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Week of Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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Sunshine State

Time to consider blinds?: I was put on the PRO-SF e-mail list about three months ago ["Gadfly Gallery," by A.C. Thompson, Nov. 15]. Don't know how this happened, but I have been reading a dozen or so items per week on Kimo Crossman and his Sunshine requests.

I don't mean to sound conservative, but it seems to me that Sunshine is a two-way street, and for it to work we all have to ensure that we are qualitative in our requests. It makes no sense to deluge the system to the point where it breaks down (like it appears to be doing now). Not to get too clinical, but I would say that given the beauty of this city and of the Bay Area, there is much to ensure life balance and alternatives to obsessiveness!

Charley [last name withheld]

San Francisco

Bad Blood

Something rotten in the state of Oakland: Clearly Chloe Veltman has shown how completely irresponsible and ignorant she is with her review of Hamlet: Blood in the Brain [Nov. 15]. It's classical and contemporary with the highest roster of talent: playwright, director, actors, etc., with a very modern adaptation of Hamlet set in Oakland among drugs, crime, and gangs. It is an amazing undertaking to show the brutal reality of a disenfranchised neighborhood that isn't on a picture postcard of the Bay Area. Raw, charged, and visceral. I think Ms. Veltman should do more research into what it took to do something like this. She clearly doesn't understand that the company members also wrote the piece and not only Ms. Iizuka. She has no idea that a member of the company lost their daughter in a random gang drive-by, a situation illuminated in Blood in the Brain. She seems to have done more research [to] try to compare this production with Stoppard, et al. She deigns herself to be so all-knowing, but I am sorry, it seems to me that she has missed the boat on this one. As a paper for and of the community ... shame on Ms. Veltman.

[Name withheld]

San Francisco

Dub Love

Clash of opinions: I very much disagree with Frances Reade about the Slits in 2006 ["Urban Girlhood on the Rebound," Nov. 15]. The last time I saw the Clash, Lee Dorsey opened. Dorsey was good, but he wasn't the Slits on the 1977 tour. Last week, I traveled to Alabama to see and hear the Slits play in Birmingham. Honestly, a part of the reason I went was to check out this club they were playing, Bottletree, that I had heard a lot of good things about. I expected to enjoy the Slits, but not at all as much as I did. The band and performance were fabulous. The reggae tunes were spot-on, the punk rockers roared, and the new songs were 100-percent excellent. The new members, Adele, Anna, Holli, and NO, add a lot of pleasure to the group, and I'd go see, hear, and dance to this band of musicians again tonight and tomorrow night. The new record is worth buying, too! It sounds like the music I would expect the Slits to make if they were a talented group of musicians making music in 2006.

Chico Harris

Oxford, Miss.

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