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Poets to speak out

El Dorado Arts Council invites the public to its seventh Poetry Out Loud county finals. On Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, eight El Dorado County high school Poetry Out Loud winners will step into the Imagination Theater spotlight and vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud County Champion. The El Dorado Arts Council hopes everyone […]

Amador fair to salute local heroes

In the aftermath of the Butte Fire that devastated many communities of Amador and Calaveras counties in 2015, many of the heroes that stepped forward were friends and neighbors. They rescued and housed animals, drove stock trucks into burning areas to retrieve horses and cattle, they fed the multitudes of firefighters, first responders and volunteers, […]

Sac State exhibit traces global reach of hip-hop

Since its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop has not only influenced music, poetry and dance, it’s had an impact on art as well. “Pump Up the Volume!,” a free exhibit running through Feb. 26 in California State University, Sacramento’s Robert Else Gallery, features the art of Jane Dickson and Joe Lewis, who […]

Holiday trains still running

The hottest tickets in town – The Polar Express — on the historical Virginia & Truckee Railroad has sold out for the fifth consecutive year, with more than 15,000 passengers securing rides to the North Pole. A wait list sign-up is available online at vtrailway.com/wait_list.php that could offer a last chance to ride The Polar […]

Tommy Castro releases CD

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, celebrating the release of their new album “Method to my Madness,” will perform at Harlow’s. 2708 J St. in Sacramento, on Friday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro — a six-time Blues Music Award winner — has played thousands of shows to hundreds […]

Artist holds holiday open studio show

Charles Muench will be opening his studio, 1876 Arabian Lane in Gardnerville, Nev., to the public for his Holiday Studio Show on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. New paintings, prints and even postcards of his Nevada paintings will be on display. Muench is a nationally recognized, award-winning artist. He […]

Celebrate a Vintage Country Christmas

On Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. downtown Amador City in Amador County is celebrating Christmas. The town decorates for the season with fresh hand-made pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century old buildings. Christmas music will be performed to brighten spirits on old Highway 49 and bring a festive air. On […]

Nativity scene comes to life

More than 100 volunteer cast members will come together in the true spirit of Christmas for multiple performances of the biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. This family-friendly, outdoor live nativity presentation “O Come Let us Adore Him” will run Thursday, Dec. 10 through Sunday, Dec. 13 with performances starting each night at […]

Placerville artists announce winners

The Placerville Arts Association’s Fall Member Show is a spectacular collection of art hanging at the El Dorado County Government Center, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville, through Friday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can enjoy works in watercolor, oil, pastel, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, photography, digital art and mixed media in categories of seascape, landscape, […]

Global Winter Wonderland celebrates the season

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season at Cal Expo on Saturday, Nov. 14 to Jan. 3, 2016 by visiting the spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration Global Winter Wonderland. This year’s event marks all new illuminated landscapes celebrating the Magic of the Seasons. The Global Winter Wonderland experience includes multi-cultural entertainment, including the Circus […]

‘Compleat Female Stage Beauty’ explores roles

He is the most beautiful woman ever to take the stage. And then she comes along. In 1661 London, women are prohibited from performing in the theater and actor Edward Kynaston has a fabulous life playing female roles. But when the king makes it legal for women to appear on stage, things drastically change for […]

Elf comes early to Sacramento

NETworks Presentations announces the casting for the Broadway Sacramento engagement of “Elf the Musical.” The show will play through Nov. 15 at the Community Center Theater. Based on the  2003 New Line Cinema hit, “Elf” features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”), with a book by Tony Award […]

Starr brought star power to Bay Area show

Ringo Starr was correct in introducing the song “Yellow Submarine” when he told the crowd if they don’t know this song, they weren’t at the right concert. To catch Starr and his impressive All-Star band featuring Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie and Todd Rundgren, San Francisco’s The Masonic was the […]

Ride ‘The Polar Express’

For the second year in a row California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown in Toulumne County are proud to present “The Polar Express” train ride on Fridays through Sundays from Dec. 4 through Dec. 20. Three festive train rides will be available each […]

Bollywood Masala brings the spirit of India to Harris Center

With a musical recipe of dynamic rhythm, dance and spirituality, Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India create a veritable feast of Indian sounds, featuring a fusion of Indian and Western instruments and bold interpretations of traditional Indian dance at the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. This innovative group of […]

Folsom Symphony presents exciting concert for families

The Folsom Symphony has added a specially priced concert this season that’s fun and affordable for families with children. “The Family Concert: Connections Symphony” is Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. It is the perfect introduction to classical music and the experience of an elegant concert hall. The program includes an hour of music in […]

Dug Waggoner to demonstrate for Sierra Pastel Society

The Sierra Pastel Society will present a pastel demonstration by native California artist Dug Waggoner at its general meeting on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. The demonstration will take place at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 772 Lassen Drive in El Dorado Hills. After a short pastel society business meeting, Waggoner will conduct […]

Billy Joel makes it back to San Francisco to play what he wants

SAN FRANCISCO — Billy Joel’s reached a point in his career where he can play when he wants, where he wants and what he wants. In that order, last Saturday, Joel and band performed at San Francisco’s AT & T Park in San Francisco and the set list was as expected — classic favorites. The […]

Sutter’s Fort to present ‘Fun on the Frontier’

Soon after the fort re-opened to the public on Aug. 13 California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: Fun on the Frontier” event on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. While daily life of pioneer families was filled with hard […]

Stained glass — stylish and skillful

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery is pleased to feature Terry Green, stained glass artist, for the month of August. As one of AODC’s newest artists, Green creates beautiful stained glass pieces, full of amazing color, that can hang in a window, decorate a garden or function as a glowing lampshade. Green retired to the […]

Moonalice brings San Francisco ’60s sound to Truckee

The band Moonalice, a psychedelic, roots-rock ensemble of seasoned musicians, is playing at the Salty Gebhardt Amphitheater at the Truckee River Regional Park, 10050 Brockway Road in Truckee, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Hailing from the Bay Area, Moonalice mixes a variety of genres and its shows feature extended musical improvisations. Moonalice was […]

Free painting demo by renowned artist

There will be a special free painting demonstration by internationally renowned master artist, Johannes Vloothuis on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Placerville Shakespeare Club, Bedford in Placerville. The presentation by Vloothuis will coincide with the judging of the Mother Lode Art Show. The public is welcome. Vloothuis is considered a master painter […]

Boys of Summer to play EDH

Coming off a highly successful 2014 that saw the band tour throughout the country and perform at numerous major venues, top Southern California-based Eagles tribute The Boys Of Summer, will play in the Steven Young Amphitheater, 4363 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, on Thursday, June 25. The appearance is part of the band’s Summer […]

Things to get ‘Hot-Blooded with Foreigner at MontBleu

Famous for rock ’n’ roll guitar riffs and anthems, hit movies songs, video games and no stranger to sold-out venues, iconic ’70s and ’80s power rockers, Foreigner will bring unforgettable “Hot-Blooded” rock anthem hits to the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Theater stage in a one-night-only concert on Saturday, June 6. Responsible for some of rock […]

Bold choreography defines Gallim Dance

Gallim Dance performing original work by artistic director and founder Andrea Miller throughout the world, comes to the Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on Thursday, June 4. Gallim quickly captured the attention of fellow artists, presenters and audiences with its award-winning work, ensemble of dancers and a fearless physicality grounded by deep […]

McAvoy Lane spins ‘Tales of Tahoe’

Famed Mark Twain impressionist McAvoy Layne will bring the “Tahoe Tales” of the legendary writer and humorist to Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel for a one-night only performance, Saturday, May 23. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the trouble starting at 7 p.m. Seating for this exclusive presentation is limited to 50. Call 530-543-2113 or visit […]

Foothill Foodie: Celebrate spring

A berry good fish taco It’s a fun time of year to be a foodie. Spring means restaurants are starting to change up their menus to fit the season. Entrées of the equinox celebrate this moment’s fresh and bright flavors. The citrus spark of chopped cilantro; the peppery perk of garden-fresh arugula; a crunchy, spicy radish; […]

Operation Care celebrates spring

Operation Care presents Celebrate Spring on Saturday, May 30 at Sierra Ridge Winery. Festivities include food, raffle and live music by The Box Music Family. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food and music last until 10 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person, which includes $10 in free raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit Operation Care’s new Fresh […]

Vertical dancers turn dance floor on its side

This year’s California State University, Sacramento’s Festival of the Arts runs to April 12 and features a dance performance along the outside walls of the University Library by Bandaloop, a company that is reimagining dance and changing perspectives. A pioneer in vertical performance, Bandaloop seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing […]

Molly Brown rises above

The 24th Street Theatre at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. in Sacramento brings “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” to its stage through April 5 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Miners, brawls, pretty girls, love, romance, maritime disasters and Meredith Willson’s music and lyrics — “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” […]

The music lives on at Harris Center

This year marked the 56th anniversary of “the day the music died,” as Don McLean called the death of Buddy Holly in the song “American Pie.” To commemorate the occasion, the worldwide smash-hit musical “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story” will be rocking the Harris Center for the Arts, proving that the music, like Buddy’s […]

Justin Willman to appear at Vinyl

Comedian and magician Justin Willman has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “@Midnight” on Comedy Central. On Saturday, Feb. 28, Willman brings his alternative comedy show to Vinyl at the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe for one night. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 […]

Foothill Foodie No. 2: Yummy delights

Old Town Grill burger specials From the lightly toasted bun to the grass-fed beef and everything in between, Old Town Grill makes a perfect burger. Whether you go for the classic burger or one of the specials, you are in for a treat. What else would one expect from grill master John Sanders? Sanders has been greeting customers by first […]

Railtown 1897 offers special

Before the historic locomotives start rolling along for a new season of train rides this spring, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are offering a behind-the-scenes “Roundhouse Day” on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Park visitors will have the opportunity to watch important wintertime maintenance, cleaning and preparatory work […]

Appetite meets altitude during Tahoe Restaurant Week

Gourmet burgers, handmade pastas, mouth-watering steaks, fresh seafood, inventive small plates and decadent desserts are on the menu Jan. 9-16 at Tahoe South as the area’s restaurants roll out an extraordinary culinary experience for California Restaurant Month. Tahoe South Restaurant Week connects foodies with the area’s most notable locally-owned eateries, each recognized for their classic […]

Community invited to Governor’s Mansion

The California State Historic Governor’s Mansion Foundation, in partnership with California State Parks, encourages the community to visit the historic Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (SHP) in December before it temporarily closes to the public on Jan. 1, 2015, for extensive renovations and rehabilitation efforts. Throughout the month of December, the Governor’s Mansion SHP is […]

Enjoy a simple Christmas

To help get fort visitors in a festive holiday spirit, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: A Simple Emigrant Christmas” event on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In John Sutter’s day, people from around the world passed through the gates of Sutter’s Fort, each […]

See non-stop action in Tahoe

Madcap on-screen adventure films and non-stop, on-stage party action arrive at MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa with the 13th annual Tahoe Adventure Film Festival, Saturday, Dec. 13. Designed to capture the intensity and passion of free-spirited outdoor adventure, the cult event provides mountaintop cliffhangers and enough high-energy entertainment between showings to ignite fervor for the […]

Find seasonal treasurers at gallery

Come celebrate the official start of the “Christmas Season” with the artists at Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 6. The gallery will have extended hours on this day and from 4-6 p.m. will offer a special evening of shopping with Christmas carols played by local musician Mary Beth Dowd, hot drinks, […]

Dedication for Pearl Place Art Wall

Plan to celebrate Halloween a little early at the Halloween Costume Parade and Barbecue party in Diamond Springs on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. The festivities are to dedicate The Pearl Place Art Wall. The costume parade will begin at the Diamond Terraces Apartments at 6035 Service Drive at 1:30 pm and proceed up to the mural […]

Harvest Festival is fun for all

What: Gold Oak Harvest Festival Who: Gold Oak School parents Where: Gold Oak School, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4-7 p.m. Cost: No admission, charge for some items Information: 530-626-3160   Every year hundreds of kids, moms, dads, grandparents and neighbors come to the Gold Oak Harvest Festival. This fabulous event will be […]

Androcles and the Lion comes to Harris Center

Chortle at this refreshing treatment of the popular Aesop’s fable, “Androcles and the Lion,” written in the style of Italian Commedia dell’Arte by the award-winning playwright and author Aurand Harris at the Harris Center in Folsom on Saturday, Oct. 25. The nationally-recognized California Theatre Center returns to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, for […]

Healthy Living Series gets started

Don’t wait until after the holidays to get healthy — start now at the Healthy Living Series at the Cozmic Café featuring Deana Christofferson, local health and wellness educator. Christofferson has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1983 as a certified aerobics instructor and later became a fitness counselor and personal trainer. She […]

Madera hosts annual Pomegranate Festival

In Madera, the heart of Pomegranate Country, preparations are underway for the fourth annual Madera Pomegranate Festival, on Saturday, Nov. 1  at Madera Municipal Airport. The event is organized by the Madera Tourism Alliance, a committee of the Madera Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the Madera Chamber, I would like to invite everyone to come […]

Learn the art of basket making

Art on the Divide Cooperative Gallery welcomes Nettie Fox for a special one-day workshop on making pine needle baskets on Saturday, Sept. 13. Enjoy the lovely outdoor gallery rose garden while learning the techniques of coiling and using pine needles to create a basket. Students will have the opportunity to be a part of the […]

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