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Soroptimists to host LUNAFEST film to benefit local community

Words mean things. As a writer, they fascinate me. Take, for example, the word “patron.” It’s an Old English word, borrowed from the Latin “patronus,” which itself comes from the Latin word “pater,” meaning “father.” In ancient times, men were the ones who held positions of leadership in the community. (Although, I’ve often wondered about […]

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Top Indian percussionists join preeminent classical tabla virtuoso

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and the music world as both an international phenomenon and one of the greatest musicians of our time. Courtesy photo

Indian music is one of the jewels of the world’s cultural heritage, and there is nothing like a Masters of Percussion tour to bring that point home. Zakir Hussain & The Masters of Percussion bring their special talents to Harris Center for the Arts for one performance only on March 22. Hussain is today appreciated […]

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Internationally renowned company reinvents dance

Diavolo and its large-scale interdisciplinary performances examine the sometimes frightening and often funny ways individuals interact with their environment. In doing so, Diavolo reinvents dance, re-imagines theater and redefines thrills — taking movement, athleticism and risk to the extreme. Courtesy photo

Diavolo returns to Harris Center to present two of its recently commissioned pieces, Fearful Symmetries (2010) and Fluid Infinities (2013), all part of L’Espace du Temps, a trilogy of new dance works contracted and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The initial piece was Foreign Bodies (2007). Comprised of dancers, gymnasts, athletes, […]

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Karen Knotts pays tribute to a funny, terrific dad

Karen Knotts pays tribute to her dad Don Knotts in a hilarious and poignant show. Courtesy photo

A true father/daughter story, Karen Knotts’ one woman show — Tied Up in Knotts! — will delight, entertain and take audiences at Harris Center for the Arts on a wild journey. There’s a host of zany characters, all portrayed by Knotts, who take part on this journey as Karen describes what life was like growing […]

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Oak Ridge actor keep Anne’s spirit alive

Why see a play when you already know the tragic ending? Why remember an event that so many would like to forget? “It’s history,” explained Julia Garcia, assistant to the assistant director for Oak Ridge Drama’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” production opening March 20. “There were so many lives lost and this (play) shares […]

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Sutter Street Theatre brings ‘Legends’ together

Connie Mockenhaupt, Christopher Celestin and Eileen Beaver star in "Legends" at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

James Kirkwood’s “Legends” comes to Historic Folsom at Sutter Street Theatre. The show directed by Mike Jimena opens Saturday, March 15. Eager beaver producer Martin Klemmer, a wheeler-dealer if ever there was one, has uncovered a terrific commercial script – “Star Wars: The Play.” Since he has produced only one Off Broadway project, something called “Craps,” […]

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An Irish Hooley! with Slugger O’Toole returns to Harris Center

It was a raucous good time when An Irish Hooley! came to Harris Center for the Arts last season for two sold-out performances. This year, it’s the perfect lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day with a show on March 15. From the producer of An Irish Christmas comes this Irish Hooley! (“boisterous party”) — pipes, flutes, […]

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