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Grown-up slumber party, Trash Film Orgy overtake downtown art center

02/27/15

Grown-up slumber party, Trash Film Orgy overtake downtown art center

Pack your pajamas—and your sense of adventure—and head over to Verge Center for the Arts on Mar. 7 for the art gallery’s inaugural Verge All Nighter event. Offering a night of festivities until 2 in the morning, the slumber party invites adult guests to lounge on the Verge’s latest "couchbleachers" exhibit while enjoying an hour-long shorts program presented by the cult-movie mavens at Sacramento’s Trash Film Orgy (TFO). The program will consist of original short films (featuring TFO character favorites such as the Shaggy Elephant, Brock Magnum and the Bloody Bunny), retro movie trailers, 1960’s educational drug videos and vintage toy commercials. “It’s very much a short-attention-span program,” says TFO co-producer...

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Artists debut new renderings of Bright Underbelly mural planned for farmers' market

02/25/15

Artists debut new renderings of Bright Underbelly mural planned for farmers' market

Bright Underbelly, the eagerly anticipated artistic revamp of the WX freeway’s blank underside, will begin this summer, with a refined mural design officially releasing today at 5:30 p.m. at New Helvetia Brewing Company. In addition to unveiling the latest version of Bright Underbelly’s design, the brewhouse will also release its commemorative Bright Underbelly Bergamot IPA in celebration of the 70,000-square-foot piece—one of the largest public art murals in the region. Tre Borden—the Sacramento arts impresario behind the Bright Underbelly project—will join his partners, the local muralists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel, at the release party to answer any questions regarding their massive undertaking. Although the mural’s overarching...

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Vintage meets visionary at Sacramento's third annual Steampunk Emporium

02/19/15

Vintage meets visionary at Sacramento's third annual Steampunk Emporium

Blend the styles of earlier times with the imaginations of the cutting-edge this weekend at Sacramento’s Third Annual Steampunk Emporium and Swap Meet on Feb. 21. Presented by the Sacramento Steampunk Society, this alternative bazaar where sci-fi meets the Victorian era will feature costumed guests checking out over 40 vendors selling everything from woodcut gears to men’s ties refurbished into steampunk-style scarves, and custom pizzas made in minutes by a traveling pizza oven. The term “steampunk” originated in the late 1980s and grew into a movement that celebrates creativity and innovation by fusing science fiction and fantasy with the traditional clothing and steam-powered technologies of the 19th century. The genre and design aesthetic...

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Coastal Carnival to make waves in downtown Sacramento

02/17/15

Coastal Carnival to make waves in downtown Sacramento

Anchors aweigh! An underwater circus featuring performances from mermaids, aquatic trapeze artists, sea clowns and more is coming to town this weekend. The Coastal Carnival event, which will be held at Dive Bar on Feb. 20 and 21, invites grown-up guests to watch a free 45-minute-long underwater performance in the 7,500-gallon, 40-foot-long aquarium spanning the downtown bar’s entire ceiling. The narrative behind Coastal Carnival follows the story of a group of mermaids who imagine themselves as circus performers after coming across a sunken ship that went down with a circus troupe in it. “It is the first time that an underwater circus of this nature has been done in [over a century],” says Virginia Hankins, who performs as Catalina Mermaid for event co-producer,...

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