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‘Wicked’ tickets on sale next week

SACRAMENTO — After breaking box office records and selling out in record time in 2012, “Wicked,” Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will return to Sacramento Community Center Theater this spring as part of the Broadway Sacramento series. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Feb. 15. With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (“Pippin,” “Godspell,” Academy […]

No Comment / February 02, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

California brings out the best in artists, past and present

“Walk on the Wild Side” at the Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild’s 29th annual show. This quilt will be raffled off to one lucky winner. Photo courtesy of Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild

Perhaps it’s the light here: clean, bright and bold. Perhaps it’s the pioneer spirit: fresh and unafraid. Call it what you will, art created in California has its own flavor. There are three events this month that celebrate California art.  ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ The first is this weekend, Feb. 7 and 8. The […]

No Comment / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Oak Ridge grad awarded visual arts grant

"The Night Mare" by Bryan Valenzuela

Oak Ridge High School graduate Bryan Valenzuela was awarded $5,000 in recognition of his exceptional talent and demonstrated ability by The Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists. “Being a professional artist isn’t necessarily a traditional route with clear sign posts. There’s a lot of feeling your way in the dark, piecing together a living from various […]

No Comment / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Be water wise

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County  By now most of you know California is in a drought. We are all being asked to cut back on water usage. What does that mean for the gardener? Changes both in watering and in what we plant. A type of gardening known in some […]

No Comment / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Railroad Museum calls out for volunteers

SACRAMENTO — Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? Enjoy working with visitors, children and school groups? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park are now recruiting adults (18 or older) who are interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and […]

No Comment / January 26, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Annie Jr.’ charms at Sutter Street Theatre

Young actresses (seated, left to right) Mia Comstock, Rebecca Cataldo, Emily Fritz, Grace Mauro, Natalie Collins and (stading, left to right) Carly Weiss and Hannah Hurst perform in Sutter Street Theatre's production of "Annie Jr." Photo by Allen Schmeltz

Leapin’ lizards! The popular comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie takes center stage at Sutter Street Theatre in “Annie Jr.,” an adaptation of one of the world’s best-loved and most-performed musicals. With pluck and positivity, Annie charms everyone she meets despite a next-to-nothing start in the Depression-era New York City of the 1930s. She is […]

No Comment / January 26, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

‘Flashdance’ dances into Sacramento

Jillian Mueller performs as aspiring dancer Alex Owens in "Flashdance — The Musical," coming to the Community Center Theatre on Feb. 4. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

“Flashdance – The Musical,” the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will run at the Community Center Theater Feb. 4-9 as part of California Musical Theatre’s Broadway Sacramento series. With electrifying dance at its core, “Flashdance – The Musical” tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill […]

No Comment / January 26, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »