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Issue Date: October 2011


Best of Cleveland 2011: Entertainment & Attractions

Musical Tribute


Celebrity Twitter Feed

Josh Cribbs is pure entertainment, both on the field and on Twitter. The Cleveland Browns wide receiver keeps his more than 82,000 followers tuned in with funny photos (like the time he tweeted a picture of himself dressed as the Easter Bunny), inspirational thoughts ("Have a great day ppl in whatever it is u do, u have another chance to live great, enjoy!!!"), and trivia questions for cash and prizes (the first response to "What is the college Alma Mater of Our 2nd round draft pick Greg Little" won two tickets to the Aug. 13 game). "I do a lot of trivia; that makes everyone happy," Cribbs explains. "I would give $100 for certain answers, and then it became too expensive, so I dropped down to $50. Now I'm doing game tickets because it's season time." Follow @JoshCribbs16, and you quickly learn he bleeds brown and orange and likes to interact with fans. Watch for clues, and you just might meet him in person. "At the @BSpot once again 4more eat eat!!" he tweeted in August. "Let's say grace: rubba dub dub thanks for the grub!!! Amen Burgers Brats Beers." @JoshCribbs16



Original Band


Renovation

The Tudor Arms waited 40 years to become a hotel again. The 1931 Carnegie Avenue landmark, now on the National Register of Historic Places, dazzled guests from the '40s through '60s with its stately Tudor Ballroom and elegant Crystal Ballroom. But after decades as a Job Corps center, it needed a major makeover to attract customers again. MRN Ltd's $22 million renovation burnishes the ballrooms and other classic elements — the stone-stepped entryway, the slate and iron main stairwell — while introducing a redesign that fits with its new status as a Doubletree by Hilton boutique hotel. Guest rooms, many with views of downtown or University Circle, boast new wood floors, abstract art and stylish furniture. The very vintage-British lobby, with its dark-wood walls, offers an angular front desk decorated with a gauzy backlit fabric that cycles through each color of the rainbow. 10660 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, 216-455-1260 doubletree.com



Iconic Art


Quirky Museum

So many saints, so little time to spend with them. Walk into the Museum of Divine Statues, and you'll see the faces of St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Hedwig of Poland staring benignly back at you. The museum, which opened this April, is housed in the former St. Hedwig Parish and was created to preserve the artwork from many of the 50 Cleveland Catholic churches that were closing. "I thought to myself, It would be a shame if our artwork left Cleveland," says museum founder and operator Lou McClung. There are more than 80 pieces on display, including statues with lifelike glass eyes, and stained-glass windows. McClung, a professional restoration artist, has his work cut out for him, running the museum and restoring every single piece he acquires. A Catholic himself, McClung says he felt for those losing their spiritual homes and wanted a way to help them get over the shock and grief. "In order for people to truly move forward, if they feel that their history is preserved, it makes it just a little easier," he says. "I think that's one of the most important things that we do." 12905 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-228-9950, museumofdivinestatues.org



Tribute Band


Pseudo Supergroup


Scary Ride

The oozing scabs; dark, hollow eyes; and blood-drenched clothes could have been mistaken for the zombie apocalypse. Instead, it was last October's inaugural Dead Ride, which found 150 bike riders dressing up and tearing off through the streets of Cleveland. "There was one little kid that saw us and went screaming into the house," says Crank-Set Rides co-founder Lindsey Bower. The zombies will rise again on Oct. 22, beginning at Lincoln Park Pub in Tremont and looping through Gordon Square and Ohio City. If zombie isn't your normal look, get your undead makeover at the pre-ride Blood Booth, where professional makeup artists will make you look like you've just risen from the grave in exchange for a donation to Protect Your Brains, a program that Crank-Set recently founded to give free helmets to bikers. cranksetrides.com



Top 40 Band



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