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17 Jan 2024
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Uplifting Auburn event honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy

Here are some images from Auburn’s 40th celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. The General Gomez Arts & Event Center organized the march and program in downtown Auburn at their arts center. The theme for the event was “Strategizing for Change.” It was a well-attended, uplifting event with over 100 people that began with rapper Unity Lewis leading a downtown march. It was then followed by an event at the center that included Native American music by Mignon […]

13 Jan 2024
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Saint Lucia: Why honeymooners like us keep returning to this beautiful Caribbean island

Please check back in February 2024 for my article on Saint Lucia, which will be running in Outword Magazine. Until there, please enjoy these photos, which I took on two separate trips to Saint Lucia in 2014 and 2019. All photos are copyright Chris Allan and cannot be used without my written permission. Please contact me for usage rights. Thank you for reading my page Saint Lucia: Why honeymooners like us keep returning to this beautiful Caribbean island.!” To learn more about […]

02 Oct 2023

Roseville Joint Union High School District Board Meeting: Echoes of the Past

Last week I attended the Roseville Joint Union High School District Board Meeting. Pictured here are Board members Heidi Hall (Clerk), Pete Constant (President), Julie Hirota (VP), Superintendent John Becker, and speakers Natalie Robbins (President of the Roseville Secondary Education Association), and Barb Brass of PFLAG. Purpose The meeting was almost entirely dedicated to the nearly two hours of public discussion around a proposed parental notification policy. Like other policies that have recently passed in the State, including nearby Rocklin […]

28 Sep 2023

Holy Cosplay, Batman! CrockerCon was a big blast!

We are long-term members of the Crocker Art Museum, but have never managed to make CrockerCon. This year was different, and with minor modifications, here is the brief blurb I wrote with photos that appeared in Outword Magazine in September 2023. * * * The ninth edition of CrockerCon was a lighthearted evening to schmooze with Stormtroopers and congregate with caped cuties. Held each September at Sacramento’s Crocker Museum, the event explores the influences that comics and cartooning have on […]

25 Jul 2023
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Muy rico! The Floricanto Family Festival celebrates Latin culture and rhythms in Sacramento

These images were taken at the Floricanto Family Festival in Sacramento, California on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The event was organized by Casa de Español. I was volunteering with Casa de Español at the Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California. Biggest photo challenge of the day was trying not to abandon the booth all day to catch some of the amazing dancers! The event took place in the heart of the city on R Street, right next to Casa. I […]

17 Jul 2023
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One Day, Two Shows – Exploring new exhibits at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums in San Francisco

Last week I had a “museum day” in the City. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are comprised of the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. They are true cultural landmarks in the city. I’ve been going to both on an off since I was a student at Cal. It seems like the de Young was not renovated that long ago, but turns out that it was actually completed in 2005! Located in Golden Gate Park, the […]

12 Jul 2023
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Shooting Day #1 at The Homeless World Cup

This past Saturday, the Homeless World Cup arrived in Sacramento. For the first time in the organization’s 20-year existence, a U.S. city was chosen to host the weeklong event. This year’s upbeat, exciting competition gathered 40 teams from around the world in a powerful display of skill and resilience. Participants in the Cup must be at least 16 years old, have not taken part in a previous Cup, and have been homeless at some point in the past year. There […]

29 Jun 2023
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Pre-Pride in the Castro District

We were not able to get to San Francisco Pride this year, but we did do a fun, self-guided walking tour of the Castro District, the city’s historic gayborhood. That is, once we found parking! The lot by the Castro Theatre was closed for the annual Frameline Festival, but two-hour street parking is available around the area. The Tour There are of course a lot of options these days for self-guided tours and apps. One of the newest players we’ve […]

25 Jun 2023
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Woodland Pride Arrives on Main Street

Woodland Pride Arrives on Main Street Yolo County’s capital recovers from ugly 2022 incident as the community works together to increase visibility and understanding For the first time in the three years it has held the event,  Woodland celebrated Pride month with a festive parade in the heart of its downtown. Over a hundred participants gathered at Main and Walnut Street before stepping off as the town clock chimed ten. The group grew in size as other Yolo County locals joined them for the […]

08 Jun 2023
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Making photos in Sacramento

These photographs were made over a lot of years in Sacramento, California, approximately 2011 to the present. Until 2014 I lived in the state’s capital and thoroughly enjoyed it. When I first started getting more serious about photography, I decided to focus on Sacramento’s major landmarks as I would within the genre of travel photography: the Capitol, Old Sacramento, and downtown. I had a cropped sensor Olympus camera. They I moved further out along the American River, focusing for a […]