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Issue #2499 :: Thursday, August 26, 2010

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SF Theater Pub Presents Boozy Local Shorts
You're back at school. You've already locked eyes with a pretty little thing over the beer pong table at a frat party. You want to know more. Being morally above the ritual of casual anonymous hook-ups, you need an idea for a date.

Guide to Selling Out
I hate ads in magazines and billboards on the side of the road and commercials on TV. I hate those girls who wear spandex shorts and hand out Red Bull, logos emblazoned across their breasts. Who are you? Put on some pants. Go to class.

'Centurion' Wallows in Trite Macho Spectacle
Roman soldiers, evidently, had the manners of medieval tavern boozers. They spit on each other; they play bishop; they cold-cock like it's shaking a hand; they even pee in barrels and give each other swirlies.

'Last Exorcism' Possessed by Over-Intellectualized Structure
When Reverend Cotton films his self-proclaimed "Last Exorcism" in order to expose the religious rite for the sham it is, he leads a documentary team into the depths of fanatical Louisiana to ultimately bite off more than they can chew. Though this plot is more complicated (and thus perhaps more enriched than the many other movies made about exorcisms in the past), that is what leads this film, as Reverend Cotton leads his team, to disaster.

News

Unit 2 Custodian Victim of Rare Campus Hate Crime
An employee of the Unit 2 custodial staff was the victim of a hate crime Saturday morning while using a leaf blower to clean the student residence

Stem Cell Funds Under Question
A preliminary injunction granted Monday by a federal judge blocked federal funds from being used for certain stem cell research, drawing widespread astonishment and possibly making the research more difficult to conduct at UC Berkeley.

Bill Would Let UC Consider Race, Gender in Admissions Podcast
A bill amending the California state education code passed in the state Senate Aug. 23 and is en route to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger despite con

Increased Funds Allow Campus To Expand High-Demand Classes
Over $1 million from increased tuition and nonresident admissions will go towards increasing lower division courses and sections for UC Berkeley math and science departments to improve quality and availability, campus officials announced Tuesday.

Summer 2010 in Review
the city's pools. The defeat of the mea-

Inspiring Former Professor and Alternative Journalist Dies at 84
Franz Schurmann, a former UC Berkeley professor of history and sociology, self-described "explorer journalist" and co-founder of the Pacific News Service, died August 20 at his home in San Francisco of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. He was 84.


Arts & Entertainment

SF Theater Pub Presents Boozy Local Shorts
You're back at school. You've already locked eyes with a pretty little thing over the beer pong table at a frat party. You want to know more. Being morally above the ritual of casual anonymous hook-ups, you need an idea for a date.

Guide to Selling Out
I hate ads in magazines and billboards on the side of the road and commercials on TV. I hate those girls who wear spandex shorts and hand out Red Bull, logos emblazoned across their breasts. Who are you? Put on some pants. Go to class.

'Centurion' Wallows in Trite Macho Spectacle
Roman soldiers, evidently, had the manners of medieval tavern boozers. They spit on each other; they play bishop; they cold-cock like it's shaking a hand; they even pee in barrels and give each other swirlies.

'Last Exorcism' Possessed by Over-Intellectualized Structure
When Reverend Cotton films his self-proclaimed "Last Exorcism" in order to expose the religious rite for the sham it is, he leads a documentary team into the depths of fanatical Louisiana to ultimately bite off more than they can chew. Though this plot is more complicated (and thus perhaps more enriched than the many other movies made about exorcisms in the past), that is what leads this film, as Reverend Cotton leads his team, to disaster.

'Wound' Finds Resonance in Homer's Great Trojan Epic
Shotgun Players' newest production, part one of "The Salt Plays," entitled "In the Wound," is a theatrical accomplishment: The company has aptly chosen John Hinkel Park's outdoor amphitheater to perform the Greek tragedy, filling the venue with an extensive, energetic and talented ensemble cast. In addition to the numerous challenges that come with an open-air performance, the piece sets up other obstacles for itself by adopting a nearly exhausted subject (warfare's spiritual, psychological and emotional repercussions) and adapting the most famous war tale ever told ("The Iliad").

Cal Shakes Interprets 'Macbeth' For Modern Horror Film Fans
Oh, Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet, Hamlet. The vampire army has taken the city!" says Othello.

Stretching Perceptions
For someone unfamiliar with yoga, the practice might seem like a sweaty, foreign land ruled by spandex-clad women and quasi-Buddhist hippies - or at least, in this part of the world, anyway. Between Bikram and vinyasa, alligator pose and happy baby, even the bizarre vocabulary of the practice has been known to confuse those whose top interests don't happen to include Eastern philosophy or alternative fitness.


Opinion

Perfecting the Art of Posing
The art of posing isn't hard to master. It's simple, really. Take this title, for instance. It's a reference. Did you get it? Do you know the source? If you do, pat yourself on the back. You get a gold star for cultural literacy. If not, immediately doubt your intelligence and maturity.

White Space