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  • Owen Blauman

    Turbine-powered hydroplanes like these will roar around Folsom Lake today, Saturday and Sunday.

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    Pat Benatar, performs June 7 at Thunder Valley.

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    Look for Ramblin' Jack Elliott at the Grass Valley Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday.

Bee Critic Picks: The best things to do this weekend

Published: Thursday, May. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET
Last Modified: Friday, May. 31, 2013 - 6:14 pm


Hydroplane racing

Fast boats, big spray

What: See 10 of the world's fastest boats race in Folsom Lake during "Big Wake Weekend Powered by Toyota." Turbine-powered boats capable of speeds to 200 mph will race on Saturday and Sunday. The pit area is in Granite Bay. A beer garden and music are also part of the weekend.

When: Testing, exhibitions and qualifying runs 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. today; racing 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; closing ceremony 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Granite Bay

Cost: Starting at $25; free parking and shuttle offsite at Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin; parking onsite $15. No tickets sold at event. Get them online at bigwakeweekend. com/ticket-info or at 7150 Douglas Blvd., Granite Bay.



We Are Where We Eat

Grow, Cook, Savor

What: Imagine a day immersed in the riches of Sacramento County food, beer and wine. Imagine "Grow, Cook, Savor," a series of presentations, demonstrations and tastings with chefs, food historians and growers. It's the highlight of "We Are Where We Eat," a yearlong project by food sleuth Maryellen Burns and food journalist Elaine Corn.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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

Cost: $25



Grape Escape

An event for foodies

What: From dozens of wineries, breweries and restaurants to a chefs challenge, the Grape Escape has been established as a "smorgasbord of the Sacramento region's food scene," according to The Bee's Chris Macias. Competing chefs have only 25 minutes to produce and serve a dish from a basket of provided ingredients. Last year, this 21-or-older event sold out.

When:4-7 p.m.

Where: Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th and J streets, Sacramento

Cost: $40 advance, $50 at event; $5 discount at area Save Mart stores.



Folk music

Ramble with Jack

What: Everyone from Tom Waits to Bruce Springsteen pays homage to folk musician Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who himself paid homage to his mentor, Woodie Guthrie. He brings his storytelling, harmonica and fingerpicking to Grass Valley. Opening for him will be Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally.

When: 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $22-$25



Rock 'n' roll

Hitting the best shots

What: Pat Benatar may have started her career in classical and theatrical music. But for three decades, it's been nothing but bold rock 'n' roll. She and husband Neil Giraldo kick off their summer tour rain or shine and promise the chemistry will be feisty.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Thunder Valley Amphitheatre, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln

Cost: $39.50-$87.50


This story was changed May 31 to correct the spelling of Jim Nunally's name.

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