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Dear Abby: Stepmom feels squeezed out by father-daughter relationship

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:01:00 UT

Dear Abby: I think my stepdaughter “Caroline” has an unhealthy relationship with my husband. Caroline calls him several times a day and gets tattoos just like his. When she got a boob job, she wanted to show him. She doesn’t talk to me much, although I have tried to be close to her. Caroline knows I don’t approve of the way she gets money. She has a job at a local store but wants things she can’t afford, so she sleeps with men for money. Her dad seems fine with it. They seem to have a closeness that he doesn’t share with me. We are fine until she gets involved. She does things to keep her dad doing things for her so he doesn’t have time for me. What should I do? I’ve talked to him about this, but he thinks I’m crazy.

Horoscope for Wednesday, 8/23/17 by Christopher Renstrom

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:01:00 UT

ARIES. (March 20 - April 18): The only thing worse than being misled is to beat yourself up about it. You didn't know better then, but you can learn from your mistakes now.

Writers’ Grotto finds support amid success

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:08:33 UT

Po Bronson can’t be sure if things have gotten easier or harder for writers in the past two decades. Things have certainly changed within the profession — from undulations in book publishing to the Internet’s upheaval of media forms — since the author and journalist co-founded the Grotto, a writers’ work space that began in 1993 and has since grown into a community made up of a who’s who collection of writers. “It’s always been hard, let me just make it really clear,” Bronson says over the phone with a laugh that mixes with a sigh. Writers have had to become more resourceful at the very least in what is now increasingly becoming a gig economy for them, says Bronson.

Kamasi Washington a force to be reckoned with

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:53:49 UT

Partially buoyed by his prominent role on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 opus, “To Pimp a Butterfly,” saxophonist Kamasi Washington rose to fame with his own masterwork, aptly titled “The Epic.” Featuring his 10-piece jazz band, a full string orchestra and choir, his nearly three-hour-long debut album was universally lauded. Since then, he has graced Bay Area stages for such events as 2016’s Outside Lands and the 24th annual Noise Pop Festival, as well as more intimate stages at SFJazz this year. Now the Los Angeles native returns — just before his album “Harmony of Difference” drops in September — to bring his epic sound to Saratoga’s Mountain Winery on Friday, Aug. 25.

‘You’re Going to Die’: Art and performance put focus on death at live shows

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:32:32 UT

People meet up in San Francisco to discuss almost anything — zoning policies, sapiosexuality, nano-brews, vegan co-ops, MSG addiction. But death, the most universal and unavoidable fact of life? It rarely makes the cut. There is something in the underpinnings of traditional Western culture that renders casual conversation about death, something that happens to everyone, unwelcome — while the least probable events, such as a winning the Powerball, are embraced with open arms. When death is talked about, it’s sepulchered away to private rooms, or discussed in whispers. Seven years ago, San Francisco organizer Ned Buskirk decided it was time to call death by its name.

Tom Petty makes one last run through Bay Area

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:45:07 UT

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are on their 40th anniversary tour — and possibly last. Of course, the toothy bandleader has been threatening retirement for years, but there’s certainly a sense of finality in the group’s current trek across America, which earlier this year included a date as headliners at the BottleRock Napa music festival. On Sunday, Aug. 27, the group is scheduled to perform the last date of a three-night stand, at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley (the band is also slated to perform at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on Friday, Aug. 25). Expect Petty and his crew to run through classics like “American Girl,” “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” What a way to say goodbye.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony assemble for UC Theatre show

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:38:31 UT

When N.W.A. legend Eazy-E signed Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in 1993, the group blended the street-wise vibe of their patron with a melodic side that allowed the five-member group to develop its own sound. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Bone Thugs — with five original members Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone — continues to tour, and are scheduled to perform at Berkeley’s UC Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 26. It’s unclear if the concert will include many songs from their 10th studio album, “New Waves,” released this summer, which mostly features Krayzie Bone and Busy Bone, but earlier hits like “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” and “Tha Crossroads” are close to a guarantee.

Italian Family Festa celebrates San Jose’s rich culture

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 21:34:01 UT

The Italian American Heritage Foundation presents the 37th Annual Italian Family Festa at History Park in San Jose on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27. The weekend celebrates Italian history and culture through a variety of family-friendly activities. Wine tasting, grape stomps, opera and all-day bocce games will be featured on both days, as well plenty of Italian eats. Saturday includes a presentation on Italian World War II internment, along with an evening of “Festa Street Dance” to accompany a live performance from Sage, an eight-piece band. Mass is also scheduled for Sunday morning before the festival closes with a performance from the Italian band Ancora. Entrance to the festival is free.

Old-school roller skating in San Francisco church

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:56:07 UT

David Miles, the Sk8father, has been roller skating in Golden Gate Park longer than most people have been walking. He has advocated for a place to skate in the park since Dianne Feinstein was mayor. A few years ago, Miles and his wife, Rose, started a roller skating night at a church on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. Now the Church of 8 Wheels operates Fridays and Saturdays, with the Godfather’s Friday Night Roller Disco on Friday nights (for skaters ages 21 and older). Saturday features skate lessons and a family session during the day, and the adults-only Black Rock Roller Disco at night. Good music is a sure thing on both days.

San Jose’s Smash Mouth plays for home crowd

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:47:46 UT

After its catchy first hit, “Walkin’ on the Sun,” came out in 1997, San Jose band Smash Mouth looked to either become a one-hit wonder or leave the Bay Area for a bigger city and never look back. Neither happened. The band had several more hits — with “All Star” now most commonly remembered as the “Shrek” song — and have remained in the South Bay, feeding a Twitter account that offers strong opinions on Bay Area sports. Smash Mouth’s beef-then-peace accord with the Oakland A’s is social media legend. Smash Mouth has two local concerts coming up — at the Independent in San Francisco on Friday, Aug. 24, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Saturday, Aug. 25.

Concert, arts rally planned to counter Crissy Field gathering

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:44:55 UT

An afternoon of music and comedy, and an “art, activism and love” rally and march are being planned as counter events to Saturday’s expected Patriot Prayer “Freedom Rally” at Crissy Field. Michael Franti and Spearhead will headline the entertainment at “Peace, Music and Laughter,” from noon to 5 p.m. in Civic Center plaza. Also on the bill are the Brothers Comatose, Malo, comic Marga Gomez, drag singer BeBe Sweetbriar, Mama’s Boyz and more. Organizer Dawn Holliday says the event will be family friendly and free of political speeches.

Brazilian jazz guitarist Guinga plays in Berkeley

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:42:40 UT

The Brazilian master composer and guitarist Guinga has been covered more than 155 times on at least 100 albums by other artists, and has appeared in Bay Area jazz spots like Yoshi’s in Oakland, Berkeley’s Casa de Cultura and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in San Francisco. This weekend he returns to the Bay Area at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley on Saturday, Aug. 26. Italian pianist Stefania Tallini will accompany Guinga on piano. The Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal has said of him: “A guy like Guinga only comes once in a hundred years, we have to take advantage.” So don’t miss your chance.

Movies opening Friday, Aug. 25

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:39:31 UT

All Saints: John Corbett plays Michael Spurlock in this biopic about a salesman-turned-pastor who fights, along with a group of refugees, to keep his church open. Birth of the Dragon: Filmed in San Francisco, the movie is based on a true meeting in 1964 between Bruce Lee, then a martial arts instructor, and kung fu master Wong Jack Man. The Fencer: Set in the 1950s and based on the life of Estonian fencer and coach Endel Nelis, this movie deals with a young man who leaves Leningrad and goes to Estonia to become a teacher. But Nelis’ past may catch up with him when he must decide whether to take his young team to a tournament in the Russian city.

Kings of Leon celebrate majestic year

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:36:59 UT

It might feel as if Kings of Leon has slipped off the radar, but the Nashville band has quietly had one of its biggest years to date. Its seventh studio album, “Walls,” isn’t only its first to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, but singles like “Waste a Moment” and “Reverend” have seemingly camped out in the upper reaches of the alternative rock charts. The group — brothers Nathan, Caleb and Jared Followill and cousin Matthew Followill — is back on the road for a victory lap, performing on Thursday, Aug. 24, at Shoreline Amphitheatre. And while its live show remains a mostly sleepy affair, songs like “The Bucket,” “California Waiting” and “On Call” are unimpeachable rock anthems.

Drag queens and their shoulders tower at Oasis

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:21:33 UT

It would already be a lot for a single stage to contain the drag talents of D’Arcy Drollinger, Matthew Martin, Katya Smirnoff-Skyy and other local drag royalty. But with “Bitch Slap!” — which Drollinger also writes — the Oasis’ stage is only further crowded by towering shoulder pads. In a spoof of 1980s soap operas, Diana Midnight (Drollinger) reigns supreme in fashion, thanks to her hold on the U.S. patent for shoulder pads. But greedy rivals circle her throne, threatening blackmail, endangering the imminent Shoulder Pad Soiree. Character names alone are a hoot: Detective Schnacks, Reverend Felcher.