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Enjoy ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ — cabaret style

GRAND PERFORMANCE — Ryan Drummond, Melissa WolfKlain and Justin Michael Duval perform in the California Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing." The musical cotinues at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret through May 8. Photo by Charr Crail.

Cabaret is an acquired taste. Like some wines and cheeses, it helps to be a tad adventurous when trying new things. This certainly helped when I attended the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento. This branch of California Musical Theatre opened its third season earlier this year with “A Grand Night for Singing,” featuring songs from all […]

No Comment / March 24, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Get in the habit: Sutter Street Theatre’s ‘Nunsense’ is a Lenten delight

Reverend Mother Sister Mary Regina (Connie Mockenhaupt), Sister Marionette and Sister Mary Amnesia (Monica Wright), left to right, chat during a scene from "Nunsense," playing at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

At a Catholic school crab feed fundraiser some years ago a friend of mine reached for another bowl of pasta, turned to me and said, “You know, it ain’t cheap being Catholic.” How true, I thought. How deliciously true. The entertainment can vary widely (“Bingo!”), from great to so-so … but it’s always for such […]

No Comment / March 21, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Less is more’ at Kondos exhibit

NEGRO BAR, oil by Gregory Kondos, depicts one of the region’s early gold mining sites. Photo courtesy of the Gallery at 48 Natoma

Sometimes, less is more. That is certainly true with the art of master artist Gregory Kondos, whose landscape paintings will be on display at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom March 18 through May 11. There is a “quietude” and contemplative quality to his work. “The Landscape by Gregory Kondos” will feature original oils, […]

No Comment / March 14, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

High school plays first-rate

After recently attending a professional musical production in Sacramento, the point came home to me that our local high school theater programs are really very good. Maybe even better than some professional productions. And what a bargain. Compared to a professional “cheap seat” price of $35, once can attend a high school theater play or […]

No Comment / March 04, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony celebrates brave Russian composers

The Folsom Symphony will perform its fourth concert of the season — its second at the new Three Stages facility — on March 26. Focusing on two very popular works by two Russian composers, “Russian Power/Russian Passion” promises to be colorful, lyrical and exciting. Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975) composed his “Symphony No. 5, Opus […]

No Comment / February 24, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Inferno of Innocents’ showcases truth in art

EPIPHANY I (ADORATION OF THE MAGI 2), 2010, by Gottfried Helnwein. Mixed media (oil and acrylic) on canvas

Truth is like a lion in a cage. There’s no need to defend it — just open the door. The artistic pursuit of truth is the driving passion of internationally renowned artist Gottfried Helnwein. His work is disturbing and controversial, because he places the lion outside of its cage, right in front of the viewer. […]

No Comment / February 21, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Ditch the 3-D glasses: Catch this play instead

Before the invention of 3-D movies, there was true entertainment in three dimensions: Live theater, where the actors and the audience have the opportunity to interact during the show. Moments can be extended for laughter … or tears. Live theater is the perfect medium for Dave William’s play, “There Should Be Roses,” now making its […]

No Comment / February 14, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »