#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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Sleeping Female Lion. Photo by Mike Owyang

Sleeping Female Lion. Photo by Mike Owyang

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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Cheers and Beers for the Sacramento Ballet

  One of the most enjoyable programs of the Sacramento Ballet season is its annual Beer & Ballet featuring dances created by company members for other members to perform. In addition to being highly entertaining, this year’s program is especially impressive as it comes only one week after the troupe performed three world premier dances created for the company by a trio of female choreographers (May 15-17 at the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College). This year’s Beer & Ballet opened Friday (May 23) and continues with eight performances through June 1. Three shows already are sold out (May 24, May 30 and 31). In the past, performances have been held in the Ballet’s studio (1631 K St.), where they have been advertised as “so up close and personal you can see the dancers sweat!” Moving off-site to the Art Court Theatre at Sacramento City College, the performances are no less intimate and the dancers sometimes still sweat, but mostly they are cool customers. The dances they create for each other — the Sacramento Ballet is rare among dance companies in providing this creative outlet — play to the dancers’ strengths as only another dancer would know them. But they don’t take it easy on their comrades. Oh, no. They’re using the opportunity to grow and improve as dancers and dance-makers. Beer & Ballet 2014  comprises […]

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#SacTweetup 51 at @SacRepublicFC!

Join us for #SacTweetup 51 at the Sacramento Republic FC Headquarters! As we begin the next era of #SacTweetup, we’re continuing our tradition of supporting local restaurants and businesses. But we want to also celebrate the strides Sacramento has been making in recent years towards becoming “The Place To Be” for artists, festivals, and major sports teams. In recognition of that, #SacTweetup 51 will be held at the headquarters of Sacramento’s first USL Pro soccer team, Sacramento Republic FC! Favorite local food truck Sacatomatoes and midtown microbrewery New Helvetia will also be at the event, bringing together a few of the new staples of Sacramento – soccer, food trucks, and local beer. When: Thursday, May 29th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Where: Sacramento Republic FC, 2421 17th Street, Sacramento, 95818 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. Follow and connect with #SacTweetup and Sacramento Republic FC: #SacTweetup – Twitter and Facebook Sac Republic FC – Twitter and Facebook    

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Former S.I.G.L.F.F. President Succumbs to Cancer

John “Todd” Lohse-Edwards passed away early Tuesday morning 5:30am, April 29, 2014 with his loving husband Tyler Edwards-Lohse at his side. Todd passed at Kaiser Morse which is the same hospital he was born on Tuesday, February 18, 1969. He was a native of Roseville. Back in November 2013, Todd announced on his Facebook page that he had just recently learned of his illness and it was already “widespread and had moved into my brain”. He concluded in typical Todd fashion, “My vision is affected but I still look great!” Since then husband Tyler took care of Todd until just a few days before his death when he had to take him to the hospital due to the fact the pain was getting to be unmanageable. Tyler mostly stayed by his side to the very end. Todd served on the Board of the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival since 2009 and became President in 2010. The non-profit organization brings great Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) films to Sacramento and raises funds for scholarships and for other worthy non-profit organizations in the LGBT community. Todd’s vision in the coming years was to expand the festival, bring quality film to our community while maintaining the general admission price of $10.00 and increase our outreach to other individuals and organizations to improve the environment […]

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Giving Graffiti and Hip Hop a Place in Sac Town

Nickel n’a Nail owner, Marichal Brown, and The Brickhouse Art Gallery curator, Barbara Range, are combining their talents to present THE ART OF HIP HOP FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING THE 5 ELEMENTS.  The art exhibition and Hip Hop festival will open with an art reception on Thursday, June 5th and run through Sunday, June 29th. “Our goal is to showcase artist’s perceptions of the five elements of Hip Hop (Graffiti/Street Art, MC’ing, DJ’ing, B-Boy/B-Girl and Knowledge of Self) and shed light on the political, social and economic issues through their art medium,” Brown said. “It is a look back to what it was when it originated in the Bronx in the 1970s and what it is starting to return with new artists after years of mainstream commercialization and distortion.” The festival will showcase visual art works, Hip Hop memorabilia, panel discussion and live performances that incorporate the bold, vibrant and outspoken nature of Hip Hop. “The art exhibit will include works in various mediums by approximately 40 artists including prominent ones such as Chris Herod (Dallas, TX.), Lonnie Ollivierre (Decatur, GA.), David Alexander (Sacramento, CA.), Mario Pena (Passaic, NJ) and Gerry GOS” Simpson (Elk Grove, CA) as well as many others from the Sacramento and Northern California area,” said Range. “It will also look at Graffiti as a form of artistic, political and social expression.” Highlights of […]

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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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