As if we needed reminding that the Chelsea is over! After Patti Smith retained her integrity by cancelling her management-sponsored concert for the Chelsea Hotel tenants, King and Grove (the management company run by Ed Sheetz and Ben Pundole) vowed that they would continue to hold “cultural” events at the hotel. We are pleased to announce that they have kept their word.
Oddly, Chelsea residents, who had planned to protest Smith’s concert with a die-in and book burning, were not invited to this Thursday’s planned event. However, a number of residents have spoken and/or corresponded via e-mail with organizers Glenn O’Brien and Bill Powers, explaining the problem to them and politely asking that they reconsider holding their event at the Hotel.
Based on the available evidence, we are forced to conclude that this event will be some kind of quasi-religious ceremony for people seeking absolution from the sin of collaborating with the despoilers of the Chelsea Hotel. Expect a big turnout!
[Note: in case you don’t recognize the picture, that’s Pope Ondine from Chelsea Girls. He is looking down from that great confessional in the sky.]