I called my son Brady yesterday to see where he’s going to be watching the Ravens’ game today and he informed me that he and Molly will be in Baltimore attending a Frank Zappa ceremony. Following is the Baltimore Suns’ description of the planned events.
Zappa’s back He left Charm City at age 10 and found his fame and fortune largely on the Left Coast, but Baltimore has never stopped calling Frank Zappa one of its own. This weekend, as a bust of Zappa is formally dedicated outside the Enoch Pratt Free Library‘s Southeast Anchor branch, Zappa, who died of prostate cancer in 1993, is being celebrated in his hometown as never before. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. Sunday with his widow, Gail, giving a talk at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown, 3134 Eastern Ave. (410-276-1651 or creativealliance.org), followed at noon by a free concert at Eastern Avenue and Conkling Street featuring Arbouretum and other bands. The bust dedication ceremony is set for 2 p.m. outside the library, 3601 Eastern Ave., with a performance by Zappa’s son, Dweezil, and his band, Zappa Plays Zappa. The day concludes with a 6 p.m. party at the Creative Alliance, featuring Big in Japan, Telesma and DJ El Suprimo. There’s a $5 cover charge for the party.
When I was in the Army I had the above poster taped up on my locker and it of course generated much discussion. A brother from a Harlem summed it up best, “Most people got Playboy centerfolds taped up on their lockers, but not Ridgell. He’s got some ugly m’fer sitting on a toilet taking a crap!” In searching for a copy of the poster to include here, I found some interesting background about it click here.