Get to Know December Featured Artist Cherie Hacker

Cherie Hacker wraps up 2014 with painter and multimedia artist Cherie Hacker. With each abstraction, Cherie breaks down imagery into microscopic landscapes, discovering the hidden shapes, patterns, textures, and lines found within and outside ourselves. Though appearing complex, the message of her works is surprisingly simple: Always question and examine the mark you’ll leave here in this world.

Discover what fuels the passionate artist here.

The Jersey Boys are back in town

Are you ready to see a four-time winning Tony Awards show right here in the City of Trees? Presented by Broadway Sacramento, Jersey Boys takes audiences back in time to the 1960s where the joyous harmonies of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons command the pop-music scene. With toe-tapping falsettos, a riveting storyline — and spiffy suits — there’s no question to why this production is so popular.

Jersey Boys Group Neon

Photo by Joan Marcus.

Written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice and directed by Des McAnuff, the musical starts off with the group’s petty crime beginnings in Bellville, New Jersey. Eager to move the group out from bowling alleys to the big time, the founding member of the band, Tommy DeVito, relies on the help of a local yet benevolent mobster. With the help of friends in low places, The Four Seasons top the charts with classic hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” But success comes with a price. Behind the Lurex luster, the show brings to light Tommy’s gambling habit, which leads the group into crippling debt. By the end of the show, the power of friendship overcomes jail time and the group’s sweet harmony lives on.

The talented cast includes Drew Seeley, Keith Hines, Nicolas Dromard, and Hayden Milanes as Frankie Valli. Milanes is a joy to watch and he sings “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” with the talent of the real Valli. The choreographer, Sergio Trujillo, recreated the movements of The Four Seasons impeccably. The amazing set design allows parades of horn musicians to march above the stage, adding to the fun and energy of the musical.

Jersey Boys Scaffolding

The musical’s uproarious finale. Photo by Joan Marcus

Don’t miss your chance to hum “Sherry baaaaaby!” The Jersey Boys will continue to wow audiences through November 22 at the Community Center Theater. For showtimes and ticketing information, visit the show’s event page.

Note: The musical contains sexual situations, drug references, and “authentic Jersey language.”

***This review was written by contributor, Ruth Chambers.

Get to Know November Featured Artist Dave Webb

Dave Webb ProfileA picture is worth a thousand words…no matter how it’s taken. Since receiving his first iPhone in 2009, arts consultant Dave Webb has become a modern master at smartphone photography. His hyper-realistic landscape snaps have found their way into The New York Times’s blog “Lens”, the Sacramento News & Review, the Davis Enterprise, Sactown Magazine, and other news outlets.

Read on and discover what goes on behind his smartphone lens here.

Get to Know October Featured Artist Pamela Touhy-Novinsky

OctoberFA_ProfilePamela Tuohy-Novinksy isn’t an artist, or so she claims. But crafting bewitching, beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces is truly an art form. With each ring and necklace, the ethical designer challenges what jewelry should look like with the help of her husband. Learn how the reluctant artist weaves sustainability and crafts(wo)manship in each delicate masterpiece she creates.

Read up on how she’s redefining value here.

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, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office. For more information, visit the musical’s event page here.

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

July 2014 Featured Artist Cynthia Linville

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????This month 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

Art of the Dumpster Instagram

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