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Mid-Century Makeover

Mid-Century Makeover

In 1959, two ambitious young architects and one soon-to-be-world-famous artist finished work on a building that caught the eye of the design world and introduced this city to the “International Style” that was sweeping America at the time. Today, that mid-century modern edifice, the original headquarters for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, is about to be born anew after an $86 million face-lift. Turning 60 has never looked so sexy.

Designs Within Reach 2019

Designs Within Reach 2019

It's official: Sactown is now a boomtown. Over the next few years, new structures totaling well over a million square feet will rise in the central city. Here's a sneak peek at five potentially transformative projects that will help shape Sacramento for generations to come.

Field of Screams

Field of Screams

By day, they are nurses, schoolteachers, lawyers, students and auto mechanics. By game night, they are the beating heart of the Sacramento Republic FC. Meet the 800-strong Tower Bridge Battalion, a whomping, stomping, self-organized army of men and women whose bond with their team is uniquely fierce. Fair-weather fans, they are not. With the new soccer season starting in March, the fever pitch is already rising. Hear them roar.

The Big Sick

The Big Sick

In 2015, Melinda Welsh was given shattering news. Despite battling cancer for a year and attacking it with chemo, radiation and surgery, the disease had progressed to Stage IV and doctors told her she had six to 12 months to live. But this past December, thanks to the latest advances in immunotherapy, she received equally stunning news: The cancer had disappeared. All of it. The Davis-based journalist chronicles her incredible journey through the “kingdom of the sick” and her new life after near death.

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Arguably no woman wielded more influence on 20th-century California history than Dolores Huerta, who transformed state politics and the lives of millions as a community organizer and the co-founder (with Cesar Chavez) of United Farm Workers. The Smithsonian Institution chronicles the activist’s life and work in its new traveling exhibition "Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields/Revolución en los Campos," which makes its debut in March at the California Museum. Huerta, 88, speaks about her early days as a lobbyist in Sacramento, the value of sacrifice, and seeing her legacy among the next wave of American leaders.

The Boy With the Dragon Tattoo

The Boy With the Dragon Tattoo

The list of his regulars reads like a Rolodex of Sacramento’s culinary elite. Randall Selland. Molly Hawks. Ginger Elizabeth. Now, two years after opening the sophisticated expansion of his celebrated restaurant Kru—known for its exquisitely crafted sushi—top chef Billy Ngo is going underground, literally, for a new venture with a concept as unpretentious as he is: a basement ramen bar. How did a Chinese boy born in a Hong Kong refugee camp become a thirtysomething star of Japanese cuisine? The story, it turns out, is written in ink. On his skin. And luckily, for those who haven’t seen him naked, it’s also told in the pages that follow.

Toasty Toasts

Toasty Toasts

Got the winter blues? We’ve got the winter booze to chase them away. From a spiked Mexican hot chocolate to a warm apple pie elixir and a rum-based butterbeer, here are 10 soul-lifting cold-weather cocktails around the region that bring the heat and pack a punch. Get ready to zip up and sip up.

Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Food flights! From a trio of house-made ice cream to a quartet of bacon strips and a quintet of frozen cocktails, we’ve got eight great medleys that are triple (or quadruple or quintuple) the fun. Sacramento, get ready for takeoff.

The Ice Blocks Cometh

The Ice Blocks Cometh

It is, by all appearances, an urban utopia. Come this spring, more than 500 people will work there, more than 200 will live there, and thousands more will dine and shop there. Its innovative tenant mix ranges from an insanely popular “doughnuterie” to a gourmet dog food shop and an Internet-based boutique where you don’t leave with the clothes you buy. And this bustling village within a city—elevated by art and cutting-edge architecture—all exists within a two-block span in the coolest district in town. Could the Ice Blocks be the new model for modern living in Sacramento?

The Great Sacramento Beer Boom of 2018

The Great Sacramento Beer Boom of 2018

If you’re a beer lover (or even a mere beer liker), there’s never been a better time to soak up the suds, with yet another pub popping up seemingly every week around town. Have foam FOMO? Here are 10 cool new places to grab a pint, from Ruhstaller’s underground downtown bar to the moxie-infused Moksa brewery in Rocklin. Hop to it—it’s always beer o’clock somewhere in Sacramento.

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Taste: Milka Coffee Roasters now serving sparkling espresso in a restored downtown Victorian & more dining news for April 26

Taste: Milka Coffee Roasters now serving sparkling espresso in a restored downtown Victorian & more dining news for April 26

Milka Coffee Roasters, located downtown inside a two-story house that dates back to 1861, hosted its grand opening earlier this month on April 13. Owners Samir Benouar and Bree Uston, an interior designer, worked together to renovate the classic building (the couple currently lives on the second...

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Empress Tavern launches a "Top Gun"-inspired cocktail menu

Empress Tavern launches a "Top Gun"-inspired cocktail menu

Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Put on your Ray-Bans and check out a screening of Top Gun at the Crest Theatre this Saturday, April 27. And head downstairs to Empress Tavern, which is debuting its new lineup of cocktails inspired by the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster that same day....

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