Rock Hall of Fame lifts camera ban

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

The new Rolling Stones exhibition isn’t the only good news for visitors to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Cleveland attraction has dropped the “no camera” policy that’s been in place since the museum opened in 1995. Fans only could take pictures in the main and lower level lobbies, and Rock Hall employees were quick to pounce at the first hint of a flash.

Meredith Rutledge-Borger, assistant curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, said, “Rather than be the museum of ‘no,’ it makes for a welcoming experience for visitors.”

The policy was put in place because many of the items initially loaned to the Rock Hall had photo restrictions placed on them. But with nearly everyone having a cellphone with a camera in their pocket, enforcing the policy was a losing battle, she said. And by letting the folks take photographs throughout the museum, the Rock Hall gets free promotion when those visitors post their pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

The Covelli Centre announced this week that Halestorm has been added to the 3 Doors Down / Daughtry show on July 29.

Actually, Halestorm has been part of the tour since it first was announced, but Covelli Centre wasn’t allowed to advertise the band’s involvement until now, probably because the group had a gig last week in Pittsburgh and didn’t want the July date siphoning off ticket sales from that show.

Anyone who works at a newspaper knows how popular the comics page is. Drop a comic strip or accidentally run the same one twice and the phone will ring all day long.

Several of the biggest names in the world of comic will be in Pittsburgh this weekend for the first Pittsburgh Comic Arts Festival at ToonSeum. More than 60 comic books artists will be in attendance, including Patrick McDonnell (“Mutts”), Lynn Johnston (“For Better or Worse”), Tom Richmond (Mad magazine), Brian Walker (“Beetle Bailey”), Rick Kirkman (“Baby Blues”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”) and Dan Piraro (“Bizarro”).

A street festival is planned in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is free. ToonSeum will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and admission is $5 for access to the artists’ signing booths and the exhibition “Cartoon Legends: 65 Years of the Reuben Awards.”

The Reubens are the top honor in cartooning, and the exhibition features rarely displayed works by such past winners as Charles M. Schulz (“Peanuts”) and Gary Larson (“The Far Side”).

Several panel discussions also are planned on Sunday. Ticket information can be found at

In honor of Memorial Day, Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky is offering free admission for U.S. Armed Forces members on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The free ticket is open to all active, retired and honorably discharged members of the military with a valid ID. Additional tickets for immediate family members can be purchased at the gate for $39.99, a $15 discount from the regular gate price.

For those who want to save the date, organizers announced on Wednesday that the 38th Cleveland International Film Festival will run March 19-30, 2014, at Tower City Cinemas.

Andy Gray is the entertainment writer for the Tribune Chronicle. Write to him at