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Friday December 28, 2007

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 -more-

S.F. Chamber Orchestra Season Begins with Free Area Concerts

By Ira Steingroot, Special to the Planet
Friday December 28, 2007

This New Year’s Eve, for the 23rd year in a row, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra kicks off its new season with a free concert in Berkeley. In fact, remarkably, all of their concerts are free. The concerts are subsidized by grants and membership, which guarantees you the best seats. The theme of this year’s New Year’s Eve concert is Prodigies with music by Mozart and Mendelssohn as the examples. -more-

A Look Back at 2007 in Local Theater

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Friday December 28, 2007

Following a year that unfolded with more than a few surprises on East Bay stages, 2007 opened up with a bang and never really settled back. Big and small companies alike put on memor-able shows, and the overall level of theatricality appeared a couple notches higher than in the past. -more-

Books: Oscar and Me: An Appreciation

By Dan Wick
Friday December 28, 2007

I first read Oscar Wilde in 1954 at age 10. This was in an exceptionally cheap and poorly printed edition of his collected works published by Walter J. Black & Co. My parents, knowing I was an insatiable reader (the first full-length book I recall having read was David Copperfield when I was eight) dutifully subscribed at my request to Black’s series of classics, which included the works of practically everybody of note in English literature, including those bête noirs of highbrow snobs Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Rider Haggard, and Rudyard Kipling. -more-

Four Poems

By John Rowe
Friday December 28, 2007


Hush Money

By Gilbert G. Bendix
Friday December 28, 2007

Whenever I pass the site now, I instinctively glance at that little sentry booth, and it’s never occupied. I wonder whether it’s been that way ever since that day in 1984, when the lawyer deposited two big cartons of documents on the floor of our office. Selina, chemist, toxicologist, and my wife and professional partner, offered him one of the chairs surrounding her cluttered desk, and he wasted no time coming to the point. -more-

A Poem for Peace

By Morton Felix
Friday December 28, 2007

For Jesse -more-

Grapes of Wrath Revisited

By Marianne Robinson
Friday December 28, 2007

It’s still the same, Tom Joad, -more-

‘Don’t Shoot! Don’t Shoot!

By Judith Hunt
Friday December 28, 2007

For thirty miles a black car had followed her closely at the posted maximum speed—by dark night on a lonely two-lane road. -more-

The Spirit of Giving Gets Contagious

By Suzie Skugstad
Friday December 28, 2007

For her sixth birthday this year, first-grader Casey Lane decided that she didn’t want a “typical” party. She wanted to have fun with her friends AND help homeless kids while she was at it—even if it meant not receiving presents from her friends (pictured with all the gift bags). -more-

In the Beginning is the Word

By Joey Yovino-Young
Friday December 28, 2007

In the late 1970s, when we were about 19 years old, my friend Russ and I got jobs as teachers at a before-and-after-school program that was housed in a separate bungalow from the school. Largely left to our own devices, we made up the day’s activities as we went. After several months we had our routine down with circle-time, drawing-time and outside playtime being everyone’s favorites. -more-


By Nance Wogan
Friday December 28, 2007

[after Basho’s longing for Kyoto] -more-

East Bay Then and Now: Two East Bay Churches Mark Christmas Centennials

By Daniella Thompson
Friday December 28, 2007

In the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the East Bay population ballooned practically overnight, absorbing 200,000 refugees of which three-quarters remained permanently. To accommodate their burgeoning communities, Berkeley and Oakland acquired new housing developments, factories, and transportation routes, as well as a good number of churches. -more-

About the House: Remodeling the Single Bath

By Matt Cantor
Friday December 28, 2007

Hi, My name’s Matt and I’m a recovering general contractor. It’s not easy to talk about, but I know it makes it better to get it out in the open and discuss it. -more-

Berkeley This Week

Friday December 28, 2007

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 -more-