The Sactown Weekend Update for Sept. 20-22

Kathy Griffin brings the funny to Thunder Valley tonight.
Courtesy of Thunder Valley Casino Resort

For this weekend’s roundup of events and activities, you can LOL with Kathy Griffin at Thunder Valley, indulge in an old-fashioned feast at Sutter’s Fort, check out the Latin beats of the lauded Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at the Mondavi Center, and stomp some grapes at a harvest celebration in Capay Valley. 

Kathy Griffin (Friday)
America’s most famous D-lister makes her debut on Friday at Thunder Valley, where she’ll cover her trademark topics, described by The New York Times as “the hypocrisies, peculiarities, misjudged plastic surgeries and occasional court appearances of semi-, quasi- and actual celebrities.” Recent bits have included the antics of Justin Bieber, the Twitter gaffes of Amanda Bynes and meeting Barbra Streisand at Jane Fonda’s decidedly A-list birthday party. $29.50-$77.50. Friday. 8 p.m. Thunder Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheater. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln. 408-7777.

Capay Crush (Saturday)
Celebrate Yolo County’s bountiful grape harvest on Saturday during this fourth annual Capay Valley event, which this year boasts a grape stomp with over 500 pounds of fruit, tractor-driven farm tours and educational activities like “Grain to Bread,” which details how to make loaves from scratch. Plus, sip wine from local vintners like Turkovich Family Wines, Putah Creek Winery and Séka Hills, and take in performances from two reality stars—American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox and The Voice’s Naia Kete. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Kathleen Barsotti Non-Profit for Sustainable Agriculture. $20 (free for children 12 and under; overnight camping available for an additional $40 per site). Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. 23800 Hwy. 16. Capay. 530-796-0730

Feast at the Fort (Saturday)
Get a taste of history this Saturday at the fourth annual Feast at the Fort, a four-course dinner under the stars at Sutter’s Fort prepared by chefs from local restaurants like Hock Farm, Ten22 and Mulvaney’s B&L, who will draw upon the fort’s rich trading tradition to prepare tempting dishes based on this year’s theme of chocolate. Watch your dinner being cooked pioneer style using fire pits, fireplaces and a 1840s-esque beehive oven, and then settle in for your banquet at large wooden farm tables lit by the soft glow of candles and lanterns. KFBK’s Kitty O’Neal will emcee the evening, which supports Friends of Sutter’s Fort and brings chances to win silent auction items like handcrafted cutting boards and artisan olive oils. $85. Saturday. 6:30 p.m. Sutter’s Fort. 2701 L St. 323-7626.

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (Saturday)
Kicking off the Mondavi Center’s 2013-2014 season this Saturday will be an evening of lively Latin music performed by the famed Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, a Cuban music collective that was born out of the tradition of the 1940s Buena Vista Social Club in Havana, eventually rising to international fame following the release of its eponymous 1997 album, which in 2011 made Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best albums of the ’90s. Opening will be 38-year-old Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca, whom The Guardian describes as among the “most gifted, adventurous spirits of his generation.” Prices start at $35. Saturday. 8 p.m. Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall. Mrak Hall Dr. and Old Davis Rd. Davis . 530-754-2787.