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Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen

Drop Dead Diva star Kate Levering makes for one singular sensation in A Chorus Line at Music Circus this summer.

Game Face

Game Face

Soccer legend Preki has one name and one objective as the first coach of the new Sacramento Republic FC: Winning. Let the games begin!

Reintroducing Brent Bourgeois

Reintroducing Brent Bourgeois

After two decades away, singer-songwriter Brent Bourgeois returns to the microphone June 2 with his new solo album Don’t Look Back, which features his former Bourgeois Tagg bandmates as well as friends like Todd Rundgren and Julian Lennon.

The Mad Man Cometh

The Mad Man Cometh

As the final season of AMC’s groundbreaking television series Mad Men gets underway this spring, co-star Kevin Rahm is just getting started in his new home of Sacramento.

Country Star Jon Pardi

Country Star Jon Pardi

With two rowdy hit singles, “Up All Night” and “Missin’ You Crazy,” under his cowboy belt, 28-year-old Dixon native Jon Pardi continues to make his mark on the country music scene with the new release of his debut album, Write You a Song. The rising Nashville star talks about burning up the Billboard charts, touring with platinum-selling artists like Luke Bryan and proudly displaying his Central Valley roots in the Music City.

Director Michael Polish

Director Michael Polish

As a boy, Michael Polish grew up under the influence of movies playing at the Tower Theatre in Roseville. As a Hollywood director, he has since channeled that love into making his own acclaimed indie films (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork) and studio fare (The Astronaut Farmer) with his twin brother Mark, an actor and screenwriter. The 43-year-old filmmaker talks about his new Jack Kerouac adaptation Big Sur and how actress Kate Bosworth came to be his leading lady—both on screen and in life.

Yan Can Teach

Yan Can Teach

Celebrity chef Martin Yan returns to his Aggie roots to help lead the new Confucius Institute at UC Davis, which is dedicated to exposing the region to China’s storied culinary culture. Get ready to wok and roll.

Wayne Thiebaud {The First 90 Years}

Wayne Thiebaud {The First 90 Years}

The Crocker Art Museum is honoring him with a major retrospective. The California Hall of Fame is about to induct him alongside Barbra Streisand and James Cameron. And the New York Times’ chief art critic says there’s “no painter in America that is more satisfying or skilled.” But on the eve of his 90th birthday, after a career that took him from Disney to the Whitney, Sacramento’s Wayne Thiebaud is hardly resting on his laurels. In fact, he’s just getting warmed up.

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