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Nocturnal Animals The bad breakup of a relationship, even one without violence, may not rise to the intense level of PTSD, but the lingering effects can tenaciously haunt a person. That's the central conceit of "Nocturnal Animals," a moody and deeply unsettling look a...... Read the full review

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"We Happy Few"
Pumpkins basking outside Lakeside Cafe at Shoreline. Fortunate that they did not suffer the fate of their brethren on Halloween! Submitted by G-man on Nov 9, 2013

A&E Features

German school's holiday market
Post-election blues got you down? Hankering for a taste of Europe, or perhaps just seeking a bit of holiday cheer? The German International School of Silicon Valley's annual Weihnachtsmarkt (German Holiday Market), which recreates the traditional open-air winter markets of Germany, Austria and the Alps, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. Wednesday, 1:43 PM

Stranger than 'Fiction'
According to playwright Steven Dietz, "there are really three 'pasts' -- the past we remember, the past that we record and the past that actually happened. I think they are seldom the same thing." The blurry lines between truth, fiction and memory are explored and displayed to riveting effect in Dietz's "Fiction," as staged at Redwood City's Dragon Theatre. Wednesday, 12:00 PM

The ambassador of 'Arabology'
Tune into KZSU 90.1 (Stanford University's radio station) and you'll hear hip-hop, electronica, folk songs, indie pop, rock 'n' roll, interviews with leading luminaries and everything in between. And that's all in one program: Dr. Ramzi Salti's "Arabology," the eclectic show that introduces listeners to the best music and culture coming out of the Arab world today. Wednesday, 10:47 AM

Trading places
'Tis the season for exchanges -- of gifts, of course, but also holiday greeting cards, fancily decorated cookies and, in the case of the Redwood Symphony and Palo Alto Philharmonic, of maestros. Thursday, 11:25 AM

New baker knows art, science of bread-making
In a tiny village in central France where Portola Valley resident Fiona Strouts' parents live, the arrival of the baker and his cargo of homemade bread tends to infuse the air with excitement. Strouts may do the same for her hometown.
Thursday, 11:24 AM | 3 comments

Home-style Salvadoran
Zipotes is a little Salvadoran restaurant in the middle of a strip mall, a few yards from a Latino grocery store. It's a casual, order-at-the-counter spot that draws a loyal crowd. Thursday, 11:21 AM

'Tis the season for holiday entertainment
Though winter doesn't officially arrive until the solstice on Dec. 21, the holiday season has begun. With it comes plenty of arts-and-entertainment events to help you warm up in cool weather, deck the halls or make merry. Wednesday, 3:32 PM | 2 comments

Art mirrors life in 'Circle Mirror Transformation'
Even if you've never taken a drama or improv class, you've likely encountered similar ice-breaker games and team-building exercises, maybe at a school event or work retreat. Love them or passionately dread them, these exercises, in all their cringeworthy glory, are on display in Los Altos Stage Company's latest production. Wednesday, 2:45 PM

Top 12 holiday book picks
As the hunt for the perfect gift gets underway this holiday season, we've decided to keep our focus local. Wednesday, 2:34 PM

A feast for the season
Local photographer and cookbook author Erin Gleeson of "The Forest Feast" shares recipes and hosting tips for the holidays. Friday, 10:44 AM

Speaking in pictures

Painting the town

A newish Jewish experience

Rustic and refined Italian cuisine at iTalico