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Review: 'Rapture, Blister, Burn' hard-hitting comedy

The Pulitzer-nominated play looks at porn, life-swapping and the history of feminism; the Gina Gionfriddo comedy opens Aurora Theatre in Berkeley's new season. 
When Bobby Kennedy was murdered in 1968, a conservative Republican, Charles Goodell, was appointed to his Senate seat. But Goodell was a conservative with a conscience, and that conscience wouldn't let him support the Vietnam War, much to the displeasure of President Richard Nixon.  
 
Beverly Hills -- swimming pools, movie stars. And a celebrated ZIP code. A century old this year, the 90210 looks as good as it did when the Clampetts came into our pysche in the 1960s.  
 
UC should create an independent and confidential advocacy office for sexual assault victims and standardize investigations -- and punishments -- across the system, a UC task force recommends. UC President Janet Napolitano promises to fully fund the system.  
 
Albany Albany Senior Center -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. 846 Masonic Ave. Mercy Brown Bag Sept. 19. At 1:30 p.m. Sept. 23, the movie will be "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"; $1.  
 
Talk Like a Pirate Day. Aye, matey, all ages are welcome to this here fun-filled festival of all things pirate-ical, like crafts, grog, bad jokes, costumes, pirate accents and more.  
 
John Englander, author of "High Tide on Main Street," will be the featured speaker at the program presented as part of the Lawrence Lecture series presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley at 7 p.m. Sept. 28  
 
Police officers quietly resumed participation in closed-door Police Review Commission complaint hearings Sept. 10, even though their grievances over a leak of confidential information have not been resolved.  
 
O'Dowd falls in battle of state-ranked teams The Bishop O'Dowd High girls volleyball team, which is ranked 17th in the state by MaxPreps.com, lost to Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco 25-22, 25-21, 25-14 on Sept.  
 
El Cerrito Futbol Club Spurs -- Fall registration open for boys and girls U6-U19 teams, ages 4-18. 510-414-1039, www.spurssoccer.com Orinda Adult Drop-in Soccer -- For men and women ages 30 and up, every Sunday from 9:30-11:30 a.  
 
(Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)
Four great Santa Cruz restaurants

Santa Cruz is rapidly turning into a dining destination, thanks in large part to the team behind Penny Creamery, Assembly and the Picnic Basket.