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Week of Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Park Museum Parking

Hey, activists -- get a car, already!: I have to disagree with Matt Smith's comments in opposition to the garage in Golden Gate Park ["Museum Quality," April 28]. Everybody should have easy access to the park, and what he and so many others fail to acknowledge is that many people simply don't have the option of riding a bike or taking a bus to get to the park. Couples with small children for example have to pack strollers, diapers, etc., and are simply not going to pack all that stuff onto a crowded shuttle bus.

His comment that the garage would lead to more traffic congestion in the park is also not correct. Proposition J, the ballot initiative that authorized the construction of the garage, requires that for every parking place created in the garage, a surface parking place in the park must be removed.

But perhaps the most important reason of all is that 57 percent of the voters approved the construction of the garage in 1998 when they passed Proposition J. Shouldn't we stop letting a small group of activists continually thwart the will of the voters over and over again?

Edward Sullivan
Via the Internet

Critic Critique

You're welcome, thou: With "666, Dude" [OK Then, April 21], once again we find it's time to play the favorite game of San Francisco's alternative press: "Hipper Than Thou."

In the latest installment, we find our intrepid columnist Garrett Kamps at a MALL, in HAYWARD, at an AVRIL LAVIGNE concert (gasp)! He not only survives this experience, but is able to record his observations, à la Margaret Mead, or maybe Jane Goodall. This despite the fact he is so hip he doesn't return his parents' phone calls (who live in, omigod, ORANGE COUNTY). He courageously points out the hypocritical shortcomings of a 19-year-old punk poseur and her fans as the "current cultural moment" where consumerism and rebellion disingenuously meet. This is evidently a rare occurrence, and something that hasn't happened in a "current cultural moment" since the Monkees had a television show.

Thanks for the insight.

Charles Burch

Ántonia, We Hardly Knew Ye

Error, plains and simple: The errors of fact in your review of My Ántonia [Stage, April 21] were as relentless as the Nebraska plains Willa Cather depicted in the novel. The novel is not a "dark romance" between Jim Burden and Ántonia. She is four years older and takes care of him when he is a child. The story, among other things, is about how their lives unfold on separate paths. The Burdens are not "odd, broken-English-speaking Bohemians." The Burdens are Jim's family, all rooted Americans. The immigrant Czechs are Ántonia's family, the Shimerdas.

James O. Clifford Sr.
Redwood City

Michael Scott Moore responds: Mr. Clifford is absolutely right. The Burdens are Jim's family; the Shimerdas are the Bohemians, or Czechs. My apologies. I didn't exactly call the novel a "dark romance," though. I called it "a dark portrait of a romance between an American boy named Jim and the daughter of an immigrant family." Not a subtle description, but without the desire between Ántonia and Jim, there would be no novel.

Good Bet

Tips are appreciated: As a friend of Antonio's and professional player (I'm the host of Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown), I can honestly say that you captured the kid almost perfectly ["All-In," by Lessley Anderson, April 14]. Well done. Antonio [Esfandiari] will, in true Rocks and Rings fashion, have your article clipped and professionally framed by the best in the business and hanging in the penthouse no later than Saturday afternoon, in all likelihood.

Phil Gordon
Via the Internet

Vienna Roast

Feel free to look up "preposterous": The review of Vienna Teng's second album, Warm Strangers [April 7], is preposterous beyond belief. So-called critic Rachel Devitt is entitled to her own tastes, but her criticism of Ms. Teng's supposed lack of originality is way off-base. I listen to Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos; however, I find Ms. Teng's artistry uniquely her own. What's more, Warm Strangers is an exquisitely crafted gem of an album. (Feel free to print this.)

Chris Takimoto
Boerne, Texas


The story "Beaming In on The Cure" [April 28] incorrectly reported that the Alta Bates Comprehensive Cancer Center is affiliated with the University of California; it is not, and it does not yet offer on-board imaging technology for radiation treatment. Also, we said the Palo Alto Medical Clinic was the first community-based hospital in the country to offer intensity modulated radiation therapy; actually, it was the first to offer said therapy in the Bay Area.

Silke Tudor's Night Crawler column last week ["Night of the Lively Dead"] misspelled Rick A. Mortis' first name.

In the April 28 Dog Bites column, Wheel of Fortune MC Charlie O'Donnell was misidentified as Merv Griffin.

SF Weekly regrets the errors.


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