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Feeling pours in ‘Monsoon Wedding’

Adapted from the 2001 film, the world premiere musical paraded into its Friday, May 19, opening night at Berkeley Rep with feelings so extravagant they, in one especially glorious moment, can be expressed only through a [Read entire story]

Oakland Symphony rolls the dice with ‘Guys and Dolls’

The Broadway musical has spawned some of the great American music of the past century, but symphony orchestras — and the classical music world in general — is still often uncertain about how to handle it. Michael [Read entire story]

Vanessa Bayer, Bobby Moynihan Leaving Saturday Night Live

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — “Saturday Night Live” is losing cast member Vanessa Bayer following this weekend’s season finale. Bayer is finishing her seventh season with NBC’s comedy institution, and [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Old friend’s sudden withdrawal hard to get past

[...] when I asked her what was wrong, she emailed me that our friendship “wasn’t working” for her and she wished me well. Around the time she stopped talking to me, she also cut ties with two other friends, and a [Read entire story]

Horoscopes for Saturday, 5/20/17 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): The Sun enters Gemini, sign of sibling rivalries. It doesn't matter who's prettier or who's smarter, it still comes down to fighting over who gets the lollipop. [Read entire story]

‘Casual’ goes darker but even funnier in third season

The setup for the show is that the recently divorced Valerie moves herself and Laura in with her younger brother, who started a very popular dating app when he was younger and now is struggling to become an adult, [Read entire story]

HBO film searches for answers in Madoff scheme

Bernie Madoff’s story, what he did, how many lives he destroyed, wants so much to be Shakespearean in scope, but somehow, it never quite gets there in, now, two television adaptations. Richard Dreyfuss played the [Read entire story]

Brooks, Reiner, Lear, Van Dyke discuss living well after 90

BEVERLY HILLS — Mel Brooks made it clear that he was not paid to appear at the premiere of the new HBO documentary “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.” The four longtime friends star in the film, which [Read entire story]

These are this summer’s most in-demand music tours

It's looking like a fun year for the summer music events, and not just when it comes to festivals. [Read entire story]

When did costumes become part of the Bay to Breakers tradition?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco's annual Bay to Breakers footrace is the longest consecutively run footrace in the world, dating back to 1912. It runs 7.46 miles (12k), from Howard Street near [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Couple’s parents pressuring them not to have kids

Couple’s parents pressuring them not to have kids Dear Abby: I have been married for almost five years, and my husband and I recently decided to try to have a baby. On top of all the pressure our families are putting [Read entire story]

Horoscopes for Friday, 5/19/17 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You're happy to be free of a dodgy situation, but the person involved wants to make amends. Goodwill gesture or something fishy? Find out. [Read entire story]

Two new books about the Giants: ‘Lefty O’Doul’ and ‘Home Team’

Die-hard fans might find a happy distraction, however, in two impressive new books about San Francisco baseball. Pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 1923, he gave up 16 runs in three innings, setting a major-league [Read entire story]

DJ Khaled crashes UC Berkeley statistics commencement

DJ Khaled was an outlier on Wednesday when he shocked UC Berkeley statistic students by crashing their graduation ceremony. [Read entire story]

Chinese Theatre marks 90 years as Hollywood glamour hot spot

A glamorous symbol of Hollywood’s golden age, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is turning 90. [...] known as the TCL Chinese Theatre, the landmark movie palace opened on May 18, 1927, and it’s been hosting movies, stars [Read entire story]

‘Everything’ a fine romance with (almost) no kisses

Based on Nicola Yoon’s young-adult novel, “Everything, Everything” is about a girl who is so allergic to everything and so susceptible to disease that if she leaves the house even for a minute, it could kill [Read entire story]

Chris Cornell: the startling suicide of an eclectic talent

The Soundgarden frontman, who committed suicide Wednesday, May 17, at age 52, seemed to have everything going for him: that plutonic four-octave voice, the brooding good looks and the ability to shift gears from [Read entire story]

‘Paris Can Wait’ is a long, dull journey

Coppola, who has shown a sure hand as a documentarian — she made the superb “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” in 1991 — has turned in a poorly acted, colossal bore of a film that strikes wrong [Read entire story]

Schumann’s problem child returns to the Symphony

In 1853, a few short years before succumbing to madness and a tragic early death, Schumann wrote a violin concerto for the brilliant young virtuoso Joseph Joachim. Joachim, his friend Brahms, and Schumann’s wife Clara [Read entire story]

Live Nation offering 1,000 $799 ‘Festival Passports’ giving buyer access to 90+ music fests

Music fans, look out: if you've got $800 (plus fees), you might be able to get yourself access to more than 90 music festivals this year. [Read entire story]