The outrageous attempt to tar Linc Chafee's campaign manager John "JR" Pagliarini, who fell on his sword last week and quit the campaign, is the sort of Karl Roveian dirty trick that should make any decent Vo Dilunduh long for a good shower. Someone broke the law in an attempt to (unfairly) embarrass the Chafee campaign and, in so doing, smear the reputation of a local political operative with a reputation for integrity. The prime beneficiary of this would be who? Where did the leaked information emanate from? Put two and two together using Occam's Razor (popularly expressed as "the simplest explanation is usually the correct one") and you should be able to figure this one out.
UT'S A COMPLEX WORLD
Hey, kiddies. It's time to tattoo two dates on your arm for must-see events in Our Little Towne. (Stick them in there among the burning skulls and the Chinese characters that spelled out a wise and inspiring saying from Lao Tse, the tat artist assured you, but actually translates as "gullible dipshit.")
The first is the return of the iconic Vo Dilun hipster movie Complex World, which will be shown at the Cable Car Cinema on November 5 and 6 — that's 20 years after its first Cable Car run. Brooding director and co-producer Jim Wolpaw informs P+J that he and his friends are also going to release a DVD which will include some deleted scenes and outtakes. Profits will go to a scholarship fund to be set up through Advocates in Action (a self-advocacy group for the developmentally disabled) in memory of Charlie Thompson, a mutual friend who died in a tragic plane crash in Newport, and Carolyn Forest.
The film is set in Providence, spinning in and around the fabled original Lupo's and featuring performances by the wild and crazy Young Adults (featuring Jorge on vocals, sax, and mind-meld). You can also recognize former Trinity Rep luminaries like Peter Gerety and Daniel Von Bargen, before their LA fame. If you have never seen this flick, you must hand in your official Little Rhody bohemian card, or make it to the Cable Car to take in a film that changed the complex world forever. Be there or be very, very square.
And on November 8, at the culture palace that is AS220 on Empire Street in the Capital City, P.'s sister Sally's old all-girl, avant-garde indie band, Ut, will reunite for a performance.
To what do we owe this hep happening? A venue called the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn recently contacted Ut to ask if there was any chance the band would form again for a weeklong seminar of New York City music and art from the late 1970s to the present. The organizers, it turns out, wanted to feature one band for the event — and they unanimously agreed upon Ut. The band will also be playing in New Jersey and Boston during their limited tour, and a special thanks to local lass Andrea Feldman for help in bringing them to the Biggest Little.
The New York Times once described Ut's sound as "Patti Smith meets the Ford Motor Co." Nuf sed — though this will undoubtedly be news to the denizens of the venerated Claridge Hotel in London, where Sally makes regular appearances as a jazz singer.