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Bringing Books Back to K Street

As franchise owners of City Book Review, Heidi and Ross Rojek know a thing or two about print. They also know it’s anything but dead. “That’s what people think,” says Heidi, “but there’s actually a...

Mind Over Minecraft

For Christmas 1986 my father gave me—let’s be honest, gave himself—the newly released Nintendo Entertainment System. He often sent me to bed early and I would sneak into the hallway and watch him play....

Top of the Rainbow

AS AN UNDERFUNDED NONPROFIT WITH WILDLY FAR-REACHING SERVICES, Sacramento’s LGBT Community Center tries to be all things to all people, even if only to reach a few. “The LGBTQ community is everyone,” says Lanz Nalagan, the center’s...

A Portrait of the Arts

An examination of Sacramento’s recent visual-arts history affirms the idea that Warehouse Artist Lofts and Art Hotel ignited a spark. Then ArtStreet and Wide Open Walls kindled the flame of interest in establishing more...

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

One of the many takeaways from “The Chronicles of Narnia” is that adventure could be lying anywhere, even just around the corner. Sure, the characters in C.S. Lewis’ beloved series had a magical wardrobe...

Homegrown Marvel

As a child, Virginia Gardner could never have guessed she’d one day play Karolina Dean, a mutant from the Marvel universe, though she always knew she would act. Only 22, the Sacramento native landed her...

He Walked Around the World

I met John Hayes in March at one of my son’s first baseball practices. He approached me, wearing a baseball cap like the 8-year-old kids on the team, and asked which kid was mine....

Beer, the New Frontier

AARON O’CALLAGHAN IS a beer enthusiast and a map nerd.“Here’s the thing. I like maps, I really do. So I put together a map for Beer Week and it got a great response,” explains...

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

PICK YOUR POISON. Coffee or whiskey? Cake or gelato? Japanese or Mexican food? Burgers or brew? You can have it all at Carmichael’s culinary one-stop shop, Milagro Centre. To fill the nearly 50,000-square-foot center,...

Bachelor No. 1

When I got the email announcing I’d been nominated for Sacramento’s Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette, it felt at least a little ironic. To be a bachelor in your 20s is pretty great, but...

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