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Fun fact: fun facts are awesome. Whether you're trying to chat up a flight attendant or simply love learning something cool, we've got some tidbits to share. So all this week, we'll be squeezing our mindgrapes to bring you some awesome, random travel factoids.
Fact: Cleveland Airport serves a special edition, locally brewed beer: The Wright Pils.
Okay so typically we wouldn't recommend your scheduling an extra hour or two before your flight to spend at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport, but that was before we found out a little secret the airport's been keeping within Terminal C (mostly Air Canada and United flights).
At the Great Lakes Brewpub near Gate C 14the only location of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Brewpub outside their Brewery in Cleveland properthe limited edition beer is on draft. You'll want some of this, as it's more than just limited edition; it's aviation-themed. The Wright Pils is "classic style with flowery bouquet and an elegantly dry finish." It's made to pair well with salads, salmon, tuna and "marbled meats." It also happens to be named for Ohio's own Wright Brothers.
Usually we think of superhero movies as taking place in big cities, vast deserts, or some other exotic locale, but that won't be the case with The Avengers.
Yesterday, Ohio's governor John Kasich announced that The Avengers will be filmed in Cleveland next month, at least in part. The movie was originally set to be shot in New Mexico, New York, (where they still spend some time shooting) and Michigan, but after losing Michigan's tax incentives they were on the hunt for a replacement location, and Cleveland was more than happy to step up to the plate.
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Chalk one up for the TSA today as they've gone and actually caught something dangerous in someone's luggage. That something was ammunition and that someone was promoter Don King, who was attempting to fly out of Cleveland's Hopkins Airport several hours ago, while packing heat for both .38 caliber and .357-caliber firearms, while the actual guns were not present.
Although it sounds like King stopped by Cleveland for a little "shopping," he was actually in town for the funeral of his wife, who recently died due to complications from stomach cancer. It's been a sad week for Don King, and even more so now that the TSA took all his ammunition. He was, however, allowed to continue with his flight to Florida once they'd taken all of the dangerous items from his luggage. Go here to see a short video report on the incident, from the AP.
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It's hard to believe that it's already almost one year since Michael Jackson's death and the ensuing hoopla of who was responsible. To mark the one-year anniversary of that fateful day, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will spend a weekend honoring the King of Pop.
From June 25 to 27, Jackson will be celebrated with exhibits, live music and dance demonstrations. R&B songstress Angie Stone will close out the weekend by paying tribute to his legacy with a live performance in conjunction with the Rock and Soul Festival.
In a depressed world, at least one Midwestern city is staying positive: It's been a year since Cleveland's visitors bureau changed its name to Positively Cleveland, and the city still has things to be happy about, from some special Central African visitors to the return of rock'n'roll.
Of course the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame never left Cleveland, but its April 4th induction ceremony will be held in The Cleve for the first time in 12 years, with inductees to include Metallica and RUN-D.M.C.. In town for the ceremony? After you've blown $35-$75 for the tickets, you'll appreciate the Hall of Fame's free-admission day April 4 and free concert (artists TBA) on April 2.
Visitors all rocked out might want to check out the quieter Cleveland Museum of Art (11150 East Blvd.), where an exhibit of central African sculptures opens March 1st. Cleveland is also home to the International Women's Air and Space Museum (1501 N. Marginal Rd.), whose free exhibit on the life of Amelia Earhart opens March 13.
· Cleveland Rocks Less Than New York Sketch [Jaunted]
· Holy Smokes, It's The Real "A Christmas Story" House [Jaunted]
· Cleveland Travel coverage [Jaunted]
[Photo of Cleveland's Terminal Tower: JW Ogden]
One of the most beloved (or at least one of the most rerun) Christmas movies of all time is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, and you can be a part of it. “A Christmas Story”, the tale of poor Ralphie, who wants a BB gun for Christmas but can't have it lest he "shoot his eye out," is set in Indiana but was actually filmed in Cleveland. The house in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood that served as the movie’s primary filming location was restored and opened to the public for tours in 2006.
Though the house is open year round, this weekend is the big 25th Anniversary Celebration and Convention. Special events include appearances by actors from the movie, the premieres of two documentaries about the film, rides in the original fire truck used in the movie and the unveiling of newly-acquired costumes for the A Christmas Story House Museum.
The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is the official hotel for the convention, and several of the weekend’s events, including a meet-and-greet with the actors, will be hosted by the hotel. They will also be providing transportation to the A Christmas Story House for all hotel guests.
Jaunted homeboy Peter Greenberg recently released his latest book, which, as we explained in our review, highlights the worst places on Earth. Now, when you call your latest tome Don't Go There, you better expect to catch some flak--but lately Peter's been getting dissed by just about everyone whose city was included.
Last week, WJW in Cleveland invited him to do a segment on new travel gear and gadgets--until anchor Stefani Schaefer ambushed him with a question about including her town in his round up of terrible destinations:
Schaefer: I was born and raised here in Northeast Ohio, and I have to say, with many others, [I was] disappointed when your new book... featured Cleveland. May I ask why?
Greenberg: Sure, did you read the book?
Schaefer: Didn't read the book...
Things actually got worse from there.
Note to local news anchors: Peter may be on "The Today Show" instead of "60 Minutes," but if you need any evidence that he knows his stuff and tells it how it is, just call up EasyJet and ask what they think of him these days.
· Travel Expert Explains Why Cleveland Is a "Must-Miss" Location [WJW]
· Peter Greenberg Says "Don't Go There," But Should You Listen? [Jaunted]
If you’ve been following our Chasing Michigan series, you know that right now Adrien Brody is in Howell, Michigan filming the movie "High School." But what you may not know, is that when Brody isn’t jet-setting to movie locations, he's relaxing in the 19th century castle he recently bought as a birthday gift for his girlfriend, actress Elsa Pataky.
In 2007 Brody bought the Stone Barn Castle in Cleveland, New York, located about 30 miles northeast of Syracuse on the north shore of Oneida Lake. According to the Daily Mail, the actor said he completely surprised his girlfriend with the extravagant gift:
I blindfolded her. Right at the castle there's a giant, beautiful church bell. And I said "When you hear the sound of the bell, you can open your eyes and you'll see your surprise." And then I rang the bell.
Even though Liz Lemon couldn't make it work with Floyd there, there's still plenty to do in The Cleve--especially when Halloween is involved. It definitely has its share of spooky stories and haunted legends--and they're all available to you thanks to some ghoulish entrepreneurs.
Start with a tour of some of the Cleveland's oldest buildings and likely hiding places for supernatural beings. A five-hour long Ohio City and Beyond Ghost Tour will even take you into Franklin Castle, a real haunted house.
If you're more of a marine thrill seeker, drop some cash on the Burning River Ghost Tour. You'll step aboard the USS Cod submarine docked on Lake Erie as you look for the serviceman who died trying to protect his ship. Even if you don't spot any ghouls, you'll finish off the tour at a local brewery--so you can wash away any disappointment.
Before the late, great Paul Newman was an outlaw, an eater of multiple eggs or a Connecticut salad guy, he was a Shaker Heights son of a sporting-goods store owner, half Jewish and half Catholic but all dramatics (starting with a school play role at age 7).
In honor and tribute to Newman and in particular his fifty-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward, we hope to inspire a few great pairs with this week's hot spots:
We hope we're not the only ones who feel extremely freaking old because of this news: Alternative rock legends The Smashing Pumpkins are heading out on tour this fall to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
Wow, twentieth? Wasn't it just a year or two ago that Billy Corgan and Co. were soundtracking our angsty teenage years? Apparently not!
Oh well. The middle-age Pumpkins kick-off their month-long tour in Cleveland on November 1, and will include a four-night run in their home base of Chicago.
So much for all the little kids growing up on the skids: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Cleveland, Ohio institution, is expanding to New York City and Las Vegas in a de facto admission that Cleveland does not, in fact, rock.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce the creation of the New York annex to the Hall of Fame with pals Billy Joel and Clive Davis. But the company responsible for the move, Running Subway Productions, is affiliated with Premiere Productions, the outfit recently forced to settle with the New York State Attorney General over its South Street Seaport show, "Bodies... The Exhibition."
"Bodies" is still open for business at South Street even after it was forced to disclose to its visitors that its human remains are probably the products of torture and execution in Chinese prisons. According to Running Subway's website, that's supposed to "enlighten, empower, fascinate, and inspire" visitors.
While the new rock museum's full contents have not been announced, planned New York artifacts will include a Chevrolet once owned by Bruuuuuce Springsteen and some remnants from the demolition of CBGB. The Vegas annex, we suspect, will focus more on entertainers who have drifted to Sin City in their later years. Was that sparkly jumpsuit obtained under duress?
· Rock on, New York! Hall of Fame Goes on the Road [AP]
· NYC "Bodies" Exhibit Might Shut Down Thanks to Questionable Corpses [Jaunted]
· Paul Stanley Will Still Rock at Fantasy Camp [Jaunted]