Appetizers
July 10, 2006
Suds, Sex and Sculpture

After 14 stops during the Sacramento art walk called Second Saturday, I have to say that the quality of the works on exhibit just get more and more compelling. So does the wine. Fewer galleries, boutiques and other stops along the stroll are pouring Charles Shaw wines, also known as Two Buck Chuck, and more are opting for labels a bit more expensive and a bit more complex, like the art itself.

Curiously, however, of the 14 midtown places we visited just one really understood the Sacramento climate and attitude. That was the salon Lush, where the staff was handing out cups of Rubicon Brewing Company's cold, rich and foamy IPA. This was the only beer we found all evening, which wasn't much cooler than the day, when the temperature topped 100 degrees.

With refreshing cups in hand, we drifted to the nearby 20th St. Art Gallery, where the band Sex on Sunday was playing out front and a food-theme group show inside was drawing the biggest and most excited crowd of the night.

As I stood looking at Leslie DuPratt's "One Less Egg to Fry," I heard someone say, "Look, she's drinking wine in the morning." True, the subject of the painting, whose expression of barely controlled rage is priceless, was holding a glass of red wine, with the half-empty bottle on the counter next to the range. But the setting could have been evening as well as morning. Why not a fried egg for dinner? But why red wine instead of white? Got to try both sometime.

In the meantime, the show continues until July 28. I really don't need to say "don't miss" the Melissa Bowden sculpture "A Damn Big Pear."

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