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First sentences from new books, April 6

A Selection of First Sentences From New Books Take my word for it, burning your wedding pictures in a bonfire in your front yard, then handing over your wedding dress to a snaggle-toothed felon, can take your mind off [Read entire story]

David Letterman says he’ll quit when his contract expires

What he'll be wrapping up is three decades on the air - the longest tenure of any late-night talk show host in U.S. television history - since he launched "Late Night" at NBC in 1982. Since premiering with "Late Show" [Read entire story]

HOROSCOPE for Friday, 4/4/14 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): Don't let a friend's bad experience discourage you. What didn't work for him may be the very thing that works for you. [Read entire story]

Bay Area theater openings, April 6

OPENINGS Wittenberg Back at the university, a troubled young Prince Hamlet finds himself torn between the teachings of two eminent professors, Martin Luther and John Faustus, in David Davalos' Bay Area premiere. IN [Read entire story]

THIS WEEK / Johnny Guitar, the Musical

Johnny Guitar, the Musical: Masquers Playhouse offers the Bay Area its first look at the off-Broadway hit musical camp-fest and send-up of the iconic Joan Crawford film and westerns in general, with a book by Nicholas [Read entire story]

A critical consensus

An assessment of current motion pictures by major American film critics. Shoot Me*48.2The Lego MoviePG88.1Jodorowsky's DunePG-1318.0PhilomenaPG-13187.9The LunchboxPG47.8Child's Pose*47.7Tim's VermeerPG-1387.7A Touch of [Read entire story]

Movies opening April 11

Cuban Fury Dom Hemingway Draft Day Finding Vivian Maier The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Interior. Leather Bar. Joe Oculus Rio 2 Under the Skin [Read entire story]

Movies opening April 11

Cuban Fury Dom Hemingway Draft Day Finding Vivian Maier The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden Interior. Leather Bar. Joe Oculus Rio 2 Under the Skin [Read entire story]

Mendes talks music in ‘Rio 2′

Three years ago, with dozens of albums and concert tours under his belt, Mendes was recruited by director Carlos Saldanha to serve as executive music producer for the animated bird blockbuster "Rio." Mendes, who earned [Read entire story]

Mendes talks music in ‘Rio 2′

Three years ago, with dozens of albums and concert tours under his belt, Mendes was recruited by director Carlos Saldanha to serve as executive music producer for the animated bird blockbuster "Rio." Mendes, who earned [Read entire story]

Now playing

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq This documentary about ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, whose career was cut short by tragedy, is a magnificent view behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet, showing how one [Read entire story]

Now playing

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq This documentary about ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, whose career was cut short by tragedy, is a magnificent view behind the scenes of the New York City Ballet, showing how one [Read entire story]

Nick Frost dances with ‘Cuban Fury,’ and laughter

Nick Frost, the English actor best known in the United States for his collaborations with Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright on the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy - "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz" and "The World's End" - [Read entire story]

Nicolas Cage’s daring as actor brings out best, and worst

The always-busy actor's work in David Gordon Green's new, Southern Gothic "Joe" is among his most settled and centered in years, putting lie to the Andy Samberg "Big Bang Theory"-style impressions of him as nothing but a [Read entire story]

DVD review: ‘Foreign Correspondent’

In one of his rare political movies, Alfred Hitchcock took a pro-war stand in the still-wonderful "Foreign Correspondent," starring Joel McCrea as a cocky reporter sent to Europe to invigorate a complacent foreign [Read entire story]

Letters to Sunday Datebook, April 6

Regarding the Wayback Machine column of March 9 ("Other cities, other places - 1906"): There is an interesting connection between rural Marin County and Santa Rosa that occurred on the deadly April morning in 1906. From [Read entire story]

We let no stranger wait outside our door

If one of Fulk's reliable design trademarks is taxidermy, his reliable party motif is to season the soup o' swells with S and M spice, implying there's something more than good clean fun going on in the shadows. There [Read entire story]

Which movies to see this weekend, April 4

Child's Pose This engrossing drama, about a mother trying to extricate her son from manslaughter charges, is an exploration of both a dysfunctional Romanian family and the decaying Eastern European bourgeoisie. Luminita [Read entire story]

Late Night Host David Letterman To Retire In 2015

(CBS SF) – During a taping of The Late Show With David Letterman, the host announced that he will be retiring in 2015. Letterman shared the news with his audience for his Thursday night show. CBS, home to Letterman [Read entire story]

Rosie O’Donnell To Receive Special Honor At Tony Awards

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) — Rosie O’Donnell is getting a Tony Award. The award’s administration committee announced earlier this week that the former talk-show host will receive the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson [Read entire story]