B. Smith/ Urban Farmer/ The Grape Gatsby/ Dolph Gotelli

B. Smith Restaurateur, former model and lifestyle expert Barbara Smith is in town with her new book "B. Smith Cooks Southern Style." As a model, she was the first African-American woman on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. She then hosted the syndicated TV show "B. Smith with Style." And she also owns three restaurants. Today on Insight, you'll meet B. Smith and hear about her life and career.

B. Smith will appear at 7 p.m. today at Borders, 2339 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento. Information: (916) 564-0168.

Urban Farmer Maybe it's the economy, maybe it's the growing interest in organic food, or maybe it's a combination, but there's a growing interest in tiny-scale farming in the city, especially in people's backyards. Food writer Novella Carpenter has written a guide to becoming an urban farmer. You'll meet her and hear about "Farm City."

Novella Carpenter will lead the seminar "Raising Chickens in Your Back Yard" from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21st at Soil Born Farms, American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive, Rancho Cordova. Information: (916) 363-9685. She is also doing a presentation and booksigning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21st at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, 1900 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento. (916) 455-2667.

The Grape Gatsby A new reading series begins this weekend at a winery in the Gold Country. The featured author is Rachel Resnick, who wrote the acclaimed memoir "Love Junkie" about lessons learned from her own long experience of troubled releationships. You'll meet Resnick and the founder of the "The Grape Gatsby" reading series, author Samantha Dunn.

Rachel Resnick will read from "Love Junkie" at the first "The Grape Gatsby" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22nd at Venezio Winery, 5821 State Highway 49, Pilot Hill. Information: (530) 885-9463. Rachel Resnick will also read and participate in a Q&A at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23rd at The Avid Reader at The Tower, 1800 Broadway, Sacramento. Information: (916) 441-4400.

Dolph Gotelli Designer, curator and Christmas expert Dolph Gotelli has put together a holiday-season exhibit of Victorian vignettes. It opens tomorrow at the Folsom History Museum. A longtime professor at UC Davis, Gotelli founded the campus' Design Museum. His huge personal collection is best known for its Christmas artifacts and antique dolls. You'll meet Gotelli and hear about exhibit.

"Enchanted Christmas on Sutter Street" opens on Saturday, Nov. 21st and runs through Feb. 7th, 2010 at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., Folsom. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Information: (916) 985-2707.


Friday, November 20, 2009