Conductor Michael Morgan and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra's seasoned tunesmiths finish their 2010–2011 season with a flourish, casting an eclectic mix of classical and pops programs sprinkled with performances by renowned guest artists. On February 19, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner tickles the ivories during "Basically Beethoven", cascading through Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 24 before the orchestra's majestic take on Beethoven's Symphony no. 7. On April 9, "Hidden Meanings" explores issues of love and faith amid the tumultuous early twentieth century, with pieces by Edward Elgar and Dmitri Shostakovich, a secretive composer known for hiding unfinished works under the stairwells in M.C. Escher paintings. The season belts to a close on May 21 with "Homegrown Sacramento", as Tony-award-winning Broadway chanteuse Faith Prince summons Sondheim, Loesser, and other giants of the Great White Way with her strong vocal prowess.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
This merchant is no longer operating as Gold's Gym; it is now operating as Max Fitness Natomas.
To create Stoney's Rockin' Rodeo in 2007, the owner combined his two passions in life: cooking and country dancing. As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, he has been adamant about offering hearty eats at affordable prices, which is why Stoney's menu is a line-up of comfort cuisine including barbeque meats, half-pound Angus burgers, and steaks grilled to order. At the restaurant’s front bar saloon, drinks are poured while guests belt out their favorite tunes during nightly karaoke or as they perch on a high-top chair to watch a sports game on one of five flat-screen TVs.
At the back of the house, novice line dancers and seasoned do-se-do-ers participate in free country-dance lessons in a spacious dancehall. Award-winning instructors also guide partnered and non-partnered dancers through workshops. Weekly concerts showcase such artists as Chris Young and Phil Vassar, who deliver the real-deal country music that gets everyone kicking up their heels and high-fiving with their imaginary spittoons.