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Know Before You Owe: What Water Reduction Mandates Are in Place and What You Need to Do

If you think the walk from your car to the shoreline of Folsom Lake is far already, just wait a couple months. Summer is coming and with just under 10 inches of rain accumulated for the season—less than 50% of the normal annual rainfall—we’re in a drought State of Emergency as declared by Gov. Brown in January. Mandated Water Reductions. The City of Sacramento put in place a mandatory 20-30% citywide reduction and has water enforcement officers sweeping the city weekly. Consequences for violating the mandates include a first offense warning and second, third, and fourth fines that increase with each violation. That might sound a bit like the City is out to get us, but really this is more about taking necessary measures to ensure the city has an adequate water supply in a year when supply is desperately low. It is, nevertheless, good to simply know before you owe. The mandates currently in place for City of Sacramento residents: 20-30% across the board reduction by customers. Outdoor watering reduced to 2 days per week based on address—addresses ending in odd numbers can only water on Tuesday and Saturdays; addresses ending in even numbers can only water on Wednesdays and Sundays. Watering must take place before 10am and after 7pm on your scheduled watering day. No watering is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays. […]

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Roseville native Andrew Susac rips a double against Sacramento.

Roseville native Andrew Susac rips a double against Sacramento.

River Cats Impress During Opening Raley Field Series While Local High School Hero Shines

While the Sacramento River Cats went an impressive 7-1 in their opening home series against Salt Lake and Fresno, their only loss in the series on Thursday night still had Sacramento fans cheering for another reason. Prior to Thursday’s game, a 7-3 loss to Fresno, there was already a lot of buzz over Fresno catcher Andrew Susac, a Roseville native and 2009 graduate of Sacramento’s Jesuit High School. Susac, who also attended Oregon State, had been one of the Grizzly’s hottest hitters, and he stayed hot this night, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBIs. Susac ended up going 4 for 12 during the three-game series, with a total of four RBIs. Susac has been touted as the next possible candidate to spell current San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who has been playing more games at first base this season than ever before. If he keeps up his hot hitting, Susac may end up in San Francisco before the year is over. Stay tuned, and don’t miss Susac in action the next time Fresno rolls through Sacramento, June 30-July 3.        

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Fat Fairies Inspire Wildly Diverse Films at Sacramento International Film Festival

A screening of wildly creative and diverse short films by regional filmmakers, all produced within a single weekend, will kick off the 2014 Sacramento International Film Festival this Saturday, April 26. These short films are the result of the popular 48 Hours Sacramento event, in which filmmakers are presented with a theme and must embark on a frantic weekend of developing, filming, and editing their shorts. This year’s theme, The Legacy of Fat Fairies, was unveiled to participants on Friday, April 4. The only preparation allowed was the gathering of a cast and crew. Filmmakers got their first view of what would creatively guide their next 48 hours when projected on a large screen was Smith’s series of fat fairy artwork. Along with the theme came 3 additional stipulations. The film must include a magic wand, the line “You can’t handle the truth”, and a character named Badda Bing Badda Boom. As if these conditions weren’t confining enough, the filmmakers then drew genres from hat, which required each team to fit the specific guidelines into such disparate genres as romantic-comedy, horror, and conspiracy theory. “I liken it to running a marathon,” first-time participant Matt Salvo said. “You don’t sleep at all.” After working as the photographer for last year’s 48 Hours Sacramento screening, Salvo left thinking, “I can do that.” This year, his film Loop, […]

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The 10K Starting Line

The 10K Starting Line

ZooZoom 5k/10k Photo Recap

On April 13, the Sacramento Zoo in partnership with Fleet Feet Sacramento held its 34th Annual ZooZoom event. More than 2,400 people participated in either a 5K, 10K or in various “Run for Good” kids runs sponsored by Saucony. Many runners achieved their personal best times in this race, while others enjoyed a family-friendly fun-run though beautiful Land Park. After the run, participants and their families were invited to enter the Zoo, gather refreshments and stroll around to see the exotic animals.

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Singer-Songwriter Sarah Jarosz Brings Ever-Evolving Musical Talent to Sacramento Area

She sings with an emotion that matches her lyrics and has a voice that’s frequently compared to Gillian Welch. And yet she has a uniqueness of her own that most assuredly will have people comparing other singers to her one day. She is singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz and she’s coming to the Sacramento area April 27, bringing with her a musical talent that’s grabbed the attention of critics nationwide. With three highly-acclaimed albums to her name, Jarosz has been nominated for a Grammy 3 times, featured on Austin City Limits, labeled a “newgrass” prodigy, and played at countless music festivals and concert venues across the nation. Oh yeah, and she’s only 22. “I’m inspired by those things that seem really simple but maybe there’s some more complex stuff going on beneath it,” the young-but-mature Jarosz said of how music inspires her. “I’ve always been really drawn to artists who don’t just do one thing really great—people who are great singers and great songwriters and great musicians and have a little bit of it all going on…[it] sparks my creative juice and makes me want to do the same.” Her attempt to do a little bit of everything, to stretch herself musically, and to make it her own is what has critics applauding. When asked to describe her musical style, she said a lot of people would […]

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Wild & Scenic Films at the Crest on Friday April 25th

For anyone interested in a film festival about environmental issues and outdoor nature recreation, the Crest Theatre is the place to be on Friday April 25th, as SOS Cranes and Habitat 2020 celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic film program covers a wide range of environmental issues, but organizers SOS Cranes and Habitat 2020 have focused a large portion of this year’s festival on the theme of water. With California in one of its worse drought in history, the festival unites a number of local environmental groups as it strives to raise awareness about local, national, and international water issues. Damocracy! A number of shorts explore underwater wildlife and water conservation, and the festival’s longest film, Damocracy, offers a case-study of the dangers of over damming. This informative and moving piece tells the story of two major projects, one in Turkey and the other in Brazil. The myth of damming as “green technology” is called into question by environmental activists who have reached across a huge geographical and cultural divide to unite in the fight for their water and the preservation of their heritage. Got wildlife? For animal lovers, From the Ground to the Clouds offers a chance to watch Jane Goodall and her team as they look at how technology has […]

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Know Before You Owe: What Water Reduction Mandates Are in Place and What You Need to Do

If you think the walk from your car to the shoreline of Folsom Lake is far already, just wait a couple months. Summer is coming and with just under 10 inches of rain accumulated for the season—less than 50% of the normal annual rainfall—we’re in a drought State of Emergency as declared by Gov. Brown in January. Mandated Water Reductions. The City of Sacramento put in place a mandatory 20-30% citywide reduction and has water enforcement officers sweeping the city weekly. Consequences for violating the mandates include a first offense warning and second, third, and fourth fines that increase with each violation. That might sound a bit like the City is out to get us, but really this is more about taking necessary measures to ensure the city has an adequate water supply in a year when supply is desperately low. It is, nevertheless, good to simply know before you owe. The mandates currently in place for City of Sacramento residents: 20-30% across the board reduction by customers. Outdoor watering reduced to 2 days per week based on address—addresses ending in odd numbers can only water on Tuesday and Saturdays; addresses ending in even numbers can only water on Wednesdays and Sundays. Watering must take place before 10am and after 7pm on your scheduled watering day. No watering is allowed on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays. […]

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Fat Fairies Inspire Wildly Diverse Films at Sacramento International Film Festival

A screening of wildly creative and diverse short films by regional filmmakers, all produced within a single weekend, will kick off the 2014 Sacramento International Film Festival this Saturday, April 26. These short films are the result of the popular 48 Hours Sacramento event, in which filmmakers are presented with a theme and must embark on a frantic weekend of developing, filming, and editing their shorts. This year’s theme, The Legacy of Fat Fairies, was unveiled to participants on Friday, April 4. The only preparation allowed was the gathering of a cast and crew. Filmmakers got their first view of what would creatively guide their next 48 hours when projected on a large screen was Smith’s series of fat fairy artwork. Along with the theme came 3 additional stipulations. The film must include a magic wand, the line “You can’t handle the truth”, and a character named Badda Bing Badda Boom. As if these conditions weren’t confining enough, the filmmakers then drew genres from hat, which required each team to fit the specific guidelines into such disparate genres as romantic-comedy, horror, and conspiracy theory. “I liken it to running a marathon,” first-time participant Matt Salvo said. “You don’t sleep at all.” After working as the photographer for last year’s 48 Hours Sacramento screening, Salvo left thinking, “I can do that.” This year, his film Loop, […]

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Brickhouse Gallery Looking for Participants for Live Graffiti and Hip Hop Event

  The Brickhouse Gallery and Arts Center is looking for graffiti artists to participate in an upcoming fine art exhibit which will take place at the Oak Park area venue June 1-30, 2014. According to the website, the goal of the exhibit is to showcase artist’s perceptions of the five elements of Hip Hop (Graffiti/Street Art, MC’ing, DJ’ing, B-Boy/Girl ‘Dance’ and Knowledge of Self) and to shed light on the political, social and economic issues through their art medium. It will include works of art, Hip Hop memorabilia, performances, and artistic components that comprise Hip Hop, including Sacramento and Northern California’s unique Hip Hop culture. There will also be a “The Art of Hip Hop Festival” Commemorative Catalog, T-Shirt, and Music CD produced. If you wish to submit a piece for the exhibit, please provide the following information via email to nickelnanail@gmail.com with the SUBJECT line ‘HipHop’ by April 25th: Contact information – including name, phone number, email and website/blog Up to 5 photos of your work along with its full title, size, medium, and date of creation A brief artist bio/statement – up to 150 words A sentence or two quoting your position on the topic There are no Submission Fees for the show, but a $20 fee will be charged to artists selected to exhibit in “The Art of Hip Hop Festival” for […]

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Singer-Songwriter Sarah Jarosz Brings Ever-Evolving Musical Talent to Sacramento Area

She sings with an emotion that matches her lyrics and has a voice that’s frequently compared to Gillian Welch. And yet she has a uniqueness of her own that most assuredly will have people comparing other singers to her one day. She is singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz and she’s coming to the Sacramento area April 27, bringing with her a musical talent that’s grabbed the attention of critics nationwide. With three highly-acclaimed albums to her name, Jarosz has been nominated for a Grammy 3 times, featured on Austin City Limits, labeled a “newgrass” prodigy, and played at countless music festivals and concert venues across the nation. Oh yeah, and she’s only 22. “I’m inspired by those things that seem really simple but maybe there’s some more complex stuff going on beneath it,” the young-but-mature Jarosz said of how music inspires her. “I’ve always been really drawn to artists who don’t just do one thing really great—people who are great singers and great songwriters and great musicians and have a little bit of it all going on…[it] sparks my creative juice and makes me want to do the same.” Her attempt to do a little bit of everything, to stretch herself musically, and to make it her own is what has critics applauding. When asked to describe her musical style, she said a lot of people would […]

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ZooZoom 5k/10k Photo Recap

On April 13, the Sacramento Zoo in partnership with Fleet Feet Sacramento held its 34th Annual ZooZoom event. More than 2,400 people participated in either a 5K, 10K or in various “Run for Good” kids runs sponsored by Saucony. Many runners achieved their personal best times in this race, while others enjoyed a family-friendly fun-run though beautiful Land Park. After the run, participants and their families were invited to enter the Zoo, gather refreshments and stroll around to see the exotic animals.

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River Cats Impress During Opening Raley Field Series While Local High School Hero Shines

While the Sacramento River Cats went an impressive 7-1 in their opening home series against Salt Lake and Fresno, their only loss in the series on Thursday night still had Sacramento fans cheering for another reason. Prior to Thursday’s game, a 7-3 loss to Fresno, there was already a lot of buzz over Fresno catcher Andrew Susac, a Roseville native and 2009 graduate of Sacramento’s Jesuit High School. Susac, who also attended Oregon State, had been one of the Grizzly’s hottest hitters, and he stayed hot this night, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double and two RBIs. Susac ended up going 4 for 12 during the three-game series, with a total of four RBIs. Susac has been touted as the next possible candidate to spell current San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, who has been playing more games at first base this season than ever before. If he keeps up his hot hitting, Susac may end up in San Francisco before the year is over. Stay tuned, and don’t miss Susac in action the next time Fresno rolls through Sacramento, June 30-July 3.        

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Wild & Scenic Films at the Crest on Friday April 25th

For anyone interested in a film festival about environmental issues and outdoor nature recreation, the Crest Theatre is the place to be on Friday April 25th, as SOS Cranes and Habitat 2020 celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Sacramento Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour.  Each year, the Wild & Scenic film program covers a wide range of environmental issues, but organizers SOS Cranes and Habitat 2020 have focused a large portion of this year’s festival on the theme of water. With California in one of its worse drought in history, the festival unites a number of local environmental groups as it strives to raise awareness about local, national, and international water issues. Damocracy! A number of shorts explore underwater wildlife and water conservation, and the festival’s longest film, Damocracy, offers a case-study of the dangers of over damming. This informative and moving piece tells the story of two major projects, one in Turkey and the other in Brazil. The myth of damming as “green technology” is called into question by environmental activists who have reached across a huge geographical and cultural divide to unite in the fight for their water and the preservation of their heritage. Got wildlife? For animal lovers, From the Ground to the Clouds offers a chance to watch Jane Goodall and her team as they look at how technology has […]

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CONCRETE Thinking: Downtown Sacramento Civic Buildings from the 1950s-80s Bike Tour

  Join Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) and guest host, SacMod, on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 for an educational bike tour of downtown Sacramento’s modern architecture and art. Tour includes exteriors of buildings and outdoors artworks that SacMod is working to preserve. Learn about often overlooked and under-appreciated buildings and art from a fresh perspective – and before they are gone! Different architectural styles such as Expressionism, International Style, and Brutalism will be explored. Where and When: Ride meetup at 9AM at Fremont Park (1515 Q Street), at the SW corner of the park across from Naked Lounge. Pick up some coffee across the street then do a little paperwork in the park for participation and hear the introductory talk. Rollout at 9:30AM. Ride ends at approximately 11:30AM-Noon at the new appointment-only tasting room for Ruhstaller Beer: 630 K Street. Stay to get an opportunity to taste a few of their concoctions (the purchase of beer tastings are extra). Snack food will be provided. How Much: Registering for the ride is free, with the option to make a donation to the organizers at registration or during the event. Please register at www.eventbrite.com so we know how many people to expect. Distance and Speed: The bike tour length from Fremont Park to Ruhstaller is approximately 4 miles on downtown city streets with relatively low traffic volumes. It’s about 1 mile […]

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Q&A with Ben Delacreme from RuPaul’s Drag Race

Her name is synonymous to the best of the crop, the crème de la crème and so far Ben Delacreme is one of the top contestants to beat on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 6, and she’ll make her first appearance in Sacramento this Saturday, April 19, at Badlands. Her unique style is a throwback to the 1950’s pinup girl and her charisma and sweetness has made her one of the favorite queens this season. Delacreme, who has been performing drag for 11 years, attributes her style to burlesque and cabaret shows and old cartoon where women were idolized. “As a kid, I was really into those older Warner Brothers cartoons where the wolf is whistling at the lady,” Delacreme said. “That kind of image of womanhood was the thing I was most excited about growing up.” Delacreme has made a career out of this sexy bombshell image performing burlesque shows in Seattle where she lives and around the country. She is part of the “The Atomic Bombshells” burlesque troupe and a producer of the Seattle “Tuck” dance/drag event. On Drag Race she is one queen who stays true to the style that has inspired her look for many years. So far this season, Delacreme has won two challenges and is praised by RuPaul and the rest of the judges for her dazzling style and charm. She’s also […]

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New films: Transcendence, Bears and Dom Hemingway

Keep reading, there’s a positive review at the end! Transcendence Directed by Wally Pfister There’s a scene early in “Transcendence” in which Johnny Depp’s Dr. Will Caster refers to another group of characters as having limited logic but plenty of irony. And, thus, “Transcendence” becomes the latest in a long line of films that manage to write their own internal reviews. There’s something very odd, and ironic, about films with plots involving super intelligent beings or artificial intelligences in that they so often turn out to be pretty stupid. Here we have an artificial intelligence with human roots which can’t seem to think as clearly as a fairly average person with regard to what people might want or feel comfortable with. The basic plot involves a scientist whose reasoning and memories are uploaded to a supercomputer and then given a network connection – with none of those pesky bandwidth limitations. It seems glossy and hip, and is more up to date than some similar, earlier stories, but there’s very little that actually manages to seem original. For example, we’ve seen computers and agencies with access to the entire web on such mediocre fare as “Eagle Eye” and last year’s better “Closed Circuit.” The man interfacing with machine elements were seen 20 years ago in the “Lawnmower Man” films and the idea of a brain being […]

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