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Elk Grove animator hits it big with 'Weird Al' Yankovic video

07/18/14

Elk Grove animator hits it big with 'Weird Al' Yankovic video

“Hi, Jarrett!” the email began. “‘Weird Al’ Yankovic here.” It was around lunchtime for Jarrett Heather, a software developer for the state’s Dept. of Food and Agriculture, and he was not expecting correspondence from the world’s foremost pop music parodist. Heather read on: “I’m looking for someone to create a kinetic typography video for a song on my next album,” Yankovic wrote. “Based on your fine work on ‘Shop Vac’ [for singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton], you’re my first choice.” “The first thing I did,” Heather recalls eight months later, “was I picked my jaw up off the floor, told my wife what had happened, and then I immediately replied and told him it was...

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Tower Bridge dinner to once again cap Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Celebration

07/18/14

Tower Bridge dinner to once again cap Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Celebration

This morning, The Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that the gala dinner that will cap off Sacramento’s second annual Farm-to-Fork Celebration will return to the Tower Bridge. The date of the dinner will be Sept. 28. The SCVB’s senior vice president Mike Testa says that due to logistical concerns, organizers were considering other locations for this year’s gala dinner, but ultimately decided the event should keep its home on the golden Sacramento icon that spans the Sacramento River. “Based on the demand last year and the huge interest it generated, we felt like at least another year was in order to allow more people up there and really celebrate the food in the region,” Testa says. Approximately 600 people attended last...

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Nine under-the-radar summer activities for Sactown visitors and staycationers alike

07/09/14

Nine under-the-radar summer activities for Sactown visitors and staycationers alike

Summer travel season means that many Sacramentans will expect—and be expected to entertain—family, friends and other guests from out of town. When landmarks like the State Capitol and Sutter’s Fort are checked off the list, where to go next? Try riding on a bicycle built for 15, touring a local sake factory, strolling through 100 acres of tranquil gardens, or one of these other unique regional attractions off the beaten path. Grown-Up Bike Tours Experience the best of Sacramento’s hopping craft beer scene as one of 15 passengers on the Sac Brew Bike. During their two-hour tours, you’ll help pedal the bike to three local brewpubs (unless you’re in one of the five “cheater seats,” in which case you’ll just be taken along for...

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C'est magnifique! 5 ways to celebrate Bastille Day around Sacramento

07/08/14

C'est magnifique! 5 ways to celebrate Bastille Day around Sacramento

Francophiles in the City of Trees can take part in Bastille Day celebrations worthy of the City of Lights leading up to the July 14 holiday (aka France's Independence Day)—including a magnifique farm-to-fork feast in Winters, a Placer County bike ride, a Paris-inspired footrace and street festival, and more. Bastille Day Feast (July 12) Enjoy a tres délicieux multicourse lunch at the historic Wolfskill Ranch in Yolo County at this annual benefit for Winters Farm to School, an organization that seeks to provide fresh local produce for school food programs. The leisurely day begins with a tour of the ranch and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, after which guests will be seated at a long farm table beneath a canopy of 150-year-old olive trees and served a number...

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