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‘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 »

Arts organizations on life support

Economists tell us that the economy is in recovery mode — albeit a slow one. That’s good news for the arts community, which is certainly feeling a chill. One sneeze, and a sound organization could develop a serious case of pneumonia. Even when an economy is in recovery mode, it’s possible for an arts organization […]

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

Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet presents ‘Nutcracker’

CIERRA DIAZ of El Dorado Hills will play the Nutcracker Prince in Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker," opening in Folsom Dec. 17. Diaz is a longtime performer with El Dorado Musical Theater and a recent student of ballet. Courtesy photo

World’s most popular ballet opens Friday in Folsom One of the region’s most prestigious ballet academies will give three performances of a timeless Christmas classic this weekend in Folsom. Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet opens “The Nutcracker” this Friday night at the Jill Solberg Theater, with following performances Saturday and Sunday afternoon. “The Nutcracker” is a […]

No Comment / December 10, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

High Voltage’s ‘Holiday Celebration’ this weekend only

HIGH VOLTAGE will perform "Holiday Celebration" this Friday and Saturday night in Folsom. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Musical Theatre’s premiere tour company, High Voltage, will give only two cabaret-style performances of “Holiday Celebration” Dec. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m. at Oak Hills Church in Folsom. The show will include a plethora of song and dance numbers, including Christmas classics like “Silent Night,” “The Christmas Song” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed […]

No Comment / December 07, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »