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.: 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.: 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: Island of Black and White (July 31) and Branded (Aug. 22).
Red Hawk Casino
Casino Stage Bar,
1 Redhawk Parkway, Shingle Springs
• July: California Groove (July 31), Superbad (July 31),
• August: Max Cabello Jr. (Aug. 1), Dave Russell (Aug. 2), Kenny Frye (Aug. 7), Fresh (Aug. 7 & 9), Whiskey Dawn (Aug. 9), Colleen Heauser (Aug. 14), Kumandae Miller (Aug. 14), Tortilla Soup (Aug. 15), Toree McGee (Aug. 16), The Wiz Kid (Aug. 21), Nathan Owens Band (Aug. 21), Nathan Owens (Aug. 22), Buck Ford (Aug. 23), Patton Leatha (Aug. 28), The Spazmatics (Aug. 28) and Shane Dwight (Aug. 29).
• Wednesdays: Palladio presents the 2015 Summer Concert Series in the plaza at Palladio at Broadstone from 7 to 9 p.m.: Mania! The Live Beatles Experience (July 29), Forejour (Aug. 5), Nunchuck Taylor (Aug. 12), Apple Z (Aug. 19), Cheeseballs (Aug. 26), Unauthorized Rolling Stones (Sept. 2) and Spazmatics (Sept. 12).
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom
HarrisCenter.net • (916) 608-6888
• 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.
• 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.
• Aug. 13: SBL Entertainment presents Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution at 7:30 p.m.
• Aug. 21: SBL Entertainment presents Asleep at the Wheel at 8 p.m.
• Aug. 22: Harris Center presents Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: The Golden Age of the Piano at 7:30 p.m.
• Aug. 26: Harris Center presents A Night With Janis Joplin — Fall Tour Cancelled at 7:30 p.m.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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 28- 30 and Aug. 4-6: “Playwrights’ Revolution” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• Aug. 1 & 2: “Black Girl Blues” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• 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.
• Aug. 8: “Insides Out!” presented by Capital Stage, 2215 J St. For tickets and more information call (916) 995-5464 or visit capstage.org.
• Aug. 14 – Sept. 12: “Three Days of Rain” presented by Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. Fore tickets and more information call (916) 960-3036 or visit bigideatheatre.org.
• 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.
• 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. For more information call (916) 355-7285. The annual Student Art Show is featured in the Community Gallery.
• Through Aug. 20: Escape to the Fausel House for a Summer Holiday Art Show presented by the El Dorado Arts Council. The theme of this collection is summer vacations and holidays away. Featured artists include: Kassandra Allen, Kritike Bala, Joey Cattone, Jennifer Eubanks, Agi Gillespie, Shirley Mandfredi, Donna Sisley, Teri Meyer and Sherry Young. The historic Fausel House is located at 772 Pacific St. in Placerville. For more information contact Alisyn [email protected] or call (530) 295-349.
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.
• 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: 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, 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].
• Aug. 14: It will be an Evening to Remember at Imagination Theater’s eighth annual fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. at the theater located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. There will be a live and silent auction during the evening as well as entertainment and a preview from the holiday musical, Mary Poppins. Enjoy wines from the vines of El Dorado County as well as tasty fare from local caterers Capital Sierra Catering and Diane Wilkinson. Many items have been donated by generous local businesses and individuals in the community. Proceeds will allow the theater to continue to provide quality, live theater in the foothills. A peaceful evening and dinner at Sorensens, a weekend stay at the Inn on First in Napa, and an all-inclusive getaway to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as wine tours, gift baskets and season tickets are just a few of the items that await. IT is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Tickets can be purchased at www.imaginationtheater.net or by calling (530) 642-0404.
• Aug. 15: California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park are proud to present an interactive and fun Hands on History: Fun on the Frontier event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While daily life for pioneer families was filled with hard work, they certainly found time to have fun and connect with each other as a community. The Hands on History: Fun on the Frontier event will showcase some of the pioneer games and activities popular during the early days at Sutter’s Fort including, but not limited to, the Game of Graces, bean bag toss and sack and barrel hoop races for the kids. Not to be left out, the Fort will offer games of chance for adults, complete with fancy card shuffling tricks and more. Also, interactive and fun hands-on craft making will be available for kids of all ages who are interested in creating special keepsakes to take home. And, of course, demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon. All Hands on History activities are included in the cost of admission. Sutter’s Fort closed July 13 for restoration and re-opens to the public Aug. 13 where visitors will be able to see the restoration process in progress. During the restoration period Sutter’s Fort is offering reduced admission prices which are as follows for this special day: $5 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under. For more information call (916) 445-4422 or visit suttersfort.org.
• 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. Space is limited on The Farm-To-Fork Cocktail Train and tickets go on sale July 20. Train ride tickets cost $70 per person (plus a $5 per ticket service fee) and all train ride guests must be 21 or over. To purchase tickets, please visit csrmf.org/component/content/article/55-events-exhibits-train-rides/470-farm-to-fork-cocktail-train.
• 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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