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Shakespeare gets sexy in Big Idea’s ‘Antony & Cleopatra’

Joelle Robertson Big Idea Theatre Big Idea Theatre continues its 9th season, Unspeakable, with a sexy and fierce adaptation of the classic “Antony & Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare. Following the action of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, now one of the triumvirs of the Roman Republic, neglects his duty to rule the eastern provinces so that he […]

Comments Off / July 31, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Grow for it!: Don’t miss the big “demonstration”

The Cottage Garden at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden in Placerville features beautiful plants that can grow in small spaces. Courtesy photo

Kate Halvorson UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County There’s a weekly demonstration in El Dorado County that you shouldn’t miss: It’s free and guaranteed to “plant” passion in your soul. The demonstration is the UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County’s Sherwood Demonstration Garden, located behind Folsom Lake College – El Dorado Center, 6699 […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Davis playwright takes unflinching look at U.S. drone warfare

Terry Randolph, left, of Natomas and Brent Dirksen of Lodi play U.S. Air Force drone pilots who are ideologically at odds but forced to team up on drone-strike missions that sometimes go awry, in a powerful new play, "Al and Homer: The Drone Play," by Jerry Fishman. Directed by Penny Kline, the play will have its world premiere July 30 at Ovation Stage.
Photo by David Kamminga

Margaret Upton Ovation Stage Two U.S. Air Force drone pilots with diametrically opposed views face off in a conflict fraught with deadly worldwide ramifications in a powerful new play making its world premiere July 30, produced by Ovation Stage. “Al and Homer: The Drone Play,” by Davis poet, novelist and new playwright Jerry Fishman, will […]

Comments Off / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Radical by Nature’ offers a different perspective


Book: “Radical by Nature: The Green Assault on Liberty, Property and Prosperity” Author: Thomas J. McCaffrey Publisher: Stairway Press, published March 2016, 550 pages, paperback and Kindle versions From the earliest beginnings of natural rights to the current state of environmentalism in the United States, “Radical in Nature” explores property rights and the rights of individuals as they have […]

Comments Off / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Kinder and Ebb’s musical theater classic ‘Cabaret’ playing at Music Circus

Matt Hessburg California Musical Theatre The 66th Music Circus season continues with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret. Performances will run through Sunday, July 31 at Wells Fargo Pavilion. Welcome to Berlin’s infamous Kit Kat Klub where the emcee Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd into leaving their […]

Comments Off / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom History Museum shows success for women wasn’t a ‘cinch’

Slaves to Fashion at the Folsom History Museum shows visitors how women freed themselves from restrictive corsets and entered the Modern Era. The washing machine radically changed women’s fashions in the early 20th century. Photo by Susan Laird

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 / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘The Best Man’ — A drama for our times from the past

Stars of the Sutter Street stage, Ross Branch, Blake Flores and Steven Kauffman, left to right, bring the behind-the-scenes reality of a presidential election to audiences in "The Best Man." Photo by  Allen Schmeltz

Based on Gore Vidal’s 1960 play, “The Best Man,” Sutter Street Theatre’s latest production puts politics in the spotlight for this witty show playing now through Aug. 14. Directed by James Gilbreth, the story takes place during the presidential primaries where an ethical man running for nomination is pitted against an “unscrupulous” man. “The Best Man” is eerily reminiscent of our […]

Comments Off / July 24, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »