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Best of the City 2015
A PB&J sriracha burger, a sextet of singers, a desserterie that makes gelato milkshakes (and another that makes ice cream-filled doughnuts), a retro arcade where you can play Pac-Man for 50 cents, Sacramento’s only distillery, a chicken-fried chicken egg, a summer bat tour, a dinosaur discoverer—and one honey of a man. Here is our latest, greatest collection of people, places and things that deserve some serious hometown love.  


The Art of the Matter​
Controversy erupted in March when the city council voted to purchase a sculpture by artist Jeff Koons for the new Kings arena. Yet the deal also means an unprecedented opportunity for our area’s artists. Here’s how local leaders and creatives alike are racing against time to influence the future of public art.


As the debate about public art and money reaches a fever pitch in Sacramento, part of the conversation needs to focus on the larger civic cost when this kind of art fails. Here’s why the biggest public art debacle in our city’s history may also be one of its greatest opportunities.



Riverfront Q&A
Last August, the local arts community was stunned when the struggling Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera pulled the plug on their entire 2014-15 season. On June 27, the music begins anew with fresh leadership that is going all in with its adventurous vision for the future. Board president Laurie Nelson talks about guiding the groups’ resurgence, how the songs of Queen can court the next generation of symphony lovers, and what a difference a year makes.



Auburn-based composer Jack Trammell scores big with music for blockbuster films, TV shows and video games; Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum, and John Mellencamp lead a packed summer concert lineup; Adam Carolla starts a fine bromance at Cache Creek; get ready to geek out at the return of Wizard World Comic Con; keep it reel with the Sacramento French and Japanese film festivals




With 21st-century joie de vivre from its ambitious young owner, Brasserie Capitale brings the elegance and tradition of French cuisine to downtown; Indian favorite Monsoon moves from Sacramento to Roseville and makes a tasty debut in its new home




Why Not Here?
Port cities like Buffalo and Minneapolis are turning crop storage silos into star attractions. It’s time for this port city to find the culture in agriculture and start making the most of these concrete canvases.