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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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A new exhibit remembers Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin

08/14/18

A new exhibit remembers Bee editorial cartoonist Rex Babin

When The Sacramento Bee's Rex Babin passed away from cancer in 2012 at the age of 49, it rocked the world of editorial cartoonists. “Rex’s death was like the Kennedy assassination of American political cartooning in a lot of ways,” says Jack Ohman, Babin’s longtime friend who took over the cartoonist position at the Bee in 2012. “He was this young, vital guy who was there one minute... it was like, this seems so unfair and inexplicable and wrong.” During his 13 years at the paper, Babin—who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2003, and was honored posthumously with the California Press Foundation's Mark Twain Award for Journalistic Excellence in 2015—drew thousands of cartoons that critiqued and poked fun at politics...

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