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Arts Calendar

Tuesday March 28, 2006

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 -more-


‘Death of a Salesman’ plays at Altarena Playhouse By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet

Tuesday March 28, 2006

“We’re free and clear, Willy. Did you hear me? Free and clear!” -more-


Books: Two Books Explore the Modern History of Torture By HENRY NORR Special to the Planet

Tuesday March 28, 2006

The Bush-Cheney regime may represent a radical break with this nation’s traditions in many areas, but in making torture a central weapon in its “war on terror,” the current administration is simply building on a body of theory and practice that goes back more than half a century. -more-


Books: Crews Skewers Follies of the Wise in New Collection By Jake FuchsSpecial to the Planet

Tuesday March 28, 2006

Frederick Crews’ latest book, Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays, will be published next week by Shoemaker & Hoard. -more-


Books: Thoughts on the Notion of Fictional Suicide By DOROTHY BRYANT Special to the Planet

Tuesday March 28, 2006

In the 1950s, Albert Camus famously wrote, “There is but one truly philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” -more-


Songs and Stories: Native Americans in the East Bay By PHIL McARDLE Special to the Planet

Tuesday March 28, 2006

When Europeans came to the Berkeley area in 1772 they encountered the Native Americans known today as the Ohlones. Anthropologists speculate that several waves of immigration preceded them, and linguistic evidence suggests that they arrived here around 500 A.D. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday March 28, 2006

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 -more-


Codornices Steelhead: Ghosts of the Winter Run By JOE EATON Special to the Planet

Tuesday March 28, 2006

A couple of weeks ago I got an e-mail message from Susan Schwartz, president of Friends of Five Creeks, about a recent sighting: two pairs of steelhead that had followed Codornices Creek in from the Bay, as far upstream as Masonic Avenue, where they appeared to be attempting to spawn. -more-


Arts Calendar

Friday March 24, 2006

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 -more-


Moving Pictures: Berkeley Filmmakers Explore the Lives of Women in Afghanistan By JUSTIN DeFREITAS

Friday March 24, 2006

Berkeley husband-and-wife filmmaking team Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygin have taken several trips to Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, and their most recent visit has resulted in a poignant film about the lives of Afghan women. Cut From Different Cloth: Burqas and Beliefs, a one-hour documentary, will air on PBS at 5 p.m. Sunday and again at 8 p.m. Thursday. -more-


Moving Pictures: Total Immersion: The Life and Death of Brian By JUSTIN DeFREITAS

Friday March 24, 2006

Brian Jones seems all but forgotten these days, at least outside his native England. He founded the Rolling Stones, but they passed him by, leaving him to gather moss, or at least ingest a great deal of grass. -more-


Theater: Fast-Paced ‘Zorro in Hell’ at the Berkeley Rep By Ken Bullock

Friday March 24, 2006

In front of an enormous projection of the Bear Flag, alternately in full color and eerie x-ray blue, morphing into the view through the windshield of a fast superhighway, there’s a masked man seated onstage at “The Berkeley Rep of Alta California”—but he bears no resemblance to the masked man of the title, a kind of processed Latino Lone Ranger. This one’s not caped in black with black silk mask and mounted on a saddle. This figure’s in restraints, effaced (while a bitchy burlesque nurse tries to force m eds on him, then goes for the suppositories) mumbling “I’m the Wal-Mart price slasher! ... one man can start a revolution or recall a standing governor ...” And when a couple of Homeland Security-type spooks put him through whatever degree, demanding “Why did you threaten the governor? Who are you really?”, the man in a bind replies, “I’m bi-cultural, bi-curious and bipolar ... My California is now an endless series of strip malls ... I am Zorro! I must be Zorro! A muhajadeen Zorro! I have my own guitar flourish! There was a time when I was a normal Chicano ...” -more-


Welcome to Downtown Berkeley By MARTA YAMAMOTO Special to the Planet

Friday March 24, 2006

When you’re alone and life is making you lonely you can always go—downtown. -more-


East Bay:Then and Now High-Peaked Colonial Revival: A Bay Area Phenomenon By Daniella Thompson

Friday March 24, 2006

What are those curiously attractive houses whose second floor, contained within a steeply pitched main gable roof, is far larger than the first floor? Why do we see them standing in clusters of two or three in Berkeley and Oakland but rarely elsewhere? -more-


About the House: Home Repairs: Never Do Anything Twice By MATT CANTOR

Friday March 24, 2006

I was visiting with a client today and got into one of those if/and/or discussions that soon feels like your brain is stuck in either molasses or honey (depending on whether the job will actually pay anything). One possible course of action involved changing a faucet, which would have eliminated a broken component and almost certainly have solved a problem involving the reluctant flow of hot water. The other solution would make someone happy but seemed for all the world like the wrong thing to do. -more-


Garden Variety: Generic Gardening Only Makes Things Worse By RON SULLIVAN

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Friday March 24, 2006

We just returned from an excursion to a friend’s new townhouse in Vacaville. I won’t riff on her lament that she can’t find bulk olives or a decent farmers’ market or bookstore there, but I will say that the landscaping scares me a bit. Scared her, too, and then some: The week before closing on the new place, Alamo Creek and its local tributaries flooded her first floor and most of her neighbors’. She got off lightly though and the seller replaced the carpet with the tile she prefers. The block still rings with repair and construction noises, and piles of ruined wallboard and household stuff persist. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday March 24, 2006

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 -more-