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Q&A with California State Architect Ida Clair

It may surprise many to know that as the newly minted state architect of California, Ida Antoniolli Clair does not design government buildings. Instead, her foremost responsibility is to oversee design and construction of public schools. But considering the impetus for her role—the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, which damaged over 200 school buildings—we’re glad she’s on the case, creating a safer and more sustainable future for our kids. Here, we talk to the longtime Elk Grove resident about California’s zero net energy goals, her favorite buildings in Sacramento, and breaking the brick ceiling as our first female state architect.

Perfect Picnics

We’ve filled our wicker baskets with the best takeout en route to eight sonnet-worthy spots across the region for your alfresco dining pleasure. Whether you’re unpacking a gourmet BLT on toasted artisan bread while gazing upon a sweeping view in Gold Country or digging into a bucket of crispy fried chicken while smelling the roses at McKinley Park, we prove that life in the wake of a pandemic can be a picnic after all. (Just don’t forget the sunscreen.)

The Exit Interview

The Firehouse Restaurant’s legendary general manager and wine director, Mario Ortiz, retires at the end of this month, 50 years since he started work as a busboy. He was 16 years old on that first day in 1971. Over the last…

Maine Attraction

In Portland, Maine, local artists have found a new kind of canvas: city bus shelters. With such inspiring designs, good things come to those who wait (for their bus to arrive).

Nut Tree Forever

If you lived in Northern California any time from the '50s to the '90s, your memories likely contain vivid flickers of Vacaville's Nut Tree—the roadside oasis that lured generations of kids and adults alike. And now, in 2021, it's turning 100. Let's all jump on that miniature train and take a ride back in time for a Kodachrome encounter.

Field of Dreams

On the first day of spring, Ruhstaller Farm—our region’s only brewery designed in the spiritual mold of a soil-to-sip winery—officially opened. With its mission to produce beer defined by the Sacramento Valley’s rich agricultural heritage, the Farm is the fruition of a decade-long vision for proprietor J-E Paino, a tenacious optimist who runs decidedly against the grain.

La Vie en Cinéma

For the past 20 years, the Sacramento French Film Festival (SFFF) has given local cinephiles opportunities to see French classics on the big screen, showing works by major auteurs like Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol. The annual event…

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