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The ‘Lady Bird’ Guide to Sacramento

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Like so many high schoolers, Lady Bird, the character played so beautifully by Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan in Greta Gerwig’s film, hates where she comes from. In the movie, Sacramento takes a bit of a beating from its namesake, yet it still comes off looking rather pleasant. In fact, Gerwig, the Oscar-nominated director, considers the film a love letter to her hometown, which she’s called a “magical place.” The year in the film is 2002, but California’s capital city today is actually a cool, emerging destination in its own right.

It’s been interesting to see how, in the months since its release, Lady Bird has impacted what’s arguably the most historic part of California. According to the Visit Sacramento tourism board, the film has increased buzz around the city so much that a local company is designing a walking tour specifically around Lady Bird locations. What’s not traced back to the movie is the fact that, of late, there’s been a renewed energy in Sacramento, with new development, a robust food scene and an increasing number of creatives making it their home base. Despite all the newness, the city is loved for its approachability. More


Will someone help Greta Gerwig make her ode to Sacramento?

“I have always wanted to make a feature film in Sacramento,” Greta Gerwig was saying. “I wanted to make more than one feature film in Sacramento. But right now, I’m just going to try to make this one.”

The 32-year-old filmmaker and actress was on the phone a few days ago from Brooklyn, where she lives now. I’d tracked her down to ask about the coming-of-age movie that may or may not pencil out for her to shoot here, though Sacramento is a character and she wrote it especially as a kind of valentine to her hometown.

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Sacramento Stars & Stripes

Sacramento Ballet performance of John Philip Souza’s Stars and Stripes, February 2015.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Stars and Stripes is a ballet in five “campaigns,” choreographed by George Balanchine in 1958 to original music by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Hershy Kay. It lasts an average of 28 minutes.

The ballet, which evokes Fourth of July parades, is one of several of Balanchine salutes to his adoptive country. It is a full-company ballet complete with baton twirling, military marching and a regiment of rifle-bearing ballerinas. The fourth campaign is a challenging pas de deux with a coda set to the Liberty Bell and El Capitan marches which shows the virtuosity of the dancers.

The original cast included four New York City Ballet stars of their time: Canadian ballerina Melissa Hayden and Americans Jacques d’Amboise, Allegra Kent and Diana Adams. It premiered January 17, 1958 at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, with costumes by Barbara Karinska and lighting by Mark Stanley. When Balanchine was asked for his reason to choreograph a ballet to Sousa’s marches, he famously replied: “Because I like his music.”

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Esquire Grill 1213 K Street, Sacramento

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Zocalo 1801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento

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The Press Bistro 1809 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento

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The Waterboy 2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento

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Hot Italian Pizza & Panini Bar 1627 16th Street, Sacramento

P.F. Chang’s 1530 J Street #100, Sacramento

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Morton’s the Restaurant 621 Capitol Mall, Sacramento

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