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S.F. Ballet review: ‘Maelstrom’ hasn’t lost its delight

"Maelstrom" heads the San Francisco Ballet's Program 6, which bowed at the War Memorial Opera House on Friday evening. The Morris work has been missing from the repertoire since 2005, and you can't help but wonder why, [Read entire story]

California Attorney General Kamala Harris engaged

Harris, who is sporting a "round, simple" diamond and platinum engagement ring, says they haven't quite set a date, but it'll probably be within six months and it'll probably be intimate. The firm's website says he has [Read entire story]

California Attorney General Kamala Harris engaged

Harris, who is sporting a "round, simple" diamond and platinum engagement ring, says they haven't quite set a date, but it'll probably be within six months and it'll probably be intimate. The firm's website says he has [Read entire story]

Minerva’s Sunday Horoscope/Starcast & Mailbag: 04/06/14

Starcast: Mercury joins the sun in charge-ahead Aries, just as Venus slips into Pisces. Potential for conflict? Possibly. Now, how will that impact you? [Read entire story]

James Franco Apologies For Instagram Flirtation

(CBS SF/AP) – James Franco has apologized for his Instagram flirtation with a 17-year-old. On the morning talk show “Live With Kelly and Michael,” Franco said Friday that he used “bad [Read entire story]

Guest lineups for Sunday TV news shows, April 6

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: Channel: 11 NBC's "Meet the Press" - Shaun McCutcheon, whose campaign finance case was decided last week by the Supreme Court; Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, a [Read entire story]

Mystical San Francisco

Burr used a Nikon D3 100 camera body with the ISO set at 100, a 15-second exposure, an 18mm lens set at f/10. The slower shutter speed allowed the water to take on a mystical look and caused the lamps to glow brighter [Read entire story]

HOROSCOPE for Saturday, 4/5/14 by Christopher Renstrom

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): Don't keep ideas to yourself - not when you're surrounded by people who can help make them happen. Plant a seed because you're standing on fertile ground. [Read entire story]

San Francisco Chronicle best-sellers, April 6

HARDCOVER PAPERBACK FICTION Bay Area 1. THE GOLDFINCH Donna Tartt (Little, Brown; $30) 2. THE INVENTION OF WINGS Sue Monk Kidd (Viking; $27.95) 3. THE DAYS OF ANNA MADRIGAL Armistead Maupin (Harper; $26.99) 4. THE [Read entire story]

Bay Area literary events, April 4

SundayBarry Kraft "Shakespeare Insult Generator." 4 p.m. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7 p.m. Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 7 p.m. World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., Second Floor, [Read entire story]

‘Love & Treasure,’ by Ayelet Waldman

The novel's prologue opens with Jack Wiseman in the twilight of his life, which is ending soon due to the ravages of pancreatic cancer. Jack, now a lieutenant in the infantry, has been assigned to guard the contents of [Read entire story]

Science fiction and fantasy books

The MartianBy Andy Weir(Crown; 369 pages; $24)It's hard to tell whether Andy Weir's "The Martian" benefits from the close proximity between its release and that of best picture Oscar nominee "Gravity." The novel opens [Read entire story]

Book recommendations from Diesel, a Bookstore

New York, the author weaves the magic of the Coney Island sideshows with the devastation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory into the passionate love story between two vastly different people. An intensive investigation [Read entire story]

‘The Blazing World,’ by Siri Hustvedt

The anthology's "editor" has managed to track down the elusive Burden only posthumously, compiling interviews, statements and journal entries from Burden herself in an attempt to understand this driven, contradictory [Read entire story]

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]