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A Sacramento-themed escape room to open this fall

04/12/19

A Sacramento-themed escape room to open this fall

Imagine stepping into an elevator and descending several stories before arriving on the ground floor of the California State Capitol, where a single gold key lies on the floor. Your mission: retrieve a hidden treasure before time runs out. In reality, the elevator never moved and you’re a mile away from the Capitol building, inside NEO Escape Rooms, which is expected to open in Old Sacramento this fall. Owners Acme Lee and Gabriel Berzamina, who have been friends since middle school, were introduced to escape rooms—live-action role-playing puzzle games, in which a group of people enters a themed space and is required to work together to solve riddles and complete a task within an allotted time—upon visiting one for a friend’s birthday in 2017. “Every...

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Get crafty with gift giving this year at 8 local maker fairs

11/28/18

Get crafty with gift giving this year at 8 local maker fairs

With the maker movement in full swing in the River City, you can find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list that's been handcrafted with care—from book-themed timepieces to bespoke baby blankets. Here are eight markets in the region where you can find that special gift, as well as support local artisans.  Davis Arts Center Annual Holiday Sale Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Over 50 local crafters will showcase their handmade wares at the Davis Arts Center’s annual fundraiser. Sip beer and wine as you browse items like Punny Bun plushies from Davis-based Kimchi Kawaii, glass decoupage wall hangings by Sacramento’s Why Girls Go Astray and handwoven scarves by Verena Borton, an instructor at the center. Kids can pick out their own holiday gifts at the...

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Robert Redford to join the California Hall of Fame

11/27/18

Robert Redford to join the California Hall of Fame

Hollywood legend Robert Redford leads the newest class of inductees into the California Museum's California Hall of Fame. The 82-year-old Santa Monica native, who won an Oscar for best director in 1981 for Ordinary People and was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, is being honored for his contributions to the movie industry (a lifelong champion of independent filmmaking, Redford founded the Sundance Institute, which produces the annual Sundance Film Festival). Along with Redford, the class of 2018 features iconic folk singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Baez and chef Thomas Keller—the only American chef to hold multiple three-star ratings from the prestigious Michelin Guide. The inductees also include two political figures: late...

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Local architecture firm creates fantastical vision for connecting downtown to the waterfront

11/08/18

Local architecture firm creates fantastical vision for connecting downtown to the waterfront

In his State of Downtown address back in January, Mayor Darrell Steinberg voiced his desire to help transform the city’s waterfront into the destination that we've always wanted it to be. “It’s time to stop imagining and to start doing,” he said. That notion resonated with the creative team at the local office of architecture firm LPA which had already been mulling over such questions, and the firm has answered with some big, creative ideas—including bold (and they say entirely doable) plans for an amphitheater and a pedestrian bridge that could alter downtown’s landscape, extending the energy of the central city’s renaissance to the Old Sacramento Waterfront. LPA turned loose its team in a purely speculative...

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