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Arts Review

At B Street, it’s The King vs. Queens

Next week will mark the 19th anniversary of the closing of Finocchio’s, the fabled San Francisco female impersonators club. One thing it helped to do was spread the acceptance of what we call drag queens — men who dress up, makeup and act up as women for our entertainment. Visitors from...

truth
Arts Review

The Power of Two Women Fighting for The Truth on Local Stages

In times like these, we need plays like “Times Like These.” John O’Keefe’s historical drama, now at California Stage, is set in 1930’s Berlin and personalizes the unbearable terror of the rise of the Nazis in the story of two good Germans: Meta Wolf (played by Lois...

community theatre
Arts Review

Two Examples of Community Theater at Its Best

Anyone who still has doubts about the outstanding quality of Sacramento community theater only has to look at two current productions to see how wrong they are. Chautauqua Playhouse in Carmichael has mounted an excellent production of “The Elephant Man” starring the amazingly talented...

Seiwert
Arts In the City

Amy Seiwert Steps Up at Sacramento Ballet

Amy Seiwert is a strong dancer, a strong choreographer and founder of her own San Francisco dance company. This week, she tests her strength as artistic director of the Sacramento Ballet Company. A former dancer with the company (she left in 1999), she becomes one of only about half a dozen women...

museums
Arts Things to Do

Five Local Museums to Offer Free Admission on September 22

Five Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day nationwide effort by offering free admission to advance registrants all day on Saturday, September 22. The five participating local museums include the following: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile...

pulitzer
Arts Review

Pulitzer Plays: One Old, One New on Local Stages

One very new play (a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and one old (a 1937 Pulitzer winner) are on local theater stages. The choice is yours. Capital Stage opens its 14th season, #SearchingforAmerica, with Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves,” about a girls’ indoor soccer team doing...

Tacvba
Arts Music

An Open Letter to Café Tacvba [Photos]

Dear Friends, Last Sunday is likely to become one of the most memorable nights of my life thanks to your group’s determined outlook on creating a better world through music. Your ability to fight the status quo through the spiritually healing, sexually appealing and physically invigorating...

Little Shop
Arts Review

This ‘Little Shop’ is Doing Big Business

You might call “Little Shop of Horrors” a guilty pleasure of mine, except that I don’t feel guilty at all about loving it. Here’s why: It has an excellent score by Alan Menken (Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and many...

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