The year also gave us the “Summer of Love.” Since that time, Rolling Stone has provided cultural criticism that touches upon music, politics, ﬁlm and television. Many of its writers became key voices (and critics) of their generation. Rolling Stone/50 Years, a new exhibit that opens today at the Rock Hall, celebrates the magazine’s half century mark. Regular admission rates apply. (Niesel) 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd., 216-5158444, rockhall.com. SPOKEN WORD
Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton Tonight, the Cleveland Public Library’s main branch hosts a special preview of the exhibit Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton, which features memorabilia, art and artifacts from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors. The Curtis Collection was acquired last year from Curtis, an Arkansas collector and superman, who donated his 17,000 items, some of which date back to 1939, to the CPL. Tonight’s event takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s opening day festivities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:15 a.m. and a screening of the 1978 version of Superman: The Movie at
3 p.m. For a full list of events and to register for the preview night, visit the website. (Lawrence Neil) Main Branch, 525 Superior Ave., 216623-2869, cpl.org. ART
Walk All Over Waterloo May’s Walk All Over Waterloo includes both new and continuing exhibitions as well as special events. Taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. today (individual hours may vary slightly by venue), the monthly art walk includes WatchART! at Waterloo Arts in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition of artist books, meanwhile, the Maria Neil Art Project hosts an opening reception for Natural Selections: A Dresden Creation, an exhibition of new work by Deborah Pinter. Praxis Fiber Workshop presents Kombucha, Abby Clark’s fellowship exhibition. A 2016 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Clark studied printmaking and ﬁber arts. During her fellowship at Praxis, Clark has created a new body of work utilizing natural dyeing, immersion dyeing, screen printing, sewing and tapestry. Free. (Usmani)
Bal Aquatique Ingenuity Cleveland’s Aquatique theme of this year’s Bal beneﬁt was selected to use the inﬂuence of this unique event to celebrate our community’s largest natural resource and raise awareness of issues regarding our lake and rivers, as well as local water quality. This annual beneﬁt includes live music, art installations, dance performances, projections and more. This year’s event is taking place at IngenuityFest’s current location in the Osborne Industrial Park. In keeping with the theme, costumes are encouraged. Those not costumed are encouraged to wear casual dress attire. A 21-and-over event, Bal: Aquatique takes place today from 7 p.m. until midnight. Individual tickets are $65, plus a small service fee, and corporate seating is available. (Usmani) 5401 Hamilton Ave., 216-589-9444, ingenuitycleveland.org. SPORTS
Burning River Roller Derby Season Opener Though they haven’t had much success in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), Burning River Roller Derby did make the WFTDA playoffs back in 2013. This year, they will aim for a better record when they kick off their 2017 season at the CE Orr Ice Arena The opener will feature
Burning River’s All-Stars against Gem City’s Purple Reign; the HazMat Crew will take on the Violet Femmes for the second bout. You can even sit trackside — at your own risk. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the ﬁrst match begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults. Children under 5 get in free; children age 6-12 get in for $4. (Cook) 22550 Milton Ave., 216-289-8649.
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Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression Part of baseball’s appeal is that the sport itself acts as a sort of history, with great players marking periods of time and eras of play. It’s also a sport that has endured very little changes over more than a century. No Money, No Beer, No Pennants, by local author Scott Longert, presents a historical account of the Indians franchise throughout the unrest of the Great Depression. Longert’s book has enough deep research to satisfy hardcore baseball fans while also including enough photography and anecdotes to please any general fans of the sport. Tonight at 7p.m., Longert will give a talk on his book and the history of the Tribe. The reading, which includes a book sale and signing, takes place at the Brook Park branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. (Johnny Cook) 6155 Engle Rd., Brook Park, 216-2675250, cuyahogalibrary.org. FILM
Cleveland’s Screaming Cleveland’s Screaming, an independent documentary ﬁlm about the Northeast Ohio hardcore punk scene from 1981 to 1984, includes interviews and archival footage of bands performing DIY shows in what look to be basements and dive bars. The discs include footage from acts such as ODFx, Offbeats, Fester, Starvation Army, Pink Holes, the Dark and Guns. Tonight at 9, Now That’s Class hosts a screening of the ﬁlm. The movie and other items on Red Hour Records will be available for sale in the bar area. A limited edition T-shirt by artist Shaun Filley will be also available. Punk bands Zero Defex and Ruminators will perform. Admission is free. (Niesel) 11213 Detroit Ave., 216-221-8576, nowthatsclass.net. ART
Free First Saturday Thanks to a generous gift from PNC, admission to MOCA Cleveland is free on the ﬁrst Saturday of each month. Stop by from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today to view MOCA Cleveland’s new Winter/ Spring 2017 exhibitions, including | clevescene.com | May 3 - 9, 2017
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Adam Pendleton’s largest solo museum show to date, Lisa Oppenheim’s ﬁrst solo show in the U.S., as well as a sitespeciﬁc sound installation, Transport Empty, in MOCA Cleveland’s Stair A by artists Zarouhie Abdalian and Joseph Rosenzweig. MOCA Cleveland’s Winter/ Spring 2017 exhibitions remain on view through May 14. Free. (Usmani) 11400 Euclid Ave., 216-421-8671, mocacleveland.org. NIGHTLIFE
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MIX: Model May’s MIX at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a special Saturday event. Taking place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, MIX: Model features the return of the International Interior Design Association’s Project Runway fashion show. The event challenges designers to create fashion designs constructed from décor and industrial materials. MIX is an 18-and-over event, and gallery access will be limited for this special Saturday event. Tickets are available through the museum’s website, but the event is expected to sell out. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 day of the event or free for CMA members. Parking is available for an additional fee in the CMA parking garage. (Usmani) 11150 East Blvd., 216-421-7350, clevelandart.org.
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Creativity: Learning through Experience XXV Today at 3 p.m. at Harkness Chapel, the Cleveland Composers Guild celebrates the 25th anniversary of Creativity: Learning Through Experience. The project brings together performers aged 18 and under and professional composer-members of the Cleveland Composers Guild. Professional composers work with young musicians to write pieces speciﬁcally for the students to perform. They coach the students as well. Over the last 24 years, the event has premiered 296 compositions and 409 students have performed. Admission is a $20 suggested donation. A reception follows the concert. (Niesel) 11200 Bellﬂower Rd., 216-368-2402.
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American Ninja Warrior Fan Fest A full-blown fan fest is set to
accompany the Cleveland taping of American Ninja Warrior that takes place at Public Square today and tomorrow from 2 to 8 p.m. In the show, contestants attempt to complete an insane obstacle course in order to win a boatload of cash. But for those who can’t catch the show taping (there are only so many seats), there are Ninja Warrior-themed thrills galore set up next to the actual course for families to enjoy. Expect to see things like an inﬂatable course — just like the ninjas use, but smaller — as well as a Spartan Race challenge. NBC will also be touting its other summer programming during the event, including photo ops with one of the big red chairs from The Voice and the judges table from America’s Got Talent. Food trucks will also be on hand. The ﬁrst-time fan fest is free. (Laura Morrison) on-camera-audiences.com/shows/ American_Ninja_Warrior SPOKEN WORD
Science Cafe The second Monday of each month, Music Box Supper Club hosts Science Cafe, an informal lecture series that brings scientists from throughout the region to the club so they can talk about science topics. Tonight at 7, organizers mark the event’s tenth anniversary. Rekha Srinivasan from Case’s Department of Chemistry gives a lecture about “phytochemical in spices and their properties.” Admission is free. (Niesel) 1148 Main Ave., 216-242-1250, musicboxcle.com.
Vinyl Night Jukebox owner Alex Budin has described his 1,350-square-foot music-focused bar in the Hingetown ‘hood as “a place where people can expect to hear and learn about music of multiple genres, all of which is concentrated in a constantly evolving jukebox.” In keeping with that spirit and recognizing the burgeoning popularity of vinyl, the club hosts a vinyl night every Tuesday that serves as a listening party for new releases. The place has partnered with Loop in Tremont so that patrons can hear a new album on vinyl. You can bring your own vinyl and spin it too. It all starts at 7 p.m. (Niesel) 7 p.m. 1404 West 29th St., 216-206-7699, jukeboxcle.com.
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COMIC CÉLÈBRE Bigger each year, Free Comic Book Day promises galaxies of fun in Cleveland By Josh Usmani WITH MORE THAN 5.7 MILLION comic books being given away by more than 2,300 comic book specialty retailers, this weekend’s 16th annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is sure to be the biggest and best yet. In total, 50 titles from 37 publishers will be available. Taking place annually on the ﬁrst Saturday of each May, it’s that time of year again. Locally, shops celebrating include Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop, Weird Realms, Imaginary Worlds, North Coast Nostalgia, B & L Comics, Cards & Nostalgia and Kidforce Collectibles, as well as over 40 local libraries hosting smaller events. One of the biggest FCBD events in the U.S., Carol & John’s FCBD party begins Friday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. with comics given away at midnight, and continues from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday In addition to celebrating comics and comic book culture, Carol & John’s event celebrates Cleveland and its community through local art, history, cosplay and more. Up from last year’s 25,000 free comics, the shop will give away more than 30,000 free comics
(10 per person), as well as hundreds of graphic novels. At Carol & John’s, both Friday and Saturday’s events feature a full schedule of events and special promotions, and this year’s theme celebrates the year of what would have been legendary comic artist
the Galaxy and Cleveland are heavily featured throughout this year’s event at Carol & John’s. “We feel we’ve put together a pretty comprehensive event this year, combining local talent with comics legend Jack Kirby’s inﬂuence,” says Carol & John’s shop owner John
PLACES CELEBRATING FREE COMIC BOOK DAY Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop Kamms Plaza Shopping Center, 17462 Lorain Ave., 216-252-0606, cnjcomics.com Weird Realms 11508 Lorain Ave., 216-694-8525, weirdrealms.com. B & L Comics, Cards & Nostalgia 5591 Ridge Rd. Parma, 440-886-3077, facebook.com/blcomics.
Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday (born August 28, 1917), as well as the May 5 theatrical release of Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. From the event poster, featuring Star Lord, Rocket Racoon and Baby Groot in space somewhere over Cleveland, to a themed art exhibition and special giveaways, Kirby, the Guardians of
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North Coast Nostalgia 5853 Ridge Rd., Parma, 440-845-7040. Kidforce Collectibles 103 Front St., Berea, 440-239-7777, facebook.com/kidforce. Imaginary Worlds Comics 13446 Cedar Rd., Cleveland Hts., 216-273-7423, facebook.com/iwcomics.
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organizations that they didn’t know existed.” Carol and John’s Free Comic Book Day events feature several exclusive elements. On both Friday and Saturday, dozens of local artists will be giving away free drawings requested by attendees. Additionally, Lake Erie Monster creators John G. and Jake Kelly will be signing 100 free copies of their comic on Friday night. Kristen and Sean Burns, former owners of Breakneck Gallery, are organizing an exhibition of work by local artists celebrating the work of legendary comic artist Jack Kirby. Many of the artists participating in the art show will be drawing live on Friday or Saturday. Limited prints of the works featured in the exhibition will be available for $5 each. In addition to these prints, the shop will be selling limited Kirby-themed 2017 FCBD posters by the shop’s graphic designer Jameson Campbell. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Campbell will be signing 100 free posters.
IS SOME THEATER AS GOOD AS SEX? Well, yes, and if you love musicals, you really need to hit Something Rotten! By Christine Howey IF YOU LOVE BROADWAY MUSICALS (or even if you hate them), there is a show in town that will massage your theatrical g-spot to multiple orgasms. Of course, searching for a partner’s actual physical g-spot can sometimes resemble a futile journey to the lost city of Atlantis: “How about here? No? Okay, how about here?” But this production involves no such frustration. In fact, Something Rotten! is such a powerful turn-on for Broadway lovers, it should be delivered in a plain brown wrapper. But there it is, for all to see, at Playhouse Square. There are so many reasons to love this show, with music and lyrics by brothers Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick—Karey also wrote the book with John O’Farrell—that I’m forced to segment the review into separate erogenous zones. If you love a clever premise you’ll palpitate for Something Rotten! In fact, the premise is so shrewd, you’ll hate yourself for not thinking of it ﬁrst. We’re back in Shakespeare’s time and two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, are hack writers trying to fend off the tsunami of popularity surrounding the Bard. After ﬂaming him in the witty song unambiguously titled “I Hate Shakespeare,” they try to ﬁgure out a way to compete with the Brilliant One. Later young Will, played by a magnetic Adam Pascal, gets his revenge when he performs in a leafy
bower (it’s the ﬁrst “Shakespeare in the Park”), as an iambic pentameter “rock star” the ladies swoon over. In desperation, Nick decides to consult a soothsayer named Nostradamus. No, not that one—it’s his somewhat less talented cousin, Thomas. And Thomas Nostradamus (Blake Hammond) shares with Nick that popular plays in the future will include… wait for it… singing in addition to talking. These plays will be called “musicals!” Of course, this sounds preposterous to Nick, but he shares the tip with Nigel and off they
fun of Puritans (with a capital P or not) you’ll throb for Something Rotten! Nigel falls for the lovely Portia (Autumn Hurlburt), the daughter of the strait-laced Puritan leader, Brother Jeremiah. The good Brother (an amusing Scott Cote) is so sexually repressed his every utterance is laced with double entendres that he can’t control. His unwitting lapses serve as a running joke throughout the proceedings, and these mini-meltdowns never seem to lose their snap. And if you love poking fun at composers and lyricists that center
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go to write such a piece. On the other hand, if you love irreverent comedy you’ll gasp for Something Rotten! It sends up damn near every musical you can remember, and it does so at times with only a few notes of certain iconic songs. These are woven together in the showstopping number “A Musical,” which is a huge production number, taken way over the top in tongue-in-cheek fashion. And it will send some into paroxysms of delight. Indeed, the audience on this evening applauded so long for this one song, some patrons might have developed carpal tunnel syndrome on the spot. Then again, if you love making
a musical on what might seem inappropriate themes (the serial killer in Sweeney Todd or the presidential assassins in Assassins), you’ll sigh for Something Rotten! The Bottom brothers’ ﬁrst attempt at a musical is titled “The Black Death,” and they sing about it in a song that trills: “It’s getting closer, it’s getting grosser/Soon everything that’s dangling won’t be any good for dingling.” The jokes, naughty and otherwise, come at a fast and furious pace in this comedic juggernaut. Still, there’s time for some canoodling as Nigel and Portia get amorous. Meanwhile, Nick goes back to Nostradamus and asks what Shakespeare’s next big hit will be.
The klutzy fortuneteller conjures up a fuzzy vision of a soon-to-be written Hamlet but he gets a couple consonants wrong and tells Nick it will be called Omelet, which will have a Danish prince as its center. Nick only hears the Danish part, thinks the play is about breakfast, and charges off in a very wrong and very funny direction. Finally, if you love engaging performances and big-time scenic design, you’ll come to a new place of joy with Something Rotten! In the roles of Nick and Nigel, Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti perform with unstinting scads of energy and sell their songs to the max. And Scott Pask’s scenic design is at times jawdroppingly gorgeous, changing almost instantaneously from a dark and spooky side street where Nostradamus hangs out to the Globe Theater to a courtroom. While Something Rotten! gets nearly everything right—and right in a way that is quite transporting—it must be said that the conclusion of the story and the ﬁnale lack the snap and sizzle that the rest of the show demonstrates. But hey, this is such a satisfying and glorious session in the theater, even non-smokers might feel tempted to light up and relax after this theatrical roll in the sheets.
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MOVIES A FUNERAL IN YOUR BRAIN Cynthia Nixon shines, but Emily Dickinson biopic may be dourest of all time By Sam Allard A QUIET PASSION STARS SEX and the City’s Cynthia Nixon as the 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson. Like other biopics that contrive to tell a story of a life entire, the ﬁlm lacks natural momentum and a central conﬂict. Rather, in small stories of anger and loss, we watch Dickinson retreat into bitterness and despair; we see her rebellious spirit repeatedly crushed in the face of death, spiritual anguish, loneliness and chronic physical pain. (This ripsnorter opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee.) Nixon is remarkable as Dickinson. She impressed in the underappreciated 2015 indie gem James White, and her career’s second wave appears to be gathering force. As Dickinson, she portrays a woman through multiple decades of adult life, a woman shaped by the moral codes of the day, but one who’s also probing, antagonistic and painfully self-aware — her mouth often curls with questions soon to be posed. While the movie ultimately satisﬁes, we suspect that if this ﬁlm were viewed on Netﬂix, casual viewers might not have the patience to endure. After an opening scene in which the young Emily (Emma Bell) is deemed a “no hoper” in the echoey schoolhouse of Mount Holyoke Women’s Seminary, we trudge through 30 minutes of mishmashed scenes: conversations about gender and art at the opera; impolitic remarks with a pious aunt; Pride & Prejudice-y banter about marriage prospects. (The Pride & Prejudice comparison is especially apt, given
that Emily’s sister Lavinia is played by Jennifer Ehle, who memorably played Elizabeth Bennett in the BBC miniseries.) The dialogue, which from time to time is interspersed with voiceover of Dickinson’s own verse, is overly stiff. Nixon’s instinct is to play the script naturally, despite the language’s formality, but her scene partners often recite their lines like high schoolers trying Shakespeare. The ﬁlm’s best scene is not stiff at all. It’s an early morning exchange between Emily and her sister-inlaw Susan (Jodhi May) discussing the downsides of marriage and the gnawing sadness of a being alone: “You have a life,” Emily tells Susan, not unkindly. “I have a routine… For those of us who live minor lives, and
are deprived of a particular kind of love, we know best how to starve. We deceive ourselves, and then others. It is the worst kind of lie.” That’s a powerhouse scene, and that’s a sorrow that you feel in your bones. It’s one of the few moments that you may tear up right alongside the characters on screen. In other moments, you wonder if Terrence Davies, who also wrote the script, fell into the trap of assuming a movie about a literary ﬁgure must itself be “literary.” The movie looks quite good, despite its close quarters. Virtually every scene takes place in Amherst, Massachusetts, and most of them in the Dickinson family home. Cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister, who also shot Davies’
2011 ﬁlm Deep Blue Sea, creates rich and shadowy tableaus, dramatizing such minor activities as the climbing of a staircase or the closing of a door. The ﬁlm’s most striking visual moment is early on, when the Dickinson family, sitting for daguerrotypes one by one, age imperceptibly as the camera zooms in. As a character study, A Quiet Passion faithfully shows the Dickinson that those who know and love her poems would expect to encounter — a woman of ﬁerce intelligence and unsteady constitution preoccupied with questions of mortality.
SPOTLIGHT: ANOTHER EVIL IF THE BIG BOX OFFICE SUCCESS of Get Out is any indication, the horror genre has shifted from trying to scare audiences to using the set-up of typical horror movie in order to experiment with other genres and cinematic styles. Another Evil, the debut from writer-director Carson D. Mell, also aims to move the horror genre in a new direction. The ﬁlm uses the familiar horror trope of the haunted house but includes elements of comedy, drama and thriller. The ﬁlm arrives on digital platforms on Friday and screens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, on
May 9, at the Capitol Theatre. Another Evil focuses on modernist artist Dan (Steve Zissis), who discovers that a pair of ghosts is haunting his family’s vacation home in the mountains outside of Los Angeles. He attempts to get rid of the spirits by hiring a no-nonsense ghost hunter named Os (Mark Proksch). Os and Dan both hole up in the cabin for a week in order to get to the bottom of the supernatural mystery. In a lot of ways, this isn’t a straight horror ﬂick — there are multiple long monologues by characters, and there’s
not much in the way of actual scares. Instead, the ﬁlm takes a number of weird and funny turns, relying on the relationship between Dan and Os to produce most of the tension and comedy. The performances by both the leads are excellent; Proksch in particular gives a very believable and complex performance as the oddball ghost hunter. The tonal shifts in the ﬁlm also work well. There are scenes that can pass as funny, serious and scary all at the same time. However, the comedy in the ﬁlm
doesn’t come off as laugh-out-loud humor but mostly feels strained. It often falls ﬂat, and the ﬁlm occasionally feels like it wants to dive into really serious territory, though it never really does. Despite these issues, the memorable performances and the interesting mix of genres make Another Evil fresh and an exciting addition to the new wave of horror ﬁlms. — Johnny Cook
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EAT BACK AT IT Years of planning and some early adjustments have BRIM Kitchen + Brewery on the right path THE TREND IN BREWERIES these days is to focus on the beer and let somebody else worry about the food, whether that somebody happens to be a food truck, revolving pop-up, or a nearby restaurant. The few new breweries that do have a kitchen wisely limit their food ops to a few basic menu items: think pizza, tacos or burgers. BRIM Kitchen + Brewery went in an entirely different direction. On our ﬁrst visit, we polished off two pints in the time it took to scour the two-page menu and plan a course of action. We counted 32 different items spread across four different sections titled Rations, Greens & Grains, Handhelds and Plates. It wasn’t just the quantity of options that stopped us dead in our tracks; it was the befuddling placement of some items on the roster. Grilled steak bulgogi, for example, was listed in the Greens & Grains section, ostensibly because it contained rice. Grilled vegetable quinoa, however, was slotted under Plates, despite being largely composed of grains. And let’s not linger on the irony of placing a dish called Fork and Knife Brisket in the Handhelds section. That’s why it was such a relief to return to BRIM weeks later to see a vastly condensed menu. The original two-page roster had been trimmed to a tidy one-pager containing literally half the items. What diners lose in variety they gain in sanity and efﬁciency. But the real winners are the guys in the kitchen. Since opening in early February, BRIM has been absolutely slammed, and maintaining a 32-item menu for 200 guests at any given time is an exercise in frustration. It took owners TJ Reagan and Chris Frate two years and more than a few wheelbarrows of cash to open BRIM, a stunning white-brickand-glass structure that looks like a refurbished warehouse on the edge of town. The 8,000-square-foot, twolevel building features multi-pane windows, tall ceilings and exposed rafters. On busy nights, which is most nights, the dining room is so loud that it drowns out the roar of passing trains.
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From that dining room, guests have an unobstructed view of the glass-walled brewhouse, where veteran brewer Larry Hazen turns out creations like Fuzzy Peach Ale, a fruity Belgian-style ale, Mighty Mo, an IPA named after the USS Missouri, and Red X-Nugget Smash, an excellent red IPA. Guest beers from breweries near and far are offered as well. Beers are priced between $5 and $6.50 per pint. Despite the truncated menu, there still is a wide variety of food options, all overseen by chef Nick Frate, who splits his time between BRIM and
But that dish didn’t make the cut. Fortunately, the dense, meaty and satisfying Cubano ($12) did. Made right, the pressed sandwich is layered with smoky pork belly, ham, swiss, pickles and mustard. Like all sandwiches, it comes with BRIM’s top-notch hand-cut fries. The avocado toast ($12) suffered from a poor choice of bread. Despite being toasted, the sandwich-style whole wheat slices didn’t stand a chance beneath layers of smashed avocado, tomatoes, feta and fried eggs. Another fried egg, this one perched atop a heaping portion of
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his family’s other business, Pub Frato in Concord. The eclectic menu veers from avocado toast to grilled skirt steak, and we’ve had varying degrees of success throughout. We enjoyed the Frito Pie ($8), a deep crock of beef chili loaded with scallions, jalapeño wheels, sour cream and crunchy corn chips.
bucatini ($17), made an already rich dish even more so. This creamy, over-the-top pasta is studded with sweet peas, pork lardons and fragrant cheese. A dusting of toasted breadcrumbs adds a nice textural contrast. What remains of the starter section is a bit of a mixed bag. The
hot pretzels ($6), paired with beer cheese fondue and mustard, are nice if you like them squishy and sweet as opposed to true Bavarian style with a nice crust. We had zero complaints with the brisket pierogis ($11), a delicious mix of smoky meat, zippy horseradish cream, pickled onions and cheese. A lingering vinegar-based marinade ﬂavor on the grilled long-stem artichoke hearts ($9) didn’t jibe with the overpowering taste of trufﬂe. And an otherwise lovely crock of French onion soup ($5), capped with a seductive layer of melted gruyere, was cloyingly sweet. All those qualms would easily fade into the backdrop when seated on the sunny second-level terrace boasting spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Just over there, about 500 yards away, is the backside of Willoughby Brewing Co., which was opened 20 years ago by BRIM owner TJ Reagan, who sold that business six years back. It’s safe to say that he’s back in a very big way.
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EAT GATHERING PLACE Kifaya’s Kitchen is home to Cleveland’s Somali refugee community By Rachel Hunt
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THE BUCKET LIST OF ETHNIC cuisine in Cleveland expanded by yet another country when Kifaya’s Kitchen (3650 W 117th St., 216-2198263) opened its Somali-themed eatery in 2013. It was a long journey for Kifaya Mohamed and son Ahmed Galeb to establish the family business after arriving in the United States as refugees from a Yemen camp in 2006. Located inside a non-descript brick strip mall, Kifaya’s Kitchen has ﬂown under the radar amid the fast food chains, Mediterranean restaurants and Halal grocery stores that populate the block. The addition of outdoor signage and a written menu have helped the quaint kitchen become accessible to a broader clientele. Even without advertising, the parking lot of the eatery is packed two cars deep during the week, with spaces ﬁlled by Somali taxi drivers waiting for lunch. It’s a bustling place, with men stretching their legs waiting for takeout food or sitting in one of four booths to eat a sprawling, family-style meal. Wash your hands in a communal dining room sink and request a cup of sweet chai or shaah tea with cinnamon, ginger, clove and milk. Then let the wait begin. Everything here is made from scratch, meat tossed upon a large ﬂattop grill and sautéed with vegetables and an array of spices. Dishes like the basto iyo malay (ﬁsh), basto iyo chicken, or basto iyo hilib (goat) are made with tender penne or run of the mill spaghetti, introduced to Somali cuisine by British and Italian colonists. These dishes are served up on large metal plates and scooped up hand to mouth. Specials like the KayKay, with fatty, crispy cuts of goat, are served with sautéed onion, peppers, beans and greens with shredded sabaayad or ﬂatbread that soak up the spiced tomato base permeating the meal. Offered on the side is a leafy chopped salad of greens, cucumber, onion,
green pepper and tomato with fresh lemon for acidity. Three sauces – a spicy red, creamy white, and mild green – are served in squeeze bottles for the table. Traditional Somali food is a descendant of many different cultures, situated in the Horn of Africa. Indian inﬂuence can be tasted in Kifaya’s curries, stews, samosas (available on weekends for $1), and chapatti-like ﬂatbread. Arabic ﬂavors can be found in the nuanced mix of spices, from the coriander rice to the garlic-, cumin-, and clove-rubbed meats. Mohamed starts out as the only one working the counter today, cooking each order beyond the partition separating a modest kitchen from the dining room. “It’s going to be very good,” Mohamed says with the conﬁdence of someone who knows they have the community backing them. Several people wander in and out of the kitchen, helping Mohamed as customers arrive and then dwindle out before dinner. Despite not knowing any English upon her arrival in Cleveland, Mohamed seems to communicate exactly what needs to be said through her smile and maternal demeanor. She relies on her friends and family of seven children to run food throughout the day and ask questions to customers who speak only English. Kifaya’s Kitchen began as a dream for Ahmed, who desired to restore a semblance of the old way of life for his mother, but it has grown into a hub for the community, with refugees from many countries eating together. The business is as much a product of Mohamed’s hard work, cooking every day from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., as it is the refugee community and the outreach programs that helped them off the ground.
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REBIRTH Fourk brings new life to old Matchworks Building in Mentor By Douglas Trattner THE ICONIC MATCHWORKS Building in Mentor has seen more than its fair share of restaurants over the years. Concepts such as the Perfect Match, Blue Tip Grill, Wallaby’s, Match Works Tavern and Harry’s Hofbrau House have come and gone over the past three decades. As of May 1, Fourk occupies that notable structure, but this new restaurant has more than a few things going for it that most of its predecessors did not. For starters, chef-partner Ryan Scanlon’s experience has provided him not only with the culinary chops to turn out great food, but also a pragmatic mindset that will likely appease the diners who walk through his door. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Scanlon was the ﬁrst employee that Burntwood Tavern founder Bret Adams hired. Scanlon served as opening chef of the
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MELT BAR AND GRILLED TO OPEN NEW SPOT IN AVON Melt Bar and Grilled will open another restaurant in Avon sometime this summer. It will be the local restaurant group’s tenth full-service location. The company will be taking over the former Bar 145 space (35546 Detroit Rd.) on Detroit near Route 83. At 6,000 square feet, this location tops all others in terms of size, with seating for approximately 270 guests when all is said and done. A roomy fourseason patio/private dining room alone can accommodate up to 80 guests. The Avon location is on track to open in August. When it does, it will join two other new locations that will open just before it. A Cedar Point location will offer a full food menu, craft beer and cocktails in a Cedar Point-themed space. The Dayton spot will be located at The Mall at Fairfield Commons (2727 Fairfield Commons) in Beavercreek, Ohio, just east of downtown Dayton. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is being built from the ground up and will reside near the main entrance to the mall. The Dayton Melt opening is planned for Monday, June 12.
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STILL ROLLING Rock Hall’s ‘Rolling Stone at 50’ exhibit celebrates the ﬁne art of cultural criticism By Jeff Niesel ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE made its debut in 1967 just as the Beatles, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Cream, the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Velvet Underground, the Jimi Hendrix Experience and many other acts released major albums. Since that time, the magazine has provided cultural criticism that touches upon music, politics, ﬁlm and television. Many of its writers became key voices (and critics) of their generation. Rolling Stone/50 Years, a new exhibit that opens on Friday, May 5, at the Rock Hall, celebrates the magazine’s half-century mark. Divided into several sections, the exhibit starts with a recreation of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner’s desk. The magazine’s ﬁrst ofﬁce sat above its printing press on Brannan St. in San Francisco. The Rock Hall exhibit includes Wenner’s original desk and mail sorter from that ofﬁce. The debut issue
of Rolling Stone hit newsstands the week of November 9, 1967, and the cover price of the ﬁrst issue was 25 cents. The 21-year-old Wenner had borrowed $7,500 from family and friends to launch the magazine, and the building’s owner gave him free loft space if Wenner agreed to use his printing service. A photo of the ofﬁce shows what it looked like at the time. “The mail sorter was in the ofﬁce for years, and we’ve recreated the rest of the ofﬁce,” says Karen Herman, the Rock Hall’s vice president of collections and curatorial affairs, who walked us through the exhibit earlier today. “The round table was in one of the meeting ofﬁces in the current ofﬁces in New York, but the mail sorter came from storage. A copy of the ﬁrst edition of the magazine was on the wall too. It includes a picture of John Lennon in his acting debut.” Wenner chose the cover image of Lennon wearing a World War II military outﬁt in Richard Lester’s ﬁlm How I Won the War from a pile of
publicity stills. Wenner once explained his decision, saying, “It was two days before press and we didn’t know what to put on the front page. It was the best thing we had. But it’s deﬁning, since it encompasses music, movies and politics. That was a fortuitous accident. But it began our lifelong association with John.” One of the magazine’s ﬁrst handdrawn logos also hangs on the wall as does the “cease and desist” letter that Rolling Stones’ manager Allen Klein sent to the magazine for using the name “for your own commercial beneﬁt.” Wenner explained the idea behind the magazine’s name in his editor’s note that appeared in the ﬁrst issue: “The name of it is Rolling Stone which comes from an old saying, ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss.’ Muddy Waters used the name for a song he wrote. The Rolling Stones took their name from Muddy’s song.” “Jann and Mick would actually become friends and one of the things you see at the end of the exhibit is a
videotaped interview with Mick,” says Herman. As part of one early promotion, Rolling Stone offered a roach clip as a free gift with a paid subscription. Bob Kingsbury, the guy who became the magazine’s art director, made the clips by hand. The exhibit includes one of the original clips. The exhibit’s intro panel includes one of the exhibit’s only items of clothing — a suit that comedian Steve Martin wore on the February 18, 1982 cover. Martin’s rented tuxedo was painted to mimic an Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline painting. “The suit had been hanging in the Rolling Stone ofﬁces,” explains Herman. “It’s such a great piece.” A letters to the editor section — the section of the magazine was originally called “Correspondence, Love Letters & Advice” — includes raves from fans and comments from celebs. It includes letters from John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsburg, David Mamet, Sting, Michael Stipe and then-CIA Director | clevescene.com | May 3 - 9, 2017
MUSIC George Herbert Walker Bush. After reading David Felton’s article, “Charles Manson: The Incredible Story of the Most Dangerous Man Alive,” in the June 25, 1970, issue, Manson wrote a letter offering to answer questions in exchange for a Rolling Stone subscription. That letter is part of the exhibit as a telegram from Jagger denying Wenner’s request for an interview about the Altamont Speedway Free Festival at which concertgoer Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by one of the Hell’s Angels providing security. The exhibit also includes a series of profanity-laden letters that gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, a frequent contributor to the magazine, sent to Wenner. “There were so many amazing letters from Hunter S. Thompson, that it made it hard to choose which ones to display,” says Herman as she points out one letter in which Thompson berates Wenner for interfering with his “work” by sending one of his friends to stay with him. Rolling Stone became famous for its longform interviews. In one famous interview, John Lennon disputed the myth of the Beatles. In another, Marvin Gaye explained the personal transformation that led to the artistic breakthrough of his album What’s Going On. Tina Turner documented her abuse at the hands of her husband Ike. The exhibit includes a section devoted to these famous interviews as well as interviews with Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna. A video treatment allows viewers to hear audio clips from the interviews and then see how they materialized on the printed page. In David Fricke’s Rolling Stone interview with Nirvana lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, the late singer talks about feeling “optimistic” about his life. In another, Who guitarist Pete Townshend discusses the reasons why he started smashing guitars. In a section devoted to various magazine covers, the exhibit features a slew of covers from the last 50 years. They’re displayed in chronological order, so viewers can
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see how the times have changed. “When you look at the covers, you can see how the visual elements changed but at the same time there is still an energy there that carries all the way through and you can see some of the same people,” says Herman. In one famous photo/cover from 1980, a naked John Lennon hugs a clothed Yoko Ono. The exhibit includes the Polaroid that Annie Leibovitz conducted prior to shooting what would turn out to be among the last photos ever taken of Lennon before he was assassinated. Ultimately, the exhibit captures the power of rock criticism. After critic Jon Landau trashed two Cream concerts, Eric Clapton broke the group up, famously saying, “The ring of truth just knocked me backward. I was in a restaurant and I fainted.” Visitors can read clips of that review as well as pieces by writers such as Ira Robbins, Paul Evans, Kurt Loder and Lester Bangs. “You can see the clunky tape recorders that writers used to use, and then editor’s notes on the rough drafts,” says Herman, adding that the materials came from Rolling Stone’s extensive archives. “You can see things that are crossed out in the notes. It also shows the work that goes into writing. Everyone thinks you just do an interview and it magically appears. The exhibit shows that’s not how it really works. There’s a lot of work and inspiration involved.”
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MUSIC TALKING SMALL TALK Ottawa singer talks about the tracks on the band’s New EP By Jeff Niesel SINGER DALE DELONG AND guitarist Tim Czajka formed the local indie rock act Ottawa in 2013 after their previous band, the Royaltons, dissolved. They had a good run with the Royaltons, which played around town from 2007 to 2010. But they’ve had an even better run with Ottawa, which has built a bigger local following and produced more material. “When you’re 20 years old, you don’t realize the work part of it,” says DeLong one recent evening while sitting on the patio at Platform Brewery in Ohio City. The group celebrates the release of its new EP, Small Talk, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the Beachland Ballroom. “You think you’ll write great songs and get famous. When we started Ottawa, we didn’t want anyone involved who was even partying hard. In Cleveland, we have to work extra hard. There’s no industry. No one will come see us and pluck us up. We started Ottawa with a mission of going really hard. Prior to this, we didn’t realize the work and now we’ve made all the mistakes that an early twenties band makes and we’re trying not to do those same things.” The 2014 EP Random Lights offers a nice distillation of the band’s inﬂuence. “The Good Kind” has a bit of Black Keys-inspired garage blues and a real swagger to it as a beefy bass riff propels the track. “Lie to Me” starts slow and builds in intensity as DeLong sings, “I’m giving up on getting old.” DeLong practically dismisses the EP as a “ﬁrst try,” but the album includes some sharp songs. The band followed it up in 2015 with the single “Roman Candle” and then started writing songs for Small
Talk, another terriﬁc collection of tunes with Strokes-like swagger. The disc begins with the undulating “Fever,” a song that builds in tempo as DeLong muses, “I buried my heart into the desert/I’m digging my face out of my hands.” “Give It All” features a wailing mid-song guitar solo and soulful vocals while “Rockefeller” and “Britton Hall” both feature dueling guitars. The power ballad “The Worst Way” features an even heavier guitar riff. The band recently signed a licensing deal with Cadence Music Group, a company that handles acts such as Alabama Shakes and Radiohead. Here’s DeLong’s take on each track on the new EP. “FEVER” Will wrote this guitar part, and I immediately sang the opening lyrics. It actually took a long time to get the chorus right. The verses were always there, but there are pauses in the chorus that make song. It wasn’t until we tracked the song that they came about. [Producer] Jim Stewart and [producer] Jim Wirt, who happened to be in the room, said
thought that would be a great title. We were tracking other stuff and trying to ﬁgure out the chorus, and we thought about doing a pause and that worked. Now, it has an anthemic vibe. Jeremy [Barnes] can’t help but slam his bass down every time we play it. “GIVE IT ALL” It’s about how I would date somebody and go “next, next, next” and not in any mean way. It’s about at what point, you go, “You’re the one,” whether it’s a job or marriage. Sometimes, you have to let your guard down with whatever you’re doing. The opening line is “Tell me your secret but we both know you’re not going to keep it.” There was a situation where someone said, “You’re the worst at keeping secrets.” I thought that was a cool idea. The song just happened. We didn’t have a chorus but Will wanted to use the melody and I was sitting with my guitar and sang, “Give it all” in real time. “ROCKEFELLER” I thought it was a fucking awesome word. It’s a reference
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to John D. Rockefeller. It’s about thinking about the legacy, not for me in particular, but the chorus goes, “Rockefeller you’re invited to the kingdom.” I was thinking about
these super-duper famous families in heaven or in the afterlife being puppet masters. I was thinking about them being puppet masters and my particular legacy with the band or whatever it is. Do we have what it takes for me to make it and for my family to be proud of me when I die? The beginning of the song is “What will they say when you’re gone?” I started thinking about whether I’m a jerk or too nice or if I care too much about music. “THE WORST WAY” I love this song. It kills live. It’s another song where I was thinking about the girl I dated in high school. She’s married now. It wasn’t that I treated her poorly, but it’s like a girl in a small town who says, “I don’t need you. I’m going to be a famous actress” but then comes crawling back. That’s the motif for that song lyrically. Will wrote the riff in the beginning. The bluesy thing just kind of happened. I really like that song. I feel like it could be a big song but we probably need to make it a minute shorter. “BRITTON HALL” The title of Britton Hall is the name of this classroom at my high school. It was stored in one of our phones as that for a while. We decided to keep the name because we thought it was cool. I think I wrote that guitar riff. I was thinking about how Chris Martin and Gwenyth Paltrow end up with each other. It seems staged or something and that’s what the song is about lyrically. It’s about how can you have all this attention and be comfortable.
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