The Missing @ The Grog Shop

Lisa Sanchez

Be still my ever-beating, napalm heart.

The Expendables @ The Agora

Lisa Sanchez

The Expendables released their mellow tones and Clevelanders picked it up with gusto.

Andy McKee

Mythmaker

Steve Allanson

As you're listening you feel as if you have been transported to a new and beautiful world.

Memphis May Fire

Unconditional

Steve Allanson

Buying new music is a lot like buying a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. In this case, we're talking about the new Memphis May Fire album, Unconditional. This album's box of treats is filled with lots of coconut... I hate coconut!

Comeback Kid

Die Knowing

Steve Allanson

Overall, Die Knowing will be a welcomed addition to fans of Comeback Kid but will do little to draw new fans.

Beck

Morning Phase

Chad W. Lutz

You won't experience the wide range of emotions you might normally from listening to a Beck LP, but what Beck does well he does on Morning Phase, and that's produce honest art instead of just some other music.

Lost in the Trees

Past Life

Chad W. Lutz

The album moves quickly. As you listen, it's sometimes hard to distinguish one song from another. But what Past Life does well is hold the audience's attention.

For Today

Fight The Silence

Lisa Sanchez

Music is universal, independent, and personal. Explaining all of the intentions and lyrics to the songs hurt the overall experience of Fight the Silence, but it doesn't hide the composition. Listen to the album without even acknowledging the commentary, heed my warning.

Cavs Season Recap

Chad W. Lutz

We saw the midseason exit of C Andrew Bynum, who many thought might, if healthy enough, could provide scoring in the low post and a body under the basket to defend against pesky, driving point guards and other bigs in the league. No dice.

CIFF 38 Closing Ceremonies

Lisa Sanchez

The 2014 festival broke records and set new standards for the almost 40-year-old Cleveland culture celebration.

The Chief Wahoo Controversary

Steve Allanson

It's not like Chief Wahoo has won us any World Series anyway. We haven't won since 1948. Maybe it's time we adopt a new name and mascot and bring the magic back to Cleveland?

Fire in Garrettsville

Chad W. Lutz

The blaze burned for nearly four hours. One of the buildings that burned to the ground was a local woods and cabinetry shop, which only served to fuel the flames once the initial blaze began.

Cleveland International Film Festival
38

A Preview

Chad W. Lutz

Ah, springtime. Magical, inspiring; the kind of time each year that stirs the soul and reignites summer’s fires. The weather warms, the snow melts, the winds bite less, and the Cleveland International Film Festival makes its triumphant, annual return. O.K., while not everybody is standing around waiting on borrowed time for the festival, the Cleveland event has been a staple of the community for nearly 40 years, and for many marks the return of warmer weather, featuring some of the best in international film.

St. Patrick's Day

The True Meaning of the Holiday

Steve Allanson

In America, we often have a skewed reality of what certain holidays and traditions are supposed to be about. St. Patrick's Day is no different. Classrooms, homes, and bars are decorated with shamrocks and leprechauns and adults go out bar hopping and binge drink until they pass out. Growing up in Ireland, Anne had a different perspective.

Lydia Lovless @ Rumba Cafe

Darren C. Demaree

Between tracks she traversed the whole spectrum of emotions; she was self-deprecating, sad, wistful, full of bits of old stories (never the whole story, of course), and completely comfortable jokes at the crowd’s, Cleveland’s, and her all-male, slightly-aged backing band’s expense.

Cavaliers 70-game Recap

Chad W. Lutz

The last five months have been pockmarked with wins, at best. The Cavs, who at one point during the month of February won six games in a row, the same team that has multiple win streaks of three games this season, has been as phantom as the Opera Ghost when it appears to matter most. Cleveland has gone an apathetic 4-11 in games played since Feb. 21 in which the Cavs were only three games or less in back of Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot.

To Harold Ramis

Chad W. Lutz

Like the flowers, your works are still standing.

2014 Ohio High School Division I Swimming and Diving Championships

Chad W. Lutz

Cincinnati must give birth to babies in the Ohio and force them to swim ashore as a rite of passage.

For A Better Buckeye

April Schedule

Chad W. Lutz

Attention Athletes! Could it be? Is it here; that moment when you decide to act on the changes you’ve been pledging to make for so long? Lose those extra 10, 20, 30, 40 or even 50 pounds using any of the great athletic events taking place during the month of April in Ohio as fodder. Already have your midsection in order or simply just want to get out and enjoy the warmer springtime weather with friends? We’ve got the remedy for that, too.

Whether you’re a full-time pro or just getting into the swing of things, these events offer a wide variety of competition for every age and every level of athletic ability.

9 Words

Darren C. Demaree

short poems about each Cleveland Indian's game

In My Ohio

On the Ballet Class

Darren C. Demaree

It was as if I had become an honorary citizen of my daughter’s most active daydream.

On Fireworks and Charity

Darren C. Demaree

As long as the flash bangs near where you live aren’t quickly followed by the crying of a local youth, your mind should feel free to be lazy down the river of good, positive thoughts.

On the Charming Specter of the Bluebird

Darren C. Demaree

I want to do my part to nod back to the visiting birds that have recently arrived. If that can involve a few verses about an excellent burp, then more power and exuberance to us all, and the next gurgle of self can be followed by laughter.

On Us

Darren C. Demaree

I would like to extend myself to you. Young poet, old poet, prisoner poet, unsure poet, loud person, if you are from Ohio or living in Ohio, or feel the warmth of Ohio around your shoulders from a different land, please get in contact with me (darren@altohio.com). Let’s talk poetry.

On 9-Words Preparation

Darren C. Demaree

Witness the calisthenics of my preparation…

On Mothers

Darren C. Demaree

You showed me the ocean, both so I could love the ocean and so I could fight it.

You have been equal parts whirlwind and gentle breeze.

You have shown actual strength.
You have been a mother.
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Eli's BBQ

Cincinnati

Chad W. Lutz

I would be lying if I said I didn't completely enjoy Eli's BBQ my first visit. That's why I won't.

Crust

Tremont

Chad W. Lutz

It’s the type of place Cleveland can be proud of and should be known for, right up there with Melt, Sushi Rock, and the Hard Rock Café.