Cultural Laughs Come to Sac State- Featuring the Ambassadors of Comedy

Sacramento State’s University Union UNIQUE Programs, in collaboration with Associated Students, Inc., is pleased to announce a free comedy show by the Ambassadors of Comedy at the University Union Ballroom on Thursday, February 23, 2012. The AMBASSADORS OF COMEDY is a Los Angeles-based, collective of multicultural stand up comedians. The hilarious theme show consists routines about life in the United States from a foreigner’s perspective from four veteran stand up comics, each from different cultural backgrounds. The Ambassador’s of Comedy motto is: “If you can’t go on vacation, we’ll bring the vacation to you.” Jeff Hodge, from The Virgin Islands, has credits that include “Crocodile Dundee in LA” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and has written for “The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show”. Rene Garcia, “Mr. Mexico”, has starred in Miller Lite commercials and has shared the stage with comedians Katt Williams, Dave Attell, Damon Wayans, and Lisa Lampanelli- to name a few. Rosie Tran, “Ms. Vietnam”, is a comedic writer who has been featuring in a half a dozen comedy books, and as an actress/ hosting personality been featured on the Style Network, Lifetime, SiTV, and TLC. Sardia Marley, “Miss Jamaica”, is the creator, producer and host of That’s Just My Point of View and is also the creator/ writer of Golden Touch web series. Georgia Van Cuylenburg, “Ms. Australia”, was the host of the […]

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Local theater teacher gets kids out of their shells for the holidays!

Theater has always been a form of art native to children. Watching them play and create their own games and stories has been a staple of the family tradition, and more than a few parents have taken the opportunity to canonize these moments on YouTube. Cynthia Speakman, a local actor and teacher with the Sacramento Metro Arts Commission, has been in the game for over a decade, working with children to improve their performing skills and ability to be outgoing and expressive. "I think it's very natural for kids to act because they have an enormous need to communicate to others," says Speakman. "Even the kids who aren't extraverted want to be more confident, and for parents it's a remedy of sorts for getting [their kids] out there when they see them as 'too shy.'" Speakman always emphasizes the idea of the storyteller in her after-school programs, and says that what gets kids going more than anything else is their ability to not only be in a story, but also to see how one is made. "I think that's what theatre should be about when you're a little kid," says Speakman, "how a story is put together in a visceral way, and how to communicate verbally so you can get through those presentations that you're going to have to do your whole life!" Over her […]

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The 2010 Jewish Heritage Festival

  The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region is proud to present the 2010 Jewish Heritage Festival today, May 2nd starting at 1 p.m. Watch the event live on the below live-stream. Free live streaming by Ustream Free video chat by Ustream The festival celebrates the centennial founding of the kibbutzim movement in Israel and provides an opportunity to learn and act on Tikkun Olam (social action) initiatives and activities. This free event features live music, traditional food, entertainment, dancing troupes, cultural exhibits and displays, family and children’s activities, a special teen zone, raffle and more. The event is taking place at the Capitol west steps from 1:00-4:30 p.m. Highlights include: 1:50 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. – an Eco-Friendly fashion show, showcasing the hippest trends in Eco-Friendly fashion. 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.- a performance by The Los Angeles Israeli Dance Team 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.- a performance from hip-hop artist Matisyahu

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California Celebration at the Sacramento Zoo

 From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., watch the Sacramento Zoo’s California Celebration event on the below livestream feed. Sacramento Press will be onsite during this unique event and will be showing live performances and conducting interviews with participants and visitors. Free live streaming by Ustream Free video chat by Ustream Experience California’s rich cultural diversity with live entertainment, music and dance. Local museums, historical societies and genealogy groups are also participating. Participants include: Sojouner Truth Multi-Cultural Art Museum, Jodama, African Drum and Dance, Education First, Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts, Friends of San Juan d Oriente, Jinan Sister City Council, Caledonian Club of Sacramento, Florin Historical Society, Hmong Women’s Heritage Association, Discovery Museum, California State Indian Museum, Friends of the Public Library and SacramentoPress.com. To attend the event, admission is $11.00 for adults; children ages 3-12 are $7.00 and two and under are admitted free.

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Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival

High energy and fun brought Old Sacramento to life at the Second Annual Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival.  The two-day festival kicked off Saturday at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center, which featured Angentine tango champions Miriam and Leonardo.  Festivities continued Sunday in Old Sacramento. Both days were a celebration of international cultures through ethnic dancing, musical performances, historical storytelling and traditional reenactments of stories and folktales from all over the world. Despite the sweltering Sacramento heat, close to 5,000 attendees managed to stay cool under the shade of large tents and trees, and with the aid of popsicles and cold drinks sold by street vendors. Lina Fat, board chair of the festival and executive chef of Fat’s Restaurants, hoped for an even bigger turnout this year by the community.  "Sacramento was named one of the most diverse cities in the United States," Fat said. "We really wanted to showcase the diversity, and one way to really bring people together is through the medium of music and dance."  The creation of the largely tented Global Village area brought children and adults together to learn activities relating to the arts, clothing, writing and traditional music. The Village also functioned as an "international market" for artisans and craftspeople, cultural organizations, and non-profit booths including the Crocker Art Museum, and I Am Peace, Japanese Club, and West African Face Painting. For adventurous and willing participants, free dance workshops were offered. […]

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