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Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

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Cabaret Opera Stages an ‘Opera Apocalypse’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 09:59:00 AM

“Opera Apocalypse!” The title of San Francisco Cabaret Opera’s show of three short, new pieces conjures up Wagnerian images of The End. Some might say it’s a tautology. But the trio of operas—Mark Alburger’s Antigone, Ophelia Forever by Amy Beth Kirsten and John G. Biloota’s Quantum Mechanic—offer a mix of humor, intensity and thoughtfulness “exploring a post-apocalyptic future focused on women.” -more-

Philharmonia Baroque At First Congregational

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:00:00 AM

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will perform a challenging program, featuring violinist Colin Jacobson, cellist Tanya Tomkins and fortepianist Eric Zivian, with the orchestra conducted by musical director Nicholas McGegan, at First Congregational Church this weekend. -more-

Oakland Symphony Premieres Unusual Work

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:03:00 AM

Oakland East Bay Symphony will premiere an unusual commissioned work by San Francisco composer Nathaniel Stookey, Zipperz, with a libretto by Dan Harder, also of San Francisco, to be sung by Berkeley-native Eisa Davis and Manoel Felciano, both recently featured on Broadway in New York, at the opening night of the Symphony’s 20th anniversary season, this Friday at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland. -more-

Virago’s Theatre’s ‘Dream of a Common Language’

By Ken Bullock Special to the Planet
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:04:00 AM

A young boy looks out from a picture frame hung askew, calling out for his mother, who is herself surrounded by a frame, in the throes of a bad dream, finally waking up and running out into the countryside. -more-

Moving Pictures: Chorus Performs Dramatic Oratorio for Classic Film

By Justin DeFreitas
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:01:00 AM
Carl Dreyer’s Passion of Joan Arc uses dramatic close-ups and sparse backgrounds to dramatize the confrontations of her trial, juxtaposing her youth and sincerity against the corruption and hostility of her persecutors.

A rare event is coming to the Bay Area this next week. One of cinema’s greatest works of art will screen twice—once at San Francisco’s Castro Theater and once at UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall—accompanied by 200 singers and a 24-piece orchestra. UC Berkeley’s Alumni Chorus will present Voices of Light, an oratorio, as accompaniment for Carl Dreyer’s 1928 landmark film The Passion of Joan of Arc. -more-

Annual Italian Film Fest Returns to San Francisco

By Michael Howerton
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:02:00 AM

New Italian Cinema, the annual San Francisco Film Society festival, returns to Embarcadero Cinemas next week with seven new films by emerging Italian directors, three movies by acclaimed Tuscan director Paolo Virzi and two special closing night films. Some of the filmmakers will be on hand for the showings. -more-

East Bay: Then and Now—The Inventor, His House and the Neglected Bequest

By Daniella Thompson
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 10:05:00 AM
The Smyth House

A little-noticed gated driveway branching east off Hillside Avenue north of Dwight Way bears a name most Berkeleyans wouldn’t recognize: Fernwald Road. It leads to a UC apartment complex housing 74 student families. Smyth Fernwald, as the complex is called, is named after the previous owner of the land, engineer, inventor, and social economist William Henry Smyth (1855-1940). Fernwald was the name Smyth gave his estate in the mid-1890s. -more-

About the House: How Good a Deal is a Fixer?

By Matt Cantor
Thursday November 13, 2008 - 11:42:00 AM

It’s funny how little I know about a house prior to pulling up to the curb. Despite some lengthy conversation with my client, it really isn’t until I’ve arrived that I can actually see what I’m going to be dealing with. Had I known on this particular day what it was that I was going to see, I might have turned it down but, in retrospect, it was probably best that I didn’t know and showed up anyway. -more-

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Thursday November 13, 2008 - 09:40:00 AM

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