Inside the
April /

May 2017


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Hot New Hoods
With their packed patios, bevy of breweries and rows of restaurants, R Street, Oak Park and West Sacramento are suddenly on fire. If you haven’t yet  bagged a taproom IPA or a ginger beer float in our region’s three hottest hoods, it’s time to drink them all in. Here’s the scoop (literally, in the case of a new ice cream parlor serving inspired flavors like Coffee & Donuts) on where to go and what to know.



The Place Maker
If you’ve enjoyed an urban idyll in Sacramento anytime over the last decade, chances are Ron Vrilakas was the architect who designed, built or elevated your experience. Meet the low-key native son who is largely responsible for our emergent city’s distinctive yet diverse look and feel.


Troubled Waters
When the main Oroville Dam spillway cratered in February, it set off a chain reaction that resulted in the forced evacuation of more than 180,000 area residents. Photojournalist Max Whittaker captured both the drama and the quiet moments as the crisis unfolded.



Riverfront Essay
  Despite having one of the country’s great biking paths along the American River, Sacramento is trailing the nation when it comes to safe urban cycling options. It’s time to set the wheels in motion for protected bike lanes.



Riverfront Q&A
Sacramento native Keith Powers boasts a half-million swooning Instagram followers, thanks to his roles in two critically acclaimed musical biopics, Straight Outta Compton and The New Edition Story. The 24-year-old actor shares how he learned to bust a move from Ronnie DeVoe and that awkward moment when he met Dr. Dre.



The Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera ends its season on a high note with a performance of La Traviata; the sixth annual Sacramento Food Film Festival is a visual and culinary feast; Wild author Cheryl Strayed tells what it's like to walk 1,000 miles in her shoes; the Force will be strong at the zoo for Star Wars Day; Woodland hosts a honey of a festival; Mary Poppins takes flight at the Harris Center



The team behind Shady Lady commands another R Street corner with its new Italian bistro Amaro; it's a Paris match as a Food Network-featured pastry chef opens a French patisserie in Folsom; Bean & Barrel gives great toasts in West Sacramento; Ruchi Indian Cuisine does the dosa in Natomas



Why Not Here?

In Poland and the Netherlands, luminescent bike lanes light the way for cyclists. As a burgeoning bike mecca, the River City needs to get its glow on and follow their path.