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May 6, 2013
B Street Theatre announces three regional premieres for 2013-14


B Street Theatre has announced that it will present three new plays in 2013-2014 that have enjoyed successful runs in New York on Broadway and Off-Broadway: David Ives' "Venus in Fur," Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities" and Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit." All three are award-winning and will be regional premieres (the theater has yet to put dates on the shows). Here are their descriptions of the plays:

May 3, 2013
Sacramento's Deftones take home 'Golden Gods Award'


Put your hands together for Sacramento's Deftones, who won "album of the year" honors at the Revolver Magazine's 5th annual "Golden Gods Awards" Thursday night.

While the band earned an "album of the year" nod from Revolver in December, these "Golden Gods Awards" are voted on by the general public.

Deftones had been nominated for five awards, including best album, guitarist, drummer, bassist and singer.

Members of Korn presented the award - for the band's "Koi No Yokan" - at a ceremony in Los Angeles, where Metallica played with Rob Halford of Judas Priest to close the show.

Deftones singer Chino Moreno also performed, covering Depeche Mode's "Behind the Wheel" with Dillinger Escape Plan.

It's been a busy week for the band, who are on tour and still mourning the recent death of long-time bassist Chi Cheng.

This video from their May 1 concert in St. Louis - featuring the band paying tribute to Kris Kross' Chris Kelly who died earlier this week - has gone viral. Deftones mash up their "Engine No. 9" with the '90s rap duo's hit single "Jump." Check it out.

May 2, 2013
Cinco de Mayo events in the Sacramento region

Cinco de Mayo 2013 is celebrated this weekend, May4-5. Here are some events planned for the Sacramento region. For complete calendar listings, see our events section.


Mexican American Digital History Exhibit and discussion of the Mexican American Digital History Project. Learn how to record family history. Photos welcome. 1:30 p.m. May. 4; Sol Collective, 2574 21st St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 361-9072.


Cinco De Mayo Celebration Old Sacramento comes alive Cinco De Mayo weekend. Participating bars will have live music, comedy, karaoke and dancing (River City Saloon, Fanny Ann, O'Mally's Pub, The Other Office, Vega's, Sports). The final party celebrating Cinco De Mayo will be on May 5 from 6 p.m. to closing time. Free. (916) 863-7465.

May 2, 2013
California State Fair announces free summer concert line up

The California State Fair celebrates its 160th anniversary this summer and will do so by offering a free concert every night during the State Fair run, July 12-28.

The line up includes acts like Night Ranger, Hoobastank, "Weird Al" Yankovic, EnVogue and others.

All 17 evening concerts during the State Fair are free with Fair admission and will be held on the Golden 1 Stage at 8 p.m.

April 30, 2013
Kenny Wayne Shepherd to headline Sacramento Music Festival


The Sacramento Music Festival continues to slowly shed its image of banjos, straw hats and dancers with parasols.

Blues guitar phenom Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been booked to headline Friday (May 24) at the Sacramento Music Festival - formerly known as the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee and the Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee.

Latin-rock stalwarts Los Lobos will headline May 25.

The festival will still feature plenty of the traditional jazz groups that have been a hallmark of this annual event, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

But the focus has shifted in the last few years toward broadening the types of bands, which now encompass rockabilly, bluegrass, Latin styles and more. That original dixieland demographic has dwindled and the challenge for organizers is to appease that core audience while adding more contemporary touches to the lineup.

The Sacramento Music Festival runs May 24-27 in Old Sacramento.

For more information:

April 30, 2013
Davis-based novelist John Lescroart launches his 24th title

New York Times bestselling legal-thriller novelist John Lescroart will host a launch party for his new novel, "The Ophelia Cut," at 6:30 p.m. May 7 at the Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis; (530) 297-2108.

The centerpiece will be his onstage conversation with "Morning Edition" host Donna Apidone. The evening will include a reading and book-signing; music; wine and catered food will accompany. The public is invited.

"I may even sing a song or two," Lescroart said.

Visit him at

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