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California Museum celebrates life with Día de los Muertos exhibit

California artist David Lozeau is inspired by Evel Knievel to be daring with his art. The Día de los Muertos art exhibit at the California Museum in Sacramento showcases the work of five California artists as they reflect on humanity’s journeys into the past, the present and beyond. Photo courtesy David Lozeau



In mere days we celebrate Halloween — also known as All Hallows Eve. It’s a fun, sometimes creepy holiday. But there’s more to this seasonal favorite than meets the eye. In the ancient Christian tradition All Hallows Eve is the vigil, or day before, All Saints Day — Nov. 1. The next day, Nov. 2, is […]

No Comment / October 23, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony autumn offering to be a Rhythmic Heat

Natsuki Fukasawa will join Folsom Lake Symphony Oct. 22 as they open their concert season with Rhythmic Heat. Photo courtesy Howard George Photography

Works dedicated to the New World by two North American composers and a Frenchman take the stage at the Harris Center, as the Folsom Lake Symphony performs its Rhythmic Heat concert on Oct. 22. A living composer Arturo Márquez is regarded as one of the greatest — if not the greatest — Mexican composers of […]

No Comment / October 09, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Abundant autumn activities in our own backyard

Getting outside the four walls of daily assaults on our sensibilities is not only healthy, it adds meaning and zest to life. Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to get outside and away from the chaos. Charge the batteries. Embrace the good things in life. Big Crush This weekend, Oct. 1–2, is the […]

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

Find fresh fruit and family fun at Apple Hill

 Baked goods abound at Apple Hill. These treats — apple pie, apple donuts, apple strudel and even a blueberry dumpling came from Boa Vista Orchards in Camino. Photo by Susan Laird

Labor Day weekend is behind us. The kids and grandkids are in school. The days are alternating between warm and cooler. Sunsets are earlier. The rhythms of autumn are here. And so are time-honored local traditions. One of these hallowed customs is an annual trip up the hill to Apple Hill. A little history Sixteen […]

Comments Off / September 08, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony will have you Dancin’ in the Street


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 […]

Comments Off / 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 »