We're ready for fair season, and the Dixon May Fair definitely fills that bill. The concerts draw from a wide spectrum of musicians. We're particularly pleased to see country legend Merle Haggard on the bill tonight, along with Trace Adkins. They have both weathered personal trials and have lived to sing their tales.
Then tomorrow, there's the fresh-faced Selena Gomez who's holding down a singing career in addition to television shows and big-screen movies.
If you're looking for other types of fun, here's a diverse list:
WHAT: If you wanted to catch the elegant revue Rodgers & Hammerstein's
"A Grand Night for Singing," you'd better act quickly. The production, which received 3½ stars from The Bee, closes this weekend.
WHEN: 7 tonight, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
WHERE: Cosmopolitan Cabaret, 10th and K streets, in Sacramento
COST: $20-$43 (plus fees)
INFORMATION: (916) 557-1999, www.californiamusicaltheatre.com
WHAT: After his performances as Pops to Ice Cube's Craig in the "Friday" trilogy, he gets laughs just by showing up. Impress friends with this little-known fact: His first TV appearance was on "Barnaby Jones" in the 1970s.
WHERE: Tommy T's, 12401 Folsom Blvd.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday
COST: $20, $30
INFORMATION: (916) 357-5233, www.tommyts.com
Dixon May Fair
WHAT: This 136th annual event combines big-name stars with down-home fun such as a livestock show, rides, midway games and fair food.
WHEN: Gates open at 10 a.m. daily. The exhibit buildings and gates close at 10 p.m. The midway will remain open one to two hours after the gates close.
WHERE: Dixon May Fair, 655 S. First St., Dixon
COST: $12 for adults, $7 for children under age 12, $8 for seniors, and $5 for all active and reserve military personnel with ID. Concerts and demolition derby are priced separately. Parking is $5
INFORMATION: (707) 678-5529, www.dixonmayfair.com, www.ticketmaster.com
Rancho Cordova Day
WHAT: The past comes to life with such attractions as horse- and-buggy rides and train trips, Dutch-oven cooking demonstrations and performances by the California State Old-Time Fiddlers Association.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
WHERE: American River Grange Hall, 2720 Kilgore Road, Rancho Cordova
COST: Free (A pioneer picnic, prepared by Cordova High Culinary Academy students, is $5.)
INFORMATION: (916) 806-7149, email@example.com
Symbolism and Victorian funeral customs
WHAT: What do three links of a chain on a tombstone mean? A broken rosebud? A compass and square? Julianna Horrell interprets the stories our ancestors left behind on their tombstones.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: 1000 Broadway (at 10th Street), Sacramento. Park in the lot across from the main gate on Broadway.
COST: Donations are accepted for cemetery upkeep.
INFORMATION: (916) 264-7839, (916) 448-8011
WHAT: The pianist, comedian and composer has performed ragtime concerts worldwide and often dresses in costume to add a little zip.
WHEN: 2 p.m.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 2100 J St., Sacramento
COST: $20 in advance, $22 at door
INFORMATION: (916) 457-3324, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.WestCoastRagtime.com
WHAT: Sure, Pugsley Buzzard and Bob Malone are singers and instrumentalists.
They are also something much more. They're entertainers who know how to romance audiences with funny, charming stories.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek
COST: $17 advance, $19 day of show
INFORMATION: (916) 425-0077, www.suttercreektheater.com