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Country Star Jon Pardi

Country Star Jon Pardi

With two rowdy hit singles, “Up All Night” and “Missin’ You Crazy,” under his cowboy belt, 28-year-old Dixon native Jon Pardi continues to make his mark on the country music scene with the new release of his debut album, Write You a Song. The rising Nashville star talks about burning up the Billboard charts, touring with platinum-selling artists like Luke Bryan and proudly displaying his Central Valley roots in the Music City.

Director Michael Polish

Director Michael Polish

As a boy, Michael Polish grew up under the influence of movies playing at the Tower Theatre in Roseville. As a Hollywood director, he has since channeled that love into making his own acclaimed indie films (Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork) and studio fare (The Astronaut Farmer) with his twin brother Mark, an actor and screenwriter. The 43-year-old filmmaker talks about his new Jack Kerouac adaptation Big Sur and how actress Kate Bosworth came to be his leading lady—both on screen and in life.

Reality Star Brandi Glanville

Reality Star Brandi Glanville

So it turns out that you can go home again. On the fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which premieres in November, cast member Brandi Glanville does just that and returns for a visit to the capital city, where she was raised and where her family still lives. The outspoken reality star opens up with typical candor and humor about her colorful childhood in South Sacramento, the ex-factor (former husband Eddie Cibrian and his wife LeAnn Rimes), and sex and dating at 40.

Author Michael Pollan

Author Michael Pollan

For over a decade, New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan has been documenting how our country grows and eats its food with his books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules. In his new book, Cooked, Pollan writes about visiting our local farms and mills, and he dishes to Sactown about Sacramento’s rich bounty, spending more time in the kitchen, and getting caught red-handed buying Fruity Pebbles.

Actor Tyree Brown

Actor Tyree Brown

After wanting to be an actor "all" his life, 6-year-old Tyree Brown is about to get his first big break in the highly anticipated new NBC drama "Parenthood." With the series premiering on March 2, we sat down with the Sacramento native to talk about his busy life in Elk Grove, having fun with his “pretend” parents and how he’s a changed man now that he’s turned the big 0-6.

Artistic Director Glenn Casale

Artistic Director Glenn Casale

Music Circus artistic director Glenn Casale has spent the past 26 years making our hot summers a little cooler by helping bring big Broadway shows to Sacramento. The theater veteran talks about the up-coming season, which starts on June 21 with a version of The Wizard of Oz that will feature flying monkeys and the Wizard’s head floating down the aisle. Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.

Ryan Coogler Q&A

Ryan Coogler Q&A

Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler on how he got started, working with Forest Whitaker, and dealing with Oscar buzz.

Ryan Coogler may be headed for an Academy Award—and it all started at Sacramento State. The 27-year-old filmmaker’s debut, Fruitvale Station, has already won accolades at Sundance and Cannes for its gritty, emotional look at the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, whose fatal shooting by a BART police officer in 2009 prompted protests around the Bay Area.

Amanda Fuller Q&A

Amanda Fuller Q&A

After years of appearing in guest roles on TV shows like Malcolm in the Middle, CSI and, most notably, Grey’s Anatomy (as intern Morgan Peterson), last fall Amanda Fuller landed her biggest gig yet as Tim Allen’s oldest daughter on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing. The Sacramento native talks about her full-circle moment with the Home Improvement star, making her acting debut at age 3, and having pickles and ice cream cravings at Leatherby’s.

Musician Jackie  Greene

Musician Jackie Greene

He’s with the band: When The Black Crowes kick off their new U.S. tour on April 2, Jackie Greene will be joining the legendary rock group on stage as a guitarist and backup vocalist. We catch up with the singer-songwriter about hitting the road with the Crowes, growing up in the foothills, moonlighting as an artist, and why Picasso is the Bob Dylan of painting.

Greta Gerwig Q&A

Greta Gerwig Q&A

We talk to Hollywood star and Sacramento native Greta Gerwig as she dishes about dancing with the Sacramento Ballet, her first walk down the red carpet and how it feels to be called the Meryl Streep of “mumblecore”

LeVar Burton Q&A

LeVar Burton Q&A

We catch up with the Sacramento-raised actor as he celebrates the relaunch of Reading Rainbow, two professional milestones (big anniversaries of both Roots and Star Trek) and one personal pinch-me moment (hello, Oprah!).

Q&A: Food Writer Hank Shaw

Q&A: Food Writer Hank Shaw

Hank Shaw follows his passion for wild food—first on his blog, Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, and now in a new book, Hunt, Gather, Cook, a lively primer to sourcing, cooking and eating everything from elderberries to eels.

Board Chair of the California Museum Dina Eastwood

Board Chair of the California Museum Dina Eastwood

Dina Eastwood, board chair of The California Museum and wife of Clint Eastwood, talks about the California Hall of Fame’s A-list affair at the Memorial Auditorium (Magic Johnson! The Beach Boys!), her aha moment and being a self-professed science geek.

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