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Summer 2018's Guide to Outdoor Movies Around Sacramento

05/30/18

Summer 2018's Guide to Outdoor Movies Around Sacramento

Hot summer days and cool summer nights in Sacramento mean watching movies under the stars. Here's a roundup of upcoming outdoor film screenings around the region, which will feature both recent hits like Coco and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and classics like Mamma Mia! and The Lion King. Friday Moonlight Movies (Rancho Cordova) At these Friday screenings, moviegoers can indulge in snacks from local makers like Art of Popcorn and Sweet Treats as they take in movies from Mamma Mia! to Mulan. June 1 Coco June 8 Mamma Mia! June 15 Mulan June 22 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them June 29 The Lion King Free. 7:30 p.m. seating. Sundown screening. Village Green Park. 3141 Bridgeway Dr. 916-851-8700. cordovacouncil.org Movies in the...

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Third annual Le Dîner en Blanc to paint Sacramento white this October

05/21/18

Third annual Le Dîner en Blanc to paint Sacramento white this October

At Le Dîner en Blanc, no one will judge you for wearing white after Labor Day. On Oct. 6, the Parisian-style, community pop-up dinner, during which all attendees are required to don white from head to toe, will return to the capital city for the third consecutive year. This year, almost 2,000 guests will be invited to the once-a-year party— a phenomenon that began in Paris in 1988 and has since spread to over 70 cities worldwide, with Sacramento being the only Northern California host city. “The whole point behind [Le Dîner en Blanc] is to create a celebration of the people of the community who could just come together in an experience where they can dine together, get to know each other and celebrate and be proud of the community space,” says...

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New walking tour sweetens your taste for local history

05/10/18

New walking tour sweetens your taste for local history

On May 12, the new Sacramento Heritage Dessert Tour will take local history buffs with cravings for both knowledge and sweets on a walking pilgrimage. The 90-minute tour will stop at 30 vintage sites throughout midtown. “There’s an assumption that there isn’t any history in Sacramento other than those six square blocks of Old Sacramento,” says William Burg, a local historian and president of the Sacramento Heritage Inc., the tour’s coordinator. “The truth is we’ve got a lot of pretty amazing untold stories outside of Old Sacramento.” The journey begins at Memorial Auditorium, where Burg will lead a group along the old streetcar route that used to operate on J Street between 3rd and 46th—Sacramento’s historic “Main...

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Local artists to bring a classic Tower Records mural back to life

05/09/18

Local artists to bring a classic Tower Records mural back to life

Work begins this month on what will be a painstaking restoration of a piece of Sacramento cultural history, the 1974 mural at the site of the former Tower Records store on the 700 block of K Street. The artwork will welcome patrons to Solomon’s Delicatessen, a modern take on the urban Jewish deli named after Tower Records founder Russ Solomon, who passed away in March at age 92. Covering the walls and ceiling of the space’s portico, the mural is a lush, psychedelic wonderland featuring plants, animals and gonzo sailing ships, painted in a style so perfectly recognizable as emblematic of an era that it’s impossible to pass by it without humming a few bars of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” Two local graphic designers named Mitchell Aronson and...

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9 events worth tapping into during Sacramento Beer Week

05/08/18

9 events worth tapping into during Sacramento Beer Week

The capital city is about to get hopping, as Sacramento Beer Week, our region's largest brewfest, takes place May 10-20. Featuring over 80 local breweries and more than 300 events, the 11-day-long pint-a-palooza will include everything from new beer release parties to churro-and-beer pairings. The Sacramento Area Brewers Guild will kick off the festivities at West Sacramento’s River Walk park on May 10 with the Sac Mac + Beer Review, where breweries like New Glory Craft, Elk Grove’s Flatland and Roseville’s The Monk’s Cellar will pair their beers with mac and cheese creations, specifically concocted for the occasion by chefs from restaurants like Localis, Boulevard Bistro and Heckle Alehouse & Eatery. Beer-lovers will also receive commemorative...

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Creative ways to get in gear during National Bike Month

05/03/18

Creative ways to get in gear during National Bike Month

It's Bike Month here in Sacramento, with special rides and events all across the county. Here are a few creative ways to help get yourself in gear. Crocker Art Museum May 3 Take an evening ride out to the Crocker Art Museum for a special screening of the 1979 movie Breaking Away. Written by Steve Tesich and directed by Peter Yates, this coming of age film tells the story of Dave, a teenager who dreams of becoming a professional cyclist in spite of his small town upbringing. Together with his friends, Dave is determined to win a race held by the local university, but things may not be as easy as they seem. Winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the film continues to serve as an inspiration for aspiring riders. The Crocker will provide free bike...

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The Big Day of Giving aims to set new fundraising record this Thursday

05/01/18

The Big Day of Giving aims to set new fundraising record this Thursday

Christmas will come early this year to hundreds of worthy Sacramento-area nonprofits as the fifth annual Big Day of Giving (BDOG) will begin at midnight this Thursday, May 3, and end 24 hours later at 11:59 p.m. This year, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, BDOG's coordinator, aims to set a new record by raising over $7.2 million for more than 580 local organizations, including groups like the Save the American River Association, My Sister’s House, Front Street Animal Shelter, Sacramento Children’s Home, River City Food Bank and many more. Last year, in addition to taking donations online, the foundation started organized dozens of events in the area, ranging from pancake breakfasts to Drag Queen Bingo...

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Downtown Sacramento’s renaissance continues with the extreme makeover of a key corner on K Street

04/19/18

Downtown Sacramento’s renaissance continues with the extreme makeover of a key corner on K Street

The ripple effect of Golden 1 Center continues to expand as one of downtown’s most promising blocks is set to get another boost with the massive renovation of a long-neglected structure and the addition of a fast-growing local tech firm. This afternoon, Sacramento-based real estate group Cassadyne Properties submitted plans to redevelop the former American Savings building at 8th and K streets. The three-story edifice, which has sat empty for about a decade, is being acquired from the city of Sacramento for $1.7 million. Owned by husband-and-wife partners Robert Rodriguez and Grietje Reuter, Cassadyne already manages six residential buildings in midtown. Rodriguez plans to relocate his primary business, Cambria Solutions, from the MARRS complex to the new site in early 2019,...

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A new tech art show will light up Sacramento this summer

04/17/18

A new tech art show will light up Sacramento this summer

A new art show and two-day showcase, titled Light.wav, will highlight tech art in downtown Sacramento this summer. Set to take place on June 15 and 16, Light.wav was conceived by Alex Trujillo, a local multimedia artist and founder of the locally based digital and sound projection company Visao Media, to help build the region's digital art community and to show the city what's possible in this medium. He participated in last year's public ArtStreet installation with his popular interactive piece ZSpace, which used angled mirrored stainless steel strips, LED animations and low-frequency sounds to create a fragmented version of the viewer (see above). "I think there are endless possibilities to [tech art]," says Trujillo, citing one of his recent pieces that...

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New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento’s love affair with trees

04/11/18

New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento’s love affair with trees

As April showers turn the region green, a new locally produced documentary, Made in the Shade, is shedding light on how Sacramentans fought to turn the city’s open spaces into a lush tree canopy that now serves as a natural air conditioner and a significant source of civic pride. Set to debut with a free screening on April 25 at the Crest Theatre, Made in the Shade is directed by Phil D’Asaro, a Sacramento resident whose short documentary Death of Del Paso—which chronicles the economic decline along North Sacramento’s Del Paso Boulevard—won the Producer’s Choice Award at A Place Called Sacramento film festival in 2015. D’Asaro and producer Bruce Handley have spent the past two-and-a-half years studying the city’s urban tree canopy,...

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The Downtown Sacramento Partnership reveals 2018 Concerts in the Park lineup

04/05/18

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership reveals 2018 Concerts in the Park lineup

Get ready to rock and roll all night this summer. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership just announced the lineup for its yearly free concert series that will take place Friday nights at Cesar Chavez Plaza, from May through July.  Concerts in the Park will kick off May 4 with the Sacramento-based alt-pop quintet Cemetery Sun, who is headlining the concert series for the second year in a row. They will be joined by locally based alternative rock trio Wylma and ska-reggae outfit La Noche Oskura. Other headliners will include electronic dance music pioneers The Crystal Method (July 27), Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand (May 18)—which just released its fifth album, Always Ascending, in February, and whose early aughts hit "Take Me Out" is listed on Rolling...

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A Sacramento mom shares 1,001 family-sized ways to have fun around town in a new book

02/08/18

A Sacramento mom shares 1,001 family-sized ways to have fun around town in a new book

Adventure is out there—and in town, according to one local author who wrote the book on how to maximize fun with your fam without leaving the region. 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (and the Young at Heart), which will be released on Feb. 14, is the brainchild of Sabrina Nishijima, a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Milo, 6, and Andrew, 3. The East Sacramentan says she got the idea for the book after taking a family trip to Austin and seeing a similar guidebook for that city there. "The more I started going down rabbit holes, the more apparent it became that Sacramento has something for every niche hobby, a festival for every fruit, and groups or classes for just about anything,” Nishijima says. "Not many people know you can rent a ukulele from the...

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Five playful ways to start celebrating with your Valentine this weekend

02/07/18

Five playful ways to start celebrating with your Valentine this weekend

Forget dinner and a movie. Here are five ways to mix up Valentine’s Day weekend in and around the Sacramento region.  ArtMix: Love Boat Feb. 8 Crocker Art Museum’s monthly, 21-and-over ArtMix party will turn into a tropical love fest—complete with mermaids and pirates—just in time for Valentine’s Day. The museum’s glass-enclosed Friedman Court will be illuminated with lights to mimic the look of being underwater as guests—who are encouraged to don aquatic-themed costumes—dance (swim?) alongside Folsom-based hula group Aloha Dancers and The Midtown Moxies Burlesque troupe, or take selfies with giant inflatable starfish and a colorful performance crew from The Sacramento Mermaids. And, throughout the evening, local...

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Folsom snowboarder Kelly Clark goes for gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

02/07/18

Folsom snowboarder Kelly Clark goes for gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Twenty years ago, snowboarding debuted as a sport in the Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Just four years after that, during the next Winter Games in 2002, 18-year-old Kelly Clark wasted no time making her mark, taking home a gold medal in the women’s halfpipe competition. Now, as the XXIII Winter Olympics get underway this Thursday, Feb. 8, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Clark—who lives in Folsom and trains in Mammoth—has her sights set on gold once again. And the five-time Olympian is at the top of her game—Sports Illustrated calls Clark "one of the most important figures in the history of snowboarding, regardless of gender or discipline." In addition to the gold medal she won in Salt Lake City, she has nabbed two bronze medals...

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Seven festive ways to celebrate Mardi Gras throughout the region

02/06/18

Seven festive ways to celebrate Mardi Gras throughout the region

New Orleans might be the city most famous for its Mardi Gras celebrations, but Sacramento will also let the good times roll with its own slew of bar crawls, parades and parties in the spirit of Fat Tuesday, which falls on Feb. 13 this year. Here are seven festive ways to live it up. Brazilian Carnaval Feb. 10 Shake your tail feather during this annual spring bonanza put on by the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange, which will feature drumming demos by the local Brazilian group Água de Beber and the center’s own Mistura Brasileira, as well as the funky beats of Santa Cruz-based band SambaDá. This year’s festival, which is free, bears the theme “Carnaval of the Arts,” and will host an exhibit of works by...

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The "Sactown" Kings to debut new hometown court tonight

02/05/18

The "Sactown" Kings to debut new hometown court tonight

The Sacramento Kings will display their Sactown pride tonight with the debut of their new City Edition court design. When the Kings take on the Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. at Golden 1 Center, the court will be emblazoned with a slate gray lion in the center, baby blue lanes (hearkening back to the predominant team color in Kansas City and the first few seasons in Sacramento), and red sidelines, which point to the accent color on the Kings' uniforms going as far back as when they were the Rochester Royals from 1945 to 1957. The third court design to be used this season (in addition to the original purple hardwood and the international black court), the floor of Golden 1 will also feature "SACTOWN" stamped in white on each baseline, and "Sacramento Proud"...

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Festivals, exhibits and other events to attend during Black History Month in Sacramento

02/01/18

Festivals, exhibits and other events to attend during Black History Month in Sacramento

From a one-man play at Sacramento State to a free festival at the Crocker Art Museum, here are several noteworthy ways to celebrate Black History Month all February long. Power on Earth Feb. 1 In his first performance at Sacramento State University since 2016, NAACP Theatre Award nominee Darryl Van Leer, who appeared on One Tree Hill and TLC’s reality series The Messengers, will perform Power on Earth, a one-man play that dramatizes historical moments in the lives of notable African American figures from the 19th and 20th centuries. The show, which the Kentucky-based actor created and has brought on tour to the stages of over 300 college campuses nationwide, will feature eight on-stage costume changes as Van Leer powerfully portrays 14 icons like Martin Luther King Jr.,...

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New “Lady Bird” walking tour launches in Sacramento

01/30/18

New “Lady Bird” walking tour launches in Sacramento

Lady Bird fans can soon walk a mile—or rather, 3 miles—in Greta Gerwig's shoes as a new foot tour inspired by the Sacramento filmmaker's semiautobiographical movie launches on Sunday, Feb. 11. Sac Running Tours—a local group that hosts history and sightseeing excursions, as well as outings to visit Wide Open Walls murals—is starting a 3-mile, two-hour walking tour that will feature stops at Lady Bird sites like Club Raven, Pasty Shack, the McKinley Park rose garden and the blue manse in the Fab 40s that served as the title character's dream home.  Read Sactown’s profile on Greta Gerwig from the Dec/Jan issue HERE. A separate 4.5-mile running tour, which also begins Feb. 11, will cover the same ground, as well as head out the...

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Midtown gets weird with a "Stranger Things" art show

01/24/18

Midtown gets weird with a "Stranger Things" art show

Lace up your Chuck Taylors and grab your Swatch watch—a new Stranger Things-themed art show promises creativity, ’80s nostalgia and a healthy dose of weird starting Jan. 27. A collaboration between local art groups Menagerie Sacramento and Retrograde Collective, Stranger Things II: The Art Show will feature 80 works by 50 artists (both local and from around the world) themed after the Emmy-winning Netflix series. The exhibit will be on display until the end of February at midtown's Outlet Coworking, and is a follow-up to an inaugural Stranger Things­-themed art show, which was held in December 2016 in response to the first season’s release that year. "I watched the show and immediately was like, 'I want to draw this, I want to...

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A snapshot of the region’s first Photography Month set for April

01/18/18

A snapshot of the region’s first Photography Month set for April

Sacramento, get ready to point and click. For the first time, midtown’s Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is organizing Photography Month Sacramento, a month-long marathon of about 80 events, including exhibits, art walks, lectures, classes and a photo fête at the Crocker Art Museum, set to take place throughout the region this April. For years, cities throughout the world, from Palm Springs to Belgrade, have initiated their own photography months, and Sacramento is too. Among the highlights is an exhibit based on the popular @SacAfterDark Instagram page, which has amassed over 33,000 fans and will take over the walls of Viewpoint from April 10 to May 5, showcasing a juried selection of over 100 images depicting the capital city at night, including a stunning...

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Sacramento's Rock & Radio Museum seeks new home

01/10/18

Sacramento's Rock & Radio Museum seeks new home

They say rock and roll never forgets. Dennis Newhall—who ran midtown’s Sacramento Rock & Radio Museum from 2002 until it closed its doors in January 2017—is hoping this is true. The 3,000-square-foot museum—which was originally located at the Ray Nakamoto Productions recording studio at 20th and I streets and moved next door to Tucker Media Group in 2011—was open one night a month during midtown’s Second Saturday events and chronicled the Sacramento region's rock music scene from 1957 to present day, with over 3,500 artifacts, like posters, handbills, ticket stubs, T-shirts, rock radio charts and memorabilia from the bands and musicians who played here, including local stars like Jackie Greene and international sensations like Ozzy...

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Stunning new nighttime time-lapse video shows "the sexiness of Sacramento"

01/08/18

Stunning new nighttime time-lapse video shows "the sexiness of Sacramento"

Did your heart swell with hometown pride when Lady Bird won best picture at the Golden Globes last night? Get ready for your heart to keep growing as you watch an electric new time-lapse video that shows Sacramento in the best light—literally.  Visual artist Justin Majeczky—whose first Sacramento time-lapse movie went viral locally in 2014, garnering over 200,000 views on Vimeo and receiving the coveted "Staff Pick" stamp of approval by the website—is back to capture a different side of the River City. “The first film was more about the general area of Sacramento—it had farm fields and the outskirts. I wanted this one to be more intimate [and about] downtown," Majeczky says. "My angle was to shoot the sexiness of...

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Zip-line, rock climb and sip craft beer at new outdoor adventure park

01/04/18

Zip-line, rock climb and sip craft beer at new outdoor adventure park

Imagine sitting on a sandy beach near the cooling spray of a rushing waterfall. Zip lines whiz overhead and fellow adventurers scale granite walls or lounge in slow-moving paddleboats. This scene may conjure thoughts of a resort in Costa Rica or another exotic locale, but it also describes a new five-and-a-half-acre outdoor theme park in Rocklin. Quarry Park Adventures, set to open on Memorial Day weekend, will feature attractions like a three-level aerial ropes course, rock climbing stations and 2,800 feet of zip lines that can reach speeds of over 30 miles per hour. At Quarry Kids’ Kove, little ones ages 4 to 10 will find over 30 challenges, from balance beams and cargo nets to zip lines scaled to their size. Nearby, there’s a free-fall attraction...

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