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13 Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Rachel Leibrock Associate Editor Raheem F. Hosseini Arts & Culture Editor Janelle Bitker Assistant Editor Anthony Siino Editorial Services Coordinator Karlos Rene Ayala Staff Reporter Scott Thomas Anderson Contributors Daniel Barnes, Ngaio Bealum, Alastair Bland, Rob Brezsny, Aaron Carnes, Jim Carnes, Willie Clark, Deena Drewis, Joey Garcia, Cosmo Garvin, Blake Gillespie, Lovelle Harris, Jeff Hudson, Dave Kempa, Jim Lane, Kel Munger, Kate Paloy, Patti Roberts, Ann Martin Rolke, Shoka, Bev Sykes, Graham Womack Editorial Intern Jeremy Winslow

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STREETALK

Parking woes

LETTERS

Downtown’s new Golden 1 Center  is still weeks from opening, but its  related parking enforcements are  already causing headaches. I’m not anti-arena. The new home  to the Sacramento Kings is not  without warranted controversy, of  course, but I think it has potential.  Still, city officials screwed up in how  they changed parking requirements  to partially fund it. The new rules, which increase  prices and extend parking hours to  10 p.m. downtown and 8 p.m. in parts  of Midtown, went into effect this  month with a grace period set to  expire October 1. Yes, it makes sense to charge more  and enforce longer hours close to the  arena, but what’s the point in imposing stricture requirements on Midtown residents and businesses? It’s  one thing asking people to pay more  for parking when Paul McCartney  performs October 4—but why charge  people more if they’re blocks away at  a Midtown restaurant? Similarly, why penalize a renter or  homeowner who wants company?  The city says it will issue residents 10  temporary guest parking passes a  month—sorry and good luck if you’d  like more. In theory, the solution is for more  people to walk, take public transit,  carpool, etc. But that’s not always  feasible and what we’re left with in  reality is a poorly executed idea that  threatens to alienate visitors, residents and businesses alike. The city of Sacramento should  rethink its new enforcement rules and  geographical boundaries—it’s unfair  to prioritize revenue over the needs  and concerns of those who have,  long before the Golden 1 Center was  even a blueprint, made the grid their  playground or home.

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ack in 2010, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) began efforts to bring local and nutritious produce into the district by putting salad bars in every school lunchroom. At fi rst glance, it doesn’t seem that difficult: Source fruits and vegetables locally, then serve them. But something as basic as cutting up watermelon becomes an impossible task in small, cramped kitchens with only a few hours to prepare before hundreds of hungry students begin to get in line. “The majority of the kitchens in the school district are only equipped to heat and serve,” explains Amber Stott, a member of the Central Kitchen Task Force. “If they want to put something on their salad bar, it’s got to be something that comes pre-chopped or in a baby size.” This seriously limits the district both in the variety of produce they can serve and where they can purchase it. But with the help of The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative and funding from a 2012 bond, Measure R, local food activists and district leaders are currently drafting plans to build a centralized kitchen that would serve over 50,000 meals a day to students at every school in the district. “We have more flexibility in a centralized kitchen. We can chop, dice, serve, purée,” Stott says. “Then we can distribute it to every school in the district, right away.”

Ensuring the food served is of the highest quality is particularly important in SCUSD, where 64 percent of students are from lowincome households and qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

“FOR SOME OF THESE KIDS, THE ONLY FULL MEALS THEY GET A DAY ARE AT SCHOOL.” Robyn Krock, member of the Central Kitchen Task Force

“For some of these kids, the only full meals they get a day are at school,” says Robyn Krock, a fellow member of the Central Kitchen Task Force. Some students eat up to three meals a day at school. “Having those meals be as healthy and nutritious as possible is crucial,” Krock says. In 2015, data collected from fifth, seventh and ninth graders in SCUSD showed that 40.7 percent of students were overweight or obese, putting them at a significantly higher risk of developing type II diabetes, stroke or hypertension.

A student casts her vote for Veggie of the Year in one of SCUSD’s food literacy classes. SCUSD has dedicated itself to getting students excited about healthy eating. SCUSD’s plans to build a centralized kitchen will only amplify these efforts. Photo by Amy Nicole Photography

“All of these [conditions] are preventable if we eat our vegetables,” Stott explains. “It is critical that we get them at this early age and get them learning the habit of eating vegetables to protect their health.” The district is still deciding on where to build the centralized kitchen and has yet to draw up the designs. Both Stott and Krock encourage local residents to get involved by attending school board meetings and giving feedback on proposed plans.

Your ZIP code shouldn’t predict how long you’ll live – but it does. Staying healthy requires much more than doctors and diets. Every day, our surroundings and activities affect how long – and how well – we’ll live. Health Happens in Neighborhoods. Health Happens in Schools. Health Happens with Prevention.

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Sacramento’s ethnic diversity and music diversity. There’s the metal scene where there’s a ton of local bands. I know people that are in the metal scene. There’s still other people who are hip-hop and country, and I don’t think that they clash with each other in any way, shape or form.

I would have to say the Delta is Sacramento’s best-kept secret. I used to live in the Delta, and I miss it quite a bit. It’s cool— you have that nice Delta breeze—there’s farmland and it’s away from the noisy city, and the Delta is just gorgeous.

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To me, Sacramento’s best-kept secret is Taqueria Garibaldi. I’ve been in the Bay Area for a while, so I’ve had my fair share of taco trucks and taquerias, and this by far is better than a lot that I’ve had. It’s up there; I’m not going to say it’s better, but it’s definitely up there, man. It’s pretty good.

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The rose gardens at the Capitol. Those rose gardens have been there for years; I’d say 50 years at least. They’re gorgeous, they’re kept up. They place names of people on signs who have donated money to keep it beautiful. It’s a secret because if you ask people if they’ve been there, they’ll go, “No, where is it?”

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A beautiful ‘ugly’ Re “Say no to sprawl” by Jeff vonKaenel (SN&R  Greenlight, September 15): The article about the McKinley Village development  included the following statement: “When complete, it will transform an  ugly piece of land into 336 homes.” I remember the land before it was bulldozed by the McKinley  Village developers and it was a breathtakingly beautiful field with  tall green grass, mustard flowers and a working orchard with  trees that produced beautiful blossoms. The beauty of the open  space made me smile every time I drove past it on the Capitol City  Freeway. Let’s keep the record straight, please!

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Power plays Re “Real Talk” by Tucker Hoog (SN&R Letters, August 25): I agree with Tucker Hoog’s analysis of the gambling industry in Sacramento, but I think that gambling, gaming and all addictions plug into power, or

the lack of it. For one, brief shining moment someone wins and feels the power of what that is like. Perhaps something never experienced before. The loss of the same winnings then is doubly upsetting, but the win—man, just to feel it, taste it, experience it. But then it must

stop. Those excitements are escape and sooner or later reality must be faced. Stefanie Stolinsky Beverly Hills

A devil’s bargain Re “Up in Smoke” by David Downs (SN&R Feature, September 15): While advocates see [marijuana legalization] as a step toward sanity in the war against weed and opponents fear for the well being of generations to come, the seeming stalemate is exemplary of a more regressive than progressive outlook than where we were 20 years ago when California’s first in the nation Compassionate Use Act of 1996 directly challenged the federal government’s prohibition against legitimate medical use. The difference then and now seems to be the same racial and class biases that gave rise to marijuana prohibition in

the first place. Unfortunately the tipping balance of the new regulations will do little to alter that reality. Prop 64 pits the moral imperative of saving lives against the moral travesty of destroying lives through legal and economic marginalization. Prop. 64 is the wrong answer, to the wrong question, by the wrong people, for the wrong reason. It’s a devil’s bargain. Rev. Scott T. Imler West Hollywood

Smoke, out Re “Up in Smoke” by David Downs (SN&R Feature, September 15): Interesting that with all the health warning ads, taxes and legislative bills against smoking cigarettes, now some want to legalize smoking marijuana. It does not follow as smoke is smoke. Glen Salo Sacramento

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UC Davis researchers say they’re not being paid to answer questions about genetically modified foods on an industry website, but one watchdog group says the practice raises ethical concerns.

Bio-engineered news A watchdog group alleges that five UC Davis researchers   were paid to shill for GMOs by AlAstAir BlAnd

Those who do some web research about genetically modified foods may happen across an industry promotional website called GMO Answers. Here, respected—and presumably unbiased— experts provide answers to frequently asked questions about genetically modified foods. The answers almost invariably downplay public concerns about genetic engineering’s potential threats to human and ecological health. Five UC Davis researchers have contributed to the website, which is funded by Monsanto, Syngenta and other biotechnology companies. 12  12   | |   SN&R SN&R     |  |   09.22.16 09.22.16

Gary Ruskin wants to know why the professors are doing what he calls “public relations work for a very controversial industry.” “Why is that an appropriate role for taxpayer-paid professors?” said Ruskin, the executive director of U.S. Right to Know, an Oakland-based watchdog group. “Why is that ethical? Those professors are supposed to work for us, not for some private corporations. We pay their salaries.” Ruskin wonders if the researchers are receiving any financial incentives to write for GMO Answers, or if they’re receiving specific directions from website editors on

how to answer questions posed by readers of GMO Answers. The researchers, who corresponded with SN&R via email, said that they aren’t—that they’re contributing to GMO Answers voluntarily and without undisclosed incentives, reimbursement or editorial advice from the website’s editors. But Ruskin says he isn’t convinced. To learn more about the professors’ relations with the biotech industry, he filed a series of California Public Records Act requests about a year-and-a-half ago. Specifically, Ruskin wanted to see email and letter correspondences between six employees of the university and more

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than a dozen companies and agencies associated with genetically modified foods, including Monsanto and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. He’s still waiting. UC Davis, he says, has responded to only one request—and that one pertained to the soda industry, not the biotech industry, which is Ruskin’s chief interest. The five UC Davis employees who have written for GMO Answers are Alison Van Eenennaam, an animal genomics specialist; Kent Bradford, a professor of plant sciences; Martina NewellMcGloughlin, director of the university’s international biotechnology program; Denneal Jamison-McClung, a doctor of genetics and biotechnology; and professor of plant pathology Neal Van Alfen. Van Alfen, for one, told SN&R he believes in genetic engineering as a valuable tool in food production—and one not well understood by the public. His objective in writing for GMO Answers, he explained, is simply to educate the public. “There are some justified environmental concerns about the use of [agricultural biotechnology] under some


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KidS in limbo circumstances, but the fears of health risks often used by those opposed to GMOs are totally unfounded by any credible research data,” Van Alfen said. Bradford objects to Ruskin’s allegation that he and his colleagues are doing publicity work for the biotech industry. He said he is “a scientist who respects the value of facts and data.” If he happens to agree with a corporation on a particular point, he said, “that is not a conspiracy.” “When our findings and analyses align with those of the biotech industry, that does not mean that we are doing their public relations work,” he explained. “We are simply fulfilling our responsibility as public scientists and academics to report reality as we see it.” Van Eenennaam also defended her contributions to GMO Answers. In fact, far from seeing her contributions to the website as creating a conflict of interest, she feels doing so is part of her duty. “I routinely answer questions about my research area,” she said. “That is part of my job—to provide evidence-based information to the public.” But Ruskin’s other records requests, filed with numerous universities and institutions around the world, have turned up information that seems to legitimize his suspicions that academics and policy makers are deep in the pockets of biotech corporations. For instance, a recent United Nations report that deemed the key ingredient in Monsanto’s weed-killing spray Roundup to be safe for human use may have been influenced by cash contributions from the biotechnology industry. In May, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization stated in a report that glyphosate, Roundup’s main active ingredient, is probably not carcinogenic to humans. It was a conclusion that could potentially be a huge financial boon to Monsanto. But for the controversial genetic engineering giant, the United Nations’ conclusion may have been too good to be true. Emails acquired through Right to Know’s records request showed that Monsanto donated $500,000 in 2012 to an organization led by two of the scientists who helped make the determination on glyphosate. A biotech industry group donated another half-million dollars to the same scientists— a total of a million bucks, which could be interpreted as a bribe. The records also showed that a number of distinguished professors appear to have been secretly hired as biotech industry advocates. These revelations led to exposés in major newspapers, sheepish apologies

from shamed academics at Harvard “And there was very little of substance,” University, Washington State University he said. “The [UC] professors had to be and other institutions, and overall less talking to GMO Answers somehow. It’s reason to trust the companies that genetipossible they were all talking exclusively by cally modify our food. phone, but that seems very unlikely.” For instance, it was discovered that On August 18, U.S. Right to Know filed Kevin Folta, chairman of the University a lawsuit in Yolo Superior Court against of Florida’s horticultural sciences departthe Regents of the University of California. ment, had received grants from several The suit demands the requested documents biotech companies, including Monsanto. as well as reimbursement for the cost of the Folta has also contributed to the GMO litigation. Answers website. But Folta didn’t simply Kimberly Hale, a UC Davis spokeswrite his own honest answers to queswoman, says Ruskin’s records requests tions submitted by readers. are complex. That, she says, In some cases, industry is the only reason that 18 consultants provided months have passed with the answers they Ruskin’s organization “Those professors wanted the profeswaiting to see the sor to publish, requested email are supposed to work which Folta exchanges. for us, not for some private did—almost word “We have been corporations. We pay their for word. working diligently After the media to produce records salaries.” caught wind of the in response to the Gary Ruskin travel support and multiple requests executive director, U.S. Right to Know editorial consulting USRTK has submitted Folta received from the on a regular basis over biotech industry, Folta the past year,” Hale told told The New York Times SN&R via email. last September that he would Ruskin also requested donate the grant money he received to a communications between a long list of food pantry. That same article described biotech firms and industry groups and Jon how Folta, and others similarly supported Entine, a senior fellow at UC Davis’ World by biotech firms, “devised strategy on how Food Center. Much of Entine’s work and to block state efforts to mandate G.M.O. research has focused on biotechnology, labeling.” and U.S. Right to Know’s website alleges These findings seem to lend some “he is actually a longtime public relations legitimacy to Ruskin’s pursuit of UC Davis’ operative with deep ties to the chemical internal email records. industry.” For example, Entine founded But Van Eenennaam doesn’t think ESG MediaMetrics, a communications so. In a lengthy post, titled “[Freedom of firm that has done public relations work for Information Act] Attacks Get Personal,” Monsanto. published last September on the web journal Bradford says his work for GMO Science 2.0, she firmly defended Folta as a Answers was conducted on a voluntary colleague and friend who “deeply … cares basis. He describes it as “part of my role as about science.” Van Eenennaam alleged a public sector scientist.” that the media had grossly overstated and “I occasionally get questions from misinterpreted the significance of Folta’s [GMO Answers] asking whether I can write association with the biotechnology industry. a response,” Bradford explained in an email. Since January 28, 2015, U.S. Right to “If I have time, I compose a short response Know has filed 17 records requests with UC and send it back. I do not recall ever getting Davis. In a response letter to Ruskin dated suggestions from them about what my February 20, 2015, UC Davis’ information response should be, nor any follow up from practices analyst Michele McCuen said the them afterward suggesting any changes.” university would send Ruskin the requested Van Alfen said much the same thing. documents by April 20 of that year. Still, Ruskin suspects serious conflicts of But it didn’t. While most other universiinterest could be at play. ties that Ruskin contacted complied with “It looks awful for UC Davis to refuse similar requests by promptly furnishing to comply with the request,” Ruskin said. thousands of pages of emails for each one, “Why would they? Why would they refuse according to Ruskin, UC Davis turned over for so long? What collusion and cooperation just 751 pages of emails. with the agrichemical industry are they hiding?” Ω

It’s gotten more expensive to care for kids in protective custody. On September 13, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors more than doubled the county’s contract with the Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento, which takes in youths between the ages of 1 and 19 who have endured abuse, neglect or some other trauma. The youths hail from the four-county Sacramento region, with 80 percent of them having been removed from their biological homes by law enforcement or social workers, the Receiving Home says on its website. And while county officials say they aren’t removing more kids from their homes, the ones they are bringing to the Receiving Home more often need temporary shelter while social workers seek appropriate placements with relatives, foster families or group homes, said county spokeswoman Samantha Mott. “Over the last 18 months, we have been seeing children with higher-level needs, and many local group homes are unable to take them into their care due to their inability to adequately address their needs or due to their behaviors that jeopardize the safety of staff and/or other children in the facility,” Mott wrote in an email. It’s not just a local problem, either. Mott said other California counties are encountering kids with more intense issues and fewer group homes that can or are willing to accept them. Less than three months into the new fiscal year, supervisors agreed last week to expand the county’s Department of Health and Human Services’ contract with the Receiving Home by $280,000—a 105 percent increase to $546,708. The county already had the money in additional state and federal funding, meaning officials won’t have to tap into their general fund. About half of the children who leave the Receiving Home go into foster care, its website states. (Raheem F. Hosseini)

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Sacramento’s a place that’s long thrived on underground clubs, obscure artists and weirdo culture—and here’s hoping all the $12 cocktails, shiny new arenas and jacked up rents in the world won’t ever change that. So, essentially, Sacramento is at a bit of a crossroads: Old-school street cred meets new world money and ideas. This year’s Best Of issue celebrates both. We’ve got rising media stars like ABC10 reporter Frances Wang (pictured) and the owners of Kicksville Vintage, a tiny but adorable shop specializing in midcentury modern wares. There’s Gus Pearson, the organ player who revs up the crowd at River Cats games and the rule-breaking Identity Coffee. There’s tiny boutiques, fancy eats and tasty, off-the-grid doughnuts. All this and underground comedy, free-form radio and the coolest music venue you’ve maybe never heard of. Sacramento may be changing, but its foundation—all the people, places and things that made it so great in the first place—remains solid. Ω

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’m sure that legally they are all created equal, and that to declare a favorite would set an unfair precedence with negative consequences and all sorts of ensuing gossip—but I must speak frankly on the subject. A good croissant is hard to find in Sacramento. Now, I didn’t say that croissants are hard to find. Every coffee shop in the city offers them, but they’re often Disney-esque in size—as large as dinner plates with half the required amount of butter and baked so long they’re more like dinner rolls. The croissant I’m searching for is much sexier. I am searching for a croissant whose insides are stratified into innumerable chewy layers, whose outside is reduced to tissue-thin flakes at the mere suggestion of a bite. Finding Sacramento’s best croissant becomes my mission. I eat my way through innumerable bakeries but remain dissatisfied until the day I walk through the door of Cafe Rolle. With the lunch rush over, chef William Rolle leans against the kitchen window and entertains my quest. “Of course it is Estelle’s,” he says, with a finality denoting that there is no contest. In a sense, the revelation is a letdown. Estelle’s Patisserie forever escaped my attention because it seemed so obvious. I had privately hoped that the best croissant would be in some cafe nobody had heard of with difficult hours and a password required to secure the best kept secret in the city. But sometimes the best things in life are available to all in the most clear location—no secret handshake required. When I finally get my hands on an Estelle’s croissant, I revel at what feels like a pound of butter that is still soft and airy in my hands. It is as flaky as the one I had long been searching for and that, as chef Rolle promised, easily remains Sacramento’s best. Estelle’s closed its K Street location in August in preparation for a new bakery at 2530 Arden Way, scheduled to open next month. In the meantime, find Estelle’s treats at various locations of Insight Coffee Roasters, Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, Whole Foods and even the cafe at Nordstrom. Ω

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Pho Ru Pho Ru is an all-around killer Vietnamese restaurant in south Sacramento, but one dish clearly stands out: the YaYa Rainbow Trout. The chef coats a whole trout in cornmeal and deep-fries it so the skin is crunchy and the meat is tender. The sweet-funky flavor gets a major assist from fish sauce and fried garlic chips. Don’t go to Pho Ru without ordering one for the table; the price varies depending on the size of the fish, but it’s usually in the $12-$18 range. Bonus: Your server will fillet it tableside. 6115 Mack Road, (916) 476-3754, www.rurestaurant.com. J.B.

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Device Brewing Co.’s triple IPA is a knockout.

Best under-the-radar brewery Device Brewing Co. Word of mouth travels fast in the craft beer scene. So when Device Brewing Co. opened in 2013, the family-owned business simply let the beer speak for itself. Three years later, its warehouse on 14th Avenue bursts at the seams with beer drinkers on Friday or Saturday evenings. It joins the ranks of more than 50 quality craft breweries in the region. Despite its under-the-radar approach to advertisement, Device continues to brew, bottle and serve a variety of barrel-aged Russian imperial stouts, double and triple IPAs, summer lagers and more. Stop by to indulge in a knockout triple IPA. It’s crisp on first sip, followed by a full-bodied bite of hops and finished with a quick buzz—perfect for those summer evenings on a shaded porch or trips to the featured food truck located just outside the brewery. 8166 14th Avenue, Suite A; (916) 737-2739; www.devicebrewing.com. S.R.

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Best lattes for every season

Best use of a squirrel in baked goods

Nido

Sassy Oh Baking Co.

Flavored lattes have a bad rep because of oversugared confections like the pumpkin spice latte. Not so with Nido’s seasonal drinks. These beverages blend their many flavors into a smooth and coherent whole. Flavor wizard Alison Joy Willard, lead barista at Yellowbill Cafe and Bakery, has concocted the summer espresso drinks at both her cafe and Nido. For the lavender latte, she soaks the organic herb in Tito’s Handmade Vodka for two months, drawing out its full essence, and sprinkles the iced drink with real flecks of lavender. The horchata latte features an in-house infusion of spices, rice and almond milk, as well as house-made coconut-vanilla whipped cream. Summer is ending, but fall promises to be tasty, too. 1409 R Street, Suite 102;

Sassy Oh Baking Co. gets creative in combining flavors for its cookies and muffins—chocolate-chip lavender, lemonrosemary spelt, apple-peanut pretzel and ginger-lime peanut butter—and it’s proudly 100 percent vegan, so it’s perfect for animal lovers. Even more so, because the logo for the company is a squirrel with a fluffy, long tail that curves into an “S.” It’s kind of like an adorable reminder that eating vegan isn’t about what you can’t have, but what you can have: animal-friendly deliciousness—you know, good stuff. Sassy Oh baked goods are sold at Broadway Coffee (3200 Broadway), and orders may be placed by phone.

(916) 668-7594; www.hellonido.com. R.H.

Best reason to make every day Taco Tuesday Taqueria Espinoza At Taqueria Espinoza, every day is Taco Tuesday. Family owned and operated, the taqueria serves $1 chicken, al pastor, carne asada and carnitas tacos Monday through Sunday. What’s more, this taco hut also serves a nice selection of Mexican-style beers that pair quite well with $10 worth of street tacos. Order a few of each variety to sample the different flavors and spices of marinated meats topped with fresh-chopped cilantro, diced onions and a spicy housemade salsa. Lime wedges also accompany any size order for that extra bite of citrus, and the soft, mini corn tortillas act as the perfect vessel to guide all the flavors Taqueria Espinoza prepares daily to your mouthhole. 2805 12th Avenue, (916) 370-2511.

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Best Japanese street sandos Mahoroba Japanese Bakery Mahoroba Japanese Bakery is the only authentic Japanese bakery in town, according to its owner, Narusuke Monguchi, and his employees. That said, this little sweet factory also serves up some delicious street food inspired by delicacies found in the streets of Japan where Monguchi is from. First, there’s the fish dog. The land-and-seacreature title may intimidate some; however, try it. It’s white fish that’s panko-battered and golden-fried, served with crunchy green cabbage, drizzled with sweet house sauce and served on a fresh-baked deli roll. More savory choices include deep-fried potatoes, cabbage, house sauce on a roll (for the vegetarians and vegans) and the yakisoba pan, which is sautéed yakisoba noodles served in a roll. 4900 Freeport Boulevard,

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Best unexpected example of East meets West Umai Savory Hot Dogs Kimchi, sriracha and bulgogi sauce on a hot dog. Is there really any better way to exemplify Eastern and Western cultures crashing into each other, at least in the context of food? This one particular dog is called the Seoul Storm. Umai has several other Asian fusion-style dogs to choose from, like the Tokyo Signature, Saigon Hustle, Thai Thunder and Shinjuku Shadow. This small, local hot dog chain does have non-Asian styles—pretty much anything you can imagine—but its Asian flavors are the ones that really shine. Be sure to try out the house fries, which are tossed with seaweed and a sauce that tastes strikingly similar to Hawaiian kalua sauce. Yum! 1132 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 120, in Roseville; (916) 774-0707; 3620 N. Freeway Boulevard, Suite 310; (916) 246-9049; 1310 Howe Avenue, Suite D; (916) 246-9443; http://umaihotdogs.com. A.C.

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Best bar story Pre-Flite Lounge If you’ve sidled up to the bar to order a $2.50 Oly, you may have already noticed them, behind the gold-lamé cash register and beneath the United Airlines poster of a Chinese parade dragon float: It’s a pair of once-white cutoff shorts, yellowed like old newspaper, framed behind glass. Well, those short shorts tell a story. As the legend goes, they belonged to a late patron who frequented Pre-Flite’s former spot on L and 5th streets. To get her husband to stop wearing them (yes, it was a straight dude), the patron’s wife had them laminated and donated them to their favorite watering hole. Now, they sit in suspended animation waiting for you to ask about them. Go ahead, it’s a great story. Rest well, Tiny Shorts Man. Your legend lives on. 1011 10th Street, (916) 441-7963, www.facebook.com/ PreFliteLounge. R.F.H.

Best mac ’n’ cheese for Velveeta fans Cask & Barrel I love how even fine-dining chefs dig processed food sometimes. It’s the antithesis to Sacramento’s intense, everything-mustbe-farm-to-fork culture. Take Cask & Barrel’s Gabriel Glasier. He loves Velveeta, and that’s awesome, because it means the restaurant’s mac ’n’ cheese ($10) carries the brilliant, can’t-possibly-be-real consistency of Velveeta “cheese product” while actually containing aged cheddar. How can it be so? Stabilizers and wheat beer. Who knew? Bacon and cornbread crumbles ramp up the skillet’s flavors, so rich that sharing is basically required. 1431 Del Paso Boulevard, (916) 922-6792, http://caskandbarrel916.com.

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Best cheap Thursdaynight chow Ruchi

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Please let your server know: V – vegan option available

hAppy hour 4:30-6pm $3 aPPs, house Wine & draFt beers

gF – gluten Free option available

Ruchi is making it easier and more inexpensive to jump on the dosa train. Thursday nights at both its Natomas and Folsom locations, the South Indian savory crepe is only $5 for a 2-foot long cylindrical wonder in five variations: masala, Mysore masala, kara, spring and Andhra (pesarattu). And, of course, it comes with chutneys and a warm, spicy bowl of sambar. It’s more food for the money than most other restaurants, without the time restrictions of happy hour or the nastiness of fast food. All aboard the (cheap) flavor train! 2600 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 100; (916) 927-2600; 601 E. Bidwell Street in Folsom; (916) 983-2871; www.indianruchi.com. S.

Appetizers

entree

1. Fresh roll (V-gF) $5.95

ChiCken or organiC toFu $8.95

2. Cheese Wonton $5.95

beeF or organiC ChiCken $10.95

3. Vegan Cheese Wonton (V) $6.95

Calamari, shrimP, tilaPia Filet $10.95

4. Pot stiCker $5.95

all 3 seaFood $15.95

5. sa-tay ChiCken or toFu (V) $6.95

serVed W/ ChoiCe oF White or broWn riCe

6. sWeet Potato Fries (V) $4.95

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7. Fried Calamari $6.95

Veggies $1 ChiCken or toFu $2.00 beeF, shrimP, Calamari, talaPia $3.00

soup ChiCken or toFu $5.95 shrimP $7.95

16. basil (V-gF)

8. tom yum (V-gF)

17. eggPlant (V-gF)

Best place to get your Bavarian cheese fix

9. tom kha (V-gF)

18. CasheW nut (V-gF)

The German Deli

11. PaPaya salad (som tum) (V-gF) $7.00

22. Panang Curry (V-gF)

12. larb / ChiCken (gF) $9.00

23. thai Fried riCe (V-gF)

13. sPiCy thai salad (gF) $9.00 ChoiCe oF shrimP, Calamari or beeF

24. sPiCy Fried riCe (V-gF)

We all know that Sacramento is home to many different cultures, but sometimes you forget just how many cool and thriving examples of cultural diversity are actually here. Case in point: The German Deli, which as of this year, has been in business for 50 years. The deli provides the local German community with bratwurst, Bavarian cheeses, mettwurst, sausages, liverwurst and German sandwiches. Little has changed since its opening in 1966, despite how much has changed everywhere else. Its underwhelming exterior might disguise just what an awesome spot it is for some authentic German meats, cheese and groceries. Current owner Vivian Smith is presently petitioning to certify it as a California historic site. 5859 Auburn

Boulevard, (916) 349-9493. A.C.

19. Praram ChiCken (gF) sAlAd

20. green or red Curry (V-gF)

10. green salad (V-gF) $5.00

21. yelloW Curry (V-gF)

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27. sWeet and sour (V-gF)

14. sPiCy thai burger W/ Fries $8.95

28. bbQ ChiCken (V-gF)

15. sPiCy thai burger W/ green salad $10.95

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speciAl dishes

30. drunken noodle (V-gF)

ChoiCe oF ChiCken or toFu

31. se eW (V-gF)

PumPkin red Curry $10.95

32. noodle souP (gF)

PineaPPle red Curry $10.95 aVoCado yelloW or green Curry $10.95 sides Peanut sauCe (V-gF) $1.00 riCe or broWn riCe (V-gF) $1.50 stiCky riCe (V-gF) $2.00

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Best affordable eats 1. Chando’s Tacos various locations, http://chandostacos.com

2. Shoki Ramen House

1201 R Street, (916) 441-0011; 2530 21st Street, (916) 454-2411; http://shokiramenhouse.com

3. Willie’s Burgers

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

Best baked goods 1. Freeport Bakery

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

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

3. Pushkin’s Bakery

1820 29th St, (916) 376-7752, www.pushkinsbakery.com

Best barbecue 1. Tank House BBQ and Bar

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

2. Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood

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

3. Momo’s Meat Market

Best burger

Best brewery

3. Squeeze Inn

various locations, www.broderick1893.com

various locations, www.thesqueezeinn.com

3747 W. Pacific Avenue, Suite F; 826 Professor Lane, Suite 100; (916) 520-4677; http://track7brewing.com

Best chef

2. Oak Park Brewing Co.

The Waterboy, 2000 Capitol Avenue, (916) 498-9891, www.waterboyrestaurant.com

3. Sactown Union Brewery 1210 66th Street, Unit B; (916) 272-4472; www.sactownunion.com

Best brunch 1. Bacon & Butter 5913 Broadway, (916) 346-4445, http://baconandbuttersac.com

2. Tower Cafe

1518 Broadway, (916) 441-0222, http://towercafe.com

3. Fox & Goose 1001 R Street, (916) 443-8825, http://foxandgoose.com

Swanberg's

various locations, www.burgersbrew.com

2. Broderick Roadhouse

3514 Broadway, (916) 660-2723, www.opbrewco.com

Ge pair at...

1. Burgers and Brew

5780 Broadway, (916) 452-0202, www.momosmeatmarket.net

1. Track 7 Brewing Co.

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Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine, 3135 Folsom Boulevard, http://krurestaurant.com

3. Billy Zoellin

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

Best Chinese 1. Frank Fat’s

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

2. Mayflower Chinese Cuisine

2316 J Street • Sac • 916-447-MAUI

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Best cocktails 1. Shady Lady Saloon

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

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

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

3. Bottle & Barlow

1120 R Street, (916) 379-7719, http://bottleandbarlow.com

Best coffee

Best doughnut shop 1. Marie’s Donuts 2950 Freeport Boulevard, (916) 444-5245

2. Baker’s Donuts 5880 Florin Road, (916) 392-8466

3. Sweet Dozen

5207 Madison Avenue, (916) 344-2000, www.sweetdozen.com

1. Temple Coffee various locations, http://templecoffee.com

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

3. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters various locations, www.chocolatefishcoffee.com

Best dive bar 1. Mercantile Saloon

1928 L Street, (916) 447-0792

2. The Zebra Club

1900 P Street, (916) 442-3972, www .zebraclubbarsacramento.com

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

2. The Culinerdy Cruzer (916) 512-0221, www.nerdytruck.com

3. Bacon Mania Truck (916) 934-2674, http://baconmaniatruck .com/NorCal

Best frozen treats 1. Gunther’s Ice Cream Shop 2801 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 457-6646, www.gunthersicecream.com

2. Vic’s Ice Cream

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

3. Leatherby’s Family Creamery 2333 Arden Way, (916) 9208382, https://leatherbys.net

Best Indian 1. Bombay Bar and Grill

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

2. Kathmandu Kitchen

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

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

Best Korean 1. Oz Korean BBQ

3343 Bradshaw Road, (916) 3629292, www.ozkoreanbbq.com

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2. YD House

Best new restaurant

3. Aura Korean & Japanese Restaurant

1. NixTaco

8979 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 366-6698

1401 G Street, (916) 930-9988, www.eataura.com

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. El Novillero

4216 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 456-4287, http://elnov.com/

1805 Cirby Way, Suite 12 in Roseville, (916) 771-4165, http://nixta.co

2. Empress Tavern

1013 K Street, (916) 662-7694, www.empresstavern.com

3. Fish Face Poke Bar 1104 R Street, (916) 706-0605, www.fishfacepokebar.com

Best outdoor patio 1. Midtown BierGarten

2332 K Street, (916) 346-4572, www .beergardensacramento.com

2. Coriander Vietnamese Restaurant

1899 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 456-0888, www. savorycoriander.com/

3. Star Ginger Asian Grill & Noodle Bar 3101 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 231-8888, www.starginger.com

Best pizza 1. Hot Italian 1627 16th Street, (916) 444-3000, www.hotitalian.net

2. OneSpeed

4818 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 706-1748, www.onespeedpizza.com

3. Chicago Fire

2. Tower Cafe

various locations, www.chicagofire.com

3. Paragary’s

Best place for breakfast

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

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

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1. Lucky Cafe 1111 21st Street

Best pho 1. Pho Bac Hoa Viet

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

2. Awful Annie’s Various locations, www.awfulannies.com

3. Cornerstone

2326 J Street, (916) 441-0948, www.facebook.com/CornerstoneRestaurant-149406445098731

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Best place for late-night eats 1. Ink Eats & Drinks

2730 N Street, (916) 456-2800, www.inkeats.com

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

Best place for meat-free eats 1. Mother

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

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

3. Sunflower Drive In

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

Best place for something sweet 1. Rick’s Dessert Diner 2401 J Street, (916) 444-0969, www.ricksdessertdiner.com

2. Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

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

3. Freeport Bakery

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

Best place to get a beer 1. Pangaea Bier Cafe 2743 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 454-4942, http://pangaeatwobrews.com

2. Burgers and Brew various locations, www.burgersbrew.com

3. Capitol Beer & Tap Room 2222 Fair Oaks Boulevard, (916) 922-1745, www.capitolbeer.com

Best place to sip wine 1. Old Sugar Mill 35265 Willow Avenue in Clarksburg, (916) 744-1615, http://oldsugarmill.com

2. 58 Degrees & Holding Co. 1217 18th Street, (916) 4425858, www.58degrees.com

3. Revolution Wines

2831 S Street, (916) 444-7711, http://rev.wine

Best place to watch sports 1. Firestone Public House 1132 16th Street, (916) 446-0888, http://firestonepublichouse.com

2. De Vere’s Irish Pub 1521 L Street, (916) 231-9947, http://deverespub. com/?loc=Sacramento

3. University of Beer

1510 16th Street, (916) 996-4844, https://theuob.com

Best spot for happy hour 1. Shady Lady Saloon

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

2. Ella Dining Room & Bar

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

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


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Best spot for sandwiches 1. Dad’s Sandwiches

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

2. Corti Brothers

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

3. Lou’s Sushi

various locations, http://roxiedeli.com

Best steakhouse 1. The Firehouse Restaurant

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

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

3. NixTaco

1112 2nd Street, (916) 442-4772, www.firehouseoldsac.com

1805 Cirby Way, Suite 12 in Roseville, (916) 771-4165, http://nixta.co

2. Jamie’s Broadway Grille

Best Thai

427 Broadway, (916) 442-4044, www.jamiesbroadwaygrille.com

3. Sutter Street Steakhouse

604 Folsom Street in Folsom, (916) 351-9100, www. sutterstreetsteakhouse.com

Best sushi 1. Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Brunch EvEryDay 9am to 2pm

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2422 13th Street • 13th & Broadway 916.737.5115 • irongrillsacramento.com

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

5810 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 7363800, https://cortibrothers.com/

3. Roxie Deli & Barbeque

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1. The Coconut Midtown

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

2. Thai Basil

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

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3. Bangkok @12 Thai Restaurant

900 12th Street, (916) 443-5588, www.bangkok12restaurant.com

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3135 Folsom Boulevard, http://krurestaurant.com

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or Frances Wang, it’s been a childhood dream realized. The ABC10 reporter was in middle school when her mother bought a hermit crab kiosk at Arden Fair mall, near the second floor carousel. Wang usually spent time there after school, helping her mother run the business. That job soon inspired a career after KCRA moved in next door, setting up a live TV news studio just steps from Wang and her mother. Wang was instantly intrigued. “This was before smartphones, so I’d spend my time watching the news,” Wang remembers. “It made the day go by quicker.” It also gave her a taste of broadcast exposure. “[The station] would get shots of people in the background—it was cool to have my friends say ‘I saw you on TV in the background,” she says now. Wang finally made it in front of the camera when the station interviewed her for a back-to-school segment. After, she was hooked. “Since then I’ve always been interested in [TV],” she says. After graduating from St. Francis High School, Wang enrolled at the University of Southern California to study broadcasting. There she discovered a passion for old-school, boots-onthe-ground reporting. “If I could have been a journalist in the golden age of journalism, I would have,” Wang says. “I wish I could have been a part of that.” After internships at KABC-TV, CNN and E! News, Wang landed a

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job as an on-air reporter at KREM2 in Spokane, Wash. She didn’t think she’d actually return to Sacramento anytime soon but when an opportunity popped up last year—ABC10 and KREM2 share the same parent company—she jumped at the chance. “This is a very forward-thinking company—they’re very digital-first,” she says. “And I want to be at the forefront.” For Wang, that means marrying the internet’s share-everything culture with broadcast television’s reach. “Even though everyone has a camera and everyone has access to a platform, I still think that news stations have brand and audience—we have access to those that others might not have, just by being the press,” she says. On camera, Wang exudes camera-friendly qualities: a highenergy, knowledgeable efficiency and an understated warmth that comes through whether she’s reporting on political rallies, sporting events or the story of a man who, after being hit by a drunk driver, had to learn to walk and talk again. Wang points to Ellen DeGeneres and Humans of New York as career inspiration. “I like breaking big news stories— the adrenaline of that just can’t be beat,” she says. “But I also like highlighting seemingly regular people who are just doing seemingly regular things, … That’s part of my job, sharing those stories.” Ω

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Best unexpected creative hub Panama Art Factory In the last year or so, the industrial strip edging the backside of Hollywood Park has turned into something of a secret hip (but decidedly not placemaker hip) destination, thanks to the likes of Phono Select Records, Fountainhead Brewing Co. and Track 7 Brewing Co. Recently, Panama Art Factory joined those ranks. The space, which dates back to the early 1900s, has long been home to a pottery shop and kiln, and these days it builds on that history with private studio spaces, classes and exhibitions. It also hosts events, including dance and live music. The scene is miles away—both literally and figuratively—from Andy Warhol’s famed New York City Factory scene, but the vibe is just as radical. 4421 24th Street, http://panamaartfactory.com. R.L.

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Best place to borrow an accordion Library of MusicLandria Sacramento Public Library’s Library of Things has some instruments you can check out, sure. But do they have accordions, crash cymbals, effects pedals, drum machines, recording gear and obscure percussion? I didn’t think so. That’s what makes the Library of MusicLandria so special. They have anything music-related you can imagine—and it’s free, just like a library. The library is run out of couple Buddy Hale and Rachel Freund’s (pictured above) home. It’s easy to check out instruments. Just provide your name and proof of address. Currently, they have over 200 instruments and gear from which to choose, and it keeps growing. Just don’t break anything and don’t forget to return whatever you check out. www.libraryofmusiclandria.webs.

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Reimel Banjos Paul Reimel didn’t expect to sell any of the banjos he brought to a bluegrass festival in Grass Valley back in June. But he sold every one. “I sold the one I was playing, too. A lady fell in love with it,” he said. But that’s all right—he’ll just make himself another one. Reimel Banjos began in 2010, when a friend requested the cabinetmaker turned guitarmaker make him a banjo. Reimel enjoyed the process so much, he kept at it and put them up for sale at The Nicholson Music Co. (636 E. Bidwell Street in Folsom), where he works as a luthier, “and they just trickled out,” he said. Now, Reimel’s just finished his 41st open-back Americana work of art with no plans of stopping any time soon. www.facebook.com/reimelbanjo. S.

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Best freewheeling radio comeback K-ZAP Those of us old enough to remember K-ZAP back in the day still obsess over the station’s freewheeling take on radio, which was, basically, “anything goes.” Thankfully, its reboot revives that spirit, digging in deep on album cuts and playing artists not heard on other local stations. K-ZAP, which originally was broadcast from the 98.5 frequency until it went off the air in 1992, relaunched last summer at 93.5 FM. In addition to the expected classic-rock tropes (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, et al.) the station’s volunteer deejays also put newer acts in the mix. Recent listens turned up the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett and Ryan Adams, for starters. The current lowpowered frequency is a little staticky at times, but luckily listeners can also tune in via a smartphone app or online. www.k-zap.org. R.L.

Best new mystery art collective M5 Arts At this point, Art Hotel feels like forever ago. The interactive, temporary arts space in the old Jade Apartments drew thousands—so many that volunteers were forced to turn groups away at the door. It was the work of M5 Arts, a collective of mostly anonymous people who are busy working on their next big, daring project. They prefer to stay mysterious so attention can be focused on the art,

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but a couple of public representatives have emerged: Seumas Coutts and Shaun Burner. If you want to find out who else is in the club, bug them. www.m5arts.com. J.B.

Best place for art, social justice and self-discovery The Creation District “Radical Self Love.” “My Story Is Not an Apology.” Sounds like an unorthodox course catalog, right? That’s just the idea with The Creation District, a community-focused art school that aims to celebrate coloring outside the dotted lines. The 44th Street space is open to kids, young adults and just about anyone interested in self-transformation through art workshops. Some possibilities: Conquer fear through improv theater, become acquainted with your inner child by drawing the sky or sculpt your way out of a creative funk. The program was formed by Walking the Village, the same nonprofit that runs Tubman House, a homeless shelter for young parents in Sacramento. Volunteer work and activism run in tandem with the school’s mission. Students, for example, can join a task force with city council members to help fix problems in their communities. 4265 44th Street, www.thecreationdistrict.com. M.Z.

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show starts at 8pm Pretty Woman | In Dreams | Only The Lonely | Crying Blue Bayou | Leia | You Got It | & Many more www.thebigband.com

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Starlite Lounge If you haven’t noticed Sacramento’s thriving underground metal scene, you have no excuse anymore—not with so much tasteful dissonance spilling nightly out of Starlite Lounge. July’s Fuck Monday Fest proves the point: a nine-band marathon with hometown doom brewers like Battle Hag and Worship of Keres invoking dangerous decibels on a Sunday, appropriately. Beyond showcasing neighborhood acts, Starlite is also a prime pit stop for national and international tours, featuring old-time underdogs like Grim Reaper and far-flung bands like World End Man from Japan. If you find yourself there, buy Chris Lemos a beer. He books most shows at Starlite, and he’s built a vibrant incubator for the kind of music that splinters and bleeds. 1517 21st Street, (916) 704-0711, www.facebook.com/ starlitesacramento. M.Z.

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Celebration Arts Theatre 4469 D Street (Corner of 45th & D Streets)

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Find nerdom utopia at Coin-Op Game Room.

916/455-2787

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Coin-Op Game Room

Secret Comedy Show

The X-Men are occupied by a veritable Breakfast Club. The flat-billed bro wields metal-mutant Colossus like a brute-force bulldozer. The scrawny geek hunches over Wolverine, popping claws into Hellfire Club henchmen. The cool indie chick has discoera Dazzler firing off energy bolts. And the straight-laced prom king punches optic blasts through Cyclops’ ruby visor. Welcome to Coin-Op, where every possible clique, fashion fad or themed party intermingles and gets along in a safe zone of ’90s arcade nostalgia. It’s a demographic utopia where nerd gets along with jock, and it’s as counterintuitive as watching a lion and gazelle play backgammon. Now, if only they can get Storm’s joystick working. 908 K Street, (916) 661-6983,

Two-drink minimums, the cornball cartoonish décor—even the carpeted floors of most comedy clubs feel obnoxiously antiquated. It’s controlled and safe and therefore predictable. Likewise, Netflix comedy specials are not the solution. What if comedy was free, spontaneous and you could leave whenever? This is the idea behind Moving Van Comedy, a monthly roving DIY comedy night performed wherever they can park a Budget rental truck. The group tweets out the location from its @movingvanshow account, pulls up, powers up the generator, lays out a rug and stool, and checks the mic. It’s renegade comedy until the cops show up asking about permits. Follow @movingvanshow on Twitter. B.G.

http://coinopsac.com. R.H.


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Best under-theradar music venue

Best podcast network

The Red Museum

OK, so everyone and their grandma has a podcast. How do you decide what’s worth your time? There are some great local, indie podcasts, and there are some real stinkers. Why not start with Sacramento’s best local-podcast network? Yeah, that’s right, podcasts have networks, and we have one right here in town. Dirty Garage Studios was started by Junior Bruce (formerly of The Junior & Leo Show) in January of 2015. The various shows specialize in pop culture and entertainment. Some shows on the network worth checking out include: 42 Strains (pot), Coffee Date Podcast: A Gilmore Girls Rewatch (Gilmore Girls, duh!), Rankin & Bruce (movies), and Crunch Time (news, comedy).

The Red Museum doesn’t have a website, and it’s not on Yelp. The venue’s most official presence is an unofficial Facebook page. Despite its minimal promotion, the warehouse space itself is well put together. Framed black-and-white illustrations disrupt the stark walls, and tall wooden rafters reverberate the sounds of local and traveling musicians. You’ll hear punk, hip-hop and indie groups, and watch curated movie nights with such cuddly themes as “Hail Satan.” An open back door often welcomes a cooling breeze not found in other, sweatier venues. Audiences sip on cheap cans of Tecate while sitting in repurposed church pews, worshiping at the altar of damned good music. 212 15th Street. R.H.

Dirty Garage Studios

www.dirtygaragestudios.com. A.C.

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Best comedy bromance Keith Lowell Jensen and Johnny Taylor Jr. The professional friendship—and maybe real friendship—between Keith Lowell Jensen and Johnny Taylor Jr. is both heartwarming and hilarious. That’s because they’re comedians—two of Sacramento’s strongest—who are both on Stand Up! Records alongside major national acts David Cross, Hannibal Buress and Lewis Black. They’re also both joys to follow on Twitter. Seriously. Very funny stuff. When Jensen starts reflecting on everything depressing happening in the country, Taylor chimes in: “Sorry if I seem cynical lately it’s just that the world is a huge fucking dumpster fire is all.” And Jensen is there for him with the retweet. Follow Keith Lowell Jensen at @keithlowell and Johnny Taylor at @hipsterocracy. J.B.

Best little-big screen Public House Theater The Public House Theater is a quaint little establishment nestled in Tahoe Park. It’s a busy joint that combines its love for throwback movies like Napoleon Dynamite and Jumanji with its love for ice-cold pints of microbrews and munchies like pizza, nachos, tacos and panini. The theater seats up to 100 guests, and there’s also an outdoor patio with several chairs, tables and shade umbrellas where patrons gather to drink in the neighborhood scenery while sipping a pint. The friendly staff also hosts events throughout the week that include adult coloring, bingo evenings, trivia nights and karaoke jams. 5440 14th Avenue, (916) 662-7262, www.publichousetheater.net. S.R.


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Best all-ages music venue 1. Ace of Spades

3. Crest Theatre 1013 K Street, (916) 442-5189, www.crestsacramento.com

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

Best brewfest

2. Cafe Colonial

1. Capital Beer Fest

3520 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 736-3520, www.facebook .com/cafecolonialsacramento

3. Sol Collective

2574 21st Street, (916) 585-3136, www.facebook.com/SolCollective

www.capitolbeerfest.com

2. Raley Field Brewfest

https://raleyfieldsite.wordpress.com

3. California Brewers Festival http://calbrewfest.com

Best author of fiction 1. Christian Kiefer

Best casino/ cardroom

2. Kim Stanley Robinson

1. Thunder Valley Casino Resort

3. Doug Rice

Best big screen 1. Esquire IMAX Theatre

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2. Red Hawk Casino

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

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3. Cache Creek Casino Resort

14455 Highway 16 in Brooks, (530) 796-3118, www.cachecreek.com

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

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Best comedian

Best dance spot

1. Johnny Taylor Jr.

1. The Press Club

2. Carlos Rodriguez 3. Lance Woods

Best comedy experience

2. Laughs Unlimited

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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Best festival

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

1. California State Fair

3. Sacramento Comedy Spot

2. Sacramento Beer Week

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

Stained Glass Concert

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

1. Punch Line Sacramento 2100 Arden Way, (916) 925-5500, www.punchlinesac.com

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3. Chalk it Up! www.chalkitup.org

Best communitytheater group

Best film festival

1. Big Idea Theatre

1. Trash Film Orgy

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

2. Davis Musical Theatre Company 607 Pena Drive, Suite 10, in Davis; (530) 756-3682; www.dmtc.org

3. Woodland Opera House Theatre Company

http://trashfilmorgy.com

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

3. Sacramento French Film Festival www.sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org

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Best gay club

Best local actor

1. Faces

1. Shannon Mahoney

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

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

2. Ryan Snyder 3. Benjamin T. Ismail

3. Badlands

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

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

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

3. Pine Cove Tavern 509 29th Street, (916) 446-3624, http://pinecovetavern.com

Best local media personality to have a drink with 1. Bethany Crouch, FOX40 2. Nick Brunner, Capital Public Radio 3. Cody Stark, Good Day Sacramento

Best live music venue

Best meteorologist to trust for your weather forecast

1. Ace of Spades

1. Mark Finan, KCRA 3

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

2. Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub

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

3. Cafe Colonial

3520 Stockton Boulevard, (916) 718-7055, www.facebook.com/cafecolonialsacramento

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Best open-mic night 1. Luna’s Cafe & Juice Bar 1414 16th Street, (916) 441-3931, www.lunascafe.com

2. Capitol Bowl

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

3. Strikes Unlimited

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

2. Shine

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

3. Old Ironsides

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

Best place to hear poetry 1. Shine

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

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

3. Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th Street, (916) 240-1897, www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com

Best place to see art 1. Crocker Art Museum

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

2. Verge Center for the Arts 625 S Street, (916) 448-2985, www.vergeart.com

3. Warehouse Artists Lofts 1108 R Street, (916) 498-9033, www.rstreetwal.com

Best place to stock your bookshelves 1. Beers Books

1. Country Club Lanes

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

2. Music Circus, California Musical Theatre

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

3. Davis Shakespeare Ensemble

(530) 802-0998, www.shakespearedavis.org

Best seductive radio voice 1. Kitty O’Neal, 92.5 FM / 1530 AM KFBK 2. Devin Yamanaka, Capital Public Radio 3. Nick Brunner, Capital Public Radio

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

2. Dimple Books

Best place to knock down pins

Best professional theater company

2499 Arden Way, (916) 239-3760, http://dimple.com

3. Time Tested Books

2. R15 Bar

1431 R Street, (916) 930-9191, www.rstreet.cafebernardo.com/r15

3. Alley Katz

2019 O Street, (916) 442-2682, www.facebook.com/Alley-Katz-Midtown -Sacramento-253931997952199

Best trivia night 1. Track 7 Brewing Co. 3747 West Pacific Avenue, (916) 442-2682, http://track7brewing.com

3. Fox & Goose Public House 1001 R Street (916) 443-8825, http://foxandgoose.com

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

Best visual artist 1. Micah Crandall-Bear 3. Gioia Fonda 3. Susan Silvester

Best spot for pool 1. Blue Cue

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

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

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

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Laura and Tim Matranga: a match made in shopping heaven.

hen a devoted record collector with an ear for ’60s garage rock and psych music met a graphic designer with a sharp eye for antiques and vintage home décor, the two seemed destined to eventually open a store. In May 2015, that’s just what Tim and Laura Matranga did with Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage, located in the WAL Public Market on R Street. “It’s funny—I first met her at an antique fair through friends, and then we started hanging out and we both found we had a love for records and vintage stuff,” Tim says. “The opportunity to open a shop came up and we said, ‘Let’s do this. We’re all in.’” What started out as a hobby of digging through garage and estate sales for records and unique vintage items on the weekends took a serious turn when Tim’s friend Marty DeAnda, owner of MediumRare Records & Collectibles, invited the couple to split the 1,000 square-foot store space with him. Tim and Laura’s side of the store welcomes vinyl- and vintage-seeking customers with an eye-catching window display that rotates every few months. Its current exhibit is a scene straight out of a ’70s-era living room, and of course, it’s paired with records. The Orange Creamsicle-colored walls mark the Kicksville territory of the business,

where everything from ’60s Italian ceramic canisters to kitschy owls, cats and Danish figurines pepper the aisles. “Everything’s unique and every item has a story behind it,” Laura says of her love for vintage hunting. “It’s kind of like you almost have to work to find it, so it makes it more of a treasure when you find this piece that you’ve been searching for.” Tim’s adoration for wax started at 14, when he would spend his paper route earnings to buy Top 40 records. Eventually, he moved onto the alternative, punk and garage-rock genres. His record collection, a combination of 45s and LPs, totals about 8,000. Nowadays, instead of buying one or two records, Tim’s on the hunt for entire collections, and he credits the vinyl revival and also the steady flow of millennials that visit his store and share a passion for records. “I would say classic rock, jazz and soul are the genres we sell often. If we had a copy to sell of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue every week, we would sell one every week,” Tim says. “Soul’s really big, too—everything from Sam Cooke to Otis Redding. It’s hard to keep ’em in stock.” Ω Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage is located inside the WAL Public Market at 1104 R Street, Suite 140. More at www.kicksvilleshop.com.

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Best place to discover new sweets Andy’s Candy Apothecary Whether you’re a chocolate or candy person, Andy’s Candy Apothecary stocks an ever-evolving, exciting selection of sweets from around the world. Owner Andy Paul (pictured) showcases local gems from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates and Puur Chocolat as well as lots of exotically spiced treats from the Bay Area. Greentea-flavored Kit Kat bars from Japan? Yep. Chocolate bacon? Sure. Tortilla-chip brittle? Uh huh. Candy-apple caramels? A favorite. Gummies in the shape of fried eggs? How fun! There’s always something new to try, and sometimes, free samples. 1012 Ninth Street, (916) 905-4115, http://andyscandystore.com. J.B.

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The Plant Foundry Located along the quickly gentrifying Broadway corridor in Oak Park, The Plant Foundry makes for a pleasant stop. Even if you have the blackest of thumbs (ahem), it just feels good to wander around, admiring all things green and lush. The nursery is well-stocked on droughttolerant succulents, fruit trees, vegetables and gorgeous flowers. Go ahead and grab one of the nearby red wagons and fill it up with all the plants you sincerely hope to not kill. 3500 Broadway, (916) 917-5787, www. plantfoundry.com. R.L.

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Best new old bike shop Velo Trap It seems like some people never noticed that Edible Pedal closed up its bike shop in the alley. That’s because colorful bikes still sit outside, and the interior looks more or less the same. Velo Trap’s owners, including Sen Saetern (pictured), are sweet, helpful and not intimidating in the slightest. Repair prices remain among the lowest on the grid. And there’s usually a great selection of used, new, vintage and freshly built bikes. Add it all up and Velo Trap is basically the new Edible Pedal. For all your food delivery needs, however, Edible Pedal still exists and maintains its shop in West Sacramento. 1712 L Street, (916) 822-5969, www.velotrap.com. J.B.

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Best (and by far cutest) sustainable lawn mowers Goat Central Goat ahead, do a double take: That is indeed a herd of goats in Folsom, grazing in the lot next to the fancy-pants Palladio at Broadstone shopping center. They are the four-legged workforce of Goat Central, a foothills-based company, and their job is clearing unwanted vegetation. The goats are more environmentally friendly than gas-powered lawn mowers, of course, and more entertaining, cute and cuddly. See the internet and science for proof. (Disbelievers, read ScienceAlert’s “Goats are just as smart and loving as dogs, say scientists.”) Owner Ray Austin has a herd of about 300 hardy kiko goats that go to work all over northern California. Goat Central, www.goatcentral.com. S.

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Hi-Fashion Fabrics

This tiny shop might not appear like much at first glance, but trust us: It’s stocked with good things like pretty fabrics; handmade jewelry and bath products; vintage housewares and clothing; and whimsical greeting cards. For those who randomly like to drop money on cute things, this is the place. There’s also pottery, candles and art. The shop currently has very limited hours—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday—but appointments are also welcome. 2907 35th Street, http://makedosac.com. R.L.

Even at thrift stores, you run the risk of buying the same shirt as your nemesis. To own a truly one-of-a-kind closet, a touch of DIY goes a long way. Hi-Fashion Fabrics is your go-to source for dressmaking, with a spectrum of satin, floral crepe de chine, eye-catching African prints and sequined knits worthy of a slinky number on New Year’s Eve. If Halloween costumes are more your speed, this store has you covered with Chewbacca fur and zebra prints. To protect your textbooks, they have oilcloths with funky patterns. Tucked inside a dusty strip mall, the sellers of fabric, notions and yarn pack a glamorous surprise at hole-in-the-wall prices. 4106 Franklin Boulevard, (916) 451-5648, www.hifashionfabricshop.com. R.H.

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Best shop to stay on trend and on budget Rire In France, rire means “to laugh,” but in Sacramento and Davis, Rire means a place to buy Instagramworthy ensembles and adorable accessories without detonating one’s wallet. Stocking her store with crocheted socks, floral-print rompers, lattice blouses and U.S.-made jeans, among many other things, Josie Lee has gone from a pop-up space in the East Sacramento Mercantile to her own stores in Midtown, Oak Park and Davis by not just offering trendy, contemporary clothing for young women, but by keeping the price point at under $50. Yes, even for that little lacy cutout number. And fringed kimono. And strappy heels. You get the idea. 2522 J Street, Suite A; (916) 822-7473; 760 Fifth Street in Davis, (530) 341-0480, http://rireboutique.com. S.

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Best do-gooder thrift store

FreeStyle Clothing Exchange is a buy-sell-trade clothing store in the Sacramento area where you can find your seasonal looks for less! Build these Fall looks using p i e c e s y o u c a n f i n d a t a n y o f o u r f o u r l o c a l l o c a t i o n s . Yo u c a n g e t any of these looks $40 or get it for free by bringing in clothing and accessories you no longer wear - you'll get your choice of cash or trade for your items on the spot.

TRUE What could be better than scoring a $10 designer jacket at a thrift store? Doing it for a good cause. TRUE (Totally Recycled Urban Exchange) opened in Midtown last November, and it gives 100 percent of its proceeds to WEAVE, a local provider of intervention for survivors of domestic violence. The spacious shop offers more than warm fuzzies. You’ll find like-new duds by Tulle Clothing, BCBG and Free People, along with plus size, maternity, men’s wear, shoes and bags. Fresh décor like neon paintings and bookshelves separate it from the typical musty thrift store. Regular sales—and discounts for state workers, students and seniors—give us even more reasons to blow our clothing budget here. 1900 K Street, (916) 643-4606, www.weaveinc.org/true. R.H.

De Nhat Kho Bo De Nhat Kho Bo (No. 1 Beef Jerky) is in one of the best strip malls in town, which also features Giò Cha Duc Huong Sandwiches and Vampire Penguin. The store itself is gorgeous, with large glass jars of candy, dried fruit and dried fish. Plexiglass boxes line the walls and contain a plethora of jerky flavors, from the popular teriyaki to mango and jackfruit. Bo means “beef” in Vietnamese, but there are other jerky varieties. The shop tenders are famously solicitous, but they do it to everyone—they are just trying PA I D A D V E R T I S E M E N T C O N T I N U E D O N PAG E 89

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

2. Anthony’s Barber Shop 2408 21st Street, (916) 457-1120, www.sacramentobarbershop.com

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

Best boutique 1. Krazy Mary’s

3230 Folsom Boulevard, (916) 442-6279, www.facebook.com/krazymarysboutique

2. Old Gold

1104 R Street, Suite 110; (916) 329-8569; http://shopoldgold.com

3. Sugar Shack Boutique

2425 J Street, (916) 447-4435, www.facebook.com/sugarshackbtq

Best home furnishings

3. 57th Street Antique Row 875 57th Street, (916) 451-3110, http://57thstreetantiquerow.com

Best place for plants and flowers 1. Green Acres Nursery & Supply

9220 E. Stockton Boulevard in Elk Grove, (916) 714-5600, www.idiggreenacres. com/green-acres-elk-grove

2. The Plant Foundry 3500 Broadway, (916) 917-5787, www.plantfoundry.com

3. Sunday Farmers Market, under the freeway at 8th and W streets Eighth and W streets, www.california-grown.com

Best place to buy sexy-time stuff 1. Kiss N Tell

2401 Arden Way, (916) 920-5477, www.kissntellstore.com

1. Scout Living

2. Autonomous Love

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

2419 J Street, (916) 662-7140, www.facebook.com/Autonomouslove

2. Lumen’s Light + Living

3. Suzie’s

2028 K Street, (916) 444-5585, www.lumens.com

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3. Pet Xtreme

2018 Sutterville Road, (916) 452-9738, www.petextreme.com

Best place to buy vintage 1. Thrift Town

various locations, http://thrifttown.com

2. Old Gold

1104 R Street, Suite 110; (916) 329-8569; http://shopoldgold.com

3. Sacramento Antique Faire

X and 21st streets, www.sacantiquefaire.com

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

2. Mike’s Bikes

1411 I Street, (916) 446-2453, http://mikesbikes.com

3. Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen

1915 I Street, (916) 538-2725, www.sacbikekitchen.org

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2. American Graffiti Tattoo & Piercing 608 12th Street, (916) 443-7778, www.facebook. com/americangraffititattoosacramento

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

Best place to get pampered 1. Sleek Wax Bar

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

2. Arden Hills

1220 Arden Hills Lane, (916) 4826111, http://ardenhills.club

3. Mellow Me Out Day Spa 3421 Arden Way, (916) 482-2772, http://mellowmeout.com

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

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

2. Jimmy’s Barber Garage 1017 24th Street, (916) 662-7695, www.jimmysbarbergarage.com

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

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Best strip club

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

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

3. Arareity Jewelers 1020 R Street, (916) 446-1535, www.arareity.com

Best record store 1. Dimple Records

various locations, http://dimple.com

2. Phono Select

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

3 Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage / MediumRare Records & Collectibles 1104 R Street, Suite 140; (916) 706-0536; www.kicksvilleshop. com; www.digmusic.com

Best specialty vape shop 1. Planet of the Vapes various locations, www.planetofthevapes.biz

1809 S Street, Suite 99; (916) 917-5332, www.nxnwvapor.co/home

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

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

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

3. Club Fantasy

851 Richard Boulevard, (916) 447-4475, http://gentlemensclubfantasy.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.royalpeacocktattoo.com

3. The Iron Monkey Tattoo Studio & Fine Art Gallery 1723 I Street, (916) 476-5701, www.facebook.com/ theironmonkeytattooandartgallery

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ary Williams was tired of the comments. “You fight like a boy!” “You’re too pretty to be a boxer!” Pretty, sure—but what does that have to do with strength and toughness, the trainer wondered. “What they meant [by those comments] was ‘you’re really not capable,’” says Williams, a former amateur boxer. Williams knows better. The Sac State grad lives in San Diego now, but got her start boxing in the 916 and is still involved with local boxing gyms.

Olympic gold medalist Debbie Meyer is #nevertoopretty to be a champ.

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Motivated, Williams launched Too Pretty, a clothing and accessories brand with T-shirts, boxing gloves, bags and more—all imprinted with the Too Pretty logo: a fist adorned with a crown. The product line eventually inspired a #tooprettymovement Instagram campaign featuring photos posted by girls and women. Each photo shows its subject holding a cardboard sign that explains what she’s “never too pretty” to accomplish. The campaign’s been a hit with female athletes, including Carmichael’s

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Olympic gold medal champ Debbie Meyer (pictured left), but it’s also resonated with others such as members of the Cimorelli sisters, the mega-popular singing group, formerly of Sacramento, and two-time California Sen. Becky Morgan. Whoever the signholder, Williams says the message is consistent. “You can be a woman and feminine and still kick ass.” https://tooprettybrand.com

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sacramento Heron & egret rescue

randy Brink

Sorry, Big Bird, no one was able to save Sesame Street from being cut from an hour to a half-hour show, but there are people able to save real big birds in Sacramento. The Sacramento Heron & Egret Rescue is a group of volunteers who rehabilitate young herons and egrets—which, coincidentally, kinda look like little beasties from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop—who have fallen out of their nests in front of an apartment complex on Truxel Road in Natomas. SHER has posted signs for folks to drive slowly and watch for fallen baby birds, and has provided holding pens for anyone to place injured ones in until a volunteer comes to nurse them back to health. (916) 452-2473,

In Major League Baseball, there’s a renowned fan known as Marlins Man who seems to always be sitting directly behind home plate wearing a bright orange Marlins shirt and visor no matter which teams are playing. Sacramento has its own version of this in Randy Brink. He is at everything. The cool thing is that local teams seem to recognize, appreciate and celebrate Brink’s loyalty. The Sacramento Kings threw Brink a 50th birthday party on the court. Sac Republic FC appointed him volunteer director of the pitch. The Sacramento River Cats, meanwhile, use Brink as volunteer head of security. G.W.

www.facebook.com/sacheronandegretrescue. S.

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Best man-made wipeout Wake Island Waterpark The largest water park on the West Coast is just 15 minutes outside of downtown Sacramento, somehow hiding in the tiny community of Pleasant Grove. And it is massive. It’s also got a floating obstacle course that isn’t as savage as the ones used in wacky competition shows like Wipeout and its Japanese inspiration, Takeshi’s Castle. That’s not necessarily a compliment. But it’s also not not a compliment. Dig? 7633 Locust Road in Pleasant Grove, (916) 655-3900, http://wakeislandwaterpark.com. R.F.H.

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Best on-field emcee

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Years ago, Mike Osborn was just another struggling stand-up comedian. Then he applied for a job with the Sacramento River Cats and became Mike on the Mic, the ubiquitous on-field emcee. Go to any River Cats game and there’s Mike on the Mic coolly doing live shots between innings, going around the stands to interview fans and appearing in prerecorded videos on the center-field scoreboard with team mascot Dinger. He also shows up on on local television to review movies and makes frequent visits to area schools with Dinger. It’s probably safe to say stand-up comedy was never this rewarding of a career. G.W.

Forgive the blood on Bonney Field, Sacramento FC: The city has a pro rugby team now, and they just got through their first season. A gang of nimble giants don yellow-and-green jerseys for the Express, one of five national teams in the newly born Professional Rugby Organization. The first inaugural season commenced in April, with the Express twice clobbering San Francisco’s tribe, the Rush. Unfortunately, the guys couldn’t get a win against Ohio or this year’s champion, the Denver Stampede. Folks wanting to witness fullback Garrett Brewer dance effortlessly away from interceptions and broken bones will have to wait for next April. Until then, enjoy some insane highlight reels. www.prorugby.org/team/sacramento. M.Z.

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Best sports battalion to join Sacramento Republic FC When it comes to sports teams, Sacramento fans are fully dedicated. From purple and silver tattoos in honor of the Sacramento Kings to dance battles with the River Cats’ mascot, Dinger, during the seventhinning stretch, we go hard. So it’s no surprise when the Sacramento Republic FC kicked off its first soccer game at Hughes Stadium in 2014 that fans quickly backed maroon and gold. These die-hard fútbol fans are known as the Tower Bridge Battalion, and they show their loyalty by packing the team’s new home stadium at Bonney Field with face paint and clever chants accompanied by drums and megaphones; their love for the Republic knows no bounds. It’s so boundless, in fact, that the Battalion led a crowd of thousands through the streets of downtown in September 2014 just to showcase its dedication to Major League Soccer officials. No big deal. www.sacrepublicfc.com. S.R.

Gus Pearson

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f you told a 4-year-old Gus Pearson he’d be scoring baseball games with keystrokes at 81, he probably wouldn’t have been all that surprised. He was already a sprouting classical pianist by then, and by the fourth grade, an aptitude test had all but confirmed his professional dreams. He scored 100 percent with music. “It was always music,” he said. “I’ve been so fortunate, because very few people can make a good living in that.” Any time the Sacramento River Cats play a day game, you’ll find Pearson perched up in the control tower, spilling electronic organ melodies onto Raley Field. Disc jockeys usually handle the bulk of sounds in modern baseball, but like peanuts and other all-American iconography, Pearson’s organ tunes bring an air of nostalgia for longtime baseball fans.

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He explained his secret: Keep the audience’s spirits lively, and stay away from the dissonant stuff. “You don’t want to go out there and play something that’ll remind them of a funeral,” he said. Pearson started with the River Cats in 2004, but he’s been organizing for at least 60 years. The native Minnesotan took to professional accordion playing at 14, performing on local television and radio stations for a reputable polka band by his name, Gus and the Three Yanks. Aspiring polka troupes were the pride of Minnesota, but Pearson wanted a career in piano. He moved to California and joined the Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in 1959 as a concert artist, promoting its line of electronic organs at music festivals. The instrument, a bit different in timbre from the piano, still made perfect sense.

“The organ was a much more popular instrument then,” he said. “You could play anything from classical to pop to anything else.” In the 1960s, he performed a few games for the San Francisco Giants at Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park. The stages have since varied: freeway openings, Main Street in Disneyland, Little League games, his grandkids’ weddings. But the joys are simple at Raley Field. His favorite part is still catching the games, much like he did as a kid ushering for the Duluth Dukes minor league team in Minnesota. Pearson remembers a bygone time when organs could outsell electric guitars. But even so, he doesn’t see the organ going anywhere, and he sure isn’t, either: He looks forward to playing as long as he can. “If I got a call tomorrow to do a classical recital, or if I had to play a wedding, or if I had to back a rock group, I would do it,” he said. Ω

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Best park 1. William Land Park 3800 S. Land Park Drive, (916) 808-5200, www.cityofsacramento.org

2. McKinley Park 601 Alhambra Boulevard, (916) 452-8011, www.cityofsacramento.org

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

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Best #nofilter hoops action @10thandPeople Griffin Gher first found the instrument and then found inspiration. After buying an old film camera at a thrift store, he decided it might be cool to take pictures of the people and plays going down during pickup basketball games at Roosevelt Park. “There are people from all walks of life playing, so you never know who or what might happen,” he says. “I think a big part was being from a small town in Illinois, I grew up reading and watching stuff on street ball in New York, and it just clicked that I was now part of that culture here in Sacramento.” Gher launched his 10thandPeople Instagram account earlier this year (the handle is a play on the park’s downtown location that borders 10th and P streets) and his approach is equal parts old-fashioned and social-media modern: Gher documents games via high-energy plays and thoughtful vignettes: Once a roll is finished, he gets the photos developed and uploaded to a CD. From there he posts them to Instagram. Unlike most Instagram users, however, Gher says he prefers to keep the

1. Effie Yeaw Nature Center 2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael, (916) 489-4918, www.sacnaturecenter.net

2. Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community 2791 24th Street, (916) 452-3005, www.sierra2.org

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

3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, www.cityofsacramento.org

2. Roosevelt Park 1615 Ninth Street, (916) 808-5200, www.cityofsacramento.org

www.instagram.com/10thandpeople. R.L.

1. Broadway Boxing

Best good-guy sports guys

5708 Broadway, (916) 595-9820, www.broadway-boxing.com

www.jerrymanuelfoundation.com. G.W.

Best recreational center

3. Oak Park Community Center

3. 28th and B Street Skate Park

Charities set up by athletes often don’t do the things they say they will, as ESPN famously showed in a 2013 Outside the Lines investigation. But this is not the case with the Jerry Manuel Foundation. The former Major League Baseball manager and Cordova High School alumnus and his son Anthony run a foundation and are connected with two charter schools in Elverta that strive to get more minorities playing baseball. Their work includes fundraising, since MLB doesn’t bankroll Jerry’s efforts, even though he works as a consultant for its youth services division. The Manuels also run practices and organize charity work for their players.

1106 N. D Street, Suite 7, (916) 743-6974, www.bodytribe.com

1. McKinley Park

photos in their original state. Aside from the occasional crop, he doesn’t do much tweaking and never employs one of the site’s famous filters. “[It’s] a crazy process but I fell in love with how the colors pop on film and never wanted to switch to digital.

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3. Bodytribe Fitness

20 28th Street, (916) 494-8724, www.cityofsacramento.org

Best place to kick some butt

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

Best Sacto sports coverage 1. Del Rogers, KCRA 3 2. Grant Napear, KHTK 1140 am 3. Aileen Voison, The Sacramento Bee

Best team 1. Sacramento Republic FC 2. Sacramento River Cats 3. Sacramento Kings

3. Prime Time Boxing Club

Best yoga studio

various locations, www.primetimeboxing.com

1. The Yoga Seed Collective

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

2. Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing and Fitness

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

2. Zuda Yoga various locations, http://zudayoga.com

3. It’s All Yoga 2405 21st Street, (916) 837-5400, www.itsallyoga.com

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

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Healing Arts Festival SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Immerse yourself in a world of holistic and metaphysical mind and body healing. Find the perfect  meditation crystals or aromatherapy  Culture skincare, and learn about positive selfreflection, sound meditation, and drum therapy  at one of the special workshops. Don’t forget to  feed your tummy while you feed your mind with  cuisine fair from Culinerdy Cruzer. $5; 10 a.m. at the  Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H Street;   (916) 896-0135; http://healingartsfestival.com.

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Hair & Fashion Battle All Stars SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

END OF SUMMER SQUEEZE

Find out whose ’do and whose wardrobe reigns  supreme at the annual Hair & Fashion Battle All  Stars. Designers, hair dressers and other beauty  industry professionals will send their best down  FASHION the catwalk, and myriad vendors will be  on hand to show off their wares at the  expo in this over-the-top education and networking  event. $25-$80; 5 p.m. at the Center at 2300, 2300  Sierra Boulevard; www.hairandfashionbattle.com.

—EDDiE JoRGENSEN

Science Friday with Ira Flatow SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Science and technology become irresistibly fun in  the hands of radio show host Ira Flatow, whose previous subject matter has included cookSCIeNCe ing on Mars and the cutest little octopus  you’ve ever seen. Catch a live taping of the show  that’s described as “brain fun, for curious people.”  $12.50-$55; 8 p.m. at the Mondavi Center, 1 Shields  Avenue in Davis; (530) 754-2787; www.mondaviarts   .org/event/2016-17/science-friday.

—DEENA DREwiS

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all may officially be here according to  celestial events or whatever, and I get  that everyone is real excited about  it being decorative gourd season and  whatnot, but the end of summer never  ceases to be a huge bummer every year,  and it appears that the city concurs; this  week, there are a bunch of last-gasps-ofsummer things going on, so take your pick  to get your fill, because all those pretty  fall leaves will be winter gutter slush  before you know it. Start off with the end of Summer and 108 Sun Salutations Class on Saturday,  September 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  at the McKinley Park Rose Garden (3330  McKinley Boulevard). Yoga instructors  from all over the region will lead more  than 300 people in this vinyasa marathon. Afterward, there will be raffles, a  kirtan band, a DJ and a photo booth. It’s 

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free to attend, but donations benefiting  yoga-awareness endeavor Yoga Moves  Us are welcome. Find out more at http:// yogamovesus.org. Later that night, turn back the hands  of time with a back-to-childhood camping retreat for adults with Camp Capital City from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the  Sacramento Central YMCA (2021 W Street).  There will be barbecue for dinner, a  s’mores dessert bar, beer from Bike Dog  Brewing Co., wine from Bogle Vineyards  and tunes courtesy of Ross Hammond,  plus archery, rock climbing, horseshoes  and more. Tickets are $75 and can be  purchased at http://ymcasuperiorcal.org/ main/camp-capital-city. On Sunday, September 25, the  PaddleSplash Festival is going down at Lake  Natoma. Grab your stand-up paddleboard  and sign up for a five-mile solo race, a 

four-person relay or a solo paddle for  funsies; kids are also welcome to participate in a short course. Meet up at Nimbus  Flat (1901 Hazel Avenue in Gold River) at 8  a.m. to pick up your packet, and paddle to  your heart’s desire until 2 p.m. Visit   www.norcalsup.com for more info. Also on Sunday: the BarkHappy: west Sacramento Bar Crawl from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Bring your dog along as you and your  buds drink some brewskies at Jackrabbit  Brewing Co., Yolo Brewing Co., and Bike  Dog Brewing Co. Tickets are $10 and get  you access to a doggy photo booth, treats,  discounts and goodies from Wag Hotels  and drink specials. Check out https:// barkhappysacramentocrawl.eventbrite. com for more info. 

—DEENA DREwiS

MoNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 Good news: The central city’s historic politico pub is  airing the first bout between Clinton and Trump. Bad  news: It’s hosted by the Sacramento County Young  Democrats. Great news: There will be pot stickers.  Come down to Simon’s this Monday to watch 2016’s  first presidential debate. We’re all gonna need a drink  for this one, so why not watch at a bar? POlItICS Free; 5:30 p.m. at Simon’s Bar & Cafe,  1415 16th Street; https://sacyoungdems.org.

—DAvE KEMPA

Art for Humanity ThURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 Celebrate the contributions of refugees at this local  art show. See work by Saud Al-Asadi and others, and  sample food provided by former refugee restaurant  owners. The event is put on by the internaArt tional Rescue Committee, which has aided  refugees since 1933. $50-$85; 6:30 p.m. at WAL Public  Market, 1104 R Street; www.rescue.org.

—AARoN CARNES

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Beauty and the Beast

From summer into fall Photo courtesy of Davis shakesPeare

by Jeff Hudson

With this expansion into the fall and perhaps, even, eventual expansion into spring or the holiday season, the company is positioning itself on par with Sacramento’s smallequity theater companies, with casts including a mix of professionals, young conservatory grads and seasoned community actors. Ω

Disney’s favorite  girl-meets-beast story is  given a delightful treatment  by the Davis Musical Theatre Company. The production boasts a strong cast,  beautiful costumes and  full orchestra. The heroine  finds her hero and the bully  gets his comeuppance. This  version appeals to children  and adults alike. 

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How to Use a Knife

short reviews by Bev sykes and Jim carnes

Set in the chaotic kitchen of a Wall Street  restaurant, this Michael  Stevenson-directed play is  all about secrets and lies.  The chef, two hilariously  trash-talking line cooks  and a curiously quiet  dishwasher all have things  to hide and good reasons  not to reveal them. Th 7pm,

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Romeo and Juliet 8 p.m. thursday-saturday, 2 p.m. sunday; $15-$25. veterans Memorial theatre, 203 e. 14th street in Davis; (530) 802-0998; www.shakespearedavis.org. through october 16.

The Davis Shakespeare Ensemble—typically a summertime company—expands this month with a fall production of Romeo and Juliet. The production, set in a modern times, opens September 29. Co-artistic director Rob Salas, previously an assistant director for productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare and elsewhere, will direct a cast that includes local Actors’ Equity Association actress Gail Dartez as the nurse, Ian Hopps as Mercutio and Bay Area performers Gabby Batista and Kyle Stoner as the star-crossed lovers. Many of the cast members have a history with Davis Shakespeare, Salas said. “Kyle was the bad guy in our summer production of Bells Are Ringing; he was also in a production of The Light in the Piazza in the Bay Area this summer. Ian was the lead in Big Idea Theatre’s The Rover, and he was our male lead in Bells Are Ringing.” Davis Shakespeare just enjoyed its best summer at the box office—its critically praised productions of Cyrano de Bergerac and Bells Are Ringing drew audiences as big (or bigger) than competing productions at the B Street Theatre and Capital Stage during late July.

Music lovers rejoice, there’s a new performance venue at UC Davis: the Ann E. Pitzer Center, a $16.8 million project. The 17,500-square-foot building holds both instructional facilities and a 399-seat recital hall. Carol Hess, chair of the university’s music department, said faculty and staff looked forward to everything the new venue has to offer. “[It has] a state-of-the-art recording studio and a splendid, professional venue for performances, along with many other amenities,” she said. The venue kicks off with a series of events this weekend. First up is a free event this Friday, September 23, at 3 p.m. in the Pitzer Center Courtyard. The UC Davis Jazz Ensembles will play standards by Dizzy Gillespie, as well as new compositions. Later that evening at 7 p.m. in the recital hall, pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe with perform. The concert will include selections from artists as varied as Mozart and Daft Punk, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pharrell Williams. The event is $20 for adults, $18 for faculty and staff and $10 for students and children. Then at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 24, members of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra will perform chamber works by Puccini, Schubert, Vivaldi and Dutilleux. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for faculty and staff and $10 for students and children. Finally, on Sunday, September 25, check out Koyaanisqatsi, a wordless 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio and scored by Philip Glass. It explores the collision of urban life and technology with the natural world. The 2 p.m. event is free but tickets are required. —Jeff Hudson

Insert “I’m ready for my close-up” cliche here. Photo courtesy of B street theatre

Moral character It’s been a while since the B Street Theatre staged a David  Mamet script, and his 1988 Hollywood satire Speed-thePlow is now regarded as something of a raucous contemporary classic. This production about a studio executive’s  moral struggles features B Street regulars David Pierini,  Kurt Johnson and Stephanie Altholz, with Jerry Montoya directing. It opens September 24 and runs through  November 6. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday; 2 p.m. and 6:30  p.m. Wednesday. $26-$38, 2711 B Street, (916) 443-5300,  www.bstreettheatre.org.

—Jeff Hudson the ann e. Pitzer center is located at 144 hutchison Drive in Davis. for more information on upcoming events, visit http://arts.ucdavis.edu/pitzer-events or call (530) 754-2787.

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snowden “This lie detector test will confirm that you took my last la Croix.”

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by Daniel Barnes

in a Hong Kong hotel room alongside Glenn Greenwald (Zachary Quinto) and Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo). The “present-day” scenes in Hong Kong re-create moments directly from Poitras’ It would be easy to preemptively label 2016 as The excellent 2014 documentary Citizenfour, and Year of the Bad Biopic, but that would shortchange the flashbacks fill in the patriotic Snowden’s an entire 21st century already filled with bad biopics. creeping moral disconnect with the American Still, we’re off to a roaring start in this calendar year, government. Both narrative strands play like with Elvis & Nixon, Miles Ahead, The Man Who dewy Edward Snowden fan fiction. Knew Infinity, I Saw the Light and Papa Hemingway Shailene Woodley co-stars in the woefully in Cuba sinking to the bottom of a deep pile of bad underdeveloped role of Snowden’s longtime 2016 biopics, with undoubtedly more to come. Just partner Lindsay Mills, Rhys Ifans plays an think: At this time last year, the bad biopics Trumbo overbearing boss, Nicolas Cage cameos as and Joy were only white-hot, needle-sharp gleams in a sympathetic mentor and almost every role the eye of award season. is cast with a recognizable face, but all of Interestingly, most of the 2016 films listed above the characters are just one-note sounding were not told from the perspective of their boards for Snowden. The film often ostensible protagonists, but rather from the feels more like a simpering advopoint-of-view of a glomming sycophant. cacy documentary than a dramatic That makes it easier for the filmmakers film, with Gordon-Levitt and Oliver Stone to bypass both copyright infringeWoodley coming off like beautihasn’t made a ment and general standards of good ful and doe-eyed re-enactors. taste. In that respect, Oliver Stone’s good film in two Stone hasn’t made a good Snowden distinguishes itself from film in two decades, and it’s . decades the horde, since the entire narrative is probably not a coincidence that filtered through the blandly enigmatic but his cold streak started when he lost fiercely intelligent perspective of hacker/ hall-of-fame cinematographer Robert whistleblower/traitor Edward Snowden. Richardson to Scorsese and Tarantino. It In every other respect, though, the predictseems as though only Richardson could bring ably constructed and overly strident Snowden is a form and clarity to the illegibility of Stone’s paint-by-numbers book report of a message movie, consciousness. Other than Stone’s nakedly just another bad 2016 biopic for the pile. Stone, pro-Snowden bent (the film culminates in a who co-wrote the film along with The Homesman hero shot that should irritate literally everyone), screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald, has had a lot of there’s nothing particularly necessary or notable success in his career twisting and perverting the about Snowden. biopic form for his firebrand objectives. But if you Citizenfour and books exist, so go ahead and had any hope that the hot-button recentness of the skip this silliness. Ω subject matter would rouse Stone out of a twodecade stupor, forget it—Snowden is one of Stone’s most numbingly prosaic films. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Snowden, flashPoor Fair Good Very excellent ing back through his life story while killing time Good

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BY DANIEL BARNES & JIM LANE

SATURDAY OCTOBER 22, 2016

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The Disappointments Room

After her razor-sharp, show-stopping  turn earlier this year in Love & Friendship, Kate Beckinsale is back to sleepwalking  through a shoddy genre film. I would say  that this marks the end of the short-lived  Beckinsale-aissance, but D.J. Caruso’s The  Disappointments Room was actually filmed in  2014 and delayed for two years when Relativity  Media went bankrupt, so it’s up to next year’s  Underworld: Blood Wars to officially kill her  momentum. Beckinsale plays Dana, a psychologically iffy New York architect who moves to  the country with her family to recover from an  unspoken tragedy, only to find that their new  home is stuffed to the rafters with haunted  house clichés and ham-fisted horror movie  callbacks. The script is credited to Caruso  and Wentworth Miller (Stoker), and while it  deserves credit for mixing some gothic surrealism in with the jump scares, all of the film’s  ambitions get betrayed by the perfunctory  execution. D.B. 

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Don’t Think Twice

This sophomore feature from  writer-director Mike Birbiglia finds the  actor-comedian on familiar ground, playing  the unheralded leader of an improv comedy  troupe. Birbiglia’s overgrown adolescent Miles  has a long history of watching his students  pass him by, and lives in the shadow of an  SNL-style sketch show called Weekend Live.  His entire troupe of whiny and marginally  talented 30-somethings (a group that includes  Keegan Michael-Key and Gillian Jacobs) yearns  for success, but when one of their ranks gets  plucked out and groomed for stardom, the  remaining members are forced to take stock of  their lives. All of the details involving the world  of improv comedy—the backstage rituals, the  live-wire performances, the mixture of onstage  trust and backstage jealousy—all seem very  authentic and even semi-autobiographical,  and yet the machinations of the script couldn’t  feel more contrived. It’s just affable enough to  survive a disastrous last 10 minutes. D.B.

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Hell or High Water

This is another Bechdel test-failing,  steak-and-eggs genre picture from  Starred Up director David Mackenzie, with  another lean and hard-boiled script from Sicario  screenwriter Taylor Sheridan. Chris Pine and  Ben Foster star as West Texas bank robber  brothers, the former a lifelong straight arrow  trying to pay off a debt, the latter a loose cannon  career criminal. Jeff Bridges is the gruff Texas  ranger on their trail, a grizzled widower on the  verge of retirement, all too eager to stave off his  inevitable appointment with the rocking chair.  All of the performances are strong, with Bridges  especially nailing a tailor-made part, but it’s  hard to shake the feeling that this is essentially  No Country for Old Men without the existential  poetry.  Hollywood used to turn out solidly  constructed, midsized genre films like this by the  score, but now they’re so rare that Hell or High  Water practically seems like a unicorn. D.B.

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Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika CEO Travis Knight makes his feature  directing debut with Kubo and the Two  Strings, an ambitious stop-motion fantasy adventure about a would-be storyteller repressed  by a “cold, hard, perfect” father figure. This is  where it should be noted that Laika is owned by  Travis’ father Phil, a co-founder of Nike and one  of the richest men in the country. I’m not sure  how to apply that information, which pretty  much sums up everything good but not great  about Kubo.  It feels like the film could (or should)  be deeply personal, but it’s also a nonspecific  tangle of cultural and thematic threads, with too  much clutter and not enough urgency. The whole  of Kubo ends up less satisfying than the sum  of its set pieces … but what jaw-dropping set  pieces! Kubo takes your breath away every few  minutes, even as it keeps dropping more rules,  back stories, explanations and stories within  stories into the mix. D.B.

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The Hollars

An aspiring graphic-novelist (John Krasinski, who also directed),  frustrated in his dead-end job and hesitant about marrying his pregnant girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), returns to his small Ohio home town when his  mother (Margo Martindale) faces a health crisis. Writer Jim Strouse dresses  up the clichés of dysfunctional-family indie comedy-dramas for one more  go-round, and Krasinski and a cast of welcome faces (Sharlto Copley, Richard  Jenkins, Charlie Day, Josh Groban, Mary Kay Place, Mary Elizabeth Winstead)  provide enjoyable company. The result is disarmingly modest—more modest  than we’d like, maybe, but amply disarming. Strouse’s dialogue has odd little  quirks and tics, and Krasinski’s gentle, discreet direction is a good match for it.  No great art, just a nice, decent movie about nice, decent people. J.L.

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The Light Between Oceans

In the 1920s, at a desolate spot on the  rockbound Australian coast, a lighthouse  keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife  (Alicia Vikander), after two miscarriages, find  a dead man and a crying baby washed ashore  in a rowboat. They decide to raise the child as  their own—until the husband meets the baby’s  mother (Rachel Weisz). Arthouse darling Derek  Cianfrance goes mainstream, writing and  directing an adaptation of M.L. Stedman’s bestselling novel, with splendid results. The movie is  superbly acted by the three stars and a largely  unfamiliar (except for Jack Thompson and  Bryan Brown) supporting cast. Cianfrance’s  approach is calm and unhurried without being  plodding or turgid, taking time to observe the  telling detail and the emotions roiling behind the  characters’ eyes. A deeply affecting movie. J.L.

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Morris from America

This low-key gem from writer-director  Chad Hartigan arrives just in time to  redeem an entire summer’s worth of crass and  mindless destruction at the multiplex. Teenage  actor Markees Christmas stars as Morris Gentry, an aspiring rapper and typically hormonal  13 year-old boy who moves to Germany with his  ex-footballer father Curtis (a revelatory Craig  Robinson) following the death of his mother.  As Curtis tells Morris, they’re “the only two  brothers in Heidelberg,” and the usual pitfalls of  pubescence are magnified by Morris’ outsider  status in the culture and with the language.  Morris from America isn’t shy about rolling  around in genre tropes—it manages to be a fishout-of-water story, a coming-of-age story and  a slice-of-life all at once—but it rarely comes  across as false or forced. Credit Hartigan for  transcending the potential high-concept fuzziness of the premise by keeping the film grounded  in authentic moments of adolescent angst and  longing. D.B.

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Southside with You

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers play  young Michelle Robinson and Barack  Obama in this slight but sweet offering from  first-time writer-director Richard Tanne. The  film follows the future FLOTUS and POTUS on  their first date in the summer of 1989, although  Michelle is adamant from the beginning that  it’s not a “date,” fearful that dating an entry-

level associate at her law firm could be viewed  as “tacky.” Over the course of a day, the  chain-smoking Barack gradually wears down  Michelle’s resistance, with each giving the other  a glimpse into their inner fears and desires,  as well as a vision of the towering people they  would become. They go to an art gallery, they  have a picnic in the park, they get ice cream,  Barack gives a speech in a church—it’s so  respectful I could barely keep my eyes open,  but first-rate performances from Sumpter and  Sawyers pulled me through. D.B.

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When the Bough Breaks

A childless couple (Morris Chestnut,  Regina Hall), desperate after repeated  failures, agrees to hire a surrogate mother (Jaz  Sinclair), a young woman so warm and sweet  that she seems too good to be true—and, in the  way of so many movies like this, it turns out that  she is. The movie boasts strong performances by  Chestnut and Hall (both of whom are always welcome), a decent sugar-and-spice-and-everything-nasty turn by the relatively new Sinclair, a  sturdy supporting cast (Romany Malco, Michael  K. Williams, Theo Rossi, Glenn Morshower) and a  nice professional gloss courtesy of cinematographer David Moxness. Ultimately, though, all  are undone by the tiresome familiarity of Jack  Olsen’s predictable script and Jon Cassar’s limp  direction, both of which telegraph every “twist”  several minutes in advance. J.L. 

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The Wild Life

The story of Robinson Crusoe—or something like it—as seen by the animals on  his desert island. Directors Ben Stassen and  Vincent Kesteloot probably thought they had  a brilliantly original concept, but Walt Disney  used it 56 years ago in Cinderella—and Disney  they ain’t. Cinderella was a classic; this one  is utterly, doggedly, defiantly undistinguished,  designed only to play for a big opening weekend, cashing in on those millions of parents  out there with nothing better to do with their  kids on a Saturday afternoon. It’s like a meal  of gummy bears: disposable and forgettable,  marked for a prompt and well-deserved  oblivion. You can’t even play spot-the-celebrity-voice because there aren’t any, just a  soundtrack crammed with anonymous hopefuls whom only their mothers will recognize or  care about. J.L.

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Changing the radio game How Soosh*e! fights for the local creative community 

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Soosh came to Hot 103.5 ready to modernize the sound and make it reflect an edgier, more authentic feel—a response to what he saw as a lack of originality and Sacramento representation on the mainstream radio. Although he often vouches for promising artists who are active within the community—like Tre Solid and Lil Darrion, who donated 1,000 backpacks to students last year—the rules of radio fight major changes. soosh*e reps his Japanese heritage, but you probably won’t “We still have to go through see him posing with nigiri. radio politics to make things happen,” Soosh*e! says. “So at this point, it’s about us figuring out how we can make our community support [each other] and put Sac on the map. Soosh*e!’s ability to overcome limitations started “But it can’t only depend on radio. It has to when he embraced his “crab” name. In high depend on everyone.” school, his blessed beats on the snare drum The hashtag he’s created, #wethewave, gained him entry into a black college-style embodies this theme of collective success. In marching band, but his rookie, a.k.a. “crab,” his mind, there’s no reason for anyone in the status and Japanese heritage got him the nickcommunity to be left behind. name “Sushi.” “I want to be the catalyst for people to realize “It was mad racist. I was so pissed off the we don’t have to be separate entities, because as first few times I heard it but I made it something long as it’s an art form, it belongs with another art I loved,” he says. “I rebranded it by changing form,” he says. “Now it’s up to me to find the spelling to Soosh*e! with an exclamaother people who have that same task tion mark so that everyone would have in mind.” to yell when they said my name.” At the hip-hop festival He discovered his love for #HOFDAY on Saturday, music in part because of the “I want this to September 24, he’ll perform movie Drumline. The 2002 be an uplifting and his latest single, “Come film inspired him to join the Thru It’s Lit (#CTIL).” genuine sound that marching band in eighth The party anthem is off grade and start creating beats. carries all the feels.” of his upcoming project, He continued through high Ganbatte, which means Soosh*e! school and college, and while good luck in Japanese. It emcee attending Sacramento City has been almost a year in the College, accidentally signed up making, but Soosh*e! will drop for a creative writing course that Ganbatte in late 2016. needed unattained prerequisites. The “Ganbatte is going to be differprofessor allowed him to stay, though, ent,” he says. “It won’t be the typical and it was that class that tapped into his lyricism gritty, dark rap of right now. I love curating an and passion for rapping. environment and I want this to be an uplifting In addition to rapping, emceeing and partand genuine sound that carries all the feels.” Ω time producing, Soosh is also a skilled deejay and hosts Hot 103.5’s The Served Fresh Show. He works to make sure hard-working creatives are supported, regardless of location. “We didn’t just want Sac artists,” he says, Catch Soosh*e! at #hoFDAY at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at River grinning. “We wanted to make sure we were Walk Park, 651 Second Street in West Sacramento. Metro Boomin headlines and tickets cost $34.85. More on the artist at www.hellasoosh pushing the best and not just the locals.”

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The Trouble Makers

Avi Buffalo

Rx Bandits

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

Blue lamp, 7 p.m., $8-$10

starlite lounge, 7 p.m., $10

The Trouble Makers have always flown under  the radar, yet they’ve had a fervent following  here and in neighboring cities. And while the  quartet is known for its intensely loud and  crazy shows, the guys are  GARAGE ROCK really quite nice once they’re  offstage. As luck would have it, they’re opening Gear Fest with a bevy of the greatest acts  from its label, Gearhead. Label owner Michelle  Haunold has displayed a fierce sense of loyalty to her bands and has always produced  top-notch recordings with a wicked sense of  style akin to some of the coolest car shows.  Get there early at to see all hell break loose.  1400 Alhambra Boulevard, www.facebook. com/The-Trouble-Makers-433272836747926.

—eddie Jorgensen

ace of spades, 6:30 p.m., $22.50-$25

Avi Buffalo is the moniker for Avigdor  Zahner-Isenberg, a southern Californian man  barely old enough to buy beer, but who’s  spent his childhood plundering his dad’s  old psychedelic-rock collection. Last year  Zahner-Isenberg declared Avi Buffalo broken  up. How exactly do you break up yourself?  Who knows. The important thing is that Avi  Buffalo isn’t broken up any longer, and will  hit Sacramento on this current U.S. tour. His  last record, At Best Cuckold,  INdIE-ROCK is filled with beauty and poppy  melodies, but expresses a lot of internal  struggle in the lyrics. All this turmoil makes  for some intriguing songwriting. 1517 21st  Street, www.facebook.com/avibuffalomusic.

—amy Bee

The current incarnation of the Rx Bandits  is nearly unrecognizable compared to the  band that formed in 1995, back when it was  an Orange County ska band à la Reel Big Fish  and Save Ferris. The band didn’t stick around  long in the ska-core genre, bending  PUNK its sound to incorporate prog-metal,  emo and post-hardcore. Eventually, the band  lost the horn section and continued even  further down the genre-tinkering rabbit hole.  2009’s Mandala was supposed to be its final  album, and it actually comes off a little confused. The band got back together to release  2014’s crowd-funded Gemini, Her Majesty,  which sounds much fresher. 1417 R Street,  www.facebook.com/rxbanditsofficial.

—aaron carnes

crest theatre, 7:30 p.m., $45-$69 Often unpredictable live and restless in his  musical search for something new, Bruce  Hornsby brings his band the Noisemakers to  Sacramento in what appears to be an early  stop on a new tour. Grammy award-winner  Hornsby is currently celebrating 30 years  since his breakout effort The Way  ROCK It Is, but don’t expect to hear his  classics just as they sounded on record; he’s  a formidable improviser who likes to create  in the moment. On his album Rehab Reunion  earlier this year, Hornsby even ditched his  trademark keyboards in favor of a dulcimer.  1013 K Street, www.brucehornsby.com.

—mark hanzlik

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Lera Lynn

Steve Gunn & the Outliners

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Echo & the Bunnymen

Harlow’s restaurant & nigHtclub, 8 p.m., $12-$15 If the name Lera Lynn doesn’t immediately  ring a bell, you may know her better as one  of the only worthwhile parts of the second  season of True  SINGER-SONGWRITER Detective. Her  haunting “The Only Thing Worth Fighting  For,” which was co-written by Lynn,  Rosanne Cash and T Bone Burnett, is a  gem, and while her album Resistor, which  dropped earlier this year, is considerably  more rockin’, it maintains that ethereal,  atmospheric quality. Lynn is poised to make  a name for herself, so catch her while you  can. William Wild, a singer-songwriter hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, opens up the  show. 2708 J Street, http://leralynn.com.

—Deena Drewis

Harlow’s restaurant & nigHtclub, 8 p.m., $12-$14 Steve Gunn is best understood as possessing understated clout. The Brooklyn-based  singer-songwriter is a former member of  Kurt Vile-backing band the Violators and  experimental drone band GHQ. His resume is  decorated with high-profile collaborations  and dense—like, multiple-pages dense—in  solo albums. His latest is Eyes On The Lines,  which is heralded as effortlessly  FOLk ROck virtuosic with a pastoral pacing  that never yields to complacency. Gunn’s  solo work has been steady since 2007’s selftitled debut, but Eyes On the Lines is a rustic  collection of sing-string meditations that  transcend the run-of-the-mill Americana bin.  2708 J Street, www.steve-gunn.com.

—blake gillespie

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Kansas City’s oddball rapper with a fiercely  loyal following brings the Calm Before the  Storm Tour to Sacramento this Tuesday  with a visit to Ace of Spades. Newer fans will  recognize Tech N9ne from his catchy  RAP 2015 commercial hit “Hood Go Crazy,”  which he performed with 2 Chainz and B.o.B.  But the 44-year-old artist has enjoyed  underground success ever since starting  his Strange Music label in 1999. Tech brings  rapid-fire delivery, creative rhyme schemes  and dark, skull-and-dragon imagery. Fans  can expect a treat Tuesday as he shares  the stage with fellow Strange Music rappers  Krizz Kaliko and JL. 1417 R Street, www  .strangemusicinc.com/artists/tech-n9ne.

—Dave kempa

Listen to any Echo & the Bunnymen album like  Heaven Up Here or Ocean Rain and fans of  ’80s post-punk and new wave will be instantly  transported to a time where the band from  Liverpool ruled the United Kingdom’s charts  with its ghostly melodies that spawned a  strong cult following. Founding members Ian  McCulloch (vocals) and Will Sergeant (guitar)  will also perform nostalgic songs like “Bring  on the Dancing Horses” and  POST-PUNk “Lips Like Sugar.” But it’s also  important to note that Echo & the Bunnymen  isn’t just known for the haunting track linked  to the movie Donnie Darko with its song  “Killing Moon.” (Though, that song is also the  jam.) 1417 R Street, www.bunnymen.com.  

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FRIDAY 9/23

BAR 101

101 Main St., Roseville; (916) 774-0505

Thursday Comedy Open Mic, 7:30pm, call for cover

BLUE LAMP

CALIFORNIA BEAR GANG, 8pm, $10-$15

THE BOARDWALK

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SUNDAY 9/25

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 9/26-9/28

Sunday Tea Dance and Beer Bust, 4pm, call for cover

Moxiecrush burlesque comedy show, 8pm, $10

Gearfest, 6pm, $8-$10

DEMON IN ME, THE BODY RAMPANT; 6:30pm, $12

ICE NINE KILLS, SECRETS, SYLAR; 6pm, $12-$14

SIMPLE CREATION, 9pm, call for cover

DISTRICT 30

ENDLESS SUMMER, DJ DM, GOLD MOZAE; call for time and cover

4007 Taylor Rd., Loomis; (916) 652-4007 1016 K St., (916) 737-5770

Good vibes, 10pm, call for cover

MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND, ACHILLES WHEEL DUO; 8pm, $68-$80

COUNTRY CLUB SALOON

ANOTHER BRICK, 8pm, call for cover; DJ Menace, 11pm, call for cover

2000 K St., (916) 448-7798

Everything Happens dancing and karaoke, 9pm, call for cover

Absolute Fridays dance party, 9pm, $5-$10

Party Time dance party with Sequin Sarudays drag show, 9:30pm, $5-$12

FOX & GOOSE

CHICKEN & DUMPLING, 8pm, no cover

ELIJAH JENKINS, BRIAN CROOM, DAVID ADAMS; 9pm, call for cover

THE SPEAK LOW, THE TRIPLE 7s, EMMA SIMPSON; 9pm, $5

Sunday Mass with heated pool, drag show, 2pm, no cover

EDM and karaoke, 9pm M, no cover; Latin night, 9pm Tu, $5 Open-mic night, 7:30pm M, no cover; Pub quiz, 7pm Tu, no cover

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RICHIE RAMONE, THE MOANS, THE ROLLIN’ BLACKOUTS; 8pm W, $10-$15

CRYSTAL BOWERSOX, 8pm, $35

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Big Mondays happy hour all night, M; Karaoke, Tu; Trapicana W Trivia, 6:30pm M; Open-mic, 7:30pm W, no cover

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FOR THE WEEk OF SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Even if you are a

wild-eyed adventure-seeker with extremist views and melodramatic yearnings, you’ll benefit from taking a moderate approach to life in the coming weeks. In fact, you’re most likely to attract the help and inspiration you need if you adopt the strategy used by Goldilocks in the fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”: neither excessive nor underdone, neither extravagant nor restrained, neither bawdy, loud, and in-yourface nor demure, quiet and passive—but rather, just right.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Some of my readers love me but also hate me. They are drawn to my horoscopes in the hope that I will help relieve them of their habitual pain, but then get mad at me when I do just that. In retrospect, they feel lost without the familiar companionship of their habitual pain. It had been a centerpiece of their identity, a source of stability, and when it’s gone, they don’t know who they are anymore. Are you like these people, Taurus? If so, you might want to avoid my horoscopes for a while. I will be engaged in a subtle crusade to dissolve your angst and agitation. And it all starts now with this magic spell: Your wound is a blessing. Discover why.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In my dream last

night, bad guys wearing white hats constrained you in a canvas straitjacket, then further wrapped you up with heavy steel chain secured by three padlocks. They drove you to a weedy field behind an abandoned warehouse and left you there in the pitch dark. But you were indomitable. By dawn, you had miraculously wriggled your way out of your confinement. Then you walked back home, free and undaunted. Here’s my interpretation of the dream: You now have special skills as an escape artist. No cage can hold you. No riddle can stump you. No tangle can confuse you. (P.S. For best results, trust yourself even more than you usually do.)

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The next four

weeks will be a favorable time to come all the way home. Here are nine prompts for how to accomplish that: (1) Nourish your roots. (2) Strengthen your foundations. (3) Meditate about where you truly belong. (4) Upgrade the way you attend to your self-care. (5) Honor your living traditions. (6) Make a pilgrimage to the land where your ancestors lived. (7) Deepen your intimacy with the earth. (8) Be ingenious about expressing your tenderness. (9) Reinvigorate your commitment to the influences that nurture and support you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What tools will work best

for the tasks you’ll be invited to perform in the coming weeks? A sledgehammer or tweezers? Pruning shears or a sewing machine? A monkey wrench or a screwdriver? Here’s my guess: Always have your entire toolbox on hand. You may need to change tools in midtask—or even use several tools for the same task. I can envision at least one situation that would benefit from you alternating between a sledgehammer and tweezers.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’m confident that I

will never again need to moonlight as a janitor or dishwasher in order to pay my bills. My gig as a horoscope columnist provides me with enough money to eat well, so it’s no longer necessary to shoplift bread or scavenge for dented cans of beets in grocery store dumpsters. What accounts for my growing financial luck? I mean besides the fact that I have been steadily improving my skills as an oracle and writer? I suspect it may in part have to do with my determination to cultivate generosity. As I’ve become better at expressing compassion and bestowing blessings, money has flowed to me in greater abundance. Would this strategy work for you? The coming weeks and months will be a good time to experiment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Here’s my translation

of a passage from the ancient Gospel of Thomas, a gnostic text about the teachings of Jesus: “If you do not awaken and develop the potential talents that lie within you, they will damage you. If you do awaken and develop the potential talents that lie within you, they will heal you.” Whether you actually awaken and develop those talents or not depends on two things: your ability to

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You can’t

completely eliminate unhelpful influences and trivial saboteurs and debilitating distractions from your life. But you’re entering a phase of your astrological cycle when you have more power than usual to diminish their effects. To get started in this gritty yet lofty endeavor, try this: Decrease your connection with anything that tends to demean your spirit, shrink your lust for life, limit your freedom, ignore your soul, compromise your integrity, dishonor your reverence, inhibit your self-expressiveness or alienate you from what you love.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Work too

much and push yourself too hard, Sagittarius. Eat corn chips for breakfast, ice cream for lunch and french fries for dinner—every day, if possible. And please please please get no more than four hours’ sleep per night. If you have any extra time, do arduous favors for friends and intensify your workout routine. Just kidding! Don’t you dare heed any of that ridiculous advice. In fact, I suggest you do just the opposite. Dream up brilliant excuses not to work too much or push too hard. Treat yourself to the finest meals and best sleep ever. Take your mastery of the art of relaxation to new heights. Right now, the most effective way to serve your long-term dreams is by having as much fun, joy and release as possible.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): I propose that

you and I make a deal. Here’s how it would work: For the next three weeks, I will say three prayers for you every day. I will ask God, Fate and Life to send you more of the recognition and appreciation you deserve. I will coax and convince them to give you rich experiences of being seen for who you really are. Now here’s what I ask of you in return: You will rigorously resolve to act on your core beliefs, express your noblest desires and say only what you truly mean. You will be alert for those times when you start to stray from the path with heart, and you will immediately get yourself back on that path. You will be yourself three times stronger and clearer than you have ever been before.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If you loosen

yourself up by drinking an alcoholic beverage, don’t drive a forklift or ride a unicycle. If you have a hunch that your luck at gambling is peaking, don’t buy lottery tickets or play the slot machines. If you’re drawn to explore the frontiers of intimacy, be armed with the ancient Latin maxim, Primum non nocere, or “First, do no harm.” And if you really do believe it would be fun to play with fire, bring a fire extinguisher with you. In presenting this cautionary advice, I’m not saying that you should never push the limits or bend the rules. But I want to be sure that as you dare to experiment, you remain savvy and ethical and responsible.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I invite you to

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Death becomes her Priscila Hoffman is the real deal. When she’s not commanding the stage as the frontwoman of local doom powerhouse Cura Cochino, you can find her with bone saw in hand cutting across the crown of a corpse, performing an autopsy, conducting a cremation and more as a veritable jill of all trades within the death industry. Recently, Hoffman sat down with SN&R to tell us all about her lifelong passion for death.

What’s the day-to-day like? Every day is kinda different and that’s what I really love about what I do. I don’t do the same thing every day. I’m on-call for autopsies, I don’t do that every day. They call me to do [autopsies] when there’s a homicide because I’m in charge of all the evidence; I process all the evidence. If I’m not at the morgue, then I’m doing cremations. The brain harvesting is on-call as well. We don’t know when the donors are going to pass away, so when they do they call us and we go pick them up, bring the body into our care and I remove their brain.

Is the job emotionally difficult? Only when there’s children involved. That’s definitely tough. I still can’t get used to that. It’s hard every time. It’s not that I don’t feel bad for the older people, but a lot of times they chose to die; a lot of them commit suicide. So, it’s like, OK, they wanted that, but not the children. That’s what makes me feel really bad.

What drew you to this field? I’ve been wanting to do this since I was a teenager. I’d go around to funeral homes asking if I could get a job and I would get turned away every time because I hadn’t gone to school for it. But everyone was always very helpful and would give me tours of the funeral homes and they would always tell me to go to school. First, I really wanted to be an embalmer. Then I started taking classes at [American River College]. I took this class, anatomy for funeral services. The lab part of the class was at the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office and that’s when I first set foot at the coroner’s office. I saw all these chicks working with doctors doing stuff; they were cutting ribs and opening heads and these were all badass chicks and that’s when I knew, immediately, this is what I want to do. I changed my mind about embalming.

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How has being in the death Industry impacted your view of life? I definitely now see that it can all end when you least expect it. All these freak accidents. Stuff happens when you’re not expecting it and even when you are, I feel like you’re never prepared for it.

What can you tell about Sacramentans from dealing with Sacramentan bodies? It seems like a lot of older white males commit suicide by taking a gun to their head. I think this is everywhere in the U.S. Women hang themselves. A lot of people jump off the Foresthill Bridge.

How has it affected your own body image? It definitely makes me think I have to have my nails trimmed and keep up with my appearance because I think if my friends come over and get me I don’t want to be a mess. When people come in and have really long toenails, that’s stuff I think about. I know all these people working at the morgue, and I don’t want them to be like, “Ew Priscila, she didn’t shave.” (Laughs.)

What do you want done with your body? When you go to a funeral home, it’s all timed, you have to hurry. you get a half-hour maybe, or you can pay for more time. It’s going to cost you thousands of dollars. An at-home funeral allows you to keep your loved one for up to three days in your living room so that people can come over from anywhere if you need to wait for relatives.

When my mom died, she died in Mexico and they immediately took her, so by the time I showed up it was already her funeral, she had already been embalmed, she was in a casket and there was glass over it so I couldn’t even touch her; that upset me very much. I’m thinking I want a party. I want people to party. To pour beers over my casket, have live music … I want it to be a full-on party and then I want to be cremated.

Has your autopsy work influenced your art? Definitely. I write all of the lyrics in Cura Cochino. A lot of them have to do with death. When I tell people that know I’m in a band what I do for a living, they’re like, “You’re the real deal.” There’s a whole genre of music about death. All these guys don’t necessarily work in the field. I know exactly what I’m talking about. I experience this every day.

How do you wish American’s viewed death? I think people should not be so freaked out by it. They don’t want to touch the body. I wish they would get more involved instead of just sending them off somewhere for someone else to take care of. I wish more people got involved in the bathing and dressing process. I would want my loved ones to do that to me instead of some strangers. Ω

an extended version of this article is available at www.newsreview.com/sacramento.


09.22.16 |  SN&R   |  143


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