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‘You Can’t Take It With You’ a chance to discuss family values

"YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU " actors Ken Watkins, Sara Noah, Shane Burrows and Ashley White, left to right, surround Stephen Kauffman in Sutter Street's Theatre's production. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Like a medieval morality play, Sutter Street Theatre’s latest production is a “blast from the past” with an eternal message: “You Can’t Take It with You.” Written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and set in June of 1935, this play made its original debut at the Booth Theater off Broadway on Dec. 14, […]

Comments Off / May 20, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Summer of Impressionism’ to open at the Crocker

Museum curators in Northern California noticed the great numbers of art lovers from our area who attended the landmark exhibits of historic impressionist works on loan from the Musée d’Orsay at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. So much so, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento will unveil “The Summer of Impressionism” on May […]

Comments Off / May 06, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony salutes America in ‘Land that I Love’

As a nation we have come a long way from our humble beginnings. More than two centuries later the “grand experiment” continues. Likewise, the Folsom Symphony has come a long way since its inception at the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra years ago. Concerts held in community churches and at local schools have become grand performances […]

Comments Off / April 25, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Museum showcases Folsom’s first millionaire

WILLIAM ALEXANDER LEIDESDORFF is regarded as the Founding Father of African Descent for the State of California. An exhibit of his life and times is currently on display at the Folsom History Museum. Photo courtesy of the Online Archive of California

One of the gems of Folsom is its History Museum. Its impressive permanent display brings life in Clarksville (the original name of El Dorado Hills), Folsom and Mormon Island into focus, as well as the lives of the Maidu Indians who lived here by the American River for thousands of years. This month, however, the […]

2 Comments / April 08, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Enjoy ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ — cabaret style

GRAND PERFORMANCE — Ryan Drummond, Melissa WolfKlain and Justin Michael Duval perform in the California Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing." The musical cotinues at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret through May 8. Photo by Charr Crail.

Cabaret is an acquired taste. Like some wines and cheeses, it helps to be a tad adventurous when trying new things. This certainly helped when I attended the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento. This branch of California Musical Theatre opened its third season earlier this year with “A Grand Night for Singing,” featuring songs from all […]

Comments Off / March 24, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Get in the habit: Sutter Street Theatre’s ‘Nunsense’ is a Lenten delight

Reverend Mother Sister Mary Regina (Connie Mockenhaupt), Sister Marionette and Sister Mary Amnesia (Monica Wright), left to right, chat during a scene from "Nunsense," playing at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

At a Catholic school crab feed fundraiser some years ago a friend of mine reached for another bowl of pasta, turned to me and said, “You know, it ain’t cheap being Catholic.” How true, I thought. How deliciously true. The entertainment can vary widely (“Bingo!”), from great to so-so … but it’s always for such […]

Comments Off / March 21, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Less is more’ at Kondos exhibit

NEGRO BAR, oil by Gregory Kondos, depicts one of the region’s early gold mining sites. Photo courtesy of the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Sometimes, less is more. That is certainly true with the art of master artist Gregory Kondos, whose landscape paintings will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom March 18 through May 11. There is a “quietude” and contemplative quality to his work. “The Landscape by Gregory Kondos” will feature original oils, […]

Comments Off / March 14, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »