48 Hours of Non-Stop Laughs

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We’re not sure what’s going on here either. Be prepared to LOL at some of the zaniest shows produced by Sacramento comedians. Photo by Donald E. Strong.

If you are anything like me right now, you need more than just a chuckle or a funny meme to forget an ever-growing to-do list. I know I’m in need of extra-strength, gut-busting, mind-erasing laughter, and thankfully, The Sacramento Comedy Spot has the cure.

Starting at 8pm on Friday, March 27, the Midtown comedy club plays host to the 48 Hour Comedy Marathon. Now in its third year, the festival features its most ambitious lineup, proving that you don’t have to travel all the way to Chicago or New York to see laugh out loud, experimental comedy. Sacramento’s homegrown improv, stand-up, and sketch talent will bring the funny, the sexy, and the strange with shows like Feud with Friends, Strip-pov (yes, strip poker meets improv) and the 1K Pajama Walk. (Reading the titles of the jam-packed schedule already has me chuckling — A. E. Starkey’s Meowtacular Catstravaganza, anyone?)

And if you are not able to witness the hilarity in person, this year’s main stage events will also be livestreamed on the 48 Hour Comedy Marathon website.

Join me in making laughter a priority this weekend at the only marathon that doesn’t require any running. The 48 Hour Comedy Marathon lasts from Friday, March 27 8pm to Sunday, March 29 8pm at The Sacramento Comedy Spot. For tickets and schedule details, visit the event’s Sacramento365.com event listing here.

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

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 3/23

This Week: More Reasons to Party

SammiesSN&R’s 2015 SAMMIES
Ace of Spades
Mar 26
Thurs 7pm

Hear the who’s who of our local music scene at this year’s Sacramento area music awards.

48Marathon48 Hour Comedy Marathon
The Sacramento Comedy Spot
Mar 27-29
Fri 8pm-Sun 8pm

Get ready for a non-stop laugh riot with some of the zaniest comedians of the 916.

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CA State Railroad Museum
Mar 28
Sat 5pm-10pm
Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s the hairiest lad of them all? Attend this hirsute contest and find out!

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Rain: A Must-See for Beatles Fanatics

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(L to R) Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli and Steve Landes in the Broadway Sacramento presentation of “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. Photo by Cyllavon Tiedemann.

Last night the Sacramento Community Center Theater was home to the ultimate British invasion, Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. I attended this performance not really knowing what to expect. Was this going to be a rock concert? Was it going to be a musical with a storyline? Or was it simply going to be a walk down memory lane for the over-60 crowd? Honestly, it was all of the above and so much more. This is the closest you’ll ever get to hear the Fab Four live in concert. In fact, the show is so good that you may even forget that you are not watching the real thing.

The members of Rain performed flawlessly as our beloved Beatles for just over two hours. They first made their appearance in black tailored suits singing early favorites like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Love Me Do”, interspersed with vintage photos and footage of TV appearances and crazed fangirls from the group’s early years. After intermission, the late ‘60s came alive with performances of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “All You Need is Love” and “Revolution.” Reflecting the band’s spiritual awakening, Rain members then sported long hair, bright jackets and glasses underneath the psychedelic mood lighting. The second act when the crowd was really “feeling it”: the entire audience sang along, danced and took wistful walks down the peace and love-packed memory lane.

Rain’s tribute to the Beatles was spot on — Fab Four fans of any age will enjoy this tribute. If you don’t have your tickets yet, there’s still time. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is here in Sacramento through Sunday, March 22. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!

For tickets and showtimes, visit its Sacramento365.com event page.

***This review was written by Sacramento365.com contributor, Alyssa S. Green.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 3/16

This Week: Find Your Pot of Gold

St patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s Day Block Party
16th St and L St
Mar 17
Tues 9am-2am
Three parties. One block. Make this St. Patrick’s Day one to remember on L Street.

SFFF 2015Sacramento Food Film Festival
Downtown Sacramento
Mar 19-29
Various times
The tastiest movie fest is back! For 11 days, the Farm to Fork Capital will pair food and film for the Food Literacy Center.

Wellness FestivalSutter Children’s Center Wellness Festival
Fairytale Town
Mar 21
Sat 11am-3pm
Kids (and their adults) can learn more about living an active and healthy life for free.

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Marvel’s quest for the Cosmic Cube

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Thor attempts to save the universe from the powers of the cosmic cube at Marvel Universe Live! Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment.

All your favorite superheroes and villains battle for control of the universe in Sacramento’s debut of Marvel Universe Live! at Sleep Train Arena.

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Okay, folks. It’s finally here. You know all those Disney on Ice shows your daughters have begged to go to? Those same shows you’ve had to drag your sons to, hoping the pink princesses would keep it on the down low? Well, there’s finally something for the boys that they will absolutely love. Debuting in Sacramento this weekend, is Marvel Universe Live! at Sleep Train Arena.

This exciting, fist-pumping, live action show brings together 25 of your favorite superheroes and villains as they battle for the cosmic cube, the source of ultimate power that everyone wants to get their hands on. The show begins with Thor, one of mythology’s greatest superheroes and Nordic heir to the throne of Asgard, as he obliterates the cosmic cube into a million pieces in order to save the universe from the power source falling into the wrong hands. He underestimates his evil brother Loki, however, as he uses the scattered fragments in a scheme to clone the cube’s powers. And the battle between good and evil begins.

Marvel doesn’t hesitate to pull out all the stops in this battle to save the universe. There are fire and explosions; Amazing acrobatics as our favorite characters climb tall buildings and fly through the air; even Death-defying stunts, martial art battles and motocross races. But it’s not all special effects. Superheroes and villains stay true to their personalities with witty one-liners from the likes of Ironman and Spider-Man; Black Widow and Storm use both brains and brawn; and Wolverine shows up as his usual gruff self while trying to help Bruce Banner keep his temper from spiraling out of control (which of course, it does!). All in all, the production was spectacular, ending with a captivating, make believe battle to save the universe.

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Marvel Universe Live!’s thrilling finale. Photo by Alyssa S. Green.

Want to see this epic adventure for yourself? Marvel Universe Live! will continue to wow audiences through March 15 at Sleep Train Arena. For tickets and showtimes, visit its Sacramento365.com event page.

***This review was written by Sacramento365.com contributor, Alyssa S. Green.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

Even Old Sacramento Living History reenactors are getting into the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit. Photo by Sureena Johl.

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, (Tuesday, March 17 to be exact!) and luckily, there is no need to travel all the way to the Emerald Isle to get in the spirit. Sacramento is lucky enough to have a number of green-themed events that will bring out the Irish in all of us!

Dancers, flag pipes, and cultural organizations will take to the streets of Old Sacramento for its 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Fancy a Guinness…or two? 5hundy’s St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl may be the event for you. Attendees will take an epic journey through Midtown and Downtown’s favorite bars and taverns starting at 4pm. Want to take a walk on the cultural side? The Harris Center’s An Irish Hooley honors traditional Celtic song and dance with Slugger O’Toole and the Kerry Dance Troupe. The day of, fill up on corned beef, booze, and good spirits for 17 hours at L Street’s annual block party.

Learn more about these and other raucous St. Paddy’s events on Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.

Whether you decide to party down or take a more family-friendly approach to the holiday, we wish you a festive and safe St. Patrick’s Day! Éirinn go Brách!


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

Turning Over a New Leaf

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L to R: Jared Hartmann (guitar), Sameer Bhattacharya (guitar); Kristen May (vocals), Pat Seals (bass), and James Culpepper (drums). Photo by Travis Shinn.

Hope and second chances sum up the last two years for Flyleaf. After the departure of singer Lacy Strum and a record label change, the rock band seized the moment to reflect, creating their most emotional album to date, Between the Stars. Now with vocalist Kristen May and a renewed sense of purpose, the band returns as the headliner for the alt-rock SnoCore Winter Tour throughout the country.

Before making their way to Ace of Spades this Wednesday, March 11, Sacramento365.com chatted with Flyleaf guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya to learn more about tour life and the evolution of the music industry.

1. Why did you decided to name your new album, Between the Stars?
It’s a lyric from “Magnetic.” It has a different meaning for each of us.

Pulling me from the other side of the world, Magnetic
Filling up the space between the stars, we are Magnetic
Nothing’s gonna come between us now
Always gonna find each other somehow
Magnetic, Magnetic

2. Flyleaf successfully crowd-funded its latest album through a PledgeMusic campaign (146% over your goal!) Why did you opt for this platform instead of Kickstarter and Indiegogo?…And how long did it take for you guys to create the awesome artwork for your campaign incentives?
PledgeMusic is music-centric. The team there fully believes in helping the artist engage with the fans. As for the campaign incentives, it took Pat, Kristen, and James just days to create each piece of art.

3. Flyleaf has been in the music industry for over 10 years now. What are your thoughts on today’s music scene? What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed in the business?
With the accessibility of home studios and the convenience of promoting and distributing music digitally, the music industry is bigger than ever. And because of an over-saturated environment, it forces artists to work even harder to stand out among the rest.

4. What has the SnoCore Winter Tour experience been like so far?
SnoCore 2015 has been some of the most fun shows. We’ve witnessed a lot of snow and negative temperatures for that majority of it until we hit the west coast. Now it’s 60°F and gorgeous!

5. What’s getting you guys excited right now in life – musically and personally?
Everything. Life itself is inspiring. The trick is being aware of it.

Sing along to Flyleaf’s latest uplifting single, “Thread” below:

Don’t miss your chance to hear Flyleaf, Adelitas Way, Framing Hanley, and Fit for Rivals Wednesday, March 11 at Ace of Spaces! The all ages show starts at 6pm. For more event details, visit the tour’s Sacramento365.com event page.


Blog post by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.