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    Enjoy the spirit of Mardi Gras in Old Sacramento on Saturday evening.

  • Craig Koscho / CSUS

    Sacramento/Black Art of Dance stages “New Beginnings” starting Friday at CSUS. From left are Ure Egbuo, Brianna James and Danielle Johnson.

  • Credit: Courtesy of Discovery Mu / Discovery Museum Science and Space Center

    A replica skull of a saber-toothed cat is displayed at the Discovery Museum.

Bee Picks: Fun things to do this weekend

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm

TODAY

French films

Award nominees at Crest

What: Ooh la la la, c’est manifique! Another chance to see French films on a big screen. The Sacramento French Film Festival presents its seventh Winter French Short Film Screening with Cesar nominees in animation and live-action categories. All the films are presented in French with English subtitles. Wine, pastis and music will round out the event.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento

Cost: $10

Information: (916) 455 9390; sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org

TODAY-MARCH 9

Dance theater

‘New Beginnings’ at CSUS

What: Sacramento/Black Art of Dance, a performance-based troupe inspired by dancer, choreographer and educator Katherine Dunham, kicks off California State University, Sacramento, Department of Theater and Dance spring season with “New Beginnings,” directed by professor Linda Goodrich.

When: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and March 7-8; 2 p.m. Sunday and March 9

Where: Dancespace, Solano Hall 1010, CSUS campus, 6000 J St.

Cost: $5-$12

Information: (916) 278-4323; www.csus.edu/dram

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Prehistoric mammals

Cool cats of the distant past

What: The saber-toothed cat is highlighted in this month’s focus on prehistoric mammals at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center. You can inspect a replica skull of the predatory predecessor of the modern house cat and learn about the felines that lived in the Eocene and Pleistocene epochs. The target audience for this event is children ages 4 to 12.

When: 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where: Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, 3615 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento

Cost: $6-$8 adults, children 3 and under free

Information: (916) 808-3942; www.thediscovery.org

SATURDAY

Animal Film Festival

The challenges they face

What: The first Animal Film Festival will try to bring awareness about the lives of animals throughout the world with 22 films – live-action and animated – that will be screened in one day. Eight of the films are appropriate for children. Megan Blake and Super Smiley from Pet Life Radio’s “A Super Smiley Adventure” will make an appearance.

When: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Center for the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley

Cost: $5-$20

Information: www.animalfilmfestival.org; (831) 336-4695

SATURDAY

Mardi Gras

Good times in Old Sac

What: Stroll the streets of Old Sacramento to celebrate in Mardi Gras fashion. Bars and restaurants will feature Cajun, rock and jazz music and prepare special menus for the evening. An event wristband gets you extras (such as swag and waived cover charges) and supports events in the historic area.

When: 5 p.m. to closing Saturday

Where: Old Sacramento

Cost: $10 advance, $15 at the venues

Information: (916) 442-8575; oldsacramento.com



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