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Bee Critic Picks: The best things to do

Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5TICKET


Discovering heroes

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;


Zoom, vroom

Classic cars

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;


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

Cost: $27-$42



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

Cost: Free

Information: (916) 808-7000;


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

Cost: Free


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