Get to Know August Featured Artist Melissa Uroff

AugustFA_Uroff_ProfileThis August, we connect with photographer/muralist/media-maker Melissa Uroff. The truly original (and multi-hyphenate) artist works tirelessly to share the artist experience through her “dark yet colorful” pieces and through online storytelling with her online magazine TUBE. When she is not creating, you can find her frequenting art and music shows, playing her accordion, hanging with her dogs, and traveling where she pleases.

Read on and learn more about the surprisingly bubbly “grunge photographer” here.

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 Sacramento365.com event page. Note: An exclusive VIP cocktail reception will be held at 5pm.

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

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 Sacramento365.com’s June featured artist here.


Get to Know April Featured Artist Demetris “BAMR” Washington

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 Sacramento365.com event page.

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