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Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:08:00 AM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 -more-


Crowded Fire Stages ‘The Listener’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:09:00 AM

In a rush of oft-repeated words, The Listener sits in her studio, a conning tower of junk electronics, and broadcasts: “Calling anyone who is anyone out there, do you read me?” -more-


Belasco Theatre Company Presents ‘The Wiz’ at Oakland's Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:08:00 AM

The Wiz isn’t exactly “We’re off to see the Wizard.” Both follow the Yellow Brick Road with high spirits, but The Wiz proceeds to a different, syncopated beat. Both eventually get to the same place: back (or down) home, where it all began. -more-


Cal Shakes Brings ‘Uncle Vanya’ to Orinda’s Bruns Amphitheater

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:10:00 AM

When a pompous old professor (James Carpenter as Serebryakov) and his alluring young wife (Sarah Grace Wilson as Yelena) take up residence with his relations by marriage on his late wife’s country estate, their extravagant style unsettles the household—and some of its visitors. It’s not just the professor’s pontificating, or the hours they keep, it’s the demands they make that get under everyone’s skin. -more-


Moving Pictures: Tales of Terror and Demagoguery

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:10:00 AM
Juan Guzman besieged by the press in The Judge and the General.

Two new films in Berkeley theaters this week depict the dangers of demagoguery from two different perspectives—from the relatively small-scale harassment of the Hollywood 10, to the murderous horrors of Augusto Pinochet’s reign in Chile. -more-


San Francisco Triennial at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

By Peter Selz Special to the Planet
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:11:00 AM
Deep Gradient Complex by John Roloff, 2008

The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents an important multifaceted exhibition which demonstrates the varieties of directions of art at this juncture. For the past 15 years the center has presented surveys of the visual arts every three years. Unlike the former San Francisco Annuals, which were limited to painting and sculpture, these “Bay Area Now” shows include photographs, films, videos, films, maps, books, sound and many installations. -more-


About the House: Home Inspection Confidential

By Matt Cantor
Thursday August 14, 2008 - 09:11:00 AM

Everyone has something particularly annoying about their job. I’m sure yours has at least one (I can see the heads nodding). OK, it’s more than one. Me, too. I’ve got a few and one of these serenity-busters that bugs me the most is being asked which building code justifies an item that I’ve called out during an inspection. -more-


Community Calendar

Thursday August 14, 2008 - 08:52:00 AM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 14 -more-