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Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:10:00 AM

MONDAY, JULY 28 -more-

Mari Marks: Process with Natural Matter

By Peter Selz Special to the Planet
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:11:00 AM
A painting from the Mari Marks exhibit, on display through Sept. 3 at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Mari Mark’s works, presently seen in a fine installation by Nicolas Ukranic at the Graduate Theological Union Library, are luminous encaustic paintings. Some are heavily textured, others reveal their smooth wax surface. Some are translucent, others appear opaque. They are open to free association by the viewer. They may suggest clouds, sand, rippling water, ploughed earth, heavy fog—everything from mountain ranges and deep canyons to bee hives and fingerprints. They can also evoke a sense of turmoil as well as a feeling of peace. A special luminosity seems to emerge from the material and the process employed by the artist. -more-

African-American Shakespeare Co. Stages Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:11:00 AM

A young couple, forced to part, goes through mutual recriminations, put right by a knowing maidservant: “Give me your hands.” At the protest, “I don’t see much point in it,” she replies, “There hasn’t been much point in the past five minutes. Remember you’re in love.” And they do. -more-

Noel Coward’s ‘Hay Fever’ at Altarena Playhouse

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:16:00 AM

"Nudity can be a beautiful thing, Clara.” “Blimey! Perhaps me being a dresser has spoiled my eye for it!” -more-

‘Merry Wives’ New Vaudeville Style at Art Center

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:17:00 AM

Uh-one, uh-two ...” Not Lawrence Welk but Sir John Falstaff—or is that Geoffrey Pond of Subterranean Shakespeare in the outlandish tie and suspenders?—gives the downbeat, and accompanied by the unlikely tinkle of a toy piano, launches into “This Guy’s in Love With You,” with female chorus, to open Subterranean Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor in “new vaudeville” style, as directed by Katya Rivera, at the Berkeley Art Center in Live Oak Park. -more-

Moving Picures: Film Documents Would-Be President’s 2006 Trip to Africa

By Justin DeFreitas,
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:15:00 AM

In August of 2006, Illinois Senator Barack Obama embarked on a diplomatic trip to Africa. Along the way, he made his first visit in 14 years to Kenya, birthplace of his father. Thousands turned out to see the would-be president wherever he went, and to his credit Obama sought to make the most of it, using every appearance to draw attention to the issues of the region. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: Civil War Hero Established a Military Dynasty

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:18:00 AM
The two McCleave rental houses (l to r), 1510 and 1506 Oxford St.

On Feb. 4, 1904, the San Francisco Call published the following obituary: -more-

Remembering Paul Mickiewicz

By Matt Cantor
Thursday July 24, 2008 - 10:20:00 AM
Paul Mickiewicz with his daughter Miranda in an undated photo.

There is, for me, no virtue greater than kindness. The world suffers for an inadequacy of this greatest of dispositions and today the world is a little more deficient for the loss of our friend Paul, who knew kindness as both student and teacher. -more-

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Thursday July 24, 2008 - 09:59:00 AM

MONDAY, JULY 28 -more-