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Deeta Pasero, director of Modern Gypsy Professional Bellydance here in Redding present 2010 Bellydance Extravaganza at the Shasta College theater April 17th.

This semi annual event is shaping up to be one of the best shows ever with a super line up of performers schedule for the two hour event.

Featuring performances by:
Unmata of Sacramento
Aiwa She Raqa of Medford
Summer Sahar of San Francisco
Namira of Tahoe
Circus Tribal of Ashland
Mychelle Crown of Sacramento
Origin of Chico
and Redding’s own Modern Gypsy!

$15 advance–$20 door
Show 7:00pm–doors 6:30pm

For tickets you can purchase them online at
or call 530-941-5901 to order by phone.

If you were one of the lucky ones to have caught the prelude performance at Lu Lu’s earlier this month, you already know this is to be super show. Now add in the 7 other guest dance troupes and you can bet this is to be an entertaining show you won’t want to miss. I personally will be there for sure as my significant will be performing with the Redding troupe.

Come see the show and you will never think of bellydance the same way again. It’s not what most often think it is….this is a class act show!

Meanwhile…be sure to checkout the great article about the show in AfterFive.



The signs are up in preparation for Saturday nights lighted Christmas parade downtown Redding.

Catch the spirit of the holidays!

Shasta Service Guild Victorian Christmas
Friday, December 04, 2009
Come out to enjoy a day of shopping, chili meal, pie baking contest, Christmas tree lighting, Santa arrival, bon fires, and carolers. Meal served from 12am-3pm. Shopping from 12am – 9pm, Contest @ 5pm, and Lighting, Santa arrival, bon fire, caroler’s @ 5:30pm.
FREE Entry
$2 Chili
Rating: Everyone
Old School House Hwy 299W Old Shasta, CA
Phone: 530-243-5399

Shasta Service Guild Candlelight Potluck
December 05 – December 05, 2009

Enjoy a potluck dinner with your friends. Just bring a side dish or a salad to this event. This is a candlelight dinner with Kids Unlimited Carolers.
Event Prices: FREE/Bring Side Dish
Event Contact: 530-243-5399
Event Location:
Old School House Hwy 299W Old Shasta, CA

Winterfest 2009
7 p.m. Friday Redding tree lighting in the Market Street Promenade (formerly the downtown mall). Entertainment starts at 5 p.m.

“A Cascade Christmas” presented by The Dance Project
7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Cascade Theatre, 1733 Market St. in Redding. The annual holiday dance spectacular featuring elaborate costumes and precision choreography will transport audiences to a world with dancing sugarplums, waltzing ice skaters and Santa’s elves making toys. Tickets $10 to $25, available by calling 243-8877 or visiting

Redding Lighted Christmas Parade
6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Redding. Theme is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.”

For more events and details visit the following links:
A News Cafe Things To Do Events
Vintner’s Cellar

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Modern Gypsy Halloween at Old City Hall Oct 25 2009
Modern Gypsy Halloween at Old City Hall Oct 25 2009

oldcity_hallghost1Very haunting….mysterious, shimmering, trembling, shaking, mystifying, seductive, hypnotic, dramatic, mischievous, spooky, frightening…you get the idea.

Halloween at Old City Hall while occupied by the Modern Gypsy Bellydancers and their many goolish friends dancing the night away. Be there and be scared!

Watch and share the promo I made…click the link below, includes ticket info.
Get your spook on click here.

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n158277814306_7257.jpgThe Terpsichore Tour is a unique bellydance collaboration between members of Modern Gypsy from Redding California and Aiwa She Raqa from Southern Oregon. Coming together to bring you an exciting series of bellydance performances! One time only in Redding.

Performance will be Sunday evening, September 27th at Old City Hall. Show 7:00/doors 6:30–cost $10.00

Seating is limited, so get there early! For more information call 276-3611


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Better late than never…yeah with this post too.

Arrived at the ArtHop birthday bash not long before it was over…err uh…snagged by the fact Library Park which I know as Marketfest is not near a library but there are several parks that are in Redding. Been here long enough you would think I knew…and yes I checked first ha ha so needless to say we were late but it was still a lot of fun. Was able to catch up with Kelly, Phil, Steve and Donni along with three sets by the Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers shown below.

After the bash we headed out to Carnegie’s where we down a few Tangerine Wheats and ran into several friends. The Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers arrived for dinner so we got to compliment them on their great performance in person. Later we strolled on over to the Cascade where we witnessed a little flower power art or whatever you want to call it….as this gal had her self rolled with various hues of paint before smudging herself onto canvas laid out on the sidewalk. The musical group beside their setup was providing the best entertainment…have no clue to who they were but they were great.

We then headed into Vintage bar and grill where we managed to catch a table on the sidewalk….nice evening to be sitting outside…wow we did not have the triple digit heat we are known for this time of year. While at the bar buying a round of drinks…I spotted Jim Dyar with friends…sorry Jim but I did not want to interrupt click!

After awhile at Vintage we made our way over to Vintner’s Cellar where we wrapped up the evening. So much we didn’t get to see as the ArtHop has grown far beyond the immediate downtown area.

See you guys next month….and good luck to the ArtHop in having another successful year ahead. Cheers!
Related links
Happy Happy Happy
Phil’s Sketchbook
Cutting Board #9

Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers

Drumming to the beat

Drumming to the beat

Behind the stage

I 've got the beat!

Druming in Library Park

Beat to the Beat

The End - Drum Roll Please
Drum roll please….the end! Mt. Shasta Taiko Drummers

Random ArtHop Spottings

Body Paint 101

Body Paint 101

Multi-colored Salamander

Multi-colored Salamander - I sort of recall it was much more fun in the 70's LOL

Vintage Dyar

Vintage Dyar Spotting

Regulars belly up to the bar at Vintners Cellar during the ArtHop festivities.

Regulars belly up to the bar at Vintners Cellar during the ArtHop festivities.

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clearcut_cover.jpgMy favorite Redding band Clear Cut is alive and well. Wrapping up 2008, Clear Cut will be performing at Johnny’s this weekend and next weekend (December 12/13 and December 19/20) for free, then they will be playing at the Sports Bar on New Year’s (only $10, not bad for New Year’s). Then they kick start the New Year off by playing an acoustic gig at Vintner’s Cellar on January 2 (also a free show).

If you enjoy good music and have never seen or heard this band perform…I highly recommend you try and catch one of the above performances. My favorite is when guitarist Jason Schroeder and lead singer Mark McAbee get together to warm the room in the more relaxing atmosphere with friends at Vintner’s Cellar.

Speaking of Vintner’s Cellar, owners Alan and Jana Leard are now offering the custom labeled “12 Wines of Christmas”. Come check it out and Merry Christmas everyone…cheers!
Clear Cut
Truman Virdon (new bassist), Mark McAbee (lead singer), Jason Schroeder (guitarist), and Brian Ottman (drummer).