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California Gold

California Gold is an ‘American pub with pre-Tiki era cocktails’

New San Rafael spot serves cocktails worth their weightThe space at 848 B St. has undergone such a...

Lie To Me

Aging performers can be sad to watch. Right when they should be doing the best work of their careers, they’re playing wise codgers and...

Evil Never Sleeps

The best parts in Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining (1980), do without Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King’s sense of gigantism. It’s not...

Children’s Crusade

Some people are going to hate Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit like they haven’t hated anything since Life is Beautiful, and understandably some will argue...

Breaking Away

The millions who watched El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie when it premiered on Netflix on Oct. 11 had a strange experience; they learned...

Under the Lights

As the actor and singer Judy Garland, Renee Zellwegger is held in tight closeup: a bundle of nerves dosing herself with pills, mouth crooked...

Do I Know You?

Malcolm Gladwell is a complete stranger to me. Sure, I’ve read a few of his past books—The Tipping Point, Outliers, Blink and his latest,...

Laughing Matters

A recent New York Times headline asked the question, “Can a Play About Vaccines Be a Laughing Matter?” Bay Area audiences can...

Buzzy Bar Scene

It hadn’t occurred to me that the wine scene in West Marin might have much in common with the wine scene in Ethiopia until...

Song & Dance

Transcendence built...