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Get a peek behind the façade during three architecture tours this fall

09/24/18

Get a peek behind the façade during three architecture tours this fall

Did you know that the art from the Crocker is stored on the upper floors in case of a 100-year flood? Or that the Golden 1 Center's exterior is a nod to our status as the City of Trees? You may know the buildings, but chances are you don’t know the stories behind them. This fall, check out these three fascinating architectural tours that'll give you an inside look at some of our city's biggest landmarks. Crocker Art Museum The museum itself is on display during this guided tour, which focuses on the two distinct wings of the Crocker—the elegant 1872 mansion designed by Seth Babson (the same architect behind the Leland Stanford Mansion) and the 2010 expansion by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates—and takes place the first Sunday of each month, from May...

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Park(ing) Day returns to midtown with eco-friendly parklets

09/20/18

Park(ing) Day returns to midtown with eco-friendly parklets

This Friday, Sept. 21, a handful of metered parking spaces in midtown be transformed into whimsical parklets as part of the fifth annual Sacramento United Park(ing) Day. This year's theme will be “Let’s Get Sustainable!” A total of eight local architecture and design firms are participating in this year’s pop-up event, including LPAS, Lionakis, DLR Group and Callander Associates. Each group will stage its interactive installations on empty 8-by-20-foot parking stalls in front of the MARRS building on 20th Street between J and K. Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., passersby can watch each parklet’s construction, chat with its designers to learn more about their inspiration, and engage with the interactive displays like...

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Two local pop-up shops to open at Downtown Commons

09/19/18

Two local pop-up shops to open at Downtown Commons

Starting this weekend, Downtown Commons will sweeten the pot with new ways to shop local, as Andy’s Candy Apothecary and Display x Damas open pop-ups at the retail center. Andy Paul—who launched his eponymous candy store in 2013 a few blocks away, on 9th Street—is outfitting his new 1,000-square-foot DoCo outpost with signature sweets, such as sour gummy candies and artisan truffles by Sacramento’s Puur Chocolat and Berkeley’s Casa de Chocolates, and plans to open on Sunday, Sept. 23. Located next to Echo & Rig, the steakhouse on the ground floor of the Kimpton Sawyer hotel, the pop-up will look like a mini version of the current downtown location and feature half of the items the current store carries, according to Paul, who adds that he is...

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Acclaimed local sci-fi author gets Tom Hanks' tweet of approval

08/16/18

Acclaimed local sci-fi author gets Tom Hanks' tweet of approval

This past Sunday morning, while much of the West Coast was still asleep, Tom Hanks, aka Sacramento State's most famous alum, tweeted (and posted to Instagram) that a book he had read rocked his world, in turn rocking the world of the book’s author, longtime Davis resident Kim Stanley Robinson, a celebrated science-fiction novelist. The book in question is Aurora, a 2015 New York Times bestseller by Robinson about long-distance interplanetary space travel. How long distance? The ship at the heart of the story, the one after which the book is named, journeys so far across the universe that the passengers intended to arrive at the ship’s destination aren’t yet born when the ship leaves Earth. Hence, it’s called a “generation ship.” This...

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