Sean Hayes To Receive Trailblazer Award at LA’s Outfest Legacy Awards

Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced Oct. 5th that it will honor Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) in addition to previously announced honorees Jill Soloway and Freeform at the 2016 Legacy Awards.

Hayes is receiving the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his exemplary career as a stage, film, television, and recording artist and for his longtime, passionate support of the LGBT community.

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OSF Is Ready To Wrap Up Another Sensational Season

by Chris Narloch

Some plays wrap up sooner, but you have until October 30th to enjoy a weekend of thrilling theatergoing in Ashland, OR. By Halloween of 2016, the final curtain will have come down on another sensational season, of Shakespeare and much more, at OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), the premier destination for theater on the West Coast.

Next season’s equally impressive roster of classics, musicals and new plays has already been announced, but it’s not too late to enjoy this season. Tickets are still available for most shows, and if you keep reading you’ll find out what I especially enjoyed on my recent trip to OSF, just a quick four-and-a-half-hour drive from Sacramento on highway 5.

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The Royals Get Roasted in “King Charles III”

If you are an avid follower of Britain’s royal family, or you just want to see an absorbing new play, Mike Bartlett’s “King Charles III” should fit the bill.
The 2014 play is currently receiving a polished production at San Francisco’s Geary Theater, courtesy of A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater) and directed by David Muse.

American Conservatory Theater kicks off its 50th subscription season with this 2015 Oliver Award–winning “Best New Play.”

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Cyndi Lauper's Sacramento Detour

Concert Review and photos by Colt McGraw

In 1983, a petite New Yorker with a Queens accent splashed onto the scene and became an instant pop culture phenomenon.  Her debut album, “She's So Unusual,” went on to sell nearly 20 million copies while producing two number one singles that have become timeless anthems around the world: “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and “Time After Time.”

On Friday, September 23rd, Cyndi made a stop at Thunder Valley Casino's Outdoor Amphitheater.  For those of us who avidly follow Cyndi's career, it was no shock that her latest recording, “Detour,” found her exploring her country music side.  After all, what has Cyndi ever been afraid of? With a blues CD, a dance release, a Christmas album, and many pop records under her belt, why not country?

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As Fall Approaches, Think About a Trip to Beautiful Palm Springs

Article and photos by Ed Walsh

During a recent trip to Palm Springs, I toured California’s largest lake, visited a desert ghost town and had a meal in Mexico, all in the same afternoon.

While it was not exactly the stereotypical tourist trip to Palm Springs, the city is the perfect jumping off point to explore the desert attractions in and out of the city, all within a reasonable driving distance.

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