Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/27

This Week: Big Things are Happening

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Historic Old Folsom
July 31
Fri 6pm-10pm

Enjoy unlimited tastings of some of America’s best craft brews in Folsom!

CAMCAM Car Cruise and Show
CSUS to Fulton Avenue
Aug 1
Sat 4pm-9pm
Gorgeous cars will cruise on through from Sac State to Fulton Avenue this Saturday.

Lunar_LunacyLunar Lunacy Ride
CA State Capitol – West Steps
Aug 1
Sat 7pm-11:30pm
Ride under the full moon to raise funds for the CASA Making Memories Program.

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Take a Trip to Neverland with Music Circus

Jenn Colella will cast a spell on you as Peter Pan. Photo by Kevin Graft.

Where under one Sacramento roof can you find a slithering crocodile, a faithful fairy, and a ship full of pirates? Easy! Just “think of lovely things” and make your way over to the Wells Fargo Pavilion stage where Peter Pan flies into town for this week only. In this production, Music Circus takes you, Michael, John, and Wendy from the nursery to a grand adventure in Neverland. Under the direction of Glenn Casale, the incredibly talented cast of actors will help you live out your childhood dreams throughout the show.

Peter Pan, played by Jenn Colella, has quite a vocal gift for a Lost Boy and quickly convinces the crowd to never grow up. With vocal talent soaring in “I’m Flying,” and exceptional rooster crowing in “I Gotta Crow,” Peter Pan delivers a powerful lyrical performance on land and in flight. Children, of all ages, will gasp and giggle as theatrical magic allows Peter to play with his shadow and coach the children how to fly.

The production’s many set changes and intense choreography will also steal your attention. With excellent props and lighting the stage transforms into the Lost Boys’ underground home, Marooner’s Rock, to the Pirate Ship, and other Neverland landmarks. During set changes, dazzling choreography charms the audience. Tiger Lily, played passionately by Desiree Davar, The Indians, and Lost Boys perform intense tribal dance numbers, complete with synchronized beating drums and impressive aerial flips. The pirates, led by the creepiest creep Captain Hook, played by Paul Schoeffler, deliver a comical display of dance moves and sword fights, made most memorable during the “Tango,” and the “Pirate Waltz.”

Paul Schoeffler as Captain Hook and Michael Nostrand as Smee with the Pirates in Peter Pan. Photo by Charr Crail.

Throughout the show be sure to keep your eyes open for the bouncing light of Tinker Bell — Peter Pan just might need your help to help save the fairy. One cannot leave Neverland without the famous tick-tock that signals the Croc to crawl around and haunt Captain Hook — be sure to enter the Pavilion with caution!

Peter Pan flies through the Wells Fargo Pavilion until Sunday, July 26. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s event page.

Disclaimer: Though content is appropriate for all ages, Tinker Bell calls Captain Hook a naughty word that maybe considered inappropriate for small children.

This blog post was written by contributor, Sarah Stephenson.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/20

This Week: Big Things are Happening

BrightLightsBright Ideas Block Party
Old Sacramento
July 23
Thurs 5pm-7pm
Celebrate big ideas at this community block party with deejays, local beer, and bites.

PacificNationsCupWorld Rugby Pacific Nations Cup
Bonney Field
July 24
Fri 5pm-10pm
See a hard-hitting clash between Fiji and Samoa and USA vs. Japan.

CourtlandPearFairCourtland Pear Fair
Town of Courtland
July 26
Sun 9am-6pm
Attend this old fashioned country fair celebrating the Barlett Pear harvest.

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Be A Total Knockout at the Sacramento Hair and Fashion Battle

12 teams. 2 prizes. 1 very haute night.

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, July 18, for one of the most fashionable events of the year! A Berry Special Event’s Sacramento Hair and Fashion Battle and Expo continues its legacy of showing off Sacramento’s most avant garde creations at the Sacramento Scottish Rite Center. Part expo, part runway show, the Battle brings together Sacramento’s top salons, designers, and stylists for a healthy dose of friendly (and fierce) competition. After using up hundreds of cans of hairspray and reams of fabric, two local creatives will earn top honors as the “Best Fashion Designer” and “Best Salon and Make-Up Artists,” all in the name of raising money for the after-school program, Designing for a Difference.

Complementing the model showcase will be an interactive vendor expo, allowing guests to shop ‘till they drop and learn more about the ins-and-outs of the fashion industry. Hosting this night of glitz and glam is Project Runway Season 11 contestant Daniel Esquivel.

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Ready to bring out your inner fashionista/o? Dress to impress and make your way to the Sacramento Scottish Rite Center Saturday night from 6:30pm-10pm. To learn more about this fashionable fete, visit the Battle’s event page. Note: An exclusive VIP cocktail reception will be held at 5pm.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/13

This Week: Cakes, Chuckles, & Chiffon

Let Them Eat Cake! Fundraiser
The Grand
July 14
Celebrate the delightful culinary experience of the French by attending a very special fundraiser.

KevinHart2Kevin Hart
Sleep Train Arena
July 17
Fri 7pm & 10pm

The funny man brings TWO shows of his “What Now?” tour to the River City.

Hair and Fashion Battle
Sacramento Scottish Rite Center
July 18
With its diverse showcase, this event will display hair and fashion styles worn by trendy fashionistas.

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Not Your “Normal” Musical

Photo courtesy of Runaway Stage Productions.

Starting this Friday, grief, suburbia, and the field of psychiatry get the musical treatment in Runaway Stage ProductionsNext to Normal. Leaving its 24th Street Theatre home base to the West Sacramento Community Center Black Box Theatre, the company sets off to tackle the not-so-typical musical on a grander stage  — a move that makes sense given the show’s storied Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning history.

With provocative lyrics and a thrilling pop/rock score, Next To Normal follows a family’s struggle to cope with its matriarch’s bipolar disorder. The result? A deeply moving piece of theatre.

Andrea Thorpe, Darryl Strohl-de Herrera, Michael Roivas, Kristina Dizon, Taylor Presnall, and Tylen Einweck star in this Runaway Stage Productions show.

Next to Normal takes the West Sacramento Black Box Theatre stage July 10 through August 16. Friday and Saturday shows will be held at 8pm; Sunday matinees at 2pm. For more information, visit its event page.

Because of its dark subject matter, this show is recommended for Ages 16+.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Bye Bye Birdie: A Rock-and-Roll Delight

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Photo by Kevin Graft.

Before the Beibs, girls were in a tizzy over the crooning, hip-shaking Conrad Birdie. Hot on the heels of the Antebellum musical, Big River, Music Circus lightens its mood with the nostalgic musical, Bye Bye Birdie. Set in the early sixties, the delightful pastel colored rock-and-roll show follows the crackpot scheme — devised by mama’s boy music manager Albert Peterson (played by Larry Raben) and his secretary/lover Rosie Alvarez (perfectly portrayed by Janine DiVita) — to bring a little publicity to the struggling Almaelou record company. The plan: Have teen heartthrob and Elvis doppelganger, Conrad Birdie give a lucky fan “One Last Kiss” before he joins the Army. A pelvis is thrusted; girls faint; parents call to arms; and tongue-in-cheek hilarity ensues.

Despite what the title implies, the pompadour-coiffed singer is not the main point of interest of the musical, but merely the glue to the plot line’s antics. Truly, the female characters take center stage in Bye Bye Birdie. Anytime Rosie “The Spanish Rose” Alvarez takes the stage it is pure magic. DiVita’s drunken Shriner’s Ballet was easily the show’s highlight. Her nagging future mother-in-law, Mae Peterson (Mary-Pat Green), adds a comic relief with biting put-downs and one liners. And of course, the lucky kiss recipient, Kim MacAfee (Amanda Jane Cooper) is a perfect blend of cheer and teen angst.

Audience members will easily sing along to hits “Put On A Happy Face,” “How Lovely to Be a Woman,” “Kids,” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”

The California Musical Theatre Academy’s Junior Company adds energy (and fan girl excitement) to Bye Bye Birdie. Photo by Charr Crail.

Another feel-good moment: Peppered into the cast are members of the California Musical Theatre Academy’s Junior Company, a program that trains young performers to participate in a Music Circus production alongside actors and crew.

Bye Bye Birdie bounces through the Wells Fargo Pavilion through Sunday, July 12. Evening performances are Tuesdays through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances at Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s event page.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.