2nd Saturday Roadmap: Sacramento Loves Art

Do you love art as much as I do? Prove it during this weekend of love by taking in all that 2nd Saturday has to offer! There’s a lot to love this month, so bring your Valentine and take ’em on an artsy adventure they’ll never forget. 

Start the Journey:
I’ll start the day off with a trip to Rubicon Brewing Company for a couple appetizers and a pint of their First Contact pale ale. After fueling up for the day, I’ll be making my first gallery stop of the day at the Axis Gallery. Its newest exhibit, titled Uncontrollable Beauty: An Odyssey – What We Need Is Always With Us, admittedly intrigued me because of its crazy long title, but after looking at some of Cheselyn Amato’s work, I’m extremely excited to see what the artist has sewn up.

Photo courtesy of the Axis Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Axis Gallery.

A Lifetime’s Collection:
After scratching my brain at Axis, I’ll be popping over to Pour House for some brunch and a St Louis Gueuze sour. This quick meal will be followed by a stop to Elliot Fouts Gallery’s The Ed Goldman Collection show. This eclectic exhibit  features works collected by Ed Goldman, an author and daily columnist for the Sacramento Business Journal.

Photo courtesy of the Elliot Fouts Gallery

Photo courtesy of the Elliot Fouts Gallery.

Big Screen, Short Stories:
If you are a movie snob like me then you’re probably pretty excited for the Oscars, happening at the end of this month. I’ve seen all of the nominated full-length feature films but missed out on most of the shorts. The Crest Theatre is giving Sacramentans the chance to see the five nominees for the live-action short Oscar. After getting film schooled, I’ll be digging into Mother‘s vegetarian treats.

Photo courtesy of the Crest Theatre

Photo courtesy of the Crest Theatre.

Crafty Motel:
I’ll be making a pit stop at Frank Fats for one last meal (Fats special wok-fried spareribs and sang gai shee chow mein, please!) to prepare for my last stop at Art Hotel 916. This abandoned hotel has been filled to the gills with works from 30 artists who poured their talent into this one building that will soon be demolished. This building is being given a new life (albeit, a short one), and you do not want to miss the chance to experience it. This 2nd Saturday is the last day you will be able to check out the Art Hotel, so you must go! Note: While there will be a line, the experience is well worth it.

Photo courtesy of M5 Arts

Photo courtesy of M5 Arts

Whether you want to follow my map or make your own plan, you can’t go wrong. Whatever you plan to do, make sure to get social with us by using the hashtag #Sacramento365.

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Drafting Up a New Dance for Beer and Ballet

Beer and BalletSacramento Ballet company dancer, Christopher B. Nachtrab, gives us the inside scoop on what he and the company are brewing up for this year’s Beer & Ballet series.

As a professional ballet dancer working with the Sacramento Ballet for the past seven years, I am continually impressed by the amount of passion, talent, and artistry that I am surrounded by on a daily basis. The dancers within our company are not simply artists — they are also advocates for the arts and willingly go beyond themselves to uplift the community through performances and outreach events. Each year the company presents a unique and fun performance series that allows company dancers to take complete charge for the very popular and anticipated Beer & Ballet.

As a senior company member, I have had many opportunities to annually create new works for Beer & Ballet. In the beginning, the process of creating a new work can be intimidating; our habitual training has always taught us to be somewhat submissive in the ballet studios — always receiving instructions and rarely doling them out. However, this distinct challenge of commanding a room allows a dancer to find his/her own voice and personal style. Under the guidance of our artistic directors, Ron and Carinne Cunningham, we are given free range to pick music, find costumes, and create a length of work that helps define something about who we are. Beer & Ballet is almost like annual self-therapy for us, a way in which we can break away from our molds and try something different. There is no competition and dancers continue to support one another as many take the leap (pun intended) into choreography. The purpose of this project is not to create a masterpiece (in fact, I myself, am sure I have created some real flops), but to experiment with our own ideas in a supportive, creative environment.

Beer and Ballet Couple

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Ballet.

This season I was inspired by my parents and the music of their generation. During the Fall, I was listening to the radio and the so called “love” songs that dominated program. While many of the tunes were catchy and entertaining, I couldn’t help but feel sad for a generation whose music seems to make a mockery of love and relationships. Using my mother as a timeline, I began to search for songs that were popular in her youth — something that might have been playing on the radio when she first met my father, when my parents were dancing on their wedding day, or when they were driving my eldest brother home from the hospital. With this concept as my initial guide, I began to format an opening dance sequence that leads into three pas de deux (dance for two people) sections, culminating in a finale, using six songs (two of which I later discovered my mother did not like — oh well!). As one who has never been terribly lucky with love, I was motivated to use movement that mimicked those fleeting feelings of a new relationship or the affectionate embrace of seasoned love.

As Beer & Ballet approaches, I am currently in the process of completing my finale. Personally, I find it very difficult to “finish” my choreography, nervously moving through the remaining music like a child begrudgingly climbing the stairs to bed.  A choreographic piece becomes very special as you are creating and I feel as though I am hesitant to put the final steps together because…well, because the process will be over. Once the piece has been completed, you feel very vulnerable because you must confront all that you’ve created and hope that it stands as a cohesive piece of art.

In the end, I am semi-confident that when I have finished choreographing in the upcoming week that I will be happy with and hopefully (fingers-crossed!), people will like it as well. Beer & Ballet is a wonderful program because it is so eclectic. I often tell those who want to begin attending the ballet regularly to begin with Beer & Ballet — the wide range of styles and music can help a new audience member discover what they like and what they dislike — it’s like a buffet of ballets, paired nicely with delicious Ruhstaller brews!

I invite you all to join The Sacramento Ballet as the company presents their original choreographic works at The Art Court Auditorium at Sacramento City College, February 19-28 — and keep a special eye out for my ballet, “For Frankie and Suzie”. For more event details, click here.

***This post was written by Sacramento Ballet company dancer, Christopher B. Nachtrab.

Sports365: A February Kick-off

Sports365BlogHeaderThis month you can help the Sacramento Republic FC kick off their season right, bowl for the kiddos, drink a cold one for the Kings, and pop-a-wheelie on some of the coolest two-wheelers in the nation.

Love may be in the air, but a fierce competition is brewing in Sacramento as Republic FC looks to start 2016 off with a bang against a Major League Soccer opponent.

Sacramento Republic FC vs. Colorado Rapids (2/13) at Bonney Field:
The boys are back at it! Local favorites Sacramento Republic FC, return to the pitch this weekend to kick-off their 2016 campaign. Republic FC starts off the year with a friendly match against the Colorado Rapids. This match will pit the United Soccer League (Republic FC) against one of the oldest Major League Soccer teams (Rapids), a perfect battleground to show that Sacramento is #MLSReady.

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

Republic FC has been working hard towards its goal of reclaiming the championship (the team won the USL championship its first year). The club returns home this week from a week-long training session in Mexico that helped them get in shape and bond as a team. I’m excited to see how this training intensive will help the reformed Republic FC perform on the field. This will be my first time checking out the squad since last year’s season finale. I’m looking forward to seeing where the team is at and watching them play in their new uniforms for the first time.

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

Photo courtesy of Republic FC

While the Sacramento Republic FC’s season won’t be decided on this friendly match, a win against an MLS team could really raise the team’s confidence. Join the club as they battle with the Rapids on Bonney Field. This will also be your chance to show the Rapids what some of the best soccer fans in the country look like! And if you tell the Sacramento Republic FC what you love about Sacramento with the #‎SacramentoLoves hashtag by V-Day, you could win some sweet swag from the club.

Also, be sure to document your experience by using the #Sacramento365 hashtag!

For more information about this match, click here.

More Ways to Get Your Sports Fix:
If you are looking for a way to kick-back and take in some more relaxed recreation after an intense soccer match, I’ve found some less tense events to help you unwind.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show
Sacramento Convention Center
Feb 26-28
Stop by the Convention Center to check out some seriously cool handmade bicycles.

Photo courtesy of North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Photo courtesy of North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Long Live the Kings (Sacramento Beer Week)
Track 7 Brewing Co. (Natomas)
Feb 26
What is better than Kings basketball? Beer and basketball! Join Track 7 for a brew before heading over to catch the Kings take on the Clippers. Sidenote: This pairing is just one of many Sacramento Beer Week events happening in the region!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Country Club Lanes & Event Center
Feb 27

Whether you need the bumpers (like me) or can roll a perfect 300, you’ll feel great helping raise funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sacramento.

Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Check back with Sports365 in March to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

The Little Mermaid: The “Under the Sea” World Vibrantly Graces the Live Stage

I grew up on Disney movies. Now that I have a four-year-old daughter, I thoroughly enjoy watching them with her and impressing her with my song knowledge. One of my favorites is The Little Mermaid. For those unfamiliar with the plot, the story follows a headstrong young mermaid whose dream is to live as a human on land. She falls in love with a human, Prince Eric, and will do anything, even go against her father’s warnings, to be a part of the prince’s world and follow true love.

Photo by Bruce Bennett

Photo by Bruce Bennett

Most of the movie takes place underwater and I was curious to see how they were going to portray an underwater world on stage. I was fascinated by the quick and realistic scene changes from ocean to land. The underwater swimming scenes were impressive and I was surprised with how the use of lighting, props, and flying ropes truly gave the effect of them swimming with the greatest of ease! I noticed right away that even when the sea characters were standing, they were moving their bodies in a way to show they were staying afloat in water. I appreciated the attention to even those small details. The cast was amazing, especially Alison Woods as Ariel, Jennifer Allen as Ursula, and Melvin Abston as Sebastian.

Photo by Bruce Bennett

Photo by Bruce Bennett

There were some significant changes from the movie, but they added to the experience in a positive way. There is a part about Ariel’s mother and her death that is completely glossed over in the movie. It helped to make more sense of the over-protective, King Triton. Another major change was that Ursula, the evil sea witch, is actually King Triton’s sister and Ariel’s aunt in the play. They also played up the fact that Flounder, Ariel’s best friend fish, has a major crush on her. There is a certain animosity between Ariel and her six sisters in the movie, but they were a lot more vindictive and jealous of Ariel in the performance, which made for some amusing scenes.

Theatre Under the Stars - Disney's "The Little Mermaid" at TUTS, September 2015.

Theatre Under the Stars – Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at TUTS, September 2015.

One of the most memorable acts was the “Under the Sea,” performance. The vibrant visual perfectly matched the upbeat classic, which called for audience participation to help sing-along. Sebastian led the chorus of brightly colored characters as they tried to persuade Ariel why the ocean life is the best life. There were giant “floating” jellyfish, vibrantly colored sea creatures, and whimsical fish! Another brief, but extremely memorable and hilarious act was “Les Poissons” with Chef Louis (played by Jeff Skowron).

All in all, The Little Mermaid, was an entertaining experience. It’s a great show for adults and children alike. It’ll have you singing out loud or, at least, wanting to learn the words so you can join in. The show will only be running until this Sunday, so don’t miss your chance to see this Disney classic live!

***This post was written by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Lindsey Adams.

Mozart: The Funny Genius

MozartWhen we think Mozart, we most always think composer of classical music, a guy who wrote a lot of pieces, who was maybe killed by Salieri (Amadeus lied to us), and was a musical genius.

However, there was a lot more to Mozart than that. The composer was so multifaceted, and in fact, possibly the biggest smart-a$$ of the 18th century.

His famed “Requiem” created so much controversy, intrigue, and speculation, and his operas, though not popular in his time, have since become hits of the opera world. But, what about some of his lesser known pieces such as, “Leck mich im Arsch” K. 231, “Bona Nox” K.561, or “Difficile Lectu” K. 559? If we were to listen to these canons without knowledge of the German language, they would sound quite lovely. You could imagine a group of people possibly raising their voices up to the heavens, however, that is not the case…

Mozart’s sense of humor albeit, juvenile, was evident in his music. “Leck mich im Arsch” can be translated as…let’s just say that the first word and last word sound what you probably think it means.

In “Bona Nox,” Mozart writes almost a lullaby of words except for the last bit. Here is a rough Translation, “Goodnight! You are quite an ox; My dear Lotte. Goodnight! Phooey, phooey! Goodnight, goodnight! Poop in your bed and make it burst! Goodnight, sleep tight, and stick your bum to your mouth.”(Note: Two of those words were made PG as to not offend conservative classical music lovers.) While shocking to some, it’s quite funny to most others. Mozart loved potty humor (scatology). Not only did he use it in his music, but also in letters written to and about family members.

In one letter to his cousin, Maria Anna Thekla Mozart, he wrote, “Well, I wish you goodnight (so far so good). But first, poop into your bed and make it burst. (What?) Sleep soundly, my love, into your mouth your bum you’ll shove.”

Mozart was 21. “Well, he was young, he grew out of it.” Not really. By this age, Mozart had written approximately 30 symphonies and was already well known across Europe.

Why do I make this connection and why do I think it’s important to make? I believe we take classical music too seriously, and clearly Mozart didn’t. He created chorals and music with butt lyrics, partied, and loved it. He was a cheeky, humorous, and having fun with what we call music. This is a person who composed over 600 works in a life that spanned only 35 years. While there most certainly were times that he focused and cut the crap, (pun intended), he still lived with a sense of lightheartedness. Let’s just say that if the creators of South Park had lived in the 1700s, Mozart would have been dying to write the score.

This Saturday, January 23rd the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera will present the funny genius’s “Requiem” at the Community Center Theater. Concert begins at 8pm. To learn more about the show and how you can purchase tickets, visit the Sacramento365.com event listing here.

***This blog post was written by the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Raymond James Irwin.

Sports365: Warm up with these hot battles


There are crazy competitions going on in Sacramento this month. Head out and see who will prove their mettle in these head-to-head battles.

Despite the wet weather, the River City’s sports scene is heating up! This January see some of the sports world’s heavy-hitters duke it out on the court, on the field, and in the octagon.

The Harlem Globetrotters (1/17-1/18) at Sleep Train Arena:
Like I’ve mentioned in past Sports365 posts, basketball is my favorite sport. While I do love to watch the Kings most, sometimes it’s cool to see the game pushed to its limits — The Harlem Globetrotters do just that. This traveling basketball troupe boasts the highest winning percentage in sports history (yes, they have lost) and are some serious b-ball wizards. Whether you’re looking for remarkable hoop skills or hearty laughs, the Globetrotters will deliver in some unexpected ways. This is your chance to help the Harlem Globetrotters celebrate their 90th season.

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters.

I saw the Globetrotters for the first time when I was first getting into basketball. I had been to a few Kings games and understood the sport, but hadn’t truly been “wowed” yet. This all changed when my family and I headed to what was then Arco Arena. I had heard about their tricks and skills but was not prepared for what was to come. One of the very first things I saw was a Globetrotter sink three consecutive behind-the-back half court shots. At that time, I thought it was impossible to make a half-court shot let alone three in a row. Of course, he did this after walking out of the tunnel to half-court while spinning a ball on his finger the whole time. The performance continued to amaze the entire crowd and gave the eight-year-old me an everlasting appreciation of basketball.

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters.

I still have the souvenir ball from that day, a reminder of one of the most fun sporting events I have ever been to. The players may have changed since I saw them, but the Harlem Globetrotters are guaranteed to put on a show that will amaze your whole family.

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters

Photo courtesy of the Harlem Globetrotters.

For more information about the Harlem Globetrotters’s stop in Sacramento, click here.

More duels:
If the Harlem Globetrotters don’t fulfill your competitive nature, there are a few more bouts going on this month that you won’t want to miss.

Sacramento Kings vs. Atlanta Hawks
Sleep Train Arena
Jan 21
Come and check out the Kings as they look to take revenge against the Hawks. The Sac365 crew will be on hand to guest host the Kings’ Instagram account for this game too.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings.

West Coast Fighting Championship: King of Sacramento
McClellan Conference Center
Jan 23
Who will become the “King of Sacramento”? Find out at this exciting MMA event. You’ll see amateur fighters battle for recognition and champions fight for bragging rights.

Photo courtesy of West Coast Fighting

Photo courtesy of West Coast Fighting.

42nd Annual Charity Guns and Hoses Football Game
Hornet Stadium
Jan 30
See which first responders reign supreme in this pigskin tradition of our local firefighters taking on local law enforcement.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Pig Bowl Association

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Pig Bowl Association.

Check back with Sports365 in February to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

2nd Saturday Roadmap: A guide to a night on the grid

What better way to start the New Year than a 2nd Saturday affair? There is tons of great art being displayed this month throughout Sacramento and I’ve rounded-up some of the shows I’m most excited to check out this weekend. This month I’ll be checking out all “The Grid” has to offer.

Join me in celebrating Sacramento365.com partnership with the In the Sac app by checking out these great exhibits on 2nd Sat and exploring all the grid has to offer.

Quality Family Time:
I’ll start my journey off right with some cold pressed raw juice from the Sun & Soil Juice Company. I’ll definitely be grabbing a Sweet Green (a sweet apple, cucumber, spinach, lime, and ginger blend), but depending on how tired I am I might be grabbing a cold brew coffee (from Pachamama coffee) for the road. My first gallery stop in 2016 will be at the Axis Gallery to check out the Family Stories…or Down the Rabbit Hole Exhibit. This exhibit features the stories of Angela Casagrande’s family retold through heavily edited photographs.

Brighten Up and Fill Up:
After getting lost in a world of black and white, I’ll be heading to a slightly brighter exhibit. Get Lit at Little Relics Boutique & Galleria presents Kristen Hoard’s LED infused metal sculptures. These whimsical works are sure to lighten up what looks to be a gloomy overcast day. By this time, I’ll probably work up an appetite — don’t be surprised if you catch me with a beer and a pulled pork sandwich at Tank House BBQ.

Photo courtesy of Kristen Hoard

Photo courtesy of Kristen Hoard.

Get Inspired:
The stop I’m most looking forward to is at the Artists’ Collaborative Gallery. This month, the Old Sacramento venue will be featuring the work of the incredible Priscilla Wong. Priscilla has an uncommon muscle disorder that has taken much of her mobility away. This hasn’t stopped Priscilla remarkably, she paints using only her tongue and toe. Seeing someone create so much beauty after such hardship is something everyone should see. After taking in Wong’s impressive work, I’ll mull over what I’ve seen at Ten 22’s Dine Downtown meal.

Photo courtesy of Artists' Collaborative Gallery

Photo courtesy of Artists’ Collaborative Gallery.

Laugh the Night Away:
I’ll end my day with some laughter at the Sacramento Comedy Spot’s Barger’s World. Starring Eric Barger, a favorite of the Comedy Spot, the show is a fictitious kids television show that’s really not for children. After laughing my butt off, I’ll head over to LowBrau to try a couple of their newer brews.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Comedy Spot

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Comedy Spot.

This 2nd Saturday is sure to be full of fun and great art. You can follow my map if you’d like, but if you’d like to plan your own you can check out Sacramento365.com’s 2nd Saturday page to craft your own adventure. Whatever you plan to do, make sure to get social with us by using the hashtags #Sacramento365 and #intheSac.

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.