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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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Inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival readies to paint the town red (and green and blue and yellow and purple)

08/04/16

Inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival readies to paint the town red (and green and blue and yellow and purple)

Mural festivals have been elevating public art scenes in cities like Los Angeles, Portland and Atlanta for years, and Sacramento will soon be joining in the wall-to-wall fun, with the inaugural Sacramento Mural Festival taking place Aug. 20-27. During the eight-day event, 12 artists will transform the exteriors of 12 buildings in the capital city into larger-than-life masterpieces. Sterling Transportation and In the Sac, a local travel guide app, will join forces with the nonprofit Friends of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the festival’s main sponsor, to shepherd the public from one mural to another to watch the artists at work, as well as provide transportation or directions to art-related lectures and panel discussions. The murals will primarily be painted on walls...

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10 local Olympians to watch at the Summer Games in Rio

07/28/16

10 local Olympians to watch at the Summer Games in Rio

We profile open water distance swimmer Haley Anderson, 24, of Granite Bay in our August/September issue (click here to read the story), and will be cheering her on in the women’s open water 10K, swimming’s equivalent of a marathon. Anderson earned the silver four years ago in London at the same event, missing winning the race by a mere four tenths of a second, so she’s expected to do well in Rio—maybe even taking home a gold medal to match the one her older sister Alyssa won in 2012 for the 4x200 meter relay. But she is far from being the only athlete from the Sacramento region heading to Rio. Here are nine other local Olympians to root for this summer: Joanne Fa'avesi, 24, Sacramento — Rugby Sevens Joanne “Nana” Fa’avesi grew...

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Free Art Friday scavenger hunt launches in Sacramento

07/20/16

Free Art Friday scavenger hunt launches in Sacramento

Move aside, Pokémon Go. Free Art Friday—the latest neighborhood hide-and-seek hunt that has popped up in cities like Miami, Brooklyn and Toronto—has found its way to Sacramento. Every Friday, local art lovers can take to the streets of downtown, midtown and other parts of the capital city, using their cell phones to search not for digital pets, but for original paintings, photographs, essays, novels, poems or CDs, all the work of participating local artists. You don't even need to download a new app to join in. Anyone can take part in this culturally enlightened version of a scavenger hunt by looking up the hashtag #FreeArtFridaySacramento on Instagram to find clever clues about locations, left by the artists themselves. The...

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