Things to Do, See, Eat and Drink This Weekend

Courtesy of the Crocker Art Museum
"Sacramento River with 32 Palms" by Gregory Kondos, whose exhibit will open this Sunday at the Crocker

From syrah on Saturday to Tosca on Sunday, here are three different ways to have a great weekend in Sacramento.

Eat, drink and be very merry for a good cause this Saturday at the Winter Wine & Food Fest, an annual Sacramento tradition benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and boasting samplings from over 120 regional restaurants and vintners like Piatti, Aïoli Bodega Española, Blackbird Vineyards and Michael David Winery. A VIP ticket also gains you entry to a sit-down dinner and a live auction offering everything from a lobster meal for 20 people to a stay at Waikoloa Resort Hawaii.  $85 in advance; $100 at the door (VIP: $185 in advance; $200 at the door). 5 p.m. Sacramento Convention Center. 14th and J streets. 692-3921.

Feeling blue? On Sunday, head over to the Crocker Art Museum for the debut of A Touch of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory Kondos. Featuring approximately 70 works from the iconic Sacramento artist, this hometown retrospective surveys Kondos’ long and storied career creating lush, impressionistic California landscapes, from the Delta to Half Dome. The exhibit also features the painter’s depictions of more far-flung locales like France and Greece. $10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. (with special extended hours on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.). Crocker Art Museum. 216 O St. 808-7000.

Although Valentine’s Day has come and gone, love is still in the air and on the stage this Sunday with a performance of classic, romantic Puccini pieces by the Sacramento Opera. Part one of the double-bill concert will feature a handful of fully staged and costumed selections from the Italian composer’s operas like Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème. The afternoon will conclude with Puccini’s one-act comic opera Gianni Schicchi. The composer himself will also be making an appearance—in the form of period-attired tenor Jorge Garza—to discuss the works and the women in his life who influenced him. $22-$122. Sun. 2 p.m.  Community Center Theater. 1301 L St. 808-5181.