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Twilight at Tower City

Calling all Twilight fans! Dr. Carlisle Cullen (Peter Facinelli) is set to make an appearance at Tower City Center on Saturday, Oct. 22 at noon. Autographs are $25 or you can snap a photo with one of Twilight’s hottest stars for $40. A portion of all proceeds benefits Peter’s charity of choice – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Parking is free with the purchase of an autograph and/or photograph and there will be plenty of hype surrounding the approaching release of Breaking Dawn including Twilight inspired activities and a 4:30pm screening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Tickets for the movie are specially priced at just $5 and can be purchased here.

Now comes the most exciting part – Peter will meet with some lucky fans BEFORE the public autograph signing and you could be the winner of four (4) VIP passes. There are two ways to enter which means two ways to win.

1. Leave a comment below – tell us, if you were a vampire, what would your power be?

2. Find our contest tweet at www.twitter.com/positivelycleve and retweet it. We’ll track these on Twitter (by way of the hashtag #HappyinCLE) and automatically enter you for another chance to win.

Tower City Center is located at 230 W. Huron Road in Cleveland, Ohio 44113. For more information about Tower City Center visit www.towercitycenter.com.

I’ll announce the winner here on our blog and on Twitter on Tuesday, October 18. Good luck!

UPDATE: The winner of the VIP passes to meet Peter Facinelli is Twitter follower @SPappadaPhD. Thanks to all who entered! 

– CA

35th Cleveland International Film Festival Kicks Off!

This week  marked the first days of the 35th Cleveland International Film Festival.  Today, the films are rolling and there’s excitement (along with the smell of popping popcorn) in the air at Tower City Cinemas. Whether you’re new to the festival or a seasoned pro, here are some helpful tips for navigating the theater, one film at a time.

Arrive to the theater early. Vouchers don’t necessarily mean you’ll get a seat. And, who doesn’t love center-row, half-way up?

Grab a program and make a movie plan. Choose the films you absolutely must-see and arrange them meticulously so you don’t miss any.

Don’t leave downtown hungry. There are plenty of great places to fill up before, after and in-between movies. Click here for nearby restaurants.

Use code “TWEET” for $2 off your seat here.

Click here for 35th CIFF film related events taking place all week long.

Take advantage of FREE PARKING when available in the Tower City Center Self-Parking Garage and Tower City Amphitheater Parking at River (off Canal Road). Get your ticket validated at Tower City Cinemas.

And finally, become part of the story at the 35th Annual Cleveland International Film Festival March 24 thru April 3 at Tower City Cinemas at 230 West Huron Road in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

– Submitted by C.A.


This Preview has been Approved for All Audiences

Now entering its 35th year, the Cleveland International Film Festival is one of the country’s biggest film festivals. Slated to take place March 24-April 3 at Tower City Cinemas, last year’s 11-day event attracted a record crowd of 71,000 to downtown’s Tower City Cinemas. The 2011 festival could be even bigger since attendance at the indie film event has increased 104% since 2003. And the festival recently benefited from the fact that the winners of two of its shorts programs are sent to the Oscar Nominating Committee where they get consideration for Academy Award nods; as a result the number of quality short films submitted to the festival has grown exponentially.

It’s rather surprising that a city of Cleveland’s size can support a festival like the Cleveland International Film Festival, which last year showed over 300 films from numerous different countries. “We hear from our guest filmmakers all the time that they have never encountered a community as supportive of independent cinema,” says CIFF Executive Director Marcie Goodman. “It’s really amazing.”

In fact, Cleveland has a number of quality offerings catering to the art house crowd year-round. The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Cinematheque was just named one of the top repertory theaters in the country by New York Times. The Cleveland Museum of Art shows offbeat films booked by Cinematheque director John Ewing and has recently refurbished its Gartner Auditorium, the location for the screenings of some of the more popular films. The Cleveland Cinemas-run Cedar Lee and Capitol theatres not only show first-run indie flicks, but also have a Late Shift Film Series that features cult classics on a regular basis. And the Capitol has partnered with Detroit Shoreway restaurants to offer a movie/brunch event on select Sundays.

So film buffs, grab some popcorn and settle in. Cleveland is ready to entertain and inspire. – Submitted by Jeff Niesel, guest blogger

Crepes De Luxe at the Taste of Cleveland 2009

I’ve been going to the Taste of Cleveland for years . . . it’s a Labor Day staple. The event, held at Time Warner Cable Amphitheater behind Tower City, is a food and music fest. Usually, I either drop in with co-workers on “free admission” Friday to gnosh on a sampling of pierogi (I still think about the sweet potato stuffed ones I tried last year) or grab dinner and a show (concerts are included with admission which makes the tickets which cost $8 max a pretty good deal) with friends over the long weekend.  For really no particular reason, this year I am toying with the idea of dropping by for Billy Squier and a little “Rock Me Tonite.”

No matter when you go or why you go, your main preoccupation at Taste of Cleveland is what you’re going to eat. These food vendors are amazing . . . they have to commit to staffing a holiday weekend event—rain or shine—for four entire days.  That’s no easy feat, but apparently Pierogi Palace, Taste of Soul, Transylvania Bakery Shop, Flannery’s Pub, Just Like Mom’s Restaurant, The Souper Market, The Corner Alley Bar & Grill, Zocalo Mexican Grill & Tequileria, Das Schnitzel House, Cornerstone Brewing, Fat Fish Blue and others are up to the challenge.

Crepes Deluxe at the West Side Market

Crepes Deluxe at the West Side Market

I got to talk to Bob Holcepl from Crepes Deluxe at the West Side Market about his contributions to Cleveland’s culinary scene and his participation in the Taste of Cleveland and, I have say, it made me, well . . .  hungry.

How long have you been at the West Side Market?
We’re going on three years at the market for the crepes, although I’ve been there longer with City Roast Coffee.  Actually, I’ve been involved with food for a quite awhile now. My wife and I also have Civilization in Tremont which will have been there 20 years next year. I remember when we started there were just two Arabicas and us—a lot of coffee shops have come and gone in that time.

Why crepes?
If you talk to anyone who does this, it started with some sort of trip to Paris. Although fancy creperie-style bistros are what many people think of when they think of crepes, most crepes in Europe actually are served street-side or in a bump-off from a storefront or a restaurant like, say, hotdogs are served here.  When we decided we were interested in doing this, we traveled all over Europe and to places like Vancouver and Miami to look at different creperies. Then, we started by serving them at events like the Taste of Tremont and the Taste of Cleveland.

What is a crepe then?
Crepes are thin and pancake-like. The sweet ones are made with a sweet batter while the savory are made with buckwheat flour. They can be filled with anything from ham and cheese to strawberries and Nutella.   We serve both savory and sweet street-style at the Market. They are handheld and portable. We fold them into a triangle shapes and slip them into a checkered piece of paper with a cone specifically meant to hold the crepe. They can then be eaten with fingers or a fork.


The crepe thing is really started to take off nationally and I’ve actually started to do consultation work to help other people open up their own places. At the Market we’ve built up a clientele that includes locals and travelers. I’d say that people with passports—people who have traveled and are aware of or open to the this sort of thing—are the first to “get it.”

Why do you like to be a part of the Taste of Cleveland?
09Crepes2We see it as a venue for Clevelanders to get exposed to what we are doing. Some people haven’t been to the market in awhile and still think of it as just a place to stock up on cheese and eggs.  You can still get all those things at the Market of course with a quality and range that is phenomenal, but there’s even more interesting stuff like Ohio City Pasta, Urban Herbs and Orale Contemporary Mexican Cuisine.

What are you serving at Taste?
We’re only doing the sweet crepes. You can expect the basic crepe with lemon and sugar or butter, the Paris Caramel with fresh pears, walnuts and caramel sauce and the Banana Nutella which is “the” classic crepe and I am pretty sure that any creperie has to make them by law. –Submitted by SF

Cleveland International Film Festival (03.22.09)

It’s Sunday . . . my one opportunity all week to snooze. But, I was up with the birds this week because I needed to get to Tower City a little before 9am for the first showing of films in the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). It was my only chance to see It’s Not Me, I Swear!,  a Canadian picture about a chronically unhappy young boy in 1968 who lies to pretty much everyone about pretty much everything even before his mother abandons the family for the life of an artist in Greece. It was worth the effort of dragging myself out of bed. 

Today I saw three films total–all foreign. In addition to the aforementioned comedy/drama of childhood angst (which is actually C’est pas moi, je le jure!), I went to Dunya & Desie (two very different 18 year-old friends battle help each other through life-changing decisions involving motherhood and arranged marriage) and Tokyo! (three very different stories set in Tokyo and directed by three different directors including a personal fav of mine, Michel Gondry).

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Why Ride the RTA? (03.03.09)

RTA Shaker station, credit: Jeff Greenberg

RTA Shaker station, credit: Jeff Greenberg

Every year 60 million Clevelanders use the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to commute around the city. So, it might be surprising that I am now just discovering this incredible amenity.
Preparing for my new job at Tower City, I did the research and learned that most downtown parking lots (at least those that don’t require you to walk a mile uphill in downward wind) run anywhere from $5 – $8 a day.
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Taste of Cleveland (08.31.08)

A friend and I went to the 13th annual Taste of Cleveland on Sunday.  It was my first time attending this annual event at the Time Warner Cable Amphitheater at Tower City.  Although the focus was a celebration of Cleveland’s culinary and cultural traditions (with restaurants like former Browns player Al “Bubba” Baker’s Bubba’s QWilloughby Brewing Company, Sue’s Pierogies and Bruno’s Italian Ristorante), the event turned out to be more than I had expected.  Taste of Cleveland was reminiscent of a traditional street fair with fun, food and live music.  But its location on the Cuyahoga River provided an entirely different atmosphere as the boats, kayaks and jet skis passed by.  There was also a feel of excitement as the Blue Angels from the Cleveland National Air Show buzzed overhead.  Admission was pretty minimal really, but there were added discounts through cleveland.com and Giant Eagle. our tickets.  Just having a Giant Eagle Advantage Card got us in the gate at the reduced rate. And the concerts (Squeeze, Michael Stanley, Los Lonely Boys, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Big Head Todd, etc.) were included in the fee.

Taste of Cleveland was yet another of many enjoyable events that Cleveland offers every year.  I look forward to attending this event again next year. –CM

Rediscovering Cleveland with Friends (08.07.08)

Public Square Downtown

Public Square Downtown

This past week I had some Italian friends in town, so of course I put my money where my mouth is and tried to show them that Cleveland is full of interesting things to do. We were disappointed, but not for lack of activities—with all there was to see and do, we actually ran out of time. We spent three days out sightseeing, shopping and museum-hopping and didn’t even fit in one-third of all the things I would have liked us to have done.

On Wednesday we went to University Circle to visit the newly-reopened art museum, then dashed over to the botanical garden for a delightful trip through Madagascar, Costa Rica and the outdoor gardens. (By the by, if you museum hop in University Circle, present your admission ticket from one museum at another and get a $2 discount!) We finished up that day with a stop inside the Frank Gehry-designed Peter B. Lewis building, and then recuperated with mochas at Arabica, a local coffee shop. 

Thursday was our shopping day, starting off at funky Coventry in Cleveland Heights. City Buddha, Record Revolution and Big Fun did not disappoint. Next we went for a melt-in-your-mouth lunch at the Melting Pot and took in the sights and stores of Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. By the time we finished with all those stores we barely had time to tour the shops down the street in La Place across from Beachwood Place and take a peek at the incredible delicacies at the White Flower Cake Shoppe. That evening I was proud to take my friends to Nighttown, a neighborhood joint with an Irish soul and world-class jazz. We indulged in flourless chocolate cake and watched the jazz trio work the crowd like the pros they were.

Friday was the big downtown day. We headed to Tower City on the rapid with plans to do a quick tour of the building and the downtown area, then head over to the Great Lakes Science Center for an afternoon of interactive exhibits. We never made it inside the museum—Cleveland itself proved too distracting. First, there were all the cute shops in Tower City. Chic et Mode enticed me to buy a watch, the Hard Rock Café enticed my friends to see Jimi Hendrix’s purple velvet pants, and the guitars placed all around the mall beckoned us to come and take a picture with them. We then headed out to Public Square where we admired the architecture of the Old Stone Church, and reveled in the cool marble hallways of the Cleveland Public Library. As we meandered over towards North Coast Harbor, one friend said to me, “Cleveland is so big!” I informed her that Cleveland is actually about half the size of her home city. She was incredulous and concluded that everything here just felt big.

Great Lakes Science Center on a sunny day.

Great Lakes Science Center on a sunny day.

We got our first good view of the lake walking down West 3rd Street, heading towards Browns Stadium. Although it’s not an afternoon in Cleveland without running into diehard fans of the Indians, the Cavs or the Browns, we didn’t know the Browns were holding an open practice that afternoon. When we reached the stadium there were throngs of people decked out in brown and orange, along with food, games and live entertainment. From the edge of Browns Stadium, the view of the science center was gorgeous, the glowing white of museum and wind turbine silhouetted against the blue sky and blue lake. I was thrilled that my friends would have this picture of Cleveland in their mind. I also thought it was a shame that my Cleveland friends don’t have the same picture. Hopefully, with my newfound appreciation of all there is to do and see here (plus 475 Cleveland photos courtesy of my friends), I can help change that. –LB


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