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Preview: BottleRock Napa Valley 2016

BottleRock Napa Valley is back to shake up California’s wine country for the fourth year in a row this Memorial Day Weekend. More than 70 […]

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New film: Money Monster

Money Monster Directed by Jodie Foster While the subject matter is obviously very different, my reaction to this week’s “Money Monster” is surprisingly similar to last week’s “Captain America: Civil War.” In both cases I enjoyed the movie and yet some aspects of each story seemed to undermine the respective premise. In “Money Monster,” George […]

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New film: Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo “Captain America: Civil War” is a fun movie but also a flawed one. It has much in common with the recent “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” but manages to stay ahead of the problems of that film by remaining light and brisk rather […]

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Andy Warhol’s Impact Found in Sacramento

No artist has had a more perpetual influence on current American pop-culture than Andy Warhol’s outlook on fame and the public’s fascination with creative consumption. And, in case you missed it, the Crocker Art Museum is currently host to a portion of the iconic work of the world renowned artist. On display until June 19, […]

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New films: Sing Street and Green Room

Two films open this week that each feature stories about coming of age in a band. That said, they couldn’t be more different. In “Sing Street” writer/director John Carney has followed up on his films “Begin Again” and the fantastic “Once” with another musically inspired story, this time about a boy growing up in Ireland […]

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A Howling Good Mystery at STC

The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) has a good track record with Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. John Watson, having put on a production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” in 2011. And now William Elsman and Michael RJ Campbell, who played Holmes and Watson respectively, have returned to their roles in a cracking good […]

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New films: The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Miles Ahead and Elvis & Nixon

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan In 2012, “Snow White and the Huntsman” opened to mediocre reviews and went on to earn similar responses from general audiences. It failed to make back its production budget at the domestic box office and even with more success on a worldwide basis, it’s doesn’t appear to […]

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New films: The Jungle Book, Criminal and Everybody Wants Some

The Jungle Book Directed by Jon Favreau The new “The Jungle Book” is the fourth Disney film based on the Mowgli character from Rudyard Kipling’s stories. It’s essentially a “live action” remake of the 1967 classic, albeit it that the only live action character is Mowgli (and a few other briefly glimpsed humans), with the […]

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Three performers play Tommy (four if you count the alternate) in the Falcon's Eye Theatre production of "The Who's Tommy" at  the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College. Evan Martorana, center, plays the teenage Tommy.

The Amazing Journey of ‘Tommy’

It’s hard not to gush when you review “The Who’s Tommy,” now on stage at the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College. The Falcon’s Eye Theatre production of the musical that primarily features a cast of college and high school students (plus some older and a few younger) is a theatrical experience that rivals any […]

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Tony Award-winning actor and dancer Ben Vereen will give a Musical Theatre Master Class at Sacramento State on April 30. (Photo courtesy of Isak Tiner)

Broadway legend Ben Vereen to visit Sac State on April 30

A living legend of stage and screen is coming to Sacramento State on April 30 to share his experience with students and the public during a free Musical Theatre Master Class. Tony Award-winning actor and dancer Ben Vereen will visit the campus next week as a part of Wellness Through the Arts, Sacramento’s (WTA) inaugural essay awards. […]

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‘Newsies’ Delivers Rousing Performance at the Community Center Theater

A rousing, rollicking troupe of rag tag kids drove a sold out audience to their feet last night when California Musical Theater’s Broadway series brought Disney’s “Newsies” to the Community Center Theater for a dizzying blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 6-day run. Twenty four years ago this week, the Walt Disney Studios released an uneven, but charming little movie musical, […]

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New films: Demolition and The Boss

Demolition Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée Jake Gyllenhaal plays Davis Mitchell in this somewhat hard to categorize drama about an investment banker whose wife is killed in a car accident. It’s also a film that sets somewhat conflicted expectations, having been directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Wild,” “The Young Victoria,” “C.R.A.Z.Y.”), with a screenplay […]

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Before Smartphones: ‘Without Words’ Exhibit Debuts at Railroad Museum

Interested in learning more about communication techniques used before texting, smartphones and other technological devices so prevalent today? California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present a new exhibit titled Without Words, which opened this Friday, April 8. This interactive new exhibit focuses on the various non-verbal communication tools used by the […]

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STC Goes Old-School with ‘The Fantasticks’

I don’t know why “The Fantasticks” is the longest-running show in American theater history, or the longest-running musical in the world. I kind of agree with those who think the show is over-rated, but I have to admit that the production now on the Pollock Stage at Sacramento Theatre Company is pretty irresistible. Director Melanie […]

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Concerts in the Park Celebrates 25th Season with New Brand & Exciting Line-Up

With a history as Sacramento’s longest-running outdoor music festival, Concerts in the Park (CIP) returns for its 25th season on May 6, 2016 with an exciting new brand that captures the energy that is pulsing through downtown, and an impressive lineup of nationally touring artists and the region’s greatest musical talents. Managed by the Downtown […]

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