Next door to the historic Colonial Theatre, the chefs at Cafe Colonial plate up burgers, fries, and nachos for hungry omnivores and vegans alike. Daiya cheese can be subbed in for dairy cheese, and Boca replaces beef with a simple request. The kitchen has also become known for whipping up a mean Indian frybread taco garnished with refried beans, ground beef, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. On weekends and weeknights, the café plays host to artistic events, live bands, and movie nights.
Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a contemporary ballet move, a jazzercise move, or a well-coordinated move to a nicer part of town and away from that mouthy opossum that keeps opening your mail—is a great way to get exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new and graceful friends. At Midtown Stomp, partners are encouraged to rotate, making the lessons as social as the open dance to help dancers learn new moves and catch the dance bug. Live music during the open dance will be provided by Phat Cat Swinger, a Hasselhoff-approved band that has toured the country and performed with Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, Royal Crown Revue, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and The Coasters.
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.
After searching Sacramento to no avail for a venue where kids could explore their creative impulses, two moms took the matter into their own hands and set about constructing their ideal children's art space. Eschewing the formalized, expensive art classes they found elsewhere, the duo opened ArtBeast with the goal of providing kids aged seven and younger with a mind-opening playground. In the three-level building, children can roam free, playing musical instruments, splattering paint, or dressing up in a constantly rotating wardrobe of costumes. Regular classes inculcate un-self-conscious expression with more structured activities, helping toddlers create their own works of art based on favorite pieces of lint or introducing them to ballet in dance classes. Complimentary organic coffee keeps parents as energetic as their offspring, and the studio's month-long passes encourage guardians to stick around and bond with fellow caretakers of insane miniature people.
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.
Like beauty, comedy is in the eye of the beholder and is often delivered by waves of electromagnetic radiation. Zap your funnybone safely with today's Groupon: for $4, you get a general-admission ticket to your choice of Saturday Anti-Cooperation League improv or Friday-night stand-up comedy at the Sacramento Comedy Spot in Midtown.
Improv comedy is as sporadic and unpredictable as living life or being best friends with Wayne Brady. The long-form Anti-Cooperation League shows, which run every Saturday at 9 p.m., creatively intertwine dynamic improv scenes that start with simple inspiration from an audience member's wallet or purse. Friday-night stand-up shows showcase the talents of individual comics at 8 p.m. and rotate from week to week.
Laughing has many health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and freaking out budgies. Unwind after a long week, earn popularity points retelling jokes at work, or convince your significant other to loosen up or fall apart with a weekend show. Sacramento Comedy doesn't have a bar, but there's a popcorn bar with more than 15 different toppings. Shows are open to all ages but should be considered PG-13, though ghosts and other ageless entities are welcome.
KCRA 3 featured the Sacramento Comedy Spot in a video segment, and the Sacramento Press went to an Anti-Cooperation League show:
- A compelling blend between dry wit, slapstick and quick thinking enthralled the crowd of over 100. During the performance, the comedians welcomed audience volunteers to the stage to share details about their lives. Adeptly transitioning between scenes portraying gambling-obsessed women, lustful elderly men and hypochondriac middle school children, the performers created a series of hilarious scenes inspired by the volunteers' lives. – Anthony Bento, Sacramento Press
Yelpers give the snicker shack 4.5 stars:
- One of the hidden gems in Sacramento...The people are are [sic] great and even though the cast is always changing, I always have a great time! – Jenny W.