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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Permalink

Insight: News Network / Reaction from Ukrainian Community / New Helvetia Theater / French Film Festival

Marko Drobnjakovic /  AP

An anti-Yanukovych protester holds an Ukrainian flag in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

Marko Drobnjakovic / AP



News Network Stockton is a sprawling metropolis by design, but that may soon change. The city is ditching it’s old growth plan in the wake of bankruptcy. Now, Stockton can go back and rewrite a new general plan limiting sprawl, which it’s expected to do. And, the first test of the city’s new, unofficial anti-sprawl stance will come Tuesday night when the city council is expected to vote no on the Bear Creek East housing project, a proposed 160-acre development on the fringe of northeast Stockton. Columnist Michael Fitzgerald talks about the new plan.

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Ukraine Ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country over the weekend and is now in hiding because his government has issued a warrant for his arrest at the start of this week. Sacramento is home to a large population of Ukrainians who are elated about the ousting of Yanukovych, but apprehensive about the country’s future. They don’t want to see Ukraine mired in a violent civil war like Syria. Lubow Jowa, president of the Ukrainian Heritage Club of Northern California, joins us to talk more about local Ukrainians’ reaction to the news. 

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Passion New Helvetia Theatre has made a name for itself in Sacramento by bringing lesser known musical theatre to the region. The theatre’s newest production is a rarely-produced musical by Stephen Sondheim called “Passion.”  It tells the story of a young army captain and his encounters with an unwell woman named Fosca, dealing with themes of love, desire, obsession, madness and perception.  Director Connor Mickiewicz joins us with some actors from the play who will perform a scene. “Passion” runs at New Helvetia through March 8. 
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Matt Surges, Jackie Vanderbeck and Courtney Glass in Passion, playing at the New Helvetia Theater. 

French Film Fest On Friday Feb. 28, the Crest Theatre will host the Sacramento French Film Festival’s 7th Winter Short Film Screening at 7 p.m. Cecile Mouette Downs, the executive and artistic director for the festival will talk about what to expect this year. 

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