• Aperitif hour - 07/29/2014 03:34 PM PDT
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    Today's Music Picks: Reunited Nickel Creek performs at Mountain Winery

    Also, Arcade Fire performs July 30 at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View. 
    Do you have cherished or awful memories of family road trips? See what our staffers have to say, then send us your thoughts.  
     
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    Several types of animal may be responsible for raided nests and dead birds.  
     
    D. ROSS CAMERON
    Seafood boils get an Asian Cajun twist at this new, casual eatery that does fried catfish especially well.  
     
    CHRISTINNE MUSCHI
    Also, Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power perform at Concord Pavilion.  
     
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    Plus, viewers finally get to vote for 'America's Got Talent' acts as first 12 perform.  
     
    ANDA CHU
    Kacey Musgraves, Chvrches, Haim and other can't-miss acts for the 2014 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.  
     
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    SPOILER ALERT: Read no further unless you want to know who the winning suitor was on Monday night's season finale of "The Bachelorette.  
     
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    SPUNKY REVIVAL OF MONTY PYTHON SPOOF HITS THE SWEET SPOT  
     
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    Hershey Felder returns to Berkeley to explore that life and music of Frederic Chopin in a mostly engrossing show that plays through Aug. 10.  
     
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    Explore Alameda's mild Wild West, from breweries to vast views.  
     
    Elke
    It's August. Where's your bottle of pink? From a bone-dry Anderson Valley vin gris of pinot noir to a rare mondeuse rosé from the Santa Maria Valley, we tasted dozens to find these five faves.  
     
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    Kanye West? Sure. Arctic Monkeys? Of course. The music part is easy. The bigger question is where to sip and nosh at Outside Lands' gigantic food fest.  
     
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    It's come down to Nick and Josh on 'The Bachelorette.' Plus, new leadership forms on 'Under the Dome.'  
     
    Warren Haynes of Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule fame will perform as part of celebration in Berkeley.  
     
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    It may not be the feeder that's the problem.  
     
    JOHN GREEN
    Palo Alto and Walnut Creek make the list compiled by real estate blog Movoto based on home prices, household income, cultural amenities, educational achievement and more.  
     
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    Plus, 'Manhattan' a gripping period drama about building atomic bomb; 'Sharknado 2' chomps into the Big Apple.  
     
    If you're heading overseas, you may want to double check your PIN length. Anything over four digits and you may run into trouble at the ATM.  
     
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    Plus, 'Poirot' begins marching toward final episodes and things heat up on 'Masters of Sex.'  
     
    NATALIE CAUDILL
    A guy gets to an age where exercise isn't about improving; it's about holding one's ground.  
     
    Trip Advisor's Travelers' Choice Awards are out and the top amusement parks in the world are an Orlando-dominated bunch.  
     
    Syfy
    The promotional hubub preceding the sequel, to air July 30, stands in stark contrast to the distinct lack of hype that accompanied the original. By director Anthony C. Ferrante hopes for another social media tidal wave.  
     
    Poco Dolce
    A new book about Oakland offers all sorts of dining, sipping and shopping treasures. And five Bay Area artisans brought home the gold from the Fancy Food Show's Sofi awards in New York.  
     
    Cruise with San Francisco chef Casey Thompson and fellow cheftestants aboard Celebrity Cruises's 'Top Chef at Sea.' Or make a last-minute dash to the islands with a Maui hotel deal.  
     
    STEPHEN CHERNIN
    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel will be honored with Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in November.  
     
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    Plus, 'Cold Justice' explores case of woman who died on distant mountain road.  
     
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    Airports and hotels, sure. But who knew there was high speed Wi-Fi at the beach?  
     
    Flora Grubb of the chic San Francisco nursery Flora Grubb Gardens was tapped to help choose the five Best Professional Landscape finalists in this year's national online Considered Design Awards competition, presented by Remodelista.com (for interiors) and by Gardenista.com (for outdoor designs). Here Grubb shares ideas on winning landscapes, and we meet this category's three Bay Area competition finalists.  
     
    Karen Cimino/Charlotte Observer
    There's plenty of blame to go around when neighbor dogs attack a feral kitten.  
     
    This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

    Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno.