Song Posse

Song Posse meets 2nd through 4th Saturdays at Manzanita Arts Emporium, from 6:30-8:30, guided by Chrys Mollett of the Aeolian Harp and Manzanita Arts Emporium. The first Saturday of every month they meet at the Creative Community Center in San Andreas. Click on the link for photos and more information:

Song Posse – Saturday Night Music

The Threat to Literacy in the Digital Age

Scott Thomas Anderson: Can Literacy Survive in the Digital Age?

On January 20, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will speak at Manzanita Arts Emporium, exploring how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the Digital Age. For more than a decade Anderson’s worked as a crime, culture and travel journalist, writing in the center of a media metamorphosis that continues to alter how Americans share their everyday experiences. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Anderson will discuss the danger of our youngest generations learning linguistic impulses through hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. He’ll consider what happens to the brain’s ability to focus when we trade a book’s imaginative doorway for the swamp of fragmented, multi-media distractions. He’ll also look at the future of the written word if today’s writers, poets, artists and teachers don’t recognize a threat against it.

Anderson is a staff writer for The Sacramento News & Review. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Irish Independent, Dublin’s largest daily newspaper, and The Coffeelicious, one of the most read online magazines on He’s been interviewed about homicide investigations nationally on the Travel Channel and internationally on Ireland’s Radio 1:Drivetime. His nonfiction book, “Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America,” is an exploration of nation’s modern methamphetamine crisis. In 2015, his newest nonfiction book was released, “The Cutting Four-piece: crime and tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding.”



Sip ‘n Paint with Mary Sexton

Sip ‘n Paint with Mary Sexton at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp. Every third Friday from 6-9:30. Join a fun group of people who enjoy splashing some acrylic onto canvas to come up with mini-masterpieces. This is no paint-by-number process, and there is no drawing in advance. You start with a blank canvas, and magically, wonderful stuff happens to it under the gentle guidance of Mary Sexton, oil and acrylic painter.

$45 –  all materials and expertise provided — relax and enjoy making your painting–one that you can be proud of.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, beverages, sweets. Sign up now.