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

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Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm
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Find out why one of Northeast Ohio's most popular spots for seafood is actually named for an actor who was best known for having a few martinis for dinner! And when attorney Stephan Pastis found himself unhappy practicing law he brought in a pig, rat and duck to defend him against boredom. Plus, the story of an artist who is a real cut-up.

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.