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Friday March 28, 2008

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Friends of Negro Spirituals Celebrate at Mills

By Ken Bullock
Friday March 28, 2008

Friends of Negro Spirituals will celebrate the public release of their Negro spirituals oral history DVD set, “In Our Own Words: The Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers,” on Sunday afternoon at Mills College. -more-


‘Tartuffe’ at the Masquers

By Ken Bullock
Friday March 28, 2008

Bay Area Architecture: The Identity Crisis Behind San Francisco’s Skyscraper Boom

By John Kenyon
Friday March 28, 2008
The current and proposed view of the San Francisco skyline from the East Bay.

Back in the late 1960s I had lunch in Regent’s Park in London with the editor of the RIBA Journal. As we strolled around in that lovely landscape, he gestured to the new Post Office Tower, a novel “foreign object” rising above the grand old trees and Regency terraces. Almost 600 feet high, crowned by a revolving-view restaurant and hung with satellite dishes, it was a living insult to any passionate contextualist. “I don’t dislike it,” said my colleague, “but it quite takes away that special joy of London—a collection of distinct neighborhoods.” -more-


Where Are We Going, and Why Are We in This Handbasket?

By Jane Powell
Friday March 28, 2008

With more bad economic news being revealed daily, I think even those of us who aren’t planning to sell, buy, or refinance a house are getting rather nervous. It’s come to the point where one starts to wonder how surreal it could get, given that some lenders are suddenly deciding to cancel or freeze home equity lines of credit, even for borrowers who have made all their payments on time, or are refusing to subordinate to new first mortgages, making it impossible for people to refinance. -more-


Garden Variety: Westbrae Nursery: Your Chance to Start a Trend

By Ron Sullivan
Friday March 28, 2008
Tree peony blossom the size of my dainty hand at Westbrae Nursery.

All you gardeners within striking distance of northwest Berkeley: Here’s your chance to be influential. Westbrae Nursery on Gilman Street changed hands in January and just had an official Grand Opening. Jeff Eckhart, who owns the business now along with his sister Chris Szybalski, told me he has a few definite ideas about new directions and he’s open to more. -more-


About the House: Rebuilding Together Needs You

By Matt Cantor
Friday March 28, 2008

I don’t know about you but I’m a person that’s very expert at feeling sorry for myself. If it’s not done my way, I’m grouchy. If they didn’t know what I wanted or anticipated how I was going to respond, I feel slighted. I’m not proud of it but that’s just the kind of gigantic baby I am. Waaaa. That’s why I volunteer. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Friday March 28, 2008

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Arts Calendar

Tuesday March 25, 2008

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Books: Prof. Joseph Voyle’s Buried Ancient City Under UC Berkeley

By Richard Schwartz
Tuesday March 25, 2008
Professor Joseph Voyle using his psychic compass divining rod to reveal to the public his newly discovered buried city under the UC Berkeley campus. From the San Francisco Call, June 22, 1908.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a three-part series featuring stories of forgotten Berkeley history excerpted from Richard Schwartz’s book Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley. -more-


The Theater: ‘Tragedy: A Tragedy’ at Berkeley Rep

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet
Tuesday March 25, 2008

“Tonight’s forecast: Dark. Increasing darkness, with widely scattered daylight in the morning.” So George Carlin’s stoned weatherman predicted the nocturnal trend in his ’60s stand-up comedy act. -more-


Wild Neighbors: Egrets, Deer and Prince Kropotkin

By Joe Eaton
Tuesday March 25, 2008
A great egret, perched on a fence at Lake Merritt.

Partnerships across species lines aren’t all that uncommon in nature. Where Darwin saw evolution as a process of deadly competition, the Russian aristocrat-anarchist Pyotor Kropotkin observed “mutual aid” everywhere-cooperative behavior not just within species, as in the beehive or wolfpack, but even between unrelated creatures. -more-


Berkeley This Week

Tuesday March 25, 2008

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 -more-