Friday, May 1, 2015

The Replacements are the real deal

Concert review SAN FRANCISCO — The best way to drown disappointment of the Giants’ baseball team losing its home opener last Monday was to cap the day off with alternative rock pioneers The Replacements at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium as 3,300 did — many donning SF gear. Back after a near 25-year absence with […]

Capital Stage presents ‘The Homecoming’

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its London premiere, Capital Stage Theater continues its 10th anniversary season with ” The Homecoming,” by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. Winner of the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Homecoming” exposes issues of sex and power and challenges the place of morals in family life. Capital Stage […]

Duty: Air Force Airman Gina E. Somara

Air Force Airman Gina E. Somara 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 […]

Duty: Air Force Airman 1st Class Conner McKenzie

Air Force Airman 1st Class Conner McKenzie 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 […]

Temple Kol Shalom to have Passover Seder

Temple Kol Shalom is having a Passover Seder on Saturday, April 4 at  the Spiritual Center for Positive Living, 3104 Ponte Morino Drive, Suite 101, in Cameron Park. The meal starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until the afikomen has been found, the last cup of wine has been drunk, the final blessings blessed and […]

Indian Museum offers flute workshop

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum, 2618 K St. in Sacramento, are proud to offer Native American flute workshops for beginners on various Saturdays this year, including on March 21, May 2, July 18, Sept. 19 and Dec. 5. The “Flute 101 — Beginning” workshops are taught by Al Striplen, Ama Mutsun Ohlone, […]

Capital Stage presents staged reading

Capital Stage, 2215 J St. in Sacramento, continues its 10th anniversary season with a special one-night-only staged reading of the new musical “The Behavior of Broadus” by Los Angeles-based theater ensemble Burglars of Hamm. Nominated for seven L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, including Best Production and Best Musical Score, “The Behavior of Broadus” tells the incredible […]

Snowshoe racers meet in finale

Strap on the snowshoes and head for the beach. Racers will go head to head in the finale of Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Races on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Sand or snow the race will go on, in front of the Beacon Bar and Grill and alongside Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline. Racers, cocktail […]

Capitol Pops Concert Band opens season

The Capitol Pops Concert Band will kick off its 18th season with a free, open to the public concert at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St. in Sacramento. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB will perform traditional pops favorites, with a sprinkling of automotive-themed arrangements. Voice […]

Foothill Foodie: Spring for sushi

Sushi time There’s great sushi restaurants all over El Dorado County but what makes Amerikan Ichi special is Chef Armando Martinez’ unique take on the cuisine. At Ichi you can dive into traditional sashimi — with seaside-fresh fish — and then swim over to a frenzy of fusion flavors from all over the world. The menu is quite diverse […]

Frank Hannon Band in Tahoe

The Frank Hannon Band and Rusty Anderson Afternoon featuring Paul McCartney’s lead guitarist are part of March’s entertainment lineup at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe’s Vinyl. The Frank Hannon Band is playing Saturday, March 14. Hannon is an established singer/songwriter, who launched his music career as a co-founder and member of the multi-platinum band Tesla, […]

Engagement: Sarah Isabel Maxwell and Clint Bradshaw

Judy and Robert Bertin of Placerville and Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Maxwell of Florence, Ore. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah Isabel Maxwell to Clint Bradshaw, son of Vickie Sciacca of Stevenson, Wash. and Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Bradshaw of Broomfield, Colo. The bride-elect is a 1999 graduate of Ponderosa High […]

‘The Art of California Faience’ on view at Crocker

The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce “Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience” on view Feb. 22 through May 17. Consisting of more than 120 of California Faience’s most beautiful vases, tiles, lamps and figural works, this exhibition is an exploration of the best-known art pottery in Northern California. Asian, Hispano-Moresque, […]

Imagination Theater to present ‘Spamalot’

Imagination Theater is pleased to present the Tony Award-winning production of “Spamalot” with performances March 27 through April 26. “Spamalot” pokes fun at the conventions of musical theater and popular culture as it lovingly “rips off” Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Directed by Peter Wolfe, the show features a chorus line of dancing divas […]

Foothill Foodie: No. 1 — Nutty for burgers

Homemade nut burger at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub New owners Tom and Danette Inman took over Placerville’s Brick Oven Pub in October. Changes include a spiffed-up interior, more live music events and an expanded menu. The kitchen now has the capacity to deep fry. That means tasty apps like onion rings, french fries and fried pickles. But I […]

Duty: U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cody Smith

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Cody Smith 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 […]

Duty: Ryan M. Carey

Ryan M. Carey has received an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship to attend the University of Oregon, Ore. Scholarships are awarded on a merit basis, reflecting academic achievement, extracurricular activities, physical fitness, specific performance or accomplishment, leadership abilities and personal interviews. Scholarship recipients are enrolled as members of the Army ROTC battalion at their […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Christopher D. Swann

Army Pvt. Christopher D. Swann has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, Ga. During the nine-week training period, the trainee received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army […]

Sac State celebrates Black History Month

California State University, Sacramento’s celebration of Black History Month will fill February’s days and nights with exciting and inspiring events. One of the most anticipated, coming Saturday, Feb. 8 is Super Sunday, an outreach partnership event with local churches to increase college-going rates among African American students. Other highlights of the month include campus favorite […]

Visual artistry dazzles the audience

Michael Cooper is a Poet of the Stage — an eye-popping visual artist and virtuoso mime whose exquisite performances of humor and poignancy, nimble speech and eloquent gestures have dazzled audiences of all ages for almost 30 years. Cooper brings his own special world to Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, on […]

Super time at Carson Valley Inn

A Tailgate Party on Saturday, a Parlay Card with a guaranteed $5,000 prize and the marquee matchup of Seahawks vs. Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1 will highlight a Super Weekend on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Carson Valley Inn located on Highway 395 in Minden. The Saturday Tailgate Party in TJ’s Corral runs […]

Free trees to Arbor Day members

Joining the Arbor Day Foundation is an ideal way to get in the mood for spring planting. Anyone from California who joins the Foundation in February 2015 will receive 10 free eastern redbud trees to plant when the weather turns warm. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “Redbuds […]

Sacramento museums offer special pricing

With nearly 25 museums and local destinations participating, the 2015 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Bank of America and Sacramento Covered. To the delight of the greater Sacramento region, the participating local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7 during the 17th annual event. Most […]

Author relates a personal experience

Book: “The Red Road” Author: Jenni Wiltz Publisher: Decanter Press, 2015, 357 pages, e-book and paperback versions Emma has a loving family, two good friends and a lot of homework. As an honor student grooming herself to go to college, her focus is on her classes, her homework and studying — until something terrible happens […]

Free After 5 Club to meet

The After 5 Club is a free support group for those who care for a relative or friend with a chronic health condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. Group members share information, coping strategies and options in a supportive and confidential setting. The After 5 Club meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next gathering […]

Gallery at 48 Natoma keeps visitors in stitches

It’s not just a scrap of fabric. Artists that work in contemporary textiles frequently go much farther than what is typical of other art forms. Where drawing and painting are often the finished product in other media, that is just where a fiber artist begins. Using original designs, the artists are frequently manipulating the material, […]

Snowshoe race at Camp Richardson

Can you run in snowshoes? Can you run and carry a tray full of drinks in snowshoes? How about just watching people try? The start of Camp Richardson’s Snowshoe Cocktail Races, a three-part series, is set for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Bar and Grill in South Lake Tahoe. Racers with cocktail trays […]

January is Learn to Ski month at Tahoe resorts

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California Resort and Kirkwood Mountain Resort invite first-time guests to enjoy winter sports, as well as intermediate and advanced participants to further elevate their skills through the resorts’ renowned ski and snowboard schools. Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is a national […]

Sutter Creek presents American Guitar Masters

Sutter Creek Theatre presents American Guitar Masters — Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and  $20 day of show. The American Guitar Masters Touring Concert Series features some of America’s top solo acoustic guitarists. Two upcoming tours feature Steve Davison, Peter Janson and Larry Pattis, presenting […]

Music takes center stage in Amador

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17 and 18 Amador City and Drytown will be full of live music from 1 p.m. until nightfall. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, Feist Wines releases its 2014 Amador County Viognier to the backdrop of The Church Street Sinners singing its raw, original Americana porch music. Also playing is […]

Jazz stars entertain at annual jazz competition

The 26th Annual Folsom Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and it promises to be an exciting day of entertainment. This year’s guest artists include Grammy-nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel, the Sacramento State Jazz Ensemble and the American River College Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Adding to the program will be […]

Duty: Army Pfc. Paul D. Berzinas

Army Pfc. Paul D. Berzinas has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Food and beverages take over at Hard Rock

When the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe opens its doors Jan. 28 guests can expect a healthy dose of the iconic, music-infused, resort casino that the brand is world-famous for, dished up with an equally impressive culinary and cocktail experience. South Shore’s newest resort casino will feature four distinct restaurants and two bars, […]

California State Fair accepting nominations for agricultural award

The California State Fair is accepting nominations for its Agriculturalist of the Year award. The Agriculturalist of the Year award is presented to an individual who has contributed extensively, in a professional capacity, to California’s agricultural industry. Award criteria stipulates this individual must have demonstrated leadership and clearly represented the industry over a number of […]

Amador City presents vintage Christmas celebration

California’s smallest incorporated town, historic Amador City, rings in Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon-6 p.m. Come celebrate a vintage Christmas with the town. The town decorates for the season with fresh hand-made pine garlands and Christmas lights hung from century-old buildings. Christmas music performed by the local high school band from 3-6 p.m. […]

Chorus offers sounds for the season

Get ready to take a fabulous, imaginary trip around the world without leaving the comfort of the theater chair. The Sacramento Valley Chorus and its master director Lynne Erickson will take the audience on a journey from Reno to Las Vegas, completing the travels in a Winter Wonderland of traditional and contemporary holiday songs that […]

Festive show at Sutter Creek

Join Molly’s Revenge and special guest vocalist Christa Burch with the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers for an evening of music, song and dance associated with the festive season. This dynamic acoustic performance at the Sutter Creek Theater will include Christmas songs both old and new from many lands, all played with a Celtic twist. Audience […]

Capitol Pops presents holiday concert

The Capitol Pops Concert Band nears the end of its 17th season with a free, open to the public “Holiday Concert in the Park” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Rusch Park Gym, 7801 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights. Under the baton of director Kurt Pearsall, CPCB will once again play traditional holiday […]

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 […]