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Capital Dance Project leaps from the stage to the streets and our screens in new digital video series

09/14/20

Capital Dance Project leaps from the stage to the streets and our screens in new digital video series

From a waterfront ballet to a rose garden boogie, all of Sacramento is a stage in Capital Dance Project’s new digital dance series, which began Aug. 26. After the company's sixth annual Behind the Barre show—an elaborate production of visual art, dance and music—was postponed due to COVID, members reimagined the event as a virtual series of 11 new works, each showcasing a different part of Sacramento. The original performances, which are each three to seven minutes long, are released and then archived on the company’s website and Instagram every Wednesday and Saturday in September for free, with a presentation of all the vignettes, including behind-the-scenes clips and cast Q&A, available on Oct. 2. “COVID seems like it’s not...

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Get a behind-the-screens look at artist workspaces during this year's virtual Sac Open Studios event

09/09/20

Get a behind-the-screens look at artist workspaces during this year's virtual Sac Open Studios event

In pre-pandemic times, area artists participating in the annual Sac Open Studios event would open their creative spaces to some 20,000 voyeurs hankering for a behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process. At this year’s all-virtual event, which takes place Sept. 9-13 and 17-20, organizers at Verge Center for the Arts are striving to create the same experience without mask or social-distancing requirements. A comprehensive directory will allow you to browse the works of 125 local artists online, from household names like galaxy painter Jose di Gregorio and abstract "mark maker" Peter Foucault to emerging creatives like mixed-media sculptor Lyn Freeman and Cubist-inspired painter Elise Weber. Zoom will be the platform of choice for the new...

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Wide Open Walls gets set to paint the town in 2020

08/06/20

Wide Open Walls gets set to paint the town in 2020

When the fifth annual Wide Open Walls (WOW) begins on Sept. 10, one of the murals at the 11-day festival will be a portrait by first-timer Brandon Gastinell titled Andy, Frida, Jean, featuring three of the 20th century’s most influential artists—Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The pop-style painting was initially going to be a solo portrait of Basquiat, the late Black neo-expressionist. “But then everything happened,” says Gastinell, also a Black artist. “I really think that getting those artists together, in times like now, is very important. It shows unity.” Accented with motifs from the masters’ works (Campbell’s tomato soup cans and skulls, for instance), the piece is likely to be just one of many murals that will...

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A new mobile farmers' market gets ready to hit the streets

08/05/20

A new mobile farmers' market gets ready to hit the streets

A new produce stand is rolling into town—literally. The Woodland-based nonprofit Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) will soon launch a mobile farmers’ market to bring fresh produce like heirloom tomatoes and summer squash to food-insecure neighborhoods. The CLBL plans to conduct a pilot program in September and October and hit the streets for good starting next summer, stopping in “food deserts” (low-income areas with limited access to grocery stores and markets) in West Sacramento, with the hopes of eventually expanding to other parts of the region. The refrigerated rig, which is currently being built by The Farmers' Truck in New Brunswick, Canada, will be emblazoned with illustrations of colorful produce, rolling green hills and the Tower Bridge,...

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