I saw the Beatles’ tribute, She Loves You, Saturday night at a packed Downtown Cabaret Theatre and there wasn’t a philistine in sight! If you haven’t checked out a show recently at the Cabaret you gotta go. She Loves You completed its run on Sunday, but the boys who do spot-on vocals of the Fab Four are expected to be back in Bridgeport in August after a run on the left coast and then Europe.
The Saturday night show I attended (yes, I paid) was packed with suburbanites proving that if you give folks what they want they will come. She Loves You incorporates footage from the Ed Sullivan Show, including those goofy commercials from the 1960s, during set changes. The Cabaret has found its niche with children shows and touring musical acts. 8-Track, a tribute to the music of the 1970s, is up next. Go to www.dtcab.com. Here’s the cool part. You can pack a picnic of fava beans and a fine Chianti, or throw in your favorite gin, or girly drink.
The point of my plug of the Cabaret is the city must find a way to promote its destination points. The Cabaret, the zoo, museums, Captain’s Cove, the Bluefish and acts at the arena drive people into the city. That’s one of the tragedies of the deep library cuts Mayor Bill Finch has proposed in his first budget. The city has to promote its assets. The library system is one of them.
I get the feeling that the budget the Bridgeport City Council will return to the mayor next month will be kinder to the library. I’m not insensitive to Finch’s tall challenge. No matter what he does, his first budget will produce pain for someone. It’s what makes OIB interesting. We receive stronger, more creative suggestions from posters on this blog than we hear from city hall. By the way, OIB has surpassed 30,000 page views since we launched the new site one month ago. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
City Council budget meetings this week: Wednesday, Labor Relations; Thursday, Public Facilities; Friday, Capital Budget. All sessions, open to the public, will take place in the Wheeler Room of city hall at 6:30 p.m.
Press release from the Jim Himes congressional campaign
Jim Himes Continues Record Fundraising Pace
Campaign shows strength by raising over $420,000 in first quarter of 2008, topping $1 million cash on hand
STAMFORD, CT – Businessman and affordable housing executive Jim Himes announced today that his campaign for Congress raised over $420,000 in the first quarter of 2008, continuing his record fundraising pace for a challenger to Chris Shays and demonstrating growing grassroots momentum for change. After the campaign’s strongest fundraising quarter to date, Jim now has over $1 million cash on hand.
“Our success this quarter is further evidence that people want a leader who will address the problems that face us before they reach the crisis point,” said Himes. “Whether the issue is the economy, the war, or protecting the middle class, the problems we face are real and complex. These issues have become worse under Chris Shays’ watch. Connecticut’s families deserve a representative with fresh ideas rooted in real-world experience. I’m running for Congress because I believe that by working together we can get the country back on track.”
“Families in our district are hungry for a representative who understands that it’s becoming harder and harder to live here,” said Maura Keaney, Jim Himes’ campaign manager. “Connecticut needs a leader who will support the middle class, not shrink it. Chris Shays has not only been a cheerleader for George Bush’s policies on the Iraq War, he has also been on the wrong side of Bush’s failed economic policies. He championed special tax breaks for corporations and the very wealthy, while middle class families here are finding it more and more difficult to make ends meet. It is clear that Connecticut families are eager for real change and have responded to the fact that Jim Himes is not a career politician mired in the past. Jim Himes will bring a fresh perspective to the serious challenges we face.”
* Jim Himes raised over $420,000 in the first quarter of 2008, his strongest fundraising quarter yet.
* Himes has raised a total of more than $1.3 million this cycle and has over $1 million cash on hand. This is both the highest total amount and the most cash on hand ever raised by a challenger to Chris Shays by the end of the first quarter of an election year.
* Demonstrating widespread grassroots and netroots support, over 25% of contributions to the Himes campaign in the first quarter were $25 or less.