El Dorado Hills
•Thursdays: El Dorado Hills Town Center presents Live on the Boulevard in the Steven Young Amphitheater, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Peace Frog (July 9), Island of Black and White (July 16), Petty Theft (July 23), Cash Prophets (July 30), Journey Unauthorized (Aug. 6), Joy and Madness (Aug. 13), Skynnyn Lynnyrd (Aug 27), Folsom Symphony’s Larger than Life performance (Sept. 3) and Aerorocks (Sept. 10).
• Fridays: The El Dorado Hills Community Services District presents Concerts in the Park in Community Park at 7 p.m.: Superlicious (July 10), Ike & Martin (July 24), Pop Fiction (Aug. 14) and Rock Monsters will perform at Saturday Night in the Park (Aug. 22).
• Fridays & Saturdays: Live music takes the stage at the El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive.
• Fridays & Saturdays: Enjoy live music at The Purple Place, 363 Green Valley Road: Manzanita Band (July 18), Mostly Otis (July 25).
Red Hawk Casino
Casino Stage Bar,
1 Redhawk Parkway, Shingle Springs
• July: Jumoke and the All Stars (July 3), Clean Slate (July 3 & 4), Michael Beck (July 5), The Wiz Kid (July 10), The Spazmatics (July 10), Rebel Yell ( July 11), Jackson Michelson (July 12), The Golden Cadillacs (July 17), Big Bad Boogie Rock (July 17), Radio (July 18), Buck Ford (July 19), Random Strangers (July 24), Decades (July 24), Mic Gillette (July 25), Ryan & Cece (July 26), California Groove (July 31) and Superbad (July 31).
• Wednesdays: Palladio presents the 2015 Summer Concert Series in the plaza at Palladio at Broadstone from 7 to 9 p.m.: Unauthorized Rolling Stones (July 1), Superlicious (July 8), Cover me Badd (July 15), Swift Country (July 22), Mania! The Live Beatles Experience (July 29).
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom
HarrisCenter.net • (916) 608-6888
• July 10-12 and July 15-18: El Dorado Musical Theater presents Disney’s “Mulan Jr.”
• July 12: Mesmerizing Productions presents Alex Ramon #NewMagic: Master Magician at 3 p.m.
• July 25 & 26: Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella” at 3 p.m.
• July 26: SBL Entertainment presents an Evening with Rickie Lee Jones at 8 p.m.
• July 31: SBL Entertainment presents Mary Chapin Carpenter at 8 p.m.
• Aug. 7 & 8: Harris Center presents Kevin Costner and Modern West at 8 p.m.
• Through July 12: “I Hate Hamlet” 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.
• Through July 12: “Nancy Drew Girl Detective” 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.
• July 18 through Aug. 16: “The Sunshine Boys” 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.
• July 25 through Aug. 23: “Shrek The Musical Jr.” 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.
• Through July 19: “Sherlock Holmes and the Ladies in Distress” presented by Chautauqua Playhouse, 5235 Engle Road, Suite 110. For tickets and more information call (916) 489-7529 or visit cplayhouse.org.
• July 31 through Aug. 15: “Macbeth” presented by Chautauqua Playhouse, 5235 Engle Road, Suite 110. For tickets and more information call (916) 489-7529 or visit cplayhouse.org.
• Through June 28: “Big River” presented by Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• Through July 5: California Stage presents SacSoloSeries 4 featuring “Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed” and “The Third Date” at the Dennis Wilkerson Theater, 2509 R St. For tickets and more information call (916) 451-5822 or visit calstage.org.
• Through July 19: “Uncanny Valley” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• Through July 25: “No Exit” presented by Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. For tickets and more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.org.
• Through July 26: “The Explorers Club” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. on the main stage. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• July 7-12: “Bye Bye Birdie” presented by Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• July 7 through Aug. 8: “Grounded” 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.
• July 10 through Aug. 16: “Next to Normal” presented by Runaway Stage at the 24th Street Theater, 2791 24th St. For tickets and more information call (916) 207-1226 or visit runawaystage.com.
• July 18 & 25 and Aug. 1, 8 & 15: “Wizard of Oz” presented by Runaway Stage’s Storybook Theatre. For tickets and more information call (916) 207-1226 or visit runawaystage.com.
• July 21-26: “Peter Pan” presented by Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• Aug. 4-9: “West Side Story” presented by Sacramento Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• Through July 2: Organic Origins, a show featuring Anton Nemeth’s porcelain art and Suzanne Haydu’s watercolors, will be on display at Gallery at 48 Natoma. The El Dorado Hills Arts Association’s studio tour preview show will be on display in the Community Gallery. For more information call (916) 355-7285.
• July 10 through Aug. 7: 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. Anopening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on July 10. For more information call (916) 355-7285. The annual Student Art Show is features in the Community Gallery.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St., Sacramento • (916) 808-7000 • crockerartmuseum.org
• 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 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.
• June 28 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.
• Through November 2015: 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, ash tray, tea pot, 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 stream 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. The museum is located at 125 I St. For more information call (916) 323-9280 or visit csrmf.org.
• Through November 2015: 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. For more information call (916) 323-9280 or visit csrmf.org.
• 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. For more information call (916) 323-9280 or visit csrmf.org.
• 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. Railroad Museum admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youths (ages 6-17), and children ages 5 and younger get in free. More information about the California State Railroad Museum is available at (916) 323-9280 or csrmf.org
• July 31: Imagination Theater will host an acting workshop for adults (18 and older). This four-session workshop will be held on Friday, July 31, from 7 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Thursday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an opportunity for workshop participants to refine acting skills, create character and maintain character and emotions on stage. Lanny Langston, award-winning director and Imagination Theater owner, will teach the workshop. The workshop is limited to 20 participants who must attend all sessions. Dress comfortably and be prepared to move. Sign up through the box office at: [email protected].
• Aug. 4, 6, 20 & 27: Imagination Theater hosts a Scenic Painting Workshop for Adults and Children ages 10 and older. All sessions are from 7 to 9 p.m. and participants must attend all sessions. The classes will be taught by Peter Wolfe, an architect and experienced local scene designer and director. Karen Wolfe will be assisting with the class. Karen is an accomplished painter and papier-mâché artist. Activities will include selection of media, colors, and materials, the use of brushes, rollers and air-brushes in scene painting, setting up large painting projects for set walls and backdrops, the use of computers and projectors in preparing scenic art and planning set painting projects. The workshop is free due to the generosity of the El Dorado Arts Council and the El Dorado Community Foundation. Sign up through the box office at [email protected].
• July 6: Watercolors Artists of Sacramento Horizons are looking for entries in their open show: “Go With the Flow.” The deadline for online entries is July 6. Visit onlinejuriedshows.com for the prospectus and information about entering the show. WASH is a watercolor club under the umbrella of Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Entry fees are $25 for the first painting and $10 for each additional painting up to five. Show dates will be Sept. 1–26. Call Rose Sloan (916) 660-2247 for more information.
• July 20: To the delight of children of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with popular KCRA news anchor Edie Lambert. With the help of Edie reading the illustrated children’s book “The Little Engine that Could“ at 11 and 11:30 a.m., parents are encouraged to let trains and railroading introduce and foster the love of reading with young children. This ongoing All Aboard Story Time! reading program, introduced by California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum, is offered on the first and third Monday of each month. The interactive and fun program is designed for imaginative young children ages two to five. A different railroad-related book is showcased each month — with four opportunities for little ones to hear the monthly story, then enjoy the museum with their parents. The All Aboard for Story Time! program is included with museum admission: $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and younger. For more information about the reading program or the Railroad Museum in general call (916) 323-9280 or visit csrmf.org.
• Now: The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra with Music Director Donald Kendrick is currently holding membership auditions for the 2015-16 concert season. If you are an experienced choral singer with good music reading skills call the SCSO at (916) 536-9065 or e-mail [email protected]. The chorus rehearses September through May on Monday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra is celebrating its 20th year of performances with concerts in Sacramento’s Fremont Presbyterian Church, Memorial Auditorium and the Sacramento Community Center Theater.
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