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This elf gets grumpy

Aaron Wilton performs as Crumpet the Elf in Capital Stage's "The Santaland Diaries," now playing at the Sacramento theater
Photo by Charr Crail

Capital Stage presents a limited run of David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries,” adapted by Joe Mantello. In time for the holidays, Capital Stage continues its ninth season with a production perfect for the humbug in all of us. For mature elves only, this play expresses the many frustrations associated with the season’s festivities with the […]

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Grow for it! Identifying conifers in your neighborhood

The most common pine trees in El Dorado Hills are the Pine, Fir, Spruce and Douglas Fir. And the most familiar species are the Ponderosa, Scotch and Digger pine and White Fir and Douglas Fir. Pinacaea, pine trees, are one family in the Coniferophyta Order. Conifers bear seeds on cones or cone-like structures and their […]

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Holiday favorite dances onto Harris Center stage

The Moscow Classical Ballet, brought to the Harris Center by Robert Friedman presents, will perform “The Nutcracker,” a holiday favorite, in early December.  Courtesy photo

Tchaikovsky’s timeless tale of family and the magic of Christmas will bring people together at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, Dec. 9 -12, to enjoy the merriment of the holidays, especially in this staging by the esteemed Moscow Classical Ballet. In talking about the Moscow Classical Ballet, Robert Friedman, president of Robert Friedman […]

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Sac museums get into the holiday spirit

Check out unique and beautiful gingerbread houses at the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, Dec. 5-21. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long.  In December, many of the 30 members of Sacramento […]

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Great Irish celebration returns

Don't miss An Irish Christmas, a performance filled with dazzling songs and dances from the Emerald Isle, coming to Harris Center for the Arts Nov. 28-30. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — It just wouldn’t seem like the holidays at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom without the wildly successful An Irish Christmas making another welcome return. This popular show is a great Irish celebration, bringing joy, hope, laughter, friendship, celebration of life through storytelling, music, song, and dance in a night that sparkles […]

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‘Oliver!’ transcends time

Oliver (Jayce Kaldunski) is an orphan trying to survive in London but he doesn't let his undertaker boss Noah Claypole (Casey Ellis) bully him about his dead mother. He goes on the attack as Charlotte (Mikayla Waldron) tries to break the two apart. The show opens Nov. 28 at Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The works of Charles Dickens are often associated with the Christmas holidays, but that’s not why Imagination Theater veteran Director Lanny Langston chose “Oliver!” for its winter performance. “I directed this show 16 years ago for Theatre El Dorado and I’ve wanted to do it again ever since,” said Langston, who then turned to call […]

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Old Sac’s holiday traditions continue

Santa Claus and other holiday characters will appear at upcoming Festival of Lights shows in Old Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Charr Crail.

OLD SACRAMENTO — Known as a magical, electrifying and family friendly holiday tradition in Old Sacramento, the ever-popular and free Theatre of Lights performances return on Wednesday evening, Nov. 26, following an official tree lighting ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public. Theatre of Lights artfully mixes the historic charm of Old Sacramento […]

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