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sacramento philharmonic opera

The Magic We Missed

Back in February (a million years ago in coronavirus stay-at-home time), the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera was gearing up to put on a spectacular production of Gioachino Rossini’s comic masterpiece, “The Barber of Seville.”...
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Voices From the Pandemic

While people were staying physically distant during the early days of the pandemic, we reached out to find out how they were coping. Sacramentans have managed to keep some businesses and education going through...
lara downes

Playing with Purpose

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Lara Downes and her two younger sisters were homeschooled in their beachfront home in San Francisco by parents who were immersed in the civil rights movement and its...
Andy Furillo

Anger, Corruption and Intrigue

Former Sacramento Bee reporter Andy Furillo sets his fiction in Sacramento.Andy Furillo, author of the recently published novel “The First Year,” is a sort of hard-bitten, old-school journalist version of Lady Bird. He adores...
Slam

Slam!

Shortly after 7 p.m. on a Thursday night, Art Luna begins readying his little eatery/gallery, Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar, on 16th Street between N and O, for the night’s entertainment. Within the hour,...

A Midtown Meditation

I have started rambling my home neighborhood again. Turning corners on a whim. Entering random cafes, and stores I didn’t know I was interested in frequenting. Walking along alleyways and seeing what new graffiti...

Cultivating Support for the Marijuana Industry

Every other Tuesday for the past several months, a group known as the “Cannabis Caucus” has gathered in the downtown offices of a leading lobbying firm to discuss, over takeout lunches, the latest political news...

Taking Refuge

Just shy of 10:30 p.m. this past Nov. 5, Sardar Wali, his wife, Fatima, and their two young children step off a plane at Sacramento International Airport. Tired from nearly 24 hours of flying...

Going Hungry

In many ways, the Sacramento of 2015 is a world away from the Sacramento of 2008 and 2009. Six years ago, the region was trapped in what seemed to be a death spiral: Housing prices...

The Hydrogen Imaginarium

When it comes to tinkering, Bob Haran has just about done it all. He’s spent five years working for a slew of auto shops in the Yellowstone area, worked for years as an aviation...

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