Dennis Kucinich and Sean Penn Like Heavy Metal, Bro'ing Down

From my Cleveland correspondent D.X. Ferris comes word that actor Sean Penn and Congressman Dennis Kucinich (whose district includes C-Town) were found bro'ing down at a show by the metal band Ringworm at the city's Beachland Ballroom the other night. (BIG UPS, OHIO.) Quoth the blog entry:

The club was hosting a benefit for John Carroll University radio statio WJCU 88.7 FM. [EDITOR'S NOTE: It's a fantastic station.] Kucinich saw a mention of the show in a local paper and thought he'd check it out -- and take Penn with him. The two men, along with an entourage of about a dozen, appeared with no advance warning at about 10:15. They paid full admission, although don't be surprised if it shows up as an expense in Kucinich's campaign-finance reports, in between some falafel and a new carrying case for his ego.

Penn and Kucinich took the stage at 10:30, just before headliner Ringworm, a Cleveland-based group with international cult following.

"I came out to support WJCU and college radio," Kucinich told the concert's promoter-host, Bill Peters, just before speaking. "College radio is a great asset for this town."

Greeted by a cheering crowd, the duo spoke briefly to the crowd of a few hundred surprised metalheads, then introduced the band, who launched into "The Sickness" from 2001's Birth Is Pain LP. Kucinich handled most of the band's introduction.

Ferris says the show will be broadcast on March 1 at, starting at 7 a.m.

This begs the question: What would Mr. Hand think?

ASIDE: Does your Congressman have a link on his official site to every bowling alley in his district, places to go buy kielbasa AND Cleveland's polka heritage? I thought not.

-- Annie Zaleski

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