Friday, October 03, 2008

In Today's Section

So it's Friday. You know what that means? Well, it's the day the Weekend section comes in the New Haven Register. You know what's exciting about the Weekend section? Well, it's what I do all week. If you were to pick up the paper today and look at Weekend (doesn't the cover look pretty?), this is what you'd read:

I talked to her. Yes I did. Jenny Lewis is at the Shubert Sunday.

Joe Amarante's column about the CW network.

I wrote a feature on Death Cab For Cutie, which plays at the Chevy Saturday.

Mark Zaretsky wrote a preview of blues legend James Cotton's show at StageOne Sunday.

We've got your weekly dose of album reviews.

Andy Carey from Hand Grenade Serenade is Making A Mix.

It's World Series of Poker time, and our poker column has some hints on how to play.

We look at 'de Blob' in our video games story.

And, of course, there's a poopload of movies opening this week. Harris McCabe tells us about "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist," then there's "Blindness," and "Religulous," and how about "Flash of Genius," or Simon Pegg in "How To Lose Friends And Alienate People," and also there's, um, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," and, lastly, a "Battle In Seattle."

Oh, how can I forget my column on my favorite band, Okkervil River? I can't.

So that's the Weekend section. Oh, sure, there's more in it, but that's what is online. I'm excited because in a few hours I'm heading to Norwalk to "The Dark Knight" on an IMAX screen. I'll let you know how it is.


Anonymous said...

I've got to say, I found your lead column to be, well, almost touching in its sincerity. And I know exactly what you mean about meeting someone whom you view as a bit of a personal hero. My advice to you (as if you asked)? Resist the temptation to ever do the interview. I painfully discovered that sometimes meeting your idol is a disappointing letdown. Several years ago, I had the chance to do an interview with a personal hero and - worse than being a jerk - he was downright dismissive. As if I wasn't even in the room. OK, so maybe it wouldn't be that way with O.R. Maybe it'd be quite the opposite. But why risk it? Sure, many of life's challenges are worth taking, but in this case I think you've made the right choice. Live with your heightened expectations, and just enjoy the music!

Anonymous said...

From the AP - an update on a subject near and dear to your heart...

Effort against LA-area taco trucks loses its bite
By DENISE PETSKI, Associated Press Writer

Sat Oct 4, 3:18 AM ET

LOS ANGELES - The great Taco Truck Wars of 2008 appear to have come to a close.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Friday that it won't appeal a judge's ruling in August that threw out a law requiring taco truck operators to move every hour or face $1,000 fines and possible jail time.

Phil Greenwald, an attorney for the vendors, praised the prosecutor's decision.

"After all, they're not selling porn, they're not selling drugs, all they're selling is food," he told The Associated Press. "Carne asada is not a crime."

The law was passed last spring after restaurateurs complained that taco trucks parking on the streets near their businesses were drawing away customers and forcing some businesses to the brink of bankruptcy.

The truck drivers, many of them immigrants, complained that they were unfairly singled out. The ban affected unincorporated sections of the county, including the vast, largely Latino East Los Angeles neighborhood where many of the trucks operate.

No citations issued since the ordinance went into effect May 15 will be prosecuted, Greenwald said.

"They're giving up the ghost," Greenwald said. "They're just quitting."

The district attorney's decision came nearly a month after county officials announced they would ask the judge to reconsider his decision to throw out the law. The officials have argued the trucks are a nuisance because they park at the same spot every day and bring in noise and traffic.

Superior Court Judge Dennis Aichroth ruled Aug. 27 that the law was "too ambiguous to be enforceable."

County Supervisor Gloria Molina introduced the ordinance. A phone message left with her office late Friday for comment was not immediately returned.

Molina spokeswoman Roxane Marquez said last spring that the ordinance was meant to regulate "quality-of-life issues."

"Our intent was not to put any catering trucks out of business, but to ensure fairness to our residents — those who live in homes right in front of or across the street from where trucks do business everyday, all hours of the day or night," Marquez said.

Pat Ferrucci said...

Carne asada is only a crime a couple hours after you eat it. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.