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Berkeley Playhouse – A Little Princess

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 30, 2013



October 30‚ÄďDecember 8, 2013 Music by Andrew Lippa ¬∑ Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley Based on the children‚Äôs novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Berkeley, CA (September 26, 2013) ‚Äď Berkeley Playhouse opens its sixth season with the East Bay premiere of A LITTLE PRINCESS, a new musical by Brian Crawley and Tony-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and directed by Berkeley Playhouse Artistic Director Elizabeth McKoy (The Sound of Music, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). Tony Award-winning actor Wilson Jermaine Heredia makes his company and East Bay debut as Pasko. A LITTLE PRINCESS runs from October 30 through December 8 (press weekend: Saturday, November 2, 6 p.m. and Sunday, November 3, 12 p.m. or 5 p.m.) at the Julia Morgan Theater. Tickets ($17 – $60) are now on-sale at http://www.berkeleyplayhouse.org or by phone at (510) 845-8542 x351.

Read the full A-Little-Princess-Press-Release

Piedmont locals Danny DeBare (PHS, 9th grader), Malia Lee (Havens, 5th grader), Charlotte Levy (Beach, 4th grader) and Isabel Cumbelich (Bentley, 7th grader)

The case includes Piedmont locals Danny DeBare (PHS, 9th grader), Malia Lee (Havens, 5th grader), Charlotte Levy (Beach, 4th grader) and Isabel Cumbelich (Bentley, 7th grader)



Previews: Thursday, October 30, 7 p.m.; Saturday, November 2, 1 p.m.

Opens: Saturday, November 2, 6 p.m.

Press: Saturday, November 2, 6 p.m., Sunday, November 3, 12 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Closes: December 8. All performances: Thursday‚ÄďFriday 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Weekend (11/28-12/1): Friday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.

WHERE: Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theater. 2640 College Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704

TICKETS: For tickets ($17‚Äď$60) or more information, the pubic may visit www.berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542 x351. Group rates available.

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Public Workshop: How to Make Walking and Biking in Piedmont Safer and Easier

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 30, 2013

On October 30, 2013, the City of Piedmont Planning Commission ¬†will host a public workshop on the recently launched process to develop Piedmont‚Äôs first Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan (PBMP). The purpose of the workshop is to hear from members of the community about the needs and concerns of pedestrians and cyclists in Piedmont; the obstacles and challenges to walking and biking in our city; and the public‚Äôs ideas for making walking and biking in Piedmont safer and easier. The input will be used to develop and prioritize recommended improvements throughout the city. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 ‚Äď 8:30 pm, at the Piedmont Community Hall (711 Highland Avenue).

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

Adeline and Lakeshore could be models for Grand Avenue.

In order to hear from as many people as possible, the City has also developed an online survey on the same subject (www.surveymonkey.com/s/WalkBikePiedmont). Everyone who responds to the survey will be eligible to win one of three donated $25 gift cards for Mulberry’s Market (courtesy of the City’s consultant on the PBMP). The survey will remain open through November 16, 2013. People are also encouraged to email any additional thoughts and comments on the needs and challenges to walking and biking in Piedmont to Kate Black, City Planner, at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

In the meantime, the City is wrapping up an ‚Äúexisting conditions‚ÄĚ report for the PBMP. This background report summarizes existing local conditions and issues relevant to walking and biking in Piedmont. It covers such topics as the city‚Äôs street network, key destinations around the city, facilities for walking and biking, and collision statistics. The report will be made available to the public for review and comment once it has been finalized.

The PBMP is being funded entirely through a grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC; http://www.alamedactc.org) and through the City’s existing funds for pedestrian and bicycle improvements (pass-through Measure B funds), also distributed by the Alameda CTC.

For more information about the PBMP, contact Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us or at (510) 420-3063.

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Temescal Trick or Treat

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 25, 2013

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Halloween is right around the creepy corner! Come celebrate with us on Thursday, Oct. 31st, as Temescal merchants open their doors to trick-or-treaters from 4-6pm.
In addition to lots of¬†candy, there will be face-painting, mask-making, and a¬†costume contest¬†at Ruby’s Garden. Also,¬†The Hobo Goblins¬†will be playing LIVE MUSIC from 4-5:30pm in front of Hooper’s Chocolates on Telegraph. So, grab your costumes and head to Temescal for a spook-tacular time!

For more information Telegraph Temescal BID at (510) 860-7327 or Temescal District website.

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East Bay Children’s Theatre Announces Auditions for World Premier Musical

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 22, 2013

(And the Giant, and the Goose, and the Really, Truly-Uly Rotten Day)


East Bay Children’s Theatre is the Bay Area’s oldest continuously operating theatre company. We are an adult company performing for children and families. We rehearse and perform Tuesday, Thursday, and every-other Wednesday mornings. Time commitment is early January through late March.

Casting 4 Men (age 18 ‚Äď 60) and 3 Women (18-60). Plus 2 lead roles for Young Adults:¬†12-17 (excellent opportunity for home schooled kids), as well as Ensemble roles. Stipend¬†Paid ($420). Non-AEA. One Intern position available for candidate with professional¬†theatrical ambitions ($700).

Auditions: November 6 at 10:00 am. Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA. Accompanist provided. Bring music in key. Cold read. No dance. Can’t make the date? Drop us a line and we’ll see if we can work out an alternate. For more info, contact: ebctheatre@gmail.com
This all-new musical version of the classic tale will delight children and adults alike with its upbeat attitude, clever comedy, and Broadway-style songs. The wacky cast of characters includes the troubled titular character (Jack), an overworked and underpaid Golden Goose, and a diminutive Giant with an enormous Napoleon Complex!

With a sparkling new script and score by award-winning writer-composer Ron Lytle (the Bay Area’s most prolific creator of new musicals), and direction by Sue Ellen Nelsen (whose many honors include directing the San Francisco Chronicle’s #1 Show of the Year), JACK AND THE BEANSTALK promises to be must-see entertainment for the entire family!

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Piedmonters, what kind of city administrator do you want to have?

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 3, 2013

At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, 2013, the Piedmont City Council will take public testimony on the experience, education, and qualities desired in the new City Administrator. This meeting will provide an opportunity to give input to the City Council on the traits you would like to see in a new City Administrator.  City Administrator Geoffrey L. Grote announced in August that he will retire in February 2014 after 25 years in his position. The City issued a Request For Proposals for executive search firms in August and received proposals from five firms. After reviewing the proposals, at its meeting of September 16th, the City Council engaged the services of the firm of Peckham and McKenney to recruit a new City Administrator. The process of recruiting a new City Administrator, expected to take several months, begins with this upcoming meeting.
You are invited to attend this meeting to express your opinion on the experience, education, and qualities desired in the new City Administrator. The Council also encourages those who cannot attend the meeting to submit comments via email or in writing. You may send email to jtulloch@ci.piedmont.ca.us or via U.S. Mail to the Piedmont City Council, c/o City Clerk,120 Vista Avenue,Piedmont,CA 94611.
The staff report for this matter will be available on the City web site Friday, October 4, 2013. This meeting will be televised live on KCOM-TV, Channel 27, the City’s government TV station and will be available through streaming video on the City’s web site www.ci.piedmont.ca.us.
For further information, please contact City Clerk John O. Tulloch at 420-3040.

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