PaloAltoOnline.com http://www.paloaltoonline.com If it is local and useful, it is on PaloAltoOnline.com. en-us <![CDATA[Tesei delivers hat trick in big MPSF lacrosse victory]]> Stanford sophomore Mackenzie Tesei came off the bench to record her first collegiate hat trick and played an outstanding overall game to lead No. 17 Stanford to an 18-7 victory over California in a women's lacrosse regular-season finale Thursday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
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<![CDATA[Kaminski leads Stanford block party in MPSF semifinal win]]> The third-seeded Stanford men's volleyball team ran like a well-oiled machine in beating No. 2 Pepperdine, 25-16, 25-19, 25-16, Thursday, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation semifinals at Smith Fieldhouse in Provo, Utah. The Cardinal advances to Saturday's final.
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<![CDATA[Proponents of Baylands compost plant not sold on new city proposal]]> With Palo Alto preparing to debate the future of composting on Tuesday night, several environmental advocates are asking the city to tread cautiously on staff's new proposal for a four-phased approach toward treating organic waste.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford hopes to jumpstart its NCAA hopes against Cal]]> Danny Diekroeger has prepared for stressful situations all his life. That's what athletes do. Thus, stepping up to the plate with a baseball game on the line is one of the easier moments of his sporting life.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford golf teams take their shots at Pac-12 tourney titles]]> Maverick McNealy has been playing his best golf the past three tournaments and he's only getting better. The Stanford freshman, who grew up playing at Stanford Golf Course and Sharon Heights Country Club, is overshadowed by his better known teammates and that's just fine with him.
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<![CDATA[Stanford men's volleyball team has four All-Americans]]> Cardinal corner
The Stanford men's volleyball team led all schools with three players selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America first and second teams, the organization announced today. Leading the way was senior Brian Cook, who made the first team.]]>
<![CDATA[Supervisors vote to fund North County shelter]]> An East Palo Alto shelter will open its doors to Palo Alto and other northern Santa Clara County homeless people with help from a $76,650 grant, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has announced.]]> <![CDATA[The unlikely cowgirl]]> A vegetarian from Michigan and former high-powered environmental lawyer who launched crusades against the U.S. meat industry, Nicolette Hahn Niman is now a defender of beef production and consumption, and is married to the founder of Niman Ranch, the Bay Area's pioneering natural-beef purveyor.]]> <![CDATA[Worth A Look]]> This week in Worth A Look: Dave Eggers will be at Kepler's, signing copies of his recent novel "The Circle," which just came out in paperback; pianist and CSMA faculty member Nicki Kerns will perform a tribute to piano music in the movies; and the Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos is holding a group show to celebrate the coming of summer.]]> <![CDATA[Business registry proposed in Palo Alto]]> With offices filling up in downtown Palo Alto and parking shortages spurring tension between employees and residents, city officials are proposing to start a business-registry program that they hope will help them solve the growing problem.]]> <![CDATA[School board backs new high school classes, track at Jordan]]> Palo Alto Board of Education members Tuesday expressed enthusiasm for new class offerings for the city's two high schools, as well as a plan to build a long-hoped-for path around the Jordan Middle School field.]]> <![CDATA[Pioneering portraits]]> Stanford's Cantor Arts Center is currently exhibiting photographs of Carleton Watkins, a 19th century landscape photographer who pushed the boundaries of his art form and captured the rugged beauty of the American frontier.]]> <![CDATA[Years after divisive vote, Palo Alto proposes sharp shift on composting]]> Palo Alto's contentious plan to build a Baylands facility for turning food, yard and other waste into energy is about to take a radical turn as the city prepares to toss aside the proposals it has received from the private sector and assume a more central role in building and managing its composting operation.]]> <![CDATA['Our Palo Alto' launches with lessons in local demographics]]> An attempt by Palo Alto officials to get out of City Hall and engage residents in a two-year conversation about the future launched on a hopeful note Wednesday night, with a standing-room only crowd packing into the Downtown Library to hear a panel of experts take up the question: Who are we?]]> <![CDATA[Menlo seniors take center stage in Oaks' big victory]]> Senior Mickey Phelps hit a home run and drove in three runs, John Bowling hit a home run and drove in two runs and the Menlo College baseball team turned Senior Day into a celebration Wednesday, beating visiting Biola, 12-1, in a nonconference game.]]> <![CDATA[SHP rallies to upend rival Menlo in PAL Bay Division baseball]]> Sacred Heart junior Cole March gunned down the tying run at home plate in the seventh inning to secure the Gators' 9-8 PAL Bay Division baseball win over visiting Menlo School on Wednesday afternoon.]]> <![CDATA[Blandino helps power the Cardinal to win over Gaels]]> Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino hit two home runs, driving in four runs, and Stanford won its third straight, topping host Saint Mary's, 6-2, in a nonconference baseball game on Wednesday.
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<![CDATA[East Palo Alto man sentenced for 2013 home-invasion robbery]]> Two young East Palo Alto men who lured an ex-girlfriend away from her family home and then returned to rob her mother with a machete and a gun face three years in prison for their admitted crimes.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES -- April 23]]> ]]> <![CDATA[A rare glimpse of history]]> What drew Garth Saloner, dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, to the 1927 Charles K. Sumner-designed home on campus a year ago was the beautiful light and green setting -- not to mention how well the rooms flowed for entertaining.]]> <![CDATA[Mother-son film team takes on auto exhaust]]> A Palo Alto filmmaker launched a $21,000 fund-raising drive this week for a children's video analogizing auto exhaust to poop. The analogy, she said, is a way to get people to care about a pollutant they cannot smell, taste or see.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto teens could get $84,000 for events, programs]]> Palo Alto teenagers could soon have more options when it comes to fun programs and activities. The City Council's Policy and Services Committee unanimously voted to recommend up to $84,000 for teen programs, events and services on Tuesday night. ]]> <![CDATA[Parents, doctors urge board to stock EpiPens in schools]]> Doctors and parents came out in force Tuesday to urge the Palo Alto Board of Education to require schools to stock medication that can save a child from dying from a sudden allergic reaction.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto boys win SCVAL De Anza Division golf title]]> Wednesday's prep roundup
Palo Alto completed its season sweep of rival Gunn and captured the SCVAL De Anza Division boys' golf title with a 183-193 victory on a windy Tuesday afternoon at Santa Teresa Golf Course in San Jose.]]>
<![CDATA[Cardinal out slugs Santa Clara for nonconference victory]]> Stanford roundup
Austin Slater had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs as Stanford beat host Santa Clara, 10-9, its most runs in over a month, in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday.]]>
<![CDATA[Ban on feeding wildlife advances in Palo Alto]]> After years of encouraging residents not to feed animals at local parks and nature preserves, Palo Alto officials are preparing to institute a ban on the practice.]]> <![CDATA[Bowling hits home run in 10th in Menlo College victory]]> John Bowling hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead host Menlo College to a 6-5 victory over Biola in a nonconference baseball game Tuesday. The win clinched a winning regular season a fifth consecutive year for the Oaks.]]> <![CDATA[The ludicrous lingo of HBO's 'Silicon Valley']]> It was announced this Monday that "Silicon Valley," the Mike Judge-helmed HBO sitcom filmed in and around Palo Alto, has been green lit for a second season by its parent network. Deservedly so. Here are the top five most meaningless, nonsensical or downright ridiculous examples of techspeak from the show's first three episodes.

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<![CDATA[Palo Alto raises fresh concerns about Caltrain electrification]]> After years of talking about the benefits of a "modernized" Caltrain system, Palo Alto officials on Monday turned their attention to the thorny impacts of the project, which include downed trees, traffic impacts and a new power station that officials say would bring a new eyesore to the Greenmeadow neighborhood.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford tennis teams head to Pac-12 Championships]]> With the regular season in the books, this weekend's Pac-12 Championships in Ojai serve as the final tuneup before NCAA Tournament first- and second-round action begins in two weeks at campus sites throughout the nation.]]> <![CDATA[2014 Central Coast Section track and field leaders]]> BOYS
100 -- Givens (Palo Alto) 10.77; Morris (Santa Cruz) 10.97; Stoller (Santa Cruz) 10.99; Mays (Willow Glen) 10.99w; Illio (Mt. Pleasant) 11.00; Pacheco (Palma) 11.01; Lataimua (Serra) 11.09; Felicitas (Mt. Pleasant) 11.14; Packer (Gunderson) 11.16; Lydster (Gunn) 11.18; Macauley (Bellarmine) 11.18; Jones (Valley Christian) 11.18.]]>
<![CDATA[Crucial games in local baseball races this week]]> Monday's prep roundup
There are seven teams in the PAL Bay Division baseball race this season, five of which will be automatically qualifying for the Central Coast Section playoffs. While earning one of those berths appears easier than not, determining who gets what is not.]]>
<![CDATA[Palo Altan who fell in Yosemite climb returns to Bay Area]]> A 26-year-old Palo Alto man who was seriously injured on Sunday, April 20, after falling 30 feet during a climb in Yosemite National Park is transferring to a hospital in the Bay Area today, April 23, his family said.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford's Diekroeger earns Pac-12 baseball honor]]> Cardinal corner
Stanford's Danny Diekroeger has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week in baseball, the conference office announced Monday. The Menlo School grad had three-game-winning hits last week as the Cardinal went 3-1.]]>
<![CDATA[Herb Wong, jazz icon and educator, dies at 88]]> Easter Sunday this year saw the passing of Herb Wong, a long-time Menlo Park resident renowned internationally as a jazz expert and educator, who taught jazz at the Palo Alto Adult School for 25 years.]]> <![CDATA[Cardinal drops close MPSF lacrosse match to the Trojans]]> Stanford roundup
USC scored two goals within 30 seconds of each other in the final 12 minutes of play to rally past 13th-ranked Stanford, 11-10, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest on Sunday in Los Angeles.]]>
<![CDATA[Cardinal men reach semifinals of MPSF volleyball tourney]]> For the second time in eight days, the No. 3 Stanford men's volleyball team rallied to defeat No. 6 UC Irvine in five sets, this time coming in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford men win seven of nine races at rowing invitational]]> The No. 13 Stanford men's crew varsity eights won two more races on Saturday to sweep the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores Lagoon.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford women earn top seed for MPSF water polo tourney]]> The top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team won its 11th straight match and recorded its fifth straight perfect Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference season by beating visiting California, 9-6, in Saturday's Big Splash at Avery Aquatic Center.]]> <![CDATA[Diekroeger HR; Hochstatter, Vanegas combine on 3-hitter]]> Cardinal corner
Danny Diekroeger hit a solo home run and John Hochstatter and A.J. Vanegas combined on a three-hitter as the Stanford baseball team beat visiting Arizona State, 1-0, in a Pac-12 contest Saturday.]]>
<![CDATA[Late inning fireworks lead Cardinal past Utah in Pac-12]]> College softball
Leah White doubled in two runs in the top of the seventh inning as the Stanford softball team rallied from seven runs down to beat host Utah, 12-11, in a Pac-12 Conference contest on Saturday.
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<![CDATA[Record run by Gunn's Sarah Robinson at CCS Top 8 Classic]]> Gunn senior Sarah Robinson missed out on an opportunity to be a part of history last weekend at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet when four girls run under 10:05 in the 3,200 for the first time. Robinson, however, made some history herself on Friday night by blazing to a victory in the metric two-miler at the CCS Top 8 Classic at San Jose City College.]]> <![CDATA[Stanford women clinch berth in MPSF lacrosse tournament]]> Cardinal corner
Lucy Dikeou and Kelsey Murray each scored three goals and the 13th-ranked Stanford women's lacrosse clinched a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, beating host San Diego State, 15-10, Friday.]]>
<![CDATA[Crucial tennis showdown at Cal for Stanford men]]> The nationally No. 37-ranked Stanford men's tennis team heads into Saturday's regular-season finale with some recent momentum, riding a four-match win streak into Berkeley.]]> <![CDATA[Pinewood's Scheppler named state coach of the year]]> When Pinewood defeated Scotts Valley, 43-41, in the third-place game of the girls' Central Coast Section Open Division basketball playoffs on March 6, the historical value of the game was overlooked.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Transcendence']]> "Transcendence" is as silly as it is sinister. But with cinematographer Wally Pfister -- an Oscar winner for "Inception" -- in the director's chair, "Transcendence" has a sobriety of tone that effectively works against its inner mad scientist.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Finding Vivian Maier']]> Photographer John Maloof was only looking for some historical photos of the Chicago area when he purchased a box of undeveloped negatives at an auction in the winter of 2007. He ended up discovering the work of a previously unknown artist named Vivian Maier.]]> <![CDATA[Treading water]]> Opportunity knocked, opportunity not answered -- at least for now. That's Dale Benson's assessment of Sam's Chowder House in Palo Alto. According to Benson, it wasn't a single glaring problem, "rather, a series of off-center details that didn't add up."]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES -- April 16]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Green ideas and inspiration]]> After restoring a Category I historical home in the University South neighborhood, the homeowners turned to the landscape. Here they didn't want so much to restore, as to complement and enhance.]]> <![CDATA[Finally, warm and toasty]]> Remember the freezing cold snap back in early December? That's when Carole Amos was huddled upstairs, wondering if there was any way to speed up the installation of a new radiant heating system in her two-story Mountain View townhouse.]]> <![CDATA[Modern, but no 'museum']]> The Old Palo Alto home that architect Mary Maydan's client purchased in 2012 was handsomely built in the 1980s, but it didn't really reflect his modern tastes.]]> <![CDATA[From blah to distinctive]]> When Toiya and John Black purchased their new home in 2006, they thought it would be just right for their family of four: It had a good location (College Terrace), size and great flow -- but no charm.]]> <![CDATA[Light motif]]> Laura Ulam bought her circa-1962 Sharon Heights home in 2012 with the intent to redo it. "It's the fourth house I've remodeled," she says. ]]> <![CDATA[Spring 2014 Home & Garden Design]]> This edition of Home & Garden Design features remodels that raised the ceilings in a mid-century home, took a spec home to special, gave a a modern take to a conventional home and added radiant floor heating, as well as how to create a stress-free garden.]]> <![CDATA[Go to your happy place]]> Gardens are restorative environments where we can relax and enjoy being outdoors and feeling one with the world, right? Uh, not quite! In my career as a landscape designer, I have worked with some seriously anxiety-ridden garden owners.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Draft Day']]> It says something about the culture that the latest American sports-themed movie has almost nothing to do with game play and everything to do with wheeling and dealing: dealmaking itself has become a sport worthy of analysis.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Rio 2']]> Rio 2, like its predecessor, is a run of the mill CGI-animated kid flick, Palo Alto film critic Peter Canavese says. Yet, while the story is "pretty much boilerplate at best and unpleasant at worst," the animation is a "colorful, advanced 3D spectacle." ]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - April 9]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Charleston Gardens]]> When Betty and Jim Krahenbuhl first purchased their Charleston Gardens home in 1973, they had no idea that it would eventually be their place of retirement. ]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Captain America: Winter Soldier']]> Give this to the films of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe": they have a consistency of quality. By treating their comic-book-derived films more as regular "issues" than film events, Marvel may never produce a film as great as "The Dark Knight," but it'll never sink to a low like "Batman and Robin" either. And there we have "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Raid 2: Berandal']]> There's a moment in "The Raid 2" when a goon begs, "Please have mercy," and his assailant responds by raising his pickax. It's that kind of movie. And I'm half-joking when I say that if you gleefully identify with the assailant in that scene, this is the movie for you. Others may feel more like the goon.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - April 2]]> ]]> <![CDATA[No cookie-cutter homes here]]> "A 3-story tower and roof deck emerges among vibrant evergreens, providing a unique vantage point of the surrounding townscape."]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Bad Words']]> There's an old showbiz adage that directing is 90 percent casting, and that's also true of casting the directors themselves. Take "Bad Words," the directing debut of actor Jason Bateman.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Lunch Box']]> The way to a man's heart is through his stomach, so they say. And so says writer-director Ritesh Batra in his debut feature "The Lunchbox." Though considerably more understated than a Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie, one might call this wry-at-times romantic drama "You've Got Lunch."]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - March 26]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Artwork to 'chair'-ish]]> Discovery of 60 wooden folding chairs dating back to the 1930s hidden in ancient rolling drawers underneath a stage has inspired The Woman's Club of Palo Alto to give new meaning to recycling and repurposing.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Muppets Most Wanted']]> A self-aware sequel to the 2011 film "The Muppets," "Muppets Most Wanted" provides more testament to the enduring appeal of the post-Vaudeville likes of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and the Great Gonzo, as well as the love and care they inspire in generation after generation of performers and audiences.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - March 19]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Hitting the Mother lode]]> As the age-old adage goes, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Turning this idea on its head is a group of 330 volunteers who put together the biennial Treasure Market on Stanford University's campus.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel']]> If there were a valid critique to be given of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" -- writer and director Wes Anderson's latest, highly stylized ode to a place that might have been -- it would be that Anderson has fallen victim to his own tropes. But you won't hear that here.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Need for Speed']]> Manifestly overlong at 130 minutes, "Need for Speed" includes some eye-popping racing scenes of some very pretty high-performance sports cars. But in a world with thousands of cable channels and six "Fast & Furious" movies (with a seventh on the way), fast cars aren't enough.]]> <![CDATA[Who you gonna call?]]> The perfect utopian home would be something like this: light bulbs that never went out, living room paint that remained forever crisp and vibrant, drains that never backed up and doors that never got stuck.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: '300: Rise of an Empire']]> Both blood-bathetic and deliriously entertaining high camp, this prequel-sequel-parallel plotline to Warner Brothers' 2006 hit will appeal mainly to meatheads, but those with a tolerance for over-the-top violence may appreciate it on other levels.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Tim's Vermeer']]> Watching paint dry has never been more fascinating than it is in "Tim's Vermeer," a documentary produced by the magicians Penn & Teller.]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> If last year was any indication, 2014 should be another exceptional year for home sellers across the Bay Area.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - March 5]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Garden Tips]]> What is a garden anyway? Why do gardens make so much difference in our lives and why do we fall in love, raise our children and grow old together in them so much better than if we live our whole lives indoors?]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'Gloria']]> Audiences are programmed to expect escapism in movies about romantic relationships, whether they be foregone happily-ever-after comedies or doomed-to-death tragedies. But SebastiŠn Lelio's "Gloria" — Chile's official Oscar submission — insists upon unsettling realities without either stomping on its hero's indomitability or tacking on a deus ex machina.]]> <![CDATA[Movie review: 'The Wind Rises']]> "All I wanted to do was to make something beautiful." So said aeronautical engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose Mitsubishi A5M and A6M Zero served the Empire of Japan during WWII. Amid some controversy, living-legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki has written and directed his own latest "something beautiful," this one a hand-drawn fantasia about Horikoshi: "The Wind Rises."]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Feb. 26]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Green Acres]]> When Catherine Shen moved into her Green Acres home in 2008, she was welcomed with open arms by the other residents who she described as "polite and courteous." ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Pompeii']]> The new action picture "Pompeii" is a bit like its own villain, Mount Vesuvius: massive, full of hot air and brainless.
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<![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Feb. 19]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Real Estate Matters]]> Why is it so darn hard to find a house to buy on the mid-peninsula? I remember long ago (or it seems like long ago) when an agent got a new client, we would pack them in our car and give them "the big tour."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Winter's Tale']]> If your girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse asks you to take them to "Winter's Tale" for Valentine's Day, my relationship advice is to immediately say yes. But leave a copy of this review lying around, and you may get a chance at making better plans.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'RoboCop']]> Word leaked two years ago that Josť Padilha, director of the new "RoboCop" remake, was struggling mightily against studio suits to achieve his vision for the film. "It is hell here," the Brazilian director told a filmmaker friend. Now the film has arrived, and it's fairly clear that this "RoboCop" is a product of unhappy compromise.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Lego Movie']]> Kids' toys and games have a poor track record as the basis for films. Since the broad-ranging "Toy Story" franchise doesn't really count (and with apologies to "Transformers" fans), the bar hasn't been set any higher than "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl," "Clue" or perhaps "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." But, in a minor miracle of pop cinema, "The Lego Movie" changes all that.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Monuments Men']]> Say this for George Clooney, film director: He consistently makes films for adults. So it's too bad that, with his new WWII film "The Monuments Men," he sometimes treats that adult audience like children in need of a spoon-feed.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Feb. 5]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Letting nature do the work]]> It's nearly spring and time to confront a common gardening problem: How can one create healthy soil while keeping the weeds at bay?]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Labor Day']]> One name for Hollywood that's stuck is "The Dream Factory," implying a big-screen projection of our fantasies. The trend of late favors the fantasies of tween-age boys (of all ages), as played out in "genre" pictures, but the new drama "Labor Day" steps out in other directions.
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<![CDATA[University South]]> Which Palo Alto neighborhood has access to a library, grocery store, coffee shop, City Hall, the police department and University Avenue, all within walking distance?]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES - Jan. 29]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Review: The Invisible Woman]]> History, they say, is written by the victors. Indeed, popular English novelist Charles Dickens was a winner who jealously protected his legacy. But don't they also say the truth will out? ]]> <![CDATA[Winter 2014 Home & Garden Design]]> This edition of Home & Garden Design features a remodel that added up, without sacrificing yard space, a major remodel of a Craftsman home stressing aging in place, a winemaking accessory building and how to create flexible living spaces.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Nut Job']]> OK, so you didn't plan ahead, but don't worry. The new animated flick "The Nut Job" has squirreled away enough lame nut puns to get you through the winter. More than enough.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Electrically eclectic Eichlers]]> Often described as "having character" or "being interesting," old homes can just as often be described as "challenging" -- both to maintain and to renovate.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'August: Osage County']]> It may be 30 below in Cass County this week, but on screen it's 108 degrees in "August: Osage County." And as the old story goes, when the day is hot, there's no escaping a brawl.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Lone Survivor']]> One word you won't see used to describe "Lone Survivor," the fact-based movie about a FUBAR Navy SEALs operation: "contemplative."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty']]> Reborn as a flashy but soppy new adventure directed by and starring Ben Stiller, the film is sentimental claptrap about (to paraphrase a character) "courage and going into the unknown."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Past']]> In 2012, Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" became the first Iranian picture to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. This is his follow-up.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> ]]> <![CDATA[When is a comp not really a comp?]]> We've all heard a version of the same story at a dinner party or on the sidelines of our child's soccer game. It goes something like this: Someone's neighbor/friend/coworker got a knock on his or her door offering $5 million cash for a house this neighbor/friend/coworker paid only $3 million for just last year.]]> <![CDATA[RECENT HOME SALES]]> Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder's Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.]]> <![CDATA[Remodeling: In da Houzz]]> What happens when you combine the words house and buzz? The answer is the online community "Houzz," a website and mobile app for home remodeling and design.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Wolf of Wall Street']]> "The Wolf of Wall Street" charges out of the gate with immediate evidence of Martin Scorsese's skill, abetted by Terence Winter's whip-crack screenplay and Thelma Schoonmaker's brilliant editing. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Her']]> All people in romantic relationships want to know their love is real. But when half of the intelligence involved is artificial, can love be real? ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks']]> There's enough spin at work in "Saving Mr. Banks" -- a Walt Disney Pictures account of the making of the 1964 Disney musical "Mary Poppins" -- to make audiences dizzy, which is essential to the film's design.]]> <![CDATA[Palo Alto market remains hot heading into winter]]> As winter approaches, we typically expect Bay Area and Peninsula home prices to start cooling along with the weather, as buyers replace their house-hunting expeditions with holiday-shopping trips. ]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'American Hustle']]> "American Hustle" is a dark-comedy lark with flair, letting the best (con) man win.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Inside Llewyn Davis']]> Like a rolling stone, singer-guitarist Llewyn Davis tumbles through the Greenwich Village folk-music scene of the '60s. It's the Coen Brothers' most compelling character study to date.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug']]> Peter Jackson's grandiose vision of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth reaches a crescendo with this thrilling second installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Great Beauty']]> It is, perhaps, impossible to make an ode to Rome without invoking Fellini. Though Paolo Sorrentino does so only indirectly in "The Great Beauty," it's impossible not to think of how he pales in comparison to the maestro.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Out of the Furnace']]> What, one might ask, is the point of understated melodrama? It's a bit like decaf coffee or near-beer. But understated melodrama, for the most part, is the stuff of "Out of the Furnace."]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Homefront']]> Standard Statham action gets a solid acting boost courtesy of James Franco in the Louisiana-based "Homefront." We can put this in the "co-stars you thought you would never see" category.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Nebraska']]> It's never too late to play a few grace notes. With Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," this proves true for two septuagenarians: addled heartland grump Woodrow "Woody" Grant and the Hollywood royal who plays him, Bruce Dern.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Philomena']]> The film "Philomena," starring Judi Dench, takes the perspective of a wronged Irish mother coerced, in 1952, into giving her baby away. Co-producer and co-screenwriter Steve Coogan plays a journalist investigating the story.
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<![CDATA[Review: 'The Book Thief']]> There will, of course, never be enough Nazi Germany-set dramas to fill the awards-season maw. Unfortunately, "The Book Thief" is conspicuously phony in its ruthless attempt to manipulate audiences.]]> <![CDATA[School documents and source materials]]> In addition to documents and other original source material linked within news stories, other material obtained from the Palo Alto school district in the course of our reporting that may be of interest the public is posted here.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Delivery Man']]> This tale of an accidental (multiple) father manages to be high-concept and squishy at the same time. At least the star power of Vince Vaughn adds some comedy.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire']]> It would be easy to damn "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" with the faint praise of calling it a competent sequel, which it is. But the film gives audiences more to chew on than its predecessor.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Dallas Buyers Club']]> Classic "Oscar bait," this film falls into some of the common traps of exploiting a true story. But it's also lively, funny and scary, bristling with the most compelling drama of all: the grasping will to live and make it count.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Armstrong Lie']]> The title of Alex Gibney's film derives from a 2005 headline in the French paper "L'Equipe." The paper alleged what many had assumed to be true: Banned substances had fueled Armstrong's endurance and speed.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Blue Is the Warmest Color']]> This movie is billed as "The story of a young lesbian couple's beginning, middle and possible end." It's also an NC-17 film with a seven-minute sex scene that has made it cinema non grata in Idaho.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Last Vegas']]> At first glance, "Last Vegas" seems like "The Hangover" for the 60-and-over crowd (minus the raunch). But the class-act cast and a solid script keep the film fresh and funny.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Kill Your Darlings']]> An oft-overlooked chapter in literary history comes to life in "Kill Your Darlings," a lurid yet penetrating look into Allen Ginsberg's formative influences.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'About Time']]> Though you'll feel like you've seen this movie before, the film's strength is the ensemble cast effortlessly exuding affection for one another.]]> <![CDATA[Review: '12 Years A Slave']]> This is the story of a man: another tale of physical and emotional survival that, unlike "All is Lost" and "Gravity," derives from a true story.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Muscle Shoals']]> There must be something in the water. That cliche gets taken seriously in "Muscle Shoals," the documentary about two legendary recording studios nestled near the Tennessee River.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'All Is Lost']]> Batten down the hatches for the unusual new sailing drama "All Is Lost." The only actor on screen for 106 minutes is Robert Redford, and words are pared down to a bare minimum, but all is riveting.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'A.C.O.D.']]> "A.C.O.D." stands for "Adult Children of Divorce," a demographic big enough to ensure this dry-witted indie comedy a wide audience.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Fifth Estate']]> This slickly edited drama plays like the account of a jilted lover, with the would-be dazzle attempting to misdirect from the ordinariness of the personal melodrama.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Romeo and Juliet']]> Call it the "Drunk History" version of "Romeo and Juliet." -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Captain Phillips']]> The "real-life thriller" "Captain Phillips" may be obvious and it may be clumsy, but it's also a little bit thoughtful, and there's never a dull moment. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Runner Runner']]> Sadly, there's no actual running here -- or anything else that might raise your pulse. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Gravity']]> Life is one hell of a ride, as George Clooney's character puts it. So is "Gravity." -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Rush']]> The director of "Frost/Nixon," Ron Howard, brings us in "Rush" another Morgan match-up: 1970s Formula One racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Enough Said']]> Two powerhouse performances and some nicely written scenes that, in tandem, provide some of the most enjoyable romantic and comedic moments of the year. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Prisoners']]> An array of A-list talent tries its best to elevate a flawed screenplay into a work of moral complexity. -S.T.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Afternoon Delight']]> Jill Soloway's new comedy-drama about clambering to stay above the yawning pit of middle-aged ennui. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Short Term 12']]> Writer-director Destin Cretton bears witness to the agony and the ecstasy of foster care in "Short Term 12," a film inspired by his own experiences working in a group home. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Riddick']]> The man with the night-vision eyes is back. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Closed Circuit']]> You've seen worse than the new boilerplate legal thriller "Closed Circuit," but you've also seen a lot better. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Grandmaster']]> If there's one thing not to expect from cinematic grandmaster Wong Kar Wai, it's a driving plot. But that's what we love about the languorous director. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Austenland']]> The new romantic comedy "Austenland" casts a skeptical eye on the fantasy of romantic comedy itself, dating all the way back to the divine Miss Jane. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The World's End']]> You can go home again, but it's going to involve drinking. That's the starting point of "The World's End," the latest from the most exciting team in film comedy. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'The Spectacular Now']]> A mature film tenderly performed by its young leads and skillfully adapted from Tim Tharp's YA novel. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Jobs']]> This biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs gets the look right in design and casting. But even Jobs, a dedicated aesthete, knew looks weren't everything. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'We're the Millers']]> Nothing to see here -- please move along. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Elysium']]> Matt Damon gives a galvanizing performance that reminds us why he's a movie star. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: '2 Guns']]> By not being instantly dismissible with a comparison to some other movie, "2 Guns" wins some audience goodwill right out of the gate. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Blue Jasmine']]> Cate Blanchett is a force of nature: the beating heart that keeps the conspicuously schematic picture alive and kicking, and a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Still Mine']]> Like its aging hero, the straightforward "Still Mine" has its integrity. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[Review: 'Fruitvale Station']]> Writer-director Ryan Coogler wants us to know BART shooting victim Oscar Grant III as more than a victim frozen in time. -P.C.]]> <![CDATA[VIDEO/MULTIMEDIA: Palo Alto Online archive]]> A compilation of video content from the Palo Alto Weekly and Palo Alto Online staff.]]>