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Four festive Mardi Gras parades and parties

02/21/17

Four festive Mardi Gras parades and parties

This week, the Big Easy comes to the River City, so here are four festive ways to celebrate Mardi Gras, including second line parades, masquerades and dance parties where you can let the good times roll. Mardi Gras Parade & Masquerade Ball Feb. 25 The lights will dim as the music cranks up at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s fifth annual masquerade ball in historic downtown Nevada City. The Deadbeats, a Grateful Dead cover band, and Nevada City’s Sgt. Funky will keep the party rockin' while you sip drinks at the bar and nosh on salmon cakes, crawfish mac-and-cheese and other Cajun dishes provided by The Levee in Placerville. $25. 8-11:55 p.m. 325 Spring St. Nevada City. 530-265-5040. minersfoundry.org Mardi Gras at The Porch...

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Local group launching campaign to relight the Tower Bridge with LEDs

02/15/17

Local group launching campaign to relight the Tower Bridge with LEDs

Sandy Smoley, the indomitable doyenne of all things Sacramento, is at it again. The former County Supervisor, Health and Welfare Secretary under Governor Pete Wilson, and current “Queen of Midtown” (for the coveted who’s-who soirees she holds on her porch) is on a crusade to “Repower the Tower” by relighting the Tower Bridge in brighter, more energy-efficient and endlessly programmable LED lights. The idea came to the 80 year-old Smoley, who resembles a fairy godmother with her splashy outfits and outgoing persona (easy to imagine her keeping a wand in her handbag), while she was dining on the bridge during last year’s Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner Sept. 25. She thought the bridge looked “tired,” she says. So she put together a small,...

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The curtain rises on a new Sacramento theater company's debut production

02/14/17

The curtain rises on a new Sacramento theater company's debut production

A new local theater company, coined The Actor’s Playpen, will take to the West Sacramento Community Center’s Black Box stage this weekend with its debut production, Lizzie: the Musical. The troupe is co-founded by Max Geide and Alexander Gomez (both longtime theater vets, the two met 10 years ago doing productions in the Bay Area), along with David Taylor (currently the Granite Bay High School musical director). “It has always been my dream to run my own theater company, but I just never had the proper support,” says Geide. “Eventually I let it slip out that I wanted to run my own company, and David and Alex were super excited and instantly wanted to jump on board. It made sense [here]. Sacramento has a lot of talent.” Talent like Jennifer...

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12 flirty ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in and around Sacramento

02/08/17

12 flirty ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in and around Sacramento

All you need is love—and this list of events—to celebrate this Valentine’s Day in style. From a screening of Casablanca to a ’90s prom-themed soirée, here are 11 swoon-worthy events that will set your hearts aflutter (and one for the anti-V-Day crowd).  Sex With Strangers Through Feb. 18 Just in time for Valentine's Day, EMH Productions stages the Sacramento premiere of Laura Eason’s witty, adults-only play, which debuted at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2009 and has been described by Variety as “an uncommonly satisfying two-person dramedy about relationships in the iAge.” Ethan is a 28-year-old blogger who has found success chronicling his myriad sexual encounters online; Olivia is a 40-ish teacher whose...

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