That monumental sculpture of an Indian, "Connecticut," that artist Paul Albert Di Pasquale planned to have crawling out of the roof of Sherry's liquor store at Connecticut Avenue and Calvert Street . . . Well, turns out nobody checked with building owner Mitchell Talpalar before all this was announced. Talpalar has nixed the idea. "We had never really made any plans," said Talpalar's son, Jay. "I think it'd be good for Paul, the building, the community. However, my father is opposed . . ." Talpalar pere could not be reached for comment. Di Pasquale is seeking another site. "I'm looking for sites on Connecticut Avenue," he said. " 'Beside the tidal flow' is what 'Connecticut' means. That immediately recalls the commuter traffic each day, flowing in and flowing out."
NICE: Diane Peltz of Reston has written the words for a collection of songs scheduled to be sung by the choir and congregation of the Fairfax Unitarian Church Feb. 6. The music is by Glenn E. Smith, an associate professor at George Mason University. Peltz has written plays and hundreds of songs; Smith, serious orchestral music. These simple, beautiful songs seem to show that art need not be a special event, but can be a pleasing, unobtrusive part of daily life. "The collection is about feelings, aging, children, sharing, community, getting in touch with the inside of your guts," Peltz said. One song goes: "Lovely children/ Children of the earth./ Lovely children, you have given my heart mirth./ As I go along on my journey/ Life seems a lonely place/ But for children,/ Children filled with grace."