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Friday, January 22, 2021

TownHall and Scene Agree to Settlement of Lawsuit

Posted on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM

We are pleased to report that Scene and TownHall have finally settled their legal dispute related to Scene's inaccurate report regarding the race and gender of the subject of a social media post made by a TownHall manager last May. Scene has admitted that its report was inaccurate, and sincerely apologizes for the error. Regarding the settlement, TownHall owner Robert George stated, “I will always stand up for my patrons and employees when faced with false and misleading allegations.”

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Penny Barend Tagliarina Joins Terrestrial Brewing as Director of Culinary to Head Up Expanding Food Program

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 3:22 PM

  • Penny Barend Tagliarina
After seven years as one of the Lady Butchers of Saucisson, Penny Barend Tagliarina has parted ways with Melissa Khoury to join Terrestrial Brewing Co. (7524 Father Frascati Dr., 216-465-9999), where she was brought on as Director of Culinary Operations to oversee an expanding food program.

“I love what we did [at Saucisson] and I’m super-proud of everything she and I accomplished,” says Tagliarina. “And I’m very supportive of what she will continue to do, but I just really f-ing missed cooking.”

After the installation of a small catering kitchen at the brewery, Tagliarina rolled out a new weekend brunch. A recent menu featured a roster of breakfast sandwiches and West Coast-style burritos. One was stuffed with jalapeno and poblano braised pork shoulder with scrambled eggs, black beans, cumin rice, cheese, crema and salsa. Another starred chile and orange braised beef with all the trimmings. To drink, there's beer, of course, but also mimosas, bloody Marys and fresh juices from Daily Press.

Dessert items have included stout-infused cinnamon rolls with sweet cream cheese frosting and cinnamon sugar-dusted bread pudding sticks served with dark chocolate and orange ganache dipping sauce. New menus are rolled out each week to keep things fresh.

“These are foods that are rooted in my California history, but I want to make sure it's approachable,” says the chef.

Diners who aren’t comfortable eating on-site can order ahead for take-out, hopefully grabbing some fresh beer to go at the same time.

Tagliarina’s talents won’t be limited to weekend brunch for long, she promises. The brewery currently is building out an upper level space that will feature a full kitchen, bar and two-tiered balcony. Down the road, the space will be used for dining, private events and live music.

Until then, Tagliarina will gradually step up service. She hopes to add weeknight snacks and weeknight dinners, as well as expanding weekend brunch to all-day affairs.

“It’s fun to be cooking again,” she says. “It’s fun to get an immediate response on whether or not people are into what I’m doing. And it’s exciting to see that many people coming on weekends."

Weekend brunch runs Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Rock Hall Announces Plans for Events and Programming in 2021

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 1:59 PM

  • Courtesy of the Rock Hall
Earlier today, the Rock Hall held a virtual press conference via YouTube to recap 2020 and announce its plans for 2021.

Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris spoke for nearly an hour from the Garage at the Rock Hall.

“Today, we have local media and regional media and national media [attending the press conference],” said Harris before giving a recap of last year by rolling a video that hit “the high points of the year,” as he put it.

He began the press conference by talking about the featured exhibit It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment, which tells the story of how “rock ’n’ roll has been the voice of change.”

Despite the pandemic, the Rock Hall still reportedly attracted more than 100,000 visitors and reached more than 700,000 students. It also managed to pull off an induction ceremony, albeit as a virtual event without any performances.

“It wasn’t just a year to hibernate and wait it out,” said Harris, who also spoke at length about the Rock Hall's plans for a 50,000 square foot-expansion (groundbreaking is slated for 2022). “We found areas of opportunity where we could reach more people remotely. It was a year like no other.”

The Rock Hall closed temporarily last year as a precaution but just this week reopened with protocols in place to ensure the space is safe.

Harris said new exhibits for 2021 include a Legends of Rock exhibit that opens next month and a Super Bowl halftime show exhibit that opens in April.

“It’s incredible and not to be missed,” Harris said of the Legends of Rock exhibit.

A 2021 Inductees exhibit will open in July, and this year’s Inductions, which are scheduled to happen in Cleveland in the fall, are still slated to take place here. The ballot of potential inductees will be released next week, and Inductees will be announced in May.

The Rock Hall will offer virtual programming for Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. Live performances will take place both indoors and outdoors during the summer, and the Rock Hall will host Induction Week festivities in the fall and holiday celebrations in the winter.

The Rock Hall has also recently accepted new artifacts from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Harry Styles.

“Stuff keeps coming in,” said Harris, who introduced a Staple Singers tune at the press conference's conclusion. “We are not in pause mode. It's a very bright future. This year will be better than 2020.”

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Local Rapper Gets Physical for New Single and Music Video

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Local motivator and musician Tobyraps, a guy who comes across like a modern-day Richard Simmons, just released a music video for his newest single “Exercise” from his upcoming album Make Yourself Happy.

“In order to remain happy, it is up to us to put in the daily maintenance to ensure that our bodies and minds continue to glow with self-confidence,” says Tobyraps in a press release about the song.

Tobyraps created the song as motivation towards finding happiness because he believes “one of the simplest ways to gain mental and physical confidence is by engaging in daily exercise.”

He wrote the track during quarantine when he realized how much physical workouts helped lift his spirits.

“I felt more optimistic, more energetic and overall just proud of myself,” he says.

After graduating from Cleveland State in 2015, Tobyraps spent the next three years as a working street musician, making up personalized songs on the spot.

Three years ago, he released his first studio album, Make People Smile. After moving to SoCal in 2019, he released his sophomore album, Make More Friends, and a two-week tour landed him back in Cleveland at the beginning of the pandemic.

Quarantined in Cleveland, he wrote Make Yourself Happy. He currently works as a Cleveland Ambassador.

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Browns Superlatives and Collin Sexton — The A to Z Podcast With Andre Knott and Zac Jackson

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:39 AM


Andre and Zac put a bow on the Browns’ season. They also talk some Cavs, some Tribe and some randomness.

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35 Local Artists Contribute to Cleveland Verses Foundation Charity Album

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 11:06 AM

A non-profit founded in late 2017 by the local indie rock group the Modern Electric, Cleveland Verses Foundation aims to practice “responsive grant making.” Its mission is to “band together local musicians and music-lovers to benefit lives in the Cleveland community” and “make a better Cleveland through the power of music.”

In order to further that goal, the organization will release its first charity album, a compilation of Bob Dylan covers, on Feb 5, It’ll feature 35 local artists, including Herzog, Cities & Coasts, Front Porch Lights, Hollin Kings, Vanity Crash, Beach Stav and more. Poro's version of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" can be heard here.

“The covers range from faithful re-workings to extravagant re-imaginings in a multitude of genres,” reads a press release about the compilation. “Acoustic singer-songwriter tracks sit alongside pop-punk, shoegaze and even experimental electronic offerings. Well known hits like 'Mr. Tambourine Man' are represented as well as Dylan’s lesser-known gems like 'The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo).'”

All funds raised from streaming/downloads will go to local performers and venue employees recovering from the pandemic's impact.

In addition to the compilation, hosts an online marketplace where you can find unique merchandise donated by bands, such as personalized songs, art prints and autographed vinyl. Currently, the site features one-of-a-kind items available from Welshly Arms, Mr. Gnome, Mollo Rilla and more.

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Frank Q. Jackson, Grandson of Mayor, Charged in Domestic Violence Incident

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Frank Q. Jackson, Mayor Frank Jackson's grandson.
  • Frank Q. Jackson, Mayor Frank Jackson's grandson.
Frank Q. Jackson, the 24-year-old grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, has been charged with a first degree misdemeanor in Cleveland Municipal Court for a domestic violence incident in December.

A warrant was registered with the Cleveland Police department Wednesday, and the case was assigned to the court's domestic violence docket. No court date has been set.

The charge stems from a Dec. 18 incident in which police were called to Jackson's home in the Central neighborhood. Jackson's 21-year-old girlfriend and the mother of his child told responding officers that Jackson had struck her repeatedly in the head and face after a verbal argument. Jackson denied that the argument became physical in the initial police report, though officers noted a possible lump on the woman's forehead.

At the time, the woman said she did not wish to press charges. She just wanted the incident documented.

This criminal charge comes during Jackson's probation from a prior incident of physical violence against a woman. In Jan. 2020, he agreed to a dramatically reduced sentence for striking and choking a woman, dragging her out of a vehicle and hitting her with a metal truck hitch in June, 2019. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 18 months probation in a plea deal. He served only eight days of the jail sentence.

Given the familial connection to Mayor Frank Jackson, the city was quick to announce, after the December incident was first reported, that a special prosecutor was being brought on to review the case.

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