This Week: City Council to get Kings arena update

Interested in hearing more about plans to build a new arena in downtown Sacramento? Head to the City Council meeting Tuesday evening, when members are scheduled to receive an update on the arena’s design from the Kings’ new owners and hired professionals working on the project.

The council has allotted an hour on its agenda to give feedback on design concepts being considered for the $448 million arena, which would be owned by the city and subsidized with $258 million in city funds, mostly obtained by borrowing against future parking revenues. Speaking at a series of recent public meetings, Kings president Chris Granger said the arena would likely have fewer seats than originally expected – perhaps even fewer than the current Sleep Train Arena, which has 17,317 seats – but might create more fan space by adding standing-room-only sections and a dramatic outdoor plaza seating area.

In other Kings news, the team plays its home opener Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets, and the new owners are promising plenty of hoopla, including a purple carpet for VIPs and a FanFest starting at 4 p.m.

A press advisory from the team notes that a cricket field will be set up on the southeast side of Sleep Train Arena.

The team’s lead owner, India native Vivek Ranadive, grew up playing cricket. NBA Commissioner David Stern, credited with helping keep the team in Sacramento, will also attend.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga


Altar displays mark Día de los Muertos

Along with Halloween festivities, there are plenty of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) events in Sacramento this week, but one of the best is the annual Panteón de Sacramento, a two-day celebration featuring more than 60 large, colorful altars at the corner of 20th and J streets in midtown. Sponsored by the venerable La Raza Galería Posada, the nonprofit Latino art and cultural center, the free event is in its fourth year. The public can view the altars that honor the dead from 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday, and again from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Behind the news: Día de los Muertos is celebrated every year on Nov. 1 and 2. In Mexico, neighbors gather at local graveyards to share food, music and fun with their families - both living and departed, according to La Raza Galería Posada's website. Altars are often decorated with marigolds, the traditional flower of the dead, candles, photos of the deceased and personal items.

Info: www.lrgp.org/dia-de-los-muertos.html


Book panel examines women in Asia, Africa

Underground Books is hosting the third annual Sacramento Community Book Discussion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Tuesday at 2814 35th St. in Sacramento. The panel discussion this year focuses on "Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn that looks at the struggles of women in Africa and Asia.

Behind the news: The event is part of UC Davis' Campus Community Book Project, which was launched in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks to encourage a dialogue among diverse members of the community. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times, is scheduled to speak about the book at the campus's Mondavi Center on Jan. 13. In 1990, he and WuDunn became the first married couple to win a Pulitzer for their reporting on the democracy movement in China and its subsequent suppression.

Info: http://occr.ucdavis.edu/ccbp2013/index.html

Library event celebrates writings of Edgar Allen Poe

The Sacramento Public Library's "One Book Sacramento" series concludes at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a reading of the works of Edgar Allen Poe by poets John Allen Cann, Bob Stanley and Jeff Knorr, Sacramento's poet laureate. The free event, with music by the Ebony Quartet, comprised of musicians from the Camellia Symphony Orchestra, takes place at the Central Library, 828 I St., in Sacramento.

Info: www.saclibrary.org

Authors delve into the food, culture of the Gaza Strip

Sacramento Area Peace Action is hosting authors Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt for a discussion of their book, "The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Cultural Journey" from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Centennial United Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd., in Sacramento. The authors use food as a point of departure to offer insight into daily life on the embattled Gaza Strip.

Info: (916) 448-7157

Sister Simone Campbell on tap for social justice lecture

Sister Simone Campbell, who garnered national attention with her 2012 "Nuns on the Bus" tour, will deliver the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Social Justice at the UC Davis School of Law at 4 p.m. Tuesday. A 1977 graduate of the law school, Campbell is executive director of NETWORK, a social justice lobbying group in Washington, D.C. Her Nuns on the Bus tour took aim at Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget. Campbell's lecture Tuesday, which is free and open to the public, is titled: "We the People: The Challenging Intersection of Law & Politics."

Info: www.law.ucdavis.edu

Convention center hosts Sacramento Arts Festival

The 16th annual Sacramento Arts Festival gets underway Friday at the Sacramento Convention Center with 225 artists and craft-makers exhibiting more than 15,000 original works. Visitors have the opportunity to talk with the artists about how they make their items. The three-day event, starting at 10 a.m. each day over the weekend, is $8 for general admission; $7 for seniors; children 12 and younger are free.

Info: sacartsfest.com/visitor_home.html

State Indian Museum showcases basket weaving

The California State Indian Museum is hosting a basket weavers' demonstration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of its Native American Heritage Month celebration. The free event takes place at 2618 K St. in Sacramento and features a variety of weaving materials and techniques.

Info: www.parks.ca.gov/indianmuseum

Bee offers 'Digital Open House' on Wednesday

The Sacramento Bee is hosting a "Digital Open House" to show how to use electronic devices - computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones - to access the newspaper's digital offerings, including sacbee.com, the e-Edition of the newspaper and its various apps for the iPad and iPhone. Attendees are encouraged to bring their devices to the free event Wednesday at 10 a.m. at The Bee, 2100 Q St. Seating begins at 9:30 a.m. Wi-Fi access will be available.

Info and registration: https://digitalopenhouse.eventbrite.com/