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Arts & Entertainment - January 28, 2009

Around Town: 'Civil Rights Tales' from those who lived them

"Civil Rights Tales," a collection of stories and songs by those who lived through the civil rights movement, will be presented by the storytellers of Stagebridge on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 11 a.m. at the Menlo Park Library.

Stagebridge is an Oakland-based senior theater company that uses theater and storytelling to "bridge the generation gap and to stimulate positive attitudes toward aging," according to its Web site,

The "Civil Rights Tales" program is about an hour long, including an open discussion, and is geared toward children (fourth grade and up) and adults.

The storytellers share their memories of the civil rights movement as they lived through struggles for racial justice.

During the past year, Stagebridge has put on more than 500 performances and workshops at schools, senior centers, libraries and community centers, the organization said.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library. Free transportation to the program is available for Menlo Park seniors and people with disabilities. To schedule van service, call 330-2512.

Play examines sexual identity

The Sacred Heart Preparatory School's drama department will present the world premiere of "Be Still and Know" on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-7, starting at 7 p.m.

Sacred Heart drama director John Loschmann adapted the play from the novel, "The God Box," by Alex Sanchez.

The play explores the Bible's view on homosexuality and the struggle adolescents have with their sexual identity and their identity as Christians. There will be a discussion with the audience after each performance.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults. To reserve tickets, e-mail Mr. Loschmann at


Posted by H.L. Mencken, a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I understand that there is a new movie soon to be released based on the contretemps of council member Andy Cohen called "Runaway Councilman". Does anyone have any information on this?

Posted by Fred Zinnemann, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I am producing a film entitled Runaway Councilman. It will be filmed at Bayfront Park. But first I have to settle lawsuits brought on by the ACLU, Committee for a Green Foothills, Peninsula Open Space Trust and The stellar cast for this scintillating epic film includes:

Rocky Carroll as Mayor Nicholas Jellins
Linda Purl as Council Member Lee Duboc
Kristin Scott Thomas as Council Member Mickie Winkler
Jim Carrey as Council Member Andy Cohen
Rosie O'Donnell as Council Member Kelly Ferguson
James Caan as City Manager David Boesch
James Brolin as City Attorney Bill McClure
Morgan Fairchild as Assistant City Manager Audrey Seymour
Wynonna Ryder as City Clerk Sylvia Vonderlinden
Robert Redford as Almanac Publisher Tom Gibboney and
Conchata Ferrell as Political Advisor Gail Slocum