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Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 10:00 pm

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" in Lodi

Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" is being presented by a huge cast of Lodi-area actors. It is the Old Testament story of Joseph, who was sold into Egypt by his 12 brothers and then rose to fame as Pharoah's right-handman. The story is told through song and includes a mosaic of music and characters: Vaudeville tap, swing and Elvis, country western and even go-go dancers.

It was because "the music is brilliant" that Director Nicole Warren chose to bring "Joseph" to Lodi, but it's also because of the true story and universal message.

"It has a message of no matter what hardships life deals you, you can come out victorious if your attitude is (good)," she said. "When you take that moral and apply it to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, you have a production that everyone relates to."

DETAILS

When: Tonight at 7 p.m.

Where: Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St.

Information: 333-5550

"Lodi Scenes" in Lodi

The public is invited to a reception for "Lodi Scenes" featuring artwork by Caroline Henry on Sunday at the Lodi Art Center Gallery. Also on display is the 2008 Small Works Invitational Show with entries by artists from San Joaquin and adjacent counties.

Henry's "Lodi Scenes" are largely done in pen and ink with watercolor wash. Many are continuous line drawings. In the continuous line technique the pen is not lifted from paper from start to finish of the drawing. Look for familiar Lodi landmarks, such as the Lodi Arch, Lodi Woman's Club, the Veteran's Plaza and the Lodi Post Office, as well as several of Lodi beloved coffee shops and eateries. Nor are Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River forgotten. Mokelumne Spirit Dancer, a large watercolor seeks to capture the spirit of the river in a crane/man dancer. A tiny acrylic on canvas portrays the "Methodist Steps" while another visits "Lodi Lake."

Henry's work has frequently been shown in the Lodi area and has won awards in numerous juried shows including The Lodi Spring Show at Woodbridge Winery, the Delicato Show and Tracy Expressions.

DETAILS

When: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

Where: Lodi Art Center Gallery, 1373 Lakewood Mall

Information: 333-3855.

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