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Let us now praise small literary presses: that growing band of sane, brave curators in an otherwise frantic literary landscape. Shepherding into daylight a selection of excellent new works (that may have been rebuffed or ignored by larger houses), these pioneer publishers do hero duty. The Bay Area’s WTAW Press (emerging from the monthly Sausalito reading series Why There Are Words) is a fine exemplar. Offering Louise Marburg’s debut story collection “The Truth About Me” as one of two inaugural titles, WTAW Press has, to my thinking, cracked it out of the park. This is joyful news for literature, and certainly for story collections — a form that larger publishers often snub. (click for more)

Dear Abby: My husband had a medical event that left him unable to drive. He is very isolated despite my efforts to keep him connected. His children live an hour away, and it’s up to me to drive him to them. They rarely call him. He has a stepdaughter who lives only a few miles from us. But she also doesn’t have time for him. It’s ironic because she regularly ministers to strangers through her church while her stepfather languishes in loneliness. Frustrated in Florida Dear Frustrated: I am sorry you didn’t mention how close your husband was to his children before the medical event. (click for more)

Starcast It’s turkey time and guess who’s coming to dinner? With Saturn at the head table, “grace” will be more prayer than promise. Don’t detour on the way to Grandma’s and try not to O.D. on food and family. Aries (March 20-April 18) The fire crackling in your hormone house hints at high times and adult situations. The Thanksgiving Fairy nods encouragement as your popularity quotient soars. Enjoy a lively holiday. (click for more)

The holidays come early and often in “The Christmas Ballet. ” Now in its 23rd year, the annual and abundant offering from Smuin Contemporary American Ballet opened the weekend before Thanksgiving in Walnut Creek. The company makes a circuit from Carmel to Mountain View to San Francisco in December. With 30 short works on the bill, only the crankiest audience member could come away without finding something to like in this cheery collection from multiple choreographers. Seen at the evening performance on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts, “Christmas Ballet” comes in contrasting color-coded halves. (click for more)

Tambor has denied allegations that he sexually harassed "Transparent" actress Trace Lysette. The actress said that Tambor made inappropriate comments on the set of the show and also physically pressed his body against hers in a "sexually aggressive manner." (click for more)

With its banquet of four Bay Area premieres, Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet came on looking like the old Joffrey Ballet on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. That was a good thing. That the troupe now dances at a technical level not achieved in his time by co-founder Robert Joffrey is an even better thing. Credit community support in the Windy City and a decade under Artistic Director Ashley Wheater, a former member of both the Joffrey and San Francisco ballets, for imposing high standards on an ensemble that always possessed spirit aplenty, The three-residency arrangement inked with the Joffrey by Cal Performances will spread over five seasons, and we will watch the company evolve. (click for more)