By Laura Braden
ARTober is easily one of the best months to be in Sacramento because it’s an easy way to learn/enjoy our rich and growing arts scene. From poetry slams and concerts to exhibitions and plays, there’s something for everyone.
The arts don’t just make our city vibrant – they benefit our economy as well. In 2010, U.S. nonprofit arts and culture organizations pumped an estimated $61.1 billion into the economy. (Source: Americans for the Arts) What’s more, here in Sacramento…
- There are 943 art-related businesses in the Greater Sacramento area employing more than 4,703 people (Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, 2010).
- Sacramento is home to 30 museums, several symphonic music groups, a professional ballet company, an opera company, and over 125 theatre companies.
- The Sacramento region supports more than a dozen cultural festivals, twelve film festivals, a popular Second Saturday Art Walk, over fifty commercial art galleries, a strong poetry community and an award-winning public art program. (Source: For Art’s Sake)
And while it’s awesome that we have over 150 events to choose from this year … it’s also a tad daunting for our already-packed schedules. Here are some of my picks for not-to-be-missed happenings around town:
October 2 – 27: PRIDE & PREJUDICE
- Various – $15-38 – Sacramento Theatre Company (1419 H Street)
- Come and experience Jane Austen’s perennially popular story of the game of love among the British upper classes on stage.
October 2 – 31: DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART WALKING TOUR
- Mon-Fri, at 9am – $10 – Start at 547 L Street
- Excellent chance to learn the history and meaning behind the various sculptures and murals that make our downtown fun to walk through. Starting at 4th and K Street, this walking tour will showcase Sacramento’s beautiful public art while tour guides explain the who, how, and why behind the art.
October 3 – 31: EAMES GENERATIONS: A LEGACY OF DESIGN IN CALIFORNIA
- 10am-5pm – Free-$8.50 – The California Museum (1020 O Street)
- Eames Generations: A Legacy of California Design is a new exhibit featuring artwork by Lucia Eames and Llisa Demetrios, the daughter and granddaughter of legendary California designers Charles and Ray Eames whose legacy of innovation continues to influence the arts today.
October 4 – 5: 7th ANNUAL JAZZ AND BEAT FESTIVAL
- Fri 7-10pm, Sat 12pm-Midnight – Free – 521 1st Street, Davis
- Just down the road in Davis is a really fun festival that “celebrates the collaborative spirit of artists, musicians, and poets of the 1950s-1960s. Hundreds of artists, musicians, poets, scholars, and historians flock to Davis once a year for this special event benefiting Davis High School music programs.”
- 1pm – $10 – Crest Theatre (1013 K Street)
- Such a cool concept! Basically, local scriptwriters are asked to write ten-minute scripts about “the people, places, and events that make our community such a unique place to live.” 129 short films have been made since the festival’s inception 13 years ago.
October 10: ART MIX/ARCHITECTURE LAUNCH FESTIVAL
- 5-9pm – Free-$10 – Crocker Museum (216 O Street)
- Come out to celebrate this unstructured celebration of architectural structures. Check out live music by Keys on Plastic, cardborigami with the Art Mix Featured Artist Tina Hovsepian, SacDigiFab’s interactive installation Pixel City, PechaKucha, film screenings, architecture tours of the Crocker, and more.
- 12pm-5pm – Free – 20th and J Streets
- This year’s theme is “Creative Connections” to celebrate the multitude of artistic collaboration occurring between businesses, galleries and non profits. Family (and dog) friendly, the festival will feature performances, art installations, craft vendors and food/libations.
October 24-31: MACBETH
- Various – $18-38 – Capital Stage (2215 J Street)
- Just in time for Halloween, Shakespeare’s most blood-thirsty play hits Sacramento.
October 25: PAINT YOUR PET FUNDRAISER
- 6-9pm – $60 – Sacramento County Animal Shelter (3839 Bradshaw Road)
- Love your pet? Love beer/wine/cocktails? Well this event combines both while benefiting a great cause. No experience necessary, and all the materials are included in the ticket price. Space is limited, so you must register before October 11.
You can find the full list of events here – what are you most excited about?
Disclaimer: The Midtown Business Association is a client of mine, since March 2013…but I’ve been a lover of Midtown since 2006.