Era-spanning looks in the Asian Art Museum exhibition  “Kimono Refashioned” from the Kyoto Costume Institute include (from left): a silk and satin damask dress from London (circa 1875); Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s 2016 mono-filament organza dress; and a 1913 silk satin and crepe beaded evening coat from Paris’ House of Amy Linker. (Courtesy Ming Vong/S.F. Examiner)

‘Kimono Refashioned’ reveals Japan’s effect on global design

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Tuck & Patti are making their Feinstein’s at Nikko debut just after Valentine’s Day.  (Courtesy photo)

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After four decades, eclectic Bay Area guitar-and-vocal duo Tuck & Patti have…

From left, Richard Thomas, Therese Plaehn, Pamela Reed, Daisy Eagan and Luis Vega star in “The Humans.” (Courtesy Julieta Cervantes)

Richard Thomas takes on dad role in ‘The Humans’

Acting in an ensemble playing an extended family gathered for a holiday…

Rapper Big Freedia is bound to get the crowd twerking at Outside Lands on Aug. 6.

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Rapper Big Freedia is bound to get the crowd twerking at Outside Lands on Aug. 6.
Chef Yaku Moton-Spruill, 33, displays knife skills in his kitchen at his home in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Will Chef Yaku be the next ‘Food Network Star’?

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Chef Yaku Moton-Spruill, 33, displays knife skills in his kitchen at his home in San Francisco. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Cellist Jay Campbell appears with pianist Conor Hanick in a Morrison Artists Series concert in McKenna Theatre at SF State. (Courtesy Beowulf Sheehan)
Cellist Jay Campbell appears with pianist Conor Hanick in a Morrison Artists Series concert in McKenna Theatre at SF State. (Courtesy Beowulf Sheehan)
Rhys Alvarado serves up a Vesper Lynd, the drink that forever turned him on to cocktails. (Courtesy Photo)

Last round’s on me

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Rhys Alvarado serves up a Vesper Lynd, the drink that forever turned him on to cocktails. (Courtesy Photo)
Salman Rushdie appears in a City Arts & Lectures presentation to promote his new book. (Courtesy Beowulf Sheehan)

Salman Rushdie imagines surprising outcome from conflict

Salman Rushdie’s latest novel “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” chronicles…

Salman Rushdie appears in a City Arts & Lectures presentation to promote his new book. (Courtesy Beowulf Sheehan)
Wes  Craven, whose "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" movies made him one of the most recognizable names in the horror film genre, has died. He was 76. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Horror master Wes Craven dies at 76

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Wes  Craven, whose "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" movies made him one of the most recognizable names in the horror film genre, has died. He was 76. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Actor and activist Peter Coyote focuses on his mentors in his second memoir.  (Courtesy Peter  Coyote)

Peter Coyote’s life has enough drama for multiple memoirs

Peter Coyote’s intriguing second memoir “The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education”…

Actor and activist Peter Coyote focuses on his mentors in his second memoir.  (Courtesy Peter  Coyote)
Elisha Hartwig and Dani Fankhauser are the creators of ReadThisNext. (Courtesy Hollis Wansley)

App promises good book tips from respected authors

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Elisha Hartwig and Dani Fankhauser are the creators of ReadThisNext. (Courtesy Hollis Wansley)
The Half Moon Bay High School Marching Band appears in Half Moon Bay's Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade this weekend. (Courtesy Miramar Events)

2015 Independence Day celebrations

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The Half Moon Bay High School Marching Band appears in Half Moon Bay's Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade this weekend. (Courtesy Miramar Events)
Picture of the week:

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Set high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Madonna County Park comprises 3,200 acres of beautiful secluded land filled with redwoods, hiking trails, four campgrounds and five awesome yurts. (COURTESY WEEKENDSHERPA.COM)

June 19-20: Warped Tour, City Hall party and more

A great hike Glamping with Madonna: Set high in the Santa Cruz…

Set high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mount Madonna County Park comprises 3,200 acres of beautiful secluded land filled with redwoods, hiking trails, four campgrounds and five awesome yurts. (COURTESY WEEKENDSHERPA.COM)
From left, Donna Federico, D. Scott McQuiston, Courtney Hatcher, Johnny Moreno,  Allison F. Rich, Will Springhorn Jr. and Zac Schuman are delightful in San Jose Stage Company’s “The Addams Famiy.” COURTESY DAVE LEPORI

‘Addams Family’ creepy, kooky and grand

San Jose Stage Company wraps its current season with a smorgasbord of…

From left, Donna Federico, D. Scott McQuiston, Courtney Hatcher, Johnny Moreno,  Allison F. Rich, Will Springhorn Jr. and Zac Schuman are delightful in San Jose Stage Company’s “The Addams Famiy.” COURTESY DAVE LEPORI
COURTESY SHERVIN LAINEZ - Singer Ingrid Michaelson is enjoying working with co-writers on her most recent compositions.

Ingrid Michaelson’s ‘Lights Out’ defies tough times

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COURTESY SHERVIN LAINEZ - Singer Ingrid Michaelson is enjoying working with co-writers on her most recent compositions.