Drinking Liberally Columbia Chapter Blog

DL: The return of Eating Brownies Liberally

The situation in both the nation and the world are not such that it's very easy to do humor this week; I don't think I'll try. I will endeavor to be more entertaining in person, and in next week's email.

Our friend Bradley and Point of View Cineclub are offering a special presentation this week, "Only Lovers Left Alive." Jim Jarmusch and vampires! How did that take this long? This time out, it's Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 7 each evening and $7 each evening. Vampires in Detroit; rumors that rejected titles included The Iggy Pop Story are only that.

I heard discouraging words about the chocolate chip pecanaroons, odd since they were almost exactly like inside-out Mounds bars. So we'll revert to brownies Tuesday evening. Hope you can make it.
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 19, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey kids!

Um. Um. Um. Um.
There's a thing. There's a thing that's going to happen and it's really cool. And and and you know what it is? Aaron? You know Aaron? Aaron Klugh who owns Kraken? Um um um, he's opening a new place. And it's right next to Publick House. Where Hair of the Dog used to be. And and and and it's going to be called The Black Market Whiskey Bar and something something. And he says he's opening this month. An' THEN! We're going to have a meeting there. Or maybe a lot of them. Yaaaaaaaaay!

In the meantime (and in a hopefully more adult voice), there is the Publick House, where the service is nearly always exemplary though the crowds have been odd the last two weeks, ranging from full house two weeks ago to empty last week. Go figure. But we always have a nice time and this time I'll put enough honey in the chocolate-chip pecanaroons, I promise. Come on down!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 12, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL takes a firm stand

Things are happening. I'm not talking about the awful things happening in the world, although those are certainly worth discussing and I hope you'll come out Tuesday and do so. I'm just talking about stuff in town. This Thursday is First Thursday and it may be the biggest and most significant ever. We were glad to see Harry Rogers at our meeting last week and he was good enough to let us know about the art exhibit "Hiroshima: Never Forget" and the short film "Witness To Hiroshima" at Tapp's coinciding with First Thursday. And the public is invited to make peace cranes from 5:30 until closing.

Also at First Thursday, Nest (1450 Main St.) is hosting their first USC Press book signing with the very fine Robert C. Clark and Tom Poland signing their book "Reflections of South Carolina" from 6-8:30. https://www.facebook.com/events/319288801581181/
The whole panoply of First Thursday events is found here: http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/press-releases/ Enjoy!

Our pal Ross is having a show at Conundrum Sunday the 10th featuring the Jeff Marquette Quintet from New Orleans and Chicago. It starts at 9 and costs $8. It should be great.

But now let's talk about the worldwide conspiracy. No not THAT worldwide conspiracy. Nor that, that, that, that, or that one. No, I'm talking about clowns. Everybody hates clowns. Every. Body. Parents take their little kids to the circus and say, "Oh honey, look at the funny clowns!" somehow forgetting that they themselves hated and feared clowns when they were little and in fact still hate and fear them today. And yet there are still clowns. No one knows why. The only possible explanation is a worldwide pro-clown conspiracy. And my friends, we must take a firm stand, we must fight them, we must get rid of all these damn clowns. Especially those in Congress, in State Houses and on the Supreme Court.

And you thought it was going to be frivolous. Come down to the Publick House Tuesday and we'll plot our strategy over beers. Or chocolate-chip brownies. Or chocolate-chip macaroons. Or hell, we'll just give in and put our red cherry noses on. Come down anyway!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, August 5, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Weekly corporate report

Fellow shareholders:
At last week's meeting, we figured it all out. Due to recent Supreme Court decisions, the only people in this country with religious freedom now are corporate persons. Therefore, we reasoned, we should all become corporate persons. Thus, you should henceforth address me as Joxxon Corporation. We can sort out our various crazy corporate religious beliefs as we go along. I of course dibs religious injunctions against gluten, dairy, soy and color coordination. (And if there really is a Joxxon Corporation, that's funny too, since I picked it as the stupidest name possible.)

Even if you don't want to come up with a corporate name and religious prejudice, you should come to the meeting this week anyway. Do I have Congressman Clyburn? Do I have Governor Hodges? Well no, but I most likely will have date pecan chocolate chip brownie cookies. Isn't that better? Yeah, I thought so.

So come on down to the Publick House, to that funny room to the left (natch) with the pool table and come see us. I'll again be in the bright red flannel shirt even though for comedy purposes Joxxon Corporation ought to be in a business suit. Maybe I'll add a blue blazer to the ensemble. Whaddayathink?
What: Drinking Liberally stockholders revival meeting
When: Tuesday, July 29, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Come on down

Hello lovely people,
We have a meeting tomorrow night at the Publick House, 7:15ish, on the side with the pool table. Or, depending how often you read your email, tonight, last night, or last week. Hope so much to see you, or to have seen you. Come on!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 22, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Allons-y

Baw! Come on tally voo. Saw vaw beeyen? Ururz joor duh basteel!

For those not conversant in French (or rather, for those who are), that read: FFS! Doesn't anybody speak English here? The nerve! OK, I'll have what he's having.

Also Happy Bastille Day! Well, I wanted to go with the most stirring scene from Casablanca, where Victor leads the crowd at Rick's in the Marseillaise, drowning out Watch on the Rhine, but the verse that I always thought was "Allons, mes citoyens!" turns out to be... something else. And I expect the NSA can read French. Darned alarming national anthem the French got! I could have also gone with the chorus from Lady Marmalade, of course, but figured that might not go over either.

Meanwhile, and in English, Bradley and PoV are showing "Body Double" at Tapp's in the Skyline Room this Thursday at 7. $5 gets you in; hope you can make it.

We will be at the Publick House as usual Tuesday, in the room with the pool table, 7:15ish. I am still the guy with the bright red flannel shirt, DL button, glasses and monobrow. Cookies this week may turn out to be macaroons. I do so hope to see you.
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 15, 7:15ish (or should we be vague on the date so it'll say 7/15ish, 7:15ish?)
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: So! Do you think William Devane will play him in the next movie?

I would guess that everybody has heard that Sheriff Metts is in a spot of trouble. But of course, it isn't real until it's in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/03/us/james-metts-is-accused-of-accepting-bribes.html?_r=0 As the article notes, Metts was played by Devane long ago in a TV movie. I'm guessing he'll be a bit farther from the A list next time. I hear Frank Barron's available...

Last week's meeting was way fun, though the soccer match did in fact run long like baseball so we had a boisterous crowd to share the Publick House with. And this was also fun. But although it's sad that the USA is no longer in contention, at least things ought to be back to normal. Well nearly; the brownies this week have raspberry added.

So come on down! We really hope to see you!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 8, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Hey, come back!

I know last week's email was a little discouraging, but really, like the Jackson 5, I want you back! This time around, there quite definitely is a USA World Cup soccer match, but it starts at 4. This isn't baseball; it'll almost certainly be done by 7:15ish. And if not, it'll be hella fun. Also there are brownies.

Persons living in Lexington County can also vote for a new coroner from amidst the seven people who weren't running against Lindsey Graham the other week. Will Barron make it this time? Will they go for the guy who's really a bear? Oh the suspense is killing me! Not surprisingly, they're all Republicans, but the LexCo voter registration head says anybody can vote. (Presumably he meant anybody living in Lexington County, but "anybody" is what he said: http://www.wistv.com/story/25891663/seven-candidates-vie-for-lexington-co-coroner-in-special-election Vote if you're anybody!)

It's First Thursday this week. Good times are ahead. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Here's what's happening: http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/press-releases/

If I might blither a bit about something I've blithered about previously, allow me to say a few more words about Timmerman Trail. It's shady. That's the main point I wanted to get across. Otherwise, it's just another concrete path through the woods, enlivened by Congaree Creek and wildlife sightings (I'll show you my deer picture at the slightest invitation), but it shouldn't be as cool as it is. All I can say is that every time I finish the circuit, I have a strong urge to go take another lap. Which is a good sign. People who don't like the SCANA lot, or who want to subsitute a shorter walk/jog on dirt Old State Road for a longer one on concrete (five minutes walk vs. fifteen), get in touch and I'll give directions to Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve. Try it, you'll like it!

So please, come out Tuesday night for Drinking Liberally. I particularly want to hear from folks who went to Plan Together last week, preferably that Doxiadis has been updated brilliantly for the 21st century. And did I say there are brownies? Come on!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, July 1, 7:15ish (July? JULY! Are we still having those?)
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Vuvuzelas Liberally

Hi kids,
Yeah, I know, they banned vuvuzelas this time. But the World Cup is loud is the point. Every bar in town has decided it's World Cup Central. So unless you know one with no TV, DL might be a little frustrating for a little while. That said, last week's meeting was big fun, we didn't have to talk THAT loud, and we had the pleasure of meeting a new member, Conor.

I mention the soccer because, well, remember, I love every one of you individually and collectively and want to see you every single week. However, if there were ever a week when I wouldn't mind if you gave us a miss, at least if you live in Columbia, it would be this one. The We Plan Together activities for Columbia will be Tuesday through Thursday at the Convention Center. Tuesday evening, Wednesday all day, and Thursday evening. Go figure. So I really really want you to come to DL but I really really want Columbians at We Plan Together, too. (I'll be at DL of course. You only have to look at my life to see that I'm no use at planning!)

I just found out that for nearly a year Lamb's Bread vegan restaurant had a second location called Ankh Life International on St. Andrews where Little Mexico used to be. Bummer drag that they didn't make it; do you think it might have been the name? (I mean, it's better than Ptomaine Town or The Bark and Purr, but after that, you've said everything.) I still have hopes of someday moving to the Good Life Cafe. If you feel that way, too, come down to the Publick House, try to get something vegan, then cry and yell and throw things. I know that's how I try to persuade people to my point of view. Someday it'll work, too!

The city and county do seem to want you to RSVP if you're coming to plant O'Gether, so please do so at http://weplantogether.org/ You don't have to RSVP to come to DL; just show up! I'll be thrilled to see you and will give you a cookie. Beat that, city and county!

Don't forget to vote Tuesday! And eat your vegetables! And wipe your feet before you come in here! And close the door; do you thing I'm paying to air condition the whole out of doors? And-- oh, sorry, just be sure to vote Tuesday. Please.

This email is earlyish because Dad has a dentist's appointment. Nothing major; just a lost filling. But you never know how long these things will take. Hope to see you Tuesday!
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 24, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207

DL: Your heroes are ashamed of you

No, not YOUR heroes. One of those people I went to high school with who grew up to be a teabagger (as I mention now and again) posted on Facebook to another Dreher person at an Elton John show, "Flick your Bic during 'Levon' for me!" And I thought, "You mean that song from the record about Nixon called 'Madman Across the Water'"? This suggested to me a bumper sticker that would read, "Your heroes are ashamed of you." Admittedly too vague, but I kind of like it anyway. Most show biz people are left-wing; most of our right-wing aquaintances still dig the same music they did when they were young and open-minded. Following on, I thought it would be fun to post a left-wing song (or songs) of the week on our Facebook page, which I started today (Monday). Feel free to add your own in replies. I'll try to keep it to a weekly theme.

Speaking of the DL Facebook page, FB has rearranged it. I find it busy, but maybe I'm seeing stuff as the proctor or page baron or whatever I am that y'all won't. Give it a look (and a Like if you haven't already), won't you?

Thursday at Tapp's, Bradley and P.O.V. are showing Black Orpheus. Said to be excellent, moving, and with a phenomenal soundtrack, particularly if you like bossa nova. 7 pm, $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/1460171280889927/

Friday at Conundrum, Jason Ajemian's High Life returns. 9 pm, $8. Awesome. Do not miss them. As Tom always says, "Attendance is mandatory." https://www.facebook.com/events/277832695722661/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

The primary runoff is next week (Tuesday week, as we like to say.) Another good site with SC election info: http://www.politics1.com/sc.htm

Starting this week, we are now Revisionist Songwriting Liberally. NOBODY LEAVES until we come up with another 20 verses for "We Didn't Start the Fire," bringing it completely up to date. (I'll pause a moment for you to curse my name for the earworm.) OK, just kidding, but wouldn't it be funny to turn it into the "Tommy" of "You kids get off my lawn!" songs? No? Well come out to the Publick House anyway and see if I've finally perfected my Dates With Assorted Nuts cookies. (I kind of think so.)
What: Drinking Liberally
When: Tuesday, June 17, 7:15ish
Where: The Publick House, 2307 Devine St., Columbia, 256-2207