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    The 41st annual Pear Fair is Sunday in Courtland.

  • Michael Koppy

Bee Critic Picks: The best things to do

Published: Friday, Jul. 26, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET


Museum exhibit

Ceramic art

What: The exhibit devoted to the art of Rob Barnard will introduce museumgoers to wood-firing pottery, which takes ceramics from craft to fine art. The artist was inspired to perfect the technique when he studied in Japan.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays- Sundays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays

Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento

Cost: $5-10 museum admission; third Sunday of the month is Pay What You Wish Sunday; through Labor Day, active duty military personnel and one guest receive free admission.

Information: (916) 808-7000;


Beer, wine and food fest

Guns & Hoses

What: For the seventh year, the organizers of the Pig Bowl present their wine, brew and food festival. This year, the evening includes more than 50 wine, beer or food vendors, music and an art exhibition. Proceeds benefit charities.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Red Lion Hotel Woodlake, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento

Cost: $35 in advance; $45 at the door




Concert in the Park

What: The Brodys headline the last of the series of free concerts in Cesar Chavez Park, joining Hero's Last Mission, the Bell Boys, Humble Wolf and DJ Billy Lane. It's your last chance this summer to close out your work week at one of these free concerts.

When: 5-9 p.m.

Where: 910 I St., Sacramento

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 442-8575;



Folk in triplicate

What: Immerse yourself in a night of music with Michael Koppy performing roots folk in support of his "Ashmore's Store" album, Frank Lindamood playing banjo and singing Florida blues folk, and local musician Amy Reed sharing her Southern-folk style.

When: 8:30 p.m.

Where: Luna's Cafe & Juice Bar, 1414 16th St., Sacramento

Cost: $6

Information: (916) 441-3931;


Family event

Pear Fair

What: As you wind your way down River Road, take note of the orchards growing the Bartlett stars of this volunteer-run community festival. Whet your appetite for pear ice cream, pear bread, pear pastries, pear … well, you get the idea. Sure, there's other food, but the temptations are purely pear. See the Pear Queen crowned, take in the pear parade, marvel at the pear pie-eating contest, shop for crafts, examine the exhibits, listen to the music. This simple and genuine celebration of rural life has delighted generations.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 1 p.m. parade

Where: 180 Primasing Ave., Courtland

Cost: Free, parking ($10) benefits the local volunteer fire department

Information: (916) 775-2000;



Guitar Fest

What: Three artists – Mimi Fox, Pierre Bensusan and Laurence Juber – open the season at the Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College with Guitar Fest. One show encompasses jazz, contemporary acoustic and fusion.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Harris Center for the Arts (formerly Three Stages), 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Cost: $12-$39

Information: (916) 608-6888;

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