The Weekender

2013

The Sactown Weekend Events Guide for Jan. 17-19

01/17/14

The Sactown Weekend Events Guide for Jan. 17-19

Menopause the Musical (Friday) Four women who meet while shopping for underwear at Bloomingdale’s became the flashpoint for this singular smash, which has toured the world since debuting in a small Orlando theater in 2001. The show, which closes its run at the Harris Center tonight, features classic songs from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s reworked to riff on the “change of life,” including “Stayin’ Awake,” “Puff, My God, I’m Draggin’ ” and a cheeky adaptation of the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” as an homage to sex toys. $29-$55. 7 p.m. Harris Center at Folsom Lake College. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888. harriscenter.net Todd Barry (Friday and Saturday) Comedian Todd Barry has brought...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Jan. 3-5

01/03/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Jan. 3-5

Forever Tango (Friday through Sunday) Learn the origins of the tango in this revue created by Argentine-born director Luis Bravo, which earned a Tony nod in 1998 for best choreography. Fourteen dancers will trace the passionate and romantic ballroom dance back to its roots in working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires through complexly choreographed group sequences and passionate duets. They’ll be accompanied on stage by musicians playing instruments such as the accordion-like bandoneon, one of the most essential to the art form. $39-$69. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Harris Center at Folsom Lake College 10 College Pkwy. 608-6888. harriscenter.net Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker's Tales of Slavery and Power (Friday through...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 27-29

12/27/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 27-29

Amy Schumer (Friday) The New York Times credits this 32-year old comedian for “taut, provocative lines as crass as they are funny.” It’s that wry, girl-next-door raunch that fuels Schumer’s Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, which features scripted sketches and on-the-street interviews discussing everything from porn to one-night stands and threesomes. Schumer’s stand-up act brings more of her racy dating tales and trademark edge to the stage tonight in Lincoln. $42.50-$72.50. 8:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln. 408-7777. thundervalleyresort.com Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story (Friday through Sunday) This jukebox musical about the legendary Buddy Holly chronicles the short life and career of the bespectacled...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 20-22

12/20/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 20-22

A Victorian Christmas Concert (Friday) Celebrate the Christmas season tonight at this joint concert by Capella Antiqua, the chamber choir in residence at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, and the women’s chorus Vox Musica, who will begin the evening with a medley of classic holiday tunes. Capella Antiqua will then present Dickens’ Lessons and Carols, a work which incorporates readings from Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol with carols from the era. A reception with hot cider will follow the performances. $10-$15. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. 1017 11th St. 916-444-3071. capella-antiqua.org It’s a Wonderful Life: The Musical (Friday through Sunday) Have yourself a merry little Christmas with the Sacramento...

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Second Saturday Roundup for Dec. 13

12/13/13

Second Saturday Roundup for Dec. 13

Get to the art of the matter this weekend. Here are four great gallery exhibits to check out during Second Saturday. Axis Gallery Through Jan. 26 This eighth annual exhibit features all new works created by members of the Sacramento art cooperative Axis Gallery, providing a preview of what the 13 artists will be presenting in their upcoming solo shows. The nearly 30 pieces in the show represent a diverse array of mediums, ranging from photography to sculpture to mixed-media collage to oil on canvas, such as Chuck Seerey’s large-scale abstract painting Open Maze #3, a vibrant piece that incorporates his interest in textual symbols in its grid-like depiction of an Islamic maze made up of calligraphic symbols. A reception with the artists will take place this Saturday...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 13-15

12/13/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 13-15

Blind Boys of Alabama (Friday) The soulful sounds of the South come to the Mondavi Center at tonight’s concert featuring the Grammy-winning gospel group whose original members banded together in 1939 at the Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind. The ensemble will perform songs from its previous albums as well as bluesy renditions of holiday songs like the classic spiritual “Go Tell It on the Mountain” from its 2003 holiday album of the same name. Tickets start at $25. Friday at 8 p.m. Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Mrak Hall Dr. and Old Davis Rd. Davis. 530-754-2787. mondaviarts.org Ray Eames’ 101st Birthday Celebration (Saturday) This Saturday at The California Museum, celebrate the life of Sacramento design icon Ray Eames, who would...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 6-8

12/06/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 6-8

’Tis the weekend to get into the holiday spirit, with The Nutcracker, a Christmas play and concert, a Yuletide event at the Governor’s Mansion and Davis Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. The Santaland Diaries (Friday through Sunday) Get into the spirit of the silly season this weekend with this one-man play based on David Sedaris’s beloved 1992 essay, an NPR staple that recounts the humorist’s time playing a Christmas elf at a Macy’s department store in New York City. $20-$38. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Capital Stage. 2215 J St. 995-5464. capstage.org Christmas Memories (Saturday) This Saturday, the halls of the 19th-century Governor’s Mansion will be decked with holly, strung with lights, hung with stockings and...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 22-24

11/22/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 22-24

Mountain Mandarin Festival (Friday through Sunday) Get ready to speak mandarin this weekend at this annual festival spotlighting the Satsuma oranges of Placer County. The event will mark its 20th anniversary this year with activities like cooking demonstrations featuring winning dishes from the last two decades of the festival’s yearly mandarin recipe competition. Want to load up on vitamin C? The sweet, succulent fruit can be tasted in everything from mandarin-topped pizza and sandwiches with mandarin-marinated tri-tip to mandarin-flavored pistachios and mandarin ice cream. $3-$7. Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds. 1273 High St. Auburn. 530-567-2643. mandarinfestival.com West Coast Ragtime Festival (Friday through...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 1-3

11/01/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 1-3

With Daylight Saving Time coming to an end on Sunday and an extra hour to spare, you can really pack in the fun this weekend. Happenings in and around town include comedian Margaret Cho at the Crest, a vintage fashion show at the Sutter Club, performances by the stars of So You Think You Can Dance and even a Cinderella ball. Chris Hedges (Friday) Tonight, the veteran investigative journalist who spent nearly two decades reporting in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans for the likes of NPR, The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor joins the Moon Lecture Series to discuss his time abroad covering international warfare and politics. Following the lecture will be a reception and book signing with Hedges, who most recently penned Days of Destruction,...

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Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 18-20

10/18/13

Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 18-20

With concerts by the San Francisco Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and Blues Traveler, as well as the openings of two new Crocker exhibitions, it will be a culture vulture's paradise in town this weekend.              San Francisco Symphony (Friday) On Friday, the first of three Mondavi Center concerts by the San Francisco Symphony this season will present two works: Czech composer Antonín Dvoƙák’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor and Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, the only piano concerto completed by the 19th-century composer. The evening will also include a 7 p.m. pre-performance lecture. Tickets start at $50. 7 p.m. lecture; 8 p.m concert. Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall....

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 11-13

10/11/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 11-13

From ballet at the Mondavi Center to comic Dave Attell at Punch Line to a nighttime 5K run in West Sacramento to a farm and barn tour in Placer County and a pair of local film festivals, there is something for everyone this weekend in and around Sacramento. Ballet Hispanico (Friday) This performance on Friday by the New York-based Latino modern dance troupe will feature a three-part program, including the duet Sortijas, a new acrobatic piece by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto, and Mad’moiselle, a sultry ensemble work set to a mash-up of songs by iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas and others like “Maria” from West Side Story and “Ave Maria.” Tickets start at $25. Mondavi Center's Jackson Hall. Mrak Hall Dr. and Old Davis Rd. Davis....

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 27-29

09/27/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 27-29

Highlights for this last weekend in September include the debut weekend of a California Museum exhibition, the final performances of a B Street production, a swashbuckling pirate festival, and local eats and activities at the inaugural Farm-to-Fork Festival. Other Desert Cities (Friday through Sunday) Check out the final weekend of B Street Theatre’s production of this lauded drama, which earned actress Judith Light a Tony Award last year and nabbed a Tony nomination for best play. Set in the California desert, Other Desert Cities chronicles the tumult that occurs when Lyman and Polly Wyeth’s family is home for the holidays. Their daughter Brooke—a once promising novelist—arrives with a copy of her soon-to-be-released, tell-all memoir, which reveals a...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 20-22

09/20/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 20-22

For this weekend’s roundup of events and activities, you can LOL with Kathy Griffin at Thunder Valley, indulge in an old-fashioned feast at Sutter’s Fort, check out the Latin beats of the lauded Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at the Mondavi Center, and stomp some grapes at a harvest celebration in Capay Valley.  Kathy Griffin (Friday) America’s most famous D-lister makes her debut on Friday at Thunder Valley, where she’ll cover her trademark topics, described by The New York Times as “the hypocrisies, peculiarities, misjudged plastic surgeries and occasional court appearances of semi-, quasi- and actual celebrities.” Recent bits have included the antics of Justin Bieber, the Twitter gaffes of Amanda Bynes and meeting Barbra Streisand...

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Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 13-15

09/13/13

Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 13-15

For this weekend’s roundup of must-dos, take part in a riverfront Southern food fest, catch a locally made movie at the Sacramento Film & Music Festival, feast during a rooftop Folsom fundraiser, and cheer on top-notch equestrians at the SPCA’s annual exhibition polo match.  Sacramento Film & Music Festival (continues through Sunday)         This yearly cinematic showcase, which highlights locally created shorts and feature-length films, will be celebrating its 14th anniversary this month. In addition to its popular annual programs—such as 10x10, a contest where amateur auteurs have 10 days to create 10-minute films, and Sac Music Seen, where local bands pair with filmmakers to create original music videos— this...

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Launch festival debuts new poster series

09/06/13

Launch festival debuts new poster series

The fifth annual Launch festival is underway downtown, bringing its celebration of art, music, fashion, design and architecture to venues across the grid. The event culminates this weekend at Cesar Chavez Plaza with a two-day live music binge boasting more than 30 acts—a dozen of which are getting posterized in a collection curated by Sacramento designer Jason Malmberg. The inaugural Launch Poster Series builds on the grand tradition of rock posters throughout the years, pairing Sacramento designers with Launch performers like Imagine Dragons (whose single “Radioactive” was declared the “biggest rock hit of the year” by Rolling Stone in May), Blonde Redhead, Minus the Bear, Rocket From the Crypt, and others. Malmberg says the idea sprung partly...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 6-8

09/06/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 6-8

In this weekend’s roundup of must-dos, get summer lovin’ at a Beach Boys concert, eat your heart out at a county fair in Auburn, check out the local premiere of a Tony-winning play in midtown, and rock out to bands like Imagine Dragons at the fifth annual Launch festival. The Beach Boys (Friday) You’ll be picking up good vibrations tonight at this concert with The Beach Boys, which is returning to Thunder Valley after playing a sold-out show there last year celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary, and will perform classic summer tunes like “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and “Kokomo.” $37.50-$83.50. Concert begins at 8 p.m. Thunder Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheater. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln. 408-7777. thundervalleyresort.com Launch...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2

08/31/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 31 through Sept. 2

It’s summer’s last hurrah—here are our top three ways to have some fun this holiday weekend, from the 50th anniversary of a downtown Greek festival to a chalk art festival in Fremont Park and a Wild West affair in Old Sacramento.   Sacramento Greek Festival (Saturday & Sunday) One of the highlights of this 50th annual cultural festival is the new farm-to-fork food court, with many of the offerings using ingredients from local producers like lamb from Dixon. Look for dozens of traditional Greek foods like dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), tiropita (cheese filled puff pastries), spanakopita (spinach pie) and galaktoboureko (custard cake). Don’t know a xinomavro from a lagorthi? Learn about the history and mythology of Greek winemaking at a...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 23-25

08/23/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 23-25

Do you love the ’80s? Head out to Lincoln this Saturday for a retro concert featuring everyone from Erasure’s Andy Bell to Howard Jones. If you love the ’20s, then this weekend take in a performance of Chicago—set in Prohibition-era Chi-Town—at Music Circus, the first-ever production of the Tony-winning musical in the round. And if you love the arts, join the race to support it at William Land Park on Saturday. Chicago (Tonight through Sunday) This weekend, the Music Circus will give you that old—or rather, new—razzle-dazzle with the first-ever production of Chicago in the round, which features Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography in the aisles as well as on the stage. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical centers on a pair of...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 17 & 18

08/16/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 17 & 18

This weekend, indulge your sweet tooth at a Sacramento Zoo fundraiser, sneak in some summertime fun with your kids at the Crocker, leave the kids at home for the final day of a freaky film fest, and laugh it up with comedian Lewis Black. Ice Cream Safari (Saturday) You don’t have to scream for all-you-can-eat ice cream at the Sacramento Zoo during this 29th annual event—just head over to more than 20 stations handing out servings of Baskin Robbins dessert. Sweetening the deal will be Coke stations with soda and floats, and youngsters can also get their faces painted, as well as check out a dance party with blow-up guitars, a bubble-making machine, a live band and a popsicle stand. $17 for adults ($20 at the door); $13 for ages 2-11 ($15 at the door). 4-8 p.m....

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Five Art Gallery Shows to Check Out This Weekend and Month

08/09/13

Five Art Gallery Shows to Check Out This Weekend and Month

Have a very artful weekend with ArtAbout in Davis (which takes place every second Friday of the month) and Second Saturday in Sacramento. Here are a few of our favorite shows to visit now and through the month. John Natsoulas Center for the Arts 12th Annual California Landscape Exhibition Starting tonight, this exhibition will showcase the Golden State’s abundant natural beauty as seen through the eyes of about 40 California artists, including Sacramento painter Gregory Kondos. The 100 landscapes on display will portray scenes from various regions throughout the state, including coastal redwood forests, Napa valley vineyards and Central Valley agriculture. And later this fall on Sept. 21, the show will conclude with the “Great California Paint Out,” during...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for August 9-11

08/09/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for August 9-11

This weekend in the Sacramento region will be a moveable feast, with everything from a Japanese food bazaar at a Buddhist church to a banana festival in Land Park and a tomato fair in Woodland. Eat your heart out! The Woodland Tomato Festival On Saturday, this annual food festival—which celebrates the nearly 40,000 tomato-growing acres of Yolo County—will paint the town of Woodland red for the sixth time. Events will include a tomato tasting featuring more than 30 varietals and a cooking competition where chefs must create a three-course meal highlighting the vine-ripened vegetable. Culinary competitors will also be feeling the heat during a salsa-making throwdown.  Free. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Heritage Plaza. 600 Main St. Woodland. 530-666-2626....

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 2-4

08/02/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 2-4

This weekend, a bloody good musical premieres at Big Idea Theatre, Drew Carey brings the funny to the Punch Line, fistfuls of pigment fly at The Color Run, and Chicago rocks out at Thunder Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheatre. The Lieutenant of Inishmore Described by The Guardian as “one of the greatest and most improbable comedies of the decade,” this play about revenge, violence and mental instability by Martin McDonagh makes its Sacramento premiere at Big Idea Theatre this weekend. The black comedy focuses on Mad Padraic, a crazed, tough-as-nails Irish freedom fighter, who discovers the mutilated body of his beloved pet cat Wee Thomas, launching him into a murderous rage to find and punish those responsible. $10-$20. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Big Idea...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for July 26-28

07/26/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for July 26-28

The calendar for the last weekend in July is action-packed with everything from the final days of the California State Fair to the Music Circus’ presentation of a Broadway classic and a pear fair in the Delta. California State Fair This weekend marks the conclusion of the 160th California State Fair, which features exhibitions like Jewels of the Jungle (an Amazonian floriculture display which also includes tropical animals like macaws and boa constrictors) and Hall of Heroes, a show designed by Sacramento’s Stage Nine group where attendees can test out their superpowers inside an interactive cityscape and check out a replica of the Batcave. This year, the fair also honors Huell Howser with an area dedicated to the beloved TV host (who passed away in January)...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for July 13 & 14

07/13/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for July 13 & 14

Now that the weather has cooled down to a mere 93 degrees, it’s time to have some fun in the sun. Here’s a trio of outdoor events—from the State Fair to a foodie barbecue and a Bastille Day waiters’ race and festival—taking place all around town this weekend. Get out! California State Fair Head to Cal Expo for the opening weekend of the State Fair, which is celebrating its 160th anniversary. Exhibitions include Jewels of the Jungle, an Amazonian floriculture display which will also include tropical animals like macaws and boa constrictors, and Hall of Heroes, a show designed by Sacramento’s Stage Nine group where attendees can test out their superpowers inside an inter-active cityscape and check out a replica of the Batcave. This year, the...

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The Weekend Update for July 5-7

07/05/13

The Weekend Update for July 5-7

This post-holiday weekend, you can have a laugh with Bill Cosby in Grass Valley, hear some Rumours with Stevie Nicks, or shop till you drop at a “good” street market. Bill Cosby Performing tonight in Grass Valley will the iconic funnyman Bill Cosby, who was ranked by Comedy Central in 2005 as the eighth greatest stand-up comic of all time and lauded as a Kennedy Center Honoree in 1998 as “one of the most influential performers of the second half of the 20th century." Cosby broke boundaries in the 1960s as the first African American to star in a television drama when he was on I Spy, then shot up in TV fame again with his long-running comedy The Cosby Show, which earned a combined eight Emmy and Golden Globe awards. Kicking off the outdoor event at the...

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