Music like you've never heard
What: Tired of the predictable? Try on Fishtank Ensemble, billed as a serendipitous reunion of gifted and misfit musicians. Theirs is an amalgam of world, pop, rock, flamenco, folk, jazz, rockabilly, tango, Indian, groove and unendingly energetic Gypsy music.
When: 8 p.m. today
Where: Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters
Information: (530) 795-1825; firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave 'em laughing
What: Where one comedy show leaves off, the next will begin. Such is the nature of a 48-hour marathon of improv, sketches, podcasts, stand-up and variety acts.
When: 8 p.m. today through 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Suite 130, Sacramento
Cost: Individual shows, free-$10; weekend pass, $30
Information: (916) 444-3137; www.saccomedyspot.com
March of the Irish
What: Old Sacramento? How about O'Sacramento? The historic district goes a wee bit Celtic crazy at the 17th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade one of the largest in Northern California. Irish dancers, pipers, drummers and others march in a green-clad, family-friendly celebration o'er the cobblestones.
When: 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Old Sacramento, starting at Second and L streets
Geometry meets relativity P
Einstein + pi = family fun
What: The Discovery Museum combines celebrations for Pi Day and Einstein's birthday (his 140th) with a family fun weekend. Activities will entertain as well as educate, and take-home packets will continue the fun at home.
When: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento
Cost: $6-$8, children 3 and under free.
Information: (916) 808-3942; www.thediscovery.org
American music for Camellia Symphony
What: Bringing a close to its 50th anniversary season, the Camellia Symphony Orchestra will present "American Masters: A Celebration." This is a chance to hear Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F featuring local pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, Bernstein's "Candide Overture" and Ives' Symphony No. 2 with new additions to the score.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Performing Arts Center, Sacramento City College
Cost: Adults: $8-$28
Information: (916) 929-6655; www.camelliasymphony.org
Puck and pandemonium
Shakespeare's 'Midsummer' as ballet
What: Expect clever bits as dancers present the interlocking antics of a forestful of characters in Ron Cunningham's take on the bard's beloved comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Rounding out the evening is Balanchine's "Western Symphony."
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through March 23 and 2 p.m. March 24.
Where: Sacamento Community Center Theater, 1301 L St.
Information: (916) 552-5800; www.sacballet.org