Ring in the Fourth Locally!

Photo courtesy of Folsom Pro Rodeo.

This Saturday marks the 239th birthday of the United States of America. Not sure how to celebrate our nation’s big day? Sacramento365.com searched high and low to find the best Independence Day events happening in the Sacramento region this weekend.

With fireworks, parades, and even a bit of croquet, you are guaranteed to have plenty of patriotic fun!

 Get in the Spirit Early

Folsom Pro Rodeo & Historic Cattle Drive
Dan Russell Rodeo Arena; Thurs-Sat 6pm

This annual tradition is a tribute to the cattle ranches which used to be spread across the Folsom foothills. Before the official start of the Folsom Pro Rodeo, don’t miss out on the cattle drive down historic Sutter Street.

Rancho Cordova Fourth of July Celebration
Hagan Park; Fri 4pm-11pm, Sat Noon-11pm

The fun starts a day early with a carnival, concert, and fireworks mini-show. On the Fourth, start off with a brisk 5K run, watch a Fourth of July Parade, then spend the rest of the day in Hagan Park for more family-friendly activities.

Red, White, and Brews
Old Sacramento; Fri 6pm-Midnight

Be the first to celebrate the Fourth by having a little fun on the Third! Ten participating Old Sacramento bars are offering select American beers for only $3.

Those Flashing Lights:

19th Annual Salute to the Red, White, and Blue
Elk Grove Regional Park; Sat 4pm-10pm

Elk Grove’s premier Fourth of July celebration is a patriotic salute to the birth of the nation. The festivities begin in the evening with live music and food – and ends with a bang!

Independence Day Celebration
Cal Expo; Sat 5pm

Cal Expo will join the City and County of Sacramento and CBS Radio to produce the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area on the Fourth of July.

Fourth on the Field
Raley Field; Sat 6pm-10pm

The ballpark is bringing back the feel of a neighborhood block party with delicious food trucks, live music by Nunchuck Taylor, and a dazzling display of fireworks over the Sacramento River.

Ring in the Fourth Uniquely

4th of July Picnic and Croquet Tournament
Old Sacramento; Sat 11am-2pm

Play ball? Join the Sacramento History Museum’s Living History re-enactors as they celebrate Independence Day in historic style.

Celebrating American Music
Midtown BarFly (formerly Club 21); Sat 9pm

Want to avoid the big crowds while celebrating America this year? Join the Midtown Moxies burlesque troupe for an intimate evening with their very own brand of fireworks.

Sacramento Moonwalk: In Loving Memory of Michael Jackson
Harlow’s; Sat 9:30pm

Hosted by Reggae star Xsample, this contest will give $500 to the best Moonwalk contestant and $500 to the best Michael Jackson impersonator.

To find even more Fourth of July festivities, visit the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events page.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Much Trouble, Much Joy in Big River

Phillip Boykin as Jim and Ben Fankhauser as Huck Finn float on the Mississippi in Big River. (Photo by Charr Crail.)

The sounds of the antebellum South come alive with the debut of Big River on the Wells Fargo Pavilion stage. Based on the Mark Twain’s classic, yet controversial story, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the musical tackles the challenging topics of identity and race as Huck Finn rafts down the Mississippi River with his aunt’s slave, Jim, in search of freedom in the West. Oddly, a musical about one of the darkest periods of American history is wildly entertaining. Like Huck Finn’s fortune, audiences will find “much trouble, much joy” in this Music Circus production:

The Points of “Trouble”:

-Interestingly enough, recreating the mighty Mississippi at the Wells Fargo Pavilion appears to be no trouble at all. Copious amounts of fog hide the track system that allows the duo’s raft to glide over the round stage. (Note: It will be smart to bring a jacket. The fog machine makes the theatre a little chilly.)

-And then there are characters you love to hate: Duke, King, and Pap all complicate Jim and Huck’s relatively “simple” plan to reach the Ohio River. These villains add much needed slapstick humor to the plot, lessening the blow of their nefarious intentions.

The Many Odes of Joy:

-You’ll live for the witty wordplay. Mark Twain’s folksy – and slightly bawdy — dialogue is not lost in the Roger Miller musical. Trust me, you’ll laugh at a funeral.

-The musical numbers will move you. Inspired by negro spirituals, you might shed a tear at the performances of “Free at Last”, “The Crossing”, and “How Blest We Are”; their lyrics given life by Phillip Boykin’s rich baritone and Jennifer Leigh Warren’s emotive mezzo-soprano. Company highlights include the reprises of “Waiting for the Light To Shine” and “Muddy Water.”

-Lastly, watching Huck Finn, played earnestly by Ben Fankhauser, defy the moral conduct of his time is a ray of hope amongst the evil that surrounds him. He will surely “go to heaven” for that.

Big River rolls through the Wells Fargo Pavilion through Sunday, June 28. Evening performances are Tuesdays through Sunday at 7:30pm; matinee performances at Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. For more information, visit the production’s Sacramento365.com event page.

Disclaimer: Like the novel, the “n” word is used throughout the play.

*This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 6/22

This Week: Tee Up At One Of These Events

USSenior_open2015 U.S. Senior Open
Del Paso Country Club
June 22 – 28
Various Times
Watch 156 of the world’s best professional & amateur senior golfers at the country club.

HelloKittyHello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
Sleep Train Arena
June 26-28
Various Times
Hello Kitty is hitting the road with her first-ever North American live tour event!

Midsummer_GregFlaggA Midsummer Night’s Dream &
Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy

Fairytale Town
June 27
Sat 5pm-9pm
Celebrate Shakespeare’s fairy-themed play while enjoying all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream!

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Celebrate Dad This Weekend

Father's Day2015This Sunday it’s time to cheer for doting dads and fabulous father figures! June 21 is Father’s Day, so why not give the men in your life — and maybe even yourself — a much needed day (or weekend) of fun and suds. Sacramento365.com has curated a short list of local outings that’ll help you give thanks to pops:

Dad’s Day at Denio’s
Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet; Sat 10am-2pm
With live entertainment from Just Musik, craft beers, hand-dipped corn dogs, and classic cars, celebrating dad will be easy peasy.

Folsom Rhythm and Brews
Palladio at Broadstone; Sat Noon-6pm
Get a jump-start on Father’s Day with 40+ craft brewers, fantastic food choices, and two stages of entertainment!

2nd Annual Rides in Classics
California Automobile Museum; Sun 11am-3pm

Know a man who’s car crazy? Bring ‘em down to enjoy rides in classics, a complimentary Show ‘n’ Shine, a card making station, and a brand new exhibit to explore. Plus, dads get in for free.

Father’s Day BBQ
Revolution Wines
; Sun 11:30am-9pm
Treat Dad to a special day of BBQ and wine at your favorite urban winery. Chef Teddy will create the manliest BBQ plate of brisket, ribs, corn bread, and potato salad. No reservations are required.

Tripel Play
Ruhstaller Farms & Yard; Sun Noon-8pm
It’s all about the “B” — beer, bluegrass, and barbecue that is! Have a family-friendly Sunday Funday, complete with games and a photobooth at the craft brewery’s farm.

To find even more Father’s Day festivities, visit the Sacramento365.com Holiday Events page. However you decide to celebrate the day, we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 6/15

This Week: A Taste of Fun

twilight_thursdayTwilight Thursdays 2015
Sacramento Zoo
June 18 – July 30
Thurs 5:30pm-8pm
The zoo extends its hours so you can jam out with local bands (and wildlife) in the summer.

WizardWorldWizard World Comic Con Sacramento
Sacramento Convention Center
June 19-21
Various Times
It’s time to get comical with some of your favorite action and sci-fi stars this weekend.

Taco_FestivalSacramento Taco Festival     
Del Paso Blvd (Between El Camino & Arden)
June 20
Sat 10am-6pm
You can see chihuahuas and luchadors while grubbing on the best tacos in the 916.

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Brew Up Some Fun

Raley Field Brewfest

NorCal’s greatest breweries will batter up this Friday night. Photo courtesy of Raley Field.

This Friday (6/12) you can experience the ultimate American Dream: drinking beer on a baseball field! If you love beer or the ballpark experience (minus the baseball part), don’t miss the 9th Annual Raley Field Brewfest. You’ll be able to sample brews from over 40 breweries — and if that’s not enough — you can thrash with the totally tubular ‘80s party band 8 Track Massacre. But most importantly, the Raley Field Brewfest is a great way to bond with friends and experience Raley Field in a whole new way.

Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to most at this year’s festivities:

  1. Trying some new creations from my favorite breweries — Lagunitas, Anchor Brewing, and Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  2. Sampling local brewing scene. I wonder what Hoppy Brewing, New Helvetia Brewing, Ruhstaller Beer, and Track 7 have up their sleeve!
  3. Reliving my glory days on the field. In my tee-ball heyday, I was a hitting machine.
  4. Possibly dance to some of favorite ‘80s jams…this depends on how much sampling I’ve done.
  5. Eat all kinds of ballpark food. Hotdogs, hamburgers, and pizza, you better watch out!

Join me for some fun on the field at this year’s Raley Field Brewfest. Tickets are on sale now for $40 online or $45 at the door. For more information, check out the Sacramento365.com event listing. I look forward to seeing you there!

*** This blog post was written by Dylan Fisher, Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist.

There’s Something About Eliza

Photos by Charr Crail.

Eliza Doolittle’s first “How do you doooo?” will have you in stitches. Photos by Charr Crail.

Dubbed the “Rolls Royce of American musicals,” My Fair Lady kicked off the 65th season of Music Circus to a full house Tuesday, June 9. Cleverly tackling class politics and women’s roles, the witty musical, based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, follows the story of linguist (and “good bully”) Henry Higgins, played by Broadway vet Paul Schoeffler, as he seeks to make a decent woman of out Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, performed wonderfully by Glory Crampton.

Like Eliza’s many phonetic sessions, there is much to be learned from Music Circus’s take on Tony-award winning classic:

Size Doesn’t Matter
While it may not be largest theater in town, Sacramento’s landmark theater-in-the-round transforms seamlessly into Edwardian London with period-prefect furniture and simple hanging set design. The booming orchestra, led by Craig Barna, and company’s extensive use of walkways adds to the intimacy of space.

A Dress Doesn’t Make a Lady…But Will Leave a Lasting Impression
Simply put, the costumes of My Fair Lady are magnificent. Mirroring Eliza’s vocal transformation, the company’s attire becomes more refined throughout the production. You’ll love the mad hattery during the unforgettable Ascot racetrack scene.

The Rules of Small Talk
When entering a conversation, a proper woman must remember to ask “How do you do?” and should only speak on the tried-and-true topics of the weather and one’s health –deviating from these subjects will make you far more interesting and cause Freddy Eynsford-Hill to fall madly in love with you.

…But Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Surprisingly, the highlight of a musical about linguistics was “Show Me,” a ditty that not-so-subtly jabs at the power of words. Sung at a feverish pace, the number shows off Glory Crampton’s vocal ability and reveals a pivotal plot moment: Eliza’s moment of self-actualization. The Cockney flower girl finally recognizes her worth and will no longer allow herself to be used by others. Talk is cheap, blighters.

The Rain In Spain Falls Mainly in the Plain
…and in Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen. Who knew you’d get a lesson in geography at the theatre?

Don’t miss out on the timeless musical! My Fair Lady will continue to charm audiences at the Wells Fargo Pavilion through Sunday, June 14. Evening performances run each night at 7:30pm; matinees are Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range from $40-$83. For more details, visit the show’s Sacramento365.com event page.

*This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.