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Arts Calendar

Friday September 29, 2006

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 -more-


Moving Pictures: Tracing Childhood’s Alternate Realities

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday September 29, 2006

Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) is one of the most influential and iconic of Spanish films. Set “somewhere on the Castillian plain” in 1940, just after the Spanish Civil War, Erice’s film conjures a remote village where the echoes of war and repression resound in the lives of an increasingly fragmented family. -more-


Moving Pictures: The Evolution Of an Artist

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday September 29, 2006

Even today, 30 years after his death and nearly 100 years since he first stepped before a motion picture camera, Charlie Chaplin is still one of the most recognizable people in the world. The dandified Tramp, with his brush mustache, ill-fitting clothes, wicker cane and derby hat, is an iconic figure, but one whose familiarity has to some extent undermined his art. Chaplin today has become something of a two-dimensional figure, a static icon that means little to those born in the decades since his heyday; he exists as a fully formed entity, a known quantity, and is therefore just as easily ignored, an image from the past that no longer requires our attention. -more-


The Theater: ‘Mother Courage’ at Berkeley Rep

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Friday September 29, 2006

On the wall was chalked:/They Want War./The man who wrote it/Has already fallen. -more-


Playing The Updating Game: Part Two

By Jane Powell
Friday September 29, 2006

If there is a phrase found in a real estate listing that fills me with even more horror than “updated kitchen,” it has to be “new dual-pane windows.” Dual-pane windows are probably one of the biggest scams ever foisted off on an unsuspecting American public. The lies and half-truths promulgated by window replacement companies should be right up there with other famous lies like “The dog ate my homework” and “Only one glass of wine with dinner, officer…” -more-


About the House: A Partial Upgrade for Reluctant Showers

By Matt Cantor
Friday September 29, 2006

This is one of those subjects that is both important and a real snoozer. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping lately, stop now, rip this page out and take it to bed with you. Guaranteed snoring in 10 minutes or less. -more-


Garden Variety: A Transitional Season: Late September in the Garden

By Ron Sullivan
Friday September 29, 2006

This is a season that confounds naming, a season that also confounds immigrants, especially gardeners from eastern North America, who can be heard to complain, “There are no real seasons here.” Some of us figured out right quick that there are indeed seasons in coastal Northern California. After 33 years here I still haven’t come up with adequate names or even a satisfactory number for them, though. -more-


Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday September 29, 2006

Do You Know Your Elderly Neighbors? -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday September 29, 2006

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Arts Calendar

Tuesday September 26, 2006

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The Theater: Beckett’s ‘Happy Days’ at City Club

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday September 26, 2006

“You’re going to talk to me! Another happy day!” Samuel Beckett’s heroine Winnie addresses her seldom-seen husband Willie after he’s finally emitted a syllable. -more-


Moving Pictures: ‘Milarepa’ Screening Benefits Tibetan Charities

By Justin DeFreitas
Tuesday September 26, 2006

Milarepa, a new film by Tibetan lama and actor/director Netken Chokling, will show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Wheeler Hall Auditorium on the UC campus. -more-


Moving Pictures: Taiwan Film Festival Comes to UC Campus

By Justin DeFreitas
Tuesday September 26, 2006

Another weekend, another film festival. -more-


Books: Burdick’s Lost ‘The Ninth Wave’ Deserves New Life

By Steve Tollefson, Special to the Planet
Tuesday September 26, 2006

Resurrecting a book is probably like raising Lazarus. It can happen, but only with a little divine intervention. On the other hand, there are scientifically documented cases—like Their Eyes Were Watching God (and indeed all the works -more-


Things with Feathers: Looking Back at Dinosaur Days

By Joe Eaton, Special to the Planet
Tuesday September 26, 2006

I’d like to be able to make some kind of Berkeley connection with the California Academy of Sciences’ new exhibit, “Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries.” But geology is against me. There was no there here during the dinosaur era: the coast of North America ended about where the Sierra Nevada is now. Westward, there were volcanic island arcs, ancient equivalents of Japan or the Philippines, then open ocean. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday September 26, 2006

TUESDAY, SEPT. 26 -more-