Creativity in the Capital

by Casey Rafter, Solving Sacramento

We find two artists or creatives in the Sacramento area and pair them together to discuss their successes, their struggles and how they feel they fit into the Sacramento creative community. The two strangers are provided a list of questions and off they go.

Creativity in the Capital is a production of the Solving Sacramento journalism collaborative hosted by Casey Rafter. Intro and outro music is by Celia St. Croix. Ce ... 

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Creativity in the Capital: Andru Defeye & Tavarus Blackmon

    Creativity in the Capital: Andru Defeye & Tavarus Blackmon

    Tavarus Blackmon is a Sacramento talent whose work includes music, fashion, collages and curations. His art has been seen at Crocker Art Museum and Axis Gallery. Blackmon teaches artistic methods at Sacramento State and has taught at UC Davis. Andru Defeye is a celebrated local hip hop artist and a self-named guerilla poet who energetically supports the artistic community in all its forms. In 2020, Defeye was granted the title of Sacramento’s Poet Laureate. KSSU opened its doors for Blackmon and Defeye to meet face-to-face in the quiet studio.

  • Season 1

  • Creativity in the Capital: Cha Cha Burnadette and Danielle Mercado

    Creativity in the Capital: Cha Cha Burnadette and Danielle Mercado

    Without a leader like burlesque dancer ChaCha Burnadette, Sacramento would not enjoy the kind of spice her dance group, the Darling Clementines, adds to the mix. The group’s founder has been part of the burlesque scene for a decade. Danielle Mercado, founder and director of the Hummingbird Theatre Company in Rancho Cordova, helps make the arts accessible and enjoyable for casual theatergoers and die-hard Broadway fans alike.

  • Creativity in the Capital: Dalrymple MacAlpin and The Philharmonik

    Creativity in the Capital: Dalrymple MacAlpin and The Philharmonik

    Detroit born storyteller, multi-instrument, composer, playwright and puppeteer Dalrymple MacAlpin has spent much of his life interpreting the vivid images of his dreams into the art he presents to his audiences. Sacramento-based hip hop and R&B performer and producer Christian Gates began piano lessons at six years old. Now, as The Philharmonik, he creates vibrations with voice and keys that’s enveloped his audiences in a blanket of thought provoking sound since 2016. The two creative souls huddled for a chat in the multimedia room of Sacramento State’s award-winning news publication, The State Hornet.

  • Creativity in the Capital: Liv Moe and Jennifer Jackson

    Creativity in the Capital: Liv Moe and Jennifer Jackson

    Sacramento artist and writer Liv Moe is the founder, curator and director of the Verge Center for the Arts, which offers residency programs, exhibitions and workshops to artists. Placerville native Jennifer Jackson not only owns Grigio Art Consulting, which places art in commercial and health care spaces, she is also a co-founder of The Red Museum, a performance and art warehouse in Sacramento.

  • Creativity in the Capital: Barbara Range and Jaya King

    Creativity in the Capital: Barbara Range and Jaya King

    Barbara Range, director of The Brickhouse Gallery and Art Complex since 2012, has called her work as the space’s curator “in service of arts to the community.” Jaya King is a Sacramento-based muralist and painter with a portfolio that boasts a diverse selection of black-and-white paintings, vibrant 4,600-square-foot murals and delightfully textured encaustic work. The two met at Brickhouse to discuss their earliest experiences with the Sacramento creative community, their thoughts on a primer for fledgling artists and the scarcity of artists residencies in the region.