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  • Jun 7-13, 2007
  • Vol. 17, No. 23

News+Features

  • Casino gets master plan approval over continued objections of corporate neighbors
  • Casino gets master plan approval over continued objections of corporate neighbors

    With the May 29 vote, Barden's PITG Gaming can begin construction at the site, which is located near the Carnegie Science Center. The approval followed several delays in which PITG and its soon-to-be neighbors -- the Steelers, Pirates and Carnegie Science Center -- tried to resolve concerns about the traffic the casino will create.
  • A High Price
  • A High Price

    A total of $1.7 billion is Allegheny County's share of the war costs. It's enough to feed all the kids enrolled in the school lunch programs for 68,000 years. "These numbers boggle the mind," says Malik Bankston, executive director of the Kingsley Center.
  • Going Through the Motions

    The ARL contract was set to expire June 7. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration had negotiated a new deal with the ARL, but because the new contract would quadruple ARL's $48-per-animal fee, acting controller Tony Pokora refused to sign off on it unless council approved it.

Food+Drink

  • Tamarind Flavor of India
  • Tamarind Flavor of India

    While Tamarind's suburban location is almost strictly southern Indian, the Oakland version includes more northern Indian favorites, enabling this new restaurant to both complement and compete with Oakland's other nearby curry houses.

Music

Screen

  • Paris, je t'aime
  • Paris, je t'aime

    How's this for a French fete: 18 short films by 20 international filmmakers, all set in the City of Lights (and Love, of course), and all together lasting just two hours. That's less than seven minutes per rendezvous -- ample time for myriad little epiphanies and amusements. Think of Paris, je t'aime as a few days in the life of a city that forever pricks the imagination, assembled by some artists who are mostly smart enough not to overreach. Themes emerge -- loneliness, cultural misunderstanding, immigrant dreams, the real and the imagined, amour fou -- and some recur, like echoes. The best pieces in Paris, je t'aime ("Paris, I love you") feel particular to both the filmmaker and the city, rather than just to the former. It's all more charming than anything else, and of course, Paris explodes around it.
  • The Italian
  • The Italian

    Koyla Spiridonov's unaffected performance helps root the melodrama, as does the shabby milieu and the film's explicit reminders of various failed Soviet and Russian policies. (Capsule review)
  • Surf's Up

    Surf's Up offer the usual simple lessons about believing in your dreams, but it conveys them in an amiable, pleasantly shaggy manner. (Capsule review)
  • The Valet
  • The Valet

    The French seem to have an unlimited capacity for producing the gentle romantic farce, ideally set in attractive districts of Paris. (Capsule review)

Arts

Views

  • A Conversation with Alex Wilson
  • A Conversation with Alex Wilson

    "Some of these shootings occur over an argument about drugs. ... Then that violence can lead to someone on the other side retaliating. It's like a Ping-Pong ball back and forth."

Stage

  • Ancient History
  • Ancient History

    Despite the first act's studied theatricality, Ives has gone to tremendous lengths to create a small play filled with many simple, heartbreaking moments.

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