That’s Show Business
The complex economy behind the Capital Region’s thriving local theater scene
COVID-19 exposed the stark realities of the precarious economic state of the theater industry, but even regular theatergoers may not look past the glamour and drama of live theater to the grit, sweat and dollars that go into it.
Art Exposed: Betty Nelsen
On the art of how to look in the mirror
In revisiting her early self-portraits, Betty Nelsen has zeroed in on the strongest elements, cropping the drawings into pages that will go into a series of handmade books.
2023 Architectura Obscura Photography + Digital Student Competition
The American Institute of Architects
We are excited to announce the 13th annual Architectura Obscura annual open photography competition! The 2023 event is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter (AIACV), Comstock’s Magazine, and Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture.
2023 Competition Dates
A Japantown Jazz Star Comes Home
1936 film starring Sacramento-born singer Betty Inada is screened in Sacramento
Betty Inada, a Japanese American jazz singer born in Sacramento in 1913, sought fame in Japan in a time when American screens and stages had little space for Asian women.
Art Exposed: Beti Masenqo
The musician-singer-songwriter blends folk and rock with the Ethiopian songs of her childhood
When she performs, singer and songwriter Beti Masenqo leaves this earthly plane in a way that seems entirely effortless.
Bok Kai Temple in Marysville Preserves Centuries of Culture
The temple is one of the oldest Taoist places of worship in the country
The temple and museum is usually a quiet respite for visitors, open by appointment only. But during one weekend, the serenity is replaced by bursts of firecrackers and thousands of visitors attending the Bok Kai Festival weekend, honoring Bok Eye.
Art Exposed: Summer Ventis
Artist and Sacramento State educator tackles the individual and collective trauma of the pandemic
With her recent exhibition “Heavier Than Air,” artist Summer Ventis encouraged viewers to externalize their held breaths by inflating a balloon.
Who benefits from arts and culture in the Capital Region, and who owns it?
Some members of the arts sector experience instability due to a lack of ownership in the creative movements they build. A year out from pandemic reopenings, city and state programs are supporting artists in unprecedented ways — but the relief is temporary.
LINDA TAYLOR’S LEGACY LIVES LARGE IN LEADING DESIGN FIRM
In honor of women’s history month, Taylor Design is reflecting on our legacy as one of the earliest female-founded U.S. architecture firms. Nearly 45 years after Linda Taylor set out on her own, we proudly carry on her tradition of 100-percent employee ownership in an organization with more than 50 percent female employees.
Art Exposed: Neighbor Program
Founders of Oak Park’s Neighbor Program promote community healing through art
Art has been used to capture the moments in society that have
forever altered the course of history, and to translate complex
emotions. With this philosophy, two artists and educators formed
a community healing practice.