El Dorado Hills
• Sept. 26: El Dorado Hills Town Center presents Cruzin’ the Boulevard and the Bistro 33 Dance Party in the Steven Young Amphitheater with Simple Creation 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Hip Service 8 to 11 p.m.
• Thursdays: El Dorado Hills Town Center presents Live on the Boulevard in the Steven Young Amphitheater, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Folsom Symphony’s Larger than Life performance (Sept. 3), Aerorocks (Sept. 10) and Dawn & Hawkes (Sept. 24).
• Fridays & Saturdays: Live music takes the stage at the El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive: Island of Black and White (Aug. 28), Denver J Band (Aug. 29), The Blokes (Sept. 4), Hired Guns (Sept. 5), Tiffany Lorraine (Sept. 11), Black Zepplin (Sept. 12), Island of Black and White (Sept. 18), Third Star West (Sept. 19), Thunder Cover (Sept. 25) and RV Royalty (Sept. 26).
• Fridays & Saturdays: Enjoy live music at The Purple Place, 363 Green Valley Road: Merry Mac (Aug. 28), Cluster Phunk (Aug. 29), National Soul (Sept. 5), EZ Street Band (Sept. 11), 8 Track Massacre (Sept. 12), F.O.G. (Sept. 18), Mere Mortals (Sept. 19), Rockinbocker (Sept. 25) and Ro Harpo (Sept. 26).
Red Hawk Casino
Casino Stage Bar
1 Redhawk Parkway, Shingle Springs
• August: Patton Leatha (Aug. 28), The Spazmatics (Aug. 28), Shane Dwight (Aug. 29), Jackson Michelson (Aug. 30)
• September: Westbound 50 (Sept. 4), Audioboxx (Sept.4), Audioboxx (Sept. 5), Terry Sheets (Sept. 6), Chad Bushnell (Sept. 11), Decades (Sept. 11), Clean Slate (Sept. 12), Kaylee Starr (Sept. 18), Jackson Michelson (Sept. 18), Chris Gardner Band (Sept. 19), Random Strangers (Sept. 25), Steel Breeze (Sept. 25) and The Spazmatics (Sept. 26).
• Wednesdays: Palladio presents the 2015 Summer Concert Series in the plaza at Palladio at Broadstone from 7 to 9 p.m.: Cheeseballs (Aug. 26), Unauthorized Rolling Stones (Sept. 2) and Spazmatics (Sept. 12).
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom
• Aug. 26: Harris Center presents A Night With Janis Joplin — Fall Tour Cancelled at 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 13: Folsom Lake Community Concert Association presents Mike Farris at 2 p.m.
• Sept. 15: The City of Folsom presents An Evening with Michael Pritchard on Community and Collaboration at 7 p.m.
• Sept. 17: SBL Entertainment presents Gaelic Storm at 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 18-20: Harris Center presents National Acrobats and Circus of the People’s Republic of China: Peking Dreams at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 25: Harris Center presents Gene Kelly: The Legacy — An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly at 7:30 p.m.
• Sept. 26: Classical Masters Music Festival presents Angel of Music: Glory Crampton and Franc D’Ambrosio at 7 p.m.
• Sept. 27: Harris Center presents John Anderson at 7 p.m.
• Sept. 30: SBL Entertainment presents Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 1-3: Harris Center presents Mercy Killers at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 2: El Dorado Musical Theater presents Back to Broadway featuring High Voltage at 7 p.m.
• Oct. 3: Folsom Symphony presents Family Concert: Connections at Symphony at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 4: SBL Entertainment presents Hot Tuna at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 8: SBL Entertainment presents The Manhattan Transfer at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 9-10: Harris Center presents Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India: Spirit of India at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 11: SBL Entertainment presents Shawn Colvin at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 16: CORE Contemporary Dance presents The Doorway at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 17: Sacramento Baroque Soloists presents German Masters of the Baroque at 7:30 p.m.
• Oct. 17: Carrera Productions presents Classic Albums Live: Jimi Hendrix — Are You Experienced at 8 p.m.
• Sept. 11 through Oct. 4: “See How They Run” presented by Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Dr. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets or more information call (800) 838-3006 or visit imaginationtheater.net.
• Through Oct. 4: “Guys and Dolls” presented by Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., as part of its Off Broadway Series. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Aug. 29 through Sept. 19: “The Neverending Story” presented by Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., as part of its Family Series. Showtimes are Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Sept. 26 through Nov. 1: “Dorothy Meets Alice or the Wizard of Wonderland” presented by Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., as part of its Family Series. Showtimes are Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Aug. 28 through Sept. 27: “Wait Until Dark” presented by Chautauqua Playhouse, 5235 Engle Road, Suite 110. For tickets and more information call (916) 489-7529 or visit cplayhouse.org.
• Aug. 29: “The Nitty Gritty Titty Committee,” a comedy benefit for Megan O’Neil, presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Through Sept. 12: “Three Days of Rain” presented by Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. For tickets and more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.org.
• Through Sept. 13: “Angel in the Night” presented by California Stage Theater, 1721 25th St. For tickets and more information call (916) 451-5822 or visit calstage.org.
• Through Sept. 19: “Bars and Measures” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St., as part of the B3 series. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Through Sept. 13: “Little Shop of Horrors” presented by Runaway Stage on the Broadway Stage. For tickets and more information call (916) 207-1226 or visit runawaystage.com.
• Through Sept. 13: “The Best Brothers” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Sept. 2 through Oct. 4: “Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J Street. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• Oct. 2-31: “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” presented by Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. For tickets and more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.org.
• Oct. 3 through Nov. 8: “Anansi the Spider” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St., as part of its Family Series. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Through Aug. 27: On the Right Track, a special exhibit of railroad art and displays, featuring oil paintings by Patrick Karnahan and Gary Symington plus scale-model displays by Scott Robertson, will be on display at Gallery at 48 Natoma. For more information call (916) 355-7285. The annual Student Art Show is featured in the Community Gallery.
• Through Aug. 30: The El Dorado Hills Arts Association Membership Show will be at the Bank of America Gallery in the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College. The show will feature 52 pieces from 38 artists, covering both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. Mike Bagdonas is the judge for this year’s show. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as well as one hour before and during intermission of performances at the Harris Center. Admission is free.
• Sept. 11 through Oct. 29: Circles, squares, lines, primary colors; who would have thought these rudimentary symbols could become so fascinating? The two artists in the next interesting exhibit at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom will focus on these basic elements in a very surprising way with unusal art techniques. Metal and LED lighted sculptures by Kristen Hoard and encaustic paintings and monotypes by Barbara Nilsson will be displayed in the exhibit, “Circles of Light.” For more information call (916) 355-7285.
• Sept. 1-26: Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons has announced dates for their upcoming annual exhibition “Go With The Flow 2015″ at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. Gallery Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The show was judged by Michael Reardon. In Gallery 3 see an exhibit by Jan Miskulin, WASH founder. A reception with refreshments and music by River City Swingers Jazz Ensemble will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St., Sacramento
• Through Sept. 6: Flowers of Fire and Earth: Shimo’s Blue-and-White Porcelains: If ever there was a perfect match between an artist’s medium and subject matter, it is in Shimo’s blue-and-white porcelains decorated with lotus flowers. An iconic symbol in Buddhism, the lotus springs forth pristine white from the bottom of the murky pond in which it grows, suggesting the holiness of the Buddhist doctrine and the purity of the devotee. The same is true of the porcelain itself, which comes from a dwindling deposit in Jingdezhen, in Shimo’s native China. Beautifully translucent, it is the perfect ground for representing not only the lotus and others types of flowers, but landscapes and figures—all unions of history and modernity, East and West.
• Through Sept. 20: David Ligare: California Classicist — A self-proclaimed Classicist, David Ligare (born 1945) creates perfectly ordered still life, landscape, architectural and figurative paintings that occupy their own poetic world. The complete range of his subject matter is represented here in this retrospective exhibition of nearly 80 works. Although often grouped with California’s Photorealists, the very unreality of Ligare’s paintings and his underlying interest in antiquity belie such a label, and the perfection of his unblemished subjects and hyper-purity of his paint application seem more unearthly than real. In achieving these qualities, Ligare looks to the ancients for guidance and references the formal relationships found in Classical sculpture and architecture. And yet, his paintings are firmly based in the specifics of California — the Monterey region in particular — allowing Ligare to create art that is richly layered, broadly universal and yet specifically of our time and place.
• Through Oct. 11: Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage — Armin Hansen (1886-1957) sought to capture the raw power and vitality of the Pacific and those who sailed it rather than the beauty of the ocean’s light and color for its own sake. Although the San Francisco native at times painted lush still lifes, spirited rodeo scenes and loosely rendered landscapes, his signature subjects were fisherfolk and the sea. Often described as Impressionist, Hansen’s art departed from the calm and colorful beauty that characterized the style, even though he used bold colors and, at times, broken brushstrokes. For the most part, Hansen rejected Impressionism’s gentility to focus on humanity’s interaction and contests with nature. He did so with broad masses of color, dynamic compositions and the elimination of superfluous detail. At heart a storyteller, he had an ability to create compelling narratives. His stories are told here through 100 works, including oils on canvas, watercolors and etchings. The exhibition is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art in collaboration with the staff of the Crocker Art Museum.
California State Railroad Museum
111 I St., Sacramento
• August: California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are gearing up for Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the crowd-favorite Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains exhibit. In recognition of Toy Train month an entirely new selection of Buddy L toys — never before displayed at the Museum will be introduced as part of the Small Wonders exhibit. The special items added to the exhibit will include a Model T dump truck, fire truck, lumber truck, cement mixer, toy boat, toy airplane complete with its hangar, and a four-motor air cruiser. With a few exceptions, these collectibles were manufactured in the late 1920s and early 1930s which are considered the classic years of Buddy L. Plus, one very rare item — a late 1920s vintage Buddy L coach (bus) with gold gilding — will be on special display for one month only to protect it from fading. In addition to these Buddy L toys, a colorful, reproduction modern-day Lionel trolley car set will be operating on the Small Wonders toy train layout during the month of August. The extensive and internationally recognized toy train collection was donated to the Museum by the Sefton family. Accumulated over four decades by the late Mr. Thomas W. Sefton, the collection includes approximately 7,000 toy trains and a variety of accessories, such as locomotives and railroad cars from companies including Buddy L, Ives, American Flyer, Marklin, Marx, and Lionel. The Small Wonders exhibit showcases approximately 1,000 vintage toy trains, six interactive displays, and a magnificent operating toy train layout.
• Sept. 12: Fascinated by railroading history? Interested in working on a train? California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park are recruiting adults (18 or older) interested in volunteering to help communicate the West’s fascinating heritage of railroading and the California Gold Rush. For those interested, a special, drop-in volunteer open house is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Stanford Gallery. Volunteer applications are being accepted through Sept. 15, which will be followed by an interview process. Volunteering represents a serious commitment of at least 84 volunteer hours annually but the hours are flexible and the rewards can be tremendous. Docents receive perks such as a discount at the Museum Store, preferential and/or early access to selected special events and the pride of working at North America’s finest and most visited railroad museum. Volunteer applications can be downloaded at parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25583 and completed forms can be sent to [email protected] or to the volunteer coordinator, California State Railroad Museum, 111 I St., Sacramento 95814.
• Sept. 16: California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present a special author presentation and book signing by Robert S. Wells, author of “Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea.” The compelling and illustrated non-fiction book by Wells highlights the largely untold story of a tragic shipwreck in 1874 off Southern China that killed hundreds of Chinese who were just hours away from reuniting with their families after years of helping to build the Transcontinental Railroad. Based on lost records that were recently discovered and pieced together by the author, the historical book captures the lives of the Chinese passengers when they spent years laboring in California building the railroad, mining silver, growing food and seeking their fortune. Many Chinese workers during this time played critical roles in building the Transcontinental Railroad. While Chinese workers were already in California as part of the Gold Rush, many more came to California as a result of an ambitious recruitment effort directed by five influential Sacramento businessmen and political figures — Leland Stanford, Collis P. Huntington, Mark Hopkins, E.B. Crocker and Charles Crocker. Their goal was to find an inexpensive labor force to build the Central Pacific railroad eastward to connect with the Union Pacific. Included as a matter of course were hazardous working conditions such as blasting and cutting through hard granite, blizzards and extreme cold and the high altitudes of the Sierra. The special presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in the Museum’s East Theater and is included with admission. The book “Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea” will be available for purchase.
• Sept. 27: The California State Railroad Museum Foundation is proud to partner with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau as an official Farm-To-Fork sponsor in 2015 in an effort to showcase the rich history and deep connection between agriculture and the railroad. The California State Railroad Museum, the Foundation and Wells Fargo will present an exciting and unique new offering: The Farm-To-Fork Cocktail Train. The train departs from the Central Pacific Freight Depot in Old Sacramento at 6 p.m. After crossing Capitol Mall, guests will enjoy a leisurely ride along the Sacramento River levee as they delight in locally prepared appetizers and beverages prepared by renowned Executive Chef Jay Veregge from Ten22 Restaurant. On the Farm-To-Fork Cocktail Train guests can sit back and experience what First Class was like during the early decades of the 20th century as developed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Train ride tickets cost $70 per person (plus a $5 per ticket service fee) and all train ride guests must be 21 or older. To purchase tickets visit csrmf.org/component/content/article/55-events-exhibits-train-rides/470-farm-to-fork-cocktail-train.
• Through November: California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum present See That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Mass Market Collectibles With a Railroad Twist exhibit in the museum’s Lobby Gallery. More than 50 steam train-themed mass market items, collectible objects and related artifacts will be on display as part of the new exhibit designed to demonstrate and reflect the widespread nature of railroading in popular American culture. A wide variety of (sometimes surprising) items will be included in this new exhibit, including the following: a liquor decanter, cologne bottle, lamp stand, flower vase, cigarette lighter, ashtray, teapot, cracker box, candy container and bolo tie, to name a few. Museum visitors will be challenged to examine these types of objects — often called kitsch — more closely in an effort to understand how the items reflect popular culture and the period of time in which they were created. In addition, the exhibit will demonstrate the prevalence of steam train-themed artwork and/or designs being used to enhance consumer appeal on products, as well as illustrating the far-reaching impact railroading has had on the mindset of Americans.
• Through November: California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum present a visually exciting, new exhibit titled Sculpture With a Re-Purpose: The Found Art of Ray Carrington that will showcase more than 40 sculptures created by a Fairfield artist. The cleverly designed sculptures were made from scrap metal, cast-off tools, railroad spikes, track plates and equipment retrieved from abandoned logging railroads and sawmills. Museum visitors will have the up-close opportunity to see and appreciate the technical craftsmanship, strength and finesse of each individual sculpture. Information about the science behind the variety of welding techniques used by the artist will also be covered in the exhibit. Shortly after the exhibit opens, an interactive station will be added so interested visitors can experiment with electromagnets and create their own temporary “found art” metal sculptures.
• Through January 2016: California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum present Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State: Celebrating the Panama Canal in 1915. The exhibit highlights California’s two large-scale celebrations commemorating the completion of the Panama Canal in 1915 — the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego. The exhibit will feature historic photographs of structures, people and artwork (some presented in a 3-D view), artifacts including a scale steam locomotive and related promotional items such as travel brochures, tickets, postcards and magazines. The exhibit will be located in the Railroad Museum lobby, adjacent to 19-inch gauge Overfair Railway locomotive No. 1915, constructed for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and today a permanent part of the museum’s prized collection.
• Through July 2016: California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a new exhibit titled “A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894.” The new exhibit will enable Museum visitors to revisit the dramatic and volatile two months during the summer of 1894 when America experienced a major, nationwide railroad strike. In addition to the national railroad network, the large-scale Pullman Strike of 1894 involved 27 states and was the first time the federal government responded to a labor action by issuing an injunction. Sacramento was a city with sharply divided loyalties during the strike. Nearly one-third of the city’s working population was directly employed by the railroad while many people (including local politicians) resented what they saw as the railroad’s overbearing attitude. The exhibit will remain on display in the museum’s main-floor Empire Gallery through July 11, 2016.
• Sept. 12: Photographer Judy Bujold is hosting Save Your Photos Day at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary as part of an international initiative to help families prepare before disaster strikes. For victims of fire, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters, family photos are among the worst things to lose. Scan up to 25 photos at no charge. Photos and precious documents must be sized 3 inches by 3 inches up to 8.5 inches by 11 inches. RSVP for this event at http://goo.gl/J0Qjc8 or (916) 747-9243. The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is located at 403 Stafford St. in Folsom.
• Sept. 12: Imagination Theater announces the upcoming auditions for the comedy “Lend Me a Tenor” directed by Jody Klemens on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. This madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. All roles are available. More details about audition requirements can be found at imaginationtheater.net/?page_id=1626. For additional information contact the theater at [email protected] or call (530) 642-0404.
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