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Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, "Marcelle Lender," 1895, color lithograph. Private collection, Amsterdam

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

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Audience will sing along in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

EDMT cast members rehearse the "Singin' in the Rain" finale Silva Valley Elementary School. The show, complete with a shower on stage, opens Feb. 20.  Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A rain storm will dampen the actors on stage but the audience will do nothing but smile (and likely sing along) during El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain,” opening Feb. 20 at Harris Center for the Arts. Director Debbie Wilson, her crew and cast pull out all the stops for this […]

Comments Off / February 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Art pottery highlighted in Crocker exhibit

Chauncey Thomas for The Tile Shop, Landscape Tile, ca. 1913–14. Earthenware, 5 3/4 x 7 1/4 in. Private Collection

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience, on view Feb. 22 through May 17, 2015. Consisting of more than 120 of California Faience’s most beautiful vases, tiles, lamps, and figural works, this exhibition is an exploration of the best-known art pottery in Northern California. Asian, […]

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Swingle Singers, jazz choir bring great music to Folsom

The Swingle Singers' repertoire spans classical, jazz, Latin, folk and pop music and, for the first time in many years, original songs. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — For more than half a century the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. With their forthcoming album “Deep End” […]

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Guitarists jam at Harris Center

World-renowned guitarist Brian Gore brings guitar greats together for one night at Harris Center for the Arts. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — International Guitar Night returns to Harris center for the Arts in Folsom with some of the world’s finest guitarists/composers performing their newest work and sharing musical ideas with their peers in public concert. International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival. For each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore invites a new cast […]

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Rice’s natural watercolors, block prints on display

"Parrot & Butterfly," 1925, by William S. Rice, block print on paper, 12 x 9 inches. Collection of Roberta Rice Treseder

SACRAMENTO — The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker, on view Feb. 22 through May 17, features watercolors and block prints by artist and avid naturalist William S. Rice (1873-1963), best known for his depictions of the California landscape. More than 50 prints and watercolors illuminate the techniques and approaches Rice used […]

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Classic comedy makes some noise at Sutter Street

Plot twists and non-stop humor keep actors Chelsea Ciechanowski, Aaron Horne, Connie Mockenhaupt, Mike Jimena and Vanessa Voetsch, left to right, on thier toes in "Noises Off." The show opens Feb. 21 at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Cassidy Cagney

Called the funniest farce ever written, “Noises Off” presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearse a flop called “Nothing On.” Doors slamming, on and offstage, intrigue and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play opening at Sutter Street Theatre on Feb. 21. The […]

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