Interviews

Q&A with Cake lead singer John McCrea

08/08/19

Q&A with Cake lead singer John McCrea

To paraphrase one of Cake’s songs, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen their smiling faces. But the hometown hiatus is about to come to an end with the alt-rock band—which formed in Sacramento in 1991 and still records its music here at a solar-powered studio near the Tower Theatre—set to perform at Golden 1 Center on Sept. 11 for its first full local concert in nearly a decade. We catch up with frontman John McCrea about Cake’s new tour, the group’s upcoming album, and how politics makes strange stage-fellows. For the second summer in a row, Cake is touring with singer-songwriter Ben Folds. How did the idea of co-headlining concerts with him come to be? We played a show I think in Kansas City with him a long time ago, and the...

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Craving of the Week: Identity Coffees' Caramel Mocha Frostee

08/08/19

Craving of the Week: Identity Coffees' Caramel Mocha Frostee

Whether you want to cool down after a summer bike ride or just want a sweet pick-me-up, the caramel mocha frostee from Identity Coffees may be your new go-to grown-up treat. (It's certainly ours.) The icy concoction was rolled out at the roaster's West Sacramento outpost, Westside Cafe, earlier this summer, but is now also available at its flagship midtown location near 28th and O streets.  As with any blended coffee drink, your first question will be, "Where to start?" You can push your straw down to the bottom, where caramel and house-made chocolate syrup pool, a rich blend that balances out the raw sweetness of the scratch-made simple syrup. Or you can take it from the top and begin your java adventure with the house whipped cream drizzled...

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New hotel and residential project to rise next to Tower Bridge

08/06/19

New hotel and residential project to rise next to Tower Bridge

Good things come to those who wait, they say, and it looks like West Sacramento’s most desirable vacant lot—the square of property along the Tower Bridge Gateway that abuts the Ziggurat building, the River Walk, and the foot of the Tower Bridge, right across from Old Sacramento’s waterfront—is getting a splashy new mixed-use development that will boast retail and dining, 57 private residences, and a chic, 197-room boutique hotel, all designed to elevate and enhance the city’s connection to the waterfront. Design elements under consideration include an elevated restaurant with a view of the river and downtown Sacramento, and a marina or dock facility that could feature a water taxi. Fulcrum Property, which developed The Park Moderns, the Habitat...

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A new Neapolitan pizzeria set to open its doors downtown

08/02/19

A new Neapolitan pizzeria set to open its doors downtown

A new Neapolitan pizzeria, Midici, is set for a soft opening on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The restaurant, part of an L.A.-based chain, is the latest in a string of new food options on the revitalized 700 Block of K Street near the Golden 1 Center. The pizza spot was preceded by the recent opening of Solomon's Delicatessen next door, and will soon be followed by KoJa Kitchen, ramen bar Kodaiko (from chef Billy Ngo of Kru) and ice creamery Devil May Care.  “My wife-to-be, she’s actually from Sacramento, and she really turned us on to the city,” says Cheng Wang, a New York native who moved here in 2014 and owns the restaurant with his brother Danny. While the two were co-owners of a New York City boba tea...

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A New Breed of Zoo

08/01/19

A New Breed of Zoo

IIn May, the Sacramento City Council commissioned a six-month, $150,000 study to evaluate the best location for an all-new Sacramento Zoo—a concept floated by the management team of the zoo, which says the current site in Land Park is too small. The consultants are tasked with answering questions about size, vehicular access, marketability, return on investment and such. Here’s the problem: They’re putting the cart before the zebra. The way I see it is that, unlike a zebra, the issue of building a new American zoo isn’t black and white, as many on both sides of this debate are contending. For their part, the pro-zoo contingent has valid points: The current facility is at risk of losing its accreditation from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums...

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