Insight: Gold Dredging / Chef Mai Pham / The Wiz / Alyssa Cox

Gold Dredging What are the environmental issues and monitoring challenges of gold dredging in California? A series of public hearings is being held in California in an effort to update the state's gold mining parameters. We'll talk about it with Mark Stopher, Environmental Program Manager with the State Department of Fish and Game, as well as James Hutchings, a mining claimer and the President of the Sacramento Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America.

Chef Mai Pham Chef Mai Pham is speaking at Sacramento State this week. The owner of popular local restaurant Lemon Grass, has recently  started a new venture Star Ginger. We'll talk with her about Vietnamese and Thai cuisine and culture and opening a business during a recession.

Chef Mai Pham is speaking at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th at the University Library Gallery, Sacramento State.

"The Wiz" Sacramento State's Festival of the Arts beings this week with entertainment for everyone, including special theater, dance, fine art, design and literature performances. This year, the festival kicks off with "The Wiz," a soul version of "The Wizard of Oz." A collaboration between the theater and dance departments, we'll talk about it with Melinda Wilson and Linda Goodrich.

"The Wiz" runs through Sunday, April 24th at the University Theatre, Sacramento State, 6000 J St. Peformances are at 8 p.m.Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Alyssa Cox Auburn singer-songwriter Alyssa Cox is working on a record. We'll meet her and hear about the upcoming album. She'll also perform a song live in studio.


About our guest host: Sacramento-native David Watts Barton has been involved in Sacramento's music and cultural scene for more than 30 years as a writer, performer and fan. The former Sacramento Bee reporter now freelances for a number of news organizations, including Sacramento Magazine and Sactown. He also writes Blogging the Grid.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011