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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The Zombies are Coming! Sacramento Zombie Train Ride Scares…and Impresses

The Zombie Train attacked thousands with its unique concept of an end of the world Apocalyptic style scenario via railway where ticket holders get to help save the world–or die with it. Launched in 2013, the Zombie Train is an interactive zombie train ride where guests can either hop on board for the show or join the Zombie Train Militia with an upgraded ticket that lets them shoot the zombies hungrily lurking on the tracks. Zombies are cast by members of the Zombie Club, which according to the Zombie Train website, is an ”international organization for Zombie Fans, Halloween Freaks, Horror Film and FX Enthusiasts.” This year’s cast includes a rotation of many local zombie enthusiasts who previously performed in past yearly events, making this the biggest most entertaining ride of them all! The Zombie Train tickets are well worth the price because not only do riders get entertained for 2 hours, but they also interact and play along with actors and actresses. Since the result of last year’s 6 week season on the Sacramento River Train was staggering, this year’s Zombie Train returned to West Sacramento with a longer four month season from July to October. In addition to the West Sacramento location, the group also launched rides on the historic Sierra Railroad in Oakdale, which will be running from August through October. The ride has been highly recommend […]

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Sacramento – A City For 21st Century Gold Miners?

A morning stroll past the demolition site for the Kings Arena followed by reading the Sacramento Press article, Sutter’s Fort Celebrates 175 This Weekend, got me thinking – how will Sacramento attract the 21st century gold miners? We should celebrate our historic past with our gaze on the horizon.  The Gold Rush and Sutter’s Fort propelled Sacramento forward as a regional destination and this history should be instructive.  An entire city can be built around a vision.  The sustaining power of an idea can be felt in the presence of the fort walls. It is readily apparent how important planning, infrastructure and vision are to the growth and expansion of a city.  James Parker posed a question in a tweet last month – What could have been without the construction of I-5?  The placement of a freeway dividing our city from the riverfront was the antithesis of visionary.  What infrastructure projects will improve our city? We are now witnessing the massive, financial investment in a downtown arena to economically revitalize our urban core.  Will this arena rise from the demolition to energize our city?  Our collective dreams are pinned to the vision that this arena will be the catalyst for economic development. Photo by Darren McQuade. Photo from sactownroyalty.com Try to imagine Sutter’s Fort without the Gold Rush.  An arena alone will not be enough […]

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Study: American River Parkway and Other Urban Parkways Boost Public Health

California’s  Urban Parkways – including Sacramento’s American River Parkway — provide an important prescription to combat epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes, and other threats to public health, according to a report released Wednesday by Dr. Richard Jackson, one of America’s foremost authorities on the connections between land use and public health. Dr. Jackson, who chairs the Environmental Health Sciences department at UCLA and formerly served as California’s State Health Officer and worked at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says in this first-ever report on the impacts on health of urban river parkways that they can increase the physical and mental health of both adults and children. River parkways are trails and natural areas along rivers and creeks that link homes, parks, workplaces, and schools. “There is no medicine or treatment that works as well to reduce the negative effects of obesity and related illnesses as physical activity, such as walking, running, and bicycling,” notes Dr. Jackson. “River parkways, particularly in urban areas, are nearly irresistible because they provide the proper infrastructure and an attractive setting for engaging in physical activity. River parkways can benefit physical, mental, community, and environmental health, as well as the overall economic well-being of the population at large.” River parkways that include trails are smart public investments, notes the report. “Every $1 invested in trails for physical activity […]

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Indy Racecar Driver Will Power to Visit Sacramento

Open wheel auto racing returns to the region as the Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma takes place August 22-24 in the heart of the wine country. Sacramento fans will again have an opportunity to see drivers and cars that visit and pass through Sacramento the week before the race, and lucky motorists on Interstate 80 might just catch a glimpse of their favorite teams driving west on their way to Sonoma. In what is the 103rd season of open wheel racing in the USA, and the 19th season of the IndyCar series, local fans will see drivers and teams spanning three generations and representing 11 different countries. Raceway sources indicate Australian driver Will Power of Team Penske, winner of three of the last four Indy races at Sonoma, will visit Sacramento. Northern California native J.R. Hildebrand would be exciting to see as well, as would the lone female driver in the field, the UK’s Pippa Mann. Neither is scheduled to stop in Sacramento yet, but Power is sure to draw a crowd. Currently tied atop the Verizon Indycar Series standings with fellow Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves of Brazil, Power is the odds favorite to find his way back to the winner’s circle in Sonoma. The schedule includes practice and qualifying on Friday, August 22, more qualifying on Saturday, August 23, and […]

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#SacTweetup 52 at @KuprosSacto!

#SacTweetup has been happily spreading its wings this year, hosting events at unique Sacramento locations like Raley Field and the Sacramento Republic FC Headquarters. This month, we’re going back to the heart of Midtown to bring you a traditional Tweetup with networking, awesome appetizers and a huge selection of tapped beer. We’re excited to announce that #SacTweetup 52 will be held at Midtown happy hour favorite, Kupros Craft House! Since opening in 2012, Kupros has breathed new life into the 100-year-old Victorian building in which it resides, bringing locals and visitors together with fresh ingredients and a broad selection of beer on tap. With dishes ranging from fried pickles and Poutine, to Niman Ranch steak and Wild Boar Crustini. Palettes of all levels of refinement will find something to write home about at Kupros. Kupros will be extending their happy hour just for us Tweeps! Enjoy $1 off draft beer and house wines, as well as $3 well drinks all the way until 8pm! If you haven’t checked out Sacramento’s largest monthly Social Media Mixer, this month is the perfect opportunity! Each month, your community gets together to network, connect, share and have tons of fun! After you register, make sure to get the word out by using the SHARE buttons above. Connect with #SacTweetup and Kupros Craft House on Twitter and Facebook! When: Thursday, June […]

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A Wild Sleepover: Family Overnights at the Sacramento Zoo

This summer, families can choose to enjoy a campout at the Sacramento Zoo during one of the scheduled Family Overnight Safaris. An overnight at the Zoo provides the perfect opportunity for families looking to enhance a staycation this summer, or those just wanting to enjoy a unique family fun adventure. As a teen volunteer, I participated in several overnights and, even though I had duties to attend to, I enjoyed each one of them. There’s something very special about touring the Zoo after normal hours and being able to see the animals during their evening routines; often they will display behaviors not normally seen in the daytime. I also have many fond memories during campfire time. Just like any campout, snacks, songs and stories were shared as the grey skies turned black. Of course one of the most memorable things was crawling into my tent, or sometimes just a sleeping bag to be directly under the stars, and falling asleep to the sound of animals – not all of the sounds are easy to fall asleep to but it made for a beautiful bedtime soundtrack.  And in the mornings, the flamingos played the role of my alarm clock as I looked forward to a tasty breakfast and more animal viewing. You and your family can expect similar experiences while making your own Zoo overnight memories. […]

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Time to Get Your Veg On!

June is fast approaching so that means it is time for Sacramento…to get its Veg On again!! The 5th Annual Sacramento VegFest, one of California’s premiere vegetarian lifestyle events, sponsored by the Del Pas Boulevard Partnership, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 7th at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento. The event will run all day and will be “celebrating vegetarian foods and healthy living”. It will include vendors, cooking demonstrations, book signings, and have local representation of many fresh, locally-grown, gluten- and soy-free options for those interested in eating and living healthier. The highlight of the event this year will be a lecture by Academy Award-nominated actress and healthy lifestyle/mental health advocate, Mariel Hemingway. In addition to Ms. Hemingway, the speaker lineup includes Doug Lisle, Ph.D, Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center; Ed Bauer, Champion Vegan Bodybuilder and NPC Champion Bodybuilder; and Brooke Preston, Head Chef for the Green Boheme Restaurant. General admission tickets are available online for $10 early bird (before May 28), $12.50 prior to the event, or $15 at the door. Kids under 12 are free. A VIP package is also available for $175 which includes a luncheon with Mariel Hemingway at the event, an autographed copy of her book, preferred parking on site, reserved seating for speaker presentations, and a swag bag of great items. For more […]

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TAOHH Bridging the Literary Gap: Rap/Write Now! Lecture

The opening event of a month long celebration of graffiti art and hip hop music will take place in historic Oak Park’s Brickhouse Art Gallery (2838 36th Street) on Thursday, June 5th at 6pm. Dr. Eugene Redmond, the Poet Laureate of East St. Louis and Emeritus Professor of English, will share and discuss his views on the importance and correlation between Rap lyrics and Poetry during this opening reception of The Art of Hip Hop exhibition. The award-winning poet, writer, and educator will be joined by guest performers Noah ‘Supernova’ Hayes (Poet, Rapper, Actor and Musician), Dante’ Pelayo (Poet and Writer) and Paul Willis (Poet and Emcee). The event will be facilitated by Michael Benjamin Jr., and followed by a Q&A, performance and book signing by Dr. Redmond. General admission is $10; seniors and students admission is $7. Contact Barbara Range, Brickhouse Art Gallery Curator, at 916-475-1240, or visit the gallery’s website at www.thebrickhousegallery.net for additional information or questions. The Art of Hip Hop: Celebrating the 5 Elements is an art exhibition and hip hop festival designed to empower and educate the Sacramento community. The event will begin June 5th and ends with a closing reception on Sunday, June 29th. It is a cultural resource to promote the development, rich history and legacy of Hip Hop Culture.    

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Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza in its Final, Gasping Days

Take a good look around. The Downtown Plaza is seeing its final days before the wrecking ball hits. You’re going to have to move fast to get in your final memories of the much maligned mall that in its glory days featured the likes of Weinstocks, America Live and Hard Rock Café, but is now making way for the new Kings arena. Ah, progress! I took one last trip through the Plaza last week, and recorded that nostalgic trip for posterity. I can’t say I’m sad to see the end of mall, which has been in steady decline for several years. But still. What do you think: Is it about time or sad to see it go?  

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