Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment

February 17, 2012
Things to Do for families, gearheads, opera lovers and more

Looking for something to do this weekend? Boy, do we have plans for you?

Toys rule at Power Balance

Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the rest of the "Toy Story 3" gang decide to clear out of the Sunnyside Daycare and head for home. By the way, don't be surprised to see Barbie's pal, Ken, horn in on the action.

Info: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today-Sunday; 3 p.m. Feb. Saturday-Sunday; noon and 4 p.m. Monday; Power Balance Pavilion, One Sports Parkway, Sacramento; $15.75, $18.75, $24.75, $41.75, $61.75 (Parking is $12.); (916) 928-6900, www.powerbalance

Sacramento Autorama makes 62nd appearance

The 62nd Sacramento Autorama, featuring some of the West's top automotive craftspeople and hundreds of colorful cars, will kick off its three-day run today at Cal Expo. Billed as one of the longest-running indoor car shows in the world, this year's event will spotlight more than 450 custom cars, hot rods, classics, motorcycles and specialty vehicles from across the nation.

Info: Noon-9 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Show awards 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $18 for adults; $10 for children ages 6-12; free for children 5 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Parking $10 on Cal Expo grounds. Call (877) 763-7469 or visit

Celebrate the year 4710
Officially, the Chinese year 4710 began on Jan. 23, but the largest celebration for the Year of the Dragon in Sacramento will take place Saturday. For the 15th year, the Chinese New Year Culture Association is staging this family event - which includes traditional lion dances, martial arts, tai chi, children's games and cultural dances, painting and arts - as a way of promoting and introducing Chinese culture to the general public.

Info: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St.; $6 for adults, $1 for children 12 and younger;

Go big or go home

Thrilling bass-baritone Eric Owens says he started out in the bass range but achieved baritone after years of work. Opera fans delight in how much he conveys with that expressive face, as with his scene-stealing performance of Alberich in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's "Das Rheingold."

Info: 8 tonight; Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis; $35, $60, $72; (866) 754-2787,

Check out Sac's pioneer roots

Learn how California's emigrants came here, what they brought and what they ate. You'll help to choose a route. You'll learn to pack a wagon and use a nautical compass. And you'll acquire other skills that helped many on the journey of a lifetime.

Info: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St., Sacramento; $6 general, $4 for children ages 6-17, free to children 5 years and younger;(916) 445-4422,

Sound of sweet harmony

Husband and wife, Pete and Anne Sibley tell the stories of America's common people with tight harmonies, guitar and clawhammer banjo. NPR faithful may recognize the Sibleys' names for their blue-ribbon finish in the Great American Duet Sing-Off on "A Prairie Home Companion" in 2009.

Info: 8 p.m.; Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek; $17 advance, $19 day of show; (916) 425-0077,

A fresh take on seminal music

Eric Bibb, a Grammy and W.C. Handy Blues nominee, comes quietly with a sound that gives new definition to the blues. His vocals feel at once washed in the Mississippi mud and yet far removed from it.

Info: 8 p.m.; The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley; $25; (530) 274-8384,

-Bee staff

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