The growl of lions and tigers will be replaced by the growls of guitars as the Sactopalooza Spring Party lights up the Sacramento Zoo with music from tribute bands and DJ Rigatony. No Duh blasts a high-energy pop set based on the music of No Doubt with a number of visuals, costumes, and props from the band’s music videos. Nominated for Best Tribute Band at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards, the Red Not Chili Peppers fill the air with classic funk-rock melodies and the four-chord password that grants entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to the concerts, attendees can partake in hands-on activities such as mechanical bull riding and gladiator jousting with foam poles.
The Sactopalooza Spring Party is the largest annual fundraising event for the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento. This group of 20- to 30-year-old volunteers works year-round to improve the lives of local children with special needs. In addition to raising funds for children, the group organizes hands-on events to interact with children at an annual picnic, winter clothing drives, and a holiday party at the UC Davis cancer center. Proceeds from the party helps support these events and the organization’s work with children throughout the region.
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Hosted by the nonprofit art-and-education center La Raza Galería Posada, Jammin' in the Park 2 unites Sacramentoans for a day of culture and lively Chicano rhythms. The festival touts the life works of José Montoya and Phil Esparza, both of whom played key roles in conceiving the Chicano art movement. Headlining a lineup of hot tempos, the lauded 12-piece Latino band Malo will electrify fans as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, encouraging festival-goers to shower the stage with heart-shaped encased meats. Esteban Villa—who, along with Montoya, spearheaded the artist and activist collective Royal Chicano Air Force—will lead the crowd in a workout routine of head bobbing and hip shaking. With a backdrop of thumping beats, culture connoisseurs can feast on local cuisine, arts, and crafts.
Home to a vast inventory of beautifully crafted earthenware, Panama Pottery provides vessel-seeking visitors with a stunning spectrum of handmade local treasures and glazed, technicolored imports. Peruse the historic studio space and score an 18-inch terra-cotta fluted leg bowl ($21), sculpted by hand on the premises. Or, save yourself a plane trip and snatch up an authentic and colorful Chinese drip pot ($60 for 20”x16”), perfect for containing falling water, plants, or a smaller Chinese drip pot ($10 for 8”x9”). Today’s Groupon can also be applied to a clay or mosaic class, where artists of all abilities can learn under one of Panama’s ceramic specialists. Guests who score today’s deal will also receive a complimentary bag of potting soil, which allows plants to grow better than encasing them in amber.
U Bead It's jewelry geniuses impart bead beginners with bracelet-building know-how during each two-hour introductory class. Overseen by an expert instructor, each class teaches students how to use tools, string beads, and apply decorative findings such as vintage brasses, bronze charms, and centuries-old Spanish doubloons. Bracelet-making supply kits, available for an additional cost, make sifting through wristlet components simpler, though customers are encouraged to bring their own supplies. As a good-vibe-inducing bonus, each attendee receives a 15% discount on the purchase of all class materials including clasps, charms, and beading supplies. Check the schedule for class times, which are typically offered once a month.
Upon arrival at Alpha Fired Arts, your creative process commences with your choice of a ceramic bisque piece from the studio's extensive collection of ready-to-paint artifacts, including plates, platters, cookie jars, and flower pots. Next, dig into the depths of your thinker to come up with a design, sketch it out with pencil, and select your glaze colors. If your creativity gets hit with a ceramic block, draw on Alpha's collection of stamps and stencils for inspiration as you craft your masterpiece. Leave your work behind for one final firing in the kiln, and pick up the completed piece of art shortly thereafter. After applying the first part of this Groupon to Alpha Fired Arts' studio fee ($9/adults, $7/kids), which includes the use of brushes, underglaze colors, stamps, and stencils, you can use the remaining value toward your ready-to-paint bisque piece (many are in the $5–$20 range).