Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

April 14, 2011
Things to Do: 'Carwash' with Rose Royce, flashes of The Dead

May we suggest you go old school for this weekend's entertainment? Polish off those disco moves or invent some for Rose Royce and Evelyn Champagne King at Thunder Valley Casino. Flash back to psychedilic times with Deadheads aplenty as "The Grateful Dead Movie" hits theaters for one night only. See how tough life could be -- even for a demanding diva who lived large -- in Sacramento Theatre Company's "Master Class."

If you are not interested in these options, then read on because we've included other events for you.


R&B and Funk

Rose Royce and Evelyn Champagne King

WHAT: Clear some space, everyone, for those disco dance moves invented just for "Car Wash," the Rose Royce melody that crossed over and ruled the airwaves in 1976 and 1977, and for "Shame" by Evelyn Champagne King.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Pano Hall at Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln

COST: $29, $39 (plus taxes and fees)

INFORMATION: (916) 408-7777, (877) 468-8777,

- C.M. Anderson


CD release party

The Bumptet
WHAT: This new musical project - a jazz-funk trio - features members of three of the area's most popular acts, including guitarist Sean Lehe (of Izabella), Jonathan Stoyanoff (from Global Funk Council) and Zack Bowden (of Jackie Greene's band and Chingus).

WHEN: 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Marilyn's on K, 908 K St., Sacramento

COST: $8

INFORMATION: (916) 446-4361,

- Jim Carnes


Songs of the soul

Tina Malia

WHAT: Songbird, songwriter and instrumentalist Tina Malia and guitarist GuruGanesha Singh toss out musical labels and serve up a repertoire that spans the globe - from kirtan to pop, from raga to rock. Also joining them on tour are Hans Christian, Craig Kohland and Jared May.

WHEN AND WHERE: 7:30 tonight at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th St., Sacramento

WHEN AND WHERE: 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

COST: $25, $35

INFORMATION: (888) 718-4253,

- C.M. Anderson



'Master Class'

WHAT: An extension gives you a few more chances to savor star Janis Stevens as "Il Divina" in Capital Stage's production of Terrence McNally's musical drama about opera diva Maria Callas. The Bee gave this production four stars.

WHEN: 8 tonight, 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (final show)

WHERE: Delta King Theatre, 1000 Front St., Old Sacramento

COST: $26-$30

INFORMATION: (916) 995-5464,

- Jim Carnes


Movies on a Big Screen

'Return to Babylon'

WHAT: This fast-paced, often bitingly funny look at 1920s Hollywood and some of the sexy scandals that rocked the silent-movie era features contemporary actresses portraying the old stars. Jennifer Tilly is Clara Bow; Maria Conchita Alonso, the fiery Mexican star Lupe Verez; and Ione Skye, Virginia Rappe. Director Alex Monty Canawati will conduct a Q&A session after the screening.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St., Sacramento

COST: $5

INFORMATION: (916)736-1185,

- Jim Carnes


Special movie

'The Grateful Dead Movie Event'

WHAT: Is it a coincidence that this acclaimed concert documentary returns for one-night-only on 4/20? We report, you decide. The film was shot during the legendary band's Winterland concerts in San Francisco in October 1974, just before the band took a two-year hiatus. It captures the Dead live in all its psychedelic wonder and hasn't been shown theatrically since its initial release in 1977.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Eight area theaters will screen the film: Century (Downtown Plaza, Greenback, Stadium, Folsom, Laguna, Roseville), Regal (Natomas, El Dorado Hills)

COST: $12.50


- Jim Carnes


Bee Book Club

Hallie Ephron

WHAT: Meet thriller novelist Hallie Ephron, touring on her latest book, "Come and Find Me" (William Morrow, $24.99, 288 pages). In it, agoraphobic computer security consultant Diana Banks "lives" and works through her avatar in a cyberspace arena called Otherworld. When her sister goes missing,

Diana must venture into the real world, where some shocks await.

WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Borders,

2339 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 546-0168

COST: Free and open to the public

INFORMATION: (916) 321-1128

- Allen Pierleoni

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