Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Englebert Humperdinck Can’t Wait to Get to Akron. See Him July 28

Humperdinck is very much looking forward to the Akron show.  “Love Northeast Ohio. We play there often, but it’s such a thrill to see those audiences.  We’ve played casinos and indoor and outdoor arenas. The audience makes it special. Can’t wait,” Humperdinck says.  Neither can the fans. ...
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NEO Winery Tour – A Vintner Wander-land

Every winery has food, ranging from hearty appetizers and charcuterie platters at Laurentia Winery to an entire menu of Italian-inspired options at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante. Check winery policies before packing your own food as most wineries no longer allow it. ...
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Stan Hywet NIGHTLIGHTS: They’re Back and Brighter Than Ever

The three-dimensional projection show and thrilling outdoor experience tells the story of the Seiberling legacy with lights, action, and music, beginning at sundown; it is projected onto the back of the Manor House, magically and mysteriously transforming the architecture into an extraordinary and ever-changing 3-D environment. ...
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Vote for Our Boomer Choice Awards – Spread the Word

Restaurants, bookstores, happy hours and entertainment. No one knows the region better than those of us who have lived and worked here for decades. We're the experts; make your choice and we'll spread the word. ...
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Rock & Roll and Pinball – Playful Connections and Free Pinball Kick Off New Rock Hall Exhibit

Pinball was banned until the mid-1970s in most of America’s big cities because it was considered a form of gambling. It eventually became a symbol of youth and rebellion, right along with rock & roll. By 1969, pinball and rock became inextricably linked, thanks to the Who and the group’s opus Tommy, which highlighted the skills of the rock opera’s lead character. ...
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Boomer Bash West – We Had a Blast, Hope You Did, Too

With more than 350 attendees, 68 vendors, live music and cocktails, our spring Boomer Bash at LaCentre in Westlake was not only a rousing success, it was a lot of fun, too.

Turns out Westsiders know how to party. We combined entertainment with education and ended up with a terrific Boomer Bash West that was tailor-made for our enthusiastic readers. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered; we’re returning to the Eastside this fall for another Bash. Check out our website, newsletter and Facebook page for details later this summer.

We want to give a special shout-out to our Bash sponsors: The Normandy Senior Living, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, MaxStrength Fitness, LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility and The WAVE Cleveland’s Smooth FM.

In the meantime, here’s a video and photo wrap up.

By the way, raffle ticket proceeds benefitted Greater Cleveland Fisher House, and we presented a check to the group shortly after the Bash. The foundation recently broke ground for the first of two Cleveland houses that will serve family members of veterans who are receiving treatment at the Louis Stokes VA Center.

See you in the fall.

     

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Boom! Broadcasters in the Rearview Mirror

 

Ever think we’d see the end of radio? Many of us remember when radio personalities were as important as the artists they played, and competition between stations raised the bar on creative programming.

Consolidation, cable TV and the internet all played a role in the diminished importance of over-the-air programming. There’s still great radio, much of it on satellite or online, but let’s not forget the folks who made radio great.

Why isn’t there a legitimate statewide broadcasters hall of fame? A lot of major names have worked here in radio and TV. Jack Paar, Soupy Sales, Casey Kasem, Nancy Dickerson and Alan Freed, to name just a few, went on from Cleveland media to national prominence. Even more stayed here. We should preserve their legacy and their important part of our media history. It’s time for that hall of fame.

There were a couple at one time in Northeast Ohio, but they didn’t last. Maybe it’s time for a respected institution like the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Ohio History Connection in Columbus, or an independent panel of historians, academic types and broadcast professionals to establish a real hall of fame that’s aimed at documenting these important accomplishments in a serious and, most importantly, impartial manner.

Let’s also preserve the artifacts, audiotape and videotape that still exist for future generations. The banner welcoming the Beatles to Cleveland in 1964 is sitting in a basement. Ernie “Ghoulardi” Anderson’s personal effects were auctioned off on eBay. Tapes and other memorabilia often find their way to the curbside when estates are left behind. Libraries could be great repositories. Like the idea? Let me know. The email is listed below.

 

Whatever happened to movie palaces?

I remember when the really big first-run films would open first downtown. I saw “The Sound of Music” at the Palace Theatre at a weekday matinee.

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Summit Brew Path is Back – Grab a Mug and Follow the Trail

Drink up, friends. the Summit Brew Path is waiting for your visit (or two). Grab a passport, visit the county's great breweries, and spend your summer months discovering what thousands of imbibers have learned: there's terrific beer here and it's got your name on it. ...
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