The Weekender

2014

The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 19-21

12/18/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Dec. 19-21

Sacramento Ballet’s The Nutcracker (Friday through Sunday) Featuring choreography by Sacramento Ballet co-artistic director Ron Cunningham, this beloved production, in which approximately 500 local children dance alongside company members every year, will present its final shows of the season this weekend. The classic tale of young Clara and her vivid dreams features a spectacular score by Tchaikovsky, which will be performed live by the musicians of the Sacramento region performing arts alliance during this weekend’s evening programs. $19-$65 ($14 extra for shows with live music). Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 552-5800. sacballet.org Handmade Holidays Market (Saturday) For the sixth year...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 26-30

11/26/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 26-30

Macy's Theatre of Lights (Wednesday and Friday through Sunday) Oh come, all ye faithful to Old Sacramento, the buildings and rooftops of which will be filled with light, color and sound for the first weekender of this annual holiday program featuring the poem “The Night Before Christmas” recited by onetime Sacramento Union reporter Mark Twain (voiced by Bill Farmer, who has also voiced Disney characters like Goofy and Pluto). Free. Wednesday at 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at 6:15 and 7:45 p.m. between Front and Second streets. Old Sacramento. 442-8575. oldsacramento.com Global Winter Wonderland (Friday through Sunday) All the world’s a stage at the Global Winter Wonderland, a luminous multicultural theme park and massive display of glowing structures...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 7–9

11/07/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 7–9

Jersey Boys (Friday through Sunday) In this Broadway hit recounting the tale of The Four Seasons, the band’s “adventures and misadventures, camaraderie and infighting, triumphs and gradual disintegration meld into a serendipitous mix of comedy and drama,” according to Bloomberg. Throughout the musical—which earned four Tony Awards in 2006 and was turned into a film directed by Clint Eastwood earlier this year—listen for catchy tunes that catapulted the group and its leader Frankie Valli to superstardom, including “Can’t  Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Sherry,”  and “Walk Like A Man.” $38-$153. Friday 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 557-1999....

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 31–Nov. 2

10/31/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 31–Nov. 2

Treat Trail Halloween Celebration (Friday) Little ghosts and ghouls can trick-or-treat in downtown Davis, catch free screenings of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown at the historic Varsity Theater and watch for pop-up dance performances of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Free. 2 p.m. Downtown Davis. 530-756-8763. davisdowntown.com Boo at the Zoo (Friday) The Sacramento Zoo will be brimming with spooky fun, with a costume dance party, about two dozen trick-or-treat stations and an “Under the Sea” room, where children will be greeted by pirates and can meet a mermaid or fish for candy. $12. 5 to 8 p.m. Sacramento Zoo. 3930 West Land Park Dr. 808-5888. saczoo.org Frankenstein (Friday) This Halloween, Resurrection Theatre presents the final...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 24-26

10/24/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 24-26

The Great Gatsby (Friday through Sunday) Sacramento Ballet opens its 60th anniversary season with the return of co-artistic director Ron Cunningham’s glitzy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, which debuted in 2012. This fall’s presentation includes jazzy live music performed by Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators and segments of new choreography. $19-$70. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 808-5181. sacballet.org Safe and Super Halloween (Friday through Sunday) This year, Fairytale Town’s annual Halloween affair will be themed after Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Throughout the evenings, little ones can explore fantastical settings like...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 17-19

10/16/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 17-19

Smuin Ballet (Friday) Begun by the late Michael Smuin, the former co-artistic director of the San Francisco Ballet, this Bay Area-based company known for its diverse stylistic range will present its “Untamed” program, which includes three works: Serenade For Strings, an interpretation of the composition of the same name by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Frankie and Johnny, a tribute to legendary dancer Gene Kelly set to Latin music, and Objects of Curiosity, a modern ensemble piece with music by Phillip Glass and Gambian composer Foday Musa Suso. $25-$55. 7:30 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888. harriscenter.net Old Sacramento Magic Festival (Friday through Sunday) Jump into a world of imaginative illusions, hypnotizing trickery and...

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Sactoberfest 2014 celebrates beer and food with local flair

10/09/14

Sactoberfest 2014 celebrates beer and food with local flair

Get ready to raise your glass—or your gargantuan beer stein—and toast to a three-day weekend of fine brews, brats and festivities at this year’s Sactoberfest. Now in its second year, the festival taking over West Sacramento’s waterfront Bridge District from Oct. 10-12 is a version of Oktoberfest—the traditional German harvest celebration dating back nearly two centuries—with a Sacramento twist, highlighting the local food scene. “We want this to be a solid experience of what Oktoberfest really is,” says Sactoberfest producer Rich Clakeley. “It’s not just about the beer, but also about the experience of culture, agriculture, food and more. Since Sacramento is such a great farm-to-fork region, we knew this was the best...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 10-12

10/09/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 10-12

Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Friday & Saturday) This film festival, which highlights the diverse LGBT community, returns to the Crest Theatre, where it will screen such films as To Be Takei, a 2014 documentary about actor George Takei, who gained fame as Sulu on Star Trek and came out as gay in 2005 (Saturday). Other films to be shown include She Said, She Said, a short comedy about an estranged married lesbian couple starring Marisa Tomei (Saturday), and Dinner at 40, a dramedy that follows a gay man’s 40th birthday celebration (Saturday). $10 per screening; $40 for festival pass. Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 304-3456. siglff.org Sactoberfest (Friday through Sunday) Raise a glass—or gargantuan...

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Sacramento Archives Crawl brings the region's little-seen history into focus

10/07/14

Sacramento Archives Crawl brings the region's little-seen history into focus

In honor of National Archives Month, four local institutions have selected rarely seen artifacts from their troves to display this Saturday as part of the city’s fourth annual Sacramento Archives Crawl. This year’s free event follows the theme “Having Fun in Sacramento.” Patterned after a pub crawl, attendees will imbibe Sacramento’s rich history and catch a glimpse of what people used to do with their leisure time in the river city—where they dined, what sports teams they watched, what music they listened to—courtesy of the historical archives and collections of the Sacramento Public Library, California State Archives, California State Library and the Center for Sacramento History. The destinations will display everything from photos of...

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TBD Fest coming this weekend to Sacramento

10/03/14

TBD Fest coming this weekend to Sacramento

It’s finally here: TBD Fest, the three-day music, arts, food and all-around cultural blowout sweeps into the region this weekend, bringing thousands of fans and revelers to the riverfront in West Sacramento. Headlined by musical acts Moby, Blondie and Justice and nearly 80 other bands and artists from around Sacramento and the world, TBD Fest picks up where Sacramento’s Launch festival left off in 2013. Launch organizers Michael Hargis and Clay Nutting say their rechristened gathering at the River Walk (with “TBD” standing for everything from “The Bridge District”—the budding community that will host the festival—to the more commonly recognized acronym “To Be Determined”) reflects both their city’s and their own...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 3-5

10/02/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 3-5

TBD Fest (Friday through Sunday) Formerly known as the Launch festival, this wildly popular music and arts event is moving across the river from Cesar Chavez Plaza to West Sacramento’s nascent Bridge District, where performers as diverse as Moby, the French DJ duo Justice, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Blondie will take the stage over the course of three days. Throughout the festivities, attendees can check out art installations or visit an artisanal food and beverage pavilion featuring local beer, craft cocktails and farm-to-fork fare. $69 per day; $199-$250 for three-day pass. Friday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. West Sacramento’s River Walk. West Sacramento. tbdfest.com Rosanne Cash (Friday) This concert featuring Rosanne...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 26-28

09/25/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 26-28

Sac Fresh Hops Beer Fest (Friday) Hopheads rejoice: The first Farm-to-Fork Celebration beer-tasting event will take place this Friday to help you take advantage of the last three days of the festival. More than 25 local breweries will be pouring their “Fresh Hop Brews”—some of which were created specially for the event—at the California Automobile Museum. Try unlimited samples from favorites like Bike Dog, Track 7 and Sudwerk, as well as lesser-known breweries like Loomis Basin Brewing Company and GoatHouse Brewing. Upgrade to a VIP ticket to try home-brewed entries and judge beers, or purchase dinner from Dad’s Kitchen for an additional $15. $35-$45. 5 to 9 p.m. California Automobile Museum. 2200 Front St. 442-6802. calautomuseum.org Jack Gallagher:...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 19-21

09/19/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 19-21

A Taste of Sacramento (Friday) Sample some of the best food, wine and beer the capital city has to offer at this 16th annual event that benefits the Easter Seals Superior California, whose programs support those with disabilities. Taste items from nearly 20 area restaurants, including Hawks, Chicago Fire and Ink Eats and Drinks, sip drinks from breweries and wineries like Sudwerk Brewing Co. and Boeger Winery, and bid on auction items from local vendors like the Crocker Art Museum and Gekkeikan Sake. $40 in advance, $60 day of event. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sacramento Convention Center. 1400 J St. 485-6711. myeasterseals.org National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China (Friday through Sunday) The Harris Center opens its new season in spectacular, high-flying fashion...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 12-14

09/12/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 12-14

Blake Shelton (Friday) Country megastar Blake Shelton rolls into town tonight with his new “Ten Times Crazier” tour and other country artists in tow, including the multiplatinum-selling group The Band Perry (“If I Die Young”), veteran vocalist Neal McCoy (“No Doubt About It”), and the up-and-coming duo Dan + Shay (“19 You + Me”). Shelton’s set will focus on his Grammy Award-nominated 2013 album Based on a True Story…, which features hit songs like “Sure Be Cool If You Did” and “Mine Would Be You.” $29.25-$59. 7 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre. 2677 Forty Mile Rd. Wheatland. 800-745-3000. livenation.com Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Friday through Sunday)  The long-running...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 5-7

09/05/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 5-7

Gold Country Fair (Friday through Sunday) The charming town of Auburn and its historic fairgrounds will be buzzing with activity for the annual Gold Country Fair. Each day will feature concerts based on a daily changing theme, like funk and jazz on Thursday and rock ’n’ roll on Friday. Other highlights include the “Cork & Fork” wine-tasting gala featuring Placer County vintners, competitions such as a pie-eating contest, and kids’ activities including a pee-wee rodeo. Fans of traditional fair food will find options like corn dogs and funnel cakes; other eats will include items like fish tacos, doughnuts and ice cream sundaes. $10 (free for ages 12 and under); $5 for parking. Friday 4 p.m. to midnight. Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. Sunday 11 a.m....

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Wine, food and film among weekend highlights coming to Nevada City

09/03/14

Wine, food and film among weekend highlights coming to Nevada City

From artful indie flicks to farm-to-fork wine and food pairings, cultural attractions abound this weekend in historic Nevada City. The 14th annual Nevada City Film Festival launches Thursday with the opening-night screening of the psychological thriller Creep, a film by Grass Valley native Patrick Brice (who will be in attendance), which debuted at South by Southwest in Austin earlier this year and was acquired for distribution by The Weinstein Company. Other highlights of the event, which goes through Sunday, include the Sundance favorite Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (about a dreamy Japanese woman who sets out to find a satchel of fabled loot), and The Byrd Who Flew Alone, a documentary about Byrds co-founder Gene Clark. “[The festival presents] up-and-coming...

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The Sactown Holiday Weekend Update for Aug. 29-Sept. 1

08/28/14

The Sactown Holiday Weekend Update for Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Americana in Old Sacramento (Friday through Monday) For Labor Day weekend, old-fashioned Americana fun will fill the streets of Old Sacramento with everything from live country music to displays of vintage vehicles (courtesy of the California Automobile Museum) and events like Saturday’s free country western dance party along the waterfront. Other highlights include a free screening of the Clint Eastwood classic Pale Rider on Sunday and a Friday evening beer crawl through the historic district’s pubs and establishments. Times, prices and locations vary by event. Old Sacramento. oldsacramento.com Chalk It Up (Saturday through Monday) The sidewalks in and around Fremont Park become a canvas for vibrant street art created by seasoned artists, pint-sized Picassos,...

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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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The Sactown Weekend Update for July 25-27

07/24/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for July 25-27

Beers N Movie Night (Friday) The 1968 cult classic horror film Night of the Living Dead—which popularized the current conception of the zombie as an undead flesh-eating creature and has earned acclaim as wide-ranging as inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and a mention on Rolling Stone’s “100 Maverick Movies in the Last 100 Years” list—will be shown in the scare-inducing setting of the Discovery Museum’s back meadow. Ticket prices for this 21-and-over event include two beers from Hoppy Brewing Company, free parking and lawn seating (though it’s BYO blanket or chair), and food trucks and other vendors will start arriving when the gates open at 7. $10. Friday at 7 p.m. Discovery Museum Science & Space...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for July 18-20

07/18/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for July 18-20

Marysville Peach Festival (Friday & Saturday) Yuba and Sutter counties’ plentiful peaches—more than 12,000 acres of which grow there—will be celebrated at this summertime event held every year in Historic Downtown Marysville. Rise and shine for a breakfast of peach-topped pancakes, then watch a pie-eating contest and choose from an assortment of peachy-keen eats, from peach ice cream to peach cobbler to peach scones. Local farmers like Sodaro Orchards and Urbina Family Farms will be selling the freshly picked fruit in a market area spanning several blocks. Free. Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Historic downtown Marysville. 530-749-3954. marysvillepeachfest.com Sacramento Japanese Film Festival (Friday through Sunday) Seven...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for July 11-13

07/10/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for July 11-13

Christopher Titus (Friday) Self-proclaimed “hard funny” comedian Christopher Titus, who has produced five Comedy Central specials including the most recent Voice in My Head, stops by the Crest Theatre this Friday for his tour The Angry Pursuit of Happiness. The one-man show, which features all never-before-heard material, takes on hot-button political and social topics like the Boston bombing, the Pope Francis, and family health problems before ending with a speech from his own funeral. $25-$35. Friday at 8 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 442-5189. tickets.com California State Fair (Friday through Sunday) From deep-fried eats to high-flying rides, a host of festivities return to Cal Expo for the 161st year of this annual California tradition, which will once...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for July 3-6

07/03/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for July 3-6

Kiss and Def Leppard (Thursday) Theatrical hard rockers Kiss and British heavy metal band Def Leppard will share the stage in Wheatland tonight as a part of their joint tour, which comes on the heels of Kiss’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The concert will feature Kiss’ signature costumes and makeup, levitating drum platforms and pyrotechnics, as well as Def Leppard hits like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Rock of Ages.” $32.50-$149.50. 7 p.m. Sleep Train Amphitheatre. 2677 Forty Mile Rd. Wheatland. 800-745-3000. livenation.com International Celebration (Saturday) This annual Fairytale Town event showcases styles of dance from various countries across the globe. Throughout Saturday, the park’s outdoor Mother Goose...

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From fireworks to fun runs, 10 places to celebrate America on July 4

07/01/14

From fireworks to fun runs, 10 places to celebrate America on July 4

Oh, say can you see: It’s that time again to don your red, white and blue and get outside to celebrate Independence Day. From pancake breakfasts to chili cook-offs to bicycle parades to the all-important fireworks finales, here are 10 regional events to help you and yours celebrate America’s birthday. Cal Expo July 4 For the 15th year running, Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento team up to put on the region’s biggest, baddest display of glittering pyrotechnics. Grown-ups can get down to the country grooves of the Chris Gardner Band, while this year’s new kids’ festival area offer face painting, bounce houses and other amenities for the little ones. SoCal-based Pyro Spectaculars—which has created fireworks shows for the likes of...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for June 27-29

06/27/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for June 27-29

A Chorus Line (Friday through Sunday) Music Circus begins its 64th season with the Tony-winning A Chorus Line, which follows a group of dancers as they audition to join the cast of an upcoming Broadway show. Catch the final performances this Friday through Sunday with musical numbers like some of composer Marvin Hamlisch’s most popular tunes—including “One,” “What I Did for Love” and “I Hope I Get It”—and dance sequences choreographed for the production by Randy Slovacek, who performed on Broadway in shows like Chicago and Follies, as well as Drop Dead Diva star Kate Levering, who grew up in Carmichael, in the role of dancer Cassie. $29-$59. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for June 20-22

06/20/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for June 20-22

Raley Field Brewfest (Friday) The brews are back at Raley Field for its eighth annual showcase of Northern California breweries, over 50 of which—from Petaluma’s Lagunitas to Sacramento-area favorites like American River Brewing Company, Hoppy Brewing Company and Ol’ Republic Brewery—will offer tipples for more than 2,000 attendees to taste. $45. 6 to 10 p.m. Raley Field. 400 Ballpark Dr. West Sacramento. 376-4676. raleyfield.com Sacramento French Film Festival (Friday through Sunday) Feast your eyes on French films in this annual soiree dedicated to celebrating the European country’s rich and varied film culture. The event begins on Friday with an opening soiree offering beer, wine and French food prior to a screening of Not My Type (Pas...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for June 13-15

06/13/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for June 13-15

SacSings!—The Sacramento Choral Festival (Friday through Sunday)  Dedicated to celebrating the talent and diversity of the region’s choral ensembles and organized by the newly minted Sacramento Valley Choral Coalition, this inaugural three-day music festival spotlights nearly 1,000 singers who make up 20 of the region’s top vocal groups, including Capella Antiqua, the artists in residence at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; the female vocal ensemble Vox Musica; the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus; the Sacramento Valley Chorus’ all-female Blue Divas sextet; and the Amador Choraliers, one of the region’s oldest singing groups. $25 & $35 per concert. Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts....

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World Cup fever gets even more colorful with "Art of the Ball"

06/13/14

World Cup fever gets even more colorful with "Art of the Ball"

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil, and soccer-crazed Sacramentans are glued to TV screens all over the city. The tournament has colorfully taken over the midtown pizza institution Hot Italian, where fans can cheer on their favorite teams all day long while also getting—and bidding on—their fill of soccer-related art. Hot Italian is hosting the month-long exhibit “Art of the Ball,” featuring a half-dozen soccer balls whimsically painted by six local artists. Developed in partnership with Friends of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the artwork will be auctioned off in the coming weeks to raise funds for SMAC. Works include Eric Dahlin’s soccer-playing rabbit (with a ball disguised as a carrot), Robert Ray’s abstract...

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Celebrate Dad at one of these 10 great Father's Day destinations

06/12/14

Celebrate Dad at one of these 10 great Father's Day destinations

For Dad, what trumps a tie when it comes to Father’s Day? From cars to corn dogs, and bluegrass to bourbon, these 10 events around the region are some of the best holiday tributes Sacramento has to offer. The Porch Put a Southern spin on your festivities at this midtown eatery, which is offering a limited number of rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon flights. The $85 set of three from the Kentucky family distillery consists of the sweet and full-bodied 12-year, the smooth and oaky 15-year, and the very limited-edition 23-year. Special menu highlights include a fried green tomato benedict for brunch, a Beeler’s pork chop with sweet potato-peach butter for dinner, and a side of the Porch’s signature hushpuppies. Sunday brunch 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner 4 p.m.-9 p.m. 1815 K...

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Nevada City Classic bike race comes to the foothills for Father’s Day

06/11/14

Nevada City Classic bike race comes to the foothills for Father’s Day

The race is on in downtown Nevada City this Sunday for the 54th annual Nevada City Bicycle Classic. Three categories of men’s races, a women’s pro race, and a junior race for the top teen riders in the country will overtake the historic Victorian town, which will be decked out with flags and bunting for the event. Founded in 1960, the race is the oldest and largest bike race on the West Coast, and the second oldest in the nation. Spokes will be flashing as about 300 riders make their way along a 1.1-mile, counter-clockwise loop course that includes a 120-foot stair-step climb before reaching sprint speeds of over 50 miles per hour during a mad dash to the finish line. “It's probably the most technical and physically difficult one-day course in the...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for June 6-8

06/05/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for June 6-8

Todd Ellison & Friends (Friday) Acclaimed conductor Todd Ellison, who has served as music director for Broadway productions like Annie and Monty Python’s Spamalot, gathers four theater vets (including Sacramento native Teal Wicks, who starred on the Great White Way as Elphaba in Wicked) in Folsom on Friday for this concert entitled “The Romance of Broadway.” Ellison will introduce standards like “Maria” (from West Side Story) and “Some Enchanted Evening” (from South Pacific) with the songs’ backstories before accompanying the vocalists on the piano. $25-$45. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888. harriscenter.net Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus (Friday and Saturday) Come...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for May 30-June 1

05/29/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for May 30-June 1

Electric Run (Friday) Flashing lights and neon-attired racers will fill Cal Expo on Friday when it hosts this nighttime 5K trek, which will be illuminated by LED and black-light features in themed “courselands,” including an ocean-inspired area with elements like glowing jellyfish. The race will conclude with a DJed dance party, and a portion of the night’s proceeds will go to benefit Next Move, an organization that helps local homeless families with housing, job readiness and other initiatives. $64 for individuals; $54 per person for teams of four or more. Friday at 8 p.m. Cal Expo. 1600 Exposition Blvd. 801-707-0778. electricrun.com Wicked (Friday through Sunday) Following a sold-out Sacramento run in 2012, the North American tour of this blockbuster...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for May 23-26

05/22/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for May 23-26

Ziggy Marley (Friday) Singer-songwriter Ziggy Marley, son of reggae pioneer Bob Marley, has followed in his father’s footsteps with his band the Melody Makers—comprised of siblings Stephen, Cedella and Sharon Marley—who have together won multiple Grammys, including best reggae recording and best reggae album; he’s also earned two Grammys as a solo artist, first for Love is My Religion in 2006 and then 2009’s Family Time, a mellow album of children’s songs and lullabies. He comes to Cache Creek this Friday during his "Fly Rasta Tour," named for his recently released Fly Rasta album. $49 & $65. Friday at 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Resort 14455 Hwy. 16. Brooks. 530-796-3118. cachecreek.com Memphis (Friday through Sunday) Set in...

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Davis chickens take center stage at 5th annual Tour de Cluck

05/21/14

Davis chickens take center stage at 5th annual Tour de Cluck

Feathers will fly this Saturday at Davis’ annual fowl-friendly Tour de Cluck bicycling event, showcasing the amiable college town’s urban chicken coops and the birds that live in them. Now in its fifth year, the poultry-packed affair, which was profiled in 2012 by The New York Times, features a self-guided bike “coop crawl” where more than 600 participants can peddle their way throughout Davis to visit 11 different neighborhood sites—from the “Coo Coop Ca Choo” to the “Coop of the Rising Sun”—and learn from homeowners about the feathered friends they raise and care for in their own backyards. Davis’ Central Park will also go to the birds with festivities taking place there like a competition where Davisites and...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for May 16-17

05/15/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for May 16-17

The Sacramento Ballet's Modern Masters (Friday & Saturday) Each spring, the Sacramento Ballet’s “Modern Masters” performances bring boundary-pushing contemporary works by cutting-edge choreographers. This year, the program will include debut works by a trio of female choreographers: KT Nelson, the co-artistic director of ODC dance company in San Francisco; Molly Lynch, the artistic director of the National Choreographers Initiative; and Melissa Barak, a former New York City Ballet dancer and choreographer who heads up her own company in Los Angeles. Apollo, one of New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine’s first ballets, will also be performed. $45. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom....

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Celebrate Mom at one of these 10 Mother's Day destinations

05/08/14

Celebrate Mom at one of these 10 Mother's Day destinations

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute way to celebrate with your mom or a place to pamper her, the Sacramento region has plenty of Mother’s Day events in store. From free tastings at a Newcastle winery to a baseball brunch at Raley Field and a mommy-and-me painting session with mimosas, check out these 10 unique events that are sure to make your mom feel extra special. Revolution Wines Midtown’s Revolution Wines will be hosting a special Sunday brunch in its tasting room, offering eggs benedict with candied pork belly, donut bites with maple sugar espresso ganache, and other twists on classic menu items. $9-$15 per entrée. Brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 2831 S St. 444-7711. rwwinery.com Listen to Your Mother On Saturday, spend some time at the...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for May 2-4

05/01/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for May 2-4

Paul Reiser (Friday) During his first Sacramento stand-up appearance, Paul Reiser—who in 2004 was ranked among Comedy Central’s list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time and starred in television sitcoms, such as My Two Dads and the long-running Mad About You, which he also co-created—will focus on topics such as marriage and parenting, like the Emmy-nominated comedian did in his New York Times best-selling books Couplehood and Babyhood. $29-$49. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 800-225-2277. sblentertainment.com Sachal Vasandani (Friday and Saturday) The Capital Public Radio Studio Jazz series continues on Friday and Saturday with Sachal Vasandani, a Wall Street investment banker turned jazz vocalist who has performed with Wynton...

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UC Davis gets in the TEDx spirit with fifth annual event

05/01/14

UC Davis gets in the TEDx spirit with fifth annual event

Hear ideas worth spreading at TEDx UCDavis’ fifth annual conference, taking place at the university this Sunday, May 4. These distinctive intellectual affairs are independently organized offshoots of the popular TED (technology, entertainment and design) talks founded in 1984, in which international experts and thought leaders from Bill Gates to Jane Goodall give engaging, enlightening short speeches on all manner of subjects.   At this year’s TEDx UCDavis conference—which is being hosted for the first time at the Mondavi Center, a move which more than doubles the event’s attendance capacity—speakers will address the theme of “Pause or Press Play.” “We posed it as a question,” says Shavika Singha, the...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for April 25-27

04/24/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for April 25-27

Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour (Friday) The national tour of the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City—one of the largest environmentally focused film events in the country—comes to Sacramento on Friday with a program largely featuring short documentaries about water quality, preservation and recreation, such as Walk on Water, which centers on a man paralyzed from the waist down who reconnects with the outdoors through white-water kayaking. Learn about the conservation efforts of local environmental groups like Save Our Sandhill Cranes at a waste-free reception at 5:30 p.m. catered by the likes of Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, The Cultured Kitchen and culinary graduates from St. John’s Shelter Program for Women &...

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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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A Disney legend comes to Sacramento this Saturday

03/25/14

A Disney legend comes to Sacramento this Saturday

Disney magic will come to town this weekend when Marty Sklar, the former chief “Imagineer” at the company’s worldwide empire of theme parks, visits Old Sacramento for a book signing this Saturday at Stage Nine Entertainment Store in Old Sacramento. Saturday’s public signing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in The Vault, home to Stage Nine’s collection of rare and valuable Disney Fine Art. In addition to Stage Nine’s already stellar assortment of Disney collectibles, this event will feature Disneyland maps from the 1950s and ’60s, souvenir guides, ephemera from the opening of Disneyland Hong Kong and other vintage Marty Sklar memorabilia. Fans of Disney’s numerous parks are invited to celebrate Sklar’s exceptional...

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The Sactown Update for March 21-23

03/21/14

The Sactown Update for March 21-23

Diavolo (Friday and Saturday) This L.A.-based troupe, whose artistic director Jacques Heim has choreographed shows for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, will present two pieces from its vast, high-flying repertoire: Transit Space, a work inspired by skateboarding and featuring set pieces like ramps, and Trajectoire, in which the dancers balance on, slide across and launch off a giant seesaw-like structure. $25-$55. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888. harriscenter.net Jonathan Batiste (Friday and Saturday) New Orleans native Jonathan Batiste and his band Stay Human—who blend jazz with other genres like pop and funk and have played everywhere from street parades to New York City subways, all in an effort to...

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Laugh for days at this weekend's 48-Hour Comedy Marathon

03/20/14

Laugh for days at this weekend's 48-Hour Comedy Marathon

This weekend, the folks at midtown’s Comedy Spot will put local laughs in the spotlight—and leave them there for two full, funny days—with the venue's second annual 48-Hour Comedy Marathon. The formula is pretty simple, according to Comedy Spot owner/director Brian Crall: “Sleep deprived comedians + sleep deprived audience members (plus beer) + weird ideas and hilarious shows = Pretty amazing weekend,” Crall said this week in an email to Sactown. How weird and hilarious is “weird” and “hilarious”? Try Kangaroo Pack Improv, featuring new mothers and fathers hashing out scenes while carrying their kids on their chests in Baby Bjorns. Or try an ’80s-style aerobic workout with audience participation, or a show called...

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Giddy up to Horses, Hope and Healing's first chili cook-off

03/19/14

Giddy up to Horses, Hope and Healing's first chili cook-off

Spice up your Saturday at the inaugural Horses, Hope & Healing Hoedown Chili Cook-off. This weekend’s event at the Saddle Oaks Historic Clubhouse will dish up hundreds of bowls in support of the titular charity, which helps keep at-risk and underprivileged kids out of trouble through teaching them to rehabilitate, care for, ride and show rescue horses. HHH founder Tiffany Oreglia says she envisioned the Hoedown as a seasonal counterpart to her organization’s galas and other, more formal fundraisers, with six chili teams squaring off for a $200 prize while helping to raise as much as $10,000 for her group. “We thought it would be fun to reach out to more of the community,” explains Oreglia, who expects a crowd of 300 to chow down on...

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10 St. Patrick's Day highlights to enjoy in Sactown this weekend

03/15/14

10 St. Patrick's Day highlights to enjoy in Sactown this weekend

Come search for your pot of gold at one of the many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the Sacramento region this year. From parades to parties to boats, rejoice with festive music, refresh with Irish drinks and have the greenest time of your life at one of these local events. O’Sacramento St. Patrick’s Parade (March 15) One of the largest and most colorful parades hosted in town each year, this 18th annual march through Old Sacramento will feature over 1,000 marchers including Irish dancers, bagpipers, firefighters, marching bands and military regiments. More than 15,000 people last year attended the parade, which weaves from 2nd Street and Neasham Circle, down J Street and past the reviewing stand on Front St. Free. 1 p.m. oldsacramento.com St....

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Feb. 21-23

02/21/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Feb. 21-23

The Spring Quartet (Friday) Tonight, The Spring Quartet—comprised of Argentinean pianist Leo Genovese, saxophonist Joe Lovano, influential drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding (who earned a Grammy Award for best new artist in 2011)—will present an evening of improvisational jazz for the Mondavi Center crowd. 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 Bill Cosby (Saturday) The iconic comic and TV star has earned four Emmys and nine Grammys and influenced generations of comedians from Richard Pryor to Louis C.K. But as the title of his “Far From Finished” tour (which follows his recent Comedy Central special of the same...

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9 sweet spots to celebrate Valentine's Day in Sacramento

02/13/14

9 sweet spots to celebrate Valentine's Day in Sacramento

Love is a many splendored thing, and there are myriad ways to celebrate it with your sweetie in and around Sacramento, from screenings of romantic films to a wine-and-chocolate-tasting train ride to a prom-themed soiree. Happy Valentine's Day weekend, everyone! Art Mix (Thursday) Puffy dresses and cummerbunds are encouraged at this prom-themed edition of the Crocker Art Museum’s monthly creative mixers, which will revive the high school rite of passage with everything from spiked punch to the coronation of a prom king and queen to posing for photos with your date. The evening will also bring opportunities to dance the night away to throwback tunes, create corsages and boutonnieres at a craft station and explore the museum on guided tours that focus on the various...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Feb. 7-9

02/07/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Feb. 7-9

Flashdance The Musical (Friday through Sunday) Based on the hit 1983 film starring Jennifer Beals about a young welder who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, this show’s Broadway-bound national tour stops in the capital city with spectacular numbers set to hits from the movie, such as “Maniac,” “I Love Rock and Roll” and “Flashdance…What a Feeling,” which earned an Academy Award for best original song. $21-$88. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 557-1999. broadwaysacramento.com The Folsom Symphony (Saturday) Hearts will be all aflutter for “Romance,” a passionate program that includes selections from the opera Aida and other love-laced songs performed by...

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Five must-see gallery shows to check out this Second Saturday

02/07/14

Five must-see gallery shows to check out this Second Saturday

With a rainy weekend coming up, it’s the perfect time to go gallery hopping. Here are five must-see new shows around town this Second Saturday, featuring everything from powerful images of the unseen side of California to lighthearted odes to man’s best friend. B. Sakata Garo (Feb. 8-March 1) Soul-The Other Side  Featuring the work of Chinese artist Tian Fu Kong, an art professor at Minzu University of China, this exhibition includes paintings that are inspired by Buddhism and incorporate various symbols, images and figures from the ancient religion. The artist will be in attendance at a reception held this Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. 923 20th St. 447-4276. bsakatagaro.com Elliott Fouts Gallery (Through Feb. 27) 40 & Under  The work of seven...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Jan. 24-26

01/24/14

The Sactown Weekend Update for Jan. 24-26

Journey On: The Music of Ahrens and Flaherty (Friday and Saturday) Featuring tunes by the prolific songwriting team of lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, this Sacramento Theatre Company musical revue continues Friday and Saturday and will include popular tracks from the pair’s oeuvre like “Horton Hears a Who” and “Oh The Thinks You Can Think” from Seussical the Musical. $27 ($12 for ages 17 and under). Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Sacramento Theatre Company’s Cabaret Stage. 1419 H St. 443-6722. sactheatre.org The Real Thing (Friday through Sunday) Almost three decades after earning Tony Awards for best play and for its stars Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons, Tom Stoppard’s exploration of marriage, honesty...

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