Media Update – September 18, 2003

1. Concrete residents debate librarian's lifestyle
2. Adult store's future in limbo as challenge stalls in court
3. Swingers' club busted
4. Violette's compositions have length and depth
5. Finding Mapplethorpe's Inner Cindy Sherman

1. Concrete residents debate librarian's lifestyle
2. Adult store's future in limbo as challenge stalls in court
3. Swingers' club busted
4. Violette's compositions have length and depth
5. Finding Mapplethorpe's Inner Cindy Sherman

Concrete residents debate librarian's lifestyle
By Renee Boyd
Skagit Valley Herald (WA)
September 11, 2003

About 40 residents came to the Upper Skagit Library District board meeting Wednesday to express concerns about the librarian's private life. Others came to support her.

Three of five board members in attendance listened to residents voice their observations about whether Valerie Shahan's private life would interfere with her work as the district's only librarian. Last month, residents learned that Shahan advertised the sale of sadomasochism services on the Internet under the assumed name of Lady Jane Grey of Bellingham. She has since pulled the Web site, and said she no longer takes clients.

"A majority of people are very uncomfortable with a person, in a public position that can influence younger people, who holds private beliefs that she's taken public through the Web," [Pastor Rob] Thomas said. [cont.]

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http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com/articles/2003/09/11/news/news11.txt
To respond, write to: letters@skagitvalleyherald.com and cc:
rboyd@skagitvalleyherald.com

Adult store's future in limbo as challenge stalls in court: Constitutionality issues bog down Pasadena case
By Andrea F. Siegel
Baltimore Sun
September 9, 2003

It's been more than two years since zoning inspectors visited a Pasadena shop to check out complaints of an adult bookstore operating illegally in a commercial strip. Offended neighbors in the northern Anne Arundel County community waited for the shop to be moved or shut down. They're still waiting.

In a scenario regulators say is common throughout the metropolitan area, operators of Love Craft lingerie have gone to court to be allowed to stay put despite a local law relegating sexually oriented businesses to particular corners of the county.

In Anne Arundel, Howard County and elsewhere, businesses have challenged everything from the constitutionality of such laws to the details of what constitutes an "adult-oriented" inventory — sometimes delaying enforcement for years.

And while similar laws have been upheld at the federal level, frustrated local officials find themselves grappling with how to enforce them in a way demanded by the community while not trampling on business operators' rights. [cont.]

To read this article, go to:
http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.adult09sep09,0,2821473.story?coll=bal-local-headlines
To respond, write to: letters@baltsun.com

Swingers' club busted
By Robin Vinci
New Britain Herald
September 16, 2003

Three people were arrested by police Saturday for allegedly operating a "swingers club," a violation of several sections of the town's Ordinance on Sexually Oriented Businesses, police said.

Swinging, the swapping of partners between married couples, is not illegal. The arrests stem from the fact a fee was charged for admission, police said.

While police heard of the club by "word of mouth," as Schubert said, Mingles was apparently known among the swinger community. Schubert said the site had been listed, address and all, as a swingers club on the Internet. [cont.]

To read this article, go to:
http://www.newbritainherald.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10170398&BRD=1641&PAG=461&dept_id=10110&rfi=6 To respond, write to: editor@newbritainherald.com and cc:
rvinci@newbritainherald.com

Violette's compositions have length and depth
By Richard Dyer
Boston Globe
September 7, 2003

Andrew Violette has created a masterpiece of minimalism in his Seventh Piano Sonata. It's a work that may enter the Guinness Book of Records because of its length — one uninterrupted movement falling into 22 sections and adding up to nearly three hours of music. But it deserves attention for better reasons than its length: It is a work of integrity, imagination, substance, and significance. And on a new, 3-CD recording on the Innova label, the composer plays the hell out of it.

And the visual presentation of the album may attract buyers; it certainly catches the eye. The pictures were taken by the controversial Mapplethorpian S&M photographer Barbara Nitke. On the front Violette's feet are seen standing among torn pages of the manuscript; on the back he glowers in a leather vest. Inside he is clad in full leather gear, carrying a coiled whip in his hand, his face a curious shade of violet.

"Well," Violette says over the phone in a quiet, amused voice, "that's a reference to Blue Man Group. I wanted a cutting-edge picture. It's too boring to have a photograph of me seated at the piano. My first idea was to have a picture of me chopping up a piano with an axe, but we couldn't find a piano to sacrifice." [cont.]

To read this article, go to:
http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2003/09/07/violettes_compositions_have_length_and_depth/
To respond, write to: letter@globe.com

Finding Mapplethorpe's Inner Cindy Sherman
By Anei Wallach
New York Times
September 13, 2003

The photographers Cindy Sherman and Robert Mapplethorpe were friends, in their fashion, in the 1980's. It was an art-world kind of friendship, laced with competition, envy and schadenfreude.

Ms. Sherman has a determinedly revisionist take on Mapplethorpe, whose 1989 traveling museum exhibition "The Perfect Moment" ignited the culture wars after Senator Jesse Helms took offense at a few images that glamorized homoeroticism and sadomasochism. Her Mapplethorpe is hardly the familiar photographer who made raw sex chic and flowers as provocative as frontal nudity. In her version, he is only sometimes the Mapplethorpe of the gleaming surface and the ravishing photographic effect.

By the mid-1990's, when photography seemed to have pushed painting off the walls of contemporary museums and art fairs, the Museum of Modern Art had acquired the entire series of 69 "Untitled Film Stills" for a reported $1 million and exhibited them. The critic A. D. Coleman pronounced that moment "a sociological event: the apotheosis of photography as 'insider' art." [cont.]

To read this article, go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/14/arts/design/14WALL.html?ex=1064116800&en=d0a13826f8482817&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE
To respond, write to: letters@nytimes.com

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