San Francisco Chronicle: Entertainment

  • Recommended reading, Oct. 22
    Thursday - 10/19/2017 - 02:15 PM

    We recommend these recently reviewed titles:


    By Ron Chernow

    (Penguin Press; 1,074 pages; $40)

    Chernow’s magisterial biography escorts the reader through Grant’s up-and-down trajectory. The general-turned-president was far more complicated, and thus more interesting, than we were ever taught.

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  • ‘The Snowman’ is ugly and nasty — and worse than that
    Thursday - 10/19/2017 - 01:14 PM

    “The Snowman” is ugly and nasty, but that’s not the worst of it. The worst is that it’s boring and makes no sense.

    Based on the novel by the Norwegian crime writer, Jo Nesbo, “The Snowman” has the veneer of a quality product.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ a beautiful, exquisite film
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 04:03 PM

    “Goodbye Christopher Robin” is an exquisite, beautiful film, and like most beautiful things, there’s something painful about it. It depicts a kind of beauty, innocence and purity that can’t be forever, whose existence forces you to stop and appreciate it now — and in the moment of appreciating it, to contemplate its future nonexistence.

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  • Wine Country fires: Local music community comes together for benefit concert
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 04:03 PM

    KC Turner was feeling distraught over the news of the wildfires ravaging Northern California, so he called up a few friends and quickly organized one of his signature house concerts with plans to donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the North Bay Fire Relief fund.

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  • Weekend booking: Beat Museum Poetry Festival
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 02:39 PM

    North Beach’s Beat Museum is the resting place of letters, memorabilia, manuscripts and first editions that commemorate the thinkers and writers of the Beat Generation, whose paths converged upon San Francisco in the 1950s and included the likes of Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

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  • Glow-in-the-dark theater rockets to the moon
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 02:39 PM

    With Lightwire Theater, it can be hard to believe that what you’re seeing isn’t a sparely animated film. The New Orleans company, whose “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey” plays for just one day at Palo Alto’s Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, performs its children’s shows in pitch black, its characters’ outlines illuminated by battery-powered glow-in-the-dark wire.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Movies opening Friday, Oct. 20
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 02:39 PM

    Bending the Arc: Documentary about the doctors and activists who 30 years ago worked to improve life in a rural Haitian village.

    Breathe: Andy Serkis makes his directing debut in this biopic starring Andrew Garfield as Robin Cavendish and Claire Foy as his wife, who stands by him when he is stricken with polio and becomes paralyzed.

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  • Horoscope for Wednesday, 10/18/17 by Christopher Renstrom
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 02:26 AM

    ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You think you're getting the short end of the stick but actually this new twist gives you the upper hand. Press your advantage while you can.

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  • Global public arts festival comes to San Jose
    Wednesday - 10/18/2017 - 12:03 AM

    The Pow! Wow! is where art meets the streets, and for a week starting Sunday, Oct. 22, the public art festival comes to San Jose.

    Sixteen vibrant murals by local and international artists will be free to view.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Satirical revue tackles tech for a second year
    Tuesday - 10/17/2017 - 09:39 PM

    In “South of Market: The Musical v2,” there’s a self-driving car company named “,” which has a position called “chief ideation officer” and a deep fondness for Slack and walking meetings.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share