The Sactown Weekend Update for Nov. 22-24

Courtesy of the Mountain Mandarin Festival
Join the orange crush at the 20th annual Mountain Mandarin Festival in Auburn this weekend.

Mountain Mandarin Festival (Friday through Sunday)
Get ready to speak mandarin this weekend at this annual festival spotlighting the Satsuma oranges of Placer County. The event will mark its 20th anniversary this year with activities like cooking demonstrations featuring winning dishes from the last two decades of the festival’s yearly mandarin recipe competition. Want to load up on vitamin C? The sweet, succulent fruit can be tasted in everything from mandarin-topped pizza and sandwiches with mandarin-marinated tri-tip to mandarin-flavored pistachios and mandarin ice cream. $3-$7. Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m.-5p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gold Country Fairgrounds. 1273 High St. Auburn. 530-567-2643.

West Coast Ragtime Festival (Friday through Sunday)
The 27th year of this ragtime festival, which takes place this weekend, includes a lineup of some of the genre’s biggest performers like Canadian pianist Mimi Blais and Boogie Woogie Hall Of Fame inductee Carl Sonny Leyland, as well as up-and-comers like 12-year-old phenom Daniel Souvigny, who won the junior division of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest last year. Also featured will be silent film screenings accompanied by live piano playing and dance lessons in traditional styles like the foxtrot. $30-$90. Friday 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Clarion Inn & Conference Center. 1401 Arden Way. 866-724-9273.

Spamalot (Friday through Sunday)
This Runaway Stage production of Broadway's Monty Python spoof—which earned three Tony Awards in 2005 (including best musical) and a Grammy Award for best musical show album in 2006—follows King Arthur, who gathers together the Knights of the Round Table and leads them on a quest to find the Holy Grail. During the search, the group runs into the demanding Knights Who Say Ni and a limbless Black Knight, and survives (well, mostly) the attack of a killer rabbit. $25. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. 24th Street Theatre. 2791 24th St. 207-1226.

California Automobile Museum: Make A Move: Innovations That Created the Automobile (Friday through Sunday)
Learn about the mechanisms and technologies that powered the early years of the auto industry in this exhibition, which will feature famous chassis (including the Ford Model T) and engines. $8. Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. California Automobile Museum. 2200 Front St. 442-6802.