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Young virtuoso and famous violin make U.S. debut in Folsom

Ent-Kerson Leong

Patrons of the Folsom Lake Symphony are in for a rare treat next month.  Not only will the music and the performances be remarkable … so will the appearance of a talented soloist and his historical violin. The Spirit of Freedom is the theme for The Folsom Lake Symphony’s upcoming concert on Saturday, April, 2 […]

Comments Off / March 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Celebrate ‘the craft’ of fine furniture and Oak Ridge art at 48 Natoma

“Rocking Chair” by Gary Foster. The fine furniture craftsmanship of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, March 18 to May 5. Courtesy photo

No matter what area of human endeavor one looks at, one eventually finds those who pursue excellence to the point where that field becomes a true art form. Or, as those perfection seekers call it, “the craft.” This week, a group of 18 members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild will display the work […]

Comments Off / March 13, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Amador County wine tour beckons to the Cellar Door

Enjoy wine tastings, great food and even an opportunity to take scenic photos on the wine trail of Amador County’s “Behind the Cellar Door,” March 5-6. Photo by Susan Laird

Easter is early this year, but spring is right on time. The daffodils are blooming in El Dorado Hills, and that is a sign that it must be time for Amador County’s famous annual wine tour. Behind the Cellar Door This annual wine event is held in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley just to the south […]

Comments Off / February 21, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony dons new name, romance and destiny

The Folsom Lake Symphony performs an evening of Romance & Destiny at the Harris Center on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5” is featured.

As Valentine’s Day swiftly approaches, one of the more romantic activities available to folks in our neck of the woods — a musical evening at the The Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom — is nearly sold out. Always entertaining, this musical season holds some surprises. Name changes Last year, the host of this event […]

Comments Off / January 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Documenting at the speed of life: Social media yearbooks

Yearbooks are making a comeback, but not just for the academic set. It is now possible to publish social media posts in hard copy as a keepsake item. Photo by Susan Laird

In this day and age, many agree: Life is what you make of it. Parents and grandparents for centuries admonished the young to mind their “Ps and Qs.” In other words, “practice good manners, make a good impression, stay honest and keep your integrity.” The faith community makes it even more specific: follow the Ten […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Art of the app: Roll up your Christmas list with a few

Radio waves power the electronics that drive our smart devices. These invisible waves surround members of society everywhere they go. The free Architecture of Radio app allows anyone to "see" this "secret" world. Screenshot by Susan Laird

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. As we go to press, Advent is nearly over, Christmas is around the corner and New Year’s Day is just a little over a week out. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping is done by now. But just in case you forgot someone, here are a few iOS […]

Comments Off / December 17, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sacramento Youth Symphony seeks alumni to mark 60th anniversary

The Sacramento Youth Symphony has a membership of over 400 young musicians led by Maestro Michael Neumann who is now in his 37th year as artistic director and conductor. Courtesy photo

Music engages the mind and spirit in a way few art forms do. It stimulates multiple areas of the brain. Scientists believe it enhances mathematical and logical talent. Theologians praise it as “praying twice.” When a young person takes up an instrument, the potential for personal growth is virtually unlimited. But those who mentor these […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »