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Six spirited ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

03/13/18

Six spirited ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento

From a pedal-powered pub crawl to a bagpipe-powered parade, here are six lively ways to live it up in Sactown this St. Paddy’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland March 15 The Harris Center in Folsom will host a St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish music and dance, featuring the three-member Kerry Voice Squad, who will sing classics like “Danny Boy” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and will be accompanied by musicians on traditional instruments like fiddles, uilleann pipes, flutes, guitars, banjos and the bodhrán drum. Irish dancers will also jig under the leadership of Connor Reider, who is part of the professional dance troupe Celtic Fyre and has performed with six-time Grammy Award-winning band The Chieftains. $18-33. 7:30 p.m....

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How to throw the ultimate "Lady Bird"-themed Oscar party

02/21/18

How to throw the ultimate "Lady Bird"-themed Oscar party

On Sunday, March 4, we’ll collectively hold our breath as the 90th annual Academy Awards air on ABC at 5 p.m. Lady Bird—Sacramento native Greta Gerwig’s semiautobiographical story about her senior year in high school—received five nominations, including best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress and best supporting actress. Here are some ideas to help you cheer on "the Fellini of Sacramento." Start Oscar morning with a Lady Bird walking tour What better way to get in the Lady Bird party-throwing mood than to follow in Gerwig's footsteps? At 9 a.m. on March 4, Sac Running Tours will lead a 3.2-mile, two-hour walking tour through East Sacramento that will highlight stops at sites featured in the movie, like Club Raven,...

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Explore these 10 museums and cultural centers for free on Sacramento Museum Day

01/31/18

Explore these 10 museums and cultural centers for free on Sacramento Museum Day

The 20th annual Sacramento Museum Day takes place this Saturday, Feb. 3, and more than two dozen museums, libraries and cultural centers will open their doors with free admission. Here are 10 spots where you can try everything from hopping into a flight simulator to channeling your inner poet. Aerospace Museum of California This aviation museum in McClellan will display almost 40 aircraft—from Russian MiGs to Grumman F-14 Tomcat fighter jets (yep, the kind Goose and Maverick flew in Top Gun). Hop inside some of these high-flying machines during the museum’s Open Cockpit Day (which only happens a few times a year) and take flight in a new motion simulator that allows make-believe pilots to soar with the Wright brothers, travel on the space shuttle...

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Stars of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Walking Dead” and more announced for new comic con

01/25/18

Stars of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Walking Dead” and more announced for new comic con

A brand-new comic con is making the River City its first stop on a national tour in 2018, bringing celebrities and comic artists to the Sacramento Convention Center from June 22-24. The Fandemic Tour, the brainchild of John Macaluso (the former CEO of Wizard World Comic Con) has announced that it will feature stars from hit TV shows like The Walking Dead, including Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Steven Yeun, as well as Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker from Guardians of the Galaxy (Rooker also appeared in The Walking Dead). Also on hand will be fellow GOTG alum Chris Sullivan, who stars in the hit NBC series This is Us and grew up in Gold River. The confab will also welcome artists like animator Phil Ortiz (The Simpsons, Muppet Babies), comic book artist Neal Adams, known for...

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Seven festive New Year’s Eve parties to ring in the new year

12/26/17

Seven festive New Year’s Eve parties to ring in the new year

With the promise of 2018 on the horizon, it’s time to gather your squad, brush up on the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne” and make plans to attend one of Sacramento’s New Year’s Eve parties. Here are seven sparkly ideas, from a waterfront fireworks show to a Venetian masquerade ball. A Great Gatsby New Year's Eve Ball Dig out your flapper dresses and suspenders for this roaring ’20s bash in the new Knobs and Knockers underground speakeasy in Old Sacramento. Mingle with a Jay Gatsby impersonator and the cigarette girls, who will be carrying trays of chocolate cigars and candy cigarettes. DJ Bryan Hawk will spin 1920s French electro-swing music, burlesque star Sugar Cheeks will perform, and the entire party can toast at midnight...

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