Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

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All listed events, and more, can be viewed online on The OBSERVER’s community events calendar at 

  1. Loving Earth Project, Sacramento10 a.m.-5 p.m. for the whole month of April at SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity. A beautiful exhibition of artwork from around the world will be on display in Sacramento. The Quaker Arts Network has invited people to create 12” x 12” fabric panels that express their love and concern for a world endangered by environmental change.
  2. Margo Jefferson: Constructing a Nervous System 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, via Zoom. Margo Jefferson, the award-winning critic and author of Negroland, reads from her latest memoir, Constructing a Nervous System. A conversation with Assistant Professor of English Zinzi Clemmons and Q&A follow the reading. She’s the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism and a Windham-Campbell Literature Prize in nonfiction. Her memoir, Negroland, received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography in 2016. She is a professor of writing at Columbia University School of the Arts.
  3. NCNW Sacramento Black Baby Doll Drive – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, at Better Life Children Service. NCNW Sacramento is partnering with the Sacramento National Pan-Hellenic Council to sponsor their 2nd Annual Black Baby Doll Drive in support of Black Maternal and Infant Health Week and the U.S. Congressional Momnibus Act. The Black Baby Dolls will be donated to children with the Black Child Legacy Campaign and foster children with Better Life Children Services.
  4. Amateur Night At The Guild Theater6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at The Guild Theater. The Guild Theater is proud to announce a talent competition that will allow competitors a chance to win $200. Contestant’s must complete an application. All submissions will be reviewed and will receive a response within 48hrs. There will only be ten contestants accepted per show. If you do not qualify, you are welcome to apply again for the next upcoming show. Winner will be selected based on crowd response.
  5. What To Send Up When It Goes Down7 p.m. April 7-April 30, 2 p.m. on Sundays, at Celebration Arts. Characterized as a play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence, What to Send Up When It Goes Down is meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history. This theatrical work uses facilitated conversation, parody, song, and movement in a series of vignettes to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing, and healing.
  6. Live Smooth Jazz with José Hernandez6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Ettore’s Bakery and Cafe. Smooth Jazz on the patio with saxophonist José Hernandez. Enjoy Ettore’s delicious food and dessert. There is no cover for this family-friendly event.
  7. The Philharmonik Show7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Guild Theater. Multi-Instrumentalist, producer, engineer, and artist, The Philharmonik brings a revitalizing sense of urgency and musical depth to the shallows of current mainstream music. Whether it’s producing, rapping, singing, or engineering, The Philharmonik brings a refreshing style that leaves listeners with a sense of hope and confidence to continue on their path in life.
  8.  Sacramento Reptile Show – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Cal Expo. They have brought back the ever popular venomous reptile display featuring more than 45 venomous species from around the world including King Cobras and Black Mambas.