Practically perfect in every way

Mary Poppins (played by Kelly McCormick) makes her grand arrival. Photo by Charr Crail.

In Music CircusMary Poppins, the title character is just as you remember her: a little bit sweet, a little bit sassy, and practically perfect in every way. This production of the classic Disney musical is perfect for theatergoers young and old and will ignite a certain whimsy that only Mary Poppins can.

Though this production is certainly reminiscent of the 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, it shines in its own light. With new staging and musical numbers alongside favorites like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “Feed the Birds,” Mary Poppins will be a delight regardless of whether you’ve seen the classic film.

Played by amazing young talents Noa Solorio and Ben Ainley-Zoll, Jane and Michael Banks are being raised by an increasing number of nannies, all of which have failed to fit the bill. The two decide to write an advertisement with their requirements for a new nanny, and within seconds, Mary Poppins arrives. While it seems she brings mischief wherever she goes, Mary Poppins is the only one who can bring the Banks family together in a meaningful way.

(L to R) Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Kelly McCormick (Mary Poppins) and Ben Ainley-Zoll (Michael Banks) in Mary Poppins, produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 8 - 13, 2014. Photos by Charr Crail

(L to R) Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Kelly McCormick (Mary Poppins) and Ben Ainley-Zoll (Michael Banks). Photo by Charr Crail

Just as Mary Poppins transforms an ordinary park into a magical wonderland, so does she transform those around her. With her tricks and treats, Mary teaches the Banks family perspective and empathy. My favorite Mary Poppins lesson, however, is: “anything can happen if you let it.”

There is no doubt that if Marry Poppins can improve the Banks family, she can also help to transform your thinking too.

Mary Poppins will have you clapping as characters fly, dance, and tap in merriment. If you need to escape the Sacramento summer heat, I suggest a spoonful of sugar and a visit to the Wells Fargo Pavilion to see Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins will play at Music Circus through July 13 with very limited ticket availability. Tickets range from $35- $80 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office. For more information, visit the musical’s Sacramento365.com event page here.

***This review was written by Sacramento365.com contributor, Allison Baker.

July 2014 Featured Artist Cynthia Linville

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????This month Sacramento365.com interviewed writer, professor and poet Cynthia Linville. A music aficionado with a theater background, the Sacramento native has appeared in many publications and several poetry anthologies. Active in the River City’s local poetry and arts scene, Cynthia keeps busy hosting readings and reading with the group Poetica Erotica.

Read on to find out what inspires the prolific poet here.

Photo by Robert R. Sanders.

Pretty Trashy: Art of the Dumpster

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Foreground: Brenda Louie’s “Rivers United Series.” Background: Mark Emerson’s “Trash Talk.” (Photo by Jamila B. Khan)

It’s known that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, but this summer’s Art of the Dumpster exhibit takes this idea to another level.

Commissioned by Power Inn Alliance and curated by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, this collaborative project showcases the talents of 10 local emerging artists on a very unusual canvas – massive 22 foot long dumpsters. Participating artists include Brenda Louie; Nathan Cordero; Waylon Homer; John Berger; Gioia Fonda; Jim Piskoti; Mark Emerson; Joy Bertinuson; Robert Ortbal; and Susan Silvester.

During last night’s preview party, we got the chance to see these larger-than-life pop-art masterpieces in the flesh. Bold, colorful and abstract, the dumpsters encourage viewers to think critically about the notions of public space, the natural world, and even celebrity culture (Yes, even Miley Cyrus makes an appearance in the exhibit.) To say we were impressed would be an understatement.

Photos don’t do these beauties justice. See these artistic feats — and local food trucks — this 2nd Saturday, June 14 from 5pm-8pm. (Other 2nd Saturday celebrations are slated for July 12 and August 9 as well.) Easily accessible by car, bike and light rail, the public can also view the exhibit, located on 3101 Power Inn Road, sunup to sundown everyday June 14 through August 30.

For more information about the exhibit, visit the Art of the Dumpster exhibit page on Sacramento365.com.

Get to Know June 2014 Featured Artist Julie Okahara

June FA 2014 Profile ImageColorful. Fun(ny). Fantastic. These are just some of the words that describe the work of our June Featured Artist, Julie Okahara. Since 2005, the Japanese native has added a bit of whimsy the Sacramento region with her bold illustrations and paintings. Click here to learn about her journey as a graphic artist — and why you shouldn’t point at her.

Sac365 Staff Event Pick of the Week: Worldwide Instameet 9 Sacramento

InstameetI’m an Instagram fanatic. Capturing — and artfully filtering — a perfect candid moment on my cellphone is a rush for me. And through the social network, I’ve been to different countries, lived vicariously through other users, and even discovered new hotspots and hidden gems right here in Sacramento. That’s why I’m excited to see my hometown through a whole new lens come this weekend.

On Saturday (May 17), Visit Sacramento, IGersSac, and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership will be co-hosting an Instameet in Old Sacramento in honor of Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 9. At this event, avid 916 smartphone photographers like myself will get to meet IRL (in real life) and explore the Sacramento Riverfront with guest blogger, The Lipstick Giraffe.

Along with historic views, a bit of whimsy will be thrown in for good measure. Guests will bring balloons to snap and filter alongside Gold Rush landmarks. (Only time will tell if the balloon count will reach Up! level proportions…)

If you can’t attend the event, you can still be inspired. Photos taken during the Instameet can be seen through the hashtags #WWIM9sac; #WWIM9; #visitsacramento; #igerssac; #downtownsac; and #oldsac.

For more information about the Worldwide Instameet 9 Sacramento, click here. (Note: There is a registration cap of 100.)

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

Get to Know May 2014 Featured Artist Patris

May FA Profile ImageThis month, Sacramento365.com spoke with the busy and bubbly Patris. The mononymous full-time artist somehow finds the time to manage and teach at her own studio, Patris Studio and Art Gallery;work to the improve her adopted community of Oak Park; and make stunning plein air landscapes and portraits sketches. What motivates her to accomplish so much in such little time? Click here to find out.

Sacramento’s Most Stylish Get Camera Ready with Fashion On Film

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The glitz and the glamour won’t just be on screen. Models will be decked to the nines in cinema inspired ensembles throughout the night. (Photo by Heath.)

Sacramento International Film Festival’s popular Fashion on Film event returns for a well-deserved encore tomorrow night at the Delta King. Debuting earlier this year at Sacramento Fashion Week, this mixer, fashion demonstration and short film exhibition puts a spotlight on Sacramento’s burgeoning fashion scene.

I was lucky enough to attend the haute party last February and it’s not one to be missed. Throughout the evening, guests will get a behind the scenes look at the movers and shakers behind this year’s Sacramento Fashion Week in seven short films. However, the glitz and glamour won’t just be on screen. In between films, models will parade in local designer gowns & ‘fits inspired by classic movies — the costume and makeup artistry is more than impressive. A posh after party and surprise celebrity cameo is promised as well (he’s intergalactic!)

The redux of Sacramento International Film Festival’s Fashion on Film happens this Friday at 7:30pm on the Delta King. For more details on this fashionable affair, visit the Sacramento365 event page.
And for more cinematic action, check out the full Sacramento Film Festival schedule of events here.

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

Make It an Arts Night on the BIG Day of Giving

Next Tuesday, March 6, is the BIG Day of Giving (BIG DoG for short), which is a chance to support non-profits in the Sacramento area- but with some major benefits! During the 24-hour giving campaign if you donate to over 400 worthy nonprofit organizations your donation amount will be matched! There are also plenty of fun events throughout the day and night to celebrate the cause! Here are a few that I’m thinking of checking out:

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Don’t miss this opportunity to see everything that happens behind the scenes at the Sacramento Master Singers open rehearsal. (Photo courtesy of Sacramento Master Singers)

During BIG DoG the Sacramento Master Singers are inviting everyone to stop by and check out their open rehearsal at the First United Church at 7pm. It’s a great way to see all the work that goes into creating one of their beautiful concert performances.

Make It An Arts Night BIG DoG

With Sacramento365.com’s Make It an Arts Night tool, you can turn any outing into a night on the town!

Since you will be out and about, why not keep the night going? Using Sacramento365.com’s nifty Make It An Arts Night feature and map on the event pages (see below), you can find several places to eat, drink, and even sleep nearby.

If you’re hungry after the rehearsal, walk-on over to family-owned Tapa the World for some delicious Spanish cuisine or grab a nightcap at The Golden Bear. (The Golden Bear has an excellent happy hour menu from 4pm-7pm, so it makes for a great “pre-game” performance destination as well.)

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Make haikus, eat some sausage, and sip on drinks all day at LowBrau in celebration of the BIG DoG. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Son of Groucho)

Another fun BIG DoG event is Haikus and Brews at LowBrau. Hang out with friends, eat some sausage, write a literary masterpiece (don’t forget where you heard about this…), and have a few drinks all while supporting the Arts and Business Council and 916 INK! Your haiku could even be turned into an art piece by local print makers and artists for an art show in June!

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So maybe you won’t get AS crazy as these people, but you are bound to have a great time at The Yoga Seed Collective’s Dance Party. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jirka Matousek)

After spending some time at LowBrau, take a short stroll over to The Yoga Seed Collective’s Dance Party in celebration of the BIG DoG! If your legs still can’t stop dancing (you might want to see a doctor for that), head over to District 30 and shake your groove thang. There’re several hotels in the area, so if you’ve had a few too many drinks, consider turning it into a stay-cay with a room at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento!

I highly suggest you support local nonprofit groups that help our community by donating and attending events held on the BIG Day of Giving! Don’t forget to look for Sac365’s Make It An Arts Night banner to help you find all your food, drink, and accommodation needs!

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Make it a [Date] Night: The Foodie Edition

I was recently asked out on a date by someone who lives out of town and he asked me to find something fun for us to do in Sacramento. Naturally I thought a chain restaurant dinner and a blockbuster movie because that’s the norm, right? But then I remembered that I can do better than that, because I work for this awesome local resource Sacramento365.com, where you can find tons of events happening locally! While the typical dinner and movie date is a safe choice, I figured I could still do both all while exploring this beautiful city and learning about my potential beau.

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This could be you: A happy couple admires each other while out on a date. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ed Yourdon)

While it was fun to conjure up some cool things to do for ourselves, I thought I should share them with you too. Read along for some perfect weekend date options to consider.

Meals, Murals and Mutual Attraction

A great outing for two is the Local Roots Food Tour‘s Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour. On select Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons through June 14th, this tour will take you and your date on an artsy Midtown adventure admiring murals and local artworks. This three and half hour tour also stops at six to seven restaurants and cafes along the way, giving you a chance to chat with chefs and nibble on delicious bites. There are only 10 people per tour group, giving you and your honey an intimate experience all while learning about Sacramento’s amazing art and food scene. After noshing, why not stop by de Veres Irish Pub for a quick drink?

For details on future Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tours: http://bit.ly/1gHoeYK (Note: These tours sell out quick!)

Not Another Saturday Night

On March 15, you can make it an “edgy-theatre” night with the Capital Stage Company this Saturday! Before seeing 4000 Miles, a comedy about a 21-year-old who moves in with his 91-year-old grandmother, couples can bike over to Der Biergarten for the Bikes & Beers pre-show. Attendees will receive $2 off of their admission ticket and will receive a free beer at Der Biergarten, courtesy of Lost Coast Brewery — India Pale Ale? Yes please! — which will go perfectly with the delicious Bavarian bites they offer. It’s the perfect first date idea: you’ll be active, get to know one another in a low key setting, and catch a great show all for a decent price!

For more Beers & Bikes information: http://bit.ly/1d0B8lp

Local Roots_Photo courtesy of Local Roots Food Tours' Facebook page

A man admires local artwork while on an Urban Art, Food & Libations tour. (Photo courtesy of Local Roots Food Tours’ Facebook page)

Dinner and a Movie 2.0

If you want to do something fun on a weekday, head over to Lucca Restaurant and Bar this coming Tuesday (3/25). In honor of the Sacramento Food Film Festival, you and your date can enjoy a four-course dinner influenced by the documentary Bottle Shock, a film focusing on the early days of California wine making. Afterwards you can always take a romantic stroll though the Capitol Park Rose Garden. If the mood is right, dance the night away at The Park Ultra Lounge.

For this and other Sacramento Food Film Festival activities: http://bit.ly/OxqffM

The whole point of dating is to get to know one another, so why not have fun with it? There’s no need for awkward silences or potential boredom in a movie theater with something fun to do every night in the River City. With a little imagination — and a little Sacramento365 research — you can turn any humdrum date into a memorable experience!

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com‘s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

CORE Explores Our Inner Beauty With ‘barebones’

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Photo by Chris Kisela.

“When pretenses and facades are stripped away, we are all the same – we have the same ‘bare bones’.”

As if I needed any encouragement to attend another CORE Contemporary Dance show, Director Kelli Leighton once again presents a theme that I simply cannot miss! The older I get, the more I come to realize that despite how complicated life seems, it really is pretty simple. We are trained to surround ourselves with materialistic, self-serving, unnecessary ‘things’ (objects, people, ideals) that distract us from this very simple fact: we are all made up of the same matter and are all here just trying to live the best we know how. This show explores this fundamental human connection, imploring us all to recognize that our differences lie on the outside and the freedom found in learning to accept this… and move on.

If you are one of those people that aren’t into Dance or Theatre performances, I encourage you to come to one of CORE’s shows. With simple themes that we can all identify with, along with music we all know, the dancers poetically express things through movements that tap into your emotions.

Let me put it this way: Every single show by CORE sells out. Grab a friend (or a few) and try something new.

This show can be seen this Thursday, Friday or Saturday only (March 13-15). For more details or to get your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.


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