This year, things get underway on Saturday, May 17 at 6 pm, and the featured music will be provided by Richard Ribb’s Bus Kings and the Zimmermen, featuring Rick Bellaire, Fred Wilkes, Kenn Reynolds (Rizzz), and others. It’s eight dollars at the door and a fine time is had by all, judging by the people who return year after year.

Jorge may actually show up with his bag of harmonicas. (But don’t let that scare you away).

Two icons

Two towering figures at Casa Diablo — if only figuratively and for those of a certain age — passed away recently: longtime Mad magazine editor, Al Feldstein, and British actor Bob Hoskins.

Mad was a must-read for ’utes who planned on spending their lives as wiseasses and reprobates. Under Feldstein’s deft hand, Mad took the mickey out of everything in American society and beyond, and probably provided as much of a learning experience for kids in their Wonder Years as many elementary and junior high classes. It was also seen by parents as some sort of commie/porno rag unfit for a new generation, hence the necessity of storing it along with the Playboys and Penthouses at the bottom of the underwear drawer. Thanks, Al. You were an inspiration to a generation of snarky rebels.

Bob Hoskins was a remarkable actor, and P&J are only disappointed that seemingly every obit focused on his comic turn in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Hoskins’s range was much greater than appearing as the only “real human” in a ’toon about a ’toon town. The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa showed what he could really do onscreen, and in one of P&J’s all-time favorite films, Last Orders, Hoskins stood out among an all-star British cast that included Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Ray Winstone, David Hemmings, and Tom Courtenay.

Thanks for the great memories, Bob. Last orders, please.

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