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Arts Calendar

Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:06:00 AM

THURSDAY, JULY 23 -more-

Altarena’s ‘Spitfire Grill’ Serves Up Moody Tales, Music

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:00:00 AM

The sweep of bowed strings—cello and violin—blends in with piano and guitar, coming down from the musicians’ loft in the Altarena Playhouse, a little moody, impersonal yet country-flavored, powering the singing and texturing the story of The Spitfire Grill, the 2001 musical from the 1996 movie of the same name. -more-

Mort Sahl and Dick Gregory at SF’s Rrazz Room

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:01:00 AM
Dick Gregory, Mort Sahl.

A few years back, pioneering stand-up comedian and social satirist Mort Sahl—who is appearing with veteran humorist Dick Gregory at the Rrazz Room in downtown San Francisco through Saturday—was asked, after a show at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, where he placed himself in the political spectrum. -more-

Actors Ensemble Lovingly Revives the ‘Peanuts’ Gang

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:07:00 AM

Summertime ... Charlie Brown stolidly leading his baseball team down to defeat, hit after hit flying high over his head as pitcher, while the players gossip about him in the outfield. Soon it’ll be fall—with Lucy yanking away the football she’s suckered the ever-gullible Charlie Brown into trying to kick off. -more-

Summer Opera: ‘Agrippina’ and ‘Figaro’

By Ken Bullock, Special to the Planet
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:07:00 AM

This weekend may prove to be the choicest moment of summer opera in the East Bay, indoors and out—and over a span of millennia, from ancient Rome through the 18th century to the present day. Two adventuresome independent local companies, Open Opera and Oakland Opera Theater, will stage, respectively, Mozart’s most famous opera, The Marriage of Figaro in period dress, outdoors (and free) in John Hinkel Park, and a “a post-modern view” of Handel’s opera on its 300th anniversary, Agrippina 2000, American Emperor at their Oakland Metro Operahouse near Jack London Square. -more-

About the House: A Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit

By Matt Cantor
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:10:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I made the dangerous trek out of Berkeley and into Contra Cost County. I took off my tie-dye, trimmed my mustache and put on dark glasses. True, the “Hate is not a family value” license plate holder was still visible but I parked far enough from the house to be safe. It was OK. We avoided politics. For all I know, they voted for Obama. Lots of people voted for Obama and, despite all my joking, they were actually very nice. -more-

East Bay Then and Now: The Carpenter, the Baker and the Classics Professor

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 10:09:00 AM

The sky-blue Victorian villa—part Stick-Eastlake, part Gothic Revival, and proudly holding aloft a tower and weathervane on the northeastern corner of Francisco and Milvia Streets—is a striking sight. -more-

Community Calendar

Thursday July 23, 2009 - 09:48:00 AM

THURSDAY, JULY 23 -more-


Thursday July 23, 2009 - 09:46:00 AM

Clarification -more-