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Monday March 09, 2009 - 10:01:00 AM

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Berkeley Opera Stages ‘Tales of Hoffman’

By Jaime Robles Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 06:58:00 PM

It’s little wonder that E.T.A. Hoffmann was one of the Romantic era’s favorite and most influential writers—parts of his long fantastic stories can be found in many of the operas and ballets of the time from Delibes to Tchaikovsky to Offenbach. Recognizing a cultural force when he saw one, Papa Freud used Hoffmann’s work as the basis for his essay on the uncanny, “Das Unheimliche.” -more-


Alameda’s Altarena Playhouse Presents ‘Gypsy’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:00:00 PM

The band in the loft at Altarena Playhouse strikes up the overture with the head for “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” The curtain is ready to rise on Gypsy, opening with the auditions for a kiddie show in Seattle. This musical is all about being onstage and backstage, featuring the most relentless stage mother of them all. -more-


Daily Planet Forum Features Author David Bacon

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 06:58:00 PM

David Bacon, Berkeley-based labor journalist, photographer, KPFA radio commentator and Daily Planet contributor, will speak on his book, Illegal People—How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (Beacon, 2008), followed by a discussion and book signing, at the first Berkeley Daily Planet Book Forum, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by the Hillside Club and Black Oak Books, along with the Planet. -more-


New Century Chamber Orchestra Presents ‘Glory of Russia’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:00:00 PM

The New Century Chamber Orchestra will present The Glory of Russia, a program of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives, Op. 22, featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott; Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35, featuring McDermott and trumpeter Adam Luftman; and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Friday at Berkeley’s First Congregational Church. -more-


Other Minds 14th New Music Festival this Weekend

Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 06:58:00 PM

Other Minds—the 14th New Music festival founded by former KPFA programmer Charles Amirkhanian—presents three evenings of diversity and depth in contemporary music, beginning tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco’s Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., with such legends of New Music as Ben Johnston, John Schneider, Chinary Ung and other composers and musicians from Brazil, Canada, Poland, Argentina, Estonia, including Michael Harrison, collaborator with Terry Riley and La Monte Young. Panels with the artists start at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25; festival passes: $60-150 (415) 292-1233 or otherminds.org -more-


Daily Planet Forum Features Author David Bacon

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:01:00 PM

David Bacon, Berkeley-based labor journalist, photographer, KPFA radio commentator and Daily Planet contributor, will speak on his book, Illegal People—How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants (Beacon, 2008), followed by a discussion and book signing, at the first Berkeley Daily Planet Book Forum, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. Admission is free. The event is co-sponsored by the Hillside Club and Black Oak Books, along with the Planet. -more-


‘What the Women Say’ Poetry and Performance

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:00:00 PM

Golden Thread Productions, the Bay Area’s specialists in theater and other performances exploring Middle Eastern identity, will co-present, with Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change, and ASWAT Bay Area Arab Music Ensemble, “What the Women Say” their annual evening of poetry and performance for International Women’s Day on Sunday, dedicated this year to the women of Gaza, featuring poetry by Deema Shehabi and Dina Omar, a staged reading of the blog writings of Majeda Al Saqqa from Gaza and a performance by Al-Juthoor dance company at La Pena Cultural Center. -more-


Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival This Weekend

Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 06:59:00 PM

Just an hour up the road in Sonoma County, the Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents the second annual Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival this weekend, March 6-8. -more-


Around the East Bay: Other Minds

Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:01:00 PM

Other Minds—the 14th New Music festival founded by former KPFA programmer Charles Amirkhanian—presents three evenings of diversity and depth in contemporary music, beginning tonight (Thursday) at 8 p.m. through Saturday at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco’s Kanbar Hall, 3200 California St., with such legends of New Music as Ben Johnston, John Schneider, Chinary Ung and other composers and musicians from Brazil, Canada, Poland, Argentina, Estonia, including Michael Harrison, collaborator with Terry Riley and La Monte Young. Panels with the artists start at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25; festival passes: $60-150 (415) 292-1233 or otherminds.org -more-


East Bay Then and Now: When Berkeley’s Home Street Was a Street of Homes

By Daniella Thompson
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:02:00 PM
1930 Walnut St. was built in 1905 as a two-family rental property.

At the heart of Berkeley’s downtown, behind the commercial facades of University Avenue, stands a cluster of four century-old residential buildings. Shoppers at Berkeley Hardware who park next to these relics may pause and wonder about them occasionally. -more-


About the House: Cooperative Housing—Not Just for Hippies Anymore

By Matt Cantor
Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:03:00 PM

I could be handy mending a fuse -more-


Community Calendar

Wednesday March 04, 2009 - 07:08:00 PM

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