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A new exhibit remembers Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin

08/14/18

A new exhibit remembers Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin

When The Sacramento Bee's Rex Babin passed away from cancer in 2012 at the age of 49, it rocked the world of editorial cartoonists. “Rex’s death was like the Kennedy assassination of American political cartooning in a lot of ways,” says Jack Ohman, Babin’s longtime friend who took over the cartoonist position at the Bee in 2012. “He was this young, vital guy who was there one minute... it was like, this seems so unfair and inexplicable and wrong.” During his 13 years at the paper, Babin—who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2003, and was honored posthumously with the California Press Foundation's Mark Twain Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2015—drew thousands of cartoons that critiqued and poked fun at politics...

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Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces 2018 Calling All Dreamers finalists

07/16/18

Downtown Sacramento Partnership announces 2018 Calling All Dreamers finalists

Five eager entrepreneurs have made it to the final round of the sixth annual Calling All Dreamers contest, in which one hopeful business owner will receive a prize package valued at over $100,000 to help build their company from the ground up in downtown Sacramento.  Whittled down from 10 semifinalists, the final five must now vie for votes from the public, who will help a committee determine the winner, by casting their vote at callingalldreamers.org. (Voting will end at 5 p.m. on Aug. 20., and the winner will be announced a few days later.) From a farm-to-tub beauty boutique to a space for local creatives, and an environmentally conscious nail bar, one of these dreamers could soon be the newest addition to the downtown retail...

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Crocker Art Museum announces architect for new Crocker Park

07/12/18

Crocker Art Museum announces architect for new Crocker Park

Crocker Park is getting its long-overdue facelift. Following a speedy selection process, which involved sifting through 50 acclaimed architecture firms that had submitted their qualifications, the Crocker Art Museum has selected Seattle-based Olson Kundig to design its new Crocker Park project. A committee of 30 individuals, including local design professionals, museum board members, elected officials and community members, unanimously chose Olson Kundig whose projects range from the redesign of the Space Needle (which will feature the world’s first rotating glass floor when completed) to the planned Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa. The selection was all the more impressive given the list of A-list firms such as Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Morphosis,...

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8 vibrant backdrops around town for your next Instagram selfie

07/06/18

8 vibrant backdrops around town for your next Instagram selfie

In 2016, we gave you our list of 12 colorful spots in and around Sacramento to take your next Instagram photograph. But between hosting mural festivals, getting public art installations and starring in a Golden Globe-winning film, the region is bursting with cool new options for your next selfie backdrop. Here are eight of our fave local locations that will make your feed #SacramentoProud.  Jeff Koons’ Coloring Book  This 18-foot-tall sculpture by artist Jeff Koons is called Coloring Book but is nicknamed “Piglet” since the shape comes from the character in Winnie the Pooh, made its debut at Downtown Commons in 2016. The $8 million piece stands sentry at the Golden 1 Center’s main entrance, with its bright colors...

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