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Media Life: State Theatre work unearths long-lost 1930 art deco treasure

A vertically challenged genie? A variation on the theatrical “tragedy-comedy” mask, this time memorializing loud acting? A stylized tribute to Aztec culture run amok? ...

Media Life: Newcastle contractor constructs Johnny Cash Trail span

Folsom’s new $3.8 million overcrossing on the Johnny Cash Trail gets the ribbon-cutting treatment on Saturday with the Man in Black’s daughter Rosanne Cash helping out. ...

Media Life: Turkey vultures making fleeting presence known in Auburn

Auburn’s Deren Ross informs Media Life that the skies over Auburn are sporadically alive these days with the annual southward flight of turkey vultures. Several hundred moved ...

Media Life: Auburncentric movie magic in pre-production, soon onscreen

Media Life has a twin-bill of Auburncentric film developments this week. One is soon to be seen onscreen in the latest movie by director Jason Reitman. The other is closer to hom ...

Media Life: Auburn filmmaker scores with real-life ‘Harry Potter’ quidditch movie

Eric F. Martin grew up in Auburn during the height of Harry Pottermania. So when fellow filmmaker Farzad Sangari came to him in 2013 with hundreds of hours of footage on the real- ...

Media Life: Auburn motorhead couple gets “American Pickers” star treatment

When “American Pickers” came calling, Auburn’s Al and Deb Casner were ready to wheel and deal – especially when it came to a rare set of wheels. The Casner ...

Media Life: Bigger venue means bigger acts for Auburn’s State Theatre

Going from 130 seats to 320 means the 84-year-old State Theatre will re-open this October with an upgrade in entertainment for audiences. The simple math of the matter is that whi ...

Media Life: Penryn-made product brings Batman’s Gotham City to life

The entire cast of the Fox TV series “Gotham” enjoyed the ride. So did the mayor of San Diego. In a business suit. And a business tucked away in the Placer County bur ...

Media Life: Braves ready to honor 1914 Series champs, Placer product

A product of the rough-and-tumble gold-field village of Iowa Hill, Bill James and fellow members of the 1914 Miracle Braves baseball World Series champions are on deck to get their ...

Media Life: Just how big is the Fox 40 anchorwoman scandal?

Never shy of taking a pointed stick and probing deep into the sleaze factor, Sacramento’s Fox 40 is now finding itself mired in its own journalistic mud bog. The Sacramento ...