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A pair of painters restart their art for charity
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news & views.....................4-6 4-5 op-ed: The Cranky Foreigner takes on
COVER STORY: Art for Charity
the meaning of the word “freedom”; Victor Morawski talks the Meidcare debate.
6 news of the weird: Chuck Shepherd For two and a half weeks in January, locals will have the pleasure of viewing the art of
finds the oddities of crime.
Paula C. Faraday and Roslyn Hancock, two senior ladies whose artistic careers had been put on hold for decades in order to raise their families. Now their passions have re-emerged, ready to be revealed to the public. This show, benefitting St. Mary Catholic School and breast-cancer research, will be the first of (hopefully) many Art for Charity
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creative writing and ‘toons contest winners!
Congratulations to our 2010 Creative Writing Contest winner, Claude Limoges, and our 2010 ‘Toons Contest winners, Jay Schiller and Greg Cravens. Kudos to you! Readers can look for Limoges’ new, shortstory series “An Involuntary Intimate” every other week in encore throughout the year.
“Hair” and awards it four stars.
and the art will hang through Saturday, January 23rd. Read all about it in Lauren Hodges’
11 art preview: Lauren Hodges interviews
piece on page 11.
two painters restarting their art for charity.
Schiller and Cravens’ ‘toons, “More on TV,” will also be featured in encore throughout the year. Thanks to all those who submitted; it was a tough decision. Congrats again to our winners!
In our December 30th edition, we revealed the creative-writing submissions to our annual Creative Writing Contest. We mistakenly printed that the piece “In the Kitchen” was written by Robert Anton Wilson. It was, in fact, written by Christina Dore. The story also should have ended at “...on the conrete steps.” Must have been all the egg nog we consumed over the holidays. Our apologies, and congrats on the honorable menton, Christina!
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AssistAnt Editor: Emily Rea ChiEf Contributors: Adrian Varnam, Nicki Leone, Anghus Houvouras, Carolyna Shelton, Rosa Bianca, MJ Pendleton, Ashley Cunningham, Robert Blanton, Lauren Hodges, Tiffanie Gabrielse, Tom Tomorrow, Chuck Shepherd
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“Former President Bush is writing his memoirs and he says they will focus on 12 major decisions he made in his life. The weird thing is, 11 of them were made by Dick Cheney.”—Conan O’Brien “Final installment of Things More Fun Than Reading the Sarah Palin Memoir: Driving into a tree, microwaving your head, and getting stabbed in the eye with a carrot.”—David Letterman “Oh, I love this — did you hear about this? Did you hear about this? Yesterday, President Obama said his wife, Michelle, decided they should not buy each other Christmas gifts this year. Mr. President, if you’re listening, it’s a trap! Listen! She doesn’t mean it. Go shopping. Let me tell you something Mr. President, if you don’t buy her a gift, you better hope health care passes.”—Jay Leno “President Obama brought cookies to kids at a Boys and Girls Club in D.C. yesterday, and he said to the kids, ‘Here’s the question: have you guys been good?’ Then the kids were like, ‘Here’s another question: Did you get us the Olympics? How about a public option? Did you fix the economy? No? Then why don’t you just hand over the cookies, Barry.’”—Jimmy Fallon
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14 film reviews: Shea Carver reveals the Brown Coat Pub and Theatre’s new Guerilla Film Series; Anghus reviews Sherlock Holmes.
19 music preview: Adrian Varnam gets the scoop on new music venue The Beam Room at Front Street Brewery and its opening act, The Clams.
20-23 soundboard: Find out what bands and solo musicians are playing shows in venues all over town.
grub & guzzle..................20-23 24 dining review: Shea Carver discovers that eating out doesn’t always mean breaking our health-minded New Year’s resolutions.
25-27 dining guide: Need a few suggestions on where to eat? Flip through encore’s dining guide for the scoop on the Port City’s finest.
extra! extra! ...................28-35 28 book review: Tiffanie Gabrielse previews Daniel Kraus’ The Monster Variations for the
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8 theater: MJ Pendleton reviews City Stage’s
events. An opening artist reception at Caffe Phoenix takes place Saturday, January 7th,
painting by Roslyn Hancock
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Freedom From ... Freedom To ... A look at linguistics
would be hard-pressed to pick a more abused word than “freedom.” Our foundering fathers pretty much saw it as getting the idiot King of England off their backs, and his choice of what their official religion should be. But it would be a tough sell to Jefferson and Adams that the troops now occupying Iraq are protecting our freedom. That same era gave us “freedom fries.” Back in the days of the “public option,” its critics said it was taking away our freedom—even though, by definition, whenever anything is optional, it guarantees a freedom to choose. And it always ends up in someone saying that America is or is not a free country. So what does that mean?
by: The Cranky Foreigner First of all, there are two basic kinds of freedoms. There is the freedom to do something and the freedom from something. And that’s where the crunch comes. If it’s a free country, why can’t I build a giant chemical factory in St. Louis and dump the poisonous waste into the Mississippi River? And if it’s a free country, shouldn’t I be free from the fear that my unborn child has some horrible birth defect waiting to be revealed? The problem with freedom is that the boundaries of freedom are generally judgment calls, and those boundaries and judgments tend to be made by people who don’t give a rat’s ass about where the
founding fathers heads were when defining the principles of the Constitution. The endless debate about the freedom of health insurance companies to gouge the public is a case in point. Everyone who stands up and speaks on this issue, does so in the name of freedom. And the hundreds of millions spent on lobbying is all claimed to be the constitutionally protected freedom to petition our elected representatives. At this time, allow me to point out that if the actions of our Congressmen were repeated in Europe, Australia or Canada, both the lobbyist and the lawmaker would end up in prison for bribing public officials or vote-selling, and they would stay there for at least five years. Here, it’s different because it seems that it is
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The Dark of Night: The Medicare debate
aradoxically, some things that occur in the dark of night can be seen best in the clear light of day. Such was the case recently when South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint challenged a last-minute provision inserted into the Senate Health Care Bill at 1 o’clock in the morning and exposed it for all the world to see. The provision established an Independent Medicare Advisory Board (MAB), and despite a disclaimer to the contrary, it will likely be the deadly vehicle for rationing health care to senior citizens. Remember: The Civil Rights Act of 1965 imposing oppressive workplace quotas was billed as containing no affirmative action. And the legislation that opened the door to tens of millions of illegal immigrants in 1985 was entitled the “Immigration Reform and Control Act.” So much for taking politicians at their word. The fact is MAB will play a central role in implementing vast cuts to Medicare in the coming years—cuts that will inevitably result in rationing health care for seniors. Yes, the bill does contain a clause stating, “The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care.” And that, in truth, makes it all the more suspicious. We all know the old cliché, “When someone tells you, ‘It’s not about the money’— it’s about the money!” By the same token, when politicians say, “It’s not about the rationing,” get ready for the rationing! This can be easily gleaned from the few sections surrounding the disclaimer. The politicians tell us that the main purpose of MAB is to provide recommendations “to reduce the Medicare per capita growth rate.” Now, how else are they going to reduce the average rate of Medicare spending per individual without significantly reducing the number of services—particu-
by: Victor Morawski
larly high-cost life-saving services? Of course, they will tell you that they will do this in part through the elimination of waste. What they won’t tell you is that some of what they consider to be “waste” are expensive but potentially life-saving services provided to those who have only a relatively short time to live (even after a successful procedure). MAB supposedly “will extend Medicare solvency” by focusing on “health outcomes,” such as “quality and efficiency improvements.” Providing Medicare funds for high-cost procedures that result in limited benefits because they do not sufficiently (in the eyes of government bureaucrats) extend a person’s life, or improve its quality, is to them an inefficient use of such funds. Medicare would today cover these services because it provides them as needed, without making decisions based on projected outcomes. Architects of the current Health Care Reform Legislation are out to change this. Now, to make such “quality and efficien-
cy improvements,” MAB will need data on which to base its life-and-death decisions. So to “address gaps in quality, efficiency, comparative effectiveness information and health outcomes measures,” the Bill provides for the establishment of a Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. This entity will provide the needed data. This organization parallels in its main functions Great Britain’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which for many is the very paradigm of what Sarah Palin rightly declared a “Death Panel”-style rationing board. One might here object that there is no mention in the current Health Care Reform Legislation of the use of a standard like Britain’s Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY) to measure the effectiveness of services and procedures in terms of their outcomes in ways that would load the deck against the elderly, as that system does. But the beauty of the new health-care paradigm is that it doesn’t have to. For work-
ing just down the road at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is Cass Sunstein. Sunstein, the Regulations Czar, wants to change the standard by which all Federal Agencies evaluate the effectiveness of a policy or procedure from one that does not currently take any age considerations into account—the Value of a Statistical Life—to one which does. His standard—the Value of a Statistical Life Year (VSLY)—would, he readily admits, “likely result in significantly lower benefits calculations for elderly people.” As Sunstein’s recommendation, if adopted, would apply to all Federal Agencies, it would apply also to the Independent Medicare Advisory Board, which may explain why the duplicitous Democrats decided to pass it in the middle of the night, thoroughly befitting the coming darkness. Victor Morawski, professor at Coppin State Unversity, is a Liberty Features Syndicated writer for Americans for Limited Government.
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d r i e w e h t f o s w ne Chuck Shepherd digs up the strangest of the strange in world news
LEAD STORY Natives of the Erromango section of the Pacific island Vanuatu recently held a formal “conciliation” with the greatgreat-grandson of the British missionary whom the islanders’ ancestors ate when he came ashore in 1839. Charles MilnerWilliams’ forebear, Rev. John Williams, was regarded as the most famous Christian missionary of the era. Vanuatan legislator Ralph Regenvanu told BBC News that cannibalism was traditionally a sacred warrior practice for “vanquishing a threat (and) absorbing the power of the enemy.” Nonetheless, he said, the island has long felt “guilt,” and even a “complex,” from killing and eating Rev. Williams. In penitence, Vanuatu symbolically gave the Williams family a 7-year-old girl, who will not be eaten but whose education Milner-Williams promised to underwrite. Can’t Possibly Be True In November, a Chicago judge ruled that former firefighter Jeffrey Boyle is entitled to his $50,000 annual pension even though he had pleaded guilty in 2006 to eight counts of arson (and allegedly confessed to 12 more). Boyle is known locally as “Matches” Boyle to distinguish him from his brother, John “Quarters” Boyle, who is now in federal prison for bribery following the theft of millions of dollars in state toll-gate coins. Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. concluded that Matches’ arsons were wholly separate from his firefighting. Salvadorean citizen Ernesto Gamboa, who worked for 13 years in the Seattle area as a snitch for federal drug agents and contributed to at least 92 convictions for drug- and weapons-smuggling, was “fired” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in May after asking the agency for regular employment. Gamboa originally entered the U.S. as a visitor but overstayed and
now aspires merely to an “S visa” granted aliens who assist law enforcement. Not only did ICE deny that request but, according to a November Seattle Times report, the agency informed Gamboa that he should prepare to be deported. Inexplicable “It is the Christian commandment to love your enemies and to do good to them. I did that,” explained Dan Ross, 61, a retiree in Lehigh Acres, Fla., who in November wired a dozen yellow roses to Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood spree killer. “Whereas the ministers out there in Fort Hood are praying for (Hasan) ... I went one step further,” Ross told the Naples Daily News. The card Ross ordered with the flowers read, “In God’s eye, and those who submit, you are a hero!” The Texas florist who received the order notified the FBI. While reporting on Britain’s oldest newlyweds in November (husband 94, wife 87), the Daily Telegraph also noted that in 2008, Bertie Wood and her husband, Jessie, of Falmouth had decided to end their 36-year marriage, evidently at a point where they felt they needed a fresh start. Both were 97 years old at the time. Jessie has since died, and Bertie lives in a nursing home. Unclear on the Concept Michael Yavorski, 52, who drew a threemonth sentence in October for having twice fondled a 12-year-old girl and given her a beer, complained through his lawyer that the sentence was too long. “The collateral consequences for Mr. Yavorski here are tremendous,” said the lawyer, in that the negative publicity about the case might force Yavorski to close his business in Lower Nazareth Township, Pa., an icecream parlor.
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In a December letter, lawyers for the world-famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City threatened litigation against Lincoln County, Miss., which recently changed the name of its Lincoln County Multi-Purpose Facility to “Lincoln Center.” The facility, in the town of Brookhaven (pop. 9,800), is used mostly for livestock shows and family reunions. Almost every Thursday night, Jack Knowler, 61, and his girlfriend, Bev Rogers, enjoy themselves at Hanc’s Bar in Bowmanville, Ontario, and then, knowing their limitations, leave their vehicles parked and call A Ryde Home, a local service for the intoxicated. On a recent Thursday night, according to a December report in the Toronto Sun, as Knowler and Rogers waited outside Hanc’s for their ride, they were ticketed by police (at $65 each) for being drunk in public. Said a police supervisor, “It’s not a ‘mixed message.’ You can’t be intoxicated in a public place.” It’s Good to Be a British Criminal (actually, “United Kingdom Criminal”) (continued) (1) After pleading guilty in Cardiff Crown Court to forging an uncle’s checks worth 41,000 pounds ($65,000), Hayley Price, 42, was fined 5 pounds ($8), given a suspended sentence and ordered to do community service. The judge reasoned that Price was broke, having already spent the 41,000 pounds. (2) Brian Wallace was the victim of a severe beating in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2007, stabbed five times and hospitalized with lung and kidney lacerations, and to this day is battling for 7,500 pounds ($12,000) compensation from a government fund. In December 2009, Wallace learned that his attacker, Simon Granhof, who had been mistakenly kept in jail two weeks longer than his sentence, would receive 12,500 pounds ($20,000) from the government for deprivation of rights. (Granhof’s sentence had already been cut in half before the mistake.) People With Issues Kevin Derks, 53, of Kenosha, Wis., swears that he has never touched an underage girl, even though he admitted to an all-consuming fixation on their “innocence” and beauty. Derks’ apartment, according to a detective, appears to be a “shrine” to little girls, with walls covered with posters and photos, including snapshots of celebrity kids and local children, according to a Kenosha News report, and a bed full of stuffed toys and two adolescent-sized mannequins in sexual positions with adult
mannequins. Derks was arrested in November and charged with 20 counts of child pornography based on some of his photos and videos. Said Derks, to detectives: “This was my own world. I knew what I was doing. I took a gamble. It’s like going to Vegas, except I lost everything. (N)ow my ass is gonna fry.” Alcohol Was Involved (1) In November, the Seattle Police Department, investigating a complaint about a beating, interviewed a 25-year-old man hospitalized after being found screaming in pain impaled on a metal fence. He said he had run away from a barroom fight and momentarily thought he was a “ninja warrior” capable of leaping the fence. (2) Sean McDowell, 24, was arrested in Ashland, Ore., after attempting to steal a 4-foot-tall stuffed giraffe from the front of a children’s store. A police officer had witnessed an inebriated McDowell grab the giraffe and make simulated sexual movements, then walk away, and then return 90 minutes later to snatch the animal for good. We Have Rules! (1) Shawnee Mission Northwest outscored the competition at the Kansas Girls State Gymnastics Championship in November, but finished in third place because of a one-point penalty for a rule violation. The school’s coach had inquired about a balance-beam score outside the five-minute “window” for inquiries. The two schools that were tied for second place were declared co-champions. (2) Environmentally conscious David and Katie France live 400 yards from their recycling center in Blandford, England, and decided in October to hand-carry their garbage instead of driving their car the short distance. However, they were refused entry, based on a “safety” rule requiring that trash be brought in vehicles. A News of the Weird Classic (July 1991) In May 1991, Maxcy Dean Filer of Compton, Calif., finally passed the California Bar exam. He had graduated from law school in 1966 but had failed the exam 47 straight tries. (After opening a practice in Compton, he was suspended in 2007 for failing to pass the California Bar’s Professional Responsibility exam. He remains suspended.) Read News of the Weird daily at www.WeirdUniverse.net. Send your Weird News to WeirdNews@earthlink.net or P.O. Box 18737, Tampa Florida, 33679.
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Flower Power: City Stage presents ‘Hair’
ilmington has the cutest, most personable theater talent, which is why “Rent” and “Hair” may have been disappointing on Broadway but are perfectly delightful here. There is often a joyful chemistry on the stage, which transcends the acting. City Stage’s production of “Hair” is not a Be In or a Happening—it’s a total immersion Love In. In 1968 “Hair” was revolutionary. It artistically symbolized the international youth movement, which was challenging the prevailing cultural establishment. Almost every moral, ethical and legal norm was essentially ridiculed and challenged. The most important specific issue was the Vietnam War and the draft, but freedom was the presiding principle. The “establishment,” after World War II and the Korean War, maintained power through fear, similar to our post-9/11 government. Americans have essentially given up their privacy rights in favor of security, and we are again involved in an unpopular war. Unfortunately, revolutions are only effective if the freedom gained is maintained. Though “Hair” is a reminder of an important cultural revolution, the irrepressible spirit of the production is just plain fun. The lights, colors, singing and dancing celebrate rather than denigrate. The anger at injustice and inequality is subordinate to the joy of friendship and the harmony of hope. The cast is outstanding! Director Wil-
by: MJ Pendleton
HHHHH City Stage at Level 5, 21 North Front Street January 1-31 Tickets: 342 0272 liam Day played Claude on opening night and will probably continue in the role. Day brings a sweet innocence to the conflicted character who is torn between the values of his parents and those of his friends. His confusion is poignantly illustrated in the song “Where Do I Go?” Adam Poole is an energetic, charismatic Berger, whose smile lights the stage and seduces the senses. Keith Welborn (Hud) is as amazing as he was as the Scarecrow in “The Wiz” and sizzles singing “I’m Black/Colored Spade.” Morganna Bridgers (Sheila) and Audra Smith (Jeannie) are adorably flirty with a warmth that wraps the audience. Bridgers sang “Easy To Be Hard,” which is not an easy song to sing, with emotion that went way beyond the lyrics, and she reinvented “Good Morning Starshine” as a plea for harmony and understanding. Kandayce Brown sang a fabulous “White Boys,” and Wesley Neiman and Arthur Bridgers, who
HAIR-RELEVANT: The production of ‘Hair’ still resonates today as our society is faced with many of the same issues as during the play’s inception in 1968.
played Claude’s mom and dad as well as hippies, sang beautifully together. The much-anticipated nude scene was a graceful, stylized moment at the end of Act One, which radiated a kind of innocent purity. The dancing is fantastic thanks to
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the sensational talent of the cast and David Loudermilk’s choreography. Music director Chiaki Ito and her fellow musicians were right on the stage and right on everything musical. “Hair” has been revised, edited and restructured over the years, though the message remains the same. Day’s interpretation embraces the exuberant spirit, yet preserves the sincerity of the sentiment. The only discordant scene is the one with Margaret Meade because the comic relief is not particularly amusing, and it disrupts the graceful flow of the production. On opening night the baby boomers were bopping in their seats and sing, sing, singing along. After the standing ovation, cast members enticed eager dancers to shake it up on the stage to a rapturous reprise of “Good Morning Starshine.” “Hair” is essentially a celebration of love and life, a challenge for change and a harbinger of hope. This production is the epitome of warm and fuzzy; it’s a groovy kind of love.
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