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Insight: Empty Pleasures / Mindy Cooper / Eileen Rendahl / Sister Crayon


"Empty Pleasures" A UC Davis professor has written a new book about the history of artificial sweeteners in America. It examines the creation of Splenda and NutriSweet and how something once seen as a healthy alternative to sugar - and pushed as such by magazines and the food market - is perhaps not so healthy after all. Carolyn de la Pena tells you about "Empty Pleasures."
 
Mindy Cooper Broadway actress, director and choreographer Mindy Cooper has just finished the first UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance summer intensive. To celebrate the program, the department opens "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Thursday. We'll talk with Cooper, who has twice held the title of UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence, about the production.
 
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16th and runs through Sunday, Sept. 25th at the Main Theatre, UC Davis. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Information: (530) 752-0888.
 
Eileen Rendahl Davis-based author Eileen Rendahl has made a name for herself writing chick-lit novels. With her latest book, she tries on a new genre: paranormal adventure romance. She'll tell you about "Don't Kill the Messenger" and why she decided to set the tale that includes vampires in Sacramento. This segment originally aired March 8, 2010.
 
Sister Crayon Sister Crayon, a Sacramento band that plays ambient electronic pop, is performing Friday at Concerts 4 Charity at The Crest. The band recently released a new record, and is nominated for two SAMMIES. You'll meet the band and hear some of their music. This segment originally aired July 1, 2010.
 
Concerts 4 Charity presents: Ballet and Live Music with Doombird, Drifting Shapes, Exquisite Corps and Sister Crayon from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17th at The Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
 
Monday, September 13, 2010
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