Bee Picks: Fun things to do this weekend


Beer tasting

Ale and arty in Davis

What: Taste autumn brews and Halloween ales at the Davis Food Co-op’s beer tasting tonight, and while you’re at it take in a digital presentation of works in the “Different Strokes” exhibit on display in the Tsao Gallery at the Davis Art Center. The exhibit is the work of seven artists who met in painting classes at the center. Proceeds from the beer tasting benefit the art center.

When: Beer tasting, 6-8 p.m.; exhibit, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 15

Where: Beer tasting, Davis Food Co-op, 620 G St., Davis; exhibit, Tsao Gallery, 1919 F St., Davis

Cost: Tasting, $5 for slate of beers; $1 for single tastes of beer or wines

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Italian films ↓ 

‘The Missing Piece’

What: The Italian Cultural Society presents two films this weekend. “Quando La Notte” (screening today) depicts a single woman caring for her difficult child. The adult melodrama, in Italian with English subtitles, is the second of the Society’s Festa of Italian Films. The Sunday screening is of a documentary, “The Missing Piece,” which explores the motives of Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian mason who in 1911 walked out of the Louvre with the “Mona Lisa.” The well-known Da Vinci artwork was missing for more than two years. The theft made Peruggia a folk hero in Italy where the painting was toured before being returned to France. The writer-director and one of the producers of the film will be on hand.

When: 8 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Italian Center, 6821 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael

Cost: $10 for each film, includes refreshments

Information:,; (916) 447 -0192



Sprechen sie bier?

What: With hopes of establishing an annual event, West Sacramento launches an authentic Oktoberfest, beer-centric outdoor festival dubbed Sactoberfest. The event promises a Munich-like bier hall with imported brews, local breweries, restaurants and Bavarian merriment.

When: Noon-10 p.m.

Where: Bridge District riverfront, 951 Garden St., West Sacramento

Cost: $25-$75



Moonlight Train Ride

Chugga chugga spook spook

What: The full Hunter’s Moon will help light the way for a Halloween-themed excursion on the “Spookomotive” Moonlight Train,” a family-friendly 6-mile round-trip ride. Passengers are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Treats will be served.

When: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Central Pacific Freight Depot, Front Street between J and K streets, in Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Cost: $10-$24; free for children ages 5 and under

Information: (916) 445-6645;


↑  Hangtown Halloween Ball

‘Roaring ’20s World’s Fair’

What: More than two dozen musicians are scheduled for Railroad Earth’s third Hangtown Halloween Ball, a multiday festival that bills itself as a celebration of innovation, live music, cultural freedoms and progress. Campsites will be judged for best decoration in this year’s theme: “Roaring ’20s World’s Fair.”

When: Gates open at noon Thursday, music begins at 7:30 p.m.; last act scheduled to begin at 10:45 p.m. Oct. 27

Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville

Cost: Day passes, $10-$60; multiday passes, $40-$190