I'm sorry - did someone say "recession"? Judging by the New Year's Eve festivities planned for downtown Sacramento this evening, it seems that 2009 might just be Sacramento's sweetest year ever.
Tonight, Sacramento will celebrate its first-ever New Year's Eve ball drop, a Times Square-style tradition that only occurs in a handful of U.S. cities, none of them located on the West Coast. Mayor Kevin Johnson will oversee the ceremonies, which will shut down 10th Street between J and L streets.
And Sacramento's induction into ball drop history isn't even the half of it. Event sponsors Crest Theatre and Sacramento Film & Music Festival have teamed up to provide an evening of free music and film that includes local music videos from the Festival's Sac Music Seen program, live performances by Autumn Sky and The Dirty Feet, and a selection of some short films and music videos from the Festival's submission pool.
The event takes place at the Crest Theatre from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), so once you've gotten your Sacramento-area art & culture fix, you can stroll over to 10th Street to see performances by STOMP and Forever Plaid. The evening concludes with the ball drop at midnight, and after that, well, you're going to have to come up with your own plans.