Sactown's Weekend Picks

Courtesy of Elliott Fouts Gallery
"Girl in Striped Skirt" by Roland Petersen, whose exhibit is opening this weekend at Elliott Fouts Gallery

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.

Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra
On Saturday, treat your ears to “Mozart & More,” the final concert of the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra’s season, which will present works by the Austrian composer, such as his masterpiece Mass in C major (Coronation), which will feature a vocal performance by the Sacramento Opera chorus. The program will also include works like Symphony No. 103 in E-flat major (Drumroll) by Haydn, who was a close friend of Mozart, and the Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel, who cited Mozart as one of his major musical influences. $21-$117. Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 808-5180.

Elliott Fouts Gallery: Forever Picnics
Opening this Saturday at Elliott Fouts Gallery is “Forever Picnics,” an exhibit showcasing 20 pieces by acclaimed abstract realist artist Roland Petersen, who is best known for his Picnic series and whose signature geometric, color-saturated paintings have been obtained by such institutions as the Hirshhorn Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and SFMOMA. Works on display will include older pieces like his 1950 etching Dream Beasts and Figures, which he completed while studying in Paris, as well as several recent pieces like 2010’s Girl in Striped Skirt, which vividly portrays an imaginary picnic scene, and Picnic Day, a 2011 depiction of the annual campus showcase at UC Davis, where he was on faculty alongside such prominent artists as Wayne Thiebaud, Robert Arneson and William T. Wiley. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Elliott Fouts Gallery. 1831 P St. 736-1429.