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Local Music: Kin

Local Music: Kin

Every once in awhile, you come across someone with such unbridled talent that you just have to wonder where it comes from. That is the case with my good friend Kin.

A recent graduate of Expression College with a brand new degree in sound design, Vacaville local, "Kin," has been making beats for as long as I can remember and he just keeps getting better. His style continues to improve with every new song and he can't go anywhere but up. Kin's Hip-Hop-inspired beats feature samples from classic R&B, rock and soul songs - some of which you've grown up on. One might liken his style to that of Flying Lotus or J Dilla.  But while his style is probably best described as Hip-Hop, Kin really has no boundaries when it comes to creative music-making.

Check out Kin's latest tracks on his bandcamp page : http://kinsmusic.bandcamp.com/

Woodland High School student among Congressional Art Competition finalists

Woodland High School student among Congressional Art Competition finalists

Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) Tuesday held a reception at his Napa District Office for the six high school finalists in this year's Congressional Art Competition. The winner of the competition will represent California's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. Capitol, where his or her artwork will be displayed for one year. The winner and a guest will be flown to Washington, D.C. to attend an awards ceremony in June.

"These six young men and women are extremely talented artists with bright futures," said Thompson. "I think it¹s important to recognize and encourage young artists. The Congressional Art Competition gives our community the opportunity to do that."

To honor the achievement of this year¹s finalists, Thompson invited the students, their families, and local artists and residents to attend a reception at his district office in Napa.

Vacaville African American history exhibit opens May 13

Vacaville African American history exhibit opens May 13

Vacaville exhibit opens Friday
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We Connect," the Vacaville Museum will host another black culture-themed show, part of a traveling exhibition from a larger collection on view at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Containing some 150 objects, ...

Has the Nook killed the public library?

Has the Nook killed the public library?

There are always rumors that no one is going to libraries any more -- especially when you see more and more people downloading their reading to electronic devices like the iPad and the Nook.  But has technology made checking out books obsolete? 

As a writer and someone who still likes to read a novel the old fashion way -- by turning the pages, I was happy to learn this is not the case.  In fact, there are a lot more people visiting libraries on a daily basis than I thought there were.

Four authors uncover the mystery of suspense

Four authors uncover the mystery of suspense

All are welcome to join in conversation with four mystery writers at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, located at 1212 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, on June 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Mystery authors, Pat Canterbury, L. F. Crawford, Nan Mahon and Cindy Sample will talk about their new books, the writing process and the reasons they choose ‘murder’ as their choice of genre.

“Although their styles are completely different, these crime solvers work their way through dead bodies to uncover the perpetrators,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  “Murders take place in vineyards, on cruise ships, in luxury apartments, on dates and in blues clubs.  There’s something here for everyone.  Please join us!”

All four writers are members of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento Chapter of Sisters in Crime International.

'Know Your Writes' poetry summit, slam set for May 13 at UC Davis

'Know Your Writes' poetry summit, slam set for May 13 at UC Davis

DAVIS - "Know Your Writes," a daylong poetry summit and slam that is expected to attract more than 900 of the region's best young poets, rappers and singers, will take place Friday, May 13, at UC Davis' Freeborn Hall.

Hosted by the UC Davis School of Education's Sacramento Area Youth Speak (SAYS) program, the event will start at 9 a.m. with a student town hall meeting and workshops on writing, social justice and youth empowerment. The poetry slam will begin at 6 p.m.

The top six poets will represent the Sacramento region at Brave New Voices, an international youth poetry slam held in San Francisco in July.

The third annual SAYS summit and slam is a culmination of year-round programming in regional schools, in which youth from different communities and economic and ethnic backgrounds come together to learn and celebrate their accomplishments.

Sunflower art contest celebrates community spirit

Sunflower art contest celebrates community spirit

DAVIS - Attention aspiring artists!