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The Reluctant Dragon breathes fire at Sutter Street

FOLSOM — The Reluctant Dragon is a peaceful fellow who likes tea, poetry and an afternoon snooze. Mischievous children stir the villagers to call in the famous dragon slayer, Saint George. A young lad befriends both of the “adversaries” and arranges a meeting between them. The comic battle that ensues provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending. […]

No Comment / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Cal Stage welcomes new artistic director

Frank Condon, former artistic director of River Stage, will join California Stage Theater Company as an associate director for its 2015 season. California Stage begins its work with Condon by mounting two staged readings of his newest play “Axis Sally and Her Boys.” The play tells the harrowing story of Mildred Gillars, known to American troops during […]

No Comment / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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 […]

No Comment / February 15, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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 […]

No Comment / 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, […]

No Comment / February 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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” […]

No Comment / February 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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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