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Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:15:00 AM

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Eastenders Perform Three Vanek Plays

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:09:00 AM

Principles, principles—you’re making a fortune ... who’s going to write about me?” So a brewmaster (Jeff Thomas), swilling his wares in an office, complains to dissident playwright Vanek (Craig Souza), his would-be protege whom he’s called in from the cellars for a chat and a stein, in the first one of the Eastenders’ production of three Vaclav Havel one-acts. Three Vanek Plays: Audience, Unveiling, and Protest, is in its final weekend at the Berkeley Jewish Community Center on Walnut Street. -more-

Arts Around the East Bay

Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:11:00 AM


Bach Soloists at 1st Congregational This Saturday

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Plane
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:15:00 AM

Baroque trumpeter John Thiessen joins the American Bach Soloists, conducted by Jeffrey Thomas, Saturday, 8 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Channing Way at Dana, for an end of season program that pays tribute to two contemporaries of Bach—Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) and Guiseppe Torelli (1658-1709)— and also playing “Mr. Handel’s Water Piece,” as well as Telemann’s own Water Music, celebrating seafaring life in 18th century Hamburg, and Bach’s Sixth Brandenburg Concerto, “a virtual quadruple concerto for violas and violas da gamba.” -more-

Moving Pictures:‘Flight of the Balloon’: Updating a Classic

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:17:00 AM

Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge, 1956) was a film about the trials, tribulations and escapist fantasies of a child. Pascal and the red balloon were companions, and it was that friendship that sustained the boy throughout his daily travails of school and bullies and boredom. Lamorisse created a small masterpiece which managed to work on two levels: as an alluring evocation of the escapist fantasies of youth, and as a moving depiction of the day-to-day realities that make that escape so enticing. -more-

‘Queenie Pie,’ Ellington’s Only Opera, Performed with Shelby Jazz Orchestra

By Jaime Robles, Special to the Planet
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:19:00 AM

With a creamy smooth trumpet rising over the exotic beat and slightly moody sound, giving over to the close couple dance of flute and bass and followed by an ultra cool sax solo, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra swung into the big band sound of Ellington in the Oakland Opera Theater’s ebullient production of Queenie Pie, the jazz master’s only opera. -more-

This Old Band, Shaheed Play Sunday For Free at 4th Street Jazz Festival

By Ira Steingroot, Special to the Planet
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:20:00 AM

If you yearn for the days when jazz was played on the streets of New Orleans for free, and all you had to do to join the second line was to get with it and dance to the beat, you will not want to miss hearing the top-rated artists who will be performing al fresco and without charge at the 12th annual Jazz on Fourth Street Festival this Sunday. -more-

East Bay, Then and Now: Schweinfurth’s First Unitarian: A Powerhouse of a Church

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:23:00 AM
The west façade is a gigantic gable supported by two unpeeled redwood trunks. The church now serves as the university’s dance studio.

“The First Unitarian Church of Berkeley was founded on Sunday, July 12, 1891, in space rented from the Berkeley Odd Fellows Temple, then on Shattuck [Avenue], a couple of blocks south of its present location. Some have said that this first meeting was held in a saloon on the first floor, but if so, suitable quarters were found for subsequent meetings.” -more-

About the House: On Thinking Small

By Matt Cantor
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:29:00 AM

It’s funny how a word can suddenly start popping up wherever you go. I was in a spinning class the other day (No, I’ve not taken up knitting. Well, actually I have, but that’s another story). This was one of those classes where a bunch of people who should otherwise be too embarrassed, actually manage to show up in spandex and pedal feverishly to absolutely nowhere for an hour, accomplishing nothing except to have become more conversant in the latest techno-pop noise. All in all, it’s quite fun but, as usual, I digress. During the class, our fearless leader, Marjorie, uttered the work parsimonious. I have a feeling Marjorie has been thinking about things parsimonious and it sort of fell out of the bag. -more-

Wild Neighbors: UC and Strawberry Canyon: Last Round for the Whipsnake?

By Joe Eaton
Thursday May 15, 2008 - 10:27:00 AM

Once more into Strawberry Canyon, and then I’ll try to get back to the natural-history beat. -more-

City Offers Help with Condo Law

Tuesday May 20, 2008 - 05:09:00 PM

With the city’s new condominium conversion taking effect Thursday, the city’s Planning and Development Department is holding a workshop on the new law that same afternoon. -more-

Community Calendar

Thursday May 15, 2008 - 09:38:00 AM

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