Sacramento’s Newest Rising Star

Not just a time for personal resolutions, the start of a new year can breathe life into your small business goals. While some resolutions are abandoned, others are turned into full-fledged action plans that can transform your life, your business, or both.  That is precisely what local photographer Ryan Greenleaf is up to as he begins 2013. He was chosen as one of three photographers from across the country to participate in the “Restart: A Photography Business Makeover” course offered by renowned photographer Jasmine Star. Over the next three months, Greenleaf will take part in a workshop that will look at his business and “turn it inside out.” He’ll work on things like branding, marketing, honing his online presence, as well as pick up some new photography skills. Originally from Dixon, Calif., Greenleaf has been doing wedding photography for the last five years. He’s also done commercial nature photography and worked in print media. He currently volunteers on the communications committee of Metro EDGE, a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber for young professionals in the region. With a B.A. in Photography/Design from CSU Sacramento, Greenleaf is trying to harness his spirit of entrepreneurism and gain some business savvy. “I felt like I had hit a plateau in my business and when this opportunity arose, I jumped on it,” said Greenleaf.  “I’ve been a huge […]

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(S)harp Dressed Man

If you’ve seen him, you remember him. Even sans his slick sharkskin suits, Rick Estrin cuts a remarkable figure in his Buddy Holly specs and perfectly coiffed pompadour. You may even have seen him cruising in a vintage Cadillac, and looked to see how soon the rest of the parade would follow. These days, the cars spend most of their time in the garage, but for the past few years, Estrin has been leading Rick Estrin and the Nightcats through performances from Tennessee to Turkey I’ve been a fan since the eighties when Little Charlie and the Nightcats used to play Melarkey’s and Sutter Street Saloon with great regularity. The band had drew was a friendly and familiar crowd, who weren’t concerned about their lack of dance skills, a relief during an otherwise dance-crazed decade. Charlie Baty played a mean guitar and managed the group, bringing the Nightcats from a successful local band, to an Alligator Records act that was in demand around the world. If there were times—and there were many—that audience members mistook Estrin for Little Charlie because he and his harmonica and vocals fronted the band, he graciously deferred. Today, given that Charlie’s name no longer even appears on the marquee since his retirement in 2008, Estrin has been known to handle fans requesting Charlie’s autograph or a picture with him, differently. […]

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The Kitchen celebrates 20 years

Husband-and-wife team Randall Selland and Nancy Zimmer, who are the co-founders, executive chefs and owners of The Selland Group, will celebrate the 20-year success of The Kitchen restaurant by opening up another Selland’s Market-Café in El Dorado Hills on Nov. 24. The Kitchen started in May 1991, offering Sacramento the revolutionary demonstration dinners while providing a personal and intimate experience by talking with guests while cooking in front of them. Prior to cooking, Zimmer and Selland were both involved in art. Zimmer worked at an art gallery when she and Selland first met, Zimmer said. “I always had an interest in cooking, and I just loved to cook. (Selland) was always just an artist, and so I think he just turned his food into art.” Selland said Zimmer worked as a manager for Tower Gallery on El Camino. Selland said he was trained in the stained glass business before he became a chef. Zimmer saw his artwork at a show in Sacramento and she tracked him down because she liked his artwork. After meeting each other for the first time, they started dating and have stayed together ever since. Selland said he traveled on large-scale commissions. “I was in Amsterdam in a show in 1985,” Selland said. “I decided that I didn’t want to do (stained glass), so I traveled to Spain and Portugal. I […]

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From childhood drawings to international art shows

Sacramento artist Skinner said his interest in art began in preschool when he would try to draw Hulk Hogan’s muscles. The 32-year-old’s art – a far cry from drawings of Hulk Hogan and brontosauruses – has been shown across North America and Europe. His most recent international show was a 10-day event in Moscow two weeks ago. His work includes paintings, wall murals, toys, album covers and sculpture as well as music, which he said he picked up in high school – playing guitar and singing. Some of his work has been featured on snowboards, skateboards, snowboarding goggles and even a poster campaign for the Quentin Tarantino film “Inglorious Basterds” that ended up not being used. Born Warren Davis III, “Skinner” wasn’t some art name he gave himself. “My mom used to call me Pumpkin when I was little,” he said. “Then she changed it to Pumpkin Skin, and then it just became Skinner when I got older.” His artistic interests centered around anything bizarre, and that’s where they’ve stayed. “I was fascinated by it,” he said from his studio off Del Paso Boulevard Thursday. “I liked strange films, cartoons, bizarre toys, medieval fantasy.” Growing up in Cool and Auburn, Skinner attended Placer High School, where he found an outlet for his art. “Whenever they would have rallies, I’d go in the basement and make […]

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River Cats Facebook account gets hacked

Sacramento River Cats fans may have noticed something different about their favorite baseball team’s Facebook page. On June 30, the River Cats minor league baseball team’s Facebook fan page and profile were hacked into and then deleted. The River Cats were not aware the account was hacked until they received an e-mail from Facebook saying the account had been deactivated. Although the Facebook profile was recovered, the River Cats relaunched a new fan page Tuesday night. Nick Lozito, coordinator of media relations in interactive media for the River Cats, said he contacted Facebook to let them know of the issue last week and received a response that said they will "look into it." After a follow-up email from Lozito, Facebook has yet to respond with an update. Lozito said they did not want to wait for Facebook and took matters into their own hands by relaunching the page.  Lozito said there were around 6,000 fans that “liked” the River Cats on Facebook before it got deleted. As of press time, there were 435 fans. “Now we’re just looking to restart the process of reaching out to our fans,” Lozito said. “We have a chance to start over.” Media relations for the River Cats has no idea who may have hacked into their pages.  The River Cats plan to increase their security with this new page […]

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Bankers to Replace Lawyers in Lab Experiments

 *   You have likely heard the old joke that lab rats are being replaced by lawyers because the lab workers do not get emotionally attached to lawyers.  Or the one about a thousand lawyers being chained together at the bottom of the ocean being a “good start”.  As these jokes (and the hundreds of others) show, lawyers have a bad reputation.  Personally, I have never had the need for one and only know a few, and I have worked pretty hard at maintaining the status quo on both of those points.  It seemed to me that lawyers are for people who live near secret toxic waste dumpsites.  Recently, my work helping small businesses with marketing led me to a local Law Firm and Real Estate company where I’ve learned several things (including the fact that there is such a thing as a combination Law Firm/Real Estate company, and that combining those services is a huge benefit to their clients- more on that later).  The people I met there are well aware of the reputation Lawyers have; working with them I quickly picked up on the company jargon that “nobody likes a lawyer until they need one”.  With the recent happenings in the Real Estate market, there’s not a whole lot of popularity on that front, either.  I have always advocated integrity and personal responsibility, […]

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