Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

October 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy forces cancellation of Crest Theater event Nov. 1 & 2

The effects of Hurricane Sandy has forced the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Sacramento to postpone the presentation of "Pass It On...An Evening with Bill W. & Dr. Bob - the co-founders of A.A." at the Crest Theatre.

The performance, which was scheduled at the Crest Theatre Nov. 1 and 2., is to be rescheduled.

The postponement was due to the inability of Gary Kimble and Richard Springle to fly to Sacramento to present the play. Both live in New York, and had their flights canceled.

Plans are to reschedule the show in January. Details will be available on the NCADD Sacramento website at

October 31, 2012
Ask the chef your cooking questions at Bee Book Club event

If you're looking for great recipes and expert advice for the holiday cooking season, Brian Streeter is the man to see.

He's the executive chef and culinary director of the Napa Valley's Cakebread Cellars winery, and author of "The Cakebread Cellars American Harvest Cookbook."

On Thursday night (Nov. 1), Streeter will talk about all things food and cooking, including recipe development, ingredients, techniques and wine-and-food pairings. His presentation and question-and-answer session for the Sacramento Bee Book Club will be especially timely as Thanksgiving and other holiday "cooking days" quickly approach.

Join the culinarily curious crowd and ask Streeter your cooking questions. He will give a presentation and autograph the cookbook at 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento; (916) 452-5881.

Barnes & Noble will be there to sell the cookbook for 30 percent off the retail price (Ten Speed Press, $35, 203 pages.

Through Thursday night, these bookstores will offer a 30 percent discount on the title: Barnes & Noble, Avid Reader at the Tower in Sacramento, Avid Reader in Davis, Time Tested Books, Face in a Book in Eldorado Hills, Underground Books, the Hornet Bookstore at California State University, Sacramento, the UC Davis Bookstore and the Bookseller in Grass Valley.

For information on the Bee Book Club: (916) 321-1128

October 30, 2012
Green Day cancels Memorial Auditorium show

Green Day has cancelled its sold-out Dec. 1 concert at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium and several other tour dates.

Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

In September, the band announced the frontman Billie Joe Armstrong would be seeking treatment for substance abuse.

"Obviously the timing for this isn't ideal, but Billie Joe's well-being is our main concern,"
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt said Monday in a statement on the band's website. "We are happy to say that Billie Joe is doing well, and we want to thank you all for the outpouring of support and well wishes that we have received, and we can't wait to see you all again soon."

October 24, 2012
Poundstone's Carson City show cancelled

Paula Poundstone 's appearance scheduled for Friday at the Bob Bolbrick Theater in Carson City, Nev., has been postponed due to a family emergency.

According to the ticketing website, all charges will be removed on credit-card ticket purchases.
-- Mel Shields

October 24, 2012
Crocker Kingsley Art Competition moves to Roseville's Blue Line Gallery


The long standing Crocker-Kingsley Art Competition is moving to the Blue Line Gallery.

The Kingsley Art Club's Board of Directors announced the new partnership recently between the Crocker Art Museum and Blue Line Gallery in Roseville for their biannual show. The show was first juried in 1940.

This year a special competition will showcase award winners at Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum. Work will be selected by juror Michael Duncan, corresponding editor for Art in America.

October 23, 2012
Documentary on Alcoholics Anonymous founder returns to Crest


Everyone has heard of Alcoholics Anonymous, but how many know the story of its co-founder?

That person is William G. Wilson and his life got the documentary film treatment in "Bill W." which returns to the Crest Theatre.

The 103-minute doc, directed and produced by Kevin Hanlon and Dan Carracino, uses a mix of interviews, recreations, and rare archival material to tell Wilson's story.

October 18, 2012
Capital Nursery hosts Elk Grove food truck fest tonight

Food trucks, music and garden talk? Capital Nursery celebrates fall with that unusual combination from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at its Elk Grove nursery, 8423 Elk Grove Blvd.

Called Capital Nursery's Food Truck Mania, the event will feature such popular food trucks as Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen, Coast to Coast Sandwiches, Smoothie Patrol, Knucklehead Hot Dog Diner and Crave American Tacos.

Admission is free. For more details or directions, click on or call (916) 684-2100.

October 16, 2012
"From the Top" NPR radio show coming to Mondavi


"From the Top" - the nationally syndicated NPR classical music radio show that showcases young talent is making a rare appearance at the Mondavi Center on Oct. 25.

At 8 p.m. on that day the show will be recorded from Mondavi's Jackson Hall with Christopher O'Riley hosting in front of the Mondavi audience.

For lovers of classical music "From the Top" is deeply entertaining. And for classical music novices it's a fun and eye-opening experience. Why? Because "From the Top" is not only structured as a showcase of talent for musicians between 8 and 18, it's format also lets the audience hear the stories behind the music and the young musicians performing.

October 5, 2012
Putah Creek Nature Walk Set for Saturday


Lake Solano_Photo by Jeff Janik (43)_larger (1).jpgPutah Creek, which runs through Solano and Yolo counties, is the subject and venue of a nature and history hike on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The two-hour walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Lake Solano in Winters and will explore the flora and faunca of the surrounding area, as well as delve into the history on the Patwin Indians' settlement in the area.

The event is free, but parking at the Lake Solano Park Nature Center at 8685 Pleasants Valley Road in Winters is $5 per vehicle.

(Photo courtesy of Jeff Janik)



October 4, 2012
Music, mobile food part of event to benefit American River Parkway

By Bill Lindelof

Music and mobile food will be featured during a "Truckin' on the River" event to benefit the American River Parkway.

More than a dozen food trucks are expected to be selling their wares at the event at William B. Pond Park on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The entry fee of $5, plus service fee, can be purchased at Tickets are $8 at the door.

Also, a portion of the proceeds from each food truck will be donated to the American River Parkway Foundation.

Among the participating trucks scheduled to be selling: OMG Burger, Squeeze Inn, Leila's Lumpia, Off the Mapp Mobile Espresso, Wicked 'Wich and Willie's Burgers.

Music will be provided by Bell Boys, Kepi Ghoulie and Musical Charis.

October 1, 2012
Bike your way to two Lake Tahoe festivals, and more

Two festivals are happening on the south shore of Lake Tahoe this weekend, Oct. 6-7. In past years, we've found the best way to enjoy both is by pedal power on bikes from one of our go-to's, Anderson's Bike Rental (pictured), situated near the action.

We'll get to that in a minute, along with a restaurant recommendation. But first - the 18th annual Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson will feature German-style foods and beers, children's activities, entertainment, dancing, contests and more (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days). Camp Richardson is on Highway 89 heading toward Emerald Bay, 1900 Jameson Beach Road; (800) 544-1801,

Just down Highway 89 from Camp Richardson is the Taylor Creek Visitors Center (and scenic Rainbow Trail), which will host the annual Kokanee Salmon Festival (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days). The fest is educational and entertaining, with hands-on activities, trail runs, streamside programs, a salmon barbecue and more; (530) 543-2674,


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