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Q&A with Cake lead singer John McCrea

Q&A with Cake lead singer John McCrea

William Burg

William Burg

The Queen of the Sacramento Tenderloin. The nightclub owner who first brought jazz to town. The public officials who resisted the frenzied carnal currents of the downtown’s most integrated, energetic district. They’re all chronicled in William Burg’s new book "Wicked Sacramento," a history of the city’s long-gone West End neighborhood that once stood where sprawling landmarks like Capitol Mall, Old Sacramento and Golden 1 Center are today. Burg speaks about the West End’s seamy charms, its important cultural impact, and where to find what might be the lost neighborhood’s last surviving building.

Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth

Before Elaine Welteroth joined the judging panel on the current season of “Project Runway,” she was climbing the masthead at magazines like “Ebony,” “Glamour” and “Teen Vogue,” where in 2017 she became the youngest ever to serve as its editor-in-chief. But before she took the media world by storm, the Sacramento State alum, who graduated in 2007, was pulling all-nighters for the school newspaper, “The State Hornet.” The 32-year-old Brooklyn-based writer talks about getting the journalism bug here, going way beyond 280 characters in her new memoir, and why she doesn’t think Anna Wintour is the devil who wears Prada.

Allison Arieff

Allison Arieff

As the editorial director of the San Francisco-based urban planning and policy think tank SPUR, Allison Arieff spends her days assessing the impact of civic design on everyday life. But it’s her past two decades of work—first as editor-in-chief of “Dwell” magazine and currently as a contributing op-ed writer for “The New York Times”—that have cemented her reputation as one of America’s foremost thinkers on design. The UC Davis alum speaks about building cities for people instead of cars, getting lost in Sacramento riding light rail, and her 2020s vision.

Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks

With a new movie out, a starring role on Broadway and a turn in the director’s chair, Colin Hanks may be the hardest working man in his show biz family—which is saying something, considering this native son of Sacramento also happens to be the son of Tom Hanks. The younger Hanks takes a rare moment between curtain calls to talk to us about being a Broadway baby and an East Sacramento kid, and having his movie-star dad play his movie dad in "The Great Buck Howard."

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Arguably no woman wielded more influence on 20th-century California history than Dolores Huerta, who transformed state politics and the lives of millions as a community organizer and the co-founder (with Cesar Chavez) of United Farm Workers. The Smithsonian Institution chronicles the activist’s life and work in its new traveling exhibition "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos," which makes its debut in March at the California Museum. Huerta, 88, speaks about her early days as a lobbyist in Sacramento, the value of sacrifice, and seeing her legacy among the next wave of American leaders.

Sacramento Bike Czar

Sacramento Bike Czar

When Jennifer Donlon Wyant began her post as Sacramento’s first-ever active transportation program specialist in 2016, protected bike lanes and bike-share options were nonexistent. Now, protected cycling paths have started to emerge in the central city and bright red, electric Jump bikes are suddenly everywhere, with electric scooters on the horizon. The bicycle enthusiast talks with us about embarking on the city’s ambitious plan to reach zero traffic fatalities and her vision for a more walkable, bikeable Sacramento.

Sam Elliott

Sam Elliott

With his film "The Golden Compass" coming out on Dec. 7, we take this golden opportunity to chew the fat with Sam Elliott. The Sactown native and Hollywood cowboy tells us about the road from Hollywood Park, remembering the Alhambra, and how he never minds getting back in the saddle again.

Bailey De Young

Bailey De Young

The ’50s sure are nifty for Bailey De Young, who stars in "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" as Imogene Cleary, the title character’s best friend and fellow mid-century mom. With season two of the hit Amazon show launching in December, we catch up with the Sacramento native (and 21st-century mom) about playing a not-so-desperate housewife, the (very good) reason she skipped this year’s Emmys—where "Mrs. Maisel" won best comedy series—and catching the acting bug on the Music Circus stage at age 11.

Chef Jeremiah Tower

Chef Jeremiah Tower

He’s been called the “father of American cuisine” by Martha Stewart and he’s credited with starting the farm-to-fork movement in the 1970s as a chef at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, where he gained wide acclaim for his use of regional ingredients, including those from Sacramento. Over 40 years later, it’s a full-crop-circle moment for Jeremiah Tower, as he comes to the capital city in September to oversee the Tower Bridge Dinner, which will cap the monthlong Farm-to-Fork Celebration. The food pioneer steps out of the kitchen to talk about the accidental birth of the modern locavore trend, his longtime friendship with local grocer Darrell Corti, and what it feels like to be back in the culinary spotlight.

Hollywood Set Decorator Julie Ochipinti

Hollywood Set Decorator Julie Ochipinti

Whether it’s Wayne Manor in "Batman Begins" or Nikola Tesla’s lab in "The Prestige," set decorator Julie Ochipinti brings scenes to life one Victorian chandelier or top hat at a time. Currently the imaginative prop queen behind HBO’s popular series "Westworld," the Fair Oaks native talks about the challenge of navigating the show’s historical and futuristic settings, getting the design bug at Sacramento thrift stores and how her Oscar nomination turned her into an overnight sensation.

Animated Figure

Animated Figure

Death takes a holiday in the Día de los Muertos-centric film Coco, which made its Netflix debut on May 29. Having spent over four years bringing the Pixar animated feature to life, its co-director/writer Adrian Molina talks about taking a holiday of his own, saying proper thank yous at the Oscars and making “awful” movies while growing up in Grass Valley.

All Americans

All Americans

On Feb. 22, just over 1,000 immigrants from 81 different countries gathered at Memorial Auditorium to take the oath of allegiance to become our country's newest citizens. It was, ironically, the same day that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency removed the description of the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants" from its mission statement. We spoke with 15 of the proud new Americans who were sworn in about this milestone moment in their lives and what it meant to them. "I was born today—reborn, actually," said Tunisian native Gaith Ben Younes after the ceremony. "It's something I've been dreaming of for a long time."

Author Melissa Dahl

Author Melissa Dahl

As the editor of "New York" magazine’s blog Science of Us, Melissa Dahl spends her days exploring some of the most intriguing scientific notions, research and revelations in the news. In her first book, "Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness" (out Feb. 13), she guides readers on a funny and enlightening tour through one of her favorite topics. The Sacramento State alumna talks about the upside of awkwardness, battling “cringe attacks,” and why nothing—not even Valentine’s Day—is as cringeworthy as it might seem.

Riverfront Project Manager Richard Rich

Riverfront Project Manager Richard Rich

In 2016, the city of Sacramento hired Richard Rich—once the private sector development director of the railyards—to represent its interests on the massive infill project. Today, the bulk of his focus is on solving a problem that has vexed this town for decades—how to revive our underutilized riverfront.

Q&A with former chief White House photographer Pete Souza

Q&A with former chief White House photographer Pete Souza

As chief official White House photographer during the Obama administration, Pete Souza took upwards of two million pictures during the president’s two terms in office. The veteran lensman—who also served as a White House photographer for President Reagan—will give a presentation at the Mondavi Center on Dec. 1 on the heels of the release of his book Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

Actor Chris Sullivan

Actor Chris Sullivan

After 'How did Jack die?' the most burning question during the first season of This Is Us might’ve been, 'Will Toby live?'

A League of Her Own

A League of Her Own

Rebecca Lowe’s colleagues at the NBC sports desk refer to her affectionately as “Mother of Dragons”—such is the fierceness of the 36-year-old London native’s passion for English Premier League soccer, which she covers for a growing American fan base. The broadcaster—who lives in El Dorado Hills with her husband Paul Buckle, head coach of the Sacramento Republic FC, and their 1-year-old son, Teddy—shares the inside scoop on how she manages her dual roles as a soccer guru and soccer-loving mom, and why there’s nothing quite like rooting for the underdog.

Actor Keith Powers

Actor Keith Powers

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. Now the 24-year-old actor is romancing Bella Thorne in the new television drama Famous in Love, which premieres April 18 on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). He shares a few choice anecdotes, like how he learned to bust a move from Ronnie DeVoe and that awkward moment when he met Dr. Dre.

Actor and Social Activist George Takei

Actor and Social Activist George Takei

As a television pioneer, LGBT rights activist and social media icon, "Star Trek" star George Takei has more than once boldly gone where no man had gone before. Now he’s leading the way again, raising awareness about the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII, including taking part in a California Museum exhibition about the mass uprooting. The veteran actor and internment survivor, whose family hails from Sacramento, talks about that dark chapter in our country’s past and why it’s his life’s mission to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself.

The Return of the "King"

The Return of the "King"

As a senior political correspondent on "The Daily Show," Hasan Minhaj gets the dangerous laughs with bits like “Muslim Makover” and his visit to the Republican National Convention in whiteface. In January, the 31-year-old Davis native will bring home the funny with a performance of his aptly titled one-man show, "Homecoming King," at his alma mater’s Mondavi Center. Sacramento, get ready for your moment of Zen.

Ryan Guzman Q&A

Ryan Guzman Q&A

We catch up with actor Ryan Guzman, a former pitching standout at West Campus High School and Sierra College, about taking the field again for Richard Linklater's highly anticipated new baseball movie "Everybody Wants Some."

Scot Pollard Q&A

Scot Pollard Q&A

Q&A with Bill Mueller, CEO of Valley Vision

Q&A with Bill Mueller, CEO of Valley Vision

They say it takes a village, but when local political and business leaders need help, it takes Valley Vision. This Sacramento-based nonprofit was founded in 1994 to assist public and private organizations in solving complex regional issues. And this November, it will host an event called Region Rising with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Valley Vision CEO Bill Mueller talks about civic cooperation, creating a “fun” public policy conference, and how this area can become the “best place to live on the planet.”

Q&A with Richard Florida, author of 'Who's Your City?'

Q&A with Richard Florida, author of 'Who's Your City?'

In 2002, with his best-selling book The Rise of the Creative Class, Richard Florida kick-started a national conversation about how cities can attract the kind of people that will help them grow and compete. A professor of business and creativity at the University of Toronto, his new book, Who’s Your City?, focuses on helping people choose the city that fits them best. He tells Sactown why our geography and diversity will help propel Sacramento to new heights.

River Cats GM Chip Maxson

River Cats GM Chip Maxson

After 15 seasons with the Oakland A’s organization, the Sacramento River Cats thrilled San Francisco Giants fans throughout the region last fall by switching affiliations to the reigning World Series champions. With the new season starting April 9, River Cats general manager Chip Maxson talks about what the change means to fans, what else is new at Raley Field for 2015, and our one-of-a-kind ballpark cuisine that has them buzzing all the way down in Florida.

Lester Holt Q&A

Lester Holt Q&A

Valley Boy

Valley Boy

Grass Valley native Patrick Brice’s new film Creep was just purchased by The Weinstein Company. The actor-director discusses his psychological thriller, his upcoming rom-com with Jason Schwartzman, and how Grass Valley is going Hollywood.

Grass Valley native Patrick Brice’s new film Creep was just purchased by The Weinstein Company. The actor-director discusses his psychological thriller, his upcoming rom-com with Jason Schwartzman, and how Grass Valley is going Hollywood.

Sports Agent Don Yee

Sports Agent Don Yee

As a 13-year-old growing up in the capital city, Don Yee broke into sports as a Sacramento Solons batboy. Forty years later, he’s still in the business—as the powerful agent for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and other Super Bowl winners. With the new NFL season kicking off on Sept. 4, Yee talks about how his job is like art, why college athletes should be paid, and that time he hand-delivered his mother’s fan mail to the Patriots superstar.

Reintroducing Brent Bourgeois

Reintroducing Brent Bourgeois

After two decades away, singer-songwriter Brent Bourgeois returns to the microphone June 2 with his new solo album Don’t Look Back, which features his former Bourgeois Tagg bandmates as well as friends like Todd Rundgren and Julian Lennon.

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

Greta Gerwig

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.

Scholar Cornel West

Scholar Cornel West

Author, educator, actor, rapper—by any title, Dr. Cornel West ranks among the country’s leading intellectuals. And "Hope on a Tightrope," his new book of reflections on everything from leadership to love and faith, should keep him there. But, at heart, he’s still a Sacramento kid, returning here often to visit family, drop by Tower Café and go shopping with his mom. The prolific Princeton prof talks to Sactown about social justice, Barack Obama—and breaking track records at Kennedy High.

Author, educator, actor, rapper—by any title, Dr. Cornel West ranks among the country’s leading intellectuals. And Hope on a Tightrope, his new book of reflections on everything from leadership to love and faith, should keep him there. But, at heart, he’s still a Sacramento kid, returning here often to visit family, drop by Tower Café and go shopping with his mom. The prolific Princeton prof talks to Sactown about social justice, Barack Obama—and breaking track records at Kennedy High.

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