Our Night Out with Elle Woods

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Lauren Zakrin as Elle Woods and Chico as Bruiser in Legally Blonde. Photo by Charr Crail.

In honor of the start of the Music Circus 2016 season, Sacramento365.com is giving you two perspectives of Legally Blonde the Musical. Read up on how two-thirds of our team — Karlee Cemo and Jamila Khan — rate the musical that proves staying true to one’s self never goes out of style.

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15 years ago a little film called Legally Blonde debuted on the big screen and left a big impact on our teenage selves. After watching the hilarious Reese Witherspoon-led comedy, we both became a little obsessed. Karlee wanted to be blonde, a lawyer, and Reese Witherspoon’s carbon copy, while Jamila wore a lot of pink accessories and would respond to her friend’s butchering legal jargon like Ms. Elle Woods. The film was Jamila’s first ever DVD and Karlee’s favorite film on VHS (Jamila’s note: Kickin’ it old school, Karlee!). To this day, it’s each of our favorite movies and we can pretty much recite the script from beginning to end.

When hearing that a musical rendition of the film would kickoff of the 2016 Music Circus season, we were stoked. Music Circus has been a summer tradition for both of our families, so seeing this non-conventional opener piqued our interest. Given that the film wasn’t originally a musical, we both wondered how exactly song and dance would be incorporated into the storyline.

Our excitement and expectations were high, and the luckily, the production did not disappoint. Elle Woods, played by Lauren Zakrin, sensationally channeled her inner Reese Witherspoon with a spunky performance that fantastically captured the perky essence of Elle Woods. We both coveted her chic pink wardrobe and well-trained Bruiser, Elle’s beloved chihuahua, played by two very cute dogs. Bruiser’s few appearances definitely provided for some hearty laughs from the audience; but then again…who doesn’t love a tiny dog “acting” on a live stage?

Karlee’s highlights:
– The clever and upbeat song lyrics lyrics incorporated a mixture of lines from the film, modern day references, and a pinch of adult humor. A few of my favorite numbers were “There! Right There!”, “Bend and Snap” (obviously), and “Whipped Into Shape,” which had fitness phenom and defendant Brooke Wyndham (Grace Stockdale) singing while jumping rope. Very impressive.
– The exaggerated mannerisms of hairdresser Paulette Bonafante’s (Ryah Nixon) love interest Kyle the UPS guy (Seth Danner) make him an unexpectedly entertaining and hilarious addition to the show.

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Seth Danner as Kyle in Legally Blonde. Photo by Kevin Graft.

Jamila’s highlights:
-Female empowerment and sisterhood is even more front-and-center in the stage production than in the film. Without spoiling the revised plot, let’s just say that mousy Vivienne Kensington (Shannon O’Boyle) is a little less witchy…
-Added to the story is a hilarious subplot related to Paulette’s Bonafante’s obsession with Ireland. I now will use the line “give my love to the leprechauns” whenever I can.

Were you a fan of the original Legally Blonde, too? Then make sure you grab a ticket to the pop-culture musical before it’s too late. Production runs through Sunday, June 19. Tickets start at $45. For times and ticket information, visit Legally Blonde’s Sacramento365.com event page.

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

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2nd Saturday Roadmap: New Beginnings

June’s 2nd Saturday is sure to be a blast with galleries and pop-up events celebrating everything that makes Sacramento great. I’ll be making stops at some of the most exciting art events around town, so clear your Saturday plans and join in on the fun!


Party With the Crocker:
I’ll be starting off this 2nd Saturday by heading out to Steve Jones Park for the Crocker Art Museums’s 2nd Block-by-Block party. This traveling block party aims to unite the community and the Museum by featuring over 10 performances, great food, and awe-inspiring art. After enriching my creative spirit, I’ll jet over to Las Islitas (7240 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95822) for some ceviche and a Mega Michelada.

Photo courtesy of Crocker Art Museum's Block-by-Block

Photo courtesy of Crocker Art Museum’s Block-by-Block

A Play on Words:
My next stop will take me back to the grid to R St Corridor’s ARTHOUSE See It With Words exhibition. Showcasing the work of local artists/authors Michelle Andres and Judy Jacobs, the duo will present the inner-workings of an author’s mind through abstract spoken, implied, and visual representations.

I know a cold-pressed drink from WAL Public Market’s Metro Kitchen+Drinkery will be calling my name afterward! While getting my juice fix, I can scope out more art at WAL’s Peaceful Protest exhibit.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Andres

Photo courtesy of Michelle Andres

Curated Art and Cured Meats:
Heading over to the heart of Midtown, I’ll be checking out Little Relics’ Wheels: An Ode to Dad. Featuring work from a trio of talented artists — Char Hall, Chad Lenzi, and Peter Wedel — the show focuses on father figures behind the wheel. Charcuterie and a cocktail from nearby Block Butcher Bar will be the perfect treat after all that walking. To make this stop even sweeter, eat out on the patio to enjoy the sounds of the June edition of THIS Midtown.

Photo courtesy of Chad Lenzi

Photo courtesy of Chad Lenzi

First of its Kind:
My final stop for the night will be at Chief Piercing’s first ever art exhibition, Agony X Ecstasy, featuring the joint works of Adam Gee and Ben Robin. Gee’s works range from collages to drawing “tattoos” on photographs, while Robin has some seriously cool abstract creations. This stop is particularly exciting to me because it’s a first time exhibit; I can’t wait to show support in hopes of more exhibits in the future. The Roaming Spoon will be on hand to dole out some tasty vegan treats, but if that doesn’t fill me up I’ll definitely be sliding over to Tapa the World for some more small bites.

Photo courtesy of Chief Piercing

Photo courtesy of Chief Piercing

Looking for more 2nd Saturday outings? Check out our 2nd Saturday section on Sacramento365.com!

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 Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Sports365: Clash of Nations

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Summer is really here and whether you want to heat up your competitive spirit or cool off and have some fun, our Content Specialist Dylan Fisher has found the perfect blend of sports fun for all.


This June I’ll be kicking back, staying cool, and watch the professionals show off their athletic prowess. No matter what you’re into, there’s sure to be something for you in this month’s Sports365 roundup!

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

This month, the USA Rugby Eagles return to Bonney Field to take on Russia in a friendly match (as friendly as rugby can be). This will be the Eagles last match of the summer, so you won’t want to miss your chance to chant “U-S-A.”

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

More importantly, the Eagles will be defending two unbeaten streaks in this match. The Eagles have never lost a match at Bonney Field (beating Canada and Japan in 2015) and will defend a six-game win streak against the Russians — in fact, they’ve never lost to them!

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

Photo courtesy of USA Rugby

And if you’re a fan of our local Pro Rugby squad, the Sacramento Express, then you can also root for our home squad’s Olive Kilifi as he helps defend our nation’s honor. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Eagles as they soar to another victory against Russia! For more information about this match, click here.

More Playtime:
If your itch still hasn’t been scratched, then check out these fun local sporting events.

Paddle 4 D.A.R.T.
Crawdad’s River Cantina
June 11
Help raise funds for D.A.R.T. (Drowning Accident Rescue Team) by testing your balance on a stand-up paddleboard.

Photo courtesy of D.A.R.T.

Photo courtesy of D.A.R.T.

Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game
June 17
Sleep Train Arena
Basketball returns to Sleep Train Arena with a celebrity game featuring many prominent sports figures, including Terrell Owens and Mark Cuban!

Photo courtesy of Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game

Photo courtesy of Maddbacker Celebrity Basketball Game

California Storm vs. Primero de Mayo
June 18
Elk Grove High School
June is the month for soccer! Check out Sacramento’s amateur women’s soccer team as they take on Primero de Mayo.

Photo courtesy of the California Storm

Photo courtesy of the California Storm

Check back with Sports365 in July to see what activities I am most excited foror plan ahead on your own by checking out Sacramento365.com’s Sports page!

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Get to Know June Featured Artist Maren Conrad

Profile Crop“Beware of artists: they mix with all classes of society and
therefore are the most dangerous.”

This month Sacramento365.com met up with one of Sacramento’s most sought out artists, Maren Conrad. Best known for striking metal leaf and layered resin paintings, her work, inspired by her subconscious, connects to universal truths and experiences through text and delicate koi fish and feathers designs. She’s also known for famously ruffling a few figurative feathers with her censored “Politically Vulnerable” collection.

This June we encourage you to get to know Conrad’s dangerous mind and her plans to keep shaking up Sacramento’s art scene here.

Make Memories this Memorial Day Weekend!

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season—warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun. On the other hand, Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country. Sacramento events this weekend take on both those meanings, with ways to honor those that have fallen, plus plenty of outdoor festivities and summery fun – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/memorial-day-weekend-events-in-sacramento-v1#sthash.qAYFqN0I.dpuf
Vettes for Vets and American Muscle Car Show_ Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum

Photo courtesy of the California Automobile Museum.

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season — warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun! Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country.

Luckily, events taking place this weekend take on both meanings — giving you plenty of ways to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice AND hit up some outdoor festivities and summery fun. See below for just a taste of what to expect this long weekend in the Sacramento area:

Sacramento County Fair
Cal Expo
Thurs-Sun 10am-10pm, Mon 10am-7pm

Honor Sacramento’s agricultural heritage and eat carnival-style food for five days straight! New to this year’s festivities are the Welcome to the Jungle display and the Toughest Monster Truck Tour. Added bonus: Kids Ages 12 and under are free.

St. Anne’s Greek Food and Wine Festival
St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat Noon-10pm, Sun Noon-8pm

Come enjoy the smells and sounds of Greece at this annual Memorial Weekend festival. Specialty foods on the menu include souvlaki, lamb, pastitiso, mousaka, and baklava (full vegan and vegetarian dishes will also be available). Don’t forget to wash down these great flavors with a shot of ouzo or Greek beer!

Sacramento Music Festival
Old Sacramento
Fri & Sat 11am-Midnight; Sun 10am-11pm; Mon 10am-4pm

Old Sacramento will be the place to be this weekend! You could be dancing in the streets with over 60 world-class soulful and rockin’ blues, country, jazz and rock acts — including Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Stray Cat Lee Rocker.

Multicultural Family Festival
William Land Park Amphitheater
Sat 10am-4pm
Along with pony rides, magic shows, and jump houses, youth groups of different ethnic backgrounds will proudly perform song and dance numbers representing their cultures.

Inaugural Memorial Day Block Party
Track & Brewing – Curtis Park
Sat 3pm-9pm
Raise a glass of Track 7’s Roots Rock Red Ale as you jam to the sounds of Arden Park Roots this Saturday! Along with great tunes, you can welcome the long weekend with food from Squeeze Inn Burger, Masa Taco Kitchen, and Smokers Wild BBQ.

FamilyPalooza
Crocker Art Museum
Sun 11am-3pm
A family that plays together stays together! Come celebrate the arts, creativity, and good old-fashioned fun at the Crocker’s FamilyPalooza. This year’s event will turn the museum into Whoville! Note: The museum will also be open from 10am-5pm free of charge!

5th Annual Torch Fest
Torch Club
Sun 4pm-Midnight
Torch Fest is back and it’s better than ever! There’s no better way to celebrate this holiday weekend than with live music at the Midtown landmark!

Vettes for Vets American Muscle Car Show
California Automobile Museum
Mon 9am-3pm
The annual museum car show serves as a memorial to military veterans and to beautiful American made cars. Veterans and active duty military (and their family members) can also take advantage of free admission to the California Automobile Museum.


For even more ways to celebrate this Memorial Day, visit the Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.


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

Hitsville, USA Comes to Sacramento

Motown the Musical CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy) Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat'l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola's standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and READ MORE ? ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross) Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support! READ MORE ? NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson) Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support. JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye) A native Jersey boy couldn't be happier living his dream. God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO. Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage READ MORE ? ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble) Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

Photo by Joan Marcus.

“To get to [the people’s] heart, you have to get to their feet.” – Berry Gordy

And that’s what Motown Records and its hit-making artists did. Despite operating during the time of overt de facto discrimination, the black-owned powerhouse and its iconic Motown Sound persevered and, quite literally, moved a generation. Broadway Sacramento caps off its successful 2015-2016 season retelling the company’s vibrant origin story with Motown the Musical.

The musical’s book, penned by Motown’s founder Berry Gordy, begins and ends with Motown 25th Anniversary Show. Filling most of the 160 minutes of stage time are a series of flashbacks, highlighting the trials, tribulations, and artists that shaped the legendary independent record company. (You’ll see everyone from Marvin Gaye to Rick James.) Of course, Berry Gordy’s love affair with Diana Ross is examined as well. Projected TV clips and the company’s changing fashions give temporal clues for the 45 years covered during the show.

Lean on character development, the musical instead makes room for the legendary Motown catalog to shine; of the over 180 hits produced under Gordy’s leadership; 66 Motown songs were infused throughout the production. Diana Ross’s campy, interactive solo debut at the Frontier Hotel and any The Jackson 5 number were the hands-down highlights of the already spectacular show. Also impressive was the fact that many cast members played up to five different characters, makes sense given Motown’s revolving door of talent.

Motown the Musical CLIFTON OLIVER (Berry Gordy) Clifton Oliver is honored to be a part of the Motown family. Broadway: The Lion King (Simba), In The Heights (Benny opposite Jordin Sparks), Wicked (Fiyero). Nat'l Tours: The Lion King (Simba), Rent (Benny & Collins), Ragtime (Ensemble). Regional: Pal Joey (Arkansas Rep.), Kinky Boots (Lola's standby for Bill Porter), West Coast Tour of The Scottsboro Boys (Charlie/Victoria), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Victor), Godspell (Judas) MUNY. Television: "Law and READ MORE ? ALLISON SEMES (Diana Ross) Chicago native. B.M. Opera at UIUC, M.M. from NYU-Steinhardt. Broadway credits: Motown the Musical, Florence Ballard & The Book of Mormon, Nabalungi U/S, Swing. Other credits include: The Color Purple National Tour, Dreamgirls, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Candide. I want to thank you Bethany and everyone at Telsey, Renee, my CCC/ KACC/ GIAME families, Momma & Poppa Bear, Emile, QVD, and my friends for the unconditional love and support! READ MORE ? NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER (Smokey Robinson) Born in Bermuda and raised in Boston, MA. Studied at both The Boston Conservatory and The Juilliard School. 1st National Tour: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Rent, Hurt Village. Thank you family, friends and SMS for your lurve and support. JARRAN MUSE (Marvin Gaye) A native Jersey boy couldn't be happier living his dream. God is good yall. Broadway/NYC: Motown The Musical, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Dreamgirls; International Tours: American Idiot, Dreamgirls, Hairspray, 42nd Street. Regional Theater: Marriott Lincolnshire, Portland Center Stage (Will Parker in Oklahoma!), Goodspeed, Fulton Opera Houses, Pittsburgh CLO. Thank you to Mr. GORDY, Charles, and Telsey for this new opportunity to bring Marvin to stage READ MORE ? ERICK BUCKLEY (Ensemble) Broadway/National Tours: Valjean in Les Miserables, Uncle Fester in The Addams Family, Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 Kiss Me, Kate, Roger in Grease

Photo by Joan Marcus.

In Motown the Musical you’ll learn the lessons of loyalty, pride, competition, but most importantly, never giving up on your dreams.

Don’t miss your chance to hear the music and magic of Motown the Musical. The Motown Sound takes over the Community Center Theater stage now through Sunday, May 29. For ticket and show details, click here.

Disclaimer: While this is an all ages show, the “n-word” is used briefly in during the traveling Motortown Revue scene. There is also an implied (though hilarious) sex scene.

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

2nd Saturday Roadmap: Roll Out

In honor of May is Bike Month, I’ll be hitting the pavement on my leg-powered two-wheeler to explore Sacramento’s Second Saturday events. Why don’t you grab your bike and join me on this artistic ride?

Bright Start:
To match Saturday’s sunny weather, I’ll start my day with the bright selections featured in the Roland Petersen: The Artist at 90 exhibit. This Elliot Fouts Gallery retrospective showcases the visionary artist’s abstract work from the past seven decades. Afterward, I’ll scuttle around the corner to Sun and Soil Juice Company for a Beta Boom to brighten up my morning even more.

Photo courtesy of the Elliot Fouts Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Elliot Fouts Gallery

Shopn Suds:
My next stop will take me to Fremont Park for the May edition of the River City Marketplace. This market is packed to the gills with trinkets and unique gifts handcrafted by local artists, designers, and, crafters. After perusing the wares, I’ll head up the street to University of Beer to quench my thirst with one (or two) of the 100 beers on tap!

Photo courtesy of River City Marketplace

Photo courtesy of River City Marketplace

Colorful Art and Food:
After a short ride, I’ll reach the R Street District and join WAL Public Market‘s to see Things Whose Purpose Is Slowness from Christie Yuri Noh. Noh’s paintings are full of wonder and contrasting colors. Her paintings range from everyday life to explosions of color over bland backgrounds. After I’ve had my fill of Noh’s works, I’ll be heading to Fish Face to grab their daily poke special.

Photo courtesy of Christie Yuri Noh

Photo courtesy of Christie Yuri Noh

Freaky Deaky Fun:
After a bit of liquid courage from Paragary’s, I’ll make my final pitstop at The TUBE Circus. Promising to bring out the “freaks, geeks, and things you can’t unsee,” this show will definitely be out there: contortionists, acrobats, jugglers, and a variety of performance artists will get you flying your freak flag high with pride.

Photo courtesy of Paragary's

Photo courtesy of Paragary’s

Looking for more 2nd Saturday outings? Check out our 2nd Saturday section on Sacramento365.com!

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 Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.