A Most Violent Year
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A Most Violent Year "We Set the Standard" goes the motto of Standard Heating Oil, the fictional small business at the center of urban drama "A Most Violent Year." The motto slyly announces the allegory writer-director J.C. Chandor is after, but could just as well descri...... Read the full review

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"Google Claus"
Cuesta Park neighborhood residents and citywide travelers, Barb & Heinz @ Google during their holiday staycation. Submitted by Barbara Bernie on Dec 26, 2011

A&E Features

Worth a Look: Encaustic paintings, a trip to the 1950s and more
This week, catch a dark comedy about 1950s nostalgia, check out encaustic wax paintings on the Stanford campus and revel in an orchestral performance of Holst's "The Planets" accompanied by NASA images of the solar system. Thursday, 1:01 PM

The gay heart of San Francisco
With "The Days of Anna Madrigal," the ninth book in his "Tales of the City" series, beloved San Francisco writer Armistead Maupin has penned his last novel starring the motley cast of characters from 28 Barbary Lane. Tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 28, Maupin will appear at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park to discuss the cult series and talk about what comes next for him as a writer. Tuesday, 1:26 PM | 2 comments

Striking the right note
"2 Pianos 4 Hands" is more than just a show for classical music fans. It's for anyone who loves a good laugh, who appreciates virtuoso acting or who ever watched a childhood dream recede at the cusp of adulthood. Saturday, 11:35 PM

This week's A&E highlights
This week, catch comedian Maria Bamford at Stanford, enjoy a musical tribute to MLK Jr. and check out Ballet San Jose's new Palo Alto kids' program. Friday, 11:06 AM

The story of Cuba, told on film
Next week, an exhibition of black-and-white photographs from Cuba opens at Foothill College. Raúl Cañibano's first solo exhibition in the Western United States coincides with a momentous shift in U.S. and Cuban relations. Saturday, 8:19 PM

Tiny restaurant, huge flavors
East Palo Alto's Taqueria La Cazuela serves fresh, flavorful dishes without fanfare. Among the house specialties: enchiladas Michoacanas, menudo and chicken meatball soup. Friday, 9:48 AM

Greening up the dinner table
Eat your vegetables.
Like most people, Menlo Park resident Julie Shanson knows that eating healthy is no great mystery. Thursday, 11:00 AM

Wild woman writer
How do you know you've arrived as a writer?
When Nick Hornby decides to adapt your memoir for the big screen -- and Reese Witherspoon stars as you. On Tuesday, Jan. 13, Cheryl Strayed, the author of "Wild" will give a free talk at Stanford University. Sunday, 10:08 PM

Neighborhood sweet spot
The owner of Sweet Shop in Los Altos, Google's "chief culture officer" Stacy Sullivan, aims to create a community gathering place rather than just a run-of-the-mill candy store. Friday, 1:30 PM

The year in film

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A mecca for meat

Mountain View's Sandwich Spot hopes to make a fan out of you

Unpretentious French

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