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Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:20:00 AM

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‘The Matchmaker’ at Live Oak Park

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:21:00 AM

A prosperous—and obstreperous—dry goods merchant in Belle Epoque suburban Yonkers forbids his daughter to marry a young artist, all the while planning a marriage himself, bride-to-be as yet unknown. Having engaged a matchmaker of great certitude and byzantine machinations, the shopkeeper prepares to descend on Manhattan with his counselor to visit his apparently intended, a millineress. -more-

Central Works Stages Gary Graves’ ‘Midsummer / 4’ at Berkeley City Club

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:21:00 AM

Above a leaf-pattern carpet, the narrow eyes and wry smile of a strange man look out through foliage, a funny portrait above the mantel. Or are the leaves growing from his face? (The painting is King of the Green Men, by Brian Froud.) -more-

Festival Features Two Readings of Gardley’s Work-in-Progress

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:23:00 AM

Alabama churchgoers sway in their pews, back and forth between testifying with a sanctimonious air and buzzing with gossip. “Lord, it’s hot! Hot as Hades ... in a gut-bucket town, a hundred degrees ... nowhere to go, too hot to drive around, too hot to leave the house!” Some suddenly freeze in attitudes of suspicion as the ensemble builds to a crescendo, writhing, rubbing their hands and exclaiming in unison: “We’re hot—because our church is on fire—and we’re trapped!” -more-

Books: Consumerism and the ‘Inverted Quarantine’

By Conn Hallinan Special to the Planet
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:22:00 AM

Bookstore shelves groan with volumes on how the world is out to get us. Authors tell us that what we eat, drink and breathe are just a slow way to commit suicide. The media is full of crime stories, drug busts and murders. It’s a wonder people get out of bed in the morning. -more-

About the House: Is Cooperative Housing for You?

By Matt Cantor
Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:24:00 AM

Years ago, when my girls were little, I began to realize that the world, my world really, was partitioned up into two distinct groups. People that had kids and those who didn’t. Now that I had found myself in the former group I slowly started to see some underlying differences between people in the two groups. These are, of course, generalities and there are lots of exceptions but it is clear that those who carry the unflagging responsibility for other people are altered by the process and forced, as I certainly was, to grow up. This is, naturally a very broad statement and I think can only be seen in relative terms. -more-

Community Calendar

Thursday July 31, 2008 - 10:06:00 AM

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