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Volume 77, Number 13
August
29 - September 04, 2007


Editorial/Op-Ed
Yes, Mr. President, Iraq is like Vietnam
A week ago, President Bush drew parallels between the Vietnam War’s aftermath and what he said would happen if the U.S. pulls out of Iraq.
“Here at home, some can argue our withdrawal from Vietnam carried no price to American credibility, but the terrorists see things differently,” he said.

Letters to the Editor

Talking Point
Johnny, the Journal and the decline of civilization
By Daniel Meltzer
Blame it on Johnny.
The ground shifted beneath our feet and our popular culture seemed to tumble out of its bunk when Johnny Carson and “The Tonight Show” moved to Burbank in 1972, cashing in edgy New York hip for laid-back L.A. cool.

Try human: What comes around goes around and on and on, etc.
By Andrei Codrescu
I don’t want to be angry, I really don’t. I take baths in Xanax and I sit in the lotus position until my butt hurts. I think only good thoughts and then the phone rings and I look at my e-mail and then I want to strangle people. Because, make no mistake, people are behind everything.

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Will battle rips Gottlieb heirs but healing center holds hope
By Albert Amateau
The real estate holdings of William Gottlieb, who acquired about 150 buildings — mostly in the Village, and never sold or redeveloped before he died in 1999 — is subject of a battle over family wills.

Gottlieb properties got no tenants


Anarchists stage a memorial for Sacco and Vanzetti
By Jefferson Siegel
Last Thursday, Aug. 23, was the 80th anniversary of the deaths by electrocution of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Italian immigrants who were followers of the anarchist movement. After their executions, hundreds of thousands of people rallied at Union Square in protest.

A special Villager supplement.
Back to School
New education council hoping to make a difference
By Anindita Dasgupta
One year after Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer released a study stating that community education councils — the replacement for the former community school boards — were essentially ineffective, District 2’s C.E.C. is heading into its new term. While the District 2 C.E.C. has seven new members, not much else has changed about the way it does — or doesn’t — function.

Summertime and the livin’ is easy... for 1 more week
Interviews and photos by Talisman Brolin

Academy opens, with 2 pupils, in old parish school
By Melissa Korn
St. Joseph’s School on Washington Pl. shut its doors at the end of the 2005-2006 academic year because of low enrollment. At the end of its 150-year run, the parish school had 124 students, down from 300 a few decades ago.
NEWS

Bono, ‘Chupi’ and mysteries of Schnabel’s pink palazzo
By Lincoln Anderson
“What’s a chalupa?” people once wondered, before a talking Chihuahua with a Mexican accent explained it all.
Now, along the streets of the Far West Village, a new question is echoing: “What’s a chupi?”

Dissidence and drama have filled up her life
By Jerry Tallmer
Her name, which started out as Amy Taft in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 91 years ago — “I was born at home!” she throws in helpfully — has, thanks to one of several marriages, been Lee Joseph for a good many decades now.

Taxi’s taken to the cleaner’s

Coyote sold; Vick’s a dog


Back to School

Making a splash, Blue Man Group goes to school
By Melissa Korn
Bright colors, fun music...blue heads? While those are all staples at Blue Man Group shows, only the first two will be common elements at the theater group’s preschool next door to its 434 Lafayette St. theater, the Blue Man Creativity Center Early Childhood Program. Gearing up for its first year of operation for 2-through-4-year-olds, the center pulls from the sights and sounds of the Blue Man Group, focusing on “sensory tactile experiences” that help children grow emotionally and creatively.

Chinese dual-language school translates into success
By Sruthi Pinnamaneni
At first glance, the Shuang Wen YouTube video looks like a memory reel of a graduating class in any American school. But a closer look reveals the details that make this school unique: students standing below pagodas in China; girls performing Chinese dances in dresses of yellow and spring-green silk; a Web site with content in both English and Chinese. 


VILLAGER ART & LIFESTYLE

A song for New York, sung in one borough
By Sara G. Levin
Even for Mabou Mines, the 37-year-old experimental theater troupe whose directors delight in exploring unknown dramatic territory, producing “Song For New York: What Women Do While Men Sit Knitting,” has been quite a challenge.

Made-for-TV Stoppard finds a latter-day place on stage
By Jerry Tallmer
The phone rang as I was sitting here waiting to speak with Tim Erickson, artistic director of the Boomerang Theatre Company, an Off-Off-Broadway unit that is about to open its tripartite fall season, one third of which (“Stoppard Goes Electric”) consists of three short television plays written in the 1960s by a Tom Stoppard not yet out of his 20s and something like a year away from astonishing the world with “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”

Making lemonade out of a law degree
By Sarah Norris
“I used my law degree to start a food blog,” says Adam Roberts, 28, describing the inception of his popular website, amateurgourmet.com, in 2004.

Breathing ’80s Air
By Tiffany Wong
About to embark on a new tour across the country, experimental rock band VHS or Beta is getting ready to drop its third and latest album “Bring on the Comets” August 28. Having arrived on Louisville’s indie-rock music scene 10 years ago, VHS or Beta has since traveled the world, on tour with the likes of the Scissor Sisters aand Duran Duran, losing one band member and picking up everything from French disco-houses influences to a powerful fan base in Colombia.

Koch on Film
Ed Koch
“Bothersome Man” (+) When I saw this film on a Sunday afternoon, there were five people in the theater including me. One reviewer quite accurately described the movie as a script that could have appeared on the television series “The Twilight Zone.”
“This is England” (+) In terms of acting and impact, this film is a gem.
The year is 1983 when Margaret Thatcher was in office. Graffiti on a wall refers to her as a twat. When the movie opens, we are introduced to 12-year-old Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) who is awakening in his bedroom to go to school.


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