Music Mike has the kids up and dancing

Music Mike

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The kids are always part of the show when Music Mike comes to town, and Sunday was no exception. They skipped to my lou, worked on the railroad and, of course, did a loud, energetic "YMCA" dance for a perfect autumn afternoon of songs, dancing, music-making, gentle laughter, hugs and smiles at Lake Clementia Amphitheater. An audience of about 300 attended the free Kiwanis Club event.

Four Seasons tribute wraps up summer season

Oh What a Night!

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"Oh What a Night!" it was at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday as more than 800 attended the tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons that concluded what Mike Mann, president of Entertainment, Theatre & Culture, said was the volunteer group’s best-attended concert season. Before the music began, Mann thanked everyone from sponsors to board members who have made ETC a success. Then it was on to the hits -- "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take my Eyes Off of You," "Let's Hang On," "Walk Like a Man” and many, many more -- for a tour de force that had the crowd singing falsetto in their golf carts as they headed home. And so ends another summer by the lake.

'Oh What a Night' wraps up ETC season

What a Night"Oh What A Night! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons" is Saturday night's season finale for the 2012 Entertainment, Theatre & Culture concert series. The musical revue was written, directed and choreographed to showcase the boys from Jersey and their hits -- "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take my Eyes Off of You," "Let's Hang On," "Walk Like a Man" and many more. Read more »

Gypsy horses perform at Equestrian Center

Gypsy riders

Beautiful Gypsy horses performed at the Murieta Equestrian Center Saturday evening, and these riders, warming up outside the arena, provided a vivid reminder of the breed's heritage. The Gypsy horse originated in Britain and Ireland, bred by the Romany people to pull wagons or caravans known as vardos. The horses have powerful bodies, abundant manes and tails, and "feathering" on their legs.  The horses' gentle dispositions allowed children at the show to approach them and get better acquainted.

Another Summerfest wraps up another summer


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Fireworks vied with neon in the night sky over Stonehouse Park Saturday as the Summerfest carnival wrapped up its two-day run. For many, Labor Day marks the end of summer, but for Murietans, it's Summerfest, the annual festival that celebrates the carefree joys of the season. Summerfest is a volunteer effort founded and run by Murietans. Read more »

A trip from Long Island to outer space

Joel, the Band

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Joel, the Band, a tribute to Billy Joel, began the latest Entertainment, Theatre & Culture summer concert at Lake Clementia Amphitheater Saturday night. The group delighted the crowd of about 600 with hits ranging from "Piano Man" to a gleeful, pulling-out-all-the-stops rendition of "You May Be Right." Space Oddity, David Brighton's tribute to David Bowie, was the second act of the double bill, and took the stage after a brief intermission. Read more »

It's time for another Summerfest


Summerfest is a celebration of neon and fun.

The annual Summerfest celebration kicks off next week with a reservations-only Wine and Food Gala at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23. The carnival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, when Stonehouse Park is transformed into a neon-lighted midway with games, rides, food, and live music by Wonderbread 5. Read more »

Joel, Bowie tributes coming to Lake Clementia

Joel and Bowie

Joel, the Band, celebrating Billy Joel, and Space Oddity, celebrating David Bowie, perform Saturday at Lake Clementia Amphitheater.

For decades, Billy Joel has produced glistening pop songs with East Coast roots and an appeal for all of America.  David Bowie gave his music a splash of glitter and took it to other places -- outer space, for one.  Both musicians will be celebrated Saturday night at Rancho Murieta's Lake Clementia Amphitheater. Read more »

It's not too warm for young putters

Putting contest

It was triple-digit warm for the adults, but the kids only saw the fun and games as the Women’s Golf Club staged the Country Club’s annual Junior Putting Contest Sunday afternoon at the practice green. Each hole had a different game or toys theme -- Monopoly, Twister, Chutes and Ladders, Legos and so on.

Channeling the Rolling Stones at Clementia

Hollywood Stones

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The Hollywood Stones began a tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones Saturday night at Lake Clementia Amphitheater with '60s anthem "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," following a quick trip through the audience by its lead singer, a Mick Jagger impersonator who set the scene by vamping in a Union Jack cape and form-fitting spandex. The crowd filled the dance floor to dance to "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women" and "Miss You," and sang along to "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and the tour of hits concluded with "Gimme Shelter" and "Sympathy for the Devil." About 650 attended the Entertainment, Theater & Culture concert. Information about ETC and its summer concert series is available here.

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