• “Do you love it? You don’t get to hate it unless you love it.” So utters Jimmie Fails, the main character in Joe Talbot’s gorgeous yet bittersweet feature directorial debut, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” Fails is playing a version of himself from a script he co-wrote with friend and longtime collaborator Talbot, navigating his way through a gentrified version of the town he grew up in, the town that molded him, but inevitably [...]
  • The Fourth of July weekend is almost upon us. And even though us humans love the sun, hot dogs, burgers and fireworks, the Fourth could be a stressful day for your pet.While it is awesome to think about that sweet doggo of yours dressed up in ‘Murica garb and partying and celebrating America’s independence with you, here are a few things you should know about keeping your pets safe, courtesy of the Animal Defense League of Texas. [...]
  • Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog" Chapman and star of reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and "Dog & Beth: On the Hunt," is in a medically induced coma according to her family. Duane Chapman requested prayers for his wife in a tweet on June 23. "Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you," Chapman wrote on [...]
  • The Illinois State Fair on Monday announced it has added a free concert to its Grandstand lineup. It'll be another two weeks before we know for sure who is performing, however.The concert will happen on Thursday, Aug. 8, after the Twilight Parade, a night when the Grandstand is normally dark.Fair officials did not reveal the name of the performer(s) — other than to say it is a "big-name act that everyone will recognize" — and instead set up a contest for people to [...]
  • This isn't your average dog show. For Scamp the Tramp, being an "ugly" dog was his biggest asset this past weekend, where he beat out 18 other contestants to win the title of the World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Scamp is a wiry-haired mutt with 2-inch long legs, beady eyes and a constantly drooping tongue. He was [...]
  • If you want to feel joy, head straight to “Yesterday.” It’s a heartfelt and humorous tale from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (“Love, Actually”) about a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) who wakes up in an alternate reality where he’s the only person aware the Beatles ever existed. Gasp!How high you get depends on your tolerance for sentimentality, but [...]
  • With Fourth of July almost upon us, many are making plans on how to celebrate America and its independence. But some states are exceptionally patriotic throughout the year. Personal finance site WalletHub ranked all 50 states to determine which were the most patriotic, looking at rates of military engagement and civic engagement. Here are the 10 most patriotic states in the U.S. according to WalletHub's study.New [...]
  • There’s a good chance that if you’ve heard what “Yesterday” is about, you probably only know its basic, minimal plotline. Oh, you’re thinking, a struggling musician hits his head and wakes up to a world where no one has heard of the Beatles ... except him. He claims he wrote their songs, and becomes the biggest pop star in the world. Well, yes, that’s a big part of it. What people who haven’t seen it [...]
  • Sure, we know parrots and other birds can learn to sing. But have you heard a seal perform a little song? Scientists at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland successfully taught seals to sing, a new study reveals. The research found that gray seals have [...]
  • “Cape May,” a novel by Chip Creek. Celadon Books, April 2019. $26.99, hardcover. 248 pages.“Cape May,” a debut novel by Chip Creek, an author with ties to Boston and New England where he went to school and taught, plunges us head-first into the deep end of lust. Readers come up for air on page 243, stricken yet entertained, and a little spent from all the titillation. The truth Creek tells: Lust’s chokehold is merciless, irrational, [...]