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Buttered and Salty: Leap!

LEAP!  * * 1/2 PG, 1 h 29 min, Animation/Adventure/Family  When reviewing a movie that so clearly wasn’t produced with my demographic in mind, I look for two things: 1) Does it reach the quality of the films it is obviously imitating (Pixar) and 2) Did the kids in the audience react positively to it? In […]

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Slavery melodrama explores old stereotypes

Capital Stage launches its 2017-18 season, Future Tense, with the Obie Award winner and Sacramento premiere of “An Octoroon” by Branden Jacob-Jenkins. This poignant adaptation of a 19th century anti-slavery melodrama will be directed by star of stage and screen and UCLA’s professor of Theatre, Film and Television, Judith Moreland. “An Octoroon” will run Aug. […]

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Take a ‘Shore Leave’ at Fairytale Town

Life is complicated. And the more our families experience during each 48-hour news cycle these days, the more our little ones are impacted. Add to that an over-exposure to technology, a lack of outdoor play and an absence of exposure to classic childhood literature … It’s a recipe for disaster. That isn’t good. In one […]

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

Pianist celebrates Bernstein, Gershwin

Hailed as “an artist who means every note he plays” (New York Times), internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel brings power and passion to his celebrated Keyboard Conversations, returning to Folsom for his seventh season. He has been called ““The Leonard Bernstein of the piano” (Chicago Tribune) and Mr. Siegel will celebrate the maestro’s 100th birthday on […]

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Hilarious, heavenly intervention in ‘Sister Act’

The 67th Music Circus season continues with the feel-good musical comedy “Sister Act” featuring an infectious score by Tony- and Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken. Based on the hit 1992 film, this musical will fill the round stage with saintly sisters for the first time in Music Circus history. Performances of “Sister Act” are Tuesday, Aug. […]

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Find joy, heartbreak in ‘Absolute Brightness’

After producing the hysterical and absurd “An Act of God,” B Street Theatre will finish its B3 Series with compassion and community in “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.” The one-man show featuring actor Rich Herbert about acceptance of that which is different will keep audiences in touch with their humanity. “Leonard Pelkey is an […]

August 23, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Legendary brothel takes over Sutter Street

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” a rollicking hootenanny of a musical based on the true story of a legendary Texas brothel, which operated from the 1840s to 1973, opens at Sutter Street Theatre on Aug. 19. Protected by a friendly sheriff and frequented by politicians, football teams and others, the Chicken Ranch thrived in […]

August 16, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,
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