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The arts: Susan Laird’s year in review

JAY LENO TESTIFIES, courtroom sketch by Vicki Behringer, featured at The Gallery at 48 Natoma March through April.

Looking back at the last 52 weeks in the world of arts and entertainment, several venues really stood out to me in 2010. The de Young Museum When I meet readers of Village Life and Cameron Park Life out in the community they will often praise my column. With a bit of amusement, I will […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘An Illustrated Christmas’ celebrates St. Nick in print

MERRY OLD SANTA CLAUS is Thomas Nast’s most famous cartoon. Created for Harper’s Weekly in 1881, it helped to change the image of Saint Nicholas from that of a thin, serious bishop to one of a rotund, jolly old elf.

For many Christmas is over on Dec. 26. Time to take down the tree, take back the gifts one didn’t want, move on to the next holiday. How sad. How cold. How unseasonal, because the true Christmas season actually doesn’t start until Dec. 25. What we had from Nov. 28 on has traditionally always been known as “Advent” […]

No Comment / December 20, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 »