Daily Archives: December 18, 2009

An Evening’s (Sock Puppet) Entertainment:

Traitor Joe as a Sock Puppet? Nahhh… they have too much intelligence to be Lieberman. Don’t they?

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Surprise…It’s Lieberman!

Pat Oliphant, Universal Press Syndicate:

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Jim Morin in the Miami Herald:

So Holy Joe dominated things this week as he worked hard to destroy any value in the Health Care Bill.

Zappadan News in Baltimore – A TV Commercial Clip, and some (brilliant) music, too.

We’ll start the Zappadan ceremonies today with a Baltimore Sun clip by Sam Sessa:
clipped from weblogs.baltimoresun.com

Frank Zappa statue to go near Highlandtown library

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So the Public Art Committee finally found a home for that Frank Zappa statue: Outside the Southeast Anchor Library, a branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Highlandtown

The bust of Zappa (who was born in Baltimore) will go up sometime next year, according to committee chair Anne Perkins.

“We think this is a great place for it — a terrific neighborhood” Perkins said. “I think it will be the focal point for a lot of really fun festivals.”

Here’s a link to the full story.

At first, I was a little surprised at the site they chose. Highlandtown might get a decent amount of foot traffic, but probably not as much as the other sites they were considering — such as Fells Point.

And besides the Creative Alliance, Highlandtown really isn’t known for its arts and entertainment.. 

(Pictured is a Zappa statue in Lithuania, similar to the Baltimore statue. AP photo.)
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Now: here’s a really short treat… Zappa’s commercial for Portland General Electric:

Hadn’t seen that one before. Now here’s another rare one… Dio Fa, which was originally an (unproduced) opera Frank was working on and which turned up posthumously in “Civilization Phase III” in 1994. The greatness of Zappa as a composer becomes clearer all the time:

Jennifer Jones is dead at 90…

Not many people think about Jennifer Jones today… although in the 50s she was a big deal. I remember first seeing her with Gregory Peck in “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit”, and, of course, she is probably best known for the lead in “The Song of Bernadette.”

She made 27 films, was married three or four times and had an up and down career, finally getting out of acting when she married Norton Simon, founder of the Norton Simon Museum where she was an emeritus board member.

The Washington Post as a nice obit on her HERE.