Squid Fry for Jul 29, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
PRINT EM… Squid bows to no one as an aficionado of art scandals, but even Squid was surprised when news broke on the wires that a treasure trove of the “lost work” of Ansel Adams had been reportedly bought at a garage sale for $45 by Fresno construction worker Rick Norsigian. Estimated worth: At least $200 million. The only problem: the “find” may be just as questionable as the recent Pebble Beach art heist, in which Ralph Kennaugh and Benjamin Amadio reported stolen paintings, including a Jackson Pollock, only to find themselves under investigation by the District Attorney’s office. Adams’ relatives were unreachable for comment by Squid’s deadline, but Bill Turnage of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust was unamused – and unconvinced about the authenticity. “It’s an unfortunate fraud,” Turnage told the Associated Press.
CURTAIN CALLS… Squid knows there’s a lot of theater going on in Monterey County, from the dual stages at Western Stage, MPC and PacRep to the scrappy Paper Wing to upstart Fearless Minds (who threaten to do an improv version of Romeo & Juliet on Aug. 8 at 10am on a Sunday). But next week, Monterey County theater goes global. Squid gives two tentacles up to the kids of Salinas High Theatre Arts Department, who are just one of two high school theater companies in California (and a first for Monterey County) to be invited to Scotland’s wild and wooly, three-week-long Edinburgh Festival Fringe, regarded as the largest arts festival in the world, where they will perform A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room.
What an opportunity. They earn a curtain call, also, for raising the $66,000 to get themselves there – through performances back in November and, incredibly, bake sales.
OVER SHARING… Reporting from the creepy boss desk, Squid’s finally seen some evidence of what went on deep inside Carmel City Hall a few years back when ex-Human Resources Manager Jane Miller alleged Carmel City Administrator Rich Guillen sexually harassed her, then eliminated her position when she didn’t cozy up to him. Sample sweet nothings: “Thinking of you as I always do and always will.” And: “I know it embarrasses you to know this… but I liked you from the day I met you, always have and always will.” Aww. Squid wonders, whither the Carmel Casanova? As Carmel Mayor Sue McCloud likes to say, stay tuned. More in this issue of the Weekly.