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April 2005 Issue

A la Carte
  • Neighborhood A-Lure
    Giovanna's on Clifton is a comfy, neighborhood Italian restaurant with a difference. Owners Nick and Giovanna Kustala have achieved most of the best characteristics of a great neighborhood spot: a cozy ambiance, friendly service and gentle prices. Happily, at the same time they've avoided most of the culinary and atmospheric clichés that afflict too many neighborhood Italian eateries.
  • Zach's Back

    So, finally, in print, I get to answer a question that has burned inside me for months.

    parallax n. 1. common the apparent difference in the position of an object when viewed from different positions, e.g. through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera; 2. astronomy the angular difference in the apparent positions of a star observed from opposite sides of the earth's orbit; 3. maclaren the predetermined site of the second coming of the father of Cleveland's contemporary dining scene.

Cellar Notes
Arts and Entertainment
  • 1964mania
    Amber Matheson
    One of These Daze, a band is going to enter your life: a band that tickles your memory with the Crystal Visions of your youth. It will take you back 40 years, to an era when rock was just beginning. You'll see the Four Horsemen up onstage, speaking just 2U, grinning their goofy, googly grins. This ageless quartet, one of the world's first bands forced to endure the Electric Eye of a never-ending press nightmare, will pick up their vintage instruments and, with a Caress of Steel, they'll turn the crowd into a frenzy of screaming groupies.
  • Gar-banjo Lessons
    Kmberly Dick
    Her "jingle jacket" rings and rustles as her arms brush past the hundreds of buttons, beads, bottle caps, bells and film canisters she has sewn onto the old garment.
  • The Poetry Biz
    Dalia Wheatt
    In addition to the deluge of haiku contests, free-verse workshops and spoken-word slams taking place this month, National Poetry Month, Cleveland Heights will choose its first-ever poet laureate (though it was home to the late Cuyahoga County poet laureate, Daniel Thompson). Lakewood, too, is searching for a No. 1 bard to be announced this summer.
  • The Real Thing
    Erick Trickey
    Cameras focus on Cleveland and the world at the city.s only all-photo gallery.
  • Club Scout
    Kim Schneider
    The Union Club's $6.5 million renovation included the creation of a new reading room.
  • Ride On!
    Kristen Hampshire
    Ray Petro's one-of-a-kind indoor amusement park for mountain bikers is attracting scores of diehards who don’t mind traveling for their riding fix.
  • Running Numbers
    Jim Vickers
    Last year's marathon boosted business volume by $6.8 million.
  • Start Your Engine
    Jim Vickers
    Gate A Sports' Silicon Motor Speedway is Ohio's only NASCAR simulator.
  • The Jingle Man
    Colleen Mytnick
    George Sipl is the creator of the infamous I-X Indoor Amusement Park jingle. Do you hate him already?
Cool Cleveland
Cover Story
  • Good Morning, Beautiful
    Lynne Thompson
    Face it, your morning beauty routine's a drag. So we enlisted four experts — morning-show anchors Carole Chandler, Danita Harris, Tracy McCool and Allison Alexander — who reveal their tips for looking good, their remedies for beauty emergencies and what they really look like just after rolling out of bed.
  • '95 Cleveland Indians -- Where Are They Now?
    Jeannie Roberts
    Can it really only be 10 years since that magical World Series season — the first since 1954? It seems like a lifetime ago. But when Omar Vizquel signed with the San Francisco Giants in the off-season, the Tribe's final tie to that team was severed. So we checked in with the most prominent members and were surprised at how many are still playing or coaching ... or being Mr. Mom.
  • Contenders or Pretenders?
    Jeannie Roberts
    Three years ago, Mark Shapiro promised a contender in 2005. Now, it’s time to step up to the plate. So we scrutinize the team, dig into the stats and interview players, coaches, writers and the GM himself to uncover... 21 Reasons Why the Indians Will Win the Division and 21 Why They Won't.
  • Cracking the Code
    Erick Trickey
    Joseph Kelly read "The Da Vinci Code" in summer 2003 to see if its claims about early Christianity were credible. Now, the chair of John Carroll University's religion department is a leading lecturer about what’s true (and what's not) between the covers of Dan Brown's best seller.
  • Fastlane
    Field botanist at Holden Arboretum in Kirtland and orchid grower
  • The Immigrant Way
    Charu Gupta
    Cleveland was once a bustling immigrant center, rich with opportunity, energy and innovation. Now, the city's attempting to rekindle that spirit and spark our struggling economy.
  • Make Me Over
    Four moms ditch diapers for a day and enjoy some pampering and a new look as winners of Cleveland Magazine's reader-makeover contest.
  • Mission: iPossible
    With a hot new 20-gig iPod in his hands, our writer goes on a quest to fill it with 6,000 of his favorite songs ... or even Jack Fascinato, Little Milton and The Velvelettes.
Special Sections
  • Landscapers' Challenge
    Lynne Thompson
    We paired four top-notch landscapers with two homeowners who need help sprucing up their barren yards. The following pages prove that a well-designed plan can morph a beautiful home into a stunning estate that'll turn the neighbors green.
The Agenda
  • More MoMA
    Deborah Kolben
    New York City's Museum of Modern Art just got a $425 million face lift and expansion. But is bigger better? To find out, we sent a writer who grew up in — and loved — the galleries of the old MoMA.

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