It’s been a busy few months for the Sacramento State alumna-fronted band Rituals of Mine.
The electronic duo of alumna Terra Lopez (’07, English) and Dani Fernandez, formerly known as Sister Crayon, changed its name before launching a national tour last summer that took it to some of the West Coast’s biggest venues. Their major-label debut, Devoted, was released in September.
Now, they’re coming home. Rituals of Mine are the first headliners in the 2017 Concerts in the Park, a series of free shows in Cesar Chavez Plaza that kicks off May 5.
To learn more about Lopez and Rituals of Mine’s long and sometimes challening journey from experimental electronic project to major-label mainstay, check out our July profile of the duo in the Made at Sac State blog.
More information can be found at godowntownsac.com/concerts-in-the-park/.
Anthony Sadler, the Sacramento State student who with two friends heroically prevented a terrorist attack on a train in France last year, is headed for the big screen – courtesy of a Hollywood icon.
Clint Eastwood will direct a movie adaptation of The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train and Three American Heroes, a book about the incident written by Sadler, his fellow train heroes Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern.
Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone were on a train to Paris when they spotted a gunman in their car. They ran toward the man – who was armed with a pistol, a box cutter, and an assault rifle – overpowering him and likely saving hundreds of lives. Following the incident, the trio became global heroes. They were awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, and were invited to the White House, where President Barack Obama hailed their bravery. They eventually returned to their hometown, Sacramento, to a hero’s welcome and parade.
It’s not exactly a coincidence that Eastwood – who knows a little something about taking down bad guys, at least in the movies – is set to bring their story to the big screen. Sadler told San Francisco’s ABC 7 last year that the three sent an autographed copy of The 15:17 to Paris to Eastwood last year, hoping he would direct a film adaptation.
Sadler, who is proudly #MadeAtSacState, also was honored at a Sacramento State football game last September.
Sacramento State alumna Danielle Moné Truitt stars in the new BET series “Rebel,” which premiered March 28. Image courtesy BET.
This week, television audiences met Rebel, the main character of the new, eponymous BET series. And they also met Danielle Moné Truitt ’13 (Theatre Arts), a Sacramento State alumna and veteran theater actress making her debut as a TV star.
Truitt plays Rebecca “Rebel” Knight, an Oakland cop who becomes a private investigator after her brother is killed by police officers. The show blends ’70s-era “blaxploitation” themes with contemporary settings and issues, including Black Lives Matter.
The Sacramento Bee recently profiled Truitt ahead of the series premiere, detailing how a veteran theater actress with little television experience was able to wow director John Singleton and win the part.
“It’s nice to know I do have something people find intriguing,” Truitt told the Bee. “Being from south Sacramento, growing up having a hard life and being a sista can work to my advantage.”
In an interview last year with Sacramento State, Truitt said she didn’t consider a career as an actor until one of her professors encouraged her to join her first play.
“Opening night I walked out, and I was like, ‘Yep, this is what I want to do,’ ” she said.
Rebel airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on BET. Truitt will return to Sacramento on April 29 for an event hosted by the California Film Festival.