October 16, 2002





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This Modern World

Jerry Dolezal


Arts and Entertainment

Venue Guide

Tiger on beat
By Patrick Macias

By Josh Kun



By Annalee Newitz

Without Reservations
By Paul Reidinger

Cheap Eats
By Dan Leone

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Yes On D Window Poster (PDF)

• cover feature

Behind the lies
Too risky? Too costly?
Let us present: Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
By Tim Redmond

How PG&E hid $4 billion
Behind the corporate trickery that kept utility profits safe from bankruptcy and left the ratepayers and taxpayers with a huge bill.
By Don Ray

Mirant's morass
The Georgia firm has manipulated state and local markets, poisoned San Francisco residents, and doesn't want to pay its fair share of city taxes. Now the company wants a permit to expand its power plant near Potrero Hill.
By Rachel Brahinsky

How PG&E wires the city
Connections, pressure, and campaign cash inside the utility's campaign to keep its monopoly safe in S.F.
By Savannah Blackwell

PG&E, corporate criminal
The utility likes to pretend it's a good corporate citizen but the record shows otherwise.
By Savannah Blackwell

Competing energy visions
PG&E imagines a world where power plants are deregulated, rates are high, and corporate profits soar. But there's an alternative and the choice is yours.
By Rachel Brahinsky

Last week's issue

• news


In this issue

Opinion: They really want us out
By calvin welch

Ballot box bellwether
Two progressive candidates and one decided centrist fight for the soul of District Eight
By A.C. Thompson

Yee sees the light the green light
By Cassi Feldman

In harmony
Concert strengthens ties between the U.S. and the Ukraine.
By Daniel Honan

Hall monitor

Life during wartime


More political commentary from other sources

• a+e


Guns 'n' ammo
With Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore hits a moving target. Four critics examine the trajectory:

On location
By Susan Gerhard

Bigger picture
By Robert Avila

Eye to I
By David Fear

Toy guns
By Patrick Macias

Film: Mr. Sandler
The schlub gets a P.T. Anderson makeover in Punch-Drunk Love.
By Cheryl Eddy

Film: Dark Wave
Fri/18-Sun/20, Roxie Cinema
By Johnny Ray Huston

Music: Damaged good
After walking away from indie rock success as the cofounder of Sebadoh, the ever psychedelic Eric Gaffney resurfaces in the Bay Area almost a decade later.
By Mike McGuirk

Dance: King's court
Lines Ballet celebrates an anniversary.
By Rita Felciano

Art: 'Chairs and Windows'
Through Oct. 26, Space 743
By Lindsey Westbrook

Stage: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Oct. 18-19, Zellerbach Hall
By Rita Felciano

Correct techniques By Mosi Reeves

Last Exit By Derk Richardson

The Litterbox By John O'Neill

Liner notes By Lynn Rapoport

Extreme Measures By J.H. Tompkins

Tiger on beat By Patrick Macias

Script Doctor


Local Grooves

2nd time around

Local Live

The Mix

Fall Arts Preview

• culture

Bunny hop
By Andrea Nemerson

Ig Nobel
By Annalee Newitz

culture shocked
The One?
By katharine mieszkowski

By Paul Reidinger

Without Reservations
And the children shall eat

By Paul Reidinger

Cheap Eats
Ducks in a row
By Dan Leone

Moon Signs
By Sally Cragin

The Blender



In the Public Interest
Credit scam: Why is Congress so intent on helping lenders – and hurting millions of consumers?
By Ralph Nader

Focus on the Corporation

Advertise This!: Corporations are gaining ground fast in their effort to assume all of the U.S. constitutional protections afforded human beings.
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman

Media Beat
Baghdad, autumn 2002: city of doom:
Bush has left Iraq in a no-win situation
By Norman Solomon

The shame of Hearst
Editor's Note
By Bruce B. Brugmann, 11.14.01

• etcetera


Northern California film festivals

Anniversary Issue
The case for MUD: A public power agency could cut electric rates by 20 percent – and still make millions of dollars.