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Sacramento State’s Festival of the Arts—a spring cavalcade and celebration of the capital region’s culture, creativity and sheer capacity for joy—dances, swoops and plays its way into several area venues April 8–12. Fun, yes—but...

Service Dogs: The New Superstars

When you visit Beth Graham at her Pocket-area apartment, she greets you at the door—but it’s Sajak you’d better pay your respects to. A golden retriever, Sajak is Graham’s live-in best friend, confidant, playmate...

On Being Dad

Richard Hebert, who plays the pivotal and moving role of Dad in the national tour of Billy Elliot The Musical—a Broadway Sacramento presentation, April 9–14 at the Community Center Theater—is telling me that, at...

Shrek Lumbers Onto Three Stages

If you enjoy stage plays based on animated films, which are in turn based on children’s books, mid-March augurs well for you: Shrek The Musical comes to—and Shrek himself all but takes up—Three Stages...

Pounding Out The Laughs

Paula Poundstone is on the phone from Santa Monica and it’s only 10 a.m., a time when most successful stand-up comedians would barely have climbed into bed, much less arisen. “Well, I have kids...

Dueling Nutcrackers

If your holiday needs include experiencing the waltz of the Sugar Plum Fairy more than once, you’re in luck. At least three individual productions of The Nutcracker are being played on major stages in...

Cartoons Come to Life

If you’ve never attended the annual SacAnime festival— scheduled for Jan. 4–6 at both the Sacramento Convention Center (for the first time) and the Sheraton Grand right across the street—it may surprise you to...

First-Rate Bill Cosby Takes the Stage Twice

When Bill Cosby was young, his concerts, albums and TV show appearances could literally leave you breathless with laughter. Unlike most of his contemporaries in stand-up comedy, he didn’t strafe you with one-liners; instead,...

Old Objects = New Art

Regional artists are rediscovering the environmental and cost benefits of creating works from other people’s discarded materials. Our writer, who works in the medium himself, calls the form “Art-Eco.”Since I’ve been dabbling in it...

Health: Gonna Take a Convalescent Journey . . .

While it’s been said that the process of dying tends to focus one’s mind, the same might be said of convalescing. And the latter usually ends more happily.       I recently convalesced/healed/regrouped for several...

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