Revel with a cause

Congratulations! You made it through the first month of the year and you’re feeling super fit, frugal, organized and energetic, right? But you know what’s looking a little sad and floppy these days? Your drinking habit. Take it for a few laps around the track at these upcoming charity events—you know, so you can stave off the guilt of knocking a few back by contributing to terrific local causes:

On Friday, January 29, at 8 p.m., Luna’s Cafe and Juice Bar (1414 16th Street) and Jen Rogar host the No More Homeless Deaths Benefit Concert, featuring live-music performances from John Gruber, Andrew Castro, Xochitl, Eric Everett and more. Tickets are $7 and proceeds will go toward purchasing winter supplies for those in need; visit for more information.

The next evening on Saturday, January 30, the Sacramento Ballet presents its annual fundraiser, Vaudeville at the Memorial. Attendees will be met with a raucous night of entertainment—think old-timey SNL meets the circus—plus, libations and food. Tickets are $250 each or $2,000 for a table of 10—an investment, but attendees will help to ensure that the city’s premiere dance company keeps its curtain up. Top hats, canes, feathers and sequins are encouraged at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium (1515 J Street); more information can be found at

Lastly, take your craft-cocktail experience to a whole new level with One Night Stand, a cocktail competition hosted by V-Day Sacramento at the Shady Lady Saloon (1409 R Street) on Monday, February 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local bartenders will be whipping up vagina-themed cocktails and competing for the Vagina Trophy. If that’s somehow not enticement enough, know that the proceeds will benefit the Gender Health Center, Community Against Sexual Harm and Sacramento Women Take Back the Night. Vagiña coladas? A womanhattan? The possibilities are endless. Tickets are $50; find out more at