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Sac Ballet presents Modern Masters on May 8-9

The Sacramento Ballet’s next project is Modern Masters, an annual program featuring contemporary works. This year, which is the 60th year anniversary of Sacramento Ballet, the company is dedicated to founder Barbara Crockett, and the Modern Masters program will feature works by three former students of Crockett’s, who went on to major careers in the […]

Author, LGBT activist Dan Savage comes to Mondavi

Dan Savage — who will be featured in the Mondavi Center’s Distinguished Speakers series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 — is a writer and LGBT rights activist, and the author of the books “American Savage,”  “Savage Love” and “The Kid: What Happened When My Boyfriend and I Decided to Get Pregnant.” The latter book […]

Philosophical (gastronomical, enological) fragments

On Easter eve, I overheard 8-year-old grandkid Rowyn say to our daughter Benedicta, “Mom, it’s really hard to believe in the Easter bunny. But I do. I do!” I was amused, charmed and moved by his declaration. And it got me thinking that although I no longer engage in the herculean task of believing in the […]

Evertree will perform Saturday at winery

Evertree, an alternative folk rock duo based in Northern California, will play at Sundstrom Hill Winery for First Saturday on May 2. The duo features Lori Hawk, singer-songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist, and Sam Hawk, singer-songwriter, 12-string guitarist and bassist. The winery will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. with live music starting at 1:30 […]

Early 20th-century works join Beethoven on UCD Symphony’s program

Check it out What: UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christian Baldini When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2 Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts Tickets: $12-$17 general, $8 for students; www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2878 Three big, big works — each unlike the other two … and one of them includes a siren! That’s the […]

Classical guitarist performs Saturday at Arts Center

The Davis Arts Center’s sixth annual Classical Guitar Concert Series continues with a performance by Yuri Liberzon at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Russian-born and Israeli-raised, Liberzon ranks among today’s foremost classical guitarists. His playing has been described as “transcendent technical prowess at the service of gracious musicality.” A frequent soloist with symphony and chamber […]

‘Heroes de la Caña’ is May exhibition at YoloArts’ Gallery 625

In the first international exhibition to be hosted at Gallery 625, the black-and-white photos of Luis Ignacio González Calleja will be featured in a show titled “Heroes de la Caña.” The show includes a series of portraits and highlights the work and plight of sugar-cane farmworkers in Mexico. The exhibition opens with an artist reception […]

Vocal Art Ensemble to sing ‘Mostly Madrigals’

What exactly is a madrigal, and what makes it so? Where did it come from, and where did it go? During the first three days of May, the 25 singers of the Vocal Art Ensemble aim to answer these questions with their spring concert program titled “Mostly Madrigals — An Age of Refined Musical Pleasures.“ […]

STC’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ simply sparkles

If you go What: Sacramento Theatre Company production of “The Pirates of Penzance” When: Through May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Where: 1419 H St., Sacramento Tickets: $34-$38, with discounts for students, seniors, military and groups; 916-443-6722, sactheatre.org Saving the best for last, […]

Get a positive vibe Wednesday from Tha Dirt Feelin’

Tha Dirt Feelin’ will perform at Wednesday’s Picnic in the Park celebration in Central Park, Fourth and C streets. The market is open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the free concert starts at 5 p.m. and ends at dusk. The band plays a positive and upbeat blend of soulful singing, thoughtful raps and musical […]

Winters Theatre Company performs on the Big Day of Giving

The Winters Theatre Company will celebrate the Big Day of Giving on Tuesday, May 5, with a picnic and live entertainment at the gazebo in Rotary Park from 5:30 to 8 p.m. WTC is celebrating 35 years of community theater performances this year. The longest-running community theater group in the region, WTC has performed more […]

There’s no place like home in DMTC’s ‘Wizard of Oz’

That’s the ticket What: DMTC’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” When: 8:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through May 17 Where: Jean Henderson Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis Tickets: $18 general, $16 students and seniors (plus a $2 facility fee added to each ticket); 530-756-3682 or www.dmtc.org The Davis Musical […]

Have breakfast in Oz on May 16

Would you like to have breakfast with Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man? Cast members from the Davis Musical Theatre Company’s current production of “The Wizard of Oz” will join fans for breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Applebee’s, 1753 Research Park Drive in South Davis. Sixty […]

History comes alive in ‘The Sacramento Picture’

Vintage footage provides a fascinating glimpse into the past By Derrick Bang Enterprise film critic Our digital age has unleashed countless miracles, and one of the best is the growing cornucopia of archival material that is becoming available to anybody with Internet access. Time was, researchers or curious civilians were limited to hard copies of […]

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