Japanese Film Festival
What: The Sacramento Japanese Film Festival shows Japanese- language films that otherwise would not make it to a local big screen. The festival's ninth edition opens at 7:30 tonight with the family and road-trip movie "Haru's Journey." Other highlights include "Every Night Dreams," (12:45 p.m. Saturday), a silent 1933 film from director and social-drama specialist Mikio Naruse, and "Key of Life" (1:30 p.m. Sunday), a twist-filled tale of identity switches and unlikely romance.
When: Today-Sunday, see individual times
Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
Cost: $10 single tickets, $35 all-festival pass.
Downtown Davis ArtAbout
What: Cloud Forest Cafe will feature "Around Davis," the photography of Carlos Palacio, as part of this month's Second Friday ArtAbout in downtown Davis. The city boasts that it has 32 blocks in an accompanying sidewalk sale for its monthly celebration of the arts.
When: Reception, 4-6 p.m. Friday; exhibit continues 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31.
Where: Cloud Forest, 222 D St., Suite 10, Davis
Information: (530) 753-2164; http://davisdowntown.com
What: Hip-hop may be a young person's game, but don't tell that to Todd Shaw, a.k.a. Too $hort, godfather of Bay Area rap. While some musicians go to great lengths to reinvent themselves, Short Dog hasn't been big on new tricks, focusing instead on what's kept him in the game for more than 30 years straight-ahead rhymes about East Oakland street life set over dope-fiend beats.
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Ace of Spades, 1417 R St., Sacramento
What: Speed-walking on Sacramento streets with a tray of wineglasses? Mais oui! For the fourth year, local waiters will test their balance and speed in the tradition of the French (said to have launched such a race to mark Bastille Day). Meanwhile, the curious can look on from the sidewalks of the Handle District as they sip their own glasses of wine or otherwise make merry.
When: Street festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Race at noon.
Where: Race starts and finishes at 1801 L St., Sacramento
Information: (916) 442-8575
Singing their stories
What: Mary Chapin Carpenter says she writes songs to make sense of things. Marc Cohn is a natural storyteller. They join their considerable talents for a performance as part of a summer tour. You'll want to plan ahead for this outing.
When: 8 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 255 South Auburn St., Grass Valley