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    Peak season for sexy seals at Año Nuevo

    Elephant seals land at Año Nuevo for their annual mating ritual and a spectacular show. 
    RAY CHAVEZ
    With nicely priced drinks, boisterous bowling and a fun menu, Plank has no trouble drawing happy crowds, but staffing issues mar the dining part of the experience.  
     
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    Off The Street is proof that you can find hipster food -- pork belly, poutine and more -- in a suburban strip mall far from the South Bay's restaurant rows.  
     
    Randy McMullen
    Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley also among the top talents in country music.  
     
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    Vineyards are popping up in the most unlikely locations, including Danville, where Auburn James is sourcing local grapes for his wine.  
     
    Randy McMullen
    Interview: Gavin Rossdale discusses songwriting, current Bush lineup and more.  
     
    Michael Mina Group
    A halal burger restaurant has opened in Milpitas, giving Muslim residents of the region a fast-food burger menu they can eat. In Walnut Creek, look for food trucks and live music on Walnut Creek Wednesdays.  
     
    Podcasts offer listeners a universe of ways to be informed, enlightened and entertained.  
     
    The beloved '80s kicks off its first U.S. tour in 30 years with a sparkling show at the Warfield in San Francisco.  
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    There are many ways to play at Yosemite, but when the snow falls, the best way is on foot -- with snowshoes or cross-country skis.  
     
    DeWitt Designer Kitchens
    Though white remains the most popular color for kitchens, designers and manufacturers have cooked up a whole smorgasbord of bold color options for everything from backsplashes to cabinets, countertops -- even ranges, ovens, refrigerators, sinks and faucets. Put on your sunglasses, and take a look.  
     
    Rikki Alley
    Tucked away near Yosemite's southern gate, Anna Marie dos Remedios' Idle Hour Winery makes viognier, pinot noir and tempranillo.  
     
    Ken Burris and Eating Well/MCT
    Readers share recipes for reinventing the oh-so-retro Chicken Divan.  
     
    Randy McMullen
    The MMO zombie/survival-themed game needs work on its zombies and other areas, but it's already got a compelling premise and environment.  
     
    JANE TYSKA
    Patti Smith kicks off her three-night stand in San Francisco in stellar fashion.  
     
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    J.C. Chandor's cerebral, multilayered crime story 'A Most Violent Year' adds more shine to the 24-carat reputation he established with 'Margin Call' and 'All Is Lost.'
     
     
    Randy McMullen
    The 1980sInterview: Spandau Ballet leader Gary Kemp discusses documentary film, tour.  
     
    Mark DuFrene
    What do the chefs at Yosemite's Ahwahnee and Oakhurst's Erna's Elderberry House serve when winter brings those frosty nights? Hearty soups and sumptuous fare.  
     
    Lee
    To me, it seems like every day of the year but Feb. 14 is a better time to show your love.  
     
    Richard Shotwell
    The guy formerly known as Dwight Schrute plays a detective who is a jerk.  
     
    Doug Duran
    A beer trail is taking shape in downtown Concord and the newest taproom, Ale Industries' The Pig & The Pickle, is pairing its brews with creative seasonal fare.  
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    There are many ways to play at Yosemite, but when the snow falls, the best way is on foot -- with snowshoes or cross-country skis.  
     
    Joel Ryan/Invision/AP
    In his latest film, Al Pacino portrays a once-great but aging actor who muffs his lines, falls off the stage and considers suicide. Based on a Philip Roth novel, the film aspires to be a sort of 'Birdman' -- a captivating, inventive tale about an actor facing his real self in comic crisis. But 'The Humbling' is too meandering and unfocused to hit that target.  
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    From Prospectors Brewing in Mariposa to the Ahwahnee-inspired brews from Mammoth Brewing, there are craft beers aplenty in the Yosemite region.  
     
    Randy McMullen
    From Bill Nye to the casts of 'NewsRadio,' 'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley,' plus a tribute to Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, the festival has plenty of promising shows.  
     
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    Also, 'Friday Night Tykes' returns to the Texas youth leagues  
     
    Kristopher Skinner
    Yosemite is big draw, sure, but there are other delightful ways to pass the time near Mariposa, from a Wild West ghost town to the best small museum west of the Mississippi.  
     
    Jackie Burrell
    We may think of ziplining as a warm weather, resort sport, but put on an extra layer of clothes and you can zip line all winter long at Yosemite.  
     
    Randy McMullen
    The 1980sInterview: Spandau Ballet leader Gary Kemp discusses documentary film, tour.