The City

Annual 2012

Sactown Magazine wins Folio Award in NYC

12/05/13

Sactown Magazine wins Folio Award in NYC

We’re thrilled to announce that earlier today, at a ceremony in New York, Folio magazine, the country's largest trade magazine for our industry, handed out its annual Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards, and Sactown won for Best Feature Design for last year’s “Ultimate Guide to Asian Food” package. The award recognizes “outstanding design of a single feature article as expressed in appeal of opener, layout, colors, icons, images and typography.” Other winners this year included national titles like Food & Wine, Forbes, People, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, Harper's Bazaar, O Magazine and Glamour. The only other regional titles to earn a Folio Award this year were city magazines from...

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Disney's California Adventure letters placed at California State Fair

07/01/13

Disney's California Adventure letters placed at California State Fair

The massive letters from Disney's California Adventure theme park were placed in front of Cal Expo in Sacramento today, just 11 days before the 2013 California State Fair opens to the public on July 12. The letters, which stand 11 feet, 8 inches tall each, stood in front of Disney's DCA park for a decade. The installation of the letters was sponsored by Golden 1 Credit Union, with lighting assistance from SMUD.  To read more about how the letters got to Sacramento last year click here. 

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Fourth Annual Bastille Day Waiters' Race adds Street Festival

06/30/13

Fourth Annual Bastille Day Waiters' Race adds Street Festival

Inspired by the famous footrace in Paris, the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race returns to midtown Sacramento for the fourth time on Sunday, July 14. But for the first time, the race will also include a Bastille Day street festival on L Street, between 18th and 19th streets. Each year, nearly 50 local restaurant servers dress in traditional Parisian-style, black-and-white uniforms and compete in a contest of speed and balance. After lining up at the starting line at 18th and L at noon, participants will circle the block bound by 18th and 19th streets and L Street and Capitol Avenue— twice—while holding a tray containing a bottle of Perrier and two half-full glasses with one hand. The goal: Make it to the finish line without spilling water or without dropping...

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Davis ranks as 10th "Brainiest" city in America

06/26/13

Davis ranks as 10th "Brainiest" city in America

In a new study reported in an article in The Atlantic Cities by noted urban studies professor Richard Florida (author of The Rise of the Creative Class), Davis ranked as the 10th "Brainiest" city in America.  According to the article, "the rankings cover five key cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention, and problem solving," based on results from the online brain game site Lumosity. Davis is in good company, joining other top 10 cities like Stanford, CA (No. 1), Princeton, NJ (No. 2), and Cambridge, MA (No. 5), each home to one or more of the best universities in the world.  This won't be news to regular Sactown readers. Our current issue features a profile on Davis-based Skycar inventor Paul Moller, and...

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Sacramento inspires new Mickey Mouse painting

06/21/13

Sacramento inspires new Mickey Mouse painting

Want to meet Mickey Mouse? You can this weekend in Old Sacramento as the official voice of Walt Disney’s iconic character, Bret Iwan, comes to town this Saturday to celebrate a brand new painting from Disney Fine Art that blends the mouse’s famous face with icons of Sacramento. Los Angeles-based artist Tennessee Loveless will be signing copies of his new work—Sactown Heart—this Saturday and Sunday at Stage Nine’s art gallery The Vault at 102 K Street. Loveless created the piece as part of his “Ten x Ten x Ten” series (published by Collectors Editions), for which he is painting 100 interpretations of Mickey Mouse. The two-day event will be the world premiere for both Sactown Heart and the series. The Sacramento version features...

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Sacramento parks rank 3rd nationally

06/05/13

Sacramento parks rank 3rd nationally

We already knew we were the City of Trees, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that we're ranked near the top of American cities for our parks as well. The Trust for Public Land just ranked the country's 50 largest cities, and Sacramento tied for 3rd place alongside Boston and San Francisco, trailing only Minneapolis (#1) and New York City (#2).  The ranking is based on park access (the number of residents within a 10-minute walk of a park), park size, and services and investment.  “The state capital earned high marks in nearly every ParkScore measurement. Its young residents in particular are reaping the benefits of having some of the most plentiful playgrounds in the country,” said Peter Harnik, Director of the Center for City Park...

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New live Cake single on sale for Record Store Day

04/20/13

New live Cake single on sale for Record Store Day

Fans of the Sacramento band Cake have something to sate their rock ’n’ roll lifestyles today, April 20, aka Record Store Day—a relatively new international celebration of all things vinyl. That’s because the band is releasing a seven-inch vinyl teaser single today as a prelude to the release of a re-mastered box set of eight vinyl records on Black Friday’s Record Store Day on Nov. 29 (yes, Record Store Day is actually two days a year). The limited edition single (only 2,000 copies) features two previously unreleased live tracks of the songs “Sheep Go to Heaven” and “Jesus Wrote a Blank Check,” and was made on opaque white vinyl with orange swirls. It goes on sale at independent record stores around the country today, including...

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Hyatt Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

04/05/13

Hyatt Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Get ready to party like it’s 1988 at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento. The hotel, which opened 25 years ago on April 6 across the street from the Capitol, will be celebrating its silver anniversary all month—and year—long. Here are some fun ways that it’s marking the special occasion. For a stay this Saturday, April 6, Hyatt is offering 25 rooms at $25 per person. If you miss that, there’s a weekend rate for locals of $88 a night that will be continue through the rest of the year. Also throughout 2013, Dawson’s will be hosting $25-per-person Sunday prime rib dinners with extras like baked potato and cheesecake. Foodie festivities taking place exclusively in April include Vines Café’s $25 weekday buffet lunch for two (featuring...

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Sacramento Pours It On for Beer Week

02/27/13

Sacramento Pours It On for Beer Week

See what’s brewing at the fourth annual Sacramento Beer Week, which celebrates the craft beer movement with 10 packed days of events and activities. Running through this Sunday, March 3, the sudsy offerings range from home-brewing demonstrations to gourmet beer-pairing dinners to dozens of tasting nights at local breweries. The hoppy highlights include a DJed tasting night at the new LowBrau featuring tipples from Weihenstephaner, the world’s oldest continually operating brewery (Friday, March 1); a three-hour train ride along the Sacramento river with live music and tastings from breweries like Sudwerk and River City Brewing Company (Sunday, March 3) and the popular “Shack Fest” craft beer festival at East Sacramento's The Shack, where you can meet...

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Two Sacramentans Make Their TV Debuts

01/22/13

Two Sacramentans Make Their TV Debuts

This week, watch at home or in person as two Sacramento entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality on a pair of reality shows. Adam Pechal, chef-owner of midtown’s Tuli Bistro and downtown’s Restaurant Thir13en, and local fashion designer Richard Hallmarq are making their small-screen debuts this week, and both are hosting viewing parties in their hometown for the occasion. Tonight marks the series premiere of ABC’s brand-new cooking competition show, The Taste, where Pechal will test his knife skills against 15 other professional and home chefs, who will be judged in blind taste tests by judges like Food Network star Nigella Lawson and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. A red carpet party will take place at the Sterling Hotel (1300 H Street) tonight at 6 p.m....

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Ring in the New Year with Good Food & Great Fireworks

12/27/12

Ring in the New Year with Good Food & Great Fireworks

If, like us, you’ve been consumed in recent weeks by a whirlwind of Yuletide festivities, breakneck shopping excursions and copious consumption of caloric treats, then you’ve likely also neglected to make your New Year’s Eve plans. Fear not. Help is here. Behold—eight worthy options for ringing in 2013, most of which will let you bask in the glow of midnight’s great glare—the New Year’s Eve Spectacular in Old Sacramento. The countdown please…. 8. Get a jump on the evening’s celebrations at the Crocker Art Museum’s free Noon Year’s Eve Festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and feature an array of cultural performances from the likes of the traditional Punjabi dance group Non Stop Bhangra, the Brazilian...

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Sacramento Gets in the Holiday Spirit with December Performances

12/21/12

Sacramento Gets in the Holiday Spirit with December Performances

It’s Christmastime in the capital city, and with it come dozens of performances that will put you in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our December favorites. The Sacramento Ballet’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker, runs through this Sunday, Dec. 23. Visions of the Sugar Plum Fairy will be dancing in your head as the ballet’s dancers—along with a cast of 135 local children per performance—perform co-artistic director Ron Cunningham’s rendition of the Tchaikovsky classic. Tickets ($18-$75) are still available for this weekend’s shows including tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Call 808-5181 or visit sacballet.org. Continuing this weekend through Dec. 30 is A Pail of Grace, a brand-new Christmas...

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Shop Local for the Holidays at the Third Annual Create in California Event

12/14/12

Shop Local for the Holidays at the Third Annual Create in California Event

Go loco for all things local this coming Tuesday at the third annual Create in California Shopping Night, which will showcase various Northern California-based artisans, merchants and designers under one roof for an evening of gift buying and browsing for the holiday season. Featured at midtown restaurant Hot Italian will be flower pins and jewelry made of masking tape by Curtis Park artist Danny Scheible, who utilizes “tapigami,” his masking tape art form, which has appeared on Good Morning America and is currently on display at the California Museum. (A tapigami version of a Christmas tree will serve as the centerpiece for the event.) Other jewelry designers include Bay Area’s Maya Kini and Sacramento’s Sofia Lacin. Another Sacramento artist, Navid...

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Blue Trees Video

11/15/12

Blue Trees Video

A new video by Laurence Campling, with time-lapse photography by Wesley Davis and Peter Saucerman, captures the making of the Blue Trees project in Sacramento last month. During the week of Oct. 9, Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos brought his Blue Trees project to Sacramento to draw attention to global deforestation issues. The Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Sactown Magazine formed the core of a group that brought the project to Sacramento.  For the installation, Dimopoulos and community volunteers painted 20 large sycamores on 13th street between J and K streets with an ultramarine blue eco-friendly pigment that will last until the trees shed their bark in the spring. The team also painted 40 saplings that will be displayed...

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First-Ever Architecture Festival Runs Through Oct. 28

10/12/12

First-Ever Architecture Festival Runs Through Oct. 28

It’s time to celebrate great design and architecture this month thanks to the Central Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which kicks off the region's inaugural architecture festival tonight at 5 p.m. with a launch party at Hot Italian at 16th and Q streets and continues for two weeks with a full lineup of events like films, design bike rides, lectures, tours and more. Among the highlights: An architecture bike tour tomorrow, Oct. 13; a Mid-Century Design Bike Ride on Sunday, Oct. 14 at noon; a Top of the City tour (with rooftop access to multiple downtown high-rises like the Citizen Hotel and Elks Tower) on Monday, Oct. 15; and much more. For a full schedule of events, check out the AIA Festival Guide in the new issue of Sactown Magazine,...

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Blue Trees Art Installation Coming to Sacramento

09/26/12

Blue Trees Art Installation Coming to Sacramento

Get ready to paint the town…blue. On Oct. 9, Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos will begin coloring about 20 sycamore trees on both sides of 13th street between J and K streets in downtown Sacramento, flanked by the convention center and the Sheraton Grand Hotel. Using eco-friendly, bright, ultramarine blue pigment, the artist will make a bold urban design statement while hoping to draw attention to global deforestation issues. To date, Dimopoulos has created the project in Melbourne, Australia (2006), Vancouver, Canada (2011), Auckland, New Zealand (2011) and Seattle (2012). Sacramento will be the fifth “Blue Trees” city before the Dimopoulos takes his project to Gainesville, Florida in late October and Houston in 2013. The artist is currently in...

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A New (and Free) Outdoor Film Festival Runs Through October

09/10/12

A New (and Free) Outdoor Film Festival Runs Through October

See some big Hollywood stars—from Harrison Ford to Brad Pitt—under the stars at Reel, a brand-new (and free) outdoor film festival in Sacramento taking place on the first and third Thursdays in August, September and October at North Sacramento’s stylish and eco-minded Greens Hotel. The screenings will start shortly after sunset (at approximately 8:30 p.m.) and begin with a bang on Aug. 2 with Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure classic Raiders of the Lost Ark, which marked the first time Harrison Ford donned the now-famous fedora as archeologist Indiana Jones. Then Aug. 16 features the 2001 film Dogtown and Z-Boys, which tells the tale of the influential 1970s Zephyr skateboarding team and won best documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and Independent...

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One of the Best County Fairs in the Country Runs Through Aug. 12 in Grass Valley

08/06/12

One of the Best County Fairs in the Country Runs Through Aug. 12 in Grass Valley

Missing the State Fair already? If you’re looking to get your fix of furry friends and deep-fried foods, head to the pine-covered hills of picturesque Grass Valley this week, as the Nevada County Fair—which has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the top 10 county fairs in the United States” and crowned the most beautiful fair in California by the state Senate—kicks off its 128th year this Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 12. This summer’s “Barnyard Safari” theme will feature more than 600 animals—from horses and sheep to quails and miniature donkeys—along with a herd of animal shows, including an alpaca agility competition, a pygmy goat obstacle contest and an exotic bird extravaganza with eagles,...

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Bastille Day Waiters Race Returns on July 14

07/05/12

Bastille Day Waiters Race Returns on July 14

Inspired by the famous footrace in Paris, the Sacramento Bastille Day Waiters’ Race returns for its third annual contest in midtown on Second Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Each of the last two years, nearly 50 local restaurant servers dressed in traditional, Parisian-style black-and-white uniforms competed in a contest of speed and balance as they circled the block bound by 18th and 19th streets and L Street and Capitol Avenue while balancing a tray containing a bottle of Perrier water and two half-full glasses.  The race will commence again this year on L Street in front of the 1801 L Street apartment building, and circumvent the block twice. The goal: Make it to the finish line without spilling water or without dropping the tray altogether. Judges will be at each...

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Nine Great Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Sacramento Region

07/03/12

Nine Great Ways to Celebrate the Fourth of July in the Sacramento Region

Want to wish America a happy birthday? Join in these Fourth of July celebrations around the region and watch the sparks fly. Cal Expo July 4 The City of Sacramento and Sacramento County team up again for the region’s largest pyrotechnic show. Chow down on hamburgers and hot dogs and then watch as about 2,000 lbs. of fireworks go off at 9:30 p.m. FREE. ($10 FOR PARKING). 6-10 P.M. 263-3000. CALEXPO.COM Carmichael July 4 The early birds get a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast hosted by the Carmichael Kiwanis Club at the Carmichael Park Clubhouse. At 10:30 a.m., The Elks Club’s 54th annual patriotic parade marches on (grab a spot in the grandstand across the street from Carmichael Park for a prime view of marching bands, antique cars, equestrian groups and more). Join...

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Last day to buy tickets for Mid-Century home tour this weekend

05/31/12

Last day to buy tickets for Mid-Century home tour this weekend

Today is the last day to buy tickets for a rare treat to tour one of Sacramento’s coolest modern homes, the Roush Residence, this Saturday, June 2. The local design group SacMod will be hosting tours of the 1954 Arden Oaks home. It was designed by Terry Waters, a Taliesin Fellow and longtime draftsman/colleague/friend of celebrated architect John Lautner. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the proposed Ray Eames exhibit at The California Museum. For those who don’t know, Ray Eames was the wife and design partner of Charles Eames. The two of them redefined modern design in America in the ’50s and ’60s, most notably with the Eames Chair & Ottoman, and Ray was born and raised in Sacramento. Your ticket purchase also includes treats from...

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California State Fair to get Disneyland’s iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters

05/30/12

California State Fair to get Disneyland’s iconic “CALIFORNIA” letters

The California State Fair, which already boasts a Disney-esque monorail and a nightly fireworks show, will soon be home to an actual piece—or rather 10 pieces—of Disneyland itself. The Disneyland Resort is announcing today that it is donating the 10 iconic letters that spell “CALIFORNIA” and have stood in front of Disney California Adventure (DCA) park since the park opened in 2001 to the Friends of the California State Fair, a nonprofit organization that supports the annual summer festival. The letters will be transported to Sacramento in late September and stored at the California Exposition & State Fair site until they are installed at an entrance to the State Fair complex next year at the earliest, depending on funding as well as the timing of the...

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