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Arts Calendar

Tuesday December 18, 2007

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The Theater: ‘The Shaker Chair’ at Ashby Stage

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 18, 2007

Obie winner Adam Bock’s new play, The Shaker Chair, at Ashby Stage in a joint production of the Shotgun Players with Encore Theatre Co., opens with one woman sitting on the title piece, expostulating with another woman, who’s curled up in another kind of chair crying over a book. -more-


Akademie Ensemble Presents Bach, Beethoven, Strauss

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 18, 2007

Berkeley Akademie Ensemble, Berkeley Symphony’s new program jointly directed by conductor Kent Nagano and violinist Stuart Canin to present music in “a multifaceted structure,” a tradition of Akademies which “trace their origin all the way back to what one might call the democratization of music,” will perform their debut concert 8 p.m. Wednesday at the First Congregational Church with renditions of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue and Richard Strauss’ “Metamorphosen.” -more-


Sidney Howard: From Berkeley to Broadway and Hollywood

By Phil McArdle, Special to the Planet
Tuesday December 18, 2007

Everyone who knew Sidney Howard (1891-1939) testified to his exuberant vitality. Barrett Clark said he had an “irrepressible youthfulness, a tremendous enthusiasm for life.” He was admired for his generosity to other writers, and his own plays were described as “among the best ever written in America.” He was one of the first important Broadway playwrights to go to Hollywood. -more-


Wild Neighbors: December: Time to Count the Kinglets

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday December 18, 2007

This weekend, against my better judgment, I will be doing a couple of Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts, one in Marin County, the other in Solano. (The Christmas Bird Count arose as a humane alternative to the traditional Christmas Side Hunt, whose object was to shoot every bird you saw. The data compiled by this annual exercise in citizen science has become a mother lode for ornithologists studying trends in North American bird populations.) -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday December 18, 2007

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Correction

Tuesday December 18, 2007

The Shoe Pavilion in downtown Berkeley “isn’t going anywhere,” said Jill Seiler, operations manager for the Shoe Pavilion. The Daily Planet incorrectly reported that the store is closing in a story on Tuesday. -more-


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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