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Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Marcelle Lender," 1895, color lithograph. Private collection, Amsterdam

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Quilt Show to mark 30 years of excellence

It takes talent and a lot of effort to put on a quilt show. It takes even more to produce a show that draws visitors from all over the western United States. Now, keep that up for three decades … and you have the remarkable members of the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild. On the […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages

Violinist Linda Wang is the soloist at the Folsom Symphony’s Tales of Love concert on Feb. 14. She joins the orchestra for the second selection, “The Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto. It is the first Chinese composition the Folsom Symphony has performed. Written for a western-style orchestra, the flowery, melodious piece is played using some Chinese techniques.

Classical music is for every age. It stirs the passions of the young. It revives the memories of the old. And it’s certainly not boring. Some 15 years ago, I attempted to get this concept across to my third-grade daughter. For her very first concert, I took her to a matinee at the San Francisco […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Ring in the New Year with glamour and glitz

We can’t all travel to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York City. Not all of us would want to deal with the hassle anyway. Fortunately, there is an elegant option that is just a few miles from El Dorado Hills. The Rotary Club of Folsom is hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration in that […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Santa Claus, Santa Paws and chilly December delights

Ah, December. The kids are finishing up school before the winter break. College students will soon return home. There will be hot cocoa, the scent of Christmas trees and cinnamon in the air … and lots to do in and around town for the entire family.   Where the wild things are I have it […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Burn calories as you stroll through neighborhoods, global wonderland

Walking in a Global Wonderland — There are lots of exercise options available to families this Thanksgiving, including two regional fun runs and a new venue at Cal Expo. The Global Winter Wonderland will feature holiday themes as well as lantern designs of famous world landmarks. Courtesy photo

It’s here: that time of grocery store endcaps filled with stuffing, Jell-O, savory spices and decadent desserts. Two weeks and counting to Thanksgiving in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Bring on the pumpkin pie … and the inevitable calories. This a feast. A time of celebration and family. It’s a time to celebrate the good in […]

Comments Off / November 09, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Soar above Northern California with a ‘Bird’s Eye View’

“Delta Reflections” by Elaine Bowers, watercolor

Soaring high above the Sacramento Valley, the fields and farms below appear as a massive patchwork quilt. It’s quite magical … and filled with surprises. Clouds reflect their majesty in the rivers, streams and rice paddies below. The beauty is stunning. But only for a rare few: those who fly by nature – birds – […]

Comments Off / October 12, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »