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Music Circus Ends Season with Bell-Ringer

You’ve never seen anything like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” now at Music Circus. This is only the third production of the musical in the United […]

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Flume Embarks on North American Leg of Tour

After touring all over the world celebrating the release of his album, Skin, Flume brings a new live show with a brand new light production to the States. The Australian producer, Harley Streten, better known by his stage name Flume, broke into the music festival circuit with his future bass sound that fuses with hip-hop. In […]

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Hell or High Water

New films: Hell or High Water, Ben-Hur, War Dogs plus seven more

It has been a few weeks since this column appeared here but, on the upside (assuming that isn’t an upside in and of itself), we’ve managed to program a wonderful lineup for the 17th Annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival. But more on that later – for now, save the dates: Tuesday, September 6th – […]

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#HOFDAY: Get Ready for the Celebration

Trust may be the ultimate theme for Sacramento’s Hall of Fame (HOF) and their infamous #HOFDAY. The music and entertainment company, known for its many talents, has grown from a group of friends hoping to throw the best parties in Sacramento to a legitimate music and arts festival coming to the West Sacramento Waterfront on […]

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A Teacher’s Tale: On Being Bad

As a teacher, most public schools ask for hours of continuing education to maintain credentials. Sometimes, what is allowed seems odd to people. I, for instance, teach English and my time volunteering as a violinist in the American River College Orchestra counts for continuing education. But, here is why it should: I’m really bad at it. […]

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Sacramento Zombie Walk

Saturday: Zombie Walk and Carnival of the Dead

Photograph from 2015’s 15th Annual Sacramento Zombie Walk, courtesy of the organizers. Billed as the Oldest Zombie Walk in the World, Sacramento’s 16th Annual Zombie Walk takes place this Saturday, August 20th in conjunction with the younger, but synergistically themed 3rd Annual Carnival of the Dead. The center for all of Saturday’s action is Roosevelt […]

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Nice Work

Music Circus does a nice job on ‘Nice Work’

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” took many twists and turns on its way to where it is today — a sterling production at Sacramento’s Music Circus. Set in the Prohibition Era of the 1920s, the play is a song-and-dance screwball comedy with a book by Joe DiPietro and music by George and Ira Gershwin. Although it […]

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Sacramento’s Mural Festival to Support Local Arts

The first ever international Sacramento Mural Festival will be leaving its mark on Sacramento in a week-long celebration this August. Presented by Friends of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Sutter Health in association with LeBasse Projects, the festival, which will be held Aug. 20-27, will bring to life more than a dozen murals throughout Downtown and Midtown […]

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outside lands

Outside Lands Does it Again

San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival had another successful three-day showing this weekend of world class music and artful entertainment. In its eighth consecutive year, the sold-out festival brought together more than 100,000 daily festival goers inside the magical Golden Gate Park. With close to 90 musical acts featuring the likes of Radiohead, […]

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FYF Fest’s 6 Most Anticipated Acts

This year I’m looking forward to ending my summer with Goldenvoice’s 13th annual FYF Fest, returning to it’s new home at Los Angeles’ Exposition Park August 27 & 28. The festival’s music lineup always caters to hipster leaning music fans of LA with an eclectic mix of indie bands, hip-hop and up-and-coming acts in the […]

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Rituals of Mine

Sacramento Band Signs New Deal, Unveils New Name with Warner Bros.

Dani Fernandez and Terra Lopez started writing music under the name Sister Crayon a year after Lopez graduated from Sacramento State. The electronic project served as a much-needed creative outlet, a rich learning experience, and an intense, grand – and definitely unorthodox – experiment. It still is. This month, the newly christened Rituals of Mine hits the road ahead of […]

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ARC Orchestra rehearsal. Photo Credit: David Taylor

Looking for a Musical Home? Try Your Local Community College

For anyone who has drifted away from their musical roots, community colleges in the Sacramento area may offer the perfect solution to get back to the music. Cosumnes River College, Sacramento City College and American River College all offer classes for community members seeking to fill the void. Think of all the people you’ve known […]

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Come to the “Cabaret”: A Cautionary Tale

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Take the pre-World War II world of “Cabaret,” now at the Music Circus, for example. It was a time when people ate, drank and made merry, but a dark undertone of something scary was about to shatter their world. Now consider  today. We entertain ourselves […]

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symphony 2000

‘Monumental’ Symphony 2000 Community Event Coming in November

Two years ago, 1000 musicians crowded into the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento and filled it with sound, playing classical favorites and including musicians from all ages and abilities. It was record-breaking, the largest gathering of its kind in California. “Heart pounding joy” and “overwhelming euphoria” are two ways people have described the feeling of being […]

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outside lands 2016

Looking Forward to San Francisco’s Outside Lands 2016

Summer is halfway over, but the thick of festival season is about to be in full swing as August comes. Set between August 5-7, San Francisco’s Outside Lands is the world’s only gourmet music festival held in the Bay Area’s historic Golden Gate Park. The three day festival caters to the indie aesthetic packed with […]

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