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    Live here awhile and you can speak Sacramentan, knowingly referring to the Delta Breeze or that ripe Better Boy at a farmers market or the coming performance of “A Chorus Line” at a theater that has always managed to combine the terms “music” and “circus” and gotten away with it.
    This is the essential Sacramento. You know it. Or do you?
    We turned to our experts to provide you the inside, sometimes quirky, always colorful, guide to the essence of life here.
    Inside they peel back the rich layers of our home, to capture the ways to watch politics and movies, to get moving or settle into history, to eat and drink and have enough fodder to talk even more like that fine Sacramentan you are.
    Randall Benton |
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    The west steps of the Capitol are a popular gathering place for political and other rallies held on a steady basis throughout the year. Read more: Five places to watch California politics in action in Sacramento
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    The Crest Theatre boasts a 10-story-high marquee that was restored recently. Alas, daily film screenings there have ceased. Read more: Classic, independent films still loom large at these sites
    Andy Alfaro | The Sacramento Bee
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    Workers sort almonds at the Blue Diamond plant in Sacramento. Read more: Five businesses that made a mark in Sacramento region in 2013
    Lezlie Sterling |
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    Sacramento River Cats players take batting practice on media day last year on April Fool’s Day. The team has been a consistent winner for the 14 years at Raley Field. Read more: Sporting venues to soak up Sacramento’s atmosphere, a game
    Hector Amezcua |
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    Sutter’s Fort in midtown is part of the Fort Sutter State Historic Park complex. Read more: Historic sites worth a visit in the Sacramento region
    Michael Allen Jones | Sacramento Bee
    The Sacramento River Water Intake Facility, a striking sight for southbound I-5 traffic just north of downtown in Matsui Waterfront Park, has public art on display and is accessible daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Inside, you may feel like you’re rolling down the river. Read more: Pleasing public spaces, hidden in plain sight
    José Luis Villegas |
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    Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme tried to shoot President Gerald Ford in Capitol Park, one of several high-profile crimes in our region. Read more: 5 crimes that put Sacramento on the map
    Randall Benton |
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    The Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day is a must-do race for Sacramento runners. Read more: From 5Ks to 100-milers, runners find a pace to love
    Renée C. Byer |
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    Gov. Jerry Brown lived frugally in a rented apartment in 1975. Read more: 5 places where governors have made their beds in Sacramento
    Sacramento Bee file photo
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    The Wells Fargo Pavilion was built on the old Music Circus tent site and debuted with the 2003 season. “Cats” was the first show. Read more: Musical theater in the round a beloved summer tradition
    Andy Alfaro | Sacramento Bee
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    Fresh Apple Hill cider, like this one from Rainbow Orchards, can also be found at some Sacramento farmers markets and grocers. Read more: How to sip and savor like a Sacramentan
    Lezlie Sterling |
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    Nine out of every 10 tomatoes eaten in the U.S. originated in California. Read more: In our busy farming region, these five crops are tops
    Eric Risberg | The Associated Press
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    Rubicon Brewing Co. makes its beer on location in its brewpub at 20th Street and Capitol Avenue. Read more: Sacramento-area IPAs are plentiful, eclectic and speak to our region’s personality
    Brian Nguyen |
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    The Virgin Sturgeon serves customers food and views on a floating barge on the Sacramento River. Read more: Five places to eat while watching Sacramento River or Delta
    Randall Benton |
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    Sacramento and the greater region show up in a lot of national rankings – some silly, some serious. Here’s a sampling on how the city of Sacramento or our region ranked on some surveys: Where Sacramento ranks in U.S., for better or worse
    MANNY CRISOSTOMO | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
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