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Tuesday July 31, 2007

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Arts: ‘Telegraph 3 p.m. Project’ at Gaia Building

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday July 31, 2007

The Telegraph 3 p.m. Project, a collection of scores of photographs by Robert Eliason with matching poems by Owen Hill captioning text that chronicles in an upbeat fashion streetlife on the avenue, will be on exhibit at the Gaia Building, 2120 Allston Way (near Shattuck) through Jan. 31. -more-


Books: The Skinny About and by Decca

By Pele DeLappe, Special to the Planet
Tuesday July 31, 2007

“Not fair, roaring without telling,” Decca would warn as I read—and roared—over some bit from her latest book or letter. I was nursing a sherry in her Oakland kitchen, and reading hugely funny and provocative items from some of the experiences we’d shared during the ‘40s and ‘50s. -more-


Books: A Librarian Who Made a Difference

By Helen Wheeler
Tuesday July 31, 2007

Are you interested in little old white lady, self-supporting, spinster-librarians? Do you assume much doesn’t go on in their lives beyond the spectacles and reading all those books? Well, meet “Miss Breed.” She took chances, risked her career and income by taking an activist stance during World War II. -more-


Wild Neighbors: Orbweaver Brains: Is Bigger Always Better?

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday July 31, 2007

About the time of year the robins wind down and the naked ladies begin to bloom, we start seeing the garden spiders. They’re orbweavers, probably Araneus diadematus, and at this stage they’re just little orange-and-black specks with legs. Between now and Halloween they’ll get a lot bigger, and plumper. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday July 31, 2007

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Friday July 27, 2007

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Davis Brings Standards, Spirituals to Anna’s

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Friday July 27, 2007

“I know thousands of songs,” says singer Cynthia Davis, who will perform a special matinee of jazz standards and negro spirituals this Sunday at Anna’s Jazz Island. “But I seldom sat down and learned one. I learned them from the old movies; we used to go twice a week in the old days. When I sing a song, I go back to the scene in the movie. Songs in musicals were written to tell stories. -more-


Moving Pictures: ‘Following Sean’

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday July 27, 2007

In 1969, Ralph Arlyck made a student film called Sean about his 4-year-old neighbor in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Sean was the son of hippie parents and in an interview with Arlyck he claimed to smoke and eat marijuana, earning the film a great deal of notoriety, including praise and damnation from politicians and dire predictions of Sean’s fate as an adult. -more-


Berkeley Opera Presents Unconventional Version of ‘Aida’

By Jaime Robles
Friday July 27, 2007

Out of the hundred or so operas that are produced in major houses annually, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda ranks among the top 20 and has done so for decades. This brings up a pressing question for opera companies: Is it possible to show the same opera over and over with little change in the production, or are companies obliged to rework expensive operas so that they seem continually new? Last Saturday, the Berkeley Opera opened its own version of Aïda, one that strove to be unconventional—fresher and more relevant. -more-


East Bay Then and Now: Oscar Maurer Studio Celebrates Its Centennial

By Daniella Thompson
Friday July 27, 2007

The north fork of Strawberry Creek, which runs in its natural open channel along a block and a half of Le Conte Avenue west of La Loma Ave., is home to a number of distinctive historic structures, including the landmarks Weltevreden (1896), Allenoke Manor (1903), and Theta Xi Chapter House (1914). Among these remarkable buildings, one of the most distinctive is the smallish Oscar Maurer photography studio, whose north elevation descends steeply to the creek bank. -more-


New Real Estate Features

Friday July 27, 2007

In both print and web issues: -more-


Garden Variety: Sebastopol Field Trip: A New Nursery

By Ron Sullivan
Friday July 27, 2007

Sebastopol is not exactly next door, but the Apple Capital of Sonoma County is a great excuse for a day trip. The Gravenstein Highway (Route 116) between US101 and the town is lined with roadside attractions, botanical and otherwise, although there seems to have been a sudden wave of mortality among the local antique stores. -more-


About the House: Oblique Strategies and the Home Remodeling Process

By Matt Cantor
Friday July 27, 2007

Before I proceed to plagiarize, I like to, at least, pay homage to the memory and, in this case, their extraordinary creativity and insight of the oracle. -more-


Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday July 27, 2007

A Quakelet With a Vertical Twist -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday July 27, 2007

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