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California Museum tells the story of Golden State voting

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’

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 on Folsom History Museum shows success for women wasn’t a ‘cinch’ / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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

 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 on David Vs. Goliath: Relax and imagine the fun at the Stanislaus County Fair / 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 on New rides, competitions and exhibits at 2016 California State Fair / June 23, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Warhol: Portraits speaks to the creative mind in Crocker exhibit

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 on Warhol: Portraits speaks to the creative mind in Crocker exhibit / May 26, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony to close season with Hollywood Hits

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 on Folsom Lake Symphony to close season with Hollywood Hits / May 22, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Experience California’s connection to the Run for the Roses

The first weekend in May in America is reserved for the Sport of Kings — thoroughbred horse racing. For 142 years, aficionados of this pastime have turned their eyes to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. The Run for the Roses is the first jewel in the Triple […]

1 Comment / May 01, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »