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Slapstick Cindy

  • Cinderella -- 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, April 19-May 5. Prince Street Players Ltd. tell the story of Cinderella in English pantomime style with slapstick comedy in a tuneful, fast-paced show for all ages. Front Row Theater, Dougherty Station Community Center, 10711 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon. Tickets $11-$16. 925- 973-3200.

    Seen & Heard

    'Reel blondes' real punny

    The puns never stopped in a recent performance of the wacky musical comedy "Reel Blondes," at Danville's Village Theatre.

    A Lindsay Lohan character emerged from a time machine as the new U.S. president, to the Wizard of Oz tune "If I Only Had a Brain."

    A sultry woman romanced an avocado on a beach and in a hot tub while singing an Eagles' hit ballad -- substituting "Avocado" for "Desperado."

    Then, Danville Councilman Mike Doyle appeared playing President Abraham Lincoln.

    "I played Donald Trump in the show last year," Doyle said. "With Lincoln, I think I get more respect."

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    April 10, 1957 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Big Scandal in Pleasanton? No, Just Hot Money, Illegal Bathrooms and the Whatses."


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    When is a bathroom illegal, and can't banks burn down just like ordinary old stores and restaurants do?

    It all started when Bank of America's new downtown building was found to include one outside wall that is not of strict fireproof construction. And its site is in the heart of the city's only number-one fire zone (just a cigar-butt throw from City Hall). However, that one wall faces the bank's spacious parking area.

    At least one local contractor said he never heard of any exceptions, variations or what-have-you to the strict fireproof requirements in that zone. If this is a new city policy, he said, how about letting other builders in on the bargain?

    But then there is Walnut Drive.

    Several residents of that handsome postwar subdivision wanted to know from the City Council if there could be limits on current trends to remodel and/or detract from the street's dwellings. Such items as converting garages into living quarters, adding bathrooms and building goodness-knows-whatses onto the homes were mentioned.

    The council had an answer: Walnut Drive is actually in the unrestricted area between First and Main streets that is geared for commercial construction.

    What's one of the communities choice residential streets doing in an unrestricted zone? Nobody quite knew.

    But Roy Jensen, who built the homes, produced a "covenant to all Walnut Drive deeds ... a list of 16 restrictions and promises" that every resident on Walnut had to abide by.

    That covenant ... forbids just such things as turning garages into living quarters, adding bathrooms and keeping chickens.

    At the Movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. "Full of Life" with Judy Holiday and Richard Conte.

    Groceries: P-X Foods. Swift's corned beef, 12-ounce tin, 39 cents; and asparagus, two pounds for 19 cents.

    Trivia Question: April 5, 1961: On what late night show did Barbra Streisand appear?

    Last Week's Trivia Answer: The Suez Canal was reopened April 10, 1957, after a five-month closure by Egypt prompted by the Second Arab-Israeli War.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.