NEWSIES Gives You Something to Believe In

Newsies, a Disney Theatrical Production under the direction of Thomas Schumacher presents Newsies, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein, starring Dan Deluca (Jack Kelly), Steve Blanchard (Joseph Pulitzer), Stephanie Styles (Katherine Plumber), Angela Grovey (Medda), Jacob Kemp (Davey), Zachary Sayle (Crutchie), Anthony Rosenthal or Vincent Crocilla (Les) and Matthew J. Schechter (Les) under the direction of Jeff Calhoun, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, North American Tour premiere Thursday October 30 Philadelphia

Newsies, “the ragtag raggamuffins” with heart. ©Disney. Photo by Deen van Meer.

I am always down to see a musical, but I must admit when first getting the assignment to see Disney’s NEWSIES, I was a little confounded. The premise of the musical from outward appearances is odd; what would compel someone to write a musical based on the Newsboys Strike of 1899? Having not seen the cult 1992 movie of the same name, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Was the musical going to be Les Misérables set in NYC? Did I need to brush up on my history to understand its plot? Luckily, having an open mind paid off. Using my best Brooklyn accent, I can say that Disney’s NEWSIES was a delight “for shoire.”

The family-friendly musical is evergreen, detailing a feel-good story of David versus Goliath. Inspired by New York’s trolley strikes at the time, newsboy Jack Kelly and his gang of friends, affectionately called “newsies”, form a union when New York publishing kingpins raise distribution prices at their expense. Through rallies, a few fights, and the power of words, the boys successfully defeat corporate greed.

Along with touching upon the subjects of child labor laws and workers’ rights, the musical pokes fun of fame, the one-percent, and what today we call “clickbait” news. (There was even a musical number on the writing process, something to which I can relate!) It turns out, as mentioned tongue-and-cheekily by the youngest newsie, “theatre is entertaining and educational!”

The musical also shines because of its cast. While characters Jack Kelly (played by Joey Barreiro) and Katherine (played by Morgan Keene) give us “Something to Believe In,” the entire company blows you away with its talent; these young actors carry a tune through flips, tap dance numbers, playing the spoons, and even when swiveling on newspapers. Adding to the theatre magic was its impressive set. The stage, consisting of large maneuverable steel stairwells grew in size, replicating tenant homes, rooftops, and skyscrapers at the change of a curtain.

See this underdog story now through Sunday, April 17. A limited number of tickets are still available. For ticket show times and prices, visit the show’s page here.

Want more musicals in your life? Season tickets for the 2016-2017 Broadway Sacramento season are now on sale. For more details, click here.

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

2nd Saturday Roadmap: Taking it Slow this April

This Second Saturday is extra special for because of our Make it an Arts Night campaign! I’ve jam-packed my art-filled event roadmap with some stops at the most exciting receptions in town.

Leisurely Ogling:
Besides being Second Saturday, April 9th is also Slow Art Day. This is a day dedicated to taking your time and really relishing works of art. The Crocker will be hosting their own Slow Art Day viewing group to look over the museum’s collection. After immersing myself in the fine arts, I’ll mosey on over to Ten22 to enjoy the culinary arts, savoring each bite of their succulent pulled pork sandwich.

Photo courtesy of Ten22

Photo courtesy of Ten22.

Flower Power:
Wildflowers are popping up all over our region, but did you know you can see them indoors? My next stop will take me to the Artist’s Collaborative Gallery to check out Jason Branz’s Spring Wildflower exhibit. This showing has loads of wildflower photography and blown glass bowls styled after spring’s greatest treasures. After “frolicking” in the flowers, I’ll be stopping by Fat City Bar and Café for an Old Sacramento favorite, a slice of banana cream pie.

Photo courtesy of Jason Branz

Photo courtesy of Jason Branz.

The Crossroads:
Geometry was one of my worst subjects in school, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate its use. The Shimo Center for the Arts is hosting the mathematical sculptures of Chuck Owens in their Intersections exhibit. These seriously cool pieces are not only imaginative but smart at the same time. Exercising my brain works up my appetite so I’ll be heading to nearby Taqueria Maya for some sopes and cactus juice.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Owens

Photo courtesy of Chuck Owens.

Creepy Critters:
I’ll be ending my huge day with a stop at the monstrous Fauna Anomaly 2016. This annual exhibit hosted at the Fe Gallery features some wild creature creations. If you’re a fan of mangy mutants, crazy colossuses, and freaky fiends, then you can’t miss out on this exhibit. After my day-long expedition, I’ll definitely have worked up a thirst, so I’ll be making my last pit stop at the Hoppy Brewing Company for a quick refuel.

Photo courtesy of John Stuart Berger

Photo courtesy of John Stuart Berger

Rev Back Up:
My final stop for the night will be at the season’s first THIS Midtown block party! Inside the Framework space this month, THIS celebrates independent spirit and features performances by Figgy, MyKill, and DeeJay Adam Jay.

After a long day traveling around town, I’ll take my slab of charcuterie from Block Butcher Bar to the patio for a great view of the folks dancing in the street!

Photo courtesy of THIS

Photo courtesy of THIS

Looking for more 2nd Saturday fun? Check out our 2nd Saturday section on!

Whether you follow my map or make your own plans, you can’t go wrong this 2nd Saturday. Whatever you plan to do, make sure to get social with us by using the hashtag #Sacramento365.

***This blog was written by’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Get to Know April Featured Artist Gale Hart

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In honor of Make it an Arts Night, this April met up with Sacramento’s Godmother of Contemporary Art, Gale Hart at her spacious 19th Street studio on the heels of her 60th birthday bash. The vegan, skateboard-loving artist has more to celebrate than just another year in this life; in January, Hart was selected to construct her public art installation for the new Golden 1 Center (yes, alongside that Jeff Koons piece).

In this eye-opening profile, we learned that defying normal is part of her modus operandi. Throughout her life, she’s always been known to push the limit. Read how far she plans on going here.

2nd Saturday Roadmap: Improvised Fun

In honor of our Make it a Performance Night campaign, I’ll be jetting all over town to squeeze in as many performances as I can this Saturday. Along with a few performances, I’ll be making a couple gallery pit stops to discover what a few local artists are up to this month!

Green Means Go:
St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I can’t miss the opportunity to extend the holiday out an extra week. I’ll be starting my journey off with a bit of cultural celebration at The Limelight. They’re hosting the Sacramento Irish Social, highlighting traditional foods and music to honor our community’s Irish heritage. I’m really looking forward to some corned beef and cabbage and maybe an adult beverage (or two). Afterward, I’ll be walking around McKinley Park to walk off all the food I just ate!

Art and Love:
My next stop will be at the Shimo Center for the Arts to check out the Works on Paper Exhibit. This exhibit features the art of husband and wife dynamic duo Ian Harvey and Koo Kyung Sook. Harvey uses paints to explore and present the struggles of the individual’s psyche confronting diverse social situations; while Sook examines the topic of view through a complex material process that includes drawing, disassembly, reassembly, and embossed woodcut printing.

After checking out this twosome’s work, I’ll stop at Temple for a Bliss tea. This tasty concoction combines peppermint tea, coconut milk, and honey makes for the perfect pick-me-up.

Photo courtesy of Ian Harvey and Koo Kyung Sook

Photo courtesy of Ian Harvey and Koo Kyung Sook

Chuckle and Cookies:
The most comical stop of the day will be at The Sacramento Comedy Spot’s Sacramento Improv Marathon. The Improv Marathon is a three-day showcase of the best shows the Comedy Spot has to offer, a few guest performances, and acting workshops. I plan to catch A Special Thing from Endgames Improv, an indie improv duo that bases their work on strange occurrences in their lives.

After some healthy belly laughs, I’ll treat my taste buds to some of Ginger Elizabeth’s cookies. They do have the tastiest macarons and truffle cookies in the world; knowing me, I’ll probably grab one of their delicious hot chocolates too!

Photo courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth

Photo courtesy of Ginger Elizabeth

Musical Outro:
My penultimate stop will be at Viet Ha Noodles for a pork banh mi to refuel. After my sandwich, I’ll jet across Broadway to the Sol Collective to check out Whose World Is This?, an exhibit inspired by “The World Is Yours,” a song from Nas’ Illmatic album. After taking in the socially conscious photographs, I’ll be sure to stick around for Slaps, a showcase of some talented producers.

Photo courtesy of Sol Collective

Photo courtesy of Sol Collective

Looking for more 2nd Saturday fun? Check out our 2nd Saturday section on!

Whether you follow my map or make your own plans, you can’t go wrong this 2nd Saturday. Whatever you plan to do, make sure to get social with us by using the hashtag #Sacramento365.

***This blog was written by’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Get to Know March Featured Artist Benjamin Ismail

Profile ShotFor our March instalment of our Featured Artist series, wanted to learn more about one of the region’s rising theatre powerhouses, the Big Idea Theatre. On the heels of its highly acclaimed and sold-out Motherf***er With a Hat, a seat at the intimate Del Paso Boulevard playhouse is quickly becoming the most coveted ticket in town.

The key to Big Idea’s big success? The passion and razor-sharp focus of its Artistic Director, Benjamin Ismail, just might have something to do with it. We were lucky enough to chat with the company’s fearless leader to learn more about his passions and Big Idea Theatre’s bright future here.

Style Defined.

Style Defined“Real style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose.” – G. Bruce Bayer

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe

“Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style.” – Billy Baldwin

All February long, we at have been putting our best foot forward. Whether it was for date night with our Valentine, grabbing dinner and visiting Art Hotel with friends, or taking in the incredible wearable art during Sacramento Fashion Week, this month was all about owning our personal style and celebrating all that makes us uniquely us.

So to wrap up this stylish month, we sought out a little help from a few of our past Featured Artists asking them to define the word “style” and to describe their own personal style in five words or less.

Karisa Gold, Fashion Designer 
February 2016 Featured Artist

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Photo by Faith Marie Lopez.

Style/fashion is…wearable self-expression. It says something about you and goes with you everywhere.

Five words (or less) to describe my personal style:

  • Feminine
  • Sophisticated
  • Alluring

Gioia Fonda, Interdisciplinary Artist
January 2016 Featured Artist


Photo by Faith Marie Lopez.

Style is…the special way in which we go about doing things, whether moving through space, arranging food on a plate or furniture in a room, clothes on our bodies or hair on our head. Style also extends to the ways we communicate. Style is recognizing that we have choices to make and things to consider beyond utility.

Five words (or less) to describe my personal style:

  • Polychromatic
  • Eclectic
  • Comfortable
  • Festive
  • Thematic (I often wear clothes that relate to whatever topic I’m teaching)

Melissa Uroff, Multi-Media Artist
August 2015 Featured Artist


Photo courtesy of Melissa Uroff.

Style is…being true to yourself, taking risks, feeling confident in your skin, and wearing things that make you happy regardless of what is on trend at the moment. Now, don’t get me wrong, I follow the fashion world like crazy; a good runway show or a spread in W or Italian Vogue gives me chills. Stylish people are inspired by others, not clones. They take an idea make it their own, they wear it because they love it not because they are supposed to. Style truly comes from within. The most stylish people I know are unique, creative and confident individuals who are not afraid to take a risk.

“Personally, I adore the art of putting a look together. I love dressing according to my mood or being inspired by an era. Every day I wake up and think, hmm… who do I want to be today and then I dress for that.”

Five words (or less) to describe my personal style:

  •  A whole lot of vintage

Alexandra Cunningham, Dancer
August 2012 Featured Artist


Photo courtesy of Alexandra Cunningham.

.Style is…an expression of personality. As a performing artist, costuming (or styling) is a huge part of how to portray a character and how I ultimately represent a feeling or story. Part of my job is to learn how to take on characteristics of a personality and embody them in every way possible, from the way a character would act to the way they dress. Style is an art in itself. Style can express our ideas on beauty, ingenuity, and any human state of being from apathy to vitality. Style is how we connect and relate to each other.

Five words (or less) to describe my personal style:

  • Heels
  • Comfortable
  • Elegant
  • Vintage (flare)
  • Scarves

Four unique personalities and four different crafts. The common thread? Creativity never goes out of style. 

**This blog post was written by’s Content and Marketing Manager Karlee Cemo.

2nd Saturday Roadmap: Sacramento Loves Art

Do you love art as much as I do? Prove it during this weekend of love by taking in all that 2nd Saturday has to offer! There’s a lot to love this month, so bring your Valentine and take ’em on an artsy adventure they’ll never forget. 

Start the Journey:
I’ll start the day off with a trip to Rubicon Brewing Company for a couple appetizers and a pint of their First Contact pale ale. After fueling up for the day, I’ll be making my first gallery stop of the day at the Axis Gallery. Its newest exhibit, titled Uncontrollable Beauty: An Odyssey – What We Need Is Always With Us, admittedly intrigued me because of its crazy long title, but after looking at some of Cheselyn Amato’s work, I’m extremely excited to see what the artist has sewn up.

Photo courtesy of the Axis Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Axis Gallery.

A Lifetime’s Collection:
After scratching my brain at Axis, I’ll be popping over to Pour House for some brunch and a St Louis Gueuze sour. This quick meal will be followed by a stop to Elliot Fouts Gallery’s The Ed Goldman Collection show. This eclectic exhibit  features works collected by Ed Goldman, an author and daily columnist for the Sacramento Business Journal.

Photo courtesy of the Elliot Fouts Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Elliot Fouts Gallery.

Big Screen, Short Stories:
If you are a movie snob like me then you’re probably pretty excited for the Oscars, happening at the end of this month. I’ve seen all of the nominated full-length feature films but missed out on most of the shorts. The Crest Theatre is giving Sacramentans the chance to see the five nominees for the live-action short Oscar. After getting film schooled, I’ll be digging into Mother‘s vegetarian treats.

Photo courtesy of the Crest Theatre

Photo courtesy of the Crest Theatre.

Crafty Motel:
I’ll be making a pit stop at Frank Fats for one last meal (Fats special wok-fried spareribs and sang gai shee chow mein, please!) to prepare for my last stop at Art Hotel 916. This abandoned hotel has been filled to the gills with works from 30 artists who poured their talent into this one building that will soon be demolished. This building is being given a new life (albeit, a short one), and you do not want to miss the chance to experience it. This 2nd Saturday is the last day you will be able to check out the Art Hotel, so you must go! Note: While there will be a line, the experience is well worth it.

Photo courtesy of M5 Arts

Photo courtesy of M5 Arts

Whether you want to follow my map or make your own plan, you can’t go wrong. Whatever you plan to do, make sure to get social with us by using the hashtag #Sacramento365.

***This blog was written by’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.