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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!

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.

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.

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time

Artist Joan Moment reflects on an upcoming Sacramento exhibit and six decades of adventurous art, including landing a solo exhibit at the Whitney Museum at the age of 36.

Red Hot

Red Hot

A year after starring on The Voice, Sacramento singer-songwriter Lindsey Pavao is back in the spotlight with a new radio gig and her first full-length album. Can we hear you say aah?

A Life in Black and White

A Life in Black and White

He grew up knowing some of America’s greatest photographers, from Edward Weston (his namesake) to Ansel Adams. A new exhibit focuses on Kurt Edward Fishback’s black-and-white portraits of some equally famous and very colorful artists.

All About Ray

All About Ray

Charles and Ray Eames were two of the 20th century’s greatest creative minds, but only recently has Ray received the public recognition she deserves.

Charles and Ray Eames were two of the 20th century’s greatest creative minds, but only recently has Ray received the public recognition she deserves. In celebration of what would’ve been the designer’s 100th birthday, The California Museum honors this Sacramento native with the first-ever museum exhibit that focuses on this remarkable woman and her extraordinary work.

True Blue

True Blue

If Sacramento is the River City, then Gregory Kondos has been its most faithful champion. Long celebrated for his local landscapes that employ virtually every shade of blue in the spectrum, the soon-to-be 90-year-old painter is about to get the birthday present of a lifetime—his first solo show at the Crocker in 20 years. Blue skies are here again.

Dancing King

Dancing King

He was a principal dancer for the Boston Ballet, he choreographed the first American ballet in China, and he has performed with the legendary Rudolf Nureyev. On the verge of his 25th anniversary at the helm of the Sacramento Ballet, Ron Cunningham has his own Cinderella story to tell.

Comic Genius

Comic Genius

Artist Adrian Tomine, who first got hooked on comics while growing up in Sacramento, is now creating covers for The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine—and that’s in his spare time, when he’s not busy reinventing the American comic book

The Music Man

The Music Man

In the ’80s, Charlie Peacock was jamming with Randy Jackson in midtown Sacramento and being asked to open for a then-fledgling U2 in Davis. These days, he’s collaborating with the American Idol judge on TV projects and having Bono over to his house for breakfast. This is the unlikely tale of a kid from Yuba City who moved to Nashville to become a Grammy-nominated producer and multiplatinum songwriter, and his journey back home to where he once belonged.

Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady

Sacramento singer-songwriter Andy Allo may have gotten her start at an open mic night at Fox & Goose, but after a year touring the world with Prince, she has a new album (produced by Prince) and a solo tour on the way (on which Prince may join her).

The Naked Eye

The Naked Eye

Pamela Anderson dropped her robe for him, Paul McCartney bought one of his pieces, and Claudia Schiffer tried to have his nude painting of her lounging on a hot dog destroyed. Oh, and one of America’s greatest artists says he’s better than Andy Warhol.

Brushes With Fame

Brushes With Fame

Artist David Garibaldi has been wowing Sacramento crowds for years with his full-throttle live performances. But now this one-time graffiti-loving troublemaker is going global with the world’s largest entertainment company. Meet the man who’s putting the “dope” in Dopey.

From Wags to Riches

From Wags to Riches

It’s a pretty safe bet that Jim Czajkowski, aka James Rollins, is the only licensed veterinarian in El Dorado Hills whose books routinely land on The New York Times best-seller list. With his newest thriller out June 21, the multi-named author discusses his connection with Indiana Jones, Dan Brown and how, after eight novels, his biweekly writers’ group at Coco’s is still kicking his ass.

The Future’s So Bright

The Future’s So Bright

A local band goes country strong, landing on Country Music Television and opening for Willie Nelson and LeAnn Rimes. Now Attwater comes home for the holidays with a shiny new Christmas EP and takes Sacramento’s biggest stage

The Bantam Menace

The Bantam Menace

A local fighter steps into the national spotlight in a “hit” reality series

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

He’s the first person to rap extensively in the Punjabi language, he’s written songs for Bollywood films (one with Rob Lowe) and almost as many Facebook fans as Missy Elliott. How did an Elk Grove teenager grow up to become the King of Punjabi Rap?

Where She Was From

Where She Was From

Native daughter Joan Didion reflects on the untimely deaths of her husband and daughter, the difficulty of parenting and her Sacramento roots.

On the eve of her 77th birthday, Sacramento’s native daughter Joan Didion reflects on the untimely deaths of her husband and daughter, the difficulty of parenting, and why, as a teenager, she really wanted a job at the California State Fair.

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