Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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


February 29, 2012
Moms and kids invited to Raley Field play date

By Sam McManis

smcmanis@sacbee.com

Though baseball season has yet to begin, Raley Field will be open on March 14 for an event called "Mommy & Me," from 10 a.m. to noon.

Essentially, it'll be a giant play date for children 6 and under and their parents. The little ones can frolic on the field where the big kids will play come April.

The event is free. More details at http://www.raleyfield.com.

February 29, 2012
2012 Brubeck Jazz Fest slate announced

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This year's 11th annual Brubeck Jazz Festival riffs of the theme "Building Communities," by featuring performers who have created and sustained a culture of jazz music in the communities where they live.

This year performers include Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez and his trio, St. Louis native Willie Akins and his quartet; singer Debbie Duncan; drummer Lewis Nash; actor/singer Yolande Bavan; and archivist Ricky Riccardi.

The Festival, organized by the Brubeck Institute, runs from March 28 through March 31 and will be held at several venues, including on the Stockton Campus of University of the Pacific, The Take Five jazz club at Valley Brew and at several restaurants along Stockton's Miracle Mile.

February 29, 2012
Sacramento celebrates camellias at 88th annual show

Sacramento takes pride in its beautiful camellias. This weekend, celebrate the city's official flower in style at the 88th annual Sacramento Camellia Show.

See thousands of fresh flowers at Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento. Camellias also will be showcased in arrangements. Experts from the Camellia Society of Sacramento will be available to offer advice on how to grow and care for camellias.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is slated to open the show at 3 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, artists will capture camellia beauty in watercolor during the first "Camellia Paint-In" with their paintings available for sale later that afternoon.

Show hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more details, click on www.camelliasocietyofsacramento.org.

And Saturday, look for more about the camellia show in The Bee's Home & Garden section.

February 29, 2012
Tchaikovsky competition winner to perform in Grass Valley

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You've earned serious cred when you win the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Past winners include pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, violinist Gidon Kremer and vocalist Deborah Voigt.

And now the young violinist Itamar Zorman is one of them. He will appear March 18 in Grass Valley as part of local presenter InSierra's concert series.

February 28, 2012
North American bike show wheels into Sacramento Friday

More than 150 exhibitors showcasing custom bike frames, apparel and cycling accessories will be in town Friday and this weekend for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

A complete calendar of seminars, celebratory dinners, organized rides and other related activities is available at the website below.

When: 9-11 a.m. (industry only) and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento 95814; (916) 264-5291

One-day pass, $22; two-day pass, $38; three-day pass, $55; $8 a day for children ages 6-13; free for children younger than age 5; seminar passes (includes entrance all days and seminars), $150; Kent Ericksen seminar (frame builders only), $75

Contact: handmadebicycleshow.com

February 28, 2012
LMFAO to bring 'Party Rock Anthem' to Sacramento's PBP


LMFAO, the good-time electronic pop act behind "Party Rock Anthem" and "I'm Sexy and I Know It," will perform June 6 at Power Balance Balance Pavilion. Far East Movement ("Like a G6") will open.

Tickets run $40.20 to $73.35 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000).

LMFAO DJs Redfoo and Sky Blu (son and nephew, respectively, of iconic music producer Berry Gordy) appeared with Madonna at the Super Bowl. Unlike Madonna, they do not take themselves deadly seriously. Or at all seriously, as you see, above, in the post-apocalyptic, party-positive "Anthem" video.

February 27, 2012
Bee's Oscar predictions 6-for-6 in key races, 16 of 24 overall

My Oscar predictions ignored the odds in a few instances, the most important of which was picking Meryl Streep over favorite Viola Davis for best actress. That pick led to a 6-for-6 finish in the biggest categories (picture, actor, actress, director, supporting actress and actor) at Sunday's Academy Awards..

Streep was my favorite, but that choice was not based solely on emotion. There always was a chance she would win. She already had won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA award (impressively getting the Brits on board with her performance as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher).

When I did pick winners solely on preference -- disregarding the Oscar prognosticators' consensus - results were mixed. For instance, the lovely Northern Irish short "The Shore" won best live action short, but the inventive and exceptionally fun animated short "A Morning Stroll" lost to a "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore."

I went 16-for-24 on the long ballot that appeared in The Bee. I plan to do better next year, when I will leave emotion out of it. (As if that's possible when discussing movies).

In the meantime, see the trailers above for "The Shore" and "A Morning Stroll." You can see both at the Crest Theatre, which is showing all the live-action and animated Oscar shorts.

February 24, 2012
Check this complete list of Oscar nominees still on screens

Many of this year's Oscar-nominated movies already have gone to DVD, but a few still are playing on screens in the Sacramento area. Here's a category-by-category breakdown of what you still can see before Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony:

Best Picture:

"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"The Descendants"

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"War Horse."

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Leading Actor:


"The Descendants" (George Clooney)

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

"The Artist" (Jean Dujardin)

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (Gary Oldman)

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Leading Actress:


"Albert Nobbs" (Glenn Close)

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Rooney Mara)

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

"The Iron Lady" (Meryl Streep)

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Laguna 16, Big Horn/Laguna Blvd., Sacramento

Blue Oaks 16, 6692 Lonetree Rd., Sacramento.

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

"My Week With Marilyn" (Michelle Williams)

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Laguna 16, Big Horn/Laguna Blvd., Sacramento

Blue Oaks 16, 6692 Lonetree Rd., Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd

Supporting Actor:


"My Week With Marilyn" (Kenneth Branagh)

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Laguna 16, Big Horn/Laguna Blvd., Sacramento

Blue Oaks 16, 6692 Lonetree Rd., Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Max von Sydow)

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Supporting Actress:


"The Artist" (Berenice Bejo)

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Albert Nobbs" (Janet McTeer)

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento

Directing:


"The Artist" (Michel Hazanavicius)

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"The Descendants" (Alexander Payne)

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

"Hugo" (Martin Scorsese)

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

Adapted Screenplay:


"The Descendants"

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Original Screenplay:

"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"A Separation"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Film Editing:


"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"The Descendants"

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

Art Direction:


"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"War Horse"

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Cinematography:


"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"War Horse"

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Costume Design:


"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

Foreign Language Film:


"A Separation"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Makeup:


"Albert Nobbs"

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, Sacramento

"The Iron Lady"

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Laguna 16, Big Horn/Laguna Blvd., Sacramento

Blue Oaks 16, 6692 Lonetree Rd., Sacramento.

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

Original Score:


"The Adventures of Tintin"

United Artists Sunrise Mall 4, Sunrise Mall, Citrus Heights

"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

"War Horse"

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Animated Short Films:

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street

Live Action Short Film:

Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street

Sound Editing:


"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"War Horse"

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Sound Mixing:


"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80/Eureka Rd. East to Lead Hill Rd.

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"War Horse"

United Artists Olympus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

Visual Effects:


"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

February 23, 2012
Five best-picture nominees still screening around Sacramento

The Academy Awards air Sunday night, and there's still time to catch a handful of the best picture nominees on big screens in the Sacramento region.

"The Artist"

Tower Theatre, Land Park and Broadway, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

PHOTO GALLERY: See the Oscar nominees

"The Descendants"

Century Stadium 14, Arden and Ethan, Sacramento

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

United Artists Olumpus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

"Hugo"

Century Roseville 14, I-80 /Eureka Road to Lead Hill Road, Roseville

Palladio 16 Cinemas, E. Bidwell and Iron Point, Folsom

Varsity Theatre, 612 2nd St., Davis

"War Horse."

United Artists Olumpus Pointe 12, 520 N. Sunrise Ave. at Eureka Road, Sacramento

The rest of the 2012 best picture nominees (the ones no longer screening around Sacramento): "The Help," "Midnight in Paris," "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life."

February 23, 2012
Registration opens Saturday for Sierra bicycle tour

By Carlos Alcalá
calcala@sacbee.com

Registration opens Saturday for a new multi-day bike tour that promises to take riders through some of the Sierra's most spectacular scenery.

Cycle the Sierra will take place June 23-27and is a Sierra counterpart to noted rides like RAGBRAI in Iowa and Ride the Rockies in Colorado.

It will follow popular roads from Grass Valley to Coloma, Kirkwood, Lake Tahoe and Sierraville, before returning to the start.

The routes are "primo" and the ride will benefit local groups, including the American River Conservancy and the League to Save Lake Tahoe, said Mark Reiner, who organized the ride from a base in Coloma.

The ride cost is $835, including food, camping accommodations, equipment transport and entertainment. The ride will be limited to the first 300 cyclists to register.

For more information, see www.cyclethesierra.com.

February 23, 2012
Auburn Symphony announces Goodwin memorial concert

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The Auburn Symphony has announced it will give a free concert in memory of its music director Michael Goodwin, who died in a car crash two weeks ago.

The concert will be given at Placer High School auditorium at 2 p.m. on March 11 and will feature guest pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski.

Goodwin, who led the all-volunteer orchestra since 1995, died when his car spun out of control Feb. 7 on Hwy 20 in Yuba County. He was on his way to a orchestra rehearsal.

February 23, 2012
See new IndyCar in action at Infineon on Saturday

Motorsports fans can get a free sneak peek at the newest IndyCar on Saturday at Infineon Raceway.

The Sonoma track will host six drivers, who will be testing the new 2012 race car over Infineon's road course. The drivers scheduled to attend include veteran Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello, E.J. Viso, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Sausalito native J.R. Hildebrand.

The test session runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Fans will be allowed to watch from the main grandstand, wander around the paddock and attend a driver press conference at noon.

The Raceway Café will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Fans also can get an up-close look at the new car at a lunchtime Tech Talk in the Wine Country Winner's Circle.

The new IndyCar features safety improvements while also making the car easier to handle. Series officials expect the new cars to be much quicker on road courses; just how fast, they'll see Saturday.

This preseason test is a prelude to IndyCar's opener March 25 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The series returns to Northern California for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 24-26.

For more details, click on www.infineonraceway.com or call (800) 870-7223.

February 22, 2012
High Hand's Wings and Wine benefit sold out in Loomis

Tickets for this fund-raiser flew out the door. High Hand Nursery's upcoming "Wings and Wine" benefit is sold out, said High Hand's Tally Scully.

"Although we wish we could expand our guest list to accommodate additional people, we have limited space and supplies and have thusly decided to cap the number of guests," she said.

The March 3 evening event at the downtown Loomis nursery is a benefit for Gold Country Wildlife Rescue. The fund-raiser features local wine tasting with a visit by special guests - owls, hawks, falcons and an eagle, all rescued by Gold Country.

For information about upcoming events at High Hand, call (916) 652-2065 or click on www.highhand.com.

February 21, 2012
Words Take Wing at UC-Davis is for children and adults

The 8-year-old Words Take Wing program at the University of California, Davis, honors diversity in children's literature. For this year's program, award-winning children's book and cookbook author Ying Chang Compestine will lead two programs Thursday.

The first is tailored for elementary school students throughout Northern California, during which Compestine will recruit a few children from the audience to help make Chinese dumplings. It will be at 10:30 a.m. in the campus' Freeborn Hall.

At 7:30 p.m. Compestine's presentation will be aimed at adults. In it, she will discuss "bridging different cultures" and host a question-and-answer session. It will be in the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center.

Admission to each program is $15 adults, $7 ages 20 and younger. For more information on Words Take Wing and Compestine, and to buy tickets, visit tickets.ucdavis.edu or phone (530) 752-1915. For a map of the campus, go to www.ucdavis.edu, then click on "About," then click on "Locations."

Among Compestine's titles are "Crouching Tiger," "A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts," "Boy Dumplings," "Ying's Best One Dish Meals" sand "Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party. Visit her at www.yingc.com.

February 17, 2012
Things to Do for families, gearheads, opera lovers and more

Looking for something to do this weekend? Boy, do we have plans for you?

Toys rule at Power Balance

Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the rest of the "Toy Story 3" gang decide to clear out of the Sunnyside Daycare and head for home. By the way, don't be surprised to see Barbie's pal, Ken, horn in on the action.

Info: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today-Sunday; 3 p.m. Feb. Saturday-Sunday; noon and 4 p.m. Monday; Power Balance Pavilion, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento; $15.75, $18.75, $24.75, $41.75, $61.75 (Parking is $12.); (916) 928-6900, www.powerbalance pavilion.com

February 17, 2012
New Green Acres nursery in Folsom open for business

The grand opening is still more than a week away, but gardeners can get a sneak peek now of Folsom's new Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

Located at 205 Serpa Way in the former Circuit City building, the new nursery opened its doors to the public late Thursday in a "soft" opening.

"As soon as the fire marshal gave us the OK, we opened for business," said Green Acres spokeswoman Kellie Natoli. "We actually started letting customers in at 2 p.m. Thursday."

More plants and signs are still arriving to the three-acre nursery. Landscaping supplies, pottery and outdoor living products fill the 30,000-square-foot showroom. Another 38,500 square feet of shade area and greenhouse will showcase thousands of live plants.

"We put up a sign: 'We're not in full bloom yet, please be patient,' " Natoli noted. "We still have more signs going up and other finishing touches."

The nursery will formally open Feb. 29 with a Folsom chamber of commerce event and a barbecue for contractors. Starting March 1, Green Acres will kick off its grand opening doorbuster sale with 50 percent off seeds and 33 percent off pottery as well as other specials.

Hours will be 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call (916) 358-9099 or click on www.idiggreenacres.com.

February 14, 2012
Woodcut artist Tom Killion will appear at the Crocker

HIGH SIERRA.JPGPerhaps you're familiar with Tom Killion's distinctive multicolor woodcut prints of California landscapes. Some of his works illustrated two books by Sacramento poet Gary Snyder - "The High Sierra of California" and "Tamalpais Walking."

There's a chance to see (and perhaps meet) the artist at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. That's when his presentation starts in the auditorium of the Crocker Art Museum, in conjunction with the Kingsley Art Club. Killion will discuss his art, of course, plus recall his many inspirational treks through the Sierra and other locales. Admission is $10.

The Crocker is at 216 O St., Sacramento; (916) 808-7000.

Visit the artist at www.tomkillion.com.

February 11, 2012
Sacramento comedy club hosts benefit for vet's baby

An upcoming comedy night in Old Sacramento will help a baby with serious health problems.

Laughs Unlimited will host a benefit Feb. 26 for Harlow Crisamore and Hope 4 Harlow, a non-profit fund set up to provide medical equipment for the 11-month-old girl, who was born with cerebral palsy. Blind and epileptic, the baby needs special care.

Harlow is the daughter of Iraq war veteran Sgt. James Crisamore, who was featured along with his family Dec. 26 in The Bee.

Crisamore, who was severely injured while on duty overseas, has campaigned relentlessly for his infant daughter's health needs while trying to cope with his own recovery from a Humvee rollover accident that smashed both hips.

Since the Christmas story in The Bee, Harlow has been in and out of the hospital, Crisamore said. "She was in ICU for 10 days. It's been an ordeal, but she's home now."

Crisamore hopes that the comedy show in Harlow's honor can become a semiannual event.

"Laughs Unlimited is a very generous organization," he said. "They're giving us the floor and sponsoring Harlow for the fund-raiser. They're doing a wonderful thing for the community. Not enough people out there are like that."

Raffle donations are now being accepted for the Feb. 26 event, which includes live music from 3 to 6 p.m. and a comedy show at 7 p.m.

Tickets are a $15 donation and available from Laughs Unlimited's reservation hot line at (916) 446-5905 or online at www.laughsunlimited.com. The club is located at 1207 Front St., Sacramento.

For more about Harlow and the Crisamores, click on http://hope4harlow.blogspot.com/.

February 9, 2012
Saturday Auburn Symphony concert to be performed, despite tragedy

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The passing of Auburn Symphony conductor Michael Goodwin will be honored this Saturday when the orchestra performs a scheduled Kinderkonzert.

Goodwin, who had conducted the orchestra since 1995, was killed in an auto accident on Hwy 20 in Yuba County Tuesday afternoon. He was on his way from his home in Oregon House to Placer High School to rehearse the orchestra for Saturday's concert.

The board of directors at the Auburn Symphony decided that not cancelling the concert would be in keeping with Goodwin's wishes.

February 9, 2012
Bon Iver to perform in April at UC Davis

Bon Iver (Wisconsin musician Justin Vernon) brought his quiet, musically inventive loveliness to "Saturday Night Live" last week. Now Bon Iver has announced a series of new dates, including one April 17 at UC Davis' Freeborn Hall.

Tickets are $39.50, are all general admission, and are available during a presale today at Tickets.com (800-225-2277) with the password "holocene." Tickets officially go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Vernon and his band were good on "SNL," but the sound quality on that show can inconsistent, and Vernon's vocals weren't quite powerful enough.

The band was consistenly terrific, by contrast, last fall at Berkeley's Greek Theatre.

The Greek Theatre show offered a true sense of the complexity within Vernon's songwriting, as songs were fleshed out by the multi-instrumentalists backing him. A rocked-out version of "Blood Bank" brought out all that song's many colors.

And since Florence and the Machine's show the next night at Mondavi Center sold out so quickly, the Freeborn Hall Bon Iver show offers your best chance to see a great, emerging artist in Davis that week.

February 8, 2012
Rose Auction Benefit for Sacramento Rose Society Feb. 9

The Sacramento Rose Society will be holding its Bareroot Rose Auction on Thursday, February 9 at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center in east Sacramento.

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The auction features 50 new rose bushes, including some unique introductions not yet in nurseries--Eyeconic Pink Lemonade, Orchid Romance, Pink Flamingo and Itty Bitty Pink--as well as old favorites like Secret, Silver Star, and Nicole.

February 8, 2012
Take a Valentine-themed photo with your pet at animal shelter

A professional photographer will be taking Valentine-themed portraits of pets and their people this weekend at the Sacramento County animal shelter.

The "My Furry Valentine" event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the facility at 3839 Bradshaw Road, one mile south of Highway 50. Portraits are $10, and all proceeds benefit the shelter animals.

All animals adopted between now and Sunday will come with a free coupon to have their portrait taken by the photographer, Michael Kressner.

To see animals available for adoption or to get information about volunteering or licensing, go to www.SacCountyShelter.com.

- Cynthia Hubert

February 7, 2012
Madonna to perform in San Jose in October

Say what you will about Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show (and many have), but to me, the elaborate staging, lip-synching, constant guest stars and weird-guy acrobat said, "That's entertainment."

(I grew up in the 1980s).

The Super Bowl appearance was a preview for a world tour Madonna will start later this year in Tel Aviv.

The closest the tour will get to Sacramento is a stop in San Jose Oct. 6. Tickets to that show run $56-$361 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000).

February 6, 2012
Backyard Bird Count starts Feb. 17

By Sam McManis
smcmanis@sacbee.com

Dig out the binoculars and dust off that ornithology guidebook, because the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is fast approaching.

Each February, North American bird watchers are asked to tally the number and types of birds in a programs sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

This year's count takes place Feb. 17-20.

February 3, 2012
S.F. exhibition highlights golden era of Golden State songs

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Songs celebrating California predate Katy Perry, Tupac and Dr. Dreand even the Beach Boys . By a good century.

The San Francisco exhibition "Singing in the Golden State" has collected songs -- from the Gold Rush to the vaudeville era -- name-checking the state and its events. Its sheet-music collection includes the 1913 song "I Love You, California," as well as "California Flood Mazurka," which commemorates the 1862 Sacramento flood.

The songs evoke pre-radio, pre-television parlor get-togethers that helped spread news about California. The show at the Society of California Pioneers, 300 Fourth Street, includes visually evocative sheet-music covers, sound recordings and instruments

The show runs into December. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays and the first Saturday of each month. For information, see the Society of California Pioneers website or call (415) 957-1849.

February 2, 2012
John Steinbeck books and collectibles are going to auction

Lot1189-Steinbeck-GrapesofWrath2.JPGThe eccentric bookseller Peter Howard was known for his vast and valuable collection of antiquarian books, which he sold and traded at his legendary Serendipity Bookstore in Berkeley, which closed after his death in 2011 at age 72.

Now 270 books and related items from that treasure trove will be offered by Bonhams auction house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in San Francisco.

The centerpiece will be material from Howard's vast John Steinbeck collection. Among it is a signed first-edition presentation copy of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Grapes of Wrath," inscribed, "Again for Helen Murphy / affectionately / John Steinbeck." Bidding will start at $10,000.

Also up for auction will be the typed manuscript of "The Pearl of the World," the short story that became the slightly longer "The Pearl" ($15,000 to $20,000). Also, the novella version of Steinbeck's "Lifeboat" ($5,000 to $7,000), which he wrote at the request of Alfred Hitchcock. The British director made "Lifeboat" into a movie in 1944.

Bonhams is at 229 San Bruno Ave. For more information: (323) 436-5442, www.bonhams.com.

On a related topic, the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas will hold its 32nd annual Steinbeck Festival from May 3 through May 6. Information: www.steinbeck.org.

February 2, 2012
Registration opens for new Sacramento run

By Sam McManis

smcmanis@sacbee.com

Registration is open for Sacramento's newest running event, the Getty Owl Run, on Feb. 26 in downtown Sacramento.

The 5K and 10K race, benefitting Spinal Muscular Atrophy awareness, begins at Crocker Park on 3rd Street and travels along the Sacramento River waterfront. Cost is $27 for either the 5K or 10K, if you register by Feb. 20. After that, it rises to $35. They also will hold a children's fun run for a $10 entry fee.

For more information and to register, go to http://gettyowl.org/events/run.

February 2, 2012
Solano Land Trust opens access for Saturday hike

By Sam McManis

smcmanis@sacbee.com

The open space in the tawny hills outside of Fairfield, Vallejo and Benicia, normally closed to the public, will be the site Saturday of a free hike at 9 a.m., sponsored by the Solano Land Trust.

The King-Swett ranches afford wondrousd views of the Suisun marsh on one side and the Golden Gate Bridge on the other. Those views, as well as up-close sightings of other flora and fauna, will be facilitated by Solano Land Trust guide Jim Walsh. Walsh notes, however, that the trek is not for beginners. Calling it "strenuous," the hike goes off-trail and through cattle areas for about six miles.

Hikers will meet at a Park-and-Ride lot off Interstate 80 (at the intersection of McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway and American Canyon Road) and then carpool to the King-Swett site.

For more information, email James_Walsh@landcare.com.

February 1, 2012
Camellia Symphony premieres jazz artist's piano concerto

Music runs in the family...

That much is clear with the young jazz pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack, son of Camellia Symphony music director Allan Pollack. His mother - Susan Waterfall - is a concert pianist in her own right.

Waterfall Pollack started studying piano at age 5, with his mother. At 17, he was leading his own groups.

February 1, 2012
Mardi Gras festival for families coming to Nevada City

Families will be choosing from a long list of events and activities taking place over Presidents Day Weekend (Feb. 18-19). One don't-miss will be the 20th annual Mardi Gras in Nevada City.

Look for Cajun-themed food and drink, arts and crafts, and live entertainment at the two-day street fair. Headlining the celebration will be a masquerade ball, which sells out quickly, so it's wise to buy tickets ahead of time. The ball will begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St.; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

The Mardi Gras parade will start at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 (wear your most colorful attire), followed by a family-oriented carnival ($5 adults, free for children).

For tickets and more information: (530) 265-2692, www.nevadacitychamber.com., www.miners foundry.org.

February 1, 2012
Same-sex marriage film screenings sell out; encore added


Tonight's screenings at the Crest Theatre of "Question One," a documentary about the 2009 referendum battle regarding same-sex marriage in Maine, have sold out. But a special encore screening has been scheduled for Feb. 8.

The film by Joe Fox and James Nubile chronicles a political fight that echoed the 2008 battle over same sex marriage in California. The fimmakers had access to "war rooms" on both sides of the battle, and examined the role of Sacramento public relations firm Schubert Flint in the "Yes on 1" (anti-same-sex marriage) Maine campaign.

Tickets to the Feb. 8 screening are available at the Crest box office, 1013 K St., Sacramento and via Tickets.com (800-225-2277).



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