El Dorado Hills
• May: Enjoy live music at 36 Handles, 1010 White Rock Road: Denver J (May 3), Good Time Anthem (May 7) Colleen Heauser (May 8), Patrick Walsh (May 10), Doubble Shots (May 14), Scott Paul Graham (May 17), Denver J (May 21), Jackson Tharp (May 24), Old Town Boys (May 28) and David Atencio (May 31).
• Wednesdays & Saturdays: Live music takes the stage at Relish Burger Bar, 1000 White Rock Road.
• Fridays & Saturdays: Live music takes the stage at the El Dorado Saloon, 879 Embarcadero Drive: Two Steps Down (May 6), Black Zepplin (May 7), Code Blue (May 13), Superbad (May 21), Island of Black and White (May 21), Tiffany Lorraine (May 28) and Foresocks (June 4).
• Fridays & Saturdays: Enjoy live music at The Purple Place, 363 Green Valley Road.
Red Hawk Casino
Casino Stage Bar
1 Redhawk Parkway, Shingle Springs
• April: Twice As Good (April 22), The Wiz Kid (April 22), Steel Breeze (April 23), Dave Russell (April 24), Kaylee Starr (April 29), The Spazmatics (April 29) and Apple Z (April 30).
• May: Two Steps Down (May 1), Fresh (May 5-7), Ranell Carpenter (May 6), Terry Sheets (May 8), Hannah Jane Kile (May 13), Cripple Creek Band (May 13), Night Fever (May 14), Westbound 50 (May 15), Random Strangers (May 20), Nathan Owens Band (May 20), Cover Me Badd (May 21), Branded (May 22), Colleen Heauser (May 27), The Spazmatics (May 27), Thunder Cover (May 28) and Buck Ford (May 29).
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom
• April 29 through May 15: El Dorado Musical Theatre presents “Hello, Dolly!”
• May 1: SBL Entertainment presents George Perris at 8 p.m.
• May 3: Folsom Lake College Music Department presents Choral Concert at 6 and 8 p.m.
• May 5: Folsom Lake College Dance Department presents an Evening of Dance Spring 2016 featuring Mosaic Dance Company at 6 p.m.
• May 7 & 8: Folsom Lake College presents Youth Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert at 7 and 3 p.m.
• May 14: Cantare Chorale of the Sierra Foothills presents Luminous Journey at 7 p.m.
• May 19: Carrera Productions presents Taj Mahal Trio at 8 p.m.
• May 20: Harris Center presents Ethan Russell: The Best Seat in the House at 7:30 p.m.
• May 21: Placer Pop Chorale presents On Broadway at 2 p.m.
• May 22: Folsom Lake Community Concert Association presents Young Irelanders at 2 p.m.
• May 22: Vita Academy presents The Passion of Brahms at 2 p.m.
• May 22: SBL Entertainment presents Los Lonely Boys at 8 p.m.
• May 28: SBL Entertainment presents Mariachi Sol De Mexico at 8 p.m.
• June 4&6: Folsom Lake Symphony presents Hollywood Hits with Ralph Cato Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
• June 10: Harris Center Presents BOSTYX: The Boston and Styx Experience at 7:30 p.m.
• June 18: Northern California Dance Conservatory presents “Once Upon A Time” at 1 and 6:30 p.m.
• June 19: SBL Entertainment presents Gregory Porter at 8 p.m.
• June 22: El Dorado Musical Theatre presents Best of Broadway at 7 p.m.
• May 17: Ponderosa High School presents Drama Night awards and recognition ceremony with comedy sketches and student-written pieces at 7 p.m. For more information visit ponderosadrama.net or call (530) 677-2281.
• April 28-30 & May 5-7: “Seussical the Musical” presented by Union Mine High School Theater at 7 p.m. For more information call (530) 264-0144.
• Through May 8: “Spamalot” presented by Sutter Street Theatre as part of its Off Broadway Series. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Through May 8: “Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” presented by Sutter Street Theatre as part of its Family Series. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• May 14 through June 12: “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” presented by Sutter Street Theatre as part of its Off Broadway Series. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• May 21 through June 19: “13 The Musical” presented by Sutter Street Theatre as part of its Family Series. For tickets or more information call (916) 353-1001 or visit sutterstreettheatre.com.
• Through May 1: “The Fantasticks” presented by Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H Street. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-6722 or visit sactheatre.org.
• Through May 15: “Hound of the Baskervilles” presented by Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H Street. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-6722 or visit sactheatre.org.
• Through May 22: “Alice in Wonderland” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• Through May 29: “Avenue Q” presented by Runaway Stage, 2791 24th St. For tickets and more information call (916) 207-1226 or visit runawaystage.com.
• Through June 6: “Mud Blue Sky” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• April 30, May 7, 14, 21 & 28: “Winnie the Pooh” presented by Runaway Stage’s Storybook Theatre, 2791 24th St. For tickets and more information call (916) 207-1226 or visit runawaystage.com.
• May 4 through June 5: “Disgraced” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• May 18-29: “Motown the Musical” presented by California Musical Theatre, 1301 L St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• May 11 through May 22: “Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe” presented by Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-6722 or visit sactheatre.org.
• May 11 through June 11: “Not Medea” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• June 14-19″ “Legally Blonde” presented by California Musical Theatre, 1301 L St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• June 18 through July 31: “Clever Little Lies” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• June 22 through July 24: “The Totalitarians” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• June 28 through July 3: “Hello, Dolly!” presented by California Musical Theatre, 1301 L St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• June 29 through July 30: “Constellations” presented by B Street Theatre, 2711 B St. For tickets and more information call (916) 443-5300 or visit bstreettheatre.org.
• July 12-17: “Seussical” presented by California Musical Theatre, 1301 L St. For tickets and more information call (916) 557-1999 or visit californiamusicaltheatre.com.
• Through May 5: See works by members of the Sierra Nevada Fine Furniture Makers Guild including a variety of unique furniture creations at The Gallery at 48 Natoma. In the Community Gallery creations from Oak Ridge High School advanced art and design students will be displayed. The Gallery at 48 Natoma is located at 48 Natoma St. For more information call (916) 355-7285.
• Through Sept. 30: International shopping bags and Joseph Magnin gift boxes will be exhibited at the Museum of Wonder and Delight, 905 Leidesdorff St, Folsom. Beyond function, the shopping bag has become the world-wide portable communication device. The exhibition will feature an installation of hundreds of international shopping bags and Joseph Magnin gift boxes from the Dolph Gotelli collection. Find more information online at museumofwonderanddelight.org or call (916) 985-4871.
• Through May 25: The El Dorado Arts Council hosts the annual Sierra Pastel Membership Show featuring pastel miniature artwork. EDAC’s gallery is located inside the Fausel House, 772 Pacific St.
• April 26 through May 14: Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive, presents the Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons’ annual members watercolor show, Awash With Color. More than 100 watercolors are expected to be displayed. An artist reception with awards presentation, refreshments and music by the Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 30.
• May 3-20: Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive, presents Art Where Wild Things Are featuring regional artists’ paintings, sculptures, and textile art that are broad and creative interpretations of life in our local natural world. A reception will take place May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with piano music by Larry. For more information call (916) 971-3717 or visit sacfinearts.org.
• Aug. 31: Northern California Arts, Inc. will be accepting entries for the upcoming show, Bold Expressions 2016, their 61st international open juried art exhibit. The show is open to fine artists everywhere. Submit original artwork but no photography, film or crafts. Application deadline is August 13, and selected works will be exhibited Oct. 4-29. For more information visit sacfinearts.org or [email protected]
• May 14-31: The Tim Collom Gallery, 915 20th St., presents the work of Meech Miyagi and Gong Yuebin. An opening reception will be held May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit timcollomgallery.com or call (916) 849-0302.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St., Sacramento
• Through May 1: 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.
• Through May 1: Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads — Internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s monumental zodiac animal heads reinterpret those that once adorned the famed 18th-century fountain-clock of the Yuanming Yuan (Old Summer Palace), an imperial retreat outside Beijing. In 1860 the Yuanming Yuan was ransacked by French and British troops, and the heads were pillaged. In creating contemporary versions of these 12 Chinese zodiac animals on an oversized scale, Ai Weiwei focuses attention on issues of the repatriation while extending his ongoing exploration of what constitutes Chinese art and identity. His first major public sculpture project, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” is accompanied by supplemental historical material concerning the emperor’s fountain, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the bronzes. “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” is a collaborative project of the artist, his studio and AW Asia in New York.
• Through June 19: Andy Warhol: Portraits — 1960s American pop culture artist Andy Warhol had a lifelong preoccupation with self-portraits in addition to images of 20th century luminaries who eagerly sat for him. Featured in this career survey are fashion scion Yves Saint Laurent, playwright Tennessee Williams, Pulitzer-Prize winner Truman Capote and artists Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Actors Judy Garland, Jane Fonda and Sylvester Stallone epitomize Warhol’s fascination with Hollywood and filmmaking. The exhibition will be complemented by additional museum programming, including portrait-making workshops for youth, live performances, Warhol-inspired parties, a symposium and more. The Crocker is the only California venue for this career survey, which was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
• June 19 through Sept. 11: Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present — Enameling is the art of fusing glass to metal through a high-temperature firing process that gained widespread popularity in the United States in the last half of the 20th century. In the first decades of the 21st, artists throughout the country continue to explore enamel in a variety of forms, finding new meaning and rich expressive potential in the vibrant color and layered depth of this time-honored medium. Organized by the Los Angeles-based Enamel Arts Foundation, Little Dreams in Glass and Metal includes 122 works by 90 artists from the foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary enamels. Objects range from jewelry to large enamel-on-steel wall panels. Documented in a fully illustrated publication distributed by the University of North Carolina Press, this is the first nationally traveling exhibition to survey this dynamic field in more than 50 years. Little Dreams in Glass and Metal is supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the McLeod Family Foundation and other generous contributors.
• June 19 through Oct. 23: Ourselves through the Lens: Photography from the Collection of Lois and Dr. Barry Ramer — By training the camera on people, photographers from Robert Frank to Flor Garduño have probed the depths of another’s experience, telling richly varied stories about the human condition. Their portrayals challenge preconceptions, subvert expectations and often question what we find in the portrait — truth or artifice. From the joy of play to the singular loneliness of the individual, the images in this exhibition are unexpected and conversation provoking. Selections include prints by celebrated photographers such as Leon Levenstein, Shelby Lee Adams, Luis González-Palma, Ana Mendieta, Larry Sultan and Sebastião Salgado, with contemporary portraiture by Jona Frank, Jessamyn Lovell and Elena Dorfman, among others. In this range of work, both the beautiful and the ravaged are resolved in mesmerizing, humanizing and poignant images.
• July 10 through Oct. 2: Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan-Ostergaard Collection — Contemporary glass leapt into the 21st century with new heights of expression. This exhibition surveys the work of some 70 dynamic global artists pushing the medium’s boundaries to make art in its fullest definition. Included are the field’s premier visionaries — Richard Marquis, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Klaus Moje and others who made glass a vehicle for ideas, forever transforming the 20th century studio movement. Their passionate exploration of European traditions and pursuit of material mastery formed networks of artists, expanding the appreciation of studio glass across continents. More than ever, at the turn of the century, material handling and conceptual exploration challenge how we perceive mass, volume and form. From the life-sized, figural forms of Karen LaMonte to the cast glass abstractions of Richard Whiteley and the expectation-shattering sculptures of Masahiro Asaka and Matthew Szosz, the future of contemporary sculpture emerges.
• July 17 through October 9: The Luster of Ages: Ancient Glass from the Marcy Friedman Collection — Known in Egypt in the time of the Pharoahs glass was used in the ancient world for beads, vessels and eventually small windows. This exhibition explores glass vessels that have miraculously survived the ages, from the 6th century BCE to the 10th century CE. All from the eastern Mediterranean, they reflect the forms and influences of Greek, Roman and Phoenician cultures in the Holy Land. From brightly colored miniature amphoras to lustrous perfume bottles, a beautiful variety of ancient glass is revealed here.
• Oct. 2 through Dec. 31: Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture — Claire Falkenstein (1908–1997) was one of America’s most experimental and productive 20th century artists. Relentlessly exploring media, techniques, and processes with uncommon daring and intellectual rigor, she moved from one art center to another, working first in the San Francisco Bay Area, then Paris, New York and finally, Los Angeles. Her reputation today rests primarily on her sculpture, which was often radical and ahead of its time, yet she was also an inventive painter and maker of prints, jewelry, glass, films, stage sets for dance, public murals, fountains, and monumental architectural commissions. Although Falkenstein’s extensive oeuvre can appear bewilderingly diverse, her pieces are based on several distinctive structural systems, which became her personal, formal vocabulary. This retrospective exhibition traces the development of Falkenstein’s work both chronologically and geographically through the inclusion of approximately 65 key works — encompassing nearly every media she explored — from the early 1930s through the 1990s.
• Oct. 23 through Jan. 22: Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art From the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection — Highest Heaven explores a time when art flourished in the Iberian colonial possessions of the Altiplano (high plains) of South America, which stretch from northern Argentina to Peru. Through approximately 107 paintings, sculptures, ivories, objects in silver and furniture, the exhibition traces the development and spread of the Catholic faith through the creation and use of religious art for devotion and instruction. The objects are drawn from the distinguished collection of Roberta and Richard Huber of New York City, built over the course of three decades.
• Oct. 30 through Jan. 29: A Show of Force: Sculpture by Allan Houser (Haozous) Featuring Recent Gifts from Loren G. Lipson — Born Allan Capron Haozous (1914–1994), he became known to the world as Allan Houser and is internationally recognized for his figurative and modernist sculptures featuring Native American people and themes. His parents, Sam and Blossom Haozous, were among the population of Chiricahua Apaches imprisoned for 27 years. The first child born out of captivity, he was raised on the family farm in Oklahoma. With limited formal education and no art instruction, he taught himself to draw, then enrolled in the Painting Studio at the Santa Fe Indian School in 1934. He progressed quickly and soon garnered accolades for his paintings, including mural commissions for the Interior Department in 1938–39. In 1942, he moved to Los Angeles, spending the next five years working in construction by day and painting at night. While there, he saw exhibitions of modernist sculpture, which would influence him as he later pursued 3-D forms. Houser joined the faculty of the new Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 1962 and founded its sculpture department. He would ultimately create over 1,000 sculptures in stone, wood, bronze, plaster, and clay. This exhibition features 15 pieces in bronze and stone, several of them recent gifts to the Crocker from Loren G. Lipson. Among these is “Force,” a signature work in Vermont marble depicting an eagle and dove, avian metaphors for war and peace that are unique to the artist’s oeuvre.
• Nov. 13 through Feb. 5, 2017: Reuniting the Masters: European Drawings from West Coast Collections — This innovative exhibition reunites European drawings that have traveled across centuries and continents to different modern collections on the West Coast. By coincidence or by design, drawings by the same artist, for the same project and even from the same sketchbook, have made their way separately to the West Coast. Bringing these long-estranged drawings together again both illuminates the work and process of specific artists in the rich history of European draughtsmanship and also brings forward the history of drawings collectors, from railroad magnates such as E. B. Crocker to Hollywood actors such as Cary Grant and Vincent Price.
California State Railroad Museum
111 I St., Sacramento
• Through July: 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.
• Through Oct. 12: Without Words — This interactive exhibit will focus on the various non-verbal communication tools used by the railroad and the science behind them that allowed for railroad technicians to communicate at night, across distances and during challenging weather conditions. The Without Words exhibit will help Museum visitors gain an appreciation for the bells, whistles, flags, lanterns and lights effectively used by the railroad for decades prior to modern electronic communication methods. The exhibit will be displayed in the Lobby Gallery.
• Through March 2017: Winning works of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2015 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Award will be exhibited including the grand prize photograph by Matthew Malkiewicz, of Mount Laurel, N.J., titled “Beneath Calm Waters” that captured a locomotive and its reflection over water. Other artists include Christian Zell of Boppard, Germany, who received second place for a visually spectacular image of fire being dropped from a steam locomotive and third place winner, Nick King of Handforth, United Kingdom, for his impressionist-styled “Waiting for the Train Home” image. Winners and a selection of the award-winning photographs will be featured in the Spring 2016 issue of the Center for Railroad Photography’s Railroad Heritage journal and in the March 2016 issue of Railfan & Railroad Magazine. More information about the competition and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art can be found at railphoto-art.org.
• July 11 – 24: Capital Stage’s Youth Theatre is a summer program designed for Sacramento area middle school and high school-aged students who are continuing their theater training or discovering a love of theater for the first time. From story and character development, to ensemble-building, to live performance, skills learned in this acting class will help teens grow — both as artists and as people For more information e-mail [email protected].
• May 14 & 15: Imagination Theater will host auditions for “A Christmas Story the Musical” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday 10 a.m. to 1p.m. on Sunday with call backs at 4 p.m. Auditioners are to be prepared to sing 16 to 32 bars of a song from a musical and an accompanist will be available or you may bring accompaniment on an electronic device. Auditioners will learn and perform a simple choreographed dance number that will be taught during the audition process and there will be improv and cold readings from the script. Additional details about the schedule and what is required for specific roles can be found at imaginationtheater.net or the theater blog at itplacerville.blogspot.com. Scripts are now available to check out at the box office.
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