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Issue #1613 :: Thursday, May 31, 2007

Top Headlines

A Glowing Comedy
This summer, skip the bloated blockbuster juggernaut of superheroes, pirates, and ogres. Instead of trying to follow convoluted plots and being vaguely impressed at gratuitous CGI animation, see “Knocked Up,” laugh, and repeat.

Former Student Attacks Adviser at Ceremony
A UC Berkeley graduate adviser was attacked following a graduation ceremony earlier this month by a former student who police say was obsessed with her.

Drawing a Green Card
Life is nothing but a bunch of lines. Think about it. Waiting in the checkout line at the supermarket. Waiting in line to make a deposit at the bank. Waiting for hours in a line that snaked all around campus just to get tickets to see Jimmy Carter. But it was worth the wait. So why is it any surprise there’s a line to get into this country?

When Funhouse Goes Arthouse
Near the beginning of “Angel-A,” an exasperating bit of cinematic fluff from French writer-director Luc Besson, Andre (the sad-eyed Jamel Debbouze) prepares to hurl himself from one of the Seine's more picturesque bridges. It's an understandable decision, considering he's hopelessly in debt to local gangsters and bereft any particularly compelling reason to live. The more misanthropic among us, in fact, might not object too heartily to Andre’s solution. But the director, apparently, does. And so it is that the (literally) angelic Angela (the striking six-foot Danish blonde Rie Rasmussen) comes to Andre’s rescue—first, by beating him to the leap, and then, as they dry out on the shore, pledging to help get his life back on track.

News

Former Student Attacks Adviser at Ceremony
A UC Berkeley graduate adviser was attacked following a graduation ceremony earlier this month by a former student who police say was obsessed with her.

Downtown Bookstore Will Shut Down Today
A chain bookstore in Downtown Berkeley is closing today after the company decided to consolidate its East Bay locations.

Top Pick for Journalism Dean Named
Dianne Lynch, the dean of the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, has been recommended to the UC Board of Regents for appointment as dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, officials announced Friday.

Neighbors Earth Never Knew It Had
A team of planet hunters that includes UC Berkeley faculty and students announced Monday the discovery of 28 new planets orbiting stars near our solar system.

Peace Activist Calls it Quits After Stint on National Stage
Berkeley resident Cindy Sheehan, a familiar face of the anti-war movement, announced on Memorial Day that she will abandon her efforts to bring an end to the war in Iraq, saying she is convinced the government will not respond.

Facing Federal Cuts, High School Yields to Military Recruiters
After being threatened with federal funding cuts, Berkeley High School will no longer be the only public high school in the country to withhold student contact information from U.S. military recruiters.

Student Who Stole Nobel Prize Arraigned
The UC Berkeley senior who admitted to stealing a Nobel Prize from the Lawrence Hall of Science on Feb. 28 was arraigned last Friday at the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

Student Leaders to Meet With Officials on BP Deal
A handful of students are set to meet with campus administrators tomorrow to discuss their questions and concerns over the formation of the $500 million research contract with BP, which officials said is on track to be signed in July.

Former Paramedic Guilty of Child Molestation
A former paramedic with the Berkeley Fire Department was found guilty last week of 16 child molestation charges and as a result could spend the rest of his life in prison.

News in Brief
Police End Investigation of Fight Near Castro Co-Op


Arts & Entertainment

A Glowing Comedy
This summer, skip the bloated blockbuster juggernaut of superheroes, pirates, and ogres. Instead of trying to follow convoluted plots and being vaguely impressed at gratuitous CGI animation, see “Knocked Up,” laugh, and repeat.

When Funhouse Goes Arthouse
Near the beginning of “Angel-A,” an exasperating bit of cinematic fluff from French writer-director Luc Besson, Andre (the sad-eyed Jamel Debbouze) prepares to hurl himself from one of the Seine's more picturesque bridges. It's an understandable decision, considering he's hopelessly in debt to local gangsters and bereft any particularly compelling reason to live. The more misanthropic among us, in fact, might not object too heartily to Andre’s solution. But the director, apparently, does. And so it is that the (literally) angelic Angela (the striking six-foot Danish blonde Rie Rasmussen) comes to Andre’s rescue—first, by beating him to the leap, and then, as they dry out on the shore, pledging to help get his life back on track.

New R.Kelly Album Doubles Up the Absurdity
The lives of 13-year-olds are, by nature, sexually frustrated. Have you seen that YouTube video? The couch fuckers? These kids (in general, not just the couch fuckers) have a shitty deal—raging, uncontrollable boners and usually no real idea of what to do with them. Honestly, if it weren’t for freaking at middle-school dances, wouldn’t 13-year-olds just explode in so many fiery balls of angst and jizz? Yes, they would, says R. Kelly. And lo, Double Up was born, and our nation’s children were saved.

New Tim Buckley Retrospective DVD Offers Few Revelations
Full-blown artistic reinvention is often a concept associated with performers who have reached a certain plateau of critical acclaim and commercial success. If, for instance, David Bowie wants to change from Ziggy Stardust to the soul-singing Thin White Duke, he can. If Prince wants to change his name to a symbol and back he will, and people will eat it up.

CD Reviews
The Bravery

The To-Do List
4th Annual Berkeley World Music Weekend

Track Reviews
The White Stripes

This Week: Get Abundant
A smiling boy of about 12 flies from a rope swing into a glassy pond. Dusty-blonde hair, freckles, a button nose and a right arm that tapers to a stump before the elbow: He’s a Tom Sawyer amputee. The unfurling pink scroll beneath him reads “Love— Acceptance.” This painting is one of the first things I see inside Cafe Gratitude.


Opinion

Drawing a Green Card
Life is nothing but a bunch of lines. Think about it. Waiting in the checkout line at the supermarket. Waiting in line to make a deposit at the bank. Waiting for hours in a line that snaked all around campus just to get tickets to see Jimmy Carter. But it was worth the wait. So why is it any surprise there’s a line to get into this country?

White Space