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Issue #2107 :: Thursday, August 7, 2008

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Fall Camp Notebook: Day Six
The Cal football team's first two-a-day saw some good live action during the evening practice, as all three units went endzone-to-endzone.

Athletic Center Injunction Extended by Appeals Court
The injunction preventing the university from starting construction on the athletic center near Memorial Stadium was extended by the California Court of Appeals today.

Injunction Major Factor In Athletic Center Suit
A panel of California appellate court judges is expected to decide within the next week whether to impose an injunction to prevent the construction of a student athletic center near Memorial Stadium during the appeal of a lawsuit against the university.

Come Out Blazing
In the pantheon of buddy comedies "Pineapple Express" stands out amongst "Rush Hour," "Cheech and Chong," and "Half Past Dead" (not a technically a comedy but Steven Seagal and Ja Rule equal laughs). It approaches the best that producer Judd Apatow has made in the last few years (minus the male genitalia Apatow has vowed to display in all future films) while featuring action worthy of summer blockbusters. "Pineapple Express" is the standard for comedies that are genuinely funny and feature genuine asskicking.

News

Injunction Major Factor In Athletic Center Suit
A panel of California appellate court judges is expected to decide within the next week whether to impose an injunction to prevent the construction of a student athletic center near Memorial Stadium during the appeal of a lawsuit against the university.

District Makes New Construction Plans
Seismic retrofitting and inadequate classroom space have prompted plans for new construction projects in the Berkeley Unified School District.

Governor's Executive Order May Cut UC Workers' Pay
In a contentious move aimed at preventing a "looming cash crisis" in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order that could potentially gnaw away at-and in some cases even swallow-the paychecks of up to 5,000 UC employees.

Kissing That Bigger Paycheck Goodbye
According to research by Haas School of Business Associate professor Laura Kray and former doctoral student Connson Locke, flirting during business negotiations does not lead to better deals.

Federal Bill Expected to Relieve Lofty Costs of Higher Education
University fees will increase this fall, but students may finally get some relief from today's college costs, thanks to a bill passed by Congress last month.

Gas Prices May Fuel Alternative Thinking


Athletic Center Injunction Extended by Appeals Court
The injunction preventing the university from starting construction on the athletic center near Memorial Stadium was extended by the California Court of Appeals today.


Sports

Fall Camp Notebook: Day Four
Day four proceeded with a couple marquee names sitting out the bulk of practice, including tailback Shane Vereen and cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson, who like yesterday, left after the first few sessions to do homework.

Follett Relishing in Outside Role
It's the fourth day of fall camp, but each 11-on-11 drill brings the Cal football team that much closer to August 30. It seems evident, though, that Zack Follett has a hard time waiting.

Fall Camp Notebook: Day Five
The Cal football team donned full pads for the first time today, letting the boys loose on all-out contact. Cornerback Syd'Quan Thompson returned for a full day, while Shane Vereen sat the the evening out.

Fall Camp Notebook: Day Six
The Cal football team's first two-a-day saw some good live action during the evening practice, as all three units went endzone-to-endzone.


Arts & Entertainment

Come Out Blazing
In the pantheon of buddy comedies "Pineapple Express" stands out amongst "Rush Hour," "Cheech and Chong," and "Half Past Dead" (not a technically a comedy but Steven Seagal and Ja Rule equal laughs). It approaches the best that producer Judd Apatow has made in the last few years (minus the male genitalia Apatow has vowed to display in all future films) while featuring action worthy of summer blockbusters. "Pineapple Express" is the standard for comedies that are genuinely funny and feature genuine asskicking.

Annual Bay Area Now Exhibit Showcases Unique Art Culture
After scouring studios, screening rooms and performance venues, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts holds a mirror up to the Bay Area's ever-vibrant art scene and puts the reflection on display in their triennial exhibit, Bay Area Now. This ambitious four-month-long survey of the region's artistic landscape provides an expansive look at the area's cutting edge of visual and performing arts and film.

'Bottle Shock' Wastes Time En Route to Grand Finale
As far as based-on-true-stories films go, "Bottle Shock" gets something of an advantage: It already has the Hollywood ending built in. The movie details the events leading up to the 1976 "Judgment of Paris" wine tasting competition, in which an unknown chardonnay from Napa trounced the French competition. Against incredible odds, the underdog pulls through! Sounds perfect, right?

Cast and Crew of 'Bottle Shock' Share Fond Memories of Filming
Despite any fantasies about the glamorous film industry, making a movie is hard work. There are tough decisions to be made, practical concerns to be considered-not to mention a lot of standing around. But when you're filming at the beautiful Chateau Montelena vineyard in Napa Valley, things can't be that bad.

Things of Import
Sometimes I get a little tired of the harem fantasy. I suppose this is only natural, because I happen to be a young woman and I don't often hear or read about a film featuring my sort living in a Victorian manse with a stableful of men. Maybe if I did-maybe if we all did-"The House Bunny," set to be released on August 22, wouldn't bother me as much as it does.

Thumb Wars: A weekly forum for pop culture quarrels.
I don't know where I'd be without Conor Oberst. Well, probably a lot happier.

Album Reviews
There are a lot of interesting things about Fasciinatiion, the Faint's newest release, but none of them are musical. They split from Saddle Creek for this latest album and released it on their own imprint (BLANK.WAV), but tearing out of the Creek's warm, loving embrace might not have been as conducive to "the process" as they had imagined. The tracks aren't terrible, but they aren't nearly as compelling as they might have been in the glory days of Blank Wave Arcade and Danse Macabre. The album watercolor-washes into a mostly pleasant half-hour of down-tempo electronica that occasionally feels like lounge music. And there's nothing wrong with that, but there's nothing all that spectacular about it, either.

Album Reviews
Conor Oberst's self-titled disc is his first solo release in 12 years, and it hardly counts as one. The Bright Eyes' frontman ditches his Omaha-based folk-rock monolith for a new collection of alt-country troubadours called the Mystic Valley Band. Although Oberst opts to keep Bright Eyes trumpeter and pianist Nate Walcott, he sprinkles his new project with Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel and a host of new faces; fitting perhaps, because Oberst chose to record in Tepoztlan, Mexico rather than his native Nebraska.

Competitive Air Guitar: Loads of Fun, Worse Than Stupid Gallery
Since 2003 competitive air guitar in the United States has rolled itself into a tight snowball of popularity, the kind of event that anyone and everyone not directly associated with The Man should supposedly enjoy. Air guitar is no longer something only to be done in the privacy of one's bedroom, the simple strumming of an invisible ax to the tastiest riffs of that one recording Led Zeppelin made live at the BBC, no, rather it has blossomed or careened into what on June 25 at the Independent had become, officially speaking, the 2008 Cuervo Black U.S. Air Guitar Championships, presented by TouchTunes.

Memorable Performances Dominate the Aesthetically Pleasing 'Elegy'
Appreciators of the female form will be delighted to find four treats in the upcoming film "Elegy": not one, but two scenes featuring a bare set of Penelope Cruz's breasts. While they are indeed exemplary specimens of the aesthetic, Spanish director Isabel Coixet unveils Cruz to us in dramatically divergent settings. The first as a sultry siren, the magnet of our desirous attention; the second as a woman facing the brink of her death, aching to preserve her once ravishing sensuality.

Sam Shepard's 'Fool for Love' Finds New Life in San Francisco Production
Set in a shabby hotel room on the outskirts of the Mojave desert in the early 1980s, Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love" tells a tale of a twisted relationship stuck in that hazy place where love and hate are interchangeable, a relationship that is just as desolate and doleful as the setting itself.

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