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A Look Back: Under the Big Top

BEFORE MARKET SQUARE AT ARDEN FAIR, there was Food Circus. With 35,000 square feet of space, this forerunner to the modern-day food court opened in 1965, dishing up food from 17 kitchens, including Jumbo’s...

Youthful Enthusiasm

Why would a theatergoer choose to attend a play full of student actors rather than professionals? Michele Hillen-Noufer, Sacramento Theatre Company’s Education and School of the Arts director, answers that question based STC’s comprehensive curriculum...

A Look Back: Willie Wins

Sacramento Bee photographer Owen Brewer captured this image of Willie Brown on Dec. 2, 1980, just after Brown had been voted speaker of the California State Assembly. Assemblyman Art Torres, Brown’s son, Michael, and wife, Blanche, surround...

A Look Back: Gemco

THE CENTER FOR SACRAMENTO HISTORY ran this photo on its Facebook page three years ago, and it quickly became one of the most “liked” images the center has ever posted. Skip Shuman of The...

Party Like It’s 1939

PLENTY OF SONG AND DANCE, including a performance by the unnamed group pictured above, entertained crowds at “Roaring Camp,” an ambitious, three-month-long celebration held at Sacramento’s Southside Park in 1939. The festival commemorated the...

A Look Back: Forest Fun

THEN: In 1928, outdoor games at Camp Sacramento included a “tug-o-war.” The city of Sacramento opened the camp in 1920, and it rapidly gained in popularity. It lies along the South Fork of the...

Seventh Annual Fire Spectacular

Expect a flaming hot night of entertainment at the Seventh Annual Fire Spectacular, taking place Saturday, Sept. 20 at Land Park’s William A. Carroll Amphitheatre. Local fire troupe Obsidian Butterly, along with other fire...

A Glimpse Into the Making of a New Film About the Global Water Crisis

Fraser Kershaw is the founder of Water Works, a charity that strives to give clean water to anyone in need. Doug Clevenger is a director of photography who has worked for National Geographic, PBS,...

4th Annual Panteón de Sacramento

This weekend, La Raza Galería Posada gives you an opportunity to honor departed souls with its annual Panteón de Sacramento, taking place in midtown. The outdoor event marks Día de los Muertos, or “Day...

Sixth Annual Fire Spectacular

Honor the equinox with fire! You can do it Saturday, Sept. 21—the eve of the autumnal equinox—when local fire dance troupe Obsidian Butterfly hosts its Sixth Annual Fire Spectacular. The event celebrates flame as...

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