Woodland Opera House is about to open a new season of performances, a new exhibition at the John Natsoulas Gallery

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The Woodland Opera House is set to open its 2022-23 show season with a production of “In the Heights.”

This four-time Tony Award-winning production follows Usnavi, bodega owner and girlfriend Vanessa, who works in a beauty salon. Their hard-working couple with big dreams, exuding the sense of hope that so many immigrants are fueled by

The play tells a story of family, community, and life in the Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan, New York. Known as a place where the windows are always open and the breeze carries the beat of the music, it is a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, pressures and where the greatest difficulties can be decide which traditions to keep, according to a Woodland Opera House press release.

Brimming with lively dance scenes and a score that includes hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music, the story explores three days in the lives of the characters.

The show at Woodland Opera House, located at 340 Second St. in Woodland, opens Friday, August 5 and continues through Sunday, August 28 with performances scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online at https://www.etix.com/…/in-the-heights-woodland-woodland…

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The John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis will host a new exhibition starting July 27 to pay tribute to William T. Wiley and his works.

Wiley was one of the main funk artists and his 1966 “Slant Step Show” became ubiquitous in this movement. The exhibition is meant to show the intensity of his artistic, social and political discourse, as he was unafraid to address issues of racism, war, environmental degradation and societal change throughout. throughout his career.

Wiley’s own artistic training began at the California School of Fine Arts (later the San Francisco Art Institute), where he received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962. Shortly thereafter he moved to accept a teaching position at UC Davis. He joined fellow professors Robert Arneson, Roy De Forest, and Wayne Thiebaud, and turned the UC Davis art department into a powerhouse. Together this group of artists taught the next generation, including Bruce Nauman, Deborah Butterfield, Richard Shaw, Stephen Kaltenbach and Stephen Laub.

The exhibit will run at the John Natsoulas Gallery, located at 521 1st St., through September 24.

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Former students, cast and crew members, staff and friends of Woodland Opera House gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the retirement of longtime staff member Eva Sarry.

More than three dozen people gathered just outside the Opera House doors with balloons, personal cards and signs as they waved Sarry off and wished him luck on his move to San Francisco. A gift basket was also presented to him on behalf of the Woodland Opera House Board and Staff.

During her time at the Opera, Sarry held many jobs, working as a dance teacher and show director and choreographer for productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Brigadoon.” She also appeared in several productions, including “White Christmas” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”

Sarry also started the education program at Woodland Opera House. Beginning as a ballet program with just a few classes, the program has since grown exponentially, teaching 300-400 children each year. Along with Baltezore and James Glica-Hernandez, a longtime teacher, mentor and recently deceased musical director, Sarry helped form the Broadway Bound Performing Arts Group, the elite performing group that serves as an ambassador for the Woodland Opera House.

“She has been such an important part of the growth of our educational program and the choreography and artistic development of our main stage,” said Angela Baltezore, Executive Director of Woodland Opera House.

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The new exhibition “Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group” is set to open at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento on August 28.

The museum’s traveling exhibition, organized by the Crocker, presents around 85 works. The exhibit opens in Sacramento in the midst of a national tour. Its initial opening was postponed due to COVID-19 closures.

“Initiated in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico, in 1938, the Transcendental Painting Group (TPG) transformed the spectacular natural surroundings of the Southwest into luminous reflections of the human spirit,” said the website of Crocker.

“Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group” will be on display at the Crocker Art Museum, located at 216 O St., from August 28 through November 20.

Center Stage is a column exploring the arts in and around Yolo County.

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