Sactown Magazine - Aug./Sept. 2014Inside the





Sactown's Best BBQ Joints
Warm-weather months in Sacramento mean barbecue, and we found 10 pit maestros that are a cut above the rest. From newcomers smoking up a storm in midtown and Lincoln to old pros in Woodland and Auburn, here’s where to get your delicious fill of the grill around the region.




Linda Katehi Leans In
The chancellor of UC Davis withstood dire poverty and discrimination as a young woman in her native Greece to become an academic superstar in her adopted American homeland. Today, with a career-threatening controversy behind her, she looks ahead to the new projects that could shape her legacy—and reshape our region. 



Coast With the Most
Whether it’s the scenic sights along 17-Mile Drive, the sea breezes in Carmel, or the fresh seafood (and artisan ice cream) in Pacific Grove, the Monterey area has everything you need for the ultimate coastal getaway. Here’s your one-stop guide to getting the most from this jewel of the Pacific.





Riverfront Essay
  As Sacramento’s farm-to-fork identity takes root, now is the time to replant our region’s biggest farmers’ market in a location that honors our agricultural heritage, not “cements” it.





Riverfront Q&A
After six years as chief of operations at the Denver Zoo (and more than a decade before that at Disney World's Animal Kingdom in Orlando), Kyle Burks joined the Sacramento Zoo as its new director and chief executive officer in June. The Texas native talks about ambitious new projects and the bloody frozen treat that's keeping the park's fuzzy residents cool during another scorching summer.




riverfront qaPlay
Roseville-raised singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe mines the heart of darkness for her new album Abyss; Kevin Costner, Jane Lynch, Kid Rock and Kelly Clarkson star in the second half of a busy summer concert season; geek icon Chris Hardwick takes the mic at the Crest Theatre; writer Michael Pollan cooks up a conversation about local food




What was old is new again at Randy Paragary’s flagship eatery, where menu classics are served up amid an inside-out redesign; Magpie flies to a bigger nest in midtown and reopens with an expanded kitchen and outdoor patio



Why Not Here?

Since 2007, a Dutch artist’s massive rubber ducks have been enthralling audiences in coastal and river cities around the world—from Pittsburgh to Hong Kong—bringing both whimsy and tangible economic impacts. Why don’t we take a quack at it?