New film: The Way, Way Back – review and interview highlights

The Way, Way Back Co-Written and Co-Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash In an unfortunate twist of fate, and after weeks of cardboard cutouts and posters in local multiplexes, “The Way, Way Back” is finally opening in Sacramento on such a crowded weekend for new releases that it seems to have fallen from most schedules. As a result, it’s opening at the Tower Theatre and at the Century, Roseville – but it’s worth checking out, even if it’s a little further from your home than the closest theater. It tells the story of Duncan, a lonely 14 year old who’s dragged along as his mother spends the summer with her boyfriend and his daughter at their summer home. It’s about as far removed from the big budget monster and superhero movies as one can get, fitting into the quiet quality world of summer films like “The Kings of Summer” and this week’s “Girl Most Likely.” This is counter-programming for people who enjoy stories about people who seem real, perhaps reminiscent of friends or family members, and trips to the movies that don’t require 3D glasses or earplugs. Duncan’s mother Pam is played by Toni Collette and her boyfriend Trent is played by Steve Carrell in an uncharacteristically unpleasant role. In the opening scene, trapped in “the way, way back” of a Buick station wagon […]

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How-to guide: staying alive on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is a day when most people are more worried about whether they bought enough beer and burgers to satisfy themselves and the thirty-someought people at their barbecue – rather than making sure no one dies from heat stroke or the fire someone started from those illegally modified Piccolo Petes. Twice as many fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The Sacramento Fire Department wants to make sure that doesn’t happen this year by providing tips to keep Independence Day fun and safe. WHAT’S IN A LABEL Fireworks may look really interesting with their bright sparks and vibrant colors, but they also come with a huge warning label with instructions on how to properly enjoy them. Follow the warning label. It’ll save you a trip to the emergency room and still be a good time. If that’s too much of a hassle, there are tons of public firework displays that are put on by professionals. STAY COOL There has been a relentless heat wave going on in the city, and it will keep going for the next couple of days. Don’t let that stop you from the fun. Just be sure to stay in the shade, drink plenty of water and relax as much as possible. As […]

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Local school goes green

This summer, Grant High is undertaking a massive makeover. For years students have walked along the barren pathway that connects Grant High School main campus to the West Campus. During warm months it’s a sweltering trek and during wet months a long dash for shelter. During the week of July 24th-27th all of that will change with a massive overhaul and planting party. The project was conceived and planned over five years by students from the GEO Environmental Science and Design Academy at Grant High School working in partnership with UC Davis Landscape Architecture students. Their plan includes replacing asphalt with permeable pavement and installing vegetated bioswales to recharge groundwater and filter storm water run-off. The students are providing much of the labor, but with over 1,500 plants – including 200 shade trees, they need additional community support. Give an hour, or give half a day to help transform Grant High. All tools and materials for this project will be provided. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is looking for 250 volunteers during the week of July 24-27. Staff from the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Grant High’s GEO Academy students will guide volunteers in proper planting and basic tree care. If you part of a large group, you can register up to 10 people at a time. Take this opportunity to say "I was there!" Please RSVP […]

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A guide to summer staples

This summer is all about life & style. Time to put in your PTO, store away that frumpy winter wardrobe and gear up on all the season’s must-haves for healthy living and re-creating your identity through fashion. WELL COLOR ME HAPPY Using a color wheel, identify complimenting hues to determine a color scheme for your summer wardrobe. Also, feel free to incorporate metallic, neon and cool Caribbean colors to compliment your basic color scheme.       ACCESSORIES • Statement Jewelry: Bold & chunky and or metal & masculine • August and brimmed hats and fedoras • Cat-eye sunglasses • Aviator shades • Parasols and or light umbrellas • Classic gold or silver watch • Retro swim wear (60’s inspired) STAPLES FOR YOUR SUMMER WARDROBE • Basic denim jacket • 70’s inspired bell-bottoms • Palazzo pants, like royal groove pants, available at: www.concreteroseboutique.com • Designer inspired t-shirts, like Celine, Marc Jacobs, YSL and Chanel available at: www.loveoflabelsboutique.com • A good pair of skinny jeans • Wedge sandals • Intricate beaded sandals, like Pikolinos, available at: www.pikolinos.com • Patriotic/flag inspired apparel • White on white trend, also known as the “white-out trend” and or lace/embroidery over white • Cropped top • Sleeveless dress • A pair of cut-off shorts • Camouflage inspired apparel, like camo luxury auto apparel, available at: www.sheluxecouture.com • A carven skirt FRESH […]

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PSA: United Way donation drive, how to keep efficiently cool this summer

Towels, toiletries, luggage needed for foster youth United Way’s Women in Philanthropy will be holding their annual Spring collection event to aid the foster youth in the community. The group will be collecting luggage, toiletries, and towel sets which will go towards the Sacramento County Emancipation Basket program. This program provides necessities to foster children who are aging out of the foster care system. United Way is making it pretty easy to donate. Anyone who wants to can do so directly through the United Way Women in Philanthropy wish list (link). The group will also be accepting donations at the event on May 16th. The Spring collection event for the Sacramento County Emancipation Basket program will be held on May 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at United Way, located at 10389 Old Placerville Road, Sacramento. Ubuntu Green Celebration features entertainment, education on healthy living Ubuntu Green, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities through advocacy, education, and community empowerment, will be holding a celebration on Saturday, April 27th, from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Revolution Wines. The celebration will feature many fun and casual events. Fresh and flavorful local cuisine Exceptional wine Live music Auctions and a raffle with one-of-a-kind items Fun and unique activities Tickets cost $60, and proceeds go towards supporting building projects for home and […]

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Southside Park water fight canceled, event finds new venue

More than 700 people planning to play with squirt guns in Southside Park Saturday were left high and dry when the event was cancelled by park rangers due to the lack of an event permit, prompting event organizers to reschedule and relocate the water fight to a larger, more remote area that doesn’t require permits. “Predictably, some parks neighbors got word and complained, and cops and park rangers decided 600 people was too big for that park, and worst of all, no permit,” event organizer Stephanie Rector said on her Facebook page after the cancellation. The water fight had been advertised on Facebook for weeks leading up to the event scheduled to take over Southside Park at 2 p.m. Saturday. But authorities put a stop to the event before it could get started because there were no event permit – a requirement for large gatherings in city parks. The cancellation came as a surprise to event-goers who arrived to find park rangers turning people away, but it didn’t dampen the spirit of organizers who said they would reschedule and relocate the event. “I know you guys are bummed about the cops, but let’s be grateful we got the heads up on the new permit free place,” Rector said. In the wake of the recent Rafting Gone Wild event on the American River that devolved into […]

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Sac Press Live chat: Food truck regulation in Sacramento

The Sacramento weather is not the only thing blazing this summer. The debate over food truck regulation has kicked up a few notches as well. Tune in Aug. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. for a Sac Press Live chat discussing whether cities have the right to regulate food trucks. Hear from Chris Jarosz, president of California Mobile Food Association (CalMFA), Matt Geller, CEO of Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association (SoCalMFVA), Daniel Conway, legislative and public affairs director of California Restaurant Association (CRA), and Sacramento  City Councilman Jay Scheiner.  The Sacramento-based CMFA is speaking with state legislators on drafting legislation allowing cities to regulate mobile food vendors. This comes shortly after the city of Sacramento, mobile food vendors and restaurant owners agreed to draft a new mobile food ordinance set for a vote this fall. While some mobile food vendors are praising the less-restrictive ordinance, others would prefer no regulation outside of adhering to public health codes. SoCalMFVA recently wrote a letter admonishing CalMFA for discussing state-wide legislation. The Sacramento Press will chat with Jarosz, Geller and Conway to discuss their thoughts on the current challenges faced by mobile food vendors, feelings toward city-regulated mobile food vending and steps moving forward. The chat will be live streamed on SacramentoPress.com – just come back to this article on Wednesday at noon and you’ll see a […]

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The Campaign

Forget the summer; it’s been a slow year for comedies. Besides 21 Jump Street and Ted there hasn’t been much of anything to talk about. That is unless you were going to talk about how awful That’s My Boy was. So it stands to reason that it shouldn’t be hard for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to deliver something funny if not hilarious, right? The Campaign opens with a montage of career politician Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) campaigning throughout the state of North Carolina for congressman with his wife Rose (Katherine LaNasa), his children, and his campaign manager Mitch (Jason Sudeikis). He runs unopposed and seems to have the perfect thing going. That all changes however when bumbling and unassuming Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) is recruited by big businessmen Glenn and Wade Motch (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd respectively) to run as their puppet. They want to use him to open up a Chinese sweat shop in NC. Huggins is unaware of his beneficiaries’ “evil” plans however. As such he jumps into his newfound political persona, engineered by suave and ruthless campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), to impress his father Raymond (Brian Cox). The surprised Brady and the seemingly inept Huggins go on to battle it out with increasingly ridiculous shenanigans as the two vie for the title of congressman. Cam Brady is not […]

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Total Recall (2012)

I’ve only seen the original Total Recall once, and while I found it entertaining I was never smitten with it the way some people are. Maybe it’s the weirdness of the story, maybe it’s the weirdness of Paul Verhoeven’s direction. In any case, I was largely indifferent to the idea of a remake of the movie, especially if the director was going to be Len Wiseman, of Underworld fame. But when I saw the first trailer my interest was piqued, even if it was only because of the futuristic visuals. I’m disappointed to say that the visuals and the frenetic action scenes are the only reason this movie is watchable. In this second take on Philip K. Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” we find our hero, Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) a factory worker who lives in one of two remaining “safe” zones on the planet. The rest of the world is uninhabitable after nuclear wars ravaged the surface. Quaid lives in a renamed Australia and commutes to his job in the leftovers of Europe via a gigantic elevator that goes through the planet core; one of the more ridiculous sci-fi aspects of the film, but an interesting one nonetheless. Quaid is unhappy with his boring factory worker life and begins to consider visiting Rekall, a place that manufactures and implants […]

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Moped Army Converges At Rancho Seco Rally

Andrew Taggart of the Landsquids Sacramento Moped Army chapter sits smoking a cigarette with a tall can of PBR, warding off the early heat of a July morning. He wears a homemade shirt that reads “Bi-curious juggalo looking for same,” and is surrounded by his sleeping bag, coolers, and camping gear in preparation for the three-day Moped Army West Coast Chapter Bi-Annual Cali Rally which begins now. Founded in 1997 in Kalmazoo, Michigan, the Moped Army organization now consists of over 22 gangs nationwide all united by their semi-ironic devotion to 50cc or less. The bi-annual Cali Rally is one of many events that occur year round across the states but is mostly intended as a regional meet up for west coast riders, drawing members from LA’s Latebirds, SF’s Creatures of The Loin, Sacramento’s Landsquids, Reno’s Los Dorados, Portland’s Puddle Cutters, and Seattle’s Mosquito Fleet. All told there are 90 registered attendees at this year’s campout, but past rallies sponsored by caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loco have had attendance skyrocket closer to 200. This year the Cali Rally is being held at the Rancho Seco Nuclear Generating Plant Recreational Area in the middle of scorching hot nowhere 40 miles SE of Sacramento. Shut down in 1989 by a public referendum the plant has been mostly dismantled but the two massive concrete cooling towers […]

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