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2016

9 festive ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

03/09/17

9 festive ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

It's time to hoist a glass to the luck o' the Irish as St. Paddy's day celebrations take over the capital city. Here are nine golden opportunities to go green, from pub crawls and parties to a lively parade. St. Patrick’s Day at the Sacramento Library March 10 & 16 Take your bonny young lads and lasses to the Rio Linda Library on March 10 for a puppet show about three brothers and their comedic quest to catch a Leprechaun named Liam, hosted by the Puppet Company, an acclaimed Bay Area-based group that blends Irish folk tales with music. On March 16, the Arden-Dimick Library will host a science day with interactive stations for little Einsteins to perform experiments like transforming pots of gold into slime and making rainbow “explosions.” Rio...

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Sactown’s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016

12/29/16

Sactown’s 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016

What a year it's been, Sacramento! We watched an arena open, discovered new talents and planned for the city’s future in our 10th anniversary issue. But before we usher in 2017 (here are some NYE ideas if you're looking), let's bid adieu to the old year with a look back at Sactownmag.com’s most popular stories. From restaurant openings to a massive downtown skyscraper, here is our countdown to the most popular headlines of 2016—let's hope the big reveal of our surprising No. 1 story will charm you as much as it did us. Drumroll, please... 10. The Jungle Bird readies to open with tiki flair in midtown Highly anticipated restaurant and bar The Jungle Bird (from the owners of barbecue joint Tank House) feathered its nest in Sacramento at the end...

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10 ways to ring in the New Year in and around Sacramento

12/27/16

10 ways to ring in the New Year in and around Sacramento

Looking for a memorable way to finally kick 2016 to the curb? Sacramento has no shortage of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you’re looking for a dance party, a fireworks show or a wintry fairy wonderland, here are 10 events to welcome in a bright, shiny 2017. Noon Year’s Eve The Crocker celebrates the new year 12 hours early at this annual celebration. Kids can decorate a colorful cap, listen to world music and see dance performances from diverse cultural groups, or take pictures in the Crocker courtyard, which will be reconstituted as an enchanted winter landscape. Fairies from Sacramento's Pixie Tribe will appear to usher in the noon hour ball drop with wands and magical entertainments. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Crocker Art Museum. 216 O St. 808-7000....

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New speaker series taps into Sacramento’s creative side

12/12/16

New speaker series taps into Sacramento’s creative side

Blockbuster art exhibits, maker markets and new galleries leave no doubt a creative renaissance is on the rise in Sacramento. Bolstered by this movement, Rebecca Plumb, the creative director of the Honey Agency, and Amanda Sebastiani, a designer at 3fold Communications, collaborated with the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (CLARA) to bring the international phenomenon known as the CreativeMornings series to Sacramento. The breakfast lecture series began in 2008 in New York and is now held in 152 cities around the world. Sacramento's version takes place once a month on a Friday and invites the public to come together for (free) coffee, food and conversation centered on a theme, like a shorter, laid-back version of a TED Talk. “We wanted to open up the...

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Your Complete Guide to the 2016 Holiday Season in Sacramento

12/09/16

Your Complete Guide to the 2016 Holiday Season in Sacramento

'Tis the season for sipping hot cocoa, exploring tree farms and watching The Nutcracker. Here's our guide to making this holiday month merry and bright. 12 spirited holiday events in and around Sacramento Sactown's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide Set your holiday spirit aglow at these 10 local tree lighting ceremonies Shop local at these 8 great holiday maker markets Go walking in a winter wonderland at one of these six idyllic Christmas tree farms Shop, stroll and play during the 12 Days of Midtown Nine fun ways to give back this holiday season Global Winter Wonderland dazzles at Cal Expo Take a spin at five local ice rinks this holiday season Follow Sactown Magazine on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more fun holiday moments.

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12 spirited holiday events in and around Sacramento

12/06/16

12 spirited holiday events in and around Sacramento

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Sacramento. We’ve found 12 holiday events—from extravagant light shows to a costumed Santa run and David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries—that will help make your season merry and bright. Holiday in the Hills Through Dec. 23 There is no place like the hills for the holidays when Sutter Street Theatre mounts its yuletide production for the 11th year. The annual show depicts what the winter season may have been like for the miners, outlaws and other residents of the Gold Rush-era Folsom hills—including such historical figures as Peter J. Hopper, the former editor of the Folsom Telegraph, bandit Tom Bell and madam Emma Spencer—through scenes, comedy sketches and songs like “Santa Baby”...

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Shop local at these 8 great holiday maker markets

12/01/16

Shop local at these 8 great holiday maker markets

From handmade soap, stamps, jewelry and furniture to one-of-a-kind art pieces, the maker movement has turned Sacramento into a hotbed of creativity and ingenuity. Start or finish your holiday shopping in support of these local artisans by stopping by one of these eight upcoming markets.   Pence Gallery Holiday Market Through Dec. 24 This annual Davis holiday sale is open daily for interested buyers to walk through the Pence Gallery to browse handmade items from over 30 local artists from Sacramento, Davis and the Bay Area. Beginning Dec. 9, Sacramento painter Anne Gregory will have a featured exhibit of her animal paintings in the gallery with some of her art available for purchase as a part of the market. Free. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 212 D St. Davis. 530-758-3370....

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Shop, stroll and play during the 12 Days of Midtown

11/28/16

Shop, stroll and play during the 12 Days of Midtown

Get into the holiday spirit with the annual 12 Days of Midtown, which will highlight festive happenings throughout the neighborhood's bustling 80-block radius from Dec. 1-12. The celebration will feature everything from a production of A Christmas Carol to a hot toddy contest. “When I think about the holidays, I think about the nostalgia of strolling through different neighborhoods, seeing lights and [eating] good food,” says Emily Baime Michaels, executive director of the Midtown Business Association, which is putting on the event. “My hope is that [the event] becomes part of the holiday tradition for people and their families.”  Take a wreath-decorating class at Relles Florist on Dec. 3 ($45; rellesflorist.com), or a cooking class at the...

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Set your holiday spirit aglow at these 10 local tree lighting ceremonies

11/23/16

Set your holiday spirit aglow at these 10 local tree lighting ceremonies

As Thanksgiving approaches, holiday spirit is in the air. Sacramento and its surrounding cities are opening their ice rinks and decorating their Christmas trees to the nines for St. Nick’s arrival. Read on for our list of 10 local tree lighting ceremonies. Old Sacramento Nov. 23 On Thanksgiving Eve, Santa Claus himself will light the historic district’s 60-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with ornaments like oversized stockings and gingerbread men. The event will kick off the Macy’s Theatre of Lights festival, which will continue each weekend through Christmas Eve. After checking out the sparkly evergreen, take in a live-action performance of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” narrated by Bill Farmer...

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Kanye West is latest in a long line of Sacramento showstoppers

11/22/16

Kanye West is latest in a long line of Sacramento showstoppers

Saturday night, after showing up 90 minutes or so late, Kanye West abruptly ended his sold-out concert at the Golden 1 Center after a few songs, followed by an increasingly nonsensical diatribe in which he scolded Beyoncé and Jay Z and name-checked both Taylor Swift and the president-elect. Monday morning, West canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour, and was hospitalized later in the day, reportedly due in part to "exhaustion" from ... too much fashion design. Boy, we hate it when that happens. Kanye either performed two, three or four songs, depending on whether you count parts one and two of Father Stretch My Hands as one or two songs (and according to this set list, he seems to have played part one twice). Regardless, it turns out...

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Nine fun ways to give back this holiday season

11/18/16

Nine fun ways to give back this holiday season

’Tis the season for giving, and we’ve rounded up nine great ways to be charitable and spread cheer to others around the region this holiday season—whether it’s taking a selfie, sporting a Santa suit, or ROTFL at a comedy show. Trot through a fun run Nov. 24 The Sacramento region plays host to a handful of turkey trots each Thanksgiving, including the Run to Feed the Hungry, which is touted as one of the largest Thanksgiving Day fun runs in the country and benefits Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. Davis, Elk Grove, Folsom, Herald, Roseville and Woodland also host their own fun runs, some with kids' races, costume contests and post-race snacks. Don your feathered hat and strut your way to the finish line before gobbling up your Turkey Day...

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Video footage of Sacramento’s inaugural Dîner en Blanc released

11/17/16

Video footage of Sacramento’s inaugural Dîner en Blanc released

On the evening of Oct. 8, over 1,000 people descended upon Golden 1 Center’s newly unveiled plaza dressed all in white, toting dinnerware and dancing to the strum of a harp—a heavenly scene that left many passersby awestruck. The pop-up celebration was Sacramento’s first Le Dîner en Blanc, an international event that began in Paris in 1988 and has since spread to over 70 cities across all six continents, including 28 events sprinkled throughout the U.S. The location for Sacramento’s Dîner en Blanc was kept a secret until the day of the event, and attendees gathered at four meeting points, escorted by volunteers to the front of the arena. Participants were required to bring their own tables, chairs and linens, and tickets ($37 each) were provided...

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Global Winter Wonderland dazzles at Cal Expo

11/15/16

Global Winter Wonderland dazzles at Cal Expo

Global Winter Wonderland, returning to Cal Expo for its third year in a row, opens Saturday, Nov. 19, with dazzling new light displays and a plethora of winter activities. Seventeen acres of LED lanterns arranged in family-friendly scenes are the main attraction at this wintry fair organized by the International Cultural Exchange Group (ICEG): Folks can see 8-foot-tall nutcrackers and teddy bears in Toy Land; visit the Elf’s Clubhouse in Santa’s Village; and channel their inner Alice among giant mushrooms and flowers in Fantasy Land. New displays this year include Candy Land, which will feature a glowing candy forest and a 40-foot-tall candy cake; Snow Land, where youngsters can play in snow flurries and find their way through a glacier maze; and Under the Sea, an indoor...

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Shake your tail feathers at these 7 local Thanksgiving fun runs

11/14/16

Shake your tail feathers at these 7 local Thanksgiving fun runs

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, and what better way to express gratitude by than giving back to the community? Take a fall fun run for a good cause at one of these seven turkey trots around the region, and strut your way to the finish line before gobbling up your Turkey Day feast. Run to Feed the Hungry (Sacramento) Nov. 24 Touted as one of the country’s largest Thanksgiving races, the Run to Feed the Hungry draws nearly 30,000 people and benefits the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. (Folks can contribute even more this year by buying Run to Feed the Hungry swag like a hoodie or cap.) Both the 10K and 5K runs—which raised over $900,000 last year—start at Sacramento State and racers will wind through East Sacramento neighborhoods before...

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EventHub Sacramento goes mobile with a new app

11/07/16

EventHub Sacramento goes mobile with a new app

Planning your Friday night is about to get easier. A new mobile app by EventHub Sacramento will help locals stay connected with entertainment in the area by providing event information, ticket purchasing and even the ability to order an Uber to venues from your current location. Tara Green, founder of EventHub Sacramento and a native of East Sacramento, says she started the EventHub website in 2013 after noticing that an extensive number of music, art and comedy shows were happening in the city without attracting a large following. She hoped to show off some of the niche locations, like restaurants and clubs around the city that offer dinner and nighttime entertainment, to Sacramentans looking for something to do. Green, who launched the site with her mom, now has a group of four...

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Take a spin at five local ice rinks this holiday season

11/03/16

Take a spin at five local ice rinks this holiday season

Christmastime comes early to Sacramento as our region's ice rinks reopen for the reason. We’ve got the lowdown on five local spots where you can go skating in a winter wonderland. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Nov. 4-Jan. 16 A local staple since 1991, this ice skating rink transforms the square of St. Rose of Lima Park at the heart of downtown Sacramento into a wintry escape. Under the glow of twinkling string lights—and just steps from the newly opened Golden 1 Center—skaters can dress up and join in themed rink parties like Princess Day (Nov. 6), with special visits from Disney characters; Drag Queens on Ice (Nov. 17), which will feature sets from a local DJ; and ’80s Day (Jan. 8), with classic pop and rock jams from the Flashdance era. On Dec....

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New urban bathhouse opens on Broadway corridor

10/31/16

New urban bathhouse opens on Broadway corridor

Say ahhh. Asha Urban Baths, a new relaxation center located along the Broadway corridor, opens Tuesday, Nov. 1. The urban bathhouse will feature saltwater pools, rain showers, a sauna, full-body massages and an adjoining yoga studio. Asha Urban Baths is the brainchild of Sacramentan Cori Martinez, who has built a loyal following running Asha Yoga in Sacramento for the past eight years. This spring she moved her yoga studio from the MARRS building to a vacant former office space off Broadway and began planning the addition of a neighboring bathhouse. The first of its kind in Sacramento, the concept is a modern take on an ancient ritual practiced in countries like Japan, Korea, Russia and Turkey. Most areas are co-ed, and bathing suits are required.  Melodic meditation music...

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Your Complete Guide to October Fun in Sacramento

10/26/16

Your Complete Guide to October Fun in Sacramento

Trick-or-treat! We've got the lowdown on the Sacramento region's best October events, from apple picking to ghost tours and everything in between. Click the stories below for the festive fall details. Celebrate fall at these 7 great pumpkin patches around town Halloween Town: 7 ways to have a spook-tacular time with the little ones this fall Six sweet spots to visit in Apple Hill this season Raise a stein at these four festive Oktoberfest events 5 spirited events to mark Day of the Dead Find chills and thrills at these 7 eerie haunted attractions

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UC Davis' Manetti Shrem Museum readies to open with blockbuster exhibit

10/24/16

UC Davis' Manetti Shrem Museum readies to open with blockbuster exhibit

The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art will open its doors on Nov. 13 at UC Davis with a premier exhibit highlighting the works of famed former faculty members like Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson.  Titled “Out Our Way,” the exhibit will show work from 12 artists who joined UC Davis’ newly developed fine arts departments in its formative years, including contemporary art giants Thiebaud and Arneson, as well as Manuel Neri, Roy De Forest, William T. Wiley and Roland Petersen. More than 200 pieces will be on display, such as paintings from Petersen’s colorful Picnic series, abstract sculptures by Neri like Ceramic Loop IV and Arneson’s counterculture sculpture Herinal, and a selection of Thiebaud’s whimsical realist paintings like...

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Art Hotel creators plan to open larger ArtStreet exhibit in February

10/21/16

Art Hotel creators plan to open larger ArtStreet exhibit in February

Update 11/18/16: M5Arts has announced the location of ArtStreet, which will take over an industrial warehouse at 300 1st Avenue, within the 32-acre Mill at Broadway development. M5Arts has received over 330 project submissions from artists, both local and international, and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the project, which is estimated to cost $150,000. Stay tuned to Sactownmag.com for future details. M5Arts, the team behind February’s wildly successful Art Hotel project, will bring a brand-new, even bigger multimedia exhibition to the streets of Sacramento. On Oct. 12, the downtown arts initiative released an open call for submissions to ArtStreet, a three-week exhibit that asks “What is a street?” and invites artists to engage with both the...

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Find chills and thrills at these 7 haunted attractions

10/11/16

Find chills and thrills at these 7 haunted attractions

Looking for a good scare this Halloween season? We’ve found seven hair-raising attractions, from ghost tours to haunted houses, that are sure to be a scream. Enchambered Sacramento Ongoing This escape-room experience opened on Arden Way in August and has been drawing in horror enthusiasts and puzzle fans alike with its custom-built challenges and frightening storylines. Your team of three to 12 is locked in a room and you'll have one suspense-filled hour to find clues, secret doors and hidden items to aid in your escape. Test your luck at the classic “Containment Breach” escape room, in which your team must solve a mystery surrounding a lab accident; or venture through the Victorian manor-themed “Whispering Halls” challenge, during which an...

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5 spirited events throughout Sacramento to mark Day of the Dead

10/04/16

5 spirited events throughout Sacramento to mark Day of the Dead

With Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, coming up Nov. 1-2, families and communities are getting ready to build altars filled with candles, photos and food to honor lost loved ones, and celebrate life through music and dance. Here are five events that will help you get into the "spirits" of things for the Mexican holiday. Day of the Dead Party Oct. 14 The California Museum is planning a fiesta in mid-October featuring a costume contest, authentic Mexican cuisine from downtown’s Tequila Museo Mayahuel, live music and performances from the likes of the Maquilli Tonatiuh Aztec Dancers. The Day of the Dead Party will kick off an exhibit to showcase art and altars by Chicano artists across California, including Sacramento-based artists John S. Huerta and...

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The California Museum announces its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

10/03/16

The California Museum announces its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees

The force will awaken in Sacramento this fall as the California Museum welcomes Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo, as one of the newest inductees to its California Hall of Fame. The just-announced class of 2016 also includes Tower Records founder Russ Solomon, Star Trek star and LGBTQ activist George Takei, former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, author Isabel Allende, the late San Diego Padre great Tony Gwynn, graphic designer Corita Kent, and broadcast journalist Maria Shriver, who created the CA Hall of Fame in 2006 when she was the first lady of California. "It is a really strong and great class—we really wanted to pull out all the stops, with this one being our 10th anniversary," says California Museum executive director Amanda Meeker. "This class is...

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Browse the region’s hidden past during the Sacramento Archives Crawl

09/15/16

Browse the region’s hidden past during the Sacramento Archives Crawl

As a center of both commerce and government, the River City has always been a cocktail town. In honor of both our riparian heritage and our taste for a tipple or two, the sixth annual Sacramento Archives Crawl returns on Oct. 8 with an entertaining, multi-venue exhibit celebrating all things liquid, titled “A Thirst for History.” Four host locations—the California State Archives, Center for Sacramento History, California State Library and Central Library’s Sacramento Room—will feature the collections of 25 archives from the Sacramento region in addition to their own specially curated exhibits. At the Sacramento Public Library, thirsty crawlers can peruse vintage drink menus from local restaurants and bars, including the landmark Coral Reef, which was...

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Plant Nite sprouts up in Sacramento

09/14/16

Plant Nite sprouts up in Sacramento

Slip on your party clothes and a pair of gardening gloves. Plant Nite, an organization that launched in Sacramento in March, is gaining popularity for its evenings that combine a night on the town with a crafty lesson in terrarium arranging. The event is a nationwide spin-off of another event called Paint Nite, during which attendees sip cocktails and wine while coloring canvases with incarnations of iconic paintings like The Starry Night. Founded by Paint Nite’s creators Dan Hermann and Sean McGrail, Plant Nite launched in Boston in 2014 and the concept has since taken off in over 40 cities around the U.S. In the Sacramento region, Plant Nite takes place at restaurants, bars and cafés like Alley Katz in midtown and The Monk's Cellar in Roseville. The organization...

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Capital Public Radio introduces new weekly radio show

09/09/16

Capital Public Radio introduces new weekly radio show

Tune into Capital Public Radio on Saturday to catch Hey, Listen!, the reinvention of Blue Dog Jam, the weekly Capital Public Radio show that has been on the air for the past 11 years. The show will introduce its new name and fresh format starting Sept. 10. Nick Brunner (pictured above) has hosted the radio show since 2011 and will continue to do so under its new name, Hey, Listen! Much like its predecessor, Hey, Listen! will play a curated assortment of up-and-coming tracks varying in genre from pop and rock ’n’ roll to hip hop. Brunner calls the format “music discovery” that is “an alternative to what’s on mainstream radio right now.” “The big reason for the name change was that we just thought it would be good to start over...

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Everything you need to know about the new performing arts center opening at UC Davis in September

08/30/16

Everything you need to know about the new performing arts center opening at UC Davis in September

A new performing arts center will open at UC Davis over the weekend of Sept. 23-25 with an appearance by renowned composer Philip Glass and a performance by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. The Ann E. Pitzer Center, a project 20 years in the making, is designed to accommodate both university music groups and outside acts by offering a performance space on a more intimate scale than the nearby Mondavi Center. Located on the eastern outskirts of the UC Davis campus near downtown Davis, the new center is named for Ann E. Pitzer, a UC Davis alumna from the class of 1958 who donated $5 million toward the project. At 17,500 square feet, the center contains a recital hall with 399 seats that will double as a lecture hall, along with a lobby and soundproof practice rooms for students...

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12 colorful spots around town to take your next Instagram photograph

08/18/16

12 colorful spots around town to take your next Instagram photograph

It’s no secret Sacramento is a hotbed for both aspiring and established artists, and our city’s streetscapes have benefited from a creative burst of hometown pride in recent years.  Earlier this year, we gave you our list of some inspiring local Instagram accounts, and now we’ve rounded up a dozen local spots around town that make great photo ops. From block-wide murals to clever coffee shop floors, there is no shortage of cool backdrops against which to capture digital memories. Happy 'gramming! American Market & Deli A peacock with its feathers on display; a woman, tinged in blue, her face bursting into song. This colorful scene shines in spray-painted glory across the wall of American Market & Deli on 24th and N streets in midtown....

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Park(ing) Day will transform a downtown street into interactive parklets

08/17/16

Park(ing) Day will transform a downtown street into interactive parklets

Picture an elevated sand dune reminiscent of the beach, a conch-shaped sculpture that makes musical notes with ear trumpets, a Zen garden with palm trees, beach chairs and driftwood, and a gaming station with Pac-Man and street racing—all smack dab in the middle of downtown. You won't be able to park your jalopy on 9th Street between J and K on Sept. 16, when Sacramento United Park(ing) Day returns from a one-year hiatus, transforming metered parking spaces into pop-up parklets inspired by the theme "Play." On the other hand, you won't get a ticket for lingering in any of these fantastical oases. A total of 15 local groups of architects and design firms will participate in this year’s showcase, including Stafford King Wiese...

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Global Winter Wonderland returns to Cal Expo with new theme and displays

08/16/16

Global Winter Wonderland returns to Cal Expo with new theme and displays

Global Winter Wonderland will return to Cal Expo for the third year in a row to light up Sacramento nights for the holiday season. Founded by the International Cultural Exchange Group (ICEG), the show—which will run from Nov. 19 to Jan. 8—is in its sixth year, with its last three in the capital city. Prior to its Sacramento debut in 2014, the electric extravaganza traveled to different cities every year, including Santa Clara and Atlanta, but the local response to the seven-week event has been so positive that organizers now plan to make it an annual occurrence here. “When it comes to the holidays, we want to be the event in Sacramento,” says Joanna Ricken, an ICEG event organizer. “We want to make this a tradition for families, and we’d...

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Inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival readies to paint the town red (and green and blue and yellow and purple)

08/04/16

Inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival readies to paint the town red (and green and blue and yellow and purple)

Mural festivals have been elevating public art scenes in cities like Los Angeles, Portland and Atlanta for years, and Sacramento will soon be joining in the wall-to-wall fun, with the inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival taking place Aug. 20-27. During the eight-day event, 12 artists will transform the exteriors of 12 buildings in the capital city into larger-than-life masterpieces. Sterling Transportation and In the Sac, a local travel guide app, will join forces with the nonprofit Friends of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the festival’s main sponsor, to shepherd the public from one mural to another to watch the artists at work, as well as provide transportation or directions to art-related lectures and panel discussions. The murals will primarily be painted on walls...

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10 local Olympians to watch at the Summer Games in Rio

07/28/16

10 local Olympians to watch at the Summer Games in Rio

We profile open water distance swimmer Haley Anderson, 24, of Granite Bay in our August/September issue (click here to read the story), and will be cheering her on in the women’s open water 10K, swimming’s equivalent of a marathon. Anderson earned the silver four years ago in London at the same event, missing winning the race by a mere four tenths of a second, so she’s expected to do well in Rio—maybe even taking home a gold medal to match the one her older sister Alyssa won in 2012 for the 4x200 meter relay. But she is far from being the only athlete from the Sacramento region heading to Rio. Here are nine other local Olympians to root for this summer: Joanne Fa'avesi, 24, Sacramento — Rugby Sevens Joanne “Nana” Fa’avesi grew...

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Free Art Friday scavenger hunt launches in Sacramento

07/20/16

Free Art Friday scavenger hunt launches in Sacramento

Move aside, Pokémon Go. Free Art Friday—the latest neighborhood hide-and-seek hunt that has popped up in cities like Miami, Brooklyn and Toronto—has found its way to Sacramento. Every Friday, local art lovers can take to the streets of downtown, midtown and other parts of the capital city, using their cell phones to search not for digital pets, but for original paintings, photographs, essays, novels, poems or CDs, all the work of participating local artists. You don't even need to download a new app to join in. Anyone can take part in this culturally enlightened version of a scavenger hunt by looking up the hashtag #FreeArtFridaySacramento on Instagram to find clever clues about locations, left by the artists themselves. The...

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CMND SHFT: A Conference for Your Inner Design Freak

07/14/16

CMND SHFT: A Conference for Your Inner Design Freak

Design junkies of all stripes will get a chance to rub elbows with some of the region's most forward-thinking creatives at CMND SHFT, the homegrown design conference taking place on Aug. 13 at Oak Park’s Guild Theater. Serving as keynote speakers at the confab will be Mark Brickey, host of the wildly popular podcast Adventures In Design, which has seen over 1.5 million downloads in three years on the air, helping demystify the dark art of design for an ever-widening audience; and Tad Carpenter, the Kansas City designer as known for his rousing personal appearances as for his distinctive illustrations, with a client list that includes Target, Coca-Cola, Macy’s, Adobe and MTV. For a taste of Carpenter's entertaining presentation style, check...

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Vote for local artists at Arden Fair's massive LED exhibit

07/07/16

Vote for local artists at Arden Fair's massive LED exhibit

Extravagant art pieces have been lighting up Arden Fair mall this summer as part of Elevate: An Art Exhibition. The animated work of 12 local artists is being displayed in a 15-minute loop, splashed on the sides of a 40-foot LED tower in the middle of the mall’s center concourse as part of an art contest that will culminate in a "reveal party" on July 23 to unveil the winners. View a video of the finalists here. Jamie Donley, senior marketing manager at Arden Fair, says the idea for the exhibition came about as a way to connect the local Sacramento art community with the public (the tower was originally intended to showcase advertisements and other graphics). “We had a discussion about getting graphic artists involved to give the...

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Rock on at these 15 fun outdoor concerts

07/06/16

Rock on at these 15 fun outdoor concerts

Summer's here, which means a rockin' lineup of outdoor concerts throughout the region. Whether you're into pop, country or retro rock, here are 15 shows happening under the stars in the next few warm-weather months to help you get into the groove. Rick Springfield July 15 His Grammy-winning tune “Jessie’s Girl” and role as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital catapulted Rick Springfield to stardom in the ’80s. At this Thunder Valley appearance, the Aussie native will draw from his repertoire of upbeat rock anthems, including “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Light This Party Up” from his new album Rocket Science. $34.75-$169.75. 6:30 p.m. Thunder  Valley’s Outdoor Amphitheater. 1200 Athens Ave. Lincoln....

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Extreme eats and high-flying feats at the 163rd California State Fair

07/05/16

Extreme eats and high-flying feats at the 163rd California State Fair

The 163rd California State Fair will be taking over Cal Expo from July 8 to 24, serving up rides, concerts and exhibits—with a side of chocolate-covered bacon. Look upward to see the Sky Ride, the fairground’s newest attraction. The $1.1 million permanent installation features a 1,315-foot gondola line, allowing visitors to ply the air high above Cal Expo. Thrill-seekers can also catch rides on the furiously fast Ex-Scream Machine roller coaster or choose from three giant Ferris wheels and over 60 other carnival rides. And what would a visit to the State Fair be without over-the-top culinary delights? Get your fill of gloriously gluttonous treats this year with deep-fried Twix, Oreos or a new combo: a deep-fried Twinkie with a Twizzler...

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Check out these eight comedy acts about to take the stage in and around Sacramento

07/01/16

Check out these eight comedy acts about to take the stage in and around Sacramento

Get ready to laugh out loud. In honor of International Joke Day, which falls on July 1 every year, here's a list of eight comedy acts—from Jim Gaffigan to Steve Martin to Tracy Morgan—who are bringing the funny to Sacramento in the coming months. Bobby Slayton July 7-10 Known as both “pit-bull of comedy” and "Yid Vicious," Bobby Slayton has forged a 30-year career in comedy, working alongside actors John Travolta and Bruce Willis in movies like Get Shorty and Bandits, appearing on The Tonight Show and hosting his own stand-up special on HBO. Slayton will perform at the Punch Line Comedy Club in Arden, regaling the audience with stories of life as a road comic in his typical brutally honest and hilariously spot-on fashion. $15. 8...

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Wine and dine at 15 of the region’s best restaurant patios

06/23/16

Wine and dine at 15 of the region’s best restaurant patios

Summer has officially arrived, making this the perfect season for casual al fresco dining. We scoured the region for 15 of the best restaurant patios, places where you can eat, drink and be cool under the shade of a palm tree by day, or the glow of twinkling lights by night. Aioli Bodega Espanola Although this Andalusian restaurant is right in the heart of midtown Sacramento, take a seat in its outdoor garden and you'll feel like you're worlds away from an urban environment. Aoili’s menu—and patio—are inspired by the coastal Spanish region from Barcelona to Granada to Cordoba. Star jasmine vines, Italian cypress, wisteria, wine grapes, dogwood, and a lemon tree have been entwining themselves through the patio's...

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20 fun, completely free things to do in the Sacramento region this summer

06/22/16

20 fun, completely free things to do in the Sacramento region this summer

On Monday, summertime officially arrived (and brought the temperatures to prove it!), and there's a ton to do here in the River City, but you don't need to kill your bank account to have a great time. We've rounded up 20 fabulously free things to do throughout the Sacramento region, from evening concerts to outdoor movies to a fun run with zombies. Bastille Day Waiters’ Race & Street Festival Celebrate la joie de vivre in midtown during the seventh annual Sacramento Bastille Day waiters’ race and street festival, during which up to 50 local servers will aim to speed-walk around the block twice without spilling the bottle and glasses of water balancing precariously on their trays. The festival will also feature a children’s...

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Bastille Day Waiters’ Race returns for its seventh year July 10

06/21/16

Bastille Day Waiters’ Race returns for its seventh year July 10

The Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race & Street Festival, styled after a similar footrace in Paris, is returning to midtown on Sunday, July 10. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the “tray” magnifique festivities, during which up to 50 servers from local restaurants will compete for cash prizes in a test of speed and balance. Dressed in traditional Parisian black-and-white uniforms, servers will carry trays holding a bottle of water and two half-filled glasses with the goal of making it around the block (the block bound by 18th and 19th and L St. and Capitol Ave.) twice while speed-walking and avoiding spillage—or dropping their tray completely. The first waiters and waitresses to cross the finish line most quickly...

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Vintage-style trolley hits the streets of Sacramento

06/16/16

Vintage-style trolley hits the streets of Sacramento

Sacramento is now rolling in retro style with the launch of a new old-school touring trolley. On June 14, Sterling Transportation launched the Sterling Trolley, a gas-powered tour bus fashioned to look like an authentic vintage trolley car, which offers hop-on-hop-off tours of downtown, midtown and Old Sacramento, as well as scheduled rides to local sporting events. Sterling's co-founders, Qaiser “Q” Patel and Joe Williams, hope their vehicle will prove appealing to visitors and locals alike, especially in light of Golden 1 Center’s imminent opening. “Sacramento is improving every day, with the arena, new restaurants and high-end places to visit, and the fact that we still do not have a city tour is kind of strange,” says...

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Classic cars will be cruisin' together on Fulton Avenue

06/01/16

Classic cars will be cruisin' together on Fulton Avenue

Va-va-vroom: The first-ever CruiseFest on Fulton Avenue, benefiting the California Automobile Museum, will roll out 500 classic automobiles onto the streets on Sept. 10. That evening, the section of Fulton Avenue from Marconi Avenue to Cottage Way will be closed to make way for a cavalcade of classic cars—including early century Ford Model Ts and Gov. Jerry Brown’s 1974 Plymouth Satellite, as well as souped-up sports cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris, and restored Studebakers—which will cruise around the 1-mile loop from 4-6 p.m., and will be parked along Fulton Avenue for the remainder of the event. In addition to seeing an array of automobiles from throughout the century, car lovers can also attend a free fair from 4-8:30 p.m. with mini...

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Midtown's Der Biergarten is pouring beers for a good cause

05/26/16

Midtown's Der Biergarten is pouring beers for a good cause

The midtown beer mecca Der Biergarten will host a fundraiser this Thursday, May 26, for the UC Davis Health System’s Department of Surgery. Der Biergarten owner Sean Derfield (who also owns River City Saloon in Old Sacramento) has very personal reasons behind wanting to host the benefit. Last May, he was driving when he collided with a light rail train at J and 8th streets in downtown Sacramento. Following the accident, Derfield spent about a month at the UC Davis Medical Center receiving treatment for injuries sustained to the brain and spine, as well as a broken femur. “I don’t remember the first three weeks I was in the hospital,” says Derfield. “It’s pretty much all a blur.” To commemorate the one-year anniversary of surviving the...

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See outdoor movies (for free) this summer in the Sacramento region

05/23/16

See outdoor movies (for free) this summer in the Sacramento region

Take advantage of Sacramento’s cool summer evenings and move your viewing parties from the couch to the lawn for these outdoor movie screenings showing everything from animated flicks like Inside Out to ’80s throwbacks like Back to the Future. Here are dozens of ways to get in some screen time under the stars throughout the region. Outdoor Movie Night (El Dorado Hills) Spread out on a blanket and munch on popcorn provided by Regal Cinemas while you and the family take in this Despicable Me spin-off.     • June 3 Minions Free. 6 p.m. seating. 8:30 p.m. screening. Steven Young Amphitheater. 4364 Town Center Blvd. El Dorado Hills. 933-6699. eldoradohillstowncenter.com Natomas at Nite: Movies in the Park (North Natomas) Complimentary popcorn and...

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Local soap maker Sudz by Studz opens Folsom storefront

05/19/16

Local soap maker Sudz by Studz opens Folsom storefront

Sudz by Studz, a Curtis Park-based business making handcrafted soaps, lip balms and body butters with a focus on local ingredients, opened its first storefront May 6 in historic Folsom. Originally launched in 2013, Sudz by Studz came about when husbands Preston Tillotson and Tyler Robinson were looking for a new hobby to do together, and for the past three years, Sudz by Studz products were sold at farmers’ markets, craft fairs and online. According to Tillotson, the pair had no intention of opening a retail shop, but while searching for wholesale buyers earlier this spring, they stumbled upon a small space in Folsom (Robinson’s hometown and where Tillotson attended Folsom Lake College). They made an offer and opened up shop two weeks later. “I’m...

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Sacramento will host the finish of the Amgen Tour of California for the first time

05/11/16

Sacramento will host the finish of the Amgen Tour of California for the first time

On May 22, after kicking off Sacramento the past two years, the Amgen Tour of California will culminate in Sacramento for the first time. “Last year’s tour was decided by a photo finish,” says Mike Sophia, director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “We look forward to having that added excitement on Sunday afternoon in Sacramento.” The 11th annual edition of America's premier cycling race will start in San Diego on May 15, covering nearly 800 miles around the state over eight days. Six countries will be represented across 18 men’s teams. At the finish line, keep an eye out for riders like British cyclists Mark Cavendish (a 26-time Tour de France stage winner) and Bradley Wiggins, who won first place in the 2014 Tour of California and...

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at these five festive parties

04/29/16

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at these five festive parties

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! Here are five fiestas—featuring everything from tequila tastings to taco-eating competitions—to help you celebrate the Mexican holiday in festive fashion. Southside Park May 1 For more than 40 years, Southside Park has hosted a lively Cinco de Mayo party, and this year you can bring your dancing shoes to groove along to acts like Latin R&B group Tierra, ska band Los de Abajo, and Sacramento band Sol Peligro. Dance groups like Kapulli Itzkuauhti Aztec Dancers, Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes, and Mistura Brasileira Samba Dance & Drum will show off their moves on stage while you sip on beer like Corona, Modelo Especial and Pacifico. Munch on tacos from Azteca Street Tacos, Cuban food from Elsa’s Paladar, and South American fare...

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Big Day of Giving returns to Sacramento with bigger fundraising goal

04/26/16

Big Day of Giving returns to Sacramento with bigger fundraising goal

Charity begins at home—and in one's hometown: Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 3, and ending at 11:59 p.m. that evening, the third annual Big Day of Giving online fundraiser will aim to raise $6 million for 570 local nonprofits, including Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, the Crocker Art Museum, American River Conservancy, and many more. “I think what makes it so cool is the way the region comes together on this,” says Linda Beech Cutler, CEO for the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which manages the event. “We see nonprofits who sometimes might have very little visibility get an opportunity to attract donors they might not otherwise attract.” Last year, the Big Day of Giving (nicknamed Big DOG on social media) raised over $5 million for 529...

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Local landscape designer aims to turn Sacramento riverfront into urban beachfront

04/01/16

Local landscape designer aims to turn Sacramento riverfront into urban beachfront

A local landscape designer is setting her sights on the riverfront as a new hotspot for urban development.  At this year’s Emerge Summit for young professionals on March 18, Sacramento native Kimberly Garza debuted her proposal to create a semi-permanent urban beach installation along the West Sacramento side of the riverfront. She won first prize in the Pitch for Change competition at the summit, which called for creative ideas to improve Sacramento, and was awarded $4,500 worth of mentorship, marketing and advising from East Sacramento marketing firm Uptown Studios. Her goal with the project, which she calls The Dune, is to engage the community with the city’s natural resource—the Sacramento River. “A river is like a front door to our city,”...

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E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts opens in midtown

03/30/16

E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts opens in midtown

The E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts will host a community open house Saturday, April 9, after opening in late March as the first multi-organization arts complex of its kind in Sacramento. Formerly the Fremont Adult School in midtown, the Studios is now home to the Sacramento Ballet, the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy, Alliance Française, Capital Stage and the McKeever School of Irish Dance. A project 10 years in the making, the Studios’ mission is to be a cultural resource for the community by providing space for different organizations and promoting performing arts programs. “[Sacramento needs a] middle ground where it’s sort of incubating and growing a mid-level arts scene,” says...

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Competitors face off at the Northern California Beard and Moustache Competition

03/29/16

Competitors face off at the Northern California Beard and Moustache Competition

Things are going to get hairy at the fifth annual Northern California Moustache and Beard Competition, which will take place in Old Sacramento on Saturday, April 2. The contest—hosted by the local Moustache and Beard Social Club at the California State Railroad Museum—offers 16 categories, from classic (like Styled Moustache) to unusual (like Uber Stache). For women and kids, there's the Whiskerina category, which currently has 25 registered competitors and is the only one that allows for fake mustaches and beards. “It’s the second-biggest category this year,” says Justin Vorhauer, the event's organizer. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Last year's gathering drew 172 competitors and raised around $2,000 for...

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The Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces 2016 Concerts in the Park lineup

03/25/16

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces 2016 Concerts in the Park lineup

Concerts in the Park, Sacramento’s free annual outdoor music festival, will welcome a diverse group of headliners to Cesar Chavez Park for its 25th year of the concert series. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership announced the lineup of bands and DJs that will transform Cesar Chavez Park into an outdoor music venue on Friday nights from 5-9 p.m., starting in May and running through July. James Cavern, a Sacramento indie-soul artist who auditioned for the NBC smash hit The Voice, will kick off the series (which will feature both local and national acts) on May 6. Chico-based Hail the Sun will take the stage on June 3 with its repertoire of post-hardcore progressive rock, while Vokab Kompany, a hip-hop duo from San Diego will keep things flowing on June 17....

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Emerge Summit to feature keynote by actress Greta Gerwig

03/17/16

Emerge Summit to feature keynote by actress Greta Gerwig

The third annual Emerge Summit, which brings together young professionals around the region for a day of education and collaboration, will take place tomorrow, Friday, March 18, featuring actress Greta Gerwig as a keynote speaker. A collaborative effort between Metro EDGE and the Sacramento Metro Chamber, this year’s Emerge Summit will challenge the city’s young professionals to “be the change” in the city. “I think young professionals think that because they’re young, that they are not in the position to be leaders,” says Christine Calvin, this year’s chair of Metro EDGE. “The young people in this region have taken huge growth strides in the past couple of years. What we want to do now is empower them to turn around...

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9 spirited St. Patrick’s Day events throughout the region

03/10/16

9 spirited St. Patrick’s Day events throughout the region

From foot-stomping Celtic concerts in Davis and Folsom to a "bike bus" pub crawl through downtown, here are 9 fun things to do in Sacramento to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17. 36 Handles Pub & Eatery March 12-19 Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all week long at this El Dorado Hills pub with a jam-packed series of events that kicks off with Guinness specials March 12 and continues to St. Patrick’s Day with all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage, green Jello shots and Irish rock ’n’ roll tunes from local band Whiskey and Stitches. You’ll find more beer specials at a hangover breakfast on March 18, and the weekend concludes with a beer-tasting event March 19 featuring over 20 breweries like...

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Bright Underbelly mural to be unveiled with festive events

03/04/16

Bright Underbelly mural to be unveiled with festive events

Celebrate the beginning of spring with the unveiling of Sacramento’s largest mural—the colorful, nature-inspired Bright Underbelly project. Covering 70,000 square feet on the underside of U.S. Route 50 between 6th and 7th streets, Bright Underbelly will be formally unveiled with a ribbon cutting, community reveal party and chef dinner from March 17 through 20. Local artists Sofia Lacin and Hennessy Christophel spent five months painting Bright Underbelly. The pair has had their hands, literally, in numerous works of public art throughout the region, like the “We’re All In It Together” mural on midtown’s BloodSource building, installations at the Warehouse Artist Lofts, and the vibrant bridge at 12th and C streets.    “It feels...

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10 Sacramento Instagrammers you should be following right now

02/17/16

10 Sacramento Instagrammers you should be following right now

Since Sactown launched its own Instagram page three years ago, we’ve noticed an increasingly vibrant community of photographers on the social media site popping up to chronicle their own stories from behind their shutters and smartphones. We rounded up 10 of those Instagrammers who push the envelope and the capture moments in the city and surrounding region in extraordinary ways, from stunning street portraits to awe-inspiring views of downtown. These are, of course, just a fraction of the amazing Instagrammers chronicling life in our city. As such, this is likely just the first of many such posts to come. Enjoy.   @dustyschuh Cameron Park-based photographer Dusty Schuh has been known for his Instagram feed that reveals dizzying photos of his own boat...

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Five creative installations at K Street’s new Art Hotel

02/05/16

Five creative installations at K Street’s new Art Hotel

Last night in downtown Sacramento at 7th and K streets, dozens of guests checked into a five-story brick hotel. But their intent was not to find a place to rest their heads, but rather to discover one of the largest new art installation projects in Northern California. The event was a VIP preview party of the Art Hotel, an experimental and multi-medium art exhibition housed inside the former Jade Apartments, where nearly 100 artists have transformed the abandoned space into a temporary show that will be on public display from Feb. 5 to 13 before the building is demolished in the spring and reconstructed into a Hyatt Place. The project began when the Jade’s owner approached local muralist Shaun Burner to create a work on the hotel’s exterior while it awaited demolition....

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Massive new tower proposed for Capitol Mall could end up as city’s tallest

02/03/16

Massive new tower proposed for Capitol Mall could end up as city’s tallest

Today, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and the Los Angeles-based developer CIM Group announced that they are proposing a massive and strikingly modern, 1.1-million-square-foot tower at 3rd and Capitol in downtown Sacramento. Among other features, the tower will include a public garden on its seventh floor and 100 residential units at the top with amenities like an infinity pool and concierge service. Construction could begin by early 2018 and be completed two to three years after that. The block is best known as the site where developer John Saca proposed two 53-story towers in 2006. CalPERS was Saca’s partner on the deal until it fell apart in 2007. The new tower will rise only about a block away from the new Golden 1 Center. The...

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