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Library Workers and Administration Reach Tentative Agreement, Preventing Strike

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click to enlarge Sam Allard / Scene SEIU and community members rally for library workers on Public Square, (12/13/19). During the final day of negotiations before a planned strike on Feb. 4, the bargaining team for the union representing Cleveland Public Library workers reached a tentative agreement with library administration......
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Cleveland Beerfest is Moving to Progressive Field, Changing Name This Summer

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click to enlarge Beer and baseball fans alike can get a thrill at the newly christened Grand Slam Beerfest this summer. Come Saturday, July 25, the beer tasting event, formerly known as the Cleveland Summer Beerfest, is reportedly going to set up right on the warning track at Progressive Field.......
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Should Sherwin-Williams Be Celebrated for Keeping Jobs in Cleveland When it’s Kicking Janitors to the Curb?

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click to enlarge Sam Allard / Scene SEIU Local 1 and their allies rally to save janitor jobs at Sherwin-Williams, (1/23/2020). The Service Employees International Union Local 1 and their labor allies are calling on Sherwin-Williams to preserve the jobs of more than 30 union janitors who clean the paint......
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The Cleveland International Film Festival Will Move to Playhouse Square in 2021

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click to enlarge For 30 years, the Cleveland International Film Festival has hunkered down at Tower City Cinemas for two weeks in the spring to screen hundreds of independent movies. The festival will return to Tower City Cinemas in March of this year, but organizers have just announced that the......
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Great Lakes Brewing to Shutter Brewpub for Major Renovations, Will Reopen Mid-February

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click to enlarge Great Lakes Brewing Co. will close its Ohio City brewpub on January 26 in order to complete major renovations designed to give the 32-year-old property a refresh. When the bar and restaurant reopens in mid-February, guests can expect a revitalized interior at the least and an entirely......
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Forest City Brewery to Host a Launch Party for the New Virtual Reality Game ‘Straylight’

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click to enlarge Courtesy of Rob Kovacs The Dr. Bloc crew. On Feb. 3, Cleveland-based indie game developers Dr. Bloc will release their new virtual reality (VR) game, Straylight, on Steam as early access. Straylight is a new VR platform that allows viewers to be immersed in “cosmic, abstract worlds” and......
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James Taylor and Jackson Browne Headed to Blossom in June

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Earlier today, James Taylor [pictured] and Jackson Browne, two iconic ’70s singer-songwriters, announced the dates of their summer tour together. It rolls into Blossom on June 12. The dates support Taylor’s forthcoming album, American Standard. It’s Taylor’s 19th studio album and his first release since 2015’s Before This World. The......
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Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez Named Archbishop of Philadelphia

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Courtesy Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Perez The Cleveland Catholic Diocese has confirmed that Bishop Nelson Perez, 58, has been named Archbishop-elect of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by Pope Francis. In a statement provided by the Cleveland Diocese, Perez expressed bittersweet sentiments. He said he was grateful to return to Philadelphia,......
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Stephen Malkmus Coming to the Beachland in April

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click to enlarge Samuel Gehrke and Chris Shonting Formerly of Pavement, singer-guitarist Stephen Malkmus will release and tour behind Traditional Techniques, a new album that’s due out in March. According to a press release, the album is “packed with handmade arrangements, modern folklore, and 10 songs written and performed in his......
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Magnolia in Flats to Close Next Month and Reopen This Spring as `70s-style Disco

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click to enlarge In the late-1970s, Cleveland-area clubs like Nite Moves, Rare Cherry, Dixie Electric Co., Happy Apple and Silver Lady attracted huge crowds thanks to a disco-driven format complete with glitter balls, lighted dance floors, theatrical design and killer sound systems. If Bobby Rutter and Michael Schwartz have their......
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Helmed by Veteran Hammond B3 Organist Chris Foreman, Soul Message Band Performs at the Bop Stop on Feb. 1

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Courtesy of Soul Message Band Chicago-based B3 jazz organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham began playing jazz together some 35 years ago. They’ve now turned their attention to a new group, Soul Message Band, which also features guitarist Lee Rothenberg. They perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, at......
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WonderStruck Music Festival, Formerly Known As LaureLive, Reveals 2020 Lineup

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click to enlarge The WonderStruck in Cleveland Music Festival has announced its lineup for this year’s kickoff of the rebranded LaureLive. Rolling out June 6 through June 7, the big acts include Portugal. The Man, Walk The Moon, Third Eye Blind, Of Monsters And Men, Trombone Shorty and Brittany Howard......
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Classical Revolution Cleveland Hits the East Side and the Rest of the Classical Music to Catch This Week

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click to enlarge Courtesy Classical Revolution Cleveland This week’s picks include performances in unusual venues and the unconventional use of a traditional concert hall. Trumpeter and flugelhornist Theresa May is the curator for fp Creative’s next show at Snap House Studios on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. “Classic, New,......
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Four Seasons For Infinity With ‘Jersey Boys,’ Back at Playhouse Square

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click to enlarge While it seems as if many jukebox musicals have the average lifespan of bowhead whales (around 200 years), they actually may live forever. Like Shakespeare, Mozart, and Donald Trump, there are entities that seem indestructible due to their timeless language, their enduring musicality, or their craven deal......
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Trevor Noah’s Loud and Clear Tour Coming to MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage in March

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Trevor Noah’s Loud and Clear Tour Coming to MGM Northfield Park — Center Stage in March Posted By Jeff Niesel on Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 11:36 AM Given that the upcoming presidential election has crucial consequences for the country, it’s all the more important to......
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New Poll Shows Trump Down Somewhat in Ohio, Three Other Vital States — But Undecided Voters Will Be Pivotal

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click to enlarge In 2016, Donald Trump pulled off a big upset in the country’s presidential election by scooping up electoral college votes in former industrial states like Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that had gone for President Barack Obama in 2012. Now, a new poll by Baldwin Wallace University......
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Sterling Cast and Crisp Direction Elevate Tale of WWI Vets in ‘Heroes’ at Clague Playhouse

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click to enlarge Back around the time of World War I, it was said that it was bad luck at night for three soldiers to light their cigarettes from the same match. The theory was that by the time the third person lit up, a sniper out in the dark......
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Dave Matthews Band Returns to Blossom in June

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click to enlarge Recently snubbed by the Rock Hall, which nominated but chose not to induct the group, Dave Matthews Band has just announced dates for a massive 2020 North American summer tour, and the group will return to Blossom on June 23. Committed to planting more trees, the group......
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As Opioid Overdose Deaths Decline, An Old, Deadly Drug Crisis Comes Back With a Vengeance in Cleveland | News Features | Cleveland

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click to enlarge Brad wears sandals even though it’s the coldest day of December. He and a few friends greet me at a gas station in East Cleveland. I follow them as they cross the street, squeeze through a tight alleyway, and maneuver through a backyard zoo of mutilated grills......

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