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Dry Diggings Festival to feature reggae music, beer, camping

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The organizers for the Cali Roots Festival are presenting a new two-day Northern California-based event for 2015, the Dry Diggings Festival on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. The festival name goes back to Placerville’s former name Dry Diggings. The event billed as a music, camping […]

Comments Off / September 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Art ‘thief’ on the loose during Artists Showcase 2015 Tour


Don’t be alarmed, but you already may have been stolen by Rod Williams. The artist makes no apologies for his actions and in fact his fans think you should thank him for his thievery, since it no doubt resulted in an astonishing painting. “I do steal people,” smiled Williams, gazing with his visitors at a […]

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Peace and serenity the aim of Pollock Pines artist

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Phil Lachapelle’s high school teachers probably thought he was taking down every word of their fascinating lectures back where he grew up in Rhode Island, but the Pollock Pines artist today confesses why his pencil was flying over the pages on his desk. “I was drawing cars,” said Lachapelle, one of a dozen local artists […]

Comments Off / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Artist ‘learned from the best teacher’

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Watercolor artist and president of the El Dorado Hills Arts Association Bonnie Williams is largely self-taught, attending a few workshops over the years that constitute her only instruction. Unless, of course, one counts Mother Nature. “Nature is the best teacher of all,” said Williams, standing in her small studio inside the home she and husband […]

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‘Pigskin Peanuts’ brings a fall classic to Sacramento


This fall marks a milestone anniversary for the comic strip “Peanuts.” It was created 65 years ago on Oct. 2, 1950 by artist Charles Schultz. Like most Americans I can’t remember a time without it. This strip blazed a pioneering trail that went on to influence future cartoonists. The simplicity of the drawings, the thoughtful […]

Comments Off / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Head for the heavenly haven — it’s Apple Hill time

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As last year’s King Fire tightened its grip on El Dorado County, the members of the Apple Hill Growers Association suffered under its stranglehold. Not this time, vows Bodhaine Ranch owner Mei Lin Martini. “Labor Day weekend is going to be good,” she said, drawing a nod from husband Paul Martini. “Last year during September […]

Comments Off / September 06, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Work your funny bone into a farce in ‘See How They Run’

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She wasn’t sure how to take it when she was told she makes a great spinster, but after a moment of thought Imagination Theater’s Jan Le Pouvoir decided she liked it. “I guess I will choose to take that as a compliment,” said Le Pouvoir, who portrays Miss Skillon in IT’s hilarious British farce, “See […]

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