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Issue #1188 :: Thursday, June 16, 2005

Top Headlines

Thieves Take Tree, Leave Ransom Note Behind
Several Berkeley residents are trying to get a tree back after resident Karl Reeh's six-foot bald cypress was stolen from a traffic circle last month and replaced with a ransom note.

Off the Beat: Three Cheers for Tommy!
Part of Berkeley's charm is that it's a cartoon city with a matching set of cartoon politics. The rebellious salad days of taking back People's Park have long eroded. Taking their place are fair-trade coffee, city measures to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to trees and City Council representatives who willingly go on record as trying to hold back their own vomit.

So Gotham Good
Christopher Nolan, who directed "Memento," wants you to forget everything you know about Batman. Forget the pointless villains, the neon bike gangs, and the endless one-liners. Most of all, forget the rubber nipples.

These Joints Were Made for Walking
Artificial joints, just like natural ones, can get a little creaky. Subject to the same wear and tear over time, the joints can loosen and eventually cause pain.

News

Thieves Take Tree, Leave Ransom Note Behind
Several Berkeley residents are trying to get a tree back after resident Karl Reeh's six-foot bald cypress was stolen from a traffic circle last month and replaced with a ransom note.

Bates Elected President of County Mayors' Conference
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates stepped up to the post of president of the Alameda County Conference of Mayors last week, after a unanimous vote by 13 other mayors in May.

School Board Split on Jefferson Name Change
After two years of heavy debate and a vote by the school community last month, the decision to rename Jefferson Elementary School may face a rocky road to approval with the Berkeley School Board split on the decision to approve the name change.

Microsoft Donates One Million Dollars to Boalt
Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that it will donate $1 million to the Boalt Hall School of Law over the next four years to fund legal research on technology.

News in Brief
City Council Discusses Evicting Drayage Residents

Corrections
Monday's correction spelled Project on Government Oversight spokesperson Beth Daley's name incorrectly.

These Joints Were Made for Walking
Artificial joints, just like natural ones, can get a little creaky. Subject to the same wear and tear over time, the joints can loosen and eventually cause pain.

Police Raid Shop for Stolen Bikes
Police raided a Berkeley bike shop yesterday to look for stolen bicycles, acting on a warrant they obtained after previously recovering three stolen bikes they said were sold at the shop.

Strike Ends, But Feud Remains
Clerical workers in the Coalition of University Employees union wrapped up a three-day strike against UC yesterday, during which they blasted the university's failure to grant systemwide wage raises from the 2003-04 fiscal year.


Arts & Entertainment

So Gotham Good
Christopher Nolan, who directed "Memento," wants you to forget everything you know about Batman. Forget the pointless villains, the neon bike gangs, and the endless one-liners. Most of all, forget the rubber nipples.

No Tip-Toeing Around for Eifman Ballet: Trained Dancers of Steel Run Through ‘Anna Karenina'
The tortured drug trips and hellish orgies of Boris Eifman's "Anna Karenina," presented by Cal Performances last Wednesday and Thursday at Zellerbach Hall, may not be the first associations that come to mind when one thinks of Russian ballet. But that is precisely Eifman's intention: the leading Russian choreographer has been laboring for nearly three decades to dissociate his theatre, as he calls it, from the stagnant, century-old conventions of "Swan Lake."

‘Don Juan' Skitters Between Comedy and Deep Tragedy
The Bay Area premiere of Boris Eifman's "Don Juan & Moliere" in Zellerbach Hall last Friday started with modesty uncharacteristic of the flamboyant choreographer. In minimalist surroundings, the French playwright Moliere (Albert Galichanin) sits on a chair, writing his new comedy. Suddenly, in a swift moment of inspiration, he fashions Don Juan (Alexei Turko), an infamous heart-robber who stops at nothing to seduce his female targets.

Locklear Schlock No Barrel of Monkeys
During the emotional peak of the pivotal scene of "The Perfect Man," which stars Heather Locklear and Hilary Duff, Jean (Locklear) asks her daughter Holly (Duff), "How could you be so cruel?" By this point in the movie, the audience has invested enough time in the film and been let down by it so many times that it is reasonable to ask the same question of the filmmakers.

Heartbreaking Hummingbirds of Countrified Post-Rock
One song into Wilco's packed show at the Greek Theatre Saturday night, front man Jeff Tweedy proclaimed that it was "perfect weather for some dismal rock ‘n roll songs." However, what followed was anything but dismal. On the opening night of their summer tour, Chicago-based Wilco were not bound to Tweedy's proclamation and played energetically throughout the nearly two and a half hour long set, including two ridiculously long encores.

‘76' Spirited, But Shallow
Some readers consume books about history as if they were porn. For them, "1776," David McCullough's new book on the American Revolution, will be soft core.

CD Reviews
After receiving about six months' worth of love from the rest of the world, "Has a Good Home," the gorgeous record by violinist Owen Pallett, or Final Fantasy, has finally come out in this country. The title of the second song, "This is the Dream of Win and Regine" goes a long way towards encapsulating Final Fantasy's musical identity.


Opinion

Off the Beat: Three Cheers for Tommy!
Part of Berkeley's charm is that it's a cartoon city with a matching set of cartoon politics. The rebellious salad days of taking back People's Park have long eroded. Taking their place are fair-trade coffee, city measures to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to trees and City Council representatives who willingly go on record as trying to hold back their own vomit.

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