The City

2019

Sactown Magazine receives three national award nominations

08/20/19

Sactown Magazine receives three national award nominations

We here at Sactown are proud to announce that we just received three 2019 Folio Award nominations. (Folio is the national publication for the magazine industry.) The nominations are in the following categories: Best Full Issue Our April/May 2019 “Design Issue” covered all things design in Sacramento, with features by Hillary Louise Johnson on designer Curtis Popp and the newly renovated mid-century modern SMUD headquarters, and a “Designs Within Reach” feature by Leilani Marie Labong, which spotlighted new and notable projects coming soon to Sacramento. The issue also featured a Q&A with New York Times design critic Allison Arieff by Stu VanAirsdale. Best Profile This is the second nomination of the year for “The Curious Case of William...

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New hotel and residential project to rise next to Tower Bridge

08/06/19

New hotel and residential project to rise next to Tower Bridge

Good things come to those who wait, they say, and it looks like West Sacramento’s most desirable vacant lot—the square of property along the Tower Bridge Gateway that abuts the Ziggurat building, the River Walk, and the foot of the Tower Bridge, right across from Old Sacramento’s waterfront—is getting a splashy new mixed-use development that will boast retail and dining, 57 private residences, and a chic, 197-room boutique hotel, all designed to elevate and enhance the city’s connection to the waterfront. Design elements under consideration include an elevated restaurant with a view of the river and downtown Sacramento, and a marina or dock facility that could feature a water taxi. Fulcrum Property, which developed The Park Moderns, the Habitat...

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A sneak peek at London, the Euro-chic nightclub to open downtown

07/12/19

A sneak peek at London, the Euro-chic nightclub to open downtown

London, a new downtown nightclub, is set to open its doors on 10th Street near J in late August or early September. Its name an homage to posh British lounges, the club will fill a multilevel space left empty by Parlare Euro Lounge, which closed in August 2017. London's three owners—Frank Yan (co-owner of downtown's Kicx Unlimited sneaker store), his sister Sandra (both of whom were born in London) and her husband Hendrick Crowell (a local attorney and DJ, aka Stylus)—tapped Mitra Gholani of San Francisco design firm Deleap, who crafted the look of San Francisco nightlife mainstay Temple, to give the club a sleek, modern feel. “We wanted something cozy, and in the end we settled on something between classical design and art...

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The California State Fair returns with selfie stations, drone light shows and deep-fried eats

07/11/19

The California State Fair returns with selfie stations, drone light shows and deep-fried eats

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are upon us, and for Sacramentans that means it’s California State Fair season. And while many of the old stalwarts won’t be going anywhere—what would we do without the Starship 3000 and bacon-wrapped turkey legs?—this year’s 166th fair is set to unveil a flurry of new attractions when it runs from July 12-28. Over-the-top tastes will reign supreme once again. Bite into Cap’n Crunch chicken sliders from Boss Burger or deep-fried Fanta (a funnel cake doused in the orange soda before it’s fried) from Sweet Cheeks Fried Treats. Vegans can also stop by Frik’n Vegan for a Philly "cheesesteak" made with local Vital Wheat Gluten. Rack up Instagram likes at seven selfie stations (á...

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13 farmers’ markets to visit throughout the region

07/03/19

13 farmers’ markets to visit throughout the region

Fill your basket with farm-fresh finds, local eats and handcrafted goodies at these 13 farmers’ markets around the region. Here is our cornucopian guide (including an interactive map) for your next trip to bountiful. Capitol Mall Farmers’ Market Take a break from the office and your brown-bag lunch to visit one of over a dozen mobile restaurants—such as Yolanda’s Tamales, Big Joe’s BBQ and Masa Guiseria (which offers tacos with stewed and braised meats and made-to-order corn tortillas) at this downtown bazaar. Before you load up on berries, cherries and chard from spots like Lodi-based Rhythm and Blueberries, lace up for Kaiser Permanente’s weekly Walk to Thrive, a 1-mile group loop that meets at 11:45 a.m. and wraps around...

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10 ways to catch spectacular fireworks shows for Fourth of July

07/01/19

10 ways to catch spectacular fireworks shows for Fourth of July

Happy 243rd birthday, America! Looking for ways to ring in the Fourth this year? Here are 10 celebrations around the region with everything from piles of pancakes and pie-eating contests to ziplines and, of course, skytacular fireworks. Cal Expo July 4 Watch the night sky fill with fireworks at Cal Expo’s annual Fourth of July party. B.Y.O.P. (bring your own picnic) and head into the fairgrounds at 4:30 p.m. to catch performances by dance-fitness crew World of Dance U-JAM, country musician Rachel Steele and pop-rock quintet National Lines, all before the sky explodes with color at 9:30 p.m. in sync with musical accompaniment from radio station KUDL106.5, The End. Free ($10 reserved seating; $15 for parking). 4:30 p.m. Cal Expo. 1600 Exposition Blvd....

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The blockbuster Our Street Night Market returns for its second year

06/20/19

The blockbuster Our Street Night Market returns for its second year

With summer officially starting on Friday, June 21, celebrate the first weekend of the season with the ultimate block party and head out to the insanely popular Our Street Night Market on R Street this Saturday. Inspired by the buzzy night markets all throughout Asia that have spawned a mini trend for similar events in the U.S., Our Street drew a crowd of over 11,000 at its inaugural event last summer and more than 28,000 during its second outing last fall. The newest incarnation—which will take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.—will nearly double its previous footprint, stretching between 11th and 14th streets on the R Street Corridor and boasting more than 60 stalls. A “food court” between 13th and 14th streets will house the majority of the 40-plus street eats...

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Here's when downtown spots like Solomon's Delicatessen, Kodaiko, KoJa Kitchen and more will open

05/29/19

Here's when downtown spots like Solomon's Delicatessen, Kodaiko, KoJa Kitchen and more will open

Some of Sacramento's most eagerly anticipated dining destinations are opening their doors soon, all on a single transformative block next to the Golden 1 Center. The 700 Block of K Street—a mixed-use project known as The Hardin, between 7th and 8th streets—is a long-neglected stretch that began bubbling to life last year with notable openings like the Ruhstaller Beer taproom, the restaurant Tiger and and a new coffee and wine bar from the folks at Insight Coffee. So we decided to check in with the owners of the next round of eateries to find out when we can all expect to grab a fresh bagel with lox and schmear or a scoop (or three) of coffee-and-doughnuts ice cream. The news is good. You won't have to wait long.   ...

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One-day home tour highlights six mid-century modern gems

05/23/19

One-day home tour highlights six mid-century modern gems

Never was the suburban dream more elegantly executed than from the 1950s through the ’70s. And in 1959, local builder Streng Bros. Homes enlisted architect Carter Sparks to design a localized take on that suburban dream, a collaboration that lead to the construction of over 3,000 mid-century modern homes in the region. Fun fact: Artist Wayne Thiebaud married his wife Betty Jean in the backyard of Gregory Kondos' Sparks-designed home in East Sacramento. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Streng-Sparks partnership, Sacramento Modern (SacMod) will highlight six of these shining specimens on Saturday, June 1 during its triannual home tour, this year titled 60 Years of Streng Bros. Homes. The self-guided tour will follow an 18-mile...

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The inaugural Design Week Sacramento kicks off this week

05/09/19

The inaugural Design Week Sacramento kicks off this week

The inaugural Design Week Sacramento kicks off this Saturday, May 11, offering an inclusive panoply of sales, workshops, lectures and tours geared toward whetting the palates—and palettes—of professional creators, novice makers and art appreciators alike. The idea was conceived by Amanda Sanchez, a freelance designer in Citrus Heights who found herself struggling to connect with other regional creatives. “I felt so separated from the design community in downtown,” says Sanchez. “But then I learned that a lot of other people felt that same way.” In March 2018, she pitched the event at CreativeMornings Sacramento, a monthly breakfast lecture series for regional professionals, and has since amassed a small army of over 50 volunteers...

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Your Supersized 2019 Guide to Outdoor Movie Screenings in and around Sacramento

04/30/19

Your Supersized 2019 Guide to Outdoor Movie Screenings in and around Sacramento

See Hollywood stars under the stars at outdoor movie festivals around the region. Here's our 2019 guide to getting your al fresco flicks fix, with screenings of recent hits like Mary Poppins Returns and Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, and classics like Back to the Future and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. A24 Public Access (Midtown) Gather ’round an unsuspecting midtown billboard for a viewing of Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s Golden Globe-winning coming-of-age film set (and partially filmed) in Sacramento. Put on by A24, the movie’s production company, the parking lot pop-up will feature eats from Chando’s Tacos and swag relating to the film. July 20 Lady Bird Free. Seating available at 7:30 p.m., screening starts at 8 p.m. 20th and...

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Four local film festivals for Sacramento cinephiles

04/17/19

Four local film festivals for Sacramento cinephiles

Take a cinematic trip around the world with these four local film festivals that are set to screen a slew of foreign and domestic flicks, including an anime ghost story and a 3D sci-fi thriller from Argentina. Sacramento International Film Festival April 28-May 5 Movies from across the globe will take center stage at the 24th annual Sacramento International Film Festival. This year's lineup will include the Canadian documentary Finding Big Country, which tracks a Vancouver Grizzlies superfan’s search for ’90s-era NBA star Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, and Anacronte, an Argentinian 3D animated fantasy short that chronicles humanity’s fallout from an attack by the “Sorcerers of Evil.” $12-$15 per screening; $150...

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A Sacramento-themed escape room to open this fall

04/12/19

A Sacramento-themed escape room to open this fall

Imagine stepping into an elevator and descending several stories before arriving on the ground floor of the California State Capitol, where a single gold key lies on the floor. Your mission: retrieve a hidden treasure before time runs out. In reality, the elevator never moved and you’re a mile away from the Capitol building, inside NEO Escape Rooms, which is expected to open in Old Sacramento this fall. Owners Acme Lee and Gabriel Berzamina, who have been friends since middle school, were introduced to escape rooms—live-action role-playing puzzle games, in which a group of people enters a themed space and is required to work together to solve riddles and complete a task within an allotted time—upon visiting one for a friend’s birthday in 2017. “Every...

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