Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment

April 21, 2011
Things to do: Buddy Guy, political satire and a stylish tribute

We didn't have to tell you that Buddy Guy would be a great show. You already knew that. Consider his appearance on this list to be just a gentle reminder that he's in town.

We are, however, concerned that you might have missed a couple of events on this list. Each features a national treasure -- but swirls in a bit of Sactown flava. We're talking about the fashion event at the Crest Theatre and the performance of Capitol Steps at this same venue.

Local boutiques and designers such as Bows and Arrows, Modaspia, Crimson & Clover, Thunderhorse and Babyfloss will have a trunk show ahead of the "Bill Cunningham New York" film, and fashion bloggers Bella Q (Sac Street Style), Lorena Beightler (Sac Cycle Chic) and Kari Shipman (Juniper James) will stay for a panel discussion when it's over. This event is a fitting tribute to the man who's kept his camera focused on New York fashion for decades.

The Capitol Steps event will surely skewer some well-known California politicians, and that's something the people of the capital region can applaud. And, both this show and "Bill Cunningham" will occur in a theater that New York or D.C. would be proud to have.

Fashion extravaganza
Trunk show and film
WHAT: Celebrate Bill Cunningham, the Schwinn-riding New York Times photographer who's given the nation a candid look at Big Apple style for decades. He and his work are the subject of "Bill Cunningham New York," on screen through Thursday. And, tonight only, a special trunk show benefits Verge Center for the Arts.
WHEN: Trunk show, 6:30 p.m.; film, 8 p.m.; panel discussion immediately following film (Check website for other dates and times that film will be shown.)
WHERE: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
COST: $15 general, $12 for seniors and students
INFORMATION: (916) 442-7378,
- C.M. Anderson

The Blues
Buddy Guy
WHAT: This seminal artist has received more W.C. Handy awards than any other entertainer, and he's a hall-of-famer who has influenced legendary entertainers from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center,
One Shields Ave., Davis
COST: $35, $47, $58
INFORMATION: (530) 754-2787, (866) 754-2787,
- C.M. Anderson

Paul Mecurio
WHAT: He's written material for some of television's biggest names. Do the names Jay Leno and Jon Stewart ring a bell?
And, his wit has won him an Emmy. Mecurio gave up a successful mergers-and-acquisition law practice to pursue this dream. There should be an award for that.
WHEN: 8 and 10 p.m.
WHERE: Punch Line Comedy Club,
2100 Arden Way, Sacramento
COST: $21.05
INFORMATION: (916) 925-8500,
- C.M. Anderson

Broadway musical
'Young Frankenstein'
WHAT: This bubbly, bouncy - often bawdy - show has flashes of brilliance, much like the lightning that initiates the action. And, yes, this Broadway Sacramento production comes from Mel Brooks, who gave
us the 1974 film of the same name. The Bee gives this musical three stars.
WHEN: 8 p.m. tonight- Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (last show)
WHERE: Community Center Theater,
1301 L St., Sacramento
COST: $18-$65
INFORMATION: (916) 557-1999, (916) 808-5181
- Jim Carnes

Family outing
Steam-powered train rides
WHAT: The 28th season of the California State Railroad Museum's Sacramento Southern Railroad is under way. The six-mile roundtrip winds along the Sacramento River for about 40 minutes.
WHEN: Departures hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends through Sept. 25
WHERE: Central Pacific Railroad Freight Depot, Front Street between J and K streets, Old Sacramento
COST: $10 general, $5 ages 6-17 and free for kids 5 and under. El Dorado Car first-class tickets are $15.
INFORMATION: (916) 445-6645,
- Dixie Reid

Comedians of 'Chelsea Lately'
WHAT: Four comics who join Chelsea Handler in her nightly skewering of celebrities on "Chelsea Lately" will combine their wits in a Cache Creek showcase. Josh Wolf and Loni Love (above) will appear, as will show writer Chris Fangola and everybody's favorite from the E! program - Handler's sidekick Chuy.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Club 88 at Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks
COST: $35
INFORMATION: (888) 772-2243,
- Carla Meyer

Political satire
Capitol Steps
WHAT: This sassy musical comedy troupe has performed for every president since Ronald Reagan. It released a 30th anniversary album on April 1 and will perform material from it - plus some Jerry Brown jokes, you can be sure. Humorist P.J. O'Rourke says: "The Capitol Steps are what Washington would be like if everyone were smarter and could sing."
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
COST: $40
INFORMATION: (916) 442-7378,
- Jim Carnes

Club music
Mindy Smith
WHAT: This singer blew away even Dolly Parton with her rendition of that singer's hit, "Jolene." Like Parton, Smith pairs rich vocals with a well-timed delivery.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento
COST: $20
INFORMATION: (916) 441-4693,
- C.M. Anderson

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