• Four great Monterey restaurants - 09/30/2014 06:21 AM PDT
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    Review: Oakland's vegetarian Encuentro expands and delights

    Oakland's Encuentro takes an inspired approach to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, coming up with creative, seasonal fare that's hearty enough to satisfy any omnivore.  
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    It's not always easy for a dad to stand by while middle-school boys figure out what girls are.  
     
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    Anchored by blistering performances from Rosamund Pike as a beautiful wife who goes missing and Ben Affleck as her prime-suspect husband, 'Gone Girl' is as mesmerizing to watch as the book was to read.  
     
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    When it comes to Monterey lodgings, it's all about location -- and these two, the Spindrift Inn and the lux InterContintental Clement Monterey -- sit right on the waterfront, just steps from the Monterey Aquarium.  
     
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    Jennifer Love Hewitt joins 'Criminal Minds,' and the jury is out on new drama 'Stalker.'  
     
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    'Biophilia Live' screens at the Roxie theater in San Francisco.  
     
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    From local films to Metallica to Oscar contenders like 'Wild,' 'Foxcatcher' and 'The Theory of Everything,' Mill Valley Film Fest offers charming mix of Hollywood and homespun Bay Area attractions.  
     
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    'How to Get Away With Murder,' 'Scorpion' off to strong starts  
     
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    It's never easy saying that final goodbye to a beloved pet, but when you know there's no hope, the time is right.  
     
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    Hurray for the Riff Raff and Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are among the best bets for the 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco.  
     
    Patrick Tehan
    From Pacific Grove's chic Jeninni's to Cannery Row's newest bistro, this quartet of dining possibilities offers something for everyone.  
     
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    Tony Gonzalez makes guest appearance on the hit drama. Plus, 'Selfie' puts new spin on 'My Fair Lady.'  
     
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    There's excitement on the Monterey beer scene with the opening of the Alvarado Brewery & Grill and dramatic revival of Peter B's, thanks to a new brewmaster.  
     
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    Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John celebrates his iconic 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' album at SAP Center in San Jose.  
     
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    Humpbacks and dolphins abound on a whale-watching trek in Monterey Bay.  
     
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    Wine tasting along Cannery Row couldn't be easier or more pleasant. With the sea breeze on your skin and a spring in your step, you'll find some great sips all within walking distance at Pierce Ranch, Bargetto, Carmel Ridge and A Taste of Monterey.  
     
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    Plus, 'Gotham' delves deeper into Catwoman and Penguin. And 'Castle' opens Season 7 asking, 'Where is Castle?'  
     
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    T Bone Burnett, Cibo Matto, Deltron 3030, John Prine and Whograss are among the best bets for the 14th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.  
     
    Dennis McNally, the Grateful Dead's former publicist, will read from 'On Highway 61' Oct. 7 at Diesel bookstore in Oakland.  
     
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    With many cities banning one-use plastic shopping bags, we may have to rethink our pooper scooper equipment.  
     
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    Using Legos, Skype, volunteers, and drawing on personal experience, the renowned Chinese artist and activist has created a haunting vision in his exhibit on 'The Rock,' which opens to the public beginning Saturday.  
     
    Plus, teen therapy blog kicks off for 31 days in October; and Pleasanton is tops on three national 'best places' surveys.  
     
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    Is Storybrooke ready for Elsa and Anna? Plus, 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy' join forces in an epic animated crossover. And 'Masters of Sex' wraps Season 2.  
     
    Mark Boster
    From SoCal's Wigwam Motel to an Idaho inn where you sleep inside dog-shaped cabins, there's a kitschy lodging for every bizarre taste.  
     
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    Circus-like feel of Tony-winning show punctuated by moments of true poignancy, although the emotional power of the play seems muted at times.  
     
    Patrick Dempsey will co-host Napa's first Crush Challenge, a wining, dining, cycling event that benefits three cancer charities.  
     
    Black Edition
    Today's wallpapers aren't like the ones seen a generation or two ago, and they're way easier to remove now. Expect to see flocked, beaded or embroidered papers; overscale patterns and bold graphics; eco-friendly materials; fusions of traditional and unconventional imagery; and more options.  
     
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    While two people watched in horror, three dogs entered their yard and killed one of six feral cats the couple cared for. Having the dogs on leashes could have prevented it.  
     
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    Going blind and deaf, psychotherapist and author Rebecca Alexander writes book to resonate with anyone facing life's challenges.  
     
    Rory Kennedy's powerful and riveting documentary sidesteps political stances and adopts an old-school journalism approach to telling an important, eye-opening chapter in history.
     
     
    ( RAY CHAVEZ )
    Review: Oakland's vegetarian Encuentro expands and delights

    Oakland's Encuentro takes an inspired approach to vegetarian and vegan cuisine, coming up with creative, seasonal fare that's hearty enough to satisfy any omnivore.  
    (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)
    Tracy Morgan may not perform or walk without assistance again

    “Saturday Night Live” alum seen outside New York hospital Wednesday in a wheelchair.