Ryan Coogler, the Sacramento State alumnus whose filmmaking debut Fruitvale Station took the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has kept the awards buzz going this week with a pair of high-profile accolades that could position him for an Oscar nomination next month. This morning, less than 24 hours after Coogler was awarded Breakthrough Director honors from the Gotham Awards, Fruitvale Station was recognized as the year’s Best First Film by the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle. Eight of the last nine movies to earn this distinction have gone on to receive at least one Academy Award nomination. (Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan also won the Gotham Awards’ Breakthrough Actor prize, jolting his awards season chances as well.)...
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Missed the Black Friday pandemonium? Then check out these three Sacramento holiday shopping events taking place this weekend and later in December offering a pile of regionally made gifts, plus extras like ice cream sundaes, warm hot chocolate, and manicures. Happy (local) shopping! Holiday Art & Craft Festival (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1) Shop till you drop this weekend at this annual event benefiting the Crocker Art Museum and co-organized by the Creative Arts League of Sacramento. More than 100 artisans, most of whom are from the Sacramento area, will set up shop at the Scottish Rite Center in East Sacramento, offering creative treasures like handmade jewelry, Christmas ornaments, holiday cards, ceramics, and a variety of artworks like metal pieces, textiles,...
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The temperature is falling, but the winter fun is heating up fast. It's time to chill out at some of the Sacramento region's coolest ice skating spots, offering everything from DJed skate sessions to broomball to visits from Old Saint Nick. Sacramento Downtown Plaza Holiday Ice Rink (Downtown) St. Rose of Lima Park on K Street once again hosts daily skating for the holiday season. Glide to the sound of DJ-spun tunes on Thursday evenings or to live music from bands like the Yule Logs, who will play Christmas songs on Dec. 14. Skaters who come in costume for special themed nights like ’80s Prom (Dec. 26) and Favorite Sports Team (Jan. 16) will receive free skate rentals. And make it a date night on Mondays, when from 4 to 8 p.m., you can trade in a receipt from any...
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It’s Tuesday evening downtown. You’re on a date, and you want drinks somewhere swanky. Or maybe it’s late Friday night, and you want to go dancing with colleagues who are into ’80s music. No, wait—it’s Thursday afternoon, and you are on the hook for finding just the right power lunch spot for yourself and the governor. All of these scenarios—and many more—are great reasons to fire up the slick, free app by the hip culture mavens at the website UrbanDaddy, which launched a brand new Sacramento component last week. The app allows users to pull up the nearest restaurants, bars, cafés, clubs and other venues just right for the social setting at hand. But the service within isn’t just a glossy rehash of tried-and-true...
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- Sac State alum wins two new film awards and garners Oscar buzz
- Great Ways to Shop Local This Holiday Season
- Ice Ice Baby: Ice rinks take a holiday spin
- UrbanDaddy launches an app for Sacramentans on the move
- Nine spook-tacular ways to celebrate Halloween in the Sacramento region
- Sactown's Art Gallery Picks for October
- Mid-Century Mobile festival rolls on to Del Paso Blvd.
- The "Good" design and food market goes to the movies with an outdoor screening of Pee Wee's Big Adventure
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- Going County at Fairs Around the Sacramento Region