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Seizing the day: the art of living life large

It is human nature to observe the ends of things: a beautiful sunset, for example. We also take note of the beginnings of things. Case in point: the upcoming school year. But perhaps what we really ought to be looking at is all the points of interest in between. That “stuff” we call … life. This […]

Comments Off / August 11, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Mama Rose takes over the stage

With their relentless mother pushing them, Louise (Brooke Flores), left, and June (Jessica Bisbee) perform on stage in "Gypsy," opening Aug. 16 at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmetlz

“Gypsy,” the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother, comes to Sutter Street Theatre this month. Join Rose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and the burlesque was born. Jule Styne’s music and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics include “Let Me Entertain You,” “Some People,” “You’ll […]

Comments Off / August 07, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Oak Ridge plays earn Elly nods

Otto Frank (Keith Walisa) comforts his daughter Anne (Delaney Kelleher) in Oak Ridge's spring 2014 production of the "Diary of Anne Frank." Walisa recently earned an Elly nomination for his role. Director Janet Henke said the young actor had "a tenderness" about him that boosted his performance. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Elly judges celebrated Oak Ridge High School’s productions of “The Sound of Music” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” with Elly nominations announced last week. Actor Ryan Van Overeem earned a supporting male nomination for his portrayal of Max Detweiler in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. “The Diary of Ann Frank” received five nominations: Keith Walisa, leading […]

Comments Off / August 07, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Sharknado 2′ roars in to EDH theater

Just when audiences thought it was safe to go back to the movie theater — they will get a fresh dose of scares and laughs as Syfy’s “Sharknado 2: The Second One” hits cinemas nationwide for a one-night event at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, courtesy of Fathom Events, Syfy and the Asylum. The […]

Comments Off / August 05, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cantare Chorale welcomes new musical director

Mariia Pechenova

Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills is thrilled to announce the selection of its new director, Mariia Pechenova. Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, Pechenova has lived in the United States since 2012. Her short stay here has been punctuated by excellent references and performances. In 2014 she was the assistant professor of music at Folsom Lake College […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Grow for it! Answers to farmers market questions

By Kit Smith UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County By far the majority of questions asked of Master Gardeners at farmers market booths around the county concern our drought and limited irrigation. Here are a few of the suggestions we make: Consider having lawn only where desired, for entertainment or play. Drip irrigation is […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Love conquers in ‘Brigadoon’

Tommy Albright (Robert J. Townsend) and Fiona MacLaren Jennifer Hope Wills (Jennifer Hope Wills) fall in love in 'Brigadoon," produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion. Photo by Charr Crail

The musical theatre classic “Brigadoon,” with music by Frederick Loewe and book/lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, is the fourth show in the 2014 Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, the 64th season for the venerable Sacramento institution. Performances run through Aug. 10. With true love anything is possible, even miracles, in this journey […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »