Archive for September, 2010

Becky Does a Food Writing Workshop!

MidMo Associate Editor Becky Grunewald has been writing about food for us for four years- in fact, she was on staff back in the dark ages we were still sadled with the ‘Midtown/Downtown Monthly’ moniker!

Becky’s unique and ribald take on Sacramento dining has really struck a chord with readers- her features are consistently among our most-read, most discussed stories. 

The good news: Becky has been asked to teach a Food Writing Workshop for the Sacramento Press on September 30.  It’s free even!

The bad news: the event filled up almost immdiately after it was announced and they had to cap registration.  🙁

If all goes well maybe SacPress will ask Becky back to do another workshop – if so, we’ll keep you posted!

Bill Burg in the Sac Bee

Yay Bill! And you forced the Bee to define “janky”!

2010 KVIE Auction Preview Party Snapshot

KVIE’s annual Art Auction is off the radar of many art enthusiasts – a mistake if you want to see the widest variety of Sacramento art possible in 40-something hours!  From Friday to Sunday, Channel 6 will be auctioning off nearly 300 pieces of art submitted by regional artists including Gregory Kondos, Skinner, Richard Gilles, Sandra Hoover, Terry Pappas, Maija Peeples-Bright, Jian Wang, Alan Post, Gary Dinnen, Gioia Fonda, Robert Bowen, our own Liv Moe and another 250 or so others.  Be sure to check it out, just DON’T bid on that piece I’m bidding on!

Monday was the Preview Party and Awards Ceremony and we snapped some shots of art, artists and the assembled masses…

Pretty scary

Here’s some video and photos for our spooooookyyyyyyy cover shoot for the october issue!!!

A Taste of the (Midtown) Bazaar

The Midtown Bazaar is just one of those ideas that is so simple yet brilliant, you wonder why it hadn’t happened so much sooner. It started out as a unique combo of farmers-meets-flea-market, but has evolved into something else: a fun, family friendly Saturday morning activity. Come enjoy a made fresh cuppa joe from local coffee maestros, United Coffee while you browse vintage, collectible and hand-made items made by local artists & craftman. Looking for the unique? How about a pair of ear-rings made out of “spicy” text culled from romance novels. Or a candy dish created out of a vintage vinyl record? There’s some lovely vintage clothing, some amazing jewelry and lots of hoo-haws to oooh-ah. And you can feel good about supporting your Sacramento small businesses.

Every Saturday since June of this year, the parking lot on the corner of 16th & J is transformed into a community bazaar offering up a myriad of market delights. Open from 8 am-1 pm, this market is open year round, and beginning in October, will move into a covered space, offering up more room for vendors, shoppers and food stands. For more information check out, or call (916) 317-6017. And if you’re interested in participating as a vendor email your interest:

This weekend, the party gets started on Friday, September 17th from 8 a.m.,  and ends on Sunday the 19th at 8 p.m., with a Midtown Sidewalk Sale. Sponsored by Explore Midtown, this late summer shopping extravaganza spans the heart of midtown. With over 28 shops participating, from Bows & Arrows, Sugar Shack Boutique, Ed’s Threads, Midtown Bazaar & a slew of others, there’s bound to be a score or two. So happy weekend people, and start shopping.

– Bella Q

Bella Q writes for The Citizen Rosebud, a local style blog that is crazy about Sacramento.

Alan O’Connor and Solon Cuno Barragan talk Sacto Baseball

photo by Rick Cabral

Come on out this Sunday to the latest installment of the Sacramento Living Library at Time Tested Books!
We welcome Baseball historian Alan O’Conner, the author of Gold on the Diamond, the rollicking story of Sacramento baseball.  His encyclopedic and entertaining knowledge of the players, their records and their lives marks him as THE expert on this aspect of Sacramento history.  O’Connor will be joined by Sacramento baseball great Solon Cuno Barragan!  Barragan played for the Sacramento Solons in the fifties and for the Chicago Cubs in the 1960s.

See you there!
September 19, 7PM
Time Tested Books, 1114 21st Street
As always, these events are free and open to the public.

An Open Discussion: Second Saturday Shooting

We’re still reeling from this weekend’s shooting at Second Saturday.  Although the eruption of violence did not come as a complete surprise given the size of the crowds, none of us here predicted anything like this. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we hope that this tragedy will inspire actions that will make Second Saturday safer for all.

What is the answer? How do we make Second Saturday safe and fun for all?

Like most Midtowners, we’ve been both excited and concerned by the explosive growth of this event. Seeing the neighborhood full of people has been a joy, even if the crowd’s sometimes surly behavior has not. As Second Saturday has shifted from its initial focus as an art event to more of ‘block party,’ many Midtown residents have voiced their displeasure. Our own Bill Burg has often been on the frontlines of these discussions- relating his own experiences with drunks in his yard at 4AM, cleaning up their trash and even washing their piss off his porch. Ironically, the homeless population that is so often the subject of public scorn has caused Burg far less trouble than the drunken suburbanites who come to Midtown for the party.

Yesterday, MBA head Rob Kerth, Midtown Neighborhood Association’s Matt Piner, and Sac PD captain Dana Matthes were guests on KXJZ’s INSIGHT program, hosted by Jeffrey Callison.  The good news is that no one at the city, from the Mayor on down, is suggesting the same drastic reaction that killed K Street’s Thursday Night Market.   How they will handle the event from here on out is still an open question.

So, we offer an open forum here: What do YOU suggest?  What do you like, or not like, about Second Saturday?  What will make it better?

Concerts 4 Charity Event this Friday at the Crest Theatre

This Friday, enjoy what is sure to be an exciting night at the historic Crest Theatre. Concerts 4 Charity, in collaboration with the Pamela Hayes Ballet Theatre have put together a special live production featuring ballet performed to live music by Sister Crayon, Drifting Shapes, Doom Birds, and Exquisite Corps. This is sure to be a memorable event.

The costume design for the ballet was created by local designer, Lindsay Rickman. Her innovative cut-up construction, use of bright colors and unique graphics are well applied to stage production, creating original and bold ensembles made expressly for this fund-raising performance.

Friday, September 17th
Doors open at 6 pm for 7 pm show

Tickets are $12 in advance or $20 day of show

You can buy tickets at these fine establishments:

Bows & Arrows, 1712 L Street

The Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street

More information can be found here.

Musical Chairs

Davis singer/songwriter Garrett Pierce works in a traditional folk rock format (think cerebral sixties/seventies era folkies like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell) with thoughtful lyrics and tasteful, largely acoustic accompaniment.  Both the SF Weekly and SN&R have raved about his stuff, and with good reason – he’s very good at what he does.  He’s just tidying up his latest record City of Sand, which is due out in a few months, but he took some time out to run though some of his musical faves for us. Read more »

Chalk it Up, Day 1

The Chalk it Up festivities were well on its way, day one into the festival. Bands were already playing on stage by noon, and artists were set up on the sidewalk, in the early stages of creating beautiful works of art. The park was mildly crowded, people enjoying the offerings of the handful of vendors selling the gamut from nachos, beer, sodas and sunglasses.