Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Learn about Midtown Sacramento

November’s Sacramento County Historical Society meeting will feature a talk by SCHS vice-president William Burg about his new book, “Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City.” The book documents Midtown Sacramento’s emergence as a symbol of Sacramento’s creative and artistic communities, connected to the region by its central location and unique amenities. While the book […]

Visit the underground in Sacramento

It’s the best time of year to experience what Old Sacramento Underground Tours have to offer. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret. Underground tour visitors have the unique opportunity to uncover the facts behind the legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. […]

Falcon’s Eye Theatre presents ‘ANON(YMOUS)’

The Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College opens its eighth season with Naomi Iizuka’s “ANON(YMOUS).” This gorgeous, brilliant and totally modern adaptation of the adventure tale “The Odyssey” by Homer will dazzle with spectacle while exploring the uniquely American journey to find one’s true home. Homer’s classic adventure is brought vividly into the present […]

Sacramento museums to honor vets

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures all year long. During November, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of […]

Josh Porter wraps up ‘August Falls’

Taking a much needed break from his latest film, “August Falls,” scheduled for release in the spring of 2015, one of Placerville’s favorite sons of the theater, Joshua Porter, dropped into town recently for a family visit. Porter, who produced the murder-mystery drama, also is busy getting ready to direct two new professional feature films, […]

Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Miss Tess and the Talkbacks — old school country with a little jazz on Sunday, Aug. 3  at 6 p.m. Brooklyn-based singer Miss Tess and her band make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintain […]

Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

Country singer Chris Young appears in concert on Saturday, Aug. 2 at TJ’s Corral, the Carson Valley Inn’s new outdoor concert and event center. The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 and $59 and are available at Young has accomplished more by age 28 than […]

The music continues at Bear Valley Music Festival

Music director Michael Morgan and newly appointed executive director Tara Kayton have planned an exciting festival with varied concerts and events to present in the village of Bear Valley for the 46th annual Bear Valley Music Festival continuing to Aug. 10. The vitality of the festival will be seen in the robust classical music series and […]

Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes performs new dances

Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (CMBA) performs its new production, “Costumbres Latinoamericanas,” an exhilarating panorama of Latin America through its dances and rituals, at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom on Sunday, June 22. Compañia Mazatlán Bellas Artes is one of California’s most esteemed Mexican folk dance companies. A highly valued cultural and […]

State Indian Museum celebrates Native California heritage

To honor and commemorate California’s Native Elders, the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. in Sacramento will host the 37th annual “Gathering of Honored Elders” on-site at the museum on Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. During the special event, an annual celebration of the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation and the State Indian […]

Experience Aji Japanese Bistro

Total surrender — Aji Japanese Bistro owner Nick Dedier wants diners to take a seat and let his staff take them on a dining experience they won’t soon forget. “Come in with an open mind and let us take care of you,” Dedier said. Dedier and chef Russell Okubo have created a menu designed to excite taste buds […]

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

Wednesday Bienusa of Somerset and Adam Frega of Folsom are engaged to be married in July 2016. The bride-elect is the daughter of Alan and Joyce Bienusa of Somerset. She is a graduate of Union Mine High School and Folsom Lake College and is graduating from California State University, Sacramento in May 2014. The groom-to-be […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

Air Force Airman Brian Polk graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an […]

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

California Stage will bring four provocative plays to Sacramento audiences throughout 2014. The theater will open its 23rd season with the world premiere of Nelda Roberts’ captivating new drama “The Vanishing Point,” followed by R.C. Sherriff’s “Journey’s End,” Peter Weiss’ “Marat/Sade” and Rick Foster’s “Love Isadora.” California Stage is one of six theaters in the […]

Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic […]

Scout: Eagle Scout Greg Stein soars

Fledgling pilot Greg Stein of El Dorado Hills no longer is a fledgling at scouting: He recently attained his Eagle ranking with a project that will help Placerville area pilots communicate. When his eagle eye spotted the lack of a bulletin board at the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter, Greg, 14, decided to help the […]

Scout: Eagle Scout project beautifies school

Marina Village Middle School teachers and students came back from Thanksgiving break to find an area of their school had been beautified, thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Owen Lundell. Lundell and his work crew had installed a planter, top soil, a variety of drought tolerant plants and a new drip system, turning a patch of […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Liebe D. Bishop-Garcia

Air Force Airman Liebe D. Bishop-Garcia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward […]

Burgman 400, 650: A tale of 2 cities

With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, people are still looking for economical transportation. When gas prices spiked in 2008, motor scooters became the craze. Gas prices are nearly at their 2008 prices again and scooters are again becoming popular. Even BMW has introduced a 650 Maxi or Super Scooter to the U. S. market […]

Talent wanted for Grape Fest

Movers and shakers, singers, and performers of all kinds are being sought to take part in the “Show Your Grapes Off” Variety Show at the 2013 Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair. Presented by KWIN, the show will feature dancing, singing and more. This is the perfect chance to show the people what you can […]

Smithereens rock Frisco’s GAMH

SAN FRANCISCO — Celebrating 33 years of existence by leaning on its more than three decades-long catalog, the New Jersey-based Smithereens delivered a high-energy show of classic material in San Francisco on a recent Friday night. The East Coast quartet — lead singer/guitarist Pat DiNizio, lead guitarist Jim Babjak, drummer Dennis Diken and bassist Severo […]

Sutter’s Fort presents special activities

As part of an ongoing focus to provide high-energy, interactive and educational activities, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Tools, Talent and Technology — Jobs at Sutter’s Fort” event on Saturday, Aug. 17. In 1839 when John Sutter elected to build his agricultural empire, some believed […]

Summer sizzling events are happening at Tahoe

The days are getting shorter, but the spirit of summer is still going strong at “America’s Best Lake” as designated by USA Today readers. From Lake Tahoe’s inaugural crawfish Boil ‘n’ Fry festival to the Labor Day fireworks, Tahoe South has the calendar packed with food festivals, blockbuster outdoor and casino showroom concerts, and athletic […]

‘Alabama Bound’ is New York bound

Southern Discomfort Productions is proud to announce that “Alabama Bound” and its local star and director are heading to New York City as part of the 17th annual New York International Fringe Festival. The one-woman play, written and directed by Charlotte Higgins and starring Linda Nalbandian, is making its New York premiere after a sold-out […]

Fourth graders learn history firsthand

Those present held their breath as the two school buses, packed with eager fourth graders, lumbered up the gravel drive to the grassy parking area on the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm in Placerville as part of the Okei-san Experience and El Dorado Reads Program. “It’s really happening,” whispered Cathy Barsotti to Bill Roby […]

Fine arts photographer Bob Kolbrener shows at State Library

The California State Library presents a new exhibit, Living by the Sun – The Western Landscape Photographs of Bob Kolbrener. The exhibit currently on display in the State Library Rotunda at 900 N St. in Sacramento, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of August. […]

Auburn Art Walk celebrates 20th anniversary

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Auburn Art Walk, PlacerArts and the Auburn Art Walk Committee present special activities throughout downtown and old town on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. ceremony honoring long-time artists and venues at The Arts Building. Commemorative cakes will be served at The Arts Building and […]

Russell Brand visits Montblue

Brit-bending humor mashed with acerbic pop culture shots extending coast to coast and across-the-pond will land at Lake Tahoe on Saturday, July 27, when comedic actor Russell Brand takes the stage at Tahoe’s MontBleu Resort, Casino and Spa. The evening promises plenty of potty-mouth pranking, self-deprecating barbs and wicked rantings to match Brand’s signature big […]

Squaw Valley celebrates arts and crafts

The Village at Squaw Valley celebrates summer in artistic style during the ninth Squaw Valley Arts and Crafts Festival. This free event will take place Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides the opportunity to meet with more than 60 artists […]

The ceramics of Rob Barnard are on display at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum presents “Rob Barnard: Pottery as Pure Art” on view Sunday, July 21 through Oct. 20. Featuring 39 objects that span 20 years of Rob Barnard’s artistic career, this is the first exhibition devoted to his production. This exhibition introduces to a wider audience the ceramic art of Rob Barnard, one of […]

Tahoe Donner summer concert

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers from New Orleans will take the stage July 27 at Tahoe Donner’s Summer Concert on the Green. Joining the “King of Accordion,” Jelly Bread and the Buddy Emmer Blues Band will also perform starting at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tahoe Donner’s Summer Concert on the Green […]

Summer fun in Twain Harte

It’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime” once again, as the quaint  and friendly Central Sierra village of Twain Harte becomes the center of creativity, music and fun, at the 35th Twain Harte Summer Arts and Wine Festival. This highly respected event, held since 1976, has garnered a loyal following of quality craft purchasers and music […]

Horoscope, Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Industrious Moon Even when you know what you want and the right way to go about it, personal resistance still sometimes makes it harder to get motivated. Today, resistance is low. An industrious morning brings fast-paced developments. This afternoon the Capricorn moon goes void of course for a spell, signaling to check and recheck your […]

Horoscope, Monday, May 27, 2013

Lunar Challenge The Capricorn moon issues a challenge: What can you produce by Friday morning? This moon illuminates the road to greatness and makes all other options seem like a waste of time. Mercury and Mars will make a change on Friday. Tuesday through Thursday will be the productivity sweet spot of the week. Today […]

The balancing act: Following Fisker’s folly

It’s been all over the news, another government backed plug-in hybrid car company bites the dust with about $200 million of federal government loans.  Henrik Fisker, the brainchild behind the debacle, is a famous and talented automobile designer with credits such as the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB-8 and DB-9. His PHEV, the Karma […]

Jazz and swing at Zia’s

The acoustic jazz trio Jazz Gitan is appearing at Zia’s, 312 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. The group is an acoustic jazz trio that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt together with Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene in […]

Engagement: Kayla Marie Fuller-Andrew James Gordon

Kevin and Kimberly Fuller of New Florence, Pa. and John and Barbara Gordon of Pollock Pines are proud to announce the engagement of their children, Kayla Marie Fuller of New Florence, Pa. and Andrew James Gordon of Cap May, N.J. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Laurel Valley Middle High School in New Florence, […]