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Bee Critic Picks: Things to do this weekend

Published: Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET
Last Modified: Saturday, Apr. 27, 2013 - 9:19 am


Bee Book Club

Who was Anne Lindbergh?

What: Historical-fiction writer Melanie Benjamin's new novel, "The Aviator's Wife," tells the story of the marriage of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who emerged from his shadow to become a writer and advocate for women's rights. The novel is narrated in Anne's voice. Melanie Benjamin will give a presentation, answer questions and autograph the book for the Bee Book Club.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday; doors open at 5:15.

Where: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St., Sacramento

Cost: The event is free, but tickets are required. Go to and click on "Bee Events."

Information: (916) 321-1128


Sillies alert

Say the magic words

What: As if colorful characters aren't enough, "Yo Gabba Gabba Live!" promises the same hip-hop soundtrack that toddler fans of the Nickelodeon series have come to love. Organizers promise a state- of-the-art production and interactive experience for all ages. Expect the audience to come to life when DJ Lance Rock encourages everyone to say the magic words: "Yo Gabba Gabba!"

When: 3 and 6 p.m. Monday

Where: Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $25.50-$48.50

Information: (916) 808-5181



A California treasure

Art of the Depression

What: In the 1930s and '40s, state and federal work-relief programs commissioned murals, drawings, watercolors and pastels of landscapes, birds, botanicals and more. The public owns it and the public can view it in "California Treasures: Artwork of the Great Depression."

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays

Where: State Capitol, 10th and L streets, Room B-27

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 324-0333; www.capitol


Attacking the blues

G Love and Special Sauce

What: Fans of this Philadelphia group are fiercely loyal and have been for decades as the band has moved from delta blues to hip-hop-infused tunes and back to their roots. But even if all you know of these musicians is a 2012 McDonald's ad, singer- songwriter G Love and his band will work hard to entertain.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Harlow's, 2708 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $25

Information: (877) 435-9849,


Reading series

'Words Aloud:

Hank Shaw and Chris Macias

What: Award-winning author Hank Shaw and Sacramento Bee food and wine writer Chris Macias will read the articles that earned them spots in "The Best Food Writing 2012." Shaw's essay "On Killing" explores the ethics of hunting and Macias' "Bitter Start to Life of Sweets" profiles gangster-turned-chef Edward Martinez.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th St., Sacramento

Cost: Free, however attendees need to register online:

Information: Email Sacramento Connect community manager Lisa Howard (

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