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 Chavez Plaza. 10th and J streets. 442-8575. downtownsac.org
Dubbed the “world’s most popular musical” and running through June 9, this Tony-winning Broadway smash set around the French Revolution covers ex-convict Jean Valjean’s road to redemption and has spawned now-classic songs like “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Do You Hear the People Sing?” and “Bring Him Home.” On stage will be the version of Les Misérables that debuted in 2009 to mark its 25th anniversary, which introduces new elements such as updated set design featuring projections of artworks based on paintings by author Victor Hugo, on whose novel the musical is based. $24-$91. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 557-1999. calmt.com
The Emmy-winning host of Cash Cab may not be carrying any money, but he’ll bring the funny this Saturday and Sunday at PunchLine, where the observational comedian will talk about his hit TV show, his family and living in New York. $25. Saturday at 8 & 10 p.m. Sunday at 7 p.m. PunchLine Comedy Club. 2100 Arden Way. 925-5500. punchlinesac.com
River Walk Music Festival
The streets of West Sacramento will be filled with tunes and tasty eats this Saturday and Sunday at the River Walk Music Festival, which will feature eight bands like southern rockers Savannah Blue, the Tower of Power tribute group Bump City and the bluesy Pinky Rideau & the Blind Resistance. Also on hand will be a fleet of SactoMofo food trucks like Chando’s Tacos and Swabbies Taco Trailer. And grown-ups can beat the heat with drinks from beer and margarita gardens. Free. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. West Sacramento’s River Walk park between the Tower and I Street bridges. westsacfun.org