Beatniks, bowling alleys, ballet, bento boxes and beer runs, oh my! Here’s a look back at some of the best that Sacramento has to offer, courtesy of SN&R’s 2013 Best of the Burbs and Summer Guides, and Artober issue.
Best arcade fever
Pins N Strikes
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the endless hours and quarters spent at the local arcade as a kid, then prepare to re-establish those joystick-caused hand calluses. Elk Grove’s Pins N Strikes promises the ultimate in old-school gaming fun. The largest bowling and entertainment facility in the Sacramento region, this cathedral of blue-collar fun boasts 40 bowling lanes, a full restaurant with 11 high-definition flat-screen TVs for sport-watching enthusiasts, two bars for your imbibing pleasure and more than 100 boxy arcade games. And if you want to start your own dance-dance revolution, a deejay and live musical performances will aid and abet your listening and booty-shaking pleasure. So lace up those bowling shoes and grab a stack of quarters—game on! 3443 Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove, (916) 226-2695,www.pinsnstrikes.com. L.H.
Best sushi slump buster
Yoshi Japanese Restaurant
Stuck in a sushi rut? Tired of the oversauced, over-the-top rolls beaten into ubiquity by every other sushi joint? Luckily, Yoshi Japanese Restaurant has a refreshing take on the raw-fish scene. Boasting such decadent dishes as ButaBara Don (a succulent slab of pork belly atop a fluffy cloud of rice) and taiyaki ice cream (a fish-shaped cake stuffed with vanilla ice cream and red bean) makes Yoshi an innovative alternative to some of the mainstays in Japanese cuisine. With hundreds of delectable bites to select from and a menu that boasts both traditional and inventive dishes, Yoshi’s is the cure for that sushi rut. 9174 Franklin Boulevard, Suite D in Elk Grove; (916) 391-6822; http://yoshijapaneserestaurant.net. L.H.
Just drunk it
Midtown Beer Runners
Manuel J. Castillo-Garzón, professor of medical physiology at the University of Granada School of Medicine, released a 2011 study that concluded beer, in moderate amounts, is as effective as water for rehydration and recovery after exercise. So, all you beer-swilling joggers, it’s time to ditch the water bottle, don your sneakers and join Sacramento’s sudsiest running club,Midtown Beer Runners. Serving up monthly runs for those looking to unite their love of beer and running, the group hosts short, 2 to 3 mile runs around area parks with post-run brewskis at local taverns. Quirky events like “Midtown goose chase” at Fox & Goose, and “Drinking off the turkey,” a post-Thanksgiving run at Bonn Lair, keep its members lacing up for more.www.facebook.com/midtownbeerru
All in the family
Eames Generations: A Legacy of California Design
Following in their family’s acclaimed footsteps, Lucia Eames and Llisa Demetrios, daughter and granddaughter of legendary California designers Charles and Ray Eames, have forged their own path in the art community. Now The California Museum has honored them with an exhibition, the aptly titled Eames Generations: A Legacy of California Design, which runs through December 1. Staying true to their California roots, Eames, who created the 92-foot-tall “Wind Harp” in South San Francisco, designs functional indoor and outdoor pieces laser-cut in metal, and Demetrios, who creates large-scale sculptures out of bronze, hammers out her creations in their shared studio space in Sonoma County. Admission is $6-$8.50, free for children 5 and under. The California Museum, 1020 O Street; (916) 653-7524; www.californiamuseum.org.L.H.
From rite to riot
When Igor Stravinsky premiered his new ballet The Rite of Spring on May 29, 1913, the flamboyant, avant-garde performance choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky so shocked the Paris elite in attendance that they broke out into a frenzy that ultimately spilled from the stage at the Champs-Elysées Theatre and onto the streets. Indeed, something as seemingly refined as ballet caused a near riot. Now, a century later on Saturday, October 12, the Sacramento Ballet’s artistic director Ron Cunningham will reinterpret Stravinsky’s showy, influential production with a show that will also include a preview of sorts of two other upcoming Sac Ballet presentations,The Firebird and Rubies. 7 p.m., $25. Sacramento Ballet, 1631 K Street; (916) 552-5800; www.sacballet.org. L.H.
Davis Jazz and Beat Festival
Hit the road, and saunter across the Yolo Causeway for the seventh annual Davis Jazz and Beat Festival, October 4-5, at the John Natsoulas Center for the Arts. The free event, a celebration honoring the freewheeling ideals of the Beat Generation, promises two days of poetry readings and painting demonstrations set to rhapsodic live jazz performances. There’ll also be a Jack Kerouac poetry contest, as well as music and spoken word. This is a chance to delve into the artistic world that celebrated nonconformity and impetuous creativity. A concurrent exhibition, Beat Generation and Beyond; Lyrical Vision: the Figure, will feature works by notable artists of the era. Beret and sunglasses not required.521 First Street in Davis, (530) 756-3938,www.natsoulas.com. L.H.