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Arts Calendar

Friday December 07, 2007

FRIDAY, DEC. 7 -more-


Around the East Bay

Friday December 07, 2007

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS -more-


‘Wild Christmas Binge’ at SF Playhouse

By Ken Bullock , Special to the Planet
Friday December 07, 2007

In Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, directed by Berkeley favorite Joy Carlin at the San Francisco Playhouse off Union Square, what at first flush seems to be a loopy burlesque of that seasonal chestnut, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, proves postmodern. -more-


Revels Open at Oakland Scottish Rite Auditorium

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Friday December 07, 2007

The California Revels opens tonight (Friday) at the Oakland Scottish Rite Auditorium on Lake Merritt, celebrating its 22nd season in two weekends of music, dance and pageantry. -more-


Moving Pictures: 'I Am Cuba' — A Long-Neglected Masterpiece of Political Filmmaking

By Justin DeFreitas
Friday December 07, 2007

When art dabbles in politics it runs the risk of its politics subsuming its art. No matter how great the artistic achievement, there is always the danger that critical and popular reception may be held hostage to considerations that go far beyond artistic merit. -more-


Historic Holiday Houses On View Around East Bay

By Steven Finacom
Friday December 07, 2007

Stately older houses can be at their best when festively decorated for the winter holidays. -more-


More Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Gardener

By Ron Sullivan
Friday December 07, 2007

You don’t need an official occasion, you know. If you know a gardener, go ahead and give her a gift just ‘cuz. Call it an Unbirthday Present; I do a certain amount of that with my rellies because after 58 years of living in it I still don’t track time very well. -more-


Our Mushy Landscape, Part Two

By Matt Cantor
Friday December 07, 2007

I was out with a young contractor at the home of a client he wanted me to talk with the other day. The homeowner had a wet basement and garage that never seemed to dry out. We walked around and I looked up the hill to find a line of extraordinarily healthy and prolific trees and shrubs marching to the crest of the hill. They ran in a line from north to south, roughly. “Creek”, I cried, “Well, maybe an aquifer.” -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday December 07, 2007

FRIDAY, DEC. 7 -more-


Arts Calendar

Tuesday December 04, 2007

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 -more-


The Theater: Altarena Stages ‘Man Who Saved Christmas’

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 04, 2007

Christmas in wartime America—but it’s the First World War, and the administration is set to declare a moratorium on toy sales to encourage families to buy Liberty Bonds. -more-


Around the East Bay

Tuesday December 04, 2007

TAJ MAHAL IN OAKLAND -more-


Wild Neighbors: Junco Testosterone and Water Snake Bites

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday December 04, 2007

A couple of odds and ends: Robert Sapolsky, the Stanford neurobiologist, published a collection of his provocative essays a few years back as The Trouble with Testosterone. Where do you begin? Sapolsky was mostly interested in the hormone’s effect on the behavior of East African savannah baboons (see his A Primate’s Memoirs for tales of fieldwork) and on humans. But it’s not just a primate thing, or even a mammalian one. Birds have testosterone too, as do reptiles, amphibians, even fish: a common vertebrate heritage. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday December 04, 2007

TUESDAY, DEC. 4 -more-


Correction

Tuesday December 04, 2007

The logo for Berkeley’s Hillside Club was not designed by David Lance Goines as captioned in the last issue. The logo was designed by Hillside Club member Bernard Maybeck. -more-


You Write the Planet

Tuesday December 04, 2007

It’s time to submit your essays, poems, stories, artwork and photographs for the Planet’s annual holiday reader contribution issue, which will be published on Dec. 21. Send your submissions, preferably no more than 1,000 words, to holiday@berkeleydailyplanet.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. on Dec. 16. -more-