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not what I meant at all. I like all kinds of different things, I’ll paint anything that occurs to me.

SDUN: What are your thoughts on the some of the recent actions against the medical marijuana dispensaries?

GS: It is tricky…The busi- ness of outlawing alcohol didn’t work very well either, it just boosted up the crimi- nal community, which is the same thing that happens to all drugs when you make them illegal, it just boosts the crimi- nal activity… another thing that’s real dumb about it, is it everybody’s having problems with money now, California in particular, could take care of its fi nancial problems with one law – make mari- juana legal. Grow it, and have federal, if you want, or state, regulations for marijuana, and the fact that we have such a huge agriculture business, we could grow – and we do anyway [laughs] – grow mari- juana. But if it was legal, you tax the shit out of it, cause its not, unless its used for medi- cal purposes, if you use it for fun, tax the bejesus out of, and then those taxes go back into money for the state…

SDUN: How does painting compare to making music?

GS: Well it’s a different form because making music with a band, obviously is a group activ- ity and painting is solo. But I was the fi rst child for nine years and I’m used to being by myself and reading and when I was little I would listen to the radio, cause we didn’t have television, that’s how old I am, and paint- ing and dressing up as various historical characters and then I’d go out and entertain my par- ents and they’d put their hand up to their mouth and laugh behind their hand you know. I’d come out as Mozart and play something on the piano or then I’d be Mary Magdalene and then I’d be somebody else. But I’m used to being silent and entertaining myself.

SDUN: So who do you listen to?

GS: Right now I’m listen- ing to… the Times… I love them, and they’ve gotten back together again, this is their fi rst album after 20 years or something. So I’ve got that on the deck, in my car.

Also, a band called Del Cas-

tillo, from Austin Texas, cause I’ll listen to anything that’s Spanish. When I wrote songs I’d have to say ‘okay Grace, don’t make it Spanish.’ I don’t know what the attraction is for Spanish for me, quite frankly, I’m Norwegian, but, I have always loved Spanish dancing, Spanish architecture, Spanish music, Spanish government not so much, but there is a lot of Arab and Middle Eastern infl uence in Spanish music. …. And a new girl singer the band is called Dead Sara, and her name is Emily Arm- strong and she’s the best rock and roll singer I’ve heard in a long ass time.u

by Ian Wallace, costumes by Alina Bokovikova, lighting by Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz and wig designs by Louticia Grier and Peter Herman.

The show fearlessly employs

the F-word and much more, so check your inner prude at the door and have a rip-roaring romp at Armadillo Arms. u


Continues at 7 p.m. selected Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 11 at the Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown San Diego, $37-$57

Info: (619) 544-1000. Web:

are music director Anthony Smith on piano, Jim Mooney on guitar, Kevin Cooper on bass and Danny King on percussion. Visually the show is a study in gaudiness, with choreography by Javier Velasco, scenic design

San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 25–Dec. 8, 2011


Jill Van Velzer as Pippi. (Photo by Daren Scott)

By Charlene Baldridge SDUN Theater Critic

pretty much defi ne “The Great American Trailer Park Musical,” a 2005 off-Broadway musical play- ing through Dec. 11 at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Hugely popular in regional theaters this season, the piece has music and lyrics by David Nehls and a book by Betsy Kelso. It is a spoof on trailer trash residents of Armadillo Arms, a Florida trailer park where Betty, Pickles and Linoleum (Melinda Gilb, Kailey O’Donnell and Leigh Scarritt) hold forth like a Greek chorus that collects rays by the dry swim- ming pool.


Betty is pragmatic; the unmar- ried Pickles is pregnant; and Linoleum, so named because her mother gave birth on the kitchen fl oor, awaits her death row boy- friend’s execution. Everything awful is fodder for comedy. In another part of the park, the

marriage of patient Norbert (Da- vid Kirk Grant) and agoraphobic

et ready for loud and brash and scatological. Those three words

Jeannie (Courtney Corey) is on its last legs. Norbert has bought Ice Capades tickets to celebrate their 20th anniversary, but it is doubtful Jeannie can muster the courage to get beyond the fi rst step in front of their trailer, which she hasn’t left since their infant son was ab- ducted at the shopping mall soon after their wedding. There’s a change in the weather when an exotic dancer named Pippi (Jill Van Velzer) moves into Armadillo Arms, attracting Norbert’s eye. His fl oral tributes grow in size daily and so does the amount of time he spends with Pippi, who’s on the lam from her mean and violent boyfriend, Duke (David McBean). Just about the time a huge storm hits, so does Duke, toting a huge, loaded pistol. Mayhem follows, along with more songs, of course. Twelve songs of the country and blues type grace the produc- tion, which is set in Starke, North Florida. All six company members are excellent singers and if Tom Jones’s mics make them sound edgy and unbalanced at times, it goes with the territory. Musicians

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