Things to Check Out This Weekend, from Shakespeare to Underwear
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Mid-century design legends Charles and Ray Eames pose for their 1944 Christmas card. Ray was born and raised in Sacramento and is being honored with a new exhibit at The California Museum.
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 traitorous coup. $10-$20. Fri. & Sat.
8 p.m. Big Idea Theatre. 1616 Del Paso Blvd. 960-3036. bigideatheatre.com
To be in boxers or briefs, that is the question this Saturday at the second annual Undy 5000 benefiting the Colon Cancer Alliance and the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition. Race solo in your underwear or in matching drawers with your team during this 5K run through William Land Park. (Don’t worry if you’re too shy to let it all hang out—all participants will receive a commemorative pair of blue boxers that can be worn over cloths.) Skivvies-sporting kiddies can also take part by joining in the event’s one-mile fun run and painting posters with messages to family members impacted by colon cancer. $40 ($35 for ages 6-13; free for kids ages 5 and under). Race begins this Saturday at 9 a.m. William Land Park. 4215 Freeport Blvd. 877-422-2030. undy5000.com
Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design
Check out the new hometown exhibit honoring the recent 100th birthday of the late Sacramento artist Ray Eames, who, along with her husband Charles, helped define the mid-century modern aesthetic by creating iconic designs and furniture that have been featured on Hollywood sets from Frasier to Mad Men. In addition to those pieces, the show explores the artwork Ray produced during her youth in Sacramento, like her intricate paper dolls. Also, if you’re a Bank of America customer, admission will be free at The California Museum (as well as the Crocker) this weekend and the first weekend of every month. $8.50. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m, Sun. noon-5 p.m. 1020 O St. 916-653-7524. californiamuseum.org
Wedlock’s Gift: California Railroad Depot Images in Ink
Head out to the California State Railroad Museum for the final weekend of this exhibit, which features depictions of our state’s historic depots in places like Menlo Park and Fullerton. The 26 ink sketches were created by Walter J. Wedlock, who attempted to convey the beauty and personality of many of these sites before they fell into disrepair or were torn down. The exhibit closes Monday, March 4. $10. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. California State Railroad Museum. 125 I St. 445-6645. californiastaterailroadmuseum.org