Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/21

This Week: Add a Local Twist to Your Plans

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The Sutter District
July 21-27
Various times

Celebrate Sacramento’s signature fruit with creative menus & drink specials.

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Wells Fargo Pavilion
July 22-27
Various times

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic proves that love can overcome any obstacle.

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Elk Grove Regional Park
July 24-27
Thurs-Sun 8:15pm
Enjoy choreographed stories set to the music of Austrian composer Johann Strauss.
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Its All About the Sacra”tomato” This Week

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Midsummer means tomato season in Sacramento! It’s the time of year where heirlooms begin to pop up all over restaurant menus around town. This year the Sutter District wrangled its restaurants and bars together to create menu items to highlight the colorful fruit. The week-long dedication has been dubbed “Sacratomato Week” – a nod to our river city’s nickname due to the “farm fresh flavors that flourish” here locally (as quoted from the Sacratomato Facebook page) in America’s Farm to Fork Capital. The celebration begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday (July 21-27) so start planning your meals accordingly!

When I think of Sacratomato week, I can’t help but think of the movie Forrest Gump and the scene where Bubba says, “shrimp are the fruit of the sea” and proceeds to describe all of the ways you can enjoy shrimp. Like Bubba, I’ll happily eat a  tomato any way you can “slice and dice” it.

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This week, I foresee my Facebook newsfeed being filled with a steady stream of posts about the various kinds of tomato dishes my friends are enjoying in Midtown- tomato soup, tomato salsa, tomato pizza, roasted tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes…I can go on and on. There will be check-ins and pictures galore of people gallivanting around town enjoying the ‘fruits’ of our bountiful farms and culinary talents. (You’ll absolutely see some from me!)

Here are a few sneak peeks from the preview night I was lucky enough to get an invite to:

For more information about Sacratomato Week, visit the event page here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Marketing & Development Manager, Rachael Lankford.

Make It A Festival Night!

We’re halfway through summer, which means it’s festival time! I don’t know about you, but my favorite part about the season is the food. Here are a few ways you can get your grub on at some of Sacramento’s upcoming festivals.

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So it won’t exactly be great for my diet, but how can anyone resist fried festival food with a cold beer to go along with it?! (Photo courtesy of Flickr user RLEVANS)

161st Annual California State Fair, July 11-27
As always, there will be hundreds of food vendors on hand at the historic fair — spaghetti ice cream, chocolate covered bacon, or fried anything — but I especially can’t wait to pick up some fresh produce from the Friends of the State Fair Farmers Market to help me stay on my healthy track! Details

10th Annual Sacramento Japanese Film Festival, July 18-20
Great movies AND great food? Sign me up! With sponsors including Oto’s Marketplace and Gekkeikan Sake Folsom Brewery, there is sure to be some deliciously cultured eats and strong drinks at this film fest. Oishii Sushi is also right around the corner, which makes it the perfect before or after movie destination. You can even show off your singing voice in one of its private karaoke booths! Details

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, July 5-August 3
Picnics are encouraged at this outdoor theater fest that flips the Bard’s classics on their heads. Why not pack your basket with one of the Tower Cafe‘s amazing Chinese Chicken salads? If you happen to catch me eating their chocolate layered El Diablo cake for dessert, don’t tell my diet coach! Details

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The Cat and the Fiddle Music Festival will feature live music for the entire family on Fairytale Town’s Mother Goose Stage. (Photo courtesy of Fairytale Town’s Facebook page)

Cat and the Fiddle Music Festival, August 9-10
I’m looking forward to the theme-park style food sold at Fairytale Town’s yummy Dish & Spoon Cafe during this family-friendly concert series. They sell everything from hot dogs to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — all for a great price, too! Details

So we might have to work out a little more to make up for all of the food you’ll be eating, but we both know it will be SO worth it in the end. See you there!

To learn more about these and other upcoming festivals, check out the Sacramento365.com Festivals page here. And to learn more about Sacramento365.com’s Make It a Night campaign, click here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

 

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/14

This Week: Flicks, Food & FUNdraisers

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Sacramento Zoo
July 16-30
Wed 9am-4pm
Your kids can explore the zoo for free on select Wednesdays in July!

Japanese_Film_FestivalSacramento Japanese Film Festival
Crest Theatre
July 18-20
Various times
Watch an eclectic mix of Japanese cinema at the historic theatre.

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Aerospace Museum of CA
July 19
Sat 5pm-8pm
Hang out with Radio Disney & let your dreams take flight at the museum.

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Practically perfect in every way

Mary Poppins (played by Kelly McCormick) makes her grand arrival. Photo by Charr Crail.

In Music CircusMary Poppins, the title character is just as you remember her: a little bit sweet, a little bit sassy, and practically perfect in every way. This production of the classic Disney musical is perfect for theatergoers young and old and will ignite a certain whimsy that only Mary Poppins can.

Though this production is certainly reminiscent of the 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, it shines in its own light. With new staging and musical numbers alongside favorites like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “Feed the Birds,” Mary Poppins will be a delight regardless of whether you’ve seen the classic film.

Played by amazing young talents Noa Solorio and Ben Ainley-Zoll, Jane and Michael Banks are being raised by an increasing number of nannies, all of which have failed to fit the bill. The two decide to write an advertisement with their requirements for a new nanny, and within seconds, Mary Poppins arrives. While it seems she brings mischief wherever she goes, Mary Poppins is the only one who can bring the Banks family together in a meaningful way.

(L to R) Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Kelly McCormick (Mary Poppins) and Ben Ainley-Zoll (Michael Banks) in Mary Poppins, produced by Music Circus at the Wells Fargo Pavilion July 8 - 13, 2014. Photos by Charr Crail

(L to R) Noa Solorio (Jane Banks), Kelly McCormick (Mary Poppins) and Ben Ainley-Zoll (Michael Banks). Photo by Charr Crail

Just as Mary Poppins transforms an ordinary park into a magical wonderland, so does she transform those around her. With her tricks and treats, Mary teaches the Banks family perspective and empathy. My favorite Mary Poppins lesson, however, is: “anything can happen if you let it.”

There is no doubt that if Marry Poppins can improve the Banks family, she can also help to transform your thinking too.

Mary Poppins will have you clapping as characters fly, dance, and tap in merriment. If you need to escape the Sacramento summer heat, I suggest a spoonful of sugar and a visit to the Wells Fargo Pavilion to see Mary Poppins!

Mary Poppins will play at Music Circus through July 13 with very limited ticket availability. Tickets range from $35- $80 and are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at tickets.com, or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office. For more information, visit the musical’s Sacramento365.com event page here.

***This review was written by Sacramento365.com contributor, Allison Baker.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 7/7

This Week: Beats, Brows & BLTs

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Crocker Art Museum
July 10
Thurs 5pm-9pm

It’s a night of samples, mash-ups, & mad rhymes as Art Mix celebrates all things hip hop.

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Cal Expo
July 11-27
Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-10pm

Celebrate the best of the Golden State at the 17-day summer tradition.

tfo_zombie_walkTFO Zombie Walk & Carnival of the Dead 2014
Roosevelt Park
July 12
Sat 5pm

The zombie extravaganza is better than ever with even more undead entertainment!

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Real Talk with Christopher Titus

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Image courtesy of ChristopherTitus.com.

Comedian Christopher Titus is raw, real and most of all, funny. Known for his brash, loud, and “hard funny” delivery, the funny man with a hard knock life brings his latest tour, The Angry Pursuit of Happiness, to the Crest Theatre this Friday, July 11. In it he gives you the secret to life, the Pope and even erectile dysfunction.

Sacramento365.com chatted with Titus about comedy in the digital age, hecklers and that one time he was accosted by a cash box-wielding crazy person in Sacramento.


1. I’m stoked that you are bringing your new stand-up act to Sacramento. Why did you title your current comedy tour, “The Angry Pursuit of Happiness?”
I realized I was happy: my divorce over my kids was finally over and I am now happily remarried. My life wasn’t the constant struggle that had once fueled my comedy…and that scared the hell out of me. Thank God the world is still screwed up. My new show is about noticing how good things are and not being afraid of the future.

2. You grew up in the Bay Area. Have you ever been to Sacramento? If so, do you have any interesting stories from your times here in the Capital City?
I FREAKING LOVE SACRAMENTO! I do have one weird story about this town. I was doing a show years ago at a club and a crazy street person who had a cash box tried to hit me with it. It was the one time my martial arts training really helped. (Strangely, there is no name for the move that blocks a cash box.)

3. It seems you’ve experienced a fair share of heavy stuff in your life… what gets you up every morning?
I think we all have had stuff that is “hard” when it comes to life. Sometimes what gets me up is wanting to beat life back. To win. What fuels me the most is when people tell me I can’t do something.

I’m making a movie in October and people are saying that I can’t raise the money, direct a film, or whatever. But I’ve started up a promotion company, Combustion Live, and produced this Friday’s show at the Crest, so anything’s possible. It’s sick, but the word “no” seems to drive me. Wow, this is like therapy.

4. What’s the best/worst thing about doing a national comedy tour? (I’ve heard about your recent heckler experience at Zanies in Nashville!)
The more popular you get, the more people know you. The good and bad about that is they are now kind of your friends. They also think they can yell crap at you. I deal with hecklers very quickly so it doesn’t spread like the ebola virus.

5. How has the age of Google and social media (i.e. tweeting in 140 characters or less) impacted your comedy style?
Twitter has forced people to be funny fast. It’s amazing to see how funny everyone else is. I always say “shorter, faster, funnier” and Twitter is the epitome of that.

6. I was a big fan of your show “Titus” and I heard that there was talk of reviving the series. Can you tell us the status on the reboot?
FOX killed the Titus reboot and said I couldn’t even do a show with the characters – and the show’s about my own family! This is part of the reason I’m doing my own comedy specials and my own films now.

7. Finally, what do you think makes a great joke?
A great joke seems to have brevity and a big surprise. “I bet a guy $50 I was more dysfunctional than he was… and he raped me. So I tipped him. I win.” But there is no “perfect joke” or even style. Funny is just funny. Like art you know it when liquid comes out your nose.


See Christopher Titus perform this Friday July 11 at 8pm at the Crest Theatre. For show details, click here.


This article was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content and Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

4th of July Fun in Sacramento

For many, Memorial Day weekend evokes the start of the summer season—warm days, cool nights, and lots of outdoor fun. On the other hand, Memorial Day itself serves as a day of remembrance for those that have given their lives for our country. Sacramento events this weekend take on both those meanings, with ways to honor those that have fallen, plus plenty of outdoor festivities and summery fun – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/memorial-day-weekend-events-in-sacramento-v1#sthash.qAYFqN0I.dpuf
Want to celebrate the 4th of July the right way? Then check out these awesome Independence Day events happening all over Sacramento. Not just your one-day celebration, these events will have you eating, running, and partying before and after the 4th. – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/sacramento365s-special-feature-4th-of-july-events#sthash.Nbtu4kkM.dpuf
ant to celebrate the 4th of July the right way? Then check out these awesome Independence Day events happening all over Sacramento. Not just your one-day celebration, these events will have you eating, running, and partying before and after the 4th. – See more at: http://blog.discovergold.org/blog/sacramento365-2/sacramento365s-special-feature-4th-of-july-events#sthash.Nbtu4kkM.dpuf
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Showing your national pride could never be more fun this Fourth of July weekend!

Not sure how to celebrate the USA’s birthday on Friday? Then check out this lineup of Independence Day events happening all over Sacramento. With amazing fireworks, spectacular parades, social festivities, and more, you’ll be eating, running, and partying before and after the 4th.

Get the party started:
Festivals, pub crawls and laugh-ins will definitely get you in the patriotic spirit.

Red, White and Brews
Old Sacramento; Thurs 7pm-1am
Why wait for the fourth of July when you can party on the third? Old Sacramento bars will be celebrating the holiday early with a 15 bar crawl and drink specials.

Rancho Cordova’s Fourth of July Celebration
Hagan Park; Thurs 4pm-11pm, Fri Noon-11pm
Rancho Cordova will celebrate America’s birthday for two days! On the 3rd, hear Journey Unauthorized and catch a teaser fireworks mini-show. On the 4th, enjoy carnival rides, concerts, a BMX show, festival food and beer and firework displays.

Laugh It Off Comedy
Eagles Hall Roseville; Sat 8pm-10pm
Got plans after the 4th of July? Laugh off those calories gained on the 4th at this comedy showcase featuring some of the area’s best local standup comics.

Boom goes the dynamite:
Celebrate our nation’s birthday at one of these local firework shows.

Sacramento Independence Day Celebration
Cal Expo; Fri 5pm
Come and enjoy the largest annual fireworks show in the region! This year’s event brings Chris Gardner Band, a new kids festival area, and even more food and fun!

Fourth on the Field
Raley Field; Fri 6pm-10pm
Celebrate the USA’s birthday at the ballpark! Bring your blankets and grab a spot on the field for food, fun and — of course — a killer fireworks show.

4th of July Fireworks
Placer County Fairgrounds & Event Center; Fri 9:30pm
The City of Roseville will light up the night with this free show at the Fairground’s grandstands.

Exercise your freedom (literally):
Start the holiday on the right foot with a fun run.

Run Crime Out of Roseville 5K
Royer Park; 7:45am
Think you can out-run the Roseville Police Department? Find out at this 5k, presented by the Roseville Crime Stoppers.

Folsom Firecracker 2014
Lake Natomas Bike Trails; Fri 8am
Celebrate the many blessings we have, while helping others in our community and around the world during this 5k run/walk and 10k run.

Rancho Cordova 4th of July 5k Run/Walk
Mill Middle School; Fri 9am
Run along Coloma Road during this 4th of July run/walk! Remember, you can get $5 off adult race registration with promo code SAC365.


For even more ways to celebrate the Fourth of July, visit the Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.


This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Top 10 Sneak Peek: Week of 6/30

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Harlow’s
July 3
Thurs 6pm

The winner of this freestyle contest will receive $2,500 & open for the legendary Rakim on July 20th.

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A few highlights:
Spirit of Freedom Parade; Howe Park, 10am
Independence Day Celebration
Cal Expo, 5pm-10pm
Fourth on the Field; Raley Field, 6pm

Movies_In_The_ParkSouthside Park Movie Night
Southside Park
July 5
Sat 3pm-10pm

Watch The Lego Movie with Councilmember Steve Hansen & the Southside Park Neighborhood Association!

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Stay cool with “A Chorus Line”

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Cast members performing the musical number, “One.” Photo by Charr Crail.

Summer started officially on Saturday, and what better way to greet the season than with a true Sacramento summer tradition: Music Circus, which launches its 2014 season with this week’s performance of A Chorus Line. Head indoors and cool off from the heat at the gloriously air conditioned Wells Fargo Pavilion. (This native Sacramentan has vivid childhood memories of overheating in the old tent and remains unequivocally impressed with the new Music Circus digs, although they hardly count as “new” anymore!)

Every time I attend a musical theatre show or a pop concert I am intrigued by the backup dancers — people who are arguably as talented as the stars but, for whatever reason, haven’t made it to the forefront yet. So, I was doubly drawn to A Chorus Line, which focuses on just those folks. Set in 1975 New York City, the musical spotlights 20 plus people competing for a few precious spots dancing backup on Broadway.

With an ensemble cast, A Chorus Line gives equal light to myriad characters, all of whom share the trials and tribulations of a grueling life full of endless auditions, paired with a passion for dance that keeps them pushing forward even when all appears hopeless.

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A Chorus Line cast members jumping to reach their Broadway dreams. Photo by Charr Crail.

Although a bit meta — I admittedly spent a bit of time contemplating the fact that the real-life actors had to endure an audition to perform in a show about auditions — anyone who has pursued something with passion or engaged in a tireless job hunt will find something to relate to in this show. And, while the play treads on heavier subjects — awkward teenage years, broken homes, realizing one’s sexuality — it balances them out with lighter helpings of humorous lyrics and talented dancing, culminating in a glamorous closer complete with top hats and sparkles.

A Chorus Line continues through June 29 with shows Wed & Fri 7:30pm and Thurs, Sat, & Sun 2pm & 7:30pm. Tickets are $35-$65 and are available online or by calling the box office at (916) 557-1999.

The Music Circus season continues through August with performances of Mary Poppins (July 8–July 13), South Pacific (July 22–July 27), Brigadoon (August 5–August 10), and La Cage Aux Folles (August 19–August 24).

***This article was written by Sacramento365.com writer Alison Kranz.