Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who wove theater into politics to peacefully bring down communism in Czechoslovakia and become a hero of the epic struggle that ended the Cold War, has died. He was 75.
Havel died Sunday morning at his weekend house in the northern Czech Republic, his assistant Sabina Tancecova said. Read More
Zany experiments testing scientific theories in real-world settings have earned the TV show "MythBusters" a devoted following, but a stunt gone awry met with an unhappy audience when an errant cannonball went shooting through a California family's bedroom. Read More
The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession."
Dr. Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson. Read More
A probation report says the doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was listed as suicidal in jail records before his sentencing. But a spokesman for Dr. Conrad Murray says the physician remains resilient.
The report was released Tuesday after Murray was sentenced to four years behind bars. It states that jail records showed the 58-year-old doctor was classified as "mentally disturbed" and "suicidal." Read More
Taylor Swift closed her "Speak Now World Tour" with her best friend and the man her parents named her after.
The 21-year-old brought out James Taylor and Selena Gomez at her concert Tuesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Swift said her parents named her after Taylor, and the two performed his hit "Fire and Rain." Taylor also played the guitar while Swift performed her song "Fifteen." Read More
Around townDream weaving: Jazz pianist Fred Hersch presents “My Coma Dreams,” a multimedia musical journey inspired by the dreams he experienced during a two-month coma in 2008. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]Art and antiques Read More
Robert Pattinson says he gets nervous about love scenes … but it’s only comparing himself to uber-buff “Twilight” costar Taylor Lautner that makes him feel self-conscious.
“I had never been so worried about that before, but after seeing how much Taylor works out for the movies, I thought, ‘Well, everybody is really going to judge me now,’” Pattinson said, according to Us magazine. “I always tried to think about positions where I could tense the muscles, and suck in my belly.” Read More
Who’s in townPianist, singer and composer Mose Allison performs at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.] Lectures William Clay Ford Jr.: The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman talks about the move toward electric cars, government regulations, new technologies and environmental stewardship. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Bay Area events for Tuesday:
WHO’S IN TOWN
Shazia Mirza, an award-winning comedian and columnist from England, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]
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Who's in town
Artist Richard Serra, who is best known for his sculptural work, discusses drawing and its role in his artistic production. [Book signing at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.; SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.; tickets are sold out, but simulcast admission is available, space permitting] Read More