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Arts Calendar

Friday November 09, 2007

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 -more-


Wilson Wins NY Met Opera Regionals

By KEN BULLOCK
Friday November 09, 2007

Tenor Kalil Wilson, 26, who grew up in Berkeley and Oakland, won the annual New York Metropolitan Opera National Council competition regional finals in Los Angeles on Oct. 30 and will sing on-stage at the Met in February in the semifinals. -more-


‘A Shirtwaist Tale’ Is the Show to See at the JCC

By Betsy Hunton
Friday November 09, 2007

Once in a great while, everything goes right. It’s not very often, mind you, but it does happen. This time it’s the play that’s ending its two-week run this weekend at the East Bay Jewish Community Center in Berkeley. -more-


Film Collection Offers a Cinematic Time Capsule

By JUSTIN DeFREITAS
Friday November 09, 2007

We tend to think that once something is committed to film we have it forever. The act of recording seems by its very nature permanent, and often we forget that the very materials used to record are nearly as transient as the images they capture. For the reality is that film is a tenuous medium at best, given to disintegration and, in the case of nitrate films, spontaneous combustion. And this is compounded by the fact that cinema itself was for decades considered merely a novelty, an ephemeral entertainment of virtually no great cultural or historical value. -more-


Beat Chroniclers Cohen, Levi and Rothenberg Read at Moe’s

By KEN BULLOCK
Friday November 09, 2007

Poets and world travelers from the international scene of the 1960s and ’70s, Ira Cohen and Louise Landes Levi will read with poet and editor Michael Rothenberg 7:30 p.m. Monday at Moe’s Books on Telegraph Avenue. Admission is free. -more-


Notable Films New to DVD

By JUSTIN DeFREITAS
Friday November 09, 2007

Days of Heaven -more-


Looking for Solutions to the Water Riddle for Plants

By RON SULLIVAN
Friday November 09, 2007

Water is the primary problem to solve if we’re to raise plants. I suspect this has always been the case almost everywhere (and offhand I can’t think of what the theoretical exception would be) and likely will be, at least until some theoretical descendants are working hydroponic plantations outside the orbit of, say, Mars, where the problem will be sunlight. Probably there’s some smiling herb grower now who’s working on an electricity-sparing solution to that. -more-


Living With Old Plaster Walls

By MATT CANTOR
Friday November 09, 2007

I tend to stare at the ceiling a lot. I think it’s only to be expected. If you sleep on your back or lie on the couch reading Jane Austin (as we all must), you’re bound to spend a certain amount of time staring off into space and guess what’s there … between you and space but your ceiling. There it hangs (Yes, that’s what it’s doing, hanging.) between the walls, with all those cracks and stains and Grateful Dead posters and you think, “Maybe I should do something about this mess but what can I do? It’s a ceiling, not a casserole. I don’t know where to begin!” -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday November 09, 2007

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday November 09, 2007

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 -more-


Arts Calendar

Tuesday November 06, 2007

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 -more-


Cuckoo at the Masquers Playhouse

By KEN BULLOCK
Tuesday November 06, 2007

Little Mary Sunshine, at the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond, is silly, jejune, puerile, even childish. It’s all of these things so successfully that it can be really funny. -more-


Snakes in the Reservoir, and Other Booms and Busts

Wild Neighbors: By Joe Eaton
Tuesday November 06, 2007

Sometimes I miss out on interesting natural phenomena. It wasn’t until last month, while cruising the posters at the biennial State of the Estuary Conference, that I learned about the water snake invasion of Lafayette Reservoir. I’d go check it out, but it’s too late; they’re all gone. Another exotic-species boom gone bust. -more-


Gardener’s Gold

By Shirley Barker
Tuesday November 06, 2007

Every now and then I see a teenager in one of my trees. From a window I thought at first it might be a small UC student locationally adrift, in a striped shirt. A closer look showed it to be a young Cooper’s hawk, glaring down at me in comparably dauntless fashion. Thanks to Joe Eaton’s bi-weekly column, I can guess that it is drawn to the sparrows and finches at the thistle feeder, though the ducks keep an eye skywards when it appears, and my female cat skedaddles into the house. Smaller than the ducks, she is I hope still too large for the crow-sized Cooper’s. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday November 06, 2007

TUESDAY, NOV. 6 -more-