Panoramic view from a high rise condo balcony in the Little Italy area of San Diego.

Weekend Warriors: San Diego & Palm Springs

Last weekend with Clayton Blakley

For Memorial Day weekend I headed down to southern California to visit San Diego and Palm Springs. Between soaking in the sunshine and beautiful views from high-rise balconies, relaxing poolside and enjoying the delicious fare at local hot spots, I think it’s safe to say I had an amazing time. 

May 28, 2015 Clayton Blakley
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Level Up

The Capital Region is cashing in on the big business of comic conventions

Comic-themed conventions, or cons, have been around since the 1970s. Even the Capital Region has had its own Sac-Con since 1989. In those days, the events were small affairs attended by a hard-core smattering of lonely youth and middle-aged men speaking their own jargon-filled language. But in the past five years, something changed. Cons became cool.

May 19, 2015 Bill Romanelli

East Meets West

Indo Cafe spices up Old Sacramento’s food scene

New Yorkers Jim and Tessa traveled west from New York to California. They met up with friends in the capital who gave them a tour of Old Sac, pointed out Indo Cafe and mentioned casually that the owners were looking to sell. It was kismet.

May 18, 2015 Michelle Locke
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Comic Crash

How offing Superman almost killed the comic industry

The day Superman died, I was one of millions of people in line throughout the country. It turned out that I could not have picked a worse time than the early 1990s to start collecting comics. I knew nothing about speculation, and larger economic forces of which I was completely ignorant were at work.  Shortly after Superman died, he nearly took the entire comic industry with him.

May 13, 2015 Bill Romanelli

Photos: Stockton Mural Project

Last year, the Downtown Stockton Alliance in partnership with the Stockton Mural Art Resource Team launched the second phase of “Out of the Box,” a mural program to beautify utility boxes in downtown Stockton and showcase artwork created by local students.

Apr 10, 2015

Photos: ESC Art Panel Discusses Public Art

The Entertainment & Sports Center art panel of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission met on Monday, March 30, at City Hall, which was officially closed for Cesar Chavez Day. Last fall, the panel recommended the $8-million purchase of a Jeff Koons sculpture to anchor the new downtown arena. 

Apr 3, 2015 Joan Cusick