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Another theater off the beaten path

My post about the Friday night films at the Fool’s Foundation prompted a great suggestion: Beyond the Proscenium is doing a great movement-based show called MedEia at The Space at 2509 R Street.

They’re doing a show called “MedEia” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm through February 3, with two Sunday matinees January 28 and February 4 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 general and $12 for seniors, students, SARTA & TBA members. For tickets or info call 916-456-1600 or email.

I haven’t been but if you’d like a review the News & Review has one here.

Midtown’s underground movie theater

If you thought your options for independent films, documentaries and other cinematic wonders ended at the Crest and the Tower, think again. A local film group is sponsoring weekly screenings of films you can’t see anywhere else in town for the low-low price of $5! Each Friday night, at 19th & K (quite literally underground–they’re in the basement), you can see excellent films that otherwise wouldn’t make there way to Sacramento. A schedule and more information can be found here.

Now Showing at the Downtown IMAX: Polar Express 3D

…the best 3-D viewing experience I’ve ever had. If there’s a choice, try the IMAX version. Or go twice. This is a movie that doesn’t wear out.” -Roger Ebert

Rog is right. We went last night to the Esquire IMAX and were impressed. There are parts of Polar Express 3D where you think you can grab the floating yellow ticket. And yeah, I was sober. Other exciting moments were the roller coaster train rides…and of course the train coming at you out of the screen. Whew, wotta ride!

The kids had a lot of fun and so did I. IMAX, though, is not cheap. 15 bucks a person (adult) and 13 bucks a kid…it’s not the Nutcracker, but it’s a refreshing, fun change. The theater was not packed on Thursday night, probably because it was a weeknight and this movie has been out for a few weeks–the 3D version, that is–oh and that’s THIS year. (I didn’t know before I started blogging on this that the 3D version has actually been out since 2004, repeating in ’05 and again this year–)

It’s definitely worth the price, though, for young and old. If you haven’t seen it yet, I heartily recommend bundling up the kids and taking them. Better yet, take the neighbor’s kids. Remember, it’s fun!

And really, who DOESN’T like Free Hooch?

No one, that’s who.
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This Saturday night, local funnypeeps The Free Hooch Comedy Troupe present their Best-Of season ender at the Clarion on Auburn. The players (Hoochsters? Hoochies? Ha! Low hanging fruit of a joke – had to pluck it) will perform favorite sketches from the past year. Also performing, training team The 5 Second Rule.

Both teams come from the local comedy shop over at the Sacramento Comedy Spot (we’ve mentioned them before) – so by attending, not only will you get a good laugh, but you’ll be supporting local business and local artists – for what more can you ask?

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Want a sample? Check out some of their sketches here. (May I suggest this or this as a good example? And this ties in well with holiday advertising you’re probably hearing on the radio already. Oh, by the way, these aren’t completely unsuitable for work, but you might want to turn the speakers down on that last bit or just wait till you get home.)

Sacramento Comedy Spot’s Fee Hooch Comedy Troupe – Saturday, December 16 at the Clarion Hotel (click for directions), 8pm, Tickets are $12 at the door or available online here for $10. Too many holiday parties this weekend? You can still get some comedic relief next Wednesday night at the Capitol Garage.

Sing, Choirs of Angels

Or mortals . . . .

Next Sunday, December 17, at 7pm, local volunteer ensemble Schola Cantorum will hold its annual Christmas concert at Sacred Heart Church on 39th and J Streets in East Sac.

The chorus sings at the 11:00am Sunday mass each week and fills the church with an impressive collection of trained voices, harmonizing and complimenting on classical arrangements. You don’t have to be part of the parish – or the religion – to appreciate this group.

Tickets are available by phone at 916-498-6339 or at the door for a suggested donation of $15 ($10 for students/seniors). Can’t make it – check out their new CD . . . . The gift of song is always a sure bet!

Get your culture on. Get to the opera.

Before Tim Rice and Elton John made a Disneyfied version, Giuseppe Verdi’s original Aida unites all the opera musts: war, jealousy, daddy issues, pigheaded royalty, treason, love, patriotism, and, natch, untimely, dramatic death.

Composed at a time when, if memory serves, the popular fascination with ancient Egypt would’ve been particularly strong, Verdi’s opera tells the story of particularly dangerous love triangle set against the backdrop of war between Ethiopia and Egypt. The second of 3 operas in the 2006-07 season of the Sacramento Opera, Aida is staged with breath-taking grandeur: simple, strong lines of Egyptian temples; the flowing robes of priests and priestesses; the glittering waters of a gracefully flowing Nile.

If you think you don’t like opera – this production might make you think again . . . but act fast, there’s just one performance left!
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Because winging it is funny

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Tired of serialized crime procedurals on TV? Got nothing to do now that Lost is taking 13 weeks off? Wondering where to find some comedy on Wednesday nights until 30 Rock figures out if it can be funny or not? You might want to check out the Sacramento Comedy Spot’s new Improv Night at the Capitol Garage.

Made more famous by shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” improv is fun, fast-paced, and never the same from show-to-show. By the way, if you’d like to be part of the fun before the show, the troupe offers Improv Jam Sessions beforehand at its Broadway studio. Learn the art and appreciate the performance more – and get in some much-needed playtime as well. Do you play anymore? You probably don’t. Do it under the guise of art and get rid of that stress for less than the cost of a martini. Or six.

Improv at the Capitol Garage 1500 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 $5.00 at the Door. Wednesdays at 9:00PM.

This post is not even supposed to be here today

The UA Market Square at Arden Fair is running the classic Clerks this Thursday at 10:00pm.

I know these showings are sponsored by a local radio station – and Clerks is part of a series – but while I swear the sign said “KSFM” but I can’t find a thing on the website.

Either way – it’s a great movie and I imagine seeing it on the big screen in all its grainy glory is a treat. Go check it out.

You’re a thief of love!

That’s potentially the best line I’ve heard in live theater in a long time, as delivered by pint-sized jilted boyfriend Hugo Peabody in Runaway Stage Production’s Youth Musical Theater Workshop’s production of Bye Bye Birdie.

Tommy Weber’s Hugo is just one of the fun characters to romp enthusiastically across the stage. The story is remarkably current: an unsuspecting small town girl, Emily Kelly’s Kim MacAfee, is chosen to kiss goodbye Elvis-esque Conrad Birdie (Andrew Burt – a showstopper with his emoting and gyrating) as he leaves for the Army. Some biting and funny social commentary is laced throughout the upbeat, typically lively musical comedy score.

This is a kids production – none of the actors is over 16 and many are quite a bit younger. It’s not super polished, but it’s also at no loss for comedic highlights – scripted and otherwise.

There’s only one show left, tomorrow, September 14th, at 7pm at the 24th Street Theater. It’s probably the most fun you can have for $5 on a Thursday night.

Where did you go since you’ve been gone???

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I went to the Kelly Clarkson concert last week (don’t want to blog too much about it since one of our new Star Bloggers will be filling you in on the details)…but I do want to write about something that struck me as odd…I don’t think she said SACRAMENTO one time during the whole show…not even ONE shoutout…I only remember this since the concert was at the SleepTrain Amphitheatre in Marysville and I was wondering if she would give a shout out to Sactwon or Marysville…Alas, no mention of either city was given. I thought every artist did that in an attempt to get the crowd going. There were a TON of shoutouts to Vitamin Water and Ford, sponosrs of the tour…hmm, imagine that!

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