June Things to do

Posted on June 22, 2008 – 4:56 PM | by OldManFoster
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What’s “Growing” On Cyclebration
Southside Park
– June 7 from 8:30am – 12:30pm
5th and W Streets

We here at Midtown Monthly feel passionately Icelandabout a lot of things but two things of particular importance to us are healthy sustainable agriculture and bike awareness. That said we were pleased to see news of the first annual What’s “Growing” On Cyclebration. Did I mention we like puns too? Well we do. The tour, which is sponsored by the Sacramento Hunger Coalition, begins and ends in Southside Park at 5th and W streets Downtown. Participants will be taken to creative examples of community and front-yard gardens in Oak Park, Midtown, and East Sacramento. The ride is absolutely free and wraps up with a lunch in the park.

Only the Brave
With Filmmaker Lane Nishikawa in person for a Q&A
The Crest Theatre
– June 7 at 3pm
1013 K Street
(916) 44-CREST

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, 5,000 Japanese American servicemen were stripped of their official duties and placed in internment camps. 1,400 of these men petitioned to serve and became the 100th Infantry Battalion, and were joined in 1944 by another Nisei unit, the 442nd.  Seeing action in North Africa, Italy and France, they were eventually dubbed “the Purple Heart Brigade” for enduring an historically high rate of casualties.  Only the Brave is the first motion picture about the 100th/442nd as seen through the eyes of the men who lived it.  Written and directed by award-winning playwright Lane Nishikawa, the story was based on the actual experiences of his three Nisei uncles who served in the 100th/442nd – as well as other veterans who shared their memories with him over the years.

Ice Fantastic 2008
Iceland Ice Arena
– June 13 at 8:00pm – June 14 at 2:00pm
1430 Del Paso Blvd.

It’s June in Sacramento and it’s HOT.  So hot that you just may be sitting somewhere reading this right now thinking how nice it would be if there were ice surrounding you on all sides. So cool, so icey… If only huh? Well wish no further! Historic Iceland Ice Arena has your number with their Ice Fantastic 2008, a two-day cabaret-inspired event featuring solo and pair performances from around the region. $7 gets you general admission seating and $10 gets you a seat actually on the ice! All proceeds go to the preservation of the arena, a treasured Sacramento landmark. Tickets may be purchased one half hour before doors open. Information on advanced tickets is available at the number listed above.

Fete de la MusiqueFete de la Musique
Parks, sidewalks, and public spaces all over Sacramento
– June 21 from Noon – 9:30pm

Yes, it’s true, come Saturday, June 21st Sacramento will have one more thing in common with the French aside from a tree population comparable to that of Paris. In parks, public spaces, and on sidewalks all over town, Sac will erupt with its first ever Fete de la Musique. The event, which originated in France in 1982, takes place on the summer solstice every year and is a free-form happening intended to encourage musical practice and appreciation for people of all musical backgrounds. Because the music takes place in public spaces all over town it’s naturally free and promises a diverse offering of musical entertainment. Best of all those who wish to attend shouldn’t have to travel too far to stumble upon some wonderful and diverse performances. If you are lucky enough to claim yourself amongst the 56 million households (uh, that’s nationally, not in Sacramento, even though it sometimes seems like it) to possess a musical instrument and would like to participate, contact John Downs at (916) 455-9390.

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