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The Last Word
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The Last Word In what's likely to be AARP's movie of the year, the Mark Pellington dramedy "The Last Word," Hollywood legend Shirley MacLaine gets top billing. As it turns out, that's not such an unusual occurrence of late. The 83-year-old star also received top b...... Read the full review

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"Coffee for Demonstrators"
This nice man bought hot drinks for appreciative demonstrators at Friday's cold and wet gathering on El Camino at Town and Country Village. Submitted by Margaret Allen on Jan 23, 2017

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Not perfect? No problem
TACO's mission is to give people of all skill levels the chance to share a love of playing classical music in an enjoyable, inclusive environment without the pressure to perform, be perfect, or even practice regularly. Thursday, 8:48 AM | 2 comments

Mystical, magical mushrooms
For Stanford University graduate student Yu-chuan Phoenix Chen, a craving for mushrooms led to a surprisingly fruitful journey toward his dissertation topic and the focus of the exhibition he's curated at the Cantor Arts Center: "A Mushroom Perspective on Sacred Geography." Wednesday, 3:57 PM

Knead to bake
Every week, subscribers to As Kneaded Bakery, a new Community Supported Bakery, get a different variety of bread -- from herbed baguette and challah to spelt-walnut -- made by Palo Alto native Iliana Berkowitz. Thursday, 11:00 AM | 1 comments

Worth a Look
Local pop bands in Mountain View, a production of "The Producers" in Redwood City, a Broadway star at Stanford and "Science Night" in Menlo Park are featured this week. Thursday, 11:46 AM

Family feuds and filial piety
Two elderly sisters, separated by an ocean as well as years of hostility and pain, and the two daughters who are determined to reunite them before it's too late, are at the heart of "Calligraphy," Velina Hasu Houston's multicultural family drama, now given its regional premiere by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Wednesday, 10:02 AM

Art for spring: 'Flora from Fauna'
Redwood City is gaining another set of whimsical murals in its art-loving downtown this month. Bay Area science illustrator Jane Kim has started work on "Flora from Fauna," a series depicting creatures offering passersby bouquets of chrysanthemums. Tuesday, 3:19 PM

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Short story writers wanted!

The 31st Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult (15-17) and Teen (12-14) categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by April 13, 2017. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category.

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