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Welcome to the New IOF!

Dear Friend of the Institute of Fun,

As you may be aware, we’ve decided to relaunch the Institute of Fun after a 4-year hiatus. We’re excited about the possibilities for the revived IOF, and we want as you to get involved!

Our vision for the IOF is as a place and organization that you can look to as a reliable source of smart, social entertainment. Each Institute of Fun event will be aimed at teaching you at least one thing that you may not have known before the event. And, our events will be convenient for the busy person, affordable, and, most of all, fun!

To preview the sort of classes that we’ll be offering when we start up for real in the fall, we’re taking over the semi-circle stage space in front of the Marrs Building (20th Street between J and K) during the 2nd Saturday “This Midtown” event on July 13 from 4pm to 8pm.

The larger event is totally free and will feature some great bands, great food, and a variety of interactive and fun goings-on. Our area will feature 10 minute mini-classes, including:

  • Musicianship for Non-musicians
  • Math is Fun
  • How Does Hypnosis Work?
  • Do It Yourself in Sacramento

We’ll also be bringing members of the audience up on stage to try out to be Institute of Fun Professors. So, if you have an amazing thing that you can do and teach others to do, come on down and be ready to do your thing for 5 to 10 minutes! You too could join the elite ranks of the Institute of Fun professors.

The Institute of Fun is all about expanding the possibilities for having and creating fun in your town. We have some ideas about possible ways to do this and we just posted a bunch of potential fun events to our website at If you have other ideas about what is fun, please let us know or add comments to our event ideas on the site!


Chris Minnick
Chief Fun Officer
Institute of Fun

The Institute of Fun at THIS Midtown

The Institute of Fun will be doing a special event at This Midtown ( on Saturday, July 13 from 4pm to 8pm. We’ll have Institute professors doing mini-courses, we’ll have open auditions to become an Institute of Fun professor, and we’ll be giving away Fun buttons! Come check us out in front of the Marrs Building on 20th Street between J and K in Midtown Sacramento!

Presenting: New Institute of Fun buttons!

The “Fun Button” is back! To celebrate the relaunching of the Institute of Fun, we’ve created a brand new FUN button! To get yours, look for a member of the Institute of Fun staff around town, or at one of our events, and just ask!

p.s. The Institute of Fun’s exclusive button vendor is Bearded Lady Buttons. If you have a button need, check them out, and tell them the Institute of Fun sent you.

The world-famous Fun Button, shown here on the bar at Hot Italian in Midtown Sacramento.

The world-famous Fun Button, shown here on the bar at Hot Italian in Midtown Sacramento.

Get in on the fun! Become an IOF sponsor!

The Institute of Fun now offers sponsorship opportunities to businesses and individuals who want to support fun in their community! Sponsorship packages start at a one-time payment of $50, and benefits include T-shirts, buttons, signs at events, logos and banners on our site, and so much more!

Plus, with our WILD PARTY package, you can even name your own price (and possibly your own benefits). If you just want to have a little fun or if you want to have a whole lot of fun, the WILD PARTY sponsorship is for you!

For more information about sponsorship, visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page, or email!

Sacramento Movie Premiere: “Merlove”

Filmmaker Rudolf N. McClain will be coming to Sacramento on July 18 for an exclusive showing of his critically acclaimed new documentary Merlove.

This will be an evening full of food, commentary and, of course, wine!

Tickets are available at and Revolution Wines.

To learn more about “Merlove”, watch the trailer below and visit

Keep checking in for more information about this event!

Noche Mexicana! Saturday, May 30!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Noche Mexicana

with Revolution Wines

Revolution Wines is hosting the fiesta of the summer with some Latin spice! This Saturday the tasting room at the Sacramento urban winery will be ready to mix things up with tacos, salsa dancing and sangria.

Yemayá Dance Studio founder, Emelie Andagan, and her dancers are set to perform and provide a dance lesson to keep the evening moving, while Revolution Wines provides a taco bar and special sangria created straight from their winery. The tasting bar will be open all evening and wine will be for sale by the glass or by the bottle.

TIME: 7:00 PM

PLACE: Revolution Wines, 2116 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Available at
$12 general admission
$10 students, Revolution Wine Club and S.I.F members
$15 at the door

Genealogy and More!

Join us tomorrow night at 7 PM at Revolution Wines to enjoy great wine and hear from author, John A. McKinsey.

We will be talking about genealogy and how it relates to McKinsey’s historical novel, The Lincoln Secret.

Get your tickets now!

Click here to take the Honest Abe quiz on the Lincoln Bicentennial website. How much do you really know about our 16th president?

Lincoln’s Secret Genes May 8th!

Author John A. McKinsey joins The Institute for a night of history and genealogy.

Abraham Lincoln may have a secret, and you could too! Have you ever traced your family tree and found some odd, mysterious branch?

McKinsey has spent time looking into genealogical errors and mysteries, and his discoveries inspired his historical novel about Lincoln’s questionable family past.

Don’t miss the event that may shed some light on the black sheep of your family!

Tickets are on sale now 🙂

Pop Culture Night Round-Up

Last night’s event, “Are We Really What We Eat? Fast Food, Slow Food and American Popular Culture” was a great success! I personally found Prof. Kevin Wehr’s presentation fascinating, and apparently so did the rest of the crowd, who had many questions and brought up a lot of good points for discussion.Thank you to Prof. Wehr and everyone who came out to the event.

I’ve posted three video clips from the event:

What do our food and Britney Spears have in common?

Did you know…?

Americans spend more money on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos and recorded music combined!

Spend Friday evening helping us get to the bottom of these pressing questions:

What do our food and Britney Spears have in common?

We need food to live, how can it be considered popular culture?

Is McDonald’s really out to kill me?

And more!

Pop Culture Night
with Kevin Wehr

Friday, April 24
7 – 10 pm
Revolution Wines

We may be in hard times, but we at the Institute still believe that good food, good times and good learning are important. That’s why we’ve reduced our ticket prices for this event by $10 across the board! So come on out and have a good time and meet new people.

$14.95 – General admission
$9.95 – Students and Revolution Wine Club members
$4.95 – Subscribing S.I.F members
$20 – At the door

See you all Friday!

Chief Interesting Officer