Tribute by music
What: The Sacramento Philharmonic pays homage with "Heroes!" It's a family concert of Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" (with celebrity narrators), John Williams' "Superman March," Disney's "Suite from Mulan" and "Star Trek Through the Years."
When: 12:45 p.m. festivities; 2 p.m. concert
Where: Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St., Sacramento
Narrators: Mark S. Allen (Mark at the Movies) and Ashley Williams (Good Day Sacramento)
Cost: $13 adults; $8 children; free under 4 years old.
Information: (916) 808.5181; www.sacphil.org
What: Billed as one of the longest- running indoor car shows in the world, the 63rd Sacramento Autorama offers 500 custom cars, hot rods, classics, motorcycles and specialty vehicles from across the nation.
When: Noon-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Cal Expo
Cost: $18 adults; $8 children; free for 5 and under
Info: (916) 920-5477; www.rodshows.com
Wait, wait ...
Comedy without a net
What: When Paula Poundstone played the Crest in 2011, it inspired her to blog about meeting a "full-time activist." She wrote: "I felt tired just thinking about it. It seems so active " Who can imagine what's in store this year from this comic known for spontaneity?
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Crest Theater 1013 K St., Sacramento
A family affair
Black history festival
What: Showcasing the art, culture, history and traditions of the African diaspora, the Crocker Art Museum opens for a holiday festival with storytelling, music, dance, gallery tours, hands-on learning, a community marketplace and Arabella Grayson's extensive collection of Black paper dolls. It's all presented as a collaboration with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum and the Sacramento Observer.
When: Museum open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday
Where: 216 O St., Sacramento
Information: (916) 808-7000; www.crockerartmuseum.org
Birds for the world
Nature in a digital world
What: The Sacramento Audubon will let the birds do the tweeting if you'll do the clicking on your smartphone, that is. Learn how thousands of enthusiasts are using the Cornell Ornithology Lab's digital eBird program to contribute sightings to an international database. On hand will be Brian Sullivan, an "eBird" project leader at Cornell.
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way, Carmichael