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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Culture

Re: “Shelter Dogs

It's true big, excited dogs like Jupiter mean no harm to those who would try to walk them--but they do require some extra time and patience to deal with. It can be scary, too, for some people just to be so close to a dog that is so tall standing on hind legs and so muscular. Jupiter needs more time for a walk than a lunch hour.

Posted by Sandra Streifel on 12/15/2011 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Hella Gay Hotbed

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Posted by Editor on 12/08/2011 at 12:20 PM

Re: “A Hot Mikado for Masquers


Posted by Rachel Swan on 12/01/2011 at 11:00 AM

Re: “A Hot Mikado for Masquers

@ Pam: Thanks for letting us know. It's been fixed :-)

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Posted by Ellen Cushing on 12/01/2011 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Fire Trail

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Posted by Editor on 12/01/2011 at 8:07 AM

Re: “A Hot Mikado for Masquers

Ms. Swan,
Thank you for the review but one clarification. The "grand dame" was not Peek-a-Boo (Kimberly Miller) but "Gorgeous" Pam Drummer-Williams. Kimberly Miller and Kelly Lotz were the fabulous dancers that open the show.

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Posted by Pam Dani Williams on 11/30/2011 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Shelter Dogs

Thank you for your article, Erika. As a long-term volunteer at Berkeley Animal Care Services, I am always so grateful for the many new faces who come through the shelter to join the corps of volunteers, just as you have. There is no doubt that it can be a very sad place to be, but because of the devotion of the volunteers who try to make sure the dogs get walked as often as possible, and the competent and compassionate staff, BACS is one of the most successful (read: high adoption rate; low euthanasia rate) municipal shelters in the State of California.

I must take issue, though with your description of your experience with Jupiter. You describe your fear of being "locked in a cage" with a big pit bull, and your questioning whether you are able to handle the situation. For those who are not familiar with the breed category (pit bull is not a breed, but is comprised of any number of the following: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, English Staffordshire Terrier), the description of your experience may lead them to further believe the negative stereotype perpetuated by the media. I understand your apprehensiveness in the situation-- and admire your quick assessment that he was not quite the best match for you; however, Jupiter, or any pit bull who is put up for adoption at BACS is not dangerous to humans. Very, very few pit bulls have a natural aggression toward humans; if they demonstrate the latter quality, any responsible shelter will immediately euthanize the dog.

Jupiter is one of those big-headed, lovable-huggable pit bulls who will lick you to no end, but would never, ever harm you. I have great faith in the expertise of the staff members who see so many of these beautiful dogs come through our shelter, in being able to recognize an unsafe dog. In my seven years as a volunteer, working primarily with pit bulls (after I, too overcame my initial apprehension), and adopting two of them, I have never ever feared for my safety. I believe it is important to offer this counterpoint perspective on walking and spending time with the pit bulls at BACS for those who may not be familiar with the breed category, and who may consider volunteering to do one of the most satisfying jobs there is for an animal lover.

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Posted by Pamela Fanning on 11/24/2011 at 6:24 PM

Re: “ and the Porn Generation

this is just like . sites like this are becoming the norm now.

Posted by Steve Doughton on 11/22/2011 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Handymen at Vessel Gallery

Yes, fabulous work. Surprising, elegant and whimsical. Love the mixing of material textures in Gordon Glascow's work. Lonnie Lee always finds the most amazing work by new and talented artists!

Posted by Teresa Burns Gunther on 11/17/2011 at 7:12 PM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

I stumbled upon AE a few years back. Eager to be involved in theater, I contacted them about volunteer opportunities. Unlike numerous other theatre companies who ignored my queries due to my lack of experience, I actually got a response back. Seasons and numerous plays later, I am still glad that I got involved. Like that first interaction, AE has continued to be supportive and inclusive. Art and theatre are so often seen as being snooty and unapproachable and it often is. With the city’s proposition to lure in a deep-pocket organization, theatre will once again become inaccessible to many people. Even with a devoted supporters, grassroots community theatres do not have the resources to battle the shortsighted vision of the City. Come on Berkeley, show the little guys some much needed (and deserved) love!

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Posted by Shu Ping Guan on 11/10/2011 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Evolving With Jonathan Gustin

The way Gustin talks about "standard enlightenment" as an attachment to a passive bliss state is absurdly simplistic and misinformed. From that characterization, it is easy to sell this "evolutionary enlightenment" as something new and up-to-date.

Posted by Michael Costeines on 11/10/2011 at 9:05 AM

Re: “Shelter Dogs

hi, Erika! Txu a lot for this article! its very interesting and one of the most interesting here! im very glad that there r people who r fond of animal care! i know somrtimes its very difficult, but its usefull. please, tell us next time some interesting and funny story about ur new friends and favourites! we will wait!))

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Posted by Daniel King on 11/10/2011 at 5:47 AM

Re: “Shelter Dogs

Very, very good article. It's heartwarming to hear about people volunteering for this type of animal care.

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Posted by Karen Eft on 11/09/2011 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Shelter Dogs

Really good article and nice to read a positive story about animals.

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Posted by Levon Locke on 11/09/2011 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

A of E, with the coopertion of Live Oak, has been a very outstanding group, living up to the professionalism of theatre. For sure some of thier choices are not up to par, but they always make the best of it. I have been working with A of E for three years, and not only do their peroformances constantly improve, but the facilities have been greatly improved, making it a more professional space, especially for rental groups.

P.s. It would be nice to see Waiting for Godot....

Posted by Alecks Rundell on 11/08/2011 at 6:29 PM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

With arts funding practically non-existent these days, little theatre holds on in the Bay Area through the continued efforts of very hard-working mostly unpaid theatre artists making a shoe string stretch beyond the laws of physics. AE is among the longest-standing of these theatre communities and Berkeley should be proud to have partnered with it over the decades. I can't imagine what Berkeley is thinking to abandon its long collaboration just when times are tougher than ever for the city's arts scene. I hope they come to their senses and work with the theatre to maintain city resources.
Michele Delattre

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Posted by Michele Delattre on 11/07/2011 at 7:51 PM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

This article raises a lot of questions about the way that the City of Berkeley conducts business. It would behoove them to keep a symbiotic relationship with AE, which seems to be threatened by these actions.
There aren't very many theater companies like AE, that are able to make consistently thoughtful amateur productions.

Posted by Max Chervin on 11/07/2011 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

I have lived in Berkeley for 35 years. I have attended many AE productions. I have performed in a couple. I have read the city's RFP and Jerome Solberg's appeal. The RFP smacks of "let them eat cake". It seems enrichment of citizens' cultural opportunities is very low on the city's priorities. I suggest this is not a recent trend that can be passed off as a result of economic times. Rather than trying to turn Live Oak into a money cow by outsourcing the city should be working with AE to bring theater to students and seniors and others who cannot afford Berkeley Rep (let alone Shotgun Players). Consideration might be given to using the theater for local amateur music groups, or stand-up comics concerts. As a taxpayer I consider support of, and education in, theater, music, etc. a service my city should actively provide...Ket Watters

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Posted by Ket Watters on 11/07/2011 at 11:33 AM

Re: “On Asian Parenting: 'Level Up' Seeks Middle Ground

There is room for all intelligences. Like Del said- "Both Sides of the Brain."

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Posted by Chris Minor on 11/05/2011 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Hope and Doubt for Actors Ensemble

It has enriched my soul to participate in and be a spectator at Actors Ensemble of Berkeley productions. The leadership team of Jerome Solberg and Stanley Spenger and all the others who dedicate their time and talent to this long-lived but still scrappy theater company provide great value to the community, which should not be discounted because the city has dollar signs in its eyes. That is a malady that has afflicted us far too long, and it is heartening that so many people are now attempting to find a cure. Et tu, Berkeley?

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Posted by Matthew Surrence on 11/05/2011 at 1:32 AM

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