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Arts Calendar

Friday December 14, 2007

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Thomas Saraceno’s Visionary Art at BAM

By Peter Selz, Special to the Planet
Friday December 14, 2007

Tomas Saraceno is a visionary artist who aspires to bridge the gap between art and science. Knowledgeable about principles of physics, chemistry and architecture, he has made use of high technology to design cities in the air. -more-


Brookside Rep’s Holiday Shorts at The Claremont This Sunday

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Friday December 14, 2007

Brookside Repertory’s Holiday Shorts IV, their annual anthology of short holiday-themed plays by Bay Area playwrights, directed by Robert Hamm in staged readings, will be performed this Sunday afternoon at the Ballroom of the Claremont Resort and Spa. -more-


‘Siddhartha, the Bright Path’ at the Marsh

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Friday December 14, 2007

Siddhartha, the Bright Path, The Marsh Youth Theater production about the life of Buddha, which serves as a kind of alternative holiday show on several levels, opening this Saturday and playing through Jan. 6 at The Marsh in San Francisco’s Mission District, is the result of a collaboration set into motion by Berkeley’s Emily Klion, the creative roots of which trace back years ago to Mills College. -more-


The Hangman’s Tree

By Richard Schwartz, Special to the Planet
Friday December 14, 2007

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a huge oak tree stood east of Shattuck Avenue near Strawberry Creek in old Berkeley. It was variously known as Gibbet Oak, Vigilante Oak, and Hanging Oak. -more-


East Bay Then and Now: The Bentleys of Le Conte Avenue: 96 Years of Service and Art

By Daniella Thompson
Friday December 14, 2007

Among the original Northside residences that survived the Berkeley fire of 1923, the Bentley House at 2683 Le Conte Avenue is one of the least assuming. Built in 1900 by the prominent Berkeley contractor and amateur artist A.H. Broad, this modest Dutch Colonial Revival residence is the quintessential “simple home” advocated by Charles Keeler in his 1904 book of the same name. -more-


Garden Variety: The Gift That Keeps On Living

By Ron Sullivan
Friday December 14, 2007

Some of the best gifts I’ve ever received have been from people’s gardens. -more-


Quake Tip of the Week

By Larry Guillot
Friday December 14, 2007

I’m Bolted, I’m Ok? -more-


About the House: You Broker It, You Fix It: Why Buyers Should Buy ‘As Is’

By Matt Cantor
Friday December 14, 2007

You’re in the last throws of the deal and it’s time for the home inspection. The inspector finds that the water heater is defective and needs replacement now. You’re a little upset, since you’ve just offered more money to buy this house than your parents have in their retirement fund. You expected the house to be perfect for that kind of money and you’re not about to shell out another dime. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday December 14, 2007

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Arts Calendar

Tuesday December 11, 2007

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Classical Music Shop Celebrates Busoni

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 11, 2007

The premiere recording of Ferruccio Busoni’s Complete Two Piano Works (EMI/Angel) will be celebrated by the Musical Offering (Bancroft Avenue below Telegraph), this Wednesday 5-7 p.m., with a reception for and signing by pianists Daniell Revenaugh of Berkeley and Lawrence Leighton Smith, currently musical director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. -more-


Shift Theatre, BHS Present ‘Noises Off’

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 11, 2007

“I’m going to do something wrong here ...” Those ominous words, emblazoned on the cover of the program to the Shift Theatre/Berkeley High School Drama production of Michael Frayn’s backstage bungler, Noises Off, telegraph the message of this non-message play clearly. And a great deal is going to be done wrong. Repeatedly. That’s the whole show. -more-


The Life and Music of a Legendary Singer-Songwriter

By Art Goldberg, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 11, 2007

One of the most enjoyable and inspiring films I’ve seen in a long time comes to Berkeley for one day only, this Thursday, Dec. 13 at the California Theater, a benefit for the local Gray Panther chapter. Screenings are at 2 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $10. -more-


Nuclear Power in the Wake of Chernobyl

Tuesday December 11, 2007

Living With Chernobyl: The Future of Nuclear Power, a new documentary by Berkeley filmmakers and journalists Cliff Orloff and Olga Shalygin, will air at 11 p.m. Thursday on KQED Channel 9. -more-


Arboreal Estate and a Yule Tradition: Mistletoe

By Ron Sullivan
Tuesday December 11, 2007

One of the several “pagan” plants that appear all over in the midwinter holiday season is one that lives in trees: mistletoe. It’s Frazer’s eponymous Golden Bough. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday December 11, 2007

TUESDAY, DEC. 11 -more-