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December 24, 2012
Catching a movie? Here are latest showtimes tonight

By Diana Lambert

Catching a movie on Christmas Eve is a time-honored tradition for many families. Some local theaters close up early on Christmas Eve, while others stick to their regular schedules.

Here are tonight's last shows at a sampling of Sacramento and area theaters. See the complete list of movies and reviews at


Crest Theatre - "Argo," 8:25 p.m.

Tower Theatre - "Hyde Park on Hudson, 7:30 p.m.

Century Plaza Downtown 7 - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" 8 p.m.

Esquire IMAX Theatre - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," 10:45 p.m.

Regal Natomas Marketplace Stadium 16 - "Jack Reacher," 7:50 p.m.

UA Arden Fair 6 - "The Guilt Trip," 7:45 p.m.

Century Stadium 14 - "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," 8:25 p.m.

West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In - "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2," 8:35 p.m.

Century 16 Greenback Lane - "Jack Reacher," 8:20 p.m.

December 21, 2012
Comedian Louis C.K. to perform in Sacramento


Louis C.K., the brilliant standup comedian and creator and star of the Fox show "Louis," will perform Feb. 12 in Sacramento.

The show will be at Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. Argo Tickets are $45 and are available only through

The tickets, rather reasonably priced for a star of Louis' stature, also come with all fees includes.


December 13, 2012
Holiday concerts come to California's Capitol Rotunda

Listen to live holiday music at the California State Capitol Rotunda now through Christmas. Here is a schedule of performances under the dome.

Friday, Dec. 14
Noon-1 p.m.: Capital Valley Harp Circle

Saturday, Dec. 15
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Camellia City Flute Choir
1-2 p.m.: River Bells (Professional Bell Ringers)

Sunday, Dec. 16
Noon-1 p.m.: Sacramento Youth Symphony Symphonic Band
1-2 p.m.: Renaissance Choir of Sacramento

December 11, 2012
K9 calendar raises funds for Sac Sheriff's four-footed partners

Julydog.jpg See the softer side of Sacramento County Sheriff's four-footed force of K9 partners in a new calendar celebrating local dogs.

"Bravery, Unity, Loyalty" is the theme for the 2013 calendar benefiting the Sacramento Sheriff K9 Association. Taken by XSIGHT, the black and white photography features 11 active K9 partners and one retiree.

Money raised by the calendars goes toward the care of current working and retired K9s that serve with Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies.

Mr. December in the calendar, Kaleo was the beneficiary of that fund. Shown cuddling with his former handler's daughter, the dog was forced to retire early after he was diagnosed with cancer.

"We were able to take care of all of Kaleo's medical expenses," said Deputy Shane Gregory. "He's now cancer free."

Gregory has partnered with Ronin, a 5-year-old German Shepherd, for four years. He knows firsthand the risks these dogs take in the line of service.

"Every day, we put these dogs into situations that make our jobs safer, but put them at risk," Gregory said. "They'll do anything we ask without hesitation - that's bravery."

"Handler and dog form a special team," he continued. "It's a bond that few people can understand. That's our unity. And the loyalty each dog has for its handler is unmatched."

A $20 donation, the calendars are available online via the association's website, Or pick up a calendar at: Sheldon Feed and Supply, 8928 Grant Line Road, Elk Grove; VCA Sacramento Animal Medical Group, 4990 Manzanita Ave., Carmichael; and Sunset Animal Medical Center, 7751 Sunset Ave., Fair Oaks.decemberdog.jpg

December 3, 2012
Cosmo Cabaret closing, but Paragary says he'll fill the space

By Marcus Crowder

California Musical Theatre has turned out the lights and dropped the curtain on the Cosmo Cabaret.

CMT will no longer operate the 200-seat theater at the corner of 10th and K Streets, which it opened in 2008. Last week CMT executive producer Richard Lewis asked his board of directors to sign off on an agreement terminating their lease with developer David Taylor, who owns the building.

The state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems will not go unused for long, however, as restaurateur Randy Paragary will take over operation of the theater space to create a night club he plans to call The Assembly. He will open the new club March 1 and intends to have acts booked every night.

Paragary plans to adapt and slightly renovate the Cabaret space to be a part of the young active night life hub on the block.

"What we intend to do fits the demographic of what is happening down there," Paragary said.


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