Summer Guide Calendar

RUSH: Then & now

RUSH: Then & now

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve distilled summer down to 10 events that we think you’ll find most adventuresome. But don’t fret if you can’t find something here. There’s an adventure waiting to happen every week in SN&R’s calendar listings.

Pomp and Circumstances
Feeling the need for mind-blowing bass riffs? Scorching guitar solos? Super-human drum patterns? Well, fire up your red Barchetta, roll down the power windows, crank up the spirit of radio and head out to Marysville to catch Rush on their Snakes & Arrows tour. Even if they haven’t put out a truly great new album in nearly two decades, Neil, Alex and Geddy can still play the shit out of their instruments. The greatest rock trio ever will be playing the Sleep Train Amphitheatre (2677 Forty Mile Road in Marysville) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4. Tickets range from $29-$73.50. For more information or to order tickets call (530) 743-5200 or visit

The play’s the thing
Thirty-five years is a long time to be doing anything, let alone something as intense as the plays of Shakespeare. The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival continues to produce the Bard’s plays with the same DIY spirit that carried it through its inaugural season back in 1972. The festival, which runs from July 12 through August 19, has grown steadily since then, currently attracting more than 30,000 people each season. This year’s season includes two classics—Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew, plus a new production, Greater Tuna. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $22-$72. Highway 28 in Incline Village, Nevada; (800) 747-4697;

All around the world
Local singer-songwriter Jackie Greene will join the likes of Ani DiFranco, Salif Keita and nearly two dozen other artists from around the globe for the 11th annual California WorldFest. Besides great music, the three-day festival will feature food, workshops, children’s programs and camping. World Fest runs July 12-15 at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley, located at 11228 McCourtney Road. For ticket prices, music lineup and camping details, call (530) 891-4098 or visit

Loud and proud
Celebrate our city’s diversity at the Sacramento Pride Festival on Saturday, June 16. The parade begins in Capitol Park at 10 a.m. and will cross downtown on its way to the festival grounds at Southside Park, located at 14th and N streets. The Pride Festival will feature live entertainment, food, a carnival and a car show, plus a Kid Zone for the little ones. Admission is $10 and kids accompanied by an adult will be admitted for free. The event benefits the programs of the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center. For more details go to

Food, glorious food
Listen up Iron Chef fans! The fifth annual Celebrity Chef Challenge will pit five professional chefs and one amateur challenger in a timed cooking competition, complete with surprise ingredients. The benefit for InAlliance, a not-for-profit that provides support and employment opportunities for disabled adults, features chefs from some of the area’s top restaurants, including Mikuni and Il Fornaio. The Celebrity Chef Challenge will be held at the scenic Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Avenue in Clarksburg, on June 1 from 5:30-9:30pm. Tickets are $50 in advance and can be purchased at or by calling (916) 381-1300 x170. Allez cuisine!

They still get around
Does anything say summer better than the sounds of the Beach Boys? Well, the original boys of summer are back. Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who replaced Brian Wilson when he stopped touring back in 1965, are hitting the road again, and this time their veteran back-up band includes John Cowsill of the legendary Cowsills. Lucky audience members can catch the Beach Boys performing their hits at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel, 12222 New York Ranch Road in Jackson, on July 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show run from $49-$79. Call (800) 822-9466 for more information or visit

Films en français
It’s no surprise that French film remains at the top of the cinematic food chain, given that motion pictures were born there. The legacy of Louis Lumière will be on display at the sixth annual Sacramento French Film Festival at the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street), July 20-22 and 28-29. The festival will showcase eight new French films, four French classics, two erotic midnight movies and a host of shorts by French and local filmmakers. Tickets are $9.50 for general admission and $8.50 for students, seniors and a variety of festival pass options are available. Don’t miss the opening-and closing-night receptions. For the full schedule call (916) 442-7378 or go to

Who you gonna call?

Green screen
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets: August is outdoor movie month in Sacramento. The third annual Screen on the Green will feature a free movie screening every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The first, Ivan Reitman’s 1984 masterstroke of ensemble comedy, Ghostbusters, will be shown in East Portal Park at 51st and M streets on August 4. The successive weekend screenings include ET: The Extra-Terrestrial at Grant Park (21st and C streets), Raiders of the Lost Ark at Babcock Park (2498 Cormorant Way) and finally Hitchcock’s The Birds in Glen Hall Park (Sandburg and Carlson drives). For full details call (916) 808-5240.

All’s fayre
Catch a slice of 16th century life at the Fair Oaks Renaissance Tudor Fayre, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24. Fair Oaks Park will be transformed into the realm of England’s Henry VIII, complete with appearances by the king himself. See the drama, the crafts and the pageantry of the Tudor period. Kids can get “knighted” by the king at the Children’s Court, while the adults can enjoy the intrigue of the Renaissance stage shows. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children 6-12. For more information call (916) 726-4952.


Nothing says it’s over quite like showing up at your soon-to-be ex’s flat with someone else’s name tattooed on a strategic region of your body. Of course, that is awfully permanent. And permanence is what you are trying to get away from. Given your various neuroses, do you really want to wear a constant commemoration of a doomed relationship and the arguably pathetic passive aggression that got you out of it?

Of course you do. That’s what makes the 6th annual All American Tattoo Fest (June 15-17 at the Convention Center) your must-attend summer event. Surely, with more than 90 artists to choose from, you’ll find the perfectly, exquisitely offensive design. A tattoo will send a message, making clear to you and your ex that you’re in search of a new kind of self-expression.

By the time you get it removed and a more suitable one installed, perhaps you’ll have managed a poignant but platonic friendship with your ex. Maybe you will respect each other, even like each other. You will reminisce about the special time you had together, and miss it some, but know that you’ve grown apart individually. As the days shorten and the autumn chill creeps into the air, you’ll see each other less and less. It will occur to you that for once you understand what it feels like to have moved on.

Choose another adventure.

Summer Guide 2007: the 411


Ken’s Bike and Ski
650 G St. in Davis
(530) 758-3223

Sacramento State Aquatic Center
1901 Hazel Ave. in Gold River
(916) 278-2842

Shanti Yoga Studio
907 Howe Ave.
(916) 546-YOGA

Sutter’s Fort State Park
Between K and L and 26th and 28th streets
(916) 445-4422

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capital Ave.
(916) 446-2513

Vedanta Society of Sacramento
1337 Mission Ave in Carmichael
(916) 489-5137


American River Cherry Company
2240 Dias Dr. in Placerville
(530) 626-3881

Apple Hill
2461 Larsen Dr. in Camino
(530) 644-7692

Boeger Winery
1709 Carson Rd in Placerville
(530) 622-8094

1310 S St.
(916) 448-3237

Corti Brothers
5810 Folsom Blvd.
(800) 509-3663

Farmers’ markets

Gunther’s Quality Ice Cream
2801 Franklin Blvd.
(916) 442-4000

Ink Eats and Drinks
547 L St.
(916) 442-4000

Monkey Bar
Capitol and 28th streets
(916) 442-8490

Monte Carlo Club
1430 S St.
(916) 447-6437

Pine Cove Bottle Shop
2830 E St.
(916) 447-5452

Quarry Pond Town Center
5550 Douglas Blvd.
in Granite Bay

Queen Sheba
1704 Broadway
(916) 920-1020

Squeeze Inn
7918 Fruitridge Rd.
(916) 386-8599

Trader Joe’s
5000 Folsom Blvd.
(916) 456-1853


Beers Books
915 S St.
(916) 442-9475

Fifth String
930 Alhambra Blvd.
(916) 442-8282

Happy Tails
721 56th St.
(916) 556-1155

Cuffs Urban Apparel
2523 J St.
(916) 443-2881

Skip’s Music
2740 Auburn Ave.
(916) 484-7575

9660 Elk Grove-Florin Road
(916) 686-5666

Sunrise Pools
203 Sunrise Ave., Ste. A
(916) 685-1070


Blue Lamp
1400 Alhambra Ave.
(916) 445-3400

2000 K St.
(916) 448-7798

Fox & Goose Restaurant and Pub
1001 R St.
(916) 443-8825

True Love Coffeehouse
2315 K St.
(916) 448-LOVE


Grind ‘N Groove
2226 K St.
(916) 447-4200

G Spot
2009 K St.
(916) 441-3200

Kiss N Tell
4201 Sunrise Blvd. in Fair Oaks
(916) 966-5477

Gold Club Centerfolds
11363 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova
(916) 858-0444

Skalet Family Jewelers
935 Front St.
(916) 441-1976


RV Travel World
5650 66th Ave.
(916) 392-1872