The Sactown Weekend Update for July 11-13

Photo by Tori Masucci Cummins
The 161st California State Fair brings deep-fried eats and high-flying rides to Cal Expo starting this Friday.

Christopher Titus (Friday)
Self-proclaimed “hard funny” comedian Christopher Titus, who has produced five Comedy Central specials including the most recent Voice in My Head, stops by the Crest Theatre this Friday for his tour The Angry Pursuit of Happiness. The one-man show, which features all never-before-heard material, takes on hot-button political and social topics like the Boston bombing, the Pope Francis, and family health problems before ending with a speech from his own funeral. $25-$35. Friday at 8 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 442-5189.

California State Fair (Friday through Sunday)
From deep-fried eats to high-flying rides, a host of festivities return to Cal Expo for the 161st year of this annual California tradition, which will once again celebrate the Golden State’s massive agriculture industry, powerhouse economy and cultural diversity. This year, dig into California’s farm-to-fork heritage and learn about water conservation at a 3-acre garden, watch cooking demonstrations featuring California-grown ingredients, and check out a wine garden to taste some of the top vintages selected from thousands of entrants in the yearly statewide competition. Soccer fans will get a kick out of two Sacramento Republic FC home games taking place at Cal Expo on July 17 and 27, tickets from which allow complimentary access to the fairgrounds on the days of the matches. Other highlights include new attractions like the Ex-scream Machine roller coaster. $12. Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cal Expo. 1600 Exposition Blvd. 263-3247.

Mary Poppins (Friday through Sunday)
Music Circus presents—in the most delightful way—its first-ever production of the Disney classic Mary Poppins, featuring memorable songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and centering on a practically perfect nanny who comes to London to care for the dysfunctional Banks family. Directed by Glenn Casale, this staging will include elements like the title character flying with her magical umbrella. $29-$59. Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Pavilion. 1419 H St. 557-1999.

Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race (Sunday)
This “tray” magnifique event, which is inspired by the Parisian footrace that celebrates Bastille Day, returns for its fifth year in midtown and will feature dozens of restaurant servers in black-and-white uniforms as they speed walk while balancing a tray holding a bottle and two glasses. The race will be emceed by chef Patrick Mulvaney and will be followed by a street festival featuring accordion music, a mime performance and French fare like crepes. New this year will be a kids’ waiters’ race. Free. Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. L St. between 18th and 19th streets.