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I have what you’d call a love/hate relationship with social media. Twitter straight up is just not for me, while Facebook, I somehow can tolerate. Some things I can’t stand about Facebook is all the whining, arguing and cheesy inspirational images and quotes that spam my feed. However, what I do like about Facebook is that it’s an easy way to keep in touch, see friends’ and family’s photos and laugh at hilarious jokes and articles that get posted and re-posted. Now, what I absolutely love about the site is that it’s a great way to come across something new. New music, art or even restaurants. Thanks to your friends “liking” different pages, there is a possibility of something new popping up in your feed. And on a slow day, it might even intrigue you to click on something you normally wouldn’t. For example, this past summer, my friend Zenia LaPorte liked “The Art of Victor Malagon” on Facebook. It was a Saturday afternoon and I was trying hard to distract myself from doing what I should have been doing that day, working. And like a true lurker, I scrolled over this freshly liked page to discover some of the coolest art I’ve seen to date. Thus, it inspired me to like his page too. Lo and behold, five months later: because I liked his page, I saw a flyer on my feed and discovered his work was going to be on display at the Sacramento State Union Gallery this November. At that moment I knew I wanted to share what I discovered with our readers. Please check out our feature on artist Victor Malagon (who’s also on our back cover), where you’ll learn about his love for graffiti, his time in art school and his magazine that can be found at Barnes & Noble, all starting on page 12. As for our front cover, between entering their name in our music calendar section a ton of times over the years and hearing my ol’ friend and ex-Tower Records exec Stan Goman tell me that he was impressed with their live show, I eventuality got around to checking out Island of Black and White’s Facebook page (or website) about a year or so ago. While there were just rough mixes from live recordings, I remember liking their take on certain covers as well as their own jam sessions. Thanks to Island of Black and White’s Facebook page (and being the true lurker I am), I discovered they were recording their debut album IBW this past summer. They ended up having a CD release show at Beach Hut Deli’s Granite Bay location in September, but they are playing the Sacramento area a bunch this November, so be sure to take one of these opportunities and buy their album at a show. You can find them at the Blue Lamp on Nov. 15, Roseville’s Bar 101 on Nov. 16, a few shows in El Dorado Hills, and then they’ll be playing Sacramento again on Nov. 29 at the Torch Club (which sounds like the perfect thing to do the night after Thanksgiving with or without your family that’s visiting, if you ask me!). On page 16 you can read our feature story on Island of Black and White and learn how Nawal Alwareeth went from being the band’s manager to becoming the drummer, how the group came across Reno’s Douglas Patrick Vaughn who produced their new album, and the difference between playing live and recording songs for these guys. One other feature in this issue is on local hip-hop group Alumni. Instead of lurking them on the Internet, I got what I love most, a press release in my inbox from one of the members, Mahtie Bush. (Note to artists out there, please take the time to email us a bio and/or a press release. Just put yourself or your group on our radar! Keep us in the loop as to what you have going on. Email us to info@submergemag. com). With Alumni’s new album, Square, already released (it can be found on iTunes and Spotify), the band is scheduled to have a release party Nov. 23 at the Blue Lamp. Unfamiliar with Alumni? Well flip to page 10 and learn about what program M.I.Geezus and Prhyme Suspect bonded over, about their experience in Tahiti and discover their competitive edge that keeps them from being mediocre. Lurk on. Read on. Enjoy issue #149, Melissa-Dubs

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Thanksgiving is easily the best holiday. The primary reason? The food. Sure, it’s great celebrating love and happiness with friends and family, but let’s be honest here: the food is incredible. But every holiday has its respective hiccups, and what should be a time to exchange praise and thanks can quickly turn into an ethical debate. Vegetarians, vegans and carnivores are constantly clashing, making the dinner table resemble a battle field. Best way to avoid this conflict? The Vegan (November 14, 6-8:30 p.m.), Vegetarian (November 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.) and Turkey Essentials (November 19, 6-7:15 p.m.) cooking classes at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op! Sacfoodcoop. com describes a plethora of classes accommodating a variety of diets. Impress your family and friends by contributing dishes that complement the Turkey Day foods they love. Everyone will be waving their napkins like white flags!

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What do Caribou, Grimes, Moby, Hot Chip, Skrillex and Star Slinger all have in common? They’ve birthed from one major influence, Thomas Dolby. Dolby, most commonly known for his ‘80s hits “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive,” is one of the most influential artists of modern electronic music. His music is from his scientific perspective, which has resulted in a pleasingly progressive alternative/ eighties-synth-pop style consistent throughout his career. In addition to producing the framework most EDM artists associate with today, he has assisted in improving and producing the instruments and programs affiliated with the genre. Dolby’s Invisible Lighthouse tour combines his science and music abilities with his passion for film-making, creating a total visual-acoustic experience. Guess what, Sacramento? We’re included in the fun. Dolby will be performing at the Crest Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. VIP Tickets are already sold out (to no one’s surprise), but you can still get general admission seats at Thomasdolby.com/tour. Judging by the tour’s trailer posted on Youtube, this show is going to be beyond amazing. Get your tickets while you can!

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Just when you think Sacramento’s local music scene can’t get any better, it does. Once An Empire promotes the dedication, originality and fluidity prevalent in most Sacramento bands, but there’s something about their music that makes them distinctive from the rest. Maybe it’s the alluring assemblage between their bad-ass front woman and (incredibly talented) male instrumentalists? Maybe it’s the way their harmonies flirt with their molten rhythms? Or the after-shock of each song, in that, you can’t help but to enjoyably sustain the chorus in your head. You can listen to their songs at OnceAnEmpire.com and decide for yourself, or better yet, support them at their Nov. 29 album release show at Old Ironsides. Their initial impression presents influences of Burden of a Day, Paramore and, surprisingly, The Antlers (mostly the echo effects in their album Hospice), but as you continue to listen you realize the originality and artful complexity behind their songs. The album release show starts at 9 p.m., with a cover of $6 and is 21-and-over. Also performing will be local indie group Amour Band as well as touring bands Blood Party and Hessler.

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It’s been a long time coming, but local singer/songwriter Jahari Sai’s full-length album The Kiss is finally here. The 12 tracks on this easy to listen to record weave jazz, bossa nova, pop and soul into the sort of album that makes me want to sip on some whiskey while a fire roars in the fireplace. While most of the songs on the album were produced, arranged and composed by Sai herself, she did have help from her longtime drummer Tony Galioto, bassist Martin Holland and guest appearances by Steve Roach (horns/trumpet), Darius Babazadeh (tenor saxophone) and others. “I’m very fortunate to have had some legendary musicians from Sacramento play on this album,” Sai recently told Submerge. “These guys are the cream of the crop.” “It takes a lot of planning and logistics,” she went on to say of the process of making an album. “It’s not simply pressing record,” which is a sentiment I’m sure many musicians can attest to. We here at Submerge have been keeping an eye on Sai’s progress in the local music scene for years now and have seen her grow and start to score better and better gigs, proof that hard work (mixed with a natural talent) really does pay off. “She has gained the respect of many of the community’s most prominent musicians, as well as the support of dedicated fans,” Galioto said of his musical counterpart. Be sure to catch The Jahari Sai Quartet live on Friday, Nov. 15 at Harlow’s at 7 p.m. The cover is just $7 (for $10, you gain entrance to the show and a copy of the CD), and local band Freeport will also perform.

Just last week it was announced that America’s largest and most prestigious cycling event, the Amgen Tour of California, is returning to Sacramento in 2014. The race is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that will see some of the top athletes in the world travel more than 700 miles throughout some of our state’s most scenic (and challenging) terrain. Stage one of the eight-day race will start and end at the State Capitol on May 11, 2014. The following day, Folsom will host the individual time trials (stage 2). This is the first time Folsom has hosted the tour. Sacramento previously hosted 2009’s prologue as well as stage finishes in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. The event is highly sought after by towns and communities, as it brings in tons of money and media attention. In Sacramento, it’s estimated that the event will draw 65,000 to 70,000 spectators, 2,700 hotel room nights and $8.5 million in economic activity. Other California host cities include San Jose, Mt. Diablo, Monterey, Cambria, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Mountain High, Pasadena and Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit Amgentourofcalifornia.com.

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One of our favorite midtown bars (they’ve got Big Buck Hunter and free popcorn, um, fuck yes), Pine Cove Tavern, is turning 60 years old. To celebrate, they are throwing a three-day bash from Nov. 15 to 17. There will of course be live music: Whiskey Dawn will play starting at 9 p.m. on Friday; on Saturday, catch Musical Charis, The Denver J, Savvant and TJ McNulty all starting at 1 p.m. There will be a massive karaoke competition all weekend with cash prizes, with the finals going down on Sunday at 9 p.m. Expect killer drink specials all weekend too, like on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., where they will offer “Rollback Prices,” or the $1 Jello shots all weekend and $5 bottomless mimosas from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Pro tip: if you’re looking to have a “Sunday funday” with your bros and/or girlfriends but don’t want to cough up a week’s salary to get a buzz going, why not hit up Pine Cove from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday for their progressive drink prices? Beers will be only $.50 and wells just $1.50 starting at 2 p.m. and every half hour the prices increase by just a quarter. I’m not too good at math but that’s, like, really cheap. Certain stars of the local food truck scene will be on hand throughout the weekend to help soak up all that booze, such as Drewski’s, Chando’s and more. Pine Cove is even raffling off a beach cruiser, so if you’re feeling lucky, and/or if you need some new wheels, pick up some raffle tickets at the bar. For more information, visit Facebook.com/PineCoveTavern. After a brief hiatus, one of Sacramento’s most beloved and longest running reggae dance nights, Get Down to the Champion Sound, is returning, this time at a new home. Starting on Nov. 17 and continuing weekly on Sunday nights after that, Get Down will now be at Blue Lamp, located at 1400 Alhambra Blvd. “We’re really looking forward to bringing some great reggae vibes once again for our beautiful city of Sacramento,” resident DJ ESEF recently told Submerge. Other Get Down residents include DJ Juan Love (aka skate legend and Sacramento local John Cardiel), Selector KDK and Ras Matthew (another skate industry OG, Matthew Pailes). Probably the best part about it, besides the killer reggae/dancehall vibes, is that Get Down to the Champion Sound is only $3! Talk about budget friendly! The first 50 people through the door on the grand re-opening night will take home a free mix CD by DJ ESEF himself, so you can continue the irie vibes in your car or at home even after Get Down is over. For more information on upcoming Get Down guest DJs, visit Facebook.com/djesef.

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The Optimistic Pessimist Wars have been fought over it. Movies have depicted it, chastised it and praised it, sometimes all at once. Jane’s Addiction even wrote a song about it. It’s probably as old as life itself. Thievery is more than a crime; it is a part of who were are. I’m sure many of you have had something stolen from you, but I bet a lot of you have also stolen something from someone else. I’m not saying we are all out there robbing banks and jackin’ cars, and clearly, most of us do not push old ladies over for their purses, but we still steal. When you take something that isn’t already yours without the permission of its proper owner, you are stealing. When you take more of something than what was allotted to you by its owner, you are stealing. Even if you intend to put it back and even if you actually do, it was still stealing. You might even have a good reason for taking something, but ya still stole it. Everybody steals. I’ve seen just as many old ladies as little kids grazing on nuts,

dried fruit and candy from the open bins and “taste testing” fruits in the produce departments of grocery stores. Who among us hasn’t taken more napkins, ketchup, sugar packets, mints or salsa than needed at a restaurant or coffee shop? “But I don’t leave the house, Bocephus. How can I steal?” You agoraphobics out there are stealing your skin’s opportunity to feel the sun, if nothing else. You probably didn’t pay for every mp3 on your computer. Maybe illegal TV and movie streaming is your game. You do seem to always know what’s up on Game of Thrones, though I don’t recall you having a subscription to HBO. Maybe you really are a perfect saint who wouldn’t steal a thing from anyone, but I bet it wasn’t always that way. We were all teenagers at some point, and if teens know how to do one thing, it’s steal. Maybe it started with money taken from mom’s purse or dad’s wallet before you stole the night. Shoplifting wasn’t too much of a leap from there. So you pocketed some candy, cigars or make-up every

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once in a while…no big deal. By senior year, booze was your thing, and you got pretty good at hiding bottles in your clothes or sprinting out of the store with a couple of 12 packs under each arm. Maybe you were more of a stoner. If so, I hope you weren’t like President Obama, breaking rotation to “intercept” extra hits from the joint. That’s not cool, bro. It may seem like I’m trying to romanticize theft and to some extent, I kind of am, but I don’t want you to think all theft is cool. Stealing from the poor is never OK, even if you are poor yourself. Stealing from nice people is also no bueno. This world is already full of dickheads, assholes, pricks, douchebags and fuckwads; we need all the nice people we can get. When you steal from nice people, they become mean people and the worldwide hate quotient increases. Which brings me to the impetus of this column/blog/word jumble. A few weeks ago, one of the bad kinds of theft occurred, one that affected the very authors, editors and owners of this fine publication. Allow me to cut to the chase: some rotten ass bitch stole our paychecks! If that

weren’t bad enough, this sea-donkey tried to wash the ink off the checks to rewrite them! Lucky for us, life isn’t Catch Me If You Can and this chick ain’t no Leo DiCaprio. No one would take her poorly washed checks and Submerge’s Super Security Force was tipped off before any real damage could be done. She may have caused a brief hiccup in our routine and a possible increase in the amount of cheap ramen that we consumed, but by taking all that time to steal, wash and try to pass off your faulty work, we stole something better from her: her dignity! Lady, whoever you are, you are a chump. You must have felt hella dumb every time someone turned down those checks. Face it…stealing checks ain’t your bag; so, stop doing it. Just because we look like a bunch of spindly armed, carpaltunneled geeks, doesn’t mean we won’t go ape on you if you come around to snatch our checks again. The suspect has been described as a punk ass, check-snatchin’ bitch by myself and, now possibly, others. If you know who this hater is, hit us up on Twitter @SubmergeMag and steal a few minutes of our time.

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square is a shape made of four equilateral sides. Perhaps that’s why the four equally talented hiphoppers who make up Alumni decided to title their bombastic new album Square. M.I.Geezus, Prhyme Suspect, KelCz and Mahtie Bush were brought back together after a six-year hiatus by their unified desire to, in every aspect of their music, “Just fucking kill it.”   The guys all went to Johnson High School, where none of them knew each other. It was outside of school, at events like KSFM’s rock the mic contest and at rap shows at the Colonial theater, where they eventually met. “I remember Mahtie sucking so bad,” recalls M.I.Geezus of a 19-year-old B-boying Bush. “Mahtie sucked so bad,” the group agreed in unison. Bush, mind you, has come a long way from being that awkward B-boy trying to blossom into a rapper. He has been one of the most outspoken hip-hop artists to represent his peers; most notably for his locally infamous declaration that, “Sac Hates Hip-Hop.” In person he is calm and reserved, on the mic he’s a demanding lyrical weaver.

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But Bush agrees, “OK, OK, I sucked for a very long time. I was the worst one in the damn group for a while.” Prhyme Suspect was a classic knucklehead around the time Alumni met. He wasn’t going to do shit or listen to shit unless you could promise stage time. “We were both just doing our own thing, but then we would get together in the neighborhood and mess around with beats,” said Geezus. M.I.Geezus and Prhyme Suspect bonded over the Acid 2.0 music program; an extremely outdated synth and beat software that M.I. and Prhyme still hold onto for dear life to this day. “I mastered Acid, so why the hell would I go and learn some new shit?” said Geezus. The four eventually started performing with each other as the Rap Pack, an unfortunate name choice by a band member who will remain anonymous for his sake, and then officially and definitively as Alumni. The group had regular performances at Capitol Garage, Press Club, The Colonial and even overseas. M.I.Geezus spent time in Tahiti recording with dubstep reggae artists who sought his confident energy and ability to Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

resurrect hip-hop in the most refreshing sense. They recruited the help of writer/ director When he was asked to return, he said, “Well, Alex Ramirez to take the reins of the creative there are four of us now, so I’ll come if I can direction of the Alumni videos. bring my boys.” Four tickets were booked, and M.I.Geezus hired the director, “Alex dove Alumni, flew out to Tahiti, where they almost right into creating our videos from writing immediately found major success making music scripts to capturing the perfect lighting and for Orangina (Orangina is to Tahiti what Cocafeel. He just did an awesome job developing Cola is to the United States). the concepts and helping visually capture the “We were on the front of the paper and on lyrics of our music. The videos have definitely the radio. It was crazy,” beamed Mahtie. been the key thing in getting us exposed to Other than knocking around the local music more people.” scene and in Tahiti, the guys have yet to tour. The first release off the album, “(Take a However, they dream of the day they can travel Walk on) My Side,” featuring Stevie Nader, has to France, where the hip-hop scene is exciting thousands of views with more daily, proving and full of opportunity. itself the surprise hit of the album so far. Back home in Sacramento, Alumni opened The video shows Nader and Alumni taking a up for DJ Eevolution, Grouch and Eli, Little casual stroll down Detroit Boulevard in South Brother, Mistah Fab, Chino and their personal Sacramento with burning tree stumps in the favorite, Nas. background and a setting sun. “It’s hard to find a genuine reception from As their record release party approaches a crowd here. No one wants to throw their and hopefully a packed schedule of live hands up and just dance,” said the group of performances, the groups main duty is performing in Sacramento. “Everyone is an to never ever, under any circumstance, artist. So you’re just an artist promoting to be mediocre. other artists who are probably sitting at your “Someone I looked up to for years was show saying, ‘I can do that shit better.’ If we performing live and he just blew it and can get a crowd jumping completely sucked,” Bush at a show here, we can recalls. “I don’t think “If someone does do it anywhere.” there’s anything more outshine us, we want Since being disappointing than not to shake their hand unleashed in late getting blown away by and give them props. October, Alumni’s new someone performing.” And mostly tell them album, Square, has All four guys share congrats…until next done just that.  It this competitiveness with time.” is bordering on everyone else, especially – M.I.Geezus, Alumni one another, to be the very experimental hip-hop, with everything from best and outshine the rest. chest-pounding bombastics to gentle acoustics What’s ironic is that Alumni may have a lot in with collaborators such as Stevie Nader and common with the artists the rap group calls Mic Jordan. out for going to shows and having that “I can The track “Pretty/Dope” is an unglamorous do it better” attitude. look into the seemingly glamorous. It follows “If someone does outshine us, we want to three females and their downward spiral shake their hand and give them props. And into the party life—pretty girls with ugly mostly tell them congrats…until next time,” lives. What’s most gripping about the song said M.I.Geezus. is not the song itself, but the music video So far, Alumni has been satisfied with the that accompanies it. It offers an almost success of their album. Since the beginning uncomfortable glimpse into the lives of of October, the group has had one success women who seem to have it together, when after another. From getting nominated for a really they are just good at masking their Sammies award to local press and a healthy nasty habits and addictions; a combination amount of Square downloads, Alumni is where that is bound for personal collapse. Director they deserve to be. It almost seems like they Alex Ramirez turned Red Rabbit bar into his work tirelessly in devoting their lives to a cinematic canvas and battled the terrain of never-ending cycle of family and music. The nightclub bathrooms and comfy living quarters group lives by this simple motto when it to capture the intensely intimate video. comes to their work, “Alumni does not fuck “I think that many people got caught up in around. We want to be the best and we want the video much more than the overall song,” to bring the best to all of our shows and said Prhyme, “It was so intense and more like nothing but the best. Again, Alumni: We do a short film. I think the intensity of it maybe not fuck around.” Saturday Nov. 23, Alumni even overshadowed the song.” will hold their CD release Alumni’s music videos have served as one party at the Blue Lamp (1400 Alhambra Blvd., of their most important and effective tools doors open at 9, cover $5). in getting their music exposed. So far, they You can also download their album on iTunes already have three videos out with at least or visit their site at two more on the way. Ihatealumni.com. SubmergeMag.com

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Street Art Restructured

Though Artist Victor Malagon has Moved from the Streets to the Galleries, He Refuses to be Complacent Words Nur Kausar

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love of graffiti ties together three artists sharing a show at the Sacramento State University Union Gallery this month. Their colorful, fluid stories once told on cement walls are now immortalized through three different aesthetics (though still sometimes on walls) and have been appreciated by a large audience for more than 10 years. One of these artists is Victor A. Malagon, who went from can to oil paint and wall to cut wood, transforming his edgy sketches into sharp, quarterinch-thick flat panels that trick the eye with their 3D illusions. Malagon says the thin wood creates a sense of vulnerability that represents the artwork painted on the streets. “Multiple hours, even days can be put in to create the artwork, but it can take seconds for it to be destroyed [dissed, covered up],” he says.

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“The same goes for my paintings; if not handled correctly, they can also easily be destroyed. At the same time, that kind of frailness and vulnerability is what makes them so unique and special.” Malagon’s first exposure to graffiti occurred in high school. “I had gone under the 7th Street bridge, a bridge that connects the south side of Modesto, Calif. to the downtown area and for the first time, I saw up close and personal the huge, colorful, wild style graffiti murals,” says Malagon, who moved to Modesto from Fremont, Calif. with his family when he was 13, and has since returned to settle there with his expecting wife. “That was it. At that time I had no idea who had painted those walls, how they had done it. I just knew that is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” The successes of graffiti writers like Loomit and Delta, as well as the online global graffiti Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

epic Sacramento SceneS • Nov 1-29 Nov. 29 | 5-8pm • Show Grand Finale gallery Art Crimes, inspired Malagon to take his painting one step further, toward a career. However, he began work on his fine arts degree from a different perspective than his street art, with influence from the Bay Area Figurative movement of the '50s and '60s, and the Impasto style that uses thick brush strokes to provide texture on canvas. “I spent a whole semester creating a body of work influenced by that style [but] at the end of the semester during the critiques, my work was basically slaughtered by the instructors,” Malagon says. “They said, ‘Why create something that has already been done?’ They were aware of my graffiti background, and they actually gave me permission to build a wall in the art department so I can paint and practice when I had free time. They said, ‘You are doing something unique with spray paint and that style... We think you should head in that direction.’” Malagon felt disheartened and lost at first. “I felt like they didn’t get it,” he recalls. “Graffiti to me belonged in the streets, on walls. I had no interest in painting graffiti on canvas. At that point, I felt like maybe art school was not my thing. I decided to focus that whole summer on my letter styles and painting more. I decided that I wanted to make my letter styles more unique in form. As I began to sketch and began to make my letters stretch and flow outside the page, I thought to myself, ‘how cool would this look as a shaped panel!’” Malagon had studied the work of Frank Stella but never thought he could use Stella’s idea of the shaped canvas to his own work. Starting in 2004, Malagon created his first pieces similar to the style he works in now. Those first pieces are different than his commissioned pieces today, with fewer razorsharp edges and a more clunky design. “I think that has to do with the use of tools, and learning how to use them and figuring out tricks on how to get that razor sharp and skinny without snapping or breaking the panel or cutting my fingers off,” Malagon says of the changes. “Also, as my style contentiously develops, the style changes. Unfortunately I have this attitude where nothing is ever good enough, so if I like something I did or just completed, a few hours later I start to dislike it and try to improve on it. I have been known to throw away and completely destroy paintings after spending over 80 hours on it if I feel it’s not good enough.” Several artists from different fields and genres now recognize Malagon’s work and searched him out for commissioned pieces, including painter/designer/tattoo artist Chase Tafoya, DJ Reason, music producer Kenny Segal and Austin “Chumlee” Russell from the History Channel’s Pawn Stars.

“I have been extremely lucky with the clients I get,” Malagon says. “I’m a fan of their work to begin with. I think Chase Tafoya was one of the first people who commissioned a piece. Music producer Kenny Segal!? Are you kidding? This guy makes beats for a lot of hip-hop artists I listen to. I remember when I dropped off the painting, he was telling me that Slug from Atmosphere was at his house last week! What? I’m a huge fan of Atmosphere.” For Malagon, the best part about his commissioned pieces is the amount of freedom he receives. Clients might say they would prefer a certain color over another, but usually he gets “do your thing, dude.” “I do try to research my clients and try to have a connection with them through my work via color and/or form. The paintings I did for DJ Reason, and for Kenny Segal for example, I only listened to the music they created while sketching their paintings, and in an abstract way, visually represent them,” he says. Most of the work Malagon is showing at Union Gallery is commissioned and epitomizes the internal struggle to outdo his last painting in style, complexity, shape and form. “I pay more attention to structure and architecture now too,” he adds. “I think my work changes with my moods. Music is [also] an important element when I sketch.” Besides his art, Malagon has also manifested his love for street art, music and tattoos into a magazine he publishes with his wife, called Refused. The two launched the magazine in 2004 when they were still dating and attending CSU, Stanislaus. It is the second coming of a similar publication Malagon created on his own from 1998 to 2003 called Burning the System. “I did about eight issues throughout the years until around 2003. I had decided that I really wanted to publish a full-color legit graffiti magazine and worked hard to save my money to make that happen,” he says. “I remember at that time, the popular art magazines would only feature about two to four pages of graffiti, street art or tattoos. The crew I ran with had incredible amounts of talent, but at the time were not featured in any magazines because they were not ‘known’ artists.” Refused became a national springboard for him and now-famous artists like Robert Bowen, TopR and Alex Pardee, with distribution at all Barnes & Noble bookstores. The latest issue of Refused comes out April 2014.

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Wide Open

Island of Black and White Descend from a Reno Studio with a New Album in Tow Words Lovelle Harris photo Wesley davis

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lexander Graham Bell once said that when one door closes, another opens. This was precisely the case when Island of Black and White lost its drummer hours before a show and band manager Nawal Alwareeth stepped up, picked up a pair of drumsticks and filled in without missing a beat. No small feat for the fledgling drummer, whose previous drumming experience consisted of banging on table tops and the occasional whack on the bongos. “I played some percussion, like hand drums...and playing on tables and that kind of thing, but never a drum set,” Alwareeth says. “Chris [Haislet, founding member] said that we had a few hours to practice before the show [in] Humboldt so that’s what we did.” “She knew all the songs, so it was perfect,” Haislet adds. A caribbean-drenched fusion of funk, reggae, rock, folk and blues, IBW emerged from the foothills of El Dorado County in 2004 when multi-instrumentalist Haislet—his musical repertoire includes piano, guitar, accordion, melodica, flute—and a friend transformed their jam sessions into a fullfledged band. And, like the music they play, the band’s lineup has evolved; but at its core are Haislet, Alwareeth on drums and vocals, lead guitarist John-John Baguio and Justin Maddux getting down on bass.

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“We play a lot of reggae and we play a lot of blues,” Haislet says. “And our favorite kind of music to play is reggae and blues. We listen to all different types of music. Good music is good music.” “I think it stems from just playing music you love—music you love listening to,” Alwareeth adds. While Island of Black and White has been celebrated for its idiosyncratic take on covers of classic funk, blues, rock and soul jams, it’s this love for music that prompted the band to also amass a prodigious catalog of its own original tunes. Tunes they’re now able to share with their large fan base on their debut album, aptly titled IBW. IBW landed a producer for their debut release after winning the Hard Rock Battle of the Bands round in Tahoe in March, when

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their performance piqued the interest of veteran producer Douglas Patrick Vaughn—a staple of the Reno, Nev., recording scene for nearly 30 years. After having saved up money from their shows and throwing an album fundraiser in April for recording fees, the band hit the road and trekked up the hill to Reno to lay down the tracks on their first serious foray into the recording booth. “We met Doug [at the Hard Rock Battle of the Bands], he was the sound guy, and told us he had a studio in Reno. He offered us a good deal at Sierra Sonics Recording Mansion, and they were just super cool people, super friendly and an awesome studio,” Alwareeth says. “We went there a few different times; we kind of started with one song then worked our way up. Then we [went home], saved a little bit more money and went back and finished the whole album. Doug also mixed and mastered the album with us so we spent some more time together and did that.” The 12-track LP, released on Sept. 20, emerged out of everyday life experiences and draws heavily on their varied backgrounds— Alwareeth was born in the United States but raised in Egypt and Haislet hails from El Dorado County.

For instance, the album’s closing track, “Egyptian Lullaby,” is a serpentine jam that weaves in and out of tempo while incorporating Haislet’s honeyed vocals. A rattling tambourine slithers in and out of the track as gusts of energetic notes emanate from an accordion, while the lyrics pull inspiration from Alwareeth’s Middle Eastern roots. “The songs were ready, and had been ready for a while,” Alwareeth says. “We were waiting to find the right person, and the right place, [and] the right time. It was awesome. It was perfect.” “And the right price,” Haislet adds. Their live shows are highly improvisational and have been known to run three hours in length, but the duo says that the ebb and flow of each performance relies heavily on the energy and vibe of the crowd. “I think we have a good time,” Alwareeth says. “We enjoy what we do, and I think everything we do when we get up there [on stage] is on the fly and in the moment and whatever we’re feeling, and whatever the crowd is feeling, it all affects it, I think. We just play and have a good time and all of sudden three hours is over.” Bringing this off-the-cuff methodology of performance into the recording studio, however, forced the band to focus this freewheeling style into a concise and deliberate vision.

“We definitely had to go about it a different way,” Haislet explains. “When you’re playing a live show, and when you’re recording, you’re kind of painting a picture and both [venues] are different in how you paint that picture. I think the hardest part for us was making the songs shorter.” “Instead of 10-minute jams we had two [to] three-minute jams,” Alwareeth adds. As solid contributors to the local music scene in and around Sacramento for nearly a decade, Island of Black and White has established itself as a soulful, musical powerhouse. Having played for the heaving crowd of thousands at the 2012 opening ceremony at Cesar Chavez Park’s Concerts in the Park series, the Hot Lunch concert series at Fremont Park and the Cosmic Family Gathering in Placerville, their music has gained a substantial and loyal following. The band’s frenetic energy is only matched by its jam-packed tour schedule. With shows stretching up and down the state from Tahoe to Sacramento and as far south as Los Angeles, the quartet has performed at small coffee shops, restaurants and local hot spots like Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub.

“We play four shows a week,” Alwareeth explains. “We have some weekly gigs and then some weekend gigs that we do, but this is our quiet time. Summertime is crazy for us.” “We get through it by getting lots of sleep,” Haislet chuckles. Looking forward to their upcoming performance, including a local CD release show at the venerable Torch Club on Nov. 29, Alwareeth and Haislet, who met by chance at a Hacky Sack club meeting at Folsom Lake College, say it’s a privilege to play the music they love full-time. And, while their unrelenting tour schedule can be grueling and downright exhausting at times, you wouldn’t know it from their cheery dispositions and the sheer joy that seems to exude from every pore of their being as they are laying down a righteous jam on stage. “We’re all about peace, love and music,” Haislet says. “And having fun.”

Island of Black and White's CD Release show will be at Torch Club (904 15th Street) on Friday, Nov. 29. To view other upcoming tour dates and purchase the album, visit Islandofblackandwhite.com.

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Press Club Astrozombies, Riot Radio, Devils Train, Hybrid Creeps, 9 p.m. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium High Street Band, Bobbysox Brigade, 6 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Clutch, The Sword, American Sharks, 6 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Karaoke, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Ace of Spades Mayday Parade, Man Overboard, Cartel, Stages & Stereos, 6 p.m. Assembly Aaron Carter, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk 3 Inches of Blood, Salythia, Art of Chaos, Blessed Curse, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows Creative Confluence Open Mic, 8 p.m. The Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys, Amy Cook, 6:30 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist feat. DJ Ernie Fresh (of Who Cares), Sam I Jam, Adam J, Taylor Cho, Roger Carpio,

9 p.m. Marilyn’s Substance UK Underground and International Bass Music, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Press Club FFFreak w/ CrookOne, Ben Johnson, Boogalicious and Guests, 9:30 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam w/ Jason Galbraith & Guests, 8 p.m. Torch Club Bill Mylar, 5:30 p.m.; Debut Tuesdays Music Showcase w/ Wolfgang Vega, Brian Chris Rogers Band, 8 p.m. Toby Keith’s Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.

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Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Cafe Colonial Dun Bin Had, Maiden’s Sorrow, False Freedom, Pug Skullz, 8 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Cafe Colony Dun Bin Had, False Freedom, Maiden’s Sorrow, Pug Skullz, 8 p.m.

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Northern Soul, 8 p.m. G Street WunderBar Funk Night w/ DJ Larry, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Meat Puppets, The World Takes, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 8 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden The Stand Out State, Carson Allen, Ashtree, Fighting With Fire, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Whomp Whomp Wednesday, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, DJ Peeti-V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Press Club Negative Approach, MDC, Casualties, ACxDC, 8 p.m. Third Space Jonny Gold Trio, 8 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Keri Carr Band, 9 p.m.

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Ace of Spades Misfits, The Attack, The Secretions, Avenue Saints, Kill The Precedent, 7 p.m. Assembly Flow w/ Element Brass Band, Freas (of Addict Merchants) and Miss Marianna, Flotivation and Lunaverse (of Project 4 Trees), hosted Jay Siren and Andru Defeye, 8 p.m. Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. The Boardwalk Straight Up Grizzly, Heat of Damage, Just a Bit, Without Conclusion, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows Classical Revolution, 8 p.m.

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Center for the Arts Tony Trischka, Bill Evans, Sammy Shelor & Friends, 7:30 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. District 30 Requiem Drop feat. Tripz, Jeff Chang, Kracento Box, Satori, Entec, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Steve McLane, 8 p.m. Harlow’s See How They Run, Autumn Sky, Ricky Berger, 7 p.m. Jazz & Jokers Jose Hernandez, 7 p.m. Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s Richie Blue & Cole Fonseca Duo, Lane Baldwin and Deeper Blues, 8 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, DJ Peeti V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Gillian Underwood, Sherman Baker, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Whiskey Dawn, 9 p.m. Press Club Hecka Rap feat. MC Ham, DJ Gourmet, Clyde Moore, 9 p.m. R15 Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Shine Dr.Rock & The Stuff, James Israel Band, Conrad Curry, 8 p.m. Sleep Train Arena Zac Brown Band, 7 p.m. The Stoney Inn The Buck Ford Band, 9 p.m. Toby Keith’s Country Jam, 8:30 p.m.; Locked N Loaded, 9:30 p.m. Torch Club X Trio, 5 p.m.; Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Mondavi Center Andrew Bird, The Handsome Family, 8 p.m.

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Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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11.17 Sunday

11.16

The Croissants Charles Albright, Nacho Business, Kittens Having Kittens Bows and Arrows 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Safe Ground Benefit feat. Sal Valentino, Marty Taters, Brittany Vanessa, Hans Eberbach, Miss NXSI, Jackie Carroll Jazz Trio, Sad Juices, Jenn Rogar, 7 p.m. Marilyn’s Jukebox Johnny All Request Cover, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides William Mylar, 5 p.m.; Razorblade Monalisa, Desario, Black Market Sunday, 9 p.m. Pine Cove 60th Anniversary Party feat. Whiskey Dawn, Karaoke and More, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Foreverland, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Nathan Owens, 9:30 p.m. Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill Neon Velvet, 10 p.m. Shine Hans Eberbach, St. Ashbury, Atlas & Arrows, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge Surprise Party w/ Shaun Slaughter, Adam J, 9 p.m. Third Space Mick Flannery, 8 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Dai Nhac Hoi Yeu, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Toby Keith’s Joshua Paige, 9 p.m. Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Solsa, 9 p.m.

11.16 Saturday

Ace of Spades Playah K, Reign, Jroc and more, 6:30 p.m. Bar 101 Island of Black and White, 9:30 p.m. The Boardwalk White Minorities, Murderlicious, Grave Shadow, Broken, For All Ive Done, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald, 9 p.m. Bows and Arrows Charles Albright, Nacho Business, Kittens Having Kittens, The Croissants, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Wayne Newton, 8 p.m. Café Colonial The Number Thirteen, Peacekillers, Cadaver Dogs, A Happy Death, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday’s w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, 8 p.m. (Sold Out) Club Car Bad Catz, 9 p.m. The Colony Splattered Entrails, Parasitic Ejaculation, Splattered, Embodied Torment, Incisus, Art Of Chaos, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Asayel, 6 p.m. District 30 Amy Robbins, 9 p.m. SubmergeMag.com

Fox & Goose Whiskey & Stitches, Panther & Bear Fight, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine, Pins of Light, Black Mackerel, 8 p.m. KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden The Hungry, Cody Marrero, Ugly Bunny, Silver Spoons, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Sandra Dolores, Sherman Baker, Kara Goslin, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Rooster McClintock, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides FASCINATION: ‘80s New Wave Dance Club, 9:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Spider, 9 p.m. Pine Cove 60th Anniversary Party feat. TJ McNulty, Savvant, The Denver J Band, Musical Charis, 1 p.m. Powerhouse Pub 8 Track Massacre, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Nathan Owens, 10 p.m. Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill Metal Shop, 10 p.m. Shine Apricot, All About Rockets, Vinnie Guidera, 8 p.m. Sleep Train Arena Winter Jam 2013 feat. Newsboys, Crowder, Tenth Avenue North and more, 7 p.m. Third Space Vaz, Suicide Magnets, Coral Reefer Madness Band, Buk Buk Bigups, 9 p.m. Toby Keith’s Brodie Stewart, 9:30 p.m. Torch Club Delta City Ramblers, 5:30 p.m.; Dennis Jones, 9 p.m.

Ace of Spades Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 6:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF, Selector KDK, Juan Love, Ras Matthew and Guests, 9 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Club Retro Acoustic Night, 6 p.m. The Colony Maidens Sorrow, Carbomb Commies, Freex, Hybrid Creeps, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. The Fifth String Sea of Bees, Sunmonks, 3 p.m. Harlow’s Mason Jennings, 7 p.m. Jazz & Jokers Conjunto Liberacion, 7 p.m. LowBrau Rainbow Girls, The Charleee Trio, Marty O’Reilly, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Open Mic Talent Showcase, 7 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 8:30 p.m. The National Hotel Cass McCombs (Album Release), Little Wings, 9 p.m. Pine Cove 60th Anniversary Party feat. Karaoke Competition Finals, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Tribe of the Red Horse, 3 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry & DJ Hailey, 9 p.m. Third Space Fissure, Crude Studs, Fearection, Khaos Assault, 3 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Tess Marie and the Poorman Band, 8 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Theo Bleckmann, 2 p.m.

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The Stoney Inn Cliff Huey & the 27 Outlaws, 9 p.m. Third Space Garrett Pierce, Luke Sweeney, 8 p.m. Toby Keith’s James Wesley, 8 p.m. Torch Club X Trio, 5 p.m.; Peter Petty & His Double P Revue, 9 p.m.

11.20

The Ross Hammond Trio University Union Redwood Room, CSUS 12 p.m. Marilyn’s Karaoke, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club The Donkeys, Cool Ghouls, Twin Steps, 9 p.m. Sleep Train Arena Drake, Miguel, 6 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m. UC Davis: Jackson Hall San Francisco Opera Grand: Porgy and Bess, 7 p.m.

11.19 Tuesday

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist feat. Sam I Jam, Adam J, Taylor Cho, Roger Carpio and more, 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Ghostnote, Ancient Astronaut, Train Dodge, Self Evident, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s GSET: Classic Rock and Blues Review, 8 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino Shaggy, Thrive, 10 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam w/ Jason Galbraith & Guests, 8 p.m. Third Space Ever Ending Kicks, Allyson Foster, Poppet, Tender Forever, 8:30 p.m. Torch Club Hans Eberbach, 5:30 p.m.; Debut Tuesdays Music Showcase feat. Max Porter, Millburray, Old Screen Door, 8 p.m. Toby Keith’s Open Mic Night, 7 p.m.

11.20 wednesday

Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Murder Boyz, Mindshot, Dirty D, 420 Darkside Boyz, 7:30 p.m. Bows and Arrows Tender Forever, Poppet, 8 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Northern Soul, 8 p.m. G Street WunderBar Funk Night w/ DJ Larry, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Anna Nalick, The Reel, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke, 8 p.m.

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Luigi’s Fungarden Payoff, The Moans, Dead Dads, Rebel Punk, 7 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, DJ Peeti V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Third Space Tristen, Ezra Furman, 8 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Pete Anderson Band, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre UC Davis Jazz Ensembles, 7 p.m. University Union Redwood Room, CSUS Nooner feat. The Ross Hammond Trio, 12 p.m.

11.21 Thursday

Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Living Deads, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Affiance, Last in Their Class, McKinley Grieve, Kalima, Beneath the Moon, 6:30 p.m. Bows and Arrows Br’er Rabbit, The Sweet By and By, Delta City Ramblers, 8 p.m. Center for the Arts California Guitar Trio, Montreal Guitar Trio, 7:30 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. The Colony Hatchet, Exmortus, Blessed Curse, Competing, 8 p.m. District 30 Super8 and Tab, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose The Mike Justis Band, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Papa, WATERS, 8 p.m. Jazz & Jokers The Rhythmatones, 7 p.m. Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Technicolor Hearts, Ricky Berger, Le Kelton, Rider Rosie, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s You Front the Band Live Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, DJ Peeti V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Blue Grass Open Jam, 7 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Lace & Lead, 9:30 p.m. Press Club Blackout w/ Grim Tide, SSA, Brain Rash, 8 p.m. R15 Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Shine Ice Age Jazztet, Angelique, 8 p.m.

11.22 FRIDAY

Assembly Vienna Teng, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Street Urchinz, 9:30 p.m. The Boardwalk Veil of Maya, Structures, Northlane, Vildhjarta, Here Comes the Kracken, Maid of the Mist, 6 p.m. Bows and Arrows Tajlyn, Crow Canyon, Simpl3Jack, 8 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Tony Bataska, 9 p.m. Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Maura O’Connell, Paul Kamm, Eleanore MacDonald, 8 p.m. Club Car Pushback Acoustic, 8:30 p.m. The Colony One Year Anniversary Show w/ Rad, XTOM HANX, Alarms, Bleed by Example, 8 p.m. Crest Theatre Sacramento Opera Presents International Stars of Opera, 7 p.m. District 30 DJ Jules, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Thick Soup, Soil & the Sun, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Tainted Love, 9 p.m. Level Up Lounge Hot Pants w/ DJ Rock Bottom, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe The Iron Hearts, Orange Morning, Devin Farren, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Todo Mundo, Ideateam, Adrian Bellue, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides William Mylar, 5 p.m.; Jem & Scout, Mondo Deco, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Joy & Madness, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Chris Gardner, 9:30 p.m. Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill Long Time, 10 p.m. Shine The Crux, Pine Street Ramblers, Jacob Green, 8 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort The Tubes, 8:30 p.m. Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Mofo Party Band, 9 p.m.

UC Davis: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Empyrean Ensemble: American Voices, 7 p.m.

11.23 Saturday

Ace of Spades Mellowhigh, Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, Left Brain, 7 p.m. Assembly Norma Jean, Vanna, Kenmode, Exotic Animal Petting Zoo, Iwishwewererobots, With Wolves, 6 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Alumni (Album Release Party), Chase Moore, Decarie Black, The Destructikonz, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Kisser, Astral Cult, Red Velvet Kiss, Anarchy Lace, Piss Cat, 6:30 p.m. Bows and Arrows Erik Spencer, Wait...Dad?, Pali Kayda, 8 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald & Friends, 9 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday’s w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Moonalice, 8 p.m. Club Car The Hopheadz, 9 p.m. Crest Theatre Thomas Dolby, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose The Pikeys, Miss Maddy’s F St. Stompers, The Spillit Quikkers, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Tainted Love, 9 p.m. KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Mike Justis, Kathy Barwick, Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Rage, Tool and Zeppelin Tribute Night feat. Revolver, Undertow, Houses of the Holy, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Joe Getty & the Dead Flowers, War Elephant, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Journey Unauthorized, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino The Spazmatics, 9:30 p.m. Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill Rockin’ Down the Hiway, 10 p.m. Shine Fast Piece of Furniture, The Denver J Band, Wesley Woo & Tommy P, 7 p.m. Torch Club Johnny Guitar Knox, 5:30 p.m.; Lara Price, 9 p.m. UC Davis: Jackson Hall UC Davis Symphony Orchestra: The Sea and Heaven, 7 p.m.

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11.24 Sunday

The Blue Lamp Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF, Selector KDK, Juan Love, Ras Matthew and Guests, 9 p.m. Café Colonial Sun Valley Gun Club, Seacats, Sneeze Attack, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. Harlow’s The Reggie Graham Trio, 6 p.m. Marilyn’s Open Mic Talent Showcase, 7 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 8:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Charlie Musselwhite, 3 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry & DJ Hailey, 9 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort One More Try: My Husband’s Lover, 6 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Emmie Jones & Sawmill Gravy, 8 p.m.

11.25 Monday

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m.

Luigi’s Fungarden A Lot Like Birds, Hrvrd, Night Verses, My Iron Lung, 7 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Karaoke, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club JU4’s Hip-Hop Vinyl & Classic Skate Collection, 9 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

Comedy Bows and Arrows Comedy Night hosted by Ray Molina, Nov. 13, 8 p.m. Jazz and Jokers Rachel Feinstein, Mike Lawrence, Ed Blaze, Nov. 15 - 16, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. “Mic Is Hot” Comedy Competition, Nov. 22 - 24, 8 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Correctional Workers Who Care Comedy Fundraiser w/ Insane Wayne, DJ Sandhu, Lance Woods, Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Carlos Rodriguez, Dennis Martinez, Nov. 15 - 17, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Say It Loud Comedy w/ Michael Calvin, Jr. and Guests, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Justin Worsham, G King, Nov. 22 - 24, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.

Luna’s Cafe Open Mic Comedy, every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Keith Lowell Jensen’s Comedy Night, every Wednesday, 8 p.m. Po’Boyz Bar & Grill (Folsom) Comedy Open Mic, every Monday, 9 p.m. Punchline Comedy Club Bobby Slayton, Robert Duchaine, Joe Tobin, Nov. 14 - 17, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Reggie Steele, Nov. 20, 8 p.m. Freddie Rainbow Presents: Gender Night, Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Jo Koy, Nov. 22 - 24, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Spot Open Mic Scramble, Sunday’s and Monday’s, 7:30 p.m. Spot-on Trivia, Tuesday’s, 8 p.m. Improv Lab, Wednesday’s, 7 p.m. Harold Night, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m. Gag Order, Thursday’s, 8 p.m. Improv Jam, Thursday’s, 9 p.m. Top 10 List Podcast Live!, Saturday’s, 7 p.m. Anti-Cooperation League, Saturday’s, 9 p.m. Neil Hamburger, Nov. 15, 9 p.m. The Fresh Five w/ Daniel Humbarger, Emma Haney, Alfonso Portela, Lance Woods, hosted by Brian Crall, Nov. 22, 9 p.m.

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Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar & Grill Comedy Showcase feat. Myles Weber and More, Nov. 13, 8:30 p.m. Comedy Showcase feat. Justin Worsham and More, Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m. The Stoney Inn Nutty Monday’s Comedy Showcase and Open Mic, Mondays, 9 p.m.

Misc. 2020 J Street Midtown Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8 a.m. Antelope Road Christian Fellowship Holiday Boutique and Craft Fair, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. Assembly The Siren Show Presents: Kama Sutra, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Bar 101 Trivia Night, Monday’s, 6:30 p.m. Blue Cue Trivia Night, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Bows & Arrows Under the Gum Tree’s 2-year Anniversary Party and Reading, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. Bites, Beats & Beer, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Trivia Night, every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Center for Contemporary Art Crossroads Reading Series Presents: Lucy Corin and Mary Mackey, Nov. 16, 3 p.m. Clunie Community Center Sacramento Ballet Presents: Free Preview of The Nutcracker, Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m.

Crest Theatre Thomas Dolby: The Invisible Lighthouse, Nov. 23, 8 p.m. Crocker Art Museum Art Mix: Crocker-Con feat. John Cottrell (Marvel & DC), Timothy Green (Marvel, DC & Dark Horse), Jared Konopitski, Eben E.B. Burgoon, Comic Book Pop-Up Shops, Superhero Theme Covers by Arts & Leisure and more, Nov. 14, 5 p.m. Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power, through Jan.5 Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan, through Jan. 26 Passion and Virtuosity: Hendrick Goltzius and the Art of Engraving, through Jan. 26 Folsom Lake College FLC Speaker Series: Dr. Charlotte Biltekoff, Nov. 20, 12 p.m.; Dr. Ted Christy, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesday’s, 7 p.m. Little Relics Boutique & Galleria Epic Sacramento Scenes Show Grand Finale feat. Photographer Jay Spooner and Visual Artist Mike Rodriguez, Nov. 29, 5 p.m. Luigi’s A Slice of Trivia w/ the Bruce Twins, Monday’s, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, Thursday’s, 8 p.m. Memorial Auditorium Dance 10 Dance Center Presents: Happily Ever After, Nov. 24, 2 p.m. Midtown BarFly Salsa Lessons, every Wednesday, 8 p.m. Pine Cove Trivia Night, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m.

Placer County Fairgrounds & Event Center Moustache Dash, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. Press Club Flex Your Head Trivia, Tuesday’s, 8 p.m. Scottish Rite Center Sacramento Quilt Show, Nov. 15 - 17, 10 a.m. Sutter’s Landing Regional Park Sacramento Moustache Run, Nov. 16, 4 p.m. Third Space Davis Flea Market, Nov. 23 - 24, 11 a.m. Time Tested Books “Sexy Feminism” Reading and Discussion w/ Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Heather Wood Rudulph, Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Toby Keith’s Free Line Dance Lessons, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. UC Davis Mondavi Center Jackson Hall The Intergalactic Nemesis: Live-Action Graphic Novel, Nov. 15, 8 p.m. University Union Ballroom, CSUS Free Movie Screening: Fruitvale Station, Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. University Union Gallery, 2nd Floor, CSUS Possibilities Are Endless feat. work from Victor Malagon, Marcos LaFarga, Ricky Watts, through Nov. 21

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Thai by Numbers The Coconut Midtown 2502 J Street • Sacramento

Words & photos Niki Kangas Throw a rock in any direction in Midtown, and you’ll unfailingly smash the window of a Thai restaurant. Prolific as the shitty romance novels of Danielle Steel, the abundance of Thai food is, however, welcomed by diners in Sacramento’s grub milieu. A new Thai restaurant predictably became the successor in the vacant space that once housed failed endeavors Negril Island Grill and BBQ Spot at 2502 J Street. The newly opened business quickly garnered a wealth of positive online reviews, and I jumped at the chance to try it out and pen my own review for Submerge readers. With a mad legit Thai establishment, Thai Basil, just a block away, I questioned how another Thai restaurant could thrive in a location that had the added difficulty of seeing one restaurant after another struggle and go under, and imagined that its fare must be pretty impressive to dare such proximal competition. My coworker Haley and I ventured out on Halloween, in our Adventure Time Lumpy Space Princess and Princess Bubblegum costumes into SubmergeMag.com

the perfect, crisp fall weather of Halloween to verify if such was the case. Given our garb, we were greeted with sideways glances, albeit friendliness. The specials board by the front door rendered us both instant Pavlovian dogs with salivainducing dishes such as avocado yellow curry. For Lumpy Space Princess, that was all she needed to see to decide upon what to order. After sitting down, I comparatively mulled over every word, taking in the traditional options and weighing them against the unconventional ones, such as their Thai herb burger. After much deliberation, I ordered a Thai iced tea, an appetizer of cheese wontons and the “Drunken Noodle.” The cheese wontons arrived briskly, and I immediately noted that they had been expertly deep-fried to golden brown perfection and served with a sweet chili sauce. The plating was oh so appetizing until I caught a glimpse of strawberries that were on the verge of rotten, like something still passable to feed your rabbit but not your human family, acting as garnishes on the rim of

the dish. Carefully averting my eyes from them, I dug into the wontons, drizzling the chili sauce into the center cavity that cradled the warm, herbed cheese. I smiled at the mouthwatering first bite (and every bite thereafter). Here’s where things got a little wack. Haley’s avocado yellow curry came out several minutes before my Drunken Noodle and was served with a very awkward explanation that they couldn’t use the avocado they had because it had all turned brown. Haley’s lumpy heart sank—avocado was the reason she’d ordered this, and without it, she was left with a run-of-the-mill yellow curry in which floated potato, onion, carrots and chicken. Then things got even weirder. As she disappointedly dug to the bottom of the bowl, she scooped out a mass of phantom avocado. She was stoked that there was avocado after all, but the whole situation was a little questionable. I asked her how it tasted, to which she replied, “Creamy, coconut-y and sweet.” It was good. Halfway through her lunch, mine came out of the kitchen—a colorful, steaming heap of my favorite Thai dish, Drunken Noodle. The Coconut Midtown’s take on it used green beans, onion, carrot, Thai basil, green and purple peppers, and my choice of beef. In regards to the vegetables, every bite was cooked differently. Some green beans were overcooked while others were

skillfully al dente. But the mushiness of the noodles made me feel violent. They’re supposed to be a little mushy, but these were so floppy and overdone that they deteriorated in my mouth and had a mealy texture that was not so yummy. Thai food is like sex. Even when it’s bad, it’s good. So they had that going for them—in spite of being unimpressed over all, I’m not going to lie. I ate it all. And the space itself was clean, with local art on display. They have a good array of both Asian beer and domestic microbrews. They deliver with a $20 minimum order, which is a stoner’s dream come true. It wasn’t all bad. It just wasn’t that good. I walked in with high hopes of having nothing but positive things to say about Midtown’s newest Thai food addition, and walked out feeling like I wanted to get a bit Gordon Ramsay on their asses. But all of that said, that was only Princess Bubblegum’s experience, and they do have a lot of good reviews piling up. It’s always tough when you’re a new restaurant to please everyone, and to be consistent as you cut your teeth. I’ll give them another chance after I wash my mouth out with some Thai Basil.

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Into the Aether Thor: The Dark World Rated PG-13 Words James Barone Perhaps the most interesting thing about this recent slate of Marvel movies, dating back to the first Iron Man movie in 2008, is that much like in the comics, a superhero universe has been created. Each film acts as a piece of the larger story arc. They feed off one another, superhero cameos abound and past events are referenced. It’s smart, of course, because it compels you to see all of them; but unlike comics where you only have to wait a few weeks for the continuation of the storyline, in films you have to wait months, maybe years. The first Thor movie (starring Chris Hemsworth as the title character) was released more than two years ago, and the mega blockbuster The Avengers, from which Thor: The Dark World also picks up, hit theaters in summer 2012 (practically ancient history in the digital age). Luckily, for those of us with bad memory, The Dark World stands well on its own godly merits. Whereas Thor felt more like an extended trailer for the The Avengers, The Dark World feels more at home as a standalone story. It opens with the God of Thunder cleaning up the few loose ends still rippling through the Nine Realms after Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s mischievous brother, attempted to royally fuck shit up in the two earlier aforementioned films. Peace is at hand, but an older threat is looming. The Dark Elves, led by Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), are in search of the Aether, a weapon that dates back to before the creation of the universe. Malekith eyes the convergence of the Nine Realms as the perfect time to unleash the Aether and return the universe back to darkness. The problem is, he can’t find it. Back on Earth, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is trying to readjust to regular life. She’s trying to date regular guys, but, you know, after you and the God of Thunder hook up, it’s kind of difficult to lower your standards for mere mortals. She’s pining for Thor, and really, who could blame her? When she discovers an anomaly in Earth’s gravitational field, she sees it as a sign that her Asgardian hunk has returned, but when she goes to SubmergeMag.com

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I’m starting to think watching AMC’s The Walking Dead is making me a worse person. It’s not that I need much help in that regard, but it’s true all the same. It’s not that I don’t still enjoy the show, now in its fourth season. It’s just as good—if not better—as it was when it first took cable television by storm (or zombie horde as the case may be). It deserves all the accolades that it gets as not just one of the finest examples of zombie porn ever unleashed on the big or small screen, but also as one of the most compelling dramas on TV at the moment. It’s just starting to make me think that enjoying it makes me kind of a dick. The latest season started out on a bit of a hopeful note. After the dire events that went down between our protagonist group of survivors and the maniacal Governor last season, we opened up with things going pretty well at the prison, where the focal group, led by former police officer Rick, has holed up the past couple of seasons against the raging apocalypse just beyond the prison walls. Rick’s xenophobia had seemed to subside and a whole slew of new people have been welcomed to the fold. Real relationships were forming, food was being grown, livestock was being raised and a fledgling new society was being forged. Rick, who had become something of a raging hard-on (understandably, I guess, given the circumstances), had started taking a nonviolent stance and even his prick son Carl was softening, becoming an actually nice kid instead of some Children of the Corn-style demon spawn. Rick even laughed a couple of times, which I believe is a first for just about any character in the series. As I watched the season four premier, I was like, “You know, this is nice.” And it was. There was a feeling of hope the series seemed to be lacking. Like, OK, society has gone to shit, there are probably no operable cell phone towers making gifting extra moves in Candy Crush to your besties impossible (and really, is there anyone left to even gift extra moves to?) and everywhere you turn, there’s some animated corpse shambling around trying to om nom nom on your fleshy parts, but all is not lost. There are still people, man, and people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. You know, all that horse shit. For a little while, I thought it would be interesting to see where the show might go following these characters who had already suffered so much as they made a last-ditch effort to kick start the

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