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Issue #1633 :: Thursday, June 28, 2007

Top Headlines

Staying Behind the Camera
Michael Moore is a lot of things: incendiary, abrasive, uncouth. He is not, however, a big fat stupid white man, as the title of one book suggests. Say what you will about his politics, the filmmaker has brought some of the nation’s most divisive issues to the forefront, always to dramatic effect. And it’s not by accident—he knows exactly what he’s doing.

Biofuels Group Secures U.S. Grant
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will head a research group aimed at developing affordable biofuels after the the U.S. Department of Energy pledged $125 million to a new consortium Tuesday.

I Groan at the iPhone
It’s a camera; it’s a movie player; it’s a remote control, a bottle opener, an electric razor, a blow-dryer, a mousetrap;it’s lip gloss, a condiment dispenser, mace, a cheese grater, a sonogram, treadmill, a children’s thermometer, a portable shower, bookmark, a hand grenade, a pan flute; it’s sideburns and it’s a prophylactic.”

A Nice, Quiet Evening With Leslie Feist
Everyone’s got a lemonade in their hand, okay?” This was Leslie Feist setting the mood for a cover by fellow Canadian Sarah Harmer, one of a few of her mood-setting tricks: While she was still offstage with the band playing an extended opening to “Honey Honey,” a disco ball lowered from the Fillmore’s chandeliered ceiling. And well into the set, Feist took a glittering arm band from her mike stand and slowly, deliberately sleeved it onto her right arm. And she was thus ready to rock.

News

Biofuels Group Secures U.S. Grant
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will head a research group aimed at developing affordable biofuels after the the U.S. Department of Energy pledged $125 million to a new consortium Tuesday.

Student Dies After Cycling Accident
Corinne Crawford, a UC Berkeley graduate student in the classics department, died Tuesday evening after being taken off life support following a collision with a vehicle Sunday.

Berkeley Approves New Budget
After a month of revisions, the Berkeley City Council passed its $308 million operating budget for the next two years at Tuesday’s meeting, distributing significant amounts of money to fund youth programs and the Berkeley Police Department.

Man in Critical Condition After Being Hit by a Car on Telegraph
A man was struck by a vehicle as he crossed Telegraph Avenue Monday, leaving him in critical condition and resulting in the closure of a segment of the street for several hours to vehicle traffic.

City-Operated Summer Camp Evacuates in Face of Tahoe Fire
A camp operated by the city of Berkeley was evacuated on Sunday due to a large-scale fire that is sweeping the area around South Lake Tahoe and destroying hundreds of homes.

Berkeley Theater Hosts ‘Star Wars’ Icon
An international movie celebrity came to Berkeley yesterday to promote the Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 40th season, which will be marked by a seven-play series including one of her own creations.

Vandals Strike Memorial to Firestorm Victims
The Oakland memorial garden honoring victims of the 1991 firestorm in Berkeley and Oakland suffered theft and vandalism earlier this month, prompting outrage from the memorial’s founders.

Summer Program Encourages Kids to Keep Reading, Exercise
Hundreds of children yesterday celebrated the launch of this year’s summer health and education program targeted toward low-income students.

Study: Grades, Not Test Scores, Better Predictor of College Performance
A study conducted by UC Berkeley researchers and released last week found that high school grades can predict academic performance through all four years of college, while standardized testing scores provide little indication of future academic performance levels.

News in Brief
Body Found in Bay Near Berkeley Marina

Corrections
In Monday’s Summer Orientation Issue, the article “One More Time” incorrectly stated that the Daft Punk concert was June 15. In fact, the concert is July 27.


Arts & Entertainment

Staying Behind the Camera
Michael Moore is a lot of things: incendiary, abrasive, uncouth. He is not, however, a big fat stupid white man, as the title of one book suggests. Say what you will about his politics, the filmmaker has brought some of the nation’s most divisive issues to the forefront, always to dramatic effect. And it’s not by accident—he knows exactly what he’s doing.

A Nice, Quiet Evening With Leslie Feist
Everyone’s got a lemonade in their hand, okay?” This was Leslie Feist setting the mood for a cover by fellow Canadian Sarah Harmer, one of a few of her mood-setting tricks: While she was still offstage with the band playing an extended opening to “Honey Honey,” a disco ball lowered from the Fillmore’s chandeliered ceiling. And well into the set, Feist took a glittering arm band from her mike stand and slowly, deliberately sleeved it onto her right arm. And she was thus ready to rock.

The Rocky Future of Webcasting
Whenever I read about lawmakers trying to craft legislation about the Internet, I can’t help but think of how my dad doesn’t quite get how to check his e-mail. This is in no way an assumption that people older than 25 can’t use the Internet—that’s not what I mean. What I mean is that the generation creating the laws that govern the digital world is the same generation who use words like “blogging” and “podcast” in the same way they use words like “synergy” and “thinking outside the box.” It’s a little ageist, I know, but looking at some of the decisions coming out of Washington, it’s hard not to see a big gap in how twenty-somethings and current lawmakers look at the future of digital music.

Kelly Clarkson Fails to Shake Off Her Pop Princess Shackles
By now it seems well-established, mostly because of the success of “Since U Been Gone,” that Kelly Clarkson has done what few alumni from any career-kick-starting reality show (let alone “American Idol”) have: She’s become a successful singer on the merits of her strong singles and solid albums, not because of her affiliation with the show that launched her career. Her quick catapult into fame has also given fans the assurance that up until a few years ago, she was just another face in the crowd, which already sets her apart from the Britney school of divas, and it does so without the cloying antics and marketing that did the same for Avril.

CD Reviews
John Lennon’s politically-charged music has been speaking for itself for decades, so it’s questionable whether Instant Karma, Amnesty International’s latest public campaign for Darfur, is necessary. On the two-CD charity album, 26 artists ranging from R.E.M. to the Black-Eyed Peas cover Lennon’s anthems with moderate success. Lennon’s messages remain relevant, but they’re not always given more weight by contemporary interpretations.


Opinion

I Groan at the iPhone
It’s a camera; it’s a movie player; it’s a remote control, a bottle opener, an electric razor, a blow-dryer, a mousetrap;it’s lip gloss, a condiment dispenser, mace, a cheese grater, a sonogram, treadmill, a children’s thermometer, a portable shower, bookmark, a hand grenade, a pan flute; it’s sideburns and it’s a prophylactic.”

White Space