Wednesday, November 8, 2006

DEBATE AT LOLITA BAR on "What the Election Results Mean"

Wednesday, Nov. 8, join a free-for-all discussion of “What the Election Results Mean” and what happens next, featuring (Rockefeller-Republican blogger) Jonathan Funke, (Democratic activist) Dvd Avins, and anyone from any faction who’d care to join our audience — and be heard.

(NOTE: We’re not gathering the first Wednesday of the month this time but rather the day after the midterm elections.)

11/8, 8pm at Lolita Bar, 266 Broome St. at Allen St., Manhattan’s Lower East Side, one block south and three west of the Delancey St. subway stop (free admission, cash bar).

Hosted by Todd Seavey, moderated by Michel Evanchik.

AND here’s a special advance appeal for the gathering after that, on Dec. 6: we’re fissioning the Lolita Bar Debates and the Jinx Athenaeum into two separate entities, with the debates still happening once a month and covering myriad political and philosophical topics, while occasional Athenaeum gatherings will focus primarily on “urban exploration.”

BUT we’ll combine the two areas in a sort of pre-fission showdown on Dec. 6, as we hear from a panel of people who’ve explored or lived in New Orleans and people with anecdotes from, or visions for the rebuilding of, Ground Zero in NYC. If you have a NOLA or WTC story to tell, please e-mail me about being one of our speakers.

FINALLY, two items for those who can’t make it to NYC, starting (just in time for Halloween) with a brilliant rock video (pointed out to me by Boston architect David Whitney) by the guitarist Buckethead, using animated Hieronymus Bosch paintings of Hell. This proves that Satanic-looking rock videos need not be oblivious to art history (and Buckethead should know what time in Hell is like after working with Axl Rose on the infamous, perpetually-unfinished album Chinese Democracy; China may well be a democracy — and Guns N’ Roses may well have more members of Psychedelic Furs in its lineup than original G N’ R members — by the time the album comes out):

But if visions of Hell aren’t your bag (and indeed, some of the images in the Buckethead video are almost as dreamlike and bizarre as the later Narnia novels, which are themselves like a cross between Davey and Goliath and a Salvador Dali painting, I’m realizing as I reread them), here’s a far more silly, great video of wacky kittens (best experienced with the distracting soundtrack off, which some philistines might feel is also true of Buckethead):
(NOTE: The above was sent as a mass e-mail in the days prior to the debate and was posted on this blog retroactively in April 2007. Click here for other Debates at Lolita Bar.)

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