RI GOP, MY FRIEND

Phillipe and Jorge salute the Vo Dilun Republican Party for valiantly attempting to stay relevant in a state where they are slightly below piping plovers on the endangered species list. But if their leaders stay with the over-the-top, wild-eyed attacks that have alienated local moderate GOPers — just as the national GOP in D.C. is doing the same — they won't land on the political radar in Little Rhody anytime soon.

Match the out-there message with incompetence, and you've got a real problem. The GOP has recently started running a "Join us" radio ad, which might work if the production quality wasn't just shy of that of "Wayne's World."

Finally, if you thought Patrick Kennedy sounded strident, wait until you get a load of the annoying Barry Hinckley, the GOP challenger for Weldon Shitehouse's US Senate seat this November.

During a recent interview with Tara Granahan on WPRO's morning drive show, he snipped off a snide "my friend" to her in response to a challenging question. Addressing someone you don't know as "my friend" is one of the most irritating, condescending, and patronizing habits you'll ever encounter. Not surprisingly, it is a staple of clueless clowns like Mitt Romney ("Corporations are people, my friend") and the disgraced loser John McCain. To her credit, Granahan and her crew then turned it into a running joke for the remainder of the broadcast, making Hinckley look like a prize ass.

Barry, you're just another bozo on the bus along with the rest of us, my friend.


SOUP'S ON

You have heard plenty about the venerable Stone Soup Coffeehouse here in the Cool, Cool World. Most recently, we wrote about the institution's financial woes in a down economy.

A lot of folks have rallied behind Stone Soup, long Vo Dilun's home for the best in traditional and acoustic music, and the good news is it's going to make it. But it is important that Stone Soup end the year with a bang — and the big bang starts this weekend.

On Saturday, April 21, the internationally known folk artist Gordon Bok, who has performed here many times, will be playing at St. Paul's Church, 50 Park Place in Pawtucket.

And this Sunday, starting at 4 pm, there will be a giant fundraiser at the PVD Social Club at 71 Richmond Street in downtown Providence for Stone Soup that Rhode Island music fans will not want to miss. We understand that just about everybody in the trad/acoustic/folk community will be there, with performances by the twice-Grammy Award-winning Bill Harley, Joyce Katzberg (one of Stone Soup's founders along with Harley, Katzberg's sister Kate, and Lindsay Adler, who will also be performing), the Atwater-Donnelly team, the Gnomes, the great Celtic band Pendragon, Jacob Haller (whom you may have seen with the Empire Revue), and a John Fuzek/Mary Ann Rossoni reunion.

We are told by longtime Stone Soup patriarch, Richard Walton, that the music "will be non-stop from 4 to 10" and that there will be numerous other guest performers from the Biggest Little's huge folk fraternity/sorority. Free appetizers, too. If there ever was a "be there or be square" event, this is it.


KUDOS AND CONGRATS . . .

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