This week is all about watching films, and buying tickets for those films really early. There are plenty to choose from—except for maybe the long-awaited Colin Hanks-directed Tower Records documentary, All Things Must Pass, that everyone wants to see. Basically, one screening (part of the opening night of the Sacramento International Film Festival) sold out quick, and then festival organizers decided to organize a second one—and that sold out fast, too. For everyone who wasn’t lucky enough to get tickets for those screenings, the following guide should help point you to some other good stuff on the big screen.
To start, there’s the rest of the Sacramento International Film Festival. It’s pretty long, running from Saturday, April 25, through Sunday, May 3, at multiple venues, including the Tower Theatre, the Crest Theatre and the Delta King. Highlights include films from a local 48-hour film-making challenge, an action-packed short-film program called Hard Ass Cinema, conferences, youth films and a bunch of other locally made and international films. Head to www.sacramentofilmfestival.com for the full schedule and individual ticket prices.
Catch old-school films this week at both the Crocker Art Museum (216 O Street, www.crockerartmuseum.orghttp://www.crockerartmuseum.org) and the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street, www.crestsacramento.com), both venues that regularly screen classic films. Speaking of sold-out, the Crocker’s already filled up an April 26 screening of Paris Blues, which will help close out the magnificent Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880–1910 exhibition. But tickets are still available for Citizen Kane, screening on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. (tickets are $6-$10). And then at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24 (tickets are $8-$10), the Crest will show Stand By Me, starring River Pheonix, Will Wheaton, Corey Feldman and Keifer Sutherland. Lastly, check out UC Davis’ Asian American Association Film Festival (www.facebook.com/ucdaaaff/events), starting Thursday, April 23 and running through May 15.
Here’s some more stuff to do:
Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea
Friday, April 24
If you haven’t tried Burmese tea leaf salad, you haven’t lived (head to Burma Superstar, stat). Tea, as an ingredient in a dish, is surprisingly good. Author and food blogger Annelies Zijderveld has been imagining new and exciting dishes to infuse tea with, which she shares in her debut book, Steeped. The author will discuss her book, answer questions, and of course, serve tea. Free, 7:30 p.m. at the Avid Reader, 617 Sixth Street in Davis; www.avidreaderbooks.com.
Art Studio Trek
Saturday. April 25, through Sunday, April 26
Seventeen artists show off their art at 10 locations in Rocklin, Granite Bay and Roseville this weekend at the Art Studio Trek. Art demonstrations, chocolate and door prizes round out the event, which features the art of Patricia Abraham, Cathy Cline, Diane Ruhkala Bell and more. Find a map and the full list of artists at the event’s website. Free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at various locations; www.artstudiotrek.com.
Kids Art Festival
Saturday, April 25
A full day of art for kids includes an exhibition of student art, entertainment, food and a dozen make-and-take art stations including sculpting with clay, making Chinese yo-yos, beading bracelets, crayon resist and making ribbon wands. Kids and their parents will also enjoy performances by nearly two dozen youth performers including the Mission Avenue Elementary Doo Dit Doo Bahs, the Howe Avenue Ukuleles and the Barrett Middle School Dancers. Free, 10 a.m. at Village Park, 4238 Main Street in Fair Oaks; www.fairoakspark.org.
—Trina L. Drotar
Vinyl and Music Fair
Sunday, April 26
Although seemingly everyone is glued to their phones these days and the value of recorded music has diminished, there are still lots of audiophiles around who like their music on vinyl. Hearing the cracks and subtleties of music reproduced on records is still a wonder after all these years. The fine folks at Armadillo Music, including manager Paul Wilbur, have been hosting these music fairs with great results and there are always gems to be found. Free, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Armadillo Music, 646 A Street in Davis; www.armadillomusic.com.
TEDxUCDavis: Beyond the Conversation
Sunday, April 26
Talk is cheap, so they say. So what compels someone to make that extra investment by turning ideas into action? More than a dozen speakers, ranging from a cognitive neurologist to a fashion designer to a hydrologist to an Internet entrepreneur, will explore what motivates individuals to act on inspiration over the course of various panels and interactive activities. $15-$30, 1 p.m. at UC Davis, 1 Shields Avenue in Davis; http://tedxucdavis.com.