What will new Davis art museum look like?
First came word, more than a year ago, that the $10 million donation by wealthy benefactors would jump-start construction of a new museum to house UC Davis' 5,000 pieces of art - some of them seminal works of Northern California artists.
Now, the university is taking the unusual step of putting on display the designs of the final three architectural firms competing for the job.
On Wednesday, at a 5:30 p.m. community forum called "Imagine" at the UC Davis Conference Center, each of the firms will unveil designs and discuss philosophical approaches toward the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.
The museum is named after the Clos Pegase winery owner and his wife, who donated a third of the building's $30 million price tag in December 2011.
The 40,000-square-foot facility is to be built next to the Mondavi Center, with a decision on the winning design team expected by May.
Drawings and architectural models of the three proposals will go on display Thursday at the campus' Richard L. Nelson Gallery.
That exhibit is scheduled to run through May 19. - Ken Chavez
Sacramento has a new talent show
Access Sacramento has rounded up the best singers, dancers and musicians in the region for the first of what it says will be an annual "Sacramento Has Talent" show. The event debuts at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
Behind the news: Ron Cooper, the station's executive director, says proceeds from the show will go to the "neighborhood news youth correspondent stipend program," which trains and pays young adults 16 to 21 to produce stories about their communities. Tickets for the show are $50 for orchestra seats, $35 for balcony. People under 21 can buy a ticket for $15.
Info: www.accesssacramento .org
Shelters offer free services for pit bulls
Pit bull owners can get free vaccines, identification microchips and vouchers for dog training and spay-and-neuter surgeries at three "Celebrate Your Pit Bull" events from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event locations are the Capehart Youth Center, 7916 Aztec Way, Antelope; the Robertson Community Center, 3525 Norwood Ave., Sacramento; and Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove-Florin Road.
Behind the news: Pit bulls represent a high percentage of animals at the SPCA, city and county shelters. The event is an effort to keep the animals happy and healthy - and in their homes.
IN THE NEWS
March Saturday will honor Cesar Chavez
While the state and some local governments are observing Cesar Chavez Day today, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement is holding its 13th annual march to honor the late farm labor leader on Saturday. The event - including speakers, food and dancing - starts at 10 a.m. at Southside Park, Sixth and T streets. Organizers are urging participants to support immigration- reform efforts. Chavez, who died in 1993, was born March 31, 1927.
Info: www.facebook.com/ lclaasacramento
Panel sets workshop on El Dorado transit
The El Dorado County Transportation Commission is to host a community workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Union Mine High School Library, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, to discuss the Diamond Springs-El Dorado Mobility and Livable Community Plan. Representatives of the commission and project consultants will give an overview of the project, which examines roadway, traffic, biking and other mobility issues in the area.
Info: www.edctc.org/Projects .html
Library to tells tales on April Fools' Day
Pranksters and history enthusiasts are invited to celebrate April Fools' Day at the Sacramento Central Library today by attending "Incredible Occurrences in Sacramento History," an illustrated lecture featuring a series of increasingly hard-to-believe stories about the capital city. "Incredible Occurrences" is presented for the second year by Sacramento Room staff members James Scott and Amanda Graham, who will portray professorial versions of themselves. Real Sacramento history will pervade the lecture. The free event starts at 6 p.m. at the Central Library, 821 I St.
Info: Call (916) 264-2920 or www.saclibrary.org
Auto museum offers all-you-can-eat dinner
The California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, provided by Sacramento's Taste of Tuscany, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. The charge is $10. Festivities, including live music and details of the museum's building plans, will honor the late Butch Gardner, a prominent figure in numerous Sacramento-area car clubs and automotive events.
Info: www.calautomuseum.org or call (916) 442-6802
River Cats to pick up their bats Thursday
The River Cats kick off their 14th season Thursday at Raley Field in West Sacramento with a 7:05 p.m. start against the Las Vegas 51s. The Oakland A's Triple-A franchise is promising cheaper seats, more fireworks and more food options this season.
Prison survivor speaks at Holocaust event
Mark Rubin, who survived imprisonment in a Gestapo prison in Czechoslovakia, is to be the featured speaker of this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day event at Congregation B'nai Israel, 3600 Riverside Blvd., in Sacramento at 7 p.m. Sunday. Rubin went on to become a successful real estate developer in Southern California. His daughterCaren Zorman is a Sacramento resident.