Things to do: first week of 2015

It seems like Sacramento has always been a trendsetter of sorts when it comes to geek culture. We’ve had a healthy (if not contentious) Star Trek band scene for more than a decade (see: “To boldly go,” by Cosmo Garvin, August 21, 2003). We’ve got copious cosplay fanatics (that’s “costume play” to newbs). There’s the television documentary series Beyond Geek ( airing on PBS, showing a bunch of local geeky stuff. We have a recently-completed Kickstarter campaign to fund a table-top gaming bar called Save Point Tavern ( We even have a community calendar called Sac Geeks (, and multiple anime and comic-book conventions every year. The list goes on.

Now this weekend, people can channel their inner geeks with a pair of awesome events. One is billed as “the first ever Sacramento MegaGame” (, happening Saturday, January 3. It’s a massive part-social game, part-table-top game that can accommodate up to 100 players in teams of five. Registration is already closed, but people can still watch the 16th-century Japan-based battle by purchasing $10 spectator tickets (bonus: no need to read the novel-size player handbook). It lasts about six hours, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse, 7997 California Avenue. 

Elsewhere, SacAnime ( returns this weekend, from Friday, January 2 through Sunday, January 4 at the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 L Street) and the Sheraton Grand Hotel (1230 J Street). This one also has plenty of games (console gaming, table-top, cards and even “cosplay chess”)—plus art, music, fashion shows, karaoke, exhibitors, panels, workshops and special guests (including Peter Cullen, voice of Optimus Prime in various Transformers shows and films). Hours and ticket prices vary; head to the website to find out more. 

—Jonathan Mendick

Other (slightly less geeky) stuff to do this week after the page break.

Walking With Dinosaurs

Thursday, January 1 through Sunday, January 4
Eager Jurrasic World fans rejoice: It may be another six months before the movie comes out, but this weekend, massive animatronic dinosaurs—including a 36-foot-tall Brachiosaurus—will be roaming an arena amidst a show based on the hit BBC series that covers dinosaur evolution. $31.38-$73.38, times vary at Sleep Train Arena, One Sports Parkway;

—Deena Drewis

5K Resolution Run

Saturday, January 3
2015 is the year of really committing to those fitness goals, right? Right. Ease into it with a 5K that benefits Renaissance Group International, an organization dedicated to helping youth leadership in South Africa. Your New Year’s Eve hangover will be gone by then, so no excuses. Free-$35, Saturday, January 3, 9 a.m., 211 O Street,

—Deena Drewis

Early Works by Peter Wedel

Saturday, January 3, through Saturday, January 31
A longtime local artist has made a name for himself, and has had his artwork shown in the Los Angeles Punk Museum, amongst other places. His paintings are striking, erotic and funny. This exhibition is a celebration of the Midtowner’s early work from the ’80s, when the only people who knew about him were us Sacramentans. Free, various times, at Little Relics Boutique & Galleria, 908 21st Street;

—Aaron Carnes

Post-holiday e-waste drop-off

Sunday, January 4
If you’ve got old electronics cluttering your house and garage, there’s a green solution that benefits all parties involved. Grab that old toaster that bit the dust and the Dell laptop that froze up years ago and put ’em to use. All proceeds will benefit the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, which strives to educate its community about recycling, conserving energy and more. Free, 10 a.m. at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville;

—Eddie Jorgensen

Finding the Really Hard Ones

Sunday, January 4
If you’ve ever wanted to find out where you came from or simply wanted to track down a loved one, genealogist James Baker will offer a free lecture on new techniques and strategies for finding and mining data. From simple search engine analysis to property records, he will help those willing to listen and learn. Thank your local library again for this one. Free, 2:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch, 828 I Street;

—Eddie Jorgensen

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