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Cal Expo Amphitheater Part of Grateful Dead Anniversary Boxed Set

Sacramento’s Bill Graham-operated Cal Expo Amphitheater, which closed in 1995 because of neighbor noise complaints, is soon to be immortalized by the legendary Grateful Dead. […]

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Midtown Gets Artsy for ARTober

Midtown Sacramento is a perfect place to celebrate ARTober, a month-long celebration of the arts that puts a spotlight on the talent and creativity of artists throughout the region. Midtown, already a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate […]

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New films: The Martian & Sicario

The Martian Directed by Ridley Scott At 77, director Ridley Scott has become a hard guy to predict. If he had stopped making films 20 years ago, he’d already have secured his place in the annals of filmdom with such varied titles as “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Black Rain,” and “Legend.” Meanwhile, although […]

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Aftershock Festival about to rock Sacramento

Ever since Ozzfest stopped touring in the Sacramento area, a big metal festival gap has been filled by the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival and its move from Discovery Park to Gibson Ranch this year will allow for much larger crowds. Aftershock will transform Gibson Ranch’s typically serene grounds—best known for its horse park, riding trails, […]

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Chronicles of a Hometown Film Shoot Part I: An Introduction

The best part about making a film in your hometown is your mom taking charge of Craft Service. Oh wait, I skipped a few introductory steps. Hey there, (we shake hands…you’re very impressed by the strength/confidence of my shake) my name is Brooke Lenzi and I’m a Los Angeles based filmmaker/actor and I’m finally fulfilling […]

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TBD Fest Showcases Sacramento’s Growing Music Scene (Photo Recap)

Despite the everlasting Sacramento summer heat, the 2nd annual TBD Fest was a great success with an expected 30,000 attendees during the 3-day event over the weekend. The turn out definitely felt that way when making my way through the ocean of people to watch Porter Robinson’s breathtaking set at the main stage right next to the […]

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New films: Everest, Black Mass, Maze Runner The Scorch Trials

I took a writing hiatus for a couple of weeks as we hosted the 16th Annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival, but several of this week’s opening films had non-conflicting press schedules and these three were all films I was looking forward to. Sadly, I won’t look back on them as fondly as I had […]

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Mix It Up in Midtown This Saturday

Ready to mix it up in Midtown?! A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month.  And, on September 12, the Midtown Business Association will offer a special (ticketed) […]

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Sweet 16th Sacramento Film & Music Festival Kicks Off Today

The Sacramento Film & Music Festival (SF&MF) enters its “Sweet 16th” season this year with a roster including 18 separate film programs, the 10×10 Filmmaker Challenge and 98 individual projects spread over five days from Wednesday, September 9th to Sunday, September 13th. Although it may seem like Sacramento has many film festivals in 2015, the […]

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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 of other films – something that often bothers me and takes me out of a film. Yet here the overall collage of components and styles worked for me and I […]

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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: 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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