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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Hobbits put their trust in simple pleasures: a nice meal (or two, or six), a cup of tea, a social call. So it's ironic that writer-director-producer Peter Jackson has proven determined to complicate "The Hobbit," J.R.R. Tolkien's relatively humble vo...... Read the full review

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A mecca for meat
Sundance The Steakhouse is thriving in its 40th year. The classic American steakhouse on El Camino Real in Palo Alto serves up topnotch food, attentive service, an excellent wine list and decor that exudes old-school charm. Friday, 6:59 AM

Celebrating the race to space
The Cantor's latest exhibition draws together collages, prints and archival materials that pay tribute to the historic Apollo 11 mission of 1969, when man first set foot on the moon. "Loose in Some Real Tropics: Robert Rauschenberg's 'Stoned Moon Series'" will be on view from December 20 through March 16. Friday, 6:59 AM

Chow mein for Christmas Eve
Comedian Cathy Ladman will be the featured performer at "Chopshticks," a Christmas Eve event at the JCC that combines stand-up comedy with a buffet-style Chinese dinner from Hunan Garden Restaurant. Friday, 6:59 AM

Worth a Look: This week's A&E events
This week, revel in the magical story of "The Snow Queen" in a performance by the Bayer Ballet Academy, join the San Francisco Choral Artists for a round-the-world musical journey and catch TheatreWorks' production of the Peter Pan prequel: "Peter and the Starcatcher." Wednesday, 12:35 PM

Concerts and gatherings to make spirits bright
As temperatures drop, the days grow shorter and the nights longer, it's harder to rely on sunshine for warmth and light. Instead, it's the time of year for drawing together to generate our own brilliance. There's no better way to celebrate the season than by gathering to enjoy live music, dance and theater: our most radiant expressions of what it means to be human. Sunday, 9:18 AM

Palo Alto: Ming's Restaurant to close Dec. 28
The absolute last serving of Ming's famous Chinese chicken salad will be Dec. 28. That's the day that Ming's Restaurant, Palo Alto's oldest and largest Chinese restaurant, will close its doors to make way for an extended stay hotel and a newer, smaller Chinese restaurant. Friday, 10:30 AM

'Women and the Great War' on view at Hoover Institution
One hundred years ago this year, World War I began. On the centennial of such a significant event, museums across the world are turning to their archives to offer historical and contemporary perspectives on The Great War. Friday, 7:23 AM

'Peter Pan' prequel takes flight in Palo Alto
"Peter and the Starcatcher" earned a record number of Tony nominations and five awards when it played Broadway in 2012, cementing it in the pantheon of popular new plays and proclaiming its appeal for both youth and adults. TheatreWorks now brings it to life on the Lucie Stern Theater stage with vigor and verve and a boatload of talent, creating a lively, laugh-filled and heartfelt gift for the holidays. Friday, 7:22 AM

Shop Talk: Business openings, closings and more
Rejuvenation puts finishing touches to its general store before its grand opening in Palo Alto while David's Tea looks to shake things up with its tea and accessories. Friday, 7:22 AM

Mountain View's Sandwich Spot hopes to make a fan out of you

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