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B Street Theatre presents world premiere of Echo Location

Bindle Rindell is a disgruntled English professor, failed novelist and reluctant “could be” father to a surprise 15-year-old daughter. But things are looking up. He’s getting married to his beloved Emmy in a few days. That is, if he can placate her former boyfriend, a part-time bookie who goes by the ominous name “Bluetooth.” Love, […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Celtic Nights returns to Harris Center with Spirit of Freedom

Celtic Nights: Spirit of Freedom will take the stage at Harris Center Jan. 24 at 1 and 6 p.m. Courtesy photo

In a glittering new production at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, six of Ireland’s most prominent vocalists are complemented by six of its most accomplished step dancers who portray the birth of a free Irish nation. Spirit of Freedom tells the story of Irish independence, beginning 100 years ago with the Easter Rising. […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Documenting at the speed of life: Social media yearbooks

Yearbooks are making a comeback, but not just for the academic set. It is now possible to publish social media posts in hard copy as a keepsake item. Photo by Susan Laird

In this day and age, many agree: Life is what you make of it. Parents and grandparents for centuries admonished the young to mind their “Ps and Qs.” In other words, “practice good manners, make a good impression, stay honest and keep your integrity.” The faith community makes it even more specific: follow the Ten […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Success with citrus

Espaliering (pruning the tree to horizontal branches, usually along a wall or support wires) can provide a decorative focal point in your garden. Photo courtesy UCCE Master Gardeners

Do you love the smells and colors of citrus? Citrus can be grown in our county’s lower elevations or in microclimates that are devoid of cold air basins. There are many varieties of citrus to match your tastes and needs. Some trees suitable for our area are: the Washington navel orange or a Bearss lime […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Tibetan monks return to El Dorado County

Tibetan Buddhist monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery in India are visiting El Dorado County through Jan. 14 and will be creating a Green Tara sand mandala at the Cozmic Café in Placerville. Courtesy photo

One of the most anticipated events at the beginning of each new year in El Dorado County is the annual visit by the Tibetan Buddhist monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. Through Jan. 14 the monks take up residence upstairs in the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. The stay includes a full […]

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‘Shotgun Weddings’ tells the story of Colleen Batten Harris

Lloyd Billingsley’s third novel lays out clearly the story of Colleen Batten Harris, the El Dorado County resident who shot and killed two of her husbands. She was acquitted of the first crime of murdering Jim Batten, only to be convicted of the second murder of Robert Harris 30 years later. From Colleen Harris’ early […]

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Raphael’s ‘Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn’ comes to SF

“Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s ‘Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn’” visits the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from Jan. 9 to April 10. She arrives after a stay at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Cincinnati Art Museum are pleased to announce “Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s ‘Portrait of […]

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