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JAXX rocks the house, wins at Jammies

JAXX takes over the stage and rocks the Crest on May 13. Courtesy photo

By Anthony Savas El Dorado Hills rock band JAXX recently took first place in this year’s 2011 Sacramento Jammies awards. The competition included many high-school-age bands from all over the Sacramento area. The competiton was fierce and began with the submission of a two-song CD (all original material) as a first-round acceptance followed by several […]

No Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Fit for a queen

THE NEW QUEEN Esther (Madison Renardel de Lavalette) takes her place by the King (John Beach), who doesn't suspect that his new queen has a secret. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

  One Way Productions presents Biblical heroine’s story A devious plot and a secret identity will pull the audience into director Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson’s uplifting musical presented by One Way Productions. “From Orphan to Queen, The Story of Esther” tells the story of Hadassah, a young Jewish woman who transforms into Queen Esther and, by putting her […]

No Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘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, […]

No Comment / May 20, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Big Idea Theatre’s latest production a little dangerous

"HURLYBURLY" cast members Justin Lee Chapman, Alexandra Ralph Evans, Kirk Blackinton, Rick Eldredge, Beth Edwards, Dan Featherstone and Rachel Lanyi tackle mature topics in Big Idea Theatre's latest production. Courtesy photo

Big Idea Theatre’s 2011 Season continues on Thursday, May 19, with the opening of David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly,” a play fueled by massive amounts of drugs and several libido-driven Hollywood wannabes stumbling through life in a frenetic search for meaning. Katie Chapman directs this show. The cast features BIT Company actors Kirk Blackinton, Justin Lee Chapman […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Caffeine addict in disguise: Olympus Caffe has the perfect recipe


How rare is it to sit down, be pampered, have a truly exemplary cup of coffee and have the owner of the shop himself treat you with gratitude and respect? It’s pretty rare, I think you’ll agree. Such a place exists, and it is called Olympus Caffe, located in Town Center in El Dorado Hills. […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Get behind-the-scenes look at artists’ studios

Beyond the Stars by Varya McMillan

Forty-one artists invite you to visit their studios and enjoy their diverse talents at the fourth annual Spring Art Studio Tour. Painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers and mixed media artists in 13 studios are eager to share their love of art with guests who pick up a tour brochure and map, and set out on a […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Worth 1,000 words … and so much more

Nature's Way by Shelly Thorene

Photographer brings her work to Olympus Caffé When she was younger photographer Shelly Thorene used to get into debates with her artist uncle — painting v. photography. “He (the painter) would win those arguments,” she admitted. But his logic couldn’t pull her away from her passion. “Photography is about the present moment and awareness of […]

No Comment / May 06, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »