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René Marie celebrates Eartha Kitt

Versatile singer René Marie will perform four shows at Harris Center for the Arts this week. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — René Marie, singer, actress, writer. Eartha Kitt, singer, actress, writer. Never before has there been a vocal recording devotion to the divine Ms. Kitt and her fiery sensual, and clever interpretations of songs. With her incredible range of vocal ability, powerful emotional resonance and strong independent streak, Marie is without a doubt the right artist to […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Spamalot’ — a show full of laughs

Minstrels leap in the air  at a "Spamalot" rehearsal at Imagination Theater. Left to right are: Carrie Liebrich, Paul Bott, Hannah Bush and Karen Wolfe. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

For its 50th production, as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty Python romp that leaves audiences roaring and having so much fun that it has to be a crime. “This is our 50th show and we’ve never been arrested,” quipped Director Peter Wolfe, […]

Comments Off / March 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Discover dance as you’ve never seen it before

Pilobolus will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22.  Courtesy photo

Pilobolus has built its fervent and expanding international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over. The […]

Comments Off / March 15, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Trains through the lens

Las Vegas photographer Ken Kuehne's photo of a train moving through Cima earned a nod from the 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards judges. Photo courtesy of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art

SACRAMENTO — In a new exhibit that debuts on Friday, March 20, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. With a “Lasting Impressions” theme this year, nearly 400 modern day railroading photographs were […]

Comments Off / March 15, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Designer to the stars comes home to breathe

Local jewelry artist Geoff Thomas wears pieces he designed as he sits in his workshop and talks about his career path. He'll unveil a new jewelry line at Talisman Collection in El Dorado Hills later this month. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When jewelry designer Geoff Thomas graduated from El Dorado High School in 1991 to attend Cuesta College, he planned to become a financier, not an artist. He’d grown up with two artist parents and, in typical teenage rebellion, decided to follow the linear path of business. Fate in the guise of a black and white photography […]

Comments Off / March 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Glitz and glamour at theater gala

The Broadway Gala, California Musical Theatre’s annual fund raising dinner, takes place on Saturday, May 2, starting at 6 p.m. at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St. in Sacramento. The black-tie-optional evening is filled with the glitz and glamour of Broadway, including dinner and hosted bar, musical entertainment and dancing, and a live auction. Memorial Auditorium […]

Comments Off / March 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »