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Arts Calendar

Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:21:00 AM

MONDAY, JUNE 23 -more-

Frida Kahlo: A Life in Art

By Peter Selz-Special to the Planet
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:12:00 AM
Frida Kahlo’s The Broken Column.

In recent years, thanks to feminism and a renewed interest in Surrealism and in the art of Latin America, Frida Kahlo has moved to the forefront of attention. She has achieved a status unimaginable during her lifetime and we have seen a “Fridamania” cult. -more-

Ed Reed Plays Freight & Salvage

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Plane
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:13:00 AM

Ed Reed, the East Bay’s jazz balladeer, will perform in an unusual matinee at Freight & Salvage this Saturday, from 10 a.m.-noon, that will enable listeners to either catch him live on stage—or on West Coast Live, which will broadcast the show live on KALW (91.7) locally, on many national public broadcasting affiliates, or streamed over the web at -more-

The Noodle Factory: A Place for Artists in West Oakland

By Ken Bullock, Special to The Planet
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:19:00 AM

Oakland, which saw its only remaining resident theater company, TheatreFirst, compelled to leave its Old Town storefront stage a year ago, last week witnessed introductory tours led by the Northern California Land Trust for a dual-purpose project, live-work studios and performing arts venue. -more-

Moving Pictures: Tracing Family Ties to the Slave Trade

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:15:00 AM
Four descendents of Rhode Island’s DeWolf family, proprieters of the most successful slave trading operation in history, visit Ghana, the source of their family’s dubious dynasty, in Katrina Browne’s documentary Traces of the Trade.

Growing up in Bristol, Rhode Island, Katrina Browne was steeped in the traditions and lore of her family, the DeWolfs. The DeWolf family was an integral part of the town’s identity, somewhere between founding fathers and royalty. The stained-glass windows in the family church were paid for by her ancestors and bore their names; the town’s signature mansion, now a museum, was built by a DeWolf and the home remained in the family until the late 1980s. -more-

Moving Pictures: Joan Blondell at PFA

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 11:23:00 AM
Joan Blondell

It’s hard to believe, but Joan Blondell never had a starring role. Hard to believe not only because it seems like a gross oversight, but also because she so often provided her films with their most memorable character. -more-

Moving Pictures: Dissipation and Despair in Louis Malle's 'The Fire Within'

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 11:04:00 AM

July 23: the date looms. It is written on the mirror of Alain Leroy's disheveled room. He has chosen his day, he has chosen his method, and he has decided what he must do in the meantime. It is perhaps the first time he has set a goal for himself, the first time he has followed through on a plan. -more-

About the House: Come and Get Me, Copper

By Matt Cantor
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:29:00 AM

I’m a great retrospective investor. Not so good at guessing which stocks to pick today but I’m really good at knowing which company or trend I should have bought last year. I guess we’re all a bit like that. Copper is a wonderful example. Its had quite a wild ride over the last six years or so and one of those years saw close to a tripling in value. Copper started out at about 75 cents a pound in 2002 and is now nearly four dollars a pound. I guess some people feel so bad about missing out on the copper boom that they’re willing to climb under your house and leave with your plumbing. No joke—this is actually happening so much these days that its become common news. -more-

Wild Neighbors: Scrub-Jay Karma, Sympathy for a Blue Devil

By Joe Eaton
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:32:00 AM
An adult western Scrub-Jay gives the camera a dubious look

Predation: where would Animal Planet be without it? There’s not nearly as much drama in browsing. -more-

East Bay, Then and Now: Serial Entrepreneur Left a Mixed Legacy in Alameda County

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:24:00 AM

In newspaper obituaries of the early 20th century, anyone who settled in the Bay Area before 1890 was called a pioneer. Few of these early residents could compete with the Moody family for the title of pioneers. -more-

Community Calendar

Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:33:00 AM

MONDAY, JUNE 23 -more-