Known as “The Pitbull of Comedy” for his legendarily caustic stand-up sets, Bobby Slayton has been unleashing his gravel-voiced riffs on culture, politics, sex, race and every taboo in between for more than 30 years—often during his frequent trips to Sacramento. The comedian, who performs Oct. 9-12 at Punch Line, talks about his early days in town, what makes a “great room” for comics, and leaving his mark on modern comedy. How long have you been coming to Sacramento to perform? When I was a young comic living in San Francisco, I used to play the Laughs Unlimited, right in Old Sac. They used to put us up in a condo that was a block away. I remember Bill Hicks opened for me the week John Belushi died. He was a great comic, even back then. He was just a...
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If the surge of local breweries, cocktail bars and drink festivals this season has left you thirsty for some knowledge on how your favorite libations are made, class is in session with a pair of beverage educators and their cool new "How It's Made" posters. Richard Converse and Brad Cammon, whose company 78 Degrees hosts educational spirit-tasting events around Sacramento and the Bay Area, have conceived a series of posters illustrating the main steps of crafting whiskey, wine and beer in an eye-catching and easy-to-understand way. Starting Monday, Sept. 29, the duo is turning to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise $1,750 to pay for the design, printing and distribution of the posters. Converse, who works out of midtown Sacramento's Thinkhouse...
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Since demolition began at the site of downtown's forthcoming Entertainment and Sports Complex, the sidewalk across the street has been populated by a steady stream of onlookers, taking pictures or simply gazing upon the daily progress. And today, in the first of a series of surprise giveaways, the Sacramento Kings decided to reward the gathering of Kings fans, lunchtime observers and lucky passers-by with an array of goodies. Kings mascot Slamson, a small crew of Kings Dancers and other staff distributed brownies from midtown's Rick's Dessert Diner along with Kings t-shirts, sunglasses and foam koozies to a group congregated at the corner of 6th and L streets. The brief gathering took place just across...
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This weekend, approximately 35 mayors from around the country will descend on Sacramento as Mayor Kevin Johnson, who was installed as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in April, hosts the group’s fall leadership meeting here. Mayors from cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans and Santa Barbara will arrive in Sacramento on Saturday for the conference that will consist primarily of meetings focused on the agendas laid out by Johnson at the annual conference that took place in Dallas this past June. As part of Johnson’s “Cities 3.0” initiative that centers on civic innovation, the mayors will also hear from a number of tech company leaders, including the CEOs of ride-sharing companies...
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