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By  |  September 25, 2013

Huzzah to Casa Diablo regulars

On Thursday, October 3, the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council will hold it’s 28th Annual Dinner at 5:30 pm at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. A number of organizations and individuals will be honored at the event, including a couple of Casa Diablo regulars, much to your superior correspondents’ pleasure.

Receiving the ARISTA Prize for Rhode Island is the Blackstone River Theatre, whose head ramrod is musician and Casa D. regular, Russell Gusetti.

The Blackstone Valley Excellence in Arts and Business award will be given to Herb Weiss. While most people know Herb as the City of Pawtucket’s Economic and Cultural Affairs Officer, where he’s worked for almost 15 years as the prime mover in revitalizing the city through the arts, Herb is also a writer of note (check out his blog, Most recently, Herb co-edited (along with Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo) an e-book anthology of the late peace activist Richard Walton’s best emails.

For reservations, go to or call 401.724.2200. Both of our buddies richly deserve these honors and we congratulate them.

A few other things. . .

There’s a rare appearance in the capital city this weekend by the comic and Saturday Night Live alumnus Colin Quinn. Quinn will be performing his one-man show, Unconstitutional, on Saturday at 8 pm at Trinity Rep.

That same night, stroll around the corner from Trinity to AS220, where you’ll find The Frank Difficult Presents Festival 2013, featuring “found footage” from Frank’s legendary Obsidian Video store and a live soundtrack composed and performed by Alec K. Redfearn. P&J were old customers at Obsidian Video and we can guarantee you that Frank has some pretty amazing stuff.

And back in the Bucket on Sunday, September 29 at 7:30, there will be a screening of Ave Maria, the critically acclaimed indie horror short by filmmaker Skip Shea at the Pawtucket Visitors Center (across from Slater Mill), as part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival.

Plain nonsense

P&J demand that commie pinko professional agitator Bob Plain, editor and publisher of the political website, be taken out and shot, hanged, and drawn and quartered — but only if we can afford the cost of the state employees who carry out this sort of work.

Plain, a friend whom we admittedly write about with total bias, got pulled over in East Greenwich recently for what was essentially the crime of not having his seatbelt fastened. Then he had the misfortune of having left his wallet in what Springsteen would call his “working pants.” To top it all off, there were a few grams of pot in the car, which Plain says is his girlfriend’s legal, medical marijuana card-approved stash.

Naturally Plain got publicly bashed by his EG neighbor John DePetro; State Rep Doreen Costa; and blogger Justin Katz, whoever the hell he is. But Bob appears ready to face Hizzoner and take what comes his way, even if there is disagreement.

Bob, we wish you well, but if the judge looks like Fred Gwynne, run for the hills.

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