Escapes:Roll on down for Beethoven

02/17/2013 12:00 AM

02/16/2013 9:16 PM


Roll on down for Beethoven

Make your way to the Central Coast for some breathtaking music. Festival Mozaic is coming to San Luis Obispo for three days starting March 1 for an event titled "The Mysteries of Beethoven."

The series on the famous composer includes a discussion about "Beethoven's Hair" (with author Russell Martin on hand to discuss his national best-seller) as well as a concert with three of Ludwig van Beethoven's best-known chamber compositions, the early Serenade in D major Op. 25, the Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69, and the String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 127.

"This festival has been a fixture on the Central Coast for more than four decades, and each year the quality, engagement and experience improves," said organizer Bettina Swigger.

Scott Yoo, a renowned conductor and virtuoso violinist, as well as orchestra musicians from around the world will perform.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Vietnam, Cambodia

Travel to southeast Asia

Have you ever wanted to wander the tropical forests of Vietnam?

You can learn how by visiting Holloway Travel Outfitters, which is hosting a discussion with Southeast Asian travel specialist Stan Godwyn.

The talk will include discussions on Vietnam and Cambodia, focusing on the history, culture and tourism.

The event takes place 9:30 a.m. March 2, 1150 Fulton Ave., Sacramento.

Reservations requested at (916) 486-9170, or email

The 'gold standard'

Experience Italy

Sacramento travel agency Experience Italy will host a special seminar Feb. 23 about visiting the boot-shaped country.

Tosca Perotti, a "gold- standard Rome guide," will be leading the discussion, focused on first-time travelers to the European destination.

The talk takes place 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Club Pheasant restaurant in West Sacramento, 2525 Jefferson Blvd.

To register, email or call (916) 456-0570.

Cost is $10.

Pinot noir fest

Wine summit in S.F.

As Paul Giamatti says about its flavors in the movie "Sideways": "They're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet."

He's talking about pinot noir, of course. See if you agree at the 11th annual Pinot Noir Summit, March 16 at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Events include a special blind tasting of 40 top wines. Hors d'oeuvres will also be available to attendees.

"The evolution and advancement in excellence of pinot noir over the past 11 years has been truly amazing," said Barbara Drady, president of Affairs of the Vine, the event organizer.

The event takes place from 12:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75-$125. Event location: Herbst at the Presidio, 385 Moraga Ave., San Francisco, 94129.

What a blast

Turkey hunting

Gobble, gobble, gobble. Bang.

If that sounds like a good way to spend the day, you're in luck. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife on Feb. 23 will teach you how to take down these large game birds with a one-day Turkey Hunting Clinic.

Hunters of all levels are welcome to attend the event at Tejon Ranch in Kern County.

The clinic includes information on "hunting regulations, huntable lands, proper types of firearms and ammunition, proper clothing, habits and habitats of wild turkey." It will also offer instruction about hunting ethics as well as game care and cooking.

Space is limited, so register early online at Cost is $45 for adults and free for kids 16 and younger. (They must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

– Richard Chang


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