Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that were released today, Tuesday, February 12.

New Music Releases
  • Will Downing, "Silver"
  • Sam Dees, "The Show Must Go On"
  • Bruce Robison, "Cheater's Game"
  • Bullet for My Valentin, "Temper Temper"
  • Foals, "Holy Fire"
  • Blake Shelton, "Sure Be Cool If You Did"
  • Jeremy Camp, "Reckless"
  • Spoken, "Illusion"
  • Bryan Ferry, "The Jazz Age"
  • Pat Metheny, "The Orchestrion Project"
  • Various, "Bombshell: The New Marilyn Musical from Smash"
New DVD Releases
  • "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
  • "Skyfall"
  • "Bully"
  • "The Man with the Iron Fists"
  • "The Thieves"
  • "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D"
  • "Robot and Frank"
Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that were released yesterday, Tuesday, February 5.

New Music Releases
  • Josh Groban, "All That Echoes"
  • Joe Budden, "No Love Lost"
  • Avant, "Face the Music"
  • Jewel, "Greatest Hits"
  • Coheed and Cambria, "The Afterman: Descension"
  • Harry Connick Jr., "Smokey Mary"
  • Brotha Lynch Hung, "Mannibalector"
  • Dottie Peoples, "I Got This Live!"
  • Tim McGraw, "Two Lanes of Freedom"
  • Eels, "Wonderful, Glorious"
  • Tasha Cobbs, "Grace"
  • William Murphy III, "God Chaser"
  • Canton Jones, "CJTalks"
  • Frightened Rabbit, "Pedestrian Verse"
  • Boz Scaggs, "Memphis"
  • Red, "Release the Panic"
  • Wayne Shorter, "Without a Net"
  • Terri Lyne Carrington, "Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue"
  • Jim James, "Regions of Light and Sound of God"
  • Richard Thompson, "Electric"
  • Gospel Legends, "Pieces of Life"
  • Various Artists, "Now 45: That's what I Call Music"
New DVD Releases
  • "Flight"
  • "Cloud Atlas"
  • "Deadfall"
  • "Alex Cross"
  • "Paul Williams Still Alive"
  • "Ghosts of Ole Miss"
  • "Yelling to the Sky"
  • "Celeste and Jesse Forever"
  • "Here Comes the Boom"
  • "So Undercover"
February is Black History Month, and all month long there's lots of ways to celebrate in both Sacramento and the Bay Area. Keep a close eye on as we keep you updated all month longs with lots to see and do!

Editor's Note: As dates, times and other information can change, please make sure to contact each location listed below for the most up-to-date information.


24th Annual Sweet Potato Festival
Feb. 9
Samuel C. Pannell Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento

A Tribute to Pioneer Director Oscar Micheaux
Feb. 9, 2-6pm
The Sacramento Area Black Caucus and The Black Group present "Old School Afternoons at the Movies" paying tribute to black filmmakers, directors and all-star black casts. This week's films include "The Duke is Tops" and "Stormy Weather."
Women's Civic Improvement Center
3555 3rd Ave., Sacramento
(916) 453-0665

Finding Your Black Ancestors
Feb. 15, 3pm
Genealogy expert Lisa Lee will offer tips of tracing your family's black history roots.
Belle Cooledge Library
5600 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento

“When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story”
Feb. 16, 12 pm
Award-winning author Eva Rutland, 95, will lead a discussion about her life from her book, When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story.
California State University Sacramento
Union Redwood Room, 6000 J Street, Sacramento

Black Gangsters Infiltrate Hollywood
Feb. 16, 3-7pm
The Sacramento Area Black Caucus and The Black Group present "Old School Afternoons at the Movies" paying tribute to black filmmakers, directors and all-star black casts. This week's films include "The Bronze Buckaroo" and "Girl in Room 20."
Women's Civic Improvement Center
3555 3rd Ave., Sacramento
(916) 453-0665

3 Kings
Feb. 16, 8pm
Live art, poetry and music performances by Destructikonz with Algorhythms and Brother Hypnotic.
The Brickhouse Art Gallery
2837 36th Street, Sacramento

Sacramento/Black Art of Dance
Feb. 16-18, 24 and 25, 8pm; Feb. 19 and 26, 2pm; Feb. 22-23, 6:30pm
The Sacramento/Black Art of Dance will celebrate its "20th Anniversary Concert: Past, Present and Future" in the Solano Hall Dancespace. Tickets are $5-$12 and available at Sac State’s Ticket Office, 916-278-4323 or
6000 J Street, Sacramento

Black History Month Family Festival
Feb. 18, 11am-3pm
This free event will feature performances by musical storyteller Asheba, the Vukani Mawethu Choir, and the Sacramento/Black Art of Dance.
Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street, Sacramento

Here's to the Ladies: Carmen, Billie, Nancy and Dinah with the Vivian Lee Quartet
Feb. 20, 6:30pm
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee and her quartet will celebrate divas of jazz -- Carmen McRea, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington.
Central Library
828 I Street, Sacramento

African-American History Tour
Feb. 23, 10-11am
"Meet" runaway slaves, Buffalo Soldiers, restaurant owners, deacons and gamblers at the Historic City Cemetery's African-American History Tour.
The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
1000 Broadway, Sacramento
916-264-7839 or 916-448-0811

The Story of Rosa Parks
Feb. 23, 2pm
Sacramento Regional Transit District is celebrating its annual Season of Civil Rights to promote awareness of the significance that transit played in the American Civil Rights Movement.
Valley Hi-North Laguna Library
7400 Imagination Parkway, Sacramento

A New Century is Coming
Feb. 24, 2-8pm
The Sacramento Area Black Caucus and The Black Group present "Old School Afternoons at the Movies" paying tribute to black filmmakers, directors and all-star black casts. This week's films include "Killer of Sheep," "Daughters of the Dust," and "To Sleep With Anger."
Women's Civic Improvement Center
3555 3rd Ave., Sacramento
(916) 453-0665

19th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Awards Ceremony
Feb. 28, 6:30pm
Hear the winning essays read by students who wrote about Dr. King.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
7340 24th Street, Sacramento

A Stitch in Time: The Past, Present and Future
Through Feb. 28
The second annual quilt exhibit of the Sisters Quilting Collective highlighting African-American quilters and quilts.
The Brickhouse Art Gallery
2837 36th Street, Sacramento

Ladies of Lincoln's Era Exhibit
Through March 11
Look beyond the bonnet with the Ladies of Lincoln's Era -- 12 stories of mischief-making, trend-setting and pistol-wielding women who made a difference in American History.
Central Library
828 I Street, Sacramento

The Black Kitchen -- Cooking From Our Heritage
Various dates in February
Join a discussion about the rich culinary heritage and diverse recipe sources of the African American kitchen.


"The Art of Living Black" @ Richmond Art Center
Artist Reception: Feb. 9, 2-5pm
Artist Panel Discussions: Feb. 9, 12-2pm; Feb. 16, 12-2pm
17th Annual Bay Area Black Artists Exhibition, featuring over 50 local artists as well as highlighting the 2012 Jan Hart Schuyers Awards winners Latisha Baker, Stephen Bruce and Dana King.
Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave., Richmond

Working the Roots: The Healing Power of Black Folk Medicine Tradition and Practice
Feb. 16, 2-4pm
Michele Elizabeth Lee will present through photographs and demonstrations plant medicines and other common ingredients used in Black Folk medicines. Afterwards, stick around as The Friends of the African American Museum and Library present their first mixer of the year in honor of Black History Month from 4:30-6:30pm.
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200

Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 18, 11am-5pm
Visit the "Out of This World" lab where recorded biographical interviews of African American pioneers from the early days of the space program will be shown throughout the day, and play the "Expedition to Mars" board game that features famous African American astronauts.
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

Buffalo Soldiers of the Presidio
Feb. 20, 7-8:30pm
Hear Ranger Frederik Penn discuss the importance of the Buffalo Soldiers in the management of the National Parks and to the legacy of African Americans in the post-Civil War era.
Merced Library
155 Winston Drive, San Francisco
(415) 355-2825

Celebrating Black History Month at the Ingleside Library
Feb. 21, 4-5pm
Internationally-known master drummer and folklorist S. Kwaku Daddy introduces traditional culture, music, dance and stories of Ghana, as well as other African countries.
Ingleside Library
1298 Ocean Ave & Plymouth, San Francisco
(415) 355-2898

African Celebration
Feb. 23, 1-4pm
Hidden Villa and African percussionist Afia Walking Tree will present an exhilerating journey through the unique regions of Africa.
Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills
(650) 949-8650

"One Man's Voice"
Feb. 23, 1:30-3pm
Rick Moss, scholar and chief curator of AAMLO, dissects the history of the Emancipation Proclamation and The March on Washington.
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200

A Music Enlightenment to Remember
Feb. 23, 4pm
All are welcome to a performance featuring Minister of Music Henry Delton Williams and the Seventh Avenue Missionary Baptist Church Choir.
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200

The Oakland Jazz Brunch
Feb. 24, 11am-3pm
Dine to a special jazz brunch menu at Miss Ollie's, while soaking in the sweet jazz sounds of the Marcus Shelby Trio.
Miss Ollie's
901 Washington St., Oakland
(510) 285-6188

Free Your Mind: A Revolution in Words Black Literary Festival
Mar. 2, 11am-5pm
This full-day event featuring storytelling, geneaology lecture, author showcase and more is the culmination of the San Francisco Library's Black Literary Festival -- a culture-positive series of interactive events, programs and book clubs brought to you by the African American Interest Committee of the San Francisco Public Library.
Main Street Library
100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
(415) 557-4400

“The Art of Living Black” @ The Black Bean
Until March 9
The Black Bean is supporting African American artists by hosting a satellite for the "Art of Living Black" -- a regional art event held annually at Richmond Art Center.
Black Bean Ceramic Art Center
561 Emory Street, San Jose

Visit the African American Historical & Cultural Society
Open to the public Thurs through Sat, 1-5pm
The Society's mission is to collect, preserve and present art, artifacts and recorded materials that reflect the history and culture of African Americans in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
African American Art and Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street (2nd Floor), San Francisco
A record 30 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day on Saturday, February 2, 2013, during the 15th Annual Sacramento Museum Day, according to the Sacramento Associations of Museums.

Twenty-eight of the 30 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas – the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town – will offer half-priced admission to offset parking control and security costs. With assistance provided by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this hugely popular community event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and proudly supported by Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Sacramento Museum Day, a popular Sacramento cultural tradition, is designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife – at little or no cost.

While admission is free at 28 of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows: Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two; Fairytale Town is $2.50 for everyone and free for children ages one and under.

Sacramento Museum Day event hours are 10am-5pm (with the last guests admitted at 4pm).

Participating museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2013 are:
  • Aerospace Museum of California
  • California Automobile Museum
  • California Foundry History Museum
  • The California Museum
  • California State Military Museum
  • California State Capitol Museum
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Center for Contemporary Art
  • Crocker Art Museum
  • Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
  • Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
  • Fairytale Town
  • Folsom History Museum
  • Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
  • Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland)
  • Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
  • Maidu Museum & Historic Site
  • Museum of Medical History
  • Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
  • Old Sacramento State Historic Park
  • Roseville Utility Exploration Center
  • Sacramento Children’s Museum
  • Sacramento Zoo
  • Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
  • Sacramento History Museum
  • Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
  • State Indian Museum
  • Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
  • Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)
  • Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)
For more information, including event hours, map of participating museums, parking suggestions and more, visit, or call Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at 916-808-7777.
Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that will be released today, Tuesday, January 29.

New Music Releases
  • Destiny's Child, "Love Songs"
  • Justin Bieber, "Believe Acoustic"
  • Charlie Nelson, "Love, Charlie"
  • Emmy Rossum, "Sentimental Journey"
  • Jeffrey Osborne, "A Time for Love"
  • Tegan & Sara, "Heartthrob"
  • Rock Candy Funk Party, "We Want Groove"
  • Kris Kristofferson, "Feeling Mortal"
  • Tomahawk, "Oddfellows"
  • Colton Dixon, "A Messenger"
  • Local Natives, "Hummingbird"
  • Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours -- Expanded Edition"
  • Andrea Bocelli, "Passione"
  • Chris Potter, "Sirens"
  • Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, "Get Up!"
  • Eric Burdon, "Til Your River Runs Dry"
  • Miles Davis, "Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol 2"
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa, "Gamak"
  • Various Artists, "WOW Gospel 2013"
New DVD Releases
  • "Seven Psychopaths"
  • "Hotel Transylvania"
  • "Paranormal Activity 4"
  • "Citadel"
  • "The Cold Light of Day"
  • "Big Boys Gone Bananas!"
  • "Hello I Must Be Going"
Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that will be released today, Tuesday, January 22.

New Music Releases
  • Aaron Neville, “My True Story”
  • Jose James, “No Beginning No End”
  • The Joy Formidable, “Wolf's Law”
  • Bad Religion, “True North”
  • Billy Joel, “She's Got a Way: Love Songs”
  • Patricia Barber, “Smash”
  • Petra Haden, “Petra Goes to the Movies”
  • Casting Crowns, “Acoustic Sessions 1”
  • Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers, “Bless This House”
  • Meredith Andrews, “Worth it All”
  • Adam Ant, “Adam Ant is The BlueBlack Hussar Marrying The Gunner's Daughter”
  • Love & Death, “Between Here & Lost”
  • Gary Allen, “Set You Free”
  • Helloween, “Straight Out of Hell”
  • Various Artists, “2013 Grammy Nominees”
  • Various Artists, “12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief”
New DVD Releases
  • "End of Watch"
  • "The Imposter"
  • "Crowsnest"
  • "Tai Chi Zero"
  • "Nature Calls"
  • "Searching for Sugar Man"
  • "Fat Kid Rules the World"
There's a number of celebrations and events taking place in Sacramento and the Bay over the next few weeks to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., who's birthday will be officially celebrated on January 21. Here's a look at what's going on!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Saturday, January 19; 4pm
Capitol City Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6701 Lemon Hill Ave., Sacramento

MLK Day Soccer Clinic
Monday, January 21; 10am-12pm
South Natomas Sports & Event Arena (Estadio Azteca), 1960 Railroad Dr., Sacramento

MLK March & Celebration
Monday, January 21; 10am-3pm

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Gospel Concert Celebration
Monday, January 21; 5pm
Shiloh Baptist Church, 3565 9th Ave., Sacramento

Annual MLK Day of Service
Sunday, January 27; 2-4pm
Office of the Black United Fund, 4104 44th St., Sacramento
(916) 484-3750


Celebrate Dr. King's Birthday with a Craft
Saturday, January 19; 2pm
Hillview Library, 1600 Hopkins Dr., San Jose

11th Annual Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 19; 7-9:30pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Celebrate MLK Day
Sunday, January 20; 12-3pm
Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Day and Freedom Train
Monday, January 21; 8:30-10am
Downtown CalTrain Station, 385 First Ave., San Mateo

Freedom Train
Monday, January 21; 9am
San Jose Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St., San Jose

Make the Dream Real – 15th Annual MLK Celebration
Monday, January 21; 10am-12pm
McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle St., Oakland

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
Monday, January 21; 11am-5pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., San Francisco
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 21; 11am-5pm
Museum of African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Inspired Keats
Monday, January 21; 1-3pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco
Here's a look at some of the new albums and DVDs that will be released today, Tuesday, January 15.

New Music Releases
  • A$AP Rocky, “Long.Live.A$AP”
  • Teena Marie, “Beautiful”
  • The Canadian Tenors, “Lead With Your Heart”
  • Fade, “Yo La Tengo”
  • Jason Castro, “Only a Mountain”
  • Jackie Ryan, “Listen Here”
  • Jack DeJohnette, “Special Edition”
  • Jessica Reedy, James Fortune & FIYA, & J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise, “Light Records Unplugged”
  • Various Artists, “Kidz Bop 23”
New DVD Releases
  • “Taken 2”
  • “Won't Back Down”
  • “The Possession”
  • “The Paperboy”
  • “To Rome With Love”
  • “Runaway Slave”
  • “Branded”
  • “I Am Bruce Lee”
  • “About Cherry”