Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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


April 7, 2011
Things to Do this week: Bryan Adams, Sarah Silverman and more

This week in Sacramento, you can consort with some "Reel Classy Broads," take a seat on "The Bare Bones Tour" with rocker Bryan Adams, or get lectured by Sarah Silverman. If none of that suits your style, The Bee's staff has some other options for you. Just read on ...

TODAY-SUNDAY

Film festival

"Reel Classy Broads"

WHAT: This three-day film festival at Auburn's recently restored State Theatre will celebrate the great female stars of the Hollywood in classic roles. The festival starts with an ensemble of talented women, including Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford, in "The Women" (7:30 p.m. Friday) before moving on to the individual achievements of Myrna Loy ("The Thin Man," 11 a.m. Saturday), Barbara Stanwyck ("Double Indemnity," 3 p.m. Saturday) Bette Davis ("All About Eve," 7 p.m. Saturday) Judy Garland ("A Star Is Born," 3 p.m. Sunday) and Katharine Hepburn ("The Philadelphia Story," 7 p.m. Sunday).

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-10 p.m. Sunday.

Where: State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn

Cost: $9 for individual films, $45 for festival passes.

Information: (530) 885-0156, www.livefromauburn.com.

- Carla Meyer

TONIGHT-SUNDAY

Stand-Up Comedy

Luenell

WHAT: This bad girl of comedy, who cut her teeth in Oakland, spent a little time in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles many years ago. On her website, Luenell tells fans that "The Rock," in which she performed, contained footage shot in the same jail.

WHEN: 8 and 10 tonight, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Tommy T's Comedy and Dinner Theatre, 12401 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova

COST: $20 general admission, $30 reserved

INFORMATION: (916) 357-5233, www.tommyts.com

-C.M. Anderson

TONIGHT-SUNDAY

Last chance theater

'Circle Mirror Transformation'

WHAT: This clever, quirky, deceptively intelligent comedy-drama about life and those of us who struggle to live it is set in a summertime community-center drama class taught by a note-perfect Elisabeth Nunziato. The Bee gave it 3 1/2 stars.

WHEN: 8 tonight, 5 and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (final show)

WHERE: B Street Theatre Mainstage, 2711 B St., Sacramento

COST: $22-$30

INFORMATION: (916) 443-5300, www.bstreettheatre.org

- Jim Carnes

SATURDAY

Film, Comedy, Benefit

California NextGen Film Festival

WHAT: Sacramento's NextGen Film Festival will present works by 14 Sacramento State students, along with the Academy Award-winning shorts "The Lost Thing" (animated) and "God of Love" (live action). After the program, student performers from Los Angeles' famed Groundlings improv group will perform.

WHEN: The film portion runs 4-6 p.m. The comedy show begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento

COST: Free, but patrons will be asked to donate to Japan disaster relief.

INFORMATION: (916) 444-2425, www.nextgenfilmfest.org.

- Carla Meyer

SUNDAY

Vocal music

Rebecca Plack

"Jewish Voices'

WHAT: Local soprano Rebecca Plack will perform songs composed or performed by Jewish performers in a solo concert of classical music, opera, traditional folk melodies and Broadway show tunes.

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, 2300 Sierra Blvd., Sacramento

COST: $20

INFORMATION: (916) 956-2030; www.mosaiclaw.org

- Edward Ortiz

SUNDAY

Lecture

Sarah Silverman

WHAT: This comedian, actress and writer got fired from "Saturday Night Live" but now is having the last laugh. Enjoying meteoric success, she doesn't have to do interviews to sell tickets. She comes to the Mondavi as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, and that's no joke.

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, One Shields Ave., in Davis

COST: $25, $40, $55

INFORMATION: (866) 754-2787, www.mondaviarts.org

-C.M. Anderson

TUESDAY

Rock Music

Bryan Adams

WHAT: Who doesn't remember the hit "Summer of '69"? OK, anybody born before 1984, maybe, but still. And what about that duet with Tina Turner on "It's Only Love"? This Canadian rock'n'roller has had the hits - and keeps cranking out new material. His live shows challenge Springsteen's in length, sometimes running longer than three hours.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento

COST: $35-$68

INFORMATION: (916) 442-7378, www.thecrest.com

- Jim Carnes

WEDNESDAY

Rock Music

Unwritten Lawnew photo in system

WHAT: Sacramento will be one of this band's first stops since releasing a new album, "Swan," on March 29. This isn't the group's swan song, though, they say. Instead, it's their way of redefining themselves. Also on the bill are Authority Zero, Not Your Style and Another Damn Disappointment.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento

COST: $16, plus $3.95 service fee

INFORMATION: www.aceofspadessac.com

-C.M. Anderson

Thursday

Indie Rock

Interpol

WHAT: There's long been an edgy hipness to this indie band's sound - and looks, too - that makes you listen and ponder their lyrics and message. They're just so New York.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento

COST: $30 advance, $32 at the door

INFORMATION: tickets.com; (800) 225-2277

-C.M. Anderson

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