El Dorado Hills
• Fridays & Saturdays: Live music takes the stage at the El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive: Westbound 50 (Dec. 4), The Stance (Dec. 5), DJ River (Dec. 11), Madison Hudson (Dec. 18), Black Zepplin (Dec. 19) and Island of Black and White (Dec. 26).
• Fridays & Saturdays: Enjoy live music at The Purple Place, 363 Green Valley Road: Ken Simms (Dec. 4), Clusterphunk (Dec. 5), The EZ Street Band (Dec. 11), Code Blue (Dec. 12), Bucket List (Dec. 18), Brian Lee Bender (Dec. 19) and Mischief (Dec. 26).
Red Hawk Casino
Casino Stage Bar
1 Redhawk Parkway, Shingle Springs
• December: AC Myles (Dec. 4), Superbad (Dec. 4), Shane Dwight (Dec. 5), Twice as Good (Dec. 11), The Spazmatics (Dec. 11), Max Cabello, Jr. (Dec. 12), Hannah Jane Kile (Dec. 18), Decades (Dec. 18), Steel Breeze (Dec. 19), Big Trouble (Dec. 25), Thunder Cove (Dec. 25), The Wiz Kid (Dec. 26), BB McKay & The Bumps (Dec. 27), Poparrazi (Dec. 28), Colleen Heauser (Dec. 29), Branded (Dec. 30), Chris Gardner Band (Dec. 31) and Audioboxx (Dec. 31).
• January: Random Strangers (Jan. 1), Big Bad Boogie Rock (Jan. 1) and Cover Me Badd (Jan. 2).
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom
• Dec. 3: FLC Dance Department presents Evening of Dance Fall 2015 featuring Mosaic Dance Company at 6 p.m.
• Dec. 5: California Theatre Center presents “The Elves and the Shoemaker” in the City Studio Theater at 1 and 3 p.m.
• Dec. 5: Voices of California presents the Comfort and Joy concert at 1 p.m.
• Dec. 5 & 6: Folsom Lake College presents the Youth Chamber Orchestra in the Scott-Skillman Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
• Dec. 5 & 6: The Folsom Symphony presents Bianco Natale with Pasquale Esposito, tenor, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
• Dec. 8: FLC Music Department presents the Winter Choral and Vocal Recital in the Scott-Skillman Recital Hall at 6 and 8 p.m.
• Dec. 9: FLC Music Department presents Jazz Ensemble in the City Studio Theater at 7 p.m.
• Dec. 9: SBL Entertainment presents David Benoit’s Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown at 7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 10: SBL Entertainment presents the Take 6 Holiday Show at 7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 11: Sinatra Centennial Celebration with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 12: SBL Entertainment presents John Prine with Special Guest Ramblin’ Jack Elliot at 8 p.m.
• Dec. 12 & 13: Placer Pops Chorale presents A Holiday Homecoming at 2 p.m. both days.
• Dec. 12 & 13: Lawson Music Productions presents Winter’s Eve with Lady of the Lake in the City Studio Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
• Dec. 13: Sacramento Master Singers presents Sing We Now of Christmas at 7 p.m.
• Dec. 17-20: Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” with Maestro Peter Jaffe and members of The Folsom Symphony.
• Dec. 21: Ballet Folklórico De Sacramento presents Posada Navideña (Christmas Celebration) at 7:30 p.m.
• Dec. 23: El Dorado Musical Theatre presents Holiday Celebration at 7 p.m.
El Dorado Hills
• Dec. 4-6: “The Great Christmas Giveaway” presented by Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets or more information call (916) 939-9300 or visit lakehillschurch.org.
• Through Dec. 6: “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” presented by Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., as part of its Family Series. Showtime is 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Dec. 5-23: “Holiday in the HIlls” presented by Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., as part of its Off Broadway Series. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Dec. 12-27: “A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas” presented by Sutter Street Theater, 717 Sutter St., as part of its Family Series. Showtime is 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Through Dec. 22: “Mary Poppins” presented by Imagination Theatre, 100 Placerville Drive. For tickets and more information call (800) 838-3006 or visit imaginationtheater.net.
• Dec. 5-19: “The Christmas Catastrophe” presented by Chautauqua Playhouse’s Children’s Theatre, 235 Engle Road, Suite 110. For tickets and more information call (916) 489-7529 or visit cplayhouse.org.
• Through Dec. 12: “2 Gentlemen of Verona” presented by Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. For tickets and more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.org.
• Through Dec. 13: “Of Kites and Kings” presented by Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H Street. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-6722 or visit sactheatre.org.
• Through Dec. 27: “A Christmas Carol” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Through Jan. 3: “Handle With Care” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Dec. 2-27: “Cinderella” presented by Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H Street. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-6722 or visit sactheatre.org.
• Dec. 9 through Jan. 3: “The Behavior of Broadus” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• Dec. 29 through Jan. 3: “Pippin” presented by California Musical Theatre at the Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• Through Jan. 7: The Folsom Arts Association Membership Show “Unexpected Visions” features a variety of works in different mediums by local artists at The Gallery at 48 Natoma.
• Through Jan. 7: The best photos from The Folsom Focus Photography Contest 2015 will call The Gallery at 48 Natoma home through the end of the year. The contest is put on by the Folsom Arts Association.
• Dec. 1-12: The Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive, hosts the San Juan Unified School District K-12 Art Shoe. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information call (916) 971-3713 or visit sacfinearts.org.
• Through Dec. 5: Kerik Kouklis: The Alchemist’s Vision — A retrospective exhibit of works by internationally renowned photographer Kerik Kouklis will be on display at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J St. Kouklis’ has been creating hand-made images over the past 25 years. The work is provocative, stunning and inventive. Kerik is a fine art photographer who has been involved in creating hand-made photographs since his father set up a darkroom in the basement when he was 12. Kerik combines a contemporary eye with 19th century processes to produce work that is uniquely his own. For more information call (916) 441-2341 or visit viewpointgallery.org.
• Through Dec. 5: Roberta Bailey: Imperfect Perfections: Floral Portraits — This exhibit features the stunning and unusual floral photographs of member photographer Roberta Bailey. The images combine unique processes with stunning images creating startling and engaging alternative process photographs. Bailey captures the evolution of flowers from buds into mature blossoms and flowers past their prime. After being intrigued with floral portraits created by an enlarger, Roberta came up with the idea of using her flatbed scanner for a similar look. “At the time, I knew of no one who was using a scanner to capture fine art digital photos, so I had to develop my own process through trial and error.” Catch this show in the Step Up Gallery at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J St. For more information call (916) 441-2341 or visit viewpointgallery.org.
• Dec. 9 through Jan. 2: TWELVE: Photoshopped! at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center’s Main Gallery, 2015 J St. The digital photographic revolution leaped forward with the introduction of Adobe Photoshop twenty-five years ago. Today Photoshop is the essential tool in digital darkrooms around the world. Almost every image in print, on the web or in galleries is edited in Photoshop or Photoshop Lightroom. The edits range from rudimentary cropping, spotting, sizing, increases in contrast and sharpening to sophisticated restoration and retouching, high dynamic range processing, and elaborate collages. For more information call (916) 441-2341 or visit viewpointgallery.org.
• Dec. 9 through Jan. 2: Points of View from the Hangin’ Crew at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center’s Step It Up Gallery, 2015 J St. This month’s Step Up Gallery exhibit is a collection of images taken by members of the Viewpoint Gallery installation crew. The images vary in subject, style, and media, as well as treatment and presentation, therefore these photographs reflect the unique individual views of the various crew members.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St., Sacramento
• Through Jan. 3: Divine Ammunition: The Sculpture of Al Farrow — Using guns and ammunition, Al Farrow creates sculptures of reliquaries, cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, mausoleums and other devotional objects. The surprising inventiveness and the technical tour-de-force of his craftsmanship are highlighted in this exhibition of works drawn from private and public collections. In these the artist denigrates no one belief, being mindful, discriminating and probing of all. His fanciful combinations of the elements of religious architecture are exactingly realized and perfectly scaled. Each work gives new meaning to its materials. Gun barrel towers and domes built of bullets not only compel the viewer to consider the present but also the history of conflict. The artist’s material choices may be jarring but they also provoke awe and inspire meditation.
• Through Feb. 14, 2016: The Canelos Quichua-speaking people of eastern Ecuador make the finest traditional ceramics to be found in Amazonian South America, a practice deeply embedded in their history, culture and contemporary lives. This exhibition, featuring 100 works from the Melza and Ted Barr Collection, is one of the first of its kind in an art museum. The bowls, vessels and sculpture that make up this collection represent a geographic area ranging from the canopied Andean foothills through the upper Amazonian regions. The Barrs acquired many of them while living in Quito, Ecuador, in the late 1980s, adding additional pieces on subsequent trips to the region in the early 1990s. Selected for their craftsmanship, subject matter and creativity of design, the pieces elucidate a variety of Amazonian pottery making and practices and offer insight into cultural mythologies, suggesting the potters’ long-held — and rapidly changing — views of the world around them.
• Through May 1, 2016: Back to Life: Bay Area Figurative Drawings — In 1953, the young painters David Park, Elmer Bischoff and Richard Diebenkorn began meeting weekly in a Berkeley studio to draw from live models. In works on paper, they imbued the human form with the charged-emotion newly derived from the bold and swift marks of gestural Abstract Expressionism that emerged in their paintings of figures, still lifes, and landscapes. This return to humanist tradition was revolutionary in an era that celebrated subjective emotional experience, especially in contemporary abstraction. The expressive rendering of subject matter forged in Northern California became known as Bay Area Figuration, and for the first time, the vanguard of American painting was here, rather than New York. The drawing sessions begun by this circle of intimates continued throughout the 1950s and 1960s, widening to include artists such as James Weeks, William Theophilius Brown, Paul Wonner, and later, Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira and Manuel Neri. The primacy each placed on the study of the human figure is evident in this selection of more than 30 drawings, including major gifts from the estate of John S. Knudsen. Additional works by Joan Brown and Wayne Thiebaud highlight the growing influence of Californian artists in these decades. In plays of light and dark, succinct line work, and attention to the emotional states of sitters, the qualities that make Bay Area Figuration so enduringly compelling are examined.
California State Railroad Museum
111 I St., Sacramento
• Through January: 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. See 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 March 2016: California Railroad Landscapes: Original Oil Paintings by Rod R. Aszman —Explore the Golden State’s fascinating and picturesque railroading heritage. Subjects include Southern Pacific’s mighty cab-forwards, and the railroad’s colorful Daylight passenger trains rolling along the California coastline pulled both by steam and diesel locomotives. Rounding out this beautiful exhibit, guests will see paintings of Santa Fe’s San Diegan passing through orange groves plus a station scene at Del Mar, Union Pacific’s Big Boy locomotive in operation and a shiny City of Los Angeles passenger train. Aszman’s award-winning paintings have been seen at numerous shows and exhibits throughout the West and have been reproduced as covers for railroad books and within publications of railroad history.
• Through July 2016: A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894 — 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.
Sacramento History Museum
101 I St., Sacramento
• Through Dec. 13: Walk in the footsteps of Sacramento history as part of the popular Old Sacramento Underground Tour program. The Historic Old Sacramento Foundation is offering all-new Gold Rush Experience walking tours. Led by lively and knowledgeable tour guides, visitors who choose to take the new Gold Rush Experience tours will enjoy Sacramento’s unique history as docents bring alive the spirit of the people who built the city from the ground up, several times. Tour guests will learn the intriguing histories of the various Gold Rush era buildings throughout the Old Sacramento Historic District while being entertained with stories about the miners, prospectors, merchants, speculators, savvy entrepreneurs, politicians, Pony Express riders and the series of disasters that early residents had to overcome to make Sacramento what it is today. ll Gold Rush Experience tours happen rain or shine. Walking tour guests check in at the Sacramento History Museum and should be prepared to walk in areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings. Advance tour tickets are recommended.
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