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Posted: Friday, April 6, 2007 10:00 pm

Living History Day in Sacramento

Life as it was in the 1800s will be portrayed at the living history day at Sutter's Fort today. Docents at the fort will plan their spring gardens and discuss new crops and those who attend will learn how food was grown and prepared in the 1800s. Characters depicted in the event will include Captain Sutter along with immigrant families, carpenters, bakers, spinners, trappers and Mexican soldiers.

Sutter's Fort was built over 150 years ago by Swiss immigrant John Sutter. The fort was built with walls that were two and-a-half feet thick and 15 to 18 feet high and housed crops such as grapes and wheat along with large herds of cattle. At that time, it was considered to be the real wealth of California.

In 1848, carpenter James Marshall discovered gold at the sawmill Sutter was building in Coloma. Once word was out about the discovery, Sutter's workers deserted the fort for the goldfields. By the 1850s, all that remained was the central building. Today, the fort is reconstructed to reflect its appearance of 1846 and many activities and programs to recreate the past are held.

DETAILS

When: Today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento

Tickets: $6 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under

Information: (916) 445-4422

Women Who Kick Comedy Butt in Lockeford

Women Who Kick Comedy Butt, an all-female stand-up comedy show, will be featured at Vino Piazza today. The comedy show was developed by Grace White as a way to spotlight funny women. Along with White, today's show will feature Gayla Johnson and Reannie Roads.

White began performing seven years ago when her daughter left home and left her with the empty nest syndrome. She has opened concerts for 3 Doors Down, Jefferson Starship and Jethro Tull and has shared the stage with Father Guido Sarducci, Kevin Pollak and Will Durst. She has appeared on The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and ABC's, "Good Morning America." White also played a role in "The Independent," a film starring Jerry Stiller and Janeane Garofalo. White is dedicated to providing appropriate comedy for people who want to laugh without risking attack to their sensitivities.

"Funny is funny, it doesn't need four-letter words or edgy subject matter to be good," said White in a press release.

Roads performs at clubs and colleges from Catch a Rising Star in New York City to Punchline in San Francisco. She wrote, produced and starred in Clockbusters, a sketch comedy show in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. She is a regular of the Women Who Kick Comedy Butt Series and was the 2007 winner of The Last Woman Kicking. Currently, she is working on a screenplay.

Johnson has played at venues throughout the U.S. including B.E.T.'s Comic View, LAFF Comedy club in Albuquerque, N.M., Comedy Store in Hollywood and Joker's Comedy Club in Omaha, Neb. She was a finalist in the Funniest Female Comedy competition and has shared the stage with Sammy Shore, Reynaldo Rey, Don "DC" Curry and Renn Woods. Johnson appeared as an honored guest at the International Humor Conference and the first-ever HA HA Los Angeles Comedy Festival.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. for wine tasting.

DETAILS

When: Today at 8 p.m.

Where: Vino Piazza, 12470 Locke Road, Lockeford

Tickets: $15 plus a $5 refundable deposit on tasting glass

Information: 727-9770

- Compiled by Pam Bauserman

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