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By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 20, 2011

Of interest to those who were too young to have experienced the Adulthood in flower, a bunch of videos have recently been placed on YouTube of the band performing on the final night at the original Lupo's in 1988. They were originally videotaped by Pam Steager on a home video camera (the sound is a little hinky since she wasn't plugged in to the soundboard, but, all in all, a pretty good document of what went on).

The transfers onto YouTube were executed by the Flamingoland magician, Sharon Terzian. They're all tagged on YouTube with "The Young Adults, Live @ Lupo's, 1988," from "flamingo55." Check these out if you want to know what you're getting into. And the fact that I am one of the Young Adults has nothing to do with this report, just your basic "cowinky-dink."


Lovers of red meat agit-prop who have, no doubt, been disappointed with the more controlled and measured tone emanating from the Cool, Cool World in the weeks since my old writing partner Phillipe cleaned out his locker and broke camp can now rejoice. It was Chip (Phillipe) who was the master of the hilarious psycho-rant that thrilled the leftist masses, whereas yours truly has always been more of a scalpel wielder.

"Sometimes a man has to do things that other people don't quite understand," as I used to say in my introduction to the Young Adults' customized disco version of "Eve of Destruction" (like how I slipped in another plug?) and I truly don't understand what would lead the highly educated Cro-Magnon, Christopher Plante, local head of the National Organization for (Restricted) Marriage to make this claim about a same-sex couple wishing to raise children: "It turns children into little 'teacup dogs.' It's an accessory to put in my purse . . . Children are now an accessory to fulfill the desires of two adults." And this shithead claims to know something about love. Kiss my teacup dog ass, boy.

And more pearls of wisdom and understanding from "bold" Republican governors throughout the country who have apparently made slashing funding for environmental initiatives, eliminating personnel at regulatory agencies, and preventing the issuance of new, ecologically sound regulations priorities. A front page story in Saturday's New York Times detailed how clown prince governors like Chris Christie in New Jersey, Paul LePage in Maine, and Rick Scott in Florida excitedly line up to bend over and receive the giant money-meat sausage from wealthy and powerful big business interests who could give a damn about the planet as long as their cash flow runs uninterrupted.

Be steadfast and thoughtful stewards of the air, the water, the creatures, the planet in general? Fuck that shit! Just make sure that my check clears.


. . . to the folks at the Institute for the Study & Practice of Non-Violence, based in South Providence, especially visionary founders Sister Ann Keefe and the Reverend Raymond Malm, head of the Institute's board, Nondas Hurst Voll, and executive director, Teny Gross. They do vital and blessed work under the most difficult and complex of circumstances, trying to cultivate peace and justice in deeply troubled neighborhoods.

The Institute is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Thursday, April 28 from 6 to 9 pm at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center with its 2nd Annual Invest in Peace event. This is an institution that saves lives and deserves our support.

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