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Arts organizations on life support

Economists tell us that the economy is in recovery mode — albeit a slow one. That’s good news for the arts community, which is certainly feeling a chill. One sneeze, and a sound organization could develop a serious case of pneumonia. Even when an economy is in recovery mode, it’s possible for an arts organization […]

No Comment / December 14, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Look for gifts made in the USA this Christmas

As I was doing a recent writing assignment for the Mountain Democrat, I overheard a conversation that I found quite interesting at a local merchant’s register: “Ma’am, do you have any items that say they are ‘Made in America?’” a gentleman asked. “Why are you looking for something like that?” the clerk asked. “Well, I’m […]

No Comment / December 06, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Lake Symphony, handbell choir ring in season

MESTRO MICHAEL NEUMANN and The Folsom Lake Symphony will have something special in store for everyone when it presents “Season of Cheer” on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. in Folsom. Courtesy photo

Whether your family celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas or simply enjoys the sounds of the season, the Folsom Lake Symphony will have something special in store when it presents “Season of Cheer” on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. You might wonder, “who is the Folsom Lake Symphony?” Many already know this phenomenal local performing ensemble, previously known […]

No Comment / November 29, 2010 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sac holiday home tour full of decorating tips

SPARK THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON and enjoy walking through homes in the "Fabulous Forties" in East Sacramento at the 37th annual Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour. Photo courtesy of The Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour

When taking a day trip to Sacramento it’s always fun to drive through the “Fabulous Forties.” The upscale neighborhood of custom homes built in East Sacramento during the post World War II years is considered a jewel among architects, and the gardens that grow beneath the spreading ancient sycamore and elm trees are the stuff […]

No Comment / November 22, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Come in from the cold in Folsom this season

WINTER LANDSCAPE by artist Mary Russell. The Gallery at 48 Natoma's latest exhibit, "In from the Cold," features Russell's plein aire landscapes and sculptures by artist Andy Byrne.

Leave it to neighboring Folsom to continue to come up with interesting things to do and see. The place is simply wild with activity. ‘In from the Cold’ This month’s offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma is “In from the Cold,” a showcase of pastels by artist Mary H. Russell and steel works by […]

No Comment / November 15, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Thanksgiving 10k, 5k events make a real difference

There must be something wrong with the space-time continuum, because it seems to me that I just wrote a column about Thanksgiving events. But it’s been a year. Time to take measure of all the things we are thankful for, and to help those who could use a little help this time of year. In […]

No Comment / November 08, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sac Opera kicks off a season of crazy love with ‘Orlando’

Sacramento Opera’s 30th season gets underway this month with themes of love and madness in George Frideric Handel’s “Orlando” on Nov. 19 and 21. The opera’s theme is perfect in keeping with Sac Opera’s 2010–11 theme of “Love Makes You Crazy.” The title character, Orlando, is a great soldier in the Emperor Charlemagne’s army. Orlando (“Roland”) […]

No Comment / November 01, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »