Archive for June, 2010

Remembering Tommy VanWormer

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There’s TOO MUCH to do this weekend!

This weekend has so much to offer that no one could do it all!

Saturday morning offers the inaugural Sacramento Mid-Century Modern Home Tour, profiled here.

Then, Saturday night is the King of Feasts at the Sacramento Zoo.  Mulvaney’s will be there…need we say more?

The Sacramento French Film Fest concludes this weekend at the Crest.  Pepe Le Moko shows twice!

Joel Goulet of the Four Eyes new flick Snowbuddies makes its sacramento premier at the Movies on a Big Screen at the Guild, Sunday at 7:30PM.

do it!

Sac Bee/ Sac Press Panel: Paying For Content

Just a heads up that MidMo will be part of tomorrow’s panel on paying for content, sponsored by the Sacramento Press and the Sacramento Bee.   I’ll be one of six panelists discussing ‘”paywalls and the relationship between the consumer and news organizations.”  There will be prepared questions, but the majority of the time will be set aside for questions from the audience. 

Also on tap are: Ron Trujillo of the Business Journal, Tom Negrete, Managing Editor of the Bee’s online side, Mike O’Brien, owner and co-publisher of Sacmag, Michael Sanford, VP at KVIE, and Geoff Samek of Sacramento Press.

The event is free, and I’m guessing there will be snacks, so you may want to rsvp to reserve your seat:  e-mail

C’mon out and say hello!

Midtown Bazaar starts TOMORROW!

The Midtown Bazaar — housed at the corner of 16th and J, across from Memorial Auditorium – opens tomorrow with a bang!

We’re not sure exactly what to expect, but it’s hard to go wrong with an open air market.  I was a HUGE fan of the late lamented Thursday Night Market on K Street and have done more than my share of wandering through flea markets, swap meets, antique faires and street markets on three continents.  Open.  Air. Market.  Three words that almost never steer you wrong!

Even better, the Grand Opening is a benefit for WEAVE Sacramento.  WEAVE, like all nonprofits these days needs $$, so your $1 admission will really help them out.

The Grand Opening Celebration will include more than 75 vendors, live remote coverage by 106.5 The Buzz, local musicians, artisans, yatta yatta yatta.  Check it out!

Regular Hours:
Each Saturday, year-round, rain or shine
7AM – 1PM

Peter Schrag at the Sacramento Living Library

Journalist and author Peter Schrag is the featured speaker at this Sunday’s edition of the Sacramento Living Library at Time Tested Books.  Schrag served for 19 years as editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, and has written for such publications as, the Nation, the New York Times, and Playboy. His latest book, Not Fit for our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America was published in May. As part of the Sacramento Living Library series, Schrag will discuss issues of immigration in US and California history. A lifelong journalist and expert on immigration history, Schrag will offer insights into recent events in Arizona and put those events into historical perspective.  This event is free and open to the public.

Time Tested Books
1114 21st Street
7PM, All Ages,  free

Style Saturday

Fashion-istas, you will not want to miss these TWO events happening this Second Saturday. Sacramento style – Summer 2010!

Sacramento definitely has it’s own unique fashion sense, and the local fashion scene lately has really been coming into it’s own. More and more people are making due with less money, and second-hand and re-purposed clothing have become a popular option on adding flavor to one’s wardrobe without too much strain on the pocketbook. Thrift shopping seems to have become a local custom, and local business are sprouting up everywhere catering to those who prefer funky, one-of-a-kind “pre-loved,” second-hand clothing to the bland, blend-in-the-crowd, mass produced options found at the nearest mall. Artists and designers have been getting in on the action too, re-making new fashions out of old vintage clothing.

Saturday, June 12th is the Bespoked/ Be Quiet Vintage Fashion Bazaar, is an event created to celebrate this particular Sacramento style. A handful of local designers, artists and collectors of vintage have teamed together to create this fledging vintage bazaar, showcasing vintage, hand-made and re-made fashions. Sellers such as local vintage fashion mavens, Crimson & Clover, Junkyard Buccaneer and Violet Folklore will be there, among others, offering up their unique take of choice vintage and vintage inspired items.

It all takes place at 1819 HUB Collective, an intimate community space located at 1819 23rd Street, on the corner of S & 23rd, a block from the Round Corner. It happens June 12th from noon-6 pm. This is a family-friendly event as well as a live DJ spinning minimal, electronics, weird-pop, retro and Pizzicato 5,  making vintage shopping a whole new experience.

The Bespoked/ Be Quiet Vintage Fashion Bazaar
Saturday, June 12th, 2010

The 1819 HUB Collective
1819 23rd Street
Sacramento, California

For more information, e-mail

And don’t forget…

Sellout Buyout is a lively and loud fashion/art market that gives relatively unknown designers the chance to show their wares alongside established local names.

“It’s a different line up every single time,” says event organizer and Bows and Arrows co-owner Olivia Coelho. “You never know what you’re going to get, but I try to make a balanced event.”

Regardless of the specifics of the line up, visitors to Sellout Buyout can expect to find a ton of hand-made clothing, vintage outfits, and great accessories, as well as music provided by local DJs and musicians.

Coelho described the art at Sellout Buyout as utilitarian, saying “The art is the apparel and the accessories. Everything has to be usable.”

Anyone looking for a huge variety of interesting and crafty things and stuff could do much worse than checking out Sellout Buyout.

Since it was started in October 2003, Sellout Buyout has been held at a number of Sacramento businesses and galleries, including Bodytribe, Lotus Gallery, and the now-defunct Fools Foundation. It has become a midtown institution, with many well-known members of Sacramento’s music, arts, and crafts scenes attending regularly.

Artists and designers looking to show their wares at Sellout Buyout don’t have an arduous application process. “Basically they just contact us,” said Coelho. “We have it in Bows and Arrows now, so they can come by the store and sign up, or they can use the internet or myspace.”

Sellout Buyout takes place four times a year, on the Second Saturdays of March, June, and September and December. Entrance to the event is free. All the vendors are cash-only.

This Second Saturday it will be open from three to ten p.m. Bows and Arrows is located at 1712 L street. There is a small parking lot, and limited on-street parking, but given the traffic on Second Saturday, walking or riding from a less congested area is recommended.  Further information can be found on the Sellout Buyout and Bows and Arrows websites.

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UCD Art Opening TONIGHT!

We previewed the UCD Grad show, Dance You Monster to My Sad Song in this month’s Art Picks… here’s a reminder that tonight is the opening reception for both the Nelson Gallery and the Pence.  Starts early (like 5:30PM early) and ends by 8.

California Livin’

By Tim Foster photos by Scott Duncan

While Sacramento is rightfully known for the plentiful Victorians, Queen Annes and Craftsman bungalows that fill many neighborhoods, a growing group of design enthusiasts are now exploring an aspect of our architectural heritage that has long been ignored: Sacramento’s Mid-Century Modern. Inspired by their love for postwar modern design, Gretchen Steinberg and Kris Lannin Liang are leading the charge to protect, promote and preserve Mid-Century Modern art, architecture and design in the Sacramento region. Read more »

Comeback Kid

By James W. Cameron photos by Scott Duncan

Fremont Park is a square block oasis of greenery in the midst of a mixed use Midtown residential neighborhood bordered by old style Sacramento homes, new apartment and condo complexes, and a trendy restaurant and mochi shop. Long a haven for drug deals and drinking bouts and littered in places with broken glass and drug bags, it was avoided by neighborhood residents who wanted no part of it, a dirty public park without a public. Read more »

I Do Love Dim Sum

By Becky Grunewald   photos by Scott Duncan

People tend to get very passionate about dim sum.  A prominent local food reviewer has even gone so far as to call himself, in print, a “dim sum slut”-many, many times.  I would never go that far-in fact, I might even argue that that phrase makes no damn sense – but I do love dim sum. Read more »