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Permalink 06:05:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 77 words   English (US) latin1
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Meredith Andrews to appear at Malone

The Malone University Student Activities Council's Kawfee Haus & Concert Series will welcome Dove Award-winning recording artist Meredith Andrews on Tuesday, September 30, at 9 p.m. in the Johnson Center Chapel, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio.

You can buy music from Andrews here.

The concert is free to Malone University students, but a ticket is required for admission; $10 for the public. Tickets are available in the Office of Student Activities, Randall Campus Center.


Permalink 09:58:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 323 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: News

"Emerald Necklace" ice cream flavor debuts today

A most majestic setting surrounds Northeast Ohio...a treasure so beautiful and magical, it is called the Emerald Necklace. The Emerald Necklace is Cleveland Metroparks breathtaking network of parks, beaches, trails, picnic and fishing areas, golf courses and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Pierre's Ice Cream Company chose to celebrate and promote the beauty of this regional gem with a unique flavor creation called Emerald Necklace Premium Ice Cream.

Pierre's new Emerald Necklace features mint ice cream, chocolate cream cookies and trails of thick fudge. Emerald Necklace Ice Cream not only tastes delicious, but will benefit Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund.

"Cleveland Metroparks is excited to partner with Pierre's Ice Cream Company on a tasty new project. The collaboration of these two local business resulted in the launching of a delicious new ice cream flavor honoring Cleveland Metroparks," said Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO. "Not only did Pierre's find a way to capture the essence of Cleveland Metroparks in a new ice cream flavor, they found a flavorful way to support Cleveland Metroparks Trails Fund."

Pierre's is proud of its Cleveland heritage and is eager to salute all of the great work performed over the past 97 years by Cleveland Metroparks Park Board, employees and volunteers. This flavor will not only help share the story of this natural treasure, but gives Clevelanders the chance to boast about one of their finest attractions.

Pierre's has an over 80-year tradition of scooping up smiles with its unique and tasty premium ice creams. "Pierre's and Cleveland Metroparks share similar traditions with Northeast Ohioans. Both evoke fond memories, celebrations and fun times with family and friends, and we hope the new Emerald Necklace Ice Cream will encourage more of those special moments," explains Pierre's president, Shelley Roth.

Pierre's Emerald Necklace Premium Ice Cream is packaged in red 1.5 quart containers featuring eye-catching graphics. Emerald Necklace Ice Cream can be found in most stores where Pierre's is sold.

For more information, visit or call 216-635-3200, and pierres.comor 216-432-1144.


Permalink 09:37:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 515 words   English (US) latin1
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Integrity Music releases Bluetree's "Worship and Justice" today

Belfast, Northern Ireland-based modern worship artist Bluetree, best-known for its song “God Of This City,” releases today its full-length studio album, Worship & Justice, globally from Integrity Music.  The album focuses on corporate worship songs that awaken the spirit of worship in action, fleshing out the ‘avodah’ (worship and work) perspective.  With Worship & Justice, Bluetree is committed to pouring everything—their lives, their travels, their music—into building up the church for the glory of God.

You can buy the album here.

After having written “God Of This City” spontaneously while ministering in Thailand’s red light district, Bluetree’s trajectory changed drastically in 2008, launching them on an adventure to share God’s love in some of the most dangerous places around the world. Since that time, they have been smuggled into Burma and protected by an unlikely militant ally, aided in a raid on child brothels in Cambodia and led worship for 15,000 refugees in Mae La, a refugee camp on the border of Burma and Thailand. Bluetree has never adhered to the ‘music for music’s sake’ proposition.

As much as it sounds revolutionary, Bluetree’s frontman Aaron Boyd says it really isn’t. “I think the church finally understands that our entire lives are an act of worship in the Kingdom of God.  When we sing on Sunday mornings, that’s an expression, but when we go to work, when we go to school, when we are smuggled into a country to go and encourage the underground church, or minister to prostitutes—that is all an act of worship, individual to God.  We carry it everywhere we go.... Understanding that when we love God and we love our neighbor, we understand that worship is justice.

“Coming from Belfast and playing in the local church, having the ability to travel, my eyes have been opened to how transient and fluid worship is,” Boyd continues. “There are massive sacrifices and massive rewards when we all buy in, and it genuinely never stops.”

Songs like “My Redeemer Lives,” “New Creation” and “It Is Finished” featured on Worship & Justice are passionate reminders of the permanence and power of God’s grace in our lives. And as God continues to open desperate doors, as with those in Cambodia’s child brothels recently shown in Bluetree’s “Shine” video, this band is determined to walk through.

“You can be among the most hideous pedophiles, in the middle of an active crime scene, but when you help people lift up truth over their lives, it is a complete joy and honor,” Aaron says. “It has little to do with us, and that’s the beauty of it.”

Taking its music and message to the masses, Bluetree launched its “Worship & Justice” tour in Oklahoma this past Sunday, and plays in El Paso, TX tomorrow followed by two events in New Mexico.  For all the latest tour dates, go to, and to see Boyd skydive into the Big Ticket Festival last month, go to

With all songs from Worship & Justice written or co-written by Boyd, the full track listing follows:

1.  It Is Finished

2.  My Redeemer Lives

3.  Jesus, Healer

4.  Each Day

5.  Magnify


6.  New Creation

7.  God, You Are Good

8.  Rest

9.  My Rock

10. You Were, You Are 


Permalink 04:00:00 pm, by viewfromthepugh Email , 339 words   English (US) latin1
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Cedar Point offers end-of-the-year savings

There is still time to get your thrill on at Cedar Point! This weekend, Cedar Point will be celebrating Labor Day with its first-ever Dollar Days, two nights of fireworks, money-saving offers on admission and exclusive deals and benefits just for season passholders.

You can also buy an unofficial park guidebook here.

Dollar Days

The highlight of this weekend’s events are Dollar Days! For only $1, hungry thrill-seekers can enjoy hot dogs, pretzels, ice cream, popcorn and more at select locations while supplies last. Also, several games of skill will be just $1. Guests of all ages can enjoy learning more about the mammoth creatures that once roamed around the planet at Cedar Point’s Dinosaurs Alive!, also for just $1! Dollar Days will be held Friday through Monday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1.


Also this weekend, Cedar Point will be hosting two fabulous fireworks displays. On Saturday andSunday night, Aug. 30-31, the sky above the park will come to life with a fireworks extravaganza that is sure to thrill. The fireworks display will take place each night at 10 p.m.

Money-Saving Offer

Park-goers can save money on admission all this week with the new Summer Send-Off ticket, available exclusively online. Guests can purchase a ticket for only $44.99, that’s a savings of $15! Ticket valid for a one-day visit now through Sept. 1. Please use promo code SUMMER to take advantage of this great offer.

Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend

Cedar Point will be honoring all current passholders during Season Passholder Appreciation Weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29 through Monday, Sept. 1, all 2014 passholders can purchase a special bring-a-friend ticket for only $19.99! Passholders can also enjoy exclusive ride time on some of the park’s most popular roller coasters, including Millennium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and GateKeeper.

2015 Season Passes

The absolute best way to save time and money is with a Cedar Point Season Pass. 2015 passes are on sale now at their lowest price of the year! And with the installment plan, payments have never been easier and more budget-friendly. For a limited time, new passholders will receive a free admission ticket to Cedar Point, valid on any operating day in 2014 – including HalloWeekends!

For more information on these special offers and events, please visit


Permalink 09:00:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 203 words   English (US) latin1
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Malone University Artist Series opens with recording artist Fletch Wiley on Sept. 15

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will open its popular Faculty Artist Series with award-winning jazz artist Fletch Wiley on Monday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Worship Center, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton.  Wiley will be accompanied by Department of Music faculty and alumni, as well as the jazz combo Mourning to Dancing.

You can buy Wiley's albums here.

The program is free and open to the public.  Mr. Wiley will also present a masterclass to Malone students on Tuesday, September 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Johnson Center Chapel.

Fletch Wiley is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, composer and producer.  Currently president of Visual Music Productions, Wiley has written, arranged, produced and performed for recordings, jingles, theatrical releases, and movie soundtracks in Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Seattle, San Francisco, London, and Oslo. 

He is best known as a jazz/trumpet/flute/fluegelhorn musician who has played with the likes of Abraham Laboriel, Alex Acuña, Bill Maxwell, and Andráe Crouch, as well as on 13 solo instrumental records.

He earned his bachelor of music performance degree from the University of North Texas, and a post graduate fellowship from Yale University, in addition to studies at the Aspen Music Festival and Stan Kenton Jazz Clinics.


Permalink 09:00:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 772 words   English (US) latin1
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Jars of Clay releases fan curated album

GRAMMY and Dove Awards-winning band Jars of Clay celebrates 20 years of music, releasing a uniquely special, fan-curated retrospective double-album of re-recorded favorites and two new songs, appropriately named 20.  The acclaimed, 20-song recording releases independently on the band’s own Gray Matters label.

You can buy the album here.

In the 20 years since Dan Haseltine, Stephen Mason, Charlie Lowell and Matthew Odmark released their debut album Frail, Jars of Clay sold millions of albums and received GRAMMY, American Music and Dove Awards and nominations, 16 No. 1 songs and major television and film song placements, while also appearing on all the major late night talk shows and entertainment magazines.  During the journey, the band has always leaned forward and focused on what their next creative endeavor could be. Each new album has pushed off in a new direction from the previous one, showing a trend of transformation that has become a calling card of the band. With 20, they now have taken a moment to look back over what they’ve created.

“This has been the most extended period of time that we’ve been able to musically reflect on what we’ve done over the last twenty years,” summarizes rhythm guitarist Odmark.

Remakes of earlier songs and movies often fall short of evoking the same spark that made them popular in the first place, but Jars of Clay have discovered rich treasures hidden in previous works during their two-decade career.  By allowing the fans to say which songs they would do and allowing themselves to decide how they would do them, balancing out the essence of the original version with where the band is now, the adventurous 20 ends up feeling both nostalgic and new, simultaneously looking back and facing forward.

“There is weight attached to a collection of songs that people who have spent 20 years with us have chosen. It’s sacred space,” says lead vocalist Haseltine.

A few of the fans’ selections surprised the band, not having played some of them in ten years. Many were deep-track selections that didn’t garner as much radio play but cut to the heart of fans.

“There were some songs that were surprisingly hitting a real strong emotional chord in me because I had missed them the first time around,” admits multi-instrumentalist Mason.

Many of the band’s remakes received a “sonic sprucing up” that reflects the current ethos of the band.  The original version of “God Will Lift Up Your Head,” for example, now sports a punk rock energy, with jazz flavored polyrhythmic drum-and-bass grooves.  Conversely, Jars of Clay’s original, acoustic driven “Love Song,” has a more relaxed, airy feel with stark piano chords and a cinematic string section.

Jars of Clay’s 20 also treats fans to a reprise of guest vocalists. Singer-songwriter Ashely Cleveland revisits the song “Jealous Kind,” while Mancy Pendergrass sings on “Worlds Apart.”

The two new songs in this retrospective album are “If You Love Her,” which was birthed from the band’s experiences working with Blood:Water Mission, an organization they founded in 2004 that has raised more than $22 million to help fight AIDS/HIV and the water crises in Africa, and “Ghost on the Moon,” a song to “appease the unappeasable,” declares The Christian Manifesto.

In all, “20 is like connecting with an old friend, sitting on the front porch, and catching up about your loves over a cool glass of ice tea and sympathy. These pieces are long familiar, yet fresh and exciting all over again,” says The Christian Manifesto.

20 is a beautiful collection with a meaningful look into an incredible 20 years of music-making… Jars fans, you will not want to miss this momentous collection,” adds

“For the past twenty years, Jars of Clay have consistently released great quality songs and never forsake message as they craft amazing melodies,” declares  “Every song is powerful and moving, a fitting tribute to their stellar and influential career. There is something for everyone on this brilliant and stirring collection of songs.”

20 succeeds in getting the listener excited about Jars of Clay’s past, present and future,”

On tour later this month, Jars of Clay will play both old and new fan favorites spanning the band’s repertoire that includes 16 No. 1 songs.  Confirmed tour dates follow:

August 31              Joshua Fest                              Quincy, CA                               Tickets

September 8          Aladdin Theater                         Portland, OR                             Tickets

September 9          Rialto Theater                            Tacoma, WA                             Tickets

September 10        Spokane County Fair                 Spokane, WA                            Tickets

September 27        Franklin Theater                         Franklin, TN                               Tickets

October 8              Harvester Center                        Rocky Mount, VA                      Tickets

October 9              The State Theatre                      State College, PA                      Tickets

October 10            Highline Ballroom                      New York, NY                           Tickets

October 11            Sellersville Theater                     Sellersville, PA                          Tickets

October 12            Roberts Wesleyan College         Rochester, NY                           Tickets

October 19            Howard Performing Arts            Berrien Springs, NY                   Tickets 

December 5           Wentz Concert Hall                    Naperville, IL                             Tickets

* Tour dates subject to change.

For all the latest Jars of Clay tour news and more, go to,@jarsofclay.


Permalink 09:00:00 am, by viewfromthepugh Email , 855 words   English (US) latin1
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Ashland University Foreign Language Department to host Spanish Language Film Festival

Ashland University’s Foreign Language Department has received a grant to host a Spanish Language Film Festival on the AU campus during the month of September. The Spanish films with English subtitles will be held Sept. 4, 10, 15, 23 and 29 at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The festival, which is titled “Celebrating the New Wave of Ibero American Cinema,” is made possible by a grant from Pragda and itsSpanish Film Club, as well as support from The Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture.

The festival is held in collaboration with AU departments of Foreign Language, English, History and Political Science, Global Education, The Center for Nonviolence, AU Core, Philosophy Club and Phi Sigma Iota.

The first film, titled “Post Mortem,” will be presented Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. Filmmaker Pablo Larraín first broke onto the international film scene when Tony Manero premiered at the Cannes Directors´ Fortnight. This Chilean director has now followed up with visceral Post Mortem. Mario Cornejo is going about his daily business of writing autopsy reports at the military hospital in Santiago, when the Pinochet coup d´état shakes this heretofore apolitical character out of his state of apathy. This passionately executed film by Larraín has met with brilliant reviews, competing at the Venice Film Festival and nabbing second place at the Havana Film Festival´s Coral Awards. Post Mortem is neither a reconstruction of the Pinochet days, nor an angry denunciation of the period. Instead, Larraín offers a borderline-surreal –Lynchian–black comedy to show, among other things, how easy it is for ordinary people to sleepwalk into a climate of atrocity, either as victims, collaborators, or as both. As in his first film, Larraín invests his characters with metaphoric undertones, suffusing the city of Santiago with a surreal visual texture that evokes the nightmarish landscape it was rapidly becoming. 

The second film, titled “Even the Rain,”
 (También la Lluvia) will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. Filmmaker Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and his cynical producer Costa (Luis Tosar) arrive in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to make a film about Columbus’s voyage to the New World and the subjugation of the indigenous population. Just as filming begins, the natives face a crisis when the government privatizes the water company and prices skyrocket. Daily protests erupt and the local man cast as a rebellious sixteenth century Taino chief, also becomes a leader in the water hike protests.Spanish submission for the 2012 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award

“The Return” (El Regreso) by filmmaker Hernán Jiménez is the third film and will be held Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. “The Return” is the story of a delightful and life-changing journey back to Costa Rica. After living 10 years in New York, 30 year-old Antonio returns to San José where he is forced to deal with the realities he ran away from. He is welcomed by his intense sister, Amanda--whose husband recently abandoned her--and their young son Inti--who is apprehensive about Antonio’s presence. When things take an unexpected turn, Antonio is forced to remain home far longer than he had anticipated. 

The fourth film, titled “Who Is Dayani Cristal?,” (¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?) will be held Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. in the 2014 Ronk Lecture Hall in the Schar College of Education. Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated forensic anthropologists from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories, which are so often ignored in the immigration debate. Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.

The fifth and final film, titled “Chinese Take-Away” (Un Cuento Chino) will be held Monday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium. Argentina's national treasure, Ricardo Darín, plays Roberto, a gruff, anti-social loner who lords over his tiny hardware shop in Buenos Aires with a meticulous sense of control and routine, barely allowing for the slightest of customer foibles. After a chance encounter with Jun, a Chinese man who has arrived in Argentina looking for his only living relative, Roberto takes him in. Their unusual cohabitation helps Roberto bring an end to his loneliness, but not without revealing to the impassive Jun that destiny's intersections are many and they can even divulge the film's surreal opening sequence: a brindled cow falling from the sky. 

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