Karen Wilkinson

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Karen Wilkinson is a writer, yoga teacher and Sacramentan.

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Chef’s Choice

Having left behind his metal music roots, Localis’ Chris Barnum-Dann still marches to the beat of his own drum

Chris Barnum-Dann is meticulous, driven and creative. A little OCD with a rocker persona, those close to him say, but in a way that’s an asset for the man focused on shaking the Sacramento culinary scene. He’s unapologetic about his restaurant’s changing menu or pricey offerings. Barnum-Dann is making his mark, not pleasing the masses.

Sep 5, 2017 Karen Wilkinson

Policy Talk

Wonk Wednesday event at New Helvetia Brewery pairs beer with in-depth policy discussions

It began when an online discussion about the Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento that devolved into what typically happens on these forums — personal blows, attacks and a palpable sense of us vs. them. No surprise there, but instead of engaging in the same behavior manifesting from behind the safety of screens, a local business owner offered another setting for such a conversation: At his brewery, over beer — and he’s buying.

Jul 11, 2017 Karen Wilkinson

Sacramento Musicians Want a Clear Message on Busking

No city ordinance regulates street performing, but conflicting rules have created lots of confusion

April Walker made her first $10 as a musician on the wooden sidewalks of Old Sacramento five years ago. A then-transplant from Fairfield, Walker — whose stage name is SpaceWalker — carried her guitar case and a desire to expand her artistic roots to the historic district, the K Street tunnel and other downtown spots.

Apr 12, 2017 Karen Wilkinson

What Did Le Diner en Blanc Really Bring to Sacramento?

The lavish, invite-only Diner en Blanc, is a private, international pop-up picnic party that prides itself on its secrecy and fashionability. According to the official website, “Thousands of people, dressed in all white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass ‘chic picnic’ in a public space.”

Nov 3, 2016 Karen Wilkinson
David Sobon in action

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David Sobon Auctions pulls serious cash for nonprofits

Cookie dough, chocolate bars, entertainment books and gift wrap — 20 years ago, the Waldorf school David Sobon’s son was attending had students peddling all of these wares, yet they couldn’t fundraise even $10,000 in a given year. Frustrated that these “ridiculously painful fundraisers” were being placed on his child’s shoulders, the then-30-something decided on a whim to host his first live auction — which eventually led him to launch David Sobon Auctions. 

Oct 16, 2014 Karen Wilkinson