Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Jerry Brown Says Something Smart

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 4:53 PM

As we've pointed out before, it's exceptionally aggravating to have to acknowledge that Jerry Brown has a point. But in this breathless KTXL report about child rapists living next to your kids, our new attorney general warns against the unforeseen consequences of all the new laws restricting where sex offenders can live: "If you have a draconian exclusion resulting from using Megan's Law in this way, you might make the whole law unconstitutional." Curse you, Jerry Brown, and your prudent remarks! Quit screwing up our narrative on you!

The East Bay Today: March 27, 2007

Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Today's Top Event: Artist Sam Easterson creates what he calls Animal-Vegetable Video, approximations of animals' perspective, for discriminating human patrons of the arts at the Bg Art Site in Walnut Creek's Bedford Gallery. Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Across the Atlas Alaskan Adventure: A Journey in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Pietro Simonetti and Greg Cook screen footage from their adventures on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at REI Berkeley. Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Otaez Restaurant in Alameda On the Town: Going out tonight? Got skills? Show off at "Da Showcase"; -- a weekly hip-hop open-mic party at Club Six. Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out The Confessional. Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Suspicious Fire Closes Peralta School

by Michael Mechanic
Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Peralta Elementary, an up-and-coming Oakland public school, was damaged last night in a fire that investigators believe may have been arson. According to coverage in the Chronicle, the blaze was set in an indoor/outdoor hallway between the main entrance and a courtyard garden, and appeared to be fueled by an accelerant. It did about $500,000 in damage, which included portions of some classrooms, and officials closed the school for the time being. The suspected arson took place less than two weeks after parents received their assignments in the school district's "Options" program. The program gives first priority to neighborhood kids, then to siblings of Peralta students from outside the neighborhood, followed by children from underperforming schools outside the neighborhood.

With its focus on music and art, well-kept gardens, rising test scores, and intense parental involvement, the small school has become increasingly sought after in recent years. Demand was rumored to be so high this year that even some Peralta siblings didn't make the cut, and outsiders vying for slots were out of luck. It hurts to consider the unthinkable, but you can bet the arson investigators will: One can only hope the timing of this fire was coincidental. (Full Disclosure: My son will attend Peralta this fall.)

Book: Chez Panisse Built on Drug Profits

by Chris Thompson
Tue, Mar 27, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Hed: Drug Dealers Financed Chez Panisse's Early Days

So says a new book about Alice Waters, as recently reviewed by a Bloomberg food critic. If you've read our food writer John Birdsall's review of said book, by reporter Thomas McNamee, you may be already familiar with the wacky stories of waiters exhaling dope smoke as they haul your slow grub to the table, or a staff so consistently inebriated that they swiped $30,000 in wine in 1972. But how's this for a revelation: Many of the restaurant's earliest investors were drug dealers. "They were the only people who had money," Waters says. "The only sort of counterculture people who had money. We couldn't get it from a bank. God knows." Well, props to Waters for copping to it, at least.

Monday, March 26, 2007

The East Bay Today: March 26, 2007

Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Today's Top Event: Norman Moore's maplike "sketches" in his show Paths and Outlines are on display at Neptune Beach Amusement Museum's Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Art Gallery, the pride of Alameda.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: What Are the Lessons of South Asian Secularism? Lecture by Rajeev Bhargava, senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India at UC Berkeley's Stephens Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Huong Que Cafe in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Head over to CJ's Saloon for karaoke with the Big Kahuna Kalama Kai.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out American Inventor Spot.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Friday, March 23, 2007

The East Bay Today: March 23, 2007

Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Today's Top Event: Casual performs at 2232 MLK for AJAXX' Townish Birthday Bash with Delinquent Monastery, F.L.O., DJ Sokrates, and emcee BO-RAT.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: The IMF, War, Class & Migration in US Foreign Policy: 50 Years Is Enough director Sameer Dossani discusses the relationship between US imperialist economic politics in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, the rise of undocumented migrant workers entering the US, profit increases for Exxon-Mobil, and the occupation in Iraq at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: The Bread Workshop in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Heat up the night with traditional Cuban sounds at Pena Pachamama.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Which Superhero Are You?

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

"Mommy Makeovers" -- GAG! -- On the Rise

by Dan Abbott and Lauren Gard
Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 4:53 PM

We're not sure what's more frightening -- the notion that plastic surgeons are bandying about the sick term "mommy makeover" to describe a postpartum tummy tuck/liposuction combo, or the fact that an SF Chronicle article about the rising popularity of such surgeries makes no mention of plastic plans for papa. Nor does the story take a critical look at the topic at all, choosing instead to further propagate the idea that a little nip tuck is the norm -- for women. Reporter Ilene Lelchuk might have considered looking into this: By the time a woman has finished having children and decides, as the East Bay's Hope Kimple has, to have surgery, how many of their partners look as svelte as they did pre-kids? But have beer belly tucks become common? Are men worrying about the "loose skin that plumps up over the waist" of their jeans, as Kimple is? Nope -- they just tuck it in and get on with their lives. Meanwhile, mothers like Kimple -- who is all of 28 -- opt to slice it off. Gary Friedman, a San Francisco plastic surgeon quoted in the article, explains the trend this way: "I think women when they are pregnant are not feeling very sexy, they don't think their husbands find them sexy, and they are anxious to return to a more attractive image." Perhaps these women should ask their husbands point-blank what they really think, rather than presuming anything. Even better, women should ask themselves, "Do I still find my husband sexy? Even though he's gained some weight/shed every last hair on his head/refuses to shave that half-assed scratchy beard/still wears his pleat-front pants from 1995?" Yes? Golly, imagine that! Finding someone attractive who doesn't look like he stepped out of the pages of GQ! For most women, that's part of being in a healthy relationship -- one that's not built on a foundation of plastic.

Buy Curious Is Out Shopping

Fri, Mar 23, 2007 at 4:53 PM

While the East Bay offers shopportunities galore, every so often Buy Curious feels compelled to travel a bit further afield in search of the perfect bag, boot, bangle, or brassiere. Thus, this week, Buy Curious has flown the coop. Come now, don't get all huffy -- we'll be back soon with more fashion fulfillment than you can shake a stick at. In the meantime, send an e-mail to buycuriousATeastbayexpressDOTcom to tip us off to stellar sales, enter pleas for style advice, or just to let us know how much you miss us ...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The East Bay Today: March 22, 2007

Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Today's Top Event: Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding previews tonight and runs through April 29 at Berkeley's Ashby Stage

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: From Conflict to Peace: A Report from Dialogues with Women in Congo, with Muadi Mukenge of the Global Fund for Women at the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Yung Kee Restaurant in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's almost Friday -- get ready at the Air Bar & Lounge where DJs spin R&B, deep soul, and dancehall.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the World's Smallest Political Quiz.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cal Elections Emit "A Vile Scent of Deception"

by Lauren Gard
Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 4:53 PM

Student government elections are in full swing at Cal, and at least one campus blogger is less than thrilled. "There's always a vile scent of deception that overwhelms the senses throughout the month of April," writes Chris Smyrniotis on his blog, The Catalytic Triad. (Subtitle: "The coordination of science, education and progressive politics to catalyze change.") Seems the senior's progressive politics don't extend to using Facebook as a campaign tool, which he likens to "a testament to their alignment with Satan himself." He picks on sophomore presidential candidate Ilana Nankin, a Duff sister lookalike with 2,236 online pals. "... By what standards are we judging our friends when we have 1000+ 'friends' on the Facebook 2 years into our college experience?" Smyrniotis asks. Well, Chris, how about lambasting one of the guys instead? Of seven candidates vying for the post of president, Nankin is the only woman. So even if you deem her, ah, quite easy in the social networking sense, at least she had the guts to jump into the pool. Overall, women comprise but a third of all candidates, and that's just plain sad considering that women represent 54 percent of Cal's student body.

Smyrniotis may detest Facebook (despite hosting a page there himself), but it seems some Facebookers hate the election as much as he does. One group has popped up on the site bearing the joyfully dubious name, "oh, you're running for ASUC Senate? blow me." An unedited description: "for anyone sick of these bitches who shake your hand, walk you to class, randomly friend you on facebook, hand you a flyer with campaign "promises", write their fucking names on every sidewalk square on southside, and all that other fake-ass popularity bullshit."

So far there's only one topic up for discussion: Are you too annoyed to vote? Our favorite response to date: "I vote for engineers and Squelch folks. Somebody has to be in MLK wasting millions of dollars in student fees for the sake of a resume boost, so it might as well be a combination of my fellow nerds and professional dildo racers instead of someone simply looking for a secret passage into law school." Right on.

In other UC Berkeley news... care to join a Rubik's cubing club?

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