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Issue Archive for the Week of Dec 11-17, 2002

News & Opinion

  • We're a Happy Family

    If the Ramones proved that you don't have to play an instrument to start a band, then the spazzy computer geeks behind Oakland's Tigerbeat6 prove you don't even need an instrument.
  • It's a Small Town After All

    With one petulant move Mayor Tom Bates shows that Berkeley is not yet ready for mature politics.
  • Bearing Witness to a Tragedy

    When someone is slain in East Oakland, Larry Reid often drives to the scene. The councilman has logged a lot of miles.
  • 7 Days

    Peralta's chancellor can't get no love, but maybe Judge Dread isn't so bad; Piedmont kids quaff cider and get wild with a pooper-scooper.
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  • Letters for the week of December 11-17, 2002

    Yusuf Bey gets his just deserts and the taxi cabal awaits its reckoning; but Slow Wave dodges a bullet and New Age Academy gets some credit.

Arts & Culture

  • From Donegal with Cheer

    Irish folk band Altan blasts the banal out of Christmas.

  • Read This Now

    blackdotcafe magazine is not just another zine.
  • Jackass, the Play

    The line between office equipment and theater becomes nebulous in Berkeley.


  • Moonlight Matinee

    Iranian Film Society's drama Under the Moonlight sneaks up on social issues.
  • Richter's Scale

    Andy Richter deserves to control the universe, if only Fox would let him

Food & Drink

  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    'Tis the season for restaurant openings and mutations.


  • Puff Pieces

    What's wrong with American music magazines -- and how to fix them.
  • Tracking the Def Leppard

    Admit it. Pyromania was the best pop record of the '80s, bar none.
  • Grant Green

    Retrospective 1961-66
  • Bob Dylan

    Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue (The Bootleg Series, Volume 5)

Most Popular Stories

  • Davis Dysfunction Dooms Raiders Again

    Mark Davis’ head-scratching decision to move the team to Las Vegas has proven to be a major distraction for the team.
  • Highland Hospital Surveillance Stirs Concerns

    The county's main hospital in Oakland has a camera that reads license plates and shares that information with federal law enforcement, including ICE.
  • The Saap Avenue Marries Lao Food and Cocktails

    The Chai Thai Noodles family expands with a hip restaurant on Piedmont Avenue.
  • Why Oakland Should Cut Off ICE

    Federal immigration officials say they've been investigating "human trafficking" in the city. But in the past decade, they have not imprisoned anyone from Oakland for that crime.
  • The Wrong Path?

    Paideia helped turn Oakland Tech into the best public high school in the city. But some teachers and parents are worried about the future of the acclaimed humanities program.

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