The Weekender

2020

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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