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Folsom Jazz Fest star-studded

Harry Connick Jr. trumpeter Kevin Bryan will join the Folsom High School Jazz Band on stage during opening night concert for the 22nd annual Folsom Jazz Festival Friday, Jan. 28 at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills. Also taking the stage will be Vertical Voices, a jazz vocal quartet featuring local musicians Kerry […]

No Comment / January 11, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Compleat Female’ makes Sacramento debut

BENJAMIN T. ISMAIL AND KRISITINE DAVID star in Big Idea's 2011 opener, "Compleat Female Stage Beauty." Photo by Lixxim Photography

Big Idea Theatre opens its 2011 season on Thursday with the Sacramento premiere of “Compleat Female Stage Beauty” by Jeffrey Hatcher. The play takes place in England in 1661. During the Golden Age of theatre men rule the stage. One woman will spark a revolution that will forever change how the world sees women and […]

No Comment / January 11, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Young @ Art showcases budding talent

The Third annual Young @ Art show for middle school students in the Sacramento region is calling for entries from ambitious, aspiring young artists Feb. 10-11. The extremely popular art show is sponsored by St. Francis Catholic High School, known statewide and nationally for its programs in the visual and performing arts. Although St. Francis […]

2 Comments / January 10, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Island of Black and White: Folk rock guerrillas

ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE tunes up before a recent local gig. Pictured are Chris Haislet (tuning) and Jake Brutsche on guitar, with Peter Ham on drums. Courtesy photo

Two guitars, two voices and a lifetime of stories crammed into a couple years of experience create the perfect formula that makes up the Caribbean-drenched, edgy and folky sounds of Island of Black and White, El Dorado Hills’ own slice of pure musical originality. The sometimes duet, sometimes quartet is the product of a six-year […]

No Comment / January 06, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Hairspray’ opens Friday

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BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL — America’s favorite movie-turned-musical-turned-movie opens in Sacramento this week. “Hairspray” will light up the stage at the 24th Street Theatre this Friday night, continuing through Jan. 30. The musical theater adaptation of John Waters’ 1988 film tells the story of larger-than-life Tracy Turnblad who takes 1960s Baltimore by storm as a […]

No Comment / January 03, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Symphony to make Three Stages debut

In an economy that is decimating organizations such as the Sacramento Opera and the Sacramento Ballet Company, the Folsom Symphony is experiencing a red-hot season of success with well-planned concerts and sold-out venues. A fair warning: Tickets for the symphony’s inaugural “Sugar and Spice” concert on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) at Folsom Lake College’s large […]

No Comment / January 03, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

The arts: Susan Laird’s year in review

JAY LENO TESTIFIES, courtroom sketch by Vicki Behringer, featured at The Gallery at 48 Natoma March through April.

Looking back at the last 52 weeks in the world of arts and entertainment, several venues really stood out to me in 2010. The de Young Museum When I meet readers of Village Life and Cameron Park Life out in the community they will often praise my column. With a bit of amusement, I will […]

No Comment / December 27, 2010 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »