Best of the City 2014
How do we love thee, Sacramento? Let us count the ways—45, to be exact—in our sixth annual Best of the City showcase. From French fries topped with chowder to a fresh-air foothills hike, from Sriracha Salt to space-age wine pours, from a 9-year-old author to a 95-year-old paperboy, get to know some of the most amazing people, places and phenomena our region has to offer.
The Naked City
Like many of the unsung local buildings he has drawn since 1996, Dennis Bylo might not be as famous as some of his better-known Sacramento arts contemporaries—but there is no other artist quite like him. Meet the man whose painstakingly detailed pen-and-ink visions will redefine how you see this city.
Designs Within Reach 2014
An undulating cultural hub on the riverbank. A soaring residential tower downtown. A glimmering museum at UC Davis. For the ambitious minds behind some of the area’s most striking new architectural concepts, the future is now.
As head of the cutting-edge Verge Center for the Arts, Liv Moe is used to spotting beauty in unlikely places. But few adventures have taken her to an unlikelier spot than a former furniture warehouse a block from Southside Park, where Verge—transplanted from midtown in 2010—relaunches in June as one of Sacramento’s most ambitious new cultural destinations. Moe talks about building a beacon for the city’s thriving arts scene—one local artist and Lena Dunham cameo at a time.
Broadway star Teal Wicks, who played Elphaba on the Great White Way in the Wizard of Oz prequel Wicked, returns home for a concert of show tunes in June. The Sacramento native talks about catching the acting bug young, getting butterfliesin front of a hometown crowd, grabbing a pint at The Virgin Sturgeon, and why “Tomorrow” is always a day away.
The heat is on in East Sacramento with the launch of Fahrenheit 250, a barbecue joint with smoking-hot food and a very cool story.
Why Not Here?
With few public options for recycling in Sacramento, it’s time to trash our old way of thinking and create some stylish new ways to make our streets and parks as clean as our conscience.