Not all trios are created equal
According to BAR, Trio, the interestingly reviewed restaurant by Gonul Blum, is done. And guess what, sushi will moving in, because, of course, we need more sushi.
If you’d like to see several of the reasons that Trio closed, check out this review from earlier this year. It might shed some light on the recent closure.
It may come as a surprise to you, but the small restaurant footprint on J at 20th has gone through three iterations in the last few years. I know, you didn’t even notice. You were totally unaware that a place named “Had’s” strolled in there in 2011 and was gone by Inauguration Day. And honestly, we saw it coming even if you didn’t. Had’s? Really? What kind of a name was that? And the cursive script it was written in made us ask ourselves “Is the place called Shad’s? or Had’s? Of Ffad’s?…Fuck it, we’re not eating there.”
Before that, it was a sushi place so memorable that no one can remember its name. Sushi Place? Sushi Joint? Sushi Sushi? It was something awesomely memorable like that. They apparently served the best edamame you can get on that block of J Street.
Well, some new intrepid restaurateurs have rebranded the place and gone for broke with the surefire restaurant formula of the decade, artisinal/basic/comfort/hipster/fattening. It’s working for LowBrau, it’s working for grilled cheese trucks, it’s working everywhere. Perhaps it’ll work for the new occupiers of 1925 J Street, Tank House. Continue reading
My photo from the 2005 post
As far as seasonal ledes go on Sac Rag, they don’t get more boilerplate than “We here at The Sac Rag love us a pumpkin patch.” So it’s that time of year to do the thing. Pumpkins, corn mazes, apple pie, the works.
I have reviewed local favorites Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm and Bastiao Farms/Goblin Gardens as well as The Pumpkin Farm out in Citrus Heights and (sort of) Dave’s Pumpkin Patch (in 2005!)
Surprisingly, I have never been to Cool Patch Pumpkins out in Dixon, which boasts a corn maze “Labeled as ‘The Coolest Maze on the Planet’” (not sure by whom) though I hear great things about it.
Any other crowd favorites out there? Any new ones cropped up in the last few years? Anyone still out there, actually?
Sleep Train Arena will be undergoing some renovations before the NBA season opens:
The changes – expected to be ready opening night, Oct. 30 – include two new VIP lounges – one for the team’s three-dozen-member ownership group – and one expanded lounge. The visitors locker room, a long-reviled dungeon, will be doubled in size.
Not to pick on former staffer Runnergirl but here is a discussion from 2006 on this site about renovations including the very ones that are being planned. RG’s points were well-made, and I only include it here because it is relevant, not to prove anything. Though I do think the prevailing wisdom of the time was that these renovations were impossible. (Sac-eats has some choice bon mots in the comments section. Also–Kit!)
Just like last year around this time
Do you remember when Bon Jovi was cool? Uhhhh, no.
, I’ve been enjoying the set up process at Discovery Park over the last few days for this weekend’s Aftershock concert
as I ride my bike to work. It’s quite a production. A lot of moving parts.
Looking at the lineup makes me a little nervous.
The biggest names are Korn (where is the backwards K on my keyboard?), Papa Roach, and Megadeth, but I’m really old so that could just be the only three names I recognize. I don’t see any bands from last year’s event, however, but the same list of what is allowed and not allowed.
I did find this funny in the FAQ section.
Will there be ATMs available?
Yes. There will be atms available inside venue and near the box office.
Those ATMs were one of the first things to be delivered. They are everywhere.
So, is anyone going? Tickets are still available, but some packages are sold out, so I guess so.
Former Sacramento band !!! released a video for “Californiyeah,” a tune (with a local angle!) from their recent album “THR!!!ER.” Rolling Stone says:
Filmed on the streets of Japan, in a hotel elevator and onstage, the video for !!!’s “Californiyeah” is as exuberant as the song itself is contagious. Extracted from the dance-punk outfit’s fifth and latest album, THR!!!ER, one can’t help but sympathize as frontman Nic Offer pledges love for his home state (California, naturally) and shares his frustration with the idea that its bars close at 2 a.m.
Make sure to watch it through to the end for a fun moment.
In a twist worthy of a Netflix original drama, apparently CBS Sacramento’s Steve Large broke the story:
The mystery donor to an effort to put a new Sacramento Kings arena to a vote has been revealed as Seattle investor Chris Hansen, a source revealed to CBS13′s Steve Large on Friday.
Fun tidbit in this Bee article today about the facelift at the Central Building at Sutter’s Fort.
Clearing out the historic building has also resulted in some pleasant surprises, [Tim Gellinck, a restoration works specialist]added.
“We always knew that there was historic graffiti from the 1840s up in the attic of the building, but there was so much clutter up there that we couldn’t get to it,” Gellinck said. “Once the clutter was removed and the shingles were taken off, the light exposed quite a bit of graffiti that we didn’t realize was there.”
The crews found one particular inscription reading: “The Industrial Army Camped Here,” that was dated May 4, 1894. The Industrial Army Movement was apparently a roving populist group of unemployed laborers agitating on behalf of workers hurt by the bad economy of the time. #OccupySuttersFort!
Bettye Lavette (unconfirmed)
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the unique San Francisco music fest featuring country/bluegrass/Americana bands playing free concerts every October, is set to announce confirmed artists for this year’s fest October 4-6. As in previous years, the bands are announced via medleys that encourage fans to guess the invited artists. After the artists are correctly guessed by the fans, the official announcements are made.
Local experimental hip hop group Death Grips caused some kind of stir by failing to appear at their scheduled gig at a Chicago club a part of Lollapalooza.
The fans reportedly responded by trashing the band’s equipment that had been set up onstage, including a drum kit.
The drum kit would be owned by acclaimed experimental percussionist Zach Hill.
The new structure
Rebuild McKinley, the group created to build a new playground to replace the one destroyed in a fire last year, is having a grand opening event today to celebrate the creation of the new structure. The new structure is amazing, with major elements sharing an East Sacramento theme (continuing some of the designs in the previous structure). It also appears to be surrounded by a fence, which to me is a tremendous upgrade as the place is huge. Lots of local organizations worked on this project, and to get it done so quickly is a real accomplishment.
Photo of last year’s event
Hacker Lab, a Silicon valley-style tech startup incubator located in Midtown, is hosting “Cereal Hack 3” this weekend. The event will feature teams who will work together over 30 hours to create a hardware or software product. The best teams win cash prizes and you gotta think probably some attention from the Nor Cal startup scene. Oh, and I think there might be free breakfast cereals.
From the band’s Facebook page
Oakland based Wallpaper’s new album “Ricky Reed is Real” dropped yesterday (on frontman Ricky Reed’s birthday) and if this isn’t the album that makes this genre-defying act a household name, then I just don’t know what. (Well, houses that like super fun chopped and screwed party pop music, at least.)
Wallpaper, which also features “The Public Access Show” star Arjun Singh, are out rocking America on the Van’s Warped Tour. The album is available on iTunes and Amazon.
That’s not beef
Congrats to Sacramento’s Brotha Lynch Hung
for securing a headlining spot at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos
. He is touring behind his new album Mannibalector
, the third in his concept trilogy Coathanga Strangla. This release focuses on the struggles of a cannibal serial killer trying to balance his murderous urges with his family life. The video for the first single “Meat Cleaver”
has multiple viewer warnings.
Insane Clown Posse’s 14th annual celebration at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, is not only the world’s largest horrorcore music festival but also features hip-hop, comedy, hardcore, old nu-metal, obesity, drugs, “celebrity” poo assault, Continue reading
Living Social is first to break the news. Can’t wait to try it out.
“More than 60 years ago, husband-and-wife team Jim and Margaret Knudson started a small mobile restaurant in a converted 16-foot trailer, where they grew a loyal following with their delicious homemade tacos. Fast-forward to today and the four area locations…”