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Re: “Step to the Beat! Puerto Rican Bomba

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Posted by Editor on 11/13/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Hip Stix: Hip Hop for Tots

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Posted by Editor on 11/13/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Bay Area Bridges

RDL+ is intricate and fresh! Not to be missed! Great music; great venue.

Posted by nancy salcedo on 11/11/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Date Night at Pet Emergency

I've seen this show in various incarnations as it was being developed and have brought various friends to it and, amazingly, I am never bored for one second. It's so funny, so intelligent, and so moving. And you really don't need to have kids or dogs or a husband or wife of your own to get it. Anyone who has led a busy life with unexpected crises and relationship complexities will see themselves in this. Sometimes that will make you laugh, and sometimes it will make you squirm. Lots to discuss and think about afterwards, so it's a great show for friends, a book club outing, a date night with an established partner, an activity with your parents. Date Night at Pet Emergency is a great example of what I love about solo performance; it stimulates conversation and self-examination like no other art form. And you'll be laughing all the way.

Posted by Annette Roman on 10/20/2015 at 1:14 PM

Re: “Date Night at Pet Emergency

At once funny, touching, and very human, Ms. Rothman paints on a large canvas, using recognizable, everyday situations we can all sympathize with to explore bigger themes: the nature of love, the challenges of present-day marriage, and whether we are destined, despite our best efforts, to repeat the patterns set by our parents. Love, of course, wins out, as it must, but the real star of the show -- Ms. Rothman's smart, slick performance aside -- is perseverance.

This is a big story, a validating tale for couples wondering why "having it all" costs so much, a cautionary tale for couples who think they'll be able to skate, and in general a most entertaining journey for everyone. Will continue to prompt smiles and/or good conversation, long after the final bow -- or, in this case, the final bow-wow.

Posted by Jerry Franklin on 10/19/2015 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Michael Helquist

Imagine someone who fights on the front lines for voting rights, reproductive rights, a livable wage, affordable housing, and an overhaul of the criminal justice system. Marie Equi did all that nearly 100 years ago. And she was a lesbian -- one of the first publicly known lesbians on the West Coast. As well as an early woman physician. She served time in San Quentin for speaking out against WWI. ......
Reads like an historical novel but is solid history with political context and extensive citations.

Posted by Dale Danley on 09/28/2015 at 10:54 AM

Re: “In Plain Sight: Stories You Never Knew You Never Knew

Some of these plays soar with good humor: a birds' eye view of Cinderella, or the wife of Bath's witty verbal flights. Others dig under the skin, particularly those about women who turn on the powerless, or show generosity in dire straights. Thoughtful, with fine performances.

Posted by Lisa Schneider on 09/19/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Punk Rock Renaissance Fest

old school east bay punk @ old school price $6 for this show!
Impatient Youth headlining/ Dr Frank of Mr T Experience solo/ Yo/ Edge City Ruins has members of Kwik Way, Boneless Ones, 13 & Fang/ International Cafe Revue is members of Jars, Psycotic Pineapple, Young Adults. The rest of the SF Punk Renaissance: 40th Anniversary of Punk week's schedule & info & tix @ featuring Cheetah Chrome, Avengers, Deadbeats w/ Geza X, Toiling Midgets, Alice Bag, Mutants, The Lewd, Frightwig, VKTMS, No Alternative & others! some free events, too!

Posted by Naomi Mod Lang on 09/19/2015 at 12:28 AM

Re: “In Plain Sight: Stories You Never Knew You Never Knew

Remarkable production. Thought provoking.

Posted by Mark Hamblin on 09/18/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “In Plain Sight: Stories You Never Knew You Never Knew

Six utterly different fabulous portrayals of women and relationships told by riffing on familiar classics. Heartbreak alternates with tender connection, satire, redemption, rebellion, and outright situation comedy. A delightful way to spend an evening gasping, laughing and crying. Beautifully rendered, often surprising, intellectually absorbing,

Posted by Ellen Gottheil on 09/18/2015 at 11:38 AM

Re: “In Plain Sight: Stories You Never Knew You Never Knew

A wonderful assort of short plays that go from an incredible portrayal of evil to really funny.

Posted by William Newton on 09/17/2015 at 9:38 AM

Re: “In Plain Sight: Stories You Never Knew You Never Knew

What choices would you make to take back your power?
The legendary characters of In Plain Sight will risk almost anything.

Inspired by classic tales such as Medea, Cinderella, and the Iliad, five Bay Area playwrights explore beyond the margins of your favorite stories, revealing hidden truths of gender and power. By turns harrowing and hilarious, this anthology of short plays ranges in tone from whimsical comedy to Southern Gothic.

Those Women practice Radical Hospitality: All shows are pay what you can.

Posted by Carol Lashof on 09/16/2015 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Spontaneous Storytelling

This was so much fun when we did it last month. People met each other!

A new form of live entertainment has been quietly growing in the Bay Area. At least ten different true, personal storytelling shows call the East Bay their home. Have you heard of "The Moth"? Or "Snap Judgment" (both on NPR). Welcome to the newest and most fun story show yet: Spontaneous Storytelling.


Spontaneous Storytelling is an interactive event combining the fun of meeting new people with hearing and telling true, personal stories. At the beginning of the night there's a silly interactive game to get everyone mingling and talking to each other. Get curious about other people and fill up your game card.
You'll soon be thinking about all the stories you could tell. (No obligation, you're welcome to just watch and listen, too.)

Then when everyone's warmed up, we'll narrow down a theme related to everyone's favorite bar topic, dating & relationships. Using this idea as a jumping-off point, we'll tell 5-minute stories from our own life. Win drink tickets for telling a story, and prizes for meeting each other! It's a fun, casual alternative to the dating scene.

None of it's obligatory--you're welcome to just listen and enjoy. Everybody has a story about dating. If you're up for it -- come tell yours.

Posted by Julie Soller on 09/11/2015 at 11:21 AM


This is the best 'no booze - no shoes' dance in the East Bay! Great vibes, great music, and comfortable sound levels, no earplugs needed!

Posted by Mark Metz on 09/04/2015 at 8:49 AM

Re: “Koala Punch

Great Venue for music and comedy!

Posted by Marcela Cabrera on 08/19/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Wild Like Wanting

In “Wild Like Wanting”, Emma Webster refashions traditional landscape painting and allows a fresh discourse with the unknown to enter the work. Her free-form idyllic scenes explore communion with nature in an attempt to find answers about the creative and sublime.

The artworks hearken to a romantic age, when we searched for inspiration, meaning, and transcendence in nature. Within Webster’s verdant greens we find mystery, danger, and temptation, both savage and familiar. Like the shock of awe itself, the atmospheric scenes are unknowable and inhospitable.

“Wild Like Wanting”’s abstract tapestries are magnets that pull subjective imagery and colors into the space through the veiled force of painting. Yearning to fill the void – resolve answers – certain horror vaccui fuels the paintings, which are saturated with expressive marks and remnants of the artist.

We uncover visual windows within the paintings, and unable to resolve what lies beyond these portals, we are left to linger at their thresholds—projecting our imaginations onto what lies beyond.

Posted by Emma Webster on 07/31/2015 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Berkeley Spark 3.0 Arts + Innovation Festival

This is fantastic outdoor community arts festival. I love dancing in the grass with friends, checking out the local designers, and gathering with friends to laugh and catch up!

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Posted by Kat Parkin 1 on 07/15/2015 at 2:57 PM

This class is not currently in session. I have contacted East Bay Express multiple times to have this listing removed, but they have not responded.

CEID offers classes in Signing Exact English (NOT American Sign Language) on Tuesday mornings only during the school year. We do not currently have an evening sign class. The Tuesday class is for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children from birth through preschool and the vocabulary and activities are targeted to that population. Feel free to contact me at with questions or if you need help finding other resources

Posted by Kimberly 1 on 07/06/2015 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Maggi Payne

Maggi Payne
Too seldom on the stage, Maggi Payne's presence is nonetheless felt deeply, far and wide by any lucky enough to encounter her boundless, truly singular sensibility. An interdisciplinary builder of timbre, light, movement, and objects that entice play, Payne's acoustic and electro-acoustic works often include video, dance, transparencies, and film. She has recordings on more than a dozen different labels and serves as Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College. Don’t miss this amazing chance to join Maggi Payne in the small sound chamber at Second Act.

Tania Chen
Toy pianist, experimental musician, and free improviser, Tania Chen, brings her found objects, lo-fi electronics, and pianoworks to Second Act. Acclaimed as a foremost performer of compositions by John Cage, Michael Parsons, and Cornelius Cardew, tale of Chen's full range must also include her improvisational duos with Steve Beresford on an album called "Ointment", with Jon Raskin and Bruce Ackley of the Rova Saxophone Quartet. Basically, the best way to grasp this virtuoso's mastery of musical chance and moment is to step directly inside the time space continuum with her. Your portal opens Wed 6.17.15

Extra Soft Earthquake
Who's to say if it's love lorn knees about to swoon, or the solar system tugging at tectonics just enough to tousle your hair, only the bubbles in your brain are precise enough to register disaster of these proportions. The question becomes, who else feels it and for that, you need something extra: a resonant frequency for detecting others. With two masters of tectonic touslings, Jon Leidecker (wobbly) and Jake Rodriguez (bran(...)pos) spinning the top, few will be left standing at this, their debut performance.

Earth Jerks
Christian Dixon knows humans, not only has he played with them as with his famed trio Death Sentence Panda! he defies their spiritual death by running a record shop, and it's even rumored he created a real human inside his house. But if you separate him from other humans, something strange happens, it's as if he can summon the personhood of machines. As documented on the Computer Tapes label, his solo project, Earth Jerks, demonstrates how to use gaffer's tape effectively and how to abide by the adage; "3 chords good, 2 chords better, 1 chord best". The audience will be asked to keep a safe and silent distance during this demonstration.

Posted by Jaems Daekenleper on 06/09/2015 at 4:25 PM

Re: “32nd Annual Himalayan Fair

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Posted by Editor on 05/14/2015 at 7:27 PM

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