The Weekender

Annual 2012

Sactown Thanksgiving Weekend Update for Nov. 27-30

11/27/13

Sactown Thanksgiving Weekend Update for Nov. 27-30

In this special holiday edition of the Sactown Weekend Update, we’re giving thanks for two musicals, a spectacular gallery exhibition, Old Sacramento’s annual Christmas light show, and Sacramento’s largest fun run.   The Addams Family (Wednesday) The creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky family makes its way to Folsom on Wednesday in this Broadway musical. Based on Charles cartoon series, which was previously turned into a 1964 TV show and a 1991 film, the plot for this theatrical adaptation focuses on the Addams’ teenage daughter Wednesday, who has fallen  in love with a boy named Lucas and  invites his conservative parents to dinner to meet her cadaverous clan. $45-$79. 7 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888....

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 8-10

11/08/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 8-10

Michael Pollan (Friday) The New York Times best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules will be on stage in Grass Valley tonight to discuss Cooked, his most recent book, which explores the various ways that our food is manufactured and prepared. A Q&A session moderated by Beth Ruyak of Capital Public Radio and a book signing will follow the event. $50 & $60. Friday at 8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 255 South Auburn St. Grass Valley. 530-274-8384. thecenterforthearts.org Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Friday through Sunday) Adapted from the 1994 cult film, this campy theatrical show follows two Australian drag queens and a transsexual on a road trip through the outback as the trio searches for love on their way to perform at a remote...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 25-27

10/25/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 25-27

Performances by four great local groups—the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Choral Society, Capital Stage and Sacramento Theatre Company—and one out-of-town, out-of-this-world dance troupe Momix (which is performing at the Mondavi Center) make up this weekend’s list of must-dos around the Sacramento region. The Firebird (Friday through Sunday) The Sacramento Ballet opens its 59th season with The Firebird, a fairy-tale ballet set to music based on Russian folk melodies. Two other Russia-related works will also be performed: Rubies, a jazzy piece by the Saint Petersburg-born choreographer George Balanchine, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, and The Rite of Spring by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, which honors the 100th anniversary of the seminal...

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The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 4-6

10/03/13

The Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 4-6

October is getting off to action-packed start. Get in on the fun this weekend and take your pick of everything from a Beat festival, a farm-to-fork gathering and a moveable feast of food trucks in Yolo County to a high-flying air show at Mather, a high-style car and fashion show in El Dorado Hills, a Josh Groban concert in Natomas, an uber-local film fest downtown and a world music celebration in Old Town. Davis Jazz and Beat Festival (Friday and Saturday) The beat goes on at this two-day seventh annual event in Davis dedicated to preserving the legacy of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Co. Through everything from live poetry readings to jazz performances by acts like University of the Pacific’s lauded Brubeck Institute Quintet. The John Natsoulas Center for the Arts,...

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The Weekend Update for June 28-29

06/28/13

The Weekend Update for June 28-29

Looking for some interesting (and inspiring) ways to spend the weekend? You can laugh it up at PunchLine with a Saturday Night Live star, scream for ice cream at Fairytale Town, or rock out at Cesar Chavez Plaza, where you can also help fulfill a little girl's dream. A SPECIAL CONCERT IN THE PARK In what may be the best excuse to throw a surprise party, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Downtown Sacramento Partnership and Play Big Sacramento are joining forces to turn a little girl’s dream into reality. Nine-year-old Delyla, who is battling brain cancer, has big hopes to become a pop star, and if all goes well, she’ll feel like one today as a limo secretly arrives at her Stockton home this afternoon to whisk her off to radio station Now 100.5 for an on-air interview and...

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The Weekend Update for June 21-23

06/21/13

The Weekend Update for June 21-23

With a little something for Francophiles, ’50s-philes, animal lovers and theatergoers alike, here’s our list of ways to spend a great weekend in Sacramento. Sacramento French Film Festival We’ll always have Paris with this annual event celebrating French cinema, which kicks off its back-to-back weekend screenings tonight with a screening of Cloclo, a biopic about beloved French pop star Claude Francois (opening reception starts at 6 p.m.; film at 8:30 p.m.). Tomorrow night’s movies include the 1953 thriller Le Salaire de la Peur (The Wages of Fear) starring the legendary Yves Montand and Gérard Depardieu’s breakout film, 1974’s Les Valseuses (Going Places), which will be screened at 11:30 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion...

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Four fun ways to spend this weekend

06/14/13

Four fun ways to spend this weekend

The premiere of a Big Idea Theatre production, a colorful parade, a southern-style festival and an educational day at Sutter’s Fort top our list of ways to spend your weekend in the Sacramento region. Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival The blues are back in the tiny Delta town of Isleton for its annual feast of a festival running today through Sunday. This year, groove to the tunes of bluesy Cajun performers like guitarist Elvin Bishop, The BluesBox Bayou Band, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, and the all-female Creole Belles. Completing the bayou vibe will be booths selling finger-licking Southern dishes like fried alligator, étouffée, frog legs, jambalaya, and thousands of pounds of the event’s signature crawdads. Free on Fri. $15 on Sat. &...

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Two Fun Things for this Sunday

06/09/13

Two Fun Things for this Sunday

Have a fun-filled Sunday with the debut of a Crocker art exhibit and a flower festival in Capay Valley. Cache Creek Lavender Festival Feel some Yolo County flower power at this annual springtime event. Learn more about the fragrant plant during field tours of Cache Creek Lavender Farm’s 1.5 acres, which will also be available for U-pick harvesting throughout the day for $5 per bunch. Floral fare served at the festival will include lavender ice cream and grilled lavender sausages. Free. Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cache Creek Lavender Farm. 3430 Madrone Street. Rumsey. 530-796-2239. cachecreeklavender.com An Opening in the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, and Their Circle Debuting this Sunday is an exhibit that centers on the relationship between poet Robert Duncan...

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Four Fun Ways to Spend the Weekend

05/31/13

Four Fun Ways to Spend the Weekend

A free concert in the park, stand-up comedy from an Emmy winner, a riverfront food and music festival in West Sacramento, and a presentation of the “world’s most popular musical” make our list of ways to spend your weekend.   CONCERTS IN THE PARK Local dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) headlines tonight’s free Concerts in the Park in downtown Sacramento. Joining the group on stage will be Exquisite Corps and Paper Pistols, as DJ Sam I Jam spins before the shows and between sets. And food trucks like Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Krush Burger will be serving up rock-and-roll eats. The party continues after the concerts at nearby hot spots like Downtown & Vine, Assembly, K Bar, and Republic Bar & Grill. Free. Friday. Starts at 5pm. Cesar...

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Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

05/24/13

Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

Sacramento’s long-running annual music festival, Ink’s 10th anniversary party and a history-centered art exhibit top our list of ways to spend this Memorial Day weekend. Sacramento Music Festival Running Friday through Monday and hosted by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, the annual festival, which is marking its 40th anniversary this weekend, will pump up the volume with headliners like Chicano rockers Los Lobos, Grammy-nominated bluesman John Lee Hooker, Jr. and Wanda Jackson, aka the First Lady of Rockabilly. This year will also see the return of popular events like the parade of classic cars and marching bands through the streets of Old Sacramento. $39 for daily pass; $110 for all-weekend pass. Times and venues vary by event. 808-7777. sacmusicfest.com...

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Top Picks for This Weekend

04/18/13

Top Picks for This Weekend

Spring has sprung! From UC Davis’ annual Picnic Day to an Oak Park street fair to a neon-lit fun run at Cal Expo, here are three fun ways to play outside this weekend. Picnic Day This annual UC Davis campus showcase—which, as the largest student-run event in the nation, hosts nearly 65,000 visitors each year—takes place this Saturday, starting with a morning parade and followed by everything from the popular Doxie Derby dachshund races to the battle of the bands. Plus, check out demonstrations from groups like UC Davis atmospheric scientists, who will be creating mini-tornados using air cannons, and the Physics Club, which will levitate objects using special wires. Free. Saturday. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. UC Davis Campus. Davis. 530-752-6320. picnicday.ucdavis.edu...

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This Weekend's Top Picks

04/11/13

This Weekend's Top Picks

A ukulele concert (featuring selections by everyone from Handel to David Bowie), two Broadway musicals (one beginning and one ending) and an Elk Grove gardening festival make up our eclectic list of ways to spend your weekend. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Known for its unusual genre-mixing performances—concerts often include pop hits by the likes of David Bowie and Stevie Wonder as well as selections by composers such as Handel and Saint-Saëns—the London-based orchestra will once again expertly blend classical works with modern songs this Friday night at the Mondavi Center. The Ukes will also invite members of the audience to join in for a play-along rendition of its Relentlessly in C based on composer Terry Riley’s seminal In C. $25-$75. Friday...

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Sactown's Weekend Picks

04/05/13

Sactown's Weekend Picks

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Sacramento this weekend by taking in a trio of events: a Bobby McFerrin performance at the Mondavi Center, the Sacramento Philharmonic’s season finale concert and a Roland Petersen gallery show opening at Elliott Fouts. Bobby McFerrin Don’t worry and be happy at tonight’s concert featuring the 10-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist (and Sacramento State alum) Bobby McFerrin. His program, which was inspired by the spirituals that his opera baritone father would sing, will feature improvisational renditions of classics like “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “Down by the Riverside.” $35-$82. Friday. 8 p.m. 9399 Old Davis Rd., Davis. 530-754-2787. mondaviarts.org Sacramento Philharmonic...

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Cool Things to Do This Weekend in Sacramento

03/29/13

Cool Things to Do This Weekend in Sacramento

From the premiere of a play by George Bernard Shaw to the return of Easter playing at Fairytale Town, here’s a list of cool things to do around town this holiday weekend. Widowers’ Houses Debuting this Saturday is Widowers’ Houses by Nobel Prize-winning author George Bernard Shaw, which examines the social upheaval that occurred in post-industrial Europe as self-made, successful businessmen began to infiltrate England’s upper crust. Harry, an aristocratic but poor doctor, and his fiancée Blanche, a woman whose father acquired wealth through exploitative business practices, weigh idealism against pragmatism as they clash over the decision to accept corruptly earned family money. $25. Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. R25 Arts Complex’s California Stage...

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Around Town This Weekend and Beyond

03/22/13

Around Town This Weekend and Beyond

From a balletic performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream to symphonic concert for mini Mozarts, here are our top picks for what to do this weekend and how to start next week off with a bang.   A Midsummer Night's Dream Love is in the air—not to mention miscommunication and mischief—this weekend as the celebration of Ron Cunningham’s 25th anniversary helming the Sacramento Ballet continues with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The lighthearted, light-footed romp features a cast of troublemaking fairies, nymphs, and sprites who manipulate and influence the romantic lives of the young lovers in a mythical forest. The program will also include a performance of George Balanchine’s Western Symphony, the...

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Things to Check Out This Weekend, from Shakespeare to Underwear

03/01/13

Things to Check Out This Weekend, from Shakespeare to Underwear

From the premiere of a play by Shakespeare to a charity race in your underwear, here are some of our top picks for what to do around town this weekend. As You Like It All the city’s a stage at this adaptation of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It by Big Idea Theatre’s artistic director Brian Harrower. Premiering this weekend, the play reimagines the classic comedy by trading the traditional setting of the mythical Forest of Arden for Sacramento’s own Arden Park and its surrounding urban landscape, and chronicles the adventures that follow when plucky young Rosalind flees for her life—with her cousin Celia and hilarious companion Touchstone in tow—and searches for her father, who has been ousted from the massive company he founded by a...

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Things to Do, See, Eat and Drink This Weekend

02/22/13

Things to Do, See, Eat and Drink This Weekend

From syrah on Saturday to Tosca on Sunday, here are three different ways to have a great weekend in Sacramento. Eat, drink and be very merry for a good cause this Saturday at the Winter Wine & Food Fest, an annual Sacramento tradition benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and boasting samplings from over 120 regional restaurants and vintners like Piatti, Aïoli Bodega Española, Blackbird Vineyards and Michael David Winery. A VIP ticket also gains you entry to a sit-down dinner and a live auction offering everything from a lobster meal for 20 people to a stay at Waikoloa Resort Hawaii.  $85 in advance; $100 at the door (VIP: $185 in advance; $200 at the door). 5 p.m. Sacramento Convention Center. 14th and J streets. 692-3921. necannv.wish.org Feeling blue?...

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Three Fun Outings for this Three-Day Weekend

02/15/13

Three Fun Outings for this Three-Day Weekend

This weekend, good things come in threes. Here’s a trio of events worth getting out for during this three-day holiday weekend, from the opening of Legally Blonde at Three Stages to a fun (and funny) night with comedian Paula Poundstone and a family-friendly cultural festival at the Crocker. Legally Blonde The Musical Starting tonight, for three consecutive weekends, the El Dorado Musical Theatre will stage this hit musical based on the popular book-turned-film starring Reese Witherspoon. The story chronicles Elle Woods, a charming, seemingly ditzy sorority girl who gets into Harvard Law School against all odds. Looked down on by her classmates for her flaxen tresses and penchant for pink, Elle proves that she’s more than what meets the eye by becoming the...

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Four Colorful Things To Do This Weekend in Sacramento

02/08/13

Four Colorful Things To Do This Weekend in Sacramento

From a Roaring ’20s ballet bash to a Mardi Gras dance party and a pair of Second Saturday art exhibits, here are four fantastic ways to have a colorful weekend in Sacramento. The Great Gatsby The Sacramento Ballet presents the world premiere of co-artistic director Ron Cunningham’s adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel this weekend. The one-act dance will feature period music by Boston-based jazz composer Billy Novick, who will be playing live with his Blue Syncopators band. The evening will also include another one-act ballet, Who Cares?, which is a tribute to the ’20s and ’30s by famed New York City Ballet founding choreographer George Balanchine with music by George Gershwin. And after the Sunday matinee performance, the ballet will host...

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Supersize Your Culture Intake on Super Bowl Weekend

02/01/13

Supersize Your Culture Intake on Super Bowl Weekend

Sacramento, are you ready for some football? No? Well, if you don’t know your Alex Smith from Torrey Smith, you can still keep this Super Bowl weekend action-packed and get some culture to boot with this trio of indoor outings. Bark! The Musical While the Puppy Bowl returns to Animal Planet this Sunday, the Sacramento Theatre Company lets the dogs out throughout the weekend for this musical about man’s best friend. Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a paean to simplicity, loyalty and unconditional love,” the story portrays the lives of six canines in Deena’s Doggie Daycare—all played by actors—from a poodle that sings opera to a puppy that longs to have a powerful bark and an older dog that must say good-bye to its owner before being...

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Santa Parade Still on Track for Saturday

11/30/12

Santa Parade Still on Track for Saturday

Some major winter weather may be bearing down on the region, but it will be looking a lot like Christmas in the Capitol City this Saturday with the annual Santa Parade. According to event organizer Ken Gross, the spectacular free yuletide tradition—which has been spreading Christmas cheer on the streets of downtown Sacramento with dozens of floats, bands and vehicles every year since 1983—will, barring extreme high winds, still take place as planned. This time around, for the first time, Santa Claus will be coming to town in plenty of style aboard the sleek, red Macy’s Santa National Tour Bus; he and his coterie of elves and helpers will then hit the streets aboard the massive Macy’s Make-A-Wish float. And youngsters, don’t worry if you don’t...

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Two new plays and an opera debut this weekend

11/15/12

Two new plays and an opera debut this weekend

From a rock-and-roll twist on a Shakespeare classic to an Italian work featuring the powerful, enchanting voices of the Sacramento Opera, here are three brand-new productions taking center stage and proving that the play’s the must-do thing this weekend.     Curtains will be going up tonight at 8:00 p.m. on Big Idea Theatre’s Love’s Labor’s Lost, a William-Shakespeare-meets-Rock-of-Ages take on the Bard’s 1598 comedy. The sexy, edgy tale follows a set of dissolute rock-and-roll musicians who, in an effort to focus on their music, swear off of their hard-partying ways for an entire year; their plans of celibacy and sobriety, however, are immediately challenged when they fall in love with some beautiful women they meet, causing the rockers to...

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Head to the Hills for a Mandarin Festival This Weekend

11/14/12

Head to the Hills for a Mandarin Festival This Weekend

Come hungry and leave happy at this annual citrus-focused festival in the foothills. Now in its 19th year celebrating Placer County’s succulent—and healthful—Satsuma mandarins (an eight-ounce glass of mandarin juice has as much decongestant as one Sudafed PE tablet), the fun runs this Friday through Sunday at Auburn’s Gold Country Fairgrounds and includes cooking demonstrations, live music, over 200 local vendors and, of course, plenty of tangy, tasty treats like chocolate-dipped mandarin slices, mandarin flan, mandarin beignets and mandarin milk shakes. Take a break between bites and check out Saturday’s Peel & Eat contest, which will pit quick-draw peelers against the clock to see who can peel and eat five oranges the fastest; last year’s...

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A Modern Italian Festival Comes to Midtown

10/05/12

A Modern Italian Festival Comes to Midtown

Ciao down and get the lowdown on all things Italian at this weekend’s outdoor Moderno Italiano Festival. Now in its third year, the annual event—which is hosted by Hot Italian and held at the midtown restaurant and Fremont Park across the street—celebrates different cultural aspects of the boot-shaped country, from food, fashion and film to furniture, cars and design. Friday night’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. At the eatery, there will be a chic installation curated by Lumens Light + Living, which will feature Italian housewares and furniture designers such as Alessi and Foscarini (the installation will also be on display on Saturday); a fleet of Fiats ready to be test driven; and a cycling-themed fashion show with jerseys, equipment and high-end bicycles...

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Free Baby Socks at Kids' Boo-tique Grand Opening

09/07/12

Free Baby Socks at Kids' Boo-tique Grand Opening

The midtown boutique scene has struggled in recent years, but gets a boost this weekend when local children’s apparel company Trumpette—best known for its playful baby socks—hosts a grand opening for its new store on 20th and I streets in midtown (its only standalone retail location) during Second Saturday this weekend from 4 to 8 p.m. And for the occasion, the shop will be gifting its visitors a pre-Halloween treat for little ones’ feet, a pair of boo-tiful, ghost-printed socks to warm their toes (pictured). The Sacramento-based baby brand founded by Jon Stevenson has already gained a foothold in Hollywood, with its socks adorning the well-heeled tots of celebrity moms like Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba and Hilary Duff. Trumpette has also teamed up with the...

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Gold Rush Days hit Old Sacramento

08/31/12

Gold Rush Days hit Old Sacramento

  Sacramento’s Old West heritage is on display in all of its gun-slinging glory for this 13th annual free event. Over 200 tons of dirt now blanket 28 acres of Old Sacramento’s streets, with hundreds of costumed characters like cowboys, miners, soldiers and bandits reenacting everything from wild gunfights and Civil War artillery exercises to women’s rights parades and Pony Express relays. Want to see some living history? Meander through the Embarcadero Tent City, a makeshift mining encampment set up between Front and I streets, which has all of the Gold Rush essentials like a blacksmith, undertaker, justice of the peace and, of course, a saloon offering tipples for townsfolk. The weekend also includes a packed lineup of live music and dance...

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High-Flying and Deep-Frying at the California State Fair Through July 29

07/20/12

High-Flying and Deep-Frying at the California State Fair Through July 29

Get ready for some gut-checking, gut-expanding fun at the 159th annual California State Fair, which continues this weekend through July 29, with a brand-new zip line ride, a possible new world record, epicurean competitions and everything from mac ’n’ cheese to Cap’n Crunch on a stick. Carrying out this year’s theme, “Fun That Moves You,” is the 600-foot-long High Fly’n Zip Line ride, which is making its State Fair debut and allows intrepid riders to get a leg up—or both legs up—on the traditional midway experience by soaring over it at 35 miles per hour. If you want to scale new heights but at a slower pace, for a $5 donation to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, you can accompany Roseville’s Christina...

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Concerts, Cars, a Beard Contest(!) and More at the Placer County Fair June 21-24

06/21/12

Concerts, Cars, a Beard Contest(!) and More at the Placer County Fair June 21-24

Looking for a fair to remember? Head to Roseville for the 76th annual Placer County Fair, which kicked off on Thursday and lasts through Sunday. The event will host two eating contests—pie (Friday, 5:30 p.m.) and watermelon (Saturday, 2 p.m.)—plus a hirsute one. That's right, back by popular demand is the fair’s second annual beard and mustache contest (Saturday, 6:30 p.m.), which will once again put its contestants in hairy situations in categories such as Full Beard Over One Foot, Full Beard Under One Foot, Business Beard, Natural Moustache and Styled Moustache. Those who have a need for speed can check out five NASCAR races on Saturday (starting at 6 p.m.) and the Enduro race on Sunday (also starting at 6 p.m.), which will feature cars slipping and...

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Second Saturday (and Friday) Art Picks

06/08/12

Second Saturday (and Friday) Art Picks

  If it’s Second Saturday in Sacramento, the streets and galleries of the city will be filled to the brim. And while there are many great exhibits to catch, here are a few of our faves. Skinner Howard Contemporary Art’s Saturday reception will run from 6 to 9 p.m. debuting Cody Lane Functional Art (more on this exhibit below). Sadly, this will be the final show in the gallery’s 5,000 square-foot industrial space, which will close later this month as the gallery adjusts its operations. At East Sacramento’s Archival Gallery (3223 Folsom Blvd. archivalframe.com), you can get a glimpse of 16 rare prints from Sacramento painter Mel Ramos, who will be on hand from 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow to meet and greet admirers. Ramos also has an extensive...

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Monthly food and design market debuts today

06/03/12

Monthly food and design market debuts today

  Inspired by San Francisco’s Ferry Building and other eclectic marketplace events around the country, the new “GOOD: street food + design market” kicks off today and will continue on the first Sunday of each month through November. Organized by the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership and events group Unseen Heroes, the market will take place in a vacant warehouse building and will be filled with food, design and other vendors including the Popcycle Creamery which makes hand-crafted artisanal ice cream push-up pops, the celebrated cookie shop Goodie Tuchews, Mama Kim Cooks with chocolate-covered strawberries, Local Kine Hawaiian Shaved Ice, Phono Select Records and many others. Dj’s and live music will also be part of the mix. And the Gypsy Mobile...

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Beer & Ballet Runs Through May 27

05/18/12

Beer & Ballet Runs Through May 27

Grab a beer with the Sacramento Ballet, who will be brewing up edgy, never-before-seen pieces, all of which are choreographed and directed by the dancers themselves. Presented in the company’s intimate studio at 1631 K Street, this will be the last of three weekends with 7 p.m. shows on Thurs, May 24, Fri, May 25, Sat, May 26 and Sun, May 27 (the Sunday performance is at 2 p.m.). The performances range from neo-classical solos to modern, interpretative duets and ensemble pieces, and will be topped off by a meet-and-greet with the dancers, with plenty of wine and locally brewed Ruhstaller Beer on hand. Tickets are $35 and include two drinks. But hurry -- some shows have been selling out, and there are only a few more chances to drink up some culture this weekend. More...

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Rancho Cordova Hosts International Festival

05/17/12

Rancho Cordova Hosts International Festival

All the world’s a stage tonight in Rancho Cordova. And no, iFest isn’t a new Apple gadget. It’s the city’s fifth annual celebration of international cultures in our region, complete with music, dancing and tasty global fare. Bring the kids to Village Green Park to take part in a Filipino fiesta, experience electrifying performances from the likes of Sacramento fire dancers Obsidian Butterfly, and watch local groups perform Korean martial arts, Ukrainian songs and Mexican Folklorico dance. Plus, popular local food trucks like Star Ginger (serving up Vietnamese and Thai fare) and Chando’s Tacos will be on hand to offer a true taste of the world right in our own backyard. Other iFest highlights include craft-making stations, magic acts from Elk...

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Meet Yeardley Smith of The Simpsons Saturday, Apr. 20

04/20/12

Meet Yeardley Smith of The Simpsons Saturday, Apr. 20

Voulez-vous Marchez Vous? Well, tomorrow is your lucky day. Marchez Vous (“you walk” in French) is the name of the exciting new shoe line by Yeardley Smith (aka the voice of Lisa on The Simpsons.) The Emmy-winning, Paris-born actress will be coming to Pavilions Salon Shoes at the Pavilions shopping center to show off her fancy footwork. With her, um, sole mission to “marry beauty with comfort,” Smith’s collection, which includes everything from seductive suede pumps to fun polka-dot wedges, features a “ridiculously cushy,” heel-to-toe insole inside every single pair, and strives to embody the following five qualities: timelessness, sexiness, surprise, wit, and, yes, comfort. For more information on Marchez Vous, click here. For your...

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Cambodian New Year celebration in Stockton this weekend

04/13/12

Cambodian New Year celebration in Stockton this weekend

Want to get enlightened? Make your way to Stockton—yes, Stockton—this weekend. That’s where Wat Dhammararam, a Cambodian Buddhist temple, will be celebrating Cambodian New Year with an all-day (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) outdoor cultural festival. Famous for its colorful, larger-than-life statues (pictured is a 50-foot-long reclining Buddha) that Huell Howser on his PBS show California’s Gold said will “literally take your breath away,” the temple will up the ante this Saturday and Sunday with bands performing traditional Cambodian music, jewelry (check out the new bling in booth 61, which features baubles that came directly from the Southeast Asian country just a week or so ago), toys, and traditional Cambodian food and drink, from angel wings (stuffed...

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