Every evening at El Corazón is a different experience. Although the downtown venue is best known for its rock ‘n’ roll attitude, its calendar presents a genre-defying variety including comedy shows and punk, electroclash, postrock, and postman rock concerts. The majority of their shows are all ages, with a special bar area for the 21-and-up crowds.
"Ornate" and "sweeping" only begin to describe the Crest Theatre, whose rich history extends back to 1912, when it was opened as a vaudeville house. Within its gargantuan auditorium, plush seats perch in subtly curved rows while elaborate lights and a sea-blue ceiling wash the space in ethereal hues. Moviegoers settle into the elegant confines to take in both new and classic films, reading the subtitles in a whisper to stuffed animals that forgot their glasses. Out in the lobby, a richly patterned carpet and bronzed floral motif cover the sprawling space as visitors belly up to the bar and snack on high-quality goodies.
Ballyhooed actors and comedians Kevin James and Ray Romano return to their standup roots for their first ever co-headlining national tour. Having paid their dues together in the nightclub trenches many moons ago, the bosom buddies found fame as leading men in two of television's most respected sitcoms. The charismatic Kevin James rose to ubiquity with his Emmy-nominated work on the smash sitcom The King of Queens and in leading-man roles in movies such as Zookeeper and Paul Blart: Mall Cop, whereas Ray Romano's alter ego Ray Barone lives forever on the syndicated classic Everybody Loves Raymond. Live, the jocular pair unloads fresh musings and wry insight into bits ranging from relationship foibles and sports and fitness to the joys of aging, all filtered through Kevin's gruff teddy-bear persona and Ray's everyman affability.
Surrounded by the former warehouses of Sacramento's R Street District, Ace of Spades heightens the concert-going experience with a moodily industrial ambiance. Four bars spaced around the venue keep drinks freshened as the blistering guitar solos onstage melt ice, and vintage lights and crimson wallpaper decorate the main bar.
Since its inception in 1954, the Sacramento Ballet has treated audiences to feats of lithe and limber strength created by some of the country's foremost choreographers and executed by a talented group of dancers. A grand and engaging interpretation of a literary classic, Romeo and Juliet provides a much more romantic way to kick off the Valentine’s Day weekend than plans to serenade one another with the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill.
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.