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DJ Larry Rodriguez

Creating in a Pandemic: DJ Larry Rodriguez

When his weekly Sunday-night dance parties at The Press Club stopped during the pandemic, DJ Larry Rodriguez decided to bring the funk to people’s houses by live-streaming his Flower Bomb Dance Party on Facebook.“I...
tim engle

Creating in a Pandemic: Tim Engle

He wrapped up a photo shoot with Amazon Robotics on a Tuesday. By Friday, commercial photographer Tim Engle says, clients began to cancel sessions one by one due to the coronavirus. At that moment,...
Dancer Stefan Calka

Creating in a Pandemic: Stefan Calka

Dancer Stefan Calka was working with choreographer Jennifer Archibald on a new piece for the Sacramento Ballet when all of a sudden the music stopped.“There was a piece that we just finished making. It...
isela perez dance

Creating in a Pandemic: Isela Perez

Want to move like one of Beyoncé’s backup dancers? Isela Perez, the owner and co-founder of Sac Dance Lab, teaches just that, as well as jazz, hip-hop and ballet. Perez temporarily closed her studio...
comedian keith lowell jensen

Creating in a Pandemic: Keith Lowell Jensen

The jokes just hit differently when they’re not followed by echoes of laughter. At least, that’s how it’s been lately for stand-up comedian Keith Lowell Jensen.“It’s so weird. People don’t realize how much it...
sacto storytellers

Creating in a Pandemic: Sacto Storytellers

In February, Sacto Storytellers shared the stage with Grammy Award-winning roots reggae band Steel Pulse at the Crest Theatre. By March, all of their gigs were canceled.According to Sacto Storytellers drummer Matt Rodriguez, the...
gina rossi

Creating in a Pandemic: Gina Rossi

Sculpture artist Gina Rossi has an unusual take on the societal shutdown caused by the coronavirus. “I’ve looked it as a positive actually. It’s almost like a big pause button that allows you to...
Musician Thomas Derthick

Creating in a Pandemic: Thomas Derthick

“At this moment, every professional musician in America is unemployed,” says Thomas Derthick, principal bassist with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.Despite canceled concerts and postponed symphonies, Derthick says he’s more fortunate than most as...
nicole mckeever

Creating in a Pandemic: Nicole McKeever

The hallways of CLARA Studios for the Performing Arts were silent as dancers, musicians and actors stayed home. That silence was deafening to Nicole McKeever, owner of the McKeever School of Irish Dance, an...
julian sandpaper

Creating in a Pandemic: Julian Sandpaper

On a thick black pole on K Street, there’s an image of Smoky the Bear wearing a surgical mask, surrounded by the words “Only you can prevent COVID-19 . . .  Stay Home.” The...