Jessica Laskey

Journalist

About This Author

Jessica Laskey is a freelance writer and professional actress who has lived and worked in Sacramento, San Francisco, Dallas, New York City and Paris. She is also the co-founder of Theater Galatea and Indomita Press.

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How To Create a Stress-Free Summer

When school’s out for the summer, you might imagine that parents would breathe a sigh of relief—but you’d be wrong. Planning your child’s summer camp schedule can be even more stressful than keeping up with the regular school year, as Arden-Arcade resident DJ Waldow can attest.

“Three summers ago, I was trying to plan my kids’ summer camp schedule,” says Waldow, who has a 10-year-old, 8-year-old and 5-year-old twins with his wife, a high-risk OB doctor. “The process was so crazy—you’d build a schedule, then go to each individual site and cross your fingers that they still had openings. Camps filled up really quickly, which was stressful, plus trying to coordinate our kids going to the same camp as their friends was very, very complicated. There was no simple, easy way to find different camps in Sacramento.”

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Dennis Wilson is making Art Matter

There are three things that have happened to Dennis Wilson in the past few years that have changed the trajectory of his art career.

“Winning awards in the 2015 and 2016 KVIE Art Auctions, meeting (fellow painter) Bob Miller and joining an art critique group changed things,” Wilson says in the kitchen of his Rosemont home, where dozens of his striking oil paintings share wall space with family photos. “Meeting people and making contacts are key for me.”

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Cheyenne Randall is making his mark

Have you seen the photo of Marilyn Monroe baring the skull tattoo on her shoulder? How about the one of Sophia Loren with the butterfly tattoo on her cheek? Or the one of Audrey Hepburn’s intricate chest tattoo?

If none of these images sound real, that’s because they aren’t. They’re the clever creations of Cheyenne Randall, a painter and digital artist who’s made a name for himself painstakingly photoshopping tattoos onto images of celebrities and sharing them on his Instagram account @indiangiver. (The tongue-in-cheek handle refers to both Randall’s goal of giving back to the community and the undertones of racism he still encounters as a Native American.)

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