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There’s no prize if you actually take all 99 of SN&R’s suggestions for maximizing summer 2012’s cool, but there will be satisfaction in knowing where all the good is in Sacto. And that has to be worth something, right? For instance, let’s say a friend asks about the best avocado popsicles, falconers or indoor surfing spots—because people bug you about stuff like that all the time, no? Lucky you, now answers will abound. And so, SN&R’s 2012 Summer Guide.
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Global evangelical leader Luis Palau, who has preached to 30 million people in 75 countries, will be coming to Sacramento this week. The preacher is often compared to Billy Graham; SN&R decided a conversation with Palau was in order. Also this week: Should Sacramento County crack down on an “underground economy”? Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 God, festivals and taxes . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Smokeout continues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Notes from the underground . . . . . . 15
NIGHT&DAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Events Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Films français. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
DISH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Phaya Thai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 The V Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Dish Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Eat It and Reap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Food Stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
ASK JOEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
STAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74
The annual Sacramento French Film Festival goes down this weekend. We’d try to impress you with some kind of French phrase here, but just go ahead and check out this week’s calendar instead. Also this week: Greg Lucas turns up the heat at Phaya Thai, Jonathan Kiefer gives the thumbs up to Wes Anderson’s latest, and Nick Miller lays out all this summer’s music festivals in a tidy row.
Streetalk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Letter of the Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 First Shot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Poet’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
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At the Ballet III: Can’t Touch This . . . 74 Next to Normal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Now Playing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
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FILM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Moonrise Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Clips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
MUSIC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Summer music festivals . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Sound Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Eight Gigs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Nightbeat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
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A T-shirt and a baseball cap. Just comfortable and loose. I like loose cotton shirts so you don’t get too hot. It’s good when you’re driving around.
I go for the casual here. It’s all about comfort, like pedal pushers—not too tight. Some kind of detail on the top of the outfit, and sandals or flip-flops. If you go somewhere fancy, a nice print on a summer dress. That’s how I go.
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A pair of shorts, flip-flops and a tank top. It’s perfect for summer, because it’s cool and you’re not exposing too much skin.
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Re “Frank’s wild year” by Cosmo Garvin (SN&R Bites, June 7): I’m sorry Frank was not one of the animals who made it alive out of an animal shelter. But with 1,000 animals coming into the [City of Sacramento Animal Care Services] Front Street shelter every month, not all get placed for adoption. Yes, this dog may have done well at your home for the short time you had it, but the shelter staff can’t take each animal home in order to evaluate it. They do the best they can with minimal staff, not enough money and too many animals. Too bad you had to lie to your kids about the shelter not “killing dogs.” Everyone needs to know how many abandoned dogs there are in this city and how there are not LETTER OF enough homes for them all. Maybe instead of criticizing the shelter, THE WEEK the Bites family could volunteer at the shelter and help dogs get “forever homes.” They might also have rehomed Frank themselves, following this advice: If you want something done a certain way, just do it yourself. Laura Warner Sacramento
Re “Parking wars, again” by Nick Miller (SN&R Frontlines, June 7): I object to SN&R saying “Midtown residents” want to extend residential parking hours. In this case, “Midtown residents” refers to [those quoted in the article]: Dale Kooyman, Vito Sgromo and Karen Jacques. The majority of Midtown residents are not pushing for change and certainly do not want more restricted parking hours. The restricted-parking issue has been put to a vote in Midtown twice, and twice it has been soundly defeated. It’s time to move on to more important issues such as the homeless, loss of police and fireman, garbage pickup, etc. I’m sure I will now be ridiculed by the above-mentioned people. After all, they brought Midtown from the “slum” it used to be to a “destination,” and therefore, they are the only ones who really know what is right for everyone else. Unfortunately, they don’t want it to be a destination anymore— which is why they want to discourage “outsiders” from visiting Midtown. You can’t have it both ways, folks. People move to Midtown because they like city life and are willing to take the issues that come with it. Those who are unhappy might want to consider moving to the suburbs, where there is plenty of parking and few, if any, nighttime revelers.
Re “A Texas state of mind” by Rachel Leibrock (SN&R Popsmart, May 31): I spent most of my formative years in West Africa, where we were taught the Queen’s English, and so my understanding of one who claims to be “progressive and generally accepting of people with ‘different’ lifestyles and beliefs” would mean such a person would accept not only gays, minorities and pro-choicers, but also those with pro-life convictions (damn them, those “inglourious basterds,” for supporting the dignity of all human life!), the “ultra-conservative,” the “ultra-religious,” the “religious zealots,” the homophobes, racists, Christians, Republicans, those with a “fanatical reliance on the bible to prove a point” and the “waitresses who regularly bless you on God’s behalf.” My question, therefore, is this: Is my understanding flawed? Am I missing the boat, or did my teachers—God bless them—teach incorrectly?
Terry Reed Sacramento
Just sayin’ Re “A Texas state of mind” by Rachel Leibrock (SN&R Popsmart, May 31): If you dislike Texas so much, then stop going there. That’s the great thing about living in the United States. By the way, you complain about Texans being a bunch of homophobic, intolerant, racist bigots, yet, you let your own hypocritical bigotry fall out of your purse by condemning them for the beliefs they hold. I suggest you look in the mirror before talking smack about other people and the views they hold on the world. Just sayin’. M. Beasly Sacramento BEFORE
Did you read that recent study about how staring at palm trees actually makes the body 5 degrees cooler? OK, so that’s a lie. Anyway, there are in fact palm trees in Sacto; these are near Fulton and Marconi avenues.
about things I heard, saw and experienced in central Texas. I’m still dealing with the culture shock of being back on the West Coast, but I couldn’t be happier being back where I obviously belong! I’m letting go of my Texas state of mind because it really does not work here, and it feels good to release the confusion. It’s very difficult to explain to people these leftover coping mechanisms that are lingering from my time spent in Texas, and this column has helped me so much in telling the tale. I, too, think Texas is a great place, but also feel it has quite a ways to go when it comes to tolerance, let alone outright acceptance of “others.” I’m really glad that I spent those four years in Austin, and I’m so grateful that I’ve returned to what feels like home, in so many ways. If I’m the only person who was deeply affected by Leibrock’s words, I can honestly say that what she did for this one person has been huge. Thank you. Muchas gracias!
Claire Obenson Roseville
Just gets it Re “A Texas state of mind” by Rachel Leibrock (SN&R Popsmart, May 31): This column was so perfect and timely for me. I’m a native Northern Californian by choice, though technically I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a Navy brat, we moved on to California, Hawaii and back to California again over the years. Anyway, in May of 2008, I relocated to Austin, Texas, for four years, and now I’m back in Davis. I appreciated this column so much, because it validated how I felt while living in Texas (even in liberal Austin and Travis County), and how I feel now that I’m back in NorCal. I was never really comfortable there, though I definitely appreciated all the things that are great about the great state of Texas. Basically, I felt the same way Leibrock described, and now that I’m back in Davis, I know that I wasn’t just being overly sensitive |
Denise Leitzel Davis
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... or two Re “No on 29” (SN&R Letters, May 24): Letter writer Carl Schwarzott urges you to vote “no” on Proposition 29 because if it passes, the state could lose up to $750 million in sales taxes due to fewer people buying cigarettes. Using this same line of logic, I would like to urge everyone to drink a quart of whiskey every day. That way we could help the state balance the budget. Dave Zierten Citrus Heights
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where Kevin Johnson flexed his political muscle, and helped elect a council that would back him in building the “world-class” city he talks about so much. The voters’ response: “Wait, there was an by COSMO GARVIN election?” Johnson himself got 58 percent of the vote against a weak field—well more than he needed to avoid a run-off—but, then again, do you think 23 percent of voters even knew who Jonathan Rewers was? He got their votes anyway, just by not being Johnson. The mayor spent a jaw-dropping half-million dollars in campaign funds this election—though much of the money he raised he just funneled into his pet initiatives, like Greenwise and Think Big. Rewers by contrast spent just $1,669. Another way of looking at it: Rewers spent about 13 cents per vote to Johnson’s $15 per vote. So, what should we make of the big anti-K.J. vote? Well, if you look at similar elections in recent history, K.J. performed just as you might expect a big-money incumbent lacking a serious challenger to perform. In this case, the money advantage and the weakness of the field of challengers was pretty exaggerated. But the pattern is pretty much the same. In Heather Fargo’s 2004 re-election against Jonathan gas-station flower mogul Ross Relles and deputy attorney general Mark Soble, she drew 59 Rewers spent percent while Relles won 21 and Soble about 13 cents got 11. Leonard Padilla ran that year too, he got 8 percent. per vote to Joe Serna’s 1996 re-election was of Kevin the same type. He won 57 percent to his strongest rival, Jim Hastings at 23 Johnson’s $15 percent. There were a couple of alsoper vote. rans, including the perennial Padilla, who got 7 percent of the vote. With 58, 59 and 57 of the vote, should we conclude that all three of Sacramento’s recent elected mayors were more or less equally popular? Or rather, that elections follow certain models, with limited inputs and predictable outputs? Good for Misty Yaj coming in third in the Sacramento City Council District 2 (North Sacramento, Del Paso Heights) race—with all of 500 votes. There were more Misty Yaj signs in Del Paso Nuevo—the subdivision that Allen Warren built—than there were Allen Warren signs. Still, Warren will face Rob Kerth in a November run-off, and Bites can’t wait for those debates. Bites thought it would be Kim Mack somewhere in the top three, if only by force of personality. She was one of a handful of candidates who tried to channel voter anger over issues like redistricting and the strong-mayor proposal. Mack thought District 2 voters cared that the council had refused to put Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor measure on the ballot. They did not, and she got less than 300 votes. And no matter how much fuss Jay Schenirer and Kevin Johnson made about the rape of Oak Park in last year’s redistricting battle—by Kevin McCarty and his council allies—the voters were unfazed. In fact, voters around UC Med Center (“stolen” from Oak Park and Schenirer’s District 5, you’ll recall) voted overwhelmingly for McCarty in his District 6 election to city council and strongly against Kevin Johnson in his. Likewise, in District 4 (Land Park, Midtown, downtown) Phyllis Newton, the business candidate The Sacramento Bee endorsed, also ran against the perceived “dysfunction” on the city council, and voters said “not interested,” advancing planning commission stalwart Joe Yee and mayor of Facebook Steve Hansen to the finals this fall. The mayor’s coattails came up short in District 8, too, where Betty Williams had an awful lot going for her. The pro-K.J. businessmen’s Better Sacramento PAC put out a wildly misleading attack piece against incumbent Bonnie Pannell. Williams had the mayor’s endorsement, in a district where the mayor is still pretty popular. But Pannell won—albeit more narrowly than she would have liked—because she’d actually done some things for the people of District 8. Crazy. Ω
SN&R talks faith and politics with global evangelical leader Luis Palau on the eve of his visit to Sacramento Luis Palau, a global evangelical leader who has preached to 30 million people in 75 countries, will be coming to Sacramento June 16 to 17, as by Jeff vonKaenel host of a free festival at Cal Expo—one with a decidedly Christian bent. Often compared to jef fv@ Billy Graham, the preacher’s ministry includes newsreview.com regular international radio broadcasts in English and Spanish, a new book Changed by Faith, and “more than 1 million registered decisions for Jesus Christ.” A native of Argentina, Palau has spent the Full disclosure: Jeff vonKaenel is past many decades in Portland, Oregon, a place the president, CEO where he began Season of Service, a program and majority owner of the News & that has volunteers by the thousands—includReview newspa- ing in Sacramento—helping people in need. pers. On June 7, The SN&R decided a conversation with Palau SN&R published a was in order. paid advertising program for the Sacramento Festival With Luis Palau.
Jeff vonKaenel: Many of our readers do not regularly attend religious services and never have been to a religious festival. What should they expect at your upcoming Sacramento event? Luis Palau: When we started the festival model, one of my great dreams was to show that we are just normal citizens. We’re not a group hiding behind closed doors on Sunday morning—we are regular people who know how to enjoy ourselves, but who also take spiritual life seriously. So, there will be great sports and super events for the children and contemporary music and so on. We get serious about three-quarters of the way through with a serious message. We remind people that spiritual life also counts—that they should not just live in two dimensions, but live a full life. We always think of three dimensions, body, soul and spirit. So your audience, the ones you write for in Sacramento, are perhaps very involved in their physical conditioning and health and preventative medicine and all of that, and probably pretty well-read and educated and so on. But what we are addressing is the spiritual element that might be missing. Luis Palau.
If you could crystallize your spiritual message, what would that be? We would like to see a revival of spiritual intensity and a revival of thinking about God. We emphasize the importance of adding a spiritual component to life. I want people to think about their creator, to be reconciled to him and to begin to enjoy life to its fullest by knowing Jesus Christ, by settling the problem of evil and by walking with God in the exciting life that it is. I want to communicate that. …You can know God for yourself and you don’t become a religious extremist when you do. You have an audience of millions—between your radio broadcasts and events—in America and all over the world. Why are you now bringing the festival and your spiritual message to Sacramento? I feel that there is a need for a spiritual reawakening in America as a whole. But coming to Sacramento … well, the capital always had a grip on me. To me, as the old saying goes, “As goes Sacramento, so goes California; as goes California, so goes the United States,” and some of us—we’re international—so, “As goes America, so goes the world.” And it’s still a fact. But when you look at the society right now, the national mood is
Palau with a Florida festival crowd in 2003. Many compare the Argentina native to Billy Graham.
dark; the attitudes are sometimes almost demonic. Like we are trying to commit collective suicide as a nation, you know, the hatred, the insults, the mocking of each other. … We have gone way over the top as a nation, and I feel [we’ve] got to bring back the nation to a spiritual responsibility where we respect each other and use the word love. Not because we agree, but because we are people, you know? … We desperately need a change. And if the believers in Jesus can’t do it, then I am not sure who can. Let’s talk about the Season of Service. I’m very excited about that and impressed with the work you’re doing in Portland. Tell me about what your plans are in Sacramento. Well, in Sacramento it’s already been going on for about three months. They’ve already had about 200 projects—cleaning up schools, helping the homeless—all over the area. They have mobilized, with our encouragement, 20,000 volunteers, which is good.
“I think it is a bit of a mistake to think that evangelical Christians are all voting to the right all the time. There is a lot of debate going on internally.” Luis Palau In Sacramento? Yes, in Sacramento. And of the 420 or so participating churches, 200 projects are planned. Some of the churches double up, and they will work on a school project or a medical project or the dental-health issue. What encouraged me is that the large churches and the smaller churches have cooperated together, have connected with the mayor and the mayors of the surrounding towns, and, apparently, the reaction has been very good. The big ones like Bayside [of South Sacramento] and Lakeside and Capital Christian Center—they kind of lead the way, you know. It is isn’t like they didn’t do it before, but working together, I think, has a double impact. To see people doing practical things: fixing up schools, painting classrooms, helping single mothers who are homeless find a house, training high-school students in their BEFORE
reading and their ability to graduate. This, apparently, is going on in Sacramento, and it is very exciting. Do you want the nonchurchgoers to join you in these projects? Absolutely. It isn’t a holier-than-though club. Also, the Season of Service is not a one-shot deal, the plan is to continue it for 20 years in Sacramento. The committee leaders are really involved and are looking at it as an event to hold every year. And we are committed to doing it and going to the city council and saying, “What do you need this year?” I have been on the Habitat for Humanity board for more than eight years, and I’ve met the families that we were building houses for. It’s very rewarding. But I always try to remember that while helping one person or family is gratifying, housing policies help thousands of people. And the same thing goes for hunger programs. Food stamps are reaching hundreds of thousands of people with help. One of the concerns that I have is that these programs are being cut drastically. Do Christians have an obligation to support government social programs and prevent those cutbacks from coming? Absolutely. And I think many churches are beginning to. You see, we started out with a very low threshold so as not to frighten people away. But the demands are never ending, of course. And now, with the cutbacks of all governments, Churches have been stepping up to the plate and saying, “OK, we have got to do even more.”
But what I fear is that we are going to work really hard to help the homeless and fix schools with Seasons of Service, but that the same people who do these good works are going to vote for politicians who take money out of social programs. Well, I know. And that’s an on-going aroundand-around problem. We are working with the rich in a quiet way. I was looking at what St. Paul says to those that are wealthy … he said command those who are rich in this present world, not to be arrogant, not to put their hope in wealth, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment; command them to do good, to be
“When you look at the society right now, the national mood is dark; the attitudes are sometimes almost demonic. Like we are trying to So, with that obligation, one of the things that commit collective we are currently facing in America are proposals suicide as a nation.” that take almost a quarter-trillion dollars out of
social services, housing programs, food stamps and then give tax breaks to the rich! Yeah, we see that battle in [Washington,] D.C. I tell you, whenever I hear of it, I get a little tired; I can hardly watch TV anymore. I literally get on my knees and pray. Because I don’t see how, if I was a senator or congressman with low-income constituents, how would I handle it? And I tell you, I just pray for these people, because they have got decisions to make that will affect the future of America. And I really am urging the Christian leaders to—instead of pointing the finger and angrily accusing—write respectful letters and talk to their representatives. But also to just pray. I know it sounds esoteric, but I really believe it, you know? I believe from reading the Bible and looking at history that there is great power in praying for our elected officials that they will do the wise thing for the country, not for their re-election, not for egotistical purposes. And I really am urging pastors to do that in their churches. |
Luis Palau rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will share a big treasure for themselves and a foundation for the life that is to come, the life that is truly life. I’ve spent a lot of time with some rather well-off people, and many are eager to help. As for the politicians, I don’t have proposals for them. They meet with us and, you know, they listen. And it is easy to give advice, but they make the decisions. But we are trying, we are making an effort. … We are doing the spiritual awakening as well as the practical service. And I’m pleased by the way things are going. I think the churches in America have become far more involved and active and the younger generation of pastors are really committed to all this. Still, I am worried that if the Republican proposals are agreed on in this upcoming election—well, it’s going to be horrible. A RT S & C U LT U R E
And I’m afraid that the very people coming to your event are helping put these people in office. What do we do about this? Well, I think it is a bit of a mistake to think that evangelical Christians are all voting to the right all the time. There is a lot of debate going on internally, and many people openly see the extremism—where acquiring wealth becomes and end in itself and basically becomes what the Bible attacks, which is greed and the love of money. I come from Argentina where dictators do whatever they want, and the voice of the people doesn’t count. In America, I’ve seen it all for 50 years, from [Presidents] Eisenhower to Kennedy to Nixon … the whole thing. And I’ve seen how the balance is kept with the two-party system and seems to work better than any other I’ve seen … it seems like we managed to keep the ship going in pretty good shape. So we need to not give up on the system; encourage people to really participate. What I’m personally hoping for is that in the Season of Service, people have the kind of experiences that will lend them to doing more … and thinking more. Saying, “OK, we need to increase our taxes to provide social services so that we can really solve these problems. We need a combination of government programs along with spiritual programs if we are going to solve these big problems.” Yes. I agree with you, and we are not there yet. We are progressing and moving forward as we get people involved, they begin to see what you see. But there was a period where everyone just said, “Every man for himself,” and I think people now are saying, “What can we do? Can we employ a few more people?” … That is being pushed quite heavily in the circles I move in, where people are really thinking seriously, as you were suggesting, not just doing a few charitable deeds and hoping for the best, but actually seeing some structural change. How far to go with taxation and so on? That is beyond me. Ω The Sacramento Festival With Luis Palau is June 16-17, at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Boulevard. Admission is free. For information, go to www.sacramentofestival.com.
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You’d freak out, too, if some two-dozen Drug Enforcement Agency officers showed up in your driveway. Which is what happened on by Monday morning, June 11, in just off El Nick Miller Camino Avenue in the parking lot of medicalnickam@ marijuana dispensary River City Phoenix. newsreview.com Agents prepped assault rifles and battering rams and fit into SWAT gear. And soon, they were ready for action. Just not at River City Phoenix. Instead of looting the club they geared up near, agents got back in their cars, drove a mile down the road and raided a different city dispensary: El Camino Wellness Center. The DEA may not have a sense of humor, but, apparently, the agency is not below messing with people. So went the latest action in the federal government’s nine-month-old cannabis-crackdown effort. Neighbors say the DEA backed a U-Haultype truck up to El Camino Wellness’ front door around 6 a.m. Officers executed a search warrant at the dispensary, and Sacramento police blocked off the driveway for crowd-control purposes. Simultaneous raids also occurred at the homes of El Camino Wellness Center executive directors. By 10 a.m., at least five medical-cannabis activists arrived to protest the raid. Neighbors, including Lou Fernandez, who owns a moving company next door on Connie Drive, was surprised. “They didn’t bother me,” he said. “A
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Don’t let the surname fool you—Davi Anthony Rodrigues isn’t the biggest fan of undocumented Mexican immigrants. But the decrease could also have to do with what a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center found. The April report says the net migration flow from Mexico to the Unites States is at a historic standstill—and may be reversing, due to the improving Mexican economy, the United States’ stalled one and stiffer border security. Rodrigues isn’t convinced by the report and hopes supervisors will accept his premise that undocumented workers and neighborhood crime go hand in hand. The board of supervisors has set its own dodgy standard, meanwhile. Despite Rodrigues’ complete lack of supportive data (beyond a couple of grainy photos shot outside a Home Depot), getting an audience before county supervisors was no sweat. “Once you got to the right person, what goes after that is fairly simple,” Rodrigues said. “It’s a freespeech issue.” Ω
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There are places where one expects to hear torrid anti-immigrant sentiments— on right-wing talk radio and Fox by News, even in some armpits of Raheem F. Hosseini Placer County. But a scheduled hearing before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors isn’t exactly one of them. Last Tuesday, supervisors provided a platform to Save Our State, a hot-blooded activist organization vehemently opposed to illegal immigration. The zombified (twice dead, twice resurrected) group’s current chairman, Davi Anthony Rodrigues of Rosemont, convinced Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office to let him pitch an ordinance intended to crack down on the hiring of undocumented day laborers. Rodrigues spoke to SN&R by phone the day before his group’s highprofile bid for local political sway. His claim isn’t entirely without merit. California’s income-tax gap was estimated at $6.5 billion in 2005, due in part to this nefarious-sounding “underground economy.” In 2009, the Employment Development Department assessed $17.9 million in unpaid payroll taxes, penalties and interest, and identified 4,092 previously unreported employees. Both figures dropped from the previous year. Rodrigues’ Sacramento County ordinance proposal would require businesses to display documentation proving compliance with state labor codes, and for day laborers to show documentation verifying they’re legally permitted to work. It also requires owners of property where day laborers gather to ensure the above provisions occur, and penalizes violators with up to $1,000 in fines and 10 days in county jail. But don’t let the surname fool you—Rodrigues isn’t the biggest fan of undocumented Mexican immigrants. He blames them for the deterioration of his parents’ south Sacramento neighborhood and the failure of his small business installing and stripping fixtures. “That underground economy that has taken hold has attracted so much of the underworld there,” he charged. Incorporated in 2004 by Southern California resident Joseph Turner,
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DAV E F E L D PAU S C H R E I N V E N TS T H E P O PS I C L E PARKED NEAR THE WATER FOUNTAIN at Cesar Chavez Plaza at the farmers market on a hot Wednesday afternoon, sits a humble beacon of cool treats: a white food cart festooned with an army of colorful ice lollies. A bespectacled, longhaired and mustachioed middle-aged man enthusiastically describes the cart’s contents to a first-time customer. “This is new this year, Snack on a Stick. It’s more substantial. … This one tastes just like an apple pie,” he says. The man is Dave Feldpausch, creator of DavePops. It is a rarity to find someone with such a passion for a seemingly simple ice pop. But his are not the standard frozen fruit juice on a stick. Instead, they are velvety and rich, like ice cream, though they are not made with dairy. In the late ’80s, Feldpausch began searching for a method to turn any food into the smooth consistency of a blended frozen banana. Years of experiments and ice-cream-making classes at UC Davis culminated in his invention of the Dublé process (patent pending), which resulted in DavePops. Feldpausch now spends four days a week in a Stockton facility making the dreamy little treats in a bevy of flavors: strawberry, mango mandarin orange, coconut flake, root beer, piña colada, mocha and mint chip to name a few. All of the pops are dairy free—except those containing chocolate chips. He even has a sugar-free version called LukePops. Most will only set you back 100 calories for a $3 pop. “They’re not empty calories, because the whole fruit is there,” Feldpausch says. You can pick up a luscious pop from the DavePops cart at its regular appearances at the farmers markets in Cesar Chavez Plaza on Wednesdays and McClatchy Park in Oak Park on Saturdays, and at the Carmichael Concerts in the Park (see http://carmichaelpark.com for dates). Feldpausch will also wheel the treats to private events—perfect for a summer family reunion, company picnic or even a wedding. http://davepops.com. S.
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A FAIR 04 DRINK AMOUNT OF WINE When most people think of drinks at the California State Fair, which runs July 12 to 29, they likely think of gallon-sized sugary sodas or plastic cups filled with watery Budweiser. Really, the fair’s grown up in recent years. Check out its lush beer and wine garden if you’re not convinced. Tucked away from the rides, baby animals and crispy fried heartattacks-on-a-stick, exists an impressive menu of of vintages and craft beers from breweries and wineries across California, Washington and Oregon. California State Fair, Cal Expo; 1600 Exposition Boulevard; www.bigfun.org. R.L.
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You don’t need to speak Spanish to know that Lalo’s Restaurant’s flor de calabaza quesadilla is just fancy talk for a delicious corn tortilla stuffed with squash blossoms, iceberg lettuce, crema and gooey cheese. It’s both satisfying comfort food and something deliciously unexpected. Bring $10 and wash it down with a fruity horchata and maybe a tostada on the side, and you’ll still have a considerable chunk of change left in your pocket. Lalo’s Restaurant, 5063 24th Street; (916) 736-2389. R.L.
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A JAPANESE 08 LEARN TEA CEREMONY Visit the 66th annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar on August 11 and 12. A staple event since 1947, the two-day bazaar welcomes more than 40,000 people annually. Besides getting a taste of traditional Japanese food, there will be workshops on flower arranging, Odori (classical dancing), demonstrations of tea ceremony and taiko-drum performances. Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar, Buddhist Church of Sacramento; 2401 Riverside Boulevard; (916) 446-0121, www.buddhistchurch.com. A.W.
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The pies at Hot City Pizza is in the 80th percentile, if you’re into grading pizza à la the SAT. And it’s garlicky, which is a plus in my book. But what puts this East Sac hole-inthe-wall over the top and into “A” territory is its remarkable draftand bottled-beer selection. Here’s the trick: Tell your spouse or partner or whoever has you chained down that you’re going to grab takeout and order the mojito pizza (mint, chicken, lime, garnish, duh!). Then stay for a couple pints while you wait. Be wowed by the Sculpin on draft, stay for the sours. Bonus tip: Sunday is IPA day, with $2 pints. Hot City Pizza, 5642 J Street; (916) 731-8888; www.hotcity-pizza.com. N.M.
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Along with a menu of hot food, Raspados de Frutas Naturales El Manantial offers an eclectic selection of cool desserts for the summer. Raspados de frutas refer to a shaved-ice dish with your choice of natural and sweet tropical-fruit toppings. Those accustomed to the taste of salted and peppered tropical fruits will enjoy escamochas, a blend of salt and Mexican chili powder with fruit such as diced pineapple, watermelon, mango, papaya and strawberry. Cuidado, this dish is not for weak stomachs. Raspados de Frutas Naturales El Manantial, 1620 W. Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento; (916) 376-0906; www.raspadoswest sacramento.com. J.M.
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Pay homage to the bartenders and mixologists of our region at the fifth-annual Midtown Cocktail Week. For seven nights, August 12 through 19, designated bars and restaurants including Paragary’s Bar and Oven, Cosmo Cafe and Level Up Lounge will serve specialty cocktails. There will be bartending classes open to the public, as well as industry-only workshops. At the Mixology Competition, local bartenders will vie for the title of top cocktail creator. As home of the region’s signature White Linen cocktail, created by Rene Dominguez at Ella Dining Room & Bar in 2009, there is a reputation to uphold. Bragging rights don’t hurt, either. Midtown Cocktail Week, www.midtowncocktailweek.org. A.W.
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A few summers back, Andy Nguyen’s Nirvana Lemon Salad was my go-to lunch. It’s nothing fancy— just grilled vegetarian “beef” served atop a carrot and daikon slaw with mint, cilantro, crushed peanuts and a sesame-soy vinaigrette dressing— but the resulting salad seems transcendental. Light yet satisfying, it tastes as bright and tangy as a cool summer morning. What better way to take the heat off a scorching Sacramento lunch break? Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant, 2007 Broadway, (916) 736-1157, www.andynguyenvegetarian restaurant.com. R.L.
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Chiquita says the average American eats 27 pounds of bananas a year, but don’t let that stop you from squeezing in a few more at Sacramento’s annual Banana Festival. The event offers music and children’s activities, but the real appeal is the food. Journey beyond basic banana chips and breads to sample banana lumpias, taffy, pudding, burgers and even banana ice tea. Orange you glad you put the Banana Festival on your calendar? It’s on August 18 and 19. Banana Festival, William Land Park, 1401 Sutterville Road; (916) 320-9573; www.facebook.com/bananafestival. B.C.
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If you’re like me and don’t know the difference between a pinot noir and a chardonnay, a trip to Old Sugar Mill might be in order. Representing eight wineries, Old Sugar Mill brings a chance to educate your palate on a variety of vineyard flavors. It’s open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so there’s no excuse not to drop by. Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Avenue in Clarksburg; (916) 744-1615; www.oldsugarmill.com. K.Bu.
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Frankly, the idea of an avocado-lime popsicle didn’t seem very appetizing at first. Isn’t that just frozen guacamole? Then I remembered how much I love guacamole. When I actually tasted the avocado-and-Kaffir-lime popsicle, made by Fat Face gourmond Jaymes Luu and sold at Bows & Arrows, all bets were off. The combination takes the best elements of both ingredients—creamy avocado and tangy lime—and combines them in an icy treat that’s more refreshing than anything you’d put on tortilla chips. An absolute taste heaven! Bows & Arrows, 1815 19th Street; (916) 822-5668; www.bowscollective.com. R.L.
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MariJo Andres takes to the waves at Surf Xtreme, the surfing and paintball facility owned by Chris (below, left) and Darla Parvizyar.
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or shark threats. Now add rock music and a laser light show playing on the waves as you ride. Project a movie above the water, just for fun. Surf until you get tired, and then grab a hot Nutella croissant and a cold beer at the cafe just a few feet away. What sounds like a dream sequence from a psychedelic Gidget sequel is actually the newest nighttime entertainment in Elk Grove. The recently opened Surf Xtreme Sacramento boasts an indoor FlowRider wave simulator, a trampoline room, a paintball court, a pro shop, and a beer and wine bar. The FlowRider is the real attraction, offering a new sport that has the illusion of surfing with the maneuverability and trick potential of snowboarding or skateboarding. New riders watch a five-minute-orientation video before their first session, and first-aid-certified wave attendants are there to help everyone get the hang of it. The entertainment complex is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., but the light show only happens at night. Surf Xtreme is the project of Chris and Darla Parvizyar. The couple relocated from Phoenix to reopen and expand the shortlived Dream Xtreme indoor-surfing facility, which closed in 2010.
“In Elk Grove, there are so many families with children, but there’s not a lot to do,” Darla explains. “When kids get bored, they get in trouble. We have risked everything to bring this to the community for the kids.” The Parvizyars are raising three children (including a teenager and a toddler), which might make any married couple think twice about starting such a large business. But the Parvizyars insist their strong bond will see them through all challenges. “We are so proud of ourselves as a couple. We are best friends,” Darla says. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Surf Xtreme is a great place for a family to blow off steam. “Oh, we play!” Darla says. “When I finally started body boarding, oh my God! What a rush! I wanted to fall more than I wanted to ride. It’s like riding a waterslide backwards. I felt all this euphoria and happiness.” Surf Xtreme Sacramento, 3443 Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove; (916) 676-4747; www.sxsac.com. B.C.
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of necessity. Women who didnâ€™t have dance partners werenâ€™t going to be wallflowers, so dances like the Charleston and line dancing evolved to accommodate singles. â€œWomen on the sidelines kind of tapped their feet and moved along. â€Ś A lot of guys got on the bandwagon, too,â€? says Kat Painter, the dance director at Stoney Inn, one of Sacramentoâ€™s most popular country linedancing spots. â€œYou donâ€™t have to go through the nervousness of asking someone to dance.â€? Located in north Sacramento, Stoney Inn is a magnet for line dancers from as far away as Woodland, Auburn, Lincoln, Fairfield and Modesto. The draw is the music: 60 percent country with dashes of Lady Gaga, â€™NSync and â€™80s rock music mixed in. Painter, a Sacramento State University graduate with a bachelor of arts in dance, has taught it all: jazz, ballet, African-Carribean, waltz, fox-trot and cha-cha. Country dance is where she started 14 years ago, and sheâ€™s been teaching bargoers to line dance at Stoney Inn since it opened in 2007.
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