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Horoscope for Saturday, 11/25/17 by Christopher Renstrom

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 06:01:00 UT

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): A friend enlists you to fight his/her battles again. Opt out this time, but say you'll coach from the sidelines.




How ’Blackish’ star Jenifer Lewis became ’the mother of black Hollywood’

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:41:19 UT

WASHINGTON - When casting Tina Turner’s mom in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do With It?,” the director turned to a relative unknown by the name of Jenifer Lewis. The actress, who had done just a few small film and TV parts after arriving in Hollywood via Broadway and cabarets, is only about two years older than the film’s star, Angela Bassett. So when she got the call, she almost slammed down the phone. That is, until they told her how much she was going to be paid. “Hell, for that money,” Lewis recalled, “I would have played the daddy.” That film established Lewis in what was to become her signature role: the matriarch.



Corrections, Nov. 25

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 23:29:37 UT

Horoscope, Datebook, Nov. 23, E12 The horoscope for Thursday, Nov. 23, was incorrect. Here is the correct horoscope for that day. Rawdance offers 21st in salon-style series, Datebook, Nov. 23, E3 The information box for the “Concept Series: 21” incorrectly stated the price of admission. The Rawdance performance Friday-Saturday, Nov. 24-25, is a pay-what-you-can affair.



Judi Dench reveals the best way to compliment her: Call her subversive

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 22:55:40 UT

LOS ANGELES — Judi Dench loves a good surprise. She’s cooking one up on this late autumn morning in September, her last day in Los Angeles promoting her new movie, “Victoria & Abdul,” before returning home to London. Dench’s daughter, Finty Williams, an accomplished actress in her own right, thinks her mom is returning to England several days from now. But that would mean Dench would be missing Williams’ 45th birthday. So Dench has concocted an elaborate ruse, having friends send her daughter pictures of her out and about in Los Angeles — restaurant meals, “Victoria & Abdul” promotional events, Mom sitting in gardens and enjoying the sunshine — all the way up to the night before her birthday.



“Coco” star Anthony Gonzalez is living his dream

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:38:27 UT

NEW YORK — Like the character he plays in the film “Coco,” Anthony Gonzalez has always wanted to be an artist. But unlike the role he plays, the young actor has been lucky to have the full support of his Mexican family. “My parents have always been there for me,” said Gonzalez, one of five siblings born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. “Without them I would not be in a Disney-Pixar movie.” “Coco,” which opened Wednesday in the United States, is Pixar’s first feature film with a minority lead character, and one of the largest American productions ever to feature an almost entirely Latino cast.



How the Netflix series ‘Fauda’ shows human side to the Israeli conflict

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:23:54 UT

KFAR QASIM, Israel — It’s chaos on the set of the hit Israeli drama series “Fauda.” Just after lunch on a sweltering September day, the show’s main cast, supported by a large group of extras, is milling about on a leafy street in this Israeli-Arab village. A crew of testy directors, producers and cameramen is trying to get everyone organized. Makeup artists tweak costumes of traditional Arab garb — hijabs, djellabas and kaffiyehs — and sprinkle fake blood on necks and faces. Then, as instructions are yelled into a megaphone — first in Hebrew, then Arabic — a classic “Fauda” scene unfolds.



Q&A: Diplo on historic concert in Cuba, Rihanna and Bieber

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:17:56 UT

LOS ANGELES — Globe-trotting EDM star Diplo recently checked another locale off his performance wish list: Cuba. In March 2016, the Grammy-winning producer-DJ and his trio Major Lazer became one of the first American acts to take advantage of easing travel restrictions by staging a free concert in Havana. “I’m always looking at like where is music happening? How can I be a part of it? How can I help it? How can I introduce something to it? And it’s easy for anybody to do that, you know, you just have to have a little bit of adventure,” said Diplo, who has also performed in Nigeria, Nepal and Pakistan.



Rawdance presents intimate ‘Concept Series: 21’

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:14:11 UT

Rawdance’s “Concept Series: 21” is an intimate, pay-what-you-can affair held amid the gilded columns of the Green Room at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. This salon-style performance invites viewers to experience in-progress and fresh works, for a unique look into the creative process. Rawdance brings its latest pieces to the stage this weekend, along with five Bay Area choreographers: Kristin Damrow & Company, Bhumi Dancers, Bianca Cabrera/Blind Tiger Society, Courtney Mazeika, and Rogelio Lopez & Dancers. The Green Room’s giant windows and five sparkling chandeliers make for a unique backdrop for Rawdance Artistic Directors Ryan T.



Horoscope for Friday, 11/24/17 by Christopher Renstrom

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:01:00 UT

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): The Moon in Aquarius tends to fragment energies. Stick with what's already in the works. Avoid taking on anything new until you seal the deal.




Forgotten Japanese POW camp recalled in Chinatown exhibition

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 22:38:55 UT

The torture and travail endured on the Bataan Death March is well known. What isn’t is the torture and travail those prisoners of war were put through when they reached their end destination in China. This remembrance is the mission of “Forgotten Camp: Allied POWs of Shenyang,” a North American premiere at the World War II Pacific War Memorial Hall, inside a Chinatown storefront. The display of 200 enlarged images, along with wall text and illustrations smuggled out by the POWs themselves, comes from China’s Site Museum of Shenyang POW Camp of World War II Allied Forces, and this is its North American premiere.




‘Divine Order’ a by-the-numbers story of Swiss women’s suffrage

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 21:45:43 UT

Maybe it was something in the mountain air, but on the question of women’s suffrage, Switzerland lagged well behind the United States and Europe — Swiss women didn’t get the vote until 1971. Writer-director Petra Volpe has dramatized this worthwhile subject in “The Divine Order,” but the project has a simplistic, by-the-numbers feeling, and makes little attempt to understand the suffragists’ opponents, seen as thoroughly hidebound and fit only for disdain. The cultural upheaval affecting the rest of the Western world seems to arrive late in the small mountain village of the film’s heroine, Nora (Marie Leuenberger), a housewife and mother.



Which movies to watch this weekend, Nov. 24

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:52:02 UT

Bill Nye: Science Guy: Bill Nye has transformed himself from zany kids show host to a passionate defender of science who makes his case with a sense of urgency. This documentary focuses mainly on his work regarding climate change, and some of the most intriguing sequences are his debates with creationist Ken Ham. There’s some personal material as well, including Nye’s fear of inheriting a debilitating disease and the effects of fame on his personal life. Not rated. 101 minutes.




Horoscope for Thursday, 11/23/17 by Christopher Renstrom

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:01:00 UT

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): You're not as hard-hearted as all that. You can soften your stance if you have to. You just want to be sure if the person asking deserves a break.




Jon Hendricks, singer who brought new dimension to jazz, dies

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 03:50:50 UT

Jon Hendricks, a jazz singer and songwriter who became famous in the 1950s with the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross by putting lyrics to well-known jazz instrumentals and turning them into vocal tours de force, died Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 96. Although he was a gifted vocal improviser in his own right, Mr. Hendricks was best known for adding words to the improvisations of others.



Tim McGraw and Faith Hill find harmony on first duets record

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 02:43:23 UT

NASHVILLE — In a scene from their Showtime documentary, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are rehearsing for their elaborate Soul2Soul tour, one of the biggest of their careers. Hill is onstage singing “Devil Calling Me Back,” while McGraw is at the bottom of an opening on the stage waiting to be lifted up on a platform to join her. “So Faith is dancing and I am about ready to get on this (lift) and I hear a whack,” McGraw recounted later. In the documentary, which comes out Friday, Hill plummeted backward into the hole in the stage, a 6-foot drop onto her back. McGraw cradled her under the stage, while the crew rushed to her aid. Luckily, she escaped serious injury and was back performing the next day.