“Briar Rose
was an insomniac...
She could not nap
or lie in sleep
without the court chemist
mixing her some knock-out drops
and never in the prince's presence.”

So wrote Anne Sexton in her powerful collection of poetry, Transformations, which reimagines and personalizes every familiar fairytale. Released in 1971, these poems present a take on fairytales that’s even more brutal than the version in Andrew Lang’s once-controversial “color” fairytale books.


…why make it simple? Director Raúl Ruiz’s films adhere to his unorthodox motto. I first saw one of Ruiz’s films in college (an adaptation of Time Regained by Marcel Proust) and despite loving both Proust and complicated movies, for 160 minutes could barely keep track of the complicated storyline or determine which characters were “real” and which were from Proust’s novel.


Peek into our programming director Alf Seccombe's imagination at a screening of his short film, Young Dracula, which is being presented by San Francisco International Film Festival on Sunday, April 24th at the Kabuki Theater at 3:15 pm. In the following interview, Alf shares a little bit about his intriguing film with us.

Anita: What is Young Dracula about?

In 2010, PAIFF's talented Advisory Board Member Michael Bunnell, won a Sci-Tech Oscar for a global illumination algorithm that was used to create the special effects you've seen in many recent blockbusters. Global illumination is a technique for calculating light from all directions, so that both direct and indirect lighting are taken into account. Bunnell created the algorithm in his free time while working for NVIDIA. His article explaining the algorithm was published in the second volume of GPU Gems.



Palo Alto Patch staff and PAI staff waited expectantly for the event to begin.



Dinner got off to a great start with drinks donated by Thomas Fogarty Vineyards and Gordon Biersch. The variety of options offered by our sponsor Whole Foods gave everyone a chance to make the perfect small plates before sitting down to enjoy the show.



One of the founders of Palo Alto Institute, Dr. Joon Yun, mingled with guests who were new to the T3 Talks.


Happy National Poetry Month! I went to the Palo Alto Main Library last weekend and was pleased to see that they had put out a selection of poetry anthologies.

I was pleased because a Palo Alto librarian told me last year: “I wish I could say that poetry is in great demand, unfortunately poetry — even by nationally and internationally renowned poets and published by major publishers or by the top poetry publishers — generates very little demand in our community.”