LAW OF GRAVITY (LOUNGE)
According to landlord Ludwig Kuttner rent has not been paid for more than two years on the club and he is owed over a GREEN $200,000$. Of course Mr. Kuttner has personally felt 'WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN.' In October of 2006 Ludwig Kuttner was fired from his position(s) of Chairman, President and Executive Officer of of Hampshire Group, Limited (NASDAQ-HAMP), which he founded, the largest American men's sweater company featuring American brand names as Geoffrey Beene, Dockers, Levi's, Wrangler and Spring+Mercer. OUCH! Shown here with his wife Beatrix Ost-Kuttner; it appears there may have to be a bit of down-sizing at the Ost-Kuttner house, Estouteville* in Albemarle County, Virginia.
POG VC has read the blogs, read the newspapers and listened to the radio broadcasts regarding the Gravity Lounge's demise. There's lots of talk from being a wonderful venue we're losing to Bill Baldwin being 'set up.' HUH? Who couldn't create a wonderful whatever without the burden of paying rent? POG VC rented studio space in Charlottesville for twelve years, paying consistently on time. One (slum) landlord, Mrs. Anne E. Albright, kicked POG VC out of her Elliewood studio after three years of paying rent on time, cleaning (including paying to have the carpet professionally cleaned) and painting, taking her security deposit for nail holes! POG's crime: having the nerve to complain that the building sup was constantly entering the property with explicit instructions not to and stealing. Yep, last thing he admittedly took was a brand new air conditioner. HUH? POG VC shoutout: "Hey, I've got a great idea for a music club . . . Coran or Ludwig or anyone who wants to foot the bill for two years while I create come on down." Couple of $HUNDRED THOUSAND$ capital, yeah!
Studio Valentine, 7 Elliewood Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia.
*Estouteville is an historic Coles (POG VC's in-laws) family estate. The structure was started in 1827, the year after Jefferson's death, by John Coles III whose family was well known to Jefferson. Coles named the estate after his wife’s ancestor, Robert d’Estouteville, a Norman baron who accompanied William the Conquerer to England. It is an architectural wonder. Rumor has it that the classically detailed doric entabulature with ox-skull metopes in the spacious center hall was painted black by Mrs. Ost-Kuttner. Black ox-skulls, blue hair; the stuff of landlord legend . . . POG VC loves this crazy town!!!