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New films: We Are Your Friends, No Escape, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Mistress America

We Are Your Friends Directed by Max Joseph I had an odd overall experience watching “We Are Your Friends” as, in fragments, it reminded me […]

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Another Great ‘Big Idea’

Two men and one woman: It’s a potential recipe for disaster. And in “Three Days of Rain,” now at Big Idea Theatre, there’s a double batch of trouble. The story involves two generations of friends – contemporary siblings Walker (Eric Baldwin) and Nan (Beth Edwards) and friend Pip (Ryan Snyder) and their parents, architectural partners […]

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New films: American Ultra vs. Hitman: Agent 47

Supersoldier showdown It’s not unusual for Hollywood to pit supersoldiers against supersoldiers in a screenplay, but this week that goes meta with a showdown at the box office between two movies in which that storyline occurs. Not that it’s clear which box office position they’re actually fighting for as it seems likely they’ll both lose […]

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‘Hair’ Brings the Summer of Love to Music Circus

It may have been nighttime, but the Sun was definitely shining on the opening night of Hair, Music Circus’s final production of the season. Raucous and rollicking from beginning to end, the cast and audience (many of whom trotted their finest tie-dyed attire for the evening) partied like it was 1968. Debuting on Broadway in […]

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San Francisco’s Outside Lands Headliners Set for TBD Fest

Earlier this month Golden Gate Park hosted it’s eighth annual music, arts and food festival in San Francisco with a stacked line-up and good food. From being serenaded by the beautiful sounds of Mumford and Sons, Elton John and Sam Smith on the main stage to dancing our hearts out to RL Grime, Porter Robinson […]

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city of trees

City of Trees: Great Show But Event Logistics Mar the First-Run Concert

Once inside Gibson Ranch County Park last Saturday everything seemed like Radio 94.7 made a good first run at a first-class, day-long music festival, called City of Trees Summer Concert Event. The show featured nine quality national and international acts, headlined by Sacramento’s legendary Cake, who coincidentally or not, gives out a tree to a […]

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straight outta compton

New films: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. vs. Straight Outta Compton

A surprising showdown at the movies This was the week I expected to be doing nothing but gushing about “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a film I’ve been anticipating for months. Not that I didn’t have some concerns along the way, especially after other hit TV shows became movies and changed genre in the process (for […]

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Sacramento’s Cake to Headline First City of Trees Festival Saturday

Two stages, 10 bands and a scheduled 8 ½ hours of music capped by Sacramento’s own Cake will highlight Saturday’s first ever City of Trees summer concert at Gibson Ranch County Park. Cake takes the main stage at 8pm to lead an eclectic bill sponsored by radio station 94.7 that features everything from Halsey, featured […]

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New films: Shaun the Sheep wins against a weak field

Well, it’s an odd week at the movies as easily the best new film is aimed at the youngest of viewers, as “Shaun the Sheep Movie” lights up big screens and little eyes. It’s a delightful romp from the folks at Aardman Animations (the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit”) as young Shaun and his farm […]

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second saturday

Upbeat & Artsy: Midtown is a Great 2nd Saturday Destination

Put on your walking shoes — or hop on your bike — and head over to Midtown Sacramento for special 2nd Saturday Art Walk activities each month. A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a […]

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New films: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, Vacation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Directed by Christopher McQuarrie I thoroughly enjoyed “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” (“M:I-RN”)from beginning to end. It hits all the right marks for me for a big, fun summer film. One of the problems with franchises like this, the Bond films, or even stand-alone event films like this year’s “San […]

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woogie weekend

The Do Lab’s Wet n’ Wild Woogie Weekend

A little rain couldn’t stop The Do Lab‘s second creative camp out venture and music festival. Despite flooding in the camp out areas and music stages due a hit by an unexpected tropical storm, attendees of Woogie Weekend rocked on. Hosted at Southern California’s Oak Canyon Park July 17-19, the typical good vibes of The […]

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New films: Southpaw, Paper Towns, Pixels

Southpaw Directed by Antoine Fuqua Jake Gyllenhaal found another transformative role to sink himself into in this remarkable study of a professional boxer whose fortune runs out. It’s especially noteworthy coming so quickly after last year’s “Nightcrawler,” in which he appeared withdrawn and unhealthily skinny, to have bulked up for this role enough to look […]

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Peter Pan

“Peter Pan” flies high at Music Circus

They might as well change the name of H Street to Broadway this week, since so many of the cast and crew of “Peter Pan” now at Music Circus have credits from the Great White Way. Director Glenn Casale, choreographer Patti Colombo and flying sequence choreographer Paul Rubin collaborated on the 1998 Broadway revival of […]

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New films: Mr. Holmes, Ant-man, Trainwreck

Mr. Holmes Directed by Bill Condon Ian McKellen reteams with his “Gods and Monsters” director for the equally delightful “Mr. Holmes,” my favorite new film of the week (and it’s a good week). This is one of the most unusual Sherlock Holmes stories in that it’s Holmes when he’s almost completely off his game – […]

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