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Volume 76, Number 27
November 22 - 28, 2006

Editorial/ Op-Ed
Now’s not the time to bring back draft
Congressmember Charles Rangel has reopened a highly charged debate in announcing that he plans to resurrect a bill that would reinstate the draft. Rangel’s move is motivated by the fact that our currently all-volunteer military is filled primarily with young people who have few other options.

My heavy books and aching back
By Andrei Codrescu
I wrote some of the heaviest books a dude ever lifted. The only books heavier than mine are picture books, from which it follows that pictures are heavier than words, which explains why people say that a picture is worth a thousand words, by which they must mean that a picture is a thousand times heavier than a word.

Police Blotter

Letter to the Editor

Scoopy's Notebook


In Briefs
Feeling the heat

Video game mania

A legendary night for Village Care

Farewell fond smokestacks

Stars remember Karin Berg, top music talent scout
By Jefferson Siegel
Last week, friends, family and notable musicians gathered in St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery to remember Karin Berg. Berg was beloved by many in the music industry for her wit, warmth and a no-nonsense attitude.

Clemente Diaz, Mexican folk artist, dies at age 84
Clemente Diaz, a Mexican artist who came to the Village 60 years ago on the invitation of Pratt Institute, died Nov. 4 at Cabrini Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 84.

Steve O’Halloran, 48, 6th Precinct officer
Steve O’Halloran, a police officer in the Sixth Precinct in the Village until he retired in February 2004, died on Oct. 13 at the age of 48.

Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Students’ solidarity with Oaxaca
Inside the lobby of the New School building at 66 Fifth Ave., students and the Friends of Brad Will on Monday re-enacted the murder last month of journalist Brad Will and antigovernment protesters in Oaxaca, Mexico. Wielding cardboard tubes as guns and blue styrofoam as shields, they chanted, “Yacca Yo, Yacca Yo, Ulises Yacca Yo!” then fell to the ground. The student protesters were from the New School, Columbia, Barnard, Pace, New York University and CUNY. They voiced support for the general strike called for Monday by the Zapatista National Liberation Army in solidarity with the Assembly of the People of Oaxaca to protest the repression of teachers and people in Oaxaca by Mexico’s government.

WNYC gets with the program; Will move to Hudson Square
By Roslyn Kramer
A mini, if not microscopic cultural center is emerging in the unpromising precincts of Varick St. The venerable Film Forum, the rare surviving revival house in Manhattan, is ensconced on W. Houston St. near Varick St

Arts and Entertainment

A play that keeps its actors in the dark
By Rachel Breitman
In Tim Crouch’s “An Oak Tree,” theatergoers are treated to a rare sense of empowerment, as they watch a play with more knowledge of the drama unfolding than the actor onstage.

Scenes from a flailing marriage
By Leonard Quart
A dialogue driven, small budget indie film, “Flannel Pajamas” is dominated by long takes and often evocative shot-reaction shot editing, depicting the courtship and marriage of two over-30 New Yorkers, Stuart (Justin Kirk, from the Showtime series “Weeds”) and Nicole (Julianne Nicholson).


Let the games, and the health improvements, begin!
By Judith Stiles
Growing old has not quelled the fiery spirit of 65-year-old Lucille Mims, and in spite of those familiar creaky health issues that come with aging, she took on the daunting task of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. 

Burns marks 20 years at center of Center
By Paul Schindler
“Doing this work was a tremendous outlet for my rage and my anger,” Richard Burns explained about his first decade at the helm of New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Of Squid and squats; A novel look back at ’80s
By Lori Haught
Vivid imagery, a mix of memories and fiction, and a twist of faith work to make up the story of Squid and his friends in “Squat: A Novel” by Taylor Field.

Chamber honors police officers for outstanding work
By Albert Amateau
The Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday honored four officers from three police precincts covering Chelsea, the Village and the Gramercy-Flatiron neighborhoods with Cop of the Year awards.

Washington Irving’s students learn from the pros
By Lawrence Lerner
Milagros Diaz always thought she wanted to be a fashion designer. After getting the inside scoop on the profession from Daang Goodman, she knows she wants to be one.

Memories of O’Hara, on the eve of his 80th birthday
By Edward Field
I am often coupled with Frank O’Hara these days, because of our poems about the movies and movie stars,
considered to be a genre we pioneered.

A lot to process in ‘Our Daily Bread’
By Steven Snyder
It’s not surprising that Anthology Film Archives programmed screenings of “Our Daily Bread” to coincide with the mainstream release of Richard Linklater’s “Fast Food Nation.”

Simon Doonan’s holiday greetings
By Stephanie Murg
What’s among the hottest sellers at Barneys this holiday season? A can of soup. Stacked in supermarket-style towers around the store, the cans of Campbell’s tomato soup feature four versions of Andy Warhol’s clashing bright colors and distinctive signature.


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