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December 2015




Sacramento Top 10 Pizzerias
Welcome to our life of pie. From deep-dish pesto pizzas to thin-crust margheritas to savory vegan or bacon-topped wedges, we’ve eaten our way through town to find the best pizza emporiums in the Sacramento region. Herewith, our list of 10 favorite local spots where the slice is always right.  




Space Man
For years, John Powell has been sending up objects—from Ping-Pong balls to cocktail shakers—into the stratosphere. With his next space odyssey, he’s hoping to launch a new aircraft into the Earth’s orbit, and set a new world record along the way. For this pioneering engineer, the sky is hardly the limit.


Holiday Gift Guide​
You won’t need to venture far for perfect presents this holiday season. From cool bicycle chandeliers to cozy campfire toys, we’ve found eight great locally made gifts that will get you in a festive mood.





Riverfront Essay 
The state of California is trying to decide if it’s going to spend $155 million to repair an office building that cost $15 million to construct. Isn’t there a better solution? We’re glad you asked.





Riverfront Q&A
After starting out as an intern at the California Museum in 1993 and working her way up to chief curator, Amanda Meeker was named the cultural institution’s executive director this past July. With the recent launch of the museum's new California Hall of Fame exhibit, we catch up with the Sacramento native about Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr. is a Hall of Fame inductee), hopefully bringing a Jackie O show to town, and how Clint Eastwood made her day.



There’s no business like show business for two local movie producers whose newest film stars John Travolta; Sacramentans can go walking in a Global Winter Wonderland for the second year in a row; “no sleeep” for Janet Jackson at the Sleep Train Arena; Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan talks about life with and after Walter White at the Mondavi Center; a sweet chocolate festival comes to Old Sacramento



Chef Chris Barnum puts the “local” in Localis, his new farm-to-fork restaurant in midtown; an Italian cafe brings the taste of Tuscany to Sacramento; the team behind the veggie haven Mother opens a carnivore’s paradise with Empress Tavern; Lou’s Sushi rolls out fresh fish fare; The Place in Roseville hits the comfort zone with its luscious lasagna and meatball pizza



Why Not Here?

In Pittsburgh, a local music collective converted an everyday bus shelter into a pint-sized jazz club this past summer. Here’s why we should create our own sidewalk symphony.