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Composers celebrate roots in Armenia, Greece, Persia and Russia

SACRAMENTO — In the world of American orchestras with modest annual budgets, the Sacramento Philharmonic has carved a unique niche. The “Songs of Hope” concerts in 2008 and 2010 positioned the orchestra as an agent for cross-cultural understanding, as noted in the Winter 2012 edition of Symphony Magazine. Programs that fused Middle Eastern themes and Western […]

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Silva Valley actors travel to Oz

Dorothy (Allie Pedego), Toto (Madeline Cox), The Scarecrow (Will Evans), The Cowardly Lion (Kaden Call) and The Tin Man (Carson Schumm) battle with The Wicked Witch of the West (Zoe Zimmer) in Silva Valley's production of "The Wizard of Oz." Photo by Christie Evans

Silva Valley Elementary School will present “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursday, March 8, at 3 p.m. and Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. The production is sponsored by the Silva Valley PTA and is part of an after school theater program directed by Kitty Czarnecki, executive director of Art & Soul Productions. The show […]

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‘Mamma Mia!’ walks down the aisle on the Community Center Theater

SACRAMENTO — Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ “Mamma Mia!,” the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to Sacramento. Performances are scheduled March 13-18 at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento. Seen by more than 50 million people around the world, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ global smash hit […]

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Linda Purl, Lee Lessack take Stage Two in ‘Stepping Out With My Baby’

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“Stepping Out With My Baby” takes the beloved repertoire of Irving Berlin — perhaps the greatest songwriter in American history — and captures it at its most intimate: two singers on stage, singing songs that have stood the test of time, the come-and-go of fashion, and countless performances. Brought to the stage by TV actress and singer […]

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Murder, mystery on stage with ‘And Then There Were None’

Captain Lombard (Spencer Paquin), left, and Vera (Kimberly Weinberger) discuss who the mysterious murderer might be. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Kimberly Weinberger has been acting since she was 6 years old. It started with improv performances in front of family and friends at home. “I was a huge pretender as a kid,” Weinberger said, laughing. “Huge, elaborate stories I would make up in my living room.” Over the years Weinberger has performed in plays in […]

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Railroad Museum debuts new photo exhibit

SACRAMENTO — The California State Railroad Museum, in collaboration with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, has debuted a visually-enticing new photo exhibit titled Steam: An Enduring Legacy, the Railroad Photographs of Joel Jensen. Showcasing 50 dramatic black-and-white images, the exhibit features a selection of railroad photographs taken and published in a new book of the […]

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‘Mostly true’ story comes to Chautauqua stage

Actors Julie Bock and Vincent Keene try to capture the spirit of "Gone with the Wind" in "Don't Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell," playing at the Chautauqua Palayhouse. Photo by Warren Harrison

Chautauqua Playhouse announces its next show, the West Coast premiere of the new comedy “Dont’ Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell” by Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate, opening on March 9 at the playhouse. Hilarious, irreverent and mostly true! It is 1939 and David O. Selznick has begun filming “Gone with the Wind” but he needs […]

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