Knitique satisfies the educational and material needs of needle-wielders with shelves of yarns, books, and patterns as well as a rotating selection of instructional classes. Stock up on knitting supplies and lavish fibers, such as Be Sweet Bambino Taffy yarn ($12.10/ball), ideal for making a soft cap for a pintsize family member, or threads from the colorful Classic Elite’s Waterlily ($12.10/ball), perfect for easily-spotted scarfs. Cordial clerks lead customers through the store's library of recently released knitting books, such as Wendy Knits Lace ($22.99) and My Grandmother’s Knitting ($22.50), that provide patterns, tips, and guides for at-home projects.
Sacramento magazine helps locals stay in touch with current happenings while sharing all the fun cultural and social opportunities the region offers. Each monthly issue includes regular departments and new features, including recommendations for noteworthy restaurants, previews of community events, and updates on the theater, art, and teacup-collection scenes. The magazine also highlights other locally themed stories and picturesque travel destinations in the surrounding region and beyond. Subscribers get another added bonus: the magazine's digital edition, which can be accessed via computer, smartphone, and tablet.
Hosted by the nonprofit art-and-education center La Raza Galería Posada, Jammin' in the Park 2 unites Sacramentoans for a day of culture and lively Chicano rhythms. The festival touts the life works of José Montoya and Phil Esparza, both of whom played key roles in conceiving the Chicano art movement. Headlining a lineup of hot tempos, the lauded 12-piece Latino band Malo will electrify fans as it celebrates its 40th anniversary, encouraging festival-goers to shower the stage with heart-shaped encased meats. Esteban Villa—who, along with Montoya, spearheaded the artist and activist collective Royal Chicano Air Force—will lead the crowd in a workout routine of head bobbing and hip shaking. With a backdrop of thumping beats, culture connoisseurs can feast on local cuisine, arts, and crafts.
U Bead It's jewelry geniuses impart bead beginners with bracelet-building know-how during each two-hour introductory class. Overseen by an expert instructor, each class teaches students how to use tools, string beads, and apply decorative findings such as vintage brasses, bronze charms, and centuries-old Spanish doubloons. Bracelet-making supply kits, available for an additional cost, make sifting through wristlet components simpler, though customers are encouraged to bring their own supplies. As a good-vibe-inducing bonus, each attendee receives a 15% discount on the purchase of all class materials including clasps, charms, and beading supplies. Check the schedule for class times, which are typically offered once a month.
Upon arrival at Alpha Fired Arts, your creative process commences with your choice of a ceramic bisque piece from the studio's extensive collection of ready-to-paint artifacts, including plates, platters, cookie jars, and flower pots. Next, dig into the depths of your thinker to come up with a design, sketch it out with pencil, and select your glaze colors. If your creativity gets hit with a ceramic block, draw on Alpha's collection of stamps and stencils for inspiration as you craft your masterpiece. Leave your work behind for one final firing in the kiln, and pick up the completed piece of art shortly thereafter. After applying the first part of this Groupon to Alpha Fired Arts' studio fee ($9/adults, $7/kids), which includes the use of brushes, underglaze colors, stamps, and stencils, you can use the remaining value toward your ready-to-paint bisque piece (many are in the $5–$20 range).
Walls garnished with thought-provoking masterpieces make living rooms into museums with couches where friends and family love to lounge. Ki Gifts and Custom Framing has acted as a secondary curator to museums with couches all over the city by offering always-friendly and knowledgeable art advice. The charming shop's custom-framing services take the guesswork out of border binding your beautiful prints, paintings, and more. Digitally overlay frames and mats onto your masterpiece through Wizard's Integrated Framer software, which allows you to see the final product before its analog conception. Although pricing varies based on quality of frame, mat, and glass, complete pieces start at around $60 for 11"x14" and $160 for 24"x36".