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Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:05:00 AM


Envision Presents Frayn’s ‘Copenhagen’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:02:00 AM

Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen depicts the wartime meeting in occupied Denmark between physicist Niels Bohr, atomic structure and quantum mechanics theorist, and Werner Heisenberg, namesake of the Indeterminacy Principle, and their conversation about scientific ethics in light of the German atomic bomb program. The 1998 play will be performed this Friday through Sunday only, at the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond, staged by Envision, a Masquers Playhouse program. -more-

Woman’s Will Presents ‘Taming of the Shrew’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:03:00 AM

“We’ve been talking about doing it since our first year,” said Erin Merritt of Woman’s Will’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. Merritt, the all-female Shakespeare company’s founder, will direct the show at John Hinkel Park to kick off its free summer season in parks around the Bay Area. -more-

Stage and Street at Jewish Museum

By Peter Selz Special to the Planet
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:04:00 AM
Music, 1920, by Marc Chagall.

Last year the Contemporary Jewish Museum opened with Daniel Libeskind’s bold elevated stainless steel cube in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena district, where it has mounted a series of pertinent exhibitions. -more-

Moving Pictures: Fairbanks, Gish Headline 2009 Silent Film Festival

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:04:00 AM
Douglas Fairbanks in <i>The Gaucho.</i>

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, now in its 14th year, screens a wide range of films each July at the Castro Theater, touching on various genres and styles from cinema’s nearly 30-year silent era. The festival starts Friday with a showing of Douglas Fairbanks’ The Gaucho (1927) and continues through the weekend with a program of a dozen screenings. -more-

Farallon Recorder Quartet Performs at St. Alban’s Church

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:06:00 AM

The Farallon Recorder Quartet—Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker and Louise Carslake—will perform at 8 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Albany, featuring works from the 14th century to the present. -more-

Old Friends Reunite for an Evening of Theater Improv

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:11:00 AM

Bob Ernst, co-founder of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, Berkeley’s innovative theater troupe of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and Ruth Zaporah, dancer and Ernst’s longtime improvisational performance partner, will present an evening of improvisation—”our own version of action theater,” as Ernst put it—at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Western Sky Studio on Eighth Street, the first time they’ve worked together in Berkeley in eight years. -more-

Around the East Bay

Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:11:00 AM


Architectural Excursions: Beltane Ranch: From ‘Dusty Place’ to ‘Mammy’s Place’

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:13:00 AM
The Southern-style house built by Mary Ellen Pleasant at Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen is now a bed-and-breakfast inn.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two articles on the Sonoma County village of Glen Ellen. -more-

About the House: Wastewater is Not a Grey Area

By Matt Cantor
Thursday July 09, 2009 - 10:14:00 AM

I think it’s fair to argue that our biggest problems in saving this planet are conceptual and often simply emotional (though these two intertwine to fuzzy indistinguishability). There are few areas in which this is more true than with our sewers. -more-

Community Calendar

Thursday July 09, 2009 - 09:45:00 AM