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    Tokyo String Quartet

  • Courtesy of the State Indian Museum

    Traders' Faire and Indian Crafts Market

  • Stephen Gere

    Built to Spill

Bee Critic Picks: Things to do this weekend

Published: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 22, 2013 - 7:36 am


Classical music

Famed quartet on its farewell tour

What: Tonight will be the last appearance in the West of the famed Tokyo String Quartet, as the foursome is disbanding this summer. As part of the California State University, Sacramento, New Millennium Series, the quartet will perform Mozart, Schubert and "Farewell," a work written for this tour.

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: CSUS Music Recital Hall, 6000 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $10-$40

Information: (916) 278-4323 or


Hats and headwear

Inside the vault tour

What: The Center for Sacramento History provides a rare chance to see 75 pieces from the vault collection of headwear, including Titanic-era cartwheel hats, flapper cloches, Jackie Kennedy pillbox hats, men's top hats and fedoras, vintage firefighter hats, military headwear, a 1920s fencing mask and vest, and a pageant queen's crown.

Where: Center for Sacramento History, 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd., Sacramento

When: Tours daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday's 3 p.m. tour includes a presentation. Through Sunday.

Cost: $15; $25 for Sunday 3 p.m. presentation and tour; reservations recommended

Information: (916) 808-7072,


Artisan shopping

Traders' Faire & Indian crafts

What: Two history sites in midtown Sacramento team up for the Traders' Faire and Indian Arts & Crafts Market. Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and the State Indian Museum offer handcrafted clothing, housewares, toys, beaded jewelry, woven baskets, carvings and gourds. Guests can also try their hand at crafts or can watch demonstrations appropriate to each venue.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Sutter's Fort, 2701 L St., and State Indian Museum, 2618 K St., Sacramento

Cost: $3-$8; children 5 and younger, free

Information: (916) 445-4422, (916) 324-0971,,



Sister Crayon releases EP

What: Electronic-music-based Sister Crayon (Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez) is one of the most exciting acts to emerge from Sacramento in the past several years. As a follow to its fine debut album "Bellow," Sister Crayon will release an accomplished EP "Cynic," at a show at Sacramento's spot for sausages and innovative music. The EP includes "Headline," which combines transcendent musical swells with Lopez's angelic voice and lyrics about letting go of past hurts. San Francisco act the Frail opens the evening.

When: 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: LowBrau, 1050 20th St., Sacramento

Cost: $10 advance, $12 at the door.



Picnic Day

UC Davis annual event

What: For 99 years, UC Davis campus has been the gathering spot in spring for Picnic Day. Billed as the largest student-run event in the country, more than 100,000 people are expected to turn out for the parade, exhibitions or events. A scavenger hunt has been added this year. A shuttle runs in a loop throughout the day.

When: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday

Where: UC Davis campus and throughout the city of Davis

Cost: Free public events

Information: (530) 752-6320,


Indie rock

Built to Spill

What: Guitars jangle, shimmer and fuzz when indie rock's Built to Spill takes the stage. Fronted by former Treepeople vocalist-guitarist Doug Martsch, the band has seen several lineup changes over its 20-plus year run, but its layered, melodic and sprawling sound remains as epic as ever.

When: 9:30 p.m. next Friday

Where: Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub, 2708 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $25

Information: (916) 441-4693,

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