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Pop Art Gallery and Custom Framing, 254 Main St. in Placerville, is celabrating Art New Year’s Eve. Many people bring in the New Year by going to see their favorite band play.This is one example of a Dec. 31, 2007 concert poster designed for the Warfield in San Francisco. It was given out to patrons for free and is now worth a lot of money. Many concert promoters hire artist to produce event posters. If you see one, make sure to pick it up. Pop Art is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for Third Saturday Art Walk. For more information call 530-622-1235.
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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 6, is featuring its Small Wonders Show, a display of small and miniature art works in painting and other mediums as demonstrated by this 6 inch by 6 inch acrylic painting by Katy Peet. Nearly every artist in the gallery is represented in this Small Wonders Show which celebrates the holiday season. These special small but elegant works may be framed to be hung on a wall or placed on a stand. In addition the work of the 45 local artists include paintings, photography, glass, wood, ceramics, mosaics and original fine jewelry the gallery also has a wonderful selection of unique ornaments, gifts and original greeting cards. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by the gallery for Third Saturday Art Walk on Jan. 19. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
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Sunburst Clay and Glass, 429 Main St. in the Fairchild Building in Placerville, is open Saturdays and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p. m. and for Third Saturday Art Walk, Dec. 15 from 5 to 8 p m. Stop by to view raku pottery, fused glass jewelry, photography and watercolors. For more information call 530-417-0744.
El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, is exhibiting member artists in a “Holiday Arts Market” through Jan. 5. The public is invited to meet the artists at the gallery on Third Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information call 530-295-3496. ArtSpace hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bennett Gallery, 6200 Pleasant Valley Road in El Dorado, has a rich tapestry of “connected” work from local artists, including sculpture by Bob and Tom Bennett of Sculpture, Terrie Bennett, MK Shannon, Keith Shannon and Kim Eckert-Bennett; paintings by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard; art glass by Nicholson Blown Glass; ceramic art by Kurt McCracken; and jewelry by Bob Bennett, Tom Bennett and MK Shannon. Bennett Gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends by appointment. For more information call 530-621-1164 or visit bennettgallery.net.
PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having DJ by Old Griff on Friday, Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. There is no cover. On Saturday, Dec. 29 A-Train is playing at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover. On Monday, Dec. 31 there is a special tribute to Bradley with Sublime LBC and Longbeach Rehab at 9 p.m. to celebrate the New Year. Tickets are $10. Thursday, Dec. 6 is DJ by Old Griff at 9 p.m. There is no cover. For more information call 530-626-0336.
Red Hawk Casino, 1 Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs, blends a full complement of gaming excitement with the natural beauty of Northern California. The new entertainment center features free entertainment every Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Whiskey Dawn (country) Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29; Chaparral (county) Sunday, Dec. 30; Ice House Blues (blues) Monday, Dec. 31; Superlicious (classic rock, top 40) Monday, Dec. 31; Double Funk Crunch (’70s, top 40, pop) Monday, Dec. 31; Motown with Heart — featuring Nathan Owen (top 40, classic rock) Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 1 through 3; Apple Z (top 40, classic rock) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5; and Audioboxx (classic rock, alternative rock) Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4 and 5. For more information on Red Hawk Casino 888-5REDHWK, 888-573-3495 or visit redhawkcasino.com.
Nello Olivo and Chef David Bagley are presenting a Toscanello Wine Dinner at Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion, 643 Bee St. in Placerville, on Friday, Dec. 28. The Toscanello ’07, ’08, ’09, and the newly released ’10 and the rare Sagrantino will be paired with an outstanding menu. Tuscan white bean soup with roasted garlic and porcini will go with the Toscanello ’07. The chopped Italian salad matches perfectly with the Toscanello ’08. Pasta Nello alla Romano will go with the Toscanello ’09. An intermezzo of frozen LimonNello will get the palate ready for the roasted venison loin and Toscanello ’10. A dessert of mixed nut tart dried fruit compote will feature a taste of Sagrantino. To enjoy this sequential pairing of the multi-award winning wine call 530-622-5222 for reservations. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Sequoia Empire Ballroom.
The Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev., features music in the Cabaret Lounge. Upcoming bands: Sundays to Tuesdays: Dec. 28 to 31 After Dark, Jan. 1 NCAA Bowl Games, Jan. 2 Dark for stage maintenance, Jan. 3 to 5 The Motifs. Call 800-321-6983 ext. 624 for more information.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is presenting music by Crystal Images on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 9 p.m.; Naked Parrot on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m.; Chillin’ Out with Larry Park, Eric Hill, Rick Hussong and more on Monday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. plus specials starting at 5 p.m. of seared ahi served with a nice wasabi sauce, rice pilaf and steamed veggies; Mediterranean mussels served over pasta; and the regular menu along with shrimp bisque; and appetizers of smoked salmon dip served with toasted garlic bread; and smoked salmon and cream cheese severed on toasted garlic bread. It is also singer/songwriter open mic on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.; and Patrick Walsh on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.
Gold Vine Grill, 6926 Grizzly Flat Road in Somerset, is having two seatings on New Year’s Eve, at 5 and 8:30 p.m. Each seating will be a five-course wine-paired meal. The first course is pan-seared scallops over green papaya salad with a ginger lime drizzle with Miraflores Pinot Grigio. The second course is grilled Asian pear, arrugula and pancetta salad lightly tossed in a champagne vinaigrette with David Girard Viognier Roussanne. The third course is grilled polenta with wild mushroom ragout with Windwalker Cabernet Franc. The fourth course is Caribbean jerk roasted pork tenderloin served with Quinoa pilaf and seasonal vegetables with Cedarville Syrah or pan seared salmon filet with braised leek and vodka sauce with Madrona Chardonnay. The fifth course is a chocolate moussecake with Don Ferriera Riserva Port. The second seating includes a sparkling wine party after dinner. Reservations are required by calling 530-626-4042.
The New Haven Restautrant, 6396 Pony Express Trail in Pollock Pines, is celebrating New Year’s Eve with a special menu served from 3 to 9 p.m. The dinner will have an appetizer; salad; choice of New York steak, New Haven chicken or wild Alaskan salmon; and dessert plus a bottle of wine. The regular menu will not be available. To make reservations call 530-644-3448.
Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion’s New Year’s Eve Dinner and Ball is Monday, Dec. 31. It’s the biggest and best New Year’s Eve party in the foothills. There are three ways to bring in the New Year: dinner only, ball only, or dinner and ball. Dinner consists of five courses. A festive gourmet meal, prepared and presented in famous Sequoia fashion and brought to you by Chef David Bagely. The ball includes dancing with Placerville’s No. 1 DJ, Chad Stalzer, party favors, champagne toast, balloon drop, and after midnight buffet breakfast. To make a reservation call 530-622-5222.
The Cellar in the Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville, presents Anne Roos on Tuesday nights. Enjoy the seasonal gourmet food and the Celtic harp music by Roos.