Westworld: Who Cares About the Man in Black?

Every week for the second season of Westworld, three Atlantic staffers will discuss new episodes of HBO’s cerebral sci-fi drama. David Sims: Well, after last week’s fascinating journey into the psyche and backstory of Akecheta and Ghost Nation, this week we got the same treatment for that dastardly Man in Black himself. That’s a little bit of a comedown. For one, this season has spent so much time on William—on his experiments on immortality, his ongoing obsession with Dolores, his quest across the park. Did viewers really also need a full explainer on his wife’s suicide, something that’s already been alluded to plenty by other characters? And did it serve… Read More

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Surprise Album Makes Marriage Into a Spectacle

The marriage rate remains low, but Jay-Z and Beyoncé are doing their best to keep wedlock fashionable. On Everything Is Love, the joint album the couple surprise-released on Saturday, their union again glitters as a luxury item as covetable as their Alaïa boots and Aruba vacations. Even the fact that they nearly broke up comes off as a form of conspicuous consumption. “He went to Jared, I went to J.A.R. out in Paris,” Jay-Z raps. Beyoncé’s reply: “Yeah, you fucked up the first stone, we had to get remarried.” (Adorably, it continues. Jay: “Yo, chill man.” Bey: “We keepin’ it real with these people, right?”) Everything Is Love represents the… Read More

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Immigrant and refugee women — and their shoes — tell moving stories

There is something about shoes — first shoes, school shoes, dancing shoes, running shoes. Our stilettos, our work boots, our worn out soles and broken heels. They walk with us, they protect us, they hold us and sometimes they carry us. Our shoes are our stories. On Friday night, 12 women who have crossed borders, mountains, deserts and seas, who have left family and careers and whole countries behind them to start new lives in Canada, will share their stories with the public as part of The Shoe Project. The women have gathered at Mosaic Settlement Services for a final rehearsal with vocal coach Alison Matthews and performance coach Tara… Read More

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Bear Jumps for Joy with Boy in Cutest Video You’ll See Today

Who says bears are big and scary animals who you should avoid at all costs if you see out in the wild? Okay, fair enough: A significant majority of bears are big and scary animals who you should avoid at all costs if you see out in the wild? Heck, the bear featured in the following piece of amazing footage should probably even be avoided at all costs if you were to encounter him outside the safe confines of a zoo. Fair warning uttered, however, allow us to now state something else… … this bear is so gosh darn cute and precious and hilarious! In a video first shared to… Read More

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Kat Von D: I’m NOT Anti-Vaccine! I Just Think Vaccines Are the Devil!

Oh, Kat Von D … Stop, honey. Just stop. As you may have heard, Kat made quite the controversy for herself last week when she announced on Instagram that when her baby is born, she will be raising him vegan and without vaccinations. Vaccinations are something that many people feel very strongly about, because, you know, people can die from completely preventable diseases without them. In her statement, Kat said that she knew her beliefs and actions would create a lot of “backlash and criticism,” and that her own father “flipped out” when he heard her plans. To feel real pain and anguish, she said, “try being an openly pregnant… Read More

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Teen Mom OG Has Officially Replaced Farrah Abraham With …

At long last, months and months after we learned that Farrah Abraham had been fired from Teen Mom OG, we finally have news that MTV has officially replaced her. And the mom they picked … well, you’re not going to believe it. Really, you’re not going to believe it, because it doesn’t make any sense. It’s not Mackenzie McKee, even though she was the obvious choice, and we’d been hearing over and over again that she was going to be taking Farrah’s place. It’s not any of the other Teen Mom 3 girls. It’s not even someone from any of the seasons of 16 and Pregnant. Nope, according to a… Read More

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On Tap: Stage Right, Broadway Rep presenting plays in Antioch, Walnut Creek

ANTIOCH Stage Right to open ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ Stage Right Conservatory Theatre Inc. will present “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by Tim Kelly, produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc. Written by L. Frank Baum, this timeless beloved classic is geared for all ages. Directed by Rio Teixeira, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” runs for two weekends beginning at the Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F St. in Antioch. Performances are June 22, 23, 29 an 30 at 7 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m. Adults $10, Students and Seniors $8, Children (10 and under) $5. Seniors pay only $5 on both… Read More

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Curtain Calls: ‘Ragtime’ razzle-dazzles on El Cerrito stage

America with all its foibles and possibilities bursts across the stage at Contra Costa Civic Theatre (CCCT) as it presents Terrence McNally’s “Ragtime.” With music by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, this is a show not to be missed as it depicts our turbulent country in the early 20th century. McNally weaves such historical figures as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman and many more into this thread of Americana as he follows the lives of a Harlem musician, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants. Marilyn Langbehn directs with Tania Johnson as music director and Allison Paraiso-Silicani as choreographer. They have assembled a “killer” ensemble of voices,… Read More

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Baby Goat Yoga trend taking off in Brentwood, Contra Costa

BRENTWOOD — It started out like any other yoga class, with deep breathing, stretching and quiet reflection, until Ginger, Nutmeg, Mocha and Cinnamon started nibbling the participants’ hair and jumping on their backs while in downward-facing dog pose. This tribe of Nigerian dwarf dairy goats warmly welcomed a class of 14 yogis to First Generation Farmers’ new Baby Goat Yoga classes recently. Yoga instructor Gina Bravo is always open to the newest fads in the yoga community and loves the organic produce at the farm, so she wanted to test it out there. “At first, I rolled my eyes and thought it was crazy,” said Bravo of the goat yoga… Read More

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2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards: ALL the Red Carpet Fashion!

The stars came out for the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards. Some shined brightly, while others may be wishing right about now that a dark shadow had been cast over their regretful outfit choice. Indeed, this yearly ceremony is set to air on Monday night, June 18… but it was filmed two days before that. Hence the opportunity right here and now to analyze all that ever really matters at an awards ceremony: What the celebrities wore on the red carpet! Scroll down and click all around to see the best looks, the boldest looks, and, let’s be frank, the most hideous looks… 1. Tiffany Haddish Arrives! It’s the… Read More

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