A famous chair design by Sacramento native Ray Eames
For this episode of Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square, we are live from one of Sacramento’s best kept secrets, spreading the word about The California Museum. Opened original in 1998 to show items warehoused in the State Archives, The California Museum is a downtown treasure. Unfortunately, a lot more people drive by it on 10th Street every day than go through the front door.
Frida in Desert by John Huerta
Joined by Communications and Marketing Director Brenna Hamilton, we learn about permanent exhibits, The California Hall of Fame and Uprooted! Japanese Americans During World War II.
Brenna also gives us a local history lesson through the life of Sacramento native and internationally acclaimed designer Ray Eames, whose exhibit is currently a feature at the museum.
Listen in, and stop by the Museum (parking is free on Saturday). If you are like the crew at Forum, you will enjoy it, and you just might learn a thing or two. PLUS, if you do so before January 6th you will enjoy Art of Dia de los Muertos, featuring the work of artists Rob-O, John Huerta, and David Lozeau.
The Sutter Club’s California Room
The Sutter Club was founded in January of 1889, and is the second oldest private club in California. It originally opened in the “old pink building” – the California State Bank at Fourth and J Streets, but moved to its present location at 9th & Capitol Mall in 1930.
And as much as the Sutter Club’s History and architecture have left an indelible mark on Sacramento, that’s not what we are talking about on this episode of Forum – Sacramento’s Town Square. For this episode, we visit the California Museum for a book signing and lecture with Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns authors of Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes. Being that we are in the heart of the State Capital, we talk with Chef Jack Kalustian, Executive Chef of the Sutter Club, about what it is like being at the helm of Sacramento’s most politically connected kitchen.
This Saturday, September 28, 2013, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM discover some of Sacramento’s lost heritage in a FREE event featuring Sacramento historians and authors Maryellen and Keith Burns who will talk about the role of Posey’s Cottage in local and state history as the home of the California Derby Club.
Additional event activities include:
- Cooking demonstration by Chef Jack Kalustian of the Sutter Club and a taste of his updated version of the Hangtown Fry, Ronald Reagan’s favorite Posey’s dish;
- “Lost Restaurants of Sacramento” book signing;
- Food memory recordings by attendees via Story Station, an oral history project will be hosted by Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square;
- Menu design craft project for kids ages 5 & up;
- Free admission for 2 to exhibits including Posey’s Cottage, Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design, Day of the Dead: Art of Día de Los Muertos & much more;
- There will be free parking in the surface street lot on the corner of 10th & O Streets
Come out and celebrate a crossroad in Sacramento’s history – where food and politics meet!
A Pensive Brian Crall wondering, “what am I doing on Forum?”
Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square is back in the studio with Sacramento comic and the man behind The Comedy Spot and the Sacramento Comedy Festival, Brian Crall.
Brian tells the gang about the fun work The Comedy Spot, Sacramento’s answer to Second City, is doing to teach up-and-coming comedians and put Sacramento on the national comedy map. Are we really 9th on the list of funniest cities in America? We think we should be much higher!
We also talk a lot about the Third Annual Sacramento Comedy Festival going on right now (September 13 – 21: For tickets and more information click here). This year’s festival features a Stand-Up Competition, Improv, Sketch Comedy, and (our favorite) Comedy Podcasts. If the festival, and The Comedy Spot, are half as much fun as doing this show was, they’re a can’t miss!
Forum - Sacramento’s Digital Town Square launched one year ago and is still going strong.
On this episode, Patrick and Isaac visit with Shawn Peter, Downtown (Tour) Guide and local historian. We talk about the Downtown Sacramento Partnership Guide program, Sacramento’s guided tours - including an upcoming Haunted Tour, and the River City’s cross roads with the Civil War.
Also on hand is a discussion about the recent ban on entertainers on Old Sacramento’s streets. Is it really the best move, or is there a better course that will help create a more vibrant Old Town?
Finally, in What’s News Isaac Gonzalez. . . Are Sacramento’s carriage horses being abused?. . . Is there really an app that tells us exactly when we take out our recycling?. . . There’s some offally good food being served. . . and, BEER to benefit the Center for Sacramento History!
William Burg, local historian extraordinaire, sat down with Forum to discuss the crux of his latest book, “Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music, and Activism in California’s Capital City. Try as I might, I just can’t do the book better justice than its Amazon description:
Touted as progress, postwar redevelopment spawned a new age in Sacramento, California. As city planners designated areas of urban blight and directed bulldozers to make way for commercial districts and pedestrian malls, the churches, jazz clubs and family homes of the West End and Japantown were upended and residents scattered. Displaced families and businesses reestablished themselves and redefined their communities around new cultural centers. Historian William Burg weaves oral histories with previously unpublished photographs to chronicle the resurgence of Sacramento’s art, music and activism in the wake of redevelopment. Celebrate the individuals and organizations that defined an era: the beatniks and Black Panthers of Oak Park, Southside Park’s “League of Nations,” George Raya of Lavender Heights and the Royal Chicano Air Force in Alkali Flat.
Listen now to learn more about Sacramento’s modern history than you possibly can anywhere else in under 40 minutes!
It’s Show No. 62. And we have never been stood up by a guest before. Well, there is a first time for anything.
But we at Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square are pros. We know the show must go on. As it turns out, there were plenty of things to talk about in our fair City.
We talk National Night Out, Midtown’s upcoming Cocktail Week, Bastille Day festivities, and Brunch – apparently the most controversial meal of the day. We also reveal a secret about No. 1 Pod Squader Cindy Baker – who knew she is practically Sacramento royalty?
And as if that weren’t enough, this week in What’s News Isaac Gonzalez: Sutter’s Fort gets a face lift, It is REALLY expensive to raise a baby in Sacramento, and Sacramento’s Temple Coffee is among the best in the nation.
When we met with Pat Soluri recently at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe to talk about his neighborhood, Curtis Park, we spent a fair amount of time talking about Curtis Park Village. One of the biggest infill development opportunities in the nation, CPV has been in the works for decades. But building out 70+ acres next to established neighborhoods is never easy or without controversy, particularly on property used as a railroad toxic dumping ground for generations.
Construction is finally underway. To see more on the progress, click here to see a recent article from The Sacramento Bee.
Curtis Park is one of those old Sacramento neighborhoods that seems to have it all. Beautiful homes. Tree-lined streets. A great park. Neighborhood amenities. And a close-knit community who literally breaks bread together.
But is it really that perfect? And hasn’t it seen its share of controversy over the years? We sit down with neighbor leader and local attorney Pat Soluri to find out. Listen in. . .
And we do it at one of our favorite neighborhood businesses that has become a regional destination for anyone in search of great beer and a cool vibe.
As we say, Forum – Sacramento’s Digital Town Square is about the people places and things that make Sacramento unique. From time to time that means looking at serious issues facing our city.
On this episode we visit with Nilda Valmores, the Executive Director of My Sister’s House, a shelter for abused women that caters primarily to women in the Asian Pacific Islander community. We talk about the specific cultural hurdles the API community faces when a woman is the victim of abuse. We also discuss the unfortunately high rate of human trafficking that occurs in Sacramento and what My Sister’s House is doing to combat it. (To see how you can support My Sister’s House click here).
Then, in What’s News Isaac Gonzales, we talk salsa, STDs, and The Rivercats (no, not all at once).
Thank you for listening to this (60th) episode of Forum - Sacramento’s Digital Town Square!