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Arts Review: Intense 'Captain America: Civil War' keeps Marvel world going strong

The film opens with the Avengers, now lead by Captain America after Iron Man takes some personal time, again wreaking havoc while chasing baddies. Sometimes you just have to go with it, even when 20-30 superheroes (way too many) are destroying an airport while throwing vehicles and one-liners at each other. It's also fun watching Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) receive just as much respect as you would expect from the other Avengers.
San Jose Mercury News
04/05
52 Points

Arts Review: Backyard Bayou brings Cajun cuisine to Livermore

Choose crawfish, shrimp, lobster or crab legs, add garlic butter, lemon pepper or Backyard sauce, a housemade concoction of the garlic and lemon sauces plus Cajun and Asian seasonings. Their mix of Cajun and Asian flavors were a hit, so they took the plunge and opened their first Backyard Bayou in Union City in 2013 and the second earlier this year in Livermore. DATE OPENED: FebruaryPolicyWe don't let restaurants know that we are coming in to do a review, and we strive to remain anonymous.
San Jose Mercury News
04/05
48 Points

Arts 'Hamilton': 16 Tony nominations, but can it win the big prize?

The monster hit "Hamilton" has earned a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations. "Hamilton" will be looking to break "The Producers" record of 12 Tony wins. Founding father Alexander Hamilton made history and the Broadway musical named after him is no different. But "Hamilton," which recently won the Pulitzer for drama, an accolade that only rarely goes to a musical, has officially become the hottest thing EVER. Read her at www.mercurynews.com/karen-dsouza, and follow her at Twitter.com/karendsouza4.
San Jose Mercury News
04/05
50 Points

Arts Free concerts abound in Bay Area -- here's where to find them

July 14)POINT RICHMOND MUSIC'S SUMMER CONCERT SEASONWhen: June 10, July 8, Aug. Tuesdays July 5-26Where: Todos Santos Plaza, Concord; www.cityofconcord.orgHighlights: Concord's "Blues and Soul Diva" Annie Sampson (July 5), award-winning blues performer Willie G (July 19)CONCERTS IN THE PARKWhen: 7 p.m. July 4, 10, 17, 24 and 31.Where: Edoff Memorial Bandstand, off Bellevue Drive, Lakeside Park, Oakland; oaklandmunicipalband.orgInfo: The band has a proud history, dating back more than100 years.
San Jose Mercury News
04/05
45 Points
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Arts Day 2: All-day al pastor taco binge

North Ave., 773-486-8843Big StarBig Star serves a number of tacos I like, but the al pastor definitely isn't one of them. The tortillas were spot on, though.Big Star, 1531 N Damen Ave, 773-235-4039, bigstarchicago.comTaquerias AtotonilcoYears ago, I had a fantastic al pastor taco here. While the al pastor has genuine fans, the meat is automatically sliced off the trompo and then crisped up on the griddle, which is not my favorite method.
Chicago Tribune
03/05
20 Points

Arts 'Hamilton' leads Tony nods, sets record with 16 nominations

NEW YORK -- The megahit musical "Hamilton" has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another step in the show's march into theatrical history. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by "The Producers" and "Billy Elliot." "Hamilton" was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design.
San Jose Mercury News
03/05
18 Points

Arts Beyoncé albums that audiences loved more than critics

Now that Lemonade is finally out and bumping out of stereos around the country, Beyoncé has kicked off her "Formation" World Tour - an event that will undoubtedly have critics and audiences alike swaying in harmony.Research Your Favorite Celebrities on PrettyFamous. Using data from Metacritic, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site that's part of the Graphiq network, visualized the discrepancies between critic scores (out of 100) and user scores (out of 10) for each of Beyoncé's albums.
San Jose Mercury News
03/05
16 Points

Arts Larry Wilmore's n-word toward Obama 'came from genuine place,' White House spokesman says

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House said Monday that President Barack Obama wasn't offended by comedian Larry Wilmore's use of a racial slur at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Earnest also said he's confident Wilmore used the word by design and was seeking to be provocative. Wilmore concluded his remarks noting progress on race and how much it meant to him that a black man was president.
San Jose Mercury News
03/05
15 Points
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Arts Sean 'Diddy' Combs says what he really wants to do is act (so adios, music, again)

ALSO: Sean Combs finds a $39-million spot to display his GrammysFrom the archives: Sean Combs talks Notorious B.I.G., Bad Boy II (1997)Bad Boy For Life: A look back at the rap empire Sean 'Puff Daddy' Combs built. I want to take a victory lap, to do a world tour and really enjoy it one last time.”It's not as if he's been knocking out the tunes on a regular basis in recent years: The performer also known as Diddy, P.
Chicago Tribune
03/05
7 Points

Arts Review: Timeless, timely 'Mockingbird' opens at Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse opened its 2015-16 season with its first ever adults-only show, "Avenue Q," and now the season closes with the company's first nonmusical play -- the American classic "To Kill a Mockingbird."Of course, it's really the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel by Harper Lee that's a seminal work of American literature; this 1990 stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel simply attempts to do the book justice.
San Jose Mercury News
03/05
16 Points

Arts Review: Swashbuckling 'Treasure Island' delights at Berkeley Rep

When the show breaks into song, "Treasure" truly sweeps us away.Contact Karen D'Souza at 408-271-3772. Despite its archetypal characters and classic pirate tropes, this "Treasure" misses the cathartic tableaux for which Zimmerman has become known. While it lacks the transcendent moments of her masterpieces such as "Metamorphoses" and "The White Snake" and the second act gets a big waterlogged, "Treasure" still qualifies as a lively journey on the high seas.
San Jose Mercury News
02/05
22 Points
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Arts Navy Pier at 100: How the Chicago icon will be changing for the summer.

The new wheel is still shorter than the original Ferris wheel, built by George Washing Gale Ferris Jr. A new Ferris wheel and an interactive fountain are among the features opening Memorial Day weekend. The last major renovation for the pier was in 1995, when the older Ferris wheel was installed. The fountain will be open by Memorial Day weekend, and construction on the south lawns starts this summer and will take about a year, Chase said. New bicycle racks have been added near Polk Bros.
Chicago Tribune
02/05
30 Points

Arts 'Emerging From the Shadows' features 320 California women artists

One of her goals in the book was to show the breadth of each artist's work -- "to find early, middle and later works, if possible. If they were known for landscapes, we showed their portraits."Exhibits to comeNow that "Emerging from the Shadows" is in print, St. Gardens and Morsman plan to curate exhibitions for some of the artists from its pages. "These were powerful paintings, but they were basically genderless. As I began to do research on them, I found that they were mostly by women." St.
San Jose Mercury News
02/05
18 Points

Arts Review: Swashbuckling 'Treasure Island' delights at Berkeley Rep

When the show breaks into song, "Treasure" truly sweeps us away.Contact Karen D'Souza at 408-271-3772. Despite its archetypal characters and classic pirate tropes, this "Treasure" misses the cathartic tableaux for which Zimmerman has become known. While it lacks the transcendent moments of her masterpieces such as "Metamorphoses" and "The White Snake" and the second act gets a big waterlogged, "Treasure" still qualifies as a lively journey on the high seas.
San Jose Mercury News
01/05
19 Points
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