Monday, May 26, 2008

Dear Moped Guy

With the price of gas we can no longer assume you are a three DUI driver and twelve pack a day drunk.  That goodness your  license plate reads "Moped" because otherwise I may have thought it was a lawn mower.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Fashion Forward



>>It is a well known fact that Columbia tends to be behind
when it comes to catching on to fashion forward trends.
Many people are afraid to take risks with style, and stick to a
“wash-rinse-repeat” wardrobe that is safe and predictable.
It’s time to embrace originality, not avoid it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Hip Hop events

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Whattup! Much love to everyone who came out to the New Brookland Tavern (May 8) for Fat Rat Da Czar’s Da Cold War CD Release Party. Plenty of party people came out to rock with the homey. Much love to DJ ETC. who killed it on the 1’s and 2’s. Make sure you catch him out at Hush (May 19) for another round of Mix & Mingle Monday’s—Big Up’s to Venom, her Vixens, and The Urban Rundown. Let’s get it!

Fatalism

The Good Fight

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Occasionally, I am taken to task by friends for what they call my negativity. I try to explain to them – and I will now explain to you, good readers – that I am not being negative in my assessment of southern politics and culture. I am being fatalistic. A lifetime in the South has that effect on people.

Lauren Meccia Trio



City Paper sits down with Lauren Meccia

Passing Gas



Five Points Confidential by Don McCallister

Propagandists First

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Journalists Second

How the New York Times failed to report on the crimes of the Bush administration

Laptops for kids

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You might have missed a story earlier this month that highlights something rare - -  South Carolina being first in something very good.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Arrest Bush

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"Why are we talking about this in the White House?" John Ashcroft nervously asked his fellow members of the National Security Council's Principals Committee.
"History will not judge this kindly," he predicted.
"This" is torture. Against innocent people. Conducted by CIA agents and American soldiers and marines. Sanctioned by legal opinions issued by Ashcroft's Justice Department. Directly ordered by George W. Bush.

The only superpower?

kristen

“Today the United States of America is the only superpower.  It is the world’s largest economy and leads the world in agriculture, hi-tech industry, education, health care and space exploration.”

The anti-incumbent



Andy Brack looks at the key primary races to watch next month

By about 10 p.m. June 10 – the day of South Carolina’s primaries – we ought to know whether this is really the year of the anti-incumbent.
So far, we’re well on our way. Most election years, incumbents get little, if any, opposition in their own party primaries. But this year – the season of Obama and change – people on the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle seem to be extra-empowered to take on sitting members of the House and Senate.

Rising Down

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Whattup!  May just hit and the streets are definitely buzzing with the fact that it’s going to be a hot, busy, and product-filled summer.  Don’t believe me? Check out the event section below.  Much love to all of y’all out there. Be sure to come out to New Brookland Tavern (May 8th) for Fat Rat Da Czar’s Da Cold War CD Release Party.   Let’s get it! 

iwrestledabearonce

Interview By Thomas Moore
      
    iwrestledabearonce hail from the small town of Shreveport, La. Consisting of five dudes and one rad female vocalist, iWaBo mashes up elements of electro, grind and jazz, landing on the metal scene with a bizarre but functional approach. I mean, where else can you find an intense electro build that climaxes in a breakdown – complete with pinch harmonics—constructed from the “Inspector Gadget” theme song? Yeah, nowhere. City Paper got a chance to catch up with Steven (guitars and programming) and Krysta (vocals) and see what they’re all about. Check it out:

Boys having fun

Every Friday from May 2 through May 16, the younger artists in Columbia’s scene will exhibit their work at HOFP.  The fresh styles, colors and often graffiti-like compositions at HOFP’s current exhibition seem to scream at viewers and demand attention. The opening triple exhibit features wooden masks created by Jemes Davis and abstract paintings by Brian Heckman and Nick Oleszczuk.
The second group, starting on May 9, will showcase work by Justice Littlejohn and Michael Krajewski. The duo not only work together but also decided to dedicate a whole week to present their collaborative paintings.
“To work with Justice comes natural,” Krajewski says. “We have been working together for over 2 years now.” 
The final show, opening on May 16, is Krajewski’s solo exhibition in which he will present mixed media works.
“With my works I like to explore new things, to paint freestyle and just go at it,” he says.
Krajewski’s second show will include a video installation he completed with Shawna Brown, a videographer from USC. “I do not just want something on the wall, but I want my art to operate when I am not there,” explains Krajewski. “The video is about my life when I am not painting, just documenting my every days when I am drinking or having fun.”

The Big Squeeze:

The Big Squeeze: Tough Times and the American Worker
by Steven Greenhouse
(Knopf, $25.95)

Review by Larry Cox

Ironman



 

IRONMAN
The Marvel comic book universe is quite large, full of characters having varying degrees of recognition among the general public. Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, is a bit of a B-lister while being a very important character to the universe he occupies, particularly in the last couple of years worth of stories.

"knockout" punch



Danica Patrick Silences Critics

Danica Patrick finally ripped the monkey off her back with a win in the Indy Racing League

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Dear bachelor party

Dear Kenny’s parking garage fiasco,
OK, so there are some who are upset that Rickenmann made money on the Kenny’s sale, some who are concerned about potential benzene contamination onsite, a potentially unstable foundation due to the Columbia waterworks system beneath, height requirement issues, tax dollars at stake, et cetera. And there are business owners and shoppers who believe the problems above are easily fixed, who support the idea and think it will go off without a hitch. Well, here’s what we think should happen with the Kenny’s site: …scrap the garage and build a third, jumbo-sized fountain.
    For this new 1.5-acre super fountain, we propose importing purebred Mandarin ducks and using hospitality tax dollars to commission giant baroque statuary of city council and FPA board members spewing water in the center. Throw in some paddleboats and viola! Problem solved.
Columbia City Paper

Nettlesome Buttmunches



Mind Your Own G-D Business abouth Five Points South project

5 Points Confidential returns with a vengeance (sorry, we were off for the last few months researching a novel about writer’s block), and also a question:

Who best should decide what is and isn’t good for the merchants and customers who populate our fair neighborhood?I see you all drawing in your breath to bloviate accordingly—but let me save you the trouble, because, as any decent interlocutor should, I already know the answer to my probing and urgent query: