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    Cornel West

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    Rita Hosking

Bee Critic Picks:The best things to do

Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 - 3:07 pm | Page 4TICKET
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 - 1:15 pm


Honk! Honk! Honk!

Call of the wild goose

What: From sunrise to sunset, wetlands are in focus this weekend at Galt's sixth annual Winter Bird Festival. Sandhill cranes, Canada geese, tundra swans and other wetlands fowl are the stars of this annual festival, which offers tours, talks and tempting vendor tables.

When: Festival 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; start times for tours vary.

Where: McCaffrey Middle School, 997 Park Terrace Drive, Galt

Cost: Entry to the festival is free; tour prices range from $15 to $75.

Information: (Click on Winter Bird Festival link.), (209) 366-7115


More than just reading

Bookin' it to the library

What: Get your giggle on at a free family concert by Sacramento-based singer/storyteller Francie Dillon and characters from Puppet Art Theater. It's said that nobody can get a crowd to hokey-pokey like Francie. And you just never know what a puppet might do.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Sacramento Central Public Library, 828 I St.

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 264-2920;


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Cornel West, 'Evening of Spiritual Inspiration'

What: Academic, activist, author (and John F. Kennedy High School alumnus) Cornel West returns to his native Sacramento to speak at Cosumnes River College in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Billed as an evening of spiritual inspiration, West's speech, "Resiliency of Righteousness: Cultivation of a Spiritual Warrior," is presented by the Martha Parker Academy Scholarship and co-sponsored by the Zeta Beta Lambda chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: Cosumnes River College Community & Athletic Center, 8401 Center Parkway, Sacramento.

Cost: $15-$25

Information: (916) 691-7636


Two performances

Rita Hosking

What: If you want a sneak listen to Rita Hosking's yet-to-be-released country-folk album "Little Boat," turn out to one of two regional appearances this weekend. The Davis-based Hosking has paired with daughter Kora Feder for the new work.

When: 8 p.m. Saturday or 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: Saturday at the Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters; Sunday at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley

Cost: $20 at the Palms; $15-$18 at the Center for the Arts.

Information: (530) 795-1825 (Palms) or (530) 274-8384


New Millennium Concert Series

Axiom Brass Quintet

What: The group has wowed audiences and judges all over the world. Now the Axiom Brass Quintet brings its musicality and precision to the California State University, Sacramento, New Millennium Concert Series. Expect anything from Latin to jazz and, of course, brass standards.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Music Recital Hall (in Capistrano Hall), CSUS, 6000 J St., Sacramento.

Cost: $5-$20 at the University Ticket Office, by phone (916) 278-4323 or online at

Information: (916) 278-5191.

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