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K.J. lawsuit update It was strange when Kevin Johnson  sued us earlier this summer. But in recent weeks, this K.J. lawsuit saga has  become even more head-scratching. This latest weirdness began  when city of Sacramento attorneys  started ignoring our lawyer’s emails  and communications asking to allow  Deadspin.com, part of Gawker Media,  to intervene as a party of interest  in the lawsuit. Deadspin thinks the  mayor’s secret emails should be  public, too. Eventually, the city said no.  Why should city attorneys not want  Deadspin to join in this case? They  didn’t give us a reason. Unacceptable—the city is supposed  to be our co-defendant. And, under  their obligation to the California Public  Records Act, the city should be advocating for the requesters of public  documents. Not for people trying to  hide things. Instead, the city attorneys are  working to block our efforts. That’s  not how stewards of good government  should operate. And, troubling, the  city is inviting litigation from Deadspin  with this behavior. Meanwhile, the mayor’s pro bono  attorneys at Ballard Spahr are  hustling to shut down our challenge  by issuing generic denials and empty  deadlines. But that’s not going to fly  in court: These K.J. emails should be  public record, not City Hall secrets,  and SN&R will be be filing a motion imminently that challenges the mayor’s  secrecy. Anyway, Team K.J. knows this  litigation is expensive. I’d like to thank  the readers who have already supported SN&R’s legal-defense fund (at  www.gofundme.com/SNRlegalhelp).  You’re truly making a difference in  this battle for accountability and  transparency at City Hall.

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California lawmakers finally pass death-with-dignity legislation—but is the governor on board?

erhaps by the time you read this, Gov. Jerry Brown will have put pen to paper and signed into law the End of Life Option Act, or Assembly Bill X2-15. Passed last week by the state Legislature on a bipartisan vote, it would make California the sixth state in the nation allowing doctors to help the terminally ill end their lives. At the time of final passage on Friday, the last day of the special legislative session, it was unclear whether Brown would sign or veto the bill. He’ll have 12 days to decide after he receives it from the Legislature, which was expected to happen sometime this week. If he takes no action in 12 days, the legislation automatically becomes law. We know that Brown, a former Jesuit seminary student, hasn’t publicly taken a position on the measure. He believes it should have been reintroduced as part of a normal legislative process, not during the special session, where the legislative process is curtailed. Reporters at the Capitol that had a chance to ask the governor his opinion on the measure got a terse, “Nothing that I would say publicly.” Not exactly the strongest endorsement. But backers are ready to bring the issue to voters through a ballot measure, where they say it will pass easily. Polling data from 2014 found California voters supporting such a measure by more than a 2-1 margin. We also know that, last year, the governor spent an hour on the phone with Brittany Maynard, the young Bay Area woman who moved from California to Oregon to end her life under that state’s Death with Dignity Act. Maynard changed the optics of the right-to-die debate. Photogenic and 29, she was hardly who most of us imagine facing such a scenario. The median age of Oregonians who employed physicianassisted death is 71. But while Maynard’s story is familiar to many—more than 16 million unique visitors read about it on People.com—few have faced a more desperate moment than Robert

Marquis did while caring for his dying brother. “I had gotten to the point where Roger was unconscious and I actually put the pillow over his head,” Robert told SN&R. “But then I thought, ‘No, I can’t.’” Roger spent years suffering from a chronic and incurable disease called postherpetic neuralgia, a painful condition that affects the nerve fibers and skin. Skin becomes painfully sensitive to the touch, like a bad burn. Sleeping, even wearing clothes, can be agonizing. It’s not a fatal condition, but in cases where various treatments become ineffective, the nonstop pain is torturous enough to make you wish you were dead. For Roger, whose wife had succumbed to cancer last year, it became a final blow, and led to what’s called “failure to thrive,” a gradual decline in health typically caused by medical problems like a chronic disease. With the help of a chaplain, Robert eventually managed to get his brother into hospice care, where he simply faded away. Robert, who lives in Antelope, emailed last month, on the morning of his brother’s death. We spoke Saturday, the day after the Legislature’s final vote. The anguish still lingered in his voice: “Roger was in constant, constant pain, crying, bleeding, unable to sleep. There was no relief from medication, but doctors couldn’t say he was terminal. He finally asked me at one point, ‘If I get to where I’m not able to communicate to anyone, just put a pillow over my head. Make sure it’s done. I don’t want to be a vegetable.’ “The most humane thing in the world would’ve been to do that,” Robert said. “I wanted to in the worst kind of way.” One wonders how many other people in Robert’s position have thought the same thing. What stopped him was the possibility of being found out and tried for murder. “We put down our pets when they’re suffering, but if I’d done that to Roger, I’d have ended up in prison for doing something humane,” he said. It’s possible that a jury might have had a hard time convicting him. “Maybe,” he said, “but even going through the process of a court trial would have been a nightmare.” It’s bittersweet that the Legislature passed an aid-in-dying bill three weeks and three days after Roger’s death—but the additional irony is that, as law, the


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GoinG throuGh the motions measure would legalize a solution that eliminates the need for a deed many would consider an act of mercy instead of grounds for imprisonment. “My brother would appreciate the bill’s passage,” Robert said. “He wasn’t in good enough condition to drive to Oregon. We had talked about that. He thought it was very unfair that he didn’t have that option here in California. In a way, it makes me angry that he didn’t have this option but I’m glad other people will, or it looks like they will.” Banned everywhere but Oregon until 2008, the option for terminally ill patients to end their lives soon became legal in four other states: Washington, Montana, New Mexico and Vermont. Advocates have learned to shun the term “assisted suicide,” despite its near-universal usage in media coverage. “It is not suicide at all,” explained Davis-based Democrat state Sen. Lois Wolk, a co-sponsor of the legislation and a strong supporter of suicide prevention. “Suicide is an impulsive, destructive act by a person who may well have their entire life in front of them. They’re not suffering from a terminal illness and they’re in a situation where they can’t think rationally about their futures.” In other words, most suicidal people can be saved. Those dying from a terminal illness cannot—and they almost certainly wouldn’t consider suicide were they healthy and not facing imminent death. Thus, advocates favor terms like “death with dignity,” “aid in dying” or “compassionate care.” Like its Oregon model, California’s End of Life Option Act requires two physicians to diagnose you at end-stage terminal illness (six months to live) and a psychiatrist or psychologist to attest that you are of sound mind and not being coerced. Similar bills failed in the Legislature in 2005 and 2007, and California voters rejected a 1992 proposal that would have allowed physicians to administer lethal injections to their patients. This year’s legislation struggled to get out of committee during the regular session due to opposition mostly from the Catholic Church and other religious groups and disability rights activists. “They wouldn’t say we shouldn’t have chemotherapy, we shouldn’t have radiation,” said Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman of Stockton, a Roman Catholic, former hospice worker and the author of A.B. X2-15. “It’s a fallacious argument.” Disability-rights activists and others fear family members or care providers might coerce people with dementia or cognitive impairment into ending their lives. “I’m

not going to push the old or the weak out of this world,” said Sen. Ted Gaines, the Republican from Roseville, on the floor last week. “I think that could be the unintended consequence of this legislation.” Legally, that’s not possible. People with cognitive impairments or developmental disabilities aren’t eligible for the California bill’s provisions. The same is true in the other states where aid in dying is legal. “I have committed to a legislative hearing once a year where we get a report back from [the Department of] Public Health,” Eggman said, “so we can monitor the law as we go forward, how it’s working, how it’s being used.”

“I had gotten to the point where Roger was unconscious and I actually put the pillow over his head.” robert marquis

Oregon has plenty of data on this front. From 1997, when it enacted its Death with Dignity law, through 2014, 859 people have ended their lives of their own accord. “And there’ve been no lawsuits, no one has been abused, no one has lost their license and no one has even been taken before a medical board,” Wolk said. Coercion, however, seems to be a big part of our health-care system. Within a week of being contacted by Robert, an old high school friend, Simonetti Samuels, called with a similar tale about her sister Jasmin in New York, a state that has yet to enact an aid-in-dying law. Jasmin took ill last November. A brutal onslaught commenced. Over the next eight months, she suffered one vicious malady after another: brain bleeds, clotting, seizures, partial paralysis, in and out of comas, bed sores, bladder infections and multiple surgeries at New York University, her alma mater, with follow-up rehab and radiation treatments at a nursing home.

In July, she was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma on her right frontal lobe, a brain cancer so severe that, even with aggressive treatments, life expectancy is just six to eight months. By August, the cancer had spread to her bones and lungs. The family moved her into hospice care. She died on August 28. It was a relentless, crushing, dehumanizing decline, and the total cost of all the medical treatment that failed to abate it was $4.5 million. Whether covered by Medicare (it wasn’t) or insurance (it was; Jasim’s husband is an economist with the U.S. Treasury), taxpayers all paid that bill. Our taxes, our hospital fees, our insurance premiums all indirectly pay for such costs. If that money had to come out of the family’s own pocket, would it not have been better left to Jasmin’s two teenage children? Jasmin, it seems, became a victim of medicine’s “do everything” philosophy, ideologically adhered to by a rigid medical culture even when doing everything no longer does anything. Moderation and, ultimately, resignation, take a back seat to desperation by loved ones and the urges of a health-care system to deploy every last aggressive procedure in ways that are medically futile for patients, painfully cruel for families and wastefully expensive for all. A massive report issued last year by the Institute of Medicine found that providers are often encouraged to “render more services and more intensive services than are necessary or beneficial.” For those worried about the abuse of laws that allow you to end your life, how is it not abusive for a system that autonomously prolongs your death? Few things are as hypocritical as preaching about freedom while opposing a deathwith-dignity law, but the hypocrites always seem to come from the same ideological corner, complaining about government denying freedoms—and then demanding that freedoms they dislike be denied by government. The question now for the governor, who refused to defend Proposition 8 because he felt it denied freedoms to certain individuals: Is the value of individual liberty and the serenity it can provide greater than the technicalities of legislative procedure? Ω Read a longer version of this news analysis at www.newsreview.com. Read “How to die in California,” SN&R’s January 22 Feature Story on death with dignity in California, at tinyurl.com/p65s656.

Talk about getting stung. Last week, the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office filed 19 motions intended to compel the sheriff’s department to spill the beans about how it’s used a surreptitious surveillance technology known as StingRay, which can track people without their knowledge through their cellphones. Known by many other names and also referred to as cell-site simulators and IMSI-catchers (for “international mobile subscriber identity”), StingRay technology works by faking mobile devices into thinking it’s a cellphone tower to ping their signals to. The tech can sometimes collect metadata like emails and text messages, but Sheriff Scott Jones says his StingRay technology wasn’t capable of doing that. Aside from occasional prepared statements, Jones has been largely mum on the topic, citing confidentiality restrictions. In response to public records requests from numerous organizations and media outlets, for instance, the sheriff’s department has consistently claimed that it possessed no responding documents. That prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to sue the department in March. On September 10, the public defender’s office submitted its own filings. Specifically, the office filed 19 discovery motions that ask the court to order the district attorney’s office to disclose which defendants “have been secretly subjected to scrutiny by StingRay or similar devices.” Additionally, the office filed what’s called a verified petition under the California Public Record’s Act, concerning six clients. According to Supervising Assistant Public Defender Steven M. Garrett, it seeks relief specifically against the sheriff’s department, “so they will give us the documents and information we have requested regarding StingRay use.” Asked why the office chose the cases it did in its filing, Garrett said they represented “a cross section” of the more than 200,000 criminal cases the office has taken on since 2006, when the sheriff’s department obtained its StingRay technology. (Raheem F. Hosseini)

PetitioninG comPassion An online petition to halt an anti-camping ordinance that mostly affects Sacramento city homeless residents had gathered 77 signatures and counting by Sunday evening, four days after its release. The campaign was launched by the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, which called for an immediate moratorium on the local law until a separate plan to build 1,500 rapid rehousing units for homeless people was completed. That won’t happen right away. The rehousing units are one component of a downtown housing initiative the Sacramento City Council approved last month. The initiative calls for 10,000 new housing units to be built in the central downtown corridor over the next 10 years. In a release announcing the petition drive, the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness, or SRCEH, cited two shifts in national policy to make its case for suspending the city’s camping prohibition. First, the U.S. Department of Justice recently opined that anti-camping laws were unconstitutional if communities were not providing sufficient shelters for their homeless citizens. And second, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it would hold homeless-criminalization policies against municipalities when it considers doling out federal grants, which HUD does a lot. In his release, SRCEH Executive Director Bob Erlenbusch said it was clear that both the city and county of Sacramento were “out-ofstep with federal homeless policy.” (RFH)

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Apparently TV ads about minivans running out of gas cause more alarm than children wearing gas masks on playgrounds—even though one is a scare tactic and the other is our sad future. Anyway, this is how Big oil knocked “cut gas usage by 50 percent” out of Senate Bill 350. Sigh.

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At Babylon City Market, Arabic is the common language. Food is the common culture. Though it’s an Iraqi-owned store designed for the local Iraqi community—the first of its kind in Sacramento— Babylon City Market has drawn loyal followers from other Middle Eastern countries as well. English-speakers are welcome too, of course. The full-scale market holds aisles of imported goods— spices, candies, cookies, nuts, pickles, rose water, Persian ice cream—as well as produce, cookware, a halal meat counter, hot food counter and bakery. There’s a small dining area, adorned with Middle Eastern art, and a corner filled with scarves, jewelry and traditional garb. The biggest pull? Warm, pillowy, diamondshaped loaves of samoon. Babylon City Market bakes the Iraqi flatbread fresh daily. On weekends, the place is swarmed with elbowing samoon-lovers, hoping to carry a bag straight home from the oven. Weekdays are a bit more peaceful. You can watch mounds of dough puff up and turn golden brown in the large, open oven before getting tossed into a pile of bread—a pile of bread!—to eventually become shawarma sandwiches. Loaves get sliced open and stuffed with succulent meat just carved off the vertical spit, lots of housemade pickles, hummus and garlic sauce. They’re intensely juicy—with a great tang from the pickles—unlike so many dry shawarmas around Sacramento. The falafel sandwich, with perfectly crispy chickpea balls, is a remarkable value at $2.99. Nabil Kudsi owns Babylon City Market with his wife, Auns Shalal. They moved from Baghdad to Sacramento as political refugees in 2008. At the time, there was no place to buy goods that reminded Kudsi of home. “We missed the bread of course, and the kebab and these things,” he says. “We just missed the familiar, all around.” Kudsi opened the market in 2011, bringing the familiar to his growing community. In 2012, there were more than 2,000 Iraqi refugees in Sacramento, according to a survey by the nonprofit Opening Doors. Kudsi estimates maybe half of his customers are from Iraq, with a hefty portion from Afghanistan and Iran as well. At the market, those divisions don’t really matter. Everyone is there for the same delicious reasons: warm bread, hearty sandwiches and flame-kissed kebabs. Ω Freshly baked bread, all day every day at Babylon City Market.

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Best reason to cook for yourself Mei Mei Noodle Factory It can be tempting to drive to your favorite South Sacramento restaurant anytime you have a handmade noodle craving. But damn it, you should use your kitchen and actually cook once in a while. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you roll your own noodles. Hit up Mei Mei Noodle Factory instead. Find noodles for stir-fries or big bowls of udon alike—just $1.19 per pound and way better than even the fresh noodles you see at most Asian grocery stores. Need another endorsement? Just ask the chefs over at Mother. 1710 10th Street, (916) 448-2938. J.B.

Best Russian cheese selection Berezka Market Tiny Berezka is tucked away in a tired, nondescript strip mall that most folks can’t even see when driving down Sacramento Avenue. Although the market carries some of the best chocolates from Russia and other specialty goods, the cheese is the real lure. That’s in part because—unless you’re already a Russian cheese expert—you never know what you’re buying until you’ve had a taste. Due to language barriers, Berezka employees describe the store’s many varieties of cheese the same way: “Russian cheese.” Luckily, you can sample until you find the right one—and then buy by the pound. 958 Sacramento Avenue in West Sacramento, (916) 374-8834. E.J.

Best morning tiramisu Dianda’s Italian Bakery and Cafe Tiramisu is the undisputed king of Italian desserts—don’t even try to argue here—and like carrot cake, it passes as a substantial breakfast item if you’re willing to lie to yourself a little. Dianda’s Italian Bakery & Cafe crafts not only one of the best slices of ’misu in the area, but grabbing one is easily done for Fair Oaks-dwellers on a timecrunched commute to the office. Dianda’s take is perfectly portioned, not overly sweet and a steal at only $3.75 a slice. 10131 Fair Oaks

Best local pizza you shouldn’t ever forget Luigi’s Pizza Parlor We screwed up. Last year, SN&R published a cover story ranking the best pizzas in the region—and we straight forgot Luigi’s in south Oak Park! Maybe it’s the location (too off the grid), or maybe it’s Luigi’s commitment to classic pies (too old school). Anyway, I personally felt like a dumb dog for neglecting to include Luigi’s in the region’s top 10—it absolutely is—and started frequenting the pizzeria again this summer after softball games. Memories: that Luigi’s House pie, what with its trio of meats, dipped in ranch dressing. If that’s not true Sacto, then I don’t know what is. Special shout out to Celso Brida, the boss at Luigi’s, who left this world in March. Rest in peace, sir. 3800 Stockton Boulevard, www.luigis pizzaonline.com. N.M.

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Best buffet for dinner Pooja Indian Grill Here’s why Indian buffets aren’t always ideal: they’re only at lunch and the naan usually dries out. Pooja Indian Grill—already a purveyor of some of the finest Indian food in the area— solves both of those issues. The restaurant started offering dinner buffets on Friday and Saturday nights for about $16, and the naan is made-to-order for each table. Absolutely brilliant. On a recent evening, there was crispy fish pakora, lamb that slid off the bone, thick saag paneer, aromatic goat curry and a wide selection of Indian desserts for ecstatic overeating. 1223 Merkley Avenue in West Sacramento, (916) 375-8906, http://poojaindiangrill.com. J.B.

Best love-filled bowl of menudo Alonzo’s Coffee Shop In order to properly dress a bowl of tripe-filled menudo, you must have lemon wedges, diced onions and oregano. Wanda Alonzo, owner of Alonzo’s Coffee Shop, personally sees to it that each customer receives all the fixings that make this hearty, Mexican breakfast soup so enjoyable. The recipes at this family owned and operated restaurant are more than 40 years old, belonging to Wanda’s husband, Jesus. He died 13 years ago, but Wanda and her son, Samuel, continue to keep his spirit alive via their wonderful homemade food. 5649 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 453-9225. S.R.

Best nighttime wake-up call de Vere’s Irish Pub Sometime you want to catch a buzz, but you don’t want to be sleepy at the same time—and you’re way past drinking vodka-Red Bulls. Enter the Irish coffee—and no one in town does it better than de Vere’s. They mix Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and coffee, which makes for a warming, bittersweet drink. It’s then topped off with very sweet, thick, fresh whipped cream, which contrasts well with the whiskey-coffee blend. They are a little steep at $8—and on the small side—but they are absolutely delicious. 1521 L Street;

You’re way past drinking vodka Red Bulls. Best vegetarian food for omnivores Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant It seems like every couple these days has one omnivore and one vegetarian. Unfortunately, the latter tends to miss out on the best dishes at most local restaurants. Not so at Abyssinia. The tofu awaze tibs are extremely tasty, with a wonderful texture and seemingly perfect blend of chili, garlic and onions. Or try one of the menu’s many different wot-style dishes, a sort of stew with special spices and loads of clarified butter. Omnivores and vegetarians alike will leave plenty satisfied. 346 Fulton Avenue, (916) 481-1580, www.abyssiniaethiopian restaurantsacramento.com. E.J.

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Best surprise soda aisle La Superior Hillsdale Venturing into this particular La Superior leaves you inundated with the smells from the adjacent taqueria and with more primary colors than the Gobstopper wing of the Willy Wonka Factory. But venture you must, because an entire aisle is dedicated to bottled soft drinks—the majority made with real sugar instead of nasty high fructose corn syrup. Domestic brands like Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper sit cozy next to Latin American brands like Jarritos and Inca Kola. 5731 Hillsdale Boulevard, (916) 332-6200, www.lasuperior mercados.com. J.C.

Best pupusas La Hacienda Mexican & Salvadorian Restaurant Hiding in a sad, decrepit-looking shopping center are some of the best pupusas around. For the uninitiated, pupusas are a traditional Salvadorean dish that fuses a special, thick cornmeal dough—also known as masa de maiz—with just about any filling you desire. The most popular is the cheese pupusa made with fresh, soft quesillo that oozes out of the center—but the seasoned chicken and refried bean varieties are excellent too. La Hacienda’s offerings change regularly—at just $2.50 per pupusa, come often, come hungry and try them all. 3315 Northgate Boulevard, Suite 9, in Natomas; (916) 921-1282. E.J.

Best reason to say “put an egg on it” Hankook Tofu House I adore runny eggs and put them on just about everything: salads, pastas, sandwiches, you name it. Hankook Tofu House is all over the egg game already. The Korean restaurant specializes in tofu soup: bubbling red broth, intense spice, silky tofu and—if you ask nicely—an egg on the side. Your server will crack it in, and then you can gently push the yolk underneath the kimchi, mussels or whatever else you have in there. You’ll sip and savor the soup—momentarily forgetting about

the egg altogether—and just as you think the meal is ending, you’ll meet your rich, yolky reward. 9521 Folsom Boulevard, Suite A; (916) 364-1950. J.B

Best sausage from a true meister Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen In Germany, you can’t just open up a sausage shop and expect everything to be gravy. You have to earn that right through rigorous education and a certification process that proves that you are, in fact, a sausage meister. We should also have such high regard for tubed meats in the United States, but until we reach that enlightened state, we have Morant’s, run by certified meister Dirk Müller. Free yourselves from the shackles of bastardized brats in the name of the real thing. 5001 Franklin Boulevard,

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3. Kelly Hogge

Magpie Cafe, 1601 16th Street, (916) 452-7594, www.magpiecafe.com

2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, https://thered rabbit.net

3. Ella Dining Room & Bar

1131 K Street, (916) 443-3772, www.elladiningroom andbar.com

1. Burgers and Brew

various locations, www.thesqueeze inn.com

2. Baker’s Donuts

5880 Florin Road, (916) 392-8466

3. 16th Street Donuts 1601 F Street, (916) 443-6689

Best dumplings Best coffee 1. Temple Coffee

various locations, www.temple coffee.com

2. Old Soul Co.

various locations, www.oldsoulco.com

3. Insight Coffee Roasters

various locations, www.insightcoffee.com

2. The Hideaway Bar & Grill

2. Dim Sum House 2631 Broadway, (916) 456-6688

3. New Canton Restaurant

2523 Broadway, (916) 739-8888

CW:

2565 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 455-1331, www.facebook.com/ sactohideaway

3. Pre Flite Lounge 1011 10th Street, (916) 441-7963, http://preflite lounge.com

1. Frank Fat’s

806 L Street, (916) 442-7092, www.fats restaurants.com

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1928 L Street, (916) 447-0792

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3. Squeeze Inn

2950 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 444-5245

1. Mercantile Saloon

Closing Date: 8.12.15

319 Sixth Street in West Sacramento, (916) 372-2436; 1820 L Street, (916) 469-9720; www.broderick 1893.com

1. Marie’s Donuts

Best dive bar

Job/Order #: 276431 QC: sgm

2. Broderick Roadhouse

Best doughnut shop

Brand: Brewery Tour Item #:PBT2015447

various locations, www.burgers brew.com

QC:

Best burger

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

Live: 3.65x10.25

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

2. The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

CD:

3. Fox & Goose

2. Billy Ngo

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

AD:

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

1. Shady Lady Saloon

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

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1. Matt Masera

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

Best cocktails

MUST INITIAL FOR APPROVAL

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Best frozen treats 1. Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop

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

2. The Parlor Ice Cream Puffs

2620 Fair Oaks Boulevard, (916) 977-3997, www.theparlor icecream.square space.com

3. Leatherby’s Family Creamery

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

Best Indian 1. Bombay Bar and Grill

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

2. Kathmandu Kitchen

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

Best food truck 1. Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen

(916) 502-0474, www.drewskis.com

2. Chando’s Tacos http://chandos tacos.com

3. Krush Burger www.krush burger.com

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The Hideway Bar & Grill: not too divey for umbrella drinks.

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Best Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern 1. Opa! Opa!

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

2. Petra Greek

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

3. Cafe Morocco

1221 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 731-4637

Best Mexican 1. Tres Hermanas

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

2. Zocalo

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

3. Ernesto’s Mexican Food

1901 16th Street, (916) 441-5850, http://ernestos mexicanfood.com

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Best new restaurant 1. Federalist Public House

2009 Matsui Alley, (916) 661-6134, http://federalist publichouse.com

2. South

2005 11th Street, (916) 382-9722, www.weheartfried chicken.com

3. Iron Horse Tavern 1800 15th Street, (916) 448-4488, http://ironhorse tavern.net

Best pho 1. Pho Bac Hoa Viet

3110 Bradshaw Road, (916) 361-3888; 602 E. Bidwell Street in Folsom; (916) 817-8588; www.phobachoa viet.com

2. Star Ginger Asian Grill & Noodle Bar

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

3. Pho Xe Lua

5331 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 451-8838

Best outdoor patio 1. Tower Cafe

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

2. LowBrau

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

3. Paragary’s

1401 28th Street, (916) 457-5737, www.paragarys.com

Best pizza

Best place for late-night eats 1. Burgers and Brew various locations, www.burgers brew.com

2. Chicago Fire

various locations, www.chicagofire.com

3. Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza

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

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3. Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant

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

Best place for something sweet 1. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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

2. Rick’s Dessert Diner

2401 J Street, (916) 444-0969, www.ricksdessert diner.com

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916.440.9611 • www.AdamosKitchen.com

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Tan’s

China Bistro

501 Broadway (at 5th st.)

916.448.3577

3. Freeport Bakery 2966 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 442-4256, www.freeport bakery.com

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

3. Willie’s Burgers 2415 16th Street, (916) 444-2006, www.willies burgers.com

1. Hot Italian

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

Homemade

Best place to get a beer 1. LowBrau

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

2. Pangaea Bier Cafe

Best place for meat-free eats 1. Mother

1023 K Street, (916) 594-9812, www.mother sacramento.com

2. Sunflower Drive In

10344 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks, (916) 967-4331, www.sunflower naturalrestaurant.com

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

3. Burgers and Brew various locations, www.burgers brew.com

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Best spot for happy hour

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Best tacos

1. Shady Lady Saloon

1. Chando’s Tacos

2. Ella Dining Room & Bar

2. Taqueria Jalisco

3. The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar

3. La Fiesta Taqueria

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

1131 K Street, (916) 443-3772, www.elladiningroomandbar.com

2718 J Street, (916) 706-2275, https://theredrabbit.net

various locations, www.chandostacos.com

330 16th Street, (916) 446-4834

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

best Best spot for sandwiches

PATIO

1. The Sandwich Spot

1. Thai Basil

2. Roxie Deli & Barbeque

2. The Coconut Midtown

various locations, www.thesandwichspot.com

best place to get a

BEER

3340 C Street, (916) 443-5402; 1800 15th Street, (916) 447-6943; http://roxiedeli.com

3. Dad’s Sandwiches

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

Best sushi 1. Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

best

various locations, www.mikunisushi.com

OPEN MIC live music every Fri & Sat

2. Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

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Best Thai

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

3. Lou’s Sushi

2801 P Street, (916) 451-4700, www.lousushi.com

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

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

3. Thai Canteen

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

Best juice 1. Sun & Soil Juice Company

1912 P Street, (916) 341-0327, http://sunandsoiljuice.com

2. Liquidology

4601 H Street, (916) 970-5102, http://liquidologybar.com

3. Cap City Squeeze Juice Bar

1426 14th Street, (916) 389-0369, http://capcitysqueeze.com


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Customer Appreciation Party Thurs, Sep 17

Plant Sales & Rentals

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Containers

Art & Antiques

5 - 7:30 pm

Fun Good Things to Eat Prizes

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Ace of SpAdeS Saturday, September 19

Monday, SepteMber 21

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

All Ages Welcome!

Wednesday, september 23

Friday, September 25

SNARKY PUPPY Saturday, September 26

sunday, october 4

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Thursday, OcTOber 8

saturday, october 10

thursday, october 15

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Joe Nichols sunday, october 11

tuesday, october 13

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Buckcherry The Airborne Toxic Event Mastodon Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls Common Kings Girls With Guitars Creative Collab Tour Feat. Matthew Espinosa For Today Superjoint Ritual Parkway Drive Dave Davies Of The Kinks Machine Head The AP Tour feat. Mayday Parade Mayhem/Watian Yellowcard & New Found Glory The Charlatans Pepper Blind Guardian blessthefall Misfits Public Image Limited (PiL) Reverend Horton Heat


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Get on the open-mic at Sol Collective.

Best hub for art that matters by Anthony Siino

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Sol ColleCtive If you’re looking for the best spot to learn how to design your own prints, Sol Collective is likely it. What about the best education in how to create your own music and promote it? Sol Collective. How about the best organization for looking at rad art while getting a few history lessons in the process? Sol Collective again. We could do this all day.

Pinning down the collective’s greatest strength might seem difficult, what with the sheer volume of services offered by the organization. But truly, Sol Collective is the best at one thing: giving the members of our incredibly diverse community the tools, space and encouragement needed to pursue whatever it is that keeps the people vibrant.

But how is it that they’re able to organize and present so many different ways to engage with the community? That’s simple enough, says founder and executive director Estella Sanchez. It’s because everything is put together by community members who are looking to share what they have. “Because we are a collective, there’s a wealth of knowledge, so we have a space

for those who want to share that skill and knowledge with others,” Sanchez said. That pooled knowledge is the backbone of offerings such as the Curanderismo workshops on traditional and practical health care, as well as the stable of music makers, producers and promoters known as Sol Life—that’s

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Launch a dance, dance spiritual revolution at Fenix Drum and Dance Company.

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“We had grown up hearing about the legacy of art culture and activism in Sacramento. There’s a very rich history and legacy here,” Sanchez says. The generational aspect is also important— Sanchez worked in youth programming before founding Sol Collective 10 years ago, and her reverence for Chicano activism inspires her to help others remember their forebears while forging their own paths. “We do have a lot of amazing young people in our community that we really love and appreciate, and that we really try to mentor,” Sanchez says. “And often times, they mentor us and give more to Ω us than we give to them.” Sol Collective is located at 2574 21st Street. Learn more at www.solcollective.org.


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While the Fenix Drum and Dance Company often performs live, it also teaches some wonderful classes that mix the traditions of the Caribbean with styles from West Africa and the Congo. Starting at $45 a month, you can attend one class per week and learn how to not embarrass yourself at the next hippie drum circle you encounter at a music festival. Don’t know where the one count starts or what a repeating four-bar refrain means? Doesn’t matter. An open mind and a pair of hands is all you need to get started on some cool African instruments. 2110 Del Paso Boulevard, www.fenixdrumanddance.com. E.J.

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GALLERY • LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS • CUSTOM ARTWORK • GROUP CLASSES PRIVATE CLASSES • TEAM BUILDING & CORPORATE EVENTS

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Because most of us can’t afford $260* per day… That’s the average daily cost of a nursing home in California, an expense very few can afford. Compare that to as little as $3 a day that a 45-year-old would pay for CalPERS Long-Term Care coverage. You may think long-term care coverage today is something you just can’t afford, but it may cost even more tomorrow. * State of California, 2014

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BEST SELFIEREADY MURAL


Capture your artistic side in front of Jose Di Gregorio’s “Everything Went Black” selfie-ready mural.

If you search #WarehouseArtistLofts on Instagram now, you’ll scan through photos and photos and photos of unique works of art completed in the artist corridors. But earlier, when WAL first opened, most shots were of Jose Di Gregorio’s “Everything Went Black.” More specifically, of people posing in front of Di Gregorio’s “Everything Went Black.” The striking blend of colorful celestial imagery and Di Gregorio’s signature geometric patterns—plus the sheer wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling magnitude of the lobby mural—leaves you in a state of awe. And then, of course, you want to snap a selfie and show your friends. 1108 R Street, www.josedigregorio.com. J.B.

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Best does-it-all artistic spirit The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex Housed in a 1920s-era sheet metal building, the Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex has been a hub of creativity in Oak Park since 1993. The charming brick exterior houses a gallery as well as artists’ studios and space for performances, classes and group activities. Whether it’s poetry or book readings, exhibitions, live music or meetups, the Brickhouse fosters an eclectic spirit, vibrant creativity and a do-anything vibe. 2837 36th Street, (916) 475-1240, http://thebrickhouseartgallery.com. R.L.

Best music therapy Sacramento Taiko Dan Jumping around, banging on thunderous drums and getting all sweaty—that’s a form of meditation, right? It is if you’re a taiko drummer. The modern style of taiko drumming started in Japan after World War II and quickly spread around the world. The Sacramento Taiko Dan is one of the best groups around—and not just because it has the biggest taiko drum in North America, at six feet tall and 800 pounds. If you think meditating is boring, but you still need a way to calm your mind, go take a class so you can get loud and sweaty while seeking inner peace. 2121 Blumenfeld Drive, (916) 444-5667, www.sactaiko.com. N.B.

blessing to see an owner of a club be so supportive. [Gabi Garcia] backs everything we do and exhausts all her resources so it succeeds. … Blue Lamp is one of the best venues I’ve ever thrown shows at. It has the warm family vibe to it and they honestly care about their customers.” 1400 Alhambra Boulevard,

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Best roving theater troupe The Alternative Arts Collective Since a devastating fire uprooted it last year, the local performing and visual arts hub has relied on the kindness of stranger stages to put on its bold reinterpretations of Shakespeare classics. Last month, Carmichael’s Chautauqua Playhouse lent its hardwood so TAAC could present a heavily altered adaptation of the bard’s Macbeth, featuring gender-blind casting and a harderto-kill Lady MacBeth, among other changes. As director David Blue Garrison said at the time, “This is beneficial for both companies, and we hope to explore similar collaborations with other groups while we search for a new theater of our own.” All the world’s a stage, indeed.

Steven Wright THU, SEP 17 • 8PM

Best known for his deadpan delivery and wry observational humor, comedian Steven Wright is a pivotal figure in contemporary comedy.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis MON, SEP 21 • 8PM Led by consummate trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and comprised of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been hailed as “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune.

www.facebook.com/thealternativearts collective. RFH

Best Latin culture educator Latino Center of Art and Culture

Best hip-hop that don’t stop Blue Lamp Unlike some places we won’t mention, this Midtown music venue didn’t turn its back on live hip-hop immediately after that unfortunate shooting outside of a local Nipsey Hussle concert in February. Indeed, artists from the 916 have long considered Blue Lamp the place to keep it real. We asked David Crosby, host of the GRIND hiphop showcase, to weigh in: “It’s a

Don’t get confused: After 40 years, La Raza Galeria Posada recently changed its to the Latino Center of Art and Culture. That decision was partly to invite all cultures to celebrate Latin heritage, regardless of speaking Spanish. The organization continues to educate the community about Latin and Chicano culture through art, music and festivals. One of those fabulous festivals is its annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, which transforms the corner of

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COMING SOON 9/19 Steelin’ Dan 9/22 Mr. Vegas 9/25 Papa’s Culture 9/26 Cream of Clapton 9/26 Saved by the 90s 9/27 2015 Sac Blues HOF 10/2 Jason Wright & Sara Maria 10/2 Mustache Harbor 10/3 Petty Theft 10/04 George Kahumoku Jr. 10/09 Civil Twilight 10/10 Joni Morris – Patsy Cline Tribute 10/10 Duran Duran Duran 10/16 Wonderbread 5 10/21 Sir Mix-A-Lot 10/22 Luna 10/23 Sorta Like Heaven 10/24 Foreverland 10/30 The Cheeseballs 10/31 Noah Gundersen 10/31 Matt Pond PA 11/01 Matalachi 11/05 Diego’s Umbrella 11/07 Jeff Daniels 11/07 Some Fear None 11/08 In The Valley Below 11/11 Pimps Of Joytime/Con Brio 11/14 Gardens & Villa 12/7 The Dandy Warhols 12/8 The 1 Guy Food now served during most shows. Call 916-441-4693 for dinner reservations.


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Best art show benefiting sexual assault survivors Art with a Heart Art with a Heart annually showcases work by local artists, but there’s a twist: many of the artists are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking. All proceeds benefit My Sister’s House, the only nonprofit in the area to provide culturally relevant services specific to the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander survivors. That includes a six-bed shelter and program focusing on economic independence. This year’s fundraiser just passed, but you can still catch a full survivor art show on the Sacramento State campus slated for early fall. www.my-sisters-house.org. B.P.

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Best accidental gallery Son of a Bean Since opening last year, the coffeehouse has been democratic about letting local artists display their works, as long as there’s wall space to accommodate them. By steady evolution, the eclectic décor has come to reflect the diverse talents of the community, from Mexico City native Raul Mejia’s large acrylic provocations to Julie Okahara’s vivid ink imaginings and mixed-media paintings. Owner Michael A. Chaves, a part-time photographer, recently bought one of the pieces himself and is considering making room for the metal sculptures of a cop’s brother. He also just booked his first jazz musician, completing his monopoly of the senses. 1029 Del Paso Boulevard, (916) 274-4953, www.facebook.com/ sonofabean13. RFH

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Best off-the-grid nightlife A Toucha Class You don’t get this kind of charm, soul and variety at a Midtown bar. On Friday, dancers descend onto A Toucha Class for a live deejay spinning old-school R&B and hip-hop. During the week, happy hour cocktails are served from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. while pool games crack in the background. The kitchen dishes out hot wings, catfish nuggets and chicken sandwiches while the bartenders pour with genuine friendliness. Don’t forget extra entertainment bonuses, such as comedy nights for both local and traveling talents, and open-mic poetry sessions. Get off the grid and become one with the regulars at A Toucha Class. 4217 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 451-1786, www.facebook.com/ playmakersatouchaclass. S.R.

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Best dance spot

Best film festival

1. The Press Club

1. Sacramento International Film Festival

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

2. Faces

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

3. Badlands

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

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2. Sacramento Film & Music Festival www.sacfilm.com

3. Sacramento French Film Festival www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org

Best gay club Best festival 1. TBD Fest

www.tbdfest.com

2. Sacramento Beer Week

www.sacramentobeerweek.com

3. California State Fair www.castatefair.org

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

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

3. Badlands

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

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Enjoy a summer filled with art, music, and film. The Crocker brings you special exhibitions and programs inspired by the beauty and power of the sea. 216 O Street • Downtown Sacramento 916.808.7000 • crockerartmuseum.org    |  Promised   |   57 Left: David Ligare, Penelope (detail), 1980. Oil on canvas, 40 x 48 inches. Crocker Art Museum, gift of  David Ligare and Gary Smith. Right: Armin Hansen, Salmon Trawlers (detail), 1918. Oil on canvas, 47 x 53 in. Monterey Museum of Art. Gift of Jane and Justin Dart.

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Best karaoke 1. The Distillery

2107 L Street, (916) 443-8815

2. Pine Cove Tavern

509 29th Street, (916) 446-3624, www.pinecovetavern.com

3. Old Ironsides

1901 10th Street, (916) 443-9751, http://theoldironsides.com

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SAT & SUN 11 AM-4 PM AMADOR COUNTY, CA

1. Country Club Lanes

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

2. Capitol Bowl

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

3. Strikes Unlimited

Best live music venue

5681 Lonetree Boulevard in Rocklin, (916) 626-3600, www.strikesrocklin.com

1. Ace of Spades

1417 R Street, (916) 930-0220, www.aceofspadessac.com

2. Harlow’s

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

3. Blue Lamp

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

Best place to see art 1. Crocker Art Museum

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

2. Sol Collective

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

3. Verge Center for the Arts

Best open-mic night

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

1. Capitol Garage

1500 K Street, (916) 444-3633, www.capitolgarage.com

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

3. Old Ironsides

1901 10th Street, (916) 443-9751, http://theoldironsides.com

Best professional theater company 1. B Street Theatre

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

2. Sacramento Theatre Company 1419 H Street, (916) 443-6722, www.sactheatre.org

3. Capital Stage

Best place to hear poetry

Tickets

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

2015

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

2. Sacramento Poetry Center

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

3. Red Alice’s Poetry Emporium

Best reading or lecture series

SATURDAY / SUNDAY (weekend) $40 online / $45 day of event

1. Sacramento’s Living Library, Time Tested Books

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

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

3. Stories on Stage, Sacramento Poetry Center

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Best recording studio 1. Omina Laboratories

1908 16th Street, (916) 284-7770, www.ominamusic.com

2. Fat Cat Recording

5720 Roseville Road, Suite K; (916) 334-9600; www.fatcatrecording.com

3. Alley Katz

2019 O Street, (916) 442-2682, http://alleykatzsacramento.com

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Best strip club 1. Gold Club Centerfolds

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

3. City Limits Showgirls

5809 Auburn Boulevard, (916) 344-8118

Best trivia night 1521 L Street, (916) 231-9947, www.deverespub.com

1. Blue Cue

2. Alley Katz

1004 28th Street, (916) 441-6810, http://bluecue.com

2019 O Street, (916) 442-2682, http://alleykatzsacramento.com

2. R15 Bar

3. Streets Pub and Grub

1431 R Street, (916) 930-9191, http://r15bar.com

UNIVERSITY UNION BALLROOM

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

1. de Vere’s Irish Pub

Best spot for pool

THU • SEPT 17 , 2015 • 7:30 PM

2. Déjà Vu Showgirls

3. Earth Tone

411 18th Street, (916) 759-9554, www.earthtonesacramento.com

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1804 J Street, (916) 498-1388, www.streetsoflondon.net

Q&A IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LECTURE, MODERATED BY COURTNEY JOSLIN, PROFESSOR, UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF LAW FREE PARKING ON THE TOP FLOOR OF PARKING STRUCTURE III AFTER 6:30PM IN SUPPORT OF HORNET WOW AND CONSTITUTION & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT WEEK For more info and to request accommodations (at least 5 business days before the event), Please Call (916) 278-6997 or visit www.SacStateUNIQUE.com. THIS EVENT IS AT SAC STATE.

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In some ways it started, simply, with a tube of lipstick. Kachet Jackson-Henderson was just out of college, very broke and a little bit depressed. Then the future fashion blogger-stylist found a box of her mother’s old MAC makeup containers and decided to trade them in—taking advantage of the company’s recycling program—for a new product. A saleswoman suggested she try the line’s Dubonnet shade. The color was a bold red and Jackson-Henderson found herself amazed at the way it instantly brightened her complexion. It also gave her a much-needed shot of confidence. “It literally changed my life,” she says now. Fast-forward to today and the Sacramento native, who eventually landed that first job and spent time working at various San Francisco and Sacramento-based organizations, now has several years in advertising and public relations under her very fashionable belt. These days she blogs about fashion at The Lipstick Giraffe (thelipstick giraffe.com) and juggles a growing roster of stylist duties with ongoing stints at local boutiques, as well as Macy’s and Old Navy, and appearances on local shows such as Good Day Sacramento. The blog name pairs her favorite makeup with a nod to her 5-foot-9-inch stature. Entries cover topics such as “state fair style” and “5 Things My Grandma Taught Me”—one of which is, incidentally, “Don’t leave the house without lipstick.” “My mother and grandmother were very fashionable. The kid comes by it honest,” she says with a laugh, recalling childhood and teenage-era outfits that featured the likes of frilly ankle socks and lace and copious bows. She also found inspiration in local fashion bloggers such as Bows & Sparrows’ Erin Sierchio and Citizen Rosebud’s Bella. “I was always looking up to those girls,” she says. Jackson-Henderson says her real love, however, is her boots-on-theground stylist work. Once, she remembers being dispatched to a blogger event at Old Navy’s flagship store in San Francisco. There, other writers seemed bored, annoyed even, with having to interact with shoppers. “I was like, ‘No, it’s an honor to be here—go help that person find a jacket,’” she says. Jackson-Henderson’s own style is simple. One of her favorite outfits of late is a basic A-line shift, a “blank canvas” that can be dressed up or down depending on the mood or occasion. Style, she says, isn’t so much about trends but rather figuring out what makes a person look good and, more importantly, feel good. Anything, she says, is game. Well, almost. “I don’t do crop tops,” she says. “And I’m so damn tired of the maxi dress. Put that dress down.” Soon, more people may be taking Jackson-Henderson’s commands. The 28-year-old envisions herself as one-woman brand à la Gwyneth Paltrow, whose weekly Goop site covers the likes of luxury sheets, crab feed recipes and pricy skincare lines. The goal is to snag more styling gigs, she says. Perhaps the blog work will parlay into a book deal or endorsements. Unlike Paltrow, however, Jackson-Henderson says she aims to keep the focus aimed squarely on fashion—and to prove that anyone can look great, even without a celebrity budget. “I just want to help people be their best selves,” she says. “You don’t have to break the bank.” Ω

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Best floor decor Mansour’s Oriental Rug Gallery Think of Mansour Yaghoubian not as a simple rug merchant, but as an Indiana Jones-style globe-trotter with very niche tastes. Yaghoubian has trekked to India, Pakistan, China, Iran, Turkey and other distant lands in search of the handwoven textiles that make it back to his two showroom galleries in Sacramento and Roseville. What makes a high-quality Persian or Oriental rug, according to Mansour? Between 150 and 400 knots per square inch of fine wool, silk or cotton is his standard. But the third-generation fine-rug enthusiast also reads the fabric for signs of tradition. Seeing as Yaghoubian boasts more than 8,000 contemporary and antique rugs at his two stores—including some palace-sized pieces in various geometric shapes—it looks like that tradition lives on.

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Best South Sac store not in South Sac Asian Food Center Usually if we’re on the hunt for mega-cheap tofu, fresh fish and produce, and adorable tchotchkes, it requires a trip to South Sacramento. But if you’re short on time and closer to the central city, consider the Asian Food Center. This spacious corner store is stocked with towering shelves of noodles, canned goods, cookies and fresh produce, including the colorful “Red Hairy Fruit,” a member of the lychee family. Best of all, we love the supercute toys—So many cartoon pandas! So much Hello Kitty!—as well as the stacks of tissue-thin decorative paper and other pretty stationary treats. 1301 Broadway, (916) 448-4397. R.L.

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Have you heard the ethnic stereotype that all Italians are snazzy dressers? “They call it sprezzatura, or ‘studied carelessness,’” says Ryan Douglas, head honcho at R Douglas, the debonair custom tailor shop in Midtown. “Looking sharp without trying. We can have you looking like you just got back from the Pitti Uomo.” But you don’t have to take his word. Just ask clients Vlade Divac, Chris Granger and UFC fighter T.J. Dillashaw, whose drastically different torsos have all been measured for suits. Even if you don’t go that route, there are other sartorial temptations to browse. “Italians always rock a pocket square,” Douglas says. Finally, a stereotype we can get behind. 1020 12th Street, Suite 112;

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Best page of antiquity Craigslist Sacramento’s antiques page Halcyon treasures combine with entertaining misspellings (and some generous estimates) when Sacramentans sell their old junk—pardon, antiques on Craigslist. Someone in Rocklin was selling a World War II-era replica Navy diving helmet—one of those copper and brass numbers that should be worn only by scuba-diving

aliens—for $500. An antique baby buggy went for $845 in Elk Grove. And a Greenhaven seller priced a vintage “rot iron” patio set at $300. The curly spokes in the backs of the indigo chairs looked like they were breathed to life by Alice’s smoking caterpillar. If you’ve got the scratch, you can decorate your castle like an Ed Wood movie set. http://sacramento. craigslist.org/search/ata. RFH

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

Best home furnishings 1. Scout Living

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

Best barber shop 1. Jimmy’s Barber Garage 1017 24th Street, (916) 662-7695, www.jimmysbarber garage.com

2. Anthony’s Barber Shop

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

3. Barber Blues

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

Best boutique 1. Cuffs

2523 J Street, Suite 101; (916) 443-2881; www.shopcuffs.com

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2. Three Women and an Armoire

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

3. 57th Street Antique Row

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

Best place to buy sexy-time stuff 1. G-Spot

2009 K Street, (916) 441-3200

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3. Suzie’s

4177 Florin Road, (916) 429-8480; 5138 Auburn Boulevard, (916) 332-1051

Best place to buy supplies for your animal friends 1. Western Feed & Pet Supply

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

2. Incredible Pets

various locations, www.incredpets.com

3. Bradshaw Feed & Pet Supply

7285 Bradshaw Road, (916) 369-8225

Best place to buy tchotchkes 1. Evangeline’s

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

2. Mixed Bag

2405 K Street, (916) 447-6123

3. Sakura Gifts From Japan

2223 10th Street, (916) 443-8380, http://sakuragifts fromjapan.com

Best place to buy vintage 1. FreeStyle Clothing Exchange various locations, www.freestyle clothing.com

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2311 S Street, Suite 2; (916) 554-8845; www.bicycle repairium.com

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

2. River City Tattoo

1028 Second Street, (916) 448-1212, www.rivercitytattoo.net

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

Best place to get pampered 1. Sleek Wax Bar

1050 20th Street, Suite 170; (916) 256-2991; http://sleekwaxbar.com

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I am never going to be sevenfeet tall, and I will never block a single shot in a NBA play. What I do have is a voice. I have a voic e so loud that I can order my lunch across Sleep Train Arena. So after long nights wondering what I could do to help my Kings win, it came to me like a flash: star t a â&#x20AC;&#x153;verbal defenseâ&#x20AC;? I am writing chants for the best player on each opposing team this year. I will hand out pa-

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Best place to get your hair done 1. The Colour Bar

5539 H Street, Suite 70; (916) 583-8574; www.thecolourbar.me

2. Deeda Salon

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

3. AJF Salon

1515 Sports Drive, (916) 446-2940, www.ajfsalon.com

Best place to get your nails painted 1. The Pedicure Lounge 2416 18th Street, (916) 444-2590, www.thepedicure lounge.net

2. Happy Day Spa

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

3. Picasso Spa & Nails 1485 Eureka Road, Suite G-110; (916) 782-0898

Best place to put a ring on it 1. Sharif Jewelers

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

2. Shane Co.

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

2580 Fair Oaks Boulevard, (916) 487-7853; 330 Palladio Parkway, Suite 2025 in Folsom; (916) 293-9290; http://grebitus.com

Best place to stock your bookshelves 1. Beers Books

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

2. Dimple Books

2499 Arden Way, (916) 239-3760

3. Time Tested Books 1114 21st Street, (916) 447-5696, www.timetested books.net

Best record store 1. Dimple Records

various locations, www.dimple.com

2. Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage / MediumRare Records & Collectibles

1104 R Street, Suite 140; (916) 706-0536; www.kicksvilleshop.com; www.digmusic.com

3. Phono Select

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

Best tattoo shop 1. Reclamare Gallery & Custom Tattoo

2737 Riverside Boulevard, (916) 760-7461, www.reclamareart.com

2. Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor

2101 P Street, (916) 448-1979, www.royalpeacock tattoo.com

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

Best thrift store 1. Thrift Town Thrift Stores

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

3. Goodwill

various locations, www.goodwill.org

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

2. The Vapor Spot

2700 J Street, (916) 321-9590, www.thevaporspot.com

3. Vapour House

1910 Q Street, (916) 396-8052, www.vapourhouse sac.com

Best veterinary hospital/clinic 1. Midtown Animal Hospital

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2. Mueller Pet Medical Center

7625 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 428-9202, www.muellerpmc.com

3. Sacramento Animal Hospital 5701 H Street, (916) 451-7213, www.mysacvet.com

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From left to right: Through activism, Maile Hampton, Berry Accius, Asami Alair Saito and James Lee “Faygo” Clark aim to make Sacramento—and the world at large—a better place to live. PHOTOS OF HAMPTON AND ACCIUS BY SERENE LUSANO. PHOTOS OF SAITO AND CLARK BY DARIN SMITH.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS They reminded us that black lives matter and white privilege is real. They taught schools a civics lesson. And they broke the law by feeding the homeless. Most of all, these Sacramento activists showed up. Rabble-rousing rarely looked so cool—or necessary.

AmeriKKKa … so we can never unite and rise up against this system that was never created for us, the 99%,” Hampton writes. “I’ve learned what to really fight against, I’ve learned to be strategic, and I’ve realized this movement and this struggle, it is my life.”

Name: Maile Hampton Affiliations: Party for Socialism and Liberation, ANSWER Sacramento Why they scare The Man: Hampton’s alleged efforts to save a fellow protester from arrest during a January rally for police accountability got the biracial activist charged with felony “lynching,” and catapulted Hampton to the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement. Hampton has adjusted to the spotlight by shining it back on a wide-ranging number of causes, all of which Hampton believes to be rooted in one green machine. “Capitalism capitalizes off of the working class here in

Name: Berry Accius Affiliations: Voice of the Youth, Valley Hi Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Zone, Incite Insight Why he scares The Man: From his prolific social media output to his street-level activism and classroom lectures, the tireless community organizer knows how to cover an issue. Cases in point: He and his allies helped draw national scrutiny to the prosecution of Hampton and successfully pressed the passage of Proposition 47, a sentencing reform measure. When it comes to fighting for equality, Accius has one tenet: Make

them uncomfortable. “In the times we are now, we need more real,” he says. “I love all those who love me, but I am for my race. And I’m not apologizing for that.” Name: Asami Alair Saito Aliases: Tsunami, Salami, Somms Why she scares The Man: As a Student Advisory Council leader, Saito worked the inside track to transform ethnic studies from an occasional, fringe elective into a codified graduation requirement within the Sacramento City Unified School District. In other words, she helped convince schools to start teaching real history. “The fact that my school and our district did not offer a class that taught my fellow classmates and I anything about our history and culture was upsetting,” says the West Campus High senior. “In order to understand our world today, we must understand what happened before.”

Name: James Lee Clark Alias: Faygo Affiliations: Occupy Sacramento, Community Dinner Project, #crunchnestle alliance, The Anti-Monsanto Project Why he scares The Man: Clark co-organized protests against Nestlé and Monsanto, marched against police brutality and flouted city laws with the Community Dinner Project, which serves homeless people organic meals each week right in front of City Hall. He did all this while living homeless himself, so don’t challenge Clark to a gut check. You will lose. “What I’ve learned is that, in order to really get the public’s attention, you have to be loud, take some risks … and be respectful if they disagree at first,” Clark says. “I also learned that when the people come together and are persistent, we can make serious change!” Ω

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Murrietta showed “great rhythm and coordination,” with Miss Tee describing his transitions from “stanky leg” to “break ya legs” as spot on. Good start!

While she enjoyed the way Murrietta pointed out the kids who were doing “their ‘thang,’” she says most of his movements were soft. “[I] would like to see him graduate to ‘hyphy’ level like some of his young hip-hop cohorts,” she says.

Murrietta did show solid stamina, out-dancing a couple of the kids who tuckered out toward the end. And Miss Tee says the video clip was “super fun to watch, but too brief.” She concludes: “We need more cops who do the ‘Whip’!—meaning the dance.”

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pro tune-up Best (and first) Hmong immersion program Susan B. Anthony Elementary School It’s no secret that Sacramento is home to a large number of Hmong American citizens. To that end, a real gem of an education program is offered to help them maintain their connections to their roots and heritage. The Hmong immersion program steeps students in the language, teaching them to read and write Hmong while easing them into learning English on the 90/10 model: 90 percent Hmong, 10 percent English, with the balance shifting 10 percent to English each year. The program is the first of its kind in California. 7864 Detroit Boulevard, (916) 433-5353, www.scusd.edu/ program/susan-b-anthony-hmongdual-language-program. A.S.

Best Greek ambassador Alexandra Salidas Roll The local baker and Figs & Feta food blogger is the perfect person to give Greek food a new, modern twist. She grew up learning traditional Greek cooking from her mother and grandmother—they hosted feasts for family and friends regularly. But she was born and raised in the states and loves food from all cultures. (One of her favorite ingredients is Sriracha.) She publishes innovative new Greek recipes on her Figs & Feta website, usually after employing her three sons as taste-testers. She started blogging in 2013 and includes recipes for Greek-style s’mores, tuna melts, bread pudding, even spaghetti. More recently, she’s been baking and selling her own line of Greek-style pastries and baklava (including baklava toaster pastries!) on her website, and was a finalist in this year’s Calling All Dreamers competition. http://figsandfeta.com. A.C.

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Best gay bar name that isn’t a gay bar Leatherby’s Family Creamery Look, everyone loves ice cream. Straight people. Gay people. Even Supreme Court justicepeople. That’s why it was disappointing when Sacramento’s premier dessert institution donated $20,000 to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign six years ago. But, as they say, bygones. Prop. 8’s short-lived clampdown on marriage equality was undone by the courts. Months ago, gay marriage became legal throughout the rest of the nation. And ice cream still makes people happy. This may be one of those teachable moments our president talks about: Leatherby’s began as a family business; they just didn’t realize how big their family was. With the culture wars finally starting to thaw, let’s band together around a bowl of rainbow sherbet and sink our spoons in solidarity. After all, how anti-LGBTQ can a proprietor who calls himself “Daddy Dave” really be? 2333 Arden Way, (916) 920-8382; 7910 Antelope Road in Citrus Heights, (916) 729-4021; 8238 Laguna Boulevard in Elk Grove, (916) 691-3334; http://leatherbys. net. RFH

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Kristen DiAngelo The onetime escort shone a much-needed light on the world’s oldest profession when, earlier this year, she asked street sex workers about their lives. The resulting survey proved revelatory, and cemented DiAngelo’s status as an authority on sex work—primarily the unintended consequences of trying to eradicate it. But she’s not all bleeding heart. DiAngelo, who has a degree in finance from Sacramento State, can also elucidate why law enforcement strategies are destined to fail. Here, she explains the flaw in targeting johns: “The problem is we have a double-sided supply and demand model. You have the women that have also a demand, and men that have a supply. So you just knocked out one of the elements, which makes the other element more needy. Their demand increases, the supply decreases, so you have chaos. And then we wonder why it’s not working.” Twitter: @kristendiangelo; www.swopsacramento.org. RFH

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Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Save your breath, Iago. With an African Grey parrot, Amazon parrots and a macaw that dances when visitors sing “B-I-N-G-O,” the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary brings together a wide—and wild—assortment of worldly friends. Better yet, throw that “animal-in-cages” guilt right out the window. The animals have either been rescued or rehabilitated. (And its not just birds: bears, primates, reptiles and mammals all call the zoo home.) Sometimes from owners who bought an animal and couldn’t care for it, other times it’s animals with injuries that would prevent them from surviving in the wild. Either way, it’s the real macaw. 403 Stafford Street in Folsom,

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Best defense of Christmas Museum of Wonder & Delight Remember when Santa Claus was a svelte mortal named Saint Nicholas and no one had to sell laptops on Thanksgiving? Well, UC Davis design professor Dolph Gotelli does, and he’s about to school you like the Ghost of Christmas Past. September 11 marked the opening of the Folsom Historical Society’s Museum of Wonder & Delight, featuring Gotelli’s world-renowned collection of antique toys and artifacts, including Victorian-era holiday paper items. There’s nothing overtly religious in the exhibition, and Gotelli, the museum’s creative director, curates more than simple yuletide joy (though he has been given the nickname “Father Christmas”). It’s like a lesson in folk art and a Carroll-inspired tea party rolled into one. 905 Leidesdorff Street, Suite 100 in Folsom; (916) 985-2707; www.museumofwonderanddelight.org. B.P.

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Best place for a first date 1. Shady Lady Saloon 1409 R Street, (916) 231-9121, http://shadylady bar.com

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

3. Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co. 1630 S Street, (916) 442-4885, http://hookandladder 916.com

Best place for a secret meeting 1. Fox & Goose

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

2. Back Door Lounge

1112 Firehouse Alley, Old Sacramento, (916) 442-5751

3. Zelda’s Gourmet Pizza

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

Best place for an anniversary dinner 1. The Firehouse Restaurant

1112 Second Street, (916) 442-4772, www.firehouse oldsac.com

2. Ella Dining Room & Bar

1131 K Street, (916) 443-3772, www.elladining roomandbar.com

3. Mulvaney’s Building and Loan

1215 19th Street, (916) 441-6022, www.mulvaneysbl.com

Best public servant 1. Rep. Doris Matsui 2. City Councilman Steve Hansen 3. Attorney General Kamala Harris

Best radio voice 1. Morgan Ragan, KHTK Sports 1140 AM 2. Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio

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When Stacey Noble was a young girl, she would sit on the roof of her two-story Rosemont home and meditate. “I felt peace at the top,” she says. Indeed, the top is where Noble feels most comfortable. The Sacramento native is ranked better than 10th nationally in seven USA Masters Track & Field events, and second in the pentathlon—a grueling run-jump-throw combo requiring unique movement patterns and attentive muscle control. It’s a balancing act, in other words, which has become Noble’s specialty in both sports and life. Mother of two. Full-time sixth-grade teacher. Recording artist. And, now, an international champion at age 45. The former Miss Black Sacramento was always competitive, from the time she started running in elementary school. A standout track star at Hiram Johnson High School, Noble continued displaying her athletic skills in college, at both UC Berkeley and Sacramento State. But a two-decade hiatus from formal competition left her flat-footed. “I was doing everything for others and not enough for me,” she says. “I had to get selfish to save my life.” Noble stepped back onto the track last year. The rust never knew what hit it. In July, she won five medals at the Masters Championships in Florida, including a gold medal in the discus toss—after first singing the national anthem. The next month, she was one of 426 athletes competing for Team USA in the World Masters Athletics outdoor track & field championships in Lyon, France. Due to an unexpected ankle sprain, Noble withdrew from several events, including the heptathlon. But she somehow mustered enough grit to compete in the long jump and high jump events. “You have to be who you are,” Noble reflects. “Anything else, I’ve learned, and you will not be content.” Spoken like a true champion. Ω Learn more at http://staceynoble.com.

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Best cage-free match Supreme Pro Wrestling Can’t get enough of melodramatically violent dudes and dudettes just absolutely whaling on each other? If so, it’s time you went out to see the shows at Supreme Pro Wrestling, an independent outfit that puts on events every third Sunday. They’ve got stories, they’ve got hardcore wrasslin’, they’ve got Lucha Libre influences—and they even have a training academy to help you step into the squared circle. Get out there and deliver the smackdown. 6200 McMahon Drive, (916) 947-1767, www.supreme prowrestling.yolasite.com. A.S.

Best spiritual fitness Lotus Garden Meditation Center The center sits on two lush acres in Carmichael, with peaceful gardens to stroll and enough yoga and tai chi classes to replace your gym membership. Those classes take place in an old barn converted to a “sacred space.” Regardless of how you feel about the word “sacred,” the space is serene and beautiful—a perfect place for exercising your body and mind through traditional Hindu or Chinese movements. Classes cost $10 on a drop-in basis. For more mental fitness, check out Lotus’ free meditation workshops. 7225 Lincoln Avenue in Carmichael, (916) 944-8505, www.lotusgardenmeditation. org. J.B.

Best ninja training ground Free Flow Academy You’ve been hopping fire hydrants and swinging from branches for years, but have you ever considered training in playtime? You can at Free Flow Academy, one of the largest parkour gyms (if not the largest) in California. Freerunning, martial arts, aerial acrobatics, it’s all here, even a ninja class that actually focuses on ninjutsu. Courses focus on both movement and expression, making Free Flow a snug fit for athletes and

performers looking to take their shoulder-rolls to the next level. 1106 Tinker Road, Suite 150, in Rocklin; (916) 759-1468, www.freeflowacademy.com. A.S.

Best somewhat unrealistic fitness inspiration Katerina Kountouris Burpees and kettlebells make for a great physical workout and mental release but, let’s face it, the so-called “perfect body” usually starts with some pretty blessed genetics. That doesn’t mean that Sacramento Kings dancer and fitness model Katerina Kountouris can’t have a positive impact with her Instagram gym pics. All those perfectly filtered shots of lat pulldowns, ab crunches and handstands are enough to make one back away from the doughnuts and potato chips. Hey, it’s a start. instagram. com/katerinakountouris. R.L.

Best arena buy-in FC Republic It’s no secret that professional sports stadiums can be divisive, controversial affairs. (Cough, Kings! Cough.) So it was a savvy move when the business brain trust behind Republic FC asked the public to submit ideas—rather than financing help—for a Major League Soccer stadium, planned for the railyards in downtown Sacramento. People were able to provide their input through an online survey, completed last month, with small workshops involving randomly selected respondents also planned. It’s too early to say how this will all end up, but it’s a much better start than threatening to move the team to Anaheim. http://acrepublicfc. com. RFH

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Best source for sports news 1. Del Rodgers, KCRA 2. Sactown Royalty

www.sactown royalty.com

3. Ailene Voisin, The Sacramento Bee

Best place for a pick-up game 1. McKinley Park

601 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 452-8011, www.cityof sacramento.org

2. William Land Park

3800 S. Land Park Drive, (916) 808-5200, www.cityof sacramento.org

3. Roosevelt Park

1615 Ninth Street, (916) 808-5200, www.cityof sacramento.org

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2. McKinley Park

601 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 452-8011, www.cityof sacramento.org

3. American River Parkway

5700 Arden Way in Carmichael, (916) 486-2773, www.arpf.org

Best place to kick some butt 1. Urijah Faber’s Ultimate Fitness

1705 I Street, (916) 444-3357, http://ultimate fitness.pro

2. Kovar’s Satori Academy of Martial Arts

various locations, www. kovars.com

3. Prime Time Boxing Club

1931 Del Paso Boulevard, (916) 927-2697, www.primetime boxing.com

Best place to work up a sweat 1. California Family Fitness various locations, www. california familyfitness.com

2. Sacramento Pipeworks

116 N. 16th Street, (916) 341-0100, touchstoneclimbing. com/pipeworks

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

Best recreational center 1. Effie Yeaw Nature Center

2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael, (916) 489-4918, www.effieyeaw. org

2. Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community

2791 24th Street, (916) 452-3005, www. sierra2.org

3. West Sacramento Recreation Center 2801 Jefferson Boulevard in West Sacramento, (916) 617-4770, www. cityof westsacramento.org

Best yoga studio 1. The Yoga Seed Collective

1400 E Street, (916) 448-3184, www. theyogaseed.org

2. Zuda Yoga

various locations, http:// zudayoga.com

3. Sacramento Pipeworks 116 N. 16th Street, (916) 341-0100,

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t’s been a couple of years now since  Mayor Kevin Johnson proclaimed  Sacramento the Farm-to-Fork Capital  of the country, and now we’re officially  on to our second local-food movement  alliteration: dirt-to-dish. Ahead of the official Farm-to-Fork Festival on Capitol Mall on  Saturday, September 26, the handle District Dirt-to-Dish block party will be kicking off the  celebration on Sunday, September 20, with a  gaggle of local restaurants providing free eats  and drinks on L Street between 18th and 19th  streets from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Vendors include  Zocalo, Aioli Bodega Española, 58 Degrees and  Holding Co., Mulvaney’s Building and Loan,  Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, Buckhorn Grill  and a number of others. 

The pièce de résistance, however, is the Farm 2 Fork bacon Fest showdown, wherein chef Patrick Mulvaney will  face off with chef Chris Jarosz of Broderick in an attempt  to find out whose bacon (and lamb bacon!) reigns supreme.  Bacon Fest Sacramento will also be giving away a pair of  tickets to the annual Chef’s Challenge (details TBD) every  half hour. The block party is free, but donations to Plates, a  nonprofit dedicated to providing culinary skills to the homeless with the aim of getting them off the street, are encouraged. Attendees must be over 21 and RSVPs can be made at  http://sacramentodirt2dish.com.  For those looking to go beyond the party vibes of  the Handle District and really get their hands dirty, the  University of California Cooperative Extension Yolo County  is presenting a workshop on growing vegetables suitable  for our winter climate. Learn how to start seeds indoors  and about soil health, in addition to the subtleties of what  effect adding Sacramento River water to the Davis water  system will have. The workshop takes place at the Central  Park Garden at Third and B streets in Davis on Saturday,  September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. More information  can be found at http://ceyolo.ucanr.edu.

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Friday, September 18, through Sunday, September 20

Saturday, September 19

Some of the greatest acrobats on the planet  are set to convene in Folsom for a spectacular  show. The National Circus and Acrobats of the  People’s Republic of China will bring Peking  Dreams to the stage with acts of contortion,  trapeze stunts, juggling, balancing  stAge and more. For more than 60 years,  this renowned ensemble has drawn capacity crowds. All ages welcome but the show is  most definitely geared toward the mature set.  $21-$45, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m.  Sunday at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College  Parkway in Folsom; www.harriscenter.net.

Going on 13 years ago, Soil Born Farms was  all like, “Our emphasis is farm-to-fork and  making local produce available to everyone, but you’ve probably never heard of  it before.” Now that the emphasis on sustainability has done a full Bon Iver and hit  the mainstream hard, the annual Autumn  Equinox Celebration keeps on keepin’ it real  with a fundraiser featuring local restaurants, breweries and wineries to  FooD benefit its urban agriculture and  education project. $60, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at   3000 Hurley Way; www.soilborn.org.

—eddie JorgenSen

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Alleluia! the Devil’s Carnival

egyptian Festival Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, September 20 The organizers behind the annual Egyptian  Festival bring people together to experience  traditional Egyptian food and culture while  simultaneously showcasing the  FestivAl grounds of Roseville’s lovely   St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church. Enjoy special  cuisine, peruse craft booths and experience an  Egyptian market. There’s also a dedicated play  area and even a chance to take photos with  the pharaohs. Free, 10 a.m.-9 p.m Saturday,  11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at 200 Cirby Way in  Roseville; www.stmccs.org/egyptian-festival.

—eddie JorgenSen

monday, September 21 Repo! The Genetic Opera gave folks with a  taste for horror and musicals the best of  both worlds. But that was seven years ago.  Now filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and  Terrance Zdunich are back with another  horror-musical, this time about the devil as  he plans to conquer God and take over heaven. The film, Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival,  will screen at the Colonial Theatre with a  Q&A with the filmmakers afterword.  Film The film is unrated, so those who  are faint of heart, be warned. $20, 8 p.m. at  Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Boulevard;   http://thedevilscarnival.com.

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Forget the pumpkin spice roasted Butternut squash enChiladas, Cafe CapriCho It’s almost autumn, and even though the weather’s not  cooperating, it’s still the perfect time to indulge in Cafe  Capricho’s roasted butternut squash enchiladas ($9.25).  The East Sac eatery is popular for its affordable, healthy  and tasty menu and this dish exemplifies everything it  does best. Here, flour tortillas are wrapped around rich  squash and topped with black beans, pumpkin seeds and  either quinoa or rice. The whole thing is then smothered  in a zingy sauce made of poblano peppers and almonds.  So much better than that pumpkin spice latte you were  going to order, for sure. 3269 Folsom Boulevard,   www.cafecaprichoeastsac.com.

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Go sip Cal Cal Worthington, Bottle & BarloW It’s a cocktail and a show when you order the Cal  Worthington ($11) over at Bottle & Barlow, the artdeco bar and barbershop at the  Warehouse Artist Lofts. The  drink is based on bonded  bourbon and sports a clever backbone of crème de  cacao at the end—as fine a  use for this spirit as I have  is for yet to see, by the way. The  show consists of a swath  of citrus peel given a hard  squeeze across a match flame.  A fragrant burst of essential oil  and fire seasons the surface of the drink for a glorious  finish. 1120 R Street, http://bottleandbarlow.com.

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Boba, baby: I was visiting family in the Bay Area recently when it became abundantly clear that Asian dessert and drink shops are taking over. I’m totally cool with it. The same thing is happening here in Sacramento, though more slowly. I’m still waiting for a boba tea shop in the heart of Midtown—how about the Handle District, or R Street?— but they are opening up rapidly in Davis. Given the number of Asian students who attend UC Davis, it’s kind of shocking it didn’t happen sooner. The small town holds at least a dozen boba tea options— shoot, even the Posh Bagel does boba—including a recently opened post of Sno-Crave in the University Mall (825 Russell Boulevard, Suite 21, in Davis), which offers

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Taiwanese drinks, brick toast and shaved snow. Most exciting, though, is that ShareTea is coming to 207 Third Street in Davis sometime this fall. ShareTea was established in Taiwan in 1992 and has some wildly popular locations in the Bay Area. There are lines, always. Connoisseurs speak highly of the creamas—teas topped with salty cream—and ability to customize the level of sweetness. As far as boba chains go, Quickly is expanding the fastest in Sacramento—another opened in Curtis Park (3071 Freeport Boulevard) a few months ago. But don’t rule out the independents, either. Bubble Cha Cha Tea House (3880 Truxel Road, Suite 700, in Natomas) started serving a couple

Festival fare: Last year, TBD Fest boasted a huge, open-fire kitchen called the Pit, with friendly chef battles, free tastes for spectators and delicious meals at reasonable prices. Mother sold cereal-milk soft serve. Carina Lampkin dished out oysters. Two spots offered cold-pressed juice— much appreciated in the blazing heat. At press time, TBD Fest organizers still hadn’t released any details about the weekend’s food program. Its public relations team ignored requests for a vendor list, nor would it answer the very simple question, “Will the Pit return?” Thanks to the local pop culture podcast called Hooks & Stone, we’ve got some hints. TBD Fest co-founder Clay Nutting went on the show and confirmed there will be chef battles again, but in a different format. “What happens if the guys from Mother take over a food truck, and they’re battling other chefs who aren’t food-truck operators? It’s like elevated street food, battled out in food trucks,” he said. Ω

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From pesto to pistou Basil You may think of basil as the consummate summer  herb, but the plants are still producing like crazy as the  season ends. The obvious use for a  truckload of basil is pesto, but  make some variations like  using toasted pistachios  instead of pine nuts, Asiago  instead of Parmesan, or  adding nutrient-rich spinach. Another basil-based  is for sauce to make is pistou,  a simple French mixture of  high-quality olive oil, garlic and  basil. Drizzle it over pasta, pizza,  grilled meats and salads. Look for purple basil for a  change, or try peppery Thai or flavored varieties like  lemon or cinnamon.  is fo r

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So let me begin by saying that this was my first time having Filipino food. I took with me on this review a friend whose Filipino background made her a trusted companion with a familiarity with the cuisine. It’s hard to review a cuisine you’re unfamiliar with. Yes, you can research recipes, read history and interview chefs but, really, you need a history of tasting. My Filipino food experience is more than remiss. So, dear readers, bear with me as I relate to you the loss of my turon virginity. Lola Ling’s is located in South Sac off of Mack Road and is a sari-sari restaurant, meaning it functions like a cafe: order à la carte, or get a few items in a combo (two meats and a side: $7.50; two veg dishes and a side: $5.50). Chicken adobo is certainly a divisive dish. The Philippines is made of thousands of islands, each with its own communities; each family in each community has its own recipe for adobo. All this is to say that every menudo recipe can be slightly or vastly different from the next. Ling’s is deeply enthralling with bone-in chicken and the taste of garlic, vinegar, bay leaf and soy. The adventurous eater may enjoy the adobo pusit: squid, cooked in vinegar, soy, onion, pepper and squid ink. The deeply briny dish resonated with a vinegar sourness. The squid mantles still contained the quills, though, which I found severely marred the experience. A strangely pink pinakbet proved to be a disappointing mess of cooked vegetables with some overcooked and others undercooked.

If you love creamed spinach (and if you don’t, why do you hate yourself?) you will love laing. The Filipino version of creamed spinach, it consists of taro leaves cooked in coconut cream. Savory, deep, sweet, creamy, it’s a dish that that rings of Christmas in Manila. Elsewhere on the menu, the grilled liempo ($1.99), skewered pork with a sweet barbecue sauce, had a good flavor but too much time under a heat lamp made it tougher that the LSAT. A grilled, skewered mackerel ($2.99) was served quite dry—but there was some appeal to it. Diners can rip the crispy skin and pliable flesh apart and dip it into vinegar and soy sauce; it’s a dish that demands to be eaten on the beach with a cold beer. We finished our meal with a couple of popular Filipino desserts: halayang ube cake, halo-halo and turon. The halayang ube cake ($3.99) had a chewy, slightly flan-like, coconut-laced top that guards below a creamy and sweet ube (purple yam) pudding. It’s sweet enough to give even the people sitting around you diabetes and is terribly delicious. Our spiral into hyperglycemia was completed with the haro-haro ($4.99). Tagalog for “mixed together” or “toss-toss,” depending who translates, it’s a curious mixture of treats. Crushed ice, sweet beans, jellied fruit, crispy rice, young coconut and jackfruit are layered before being flooded with evaporated milk and topped with ube ice cream and leche flan. At Lola Ling’s it’s a brilliant fireworks display of sugar, color and flavor. The turon ($0.75) is a banana-and-jackfruitfilled deep-fried spring roll glazed in a hard shell of bitter caramel. Sweet, fruity and so bitter I almost gritted my teeth so hard they threatened to shatter as much as the candy shell itself. A treat one has to grow up with, I gather. All the food suffers after marathon sleeps under heat lamps so there’s no avoiding that at times the quality can be certainly sorry. Still, the food is flavorful, affordable and satisfies well enough. Ω

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seussical, the Musical: 8 p.m. friday and saturday; 2 p.m. sunday; $9-$18. Davis Musical theatre company Performing arts theater, 607 Pena Drive in Davis; (530) 756-3682; www.dmtc.org. through october 4.

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If the 20-piece orchestra, 30-member cast, dazzling costumes, and delightful Seuss-ian set pieces aren’t a good enough reason to cross the Yolo Causeway, consider the wonderful cast of Seussical, the Musical, now at the Davis Musical Theater Company, directed and choreographed by the legendary Ron Cisneros. Based on incidents culled from more than a dozen Dr. Seuss books, this musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens has a thin plot and a few weak spots in the production, but is overall a hit for DMTC, whose level of professionalism has been steadily rising over its 30-year history. The Cat in the Hat is the interlocutor for this show and F. James Raasch comes through with a wonderful voice, an irresistible twinkle in his eye and great interaction with the audience. But it is newcomer to DMTC Nephi Speer, as Horton the Elephant, who gives the show its heart. These two are supported by Jenna Karoly as JoJo, taking on the role late in rehearsal, who becomes the anchor for the action. Adam Sartain is the Mayor of Whoville, and Dannette Vassar is his wife. For sheer cuteness and amazing discipline and precision there are Miller Traum and 6-year-old Gillian Cubbage (Thing 2 and Thing 1, respectively). The kids will love it, but there is enough “grownup” humor for the adults as well. The matinee audience was filled with children ages 3-4 years old and up, and all sat enthralled throughout the two hours. Ω

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3 The Ruling Sacramento’s only LGBT theater company, Closet Door, is closing its first season with a new play, The Ruling, by playwright Tom Swanner. The one-act play is set at an LGBT community center awaiting the announcement of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. When Swanner began to write this play, the this summer’s landmark decision had not yet been announced and the resulting work reflects the hopes and fears of not only the group as they await the big moment, but the playwright as well. It’s difficult to understand the audience for which Swanner intended to write. Presumably the audience will be primarily gay, yet the play is rife with every gay cliché in the book and the cast is a mix of stereotypical gay characters, like the liberal loudmouth and his boyfriend, a transgender man; the loud, bossy lesbian; a druggie; a PFLAG mom turned activist and, most notably, a right-wing protester with an estranged daughter, who, due to an injury, is sequestered with the eclectic crew while they wait for the decision to be announced. (This latter character quickly loses credibility as he spends most of the show sitting quietly, saying nothing, after a bombastic introduction.) The show picks up steam toward the end, however, with a conclusion that brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience. And, of course, Judy Garland singing “Over the Rainbow.” —Bev SykeS the ruling; 8 p.m. friday through saturday; $20. Geery theater, 2130 L street; www.closetdoortheatre.org. through september 26.


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Bars and Measures

Two brothers, one a  volatile jazz musician  and the other a classical  pianist, dance around their  significant differences  during prison visits by scatsinging jazzy compositions.  Politics, sibling fealty and the  American “injustice” system  are themes explored in this  daring drama commissioned  by B Street Theatre from  playwright Idris Goodwin.  

Th 2pm and 7pm; F, Sa 7pm; Su 1pm; Tu, W 7pm. Through 9/27. $23-$35. B Street  Theatre, 2711 B St.; (916)   443-5300, www.bstreet  theatre.org. J.C. 

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Mr. Burns: A PostElectric Play

A small band of  survivors gather together  and, for entertainment  purposes, try and recreate  the popular “Cape Feare”  episode of The Simpsons.  Over time, first seven years  later, and then 75 years  later, through collective  storytelling and passed-on  mythology, The Simpsons, 

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as well as loads of other  pop references, evolve and  meld into strange legends  and deep-meaning lore.  This is an overly simplistic  overview of the complex  and challenging plotline  of playwright Anne Washburn’s play. A modern riff  on a dystopian society, it’s  fun, fascinating, fantastical  and often very frustrating.  But seldom boring. Unfortunately, too often Washburn  overloads her ideas with  too many obscure cultural  and pop references while  jumbling WTF plotlines.  However, since much about  Mr. Burns is intriguing, the  suggestion is if you go, put  logic aside, embrace the  overall premise—and watch  the The Simpsons “Cape  Feare” episode beforehand. 

Th, F 8pm; Sa 2pm and 8pm; Su, W 7pm. Through 10/4.  

$25-$35. Capital Stage,   2215 J Street; (916) 995-5464;  http://capstage.org. P.R.

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Wait Until Dark

Frederick Knott’s  drama Wait Until  Dark has been a staple of 

community theater since its  1966 Broadway debut. Given  the public’s familiarity with  the plot (and the ending),  it’s hard to keep up the suspense the story requires.  And yet, the production now  on stage at Carmichael’s  Chautauqua Playhouse  does the job nicely. The  six-person cast, directed  by Dean Shellenberger,  exploits the best elements  of Knott’s story about a  blind woman who becomes  the target of three con men  searching for heroin hidden  in a doll her husband Sam  (Chris Celestin) innocently  transported home from a  business trip. Taylor Fleer  plays the blind Susan perfectly, still tentative about  her newly acquired sightlessness. Th, F 8pm; Su, 2pm. Through 9/27. Chautauqua  Playhouse, 5325 Engle Road,  Carmichael (inside La Sierra  Community Center);   (916) 489-7529;   www.cplayhouse.org. J.C.

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concept of “the perfect guy” also drags women into nightclub bathrooms to engage in unprotected sex, because it was written and directed by men). Carter While film critics spent last weekend making goo-goo fixates on Leah with a low, loving gaze that can eyes at an M. Night Shyamalan-directed found-footage easily turn sinister, and while that rabid puppy-dog horror movie, David M. Rosenthal’s gangly and rote stare might be the film’s best weapon, Ealy is never thriller The Perfect Guy swooped in to top the domestic allowed to dig beyond Carter’s surface. box office. The Perfect Guy is barely a professional Carter is suave and savvy enough to win over effort, and frequently veers in to the lane of lurid trash, Leah’s friends and wrap her religious mother and but its depiction of white-collar African-Americans is overprotective father (always nice to see you, an extreme rarity in the cinema, and the film serves a Charles S. Dutton!) around his finger, but he also woefully underserved audience. Too bad it’s a total dud. shows a violent side, causing Leah to recoil and Sanaa Lathan (The Best Man films) stars as Leah, break away. This drives Carter crazy, and despite a 36 year-old political lobbyist who worries her protests, he refuses to leave Leah alone, that the clock is ticking on marriage and calling and texting at all hours and motherhood. A black businesswoman following her everywhere. It starts Leah over 30, strong, complex, beautiful, off creepy and grows increasingly is the sort of serious and uncompromising, Leah is invasive and violent, escalating character that you the sort of character that you only see into full Fatal Attraction mode on movie screens in trash like The when Dave comes back into the only see on movie Perfect Guy. It’s no wonder that the picture. screens in trash best black actresses are finding their Rosenthal proves pretty inept like The meatiest roles on the small screen at building suspense, and every these days. attempt at a “thriller moment” falls Perfect Guy. Tyger Williams penned the script, short. The third act is needlessly his first screen credit since writing 1993’s distended—it doesn’t tie up loose ends so Menace II Society, but don’t expect any of that much as it double-knots ends that had already film’s bold, intense style. Instead, Rosenthal (A Single been tied—and the dialogue is clunky beyond belief. Shot) and his cinematographer Peter Simonite aim for (“A lobbyist, eh? I guess you’re well-practiced in the a high-gloss veneer, basically going for a Tyler Perry art of persuasion.”) Lathan’s earnestness is the only drama with less hand-of-God sermonizing, and it mostly thing that holds the film together—she’s so good feels like they’re trying to replicate the work of more while being given so little to work with, it’s a crime accomplished genre filmmakers. that she isn’t headlining better films than this one. Ω When her live-in boyfriend Dave (Morris Chestnut) refuses to propose, Leah breaks off their relationship and recommits to her career. Enter Carter (Michael Ealy), a handsome and seemingly “perfect” cocktail of charm, Poor Fair Good Very excellent strength, chivalry, sensitivity and success (this film’s

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In 1970s San Francisco, a 15-year-old  aspiring artist (Bel Powley) begins her  sexual awakening by launching an affair with the  boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgård) of her boozy  mother (Kristen Wiig). Actress Marielle Heller  makes her writing and directing debut adapting  Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel (which Heller previously adapted for the stage). The result is lightfingered and assured (if a trifle overlong), with  Heller neither exploiting the situation nor sitting  in judgment on the characters. The heroine’s  growing artistic talent is illustrated with charmingly naughty animated sequences by Sara  Gunnarsdóttir (serving much the same purpose  as Gloeckner’s art in the novel). Powley’s commanding performance (she’s seldom off-screen)  is nuanced and well-rounded, and the movie’s  hopeful ending is honestly earned. J.L.

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The End of the Tour

Just as Truman Capote spun an evening  with Marlon Brando into “The Duke in  His Domain,” David Lipsky turned a five-day  assignment following Infinite Jest writer David  Foster Wallace into his 2010 memoir Although  of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself. Now  that memoir has been adapted for the screen,  with Jesse Eisenberg playing the subtly hostile  hero-worshiper Lipsky and Jason Segel as the  self-deprecating literary lion Wallace. Rather  than the stuffy or self-infatuated film you might  expect, The End of the Tour is an intelligent and  infectious two-hander, a My McDonald’s Breakfast with David explosion of conversation, and an  insightful look into the insecurities that eat away  at writers of all statures. Segel does great work  in an atypical role, and Eisenberg is even more  impressive, all needy, nervous laughter and simmering resentment. D.B.

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Joel Edgerton stars in (and directs) this  intermittently effective but ultimately revolting domestic-horror film as Gordon, a poorly  goateed, socially awkward misfit who weasels  his way back into the life of an uninterested  high school classmate named Simon (Jason  Bateman). Now a cutthroat yuppie squeezing  the life out of his psychologically shaky wife  Robyn (Rebecca Hall), Simon refuses the creepily  obsequious attempts to make friends, turning  the mild-mannered Gordon malevolent and  making Robyn suspicious. Despite an overreliance on ear-splitting jump scares, Edgerton the  director makes a competent debut here, but  Edgerton the actor is all wrong for the part of  Gordon—he’s a cool kid doing his impression  of a nerd. Even worse, the final reveal is pretty  repellant for the way that it turns the heroine— up to this point, the eyes, ears and conscience  of the film—into a pawn for the sake of a gotcha  moment. D.B.

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A Texas minister (Hayden Christensen) is mangled in an auto accident  and declared dead for more than an hour. During that time he visits  heaven—and finds the experience so overwhelming he has no interest in returning to earth and recovering from his injuries, to the pained consternation  of his distraught wife (Kate Bosworth). Christian pastor Don Piper’s bestselling  memoir is brought to the screen by writer-director Michael Polish, placing the  emphasis more on Piper’s long convalescence (and his wife’s devotion) and less  on his visit to the Pearly Gates (a climactic scene that plays more smoothly  than in last year’s similar Heaven is for Real). There are a couple of extraneous  plot threads—like a cameo by Dwight Yoakam as a cornball ambulance-chasing  lawyer—but sincere performances carry the day. J.L.

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Grandma

An elderly former poet and retired  academic (Lily Tomlin) takes her wheezy  old 1955 Dodge out of storage and hits the  road to help her pregnant granddaughter  (Julia Garner) raise the money for an abortion.  Writer-director Paul Weitz tries to give his  movie a veneer of indie-flick honesty, but at  heart it’s as slick and trivial as his American  Pie (1999), and just as specious. Weitz is lucky  Tomlin signed on; her prickly performances  distracts us from the symphony of false notes  in the script, and she makes this puny little  movie worth watching (well, more or less).  Tomlin is aided in this by the many star cameos  (Judy Greer, John Cho, Elizabeth Peña, Sam  Elliott, Marcia Gay Harden) who parade across  the screen like guests on a TV variety show or  the celebrity blackouts on Tomlin’s Laugh-In in  the 1960s. J.L. 

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Mistress America

After the entertaining mixed bag of While  We’re Young, Noah Baumbach gets back  to top form with the utterly charming Mistress  America, co-written with and starring Greta  Gerwig. She gives a towering, all-the-awardsworthy performance as Brooke, an ambitious,  pretentious, blindly outgoing and borderline  bipolar free spirit who draws her prospective  sister-in-law, Tracy, (Lola Kirke, also excellent  as this lonely and impressionable college student) into her tractor beam of self-delusion.  As played by Gerwig, Brooke is a hipster Holly  Golightly for the Twitter age with the theatrical  bluster of Auntie Mame and the fashion sense  of Annie Hall—anyone who doesn’t find her  absolutely delightful here can go fly a kite.  Mistress America combines the millennial  narcissism of Frances Ha with the jaundiced  observation of Greenberg and pitches it at the  breakneck speed of screwball comedy, resulting in a sharp, funny, endlessly quotable movie  about female friendship dynamics. Also: Hot  Chocolate! D.B.

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Phoenix

Christian Petzold’s quietly mournful  post-World War II elegy Phoenix whispers infinite thematic and narrative echoes of  Vertigo, but the film’s cold-blooded aloofness  fails to fully captivate. As the war comes to a  close, a horribly burned concentration camp  survivor named Nelly (Nina Hoss) is smuggled  across the German border and into a medical  clinic, where the doctor offers her a new  face—the old ones are “out of fashion.” Nelly  insists on keeping as much of her old face as 

possible, and returns to Berlin to rehab and  reconnect with Johnny, the husband who  betrayed her to the Nazis. Phoenix is the name  of a creepo nightclub in the American sector,  but Nelly is also a literal phoenix, rising from  her own scorched ashes to live anew. Petzold  slowly sketches out a world struck dumb by  self-imposed amnesia, and Phoenix ends at a  wallop of a destination, but it’s not an especially compelling journey. D.B.

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A strong cast led by Jesse Eisenberg  and Kristen Stewart and supported  by Connie Britton, Topher Grace and John  Leguizamo elevates this lame-brained, fidgety  actioner written by Max Landis and directed by  Nima Nourizadeh. Eisenberg plays a sweet but  psychologically shaky West Virginia stoner who  discovers that he’s actually a Jason Bourne-like,  deep cover supersoldier, and he gets activated  into a one-man killing machine just as CIA hitmen  descend on him and his girlfriend (Stewart).  Nourizadeh keeps the story wheels chugging at  a pace that’s fast enough to distract you—it  almost feels like you’re flipping through comic  book pages rather than reading them—and  there’s throwaway style and hard-R splatter to  burn, but some of the nonsensical second-half  twists feel like studio-mandated compromises.  American Ultra is just as unfocused, hazy and  nihilistic as its hero, which is a good thing, until  it isn’t. D.B.

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The story of the rise and sort-of fall  (but mostly rise) of N.W.A., an L.A.  rap supergroup once so despised by law  enforcement officials for their “Fuck Tha  Police” rallying cry that they wound up on  an FBI watch list, gets the lavish Hollywood  biopic treatment in F. Gary Gray’s entertaining Straight Outta Compton. All of the N.W.A.  members are cast with uncanny lookalikes— Ice Cube is even played by his own son, O’Shea  Jackson Jr.—but Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E  and Paul Giamatti as his manipulative manager, Jerry Heller, give the only fully realized  performances in the film. In many respects,  Eazy-E is the only tragic figure in the N.W.A.  story, since the rest of the main players are  alive, crazy-rich and produced this movie.  A  few electrifying moments aside, this skillfully  made but painfully skin-deep film feels like  a winners’ history of the gangsta rap glory  days. D.B.

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Star, as well as Brazilian soul and ’70s-era French jazz fusion, as influences this time around. Toro y Moi fans were likely perfectly pleased with getting one full-length album in 2015. But then, Bundick released a free 20-track mixtape called Samantha in late August, featuring collaborations with Washed Out—you know, the guy who did the Portlandia song—and several other artists. It was totally unannounced. “I still have a huge passion for instagram ready. electronic music and making hiphop beats—that’s something I’m always going to enjoy doing,” Bundick says. “That’s why it was free—it was just for fun.” In Toro y Moi’s video for “Lilly,” frontman Chaz If What For? is Toro y Moi’s most indie rock Bundick stares at tomatoes, eggs, cabbage and other music to date, then Samantha is the band’s most pop. generic groceries at a grocery store. The scene is But neither are the direction Bundick plans to take beautiful. Classic-feeling. The actions are extraordiwith the next Toro y Moi record. narily mundane and yet extraordinarily poetic. “I just want to get weirder,” he says. “I don’t “The most everyday activity can look really nice know if it’s gonna get Flaming Lips-weird or to me, because that’s kind of not my life anymore,” anything, but I definitely want to get weirder and a Bundick says. “I’m always just sort of in a daze, little more complex.” staring at the most normal things. My average every Nothing too obscure has been written yet, though. day is just dealing with a lot of noise—like physical At TBD Fest—Toro y Moi’s first-ever Sacramento noise and metaphorical noise—so I find peace in a appearance—Bundick will deliver an indie soul grocery store.” reprieve from the festival’s dance-heavy The visuals correspond perfectly to lineup with his five-piece band. Though “Lilly,” a song about days all feeling the bandmates arrived after Bundick created “I just same and finding appreciation for that Toro y Moi, they’ve become essential. fact of life. Off Toro y Moi’s latest want to get “They’re not just hired guns,” album What For?, “Lilly” shows Bundick says. “We’re a tight weirder.” Bundick finding his ’60s-psychedelia family.” groove. Chaz Budnick Bundick has known his bandBundick is often cited as one of singer-songwriter, mates since childhood, growing up the harbingers of chillwave—you Toro y Moi in Columbia, South Carolina. Even know, like that song from Portlandia. though Bundick recently moved out But lots has happened since his solo west to Berkeley, they all remain tight. bedroom-project days in the early 2000s. Maybe it’s because of their friendship, maybe Now, Toro y Moi is a full-fledged, world-touring it’s Bundick’s democratic view on finances. band. It’s also one of the Friday headliners at this “That’s the big deal with bands: money. Bands weekend’s TBD Fest, along with Tyler the Creator, are always fighting over it,” he says. “My solution is RL Grime and Death Grips. just to split it evenly—everyone is paid exactly the Yet Bundick’s sound has never stayed stagnant. same, whether it’s merch or shows. Everyone’s happy If anything, he’s become known for versatility. What as long as the music is good.” Ω For? is quite the departure from Toro y Moi’s 2013 Photo by Andrew PAynter

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Post-apocalyptic pop and dust Crazy, killer: I think my ears are still ringing from last Wednesday’s concert at Starlite Lounge, which is exactly what you want when you’re in the mood to listen to some serious musicians hammer out some crazy rock ’n’ roll. Oakland’s Surplus 1980 opened up the show with its distinctive take on post-punk. Headed by Moe! Staiano of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum fame, the group’s music is super high-energy and surprisingly intricate. Processed electric guitars traded notes in complicated riffs with mindblowing precision, and teamwork on a pair of drum kits led to some impressive—and very loud—highs in the manic, relentless half-hour set. I don’t think I understood a word of Staiano’s lyrics, but I don’t think it mattered. Then, the Nightingales took over the stage. These seasoned glam-rock veterans from the United Kingdom showed some recognizable influences—from Creedence Clearwater Revival to the Doors to the Beatles. With all these musical references, the sound was comfortable and almost familiar, but still interesting and fresh thanks to the insight and artistry of lead singer Robert Lloyd. Gentleman Surfer took the stage last. The Sacramento-based group is a quartet of prog-rockers whose sound is heavy, driving, avant-garde, loaded with synth—and really hard to describe. It’s all those things and way more. Gentleman Surfer played music off their new album, Gold Man, which was released in July. The music is somehow both messy and exact, with a range of constantly shifting time signatures. As soon as you think you’ve pinned down the beat, Gentleman Surfer changes it on you. Leading man Jon Bafus wrote the group’s music and beat the hell out of a deep, throaty-sounding drum kit during the show. Drew Walker laid down solid bass riffs, and Barry McDaniel Swars whaled out crazy guitar lines. Zack Bissel’s keyboard wizardry set the band apart. The chaotic, almost post-apocalyptic sounds that he extracted from that instrument were unbelievable. Overall, it was a killer night. Lots of interesting varieties of rock on display, played by some awesome

musicians, and speakers loud enough to make your ribcage resonate. What more could you want? —Meg Masterson

TBD returns: Between the dance-heavy lineup, epic chef battles and eclectic art installations, last year’s inaugural TBD Fest impressed big-time. This year’s lineup is even more loaded, with lots of electronic dance music (Pretty Lights, Chromeo, Porter Robinson, the Glitch Mob, Ratatat and so many others) as well as rock (Dinosaur Jr., Dr. Dog) and underground hip-hop (Chance the Rapper, Death Grips). There’s also indie electronica (Tycho, Toro y Moi—see the music feature on page 104) and a classic ’80s act (Tears for Fears). At a time when music festivals seem to fight over the same big names, TBD’s lineup is totally refreshing. Though there are definitely fewer local artists than last time, they haven’t been ignored, either. Electronic producers Dusty Brown, Cue-22 and J-Kraken, and rappers Rasar and SOOSH*E should all look familiar. Sacramento indie electro-pop duo Doombird will also play its first set in ages. Still, the lineup isn’t without its controversies. Post Malone, a white rapper, has used the N-word. Tyler, the Creator has been banned from entering the United Kingdom—and his recent Australia tour was canceled amid protests—because of his often violent lyrics that depict rape, physical abuse and murder. Realistically, I won’t stick around for that set. If you’re wondering about food, check out Off Menu on page 97. If you’re wondering if TBD has managed to solve its dust problem or plans to provide more water stations, we are wondering the same thing. And hoping for the best. It all takes place Friday, September 18, through Sunday, September 20, on the same dusty patch along the river in West Sacramento. General three-day passes are still available for $209 at www.tbdfest.com.

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It’s every day of my friggin’ life when  someone asks, “Hey Nick Miller, who are  you most excited about at TBD Fest?”  Well, I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff like  Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, A$AP Rocky,  Future, J. Cole, Travi$ Scott,  HIP-HOP etc., so I’m probably going to  gravitate toward Ty Dolla $ign. His hip-hop  has pop-R&B leanings, like that track he did  with the Weeknd, and Sremmurd’s verse  on “Blasé” is pretty decent. I know, this is  like the most half-hearted recommendation  of all time. I’m sorry. My Maserati is in the  shop and it’s straight bumming me. The  Bridge District in West Sacramento,   www.dollasignworld.com.

—Nick miller

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I like to describe Cafe Colonial as an “it is  what it is” venue. But this weekend, during  Bat Guano Fest 5, it will be sick as all hell.  Bands include the Knockoffs (pictured),  the Croissants, Dead Dads, Mad Judy  and more. The whole shindig is in  PUNK celebration of Ken Fury’s birthday—but, perhaps more importantly, the  25th anniversary of Bat Guano Productions.  Added bonus: There is a second night of  BGF on Saturday, with Captain 9’s and  the Knickerbocker Trio, Pug Skullz and  more. This is TBD Fest for people who hate  suburbanites and deejays. 3520 Stockton  Boulevard, https://www.facebook.com/ events/956322174388463.

—Nick miller

San Francisco band Roland used to go by  Rappers, but when its guitarist Roland Curtis  left the band, the name changed. Even better, the new guitarist’s name is Lars Savage.  Roland plays math rock, but not like Hella or  Tera Melos. Roland’s all-instrumental songs  are much heavier, like progressive rock but  with atypical rhythmic structures, stopstart dynamics and general  MATH ROCK complexity. It’s ideal air guitar music, for you competitive air guitarists.  But the most exciting part about this show is  that it’s free, all-ages and on the Warehouse  Artist Lofts’ rooftop, overlooking downtown  Sacramento. Sorry, Roland. 1108 R Street,  www.facebook.com/RolandBandSF. 

harloW’s resTauraNT aND NighTcluB, 8 p.m., $18 You don’t often see much interest in the  release of a jazz record outside the jazz community, but Kamasi Washington has earned  buzz since his incredible saxophone  JAZZ and arrangement work on Kendrick  Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Washington  released his massive three-disc debut solo  record, The Epic, not on a jazz label, but  on Flying Lotus’ experimental Brainfeeder  imprint. These moves have given Washington  a lot of attention from a non-jazz crowd— and yet The Epic is thoroughly jazz, bouncing  between ’70s jazz fusion and John Coltraneera bebop. It pays homage to the jazz of  yesteryear without getting stuck in it. 2708 J  Street, http://www.kamasiwashington.com.

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One does not simply toe-tap when the Pine Street Ramblers roll into town. This four-piece band from the foothills packs a variety of genres into a mostly bluegrass and Americana sound, which gives each performance its high-energy, foot-stompin’, good-time feel. A past performance at Shine even inspired one audience member to grab a couple of spoons, smack them against his knee and start jamming. The fast-pickin’ mandolin, banjo and acoustic guitar work, accompanied by upright bass, would turn any venue into an all-out AMERICANA jamboree. Catlin Jemma & the Goodness from Oregon will also perform. 1400 E Street, www.pinestreetramblers.com.

This show features Mark Burgess (vocals and bass) and friends, all better known as the Chameleons, who unceremoniously broke up after the untimely death of their manager, Tony Fletcher, in 1987. Burgess and current backing band POST-PUNK are back again, despite more than a couple of starts and stops with previous founding members. Expect to hear music from the group’s magnificent back catalog including Strange Times (1986), What Does Anything Mean? Basically (1985) and the entire Script of the Bridge (1983) classic. Also on the bill are Soft Kill, Electro Group and All About Rockets. 946 Olive Drive in Davis, www.thechameleons.com.

Urban legend has it that Kelly Olsen, Allegra Anka and Augusta Koch decided at a 2011 party to form a band even though none of them had equipment. Borrowed gear in hand, the Philadelphia musicians started writing scrappy songs that recall ’90s-era riot grrrl bands such as Scrawl and sport titles like “Scott Get the Van, I’m Moving.” On the band’s 2014 full-length debut Nervous Like Me, guitarist Koch sings with a PUNK growling urgency as Olsen (drums) and Anka (bass) shore up a snappy rhythm section that renders the songs catchy, bratty and insistent. Against Me! headlines the show. 1417 R Street, www.facebook.com/ cayetanaphilly.

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If there was one good thing to come out of the second season of True Detective, it was the music of Lera Lynn, moody songstress from the bar scenes whose “The Only POP Thing Worth Fighting For” misled everyone into thinking the show was going to be good. Though 20-year-old Arizona native Zella Day, who released her first full-length album Kicker in June, is considerably poppier, her smoky vocals sound a little something like Lynn with heavy dollops of Lana Del Rey. Her first single, “Hypnotic,” is a boho-pop confection aimed squarely at post-millenials, and it’d be no surprise if Day were to become a big act in months to come. 9426 Greenback Lane, www.zelladay.com.

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ZYAH BELLE AND THE FUNKSHUN, 9pm, $5

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Trash Rock Thursdays, 9pm, no cover

LUNA’S CAFE & JUICE BAR

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

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Flamenco Del Oro evening of dance, 8:30pm, $15

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Sunday Sinema, 8pm, call for cover

Record Club, M; Cactus Pete’s 78 RPM Record Roundup, 8pm Tu Nebraska Mondays, 7:30pm M; Openmic comedy, 8pm Tu; Comix, 8pm W

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PHANTOM JETS, NOLAN AND THE LAST ACTION HEROES; 8pm, $10

ONOFF, CLEVER FOOLS, THE REMOTES; 9pm, $6

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My boyfriend complains that my mother and I are too close. I graduated from college five years ago and I live at home with my mother. She raised me by herself and we are really close. She doesn’t interfere with my dreams or decisions. She supports me but also gives me space. My boyfriend is not close to his parents. He left home right after high school graduation and worked his way through college. His parents have very rigid religious beliefs that my boyfriend hates. But he’s become obsessed with proving that I need to move out on my own. Is my boyfriend jealous of my relationship with my mother?

Trust in the perfection of your father’s refusal. He’s established a boundary that lets you know what is If your man is self-aware best for him, and for your and committed to honest daughter. Why not be This communication, you would grateful for his honesty? have the answer to that situation with I understand that you question. Unfortunately, want a photograph your father is one of it’s not the right quesfor future enjoyment. life’s little reminders tion. This is: Do you And yes, I understand want a man who finds that you are not in that if he provided a problems where none satisfactory reason for control. It’s not exist? If your relationhis refusal, it would personal. ship with your mother be easier to accept. But includes healthy boundaries that perspective means and mature interactions (adult you are missing a delicious to adult, not adult to child), it’s a opportunity: You can grow in sweet connection. But your relationship your capacity to trust the unknown. with your man needs to change. Tell him Becoming comfortable with mystery to stop pushing you to move out of your is essential for spiritual maturity. So mother’s house. If he continues to embrace your father’s unwillingness to pressure you, your heart will have a hard embrace your daughter. His behavior choice to make about life without him. Ω does not threaten your life, or reduce your ability to find pleasure in his company. By allowing this tiny issue to dampen your joy you are being unkind to yourself. You are also feeding unnecMedITaTIon of THe Week essary stress and creating separation “A life of reaction is a life  between yourself and those you love. of slavery, intellectually  That’s no way to live. and spiritually. One must  This situation with your father is one fight for a life of action, not  of life’s little reminders that you are not reaction,” said author Rita  in control. It’s not personal. The rest of Mae Brown. How pure are your  us have similar experiences every day. motivations?  It’s just the reality of life on earth. The antidote is to accept that your father’s decision is none of your business. Surrender to what he can give, instead Write, email or leave a message for of yearning for what he does not offer. Joey at the News & Review. Give The resulting peace of mind is well your name, telephone number worth it. (for verification purposes only) and question—all correspondence will be kept strictly confidential.

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FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 ARIES (March 21-April 19): I won’t go so far as

to say that you are surrounded by unhinged maniacs whose incoherence is matched only by their self-delusion. That would probably be too extreme. But I do suspect that at least some of the characters in the game you’re playing are not operating at their full potential. For now, it’s best not to confront them and demand that they act with more grace. The wiser strategy might be to avoid being swept up in their agitation as you take good care of yourself. If you are patient and stay centered, I bet you will eventually get a chance to work your magic.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Many of the heroes

in fairy tales survive and thrive because of the magical gifts they are given. Benefactors show up, often unexpectedly, to provide them with marvels—a spinning wheel that can weave a cloak of invisibility, perhaps, or winged shoes that give them the power of flight or a charmed cauldron that brews a healing potion. But there is an important caveat. The heroes rarely receive their boons out of sheer luck. They have previously performed kind deeds or unselfish acts in order to earn the right to be blessed. According to my analysis, Taurus, the coming weeks will be prime time for you to make yourself worthy of gifts you will need later on.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): We humans need

nourishing stories almost as much as we require healthy food, clean air, pure water and authentic love. And yet many of us get far less than our minimum daily requirement of nourishing stories. Instead, we are barraged with nihilistic narratives that wallow in misery and woe. If we want a break from that onslaught, our main other choices are sentimental fantasies and empty-hearted trivia. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: Now is a favorable time for you to seek remedies for this problem. That’s why I’m urging you to hunt down redemptive chronicles that furnish your soul with gritty delight. Find parables and sagas and tales that fire up your creative imagination and embolden your lust for life.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now is an excellent

time to close the gap between the Real You and the image of yourself that you display to the world. I know of two ways to accomplish this. You can tinker with the Real You so that it’s more like the image you display. Or else you can change the image you display so that it is a more accurate rendition of the Real You. Both strategies may be effective. However you go about it, Cancerian, I suggest you make it your goal to shrink the amount of pretending you do.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Born under the sign of Leo, Marcel Duchamp was an influential artist whose early work prefigured surrealism. In 1917, he submitted an unusual piece to a group exhibition in New York. It was a plain old porcelain urinal, but he titled it “Fountain,” and insisted it was a genuine work of art. In that spirit, I am putting my seal of approval on the messy melodrama you are in the process of managing. Henceforth, this melodrama shall also be known as a work of art, and its title will be “Purification.” (Or would you prefer “Expurgation” or “Redemption”?) If you finish the job with the panache you have at your disposal, it will forevermore qualify as a soul-jiggling masterpiece.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Some people express

pride in gross ways. When you hear their overbearing brags, you know it’s a sign that they are not really confident in themselves. They overdo the vanity because they’re trying to compensate for their feelings of inadequacy. In the coming weeks, I expect you to express a more lovable kind of self-glorification. It won’t be inflated or arrogant, but will instead be measured and reasonable. If you swagger a bit, you will do it with humor and style, not narcissism and superiority. Thank you in advance for your service to humanity. The world needs more of this benign kind of egotism.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The rooster is your

power animal. Be like him. Scrutinize the horizon for the metaphorical dawn that is coming, and be ready to herald its appearance with a triumphant wake-up call. On the other hand, the rooster is also your affliction animal. Don’t be like him. I would hate for you to imitate the way he handles

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Since you seem to

enjoy making life so complicated and intense for yourself, you may be glad to learn that the current astrological omens favor that development. My reading of the astrological omens suggests that you’re about to dive deep into rich mysteries that could drive you half-crazy. I suspect that you will be agitated and animated by your encounters with ecstatic torment and difficult bliss. Bon voyage! Have fun! Soon I expect to see miniature violet bonfires gleaming in your bedroom eyes, and unnameable emotions rippling through your unfathomable face and unprecedented words of wild wisdom spilling from your smart mouth.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The Adamites were devotees of an ancient Christian sect that practiced sacred nudism. One of their central premises: How could anyone possibly know God while wearing clothes? I am not necessarily recommending that you make their practice a permanent part of your spiritual repertoire, but I think you might find value in it during the coming weeks. Your erotic and transcendent yearnings will be rising to a crescendo at the same time. You will have the chance to explore states where horniness and holiness overlap. Lusty prayers? Reverent sex? Ecstatic illumination?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): One of your key

themes in the coming weeks is “grace.” I suggest that you cultivate it, seek it out, expect it and treasure it. To prepare for this fun work, study all of the meanings of “grace” below. At least two of them, and possibly all, should and can be an active part of your life. (1) Elegance or beauty of form, movement or proportion; seemingly effortless charm or fluidity. (2) Favor or goodwill; a disposition to be generous or helpful. (3) Mercy, forgiveness, charity. (4) A temporary exemption or immunity; a reprieve. (5) A sense of fitness or propriety. (6) A prayer of blessing or thanks said before a meal. (7) An unmerited divine gift offered out of love.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be good, but not

necessarily well-behaved. Be extra exuberant and free, but not irresponsible. Be lavish and ardent and even rowdy, but not decadent. Why? What’s the occasion? Well, you have more-orless finished paying off one of your karmic debts. You have conquered or at least outwitted a twist from your past that had been sapping your mojo. As a reward for doing your duty with such diligence, you have earned a respite from some of the more boring aspects of reality. And so now you have a mandate to gather up the intelligent pleasure you missed when you were acting like a beast of burden.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “I am the least

difficult of men. All I want is boundless love.” That’s the mantra that Frank O’Hara intoned in his poem “Meditations in an Emergency,” and now I’m inviting you to adopt a modified version of it. Here’s how I would change it for your use in the coming months: “I am the least difficult of passion artists. All I want is to give and receive boundless, healthy, interesting love.” To be frank, I don’t think O’Hara’s simple and innocent declaration will work for you. You really do need to add my recommended nuances in order to ripen your soul’s code and be aligned with cosmic rhythms.

you can call rob brezsny for your expanded weekly Horoscope: (900) 950-7700. $1.99 per minute. Must be 18+. Touchtone phone required. Customer service (612) 373-9785. and don’t forget to check out rob’s website at www.realastrology.com.

09.16.15

Sonic boom When Samantha Koire was in seventh grade, her father suffered a stroke while in surgery for a brain tumor. The event spurred Koire to begin researching nuerophyisology. Fast forward: The recent Rio Americano High graduate just released a groundbreaking research project, “A New Mechanism for Protonic Communication: pH Signaling Via 2D Sound Waves,” and was the recipient of a $10,000 Davidson Fellows scholarship for her efforts. The researcher took a moment before heading out for Stanford University this week to chat about her research, her father and what comes next for her.

What’s the easiest way of explaining your research? So basically, the [same] way we need to communicate with each other as people, cells need to communicate with each other, proteins within cells need to communicate with each other. And the ways they do this are by using protons, which are H-plus ions, and they affect the pH. By moving these ions, they affect the pH and the pH changes can affect the shape or structures of the insides of these cells’ proteins. By changing that, we’re able to affect a message. We’re able to change receptor-set geometry that might enhance the effectiveness of therapeutic agents. So by changing it, we can change their function which we can use to our advantage.

And this means … What that means is that if I had a message for you and you were all the way over there, I could walk to you, and that’s the proton moving by diffusion. It’s moving from point A to point B. What my research said was that the proton over here is going to call the proton over here on the telephone and say, “Hey, go change the pH over here.”

Your dad’s stroke inspired you to study neurophysiology. How long after that did you start researching? Well, of course, I became interested right away, but I couldn’t do lab research ’cause there’s not a lab in my basement. … But I became really attuned to different programs and the opportunities that could be offered me through the summers. So after I got old enough to join the program, I did a summer program at UC Santa Cruz. It was more in chemistry and toxicology, but from there, I was able to go the next summer to Boston University where I was able to do this research that I’m being recognized for.

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How did you respond to your father’s stroke? I have two older sisters, and it’s interesting to see how different the experience was for me as it was for them. They were at an age where they could fully comprehend what was going on and the severity of the situation. … They understood more what was going, and I just saw it as, “Dad’s sick, he’s going to get better. This is what we’re going through.” I had a surprisingly positive outlook. I never got that point of, “Oh my gosh, Dad could die or this could go horribly wrong.”

Did it change you? Oh, quite a bit. I think it’s just my bond with my dad—and all my other family members, we’re a close-knit family. But my dad and I have always had this really tight-knit bond. We’d go backpacking or we’d go on certain little trips together, so we’ve always been close. It wasn’t like this is the defining thing that made us close, but because we already had that bond I kind of already knew ways that would help him, in a way. Or like, “Oh, we’ll just lay on the ground and listen to music.” That’s something that doesn’t take a whole lot of his energy but something we both enjoy. He’ll show me the songs he liked when he was my age. I’ll play the new ones.

What kind of music does your dad like? Well he likes all kinds of music. That’s kind of what draws us together. We used to listen to Pandora. What we like to do is put in a number of our favorite artists and then put it

on quick mix so they all get jumbled together. Sometimes that’s him showing me classics of Pink Floyd. Other times that’s me putting in a new jazz song that I just recently heard. Other times that’s like a pop song on the radio. I dunno, I’m more into the alternative music, and he’s just kind of into everything.

The research you’ve done, is there anybody who wants to put it into the field? Well, hopefully one day. It’s kind of like I found flour, and some more ingredients need to be discovered and worked on and elevated to the level before we can bake the cookies. It can’t be put into these treatments tomorrow. But I’m really hoping that this will be what tells us that we need to continue researching in this direction and that with enhanced models we’ll be able to get this far. I was working with a lipid monolayer which is going to be the simplest biological membrane. We’re going to need to amp that up. But this is what’s telling us we can progress.

What’s something totally different than this that you’re curious about? I’ve recently become really interested in rock climbing. I’m a boulderer now. I’m really into outdoorsy things. I would go backpacking with my dad. I haven’t really been able to do those trips as much lately, but I’m hoping to make a friend base at Stanford of different rock climbers or adventurers that we can make a hiking trips and do those kinds of activities again. Ω


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