Art for fall and fall for art

There is no one season for the arts—creativity is a year-round pursuit.

Still, October is a particularly rich month when it comes to life at the intersection of art and exhibition. The proof is in the schedule for Artober, a month-long celebration of all things art commissioned by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month. Whatever your curiosity, options abound. There are vivid oil paintings and virtual art lessons, elegant dancers and massive symphonies, even zombies and haunted graveyards—all featuring artists, writers, performers and other creators.

The focus is local but there’s also a wealth of world-renowned names slated to appear including singer Rosanne Cash, comedian Nick Offerman, noted author Sherman Alexie and ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro.

If you’re hungry (and who isn’t?) be sure to check out events that include a wine festival along the Delta and a pedal-powered culinary tour. That’s just part of the beauty of October in Sacramento—it may be autumn, but the weather is at its finest: warm and golden with just the slightest hint of what’s to come.

In other words, there’s no better time to get out and take part in all the bountiful goodness the season has to offer.

SN&R Staff

Originally published in Sacramento News & Review on 09.25.2014

Zombie Crush

Art Mix: Monsters’ Ball

Get ready to do the monster mash on October 9, when the Crocker Art Museum’s nod to All Hallow’s Eve, the ghoulish Monsters’ Ball, shuffles back into town like a mob of hungry extras from The Walking Dead. Riding on the vampire cape tails of the Sacramento Republic FC’s success, this year’s Art Mix: Monsters’ Ball event is sure to shoot adrenaline into the hearts of fans still suffering through the agony of World Cup withdrawal with the Living Dead Cup. This will be a four-on-four, creature-feature match organized by Street Soccer USA’s Sacramento Lady Salamanders—an organization that seeks to empower homeless women by providing life and job skills through the game of soccer. Of course, what would a horror-inspired evening be without a little musical wizardry? DJ Shaun Slaughter will spin diabolical tunes and indie rockers Mt. Whateverest will perform live. Psychics will also be on hand, should you want to know your fate, as well as creepy crafting exhibitions, films and art tours lit by the ominous glow of flashlights. Oh, and Giggle and Riot will set up a photo booth for those looking to indulge in spooky selfie fun. 5-9 p.m., free for members, $10 for nonmembers. 216 O Street; https://crockerartmuseum.org. L.H.

Foodie cycle

Pedal to Plate Culinary Bike Tour

Lace up your tennis shoes, or whatever footwear strikes your fancy, and hop on the rolling party that is Sac Brew Bike. This 15-passenger uni-bicycling experience has joined forces with Local Roots Food Tours to unite the worlds of food, bikes and brews with the Pedal to Plate Culinary Bike Tour—a three-hour tour through Midtown during which participants will get a crash course on the local food and beer scenes. No need to get in shape for this ride, the pace is chill with stops at five different locations where cyclists will partake in farm-to-fork and adult beverage tastings—helmet not required. Thursdays in October, 6 p.m.; $60 per participant. 1912 P Street; http://local-food-tours.com. L.H.

Sip for the cause

Delta Wine & Art Faire

Grab a glass of wine, or two or, hell, even three while perusing the creativity of Delta-area crafters, artists, writers and musicians on Sunday, October 5, at the fifth annual Delta Wine & Art Faire at the Old Sugar Mill. Channel your inner oenophile as you drink your way through book signings, food trucks and live music. You’ll want a designated driver, of course, but you can feel good about that wine headache the next day, since proceeds support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Sponsored by the award-winning Carvalho Winery, the event is a four-hour romp through all that the river land has to offer. 1-5 p.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 35265 Willow Avenue in Clarksburg; www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-delta-wine-art-faire-tickets-10633387749. L.H.

Picnic with the stars

Movie at the Park

Beware: Yogi Bear and crew might be lurking behind one of the trees Friday, October 17, at Howe Park as you unload your picnic basket when the Fulton-El Camino Recreation and Park District hosts its Movie at the Park: Family Fright Night. But have no fear, this family-friendly screening won’t scare the bejeezus out of the littles—this year’s spooky flick underneath the stars is the raucous Hocus Pocus and some kid-worthy preshow cartoons. Hey, Boo-Boo! 6 p.m.; free. 2201 Cottage Way; www.fecrecpark.com. L.H.

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