Things To Do This Memorial Day Weekend

Courtesy of Sacramento Temporary Contemporary
Milton Bowens' "We the People," which is featured along with other works at the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary gallery

Sacramento’s long-running annual music festival, Ink’s 10th anniversary party and a history-centered art exhibit top our list of ways to spend this Memorial Day weekend.

Sacramento Music Festival
Running Friday through Monday and hosted by the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, the annual festival, which is marking its 40th anniversary this weekend, will pump up the volume with headliners like Chicano rockers Los Lobos, Grammy-nominated bluesman John Lee Hooker, Jr. and Wanda Jackson, aka the First Lady of Rockabilly. This year will also see the return of popular events like the parade of classic cars and marching bands through the streets of Old Sacramento. $39 for daily pass; $110 for all-weekend pass. Times and venues vary by event. 808-7777.

Ink Eats and Drinks' 10th Anniversary Party
This Saturday, help celebrate this milestone anniversary of Ink Eats and Drinks, restaurateur Chris Nestor’s midtown hotspot known for its colorful tattoo decor and menu of modern comfort food. Watch as local artists break out their canvases at the restaurant for live painting and chalking, as well as create tattoo-style body artwork on a member of the Sizzling Sirens (the whole burlesque troupe will be in attendance). The event will also include food-and-drink specials—such as a $10 combo that serves up an appetizer like Ink’s signature sliders or fried calamari with a glass of draft beer and a shot of Jack Daniel's or Sailor Jerry rum—as well as raffle prizes like passes to the Trash Film Orgy festival and certificates to Relentless Tattoo, whose artist Liz Miller designed a celebratory T-shirt for the occasion which will be available for purchase that night. Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Ink Eats and Drinks. 2730 N St. 456-2800.

The Art of Education
This Sacramento Temporary Contemporary exhibit of new works by artist, teacher and education activist Milton Bowens features mixed media collages designed to illustrate issues such as limited access to the arts in underprivileged schools. The pieces are each comprised of layered illustrations of influential public figures, historic documents and recognizable imagery, like in We the People, which portrays school segregation through elements like a recreation of the front page of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and depictions of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South who was prominently featured in Norman Rockwell’s famous painting The Problem We All Live With. And as a part of Bowens’ efforts to help engage students through creative arts programming, the show will also display the artwork of children from Sacramento schools where Bowens teaches, including St. HOPE’s PS7 and E. C. Joyce Elementary, as well as other local schools. Open Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Sacramento Temporary Contemporary. 1616 Del Paso Blvd. 921-1224.