Summer Guide 2014 Arts & Festivals picks

This summer provides plenty of opportunities to drink beer and watch movies—in public

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will celebrate its new brewery on the East Coast with a huge party in Chico on July 19. Go for the nation’s top brews—stay for the hangover.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will celebrate its new brewery on the East Coast with a huge party in Chico on July 19. Go for the nation’s top brews—stay for the hangover.

Camping for hopheads

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

Chico’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is opening a new brewery on the other side of the country in North Carolina. To celebrate, it’s hosting a beer festival in July, which will be the first of a seven-stop cross-country beer tour. This will be your only chance to sip the best Sacramento-area beer—Bike Dog Brewing Company, Berryessa Brewing Co.—alongside with some of the nation’s finest brewers (Cigar City Brewing, 3 Floyds Brewing Co. and others). It will sell out, so get tickets now! $65, noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th Street in Chico; (530) 893-3520; N.M.

Free classic cinema series—with A/C

Sacramento Public Library’s movie night

Are you a classic-movie buff? Love the library? Like free events? OK, that must be at least four of you. If that’s the case, better get down to Central Library on the first Tuesday of every month (or the second Tuesday in September) to see a flick. This event actually goes on year-round, but you’ll probably enjoy the air conditioning nowadays. In a Lonely Place with Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, a film noir from 1950, plays on July 1. All movies start at 5:30 p.m. 828 I Street, (916) 264-2920, G.G.

Beautiful trash in a parking lot

Art of the Dumpster

Ten local artists—including Gioia Fonda, Waylon Horner and Mark Emerson—have repurposed Dumpsters for an outdoor art exhibition … of Dumpsters. Commissioned by the Power Inn Alliance, the unusual public-art show debuts on June’s Second Saturday (June 14) with a celebration, then there’ll be two more Second Saturday receptions—July 12, and August 9—and the exhibition ends on August 30. (See “Mirror, mirror” by Rachel Leibrock, SN&R 15 Minutes page 106.) “We hope this eclectic collection will spark conversation, inspire creativity and most importantly, celebrate the local businesses and artists that make this city great,” said Sally Freedlander of the Alliance’s board of directors. 3101 Power Inn Road, J.M.

New-wave party at a tribal casino

Jack FM’s Rewind Music Fest III

Special Beat Service was my first cassette, and I still love it to this day. The English Beat have been playing around town recently, showing people a skanking good time. But on August 31, not too far from the Westfield Galleria at Roseville (tubular!), they will be joined by Howard Jones, the Thompson Twins and Katrina (from Katrina and the Waves) at Thunder Valley Casino. I’ll be there, pontificating my theory that “You Take Me Up” by the Twins is one of the most important working-man’s songs of the new-wave movement. You probably don’t want to stand too close. 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 31, at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln; (800) 745-3000; G.G.

French kicks

Sacramento French Film Festival

Already a local institution in its 13th year, the Sacramento French Film Festival returns to the Crest Theatre over the last two weekends in June. The program once again offers a great mix of new features, short films, midnight movies, documentaries and French classics. This is one of the more auteur-driven lineups in recent years, with deep cuts by French masters Jacques Demy (Donkey Skin) and Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Murderer Lives at Number 21) playing alongside new releases by Cédric Klapisch (Chinese Puzzle), Francois Ozon (Young and Beautiful), Sylvain Chomet (Attila Marcel) and French exile Roman Polanski (Venus in Fur). Friday, June 20, through Sunday, June 29, at the Crest Theatre, 1012 K Street; (916) 455-9390; D.B.

Binge on ethnic food

Elk Grove Multicultural Festival

We hope you’ve worked out your chewing muscles, because the Elk Grove Multicultural Festival approaches, and it’s an adventurous glutton’s delight. Fifteen food vendors served up ethnic cuisine to more than 7,000 attendees last year, according to city spokeswoman Christine Brainerd, who said the most attention-grabbing dish was the frog legs and alligator cooked up by Mo’ Better Finger Foods. Also weighing down plates and thickening bellies last year were Hawaiian barbecue, Greek gyros, Polish pierogies, Indian fusion, chicken kebabs and Italian ice desserts. Starving yet? We are. So, sure, attend the third-annual multicultural festival under the guise of embracing Elk Grove’s admirable diversity, but your binge-eating habits will reveal why you’re really there. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, August 23, Elk Grove Regional Park, Elk Grove Florin Road and E. Stockton Boulevard; (916) 691-2489; RFH

Outdoor beer-and-movie night

Clips Beer & Film Tour

Movies. Beer. Bikes. What’s not to like? New Belgium Brewing Company’s roving festival, Clips Beer & Film Tour, brings quite the buzz to super bike-friendly Davis year after year. Get cozy on the grass with taster cups and watch bike-themed short films projected onto a giant screen. But usually by that time, everyone’s already drunk. Keep in mind New Belgium’s rarer beers are also stronger. Pass up the Fat Fire for a Wild2 Dubbel— it’s 8 percent. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday, August 1, in Community Park, 1405 F Street in Davis; J.B.