An Evening of Poetry, Art and Jazz


If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend that does not involve drinking green beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day (or maybe something to do in addition to drinking green beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day), consider heading out to the Sacramento Fine Arts Center for an evening of poetry, art and jazz.

Prominent poets, including Kathleen Lynch, William O’Daly, Laura Martin, Richard Turner, Mary Zeppa, Tim Kahl and John Allen Cann—selected by former Sacramento Poet Laureate Bob Stanley (who’s participating, too)—wrote poems based on works of art in SFAC’s “Animal House” exhibit. The poems were sent to members of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, who then wrote music based on the poems. On March 16, the poets and musicians convene for what should be an exciting evening of poetry, music and art. In case you were wondering: For the most part, the poets have no idea what music they will be reading their poems to—but that just makes it more exciting! “It’s really a pretty magical collaboration,” says Stanley. “The music with poetry is a special treat because it makes the poetry more interesting and more intense.” “Animal House” exhibit artists also will be on hand.

The event takes place at the SFAC galleries at 5330B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. Enjoy refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and it’s advised that you buy them in advance; last year’s show sold out.

What: An Evening of Poetry, Art and Jazz
When: Saturday, March 16, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael
Cost: $20