Rodrigo Lopez basks in the glory of his three-goal evening

Rodrigo Lopez basks in the glory of his three-goal evening

Lopez’s Hat Trick Sends Sacramento Republic FC to USL Pro Championship Game

At halftime, down 2-0 at Sacramento’s Bonney Field to the stingy LA Galaxy II, even some of the Sacramento Republic FC’s most ardent supporters figured the team’s magical first-season run would end with the hotly contested semifinal playoff match. Not so. As the final 25 minutes showed, Sacramento, now 18-7-4, still has a little magic left. The Sacramento club that had spent a good part of the past week wooing Major League Soccer officials who were in town assessing the city for a possible MLS expansion franchise, rallied with three second-half goals by Rodrigo Lopez – two of them penalty kicks and the game-winner a truly magical free kick – to stun the favored club from Southern California. The winning goal came during the extra added time just seconds before overtime, to the delight of the 8,000 in attendance. The win allows Sacramento to host next Saturday’s USL Pro championship match against the Harrisburg (PA) City Islanders. The championship is scheduled for 7:30pm at Bonney Field (Cal Expo) and is sure to be a sellout. The aggressively played semifinal match was accompanied by a constant raucous soundtrack of chants, bells and whistles provided by the partisan Sacramento crowd, and lead by the always boisterous Tower Bridge Battalion. They were joined by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and numerous MLS officials who were on hand to witness in […]

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Trend-Watching Chef Gives Inside Scoop of What to Expect at the Sacramento Burger Battle

So what exactly can we expect to see at Thursday’s 3rd annual mouth-watering, burger-loving, food-coma-inducing Sacramento Burger Battle? In preparation for the epic food event, culinary expert and US Foods chef Jourdan de Sanctis enthusiastically shared his predictions for the battle as well as the burger trends to watch for and why this staple American food is a blank canvas for culinary creativity. “Obviously we’re gonna see lots of burgers, but I think these chefs are really going to push the limit and come up with some really exciting, fancy burgers,” Chef de Sanctis said of the sold-out event that brings together 15 Sacramento-area restaurants to compete for the best burger title in a simultaneous burger-tasting, charity-raising event (for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) that also includes beer, wine, and live music. San-Francisco-based Chef de Sanctis will not be competing, but will provide an impressive array of sides at the battle as a US Foods Food Fanatic chef, one of only 17 specialty chefs in the nation who travel the U.S. to keep up on food trends and to work with restaurant industry people by providing them the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. As an avid trend-watcher, Chef de Sanctis gave a whole slew of things we should expect to see at the burger battle, including artisan buns (brioche or pretzel […]

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Sacramento Burger Battle Wows the Crowds (and our stomachs!)

The people walking outside of Cesar Chavez Park and unable to get in to the sold-out Sacramento Burger Battle on Thursday must have been jealous, because, oh wow, did it smell amazing! The scent of flame-cooked burgers wafting in the smoky haze of grilled goodness filled the air as over 1000 people roamed the park sampling burgers all-you-can-eat-style. Fifteen restaurants including Ten22, Iron Grill, Krush Burger, Ettore’s, Mikuni, Mother, Cafe Bernado, and The Porch participated in the 3rd annual battle that seems to be gaining more momentum and excitement each year. And why wouldn’t it? Not only has the charity event raised over $60,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in 3 years, but it also showcases burgers with creative ingredients such as bacon jam, herb potatoes, goat cheddar cheese, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, charred grape relish, pork belly, tuna, mac & cheese, and even peanut butter and jelly (!). The winning combination went to the Hyatt’s Dawson’s who won the Chef’s Choice award and De Vere’s Irish Pub who won the People’s Choice award. Krush Burger and The Chef’s Table won 2nd and 3rd for Chef’s Choice, and Broderick and The Chef’s Table for People’s Choice. “[I'm] shocked and awed,” Dawson’s Chef de Cuisine, Michael Grande, said in response to winning. “Hotels get a bad wrap for the food they make, but that’s […]

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Midtown Historic Home Tour Returns September 20

Sacramento Old City Association’s 39th annual Home Tour, scheduled for this Saturday, September 20, highlights the northern end of Midtown Sacramento, featuring seven historic Midtown homes. Ranging from J Street to N Street north to south, 20th Street to 28th Street east to west, this neighborhood is known for its architectural and cultural diversity. Ranging from 21st century infill to the oldest building in Sacramento, Midtown is a true mixed-use neighborhood, combining stunning historic architecture, a lively arts community, a diverse residential neighborhood, and an active business district. The tour starts at 2015 K Street, in between 20th and 21st–look for the street fair just east of the “Sidetraxx” nightclub building. The ticket booth on K Street will issue the wristband and tour brochure that guides you to each house (the wristband gets you in the door).  The tour provides an in-depth tour through historic Midtown homes, where you can see how the architectural treasures of the city have been lovingly restored and maintained for contemporary use. The tour is self-guided; once you pick up your tour brochure and bracelet from the street fair, you can visit the homes at your leisure in whatever order you prefer. Each home is staffed by docents who will lead you through the home, with stories about the building, the people who lived there, and its restoration for contemporary […]

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Week Two of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Dinners, Festivals, and Drinks Rule Finale Week

With week one of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration behind us, week two promises to be just as exciting and jam-packed with great farm-centric events. The two-week event is Sacramento’s 2nd annual celebration of locally grown products. Serving also as a nod to our declaration of being America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, it shows how using real products and supporting and building relationships with local farmers, chefs, vintners, and breweries is good for both our community and our tables. “So far the success of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration and the initiative in Sacramento has been overwhelming,” said Sidney Scheideman, Farm to Fork Public Relations Coordinator. “Food has been grown in this region for a such long time so this is very positive. People are very appreciative of the farm-to-fork initiative—especially the farmers.” Scheidemann pointed out that the farmers who participated in Friday’s Tractor Parade particularly said they are grateful that Sacramento is acknowledging and respecting the agricultural side of what Sacramento is all about. From festivals to dinners to tours to benefits, she said there’s still so many opportunities in week two to be a part of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Week Two 9/20-9/28: Farm-to-Fork Restaurants Week 9/13-9/28 Sat, 9/13-Sun, 9/28, throughout Sacramento. Restaurant weeks continue as over 3 dozen restaurants throughout Sacramento participate in this exciting 2-week affair of special farm-to-fork centric menus and events, and opportunities to meet the […]

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New films: The Drop and Love is Strange

The Drop Directed by Michaël R. Roskam “The Drop” is based on a short story entitled “Animal rescue” by Dennnis LeHane. LeHane is known for his stories of crime set in and around Boston and “Animal Rescue” was another such story. In a recent NPR interview he stated that the filmmakers were concerned that the Boston-based crime story had played itself out and wanted it set somewhere else, hence the Brooklyn setting, although he also said that nothing was changed in the story to accommodate the location change. The aspect of this background that struck me most was not so much the location, with a story set in local bars dominated by crime families that probably could take place in many places and times, but the fact that it was adapted from a short story. This information popped up on screen as the film ended and suddenly it made more sense to me regarding why I had enjoyed the film so much. Put simply, it felt very complete. Adapted books often feel like details have been truncated or left out, for reasons of length, whereas “The Drop” never felt aggressively edited in its storytelling and this is why. Tom Hardy plays Bob, a seemingly simple-minded bartender who works at “Cousin Marv’s” bar, owned by his actual cousin Marv. Marv is played in bitter and menacing […]

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New films: A moviebrief roundup of five new releases

A quick roundup of this week’s major new releases, with the best two coming from first time directors:   Tusk Directed by Kevin Smith When Kevin Smith isn’t making movies these days, he produces a podcast in which he and his friends and colleagues tell anecdotes, talk about assorted topics, and on occasion make up stories. “Tusk” is the outcome of a story that originated on the “SModcast” between Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier and, during the final credits of the movie, you can hear part of them ad-libbing the story idea. Sadly, that snippet of creation is more enjoyable than the resultant production. It’s not that it’s all bad – there’s actually much to like in this crazy story of a podcast host (art imitating life) (Justin Long) who goes off in search of weird stories to tell, and gets caught up in the weirdest one he’s ever found. There’s wit and originality and some solid, moody camera work. The problem is that there’s not really enough material for a feature film. This might have worked quite well as part of an anthology or as an hour-long episode, which really only requires approx. 40 minutes of actual content between bookends, for a show like “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” or “Tales From the Crypt.” But at 102 minutes, “Tusk” overstays its welcome and […]

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Lopez’s Hat Trick Sends Sacramento Republic FC to USL Pro Championship Game

At halftime, down 2-0 at Sacramento’s Bonney Field to the stingy LA Galaxy II, even some of the Sacramento Republic FC’s most ardent supporters figured the team’s magical first-season run would end with the hotly contested semifinal playoff match. Not so. As the final 25 minutes showed, Sacramento, now 18-7-4, still has a little magic left. The Sacramento club that had spent a good part of the past week wooing Major League Soccer officials who were in town assessing the city for a possible MLS expansion franchise, rallied with three second-half goals by Rodrigo Lopez – two of them penalty kicks and the game-winner a truly magical free kick – to stun the favored club from Southern California. The winning goal came during the extra added time just seconds before overtime, to the delight of the 8,000 in attendance. The win allows Sacramento to host next Saturday’s USL Pro championship match against the Harrisburg (PA) City Islanders. The championship is scheduled for 7:30pm at Bonney Field (Cal Expo) and is sure to be a sellout. The aggressively played semifinal match was accompanied by a constant raucous soundtrack of chants, bells and whistles provided by the partisan Sacramento crowd, and lead by the always boisterous Tower Bridge Battalion. They were joined by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and numerous MLS officials who were on hand to witness in […]

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Sacramento Burger Battle Wows the Crowds (and our stomachs!)

The people walking outside of Cesar Chavez Park and unable to get in to the sold-out Sacramento Burger Battle on Thursday must have been jealous, because, oh wow, did it smell amazing! The scent of flame-cooked burgers wafting in the smoky haze of grilled goodness filled the air as over 1000 people roamed the park sampling burgers all-you-can-eat-style. Fifteen restaurants including Ten22, Iron Grill, Krush Burger, Ettore’s, Mikuni, Mother, Cafe Bernado, and The Porch participated in the 3rd annual battle that seems to be gaining more momentum and excitement each year. And why wouldn’t it? Not only has the charity event raised over $60,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in 3 years, but it also showcases burgers with creative ingredients such as bacon jam, herb potatoes, goat cheddar cheese, heirloom tomatoes, peaches, charred grape relish, pork belly, tuna, mac & cheese, and even peanut butter and jelly (!). The winning combination went to the Hyatt’s Dawson’s who won the Chef’s Choice award and De Vere’s Irish Pub who won the People’s Choice award. Krush Burger and The Chef’s Table won 2nd and 3rd for Chef’s Choice, and Broderick and The Chef’s Table for People’s Choice. “[I'm] shocked and awed,” Dawson’s Chef de Cuisine, Michael Grande, said in response to winning. “Hotels get a bad wrap for the food they make, but that’s […]

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Week Two of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Dinners, Festivals, and Drinks Rule Finale Week

With week one of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration behind us, week two promises to be just as exciting and jam-packed with great farm-centric events. The two-week event is Sacramento’s 2nd annual celebration of locally grown products. Serving also as a nod to our declaration of being America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, it shows how using real products and supporting and building relationships with local farmers, chefs, vintners, and breweries is good for both our community and our tables. “So far the success of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration and the initiative in Sacramento has been overwhelming,” said Sidney Scheideman, Farm to Fork Public Relations Coordinator. “Food has been grown in this region for a such long time so this is very positive. People are very appreciative of the farm-to-fork initiative—especially the farmers.” Scheidemann pointed out that the farmers who participated in Friday’s Tractor Parade particularly said they are grateful that Sacramento is acknowledging and respecting the agricultural side of what Sacramento is all about. From festivals to dinners to tours to benefits, she said there’s still so many opportunities in week two to be a part of the Farm-to-Fork Celebration. Week Two 9/20-9/28: Farm-to-Fork Restaurants Week 9/13-9/28 Sat, 9/13-Sun, 9/28, throughout Sacramento. Restaurant weeks continue as over 3 dozen restaurants throughout Sacramento participate in this exciting 2-week affair of special farm-to-fork centric menus and events, and opportunities to meet the […]

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Trend-Watching Chef Gives Inside Scoop of What to Expect at the Sacramento Burger Battle

So what exactly can we expect to see at Thursday’s 3rd annual mouth-watering, burger-loving, food-coma-inducing Sacramento Burger Battle? In preparation for the epic food event, culinary expert and US Foods chef Jourdan de Sanctis enthusiastically shared his predictions for the battle as well as the burger trends to watch for and why this staple American food is a blank canvas for culinary creativity. “Obviously we’re gonna see lots of burgers, but I think these chefs are really going to push the limit and come up with some really exciting, fancy burgers,” Chef de Sanctis said of the sold-out event that brings together 15 Sacramento-area restaurants to compete for the best burger title in a simultaneous burger-tasting, charity-raising event (for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America) that also includes beer, wine, and live music. San-Francisco-based Chef de Sanctis will not be competing, but will provide an impressive array of sides at the battle as a US Foods Food Fanatic chef, one of only 17 specialty chefs in the nation who travel the U.S. to keep up on food trends and to work with restaurant industry people by providing them the knowledge and resources they need to succeed. As an avid trend-watcher, Chef de Sanctis gave a whole slew of things we should expect to see at the burger battle, including artisan buns (brioche or pretzel […]

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Midtown Historic Home Tour Returns September 20

Sacramento Old City Association’s 39th annual Home Tour, scheduled for this Saturday, September 20, highlights the northern end of Midtown Sacramento, featuring seven historic Midtown homes. Ranging from J Street to N Street north to south, 20th Street to 28th Street east to west, this neighborhood is known for its architectural and cultural diversity. Ranging from 21st century infill to the oldest building in Sacramento, Midtown is a true mixed-use neighborhood, combining stunning historic architecture, a lively arts community, a diverse residential neighborhood, and an active business district. The tour starts at 2015 K Street, in between 20th and 21st–look for the street fair just east of the “Sidetraxx” nightclub building. The ticket booth on K Street will issue the wristband and tour brochure that guides you to each house (the wristband gets you in the door).  The tour provides an in-depth tour through historic Midtown homes, where you can see how the architectural treasures of the city have been lovingly restored and maintained for contemporary use. The tour is self-guided; once you pick up your tour brochure and bracelet from the street fair, you can visit the homes at your leisure in whatever order you prefer. Each home is staffed by docents who will lead you through the home, with stories about the building, the people who lived there, and its restoration for contemporary […]

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New films: The Drop and Love is Strange

The Drop Directed by Michaël R. Roskam “The Drop” is based on a short story entitled “Animal rescue” by Dennnis LeHane. LeHane is known for his stories of crime set in and around Boston and “Animal Rescue” was another such story. In a recent NPR interview he stated that the filmmakers were concerned that the Boston-based crime story had played itself out and wanted it set somewhere else, hence the Brooklyn setting, although he also said that nothing was changed in the story to accommodate the location change. The aspect of this background that struck me most was not so much the location, with a story set in local bars dominated by crime families that probably could take place in many places and times, but the fact that it was adapted from a short story. This information popped up on screen as the film ended and suddenly it made more sense to me regarding why I had enjoyed the film so much. Put simply, it felt very complete. Adapted books often feel like details have been truncated or left out, for reasons of length, whereas “The Drop” never felt aggressively edited in its storytelling and this is why. Tom Hardy plays Bob, a seemingly simple-minded bartender who works at “Cousin Marv’s” bar, owned by his actual cousin Marv. Marv is played in bitter and menacing […]

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Week One of Farm-to-Fork Celebration: Kick-Off Week Abounds with Farm Grown Festivals, Parades, Dinners, Tours and More!

If you’ve ever doubted whether Sacramento is really the Farm-to-Fork Capital of America, become a believer these next two weeks when the Farm-to-Fork Celebration weeks show what Sacramento is made of with almost two dozen farm-to-fork centric events that celebrates the locally sourced movement we both believe in and practice year-round. “Farm-to-fork is something that Sacramento is proud of,” Farm to Fork Public Relations Coordinator, Sidney Scheideman said in response to what the outpouring of farm-to-fork events says about our city. “Sacramento has always been an agricultural city and now it’s something that everyone is trying to embrace…[and with the event] something everyone can enjoy.” The two-week celebration fell on September because, in addition to the abundance of farm-to-fork events already occurring this month, September is also harvest and crush time. They expanded it to two-weeks in our 2nd installment of the event this year because there were just too many events to squeeze into one. And next year they’re considering making the entire month a farm-to-fork celebration! The list of events is so long that we’re separating the run-down of each into week one/week two articles so as not to overwhelm you with the options of things do. (A preview of the following week, you ask? More festivals, lots of dinners, beer, and more!). So for now, get excited as you check out what […]

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Sacramento SPCA Pet of the Week — Chaco

Name: Chaco Breed: Great Dane mix Color: Black Age: 9 years Sex: Male In need of a home: Since July 12, 2014 At almost 80 lbs, this incredible Great Dane mix doesn’t need to be taught how to be “a good boy” — he already is one! Once you meet this lively, friendly, affectionate guy you won’t believe he is a senior. Chaco sometimes jumps straight up in the air in happiness. House trained and full of tricks (sit, down, stay, shake, fetch, etc.), he’s ready-made for an incredible home. Adoption fee: $100 Includes spay/neuter, microchipping, collar and ID tag, vaccinations, first-year license, and a free vet exam For more information visit www.sspca.org.

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Aftershock Music Festival Returns to Discovery Park This Weekend!

Discovery Park will be the hottest place in town this weekend when the Aftershock Festival returns, complete with an impressive lineup of rock bands and a 4 stage expansion.  Day one of the 2-day rock music festival (Sep. 13-14) includes a kick off from Dig the Kid on the Coors Light Stage at 11:30am and a noon performance by Anti-Mortem and Islander on stages West and South.  Attendees should be stoked to see Dead Sara also playing on Saturday. This hard rock LA band–which is comprised of singers Emily Armstrong and Siouxsie Medley,  bassist Chris Null, and drummer Sean Friday–spent 2013 in the studio working on new material for their brand new show. And they’ll be debuting their sophomore album at the Aftershock fest! Closing the day after on Saturday after an evening of music by Awolnation, Limp Bizkit, and The Offspring, is Weezer (Stage North at 8:55pm). I got the chance to hear Weezer’s set at Jay Z’s Made in America Festival in Los Angeles where their quirky uplifting sound had fans dancing and swaying despite the humid and hot Labor Day weekend weather. Their set list included hits: “Island in the Sun,” “Beverly Hills,” “Pork and Beans.” Sunday will feature more metal rock acts, and music will kick off at the same time, 11:30am. A Sunday personal favorite will be catching Of Mice […]

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