The Weekender

5 last-minute getaway ideas for Labor Day weekend

08/26/14

5 last-minute getaway ideas for Labor Day weekend

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend (Friday through Sunday) Your grape escape at this three-day wine festival starts on Friday at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery with the Sonoma Starlight evening featuring wine from more than 25 regional wineries and dinner under the stars prepared by chefs Sondra Bernstein and John Touzle of the Sonoma-based French bistro The Girl & the Fig (think roasted pork loin with polenta cakes and quattro formaggi pizza with house-made pork fennel sausage). During Saturday's Taste of Sonoma, the weekend’s signature event, fill your glass with vino from some 200 wineries, such as Clos du Bois, Sebastiani, Kenwood and Kendall-Jackon, and sample cuisine from local kitchens (like chilled Thai watermelon soup with spicy crab from Santa Rosa’s The...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 22-24

08/22/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 22-24

Rascal Flatts & Sheryl Crow (Friday) At this co-headlined concert, country outfit Rascal Flatts—whose chart-topping hits include “Bless the Broken Road” and “Take Me There”—will showcase their latest release, Rewind, and be joined by singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who came out with her first all-country album last year. Also performing will be Gloriana, the country trio that was crowned the top new vocal group at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2009 and has toured with the likes of Taylor Swift and Brooks & Dunn. $28-$76. 7:30 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre. 2677 Forty Mile Rd. Wheatland. 800-745-3000. livenation.com Sacramento Film & Music Festival (Friday through Sunday) Calling all Sacramento cinephiles and...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 8-10

08/07/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 8-10

Miranda Lambert (Friday) Miranda Lambert’s Platinum tour—named for the 19-time Academy of Country Music award winner’s new record—comes to Wheatland this summer. The reigning queen of country, who will be joined by acts like Justin Moore, will perform from a set list that leans on songs from Platinum and other hits from previous albums like Four the Record and Revolution—both of which, along with Platinum, reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts. $29.25-$54. 7:30 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre. 2677 Forty Mile Rd. Wheatland. 800-745-3000. livenation.com The Robert Cray Band (Friday) Led by the eponymous five-time Grammy-winning blues icon that Rolling Stone named “one of the greatest guitarists of his generation” and who was inducted...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 1-3

07/31/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 1-3

Bill Medley (Friday) You’ll have the time of your life at this concert by Bill Medley, who as one half of the Rightous Brothers, crooned enduring hit songs such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ ” and “Unchained Melody.” As a solo artist, Medley earned a Grammy Award in 1987 for “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” the Oscar-winning song from Dirty Dancing which he sang with Jennifer Warnes. $49-$69. Friday at 8 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 442-5189. sblentertainment.com Jon Pardi (Friday) Dixon native Jon Pardi—whose debut album, Write You a Song, was released earlier this year and hit No. 3 on the US Country Billboard chart—will be coming to Sacramento for a hometown concert. The rising star...

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Outdoor movies, beer and bikes converge in Davis for Clips Beer & Film Tour

07/29/14

Outdoor movies, beer and bikes converge in Davis for Clips Beer & Film Tour

The brewery that brought Fat Tire to taps around the country is set to bring 17 of its finest—and rarest—beers directly to Davis on Aug. 1 when New Belgium Brewing stops by on its Clips Beer & Film Tour. For the fifth year, the event—held this year at Community Park—will screen a lineup of about 20 fan-submitted short films that were created specifically for the tour. The PG-13 shorts, which will vary in length from 30 seconds to five minutes, will cover a diverse range of topics, from bicycling to beer. The outdoor screening commences at 9 p.m., but, starting at 7:30 p.m., guests can sample beers, set up a picnic on the lawn or grab a bite from vendors like The Davis Graduate or Hogs, Horns and Hens BBQ. Last year, the event attracted more than...

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