Chasing the muse: Funk rock in the night
What: Martin Luther says his music is "just soul" that's revolutionary.
Others might find other words to describe his velvety vocals, hot guitar work and poetic lyrics. You can check out this San Francisco choirboy-turned-rocker in a club setting and worry later about how to label his musical talent.
When: 10 p.m. today
Where: Harlow's Restaurant & Nightclub, 2708 J St., Sacramento
Information: harlows.com; (916) 441-4693
Satisfy a sweet tooth: Dessert Auction
What: The Davis Musical Theatre Company heard that the way to someone's heart is through the stomach: thus, its third annual Valentine's Dessert Auction fundraiser. You can bring something sweet to add to the evening or bid on one of the offered desserts. They brag about the "amazing array of cakes." There will be entertainment and free lemonade and coffee. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased from the bar.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: DMTC's Performing Arts Center, 607 Peña Drive, Davis
Cost: Free admission
Information: (530) 756-3682; www.dmtc.org
Mardi Gras: Laissez les bon temps rouler!
What: You need not wait for Fat Tuesday. Don beads and a mask and saunter on down to the river for the Old Sacramento Mardi Gras celebration with live music, laughs, food and drinks. A purchased wristband will get you entry to all the music and preferred service at a dozen bars and restaurants.
When: 5-10 p.m. Saturday
Where: Old Sacramento
Cost: $10 in advance online; $15 night of event
Make 'em laugh: Paul Reiser
What: Comedian and actor Paul Reiser (remember "Mad About You?") returns to stand-up comedy. "It's embarrassing how much fun I'm having," he says. Steve Hytner opens the show, which is in cooperation with the "Laughter Is the Best Medicine" program of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Center for the Arts,
314 W. Main St., Grass Valley
Cost: $40 members, $45 nonmember at the box office (530) 274-8384, ext. 14; at the BriarPatch Co-op Community Market (530) 272-5333 or online.