Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

July 15, 2011
Critics' picks for this weekend: Music, theater, comedy

Here are The Sacramento Bee's critics' picks for the best things to do this weekend.



Keri Carr(1).jpgKeri Carr Band

WHAT: Rowdy Kate disbanded, but the group's former lead singer goes on. Carr says she's expanding, integrating country rock into her set list. She comes calling with Steve Randall on guitar, Richard March on guitar, Larry Carr on drums, RW Grigsbey on bass and Beth Grigsbey on supporting vocals.

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters

COST: $15

INFORMATION: (530) 795-1825,

- C.M. Anderson




WHAT: Thandie Van Wiesenbeeck lights up the stage as the optimistic Depression-era orphan in this musical that tells us better days are just ahead. The sun will come out ... you know when. The production got 3 1/2 stars from The Bee.

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday- Sunday, through July 24

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Amphitheatre, 7991 Californa Ave., Fair Oaks

COST: $15 general, $13 students, seniors and SARTA members, $8 children Friday-Saturday; "Retro Sundays" tickets are $10 general, $5 children

INFORMATION: (916) 966-3683

- Jim Carnes



Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

WHAT: The Cajun accordion master leads a team that is heavy with musical talent, from guitar dynamo Sam Broussard to fiddle virtuoso Kevin Wimmer. Their Cajun French music can make you feel like having a rollicking good time or plunge you into despair.

WHEN: Picnics at 6 p.m. with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Quad at UC Davis

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (866) 754-2787,

- C.M. Anderson



Lady Business

WHAT: This six-woman improv comedy troupe brings lots of smarts to its shows, which are based on true stories about the comedians and audience members. This show will be followed (separate admission) by a performance by the Anti-Cooperation League with poet Kel Munger.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St. (in the MARRS Building), midtown

COST: $8 ($10 for Anti-Cooperation League, or $12 for both shows)

INFORMATION: (916) 444-3137,

- Jim Carnes


Pop music

'80s redux

WHAT: It sounds like the makings of a "Manic Monday," the pairing of the Bangles - also known as Susanna Hoffs and sisters Vicki and Debbi Peterson - with Rick Springfield in a concert line up. They all bring an impish spirit, a set list of popular oldies and great heads of hair.

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Summer Stage at Cache Creek Casino Resort, 14455 Highway 16, Brooks

COST: $39, $49, $65

INFORMATION: (800) 352-0212,,

- C.M. Anderson


Acoustic guitar

Doug Smith

WHAT: Smith's blazing fingerpicking and dynamic stage presence has been praised in Billboard magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar magazine.

WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek

COST: $16 advance, $18 on day of show

INFORMATION: (916) 425-0077,

- C.M. Anderson


Country music

James Otto

WHAT: This singer-songwriter had his sophomore album produced by none other than John Rich and Jay DeMarcus, a collaboration that helped him to chart Billboard's No. 1 country single in 2008, "Just Got Started Lovin' You." The Tom Drinnon Band also will be performing.

WHEN: 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Powerhouse Pub, 614 Sutter St., Folsom

COST: $20

INFORMATION: (916) 355-8586,

- C.M. Anderson

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