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The Oberlin Review

Baseball Revitalizes Cleveland

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

September 9, 2016

Filed under SPORTS

For 52 years, Cleveland sports fans have agonized over the “Cleveland sports curse,” the city’s inexplicable inability to win a championship in any professional sport. From 1964 to 2016, Cleveland’s baseball, basketball and football teams had never reigned supreme in their respective leagues. As a result, a combined 147-season championship drought diminished hope for the city to return to its winning ways that dazzled the sports world in the 1950s. But on June 19, that all changed. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to win the team’s first title in franchise history, ending Cleveland’s championship drought in an unbelievable fashion. Inside Quicken...

Alumnus’ Cleveland Music Organization Achieves Nonprofit Status

Lillian White

September 11, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The IRS recently granted nonprofit status to The Syndicate for the New Arts, an organization devoted to transforming the way contemporary music gets presented and experienced in Cleveland and throughout the Rust Belt. Founded by Joshua Rosner, OC ’14, the nonprofit builds connections in the Cleveland music scene by hosting touring artists and initiating collaborations with existing institutions such as restaurants, museums and schools. Syndicate musicians also highlight work by local modern composers and Cleveland and Rust Belt artists whose careers have gone unrecognized. The Syndicate’s new nonprofit status qualifies it for key grants to support free programming. Additionally, as collaborator double-degree fifth-year...

The Epicurean: The Greenhouse Tavern Jewel of Cleveland Culinary Scene

Matt Segall, Columnist

February 27, 2015

Filed under ARTS

I can often be heard saying, “The Greenhouse Tavern is the best restaurant I’ve ever been to,” and I’m not a liar. Local hero Jonathan Sawyer’s flagship establishment tops many locals lists, and after many visits, it remains on the top of mine too. Yes, its food is some of the best I’ve had. Yes, its service is refined. It hit all the marks. But GHT is more than the food on the plate and the attentive people who bring it to you; it is the crown jewel of Cleveland’s celebrated restaurant scene. One of The Greenhouse Tavern’s main focuses is sourcing ingredients from local producers, at which they succeed wherever they can. While not the first spot to catch wind of the farm-to-table movement in Cleveland...

Devoted Crowd Flocks to Mick Jenkins’s Raucous Underground Concert

Jake Frankenfield

February 13, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music

Content warning: This article contains a racial slur printed in full. The word is part of an artist’s stage name. Mick Jenkins’ most recent record, the widely acclaimed The Waters, is known for its submerged, atmospheric production and intricate wordplay. Hailed as one of the best mixtapes of 2014, The Waters established Jenkins as a preeminent Chicago MC. Jenkins is currently touring with Saba Pivot, Noname Gypsy and a budding rapper affiliated with the Joey Bada$$-helmed Pro Era collective, Kirk Knight. Chicago has been central to the development of hip-hop as a genre since the early 1990s. In the ’90s, Chicago offered Twista; in the early 2000s, the city produced Kanye West and Common. Today, as hip-...

The Epicurean: L’Albatros Lives Up to Hype

The Epicurean: L’Albatros Lives Up to Hype

September 26, 2014

This is the second in a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. Zack Bruell is not an attention-monger. You will not find him competing on “Iron Chef” or “Chopped.” You will not hear people speaking his name in New York or Los Angeles. But he happens to own five of the most popular restaurants in Cleveland. He is more local he...

The Epicurean: Setting Cleveland’s Culinary Stage

Matt Segall, Columnist

September 12, 2014

Filed under ARTS

This is the first in a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. Many have heard of Cleveland’s West Side Market, the much-hyped European-style food bazaar that offers a diverse selection of products that attracts tens of thousands every weekend. Another famous character on the Cleveland food scene is Michael Symon, who won the Food Network’s Next Iron Chef competition, rocketing him into the national spotlight. It should come as no surprise that Cleveland — former industrial and economic capital of the Midwest and home to the likes of John D. Rockefel...

Editorial: Obama Joins Debate Over Washington Redskins Name

Rose Stoloff, Sports Editor

October 11, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The Washington Redskins’s name has been contested for decades, and on Saturday, one new voice joined the debate: President Barack Obama. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history –– that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press. The Washington Redskins are one of many professional sports teams whose name and mascot plays on offensive Native-American stereotypes. The Washington’s, however, is arguably the most offensive. Prior to writing this editorial I had assumed “redskin” was an insensitive way to describe the skin color of Native Americans....

Cleveland Sports History Riddled With Letdowns

Rose Stoloff, Sports Editor

September 13, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

In the last 15 years, Cleveland’s major sports teams have been blessed with a great number of high draft picks. Many of these top picks have brought more than just talent and potential to their teams; they’ve brought hope, excitement and the prospect of better times to a financially depressed city.  In reverse order, here are the three most promising, and ultimately disappointing, draft picks in modern Cleveland sports history. 1. Tim Couch, Quarterback – Cleveland Browns – 1999 – Round 1, Pick 1 “The Bust” Couch was drafted number one overall after putting up incredible numbers at the University of Kentucky. At the time of his departure, he held NCAA records for completions in a season and ...

West Side Market Reopens After Fire

Matan Zeimer

February 22, 2013

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

When you step into the main building of the West Side Market, which houses close to 80 vendors, you step into one of Cleveland’s main cultural centers. Warmly colored tiles cover every part of the indoor market. The stalls are close to 15 feet tall, but the market’s ceiling arches way above them. Light falls from the curved ceiling. Lamps craning over the aisles are adorned with historical photographs documenting events dating to the construction of the building in 1908. It is hard to believe that the scene here would have looked much different in 1912 when the market first opened for business. The market reopened on Monday after closing for 19 days due to an electrical fire — the longest closure since its opening....

Iconic West Side Market Reopens After Fire

Matan Zeimer

February 15, 2013

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

This first part of a two-part series takes a look at the produce section of the West Side Market. Next week, part two will take readers inside the main market space at the start of business hours. On the northwest corner of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue in the neighborhood of Ohio City sits a large building home to the West Side Market, an icon of Cleveland. Its tall clock tower, crowned with a green-tinted dome, makes the light-orange brick, marble and concrete building identifiable from many blocks away. Before the 7 a.m. opening of the marketplace, a handful of cars already sit, emitting wisps of exhaust, as they wait with their engines idling in the parking lot on the northeast side of the building. By 8:30 ...

Cleveland Gambles on Casino to Boost Local Economy

Allegra Kirkland, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

The signs on the front doors of the Horseshoe Cleveland provide a friendly reminder to visitors: “No Smoking, No Weapons.” Inside, the casino floor is crowded with security officers making their rounds and waitresses in black miniskirts and gold corsets taking drink orders on iPads. A couple shares a delighted embrace as coins pour out of a clanging Dashing Dolphins slot machine. In many regards, the Horseshoe Cleveland feels like any other casino in the United States. There are the crystal chandeliers and odd showroom furniture — white velvet sofas and puffy vinyl bar chairs. Retirees sit in front of the Sex and the City slots, sipping on white wine. Voices are drowned out by the clinking of the slots and the...

Occupy Cleveland Inspires Despite Small Crowd

Occupy Cleveland Inspires Despite Small Crowd

October 14, 2011

Some 150 people, including at least a dozen Oberlin students, gathered in downtown Cleveland’s Willard Park last Saturday to hold one of Occupy Cleveland’s first general assemblies since the group's formation two days earlier. A series of speakers urged attendees to form outreach groups and involve their communities in the movement. The consensus building style of the assembly was very similar to that used by the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association but drew a far more diverse cross-section...

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