Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

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

June 27, 2013
Film 'Springsteen and I' to celebrate The Boss, fans


He's been The Boss for 40 years now, and on July 22, Bruce Springsteen will hit the big screen in the documentary "Springsteen and I."

The film celebrates Springsteen fans along with the musician himself, incorporating the efforts of more than 2,000 fans who submitted video clips.

The one-night-only screening will happen at 7:30 p.m. at several local theaters, including Century multiplexes in Folsom, Roseville and at Downtown Plaza. Tickets are $15/ $14 seniors and students/$13 children. For tickets and information, see the Fathom Events site.


June 27, 2013
New equine center hosts Penryn open house, horse health fair

image002.jpg Horse lovers - as well as folks interested in the care of other large animals - are invited to check out the new Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center on Sunday during its grand opening and horse health fair.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, the center's new Penryn facility will be open for tours. Located at 2973 Penryn Road, the state-of-the-art facility can accommodate up to 40 patients. It includes a full-service hospital and emergency care for horses, llamas, alpacas, goats and other large animals.

Although temperatures are expected to hit triple digits Sunday, fair organizers say they will try to keep everybody cool - including the horses.

During the fair, patrons can learn about equine rescue, training, tack and equipment and other horse-related products and services. Staff doctors will speak on such topics as podiatry and lameness, emergency care, breeding basics, eye care and acupuncture. Food and entertainment help make it a family-friendly event.

"This new facility will allow us to continue to help many animals live longer, healthier lives and give us the opportunity to not only expand our services, but to add more work space and three additional highly skilled veterinarians to our team," said Dr. Langdon Fielding of the Loomis Basin center.

The new facility also will offer classes for both youth and adults on horse care basics. To learn more, click on or call (916) 652-7645.

June 25, 2013
Lil Wayne, Drake coming to Sleep Train Arena in separate shows


Lil Wayne, a.k.a. Weezy, will beat his protege Drake (pictured at left) to Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena by a few months.

Lil Wayne will perform Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Sleep Train Arena, in a show with T.I. and 2 Chainz. Tickets go sale at 10 a.m. Friday through (800-745-3000). Tickets are $79.75/$59.75/$39.75.

Lil Wayne puts a lot of energy, spectacle and bad guitar-playing into his shows, but I'm looking forward to Drake's smooth, relaxed rhymes. He's playing Monday, Nov. 18, with Miguel supporting. Tickets are $99.75/$69.75/$49.75.


June 21, 2013
Natomas Rose Garden gets new fountain in time for party

natomasrose2.jpg Natomas Rose Garden's party will go on - with a new fountain as its centerpiece.

Pottery World in Rocklin donated a new 6-foot ceramic fountain to replace the one destroyed by vandals June 10 at the garden, adjacent to the South Natomas Community Center.

According to volunteer coordinator Marni Leger, the new fountain was dropped off by Ray Sicotte and Don Noyes of Pottery World, shown here with the large fixture. The fountain will be hooked up and in place by June 30, the original date of a planned fountain dedication and garden dance party.

That party appeared in doubt when volunteers discovered the original fountain toppled and an estimated $5,000 in damage to the garden.

But now the party will go on as planned, Leger said. The public is invited to the fountain dedication at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, followed by a tango dance with music and instruction led by Michelle Gorre. The event is free, but donations will be welcome.

A popular site for weddings and other celebrations, the all-volunteer Natomas Rose Garden is located at 2921 Truxel Road, Sacramento, next to the South Natomas Library. For more details, click on or call (916) 808-1571.

June 14, 2013
Harveys and Harrah's have their summer acts together

barad paisley.JPGHarveys and Harrah's have their grooves on. The casino-resorts in Stateline, Nev. at South Lake Tahoe have booked a lineup of big-name acts who will perform live shows both outdoors and indoors.

The 12th Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena is one of the venues. For showtimes and more information, go to For tickets, or More concert acts will be announced soon.

June 22: Steve Miller Band (opening with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers)
July 16: Tim McGraw (opening with Kip Moore)
July 19: Rascal Flatts (opening with The Band Perry)
July 30-31: Phish
Aug. 27: FUN (opening with Tegan & Sara)
Aug. 30: Brad Paisley (pictured; opening with Chris Young and Lee Brice)
Sept. 4: Dave Matthews Band (opening with Gary Clark, Jr.)

If you prefer inside to outdoors, opt for Harrah's South Shore Room. Tickets and more information are at (800) 786-8208 and

June 15: Charlie Musselwhite (opening with Coco Montoya)
June 29: The Dan Band
July 6: Fab Four
July 13: Abbacadabra: The Ultimate ABBA Concert
July 30: Meter Men
Aug. 3: Jeff Bridges and the Abiders
Sept. 7: Zombies
Sept. 14: Yardbirds
Sept. 21: Robert Cray Band

June 14, 2013
Willie Nelson's road leads to Sacramento this summer

Willie Nelson has been circling these parts the past few years, playing in Stockton or in the foothills. But on Aug. 21, the 80-year-old Nelson will perform at the Sacramento Community Center Theater.

Pre-sale tickets to the Willie Nelson & Family Show are available now through the Rick Bartalini Presents website with the password "Legend2." Tickets officially go on sale at noon Saturday, and also can be purchased through the Community Center's box office, 1301 L St., Sacramento, or by calling (916) 808-5181.

Tickets prices are $89.50/$69.50/$49.50.

If you want to learn more before the show about the nattily dressed gentleman pictured at left, Nelson's memoir, "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die -- Musings From the Road," came out last year.


June 13, 2013
Turlock pageant director featured on 'Toddlers & Tiaras'

CarolFlemming.jpgThrough the haze of glitter, hair spray, fake eyelashes and drama on TLC's "Toddlers & Tiaras," Turlock residents may have spotted a familiar face in Wednesday's episode.

Carol Fleming, director of California Tropic International in Turlock, has been featured in two previous episodes of the show. Wednesday's saga followed three young girls as they prepared to compete in the "California Tropic: Sugar and Spice" beauty pageant in Las Vegas.

Fleming showed off her experience handling juvenile attitudes when she heroically tried to separate feuding parents at the pageant. Verbal and physical altercations are not uncommon in the show, making some critics wonder who is more in need of discipline -- the child contestants or their pouty parents.

New episodes of the show premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c on TLC.

June 11, 2013
What's on your Sacramento bucket list?

By Jack Newsham

For most Sacramento residents, summer means time for vacation. For others, though, it's a time to move on. Between college graduation and hundreds of other factors that draw people to new places, Sacramento is welcoming new residents and saying good-bye to others.

Spurred by this reddit post, we got to thinking: what should every Sac resident do before leaving? What foods have to be tasted, what sights have to be seen, and what experiences can you get here that you can't get anywhere else?

So we're asking you, dear reader: what's on your Sacramento bucket list? Post your answers in the comments and see what others have to say.

June 10, 2013
Luke Bryan to perform Aug. 8 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre

Country heartthrob and 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will perform Aug. 8 at Wheatland's Sleep Train Amphitheatre.

Tickets run $40-$67.25 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through (800-745-3000).

Above is Bryan's video for his song "Drunk on You," an ode to women and summertime that contains the classic line, "If you aren't a 10, you're a 9.9."

June 10, 2013
Burning Man documentary 'Spark' plays Crest Theatre Tuesday

SparkCrest Theatre is screening "Spark: A Burning Man Story" Tuesday (June 11) at 7 p.m.

The documentary gives an inside look at the organization, preparation and execution of the annual Burning Man festival, held in Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, Nev.

"Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams," according to the film's description.

A Q&A with the film's directors and producers, Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter, will follow the screening.

Tickets for "Spark: A Burning Man Story" are $14.50 and can be reserved through Tugg.

June 10, 2013
'Long Island Medium' lecture sells out in Sacramento

Theresa Caputo

TLC's "Long Island Medium" is scheduled to give a sold-out lecture and psychic readings tonight during "Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience" at the Sacramento Convention Center.

During her lectures, Caputo "reads" audience members and relays messages she says she receives from deceased loved ones. She also talks about growing up and living in Long Island, managing her family, being on television and communicating with spirits.

According to her website, Caputo is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation. She reportedly has clients scheduled about three years in advance for psychic readings.

Season four of "Long Island Medium" premiered in May. It follows Caputo as she tries to balance her roles as a wife, mother and medium.

Before selling out, tickets for "Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience" ranged from $38.75 to $88.75.

June 7, 2013
France designates film festival director Downs as a knight


The French Order of Arts and Lettres has designated Cecile Mouette Downs -- longtime heroine of the Sacramento film community -- as a chevalier, or knight.

The order honored Sacramento French Film Festival founder and executive director Downs, a French native, along with 200 or so other artists and arts organizers in its most recent chevalier class.

San Francisco French Consulate cultural attache Denis Bisson will present a medal to Downs June 21, opening night of the 12th Sacramento French Festival.

June 6, 2013
New event called THIS to bolster Second Saturdays' live music

A new Second Saturday music and art series called THIS will start Saturday on the blocked-off stretch of 20th Street between J and K and in front of the Marrs Building.

Oakland dance band Planet Booty will headline the first night of the free four-month series put on by a team led by Clay Nutting and Michael Hargis, owners of Marrs Building restaurant LowBrau and the brain trust behind the annual Launch festival.

Saturday's show will start at 4 p.m., right when temperatures are supposed to hit 109 degrees or so. To beat the heat, organizer Shaun Slaughter has promised on THIS's Facebook event page to provide about 40 squirt guns.

June 5, 2013
'B Street: Live' at Assembly introduces new sketches, improv
B Street"Pre-Flight Announcement," "Anime Negotiator" and "Bat (expletive) Dance Audition" are just a few of the new sketches coming to Sacramento's B Street Theatre

"B Street: Live!" will premiere these original comedic sketches Thursday evening in the first performance of its new show, "Four Funny Women and Dave."

"B Street: Live!" opened in March with the promise of new material every six weeks.

Other sketches include "Blues Clues SUV," "Barista," "Old Woman with Yarmulke," "Spicing Things Up," "Sally Gladwell and Daughter" and "Bill Cosby Ghost Town."

June 5, 2013
Mamma mia! ExtrABBAganza at the Crest Friday and Saturday


The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus is bringing two nights of ABBA to the Crest Theatre.

Featuring dancers, costumes, lighting and special effects, ExtrABBAganza showcases the chorus performing the greatest hits from the '70s Swedish pop group. The SGMC is calling this weekend's show "the largest and most elaborate production" in its 28-year-history.

ExtrABBAganza was originally commissioned in 1997 for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and has been put on by gay men's choruses across the country.

The performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and include two 45-minute segments with a 20-minute intermission.Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at, at the Crest Theatre, at the Gifted Gardener on J Street and from the members of the chorus. Tickets for premier seating and a pre-show reception are $40.

-- Jack Newsham

June 5, 2013
Sacramento's River-Friendly Inspiration Garden makes debut

coreopsis.jpg Sacramento's newest water-wise garden makes its debut Thursday morning.

At 10 a.m., local officials will celebrate the grand opening of Sacramento County's "River Friendly Inspiration Garden," adjacent to the water treatment facility on Waterman Road.

A federal Environmental Protection Agency Climate Showcase Community Grant helped make the garden grow.

"Sacramento County was one of only 50 communities selected out of over 750 applicants to receive funding as a Climate Showcase Community," said Karen Irwin of the EPA's Region 9. "They were recognized for their innovative project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide additional economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits, and inspire other communities to action."

Partners in the project included Sacramento County's Departments of Water Resources, Transportation and Regional Parks, University of California's Cooperative Extension and Sacramento County master gardeners, the Regional Water Authority, Ecolandscape California and the River-Friendly Landscaping Coalition.

The garden is a living example of how smart use of low-water use plants and landscaping techniques can benefit both the environment - and your wallet.

"When you come to the River Friendly Inspiration Garden and take some of our ideas home to use in your own gardens, you are teaching your children about the beautiful results we can achieve when we take a few simple steps to protect our environment," said county supervisor Jimmy Yee.

The garden is located on Waterman Road at Westray Drive, just north of Calvine Road. For Thursday's event, additional parking is available at Cochran Park.

June 5, 2013
Access Sacramento names media professor Martin as new director


Access Sacramento has named Gary Martin, chair of Cosumnes River College's radio, TV and film-production department, as its new executive director.

Martin will leave his position at the college to replace retiring Access executive director Ron Cooper, the public access television station's board of directors announced Wednesday. Martin will begin work at Access Sacramento July 1. Cooper will stay on until Aug. 1 to assist with Martin's transition into his new role.

Martin started at Cosumnes River in 1993. Before that, he worked as a newscast producer at News 10 in Sacramento and held other television positions in Phoenix and Reno.

Martin sat on Access' board of directors but requested a leave from the board when the search for a new executive director began last fall, after Cooper announced his plans to retire.



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