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Everything you need to know about the new performing arts center opening at UC Davis in September

08/30/16

Everything you need to know about the new performing arts center opening at UC Davis in September

A new performing arts center will open at UC Davis over the weekend of Sept. 23-25 with an appearance by renowned composer Philip Glass and a performance by the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. The Ann E. Pitzer Center, a project 20 years in the making, is designed to accommodate both university music groups and outside acts by offering a performance space on a more intimate scale than the nearby Mondavi Center. Located on the eastern outskirts of the UC Davis campus near downtown Davis, the new center is named for Ann E. Pitzer, a UC Davis alumna from the class of 1958 who donated $5 million toward the project. At 17,500 square feet, the center contains a recital hall with 399 seats that will double as a lecture hall, along with a lobby and soundproof practice rooms for students...

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12 colorful spots around town to take your next Instagram photograph

08/18/16

12 colorful spots around town to take your next Instagram photograph

It’s no secret Sacramento is a hotbed for both aspiring and established artists, and our city’s streetscapes have benefited from a creative burst of hometown pride in recent years.  Earlier this year, we gave you our list of some inspiring local Instagram accounts, and now we’ve rounded up a dozen local spots around town that make great photo ops. From block-wide murals to clever coffee shop floors, there is no shortage of cool backdrops against which to capture digital memories. Happy 'gramming! American Market & Deli A peacock with its feathers on display; a woman, tinged in blue, her face bursting into song. This colorful scene shines in spray-painted glory across the wall of American Market & Deli on 24th and N streets in midtown....

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Park(ing) Day will transform a downtown street into interactive parklets

08/17/16

Park(ing) Day will transform a downtown street into interactive parklets

Picture an elevated sand dune reminiscent of the beach, a conch-shaped sculpture that makes musical notes with ear trumpets, a Zen garden with palm trees, beach chairs and driftwood, and a gaming station with Pac-Man and street racing—all smack dab in the middle of downtown. You won't be able to park your jalopy on 9th Street between J and K on Sept. 16, when Sacramento United Park(ing) Day returns from a one-year hiatus, transforming metered parking spaces into pop-up parklets inspired by the theme "Play." On the other hand, you won't get a ticket for lingering in any of these fantastical oases. A total of 15 local groups of architects and design firms will participate in this year’s showcase, including Stafford King Wiese...

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Global Winter Wonderland returns to Cal Expo with new theme and displays

08/16/16

Global Winter Wonderland returns to Cal Expo with new theme and displays

Global Winter Wonderland will return to Cal Expo for the third year in a row to light up Sacramento nights for the holiday season. Founded by the International Cultural Exchange Group (ICEG), the show—which will run from Nov. 19 to Jan. 8—is in its sixth year, with its last three in the capital city. Prior to its Sacramento debut in 2014, the electric extravaganza traveled to different cities every year, including Santa Clara and Atlanta, but the local response to the seven-week event has been so positive that organizers now plan to make it an annual occurrence here. “When it comes to the holidays, we want to be the event in Sacramento,” says Joanna Ricken, an ICEG event organizer. “We want to make this a tradition for families, and we’d...

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