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Jay Clayton / Dawn Clement Quartet at Tula’s

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Jay Clayton and Dawn Clement celebrated their coincident birthdays at Tula’s on Tuesday, October 26. We decided to celebrate Kate’s birthday by attending, and it couldn’t have been a more fitting occasion, (all three birthdays are actually on October 28.) Jay put in two excellent sets, and the interplay between Jay and former Cornish colleague Clement was alternately humorous, intimate and even transcendent.

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  • Bettie Serveert

Bettie Serveert

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Tractor Tavern 10/7/2010, Bettie Serveert performing. I first became aware of this band in the mid-1990s. I found their first album, Palomine, at Goodwill. They were distinctive and accessible. After getting involved with my gf Kate, we discovered a mutual affection for the band, and we jumped at the chance to go see them perform. I have to confess, I was not prepared for their live show. They gave a thousand percent. They were high energy, improvisational, always on time and in tune. It was a fantastic show by an unjustly underrated band. Carol van Dijk is a great player, and the band absolutely on top of it. Here is a clip of Carol doing Venus in Furs, by the Velvet Underground, w/ John Cale in the audience.

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JU$TICE

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Two articles from different news sources attracted my attention today. One by Kevin Johnson from USA Today, entitled Report: Some states charge poor for public defenders, recounts a New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice study that found 13 of the 15 states with the highest incarceration levels charge fees, including application fees, for access to counsel. The other article is Unpaid court costs can bring cycle of debt, threat of jail, ACLU warns, by Susan Kelleher from the Seattle Times. I recommend that you read both articles, but that you also consider this; more and more the system of criminal justice, especially at the local level, is run like an extortion racket. High court fees and fines are leveled irrespective of both the proportionality of the supposed offense, and the defendants ability to pay. Unconscionable fees are used to coerce admissions of wrongdoing, with threats of jail time used as the trump card.

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  • Quiet Please

A Night At The Theatuh

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Me and my girlfriend arrived early and chose seats near the middle in what was a sparsely occupied theatre. We sat through the previews and about 15 minutes of The Social Network, when a couple came in and sat next to us, on my girlfriend’s side. The woman proceeded to cross her legs and sit with her knees practically in my girlfriend’s lap, commandeered Kate’s cup holder, and began talking loudly to her boyfriend. When we asked them to refrain from talking, the woman started swearing at us, real sailor stuff.

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William E. Elston is a professional artist and teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. He has exhibited for over 40 years, and has works in numerous public and private collections, both in the region and internationally. He is best known for urban and rural landscape images. He is also a founding member of the Northwest Figurative Artists' Alliance.

Aside from teaching painting, Mr. Elston also teaches karate, and has yondan rank in the World Seido Karate Organization.