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May 31, 2013
Launch festival drops lineup, party details

By Jack Newsham

This post has been updated to reflect new information about the block party.

Launch, a festival that bills itself as "Sacramento's annual celebration of creativity," has released further details for the opening-day block party, and this week named the 28 artists scheduled to play Cesar Chavez Park on Sept. 7 and 8.

The festival is scheduled to open with a block party on Sept. 4, to be held at the MARRS Building in midtown. According to Justin Nordan, the project manager for Launch, the party is free and open to the public, and will feature four musicians and a beer garden.

Nordan said that additional details would be made available in early July.

The lineup for the festival's two days of music were announced earlier this week. Mash-up artist Girl Talk and indie bands Rocket from the Crypt, Imagine Dragons and Minus the Bear are headlining the festival.

Tickets for the musical event range from single-day tickets being sold for $55 to weekend-long passes for $85. A limited number of student tickets are also available.

Now in its fourth year, Launch also includes a fashion show and a second party that will feature Oakland-based artist Wallpaper.

May 31, 2013
Hot Lunch concerts at Fremont Park to give DJs a spin

hotlunch.png The Hot Lunch Concert Series kicks off its fourth season at Sacramento's Fremont Park (16th and P streets) Thursday with a new emphasis on DJs.

Popular Sacramento DJ Shaun Slaughter will perform Thursday. The all-DJ concert series will continue each Thursday (except July 4) through Aug. 22.

Takeout lunches (panini, salad and drink) from Hot Italian restaurant are $10. Hot Italian, which sits across 16th Street from the park, will present the series in partnership with Friends of Fremont Park.

Here's the lineup:

Thursday -- Shaun Slaughter

June 13 -- Eddie Edul

June 20 -- Billy Lane

June 27 -- Rated R

July 11 -- Party McFly

July 18 -- Adam J

July 25 -- Crookone

Aug. 1 -- El Indio

Aug. 8 -- Jaheezy

Aug. 15 -- Epik

Aug. 22 -- 7evin

May 31, 2013
Sunrise at Night concert series adds country, R&B acts

By Jack Newsham

Country and R&B fans, rejoice! The Sunrise at Night concert series has announced that '90s soul trio Boyz II Men, R&B group Bel Biv Devoe and country chart-toppers Trace Adkins and John Michael Montgomery will be performing at the Sunrise Marketplace later this summer.

The acts join a lineup including hard rock, soft rock and jazz acts. The groups will perform at the Sunrise Marketplace's outdoor pavilion in Citrus Heights at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane.

The concert series begins Aug. 10 with a show from jazz artist Dave Koz and Friends, and concerts continue through September. Other artists performing in the concert series include Christopher Cross, Orleans, Bachmann & Turner and Blue Öyster Cult.

Ticket prices vary by act and seat, but range from $29.50 to $110.50. More information can be found and tickets can be purchased at

May 30, 2013
Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Shinedown to headline Aftershock

By Morgan Searles

Aftershock PosterOrganizers have revealed the headliners for this year's Aftershock, the second annual Monster Energy-sponsored rock and metal festival that draws fans to Sacramento's Discovery Park, and they include Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Papa Roach, Shinedown and others.

One more headliner has yet to be announced, according to the festival's website.

The festival takes place Sept. 14 and 15. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 7. A "Pre-shock Presale" will be available from June 4 to 6.

Two-day general admission passes are $99.50 and single-day passes are $54.50. Two-day VIP passes are $199 and include use of a VIP entrance, a VIP lounge area, seated and standing areas in view of the main stage, a seated area with shade for dining, private restroom facilities and a VIP guest laminate.

A general admission "Revolver" four-pack - or four tickets for both days - is also available for $298 and includes a one-year subscription to Revolver Magazine for one person.

Here's the current line up:

May 30, 2013
French Film Festival to kick off with pop-star biopic 'Cloclo'

"Cloclo," a biopic of the late French pop singer Claude Francois, will open the 12th Sacramento French Film Festival June 21 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento.

"Cloclo" stars Jeremie Renier (from the excellent 2005 film "L'Enfant") as Francois, who co-wrote the original version of "My Way." The English-language version of that song became Frank Sinatra's signature.

Cloclo was Francois' nickname.

The festival will grow from five to six days this year, running June 21-23 and June 28-30. That second Friday night of programming, on June 28, is new. It will include comedy "Delicacy," (see trailer above) a romantic comedy starring Sacramento French Film Festival favorite Audrey Tautou.

Tautou also stars in closing-night film "Therese," a 1920s-set drama, directed by Claude Miller, in which she plays a woman chafing against her arranged marriage.

For information, see the SFFF website.

May 23, 2013
On the scene at the Long Live the Kings rally

The Bee's Carla Meyer provides updates from the Long Live the Kings rally in downtown Sacramento on Thursday:

6:57 p.m.: Black canvas, part 2: Sacramento's David Garibaldi, the internationally known performance painter, seemed to use an unusual amount of purple in the portraits of Michael Jackson and John Lennon that he speed-painted on stage at the rally.

Garibaldi, a finalist last year on "America's Got Talent," also appeared to have painted purple designs on his white shirt for the occasion.

6:56 p.m.:The Kings' rally drew a crowd that appeared to be similar size to the more popular of the Friday night Concerts in the Park: eyeballing it, it looked to be upward of 5,000 people.

There were key differences, though. The number of people carrying beers were fewer, and the branding was, of course, more specific. Nearly all signs and stands were team-related, and representatives approached often to urge the purchase of season tickets, making it hard to have a non-Kings thought.

But the branding was participatory as well. Fans lined up to write personal messages on a black canvas reading "1985 -- Forever." The banner will be hung at Sleep Train Arena.

Darryl Saeturn, 27, said he wrote on the banner and came to the rally because "it is the only sport in Sacramento." Saeturn credited Mayor Kevin Johnson with keeping the team in town. "Without K.J., we wouldn't be in this position," he said.

Saeturn's message on the banner: "Kings forever."

5:58 p.m.: An informal survey of Kings jerseys worn by fans at the rally revealed Tyreke Evans' No. 13 as the most popular choice.

Some others made bold choices ("Artest") and others chose to honor Kings legend Chris Webber, scheduled to appear later at the rally.

"He is my ultimate sports guy," said Brad Bick of Roseville, proudly sporting a Webber jersey.

Bick was fighting a cold, but he came out for Webber, bringing along his 5-year-old son, Preston Bick. The pair have attended all the keep-the-Kings rallies, Bick said, including a lightly attended one back when the Kings flirted with Anaheim.

He liked today's event better.

5:36 p.m.: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson joined prospective new majority team owner Vivek Ranadive for a photo in the middle of Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Fans ringed the perimeter of the cordoned-off area, erupting into a chant of "Thank you, KJ!" A similar attempt to honor Ranadive with a cheer died out just after it started, perhaps because fans were unsure about how to pronounce his name.

5:06 p.m.: Kings fans, most dressed in purple, lined up by the hundreds this afternoon on J Street waiting to enter the "Long Live the Kings" rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 10th and J streets.

"You would think they would let us in 15 minutes early," Angelica Heaphy said outside the park entrance just before the park officially opened to fans, at 5 p.m. Thursday.

But Heaphy, of Carmichael, was not begrudging her favorite team much these days.

"It's so exciting, with the new ownership," Heaphy said.

She came with her son, Alex, and her small dog, Rusty, his white fluff offset by a purple leash to honor the Kings.

May 23, 2013
Traffic and parking tips for Thursday's Kings rally downtown


If you are one of the thousands of purple bleeders expected to descend upon Cesar Chavez Park tonight to celebrate the Kings staying in Sacramento, here's some essential information that will help you navigate the closed streets and crowds:

Where's the rally? Cesar Chavez Park: 924 J. St. Sacramento, 95814

When does it start? 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.

Cost: It's free.

SNAPSHOTS: Look for The Sacramento Bee's Snapshots photographer at the rally. See all the crowd galleries at

What streets are closed? The city announced on Wednesday that Ninth Street between I and J streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to midnight Thursday to accommodate the rally.

Where should I park? Limited street parking is available near the park. However, there will also no parking on the west side of 10th Street from I to J; the south side of I Street from Eighth to 10th; the north side of I Street from Ninth to 10th; the north side of J from Ninth to 10th; and the south side of L Street between 11th and 12th.

How about parking garages?

May 22, 2013
Free admission to Sacramento museum for active duty military

The Sacramento History Museum will be one of 1,800 Blue Star Museums, which offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Free admission covers the military personnel and up to five family members during regular hours, daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 101 I St., Sacramento. For more information, call the museum, (916) 808-7059 or go to its website.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and participating museums in all 50 states.

May 22, 2013
Country singer Paul Overstreet and 'Glee' star son Chord headline King's rally


Well, that's a far cry from Cake.

Grammy winning country singer Paul Overstreet and his "Glee" star son Chord will headline Thursday's King's rally at Cesar Chavez Park, an event that will also include performances by local rapper Alex Johnson, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon and "nationally recognized performance painter" David Garibaldi.

"When my friends from the Kings called and told me about the Long Live The Kings Rally, I couldn't say no," Paul Overstreet said in a statement. "I have a great history in Sacramento, and it's one of my favorite cities to perform. Great fans and, considering the theme of '1985-Forever', I can't wait to play 'Forever and Ever, Amen'. It's going to be an amazing night. Long live the Sacramento Kings!"

Mayor Kevin Johnson had previously announced that Sacramento rock band Cake would play the rally. The band later posted on its Facebook page: "We're not playing that rally. Mayor announced it without even checking with us!"

Thursday's rally, at Cesar Chavez (located at Ninth and I streets), starts at 5 p.m. and is a free. Those unable to attend can watch the event in its entirety on

Photo: Paul Overstreet

May 22, 2013
Camerata California to honor Lincoln in Memorial Day concert

Three musical organizations will come together to honor Abraham Lincoln on Memorial Day weekend. The concert, titled "Let Freedom Ring," is being produced by the Sacramento-based Camerata California, and will see it performing with the Camellia and VITA Symphonies, and the Davis Children's Chorale.

Camerata music director Pete Nowlen structured the concert by focusing on music and poetry about America's 16th President, as well as celebrating the 150th anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m., on May 26 at St. Francis Church in Sacramento.

May 21, 2013
Want to grow your own veggies? Join a community garden

goliathtomato.JPG Want to plant a vegetable garden but have no space (or sun)? Join Sacramento's community gardens.

"There's still plenty of time to get a plot and plant!" said Bill Maynard, Sacramento's community garden coordinator. "It makes a great summer activity for families."

The annual cost ranges from $25 to $75, depending on garden location. Maynard offers free seeds for new members, too.

If you'd like more details, contact Maynard at or call (916) 808-4943.

Currently, there are plots open for Sacramento residents at:

- Bill Bean Jr. Park Community Garden (7400 17th Ave., Sacramento);

- Camellia Park Community Garden (6650 Cougar Drive, Southeast Sacramento);

- Martin Luther King Jr. Community Garden (3668 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 12th Avenue, Oak Park);

- Sparrow Community Garden (3219 Sparrow Dr., Northwest Natomas);

- Strauch Park Community Garden (3075 Northstead Drive, South Natomas)

- Valley Hi Park Community Garden (8185 Center Parkway, South Sacramento); and

- Lutheran Church of the Redeemer (4641 Marconi Ave., Sacramento).

May 21, 2013
Big Bang Returns to B Street Theatre


B Street Theatre will reprise one of its most popular shows ever next month when it brings back the musical farce "The Big Bang."

Following a story Mel Brooks might have thought up, two hapless would-be theater producers sing through their newest idea - the history of the world - to a group of investors (the audience).

B Street returns with its original cast members Greg Alexander and Jason Kuykendall along with pianist Chris Schlagel for a special limited summer engagement.

The show previews 7 p.m. June 14 and opens 7 p.m. June 15. It continues 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 1 p.m. Sundays through July 7. B Street Theatre B2 Space, 2727 B St., Sacramento Tickets: $35, $30 Students and Seniors, $15 Preview. Information: (916) 443-5300,

May 21, 2013
Hunger in the U.S. gist of documentary to screen at Crest


It turns out that the 21st century is just as much a party to hunger issues than its predecessor.

That much is the gist of the documentary "A Place at the Table," which screens May 29 & 30 and June 1 at the Crest Theatre. The Sacramento Hunger Coalition is presenting a showing of the film tonight at 6, followed by a panel discussion as part of Hunger Action Week.

In the film co-directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush cast the lens at three individuals living in the U.S. Each are struggling to put food on the table.

May 20, 2013
'Miracle Shine' launches with two poetry performances

Bob Stanley is one of the most active participants in the local poetry scene. He is Sacramento's former poet laureate and president of the Sacramento Poetry Center. He's the editor of "Late Peaches," a collection of works by 117 area poets, and he teaches English at California State University, Sacramento.

Now Stanley is celebrating the arrival of his own poetry book, "Miracle Shine" (WordTech, $18, 88 pages). He's ready for the launch party and reading at 7 p.m. next Monday (May 27) at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St.; (916) 240-1897,

That will be followed by his appearance in the spoken-word program "Poetry Unplugged," 8 p.m. May 30 at Luna's Cafe & Gallery, 1414 16th St., Sacramento; (916) 441-3931,

In my March story on Sacramento's poetry scene, Stanley said, "So many times I've heard the same answer to the question, 'Why do you write?' It's because I have to. Words are always bubbling in my head."

May 20, 2013
No Cake for Mayor Johnson at Thursday's Kings rally


When Cake wasn't even mentioned in the press release, it was clear something was up.

Mayor Kevin Johnson had announced Friday that Sacramento rock band Cake would be headlining a rally for the Kings - previously scheduled for Wednesday - at downtown's Cesar Chavez Park. The event would celebrate the Kings' staying in Sacramento and the team's pending sale to new owners.

However, when the Kings put out a press release about a date change for the rally (from Wednesday to Thursday), Cake was a notable omission among big-name attendees, with the release only stating that there would be "a live musical performance."

Our friends at ranSACked have seemingly put the pieces together, suggesting that Johnson may have gotten ahead of himself with Friday's announcement, citing Cake's writing on its Facebook page that the band never agreed to play the gig. From ranSACked:

On their Facebook wall, a CAKE fan asked about the upcoming (Sacramento Kings) gig on a thread discussing public education. CAKE responded with the following: "We're not playing that rally. Mayor announced it without even checking with us!"

And then early-afternoon Monday, Ben Sosenko, press secretary for Johnson, released this statement:

"The members of Cake are absolutely thrilled by this historic win for Sacramento. In the excitement of last week's victory, Cake's participation was announced prior to fully finalizing their availability due to a staff miscommunication. While unable to participate in this week's rally, Cake looks forward to commemorating this special moment with the people of Sacramento in the near future."

So while they won't be at Cesar Chavez, Cake will be playing Sacramento soon, with three sold-out shows scheduled for May 31-June 2 at Folsom Lake College's Three Stages.

Thursday's "Long Live The Kings Rally" - which includes appearances by the Kings new majority owners, Kings players, dancers and mascot - will be held from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. The event is free. Attendees are encouraged to show up wearing Kings gear and to tweet up the event using the hashtag #LLTKRally.

May 16, 2013
Tickets to Saturday's SacMod home tour selling fast

sacmod.jpg In Sacramento, mid-century modern is a hot seller. Tickets are going fast for Saturday's second Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Tour, featuring seven homes and dozens of points of interest.

"We'll have some limited tickets available the day of the tour on a first come, first served basis," said Gretchen Steinberg, one of the tour organizers.

Tickets on the day of the tour will be priced at $40 for the general public, $30 for SacMod members, Steinberg said.

The tour is limited to 1,000 tickets, Steinberg noted. SacMod's inaugural tour in 2011 sold out.

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the tour's hub, Sacramento Executive Airport, 6151 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. People can sign up through 2:30 p.m. - but tickets likely will not last that long.

Also at the airport, a car show featuring vintage 1950s and 1960s vehicles starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. At that same site, several displays highlighting Sacramento's mid-century modern architecture and history will be open during the tour. Admission to the car show and exhibits are free.

The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more details, click on .

May 16, 2013
'Place Called Sacramento' film project seeking actors, crew

Budding actors and film-production hopefuls on May 22 will get a real shot at joining a production. Access Sacramento's 14th "A Place Called Sacramento" filmmaking program will pair screenwriters with actors and crew members to make 10-minute films that will be shown in October on the big screen of the Crest Theatre.

The 10 screenwriter/producers chosen to make PCS films this year will be introduced at a 6 p.m. "Cast and Crew Call" at Access Sacramento's headquarters at 4623 T St.

The scripts are not necessarily about Sacramento, but each will make reference to the city in some way.

The "Place Called Sacramento" program thus far has yielded 129 completed films. For information, see the Access Sacramento site .

May 14, 2013
Don't fear the reaper: Blue Oyster Cult at Sunrise Marketplace

Grab your Bic lighter and ready the time machine.

Sunrise.jpgThe second season of Sunrise Marketplace's "Sunrise at Night Concert Series" has been announced and it features marquee names of decades past including Christopher Cross (Aug. 24) as well as Bach & Turner and Blue Oyster Cult (Sept. 7).

The series, held in the 2,500-capacity Sunrise Marketplace pavilion, kicks off Aug. 10 and runs through September. Most shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29.50 to $110.50 and can be purchased at Parking is free.

Here's the announced lineup, with more acts to be added:

Aug. 10: Dave Koz & Friends "Summer Horns Tour" featuring Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot (tickets on sale May 24)

Aug. 24: "Sail Rock Tour" featuring Christopher Cross, Orleans, Gary Wright, Firefall, John Ford Coley, Robbie Dupree, Player (tickets on sale now)

Sept. 7: Bachman & Turner with Blue Öyster Cult (tickets on sale now)

May 14, 2013
Members of Tesla, Oleander and more to join forces for Skip's Music anniversary


An all-star jam featuring some of Sacramento's best known musicians and beyond is brewing for the Sacramento Music Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. Following a set by the Ophir Prison Marching Kazoo Band & Temperance Society on May 25 at Old Sacramento's Firehouse Lot, musicians will gather and play in honor of Skip's Music's 40th anniversary.

For those not in the musical know, Skip's Music is a veritable Sacramento institution founded by Skip Maggiora. If you play electric guitar or drums in this town, chances are you've been to Skip's to ogle at their gear or at least buy a new set of strings.

The line-up of musicians that will honor Skip's looks fairly epic. Performances will come from members of:

May 13, 2013
STC Adds "Little Princess" Performance

The Sacramento Theatre Company has added a final performance at 7 p.m. on Sunday to "A Little Princess" its world-premiere musical based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel. Michael Laun directs the production with music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Margaret Rose and book by William J. Brooke. Performances continue on the STC Main Stage, 1419 H St., Sacramento at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, and the final 7 p.m. show May 19. Tickets are $15 - $38. For information call (916) 443-6722 or go to

May 11, 2013
Dispatches from BottleRock: Food lives up to Napa standards


And you thought the SactoMoFo mobile food festival had some cool eats.

In addition to the four days of bands here at Napa's BottleRock festival, the cuisine to feed the masses ranks as a star of the show.

And yes, we can actually use the term cuisine here.

True to its reputation as a land of fine wine and Michelin-starred restaurants, Napa's BottleRock is featuring a next-level experience for festival foods.

We're talking oysters on the half shell and grilled cheese on brioche. Moromoto's food booth includes Korean hot dogs, sushi and a pretty amazing Yuzu Red Bull Push-Up Pop as a frozen treat.

More than 40 food vendors in all are participating, including such Napa notables as Kitchen Door, Oenotri, Fish Story and La Toque.

Of course, these fine festival eats don't come cheap. First you have to convert cash into $5 food "chips," which are then redeemed at the vendors. That Korean hot dog from Morimoto costs two chips. A banh mi from Kitchen Door costs three chips. You don't have to do the math to figure those chips go fast.

Lines for food were all more or less manageable, and BottleRock ran fairly smooth on Friday, and capped with a rockin' set by The Black Keys. Despite all the wine and beer being consumed, the crowd self regulated and didn't harsh too many mellows.

We're hearing some gripes about the shuttle service running to the festival, but parking issues don't seem to be as apocalyptic as predicted by locals. Some downtown businesses are actually reporting slower than predicted sales.

Today's run, which includes sets by Jane's Addiction and Kings of Leon, will probably be the true test of BottleRock's infrastructure. Stay tuned for more dispatches from this land of food, wine and music.

-- Chris Macias

Photo: Yuzu Red Bull Push-Up Pop, ribs and other eats from Morimoto

May 10, 2013
Dispatches from BottleRock: The mellow before Alabama Shakes


We've just made our way inside Napa's BottleRock Festival and all's going fairly smoothly. It's a warm albeit slightly breezy day near the Napa River, and a fair amount of dust is being kicked up near the Citi Stage.

Traffic was backed up the length of Highway 12 off I-80 and through Jameson Canyon. Parking looks a little chaotic near the concert site, and one resident is offering $50 to park in their driveway.

But once inside, the vibe is fairly mellow. A lot of folks are kicking back in their finest lawn chairs and catching some rays before Alabama Shakes takes the stage.

Lines for food and drink are also fairly manageable, the longest of which is to get IDs checked for the wristband that'll allow you to buy alcohol. There's certainly plenty to imbibe in with BottleRock, as such Napa wineries as Freemark Abbey and Rombauer are pouring their wares.

We're still getting the lay of the land and settling in, so we'll post more soon.

-- Chris Macias

May 9, 2013
Sacramento author Marci Nault will launch 'The Lake House'

Sacramento author Marci Nault will host the launch of her novel "The Lake House" as part of "A Night of the Arts." The event will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday May 10 at the Sacramento Art Complex/Gallery 2010, 2210 K St., Sacramento; (916) 476-5500,

Enjoy wines and bites, and performances by Pam Metzger (Stories on Stage), comedy, music and a reading-book signing by Nault.

"The Lake House" is set in Massachusetts. Fifty years earlier, teenage friends made a pact to remain in their lakeside town, but one of them left for Hollywood. Now she's returned to Nagog to find healing; instead, she discovers resentment - and an unlikely friend.

May 8, 2013
Sacramento's own Jackie Greene returns to Fairytale Town

Jackie-Greene.jpgJackie Greene will play what has become his annual benefit concert at Fairytale Town on Aug. 24. It will be his fifth such yearly performance.

Tickets will go on sale June 1. They will start at $25 in June and increase by $5 per month.

Proceeds from the 8 p.m. concert will support Fairytale Town's education programs and park improvements.

Greene, a Sacramento native singer-songwriter with seven albums, is touring with the Black Crowes.

May 8, 2013
America's most organized woman shares her secrets

HPIM0285 (1).JPG Author and organizational expert Deniece Schofield, known as "America's most organized woman," visits the Sacramento area this week to teach her secrets to organizational success.

During her workshops, Schofield will focus on "finding more space without throwing everything away," she said. Designed for homemakers and families, her no-nonense methods concentrate on time- and space-saving shortcuts to bring order out of everyday chaos.

Admission is $25; no reservations necessary. The sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at Orchid Suites, 130 N. Sunrise Ave., Roseville; and 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn, 11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova. For more details, click on or call (800) 835-8463.

May 7, 2013
UC Davis Film Festival films screen May 22 and 23


A slate of live action shorts and documentaries will be screened during the 13th annual UC Davis Film Festival, May 22-23.

The films to be screened are the work of UC Davis undergrad and graduate students, and include the following films:
-- "7 Kilometer" by Jacob Greenlund. The film is a blend of fiction and documentary, wherein a nice guy attempts to win a rap battle to impress a girl. A second film by the same director, "The Candidates' Debate," uses found footage to explore the spectacle and performance elements of presidential debates.

May 6, 2013
B Street Theatre announces three regional premieres for 2013-14


B Street Theatre has announced that it will present three new plays in 2013-2014 that have enjoyed successful runs in New York on Broadway and Off-Broadway: David Ives' "Venus in Fur," Jon Robin Baitz's "Other Desert Cities" and Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit." All three are award-winning and will be regional premieres (the theater has yet to put dates on the shows). Here are their descriptions of the plays:

May 3, 2013
Sacramento's Deftones take home 'Golden Gods Award'


Put your hands together for Sacramento's Deftones, who won "album of the year" honors at the Revolver Magazine's 5th annual "Golden Gods Awards" Thursday night.

While the band earned an "album of the year" nod from Revolver in December, these "Golden Gods Awards" are voted on by the general public.

Deftones had been nominated for five awards, including best album, guitarist, drummer, bassist and singer.

Members of Korn presented the award - for the band's "Koi No Yokan" - at a ceremony in Los Angeles, where Metallica played with Rob Halford of Judas Priest to close the show.

Deftones singer Chino Moreno also performed, covering Depeche Mode's "Behind the Wheel" with Dillinger Escape Plan.

It's been a busy week for the band, who are on tour and still mourning the recent death of long-time bassist Chi Cheng.

This video from their May 1 concert in St. Louis - featuring the band paying tribute to Kris Kross' Chris Kelly who died earlier this week - has gone viral. Deftones mash up their "Engine No. 9" with the '90s rap duo's hit single "Jump." Check it out.

May 2, 2013
Cinco de Mayo events in the Sacramento region

Cinco de Mayo 2013 is celebrated this weekend, May4-5. Here are some events planned for the Sacramento region. For complete calendar listings, see our events section.


Mexican American Digital History Exhibit and discussion of the Mexican American Digital History Project. Learn how to record family history. Photos welcome. 1:30 p.m. May. 4; Sol Collective, 2574 21st St., Sacramento. Free. (916) 361-9072.


Cinco De Mayo Celebration Old Sacramento comes alive Cinco De Mayo weekend. Participating bars will have live music, comedy, karaoke and dancing (River City Saloon, Fanny Ann, O'Mally's Pub, The Other Office, Vega's, Sports). The final party celebrating Cinco De Mayo will be on May 5 from 6 p.m. to closing time. Free. (916) 863-7465.

May 2, 2013
California State Fair announces free summer concert line up

The California State Fair celebrates its 160th anniversary this summer and will do so by offering a free concert every night during the State Fair run, July 12-28.

The line up includes acts like Night Ranger, Hoobastank, "Weird Al" Yankovic, EnVogue and others.

All 17 evening concerts during the State Fair are free with Fair admission and will be held on the Golden 1 Stage at 8 p.m.


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