What: Who knows? You might be a Dürer or a Rockwell in the rough. The Holiday Edition Sketch It is a chance to try your own artistic hand amid great works on exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum. And while you're at it, you can get some one-on-one instruction in the art of sketching. You don't even have to bring your own supplies. For ages 5 and up.
When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today
Where: Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St., Sacramento
Cost: Sketch-it free with museum admission; $5-$10
Information: (916) 808-7000; www.crockerartmuseum.org
What: From African drumming to top 40 hits, this stage show builds on the marching band tradition of historically black colleges, all energetically choreographed to drum riffs and cadences. If you don't have tickets to the sold-out show, be prepared to go on the hunt.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: Three Stages, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
Information: (916) 608-6888; www.threestages.net
What: Ready for some serious "cosplay?" That would be short for "costume play," and there will be plenty of it at the SacAnime convention, a celebration of Japanese-influenced pop culture, where visitors can suit up as their favorite anime or manga comic book characters. The three-day event also hosts a fashion show, live music, karoke, arts exhibits, special guests (including Kevin Conroy, the voice of animated Batman) and plenty of tournament competition for both console and card games.
When: Registration room opens at 10 a.m. today in the Sheraton Grand; events run through 5:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sacramento Convention Center and Sheraton Grand Hotel
Songs of the West
What: Virginia City's Comstock Cowboys join singer-songwriter David John to weave an evening of music about desperados, cowboys and the lore of the wild West.
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: John Ascuaga's Nugget, Celebrity Showroom, Reno
On the home front
What: The twice-yearly California State Home & Garden Show showers you with ideas about how to improve your kitchen, bathroom, landscape or other parts of your home.
When: Noon-7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento
Cost: Free on Friday. Saturday and Sunday, $7 general; free for children 16 and younger.