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Best Spring 2015 Art Events In Sacramento

Spring weather in Sacramento can be windy then calm, with rainstorms that follow sunshine and with temperatures ranging anywhere between 40 and 75 degrees. But the local arts community makes sure that the outlook is always favorable for entertainment, with lively dance, music and theater performances, and amazing spectacles both live and filmed. These special events will bring hopes of spring eternal for lucky audiences across the Sacramento region.
'Robot Planet Rising: An Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel'
Mondavi Center, UC Davis
Jackson Hall
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
(866) 754-2787

Date: March 4, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Mondavi Center sets the stage for this science-fiction comic book turned live performance piece. "Robot Planet Rising" is a sequel to "An Intergalactic Nemesis," presented last year at Mondavi, but audience members will be able to enjoy the sequel even if they missed the original. "Robot Planet" includes sound effects by a Foley artist, a cinematic musical score played on piano, three actors, a multitude of characters and nearly 1,300 high-resolution, full color comic book panels on a movie screen.

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'Singin' In the Rain'
El Dorado Musical Theatre
Harris Center at Folsom Lake College
10 College Parkway
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 608-6888

Date: Feb. 20 - March 1, 2015

One of the most iconic images of Hollywood musicals is that of Gene Kelly in a trench coat and hat, swinging around a light pole with his umbrella. El Dorado Musical Theatre's version of the Tony award-winning musical is presented by talented local performers between the ages of 13-22. "Singin' in the Rain" is a fun and whimsical look at entertainment during the 1920s, as silent film stars try to make it in talkies. Witty dialogue, incredible song and dance hijinks, true friendship and a sweet love story are part of this lighthearted romp. In addition to the title song, musical numbers include "Make 'Em Laugh," "All I Do Is Dream of You," "Moses Supposes" and the ever-catchy "Good Morning."

EarFilms – 'To Sleep, To Dream'
Mondavi Center, UC Davis
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
(866) 754-2787

Date: March 19 – 21, 2015

If you have never gone to "see" a movie and been blindfolded before it begins, you have not experienced the work of Daniel Marcus Clark. Clark, founder of EarFilms, brings his first feature-length film, "To Sleep, To Dream," to the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at UC Davis. Through immersion into 3D music and sound, blindfolded audience members become part of an intense, otherworldly story that takes place 40+ years in the future. The filmmaker offers the opportunity to step away from the screen and into your imagination, via Jack Richards, a man trying to survive and make sense of the supremely controlled society in which he lives.

Kids Art Festival: Community Focus On The Arts
Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church
11427 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 966-1036

Date: April 25, 2015

Open to teenagers and children of all ages, the 10th annual Kids Art Festival aims to introduce and encourage participation in the arts. The free event includes workshops and hands-on experiences for youth in the areas of art, theatre, music and dance, led by professional teachers and artists. Live music and dance performances, art shows and food trucks will help keep the whole family entertained.

'Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon'
Sacramento Theatre Company
Pollock Stage
1419 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-6722

Date: March 4 - 8, 2015

"Thrill-ma-geddon" is a hilarious send-up of the Shakespearean tragedy, and is performed by 12- to 18-year-old students from the Young Professionals Conservatory at Sacramento Theatre Company's School of the Arts. The tale surrounds a drama club's attempts to survive budget cuts by staging a more commercialized and corporate-sponsored version of "Hamlet." The classic drama is turned upside-down with additions including a musical score, complete with back-up dancers, and fiery battles with post-apocalyptic zombies.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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