Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Made in Sacramento Edition

Region’s greetings! From a mid-century modern birdhouse built in Nevada City to sweet chocolate toffee crafted in Gold River, here are eight locally made presents that are sure to make the holidays merry and bright.

Region’s greetings! From a mid-century modern birdhouse built in Nevada City to sweet chocolate toffee crafted in Gold River, here are eight locally made presents that are sure to make the holidays merry and bright.

Six Days in Sacramento

Photograph by Max WhittakerTears fill the eyes of Faye Wilson Kennedy during a March 31 candlelight vigil for Stephon Clark and other victims of police shootings in South Sacramento. March 27: Protesters take over the lobby of Sacramento City Hall during a city council meeting.March 27: From left, Sacramento City Councilman Steve Hansen, City Clerk Mindy Cuppy and Mayor Darrell…

Eyes in the Sky

This is flight club. More than ever, drone photographers are lighting up Instagram feeds in cities across the globe with seemingly impossible perspectives of landmarks and landscapes. And with their cameras’ unmatched ability to capture “nadir imagery”—looking straight down while hovering in place—from as high as 1,000 feet, even the most familiar sights can be rendered in strangely beautiful ways. Prepare to fly over Sacramento and see it as you’ve never seen it before.

This is flight club. More than ever, drone photographers are lighting up Instagram feeds in cities across the globe with seemingly impossible perspectives of landmarks and landscapes. And with their cameras’ unmatched ability to capture “nadir imagery”—looking straight down while hovering in place—from as high as 1,000 feet, even the most familiar sights can be rendered in strangely beautiful ways. Prepare to fly over Sacramento and see it as you’ve never seen it before.

Troubled Waters

On Feb. 7, following heavy storms, a massive crater was discovered in the main spillway at Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States, which led to the use of a second, emergency spillway. Days later, over 180,000 people in the region were forced to evacuate amid threats of the emergency spillway’s collapse. Photojournalist Max Whittaker chronicled the crisis as residents fled to seek safety and shelter.

On Feb. 7, following heavy storms, a massive crater was discovered in the main spillway at Oroville Dam, the tallest in the United States, which led to the use of a second, emergency spillway. Days later, over 180,000 people in the region were forced to evacuate amid threats of the emergency spillway’s collapse. Photojournalist Max Whittaker chronicled the crisis as residents fled to seek safety and shelter.

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

’Tis the season for giving local. From a mega book on Sacramento to a mini Death Star, here are nine hometown-made gifts that make the perfect presents. Happy holidays, Rebels!

’Tis the season for giving local. From a mega book on Sacramento to a mini Death Star, here are nine hometown-made gifts that make the perfect presents. Happy holidays, Rebels!

Tower of Power

A new documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records draws a packed house of moviegoers to the Tower Theatre and Verge Center for the Arts during the opening night of the Sacramento International Film Festival

A new documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records draws a packed house of moviegoers to the Tower Theatre and Verge Center for the Arts during the opening night of the Sacramento International Film Festival.

The Naked City

Stripped of people, cars and color, Dennis Bylo’s streetscapes tell a story of a Sacramento that we rarely see, even when we are staring right at it.

Stripped of people, cars and color, Dennis Bylo’s streetscapes tell a story of a Sacramento that we rarely see, even when we are staring right at it.

Flights of Fancy

This fall, glamour and elegance take off as designers go back to the sexy ’60s for looks that are present perfect

This fall, glamour and elegance take off as designers go back to the sexy ’60s for looks that are present perfect

Cast of Characters

Stars of TV shows like The Walking Dead and cult classics like The Boondock Saints mingle with superheroes and superfans at Sacramento Comic Con.

Stars of TV shows like The Walking Dead and cult classics like The Boondock Saints mingle with superheroes and superfans at Sacramento Comic Con.

Isle Style

A private residence on Garden Highway transforms into an island getaway at a luau-themed fundraiser for The Chevo Foundation

A private residence on Garden Highway transforms into an island getaway at a luau-themed fundraiser for The Chevo Foundation

Horse Play

Animal lovers pony up for charity at the SPCA’s Lasher Polo Classic in Wilton.

Animal lovers pony up for charity at the SPCA’s Lasher Polo Classic in Wilton.

Bridge Party

The inaugural Farm-to-Fork Week makes a splash with the ultimate locavore dinner on the Tower Bridge

The inaugural Farm-to-Fork Week makes a splash with the ultimate locavore dinner on the Tower Bridge

Tiny Dancers

With visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in their heads, hundreds of nimble little children flock to the Sacramento Ballet studios every fall and audition for choice roles in the Ballet’s most popular production, The Nutcracker. This year was no exception, as 719 hopefuls as young as 6 went toe to toe with each other to score 470 parts, including those as Mother Ginger Children, Teeny Tiny Mice and Baby Bunnies. “We have beautiful professional dancers, but what makes our Nutcracker special is the number of children we use. I believe we have the largest cast of children of any company in America,” says the Ballet’s longtime co-artistic director Ron Cunningham. We were there during the tutu tryouts in September, and we offer you an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes—both at the thrill of victory and, the agony of the feet. Here, more than ever you’ll see that there are no small roles, just small dancers.

The hopping, the hoping. Getting intoThe Nutcracker takes more than fancy footwork.

“Runway” Success

Coming off his star turn on Project Runway, local designer Richard Hallmarq debuts his 2013 ready-to-wear collection.

Coming off his star turn on Project Runway, local designer Richard Hallmarq debuts his 2013 ready-to-wear collection.

Dressed to Thrill

Local luminaries channel international stars—from Tom Jones to Cher—as they sing (or lip-sync) their hearts out for charity at the Crest Theatre.

Local luminaries channel international stars—from Tom Jones to Cher—as they sing (or lip-sync) their hearts out for charity at the Crest Theatre.

Crowning Glory

Thousands descend on Cesar Chavez Plaza to celebrate the city’s come-from-behind victory to keep the Kings in Sacramento.

Thousands descend on Cesar Chavez Plaza to celebrate the city’s come-from-behind victory to keep the Kings in Sacramento.

Born to Run

Once a year, Cal Expo features thoroughbred races that coincide with the California State Fair. Horse racing—with centuries of tradition and pageantry behind it—boasts some of the strongest, fastest and most beautiful creatures on earth. We visited the scene on its opening weekend in July to take a closer look at life on and off the track.

Once a year, Cal Expo features thoroughbred races that coincide with the California State Fair. Horse racing—with centuries of tradition and pageantry behind it—boasts some of the strongest, fastest and most beautiful creatures on earth. We visited the scene on its opening weekend in July to take a closer look at life on and off the track.

Nightmare Before Christmas

Photos by Jeremy Sykes

The holiday season is in full swing and, like every year, this one kicked off with one of our favorite days of them all—Halloween. So we set out for Land Park’s Fairytale Town, which plays host—ghost host—to the ultimate costume party each year, drawing thousands of pint-sized pirates, snarling dragons and scary little monsters to its Lilliputian land of make-believe. There, we found, the kids’ tricks were our treats.

Shopping with the Chef

On any given Sunday morning, Randall Selland of Ella, The Kitchen and Selland’s Market—can be found loading up his van under Hwy 50 with fresh produce from the Sacramento Central Farmers' Market. We shadowed him recently and got a true chef's-eye view.

On any given Sunday morning, Randall Selland of Ella, The Kitchen and Selland’s Market—can be found loading up his van under Hwy 50 with fresh produce from the Sacramento Central Farmers’ Market. We shadowed him recently and got a true chef’s-eye view.

City Pickers

As we become more and more distanced from the source of our food, a new crop of urban ranches like Sacramento’s Soil Born Farms are bringing us back to our roots.

As we become more and more distanced from the source of our food, a new crop of urban ranches like Sacramento’s Soil Born Farms are bringing us back to our roots.

A French Toast

The California Musical Theatre dreams a dream and throws a Les Misérables-themed gala

The California Musical Theatre dreams a dream and throws a Les Misérables-themed gala

A Blast from the Past

Sacramento Ballet dancers kick off their Sunday shoes and do the Charleston at a 1920s-themed Prohibition party

Photos by Marc Kallweit Capital Mailing Services’ TBone Hooker, clad in police uniform, jokingly arrests Sacramento Ballet co-artistic director Ron Cunningham for throwing an illegal party. Dr. Rose Hagge (left) and Dr. Richard Latchaw, radiology professors at the UC Davis School of Medicine, switched gender roles for the evening. Event emcee Matias A. Bombal Lifestyle assistant Vic Lindsay Sacramento Ballet…

Best Dressed

Stars of Project Runway have designs on Sacramento during the fourth annual Launch festival

Stars of Project Runway have designs on Sacramento during the fourth annual Launch festival