The Week



Flash: Man Killed in Robbery Attempt near Adeline and Emerson in Berkeley

By Bay City News
Sunday September 12, 2010 - 09:56:00 PM

Police in Berkeley are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect who shot and killed a 35-year-old man walking home with his fiancee after a party in the city early this morning. -more-

Berkeley Police Find Finder of Stolen Wallet at Long Last

By Dan McMenamin (BCN)
Friday September 10, 2010 - 11:23:00 AM

Berkeley police have finally figured out who returned the wallet of a man who was attacked nearly four years ago, leaving him permanently injured. -more-

Mothers Seek Information on Hiker’s Release

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Thursday September 09, 2010 - 07:21:00 PM

The mothers of three former University of California at Berkeley graduates who have been detained in Iran for more than a year said today they are seeking more information on reports that one of the detainees will be released Saturday. -more-

Memorial for Slain Mountain Lion in Berkeley

By Jeff Shuttleworth (BCN)
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 12:48:00 PM

A street memorial complete with flowers, incense and emotional messages has been set up near the spot where Berkeley police shot and killed a mountain lion last week after they were unable to chase it out of a residential neighborhood. -more-

City and Campus Police Team Up for Improved Safety on Berkeley’s Southside

By Bay City News
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:20:00 AM

City police and University of California at Berkeley police are joining forces in the name of improving public safety at night in Berkeley’s Southside neighborhoods and after home football games, the university announced last week. -more-

Planet Launches "Election Section" This Week

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 01:18:00 PM

It’s not too easy to find, but the Berkeley City Clerk’s website now lists all candidates’ statements and other information, along with some pretty bad photos, here. Since the city form limits candidate statements to a rather small number of words (and often, of course, weasel words) they don’t tell you much. That’s why the Planet is starting an Election Section this week, to give candidates (and ballot measure commentators) ample room to make themselves perfectly clear. -more-

Who's Running in Berkeley

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 01:27:00 PM

Here's the lineup in the contested Berkeley races, with links to the candidate information on the city clerk's site.: -more-



The November Election Starts in October This Year

By Becky O'Malley
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:40:00 AM

Now that Labor Day is behind us, the campaigns have begun in earnest. The next election is less than a month away.

What, you say? I thought the election was in November. Well, not any more. Not just in November. -more-


Odd Bodkins: The Lucky Booger

Dan O'Neill
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:51:00 AM

Odd Bodkins: The Man in the Moon

Dan O'Neill
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:44:00 AM

Public Comment

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 12:28:00 PM

Innocent Man on Death Row; Religious Communities Support Tolerance; More Firing, More Pay for CEOs; Celebrating the Demise of the BDP; Goodbye and Good Riddance; KPFA; Tea Party Racism; -more-

New: Protest Koran-Burning-Christians: Public Reading of Koran at Ohlone Park on Saturday

By Rabbi Michael Lerner
Thursday September 09, 2010 - 10:24:00 PM

On Saturday, September 11, a Florida minister, Terry Jones, together with 50 of his followers, is planning an act of religious hatred and intolerance, the public burning of copies of the Qur'an (the Muslim holy scriptures containing the words of the prophet Muhammad). This hateful act has been widely condemned around the world, and reminds many of us of the infamous burning of Jewish books by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages (most existing copies of the Talmud were burnt in the 13th century) and of the burning of all Jewish books in Germany under Nazi rule in the 1930s. Thank God both the Church and Germany have evolved a long way since those infamous acts!!! So now we have some extremist Protestants doing this (and of course most Christians reject this kind of hatred, just as most American Moslems reject the hatred spread by some Muslim extremists in the Middle East), and leaders of the Republican Party are declining to condemn them, according to media reports today Sept. 8th. -more-

New: Why You Can’t Burn the Qur’an without Burning the Bible

By Gar Smith
Thursday September 09, 2010 - 09:50:00 PM

When World Dove Outreach Center Pastor Terry Jones announced his plans for a “Koran” conflagration, every other low-rent, back-pocket preacher in the Great American Boondocks took heart. A compliant media had let it be known that just the right blend of religious intolerance mixed with a pyrotechnic photo-op was a guaranteed gate-pass to national broadcast celebrity. -more-

What Bell and Berkeley Have in Common

By Victoria Peirotes
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:57:00 AM

Last month the Los Angeles Times reported that the 38,000, largely impoverished city of Bell, CA, paid its city manager $787,000 and its police chief $457,000. CNN videoed citizens who were “Mad as Hell”. State Attorney-General Jerry Brown descended, suggesting laws may have been broken. And CALPERS, the public employee pension administrator, launched an investigation. As it turns out, the salaries were only the tip of the iceberg. The perks and pensions added up to double the numbers above. What does Bell have to do with Berkeley? As it turns out, we have a lot in common. -more-

Pacific Steel Casting Pollution Problems Again Before Berkeley City Council

By Janice Schroeder
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:48:00 AM

Pacific Steel Casting Company (PSC) is still emitting toxic pollution into our air. Some community members are still feeling nauseous, getting headaches, having difficulty breathing, and experiencing asthma attacks when the pollution from Pacific Steel Casting Company is in the air. -more-

The Pepper Spray Times

by Grace Underpressure
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:55:00 AM

The Diabetes Epidemic

By Jack Bragen
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 11:00:00 AM

A couple of decades ago, diabetes was an unusual disease associated with people who were very skinny and who apparently were born with a genetic defect. In the 1980’s, type I diabetes was the most common, and its cousin, brought on in part by poor and excessive diet, had not yet proliferated to engulf a large portion of the population. -more-

An Open Letter to The Ecology Center

From The IWW
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 11:11:00 AM

To the Board of Directors of the Ecology Center:


Dispatches From the Edge: The ‘Uniquely’ Dangerous Lebanon Border

By Conn Hallinan
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:49:00 AM

While the Middle East—indeed, the world—is riveted by the on-going crisis around Iran’s nuclear program, the most immediate danger of a war may be on Israel’s border with Lebanon: “Exceptionally quiet and uniquely dangerous” was how the Independent’s Robert Fisk described it last month. -more-

The Public Eye: Republican Faith-Based Politics: The Dumbing of America

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:53:00 AM

Republican panic about the size of the Federal deficit is wildly inconsistent with their plea to continue Bush-era tax cuts for the rich. Nonetheless they keep harping on both themes. It’s emblematic of Republican faith-based politics; they believe -more-

The Public Eye: No Depression in Heaven

By Bob Burnett
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:05:00 AM

Recent news about the contraction of the economy confirmed what many of us have suspected: the recession has morphed into a depression. Given that so many Americans are dejected and angry, how do Liberals turn this moment into an opportunity? -more-

Senior Power: Is There a Senior Culture?

By Helen Rippier Wheeler
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:51:00 AM

Culture : Noun. The word "culture" is commonly used to refer to the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group, which suggests the possibility of a senior culture. -more-

Arts & Events

Classical Music-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:12:00 PM

"A NIGHT AT THE OPERA," -- Sept. 17. Martinez Opera Contra Costa presents tenor Antonio Nagore, soprano Duana Demus, mezzo soprano Jennifer Kosharky and baritone Torlef Borstine. Event takes place at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville. -more-

Classical Music-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:11:00 PM


Galleries-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:07:00 PM

ARTHAUS -more-

Galleries-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:07:00 PM

"BAY AREA HEART GALLERY," -- Exhibit consists of photographs of children, youth and families, accompanied by their compelling stories. The joint exhibit opens in the Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland and at the Eden Area Multi-Service Center, 24100 Amador Way, Hayward. -more-

Professional Dance Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:58:00 PM


Popmusic-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:58:00 PM

"12TH ANNUAL DELTA BLUES FESTIVAL," -- Sept. 18. Featuring EC Scott, Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s, Pat Wilder and more. Event takes place in the Rivertown District, off 2nd Street between G and I streets, Antioch. -more-

Readings-East Bay Through Septemeber 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:57:00 PM


Stage-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:55:00 PM

BEACH BLANKET BABYLON This long-running musical follows Snow White as she sings and dances her way around the world in search of her prince. Along the way she encounters many of the personalities in today's headlines, including Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harry Potter, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, George and Laura Bush, Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart, Tom Cruise, Angelina, characters from Brokeback Mountain and Paris Hilton. Persons under 21 are not admitted to evening performances, but are welcome to Sunday matinees. -more-

Museums-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:02:00 PM

AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND LIBRARY AT OAKLAND The Oakland Public Library's museum is designed to discover, preserve, interpret and share the cultural and historical experiences of African Americans in California and the West. In addition, a three-panel mural is on permanent display. -more-

Museums-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:01:00 PM

ASIAN ART MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO The Asian Art Museum-Chon-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture recently unveiled its new building in San Francisco's Civic Center. The building, the former San Francisco Public Library, has been completely retrofitted and rebuilt to house San Francisco's significant collection of Asian treasures. The museum offers complimentary audio tours of the museum's collection galleries. -more-

Theatre Review: TROUBLE IN MIND at Aurora—tight writing and bravura performances remind us of the troubles of not so long ago

by John A. McMullen II
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:32:00 AM
Director Al Manners (l, Tim Kniffin*) and Eddie Fenton (r, Patrick Russell*) watch the cast 
                (c. l-r, Melissa Quine, Michael Ray Wisely*, Margo Hall*, Elizabeth Carter*, Jon Gentry*, 
                Rhonnie Washington*) rehearse in Trouble in Mind (*-member AEA)

If you want to see how things really go in the rehearsal of a play, go see Trouble in Mind at the Aurora Theatre playing through September 26. It’s about rehearsals for a Broadway play in 1955. It is unnervingly realistic in its portrayal of the clash of egos and artistic differences, older actors offering unsolicited advice to new actors, the conundrum of submitting to the arbitrary vision of an overbearing director, and actors who are always “on” and whose main frame of reference is their own needy situation. -more-

Around and About the Bay Area

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:26:00 AM

Just opened on Labor Day weekend: TheatreFirst's production of Jane Martin's Anton in Show Business, directed by Michael Storm, with Josie Alvarez, Megan Briggs, Beth Deitchman, Amaka Izuki, Phoebe Moyer, Shannon Veon Kase and Dekyi Ronge portraying the tribulations of a trio of actresses essaying an ill-fated staging of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Through September 26. Thursdays-Saturdays, 8; Sundays at 2. Marion Green Theatre (north side of Fox Theatre, 18th Street, Oakland Uptown). $15-$30. Marion Green Theatre (north side of Fox Theatre), 18th. St, Uptown Oakland. 430-5085; -more-

Theatre Review: The Salt Plays (part one): In the Wound—SHOTGUN Triumphant!

by John A. McMullen II
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 10:10:00 AM
Dave Maier as Ajax

I don’t have much padding back there, so, even with a pillow, to keep me sitting in the park on a concrete step in John Hinkel Park for 2 ½ hours, the play has got to be good. -more-

Theater Review: Trouble in Mind, at the Aurora

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:42:00 AM

"Aha! Motivation—that's the thing!" When an interracial cast of actors assembles to rehearse a message melodrama about a lynching, the play helmed by a brusque director who implores—or orders—them to "please forget your old methods of work and follow me," seeking "the firm texture of truth ... I want truth. what is truth? Truth is whatever you can bring yourself to believe." -more-

Theater Review: Galileo and His Daughter

By Ken Bullock
Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 07:29:00 AM

Swinging plumb lines as Poor Clares twirl in their white habits like celestial bodies ... Galileo studying the suddenly rough surface of the moon through his spy-glass: "This instrument shows us nothing but Truth!" ... Dancing a kind of planetary Ring-Around-The-Rosy, the great physicist and his daughters fall, laughing at their made-up nursery rhyme ... "Papa! What happened in Rome?"—"I had to make promises ... "

Three committed actors—Michael McCamish (whose engaging Twobird was staged by Maria Lexa's Sun & Moon Ensemble at historic South Berkeley Community Church a year and a half ago), Simone Bloch and Valentina Emeri (who both performed with Sun & Moon)—portray Galileo and his two daughters, who become sisters in the Order of Poor Ladies, in an unusual telling of the experimentalist's discoveries and censure by the Inquisition. Galileo's Daughters, written, directed and stage designed by Giulio Perrone, formerly associate artistic director of Dell'Arte International in Blue Lake, near Eureka (one of the finest American schools for performance), is now playing Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8, Sundays at 5 through September 19 at the Berkeley City Club, 2515 Durant. $12-$25 sliding scale. 648-4030; -more-

Dance-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:10:00 PM


Exhibits-San Francisco Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:09:00 PM

"SUN SPHERES," -- "Sun Spheres'' is a trio of mosaic sculptures by artist Laurel True at the intersection of Ocean and Granada Avenues in the OMI District of San Francisco. -more-

Exhibits-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:08:00 PM


General-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:06:00 PM

"BUNNY ADOPTION DAY," -- Sept. 11. Meet a variety of lovable bunnies and help try to find them all a good home. Event takes place at RabbitEARS, 7523 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito. -more-

Highlights-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:04:00 PM

"12TH ANNUAL DELTA BLUES FESTIVAL," -- Sept. 18. Featuring EC Scott, Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s, Pat Wilder and more. Event takes place in the Rivertown District, off 2nd Street between G and I streets, Antioch. -more-

Kids-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:03:00 PM

"BERKELEY OLD TIME MUSIC CONVENTION," -- through Sept. 12. A variety of concerts and dances suitable for the whole family. Events take place at various venues; check website for details. -more-

Outdoors-East Bay Through September 19

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 09:01:00 PM

ARDENWOOD HISTORIC FARM Ardenwood farm is a working farm that dates back to the time of the Patterson Ranch, a 19th-century estate with a mansion and Victorian Gardens. Today, the farm still practices farming techniques from the 1870s. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free with regular admission. -more-

Press Release: Saturday Forum on Avoiding Foreclosure

From New America Media
Wednesday September 08, 2010 - 10:27:00 AM

More than 2.4 million Americans are expected to lose their homes to a foreclosure this year, with the number of new Bay Area foreclosure filings rising dramatically over the summer. The fallout from the subprime lending scandal is continuing, but there is help. -more-

Oakland Heritage Alliance Lecture and House Tour

Tuesday September 07, 2010 - 08:36:00 PM

According to author and restoration consultant Jane Powell, there’s no such thing as architectural purity, and Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood contains many examples of houses which don’t fit perfectly into a given architectural style. On Sunday, September 26, 2010, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Oakland Heritage Alliance presents their annual house tour, A Slice of Rockridge, featuring the triangle of land bordered by College Avenue, Chabot Road, Highway 24, and the Berkeley border, and featuring houses as varied as a 1913 house by Bernard Maybeck, a 19th century Victorian, and a house that was once part of Pagoda Hill, the flamboyant estate built by J. Ross Brown in the late 1800’s. -more-