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‘At Berkeley’ review: Long film, few rewards

"At Berkeley" is a documentary by the legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman ("Welfare") that attempts to convey a sense of daily life at a public university. Wiseman shows the people who make the massive organism work, [Read entire story]

HOROSCOPE for Thursday, 12/5/13 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): Maybe you're to blame and maybe you're not. However loved ones are a bit too eager to pin things on you, so something's up. [Read entire story]

Norman Rockwell painting sold for $46 million

A Norman Rockwell painting titled "Saying Grace" has been sold at a New York City auction for a record $46 million. Sotheby's says it's the highest price ever paid at auction for an American painting and for a work by [Read entire story]

It’s time again for the Untied Way

Here at Untied Way Central, we've been getting reports of volunteers participating in Untied Way activities in months other than December. Poverty is a year-round condition; so is homelessness. [...] many Untied Way [Read entire story]

S.F. duo behind Sweet Felony

Christa DiBiase and Amanda Guilbeaux were backup singers in various bands over the years; Guilbeaux also sang in Turbonegra, an all-female band that played songs by the Norwegian band Turbonegro. The San Francisco duo [Read entire story]

"Sweet Dreams": After Atrocity, Ice Cream

Sweet Dreams If a screenwriter proposed a fictional tale set in Rwanda — not all that long after the genocide, when the psychological wounds are still fresh — about an all-female drumming troupe that partners [Read entire story]

"Bettie Page Reveals All": She Made It Okay for Brunettes to Be Sexy in America

Among the enduring mysteries solved in Mark Mori's documentary Bettie Page Reveals All: Is it "Bettie" or "Betty?" We see various legal documents confirming that it was definitely spelled Bettie, though it was spelled [Read entire story]

"Walking the Camino": Would You Hike 500 Miles for a Miracle?

You may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's peanuts compared to the distance traveled by the subjects of Lydia B. Smith's documentary: 500 miles westerly across Spain, on foot, to Santiago [Read entire story]

"At Berkeley": The History of the University, in Real Time

Now here's another of documentary maven Frederick Wiseman's thick slices of institutional life, and it's a doozy. The subject is America's most renowned public university, variously beleaguered by state budget cuts and a [Read entire story]

HOROSCOPE for Wednesday, 12/4/13 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): If you won't listen to reason, then how about common sense? There's nothing to be gained by nursing a grievance – especially when you're not the injured party. [Read entire story]

Chinese activist/artist Weiwei to create installation on Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei, the prominent Chinese activist artist, will create a site-specific installation for Alcatraz Island, to open in September 2014. Ai, who has been imprisoned in China and is still forbidden from leaving the [Read entire story]

The man who talked back to Barack Obama

Chronicle columnist and former mayor Willie Brown introduced his Sunday column with a short item. The White House is steaming over San Francisco's lack of vetting of the people who joined President Obama on stage in [Read entire story]

MTT to fill in for conductor in Philly and NYC

San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas was planning to chill this week at his Miami home before jetting to London next week to conduct concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. In a situation [Read entire story]

HOROSCOPE for Tuesday, 12/3/13 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): Listen to loved ones and friends because their insight is invaluable. You're going through a bumpy patch and they're here to help. [Read entire story]

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ manuscript up for auction

A handwritten working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run" will be offered at auction Thursday, with a presale estimate of $70,000 to $100,000, Sotheby's said Wednesday. The auction house said the [Read entire story]

‘If/Then’ brings new life to National Theatre

A Washington theater with a long history of incubating Broadway-bound shows is getting a rebirth of its own while hosting a new world premiere from the creative team behind "Next to Normal" and the star power of [Read entire story]

New on DVD and Blu-ray, Dec. 3

The Film Collection" (various dates), "The Deflowering of Eva Van End" (2012), "Demon" (2013), "Dick Figures: The Movie" (2013), "Drinking Buddies" (2013), "The Future" (2013) "Good Ol' Freda" (2013), "Heart of the [Read entire story]

Guessing the Grammy winners in 3 categories

The department stores haven't even stopped playing "Last Christmas" yet, and the music industry is already gearing up for the Grammy Awards. Nominations for next year's ceremony will once again be announced on a [Read entire story]

‘Kirstie’ review: Alley sticks to tried and true

Kirstie Alley's new sitcom, premiering Wednesday, is fairly standard fare for TV Land, which has done quite well finding continued work for cast members of fondly remembered sitcoms of the past. The comedy is [Read entire story]

HOROSCOPE for Monday, 12/2/13 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You're not one for banner waving, but what's the harm if it's for a good cause? People need to know how much you care. [Read entire story]