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
Information: (916) 455 9390; sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org
‘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.
Information: (916) 278-4323; www.csus.edu/dram
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
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
Information: www.animalfilmfestival.org; (831) 336-4695
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