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Kit Carson Mountain Men step back into California’s past 

This pioneer family from the 1800s faced many challenges as they headed west in hope of a better life. The Kit Carson Mountain Men will host a living history wagon train re-enactment for four days in Amador County, April 28 through May 1. Courtesy photo
 

California is rich with history, and the pioneer days of the mid-1800s are no exception. As the springtime weather continues to improve, the Kit Carson Mountain Men will host their living history Days of ’49 Wagon Train re-enactment in Amador County, just to the south of El Dorado Hills. For four days, April 28 to […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

St. Stephen’s music director is one to watch

Mariia Pechenova and the Cantare Chorale have been invited to Carnegie Hall for a special performance Nov. 27. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Singer, musician, college professor, conductor. It’s hard to know if, or when, St. Stephen’s music director Mariia Pechenova sleeps. The 28-year-old who hails from St. Petersburg, Russia is fueled by a love for music so strong that in her short time in the United States her talent and influence can be seen rippling across the […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Mystery on Sutter Street

Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Join Sherlock Holmes as he battles the nefarious Dr. Moriarty in Sutter Street Theatre’s latest production directed and staged by the award winning Mike Jimena and written by B Street Theatre’s Jerry Montoya. “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ” appeals to all ages as Holmes investigates and unravels yet another mystery in this reprise of Sutter Street’s popular 2012 production. […]

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

Pushing the envelope: Auto design drives the future

The Lincoln Navigator concept SUV features dramatic gull-wing doors, a staircase and a large closet in the back. Photo by Susan Laird
 

The famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright said, “Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use.” This is especially true when it comes to the vehicles Americans drive. Auto design is iconic in our history. Think of it: the early horseless carriages in the rolling […]

Comments Off / April 10, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Four generations of Weston turn Viewpoint to black and white

"Cat in Hat" by Kim Weston will join other works by the Weston family for an exhibit at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center through June 4. Courtesy photo

In its main gallery during the months of April and May, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the art of the Westons in an exhibition titled Four Generations of Weston: Black and White — Edward, Brett, Kim, Zach. Edward Weston is probably best known, and considered by many influential artists of his day, as a pioneer of 20th century art. […]

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Grow for it! Gardening with a Mediterranean thumb

By Alice Cantelow UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County You’ve probably heard the term “Mediterranean climate” bandied about. Yes, that is the official name for the pattern of cool, wet (usually) winters and hot, dry summers found in our area below about 3,000 feet. But did you know just how rare our climate is? […]

Comments Off / March 31, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Bouquets to Art blooms at de Young

A floral display by Plumweed Floral and Event Design, crafted for the 2015 exhibit, is displayed next to “Lady in Black with Spanish Scarf” by Robert Henri, 1910.  Photo by Greg A. Lato

More than 125 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought after floral designers return to the de Young for Bouquets to Art 2016, the annual week-long exhibition in which local designers create spectacular works of floral art in response to pieces in the museum’s permanent collection and the architecture of the building. This year’s […]

Comments Off / March 30, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »