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					A r ts Council of Placer County

                        Ar ts Newsmagazine & Calendar of Events   N ove m b e r / D e c e m b e r 2 0 0 4


                                                                                        Community Band

                                                                                        Young Artist

                                                                                        Dustin Rankin

                                                                                        Drama Kids


                                                                                        Old State Theater

                                                                                 Volume 10, Number 6

                                                                  5 All the World’s a Kids’ Stage
                                                                         An international group coaches children in drama
                                                                         by Arlene Evans

                                                                  6 The Art of Survival
                                                                         A young artist makes art out of tragedy
                                                                         by Rose O’Donnell

                                                                  8 A Band of Locals
                                                                         Auburn’s community band entertains enthusiastically
                                                                         by Jude Lowell

          Placer Theatre Ballet performs the Nutcracker         10       Reinstated!
                                                                         The Old State Theater re-opens as an art film venue
                                                                         by Persia Woolley

                                                                 12 Arts Leap
                                                                         Watching the arts work in Placer County Schools
                                                                         by Ruth Rosenberg

                                                                14 Arts News
                                                                         Happenings from around the county

                                                                16       The Score
                                                                         Classical Music Reviews
                                                                         by Ron Greenwood

                                                                17 Arts Calendar
                                                                         Galleries, Music & Dance, Museums, Events & Festivals, Film,
                                                                         Theatre, Classes, Arts for Children, Calls to Artists

                                                                29       Poets Speak
                                                                         “Teenage Boys for Dinner”
     “Three Persimmons 3,” oil painting by Paula Amerine                 by Doc Dachtler

                                                                30       End Paper
                                                                         The Writing life
                                                                         by Janis Dice

“Mountain Moose,” a pastel piece by Deanna DiGrande

     About the Cover                                                             About the Artist
     In my artwork I try to capture the unique elements of my sub-               When North Tahoe artist Deanna DeGrande was a child, her
     jects through color choices and organic forms. While still being            family would often visit her grandparents, who lived on Donner
     very structured, my artwork often lacks a specific light source             Summit for 25 years. The beauty of the natural world greatly
     or disregards the rules of perspective, all of which I feel gives           impressed her during this time, as can be seen in her artwork
     it a more magical quality. In “Mountain Moose,” I initially used            today. Working in oils, colored pencils, or pastels, Deanna cre-
     several photos in order to get the angle of the antlers so the              ates both large- and small-scale pieces that portray animals
     eye would be visible. Then, I disregarded the photos and let                and nature. She has won several awards and has exhibited
     the rest come from within.                 —Deanna DiGrande                 throughout California. Contact her at

2        November/December 2004                           Perspectives
Auburn Symphony at the Mondavi—
Wow, what a show!

                                                                                                        The Auburn
                                                                                                        pictured at its
                                                                                                        usual venue,
                                                                                                        Placer High
                                                                                                        in Auburn.
                                                                                                        The symphony
                                                                                                        will present the
                                                                                                        Messiah Sing-
                                                                                                        Along at Placer
                                                                                                        December 14,
                                                                                                        7:30 p.m.
                                                                                                        For tickets, call
                                                                                                        (530) 823-6683.

One of the happiest personal experiences             distance to “listen to music” was too much. But
of National Arts & Humanities Month was              we ignored that, carpooled with girlfriends,
witnessing the performance of the Auburn             and made it to our seats in time for the rousing
Symphony at the Mondavi Center. Wow,                 first movement. I watched body language shift
what a show! I was thrilled for the musicians,       from “I’m here because I have to be” to “this
for conductor Michael Goodwin -- for the             isn’t so bad.”
opportunity to play and be heard in such a               I was most amused when young violin
fine hall -- and grateful to all of the donors and   virtuoso, David Garrett took the stage. All of
hardworking board and staff members who              the young ladies in our row leaned forward in
make it possible. Thank you to the greater           their seats for a closer look at the handsome
Placer County community for supporting such          musician. He began to play. They listened
a wonderful and ongoing program                      intently, as did I. It was the most beautiful
   Perhaps the best aspect of the special event      music. I think they may even wish to attend
was the positive reaction of our daughters. Our      a symphony performance again. Whatever it
family does not regularly attend the Auburn          takes!
Symphony presentations. Lacking familiarity              Wishing you and yours many happy
with the joys of this genre, the three daughters     returns to the things that you love, to a less
reacted with varying degrees of interest when        hectic time, to music, to poetry, to a good
I announced our plans to attend. For our             conversation, to life.
middle daughter the idea of getting dressed in
something other than jeans and driving some              — Angela Juliano Tahti, Executive Director
                                                                     Arts Council of Placer County

                                                       Perspectives                  November/December 2004                 3
                                                               Ruth Rosenberg (Arts Leap, pg. 14) directed the Sacramento-
                                                               based Ruth Rosenberg Dance Ensemble and its school from 1990 to
Perspectives is a bi-monthly publication of the Arts Council   2001. Now an arts consultant, Ruth’s clients include the Sacramento
of Placer County and the City of Roseville. Its purpose is     Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Mondavi Center for the Performing
to create a forum for communication for artists and arts
organizations in Placer County and to increase awareness       Arts, and Sierra North Arts Project. She is also an arts reporter for
of activities and programs related to arts and culture in      Capital Public Radio’s Morning Edition on KXJZ FM, and serves on the
the area.
                                                               CSU Sacramento Department of Theatre & Dance Advisory Board.
                     MISSION STATEMENT
         The Arts Council of Placer County is the              Teacher and artist Rose O’Donnell (“The Art of Survival,” pg. 6)
          catalyst for the arts in Placer County.
                                                               worked at Sierra College Rocklin as director of the Ridley Gallery,
                                                               instructor for the Gallery Operations class, and in the Marketing and
Executive Committee                                            Public Relations department. She has shown her artwork at many
Susan Dupre, Chair
Bob Hagmann, Secretary                                         local galleries. Recently, she moved with her husband of 33 years to
Dave Imgrund, Treasurer                                        Washington, D.C.
April Maynard, Immediate Past Chair
Board of Trustees
Supervisorial District Members                                 Jude Lowell (“A Band of Locals,” pg. 8) is a freelance writer, editor, and
District 1 vacant                                              graphic designer specializing in self-publishing. She has designed and
District 2 Gloria Coutts
District 3 Debbie Dragon, Auburn                               edited more than 45 books and publications on subjects from art and
District 4 vacant                                              Gold Rush history to children’s interests. A regular contributor to area
District 5 Joan Stockbridge, Colfax
                                                               magazines and newspapers, she recently finished work on a second
Members at Large
Susan Dupre, Christian Valley                                  book, Color is in the Eye of the Beholder, with local author Arlene
Lauraine Bacon, Dutch Flat                                     Evans.
Jan White, Penryn
April Maynard, Auburn
Bob Hagmann, Roseville                                         Ronald D. Greenwood, MD, (The Score, pg. 16) is a pediatrician in
Dave Imgrund, Auburn                                           private practice in Roseville. A classical music lover, he serves on the
Chris Larkins, Rocklin
Don Chaddock, Auburn                                           board of the Auburn Symphony. His personal collection of record-
Advisory Team
                                                               ings fills the home that he shares with his wife, Phawnda Moore, in
Dave Breninger, Chair Emeritus                                 Rocklin. The Score is a new, ongoing Perspectives department.
Dick Cushman, Resource Development
Program Team                                                   Arlene Evans (“All the World’s a Kids’ Stage,” pg. 5) writes regu-
Angela Tahti, Executive Director
Dorothy Crites, Office Manager                                 larly for local and regional publications. She has written two books
Rosie Stilwell, Special Projects                               on color vision defciency, or colorblindness: Seeing Color: It’s My
Norma Brink, Accountant
                                                               Rainbow, for young readers, and Color is in the Eye of the Beholder,
Editor: Sandra Reeves                                          for adults.
Design/Production: Blue Cat Studio
Printed by Auburn Printers, Inc.
                                                               A regular contributor to Perspectives, Persia Woolley (“Reinstated,”
Publication and distribution of Perspectives is made
possible with support from the County of Placer, the
                                                               pg. 10) also writes historical novels, the best-known being her
California Arts Council State-Local Partnership and Local      Guinevere trilogy, which are presently out of print. In her writing, she
Arts Education Partnership Programs, and by the Placer         has shifted her focus from Camelot to Troy, and is working on a book
County Visitors Council, and the cities of Auburn, Lincoln,
Rocklin, and Roseville.                                        about that ancient city.

Perspectives, published four to six times a year, is sent
to members and distributed via the public library system
countywide and regionally. Copies are available at the
Arts Council of Placer County office as well as at the
California Welcome Center Auburn. Opinions, findings,
and conclusions expressed are those of the authors and
do not necessarily reflect the views of the arts council or
cultural arts commission, board of trustees, staff, adver-
tisers, or funders. Letters, suggestions, and story ideas
are welcomed. Calendar items, along with photographs
or slides, may be sent to the office. Deadline for the
January/February 2005 issue: November 20, 2004.

                  Arts Council of Placer County                                                        “Happy Daze,” oil by Ted Sanders,
                  808 Lincoln Way
                  Auburn, CA 95603-4807                                                                showing with Jennifer Franz and Don
                  Phone (530) 885-5670                                                                 Pagano through December 3 at The
                  Fax (530) 885-0348                                                                   New Artworks Gallery in Fair Oaks.

4           November/December 2004                              Perspectives
All the World’s a Kids’ Stage
An international group coaches the region’s children in drama

by Arlene Evans

The curtain opens on a Helping kidsgroup             ate during the school year,
                          new drama                  and children attend class
playing in Placer County.           build            one day a week. “We have
life skills through drama is one goal of Drama       an office in Sacramento, but
Kids International, according to Heather             we use community locations
Gwinup, the group’s Sacramento area execu-           for all of our classes,” noted
tive director. Participating in self-esteem build-   Gwinup. In Roseville, classes
ing theatrical fun is another.                       for 5 – 8 year olds are at 5
    “Every child can be a Drama Kid,” empha-         p.m.; 9 – 12 year olds attend
sized Gwinup. “We don’t audition the kids.           class, 5 – 6 p.m.; and Youth
We aren’t focused on productions and shows.          Theater is held from 7 – 8 p.m. On Monday,          Outgoing,
Rather, we focus on the experience for the           classes are held at the Woodcreek Golf Club;        energetic, and
kids.” She said many drama activities are            Tuesdays, at the Polish-American Community          fun, the Regional
involved, but their object is to build self-con-     Hall; Wednesday and Friday classes are held at      Directors Team
fidence, conversational skills, and speaking         the Maidu Community Center. On Thursdays,           of Drama Kids
skills through drama.                                classes are held at the Sunset Community            International
    In existence for 25 years — and in the U.S.      Center in Rocklin. “Saturday morning we             makes sure that
for five — Drama Kids International estab-           hold classes at the O’Sullivan Dance Studio. A      students receive
lished a franchise in the Sacramento area in         one-week summer camp was also held at the           inspiring, motivating
spring 2003. The organization has 40,000 chil-       O’Sullivan Dance Studio,” Gwinup said.              drama education.
dren in classes worldwide.                              Each class has a Spring Production in which
    “We do a lot of adlibbing activities, which      the children’s work is showcased. “We don’t
help the kids make up their own words or             have lead roles and a bunch of background
sentences,” Gwinup explained. “We do a               roles,” Gwinup said. “All of the children are
speech segment in every class where we teach         on stage, in costume, all of the time. This
children projection and articulation and vol-        school year’s production will be held on
ume control — things that would help them            Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2005,
in public speaking. We do poems during that          depending on which class the children are
time, and with the older kids we do verbal           in. “We’re looking at using sites at venues we
dynamics, which is a cross between a poem            already have.”
and a rap.”                                             The cost for the entire 36-week academic
    A movement time during each class incor-         year is $525, or $14.50 an hour. “Students can
porates ways for children to move their bodies       and do enroll throughout the year as long as
to tell a story without using their voices, she      there is available space in the class,” Gwinup
said. “The main lesson in every class is what        said. “We have a money-back guarantee if the
we call an ‘improv.’ It’s a short play, a differ-    student does not wish to continue with us
ent one each week. The plays use structured          after attending the first class.” And, she noted,
language and unstructured language where the         there’s a ten percent price break for siblings.
kids make up their own lines.                           Gwinup has regional directors work-
    “With the older kids we do more actual           ing under her. About 20 hours of training in
theater-based activities in the mini-scripts and     the Drama Kids curriculum are required for
more of the traditional improv where they            regional directors and teachers. “Our regional
make up a scene as they go. Children could           directors teach class three days a week as well
go to Drama Kids for 13 years and never              as attend their part-time teachers’ classes,” she
repeat a class.”                                     said. “Regional directors are responsible for
    Classes are held six days a week in Elk          ensuring quality drama education for the stu-
Grove, Roseville, Rocklin, Folsom, El Dorado         dents in their region. Our teachers are all out-
Hills, Vacaville, and Fairfield. Classes oper-       going, fun, energetic people who love kids.”

                                                       Perspectives                  November/December 2004                 5
                                                                          The Art of Survival
                                                                                                       by Rose O’Donnell

                                                                          Dustin’s ability to overcome his challenges.
                                                                             After the accident, Dustin had to learn how
                                                                          to walk and talk all over again. He couldn’t
                                                                          even hold a pencil when the physical therapy
                                                                          began, one year after the accident. As he
                                                                          grew, Dustin endured 25 brain surgeries to
                                                                          drain the fluid from his brain and replace the
                                                                             Now 24, Dustin remembers working
                                                                          on a painting in first grade at Rock Creek
                                                                          Elementary. “Stan Padilla, a local artist, saw
                                                                          me working and said I would be a great artist
                                                                          someday.” He credits Padilla with giving him
                                                                          the motivation to continue with his art.
                                                                          Dustin was placed in special education classes
                                                                          all through school because of his memory
                                                                          problems. He was weakest in math and
                                                                          English but always excelled in art. He never
                                                                          thought of himself as different. While at Placer
                                                                          High School, in Auburn, Dustin entered art
                                                                          competitions and won many awards. He
                                                                          credits the great art teachers he had at Placer
                                                                          — Toby Kovich, Mario Ferante and Larry
                                                                          Alberts — who influenced and encouraged his
                                                                          art. Dustin managed to pass all his classes and
                                                                             Throughout his life, Dustin’s family has
                                                                          been an important influence. Each member
                                                                          has supported and encouraged him over the
                                                                          years. When he began drawing pictures to
                                                                          strengthen his arms, his father and sister start-
                                                                          ed working along with him. In fifth grade, he
                                                                          started painting with his Dad and sister using
                                                                          the popular Bob Ross method. He always

                         Dustin was in aremembers aauto accident
         Artist Dustin                                                    looked up to his older brother, also an artist,
   Rankin, shown at              Rankin              bright light         who told him he could do anything. Dustin’s
    an exhibit of his    when he          disastrous                      mother, a special education teacher, has
    recent work last     at the age of two. His skull was cracked in      always been his advocate.
     spring at Sierra    twelve places. Later on, he was told that he        “Every summer we would go out on hikes,”
     College’s Ridley    had technically died for 50 seconds. He was      she recalls. “We would bring back whatever
   Gallery. In 2003,     in the car with his mother and older brother,    we could find and all draw it together.”
Rankin was named         on their way to pick up his sister from soc-     His father, an Auburn native, majored in art
Sierra’s Outstanding     cer practice. A drunk driver hit them head-on    in college and now works as a contractor in
     Arts Student of     at 100 miles an hour. The doctors told his       Colfax, where the family has lived for the last
              the Year   mother, Sandra, that he would never walk or      seven years.
                         be able to write. She says it was a miracle he      After high school, Dustin was determined to
                         survived. But she never had any doubts about     go on to Sierra College and keep up with his

6          November/December 2004                   Perspectives
A tragic accident spawns award-winning art

classmates. While at Sierra, he went through
six more brain surgeries. “Every fall I would
come back to school with bandages on my
head,” he says.
   To this day, Dustin continues to have sei-
zures and constant pain. The left side of his
brain remains damaged, and he suffers from
short term and long-term memory problems.
But he has learned to paint about his life and
his pain. After being diagnosed with McArdle’s
disease, a rare metabolic muscle disorder
affecting skeletal muscles, Dustin dreamed
about the disease.
   “I had a dream of me cutting out my mus-
cles and putting in new ones, so I painted
about it.”
   His mother believes that at this point in
Dustin’s life a door opened inside him. He                                                           “Daydreams in
began to express his feelings about his surger-                                                      Red,” 2004, mono-
ies and health problems, talking and painting                                                        print with pastels
about how he felt. Both he and his artwork                                                           added by Dustin
became stronger as a result, she says.                                                               Rankin.
   Dustin has been at Sierra College for the
past six years. He says art instructors Dotty      prestigious Crocker Kingsley award from
Brown, Larry Ortiz, and Rodney Mott have           Sacramento’s Crocker Art Gallery. Dustin is
influenced him most there. During his ten-         nonchalant about his health problems and
ure at Sierra, he has won many awards. At          seems amused and surprised that people
the Annual Juried Student Show, he has been        are concerned. Charming, self-effacing, and
given the Woodstoke scholarship and won            modest, he seems equally nonplussed by the
prizes for his outstanding ceramic sculptures,     recognition his art is receiving. Recently, art
monoprints, and paintings.                         instructor Dotty Brown encouraged Dustin
   The Woodstoke Scholarship allows prom-          to take his portfolio to the San Francisco Art
ising ceramics students to attend the yearly       Institute.
Penryn wood-firing workshop, which attracts            “They kind of pursued me,” Dustin says,
the country’s finest ceramic artists. Dustin       “and I just had to get my portfolio ready.”
made it halfway through his first week-long            About being accepted into the institute and
Woodstoke workshop before having to under-         winning the $5,000 Dean’s Scholarship, Dustin
go another brain surgery. Since then, he hasn’t    says, “Yeah, I was really surprised. They kept
missed another one. At Woodstoke, he works         calling me to send in my portfolio for scholar-
with famed ceramic artists, Rodney Mott, Paul      ships.”
Soldner, Peter Voulkos, and Rudy Autio.                It’s no surprise to anyone who knows this
   It’s now been nearly four years since           lively redhead with the twinkle in his eye
Dustin’s last surgery. In 2003 he was named        that he was accepted into the San Francisco
Sierra’s “Outstanding Art Student of the Year.”    Art Institute and is now taking classes there.
An exhibition of his work has been shown at        Attending this prestigious school is just one
the Fort 17 Gallery, in Sacramento. Last spring,   more accomplishment in an already amazing
representing Sierra College, he received the       life and career in art.

                                                     Perspectives                 November/December 2004             7
                      A Band of Locals
                      Auburn’s community concert band entertains enthusiastically

                      by Jude Lowell

Auburn Community      Hey,anlook at Wally — he’s turning(ACB)
                                                          purple,”        cians, smiles sweetly and asks, “Can’t we do it
       Band, 2003.    quips   Auburn Community Band                       all over again?”
       The band is    member between rehearsing Bach’s “Fugue In             Like Hutchings, Gary Truesdail, the band’s
  looking for a few   G Minor” and launching into a spirited ren-         new music director, has done his homework
  new community-      dition of “A Salute To Spike Jones.” A band         — and then some. An experienced conductor,
 minded musicians.    rehearsal session is perhaps best compared to       a clarinetist with the Sacramento Symphony
                      a slightly subdued Victor Borge performance         and Music Circus Orchestra for 20 years, and a
                      — the stray note used to punctuate a wry            retired public school music teacher, Truesdail
                      comment, a little gentle ribbing, a little laugh-   has already won the enthusiastic support of
                      ter, and a lot of very serious musicianship.        his fellow musicians. George Coe, trombonist
                         This rehearsal, the last before the arrival of   and one of five ACB board members, notes,
                      ACB’s new music director/conductor, is led by       “Truesdail brings a new professionalism. He’s
                      music teacher and flutist Cathy Hutchings who       going to raise the challenges a notch. He will
                      has been “volunteered” as the evening’s guest       make the band notable.”
                      conductor. Hutchings has done her home-                Starting as a community marching band
                      work. Coaxing and cajoling, repeating and           in 1999, when 12 local musicians answered
                      rephrasing, she boldly leads the way through        a newspaper ad, ACB has grown into a fully
                      old favorites and new play-throughs. When           instrumented (woodwind-brass-percussion)
                      the music dies, she thanks her fellow musi-         concert band. All musicians are volunteers

8        November/December 2004                   Perspectives
be they amateur or professional. They play
from an ever-evolving music menu of light
classics, show tunes and medleys, marches,
movie themes, classical, swing, light jazz and
big band. They perform for civic events, com-
munity activities, holiday concerts, parades,
fairs, festivals, and seasonal celebrations; in
schools, rose gardens, and retirement centers.
Their credits include the Auburn Art Walk,
the Auburn Fair, and the Auburn Fourth of
July celebration. Although they do make the
occasional foray off-site, for events such as the
Sacramento Band Festival, basically they are a
homebody band performing for Auburn and
Colfax area audiences 10 months a year.
   Many of the band’s current 25 members
have come back to music after long absences.
Saxophonist Wally Miners found his way to
ACB 55 years after playing clarinet in junior
high school. “In a long life I have never met
such a supportive group,” Miners says, “espe-
cially in times when it is more fashionable to       Auburn Community Band
picket or to protest. The band is a bonding         members practice together
experience.”                                           faithfully once a week.
   Board member Bob Brown, who was with
the 724th Air Force Band in WWII, put his
trombone away for some 51 years after learn-
ing that the band’s “other job” was recover-
ing bodies from the battlefields. Searching out
other musicians after a long hiatus, he joined
Sacramento’s Capitol Pop Concert Band.
He now plays with three bands, including
the ACB.
   Now in his mid-thirties, late-blooming musi-
cian Greg Sanenbach started studying the flute
five years ago. His devotion to his instrument                                                             ACB drummer
started with a harp and flute performance                                                                  Skip Tenney.
he attended in elementary school, his first
encounter with “live” music. At that concert,
seven-year-old Sanenbach heard “the voices of
the angels.” Hoping other school children can
have such an experience, Sanenbach is press-
ing for a program allowing local youngsters
to sit in on band rehearsals. Also, the ACB is
working towards developing a series of indoor
concerts for local schools.
     Members would like to encourage ACB
grow to at least 40 members, and would
especially like to encourage younger musi-          The Auburn Community Band meets on Wednesday
cians to join. The band has no age restric-         evenings at the Health For All facility, 4065 Grass
tions and requires no individual auditions for      Valley Highway, # 206, in the Discovery Business
membership. As long as prospective members          Park (just north of Dry Creek Road on the west
have sufficient experience (two years) on their     side of Hwy. 49). The facility opens at 6:30 p.m.;
instruments, can read music, are willing to         rehearsal starts at 7:05. For more information, con-
show up every week, and to take practice at         tact Mary Nolt (band president), 888-1801, or visit
home seriously, they are ready for rehearsal.

                                                       Perspectives                     November/December 2004       9
                         Auburn’s Old State Theater re-opens as an avant-garde film venue

                         by Persia Woolley

                                                                               a metamorphosis, thanks to the long-range
                                                                               creative thinking of the community. But in
                                                                               the meantime the poor old place was stand-
                                                                               ing empty. Fortunately, Auburn has a goodly
                                                                               share of creative entrepreneurs. Larry DeMates,
                                                                               whose resume includes years as a contractor,
                                                                               teamed up with David Tarvin, an ardent film
                                                                               buff, and Theresa Cote, a social worker who
                                                                               was looking for a chance to broaden her
                                                                                   “When we realized the State was standing
                                                                               vacant,” DeMates recalls, “we decided it was
                                                                               the perfect time and place to develop an art
                                                                               theater for the showing of foreign films, docu-
                                                                               mentaries, award winning shorts — the sort of
                                                                               small avant-garde theater you find in cities and
                                                                               university towns.”
                                                                                   Once it was clear they could get the per-

                         Generally,kindstermpainters, photographers,           mits for such a project, Tarvin and DeMates
   Theresa Cote, left,                  the   creativity brings to mind        set about cleaning up the place. “We must
 and Larry Demates       artists of all     —                                  have hauled half a ton of chewing gum out of
 pose in the brightly    musicians, sometimes writers or dancers, and          here,” Tarvin says with a smile. “We not only
     painted lobby of    certainly movie makers. These are people who          took out the old seats, we cleaned everything
the newly renovated      work hard to translate an idea into a reality,        thoroughly, repaired or replaced any broken
   Old State Theater.    each in his or her own field. Happily, there’s        parts and both sanded and refinished the
 The two, along with     another kind of creativity — the ability to see       wooden arms. No more musty-dusty smell.”
     another partner,    the potential of something that at the moment             They also redid the floor and repositioned
   David Tarvin, have    may be very plain, common, or even dowdy.             the chairs. “For starters, we took out every
  revived the theater    Take, for instance, the problem of a defunct          other row of seating, so there is twice the
    as a warm, com-      movie house such as the State Theater in              room between rows,” Tarvin notes. “I was
       fortable venue    downtown Auburn.                                      tired of not being able to stretch my legs and
     for independent        Built in 1930, the State served the town as        get comfortable when watching a movie.”
        and art films.   the only place to see films until the drive-in            The first two rows are laid out in traditional
                         was built near Highway 49, after World War II.        form, but from there on the seats begin to
                         The State was remodeled in 1970s and divided          be grouped in twos and threes, with a small
                         into two theaters in the 1980s. It continued to       table placed in front of each group for holding
                         show mainstream films until the opening of            snacks and drinks. There is even a wastebas-
                         the new Auburn Stadium 10-screen multiplex            ket attached to the table base.
                         two and a half years ago. At that point the               “My whole family was full of artists,” Cote
                         State simply closed its doors.                        says. “And when this idea came up, I knew it
                            Shortly after that, a grassroots group came        was something I wanted to be involved with.”
                         together to work toward making the State              A full partner with the two men, she has been
                         Theater the nucleus of a performing arts cen-         instrumental in making it happen, handling
                         ter. It is possible that within the next five to 10   bookings, schedules and ideas for promotion.
                         years the movie house will go through such                The playbill takes advantage of the free-

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                                                        State Theater

dom small, independent theaters have to book
unusual films. Many are award winners, such
as the Korean “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
and Spring” while others are picked to coin-
cide with events in the town. The documen-
tary “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion” was sched-
uled to coincide with the return visit of the
Tibetan Monks who had been in town in June.
   “We’re open for input from the audience,”
Cote emphasizes. “I’m developing a question-
naire asking people what they like, dislike,
and want to suggest about the theater and our
upcoming bookings.” So far suggestions have
ranged from running a series of Alec Guinness
comedies to mainstream Hollywood produc-
tions that have a unique connection with
Auburn, such as “Not as a Stranger,” made
from a novel written in Auburn during the
‘50s, and “Phenomenon,” filmed here in 1996.
   Lately, the fare has included documen-
taries such as “Super Size Me,” “Fahrenheit
9/11,” and the docudrama “A Day Without
a Mexican.” Fiction films have included
“Silverstreak” and “Intimate Strangers.”                           ,
   Two films are shown each night for a week
beginning on Friday, and the admission charge
of $7.50 applies to each movie. All you can
eat popcorn is $1, though seniors 62 and over
get both free popcorn and a beverage. Italian
sodas are made fresh, as are a variety of cof-
fee drinks. Aero Brewery provides two differ-
ent kinds of beer, and Winemakers bottle both
a red and a white under an Old State Theater
label. Snacks range from chicken wraps to
fruit and cheese bowls, all supplied by the
Newcastle Produce Co. Because alcohol is
served, admission is limited to those over 21.
   All told, it seems a very creative way to put
a dowdy old building to use and at the same
time provide patrons with a place to meet,
socialize, and discover a whole new range
of films.

For information about Old State Theater films and
times, call (530) 888-7936.

                                                    Perspectives   November/December 2004   11
              Dancing in the ^ Day                                     dents the tools necessary to create dances with
                                                                       more depth, emotion, and structure. Pairing
              A former dance company owner helps develop               the craft of choreography with improvisation
              a pilot dance program at Colfax High                     would work well because of the students’
                                                                       limited dance experience. A few had previous
              When Steve Rigney, a teacher at Colfax High              experience, but for most this was their first.
              School, approached me about working with                 Allowing each to choose their own move-
              his dance class, I initially demurred. I retired         ments would put them on an equal playing
              from teaching several years ago when I gave              field.
              up my Sacramento dance company and stu-                     Our focus determined, I got to work on the
              dio to pursue a different, not so exhausting,            curriculum. Using the principles of backwards
              career. But the lure of the classroom and the            design, which I learned from working with the
              opportunity to help develop a standards-based            Sierra North Arts Project, a professional devel-
              dance curriculum for a high school proved too            opment program that teaches standards-based
              strong. I said yes.                                      lesson planning to teachers, I devised a master
                 Funded by an Arts Work: Visual and                    lesson plan based on the elements Steve and
              Performing Arts Grant from the California State          I agreed made up the study of choreography.
              Department of Education and in partnership               This gave me six different units of study, each
              with the Sierra North Arts Project, we got to            tied to one or more of the Dance Standards.
              work. The objective of the grant program was             Each unit of study explored one element of
              to provide professional development in dance             choreography and included an explanation of
              for a collaborating team of teacher and artist           the element, examples of classroom exercises,
              to design a standards-based dance program                and vocabulary.
              and to implement the designed dance cur-                    I also created individual lessons, which I
              riculum as a pilot project in the classroom.             taught to Steve’s dance class. After each les-
              I worked with Steve to determine what the                son, Steve and I met to discuss what worked,
              focus of the pilot project should be. We settled         what didn’t, and what we would do differ-
              on choreography since his students create and            ently next time. I met with his students over
              perform their own dances each spring. Steve              a two-month period. Initially resistant, his
              had been frustrated in his attempts to interest          students opened up over time. They learned
              his students in exploring movement possibili-            about shape, energy, time, form and stimuli
              ties beyond the world of hip-hop.                        and motivations, the basic elements of chore-
                 Designing a curriculum that taught the basic          ography. We added a lesson on performance
              principles of choreography would give the stu-           techniques, to try to counteract problems his
                                                                       students encounter when performing in front
                                                                       of their families and peers.
                             If you’re interested                          The students began creating their dances as
                             in improving arts                         soon as I finished working with them. Because
                             education for kids…                       my approach was based on improvisation,
                             you’ll need a license.                    the students became comfortable with making
           The Arts License Plate, designed by renowned                different movement choices rather than relying
           California artist Wayne Thiebaud, is the first plate in     on steps they knew from cheerleading or
           the nation solely designed to benefit the Arts. Your pur-   music videos.
           chase of the Arts plate helps fund arts education and           Steve says the students developed dances
           local art programming in schools and communities            that were more structured and less derivative
           throughout California. Order your plate today by call-      than in the past. Our exploration of the use of
           ing (800) 201-6201 or visit                 stage space inspired the young dance makers
                                                                       to use places all around the stage rather than

12   November/December 2004                     Perspectives
Watching the arts work in Placer County schools
by Ruth Rosenberg

standing in straight lines. They began creating
more complex movements, each his or her
own. The dancers were still nervous but, by
using the strategies and skills we had given
them, began to enjoy performing. It helped
that they were able to perform in the high
school’s brand new theater for the first time.

Colfax High dance students practice one of many new
         dance positions being taught in a pilot dance
                                program at the school.

  Employing the VAPA                          1.4 Identify and use a wider
  Standards                                       range of space, time, and           SNAP is housed in the CRESS
                                                  force/energy to manipulate          Center in the School of Education at
  In working with the dance students              loco motor and axial move-          University of California, Davis, and
  at Colfax High, I used the State of             ments                               services a 12-county area extend-
  California Visual and Performing            1.5 Identify and analyze the vari-      ing from the Central Valley to the
  Arts Content Standards, and                     ety of ways in which a danc-        Lake Tahoe basin. SNAP services
  designed my lessons according to                er can move, use space, time,       schools/districts by providing profes-
  the practice know as “backwards                 and force/energy vocabulary.        sional development for pre-K through
  design.” Put forward in the book            2.1 Create a body of works of           university educators in the four arts
  Understanding by Design by Grant                dance demonstrating original-       disciplines of dance, music, theatre,
  Wiggins & Jay McTighe, and used by              ity, unity and clarity of intent.   and visual arts. SNAP offerings include
  the Sierra North Arts Project, this         2.2 Identify and apply basic music      workshops, workshop series, events,
  method has you starting with what               elements (rhythm, meter,            institutes, seminars, and opportunities
  you want your students to come                  tempo, timbre) to construct         for curriculum and assessment.
  away with, then planning your les-              and perform dances.
  sons to assure this goal is met.            2.4 Perform original works that         SNAP partners with area arts orga-
                                                  employ personal artistic            nizations and county offices of edu-
  The over-arching idea I wanted                  intent and communicate              cation in providing opportunities for
  them to come away, or “enduring                 effectively.                        teachers and artists. All SNAP offer-
  understanding,” was that “chore-                                                    ings align to the State of California
  ography is a process that requires          Use of the content standards and        Visual and Performing Arts Content
  both creativity and craft.” I worked        backwards design methods gives          Standards and address the priorities
  primarily with standards from the           teachers lesson plans that achieve      of the California Arts Project involving
  artistic perception and creative            their goals. Training in these meth-    direct engagement with the artistic
  expression content strands. These           ods are available from the Sierra       process, direct applications to class-
  standards provide the basic choreo-         North Arts Project (SNAP), one          room teaching, and the development
  graphic tools, or craft, needed to          of six sites of the California Arts     of teacher leaders in arts education.
  create a dance and also encourage           Project (TCAP) located on univer-       For more information, contact
  the dancer’s individual creativity:         sity campuses throughout the state.     (530) 752-9683 or visit
                                                                  —Ruth Rosenberg

                                                           Perspectives                  November/December 2004                  13
                          2004 Arties Presented at                            “A Little Princess” Wins
                          October Gala                                        SARTA Elly Award

                                                The Arts Council of Placer    The musical “A Little Princess,” written by
                                                County’s annual Arties        Michelle Coder, of Music and More Arts
                                                Awards event was held         Academy, and South Indian musician Ramana
                                                before an enthusiastic        Ramaynam won a SARTA Elly in September for
                                                audience in Rocklin’s         Best Original Adapted Work. The two made
                                                Sunset Center on October      “Princess” into a musical, staying true to the
                                                3. Angela Tahti, the          book in the adaptation.
                                                council’s executive               “I’m so glad the piece got an award because
                                                director, presented Arties    it represented the inspiration, talent, ideas,
                                                to the following:             sweat and tears of a dedicated cast, crew, and
                                                    Sarah Holster of          musicians who plugged away for an entire
                                                North Tahoe Arts, the Arts    year,” said Coder. “What we did, though
                                                Administration award;         we couldn’t see it at times, was touch some
        At the Arties     Todd Wilkinson of Colfax, the Arts Education        hearts and make some people think. Much of
       Awards event,      award; Miccie McNee of the Auburn Placer            this is due to the beauty and inherent power
     Deidre Trudeau       Performing Arts Center, the Arts Patron/            of Ramana’s classical carnatic South Indian
   (center) receives      Volunteer award; the Old State Theater in           compositions.”
        the Roseville     Auburn, the Business Support/Partnership                Every year the Sacramento Area Regional
         Cultural Arts    award; L. Luis “Larry” Ortiz, artist and founder    Theatre Alliance (SARTA) presents Elly Awards
Commission award          of the Arties program, for artistic excellence      for excellence in regional theatre arts. Other
     for Art in Public    in the Visual Arts; Janis Dice, freelance writer    Placer County winners this year were Nick
     Places. Trudeau      and contributor to Perspectives, for artistic       Adorno of Magic Circle Theatre, Leading Actor,
     is pictured with     excellence in Literary Arts; Joan Walker,           Child, Young People’s Theater; Floyd Harden,
   Roseville Cultural     Roseville Art Center board president, the           Big Idea Theatre, Leading Actor, Drama; and
Arts Commissioners        Phyllis Butz award, a special achievement           Debbie Norris of Oak Ridge High School,
        (left to right)   award named for the arts council leader who         Choreography, Education.
  Sandra Anderson,        died earlier this year.
         Sahib Lanre         The City of Roseville Cultural Arts              New Tahoe artists’ group
       Hassan, chair;     Commission presented awards to Deidre               mounts first show
  Cheryl Small, and       Trudeau of Roseville, Artiful i Gallery owner,
      Marsha Steed.       for Art in Public Places; artist Gayle Rappaport-   A group of 12 North Tahoe artists, led by
                          Weiland, for her Educational Art Program;           sculptor and painter Jeremy Mayer, recently
                          NEC Electronics, as Business Supporter of the       held its first show, a one-day event staged
                          Arts; Bill Hastings, who began and directs the      in Tahoe City on September 17. Called
                          Roseville Community Band, as Adult Artist; and      “remoteviewing: Art Event One,” the show
                          Micah Black, an award-winning ceramic artist,       included a diverse range of media, created
                          and Young Artist.                                   by artists who work mostly without gallery
                             Other awards were presented by the City          representation. Hors d’oeuvres and wine were
                          of Rocklin and the Lincoln Arts and Culture         served, and DJ Dub was spinning records all
                          Foundation. The Auburn Arts Commission              night.
                          honored one of its members, Mariko Leonard,            A raffle was held at the show, part of the
                          for her dedicated service.                          proceeds from which went toward a $200
                             Music was provided by drummer Jimmy              donation to Project MANA, the local food shelf.
                          Robinson and his combo, featured at the arts        Nearly 30 local businesses made donations.
                          council’s “Jazz at 808” series.                     The grand prize was a beach cruiser bike

14          November/December 2004                     Perspectives
donated by The Factory Bike Shop in Olympic            Earlier this
Valley.                                            year, a work
   Mayer, who’s been in North Tahoe since          by Auburn
1990, is best known for his typewriter             artist Reif
sculptures, the most impressive of which is        Erickson was
perhaps the life-size male figure he created on    chosen for
commission. The work took roughly 12,000           the Auburn/
hours to create. It now stands complete with       GrassValley/
motions sensors and a micro-processor that is      Nevada City
programmed to make the figure move when            SureWest
someone passes by.                                 directory                                               Irene Lester, shown
   Mayer is passionate about advancing the         cover.                                                  with her SureWest
art scene in North Tahoe and to help unite a           SureWest
                                                                                                           pastel, “Poppies
diverse and exciting but fragmented sector of      is accepting
                                                                                                           On the Hill.”
the area’s community.                              artist
   “I want this to become a part of the            applications
community,” he said, “something that will          for the 2005 “Bringing Art Back to Business”
last with or without the core group.” The          program. For more, visit
group’s next show, Art Event 2 is planned for      directories/community/artist/index.php.
December, date to be announced.
   Artists participating in Art Event One were
Mayer (mixed media, drawings, assemblage,            Artrageous: Held in conjunction with Rocklin’s
sculpture), Mary Kenny (art teacher at Sierra        annual “Hot Chili & Cool Cars” event, September
Nevada College — prints, mixed media) Jenny
                                                     25, Artrageous featured about 20 local artists
Palu (oils, mixed media), Jesse DeClerq (oils,
drawings), Sara Suffriti (oils, mixed media),        creating chalk masterpieces on pavement “canva-
Sara Orme-Johnson, (oils), Elaine Jerome             sas.” Pictured here are Ann Ranlett and her “part-
(paintings, drawings) Ahren Hertel (oils),           ner in chalk” Sandy O’Bleness working on their
Anthony Arevalo (oils, mixed media on vintage        10-hour production of “Psychedelic Red,” a wildly
handbags), Joe Taylor (graphite on paper), Kim       bright work of Sandy’s dog, Red. Local businesses
Savage (neon and steel sculpture), and Cleo          sponsored pavement sections, and proceeds ben-
Mayer (mixed media).                                 efited the Rocklin Unified School District’s visual
For more information, contact Jeremy Mayer at        and performing art program (VAPA).
                                                                                    “Citadel of Radiance”
Work chosen for SureWest phone                                                      Micah Black created “Citadel of
directory cover                                                                     Radiance,” he said, “to serve as both a
                                                                                    reminder and a tribute to the vastness
A pastel entitled “Poppies on the Hill,” by Fair                                    of man’s artistic endeavors, and the
Oaks artist Irene Lester, was recently chosen
                                                                                    monumental achievements that have
for the cover of SureWest Directories 2005
Roseville telephone directory. Lester’s artwork                                     marked out existence.” Black, a 2004
was chosen as part of SureWest’s annual                                             graduate of Granite Bay High School,
“Bringing Art Back to Business” directory cover                                     won the $1000 Best of Show award
art program. A member of the Pastel Society of                                      in Roseville Arts Center’s recent 29th
the West Coast and a signature member of the                                        Annual Open Show at the 405 Gallery
Sierra Pastel Society, Lester has been painting                                     in Roseville. The Open Show featured a
with pastels for almost 30 years.                    selection of 52 artworks from about 300 entered from 33 states.

                                                     Perspectives                     November/December 2004                 15
                          Luxuriously Enveloping — the sounds of Chamber Music Alive!’s season opener
                          review by Ronald D. Greenwood

                         On (CMA!) opened its3,second season at
                                Sunday, October Chamber Music                      apparently not performed in public until 1869,
                                                                                   more than 50 years after its creation. It begins
                         Sierra College’s Dietrich Theatre. The perfor-            with Allegro moderato, quite melodious in
                         mance was magnificent in the superb fashion               sonata form, followed by an Andante in F with
                         we have come to expect from CMA! and its                  a minor key middle section, then a Menuetto
                         music director, Ben Dominitz.                             (allegretto), a minuet with a trio in Eb and
                            The music — by Schubert, Schumann, and                 viola tune and ends with a vigorous Rondo
                         Debussy — covered a century of composition                (allegretto) with quite familiar-sounding melo-
                         — 1817 to 1917. The performers were Stephen               dies. The trio was performed superbly and
                         Harrison (cello), Susan Freier (viola), Natsuki           the gentle nature of the piece was abundantly
                         Fukasawa (piano), and Ben Dominitz (violin).              apparent.
                         As they played, one could imagine oneself in                 Next was Debussy’s Sonata for Violin
                         a drawing room in Vienna 80 years ago envel-              and Piano, Lesure 140 (1917) (Dominitz and
                         oped in the strains of their luxurious music.             Fukasawa), first performed in May of 1917.
                         These performers have the grace and ability to            The work’s three movements were wonder-
                         create such an atmosphere.                                fully played. The allegro vivo opens with, as
                            The program began with the Schubert String             Dominitz states, “a haunting motif that creates
                         Trio #2 in Bb Maj. D581 (1817) (Dominitz,                 a sense of mystery.” This opening theme is
                         Freier, and Harrison). This gentle and melodic            that of the finale as well. The violin creates
                                                           piece was               the sensual feeling in this piece.
                                                                                      The program concluded with Schumann’s
                                                                                   Quartet for Piano and Strings Op. 47 in Eb
                                                                                       Maj. (1842), one of the most beautiful
                                                                                       pieces in the entire music repertoire. The
                                                                                      Sostenito assai begins with a slow opening
                                                                                     section followed by a lively piano predomi-
                                                                                    nance with subsequent returns to the slow
                                                                                   opening theme. The Scherzo is all excitement
                                                                                   with an almost racing ferocity. The Andante
                                                                                   cantabile begins with a tender and lovely cello
                                                                                   theme continued beautifully by the violin and
                                                                                   then the other instruments, and the Finale is
                             CMA!’S OPENING                                        again vigorous. Dominitz points out that this
                           CONCERT PERFORMERS:                                     is one of the “most structurally unified” of
           Violist Susan Freier (left) has been a member of the                    Schumann’s larger works. Schumann’s wife
     Chester String Quartet, faculty member at Indiana University and Pacific      Clara described the Op. 47 as “a beautiful
     Music Festival and, since 1989, on the Stanford University faculty.           work, so youthful and fresh.” This ensemble
     Cellist Stephen Harrison (center) is a former principal cellist of the        allowed every sinew of the youthful excite-
     Opera Company of Boston, the New England Chamber Orchestra, and               ment and loving tenderness of this master-
     the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco. He has been on the faculty of          piece to emerge and juxtaposed these aspects
     Stanford University since 1983.                                               with great finesse. Its performance was indeed
                                                                                   a triumphant credit to both the virtuosity and
     Pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, (right) a Fulbright scholar, graduated from         caring presentation of CMA!
     the Julliard School and the Prague Academy of Music. She is pianist for the
     Jalina Trio, has performed internationally, and has several CD releases
                                                                                   CMA!’s next concert is Sunday, January 30, 2005, at
                                                                                   the Dietrich Theatre, Sierra College, Rocklin. Tickets are
      Performers var y in each CMA! concer t; the constant is music                available at the Sierra College Foundation.
                  director and violinist Ben Dominitz                              (916) 789-2920.

16          November/December 2004                          Perspectives
Through November 6: Ribbons of Hope Open Art Show. Work
interpreting ribbons on the theme of hope, commemorating the 20th
anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Artful-i
Gallery, 212 Elefa St., corner of Elefa & Washington. (916) 773-2242.

November 11 – December 11: 11th Annual Autumn Art Studios
Tour Show. Selections from studios tour artists. (The studios tour is
Nov. 12, 13, 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., throughout western Placer County.)
Artiful i Gallery, 212 Elefa St., corner of Elefa & Washington.
(916) 773-2242.

Through December 1: The Oval Obsession, an exploration of the
organic nature of the oval, mixed media show by Beatrice Pizer. 2237
Gallery. Williams & Paddon Architects & Planners, Inc., 2237 Douglas
Blvd. (916) 786-8178.

December 16 – January 8: One With the Sun, a celebratory contem-
porary show by area artist and gallery owner Deidre Trudeau. Also
featured, a collection of works (including miniatures) by various local
artists. Artful-i Gallery, 212 Elefa St., corner of Elefa & Washington.
(916) 773-2242.

January – February: Roseville Arts Center’s Annual Membership
Show. At Roseville Arts Center’s 405 Gallery, 405 Vernon St. (No
shows in November and December.) (916) 786-7827.

January 17 – March 5: Artists in Action, 33rd Annual
Membership Show. Opening reception 3rd Saturday, Jan.17,
6:30 – 9 p.m. Judges: Gayle Rappaport Weiland and David Lobenberg.
405 Gallery, 405 Vernon St. (916) 786-7827.

Ongoing: 3rd Saturday Art Tour. Free art viewing and Open House
every Third Saturday of the month, 6:30 - 9 p.m., in participating
galleries: 405 Gallery, 405 Vernon St.; The Art House Children’s
Gallery, 424 Oak St.; Owl Club, 109 Church St., Old Roseville;
Studio 5 Gallery, 510 Oak St.; 2237 Gallery, 2237 Douglas Blvd.;
Borders Books, 2030 Douglas Blvd.; Frostad Atelier, 8609 Auburn
Folsom Rd., Granite Bay; Triple Vision Art, 6661 Stanford Ranch             “Nain de Jardin” by Capucine, on display at the South Pine Cafe,
Road, Suite E, Rocklin; FastFrame, 1132 Galleria Blvd., Artful i            102 Richardson in Grass Valley, through November 30.
Gallery, Elefa and Washington; Noel Flynn Gallery and Frame
Factory, 1725 Santa Clara Dr.; Cascades New American Cuisine,
1420 E. Roseville Parkway; Sun City Roseville Fine Arts Club,
Timber Lodge, Del Webb Blvd.; and C R Gallery, 625 Vernon St.               Western Placer County
Maps available at all galleries and the Roseville Arts Center. To print a
map, visit (916) 786-7827.                          Through November 18: Autumn Art Studios Tour Preview Show.
                                                                            A colorful sampling of works by studios tour artists. More than 80 artists
                                                                            are showing in the western Placer County studios tour, November 12,
Rocklin                                                                     13, 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day. Preview show at The Arts Building,
                                                                            808 Lincoln Way. For details about the show and tour, (530) 885-5670.
Through November 18: Casey O’Conner & Richard Shaw: Slipcast
Ceramics in the Tradition of Trompe’oeil. Ridley Gallery,                   Auburn
Suite 102, Learning Resource Center, Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Rd.
(916) 789-2873.                                                             November 23 – January 7: Holidays Celebration, featuring the eight
                                                                            artists of OLAS (Old Library Art Studios); Paula Amerine, Melissa
December 6 – 11: Annual Holiday Art Sale. Works in all media by             Arnold, Beth Brooks, Kerry Clark, Thien Dao, Gerda Francesca,
local professional artists and Sierra College student artists. Reasonably   Tommie Moller, and Merridee Joan Smith. Other invited artists will
priced pieces from cards to ceramics, paintings, and sculptures. Sale       contribute to this holiday celebration of creativity. The Arts Building,
hours: Mon. – Thurs. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.           808 Lincoln Way. (530) 995-2787.
– 1 p.m. Ridley Gallery, Ste. 102, Learning Resource Center, Sierra
College, 5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 789-2873.                                   Through December 3: Photographs by Mark Howell, showing at
                                                                            Audio Editions, 908 Lincoln Way. (530) 888-7803 ext. 218.
                                                                            November – December: Old Town Gallery Artists’ Holiday Works.
Through November 20: Davida Douglas Paintings & Shiona Hall                 A feast of artworks in all media by the 44 artist members of Auburn
Ceramics. At Lincoln Arts, 580 Sixth St. For details, (916) 645-9713.       Old Town Gallery, 218 Washington St. (530) 887-9150.
November 23 – December 18: Annual Holiday Shoppe in the Lincoln             November – December: Latitudes Galleries. Well-known local and
Arts Gallery. 580 Sixth St. For details, (916) 645-9713.

                                                                     Perspectives                       November/December 2004                      17
regional artists showing work in rotating exhibits in an historic
Auburn Victorian, Latitudes Restaurant, 130 Maple St. For details, call
art curator Rosie Stilwell, (530) 885-1121.

November – December: Art Can Heal. Art in a variety of media cho-
sen for its healing qualities. Work by area artists and students from
local schools. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Hallway Galleries,11815
Education Dr. (530) 389-8504.

Ongoing: Pastels by Margot Schultze & Reif Erickson. Sunset Oaks
Framing and Gallery at Fiddler Green Plaza, 1273 Grass Valley Hwy.
(530) 885-4858.

North Tahoe/Truckee
Through November 14: People and Places in Pastels by Carol
David. Main Gallery. North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe
City. (530) 581-2787.

Through November 14: Autumn’s Bounty, an Open Invitational in
the Corison Gallery. North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe
City. (530) 581-2787.
                                                                          “Negro Man Climbing Stairs to Movie Theatre, Belzoni, Mississippi,
November 19 – December 28: Annual North Tahoe Arts Members’
Show. Corison Gallery, North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd.,            1939,” photo by Marion Post Wolcott, whose work is being shown
Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.                        at the Viewpoint Gallery, in Sacramento, through December 18.
November 26 – December 19: HollyART Holiday Boutique, a cel-
ebration of the holidays through fine arts and crafts, on view and for    8111 North Lake Blvd., #5, Kings Beach. (530) 546-3491.
sale, by local and regional artists. Boutique items include handmade
glass plates, knitted scarves, jewelry, gnomes, candles, reindeer, and    Ongoing: Lakeside Gallery & Gifts. Original art, prints, watercolors,
much more. Ten percent of profits to benefit Arts for the Schools.        jewelry, art supplies, framing and art classes. 8636 North Lake Blvd.,
Opening reception Fri., Dec. 3, 5 – 7 p.m. Boutique hours: Daily          Kings Beach. (530) 546-3135.
(except Tuesday) 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake
Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.                 Ongoing: Potter’s Wheel. Fine-quality crafts by regional artists.
                                                                          Specializing in pottery, woodworking, and watercolors. 8331 North
Ongoing: ARTisan Shop carries a variety of original artwork by            Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. (530) 546-8400.
North Tahoe Arts’ members. 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.
(530) 581-2787.                                                           Ongoing: Keoki Flagg Gallery of Fine Arts. Features limited edition
                                                                          fine art photography from internationally acclaimed photographer
Ongoing: Galleria Chipotle: A Multicultural Art Center. Offers            Keoki Flagg, as well as original glass and hand-painted ceramics from
residents and visitors a chance to explore and celebrate cultural         other artists exclusive to the gallery. Galleries in the Village at Squaw
similarities and differences through their mutual interest in the arts.   Valley and at 419-3 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 583-1419.

                                                                          Ongoing: Vista Gallery. Contemporary art in a variety of media
                                                                          —- printmaking, mixed media, photography, ceramics, painting, and
                                                                          sculpture. Also, the area’s largest collection of nostalgic and vintage
                                                                          photographs. 7081 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista. (530) 546-7794.

                                                                          Ongoing: Pogan Gallery. Original paintings of Lake Tahoe and the
                                                                          Sierra by the nation’s top landscape painters. 6921 North Lake Blvd.,
                                                                          Tahoe Vista. (530) 546-7846.

                                                                          Ongoing: Mountain Leaf Fine Art & Gifts. Paintings by Marsha Neu
                                                                          and other local artists, unique jewelry. 521 North Lake Blvd., Ste.
                                                                          G202, Tahoe City. (530) 583-0380.

                                                                          Ongoing: Lake of the Sky Gallery. Landscape and fine art photog-
                                                                          raphy by Richard Francis Topper; designer jewelry by Michou. 521
                                                                          North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. (530) 583-2722.

                                                                          Outside Placer County
                                                                          Through November 30: Capucine in Grass Valley. The South Pine
                                                                          Cafe in Grass Valley is transformed with a show of Capucine’s water-
                                                                          colors. Cafe is open daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 102 Richardson, Grass
                                                                          Valley. (530) 389-2533. For more information visit

                                                                          November 3 – December 5: Winter Treasures featuring artists
                                                                          Jennifer Franz, Don Pagano and Ted Sanders. Sander’s bold acrylics,
                                                                          Pagano’s sensitive watercolors, and Franz’s luminous oil pastels bring

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the viewer a variety of styles and a sense of what the artists value
and treasure most. Reception 2nd Saturday, November 13, 5:30 – 9
p.m., at The New Artworks Gallery, 10239 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks
Village. (916) 962-7362.

November 5 – December 18: Photographs by Marion Post Wolcott,
mostly made during the 1930s and 1940s for the Farm Security
Administration. Second Saturday Reception November 13, 5:30 – 8:
30 p.m. Gallery hours: Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., noon to 4 p.m.; Wed.,
noon to 7:45 p.m. Viewpoint Gallery, Sacramento Valley Photographic
Art Center, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 441-2341.

December 8 – January 2: Annual Holiday Off the Wall Show.
An all-member show of original art. Reception 2nd Saturday,
December 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m. The New Artworks Gallery, 10239 Fair
Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks Village. (916) 962-7362.

Ongoing: Art Attack Gallery. Award-winning gallery features many
artists and hosts live meet-the-artists events throughout the year. 868
Tahoe Blvd. #13, Incline Village, Nevada. (775) 831-7400.

Ongoing: Works by major regional and national artists at Julie
Baker Fine Art Gallery, 120 N. Auburn St. Ste. 100, Grass Valley.
(530) 273-0910.

Ongoing: Vrooman Woodcarving & Wildlife Gallery. Original wild-
life woodcarvings, paintings, sculptures, and photography. Featuring
national and local artists.10115 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee.
(530) 587-8104.
                                                                              “Here’s Mama,” a three-plate color etching by Elaine Rothwell,
Ongoing: Artists of Tahoe/Arts Desire. Art gallery promoting local            one of 44 member artists showing at Auburn’s Old Town Gallery.
artists of Lake Tahoe and close surrounding areas. 761 Northwood
Blvd., Incline Village, Nevada. (775) 831-3011.
                                                                              and Asia, dating from the 15th century to the present. The museum
Ongoing: Local Color. A paint-your-own ceramics studio with local             also offers special exhibitions, lectures, educational programs, work-
artists’ exhibits monthly. 931 Tahoe Blvd, Ste. 3A, Incline Village,          shops, concerts, and events. For a complete list of activities for all ages
Nevada. (775) 833-3387.                                                       call (916) 264-5157 or visit 216 O St.,
Ongoing: The Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College.
Contemporary artwork by emerging and nationally known artists in a
variety of media. 800 College Dr., Incline Village, Nevada. (775) 831-1314.   Music & Dance
Ongoing: Marty Gessler: Portraits & Oils on Canvas. Works by an
Auburn artist on display at the American River College Gallery, 4700          Roseville
College Oak Dr., Sacramento. (916) 484-8011.
                                                                              November 20: Circle of Song, presented by Reconciliation Singers
                                                                              Voices of Peace (RSVP) and the Sacramento Master Singers. Two of
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento                                                the region’s finest choral ensembles join to present a free concert at
                                                                              First Presbyterian Church of Roseville, 7:30 p.m. Donations will ben-
Through November 7: Drawing from Italy from 1550 – 1650: Works                efit the Neighborhood Breakfast Program, a Roseville-based food pro-
from the Crocker and Solovy Collections.                                      gram for school age children. RSVP is Placer County’s versatile a cap-
                                                                              pella ensemble; the Sacramento Master Singers is the area’s premier
November 5 – January 9, 2005: Edward Weston: Life Work. A 100-                chamber choir. (916) 624-9419.
image survey of a great American photographer that includes an
outstanding grouping of vintage prints from all phases of Weston’s            December 4: The EDLOS Holiday Show. Bring on the holidays with
five-decade career.                                                           laughter for the entire family with the “bad boys of a capella.” At 8 p.m.
                                                                              at the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St. Tickets run from $15 – $25.
November 20 – January 30, 2005: Neo Mod: Recent Northern                      Sorry, no discounts or coupons. For reservations, call (916) 782-1777.
California Abstraction. Surveys cutting-edge abstract painting being
produced in the region today.                                                 December 11: Joni Morris and the After Midnight Band Holiday
                                                                              Show. Fabulous music and a funny, wonderful performer. A great
Continuing: European Painting from the Collection, European                   holiday show! At 8 p.m. at the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St.
Galleries. Introduces museum visitors to the subjects and styles rep-         Tickets run from $15 – $25. Sorry, no discounts or coupons. For res-
resented by our European collection; includes a small selection of            ervations, call (916) 782-1777.
decorative arts rarely seen on display.
                                                                              December 17 – 18: 11th Annual Holiday Fete, a dance show pre-
Continuing: Early California Painting Collection. Demonstrates the            sented by Roseville High School’s intermediate and advanced dance
artistic vitality of Northern California through the 1870s.                   classes. At Woodcreek High School. All seats $7; on sale starting Nov.
                                                                              30, 6:45 a.m. (tickets sell out quickly). Shows at 7 p.m. both nights;
The Crocker’s collection includes works from Europe, North America,           matinee Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. (916) 782-3753, ext. 3800.

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                                                                         December 16, 18 & 19: Nutcracker Ballet 2004 by Sierra Nevada
                                                                         Dance. Presented by Arts for the Schools at Cal Neva Frank Sinatra
                                                                         Showroom, North Shore. Dec. 16, 7 p.m.; Dec. 18 & 19, 1 p.m.
                                                                         (530) 546-4602.

                                                                         January 7: Baba Jamal, the Story Man. With wit and wisdom, Jamal
                                                                         brings stories alive through song, rhythm, and rhyme. Presented by
                                                                         Arts for the Schools at Cal Neva Frank Sinatra Showroom, North
                                                                         Shore, 7 p.m. (530) 546-4602.

                                                                         Outside Placer County
                                                                         November 5 – 14: Fall Festival of Classics 2004. Timothy Durkovic,
                                                                         international pianist; Topaz, Bay Area chamber greats; piano four-
                                                                         hands, Paul Perry & Ken Hardin; and the 90-member Music in the
                                                                         Mountains Chorale. Presented by Music in the Mountains.
                                                                         (530) 265-6124 or

                                                                         November 20: Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra, conducted by
                                                                         William “Bill” Hill, presents a program of contemporary and classical
                                                                         music at the First United Methodist Church, 3101 Colusa Hwy.,Yuba
                                                                         City, 8 p.m. For details, (530) 269-0395 or www.sierranevadawinds
“Nude,” gelatin silver print by Edward Weston. An exhibit of             November 28: Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra Plays In The
Weston’s work is showing at the Crocker Art Museum                       Clouds — All Mozart Matinee. Program includes Overture to La
through January 9.                                                       Betulia Liberata, Concerto No. 7 in F for Three Pianos, and Symphony
                                                                         No. 36 (Linz). At the Community Center Theater, Sacramento, 2
                                                                         p.m. A pre-concert lecture called “In the Clouds,” will be presented
January 7 – 8: Everybody Dance Now, a fast-paced review designed         at 1 p.m. at the center. For tickets and details, (916) 732-9045 or
to appeal to all ages. Presented by Oakmont High School’s Dance
Department. Guest performance by Roseville High’s Dancin’ Feat.
Tickets on sale Jan. 3 at (916) 782-3781.                                December 10 – 12: Holiday Choral Concerts. Best-loved favorites of
                                                                         the Holiday Season. Presented by Music in the Mountains. (530) 265-
Rocklin                                                                  6124 or
November 17: Jazz Night at Sierra College. Dietrich Theatre, 7:30
p.m. Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 789-2920.                    Ongoing: Mondavi Center Presents. World-class performances of
                                                                         music, dance, and drama; also, well-known speakers’ presentations
December 4: Winter Choral Concert. Dietrich Theatre, 7:30 p.m.           and concerts for children. On the UC Davis campus. For a complete
Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 789-2920.                         schedule of events, call (530) 752-1915 or visit

December 5: Winter Instrumental Concert. Dietrich Theatre, 2 p.m.
Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 789-2920.                         Museums
Auburn                                                                   Roseville
November 26 – 28 & December 3 – 5: 7th Annual Nutcracker                 Roseville Telephone Co. Museum, 106 Vernon Street
presented by Placer Theatre Ballet. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and        With exhibits detailing the history of telephone communications and
Sundays, 1 p.m. Tickets and info at (916) 630-7820 or                    of the Roseville Telephone Company, the museum offers a portrayal                                              of an often-overlooked aspect of the past. Displays include old-style
                                                                         switchboards and telephones; models range to present day.
December 14: Auburn Symphony’s Messiah Sing-Along. Highlights            (916) 786-1621.
from Handel’s holiday favorite presented by guest soloists and the
audience — all led by maestro Michael Goodwin. At Placer High            Maidu Interpretive Center-Indian Museum and Nature Learning
Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (530) 823-6683                   Center
or                                            Offers Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. tours of ancient Nisenan (southern
                                                                         Maidu) village site & Saturday 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. tours, featuring over
Truckee/North Tahoe                                                      300 bedrock mortars, petroglyphs and evidence of thousands of years
November 4: Taylor 2, pure grace and inventive wit. Nationwide 2004      of occupation by the Maidu. Interpretive Center offers exhibits, nature
celebration of 50 years of dance by Paul Taylor, a legend and cultural   trail, family weekend programs, campfires, “old ways” classes, camps,
icon. Presented by Arts for the Schools at Cal Neva Frank Sinatra        and more. Center is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.. 1960
Showroom, North Shore, 7:30 p.m. (530) 546-4602.                         Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville. (916) 772-4242.

November 28: Living Voices “The Right to Dream.” The story of            Rocklin
a young woman coming of age in the 1950s as an African-American          Rocklin History Museum, 3895 Rocklin Rd.
in Mississippi. Presented by Arts for the Schools at the NTHC            Opened in June 2002, the museum houses a history timeline, Whitney
Community Center, Tahoe Vista. (530) 546-4602.                           Family items, Indian artifacts, quarry tools and railroad items, Ruben
                                                                         Ruhkala paintings, and a Rocklin Jubilee display, as well as many
December 10 – 11: The Nutcracker, ballet by Tahoe Dance                  historic photos. Also on display are a quarry photo supergraphic, a
School. Presented by Arts for the Schools at Cal Neva Frank Sinatra      quarry layout with a description of quarry operation, geology exhib-
Showroom, North Shore. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11, 2 & 7:30 p.m.        its, and Rocklin’s Centennial quilt. The architectural style of the small
(530) 546-4602.                                                          Victorian home that houses the museum is typical of many early

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1900’s Rocklin homes. Its original doors, cabinetry, woodwork and
exterior trim are good examples of the period. (916) 624-2355.

Griffith Quarry Museum, Taylor and Rock Spring roads
Griffith Quarry’s history dates back to its founding in 1864. The quar-
ry was major supplier of granite for many of California’s buildings,
including the State Capitol in Sacramento. The museum houses exhib-
its reflecting the history of the granite industry in the region. Three
miles of nature trails offer views of old quarry sites. (916) 663-1837.
Tours (530) 889-6500.

Placer County Museum, 101 Maple Street
On display on the first floor of the Placer County Courthouse are
exhibits representing the chronological history of Placer County, from
the Pleistocene era to contemporary times. Also on display is the
Pate Native American Collection of over 400 items. Docents offer free
walking tours of Old Town Auburn every Saturday starting at 10 a.m.;
tour groups meet at the front entrance of the courthouse.
(530) 889-6500.

Bernhard Museum Complex, 291 Auburn-Folsom Road
This complex was built as an inn called Travelers Rest in 1851.
The house, one of the oldest wooden structures in Placer County,
was added in 1868. Now restored, the house is furnished with late
Victorian pieces. Also located in the complex is an 1874 winery, one
of the first in the state, a reconstructed carriage barn, and Gallery
One, home of the Placer Arts League. Docent tours, permanent and
seasonal exhibitions. (530) 889-6500.

Gold Country Museum, 1273 High Street
This museum chronicles the rich history of gold mining in the region.
Exhibits include gold panning demonstrations, a walk through a man
shaft, an operational stamp mill model, and displays showing the
lifestyle of Gold Country residents during the Gold Rush. At the Gold
Country Fairgrounds. (530) 889-6500.

Joss House Museum and Chinese History Center, at Sacramento
Street and Brewery Lane, Old Town Auburn
This historic building is almost completely restored and will soon
be open to the public. The original temple altar is preserved in this
Chinese house of worship; on display are artifacts representative
of the lives of the Chinese people during the Gold Rush. Open by
appointment. (530) 823-2613.

Foresthill Divide Museum, 24601 Harrison Street
Museum displays portraying the history of the Foresthill and Iowa Hill
Divides include a model of the Foresthill Logging Company, firefight-
ing equipment, depictions of life during the Gold Rush and of early
modes of transportation. (530) 889-6500.

Dutch Flat
Golden Drift Museum, 32820 Main Street
The colorful history of the “Golden Triangle” — Dutch Flat, Gold
Run, Alta/Towle — is shown in exhibits depicting boom days of
hydraulic mining, the rise of the county’s timber industry, the coming
of the transcontinental railroad, and the growth of communities. Tour
the town and all its historic buildings. (530) 889-6500.

Truckee/North Lake Tahoe
Gatekeepers Cabin Museum, 130 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
The museum houses artifacts of Lake Tahoe history, including pan-
eled history displays, illustrated pioneer stories, hundreds of historical
items, and a research library. One wing contains the Marion Steinbach
Indian Basket Museum, filled with a collection of more than 800
rare baskets from 85 tribes, and collections of Indian dolls, and
Southwestern pottery. (530) 583-1762.

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                                                                          November 21: Precious Cargo. Opening reception for a new exhibit
                                                                          at the Maidu Interpretive Center. The groundbreaking exhibit,
                                                                          Precious Cargo: California Indian Cradle Baskets and Childbirth
                                                                          Traditions, presents cradle baskets in their cultural context among
                                                                          Pomo and Western Mono peoples, with additional material from
                                                                          28 other tribal regions throughout the state. Show runs through
                                                                          January 24, 2005. The reception, 3 – 5 p.m., is $25 per prson. Maidu
                                                                          Interpretive Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 774-5934.

                                                                          December 14: 15th Annual Holiday Craft Faire. To be held rain or
                                                                          shine, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Maidu Community Center. (916) 774-5950.

                                                                          November – December: Holiday Cultural Events. For information
                                                                          about Roseville’s current cultural events, call the Cultural Arts Hotline
                                                                          at (916) 780-2787.

                                                                          November 19: Montana -- Beneath the Big Sky. Last presentation in
                                                                          Sierra College’s Fall 2004 Travelogue Series. At Dietrich Theatre, 5000
                                                                          Rocklin Rd. 7:30 p.m.

                                                                          November 12 – 13: Tenth Annual Cowpoke Fall Gathering.
                                                                          Cowboys and cowgirls share their poems and songs. Featuring well-
                                                                          known cowboy poets Baxter Black and Pat Richardson. Friday, 8
                                                                          p.m.; two shows on Saturday, 1 & 7 p.m. At the Blue Goose Fruit
                                                                          Shed, Taylor Rd., downtown. For poetry tickets and more info,
                                                                          (916) 652-6290. Tri-tip BBQ dinner Sat., 3 – 7 p.m. sponsored by the
                                                                          South Placer Heritage Foundation. For BBQ tickets, (916) 787-0878.
“Succulent,” a photograph by Mark Howell, whose work is                   Lincoln
showing at Audio Editions, in Auburn, through December 3.
                                                                          November 13: 5th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair at Lincoln Hills.
                                                                          Featuring Lincoln Hills artists, this event includes needle arts, fine
The Watson Cabin Living Museum, 560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City             arts (ceramics and painting), tole and decorative painting, stamping,
An outstanding, preserved, turn-of-the-century log cabin, built in 1908   photography, and much more. Ongoing demonstrations and a draw-
by Robert Montgomery Watson, Tahoe City’s first Constable.                ing for the beautiful Opportunity Quilt, as well as the cafe Soleil for
(530) 583-1762.                                                           snacks and a great bake sale. (916) 408-0221.

Emigrant Trail Museum, 12593 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee                     Auburn
Located in Donner Memorial State Park, this museum focuses on the         November & December Weekends: Nicholson Blown Glass 23rd
theme of the Donner Party. A 26-minute movie on the Donner Party          Annual Holiday Open Studio. Artists Rick and Janet Nicholson
is shown on the hour. Other exhibits portray the lives and arts of the    open their studio to the public for demonstrations. Nov. 19 – 21 &
Washoe Indians, early explorers, the building of the railroad through     26 – 28; Dec. 10 – 12 & 17 – 19. Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4
the Sierra Nevada, and the early days of Truckee. (530) 582-7892.         p.m.; Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. Corner of Bell and Cramer Roads, north of
                                                                          Auburn off Hwy. 49. (530) 823-1631 or
Outside Placer County                                           
Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter Street, Historic Folsom
Through February 6, 2005: Art Deco Season in Folsom, a new exhibit        November 13 – 14: Auburn Christmas Festival, a spirited festival
at Folsom History Museum. Sleek, exotic, geometric, graceful, decora-     of the season. Craft and graphic artists, live entertainment, fine festi-
tive, and much of what we have come to call modern, the Art Deco          val food and drink, and Santa and his Merry Elves & Carolers. Also
style emerged between the World Wars and found expressing in furni-       appearing is well-known cowboy poet and entertainer Sourdough
ture, architecture, film and theatre, jewelry, clothing, and much more.   Slim. Presented by Fire on the Mountain Festivals. At the Gold
The Sacramento Art Deco Society and the Folsom History Museum             Country Fairgrounds. For more, visit
present a smashing show. 823 Sutter St., Folsom. (916) 985-2707.                                                           November 20 – 21: Mountain Mandarin Festival, launching the har-
                                                                          vest season of the mandarin orange. Cooking demonstrations, recipe

Events & Festivals
                                                                               For more information visit
November 14: Westfield Works Wonders Shopping Day. Roseville
Arts Center is participating in a day of discount shopping, entertain-
ment, and prizes. Westfield Shopping Center Town — The Galleria at             the California Arts Council
Roseville — will come alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday
season, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tickets, $5 each, benefit the Roseville Arts          at
Center’s programs and services. For tickets, call (916) 783-4117.

November 20: Holiday Parade in downtown Roseville. Parade starts
at 10 a.m. For details, (916) 780-2787 or

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                                                                             November 12 & 13: 3rd Annual Beat Generation and Beyond
                                                                             Conference. Collaborative conference of art, film, poetry, and perfor-
                                                                             mance. Presentations by poet/performer Anne Waldman, jazz expert
                                                                             Tom Mazzolini, avant-garde filmographer Craig Baldwin, and artist
                                                                             Deborah Remington. Also, an exhibition of many Beat-era artists’
                                                                             work through November. Sponsored by John Natsoulas Gallery, 521
                                                                             First St., Davis, CA. (530) 756-3938.

                                                                             November 13 & 14: Art to Wear Show & Fashion Show. One-of-a-
                                                                             kind handcrafted garments, accessories, art to wear, and unique jew-
                                                                             elry. Fashion Show Sat., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. Art to Wear Sale Sat., Nov.
                                                                             13, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sun. Nov. 14., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Presented by the
                                                                             Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts at Shepard Garden and Arts
                                                                             Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 481-2348.

                                                                             January 15: 21st Annual Seconds Sale of the Sacramento Potters
                                                                             Group. Less than perfect pieces and pots at great prices. 10 a.m. – 2
                                                                             p.m. at 5330 B, Gibbons Dr. Carmichael, CA. (530) 472-1239.

                                                                             November - December: Roseville Historical Society at the Movies.
                                                                             Free classic movies every Thursday & Sunday, 1:30 p.m. 557 Lincoln
                                                                             St., Old Roseville. For schedule, call (916) 773-3003.

“Madam Nhu Blows Chiang Anger,” by Wally Hedrick, showing at                 Auburn
the 3rd Annual Beat Generation and Beyond Conference, at John                November 6: The Silver Screen Classic Movie Series: Road to Rio
                                                                             with Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour. 2 and 7 p.m. in
Natsoulas Gallery, in Davis, November 12 & 13.                               the Beecher Room, Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. Suggested dona-
                                                                             tion $5 general admission, $4 seniors and children. Presented by the
                                                                             library. For details, (530) 878-7938 or
contest, live entertainment on three stages, free activities for children.
Representatives from the many mandarin growers of Placer County.             November 6 – 7: Red Persimmons, a 90-minute Japanese documen-
At the Gold Country Fairgrounds. (916) 663-1918 or                           tary about Hoshigaki, the art of Japanese hand-dried persimmons, will                                                     show at 12 noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the Old State Theater. A live
                                                                             Hoshigaki demonstration, led by Tosh Kuratomi of Otow Orchard and
                                                                             other local growers and artists, will precede each showing. The rare
December 15 & 18: 18th Annual Country Christmas. Music, food,                hand-dried persimmon products will also be available for sale. Begun
vendors, and fun — all in the holiday spirit. In Old Town Auburn.            in 1980, the film was completed in 2001. Admission is $5 per person.
Photos with Santa in Old Town are scheduled for Dec. 15 & 22.                For more information call the theater business Line at (530) 888-7902
(530) 823-3836.                                                              or Joanne Neft, Placer County Ag Marketing at (916) 663-9126. The
                                                                             Old StateTheatre, 985 Lincoln Way.
November – December: NOON Programs at the Auburn Library.
Nov. 5, “Banana Belt of the Anarctic” with Carol Francis. Nov. 19,           December 4: Silver Screen Classic Movie Series: Singin’ in the
“Use It or Lose It; Brain Exercises for Wellness,” with Alice Jacobs         Rain with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. 2 and
Ed.D MS. Dec. 3, Music of Christmas by the E.V. Cain Choir. Free             7 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. in
presentations by Friends of the Library, Fridays at noon. Refreshments       Auburn. Suggested donation: $5 general admission and $4 for seniors
available; guests may bring bag lunches. Auburn Library,                     and children. Presented by the library. For details, (530) 878-7938 or
350 Nevada St. (530) 886-4500.                                     
Truckee/North Lake Tahoe                                                     November – December: Independent, Art, Limited Release, &
November 6: Squaw Valley Treasure Hunt. Potluck appetizers fol-              Foreign Films showing at the newly renovated Old State Theater.
lowed by an adventurous team hunt. Children welcome. Plaza Bay,              The addition of small tables and more leg room has created a more
Olympic House Lodge, Squaw Valley, 6 p.m. (530) 581-4138.                    comfortable, intimate film-viewing atmosphere. The theater now
                                                                             serves wine, Italian sodas, and other drinks, desserts, and, of course,
March 4 – 13: North Lake Tahoe Snow Festival. A tradition at                 popcorn. Open nightly. Must be 21 or older to attend. For schedule
North Tahoe, the 10-day winter carnival celebration provides winter          and times, call (530) 888-7936.
fun throughout the area. For details, visit
                                                                             January 8, 2005: Silver Screen Classic Movie Series: Dinner at
Outside Placer County                                                        Eight, the 1933 comedy with John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and
                                                                             Jean Harlow. At 2 and 7 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn
November 1 – 21: Annual Northern Mines Open Art Show spon-                   Library, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn. Suggested donation: $5 general
sored by Pioneer Arts Club. Original paintings and three-dimen-              admission and $4 for seniors and children. Presented by the library.
sional art. Reception Sunday, November 7, 2 – 5 p.m. at the Center           For details call (530) 878-7938 or
for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley. Gallery hours Thurs.
– Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (530) 265-6076.

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Theatre                                                                     November 19 – December 18: The Music Man. Comcast presents
                                                                            Meredith Willson’s tribute to small-town America at the turn of the
                                                                            century, a show that’s filled with laughter and music, including “76
Roseville                                                                   Trombones,” “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” and “Ya Got Trouble.” Fridays
November 5 – 27: Smoke and Mirrors. A riveting mystery-comedy               and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. At the Tower Theatre, 421
that will keep the audience guessing as a power-hungry film director        Vernon St., Roseville. Tickets are $21 general admission, $18 seniors
lures his timid screenwriter into a scheme to get rid of their insuf-       and students, $6 children 11 and under. For reservations, call
ferable star. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m; Sundays, 2 p.m.(no per-         (916) 782-1777.
formance Sat., Nov. 6). Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St. Tickets are
$16 general admission, $13 seniors and students, $6 children 11 and         December 2, 3 & 9, 10: Angels, Apprentices, and Other Disasters,
under. For reservations, (916) 782-1777.                                    presented by Youth and Little Ones Workshop. Some really green
                                                                            apprentice angels, a band of overly patient winged angels, and the
November 6: Black Tie Gala. Join the Magic Circle Theatre Company           people (past, present, and future) in Miss Lala’s life make for an
at a gala fundraising event that includes a silent auction, raffle, great   inspiring and hilarious Christmas adventure. At 7 p.m. at the Roseville
food, and fabulous entertainment from upcoming shows. Master                Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville. Tickets are $6 (children 3 and
of Ceremonies is Pat Hambright from Fox 40 KTXL presenting the              under are free). For details, call (916) 782-1777.
company’s Birdsall Awards (its version of the Tonys). At the Roseville
Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville. Starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are       December 12 – 23: Roger Hoopman’s Scrooge. Hoopman brings his
$25 general admission, $10 students. For details, call (916) 782-1777.      popular musical back to the Magic Circle stage for the fourth year in
                                                                            a row. At the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville. Tickets are
November 7: Jack Lynn: A Reflection on My Life in Theatre. This             $19 general admission, $16 seniors & students, $6 children 11 and
special performance is a wonderful insight into the life of a profes-       under. For reservations and times, call (916) 782-1777.
sional actor whose career spans some 60 years. A delightful story
teller, Lynn reminices about his respected friends and not-so-respect-
ed “acquaintances.” At 2 p.m. The Tower Theatre, 421 Vernon St.,            January 7 – February 12: Annie. An orphan girl in New York City
Roseville. All tickets are $20. For reservations, call (916) 782-1777.      teaches a grumpy millionaire to love again, while learning she can
                                                                            depend on people. The show is filled with musical numbers such
November 13 – December 4: Snow White. A sweet girl, an evil                 as “Hard-Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” and, of course, “Tomorrow.”
queen, a magic mirror, and a dwarf. Wait, just one dwarf? It’s Magic        Presented by the Magic Circle Guild. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.;
Circle’s hilarious take on the popular classic. Saturday afternoons at 2    Sundays, 2 p.m. At the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville.
p.m. At the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville. Tickets are $6    Tickets are $19 general admission, $16 seniors and students, $6 chil-
(children 3 and under are free). For details, call (916) 782-1777.          dren 11 and under. For reservations, call (916) 782-1777.

                                                                            January 15 – February 12: The Ugly Duckling. It’s not easy being
                                                                            different, but as this funny grey duck with a speech impediment says,
                                                                            (he says “honk” instead of “quack”), it’s always better to be yourself.
                          S O F T S PA R K L E                              Saturdays, 2 p.m. At the Roseville Theatre, 241 Vernon St., Roseville.
                                                                            Tickets are $6 (children 3 and under are free). For details, call
                                                                            (916) 782-1777.

                                                                            January 21 - February 19: The Complete Works of William
                                                                            Shakespeare Abridged. Imagine all the comedies and all but one
                                                                            of the tragedies written by Shakespeare performed in the first act by
                                                                            three actors, followed by Hamlet performed by the same three actors
                                                                            three times in the second act of this hilarious spoof of the Bard.
                                                                            Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. At the Tower Theatre,
                                                                            421 Vernon St., Roseville. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15
                                                                            seniors and students, $6 children 11 and under. For reservations, call
                                                                            (916) 782-1777.

                                                                            November 4 – 7: The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry, a
                                                                            dramatic comedy presented by the Sierra College Drama Department.
                                                                            Oct. 29 & 30, Nov. 5 & 6 at 8 p.m. Oct. 31 & Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Nov.
                                                                            4 at 7 p.m.; Director’s Discussion, 5:30 p.m. Dietrich Theatre, Sierra
                   S P L E N D I D A M E T H YS T                           College. 5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 789-2920.

                                                                            Outside Placer County
                                                                            November 18 – January 1: A Child’s Christmas in Wales. In this
                                                                            new and improved revival of the original Foothill Theatre Company
                                                                            production, Dylan Thomas looks fondly back on some of his child-
                                                                            hood. The play is a rich and delightful Yuletide confection of family
                                                                            fun, shenanigans, and Christmas music in English and Gaelic. For all
                          studio & gallery                                  ages. Presented by Foothill Theatre Company at the Nevada Theatre,
                                                                            Nevada City. (530) 265-8587.
     107 sacramento st., old town auburn • (530) 823-1965

24         November/December 2004                            Perspectives
Classes & Workshops                                                        Ongoing: CLAYart Classes with L. Luis Ortiz. The Arts Building, 808
                                                                           Lincoln Way. For details, (530) 885-2787.

Roseville                                                                  Ongoing: Music, voice, dance, and drama classes at Music &
November 6: Digital Photo Magic. Ages 16+ 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,              More Arts Academy & Theatre. For schedule, (530) 885-0594 or visit
Maidu Community Center. (916) 774-5950.                          

Through November 20: Acting Techniques Workshop for Adults                 Ongoing: Learn to sing and perform Barbershop-style four-part
with Jack Lynn. Beginners and experienced actors welcome.                  harmony. For women of any age or singing experience. Sierra Gold
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (No class on Oct. 16 to give students time      Chorus (member of Sweet Adelines, Int.), under the direction of
to work on a scene or monologue.) Registration fee: $200. At the           Sharon Hardie, invites singers to join the chorus every Monday,
Magic Circle Theatre, 241 Vernon St. To register, call (916) 782-1777.     7 p.m., at the Bill Burback Hall (DeWitt Center), 11577 E Ave.
                                                                           (530) 885-4202.
Ongoing: Life Drawing. Unique observation of the human body.
Only dry mediums allowed, non-instructive open workshops, two-             Truckee/North Lake Tahoe
hour sessions. $12 reserved; pre-registration required. Last Tuesday of    Ongoing: Classes taught by experienced artists in a variety of media
the month 10 a.m. - 12 noon; third & fourth Wednesday, 6:30 – 8:30         at North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.
p.m. Artful i Gallery, Elefa & Washington Streets. (916) 773-2242.
                                                                           Ongoing: Ballroom dancing with Judy Lee. Couples and singles of
Ongoing: Art-in-Progress Critiques. For 8 – 10 artists per critique;       all ages. Learn or improve your skills and knowledge of the foxtrot,
pieces must be at least 80 percent finished and unframed; all medi-        waltz, tango, rhumba, cha-cha, and swing. Learn a variety of patterns,
ums, styles, and subjects accepted. Non-instructive open workshop.         work on style and technique, and improve ability to lead or follow.
$6 per session. Pre-registration required. First Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m.      Beg/Int., Tues., 6:15 – 7 p.m.; Adv., 7 – 8 p.m. Private lessons Sunday
Artful i Gallery, Elefa & Washington Streets. (916) 773-2242.              5 – 9 p.m. North Tahoe Arts, Tahoe City. (530) 581-2787.

Ongoing: Psychology of Art and Creativity, an open forum of dis-           Ongoing: Watercolor Classes with Jan Foss. Beginners and interme-
cussion of ideas with exercises designed to help free and open up          diate painters. Weekly watercolor classes with a different subject and
the process of creativity, invention, expression, independence, and        techniques each week. Wednesday, 1 – 4 p.m. in Foss’s gallery/studio
confidence. Pre-registration required; $6 per session. Last Thursday,      at 120 Country Club Drive, #21, Incline Village, Nevada. To register,
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Artful i Gallery, Elefa & Washington Streets. (916)       call (775) 833-1144.
                                                                           Outside Placer County
Ongoing: Calligraphy Classes with Chris Foster. Italic hand, begin-
ner. Friday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Michaels Arts and Craft Store.               November 5, 12 & 19: Glass Mold Making and Slump Glass with
(916) 797-0232.                                                            Diane J. Wood. For this class, it is recommended that students attend

Ongoing: Classes with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. For full schedule
and sign-up information, visit

Ongoing: Roseville Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Classes. For
a full schedule, call (916) 774-5950 or visit, Parks
& Recreation Department, Activity Guide.

Ongoing: Sierra College Community Education. Day, evening, and
weekend classes that are interesting, short, and fun. Sierra College,
5000 Rocklin Rd. (916) 781-0590 or visit
Ongoing: City of Rocklin Community Education. A variety of cul-
tural arts classes for children and adults. (916) 632-4100.

December 4: Fire & Smoke with Pit & Saggars Workshop with C.
Kerley Pflueger. Work with apple, pear, and oak woods. Open to
all levels. A variety of methods will be explored. Fee: $65 (includes
materials & firing). Reservation required. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(916) 645-3173.                                                                 GALLERY SHOWS, ARTISTS’ STUDIOS, CLASSES
Ongoing: Video Production Training is now being offered by
Auburn Community Television and Boys & Girls Club of Auburn.
Learn how to storyboard, tape, edit, and produce high-quality video
and DVD programs. Classes held at ACTV every Tuesday 3 – 4:30
p.m. For details, contact Janis Wiloff or Heather Taylor at
(530) 889-2273.
                                                                                      808 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Ongoing: Handbuilding in Clay with Gerda Francesca. Beginning
and advanced students. At the Old Library Art Studio, 175 Almond St.                         (530) 885-2787
(530) 887-8216 or (530) 885-9928.

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                                                         Glass Fusing I or have prior experience with fused glass. Students will
                                                         learn to layer glass, prepare their own glass mold, and use that mold
         The Arts Council of Placer County               to slump a small bowl. The class will also work with other forms of
                                                         glass molds. 6 – 9 p.m. Offered by American River Extension College,
                                   presents              4700 College Oak Dr., Sacramento. (916) 484-8643.

                                                         Ongoing: One Stroke Painting with certified instructor Sharleen
                                                         Snow. For project and technique class schedule and sign up informa-
     11th Annual                                         tion, (916) 508-1458 or

     A U T U M N A RT                                    Ongoing: Classes with Gayle Rappaport-Weiland. For full schedule
                                                         and sign-up information, visit
     S T U D I O S TO U R                                Ongoing: Color Intensive and Landscape Workshops at the School
                                                         of Light and Color. Taught by master artists. 10030 Fair Oaks Blvd.,
                                                         Fair Oaks. For class schedule, (916) 966-7517 or sarback@lightandcolo

                                                         Arts for Children
                                                         November 18 – December 9: Drawing Adventures. Ages 7 – 14.
                                                         Three weeks, Thursdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m. Roseville Children’s Art Center,
                                                         Royer Park. (916) 774-5220.

                                                         Through June 11, 2005: Drama Kids International, the world’s larg-
                                                         est and most popular developmental after-school drama program, is
                                                         holding classes six days a week in the Roseville/Rocklin area. Classes
                                                         accommodate ages 5 - 17. Students attend one day per week to par-
                                                         ticipate in self-esteem-building theatrical fun. For details,
                                                         (866) 652-1234 or

                                                         Ongoing: Maidu Interpretive Center Children’s Classes,
                                                         Workshops, and Events. For listings, contact Maidu Interpretive
                                                         Center, 1960 Johnson Ranch Dr. (916) 772-4242.

                                                         Ongoing: Roseville Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts Classes
                                                         for Children. For a full schedule, call (916) 774-5220 or visit
                                               , Parks & Recreation department, Activity Guide.

                                                         Ongoing: City of Rocklin Community Education. A variety of cul-
                                                         tural arts classes for children. (916) 632-4100.

                                                         Ongoing: Hands-On Art History (ages 6 – 8) and Creative Process
                                                         Through Art (ages 9 – 11) with Terri Kent-Enborg. Students
                                                         explore the elements of art and/or the cultural relevance of art history
                                                         in a process-oriented environment. Private tutoring/lessons available.
                                                         At Creativity Central. (916) 652-4538 or

                                                         Ongoing: McLaughlin Studios of Music offers a complete program
                                                         of individualized music instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trum-
                                                         pet, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, violin, cello, and voice. Jazz and
                                                         youth symphony classes. (916) 652-6377.
     Self-guided tour of over 90 artists’ studios        Auburn
        November 12, 13 & 14, 2004                       Ongoing: CLAYart Classes with L. Luis Ortiz. Students explore
                                                         handbuilding techniques for the creation of 3-dimensional ceramic
           Friday, Saturday & Sunday                     forms. The Arts Building, 808 Lincoln Way. For details,
                                                         (530) 885-2787.
                 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                       Ongoing: Musikgarten Classes. Ages birth through 7 years. 10-week
                                                         sessions. Scholarships available. Keyboard Konnection, 1515 Grass
              Studio Tour Maps $10                       Valley Hwy. For full schedule, (530) 745-0248.

                 (530) 885-5670                          Ongoing: Keyboard Konnection is now accepting students for
                                                         group piano classes, ages 6 - adult, and guitar, ages 8 – adult.

26     November/December 2004                 Perspectives
Keyboard Konnection, 1515 Grass Valley Highway. For details,             Colleen at 916-652-9336. Or visit our website at to
(530) 745-0248.                                                          download screening information and an application.

Ongoing: Music & More Arts Academy: music, voice, dance and              Call to Poets: Perspectives, the Arts Council of Placer County’s bi-
drama classes. Classes for all ages in most instruments taught by        monthly newsmagazine, is now accepting poetry for publication.
master teachers. For schedule, (530) 885-0594 or         November 20 is the next deadline, for the January-February 2005
                                                                         issue. Payment is $25 for each accepted poem. Send submissions to
Truckee/North Tahoe                                                      Arts Council of Placer County, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn, CA 95603,
                                                                         Attn. Perspectives, or email to Include name,
Ongoing: Classes at the Tahoe Conservatory of Music. For details,
                                                                         address, a short bio, phone no. and/or email address. For more, call
call (530) 546-2356 or visit
                                                                         (530) 885-6905.

Calls to Artists                                                         Ongoing: Community call for musicians wanting the Band
                                                                         Experience — Auburn style. Volunteer amateur and professional
                                                                         musicians meet, rehearse, play, and perform from an ever-evolv-
Deadline November 19: Call for entries: 2005 Juried Crocker-             ing menu of show tunes, marches, big band pieces, and selections
Kinglsey Exhibition, January 29 – March 13, 2005. A biennial juried      from favorite musicals. No age limitations or individual auditions,
art show sponsored by the Crocker Art Museum and the Kingsley Art        but prospective members must read music and have sufficient
Club. Juried by internationally acclaimed Mel Ramos, former Crocker-     experience (two years) on their instruments. Younger musicians
Kingsley Best of Show Winner. Open to current California residents.      especially encouraged. Performances are local and optional, with
$35 entry fee for up to three works, including paintings, sculpture,     advance notice to the director. The Auburn Community Band (ACB)
photography, and crafts. Six cash prizes $250 – $3000. For more info,    meets Wednesday evenings at the Health For All facility, 4065 Grass
download forms from or call                     Valley Highway, #206 in the Discovery Business Park (just north
(916) 451-3320.                                                          of Dry Creek Road, west side of Hwy. 49). The facility opens at 6:
                                                                         30 p.m.; rehearsal starts at 7:05 p.m. No need to call; just bring
January 1, 2005. KIXE-TV, Channel 9, a Northern California PBS sta-      your instrument. Contacts are Mary Halbrook (band president),
tion will be hosting a live televised Art Auction in April 2005. Each    888-1801; Dorothy Lewis (band advisor), 889-9311, or via email at
donated piece receives about four minutes of air-time. Broadcast area Or visit
reaches 10 counties and more than 225,940 households. Original
work only accepted. For details, contact Deborah Genge,                  Ongoing: Artful i Gallery in Roseville is seeking unique, innovative,
(530) 243-5493.                                                          off-the-wall performers to help celebrate 3rd Saturday Art Tours in
                                                                         South Placer County. All inquiries are welcome — musicians, actors,
Deadline Feburary 21, 2005. The Pastel Society of the West Coast         poets, storytellers, life models, mime, etc. Contact Deidre at
19th Annual International Open Exhibition, “Pastels USA 2005,” will      (916) 773-2242.
be held at the San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA, May
7 – 31, 2005. Soft pastel only. Awards totalling more than $10,000.      Ongoing: Artful-i Gallery in Roseville is seeking very contemporary
Juror of Awards: Richard McKinley. Fee: up to 3 slides, $35/ members     artists for future shows. Shows are currently being designed for 2005.
$30. For prospectus send business SASE to PSWC Pastels USA c/o           Interested parties please call (916) 773-2242.
Kathryn Higley, 828 Mikkelson Dr., Auburn, CA 95603. For more info,
contact Joan Sexton at (916) 985-6023 or              Ongoing: Berkeley Art Center seeks work of high aesthetic qual-
                                                                         ity and significance. The objects exhibited are often drawn from the
Deadline February 2005. SureWest is proud to support artists in          Northern California community. Center strives to foster exchange and
our community and invites you to participate in an annual program        cooperation among artists and stimulate, challenge, and occasionally
dedicated to bring art back to business. We are seeking artists to       amuse our audience. For more info, phone (510) 644-6893.
submit original artwork for the cover of SureWest’s Auburn, Grass
Valley & Nevada City directory. Watch for updates on our website at      Ongoing: 2237 Gallery, in Roseville, is currently accepting portfolios for details to come,      for review. All artists eligible. For more info, email Annette Picetti at
or contact Jerianne Van Dijk at or 530-271-0676.

Deadline March 31: A $500 Art Scholarship will be awarded to a           Ongoing: The Foothill Farmers’ Market Association seeks crafters and
graduating 2005 senior interested in the further study of art. Offered   artisans to vend their original works at any of 10 seasonal weekly
by the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Any subject matter, any         farmers’ markets around Placer County. For more information about
medium. Slides or photos of work required. Work will be judged by        the producers-only markets, call (530) 823-6183.
PSWC board members, and the winner announced before the end of
the school term. For details and application forms, contact Rosemary
Boissonade at (916) 771-4415 or                            Share Your Love of the Arts and Humanities…
Deadline April 15, 2005. Sierra Foothill Poetry Contest spon-
sored by Singing Tree Press. Competition includes poets from nine
Northern California counties. Three categories: adult, grades 8
– 12, and grade 7 and younger. Multiple entries welcome. Finalists
announced on Memorial Day. A paperbook containing all final-
ist poetry will be available for purchase. Entry forms available at
                                                                                Including a charitable bequest to the Arts Council
                                                                               of Placer County in your estate plans is a way that or by calling (530) 823-9284.
                                                                                 you can say thank you to your family, friends, and
Open Call. Artists and craftspersons are invited to join Artists’              community while sharing your love of the Arts and
Collaborative Gallery, a fine art and craft gallery in Old Sacramento.                  Humanities with future generations.
Operated as a cooperative for 25 years, ACG has the advantage of
great exposure, abundance of foot traffic and strong sales. We screen
potential new members at our bimonthly meetings in January, March,                 For more information about a charitable bequest,
May, July, September and November. We are particularly interested                      call the arts council at (530) 885-5670.
in ceramics, metal, baskets, wood, and fiber art. For information call

                                                                   Perspectives                      November/December 2004                      27
Ongoing: Call for singers for the Sierra Gold Chorus, member of
Sweet Adelines, Int. Learn to sing barbershop harmony. Women of
all ages welcome. Rehearsals Mondays, 7 p.m., Burback Hall, DeWitt
                                                                                  Publicize YOUR Arts Event
Center, Auburn. (916) 663-2105 or (530) 885-4202.

Open Call. To exhibiting artists: Great exposure in an historic Auburn           Send your CALENDAR listings, along with
Victorian, East-West Galleries at Latitudes Restaurant, 130 Maple Street,
Auburn. Artists are invited to submit inquiries for the 2005 exhibit cal-        photos — black and white or color — to
endar. For details, call art curator Rosie Stilwell, (530) 885-1121.
                                                                                       Perspectives, 808 Lincoln Way,
Open Call. For accomplished artists who would like to teach. Sierra
College Community Education is recruiting new instructors for its
                                                                                            Auburn, CA 95603
ever-changing, growing program. No special degrees required. To
request a class proposal, call (916) 781-0590.
                                                                                    Fax to (530) 885-0348 or email to
FYI: holds a comprehensive listing of job
opportunities, grants, percent for art, competitions, and more for art-
ists. There is a small subscription rate for the services.                         Deadline for the January/ February
FYI: showcases thousands of visual artists nation-                    2005 issue: November 20
wide. Developed and managed by the nonprofit Western States Arts
Federation, this membership-based online community features a fully
searchable database of art and artists. See samples of artists’ work,                           Now accepting poetry
along with their bios, contact details and artistic statements.

                                                                     to our new, renewed and business members, patrons
                                                                     and affiliates — and, of course, our public partners

     New Members                          Kandi Rose Thompson               Judy Ahlquist-Mough          Affiliates
     Sam Ballard                          Pauline Tolman                    Carol Paulson                Auburn Arts Commission
     Horst Bendzulla                      Jeff Tritel                       Laurel Piper                 Auburn Branch American
     Claude & Diana Biddle                Thomas Walker                     Dean Prigmore & Pat Taylor     Association of University
     Barbara Brinkman                     David Berg Whittet                Ann Ranlett                    Women
     Patricia L. Brothen                  Patricia Ann Woodard              Dorothy & Richard Sanborn    Auburn Symphony
     Ann Buckingham                       Jennifer Wu                       Sandy Wythawai Starbird      North Tahoe Arts
     Charles and Peggy Butler             Linda Yaxley                      Roger & Nancy Tognazzini     Placer Art League
     Joy Butler                                                             Doris Viera                  Placer County Visitors
     Frances Camacho                      Renewed Members                   Donna Ward                     Council
     Leslie Depol                         Allen Adler                       Karin Weiser                 Sierra County Arts Council
     Edward Divita                        Gene & Dee Albaugh                Don & Jan White              Windows Art Project
     Chris Duccini                        Brooke Allison                    Joyce Williams
     Sean Eilert                          Len Berardi & M. Kathleen                                      Public Partnerships
     Jennifer Graham                        Butz                            New Business                 California Arts Council
     April Green                          Gail Bullard                      Members                      City of Auburn
     Glen Hartliep                        Francisco Castro                  Aero Brewing Company         City of Lincoln
     Joseph Hernandez                     Margot Comer                      Artistic Hair Salon          City of Rocklin
     Shari Howard                         Daniel & Jean Cross               Blue Cat Studio              City of Roseville
     Nichole Hurst                        Claudia Cunningham                Maki Heating and Air         County of Placer
     Barbara Jacinto                      Judy Dawson                         Conditioning Co.           Metropolitan Arts
     Lee Kavaljian                        Rochelle Pears Dickson                                           Partnership
     Roger Lieberman                      Shirley Hare                      Patron                       National Endowment for the
     Barbara Louden                       James & Irmgard Hirschinger       Marjorie Blodgett              Arts
     Paige Newman                         Ursula Johnson                                                 Placer County Office of
     Lucille Ratermann                    Joan Jordan                       In Memory of Artist            Education
     Nancy Bolton Rawles                  Susan King                        Johanna Dahn                 Placer Union High School
     Valerie Runningwolf                  D. J. Lanzendorfer                United Auburn Indian           District
     Philip Dale Ryder                    Robin Leonard                       Community of the Auburn    Western Placer Unified
     Cardy Sander                         Jean Maxwell                        Rancheria                    School District
     Anthony Santos                       Eleanor Mineff
     Andy Skaff                           Jeanette Morrow

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                                                           Teenage Boys for Dinner
                                                           After school Nathaniel comes home
                                                           with three friends.
                                                           They listen to Iron Maiden and talk.
                                                           About 5:30 I look in the refrigerator
                                                           to see if I have enough rice and vegetables
                                                           and ham. I figure I can make it so I ask
                                                           the boys if they would like to stay for dinner.
                                                           Sure! they all say.
                                                           I take out my 14 inch camping skillet and
                                                           saute about a bushel and a half of vegetables,
                                                           a five-pound ham, and a peck of rice.
                                                           While it is cooking the boys take turns
                                                           looking into the skillet with longing eyes.

                                                           It all glistens and steams and is like a
                                                           ring in their noses.
                                                           They eat it all up hunched over and intent.
                                                           By 7:00 pm we have the kitchen cleaned and
                                                           they thank me and leave to play pool or lean
                                                           against buildings for the rest of the evening
                                                           and watch for who drives by downtown.
About the poet
                                                           They will ask or be asked,
                                                           What’s happening?,
Doc Dachtler is a poet and carpenter. His works
                                                           will reply or be replied to,
include Drawknife (poetry), Too Funky For You              Not much.
(tape album), The Buffalo Freeway (tape album),            It isn’t until the door slams that I realize
and Waiting for Chains at Pearl’s (poetry). His            none of the three boys phoned his mom or dad
poem “Home Off Freeway” is among a letterpress
                                                           to say I’m eating over at Nathaniel’s OK?
                                                           It’s not like they live on the streets
broadside series published recently by Poison Oak
                                                           but I guess no one worries either way too much.
Press. At 60, Dachtler says, he has discovered the         Funny, I think.
meaning of life: “Clean up the mess!” He lives with        Sad, I think.
his wife, Cheryl, in Nevada County.                        Yet how good it feels
                                                           to feed them.

                                                                                                —Doc Dachtler

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                  The Writing Life
                  Dedication, daring, absurdity — even danger — mark a journalist’s life

                  by Janis Dice

                       The cursor blinks at me,towaiting impa-             Now a freelancer writing for a variety of
                       tiently, pulsing in rhythm my anxiety.          publications, I know everyone has a story to
                        Writer’s block makes the blank screen my       tell, whether they know it or not. A favorite
                        enemy. Then a memory from the inter-           interview was with a 93-year-old widow gar-
                        view surfaces, or a comment leaps from         dening on the 13-acre parcel where she lived
                        my notes that switches the gears in my         alone. The brim of her bonnet protecting her
                        brain. Suddenly it’s coming together; the      crinkled face from the sun, she told me that
                        words flow, letters flying from the key-       some day — when she grew old — she would
                        board to keep pace with my accelerating        give up living on the ranch. I’ll bet that day
                        mental monologue. Like a painter, I add        never came. Then there were the teen-age
                        layers of color and texture for depth; like    boys who saw ripe fruit rotting on the ground
     Janis Dice         a sculptor, I gouge and smooth the rough       in their community and decided to salvage
                  spots. When the sentences surge, the work is         it. Telling the tale of how they collected and
                  effortless. When they roil in my mind’s muddy        delivered tons of fruit to senior centers, food
                  eddies, writing is torment. But it’s an affliction   closets, and elderly neighbors gave me almost
                  — an addiction — that can’t be cured.                as much satisfaction as they got doing it.
                     My first works, self-published at age seven,          Then there are the frustrating interviews,
                  were my own “Fun With Dick and Jane”                 especially those with politicians, who are
                  books, which provided the protagonists with          adept at listening to the question you ask,
                  daring adventures. I wrote short stories for the     then responding to the question they want
                  junior high newsletter, did a weekly column          to answer. But one lesson in frustration was
                  in high school for the local newspaper, then         taught during an on-the-street interview of a
                  graduated to the corporate world and techni-         woman working in her manicured yard. When
                  cal writing. Veering onto another career track,      asked why she moved here, she said to be
                  I worked at the Auburn Journal in advertis-          near her children, who had all left the Bay
                  ing before moving to the newsroom, where             Area to live in the foothills. Asked what she
                  I wrote everything from real estate news to          liked most about Placer County, she snorted,
                  wedding announcements.                               “Nothing!” She said she hated all the “ugly
                     But an incident early on showed I had no          oaks” and wished someone would rip them
                  instinct as a reporter. Taking photos one day,       out and replace them with the pretty trees
                  I saw an accident with an injured driver crawl-      found atop snowy peaks along the North
                  ing from the wreckage. Instead of reaching for       Atlantic seaboard. She also disliked blackber-
                  my camera, I grabbed clean rags and bottled          ries growing along the creeks because they
                  water to aid the man. That decision proved           attracted birds and wildlife. In that interview,
                  I was not a reporter. While others chase fire        nothing was right.
                  engines for thrilling shots of fiery conflagra-          Another subject of a spontaneous interview
                  tions, I wonder why firefighters choose such         even got physical. He saw me taking photos
                  dangerous careers and want to ask their mates        and, when told they were for a newspaper
                  how they feel when they hear sirens wail.            article, launched into a tirade about the local
                  While others rush to interview the next of           paper never covering his community or saying
                  kin, I wonder how ER staff survive the stress        anything good about it. I boasted that my arti-
                  of routinely attending victims of life’s traumas     cle would shine a positive light on his town.
                  and dramas.                                          As I photographed him and made notes, he

30   November/December 2004                     Perspectives
warmly told of his life as a truck farmer, recall-
ing the major changes in the area, waxing nos-
talgic in delightful, quotable phrases. Relating
one anecdote, he suddenly turned vicious,
demanding that I hand over my notebook and
camera. Asked why he had changed his mind
about being interviewed, he sputtered, then
lunged, trying to wrestle away my camera and
note pad. I had 20 pounds and eight inches
on the elderly man and felt awful tangling
with him. But he wouldn’t release his strangle-
hold on the camera strap around my neck and
kept tearing at my notebook. When he paused
to catch his breath, I yanked the pages from
the pad, threw them down, and ran for my
car. He chased me, cussing me while shred-
ding the note paper. It still makes me feel
bad to think of seeing him in my rear-view
mirror purple-faced and flinging my shredded
notes like confetti. To this day, I don’t know
what set him off, but understand why writers
steered clear of his territory.
   The easiest interviews are with gardeners
who can’t get the dirt from under their finger-
nails, business people never too busy to help
a cause, ranchers tied to their land, avant-
garde artists, art preservers, teachers, musi-
cians, and gallery owners — people who love
what they do and are excited about sharing it
with others. And that’s where I come in. I do
my best to capture their unique essences and
communicate their stories to enlighten, edu-
cate, or inspire others.
   It’s a great place to be, even when a blank
screen and flashing cursor mock me.

Janis Dice, a frequent contributor to Perspectives, is an
Auburn-based freelance editor/photojournalist whose
features appear regularly in Gold Country Media
newspapers, Prosper magazine, and Comstock’s
Business magazine.

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