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The Big Chill
It’s summertime in Sacramento and the living is easy—except when Mother Nature cranks up our city’s thermostat. If you can’t stand the heat, it’s time to get out of town. From clear-bottom kayaking in Tahoe to a waterfall-filled hike in Marin and an ocean safari in Monterey, we’ve got 18 ways to keep your cool right now.






The Fall & Rise of Hobo Johnson
Frank Lopes Jr., better known as Hobo Johnson, has been a homeless teen, a viral video sensation, Instagrammed by Snoop Dogg and predicted to be “huge” by New York magazine. On the eve of his major-label debut, the local poet-rapper is working hard to stay grounded at a time when he’s clearly taking flight.


Armed With Knowledge
In California, the number of gun-related deaths has fallen by nearly 30 percent, due in no small part to Dr. Garen Wintemute, a Sacramento physician who employs data to help implement pioneering gun violence legislation. It turns out that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun research center.



Former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth talks about learning the journalistic ropes at Sacramento State and how she counts Anna Wintour as a mentor; with its glacial goodness and rich flavor, Ten Ten Room’s new Bourbon Vanilla Milkshake is about to be your best warm-weather friend; zip lines and “Messy Olympics”—one summer camp offers a local family a much-needed break from the realities of cancer; go into the woods at a Tahoe-themed tavern in midtown


Get hooked on the Japanese art of Tenkara fly fishing; the beauty of Northern California serves as muse for artists like Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson for a Manetti Shrem exhibit; the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera prepares to take the stage with Andrea Bocelli; get ready to sway to Michael Bublé; say “high” at the Sacramento Zoo’s Giraffe Day; Concerts in the Park rocks downtown this summer; have fruit-full adventures at the Courtland Pear Fair and Marysville peach fest


We go behind the counter and get a slice of the action at the new West Sacramento pizzeria La Crosta; we’ve got the scoop on Milk House Shakes’ presidential-themed drink-able desserts; Duke’s Plates & Pints serves up craft brews and hearty chews in Arden-Arcade




Why Not Here?
Places like Montreal and the Bay Area are finding ways to upcycle their retired railcars into spaces like cafes and art galleries. With Regional Transit planning to replace some of its old vehicles, Sacramento should jump aboard this idea too.