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Applause and The Sound of Applause

Pickle Bill’s; Cartoonist Stephan Pastis; Artist Christine Weigand

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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What do crab legs and W.C. Fields have in common? It may sound like a bad joke, but the two are the unlikely inspiration for one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite seafood shacks: Pickle Bill’s Lobster House, about 30 miles east of Cleveland. On this edition of Beyond the Dish - where we look at a restaurant’s story before we look at its menu - ideastream’s Lauren Wilson dives right in.

The comic strip Pearls Before Swine appears in the Plain Dealer and 600 other newspapers worldwide. It came about not because its creator, Stephan Pastis, had a passion for art, but because he got bored while studying to become an attorney. He never believed that a cartoon featuring a pig and a rat as its main characters would ever be syndicated, but, unhappy with his career as a lawyer, he started knocking on doors with strips in hand.

In most cases, the paper that artists work on is usually an afterthought - a place to put their chosen medium. But for artist Christine Weigand, the medium is the message. Weigand has a knack for turning paper into portraits and landscapes that look like fine paintings.

And we look back at Playhouse Square’s Dazzle the District and the lighting of the GE Chandelier.


Gerald Gibson Powell, Pickle Bill’s Lobster House
Stephan Pastis, Cartoonist
Christine Weigand, Hand Cut Paper Artist

Additional Information

Pickle Bill’s Lobster House
Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine
Christine Weigand, Hand Cut Paper Artist


Arts and Culture, Sculpture

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Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

ideastream Arts Funding

Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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Applause is an Emmy award-winning locally produced TV show that celebrates artists and cultural groups around Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

The Sound of Applause, ideastream’s weekday radio magazine, celebrates the visual and performing arts, explores cultural trends, and examines current events through an artistic lens.

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Dee Perry image courtesy Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer