Let’s hear it for the girls

Illustration by Priscilla Garcia

That Women’s History Month immediately follows Black History Month means there’s a solid eight weeks during which those #NotAllMen and #AllLivesMatter yahoos feel entitled to complain even more than usual. And yet despite their protestations, another year passes without resolution to the great injustice of not having a special month dedicated to the criminally undercelebrated history of white dudes. Who knows if this injustice will ever get sorted out, but in the meantime, enjoy the rest of ladies’ month with the following local happenings:

On Saturday, March 26, the Ms. Senior Sacramento Preliminary Pageant takes place at the Jean Runyon Little Theatre (1515 J Street) at 1:30 p.m. Local ladies over the age of 60 duke it out in an interview and “philosophy of life” segment, formal attire and a talent portion in order to determine who will go on to represent the region in the Ms. Senior California pageant (don’t worry, Steve Harvey wasn’t invited). Tickets are $15; find out more at www.mssrcalifornia.com or by calling (619) 261-4451.

Speaking of combating society’s weird hang-ups with perceiving women as desirable after the age of 27: Sally Field’s latest, Hello, My Name is Doris, opened at the Tower Theatre (2508 Land Park Drive) last week. The critically acclaimed film, directed by writer-actor-comedian Michael Showalter, depicts the story of a spunky 60-something woman who falls in love with a much younger man played by Max Greenfield, a.k.a. Schmidt from The New Girl. This narrative trope of older-woman-meets-younger-man is pretty much always passed over for its inverse, so catch it while you can. Visit www.readingcinemasus.com or call (916) 442-0985 for tickets.

On Sunday, March 27, pop over to Underground Books (2814 35th Street) for the Women’s History Month Discussions to examine issues in contemporary literature and society at large at one of the city’s most diverse bookstores; discussions take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visit www.underground-books.com or call (916) 737-3333 for more details. Then on Wednesday, March 30, the Mondavi Center (1 Shields Avenue in Davis) hosts three badass musical artists in Use Your Voice 2016: Patty Griffin (an artist in her own right as well as a noted songwriter for the Dixie Chicks and Bette Midler, among others); Sara Watkins (founding member of Nickel Creek); and folk singer Anaïs Mitchell. Find out more at http://mondaviarts.org or by calling (530) 7540-2787.