SACRAMENTO — Summer means starry nights at the Crocker, with Thursdays ’til 9 programs heading out to the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard for live music and classic film screenings.
New this summer, every first Thursday of the month from June to September, the Crocker will screen classic and contemporary films in the E. Kendell Davis Courtyard. Visitors are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch movie stars under the stars. For those who would like to picnic in the evening breeze, seasonal fare can be purchased at the new Crocker Cafe by Supper Club.
The summer film lineup includes the original superhero blockbuster “Superman” on June 7; the cinematic classic “Casablanca” on July 5; the claymation masterpiece “Coraline” on Aug. 2; and the delightful comedy “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” on Sept. 6.
A guest speaker will precede each screening to discuss how these films relate to the museum’s latest special exhibitions. In addition, fun art and interactive activities for all ages, from clay sculpting to dance lessons, will reveal surprising and intriguing connections between the big screen and the art on view. Film screenings are $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. Evening activities begin at 7:30 p.m., and the courtyard screening begins at 8:30 p.m.
Beginning in May, every third Thursday of the month through September, the Crocker’s beloved Jazz in the Courtyard presents a wide range of jazz performers. This year’s sizzling lineup includes The Shotgun Wedding Quintet on June 21; the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet on July 19; Catfish and the Crawdaddies on Aug. 16; and Grammy nominee Gregory Porter on Sept. 20.
Jazz in the Courtyard is $6 for members, $12 for nonmembers, and begins at 6 p.m. Music lovers can get jazzed and catch a preview of the series by visiting crockerartmuseum.org for video clips of each group performing.
The Crocker is located at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. For more information call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.