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Issue #1368 :: Thursday, October 5, 2006

Top Headlines

Sassano, Bears Make Transition Together
Don't make an elephant out of a fly, says the Russian proverb.

Once Good Fit Now Makes For Good Fight
Before Cal football coach Jeff Tedford roamed the sidelines of Memorial Stadium, he was an apprentice to Oregon coach Mike Bellotti.

Working Things Out
Exercising at the gym is overrated. Don't let the workout freaks intimidate you with their abnormally high heart rates, flushed cheeks and sweaty armpits. They may claim that by religiously exercising at the gym, they are expanding their lifespans, while your lethargy serves only to increase your waistline. They may cite statistics from paranoid health sites that warn that America's inert lifestyle is cause for worry. And they'd be right. But think about it: We human beings did not struggle through millennia of evolution and become the unquestioned kings of the jungle to stoop to physical exertion.

Lab Aims to Draw Girls Into Sciences
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is partnering with an educational center to attract young girls into the math and science fields.

News

Lab Aims to Draw Girls Into Sciences
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is partnering with an educational center to attract young girls into the math and science fields.

Feature Photo
Lauding the Laureate



UC to Recycle Hazardous Waste
In an effort to remain environmentally friendly, UC announced last week that it has adopted a new program to recycle its employees' hazardous waste.

New Sports Fields' Construction Waits For Voters’ Approval
Athletes from several East Bay cities may gain access to five new multipurpose sports fields if Berkeley voters approve a ballot measure green-lighting the project next month.

State Park's New Section Opens After Long Delay
After 20 years of lawsuits and compromising, community volunteers and politicians are finally celebrating the dedication of a landfill-turned-meadow at a Berkeley state park.

New Land Designations Aim To Protect Alameda Whipsnake
A snake unique to the East Bay that is threatened by development received a measure of protection Monday from the federal government-but many environmentalists say it is not enough.


Sports

Once Good Fit Now Makes For Good Fight
Before Cal football coach Jeff Tedford roamed the sidelines of Memorial Stadium, he was an apprentice to Oregon coach Mike Bellotti.

Sassano, Bears Make Transition Together
Don't make an elephant out of a fly, says the Russian proverb.

All-American Championships End Up in a Mixed Bag For Cal Tennis
Two stories have highlighted the Cal men's tennis team's trip to the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., so far.

Bears Relish Being Underdogs Against UCLA
Last year's loss to UCLA was a disappointment for the Cal women's soccer team.

Sports in Brief
Cal Trio Trips Up in Los Angeles Tournament


Arts & Entertainment

Sonic Youth Wins the War Against Eardrums
If ever a band's entire credo could be stuffed into ten glorious minutes of performance, Sonic Youth's grand entrance at the Fillmore this Sunday night was it.

Get Fed
with Alex Mohajer

Have you undergone the traumatic experience of having to lose massive amounts of weight rapidly? It's not fun. It's hard work. It's a soul-sucking experience that makes you want to die. That being said, it's definitely a goal within reach, and I don't mean through laxatives or cocaine use. It's the low-carb diet, and not the Atkins one.

Filmmaker Lets it All Hang Out in 'Shortbus'
The world is in a conservative mood lately. Janet Jackson's boob pops out and it causes a national outcry. R-rated movies are few and far between in the local Cineplex. How soon we forget that in the previous decade, Sharon Stone flashed her private place in "Basic Instinct" all the way to a $353 million worldwide box office gross. What happened to the days of "Fatal Attraction" and other films depicting sexuality in a candid way, and why aren't people going to see them anymore?

Dance Takes Backseat in Delightful 'King Arthur'
Director-choreographer Mark Morris explains his own "King Arthur" best: "The setting is the stage. The time is now. The performers are themselves." But his blunt charisma and characteristic wit continues past his explanation. Dance, for Morris, is always direct and never constant.

Interview: John Cameron Mitchell Discusses Sex, Growing up Conservative
Daily Californian: Why was sex important to you as a theme in this film and why was it important that it be actual sex versus simulated sex?

'Dream House' Cloyingly Renders South Berkeley
It sounds like a story that would have made Tom Hanks sob with commercial satisfaction, but instead somehow turned into something more along the lines of a made-for-TV drama that Cuba Gooding Jr. himself would latch onto in efforts to save himself from his post-traumatic "Radio" syndrome. One of those feel-good tales that saturates your belly like the misleading warmth of a glass of cheap whiskey. It's with this spirit that the Shotgun Players present their newest play, "Love is a Dream House in Lorin" at the Ashby Stage, a show that successfully captures its audience and then ultimately smothers it with its overbearing good intentions.

Interview with John Cameron Mitchell, Director of "Shortbus"
Alex: How did the film come about? You say you drafted it with the actors?

The To-Do List
Now here’s a chance to have a great big laugh at those media barons, their monopolies and “been done one time too many” movies. The 2006 Berkeley Video & Film Festival is here to resuscitate the public from being smothered by jackasses, boys in red capes, intellectually challenged NASCAR drivers and devils decked in designer duds.

A Murmur on the Street
Nothing new: Many cities boast monthly art nights. Local galleries collaborate to host a single, synchronized evening of mutual support and, of course, refreshments. San Francisco's first Thursday on Geary is already widespread and popular, unfortunately elbow-shoving popular. But since last winter, Oakland has formed its own night to brag about-or maybe just nonchalantly mention in the hipster way. And so far, it's doing the East Bay proud.

White Space