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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ginseng Roots Band @ Riverfest Saturday

Ginseng Roots Band @ Frenchtown Riverfest

Saturday, September 3 @ 2 pm

Bridge Street, Frenchtown, New Jersey

Uke Jackson and the full Ginseng Roots Band will be at Frenchtown, New Jersey's Riverfest this weekend. Yes. The waters of the Delaware River have receded. (Actually, Frenchtown got very little in the way of flooding, thank goodness!)

We will be playing on the main stage on Bridge Street from 2 pm 'til 3:30 pm.

The town will be thronged. You'll see movie stars and literary lights strolling in one of NJ's all time great river towns!

Please Google "Frenchtown, New Jersey" for directions and so forth.

The line up is:

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


New Commission to Gather Citizen Input on Marcellus Drilling
HARRISBURG, PA (August 30, 2011) — A new commission launching this week will give the citizens of Pennsylvania an opportunity to tell their side of the story about drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
Former state Representatives Carole Rubley and Dan Surra will co-chair the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission, which will hold hearings across Pennsylvania to gather citizen perspectives on the Marcellus Shale and produce a final report for policymakers. The first of five hearings will take place Wednesday in Southwestern Pennsylvania (see full schedule of hearings below).

Cops Harass Artist on Behalf of Banksters

Photo by Genaro Molina for L.A. Times

The above photo shows Los Angeles artist Alex Schaefer with his painting of a Chase Bank branch on fire. The L.A. Police, a notorious gang of thugs, have been harassing him for painting this. They have questioned him about being a terrorist. Over a painting?

"The flames symbolize bringing the system down," the artist was quoted as saying in the L.A. Times. "Some might say that the banks are the terrorists."  He has a series of paintings he's currently creating, all showing different bank buildings burning.

Monday, August 29, 2011

All NYC Awaiting Irene

Mike Anton, cartographer and frequent photo contributor to this blog, made this video over the weekend, with the assistance of the lovely Giselle. A wee bit of post-storm levity. Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Philadelphia Fez Follow up

Last Philadelphia post, I ended with a statement about learning to take my own photos.

Well, these were taken with my cell phone.

I purchased the fez in these photos at my buddy Jules Goldman's shop. The place is like something out of fin de siecle Paris. It's chockablock with art works, books and curios. The fez is obviously a curious curio. JJ Peppers, who the fez fits perfectly, will be appearing at Working Class Bohemians and Ginseng Roots Band gigs wearing it.

Hey, maybe we'll find a spot in the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fat Cat Chris Christie says "Get Fracked!"

New Jersey Governor Conditionally Vetoes Frack Ban Bill
Environmental Organizations Cry Foul!

            Trenton, New Jersey Today New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed the New Jersey Ban Bill (S-2576), flying in the face of the public and the New Jersey Legislature and forfeiting the opportunity to make New Jersey the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in modern times.  The Frack Ban Bill arose out a public rallying cry for pro-active action by the State to prevent the water, land and air pollution that is occurring everywhere where fracking is being used to extract natural gas from deep geologic formations such as Marcellus and Utica Shale. 
            “This is a dismal day for New Jersey. Governor Christie had the opportunity to stand up for clean water and to protect present and future generations from the ravages of fracking in New Jersey, instead he opted for a political out, a conditional veto that opens the door to fracking and drilling in New Jersey’s future, including all the poisoning of the water, air, land and people it brings.  Exxon, Shell, Hess, and other drilling big wigs lobbying long and hard to get Christie’s support for fracking, it seems they are succeeding,” said Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper.  “Fracking for gas ruins drinking water and the environment; the practice isn’t safe and can’t be made safe.  The terrible truth is that New Jersey’s 8.8 million people packed into an 8,722 square mile area, the most densely populated state in the nation, have nowhere to go to replace a contaminated water supply,”, van Rossum added.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mo' Philadelphia!

Spent the day in Philadelphia again yesterday. That city is seducing me. In another 9 days the Philadelphia Fringe / Live Arts Festival begins. My slate of shows to see is still formulating. Whatever I do -- it shall be blogged.

Meanwhile, once again , it was sunny in Philadelphia -- all day. And there was an earthquake, which certainly got people chattering.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wines & Swine -- this Saturday

Wines and Swine Pig Roast

Cherry Valley Vineyards

Saylorsburg, PA

$25 in advance; $30 at the door ($10 off for kids)
Call 570-992-2255 to make your reseervation now!

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In the course of human events, there are pig roasts and there is everything else. In ancient times the pig was associated with both the goddess Demeter and her double/daughter Persephone. Eating pig flesh was a form of communion with the goddess.

This weekend the Ginseng Roots Band will play at the Cherry Valley Vineyards’ Wines and Swine pig roast – an event we’ve been eagerly anticipating. Wine, roast pig, the unique natural beauty of Cherry Valley – this has got to be a good one, even a great one!

Dinner begins being served at 5 pm. The band plays from 6 pm – 8 pm. There will also be a bonfire. The festivities and food go on until it ends.

Playing with the band this week are:

Uke Jackson -- vocals, resonator ukulele, the grand contraption
JJ Peppers – soprano, tenor and bass saxophones
Pete Reichlin – tuba and trombone
Scott Hartley – drums

Wines and Swine Pig Roast
Cherry Valley Vineyards
Saylorsburg, PA
Like Uke Jackson's Viper News -- Pig Roast Saturday! on Facebook

Cherry Valley Vineyards is one of our favorite places to play.
Even the bears like our music there!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Tell the Environmental Protection Agency
To Issue a Rule that Stops Needless Fish Kills

Facilities that operate with Cooling Water Intake Structures are collectively killing billions of fish every year in the Delaware River.
The Salem Nuclear Generating Station, a Delaware River facility, alone kills over 3 billion fish a year including:
  • Over 59 million Blueback Herring
  • Over 77 million Weakfish
  • Over 134 million Atlantic Croaker
  • Over 412 million White Perch
  • Over 448 million Striped Bass
  • Over 2 billion Bay Anchovy
(Figures provided are numbers of fish killed.  Source: correspondence from US Fish & Wildlife Service to NJDEP, June 30, 2000 relying on PSE&G permit application data)
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering draft regulations that could change this at Salem and every other existing powerplant and facility that has a cooling water intake structure which is needlessly killing fish by using old technology.

Closed cycle cooling could reduce these fish kills by 95% or more.  
We want that for every operating facility on the Delaware River.

Take a moment and write your comment today.
Deadline is August 19, so please act fast.

To learn more and get help with what to say got to:

Comments should be sent to:
The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator
Water Docket, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mail Code 4203M
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460
Attention:  Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2008-0667

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Seersucker Suits TV Saturday Night!

Two gigs with the Ginseng Roots Band this evening. We will be struttin' it in our seersucker suits all night long!

First Gig Today Saturday August 13, 2011

The first gig is an early community concert: Each can good that anyone brings will be traded for a raffle entry to win a brand new wooden ukulele. The canned goods will be donated to the Frenchtown food bank.

Race Street Public Motorcycle Parking Lot
Frenchtwon, NJ

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Second Gig Tonight Saturday August 13, 2011

Then we will be playing at Porter's Pub in Easton, PA  There we will be videotaped by a television crew for airing at a later date on a show about restaurants and bands. Come join us and cheer us on for the cameras and the adoring masses!


Porters Pub
700 Northampton Street
Easton, PA

10 pm - 1 am

Friday, August 12, 2011


One great thing about Manhattan is that the cartographer Mike Anton is usually available to help out as The Unknown Playwright's photographer. Thanks, Mr. Anton!

Our erstwhile cartographer / photographer did a great job the other night when Working Class Bohemians played a benefit for Miss Tibet 2011. We're probably on some list of enemies of China as a result of this gig. Oh well.

One of the highlights, for me, was the collection of erotic deity statuary on display. It will be harder for me to say "Holy fuckin'" anything anymore without thinking of these beautiful works.

We want to thank Phil Void and the .Dharma Bums for booking us for the gig!

The Unknown Playwright with JJ Peppers on soprano sax:
Working Class Bohemians

 Tenzin Yangkyi, the 19-year-old Miss Tibet 2011
sang and danced a traditional Tibetan number.

Artist Brian Gormley came in from the country for the festivities

A young Tibetan pop star sang Tibetan pop music (who knew?)

The Unknown Playwright and Miss Tibet 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Working Class Bohemians to the rescue Wednesday at Tibet House!

Working Class Bohemians to the rescue!

Never let it be said that Working Class Bohemians failed to come to the aid of a beauty queen. Uke Jackson and JJ Peppers will appear as special guests of the Dharma Bums tomorrow night Wednesday August 10 at the Benefit for Miss Tibet.  (click for more info) Admission is free.

Tibet House
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY

6 pm - 9 pm Wednesday August 10

Work Class Bohemians expect to go on between 7:30 and 8 pm.

Friday, August 5, 2011


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection — See How Dreadfully They Care for Our Exceptional Value Streams
And Please Take a Moment to Act!

The Tinicum Creek is an Exceptional Value Stream — so clean and healthy and pristine it is officially given this designation in law.
As such, the Tinicum and its tributaries are supposed to be entitled to high quality care by our state agencies.
And yet, in order to expand the size of a bridge that doesn't need expanding — it is a historic one lane bridge that continues to serve the community well — PennDOT is willing to severely damage a tributary to the Tinicum with extensive development, including instream work, that will forever change the flows and damage the quality and health of the Tinicum Creek.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network tried to secure an injunction but the State lawyers came back in force to battle it back.
Now it is in the hands of the DEP.
We need your help to get them to take action

Do you know how this project was allowed to move forward in this way?  Because PennDOT misrepresented the size of the project so as to avoid the obligation to secure needed permits — in short, PennDOT lied and DEP is letting them get away with it.  
Please, help us stop this fiasco, urge Secretary Krancer of the DEP to order his staff to act, to stop the project, and to force PennDOT to get the needed permits before the project continues.  Through the permitting process we can get them to change the project and protect the creek.

You can see a video of the damage being done and send a letter by going to the link below.

Go to to send your letter today.  And we need it today!


Lawsuit charges that an analysis must be completed and environmental
impacts understood before drilling moves forward in the Delaware River
BROOKLYN, N.Y. – A coalition of concerned nonprofit organizations today jointly filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers and the
Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) for their failure to comply with federal law by proposing gas drilling regulations without first conducting
a full environmental review as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Don't bring food tonight, please!

It turns out the Hunterdon library system has a policy against collecting anything by way of donations. So, we cannot collect food for the food bank.

However, everyone who attends tonight will receive

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

CHAPTER FORTY SEVEN of Broadway Vampire posted

We're on the home stretch now. Thirteen more chapters to go in the free blog serialization of my novel Broadway Vampire (click to read).. It's the tale of Gus Windham, a Broadway producer who happens to be a vampire. The story is chockablock with

Monday, August 1, 2011


Two Gigs This Week!
Tuesday evening August 2, Working Class Bohemians, featuring Uke Jackson & JJ Peppers, will play at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA from  7 pm until 10 pm.

We will be playing downstairs in the the hotel's very chic brasserie Bar Louis. (It has a huge photo of Warhol giving John Lennon a kiss on the cheek behind the bar, which is about as chic as it gets.)