Sactown Magazine - Aug./Sept. 2014Inside the





Makers Dozen
From corsets made for Hollywood to a suitcase boombox built for Michael Jordan to handmade shoes, soaps, candles, furniture, rubber stamps and more, the maker movement has turned Sacramento into a hotbed of creativity and ingenuity. Get to know 12 of the crafters around the region who are turning DIY into DI-wow.




Ready for Prime Time
Forty years after his first break at KCRA, Lester Holt was tapped this summer for the top spot in American broadcast journalism—the anchor of NBC Nightly News. Here’s how “Lightning Bolt Holt” guided his career from the streets of Rancho Cordova to the heart of Rockefeller Center. 



A Blast from the Past
We love the ’80s—and right now, so do the country’s top fashion designers. This fall season is awash with, like, totally awesome looks—from bold color blocking to crop tops and high-waisted pants—inspired by the decade of decadence. Madonna wannabes, get set once again to be living in a material world.





Riverfront Essay
  Capitol Mall has a long and contentious past, with daring plans giving way to timid results time and time again. Let’s not let history repeat itself, and instead turn this boulevard of broken dreams into one that fulfills our—and our forefathers’—wildest hopes.





Riverfront Q&A
They say it takes a village, but when local political and business leaders need help, it takes Valley Vision. This Sacramento-based nonprofit was founded in 1994 to assist public and private organizations in solving complex regional issues. Valley Vision CEO Bill Mueller talks about civic cooperation, creating a “fun” public policy conference, and how this area can become the “best place to live on the planet.”




riverfront qaPlay
The world-renowned Akram Khan Company dances into the spotlight at the Mondavi Center; the Sacramento Ballet and Choral Society, and the Philharmonic’s pops series launch new seasons; as seen on TV: Jeff Daniels and Jane Pauley take the stage in Sacramento; we scare up eight great ways to celebrate Halloween






The creators of the beloved vegetarian spot Mother go underground to indulge their carnivorous side with their new meat-focused, subterranean eatery Empress Tavern; a popular Thai restaurant in Lincoln expands into midtown with an extensive lineup of both classic and creative fare from the Land of Smiles; Cibo 7 in Roseville innovates with offerings like “Breakfast for Dessert,” featuring cornbread, buttermilk gelato and candied bacon




Why Not Here?

When Melbourne, Australia assigned each of its trees an individual email address, they hoped residents would write in to report damaged or dying trees. Instead, the elms, oaks and others received an altogether unexpected form of communication—love letters. We think Melbourne is barking up the right tree.