| Jan 11, 2015
| 6:30 AM
I was very pleased to read "The Other Side" by Marc Stirdivant about Sebastopol [Jan. 4]. Sebastopol, which could be called Berkeley North, in miniature, is a fabulous town with many great features. Some he well captured, especially the mirthful...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:12 AM
The Peanuts gang is returning to the big screen this year with a whole new look.
A new trailer for "The Peanuts Movie" was released Monday featuring Snoopy as the flying ace taking to the skies over Paris, engaging in a dogfight, and narrowly avoid a...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 9:40 PM
Hey, you in the ugly Christmas sweater. Read this:
/ Many people don sweaters to fend off the cold. Turns out, they're powerful protection during Cold Wars too. In 1978, an assassination attempt on Bulgarian defector Vladimir Kostov, a former state...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 11:48 AM
Recently, a comic shop guy explained to me that hernia-inducing, unabridged dictionary-sized, hardcover reprint collections of superhero comics exist because during the holiday season there are people who know a relative loves Spider-Man. This is...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 4:00 AM
This is a tale of two trees.
One is draped in holiday lights and topped with a star, and it is most people's vision of what a city's Christmas tree should be. That one sits a few blocks from the center of town.
The other is — well, here are a...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Marion Knott, a sharecropper's daughter on a little Orange County spread that offered berries by the basket but decades later grew into one of Southern California's signature tourist attractions, has died. She was 92.
Knott, who was raised on and...
| Nov 30, 2014
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" has been an important part of Susan Steiner's holidays for 50 years.
"My husband and I watched it as teens," says Steiner of Allentown. "We watched it numerous times each Christmas season with our three daughters, and now...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:54 AM
In the classical-music world, concert halls are typically named after philanthropists and other major donors who have given substantial sums of money to help make the new building a reality.
But in what may be a first, a performance venue at Sonoma...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 2:20 PM
Charles Schulz, the creator of the Peanuts cartoon strip, wrote a little story about a boy who believes there is such a thing as the Great Pumpkin. Linus believes in himself and in the existence of the mythical being to the degree that he gives up trick-...
| Oct 3, 2014
| 12:30 PM
It's an old saying: First we shape our buildings, then they shape us. But like many old sayings, it may be more pat than true. It may sound like a great tribute to the power and influence of architecture in our lives, but it's too neat. It sounds too much...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 11:30 PM
In "Hector and the Search for Happiness," Hector (Simon Pegg) is a psychiatrist with a touch of Walter Mitty in him. He daydreams about being a WWI pilot, but other than the need for this little indulgence in childhood fancy, he seems to have an ideal...