Arts

Great Gatsby

Sacramento Ballet Sizzles at 60 with Great Gatsby Season Opener

The Sacramento Ballet opened its 60th season Thursday with a reprise of co-artistic director Ron Cunningham’s ambitious “The Great Gatsby.” The “Roaring 20s” sets the […]

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Friday’s last Trash Film Orgy screening at the Crest Theatre

After 14 years of successfully entertaining late night movie goers, the locally produced Trash Film Orgy (TFO) film festival series is ending its run at the Crest Theatre. It may well be back at another venue, but TFO is directly connected to the current Crest management team, who have lost their lease on the building […]

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Singin-in-the-Rain

Special Farewell Screening Tonight at the Crest – Plus Three New Films Opening

  Singin’ in the Rain – Crest Theatre Friday, October 17th at 7:30pm. If you’ve been living under a rock, you might not have heard that the long time managers of the Crest Theatre, CSLM Inc., led by the incomparable Laura “Sid” Garcia Heberger have lost their lease on the building. And so 28 years […]

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Carousel at TBD Fest

Best New Discoveries at TBD Fest: Viceroy, Carousel & 8th Grader

TBD Fest may be over, but the music doesn’t have to stop there. Although TBD’s line-up extended over 3 days and brought in much more impressive headliners this year, the festival also brought out new and up-and-coming artists who definitely should be noticed as artists on the rise. Here are my best new discoveries at TBD Fest […]

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Moviebriefs: Pride, The Judge, Alexander and the…Very Bad Day

Here’s another quick moviebriefs roundup of most of this week’s new films.   Kill the Messenger Directed by Michael Cuesta For special coverage of this release and an interview with Gary Webb’s son Ian: LINK.   Pride Directed by Matthew Warchus The best film of the week follows others in the strong British tradition of […]

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Film: Viewing “Kill the Messenger” Through the Eyes of Gary Webb’s Son

This weekend marks the opening of “Kill the Messenger,” the excellent film account of the journalistic work of Gary Webb, who first uncovered the connections between the CIA, drug trafficking and the Nicaraguan Contras. This story has special significance to local audiences, as much of Webb’s work was done in and around Sacramento and there […]

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Empire of the Sun @ TBD Fest 10.4.14

TBD Fest: An Up-and-Coming Festival

21,000 attendees stormed TBD’s dusty festival grounds despite the scorching hot weather Sacramento received over the 3-day festival, so you could definitely say TBD was a success! The weekend showcased some stellar headliners with Moby, Empire of the Sun and Justice, who put on some of the most epic sets I’ve seen in Sacramento. I was […]

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New films: Gone Girl, Tracks, The Notebook

This is an odd week in that all three of the films reviewed are good, but each had some characteristic that felt somewhat unsatisfying. In each case, the specific concern was subjective and will likely affect (or not) different viewers in different ways. Gone Girl Directed by David Fincher “Gone Girl” is the latest film […]

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Looking for something to do Saturday? Check out a museum for free with Smithsonian Museum Day!

Haven’t planned your Saturday yet? Then check out one of five museums participating in Museum Day Live!, a nationwide event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which select museums offer free admission for a day. Guests are able to obtain a special event ticket via smithsonianmag.com granting two people free access into one museum of their […]

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Weezer from VIP at the Aftershock Fest

TBD & Music Festival Madness

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Aftershock Festival held in Sacramento’s Discovery Park. I personally am not a huge follower of rock music, but when I arrived at the music festival I could feel the energy and excitement exude from the festival grounds and into the atmosphere. The festival […]

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From 2013 Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival

Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival Celebrates Art’s Many Forms

Art comes in many forms and this weekend you’ll have a chance to see them all. Chalk, music, sculpture, jewelry, paint, crafts, and even kid-created arts are among the many forms celebrated at the 24th annual Chalk It Up Art & Music Festival playing for 3 days this Labor Day weekend. It’s Chalk It Up‘s […]

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North C Street

New Exhibit Showcases Mystery of Sacramento’s Unique Doorways; Artist’s Reception This Second Saturday

In a three-year venture to capture an architectural continuum of Sacramento’s commercial doorways, local award-winning photographer Martin Christian shot an array of images from the city’s alleys, railyards, and trucking corridors. What resulted is a pictorial showcase of Sacramento’s unique entryways. Now on display at East Sacramento’s Archival Gallery, the exhibit, titled “Doors of Sacramento”, […]

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David Mamet’s Race Playing at Celebration Arts Theater

“Race”, presented at Celebration Arts theater and directed by James Wheatley, is very serious with melodramatic overtones. It explores in great detail the tracings of our American concerns about racial differences, racial equality, and the lengths to which afflicted people will go to either conceal racial slurs they might have made or thought of making, […]

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Last Showing of Marat/Sade Playing at California Stage This Weekend

“Marat/Sade”, produced by Ray Tatar of California Stage and directed by Kent Johnson, is a must see. You must be prepared for some gruesome language and extremely violent political points of view, courtesy of the German playwright Peter Weiss. But that’s the way it was in the French Revolution, a time in history with a […]

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Musician Joe Kye performing in Midtown Out Loud's event, "Guitars, Poetry, Pints...and Paws," at Shine Cafe on July 2, 2014.

What is the sound of public art? Midtown Out Loud

Twice a month, Shine Café hosts one of Sacramento’s most prominent and provocative open mic nights, Midtown Out Loud. From 8 p.m. to well past 10, musicians, poets, and authors alike take the stage for five minutes apiece to perform, to share, and to celebrate their artistic endeavors. “Midtown Out Loud is a place for […]

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