• Three great Santa Cruz beaches - 09/18/2014 11:18 AM PDT
    Tonight's TV picks: 'The Roosevelts' head to war

    Ken Burns' fascinating history lesson delves into wartime years for FDR and Eleanor. 
    Santa Cruz is close enough for day tripping, but the city and beach offer so many things to do, it's tempting to make a weekend of it. And these three hotels -- the Paradox, Beach Street Inn and Pacific Blue -- make it even more irresistible.  
    Jack Plunkett
    Nick Cave film '20,000 Days on Earth' runs Sept. 26-Oct. 2 at the Roxie theater in San Francisco.  
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    Birds can lose legs and feet, and still have a healthy, long life.  
    The new Bungie game employs several iconic Nintendo characters, including 'Zelda's' beloved Link; but the hack-and-slash gameplay gets a little tired after a while.  
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    Here's where to get your S'mores on, rent a kayak or explore tide pools in Santa Cruz.  
    Plus, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock delves into sloth in 'Seven Deadly Sins' series.  
    Ben Rothstein
    The action film based on James Dashner's books has its flaws, including a somewhat disappointing ending, but it's compelling and well-made and should appeal to young viewers.  
    Michael Franti and Spearhead, Afrolicious and Grass Child will appear at benefit concert, which is one of the Napa Valley Rocks! events.  
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    Reality show crowns its Season 9 champion  
    Also: Beyonce, Jay Z concert special rocks HBO.  
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    Santa Cruz is rapidly turning into a dining destination, thanks in large part to the team behind Penny Creamery, Assembly and the Picnic Basket.  
    'AGT' will crown its million-dollar champion in tonight's two-hour finale. Plus, Halle Berry brings her alien series to a close.  
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    The dysfunctional family tale 'This Is Where I Leave You' does the ensemble dramedy right, successfully juggling a top-notch cast with the demands of its multiple characters.  
    James Minchin III
    B.R. Cohn festival also features Huey Lewis and the News, Wallflowers, Los Lonely Boys and many other acts.  
    Patrick Tehan
    Lure + Till's Chef Patrick Kelly show plenty of flair with his standout main courses on the dinner menu.  
    The band drops its electronic sound for a heavier release with 'The Hunting Party,' and comes to Concord Pavilion with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI on Sept. 19  
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    Size allows a stop at equally entertaining Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center down the road.  
    The $1 million prize is on the line as the final six go live on 'America's Got Talent.' Plus, 'New Girl' returns with Jess encouraging a hilarious disaster.  
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    Saxophonist Charles Lloyd's 'Forest Flower,' recorded in 1966 at the Monterey Jazz Festival, sold over 1 million copies and helped the great jazz musician reach audiences far beyond the typical jazz crowd. We talk to Lloyd, 76, about his life: playing the Fillmore, hanging out with the Beach Boys. Now he returns to the Monterey festival (Sept. 19-21) as its 'Showcase Artist,' leading a different band on each of its three days. The festival also will feature two screenings of a new documentary about Lloyd, 'Arrows Into Infinity.'  
    Owen Sweeney
    Also, Ian Anderson performs 'Best of Jethro Tull' at the Fox in Oakland.  
    Adam Taylor
    Former "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" sets the stage for Season 19 in the opener as "Dancing With the Stars" returns with a fourth judge. The first elimination will occur Tuesday night.  
    Patrick Tehan
    Brandon Armitage is an up and coming winemaker in the Santa Cruz Mountains. After spending years in New Zealand and Sonoma's Russian River Valley making pinot noir for other wineries, he has launched his own label, Armitage Wines, with a new tasting room in Aptos.  
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    Putting on your detective's hat is helpful in tracking the source of fly infestations.  
    Jim Ross
    Stevie Wonder performs Dec. 5 at Oracle Arena; Ariana Grande plays April 12 at SAP Center.  
    Ida Mae Astute
    Plus, TCM pays homage to late Lauren Bacall with 24-hour retrospective, including airing 'To Have and Have Not.'  
    Sherwin Williams
    Beverly Hills designer Christopher Grubb says transforming a home's decor from 'traditional' to 'modern' becomes less daunting with two intermediate stops en route -- at 'transitional' and 'contemporary.' Got that?  
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    Amador County boasts 40 wineries making everything from barbera to viognier, but these five in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley offer something in addition to fine wine and panoramic vineyard views: hospitality as good as gold.  
    jason bennert
    With its plastic-coated menus and counter-ordering system, Buffalo strives for a super-casual atmosphere. But with high-end Wagyu beef, multiple housemade aiolis and an extensive selection of craft beers, the menu is anything but casual.  
    Ken Burns' intimate history explores political dynasty of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.