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St. Stephen’s music director is one to watch

Mariia Pechenova and the Cantare Chorale have been invited to Carnegie Hall for a special performance Nov. 27. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Singer, musician, college professor, conductor. It’s hard to know if, or when, St. Stephen’s music director Mariia Pechenova sleeps. The 28-year-old who hails from St. Petersburg, Russia is fueled by a love for music so strong that in her short time in the United States her talent and influence can be seen rippling across the […]

Comments Off / April 17, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Peace and serenity the aim of Pollock Pines artist

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Phil Lachapelle’s high school teachers probably thought he was taking down every word of their fascinating lectures back where he grew up in Rhode Island, but the Pollock Pines artist today confesses why his pencil was flying over the pages on his desk. “I was drawing cars,” said Lachapelle, one of a dozen local artists […]

Comments Off / September 10, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Can you define a crush?

If you check in a dictionary, a crush is defined as an intense and usually passing infatuation. This definition started me thinking about the crushes I have had on girls and women. When I think about a crush, the definition expands. The crush may be emerging from her smile, her face or figure, her intelligence, her […]

No Comment / May 01, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Walk on the ‘wild’ side with the crypt keepers in Sacramento

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America is a nation rich in history. To get a feel for that history it is often necessary to travel east. But not always. Today’s activities column takes a look westward. To, of all places, the Historic City Cemetery in Sacramento. There is some amazing stuff buried there amidst the lilies and the wild flowers. […]

Comments Off / September 20, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Winkler sentenced 26-years-to-life

A man found guilty of murdering his wife was sentenced to 26-years-to-life in state prison on Monday. “I’m ready for a big dose of karma,” Katelynn White, a member of the audience, said as Todd Winkler, now dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit instead of a suit, was led into the courtroom. “That outfit fits […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

Cap Stage presents ‘Anna Karenina’

Actress Lenne Klingaman plays the titular role in Capital Stage's production of "Anna Karenina." Courtesy photo

Capital Stage continues its 10th anniversary season, Moving Between Worlds, with the Sacramento premiere of Helen Edmundson’s award-winning adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina.” William Faulkner called Tolstoy’s enduring work “the best novel ever written” and the Times called Edmundon’s play “an exemplary adaptation.” Capital Stage’s production will be directed by founding Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte and will feature Lenne […]

Comments Off / October 09, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom Symphony opening season with Majesty

An evening of truly illustrious music opens the 2014-15 season of the Folsom Symphony with the performance of the Majesty concert at the Harris Center on Oct. 25. Maestro Peter Jaffe will conduct three stately works by Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven and Ottorino Respighi. Pianist Frank Wiens is the evening’s featured soloist. The Barber of […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »



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