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January 30, 2013
Storytellers sought for live program about mothers

By Ed Fletcher

Talking about mothers is fair game as a national program seeks Sacramento storytellers for the live "Listen To Your Mother" show.

The selected storytellers will perform live on Mother's Day May 12 at the Crest Theater. The show will be recorded with segments available via YouTube. Twenty-three other cities will also host live shows. This is the first year Sacramento is involved.

The stories can come from mothers or be about mothers. Proceeds from the event fund the Sacramento non-profit 916 Ink, which promotes a love of written language among young people.

For more information on submission guidelines visit The show is being produced locally by area bloggers Nichole Beaudry and Margaret Andrews.

January 30, 2013
Record store Phono Select to close current store

Phono Select, the boutique midtown Sacramento record store that offers a great selection of vinyl, lost its lease and will be leaving its current building at 2312 K St.

The K Street store will close as of Feb. 11, but the business will reopen eventually, store co-owner Dal Basi wrote via e-mail. Phono Select is eyeing another space, but in the meantime will focus on expanding its Internet business.

Basi encouraged Phono Select fans to keep apprised of what's happening via the the Phono Select website.

Opened in 2010 by longtime professional music buyer Basi and graphic artist and music aficionado Nicholas Lujan, Phono Select was named "best music hangout" in the 2012 "best of" issue of the Sacramento News & Review.

January 22, 2013
Stories On Stage brings short fiction to an 'out loud' venue

Stories On Stage is a monthly program that presents short fiction by "established and emerging authors," introduced by the writers of the pieces and read by actors.

Catch the works of two writers at 7:30 p.m. Friday (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Sacramento Poetry Center, 1719 25th St., Sacramento ($5 donation). Featured will be Erica Lorraine Scheidt, author of the novel "Uses for Boys," and emerging writer Megan Cummins. Both are alumni of the UC Davis creative-writing graduate program.

Stories On Stage is held the last Friday of each month. For more information, and to see videos of past performances, go to Also: (916) 442-4778,

January 17, 2013
Local celebs to shake a leg at Hispanic Chamber gala

Local notables including Channel 10 news anchor Christina Mendonsa and City Councilman Allen Warren will perform in a "Latin Dancing With the Stars" show Feb. 1 at Sacramento State as part of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce business awards dinner.

The dancers already are rehearsing for the gala, the chamber's largest annual fund-raiser. The evening will include a three-course meal and a live auction by David Sobon of Sobon Auctions.

The gala will be held in in the university's ballroom (6000 J St.). It starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $150 for members, $175 for non-members, and $1,500 for tables of 10. For information, call the chamber at (916) 486-7700 or visit its website.

The other "Latin Dancing With the Stars" dancers are Tina Reynolds of Uptown Studios, Taro Arai of Mikuni Sushi, Sharon Gerber of Six Degreez, Inc., and Sean O'Brien of Merrill Lynch.

January 16, 2013
Mavericks big wave surf contest set for Sunday

The three-year wait appears over - the Mavericks Invitational is a go.

Northern California's legendary big wave contest will be held Sunday at the famous surf break on the northern edge of Half Moon Bay, announced Jeff Clark, the contest's founder.

"A big storm is coming in and we're expecting waves upwards of 30 feet or more," Clark said. "The weather is supposed to be gorgeous. It looks like perfect conditions."

Unlike past contests, the two dozen elite surfers who will compete got almost four days notice instead of the traditional 24-hour call to hit the beach. The contest will start at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Among the surfers expected to compete are past winners Greg Long, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Baker and Chris Bertish. In addition, 11-time world surf champion Kelly Slater may make it, too.

Also in a break from past contests, viewing will not be allowed on the beach at Pillar Point. Instead, fans are invited to attend a special surf festival at Oceano Hotel at Princeton Harbor where they can watch the action live on big screens and meet the competitors after their heats. Tickets are $10 advance online or $20 at the gate.

The contest also will be webcast live, free online. To watch on Sunday or get tickets to the Mavericks Invitational surf festival, click on

January 15, 2013
See the Stanley Cup at State Capitol today

stanley.JPGOne of sports' most recognizable icons makes a rare visit to Sacramento today.

The Stanley Cup - the championship trophy of the National Hockey League - will be on display to the public for one hour - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - in Room 125 of the State Capitol.

Accompanying the Cup will be representatives of the Los Angeles Kings, the reigning NHL champions, including team president Tim Leiweke and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.

After ending a lengthy lockout, the NHL starts its season Saturday.

"Like countless other fans, I am delighted to welcome hockey back this weekend, and I can think of no better way to usher in the season than to host our NHL champion Los Angeles Kings as they publicly display this historic trophy," said Assembly speaker John Perez, who represents Los Angeles.

As part of a storied tradition, the Stanley Cup remains in possession of the championship team until a new champion is crowned. Every member of the winning team gets to spend 24 hours with the trophy and take it wherever they want.

Since winning the 2012 crown, members of the Kings have taken the Cup to several L.A. landmarks, including the Hollywood Bowl, Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier.

January 14, 2013
'Simeon's Story' author will tell the tragedy of Emmett Till

Simeon Wright, civil-rights activist and author of "Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till," will give a free presentation at 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Capitol City Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6701 Lemon Hill Ave., Sacramento; (916) 381-5353.

In the coming-of-age memoir, Wright recalls the horrific scenario surrounding the 1955 kidnap and murder of his teenage cousin, Emmett Till, and the sensational trial that followed. The case had a major impact on advancing the nation's civil-rights movement.

January 11, 2013
Sac Antique Faire's move delayed

By Debbie Arrington

The giant Sacramento Antique Faire, the monthly marketplace for all things collectible, is staying put - at least for two more months.

Sunday's faire will be held as usual from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. under the freeway at X and 21st streets in midtown Sacramento.

A planned January move to Front Street has been delayed, said marketplace director Marylon Rose. Heavy equipment sitting on that site has yet to be moved.

January 11, 2013
Sierra sites host family fun on Winter Trails Day

Get ready for a family snow day - and learn how to be safer in winter, too.

Saturday is the 18th annual Winter Trails Day with free special events and demonstrations at Sierra ski areas.

This family day features snow safety presentations, gear try-outs, snow shelter building, avalanche beacon scavenger hunts, snow science activities, snowman building and guided snowshoe hikes.

Most of the activities are free or available at deep discounts. Coffee, hot cocoa and other refreshments will be offered, too.

Among the sites hosting events:

- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tahoe Meadows snow play area, Hwy. 431 (Mt. Rose Highway), just north of Incline Village, NV.

- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center, 15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee.

- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kirkwood Mountain Resort, 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood.

- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Carson Pass Sno-park south, Hwy. 88 at Carson Pass summit. Includes free tours of back-country trails; $5 day pass per car required.

Find out more at

January 10, 2013
LIVE CHAT, noon: Academy Awards nominations - did they get it right?

The Academy Awards nominations were made this morning, with plenty of box-office smashes, A-list stars and famed auteurs receiving coveted nods, along with dark-horse selections and not-so-recognizable names.

The Bee's Carla Meyer will lead a live chat at noon discussing the nominations and share their opinions while listening to yours about whether the academy folks got it right.

January 7, 2013
Ninety Miles Line Up Change

The Ninety Miles jazz ensemble performing at the Mondavi Center January 9-12 has announced a lineup change. Trumpeter Nicholas Payton will not be with the band for these dates. Ninety Miles will be comprised of Stefon Harris on vibraphone, David Sanchez on saxophone, Edward Simon on piano, Ricky Rodriguez on bass, Eddy Mauricio Herrera on percussion, and Henry Cole on drums. There is limited availability for tickets to the Ninety Miles performances. For more information about this performance call Mondavi Center Ticket Office at (530)754-2787 or (866) 754-2787 or go to

January 4, 2013
Free admission today at Cal State Home and Garden Show

katkowsky.jpgStart the new year with fresh ideas and a bargain: Free admission today at the California State Home and Garden Show.

The three-day show opens at noon today at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J St., Sacramento. Show hours are noon to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

On the weekend, admission is $7; youth age 16 and under admitted free. (Find a $2 discount coupon in the Sacramento Bee or online at the show's official website.)

Featured at this year's show is author and remodeling expert Steven Katkowsky, who will share his budget-minded and space-saving secrets. He gives three presentations each day including "Going in Style: Turning the bathroom that everyone has into the bathroom everyone wants." That's at 3 p.m. today and again at noon Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more details, click on


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