Brassy blues woman Candye Kane, a former sex worker whose voluminous visage has graced the pages of Hustler, High Society and Juggs, has long considered herself a sex activist whose bawdy humor plays an active role in her music and live shows. The new targets of her ire are Encinitas residents who are protesting the new Showgirls nightclub.
The protesters have gone so far as to set up a website (www.stopshowgirls.com) that reads: "The Fat Katz Bar and Grill on Encinitas Blvd. has been surreptitiously and illegally converted into a strip club. It is now called Showgirls and includes semi-nude dancers, private dancing in booths, and of course the notorious dance pole."
The website urges like-minded citizens to come to the Showgirls location and protest from 4 to 9 p.m. on days the club is open. The location is noticeable, they write, by its "garish pink neon signs."
This kind of activism outrages Kane, who insisted that Showgirls is "not pornographic-and even if it was, so what?" She pointed out that it's an over-21 establishment, the girls dance in bikinis and food is served.
"Women have the right to make a living however they wish," she said. "And these women are doing nothing so wrong that they should be harassed... The attire they wear is seen on public beaches every day and no one calls it pornography.
"I am so tired of this kind of healthy-sexuality discrimination. These girls aren't even sex workers, as they show no nudity whatsoever."
Kane wondered whether this creates a slippery slope that could harm legitimate businesses. What comes next-picket signs outside Hooters and Victoria's Secret stores? A move to ban mannequins that model lingerie?
"I feel like I woke up in the Middle Ages!" she said.
Kane also says the protesters should share the blame for the failure of Fat Katz. "These same protesters didn't support live music and so now the place has turned into a harmless adult restaurant with sexy girls and a dance pole," she said.
Protesters have cited statistics that prove no adult business has ever improved a neighborhood. In response, Kane asks, "How does McDonalds or Wal-Mart or yet another Starbucks improve a neighborhood?"
At the Oct. 20 meeting of the Encinitas City Council, protesters will show down with the owners of Showgirls... and Kane.
A crapload of vinyl to move
"There's no way we can move something like this in a short time," said local music historian Lou Curtiss, more than a little resigned.
Curtiss' massive understatement refers to a lifetime of rare recordings and memorabilia that comprise the beloved Folk Arts Record Store. The heart of the San Diego acoustic scene, Folk Arts was behind both the Adams Avenue Roots Festival and Adams Avenue Street Fair.
A vinyl emporium specializing in historical music recordings was never a big money maker, and when rent was recently raised, Curtiss contemplated the end. Things took a turn for the worse when the site was sold last month, giving Curtiss and his wife Virginia just a few weeks to vacate the premises.
The news isn't all depressing, though, as Curtiss has found a new location nearby (2881 Adams Ave.).
"It'll be a while before we're up and running-we still have to build shelves and all that," said Curtiss. "You don't realize how much there is until you have to move it."
A benefit concert to help Curtiss with his moving expenses is tentatively set for Dec. 10 at 4th & B, while a smaller fundraiser called "Sounds Like San Diego"-at which local artists will cover songs by other local artists-will take place Jan. 30 at Dizzy's.
With the help of an enterprising agent, the new album by introspective folkster Itai Faierman fell into the hands of famed Uruguayan opera singer Gaston Rivero. Rivero was so moved by Faierman's work that he proposed working together. The two met last July and Faierman will travel to the East Coast in November to do a short promotional tour (he serves as the tenor's backing guitarist and gets to play his own stuff, as well). Next May, the two will perform at what an ecstatic Faierman refers to as "Carnegie Freakin' Hall."
Holy Molar-the hardcore band featuring the Locust's Justin Pearson and ex-members of the Oath and Get Hustle-is set to release a split-single on local label, Three One G. Pearson will serve as diabolical DJ for the release party, held at Landlord Jim's on Oct. 26. Bring de-winged insects, dental keepsakes and earplugs.
Operatic will be featured on a new DVD guide by videographer Daren Doane, who has shot videos for the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Thursday and the Deftones. The DVD-titled Punk Rock Film School-teaches small bands how to make quality D.I.Y. videos on a budget and will be available at music stores and at www.loserkids.com. It's a win-win situation for the band, as Doane promised to film a full-fledged video for Operatic as part of the arrangement.
It's more entertaining than watching Jerry Springer convince hot-sexing inbreds to keep the baby. Maybe that's why VH1 is re-airing the episode of All Access (dubbed "Real Life Groupies") that starred Unwritten Law. Or, it's because the commercially bipolar pop-punks are on the upswing again, due to their song "Home in Paradise," which serves as the theme to Fox-TV's North Shore.
Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson gets the tribute album treatment Oct. 26, with the release of Hard Headed Woman. The disc features 21 acts, and two artists with local connections: Candye Kane contributes a raucous "Rock Me Baby," and Rosie Flores handles "In The Middle Of A Heartache." The latter is particularly appropriate as Flores is the performer who coaxed Jackson back into the spotlight during the late '90s.
Goodbye Blue Monday has added former lowcloudcover bassist Dario Izarraras to their lineup. In November, the band will record a six-song EP with Rafter Roberts (who produced Sufjan Stevens' delectable new album).
Continuing to pave their path to entitlement with precious metal, Switchfoot recently scored gold, platinum and double platinum awards for being on the compilation Now That's What I Call Music Vol. 16 (their song "Meant to Live" is one of the few non-vomitous tracks therein). They scored another gold trophy for their Live in San Diego DVD, taped at Soma last year.
If Jason Mraz' rocket ever skips town without him, he seems a shoo-in to be Vegas' next great cover artist. The mild-mannered metrosexual's take on Seals & Croft's "Summer Breeze" is included on the new soundtrack to WB-TV series, Everwood.
San Diego's pop stars aren't the only ones hogging up soundtrack gigs. Electronic-composer-maestro Album Leaf donates "Eastern Glow" to Music from the O.C.-Mix 2. The tune shows up in the Nov. 4 episode.
"It doesn't have a concrete meaning, but we liked the way it sounded," says guitarist Dave Murray of his new band's gibberish moniker, Posely Osa. Murray, drummer Scott Jobe and guitarist Ryan Morgan are all from the now-defunct local band, Parklife. Fleshing out the promising lineup is bassist Bill Nephew (ex-Jack's Broken Heart) and Brenda Ayllon.
Former Liquorice Quartet drummer Wally Gator has put together a new band called the Spots, with a pair of Chicago transplants-guitarist Kurt Finn and Keith McJunkin on bass.
Attention cultural terrorists looking to wipe out the rock scene: hole-in-a-dive rock bar, Live Wire, is celebrating their 12th anniversary on Oct. 23 with a host of DJs who will no doubt spin some pop music to prove they're not myopically talented.
Ubiquitous local trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos hosts A Birthday Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie at Dizzy's Oct. 23.
Dreamy alternative pop band Ilya is looking for a keyboardist/guitarist who operates in the Radiohead/Pink Floyd mold. Interested applicants/ unemployed multi-instrumentalists should check www.ilyamusic.com for more info/stuff.
Alternative rock trio Velvet Tongue will hold their CD-release party for their debut, Cassette, at the A.C. Lounge on Oct. 20.
Mesa Blue drops their new album, Looking Down the Road this week. A family-friendly CD- release party will be held at 3 p.m. at the 94th Aero Squadron with two other bands-Laguna and the aptly named Mile High. Speaking of, we're starting this club...