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By Soterios Johnson on July 1, 2018

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A graphic depicting newsies dancing with raised fists.
Courtesy Broadway at Music Circus

Disney’s Newsies
Tuesday, July 10 - Sunday, July 15
Broadway at Music Circus
1419 H St, Sacramento, CA 95814

They sold the newspapers, until they made the headlines. Based on the Disney film, this Tony-winning, crowd-pleasing smash-hit features a band of spirited New York City newsboys, facing insurmountable odds and standing up to the powerful publishers. With stirring music by Alan Menken (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) and breathtaking dance numbers, it’s a new classic with the power to inspire.

MUSICHarry Styles lying on his back with his eyes closed.

Harry Styles: Live On Tour
Monday, July 9
Golden1 Center
547 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

British singer Harry Styles’ debut concert tour has been selling out arenas worldwide within seconds. Overwhelmed by the success of Harry Styles: Live on Tour, Harry has decided to expand into 2018.  Also performing: Kacey Musgraves.

A promotional photo of Michael McDonald.

Michael McDonald: Wide Open
Tuesday, July 10
Crest Theatre
1013 K St, Sacramento, CA 95814

With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music. Hailing from St. Louis, McDonald arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, honing his talents as a studio musician before becoming an integral part of Steely Dan. In the mid-’70s McDonald was invited to join the Doobie Brothers as the band redefined their sound with McDonald serving as singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,”“It Keeps You Runnin’,”“Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.” Throughout the ’80s and ’90s McDonald’s solo career took off with a string of hits including “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),”“Sweet Freedom,”“On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle) and the Grammy-winning James Ingram duet “Yah Mo B There,” plus he co-wrote the Van Halen hit “I’ll Wait.”  

McDonald’s latest album, Wide Open, finds him collaborating with a number of special guests including Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis.

A photo of members of the band standing and facing different directions

Waker at Momo Sacramento
Friday, July 13
2708 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (Vocals, Acoustic) and Conor Kelly (Electric Guitar). The group hails from Nashville, mashing soul, rock & roll, and jam into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head — and feet.

From the East Coast to the West Coast, each member moved to Nashville to join Bader and Kelly one by one. The band originally began under the name Koa with bassist Ryan Ladd and saxophonist Alex Matthews. Percussionist Ryan McClanahan quickly joined adding a unique sound to the music. Finally, the band found drummer Dave Czuba to fuse Koa into Waker. The band say their intention has always been clear: to “wake people” with their music.


A photo of Eduardo Carillo's "Testament of the Holy Spirit" (1971).
Courtesy Crocker Art Museum

Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo
Open through Sunday, October 7
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Eduardo Carrillo’s artwork has been described as mystical, realistic, surreal, and visionary. His imagery, whether grounded in the everyday world or infused with magical realism, reflects his relationship to his native California and to his Mexican heritage, as well as to his early religious upbringing and respect for European traditions in art. An inspirational leader who actively challenged racism and injustice, Carrillo created programs and platforms that promoted greater awareness of Latin American culture, aesthetics, and social concerns, significantly advancing the recognition and appreciation of Chicano art and culture in California.

A photo of three members of the Maya Latin Roots Band.
Courtesy Crocker Art Museum

Thursday, July 12
Crocker Art Museum
216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot? Join the Crocker for a south-of-the-border party inspired by the exhibition “Testament of the Spirit: Paintings by Eduardo Carrillo,” with music by Maya Latin Roots featuring cumbia, Tex-Mex, salsa, cha cha, reggaeton, and Latin rock beats. Plus, imbibe in Tequila talks, ballroom dance lessons, and enthralling performances by Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl-Citlalli. ArtMix is for guests 21+.

A photo of Ianna Frisby's sculpture "White Charm."
Courtesy Pence Gallery

Terraforms Sculpture by Ianna Frisby
Open through Sunday, August 19
Reception on Friday, July 13, 6-9pm
Pence Gallery
212 D St, Davis, CA 95616

From the artist:
While visiting Belize, we ventured into the underworld limestone caves leading to the ancient Mayan underworld. We canoed by a single light and all was silent but for the water rhythmically dripping from the geological formations above. It was there, in that space, that we bare witness to well-trodden footpaths leading to the remains of their dead and sacred artifacts and pottery left nearby.

The experience left me awestruck.

I came back from that trip wanting to create work that reflected the sense of wonderment and discovery that I felt in that moment.  Clay’s kinship to geological formation has provided much fodder for my current body of work and so I began exploring what clay naturally wants to do, which is to break down and build up.

Andrea Chung's "Filthy water cannot be washed" (2016-2017) Cyanotypes and watercolor; underwater seascape with fish in various shades of blue.
Andrea Chung's "Filthy water cannot be washed" (2016-2017) Cyanotypes and watercolor.  Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Courtesy of the artist.

Andrea Chung: You broke the ocean in half to be here
Runs through Sunday, Sep 2
Opening reception: Sunday, July 15, 3pm
Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art
254 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA 95616

Andrea Chung’s practice finds unexpected intersections between materials, processes, and places. Chung creates installations that offer critical insight into legacies of colonialism and migration. This exhibition—Chung’s first traveling museum exhibition—highlights her inventive use of collage, printmaking, and photography in an installation that examines the predatory, non-native lionfish that has proliferated recently in the Caribbean Sea, destroying the local ecosystem. With their cyan-blue color, the prints conjure a fantastic underwater world, but they also present a potent allegory of colonization.