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Folsom Lake Symphony will have you Dancin’ in the Street

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Put on your dancing shoes, the Folsom Lake Symphony is kicking off the 2016–2017 season in Town Center with a selection of toe-tapping favorites that will have you Dancin’ in the Street. The annual symphony al fresco is on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Steven Young Amphitheater in El Dorado Hills. It […]

No Comment / August 28, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

California Museum tells the story of Golden State voting

AND IN THE FUTURE? — This prototype voting machine, in development for Los Angeles County, may be how Californians vote in the future.

If you think this year’s election cycle is wild and wooly, you ain’t seen nuthin’ ’til you see the featured exhibit at The California Museum in Sacramento. A chronicle of over 165 years of the Golden State’s election history, the exhibit explores the evolution of how Californians vote. From campaign materials to ballots to voting […]

1 Comment / August 07, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom History Museum shows success for women wasn’t a ‘cinch’

Slaves to Fashion at the Folsom History Museum shows visitors how women freed themselves from restrictive corsets and entered the Modern Era. The washing machine radically changed women’s fashions in the early 20th century. Photo by Susan Laird

When society thinks of women’s liberation nowadays, images from the late ’60s and early ’70s come to mind. Vietnam. Burning brassieres. A world changed by the Space Race. An exhibit at the Folsom History Museum shows that the effort to free women from the bonds that actually bound them began much earlier. In the 1800s, […]

Comments Off / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

David Vs. Goliath: Relax and imagine the fun at the Stanislaus County Fair

Enjoy traditional rides, shade trees, and food on a stick at the Stanislaus County Fair.
Photo by Susan Laird

 The California State Fair opens just 33 minutes down the hill from us on Friday, July 8. There will be big fun at the fair — lots to see and do. Our county fair, held just a few weeks ago, is now a memory. But did you know there are more county fairs out there? […]

Comments Off / July 05, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

New rides, competitions and exhibits at 2016 California State Fair

Hot summer nights are a staple at the California State Fair. This year, four new rides will give fairgoers thrills and chills. Susan Laird Arts & Entertainment columnist The hot days of summer are now upon us, and that can mean only one thing: the California State Fair must be right around the corner. This […]

Comments Off / June 23, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Warhol: Portraits speaks to the creative mind in Crocker exhibit

Andy Warhol, "Self-Portrait," 1986. 
Photo courtesy of the Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

It seems like only yesterday that I was walking through the “bones” of the new expansion to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Wearing a hard hat and with a photographer in tow, we heard promises of amazing exhibits to come. There would be expansive galleries and appropriate archival lighting. Six years later, the promise […]

Comments Off / May 26, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony to close season with Hollywood Hits

Maestro Peter Jaffe polled patrons of Folsom Lake Symphony to help him select the theme for this season’s final concert.  Village Life file photo by Jackie Penn

Many of us grew up listening to famous conductor Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. As a kid, I always wondered why it was called a “Pops” orchestra. Did it have something to do with popcorn? I never heard any popping sounds. What was the deal? Well, to put it simply, the “pops” stands […]

Comments Off / May 22, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »