By Chuck Barney | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: June 30, 2019 at 7:15 am | UPDATED: July 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm Chuck Barney’s TV and streaming picks for June 30-July 6 DON’T MISS: “Stranger Things” — If the thought of watching Fourth of July fireworks at a jam-packed park doesn’t light your fuse, you might want to just stay home, hunker down and binge out on Season 3 of the retro sci-fi phenomenon. As new episodes drop, it’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer is heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and our kid heroes are on the cusp of adulthood. Of course, it wouldn’t be Hawkins if some kind of ominous danger didn’t loom. As usual, expect the series to mix humor and horror, along with some nostalgic, Reagan-era vibes. (Thursday, Netflix). Other bets: SUNDAY: “The Rook,” a new supernatural spy thriller, tells the story of Myfanwy Thomas (Emma … [Read more...] about TV this week: ‘Stranger Things’ returns for a holiday binge
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By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
By Mike Moffitt, SFGATE Updated 4:00 am PST, Monday, February 11, 2019 If your car is parked in San Francisco, the last thing you want to see next to it is an SFMTA parking enforcement officer making out a citation. Here are some more one-star reviews of SFMTA on Yelp. If your car is parked in San Francisco, the last thing you want to see next to it is an SFMTA parking enforcement officer making out a citation. Here are some more one-star reviews of SFMTA on Yelp. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 If your car is parked in San Francisco, the last thing you want to see next to it is an SFMTA parking enforcement officer making out a citation. Here are some more one-star reviews of SFMTA on Yelp. … [Read more...] about Tales of parking ticket horrors: The 1-star SFMTA reviews
August Brown Los Angeles Times Published 10:49 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 In mid-January, the quartet of very young rockers in Greta Van Fleet were preparing to make their “Saturday Night Live” debut. For a band just a couple of years into a dizzying rise from its Michigan hometown of Frankenmuth, known for its Bavarian kitsch, this was enormous, and the act’s members sounded a little nervous. “It’s a really humbling experience,” said guitarist and co-songwriter Jake Kiszka, 22, just hours before they took the stage in New York. “It’s something we grew up watching, so even to be on the stage that so many legends stood on, it’s pretty overwhelming. I don’t know any way you can particularly prepare for that.” When they finally performed their singles “Black Smoke Rising” and “You’re the One,” the four were dressed in fringe, with shirts fully unbuttoned to show their track team captain-worthy … [Read more...] about Greta Van Fleet looks poised to bring home a serious haul at the Grammy Awards Sunday.
By Andrew Dansby Published 6:00 am CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 I love year-end music lists as a reader and consumer and fear them as a typist, because, well, I feel differently about albums constantly. And I also find some of my favorite recordings from a particular year long after that year has concluded. Andy Shauf’s “The Party” ended up my one or two favorite albums of 2016, only I didn’t realize that until I heard it. In 2017. Fortunately, albums come with no expiration date. Yet the rules are the rules. And I should say, that the top recording here speaks to the benefits of letting a recording settle into your mind. Not a jumpy, distracted stream play, but something you do over and over to see if you can figure out where the musicians were coming from when they made it and why it gets into your marrow. Because I’m a dummy, I dropped the needle on Low’s “Double Negative” and nearly marched the LP back to the … [Read more...] about Andrew Dansby: The best albums of 2018