What if your favorite literary figures had smartphones and unlimited data plans? Such is the premise of Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters, the first book from the wry and always amusing Mallory Ortberg, Oaklander and co-creator of the women-centric website The Toast. Ortberg draws from well-known literary figures and books (Jane Eyre, obvs., along with Sherlock Holmes, Atlas Shrugged, The Hunger Games), as well as less prominent figures (Circe, The Wife of Bath), but you don’t have to be a former English major or someone who wears bloomers to enjoy these missives. A few favorites include texts from Odysseus to Circe: “Why did you turn my friends into pigs?” “I don’t know. Maybe the real question is why are your friends so turn-into-pigsable”; Beth from Little Women complaining that sun shining through a window is killing her; and a (presumably teenage) Virginia Woolf texting her intrusive mother: “I NEED A ROOM OF MY OWN NOT A ROOM YOU COME INTO WHEN I’M GONE AND CLEAN UP … MY FICTION IS THAT YOU’RE AN UTTER BITCH TIDY THAT UP.” Ortberg will sign, read, (and hopefully shout) from her book on Saturday at Pegasus Books (2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley). Regardless of your literary inclinations, Texts from Jane Eyre is sure to leave you ROFL B-)
eLerts Wednesday, Nov. 19th - Friday, Nov. 21st Plus the matinee on Saturday, Nov. 22nd
Save 20-50% on Party People at Berkeley Rep! In this high-wattage fusion of story and song, the theatre ensemble UNIVERSES rocks and unlocks the radical and complicated legacy of the Black Panthers and the Young Lords.
As a subscriber of East Bay Express, you can save 20% (50% if you’re under 30!) on all performances from November 19-21 and the matinee on November 22. Just use the code EXTENDED online (or click here) and save!
Central Works concludes the 2014 season with Recipe, a new work by Michael Gene Sullivan. Sullivan serves up the laughs in this delicious take on a circle of sweet old grandmotherly bakers, who just happen to be dedicated to the armed overthrow of the United States government.
World Premiere of Jennifer Blackmer’s play about the relationship between physicist Lise Meitner, the first woman in Germany to hold the title of “Professor,” and her friend, the painter Edith Hahn, during the rise of the Nazis. Presented by Indra’s Net Theater, IndrasNetTheater.com or 415-613-9210 for tickets.
Everyone in Berenger’s town is turning into a rhinoceros. As Berenger loses his friends and co-workers to this unusual pandemic, he faces a difficult choice: defend his humanity, or follow the movement?
Enjoy complimentary treats and hot chocolate as you listen to live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chorus Chamber Singers. There will even be a visit from Santa Claus, so bring a camera to take a picture with the whole family.
Works by Sheila Ghidini, Jeremiah Jenkins, Victoria May, Maria Porges, Lucy Puls, and Brooke Westfall, using everyday materials and resources to create new narratives hatched from their imaginations.