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‘Less is more’ at Kondos exhibit

NEGRO BAR, oil by Gregory Kondos, depicts one of the region’s early gold mining sites. Photo courtesy of the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Sometimes, less is more. That is certainly true with the art of master artist Gregory Kondos, whose landscape paintings will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom March 18 through May 11. There is a “quietude” and contemplative quality to his work. “The Landscape by Gregory Kondos” will feature original oils, […]

No Comment / March 14, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

High school plays first-rate

After recently attending a professional musical production in Sacramento, the point came home to me that our local high school theater programs are really very good. Maybe even better than some professional productions. And what a bargain. Compared to a professional “cheap seat” price of $35, once can attend a high school theater play or […]

No Comment / March 04, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony celebrates brave Russian composers

The Folsom Symphony will perform its fourth concert of the season — its second at the new Three Stages facility — on March 26. Focusing on two very popular works by two Russian composers, “Russian Power/Russian Passion” promises to be colorful, lyrical and exciting. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975) composed his “Symphony No. 5, Opus […]

No Comment / February 24, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Inferno of Innocents’ showcases truth in art

EPIPHANY I (ADORATION OF THE MAGI 2), 2010, by Gottfried Helnwein. Mixed media (oil and acrylic) on canvas

Truth is like a lion in a cage. There’s no need to defend it — just open the door. The artistic pursuit of truth is the driving passion of internationally renowned artist Gottfried Helnwein. His work is disturbing and controversial, because he places the lion outside of its cage, right in front of the viewer. […]

No Comment / February 21, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Ditch the 3-D glasses: Catch this play instead

Before the invention of 3-D movies, there was true entertainment in three dimensions: Live theater, where the actors and the audience have the opportunity to interact during the show. Moments can be extended for laughter … or tears. Live theater is the perfect medium for Dave William’s play, “There Should Be Roses,” now making its […]

No Comment / February 14, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Sutter Street’s tunnels explored at FHM

THE UNSEEN FOLSOM — This tunnel beneath Folsom’s famous Sutter Street is the source of many tales of yore, including stories of smuggled alcohol during the Prohibition Era of the early 20th century. Video footage of the tunnel will be on display at the Folsom History Museum’s “Secrets of Sutter Street,” Feb. 19 to March 20. Courtesy photo

California’s gold country has an attraction that is all its own. Part fact, part fiction, part “je ne sais quoi,” Folsom’s Historic District has a history that dates back to the Gold Rush era and even further back into antiquity considering the Maidu people who lived there thousands of years ago. As a writer and […]

No Comment / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Quilt and Fiber Guild show next weekend in Folsom

MORE THAN 200 quilted items, including wearable art, will be on show at the 26th annual Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild Show. It is one of the major quilt shows in this region of the western states. Courtesy photo

The Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild will celebrate its 26th annual show next weekend, Feb. 11–13, at the Folsom Community Center. This year’ theme is “Back Home Again.” More than 200 quilted items — including wearable art — will be exhibited. The volume and quality of the works displayed in this show each year is […]

No Comment / February 01, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »