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Inside the
December 2012/
January 2013





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From Sacramento to Lake Tahoe, we’ve skied, skated and sledded our way around the region to find the best ways to chill out. So whether you want to go camping in the snow, snowmobiling in the mountains or ice skating in Elk Grove, get ready to give warmer weather the cold shoulder and have the best winter ever.


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George Skelton
It’s politics as unusual as outspoken journalist George Skelton—on the eve of a milestone anniversary for his influential L.A. Times column—sounds off on covering the State Capitol for over 40 years and gives us his (very) candid thoughts on Reagan, Schwarzenegger and both Governor Browns.


Nightmare Before Christmas
You scream, they scream, we all scream for Halloween! So this year, we packed up our cameras and captured some of the awwww-dorable monsters, witches, dragons and more at Fairytale Town’s not-so-scary Halloween party.


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Holiday Gift Guide

From a doggone cool food bowl to a tray you have to see to believe and egg-cellent ornaments, and from an eco-radio to a Lego lunchbox, we’ve got something for everyone on Santa’s nice list.


Riverfront Essay

We have a lot of great public art in Sacramento, but we’re woefully short on the kinds of large-scale works that help create a sense of place. It’s time to think big.



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Alice Waters opened the world-renowned restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1971 and, in doing so, changed
American cooking forever. In 1996, Waters launched her
Edible Schoolyard program at a Berkeley middle school, and recently christened Sacramento High as the first high school
in the country for her growing, ambitious project to strengthen
kids’ relationship with good food. We talked with the star chef about her goals, how she chose Sacramento, and why she
loves our “incredibly impatient” mayor.


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Davis author Max Byrd, an incurable Francophile, pens a new thriller set in Paris and talks about the extraordinary influences of Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton, Thomas Jefferson and an anatomically correct mechanical duck.


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Having completed a massive renovation and expansion in 2011, North Sacramento’s Enotria has now overhauled its kitchen, too, with rising star and executive chef Pajo Bruich assembling a culinary dream team. Now they’re
cooking with fire.


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Why Not Here?

In more than 30 cities around the world, a British artist has placed pianos in public spaces to encourage citizens to sit down and play, creating a landscape filled with pop-up urban concerts. Why not bring the sound of music to the streets of Sacramento?