Bonjour!
Another new issue is OUT as Fresh as Spring in Sacramento671

Very soon (to quote the NSYNC/Justin Timberlake meme) “It’s Gonna Be May” and May 6th is the Big Day of Giving! Almost 700 non-profits will rally donors to support their favorite causes. Read more about the annual event on page 2.

We would like to acknowledge and say “Cheers and Best Wishes!” to Scott VandenBerg who is retiring, after 42 years, from his position of General Manager of the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento (on page 4). He has been a great friend to our community and we wish him nothing but the best.

Someone who’s also been around for quite a while is the original "Coal Miner’s Daughter" Loretta Lynn, who began recording music over 60 years ago! On page 6, Outword’s “Gone Country,” with reviews of Lynn’s latest work, and three other CD reviews from some of the finest females in country music. This includes two up-and-coming Black country queens, proving that the music of America’s heartland is finally branching out to embrace all colors of the rainbow in 2021.

Other sweet tea touches in the country music realm include page 20’s book review of “Broken Horses” a memoir by gay fave Brandi Carlile, an out and proud Americana-country queen. On page 21, there’s a concert announcement for Brothers Osborne, a red-hot Nashville music duo coming out and coming to Sacramento. With ‘out' artists like T.J. Osborne, Ty Herndon and Brandi Carlile leading the charge, country music is also becoming much more gay-friendly.

Other highlights in this issue include a story on a public art installation coming to the Safe Credit Union Convention &

Performing Arts District and some of their renderings (page 10), new movies to see courtesy of Chris Narloch (page 11), as well as some of his classic Blu-ray selections on page 13.

Ron Tackitt delivers a slice of food news on page 16 with his review of a Nakiri knife, and on page 17, get the scoop on the “O” card, coming to a retailer near you very soon.

Rounding out this spring mix salad of an issue is the crowning of Jesus H(unky) Christ. Read about this San Francisco Easter Sunday tradition--organized by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence--that dates back more than 30 years on page 22 (story by Christopher J. Beale).

One last reminder… Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th. Nothing to do with this issue, but just a public service announcement to make arrangements now (and support a local business) if you haven’t already. You can thank us later.

Au revoir!

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