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  • Credit: Courtesy of Blue Line Ar / Courtesy of Blue Line Arts

    “Herzogs Boson” by Joni Davis is at Blue Line Arts.

  • Harris Center for the Arts

    The Hit Men feature former stars of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and other bands.

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    The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band headlines the 39th annual California Bluegrass Association festival in Grass Valley.

Critic Picks: The best things to see and do

Published: Friday, Jun. 6, 2014 - 12:00 am


Family-friendly movies

Cinema on The Promenade

What: Is there a better venue for a free movie than under the summertime stars? A six-part Summer Cinema on The Promenade kicks off with a pre-movie party immediately before “Frozen.” Then each Friday (except July 4) for the rest of June and all of July will feature “The Lego Movie,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” “The Nut Job,” “Despicable Me 2,” and “Muppets Most Wanted.”

When: 8:30 p.m. screenings today and June 20 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 25.

Where: promenade area of Westfield Galleria at Roseville

Cost: Free



Bluegrass festival

California Bluegrass Association

What: To mark this year’s Father’s Day, why not an entire weekend of top-rated bluegrass at the 39th annual California Bluegrass Association festival. Good ol’ dad might even pull an all-nighter at a jam in the campground.

When: 10 a.m. today through 3:50 p.m. Sunday

Where: Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley

Cost: Daily tickets $15-$55, three-day pass $55-$130



Chorale festival


What: “SacSings!” is the 2014 Sacramento Choral Festival, which needs two stages to present eight performances involving dozens of independent choruses from the Sacramento Valley. In other words, it’s big.

When: 7 p.m. today; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where: Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Cost: $25-$35 per concert

Information:; (916) 608-6888;



‘Mid Century Madness’

What: “Mid Century Madness” at Blue Line Arts features art that can be hung on the wall by contemporary artists inspired by the mid-century modern period.

When: Through July 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11a.m. -7 p.m. Tuesdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays. Third Saturday reception 7-9 p.m. July 21

Where: Blue Line Arts Gallery, 405 Vernon St., Suite 100 Roseville

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 783-4117,


Murer House

Tours of the historic home

What: After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Giuseppe (Joe) Murer left his small hometown – Crespano del Grappa, Italy – for California to seek his fortune. Learn about the legacy he left in Folsom at his historic house, which is open for tours the first Saturday of every month.

When: 10 a.m-noon Saturday

Where: Murer House and Learning Center, 1125 Joe Murer Court, Folsom

Cost: Free

Information:, (916) 985-3250



The Hit Men

What: Spurred by the runaway success of “Jersey Boys,” the actual musicians, vocalists and composers from Fankie Valli and The Four Seasons have reunited. The evening includes stories of being on the road and in the recording studio.

When: 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Cost: $25-$49

Information: (916) 608-6888;

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