Category Archives: celebrity

  Franco For Sale (6/21)

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

He’s talented, attractive and IN PERSON, Cleveland welcomes Golden Globe winning actor (Pineapple Express & Milk), James Franco

Franco, of Milk and Spider-Man fame, makes a live appearance at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The museum will screen the Cleveland premier of the art film, Erased James Franco. After the film, Franco and the filmmaker, contemporary artist Carter, will speak to the audience in person. Museum Director Timothy Rub will moderate. The film will be screened in the museum’s Lecture Hall.

For the film Carter approached Franco about reenacting scenes from previous films in his oeuvre (James Dean, Spider-Man trilogy & Rock Hudson) but to revisit these scenes with restraint. At no point is Franco given the opportunity to delve deeply into any one character. Instead Carter directs Franco to use a flat voice and limit his instinctual movement during the filming of each scene. Carter describes his direction as “artificially relaxed – to withhold James’ natural ability to act …” which gives the film a muted quality.

Tickets are selling fast $20 for members, $25 for non members. 2:30pm.

  Meet Miss Butler (4/17)

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Are you a lover of pattern and fabrics? Hip handbags and stylish “to-do” projects? Do you know who the Midwest maven, Amy Butler is? Well if you do then you surely won’t miss the opportunity to meet the designer behind the fresh patterns that are taking the world of sewing, quilting (I LOVE her cozy quilts!) and crafting by storm. Amy’s designs ( have a clean, fresh look in fabrics, tableware, fashion, home dec, and more. Her products and her work are smattered all over the pages of magazines like Lucky, Domino (R.I.P.), Country Living, and Martha Stewart Living.

Join the seamstresses over at Stitch Cleveland ( as they welcome Amy to their store for a meet and greet with artist Amy. Peruse the Amy Butler trunk show (in store until April 22nd) including the Sophia bag, Weekender, Cabo Halter, Anna Tunic, Domestic Goddess apron-and more. Snacks and refreshments to be served…and don’t forget to bring your books to be signed. We also have copies for purchase as well as a new shipment of her patterns and select fabrics.

6-8pm. Stitch Cleveland is located at 1387 Sloane Avenue, Lakewood

  VERY Cool Stuff.

Hello Cleveland.
Can you believe we are already in quarter #2 of ‘09? I surely can’t.

Over the past few months there has been lots of action floating around my little blog. With a handful of readers each day, I constantly question whether the optimistic tune of my thoughts and feelings are reaching out and making a small daily difference. I usually devote a few hours a week to organizing my thoughts around what I am going to say, researching exciting Cleveland happenings and developing small stories that I think much of Cleveland could be interested in. It’s rather time intensive.

With that said I have been approached by numerous readers to develop a successful and profitable partnership in order to keep this blog alive and well. I think you will all be as excited as I am about these opportunities.

Known for her clever sense of fashion and style, Cleveland Plain Dealer Style Editor Kim Crow has approached me and offered to send me on a monthly style shopping trip. I will receive a shopping stipend as long as the PD can piggy-back on my monthly post. I am making my list of fun fashionable Cleveland hot spots right now. I can barely contain my excitement!

Because of the many rave reviews the blog has provided to many area “star” chefs including Michael Symon (Lola’s & Lolita’s) and Jonathan Sawyer (Greenhouse Tavern), iheartcleveland has been asked to partner with the local organization Cleveland Originals. Promoting area restaurant “deals & steals” as well as their quarterly discounted gift certificate sales, the blog will be provided a handful of gift certificates to distribute to you, our readers, for FREE in exchange for feedback on your dining experience. I should have these opportunities posted within the month, so stay tuned!

Playhouse Square has recently approached me about possibly partnering with them on a special “iheartplayhousesquare ticket package.” Tickets to many of the hot, mainly sold-out shows will be awarded for the first ten comments to any of our Playhouse Square event postings. Those who comment first will receive complimentary tickets in the special loge area as well as a free intermission cocktail coupon. Some of the upcoming shows that I would LOVE to see at Playhouse Square include Neko Case and Mary Poppins. Be on the lookout for those posts and your opportunity to see them free!

Not that I write too much about area sports, but someone was looking out for me when the blog got mentioned at a recent Indians “viral” marketing meeting. Bob DiBiasio, Cleveland Indians Vice President of Public Relations, recently contacted me about an exciting opportunity writing for the Indians Blog on more of a social, “Tribe Around Town” feature. I will have a press pass and be privileged to sit in the media boxes during all of the summer baseball games along some of the best in the journalism world. This alone makes me think that my time spent writing this blog has been completely worth it! Go Tribe! (My one question…does the gig include free I-shaped soft pretzels?)

Last but not least, a few months ago I sent out a “guest blog request,” to some of our Cleveland celebs. I had GREAT response. Stay tuned for some of my first one-on-one interviews including my morning spent with basketball phenom; Lebron James!!!! (Al Roker’s interview was a blast too, he even sent me these cool NBC rain boots & umbrella after the interview…I love you Al!)

So, as I sometimes wonder if anyone is reading or even cares about my “hobby” I guess it doesn’t matter as long as I am having fun and enjoying each and ever day in Cleveland. :) Pass it on!

  Run-DMC tunes (3/04)

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

This Saturday, while the city fills with music-industry legends and celebs, why not pay your respects to this years Rock Hall Inductee Honoree Run-DMC* at Touch Supper Club ( as they welcome “The Kings” (a tribute Run-DMC band). Free until Midnight, $10 after. Music by DJ Steph Floss, DJ K-Nyce & DJ Majette, spinning the best in old school hip hop.

If you can make it for happy hour, Touch offers free sushi from 4-8! Come for a bit of free fish, stay for a bit of mixing and good beats!

*Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, Run-D.M.C. took hip hop from the streets of New York to the national stage. Formed in Hollis, Queens, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop. They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and is widely credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music. In 2004, Rolling Stone named them one of the greatest musical artists of all time. In 2007, the trio was named Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by They were also named Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1.

  Grady Models

I couldn’t let this little news tidbit slip by….this just in…Grady Sizemore spotted in this months Men’s Vogue Magazine!

Titled, “Center of Attention” writer Bryan Curtis along with NYC photographer Julian Dufort capture the very essence of this “player” in his hometown!

For the complete article on this athlete-celebrity visit