Arts + Culture
Last time Arabian Nights appeared on Berkeley Rep’s stage, it scored more critical acclaim than the Beatles on Ed Sullivan or Jesus on Easter - as well as nightly standing ovations with various forms of enthusiastic whooping. So Berkeley Rep wisely resurrected this gorgeous piece of theater for a limited run. With Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman at the helm, Arabian Nights is the infamous tale of a bride who spins a provocative web of genies, jesters, thieves and kings in hopes of saving her life.
Suspects in the murder of one decomposing composer are the clarinet (“everyone knows reed instruments are sneaky”), the bass (“tired of playing the boring parts”), and the flute (“angry about having to act like birds.”) Responsible for seeing justice done is one hook-nosed inspector with a notebook and an unfortunate proclivity for accidentally snapping off the corpse’s left hand.
Better known as Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler is an irreverent Bay Area celebrity whose delightfully wrong sense of humor makes him entirely capable of writing a children’s story about a dead body. The dead body in question is the titular composer, a master of classical music now good only for rat food.
Lots of happening stuff going on at the Compound Gallery over in Oakland this month! One half of the ambitious couple (the first of our Power Couples profiles) who owns the art space, Lena Reynoso, tells us of the Fifth Annual HOLIDAYLAND gift sale put on by Professor Squirrel, which is going on in tandem with their It's Better Than a Lump of Coal art sale, both featuring hundreds of handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces of fine art, jewelry, household objects, clothes and paper goods.
I've been seeing this great guy—hot, thoughtful, funny, professional. But I've had two girlfriends mention to me that he seems gay. (Doesn't act like it in bed.) I don't want to weird him out by asking, but I also don't want to get serious with him if he might someday "realize" he's gay.
If the standard Nutcracker spectacle strikes you as insipid or expensive or just too darn reminiscent of enforced family outings, try Dance Brigade’s Revolutionary Nutcracker Sweetie. Krissy Keefer’s refreshing version of the nut-cracking holiday confection turns Clara into an undocumented worker for a wealthy family and Drosselmeyer into the pink Mohawked gay son, who presents Clara with a freedom-fighting South African nutcracker.
It's Wednesday, which means our Exquisite Corpse game continues with this very Pink Floydian piece of art by local artist Kelly Lynn Jones. Get your noggin in gear and craft a response drawing (here's the great stuff we received for the first round!) for a chance to win $140 in local gift certificates and your art might even wind up on a poster sold exclusively on 7x7.com!
A look at the book spines on my shelves reveals a lot of spectacles staring back at you. No, it's not a bunch of Harry Potters (okay, maybe a few), it's the little glasses logo that signifies the book is from San Francisco publisher (and 7x7 sister company) Chronicle. I've got a lot of those, you see, because they produce such fantastic titles.
Behold the whimsical entries we've received for our Exquisite Corpse game! Today is the last day to enter your artwork in response to local artist Eunice Moyle's original drawing from our inaugural post, so keep sending those JPEGs (500 width by 700 height at 72 dpi) in to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Tomorrow and each Wednesday in December, we're posting another inspirational drawing you can respond to. The best of the bunch will be transformed into a poster sold exclusively on 7x7.com!