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SRT’s 2015 fare: From ‘Mary Poppins’ to ‘Macbeth’

Sierra Repertory Theatre has announced its 2015 season, beginning with the revered musical “Mary Poppins” and concluding with a brand new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” 



Lee Meriwether: Queen for a lifetime

Lee Meriwether — reluctant beauty queen, prolific actress and the voice of “Big Mama” on the Metal Gear Solid 4 video game — will be among the celebrity guests this weekend at Film Fest Twain Harte.

Guitarist to star in series finale

The Twisted Folk Concert Series in Vallecito will go out swinging on Saturday. 

Twisted Oak Winery’s sixth and final summer show will feature the John Jorgenson Quintet, specializing in Gypsy jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt. The quintet is the only American act ever to headline the Django Reinhardt Memorial Festival in France.


Gillette: Still sharp as ever

Horn legend Mic Gillette has been making music for more than 50 years with some of the biggest names in the business — and some of the smallest.

Guitarist Lee celebrates 70 years

Guitarist Albert Lee, a Shropshire lad now celebrating his 70th birthday, will perform in concert Friday at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne.

State Russian Museum adds Sonora artist’s work

Sonora resident Natalia Koshelkova has accomplished a feat usually reserved for artists after death — a dozen of her works are now part of the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. 

From valley to desert, Highway 120 has it all

By CAROLYN BOTELL, for The Union Democrat

State Highway 120 covers 206 miles — from Manteca in the west to Benton in the east — and offers an incredible range of geography and activities for the adventurous. You could traverse the entire highway from end to end in a day, but why would you when there is so much to see and do along the way? 


Wings, Moody Blues star to play in Tuolumne

“You’d better go now.”

So says the hit single “Go Now,” recorded in 1964 by a new British band called the Moody Blues.


Bluegrass star will shine at Strawberry

(Editor's note: The 2013 Strawberry Fall Music Festival was cancelled due to a massive wildifre in the area. This story was published before the cancellation was announced.)

Grammy Award-winning bluegrass icon Del McCoury — whose resume also includes logger, mechanic and record company executive — will be among the headliners at the Strawberry Fall Music Festival, taking place over Labor Day weekend.



A lively tale of ‘Feeding the Dead’

“Feeding the Dead” is a book you can sink your teeth into.

Written by former foothills resident Jim Stearns, the new memoir details how a small backwoods cooking crew grew into the permanent food catering service for one of the world’s biggest rock bands, the Grateful Dead.


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