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A drive-thru summer art festival brings a taste of Burning Man to Rancho Cordova

07/24/20

A drive-thru summer art festival brings a taste of Burning Man to Rancho Cordova

A 12-foot-tall aluminum humanoid figure with a glass heart stands sentry with arms outstretched. A metal bear-like quadruped looks ready to wind its gears and swipe at passing prey. A cluster of coiled tubes resembles something that might have come from outer space or the deep ocean.  This surreal scene is known as Summer Spark, a 1.3-mile drive-thru nighttime festival inspired by Burning Man (canceled this year due to the pandemic) and taking place this weekend, July 24 and 25, at Rancho Cordova’s Mine Shaft Center. Organizer Ed Fletcher—former Sacramento Bee reporter and current president of Sac Valley Spark, a community-focused arts nonprofit that operates on Burning Man principles (of which there are 10, including radical...

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Put a spring in your step at these 6 regional nature spots blanketed with wildflowers right now

04/24/20

Put a spring in your step at these 6 regional nature spots blanketed with wildflowers right now

The wildflower bloom that started in the Southern California deserts in February has moved its way up to the Sacramento region, where lush blankets of poppies, hyacinth, lupine and other colorful blossoms are now coming into full flourish. Since spending time outdoors—while observing physical distancing, of course—is still considered an essential activity, why not take in nature’s colorful canvas at these 6 wildflower-rich spots around the region that are still welcoming visitors during the quarantine. To keep the petals thriving for visitors over the next couple of weeks, use best viewing practices by staying on paths and taking only photos. Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve The Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve, located near the aptly named Scenic Heights neighborhood in...

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Explore art, history and more than a few medical curiosities during Free Museum Day and Museum Week

01/31/20

Explore art, history and more than a few medical curiosities during Free Museum Day and Museum Week

Culture won't cost a thing on Free Museum Day, when more than 25 area museums and other venues will offer free admission on Feb. 1. Among the exhibits that will be on view at institutions around the region, Gold Mountain: Chinese Californian Stories, which opened at the California Museum on Jan. 26, is the newest. Chronicling the history of Chinese Americans in the Golden State, the show includes a 71-foot-long, Day-Glo Chinese dragon that symbolizes good luck during Chinese New Year festivities, as well as detailed accounts of such Chinese-American achievements as the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, and success stories about martial arts icon Bruce Lee, restaurateur Frank Fat and CNN journalist Lisa Ling, who grew up in Carmichael. California Museum-goers...

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Get your shine on at these three lantern festivals

03/22/19

Get your shine on at these three lantern festivals

This spring, Sacramento will be aglow with a trio of lantern festivals (making one of our wishes come true). Here are three ways you can light up the night around town.  I Street Bridge Lantern Festival March 23 The cities of West Sacramento and Sacramento will host a lantern walk across the I Street Bridge to spread the word about the historic span's upcoming transformation into a pedestrian- and cyclist-only crossing. The Sacramento Mandarins drum line and Teng Fei Lion Dance team will perform after leading participants and their lanterns on a trek over the bridge, where folks can learn about the urban design project via interactive boards and write thoughts and opinions). Tip: Arrive early, as only 200 LED-lit lanterns will be doled out (the decorating session starts...

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Free Museum Day returns with 25 local institutions to choose from

01/23/19

Free Museum Day returns with 25 local institutions to choose from

The 21st annual Free Museum Day takes place on Saturday Feb. 2, during which more than two dozen museums, historic sites and other venues will welcome visitors without charging admission. This year also launches the first-ever Museum Week, where several institutions will offer special activities and tours (with the price of regular admission) from Feb. 2-8. Here are 10 highlights of the day and week, featuring everything from flight simulators to reimagined comic book covers to vintage cars.  Aerospace Museum of California Learn how to fly at this museum located on the property of the former McClellan Air Force Base, where you can take the controls on a flight simulator ($10 for a 20-minute session) while licensed pilot instructors help you navigate the digital skies...

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