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Love, laughter rule in ‘Nice Work’

A rich playboy finds love in an unexpected way in "Nice Work If You Can Get It," coming to Folsom March 6-8. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

FOLSOM — Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger coming to Harris Center for the Arts. The champagne flows and the gin fizzes in the hilarious, Tony-winning musical comedy “Nice Work If You Can […]

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

Spring into action with these Amador County activities

Thousands of blooms perfume the air when spring comes to McLaughlin's Daffodill Hill Ranch in Amador County. The popular venue opened on Monday, due to the early warm weather. Photo courtesy of Amador Chamber of Commerce

There are always things to do in and around our community, but once the weather starts warming our soil … activities seem to take off as fast as a gardener’s weeding schedule. If you’ve never driven through the Shenandoah Valley in Amador County in the spring sunshine, you haven’t experienced God’s Country yet. This place […]

2 Comments / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Kathy Kosins salutes great singers

Kathy Kosins

FOLSOM — Vocalist Kathy Kosins is an ASCAP award winning songwriter and record producer who has won the hearts of critics and fans around the globe with her eclectic musical palette that expands the rich history of jazz. In a multimedia concert salute The Ladies of Cool, Kosins brings to life the extraordinary artistry of the great […]

Comments Off / February 21, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cassandra Wilson celebrates the great Billie Holiday

Cassandra Wilson

FOLSOM — Join Cassandra Wilson as she celebrates Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a preview of her upcoming album, “Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday.” Harris Center for the Arts is one of her stops on a worldwide promotion tour of this homage dedicated to the beauty, power and genius of Billie Holiday. […]

Comments Off / February 21, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

The Reluctant Dragon breathes fire at Sutter Street

FOLSOM — The Reluctant Dragon is a peaceful fellow who likes tea, poetry and an afternoon snooze. Mischievous children stir the villagers to call in the famous dragon slayer, Saint George. A young lad befriends both of the “adversaries” and arranges a meeting between them. The comic battle that ensues provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending. […]

Comments Off / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cal Stage welcomes new artistic director

Frank Condon, former artistic director of River Stage, will join California Stage Theater Company as an associate director for its 2015 season. California Stage begins its work with Condon by mounting two staged readings of his newest play “Axis Sally and Her Boys.” The play tells the harrowing story of Mildred Gillars, known to American troops during […]

Comments Off / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Marcelle Lender," 1895, color lithograph. Private collection, Amsterdam

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »