The Sactown Weekend Update for Aug. 23-25
Do you love the ’80s? Head out to Lincoln this Saturday for a retro concert featuring everyone from Erasure’s Andy Bell to Howard Jones. If you love the ’20s, then this weekend take in a performance of Chicago—set in Prohibition-era Chi-Town—at Music Circus, the first-ever production of the Tony-winning musical in the round. And if you love the arts, join the race to support it at William Land Park on Saturday.
Chicago (Tonight through Sunday)
This weekend, the Music Circus will give you that old—or rather, new—razzle-dazzle with the first-ever production of Chicago in the round, which features Bob Fosse’s legendary choreography in the aisles as well as on the stage. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago, the musical centers on a pair of murderous vaudevillian actresses, Velma and Roxie, their manipulative lawyer Billy Flynn, and all that jazz. $30-$74. Friday at 8 p.m. Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Pavilion. 1419 H St. 557-1999. sacramentomusiccircus.com
Race for the Arts (Saturday)
Add a dash of culture this weekend at the 15th annual Race for the Arts, a 5K run benefiting nonprofits like the Crocker Art Museum and the Sacramento Opera, as well as school marching bands and dance teams. (At the finish line, tired feet will turn into happy feet when participants receive a free pair of Trumpette socks.) Little ones can let loose during a quarter- or half-mile fun run, get their faces painted at the post-run festival and play instruments like the tuba and trombone. This year, legendary local artist Wayne Thiebaud contributed his ice cream painting Three Cones for race posters and T-shirts, and you can treat yourself to the real thing at the event with scoops of Vic’s Ice Cream. $25 ($12 for kids’ run). 8:30 a.m. William Land Park. 3800 Land Park Dr. 916-492-8966. raceforthearts.com
Regeneration Tour (Saturday)
Oh, l’amour! Andy Bell of the synth-pop duo Erasure will take the stage in Lincoln this Saturday joined by other ’80s superstars like Howard Jones (“No One Is to Blame,” “Things Can Only Get Better”), Men Without Hats (“Safety Dance,” “Pop Goes the World”), and Berlin, whose song “Take My Breath Away” topped the Billboard charts in 1986. $34.50-$74.50. 6:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort’s Outdoor Amphitheater. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln. 408-7777. thundervalleyresort.com