Arts & Entertainment

John Massey's musical stylings are finger picking good

If not for an injury to his right hand when he was 19 years old, who knows how far John Massey could have gone with his piano playing. “I started on piano quite young,&rdqu ...

It’s rabbit season: ‘Harvey’ opens on the State Theatre stage

Social drinking and mental health treatment. Hot button issues that need to be addressed? Not today. Instead, we’re going to look at them from a 1940s sensibility, when Cha ...

Prim, proper and en pointe, In Sync Dance presents Mary Poppins ballet

When one recalls the dance numbers from “Mary Poppins” it usually begins with the penguins and ends with the chimney sweeps. This weekend you have the chance to see all ...

Pomp? Circumstance? It’s a graduation hit that can’t be missed

Like the cap and gown, the old sheepskin and the pride of accomplishment, graduation just wouldn’t be the same without it. In fact, British composer Sir Edward Elgar’s ...

Reds, whites, blues and beyond

The foothills are alive with the sound of music every weekend from here to harvest thanks to the folks at Naggiar Vineyards. Their annual Winefest — a summer-long celebration ...

'Lake of the Crimes' a murder mystery dinner theater

In this case, art imitates life. Dave Atkinson was driving home from Lou La Bonte’s a couple of years ago, to his new home in Lake of the Pines. Perhaps his mind was still on ...

Media Life: Ex-Auburnite’s Saint Motel in media feeding frenzy

Drummer Greg Erwin and his band Saint Motel continue on a roll that started less than a year ago with signings to major record labels Parlophone and Elektra in Europe and the U.S., ...

Did you hear the one about the autoharp tuner?

It’s not a harp and there is nothing automatic about it. On the contrary, in talking with Bryan Bowers, the autoharp has to be one of the trickiest musical instruments to tun ...

There’s no mistaking Take Note Troupe's passion

Charlie Chaplin will never be confused with William Shakespeare, but when you look at the latter’s “Comedy of Errors,” considered one of his most farcical works, ...

In Sync Dance is throwing a garden party

While they are hardly “winging it,” this inaugural Dance Party in the Park is definitely a work in progress. After all, for a company that thrives on precision choreogr ...

Media Life: ‘D-Train’ movie has Colfax, Placer connection

Colfax High School class of ’96 grad Matthew Medlin’s latest credit in Hollywood’s film industry is a notable one. He’s a unit production manager and line p ...

Backyard ninjas storm the stage in 'Nanda'

Two were raised in a yurt. Another slept on a shelf. A fourth learned to ride a unicycle on a hog farm. So what do they all have in common? They call themselves “Nanda&rd ...

Alexandra Roedder goes for baroque

Born and raised in the South Bay (Redwood City, Sunnyvale), Alexandra Roedder went to college in Berkeley, studied further in the Netherlands, earned a doctorate at UCLA, did some ...

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 ...