P&J and several of our eagle-eyed readers picked up on the apparently unintended humor in a recent report in the Urinal, "Man evaluated after running naked on Route 295." Evidently, a gentleman having a very bad hair day ran bare-assed through a Walmart at Rhode Island Mall before swimming across the Pawtuxet River and then scurrying back and forth across Route 295. The police didn't give a name, but P&J are pretty sure we'd know him.
What we got a kick out of was the comment by Warwick Police Lt. Michael Forde, who gave the BeloJo the full story: " 'He crossed all four lanes of traffic and then ran back again,' said Forde, who noted the man was not carrying identification when he was apprehended."
No shit, Sherlock. We might suspect a naked man would come up a bit short when asked to show his driver's license.
Well, that's absurd enough to let Mr. Newman lead us out of this tale of the Naked City: "He say, 'They found out about my sister/And kicked me out of the Navy/they'd have strung me up if they could/I tried to explain that we were both of us lazy/And were doing the best we could . . . ' Won't nobody help a naked man?' "
It's Pride Week for Rhode Island's LGBT community, the highlight of which is Saturday evening's Illuminated Parade in Down City Providence. Your superior correspondents remember the early days well, when Pride was merely a few dozens folks, braving ridicule, who marched through the downtown area. The celebration built steadily over the years into what is now one of the biggest and best events of the year.
Congratulations to all! There is still much work to be done but we should all realize that we've come a very long way. Think of the battles of yore for recognition of sexual orientation as a category in our anti-discrimination law.
While our "half-a-loaf" civil unions are on the books, we still need to fight for full marriage equality. And.while we would prefer federal action on this front, we would still like to see the Biggest Little move to the forefront and make it a reality here. Regardless, here's a big hug and kiss to our brothers and sisters. Happy Pride!
HUZZAH FOR TOMMY
If you watched the Tony Awards, you may have noticed a touching shoutout to the legendary Tommy Brent, longtime head ramrod at Matunuck's Theater By the Sea.
Michael McGrath, a Worcester, Massachusetts native, won best featured actor for his performance in Nice Work if You Can Get It. In his acceptance speech he honored the late Mr. Brent, who gave him his start in professional musical theater. It was a beautiful moment that the many fans of Brent and TBTS truly appreciated. Good for you, Michael.
THE OCCULT HAND
A recent New York Times piece ("Real Reporters on the Screen? Get Me Rewrite!") by former BeloJo scribe Dan Barry brought back warm memories of the way things were when Rhode Island's top daily newspaper was a true voice to be reckoned with.