Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks
What: Dan Hicks describes himself as a loner musician, but he has collaborated with so many musicians and crossed into so many genres that he attracts a crowd. For his Grass Valley show, Hicks debuts some new songs and a revue of his Hot Licks classics.
When: 8 p.m. today
Where: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
Information: (530) 274-8384 ext. 14; www.thecenterforthearts.org
Let's go fly a kite
What: It's not enough to merely have a great kite and ample string. The other essential elements can be found at Lynch Canyon: open space, few trees and breezes. The Lynch Canyon fifth annual Kite Festival is the perfect excuse to exploit the wind by sending a kite aloft.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lynch Canyon Open Space, off I-80 from the American Canyon/ Hiddenbrooke or Red Top Road exits
Cost: Free; bring your own kite and string; parking $5
Information: (707) 432-0150, ext. 200, www.solanolandtrust.org
Serge Gainsbourg Tribute Party
What: The late Serge Gainsbourg was among the world's more influential popular singer- songwriters. He was also a provocative poet, photographer, director and actor. The Parisian iconoclast will be the focus of a fundraiser for the French Film Festival and Verge Center for the Arts. Expect music, short films and pastis cocktails.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St., Sacramento
Information: (916) 448-2985, http://sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org
Living History Day
What: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is launching a new program that enables kids to earn a Junior Ranger patch. An activity book guides exploration of the south fork of the American River where gold was discovered. Meanwhile the whole family can be a part of Coloma's Living History Day.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, 310 Back St., Coloma
Cost: Free program; $2 patch
Information: (530) 622-3470; http://www.parks.ca.gov/marsahllgold
The boys are back
What: Dropkick Murphys re-create the sound of their South Boston heritage, which means blending punk and traditional Celtic elements. Yes, that includes the bodhran and bagpipe if the music calls for it. The band is touring in support of its newest album, "Signed and Sealed in Blood."
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Freeborn Hall, UC Davis
Information: (530) 752-1910, www.dropkickmurphys.com