Friday, April 18, 2014

Food brings back fond memories

Some philosopher – I think it may have been Aristotle or Plato – once said that men always have one of three things on their minds. In case you didn’t know, the male “short list” consisted of food, sex and money. Not to get too personal, but two of those items still apply to me. […]

Entertainment calendar April 18, 2014

ART EXHIBITS Arts Benicia: Open Studios preview, through May 4, reception 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Open Studios, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3-4; open noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday during exhibitions, 991 Taylor St., Suite 114, Benicia. Free. 747-0130, Benicia Plein Air Gallery: Marshall Lockman is April’s featured artist, Mary Claire Stotler is […]

‘Same Time, Next Year’ opens in Benicia

FAIRFIELD — The Benicia Old Town Theatre Group celebrates its 50th anniversary with actress, director and author Hester Schell at the helm of “Same Time, Next Year.” Schell came home with five awards, including best of show for “Singulariteen,” from the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Theater Festival. Three years ago, she released the book, “Casting […]

Lake Berryessa memories and the lost town of Monticello

“Going to the lake” – the lake in this context being Lake Berryessa – elicits lots of memories of carefree fun for me, including: Numerous trips with Debbie Phillips, Phil Olivares, John Nolan, Kathleen Mahoney and others in the early 1980s, listening to John Cougar’s “American Fool.” Going to Oak Shores with Ben Kusaka, Darin […]

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‘We Got Next’ Comedy Tour stops at Dimitri’s

SUISUN CITY — Four comics, each with their own take on life, are set to fill Suisun City with laughter Thursday. The “We Got Next” Comedy Tour will reunite the quartet after member Ricco “Da Great” Alston’s surgery for a brain aneurysm the day after Christmas. He only played one show with the group before […]

Week in preview April 18-24, 2014

Fairfield 2 p.m. Saturday Feral Moon Band Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 428-6997. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Delbert Bump Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday National Jelly Bean Day One Jelly Belly Lane. 428-2838. 6 p.m. Thursday Syria T Berry Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. […]

Aw, geez, ‘Fargo’ is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton

NEW YORK — After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put “Fargo” on series TV. The 10-episode season, which premiered at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX, mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the […]

My husband tells our sons that they don’t need to listen to me

Dear Annie: My husband keeps telling our sons they can do whatever they want when I tell them “no,” and that they don’t need to listen to me. He is never on my side. The kids make fun of me and call me names, and Dad doesn’t seem to care. When I insist that he back […]

Today in History for April 18, 2014

Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 18, 1934, the first laundromat (called a “Washateria”) was opened by John F. Cantrell in Fort Worth, Texas; four electric washing machines were rented to members of the public on an hourly […]

Horoscopes for April 18, 2014

This is Good Friday and the last day of the high-energy Aries sun. It’s time to slow down and approach life as a marathon instead of a sprinting race. If you think that your many responsibilities do not allow you the extravagance of doing something nice for yourself each day, it’s a sign that your […]


THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder A REPEAT BID AND DIFFERENT PLAY George Saunders, who is a professor at Syracuse University and has won the National Magazine Award for fiction four times, said, “I’m always aware of writing around things I can’t do, and I’ve come to think that that’s actually what ‘style’ is — […]