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A new party bike company with pub crawls and history tours rolls into town

02/28/17

A new party bike company with pub crawls and history tours rolls into town

SacTown Social Bikes, a new tour company based in downtown Sacramento, is bringing more pedal power to the capital city. Co-owners Ruben Amaya and his fiancée Lalena Nelson have been slowly rolling out bikes for tours since early February, and tentatively plan to officially launch March 3 to coincide with the opening of Cantina Alley— a new Mexican eatery in midtown, which will be one of the company’s two pickup locations, along with downtown’s Vallejo’s Restaurant. Like the other bike tour outfits in the region, Sac Brew Bike and Off the Chain, the new group offers a 15-seat party bike, but SacTown Social also curates tours on two smaller six-seat bikes, which are configured in a circular formation so that riders can easily engage with each other...

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Five festive Mardi Gras parades and parties

02/21/17

Five festive Mardi Gras parades and parties

This week, the Big Easy comes to the River City, so here are five festive ways to celebrate Mardi Gras, including second line parades, masquerades and dance parties where you can let the good times roll. Mardi Gras Parade & Masquerade Ball Feb. 25 The lights will dim as the music cranks up at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s fifth annual masquerade ball in historic downtown Nevada City. The Deadbeats, a Grateful Dead cover band, and Nevada City’s Sgt. Funky will keep the party rockin' while you sip drinks at the bar and nosh on salmon cakes, crawfish mac-and-cheese and other Cajun dishes provided by The Levee in Placerville. $25. 8-11:55 p.m. 325 Spring St. Nevada City. 530-265-5040. minersfoundry.org Mardi Gras at The Porch...

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Local group launching campaign to relight the Tower Bridge with LEDs

02/15/17

Local group launching campaign to relight the Tower Bridge with LEDs

Sandy Smoley, the indomitable doyenne of all things Sacramento, is at it again. The former County Supervisor, Health and Welfare Secretary under Governor Pete Wilson, and current “Queen of Midtown” (for the coveted who’s-who soirees she holds on her porch) is on a crusade to “Repower the Tower” by relighting the Tower Bridge in brighter, more energy-efficient and endlessly programmable LED lights. The idea came to the 80 year-old Smoley, who resembles a fairy godmother with her splashy outfits and outgoing persona (easy to imagine her keeping a wand in her handbag), while she was dining on the bridge during the 2015 Farm-to-Fork Gala Dinner. She thought the bridge looked “tired,” she says. So she put together a small, informal action...

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The curtain rises on a new Sacramento theater company's debut production

02/14/17

The curtain rises on a new Sacramento theater company's debut production

A new local theater company, coined The Actor’s Playpen, will take to the West Sacramento Community Center’s Black Box stage this weekend with its debut production, Lizzie: the Musical. The troupe is co-founded by Max Geide and Alexander Gomez (both longtime theater vets, the two met 10 years ago doing productions in the Bay Area), along with David Taylor (currently the Granite Bay High School musical director). “It has always been my dream to run my own theater company, but I just never had the proper support,” says Geide. “Eventually I let it slip out that I wanted to run my own company, and David and Alex were super excited and instantly wanted to jump on board. It made sense [here]. Sacramento has a lot of talent.” Talent like Jennifer...

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