Life Moves: A Celebration for CORE

Looking for something to do this Friday? Then join me at CORE Contemporary Dance’s 3rd Annual Gala, taking place at Beatnik Studios. Why miss out on an evening full of music, dancing, food, libations, and a silent auction where 100 percent of the profits go to support CORE’s performances, master classes, and outreach programs?

Photo courtesy of CORE Contemporary Dance

Photo courtesy of CORE Contemporary Dance

Founded in 2007 by Kelli Leighton and a group of dancers, CORE was established with the desire to do more than just “go through the motions” of choreography. CORE stands for “Collection Of Real Experiences”, and draws from the pain or triumph of the dancers’ real life experiences.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to this event. With every year, my appreciation continues to grow for the arts, and the role the arts community plays for our region’s culture and growth.

So if you’re looking for a lively event on Friday, I hope you will join me at #COREGala2015. CORE’s tagline is “Life Moves”, so embrace the evening and even bust a move on the dance floor. For more details or to purchase your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.

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

A Good Feeling to Know

You can get that old-time feelin’ this Friday, August 21, and hear one of the greatest voices of rock and roll/country rock, singer-songwriter Richie Furay at Harlow’s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, inducted in 1997, is known for his groundbreaking work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed in 1966 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin; and Poco, formed with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner. Each band has left an indelible mark on the rock and roll landscape: Short-lived Buffalo Springfield is best known for ushering in the folksy California Rock sound and Poco was part of the first wave of West Coast country rock.

Over his career, Furay has had success with his songs “Kind Woman” for Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and “Good Feelin’ To Know” with Poco. With two books under his belt, For What It’s Worth, which chronicles the life and times of Buffalo Springfield, and Pickin’ Up The Pieces, his own life journey — Richie will hit the road in support of his upcoming CD titled Hand In Hand, his first solo album in eight years. The first single, “We Are The Dreamers,” was written about the formation of Poco.

The quirky The Empty Pockets will open the show.

Don’t miss your chance to get nostalgic with one of rock’s greatest storytellers. Concert begins Friday, August 21 at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $37.50 ($40 at the door). For more information, visit the concert’s event page here.

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

Music Circus Ends on a High Note with Hair


Oliver Thornton as Claude (center) and the company of Hair. Photo by Charr Crail.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! But to be fair, my silly pun works. This week Music Circus closes out its 65th season with Hair, and the iconic anti-war musical soars higher than the simulated pot smoke that wafts through the Wells Fargo Pavilion.

Like the hippie generation it depicts, the production is less than conventional: filled with social commentary, paisley prints, and hair, the show breaks musical standards and skips the dialogue. Instead, it takes the audience on the melodic trip, complete with 38 songs. The back-to-back musical numbers weaves the story of Claude (Oliver Thorton), a flower child from Flushing, New York (or Manchester, England, as he wants the audience to believe) as he is drafted into the Vietnam war. You’ll rediscover ‘60s pop culture through hits like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” and of course, “Hair.”

Complementing the psychedelic score is the beautiful set design. The pavilion transforms into a hippie den with a beautiful array of hanging lanterns, (you will undoubtedly be snapping pictures of them before the show like I did), graphic projections, and oscillating floor. These staging elements combined will have you believing that you too are “tripping out” with the tribe.

Other show highlights include the Claude’s deliriously wacky hallucination in the second act, and one lucky audience member’s chance to disrobe Berger, the “psychedelic teddy bear.”

If you’re feeling a little rebellious, put on your flower crown on and end your summer with Hair. Performances run through Sunday, August 23, with evening performances at 7:30pm. Matinee performances at Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $40. For more information, visit the show’s event page.

Disclaimer: The musical’s depiction of free love, pot smoking, and its infamous nude scene makes the production inappropriate for younger audiences.

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

Sactown Wings: It’s Finger Lickin’ Good!

Are you looking for something to spice up your weekend and help a great cause? Then look no further because the Sactown Wings festival covers both and more! This Saturday, August 15, celebrate all things chicken wings (plus beer and fun, duh) all in the name of supporting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.

I’ve compiled an essential “Do’s and Don’ts” list to ensure you’ll have a finger lickin’ good time!

DO: Dig in!
This festival is your chance to taste wings and beer from some of Sacramento’s best restaurants, including Blue Cue, Adamo’s, Chicago Fire, Yolo Brewing Company, Oak Park Brewing, and Speakeasy.

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Rub your eyes after eating
Remember they’re called hot wings for a reason! (I made the mistake myself once and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemies).

DO: Bring your friends!
There are very few things better than wings and beer, but if you can share this experience with friends then you’ll have an even better time.

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Forget to wash your hands
Sure, you can just wipe off that delicious sauce on your shirt or slurp it straight off your fingers, but then you might look like a rabid Dexter fan.

DO: Be a game player
Xoso Sport & Social League will bring cornhole, beer pong (a.k.a. giant beer pong), and giant Jenga games to Cesar Chavez Plaza for your enjoyment. Challenge your friends for the title of Sactown Wings Champion!

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Eat something that’s too hot for you

Although all of the chicken wings will be delicious, some may have a little extra kick. (Turning fire engine red in the face is not a good look for most people…) But then again, there will be beer on hand to cool you off.

DO: Shake your tail feather
Spend some time listening to local surf/roots/rock band Arden Park Roots. This will be your chance to catch the band if you missed their closing-night gig at Concerts in the Park.

Photo courtesy of Arden Park Roots

Photo courtesy of Arden Park Roots

DO: Enter our Sac365 TixFix
Share your own Sactown Wings “do” or “don’t” on our Facebook page here or in the Blog comment section below for a chance to win our last two Sactown Wings tickets! Contest ends Thursday, August 13 at 1pm. (See, sometimes happiness IS free!)

Be sure to stop by the Sactown Wings festival this Saturday, August 15 from 3pm-7pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Tickets are available now or you can purchase tickets the day of the event at the corner of 10th and J St. For more event info, check out the event listing here.

This blog post was written by’s Dylan Fisher.

West Side Story Rumbles Its Way to Sacramento


The Jets in West Side Story. Photo by Charr Crail.

The sound of love and war rolled into Sacramento at Wells Fargo Pavilion’s theater-in-the-round Tuesday night, bringing with it the tale of star-crossed lovers determined to make their way in the world despite the disapproval of family and friends.

West Side Story, based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, is one of America’s favorite and most poignant musicals and has captivated audiences around the world since its Broadway debut in 1957. The story, set in New York City’s Upper West Side neighborhood in the mid-1950s, tells the tale of Tony and Maria — members of rival teenage street gangs of different ethnicities, the Jets (Caucasian) and the Sharks (Puerto Rican) — who are fighting for control of the neighborhood.

Tony, who is a former member of the Jets and is persuaded back to the gang for one last rumble in order to take the neighborhood once and for all sees beautiful Maria, sister of Bernardo and leader of the Sharks, across the room at a dance. As their eyes meet, the world fades away and they fall instantly in love. What follows is a love story turned tragedy infused with lighthearted songs like “I Feel Pretty” and captivating dance numbers like “America.” This show will stir your soul and bring tears to your eyes.

Desireé Davar as Anita in West Side Story. Photo by Kevin Graft.

Though you’ve likely seen this musical before, on stage and possibly on the big screen (the 1961 film starring Natalie Wood), you’ll want to see California Musical Theatre tackle the unforgettable story. The cast is chock full of experienced actors who’ve commanded the Music Circus stage, as well as Broadway and film. Justin Matthew Sargent (Tony) last appeared as Peter Parker on Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Carolann M. Santina (Maria), who’s voice is absolutely to die for, toured with the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. Most recently she went on the road as Marian in the first national tour revival of The Music Man. The supporting cast member resumes are equally impressive.

West Side Story through the Wells Fargo Pavilion until Sunday, August 9. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s event page.

Want to have a night on the town? Grab a drink or a bite to eat nearby before or after the show using’s Make It a Night map! To learn more, click here.

This blog post was written by contributor, Alyssa S. Green.

Take a Trip to Neverland with Music Circus

Jenn Colella will cast a spell on you as Peter Pan. Photo by Kevin Graft.

Where under one Sacramento roof can you find a slithering crocodile, a faithful fairy, and a ship full of pirates? Easy! Just “think of lovely things” and make your way over to the Wells Fargo Pavilion stage where Peter Pan flies into town for this week only. In this production, Music Circus takes you, Michael, John, and Wendy from the nursery to a grand adventure in Neverland. Under the direction of Glenn Casale, the incredibly talented cast of actors will help you live out your childhood dreams throughout the show.

Peter Pan, played by Jenn Colella, has quite a vocal gift for a Lost Boy and quickly convinces the crowd to never grow up. With vocal talent soaring in “I’m Flying,” and exceptional rooster crowing in “I Gotta Crow,” Peter Pan delivers a powerful lyrical performance on land and in flight. Children, of all ages, will gasp and giggle as theatrical magic allows Peter to play with his shadow and coach the children how to fly.

The production’s many set changes and intense choreography will also steal your attention. With excellent props and lighting the stage transforms into the Lost Boys’ underground home, Marooner’s Rock, to the Pirate Ship, and other Neverland landmarks. During set changes, dazzling choreography charms the audience. Tiger Lily, played passionately by Desiree Davar, The Indians, and Lost Boys perform intense tribal dance numbers, complete with synchronized beating drums and impressive aerial flips. The pirates, led by the creepiest creep Captain Hook, played by Paul Schoeffler, deliver a comical display of dance moves and sword fights, made most memorable during the “Tango,” and the “Pirate Waltz.”

Paul Schoeffler as Captain Hook and Michael Nostrand as Smee with the Pirates in Peter Pan. Photo by Charr Crail.

Throughout the show be sure to keep your eyes open for the bouncing light of Tinker Bell — Peter Pan just might need your help to help save the fairy. One cannot leave Neverland without the famous tick-tock that signals the Croc to crawl around and haunt Captain Hook — be sure to enter the Pavilion with caution!

Peter Pan flies through the Wells Fargo Pavilion until Sunday, July 26. Evening performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s event page.

Disclaimer: Though content is appropriate for all ages, Tinker Bell calls Captain Hook a naughty word that maybe considered inappropriate for small children.

This blog post was written by contributor, Sarah Stephenson.

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

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