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Message in a Best Of What can we learn from an SN&R Best Of Sacramento issue—from 10 years ago? On Monday, I read our Best Of issue from 2004. Back then, our writers’ picks were about how cool it was that there was finally a Trader Joe’s. In this issue, we get excited about things like locovore vegetarian restaurants, and craft beer and artisanal cheese bars. In 2004, there was a lame nightclub photo site called Napkin Nights, which won the Readers’ Choice for best website. Today, we just take selfies. Then, Readers’ Choice winners included now-defunct hangs like True Love Coffeehouse and Toyroom Gallery, the latter the only reason to visit “The Kay” in ’04. Losing those places was tragic at the time. But today, coffeehouses and art galleries are ubiquitous and exciting. I wonder if people are embarrassed about the things that got them pumped 10 years ago? The Cheesecake Factory opened in ’04 and had just won Best New Restaurant (beating out Zocalo). I remember hearing of hourlong waits for a table. Would you wait more than 10 minutes at Cheesecake in 2014? It used to be OK to eat at chains, too. In ’04, McDonald’s won best french fries and Starbucks was the best coffeehouse. Even if we allowed chain businesses to compete in Best Of Sacramento today (we don’t), I can’t imagine those places beating out LowBrau or Temple Coffee. Oh, Sacramento, you’re so cool and grown-up now. Your palette’s so refined, and you’re drinking beautifully. Thanks for cutting back on the double-vanilla lattes and mousse cakes with graham-cracker crust. Although you have lost your edge a bit. Consider: The Readers’ Choice winner in 2004 for Best Political Battle? “A new Kings arena.”

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name Florin Wellness Center offers additional services for patients by Mike Blount

“Many of them come in daily and everyone knows their name,” Stone says. “I can’t tell you how many patients I look forward to seeing every day.” Those relationships are the reason Stone says he is excited about moving to a new location in October, where the dispensary will have more space to help more patients with services that go beyond supplying medical marijuana. As a nonprofit, Florin Wellness Center offers additional services free of charge for their patients, including massage sessions, chiropractic adjustments and Pilates, yoga and medicinal marijuana education classes. But when Florin Wellness Center relocates, Stone says they’ll be able to offer even more services. “We are not just a place that takes your money and sends you on your way,” Stone says. “We want to give back to our patients, and we want to do things that we think will actually benefit them — and that they will appreciate.”

The dispensary also operates a compassion program, which provides medicinal cannabis for free to patients who are experiencing a financial hardship or are severely ill. Currently, Florin Wellness Center has about 60 patients in the program, but Stone says they plan to let more participate in the future. Photo courtesy of Florin Wellness Center

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Those benefits include having an attorney provide free legal advice on the guidelines and regulations for growing your own medicinal marijuana plants. Because those rules are continuously changing, Stone says many patients don’t know what is and isn’t legal. Manager Timothy Stone says the staff at Florin Wellness Center view their patients as family.

“We want to give back to our patients, and we want to do things that we think will actually benefit them — and that they will appreciate.”

“We develop personal relationships with a lot of our patients and learn about their backgrounds and situations,” Stone says. “Depending on their needs, we can meet with them, and if they have some substantial problem keeping them from getting their medication, we can help them out. Someone who suffers from severe pain, but is on a fixed income would be someone who would qualify. We review their situation every six months.”

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Once the new location officially open, Stone says he’s hoping for a large turnout for their free services. So far, the initial response has been really positive. Florin Wellness Center will also offer free cooking classes for patients who choose to ingest their cannabis instead of smoking it. While the dispensary does offer a variety of edibles, Stone says the classes will be geared toward patients who have dietary restrictions or needs. There will also be cannabis culture classes taught for people who are completely unfamiliar with the medicine.

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It’s the summer of Isabella, my daughter. She was born in April, and she’s my first. Her dad picked the name. Life as a new mom is actually really good. I have a really easy baby. It’s a lot of changes, changing myself and my priorities, how I spend my time.

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It was a lot more humid than last summer. I moved here from Connecticut after living in Belgium. I liked Concerts in the Park. It’s the summer of love because I just met my girlfriend here for the first time.

Diseases, wars and drought, unfortunately. This summer I got engaged, too. As long as the world is still here, I’ve got a great life. It’s the summer of horror for the world, though. I can’t even watch TV without seeing Ebola in the United States. I’m glad to be alive. I’ve got my daughter and we’re shopping.

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Re “Being Mark S. Allen� by Jonathan Mendick (SN&R Feature Story, August 28): Was shocked by your Feature Story on Mark S. Allen. That TV guy annoys me on so many levels. He’s a veritable hack; his voice, his face, his everything is irritating. I see him all the time. And now to have him letter of the week staring at me from newsstands all over town! Sacramento and SN&R deserve better. Such a well-crafted, skillfully written story about a wretched hive of scum. I feel like I know him well enough to speak with authority on the matter. Mark S. Allen

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Re “Labor pains� by Cosmo Garvin (SN&R News, September 4): “Pedres told The Sacramento Bee that there was a unanimous decision by the labor council’s executive board to fire Camp. But CLC Vice President Dean Murakami, who represents the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, said he was never included in that decision.� Translation: We asked everyone who agrees with us whether they agree with us. The decision was unanimous. Mark Jones Sacramento

Re “Hip-hop is dead, long live hip-hop� by Janelle Bitker (SN&R Music, September 4): I appreciated the article about Aerial and his new album release, Revivolution, because his story is a hip-hop story that deserves coverage. His careful consideration about the messages that go into songs and his willingness to be a role model in hip-hop is admirable. We hear so many stories about the most extravagant, the most hedonistic and the most separated from actual reality that we may often forget what truth sounds like. Aerial’s album is a breath of fresh air. Also, the fact that he’s 22 and having his album-release party on his birthday at the Sol Collective means that Sacramento’s next generation of hip-hop is in good hands. Paul Willis Sacramento

Changing classical-music world Re “Sactown symphony saga� by Jeff Hudson (SN&R Stage, September 4): There are lots of professional musicians in the greater Sacramento area who were not members of the Sacramento Philharmonic who have bachelor’s, master’s and PhDs in music. The growth of music programs in universities has assured this. There are many who have done their “10,000 hours.� Some of these play in the “semipro� orchestras (Auburn, Folsom, Camellia) and provide musical leadership. That’s a good thing, because audiences who might not want to drive an hour to Sacramento or Davis or San Francisco can enjoy good and often exciting live symphonic performances in their local areas by people who are friends and neighbors. Maybe this changing scene— which I think may not be unique to Sacramento—is symptomatic of a cultural and economic change as regards classical music that we’ll only understand on the macro scale—maybe over the course of decades. Kay Miller Folsom

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The school of homeless knocks Nearly 12,000   students are without  permanent housing in  Sacramento County Growing up in the East Bay, Makeda Johnson didn’t always have a place to live. Now residby ing in Woodland and a mother herself, Raheem the 23-year-old college student said her F. Hosseini parents’ poverty struggles meant multiple moves and way too many new schools, ra h e emh@ newsr evie w.c om where she struggled to get to class, make the grade and fit in. During those tumultuous formative years, Johnson can’t recall meeting anyone like her or her siblings. “Honestly, I kind of felt like we were the only ones,” she said. In reality, they were among thousands. According to a policy brief out this week from the California Homeless Youth Project, more kids than ever before are hitting the textbooks and the streets. The statewide research and policy initiative analyzed federal enrollment data for the 2012-13 school year and discovered that the number of California schoolchildren without permanent housing continued to rise—five years after the Great Recession supposedly ended. Nearly 270,000 students, or 21 percent of the nation’s known homeless student population, experienced some form of homelessness during the previous school year in California, equaling 4 percent of the state’s student body. That’s double the national trend. In Sacramento County, at least 11,924 schoolchildren—equal to 5 percent of the enrolled student population—experienced homelessness last year, according to an SN&R review of data. The largest proportion—21.7 percent—was enrolled at public and charter schools within the Sacramento City Unified School District. While Twin Rivers Unified School District placed third, its poverty issues were the most pronounced in another way. During the 2013-14 school year, 87.6 percent of the 31,122 students enrolled in Twin Rivers schools qualified for free or reduced-price meals, according to the Ed-Data website. That’s the highest rate among Sacramento County school districts. These students represent the new homeless—refugees of a rotten economy who skirt the H-word label and don’t always seek help. BEFORE

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“I can tell you that a good percentage that we consider homeless by definition don’t consider themselves homeless,” said Monica McRho, longtime coordinator for SCUSD’s Parker Family Resource Center & Homeless Services Office. “There’s a lot of people that will never ask for help.” Back when McRho started her job as a liaison to the district’s impoverished students in 1989, the 300-odd kids requiring her services were chronic cases, experiencing lengthy bouts of homelessness in families that wrestled with extenuating social vexes like addiction or mental illness.

Education considers a student homeless if he or is without a fixed, adequate nighttime residence at some point during the school year.) McRho applies a soft touch with these families, counting their numbers using standardized enrollment forms that describe living situations without using the word “homeless,” and relying on them and their schools to reach out to her. That won’t always happen. As students age, they get better at hiding. More than half of the state’s homeless students were found in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Only 27 percent were identified once they reached high school. These students When Johnson lived with her mother as a younger child, the stigma of sleeping represent the new in a car was masked through artful play. homeless—refugees of “My mom made a game of it,” she said. “Elementary school is a little easier because a rotten economy who kids aren’t as judgmental.” skirt the H-word label Later, when Johnson was with her and don’t always remarried father, she said there was an unofficial rule to conceal the family’s situaseek out help. tion and not ask for help. Districts haven’t always put much effort When the economy tanked, her phone into identifying homeless students themstarted ringing with the harried voices of the selves. Less than nine years ago, 40 percent newly unemployed and foreclosed, folks in of California school districts claimed they desperate need of a little help to get them had no homeless students whatsoever. through the month—and not getting it. Even today’s dismal statistics come In recent years, the number of homeless with big asterisks, as they don’t include students in the district exploded to nearly homeless children who aren’t attending or 2,500. That spike, which coincided with the have dropped out of school, or the often recession and has yet to taper off, warped older students who have hidden their lack the complexion of the homeless student of housing for fear of being reported to law body as well. enforcement or child welfare authorities. The vast majority of these youths—in While many teachers and administrators the district and across the state—double knew of Johnson’s situation, she said they up with friends or relatives in homes that became less helpful the older she got. In aren’t their own. (The Department of high school, teachers were more apt to offer   B E S T O F S A C R A M E N T O   |    A R T S & C U L T U R E     |    A F T E R   |   

her skepticism or pity, when all she really needed were books and supplies. “If you don’t have the materials, you fall back and [get left behind],” she said. That nearly happened a few times during her education career, even though Johnson was a precocious student whose teachers initially placed her in gifted programs. She attended five different high schools before transitioning to a continuation school and earning her diploma shy of her 18th birthday. She’s now close to getting her associate’s degree, and plans on majoring in psychology at Sacramento State University. When she addressed the state Legislature a few months ago, Johnson stressed the importance that simple remedies—like access to transportation and books—can play in a student’s ability to attend school. Knowing one’s rights as a homeless student is also huge, says Shahera Hyatt. The director of the California Youth Homeless Project also endured multiple bouts of homelessness throughout her school career. She and her family struggled to track down immunization records, fibbed about having permanent addresses and bummed rides from others just to keep her enrolled. Turns out they didn’t need to. Students have the right to immediate enrollment whether they can produce health records or addresses of any kind, Hyatt explained. Homeless students also have the right to free transportation. “There were a lot of things we didn’t know,” she said. Some lessons come outside of a classroom. Ω

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Last week in strong mayor

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The first Yes on Measure L mailers hit  homes on Monday. On Tuesday, SN&R’s  Nick Miller wrote blogged about the  pro-strong-mayor camp paying for likes  on its Facebook page. Later that day, it  was revealed that Angelo Tsakopoulos  gave $100,000 to Team Strong Mayor.  Then, during a debate in Oak Park on  Thursday, K.J.’s wife, Michelle Rhee,  made her strong-mayor debut. This is  not to mention banned (and unbanned)  debate moderators, fights over impartial  presenters, Heather Fargo sound bytes  and more. So much drama. Is it Election  Day yet?

An L.A. Times feature on  Secretary of State Debra  Bowen revealed her  years-long struggle with  depression, so debilitating  that it made it hard for her  to perform her job. Then, on  Tuesday, the Bee’s Dan Walters  basically wrote that she  probably shouldn’t be doing  her job, because, you know,  she’s depressed. With guys  like Walters out there, it’s no  wonder people suffering from  mental illness keep quiet.

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Bad move, Goodell This is how the Ray Rice drama went  down: NFL running back knocks out  his then-fiancĂŠe in February and  is suspended for two games this  summer. Everyone, even ESPN  blowhards, says it’s a ridiculously  lenient penalty. On Monday, video  of the assault hits online. Rice is  suspended indefinitely and kicked  off the team. Meanwhile, what about  suspending NFL Commissioner Roger  Goodell for not giving a damn about  domestic violence until the release of a  video forced his hand?

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A friendly reminder to slow down to  a complete stop at all DUI checkpoints:  On Sunday morning at around 12:32  a.m., police report that a vehicle  entered a checkpoint near Florin  Road and 24th Street—but just kept  on driving. The result was “a slow  speed pursuit that ultimately ended  in front of the driver’s residence,�  police say. The driver was arrested  for suspicion of a DUI.

The city auditor says he needs more  help investigating whistleblower  complaints, which have led to  uncovering a half-million dollars’  worth of questionable practices  within city agencies. Four  employees work in the department  now; city council is being asked  to approve funding for one more.  With that kind of fiscal waste, looks  like the gig pays for itself, no?

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It’s not so surprising that a plum job for Raymond was waiting on the other side of the revolving door. But what about the family thing? Carol Ting, the Stuart Foundation’s chief operating officer, told Bites, “That was his plan. But then the recruiter came along and offered him his dream job.” Dream job, huh? Anyway, Raymond slipped out the back door in a hurry, to take a dreamier job, or to escape whatever nightmares had cropped up here in Sacramento. Either way, even in his absence he was an important presence at the school-board-candidates forum held in Oak Park last Sunday. The forum was hosted by the Black Parallel School Board. And challengers hammered incumbents on the district’s top-down decision making and its treatment of low-income and minority communities. One challenger, Jonathan Tran, said he’s running to “rebuild trust” in the district and give voice to “communities where students and families are sick and tired of the district making decisions about them, without them.”

Would the Bee tone down the teacher bashing? Anna Molander, running against incumbent Jay Hansen, likewise called for a more democratic approach. “We need to turn our budgeting process around. We need to budget what we want to see in our schools, not what they tell us at Serna Center that we can have.” More to come on the school-board races in the near future. For now, Bites can’t help noticing that even Raymond’s supporters on the school board are now acknowledging the past superintendent’s autocratic style. Incumbent Darrell Woo told audience members, “I understand and appreciate that Jonathan Raymond was not collaborative. But now he’s gone.” Woo’s fellow board member, Hansen, likewise said there “was a lot of divisiveness under the previous superintendent,” but that the situation has “improved a lot” since Raymond left. They, along with incumbent board member Jeff Cuneo, all mentioned that Banda, the guy they just hired to replace Raymond, has a reputation for collaboration. Great, but these are the same incumbent school-board members who went along with Raymond’s destructive school closures, who tacitly approved his CORE experiment, and who looked the other way while Raymond tanked relationships with employees and community groups. His record is their record, too. Ω

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Just look at those section openers, designed by  SN&R  art  director  Hayley  Doshay,  and  how  they  offer a fun peek into the vibrant worlds of Phoebe  Verkouw’s  fashion  picks  or  Vinny  Lazzaretto’s  tasty  ravioli.  I  dig  ’em.  Plus  all  the  other  lively 

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There  are  also  the  usual  writer’s  picks. Those  are how I learned that I can’t wait to ditch work  and go play Monster Mini Golf in Rancho Cordova.  And  see  how  people  react  to  staff  writer  Janelle  Bitker’s search for the best cookie in Sacramento,  which  I’m  sure  will  be  controversial  (hint:  it’s  gluten-free). 

the  contest—haven’t  for  years—so  the  winning  restaurants and businesses are all locally owned.  There are also some new winners on the block this  year. Hmm ... Anyway,  it’s  all  in  fun.  Congrats,  everyone!  Thanks for reading.

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Judges complimented its “crunchy exterior and nice, fudgy middle.” One judge gave it a perfect score of 20, and it nabbed an overall score of 50. The “rich, super chocolatey” cookie goes for $2.75, and while it’s gluten-free and uses almond milk, note that it’s not vegan. Close behind in second place was Freeport Bakery’s chocolatechip cookie with 48 points. All judges agreed it was the best classic chocolate chip of the lot—five were entered in total—and loved its “soft and chewy” texture and how it felt “most like homemade.” And at 95 cents, it was also the cheapest cookie in the competition. With 47 points, third place went to Estelle’s Patisserie’s Cowboy cookie, packed with chocolate chunks, pecans and coconut flakes. Judges called it “hearty,” “unique” and said “the subtlety of flavors makes it great.” The Cowboy cookie is on the pricier end at $3 apiece, but it’s notably large and filling.

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The panel also sampled cookies from Cookie Connection, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Goodie Tuchews, Mother, Old Soul Co., Plates2Go, The Plum Cafe & Bakery, and Yellowbill Cafe & Bakery.

Best soul food and gumBo explosion Tori’s Place

Out of a tiny shack in Del Paso Heights, this twin-sister operation churns out excellent soul food—fried chicken, smothered pork chops, mac ’n’ cheese, black-eyed peas and so forth. But the biggest flavor explosion comes from the gumbo, thick and loaded with tender shredded chicken, sliced sausage, shrimp, okra, bell peppers and other veggies. It’s textured, rich, spicy and like nothing else in our Creole-deprived city. The side of hot-water cornbread—more like a huge, buttery cornbread pancake—doesn’t hurt. 1525 Grand Avenue, (916) 646-6038. J.B.

As the blind-tasting organizer, I had no say in these results. But I did eat the leftovers on the table, and I must say, the top three cookies were each wonderful in their own unique ways. Honorable mention goes to Selland’s MarketCafe for my new personal favorite Sacto cookie, the salted caramel sandwich: Salty, sweet, caramelly, chewy and only $1.35. But palates are different, so you should probably taste all 12 and decide for yourself. Pushkin’s Bakery, 1820 29th Street; (916) 376-7752; www.pushkinsbakery.com; Freeport Bakery, 2966 Freeport Boulevard; (916) 442-4256; www.freeportbakery.com; Estelle’s Patisserie, 901 K Street; (916) 551-1500; www.estelles patisserie.com; Selland’s Market-Cafe, 5340 H Street; (916) 736-3333; www.sellands.com. E

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Best pho Before noon Pho Saigon This place is like Denny’s for people like me who want hot, steamy pho before noon. And, no, not always when I’m hungover—but it’s the optimal remedy for that, too. Anyway, Pho Saigon is the one near Fruitridge Road that says Pho Saigon on the front, duh. This is important because despite what The Sacramento Bee’s food critic proclaims about a location with a similar name, this spot is the true jam. Booming and affordable pho, with rich, beefy broth redolent of star anise and spices. I get mine in what I call “baby style”—steak and noodles—but you can go all out with blood or meatballs or whatever you like. So, pho your mimosa and see you at Saigon at 9 a.m. 5304 Stockon Boulevard, (916) 457-5580. N.M.

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Just look at that burrito! is it any surprise that Chando’s taCos is a readers’ piCk for best food truCk? (and best taCos, too!)

serviceable enough, but does anyone actually go to a pub to unwind with a salad? Luckily, Stirling Bridges Restaurant and Pub offers a surprising variety of meat-free appetizers. Start with deep-fried pickles or cauliflower hot wings with a side of buffalo sauce. Hand-rolled pretzels will soak up the extra beer your friends bought you. A bowl of lightly salted, roasted shishito peppers are pleasantly mild, until you bite into an unusually fiery specimen and have to order a third pint to cool the burn. 5220 Manzanita Avenue in Carmichael, (916) 331-2337, www.stirlingbridges.com. B.C.

Best place to drink if you’re Broke The Mercantile Saloon Five bucks doesn’t get much these days. Even the nastiest bottom-shelf, plastic-bottle hobo hooch is going to run about $6.50. But the Mercantile Saloon is a magical place that turns $5 into a Jack and Coke with half a bottle of whiskey in it. The Merc features colorful clientele that’s trying to get drunk for the joog, just like you. If you’re frightened by gay bars, the Merc (or planet Earth) probably isn’t the best place for you. But if there were ever a force to defeat homophobia, it’s alcoholism. 1928 L Street, (916) 447-0792. R.R.

Best guilt-free potato chip Plates2go photos by steven chea

Besides being a training program for women through St. John’s Program for Real Change and a friendly and tasty lunch spot, Plates2go on L Street serves homemade kettle-style potato chips with its sandwiches. Sure, maybe chips aren’t part of your diet, but you are kind of eating them for charity, aren’t you? Shove a few more into your mouth: It’s the right thing to do. OK, so there are salads at Plates2go, too. Good salads. But they don’t come with chips, so why bother? 1725 L Street, (916) 426-3884, www.plates2 go.org. G.G.

Best diy restaurant experience Quan Nem Ninh Hoa Normally I don’t go to a restaurant to prepare my own food, but the roll-them-yourself spring rolls at Quan Nem Ninh Hoa are a different story. The house specialty—nem nuong—feeds two people and literally comes

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with two boatloads of stuff (the platters are big, boat-shaped dishes): charbroiled pork; crispy egg-roll wrappers; weaved vermicelli noodles; pickled pork; and a thick, bright dipping sauce. Plus a bounty of fresh vegetables: mint, cilantro, cucumber, carrots, daikon, lettuce. Take a wrapper, spin it in water and load it up to create a perfect, bulging, lumpy spring roll of deliciousness. Would you want it any other way? 6450 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 428-3748. J.B.

Best reason to visit pavilions if you’re not filthy rich Insight Coffee Roasters If you’ve never needed a yachting wardrobe or a $100 steak dinner, you’ve probably never been to Pavilions. This high-end retail plaza caters to the wealthy, but the recently added Insight Coffee Roasters is accessible even to those with only a few dollars wadded in a ripped jeans pocket. The interior is a gorgeous, airy space, full of natural light and carefully designed nooks for studying or quiet conversation. Enjoy the same quality coffee and baked goods as Insight’s downtown locations, as well as plenty of free parking. Just don’t door ding the Lexus next to you. 566 Pavilions Lane, www.insightcoffee.com. B.C.

Best neighBorhood Beer expert Keenan Gorgis at Curtis Park Market For years, the little corner market at 24th Street and Second Avenue in Curtis Park was just like any other Stop and Shoptype stores: dusty and stocked with junk food and 40 ouncers. Then Keenan Gorgis bought the place in 2012 and started stocking some of his favorite brews. Slowly, largely via word of mouth, Gorgis’ shop evolved into a craft-beer nirvana, earning him a reputation as the go-to guy on all things hoppy, malty and ABV. Sure, you’ll still find convenience-store staples (the same old Bud Light or Miller High Life swill), but there are also shelves upon shelves of Belgian, French and German imports—not to mention a healthy sampling of Sac’s best local brewers. Don’t worry, you can still pick up a can of Pringles and a Slim Jim, too. Dinner, yo. 2703 24th Street; (916) 456-6488, www.facebook.com/curtispark market. R.L.


Best mouthgasm Vampire Penguin To merely call this trendy dessert “shaved ice” is an injustice. Vampire Penguin’s signature dessert isn’t the chunky, syrupy ice rock in a soggy paper cone from your childhood. Its Taiwaneseinspired version is fluffy, light as air and instantly melts into a mouthgasm, induced by its silky-smooth texture. Unique specialty flavors like Snow Tiger (Thai and milk-tea snow, Oreos and condensed milk), and Mexican Candy (mango snow with chili and fruit) will please a grownup palate. A small gallery of anime-inspired artwork inside also makes this the perfect place to end a summer date. 6821 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 110; www.facebook.com/ vampirepenguin916. A.H.

Best secret taproom Ruhstaller Ruhstaller is pretty underground. Literally. Its brewery, offices and tasting room— opened just months ago—are located underneath Sacramento Downtown Plaza. And because of its location on K Street, the windows are covered up, doors are locked and signage is virtually nonexistent. To gain access, you need to ring the doorbell or make a phone call. Ruhstaller isn’t trying to be a trendy speakeasy, though. Once inside, there’s zero pretension. It’s just a great place to drink beer—sleek, rustic and cozy—with Ruhstaller’s latest hop experiments on tap. 630 K Street, (916) 447-1881, http://ruhstallerbeer.com. J.B.

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part: occasional free samples. 6825 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 255; (916) 838-3409. J.M.

Best DisneyLanD memory in east sac What’s the Scoop? banana milkshake If bananas are your jam, stop everything you are doing and go to What’s the Scoop? for its out-of-this-world milkshake. It’s simple and straight to the point: Fresh bananas and vanilla ice cream all swirled up together into a thick and creamy 16-ounce masterpiece. If you want to get creative, the staff will custom make any sort of shake you’d like. So you can mix it up a bit by adding a hit of chocolate syrup and some crushed peanuts—this one conjures up Disneyland memories, for sure. 6350 Folsom Boulevard, Suite 400; (916) 370-7301; www.whatsthescoop.net. T.D.

Best pLace to Drink a Brew with your Dog The Shack Nothing ends a day better than a good beer. Unless, of course, you can enjoy that cold one with your best friend. But if your bestie doesn’t wear shoes and prefers an all-fur ensemble, it can sometimes be an issue finding a pup-friendly place to grab a drink. Look no further than The Shack. It has more than 100 different types of beers and a staff that knows its stuff, not to mention the place has been an East Sacramento staple since 1931. Nothing can beat good food, good beer and you with your good dog. 5201 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 457-5997, http://eastsacshack.com. T.D.

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Come C See Snack Shop There’s a lot of great Asian food and snacks to eat in this particular plaza in Little Saigon: dim sum at Asian Pearl 2009, boba at Tapioca Express, banh mi at Giò Cha Duc Huong Sandwiches, etc. But don’t miss out on this new snack shop when you’re done with those places. A sign out front says “Korean and Japanese” snack shop, but it’s a lot more extensive than that. Pick up green-tea flavored Kit Kat, Oreo and Nestlé Crunch bars; mochi; and chocolate-covered pretzel sticks. There’s also cotton candy, beef jerky and fresh veggie chips. The best

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Best Loiter Bait The Depot You’ve quaffed way too many of the 16 beers on tap at The Depot, one of the Lavender Heights’ original nightspots. And. Need. To. Pee. Well, you’re in luck. Because, after you go about your business—or before, depending on the line situation—you’ll find distractions that aren’t available in most neighborhood bars. In the small hall nook that conjoins the restroom doors is a vending machine stocked with snacks, working payphone (for when your cell battery dies and you must tell your friends about the server in the Speedo) and free condom dispenser. With lube. Party responsibly. 2001 K Street, (916) 441-6823, www.thedepot.net. RFH

Best moment of Zen Zen Breakfast at Orphan Breakfast House With all due respect to the folks at The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, our favorite moment of Zen has less to do with rib-tickling irony than it does rib-sticking goodness. Which is what makes Orphan’s Zen Breakfast such a soul-centering experience. Plated with simmering egg whites, steamed spinach, sticky brown rice and tofu grilled in Orphan’s signature ginger-soy sauce, this hearty, flavorful dish is a testament to the homey establishment’s commitment to everyday mindfulness. Pair your meal with a cup of the restaurant’s intense Brazil Cerrado java, and you’ll leave this East Sacramento satellite cafe feeling like Caine from Kung Fu: calm, focused and ready for your next adventure. 3440 C Street, (916) 442-7370, www.orphan breakfast.com. RFH

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tank house BBQ and Bar’s pItMaster Beau faIrBaIrn sMoked the coMpetItIon In thIs year’s readers’ pIcks for Best BarBecue.

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Best chef

Best IndIan

1. Michael Thiemann

1. Bombay Bar and Grill

Mother, 1023 K Street; (916) 594-9812; www.mothersacramento.com

1315 21st Street, (916) 441-7100, www.bombaybarngrill.com

2. Billy Ngo

1728 Broadway, (916) 441-2172, www.kathmandukitchen.com

6815 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 105 in Rocklin; (916) 772-3020; 2319 K Street, Suite B; (916) 737-5767; www.anatoliantable.com

3. Pooja Indian Grill

3. The Kabob House

Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, 2516 J Street; (916) 551-1559; www.krurestaurant.com

3. Jason Azevedo Mighty Tavern, 9634 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks; (916) 241-9444; www.mightytavern.com

Best food truck 1. Chando’s Tacos various locations, www.chandostacos.com

1. Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen 857 Third Avenue, (916) 502-0474, www.drewskis.com

2. Krush Burger 1151 Galleria Boulevard in Roseville, (855) 578-7403, www.krushburger.com

3. Wicked ’Wich (916) 365-3775, https://twitter.com/wichonwheels

Best spot for happy hour 1. Shady Lady Saloon 1409 R Street, (916) 231-9121, http://shadyladybar.com

2. Ella Dining Room & Bar 1131 K Street, (916) 443-3772, www.elladiningroomandbar.com

3. The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar 2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, https://theredrabbit.net

2. Kathmandu Kitchen

1223 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, (916) 375-8906, www.poojaindiangrill.com

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

3. Anatolian Table

1726 Fulton Avenue, (916) 485-0163, www.kabobhousefulton.com

Best spot for sandwIches Best MexIcan food 1. The Sandwich Spot

various locations, www.thesandwichspot.com

2. Dad’s Sandwiches 1310 S Street, (916) 448-3237, www.dadssandwiches.com

3. Corti Brothers 5810 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 736-3800, www.cortibros.biz

Best Baked goods

2. Ettore’s European Bakery and Restaurant 2376 Fair Oaks Boulevard, (916) 482-0708, www.ettores.com

3. Rick’s Dessert Diner 2401 J Street, (916) 444-0969, www.ricksdessertdiner.com

Best MedIterranean/ MIddle eastern eats 1. Opa! Opa! 5644 J Street, (916) 451-4000, www.eatatopa.com

1. Mother 1023 K Street, (916) 594-9812, www.mothersacramento.com

2. Block Butcher Bar 1050 20th Street, (916) 476-6306, http://blockbutcherbar.com

3. Lou’s Sushi 2801 P Street, (916) 451-4700, www.lousushi.com

3. Thai Canteen 1501 16th Street, Suite 109; (916) 382-9196; www.canteensac.com

1. Tres Hermanas

2743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 454-4942, http://pangaeatwobrews.com

3. Burgers and Brew

3. The Squeeze Inn

1. GoatHouse Brewing Co. 600 Wise Road in Lincoln, (916) 740-9100, www.goathousebrewing.com

2. Rubicon Brewing Company

1. Tower Cafe

3. New Helvetia Brewing Co.

1801 Capitol Avenue, (916) 441-0303, www.zocalosacramento.com

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

3. Vallejo’s Restaurant

1050 20th Street, (916) 706-2636, www.lowbrausacramento.com

Best BarBecue

3. Der Biergarten

1925 J Street, (916) 431-7199, http://tankhousebbq.com

Best tacos

2332 K Street, (916) 346-4572, http://beergardensacramento.com

1. Chando’s Tacos

Best pIzza

various locations, www.chandostacos.com

1. Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza

2. Taqueria Jalisco 330 16th Street, (916) 446-4834

3. La Fiesta Taqueria 1105 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 454-5616, http://lafiestataqueria.com

4. La Favorita Taqueria 5940 Florin Road, (916) 391-5544

1730 Broadway, (916) 469-9889, www.newhelvetiabrew.com

1. Tank House BBQ and Bar 2. Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood 601 15th Street, (916) 448-6375, www.sandradeesbbq.com

3. Fahrenheit 250 BBQ

1415 21st Street, (916) 447-1400, www.zeldasgourmetpizza.com

7042 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 476-4508, www.fahrenheitbbq.com

2. Hot Italian

Best Brunch

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

3. Chicago Fire various locations, www.chicagofire.com

various locations, www.burgersbrew.com

Best Brewery

2. Zocalo

1100 O Street, Suite 8; (916) 498-1744; www.vallejosrestaurant.com

1. Burgers and Brew 2. Willie’s Burgers

Best outdoor patIo

2. LowBrau

Best Burger

various locations, www.burgersbrew.com

2004 Capitol Avenue, (916) 448-7032, www.rubiconbrewing.com

2415 16th Street, (916) 444-2006, www.williesburgers.com 1630 K Street, (916) 492-2499, www.thesqueezeinn.com

Best coffee 1. Temple Coffee various locations, www.templecoffee.com

2. Old Soul Co. various locations, www.oldsoulco.com

3. Insight Coffee Roasters various locations, www.insightcoffee.com

Best dIve Bar 1. Mercantile Saloon 1928 L Street, (916) 447-0792

2. Q Street Bar & Grill 2013 Q Street, (916) 443-5555

3. The Hideaway Bar & Grill 2565 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 455-1331, www.facebook.com/ sactohideaway

1. Tower Cafe

Best cocktaIls

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

1. Shady Lady Saloon

2. Fox & Goose

Best place to get a Beer

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

1. LowBrau

3. Bacon and Butter

1050 20th Street, (916) 706-2636, www.lowbrausacramento.com

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2416 K Street, (916) 443-6919, www.treshermanasonk.com

1. Freeport Bakery 2966 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 442-4256, www.freeportbakery.com

Best new restaurant

5913 Broadway, (916) 346-4445, www.baconandbuttersac.com

1409 R Street, (916) 231-9121, http://shadyladybar.com

2. The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar 2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, https://theredrabbit.net


with its focus on fresh ingredients and inventive dishes, it’s no wonder mother earned readers’ top nods for Best chef (michael thiemann, not pictured), Best new restaurant and Best place for meat-free eats.

3. Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co.

3. Freeport Bakery

3. The Coconut Midtown

1630 S Street, (916) 442-4885, http://hookandladder916.com

2966 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 442-4256, www.freeportbakery.com

2502 J Street, (916) 447-1855, www.coconutmidtown.com

Best place for late-night eats

Best frozen treats

1. Ink Eats & Drinks 2730 N Street, (916) 456-2800, www.inkeats.com

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

2. Burgers and Brew

2. Leatherby’s Family Creamery

1. Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop

various locations, www.burgersbrew.com

2333 Arden Way, (916) 920-8382, https://leatherbys.net

3. Willie’s Burgers

3. Vic’s Ice Cream

2415 16th Street, (916) 444-2006, www.williesburgers.com

3199 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 448-0892, www.vicsicecream.com

Best place for meat-free eats

Best sushi 1. Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

1. Mother 1023 K Street, (916) 594-9812, www.mothersacramento.com

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

2. Sunflower Drive In

2. Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

10344 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks, (916) 967-4331, www.sunflowernatural restaurant.com

various locations, www.mikunisushi.com

3. Lou’s Sushi

Best affordaBle eats 1. Chando’s Tacos various locations, www.chandostacos.com

2. Jimboy’s Tacos 3. Shoki Ramen House 1201 R Street, (916) 441-0011; 2675 24th Street, (916) 454-2411; http://shokiramenhouse.com

Best pho 1. Pho Bac Hoa Viet 3110 Bradshaw Road, (916) 361-3888; 602 E. Bidwell Street in Folsom; (916) 817-8588; www.phobachoaviet.com

3101 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 231-8888, www.starginger.com

3. Harry’s Cafe

Best thai

Best dumplings

Best place for something sweet

1. Thai Basil

1. Frank Fat’s 806 L Street, (916) 442-7092, www.fatsrestaurants.com

1. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

2431 J Street, (916) 442-7690, www.thaibasilrestaurant.com

2. Siam Patio Thai Cuisine

2. New Canton Restaurant

9830 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks, (916) 844-2102, www.siampatiothai.com

3. Dim Sum House

2007 Broadway, (916) 736-1157, www.andynguyenvegetarian.com

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

2. Rick’s Dessert Diner 2401 J Street, (916) 444-0969, www.ricksdessertdiner.com

2. Taste of Thai

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The Heroes here are Roshaun and Maritza Davis, a young married couple living in Oak Park. They met in a public-relations class at Sacramento State University and immediately started a business relationship—Maritza wanted some practice marketing in the entertainment world, and Roshaun was in a band. That was in 2006. The couple got approached by other musicians and artists seeking portfolio help, and soon Unseen Heroes was born. They offered public relations, marketing, design and event-production services to artists, small businesses, entrepreneurs and eventually bigger corporations. They narrowed down the focus, calling Unseen Heroes a boutique lifestyle events agency. They had hands in Hot Italian’s launch, the Bicycle Film Festival, Dine Downtown and more—not that anyone really knew.

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“We were unseen heroes,” Roshaun says. “We just stayed behind the scenes.” Things changed quickly with the success of Good. Recognition—and clients—poured in. That wasn’t the intention, though. Awards were never on the mind. “We just wanted to get creative and prove a point—that people don’t need to go to San Francisco or leave the area to see good design,” Roshaun says. The same could be said for food artisans or an interactive party. It all comes down to civic pride and bolstering the local creative community. Roshaun and Maritza both hail from Sacramento, love the city and are actively creating new events to show it off— an insider’s neighborhood-tour program launching this month, for example. And Roshaun promises more excitement—ideas abound, and Unseen Heroes is growing. “There are some ideas where it’s like, ‘You’re crazy girl, it’s never gonna happen,’” he says. “But they don’t stray far from where they are now.” www.unseen-heroes.com. E

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Writers’ picks Best potty mouth Laurelle Martin

Listen, we know comedians aren’t known for their manners. They breathe in cuss words. Laurelle Martin takes foul-mouthed humor to another level, however. A much, much lower level. And thank fucking goodness. Martin’s comedy—catch her around town at various stand-up gigs—offers sharp and insightful commentary on sex, relationships and just life in general. Need a sampler? Check out her Twitter feed—Martin posts, uh appropriately, under the user name Funnyisthenewbigtits for unfiltered ruminations on everyday living (“I almost went to the bathroom without my phone. Like a caveman.”), love (“I’m going to start referring to my vibrator as ‘my boyfriend.’ Related: my boyfriend and I had an amazing time last night.”) and porn clichés (“I think porn is unrealistic. Why would you order pizza to not eat it?”). www.twitter.com/laurellemartin. R.L.

Best place to throw a show that’s not a house Third Space Art Collective Seeing bands play at Third Space Art Collective always reminds me of going to a house show. Maybe it’s because the room is often filled with college students who already know each other. Or maybe it’s that the musicians stand so close, get so intimate and usually hang around

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Best music venue Behind a driving range Celebrate that hole in one with a night of boozing and grooving. Conveniently, at the Sunrise Golf Course in Citrus Heights, you don’t have to go far. Back 9 Sports Bar & Grill is located on the course, with a full bar, restaurant and live music. Walls covered with posters commemorating the local music scene—spot memorabilia from Cake, the Deftones, Tesla, Arden Park Roots and so forth—create an ideal setting for the area’s up-and-coming talent. 7925 Arcadia Drive in Citrus Heights, (916) 723-1658, www.facebook.com/back9barandgrill. J.B.

Best pop-up poetry #TheMostOpenMicInTheCity It’s a Monday night. You think you’re just eating burritos and then—bam!— you’re hit with a poetry-spittin’ flash mob. #TheMostOpenMicInTheCity is exactly what it sounds like: an open-mic aiming to be as open as possible, which means constantly appearing at different locations and going directly to unsuspecting audiences. Most of the regulars specialize in spoken word or rap, but you never really know what you’re going to get. Purposefully |

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Best virtual art gallery Broadway Augmented There’s nothing quite like free art that doesn’t require following the social norms of viewing it while inside a swanky museum. From September 13 through October 31, all you need to do is saunter down to Broadway between 21st and Ninth streets with a smartphone or tablet, download the Augmented Reality app, and voilà: virtual public art will appear when you hold up your smart device. The art is multimedia, and includes “two-dimensional” wall murals on buildings and “three-dimensional” lanterns that look like they are hanging

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Best oBjets d’art de los muertos Azul Mexican Food and Tequila Bar Most people slip into this foodie gem—which is usually overshadowed by its neighbor, that punfriendly beer hall—for the succulent Mexican grub. But don’t discount the bizarro wall art: A portrait of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo hangs prominently on the wall (natch), but it’s two other pieces that add spicy atmosphere to Azul’s sleek interior. There’s the somewhat alien face that’s melting down a vertical canvas in Technicolor. Even better is the year-round New Year’s Eve painting: A group of 20-something Latino friends bunch in as if for a photo, oblivious to the metaphysical threats hidden in plain sight—freakish demon babies and flames nipping at the edges. A perfect distillation of the joy and danger in every bite. 1050 20th Street, (916) 447-4040, http://azuldowntown.com. RFH

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Yemaya Salsa Dance Company With different bars and restaurants offering salsa-dance nights, Sacramento’s Latin dance scene is thriving. However, if two left feet have kept you from diving in, the Yemaya Salsa Dance Company’s instructors are here to help. Their salsa, bachata and kizomba lessons will transform even the klutziest mover from a wallflower to a skilled and confident dancer. Learn how to spin, dip your partner and do footwork in eight-week workshops that double as socials. Dance lessons and new friends— that’s something to kick up your heels about. 1791 Tribute Road, Suite B; (916) 524-0211; www.yemayasalsa.com. A.H.

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- Crawfish • Catfish - Alligator • Frog Legs - Shrimp • Jumbalaya - Po Boys • Trip Tip • Sausages - Sushi • Nachos • Burgers - Gumbo and MORE - Gourmet Desserts including Beignets & Bread Pudding - Kids Area • Crawfish Races - Dance Lessons - Cooking Demos • Live Cajun - Zydeco • Blues - Funk and on Sunday Garret Wilkin & the Parrott Heads

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Love Isadora A dance drama on the life of California modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan

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Donald Kendrick, Music Director

2014 Presented by the Rotary Club of Point West − Sacramento

Rain or Shine

1:00pm-5:00pm Tokenless tasting of over 150 microbrews, ciders and wines Enjoy LIVE music, SactoMoFo Food Trucks and more! 100% of profits support local children’s charities and our primary charity partner, WEAVE, Inc.

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Stained Glass Concert

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Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 PM Fremont Presbyterian Church 5770 Carlson Drive, Sacramento

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Best live music venue 1. Ace of Spades 1417 R Street, (916) 930-0220, www.aceofspadessac.com

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Best party for feeling funky fresh Motown on Mondays at LowBrau Los Angeles, Honolulu, Chicago, Austin and other cities are already part of the action for good reason: Motown rules. Back in 2009, Motown on Mondays (a.k.a. MOM) was a small San Francisco dance party, and now it’s spread to a weekly, multicity destination event. Sacramento got its own this summer at LowBrau, where DJ Epik spins timeless classics—“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Move on Up,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” are mainstays—with spirited remixes that easily keep the party going until 2 a.m. on a Monday. 1050 20th Street, (916) 706-2636, www.motownonmondays.com. J.B. 50   |   SN&R   |   09.11.14

3. Blue Lamp 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 455-3400, www.bluelampsacramento.com

Best all-ages music venue 1. Ace of Spades 1417 R Street, (916) 930-0220, www.aceofspadessac.com

2. Witch Room 1815 19th Street, (916) 508-0213, www.witchroomsac.com

3. The Boardwalk 9426 Greenback Lane in Orangevale, (916) 988-9247, www.boardwalkrocks.com

Best author of fiction

3. Tower Theatre

3. Fair Oaks Theatre Festival

2508 Land Park Drive, (916) 442-0985, www.readingcinemasus.com

7991 California Avenue in Fair Oaks, (916) 966-3683, www.fairoakstheatrefestival.com

Best casino/cardroom

Best dance spot

1. Thunder Valley Casino Resort

1. Faces

1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln, (916) 408-7777, www.thundervalleyresort.com

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

2. Red Hawk Casino

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

Red Hawk Parkway in Placerville, (530) 677-7000, www.redhawkcasino.com

3. Cache Creek Casino Resort 14455 Highway 16 in Brooks, (530) 796-3118, www.cachecreek.com

3. Capitol Casino 411 N 16th Street, (916) 446-0700, www.capitol-casino.com

Best comedy experience 1. Punch Line Comedy Club 2100 Arden Way, (916) 925-5500, www.punchlinesac.com

2. Sacramento Comedy Spot

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

Best festival 1. Sacramento Beer Week

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

3. The Mercantile Saloon 1928 L Street, (916) 447-0792

Best karaoke 1. River City Saloon 916 Second Street, (916) 443-6852, www.therivercitysaloon.com

2. Pine Cove Tavern 509 29th Street, (916) 446-3624, www.pinecovetavern.com

3. The Distillery 2107 L Street, (916) 443-8815

Best local actor 1. Ryan Snyder

www.sacramentobeerweek.com

2. Matt K. Miller

2. Chalk It Up

3. Shannon Mahoney

www.chalkitup.org

3. Jonathan Rhys Williams

3. Launch/TBD Fest www.tbdfest.com

Best open-mic night

Best film festival

1. Luna’s Café & Juice Bar 1414 16th Street, (916) 441-3931, www.lunascafe.com

1. Sacramento Film & Music Festival

2. Jodi Angel

1050 20th Street, Suite 130; (916) 444-3137; www.saccomedyspot.com

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3. Laughs Unlimited

www.maryvolmer.com

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

1400 E Street, (916) 551-1400, www.shinesac.com

3. Mary Volmer

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3. Sacramento French Film Festival

3. Fox & Goose

Best Big screen

Best community-theater group

1. Crest Theatre

1. Big Idea Theatre

1. Christian Kiefer

1013 K Street, (916) 442-5189, www.thecrest.com

1616 Del Paso Boulevard, (916) 960-3036, www.bigideatheatre.com

2. Esquire IMAX Theatre

2. Celebration Arts

1211 K Street, (916) 443-4629, www.imax.com/oo/esquire-imax

4469 D Street, (916) 455-2787, www.celebrationarts.net

www.sacfilm.com

2. Trash Film Orgy

www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org

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

2. Badlands

2. Shine

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Best place to hear poetry

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Best spot for pool

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

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

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

2. Time Tested Books

2. Corner Pocket Sports Bar

1414 16th Street, (916) 441-3931, www.lunascafe.com

2. Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th Street, (916) 240-1897, www.sacramentopoetry center.com

1114 21st Street, (916) 447-5696, www.timetestedbooks.net

3. The Avid Reader at the Tower

3. Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium

1600 Broadway, (916) 441-4400, http://avidreadertower.com

at Shine, 1400 E Street

Best reading or lecture series

Best place to knock down pins 1. Capitol Bowl

1. Sacramento’s Living Library, Time Tested Books

900 W. Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, (916) 371-4200, www.capbowl.com

1114 21st Street, (916) 447-5696, www.timetestedbooks.net

2. Country Club Lanes

2. Stories on Stage, Sacramento Poetry Center

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

3. AMF Land Park Lanes 5850 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 421-3671, www.amf.com/ landparklanes

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3. CRC Literary Series, Cosumnes River College www.crc.losrios.edu

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Best professional theater company

1. Crocker Art Museum

1. B Street Theatre

216 O Street, (916) 808-7000, https://crockerartmuseum.org

2711 B Street, (916) 443-5300, www.bstreettheatre.org

2. Verge Center for the Arts

2. California Musical Theatre

625 S Street, (916) 448-2985, www.vergeart.com

1419 H Street, (916) 557-1999, www.california musicaltheatre.com

3. Sol Collective 2574 21st Street, (916) 476-3628, www.facebook. com/artcultureactivism

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Best trivia night 1. Blue Lamp 1400 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 455-3400, www.bluelampsacramento.com

2. de Vere’s Irish Pub 1521 L Street, (916) 231-9947, www.deverespub.com

3. The Depot Video Bar 2001 K Street, (916) 441-6823, www.facebook.com/thedepotsac

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2. Micah Crandall-Bear www.micahcrandallbear.com

3. Amanda Cook

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

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s&f continued from page 55 The art-history graduate and Crocker Art Museum employee says she uses her body as a canvas, and has been emulating her icons—the style of Audrey Hepburn and the self-portrait creativity of Cindy Sherman—in her blog posts for the past two years. Then, Good Day Sacramento noticed and invited her on the show for some fashion segments. Then, Thrift Town noticed and began to pay her to blog on its website. Crossroads Trading Co. noticed, too, and she hosted a fashion event for the store in April. At the Antique Faire, Verkouw is turning plenty of heads in her blue frock—only $12 from the SPCA Thrift Store, she points out. She spots an exquisite peach lace dress with a beaded neckline, and tries it on over her dress in the vendor’s booth. Four people go out of their way to gush over how perfect it looks on her. “You have to get it!” one of them says. Later, a little redhead wearing hot-pink Hello Kitty sweatpants runs up to Verkouw holding up a napkin. “I know who you are!” the girl trembles with excitement, like she’s meeting a Disney princess. Someone wrote “The Dress Fiend” on the napkin for the girl. “Can I have your autograph?” Verkouw is flattered. She obliges and goes on her way, then turns back. “Do you want to take a picture with me for my Instagram?” Verkouw asks the girl. The redhead nearly implodes from happiness (proof: http://instagram.com/thedressfiend). Then, other nearby shoppers ask for a photo with Verkouw, too. She’s a virtual celebrity just for her style. She finally slips away from all the picture taking, but immediately encounters a powderblue restored Triumph convertible, which perfectly matches her ensemble in era and hue. She can’t resist sneaking a photo with the classic car, but then, the owner walks up and Verkouw apologizes. The owner’s reaction? “Want to sit inside?” He opens the door and another opportunity for the Fiend. http://thedressfiend.com. E

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Best Beyond-creepy doll collection Antiques & Collectibles Marketplace The room is packed floor to ceiling, hoarder style, with old dolls. Thousands of unblinking eyes stare back at you. This goes beyond creepy into the arms of awesomeness, and it’s one of two rooms at Antique & Collectibles Marketplace dedicated to antique and vintage dolls. It’s like a fascinating side show with a dose of history, because it provides a glimpse into the daily lives of little girls from long ago and all over the world—France, Germany and parts of Asia, from Victorian times to the late 20th century—and what they cradled and shared fake tea with. Some baby dolls are straight-up ugly with faces that are hard to imagine a little 5-year-old “mother” could love, and others are as big as a 5-year-old. Who’s buying those? Now that might be creepy. 501 N. 10th Street, (916) 446-1122, www.tace.com/vendors/ antiqafair.html. S.

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Let me explain my weed-smoking habits: I don’t smoke weed. I take baby, vaporized tokes a few times a month. I’m the wimpiest stoner in America. Too much weed makes me feel dizzy and near cardiac arrest. Seriously. I once pulled a Maureen Dowd and hid in a dark room for hours because of an averse reaction to some dabs. That’s why I like Florin Wellness Center: They don’t laugh at me when I tell them that I want to be “barely high.” I just want a light buzz so I can watch something crappy on HBO, like White House Down. Medical marijuana: Nothing numbs the pain of Roland Emmerich’s bogus auteur theory better. Anyway, FWC is the perfect spot for any canna-curious Sacramentan, with flavorful flowers that’ve obviously been harvested right and which proffer a legit buzz. There’s even a customer-loyalty program! At the rate I purchase pot, I might get a free gram in 2024. 7047 S. Land Park Drive, (916) 706-0563, www.florin-wellness-center.com. N.M.

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It’s unfortunate, but cool people need jobs, too— or at least a little something until their deejaying careers take off. And cool people don’t have office jobs. If they aren’t baristas, they probably work in retail. And if they work retail in Sac, then they probably are at Good Stock Boutique. The secret to this hip, urban, vintage-style store’s success is that it employs cool people. Up-onfashion, well-coordinated people. Let’s just say none of them probably has a Kohl’s card. The employees here have a sense of comfort and confidence in their style. They’re not only salespeople, but walking mannequins of cool, subtly suggesting, “Buy some shit, and maybe you’ll be cool, too.” Sacramento Downtown Plaza, 547 L Street, Suite 1095; (916) 440-9700; http://goodstockboutique.wordpress.com. R.R.

Best five-star pet day spa Splash Hound USA My name is Bernie the Pug. I pretty much sleep all day, but my owner, SN&R co-editor Nick Miller, is making me break away from siesta to whip up this shout-out for Splash Hound USA. So, here we go: I’m particular about my mani-pedis, or who’s cleaning my junk, so when I saw that Splash had five stars on Yelp, I just had to try it. Its groomers are gentle, especially when they go after all those hard-to-reach spots, like the folds on my flat face. Or my butthole. But what’s really cool is Splash also has a self-washing station, so now I never have to take a bath in the kitchen sink again. Humans prep food in there! Plus, Splash sells a lot of natural treats, not like Petco and Pet Extreme and all the imported crap they’re trying to pawn off as snacks. The place is open seven days a week— which means I should be going there every day, right, Dad? 1908 P Street, (916) 642-8700, www.splashhoundusa.com. B.P.

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Best Boutique 1. Identity Boutique 2600 J Street, (916) 798-9787, www.shopidentityboutique.com

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

3. Sugar Shack Boutique

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Best home furnishings

1. Thrift Town Thrift Stores

1. Scout Living

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

2. SPCA Thrift Store

2. Three Women and An Armoire

1517 E Street, (916) 442-8118, www.sspca.org

304 N. 12th Street, (916) 447-2168, www.3-women.com

3. Goodwill

3. 57th Street Antique Row

various locations, www.goodwill.org

875 57th Street, (916) 451-3110, www.57thstreetantiquerow.com

3. Pet Department Store

Best place to put a ring on it

Best place to get Best veterinary hospital/clinic your nails painted

2425 J Street, (916) 447-4435, www.sugarshackboutique.com

Best place to Buy tchotchkes

Best place to Buy vintage

113 K Street, (916) 443-2181, www.evangelines.com

1. FreeStyle Clothing Exchange

2. Mixed Bag

various locations, www.freestyleclothing.com

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

1. Evangeline’s

2405 K Street, (916) 447-6123

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

3. Sacramento Antique Faire 2300 Front Street, (916) 600-9770, www.sacantiquefaire.com

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Best place to Buy supplies for your animal friends

Best place to get pampered

1. Western Feed & Pet Supply

3421 Arden Way, (916) 482-2772, www.mellowmeout.com

1600 34th Street, (916) 452-4741, www.westernfeedonline.com

2. Land Bark Pet Supply 3200 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 448-8020, www.landbarkpetsupplies.com 4747 J Street, (916) 455-5161, www.facebook.com/petdepartmentstore

1. Mellow Me Out Day Spa 2. Blue Sky Day Spa 4250 H Street, (916) 455-6200, www.blueskydayspa.com

3. Happy Day Spa 6911 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 500; (916) 428-8880; http://happydayspas.com

1338 Howe Avenue, (916) 927-0542; 341 Iron Point Road in Folsom, (916) 353-1982; www.sharifjewelers.com

1. Midtown Animal Hospital 1917 P Street, (916) 446-7788, www.midtownanimalhospital.com

2416 18th Street, (916) 444-2590, www.thepedicurelounge.net

2. Shane Co.

2. Sacramento Animal Hospital

2. Happy Day Spa

366 N. Sunrise Avenue in Roseville, (916) 783-3500, www.shaneco.com

3. Skalet Family Jewelers 935 Front Street, (916) 441-1976, www.skaletjewelers.com

5701 H Street, (916) 451-7213, www.mysacvet.com

3. Mueller Pet Medical Center 7625 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 428-9202, www.muellerpmc.com

1. The Pedicure Lounge

6911 Stockton Boulevard, Suite 500; (916) 428-8880; http://happydayspas.com


2. Reclamare Gallery & Custom Tattoo 2737 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 760-7461, www.reclamareart.com

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3. American Graffiti Tattoo & Piercing 1617 J Street, (916) 443-7778, www.facebook.com/ americangraffitibodypiercing

3. Side Show Studios

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2111 28th Street, (916) 391-6400, www.sideshowstudios.com

Best place to get a Bike 1. City Bicycle Works 2419 K Street, (916) 447-2453, www.citybicycleworks.com

2. Mike’s Bikes 1411 I Street, (916) 446-2453, http://mikesbikes.com

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3. East Sac Bike Shop 5520 H Street, (916) 254-2453,

Best record store 1. Dimple Records various locations, www.dimple.com

2. Phono Select 4370 24th Street, (916) 400-3164, www.phonoselect.com

3. Records 1618 Broadway, (916) 446-3973, http://rare-records.net

Best vapor shop 1. Planet of the Vapes 6840 65th Street, (916) 399-5555, www.planetofthevapes.biz

2. CultiVapors 1357 Fulton Avenue, (916) 514-9519, www.cultivaporsllc.com

3. Vapor Parlor 4108 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 469-5588, http://vapor-parlor.com

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4. The Vapor Spot 2700 J Street, (916) 321-9590, www.thevaporspot.com

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11363 Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, (916) 858-0444, www.goldclubcenterfolds.com

2. Déjà Vu Showgirls

3. Golden Nails & Spa

2. Anthony’s Barber Shop

2840 Del Paso Road, Suite 400; (916) 285-0087; www.goldensalonandspa.com

2408 21st Street, (916) 457-1120, www.sacramentobarbershop.com

11252 Trade Center Drive in Rancho Cordova, (916) 853-2202, www.dejavu.com

3. Barber Blues

3. City Limits Showgirls

1401 E Street, (916) 258-2583, www.barberblues.net

5809 Auburn Boulevard, (916) 344-8118, www.citylimitsonline.com

Best place to get your hair done 1. Maverique Style House 2000 I Street, (916) 447-5874, www.maverique-style-house.com

2. Spanish Fly Hair Garage 1723 J Street, (916) 444-1359, www.flygarage.com

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

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Best place to get a piercing

1017 24th Street, (916) 662-7695, www.jimmysbarbergarage.com

807 30th Street, (916) 447-6824, www.exoticbody.com

2009 K Street, (916) 441-3200

1617 J Street, (916) 443-7778, www.facebook.com/ americangraffitibodypiercing

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out of a box, no pasta extruders—and every night there are menu regulars like cavatelli (they look like tiny hot-dog buns), rigatoncini (larger tubular pasta) or risotto. He says this dish should be a little grainy and retain the rice’s structure—not porridge-y—but also be creamy. “I feel like risotto is very misunderstood.”

“So many names,” he says, then sighs. “I spell check everything.” Lazzaretto isn’t Hook’s head chef— that’s Brian Mizner, the guy in charge of this month’s Farm-To-Fork Gala Dinner on the Tower Bridge. He’s just another unsung hero hiding in a Sacramento kitchen and kicking some ass. In his case, with pasta.

But he’s also daring: A couple weeks ago, he made a squid-ink pasta stuffed with Dungeness crab. When he’s actually cooking pasta for himself, Lazzaretto says he’ll make the amatriciana that he learned at Masque: stewed tomatoes, cured pork, bay leaf, cheese. It’s spicy, tasty. Or you might see him grabbing takeout at La Fiesta Taqueria or Taqueria Maya’s, two Mexican spots on the grid’s perimeter.

Just try Hook’s beet linguine, with its earthy noodles gently dressed in a garlic cream sauce. People demand that dish. “It’s not coming off the menu any time soon,” Lazzaretto admits. The 29-year-old got his pasta schooling at Masque Ristorante in El Dorado Hills, where he says chef Angelo Auriana (who's now in Los Angeles at The Factory Kitchen) would yell at him a lot. And also teach him a few secrets.

He may not have time for taco lunches soon: Lazzaretto Pasta Co., a new business he’s raising capital for, could become a small pasta-production and takeout business on the grid in the coming year.

Masque was an interesting place, because so many top-notch local chefs— Mizner, Ginger Elizabeth Hahn, Matt Masera at Mother—got a start in the place.

For a guy who says he invents all these fascinating and delicious pastas “out of boredom,” you might say Lazzaretto’s life is about to get a lot more boring. 1630 S Street, (916) 442-4885, www.hookandladder916.com. E

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whole world,” she said. Wildlife Care Association, 5211 Patrol Road in McClellan; (916) 965-9453; www.wildlifecareassociation.com. S.

BESt wild-Bird lady

BESt fEminiSt prESidEnt

Brianna Abeyta, Wildlife Care Association

Alexandra Reagan

Brianna Abeyta is a hard person to get in contact with—unless you are an injured wild bird. That’s because Abeyta works nine to 12 hours a day as the Wildlife Care Association’s facility manager, the second largest wildlife rescue in the state. Most of the 500-800 animals at WCA are birds, and the 31-year-old is utterly devoted to nursing them back to health. “This is a field you are throwing youself into the fire, and you are working crazy-long hours, and you are doing it all because this little creature is dependent upon your help,” she said. She’s been volunteering and working at the nonprofit for most of her adult life, and now she oversees the operations at WCA, which relies on volunteers and funds from the public—funds which were dangerously low earlier this year. With a budget shortfall of about $70,000, the WCA was weeks away from closing its doors and having to euthanize all of its wards. But the Sacramento SPCA and the city both donated $10,000 each—plus some private donations—giving the birds and other animals a second chance. “I’ll continue to do [this] for the rest of my life. It means more to me than anything in the

As the president of Fem Dems, Alexandra Reagan’s gearing up for a busy election season. The purpose of the California-based political nonprofit, according to its mission statement, is to “fight disenfranchisement both within the Democratic Party and the community at large” by way of electing feminist-minded candidates, soliciting feminist participation and better defining so-called women’s issues. Locally, the group is presided over by Reagan, who also works with the Environmental Council of Sacramento and studied child development and ethnic studies at Sacramento State University. Whatever her role, Reagan approaches her outreach and advocacy duties with sharp smarts, unbridled cheerfulness and an impassioned commitment to change. It’s a winning combination. Election-winning, to be exact. www.femdems.org. R.L.

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BEST THINGS SacramENTaNS Say Humans of Sacramento Like the New York-based original, Humans of New York, this Sacramento-based Tumblr captures life in the 916 with simple yet compelling portraits and concise insights. There’s the dreadlocked young man with a somewhat pained expression pining for love: “My girlfriend is in Chicago. I miss her more than I’ve ever missed anyone in my life. I won’t be happy until I get her. But I won’t get her until I’m happy.” And the elderly man in the tie-dyed T-shirt musing on his life’s mistakes: “I’ve been homeless. I did fifteen years in Angola prison. I’ve had two heart attacks and a stroke. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I’d do it exactly the same … but with less emotional conflict.” Or, there’s this guy, smoking a cigar: “The kingdom of heaven is real, and it’s within you, so spend more time working on your soul and less time focusing on the things of this world.” The picture of Sacramento documented here is at once thoughtful, emotional and totally chill, bro. http://humansofsacramentoca.tumblr.com. R.L.

BEST do-GoodEr Shahera Hyatt, California Homeless Youth Project Shahera Hyatt knows what it’s like to be a kid and not know where she’s going to sleep. At multiple points during her adolescence, she and her family found themselves without stable housing in Sacramento. As a teen, Hyatt bunked

with friends and juggled school around work, not the other way around. She had no other choice. Those experiences have informed the 29-yearold’s work as director of the state’s Homeless Youth Project, where she champions a population that doesn’t always rate a lot of political attention, even among other advocacy groups. Over the past five years, Hyatt has become a leading voice on the topic, crisscrossing the country to address national conferences and policy makers, and entertaining bids to work for the president. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone with more policy expertise on youth homelessness, but it’s when she peppers in her own backstory or hands the mic to former homeless youth that the audience snaps to attention. “Young people experiencing homelessness and other ‘marginalized’ communities often have the strongest voices around,” she recently told The Advocate, “we just have to get out of the way and make space for them to speak.” www.cahomelessyouth.library.ca.gov. RFH

BEST mISuNdErSTood arENa foE Craig Powell, Eye on Sacramento I don’t like to feel bad for people I cover in the news, but City Hall watchdog Craig Powell got a raw deal this year. Here’s what went down: STOP, or the notoriously acronymed anti-arena group Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork, wanted to put the arena subsidy to a vote. They screwed that up. Powell and a new group, Voters for a Fair Arena Deal, came onboard later in the process, knowing full well that STOP janked things but

feeling they had legal legs to stand on. We all know what happened: The city clerk disqualified the signatures, a judge then threw them out. Those were BS moves. What stunk for Powell was that the opposition earned a reputation of being incompetent and unorganized. But Powell and his crew at Eye on Sacramento are big on details and as thorough as anyone in questioning City Hall. That’s more than you can say for the traditional media in this town. www.eyeonsacramento.com. N.M.

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Best stand-up comedian 1. Carlos Rodriguez www.facebook.com/funnycarlos

2. Johnny Taylor https://twitter.com/hipsterocracy

Brie Larson

3. Cheryl “The Soccer Mom” Anderson

Sacramento native Brie Larson first drew notice for her role as the sarcastic daughter to Toni Collette’s manic mother on the Showtime comedy The United States of Tara. It was her starring role as a depressed, disaffected youth counselor in the 2013 indie drama Short Term 12, however, that earned her raves. And the 24-year-old’s résumé is only getting more impressive. Later this year, she’ll appear in Basmati Blues, a comedy about a scientist genetically modifying rice (?!), also starring Donald Sutherland. In 2015, catch her in The Gambler, a thriller about a homicidal drifter that also stars Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange. Whatever the role, Larson imbues an earthy wisdom and a hint of subtle, but potent comic brilliance. R.L.

www.cherylthesoccermom.com

Best tV media personality 1. Mark S. Allen, Good Day Sacramento 2. Edie Lambert, KCRA 3. Dale Schornack, News10

Best reporter 1. Claire Doan, KCRA 2. Chris Macias, The Sacramento Bee 3. Sam Stanton, The Sacramento Bee

Best radio Voice 1. Pat Martin, KRXQ 98.5 FM 2. Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio

gotta feel Bad for KhtK sports 1140 morning host carmichael daVe’s Kids and wife: the dude’s always tweeting! that’s proBaBly why readers picKed him “Best person to follow on twitter” (@carmichaeldaVe, if you’re curious).

3. Kitty O’Neal, KFBK 1530 AM

Best person to follow on twitter 1. Carmichael Dave, @carmichaeldave 2. Norm Lopez, @norm_lopez 3. Christopher Cabaldon, @mayorcabaldon

Best place to people watch 1. MARRS building 1050 20th Street, (916) 638-2400, www.marrs-sactown.com

2. Capitol Park 15th and L streets

3. Central Farmers Market on Sunday Eighth and W streets, www.california-grown.com

Best place for a power meeting 1. Fox & Goose 1001 R Street, (916) 443-8825, www.foxandgoose.com

2. Mulvaney’s B&L bar 1215 19th Street, (916) 441-6022, www.mulvaneysbl.com

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occer fever reached a boiling point during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. And nowhere else in the United States was there a greater hotbed of fandom than in Sacramento.

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Sacramento’s soccer craze

This past summer, Sacramento consistently landed in the top 10 markets of World Cup viewership, and the Sacramento Republic FC fans shattered the United Soccer Leagues Pro’s attendance record. Among some of Sacramento’s notable ultra-fans and tireless organizers are Manny Camacho, who runs a summer league for adults who want try out a pickup game; R.J. Cooper and Andre Barnes Jr., founders of the Tower Bridge Battalion, Republic FC’s raucous supporter club; and Drew Farmer, president of the Sacramento chapter of the American Outlaws, the U.S. Men’s National Team supporter club.

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So, what’s gotten into this town exactly? “I think the national excitement is drawing the fans,” said Farmer, who’s also a capo, or chant leader, for the Tower Bridge Batallion. “You’re seeing it all over ESPN—I think it’s a national trend—but I also think you have this innate, natural soccer village here in the Sacramento region.” There, it’s official: We’re a soccer village now. Perhaps that new realization will make a little more sense with a quick a look at the city’s rich soccer past, full of great players growing up in—and choosing to play around—the area over the years.

sending the team past Japan onto the semifinal round of the Olympics (the team unfortunately failed to medal after losing to Spain in the semifinal, though). Other soccer stars with Sacramento ties include: former Elk Grove Pride players Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox, now U.S. Women’s National Team regulars; Lisa Wrightsman, Sacramento street-soccer team Lady Salamanders’ founder, player, and coach of the United States at the Homeless World Cup; and Miguel Ángel Ponce, the Sacramento-born player who represented Mexico at the World Cup in Brazil this year.

That means reaching all the way back to 1996 when Nigerian professional soccer player Stephen Keshi chose to come to Sacramento to play for the now-defunct Sacramento Scorpions of the also defunct USISL Select League. Why is that important? Keshi has managed Nigeria’s national football team since 2011, leading it to win the African Cup of Nations in 2013 and reach round 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

And, in the present, the Republic FC—a frontrunner to be the next MLS expansion team—is coached by U.S. Men’s legend, Preki. No real soccer fan could forget his game-winning goal from 25 yards away against Brazil in the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal, could they?

Jump ahead to 2000, when Rio Americano High School alum and Major League Soccer player Sasha Victorine scored arguably the biggest penalty kick in U.S. Men’s National Team history. His kick was the game-clinching one,

“I see youth teams everywhere, I see men’s pickup teams, I see jerseys everywhere, all the time,” Farmer said. “I think we’re starved for something else besides basketball at a professional level. I think it’s a soccer-mad region.” E

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Best place to pretend you’re a soccer pro Extreme Soccer Store

Off the Wall has existed as an indoorsoccer league for 20 years now, but its retail shop, Extreme Soccer Store, is also one of the best places in town to buy legit soccer gear. Proof: On the day of the inaugural Sacramento Soccer Day in 2013, I went to pick up the U.S. Men’s National Team jersey I’d special ordered, and the store clerk said, “You just missed it: Norwich City FC’s goalie just came in here to get gloves, because he forgot his.” That’s right, an English Premier League goalkeeper shopped here. And for the thrifty, an Extreme Soccer outlet located inside the Off the Wall Soccer arena (5 Wayne Court) offers clearance items. 2381 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite 3; (916) 973-1751 928 Pleasant Grove Boulevard, Suite 150 in Roseville; (916) 773-4625; www.offthewallextreme.com. J.M.

Best sactown anthem ‘Nine One Six’

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There are few things that get crowds pumped like local anthems. Remember Cake’s “Arco Arena” getting Sacramento Kings fans excited—even though the song is just an instrumental?

Now, we formally nominate Mr. Hooper’s (formerly Crazy Ballhead) recently released track “Nine One Six,” as the official new Sactown anthem that should be played at sporting events. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to dance and sing along to its catchy hook over feel-good beats? “Nine, one, six: Do you hear me clearly? / I represent it daily, monthly, yearly.” Bonus: The music video offers sweet aerial shots of Sactown and well-known locals dancing. www.youtube.com/ watch?v=tNbMGRArf0k. J.M.

Best way to die at a sporting event Donut Bacon Cheeseburger at Raley Field Baseball season is over, but take notes for next spring. Maybe the Sacramento River Cats are down 5-0, bottom of the seventh inning, and you decide some self-mutilation is the only thing that will make you feel better. Don’t bother with another beer—order the Donut Bacon Cheeseburger. It’s exactly what it sounds like: A bacon cheeseburger, with two doughnuts for buns. The result is both delicious and horrifying—sweet, salty, meaty, cheesy, soft and chewy all at once. I could only eat a quarter before I felt sick. Full disclosure: I also ate two doughnuts—one with bacon— earlier that day. 400 Ballpark Drive in West Sacramento, (916) 376-4676, www.rivercats.com. J.B.


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1. Sacramento Pipeworks 116 N. 16th Street, (916) 341-0100, www.touchstone climbing.com/pipeworks

601 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 452-8011, www.cityofsacramento. org/parksandrecreation/ index.html

2. Results the 24 Hour Gym

2. William Land Park

1. McKinley Park

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

3. Capital Athletic Club 1515 Eighth Street, (916) 442-3927, www.capitalac.com

3. American River Parkway

beSt team 1. Sacramento Republic FC www.sacrepublicfc.com

2. Sacramento Kings www.nba.com/kings

3. Sacramento River Cats

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Best powered-down yoga Restorative classes at Aha Yoga Is it OK to admit we’re a little burned out on intense, power, hot, sweaty, pass-out yoga? Can we allow space for yoga that lifts us up instead of wringing us out? Pencil in one of Inez Kwiatkowski’s restorative yoga classes onto your training calendar. This challenging, but somehow restful hour leaves you feeling like you worked out and took a nap at the same time. 5275 Sunrise Boulevard in Fair Oaks, (916) 966-9642, www.aha yogafairoaks.com. B.C.

(or bats?) hanging from the ceiling, and plenty of coffins and skeletons to set the kitschy, spooky mood. It basically feels like a Halloween store that plays new and old top 40 music (“Devil Inside”? How appropriate). Kiddies wearing glow jewelry and facepaint dancing on the ninth hole is common. It beasts, I mean beats, getting sunburned or freezing at the standard outdoor, windmill-filled mini golf courses. Protect that palor! 12401 Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova, (916) 294-0000, www.monsterminigolf.com. S.

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Every Friday morning, at the crack of dawn, right outside the Sacramento Police Department headquarters on Freeport Boulevard, is about the only time it’s actually OK to run from the cops. The idea came about when a veteran police recruiter thought it made sense to help department hopefuls snag some face time with officers. Now, months later, these weekly “Run with a Recruiter” jogs have drawn a solid cult following. “I’ve never seen a police agency do something like this,” said Officer Doug Morse, a spokesman for the department. “It is a great program.”

Send children into a dark building and give them metal clubs to swing around. This is roughly the concept behind Monster Mini Golf in Rancho Cordova. Very rough, actually: It’s an indoor 18-hole miniature golf course that, like your neighborhood adolescent goth, is black on the inside, and it’s illuminated by black lights and more glow-in-the-dark paint than you ever knew existed. There’s a towering animatronic beast that growls and a lurching three-headed dog that barks its heads off at passersby, plus human-sized vampires

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Best Bloody sports experience Field House American Sports Pub I’m going to try not to spend the next 100 words slobbering over the bloody mary at Field House American Sports Pub, the best spot to watch sports that’s not on the grid. Let’s see how I do. The 411: It’s 32 ounces, $16 and served on weekends only. The mix is made by Preservation & Co., and the vessel is a Mason jar. Garnishes are what Guy Fieri might refer to as off the chain, bro. Including: A beef slider and a bacon-wrapped

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Healthy Habits Studio turns 21 this year. Housed in an old Victorian on J and 23rd streets, the classes here are often filled with the fit and beautiful, but it doesn’t mean the instructors aren’t also kind to fat, klutzy Groupon-using visitors. I imagine that they would be nice to all. The trainers turn boot camp fitness classes into chatty sessions—probably with the intention of keeping your mind off the immense pain in your body. The conversation veers from what people ate that they shouldn’t have (boring) to comics and ninjas (exciting!). They are all modern, too; you can reserve your spot in classes online. 2224 J Street, (916) 444-7729, www.healthyhabits studio.com. G.G.

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Thank you Sacramento voters for considering us the “Best Place to See Art.”

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond June 29, 2014 – September 21, 2014 Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art September 21, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA October 12, 2014 – February 1, 2015 Arte Mexicano: Legacy of the Masters October 12, 2014 – February 1, 2015 Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880 – 1910 February 1, 2015 – April 26, 2015

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September picks by Shoka

“Til Death Do Us Part” by Gale Hart, steel and wood.

User error Raise your hand if you were able to recognize the shape of a six-shooter when you were a kid. It’s so common to see tons of guns in movies and TV shows—and sometimes in person—that it’s normalized in our culture, but Gale Hart’s current body of work at Elliott Fouts Gallery zeros in on our MIXED MEDIA relationship with them. In the clever and beautifully constructed “Til Death Do Us Part,” a six-shooter mirrors itself, leaving the user looking down the barrel, too. In another, “Cannot Grasp,” a pistol has shiny steel thorns sprouting from its handle. These objects are meant to destroy targets, but as Hart’s work clearly explains—and reiterates—they also destroy the user. Where: Elliott Fouts Gallery, 1831 P Street; (916) 736-1429; www.efgallery.com. Second Saturday reception: September 13, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Through October 2. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dresses to impress Summer vacation is over. Sorry, gang. But perhaps that is why so many galleries around town have stepped up and scheduled exceptional exhibitions for September, not to mention that Sac Open Studios is happening— where the public is invited into artists’ studios all over the region for two weekends of the month. One place to visit studios is in the Verge Center MULTIMEDIA for the Arts, where the gallery is also exhibiting the ambitious work of Los Angeles-based artist Mary Younakof. Her 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project consists of 343 dresses she made in just as many hues. Younakof wore the tulip-skirted dresses all over Los Angeles juxtaposed against matching walls, looking childlike and the picture of innocence in ordinary places, making them look extraordinary. Where: Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street; (916) 448-2985; http://vergeart.com. Opening reception: Thursday, September 11, 6 to 9 p.m. Second Saturday reception: September 13, 6 to 9 p.m. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

“#3” by Tom Leaver, oil on linen.

When dreams melt

343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project image still, by Mary Younakof, 2011-2014.

Tom Leaver’s paintings look like a place one may have visited in a dream. His work shows that moment when a sleeper is waking, and PAINTINGS her bleary-eyed consciousness intersects with her crisp subconscious vision, and there she is, watching that beautiful place of elation melt, right before it’s wiped from her memory forever. In contrast to Leaver’s ethereal canvases are Mark Emerson’s bold geometric paintings. Rectangles are spliced into triangles and parallelograms, and they seem to converge, dancing with each other in a pattern. Both are abstract, but each tickles different parts of the brain. And they make quite a pair. Where: JayJay, 5520 Elvas Avenue; (916) 453-2999; http://jayjayart.com. Second Saturday reception: September 13, 6 to 8 p.m. Through October 25. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by appointment.

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What can a person do when no one is listening and he has something to say? In the case of Billy, the deaf son in by Kel Munger an incredibly literate and verbal family, sometimes the only way to be heard is to stop trying to talk. In Capital Stage’s fantastic production of Nina Raine’s Tribes, we are invited to question everything we think we know about communication and language— which, we quickly discern, are not the same thing at all. Billy (the amazing Stephen Drabicki) has been raised without access to deaf culture or sign language—a status that his intellectual and overbearing father (Lol Levy) believes lets him be an individual rather than a disabled person, a position with which his devoted mother (Jamie Jones) and talented but troubled siblings (Elizabeth Holzman, Benjamin T. Ismail) apparently agree.

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its creation, mental health, and the difference between familial support and familial smothering, Tribes asks us to imagine ourselves in the midst of a variety of tribal configurations. At what cost does membership in our tribe come, and what price do we exact from those we love in order to keep them close to us? Are adapting, accepting and surrendering to a disability all the same thing? These issues—plus plain old family dysfunction—all get a smart and emotional workout in this don’t-miss play. Ω

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“A WISE AND LOVELY FILM.”

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Depression-era bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow lusted after fame and glory (and money), and they’re still getting both 80 years later. First the dynamic criminal duo was portrayed in film and song, then in a recent 2011 short-run Broadway musical that’s wound its way to Sacramento’s Runaway Stage Productions. The secret to the success of any Bonnie and Clyde story is selecting a sizzling pair to portray the doomed gun-toting lovers, and Runaway Stage scores big with two talented leads for this production of Bonnie & Clyde. Jennifer Zimney and David Holmes give winning performances of this captivating gruesome twosome, projecting the perfect pitch of chutzpah, pizazz and chemistry. The two also manage to inject some sympathy for these cop-killing criminals with the help of a storyline that looks back on their childhoods as well as the hardships of life during the Great Depression, where the duo became unlikely heroes to many. The two leads are supported by a large cast and a talented live orchestra, and surrounded by picture-perfect era costumes and creative sets that include historic photos projected onto wooden pallets. The musical itself contains a number of good songs, but could do with trimming a few to tighten the production as well as keeping all the songs reminiscent of the era.

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So, despite being an intelligent, empathic and creative soul, Billy is effectively left out of the conversation at home. Then, he meets the smart and beautiful Sylvia (Brittni Barger), the child of deaf parents who is herself going deaf. She introduces him to signing and to deaf culture—but is also dealing with the tumultuous emotions that accompany losing her hearing. To begin with, the play is so full of smart, provocative language—of both the British English and sign-language variety—that it almost demands to be seen more than once, simply to savor the poetry and ideas. Add to that an outstanding—and perfectly cast—ensemble, led by Drabicki and the luminous Barger, with thoughtful staging and airtight direction from Cap Stage’s Producing Artistic Director Jonathan Williams, and this becomes a production that will be difficult to get tickets for and no doubt the subject of lengthy discussion for some time to come. Touching on issues of self-determination, the value of culture and language’s position in

This photo surely captures the disconnection between language and communication.

Tribes; 7 p.m. Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; $22-$38. Capital Stage, 2215 J Street; (916) 995-5464; www.capstage.org. Through October 5.

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Long-distance dedication Love is Strange In Ira Sachs’ warming and wistful tragi-romance Love is Strange, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play longtime lovers who are getting by Daniel Barnes legally married after 30-plus years together. Almost immediately after the wedding, Molina’s George gets fired from his job as a choir teacher at a Catholic school, and with Lithgow’s frail artist Ben out of work, they also lose their cozy Manhattan apartment. No one in their circle of friends wants to take in both Ben and George, so they split up while Ben searches for a new place, a living situation that proves more prolonged and difficult than expected.

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With a commitment to their employees and innovation, Parallax Inc. brings tremendous prosperity to the region’s hard working families. If you’d like to support the Champions of Manufacturing program and receive updates, go to CMTA.net.

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This contemporary story has an ancestor in the wonderful 1937 Leo McCarey tearjerker Make Way for Tomorrow, starring Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi as a financially destitute couple forced apart and passed around by their selfish children. In their separation, this reserved and repressed old couple discovers a burning need for each other that was never realized or expressed in their many decades together. The crucial difference is that Make Way for Tomorrow took place in an America just beginning to recover from the Depression, a world of limited options and primitive communications technology. Love is Strange updates Make Way for Tomorrow for a more materialistic age, one where living beyond your means is equated with living in poverty. Ben and George simply don’t want to leave Manhattan, and for flimsy reasons that the film briskly brushes off its lapel. There is not very much keeping the lovers in Love is Strange apart besides the weak contrivances of the script. Only a shallow, decadent narcissism totally at odds with the portrayal of Ben and George as a model couple could explain their acceptance of a prolonged “forced” separation, especially since the film makes it seem like they are on different planets, rather than different neighborhoods. It’s reminiscent of the Seinfeld

episode where Kramer breaks up with his girlfriend when she moves to the Lower East Side, as he’s unwilling to pursue a “long-distance relationship.” A family member offers to give both Ben and George free room and board in Poughkeepsie, but the film condescendingly portrays her as a brittle, self-loathing space case, so they decline the invitation despite Ben’s obviously ailing health. Unfortunately, the forced nature of the setup strains credibility to the point where you step out of the film and begin to interrogate the narrative. In one particularly emotional sequence, a lonely George walks out of the nonstop party house where he’s been crashing, makes his way across the city to where Ben is staying, and falls sobbing into his arms. This scene is one of the centerpieces of the film, and it’s lovingly played and very affecting, but I kept wondering why this couldn’t happen every single day if it was so damn easy. And if the longing for a sensory connection between them is so urgent, why not try Skype? Do laptops not exist in this sun-dappled, fairy-tale vision of Manhattan artists and intellectuals? It’s too bad, because otherwise Love is Strange is a smart and cozy watch, and very well-acted, especially by the leads. Lithgow gets the showier part, but he doesn’t overwind it, instead giving us a beautiful, heart-wrenching slow fade. Molina’s character is the steady rock in the relationship, and he performs the same function here, seeping into the cracks of the film like water into wood. The solid supporting cast includes Marisa Tomei as an in-law experiencing destabilization in her own marriage, and a promising newcomer named Charlie Tahan as her shy son.

Do laptops not exist in this sun-dappled, fairy-tale vision of Manhattan artists and intellectuals? Love is Strange is the fifth feature from writer-director Ira Sachs, whose Forty Shades of Blue took home a Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. However, it is only the second Sachs film I have seen besides his awful 2007 movie Married Life, which wasted several good actors on a tone-deaf study in plastic cynicism. The Chopin strains and winter-blanket vibe of Love is Strange suit Sachs (who co-wrote the film with Mauricio Zacharias) a lot better, and there is an elegant confidence to the storytelling and visuals that felt forced before. Next time, he just needs to avoid forcing the premise. Ω


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The title refers to the odds against Mine That Bird, the 2-year-old gelding that won a surprise victory in the 2009 Kentucky Derby, and the movie tells us how he got to the winner’s circle with owners Mark Allen (Christian Kane) and Leonard Blach (William Devane), trainer Chip Woolley (Skeet Ulrich) and jockey Calvin Borel (playing himself). Everybody loves a good sports movie where the underdog comes from behind, and director Jim Wilson and his co-writer Faith Conroy don’t blow it. They lay it on a little thick, perhaps, in presenting all these New Mexico cowboys as fish out of water among the snooty racing aristocrats of Churchill Downs, but it keeps things amusing while we wait for the big race. Madelyn Deutch adds spice as Ulrich’s spunky assistant—plus a touch of beauty to complement the horses. J.L.

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this is just another entry in its spreadsheet, The Avengers minus the monstrous egos. Gunn juggles several different MacGuffins, but the only point is to create a through line to the next movie: Just like everything else in the Marvel cinematic universe, Guardians of the Galaxy exists solely to advertise its own as-yet-unmade sequels. D.B.

In the 1930s, a desperately poor Alabama couple give up one of their newborn twins to a childless preacher and his wife (Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd). Twenty years later, one has become a rock ’n’ roll superstar, while the other rebels against following his adoptive father into the ministry and becomes an impersonator of his lost brother (both played by Elvis impersonator Blake Rayne). The premise might have made a good movie, but it would have to have fallen into less sloppy hands than those of writer Howard Klausner and director Dustin Marcellino. The movie is amateurish and cloying, with an artificial, unlived-in look. Everyone looks fresh from the shower; the paint on the sets and cars still seems wet. There are a few good performances, though—Liotta, Judd, Joe Pantoliano, Seth Green—and Rayne is earnest. J.L.

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A talented teenage cellist (Chloë Grace Moretz) lies in a coma after an auto accident kills her family. She has an out-of-body experience, reliving her past and her budding romance with a local rock star (Jamie Blackley) while deciding whether she wants to live or die. Adapted by Shauna Cross from Gayle Forman’s novel and directed by R.J. Cutler, the movie (like the book) uses the out-of-body gimmick to inject suspense and a supernatural charge into what would otherwise be a pretty bland and unexceptional story. But only churlish folks will pick nits: The movie is an efficient and satisfying teen tear-jerker, well-acted by beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes and speaking sensitive thoughts. Joshua Leonard and Mireille Enos play Moretz’s loving parents, Stacy Keach her distraught grandfather. J.L.

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A med-school dropout (Daniel Radcliffe), licking his wounds after a failed relationship, becomes infatuated with the cousin (Zoe Kazan) of his college roommate (Adam Driver)—but she’s in a stable relationship with her longtime boyfriend, leaving our hero “just a friend.” Filmed in Canada as The F Word (a better title), the movie plunges deep into When Harry Met Sally… territory, yet it survives thanks to crackling dialogue (by Elan Mastai, from a play by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi); brisk, light direction (Michael Dowse); and, most of all, the effervescent chemistry between Radcliffe and Kazan. Kazan, who should have hit it big with Ruby Sparks two years ago, is particularly good— quirky, charming, a true original. What is it going to take to make this delightful woman the star she deserves to be? J.L.

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A seemingly limitless stream of pure empathy runs through Richard Linklater’s transcendental movie event/social experiment/life-affirming headtrip Boyhood. At the end of the film’s first seamlessly interwoven vignette, 6-year-old Mason (Ellar Coltrane, literally growing up on camera) and his family are moving away from their sleepy Texas town. As the car drives off, Mason’s playmate speeds up on his bike for one last glimpse, barely visible through the tall grasses of fading memory. This is the first of many forgettable friends who will flit in and out of Mason’s young life. Late in the film, when Mason is a college-bound teenager, an adult offers that post-adolescence is “where you find your people,” and Mason can barely refrain from rolling his eyes. The miracle of Boyhood is that we empathize with everyone in this scenario, even with the nameless and forgotten playmate starring in his own alternate-universe movie life. D.B.

(what a name!), a smart and curious girl who gets shuttled off to a cloistered Manhattan prep school following the death of her mother. Almost as soon as Beckett arrives, a student jumps off the roof and dies, and the overwhelming profusion of sinister, over-theshoulder glares suggests that the mysterious “alumni book club” led by a school nurse (Kelly Reilly) is behind it. Innocence is inconsistent throughout and falters badly in the stretch, but it’s an intriguing near-miss, with a more active and complex heroine than typically seen in teen-lit adaptations. D.B.

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Winter, the Florida dolphin with the prosthetic tail (who plays herself) languishes when her companion dies of old age. Winter must be paired with another female or she’ll be confiscated by the USDA (what the feds plan to do with her remains unexplained in director Charles Martin Smith’s script). The original cast is back: Nathan Gamble (whose only facial expression is a sullen glare), Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kris Kristofferson, plus a guest cameo from Bethany Hamilton, the amputee whose life was chronicled in Soul Surfer. The movie is sweet, well-intentioned and family-friendly, like an extended episode of the old Flipper TV series. Frankly, it’s a little bit dull. But what the he—er, heck; its heart’s in the right place and the Florida sunshine is exhilarating. J.L.

A band of explorers, led by a scholar specializing in the history of alchemy (Perdita Weeks) and guided by a Parisian street hustler (François Civil) ventures into the catacombs under the streets of Paris in search of the philosopher’s stone, that mystical rock that can turn base metals to gold. Then all hell breaks loose—literally. Or apparently? Frankly, it’s hard to tell. The script by director John Erick Dowdle and his brother Drew is so murky, and the brothers’ grip on their narrative is so shaky. Even murkier and shakier is Léo Hinstin’s cinematography, recycling yet again the insufferable cliché of found video footage. (Dear God, will we never be rid of The Blair Witch Project?) The movie boasts little suspense, few scares, and no stars—only a gang of hungry unknowns eager to be in a hit. J.L.

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Korean director Han-min Kim recounts the 1597 battle of Myeongnyang, in which 13 ships of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty under Admiral Yi Sun-shin won an amazing victory over hundreds of invading Japanese ships. It was a feat to rank with, even surpass, Trafalgar and the Spanish Armada—but it’s unfamiliar history to most Westerners. Unfortunately, Kim and his co-writer Cheol-Hong Jeon do little to clarify the context or characters involved. The stakes, however, are clear as a bell: the Japanese are coming, there’s a whole bunch of them, and only a few Koreans are ready to sail against them. The battle itself takes up nearly half the movie, and there Kim really delivers the goods. It’s a spectacular whopper, blazing with blood and thunder, and served up with first-rate editing and terrific special effects. J.L.

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Ready, refreshed and still raging Rise Against returns with a new   album and a louder political voice War. Climate change. Occupy. Terrorism. Religion. No topic is too challenging for Rise Against, the Chicago-based punk band set to play by Janelle Bitker Sacramento’s Aftershock Festival on Sunday. That’s obvious with the band’s seventh j a ne lleb@ album, The Black Market, which dropped in newsreview.c om July. While Rise Against takes on the aforementioned issues—and then some—frontman Tim McIlrath also turns inward. The result is unusually personal, exploring how these big, global problems affect his state of mind. PHoTo couRTeSy oF RiSe AGAinST

It might stem from the band’s recent hiatus, which began a year-and-a-half prior to writing The Black Market. Rise Against’s members went on vacation, hung out with their families and more or less ignored music for the first time in 15 years. They returned refreshed, but apparently still pissed off at the world. The first single, “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore,” is a prime example of McIlrath’s new direction, exploring the broad culture of violence, but also how it feels as an individual surrounded by it. “There are so many guns in this country that it should be concerning to anyone,” says drummer Brandon Barnes. “We all have kids and nowadays people are shooting up schools—it’s pretty terrifying. As parents, that’s something we want to talk about.” The music video starts with a couple of kids in Chicago talking about all the shootings they’ve seen like it’s no big deal. Then it quickly cuts between footage from the U.S.,

Stand tall, punks, stand tall.

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Iraq, Nigeria, Mexico and other violent hubs— soldiers, police cars, politicians, candlelit vigils, crying families. Statistics pop up: 1.6 million people lose their lives to shootings each year; 120,000 dead in the Mexican Drug War; the U.S. averages one school shooting every five years; the world has been at peace for 8 percent of recorded history. All the while, McIlrath sings: “I don’t want to be here anymore / I know there’s nothing left worth staying for.” The imagery alone makes it one of the strongest statements the band has ever made. Naturally, the YouTube comment section is full of people who say they love Rise Against but strongly disagree with this video’s message. Those same fans will probably have a tough time accepting the rest of The Black Market. “A Beautiful Indifference” attacks critics of the Occupy movement: “Protests are drumming while you turn your nose and roll your eye / Knee-jerk reactions so ingrained / Judging from an armchair.” Likewise, the acoustic track, “People Live Here,” moves through several heady topics, but McIlrath’s first lines address blind religion: “My God is better than yours / And the walls of my house are so thick / I hear nothing at all.” The band isn’t worried about losing fans, though. Riling people up is just part of Rise Against.

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Barnes says the band found its political voice gradually over time. Its members certainly had political opinions when they first got together in their 20s, but the band was mostly about having fun. Then they started seeing the world and growing up. McIlrath is the youngest at 35; guitarist Zach Blair is 39, and Barnes and bassist Joe Principe are both around 40 years old. “We realized we could use our voice to give back to charity work and have lyrics that touch on sensitive topics that we thought were important,” Barnes says. “That became a whole other part of the band—and equally important.” Ω

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Henningsen Lotus Park, 11 a.m., $15-$169 Hit the river for the American River Music  Festival, featuring three days of music starting  at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 12. With more  than 30 performances, including one from  Auburn’s Hannah Kile (pictured)—one of 10  artists featuring in Friday night’s “Musician’s  Showcase”—there’s a sound for all musical  tastes. If traditional folk is to your liking, check  out Patchy Sanders. Followers of The Voice  will recognize 2011 contestant Rebecca Loebe,  and fans of Warren Zevon might enjoy Michael  Gaither. International acts include Canada’s  FESTIVAL the Bills and Sweden’s  Baskery. The festival lasts  through September 14. 950 Lotus Road in  Lotus, www.americanrivermusic.org.

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There is no shortage of folk musicians in  porkpie hats and suspenders peddling  Americana, but few have had  FOLK the staying power of the Avett  Brothers, who have been covering the banjolaced nostalgia beat since the late 1990s.  Following the 2013 release of Magpie and the  Dandelion, the band is on a national tour, but  only Sacramento and Berkeley will be treated to an opening set by songstress Brandi  Carlile, whose winsome, spirited tunes you  may recognize from just about every episode  of Grey’s Anatomy. This Friday-night folk  fiesta is an all-ages event, too, so look out  for some youngsters in little suspenders.  1515 J Street, www.theavettbrothers.com.

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The Bonanza King Band is a Winters-based  country band that plays old-timey, rockabillyinfluenced swing and Western tunes. Actually,  the style the group plays—which is sometimes  more specifically called “California country”  or “Western swing”—is an upbeat country  subgenre predating rockabilly. It’s equal parts  ragtime, swing and honky-tonk. Confused?  COUNTRY Think the scene Merle  Haggard helped build. Seeing  this band of five (sometimes six) musicians  play live on a Saturday night will take you back  to a 1940s Central Valley barn dance. This is the  group’s CD-release show, so don’t forget to  bring a little cash to keep the dance going on in  your home. 13 Main Street in Winters,   www.bonanzakingband.com.

Starlite Lounge, 9 p.m., $5 This art project began in 2008, and since  then, Dead Leaf Echo has dropped a series of  EPs full of sculpted shoegaze and semigoth,  ambient dream pop. Its latest EP, true.deep. NEW WAVE sleeper, has been met  with rave reviews, and  now the New Yorkers are deep in a relentless  national tour. At live shows, Dead Leaf Echo  is known for projecting heavy imagery to  accompany its imagery-heavy, literary lyrics. Nabokov is a frequently cited influence.  Local indie-pop band Soft Science rounds  out out the bill, along with fellow shoegaze  bands All About Rockets of Sacramento and  Slowness of San Francisco. 1517 21st Street,  http://deadleafechonyc.com.

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Woodstock was billed as “An Aquarian  Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.”  Foodstock, a kickoff celebration for a month  of Farm-to-Fork Festival events, is billed as  “An Aquarian Exposition” and “1 Day of Food,  Music & Community.” Woodstock featured  performances by the Who, Jimi Hendrix and  Janis Joplin. Foodstock features psychedelicfolk jam band Mind X and cover band Wonder  Bread 5 (pictured). Woodstock had hippies  drinking cups of “brown acid” and a food  shortage. Foodstock will have hipsters drinking  craft brew and eating roasted pig—and it all  benefits Sacramento Food  FESTIVAL Bank & Family Services and  Soil Born Farms. 400 Ballpark Drive in West  Sacramento, www.sacramentofoodbank.org/ foodstock.html.

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EDM is huge right now, but back in the ’70s,  electronic music wasn’t really the soundtrack  for big-room dance parties. Kraftwerk, one  of the godfathers of modern electronic music,  played gentle, emotional, avant-garde tunes.  So when describing Trans Destiny as electronic, think more along the lines of Kraftwerk.  Trans Destiny’s actually a one-man project  ELECTRONIC from a Sacramento guy  named Gabe, who used  to be in a band called Pistol Pete. He builds  atmospheric, trippy walls of sounds and beats  that have a nice groove, but aren’t really there  to get people to cut a rug. It’s more music to  chill out with. Soak in the nuances of multiple  layers of sound. 3520 Stockton Boulevard,  www.transdestiny.bandcamp.com.

Anaïs Mitchell’s bewitching soprano soars and  swoops through tender folk sketches full of  tense, emotional sweep. She got off to a quick  FOLK start when in 2003, she won an  award at the Kerrville Folk Festival  at the age of 22. Hymns for the Exiled followed  a year later and caught the attention of Ani  DiFranco, who signed her to Righteous Babe  Records for two albums—including 2010’s  ambitious concept album Hadestown. Her  latest album of originals, 2012’s Young Man in  America, paints a picture of youth—“hungry,  hungry, running every which way”—and  bubbles with desperate abandon on tracks  like the Elliott Smith-esque “Dyin Day” and  “Coming Down.” 946 Olive Drive in Davis,   (530) 341-0540, www.anaismitchell.com.

—Aaron Carnes

Mondavi Center, 8pm, $18.50-$92 In his native country of Brazil, besides the  great Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso is one of  the most popular and longest-running artists from the country still actively touring  and releasing albums. Now 72 years old, he  has amassed quite a devoted legion of fans in  the United States as well, and headlines venues with capacity crowds all over the country. After winning nine Latin Grammy and  two Grammy awards, as well as releasing  WORLD dozens of full-length albums and  live records, he is certainly one  of the most prolific living songwriters from  South America. Come get a cultural lesson  from Brazil’s greatest export. 9399 Old Davis  Road in Davis, www.caetanoveloso.com.br.

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Fabulous and Gay Fridays, 9pm, call for cover

BAR 101

Karaoke Night, 7:30pm, no cover

SOUL SHINE BAND, 9:30pm, no cover

BLUE LAMP

Funktion w/DJs Step Rock and B. Vega, 9pm, $3

RETURN OF THE RED, 9pm, $5

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THUMPA & THE BUNCH, LOW CARD, JULY LOST GENERATION, EDM NIGHT, VOODOO TRIBE, SHELBOY; 8pm

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

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Open-mic, 7:30pm, no cover

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9426 Greenback Ln., Orangevale; (916) 988-9247 LOVE, NEW FANG, DEATH N TAXES; 8pm

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DJs Tripz, Bphree and Jason Davis, 10pm, call for cover

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Tipsy Thursdays, Top 40 deejay dancing, 9pm, call for cover

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JUSTIN FURSTENFELD, 7:30pm, $25

2003 K St., (916) 448-8790 101 Main St., Roseville; (916) 774-0505

Mad Mondays, 9pm M Trivia Night, 6:30pm M, no cover

THIS CHARMING BAND, 9pm, $8

Get Down to the Champion Sound reggae night, 9pm-2am, $3

DEY-EMVY, TERLOGIA, MR. THOUGHTS, AS IS, JE THEWHEELMAN; 8pm

WE RISE THE TIDES, OH! THE HORROR, CALIFORNIA CHILD; 7:30pm

Open mic, M; MIKE WATT, IL SOGNO DEL MARINAIO; 8pm Tu, $15; Trivia, W

Community Music Jam, 6pm M, no cover BE BRAVE BOLD ROBOT, MARTY O’REILLY, SALT WIZARD; 8pm, $5

THE MCCOY TYLER BAND, RED DIRT RUCKUS; 8pm, $8 DJ Billy Lane, 10pm, call for cover

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

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

PACIFIC HAZE, 9:30pm, no cover

HOT CITY, EMILY KOLLARS; Tu; ADRIAN BELLUE, TODD MORGAN; 9:30pm W

Dragalicious, 9pm, $5

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

SLY PARK, THE FOLLOWERS OF SUNSHINE; 9pm, $5

THE GOLDEN BEAR

DJ Shaun Slaughter, 10pm, call for cover

DJ Crook One, 10pm, call for cover

DJ Whores, 10pm, no cover

STEELE BREEZE, 9pm-midnight, $5

MACH 5, 9pm-midnight, $5

Trivia night, 7:30-9pm Tu, no cover

W. Kamau Bell, 7pm, $15

MIDNIGHT PLAYERS, 10pm, $12

15th-ish Occasional Cannabis Comedy Fest, 8pm M, $25

2326 K St., (916) 441-2252

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2708 J St., (916) 441-4693

SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS, BLACK NATURE BAND; 8pm, $20-$23

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Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

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

Trivia night, W, call for cover

Hip-hop and R&B deejay dancing, 9:16pm Tu, no cover

LUNA’S CAFÉ & JUICE BAR

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

IRON HEARTS, MARTIN PURTILL, AUDREY EDDE; 8pm, $5

Stephen Ferris, Chris Schiappacasse, Robert Berry; 8pm, $6

MARILYN’S ON K

THE SAD JUICEES, WOLFGANG VEGA, THE IRON HEARTS; 8pm, $5

KISS THE SKY, BADGE; 9pm, $8

JOHNNY THROWBACK, ANNIAH PETTY; 9pm, $5

Marilyn’s Talent Showcase, 6pm, no cover

LADY JUSTICE, 8pm M, $5; SUNNY LEDFURD, MATT BORDEN; 8pm Tu, $10

MIDTOWN BARFLY

Panik: deejay dancing w/ Angels of Kaos, Deejay dancing, 9pm, no cover before 9pm-2am, $5 10pm; $5 after 10pm

The Drop, house and ’90s hip-hop w/ DJ Jonathan, Funktion, Phreed; 9pm, $3-$5

Goth, darkwave, industrial, electronic deejay dancing, 9pm-3am, call for cover

Swing dancing lessons $6, 7:30pm Tu; Salsa lessons, 7:30pm-midnight W, $5

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KENNY REGO & THE LAW OF ONE BAND, THE STUFF; 9pm, $5

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COLLEEN HEAUSER, MONONYMOUS, DICK LARSON; 8:30pm, $5

OH, DECIEVER, TRAVIS JEAN, NINE PAST BANDAID ARMY, CHIKADING!, NINE, FACE 4 RADIO; 8:30pm, $5 INSTAGON; 8:30pm, $5

OLD IRONSIDES

10th Street Sessions, 8pm, no cover

BILL MYLAR, 5pm, no cover

VASAS, TEACH ME EQUALS, RED RUMSEY; 9pm, $5

ON THE Y

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke contest, 9pm, $5

Karaoke, 9pm, no cover

NORA JANE STRUTHERS AND THE PARTY LINE, 8pm, $15

ELIZA GILKYSON, 8pm, $22

BONANZA KING, 8pm, $15

DJ Eddie Edul, 9pm-2am, $15

DJ Craig Anthony, DJ Peeti V, 9pm, call for cover

Top 40, Mashups, 9pm, no cover

DJ Club mixes, 10pm, no cover

ELEMENT OF SOUL, 9pm, $5

PARADOX DRIVE, 9pm, $5

BLACKWATER, 10pm, call for cover

REMIX, 10pm, call for cover

AUTO REPLAY, 10pm, call for cover

BRIEFCASE FULL OF BLUES, 3pm, call for cover

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KEVIN SECONDS, JASON WELT, DEAD FRETS, DIVIDED HEAVEN; 8pm, $5

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

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

Sunday Night Soul Party, 9pm, $5

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DRE T, 8pm, $5

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THE PALMS PLAYHOUSE

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

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

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Top 40, 9pm, no cover

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PJ’S ROADHOUSE

5461 Mother Lode, Placerville; (530) 626-0336

POWERHOUSE PUB

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

THE PRESS CLUB

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SATURDAY 9/13

DEAD LEAF ECHO, SLOWNESS, SOFT SCIENCE, ALL ABOUT ROCKETS; 9pm, $5

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GEORGIA RAIN, 9pm, $5-$7

SWABBIES

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TORCH CLUB

X TRIO, 5pm, no cover; DAD’S LPS, 9pm, $6

904 15th St., (916) 443-2797

Karaoke w/ Sac City Entertainment, 9pm Tu, no cover; Open-mic, 9pm W, no cover Open-mic comedy, 9pm, no cover

Karaoke, 9pm Tu, no cover

Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line 8pm Thursday, $15. The Palms Playhouse Americana

COLD SWEAT, 8pm W, $5

WILD ONES, CONTRA, GENIUS; 9:30pm, $7-$10

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MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/15-9/17 Jazz session, 8pm M; PILGRIM, MOS LIKELY, THE ESTAFETS; 8:30pm W, $5

The Sol Mercado and Kid’s Day, 1pm, no cover

THEY’RE HEADING WEST, GHOST TOWN JENNY; 9pm, $5

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WILT, HAZZARD’S CURE, BATTLE HAG, PLAGUE WIDOW; 8pm W, call for cover Comedy open-mic, 8pm M; Bluebird Lounge open-mic, 5pm Tu, no cover

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

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

Country dance party, 8pm, no cover

CARAVANSERAI, 6:30pm, $10

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PAILER AND FRATIS, 5:30-7:30pm, no cover; COLE FONSECA, 9pm, $7

DENNIS JONES, 9pm, $8

Blues jam, 4pm, no cover; BRIAN ROGERS ALLSTAR BAND, 8pm, $5

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the 2000

film Cast Away, Tom Hanks plays an American FedEx executive who is stranded alone on a remote Pacific island after he survives a plane crash. A few items from the plane wash up on shore, including a volleyball. He draws a face on it and names it “Wilson,” creating a companion who becomes his confidant for the next four years. I’d love to see you enlist an ally like Wilson in the coming week, Aries. There are some deep, messy, beautiful mysteries you need to talk about. At least for now, the only listener capable of drawing them out of you in the proper spirit might be a compassionate inanimate object that won’t judge you or interrupt you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): As far as I

know, there has been only one battleship in history that was named after a poet. A hundred years ago, the Italian navy manufactured a dreadnought with triplegun turrets and called it Dante Alighieri, after the medieval genius who wrote The Divine Comedy. Other than that, most warships have been more likely to receive names like Invincible, Vengeance, Hercules or Colossus. But it would be fine if you drew some inspiration from the battleship Dante Alighieri in the coming weeks. I think you will benefit from bringing a lyrical spirit and soulful passion to your expression of the warrior archetype.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If you go to

a 7-Eleven convenience store and order a Double Big Gulp drink, you must be prepared to absorb 40 teaspoons of sugar. But what will be an even greater challenge to your body is the sheer amount of fluid you will have to digest: 50 ounces. The fact is, your stomach can’t easily accommodate more than 32 ounces at a time. It’s true that if you sip the Double Big Gulp very slowly—like for a period of threeand-a-half hours—the strain on your system will be less. But after the first half hour, as the beverage warms up, its taste will decline steeply. Everything I’ve just said should serve as a useful metaphor for you in the coming week. Even if you are very sure that the stuff you want to introduce into your life is healthier for you than a Double Big Gulp, don’t get more of it than you can comfortably hold.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you

surrender to the passive part of your personality, you will be whipped around by mood swings in the coming days. You will hem and haw, snivel and procrastinate, communicate ineptly, and be confused about what you really feel. If, on the other hand, you animate the proactive side of your personality, you are likely to correct sloppy arrangements that have kept you off-balance. You will heal rifts and come up with bright ideas about how to get the help you need. It’s also quite possible you will strike a blow for justice and equality, and finally get the fair share you were cheated out of in the past.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his 1982 martial

arts film Dragon Lord, Jackie Chan experimented with more complex stunts than he had tried in his previous films. The choreography was elaborate and intricate. In one famous sequence, he had to do 2,900 takes of a single fight sequence to get the footage he wanted. That’s the kind of focused attention and commitment to detail I recommend to you in the coming weeks, Leo—especially if you are learning new tricks and attempting novel approaches.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In 1786,

Jacques Balmat and Michel Paccard were the first explorers to reach the top of 15,781-foot Mont Blanc on the French-Italian border. They were hailed as heroes. One observer wrote that the ascent was “an astounding achievement of courage and determination, one of the greatest in the annals of mountaineering. It was accomplished by men who were not only on unexplored ground but on a route that all the guides believed impossible.” And yet today, 228 years later, the climb is considered relatively easy for anyone who’s reasonably prepared. In a typical year, 20,000 people make it to the summit. Why am I bringing this to your attention? Because I suspect that you are beginning to master a skill that will initially require you to be like Balmat and Paccard, but will eventually be almost routine.

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invoke the old metaphor about the caterpillar that transforms into the butterfly often omit an important detail: The graceful winged creature is helpless and weak when it first wriggles free of its chrysalis. For a while, it’s not ready to take up its full destiny. As you get ready for your own metamorphosis, Libra, keep that in mind. Have plans to lay low and be self-protective in the days following your emergence into your new form. Don’t try to do loop-the-loops right away.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): According

to my analysis of the astrological omens, you Scorpios are currently the sign of the zodiac that is least likely to be clumsy, vulgar, awkward or prone to dumb mistakes. On the other hand, you are the most likely to derisively accuse others of being clumsy, vulgar, awkward or prone to dumb mistakes. I recommend that you resist that temptation, however. In the coming week, it is in your selfish interests to be especially tactful and diplomatic. Forgive and quietly adjust for everyone’s mistakes. Don’t call undue attention to them or make them worse. Continue to build your likeability and fine-tune your support system.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

You have cosmic permission to be bigger than life and wilder than sin. You have a poetic license to be more wise than clever. And you should feel free to laugh longer than might seem polite and make no apologies as you spill drinks while telling your brash stories. This phase of your astrological cycle does not require you to rein yourself in or tone yourself down or be a well-behaved model citizen. In fact, I think it will be best for everyone concerned if you experiment with benevolent mischief and unpredictable healing and ingenious gambles.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For

over 2,000 years, Chinese astronomers have understood the science of eclipses. And yet as late as the 1800s, sailors in the Chinese navy shot cannonballs in the direction of lunar eclipses, hoping to chase away the dragons they imagined were devouring the moon. I have a theory that there’s a similar discrepancy in your psyche, Capricorn. A fearful part of you has an irrational fantasy that a wiser part of you knows is a delusion. So how can we arrange for the wiser part to gain ascendancy? There’s an urgent need for you to stop wasting time and energy by indulging in that mistaken perspective.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

Squirrels don’t have a perfect memory of where they bury their nuts. They mean to go back and dig them all up later, but they lose track of many. Sometimes trees sprout from those forgotten nuts. It’s conceivable that on occasion a squirrel may climb a tree it planted years earlier. I see this as a useful metaphor for you to meditate on in the coming weeks. You are on the verge of encountering grown-up versions of seeds you sowed once upon a time and then forgot about.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): On a

German TV show, martial artist Jackie Chan performed a tough trick. While holding a raw egg in his right hand, he used that hand to smash through three separate sets of four concrete blocks. When he was finished, the egg was still intact. I see your next task as having some resemblances to that feat, Pisces. You must remain relaxed, protective and even tender as you destroy an obstruction that has been holding you back. Can you maintain this dual perspective long enough to complete the job? I think you can.

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For the week of September 11, 2014

The science of equality The gender gap in the STEM fields— science, technology, engineering and mathematics—is a big-time national issue. For the past five years, evolutionary biologist and UC Davis professor Jonathan Eisen has been trying to do his part to help the cause: rejecting invitations to scientific conferences with a disproportionate number of male speakers. He’s even created an acronym, YAMMM, for when he inexplicably finds himself in “Yet Another Mostly Male Meeting.” On his blog, www.phylogenomics.blogspot.com, he highlights certain cases, notes where improvements can be made and propels the diversity conversation forward. Eisen, who teaches various microbiology courses, took a few minutes to chat about childcare, snarky abstracts and old, white men.

You are a man. Why care about women in STEM? [Laughs] There are multiple answers here—there’s the historical reason and the rational reason. The historical reason is that my mom is a scientist—she’s a chemist—and heavily involved. She ran a program for women in science at George Washington University, so I had heard a lot about these issues in the past. … The more rational part of it is that I’m a bit obsessed with fairness in scientific activities. I’m involved with various movements that try to make sure people get credit for their work. One aspect of fairness in science is clearly purposeful and accidental bias toward particular groups. I’ve gotten more and more interested in this in maybe the past five years, partly because of blog posts I started writing.

Was there a catalyst in particular? The thing that made me think about this as a systemic issue was at a conference maybe 12 years ago in Lake Arrowhead, down near Los Angeles. I go to conferences, but can’t sit through all the talks. So I took a break and went outside, and there was a woman with a little toddler. The toddler padded over to me—I love kids so I was making goofy faces—and I asked the woman if she was there for the meeting, if she just skipped many of the talks to take care of her kid. She said, “Oh no, I’m not actually attending the meeting. I’m hired to be a nanny for a graduate student who is attending the meeting.” As it turns out, University of Wisconsin had a program for graduate students who had kids and a fund that would pay for a nanny so they could attend the conference. … In that one moment, I realized there were massive challenges to women in scientific fields that I had never thought of—it just never occurred to me that having a kid and going to a conference would

be a problem—and that you could do something about it.

And now you focus on conferences. Why? The main reason I do this is because it’s just so easy to fix if you just a give a shit. If you just care at all about your field and about society, these things are really easy to fix. For example, I got invited to a conference a few years ago. I was already skeptical—it was in some fancy resort in Hawaii, and I cringe at these things because they just smell of wasting government money and that just riles me up. Anyway, I went and looked at the list of speakers and the organizers, and it was something like 26 people involved. Of them, 25 were male. It was completely ludicrous. I was literally flabbergasted. It just showed that either the people involved were explicitly and purposefully biased, which is bad, or clueless about their accidental biases, which is also bad. I wrote a blog post that was really not polite.

Oh? I submitted an abstract to give at the meeting: “A Quantitative Analysis of Gender Bias in Quantitative Biology Meetings.” [Laughs] They did not accept me as speaker. Long story short, they got eviscerated on the web and [their members] hate me now. But the next year, their meeting had an almost 50-50 gender ratio. It seemed like a good meeting, it didn’t seem to cost anything extra. They were just being lazy, lame and

probably biased before. It’s not like we can fix all gender bias in the sciences by fixing conferences, but they’re prominent. It’s where people get recognized for their work, young people can get exposure, and it literally can take 20 minutes to fix them.

You mentioned childcare earlier. What are some other practical ways to make conferences more women-friendly? The first thing you need to do is invite a diversity of people, and not only old, white men. That is what a lot of conferences are—they invite the famous people. Because of historical reasons and on average, as careers progress, more and more women drop out of scientific fields, the most famous, established people are frequently white males. If the point of your meeting is to have famous scientists speak, I say, “Fine. I think we as scientists should boycott your meeting.” That’s just stupid. The point of a scientific conference is way beyond that, to give people experience, to let new people give talks, to learn new things, to let people meet each other, to have a diversity of opinions in fields representative of the audience—all those things together make a good conference. Ω


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