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Crest Theatre brings 'Big Lebowski,' 'The Shining' and other classics to the big screen in January

12/31/14

Crest Theatre brings 'Big Lebowski,' 'The Shining' and other classics to the big screen in January

January might be a wasteland for good new movies at the multiplex, but The Crest Theatre has film lovers covered in the new year with a series of cinema classics. The program launches this Friday with Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane and continues through the end of the month with both vintage favorites (Casablanca, Vertigo) and more modern-day classics (Blade Runner, The Shining). The theater has also slated a screening of the cult darling The Big Lebowski on Jan. 19, which will be followed on Jan. 22 by a live performance from the film’s Oscar-winning star Jeff Bridges and his band the Abiders.  All of the movies will be presented in their original 35-millimeter film format as the Crest’s new management restores a regular schedule of screenings...

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11 nifty New Year's resolutions to try around Sacramento

12/31/14

11 nifty New Year's resolutions to try around Sacramento

With 2015 just around the corner, it’s time to get thinking about a new round of New Year’s resolutions. Consider checking out these 11 cool ways to get in shape, get cooking, learn a new language, pick up a new hobby, and much more. 1. Get your groove on at The Ballroom of Sacramento The workshops and organized dance parties at this East Sacramento studio cover everything from swing to the hustle and the waltz. Sign up for a weekly group lessons—January offers West and East Coast swing, salsa, tango, and the foxtrot (to name a few). Also, the Ballroom’s many DJ-hosted, themed “dance party” nights are great for those who want to learn a few moves and boogie into the evening. First-timers might also be interested in the Dollar Daze Dance Camp...

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A roundup of New Year's Eve celebrations in and around Sacramento where you can ring in 2015

12/29/14

A roundup of New Year's Eve celebrations in and around Sacramento where you can ring in 2015

With mere hours remaining in 2014, it’s getting down to the wire for revelers making last-minute plans for New Year’s Eve. If you’re among them—whether you’re looking for a place to dance the night away or enjoy a low-key dinner with friends or catch a fireworks show—consider these 10 local spots to make the most of ringing in 2015. TBD NYE Block Party With eight scheduled musical acts (including Sister Crayon, Oliver, Gigamesh and the headliner A-Trak), Launch will usher in 2015 with festivities in midtown on 20th Street (between J and K). LowBrau, Block Butcher Bar and other establishments along the MARRS retail corridor will serve a variety of house...

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Local Meal Deals for Theatergoers Abound

12/19/14

Local Meal Deals for Theatergoers Abound

This winter, restaurant owners are offering theater patrons a chance to be their guest with same-day discounts. We’ve rounded up a list of participating eateries that are offering up a sampling of their culinary arts—from shrimp purloo at The Porch to banh mi pizza at Firestone Public House—before an evening of the performing arts. On with the show! SACRAMENTO BALLET'S THE NUTCRACKER (through Dec. 21) Choreographed by Sacramento Ballet’s Ron Cunningham, the classic production has returned for its 27th year. The season features approximately 500 children that help tell the story of young Clara and her vivid dreams set to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Community Center Theater. 1400 J St. sacballet.org The Deal: All ticketholders...

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Kings release new renderings of mixed-use tower and plaza

12/11/14

Kings release new renderings of mixed-use tower and plaza

   

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7 holiday movie screenings to catch the Christmas spirit

12/10/14

7 holiday movie screenings to catch the Christmas spirit

The weather outside may be frightful, but at theaters and venues around town, screenings of delightful holiday movies fit for the whole family will make your days merry and bright this season. White Christmas Dec. 14, 15 & 17 This beloved 1954 holiday musical, starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye as a duo intent upon saving a struggling Vermont inn, brings music and mirth to select Century theaters for this special big-screen run in honor of its 60th anniversary. Times and prices vary. Century theaters in Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Rocklin and Elk Grove. cinemark.com Miracle on 34th Street Dec. 18 The newly restored historic State Theatre in Auburn hosts a screening of this Christmas classic starring Maureen O’Hara and Natalie Wood and centering on a jolly...

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A pair of hip, new downtown stores to feature vintage vinyl, design and more

12/08/14

A pair of hip, new downtown stores to feature vintage vinyl, design and more

Music lovers and vintage addicts will get a kick out of two shops teaming up for a new endeavor downtown: Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage and MediumRare Records are set to open side by side in February, offering collectors a broad, eclectic selection of old and new records and unique vintage items inside the Warehouse Artists Lofts project in the heart of the up-and-coming R Street Corridor. “We lost a couple good record stores [in Sacramento] in the last few years, and I always wanted to have a store that has two distinct vibes,” says MediumRare owner Marty DeAnda, who is moving his operation from its former Downtown Plaza digs (soon to be the site of the new Kings Arena) to its new shared space at 11th and R streets. “I wanted to attract all types of age...

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12 festive ways to celebrate the holiday season with the whole family

12/05/14

12 festive ways to celebrate the holiday season with the whole family

It’s that most wonderful time of the year, with yuletide events spreading holiday cheer around the region. Here are 12 ways for you and your family to have a holly, jolly Christmas in and around Sacramento. PJs in the Park (Dec. 6) You and your little ones can just roll out of bed and head straight to Raley Field for the annual PJs in the Park event, which will be festooned with Christmas trees and feature games and holiday crafts. There will also be a chance to show off your bunny pajamas in a picture with Santa. Bring a toy donation for the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive and receive 10 percent off at the Raley Field store. Free. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 376-4891. 400 Ballpark Drive. West Sacramento. 376-4700. raleyfield.com Christmas Memories (Dec. 6 and 13) The historic Victorian...

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10 Sacramento-area pub quizzes where you can think while you drink

12/04/14

10 Sacramento-area pub quizzes where you can think while you drink

The cold, wet winter months can prompt a retreat to some of Sacramento’s coziest bars and restaurants, and nothing complements a warming drink like a heated yet friendly pub quiz. All you need are a few partners and Sactown’s roundup of the season’s most engaging, challenging and fun trivia nights around the region. Bonn Lair The tight confines of this intimate East Sacramento institution not only keep out the winter cold, but also transport patrons into the heart of the English countryside. Quiz participants have the opportunity to “finish the lyrics” of popular songs while snacking on “British nachos” (chips served below a blanket of beans and cheese) and Scotch eggs (hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, rolled in bread crumbs and deep...

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Christmas is in the spotlight at these 7 holiday performances

12/04/14

Christmas is in the spotlight at these 7 holiday performances

Christmas is coming in the River City, with performing arts groups offering special seasonal productions across the region—from a symphonic concert in Folsom to a yuletide comedy in midtown to a historically inspired holiday program in Davis. Here are seven upcoming events to help make spirits bright this season. Cantus (Dec. 5) The all-male vocal ensemble Cantus stops in Davis with its yearly touring holiday concert program “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” which recounts a fabled event on the Western Front during the first World War when soldiers on both sides decided to temporarily put down their weapons and exchanged gifts, sang Christmas carols and even played soccer. The story of that historic moment will be told through performances of classics...

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New pop-up concept showcases local designers at a "Holladay" market

11/25/14

New pop-up concept showcases local designers at a "Holladay" market

This Black Friday, a pair of local events impresarios will unveil their approach to retail with Display: California, a new shopping concept in Oak Park that will launch with a holiday-themed pop-up shop. Set in the newly redeveloped Broadway Triangle space at 34th and Broadway, Display: California’s industrial-chic showroom opens Nov. 28 with a month-long pop-up store called Holladay, which promises modern Christmas décor and the opportunity to shop for specialty items by designers from around the region and state. The husband-and-wife team of Roshaun and Maritza Davis—who work under the agency banner Unseen Heroes and also oversee the monthly Good Street Food + Design Market in North Sacramento—is the guiding force behind Display: California. The Davises...

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Global Winter Wonderland set to light up holidays in Sacramento

11/21/14

Global Winter Wonderland set to light up holidays in Sacramento

All the world’s a stage at the Global Winter Wonderland, a luminous multicultural theme park and massive display of glowing structures filling 17 acres of Cal Expo starting Nov. 22 and running through Jan. 4. Inspired by China’s lantern festivals and executed by about 60 artisans and engineers from that country, the spectacle features lanterns as tall as seven stories that depict iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal in the park’s “Global Village,” as well as Yuletide scenes, and utilizes 100 tons of steel and more than two million LED lights. The traveling exhibition, which launched in 2011, visits just one city per year (Atlanta hosted it last year), and this year Sacramento was selected—in...

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10 fun ways to be charitable this Thanksgiving

11/21/14

10 fun ways to be charitable this Thanksgiving

’Tis the season of giving, and we’ve rounded up 10 fun and unique ways you can be charitable around the region this Thanksgiving—whether it’s taking a selfie, baking a pie, rocking out to KISS songs, or trotting through a Turkey Day 5K. Bring a bird to the Sacramento Food Bank Turkey Drive Nov. 21 Swing by the Sacramento Food Bank’s Oak Park campus and drop off a fresh or frozen turkey for Thanksgiving. Donors don’t even need to leave their car; volunteers will be on hand to unload turkeys from your vehicle as you drive through. Last year, the community donated over 7,000 turkeys that were distributed by the food bank to families in need throughout the region. 4:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 3333 3rd Ave. 456-1980. sacramentofoodbank.org Rock out for a good...

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9 unique craft fairs where you can shop local this holiday

11/20/14

9 unique craft fairs where you can shop local this holiday

Looking to add unique and local dimensions to your holiday shopping? We’ve rounded up some of the region’s biggest, best and coolest seasonal design and craft fairs to help you load up on gifts both big and small while supporting local businesses this fall. Noel: A Vintage Holiday Market Nov. 21-22 Funky accessory maker Bombshell Betty, doodler Lindsay Ostrom and former pro snowboarder-turned-artisan Tina Haller are among more than three dozen merchants scheduled to sell their holiday wares at this market created by Roseville crafts collective The Olive & Rose. The market also promises live carolers, as well as catering from Wander Food Truck. $5-$10. Prices and times vary by day. Placer County Fairgrounds. 800 All America City Blvd. Roseville. 206-9144....

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Play it cool at five local ice skating rinks

11/05/14

Play it cool at five local ice skating rinks

With winter on its way, strap on your blades of glory and play it cool at one of five ice rinks across the region offering everything from DJed skating sessions to drop-in hockey and piles of powder for youngsters. Ice, ice baby! Bayside Ice Rink at the Galleria at Roseville Through Jan. 15 Chill out at the holiday ice rink at Westfield Galleria at Roseville, which hosts two events this Friday to kick off the skating season, including free skating, appearances from the princesses from Frozen, and fun festivities like face painting and sweet treats like hot chocolate and donuts. That evening, the rink will be decked out with LED and black lights for another free event: a special nighttime skating party where the first 200 to arrive receive free neon...

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Five questions for the Kings' new point guard Darren Collison

10/29/14

Five questions for the Kings' new point guard Darren Collison

The Sacramento Kings will open their 30th season tonight, and we caught up with the team’s new starting point guard Darren Collison, who has been tearing up court since he was an MVP player at UCLA. Here’s what he had to say about his new teammates, the Kings’ recent trip to China and their upcoming year. Last season, you were with the L.A. Clippers. How did you feel about joining the Kings? Well, for one, it was a blessing. I was thankful for the opportunity to really just have my game get recognized because I work hard on it, and then to come to a team like Sacramento where they have great fans and the fans are very loyal to their players, it’s another blessing, so everything has been so surreal for me. I’m actually having as much fun as I’ve...

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Sacramento Moustache Run lets racers zoom and groom for a good cause

10/28/14

Sacramento Moustache Run lets racers zoom and groom for a good cause

Hair we go again! Prepare your best handlebars and goatees for the second annual Sacramento Moustache Run, a 5K race on Nov. 8 benefiting the American Cancer Society. Last year’s popular inaugural race was held at Sutter’s Landing, and this year, the event will be held along West Sacramento’s River Walk Park. Little ones will be able to take part in a free, half-mile kids' fun run, while music acts like D.J. Kittie will keep runners pumped along the route. Come donning your best (real or stick-on) facial hair, as the Moustache Run will hold contests in different categories like “Best Kids Moustache" and “Best Team Theme and Costumes.” Winners will receive gift certificates to restaurants like Kupros Bistro or shops like Sports Authority...

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7 spirited events to celebrate Day of the Dead

10/24/14

7 spirited events to celebrate Day of the Dead

Some of Sacramento’s liveliest holiday celebrations of the year are almost here with Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Thousands of local families will build altars in memory of those they have lost, while the community as a whole takes part in everything the deceased once enjoyed in life—great food, music and dance. This year, the region offers these opportunities to get into the spirit: Souls of the City: Día de los Muertos in Old Sacramento Nov. 1 To conclude a month of cultural events and workshops, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation and Sol Collective invite you to their grand Día de los Muertos fiesta. Costumed Aztec dancers, Kalpulli Maquilli Tonatiuh, will lead a colorful procession through Old Sacramento to the lighting of...

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Venerable home goods store William Glen reopens today four years after closing

10/23/14

Venerable home goods store William Glen reopens today four years after closing

Four years after closing its popular, long-standing shop at Town & Country Village in Arden-Arcade, Sacramento home store William Glen will reopen at 1 p.m. today across from the Pavilions shopping center in the former Fish Emporium building. “We were asked by friends, family and customers who used to shop at the old store for generations, to please come back to the Sacramento market, so when this place presented itself, it all fell into place,” says Mark Snyder, who owns the establishment with his sister Amy Guthrie. (The brother-and-sister team also own and run Chef's Mercantile and Christmas & Company in Old Sacramento.) Their father, Bill Snyder, co-founded the original 18,000-square-foot William Glen, which was open from 1963 until 2010, about a year...

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Seven haunted houses bring chills and thrills this Halloween season

10/17/14

Seven haunted houses bring chills and thrills this Halloween season

Want to be scared silly this Halloween season? Here are seven of the most spine-tingling, hair-raising haunted houses in the region. Read on if you dare. Callson Manor Dubbing itself as “the most extreme haunted house theme park” in the Sacramento region, the Callson Manor in Roseville boasts 10 attractions like Slasher Cafe or the Panic room that aim to give you the sense of stepping into your favorite horror film. Watch fire dancing performances twice nightly from Sacramento group Obsidian Butterfly on the Living Dead Stage, meander through the ghost town Modoc with spooks from haunted Wild West characters, experience the 3-D Cirque du Fantasy show, and of course brave the creepy corridors of Callson Manor itself. $26-$60. Open Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 26, and Oct....

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Read all about it: The inaugural California Capital Book Festival launches in late October

10/16/14

Read all about it: The inaugural California Capital Book Festival launches in late October

Hit the books this month at the first-ever California Capital Book Festival, which will host readings, presentations and panels by more than 120 authors at the Sacramento Convention Center. Developed by longtime Sacramento event organizer Marion Englund, who wanted to introduce the city to authors of many different genres, the festival was inspired by events like the popular Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. “I have been watching book festivals all over, and thought that Sacramento and Northern California needed one,” Englund says. “This is an opportunity [for attendees] to look at other types of books and think, ‘I’d like to read that.” Highlights of the diverse author lineup include Emmy Award nominee Peter Mehlman, a former Seinfeld...

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10 Questions for Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger

10/15/14

10 Questions for Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger

Sactown caught up with Kings President Chris Granger this morning while he was waiting for his flight from China to take off, returning to Sacramento from the team’s preseason exhibition matches there. Despite being tired, grubbing on plates of unidentifiable food and getting whooped at Ping-Pong by a bunch of kids, Granger says the experience was “spectacular.” How was the trip? It was an A+ trip all around. Our players had a fantastic time. Our owners loved it. Our partners had a fantastic time. It was just really good. I mean, the fans here in China are so knowledgeable and so passionate about the game that we just had a great time interacting with them. How are Kings fans different in China than they are here? The difference is that in Sacramento, we are...

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Eight great events that scare up some Halloween fun

10/14/14

Eight great events that scare up some Halloween fun

Halloween Haunt Oct. 18 From exploring a hay maze to picking through a pumpkin patch, little ones can enjoy plenty of Halloween-themed fun inside the miniature 3.5-acre city of Safetyville. Other highlights include watching a magic show, strutting in a costume parade and playing games like ring toss. $6 (free for kids 2 and under). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Safetyville USA. 3909 Bradshaw Rd. 438-3351. safetycenter.org Monster Bash Oct. 18 In addition to grooving to DJed tunes and taking photos in their crazy costumes, kids can explore exhibits in the Sacramento Children’s Museum and view its new installation: a creepy-crawly bug made from recycled materials by local artist Ben Newman. $15. 6-8 p.m. Sacramento Children’s Museum. 2701 Prospect Park Dr. Rancho Cordova. 638-7225....

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Get ready for a wand-erful time at first Old Sacramento Magic Festival

10/14/14

Get ready for a wand-erful time at first Old Sacramento Magic Festival

Do you believe in magic? Jump into a world of imaginative illusions, hypnotizing trickery and spellbinding sleight of hand this weekend, when the Delta King and its surrounding cobblestone streets transform into a playground for some of the country’s most celebrated magicians at the Old Sacramento Magic Festival. The three-day event—the first major magic festival on the West Coast—will begin with a free opening celebration on Friday, Oct. 17, followed throughout the weekend with performances and lectures by prominent illusionists like Society of American Magicians president Ice McDonald, Andrew Goldenhersh (whom the Los Angeles institution Magic Castle recognized as its 2009 and 2010 Parlour Magician of the Year), and the single-monikered card maestro Daryl (whose...

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7 events to check out during the 7 days of Specialty Coffee Week

10/10/14

7 events to check out during the 7 days of Specialty Coffee Week

Capital city roasters and coffeehouses are brewing up seven days of buzzy events for Sacramento Specialty Coffee Week. The inaugural event—which runs Oct. 13 through 19 and is spearheaded by local roasters like Temple Coffee and Chocolate Fish—celebrates our burgeoning artisanal coffee scene through (mostly free) tastings, lectures, classes and more. Here’s a sampling of can’t-miss caffeinated offerings, one for every day of the week-long affair. (And to read more about Sacramento's booming coffee culture, pick up Sactown's Oct/Nov Coffee Issue on newsstands now.) Benefit for Coffee Kids (Oct. 13) Chocolate and coffee go hand in hand, and that delicious pairing will be used to benefit Coffee Kids (which works to assist families in Latin American...

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Fall into the new season at these 10 Sacramento-area pumpkin patches

10/08/14

Fall into the new season at these 10 Sacramento-area pumpkin patches

As we enter the second week of October, it’s prime time for roaming through the region’s fields of orange in search of the perfect pumpkin. Whether you’re looking for a teeny pumpkin to adorn your work desk, a sweet pumpkin for a tasty pie or a giant pumpkin for a spooky jack-o'-lantern, there’s a local farm nearby with exactly what your heart desires. Here are 10 nearby pumpkin patches where you can load up on and gorge on gourds. Pumpkin Harvest Oct. 11 At Capay Organic’s last scheduled tour of the 2014, kids can pick their own carving pumpkin from the patch (grown specifically for this event) and decorate them with paint and googly eyes at a craft station hosted by the Food Literacy Center. Families can also catch a tractor ride along the...

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5 questions for comic Bobby Slayton

10/01/14

5 questions for comic Bobby Slayton

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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Beer, wine and whiskey explained with stylish and locally produced 'How It's Made' posters

09/29/14

Beer, wine and whiskey explained with stylish and locally produced 'How It's Made' posters

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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Kings treat fans at downtown arena construction site

09/25/14

Kings treat fans at downtown arena construction site

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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35 Mayors head to Sacramento this weekend for leadership meeting and dinner on the Tower Bridge

09/24/14

35 Mayors head to Sacramento this weekend for leadership meeting and dinner on the Tower Bridge

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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New "Contagious Color" mural set to brighten road to Sacramento

09/19/14

New "Contagious Color" mural set to brighten road to Sacramento

Come November, the once-neglected 12th Street passageway into the central city will become an appealing, lively corridor thanks to Contagious Color, a new public-art initiative approved this past week by the Sacramento City Council. The project is helmed by L/C Mural & Design, the Sacramento-based team of artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel, whose work includes other public projects—like a 14,000-square-foot water tank in east Davis and the planned Bright Underbelly mural at the Sacramento Central Farmers’ Market—that are geared towards adding beauty to industrial structures. “[12th Street] is such a gateway, and this really formalizes that fact,” Lacin says. “We really want to uplift that whole tunnel and that whole area.”...

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Pop-up rooftop park returns to midtown this weekend

09/19/14

Pop-up rooftop park returns to midtown this weekend

This weekend, join the Rooftop Alliance as it transforms the roof of a midtown parking garage into UPark 2014, a pop-up urban park offering two days of yoga, dance, art, movies, beer, a mobile produce stand and other offerings. The park will occupy the top floor of the garage at 20th and L streets, previously the site of a bike-in outdoor movie screening this summer. Inspired by parks and gardens on rooftops in cities such as Vancouver and Chicago, the Rooftop Alliance started the UPark event last year in the hopes of making permanent parks and gardens on the rooftops of restaurants, businesses and residential complexes in Sacramento more common and accessible. “As we’re becoming compact in big cities, people are becoming more aware of making the most of our...

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Sacramento-area artisans have eyes on Martha Stewart American Made prize

09/16/14

Sacramento-area artisans have eyes on Martha Stewart American Made prize

It’s maker break time for a handful of Sacramento-area artisans. The Martha Stewart American Made contest has thrust more than 900 independent producers in the design, crafts, food and style realms into a competition to be recognized as one of the country’s foremost “makers”—the affectionate shorthand describing the new wave of do-it-yourself product creators. Among the 900, four finalists from the Sacramento region are in the hunt for one of 10 winners’ slots. They include the Courtland-based furniture and home-products designer blankblank, the Sacramento-based sustainable seafood distributor Siren Fish Co., Granite Bay’s foodie fundraising startup Ternero Olive Oil and the Yuba City-headquartered gardening supplement Shake and Grow....

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Second Saturday: 125 artists open their studios, plus 3 new gallery shows to see

09/11/14

Second Saturday: 125 artists open their studios, plus 3 new gallery shows to see

This month, art lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy works not just on gallery walls for Second Saturday, but inside the studios of more than 125 artists during the Sac Open Studios Tour. Artists based in and around downtown and midtown Sacramento will open up their work spaces to the public on Sept. 13 and 14, while next weekend (Sept. 20 and 21) will feature those in suburban areas such as Arden-Arcade, Tahoe Park, Carmichael and Fair Oaks. The event is presented this year for the first time by Verge Center for the Arts, which merged this year with the program’s founders at Center for Contemporary Art Sacramento. (The CCAS launched the tours in 2006.) “When somebody goes into a gallery or museum, and they see the finished product hanging on the wall,...

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Artist David Garibaldi featured on NFL Network

09/04/14

Artist David Garibaldi featured on NFL Network

Sacramento performance artist David Garibaldi, known for his fast-paced, performance-style painting that led him to the final four of America's Got Talent in 2012, is taking his painting skills to the big leagues—literally. In his first collaboration with the NFL Network—owned by the National Football League—Garibaldi is featured in a new three-and-a-half minute video clip entitled “Hunting for a Championship” on the network’s website that was shot last Tuesday over the course of four hours at his studio in Elk Grove.   The video features star NFL players and coaches, both past and present—including 49ers legend Jerry Rice, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell...

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Local UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw set to defend his title on Saturday

08/29/14

Local UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw set to defend his title on Saturday

In what’s been called one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts history, Sacramento-based UFC fighter T.J. Dillashaw defeated the heavily favored Renan Barao with a fifth-round TKO in May for the bantamweight title. With Dillashaw hoping to defend his belt against challenger Joe Soto this Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in Natomas, we look back at our conversation with the hometown MMA champ when he was costarring on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter in 2011. Here’s an excerpt from that interview. First things first: For the uninitiated, can you explain what mixed martial arts—or MMA—is? It combines all forms of martial arts, so not only is it boxing, but it’s also kickboxing, jujitsu, Muay Thai—[the list] is endless. And wrestling,...

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Sacramento Zoo set to unveil 'Small Wonders of Africa' exhibit on Sept. 27

08/29/14

Sacramento Zoo set to unveil 'Small Wonders of Africa' exhibit on Sept. 27

A number of our little furry and feathered friends at the Sacramento Zoo will have a shiny new home next month when the Small Wonders of Africa exhibit opens Sept. 27. The project broke ground in January, promising renovated habitats for the zoo’s African straw-colored fruit bats, Wolf’s guenon monkeys, aardvarks, red-billed hornbills, crested guineafowl and other creatures. The exhibit was originally scheduled to open over Labor Day weekend, but was placed on hold after the sudden passing of zoo director Mary Healy, who suffered a cerebral aneurysm earlier this month while traveling to the Galapagos Islands. Small Wonders will comprise three large living spaces for mixed species of East African animals, allowing zoo-goers to watch the animals interact with...

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10 great ways to celebrate summer's last hurrah

08/21/14

10 great ways to celebrate summer's last hurrah

With the unofficial end of summer almost here, here are 10 ways to make the most of the season's final days, with outdoor movie screenings, concerts under the stars, and more. Movie in Fremont Park: Back to the Future (Aug. 22) Head to midtown Sacramento’s Fremont Park and feel the power of love at this free outdoor movie screening of the ’80s classic Back to the Future starring Michael J. Fox as a teenager who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past via a time-traveling DeLorean. Prior to the film, which will be shown at dusk, groove to tunes from the local rock band Rebel Punk or grab a pizza to go from Hot Italian across the street. Free. 6 p.m. Fremont Park. 16th & Q streets. Rascal Flatts & Sheryl Crow (Aug. 22) At this co-headlined...

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10 fun runs where you can get fit and have a blast in and around Sacramento

08/20/14

10 fun runs where you can get fit and have a blast in and around Sacramento

Summer is more than halfway behind us, and the promise of dropping temperatures means weather cool enough to run in the sun—and there are plenty of fun, themed runs around town to help you stay fit while having a great time. From crazy obstacle races to a doughnut-centric 5K and Oktoberfest-themed races for dogs, these 10 runs will keep you on your feet. Race for the Arts Aug. 23 Strap on your trainers at this 16th annual event benefiting local school programs, arts organizations and institutions. Talented performers from groups like the Sacramento Youth Symphony and El Dorado Musical Theatre will entertain participants along the 5K route in William Land Park, and youngsters can hit the ground running in quarter- and half-mile fun runs. The day will end on the right foot...

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Stardom is in your hands with Sacramento company's new iPhone game

08/13/14

Stardom is in your hands with Sacramento company's new iPhone game

Ever wanted to headline an arena tour? Or sing for a sold-out stadium? Or make an album with the music-industry elite? Thanks to a Sacramento company, there’s an app for that. This week, music and fan engagement mavens Ground(ctrl) helped launch TourStar, a new iPhone game that lets users hit the road as characters working their ways to cultural superstardom. Starting with a name, an avatar and $10 in one’s pocket, players can enlist an agent, producer, backup musicians and other support as they maneuver from coffee houses to concert halls, from bar mitzvahs to the big time. After players have advanced far enough through the pop, rock, country, hip-hop or R&B ranks—and with enough of a digital fortune—they can apply their wealth to tickets,...

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Snoopy license plates may score big windfall for California museums

07/31/14

Snoopy license plates may score big windfall for California museums

Snoopy, the beloved Peanuts character, is hoping to hit the road in California—on license plates, anyway, in a statewide campaign to raise much-needed funds for California museums. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment, the California Association of Museums and the Department of Motor Vehicles have reached the halfway point of their joint effort to create a Peanuts-themed license plate, proceeds from which will go to fund a grant program available to 1,400 art and history museums, zoos, aquariums, science centers, botanical gardens and other cultural institutions around the state. Since SnoopyPlate.com launched in January, drivers have preordered 4,224 license plates featuring cartoonist Charles Schulz’s beloved beagle Snoopy dancing alongside the...

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County fairs bringing late-summer flair to the Sacramento region

07/29/14

County fairs bringing late-summer flair to the Sacramento region

Sacramento's California State Fair may have closed its fun-filled, fried-food gates for another year, but things are just warming up at other parts of our region, starting with the Yuba-Sutter Fair, which kicks off this Thursday. From Woodland to Auburn, consider a trip to one of these county fairs to keep your summer festive through August and beyond.   Yuba-Sutter Fair July 31-Aug. 3 This 156th annual fair celebrating Yuba and Sutter counties will see the return of popular events, like a destruction derby and the Tuff Truck & Mud Bogs show. During the day, families can watch the Busy Bee Dogs—featuring highly trained rescue pups—show off their tricks, as well as mind-bending presentations by Las Vegas-based hypnotist Tyzen. Nightly concerts will...

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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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Fifth Bastille Day Waiters' Race set to storm Sacramento

07/07/14

Fifth Bastille Day Waiters' Race set to storm Sacramento

Sacramento’s “tray” magnifique summer tradition returns to midtown this weekend as the fifth annual Bastille Day Waiters’ Race gets underway at noon on Sunday, July 13. Up to 50 men and women will participate in the race, which features servers from local restaurants (outfitted in the classic French bistro uniform of apron and bowtie) attempting to hustle down L Street without spilling their precious trays of sparkling water and drinking glasses. More than 1,000 spectators are expected for the event, which offers prizes of $500, $250 and $100 for first, second and third place finishers in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Inspired by the famed footrace in Paris, which commemorates France’s national holiday, the race...

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Exclusive: Moby is latest superstar booked for TBD Fest

06/30/14

Exclusive: Moby is latest superstar booked for TBD Fest

Electronic music superstar Moby is the latest performer to be confirmed to appear at TBD Fest, the three-day concert and cultural festival coming this October to West Sacramento. Moby, a six-time Grammy nominee who has sold more than 20 million albums in his two-decade-plus recording career, will perform a DJ set at the festival. He joins headliners Justice and Blondie as well as dozens more acts booked to appear at TBD Fest, including Empire of the Sun, Dillon Francis, Explosions in the Sky, Gramatik, Kurt Vile and the Violators, MS MR and The War on Drugs. The announcement follows the news earlier this month that festival organizers Michael Hargis and Clay Nutting had rechristened their popular Sacramento arts, music and culture festival Launch as TBD Fest. The...

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Exclusive: TBD Fest announces Justice, Blondie, other acts among 2014 lineup

06/25/14

Exclusive: TBD Fest announces Justice, Blondie, other acts among 2014 lineup

TBD Fest, the three-day arts and music blowout that recently announced its new home in West Sacramento, has unveiled more of its jam-packed lineup for the festival this October. The French electronic dance duo Justice will make a rare U.S. appearance to for a DJ set at TBD Fest. Justice will be joined by new wave icons Blondie, Austalian duo Empire of the Sun, rocker Kurt Vile, hip hop ensemble Deltron 3030, electro act Gramatik, the Brooklyn band DIIV, and numerous other artists and bands including RAC, Cherub, Keys N Krates, Beach Fossils, Metz, The Drums, Skaters and Carousel. TBD Fest’s previously announced acts include War on Drugs (Kurt Vile's former band), the Texas guitar instrumentalists Explosions in the Sky, electro star Dillon Francis, the Portland group...

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10 places to enjoy movies outdoors this summer in Sacramento

06/20/14

10 places to enjoy movies outdoors this summer in Sacramento

This summer in Sacramento, outdoor movies are in. All season long, a number of parks, museums and other venues around the region will screen classic films, contemporary blockbusters and family-friendly fare from Frozen to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. All of the screenings begin at sundown and are free, unless otherwise noted. Bring a blanket, gather friends or family and enjoy! Screen on the Green (Sacramento) This event, sponsored by councilmember Steve Cohn and Pops in the Park, features Sacto MoFo food trucks from 5-8:30 p.m. August 2 The Perfect Game (South Natomas Community Park, 2901 Truxel Road)  August 9 The Nut Job (Glenn Hall Park, Sandburg and Carlson Drive) 808-5240. sacscreenonthegreen.com Courtyard Classic Film Series...

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Five great spots around town to catch World Cup fever

06/19/14

Five great spots around town to catch World Cup fever

Whether you already have World Cup fever or just want to root for the home team after its stunning upset win against Ghana, the Sacramento region is teeming with great places to watch the USA-Portugal match this Sunday, June 22, at 3 p.m. From partying with the Republic to joining the frenzy in Davis, catch the excitement at one of these World Cup hot spots: Sacramento Republic FC Viewing Parties What better way to watch the game than with those who know it best—players and staffers of the Sacramento's new professional soccer team, the Republic FC? The squad's neigbors at New Helvetia Brewing Company will host a Republic viewing party complete with a food truck, team swag and plenty of its acclaimed beer. Alternatively, stop by another team-sanctioned watch...

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Artists debut huge new mural planned for farmers' market

06/17/14

Artists debut huge new mural planned for farmers' market

This fall, things could be looking bright for one of the busiest freeways in the city. A planned mural project called Bright Underbelly would transform the underside of the W/X freeway with a sprawling sky-blue canopy, bringing new life to the blank concrete surface that looms above where thousands gather every Sunday for the Sacramento Central Farmers’ Market. Renderings of the ambitious 70,000-square-foot piece were released this morning. Conceived by local arts impresario Tre Borden (who operated the former Exhibit S pop-up shop in Downtown Plaza with artist Danny Scheible), the mural is to be painted this fall by Sacramento-based muralists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel—the pair responsible for other massive public art projects like the eye-catching...

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Rock out: 10 outdoor concerts burning up Sacramento this summer

06/13/14

Rock out: 10 outdoor concerts burning up Sacramento this summer

Summer might mean longer days, but the sun doesn't have to go down in Sacramento for the stars to come out at some of the region's best outdoor concert venues. From blues to country to classic rock and beyond, here are 10 shows that are worth getting out into the open for. Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival (June 14 & 15) The Delta town of Isleton is on a blues streak with this annual music and food festival featuring a host of blues and soul musicians like singer Marcia Ball, the Grammy-winning Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and JD McPherson. $25 per day (free for ages 12 and under). Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Delta Boat Storage at B&W Resort Marina. 950 Brannan Island Rd. Isleton. 777-4800. isletoncajunfestival.net Gregg Allman (June 28)...

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Trash bins are the star in new "Art of the Dumpster" exhibit

06/13/14

Trash bins are the star in new "Art of the Dumpster" exhibit

Ten Sacramento artists will prove they can think outside the 22-foot-long box with the opening of "Art of the Dumpster," a new public art installation aiming to draw attention to the industrial zone around Power Inn Road. Corresponding with the city’s Second Saturday arts tradition, the uniquely painted dumpsters will be showcased in a free celebration on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can stroll through a makeshift outdoor gallery on the unpaved strip of land at the corner of Power Inn and Cucamonga Avenue. Passers-by can also size up the exhibition from the road or sidewalk until its conclusion on Aug. 30. “Our goal is very simple,” says Sally Freedlander, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Power Inn Alliance....

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Exclusive: Launch festival changes name to TBD Fest, moves to West Sacramento

06/12/14

Exclusive: Launch festival changes name to TBD Fest, moves to West Sacramento

The downtown arts and music festival known as Launch is getting ready for a makeover—and a new name—this fall in West Sacramento. Organizers Michael Hargis and Clay Nutting have rechristened the gathering TBD Fest, where they’ll welcome a collection of international and local acts (including Dillon Francis, Explosions in the Sky, War on Drugs, Goldroom, Yacht and Com Truise) to a new riverside performance venue from Oct. 3-5. TBD Fest tickets go on sale this morning at the festival’s new website, tbdfest.com. A limited amount of three-day passes will be available for $99; the price will go to $129 once those are sold out, and then $159 once TBD Fest's headliners and remaining lineup are announced in the days ahead. A $250 VIP package includes...

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Going viral: El Dorado Hills rescue cow that thinks she's a dog

06/10/14

Going viral: El Dorado Hills rescue cow that thinks she's a dog

El Dorado Hills-based Grace Foundation of Northern California—home to Tiny Beyonce, the dachshund mix that was born weighing less than an ounce and whose tale went viral in 2012—is taking over the web once more with Milkshake, a 1,200-pound heifer that behaves like a dog herself, thanks to a video published six days ago by the U.K.-based Caters News Agency, which has led to stories in publications like Time magazine and The Daily Mail. Rescued from an abusive owner six years ago, the 8-year-old Herford had never been introduced to other bovine. So when she came to live at the rural nonprofit animal shelter, she spent a lot of time with the ranch’s other dogs and adopted some of their canine qualities, from eating out of a bowl to tagging along with Grace...

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Free lessons during National "Learn to Row" Day tomorrow

06/06/14

Free lessons during National "Learn to Row" Day tomorrow

If you've ever wanted to learn to row crew, some of the best instructors in the region will be on hand tomorrow morning to teach the sport to newcomers. No experience is needed. Every half hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers and instructors from the West Sacramento-based River City Rowing Club (RCRC) will take a group of visitors on a tour of the River City boathouse at the Port of West Sacramento, teaching them how to row on an indoor rowing machine before taking them out on the water in an eight-person boat. The clubs asks that participants bring sunscreen, a water bottle, hat, socks and sunglasses. The early times are currently full, but as of 4 p.m. Friday, there was still room in the time slots between noon and 2 p.m. This will be the fourth year that RCRC has...

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Three great ways to watch California Chrome go for the Triple Crown this Saturday

06/03/14

Three great ways to watch California Chrome go for the Triple Crown this Saturday

After winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, hometown horse racing hero California Chrome—co-owned by Denise and Perry Martin of Yuba City—now takes on the Belmont Stakes this Saturday in the hopes of becoming the first horse to earn a Triple Crown since 1978. Unless you’re planning a trip to New York this weekend, you likely won’t be able to catch a glimpse of the champion in action, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join in the festivities. Check out our own Triple Crown of viewing parties around our region where you can watch the race with your fellow Chromies. Yuba City Street Party California Chrome’s hometown will be closing down a portion of its downtown Plumas Street from noon to 7 p.m. this Saturday and broadcasting...

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State Capitol to host shot put event at USA Track & Field Championships

05/29/14

State Capitol to host shot put event at USA Track & Field Championships

Expect a whole new type of power to descend on the State Capitol on June 25, when the building hosts the men's and women's shot put competitions of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Officials with the Sacramento Sports Commission announced today that the event—dubbed the Capitol Shot—will welcome the country's best shot putters to the Capitol's west side, where they will contend for top honors and a leg up in the quest for Olympic glory in 2016. The Capitol and its dome will serve as the backdrop for the athletes throwing from a ring situated near 10th Street. Spectators can view some of the sport's most prodigious putters for free from the elevated west steps. Among them are expected to be Ryan Whiting (the top-ranked shot...

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Sign Lady inducted into ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame

05/29/14

Sign Lady inducted into ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame

This morning, Sacramento Kings fan Barbara Rust, aka “Sign Lady,” will be immortalized in ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame, along with fellow superfans Canaan Sandy (a devotee of the Arizona Razorbacks) and Pierce Wallace (a Georgia Bulldogs supporter). The induction comes after a public vote in December, for which Rust received more than 85,000 online votes and, subsequently, a standing ovation during a Kings game that brought her to tears. “It’s still kind of unbelievable to me that the whole thing happened," says Rust, who can be seen at almost every Kings home game waving her poster-board displays of team spirit from the third row of Section 120 at Sleep Train Arena. "It’s such a surprise." To honor the Folsom resident’s...

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Go wheel to reel with bike-friendly outdoor movies in midtown

05/09/14

Go wheel to reel with bike-friendly outdoor movies in midtown

May is National Bike Month, and Sunday’s Amgen Tour of California kickoff isn’t the only way to celebrate in Sacramento. Two outdoor, bike-related film events in midtown are getting in the spirit as well: the Bicycle Film Festival, which rides into Fremont Park this weekend, and an inaugural “Bike Drive-In” unspooling on May 17. Tonight and Saturday, the Bicycle Film Festival—an international event that last made a stop in Sacramento in 2011—will screen a free series of cycle-centric short films created by directors from across the globe. “It’s basically a celebration of bicycles through film,” says BFF event director Andrea Lepore, better known as the co-founder and creative director of the gourmet pizzeria Hot Italian,...

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Cycling stars roll into Sacramento to kick off Amgen Tour of California

05/08/14

Cycling stars roll into Sacramento to kick off Amgen Tour of California

This Sunday, Sacramento shifts into gear for Stage 1 of the Amgen Tour of California, America's most prestigious multistage cycling competition. Though 2014 marks Sacramento’s sixth year as a host city for the annual eight-stage race, it will be the first time a stage starts and finishes downtown—in front of an estimated 30,000 spectators. The 120-mile opening stage will feature 128 elite cyclists from seven different countries, including 2012 Tour de France champion and Olympic gold medalist Sir Bradley Wiggins of England. After a 10:50 a.m. start at the steps of the State Capitol, riders will head northwest out of Sacramento, along the eastern bank of the Sacramento River, across Lincoln, through Auburn on a winding stretch of Highway 49, down the foothills via...

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City Hall defines 'Character' with latest public art exhibition

05/05/14

City Hall defines 'Character' with latest public art exhibition

A band of 14 characters currently occupies City Hall’s Robert T. Matsui Gallery. The Traveler peers over his shoulder, perhaps taking one last look at the past before continuing on down the road. Polychromatic, paint-stained fingers run down the face of Untitled’s hulking but yet vulnerable figure. The white-bearded subject of Chalkboard in Five Stanzas fades into and out of view next to a chalkboard likeness of himself, which is eradicated with one swipe of an eraser. The latest installment of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission's gallery program, “Defining Character: The Art of the Portrait”—which will be exhibited at City Hall through July 31—features works from Sacramento artists Laura Caron, Maren Conrad, Debra Hardesty, Fred...

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Vintage car trek California Mille makes a pit stop in Sacramento

04/28/14

Vintage car trek California Mille makes a pit stop in Sacramento

Sacramento, start your engine. You may catch a glimpse of Italian tradition this week when the 24th annual California Mille, a tribute to Italy’s famous open road race the Mille Miglia (or "thousand mile"), comes through the region. Modeled after the Italian race in that began 1927, riders will cruise along back roads in a group, avoiding major highways. The thundering herd of classic cars began its voyage Sunday at Nob Hill in San Francisco, where thousands of spectators gathered to see the automobiles off on their four-day, 1,000-mile journey through cities from Lodi to Lake Tahoe. About 77 entrants representing 14 states and four foreign countries—Canada, Japan, Colombia and England—are involved, including a local driver from Auburn who sits behind...

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Bonney Field named as new home of Sacramento Republic FC

04/21/14

Bonney Field named as new home of Sacramento Republic FC

The future home of the new Sacramento Republic FC soccer team at Cal Expo officially has a name: Bonney Field. Team executives will announce today at a press conference that naming rights for the 8,000-seat multiuse stadium have been acquired by the Rancho Cordova-based plumbing, heating, air conditioning and rooter company. Bonney's name will be located on signage both outside and inside the facility, which opens June 7 with the Republic FC’s match against the Phoenix FC Wolves. “When they said what their intentions were with regard to the community, it was something that immediately caught my attention,” says Bonney co-owner and CEO Jimmy Crabbé. He was impressed with the scope of happenings that the Republic FC's executives intended to host...

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Massive new mural promotes big-time health in Sacramento

04/11/14

Massive new mural promotes big-time health in Sacramento

If you’ve strolled along 15th Street near Cafeteria 15L recently, paintings of a giant—and unusually pointy—apple and soccer ball might have caught your eye. The artwork is part of a massive new mural on the side of the historic 1414 K Street building, a piece undertaken last week by local artist Demetris “B.A.M.R.” Washington and backed by The California Endowment, a Sacramento-based health foundation. The 175-sq. ft. apple and 62.5-sq. ft. soccer ball will join a similarly oversized orange and pomegranate on the six-story brick edifice, where the objects’ round undersides take the shape of map pins. Upon completion, the Endowment's “Health happens here” slogan will be emblazoned on the apple, while the hashtag...

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Local filmmaker releases new video that shows Sacramento in motion

04/01/14

Local filmmaker releases new video that shows Sacramento in motion

If MTV handed out a Moonman for best civic video, Justin Majeczky just might need to polish his acceptance speech. His evocative new three-minute movie, Sacramento Timelapse, which stitches together more than 20,000 still photographs taken throughout the region over an 18-month period, shows the city in a whole new light—literally. You’ll see the downtown skyline transform from day to night, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament bathed in the glow of the moon, the sun setting over the Tower Bridge and the sun rising over a hayfield in Yolo County. “Most people will shoot nice photos of the area or video, but I think time-lapse is a really interesting way to show it off,” Majeczky says. “It adds an almost breathing motion to the area and makes it...

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Fire temporarily closes River City Brewing Company

03/27/14

Fire temporarily closes River City Brewing Company

A small fire at River City Brewing Company on Thursday morning set off sprinklers that soaked the inside of the restaurant, prompting its closure as well as that of a neighboring Downtown Plaza eatery. A representative for Downtown Plaza says nobody was hurt in the incident. The fire started shortly after 11 a.m. in the kitchen’s pizza oven, according to River City staff. The flames sent plumes of smoke through a vent above Johnny Rockets on the second floor of Downtown Plaza, causing employees and patrons to evacuate the popular ’50s-themed diner as well. Sacramento Fire Department crews arrived at the plaza’s western entry within minutes, tending to the scene from the ground floor and the roof. Johnny Rockets, which sustained no damage from the...

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Race for your life this weekend at Sacramento's Zombie Run

03/14/14

Race for your life this weekend at Sacramento's Zombie Run

Undead culture is alive and well these days—even in our health and fitness traditions. Look no further than Sacramento for evidence this weekend, when distance runners and brain feasters unite for the beginning of the end at The Zombie Run. “The whole idea of the run is that an apocalypse has happened and taken over Sacramento Raceway,” explains Zombie Run series director Chloe Swenson, who oversees the national network of 5K races and obstacle courses pitting humans against a field of zombie foes. Participants have the opportunity to choose sides before the infection takes root at the racetrack situated just south of Mather Field. “You can sign up as either a zombie or a human,” Swenson says. “Zombies get professional makeovers before we...

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Sactown Magazine nominated for two National City & Regional Magazine Awards

03/06/14

Sactown Magazine nominated for two National City & Regional Magazine Awards

We received some very happy news here at Sactown HQ yesterday when we found out that we are nominated for two 2014 National City & Regional Magazine Awards—the Oscars of the city magazine category. Our first nomination is for "Best Food or Dining Feature Package" for our farm-to-fork issue last Apr-May. You can read one of our features from that issue, "A Winters Tale," here. Our second nomination is for "Best Food or Dining Writing" for Hank Shaw's column, "The Bounty Hunter," which celebrates our region's bounty. For both categories, we're up against some of the largest and most prestigious regional magazines in the country—Los Angeles, Texas Monthly, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Washingtonian and Seattle...

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Chris Hemsworth among stars coming to Sacramento’s first Comic Con event

02/24/14

Chris Hemsworth among stars coming to Sacramento’s first Comic Con event

UPDATE, Feb. 24: Thor is in the house! Since our original blog post last month, Wizard World Comic Con has added Thor star Chris Hemsworth to the list of attendees at next week's event in Sacramento. Walking Dead co-star Michael Rooker has also recently been added to the program. Tickets for photo opportunities (including a snapshot with Hemsworth and Thor co-creator Stan Lee), autograph sessions or VIP packages including pictures, signatures, panel attendance and more are on sale now at Wizard World's website.  __________ Local fanboys, fangirls and geeks at heart can expect to achieve nerd-vana in March, when Sacramento will host its inaugural Wizard World Comic Con event at the Convention Center. Thor star Chris Hemsworth, William...

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Jackie Greene comes home with a solo show in March

02/20/14

Jackie Greene comes home with a solo show in March

After spending much of 2013 traversing the country with The Black Crowes, it’s homecoming time for Jackie Greene. The singer-songwriter will return to the region on March 23 for a concert at the Center For the Arts in Grass Valley, taking the stage with his Jackie Greene Band and resuming the acclaimed solo career he launched in Sacramento more than a decade ago. Announced yesterday (and with tickets on sale now), the foothills date is part of a growing West Coast tour that will also include stops in Los Angeles and Oakland. Greene is currently developing his first solo album in four years, during which time he has collaborated in a trio with former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, played in the supergroup Trigger Hippy (with vocalist Joan Osborne and Black Crowes...

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Former Tower Records magazine editor writes the book (literally) on music legend Aphex Twin

02/20/14

Former Tower Records magazine editor writes the book (literally) on music legend Aphex Twin

It’s a famous album almost entirely without words, hooks, beats or even song titles. Its two-and-a-half hour length spans two CDs or six sides of vinyl. Its artist, who goes by the sci-fi pseudonym Aphex Twin, has a musical style perhaps best described as “vaporous.” It also happens to be one of the most acclaimed records of the ’90s (Rolling Stone named it one of the 100 best albums of that decade), a singular blend of sonic texture and space that has been featured in an unlikely mix of diverse cultural touchstones, from Grand Theft Auto IV to films by Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze and other auteurs.  And as of this month, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II—which marks its 20th anniversary this year—has...

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Last chance to catch Ray Eames exhibit

02/20/14

Last chance to catch Ray Eames exhibit

The first-ever exhibit focused on the life and work of Sacramento native daughter Ray Eames, who fashioned some of the most iconic designs of the 20th Century with her husband Charles, ends tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 23, after a year-long run at The California Museum.  Created in partnership with the Eames Office, "Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design" was conceived to celebrate the centennial of Ray's birth, and kicked off with an opening night party with members of the Eames family. In addition to the mid-century modern furniture that she designed with Charles, the show also includes Ray's paintings, photography and other artwork, including the intricate paper dolls that she created as a girl growing up in Sacramento. Read more about...

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Sacramento musicians perform from new album on Jimmy Kimmel tonight

02/11/14

Sacramento musicians perform from new album on Jimmy Kimmel tonight

Two of Sacramento’s native sons and alt-metal music icons are performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight. Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and Far guitarist Shaun Lopez now represent two-thirds of the Los Angeles-based electronic band Crosses, along with band member Chuck Doom. Crosses is celebrating the release of its first full-length album today, combining the group’s two previous EPs with five brand-new songs, like “The Epilogue” and the haunting “Bitches Brew." The self-titled album is being released by Sumerian Records and is available locally at Dimple Records. The band is currently on tour and will be performing at Indio’s Coachella music festival in April. No local dates have been announced yet. Watch the trio rock out on...

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Nevada City competes for the title of America's Coolest Small Town

02/03/14

Nevada City competes for the title of America's Coolest Small Town

Anyone who’s ever visited Nevada City can attest to the people, scenery, history and all-around charm that make it a one-of-a-kind regional treasure. Now the magazine Budget Travel is giving the foothills gem a chance to shine on a national stage, including Nevada City in the running for America’s Coolest Small Town 2014. Readers at budgettravel.com can now vote for Nevada City among 14 other small-town finalists across America, from Pahoa, Hawaii, to Deadwood, S.D., to Everglades City, Fla. The town of Berlin, Md., currently leads the voting, which ends on Feb. 25. Until then, you can cast one vote per day for Nevada City—plenty of time to spread the word and rally on the old mining mecca’s (and current day-trip destination's) behalf. View the...

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Sacramento Museum Day: 10 highlights to see this weekend

01/30/14

Sacramento Museum Day: 10 highlights to see this weekend

This Saturday, 30 of the region’s top museums and cultural destinations will open their doors for the 16th annual Sacramento Museum Day. Together between the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the participating institutions expect to welcome tens of thousands of visitors with free admission and special programming and activities (two destinations, the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, offer half-price admission). From NASA robots to towering tractors to scavenger hunts, here are 10 of this year’s Museum Day highlights: Aerospace Museum of California Learn about the numerous military aircraft on display at the museum and check out an exhibit of equipment, uniforms and other artifacts honoring the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American aviators in the US...

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Sacramento Republic FC to host April 26 home opener

01/30/14

Sacramento Republic FC to host April 26 home opener

Get ready to have a ball, Sacramento: Your Republic FC soccer team will play its inaugural home match on April 26, taking on the Harrisburg City Islanders at the Cal Expo sports stadium. The USL PRO league announced its complete 2014 schedule this morning, including 28 games for Sacramento's new soccer team against rivals from Los Angeles to Orlando. The regular season commences for the Republic on March 29 when the squad travels south to take on the LA Galaxy II at StubHub Center. Four road games follow before the Republic returns to the capital for its first home opener against Harrisburg. Led by its coach (and MLS Hall of Famer) Preki, the Republic will play seven of its final 10 games at home, concluding with the season finale Sept. 6 at Cal Expo against the Galaxy...

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A modern design exhibit makes its debut at the Kondos Gallery

01/29/14

A modern design exhibit makes its debut at the Kondos Gallery

Home is where the art is in “Design,” the first-ever exhibit at Sacramento City College’s Kondos Gallery to focus on interior and furniture design. Debuting this Thursday and running through Feb. 27, the exhibit features the work of four Sacramento-area designers: Rob Zinn of the influential art and design company Blankblank; Matthew Lechowick, an adjunct design professor at Sacramento State and Consumnes River College; Brian Schmitt, the founder of Schmitt Design, a company best known for its artistic fabricated metal creations; and designer Curtis Popp of CPopp Workshop and Popp Littrell Architecture & Interiors. “[It’s] a very lively contemporary show, and each designer really compliments the other because they are all so different,”...

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Kings release first round of arena renderings

01/28/14

Kings release first round of arena renderings

If seeing is believing, downtown Sacramento is one step closer to envisioning its future with the Kings unveiling the first set of renderings for its new arena today. Designed by AECOM—the architectural firm behind 11 current NBA arenas, including the award-winning Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the FedEx Forum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies—the local entertainment and sports complex will feature a dramatic 50-by-150-foot entrance, balconies with mesh-like walls to create an indoor-outdoor feel and multiple farm-to-fork dining options. Construction materials will include glass, recycled aluminum and precast concrete made of sand from San Benito and Sierra limestone. “When we bought the Sacramento Kings, we committed to the NBA and to the people of...

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Citrus Heights native Mandisa wins her first Grammy

01/27/14

Citrus Heights native Mandisa wins her first Grammy

The fifth Grammy Award nomination was the charm for Mandisa, the Citrus Heights native whose Overcomer was recognized Sunday as the year’s Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. The singer-songwriter and American Idol alumna watched from home as producers Christopher Stevens and David Garcia accepted the award at a ceremony ahead of the main Grammys telecast. (Overcomer’s title track also won Best Contemporary Christian Song for its writers Stevens, Garcia and Ben Glover.) “Truth be told, all of my other three albums have been nominated for best Christian album, and I’ve never won,” Mandisa says today via phone, her voice still gripped with the giddy surprise that you can hear in an awards reaction video on her Facebook page. She says she...

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See restored Ferris Bueller, Groundhog Day on the big screen in Sacramento

01/27/14

See restored Ferris Bueller, Groundhog Day on the big screen in Sacramento

While this time of year often finds moviegoers headed to the theater to catch up with Oscar nominees, viewers in the Sacramento region can also revisit a few big-screen classics over the next few weeks. Digitally restored versions of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Groundhog Day and Sleepless in Seattle will be appearing at Cinemark multiplexes around the Sacramento region through Feb. 9. The films make up the second half of Cinemark’s ongoing Classic Series, which features beloved films of the ’80s and ’90s screening on Sundays and Wednesdays. (Previous entries include Big, The Princess Bride and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.) This Wednesday, the 1986 John Hughes masterpiece Ferris Bueller’s Day Off unspools at 2 p.m. and the date-night friendly 7...

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Film on Tower Records store art hits Crest this Sunday

01/24/14

Film on Tower Records store art hits Crest this Sunday

Anyone who frequented Tower Records in its heyday will remember the massive, three-dimensional art displays that helped promote new releases. Modeled after album covers and crafted by hand (and X-acto knives) from layers of foam core and airbrushed paint, the pieces got their start at the Sacramento-based music chain’s Berkeley location before going on to line the walls of Tower stores worldwide. The displays are gone but hardly forgotten, as evidenced by Art Gods: An Oral History of the Tower Records Art Department, a new documentary about their artists’ design, debauchery and lasting legacy that screens this Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Crest Theater. Written and directed by filmmaker and musician (and Tower art department alumnus) Strephon Taylor, Art Gods...

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West Sacramento company a key player in Apple's iconic new headquarters

01/17/14

West Sacramento company a key player in Apple's iconic new headquarters

West Sacramento-based Clark Pacific, which recently gained widespread recognition for the precast concrete it provided for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, is also creating the material for one of the world's most anticipated buildings—the new Apple heaquarters in Cupertino, nicknamed The Spaceship. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, "the spaceship makes heavy use of precast structural concrete. The precast will be made in molds at the West Sacramento-based company’s Yolo County plants, then trucked in to Cupertino. The concrete slabs will also act as the finished ceiling, integrating chilled water piping for radiant cooling." The building, which is expected to be completed in 2016, was designed by renowned architect...

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