Friday, Feb. 17 was a special day for cinema as it was the opening day for the US theatrical release of Studio Ghibli’s new film, “The Secret World of Arrietty.” Of course, it was imperative for us at the Clog to catch a showing on opening day, with Totoro plushies in tow.

Based on the novel “The Borrowers” and its subsequent sequels by Mary Norton, the movie follows a young 14-year-old girl named Arrietty, who lives with her mother and father under the floorboards of an old, rural home owned by an elderly woman named Jessica. Arrietty and her parents are “borrowers” or little people (little enough in which mice are a threat) that “borrow” essentials from the home above such as food or tissue paper. On a venture through the house with her father, Arrietty is discovered by a young boy named Shawn, Jessica’s sickly nephew who arrives at the home for a quiet retreat. Arrietty and Shawn soon form a friendship and of course, like all forbidden relationships, tribulations follow. read more »


aladdin danceAdmit it, you always wanted a magical flying carpet. Watching the Berkeley Playhouse’s rendition of Disney’s Aladdin will remind you just how cool it would be to fly around campus on said magic carpet. Conclusion: you should go see Aladdin.

Sadly, there’s no genie-fied Robin Williams to throw in those perfectly-timed jokes that kids laugh at and adults actually understand, but the show’s gotten some solid reviews even in his absence. This childhood favorite is only going to be playing for one more day, though—the show closes on Sunday, Sept. 5—so save your homework for another time and go have some good ol’ nostalgic fun tonight!

Show length: 90 minutes (with intermission)
Ticket price: $33 (adult)

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Aladdin at Berkeley Playhouse [Berkeley Playhouse]