Get out and support local arts this month

By: Staff report
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Looking to get some culture? Now is as good a time as any to get out and experience the artistic abilities of your fellow foothills residents. Here are some of August’s highlights. Hot, hot heat Members of the Auburn Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St., decided to have some timely fun with this month’s gallery show, titled “Hotter Than Hades.” “That’s our area this time of year, so we’ve made some hot art,” explained Dianne Van de Carr. “Hotter Than Hades” is a show featuring the work of gallery members who create three-dimensional art, and includes everything from blown and fused glass to acrylics, pottery, jewelry and scarves, all featuring red, orange and other bright hues. The Auburn Old Town Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and remains open until 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Learn more by calling (530) 887-9150 or visiting On stage at the State Theater There’s no fighting it — we’re all getting older, so might as well laugh about it. Placer Community Theater’s musical production, “Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical” goes through Aug. 22 at The State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn. Tickets are still available for a handful of performances, although Saturday and Sunday’s performances are sold out. But take your pick between 8 p.m. shows today, Aug. 21 and Aug. 22, as well as the Aug. 22 matinee, which begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for children, seniors and for the Aug. 22 matinee. Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. Sweetening the deal is the fact that all performances include dessert and beverage. Call (530) 852-2708 or visit www.placertheater. org for information. On the big screen The Auburn Placer Performing Arts Center inaugurates its new “Cinema at the State” film series later this month with the award-winning documentary “Food, Inc.” Each showing includes a second film, “Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil,” which offers a glimpse of one of the world’s largest successful organic farming endeavors. Show times are 7 p.m. Aug. 28-29, with matinees at 1 p.m. Aug. 29 and 2 p.m. Aug. 30. Admission is $10, or $8 for seniors 62 and older. Purchase advance tickets at the APPAC office, 985 Lincoln Way Suite 104, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, at the Auburn Farmers’ Market Saturdays; or at: Tickets will be available at the door as well. Arts Building double-dose Stop by The Arts Building Gallery soon to see not one, but two shows. First up is the annual Windows Art Exhibit, which continues through Sept. 30. The Windows Art Exhibit, created in 1998, enables men and women with Alzheimer’s or dementia to express and create images of inner feelings, opening a “window” into the persona. Proceeds from artwork sales and community contributions support the Windows Art Exhibit and provide art supplies and teachers to Placer and Nevada county groups. The Arts Building also hosts “Bridging Boundaries,” showcasing the large-scale paintings of Shirley Hazlett and cast concrete sculptures of Helen DiCarlo. The two artists, who met in 2007, have followed similar paths in their artistic development, and “Bridging Boundaries” marks the first time they have shown their work together. This show also continues through Sept. 30. Call (530) 885-5670 or visit for additional information.