The Weekender

The Sactown Weekend Update for April 18-20

04/18/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for April 18-20

Tinariwen (Friday) Begun by three exiled nomads in North Africa, the groundbreaking ensemble Tinariwen—whose name means “deserts” in the Tamashek language—found solace and success through its music. Since forming, the group has amassed international acclaim, including a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best World Music Album, for the unique sound that blends its own musical traditions with other influences from rock to blues to Arabic elements. Opening for the eight-piece outfit tonight will be the English afro-folk band The Melodic. $35. Friday at 8 p.m. The Center for the Arts. 314 West Main St. Grass Valley. 530-274-8384. thecenterforthearts.org Rock of Ages (Friday & Saturday) Big songs and even bigger hair collide in this five-time Tony-nominated...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for April 11-13

04/10/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for April 11-13

Arlo Guthrie (Friday) Entitled “Here Comes the Kid,” this tribute tour continues the celebration of what would have been iconic folk singer Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday in 2012 and is led by his talented son, singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie. The concert will weave together personal stories and remembrances from the Guthrie family with renditions of the songs made famous by both father and son, like Woody’s “This Land is Your Land” and Arlo’s “Alice’s Restaurant.” $58. 8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 255 South Auburn St. Grass Valley. 530-748-384. thecenterforthearts.org Peter Sagal (Friday) The host of NPR’s popular Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! comes to the Mondavi Center to talk about current events...

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Run wild at Capay Organic during 5K With Your Farmer

04/09/14

Run wild at Capay Organic during 5K With Your Farmer

Break a sweat on the farm this weekend—without getting your hands dirty—when home produce delivery service Farm Fresh to You presents 5K With Your Farmer, a rain-or-shine fun run along Capay Organic farm’s scenic dirt roads. Runners, walkers and joggers of all ages are welcome to participate in the 5K, which begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday. (Participants are urged to arrive at 10 a.m. to sign in.) Following the run, guests can hop on a tractor tram for a farm tour, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour-goers will view fields of fruits and vegetables, harvest strawberries and hear a talk from Capay's head farmer Thaddeus Barsotti on organic and sustainable agriculture. Activities like the farm’s face painting, petting zoo and craft...

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New work by Gregory Kondos, other Sacramento artists debuts in "Essential Six" exhibit

04/09/14

New work by Gregory Kondos, other Sacramento artists debuts in "Essential Six" exhibit

If you’re planning your Second Saturday destinations for this weekend, don’t overlook “Essential Six,” a diverse exhibition of never-before-seen works by Gregory Kondos, Jian Wang, and four other Sacramento artists profiled on KVIE’s Northern California arts and culture series Rob on the Road. Organized by KVIE art curator D. Oldham Neath, the lineup ranges from such established figures as Kondos and Jian—to up-and-comers in the Sacramento scene, including Micah Crandall-Bear, Tim Collom and Kim Squaglia. Beloved painter Laureen Landau, who passed away in 2009, will also be represented. “If somebody has an amazing collection of Northern California art, all six of these artists would be in that collection,” says Neath....

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Drive-in double feature hosts "American Graffiti" and new documentary for classic film fans

03/28/14

Drive-in double feature hosts "American Graffiti" and new documentary for classic film fans

Instead of plopping down on the couch for another night of binge streaming, hop into the car for a drive-in Saturday when George Lucas’ cruise-culture classic American Graffiti accompanies the 2013 documentary Going Attractions as part of a double feature this weekend at the West Wind Sacramento 6 theater. Going Attractions, which opens the double feature at dusk, chronicles the mid-century heyday, late-century decline, and contemporary resurgence of America’s iconic drive-in pastime. Lucas’ 1973 hit and five-time Oscar nominee, about a night in the life of cruising teens in Modesto, will close the program. SacMod, a group striving to preserve and promote modern art in the Sacramento region, is hosting the event and will precede the screenings with a classic...

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