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arts and cultureIssue 13

BY JUSTIN SOUZA You might not know his name, but you already know Brett Nichols. When Nichols’ star turn in Pittman High School’s talent show this May went viral on YouTube, more than 17 million people saw the redhead bust out one of the world’s best ever Michael Jackson impersonations.

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BY JUSTIN SOUZA Crackling fires are great and all, but I find that when the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing like a beautiful cocktail to warm me up and lift my spirits. This winter, Stanislaus County eateries are serving up a huge selection of beautifully handcrafted cocktails based on

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BY ANNE MARIE BERGTHOLD At Surla’s Restaurant in Modesto, diners come for the food, but they often stay for the art. And incredibly, the lush, vibrant pieces adorning the walls of this local hotspot are the work of only one talented local artist: Louise Bogetti. Bogetti has studied and worked

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BY JUSTIN SOUZA Great food and drinks, silent auctions and a tiered tournament to crown the county’s most legendary table tennis player. For nonprofit events, it doesn’t get better than this. On October 10, the Boys & Girls Club of Stanislaus County hit an ace with the first annual Battle

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BY DANA KOSTER A PROGRAM WITH DANIEL HANDLER (AKA LEMONY SNICKET) November 16, 2 p.m. Mary Stuart Rogers Theater Fans of humor, irreverence, fine fiction and pen names are invited to spend an afternoon with famous writer Daniel Handler (best known as Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate

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BY JACQUI D. SINARLE If you are fortunate enough to enjoy health and happiness with friends and family members, your joy increases tenfold when you’re able to share the holiday spirit with others. Spreading holiday cheer is easy, thanks to a number of organizations in Stanislaus County organized to assist

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hidden talentsIssue 13

HIDDEN TALENTS: PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… Manager at Cold Stone Creamery. I’m also a musician; I make my own music and play piano and guitar. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… Make Cosplay helmets. They start as a program called pepakura, which is papercraft. You sort of

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PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… A Principal in the Technology firm ITSolutions Currie. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… Have been an avid hang glider for more than 25 years. I GOT STARTED WITH MY HIDDEN TALENT WHEN… An acquaintance of mine who was a hang glider pilot

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cover-storyfeatured-food-and-wineIssue 12

Camp 4 Wine Café By Haley Brown “Where do you want to eat tonight?” It’s that daunting question that leaves you scratching your head, reading Yelp reviews until your eyes hurt and then, after desperation sets in, leaves you eating frozen pizza instead of going out. Now, there’s nothing wrong

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featured-food-and-wineIssue 12

The Family Recipes of Amalia’s Cocina By Nathan Lloyd Although they were never wealthy, the Portillos always had each other, and they had their garden, with its riches of herbs, fruits and vegetables. Amalia Portillo and her mother Maria bonded over bubbling pots, simmering fresh chili peppers and other home-grown

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