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SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 | Vol. 24, Issue 23

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Sometimes you’ve just got to reinvent the  wheel: This year, SN&R’s staff put its editorial  stamp on the annual Best of Sacramento  issue, nominating people, places and things— as well as things to do!—in dozens of categories. The result? Readers voted for their  favorites in droves and, in a few awesome  cases, even picked write-in candidates as  winners. See, democracy really does work.

Co-editors Rachel Leibrock, Nick Miller Staff Writer Raheem F. Hosseini Copy Editor Shoka Shafiee Calendar Editor Jonathan Mendick Editorial Coordinator Kel Munger Contributing Editor Cosmo Garvin Editor-at-large Melinda Welsh Contributors Sasha Abramsky, Christopher Arns, Ngaio Bealum, Rob Brezsny, Joey Garcia, Becky Grunewald, Mark Halverson, Jeff Hudson, Jonathan Kiefer, Jim Lane, Greg Lucas, Patti Roberts, Steph Rodriguez, Seth Sandronsky, Amy Yannello Design Manager Kate Murphy Art Director Priscilla Garcia Associate Art Director Hayley Doshay Design Melissa Arendt, Brian Breneman, Marianne Mancina, Skyler Smith Art Directors-at-large Don Button, Andrea Diaz-Vaughn

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Take a walk with some happy, peaceful dog walkers; strike a pose with a kind yogi; and find out the best places to prove that money really can buy (a little) happiness.

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From the queen of the geeks to a dancer practically born on pointe, these local doyennes keep Sacramento smart, sophisticated and stylish.

President/CEO Jeff vonKaenel Chief Operations Officer Deborah Redmond Human Resources Manager Tanja Poley Credit and Collections Manager Renee Briscoe Business Manager Grant Rosenquist Business Shannon McKenna, Zahida Mehirdel Systems Manager Jonathan Schultz Systems Support Specialist Joe Kakacek Web Developer/Support Specialist John Bisignano

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acramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) boasts a membership of some 40 neighborhood organizations representing 40,000 Sacramento County families and individuals committed to making a difference in their communities.

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Sherwood Vang, a 2010 Sacramento State graduate with a degree in social work, is a Hmong shaman who says a cousin’s suggestion -Karen Hall, Sandland, he join ACT as a ACT Boardmember community leader was met with skepticism from elders who suggested he was too young. “Part of the reason I pursued involvement with ACT was to prove to the Hmong community that young people do matter, and that we can make changes ― we just have to put our mind to it,” says Vang. Vang, 25, who joined the ACT board (as its youngest member) in April, says his volunteer focus has been on helping establish a Sacramento County version of the low-income health program for uninsured adults now enjoying success in San Diego. The pre-Medi-Cal program is expected to be implemented in August.

“Since joining ACT, I’ve learned a lot,” says Vang, who has participated in ACT’s PICO network training sessions in Atlanta and San Diego. Vang has also met with elected officials and their staffs, including those of U.S. Congressman Dan Lungren and Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna. “I now understand how things work and how to make things happen.” Vang’s fellow board member, Karen Hall-Sandlund discovered ACT in 2006 shortly after moving back to Sacramento and joining St. John’s Lutheran Church. “We were just back from the Peace Corps and looking to extend that experience,” says Hall-Sandlund, who served for more than two years as an informal education volunteer with husband Greg in South America’s Republic of Suriname.

Hall-Sandlund says St. John’s is currently concentrating on “bringing justice to the foreclosure crisis,” joining other groups to push for a homeowner’s bill of rights, a matter of personal interest after being forced to short-sell her family’s home earlier this year.

A participant in St. John’s social issues forum, she appreciated the discourse prompted by visiting speakers, but felt it wasn’t enough.

“One thing I’ve learned is that change takes time,” Hall-Sandlund says, “and that community organizing starts with listening.”

“Homeless people would camp out in front of the church, but we wanted to do more than just provide a place for them to sleep,” she says of her congregation. “Through ACT, we learned we weren’t helping solve the problem if we weren’t addressing the root causes.”

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Re “Call a doctor” by Rachel Leibrock (SN&R Editor’s Note, September 13): This note was most salient for my place in time. Former President Bill Clinton said at the Democratic National Convention, “We’re all in this together.” He is right: If any of us, as American citizens, LETTER OF are injured or ill, it affects our ability to pay taxes, so the federal THE WEEK government has a direct stake in our well-being. But unlike all other developed countries in the world, the United States does not carry a comprehensive universal single-payer health-care system. We are taught at an early age that this society is fertile ground for entrepreneurs, but that is inherently false, for most any American must find a job that provides health care to be reasonably assured of their financial security for themselves and their young family. The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act provides some promise for the future, but last weekend, I hosted a health-care conference on the ACA, and the more I learned about it, the more questions I had—because a veritable army of healthinsurance lobbyists contributed mightily to the final document. We must bring civilization to this country by implementing a comprehensive universal single-payerhealth-care system independent of health-insurance-industry influence. Don Knutson Sacramento

There’s money in prosecuting crime Re “Jim Crow 2012” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R Greenlight, September 13): [President Dwight D.] Eisenhower warned Americans about the dangers of government getting too cozy with the military-industrial complex. No politician has had the guts to warn us about the government getting too cozy with the justiceindustrial complex. Criminal justice is big business, with powerful lawyers, lobbyists and unions pushing for more laws and harsher sentences. The only reason that hypercriminalizing everything—not only drugs—is under scrutiny today is that we are broke and judgment-slash-punishment is costly. It certainly isn’t because the justice industry isn’t lucrative. The people getting rich from criminalizing everything have a financial stake in long sentences and longer sentences. Focusing on race may be appropriate, but it is one important but narrow lens in a wide-angle problem. Ben Bannister Woodland

‘War’ is for profit Re “Jim Crow 2012” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R Greenlight, September 13): Connect the dots, and the picture lights up like a neon sign of greed and power. See it framed in living color and deathly black and white, nationally through our “war on drugs,” and internationally in the ever-escalating “war on terror.” Kathleen McCoy Lincoln

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Nick Miller is troubled by a “legion” of those “trying to convince me that there’s no difference between Obama and Romney” in a “dead heat” presidential race. “Their argument: The two big-party candidates rake in money from an identical corporate and 1-percenter base, so their respective policies are essentially two sides of the same coin.” It’s not “numb” or “dumb” to acknowledge that parties and candidates are compromised by the rampant bigmoney influence on elections and revolving-door incest of lobbyists and policymakers. It’s possible to also recognize the remaining policy differences. Miller points to the war on drugs, privatization of Social Security, “already lax Wall Street regulations,” students, green energy, minorities, seniors, the unemployed and the poor. (Somehow, he missed the war on women.) Folks can fit all this in their heads and still vote—even when it doesn’t seem to matter. It always matters. Vote. Marion Millin Sacramento

We looked it up, too Re “Democracy belabored” by Greg Lucas (SN&R Capitol Lowdown, September 6): Good, thoughtful piece by Mr. Lucas, as usual. I do confess, however, I had to look up the word “Brobdingnagian.” Tim Coyle Sacramento

We should know what we eat Re “Who’s who of Prop. 37” by Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia (SN&R Green Days, September 6): I thank SN&R for clarifying who supports Proposition 37 (requiring the labeling BEST OF SACRAMENTO

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of genetically modified foods) and who doesn’t. As the article points out, some companies are trying to have it both ways— marketing specialty products as “organic” and “natural,” then donating their profits from the sale of those same products to defeat a ballot initiative that would let all Californians make informed food choices. Proposition 37 is the most necessary— and overdue—initiative on the ballot this November. It is supported by a truly grassroots people’s movement that generated almost a million signatures, largely gathered by volunteers, in just 10 weeks of signature gathering. The opposition is composed of the largest pesticide and agricultural-chemical interests in the world, dedicated to saying and spending whatever it takes to hide the fact that some of our most important crops are being genetically engineered in a lab without our knowledge or consent. Worse, of the anti-Prop. 37 campaign’s top 20 contributors, not a single corporation is from California!

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FRONTLINES Justice and Warren Lawsuits, debts—plus expensive shopping sprees and vacations— loom over north Sacramento citycouncil candidate Allen Warren Perhaps more than your everyday Sacramento political candidate, District 2 city-council hopeful and native son Allen Warren, who by placed first in this past June’s primary, Nick Miller comes with an extensive track record of nickam@ legal entanglements. He has a rich, 25newsreview.com year history as a businessman and developer in north Sacramento, and has been endorsed by the Sacramento Metro Chamber and Mayor Kevin Johnson. But this year, creditors are suing him for millions in unpaid bills. This is not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars in liens that have been issued against his companies’ properties, or that he’s been sued for tens of millions of dollars over the past decade. Even his possible future employer, the city of Sacramento itself, has taken one of his companies to court for accepting loans but not finishing millions of dollars of work on a housing development. The candidate, who spoke with SN&R at his Del Paso Boulevard campaign headquarters this past Monday, defended his record, reminding that “in all fairness, we’ve come through one of the worst recessions in our lifetime.” Numerous companies have gone bankrupt since “the banking industry began constricting in 2007,” he added, including a handful of his own. But he pointed out that New Faze Development—which he owns but no longer oversees daily operations of—“made it through the depths of the recession.” Warren himself, however, remains knotted in the recession’s tentacles. According to court documents, the Sacramento Superior Court recently ordered him to pay nearly $300,000 in outstanding personal credit-card debt and interest to Wells Fargo Bank. Many of these purchases were made in ’07 and ’08, during the height of the recession when Warren’s businesses were struggling.

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Sacramento City Council candidate Allen Warren (right) is a popular businessman and developer in north Sacramento. He also has an extensive track record of legal entanglements.

These purchases defy the proverbial belt-tightening and include travel in Italy, Spain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Philippines and Jamaica; getaways in Alaska and Napa Valley; and more than $50,000 worth of top-tier fashions at Julius clothing, according to May 2012 court transcripts.

Currently, Wells Fargo Bank is also suing Allen Warren over repayment of a loan, a line of credit and interest totaling more than $1.8 million. While these debts are still owed, Warren insisted that he’s “paid off more consumer debt than most people have paid in 10 lifetimes.” Currently, however, Wells Fargo is also suing Warren over repayment of another loan, as well as a line of credit and interest totaling more than $1.8 million. This case, which was scheduled to begin trial October 2, but has been postponed again until December, has already seen its fair share of turbulence. Warren’s original attorney, Robert Whitworth, for instance, requested to be relieved as counsel this past spring, citing “a breakdown of communications” with his client. The candidate then went months without legal representation, was nonresponsive to court orders, according to Wells Fargo, and also failed to appear

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at a scheduled deposition (he’s currently participating in deposition and has retained new counsel). Warren has stated that he’s had too many “distractions” to deal with the case this summer—and even suggested that race is a factor in the litigation. Regardless of the facts in these cases, there’s no denying that the lawsuit and Warren’s business ups and downs are baggage. Or worse: It makes the candidate and North Sacramento native appear that he’s not so good at paying his bills, that he dodges accountability. Wells Fargo made two loans to Warren— one for $800,000 in October 2005, and another $1 million “revolving line of credit” in August 2006. The bank says it gave Warren multiple postponements of repayment and also reduced the principal amount on one loan—but his debt remained unpaid four years after the final extension. The loans became due in September 2008, Warren stopped making payments in November of that year, according to the bank, and Wells Fargo took legal action in August 2011. In March of this year, a judge referred the civil case to a trial setting. Around this time, attorney Whitworth says Warren ceased communicating with him. The attorney, citing that he had “no [alternative] but to file [a] Motion to Withdraw as Attorney of Record,” filed this declaration to be relieved as Warren’s counsel on March 29: “There has been a breakdown of communications between [Warren] and myself. To specifically state the nature of

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“I am concerned that I have been a victim of the type of racial profiling which has recently led [Wells Fargo Bank] to pay hundreds of millions in settlement to their other victims of racial profiling.” Allen Warren Sacramento City Council candidate Then, Warren added: “I am concerned that I have been a victim of the type of racial profiling which has recently led the bank to pay hundreds of millions in settlement to their other victims of racial profiling.” Back at his campaign headquarters, Warren told SN&R that the litigation is “a situation that we hope to resolve” outside of trial. A spokeswoman for Wells Fargo’s attorney at Ellis Law Group confirmed that the trial will again be pushed back, at the request of Warren’s counsel, until sometime in December. But she predicts it will still go to trial, adding that the two sides “don’t seem to be meeting.” Warren maintained that he does not owe Wells Fargo. “I put money into an investment vehicle that was brought to me by Wells,” Warren explained. “It’s probably more complicated than we can get into, but the case will sort through it. I had millions and millions of investments in Wells; now what we’re talking about is the last $1.8 million.”

He insisted that this case, and his $300,000 in credit-card debit owed to Wells Fargo, “will come together” and he will be “vindicated.” In court documents, Warren has conceded that he has had “great difficulty with multiple distractions” this summer, which prevented him from paying proper attention to his litigation. He was a victim of personal-identity theft, he says. His attorney was unable to deal with Wells Fargo’s “papering-up” and deadlines, and he couldn’t find a replacement. There have also been myriad other possible distractions in Warren’s world this past year, not the least of which might be running for city council. Such as the city’s suit against Nuevo Partners and Warren’s Del Paso Nuevo development. Or, in August, when Warren agreed to pay off more than half-a-million dollars to Mechanics Bank for breach of a promissory note. Warren is also being sued for $500,000 by SureTec Insurance Co. and is scheduled to go to trial next year, according to court records; Warren says he is in the “final stages of settlement and dismissal.” He also has two other major pending lawsuits, according to court documents. These legal entanglements come on the heels of more than five years of business woes, including dozens of liens against his properties, unpaid city reimbursements and taxes issued against Warren and his companies. The candidate stated that he’s paid off most of his taxes; indeed, including a lien of nearly $750,000 to the Internal Revenue Service, according to news reports. Warren has made a $58,000 loan to his city-council campaign, according to public records, and has raised a total of $122,955 this calendar year, through June 30. Despite all these issues, Warren’s received endorsements from the Sac Metro Chamber, the mayor and, during the primary, The Sacramento Bee. The candidate insists this is because, at the end of the day, he’s still the right guy for District 2. “These questions that you ask, they’re valid questions. But how does that impact somebody else’s life? They really don’t care,” Warren responded. “The reality is most people have had issues with financial institutions or banks in one way, shape or form. They understand what has happened. It has not been easy. They understand how difficult it is to stay employed, let alone in business.” Ω


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At both stings, male customers told sheriff’s officers they were specifically there to receive sexual favors in return for money. Last week on September 11, a nervous, softspoken Martinez was unable to convince county supervisors to hear her request for license reinstatement, or that she had mended her ways five years after being run out of town. This decision, meanwhile, highlights county officials’ complicated relationship with vice and also an unfolding effort to rewrite its ordinance on some adult-related businesses but not others. Martinez is currently licensed to operate a massage business in the city of Folsom. According to city officials, Martinez opened a location at 705 Gold Lake Drive in March 2008, though that license only remained active until July of that year. Martinez got a new business license for a location on Folsom Boulevard this year. Folsom city spokeswoman Sue Ryan said that license was paid through 2013. Despite turning over a new leaf in a new town, Deputy County Counsel John E. Reed said the only thing Martinez could argue in her favor was “the passage of time.” “She’s essentially asking for a second chance,” Reed told supervisors. “It’s the position of the sheriff that she’s already had that second chance.” According to a report from Detective Mike Wright, of the sheriff’s department’s Special Investigations Bureau, neighboring businesses first complained of suspected sexual activity at Martinez’s Relaxing Hands establishment in February 2007. When undercover officers went into the Fulton Avenue business later that month, Wright states that an unlicensed BEFORE

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compelling flash that the almost $20 million of her own dough she’s dropped so far on Proposition 38 is strictly backing up her long-held belief that with healthier budgets schools do a better job, and the stuff that enriches kids’ lives—always first to get the ax when purse strings tighten—will be restored: sports, music, arts, libraries, excursions, electives. As to the backers of the other measures, more might be at play. Californians consider politicians and most elected officials to be bloodsucking swamp vermin. But they don’t like rich people buying public office. Meg Witless. “Simple” Bill Simon. Al “The Checkbook” Checchi. Michael Huffington. All wear the scarlet “L.” To inoculate himself against voter dislike for dilettantes dabbling in the world of professional hucksters and chuckleheads, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger backed Proposition 49 in 2002, which claimed it would spend $550 million on after-school programs. The fine print ensured this would only occur if California was so flush it could pay off its nut and that of Rhode Island, Colorado and Guam. For others without Ahnolt’s celebrity, a ballot proposition is also a nifty way to heighten name ID for a future elective foray. Chris Kelly, the former privacy officer for Facebook—he sure wasn’t encouraging members to be circumspect in revealing the minutiae of their lives—ran for attorney general in 2010 as a Democrat. Daphne Phung, founder of California Against Slavery, needed money for her crusade to prevent girls being drawn into prostitution. Kelly was happy to oblige, now appearing as Proposition 35’s white knight with the bulging $2 million saddlebags in nearly all coverage of the ballot measure. Similarly, Tom Steyer, the billionaire asset manager and philanthropist, is rumored to desire public-sector employ. Was paying for a banner proclaiming “Stop Tax Dodgers! Yes on 39!” flying over the National Democratic Convention in Charlotte any indicator? Like Kelly, Steyer—to date, the $23 million man—shows up in nearly all coverage of Proposition 39 as its financial godfather and chief cheerleader. This leads to a second query: Why would savvy, ubersuccessful business persons seek to sully themselves by rooting around in the offal of elected office? A question best answered by shrinks, not scribblers. Ω


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Celebrating the people who make Sn&r’S beSt of SaCramento a SuCCeSS: ARt DIRectoRS: Hayley Doshay, Priscilla Garcia PhotogRAPheRS: Wes Davis, Ryan Donahue, Mike Iredale, Anne Stokes

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n July, for the first time in more than 20 years, SN&R decided to nominate local restaurants and bars, boutiques, peeps and more for its annual Best of Sacramento awards. It was a risky move, perhaps—you readers might complain!— but more of you voted in this paper’s 2012 Best of Sacto contest than in any previous year.

So, SN&R says thanks to everyone for chiming in. We’re proud that it took nearly 500 votes to take home the first-place prize (as was the case with Tower Cafe for Best Patio—we guess people really like custard French toast, palm trees and the bustle of Broadway for breakfast). The point is is that it took hundreds of votes to win a Best of this year, which means people really must like you, Best of Sacto winners. Really, you’re the best. Huzzah! There’s more: One of the city’s most inspiring

SPecIAl kuDoS to: Greg Erwin and the distribution team for putting out the biggest issue of the year, human-resources director Tanja Poley, the operations department, the business department, director of first impressions Jeff Chinn, and SN&R owners Deborah Redmond and Jeff vonKaenel.

chefs, Billy Ngo of Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, gets this year’s front-cover treatment. The reason is because 2012 felt like a turning point for Sacramento’s culinary guard—and there’s no better seat in town than one in front of Ngo at Kru’s sushi bar or Michael Thiemann at Ella Dining Room & Bar. Good work, Sacto restaurant and dining community! SN&R will drink to that. Santé, chin-chin— happy Best of! Chef Michael Thiemann of Ella Dining Room & Bar.

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Best chef for sacto’s new culinary wave Michael Thiemann Ella Dining Room & Bar

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ay it five times and fast: “The chef chatted while chowing on cioppino.”

Apparently, this is easier done than said, at least for Michael Thiemann, who called SN&R this past Thursday while also experimenting with a new fish stew. The Sacramento native said he’s busier than ever— but it’s not a handful, or mouthful, at least yet. The buzz started this past February, when Thiemann took over the kitchen at downtown’s Ella Dining Room & Bar. Then, recently, he was promoted to oversee all four of Randall Selland’s local restaurants, including The Kitchen Restaurant. The chef now has to multitask—cooking, working on menus or, in this case, doing media interviews—and, you know, probably has little time for tongue twisters. “I don’t stop working,” he confessed while sampling a prawn. “It’s weird, I never thought I’d get to that point.” Yet he seems to dig the ebb and flow of being a major player in Sacto’s new culinary wave. Thiemann shows up at Ella’s kitchen, nibbles on some cucumbers or figs, maybe snags a brioche or an heirloom tomato, then gets working on menus, which he writes himself. Later, with Ella chef de cuisine Ravin Patel and sous chef Marck Banagan, he’ll hash out philosophies on such minutiae as plating— “I think everything needs to be placed one at a time. You’ve got to see what you’re eating. I hate burying stuff”—or hold court on the restaurant industry’s social hierarchy.

“You’ve got to see what you’re eating. I hate burying stuff.” Michael thiemann

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“‘We’re in the serving class,’” Thiemann said he tells his colleagues, “‘and don’t forget that.’” Thiemann doesn’t talk for days about Sacramento’s eating habits, but he is tapped in. “You’ve got to listen to your customers, to your peers. You’re insane if you don’t listen.” And what is it they want? What’s the new bone marrow? “I think I just said beef cheeks 30 times in the last five minutes,” the chef deadpanned, then laughed. But it’s about greens, too. Thiemann admitted that his No. 1 goal upon taking over was to get Ella “more vegetable-driven.” Which he’s done. Lately, you’ll find summer bean succotash with white corn, cherry tomato and basil. Or caponata with baby squash, eggplant and Castelvetrano olives. Thiemann, Patel or his secret weapon Randall Selland himself source all the restaurant’s produce from local farms. It’s farm to table, yes, but that’s because farm to table is what a chef’s supposed to friggin’ do, he reminds. Pick a peck of pickled peppers, indeed. Ella Dining Room & Bar, 1131 K Street; (916) 443-3772; www.elladiningroomandbar.com; The Kitchen Restaurant, 2225 Hurley Way; (916) 568-7171; www.thekitchenrestaurant.com; Nick Miller www.thesellandgroup.com.

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Chef Billy Ngo’s Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

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he French Laundry’s Thomas Kellar once wrote that as a chef, “you’ve got to make something that pleases you and hope that other people feel the same way.” This is one of those sayings that sounds so obvious, but is seldom practiced. Which is why it’s so exciting to walk into Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine restaurant and catch Billy Ngo helming the sushi bar: You just know he’s got a few surprises back there that he can’t wait to share.

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Of course, you needn’t go “off menu” for a formidable night out at Kru. There are rolls of all stripes, with calamari tempura and Hokkaido scallops, all prepared with organic Rue & Forsman Ranch rice. Or small plates: tuna carpaccio, beef tongue, fried squid legs. Plus, steaming bowls of spicy miso ramen with slow-cooked pork belly and complex main plates: pan-seared rib eye with heirloom tomatoes and greens, sake cream sauce, sancho peppercorns and crispy okra; or impeccably seared sea bass. Yet going off menu is the true dining adventure. Trust in Ngo when he asks, “How hungry are you?” and just answer, without hesitation, “If you make it, I’ll eat it.” Say yes, for instance, when he begins with slender cuts of Sloughouse sturgeon nigiri, firm and earthy in flavor, but also as mild as its pale complexion. Savor the fish specials— and never, ever slather them in soysauce-wasabi baths. Please. Foie gras may be illegal in California—for now—but if Ngo slides a dish of ankimo (monkfish liver) your way, relish its velvety richness. It’s a popular Japanese delicacy, but still quite rare in

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Sacramento, and Ngo’s presentation is so wow-inducing it probably should be at the very least forbidden. You’ll probably need something to imbibe during this culinary journey. The regulars at Kru order a mysterious “juice box,” so why not follow suit? It’s a small, square, 300-milliliter rice sake, Tamanohikari brand, that comes in a black-and-white squeeze box not unlike something a third grader would bring for lunch. But this juice box will pay its dividends washing down melt-away chunks of Ngo’s short ribs or crispy sesame chicken.

The regulars at Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine order a mysterious “juice box,” so why not follow suit? Just be sure to save a chaser for Sacramento’s most audacious amusebouche: pork belly with sea urchin. Watch as Ngo grabs a blow torch, blazes a thin slab of Kurobuta pork belly, then rests it atop a square of rice and nori—and then plops a generous dollop of uni (sea urchin) atop. He’ll set it in front of you, then smile, a chef so obviously pleased you can’t help but reciprocate. 2516 J Street, (916) 551-1559, www.krurestaurant.com. Nick Miller

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Best coffeehouse where Japan meets Italy Insight Coffee Roasters Insight Coffee Roasters has created a drink called a matcha latte. Matcha is a Japanese green-tea powder that is served in the Japanese tea ceremony, and a latte—well, if you’ve crawled out from under your rock, you know what a latte is. The taste is a little sweet, a lot creamy, with the palate-stimulating taste of green tea. It’s basically like the warm version of green-tea ice cream, except that green-tea ice cream is made of lowquality matcha, and co-owner Benza Lance asserts that the quality from Insight’s supplier is “definitely in the upper middle” and the “most consistent” that they’ve found. The final flourish is the barista’s leaf design on top: The lovely juxtaposition of verdant green and milky white is worthy of a Zen koan. 1901 Eighth Street, (916) 642-9555, http://insightcoffee.com. B.G.

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a decade, is a fixture on the Masullo front line. Wiry, lithe and always sporting a flashbulb-bright smile, he loudly recommends dishes in a stillthick Italian accent, flirts with the ladies and keeps the tiny restaurant’s atmosphere buzzing.

Andrea Vedovato exudes so much ebullient energy, he was all but banished from the kitchen by a former employer. Someday, he said, he’d like to get back in the kitchen—open his own restaurant, even—but don’t expect him to shrink into the background. “This is the land of opportunity,” said Vedovato, who received his U.S. citizenship earlier this year. “I want to do something— bring my culture here, my joie de vivre, my happiness.” 2711 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 443-8929, w w w. m a s u l l o p i z z a . c o m .

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When it comes to Sacramento’s best burger, one must defer to Hive restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson: chef Adam Pechal’s Capitol Burger at Restaurant Thir13en. I personally have a few rules when it comes to Thir13en’s beef: 1. bring a friend, 2. relax on the patio, 3. split a 22-ounce brew from Green Flash Brewing Co., 4. order the burger medium-rare (it’s good beef, it should be bloody), 5. get the house-made shoestring fries (or you’re just wasting space), 6. pay extra for Pechal’s house-cured bacon confit. The burger’s secrets are its mashed heirloom tomato, which takes on a jammy consistency, and the sauce (which Pechal says is his take on Thousand Island dressing: “housemade mayo, ketchup, house-made pickle, garlic, Sriracha [sauce]. And a couple secrets.”) You won’t regret the $17 price tag (including bacon and cheese). 1300 H Street, (916) 594-7669, www.thir13en.com. N.M.

Best secret bread OctoberFeast Bakery’s pretzel baguette Why secret? Two reasons: 1. It’s only sold locally at the farmers market on Sundays, and 2. the taciturn young man staffing the tables doles

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out information grudgingly. Local food writers have already caught on to the pretzel croissants, but pretzel baguettes and loaves of bread are also sold. Both types are blanketed in nutty sesame seeds, but for the biggest surface-area-to-interior ratio, go for the skinny baguette. The nuttiness on the exterior cries out for a simple spread of oily nut butter (whatever type you prefer), and maybe a tiny squiggle of honey. Heck, why not add a strip of bacon while you’re at it and call it the “German Elvis”? Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Central Farmers Market, under the freeway at Eighth and W streets. B.G.

Best place to get lost in the aisles Total Wine & More OK, maybe it’s not some hipster beer shop specializing in that one überelite, limited-run craft brew imported on the back of Jesus himself. That said, Total Wine & More is a mecca when it comes to big-box liquor stores. Thoughtfully laid out with guides posted throughout, the Arden Way location exudes a luxe feel with its soothingly low-key lighting and a staff willing to guide you through the aisles upon aisles of various spirits, wines and beers. It’s not as chaotic as another well-known booze chain, and the prices are competitive. Best part: the huge selection of mini liquor bottles. Be careful though: Starting at $1.99 a pop, it’s easy to max out a credit card on all those babysized samples of Maker’s Mark and Grey Goose. 2121 Arden Way, (916) 921-5328, www.totalwine.com. R.L.

Best place for hardcore pozole love Alonzo’s Coffee Shop The portions at Alonzo’s are, uh, healthy, and include a big basket of chips and salsa to start out the meal—even at breakfast. Alonzo’s machaca-and-egg and huevos rancheros breakfast is excellent, but the real reason to visit Alonzo’s is the pozole. The rich broth has big hunks of pork and hominy kernels, and you can punch up the flavor with copious amounts of dried oregano, cabbage and onion. The love for Alonzo’s pozole is so strong

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that you may even see a customer bring in a pot for the waitress to fill with a to-go order of soup. That’s hardcore. 5649 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 453-9225. B.G.

Best place to eat Monica Lewinsky Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl Ciudad Neza., which is primarily a torta joint, makes quesadillas in “Distrito Federal,” or Mexico City style. That means a big, freshly fried half-moon-shaped quesadilla with a thick corn exterior. It’s a far cry from the sad at-home version, made with commercial tortillas and shredded cheddar. C.N.’s encasement is not as crispy as some; it’s really more like an extra thick tortilla. It has a variety of quesadillas, many named for Mexican celebrities, and one that stands out: the Monica Lewinsky. It’s filled with a mixture of chorizo, potatoes and cheese—lots of hot, stringy cheese. It’s comforting though a tad bland—a dash of the hot tomatillo salsa makes it perfect. A post-quesadilla cigar really hits the spot. 6035 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 393-7353. B.G.

Best upscale street tacos The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar You might balk at paying six bucks for two small “street” tacos—one short ribs and one tongue—but once you get a taste of the scrumptious tongue taco, you might be willing to shell out for another order. Chef and co-owner John Bays explains that the tongue taco is quite labor-intensive, and involves a carnitaslike preparation which includes 48 hours of brining and two hours of braising in a mixture of Dr Pepper, orange juice, onion and veal stock. The short ribs taco takes a little less prep, but still gets dunked into a fancy marinade of red wine, fennel seed, and chicken and veal stock. If your local taco truck took that much care, they would probably be charging three bucks a pop, too. 2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, www.theredrabbit.net. B.G.

Best free beer buzz Burgers and Brew Listen, Burgers and Brew is a pretty simple place. It’s got burgers. It’s got brews. It does both things fairly well— even vegetarians get some love: The Gardenburger with avocado and Jack cheese is damn tasty. The pages-long beer list is certainly impressive— almost intimidating, actually. At a BEFORE

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loss for a decision? Ask the server for some suggestions—and a tasting. The former yields helpful food-pairing advice or an inquiry into your general likes and dislikes, while the latter arrives in a tiny glass. Each sample is just enough to get a hint of the beer’s flavor profile, but if you were to, say, sample several (decisions, decisions), you might score a nice buzz, too. Remember to tip your bartender. 1409 R Street, (916) 442-0900, www.burgersbrew.com. R.L.

Best fatty, salty reason to cross the causeway Fat Face’s wilted-greens breakfast sandwich Don’t you just get sick of bacon sometimes, America? No? Never? Well, if you do, try this sandwich. Instead of that fatty, salty stuff, it has other fatty, salty stuff: fried egg and goat cheese. It’s a surprising combo, but it works. The nutritious, tender greens are blanched kale and chard, farmed locally. Their deep green juices moisten the ciabatta roll, made at Village Bakery in Davis. OK, if you just can’t live without your daily pig, chef Jaymes Luu has a breakfast sandwich with bacon on it, too. Davis Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fourth and C streets in Davis. B.G.

Best place for healthy snacks on the cheap Sunflower Farmers Market Although it feels a little like we’re cheating on our first love, Trader Joe’s, it’s hard to deny our crush of the recently opened Sunflower Farmers Market. Stocked with a colorful abundance of organic fresh fruit and produce, the Arizona-based chain store tries to buy local whenever possible. It also boasts an extensive bulk-food section, with bins upon bins of granola, trail mix and nuts, licorice, cinnamon gummy bears and dried fruits. There’s also an impressive selection of relatively healthy chips and crackers, cookies and ice cream. There are plenty of vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free options as well—all at a won’t-empty-the-wallet price point. 4408 Del Rio Road, (916) 455-4200, www.sunflowermarkets.com. R.L.

Best healthy veg-friendly Mexican eats Cafe Capricho In a city where all food seemingly must be either piled with bacon or drowned in butter, Cafe Capricho

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serves up uncomplicated, exciting and healthful modern Mexican fare. It more than just offers vegetarian or vegan eats; Capricho innovates with potato, Swiss chard and blackbean burritos, and vegan enchiladas with butternut squash. Yet you’ll also find delicious chorizo and carne asada offerings—and for three squares all day long—plus small flourishes, such as its piquant green salsa. Or the fact that it sells coconut water; it’s shocking that most local restaurants don’t. An order-at-the-counter spot, Capricho also does burritos for less than $5 to go—including chips. Which, of course, aren’t salty. 3269 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 457-3916. N.M.

Best edible inspiration for bands Yummy Juice Cafe When it’s 1 a.m. and the show is over, climb into the stinky tour van and head to the best place for late-night sober-up food: Yummy Juice Cafe. Late on a weekend night, the Freeport Boulevard Hong Kong-style cafe is usually packed with rambunctious teens. Hong Kong-style food has a certain madcap element: Many dishes are served with spaghetti, and one can order a sizzling mixedgrill platter that includes a pork chop, a chicken wing and a hot

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dog—all drowned in gravy. A local deejay and show booker says that “the strawberry spare ribs became legendary on certain Midwest streets after bands had eaten that.” Maybe someday someone will write a song about it. 3005 B Freeport Boulevard, (916) 448-3988. B.G.

is only The Davis Beer Shoppe. 211 G Street in Davis, (530) 756-5212. N.M.

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As a card-carrying beer snob, nothing pisses me off more than walking into a joint with a decent beer selection—but nobody there who knows a damn thing about it. I won’t name names—everyone knows who you are—but beer ignorance at purported beer establishments is an unwelcome trend here in Sacto. Which is why I’m so eternally grateful for owner Rob Archie and his crew—Matteo, James, Sage, etc.— at Pangaea Two Brews Cafe. They’re practically clairvoyant when it comes to what a customer’s gonna order, everyone on staff is Britannica-esque about brew and there’s even a couple cicerones in training. The increasingly popular Curtis Park haunt now boasts a new menu, too; guess I’ll actually have to eat something there sometime, too. 2743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 454-4942, www.pangaea twobrews.com. N.M.

The Davis Beer Shoppe People say they’ll move to Canada if Mitt Romney is elected. How about this: If Sacramento doesn’t overturn it’s embarrassing single-beer ordinance by 2014, I’m moving to friggin’ Davis. Then, like a real damn adult in a real damn city, I can go by The Davis Beer Shoppe after work, buy a bottle of Norwegian HaandBryggeriet’s awesome brew, then actually take it home and sip it on the porch with my dog while thinking big about how we don’t need to spend a quarter-billion clams on some Kings dome to ferment culture or economic growth. Of course, one can’t buy singles of craft beer on the grid, so many trips across the causeway were notched in 2012 by yours truly. Not that I’m complaining: Taylor Ramos’ Shoppe boasts shockingly competitive prices and the best suds selection within 100 miles, plus nightly flight offerings and a bring-your-own-eats policy. Indeed, there is no heaven: There

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Best new restaurant 1. The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar 2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, www.theredrabbit.net

2. Shoki II Ramen House 1201 R Street, (916) 441-0011, www.shokiramenhouse.com

3. The Porch Restaurant and Bar 1815 K Street, (916) 444-2423, www.theporchsacramento.com

Best chef of the year 1. Patrick Mulvaney, Mulvaney’s Building and Loan 1215 19th Street, (916) 441-6022, www.mulvaneysbl.com

2. Ed Roehr, Magpie Cafe 1409 R Street, (916) 452-7594, www.magpiecaterers.com

2. Mulvaney’s Building and Loan 1215 19th Street, (916) 441-6022, www.mulvaneysbl.com

3. The Waterboy 2000 Capitol Avenue, (916) 498-9891, http://waterboyrestaurant.com

Best place for meat-free eats 1. Sunflower Drive-in 10344 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Fair Oaks; (916) 967-4331; www.sunflowernaturalrestaurant.com

2. Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant 2007 Broadway, (916) 736-1157, www.andynguyenvegetarian.com

3. The Plum Bakery & Cafe

Best place for a damn good beer 1. The Davis Beer Shoppe 211 G Street, Davis; (530) 756-5212; www.facebook.com/ TheDavisBeerShoppe

2. Burgers and Brew 1409 R Street, (916) 442-0900; 403 Third Street, (530) 750-3600; http://burgersbrew.com

3. de Vere’s Irish Pub 1531 L Street, (916) 231-9947; 217 E Street, Davis; (530) 204-5533; http://deverespub.com

Best place for something sweet 1. Rick’s Dessert Diner 2322 K Street, (916) 444-0969, http://ricksdessertdiner.com

3. Adam Pechal, Tulí Bistro/Thir13en

2315 K Street, (916) 706-3302, http://plumcafebakery.com

2031 S Street, (916) 451-8854, www.tulibistro.com; 1300 H Street, (916) 594-7669, http://thir13en.com

Best place for late-night eats

2801 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 457-6646, www.gunthersicecream.com

1. Ink Eats & Drinks

3. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

Best restaurant to impress your date 1. Ella Dining Room & Bar 1131 K Street, (916) 443-3772, www.elladiningroomandbar.com

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2. Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop

1801 L Street, Suite 60; (916) 706-1738; http://gingerelizabeth.com

1409 R Street, (916) 442-0900; 403 Third Street, Davis; (530) 750-3600; http://burgersbrew.com

Best outdoor patio

3. Pieces Pizza by the Slice

1518 Broadway, (916) 441-0222, www.towercafe.com

1309 21st Street, (916) 441-1949

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Best sushi

2. Dad’s Kitchen 2968 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 447-2237, http://ilovedadskitchen.com

1. Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar various locations, www.mikunisushi.com

3. Bows & Arrows 1815 19th Street, (916) 822-5668, http://bowscollective.com

2. Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Best Mediterranean eats

2516 J Street, (916) 551-1559, www.krurestaurant.com

1. Opa! Opa!

3. Zen Sushi

5644 J Street, (916) 451-4000, www.eatatopa.com

900 15th Street, (916) 446-9628, http://zen-sushi.com

2. Cafe Europa

Best pizza

1537 Howe Avenue, Suite 116; (916) 779-0737; http://cafeeuropa sacramento.wordpress.com

1. Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza 1415 21st Street, (916) 447-1400, www.zeldasgourmetpizza.com

2. Hot Italian

3. Petra Greek 1122 16th Street, (916) 443-1993, www.petragreek.com

1627 16th Street, (916) 444-3000, www.hotitalian.net

3. Roma’s Pizzeria

Best Thai

5743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 421-1881, www.romaspizzeriasacramento.com

1. Thai Basil various locations, www.thaibasilrestaurant.com

2. Bangkok@12 Thai Restaurant 900 12th Street, (916) 443-5588, http://bangkok12restaurant.com

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Best Mexican 1. Tres Hermanas 2416 K Street, (916) 443-6919, www.treshermanasonk.com

2. Zocalo 1801 Capitol Avenue, (916) 441-0303; 1182 Roseville Parkway, Roseville; (916) 788-0303; www.zocalosacramento.com

3. Chando’s Tacos 863 Arden Way, (916) 641-8226; 5665 Power Inn Road; www.chandostacos.com

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2. Capital Tea Garden

2. The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

1110 T Street, (916) 448-1218

2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, www.theredrabbit.net

3. Happy Garden

3. Lucca Restaurant & Bar

5731 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 456-0581

1615 J Street, (916) 669-5300, www.luccarestaurant.com

Best irresistible sandwich

Best coffeehouse

1. Dad’s Sandwiches & Deli

various locations, www.templecoffee.com

1310 S Street, (916) 448-3237, www.dadssandwiches.com

1. Paesano’s

various locations, http://thesandwichspot.com

3. Old Soul Co.

various locations, www.paesanos.biz

3. Roxie Deli and Grocery

various locations, www.oldsoulco.com

2. Biba

3340 C Street, (916) 443-5402, www.roxiedeli.com

Best grocer

3. Michelangelo’s 1725 I Street, (916) 446-5012, www.sacartz.com

Best Indian 1. Kathmandu Kitchen 1728 Broadway, (916) 441-2172, www.kathmandukitchen.com

Best burger for less than 10 bucks 1. Burgers and Brew 1409 R Street, (916) 442-0900; 403 Third Street, Davis; (530) 750-3600; http://burgersbrew.com various locations, http://thesqueezeinn.com

3. Dad’s Kitchen

2. Bombay Bar and Grill 1315 21st Street, (916) 441-7100, www.bombaybarandgrill

2968 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 447-3237, http://ilovedadskitchen.com

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3. Pooja Indian Grill 1223 Merkley Avenue, West Sacramento; (916) 375-8906; http://poojaindiangrill.com

1. Tower Cafe

1900 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 455-2667, www.sacfoodcoop.com

2. Nugget Market various locations, www.nuggetmarket.com

Best food truck 1. Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen (916) 502-0474, http://drewskis.com

1518 Broadway, (916) 441-0222, www.towercafe.com

(916) 790-0025, www.krushburger.com

2. Fox & Goose

3. Wicked ’Wich

1. Freeport Bakery

3. Orphan Breakfast House

2966 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 442-4256, http://freeportbakery.com

3440 C Street, (916) 442-7370, http://orphanbreakfast.com

Best dive bar

2226 10th Street, (916) 444-5157, www.doughbotdonuts.com

1. Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood

2565 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 455-1331

3. Rick’s Dessert Diner

2. Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

2322 K Street, (916) 444-0969, http://ricksdessertdiner.com

6628 Lonetree Boulevard, (916) 780-7427, www.lucillesbbq.com

Best dim sum

3. MoMo’s Meat Market

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2. The Hideaway Bar & Grill

1. New Canton Restaurant

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Best barbecue 601 15th Street, (916) 448-6375, www.sandradeesbbq.com

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2. Krush Burger

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1001 R Street, (916) 443-8825, www.foxandgoose.com

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2. Insight Coffee Roasters 1901 Eighth Street, (916) 642-9555, http://insightcoffee.com

2801 Capitol Avenue, (916) 455-2422, www.biba-restaurant.com

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Stanley Clarke Trio OCT 10 ETHEL with Todd Rundgren NOV 3 B.B. King NOV 4 Philharmonia Baroque NOV 7

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Akram Khan Company OCT 12 Dance Theatre of Harlem NOV 9 L.A. Dance Project JAN 26 Cirque Mechanics FEB 10

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Steve Wozniak OCT 29 David Sedaris NOV 16 Harry Belafonte JAN 17 Isabel Wilkerson FEB 12

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Nicholas Lujan (left) and Dal Basi want to share the music with you at Phono Select. photo by ryan donahue

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Launching the business in 2010, amid a still anemic economic market and after the closure of other record stores in the region—including Tower Records and R5 Records, both of which Basi worked at—their model was a little different. “We don’t just sell music here,” Basi said, “we share music.” For instance, Basi said the shop wants to “partner up with local bands,” with the goal of becoming more of a music hangout. Longtime friends since their skateboarding days as youngsters in Stockton, Basi, 45, has been working in record stores for more than two decades. Lujan, 30, offered to help out if Basi— “an encyclopedia of [musical] knowledge,” according to his business partner—ever chose to open up shop himself. They have stocked the shelves with releases by many local artists, including electronic, hiphop, rock and experimental genres.

The shop is a champion of analog—“big fans of analog,” to be exact, per its website—and the biggest seller is vinyl, followed by cassettes. It’s a modest-sized space, clean and uncluttered— which is quite a feat for a record store, let alone one that sells new and used music. The design features a sky-blue wall with espresso-stained homemade wooden shelves along it, and a gray cinder-block wall opposite it behind the register, which is dotted with bottle-sized horizontal solar tubes, allowing a glimpse of green leaves from the outside in. Recently, as part of its effort to be more of a community music center, the store hosted a live show behind the building called Punk N’ Junk, a benefit bake sale with a deejay, and a happy hour with beer, coffee and a mixtape exchange. “We’re trying to find a new location that will allow us to do [more events] like that,” Lujan said. And just maybe room for arcade games, too. 2312 K Street, (916) 400-3164, Shoka www.phonoselect.com.

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1417 R Street, Sacramento, 95814 www.aceofspadessac.com

All Ages Welcome!

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monday, september 24

wednesday, september 26

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friday, october 5

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Beyond All Ends Dead Rabbits Iwrestledabearonce Morbid Angel Abandon All Ships The World Alive & Born of Osirus The Dark Side Del The Funky Homosapien Motion City Soundtrack Alesana Groundation Dance Gavin Dance Colt Ford Gwar Miss May I Blue October Minus The Bear The Faint Halestorm Pierce The Veil Woe, is Me 7 Seconds Streetlight Manifesto Motionless in White Blood On The Dance Floor The English Beat

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Entertainment Best place to dream about bikes while listening to music Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen The Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen doesn’t host many gigs—it’s the place you go to fix your ride (or learn the technical particulars of such), not a live music venue, after all. But when it does feature shows, it does it right. Each Second Saturday, the shop shifts from business to party mode with a fundraiser featuring bands, arts and brew. The monthly event exudes a backyard party vibe that’s relaxed yet pro. Watch the bands and gaze wistfully at the shop’s myriad bikes and cycle parts and paraphernalia, or head outside to drink a few beers and mill about the nearby railroad tracks, chatting with friends. 1915 I Street, (916) 538-2725, www.sacbikekitchen.org. R.L.

Best place to dance out the drunk TownHouse Lounge Sometimes, you’ve had one too many, especially if the bartender is in a particularly good mood and pouring stiff drinks. One good way to sober up is to sweat the booze out on the dance floor. TownHouse is perfect for a night of hard drinking and hard dancing. Almost every night of the week, you’ll find the dance floor bumping with a wide variety of bass-heavy music to suit your rhythmic needs. You can get drunk and then dance the drunk out of you, all in one place. 1517 21st Street, (916) 837-3374, www.townhouselounge.com. L.H.

Best place for a deejay battle Dive Bar Sure, Dive Bar is best known as “the bar with the mermaid.” But hiding among some dark couches in the lounge area past the bar is another good reason to visit: a cool-looking jukebox that works with your own music player. According to the venue’s website, the 6-foot-tall iPod-shaped juke can connect up to two iPods simultaneously, so you can personally deejay the venue or engage your friends in battles. Be careful, though: Rumor has it that if you play a bad song, management will bang a gong and your deejay shift will be met a swift, slightly embarrassing end. 1016 K Street, (916) 737-5999, www.divebarsacramento.com. J.M. BEFORE

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Best show from the 19th century The Eagle Theatre’s Golden Melodeon Revue As you walk down a cobbled street in summer, a woman curiously dressed in a bonnet and floor-length calico prairie dress catches your eye. Before you’re able to process it, a man in a wool vest and disheveled hair interrupts, hollering about some free show at the Eagle Theatre—the Golden Melodeon Revue—and you should go. You step into the theater, pull aside the heavy red-velvet curtain, and see the lights shining on young man juggling— atop another man’s shoulders. Before you know it, both men are flying into somersaults, and the next act takes the stage—cancan girls— you’ve just time-traveled into the gold-rush days. The historic little theater houses this charming old-timey variety show along with melodramas for free every weekend in July and August. 921 Front Street in Old Sacramento, http://oldsacramento.com. S.

Best spot for post-clubber doggin’ Good Dogs Catering Your curls are limp, your feet ache from those sky-high stilettos and your tummy is demanding an end to the liquid diet it’s been subjected to those last few hours while you danced the night away. Who do you call? Or rather, walk to? Good Dogs! These guys set up their station right on the corner of 10th and K streets, serving up fully loaded hot dogs and nachos. Take it from us: Nothing tastes as good as a hot dog with the works after a long night. It’s cheap, it’s fast, and if you find a spot along the giant planters to sit on, you’ll also be treated to a free show of stumbling partiers, bickering couples and creepy cabbies. Corner of 10th and K streets. S.V.

Best live theater for thinkers Capital Stage Where to start with a season like this? Capital Stage recently opened with Lucy Prebble’s Enron, a headlong rush into financial calamity that has great relevance for Californians, especially the grannies who got screwed. Next up, Mistakes Were Made by Craig Wright, also tackles business—but this time, it’s the theater business, as a producer struggles to put together the deal of a lifetime. Then a political thriller is shot through with hilarity as The

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Shooting pool at Blue Cue? Make sure your aim is true.

North Plan by Jason Wells introduces the most profane and funny defender of civil liberties you’ve ever met. This is not to mention Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, the classic Henrik Ibsen play Hedda Gabler, and finally Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. This is theater for the thinking class, and season ticket packages start at $90. 2215 J Street, (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org. K.M.

Best place to party with your neighbors The Trap When you walk into a bar and every head turns to see who just entered, it can be intimidating. A strong sense of not belonging starts to creep in. Not the case at The Trap. True, when you walk into this ramshackle building, you’ll get looks, but they’ll quickly be followed with welcoming smiles at every corner. If the bartender has stepped out for a moment, one of the guys bellied up to the bar will grab your brew of choice and pop the top before you have a chance to thank him. This bar only serves beer and wine, with a heaping side of hospitality. With strangers like these, who needs familiar faces? 6125 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 395-2614. L.H.

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Best place for an impromptu doggy pageant Handle District Sure, you could hit up the heart of Midtown and enjoy some good eats and hang out with your friends at any of the many restaurants along this two-block stretch. But how eventful is that? It’s almost a given that everyone will be on their smartphones, ignoring present company anyway. For a good time all around, take your orders outside to the sidewalk seating and set up your very own canine pageant (napkins are great scoreboards)! Many proud owners parade their eager fourleggers to and fro, giving you and your friends the perfect opportunity to put down the CrackBerries and bond while determining which pooch is cutest, friendliest and most likely to nip at your fingers should you decide to go over for a petting. Between 17th and 19th streets and L Street and Capitol Avenue, www.thehandledistrict.com. S.V.

Best free concert series East Sac Pops in the Park Despite a lot of competition— including the venerable Friday-night summer series in Cesar Chavez Plaza downtown—the tip o’ the best hat goes to East Sacramento’s Pops in the Park, a series sponsored by Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn. This year’s series

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Best diversity rap Rice Boy Liu It’s hard enough to rap in one language. Recent Mira Loma High School grad and current USC freshman Michael Liu comes hard in nearly a dozen in his “Rap Song in 11 Different Accents” video. He drives through stereotypes in each one of his adopted personas and, in less than five minutes, spits eight or more bars in Mexican, Chinese and Russian accents while rocking costumes and holding signs such as “Say no to stereotypes.” The video went viral and has more than 1 million views and counting on YouTube. Liu is currently studying film and television production, so expect more good things to come, including a follow-up “accents” video. w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / u s e r / riceboyliu. J.M.

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Entertainment Best festival 1. Sacramento Beer Week

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Best place for a girls’ night out

http://sacramentobeerweek.com

1. Mix Downtown

2. Chalk It Up!

1525 L Street, (916) 442-8899, www.mixdowntown.net

www.chalkitup.org

3. Sacramento French Film Festival http://sacramentofrench filmfestival.org

2. District 30 1022 K Street, (916) 737-5770, http://district30sacramento.com

3. Bulls Restaurant & Bar

Best place to watch it on the big screen

1330 H Street, (916) 235-8674, www.sacramentobulls.com

1. Crest Theatre

3. Crush 29

1013 K Street, (916) 442-7378, www.thecrest.com

1480 Eureka Road, Roseville; (916) 773-2929; www.crush29.com

2. West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-in

Best place for a guys’ night out

9616 Oates Drive, (916) 363-6572, www.westwinddriveins.com

3. Tower Theatre 2508 Land Park Drive, (916) 442-0985, www.thetowertheatre.com

Best place to see live music 1. Ace of Spades 1417 R Street, http://aceofspadessac.com

2. Harlow’s Nightclub & Restaurant 2708 J Street, (916) 441-4693, www.harlows.com

3. Old Ironsides 1901 10th Street, (916) 443-9751, www.theoldironsides.com

1. Raley Field 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento; (916) 376-4700; www.raleyfield.com

2. Pangaea Two Brews Cafe 2743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 454-4942, http://pangaeatwobrews.com

3. R15 1431 R Street, (916) 452-3335; www.r15bar.com

Best gay club 1. Faces 2000 K Street, (916) 448-7798, www.faces.net

No need to wait until the next Sacramento Beer Week—readers’ pick for Best Festival—to check out what’s on tap at Track 7 Brewing Co.

3. Mix Downtown 1525 L Street, (916) 442-8899, www.mixdowntown.net

1. Old Ironsides

2. Red Hawk Casino

1901 10th Street, (916) 443-9751, www.theoldironsides.com

2. Fox & Goose 1001 R Street, (916) 443-8825, www.foxandgoose.com

3. Luna’s Café & Juice Bar 1414 16th Street, (916) 441-3931, http://lunascafe.com

Best place to go dancing

1928 L Street, (916) 447-0792

1. Punch Line Comedy Club

3. Badlands

1. Faces

2003 K Street, (916) 448-8790, www.sacbadlands.com

2100 Arden Way, (916) 925-5500, http://punchlinesac.com

2003 K Street, (916) 448-8790, www.sacbadlands.com

3. The Press Club 2030 P Street, (916) 444-7914, www.facebook.com/thepressclub

Best all-ages music venue 1. Ace of Spades

2. Sacramento Comedy Spot

3. Pine Cove Tavern 502 29th Street, (916) 446-3624, www.pinecovetavern.com

1. Keith Lowell Jensen http://keithlowelljensen. blogspot.com

Best nightclub for 40 and over

2. Sol Collective

1. Torch Club

www.jackgallagher.info

2574 21st Street, (916) 929-2069, www.facebook.com/ ArtCultureActivism

904 15th Street, (916) 443-2797, www.torchclub.net

3. Ngaio Bealum

3. Luigi’s Fun Garden

2708 J Street, (916) 441-4693, www.harlows.com

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1. The Delta King 1000 Front Street, Old Sacramento; (916) 444-5464; www.deltaking.com

Best trivia night

2. The Citizen Hotel Metropolitan Terrace

1804 J Street, (916) 498-1388; 2200 Lake Washington Boulevard, West Sacramento; (916) 376-9066; www.streetsoflondon.net

3. Rio City Cafe

Best person to make you laugh

2. R15

3. Corner Pocket Sports Bar

Best nighttime view

3. Laughs Unlimited

1417 R Street, http://aceofspadessac.com

1050 20th Street, (916) 447-1255, www.facebook.com/luigisfungarden

1431 R Street, (916) 452-3335, www.r15bar.com

14455 State Highway 16, Brooks; (888) 772-2243; www.cachecreek.com

1. River City Saloon

670 Fulton Avenue, (916) 487-3731

1. Blue Cue

3. Cache Creek Casino Resort

Best karaoke

2. On the Y

Best pool hall 1004 28th Street, (916) 441-6810, www.bluecue.com

926 J Street, (916) 447-2700, www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/ sacramento/citizen

1207 Front Street, Old Sacramento; (916) 446-8128; www.laughsunlimited.com

2600 Watt Avenue, (916) 483-5105, www.countryclublanes.com

1 Red Hawk Parkway, Placerville; (888) 573-3495; www.redhawkcasino.com

1050 20th Street, (916) 444-3137, http://saccomedyspot.com

916 Second Street, (916) 443-6852, www.rivercitysaloon.com

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1. Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Best open-mic night

Best comedy club

2. Badlands

Best casino 1200 Athens Avenue, Lincoln; (916) 408-7777; www.thundervalleyresort.com

2. Mercantile Saloon

2000 K Street, (916) 448-7798, www.faces.net

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1. Streets of London Pub

2. de Vere’s Irish Pub

1110 Front Street, Old Sacramento; (916) 442-8226; www.riocitycafe.com

1531 L Street, (916) 231-9947; 217 E Street, Davis; (530) 204-5533; http://deverespub.com

3. The Shack 5201 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 457-5997, http://eastsacshack.com

Best place to knock down pins 1. Strikes Unlimited 5681 Lonetree Boulevard, (916) 626-3600, www.strikesrocklin.com

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2. Capitol Bowl 900 W. Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento; (916) 371-4200; www.capitolbowl4fun.com

2. Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub

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Over the years, Peaceful Pets has expanded, including the addition of another full-time staff member—James McKellips, who joined in 2006 and also happens to be Strickland’s husband—plus two independent contractors. On a recent warm summer evening, Strickland—petite and fair-skinned with berry-tinted plaits, 36—walks with McKellips—tall, lean and tan with short dark hair, 42—and three of their own furry family members on leash: a basset hound, Rosco, and border collies Cash and Joker. They amble along the goose-poop-bombed walkway at North Natomas Regional Park; they are off the clock now, of course, but it’s normal for the couple to log 10- to 12-hour days caring for other people’s dogs and cats. At nearly two dozen clients per day, Peaceful Pets’ services include dog walking, in-home and overnight pet sitting, feeding, playing, and administering medications (yes, even with needles, if necessary) for dogs, cats, birds, turtles and more, plus some other light houseBEFORE

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sitting duties. There is the added perk that Strickland and McKellips often snap pictures of clients’ critters and post them to their Instagram feeds (@thedanes and @lorax42love, respectively) so the animals’ people can check in—and most likely coo—while they’re away. And although Peaceful Pets’ services isn’t focused on training dogs, McKellips said that 95 percent of behavioral problems are alleviated by regular walks twice a day.

Dana Strickland and James McKellips often snap pictures of clients’ critters and post them to their Instagram feeds. Despite the long days, McKellips said, “I don’t think I’ve called in sick in over six years. I don’t grumble about Mondays.” Strickland still works as a vet tech one day a week to keep up her skills, but it’s clear that the couple loves what they do. “If you told me at 10 [years old] I’d be taking care of animals [as a job], I’d say, ‘No way!’” McKellips said. “It’s a great fit for me.” And for his wife, too. (916) 397-3201, www.peacefulpets.net. Shoka BEST OF SACRAMENTO

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Best yogi to teach you kindness Madeleine Lohman of It’s All Yoga

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What started out as a crush, however, unfolded into a drive to excel and, eventually, she says, a lasting and mindful exploration of the connection between physical health and emotional well-being. “I stayed with yoga because I have a competitive nature, and I wasn’t very good at it. I wanted to get better,” said Lohman. “Then, after I moved to Sacramento, I had the good fortune to have a great teacher at the Y. I started doing [yoga] three times a week and found that I was feeling good. I was more relaxed, more focused.” Lohman, at the time working a 9-to-5 desk job, eventually decided BEFORE

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that alternate monthly, is designed to give novices a primer on fundamental poses—as well as the confidence to actually strike them. Lohman, who also teaches alllevel classes at It’s All Yoga, as well as private classes, says no two workshops are the same. Accordingly, she structures the first session of each monthly series to include an informal getting-to-know-you class chat. Throughout each session, Lohman also makes a point to check in with students, gently correcting poses or offering encouragement.

“Yoga isn’t just physical training: It’s mental and it’s kindness training.” Madeleine Lohman In the end, she said, it’s not about executing a perfect sun salutation, downward-facing dog or bridge pose—it’s about self-care. “Yoga isn’t just physical training: It’s mental and it’s kindness training,” Lohman said. “[Doing yoga] helps you be kind to yourself—and that, in turn, allows you to be kinder to everyone else in your life.” 2405 21st Street, (916) 501-4692, www.itsallyoga.com; www.madyoga.org.

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Frontier Angel Soap

Best place for cheap (and good) musical soundtracks

Frontier Angel Soap bars are crafted in Grass Valley and feature such fanciful scents as Red Dirt Road (so named for Nevada County’s ubiquitous red dirt), High Sierra and a new one called I Dream of Tangerine. Each bar is made with all-natural ingredients, with roughhewn edges and a pretty, decorative wrapper. The Yuba Wild scent, inspired by the river, smells of eucalyptus, fir needles and lavender. There’s also a line of goat-milk soaps that sound good enough to eat, made with “local goat milk, olive oil, rice bran oil, and coconut oil.” These soaps are sold locally at both the Sacramento and Davis food co-ops. www.frontierangel.com. B.G.

To heck with the brand-name secondhand clothing and markdown new stuff in the front—when you hit up the Goodwill boutique on L Street, go directly to the back of the store where it keeps all the CDs. Yes, CDs are passé, but do you know how much it costs to download the soundtrack of a Broadway musical on iTunes? Instead, buy gently used box sets—we picked up the original London cast of Miss Saigon on two CDs for $2.95—at reasonable prices. And despite the overwhelming presence of Top 40 titles, it’s also got a decent selection of classical and jazz CDs. 1621 L Street, (916) 441-4407, www.goodwillsacto.org. K.M.

Downtown Goodwill

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Best place to act like a yard crasher

57th Street Mall

Silverado Building Materials & Nursery

As much fun as the Antique Faire under the freeway at 21st and X streets may be, it takes place only once a month. But one can get lost in the aisles of vintage and antique wares six days a week at the 57th Street Mall. The huge store consists of multiple dealers that have varied goods: glassware; jewelry; furniture; old-school, obsolete doodads. On a recent visit, the findings included the typical yet wonderful—medicine bottles, photographs, women’s clothing— and the surprising—a harmonium and a book about Brad Pitt. Guess that officially makes Brad Pitt old. 855 57th Street, www.57thstreet antiquerow.com/57mall.html. S.

Sacramento is home to numerous backyard-renovation TV shows. Yard Crashers, Yardcore and Turf War all got their start here. Unfortunately, watching these shows doesn’t mean I have the faintest idea what to do with my own yard full of overgrown weeds. Thankfully, with products from Silverado Building Materials & Nursery, there’s the potential to make a vast improvement. Silverado carries just about every brick, Buddha and backyard botanical one could ever need. Now, if only I could run into Ahmed Hassan while I’m over there milling around aimlessly. 9297 Jackson Road, (916) 361-7374, www.silveradoonline.com. J.M.

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Finding a Halloween costume that isn’t already being worn by eight other people at the party is not an easy task. Making your own is the only way to ensure originality. Whether you’re going to be dressed as Hulk Hogan circa 1987 or Sookie Stackhouse, Hi-Fashion Fabrics has what you need to turn an otherwise blah attendee into the best-dressed party guest. The store’s huge selection of tulle, tapestries, elastic material and buttons make it a go-to spot to find unusual goods for unique costumes. The employees are very knowledgeable and more than willing to pull down 50-pound skeins of fabric fromthe top shelf without complaint. 4106 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 451-5648, www.hifashionfabricshop.com. L.H.

Morris Terry is a local clothing company that makes a line of yoga tanks, bras, pants and shorts. With tie-dye flourishes and pleasant cool-toned colors, these clothes don’t just look good; they make yoga better. No more tugging and adjusting when you rise out of a sun salutation—these clothes fit like a glove and stay put. They’ll hold their shape wash after wash, through every downward-facing dog and half-moon executed on your path to enlightenment. And at prices ranging from $45 for shorts to $65 for fulllength pants, they’re not that much more than the shoddy exercise gear

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Best place to indulge a foot fetish Happy Day Spa Longest, craziest day ever? Kick off your heels and take a load off already. The Happy Day Spa, tucked away in a nondescript south Sacramento shopping center (the local chain has locations in Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay and Natomas, too), offers an array of luxurious massages, but its reflexology foot massage is a true stress buster. Priced at just $25, this hourlong massage reportedly detoxifies your internal organs which, in turn, supposedly helps to push that stress right outta your body, toes first. Whatever the science behind the methodology, it feels damn good—as does the bonus neck-and-shoulder massage. The spa’s mood lighting, lush towels and whisper-quiet environment also offer sweet relief. 6911 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 428-8880, www.happydayspas.com. R.L.

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them. From scraps of wood collected at the shop to unearthed shards of ebony, soapstone and abalone, the collection is a tribute to Cassotta’s delicate touch—and her willingness to let the materials evolve naturally into their new lives as necklaces, rings and bracelets. www.etsy.com/shop/ RealLifeDollhouse. L.H.

Best place to get a head massage before a haircut Honey Salon Getting a new haircut should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Once you have that vinyl cape wrapped around your neck, all boring thoughts of work should be exchanged for bits of casual gossip. The fashionable stylists at Honey Salon go out of their way to make sure you are as relaxed as possible before going under the scissors. Not only are you offered a tasty libation to ease your stress, but they also spend a lengthy amount of time on your head with a wonderful scalp massage and hot towel wrap. 818 19th Street, #100; (916) 442-6636; www.honeysalonsacto.com. L.G.

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AJF Salon

Village Hat Shop

You want to get that “Girl, I just got my hair did” look without going to the salon and dropping most of your paycheck on your coif, right? Well, now the at-home stylist can master the art of the DIY blowout at an AJF Salon hairdrying technique class. Trained stylists school you in the fine art of contorting your body in such a way as to get that impossible-to-reach 3-inch section of the back of your mane perfectly styled. Just bring your own tools, styling products and the $25 registration fee, which is applied toward your purchase of those essential hair-styling goodies, and AJF will supply the wine, cheese and what’s sure to be a hair-raising tutorial. 3016 J Street, (916) 446-2940, www.ajfsalon.com. L.H.

If you’ve ever had a hat addiction, you should check out this store for your fix. Old Sacramento’s Village Hat Shop has, arguably, Sacramento’s most diverse selection of hats. It’s got every new and old style, and even a back room full of silly hats (think fake dreadlocks, octopus tentacles and the Hatter). If you’re new to the world of headgear and not really sure what you’re looking for, the store’s website has a useful hat glossary, photos and plenty of reviews. 123 K Street in Old Sacramento, (916) 444-7475, www.villagehatshop.com. J.M.

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Don’t just get coffee next time you’re in downtown Roseville— get coffee Disneyland style. The Extreme Java Jungle Café is a light and airy cafe that, naturally, features life-sized replicas of giraffes and apes. You didn’t hear it from us, but rumor has it, on occasion, one might actually get to ride the monkey. All the rest— the cafe’s espresso drinks, extensive food menu, and beer and wine selection—is just the whipped cream on your mocha. 400 Vernon Street in Roseville, (916) 788-7424, www.extremejavajunglecafe.com. R.L.

Real Life Dollhouse The distinctive pieces fashioned out of reassembled materials at Sacramento jewelry design outfit Real Life Dollhouse are a lot like their creator: a clever mix of vintage and modern with a dash of rock ’n’ roll for good measure. Designer Julie Cassotta, who cultivated the nimble finger work required to create her original pieces by working at her family’s guitar shop, pacified her frustration with broken necklaces and loose baubles in her own jewelry collection by reinventing BEFORE

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4747 J Street, (916) 266-0452

Best record store

3200 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 448-8020

3. Land Bark Pet Supplies

1. Phono Select 2312 K Street, (916) 400-3164, www.phonoselect.com

Best place to get your hair done

2. Armadillo Music

1. Spanish Fly Hair Garage

205 F Street, Davis; (530) 758-8058; www.armadillomusic.com

1723 J Street, (916) 444-1359, www.flygarage.com

3. The Beat

2. Deeda Salon

1700 J Street, (916) 446-4402, http://thebeatsacramento.com

1734 34th Street, (916) 456-0600, http://deedasalon.com

3. Lush Salon & Spa

1. Crimson & Clover

Best place to buy tchotchkes

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1. Evangeline’s 113 K Street, Old Sacramento; (916) 443-2181, www.evangelines.com

Best barber shop

2. Bows & Arrows

2. Mixed Bag

1815 19th Street, (916) 822-5668, http://bowscollective.com

2405 K Street, (916) 447-6123

2408 21st Street, (916) 457-1120, http://sacramentobarbershop.com

3. Freestyle Clothing Exchange

3. Fringe

2. The Buzz Barbershop

2409 21st Street, (916) 706-0216, www.fringe21.com

3015 1/2 J Street, (916) 442-7377

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2. Krazy Mary’s Boutique 3230 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 442-6279, www.facebook.com/ krazymarysboutique

3. Sugar Shack Boutique 2425 J Street, (916) 447-4435, www.sugarshackboutique.com

Best place to buy vintage

various locations, www.freestyleclothing.com

Best thrift store 1. Thrift Town various locations, www.thrifttown.com

2. SPCA Thrift Store 1517 E Street, (916) 442-8118, www.sspca.org

3. Goodwill various locations, www.goodwillsacto.org

Best bookstore 1. Beers Books 915 S Street, (916) 442-9475, www.beersbooks.com

2. Time Tested Books

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1. Scout Living 1215 18th Street, (916) 594-7971, www.scoutliving.com

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1. Anthony’s Barbershop

3. Eddy’s Deluxe

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1. Mellow Me Out Day Spa

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3. 57th Street Antique Row

2. Byuti: A Salon & Spa

855 57th Street, www.57thstreetantiquerow.com

1414 H Street, (916) 441-2000, www.byuti.net

3. Blue Sky Day Spa

Best place to buy supplies for your animal friends

4250 H Street, Suite 1; (916) 455-6200; www.blueskydayspa.com

1. Western Feed & Pet Supply

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5140 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 454-5404, www.legacyinktattoo.com

Best place to practice sun salutations 1. The Yoga Seed Collective 1400 E Street, (916) 978-1367, http://theyogaseed.org

2. Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing & Fitness 116 N. 16th Street, (916) 341-0100, www.touchstoneclimbing.com/ pipeworks

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Best place to fix your whip 3950 Attawa Avenue, (916) 456-3040, www.stephansautohaus.com

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2. Shane Co. 366 N. Sunrise Avenue, Roseville; (916) 783-3500; www.shaneco.com

3. Guzetta & Co. Fine Jewelers 805 Howe Avenue, (916) 924-9666; 1850 Douglas Boulevard, Roseville; (916) 783-5890; www.guzzettaco.com

Best place to get inked 1. Royal Peacock Tattoo 2101 P Street, (916) 448-1979, www.facebook.com/royal.peacock.9

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2. Cann-Medical 9179A Folsom Boulevard, (916) 822-5690, http://cannmedical.org

3. MediCann 3701 J Street, Suite 240; 3449 Freedom Park Drive, North Highlands; (916) 632-6627; www.medicann.com

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Best queen of the geeks Stephanie Rector

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tephanie Rector moved from Los Angeles to the Sacramento area and noticed a trend: People were nuts about pirates, comic books and even her favorite television show, Star Trek.

“I wanted to keep a record of all these things I found,” she recalled, “so I got the idea of doing a website that would kind of [give] all these different groups ... a one-stop place to find each other.” And so, the idea of Sac Geeks Community Calendar was planted in 2002—although, at the time, it merely comprised a list of links. Its growth and the inclusion of networking and calendar tools came when the revamped site was launched in 2008.

“Obviously, it’s cool to be a geek.” Stephanie Rector

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Today, the Sac Geeks website— based on the Meetup (www.meetup. com) platform—is currently home to a community of nearly 1,200 users. Approximately 100 of these users regularly organize and post events to the website’s public calendar, but anyone can join the open community. There’s also a discussion area, links and a photo gallery. The group has also put on a small convention, organized a sci-fi book club, started a board-game group and, most recently, created the Best of Geeky Sacramento Playing Cards. The cards—which are available at www.sacgeekscards.com—are equal parts business cards, coupons and actual playing cards. All 54 cards in the deck feature a geek-related business, group or individual, and geeks and nongeeks alike can collect them all at various card-carrying businesses. “A change of culture has made it more popular to be a geek. The big action blockbusters are [all] comic-book movies,” said Rector. “Most of the popular shows [nowadays] are about zombies and sci-fi and make-believe. Obviously, it’s cool to be a geek, or those would not be popular.” www.sacgeeks.com. Jonathan Mendick

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“My first home was a Winnebago,” she recalls. Hayes was the child of a ballet dancer, and it’s apparent, as she describes things like her toddler years, spent while her mother danced in a Disney on Parade traveling show, that it informed her existence. During this life on the road in both the United States and England, she played backstage with the children of Brit rockers Marc Bolan and David Bowie while their parents were rehearsing and performing. So, it didn’t take much encouragement for Hayes to start dancing. By the time she started lessons—age 2-and-a-half—she’d “already become known for stealing tights and pointe shoes from my mother,” she said. Hayes went from student to apprentice, including a stint at the Sacramento Ballet, and then to performer, eventually dancing with the Oakland Ballet until the company closed. Then she came back to Sacramento, where her mother runs the Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet school in El Dorado Hills. She was doing some teaching— that is, until fate intervened, in the form of a truck. “It broke my face,” Hayes said of her collision with the vehicle near a Sacramento off-ramp. She was riding a bike with no helmet. “Literally, my fact was flat. For months, I had to sleep sitting up in bed.”

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The recovery period left her with a lot of time for introspection—not to mention gratitude that things weren’t worse. That period resulted in “a sort of rebirth.” Two major things came from that self-reflection. “I’d never had a home base, really, and I decided to make one for myself [in Sacramento],” Hayes said. “Sure, I can go off to work somewhere for a short while, but I needed to have a home base, and Sacramento is it.” The next decision was to see what she could add to the local arts scene, which, she says, had “totally transformed since I first came to Sacramento.” And that led to partnering with local promoter Clay Nutting, and musical acts Sister Crayon and Exquisite Corps on two Ballet + Live Local Music concerts. “People who’ve only seen live music could see ballet. People who’d only seen ballet could see live music,” Hayes said. “Put both together, and it’s greater than the sum of its parts.” Hayes is now teaching again, at the Firehouse 5 dance studio. With any luck, more collaborations between ballet dancers and local bands will be on the horizon. Firehouse 5, 2014 B Ninth Street; (916) 549-5299; www.thefirehouse5.com; www.facebook.com/ balletzsacramento. Kel Munger

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Verge Center for the Arts Jumble Sale

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It’s no secret that arts funding is in short supply, but Verge Center for the Arts has devised a cleverly fun way to shore up its cash reserve by way of a “jumble sale” spread out over nearly every inch of its downtown gallery and studio space. Browse tons of vintage goods—records; clothes; arts; household stuff; and cute, kitschy knickknacks. The event launches tonight with a party featuring a chance to shop early and enjoy a no-host bar and appetizers, plus check out the artist studios. Sale runs through September 23. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street; (916) 448-2985; www.vergeart.com. R.L.

Spanglish Arte just relocated to a new location, which should give it a higher profile. A good thing, and well-deserved, because this is a fantastico place to support the local artist community by purchasing items such as a Day of the Dead onesie or a CD by a Latina punk band. This gallery-slash-retail-storeslash-classroom with a Hispanic flavor is run by the feisty and charming Mari Arreola. On a recent visit, she informed as to how the rural Mexicans are reacting to the drug lords in their towns, with the artwork on the gallery’s walls reflecting that struggle. Stop in—there is much to see and learn. 2512 J Street; (916) 446-1213, www.shopspanglish.com. G.G.

Best lecture series featuring hobbits, orcs, dwarves and elves Full Circle: An Exploration of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings at the Sacramento Public Library If it’s worth not one but two trilogies and half a lifetime’s work from director Peter Jackson, then The Lord of the Rings is certainly deserving of its own lecture series. The fun has already kicked off, but there are still six lectures over the next three months at the Sacramento Public Library Central Branch, covering topics like “Moral Realities of The Lord of the Rings,” “Smaug and Medieval Dragon Mythology” and “Who Is Tom Bombadil?” Also on tap: a Middle-earth fashion show and a Hobbit discussion group. What more can a good nerd ask for? We’re guessing one ring to rule them all. Lectures at 2 p.m. first and third Sundays through December at the Sacramento Public Libarary Central Branch, 828 I Street; (916) 264-2920; www.saclibrary.org. K.M.

Best hidden gem Ella K. McClatchy Library The airy and light bathroom at Ella K. McClatchy Library in the Poverty Ridge neighborhood is one of the finest in town. Featuring cheerful tile and an older, mottled glass door, little details of a stately home turned library are found all over the building. Walking up the majestic stairs to the entrance is enough to make one feel like a step back in time. The second floor, closed for years, will be opening soon to the public. The branch recently expanded the teen area to captivate more young readers, complete with a sunny nook peddling books and other sundries to help offset costs. While a more modest selection than, say, the Central Branch, any of the 2 million-plus books and other media from all 28 locations in the system can be requested on the Sacramento Public Library website and picked up at this hidden gem. 2112 22nd Street, (916) 264-2700, www.saclibrary.org. G.G.

Best hip-hop battle dance team The Fallen Kings B-boys Morris, Kareem, Swellz One, D-Trix, DereLeek and Victor Kim are part of the crew everyone in the dance community is talking about this year: the Fallen Kings. The group features some of the rawest talent in the world of B-boying, or break dancing. With Morris, Kareem and Swellz winning battle contests all over the world and D-Trix, DereLeek and Victor Kim trending on YouTube, the crew seems destined for a breakthrough. Look for them to raise their profile at B-boy events as they compete in more local and Bay Area battles. And this year, they might finally make it onto MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. www.facebook.com/thefallenkings. J.M.

Best local poetry blog Medusa’s Kitchen The brainchild of Rattlesnake Press (“poetry with fangs”) publisher Kathy Kieth—hence the snakes-in-the-hair name—Medusa’s Kitchen has been around for quite a while, but it maintains a standard of quality and a devotion to local work that can’t be matched. A local poet is featured almost daily, as well as poetry news, opportunities, advice, greatest hits, workshops, audio and video of readings and performances—just about anything a poet could need or want. In fact, when someone wants to plug into Sacramento’s huge and vibrant poetry scene, we send ’em to the snake lady. Just don’t look her in the eye. http://medusaskitchen. blogspot.com. K.M.


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Best place to see art

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1. Crocker Art Museum 216 O Street, (916) 808-7000, www.crockerartmuseum.org

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2. Verge Center for the Arts

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625 S Street, (916) 448-2985, http://vergeart.com

3. Elliott Fouts Gallery 1831 P Street, (916) 736-1429, www.efgallery.com

Best visual artist 1. David Garibaldi http://garibaldiarts.com

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2. Kurt Johnson, B Street Theatre

1. Danny Scheible

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3. Jamie Jones, B Street Theatre

2. Gale Hart

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3. Nathan Cordero http://vergeart.com/artist/ nathan-cordero/profile After artist Christine Hodgins passed away in August, several of the Best Visual Artist nominees asked to “donate” their votes in honor of her legacy. Hodgins’ work is currently on display at Beatnik Studios, 2421 17th Street. For more information on her sculptures and drawings, visit www.christinehodgins.com.

Best professional theater company 1. B Street Theatre 2711 B Street, (916) 443-5300, www.bstreettheatre.org

2. Capital Stage

Best reading or lecture series 1. The Sacramento Living Library at Time Tested Books 1114 21st Street, (916) 447-5696, http://timetestedbooks.blogspot.com

2. Crossroads at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento 1519 19th Street, (916) 498-9811, www.ccasac.org

3. Stories on Stage at Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th Street, (916) 240-1897, http://storiesonstagesacramento. wordpress.com

Best local morning radio show 1. Rob, Arnie & Dawn in the Morning, KRXQ 98 Rock www.robarnieanddawn.com

2. Armstrong & Getty, Talk 650 KSTE www.armstrongandgettyradio.com

3. The Don Geronimo Show, KHTK 1140 The Fan http://sacramento.cbslocal.com

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2. Dave Bender, CBS 13

Best community theater group

1719 25th Street, (916) 240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com

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1. Big Idea Theatre

3. Mahogany Urban Poetry Series at Queen Sheba

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1. Cristina Mendonsa, News10

Best local actor

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1. Stephanie Gularte, Capital Stage

3. Edie Lambert, KCRA 3

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1. Poetry Unplugged at Luna’s Café & Juice Bar

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MARTHA BECK – Best Selling Author, Life Coach, Columnist for O Magazine GLORIA FELDT – Author, Activist and Former CEO of Planned Parenthood FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ – Best Selling Author and Activist HOLLY NEAR – Award Winning Singer/Songwriter and Activist SISTA MONICA – Award Winning Singer/Songwriter

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2215 J Street, (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org

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hat began as a college drinking game is now a business for Hector Rivera, the area’s premier beer-pong promoter. He built a career of running beer-pong tournaments in california, nevada and arizona, before turning his sights on Roseville, where for the last four years he’s run the “old Roseville Beer pong circuit” at the onyx club (116 Main Street) and the trocadero (119 church Street).

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“There are always cheap drinks, and there are always fun times and pretty girls.”

Tournaments generally feature between 15 and 25 teams of two, with a $5-per-team entry fee. It’s a doubleelimination format, and the winning team earns somewhere around $100. The drinking game, which involves tossing table-tennis balls into cups of liquid across a long table, requires dual prowess with hand-eye coordination and the ability to hold one’s liquor. And although there’s alcohol involved and prize money at stake, the atmosphere of these tournaments is friendly and casual, Rivera said. “I pride myself on working in an environment where alcohol is served and I never have problems,” he said. This year, Rivera even served as executive producer for a local beerpong anthem called “Balls Back” by Roseville rap group Whoride. The

Hector Rivera Rivera is also finishing up a documentary about his life as a beer-pong promoter, titled Beer Pong King and featuring Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson, actor Tommy Davidson, and rappers E-40, Too Short and B-Legit. Rivera says the secret to his success is simple: “There are always cheap drinks, and there are always fun times and pretty girls.” www.facebook.com/so.international.ent, w w w . t w i t t e r. c o m / s o i n t e r e n t . Jonathan Mendick

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Best alleyway bike outfitters Edible Pedal Getting takeout chow delivered via bicycle on the grid is a pretty great idea, but the local outfit that transports lunch to your door also sells and repairs bikes. Headquartered in the alleyway next door to Old Soul Co. between 17th and 18th streets near Capitol Avenue, Edible Pedal is full of drool-worthy two-wheelers, and if you let shop owner John Boyer “geek out” over your prospective new ride or help you tweak or repair your existing one, you might find yourself really enjoying every moment on your bike like you didn’t know was possible. Really. Also, the shop’s got fantastic accessories for your travels, like bags and even locally made plus fours to match your smart ride. 1712 L Street, (916) 822-5969, www.ediblepedal.com. S.

Best ping-pong gods Sac-Rec Table Tennis Club Sac-Rec Table Tennis Club organizer and California Table Tennis Hall of Fame inductee James Therriault can return just about any ball. If you saw him on KCRA during the local NBC affiliate’s Olympic Games coverage, you get the feeling he can outplay you merely by never messing up. However hard you hit your shot, he can travel to the ball and lob or chop the shot back over the net. The Sac-Rec Table Tennis Club meets weekly for round-robin tournaments, so you can give the sport a try—and even challenge Therriault himself. www.sactabletennis.org. J.M.

Best sports bumper sticker to put on your car Sacramento Mohawks Thankfully, this town does have a team we can believe in, a team that shows we are a world-class city. The Sacramento Mohawks are our premiere homeless soccer team. They have traveled across America to play in the Street Soccer USA tournament and even have had a few players represent the USA in the Homeless World Cup in more exotic locales. This is not about money, arenas or hanging with the Kardashians: This is about hope and redemption. Sponsored by the Volunteers for America and the Mather Community Campus, it’s all about helping people get out of a bad situation.

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Sometimes you have to realize that the homeless work harder every day than you do. Why don’t you have a Mohawks sticker on your car? www. facebook.com/pages/Sacramento -Mohawks/219345694773586. G.G.

Best DIY outdoor workout William Land Park William Land Park, which stretches out between 11th Avenue and Sutterville Road and Freeport and Riverside boulevards, can seem a bit overwhelming in its sheer vastness. But fear not, fitness freaks, there is a method to all this green madness. A clearly defined jogging path loops around Land Park Drive (and will register just under 2 miles on your pedometer), neatly skimming the perimeter around the wading pool, baseball field, et al. Don’t feel like doing the walk-run thing? There are also several selfguided exercise stations for sit-ups, pull-ups and other core-strengthening calorie busters. 3800 S. Land Park Drive, www.cityofsacramento.org/ parksandrecreation/parks/sites/ land_map.htm. R.L.

Best way to get up close and personal with the American River Sacramento-Sierra Nevada Standup Paddleboard Club Grab an oar and join the SacramentoSierra Nevada Standup Paddleboard Club to catch a kick-ass workout, if not a ripping wave, while traversing the winding waterways of Northern California. Like the big sticks the pros ride, the stand-up paddleboard, or SUP, typically measures between 12 to 18 feet long, but is twice as thick as a longboard and blanketed by a thin foam pad that covers most of the deck. Typical club excursions include trips to Lake Natoma and Folsom Lake, the American River in Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe sponsored by Sierra Standup Paddleboard, which also rents equipment. The club meets weekly during the peak summer season and in the winter as weather permits, and while its members include elite racers, all levels of paddlers are welcome. www. meetup.com/Standup-PaddleboardSacramento-Sierra-Nevada, www.sierrastandup.com. L.H.

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Best place to get away from it all—without going very far Auburn State Recreation Area

in the mud October 6—there’s just one catch, instead of your backyard, you’ll be navigating a 5K obstacle course on the Sacramento Raceway. www.mudfactor.org. L.H.

Not far from downtown Sacramento, about 35 miles up Highway 49, is a slice of nature that is so beautiful it will make you forget you are only 40 feet from a major highway. You can set up your beach chair and have a picnic on the rocky coast at the North Fork of the American River or stroll along one of the official state park trails to really see what our backyard has to offer. If you are more adventurous (and fit), you can trek down steep but welltraveled inclines to reach secluded watering holes at various spots along the highway. You can boat, bike and even hunt if you have a permit. Travel up Highway 49 until you see signs for Auburn SRA. www. parks.ca.gov/?page_id=502. L.G.

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Mud Factor Remember the mud pies you created as a tyke out of that concoction of sludge made of water and dirt? The cool “batter” oozing through your small hands as you formed the gloppy mess into something that vaguely resembled a pie is a sensory memory many of us share. Thanks to the organizers of Mud Factor, the adult version of yourself (there’s beer at the finish line!) can go play

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Sacramento Australian Football League Australian-rules football is a bit more rugged than American football. No pads, no helmets, but plenty of tackling, scoring options and cardio. Sacramento’s Australian Football League now has a pair of pro teams— the Sacramento Suns and the Lady Suns—part of the United States Australian Football League. Don’t just take my word for it, though, sign up for SAFL’s recreational Ausball league, which uses flags instead of tackling and features co-ed teams. Three seasonal leagues happen throughout the year. http://sacfooty. webs.com. J.M.

Project Play at Mahany Regional Park Kids learn more and engage better when their play area is rich with sensory experiences that are visual, tactile and auditory. Autistic children have an especially difficult time engaging in their surroundings. Project Play at Mahany Regional Park is designed for optimum sensory play, which is ideal for little ones that have to work extra hard to

connect with the world. Children can splash around at the water mountain finger park, listen to prerecorded animal sounds, swing in specially designed swing sets and interact with all manner of play-structure adventures. The ground is mostly made of rubberized mats, so those in wheelchairs can comfortably roam the playground. There is something special for everyone at this sensory park. 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville. L.G.

Best Incredible Hulk impersonator Mark Bell Mark Bell received heaps of praise for publicly admitting to juicing. His confession happened in his brother Chris Bell’s documentary film Bigger, Stronger, Faster. Anyway, Mark is a former boxer and wrestler, owns Sacramento’s Super Training Gym and invented a bench-press training accessory called the Sling Shot. In the past year, he’s been squatting more than 1,000 pounds, bench-pressing more than 800 pounds and deadlifting more than 700 pounds. Bell coaches a team of competitive powerlifters from his gym, and he and his wife also publish Power magazine, which highlights strength athletes. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. www.supertraininggym.com. J.M.

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8345 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 101; (916) 383-0123; www.results24gym.com

1. Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts various locations, www.kovars.com

2. Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing & Fitness

2. Robinson’s Taekwondo

Best gym

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1. Teal Bend Golf Club 7200 Garden Highway, (916) 604-8563, www.clubcorp.com/ Clubs/Teal-Bend-Golf-Club

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Point being: This is the quintessential Sacto spot for chat. If you want to enjoy a cup—latte, espresso, straight black—with someone new, the proverbial get-to-know-you date (no pressure!), then picking Broadacre Coffee’s front window seat is picking “magic.” It’s as close to one of those European cafe scenes that you see in dumb American Express commercials as the 916 gets.

It’s as close to one of those European cafe scenes that you see in dumb American Express commercials as the 916 gets. Or maybe—all right, quite probably— all can be attributed to Broadacre’s excellent god in a cup. 1014 Tenth Street, (916) 442-1085, www.broadacrecoffee.com. Nick Miller

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Anyway, Firestone is also a great a place to get yourself drunk on a date. It pours more beers than likely anywhere else on the grid—the row of taps circumnavigates the entire bar!—and there are even a couple beer-snob-worthy offerings, such as The Bruery. And it even has the correct stemware for different styles of beer (warning: This might not impress your date). And, finally, if you’re the kind of person who’d go on a date at Firestone, it’s totally OK to check your fantasty-football lineup on your smartphone. Or troll Instagram instead of making small talk. Such is the vibe and ethos of the new sports-bar dating scene. Embrace it. Hell, bring new and future paramour to Firestone’s happy hour. It’s all good. As the kids say, game on. 1525 L Street, (916) 446-0888, www.firestonepublichouse.com. Nick Miller photo by wes davis


Best romantic drive to nowhere Delta Road Someone wise once advised that “love don’t cost a thing.” To be sure, some of its best moments are as free and easy as a simple day trip. Head out to the two-lane Highway 160— also known as the Delta Road or River Road—for a leisurely drive along the Sacramento River. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery. There are lush pear groves, gorgeous wineries and scenic inns and harbors. There are also ghost towns, historic landmarks, places to windsurf and more than 20 resorts offering the likes of bistro dining, swimming, tennis and live music. You can also ditch the crowds and take in the migratory birds, watch for jackrabbits or just sit on the riverbank and take in one perfect, old-fashioned, technologyfree moment. www.californiadelta. org/drivetours.htm. R.L.

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Best female Sacramentan to fantasize about 1. Neda Iranpour, CBS 13 http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/ personality/neda-iranpour

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Maybe you’ve been a couple forever, or maybe this attraction falls squarely into booty-call territory (no judgment here, folks). Either way, there are some nights when it’s best to keep the lovin’ inside. Whether you’ve got movies or other, uh, activities on the agenda, don’t forget the sustenance. Skip the pizza delivery and venture out for some Indian takeout. Kathmandu’s vast menu of spicy, fragrant dishes are best shared, family style. The vegan thali—a feast that includes samosas, puri bread, rice and chutney—is particularly couple-worthy. 1728 Broadway, (916) 441-2172, www. kathmandukitchen.com. R.L.

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2. Mix Downtown 1525 L Street, (916) 442-8899, www.mixdowntown.net

3. Powerhouse Pub 614 Sutter Street, Folsom; (916) 355-8586; www.powerhousepub.com

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1. McKinley Park Rose Garden 3330 McKinley Boulevard, www.cityofsacramento.org/ parksandrecreation/ recreation/rosegard.htm

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the submissive wife (Du Bois had a way of conferring upon her position rather than personhood), and Shauntel Smith makes her debut as Yolande’s friend, Lenora. That nothing turns out quite as expected only gives this fictionalized tale the ring of truth about life among the thinking class in tumultuous times. Ω Knock Me a Kiss, 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; $13-$15, $8 Thursdays. Celebration Arts, 4469 D Street; (916) 455-2787; www.celebrationarts.net. Through October 14.

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Once in a while, a play comes along that just creeps the hell out of you. EMH Productions’ debut effort, My Fellow Creatures by Michael Rubenfeld, proves to be that sort of truly uncomfortable experience. Arthur Lonon Smith is an incarcerated middle-aged child molester who fails to see the error of his ways. When he meets Kelly (Dan Fagan), a younger incarcerated child molester, Arthur has to come to terms with his conceptions of love. The play deals with this idea in a no-holds-barred expression of little-boy affection, and the majority of the play is Arthur proselytizing about how pure and beautiful it is to love a child. It’s really very creepy. Watching a play that constantly displays empathy for a child molester is not an easy task, and audiences should be aware of the specific content before planning a night out. Fagan comes in a distant first with performance. Unfortunately, most of the production meanders slowly and with pauses between every line. Creatures has a cast of three, but Fagan is the only one that seems able to withstand his intense role. Smith’s lines are obviously rehearsed, but when it comes to making them count as more than just passable performance, he flounders. As far as production values go, the set feels exactly as it should—a dank, depressing cell. But the unintentional iPod wheel click before each incidental song and the paper smoke that fills the air in the tiny, cramped theater for the last minutes of the play prove that this is a labor of love that needs more development. —Maxwell McKee

My Fellow Creatures, 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $20. EMH Productions at the Wilkerson Theatre, 1723 25th Street; (916) 214-6255. Through October 14.


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The Master will probably do little to dampen Mr. Cox’s enthusiasm. It has the solemn air of imparting great wisdom and a palette of muted colors that evoke Norman Rockwell one minute, Andrew Wyeth the next, Edward Hopper after that, and so on. Plus—just so we don’t look all serious here— a little sex and plenty of tits and ass. Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, a World War II navy veteran who has trouble adjusting to peacetime. In a quick series of vignettes, we see him go from rehabilitation in a Veterans Affairs hospital to being a portrait photographer in Capwell’s department store in San Francisco and, after beating up a customer who was posing for him, harvesting cabbage in Salinas. Through it all, Freddie plies his one talent, making hard liquor out of whatever ingredients come to hand, including paint thinner. This ability stands Freddie in good stead when, on the run from his latest angermanagement issue, he stows away aboard a luxury yacht (it looks like a converted U.S. Navy minesweeper) sailing from San Diego. There he meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who claims to be “in

command” but is actually just borrowing the yacht from one of his rich followers to cruise through the Panama Canal to New York; he likes Freddie’s hooch and wants more. Dodd—“the master”—is a mixture of snake-oil salesman, self-help guru and religious mystic who spouts the kind of pseudoscientific patter that used to run on Art Bell’s wee-hours radio program—glib mumbo jumbo, always sounding on the verge of being really profound but never getting around to actually making sense. Also on the cruise, along with an array of disciples and relatives, is Dodd’s wife Peggy (Amy Adams—as noted above, boring). The whole movie, in fact, is a bore, though Anderson’s fans will no doubt find it profoundly poetic. For myself, I checked out mentally about halfway through its 137 lumbering minutes as I pondered Joaquin Phoenix’s idiosyncratic performance. His Freddie is tightly wound, regarding the world through scrunched-up eyes, talking in a barely intelligible mumble through clenched teeth, chin jutting and lips frozen in a permanent curl like a sideways ankh. There was something familiar about it. Who was Phoenix channeling here? Brando? Dean? Then it hit me: Oh my God, he’s doing Popeye! Playing an ex-sailor with violence issues, all Phoenix (or Anderson) can think to give us is Popeye? Give me a break already. At that instant, I stopped taking The Master seriously. In this, I was confirmed by a silly scene late in the movie when Freddie, after months or years of estrangement, gets an out-ofthe-blue phone call from Dodd. “How did you find me?” he marvels. How indeed—especially since Dodd is calling from England and Freddie is in Philadelphia. In a movie-theater balcony. Where an usher, who evidently knows all the patrons by name, brings him the phone. Contrary to Anderson, movie ushers in the 1950s did not as a rule bring telephones to your seat, even if they knew who and where you were.

Then it hit me: Oh my God, he’s doing Popeye! Playing an ex-sailor with violence issues, all Joaquin Phoenix (or Paul Thomas Anderson) can think to give us is Popeye? Like Lancaster Dodd’s fake-scientific pep talks (the name’s resemblance to Lafayette Ronald Hubbard is probably no coincidence), The Master is an attractively wrapped but thick and indigestible slab of baloney. There’s a con man and charlatan at work here, all right, but it’s not Lancaster Dodd. It’s Paul Thomas Anderson. Ω


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A billionaire hedge-fund manager (Richard Gere), scrambling to sell his firm before his embezzlement is discovered, crashes his Mercedes, killing his mistress (Laetitia Casta); now he must juggle a second cover-up while a dogged cop (Tim Roth) sniffs around. Writer-director Nicholas Jarecki builds a tightly written, sharply acted melodrama with a Tiffany gleam. Only trouble is, nearly every character is an amoral, bottom-feeding snake; the only decent people in sight are Gere’s daughter (Brit Marling) and the son of his former driver (Nate Parker), and they’re decidedly small potatoes. With nobody to root for—we don’t care what happens to most of these bastards—it’s hard to muster more than mild curiosity about the outcome. Still, Jarecki’s sheer craftsmanship is undeniable and refreshing. J.L.

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For his next trick, writer-director Todd Solondz provides this portrait of a tubby 35-year-old loser (Jordan Gelber), still living with his parents (Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow), nursing malaise, collecting action figures and blasting too-peppy pop from behind the wheel of his yellow Hummer. Even his occasional fantasies seem aggressively banal, but at least there’s the overmedicated depressive (Selma Blair) who agrees to marry him out of surrendered selfrespect. It’s neither as misanthropic nor as laugh-out-loud funny as it might sound, and that’s to the filmmaker’s credit. Solondz tempers his tone, allowing for something natural—if also unfortunate and irresolute—to emerge from the pairing of Gelber’s shrewd ingenuousness with Blair’s inherent poutiness. It’s a modest effort, all the more lifelike for its nagging lack of fulfillment. J.K.

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The 3-D rerelease of Pixar’s 2003 undersea saga may or may not be a bid from director Andrew Stanton to make back some of the cash his John Carter lost at the box office, but in any event, it still holds up. Set in a beautifully animated Great Barrier Reef, it’s still just the tale of an overprotective clownfish (voiced by Albert Brooks) on a quest to rescue his son (Alexander Gould) from a dentist’s office aquarium, and it didn’t need a 3-D retrofit to deserve another run on the big screen. Costarring Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe, among others, and agreeably preceded by the short Partysaurus Rex, which segues characters from the Toy Story series into an aquatic context of sorts, Finding Nemo fits the bill for that increasingly rare cinematic treat: a big room full of oohing and ahing and laughing and sniffling kids. J.K.

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A former getaway driver for bank robbers, now in the Witness Protection Program (Dax Shepard), risks blowing his cover to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to a job interview in Los Angeles; he also risks falling into the clutches of the friend he ratted out (Bradley Cooper), while his inept parole officer (Tom Arnold) and her ex-boyfriend (Michael Rosenbaum) follow in hot pursuit. For Shepard, this is almost a one-man show—he also wrote, co-directed with David Palmer and co-edited with Keith Croket. The result is a wacky trailertrash farce with careening and crashing cars instead of slamming doors—and in its raunchy, lowbrow way, it’s surprisingly funny much of the

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A veteran major-league-baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) clings to his job even as his eyesight fails; his concerned boss (John Goodman) turns to the man’s semi-estranged daughter (Amy Adams) to help get him through one more season. First-time writer Randy Brown’s screenplay is short on surprises but long on grist for its likeable stars (including Justin Timberlake as a romantic interest for Adams) and dislikeable villain (Matthew Lillard as a hotshot upstart in the team office, as smarmy as Jay Mohr in Jerry Maguire). Rookie director and Eastwood protégé Robert Lorenz keeps the amiable story humming along efficiently, and the result is an easy to take star-vehicle entertainment, comfy and predictable as an old pair of shoes. Robert Patrick, Ed Lauter, Bob Gunton and George Wyner add to the familiarity. J.L. time. The supporting cast is also strong, with well-turned cameos from David Koechner, Beau Bridges, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes. J.L.

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In the Virginia backwoods during Prohibition, three brothers (Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Shia LaBeouf) have a good moonshine business going, until a crooked “special deputy” (Guy Pearce) wants his cut—and takes sadistic pleasure in not taking “no” for an answer. Speaking of sadistic pleasures, director John Hillcoat indulges some of his own in flesh-and-blooding out Nick Cave’s script (from Matt Bondurant’s novel about his own grandfather). It’s unrelentingly violent and not for the squeamish, but if you can take it, there’s good stuff here: Hardy is a tower of inarticulate strength, and LaBeouf (as a sort of hillbilly Michael Corleone) matches him as his callow kid brother. Good work, too, from Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska as their respective sweethearts, and Gary Oldman as a Chicago gangster. J.L.

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A timid, bookish kid (voice by Kodi Smit-McPhee), bullied at school and punished at home because he talks to ghosts, tries to save his town from a witch’s curse dating back 300 years, his mission complicated by an invasion of zombies. Directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell dress Butler’s script up with a visually inventive mix of stop-motion puppet animation and CGI, aiming at the delicious creepiness of The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline, but evidently that sort of thing is harder to pull off than Tim Burton and Henry Selick make it look. Here the effect is not so much creepy as simply unpleasant, and Butler’s basic theme—be nice to people: Today’s schoolyard bully is tomorrow’s witch-hunting bigot—becomes as dreary and preachy as a finger-shaking lecture from a purse-lipped school counselor. J.L.

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A girl buys an odd little box at a yard sale that turns out to contain a dybbuk, a demon of Jewish folklore, who takes possession of her body, to the dismay of her divorced parents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick). Juliet Snowden and Stiles White’s script is supposedly inspired by a Los Angeles Times article. The article (“A jinx in a Box?” by Leslie Gornstein; July 25, 2004) is easily available online, and even a cursory reading shows the movie up for what it is—a stale and shameless rip-off of The Exorcist, into which director Ole Bornedal manages to inject not one whit of scares or suspense. Sedgwick stands out (or rather, sticks out) in a largely unknown cast. Did she lose a bet? Blackmailed? Need the money? J.L.

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An aspiring stand-up comic (director and co-writer Mike Birbiglia) tries to cope with his piddling penny-ante career, a girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) who’s losing patience with his commitmentphobia and a sleep disorder that drives him to sleepwalk into some truly dangerous situations. Birbiglia himself suffers from the same disorder, and the unmistakable aura of autobiography, the sense that we’re seeing the barely veiled story of his real life, saves the movie (expanded from a one-man stage show) from being a shameless ripoff of Annie Hall, one of Birbiglia’s favorite movies. Birbiglia is likeably self-effacing, and the supporting cast helps: Ambrose is an unexpected pleasure—beaming, vivacious and a charming singer—and James Rebhorn and Carol Kane are fine as Birbiglia’s nerve-wracking parents. J.L.

A would-be novelist (Bradley Cooper) finds a typescript in an old used briefcase and realizes it’s far better than anything he could ever write. Before he can stop himself, he passes the work off as his own and becomes a bestselling sensation—then the real author (Jeremy Irons) turns up. In a framing device, a famous novelist (Dennis Quaid) reads the tale of the young plagiarist aloud as his latest work, quickening the pulse of a young student (Olivia Wilde). Writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal’s movie is one that stays with you, a more complicated “The Lady or the Tiger?” with stories-within-stories that provoke thoughtful questions and rumination. One of the meatiest movies of the year; beautifully written and well acted. Irons is a trifle miscast, but who cares? It’s Jeremy Irons. J.L.

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Still, people—and bands—mature and, accordingly, Captain and company have developed into a much more complex outfit. “I finally learned how to write songs with some sincerity. It’s a new thing for me,” said Josh Rhodes, one of the band’s two main singer-songwriters. Captain Amazing also features singersongwriter David Adams. as well as Rhodes’ brother Jordan on guitar and Adams’ brother Tyler on drums. In addition to vocal and songwriting duties, David and Josh also switch off between bass and guitar. The band’s music is difficult to pin down. There are folk elements, punk elements and strange experimental elements. What links the songs together, however, is an offbeat sensibility that exhibits a musical sophistication and an irreverent appreciation for a wide range of styles. The band, for instance, sometimes layers its folk songs with a melodica and its members sing in falsetto voices or give their punk songs a nervous, deliberately haphazard feel. Sonically, Captain Amazing most resembles Sebadoh—that ’90s-era band known for its hodgepodge of sounds and introspective, quiet bedroom recordings. Indeed, Captain Amazing and the Okay I Guesses have more in common with Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow

than just musical taste. Barlow was famously socially awkward—he practically invented the lo-fi sound as a result. Likewise, Captain Amazing, even during its early overtly sarcastic years, tapped into humor as a way to deal with its collective social awkwardness. “I’m catatonically shy … [but] somehow being in front of a crowd is way less stressful for me than talking to two to three people,” Rhodes said. The band’s name—a twisted take on a typical rock ’n’ roll moniker—is also rooted in humor and a self-deprecating ethos. “I’ve always been amused and slightly appalled by all those band [names], where it’s basically like ‘Johnny and the Guys Who Hang Out With Johnny,’” Rhodes explained. “I don’t understand why Tom Petty needs a solo album when it’s already Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.” Initially, the band played up the joke part of its name, taking it to the nth degree. At the beginning of early shows, for example, it would announce that Captain Amazing was dead and lying in a ditch somewhere, leaving the audience with the rest of the band, the ego-challenged Okay I Guesses. Even as the band has moved away from such overt parody and goofiness, it still manages to infuse its work with humor. Take, for instance, “Love Took a Shit.” Here, the song’s expression of heartbreak is genuine, but the choice of words is shocking, funny and just plain weird: “My heart is a gas-station bathroom, and no one’s got a mop or even a broom / Wake me up when anything ever goes as planned.”

“I’mcatatonicallyshy… [but]somehow,beingin frontofacrowdisway lessstressfulforme thantalkingtotwoto threepeople.” Josh Rhodes singer “The song title seems like something you would find on a tape in the ’80s at a Longs Drugs,” Rhodes said. Clearly, the line between humor and sincerity here is still one that’s blurry. Usually Captain Amazing executes both simultaneously—just take into account the band’s desire to create a short film based on its namesake character. “As musicians, we aspire to be living cartoon characters,” Rhodes said. “We want to be larger than life. Each song has an emotion that goes along with it. We just want to write good songs that also have a sense of humor.” Ω


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NYC JAZZ / BLUES

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22SAT

22SAT

Laura Love

John Abercrombie Organ Trio

Katie Knipp

Knock Knock

The Palms Playhouse, 8 p.m., $15

When you look at Laura Love’s Twitter feed  (@lauralovemusic), it’s hard to remember  that she’s been a touring musician for more  FOLK/FUNK than 20 years. With all  the activism, Occupying  Oakland (for which she got arrested), clamoring for social justice and home-gardening tips,  you forget that she can play the shit out of a  bass. And sing. Her soulful voice is the sound  of foggy mountains and hardscrabble farms.  Folky yet funky, she calls it “hip-Alachian”  music. This show will stir your heart and soul.  Bonus: Every person in her band (countryblues guitarist Orville Johnson, percussionist  Chris Leighton and singer-songwriter Jen  Todd) is a badass. 13 Main Street in Winters,  http://lauralove.net.

—Ngaio Bealum

Three Stages, 7 p.m., $12-$39

On the eve of performing at the Monterey  Jazz Festival, guitarist John Abercrombie and  his Organ Trio will roam jazz’s past, present and possible future—sometimes all in  the same composition—for transcendental  moments that gradually feed into a liberating, full-blown musical baptism. Abercrombie  cut his sonic teeth with hard-bop organist  Johnny “Hammond” Smith’s band in the  1960s, moved into avant-jazz and jazz fusion,  and has since crisscrossed multiple genres.  Here, he joins forces with nimble, melodic and  JAZZ explosive drummer Adam Nussbaum  and versatile in-demand organist  Gary Versace for an evening of introspective  and funky sounds. Three Stages at Folsom  Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom;  www.johnabercrombie.com.

Harlow’s, 7 p.m., $10

Be very glad that Katie Knipp chose music  over her initial college major, medicine. On  Saturday, her fourth studio album, Nice to  Meet You, will be released at a show sure to  attract some of the best musicians in town.  Try to classify her music, and you’ll likely fail.  BLUES ROCK Knipp belts out the blues  like no one’s business,  and her voice harkens to the days of torch  singers. She plays piano, Dobro, harmonica  and guitar. Knipp’s opened for the Doobie  Brothers, Tommy Castro and has shared  the stage with Barry Manilow. And she  writes her own material to boot. Harlow’s  Restaurant & Nightclub, 2708 J Street;   www.katieknipp.com.

—Trina L. Drotar

Midtown Village Cafe, 8 p.m., $5

If the California sound could be linked  to any band besides the Beach Boys,  Sacramento’s Knock Knock would be first  in line, especially with the 2008 gem “She  Knocks Me Out” off the album Girls on the  Run. It’s a surfy jam with dance-worthy  guitar tones, groovy bass lines and a  catchy chorus—all tied together by Allen  Maxwell’s falsetto. Nowadays, the fourpiece has three albums to its name, and  released its latest, We Will Raise Your Child,  in March. Before the sumINDIE POP mer is completely over,  take one last opportunity to soak in the  sounds of Knock Knock this weekend. The  perfect summer send-off. 1827 I Street,  www.myspace.com/knockknocktheband.

—Steph Rodriguez

—Mark Halverson

LI V E USIC M OPen Jam tHUrS OpEn Band JaM featuring

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Whiskey and Stitches

Monster Energy Aftershock

GZA

(Waning)

Elkhorn Saloon, 6 p.m., no cover

Discovery Park, 11 a.m., $49.50-$99.50

With the surge of folk-punk this past decade,  it’s a wonder there aren’t more bands like  Whiskey and Stitches, playing good oldfashioned Celtic punk—the original form of  folk-punk. Back in the 1980s, the Pogues took  the fervor of traditional Irish folk music and  mashed it with the energy of modern punk—  precisely what Whiskey and Stitches is doing  now. And because punk has evolved, Whiskey  and Stitches has a more eclectic sound.  But the raw passion is still there, especially  when the group belts out at the top of its  CELTIC PUNK lungs. Elkhorn Saloon  Country Bar and Grill,  18398 Old River Road in West Sacramento;   www.twitter.com/whiskeystitches.

Ace of Spades, 7 p.m., $21

If you’re ready to rock like it’s 1996, then the  Monster Energy Aftershock festival is just the  ticket for you. With 13 bands playing on two  ROCK stages throughout the day, including Stone Temple Pilots (pictured),  Bush and Chevelle—as well as local favorites  Deftones and Oleander—concertgoers will be  treated to more than nine hours of crunchy,  distorted guitar riffs, lyrics that make about  as much sense as a tabloid news story, and  all the rock bravado you would expect from  your flannel-wearing former superstars.  Sponsored by Monster Energy drink, this mini  alternative-rock-revival festival is going to  be one hell of a show. 1600 Garden Highway,   www.aftershockconcert.com.

—Aaron Carnes

Gary Grice, who goes by the stage name  GZA—and sometimes his nickname, “the  Genius”—is the oldest member of the  Wu-Tang Clan. His sophomore solo album,  1995’s Liquid Swords, is regarded by some  fans as the best solo project to come from  any Wu-Tang Clan member. It features the  juxtaposition of airy and ambient beats created by fellow Wu-Tang member RZA, paired  with GZA’s hard-hitting lyrics about street  HIP-HOP life in New York City. In the  years since, his solo career’s  blossomed, with the emcee producing various music videos, releasing four more solo  albums (and numerous other Wu-Tang collaborations) and even lecturing at Harvard  University in 2011. 1417 R Street,   www.facebook.com/thegza.

—Brian Palmer

—Jonathan Mendick

The Press Club, 8 p.m., $5

Doom pop—(Waning)’s supposed genre— seems like a contradiction by definition; and  indeed, the band thrives on contradiction.  Other apt descriptions include “organized  chaos” or “quiet-loud” or “melodic-monoDOOM POP tone.” (Waning)’s songs are  textured with so many dissonant elements it creates   a listening experience far stranger than  any one ingredient. With influences like  doom metal and ambient music, (Waning)  reaches a sensory overload. What’s that Pink  Floyd song called—“Comfortably Numb”?  That’s what (Waning) is like. How the group  links together such competing sections is  a mystery. It goes from Enya to Cannibal  Corpse in a heartbeat. 2030 P Street,  www.facebook.com/waningband.

—Aaron Carnes

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THURSDAY 9/20

FRIDAY 9/21

BLUE LAMP

1400 Alhambra, (916) 455-3400

THE MIGHTY REGIS, STOUT REBELLION; 9pm, call for cover

KILL THE PRECEDENT, JUDGEMENT DAY; X-KID, 9pm, call for cover 8pm, $8

THE BOARDWALK

BOONDOX, COUSIN CLEETUS, DARK

BOSS BIZ, NEW AIRA, K-SI, ITSGODZILLA!, SUNNY B, A GAME; 7pm, $10-$12

THE GREAT DESTROYER, CALISTA SKY, BENEATH THE MOON; 8pm

BOWS AND ARROWS

Book reading w/ Steve Unger, 7pm, no cover

THE KELPS, CROW CANYON, SIMPL3JACK, THE TREES; 7pm, $8

THE CAVE

3512 Stockton Blvd., (916) 317-9999

SUNFIGHTER, THE MIDNIGHT SNACKERS, THE YOUNG VINTAGE; 8pm, $5

SLUMP, CTLGS, AUXCIDE; 8pm, $3

CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MEKLIT & QUINN, 8-11pm, $10-$20

Second City for President comedy show, 8-11pm, $30-$35

9426 Greenback Ln., Orangevale; (916) 988-9247 SHOP, CHOP SHOP, PARADOX; 7pm 1815 19 St., (916) 822-5668

314 W. Main St., Grass Valley; (530) 274-8384

THE COZMIC CAFÉ

594 Main St., Placerville; (530) 642-8481

Open-mic, 7:30pm, no cover

DISTRICT 30

ELKHORN SALOON

Queer Idol, 9pm M, no cover; Latin night, 9pm Tu, $5; DJ Alazzawi, 9pm W, $3

Hip-hop and Top 40 Deejay dancing, 9pm, $5-$10

Hip-hop and Top 40 Deejay dancing, 9pm, $5-$10

1001 R St., (916) 443-8825

THE MIKE JUSTIS BAND, 8-11pm, no cover

INVERSIONS, PUSHTONAWANDA, NOT FOR PROFIT, NORFOLK JACKET; 9pm

THE MEMOIRS, ARDELLAS CROWN, SHERMAN BAKER; 9pm-midnight, $5

THE GOLDEN BEAR

DJ Shaun Slaughter, 10pm, call for cover

DJ Crook One, 10pm, call for cover

DJ Whores, 10pm, no cover

HARLOW’S

Sizzling Sirens present Back to School, 9pm, $12

CATHERINE RUSSELL, 7pm, $28; ORGONE, RUBBLEBUCKET; 10pm, $15

KATIE KNIPP, 7pm, $10; MIDNIGHT PLAYERS, 10pm, $12

THE FEATURES, WRINGS, 7pm M; MATT SCHOFIELD, 8pm Tu, $15

LUNA’S CAFÉ & JUICE BAR

Joe Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged, 8pm, $2

KELLY ROGERS, ZOE SUNDRA, LAURA GANCI; 8pm, $6

ORANGE MORNING, LESLIE CLAUSEN, MARK CORWIN, JOE CAMERA; 8pm, $6

Nebraska Mondays, 7:30pm M, $5-$20; Comedy night, 8pm W, $6

MARILYN’S ON K

“Rock On” Live Band Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

COPPER AND GLASS, KEN KOENIG; 9pm, $5

GUITAR MAC & BLUES EXPRESS, 8pm, $7

NAKED LOUNGE DOWNTOWN

THE WASH, JAMESON AND CO, LUCKY LASKOWSKI; 8:30pm, $5

ISLAND OF BLACK AND WHITE, D. MOTIF, ERIK JAMES; 8:30pm, $5

DAISY SPOT, MOOT, DR. VELOCITY; 8:30pm, $5

Jazz session, M; RAN, OOOLALAS; Tu; RICHIE LAWRENCE & THE YOLOS, W, $5

OLD IRONSIDES

1901 10th St., (916) 442-3504

Acoustic bluegrass jam, 7:30pm, no cover

TRAINWRECK REVIVAL, CARLY DUHAIN, THE OTHER BRITTANY; 9pm, $5

FACE 4 RADIO, THE BRODYS, JET BLACK POPES; 9pm, call for cover

THE NUANCE, 7:30pm M; Karaoke, 9pm Tu; Open-mic, 8:30pm W, no cover

ON THE Y

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

AXIS, DOPETHROAT; 9pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

FOX & GOOSE Hey local bands!

Dragalicious, 9pm, $5

DJ Billy Lane w/ drummer, Flash, 9pm, call for cover

Deejay dancing and karaoke, 9pm, $3

2000 K St., (916) 448-7798

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MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/24-9/26

WHISKEY AND STITCHES, 6pm, no cover

18398 Old River Rd., West Sacramento; (916) 371-2277

FACES

SUNDAY 9/23

SIMMS BAND, 8pm, $10 DJ Chris the Rebel, 9pm, call for cover

1016 K St., (916) 737-5770

SATURDAY 9/22

2326 K St., (916) 441-2252 2708 J St., (916) 441-4693 1414 16th St., (916) 441-3931 908 K St., (916) 446-4361 1111 H St., (916) 443-1927

670 Fulton Ave., (916) 487-3731

THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE

13 Main St., Winters; (530) 795-1825

EVERY MONDAY NIGHT: LIVE ROCK MUSIC

Open-mic, 7:30pm M; Pub Quiz, 7pm Tu; STEVE MCLANE, 8pm W, no cover Industry Night, 9pm, call for cover

Open-mic comedy, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke, 9pm Tu, no cover

LAURA LOVE, 8pm, $15

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THURSDAY 9/20 THE PARK ULTRA LOUNGE 1116 15th St., (916) 442-7222

FRIDAY 9/21

SATURDAY 9/22

Bowties & Bustiers w/ DJ Eddie Edul, 9pm-2am, $15

Play Saturdays w/ DJ Peeti V., 9pm-2am, Asylum Downtown: Gothic, industrial, $15 EBM dancing, 9pm, call for cover

SUNDAY 9/23

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/24-9/26

PISTOL PETE’S

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

EZ STREET, 9pm, $5

Hip-hop congress, 9pm, $5

PJ’S ROADHOUSE

DJ Marina, 9pm, no cover

MARK SEXTON BAND, 9pm, $5

DJ Old Griff, 9pm, no cover

TRENT TOMLINSON, KYMMI AND THE DIAMONDBACK BAND; 9:30pm

Folsom Live pre-party, 6pm, call for cover

8 TRACK MASSACRE, 6pm, call for cover

SHANE DWIGHT, 3pm, $10

Top 40 w/ DJ Rue, 9pm, $5

Top 40 Night w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9pm, $5

Sunday Night Soul Party, 9pm, $5

140 Harrison Ave., Auburn; (530) 885-5093 5461 Mother Lode, Placerville; (530) 626-0336

POWERHOUSE PUB

614 Sutter St., Folsom; (916) 355-8586

THE PRESS CLUB

2030 P St., (916) 444-7914

SHENANIGANS

Comedy Night and DJ Selekta Lou, 9pm, $5

THE NEW PIONEERS, 8pm, call for cover

SHINE

CHRIS TRAPPER, HANS EBERBACH; 8pm, $10

WIFE & SON, MOONDROOL; 8pm, no cover

705 J St., (916) 442-1268 1400 E St., (916) 551-1400

SOL COLLECTIVE

2574 21st St., (916) 832-0916

SOPHIA’S THAI KITCHEN 129 E St., Davis; (530) 758-4333

STONEY INN/ROCKIN RODEO

THE BRODIE STEWART BAND, 9:30pm, call for cover

1320 Del Paso Blvd., (916) 927-6023

SWABBIES

Karaoke, 9pm Tu, W, no cover

Karaoke, 8pm W, call for cover MARC DEL CHIARO, JOSEPH EID, ROB LARKIN; 8pm, $5

Open jazz jam, 8pm Tu; Poetry With Legs with Primal Urge, 7pm W, call for cover

From Blacks to Browns & Beyond book release event, 6pm, call for cover

Microphone Mondays, 6pm M, $1-$2

LOST LANDER, COLD ESKIMO, TONO & THE FINANCE COMPANY; 9pm, $5

CASEY NEILL & THE NORWAY RATS, BEN LEWIS, GRANDMA KELSEY; 9pm, $5

CHAPARELLE, 8pm, $5

Country dancing, 7:30pm, no cover, $5 after 8pm

URBANFIRE, 6-10pm, $5

5871 Garden Hwy, (916) 920-8088

TORCH CLUB

Fundraiser for Phil Serna, 6pm, call for cover

TOWNHOUSE LOUNGE

Live music and deejay dancing, 9pm, call X-GVNR versus Record Club, 9pm, $5 for cover

904 15th St., (916) 443-2797 1517 21st St., (916) 613-7194

PAILER AND FRATIS, 5:30-7:30pm, no cover; MERCY ME!, 9pm, $12

Country Karaoke, 9pm M; DJ Alazzawi, DJ Rigatony, 10pm Tu, $3

Comedy open-mic, 8pm M; Bluebird Lounge open-mic, 5pm Tu, no cover

Country dance party, 8pm, no cover BEER DAWGS, 3-7pm, $10

FUNK.DEFIED, HANS AND THE HOT MESS; 9pm, $8; JOHNNY KNOX, 5pm

Blues jam, 4pm, no cover; DRY COUNTY DRINKERS, 8pm, $5

YO MAMA’S BIG FAT BOOTY BAND, 9pm Tu, $7; KERI CARR, 9pm W, $5 Open-mic, 9pm M, no cover; Eyewitness Wednesdays, 9pm W, no cover

Pop Freq w/ DJ XGVNR, 9pm, $5

All ages, all the time ACE OF SPADES

TOMORROWS BAD SEEDS, THROUGH THE ROOTS, SIMPLE CREATION; 6:30pm

1417 R St., (916) 448-3300

BEYOND ALL ENDS, DEAD BY NIGHTFALL, ENGRAVED IN ARMOR; 6:30pm

CLUB RETRO

Funk Defied with Hans and the Hot Mess 9pm Saturday, $8. Torch Club Funk-rock

THE USED, HELL OR HIGHWATER, TWIN ATLANTIC, STARS IN STEREO; 6:30pm

Meklit & Quinn 8pm Friday, $10-$20. Center for the Arts Acoustic soul

KREATOR, SWALLOW THE SUN, BLACK MACKEREL, BLESSED CURSE, 7pm M

LOST FREEDOM, FLIGHTLINE, HEADS HELD HIGH; 6:30pm, $12

1529 Eureka Rd., Roseville; (916) 988-6606

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by ROB BREZSNY

FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 20, 2012

ARIES (March 21-April 19): For every

trillion dollars the U.S. government spends on the military, it creates about 11,000 jobs. That same expenditure, if directed toward education, creates 27,000 jobs. Personally, I’d rather have the taxes I pay go to teachers than soldiers—especially in light of the fact that the United States spends almost as much money on its military as all the other nations in the world combined spend on theirs. I suggest that in the coming months you make a metaphorically similar move, Aries. Devote more of your time and energy and resources to learning, and less to fighting. Ironically, doing that will ultimately diminish the fighting you have to do. As you get more training and wisdom, you’ll become more skilled at avoiding unnecessary conflicts.

The 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was an iconoclast who relished exposing the hypocrisy and shallowness of conventional morality. While working on one of his plays, he kept a pet scorpion in an empty beer glass on his desk. “Now and again,” he testified, “when the creature was wilting, I would drop into the glass a piece of fruit, which it would seize upon in a frenzy and inject with its poison. It would then revive. Are not we poets rather like that?” Keep these details in mind during the coming weeks, Scorpio. You will probably have some venom that needs to be expelled. I hope you’ll do it like Ibsen writing his brilliantly scathing plays or the scorpion stinging some fruit.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose,” said French artist Henri Matisse, “because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” I’d love to expand this principle so that it applies to everything you do in the coming week. Whatever adventures you seek, Sagittarius, prepare for them by forgetting all the adventures you have ever had. That way you will unleash the fullness of the fun and excitement you deserve.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

Where do you belong? Not where you used to belong and not where you will belong in the future, but where do you belong right now? The answer to that question might have been murky lately, but the time is ripe to get clear. To identify your right and proper power spot, do these things: First, decide what experiences you will need in order to feel loved and nurtured between now and your birthday. Second, determine the two goals that are most important for you to accomplish between now and your birthday. And third, summon a specific vision of how you can best express your generosity between now and your birthday.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Hello Dear

One: My name is Lorita. I am a beautiful heartfelt woman from Libya. I was browsing online through the long night when I came across your shiny dark power, and now I must tell you that I am quite sure you and I can circle together like sun and moon. It would give me great bliss for us to link up and make a tender story together. I await your reply so I can give you my secret sweetness. —Your Surprise Soulmate.” Dear Soulmate: Thank you for your warm inquiry. However, I must turn you down. Because I was born under the sign of Cancer the Crab, I have to be very careful to maintain proper boundaries; I can’t allow myself to be wide open to every extravagant invitation I get, especially from people I don’t know well. That’s especially true these days. We Crabs need to be extra discriminating about what influences we allow into our spheres.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Are you

excited about your new detachable set of invisible wings? They’re ready. To get the full benefit of the freedom they make available, study these tips: 1. Don’t attach them to your feet or butt; they belong on your shoulders. 2. To preserve their sheen and functionality, avoid rolling in the muddy gutter while you’re wearing them. 3. Don’t use them just to show off. 4. It’s OK to fly around for sheer joy, though. 5. Never take them off in mid-flight.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Questions and more

questions! Will the monkey on your back jump off, at least for a while? Will the sign of the zodiac that you understand least become an X-factor in the unfolding plot? Will a cute distraction launch you on what seems to be a wild-goose chase—until it leads you to a clue you didn’t even know you were looking for? Will a tryst in an unsacred space result in an odd boost to your long-term fortunes? The answers to riddles like these will be headed your way in the coming weeks. You’re at the beginning of a phase that will specialize in alluring twists and brain-teasing turns.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You know

that leap of faith you’re considering? Now would be a good time to rehearse it but not do it. How about that big experiment you’ve been mulling over? Imagine in detail what it would be like to go ahead, but don’t actually go ahead. Here’s my third question, Pisces: Have you been thinking of making a major commitment? My advice is similar to the first two issues: Research all of its ramifications. Think deeply about how it would change your life. Maybe even formulate a prenuptial agreement or the equivalent. But don’t make a dramatic dive into foreverness. Not yet, at least. This is your time to practice, play and pretend.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Want to submit

a letter to the editor of a major newspaper? The odds of you getting published in the influential Washington Post are almost three times as great as in the super-influential New York Times. The Post has a much smaller circulation, so your thoughts there won’t have as wide an impact. But you will still be read by many people. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you’re in a phase when you should be quite content to shoot for a spot in the Post. Please apply that same principle to everything you do.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): According to

You can call Rob Brezsny for your Expanded Weekly Horoscope: (900) 950-7700. $1.99 per minute. Must be 18+. Touchtone phone required. Customer service (612) 373-9785. And don’t forget to check out Rob’s website at www.realastrology.com.

the Asian spiritual traditions of Tantra and Taoism, it’s unhealthy for a man to have too many ejaculatory orgasms. Doing so depletes his vital energy and can lead to depression and malaise. But medical researchers in the West have come to the exact opposite conclusion: The more

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Why did

people start drinking coffee? Who figured out that roasting and boiling the bitter beans of a certain shrub produced a stimulating beverage? Historians don’t know for sure. One old tale proposes that a ninthcentury Ethiopian shepherd discovered the secret. After his goats nibbled on the beans of the coffee bush, they danced and cavorted with unnatural vigor. I urge you to be as alert and watchful as that shepherd, Gemini. A new source of vibrant energy may soon be revealed to you, perhaps in an unexpected way.

by BECKY

climaxes men have, the better. According to them, frequent sex even promotes youthfulness and longevity. So who to believe? Here’s what I think: Every man should find out for himself by conducting his own experiments. As a general rule, I recommend the empirical approach for many other questions as well—and especially right now for Libran people of all genders. Rather than trusting anyone’s theories about anything, find out for yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Now is an

excellent time to cull, prune and winnow. I urge you to look for opportunities to pare down and refine. On the other hand, don’t go too far. Be careful that you don’t truncate, desecrate or annihilate. It’s not an easy assignment, Taurus. You will have to be skeptical about any temptation you might have to go overboard with your skepticism. You will have to be cautious not to allow your judicious discernment to devolve into destructive distrust.

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09. 20.12

Jeff Fletcher (center) rocks at least 300 costumes in his closet.

Play that funky music From the name and the campy outfits—which often consist of wild, matching suits and Afro wigs—it’d be easy to assume that professional cover band Wonder Bread 5 plays only ’60s- or ’70s-era songs, but that’s not the case. In fact, the band’s songbook contains moldy oldies (Kool & the Gang’s “Ladies Night”), ’90s-era classics (The B-52’s “Love Shack”) and upto-the-minute hits (think Lady Gaga). The clear leader of the band is singer Jeff Fletcher. He jumps on tables, he dances with the fans, he gives it his all at every moment—anything to get the crowd on its feet. And boy, does he whip them into a frenzy. Fletcher talked to SN&R about his path to success, costumes and weird fans.

How did Wonder Bread 5 come together? We started the band as a Jackson 5 cover band, so all we played was the Jackson 5. [Eventually,] people wanted to hear more than Jackson 5 stuff, and now it’s just everything. [Back then,] it was five white guys doing Jackson 5, so that’s why we called it Wonder Bread 5. That was 16 years ago.

Were you in other bands before this? Everybody was in another band before. We were all doing original music. All our original bands broke up at the same time, and I just grabbed who I really liked to play with and started this band. Most of the guys do their original music on the side, but this gives us the freedom to not have a day job and just be able to do music.

How do you choose the music you play? When we started, [we played a lot of] Jackson 5, and people said, “Oh, do ‘Brick House!’” and “I wanna hear this” or “I wanna hear that,” and other ’70s stuff.

Then we progressed to the ’80s, and now we just kind of do everything. The way we pick the songs a lot of the times is if we play festivals or state fairs or where kids are at, they’ll say, “Play this song,” so we’ll take it from them, because, obviously, they know whatever’s popular. We’ll kind of see whatever is most popular right now, like [on the] top 10 [charts]. And then, sometimes we’ll mix older songs that go with those songs—that makes it funny, too, because people are like, “Oh, that’s that song.”

Have you done anything that was a total flop? Yeah, we’ve definitely done that a few times. Or [sometimes we play] stuff that was totally popular, [but now] people are over it, so we have to kick that song out of the set.

How many costumes do you have, and how do you feel about wearing them? They’ve always been wild, and they’ve always been crazy. We match a lot more now. It used to be kind of a free-for-all where we’d try to do the craziest costume. We still do that. I’m looking at my garage right now: I have a giant rack space that I’ve made for costumes, and I’m sure I’ve got 300 in there.

Where do you get them? Back in the day, it was [from] a lot of thrift stores [and] secondhand shops. Now that I don’t have as much time like that anymore, [it’s] Internet stuff usually.

I was struck by how many people came out to the California State Fair just to see you guys. Tell me about your fans. The fans are really loyal, and sometimes, they get a little too loyal (laughs).

Has anybody come out to see you a hundred times? Does that feel weird? Yeah, yeah, [but] those aren’t the crazy ones. A lot of the time we’ll get somebody who’s new, and they’ll just freak out on us. There’s one new fan who puts up all these weird photoshopped pictures of us on our Facebook page, and she’ll comment on every single thing we put up on our page. I mean, she’s really nice, and it’s all [done with] good intentions, but it’s still a little weird.

Are you a naturally extroverted entertainer? I would say so, but this is the first time I’ve ever been a lead singer in a band. I’ve always been a drummer. … If you could have seen me the first time I did this compared to how I am now, you would have been so embarrassed for me. I was standing up on stage and didn’t know what to say to the audience. But then, I went around and looked at all the different bands I liked … and took a little bit from each … and put it into my own thing.

What’s your favorite song to perform currently? Usually, it’s anything new, because we play so much, [but it’s] “Don’t Stop Believin,’” because Journey is my favorite band. That’s always fun, [and] everyone just loves that song. We’ve been doing [LMFAO’s] “Sexy and I Know It” and “Party Rock Anthem” as a medley—put them together and people go crazy over that. Ω Catch Wonder Bread 5 at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, at Folsom Live on Sutter Street in Old Folsom. Tickets are $25-$45. For more information, visit www.wonderbread5.com.


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