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Film festival highlights Jewish heritage, contributions to arts

The entertainment world has always drawn much depth, richness, character, wit and talent from the Jewish community. Since the dawn of the silver screen Jewish entertainers have enriched the lives of film aficionados. The list includes such luminaries as the Marx Brothers, Al Jolson, Mae West, George Burns, Danny Kaye, Red Buttons, Mel Blanc, Lauren […]

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

Symphony to make Three Stages debut

In an economy that is decimating organizations such as the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Ballet Company, the Folsom Symphony is experiencing a red-hot season of success with well-planned concerts and sold-out venues. A fair warning: Tickets for the symphony’s inaugural “Sugar and Spice” concert on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) at Folsom Lake College’s large […]

No Comment / January 03, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 »