Get to Know June Featured Artist Andy Cunningham

AndyCunningHam_SelfieAndy Cunningham’s bold, geometric abstract pieces are a sight to be seen. Exploring and celebrating the basic principles of art — color, form, line, and space — his catalog of drawings and paintings are one part expressive, two parts mysterious. Like his work, the Big Apple native’s life is just as rich. When he’s not cooped up in the studio, Andy is helping others create, working as a middle and high school art teacher and helping veterans cope with PTSD at Mather Veterans Hospital.

Learn more about’s June featured artist here.

Get to Know April Featured Artist Demetris “BAMR” Washington

BAMR Profile Shot

Photo by Roy Brandys.

Vibrant. Bold. Impressive. These adjectives are merely understatements to describe the works of muralist, painter, and creative being Demetris “BAMR” Washington. Weaving together his faith, love for his family and community, and the “messy thoughts in his head”, Demetris creates layered and detailed works that can barely be contained on their surfaces — be they canvas or 10 story buildings. It’s no wonder that his talents are sought after by the Sacramento Kings, The California Endowment, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and others. Yet despite his growing success, the artist stays humble, always learning from his imperfect self.

This month we connect with the down-to-earth man with larger-than-life masterpieces. Learn more about his story here.

Get to Know March Featured Artist Louise Thompson Schiele

LouiseSchieleProfile ShotAfter many years in corporate America, fabric artist Louise Thompson Schiele threw out her suit and made fiber art her full-time passion. A baby boomer and native of California, Louise cuts, stains, and manipulates cotton, muslin and more to create representational and abstract designs that draw from personal experiences and photographs from times of yore.

Read on to learn more about her captivating stitchery here.

Get to Know February Featured Artist Dwight Head


A Sacramento native, surrealist artist Dwight Head works to expose the dark side of indulgence and pleasure. Though seemingly simplistic and saccharine, Dwight’s layered ink, watercolor, and color pencil artworks are seductive and tap into primal human desires.

Read on and take a bite into his devilishly colorful world here.

Theater in The Eyes Of a Child


Ryan Williams as Pharaoh and Ace Young as Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Photo by Daniel A. Swalec.

Guest writer Alyssa Green takes her son to Broadway Sacramento’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The result? A new theater fan is born.


Last night I accompanied my 11-year-old son to his first Broadway musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Not only is Joseph a beloved musical for veteran theater-goers, but it is the perfect production for a first-timer. It offers something for just about everyone: a little country, a little rock-n-roll, a little seriousness, along with a lot of dancing, singing, fun and flash. It’s a seriously good time. With favorites “Close Every Door” and “Any Dream Will Do,” how could you go wrong?

I was beyond excited to share this experience with my son — to see this production through his eyes. He was excited too, but not quite sure what to expect with his past theater experiences consisting of a few high school plays and a couple of B Street Theatre Family Series productions. Once he walked into the Community Center Theater and saw the vastness of its size, he realized that this show was going to be different.

As the lights came over the stage and the music began, I watched my son. I saw his eyes open wide as if truly seeing something for the first time. The story line, the music (Joseph’s Coat!), the dancing, the lights – all of it kept his attention throughout the first half. However, the real highlight for him (and the audience by the sound of it) was when Elvis/Pharaoh made his appearance in the second act singing “Song of the King.” Eyes became wider, and a smile turned into laughter as the King sang, pointed to the audience, winked and shook his hips in true Elvis fashion. This is when Joseph turned from being a great show to “magnificent and hilarious” in the eyes of my 11-year-old boy. My job was done. I sat back with a smile and enjoyed the rest of the show. Not only because it was immensely entertaining, but because a mother’s first attempt at raising a theater-loving child had been a success.


To say Joseph’s coat is amazing would be an understatement! Photo by Daniel Brodie.

Don’t miss your chance to see the trials and triumphs of Israel’s favorite son. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will continue to wow audiences through February 1 at the Community Center Theater. For showtimes and ticketing information, visit the show’s event page.

***This review was written by contributor, Alyssa Green.

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.