It’s about time for Richard Walton’s 80th Birthday Party.  And he’s hoping you’ll be there on lovely Pawtuxet Cove on Sunday, June 1. As usual, about 2 o’clock at 1 & 5 Grenore Street, off Narragansett Parkway, just south of the Cranston city line in the historic Pawtuxet section of Warwick. And as usual, it’s a potluck benefit for Amos House and the Providence-Niquinohomo Sister City Project. Over the years we’ve raised about $60,000 just by having a party each year and he’s hoping he’ll add a few more thousandsthis year. A lot of the most interesting people in Rhode Island are there so it’s a pretty good party. Please come. Questions? Contact:richard@richardjwalton.org, or 401.781.7504.

Rabid liars
Your superior correspondents (who, as you know, are big Obamists) sure hope that everyone is paying close attention to the moronic sniping of President Bush and that other wrongheaded Republican (about all things foreign policy, anyway), Senator John McCain. The prez hopes that you don’t know the actual meaning of the word “appeasement.” His claim — that Obama’s belief in talking to our ene-mies is somehow appeasement — is such a pile of crap that only the rabid could go along with it.

Of course, McCain is rabid, hot to trot to be the next president, and perhaps a big enough “warrior” type to actually believe in the Bush principle: that all disputes should be decided on the battlefield. McCain and Bush are wrong, like they have been all along about all things foreign policy. Indeed, this is a fight that Obama welcomes.

We do, too.

Kudos + congrats . . .
. . . to Cherry Arnold, our favorite person named Cherry who doesn’t work in underwear and swing on a pole for a living (although it is P&J’s considered judgment that the statuesque filmmaker and occa-sional yoga instructor could pull this off if she chose to).

Because her Bud-I documentary was broadcast on WJAR (Channel 10) last year, she was eligible for a New England Emmy award, for best documentary, and Cherry promptly swept it up. In the-documentary film world, honors such as this are far more important than one might think. There’s basically no money in making documentary films, and the challenge is in finding financing. Awards and sparkling reviews help, and Cherry-Berry has quite a few of both. Now, if some of you wealthy patrons of the arts out there can just show her the money, you won’t regret it.

Send pole dancersand Pulitzer-grade tips top&j@phx.com.

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