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Issue Archive for the Week of Feb 26-Mar 4, 2003

News & Opinion

  • Has CMJ Become the Monster That Ate College Radio?

    Thousands of underground radio stations like KALX rely on indie chartmaker CMJ to publish playlists accurately. So imagine their surprise when it began falsely stacking college charts with its own pay-to-play releases.
  • Losing One for the Gipper

    Oakland Republican celebrity and NAACP official Shannon Reeves watches as his Grand Old Party destroys what Reagan built.
  • 7 Days

    Oakland's Riders civil settlement clears the way for Vernon Joseph; meanwhile, Richmond hits a speed bump on the way to the spelling bee.

Arts & Culture

  • On the Couch

    King Kooba and the Trout kick back with breakbeats -- on our side of the bay.
  • Cabaret Celibacy

    Just saying no to end war.
  • As Seen on TV

    Product placement in movies -- it's worse than you thought.
  • Based on a Novel by...

    Loved the book? See the movie. Loved the movie? Read the book.
  • Commuters

    The whales are coming!
  • The Cutting Room

    Film biographer David Thomson doesn't mince words.
  • Straight A's

    It's spring training time
  • Roll 'Em

    Books about movies, and movies from books.
  • Up All Night

    Scientific pajama party
  • Coming Attractions

    Don't wait for the movies -- read the books.
  • Scrappy

    Listen to the machines
  • Screen Gems

    This month's East Bay book news.
  • Bronx Fear

    Jose Rivera's Marisol has its eye on the zeitgeist
  • East Bay Best-Sellers

    What we've been reading lately.


  • Lost Boys

    In Gerry, Matt Damon and Casey Affleck hit the desert, and the desert hits back.
  • Steal This Movie

    Studios don't get the Upright Citizens, which isn't funny at all.
  • Band of Outsiders

    Discarded Berkeley movie house finds love in the shadow of the wrecker's ball.

Food & Drink


  • Blue Fly Girls

    Never mind the legends: Mr. Airplane Man can deliver the Delta hoodoo.
  • Ragin' Up the Road

    Hot Rod Circuit traveled from barren place to less-barren place to get signed. They say the journey was worth it.
  • Jimmie's Sour Grapes

    Hassles with the cops may push Oakland nightclub owner to sell.
  • Critic's Choice for the week of February, 26-March 4, 2003

    A Scorcher at the Starry Plough, Latin guitars over the hill, bluegrass duets in church, Brazilian bananas in SF, and mixed Americana at the Freight & Salvage.
  • Crate-Digger

    Indie-pop, garage, and punk.
  • Little Brother

    The Listening
  • Swingin' Utters

    Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones

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