Friday, February 27, 2015

R.I.P. LEONARD NIMOY



I REMEMBER ‘I AM NOT SPOCK’

Temecula, CA – I remember Leonard Nimoy from a lot of things, mostly movies like a lot of people but there was a time when he didn’t want to be remembered as Spock. That would be the time when I met him.

Star Trek had ended its three year run and the cartoon series had also done its first run with the actor’s voiceovers. Nimoy was ready to move on and had written a book entitled, “I Am Not Spock”. It was more than his attempt from being typecast, it was an effort to separate Leonard Nimoy from the character Spock. He had played a successful character on Mission Impossible but Spock was indelible. People saw Nimoy as Spock with or without the ears.


In the years after the series was cancelled, reruns were run every afternoon when Wesley [Memoirs] and I would watch while we burned a couple of trees [joints], laughing our asses off and Monday-Morning quarterbacking on whether ‘Jim’ made the right call or if the alien women Kirk banged were 'pink on the inside'. While we guys wondered about Kirk’s love life the women were swooning over the always rational Spock and wondering about his Vulcan anatomy.

Nimoy appeared on the campus of St. Ambrose [Davenport, IA] as part of the college speaker program and the lecture talk was free to the students. The hall was not full as there were many people who were turned off by his reluctance to indulge the adorning Spock public. I understood having seen what happened to George Reeves and Clayton Moore, so I went to see what the former Spock had to say.

Though I don’t remember many specifics I do remember that he did address the Spock issue and why he decided to write ‘I Am Not Spock’. He read some poetry and talked of his life and I remember  thoroughly enjoying the lecture though I was unsure of anything at first. A few years later the first Star Trek movie came out and Spock was back. It may have been then or after the next ST movie that the book ‘I Am Spock’ appeared and Nimoy made peace with the character he had so brought to life.

Perhaps the funniest reference to both Spock and Nimoy comes from the Monorail episode of The Simpsons. After having been identified by Lisa S and the Professor as Leonard Nimoy, Mayor Quimby, the archetype for many city mayors including those who expect exoneration from DUIs, looks at Nimoy seconds before the episode ends and says, “May the force be with you!” Nimoy shoots back to the mayor, “Do you even know who I am?” Then he wishes Lisa the Vulcan [Jewish] greeting as he ‘beams’ off, dematerializing in front of a mystified Lisa. As per Simpson usual, it was classic.

Thank you, Leonard Nimoy, and thank you, Spock. R.I.P. – Temecula Calendar

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ALASKA LIGHTS UP

420Nurse Summer Rain reporting:

Yesterday, Tuesday Feb 24, 2015, Alaska became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults, but it was a subdued milestone.

Unlike in Colorado and Washington state, there were no street parties and public smoking displays in Alaska’s biggest cities. But backers of legal pot said the mild reaction was fitting because they are aiming to promote responsible consumption of marijuana as they work with lawmakers during the next few months in preparing its sale.


On this Tuesday, police in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, were prepared to hand out $100 fines for people smoking marijuana in public. But officers working the first shift after it became legal at 12:01 a.m. didn’t encounter anyone consuming marijuana in public.

Placing Alaska in the same category as Washington state and Colorado with legal marijuana was the goal of the pro-pot coalition that included libertarians, rugged individualists and small-government Republicans who prize the privacy rights enshrined in the Alaska state constitution. Legalization is expected in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.


Despite the statewide directive, Alaska still allows different communities across the state to adopt different standards of what smoking in public means to them. In Anchorage, for instance, Police Chief Mark Mew warned people against smoking on their porches if they live next to a park. But far to the north, in North Pole, smoking outdoors on private property will be OK as long as it doesn’t create a nuisance, officials there said.

In some respects, the confusion continues a four-decade reality for Alaskans and their relationship with marijuana.

While the 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision protected personal marijuana possession and a 1998 initiative legalized medicinal marijuana, state lawmakers twice criminalized any possession over the years, creating an odd legal limbo.

As of Tuesday, adult Alaskans can not only keep and use pot, they can transport, grow it and give it away. A second phase, creating a regulated and taxed marijuana market, won’t start until 2016 at the earliest. That’s about the same timeline for Oregon, where voters approved legalizing marijuana the same day as Alaska did but the law there doesn’t go into effect until July 1.

Voters in Washington, D.C., also legalized marijuana in the November election, and it was set to become legal Thursday after congressional attempts to block it failed. Adults in the nation’s capital can possess up to 2 ounces, but Congress has forbidden sales of pot there. Public use is prohibited. Washington state and Colorado voters legalized marijuana in 2012 and sales have started there.

The Alaska pro-marijuana group anticipates more states will begin legalizing pot. “I think we’ve reached a tipping point on people’s thinking about marijuana in this country,” someone said.

Monday, February 23, 2015

FULL VALUE ENTERTAINMENT RETURNS



WHEN THE IVAN'S AWAY, THE BILL WILL PLAY


Temecula, CA – Someday the adults here, certainly the cool ones into music anyway, will sing the praises of how a small out-of-the-way community could birth such a wide range of musical talent, and
of those who brought said sounds to
the youths’ ears like modern Piped Pipers.

Yesterday I was speaking to one of those Pipers, the owner of Full Value Entertainment, Bill Gould, Jr.

“Well since Ivan left the valley, there is a vacuum for presenting new music to the public now, so we are back to fill it. Suite 100 is our firstshow. It is the CD release event for the band. Spread the word!”

Or words to that effect because my mind was already drifting back through history to Bill’s early days at Madlins through the Java Joz daze and the new talent spotted in the Temecula Music Fest. For a while both Ivan and Bill filled now young adults’ ears with the freshest music to never see radio airplay. Then as if someone flipped a switch, that local music scene died. I then flashed back to the future.

“Our first show is March 7th at the Broadway Starz Playhouse venue,” Bill said, his eyes sparkling bright, “and there’s more.”

“It's Nacho Business, our catering service for healthy eats will also debut here that night.”

It's Nacho Business, itself wordplay on Bill’s closet rebel side [yes Sports Fans, now you know why we are friends] is a side venture Bill and Jeney started with the knowledge they gained from changing their diet from GMO/wheat glutton mainline status quo foods and drinks for health reasons much akin to Zen Honeycutt’s of Moms Against Monsanto. The food sideline was tried as an experiment the night of the Temecula Music Awards, reported here. The salsa was delicious.

This rainy, cold night I am in the empty playhouse space with the band, Mickey the stage manager, Bill, some of the band’s fam, and Captain Tuesday, himself a recent returnee to the area and the area’s music scene. Bill and the Captain worked together before under the FVE banner with Tuesday being the sound tech. like the talent that developed musically, the technical support also developed and it wasn’t from Phoenix U. so if you need some expert consultation and a hands-on sound tech worth his rank, tis the Captain. He and Mickey restrung the snake system for the sound check, which sounded great, while Bill’s two young lighting techs worked the lights through a laptop. This is the future.

Today writing up my friend’s return to ‘putting on shows’, I spent time listening to the soon-to-be released CD. Suite 100 isn’t an all ages band such as was seen at The Vault. S100 is a band that writes music set to poetic lyrics rather than music set to emotion. That doesn’t mean their music doesn’t produce emotion though. T-Town Tunes has already selected the single for initial airplay, DUSK:DAWN.

Doors, $10, includesSuite 100 CD Release and show. Refreshments, food extra. Broadway Starz,
42092 Winchester Rd, Temecula, CA 92590, (951) 296-9200
 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

TWO ZIG-ZAGS AND ZOP, RIGHT IN THE KISSER



AFROMAN SLUGS WOMAN ON STAGE, LATER APOLOGIES

Temecula, CA – Artists are artists and as such are sometimes temperamental. Watching the video of Afroman aka Joseph Foreman throw a haymaker without looking and then pick up his solo certainly makes the point of giving a performer his space onstage, especially during a solo when many artists have their eyes closed. It looks as brutal as the football player’s GF getting punched in that elevator. However, as bad as it looks in the vid, you see her getting up, dazed or shocked, then walk off the stage. Afroman’s show was cancelled and the performer was charged with simple assault and released on $330 bond.

Lost in a sea of moral and racially motivated outrage is the fact that Foreman has apologized publicly on facebook and owned up to his mistake. The rapper said he'd seek anxiety treatment and anger management after the assault. Despite the fact Afroman struck a white woman in the heart of Mississippi, this wasn’t a hate crime. Afroman explained that he was feeling queasy about the early show, his rep said Afroman didn’t see the woman climb onstage [security?] and he was startled, plus this is Mardi Gras season. So what does that mean? Simply this. If you have ever been in the South, you know the magic and the strange karma of stuff there.

I speak of this Southern magic or a side of it anyway, in Memoirs [pp 197-198] though my personal journey into the esoteric side of life begins long before that, in Iowa, Chapter 7, Start of The Magical Mystery Tour [pp 71]. The South has a strange kind of voodoo strain to it that you don’t find in other places of the country. Having seen Afroman at The Cannabis Cup and taken pictures with him that are probably on his facebook, I am sorry my friend made the mistake. Having a white heckler in the South isn’t like racist hecklers other places either, plus Afroman is used to white folks, as they say. This incidence was indeed uncharacteristic of the man I have met but it is not uncharacteristic of things that can happen to a person in the South. The South has a certain character.

On another note, one might wonder if Weedmaps will keep Afroman as their ‘legalize weed – Because I Got High’ Campaign. The young, hip, aka stoner market was the intended demo and now I can’t see many middle of the road, ‘aw yeah, he’s cool’ types looking to vote behind the Afroman brand. Turnout now of women – 0%

This one incident might have closed the door to having a rap/hip hop style artist rep the cause for Mary Jane Green in Sweet 16. Stay tuned and keep it here for political updates. Gonzo journalism is back.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

CLUB COSPLAY – A ROMANTIC TOUCHDOWN



BUFFY BRINGS BLESSINGS, NOT A STAKE, FOR IVAN’S HEART

Temecula, CA – Though it seems fitting as bookends to present this story next, regular readers may be wondering about the hiatus that began on January 18th. Well Sports Fans, I was signing a petition against GMO salmon online when the lights when out, nuff said. 

Though off the air, I wasn’t out of touch so in the next few days some stories will appear about my off-air adventures with The Baked and The Beautiful but first let’s pick up our story that we last left on ‘1st Down’. 

Club Cosplay showed a huge turnout of about a thousand happy Nerds in the New Year and press that was covered in the hipster LA BUZZ, the latest entry in a field once owned by LA WEEKLY [still worth a read]. OHM Niteclub housed the scene debut in the major market and the ‘buzz’ generated was to be used to fuel the fire for the House of Blues, San Diego, event just two weeks before the Long Beach Comic Con. But the underlying reason for planning this Cosplay event on St. Valentine’s Day for Ivan Promotions was admiration rather than super hero worship, an admiration that turned to love.

The music scene of this area was one big family that grew just as the various other local community groups did. One of the most interesting branches of this family has always been that of Ivan Promotions. Shortly before Ivan burst upon this scene as a force to be reckoned with, he had dated a young lady of Italian/Greek heritage. A year ago Ivan had poured out his ambitions, having evolved through the local scene promotions of various and sundry types, cough, Mr. Pete’s Breakfast Burrito Extravaganza.

On perhaps a moonless night a year ago [on St. Valentine’s Day] the dark-haired beauty friend and rediscovered romantic rekindling said like in the Fever Pitch scene between Ben and Lindsey, “Go forth and conquer, I believe in you.”


Now in the heart of San Diego amidst all the tall skyscrapers that bore witness, Ivan had realized his quest: to promote Club Cosplay at the House of Blues. After securing the venue Ivan had confided to me that he was ready to ‘pop the question’ to his lady love the night of the event, onstage, because he was so filled with love for the light of his life. And all on St. Valentine’s Day night.

With Ivan as Prof. X and his lady love dressed as Milla Jovovich’s Leeloo [The Fifth Element] in a fetching costume that was LED lite and spiffier than the movie version, along with all parents dressed in costume in a cast of hundreds dressed as fictional literary characters, the HOB stage in San Diego was set. Here is what it looked like on the most romantic night of the year.


It started with most of the usual crew, all in a new 'do'

Five faces top center to right, 5thru 9, are The Flux Capacitors


Who, on this night of romance, played the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance.


The House of Blues layout, except most folks were in costume.


The crowd filled the venue much the same as in LA, pictured below.


There was a Special Guest.


Special Nerds, but not the short bus kind,


And a place of repair for your clone or equipment, be it blaster or bionic eye.


Blake Armstrong was there,


Plus this new feature added to Club Cosplay's VIP section, hosted by ILLNoise [Jamaal Harley, not pictured]


All under conduct set by Nerds for Nerds


But all eyes and the buzz of the evening were centered on Leeloo and the Professor.


Indeed, even Buffy, who has moved past vampire slaying and into the tech world but still wearing a signature cross pendant for those sharp-eyed enough to caught her no-costume costume, was there to offer her blessings to Ivan. Personally I hadn't seen Buffy since those heady first days of Occupy Los Angeles when she was one of the unemployed 1% curious about the movement. But we were all there to see true romance on St. Valentine's Night among our family of Nerds.



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