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Cap and Gown and Getting Down

It's time for the big walk this weekend and no, I'm not talking about the trip into the Pacific Ocean that I've got booked for sometime in the next 40 years in lieu of a functioning retirement plan because the world is dying and the previous generations have destroyed the notion of upward economic mobility. I am talking instead about a much more optimistic and beautiful walk, specifically the one which ends with a freshly minted college graduate and a diploma. My roommate is consummating his first major education achievement this Saturday at the Redwood Bowl — congratulations, Shea! — and we are throwing a big deck BBBQ at my house in celebration. (As a nod to The Simpsons, the extra B in BBBQ is for BYOB because we are a household of students and working class proles, after all.) Anyway, congratulations to all of the graduates and their families. What follows in this column are some very good suggestions on how to celebrate your new spawning into adulthood. Gift of Gab from Blackalicious is in town! How swell is that? We also have indie heroes, electronic space invaders, psychedelic warlocks and war-ladies, and a fine trio on Sub Pop records called Moaning to help bring us into the quiet salad days of summer. So please disregard my moaning, it's mostly gallows humor, and instead focus on my literary hero Bertie Wooster's favorite Robert Browning poem, "Pippa's Song": The year's at the spring, And day's at the morn; Morning's at seven; The hill-side's dew-pearl'd; The Lark's on the wing; The snail's on the thorn; God's in His heaven — All's right with the world! Have a nice week. Thursday It's that time of year when the students graduate and the streets and motels become briefly congested. It's also the time of year when you can enjoy free senior recitals from the talented music department at Humboldt State University. Tonight at 8 p.m. Fulkerson Hall will host the recital of Eric Tolfa, a talented young man who will be performing original pieces as well as pieces from other artists from around the world. The instruments involved include marimba, bass clarinet and trumpet and the first movement of Mr. Tolfa's original duet for flute and piano, "Into The Void," is featured in the program. Friday Gift of Gab is the lyrical half of talented Sacramento hip hop duo Blackalicious. Tonight he is…

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