Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/31

This Week: Wrap Up Your Summer

GoldRush2015Gold Rush Days 2015
Old Sacramento
Set 4-7
Various Times
The wildly fun and free heritage celebration offers a taste River City life during the 1850s.

ChalkItUpChalk It Up Festival
Fremont Park
Sept 5-7
Sat-Mon 10am-6pm
See wild sidewalk creations, enjoy music, and support youth programs at the 25th annual festival!

FiestaEnLaCalleFiesta en la Calle Celebration
Southside Park
Sept 6
Sun Noon-6pm
Explore Latin America’s diverse cultures and traditions at the historic park.

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Life Moves: A Celebration for CORE

Looking for something to do this Friday? Then join me at CORE Contemporary Dance’s 3rd Annual Gala, taking place at Beatnik Studios. Why miss out on an evening full of music, dancing, food, libations, and a silent auction where 100 percent of the profits go to support CORE’s performances, master classes, and outreach programs?

Photo courtesy of CORE Contemporary Dance

Photo courtesy of CORE Contemporary Dance

Founded in 2007 by Kelli Leighton and a group of dancers, CORE was established with the desire to do more than just “go through the motions” of choreography. CORE stands for “Collection Of Real Experiences”, and draws from the pain or triumph of the dancers’ real life experiences.

Personally, I’m really looking forward to this event. With every year, my appreciation continues to grow for the arts, and the role the arts community plays for our region’s culture and growth.

So if you’re looking for a lively event on Friday, I hope you will join me at #COREGala2015. CORE’s tagline is “Life Moves”, so embrace the evening and even bust a move on the dance floor. For more details or to purchase your tickets, visit the Sacramento365 event page.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Marketing Manager Karlee Cemo.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/24

This Week: Take a Walk on the Undead Side

NACEBattleBattle of the Chefs
Center at 2300
Aug 25
Tues 5:30pm-9pm
This battle features four local chefs who will throw it down in this foodie challenge.

Sacramento Zombie Walk & Carnival of the Dead
Roosevelt Park
Aug 29
Sat 4pm-11pm
The oldest annual Zombie Walk in the world returns for more undead fun!

CurtisFest9th Annual Curtis Fest
William Curtis Park
Aug 30
Sun 10am-4pm
Head out to Curtis Park and see local artists exhibit and sell their work.

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A Good Feeling to Know

You can get that old-time feelin’ this Friday, August 21, and hear one of the greatest voices of rock and roll/country rock, singer-songwriter Richie Furay at Harlow’s! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, inducted in 1997, is known for his groundbreaking work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed in 1966 with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin; and Poco, formed with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner. Each band has left an indelible mark on the rock and roll landscape: Short-lived Buffalo Springfield is best known for ushering in the folksy California Rock sound and Poco was part of the first wave of West Coast country rock.

Over his career, Furay has had success with his songs “Kind Woman” for Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and “Good Feelin’ To Know” with Poco. With two books under his belt, For What It’s Worth, which chronicles the life and times of Buffalo Springfield, and Pickin’ Up The Pieces, his own life journey — Richie will hit the road in support of his upcoming CD titled Hand In Hand, his first solo album in eight years. The first single, “We Are The Dreamers,” was written about the formation of Poco.

The quirky The Empty Pockets will open the show.

Don’t miss your chance to get nostalgic with one of rock’s greatest storytellers. Concert begins Friday, August 21 at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $37.50 ($40 at the door). For more information, visit the concert’s event page here.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator Jamila B. Khan.

Music Circus Ends on a High Note with Hair


Oliver Thornton as Claude (center) and the company of Hair. Photo by Charr Crail.

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! But to be fair, my silly pun works. This week Music Circus closes out its 65th season with Hair, and the iconic anti-war musical soars higher than the simulated pot smoke that wafts through the Wells Fargo Pavilion.

Like the hippie generation it depicts, the production is less than conventional: filled with social commentary, paisley prints, and hair, the show breaks musical standards and skips the dialogue. Instead, it takes the audience on the melodic trip, complete with 38 songs. The back-to-back musical numbers weaves the story of Claude (Oliver Thorton), a flower child from Flushing, New York (or Manchester, England, as he wants the audience to believe) as he is drafted into the Vietnam war. You’ll rediscover ‘60s pop culture through hits like “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” and of course, “Hair.”

Complementing the psychedelic score is the beautiful set design. The pavilion transforms into a hippie den with a beautiful array of hanging lanterns, (you will undoubtedly be snapping pictures of them before the show like I did), graphic projections, and oscillating floor. These staging elements combined will have you believing that you too are “tripping out” with the tribe.

Other show highlights include the Claude’s deliriously wacky hallucination in the second act, and one lucky audience member’s chance to disrobe Berger, the “psychedelic teddy bear.”

If you’re feeling a little rebellious, put on your flower crown on and end your summer with Hair. Performances run through Sunday, August 23, with evening performances at 7:30pm. Matinee performances at Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $40. For more information, visit the show’s event page.

Disclaimer: The musical’s depiction of free love, pot smoking, and its infamous nude scene makes the production inappropriate for younger audiences.

This blog post was written by’s Content and Social Media Coordinator Jamila B. Khan.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 8/17

This Week: Drink Up!

SacramentoCocktailWeek - CopySacramento Cocktail Week
Multiple locations
Aug 17-22
Various times
Bottom’s up! This festive week blends local bartenders, fine spirits & artisan cocktails!

The Richie Furay Band
Aug 21
Fri 6:30pm
Legendary singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member will rock your Friday night.

ArtRunRace for the Arts & Arts Festival
William Land Park
Aug 22
Sat 8am-1pm
Run or walk a 5K along William Land Park’s shady racecourse with live/artsy entertainment along the way.

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Sactown Wings: It’s Finger Lickin’ Good!

Are you looking for something to spice up your weekend and help a great cause? Then look no further because the Sactown Wings festival covers both and more! This Saturday, August 15, celebrate all things chicken wings (plus beer and fun, duh) all in the name of supporting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento.

I’ve compiled an essential “Do’s and Don’ts” list to ensure you’ll have a finger lickin’ good time!

DO: Dig in!
This festival is your chance to taste wings and beer from some of Sacramento’s best restaurants, including Blue Cue, Adamo’s, Chicago Fire, Yolo Brewing Company, Oak Park Brewing, and Speakeasy.

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Rub your eyes after eating
Remember they’re called hot wings for a reason! (I made the mistake myself once and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemies).

DO: Bring your friends!
There are very few things better than wings and beer, but if you can share this experience with friends then you’ll have an even better time.

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Forget to wash your hands
Sure, you can just wipe off that delicious sauce on your shirt or slurp it straight off your fingers, but then you might look like a rabid Dexter fan.

DO: Be a game player
Xoso Sport & Social League will bring cornhole, beer pong (a.k.a. giant beer pong), and giant Jenga games to Cesar Chavez Plaza for your enjoyment. Challenge your friends for the title of Sactown Wings Champion!

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

Photo courtesy of Xoso Sport & Social League

DON’T: Eat something that’s too hot for you

Although all of the chicken wings will be delicious, some may have a little extra kick. (Turning fire engine red in the face is not a good look for most people…) But then again, there will be beer on hand to cool you off.

DO: Shake your tail feather
Spend some time listening to local surf/roots/rock band Arden Park Roots. This will be your chance to catch the band if you missed their closing-night gig at Concerts in the Park.

Photo courtesy of Arden Park Roots

Photo courtesy of Arden Park Roots

DO: Enter our Sac365 TixFix
Share your own Sactown Wings “do” or “don’t” on our Facebook page here or in the Blog comment section below for a chance to win our last two Sactown Wings tickets! Contest ends Thursday, August 13 at 1pm. (See, sometimes happiness IS free!)

Be sure to stop by the Sactown Wings festival this Saturday, August 15 from 3pm-7pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Tickets are available now or you can purchase tickets the day of the event at the corner of 10th and J St. For more event info, check out the event listing here.

This blog post was written by’s Dylan Fisher.