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Happening This Weekend

“Never saw the sun shining so bright! / Never saw things going oh so right!”  Listen to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of Blue Skies.

As one of my oh-so-thoughtful Facebook friends noted lustfully, “Hellooo sundresses!” You may also be saying hello to the springtime sniffles, but who cares? The weather is beautiful! Pop a Zyrtec and find your springtime love at one of the many events listed below:

Friday

La Raza Galeria Posada Presents Life is Precious

Native American artist Edgar Heap of Birds is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work ranges from conceptual public art messages to paintings, prints, and monumental sculpture. Heap of Birds seminal work in the 1980s in the New York art scene defined the pluralistic and sophisticated direction of Native art which continues to this day. Life is Precious runs from Feb. 12th to April 2nd.

Saturday

Northern California Band Championships – No website!

Del Oro High School is hosting the 2011 Northern California Band Association Winter Championships. More than 2,000 student-musicians from 65 Northern California high schools from the Bay Area to Reno are scheduled to compete. Performances will feature Percussion and Color Guard teams in ten categories. All performances will be judged by the Northern California Band Association. Programs will feature drum corps, ballet and jazz dance, and stage shows that blend musical and performance excellence. $7 students/seniors, $10 general admission. This is an all day event.

Altered States – A Stan Padilla Perspective

The Arts Building Gallery presents Altered States: Paintings of Beauty, Power, and Grace – A Stan Padilla Retrospective, from February 25 – April 2, 2011. There is a closing benefit dinner on 4/2 – contact Placer Arts ASAP for RSVPs!

Excursion Train Opening Weekend

Opening weekend for 28th operating season of the Museum’s excursion train service on the Sacramento Southern Railroad! Beginning this weekend, and continuing every weekend through September, experience the sights, smells, and sounds of a real, working steam locomotive as your train rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River. Climb aboard for a relaxing 40-minute trip in the vintage passenger coaches and converted freight cars. Tickets range from $5-$15.

Old Sacramento Underground Tours

After a very successful inaugural year with more than 10,000 underground tour tickets sold in 2010, Old Sacramento Underground tours will resume for a second season on Saturday, April 2, and continue through November. Coordinated by the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation (HOSF) and in partnership with the City of Sacramento, California State Parks, Old Sacramento Business Association and participating merchants and businesses, advance tickets for underground tours are available now.

Sac State Photo Exhibit

Sacramento State photographer Sam Parsons will share his work in “Depth of Field: 30 Years of Photography and Multimedia,” in the Library Annex Gallery at 6000 J Street. Gallery hours are 10 A.M. – 5 P.M., Tuesday – Saturday. A reception will be held 5 – 8 P.M., Wednesday, April 6. Pieces will include posters, prints, multi-media projects, and a section on the Sac State gymnastics program. This exhibit is free and runs from 4/1-4/30.

The Bike Commute Festival

There will be live music, contests & prizes, demonstrations and activities for the whole family! There will be free bike valet parking, a contest for the best commuter bike, and lots of “off the chain” raffle prizes, including a Raleigh Supurbe Roadster valued at $1,225, with all raffle proceeds donated to Davis Bicycles! The event begins at 10 A.M.

Sac State Presents South Indian Music

South Indian classical music will be performed by violinists Kesav and Govind Raghavan with Vignesh Venkataraman on the mridangam as part of Sacramento State’s World Music series. The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2 in Capistrano Hall’s Music Recital Hall on the campus at 6000 J Street. Cost is $15 general and $8 for students. The event is at 8 P.M.

2nd Annual Art, Music, and Poetry Festival- No Website!

There will be musicians, dancers, and poets performing, as well as an art gallery, vendors, and children’s art workshops. The event is from 12 P.M. to 11 P.M. at the Washington Neighborhood Center.

Sunday

Springtime on the Farm 2011

Springtime is right around the corner, so take a break to experience the awakening of life. Educational and fun, bring a picnic lunch to the event! A few of the many hands-on activities offered the day of the event will include hayrides, a guided educational walk along Putah Creek and the cultivation of spring vegetables in our garden. You can take part in the feeding and gathering of eggs from the chickens and hold a cute baby chick. The event starts at noon.

Russian Choral Concert

Their first performance in December was standing room only, so I can only imagine how crowded this event will be! The Slavic Chorale is teaming up with San Francisco’s Slavyanka Men’s Chorale at one of the best acoustic spaces in Sacramento: First United Methodist Church. $12 students/seniors, $15 general, $20 front row tickets. Starts at 2 P.M.

Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment

A conversation with Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh. His new book, Popular Resistance in Palestine, contains moving stories of vivid and well-documented history highlighting the peaceful, and often creative, Palestinian struggle for freedom. The book challenges Western-held perceptions that Palestinians do not understand the power of non-violence. This event is at 2 P.M. at Time Tested Books in Sacramento.

Festival de la Familia

Experience one of the most festive family cultural events in California at the 20th Annual  Festival de la Familia. There will be Latin dishes, colorful artwork, as well as live music and exhibits. 40,000 attendees are expected to attend. 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. Tickets are $7-$10.

DQ University’s 40th Anniversary Pow Wow

I went to my first pow wow last year and they are really cool! Click above for the flier details. Begins at 12 P.M.

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