Horoscopes: Oct. 21, 2018

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Blanca Suarez, 30; Glen Powell, 30; Matt Dallas, 36; Judge Judy Sheindlin, 76.

Happy Birthday: Take time to do your research and to think matters through before you make irreversible changes. This is a year to consider every aspect of the situations that unfold and to put everything in its place before you make a commitment. That doesn’t mean you should procrastinate. Do your due diligence and move forward with confidence. Your numbers are 4, 10, 16, 23, 31, 40, 49.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t lose sight of your long-term plans. Responsibilities can weigh you down, causing you to accomplish less. Shake off negativity and focus on what’s possible and what will bring you the highest rewards. Don’t get angry; get moving. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Note what others are doing before you make a move. Strive for symmetry and what works well and will keep the peace with those you love and care about. Making compromises now will help you get what you want later. 4 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Consider what you can do to improve your income and get along better with peers or those who can make a difference to your lifestyle or professional goals. An energetic approach to making improvements will ward off unwanted interference. 2 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Get in the game. If you want things to happen, become the instigator. Make suggestions and follow through with your plans; others will pitch in and help. A change in your relationship with someone special will make your life better. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Bide your time and keep a watchful eye on what others do and say. Take notes and fact-check what’s being implied to ensure you don’t get or offer the wrong …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Kathryn Harrison’s book recommendations

Kathryn Harrison’s new memoir, On Sunset, revisits her Los Angeles childhood and the grandparents who raised her on family stories. Below, the novelist and author of the best-selling memoir The Kiss names six of her favorite epic novels.

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry (1995).

Set in India in 1975, A Fine Balance follows the chaotic fortunes of four people thrown together during a state of emergency declared by a corrupt and faltering government. Equal parts antic comedy and tragedy, Mistry’s novel is a better introduction to the subcontinent than the best travel guide.

The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (1949).

Nothing extraordinary happens in the Makioka sisters’ lives. But their family’s effort to make successful matches for the potential spinsters reveals a pre–World War II Japan that no longer exists: exalted and hobbled by decorum, a world that idle gossip had the power to destroy.

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850).

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” Dickens answered the first line of the novel he identified as his favorite child with a bildungsroman fueled by fascination both for its inimitable characters and for their varied influences on the protagonist, an orphan forging his own identity.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (1878).

This book is as remarkable for its portrait of 19th-century Russia as it is for its heroine — one of the few to step out of her story and into literary history. The novel takes in all of Russia, from the bejeweled occupants of the boxes of St. Petersburg’s opera house to the destitute in their tubercular hovels.

Dream of the Red …read more

Source:: The Week – Entertainment


Going to the movies has never been so posh — or so pricey

Going to the movies isn’t what it used to be.

Remember when you’d stand in line for a ticket, settle into a creaky, worn chair and munch on stale popcorn in a cardboard tub topped with “butter flavoring?”

Today, at next-gen movie palaces like Pruneyard Cinemas in Campbell and the new ShowPlace ICON in Mountain View, you can catch “First Man” or the latest “Halloween” reboot while putting your feet way up in a comfy leather recliner, savoring restaurant-quality snacks and sipping a cocktail at your seat — or having one brought to you.

Patrons order drinks at the Lobby Lounge bar on the VIP level of the ShowPlace ICON theater in Mountain View. (Sal Pizarro/Bay Area News Group)

It’s all part of a major effort by theaters to get customers out of their homes by, well, offering them all the comforts of home — assuming your home comes equipped with laser projection, a giant screen and a fancy sound system. The ShowPlace ICON, which opened this month, won’t allow kids into some movies after 7 p.m., making it a more inviting space for grown ups. (And don’t get me started on the seats that’ll warm your butt with the touch of a button.)

The luxury amenities go beyond the auditorium. At the ShowPlace ICON, part of the Village at San Antonio Centre, there’s a 21-and-over VIP level with a swanky Lobby Lounge bar and dining area, where moviegoers can hang out before or after the film. And the Cedar Room, the bar and restaurant attached to the Pruneyard Cinemas, draws a lively Campbell crowd each week with events like Queen Bingo — a wild, entertaining drag show on Wednesday nights — and live music.

The catch, of course, is that luxury doesn’t come cheap. On a weekend night, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


Horoscopes: Oct. 20, 2018

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Alona Tal, 35; John Krasinski, 39; Snoop Dogg, 47; Viggo Mortensen, 60.

Happy Birthday: Focus on being the best you can be mentally, physically and where handling your personal finances come into play. Question decisions and learn from the experiences you have undergone. This is a year to recognize and adjust your life to suit your current situation in order to make the most of moving forward. Make health and fitness priorities. Your numbers are 6, 14, 23, 26, 30, 37, 43.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Get involved in something you care about. Personal improvements can be made if you make lifestyle changes that will promote better mental, emotional and physical health. It’s up to you to come up with a plan that enhances your life. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Make wise choices that will encourage better relationships with the people who truly count in your life. Getting along with someone will make your life easier, and adjusting to situations that will encourage peace and long-term happiness is favored. 4 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Consider your goals and how best to achieve them. Be prepared to put in time, effort and energy if you plan to be successful. Don’t hesitate to look into the best way to update your qualifications in order to reach your target. 2 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take a positive emotional step forward. Invest in yourself and the people and things you enjoy most. Spend time nurturing important relationships and letting others know how much you care. The rewards will be gratifying. Romance is highlighted. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Keep things in perspective. Don’t feel the need to keep up with others. Do what suits you at a pace you feel comfortable. Don’t add stress unnecessarily …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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