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Grow for it! — Perennials for your backyard vegetable garden

For a change of pace, try these perennial vegetable garden plants. Not only will you save time and money by not having to replant them each year, they can also be part of your landscape and an edible one at that. • Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) — Think beyond strawberry rhubarb pie as it can be […]

Comments Off / February 07, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ gives audiences laughter — for keeps

Opera assistant Max (Wayne Campbell) gets a singing lesson from Il Stupendo (Otto Coelho). Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

What promises to be a laugh-out-loud evening of mistaken identities — and mistaken death — along with hilarity stemming from mistaken lovers — is in store for fans of Imagination Theater in Placerville, which is presenting “Lend Me a Tenor” from Feb. 12 through March 6. Directed by Jody Klemens, this is her first theater […]

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Making truffles: Forget the calories, warp speed ahead

Karen Moore’s students dip into warm, melted chocolate to fill candy molds during a truffle-making class at the El Dorado Hills CSD. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

The trouble with truffles … just as the crew of the Starship Enterprise learned about tribbles … is that you can easily have way too many. But just like in the Star Trek episode “The Trouble with Tribbles,” it is extremely hard to say no to these sweet, attractive and downright irresistible little morsels. Karen […]

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Meet the artistic masters at Oak Meadow’s Art Walk

Fourth grader Luke Gaal and third grader Sadie Erickson concentrate on painting clay art work in preparation for Oak Meadow’s annual Art Walk Feb. 18. The event is free and open to the public. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Meadow Elementary will host its seventh annual Art Walk Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m in the school’s multi-purpose room. The public is welcome to attend the free event. Every student in the school, from transitional kindergarten to fifth grade, will have a three-dimensional piece of artwork on display. While it promises to […]

Comments Off / February 05, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Guitar luminaries grace Harris Center

San Francisco guitar poet and IGN founder Brian Gore’s style of playing offers strikingly beautiful tone and dynamics — qualities that are often hard to find in steel string players. Courtesy photo

International Guitar Night returns to Harris Center for the Arts with some of the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a public concert setting. International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival. For each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast of […]

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

‘Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads’ visit Crocker Museum

Ai Weiwei created contemporary versions of the 12 Chinese zodiac animal heads from the famed 18th-century fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace) that were pillaged in 1860 during a raid by French and British troops. Courtesy photo

Internationally acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze” series will be on view at the Crocker Art Museum through May 1. Artist, curator, architectural designer and social activist Weiwei is arguably the best-known and most successful contemporary artist in China. Born in Beijing in 1957 to the celebrated poet Ai Qing, Weiwei was […]

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

An evening with Keb’ Mo’ at Harris Center


Three-time Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ will be performing at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Wednesday, March 9 — a rare treat for the region. Keb’ Mo’ released his 12th studio album titled “BLUESAmericana” on Kind of Blue Music on April 22, 2014. […]

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