Altarena Playhouse

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened this week.

Englishman. Artist. Fisherman. Carny. Oh, and a huge Giants fan. All of these words describe Oakland actor and author John Mercer, who’ll be sharing his collection of true tales in his one-man show, Swearing in English, at the Altarena Playhouse this month.

Welcome to the latest edition of The Broad Brush, our two-sentence news review. Here’s what happened this week.

The Bay Area Circus Arts Festival was held at Alameda High School this week. Videographer Donna Eyestone got an inside look.

Freelance writer Janice Worthen signed up for a Covered California plan on October 1, the first day the health care exchange set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act was open for business. You can read about her experience here.

"The Song of the Nightingale," with music, lyrics, and book by Alameda resident Min Kahng, expands upon Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of how the Emperor of China learns the value of inner beauty and how this revelation ultimately benefits his people. The show opens tonight at Altarena Playhouse, 1409 High Street.

This past Labor Day weekend brought some disappointing news for some of Alameda’s youngest thespians: Alameda Children’s Musical Theatre’s planned production of “Meet Me in St. Louis” at Kofman Auditorium was being canceled.

“We very much wanted to do this production, but after careful consideration, we have determined that ACMT simply does not have the human, technical and financial resources needed to stage this production at Kofman and that no suitable alternate venue is available,” Page Barnes, president of the theater company’s board, wrote in an e-mail to families.