Friday, June 21, 2002

News from the Paramecia Department

Perceptive Americans may note the stunning lack of this kind of information in our normal news channels.


Disease Outbreaks
21 June 2002
Dengue/dengue haemorrhagic fever in El Salvador

WHO has reported an increase in endemic dengue disease in the country. As of 15 June, 1200 cases of dengue and 101 cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever have been laboratory confirmed. Children between the ages of 5 and 9 years are most affected. Dengue virus serotype 1 has been detected in this outbreak. The President of El Salvador has declared a state of emergency in the departments of San Salvador, Libertad, Santa Ana, and Cabanas and an alert in the rest of the country. The government has established a Command Post incorporating ministries of health, education, government, national police and representatives of municipalities.

Control activities include day and night spraying of larva breeding sites and increased dissemination of public health information and education.

Mexico has offered support for these measures.

For more details on the outbreak, visit the web site of the WHO Regional Office for the Americas

Thursday, June 20, 2002

New Do

All CSS, no tables. Visit to learn more.

Tres cool.

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

From Shakespeare to Synth-Pop

Moonlife, SF pop band extraordinaire, played in San Diego at Club Xanth on Sunday June 16th. If you ever get a chance to see them perform live, take it. Catchiest tunes this side of the planet, and a great live show. Leave your socks at home, they'll get blown off anyway.

Sunday, June 16, 2002

The Moor Of Venice

I went to see a production of "Othello" on Friday night by the Women's Repertory Theater. It ruled. Iago is this wonderful villain you just love to hate.

You may note the name "Women's Repertory Theater". Why yes, since you asked, this was an all-women production. And you know what? That is not the most important fact of the production. The most important fact is that Gayle Feldman-Avery (Iago) was a sheer delight, and Sylvia M'Lafi Thompson (Othello) was a beautiful, tragic figure. Second to that, the staging was minimal, and the dress was modern - 1950's/60's, so Desdemona looked alot like Jackie Kennedy, 'twas aptly played by Jo Glover, who really made it work with her demure and restrained gestures. In retrospect, I am reminded of Gemma Jones in pretty much any period film.

MSusan Niemann as Roderigo, Iago's fool, Gina Alvarado as Cassio (whom I adored), Wendy Waddell (Emilia), Helen Marquardt (Brabantio/Gratiano), Morgan Trent (Bianca), Kim Strassburger (various, including the Duke), and Natalie Sentz (various, Montano) rounded out the players.

A well done show, and after about -- what? 5 minutes? -- you don't notice it's women in all the roles. I mean, a few hundred years ago, some youth whose 'nads hadn't dropped yet would have been playing Desdemona. Turn about's fair play, donchaknow.

And just because it's Shakespeare, don't go running around like a chicken with your head cut off (it makes you look silly). Shakespeare is nothing to be frightened of. You'll get it. The story is a simple one -- Iago decides to destroy Othello and Desdemona. He uses Roderigo, Cassio, and Emilia to do it. There, see? Doesn't it sound like a 2-hour long episode of "Dallas"? Hate, love, death -- don't tell me these are unfamiliar themes. You'll do fine.

"Othello" is playing through July 20, 2002 at Actor's Asylum

6663 El Cajon Blvd [*]
San Diego, CA

Thu, Fri, Sat at 8pm, Sun at 7pm, Monday, July 1 at 8pm, and Saturday July 20 2pm matinee. If you are in the SD area, go see it.

619 282 3277
[*] in the Music Trader shopping complex,