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The beloved '80s kicks off its first U.S. tour in 30 years with a sparkling show at the Warfield in San Francisco.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
There are many ways to play at Yosemite, but when the snow falls, the best way is on foot -- with snowshoes or cross-country skis.  
 
Silestone by Cosetino
Though white remains the most popular color for kitchens, designers and manufacturers have cooked up a whole smorgasbord of bold color options for everything from backsplashes to cabinets, countertops -- even ranges, ovens, refrigerators, sinks and faucets. Put on your sunglasses, and take a look.  
 
Rikki Alley
Tucked away near Yosemite's southern gate, Anna Marie dos Remedios' Idle Hour Winery makes viognier, pinot noir and tempranillo.  
 
Ken Burris and Eating Well/MCT
Readers share recipes for reinventing the oh-so-retro Chicken Divan.  
 
Randy McMullen
The MMO zombie/survival-themed game needs work on its zombies and other areas, but it's already got a compelling premise and environment.  
 
JANE TYSKA
Patti Smith kicks off her three-night stand in San Francisco in stellar fashion.  
 
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J.C. Chandor's cerebral, multilayered crime story 'A Most Violent Year' adds more shine to the 24-carat reputation he established with 'Margin Call' and 'All Is Lost.'
 
 
Randy McMullen
The 1980sInterview: Spandau Ballet leader Gary Kemp discusses documentary film, tour.  
 
Mark DuFrene
What do the chefs at Yosemite's Ahwahnee and Oakhurst's Erna's Elderberry House serve when winter brings those frosty nights? Hearty soups and sumptuous fare.  
 
Lee
To me, it seems like every day of the year but Feb. 14 is a better time to show your love.  
 
Richard Shotwell
The guy formerly known as Dwight Schrute plays a detective who is a jerk.  
 
Doug Duran
A beer trail is taking shape in downtown Concord and the newest taproom, Ale Industries' The Pig & The Pickle, is pairing its brews with creative seasonal fare.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
There are many ways to play at Yosemite, but when the snow falls, the best way is on foot -- with snowshoes or cross-country skis.  
 
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In his latest film, Al Pacino portrays a once-great but aging actor who muffs his lines, falls off the stage and considers suicide. Based on a Philip Roth novel, the film aspires to be a sort of 'Birdman' -- a captivating, inventive tale about an actor facing his real self in comic crisis. But 'The Humbling' is too meandering and unfocused to hit that target.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
From Prospectors Brewing in Mariposa to the Ahwahnee-inspired brews from Mammoth Brewing, there are craft beers aplenty in the Yosemite region.  
 
Randy McMullen
From Bill Nye to the casts of 'NewsRadio,' 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley,' plus a tribute to Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, the festival has plenty of promising shows.  
 
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Also, 'Friday Night Tykes' returns to the Texas youth leagues  
 
Jackie Burrell
Yosemite is big draw, sure, but there are other delightful ways to pass the time near Mariposa, from a Wild West ghost town to the best small museum west of the Mississippi.  
 
Jackie Burrell
We may think of ziplining as a warm weather, resort sport, but put on an extra layer of clothes and you can zip line all winter long at Yosemite.  
 
Randy McMullen
The 1980sInterview: Spandau Ballet leader Gary Kemp discusses documentary film, tour.  
 
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Also, Larry Wilmore makes his debut in 'The Nightly Show  
 
St. Lawrence Sting Quartet
The St. Lawrence String Quartet, in its 25th season, performed an astonishing program Sunday at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall. There was Haydn, Beethoven and the world premiere of John Adams' 'Second Quartet,' a devilishly dynamic work. It's the third piece composed by the Berkeley-based Pulitzer Prize winner for the St. Lawrence.  
 
Randy McMullen
The play about two musicians dreaming of becoming concert pianists is well-performed, but could be more revealing about the nature of a life in music.  
 
Rikki Alley
Tucked away near Yosemite's southern gate, Anna Marie dos Remedios' Idle Hour Winery makes viognier, pinot noir and tempranillo.  
 
Jim Stevens/Contra Costa Times
Most birds rely on their keen eyesight, hearing and memory to find food sources.  
 
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Home organizer Gayle Grace ditches hers and shows others how to relieve the burgeoning burden of a heavy handbag.  
 
Photo by Christian Steiner
Pianist Jon Nakamatsu was in strong form for Friday's opening performance, the first of three with Symphony Silicon Valley at the California Theatre. He played two big works by Gershwin, part of a program that also included two works by Ravel. Guest conductor Ward Stare was impressive in his debut with the orchestra.  
 
Former New York City Ballet star pairs off with four male choreographers/dancers at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts  
 
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Alan Ladd Jr.'s wife says Bill Cosby raped her

Cindra Ladd becomes the latest woman to raise sexual assault allegations against the legendary comedian; she claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1969 when she was 21.