One great thing Sacramento has is Second Saturday, the monthly art walk through midtown. This past Saturday, my sister and her friend were visiting from out of town, so I decided to drag them along for a little evening of art and music on the street.
We ate at a tapas restaurant on J Street, where we, oddly, feasted on gourmet burgers and pasta — the anti-tapas. We each ordered a mint lemonade that was like a virgin mint mojito.
After our early dinner, we split up and I met Maggie at Newsbeat, a newsstand on L Street. Maggie lives in the neighbor and makes it a ritual to visit Newsbeat every weekend for her weekly issue of the Wall Street Journal. I loved the place. I’d been wanting to go for a while to feed on my need for new magazines and cutesy little notebooks and purses — and Mamba candy
After sipping iced mochas under a sprawling tree on the street corner, Layla joined us. We wandered from gallery to gallery, performer to performer. There is a store that is kind of like a gallery with its Mexican folklore, sacred hearts and Dia De Los Muertos dolls. I think that stuff is so fun.
We also met a collage artist who set up shop on a corner just because he was driving through. He has some really amazing stuff, including a portfolio filled with rivers and mountains made from tiny pieces of paper all glued together.