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Symphony to make Three Stages debut

In an economy that is decimating organizations such as the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Ballet Company, the Folsom Symphony is experiencing a red-hot season of success with well-planned concerts and sold-out venues. A fair warning: Tickets for the symphony’s inaugural “Sugar and Spice” concert on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) at Folsom Lake College’s large […]

No Comment / January 03, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

The arts: Susan Laird’s year in review

JAY LENO TESTIFIES, courtroom sketch by Vicki Behringer, featured at The Gallery at 48 Natoma March through April.

Looking back at the last 52 weeks in the world of arts and entertainment, several venues really stood out to me in 2010. The de Young Museum When I meet readers of Village Life and Cameron Park Life out in the community they will often praise my column. With a bit of amusement, I will […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Plenty of places to party this New Year’s Eve

EAST BOUND 50 will rock the Purple Place this New Year's Eve. Courtesy photo

Times Square, the Las Vegas strip, San Francisco … all key party destinations for New Year’s Eve. But chances are if you were in town for Christmas you won’t likely travel far for libations, ball drops and ensuing sloppy midnight kisses from significant others. Fortunately for the El Dorado Hills-locked party-goer, there are plenty of […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘An Illustrated Christmas’ celebrates St. Nick in print

MERRY OLD SANTA CLAUS is Thomas Nast’s most famous cartoon. Created for Harper’s Weekly in 1881, it helped to change the image of Saint Nicholas from that of a thin, serious bishop to one of a rotund, jolly old elf.

For many Christmas is over on Dec. 26. Time to take down the tree, take back the gifts one didn’t want, move on to the next holiday. How sad. How cold. How unseasonal, because the true Christmas season actually doesn’t start until Dec. 25. What we had from Nov. 28 on has traditionally always been known as “Advent” […]

No Comment / December 20, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Looking for a new tradition? See a play this Christmas

"THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT — Jordan Poczobutt, Christine Alaverz and Christopher Celestin act out a scene during a rehearsal for the play last month. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

The greater Sacramento area is a great place for theater goers, with no less than 20 plays running at any given moment. While many theaters close their doors for the next couple of weeks to celebrate Christmas and New Years, there are several presenting family-friendly holiday productions right up to and beyond Christmas Eve. For […]

No Comment / December 15, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Chroma Gallery closing

"AFTER THE SNOWFALL," by

END OF A LEGACY — Fair Oaks’ signature plein air gallery will close at the end of the month, having lost its lease. The current exhibit, “Holiday Magic,” will continue through Jan. 3. Chroma Gallery is located at 10030 Fair Oaks Blvd. All paintings at the gallery are for sale. Call (916) 966-6020 for more information.

No Comment / December 14, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom History Museum gets with the season

UNTITLED WALL ART, from the collection of Dolph Gotelli

“AN ILLUSTRATED CHRISTMAS,” Folsom History Museum’s current exhibit, features vintage holiday wall art, textiles and original prints of Thomas Nast illustrations from Harper’s Magazine. Folsom History Museum is located at 826 Sutter St. and is open Tuesday though Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the museum online at folsomhistorymuseum.org.

No Comment / December 14, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »