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Legendary radio station KZAP gets close-up in new documentary, free event

05/22/15

Legendary radio station KZAP gets close-up in new documentary, free event

So much for quiet at the library: A preview of a forthcoming documentary about the wild, decibel-drenched dawn of FM radio will accompany a panel discussion about Sacramento’s influential station KZAP on May 26 at downtown’s Central Library. “KZAP: Underground Radio Comes to the Valley” will explore the ascent of the station after its debut on Nov. 8, 1968, amid the gathering storm of “free-form” FM radio formats that counterbalanced—and eventually absorbed—the mainstream music programming of AM radio at the end of the ’60s. A new clip from Free-Form, Baby!, filmmaker Mark Herzig’s documentary in the works about this era, will screen along with a chat between KZAP veterans Jeff Hughson, Ed Fitzgerald and Dennis Newhall....

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Music of Queen, John Williams among highlights planned for Philharmonic & Opera comeback season

05/22/15

Music of Queen, John Williams among highlights planned for Philharmonic & Opera comeback season

The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera will rock you this summer, when the city’s resurgent performing arts group returns from a season in the dark with a pops program including the music of iconic band Queen and Oscar-winning composer John Williams. The organization’s inaugural pops series, which also features a performance from the high-flying Cirque de la Symphonie ensemble, will join seven other classical shows planned for the 2015-16 season that commences June 27. The program marks the return of the philharmonic, which spent last year idle as its leadership realigned under new board president Laurie Nelson and executive director Alice Sauro. “It’s so exciting—these are blockbuster programs,” says Sauro, noting the contributions of visiting...

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Jeff Koons’ "Coloring Book" sculpture fetches $13.3 million at Cannes

05/21/15

Jeff Koons’ "Coloring Book" sculpture fetches $13.3 million at Cannes

At amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes today, which drew celebrity guests like Mary J. Blige, Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller, a Coloring Book sculpture by Jeff Koons was auctioned off and sold for 12 million euros (or $13.3 million). In March—amidst controversy over various issues, including the hefty price tag—the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to approve spending $8 million in private and public funds for a new Coloring Book sculpture to be erected at the Kings arena next fall. “When you purchase a piece of public art, you never think about selling it. But obviously seeing that the value has gone up this much since ours was purchased is pretty extraordinary,” says Shelly Willis, executive director of the Sacramento Metropolitan...

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K Street’s new Coin-Op Game Room will host grand opening May 28

05/19/15

K Street’s new Coin-Op Game Room will host grand opening May 28

Game on! K street’s new vintage arcade and bar, which opened on May 8, will host a grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 28. Located at the former site of live music bar Marilyn’s on K, Coin-Op fills its 5,000-square-foot space with 42 arcade games. Nearly 35 of them are vintage selections featuring four-player tabletop Pac-Man (the arcade-bar’s most popular option), Donkey Kong, Punch-Out!! and Sega’s After Burner. Games are priced at 25 to 50 cents per play, with free play on the last Sundays of each month starting May 31. For the more traditional gamer, outdoor patio games are also available to play beneath twinkling lights, such as giant Jenga (giant Connect Four and Cards Against Humanity will join the lineup for the grand opening)....

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