If it is local and useful, it is on en-us Copyright 2018 Palo Alto Online <![CDATA[Shop Talk: Reach Fitness closes, Blue Bottle to open]]> In this week's Shop Talk column, read about Reach Fitness Club's closure, ACE Hardware using autonomous cars for deliveries and Blue Bottle Coffee opening a new cafe at Stanford Shopping Center.]]> <![CDATA[The chef's bucket list: 47 Peninsula dishes to eat before you die]]> We asked a wide range of local culinary insiders to tell us about the food that stood out most to them this year -- the dishes they haven't been able to stop thinking about.]]> <![CDATA[A sharp comedy for dark times]]> Playwright James Kopp suggesting that Nazis might take control of the United States seems like an all-too-timely warning. Thankfully, the play is packed with laughs.]]> <![CDATA[Rock like an Egyptian]]> "This is the story of a love that flourished in a time of hate," sings a character in the opening number of "Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida." ]]> <![CDATA[Learn a new craft]]> We talked to three local bar and restaurant owners to get their take on the best fall-friendly drinks that novice mixologists can recreate at home.]]> <![CDATA[Finding Juana]]> The moment visitors step into the Los Altos History Museum, they're greeted by a wooden awning, painted white and covered in vines. The message is clear: They're entering the home of Juana Briones.]]> <![CDATA[Hey, hey, PA Play(ers)]]> "All the Way" takes a close look at Lyndon Johnson's first year in office, starting with the assassination of JFK and the Civil Rights Act.]]> <![CDATA['Blackstar' at Bing]]> In the worlds of both cellist Maya Beiser and rockstar David Bowie, an instrumentalist revisiting of the final, modern-jazz-influenced album of a chameleonic music icon with a contemporary classical ensemble is special but not too unusual. ]]> <![CDATA[A vocal leader]]> With its concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, at First Congregational Church in Palo Alto, the 60-voice Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will begin its 30th and final season with Gregory Wait as director. Wait will then launch his 34th and final season as director of Congregational Oratorio Society eight days later at the same locale. ]]> <![CDATA[Giving voice]]> Sophia Nesamoney says she learned when she was very young about "the power of a voice."]]> <![CDATA[Sublime design]]> Ge Wang has always been a maker. As a child, he experimented with making clay bricks at his grandparents' home in Bejing, China. As a student and later a professor, he's made music, innovative instruments, apps and programming languages. Now, he's made a book: "Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime." ]]>