Cassandra Wilson celebrates the great Billie Holiday

FOLSOM — Join Cassandra Wilson as she celebrates Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday with a preview of her upcoming album, “Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday.” Harris Center for the Arts is one of her stops on a worldwide promotion tour of this homage dedicated to the beauty, power and genius of Billie Holiday. […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

The Reluctant Dragon breathes fire at Sutter Street

FOLSOM — The Reluctant Dragon is a peaceful fellow who likes tea, poetry and an afternoon snooze. Mischievous children stir the villagers to call in the famous dragon slayer, Saint George. A young lad befriends both of the “adversaries” and arranges a meeting between them. The comic battle that ensues provides an entertaining climax and a happy ending. […]

March 04, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Cal Stage welcomes new artistic director

Frank Condon, former artistic director of River Stage, will join California Stage Theater Company as an associate director for its 2015 season. California Stage begins its work with Condon by mounting two staged readings of his newest play “Axis Sally and Her Boys.” The play tells the harrowing story of Mildred Gillars, known to American troops during […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Crocker’s Parisian art show is excellent, but poorly named

Words mean things. And sometimes, one should be able to judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with the Crocker Art Museum’s most recent exhibit: “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910.” From that title, one expects to see a show with many, many works by the title artist. Maybe a few […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Audience will sing along in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

A rain storm will dampen the actors on stage but the audience will do nothing but smile (and likely sing along) during El Dorado Musical Theatre’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain,” opening Feb. 20 at Harris Center for the Arts. Director Debbie Wilson, her crew and cast pull out all the stops for this […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Art pottery highlighted in Crocker exhibit

SACRAMENTO — The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience, on view Feb. 22 through May 17, 2015. Consisting of more than 120 of California Faience’s most beautiful vases, tiles, lamps, and figural works, this exhibition is an exploration of the best-known art pottery in Northern California. Asian, […]

February 25, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Swingle Singers, jazz choir bring great music to Folsom

FOLSOM — For more than half a century the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. With their forthcoming album “Deep End” […]

February 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,