Inside Issue 79

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Inside the
December 2019/
January 2020


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Fever Pitch
Are you ready for some major league fútbol? MLS has finally tapped Sacramento to join its very exclusive club. Here’s an in-depth look at the $300 million new stadium and how it will raise the game for both soccer fans and our city.


Game Nights
We’ve got game—or rather, games. From a new under-ground mini-golf pub pouring local craft beers to a popular BBQ joint that just added axe throwing, here are six hot spots around town where you can eat, drink and play your way through these cool winter nights. Game on! 





The Fisher King
He started by selling sturgeon under the W-X freeway and grew to become a blue-chip name on local menus. But after finding a niche crafting bespoke caviar for top chefs around town and Michelin-starred restaurants from San Francisco to New York, Michael Passmore is now casting a much wider net in the hope of bringing his cult cured roe to the masses. Caviar-topped Tostitos? You might just get hooked.


A visit to Sacramento State’s new planetarium will have you seeing stars and other celestial objects far, far away; Food Literacy Center CEO Amber Stott talks about getting kids pumped about produce





Murder, he wrote: New York playwright Mark Loewenstern explores the mind of notorious Sacramento serial killer Dorothea Puente for the California Stage; go tell it on the mountain: the Blind Boys of Alabama are coming to town this December; get closer to The Chainsmokers at the EDM duo’s G1C show; Chautauqua Playhouse bets big on its new poker-themed play; we’re not crying, you’re crying: the tissue-depleting, Tony-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen makes its Sacramento debut


With its flavor-forward Mexican dishes and sweeping view of the Golden 1 Center, Polanco Cantina is a slam-dunk hit; choose your own dumpling adventure at Hao Bao; head down to Kodaiko, the underground joint on K Street that is upping Sacramento’s already strong ramen game




Why Not Here? 

Cities around the world like London and Paris host car-free days to raise awareness about climate change and to highlight alternative forms of transportation, like walking and biking. It’s time for Sacramento to take a step in the right direction too.