At the heart of Sacramento’s contemporary arts scene is an outstanding start-up nonprofit called Verge Center for the Arts. It’s where all the cool kids convene, and some of this town’s hippest entertainment takes place there.
One of Verge’s best-kept secrets is its Film Series. It’s a mere $7 to watch one of their award-winning picture shows. Â Tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m., they’re showingÂ “Marwencol,” a film that wonÂ the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival (talk about cool!),Â Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rotten Tomatoes, andÂ two Independent Spirit Awards. New York Magazine reviewed the film and raved, “About as fascinating as a documentary can get.”Â Fancy film!
Midtown just got a little more European. The deliciously talented twenty-something chocolatier Ginger Elizabeth, oft famed locally for her gourmet ice cream sandwich treasures and decadent mochas, now ranks among the nations top chocolate makers. The honor was bestowed upon her by Dessert Professional, a magazine for um, dessert professionals. They listed Ginger Elizabeth among the top ten chocolatiers in North America (take that, Canada!).
In her profile for the magazine, Ginger Elizabeth gives a shout out to Sacramento when asked about her personal favorite chocolate: the Meyer Lemon, which she says, “give this chocolate a great local touch.” Indeed!
I don’t know about you, but this time of year I start to dream of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head. Lucky for you, rather than watching the version in my mind, you have a chance to win FREE tickets to opening night of the Nutcracker Ballet on December 17 and watch professional fairies dance on a stage. This is the real holiday tradition performed by the Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet.
The first person to email greenbeet AT sacrag DOT com will win a set of two tickets.
Double plum bonus! If you win before Sunday (or if you are already a Nutcracker ticket holder), you can use your ballet tickets to enjoy FREE sugar plum punch (yes, the spiked kind) at Lounge ON20 during brunch on December 5. (Punch is free. You pay for brunch.) And it won’t be the drinks making you see fairies this time. The Nutcracker characters will be frolicking about to add to the festivities.
In case the heat and the State Fair weren’t strong enough reminders that summer is vibrantly in full swing, head to Whitey’s Jolly Kone, 1300 Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento. Their seasonally fresh peach shakes are here! Thick, creamy, and speckled with ripe, tangy peaches, you can lose yourself in the moment as you slurp. At $3 for a regular and $3.50 for a large, this is one summer treat that everyone can appreciate.
The scent of perfectly greasy fries and burgers oozing their goey juices over the grill will lure you in. The great prices at this 2009 Zagat-rated burger stand will make you stay. But hurry! The shakes won’t last once peach season ends. And be sure to note their hours of operation: weekdays 8:30 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. and Saturdays 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. I’ve been foiled several times by showing up when they’re closed.
While the thermostat reads 100 degrees right now, Sacramentoâ€™s heat index just went higher with the countryâ€™s exclusive supply of Linghamâ€™s Sweet & Spicy Hot Sauce. Local grocery store Corti Brothers now holds the complete United States stock of this fine Malaysian chili sauce. Darrell Corti, international culinary legend, deems this hot sauce, â€œone of my favorite condimentsâ€¦ It is without peer.â€
Manufactured in Malaysia, this condiment isnâ€™t your run-of-the-mill heat infusion sauce. Linghamâ€™s brings bright sweetness and tang, followed by a polite kick to your palette. It offers layers of playful flavor. Corti writes in his storeâ€™s newsletter: â€œThe chiles grown for this sauce are usually grown on small plots where the individual growers can harvest them as they turn from green to red, when the chile still has a fruity character and is not all heat and no flavor.”
The sauce contains all that is delicious: chili, sugar, and garlic. It also lacks all that is not: no Msg, no added flavorings or colors.
If you’re living on a budget, you might have done the unthinkable to get by in these tough times: switched to cheap toilet paper. Going from soft to scratchy is the ultimate fiscal sacrifice.
So imagine how local nonprofits must feel. These budget-savvy agencies (they don’t call them “non” profit for nothing!) have been penny-pinching on their toilet paper budgets all along. In these tough times, there’s really nowhere else to cut back. So when cuts have to be made, agencies look to their life-saving programs.
â€œItâ€™s amazing the number of expenses nonprofits face that people donâ€™t think about,â€ said Steve Heath, president of United Way California Capital Region. â€œNonprofits work magic with their budgets to make a positive difference in countless lives in our region, but thereâ€™s only so much they can do. Donating toilet paper is a great way to join together… ensuring more money goes toward vital programs that change peopleâ€™s lives.â€