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Congo’s Staff Benda Bilili makes U.S. debut at Three Stages

STAFF BENDA BILILI comes to Three Stages next month. The band from the Congo has earned worldwide praise. Courtesy photo

The story of the Congolese world music ensemble Staff Benda Bilili — the band’s name means “beyond appearances” — is almost beyond belief. After a documentary about them triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival, after their performances received critical acclaim all over the European continent, after their debut recording peaked at No. 3 on the World Music […]

No Comment / August 31, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

El Dorado County Artists Studio Tour details

Looking for fun and entertainment? Visit 62 artists at their studios and homes on the last weekend of September and the first weekend of October. The El Dorado County Artists Studio Tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both weekends at 16 studios throughout the Highway 50 corridor from El Dorado Hills […]

No Comment / August 30, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Crocker Art Museum transcends with ‘Summer of Impressionism’

It is hard to believe, but summer is nearly over, and autumn will be here before we know it. Like the beautiful delicious fruits of summer some art exhibits will come to a close in September. Among these art events are two exhibits running concurrently at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento: “Transcending Vision: American […]

No Comment / August 29, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Kander and Ebb musical comes to Sutter Street Theatre

"CABARET" performers Lauren Ettensohn and Mark Ettensohn bring the glamour of the 1920s to Sutter Street Theatre's stage. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Berlin is calling you … head down to Sutter Street in Folsom where the Sutter Street Theatre has been transformed into the Kit Kat Club of the late 1920s, where excitement is high and the inhibitions are low, where the girls are pretty (and so are the boys), where revolution is in the air and […]

No Comment / August 29, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘In the Mood’ evokes a time of hope

GOING BACK TO A SIMPLER TIME —€” "In the Mood" captures the thrill of the 1940s through authentic costumes, music and dance. Catch the show at Three Stages this coming weekend. Courtesy photo

From the saxophone section’s opening line, joined by the trumpet section, followed by the trombones and entire orchestra, the beat of Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” is as impossible to sit still to today as it was in 1940. That year Glenn Miller was the top dance band leader in the world and “In the […]

No Comment / August 22, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

The Pony Express thunders across the country

The Pony Express is returning. The National Pony Express Association is by horse and rider relay, recreating the Pony Express of 1860-1861. The re-ride started Aug. 17 in St. Joseph, Mo. and will culminate Aug. 27, in Sacramento. Commemorative letters and personal mail will be carried on the re-ride. The first rider departed the Patee […]

No Comment / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Local flavor at regional festivals goes well beyond food

The more time you spend in El Dorado Hills and the surrounding region the more you realize: this place is extraordinary. Extra, as in “more than.” Remarkable, as in “worthy of commentary.” This place we call “home” is one of the most unique places in the country. It is larger than just the sum of […]

No Comment / August 19, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »