Oaktoberfest: Saturday, Oct. 1. Home Brewers’ Alley will join the dozens of breweries pouring at this annual fall fest in Oakland’s Dimond district. Root biergarten, games for kids, German fare. Music by Deutscher Musikverein, Sterling James, SambaFunk, Fito Reinoso and LaVay Smith and Her Red-Hot Skillet Lickers. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue. Free admission to street fair; food, beer extra. $20 buys a stein and four beers. www.oaktoberfest.org. Mountain View Oktoberfest: Oct. 3-4. For two days, the festival tent at Bryant and Dana streets, sponsored by Tied House and Steins, will feature local and German brews, food from Teske’s Germania and others, plus music by Big Lou’s Accordion and Alpiners USA and traditional games. Free admission; beer, food extra. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a ceremonial keg tapping at 11 a.m. each day. www.mvoktoberfest.com.
“I have begun to see that even my father’s harshness was a kind of love, an imperfect love, to be sure, but love nonetheless, He pushed me because he loved me, Because he wanted no man ever to look pointe shoe bag, ballet shoe bag, dance bag, red, floral, ballerina bag down at his offspring,” he said, “And now with time, rather than bitterness, I feel blessing, In the place of anger, I have found absolution, And in the place of revenge I have found reconciliation, And my initial fury has slowly given way to forgiveness.”, In his autobiography, Joseph Jackson acknowledged having been a stern parent, saying he believed it was the only way to prepare his children for the tough world of show business, However, he always denied physically abusing his children..
Delta Gallery also hosts an ongoing exhibit of original fine art by local artists and offers a variety of art classes for all ages. It is at 2485 Sand Creek Road, Suite 128 in the Streets of Brentwood. For more information, go to www.DeltaGallery.com or call 925-516-5935. French romantic comedy film at El Campanil. ANTIOCH — International Film Showcase presents “Amélie” at 2 p.m. June 25 at El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. Second St. “Amélie” is a 2001 French romantic comedy directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the movie is set in Montmartre and is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life. It centers on a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation.
“So this man has had his arms and legs shorn away in turn,” Winge calmly observes to Cardell, before noting even more disturbing details, Yet even more nightmarish are the descriptions of everyday life in a society where numbing poverty is ubiquitous, Naive farm boys who come to Stockholm fall into paralyzing debt, with dire consequences, Crowds gather to cheer an executioner, himself a condemned man so drunk it takes minutes for him to cleave his victim’s head from his body, Those pointe shoe bag, ballet shoe bag, dance bag, red, floral, ballerina bag soldiers who survive attack by Russian warships subsequently die of typhus by the hundreds, Female victims of sexual assault are thrown into workhouses indistinguishable from prisons, where they are tortured, Most sinister of all is the Eumenides, a secret charitable order made up of the city’s wealthiest men that supports the workhouses, which takes its name from Greek myth, The Eumenides, “the Kindly Ones,” are also the ravening Furies..
Most of the performers in the flashback subplot are game enough to at least attempt to bring in some of the qualities of the actors who portray their later selves. Jessica Keenan Wynn, as the younger version of the wine- and man-loving Tanya, channels the look and mannerisms of Christine Baranski. Hugh Skinner, on the other hand, playing Colin Firth’s young would-be doppelganger, was apparently cast only because they’re both white men. Everyone else is somewhere in between. The screenplay – written by Ol Parker, who also directs – fails everyone. James tries her best to bring Streep’s original spirit into her performance, but the only reason we know that her version of Donna is quirky is that she wears a floppy hat, has mysterious access to unlimited financial resources and has a personality that verges on obnoxious. Every complication is cliche, every resolution predictable.
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