Brew to you
The Art of Beer
What: Pop the top off the second California Craft Beer Month with the Art of Beer, an evening of unlimited beer tasting. Midtown's Rubicon Brewing Co. and newcomer New Helvetia can be counted among the two dozen or so breweries offering up specialty suds, which can be paired with eats from regional food vendors. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ales for Autism and Stanford Youth Solutions Art Therapy Program.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Fusion International Arts Center, 510 Arden Way, Sacramento
Cost: Advance $40; $50 at the door
Short but distinguished
What: The Crest Theatre presents, in two programs, the animation and live-action short films vying for Oscars at this year's Academy Awards. In other words, these films are must- viewing for Oscar-poll participants who want to ace the long-form ballot. Highlights include the live-action "Asad," in which a Somali boy confronts hunger, pirates and challenges to his integrity. If you go this weekend, arrive at the box office early. Last year's Saturday and Sunday animation showings were packed. On Feb. 16 and 17, the Crest will show the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts.
When: Today-Feb. 7. Animated shorts: 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. today- Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; live action: 2:15 and 5 p.m. today-Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
Cost: $9.50, $6 students, seniors, matinee for each program
Information: www.thecrest.com, (916) 442-7378
It's art for free!
Sacramento Museum Day
What: One of the city's most popular events is this weekend. A record 30 sites will offer free or half-price admission Saturday during the 15th annual Sacramento Museum Day. Twenty-eight of the 30 museums will offer free admission. Two other sites the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town will offer half-price admission.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last guests admitted at 4 p.m.)
Information: www.sacmuseums.org/ for a list of participating museums
Cost: Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2; Fairytale Town is $2.50 for everyone and free for children ages 1 and under.
What: Chris and Oliver Wood followed separate musical paths before finding themselves together performing as their father had, with lyrics to make their poet mother proud. The Wood Brothers bring their Americana mix of blues, jazz and folk to Grass Valley as part of a western tour. Seth Walker opens.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
Cost: $18-20 through the box office (530) 274-8384 ext 14; the BriarPatch Co-op Community Market (530) 272-5333 or online at www.thecenterforthearts.org.
Good vs. evil
'The Sleeping Beauty'
What: Through classic dance the Russian National Ballet Theatre tells the tale of a baby who grows up under the spell of an evil fairy only to be saved by a good fairy and a prince's kiss all to the glorious music of Tchaikovsky.
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
Information: (916) 608-6888; www.threestages.net