A day of culture in Cincinnati

    Clementine and I accompanied Linette to Cincinnati this weekend, where she had a number of graphic design-related stops to make. While my mom took Clementine to see Mary Poppins (I’m told that the beguiling nanny-witch flew out, over the audience, and Burt danced on the ceiling), Linette and I went and checked out the Shepard Fairey exhibition at the Contemporary Art Center. And, later that night, after stops at several places, including Melt and Shake It Records, and dinner with our friend Laura, we went over to the Country Club Gallery, where our friend Matt is the Director, to check out the opening of their new Fritz Chesnut exhibition. As I would soon come to discover, in addition to being an accomplished painter, Mr. Chesnut is married to former Saturday Night Live cast member Molly Shannon, who was there with him. An introduction was offered, but instead I chose to run and hide in a nearby furniture store. (I’m not nearly as outgoing as Puppet Mark.) I had a great time, though. Among other things, I got to speak at length with a young woman who designs action figures of comic book characters and professional wrestlers for a living. She, as I would come to know, had just completed work on her first sex toy. Her firm had been hired to produce a Barack Obama vibrator, and she’d been assigned the sculpture work. I asked her if the ears presented any problems, and she laughed. Apparently there had been meetings about his ears, and the possibility of liability, should they snag or otherwise do harm. She assured me that the dangers had been sufficiently mediated.

    [Tonight's post was brought to you by fucking Arizona, and their perpetually disappointing Senator, John "I was never a maverick" McCain.]

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      8 Comments

      1. Elf
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

        “Now, that was an orgasms that I can believe in.”

      2. F'er
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        You should have at least smelled her armpits.

      3. Todd
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 10:21 am | Permalink

        Arizona is on the fast track to crazyville. And it’s not going to end well.

        Also, as someone who once admired John McCain, I cannot tell you how much of a disappointment he’s become. Starting with the decision to bring on Palin as VP, it’s been a constant downward slide.

      4. Alias
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

        I’m using an alias so as not to jeopardize my current relationship, but I would have a move on Shannon if only because it would bring me one step closer to Tina Fey.

      5. Kim
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

        You should have talked with her. She was in an episode of Twin Peaks, and she’s scheduled to join the cast of Glee as a badminton teacher.

      6. dragon
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

        Just as a warning to your friend, I received a cease and desist letter from the fine makers of the Squirmy Rooter when I started marketing my updated and redesigned dildo and called it the Wormy Squirter.

      7. Meta
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        Eugene Robinson in today’s Washington Post:

        Arizona’s draconian new immigration law is an abomination — racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust. About the only hopeful thing that can be said is that the legislation, which Republican Gov. Jan Brewer signed Friday, goes so outrageously far that it may well be unconstitutional.

        Brewer, who caved to xenophobic pressures that previous governors had the backbone to resist, should be ashamed of herself. The law requires police to question anyone they “reasonably suspect” of being an undocumented immigrant — a mandate for racial profiling on a massive scale. Legal immigrants will be required to carry papers proving that they have a right to be in the United States. Those without documentation can be charged with the crime of trespassing and jailed for up to six months.

        Activists for Latino and immigrant rights — and supporters of sane governance — held weekend rallies denouncing the new law and vowing to do everything they can to overturn it. But where was the Tea Party crowd? Isn’t the whole premise of the Tea Party movement that overreaching government poses a grave threat to individual freedom? It seems to me that a law allowing individuals to be detained and interrogated on a whim — and requiring legal residents to carry identification documents, as in a police state — would send the tea partiers into apoplexy. Or is there some kind of exception if the people whose freedoms are being taken away happen to have brown skin and might speak Spanish?

        And what is the deal with Sen. John McCain? The self-proclaimed practitioner of “straight talk” was once a passionate advocate of sensible, moderate immigration reform. Now, facing a primary challenge from the right, he says he supports the new law, which is as far from sensible and moderate as it could possibly be. Are six more years in the Senate really worth abandoning what seemed like bedrock principles? Or were those principles always situational?

        The rest of the article can be found here:
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/26/AR2010042602595.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

      8. Stephanie Sez
        Posted April 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

        I was never a huge fan, but I’m reading about her now and she seems like an interesting person. It’s pretty tragic stuff. She lost her mom and sister when she was four years old, in a car accident. She was in the car with them. I can’t even imagine going into comedy after living through something like that.

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