No Laughing Matter

Building iconic institutions in Sacramento comedy isn’t easy, but local comedian Shahera Hyatt gets the last laugh. 

Feb 23, 2018 Ken James

Art Exposed: Zahra Ammar

Zahra Ammar is one of five moderators of Contemporary Quilling, a growing global network of serious papercrafters, created as a reaction to the traditional Quilling Guild, which upholds strict guidelines based on the craft’s historic origins. Comstock’s recently spoke with Ammar about leading a papercraft rebellion, and what drives this Capital Region artist.

Oak Park Wins the Bulk of the 2017 Creative Economy Grant for Food-related Projects

Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood brought in the bulk of the winning food-related projects, including a mural that will direct CalFresh (food stamp) beneficiaries to shop at their local farmers market, a high school sidewalk beautification project, and an urban farming training and demo garden. Here’s the projects getting a boost:

Jan 31, 2018 Amber Stott

Hottest Ticket in Town

B Street has built a community of almost 30,000 devoted subscribers and patrons, and has dedicated itself to producing more than 100 new plays — 60 of which are world, national or regional premieres. Yet despite its successes, we at B Street have never lost sight of our original mission to entertain and educate children about theater and playwriting.

Jan 29, 2018 Buck Busfield

Art Exposed: Lauren Lavin and Alden Knight

Comstock’s goes behind the screens of @FreeArtFridaySacramento to discuss the importance of accessibility in art and what the duo hopes to achieve with the project.

Jan 23, 2018 Eva Roethler

Let’s Talk About the B Street Theatre

Artistic producer Dave Pierini and executive producer Jerry Montoya talk about the company’s history and future as it prepares to move to The Sofia

In mid-December, actor and artistic producer Dave Pierini and executive producer Jerry Montoya sat on an empty stage at the original B Street location to talk about their long history with the professional theater company and their vision for the future. Here is an excerpt from their conversation.

Jan 5, 2018 Joan Cusick

Art Exposed: Benwar Shepard

Comstock’s caught up with Benwar Shepard to discuss what’s in store for 2018 as he embarks on his Creative Economy parade project, works on a new studio album with the Element Brass Band, and fathers a brand new baby. 

Dec 7, 2017 Andru Defeye

Press Play

As a child, working in her family’s print shop in Grass Valley, Judith Berliner’s job was to help her father produce custom maps and limited-edition books on the antique machinery. She now works those same presses as owner of Full Circle Press.

Sep 29, 2017 Robin Epley

Art Exposed: Marianne Bland

Comstock’s interviewed artist Marianne Bland about her artistic direction and recently being named the first recipient of the Gloria Burt Sacramento Region Arts Fellowship.

Sep 28, 2017 Andru Defeye

Gather & Mill, a Boutique and Gathering Space, Opens in Grass Valley

As the sun rises on Mill Street in Grass Valley, Erica Henderson starts the opening routine in her new store Gather & Mill. She rolls out a decorative bicycle and sets up sandwich boards indicating to customers that they are welcome. The sounds of Amos Lee drift through the space as she slips kaftan-style dresses on hangers. When everything is perfectly in place, she opens the coral-colored French doors.

Aug 30, 2017 Trish Moratto Litke

The Untold Story of Used Records Stores

Sacramento area record store owners balk at talk of record sales’ decline

There was a moment leading up to 2013 when it looked as though the record store would join the dodo on the extinction list. Record sales were plummeting due to rampant pirating, digital sales became the primary metric and the major labels were scrambling to shut down the piracy, while appealing to the modern user. Then, reports began circulating that vinyl sales were up.

Aug 24, 2017 Blake Gillespie