Weiss to appear at Elks Club Palo Alto September 22 at 1:11 p.m.

Palo Alto City Council candidate Mark Weiss, the minimalist who mixes Ralph Nader with Donald Judd*, will appear at the Elks Club on Monday, September 22, 2014 for exactly one minute, at 1:11 p.m.

Twelve candidates will appear at a forum sponsored by Rotary Club, which overall will last 90 ridiculously long and boring minutes, or an hour and a half.

Weiss plans to bike from his North Palo Alto abode — a one-bedroom apartment at Oak Creek — to the south Palo Alto venue, as he did for a “scoping meeting” (?, #@&^) recently. He is considering learning to unicycle in keeping with the digital them of the event, zeroes and one.

Weiss announced today that he is also seeking the endorsement of musician Mac MacCaughan, whose 1995 song “The 1st Part” oddly enough contains, when you play a 180-gram vinyl version backwards on a Crosley turntable bought from Urban Outfitters, the entirety of his 150-word platform, albeit in pig-Latin. (Ok, pig-latin with a southern or north florida drawl, as distinct from a Clyde Jones on the roof of Crooks Corner number).

Did we mention that Superchunk played Weiss’ Earthwise Productions five-year show, in 1999? Weiss said that in payback for Mac rocking the Cubby the Cub Bear t-shirt the next night at GAMH, Weiss will wear the blue shirt and flannel depicted above, although to fit it, Weiss will have to lose 20 pounds, mostly by increasing his lap swim at Oak Creek’s 25-m pool. (Isn’t there a Superchunk song about 25-m lap swim pools? No, that’s driveway-to-driveway-to-driveway-to-driveway-dunk)

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The precision of Judd’s sculpture has led people to see an idealizing impulse behind it. But Judd saw himself as empiricist and his work as sharpening the perceptions of a public addled by encountering falseness daily on every front, from advertising to architecture. (that’ actually Kenneth Baker, on Judd)

edit to add: at the Rotary Club candidates forum, coming up Sept. 22, they want us to have 40 copies of a 150-word platform. Wonder if I can get Merge to donate in kind lyrics to “The First Part” as a way around spending the $6 or so on xeroxing — in 2009 and 2012 I amassed 7,000 votes combined without spending a dime.

So this is the first part
We’re drunk and the selfless relentless caresses
How long must the first part last
Before we make our respective messes?

Well all the clocks wound down
Well all the clocks wound down
And all the doors thrown open
One good minute could last me a whole year

One good minute will last me a whole year
Well it’s a delicate line
We draw it in pink
We draw it in white

So take your time with it
Yeah take your time
I have remembered these things before
Whispered phrases and emotions

I have remembered these things before
Whispered phrases and emotions
And I know that they will only
I know that they will only haunt me

One good minute could last me a whole year
One good minute will last me a whole year
Well it’s a delicate line
We draw it in pink

We draw it in white
So take your time with it
Yeah take your time

I guess I’m Ralph Nader meets Donald Judd meets Chance the Gardener meets Wesley Willis or something, if I claim this is my platform. Actually, the clock metaphor fits with George Packer “The Unwinding”

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About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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