Next door to the historic Colonial Theatre, the chefs at Cafe Colonial plate up burgers, fries, and nachos for hungry omnivores and vegans alike. Daiya cheese can be subbed in for dairy cheese, and Boca replaces beef with a simple request. The kitchen has also become known for whipping up a mean Indian frybread taco garnished with refried beans, ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. On weekends and weeknights, the café plays host to artistic events, live bands, and movie nights.
Composed by the German Baroque master George Frideric Handel, Orlando tracks the tumultuous love triangle created when celebrated French soldier Orlando falls in love with the eye-catching Queen Angelica, whose heart belongs to Medoro, an African prince. Countertenor Randall Scotting applies his experience singing the titular role in Budapest last year to his lead performance. The Sacramento Community Center Theater is an acoustic space designed to gently nurture delicate altos and magnify booming bass, while supertitles are featured above the stage, translating Italian lyrics into English for story lovers and aspiring Rosetta stones. The opera welcomes patrons in whatever apparel they feel comfortable in, but this opening night performance provides attendees a convenient excuse to air out tuxedos and formal gowns long hidden in backyard time capsules or dusty attic monocle collections.
Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a contemporary ballet move, a jazzercise move, or a well-coordinated move to a nicer part of town and away from that mouthy opossum that keeps opening your mail—is a great way to get exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new and graceful friends. At Midtown Stomp, partners are encouraged to rotate, making the lessons as social as the open dance to help dancers learn new moves and catch the dance bug. Live music during the open dance will be provided by Phat Cat Swinger, a Hasselhoff-approved band that has toured the country and performed with Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and The Coasters.
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.
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.
After searching Sacramento to no avail for a venue where kids could explore their creative impulses, two moms took the matter into their own hands and set about constructing their ideal children's art space. Eschewing the formalized, expensive art classes they found elsewhere, the duo opened ArtBeast with the goal of providing kids aged seven and younger with a mind-opening playground. In the three-level building, children can roam free, playing musical instruments, splattering paint, or dressing up in a constantly rotating wardrobe of costumes. Regular classes inculcate un-self-conscious expression with more structured activities, helping toddlers create their own works of art based on favorite pieces of lint or introducing them to ballet in dance classes. Complimentary organic coffee keeps parents as energetic as their offspring, and the studio's month-long passes encourage guardians to stick around and bond with fellow caretakers of insane miniature people.