Bee Critic Picks:The best things to do

01/11/2013 12:00 AM

01/10/2013 12:59 PM



Wild & Scenic

What: The 11th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival focuses on climate change, offering more than 100 films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation and more. If you want to immerse yourself in topics like offshore drilling in the Arctic Sea, old growth in Russia's Khimki Forest, or the effort to return captive Asian elephants back to the wild in Thailand, this is the film festival for you. The Climate Action parade encourages participants to dress as their favorite animal affected by climate change.

When: Through Sunday

Where: Various venues in Nevada City and Grass Valley

Cost: $15-$150





What: It's a big deal to get airtime on L.A.'s tastemaker radio show "Morning Becomes Eclectic," and this three-piece act from Oakland can make that claim to fame. If you like your guitars jangly and your lyrics moody, check out this alt-rock trio – which has been favorably compared to bands like the Pixies – when they perform at Bows & Arrows. Also on the billing: Dead Horses and Nacho Business.

When: 8 p.m. today,

Where: Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th St., Sacramento

Cost: $5

Information: (916) 822-5668;




What: Appreciate art, listen to music and be a part of the crowd at some of the 21 venues participating in the Davis Downtown 2nd Friday ArtAbout. Here's a chance to view watercolors by Matt Connors, art nouveau postcards, stained-glass mosaics and more as you sip refreshments and stroll from one reception to another. You can even hear from the Odd Poets (located near or inside the Odd Fellows Lodge).

When: Times vary by venue, many are 6-9 p.m. today.

Where: Downtown Davis

Cost: Free




Danes in motion

What: The 14 men and 14 women of the National Danish Performance Team tour the world every second year with the mission to get people moving. After a week of workshops at Sacramento schools (hoping to inspire kids to embrace an active lifestyle), they'll roll into the Memorial Auditorium with "Zoom," a performance that combines gymnastics, acrobatics and tumbling with dance and humor.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St., Sacramento

Cost: $12

Information: (916) 808 5181;;



Dine Downtown Week

What: The early part of January typically gets tagged as a slow part of the year for the restaurant industry, but here in Sacramento, it's a favorite time of the year for foodies. That's because January means Dine Downtown Restaurant Week, during which select restaurants around the central city offer a special three- course menu for a reasonable $30-per-person price. Participanting restaurants include Ella Dining Room, Biba, Il Fornaio, Grange, Ten22, Mulvaney's B&L and about 30 more.

When: Times vary by venue

Where: Downtown and midtown Sacramento

Cost: $30 per person



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