Arts & Entertainment

Dancing through the darkness

A mother dies in childbirth. A child faces cruelty at an orphanage. An infant is taken from its mother by the courts. It sounds a little Dickensian, until you throw in the Nazi occ ...

Media Life: Cast grows for Cool area’s “The Divide” movie

Veteran actor-director Perry (“Day After Tomorrow,” “Riptide”) King and Left For Dead Productions’ have cast a crucial role in “The Divide,&rdqu ...

‘Origins’ seeks to promote live musicians with diverse sounds

When you stop to think about it, what do they mean by “world” music? “I find the term kind of vague,” said Celena Delphi. “All music comes from some ...

Celebrated pianist Richard Cionco sits in with Auburn Symphony

Oh how Opus would have loved this! The large-nosed penguin with the herring addiction from the comic strip Bloom County practically lived for the tuba solo. His only shot came in 1 ...

Carry that weight

Axel Clarke had to forget everything he knew about drumming. And he knew a lot. A high school orchestral percussion teacher, Clarke has been drumming for 30 years. But now he&rsq ...

‘Woodstuck’ a communal comedy with a ’60s soundtrack

The Sixties. They say that if you remember them, you weren’t there. But the Seventies, now there’s a decade some people would like to forget. But long before leisure su ...

Josh Clark, Jim Lewin serve up a little jam on the side

Two names share the bill this Saturday at the Auburn Event Center but a legion of musical influences stand behind them. Josh Clark plays guitar for Bay Area band Tea Leaf Green. Wh ...

Media Life: “Louie Louie” singer’s Applegate sister remembers

It was a request from an older brother that she felt duty bound to help with – as sisters often do. Applegate’s Jill Zander recalls she was a junior at Washington High ...

Joan Armatrading stays true to herself

Gratitude. From the moment we begin talking to the last words before I hang up, one thing is perfectly clear, Joan Armatrading is grateful. Grateful for the talents she was given, ...

Wayne "The Train" Hancock comes out swinging

They say people mellow with age. That probably won’t hold true when it comes to Wayne “The Train” Hancock. The rockabilly roustabout — who turned 50 last we ...

Sierra Nevada Wind Ensemble takes on other British invasion

What do Percy Grainger and Kurt Cobain have in common? Absolutely nothing; except perhaps that unkempt shock of sandy-brown hair. No, Dave Lawrenson was merely trying to illustrate ...

Cinco de Mayo to spice up Old Town Auburn for 25th year

The California Hispanic community’s traditions will fill the streets of Old Town Auburn with color and sound today. Cinco de Mayo is back in a big way with plenty to see and ...

'Calendar Girls' brings writer to tears, laughter

An extraordinary production of Tim Firth’s play “Calendar Girls,” going on now at State Theatre, is billed as dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterl ...

Media Life: Placer County water embroiled in Starbucks Coffee flap

It’s one of those little-known facts about Placer County that’s been revealed in one of the darndest places. Mother Jones has the story and the cappuccino cups are rat ...

Crystal Bowersox finds balance in stardom, parenthood

In a recent interview with Joan Armatrading, we discussed whether Joni Mitchell would survive such an ordeal as the American Idol process of elimination. At the time, Joan said no ...