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Fun in Sacramento

The Institute of Fun™ has been on hiatus for the past few months, but there’s still a lot of fun stuff going on in town.

Here are a few of our favorite things, new and old:

Movies on a Big Screen

MOBS is an on-going film festival/microcinema that’s been showing a delightful smorgasbord of films since 2006. They are currently located at the Guild Theater, a beautifully restored theater right off of Broadway. Previews of upcoming films and a schedule are on their web site. Check them out:

Record Club Movie Night
at the Townhouse Lounge

The Townhouse, on 21st Street, was closed for a while, and frankly doesn’t have the most welcoming facade, but it’s worth venturing inside for the weekly Record Club Movie Night. They show music-related movies and serve a free dinner (spaghetti when we were there) on the second floor. Order a drink, grab some food, sit on the couches and watch the movie. Their web site,, is not the most informative, so I  suggest that you take your pick of becoming their “friend” on either Facebook or Myspace to find out more.

Live Band Karaoke
at Marilyn’s on K

I have always wanted to see (and perhaps try my hand at) live band karaoke, so one Tuesday evening soon I’ll need to make my way to Marilyn’s on K to check it out. Maybe I’ll see you there.

What did you do this summer for fun? Let me know and I’ll add it to this post (or you can comment on this post).  Thanks for helping us keep Sacramento fun!

“Merlove” Tickets Available Now

The Sacramento Institute of Fun and Revolution Wines present the Sacramento premiere of


A documentary about Merlot wine.

Meet the filmmaker at this exclusive event! There will be wine, food, and, of course, fun.

Saturday, July 18, 2009
Doors 6 PM; Movie at 7:30 PM

At Revolution Wines
2116 P Street in Midtown Sacramento


Regular: $24.95/Students: $19.95
Buy tickets on this site (see form to the right)
or at Revolution Wines’ tasting room.

Advance ticket sales for “Merlove” are now closed.
Please buy your tickets at the door!

Ticket price includes food (Spanish lentils with spinach and pizza from Luigi’s Slice) and
a glass of Black Hole Merlot wine!

Sponsored by Minnick Web Services


Pop Culture Night Round-Up

Last night’s event, “Are We Really What We Eat? Fast Food, Slow Food and American Popular Culture” was a great success! I personally found Prof. Kevin Wehr’s presentation fascinating, and apparently so did the rest of the crowd, who had many questions and brought up a lot of good points for discussion.Thank you to Prof. Wehr and everyone who came out to the event.

I’ve posted three video clips from the event:

What do our food and Britney Spears have in common?

Did you know…?

Americans spend more money on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos and recorded music combined!

Spend Friday evening helping us get to the bottom of these pressing questions:

What do our food and Britney Spears have in common?

We need food to live, how can it be considered popular culture?

Is McDonald’s really out to kill me?

And more!

Pop Culture Night
with Kevin Wehr

Friday, April 24
7 – 10 pm
Revolution Wines

We may be in hard times, but we at the Institute still believe that good food, good times and good learning are important. That’s why we’ve reduced our ticket prices for this event by $10 across the board! So come on out and have a good time and meet new people.

$14.95 – General admission
$9.95 – Students and Revolution Wine Club members
$4.95 – Subscribing S.I.F members
$20 – At the door

See you all Friday!

Chief Interesting Officer

Astronomy Night POSTPONED to March 21 @ 7:45 PM

I am sorry to report that, due to overcast skies, tonight’s Astronomy Night event has been postponed until next Saturday, March 21, at 7:45 PM. Your ticket will be valid for March 21 or any other Institute of Fun event in 2009. If you would prefer a refund, please email us at

If you’re still looking for fun, check out the event at Revolution Wines. The acoustic jazz band Gypsy Standard Time will be playing, and there will be food and, of course, wine. $5 general, free for wine club members. More information at

Art De-Mystified: Appreciating Art through Three Simple Steps


Join the Sacramento Institute of Fun for “Art De-Mystified”, presented in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum. Take a journey through the artworks in the Crocker collection and learn more about art, its history and how to appreciate it in three easy steps. This in an interactive class that will be presented by Jan Geiger, a docent from the Crocker.

As with all Institute of Fun events, delicious food is included in the price of admission and you will also be able to socialize and enjoy the wines of Revolution Urban Winery before, during and after the presentation (free tasting and glasses for $4).

About the Presenter:
Jan Geiger has a diverse background in the corporate world as well as in nonprofit and arts organizations. She worked for IBM for seventeen years and in the career management field for ten years. Jan has been an active and involved participant in Sacramento’s business, social and volunteer community. She is the past chair of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and past President of the Arts & Business Council. Jan co-chaired Leadership Sacramento for the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and also served on a number of boards of directors, including WEAVE and SAHRA. She has a standard secondary teaching credential and a degree in World History and Political Science from Cal Poly.

When & Where:
Friday, January 9, 2009
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
At Revolution Wines
2116 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Ticket info:
$24.95 in advance; $30 at the door
Revolution Wine Club, Crocker Art Museum members and students: $19.95 in advance; $25 at the door