This month’s culture and entertainment highlights
By Jessica Laskey
Timothy Mulligan: The Linear Landscape
Elliott Fouts Gallery
Second Saturday Reception: May 11, 6–9 p.m.
1831 P St. · efgallery.com
Mulligan’s award-winning artwork has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art magazine and on numerous Inside covers.
Something Old, Something Borrowed
Sacramento Symphonic Winds
Sunday, May 5, 2:30 p.m.
Rio Americano High School Center for the Arts, 4540 American River Drive · sacwinds.org
This spring concert features lyric baritone Omari Tau and Sacramento Valley Symphonic Band Association’s Youth Artist Competition winner Jennifer Su on flute. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for students and seniors; free for 8th graders and younger.
Sean Royal: Death Valley and Back
Second Saturday Reception: May 11, 6 p.m.
3223 Folsom Blvd. · archivalgallery.com
Mixed-media artist Sean Royal says of his muse, “Death Valley has changed me…and my art. It’s a dynamic place full of contrasts…but it always leaves me feeling incredibly calm and at peace.”
Light and Fire
Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera
Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.
Community Center Theater, 1301 L St. · sacphilopera.org
This concert will feature the West Coast premiere of Dan Forrest’s “Lux: The Dawn from on High” and pieces by Mendelssohn with soloists Oksana Sitnitska, Carlos Santelli and Matt Hanscom.
Elaine Bowers: Delta Reflections
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 11, 3–4 p.m.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 6–9 p.m.
1021 R St. · sparrowgallery.com
Check out new watercolors by accomplished local favorite Elaine Bowers.
Milk & Cookies Reading
Queer Sacramento Authors Collective
Friday, May 31, 7–9 p.m.
Lavender Library, 1414 21st St. · qsac.rocks
Join QSAC for its quarterly reading featuring eight local authors of queer fiction—and milk and cookies, of course!
Sesquicentennial Community Day
California State Railroad Museum & Foundation
Wednesday, May 8, 10 a.m.
125 I St. · californiarailroad.museum
Enjoy a day of free activities along the Old Sacramento Waterfront to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, including historic reenactments, picnics and complimentary train rides.
Children’s Book Week
Through Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
3901 Land Park Drive · fairytaletown.org
Check out storytime, craft activities and giveaways April 29 through May 5. The Scholastic Book Fair will have books for sale. Weekday admission is $5 per person; weekend admission is $6 per person; children 1 and younger are free.
Sing Me to Heaven
Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace
May 3, 7:30 p.m., Journey Church, 450 Blue Ravine Road
May 4, 7:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Shalom, 4746 El Camino Ave.
May 10, 7:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300 N St.
May 11, 7:30 p.m., Pleasant Grove Community Church, 1730 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
RSVP’s free spring concert will collect donations for Joshua’s House, a nonprofit hospice opening in 2019 for terminally ill men and women who are experiencing homelessness.
Celebrating Empowerment Fundraiser
National Council of Jewish Women Sacramento
Sunday, May 19, 1–3 p.m.
Nepenthe Clubhouse, 1131 Commons Drive · ncjwsac.org
Enjoy music from the Tony Kaye Trio and light refreshments. Funds raised will provide quarterly Bridge to Success grants for Women’s Empowerment graduates. Tickets are $36.
48th Annual Sacramento-Sierra TCA Toy Train Show
Train Collectors Association
Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St. · email@example.com
All aboard for Lionel and American Flyer trains, food and more. Parking is free. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger are free.
Koi Pond Tour of Excellence
Sacramento Camellia Koi Club
Saturday, May 18
Various locations · camelliakoi.org
This tour will feature up to 20 beautiful ponds of all sizes built by professionals and homeowners.
Makeup & Mimosas: Drag Brunch with a Punch
Punch Line Sacramento
Sunday, May 19, 11 a.m.
2100 Arden Way · punchlinesac.com
Enjoy breakfast, bottomless mimosas and a drag show with co-host Suzette Veneti and performers Apple Adams, Roselia Valentine, Hellen Heels, Faye Mennon and Betty Booger. Show only is $12; continental breakfast/show is $23; brunch/show is $35.
How to Make Change for the Better
Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m.
First Church of Christ Scientist, 4949 Kenneth Ave. · janethegarty.com
International speaker Janet Hegarty will give a free talk exploring a fresh perspective on God.
Concerts in the Park
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Fridays, May 3–July 26, 5–9 p.m.
Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St. · godowntownsac.com
The free weekly summer festival returns every Friday night through July. May’s bands are Joy & Madness, Souls of Mischief, DREAMERS, Emarosa and Lyrics Born.
Big Names, Small Art
Crocker Art Museum
Thursday, May 23, 5–9 p.m.
216 O Street · crockerart.org
Bid on nearly 400 small artworks (each 12 inches by 12 inches or less) by renowned artists starting at just $25. Tickets are $10 for museum members; $20 for nonmembers.
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Theatre in the Heights
Through May 5
8215 Auburn Blvd. · theatreintheheights.com
This play by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. explores everything that can go wrong on opening night with cunning comedy. Tickets are $15.
The Long Ride
Friends Undocumented Student Scholarship Project
Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, 2425 Sierra Blvd. · uuss.org
Enjoy a free showing of this award-winning film that documents the historic 2003 Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride.
Cathedral Music Series: Welcome Back Beethoven
Chamber Music Society of Sacramento
Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m.
Trinity Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave. · cmssacto.org
The Artists in Residence at Trinity Cathedral will present their final program of the season featuring works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Haydn and Bartók with Grammy Award-winning cellist Jennifer Culp.
California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts
John Natsoulas Gallery
521 First St., Davis · natsoulas.com
Attend lectures and demonstrations by nationally recognized ceramic artists including Patti Warashina, Kim Dickey, Dan Anderson, Cynthia Consentino, Stephen Braun and Shalene Valenzuela. General Pass for May 3–5 is $202; General Pass for May 4 only is $192; Student Pass for May 3–5 is $183; Student Pass of May 4 only is $173.
Spring Food Sale
Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church
Pre-Order & Pre-Pay by Thursday, May 9
Pick-Up on Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
6929 Franklin Blvd. · sacjumc.com
Pre-order delectable food like teriyaki chicken, Spam musubi, chow mein, udon, Korean short ribs with kimchi and sesame chicken bento to raise funds for the church.
Anthony Montanino: Between Two Rivers
Tim Collom Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
915 20th St. · timcollomgallery.com
This solo exhibition showcases Montanino’s bright urban scenes and landscapes in oil and acrylic.
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