Two of our hometown artists are ready to bring their illustrations to life in Ohio City, a neighborhood in constant reinvention. Soundbite Laureate Douglas O’Bryon reviews 2012 and explains why the world didn’t end, in case you were wondering. Check out below or on our mobile app for a great selection of NYE suggestions, from First Night Akron to Northern Soul at Mahall’s to a cool concert, as usual, at The Kent Stage. Some things never change.–Thomas Mulready
We as Clevelanders love our city, and there comes a time in every relationship when you want the world to know it.
Now Cleveland is one step closer to reading a love letter addressed to its residents written in the inspired pop art of two of the city’s beloved artists scrawled across an Ohio City building…
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The Year in Review
For all of the doomsday predictions surrounding the Mayan prophesy that 2012 would culminate in the climactic end of civilization, this year turned out to be, well, BORING!
I mean, if the most noteworthy event of the year was a YouTube video of a portly, middle-aged South Korean dancing “Gangnam Style,” perhaps the Apocalypse IS (still) upon us, the prophecy has been fulfilled, and “PSY” was, in fact, the “cataclysm of destruction” the ancients warned us about…
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“Great tuition and great opportunities.”
Cody Knotts was in banking, but it wasn’t working out. Every day he would drive past the Tri-C campus, since his employer offered tuition reimbursement, it wasn’t long before he started taking classes. “I went back to Tri-C because it was a great tuition and great opportunities.”
Next thing, he acquires two Associates degrees, and he’s hired by Tri-C to work on an Ameri-Corps program to meet one-on-one with students who are at risk for dropping out. Cool Cleveland spoke with Cody while he was enjoying himself at the Tri-C Alumni & Friends tailgate before a recent Browns homegame, complete with food and drink. Tri-C.edu/alumni
Positive vibrations abound at Carlos Jones & the P.L.U.S. Band’s annual day-after-Christmas show. Also hear from Jah Messangers. Unwind & relax after the holiday madness.
Post-Holiday “Sail” @ MOCA Sail away with an evening of soulful beats provided by DJ Peter PleasureCruise. It’s post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s… so get out & dance.
Once Again Holiday Hip Hop Showcase Hear from up-and-coming raps stars, like Kounterclockwise [pictured], mixed in w/ a little comedy and a whole lot of — yes! — bowling.
Girls with Guitars Cle native Anne E. DeChant returns home, with a few friends: Tiffany Shea & Hannah Thomas. Plus, local faves Crystal Alwine & Madison Cummins.
An Elfish Holiday Less loose w/ 2 rooms of sounds, a slew of DJs, good vibes, lasers & the best audio/visuals around.
“Northern Soul” NYE @ Mahall’s Ring in 2013 w/ good people, good food & bowling… plus “Northern Soul” music from Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites. Also: Dan Shaw & the Organ Crusaders. Can’t go wrong.
Pancakes!!! Ring in 2013 with a hot stack of pancakes served up @ Tommy’s. Proceeds benefit Heights Arts.
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Veg Night @ Deagan’s Wed nights are all about vegetarian & vegan specials… & we’re not talking about boring veggie burgers. Deagan’s goes the extra mile to bring you dishes like Deviled Purple Potatoes w/ Cleveland tofu & micro greens & much more. Yum.
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MANSFIELD: Have We FINALLY Had Enough? Not to sound cynical but to answer the question in your articles title “no we have not finally had enough.” Perhaps it will take longer for the issue to drift away and be forgotten but it will, as it has in all other shootings fade…
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Sad to say agree w/ Mz. M above… ONLY gonna get MORE n MORE FORTRESS like at PS1… I can pic the firms drooling at thought of selling all this gear n strategy sessions to PS101s all across Americkaaaaa…
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BOOK REVIEW: Cleveland Christmas Memories Great book! Love all the black & white family photos showing kids in their living rooms by the Christmas tree…
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Downtown Chipotle is a Milestone of Sorts for Latest Comeback Of almost more concern is the announcement of another Chipotle opening in Kamm’s Corner. Following the chain/big box corporate mantra of locating as close as possible to successful small business operations – in this case Si Senor – with the SOLE purpose of co-opting the independent’s customer base….
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Only the French Quarter can sustain a chainless boundary. Cleveland needs to enthusiastically, loudly and maybe even a little obnoxiously welcome and celebrate the arrival of chains. If Clevelanders know what’s good for their city they will support chains…
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Here are the Top 5 most clicked links from last week’s issue, with one more chance for you to click.
2) MANSFIELD: Have We FINALLY Had Enough?
3) BOOK REVIEW: Cleveland Christmas Memories – Looking Back at Holidays Past
4) ROLDO: Larkin Propaganda Draws Heavy Fire
5) The Man of Rust Belt Steel
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