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After 7 years, Capitol fountain slated to make a splash once again

06/30/17

After 7 years, Capitol fountain slated to make a splash once again

If you made a wish at the dry, empty bowl that was once the Capitol fountain, and if that wish were that the state’s Department of General Services (DGS) would see fit to celebrate Gov. Brown’s April declaration of the end of the drought by turning said fountain back on—after seven long years—then your wish is about to come true. The state has begun testing the fountain’s mechanics, changing filters and testing lights and pumps, and if all goes well, the 1920s fountain could be gushing gleefully away by the end of July, something it hasn’t done since 2010. As Sactown wrote in 2014, “The reasons behind the capitol fountain’s closure are as squishy as a red-legged frog from the Sacramento Delta.” Previous claims that it...

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10 fun ways to ring in the Fourth of July

06/29/17

10 fun ways to ring in the Fourth of July

Happy 241st birthday to us! From a party in a ballpark to skydiving shows and glittering fireworks, here are 10 of our favorite ways to celebrate Independence Day around the region. Cal Expo July 4 The California State Fair—which is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Cal Expo this year (check out the awesome commemorative poster here)—doesn’t start until July 14, but Cal Expo will be abuzz with summertime activity during its Fourth of July celebration, which includes live music from Americana singer-songwriter Hannah Jane Kile and local pop-rock group National Lines. Grab a piña colada smoothie from Maui Wowi or nachos from Fiesta’s and settle in at 9:30 p.m. to watch the pyrotechnics, a 21-minute show that is one of the area’s longest...

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Six great new restaurant patios to check out this summer

06/28/17

Six great new restaurant patios to check out this summer

A hot summer night. A cool Delta breeze. Flowing conversation and wine (or beer). From a tropical oasis in midtown to a pastoral terrace in Sloughhouse, these six new restaurant patios have it all. Burgers & Brew If you think “Ring of Fire” is just a song by Johnny Cash, then you haven’t yet been to the new Burgers & Brew in West Sacramento’s hopping Broderick neighborhood. Located in a historic Art Deco firehouse at the foot of the I Street Bridge (just a short walk from Golden 1 Center across the river), the latest outpost in this local chain boasts a patio wall rimmed by the thinnest line of flickering orange flame. More a dancing linear candle than a roaring inferno, it’s a clever visual treat that will make your eyes light up but...

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Prominent local developer hopes to revitalize the chic “Mad Men”-era Clarion Hotel

06/22/17

Prominent local developer hopes to revitalize the chic “Mad Men”-era Clarion Hotel

“I think it’s unfortunate that Sacramento doesn't have that many old buildings from different eras that we can bring back,” says real estate developer Sotiris Kolokotronis, whose urban infill projects like the L Street Lofts, 1801 L Street and the Fremont Building helped turn midtown into the epicenter of our urban renaissance. He says this standing in front of his latest acquisition, the former Mansion Inn (later the Clarion Hotel), which he hopes to restore and reopen as an art-filled urban oasis—and the hippest boutique hotel in town. The two-story structure on the corner of 16th and H, right across from the street from the historic Governor’s Mansion and adjacent to the Wells Fargo Pavilion, is almost completely covered in a jungle of dense...

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