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Born to Stand Out

(L to R) Brian Steven Shaw (Angelique), Brent Barrett (Georges) and Adam Lendermon (Chantal) in La Cage aux Folles. Photo by Charr Crail.

(L to R) Brian Steven Shaw (Angelique), Brent Barrett (Georges) and Adam Lendermon (Chantal) in La Cage aux Folles. Photo by Charr Crail.

With hit after hit, Music Circus will wrap up its 64th season with the hilarious La Cage aux Folles. After reading about its storied Tony Award-winning history and catching a glimpse of the flashy musical’s theatrics at Badlands, Sacramento audiences are in for a treat. Truly, we all need a little glitz, glamour and a few white lies to shake up our weekly routines.

Based on Jean Poiret’s play of the same name (which I still struggle to pronounce) and the inspiration for the late Robin Williams’s film, The Birdcage, the bawdy musical takes the simple act of meeting the parents… and adds a fresh dose of drag, deceit and dance. Madness ensues as gay couple, Georges, the manager of a Saint-Tropez nightclub (played by Broadway veteran Brent Barrett), and his drag queen partner Albin (captured perfectly by touring regular Alan Mingo Jr.) attempt to conceal their true selves to blend in with the ultra-conservative parents of Anne, the fiance of Georges’s son, Jean-Michel. Thankfully their colorful personalities outshine their dull “masculine” caricatures.

Don’t miss your last chance to see Music Circus this year! Catch performances of La Cage aux Folles at the Wells Fargo Pavilion August 19-24.Tickets ranges from $35-$80. Performances will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday showtimes are 2pm and 7:30pm. For more information, visit the musical’s event page on Sacramento365.com.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/18

This Week: Mix it up this week!

Midtown_Cocktail_Week2Midtown Cocktail Week 2014
August 19-24
A few highlights:
Cocktail Competition
Harlow’s; Tues 6pm-9pm
Bright Lights, Big City Dress Up, Get Down
Grange Restaurant; Fri 6pm-9pm
Island Summer Nights
Crawdad’s on the River; Sun 1pm-4pm

16th Annual Race for the ArtsRace_for_the_Arts
William Land Park
Aug 23
Sat 8:30am
Put on your tennis shoes and support local arts organizations at this 5K.

dana_carveyDana Carvey
Punch Life Comedy Club
Aug 23-26
Sat & Sun 7pm; Tues 8pm

Catch this rare opportunity to see the legendary comedian.

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Make It a Theatre Night: Little Women

Little Women

Photo courtesy of Red Bench Entertainment.

From large scale musicals to make shift theatre in local coffee shops, Sacramento is blessed with a thriving and diverse theatre scene. That’s why I can’t wait to see Red Bench Entertainment‘s take on Alcott‘s classic tale, Little Women.

The Sacramento-based, nonprofit theatre and film group is truly unique, working actively to nurture untapped potential. Its mission is to offer artistic guidance to anyone with a desire to perform and create — be they photographers, singers, actors, etc. — despite their age, economic status, or even their mental abilities. It seems fitting that a theatre group that grows talent perform the tale that details the growth of four sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March — from childhood to womanhood.

This weekend make it a theatre night (or day!) at the Sierra II Center’s 24th Street Theatre. Red Bench Entertainment will perform Little Women on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16 from 7pm-10pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday, August 17 from 2pm-5pm. A special VIP reception will be held prior to Saturday evening’s show. Tickets range $5-$40. For information, visit its event page on Sacramento365.com.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/11

This Week: Brewing up some social fun!

RAWSacramentoRAW Artist Showcases: Communique
Ace of Spades
Aug 14
Thurs 7:30pm-11:30pm

Get ready for a circus of local creativity at this event that celebrates local artistic talent.

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Lake Natoma Inn
Aug 15
Fri 6pm-10pm

Attend this first ever craft brew fest held in historic Folsom.

Sac_Bridal_Couture2Sacramento Couture Runway & Bridal Show
Memorial Auditorium
Aug 17
Sun 1pm-5pm
Brides will be blown away by this showcase of designer gowns and wedding trends.

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Ballyhoo!: The Boys of Summer

Ballyhoo PG press

Photo by Becky Sahm (Big Picture Media).

It’s August, the month of where everyone and their mother seems to be on vacation. Great for them, but not so much for the rest of us left behind during the workplace Rapture. Need to escape but can’t afford to sip on overpriced cocktails on the beach? Like Calgon, tomorrow’s BALLYHOO! concert at Assembly will take you away and cure you of your FOMO (fear of missing out) — at least for a couple of hours.

With their pop reggae grooves, Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! is a fun, fan-loving band whose music embodies the party lifestyle. Lead singer and guitarist, Howi Spangler, mixes slick lyrics with his smooth but powerful voice; drummer Donald Spangler lays out the hard-hitting beats; Nick Lucera as their new bass player; and Scott Vandrey layers in the finishing touches to the band’s signature sound on keys.

The band comes to the 916 to promote their new 3-track EP, Halo, and its independently released fifth studio album, Pineapple Grenade. (I’m a big fan of the smile-inducing song, “Beautiful Day.” and their cover of Bruno Mar’s “The Lazy Song.”)

 

Want to bob your heads and forget your worries this Tuesday night? Join me and these boys of summer at Assembly, Tuesday, August 5 at 8pm. For more concert information, visit its event page on Sacramento365.com.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/4

This Week: Go Bananas This Week

Ray_FranklinRay Franklin: A Retrospective
Gallery 2110 Art Complex
Aug 7-Sept 6
Various times

This exhibit encompasses the 25+ year career of the Sacramento-based artist.

Banana_Festival5th Annual Banana Festival
William Land Park
Aug 9 & 10
Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm

The two-day event highlights the many cultures that use the fruit as a source of food & art.

Car_CruiseCA Auto Museum Car Cruise
Fulton Avenue
Aug 9
Sat 4pm-9pm
Gorgeous classics will travel down the street for this sixth annual show.

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Be Italian this Weekend!

Festa Italiana_ Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society.

Northern California’s Italian community will gather this weekend for the 28th Annual Festa Italiana. (Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society.)

After surviving a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, I’m ready to indulge with a capital “I” this weekend. What better way than at the Sacramento Italian Cultural Society‘s Festa Italiana! Now in its 28th year, the two day festival celebrates the Capital City’s Italian community with music, dancing, shopping, and of course, the country’s deliciously rich cuisine. (My goal is to stuff my face with a cannoli… or two…or five.)

Not Italian? Not to worry. You don’t have to be to enjoy the festival’s fanfare. There will be a little something for everyone. For only $12 (or free if you’re under age 15), attendees can enjoy a lively Italian Marketplace, children’s games and rides, bocce ball, an Italian car and motorcycle show, and a number of musical and dance performances, including a special appearance by Dean Martin impersonator, Matt Helm.

Off the grid, the festival will be held August 2nd & 3rd at the Croatian American Cultural Center. Event hours are Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-7pm.

Still curious on what to expect? Visit the Festa Italiana’s event page on Sac365.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/28

This Week: Food. Festivals. Fun.

Festival_of_Cheese_BIGSacramento Cheesemaker Dine Around
Downtown Sacramento
July 28-Aug 1
Various times

Restaurants will feature special cheese-themed items while the American Cheese Society is in town.

The_Color_Run_NewThe Color Run
Capitol Mall Greens
Aug 2
Sat 9am

This unique paint race will add some color to your weekend!

Festa_ItalianaFesta Italiana
Croatian American Cultural Center
Aug 2-3
Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-7pm

Italy comes to the River City! Enjoy the country’s cuisine, music & heritage this weekend.

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Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/21

This Week: Add a Local Twist to Your Plans

Sacratomato WeekSacratomato_Week
The Sutter District
July 21-27
Various times

Celebrate Sacramento’s signature fruit with creative menus & drink specials.

South_PacificSouth Pacific
Wells Fargo Pavilion
July 22-27
Various times

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic proves that love can overcome any obstacle.

Strauss Festival of Elk GroveStrauss Festival of Elk Grove
Elk Grove Regional Park
July 24-27
Thurs-Sun 8:15pm
Enjoy choreographed stories set to the music of Austrian composer Johann Strauss.
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Its All About the Sacra”tomato” This Week

RedRabbit Heirloom Salad

Midsummer means tomato season in Sacramento! It’s the time of year where heirlooms begin to pop up all over restaurant menus around town. This year the Sutter District wrangled its restaurants and bars together to create menu items to highlight the colorful fruit. The week-long dedication has been dubbed “Sacratomato Week” – a nod to our river city’s nickname due to the “farm fresh flavors that flourish” here locally (as quoted from the Sacratomato Facebook page) in America’s Farm to Fork Capital. The celebration begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday (July 21-27) so start planning your meals accordingly!

When I think of Sacratomato week, I can’t help but think of the movie Forrest Gump and the scene where Bubba says, “shrimp are the fruit of the sea” and proceeds to describe all of the ways you can enjoy shrimp. Like Bubba, I’ll happily eat a  tomato any way you can “slice and dice” it.

Forrest-Gump

This week, I foresee my Facebook newsfeed being filled with a steady stream of posts about the various kinds of tomato dishes my friends are enjoying in Midtown- tomato soup, tomato salsa, tomato pizza, roasted tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes…I can go on and on. There will be check-ins and pictures galore of people gallivanting around town enjoying the ‘fruits’ of our bountiful farms and culinary talents. (You’ll absolutely see some from me!)

Here are a few sneak peeks from the preview night I was lucky enough to get an invite to:

For more information about Sacratomato Week, visit the event page here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Marketing & Development Manager, Rachael Lankford.