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Diego El Cigala to perform award-winning music at Harris Center

Latin Grammy winner Diego El Cigala blends musical genres to create a unique sound. See him at Harris Center for the Arts on Nov. 5. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Appearing for the first time at Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, three-time Grammy-winner Diego El Cigala is often credited as being the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. El Cigala has captivated audiences all over the world with his gravelly voice and passionate interpretations of flamenco and […]

No Comment / October 22, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Pinocchio’ comes to life

Gepetto (Paul Greisen) gets more than he bargained for when he carves Pinocchio (Joshua Matta). See the show at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Pinocchio tangles with tricksters, Fox and Cat, and Lampwick and his no-good buddies in the Land of Toys. Will he save Geppetto from the belly of the whale? Will he ever prove that he is good enough to become a real boy? The story really comes alive, as Lorenzo invites you to see his show at Sutter […]

No Comment / October 20, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Mary Black on the road one final time

Irish singer Mary Black will stop in Folsom on Nov. 3 during her final world tour. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the best interpretative singers around,” Mary Black brings the best works from both new composers and the treasure troves of traditional Irish material to the Harris Center for the Arts stage on Nov. 3. For more than a quarter-century, singer Black has been a dominant presence […]

No Comment / October 20, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Rebellion’ combines forbidden love, class warfare and more

“Rebellion” The Tankborn Trilogy, by Karen Sandler, published May 2014 by Lee and Low/TU Books, Hardcover, ebook versions, 400 pages. “Rebellion,” the final book in Karen Sandler’s Tankborn Trilogy, doesn’t disappoint. In the first two books. “Tankborn” and “Awakening,” the reader is brought into the world of genetically engineered nonhumans (GENs), trueborns and lowborns. It’s […]

No Comment / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Runaway stage presents uplifting favorites

Ruth Phillips stars as "Mame," opening Oct. 24. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Runaway Stage Productions presents the perfect musical to ring in the holiday: “Mame,” playing Oct. 24 through Nov. 16 at the Sierra 2 Center 24th Street Theatre in downtown Sacramento. Concluding the 2014 Mainstage RSP season, “Mame” journeys back in time to the fabulous 1920s with the eccentric woman who appeared on Broadway and […]

No Comment / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Visions will hypnotize

"Tree Top"by Kevin Krupitzer, 2013 Best of Show

The Sacramento Fine Arts Center presents Visions, the 15th annual open juried photography show, Oct. 28 through Nov. 15. The show will be judged by O. Truman Holtzclaw and William Miller. An artists’ reception is planned from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. The event will include refreshments and live music. The Sacramento […]

No Comment / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Soar above Northern California with a ‘Bird’s Eye View’

“Delta Reflections” by Elaine Bowers, watercolor

Soaring high above the Sacramento Valley, the fields and farms below appear as a massive patchwork quilt. It’s quite magical … and filled with surprises. Clouds reflect their majesty in the rivers, streams and rice paddies below. The beauty is stunning. But only for a rare few: those who fly by nature – birds – […]

No Comment / October 12, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »