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As announced a couple weeks ago, the well-known, dome-shaped Century Theaters on Ethan Way closed in anticipation for demolition. This decision was made to make way […]

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New Films: Three openings, a re-opening and new food options

Perhaps the most remarkable film opening this week in Sacramento is actually re-opening, as the Tower Theatre offers an extra opportunity to see the Academy Award nominated “Room,” reviewed here in November. Having since won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award, Sacramentan Brie Larson appears to be the one to beat in the […]

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‘Block is Hot’ Block Party Talent Search Looks for Local Talent

In an effort to find local talent for their Block Party events to be held this spring and summer, the Crocker Art Museum through its Block by Block initiative has invited the community to a 3-week series of talent auditions. Hosting their first audition on Sunday, Jan. 24, the Block is Hot Talent Search is looking […]

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New Films: A neat animation, a crass comedy, and an action packed shampoo commercial

If it wasn’t for the award season movies that are still opening or lingering around, this would be a great week in movies to stay home. Anomalisa Directed by Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman The week’s saving grace is “Anomalisa,” a weird and trippy film from the mind of writer Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich,” […]

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Hats off to Big Idea Theatre’s ‘Hat’

If having a provocative title were all it took to be a success, Big Idea Theatre‘s “The Motherf**ker With the Hat” would have to turn away audiences. It is, in fact, for some shows, but not because of the name. It’s for the uniformly excellent performances by its five-person cast under the super-sharp direction of […]

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Film News: Mourning Another Theater & Catching Up with Recent Releases

From domed to doomed After almost 50 years in operation, the Century Theaters on Ethan Way finally closed last night, with the partially dome-shaped building set to be demolished shortly to make way for a newer, less distinctive multiplex theater. A separate building housing two screens in a single dome had recently been removed. When […]

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History Museum to Debut New ‘Making of Old Sacramento’ Exhibit in February

2016 is indeed an exciting time to look forward to the changing face of Sacramento.  But it’s also a great time to look at the past during another period of dramatic change in our city’s history. The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) is proud to announce an all-new exhibit titled Place & Replace: Making of […]

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‘Pippin’ Brings the Magic to Sacramento’s Community Center Theater

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I draw your attention to the center ring of the Sacramento Community Center, as California Musical Theatre’s Broadway Sacramento Series presents: The dazzling…dizzying… Tony Award-winning… not-to-be-missed, Musical Extravaganza… National Touring Company of…. “Pippin”. Broadway musical devotees will recall that “Pippin” was a smash hit when it opened in 1972 […]

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Business Spotlight: Hall of Fame Showcases Local Talent to a Growing Sacramento Scene

Tapping right into the heart of Sacramento’s youthful future is Hall of Fame, a company that has grown from throwing local house parties to emerging themselves as an international media, music, event and entertainment company made up of a local collective of young artists and entrepreneurs. Since 2008, Tony Christ, Byron Hughes, Damian Lynch and […]

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Show Review: Na’an Stop with the Spirit Of Reggae

On a cool Friday evening at the Clubhouse Bar & Grill, band members of Na’an Stop link arms to form a five-man circle while the audience is left wondering what is on the verge of happening. An unrivaled howl comes from inside the circle as one of the guys shouts, “Li Hing!” while the others respond with […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Directed by J.J. Abrams Cutting to the chase: This is good. If you’re one of the many, many people anxiously looking forward to the rebirth of the “Star Wars” franchise and hoping that “The Force Awakens” is more like the original trilogy than the (****) prequels, relax, it is. It’s […]

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New films: On the big and small screen

This may not seem like a particularly significant week in the film industry but, in my opinion, it is. It follows a slow week when, as often happens after a major holiday such as Thanksgiving, few films open in wide release. It also precedes what portends to be one of the busiest weekends of the […]

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New films: Creed, Trumbo, Legend, The Good Dinosaur, Victor Frankenstein

Creed Directed by Ryan Coogler Sac State film alumnus Ryan Coogler has followed his outstanding feature-length directorial debut (“Fruitvale Station”) with another equally strong film, this time breathing new life into the “Rocky” franchise without requiring Sylvester Stallone to take his shirt off. In “Creed,” Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, the illegitimate son of […]

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New films: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, plus five other moviebriefs

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Directed by Francis Lawrence The “Hunger Games” franchise finally limps to a close in this second-half of the adaptation of the third book in the trilogy. And that description largely captures the problems of the film, as there should never have been a fourth installment in the three-part […]

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New films: The 33, Love the Coopers, My All-American

The 33 Directed by Patricia Riggen “The 33” is a dramatized version of the true story (even if not in all of the smaller details) of the 2010 collapse of a gold and copper mine in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The mine, which already had a poor safety record, was poorly equipped and unfit to respond […]

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