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Aloha, welcome to Hawaii. It is sunset on the beach, and friends of Chase Diamond have gathered at his birthday luau. The impromptu party quickly turns into a woeful wake when Chase is found dead, poisoned by one of his guests. Was it friend or foe who fatally freshened his favorite cocktail? It is up to you to find out.

Come to a Hawaiian Luau and figure out the mystery. Wear your Aloha outfits to really blend in.

Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard, and be...

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The Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band, under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding, on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, located at 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music will be selections from “My Fair Lady,” “Slaughter on 10th Avenue 7,” “Swedish Polka,” selections from ”Four Winds,” a special flute section feature, “Those Fabulous...

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Mike Ryan (left) and Harry Homer Humphry. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Harry Humphry, one of the founders of the Amador Senior Center passed away on Sunday, June 8th in Arcata where he had moved to be closer to his son, Dr. Ted Humphry.

Led by Harry, a group of seniors joined forces in the late 1970’s to design and raise funds to build a senior center for Amador County. Harry approached Fred Joyce, who was the Supervisor for District #3 at the time, and the two of them got the Board of Supervisors to agree to match the funds if the seniors could raise $250,000. The money was raised and in 1985, the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
"Robin Hood" opens August 15 at Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
"Robin Hood" opens August 15 at Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

July 30

The Lemon Hammer: A blend of rock, folk, blues, soul and pop, The Lemon Hammer performs at Mountain Ranch Community Park. Calaveras County Arts Council presents the 23rd Annual Music in the Parks, free summer concert series, every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic and low-back chair, and maybe a little bug spray just in case.

August 1

BellaGrace Tasting Room: Joshua Macrea will be the featured...

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The Von Trapp children
Sierra Repertory Theatre comes alive with timeless classic, “The Sound of Music.” Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, in 1930’s Austria, a young girl named Maria leaves the safety of her convent to go on an unexpected journey with seven children and a naval captain, with only her own confidence and guitar by her side.

Rhyn Saver plays Maria in such a way that even Julie Andrews would approve, with just the right amount of stubborn innocence to be flawlessly charming. The seven Von Trapp children are exceptiona...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/03/2014 10:42 AM
Main Street Theatre Works presents its first summer offering, “Tartuffe,” Molière’s classic comedic tale of selfishness and deceit cloaked in piety and good manners, served tongue-in-cheek. The play depicts a confidence man, posing as a God-fearing clergyman, who uses his ability to convolute reality for personal gain, at any cost... to others. While originally written in 1622, the play has stood the test of time because of its ability to make people laugh at their own foibles.

The production was translated by Richard Wilbur, is...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/03/2014 10:38 AM
Amador High School’s Performing Arts program is hanging on, but just barely. This last year, the department financially supported a full year of dance, with instructor Caitlin Rubini; the Fall semester of musical theater, with musical director Anne Pearce and choreographer Caitlin Rubini; and the Spring semester of Glee, with instructor Kate Hamon. In addition, it covered the cost of musicians Joe Bellamy, Steve Chambers and Steve Zalkind for the musical.

The total cost for the services of these outstanding individuals was a...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/27/2014 9:40 AM
The foothills will come alive with The Sound of Music when the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returns July 11 through August 31 at Sierra Repertory Theatre’s historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia.

The delightful musical – based on the true story of the von Trapp family in Austria – has been captivating audiences for more than half a century, drawing huge crowds when it first hit Broadway and appearing again six years later as a much-beloved film.

After 55 years, the show’s appeal is still universal, Sierra Rep’s...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/20/2014 10:25 AM
Volcano Theatre Company presents its first offering of the 2014 summer season, “Visit to a Small Planet,” by Gore Vidal, starring Rolf Hein, Kylie Adams, Nicolos Robinson-Berry, Robert Schell, Shaundy Farley, Jordan Rozhon and Alana Hein. The play is a light-hearted glimpse into a family’s home, and a chance to see how easy it is to skew perception, start a war and end humanity as we know it.

Enjoying a delicious picnic in the Volcano Amphitheatre before the opening night performance, about 65 audience members watched and wondered...

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06/14/2014 11:32 AM
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Main Street Theatre Works announces a re-casting of its lead character in Tartuffe. “Due to an unforeseen illness of our previously cast Tartuffe (Bradley Moates), we were forced to recast our lead actor two weeks before we open. We are fortunate to have Mark Manske, who lives in the Bay Area, available to take over the role. Manske has years of experience and brings unbelievable talent and accessibility to the role. We are fortunate to have him step in on such short notice,” says MSTW...

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Jerry Budrick
06/12/2014 2:04 PM
Andrew Smalldon performed at Amador City’s Whitney Museum, playing the role of a gold miner during the Gold Rush. Charlie came from Moke Hill to enjoy the show. [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/04/2014 12:44 PM
Las Vegas, NV, May 12, 2014—For years, women have had the opportunity to see male revues at their local casinos, but what about the guys? There hasn't been a quality “Girlie Show” for them. Not until now, that is. The Dreamgirl Centerfolds, a sultry and visually stunning show created exclusively for the casino and resort markets, will perform at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort on June 6. This ultra sexy Las Vegas revue blends dancing, burlesque, magic and comedy. But this is not just a show for the men—it's a show that appeals... [Read more]
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06/03/2014 7:55 AM
“They fly in when others fly out.”

Those words struck a chord with me when asked to join aviation writers for a pre-screening of Disney’s new film, Planes: Fire and Rescue.

I’ll never forget watching the courageous aerial fire-fighters dodging massive plumes of black smoke while diving well below the rim of the Tuolumne Canyon to drop huge loads of fire retardant. It was a desperate attempt to protect Groveland Airport (E45), which is home to Pine Mountain Lake Airpark…a fly-in community packed with hangar-homes and private...

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Matthew Hedger
06/01/2014 12:24 PM
It's the birthday of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe — born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles, California (1926) — who said, "I don't want to make money, I just want to be wonderful." [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
05/30/2014 8:46 AM
Volcano Theatre Company presents its first summertime offering of the year with Gore Vidal’s “Visit To A Small Planet,” an out-of-this-world comedy about love, war and a bomb.

Dana Hein directs this satire on the post-WWII fear of communism, McCarthyism and Cold War paranoia. At the time of its original run, the play was considered a critical success, and was dubbed, “a comedy akin to Vaudeville.”

From June 13 through July 12, “Visit To A Small Planet” will run at the Volcano Amphitheatre, located at 16142 Main Street, in...

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Carolyn Schmitz
05/29/2014 3:18 PM
Volcano Theatre Company starts the Summer off with an out-of-this-world comedy, "Visit to a Small Planet," June 13 through July 12. See Friday's paper for details. [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
05/27/2014 12:23 PM
North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar," is coming to Sacramento at Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday, July 15. [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
05/16/2014 10:52 AM
Poor Old Shine will play at Feist Wines tonight. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

May 16

Felipe Ferraz: BellaGrace presents its Summer Concert Series, every Friday night, from 6 to 9 p.m., at 73 Main Street, in Sutter Creek. On Friday, May 16, hear Felipe Ferraz and his Brazillian Band. Tickets are $20, or $15 for wine club members. Price includes music, endless pizza and salad. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and start the weekend off in style. Visit BellaGraceVineyards.com, for concert, series and pricing...

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05/16/2014 9:55 AM
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The Kennedy Mine Amphitheater was descended upon by about 60 members of the Jackson Ward (congregation) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. This was not a worship service, although several volunteers spent time in the chapel re-painting the floor. The activity was A Day of Community Service and was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 26,2014 but was postponed due to the rain on Friday. Additional members at other locations provided...

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05/16/2014 6:35 AM
This audio book cover depicts Tartuffe pitching woo to young Marianne. Photo courtesy of LibriVox

Main Street Theatre Works launches its 11th season at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre with Mardi Gras fun in Moliere’s “Tartuffe,” running Friday and Saturday nights, June 20 through July 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for picnics. The show starts at 8 p.m.

The story takes place in the wealthy home of Orgon (Jim Lane), where the pious imposter, Tartuffe (Bradley Moates), has been welcomed. Tartuffe easily wins the respect and...

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