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A Whole New (Old) Ball Game

08/28/19

A Whole New (Old) Ball Game

If you backpacked around Europe in your 20s, perhaps you picnicked in the park on bread and wine, watching elderly local gentlemen in felt fedoras play a rousing round of bocce. What exactly is the deal, you wondered, with this thing that looks a bit like bowling but seems to unfold more like a chess match? Is it a sport? A game? An art? And do I have to be 90 to join the fun? The activity dates all the way back to Ancient Egypt and survives across Europe under various names—pétanque in France, lawn bowling in England—but the form sweeping the U.S. is largely an Italian export. Over the past year, bocce courts have begun cropping up on the patios of taprooms, bars, restaurants and even office complexes around the region, signaling that the art, game and sport...

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The underground Honey & the Trapcat to open in Old Sacramento

08/22/19

The underground Honey & the Trapcat to open in Old Sacramento

Honey & the Trapcat, a new dual-concept restaurant and bar, is slated to open at the end of September in a 6,000-square-foot, basement-level spot in the Old Sacramento Waterfront that formerly housed German beer hall Knobs and Knockers. "We're just trying to brighten up the space a little bit, but still keep that underground feel to it,” says owner Brian Matthews, who also serves as the beverage director at Solomon’s Delicatessen, Tiger and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. The establishment will take on a two-in-one approach that includes a country kitchen with a seasonally changing menu and a bar that serves that menu, but also serves casual fair-style fare like turkey legs and corn dogs. With a warm, painted brick interior that opens onto an...

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Paradise Found

08/21/19

Paradise Found

Paradise Found   After a career that took her from being a style maven at Williams-Sonoma to launching a boutique bowling alley in San Francisco, Fair Oaks native Sommer Peterson has returned home, importing a slice of mid-century Palm Springs along the way. She calls her little piece of heaven Shangri-la. You can call it your new home away from home. By Hillary Louise Johnson and Jessica Rine Photographs by Anna Wick WWelcome to Shangri-la, that mythical, verdant oasis right out of a misty-lensed Frank Capra film, where skies are blue, happiness abounds and no one ages a day—oh, and by the way, did you know it’s in Fair Oaks? You’d be hard pressed not to let out an enchanted sigh as you pass through a sleekly modern, wood-slatted fence...

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Sactown Magazine receives three national award nominations

08/20/19

Sactown Magazine receives three national award nominations

We here at Sactown are proud to announce that we just received three 2019 Folio Award nominations. (Folio is the national publication for the magazine industry.) The nominations are in the following categories: Best Full Issue Our April/May 2019 “Design Issue” covered all things design in Sacramento, with features by Hillary Louise Johnson on designer Curtis Popp and the newly renovated mid-century modern SMUD headquarters, and a “Designs Within Reach” feature by Leilani Marie Labong, which spotlighted new and notable projects coming soon to Sacramento. The issue also featured a Q&A with New York Times design critic Allison Arieff by Stu VanAirsdale. Best Profile This is the second nomination of the year for “The Curious Case of William...

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Stranger Things

08/16/19

Stranger Things

Clusters of bulging, cartoonish bulbs and bouquets of dangling, snaky tubes, all covered in loony stripes, squiggles and polka dots. Ceramist Annabeth Rosen’s clay sculptures suggest organic forms, yet are not quite of this world. Humorous, beautiful, and a wee bit disturbing, they resemble what might ensue from an autopsy of Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat. The New York Times has praised Rosen’s work for its “weighty, slightly menacing muscularity” and Art in America critic Nancy Princenthal has called it “volcanic, beastly, catastrophic and unnervingly funny.” The former Guggenheim Fellow—who holds the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair at UC Davis and has taught at the school since 1997—continues the groundbreaking...

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