Sactown Weekend Update for Oct. 18-20

Courtesy of The Center for the Arts

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 Dvořák’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. Mrak Hall Dr. and Old Davis Rd. Davis. 530-754-2787.


Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra (Saturday)

Relive the Roaring Twenties and the Flirty Thirties on Saturday at this season-opening concert for the Sacramento Philharmonic, which will present works by George and Ira Gershwin, who wrote “I Got Rhythm” and Porgy and Bess. The orchestra will be joined by Grammy-winning jazz singer Sylvia McNair; also incorporated into the concert will be elements like tap dance performances, clips from films featuring Gershwin tunes, and archival photos of the brothers. $16-$119. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 808-5181.


Blues Traveler (Saturday)

Known for its catalogue of bluesy rock hits like “Hook” and the Grammy-winning “Run-Around,” the New Jersey-born band comes to Grass Valley on Saturday to perform these hits, as well as songs off its newest album, Suzie Cracks the Whip, which was released in June of last year.  And come ready to get into the groove:  Veterans Memorial Auditorium will be arranged to allow for an ample dance floor. $55. Saturday at 8 p.m. Veterans Memorial Auditorium. 255 South Auburn St. Grass Valley. 530-274-8384.


Crocker Art Museum (Sunday)

Debuting this Sunday is “Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan,” a mid-career survey of the work of Julie Heffernan, featuring 14 of the magical realism painter’s lush self-portraits and landscapes. Sunday will also see the opening of “Passion and Virtuosity: Hendrick Goltzius and the Art of Engraving,” an exhibition which includes nearly 60 engravings and prints by influential 16th-century Dutch master Hendrick Goltzius, primarily from two of his series, the Life of the Virgin and The Passion of Christ. Engravings by other earlier masters, such as Albrecht Dürer and Lucas van Leyden, will also be displayed. $10. Open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crocker Art Museum. 808-7000.