Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

September 8, 2011
The Lineup: The Bee picks the best things to do


R&B concert

Smokey Robinson

WHAT: Smokey Robinson is pop music's miracle man. Songwriter extraordinaire and interpreter extra-

extraordinaire, he's as vital now as ever. He gave Motown Records its first No. 1 single ("Shop Around"), gave Mary Wells "My Guy" and the Temptations "The Way You Do the Things You Do" - not to mention that he gave us all "You Really Got a Hold of Me." Check out his duet with Daryl Hall on "Tears of a Clown" at

WHEN: 8 p.m.

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

COST: $49-$75 (This concert was rescheduled from June 4. Tickets to the original show will be honored at this performance.)

INFORMATION: (530) 796-3118,


Stand-up comedy

Pablo Francisco

WHAT: With an arsenal of characters, an abundance of insights and an obsession with pop culture, Pablo Francisco delivers a comic jazz riff (or is it a jazzy comedy riff?) His newest Comedy Central special, "They Put It Out There," will air Nov. 5, but you can see it live. Here. Now.

WHEN: 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Punch Line Comedy Club, 2100 Arden Way, Sacramento

COST: $35 (18-and-over only)

INFORMATION: (916) 925-5500


Air maneuvers

California Capital Airshow

WHAT: Jet demonstrations, aerobatic performers, vintage aircraft and a variety of interactive displays offering hands-on experience are on the bill for this weekend. Special this year are the Navy's F-18 Super Hornet, marking 100 years of naval aviation, and the Patriots Jet Team, the country's foremost civilian jet team flying a six-jet formation of precision maneuvers.

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day

WHERE: Mather Airport, 10510 Superfortress Ave., Mather (off Highway 50, near Rancho Cordova)

COST: $12 general, $5 ages 6-16 per day (VIP and family packages available online). Parking is $10 per day.

INFORMATION: (916) 643-3192,


Community celebration

Fifth annual Curtis Fest

WHAT: A celebration of art, music and fun, this event features artists, musicians (including Garage Jazz Architects) and food vendors. Kids can enjoy a magic show, get their faces painted and visit a petting zoo.

WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

WHERE: William Curtis Park, 3349 W. Curtis Drive, Sacramento

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (916) 452-3005,


Outdoor concert

Daryl Hall & John Oates

WHAT: The popular duo, who had big hits in the late 1970s and '80s with such tunes as "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," are still making that patented "rock and soul" music. Their current tour is called "Do What You Want, Be What You Are."

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Outdoor Amphitheater at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln

COST: $29-$69

INFORMATION: (916) 408-7777


World music

Staff Benda Bilili

WHAT: The name of this Congolese ensemble means "beyond appearances" and that's certainly an understatement. A documentary about this group of paraplegic musicians, many of them abandoned street kids, made a stir at the Cannes Film Festival and launched a tour that now brings them to the United States.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

COST: $17-$29 general, $12 students with ID

INFORMATION: (916) 608-6888,



Lori McKenna

WHAT: Country star Faith Hill says this singer-songwriter "is masterful, with a pureness that is completely unaffected." You can find out for yourself when she performs songs from her current CD, "Lorraine," her most personal album to date. Mary Gauthier opens the show.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: CSA Events Center, 1275 Starboard Drive, West Sacramento

COST: $22

INFORMATION: (916) 374-9177

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