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Colby Damon Sizzles in Sac Ballet’s Nutcracker

He’s baaack! (For now, at least.) It was a thrill to see Colby Damon, former company member, and now freelance dancer, in the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker. He’s the soloist in act two’s Russian trio....

See Santa's List of Naughty and Nice at the Citizen Hotel

If you are out and about downtown, take a look at the Citizen Hotel’s holiday window display. It happens to dovetail nicely with Sacramento magazine’s “Word on the Street” feature in the December issue,...

A Not-To-Be-Missed Fashion Event

If only I could clone myself, yet retain a central brain. Then one of me would be able to attend the International Academy of Design & Technology’s Haute Holiday Gala. As it stands, I’m...

Crockett-Deane Ballet’s Holiday Production

If you are going to discuss local ballet royalty, you’d better drop the name Barbara Crockett. As founder of the Sacramento Ballet, she was responsible for bringing The Nutcracker to Sacramento. Crockett, her daughter...

Whirling Dervishes: Prayer Dance Performance

Now for something completely different: the Sema Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes. In flowing white garments and traditional felt hats, the dervishes turn in unison, a religious practice that attunes them to the music...

Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker Opens Friday

It will be easy to spot me in the audience during opening night of the Sacramento Ballet’s Nutcracker. I’ll be the one rummaging through my handbag for a tissue to wipe away the tears...

A Gay Elf’s Holiday Tell-All

If you’re a member or friend of the GLBT community, you’re invited to Out & Bold, a holiday theater evening held by Capital Stage on Wednesday, Dec. 9. A wine reception featuring the Artistic...

Art Show & Sale at Pop-Up Gallery

One of my favorite works of art came from the Women’s Wisdom Project, a program of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. It’s a print called “Proud Pink Morn” by Barbara Rose. You can...

Find the Nutcrackers

This just in. . . . The Sacramento Ballet is hiding 100 nutcrackers in midtown stores between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. Twenty of the nutcrackers hold a certificate for two free tickets to...

Theatre of Lights

When I heard that Old Sacramento was premiering an event called Theatre of Lights, I pictured lasers shooting colored beams into the night sky. I figured that if I was curious, others would be...

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