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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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5 bucolic farms to visit during Placer County’s Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

11/20/17

5 bucolic farms to visit during Placer County’s Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days

Celebrate Placer County’s bountiful citrus season during Mountain Mandarin Orchard Days, which takes place over two weekends in December (Dec. 2-3 and 16-17) and features everything from orchard tours and hayrides to mandarin blossom honey tastings. View a map of all of the participating farms here and read on for five fruit-full highlights. Colwell Thundering Herd Mandarin Ranch You can’t miss the charming 100-year-old green carriage outside this family-run ranch in Penryn, where you can load up on Owari Satsuma mandarins, tour the 8-acre orchard with a view of Mount Diablo, sip Mount Saint Joseph’s wine and snack on freshly baked peach pie on the covered patio. Sample homemade treats like mandarin barbecue sauce, mandarin marmalade and the ranch’s...

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