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Sandra Bernhard mines Grass Valley for laughs

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Staff report
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KNOW & GO
Who:  The Center for the Arts Comedy Series
What: Sandra Bernhard
When:  Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m.
Where:  Main stage theater, The Center for the Arts, 14 W. Main St., Grass Valley
Cost:  $45 members, $50 non-member
Info:  530-274-8384 ext. 14, www.thecenterforthearts.org,
www. sandrabernhard.com

GRASS VALLEY, CA - In her own one-of-a-kind live show, “I Love Being Me, Don’t You,” that sharply blends theatre, rock-n-roll and stand-up with a little burlesque and cabaret, performer Sandra Bernhard will appear at The Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 18, as part of her current national tour.

The actress/singer/ comedienne kicked-off her 2013 tour in early January, right after bringing 2012 to a riotous close by performing a four night sold-out stint at New York City’s famed Joe’s Pub over New Year’s Eve.

Her live in-your-face performing combines her hysterical insight, outspoken views and outrageous mouth, along with her band, The Flawless Zircons. Her brilliant unity of hilarious diatribes on the state of modern culture and classic rock attitude burns smart, still having all the raucous energy of youth.

The always entertaining Bernhard has been wowing, and sometimes shocking, audiences since starting her career at LA’s famed Comedy Store in the 1970’\s, going on to become a favorite on the live-show comedy circuit nationally, while also forging a career in film, television and on Broadway.

Sandra Bernhard also returns to television this season, being featured in a special guest starring appearance on the hit ABC TV comedy “The Neighbors,” airing in the very near future. As most people are aware, from 1991-1996 she played Nancy Bartlett — the first openly gay character on a network sitcom — on Roseanne, and has more recently appeared on the TV Land comedy “Hot in Cleveland,” on Logo’s “DTLA,” CBS’s “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” FOX TV’s “American Dad,” NBC’s “Crossing Jordan,” “The L Word” and has appeared more than 30 times on Late Night with David Letterman.

In addition to her numerous television and film appearances, audiences have raved about her work on the Broadway stage, including the critically acclaimed “I’m Still Here… Dammit!,” which opened Off-Broadway in 1997, moved to Broadway a year later, and was filmed for an HBO special. In 2006, Bernhard’s “Everything Bad and Beautiful” also opened to rave reviews. Her most recent show, “I Love Being Me, Don’t You?” played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in Los Angeles. The album version of the show was released on Rooftop Records last fall, and she has since been touring almost non-stop.

Learn more about the performer at www.sandrabernhard.com.