Listen to world music, try you hand at painting, improve your camera work or inspect duck decoys.

Sacramento art critic Victoria Dalkey recommends five exhibits to see.

New DVD releases this week include ‘Bad Words,’

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” a superior sequel to the already good 2011 film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” subtly condemns prejudices born of fear, along with blind loyalty to one’s supposed tribe.

Jazz artist kicks off the first leg of a new world tour at the Mondavi Center.

All 15 concerts and two nights of auditions are free with fair admission.

The Zombie Walk that starts it always commands more attention (flesh eaters are such drama queens), but the six-week-long Trash Film Orgy late-night movie series offers its own pleasures.

City has paired with Palladio 16 Cinemas operator in a plan to turn the dilapidated 1937 theater, vacant since 2010, into a gleaming multiplex

Rock. Jam. Roots. Punk. Funk. Reggae. Country.

From claiming a spot along Lake Tahoe’s shoreline for the annual salute to a fireworks spectacular to discovering award-winning cheeses, here’s a list of area events and festivals to get you through the rest of the summer.

California Musical Theatre artistic director Glenn Casale would probably be a great mathematician or an excellent puzzle maker. He enjoys creating problems to solve and dislikes doing the same thing twice.

Finding an identity is hard enough for a 16-year-old girl without learning that life as you know it is based on a lie.

A company that operates a scenic landscape area in southwest China which features in the latest "Transformers" movie says it will sue its producers for breach of contract.

We arrived for an early dinner on a recent Saturday, and already Auburn’s Tre Pazzi Trattoria was hopping.

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a "true American hero."

The Fourth of July went off like a dud at the box office, as the Michael Bay sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and the Melisa McCarthy comedy "Tammy" led the weakest summer holiday weekend in at least a decade.

The 40th-anniversary tour with Def Leppard on the bill kicked off the holiday weekend with a double whammy of arena rock.

Let’s celebrate this most American of holidays – the Fourth of July – with a classic American dish – pizza.

The Crocker Art Museum is the only venue on the West Coast to host this vibrant show of 100 works by 43 artists is a revelation.

On a recent Friday evening, an enthusiastic country-music fan, cheered on by her older sister, jumped on stage at Cesar Chavez Plaza to snap a selfie with the guitar player for the Chris Gardner Band.

Happy Independence Day!

Six-year-old Tess Bowman plans to don her lucky belt buckle for what could be a wild Saturday-night ride at Folsom’s Dan Russell Rodeo Arena.

Theater festivals rev up across the region.

Current films are reviewed each week to provide parents a guide to decide what may be appropriate to younger viewers

Celebrate the nation’s birthday and have a weekend of other activities.

It has been a banner year for Texas-set indie films. From Nicolas Cage’s comeback in “Joe” and Michael C. Hall’s turn as a man pushed to his limits in the thriller “Cold in July” to the moving slice-of-life drama “This Is Where We Live” – not to mention Richard Linklater’s extraordinary “Boyhood,” which opens next month – the Lone Star State is the backdrop for some of 2014’s best-told cinematic stories.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and then turn back to live weekday music.

In an otherwise bright summer filled with dragon trainers, transforming robots and ninja turtles, here comes “Deliver Us From Evil” – like a dead cat floating in the punch bowl.

New DVD releases this week include ‘The Lunchbox,’ ‘The Unknown Known’

“There’s the Mooch,” says Ben Falcone brightly as his wife, Melissa McCarthy, enters the room.

Is college, specifically the elite four-year residential model, overrated? Is it worth its ever-increasing cost? Has it been oversold as the key to a child’s brighter future? The stimulating documentary “Ivory Tower” asks all these tough questions and, most provocatively of all, declines to give definitive answers.

Get out the red, white and blue. Here's a list of Fourth of July weekend events to celebrate America's independence.

One of the most acclaimed bands to break out of Sacramento announced its own apparent break up Wednesday afternoon.

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s new play “Provenance” has a number of curious and mysterious things happening in it. Though all the questions are answered too sweetly and neatly in the end, the play tries taking a road less traveled to get from here to there, and the heady comic drama finds an emotional core that ultimately works its way around the wispy narrative.

Adam Levine knows pop stars-turned-actors are greeted suspiciously. And he’s hesitant to make any grandiose declarations about suddenly transforming into an actor. But he can’t help himself.

Banda music is the soundtrack of modern Mexico, with its thumping polka beat and trumpets blasting everywhere from rural fairs to working-class Mexico City weddings. And it's increasingly made in the U.S.A.

The music line-up for this fall’s TBD Fest is no longer to be determined.

Audiences will find B Street’s Sherlock Holmes hysterical.

Ice cream, art, automobiles and music in the parks fill the week.

Sacramento vocal trio Trinitii - Cassie Nutter, Lauren Ona and Jessica Teddington - didn’t make the cut in Sunday’s sing-off on ABC-TV’s “Rising Star.”

Say this for Melissa McCarthy: A couple of years into her stardom, and not all that far past the dust-up over critics' deriding her comic reliance on the sight gag that is her physique, she puts it all out there in the opening moments of "Tammy," a star vehicle she co-wrote for herself.

The underground acrobats who flip, somersault and pole-dance among New York City subway riders as trains roll are drawing a new audience — police officers.

Keira Knightley’s singing voice, a little too girlish, a bit too breathy yet somehow still lovely, is “Begin Again” at its essence. This film, in which a fledgling singer-songwriter (Knightley) and a foundering record executive (Mark Ruffalo) pair up to make an album, can be picked apart easily. But it shouldn’t be. It is too warm and engaging, too filled with catchy tunes and the wonderful Ruffalo, for that.

Sincere and spirited, the PG-rated “Earth to Echo” evokes those 1980s kid-adventure tales such as “E.T.” and “Stand By Me.” Except the visuals are jerkier and the tug on the heartstrings lighter.

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are taking The Who on the road for a series of shows in the U.K. celebrating the band's 50th anniversary.

Nicki Minaj told the crowd at the BET Awards that she was close to death recently — an experience that has helped her be herself.

"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is ruling the box office.

KISS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its self-titled debut with a tour that includes Def Leppard, another band known for its multimillion-selling albums and epic choruses, as the opening act. The show brings its mix of stage blood and sing-alongs to “Rock and Roll All Nite” to the Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Thursday.

The production is a deeply satisfying rendition of the groundbreaking musical.

A gleaming 1957 Nash Metropolitan sits at the center of “Mid-Century Madness” at the Blue Line Arts gallery in Roseville. The compact red-and-white auto is in primo condition and calls up memories of the 1950s when modernism came to American postwar suburbs.

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