Month: July 2006

Fly away

Known now as A-49, the first bald eagle chick hatched on the Channel Islands National Park in over 50 years, fledged from its nest on the north end of Santa Cruz Island. After weeks of practice hopping from tree limb to tree limb and feeling the air through its outstretched wings, the young bald eagle soared for the first time on July 14. The new addition to the northern isles affectionately known as "Cruz" and "Junior" to those viewing the eaglet\’s progress on the publicly broadcast Web camera and the play-by-play posts from an associated discussion board, allowed hundreds of viewers from around the globe to join biologists as they observed the chick showing typical pre-flight behavior over the past two weeks. "It\’s been a pretty amazing year for bald eagles on the northern Channel Islands," said Dave Rempel, a biologist for the Institute for Wildlife Studies, who has spent long hours monitoring the large nest. "We are thrilled to have been able to share the excitement of watching A-49 grow and fledge with viewers from all over." A-49 is the tag number placed on the wings of the eaglet, which is also equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) to monitor the raptor\’s comings and goings across the islands. The tag was attached to its wings when the chick was 8 weeks old. Since leaving the nest, the...

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Alpine 1954 Goodyear Ave., Ventura, 650-1213. Thu.: Hit the Deck, the Fucking Wrath, Right On, Cobra Noir, A Warm Gun, Wake Up Call, Violation, 5:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun.: Sound & Fury Festival Andy’s Seafood 550 E. Surfside Dr., Port Hueneme, 488-9533. Thu.: Steve Hill, 5 p.m. Billy O’s 2819 E. Main St., Ventura, 652-0327. Thu. & Fri.: Ventura Idol Sat.: The Mid-town Revival featuring Rage the Machine Again Sun.: Service Industry Night Tue.: Scene Dream featuring Kimmy Lenwell, Susan D, Judy Valencerina Wed.: Wax Wednesdays, 9 p.m. Bombay Bar & Grill 143 S. California St., Ventura, 643-4404. Thu.-Sun.: 22nd Annual Indoor-Outdoor Beach Party featuring House Arrest, Legalizers, Ice, Mini Driver, Hindsite, Joey Peate w/ DJs SIN’RG, PJ Mon.-Wed.: Kool Karaoke w/ Leigh Balton, 9 p.m. Buckhorn Saloon 2818 Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, 485-6816. Fri. & Sat.: DJ Sherman, 8:30 p.m. Buffalo Records 2111 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 648-3345. Thu.: Tender Forever, Rubies, 6 p.m. Fri.: Sexual Jedi, Blacklist, 6 p.m. The Canyon 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura, (818) 879-5016. Thu.: The Spazmatics w/ Greg G., DJ Noel Fri.: Aspen followed by the Boogie Knights w/ DJ Richie Rich Sat.: School of Rock All-Stars Sun.: X, Rollins Band w/ Riverboat Gamblers Capistrano’s 2101 Mandalay Beach Rd., Oxnard, 984-2500 ext. 569/984-4269. Fri. & Sat.: Indigo Chip, 8:30 p.m. Champs Sports Bar & Grill 1900 Victoria Ave., Oxnard, 984-8015. Fri.: Red Rhythm Sat.: Bad Attitude...

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The Coup Boots Riley, leader of Oakland-based agit-hip-hop muckrakers the Coup, is not a “political rapper.” He’s a rap politico, an Afro-sporting Marxist who’d probably be publishing dissertations on U.S. economic policy if he thought it would help his ideas reach the widest possible audience. Hip-hop is simply his communicative medium of choice. Coming together in 1992, Riley, DJ Pam the Funkstress and the since-departed E-Roc emerged in the era of the gangsta, swaggering with a similar streetwise confidence (and the same affection for thick, ’70s-style funk) but speaking with a deeper social conscience and toting a way bigger...

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