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  • J. Steven Carillo

    Mumbo Gumbo will headline a celebration and fundraiser for children's entertainer Francie Dillon tonight at Fairytale Town.

  • Craig Koscho

    "For Colored Girls" cast includes Shasta Slaughter, far left, Elizabeth Ferreira, Briana Burnside and Camila Serrano, foreground.

  • Mondavi Center

    B.B. King

Bee Critic Picks:The best things to do

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET



'Celebrate Francie'

What: Bring a blanket, grab dinner from a food truck and dance to the music of Mumbo Gumbo at a fundraiser for longtime children's entertainer Francie Dillon. Dillon, who is nationally recognized and locally is known as "The Voice of Fairytale Town," is suffering from an undiagnosed neurological condition that threatens to end her career. The evening will feature entertainment for children and music by the Jazz Report.

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive

Cost: $20 general, $50 for families of three or more.

Information: For tickets or to learn more about the event, go to



Diego's Umbrella

What: Diego's Umbrella has been called San Francisco's ambassadors of gypsy rock. The group blends klezmer, flamenco and punk rock into a pop music party. They've played in venues from clubs to large festivals such as Outside Lands. The dance concert has limited theater seating and standing room is in front of the stage.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

Cost: $15 members, $18 nonmember, $10 student

Information:, (530) 274-8384.



For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf'

What: The play, told as a choreopoem, focuses on the struggles and hardships of women as they find happiness in themselves. Students will perform the seven stories through dance and in poetic verse.

When: 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Nov. 9, 10, 11; 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 11; 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Where: CSUS Playwrights' Theatre, 6000 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $12 general, $10 students and seniors and $8 children.

Information:; (916) 278-6368.



B.B. King

What: The King of the Blues continues to thrill audiences with his live performances. The 87-year-old singer is known to be a tireless showman, performing from 200 to 300 shows a year in his younger days. King is credited with bringing the blues to mainstream audiences and influencing generations of musicians. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Mondavi Center, Jackson Hall, UC Davis

Cost: $17.50-$75

Information: (866) 754-2787,



GOOD Street Food and Design Market

What: This marketplace showcases the work of artisans and local street food vendors in a festive atmosphere. New this time around is a children's area. Vendors will also offer discounted drinks and items during happy hour at 3 p.m.

When: 1-5 p.m.

Where: 1409 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: $3, plus individual purchases

Information: (916) 692-5560

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