Archive for April 1st, 2010

April ‘Old Timey Issue’ out now!


‘The Old Timey Issue’ is back from the printer and is being delivered as fast as the horseless carriage can go!

Bill Burg on Sacramento, 1910!  Becky on Sac’s Old Timey-est restaurants!  King on the Shady Lady!  Niki on Sacramento City Dry Goods! More Burg on Sacto Steampunk! Bobby Jordan on Bobby Jordan!  More more more!

More photos from Frank Fat’s

Testing. One. Two. Three.  This is my first post on the new MidMo blog and I can already see that wordpress is way better than blogger.

I thought I’d post some additional photos from my Old Timey foray to Frank Fat’s.  Below you see their delicious Mai Tai, umbrella included.

This is their weird banana cream pie with the crispy wafer crust.

This was the deep-fried dumpling appetizer that tasted like a tiny deep-fried cheeseburger when dipped into catsup-y sweet and sour sauce and hot mustard.

Below are the sampan clams.  Not Fat’s finest moment.

And here’s the pupu platter in its entirety.  So much fried stuff!

Bud’s Buffet

story and photos by Sarah Singleton

Have you ever wondered if you get enough meat in your diet?  If you’re not sure, then you probably don’t.  And if this is the case, I recommend that you begin to remedy this situation by visiting Bud’s Buffet on a weekly basis.  They’ll take care of you. Read more »

Art Picks, April 2010

Owen Smith
Nelson Gallery

Through May 23

One day in the not-too-distant future, the ceilings of my house will collapse, and they’ll find my body crushed under crumbling issues of Popular Science, comic books, pulp magazines, Sunday newspaper sections, paperback books and the other four or five tons of useless ephemera that I have stashed in my attic retreat.  Though I know that this hoarding is a sick and unhealthy obsession, I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. Any of it. Each time I start to go through the piles, I rediscover the incredible illustrations that sucked me in in the first place. The covers of even the lowliest of the dreck (maybe especially the lowliest) are jaw-dropping eyecandy- a hallmark of the depression-era magazine stand.  Maybe I’m kidding myself, but I suspect that bay area artist Owen Smith might suffer from this same compulsion.  Certainly he has done his share of ‘research’ when it comes to the pulp magazines and paperback covers of the first half of the twentieth century.  Mix in a bit of WPA mural and a dash of Socialist Realism and you come up with the hearty stew that Smith has made a career of.  One of the artists most successful at blending the line between commercial and fine art today, Smith makes a living by both teaching (at Oakland’s College of Arts and Crafts), and illustration. His show at the Nelson is largely made up of original drawings, with digital versions of his paintings on hand.  Artist Nayland Blake has a concurrent solo show titled Project Room in the other half of the gallery.

Art Building, Room 124, UC Davis
Mon – Thurs 11AM – 5PM, Sat – Sun 2 – 5PM

Jiayi Young and Shih-Wen Young

Axis Gallery
April 3 – 25
Reception: April 8, 6-8PM
Reception: April 10, 6-9PM

American River College Art Professor Jiayi Young and her husband and ‘artistic partner’ Shih-Wen Young present an exhibit inspired by the mathematical calculation Pi, and the concept of the symbol that denotes this never-ending number.  Jiayi Young, an artist who is also an Atomic Physicist, is ideally suited to lead the exploration of this concept. Young began her art career as a Chinese traditional painter, but has since moved in a multi-disciplinary direction and is now the Chair of ARC’s New Media Art. Her piece, Las Vegas, China which showed at CCAS in 2005 garnered strong reviews, including a warm write up from the Bee’s Victoria Dalkey.  The Youngs have shown extensively, including multiple exhibits in China, and a glance at their website, gives interesting overviews of some of their recent work.  Pi consists of 2D and time-based 3D pieces as well as an installation where viewers are invited to play with the endless digits of Pi. Circling the Square, a time-based piece, will start at 6PM on the two reception days (and at noon the rest of the time). The piece evolves the fastest in the first 15 minutes so be sure to stop by early if you want to get the biggest bang for your buck.
1517 19th Street, Sa – Sun, Noon – 5PM

Slow Art Day
Crocker Art Museum
April 17, starting at 11AM

First came the Slow Food movement, then the Slow Bicycling movement (see our Tweed Ride story), and now, the Slow Art movement. The Crocker will be one of more than 40 sites worldwide to host Slow Art Day, an event that encourages visitors to slow down and spend quality time looking at a single artwork.  Slow Art Day’s founder Phil Terry kept is simple: “visit a museum, see a few pieces of art for 10 minutes or more, and have lunch to talk about it afterwards.”  Not a bad plan. The session at the Crocker will focus on three pieces from the permanent collection: Stephen Kaltenbach’s Portrait of My Father, Mildred Howard’s Public Eye, Private Me, and Thomas Hill’s Great Canyon of the Sierras, Yosemite. Sounds pretty simple to us.  The Slow Art session is free with Museum admission but reservations are required.  Call (916) 808-5499 or email

216 O Street, Sacramento

Sacramento: 1910

By William Burg  Photos courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History

In 1910, Sacramento was a city on the edge of change. Its rowdy Gold Rush era was long past, its role as western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad superseded by Oakland, and its place as second-largest California city long since lost to Los Angeles. Despite these setbacks, Sacramentans felt that their city was poised for greatness. Read more »

“Just Like Grandma Used to Make?”

by Becky Grunewald    photos by Jesse Vasquez

Old Timey is good for some things, such as fashion, music, furniture, and grandpappies, and terrible for others: race relations, female orgasm frequency, space travel.  Is old timey good for food?  It depends. Read more »

Drink Easy, Sacramento

By Tony King photos by Scott Duncan

It’s late afternoon, and the Sun is taking its time setting in the west. As the last rays of light beam through the skeletal trees lining the R Street Corridor, patrons dine out on the patios of the all-brick former bread factory between 14th and 15th streets. At the corner of 14th and R, groups of friends sit around, sipping cocktails and catching up, while Billie Holiday’s “Rain Or Shine” hovers overhead.

Welcome to The Shady Lady. Read more »

Three Cheers

While The Shady Lady has a treasure trove of great cocktails, these three are considered their most popular:
1. Horses Neck
1.5 oz bourbon
.5 oz ginger of syrup
2 dashes of bitters
Soda water
Lemon peel



2. Old Fashion:
Muddled sugar
Orange slices
Cherry bitters
1.5 oz bourbon



3. White Linen
1.5 oz gin
.5 oz elderflower liquor
.5 lemon
.5 oz simple syrup
Muddled cucumber
Soda water

Dojo Workout

By Alicia Dienst  photos by Rose Giudicessi

Matt Fluty is teaching an intermediate aikido class. Fourteen students sit quietly in a line on their knees, hands resting on the tops of their legs. He instructs students on the details of proper posture and bowing, then quickly changes his tone and says, “Okay, let’s start.” Read more »

Sacramento Steampunk Society

By William Burg  photos by Andy Pischalnikoff

One word, “Retro-future.”

Thus does adventurer, mad scientist and steampunk enthusiast Anton Macabre summarize the interests of the Sacramento Steampunk Society. Read more »