Three Fun Outings for this Three-Day Weekend

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This weekend, good things come in threes. Here’s a trio of events worth getting out for during this three-day holiday weekend, from the opening of Legally Blonde at Three Stages to a fun (and funny) night with comedian Paula Poundstone and a family-friendly cultural festival at the Crocker.

Legally Blonde The Musical
Starting tonight, for three consecutive weekends, the El Dorado Musical Theatre will stage this hit musical based on the popular book-turned-film starring Reese Witherspoon. The story chronicles Elle Woods, a charming, seemingly ditzy sorority girl who gets into Harvard Law School against all odds. Looked down on by her classmates for her flaxen tresses and penchant for pink, Elle proves that she’s more than what meets the eye by becoming the school’s valedictorian and a key player in a high-profile criminal trial.
$18-$36. Fri. 7 p.m.; Sat. 2 & 7 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. from Feb. 22 through March 3. Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. 10 College Pkwy. Folsom. 608-6888.

Paula Poundstone
Known for her deadpan humor that has covered everything from her low sex drive to alcohol addiction—in 2001, after she was court-ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous on national television, she famously quipped, “That pretty much blows the hell out of the second ‘A’ wouldn’t you say?”—the stand-up comic, who is a regular panelist on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, will come to Sacramento this Saturday evening armed with her witty take on politics, pop culture and everyday life.
$27-$47. Saturday 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre. 1013 K St. 442-7378.

Black History Month Family Festival
On Monday, head over to the Crocker with the little ones for an event inspired by the annual Black Family Reunion Celebration, which gathers over 250,000 people at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to remember and honor African-American culture and history. Co-hosted by the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum, this festival will feature musical and dance performances from the likes of the Faith Fellowship Community Church’s praise and worship choir and the Chinyakare Ensemble, a traditional Zimbabwean music and dance group, as well as hands-on activities led by Arabella Grayson, curator of the touring exhibition “Two Hundred Years of Black Paper Dolls,” a collection documenting the shifting image of African-American women through these artifacts.
Free. Monday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Crocker Art Museum. 216 O St. 808-7000.