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Theatre Review: A Novel Musical Twist On Hugo's Classic 'The Hunchback Of Notre Dame'

August 25, 2016 | Jeff Hudson

Sacramento’s Music Circus is staging a Disney musical based on the Victor Hugo classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame." It features a talented deaf actor and a classically-trained singer sharing the title role.

shutterhacks / Flickr

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Local Author Draws Literary Material From Personal Experiences

August 25, 2016

Local author Jodi Angel, who is best known for her short stories, will share excerpts from her newest memoir at Stories on Stage this week. We’ll talk with Angel about how she mines her life experiences for literary material.

Malak Habbak / Capital Public Radio

Arts and Lifestyle

Beauty In Progress: Mural Artists Leave Their Mark On Sacramento Alleys

August 24, 2016 | Melody Stone

This week, international and local artists are taking over blank walls in Sacramento’s Midtown and Downtown Neighborhoods and transforming buildings into landmarks. It’s all part of the first Sacramento Mural Festival.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Makes Debut At Music Circus

August 24, 2016

Glenn Casale, director of the Music Circus production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, joins Insight Wednesday to talk about the Northern California premiere of this Victor Hugo-inspired piece and how Quasimodo is played by deaf actor John McGinty.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Professional Dancers Unite For Performance-Packed Evening At Crest Theater

August 23, 2016

An independent collective of professional dancers is returning to the Crest Theatre this weekend with an evening of world premieres. For Tuesday's Insight, we’ll talk with members of the Capital Dance Project about the collective.

credit: Barry Wisdom

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Theatre Review: 'The Last Lifeboat' Examines Drama Behind The Sinking Of The Titanic

August 22, 2016 | Jeff Hudson

Main Street Theatre Works in Jackson is staging this drama about the Titanic. It raises the morally challenging question: if you were on a crippled ocean liner about to go down… what would you do?

Joan Cusick / Submitted

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Week-Long Mural Festival Comes To Sacramento

August 15, 2016

For a little over a week artists from Sacramento and around the world are taking over walls in alleys and on streets and transforming boring concrete structures into works of art. We'll talk to the people behind Sacramento's first mural festival.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

New Cocktail Book Joins Mix Of Sacramento-Based Recipes

August 15, 2016

Just in time for the start of Sacramento Cocktail Week comes a new cookbook dedicated to Sacramento cocktails and the mixologists behind them. Authors Garrett McCord and Callista Polhemus join us to talk about how the book came to be.

Arts and Lifestyle

Review: 'Nice Work If You Can Get It' Offers Great Song And Dance, Not Much More

August 12, 2016 | Jeff Hudson

This nostalgic musical at the Music Circus blends 1920's Gershwin tunes with a script from 2012 involving Prohibition-era bootleggers. Critic Jeff Hudson says the high energy dancing is great fun but the characters are cliché, the story cartoonish.

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Ann Hampton Callaway: A Singer's Singer

August 8, 2016 | Gary G. Vercelli

If you're a regular listener of Excellence in Jazz you know the voice of Ann Hampton Callaway, one of the most widely respected jazz singers of her generation. She performs August 8 in a benefit concert at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.

Diane Mintz / Courtesy

Arts and Lifestyle

Illustrated Stories Of Mental Illness In New Art Exhibit

August 6, 2016 | Bob Moffitt

Sacramento County artists and people with mental illness are collaborating on a new exhibit this month. The exhibit opens August 6 in Elk Grove.

Johnny / Flickr

Roadside Distractions

Why Is There A Self-Cannibalizing Hot Dog Statue Perched On A Building Off Alhambra Blvd.?

August 5, 2016 | Melody Stone

A life-sized hotdog man hungrily licking his lips while squirting ketchup on his forehead stands atop an unmarked red and black building at the intersection of Alhambra Blvd. and T Streets. A reader asked us to investigate this roadside distraction.

Insight With Beth Ruyak

Newly Named 'Classical Tahoe' Takes The Stage

August 1, 2016

Lake Tahoe Summerfest has a new name and a new line-up this summer. Maestro Joel Revzen will join Insight to talk about the popular concert series now called “Classical Tahoe.”

Insight With Beth Ruyak

'Cabaret' At Music Circus

July 27, 2016

One of Broadway's rising starts Robin De Jesus is making his Music Circus debut as the Emcee in “Cabaret" this summer. Today on Insight, we'll meet De Jesus and his co-star, Kaleigh Cronin, who plays the role of Sally Bowles.

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