Squid Fry for Jan 28, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
CANNING IT… Squid was once a Squidlet, and savors those rebellious and carefree days of youth. But Squid likes to believe that Squid can cherish those formative years while keeping a healthy sense of community pride and respect for others. So Squid turned crimson upon seeing the back of Seaside’s Alternative Café and Art Gallery tagged with garish gang symbols. Now, Squid likes an urban aquatic environment as much as the next homesquid, and so does the Alt Café; but aside from hinting at self-destructive gang affiliation, that stuff is just not cute. And to add an ironic dash of sea salt to the wound, the gallery’s next show, coming Feb. 12, is its first solo installment by an L.A.’s Man One – a graffiti artist. Now, the two things – graffiti art and “tag banging” – only share the medium of spray paint, Man One notes, so don’t confuse the two. But the irony is clear as a box jellyfish. Seaside’s beacon of underground art and culture offers so much more than just a wall to tag.
GREEN DAZE… Squid chortled from deep under a bed of Squid’s own favorite weed – kelp, natch – when Squid thought about the merry band from Monterey City Hall on a field trip to the city’s own unpermitted pot club last week. Squid didn’t hear whether city manager Fred Meurer slipped a pot-laced lollipop in his breast pocket or if they all talked things out over a nice cup of tea and a plate of brownies. But city officials are going to have to know their cannabis sativa from their indica in the next several months if they hope to avoid the predicament the L.A. City Council faced after mushrooming pot clubs began to outnumber Starbucks. This week, L.A. voted to restrict the location of pot clubs and limit their hours and the total number of clubs in the city. Squid is sitting on barnacles and tenterhooks waiting to see what rules the local folks come up with to ensure that Frappuccinos will still be easier to come by than Purple Haze when legal pot clubs finally come to Monterey County.s
BROKEN RECORDS… Squid sadly reports that Ray Rosenblum of Pittsburgh, Penn., has been named Monterey County Bank’s “exclusive agent” for the sale of KRML in Carmel, which broadcast jazz sounds for years until encountering financial woes. Asking price: a mere $350,000. So if there’s another jazz lover out there with some bread, go for it. The inventory of the music store and record collection that were affiliated with KRML are also on the selling block. Alas.