Arts & Entertainment

Arts & Entertainment

Boom! Look Familiar? That’s Because It Is


Pop Culture Chronicles

A couple weeks back, I got a surprise when I heard about plans by two ’70s bands that swore they would never reunite.

ABBA flat-out refused to revive their act for many years and even declined an invitation to perform when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Turns out the band has just secretly recorded two new songs. Is this a big deal? Again, the respect thing. CSNY’s David Crosby described their music as “dog poop,” but their stuff has been covered by everyone from Culture Club to U2’s Bono.

When Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham died in 1980 after drinking 40 shots of vodka, the rest of the band said Zeppelin was done. The band did perform at the induction and later at a tribute show for Atlantic Records’ Ahmet Ertegun, but since then, zilch. Now there’s word that Zeppelin is talking about a possible reunion gig to mark the band’s 50th anniversary. The past is roaring back.


LPs and TV, Too

With so many people downloading music and stores dropping compact discs, long-playing vinyl records are showing increased sales, and it’s the same for live music. I was at the Streetsboro Family Days in July and the entertainment included Mr. Speed (a classic KISS tribute), Rubix Cubed (’80s music), Disco Inferno and Michael Weber, a guitar phenom who was born 25 years after some of the music he plays was written.

Look at your TV. Reboots of “Magnum P.I.,” “Hawaii Five-0,” ”Alf,” “Will & Grace” and “Dynasty” are all on the schedule, and Norman Lear is talking about re-imagining “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “The Jeffersons.” Nostalgia is big business, and not just on the entertainment front.

My wife, Janice, and I were walking through the Heinen’s in downtown Cleveland.

Read more 0

Find a Seat for Diet Restrictions at Your Holiday Table

Don't let guests' diets limit your menu this holiday season. A few tweaks (think fresh vegetables, and can the canned soup) will create palate-pleasing dishes that everyone will enjoy. John Selick IV, the senior culinary manager at Sodexo Healthcare Services for University Hospitals Cleveland tells you how. ...
Read more 0

Akron Children’s Hospital Christmas Tree Festival – A Lotta Lights, A Lotta Fun

Yes, technically it's too early for Christmas but not if you're buying a pre-decorated tree for charity like the ones on display in Akron through Thanksgiving weekend. This free event (plan to pay for parking) features lots of elaborately decorated trees and wreaths, all created by folks who want to wow visitors this season. Don't miss it. ...
Read more 0

Happy Multi-Generation Holidays (and Here’s How)

If this is your first 3-Gen holiday, think carefully about how much of your own space you will want, especially if the grandchildren are very young and things could get hectic and noisy. Will you enjoy being in the thick of it or prefer to dip in and out and have your own space to retreat to? ...
Read more 0

Stan Hywet Deck the Halls is Back for Another Season of Holiday Merriment

The fire pit is the place to relax and warm up with refreshments from the Gingerbread Bakeshop, and the Salty Reindeer: hot gingerbread cookies, cocoa, popcorn, beer, wine, Bavarian pretzels and more. Molly's Shop is fully stocked for holiday shopping and the Café is a place to enjoy more substantial fare and holiday treats. ...
Read more 0

And More Movies…

Ah, fall, the season for comfort food, cozy sweaters and great movies. Head over to the Cleveland Jewish FilmFest which starts this week at theaters throughout Greater Cleveland. They've got a great lineup, but you'll have to bring your own cozy sweater. ...
Read more 0

Like Movies? Here are a Few Adult Films (Not That Kind) You’ll Probably Enjoy

Sure, it's fun to see car chases and buff superheroes on the big screen, but when fall arrives so do movies with a bit more substance. Here's a rundown of films coming to local theaters that appeal to our inner (and outer) grownup. ...
Read more 0

Dave Sheridan: Cleveland’s Comic Book Genius

Some of Sheridan’s best work is in strips featuring his notorious characters Dealer McDope and the Leather Nun. Read into those stories whatever way you like, but a lot of art does spark controversy. ...
Read more 0