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8 vibrant backdrops around town for your next Instagram selfie

07/06/18

8 vibrant backdrops around town for your next Instagram selfie

In 2016, we gave you our list of 12 colorful spots in and around Sacramento to take your next Instagram photograph. But between hosting mural festivals, getting public art installations and starring in a Golden Globe-winning film, the region is bursting with cool new options for your next selfie backdrop. Here are eight of our fave local locations that will make your feed #SacramentoProud.  Jeff Koons’ Coloring Book  This 18-foot-tall sculpture by artist Jeff Koons is called Coloring Book but is nicknamed “Piglet” since the shape comes from the character in Winnie the Pooh, made its debut at Downtown Commons in 2016. The $8 million piece stands sentry at the Golden 1 Center’s main entrance, with its bright colors...

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SPLAT latte art tournament perks up Sacramento for fifth year

07/02/18

SPLAT latte art tournament perks up Sacramento for fifth year

Wake up and smell the coffee: The fifth annual Sacramento Public Latte Art Tournament (SPLAT) will kick off this month. This year, event coordinator Jeremiah Frazier of Temple Coffee says SPLAT—which also partners with other local roasters like Chocolate Fish, Old Soul, Pachamama and Camellia—will open up the experience to amateurs. “We wanted to see more people participate who didn’t necessarily have the skill set of a barista,” he says. As such, the months-long tournament will begin with a cupping challenge on July 26 at Temple's S Street location, where contestants from all backgrounds will have five minutes to sniff and taste six cups of brewed coffee—five of which will be the same—before pointing the odd one out. The competitor...

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"Hope" poster creator to headline this year's Wide Open Walls

06/29/18

"Hope" poster creator to headline this year's Wide Open Walls

Expect to find even more selfie-worthy backdrops popping up around town when Wide Open Walls returns for a third consecutive year from Aug. 9-19. "It's not all just about how many walls for us this year, but we're focusing also on the quality and placements of them," says founder David Sobon. At least 29 local and international artists will take over more than 40 large-scale walls in Sacramento, enlivening neighborhoods like downtown, Oak Park and Del Paso Heights with colorful, eye-catching works of art. In downtown, locations like the Downtown Commons will see two fresh murals and a temporary video and light installation unveiled on J Street between Sixth and Seventh, while Del Paso Heights will get five new...

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Celebrate Independence Day at these 8 Fourth of July events around the region

06/27/18

Celebrate Independence Day at these 8 Fourth of July events around the region

From the nightly pyrotechnic shows and colorful parades to rodeo clowns and live concerts, here are eight fun ways to show your patriotism during this year’s Independence Day. Cal Expo July 4 Although the California State Fair doesn’t start until July 13, Cal Expo will host one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in the region. When the gates open at 4:30 p.m., attendees can nosh on classic fair foods like corn dogs and hamburgers from local establishments like Milo's and Baja Grill, groove to the funky beats of Sacramento-based Bruno Mars tribute band 24K Magic Live and the Bruno Mars Boys Dance Team or sing along to local country musician Rachel Steele and pop-rock quintet National Lines. At 9:30 p.m.,...

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