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Grief is Good: The Daily Existentialism of Peanuts 

When: Fri., Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2011

Don't be fooled by the crude drawing style and pre-teen protagonists -- Peanuts was always a mature, complex, and deeply felt coming-of-age tale slyly disguised as a newspaper comic strip, fraught as it was with themes of inertia, unrequited love, anxiety, and the profound injustice of having an opportunity yanked from under you just as you're ready to kick the football. On Friday, Dec. 9, the always-awesome literary series First Person Singular intends to celebrate all things Peanuts at Pegasus on Solano (1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley) with a slate of seven local actors performing the "dialogues, monologues, and doghouse meditations" of Lucy, Linus, Charlie, and the gang, with accompaniment by Richard Leiter, the pianist for CBS' Charlie Brown specials. 7:30 p.m., free. PegasusBookstore.com or 510-525-6888

— Ellen Cushing

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