Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

May 19, 2011
World of choices open up with Tony Bennett, John Fogerty, more

We l-o-v-e the lasting cool of brilliant artists Tony Bennett and John Fogerty, and we can't believe our region will be treated to performances by both of them in one week.

But we have three other events that you might have overlooked because they fell into the long shadows cast by these two stars. Our very own Pacific Rim festival, which unfolds Sunday in Downtown Plaza and Old Sacramento, is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the art, tastes and heritage of another culture without heading 75 miles to San Francisco's Chinatown.

Can't wait until Sunday to get the party started? Head over to Grass Valley for a concert by the House Jacks. This a capella quintet's vocal boxes provide the instrumentation and the voices for their daring shows.

If you want to get the party started early next weekend, head over to District 30 where UK DJ James Zabiela will be scratching, looping and linking up a storm. "Disco" hasn't died. It's evolved.

A capella music
The House Jacks
WHAT: This quintet calls itself "a rock band without instruments," and hearing is believing. The members are offering a workshop ahead of their performance to teach their art.
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. performance
WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
COST: Performance, $23 general, $15 students; workshop, $10, free for ages 18 and under
INFORMATION: (530) 274-8384, ext. 14,
- C.M. Anderson

Live music
Morning Teleportation
WHAT: The latest discovery of Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock, this band is known for energetic live shows and an eclectic sound.
WHEN: 9 p.m.
WHERE: Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento
COST: $10
INFORMATION: (916) 455-3400
- Jim Carnes

Living history
Fiddletown Heritage Day
WHAT: Take a self-guided walking tour of tiny Fiddletown and its Gold Rush-era Chinatown. Or enjoy lectures, gold panning, music and art.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Fiddletown, Amador County (about 45 miles southeast of Sacramento, off Highway 49)
COST: Free
- Dixie Reid

Rock music
John Fogerty
WHAT: Born on the Bayou? No, he just sounds like it. This Berkeley-born guitarist, songwriter and singer formed a little band with his brother Tom, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook known as Creedence Clearwater Revival.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
COST: $39, $49, $75
INFORMATION: (888) 772-2243,
- C.M. Anderson

Ethnic festival
Pacific Rim Festival
WHAT: The 19th annual heritage celebration unites a range of Asian cultures, along with food, live entertainment, art and crafts.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHERE: Old Sacramento and in the Westfield Downtown Plaza
COST: Admission is free. Food and more will be sold.
INFORMATION: (916) 451-6200,
- Jim Carnes

Ballet Benefit
Tapas & Tutus
WHAT: Mingle with the dancers of the Sacramento Ballet, bid on dates/dinner with them, enjoy food from House Kitchen and Bar and dessert from Sugar & Spice.
WHEN: 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: House Kitchen and Bar, 555 Capitol Mall, No. 55, Sacramento
COST: $125
INFORMATION: (916) 552-5800, ext. 2;
- Jim Carnes

Music standards
Tony Bennett
WHAT: If this singer decides to perform a tune, you know it's cool - and has staying power. Bennett makes his Mondavi Center debut with this performance.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, One Shields Ave., Davis
COST: $50, $80, $125
INFORMATION: (866) 754-2787,
- C.M. Anderson

Rock music
The Fray
WHAT: The public buys this band's music - from "How To Save a Life" to "Never Say Never" - no matter what some critics say. In The Fray are guitarist Joe King, vocalist and pianist Isaac Slade, guitarist Dave Welsh and drummer Ben Wysocki.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Thunder Valley Casino Resort,
COST: $29, $45, $59, $69 (plus taxes & fees)
(916) 408-7777, www.thundervalleyresort. com
- C.M. Anderson

Pop and R&B
Rickie Lee Jones
WHAT: This Chicago-born singer can belt out jazz and blues, but she gained her widest fame for the pop tune "Chuck E.'s in Love."
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Main Stage, Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
COST: $25, $29, $35, $45
INFORMATION: (916) 608-6888,
- C.M. Anderson

Nightclub DJ
James Zabiela
WHAT: Based in the United Kingdom, this DJ wins respect for bringing a brilliant mixage and knowing how to read and work a crowd.
WHERE: District 30, 1022 K St., Sacramento
WHEN: 9 p.m.
COST: $15 advance, $20 general (plus fees)
INFORMATION: (916) 737-5770,
- C.M. Anderson

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