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‘Parks and Rec’ excelled at ‘comedy of positivity’

NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” signed off Tuesday on its own terms, ending a seven-year run after coming close to cancellation so many times during that stretch. However, for a show that faced constant concerns about its future, it did so with a smile on its face, being relentlessly positive at a time in television […]

February 27, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airmen with local ties finish basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Natasha P. Reddy graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Reddy is the daughter […]

March 01, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airmen with local ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Anthony M. Kachuck graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Kachuck is a 2014 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air Force Airman Michael A. Stacey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Stacey is the grandson of James and Julie Stacey of Fairfield. He is a […]

February 22, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Futurama’ shows how love inspires us to improve

When they first appear together on screen, Philip J. Fry and Turanga Leela from “Futurama” don’t seem like the obvious choice for a romantic relationship that will carry the series. Their initial meeting in the defunct animated series does, however, include Leela telling Fry to take off all of his clothes – he just awoke in the […]

February 13, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airmen with area ties complete basic training

Air Force Airman Dana M. Evans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Evans is the sister of Brian M. Evans of Fairfield. Air Force Airman Jonah R. Sanchez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Sanchez is the son of Eristeo and Julie Sanchez of Vallejo. He is a 2013 graduate of Rodriguez […]

February 15, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

‘Stay With Me’ authorship issue supports Grammy criticisms

Some prognosticators anticipate British pop soul singer Sam Smith to gobble trophies Sunday at the 57th annual Grammy Awards ceremony. He could walk away from Sunday’s ceremony with the grand slam, sweeping the four biggest categories: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Only Christopher Cross, in 1981, has done […]

February 06, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Vaca graduate completes basic training

Air Force Airman Katherine D. Wilson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Wilson is the daughter of Julia and David Wilson of Vacaville. She is a 2013 graduate of Vacaville High School.

February 08, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

BeeHype best-of blog shows mankind’s musical multitude

The human mind is an incredible machine. I’m endlessly impressed by the amount of knowledge we can store and retrieve. I can’t remember telling a friend the same joke two days earlier, but I can rattle off from memory every Radiohead album and its track titles – in order. Recently, I was struck by the way in […]

January 30, 2015 | Posted in Local lifestyle columnists | Tagged ,

Rodriguez graduate completes basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Simon John B. Tejano graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Tejano is the son of Albino and Graciela Tejano of Fairfield. He graduated in 2014 from Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Airman with Fairfield tie completes training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Payton L. Nester-Wooten graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nester-Wooten is the sister of Cody Wooten of Fairfield.

January 25, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Björk makes right call in response to album leak

Within a week, Icelandic songstress Björk went from announcing a March release date for her ninth album, “Vulnicura,” to releasing it Tuesday via iTunes. Days after her announcement, the album leaked to the Internet. Instead of spewing rage on social media, Björk just moved up the drop date. Björk’s tale is the latest for a […]

January 23, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Airman with Fairfield tie completes basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Payton L. Nester-Wooten graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nester-Wooten is the sister of Cody Wooten of Fairfield.

January 18, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Vallejo soldiers complete basic training

Army Pvt. Dean Minell Rumbawa has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Rumbawa is the son of Cecille D. Rumbawa of Vallejo. He is a 2014 graduate of Vallejo High School. Army Pvt. Joze M. Sanchez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

St. Vincent, Flaming Lips, Prince among 2014’s top performers

FAIRFIELD — The adage goes that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Even the best things I’ve read about music seem counterintuitive, as if they’re encouraging me to stop reading and rock headphones like San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s ubiquitous Beats. A good album review makes me curious about that record. A […]

January 02, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Graduates from Vacaville high schools complete basic training

Air Force Airman Curtis J. Bleasdale graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Bleasdale is a 2012 graduate of Vacaville High School. Army Pvt. Sarah M. Zendejas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Zendejas is the daughter of Daniel and Jennifer Zendejas of Vacaville. She is a 2014 graduate of Will C. Wood […]

January 04, 2015 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Brandi L. Roberts graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Roberts is the daughter of Charley M. and Terri L. Roberts of Vacaville. Army Pvt. Joze M. Sanchez has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Sanchez is the son of Erika A. Garcia of Vallejo. He is a 2014 […]

December 28, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Rear ends, reunions define 2014 in music

As we move farther from the monoculture of back in the day, it’s difficult to pin down an entire year of music to a single narrative. The year 2014 wasn’t the year punk exploded or that grunge broke into the mainstream. It’s hard to imagine we’ll ever distill an entire year down in that way […]

December 26, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Service members from Vacaville complete training

Air Force Airman Curtis J. Bleasdale graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Bleasdale is a 2012 graduate of Vacaville High School. Army Pvt. Sarah M. Zendejas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Zendejas is the daughter of Daniel and Jennifer Zendejas of Vacaville. She is a 2014 graduate of Will C. Wood […]

December 21, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged

D’Angelo delivers after departure of more than a decade

Some records spend so long in alchemy that people wonder if they even exist at all. One such record is D’Angelo’s third album, “Black Messiah,” which appeared Sunday evening. It arrived one month shy of the 15th anniversary of 2000’s “Voodoo,” his previous effort, a star-making slab known as much for its tasty neo-soul grooves as flaunting […]

December 19, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Donald M. Clay graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Clay is the son of Donald and Katina Clay of Vallejo. He is a 2014 graduate of Jesse M. Bethel High School in Vallejo. Air Force Airman Michael R. Ellwood graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Ellwood is […]

December 14, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Flawed ‘Sons’ fits pattern for FX

Tuesday night marked the final ride for FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” a biker drama with which I’ve had a love/hate relationship throughout its seven-year run. The frustration blossomed from apathy to full-blown distaste when the show swelled to bloated 90-minute running times per episode during the sixth season last year. After a few installments of […]

December 12, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Donation delivers toys to Travis airmen

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Tables teemed with towers of free toys Friday at Travis Air Force Base’s First Street Chapel as part of a donation to 250 military families. Approximately 100 boxes totaling more than 10,000 toys were donated to airmen and other service members by Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that helps military […]

December 06, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Revisiting famous final scene of ‘Sopranos’

I find it hard to imagine there’s much to say about the final scene of HBO’s “The Sopranos” that hasn’t already been uttered, yet after recently rewatching the series, one piece of information stood out. Show creator David Chase has wriggled like a worm on hot pavement when it comes to a definitive statement about […]

December 05, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman Natasha K. Candel graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Candel is the daughter of Lawrence and Paulina Candel of Fairfield. She is a 2014 graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony O. Edmondson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is […]

December 07, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged

Service members with county ties complete basic training

Army Pvt. Alik A. Alik has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. Alik is the nephew of Sepe A. Alik of Vallejo. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Logan J. Talken graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He is the son of Linda A. Talken of Vacaville and Michael J. Talken of […]

November 22, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Vacaville downs Del Oro to advance to section semis

LOOMIS — No matter how many times Del Oro High challenged Vacaville, the Bulldogs fended them off Friday night in a 35-28 win at Golden Eagle Stadium. The victory moved No. 5 Vacaville (10-2) to their first Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinal game since 2011, the same year the school captured a section title. Vacaville […]

November 22, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Swift’s video sparks reflection on equality

Although the Internet clamored recently about the mutual admiration society spawned between pop songstress Taylor Swift and hip-hop hero Kendrick Lamar, coincidental video releases by Swift and another hip-hop star, Eminem, earlier this week stopped me in my tracks. I’ve spent a lot of the past few months thinking about the way that I treat […]

November 14, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment-local | Tagged ,

Local graduates complete basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Zachary S. Maruda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Maruda is the son of Stafford W. and Mary Jo E. Maruda of Vacaville. He is a 2005 graduate of Vacaville High School. Air Force Airman Jesus Ceja Mendoza graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San […]

November 16, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

Fight brings early end to Armijo’s 17-0 win over Rodriguez

FAIRFIELD — The 2014 season came to an unusual end Friday at Coach Ed Hopkins Memorial Stadium when the game was halted because of a fight with Armijo High leading 17-0 over host Rodriguez with 8 minutes and 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Away from the tackle after Armijo’s Daerion Spencer ran to […]

November 08, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

County graduates complete basic military training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Allan J. Fulgencio graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Fulgencio is the son of Virginia C. Fulgencio of Vallejo. He is a 2002 graduate of St. Patrick’s-St. Vincent’s High School in Vallejo. Air Force Airman Cameron S. Richards graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Richards is […]

November 09, 2014 | Posted in Military | Tagged ,

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