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New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento’s love affair with trees

04/11/18

New documentary gets to the root of Sacramento’s love affair with trees

As April showers turn the region green, a new locally produced documentary, Made in the Shade, is shedding light on how Sacramentans fought to turn the city’s open spaces into a lush tree canopy that now serves as a natural air conditioner and a significant source of civic pride. Set to debut with a free screening on April 25 at the Crest Theatre, Made in the Shade is directed by Phil D’Asaro, a Sacramento resident whose short documentary Death of Del Paso—which chronicles the economic decline along North Sacramento’s Del Paso Boulevard—won the Producer’s Choice Award at A Place Called Sacramento film festival in 2015. D’Asaro and producer Bruce Handley have spent the past two-and-a-half years studying the city’s urban tree canopy,...

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The Downtown Sacramento Partnership reveals 2018 Concerts in the Park lineup

04/05/18

The Downtown Sacramento Partnership reveals 2018 Concerts in the Park lineup

Get ready to rock and roll all night this summer. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership just announced the lineup for its yearly free concert series that will take place Friday nights at Cesar Chavez Plaza, from May through July.  Concerts in the Park will kick off May 4 with the Sacramento-based alt-pop quintet Cemetery Sun, who is headlining the concert series for the second year in a row. They will be joined by locally based alternative rock trio Wylma and ska-reggae outfit La Noche Oskura. Other headliners will include electronic dance music pioneers The Crystal Method (July 27), Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand (May 18)—which just released its fifth album, Always Ascending, in February, and whose early aughts hit "Take Me Out" is listed on Rolling...

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A Sacramento mom shares 1,001 family-sized ways to have fun around town in a new book

02/08/18

A Sacramento mom shares 1,001 family-sized ways to have fun around town in a new book

Adventure is out there—and in town, according to one local author who wrote the book on how to maximize fun with your fam without leaving the region. 1,001 Things to Do in Sacramento with Kids (and the Young at Heart), which will be released on Feb. 14, is the brainchild of Sabrina Nishijima, a stay-at-home mom to two boys, Milo, 6, and Andrew, 3. The East Sacramentan says she got the idea for the book after taking a family trip to Austin and seeing a similar guidebook for that city there. "The more I started going down rabbit holes, the more apparent it became that Sacramento has something for every niche hobby, a festival for every fruit, and groups or classes for just about anything,” Nishijima says. "Not many people know you can rent a ukulele from the...

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Five playful ways to start celebrating with your Valentine this weekend

02/07/18

Five playful ways to start celebrating with your Valentine this weekend

Forget dinner and a movie. Here are five ways to mix up Valentine’s Day weekend in and around the Sacramento region.  ArtMix: Love Boat Feb. 8 Crocker Art Museum’s monthly, 21-and-over ArtMix party will turn into a tropical love fest—complete with mermaids and pirates—just in time for Valentine’s Day. The museum’s glass-enclosed Friedman Court will be illuminated with lights to mimic the look of being underwater as guests—who are encouraged to don aquatic-themed costumes—dance (swim?) alongside Folsom-based hula group Aloha Dancers and The Midtown Moxies Burlesque troupe, or take selfies with giant inflatable starfish and a colorful performance crew from The Sacramento Mermaids. And, throughout the evening, local...

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