A sampling of things going on this weekend in the greater Sacramento area:
Sacramento Museum Day
What: One of the city's most popular events is this weekend. A record 30 sites will offer free or half-price admission Saturday during the 15th annual Sacramento Museum Day. Twenty-eight of the 30 museums will offer free admission. Two other sites - the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town - will offer half-price admission.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last guests admitted at 4 p.m.)
museumday.html for a list of participating museums
Cost: Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2 to 11 and free for children under 2; Fairytale Town is $2.50 for everyone and free for children ages 1 and under.
The Art of Beer
What: Pop the top off the second California Craft Beer Month with the Art of Beer, an evening of unlimited beer tasting. Midtown's Rubicon Brewing Co. and newcomer New Helvetia can be counted among the two dozen or so breweries offering up specialty suds, which can be paired with eats from regional food vendors. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ales for Autism and Stanford Youth Solutions Art Therapy Program.
When: 6-10 p.m.
Where: Fusion International Arts Center, 510 Arden Way, Sacramento
Cost: Advance $40; $50 at the door
What: The Crest Theatre presents, in two programs, the animation and live-action short films vying for Oscars at this year's Academy Awards. In other words, these films are must- viewing for Oscar-poll participants who want to ace the long-form ballot. Highlights include the live-action "Asad," in which a Somali boy confronts hunger, pirates and challenges to his integrity. If you go this weekend, arrive at the box office early. Last year's Saturday and Sunday animation showings were packed. On Feb. 16 and 17, the Crest will show the Oscar-nominated documentary shorts.
When: Today-Feb. 7. Animated shorts: 12:10 and 7:30 p.m. today- Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; live action: 2:15 and 5 p.m. today-Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
Where: Crest Theatre, 1013 K St., Sacramento
Cost: $9.50, $6 students, seniors, matinee for each program
Information: www.thecrest.com, (916) 442-7378