Archive for July 9th, 2010

Big Weekend!

This is another one of those crazy Second Saturday weekends with almost TOO much going on!  Aside from the usual (Second Saturday art walk, Midtown Bazaar, Second Sunday Antique Faire) there are some great events scheduled… here’s our picks:

Sacramento Japanese Film Festival at the Crest

Summertime is Film Fest time here in Sacramento- we just finished up another great edition of the French Film Festival and July offers the Sacramento Japanese Film Festival, now in its sixth year!   The SJFF has five full-length films lined up this year.  Opening night offers Departures, a wise and funny film that deals with Japanese attitudes about death. We here at MidMo HQ are already making plans to check out Saturday’s flicks: K-20: Legend of the Mask, a parallel history superhero flick set in a 1949 Japan where WWII never happened, and Throne of Blood, Akiro Kurosawa’s 1957 masterpiece.  Sunday offers two very different offerings: the Jacques Tati-esque comedy White on Rice and Memories of Matsuko, a tragic-comic film starring Japanese pop star Miki Nakatani.

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Sacramento History Night at McMartin Realty

McMartin Realty at 21st and K will host a Second Saturday event that will feature photos, artifacts and books on local history. Photo collections on display will include items provided by members of the Sacramento County Historical Society and other local history organizations including the Sacramento Library’s Sacramento Room. Several authors of local history books including Sacramento’s Chinatown, Sacramento’s Southern Pacific Shops, California State Fair, Roseville, Sacramento’s Alkali Flat and Sacramento Postcard History Series, will be present to sign their books. Other exhibits will highlight advertisements and photos from Sacramento’s early real estate development era, including print ads for neighborhoods like Boulevard Park, Oak Park and West Curtis Oaks. Wells Fargo Bank will have a genuine Wells Fargo stagecoach on site!

Favela Rising at Sol Collective

Winner of 36 international film festival awards, Favela Rising is an incredible documentary that tells the story of Anderson Sá, a former drug-trafficker who turns social reformer in Rio de Janeiro’s dangerous hillside slums. The film shows as part of Amnesty International and Sol Collective’s monthly Second Sunday film series focusing on human rights issues.   Through hip-hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression of drug gangs and corrupt police. At the dawn of liberation, just as collective mobility is overcoming all odds and Anderson’s grassroots Afro Reggae movement is at the height of its success, a tragic accident threatens to silence the movement forever.