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Lost in Suburbia finds its musical niche

Lost In Suburbia bandmates Eddie Otero, 40, of El Dorado Hills; John Amarilllo, 45, of Sacramento; Chris Gartner, 45, of Sacramento; and Alan Boucher, 52, of El Dorado Hills play great alternative rock from the 1980s and '90s. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“Oh, yeah! I love that song!” Lost In Suburbia bandmates Eddie Otero, Chris Gartner, John Amarillo and Alan Boucher never get tired of those words. Considering their specialty — 1980s and ’90s rock — they hear them often. What usually follows is a crowded dance floor rockin’ out to Billy Idol, Radiohead and U2. Since […]

No Comment / January 16, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Party like it’s 1985 with ‘The Wedding Singer’

"The Wedding Singer" performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m., through Feb. 5 at Runaway Stage. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — It’s 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart, who still lives in his grandmother’s basement, is new Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his fiancée Linda leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets Julia, an admiring young waitress, Robbie […]

No Comment / January 13, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cal Stage explores corporate greed

California Stage celebrates its 20th production year with an award-winning play that nails the greedy acts of large corporations to their front doors. Kevin King’s “The Idea Man,” received its world premiere with the Elephant Theatre Company in Hollywood, immediately winning the best playwriting award at the Los Angeles Ovation Awards. Following California Stage’s production, […]

No Comment / January 13, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Preservation Hall Jazz Band helps Three Stages celebrate anniversary

FOLSOM — They are a beloved American institution. Just off their 50th anniversary, Preservation Hall Jazz Band — whose high-energy shows are dedicated to perpetuating traditional New Orleans jazz — celebrated their fifth decade in Carnegie Hall on Jan. 7. On Feb. 3 the band comes to Three Stages to celebrate the one-year anniversary of […]

No Comment / January 13, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Chautauqua presents ‘golden’ play

Photo by Kent Miller

Chautauqua Children’s Theatre will present “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg” starring Don Myers, Linda Arnold, Michael Bianchi-Rossi, Linda Small and Richard Fehlman, beginning Jan. 21 and playing every Saturday through Feb. 11. “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg,” the fable of a fabulous goose, is adapted and directed by Marie Raymond, who has specialized in […]

No Comment / January 13, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

International Guitar Night celebrates the acoustic guitar

Brian Gore's melodic, evocative songs rely heavily on the use of open tunings; his buoyant personality and odd sense of humor help add lightness to his shows. See Gore and three other great guitarists perform at Three Stages on Jan. 27. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — Now in its 12th year, the idea behind International Guitar Night is simple. Four guitarists share their compositions, the stage and their ideas in a special evening of solos, duets and quartets — all highlighting the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar. Founded by guitarist Brian Gore, International Guitar Night […]

No Comment / January 13, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Music of the Heart’ concert to include poignant tribute

Natsuki Fukasawa returns to the Folsom Symphony after three years to perform Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Mozart's "€œConcerto No. 21" at Folsom Symphony''s "€œMusic of the Heart" concert on Feb. 11. The symphony will also perform Elgin'€™s "Enigma Variations" in memory of Alexander Ashton. Photo courtesy of Eleakis Photography

At this season’s opening concert for the Folsom Symphony, Maestro Michael Neumann conducted a brief experiment with the audience. “Listen to this passage from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Symphony No. 4′,” he told them before the symphony performed a few brief phrases of the piece. The music was beautiful. “Now, close your eyes,” Neumann said. “And this time, […]

No Comment / January 12, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »