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October 2006 Issue

  • Ask the Plastic Surgeon
    Question: I am a 34-year-old male and I am experiencing hereditary hair loss. My hairline is receding significantly and I have developed a bald spot in the back of my scalp. I am very self-conscious about it, and I feel that it makes me look older than I am. It is only getting worse. What can I do?
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Arts and Entertainment
  • A Moveable Feast
    Zachaery Lewis

    After a hungry season, dance-starved Clevelanders get Batsheva and Philadanco.

  • Viva Barcelona
    Amy Bracken Sparks

    The Cleveland Museum of Art plays host to an exhibition showcasing the roots of Modernism with more than 300 works from Spain's birthplace of the movement.

  • Life Outside the Lines
    Jim Vickers

    Dick Schafrath helped the Buckeyes to a national title and the Browns to an NFL Championship. And that's before we even get to the most interesting stuff he's done.

  • Rock 'n' Roll Revival
    Diana Vanucci

    Seven years after disappearing from your radio dial, Pat "The Producer" Johnson and his "Inner Sanctum" Sunday-night local music show are back on the city's airwaves.

  • Scream Songs
    Jim Vickers

    Midnight Syndicate's dark orchestral compositions conjure haunted halls and crumbling crypts. Who knew creating the sound track to your nightmares could be a full-time job.

  • She Can Only Be Her
    Franklin Soults

    The pop music scene caters to kids, so how does a soul singer find an adult audience? For Cleveland schoolteacher Conya Ross, the answer is word of mouth, Internet buzz and faith in her own talent.

Cellar Notes
Editor's Column
News Bite
Cool Cleveland
  • Biz Buzz
    Thomas Mulready

    Sneaking a peak at world-class business

Cover Story
  • Best of Cleveland
    edited by Erick Trickey

    We drank in the city (responsibly, we promise) and found it intoxicating.
    Brewed with 110 of the finest ingredients, our toast to Cleveland’s best raises a pint to kayaking at sunset, the purring of a Lounge Kitty, brown-bagging it at lunch, pimping your ride and much more — including 45 winners selected by our readers.

Fast Lane
  • Coming of Age at Alexander Hamilton Junior High School
    Phillip Richards

    A black teen during the ’60s, our writer navigates Cleveland’s daunting racial geography: the foreign manners of his white classmates, the seductive anger of the kids on his street. Would he find his way?

  • Your Vote Counts ... Or Does It?
    Erick Trickey


    The presidential election in 2000 woke us up to the reality that elections aren't perfect.  On Election Day 2004, Cuyahoga County became a battleground, scrutinized by voting rights advocates, filmmakers, the media and just about everyone else.

    So, with all the extra attention on how we vote and a new electronic-voting system in place, how did Cleveland's election system fall apart in May? (Choose one.)


    • Because elections director Michael Vu is a brilliant guy asked to overcome the county's partisanship, implement new voting technology and do the impossible.

    • Because Michael Vu became overconfident, ignored warning signs dating back to 2004 and failed to plan ahead.



  • Pedal Pusher
    Ian Hoffman

    Does turning in your car for a two-wheeled commute sound crazy? Maybe so, but once you get beyond the potholes, poor drivers and other perils that bikers face on our roadways, there's a lot to discover about the city and yourself while looking over the handlebars heading to work to each morning. (And you may not even need to shower once you get there!)

Special Sections
  • Just Move It

    Live longer, stay healthy and get energized with exercise. No matter your age, our experts have a get-moving plan for you.

Guide to Education
  • Fitting In

    What does it take to get into the school of your choice?  
    Area private schools and universities explain what it takes to make the grade.

  • My Kid is Gifted. Now What?

    Every parent would love to have a child who's exceptionally smart or creatively talented. But the realities of having a gifted child can be challenging for everyone involved

Holiday Home and Garden
  • Batteries Not Included
    Tori Woods

    Everything new gets old fast, so check out these perennially popular toy ideas to keep young minds stimulated (and the beeping to a minimum).

  • City Sidewalks
    Tori Woods

    Nine Cleveland-centric ways to entertain your guests (and get them out of the house) during all that holiday season downtime when you're not opening gifts, eating gut-busting meals or watching "A Christmas Story" for the 3,000th time.

  • Holidays the Old School Way
    Lynne Thompson

    Picking up a prepared Thanksgiving dinner at the local supermarket. Hiring an interior designer to decorate the house — including the tree. Calling the caterer to supply all the food and beverage for your annual holiday bash. Ordering gifts online. Convenient? Yes. But hardly greeting card-worthy. No, unless you want the children and grandchildren telling tales of how you dialed up the fixings for every holiday gathering, you’ll have to reinstate a tradition or two from bygone days. We’ve come up with a dozen ways to do so in your own home or just a short drive from your front door.

  • Home, Sweep Home
    Lynne Thompson

    You're ready to hire a cleaning service to get your home in shape for all that holiday foot traffic. Here are 10 questions you should ask before making the hire.

  • Sprucing Up
    Joanna Bello

    Need to freshen the look of your home before guest arrive?  Check out these seven ideas that can each be tackled in the span of a single weekend.

  • Stress Less
    Tori Woods

    'Tis the season of frayed nerves. But being prepared for the holidays can help - a lot.  Local organizing expert Sandra Einstein offers 10 strategies for conquering chaos.

The Agenda
  • This Old World
    Lynne Thompson

    Walk where you will -- in Montreal, there's a delicious (and probably French) surprise around every corner.

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