When We Were Colored, Laurie Lewis, St. Patrick's Day, Bachathon, Jade Novah, Dar Williams, Meow Meow & Thomas Lauderdale, Greg Miller and more - March 14-20 2019

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A cartoon drawing of Mount Rushmore with President Trump climbing on top.The Capitol Steps
Saturday, March 16
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

The Capitol Steps, America’s premier musical satire group, bring their new “Make America Grin Again” tour to the Crest Theatre. Following the historic mid-term elections, the “Steps” have an enormous amount of new material to make you laugh till you cry. The Capitol Steps have elevated musical satire to an art form. Before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning. The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of DC staffers who set out to satirize their employers and haven’t let up since. If you’ve been keeping with the news, you know there’s no shortage of material. It doesn’t matter if you’re right or left side of the aisle, neither side is safe from this hilarious troupe.

CapRadio’s Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler will introduce this lively performance.

A sepia-toned vintage photo of Sacramento in the 1950's, with the title of the play superimposed.When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story
Wednesday, March 20 – Sunday, April 28
Sacramento Theatre Company
1419 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Based on a memoir by Eva Rutland, this world premiere tells the story of one family’s experience with integration in post-World War II Sacramento. When a black mother moves to California from the segregated south with her husband and children, the family must confront what it’s like to be the first black household on the block, the only black children at school, and how to continue to love those with different ideologies — even when they live under your own roof.

At once timely, poignant and funny, this production continues STC’s commitment to produce new works with local relevance.

A drawing of a pink pig looking up to a spider spinning a web.Charlotte’s Web
Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, April 7
The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts
2700 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

E.B. White’s beloved children’s story is adapted for the stage in this delightful, colorful production. When Wilbur the pig is befriended by a small spider named Charlotte, the friendship sets off a series of events that turn Wilbur from the runt of his litter to “Some Pig.”


A photo of the band standing before a white background.Zoé: 2019 Tour
Thursday, March 14
Ace of Spades
1417 R Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

This Latin Grammy Award-winning Mexican alternative rock band has achieved success in Mexico and most Spanish-speaking countries. Their sound is influenced by The Beatles, as well as 1990’s Britpop and Seattle grunge.

The band posing holding their musical instruments.Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
Friday, March 15
The Palms Playhouse
13 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She has twice been voted “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has won the respect and admiration of her peers. With Tom Rozum on mandolin and vocals, Patrick Sauber on banjo and vocals, Brandon Godman on fiddle and Sam Grisman on bass and occasional vocals, The Right Hands specialize in that good old-time Berkeley hillbilly sound. Their 2016 album, “The Hazel and Alice Sessions,” was nominated for a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of 2016. A pioneering woman in bluegrass, Laurie has paved the way for many young women today, always guided by her own love of traditional music and the styles of her heroes that came before.

Jimmy Buffett smiling, holding his guitar, wearing sunglasses and a yellow baseball cap.Jimmy Buffett
Saturday, March 16
Golden 1 Center
547 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

He’s a musician, songwriter, author, actor and businessman. But, Jimmy Buffett is best known, of course, for his music, which often portrays an “island escapism” lifestyle. This concert is part of Buffett’s “Son of A Son Of A Sailor” Tour 2019.

Photos of an Irish dancer, a fiddle player and a bagpipe player.St. Patrick's Day in Ireland
Sunday, March 17
Harris Center
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, says The Irish News and Entertainment, than with a "great celebration of Ireland and its rich culture!" Featuring principal dancer Connor Reider (The Chieftains, Celtic Fyre, Celtic Wings, An Irish Christmas) and four multi-instrumentalists from the Kerry Traditional Band (Ryan McKasson, Colin Cotter, Christa Burch and Preston Howard-Wilde). Fiddles, uilleann pipes, bodhran, guitar, vocals and flutes will ring through the theatre as the band shares its passion for the traditional music of Ireland.

Photos of Eileen Ivers and JigJam.Eileen Ivers and JigJam
Sunday, March 17
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Get ready for great craic at the Mondavi Center’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! The evening starts off with a pre-concert beer tasting in the Yocha Dehe Lobby, and then the celebration ramps up with the Mondavi Center debut of JigJam. This powerhouse quartet from the heart of the midlands blends traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana for a concoction all their energetic own. Following JigJam, is Grammy Award–winner Eileen Ivers, one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and world music genres. Her list of accomplishments is dizzying and her stage show “electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” (The Irish Times).

A painted portrait of J.S. Bach.Bachathon - Presented by American Guild of Organists - Sacramento Chapter
Sunday, March 17
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church
2620 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

Come and celebrate J. S. Bach’s birthday with the Sacramento Chapter of the American Guild of Organists! This is a drop-in concert, so come and go as you please.  All proceeds go to support a scholarship fund for young organ students. Performers include: -Barry Moenter -Rebekah Kasak -Jack Miller -Harry Wang -Gayla Mott -David Link -Dan Nguyen -Marian Metson -Lars Gjerde -Ryan Enright

A photo of Jade Blue before a blue background.Jade Novah
Sunday, March 17
2708 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816

Versatile, contemporary R&B singer and songwriter Lindsay Fields combines her love of both music and acting under the alias Jade Novah. She began her career working as a backup singer and a songwriter-for-hire for the likes of Missy Elliot.

Dar Williams walking in the woods.Dar Williams
Monday, March 18
The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for The Arts
2700 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95816

Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released 10 studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I Found In A Thousand Towns.” Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ’90s.

A photo of Meow Meow hugging Thomas Lauderdale from behind.Meow Meow and Thomas Lauderdale: Hotel Amour Tour
Tuesday, March 19
Crest Theatre
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Thomas Lauderdale, the founder and bandleader of beloved Portland, Oregon-based little orchestra Pink Martini and "post-modern chanteuse" Meow Meow have joined forces for “Hotel Amour,” their highly anticipated joint album due March 22.  A musical love affair between two singular artists, Hotel Amour features new original songs alongside journeys into the French, German and Shanghainese canon of the 20th century-encompassing bittersweet tragedy, humor, politics, witty wicked Weimar and aching French torch songs.

The product of a decades-long friendship, artistic collaboration and songwriting partnership, the long-awaited album also features special guests Rufus Wainwright, Barry Humphries (of Dame Edna fame) and The von Trapps, plus a special live recording with legendary pianist and composer Michel Legrand.

A modern art graphic consisting of triangles, circles and squares of different colors.UC Davis Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble
Thursday, March 14
12 – 1pm
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Works of improvisation by composers such as Cage, Oliveros, and Lewis, in addition to new work by students and Professor Kurt Rohde.

Free (a Shinkoskey Noon Concert)

Students playing trombones.Jazz Bands of UC Davis
Thursday, March 14
Ann E. Pitzer Center
Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way, Davis, CA 95616

Works by Thad Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Duke Ellington, Tower of Power, Jacám Manricks and Jeff Lorber.


Student dancers dancing on stage.Outside the Lines, Winter Quarter
Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16
Main Theatre, Wright Hall
UC Davis, Davis, CA

New choreography created by graduate and undergraduate students is showcased in the winter quarter edition of “Outside the Lines.” The performance includes a masters thesis project by dramatic art graduate student Lena Polzonetti as well as new works by undergraduate students Kevin Butt, Audrey Mardel, Stephanie Nielsen and Andrea Varela. The choreography has been curated by David Grenke, theatre and dance department chair.


A photo of Greg Miller.An Evening with Greg Miller
Tuesday, March 19
Mondavi Center
Old Davis Road & Mrak Hall Drive, Davis, CA 95616

Trump, the Media, and the Fight for Truth

UC Davis alumnus Greg Miller (’90) covers national security for The Washington Post, and is the author of the book "The Apprentice—Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy" (HarperCollins, 2018). Miller was among the Post reporters awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their coverage of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the fallout under the Trump administration. Miller was also part of the team awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the paper's stories about U.S. surveillance programs exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Q&A Session: Greg Miller will answer audience questions immediately following his event.

Tickets: $25  UC Davis Students: FREE


A painting of a lake and palm trees.Arte Extraordinario: Recent Acquisitions
Through Sunday, March 24
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Arte Extraordinario showcases work by a diverse group of artists, all of whom share a heritage associated with Spanish-speaking cultures in the Americas. Some of these artists may identify as Latinx, an alternative gender-neutral term for Latina or Latino that is quickly becoming more popular, especially among a younger demographic. The exhibition covers a range of genres from figuration to landscape to abstraction, as well as a variety of themes including politics, activism, humor, family, and religion. Many of the featured artists have roots in California and several are nationally or internationally recognized for works that challenge, critique, innovate, or inspire. Thanks to the generosity of multiple donors, all of the artworks are recent acquisitions or promised gifts that will remain part of the Crocker’s permanent collection.


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