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One Way Productions presents a tale about integrity, honor and sword-fighting

King Arthur (John Beach) strongly reacts upon hearing the news that Guinevere (Krista Mackin) has banished his best friend, Sir Gawaine (Dyson Hanson), not pictured, in  "Quest For Honor." Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Knights in shining armor duel, pledge their loyalty and fight for honor and goodness in an inspiring and musical rendition of Howard Pyle’s classic King Arthur story — “A Quest for Honor.” Director Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson with One Way Productions brings the Knights of the Round Table with all their gallantry and virtue to Three Stages […]

No Comment / May 29, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Showcasing the ‘quilts of our lives’ at the Folsom History Museum

The American experience includes many stories, many artifacts. One item that consistently appears in every generation is the quilt. This item of practicality, comfort and artistic talent appears in the items handed down by every generation of Americans for the last 400 years. Even two of my (multiple) great-grandfathers arrived in the New World with […]

No Comment / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

FLC Youth Chamber Orchestra announces inaugural season

Local youth musicians encouraged to apply now Folsom Lake College and Three Stages announce the exciting first season of the Folsom Lake College Youth Chamber Orchestra, inviting local youth musicians to apply now. The mission of the orchestra is to inspire music appreciation and excellence among children ages 12-18, and increase community awareness of and […]

No Comment / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Rare Nepalese art at Crocker

Unknown artist, “Candra mandala,” Nepal, 1599. Colors on cloth, 38 ¾ x 27 ¾ in. Catherine and Ralph Benkaim Collection

“Celestial Realms: The Art of Nepal” opens Oct. 20 SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum will present a rare Nepalese exhibition that explores the art of the Newar people who have lived in the Kathmandu Valley for millennia. “Celestial Realms: The Art of Nepal,” on view Oct. 20 through Feb. 10, 2013, will highlight the […]

No Comment / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Inside the artists’ studio

Jewelry artist Annette Schachner holds some of the beautiful silver necklaces she had made that are on display (and for sale)  at the Gold Country Artists Gallery in Placerville. See more of her work during the 2012 Spring Art Studio Tour.  Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Annette Schachner never forgets a face … at least not the ones she creates The 61-year-old El Dorado Hills jewelry artist incorporates faces into her beautiful silver jewelry — faces with calm looks and closed eyes, smiling faces surrounded by the sun, even dragon faces with fiery, red eyes — small, simple and detailed. Guests […]

No Comment / May 23, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Bluesman is voice of Louisiana wetlands

Save the wetlands —€” Cajun Bluesman Tab Benoit formed Save the Wetlands a full year before Hurricane Katrina, and continues to be Louisiana's leading spokesman for the shrinking wetlands, where he was born and raised. Photo courtesy of Philip Gould

Tab Benoit brings his swampy blues to Three Stages Theater in Folsom on May 25. The Cajun bluesman was literally born on the bayou, or pretty close at least, in Houma, La., an hour’s drive southwest of New Orleans on I-90. He’s become Louisiana’s de-facto spokesman for the preservation of its wetlands. “This is my […]

No Comment / May 18, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cajun blues rocker coming to Three Stages

Cajun Blues belter€” Tab Benoit dominated the recent Blues Music Awards in Memphis with his Cajun-infused brand of guitar-fueled blues, rock and soul. He appears at Three Stages in Folsom on Friday, May 25. Photo courtesy of Jerry Moran, NativeOrleanian.com

Step aside Tabasco, Cajun bluesman Tab Benoit is rapidly becoming Louisiana’s hottest export. In a rare west-coast appearance, Benoit brings his brand of swampy blues to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College in Folsom on May 25. Opening the show is local feel-good world music crew Mumbo Gumbo, who sound as fresh today as they […]

No Comment / May 16, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »