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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 Eric Johnson News Editor Raheem F. Hosseini Arts & Culture Editor Rebecca Huval Associate Editor Mozes Zarate Staff Reporter Scott Thomas Anderson Calendar Editor Kate Gonzales Contributors Daniel Barnes, Ngaio Bealum, Alastair Bland, Rob Brezsny, Aaron Carnes, Jim Carnes, Willie Clark, John Flynn, Joey Garcia, Jeff Hudson, Matt Kramer, Jim Lane, Michael Mott, Luis Gael Jimenez, Rachel Leibrock, Kate Paloy, Patti Roberts, Steph Rodriguez, Ann Martin Rolke, Shoka, Bev Sykes

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Potential shooters need help Reading Dylan Svoboda’s comprehensive article about threats at Sacramento area schools over recent months (News, page 10), I was stunned at the number of incidents. It’s no wonder local students are joining the nationwide walkout demanding action. It has been heartening, since last month’s massacre, to hear the voices of teenagers who are fed up with the staus quo. It’s inspiring to witness their fearless attacks against the NRA and the politicians who take its money. And it has been satisfying to hear these young activists dismissing the NRA’s and President Trump’s solution—arming and training teachers to protect schools. Sacramento Assemblymember Jim Cooper agrees with the kids. “Arming teachers is not good public policy and shouldn’t be considered,” Cooper says in a release announcing a bill he authored, now in committee. Cooper’s School Gun Violence Prevention Act is an urgent piece of common-sense legislation that, among other things, would “provide an enhanced system to detect and act upon early warning signs” by mandating that all California middle schools have a school counselor. From the release: “According to a 2004 report issued by the United States Department of Education and the United States Secret Service, of 37 incidents of targeted school violence, nearly three-quarters of attackers felt bullied, threatened, attacked, or were injured prior to the incident.” This is the root of the problem— something few politicians are willing to confront. Yes: We need to reform our gun laws. We also need to recognize that there’s something bad happening to some of our kids, and they need our help.

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At times, my friends will use it to poke and prod and to get people to be upset with questions or opinions that they wouldn’t have face-to-face. … I’m kind of neutral on it. I don’t think it’s a bad thing when it brings people from very different backgrounds together who may not have had conversations.

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It could be an issue in terms of removing people from interacting or understanding the real essence of a person ... So many people portray themselves in a way on social media that makes them more likeable, or would make them seem more interesting, and they don’t really show the bad sides of them.

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[It’s] informed me on local events that are going on, kept me updated on friends and family that are no longer around me and helped me to keep up with friends that I can’t see on a regular basis, due to having different work schedules— family and so on.

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Thanks for Lady Bird cover story Re “Our homegrown star” by Rebecca Huval (Feature, November 9, 2017): Hello. I’ve been meaning to write to you for a while now regarding your article about Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird. It was the first that I had read about it, and I was quite intrigued just by the cover. Earlier that day, I was jogging around McKinley Park, and then my friend Daniel and I got together at Willie’s Burgers. That’s where I picked up a copy of the SN&R, and it was oddly congruent that McKinley Park and Willie’s were both mentioned in your article. I actually read the whole thing aloud to Daniel after we got back to his place. I have yet to see the film and likely won’t until I buy it on DVD, but I love the attention it’s been receiving both locally and beyond. Odds are that it won’t win any Oscars in the five categories it’s nominated for, but I’m thrilled that it’s been recognized as thoroughly as it has. (Original Screenplay would seem to be its best chance of taking home an award, but it’s got The Shape of Water, Get Out, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to compete against.) I’ll be watching the Oscars as I do every year and secretly cheering Lady Bird on, even if my predictions fail to support it. Thanks for introducing it to me and giving me something to be excited about.

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Re “Local costs of global empire” by Dennis Myers (Feature, March 9): My life was directly impacted by the U. S. Army. My dad was an Iowa farmer who was exempted from the draft during World War II, but was promptly drafted the year after the war ended in 1946 and met my Mom the next year in White Horse, Yukon Territory, where he was stationed. My dad made a career of the Army for 27 years as a supply sergeant. One of my chores as a kid was to unload his pickup when he returned home from work with armfuls of household goods he pilfered every day from the taxpayer. My dad was a fierce patriot, but he rationalized his theft as part of his fee for defending the country. Fact is, the Pentagon could not withstand an audit, and my dad was never punished for his pilfering.

Re “Local costs of global empire” by Dennis Myers (Feature, March 9): While much of this article may be true, using Kennedy as an example of a good president is a bit of a stretch. Since I was in the Army when Kennedy sent the first division to Vietnam, I was more than concerned at the time. It turned out the whole reason to send the men was a total lie—the so-called Tonkin Gulf incident. Kennedy started the process which got 50,000 Americans killed and a lot more injured for zero gain. Something other presidents, Bill Clinton, Carter, both Bush’s and Obama, have all done to gain some temporary political advantage. In the case of Kennedy, it was to look tough in the upcoming 1964 elections as anti-Communist. Michael Fellion

At a political event in Florida, Trump praised China’s president Xi Jinping, saying, “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great, and look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.” I’d like to see Trump be president for life. We haven’t done that in a long time. The last president for life America had was John F. Kennedy, Marc PerKel

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Attorney general joins invasion Sessions shills for president one week after Trump’s immigration enforcers attack NorCal

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A day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions got the rock-star treatment in Sacramento (as in, local leaders wanted to throw rocks at him), Felicia Ciuciu wondered if her husband would ever come home. According to booking logs from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, 41-year-old Ion Ciuciu, a Romania-born immigrant residing in north Sacramento, was one of 232 people snatched up last month by federal immigration authorities conducting a torrid sweep through central and Northern California. The four-day enforcement operation that concluded February 28 was just the opening salvo in the Trump administration’s campaign to destabilize California, the state that has most vexed his antiimmigrant agenda. A week later, Sessions arrived in the capital to snarl downtown traffic and raise the stakes. Addressing a gathering of the California Peace Officers Association inside the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 8





Sessions goaded state lawmakers as secessionist “radicals” pushing for an “open-border system.” Trump’s top justice minion wasn’t done with the divisive rhetoric, either. Stumping on behalf of a federal lawsuit challenging California’s sanctuary laws, Sessions demanded that the state “stop actively obstructing federal law enforcement.” “Our citizens want our government to think about them for a change,” Sessions said in his March 7 address. “They have dreams, too.” The attorney general seemed to be making reference to thousands of undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children and are called Dreamers because they only know America as their home. Rather than describe America as a place where all can flourish, Sessions pitted the fates of these childhood arrivals against the success of Donald Trump’s America-first agenda. “This concept was a big part of President Trump’s election,” Sessions

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contended. “And elections have consequences.” Indeed they do. Since taking office, Trump has engineered a draconian hardening of U.S. immigration policy and sought to change America’s reputation from a land of inclusion to one of white-identity elitism. Among his accomplishments in this endeavor: removing protections for Dreamers, cutting pathways to legal citizenship and emboldening his deportation force to pursue all people living in the country without government permission. Instead of prioritizing the deportation of convicted criminals, as the Obama administration sought to do, Trump and his envoys paint all undocumented immigrants as violent or dangerous threats to domestic security. But facts, as they often do, contradict the president. By U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s own estimation, less than half of the undocumented immigrants

that its deportation officers targeted between Bakersfield and the Oregon border last month had been convicted of a felony. Ion Ciuciu appears to be one of the taken majority. Ciuciu has no criminal record in Sacramento or Placer counties, online court records show. The former county is where he lives with his wife and two children; the latter is where Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, intercepted him at the jail in Auburn. Standing outside a small rental unit notched into a belt of moth-brown rowhouses, Felicia Ciuciu wore a worried expression as she spoke about the husband who disappeared weeks earlier. It wasn’t until she received a phone call from authorities that she learned what happened to Ion. “The police they take him,” Felicia said through a family friend, who translated on the condition of anonymity. “Immigration take him.” Ion Ciuciu’s attorney, Luiza Miller, says it appears that local law enforcement arrested her client on a theft charge, and that’s how he came to the attention of immigration authorities. But Miller cautions that much remains unknown. “We don’t know what immigration has on him,” Miller said from her Culver City office. “We don’t know the facts at this point.” Ciuciu’s wife suggests he was the

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PaSS for ProtESt victim of a false allegation. Felicia Ciuciu says her husband was inside a store with another man when the owner grew suspicious they were going to steal something. The owner locked the doors and called police, who arrived minutes later and arrested Ion, Felicia says. The family put up $7,000 to post his bail. But before he was released from the jail, ICE agents took Ion into custody, his wife says. “They don’t know why the immigration took him, because they paid the bond,” said a family friend. “They said that they took him from the jail.” It’s unclear whether Ciuciu’s detention was extended after his family posted bail; such a thing would be illegal in California. Under state law, correctional institutions are prohibited from incarcerating undocumented immigrants longer than the law allows, even to honor so-called ICE “detainers.” The Trump administration has interpreted California’s upholding of Fourth Amendment protections for all state residents as a provocation. ICE acknowledged that last month’s operation was meant to deliver a retort. “ICE has no choice but to continue to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community,” the agency said in a press release. Federal deportation operatives may have started their secret invasion of Northern California earlier than reported. About one week before the immigration sweep, two uniformed border patrol agents came onto a Sacramento community college campus without permission. According to an email American River College President Thomas G. Greene distributed to faculty, the agents approached an information counter and asked for directions to the career center. Greene’s email says that staff “immediately” alerted campus police, but the agents left before officers arrived. “This situation highlights the heightened level of fear and uncertainty felt by and for our undocumented students, colleagues, their families, and communities,” Greene’s email states. “Recognizing this fact, I want to reiterate that we stand arm-in-arm with our undocumented students and employees, and we will do everything in our power to protect our community.” ICE did not respond to requests for comment. Former spokesman James J.

Schwab resigned this week from the agency over his concerns that ICE and its interim director were peddling inaccurate information to the public, several media outlets reported.

Of course, each case is unique, she says. “Everyone has their own story,” she said. Miller says Ciuciu was arrested crossing the border in 2013 and released with paperwork notifying him he would need to appear before an immigration judge if “california, we have a problem” at a later date. But the government never Sessions came to Sacramento last week followed up and Ciuciu went on with his to preen and threaten like a chain gang life. Since arriving in Sacramento four-andboss, Gov. Jerry Brown was all too happy a-half years ago, Ciuciu wove a blue-collar to play the role of Cool Hand Luke. existence, friends and relatives say, working Standing beside his own attorney general in construction and raising his two children. on March 7, Brown sharply condemned Except for his recent immigration trouble, Sessions’ appearance as a he kept a low profile, they say. counterfactual political stunt According to the limited meant to curry favor with public information that’s an unhappy employer. available, ICE agents “This lawsuit is “Like so many in apprehended Ciuciu the Trump administrain Placer County going to last a lot tion, this attorney just after midnight longer than the Trump general has no regard on February 26. administration.” for the truth,” Brown Fourteen hours later, said of the man the he was transferred Gov. Jerry Brown president reportedly to the Rio Cosumnes State of California nicknamed “Mr. Correctional Center, Magoo.” where the federal govern“Maybe he’s trying to ment rents space to detain keep his job, because the presiundocumented immigrants dent isn’t too happy with him.” being processed for deportation. Promising a head-on defense of the RCCC, as the facility is called, is state’s sanctuary policies, Brown also operated by the Sacramento County remarked on the chaos that has dominated Sheriff’s Department, which has partnered the Trump presidency. with ICE to detain immigrants locally “This lawsuit is going to last a lot since 2000. longer than the Trump administration,” Ciuciu phoned home over the weekend Brown predicted. to inform his wife he had been moved For now, Ciuciu and hundreds of from a crowded holding tank to a smaller locally detained immigrants like him cell in the aging facility. are prisoners of an uncertain future. His “He doesn’t know if he can call attorney says it could be difficult to keep anymore, and he doesn’t know why he him in the United States, despite Ciuciu’s was moved,” the friend said. claims of danger back home. In many ways, Ciuciu is the poster Miller says Ciuciu is Roma, a persechild for Trump’s immigration strategy. cuted ethnic minority that migrated out Trump derided the policies of the former of India centuries ago and has settled administration as “catch-and-release” and across much of Europe. Miller, who is vowed to ramp up deportations. Instead, also Romanian, says she’s been handling his executive orders have created more Romani asylum requests for the past detainees and further strained federal five years. Many of her clients hail from immigration courts, which reached an Romania and say they have fled some sort all-time high of 667,839 pending cases at of hostility back home, including physical the end of December, according to Syracuse violence and refusal of services. University’s Transactional Records Access Negative stereotypes about the Roma Clearinghouse. Of the 100 counties with the have fostered tensions in the countries largest backlogs, 19 were in California. they’ve migrated to, and sometimes Miller says she expects to schedule prompted diasporas. Frequent migrations a hearing before a federal immigration have also made it difficult to count them. judge in San Francisco, where Ciuciu Still, Miller says, there is a growing could formally request asylum. belief that the rise of the European Union “Right now we’re only at the beginhas made the continent more hospitable to ning of the road,” Miller said. Ω the Roma. In the past year, she says, U.S. immigration judges have approved fewer asylum requests.

Without needing to hear a word from the defense, a Yolo County judge found nine protesters innocent of “loitering” near Monsanto’s Woodland seed facility during a demonstration last summer. Dubbed “the Monsanto 10” in the activist community (one died before the court hearing), the protestors blocked an entrance to the largest seed facility in the world on May 22, 2017, over its production of chemical agents like Roundup, as well as genetically-modified food. Defendants were initially charged with resisting arrest and unlawful assembly. When the district attorney lowered the charges to infractions, the group lost the right to court-appointed attorneys. Defendants called that move, along with the failure to release certain documents, “gamesmanship” on the part of the DA’s office. “We weren’t loitering; we were there with a specific interest to peaceably assemble and use our freedom of speech,” said defendant Bob Saunders of Sacramento. “While all these horrors are going on, people are getting sicker and sicker.” Two of the protestors ended up getting pro bono defense attorneys through the National Lawyers Guild. Those attorneys fought to get the entire case dropped for lack of evidence. Judge Paul Richardson ultimately declared the government hadn’t sustained its burden of proof. No images of the protest were recorded, and sheriff’s deputies couldn’t identify most of the defendants from memory, Saunders said. “I still believe more evidence could be produced,” Saunders said. “If I was a rich senator’s son, something would turn up.” Saunders attended a similar protest at the biotech giant’s research headquarters in 2015, when protesters attempted to block cars and none were arrested. (Michael Mott) This story was made possible by a grant from Tower Cafe.

PrESchool for EvEryonE West Sacramento’s award-winning universal preschool system is trying to reach more children. Since launching in 2005, the Universal Preschool for West Sacramento, or UP4WS, has seen a steady increase in the number of slots available. The initiative currently boasts 672 preschool openings, available to approximately 750 to 850 children in the city. But some want the program to expand faster. Two early education proponents asked the West Sacramento City Council to simplify qualifications to allow more home-based childcare providers to participate. “The inclusion of family childcare homes … is critical for West Sacramento in order to provide enough high-quality preschool spaces,” said Ian Winbrock, manager of Kids’ Home Run, an educational and jobs initiative through the city. Council members approved the requested changes last month. “West Sacramento is unique in being a city that made the recognition, investment and understanding that early learning is the key to changing our education system,” said Early Learning Services Director Justine Jimenez. “Being able to help children to get that love of learning and that ability to problem-solve early on in life is the key to prepare them for life.” UP4WS’s ultimate goal is for all local children to be able to access preschool. The program won the 2014 City Livability award from the United States Conference of Mayors. Advocates say graduating from UP4WS facilities give children access to a guaranteed college savings account if they enter kindergarten within the Washington Unified School District. High school students who came through the program and attend WUSD schools can access paid internships. Graduating high school students are able to enroll fee-free for two semesters at Sacramento City College and qualify for scholarships worth up to $1,000. (Richard Ramos)

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In the wake of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, area schools are trying to assure students and parents that they are ready in the event of a mass shooting event.

Brad Basham, executive director of personnel services at Roseville Joint Union High School District, tells a school safety forum last week that the district will increase lockdown drills to once a month. PHoto by Dylan SvoboDa

Is this a drill? Following Parkland tragedy, threats  of campus violence put Sacramento  area schools on constant alert by Dylan SvoboDa Raheem F. Hosseini contributed to this report.

On the same day that 17 people died in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., reports of a bicyclist with a gun tucked into his waistband revealed concerning security vulnerabilities at American River College in Sacramento. Administrators at the Foothill Farms community college ordered the campus into lockdown and sent text alerts to students and faculty through a mass notification mobile service platform called Rave Alert. There was just one problem: The initial alert didn’t tell recipients where the potential danger was. Luis Gael Jimenez, an ARC student, editor of American River Current (and occasional SN&R contributor), wasn’t on campus at the time of the February 14 incident, but received the Rave Alert

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that’s supposed to notify all students and faculty of emergencies. “The first message sent out to students and faculty contained no specific information. It didn’t specify as to what area of campus was under lockdown,” Jimenez said. “The message just said to ‘avoid area xxx.’ They sent out another message about 10 minutes later that said to ‘avoid the science department area.’” No arrests were made, and no cameras were in the reported area. ARC currently relies on the Rave Alert system to notify students and faculty of an emergency situation instead of a campuswide alert system, such as a bell or alarm. Because many teachers prohibit students from using their cellphones during class, not everyone learned of the potential danger until it was already over.

due to a shooting threat, which was later deemed a prank by a male student. Last month, Sacramento police announced they had investigated and debunked multiple social media posts warning of violence at McClatchy High School. Gun violence and school safety forums Michelle Aguiar, a student at were held last week by Roseville Sacramento State, acknowledged Joint Union High School District and heightened tensions at her campus. Sacramento City Unified School District. “On the first day of class, my At the Roseville forum on March 7, professor said if there’s ever a shooter district Superintendent Ron Severson situation during class, we would have to said he intends to surround campuses flip over the table in class and tie belts to with fencing and gates, install security the legs and door handle because there’s cameras at each site and increase the no way to lock the door,” Aguiar said. frequency of lockdown drills. “I’m not sure we [the school] should be Roseville high schools have bringing more officers on campus and experienced several scares in recent putting up fences, but Sac State’s open weeks. campus makes it easier for a would-be The most credible involved a Granite shooter to come on campus. There’s no Bay High graduate who allegedly easy way to deal with the issue.” threatened an Adelante High School At the Roseville forum, Dr. Twylla student over social media. Trevor Joseph Abrahamson of Placer County health Marshall, 19, of Roseville was and human services stressed the arrested March 5 at the importance of the parent in Chipotle on Douglas violence prevention. “We Boulevard, where “Parents have a are trained to police found an huge role in detecting AR-15-style weapon issues in the enter a school, move in his vehicle. Three community,” Dr. very swiftly and stop days later, Marshall Abrahamson said. the threat.” was arraigned in “You [parents] know Placer Superior Court your children, you Capt. Marc Glynn on multiple felony know their friends. Roseville Police firearm charges, as You’re the ones that Department well as a felony count actually see them at of making criminal threats. soccer games, at church, at The Roseville Joint Union High backyard barbeques. You’re the School District has also requested a first person, usually, to notice these restraining order against Marshall, online changes in yourself, your children or court records show. your children’s friends.” On February 27, Granite Bay High One idea that may not go far, School went into lockdown for three despite the National Rifle Association hours after a handwritten note threatening giving $291,000 to the Roseville high to shoot up the school was found in a schools in recent years, is arming bathroom. teachers with guns. One week prior to the Parkland Roseville Police Department Capt. shooting, Oakmont High School went Marc Glynn suggested the idea could lead on lockdown after several students to unintentional bloodshed. indicated to faculty members that another “That could be very concerning to student had shown them a firearm. The law enforcement and could add to the student was promptly arrested. After the confusion,” Glynn said. “We are trained investigation, police officers determined to enter a school, move very swiftly the student intended on selling the firearm and stop the threat. And if you could to another student. imagine a teacher popping out and us Two unconnected arrests were made having to decipher ‘is this an intruder this month following school-related or is this a good person?’ that would threats against Vista Del Lago High slow our response.” School in Folsom and River City High On March 11, the Trump’s School in West Sacramento. Harper administration announced its intention to Junior High School in Davis nearly closed provide firearm training to teachers. Ω

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Aging Sacramento braces for the future Local population entering senior years as rents rise and housing shrinks by Felicia alvarez

offered throughout the county, only 22 beds As senior citizens make up an increasingly are dedicated to chronically homeless elders, a large portion of the population, Sacramento staff report says. There are only six emergency County officials are bracing for ways to build shelter beds available at a safe house for older up the safety net for aging adults. adults experiencing family violence. The county’s Adult Protective Services The six-bed shelter, which is primarily division is already seeing an uptick in demand, frequented by adults who go through APS, and recently arrived before the Board of turns away at least three adults seeking shelter Supervisors with a striking report. daily. The supervisors provided vocal support Since 2010, the total number of investigations pursued by APS increased by 130 percent, for building another safe house in south Sacramento, though nothing official is on the to nearly 5,600 investigations last year. The books yet, with no timelines or money set aside majority of the increase is attributed to upticks yet for the shelter. in the senior citizen population in Sacramento, Out of the cases that APS as well as growing awareness of the pursues—about half of the total program, according to APS. call volume—an even smaller Within the next two years, amount of investigations Sacramento County’s popu“Rents are lead to prosecutions by the lation of adults who are continuing to increase district attorney’s office, 65 and older is expected in the Sacramento area, due, in part, to a lack of to grow by 21 percent. documentation. By 2030, the senior and older adults have fixed When it comes to population is expected incomes.” protecting older adults or to grow by an additional those with disabilities, the 41 percent, according to Ruth MacKenzie county doesn’t have the the state Department of manager of senior and adult serauthority to remove individFinance. vices, Sacramento County uals from abusive situations Struggles with affordable as its Child Protective Services housing and homelessness are can do with minors. Services are contributing to the growing vulnerperformed on a voluntary basis. ability of aging residents, said Ruth “Oftentimes a loved one just wants the hurt MacKenzie, the county’s manager of senior to stop,” MacKenzie said. “They don’t want to and adult services. More often, older adults see a family member go to jail.” don’t have the “three-legged stool” of financial Some strides have been made to reduce stability—equal parts social security income, financial abuse. APS’ financial team recorded pensions and personal savings—that retirees that it has prevented $16 million in theft over traditionally depended on in the past, she said. the years, either from pensions, life savings or “Rents are continuing to increase in the real estate. Sacramento area, and older adults have fixed Looking to the future, APS is also working incomes,” MacKenzie said. to expand its transportation program for older Under the recent report, older adults who adults, possibly contracting with rideshare have difficulty communicating for themselves, programs as well as its telephone programs to are isolated or are homeless were identified as provide older adults with social support. Ω the most vulnerable group in need of services. A 2017 point-in-time count found 472 unsheltered homeless persons over the age of 55 in Sacramento County. Homeless adults comprise about 10 percent of all cases that APS investigates. Among the hundreds of shelter beds

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The late Tower Records founder Russ Solomon, who passed away at 92 on March 5. ARChivE phOtO COuRtEsy Of ROss sOlOmON

No music, no life. And now, no Russ. by Jeff vonKaenel

“No Music, no life.” That was his motto. Sadly, after 92 years of lots of music and lots of life, we no longer have Russ. Tower Records founder, the visionary Russ Solomon, died last Sunday at his Sacramento home of an apparent heart attack while drinking whiskey and watching the Oscars. The man who showed so many of us how to live life well has now set the standard for dying well also. And he did live an incredible life. From selling used records at age 16 out of his father’s pharmacy on the corner of Broadway and Land Park Drive in 1941, this high-school dropout eventually owned 200 stores in 15 countries with over a billion dollars in annual sales. Our local boy even made the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans in 1990. And then it all came crashing down in 2006, after too much borrowing, too much online competition and too much online file-sharing. Tower Records was forced 12   |   SN&R   |   03.15.18

into bankruptcy, and Russ’ much-loved stores closed down. But the Russ-and-Tower-Records story is much more than a business story. It is a story about heart and soul. Talk to anyone who worked at Tower, who shopped at Tower or who did business with Tower, and they will tell you that Russ and Tower were different. My experience with Russ and Tower Records was different, too. After I came to the Chico News & Review in 1980, one of my first goals was to convince the Tower advertising department to switch over their book and record store print ads from the boring daily paper to our

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community newsweekly that was read by way more record-buyers. We worked out the deal over a six-pack at a picnic table in Chico’s Bidwell Park. I have done business with all the record chain stores: Wherehouse, Sam Goody, Virgin and others. But Tower was different. They were a music company that had a business. While the others were businesses that had a music store. And Tower had Russ. Russ so clearly set the tone. If you wore a necktie into Tower Records headquarters, Russ would ask you to donate it, and it would go up on the wall of neckties. Blue jeans, long hair and T-shirts were the non-uniform uniform.

Join me and toast Russ Solomon with a glass of whiskey.

It was the mecca of non-corporate corporate headquarters. I loved shopping at Tower. The Tower people were nicer, funnier and hipper. They listened to and knew music. They knew books. They would be happy to talk to you about music or books for hours. I have bought records and books from people, and I have bought them from online stores that use algorithms. It is never the same. I miss the Tower experience. Russ and Tower Records also kept our paper alive. In 1989, I moved here to start the Sacramento News & Review. While the Chico paper was doing well, we did not have much money, and we faced a much more formidable competitor here, the Sacramento Bee, that had somewhere around 240,000 circulation at that time. When we arrived, the Bee’s publisher told me that he took our paper very seriously and that he intended to put us out of business. A few months later, the Bee came out with a Friday Ticket entertainment tabloid. Then they dropped the hammer. The Ticket would also have “special introductory rates” for new clients. These rates coincidentally happened to match the SN&R rates. The Bee advertising reps were going to our clients, offering the same rates in the 240,000-circulation daily paper that we were offering in our startup 20,000-circulation SN&R. The rates were a huge reduction from the Bee’s standard rates. We immediately lost some clients, and our future was precarious. So we ran full-page ads in the SN&R encouraging existing Bee advertisers to ask their reps for the special introductory rates. These ads listed the Bee’s standard ad rates compared to the new introductory rates. Soon afterwards, we received orders for full pages of advertising from Tower Records, Tower Books, and Tower Video. Our little startup was saved. Tower to the rescue. A few years ago, I had lunch with Russ and was able to thank him for saving our paper. Like so many people in Sacramento and throughout 15 countries, I am so grateful to Russ, for so many reasons. Join me and toast Russ with a glass of whiskey. I hope to toast him again when I am 92. Ω

Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of the News & Review.

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eMpathy app Red Rover, a national animal welfare organization based in Sacramento, has released a new game, Raja Book 2, in which an alien warrior comes to save Earth from disconnection, loneliness and anger, but when he emerges from his interstellar portal, he discovers he’s taken the form of a regular ol’ Earth cat. An interactive graphic novel, the game aims to teach children from 7 to 11 years old to interpret the emotions of cats, dogs and people by mimicking realistic behavior. Scorekeeper is in favor of any technology that enhances our humanity, as it’s so rare. If interested, the game is available for free on iTunes, Amazon or Google Play.

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Sacramento Regional Transit will debut four light rail cars that have

The city of Sacramento added 35 new Chevrolet Bolts to its fleet of vehicles—cars that they expect will annually reduce

been wrapped in designs created by local artists: Ruby Chacón, Linda

costs by approximately 66 percent in comparison to gasoline sedans. Since 2010, the city’s investment in alternative-fuel

Nunes, Kerri Warner and Donine Wellman. Capturing a variety of artistic expressions and cultural experiences, the wraps will protect the cars for up to seven years. A lovely sounding idea, even if Scorekeeper can’t help but see a bit of symbolism in RT applying a shiny new skin to something that’s aging and in need of internal changes.

technology has reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the fleet by 7,438 metric tons. Climate change will be the issue future generations curse us over, but at least city employees can tell their kids: “Hey, I sacrificed. I drove an ugly Chevy for work.”



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hi-yahS for the hoMeleSS Winston Churchill Middle School student and martial artist Frederick Ogston volunteered his time to teach visitors to McKinley Park how to break boards in exchange for donations to loaves & fishes. He later did a similar demonstration at Friendship Park along with his younger brother, Harry Ogston, raising over $375. “He sees homeless folks almost every day,” said Heather Ogston, his mother. “I have taught him that there is a lot of systemic injustice and many disadvantages for people in our region.” Shoutout to the Ogstons for being a literally kick-ass family.


After collecting prom outfits to give to high-schoolers unable to blow hundreds on something they’ll wear once, the Sacramento Public Library announced on March 5 that they received their

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Excerpts from Sam McManis’ Crossing California


was tired, bone tired. Not the kind of tired that is of the Man-I-Really-Worked-My-TushOff-Punching-the-Clock variety, or even the soporific blahs that come from sheer unadulterated boredom, and certainly not the type of tired that involves actual physical exertion of, say, running a marathon or scaling Half Dome. No, this was a specific kind of tired known, at least to me, as California Freeway Ennui. I had just concluded yet another week-long sortie into the wilds of California. I’d visited deserts high and low, a traffic-choked metropolis, a few one-pump-of-the-brake-pedal towns, a mountain retreat and a seaside highway. I’d even traversed a dusty trail to the summit of Mt. Wilson, where, if you squinted real hard and engaged in selective observation, you might forget you’re still in Los Angeles, where even after all these years the air is opaque and palpable. Weary as I may have been, longing to just set cruise control and zone out

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on Interstate 5 back to my Northern California home, I had one last mission to complete: to stand in the center, the dead geographic center, of the state. It was stupid and sentimental and probably would be a colossal disappointment, but so be it. I had seemingly been everywhere else in California, all four corners and many pit stops in between, but had always put off this side trip, mostly because it was so far afield—about 7 miles south of North Fork in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where pine and oak battle for arboristic supremacy and where a gas station is as hard to find as an extinct grizzly—and I had always quasi-scheduled it on the return trip from a Southern California sojourn. Something always came up. I’d be barreling down the Grapevine, that asphalt DMZ that separates SoCal from the Central Valley, where you can view miles of flat agricultural land straight ahead on I-5 and look east and see the Sierra range from the Highway 99

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route. Inevitably, I’d think up excuses not to veer right. It was either the wrong time of year and snow would be obscuring the center-of-California marker said to be put there by proud Sierra dwellers, or ominous summer thunder clouds would loom over the range, or I was losing the light and the prudent thing would be to put it off to another time. This time, I remained vigilant and veered right onto 99. No more excuses. The center of California, and the enlightenment that I surely thought would come to me there, awaited. I followed the GPS (which, in the foothills, I like to think stands for “Giving Poor Service”) directions exactly as plotted. Naturally, I got lost. I had gone 7.1 miles beyond North Fork, as directed. I had seen that the highway, which changed names several times, had turned into Italian Bar Road, which was right on course. I had passed the U.S. Forest Service office, another marker. But now I found myself whizzing by a sign welcoming

me to Fresno County—decidedly not my destination. Lost, I tell you. Hopelessly lost. Donner Party lost. As I pulled over to the soft shoulder to regain my bearings—and fret about the mere quarter tank of gas I had remaining—my smartphone was dumbstruck: “No service.” I put my head against the steering wheel, ready to bag the whole idea, which was flawed from the start, anyway. Then it hit me: How futile even to try to get to the center of California, either literally or figuratively. It may exist on some brass marker set in stone on some nondescript hillside, but what does that have to do with trying to find the real heart of the state, to understand the inner core of California’s being, to, in the callow words of the new-agey folks I encountered so many times in my travels, center one’s self? Enough. I turned the car around and headed back.

Driving and writing ”That kind of of became became my my obsession— obsession— ‘That kind detailing detailing other other people’s people’s obsessions.” obsessions.’ Sam mcmaniS mcmaniS Sam

So, sorry to disappoint those who embrace cliché, those who find comfort in easy categorization and a sense of order in the reinforcement of hoary stereotypes, but there is no one California. No such thing as a typical Californian, either. Nope. Nada. Doesn’t exist. My fellow media mavens lie—or maybe just lazily exaggerate to avoid diligent sussing out such inconvenient things as facts or nuanced stories—when defining California as “where all the fruits and nuts are on the Left Coast.” Many a comedian, lo these many years at your local Laugh Factory, has made a decent living skewering wacky Left Coasters. They do it because that’s what people want or expect to hear; that’s where the punchlines reside. Whether it be from jealousy (the mild weather, the gorgeous terrain) or insecurity (those Hollywood elite “Beautiful People,” with their hard bodies and smooth Botoxed visages, and those equally hardy, healthy NorCal outdoorsy types), they want to believe that Californians just aren’t authentically American; that they do not possess values of the heartland; that they will not let pass through their artificially plumped lips any foodstuff not organic, vegan, macrobiotic, locovore and artisan-crafted; that they would, as with their extreme opposites in Texas, secede from the Union in a heartbeat if they could. But I’m here to tell you that it’s just not so. Some of the most conservative, anti-government, scarlet-necked

shit kickers I’ve encountered reside along the Interstate 5 corridor north of Sacramento and on up to the state line. And, by contrast, some of the crunchiest, Patchouli-scented neo-hippie slackers call Austin, Texas, home, even after the South-by-Southwest carnival packs its tents and moves on. So, like, go figure. True story, one that says it all about the hearts, minds and lower intestines of a bifurcated (or maybe just bipolar) Californian: In late 2015, I saw an SUV—do note, a hybrid SUV—careening down Interstate 5 in the San Fernando Valley with an “I’m Ready for Hillary” sticker on the left back bumper and, on the right bumper sporting, a “TrusTed” sticker, as in Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. As if that wasn’t confusing enough, a window sticker proclaimed, “Deer: The Other Red Meat,” contrasted with the license-plate holder that boasted, “This Car Stops for Broccoli.” I sped up, changing lanes like a madman, to catch a glimpse of the driver, but he or she hit the gas and took off before the inevitable freeway gridlock near Burbank. Little matter, nothing surprises me anymore. It could’ve been an Asian-American skinhead with septum piercings listening to Joni Mitchell while sipping boba tea, or a trustafarian white girl whose vaping mist enveloped her Native American dream-catcher dangling from the rearview mirror while cranking up Toby Keith on the radio.

“a State of Wonder and Weirdness”

In 2012, Sam McManis’ editors at the Sacramento Bee approached  him about writing a column for its California Traveler section,  which was then a weekly offering. “They said, ‘We’d like you to  just travel up and down the state and tell us what you find,’” he  recalls. The column was to be called Discoveries—and McManis was  somewhat ambivalent.  He was not interested in writing puff pieces about hotels and  beaches (although he concedes that such work has merit). “I  wanted it to be more experiential and more fun,” he says, “and  have it be about people as much as places. Because people are  inextricably linked to places, and vice versa. So I pitched it that  way and they bought the idea. Which was mildly surprising to me!” For the next four and a half years, McManis drove up and down  Interstate 5 and Highway 99—he does not know how many miles  he put on the company hybrid. He let his own interests drive his  story selection. Although he pretty much always had a destination  in mind, he says, he found some of his best stuff by serendipity. The  project lived up to his column’s name.  “I became very fascinated with outsider artists and roadside  attractions,” he says. “There are many in the desert—the desert  seems perfectly suited for that type of expression. I wrote about  a guy who turned his whole house into an object de art. And a  guy in Palm Springs that turned his dad’s backyard into this, this  entire … thing.” While he was definitely drawn to the “weird,” he  was ultimately after something more. “I want to know what drives  people, what are their motivations, and why do certain people cling  to certain obsessions? And so that kind of became my obsession— detailing other people’s obsessions.” McManis’ new book, Crossing California: A state of wonder and  weirdness, contains dozens of columns and cover stories, most of  which have been updated and expanded. It’s clear, reading it, that  McManis achieved his objective. As promised, there is plenty of  weirdness; there is also warmth and insight. In Blythe, McManis encounters Alfredo Acosta Figueroa. This  man is fighting to protect ancient geoglyphs—enormous earthworks that he believes to be 10,000 years old, and sacred. McManis  reports that Figueroa, who is in his 80s, believes them to be part of  the Aztec creation myth, and that they were created with the aid  of extraterrestrials. The writer neither endorses nor mocks the  subject.  “It’s like the William Faulkner line,” McManis says. “‘The past is  not dead; it’s not even past.’ It’s still with this guy. He talks to his  ancestors.” The longtime journalist—he began his career as a sportswriter  at the Los Angeles Times a quarter-century ago—laments the fact  that the Bee has killed the California Travels section, “and pretty  much the whole features department.” His book will make you long  for the days, just now disappearing, when American dailies could  afford to support more veteran journos with his brand of wisdom  and heart. 

—Eric Johnson

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Town: FeliciTy counTy: imperial pop: 2 elev 285

Empires rise and fall, whole civilizations flourish and fade, great mountain ranges erode over time, so only a fool deluded by hubris would be presumptuous enough to believe he has created something of permanence. And Jacques-Andre Istel may be many things—thinker, autodidactic student of history, mayor-for-life, former stock analyst, parachute designer, recall candidate for governor in 2003, loving husband—but he’s certainly no fool. But, for the sake of argument, let’s say you wanted to erect an elaborate, lasting monument for humankind, firm of foundation and with the solidity and mass to repel the elements. What material would you choose? Istel’s answer: granite. His art installation-cum-museum, straightforwardly called Museum of History in Granite, lies along a particularly arid stretch of Imperial County, just off Interstate 8. Imperial may just be the most schizophrenic of California’s 52 counties, at once hotter-than-Hades and dust-bowl parched, but it also is one of the state’s most productive agricultural regions. There really is not much reason for anyone other than farmers and cheap roadside motel and convenience-store operators to set down roots in this southeastern-most sector of the state, though it does get its share of the tourist dollar from the ATV enthusiasts carving up the sublime beauty of the Algodones Dunes with heroin-like tracks. A more remote place, then, could hardly be found for a dreamer such as Istel to plant his flag and deem the site, his life’s work in what has been a very full life, the Center of the World. Spread over 2,600 acres,

922 granite panels are set three feet into the ground with reinforced concrete and rise about five feet in geometric patterns, weighing, by Istel’s calculation, 4,865,378 pounds. Engraved on most of the surfaces—the project is ongoing and includes a pyramid and a church on a man-made hill—is nothing less than the history of the universe, from the Big Bang and Genesis to the invention of the TV remote control, replete with timelines, reproduced etchings of great artworks and what Istel deems epoch-making events. So, if this was your all-consuming undertaking, wouldn’t you, too, opt for a rock of such substance? “It is intriguing in the digital age, writing in granite,” Istel muses in his upstairs office just to the east of the monument. He is in his late 80s, but sports the wiry body of the extreme-sport parachutist he was as a younger man and the keen mind of a born promoter. “An atomic explosion can wipe out the [internet] cloud [storage system] and cause a certain amount of embarrassment. But this’ll be here. It’ll stay.” Then he paused and raised an index finger. He acknowledged the museum’s impermanence with a sly smile. “I’m asked, ‘What about a major earthquake burying it?’” Istel said. “I have a very good answer for them. It’s this: Think how happy future archaeologists will be with the rubble!”

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Town: BlyThe counTy: riverside pop: 19,832 elev: 272

The desert wind howled, and Alfredo Acosta Figueroa moaned. It was a deep, guttural sound rising clear from his diaphragm, anguished and heartsick. “Ah, mannnn,” he lamented, voice trailing consonants like kicked-up gravel, evoking the same poignancy as when he once sang corridos at 1960s farmworker rallies. “Ohhhh, ridiculous! They’re destroying it.” He paused, sighed audibly, and seemed to deflate a bit into the passenger’s seat. Figueroa, at that moment, looked every bit of his 83 years, face fissured like the hillsides ringing Blythe and the Palo Verde Valley, his signature straw fedora falling lower over a furrowed brow. “Pull over,” he said, at last. “Just park right here. Yeah, on that shoulder. Ah, mannnn. Get out. I’ll show you. I don’t want to show you, after what they’ve done. But I show you.” We had been driving for an hour on the back roads north of Interstate 10 near the Arizona border, me at the wheel, Figueroa riding shotgun and his eldest son, also named Alfredo, mostly silent in the backseat. Plenty of times on this sunny February afternoon, Figueroa had requested we stop the car on sandy shoulders. Each time, it was to point out features in the hills and the arid landscape that, he said, supports his fervent, almost messianic belief that this is the sacred ground known as Aztlan, the site that tells the creation story of Figueroa’s Chemehuevi ancestors and, pretty much, those of all Aztecs. But this was the first time all day he had asked to stop and wander in the desert to get a close-up look at one of the huge (50 feet wide and 200 feet long) geoglyphs, Native American symbols carved into the rock, desert as canvas. He wanted to show me

Kokopilli and Cicimitl, two of the most prominent geoglyphs that constitute the Blythe Intaglios, renderings of Aztec gods and symbols depicted either as human or animal, formed by scraping away the dark, manganese-stained top layer of rock to show pale, powdery caliche soil underneath. He wanted to inspect what’s left after, more than a year ago, bulldozers from the Blythe Mesa Solar Power and McCoy Solar Energy projects built a road that skirts and somewhat alters the geoglyphs, and to show how close (less than 300 meters) the solar-panel farms come to the “sacred” site. “Working on a Saturday,” Figueroa’s son muttered, referring to the solar-farm construction. “Man, there used to be nobody. No road.” “Ridiculous!” the elder Figueroa growled. It was only a short walk, maybe 50 feet, from this new road to the meseta where the two geoglyphs sit. From the sky, via satellite images or Google Maps, the forms are fully shaped and easily discernible. Kokopilli, a massive representation of the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, shows a round-headed figure either playing a flute or drinking from a straw, five plumes jutting from his head and his body breastplate taking the appearance of an anthropomorphized bee or bird in flight. Cicimitl, farther east on the same meseta, is said to be an animist figure aligned at 13 degrees magnetic north with the three peaks of the Mule Mountains. Up close, though, stepping carefully on the jagged, blackened rocks, all I could see is sculpted lines that give only a partial rendering of the work as a whole. In time, Figueroa will explain that significance but, first, he and his son are still trying to process the transformed landscape. “Ah, mannnn, see how they broke it up; it used to be all together before they plowed through,” Figueroa said. “The sun and arrow [geoglyphs], they are gone. They really did a job on it. Look at the fancy bridge. And there’s a concrete [culvert] and wash over to the north. Ridiculous!”

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Take a walk down Eddy Street. Resist the urge to walk fast with head down. Take in the acute, sometimes acrid, sensory details of these city blocks, the beating, arrhythmic heart of the Tenderloin. Be vigilant and streetwise, but don’t succumb to fear, for there is much to see and experience in San Francisco’s most notorious and misunderstood neighborhood. A stoop-shouldered merchant sweeps the entryway of the Superette 128 market, careful not to disturb a homeless man and his dog, curled up sleeping nearby. Men linger outside the Herald Hotel, jawing and guffawing and swigging from 40-ouncers. Kids frolic on the swings and jungle gym at verdant Boeddeker Park, the roar of their playful squeals only partially drowned out by honking taxis and construction jackhammers. The marquee at the Tea Room Theatre (“All Male Entertainment”) is lit but not yet open, same for The Power Exchange (hint: not a public utility building) a few doors down on Jones Street. Cops circle a man sprawled at a crosswalk, as a woman in a Marilyn Monroe T-shirt pushing a baby stroller tries not to look. What’s needed to fully comprehend this teeming street scene, this mingling of the ordinary and the sketchy, is context—historical and sociological perspective explaining such a rich urban milieu. Context, conveniently, can be found at the corner of Eddy and Leavenworth streets, where the newly opened Tenderloin Museum has got it all covered. A labor of both love and, well, labor, by lawyer and Tenderloin activist Randy Shaw, the museum is three years in the making and $3.5 million in the building, with donations coming from local business owners, grants and philanthropists. At times during the process, Shaw admits he thought that, with all the challenges the Tenderloin faces—poverty, homelessness, crime—what good will a museum do? “Maybe we should just open up another restaurant,” he said, laughing. “But we kept at it. It was an ambitious goal, but we made it.” It is a goal mostly met, true. The museum is a handsome, glass-walled space tucked into the ground floor of the Cadillac Hotel, the first of many SROs (single room occupancy residences) that define the neighborhood. With archival photos, footage, recordings and yellowed newspaper clippings—augmented by artifacts ranging from a vintage pinball machine to peep-show viewfinders from famous fan dancer Sally Rand to ticket stubs from the Blackhawk jazz club—it presents a history of the Tenderloin as a section of the city

far richer than just a tawdry hub of gambling, drug use, porn and prostitution. i told myself, this Families have long won’t look good lived here, churches long thrived, its sense for the story, then of community evident scolded myself for in its embrace of all ethnicities, its tolerthinking about the ance shown by its story when i should acceptance of the gay have been thinking and transgender populace long before the about not thinking, Castro District became about letting go. LGBT ground zero. Where the goal might fall short is Shaw’s hope that the museum will be a tourist draw, luring visitors away from obvious haunts such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park and Union Square and over to The ’Loin. Shaw, author of the oral history “The Tenderloin,” knows what you might be thinking—is this dude deluded? But he believes the neighborhood can bring in tourist dollars. At times, he sounds like a super-positive realtor talking about a ratty fixer-upper having so much potential. His zealotry is so palpable, so contagious, that you want to believe him, regardless of evidence to the contrary. The museum idea was spawned when Shaw led a successful neighborhood effort in 2007 to create a National Historic District for the Tenderloin. Now that the buildings, including the dozens of alfredo acosta SRO hotels, were protected from the gentrification Figueroa, a onesweeping the rest of San Francisco, thoughts turned man activist group, to commerce. is trying to protect “We asked, ‘How can we revive this commuan ancient indian holy site, the Blythe nity?’” said Shaw, who has dedicated his career in intaglios, a series of nonprofit advocacy to helping the Tenderloin and geoglyphs, its residents, though he does not live there. “What from development. are our strengths? We looked at this low-income community with a long downturn, and we decided our strength is our history,” Shaw said. “When we were working on the [historic district bid], we ran across all this great history. In the last chapter of my book on the Tenderloin, I mentioned that we just can’t seem to get tourists to come here and spend money. A museum is a way to bring people in from the outside and build on our history.” Shaw hopes people will stop bad-mouthing the Tenderloin and actually see it for themselves.

Kirk roberts, aka q, shows off the supposed sacred ground of the institute of Perception, in Jacumba, a stone’s throw from the mexican border.

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Sometimes—no, often—I get tired of hearing myself talk, especially all those voices in my head. So, I can just imagine what others must make of my logorrheic tendencies. I needed to get away for a weekend to a place where I would not feel the compulsion to chat, chew the fat, make small talk and pass the time with a story or three. So, at the request of my wife, my boss and my sanity, I chose to hole up and shut up. That I picked the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, to do it made me feel as if I might achieve prolonged illumination, both seasonal and personal. Or, at least, that’s what the New Age non-dogmatic dogma promised. I am embarking on a 48-hour vow of silence. I am secluding myself deep in the Sierra foothills 20 miles northwest of here for a weekend getaway at a meditation retreat for which the selling points are no external stimulation, no outside contact with the wider world (either wired or human) and no inane chatter. Lest you consider it an act of harsh asceticism rather than a valid vacation option, my two-night stay at the Ananda Meditation Retreat on San Juan Ridge in California’s Gold Country also promised the possibility of a deep connection with myself and the divine, the chance to commune with nature and the nature of my being, and to both unplug and recharge amid stately oak, pine and alder trees. That I’m neither a yogi nor an Eastern-religion “seeker” matters little. For decades, people of all faiths— and maybe even a few with none at all—have repaired to Ananda’s verdant 70-acre spread to meditate, rejuvenate and, most of all, contemplate the meaning of life and their place in it. That night, in preparation for the morning meditation, I read from the 1946 book Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda, on whose teachings this center’s precepts are based. Surpriya Supriya, who manages Ananda (she was born Sheri Goldberg in the San Fernando Valley) suggested would give a primer on the practice of Kriya yoga. The book clued me in to the meditation mantra “Hong-Sau,” that helps focus the mind on the task at hand. It’s “hong” on the inhalation; “sau” on the exhalation. Repeat as necessary.

Cross-legged on the mat—even though several Kriyabans were perched on chairs and looked much more comfy—I tried to stay still and empty my mind, but not before glancing around the temple. At the altar were five portraits of spiritual leaders: Jesus Christ, Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Yukteswar Giri and Yogananda. Below it was a larger photo of Yogananda and a smaller photo of the recently deceased Kriyananda (born James Donald Walters), Yogananda’s disciple and founder of the Ananda Retreat in 1968. Why Christ? I wondered. Were they just covering all the bases, or what? Later, Supriya would tell me that Yogananda considered Christ “a great yogi who practiced meditations. I know some [Christians] might be up in arms about that, but …” As at dinner previously, I was painfully selfconscious at the start of meditation. My slightest movement—nose-twitch or swallow—led me to think I was disrupting something sacred. A man in front put on noise-canceling headphones about 10 minutes after I arrived, and I hoped it wasn’t because he could hear my breakfast-craving stomach rumbling. Eventually, I got down to some serious hong-sauing. Eyes closed, I tried to will myself to banish invasive thoughts. For a moment, I felt a blankness, a pleasant absence— nothing intruding on the nothingness. Then I thought, Hey, I’m not thinking about anything, and the process began all over again. I could not help it: Thoughts swirled in my brain, a Gertrude Steinian stream of trivial consciousness. I told myself, This won’t look good for the story, then scolded myself for thinking about the story when I should have been thinking about not thinking, about letting go. After a good spell, my overheated mind calmed, my breathing—hong-sau—got shallower until I wasn’t aware of breathing at all. I didn’t know how much time had elapsed, but I was mildly surprised when Dharmadas intoned, “We’ll end this meditation with a prayer.” I’d been sitting for an hour and 45 minutes. A silent breakfast of oatmeal and a banana awaited me, like a karmic reward. In the afternoon, after a two-hour nap, I took a hike on one of the retreat’s trails, lined with manzanita, oak and pine. I was feeling calmer—or maybe just halfasleep. Ambling along an overgrown fire road shaded by oak branches, I looked down at the trail at a fortuitous time: A rattlesnake stretched out sunning itself not three feet in front of me. It was a standoff for a minute or two. I tried to slow my breathing—“Hong-sau, hong–freakin’-sau”—but the snake didn’t budge. I stared at it and marveled at its clever camouflaged properties, how it almost seamlessly blended into the landscape. I forgot that its bite can be lethal. We had a moment there, the snake and I, maybe not of understanding, but of detente. I gingerly stepped around it, exhaling a mighty “sau,” believe you me. Ω

Early the next morning—I didn’t hear the 5:30 a.m. gong but was up anyway, anxiety-ridden about meditating—I gingerly walked into the temple just as spiritual directors Nayaswami Dharmadas and Nayaswami Nirmala chanted to the stock-still adherents. Supriya had told me this group of Kriyabans—practitioners who had gone through extensive training—had given the OK for guests to sit in on the last half of their three-hour meditation. I took off my shoes, grabbed a blue yoga mat and found a spot near the back. sam McManis will read from Crossing California at the following I unfurled the mat, and staring at me was locations and times: sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m., avid Reader, the familiar Facebook logo. It was as if 617 second street in davis; tuesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., the universe was laughing at me, saying, sacramento Public library (sPl) galt branch, 1000 Caroline avenue “Ha, you think you can turn off thoughts in galt; wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m., sPl North Highlands branch, 4235 antelope Road in antelope; wednesday, March 21 at 7 of social media so easily!” p.m., sacramento bee book Club, 2100 Q street; thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m., sPl McKinley branch, 601 alhambra boulevard.

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Late last year, the program’s founder, Ixchel Moscoso, stepped out onto new terrain by putting a call out on Facebook. Moscoso invited the community to share potluck dishes and discuss a loaded topic—decolonization. “I expected maybe five or 10 people,” said Moscoso, who also goes by Mariana and the pronoun they. “We had over 50 people show up. … And the momentum really hasn’t died down.” Just shy of a season has passed since the day Moscoso launched The Decolonization Project, an indigenous-led program that uses decolonization as the framework for healing and building community. It explores how colonization has permeated our culture and aims to heal communities—particularly those historically harmed through colonization—through art and cultural activities. According to Moscoso and his peers, decolonization is the unlearning of the dominant values of colonialism and capitalism. These normalized values—individualism, ownership of land and the commodification of natural resources—can be replaced with communal activities and sharing resources between land and man. In its short life, the project has hosted several weekly and one-off classes, workshops, a fundraiser concert featuring indigenous artists, a youth empowerment group and three new moon ceremonies. Along the way, it’s picked up nearly 3,000 Facebook followers—an impressive feat for a volunteer-based organization with a virtually nonexistent budget. Most costs come out of Moscoso’s pocket. Since that first day, many activities have been run out of The Washington Neighborhood Center, a space in Alkali Flat with its own history of activism. The center boasts several classrooms, a weight room, kitchen, art spaces and an open graffiti wall. Originally founded as a church outreach program in the early 1950s, it was later the site where Royal Chicano Air Force, Brown Berets and other activist groups offered resources and ran community programs. “It’s a place (that) has a lot of revolutionary potential,” Moscoso said with a smile. “Its foundations are made of it.”

The righT Time Activist Fiorella Lema thinks Sacramentans’ interest in the project is a sign of the times: Californians are hungry for solutions to environmental and social issues. The project’s framework of decolonization allows folks

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he folks who gather at The Washington Neighborhood Center enter the space with different intentions. Some want to teach, others want to listen, learn and become better allies to marginalized communities. And when they follow the distinct smell of sage and the sounds of laughter into a classroom, they might find healing.

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Following Standing Rock, the Decolonization Project aimS to deprogram colonial mindsets

to challenge the common knowledge built on colonialism and form new consciousness, sometimes using indigenous methods. Some of the questions they explore: “How do we decolonize ourselves? How do we navigate the world around us in a decolonial lens, and what does that mean?” asked Lema, who hosted a workshop earlier this year. National support for indigenous-led movements gained momentum in 2016, when the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock Indian Reservation received international coverage and widespread support under the #NoDAPL movement. Americans from around the country joined the protest in North Dakota, concerned about the project impacting water quality and disrupting sacred sites on the land. At the time, Moscoso became more deeply involved with community organizing through NoDAPL Sacramento, which dissolved after the pipeline was completed in the spring of 2017. “I continued to think about what it means to have an indigenous-led movement or community,” they said. “There are people with an enormous amount of skills. … You realize they’re experts in whatever little area they’ve chosen to concentrate in. Recognizing that each of us has the potential of giving something back.” The Decolonization Project presenters and teachers include yoga instructors who blend self-defense methods, UC Davis department coordinators who research precolonial gender norms in the Philippines, healers and musicians. Every workshop begins with the reminder that we are on borrowed land, as Moscoso thanks the indigenous Maidu, Miwuk and Nisenan tribes who cared for the land before us. “Humans are community-oriented, and we’ve been stripped away from that,” Moscoso said. “Learning from our community seemed like a really powerful concept to bring to the table.”

geTTing There Eager to learn about unlearning, participants filed into the Washington Neighborhood Center on March 11 with plates of green salad, black beans and potluck foods. Soon after, a conversation about the use of the term “indigenous” revealed underlying tension in the room. As a few white people argued in favor of using the term “indigenous” to describe a fire-starting workshop, those with indigenous heritage found it problematic—particularly since the skills could not be tied to a specific region or tribe—and suggested names like “Survival Skills 101.” As the conversation started to get heated and go in circles, Moscoso and other participants explained that the project addresses black and brown healing first, and arguing with white folks about dictionary definitions should take a back seat. The meeting closed with everyone gathered in a circle, passing burning sage from hand to hand, tension set aside for that moment. “I think the best way to get empathy right now is through knowledge,” said Ny Sohaib, who was born in Algeria and plans to host workshops with the group. “I hope we see more dialogue that makes people uncomfortable, so we can confront what we think we know. … We’ve had decades of us doing it polite … and it’s just not working.” In their original Facebook event post, Moscoso described The Decolonization Project as “a year of unlearning and creating.” With the intention




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of representing the coming of a new light, the project was launched on the first day of winter. Reflecting nature’s cycle, each season is assigned a theme and activities. Lema hosted a prayer bag workshop during winter with the focus, “What does decolonization look like?” She brought herbs and plants to represent the elements— lavender for air, rosemary for earth, seashells for water and cinnamon for fire. She invited participants to smell the herbs to inspire reflection, respond to a writing prompt and share their thoughts with the rest of the class. “I asked the participants, ‘How do you keep your fire going? How do you feel the fire of others?’” she said. The program’s strength, she adds, is that it uses many tools to promote healing. “It’s supposed to engage in this long-term process of deconstructing yourself and critically analyzing the environment around you,” she said. “Everyone gets there in their own way.” Doing that work alone is not an option, and Moscoso, who works full-time as an arts-in-corrections program analyst for the California Arts Council on top of this labor of love, is glad to give others ownership over the project. “This is not my program—it’s a vision that I had, but clearly others had it, too,” Moscoso said.“Decolonization is a process, and we actually don’t know what that looks like. We can imagine it and start to create what that means, but we don’t actually know.” If the project died and became something new tomorrow, Moscoso would want those involved to recognize the value that everyone had brought to it. “I feel honored. I’m honored that they joined me on this crazy journey,” they said. “Even though they’re one person, when we’re together, we become an entire body.” Ω



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Losing a legend When 35-year-old Ali Youssefi died of stomach cancer on Saturday, Sacramento lost more than the developer of the  Warehouse Artist Lofts on R Street that’s largely responsible for the resurgence of artists in the area. More than just  the visionary who also built housing—currently opening and  still in development—for residents across income brackets. At Youssefi’s impromptu vigil in front of WAL Monday evening, it became clear that Sacramento has lost a dear friend who was kind to even those in his periphery.  Clouds heavy with rain refrained from pouring as more  than 100 mourners gathered on outdoor picnic tables to  admire Youssefi’s work: the WAL building itself.  “All the buildings he did were artistic visions,” Gale Hart, an  accomplished artist in Sacramento and a friend of Youssefi’s, told SN&R before the event. “I kind of asked a few artists  to walk around tonight and see his buildings that he has  developed. I didn’t realize it would get so big.” One by one, his friends and coworkers, even the extras in  the movie of his life, stood up on a picnic table to address the  crowd, many of whom wore sunglasses after sunset. Artist Jose Di Gregorio, whose celestial and geometric  mural greets visitors to WAL’s second story, shared how he  had lined up for WAL in the early days and waited 18 hours  to get a room for himself and his two daughters. He was declined. But later, Di Gregorio shared his life story to Youssefi,  who spotted him some cash out of his wallet. “At that point, I was living in Verge [Center for the  Arts]”—a gallery and workspace not meant for living—“I  was actually sleeping in the studio, setting the alarm running into my studio,” Di Gregorio remembered. Eventually,  Youssefi personally approved Di Gregorio’s application to  WAL. “It was because of Ali directly that I was able to receive  a three-bedroom apartment here and sustain myself as an  artist. I’m eternally grateful to him, as are my daughters.  When I got that phone call, I sobbed.” City councilmember Steve Hansen acknowledged  Youssefi’s ability to unite disparate classes of people: “If  you look around you see artists, you see developers, you see city people, you see a wide community, and that is Ali in many  ways,” Hansen said. A worker from Fish Face Poke Bar inside the WAL Public  Market stood up, though she didn’t know Youssefi personally. She met him when she had invited her children to run  on the rooftop of WAL, knowing it wasn’t technically allowed.  Youssefi was called to investigate. “He was so kind, just like the kindest Jesus in the pictures,”  she said. “That kindness from a stranger to someone totally  violating his building was just the ultimate.” Above all, artists acknowledged Youssefi’s dedication to  supporting them and their work.  “I just think genuinely his single goal in life was to make  artists’ lives better,” Hart said before the vigil. “He was  driven to make our lives better in any way he could.” To end the remembrance, Hart asked the crowd to blow a kiss to the sky. Artist Shaun Burner then led the mourners in  howling Youssefi onward in his journey  “traveling through  the cosmos.” They crowed “Ali!” and yodeled and yelled, all of it  echoing off the facade of Youssefi’s creation until it decrescendoed to silence.  

—Rebecca Huval r e b e c c a h @ ne wsr e v ie w.c o m

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Parade on a pastry apple puff pastry, Gran Milan Hailing from Richmond, Gran Milan has sprinkled bites of Italy onto Sacramento’s Handle District. In the same storefront where the former Eatuscany served pasta, this new bakery keeps the gelato and ups the dessert quotient with traditional Italian cakes and breakfast pastries. The apple puff ($3.95) packs ethereal layers of buttery, sweet and subtly salty pastry that flake into the air on the first bite. Moist, baked Honeycrisp slices parade down the length of the rectangular treat on a clear carpet of custard. 1801 L Street, Suite 80;

—rebecca Huval

The falafel is some of the best in the region. photo by KaRloS Rene ayala

The final frontier of fantastic falafel Falafel and Shawarma Planet 4220 Florin Road, Suite K 95823 (916) 272-2939

Is Falafel and Shawarma Planet a fast food restaurant that wants to be a café, or a café that wants to be a fast food restaurant? Either way, this little Palestinian spot has a big heart and a lot to offer, but yields an uneven experience. The branding and location says “fast food”—F&SP is tucked so unobtrusively next to the 99 Ranch Market that it practically seems a part of it—but the pace and the personalized service make it seem like a homey café. Dishes are artfully composed, carefully garnished. Some are served in dramatically sloping ceramic bowls, but only plastic utensils are available—a jarring contrast. The small dining room is dominated by a large soda machine and a TV tuned to The Food Network, sometimes with the sound on, which is very annoying; but this vibe was softened by the fact that each time I visited, I was offered samples of dishes I inquired about and once was even given a free piece of harissa cake. The rustic semolina dessert topped with pistachios was one I would have gladly paid for. Falafel and Shawarma Planet is a study in contrasts, but the falafel is some of the best in the region ($4.99 for sandwich, $7.99 for a plate). The brown, crunchy exterior of the fresh-fried chickpea orbs conceals a steaming, brightgreen interior. It’s served with an assortment of housemade pickles and a swipe of F&SP’s subtle, ultra-creamy hummus. Other dishes, such as the foule ($4.99), a dish of warm fava beans, lemon and olive oil, exhibit a similar subtlety, 22






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Roseville has a legit new coffee shop: Fourscore Coffee House, serving up beans from hyper-local roaster Valiant Coffee only a 15-minute drive away. Their maple latte combines your morning shot of espresso with the warming comfort of maple syrup, two flavors that go together surprisingly well. Almost better than the caffeinated drinks is the shop’s ethos: Fourscore has via ww m co w.F a unique mission to “support ouRScoRecoFFee. and encourage local musicians and artists and do our part in the fight against human trafficking.” That’s one satisfying cup of Joe. 325 Lincoln Street in Roseville; ot


which sometimes made me long for the strong, robust flavors of the late, great Maalouf’s Taste of Lebanon on Fulton Avenue that closed in 2015. The chicken shawarma wrap ($6.79) at F&SP, wrapped in a thin, flour-tortilla-like bread, similarly suffered in comparison to the juicy, garlicky chicken pieces cradled in a pillowy pita exterior that made Maalouf’s shawarma so outstanding. The lamb in the lamb shawarma ($8.79) tasted gamey (a strong flavor I embrace) and had a pleasant interplay between crisp pickles and bracing raw onion, but the meat was fatty and gristly. Better is the tender chicken taouk (kabob, $11.99), which I was warned would take 15 minutes due to being fresh-grilled to order, and which was worth the wait while I ignored Bobby Flay flaying all over the place. The lightly smoky, sumac-sprinkled chunks were heavenly, especially with a judicious application of garlicky mayo that was served on the side. The baba ghanoush ($5.99) was also smoky, and chunkier than I usually expect this dish to be; the moutabal ($5.99), a creamy eggplant dish, had a texture that I usually associate with baba ghanoush. Both were excellent but served icy cold, a problem that also plagued the watery tabbouleh salad ($4.99). Falafel and Shawarma Planet offers specials on weekends, including a warming yellow lentil soup one day I visited and a rich, silky eggplant-and-tomato dish on another, and is experimenting with buffets on certain nights as well. If the warmth of the customer service and the freely offered samples could be extended to the ambiance of the dining room and bring the cold salads up a degree or two, this planet would be worth weekly, lingering missions. As it currently stands, it’s best for a quick falafel before you blast off. Ω

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Bitter much? Grapefruit Grapefruits look nothing like grapes in color or size, but they do grow in clusters that (sort of) remind you of grapes if you aren’t from California. As with many citrus varieties, they’re a cross between two parents—in this case, sweet orange and pomelo. Grapefruits originated in Barbados, but grow winningly well in much of California. While Ruby Reds are associated with Texas, we grow pink as well as white and gold varieties. Look for specialty grapefruit spoons, with jagged edges to help scoop out the fruit from halved grapefruits.

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Inside the brewing sanctum at Sactown Union Brewery, a sign above a door reads: “BREWING: It’s what you do when you’re not CLEANING.” In proper beer brewing, the two words are paramount to success—or at they should be, says Michael Barker. At two-week intervals, Sactown’s staff completes a complex cleaning task. They disassemble taps and couplers and rotate between sodium hydroxide and acidic rinses. The former eliminates the organic material from the beer lines; the latter ensures there’s no buildup of the chemicals. “At least that’s how I do it,” says Barker of Sactown’s process, which occurs on Monday mornings when the brewery is closed. “A lot of other people may have other ways that they do it. There are a lot of other ways to skin a cat.” “There are guidelines, and we probably do it a little more often, like every 10 days,” says Barker, co-founder and brew master of the now two-year-old establishment in East Sacramento. The Brewers Association, a national trade organization based in Boulder, Colo., calls improperly cleaned beer lines “the enemies of draught beer.” The culprits include yeast, mold, bacteria and something called “beer stone” (calcium oxalate). According to Barker, uncleaned beer lines sometimes collect old beer that results in Diacetyl, a green or yellow chemical compound that smells a bit like microwaved popcorn. Cleaning the pipes also allows the flavors of various types of brew to shine.

“Each brewery does something different,” Barker says. “You’re not going to have an IPA on a line, and when that’s done, say, ‘OK, we’re going to put a sour on that one,’ and then go back to an IPA after that. That second round of IPA is going taste acidic. It’s not going to kill you, but it doesn’t taste good.” Sactown Union Brewery serves only its own beer, with eight to 12 rotating selections. Its beers are also offered in various locations within a 50-mile radius of Sacramento. Barker is also astutely aware that sometimes a customer isn’t going to be satisfied. “There have been times, I’ve done it myself, when I’ve said, ‘This just doesn’t taste right,’” he said. “I said it with my own beer and with others. A good beer bar with good bartenders, they’re going to understand. If it’s not what you want, they’re going to take it back and get you something else. Then they’ll go in the back and talk about it with the owner.” If there’s any doubt about the seriousness of cleanliness in the beer business, consider the opinion of Charles Bamforth, professor of brewing science at UC Davis. “Beer is a foodstuff and, frankly, I am appalled at the state of hygiene in many breweries,” Bamforth wrote in his 2016 book Standards of Brewing: A Practical Approach to Consistency and Excellence. “In short, the whole place should be such as to give your aged aunt a warm feeling of all things being well-scrubbed.” Ω

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Beating death By Bev SykeS

Fragile Things

A world premiere of a one-act struggle between two broken people trapped in a cabin during a blizzard. Tyler is a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and determined to end his life. Josslyn is a “fixer” fighting her own problems. Strong language, some violence.

Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm. Through 3/16; $17-$20; The Ooley Theatre, 2007 28th St.; (916) 214-8255; http:// B.S.



Set in 11th century Scotland, this production of the Shakespeare classic is based on paganism and ancient ritual, with chanting witches and drums to accentuate the feeling onstage. Strong performances by all, particularly William Elsman in the title role, make this an excellent

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Heaven Can Wait


fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm & 8pm. through 3/25; $10-$12; Winters community center, 201 railroad avenue in Winters; (530) 795-4014;

It’s a long drive to Winters, so why would you go there? Well, perhaps to see the fine production of Harry Segall’s fantasy romantic comedy Heaven Can Wait by the Winters Theatre Company. These old classic stories are what this company does best, and despite the casual setting of a community center, this one is a lot of fun. Boxer Joe Pendleton, on the verge of becoming heavyweight champion, is prematurely whisked away to heaven by a novice heavenly “messenger” who wanted to spare him the pain of inevitable death in an airplane crash. But Joe wasn’t supposed to die. He was scheduled for 60 more years of life, in addition to winning the championship. Because his own body was cremated, Mr. Jordan, the heavenly chief, must find him another body. After a long search, they finally settle on the body of a millionaire tycoon named Farnsworth, who is about to be murdered by his wife and her lover. Needless to say, the two would-be murderers are confused by both Farnsworth’s survival and his change of personal habits and philosophy. Outstanding in this production are Tyler Tufts as Joe, Lyra Dominguez as his love interest, and especially Scott Graf as his manager, Max. Take a walk on the wild side—drive to Winters, grab dinner in one of its fine restaurants, and enjoy this production of Heaven Can Wait. Ω

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Is the new form of entertainment to be as crude and disgusting as you can be? Is that what passes for art these days? I cannot deny that I disliked Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette, now at Big Idea Theatre. I disliked it a lot, though it was peopled with six talented actors who portrayed their highly unlikable characters very well—its only redeeming quality! Set in a New York hotel suite decorated for a wedding, gifts are stacked and an offstage bathtub is filled with bottles of champagne. Into the room burst Gena (Leah Daugherty) and Katie (Taylor Fleer), both very high and laughing. Every sentence contains the F-word. They discover the champagne and each take a bottle and begin to drink as they trash the apartment. Regan (Taylor Vaughan) arrives. She is the maid of honor but hates the bride (Shelby Vockel) and has invited the other two because she knows the bride does not like them. The word “fat” is used many times as an insult, which I, as a fat person, found distasteful. I hurt for the bride. (The word “retarded” is also used a lot, which many will find offensive.) Two men that the girls picked up at the bar, Jeff (Russell Dow) and Joe (Jacob Garcia), arrive. Simulated sex and possible rape is added to the drugs and alcohol. There is vomiting onstage. Maybe this is the wave of the future, but I don’t want to be entertained by watching the worst of people. —Bev SykeS Bachelorette: thu 8pm, fri 8pm, sat 8pm. through 5/7; $18-$22; Big idea theatre, 1616 Del Paso Boulevard; (916) 960-3036;


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7:30pm, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, 2pm show on Sat 3/17. Through 3/18; $15-$18;

Celebration Arts chose Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic A Raisin in the Sun to unveil their new theater space at 27th and B streets. This wonderful, heartfelt production of an AfricanAmerican family trying to traverse the social and racial issues of 1950s Chicago still resonates with a talented cast all under the direction of Celebration Arts founder James Wheatley. Fri

Sacramento City College Performing Arts Center, 3835 Freeport Blvd.; (916) 558-2228; www. J.C.

short reviews by Bev sykes, Patti roberts and Jim carnes.

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A hot ticket Capital Stage premieres a brand-new play this week, The Arsonsists, by Jacqueline Goldfinger, an up-and-coming playwright (winner of several prizes) from Philadelphia. The Arsonists is a Southern Gothic-style play-with-music, with a nod to the ancient Greek tragedy Electra. The setting is a mysterious Florida swamp, where a father/daughter team work together as singers, storytellers… and firebugs, hiding from the law. Wed 7pm, Thu 7 pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm. Through 4/15; 25-$40; Capital Stage, 2215 J Street; (916) 995-5464;

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and deadly military rescue operation. Previous versions of this story supposedly lionized the Israeli leaders and soldiers, but as soon as we Here’s a nutty idea: What if they made a based-onrealize that Padilha intends to “humanize” the a-true-story historical drama that didn’t end with the hijackers, including a couple of radicalized expected images of the real-life people portrayed German intellectuals played by Daniel Brühl in the film? Dare to dream. Brazilian director José and Rosamund Pike, the movie’s moral crises Padilha (Elite Squad; Robocop) instead dutifully practically write themselves. continues this unfortunate and self-justifying trend We know we will get the scene where a in 7 Days in Entebbe, splicing actual footage of Palestinian patriot challenges the commitment of Israeli hostages returning home into the ending of his his more academic co-conspirators, just as sure workmanlike political thriller, acting almost as though as we know that conversations with sympathetic the story’s authenticity were in doubt. hostages will cause those same co-conspirators Of course, that moldy grace note is hardly the to question their humanity. Brühl and Pike do only shopworn element in 7 Days in Entebbe, a the best they can with their roles, as do Lior competently crafted and acted but largely Ashkenazi as Israeli Prime Minister unoriginal take on a story that has Yitzhak Rabin and Eddie Marsan as already been filmed several times his political rival Shimon Peres, but It’s not (once in Israel and twice for American none of the characters in 7 Days television). In fact, the only unique exactly what I in Entebbe are developed beyond element that Padilha brings to the their symbolic value. was hoping for, but film is an unexpected obsession with Despite the film’s many you take what politically charged interpretive dance. shortcomings, it remains It’s not exactly what I was hoping for, you can get. watchable and effective. Padilha is but you take what you can get. no master storyteller, but he is good The story of 7 Days in Entebbe at arranging the pieces of a sprawling concerns the 1976 hijacking of an Air France international production, and like I said, plane carrying Israeli citizens by pro-Palestinian the interpretive dance obsession is hot nonsense. revolutionaries, who diverted the plane to the Entebbe It’s strange and ridiculous enough to make you International Airport in Uganda, where they were wish that Padilha had fully followed that muse and greeted by the country’s mentally unstable dictator Idi told this story as a splashy musical rather than a Amin. They planned to use the hostages as leverage dehydrated drama. It probably would have failed, to negotiate the release of political prisoners held in but it at least it would have been his own failure, Israel, even though the country had a long-standing instead of something secondhand. Ω policy against negotiating with terrorists. However, warring agendas among the hijackers, the unpredictability and ambition of Idi Amin, and an internecine political struggle in the Israeli government mucked up any potential for peaceful resolution, and Poor Fair Good Very excellent Good the situation was eventually resolved with a daring

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Death Wish

A doctor (Bruce Willis), distraught after a gang of home invaders leaves his wife dead and his daughter in a coma, and fearing the police investigation is going nowhere, embarks on his own anti-crime crusade. Writer Joe Carnahan and director Eli Roth update the 1974 Charles Bronson vigilante wet dream (from Brian Garfield’s novel), relocating it to Chicago on the theory that the present murder rate there is roughly equivalent to New York in the ’70s. The result is a satisfying melodrama, bolstered by the supporting performances of Vincent D’Onofrio as Willis’ brother, Elisabeth Shue as the ill-fated wife, and Dean Norris and Kimberly Elise as police detectives. A sequel is inevitable, I guess (and not especially to be looked forward to), but at least this one shoots its way to a satisfying conclusion. J.L.


Every Day

Teenager Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), after a wonderful day with her selfish boyfriend (Justice Smith), learns that he was really “A,” who mysteriously wakes up every morning in a different body, possessing that person for only 24 hours before moving on. The two find themselves falling in love, so A makes the effort to find Rhiannon every day, while she must be on the lookout for him—or her, whoever A may be that day. Writer Jesse Andrews and director Michael Sucsy adapt David Levithan’s novels Every Day and Another Day (one is written from A’s viewpoint, the other from Rhiannon’s), and the result is surprisingly enjoyable, an imaginative allegory for the physical and psychological changes involved in adolescence. The cast is generally good, but Rice’s appealing sweetness is the movie’s main attraction. J.L.


A Fantastic Woman

Chilean director Sebastián Leilo cowrote and directed this dreamy and deliberate Oscar winner about Santiago songbird Marina (Daniela Vega), a transgender woman reeling from the unexpected death of her much-older boyfriend Orlando. Without allies in his family or in the government, Marina gets put through the ringer of a humiliating and dehumanizing police investigation, while Orlando’s wife and son seize his possessions and shut Marina out of the official grieving process. Meanwhile, oblique visions of Orlando’s ghost and the discovery of a mysterious key seem to lead Marina toward a hidden treasure, or at least an emotional breakthrough. There is some narrative and thematic overlap between A Fantastic Woman and Tom Ford’s A Single Man, but Leilo’s film is warm and contemplative rather than cold and clinical, with light doses of magical realism and a marvelous lead performance from Vega (although Leilo makes it all too easy by turning Orlando’s family into violent, dog-napping psychopaths). D.B.


Game Night

A couple who are virtually addicted to board-and-parlor games (Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams), along with their usual game-night guests (Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury), get in over their heads when a role-playing kidnap game turns into the real thing because of the host’s freewheeling, irresponsible brother (Kyle Chandler). Mark Perez’s script has few surprises, but enough twists and complications to hold our interest. The direction by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein is unexceptional but inoffensive, and they manage to keep each other out of the way of McAdams and Bateman’s innate charm, chemistry and comic flair. A good thing, too, because McAdams and Bateman are the movie’s only real assets; they’re slumming, but they’re having fun, and it’s contagious. J.L.



Music video director and occasional feature filmmaker Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies) helms this mopey ensemble drama about grieving people taking stock of the objects that define their lives. The opening movement focuses on an insurance agent (John Ortiz) who catalogs possessions and collects life stories with a detached sense of satisfaction. From there, we follow a widow (Ellen Burstyn) as

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Love, Simon

A gay teenager (Nick Robinson), securely closeted in front of his parents (Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner) and friends (Katherine Langford, Keiynan Lonsdale, Alexandra Shipp), falls in love on social media with an anonymous classmate, also closeted, and fantasizes about who the other might be. Directed by Greg Berlanti and adapted by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker from Becky Albertalli’s novel, the movie is enjoyable enough, despite the callow gloss of a 1970s after-school TV special preaching to us about tolerance. Robinson is a blandly likeable presence, though he can’t quite overcome the fact that his character is, frankly, a selfish little jerk who, in his efforts to hide his real nature and ascertain the identity of his true love, does some borderline-unforgiveable things to his supposed pals. J.L.

she sifts through the ashes of her burned-down house, and Nostalgia keeps playing narrative tag until landing on a sports collectibles merchant (Jon Hamm) and his sister (Catherine Keener) as they deal with deaths in the family. An intimate yet expansive examination of the ways that objects intertwine with memories to both obscure and reveal our true selves, Nostalgia wins all the awards for good intentions, but the film rarely hits a note that isn’t false. In short, Pellington is no Atom Egoyan, but then neither is Atom Egoyan anymore. D.B.


The Party

Writer-director Sally Potter (Orlando) roped in a solid cast for this blessedly brief yet utterly annoying black-and-white drama set during a disastrous gathering of friends and secret lovers. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a high government position, but the party to celebrate her promotion is demolished by unexpected news from her mopey husband Bill (Timothy Spall). Meanwhile, a lesbian couple (Cherry Jones and Emily Mortimer) learn that they are having triplets and a cocaine-snorting lawyer (Cillian Murphy) secretly plots revenge, while Janet’s acid-tongued best friend (Patricia Clarkson) spews toothless one-liners. The writing is even more annoying than the lackluster visuals, just a series of lowbrow, laugh track-ready put-downs wrapped in the trappings of academia. Cramped and predictable and far less clever than it thinks, The Party feels like it was based on a play that I would also dislike, rather than an original screenplay by Potter. D.B.


Red Sparrow

The foul and flightless Red Sparrow is the seventh feature film from director Francis Lawrence, and the seventh unremarkably bad one to boot. It’s like Lawrence was created in a laboratory by mad scientists who needed to provide content for Crackle. A witless teenage sex fantasy dressed in the solemn tones of a Le Carré-inspired spy movie, Red Sparrow stars Jennifer Lawrence as Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina who suffers a career-ending injury during a performance. After taking a

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Two privileged teenagers in tony suburban Connecticut (Olivia Cooke, Anya TaylorJoy) hatch a plot to murder the overbearing stepfather of one of them (Paul Sparks). Firsttime writer-director Cory Finley has produced the kind of picture that film festival audiences and high-tone critics love to gush over, but which is in fact an artsy-fartsy crock. Finley’s idea of style is to have his actors speak in a lifeless monotone, staring straight ahead, faces as motionless as granite statues. The only sign of life in the whole movie comes, with hideous irony, from the one actor who’s no longer with us: Anton Yelchin as a small-potatoes would-be contract killer. He was on his way to being a great actor before his tragic death in 2016, and he lived long enough to show Finley, Cooke and Taylor-Joy how it’s done. J.L.


A Wrinkle in Time

Three kids (Storm Reid, Levi Miller, Deric McCabe) search across the universe for the missing father of two of them (Chris Pine). Director Ava DuVernay and writers Jennifer Lee and Jeff Stockwell turn Madeleine L’Engle’s fantasy novel into a truly epic fiasco, with Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling (as the kids’ cosmic guides) flouncing around like tacky disco drag queen hookers in the nadir of their careers. DuVernay’s ineptitude is total—the camera always too close, too far away, clumsily moving or at an ugly angle, the editing lurching and rhythmless. Performances range from dull (Reid) to obnoxious (McCabe) to humiliating (Witherspoon, Kaling, Winfrey), never wandering—not even by accident—into the vicinity of interesting. This turkey is a shoo-in to sweep the Razzie Awards. J.L.






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up for about 45 minutes, trading cartoonish, chest-thumping verses and captivating with their exaggerated physical interactions: El-P jumping around the front of the stage, Killer Mike swaggering menacingly in the shadows. The stadium treatment was most appropriate on songs such as “Legend Has It,” with its pixelated production from El-P and his furiously funny lyrics about being the Tinder of hip-hop: “Don’t make a sound, baby, hush / I am the living swipe right on the mic, I’m a slut.” After a particularly hard-knocking rendition of “Blockbuster Night Part 1,” El-P thanked the parents in the audience “who brought their kids to the show,” apologized Run the Jewels blasts heavy beats for moms for the flagrant cursing, and assured the kids and preteens alike. that “you can do better than us.” Their set had been everything I’d dreamed, but this was Lorde’s show for sure. The duo’s red-hot raps fell on a mostly indifferent audience; we saw On paper, it was an odd pairing: Lorde, the tons of screens in laps and in front of faces. international pop singer/teen idol on her Admittedly, I’d never listened to Lorde Melodrama World Tour, supported by Run the outside of her inescapable radio hits, like Jewels, the hard-hitting hip-hop duo made up “Royals” and “Team,” but the audience’s of rapper/producer El-P and the beastly emcee excitement was infectious. Everywhere I known as Killer Mike. Heading into the concert looked, people were singing along word-foron Monday, March 13, at Golden 1 Center, I word and losing themselves in the moment. expected the combination to make It was an opportunity to experience a more sense afterward. full-on cultural phenomenon as It didn’t. an outside observer, to bask My friend and I were in the sheer spectacle and Families politely there to see Run the excitement. Jewels, but we were Despite not recognizfiled in and found their clearly in the minority, ing most of the songs, seats while Run the Jewels lost as we were amid I thought Lorde looked delivered an all-out assault an ocean of teenage and sounded amazing. girls and young women She was clearly singing of heavy rap with beats (plus their parents) along with a backing cranked to rafterwho were stoked out of track, but I appreciated shaking status. their minds to see Lorde. that her vocals were Families politely filed in surprisingly raw-sounding— and found their seats while not pitch-corrected with Run the Jewels delivered an auto-tune. And her stage show all-out assault of heavy rap with beats had a blockbuster budget, complete cranked to rafter-shaking status. with a troupe of artful backup dancers, a Maybe Run the Jewels would tone it down floating glass rectangle and ultra-fancy digital for the family-oriented audience? No, they projections suspended over the audience. After wouldn’t. Killer Mike pulled no punches putting back a $15 Bud Light Lime-A-Rita, it whatsoever while delivering lyrical gems such all seemed like magic. as, “No hocus pocus, you simple suckers been At the end of the night, my friend and I served a notice / Top of the morning, my fist to agreed both Run the Jewels and Lorde had your face is fucking Folgers.” And the raps only been electric, but there had seemed to be very got filthier, often making me laugh and bury my little crossover appeal. In any case, for us, it hands in my face due to embarrassment. was a total blast. Ω The two monster emcees absolutely lit it 30   |   SN&R   |   03.15.18

Hate mail is fan mail Metalachi breaks steadfast traditions in two genres  by Steph RodRiguez

El Cucuy remembers the first metal song he and his brother Vega De La Rockha blended with mariachi music. It was at a quinceañera when the siblings would perform as a traditional mariachi band for extra cash on the weekends. They combined Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and the song “Jarabe Tapatío”—more commonly known as “The Mexican Hat Dance.” “We played it and people went crazy,” he says. “When we usually play at a quinceañera, everyone’s kind of proper and trying to behave themselves. But once we played ‘Iron Tapatío,’ people changed. Some people put the horns up, the crowd went crazy, and there was this old abuelita that showed us her bra.” In that moment, El Cucuy says they decided to convert their favorite metal hits into full-fledged mariachi songs that would later land their band, Metalachi, on TV shows like America’s Got Talent, interviews with CNN and the BBC, and nationwide tours. Slayer’s Dave Lombardo once joined them onstage for a cover of “Raining Blood.” Now Metalachi is a five-piece family band— according to its members, the world’s first and only group that’s dared to blend the metal and mariachi genres together throughout the past 12 years. In covers of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets,” Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark,” Metalachi adds traditional mariachi instruments like trumpet, violin, güiro, acoustic guitar and the guitarrón—a deep-bodied, Mexican six-string acoustic bass—to showcase their love for the genres that heavily influenced a handful of siblings originally from Ciuadad Juárez in Mexico. The brothers grew up in Los Angeles, while their mother returned to Mexico. They were raised by their uncles, professional mariachis who would play on Boyle Street in East LA, where musicians stand on

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street corners in hopes of being picked up for random gigs. Then came El Cucuy’s exposure to that other genre. In the late ’90s, the 12-year-old listened to the one album that ultimately shifted the course of his and his siblings’ lives: Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. “That was the first record that started it all,” says El Cucuy, the trumpet player. The two original members of Metalachi are he and his brother De La Rockha, who serenades crowds with his boisterous vocals underneath a large, black sombrero with dangling tassels. A few years ago, they added their sister, Queen Kyla Vera, on violin. Before Metalachi, the two young boys performed as a traditional mariachi band for years, livening up dance floors at weddings, quinceañeras, birthday parties and background music at funerals. They followed in the footsteps of their tíos. Yet, the brothers’ love for metal and Ozzy Osbourne in particular could not be contained. El Cucuy’s stage name is inspired by the Mexican boogeyman—but, he clarifies, this version comes after mothers rather than children. “I always tell people don’t confuse me with that Cucuy. I’m not the Cucuy that waits in the closet for the kids to go to sleep, and once they’re in bed and the lights are off, I come out and I scare you,” he says. “I’m the Cucuy that hides under mommy’s bed. I wait for the kids to go to sleep and then I jump on mommy.” El Cucuy admits that not everyone is a fan of Metalachi, and the backlash stems from traditional mariachi groups and diehard metal fans. For some, mariachi is sacred and shouldn’t be tainted with other genres, especially metal. It’s the same for some metalheads, who’ve told Metalachi to “go back to Mexico.” El Cucuy recalls hearing that after the band released its project with Avenged Sevenfold, who endorsed Metalachi’s cover of their song “God Damn.” But the boogeyman, El Cucuy, doesn’t scare so easily. “We take it in stride,” he says. “We always say if we’re not pissing people off, then we’re not doing something right.” Ω see metalachi perform on saturday, march 17, at harlow’s restaurant & Nightclub (2708 J street) at 9 p.m. tickets are $15-$17. Whiskey and stitches will open the night. learn more at

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event listing for 3/17. 7pm, $38-$68. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

SACrAMENtO AUDiO WAffLE #41: Waffles, coffee and music by Instagon, Demonsleeper, Noisepsalm, Ustam and more. Noon, $8-$10. The Red Museum, 212 15th St.

SPriNG fLiNG: Dance music performed by The Sacramento Symphonic Winds. 2:30pm, $10-$15. Crowne Plaza Northeast, 5321 Date Ave.

VOX VOCiS: With Find Yourself, Demon in Me,


Pole. Paintings. Power. Beatnik StudioS, 5:30 P.M., $10-$12 When artist Jaya King worked up the courage to take her first pole dancing class, she didn’t expect it to Art influence her art. Fast forward a year to this weekend’s one-night show of art, dance and performance inspired by pole fitness: Pole. Paintings. Power. King’s abstract paintings will be on display as performers with Epic Pole Fitness, Handstand Nation and others


perform alongside digital, video and other multimedia artists. 6:30pm, $8-$14. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St

CHriS BOtti: Jazz/classical artists performs.


tHE BAND iCE CrEAM: With Ex-Rippers, Sunday

A tHOUSAND KiSSES DEEP—tHE SONGS Of LEONArD COHEN: Paul Emery hosts a concert

CHrOME: With Helios Creed, Silence in the

Snow, Art Lessing and the Flower Vato. 8pm, $15-$20. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.


hip-hop group. 7pm, $12. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

7:30pm, $49-$99. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

DEAD iS BEttEr: With Acid Teeth, Frack!,

Freature. 8pm, $7-$10. The Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd.

NEW MiLLENNiUM SEriES—DAWN UPSHAW: Five-time Grammy winner and soprano opera singer/recitalist. 7:30pm, $10-$35. Sacramento State, 6000 J St.

KArLA BONOff: With Chris Webster, Nina

Gerber. 7:30pm, $25-$30. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

NGUDi rArAS: A three-hour concert with no planned set list and looser rules than a typical western concert. 5pm, no cover. Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, 254 Old Davis Road in Davis.

PrEZiDENt BrOWN & CHEZiDEK: With special

guests. 8pm, $20-$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

tEN fOOt tiGEr: With the Gold Souls. 9pm, $10.

ZUHG iN CONCErt: Reggae. 7:30pm, no cover. The University Union at Sac State, 6000 J St.

The Torch Club, 904 15th St.

of musicians covering Leonard Cohen, including Anni McCann, Kimberly Bass, Eleanore MacDonald and more. 7:30pm, $25$35. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

DiViDED HEAVEN: Sun Valley Gun Club, Vinnie

Guidera & The Dead Birds, Vvomen. 8pm, $10. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.

$15-$17. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

PEtEr YArrOW AND NOEL PAUL StOOKEY: Twothirds of the iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary. 7pm, $38-$68. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

tHE SHECKiES: With the Crappys, Everything’s Gone Green, Jeff Melendez. 8pm, $5-$10. Cafe Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd.

tHE WHitE LiGHtErS: Lofi Legs, the Radio Fliers. 8pm, $7. Shine, 1400 E St. Of Spades, 1417 R St.




MONDAY, 3/19 NOSEDiVE: With Southview, Floral Jacket, Rebel Holocrons. 7:30pm, $5-$7. Cafe Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd.

U-GOD: With eRRth, Crecon, Sparks Across

Darkness. 7:30pm, $15-$20. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.


FESTIVALS SATURDAY, 3/17 tHE DiVA MArKEt: Vendors selling art, handcrafted jewelry, fashion, food and more. 11am, no cover. The Diva Market, 1817 Del Paso Blvd.

HOW tO ADULt fEStiVAL: Finally! A festival to help teens learn how to adult. Participants get help developing job-hunting, financial and social skills, cooking and more. 10am, no cover. Marconi Learning Center, 2444 Marconi Ave.

St. PAtriCK’S DAY PArADE: See event highlight on page 33. 11:30am, no cover. California State Railroad Museum, 125 I St.

SUNDAY, 3/18 SPriNG EQUiNOX: Ritual, song and a potluck

to celebrate the coming of spring. 3:30pm, no cover. Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, Room 12, 2425 Sierra Blvd.

MEtALACHi: With Whiskey and Stitches. 8pm,

WOLf ALiCE: With The Big Pink. 7pm, $18. Ace |

Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd.

$20-$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

show off their impressive talents. It will also be King’s first night performing a pole routine herself. She will also give a talk about the series of paintings at 6 p.m. Any art pieces King sells that night will help support SkateMD, a nonprofit that provides skateboarding clinics to kids with disabilities. Don’t miss this night of powerful art and performance. 723 S Street,

School, Pastel Dream. 8pm, $8. Cafe Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd.

AUDiO MUSE: Bands Mino Yanci and 2Hermano

WHiPStriKEr: With Defecrator. 8pm, $10. Cafe

AUBrEY LOGAN: With the Gold Souls. 5:30pm,

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Pole dancing will be the focus of Friday’s art show at Beatnik Studios.

The Buried Heart, Enso Anima. 7pm, $8. The Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd.

FOOD & DRINK THURSDAY, 3/15 DONKEY & GOAt WiNE DiNNEr: A four-courses dinner paired with four El Dorado wines. 7pm, $125. 58 Degrees & Holding Co., 1217 18th St.

PLANNEr’S PiNt NiGHt—HOW DOES YOUr GArDEN GrOW?: A discussion about the state’s

cannabis laws and local regulations. 5:30pm, no cover. Bike Dog, 915 Broadway, Suite 200.

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St. PADDY’S YAPPY HOUr: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Sacramento SPCA. Bring your dog or meet an adoptable dog. One dollar from each pint sold will benefit the Sacramento SPCA. 6pm, no cover. Bike Dog, 2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 110.

FRIDAY, 3/16 rEADiNG PArtNErS triViA NiGHt: A night of food, drinks and obscure facts to help support tutoring in reading for Sacramento children. 5:30pm, $60-$75. Studio 817, 817 16th St.

St. PAtriCK’S DAY BAr CrAWL: An Old

Sacramento bar crawl for the holiday. 8pm,

free. Old Sacramento, 1124 2nd St.

SATURDAY, 3/17 BrUNCH Af—A DAY rAVE BrUNCH EXPEriENCE: DJs Tokio Rocks and Ajotta play music while you devour breakfast food. 11am, no cover (cost of food). Highwater, 1910 Q St.

DiNNEr AND A DrAG SHOW: Enjoy a cabaretstyle show by fabulous drag queens with a dinner special (or regularly priced menu items). 7:30pm, $5-$25. Capitol Garage, 1500 K St.

frEE BUrGErS: Grab a free hamburger before they run out. 11am, no cover. HarleyDavidson of Sacramento, 1000 Arden Way.

St. PAtriCK’S DAY fUNDrAiSEr: A corned beef and cabbage dinner provided by Pipping Hot Smokers to raise money for the Oak Park Farmers Market. 5pm, $15. Fountainhead Brewing Company, 4621 24th St.

St. PAtriCK’S DAY iriSH HiGH tEA: Enjoy three tiers of delicious Irish food while learning about tea culture in Ireland. 1pm, $35. The Learnery at Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.

SUNDAY, 3/18 BrUNCH.Af—A DAY rAVE BrUNCH EXPEriENCE: See event listing for 3/17. 11am, no cover (cost of food). Highwater, 1910 Q St.

TUESDAY, 3/20 PUNK rOCK PiZZA PArtY: Two of our favorite

p-words come together at Holy Diver. 9pm,

no cover. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

WEDNESDAY, 3/21 SAC SCiENCE DiStiLLED: See event highlight on

page 35. 6pm, no cover (donations accepted). Streets Pub and Grub, 1804 J St.

FILM TUESDAY, 3/20 LEGENDS Of COUrAGE—tHE StOrY Of rOSEMArY MEtrAiLEr: A documentary that recounts Metrailer’s civil rights and legal career. 5:30pm, no cover. Sacramento Public Library Tsakopoulos Galleria, West Room, 828 I St.

WEDNESDAY, 3/21 A PLACE CALLED SACrAMENtO fiLM fEStiVAL: A script-writing competition, where participants write 10-minute or shorter scripts with family-friendly stories relating

Sunday, 3/17

Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade Old SacramentO, 1 P.m., nO cOver

For more than two decades, Old Sacramento has celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade FeStivalS featuring hundreds of marchers, Irish and Highland dancers, bands and at least a few doggos in green bandanas or hats. Musicians and other performers will begin the entertainment PHOTO COuRTESy OF OLd SaCRaMEnTO in Old Sac at 11:30 a.m., and the parade starts that afternoon at 1 p.m. Enjoy the portion of this holiday you’ll actually remember with your family! Neasham and Front streets,

to Sacramento. Ten entries will be selected for production and will premiere in October. Deadline is 3/21. 5pm, no cover. Access Sacramento, 4623 T St., Suite A.

three young women crash their best friend’s bridal suite and cause a night of debauchery. through 4/7. $12-$22. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.

CaliFORNia StaGe: Balm In Gilead. The bleak

COMEdy BlaCKtOP COMeDY: Game Night—Improv for Everyone. Let go of the fear, embrace the moment and say ‘yes’ while playing improv games with others. 7pm thursday, 3/15. $10. Keith Lowell Jensen—Not For Rehire. Local standup with guest Becky Lynn. 8pm Saturday, 3/17. $10-$15. 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A in Rocklin.

COMeDY SPOt: Comedy Exchange. Comedians Rhoda Ramone and Parker Newman will each perform short sets, followed by a cast of improvisers performing scenes inspired by the jokes. 8pm Friday, 3/16. $8. Lady Business: Green Eggs and Ham. The all-female improv troupe performs a long-form improv show. 8pm Saturday, 3/17. $8-$15. Women’s Empowerment Benefit Show. Sketch scenes and stand-up by Christy Farley, Melissa McGillicuddy, Lendy West and Sydney Stigerts. Benefit for Women’s Empowerment. 6pm Sunday, 3/18. $15-$15.50. 1050 20th St. Suite 130.

laUGHS UNliMiteD COMeDY ClUB: Myles Weber. Featuring Barry Brewer. through 3/18. $10. 1207 Front St.

lUNa’S CaFe & JUiCe BaR: STAB! Live Comedy Podcast. Writers, stand-ups and other regional gems to partake in a darkly intelligent live comedy panel show. 8pm Wednesday, 3/21. $5. 1414 16th St.

PUNCH liNe: Tom Rhodes. A world-traveling comedian who is celebrating 30 years as a stand-up comedian. through 3/17. $17.50. There Goes the Neighborhood Comedy Tour. A rotating cast of comics, including headliners, touring comedians and local talent. Saturday, 3/18. $16. Comedian Kabir Singh. This energetic performer is a fast-growing comedy star. through 3/21. $16. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

tHRee PeNNY tHeateR: 30th Annual Comedy Festival. An evening of funny short comedy plays, sketches and monologues. through 3/18. $20. 1723 25th Street.

world of young exiles and outcasts in New York’s upper Broadway region is illuminated in this story centered on two people—Joe and Darlene—who seem to have the strength to persevere. through 4/7. $15$20. 1723 25th St.

CaPital StaGe: The Arsonists. A fatherdaughter duo who are singers, storytellers and arsonists must run from the law and set their final fire. through 4/15. $23$45. 2215 J St.

Drink specials starting at $2

CeleBRatiON aRtS: A Raisin in the Sun. This classic family drama portrays the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of one family as they consider what to do with money from a life insurance policy. through 3/24. $10-$20. 2727 B St.

HOlY DiveR: The Darling Clementines’ Criminal Cabaret Variety Show. Do you love true crime? How about just a good slasher film? This show will explore the dark and dangerous world of crime. 8pm Wednesday, 3/21. $15-$20. 1517 21st St.

JeaN HeNDeRSON PeRFORMiNG aRtS: Carousel. The second Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, and the duo’s personal favorite. through 3/24. $14-$18. 607 Pena Drive in Davis.

NevaDa tHeatRe: A New Brain. A medical tragedy as seen through the iris of a Looney Tunes short. After a struggling composer collapses into a plate of pasta, he is diagnosed with a brain tumor and is forced to come to terms with his creative ambitions and the people in his life. through 3/17. $20-$35. 401 Broad St. in Nevada City.

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OOleY tHeatRe: Fragile Things. An Iraqi War vet and the woman he inadvertently kidnaps become trapped not only with each other, but by their own personal demons, as the worst snowstorm in history isolates them in a cabin in the woods. through 3/16. $40. 2007 28th St.

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PeRFORMiNG aRtS CeNteR aUDitORiUM at SaCRaMeNtO CitY COlleGe: Sense and Sensibility. The Dashwood sisters find that love is an unpredictable struggle against the most important social values after

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saC state PLayWriGHts’ tHeatre: Les Blancs. An exploration of relationships among African, European and American people through dance and music. through 3/18. $10-$18. 6000 J St.

saCramento tHeatre: Macbeth. Shakespeare’s haunting story of unchecked ambition. through 3/15. 1419 H St.

sierra CoLLeGe: Driven from Their Homes— Intellectual Salon. Monthly gatherings will explore the concept of “home” this year. These talks will cover questions including: Is home a place? Is wanting a home universal? 12:30pm thursday, 3/15. no cover. 5100 Sierra College Blvd. in Rocklin.

steLLar stuDios: Rhythm & Poetry St. Patrick’s Day Benefit. That Kid Raja and Charm the Riot will perform. Fundraiser for Khalid Francis, a Sacramento resident, for his medical bills related to a kidney transplant. 8pm saturday, 3/17. $28. 202 23rd St.

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Twisted Cabaret. Imagine a packed theater missing its performers, and you have this one-man show with juggling, mind reading, magic, fire-eating and more. through 3/18. $15-$25. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

Lowe and Carol Brown. through 3/31. no cover. 1880 Fulton Ave.

aXis GaLLery: Leaves, Series II Dixie Laws. An exhibit featuring new linoleum and monotype prints based on the leaf shape by gallery artist Dixie Laws. through 4/1. no cover. 625 S St.

beatniK stuDios: Pole. Paintings. Power. See

event highlight on page 32. 6pm Friday, 3/16.

$10. 723 S St.

CK art: Earthen Abstracts. Contemporary artwork by Anthony Maki Gill, Sandy Parris, Nick Lopez, Julie Maren and more. through 3/31. no cover. 2500 J St.

e street GaLLery & stuDios: Color Fields. Works by Matt Rhoades and Cherie Hacker. through 3/25. no cover. 1115 E St.

GaLLery 1855: Not So Far Away. Works by photographers Susan Scholey and Mark Howell, mostly taken in California. through 3/30. no cover. 820 Pole Line Road in Davis.

GaLLery at 48 natoma: What Came First? Artists Loretta Armstrong, Karen Hunziker and Mihalko Harbert display works relating to the chicken or egg question in this whimsical show. through 5/3. no cover. 48 Natoma St. in Folsom.

JayJay: Monumental. An exhibit of largescale works by artists including Suzanne Adan, Roger Berry, Anne Gregory and more. through 4/28. no cover. 5524 B Elvas Ave.

KenneDy GaLLery: Conversations in Abstract.

Artwork by Michael Misha Kennedy. through

arT aoiP: IMSC 2nd Annual Wine & Paint Night Fundraiser. ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the annual Iu-Mien Student Conference (IMSC) dedicated to empowering youth to pursue higher education, become community leaders and preserve culture. 4pm. through 3/17. $40-$43.04. 2450 Florin Road.

artHouse on r: City Spaces, Favorite Places. Contemporary painter Jim Leland shows works that capture the essence of physical spaces. through 3/31. no cover. 1021 R St.

artistiC eDGe GaLLery: March Exhibit. Works by Ron Hall, Diana Ormanzhi, Jonathan

4/7. no cover. 1931 L st.

miCro GaLLery: Energy of the Exchange. Impressionist paintings by Robert Bajorin. through 3/31. no cover. 1200 S St., Suite D.

verGe Center For tHe arts: Black Salt Collective—Space and Place. Closing weekend. through 3/18. No cover. 625 S St.

museums aerosPaCe museum oF CaLiFornia: Art of the Airport Tower. A photographic journey around the globe, with shots of 50 airport

Thursday, 3/15

Peaks, Walls and Dreams Sacramento PiPeworkS climbing & FitneSS, 7 P.m., no cover

Alex Honnold was already a renowned rock climber before he made history last year by climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan with no safety gear. And if you’re wondering where he got that spirit for adventure, meet his mom—Dierdre sPorts & outDoors Wolownick. An accomplished climber herself, she’s also a runner, writer and retired professor who has also tackled some impressive peaks. She’ll share her stories of thrill chasing, and introducing her son to climbing, this week at Pipeworks. 116 N. 16th Street, www.

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Sacramento’s Science Distilled StreetS Pub and Grub, 6 P.M., entry by donation

Want to get something more out of your trip to a pub? Sacramento’s Science Distilled brings structured conversations with local researchers so you can learn about things like medical research in HIV or the math of magic tricks. SCIENCE TALK This month’s presentation will have Jacqueline Barkoski and Devon Gangi of the UC Davis MIND Institute discussing the topic: Autism Spectrum Disorder—Risk Factors & Early Detection. Come early for happy hour, grab a pint and learn something new. 1804 J Street, sacsciencedistilled.

cover. Fruitridge Community Collaborative,

your resume, job searching techniques, interview skills and more. 4pm, no cover. Sacramento Public Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights

4625 44th St.


LEATHERCRAFTING: This class will cover

COPWATCH ORIENTATION: An orientation for people to learn and commit to watching the police and holding them accountable to community members’ rights. 6pm, no cover Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd.


of “Know Your Rights” training series is specifically for renters in public and voucher housing.

CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: Downtown Sunday Drives. Explore downtown landmarks in style with hosted drives in old autos. 10am Sunday, 3/18. $5-$10. 2200 Front St.

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM: And Still We Rise—Race, Culture and Visual Conversations. Handcrafted quilts made by artists from the Women of Color Quilter’s Network chronicles 400 years of significant events that have transformed social justice for AfricanAmericans. Through 5/27. $9. 1020 O St.

CALIFORNIA STATE ARCHIVES: California Memoirs The William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection. Explore nearly 3,000 photographs that depict early-20th century travels through California and beyond. Through 4/27. No cover. 1020 O St., Fourth Floor.

CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM: Tuesday Train Rides On the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Weekly train rides for the whole family. 11am, 1pm. Through 4/24. $6-$12. 111 I St.

CROCKER ART MUSEUM: Art of Parenting— Screen-time Savvy. Inspired by the imagery and messages in the Corita Kent exhibit, this discussion centers on digital electronics, media literacy and child development. 2pm Sunday, 3/18. No cover. E. Charlton Fortune— The Colorful Spirit. Works by the late California plein-air painter. Through 4/22. No cover-$10. Power Up: Corita Kent’s Heavenly Pop. An exhibit of work by the printmaking nun. Through 5/13. No cover$10. 216 O St.

UC DAVIS DESIGN MUSEUM, CRUESS HALL: It’s Bugged—Insects’ Role in Design. A fascinating exploration of the creative relationship of people and insects that shows how designers, architects and artists draw on nature’s patterns. Through 4/20. No cover. 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.

ALL AGES FRIDAY, 3/16 JURASSIC QUEST: Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period to experience life among living, breathing dinosaurs. 3pm, $18-$34. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

LEPRECHAUN CATCHERS: See event highlight at right. 3:30pm, no cover. McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd.



SUNDAY, 3/18 FAMILY SWIM SUNDAY: Bring your kids to practice their swimming or just enjoy the pool. 2pm, $5. YMCA, 2021 W St.

Y^5 PROJECT (YOUTH TO THE 5TH POWER): Through traditional Mexica song, dance and art, children will build self-reliance relative to their own truth. Adults are encouraged to participate. 6pm, no cover. The Washington Neighborhood Center, 400 16th St.

FRIDAY, 3/16 ST. PRACTICE DAY: A “ginger-fest” with San Francisco DJ Brian Urmanita and porn star Jack Vidra. 10pm, call for cover. Badlands, 2003 K St.

SUNDAY, 3/18 QUEER ACRO YOGA: Learn acro yoga in a

SPORTS & OUTDOORS THURSDAY, 3/15 AFRO YOGA: A yoga class where all ethnicities, abilities, body shapes and sizes are welcome. 7:30pm, $10. Figure8 Fitness Studio, 1900 28th St.


on page 34. 7pm, no cover. Sacramento Pipeworks Climbing & Fitness, 116 N 16th St.

YOGA, CIDER, SKEE BALL NIGHT: Do some stretches in a yoga class, throw some balls, drink some cider. 7pm, $15. Two Rivers Cider Company, 4311 Attaway Ave.

SATURDAY, 3/17 TUNE N TUNES: Work on your bicycle and enjoy live music by local bands KC Shane, Temple K. Kirk and Slug Muffin. Fundraiser for Team Ladybugs for NorCal AIDS Cycle. 6pm, $5. Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, 1915 I St.

VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Help improve the 11 acre gem located on the lower American River Parkway. 9am, no cover. Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd.

SUNDAY, 3/18 DANGER ZONE LIVE PRO WRESTLING!: Toughguy toss around with Joe Killmeister The Tattoo Clown, Mike Rayne, Adam Mayhem, Virgil Flynn III, Referee Nuk Nuk and SuperBeast. 6pm, $12.57. Enhanced Athlete Gym, 1807 Tribute Road.

STREET2TRACK SACRAMENTO: Family friendly racing and car show with DJs, food trucks, cars, models and more. 7am, $20-$300. Sacramento Raceway Park, 5305 Excelsior Road.

TUESDAY, 3/20 FLOOD WATER RECRUITMENT NIGHT: For women who want to try roller derby. Loaner skates and gear will be provided, bring your own mouth guard. 8:30pm, No cover. Foothill Skate Inn Inc., 4700 Auburn Blvd.

supportive, inclusive space. Intended for queer, trans, LGBTQI+ communities. 1pm, $24-$30. The Yoga Seed Collective, 1400 E St., Suite B.

QUEER CRAFTERNOON WORKSHOP SERIESZINE CREATION: Zines have been used for generations as a DIY form of selfexpression. Learn to make a personal zine. 2pm, no cover. Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange (LLACE), 1414 21st St.

TAKE ACTION THURSDAY, 3/15 CNC + HIP POWER BUILDERS SPRING MIXER: Learn how to make a difference in your own community during this mixer hosted by Communities for a New California and Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP). 5:30pm, no

FRIDAY, 3/16 PAPER CLOTH CLASS: Paper cloth is made by

MONDAY, 3/19 towers. Closing weekend. Through 3/17. $15. 3200 Freedom Park Drive.

different types of leather and tools, how to stamp leather and make a wristband or key fob. 6pm, $30. Sierra Art Parlor, 2791 24th St.

OAK PARK BLACK COMMUNITY CONNECTION ACTION TEAMS: Help community members organize to prevent the deaths of black children. 6pm, no cover. Sacramento Charter High School, 2315 34th St.

collaging lightweight paper onto cotton cloth, and can be painted, stamped, stitched, beaded and more. Make this material then decorate it. 6pm, $35. Sierra Art Parlor, 2791 24th St.

SATURDAY, 3/17 FIND YOUR FLOW WITH FIRE FANS: Bring your own fans, poi, hoop (or all three). Learn to create dynamic visual patterns and transition between movements using fans. 1:15pm, $15$100. Hot Pot Studios, Studio 1, 1614 K St.


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Sacramento City Council meeting, when they’ll vote on whether to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 4pm, no cover. Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St.

collaging lightweight paper onto cotton cloth, and can be painted, stamped, stitched, beaded and more. Make this material then decorate it. Noon, $35. Sierra Art Parlor, 2791 24th St.


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that everyone in your family will enjoy. 6pm, $10. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova.

FELT SUCCULENT CRAFT AND SIP: Learn to create felt succulents and arrange them in a bowl for display. Even easier to keep alive than real succulents. 6:30pm, $25. La Venadita, 3501 3rd Avenue.

GROWING CULINARY AND MEDICINAL HERBS FROM SEEDS AND CUTTINGS: Learn the basics of growing herbs from seeds and cuttings— two of the most economical ways to start your herb garden. 5pm, $20. Yisrael Family Urban Farm, 4505 Roosevelt Ave.

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FRIDAY, 3/16

Leprechaun Catchers McKinley library, 3:30 P.M., no cover

Screw Valentine’s Day and the heartshaped candy it rode in on. Growing up, my favorite holiday to celebrate at school was St. Patrick’s Day. Why? Because it was the time of year when my ALL AGES mom and I would put our heads together to design and build a trap for the mythical creatures of Ireland (who, selfishly, wanted to pry gold from the paws of second-graders). If you didn’t grow up with this tradition, start it for your kids this year! The library will provide materials, you bring your family and imagination. 601 Alhambra Boulevard,

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High. What’s the state of CBD? Is it in Lucky like they said it would be yet? Are there any states that allow CBD and not THC? How’s the science going? What’s a dose of CBD? Also, how will I know it’s working if I don’t get high?

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—Ken A. Badiol High yourself. You ask a lot of questions. But you ask a lot of good questions, so it’s cool. CBD is dang near everywhere. There are approximately 18 states that have “CBD only” laws on the books. These laws allow a small number of patients to use CBD (but not THC) as a medicine. These laws are a good first step, but many doctors feel like cannabis is effective as a medicine because of the “entourage effect,” meaning that it isn’t just the CBD that’s most effective, but CBD combined with a little THC, or myrcene of CBG (cannabigerol) or any of the various other chemicals in the cannabis plant. It is not yet in Lucky or Trader Joe’s, although you can buy all sorts of CBD lotions and tinctures online in all 50 states. While CBD is still a Schedule I drug (and the Drug Enforcement Administration reaffirmed its opposition to CBD in a memo from 2016), folks seem to be hella brazen about shipping CBD-infused products all over. Most businesses feel they can get away with this because they get their CBD from hemp plants as opposed to cannabis plants (there is also debate about whether CBD derived from hemp is less effective than CBD derived from whole plant cannabis). But the DEA does not care, so be careful. And remember: Since many “CBD only” businesses are unregulated and untested, it is hard to tell which online companies are acting in good faith. Caveat emptor. There were a bunch of good studies last year, including one showing that CBD can help with autism. No one knows the correct “dose” of CBD. Every person is different, and people react to CBD in different ways. A dose can be anywhere from 2.5 milligrams to 20 I have never milligrams. You will know it is working used a roll of Life because you feel better. Aspirin doesn’t Savers as a chillum. get you high, but your headache goes away. I smoked high-CBD plants for a Good idea though. week back in 2014 when I was a judge for the High Times Cup, and my knees felt great. I know that is a subjective measure, but cannabis is still an inexact science. We need more studies. If you want even more information about CBD, I suggest checking out They are awesome.

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FOR THE WEEk OF MARCH 15, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): The British science

fiction TV show Dr. Who has appeared on BBC in 40 of the last 54 years. Over that span, the titular character has been played by 13 different actors. From 2005 until 2010, Aries actor David Tennant was the magic, immortal, time-traveling Dr. Who. His ascendance to the role fulfilled a hopeful prophecy he had made about himself when he was 13 years old. Now is an excellent time for you, too, to predict a glorious, satisfying or successful occurrence in your own future. Think big and beautiful!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): New York City is the most densely populated city in North America. Its land is among the most expensive on Earth; one estimate says the average price per acre is $16 million. Yet there are two uninhabited islands less than a mile offshore in the East River: North Brother Island and South Brother Island. Their combined 16 acres are theoretically worth $256 million. But no one goes there or enjoys it; it’s not even parkland. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect it’s an apt metaphor for a certain situation in your life: a potentially rich resource or influence that you’re not using. Now is a good time to update your relationship with it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The iconic 1942 movie

Casablanca won three Academy Awards and has often appeared on critics’ lists of the greatest films ever made. That’s amazing considering the fact that the production was so hectic. When shooting started, the script was incomplete. The writing team frequently presented the finished version of each new scene on the day it was to be filmed. Neither the director nor the actors knew how the plot would resolve until the end of the process. I bring this to your attention, Gemini, because it reminds me of a project you have been working on. I suggest you start improvising less and planning more. How do you want this phase of your life to climax?

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If all goes well in the

coming weeks, you will hone your wisdom about how and when and why to give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients—as well as how and when and why to not give your abundant gifts to deserving recipients. If my hopes come to pass, you will refine your ability to share your tender depths with worthy allies—and you will refine your understanding of when to not share your tender depths with worthy allies. Finally, Cancerian, if you are as smart as I think you are, you will have a sixth sense about how to receive as many blessings as you disseminate.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): How adept are you at

playing along the boundaries between the dark and the light, between confounding dreams and liberated joy, between “Is it real?” and “Do I need it?”? You now have an excellent opportunity to find out more about your capacity to thrive on delightful complexity. But I should warn you. The temptation to prematurely simplify things might be hard to resist. There may be cautious pressure coming from a timid voice in your head that’s not fierce enough to want you to grow into your best and biggest self. But here’s what I predict: You will bravely explore the possibilities for self-transformation that are available outside the predictable niches.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Cultivating a robust

sense of humor makes you more attractive to people you want to be attractive to. An inclination to be fun-loving is another endearing quality that’s worthy of being part of your intimate repertoire. There’s a third virtue related to these two: playfulness. Many humans of all genders are drawn to those who display joking, lighthearted behavior. I hope you will make maximum use of these qualities during the coming weeks, Virgo. You have a cosmic mandate to be as alluring and inviting as you dare.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): I suggest you gaze at

exquisitely wrought Japanese woodcuts... and listen to jazz trumpeter Miles Davis collaborating with saxophonist John Coltrane... and inhale the aroma of the Earth as you stroll through groves of very old trees. Catch my drift, Libra? Surround yourself with soulful beauty—or else! Or else what? Or else I’ll be sad. Or else you might be susceptible to buying into the demoralizing

thoughts that people around you are propagating. Or else you may become blind to the subtle miracles that are unfolding, and fail to love them well enough to coax them into their fullest ripening. Now get out there and hunt for soulful beauty that awakens your deepest reverence for life. Feeling awe is a necessity for you right now, not a luxury.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In the Sikh religion, devotees are urged to attack weakness and sin with five “spiritual weapons”: contentment, charity, kindness, positive energy and humility. Even if you’re not a Sikh, I think you’ll be wise to employ this strategy in the next two weeks. Why? Because your instinctual nature will be overflowing with martial force, and you’ll have to work hard to channel it constructively rather than destructively. The best way to do that is to be a vehement perpetrator of benevolence and healing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1970, a

biologist was hiking through a Brazilian forest when a small monkey landed on his head, having jumped from a tree branch. Adelmar Coimbra-Filho was ecstatic. He realized that his visitor was a member of the species known as the golden-rumped lion tamarin, which had been regarded as extinct for 65 years. His lucky accident led to a renewed search for the elusive creatures, and soon more were discovered. I foresee a metaphorically comparable experience coming your way, Sagittarius. A resource or influence or marvel you assumed was gone will reappear. How will you respond? With alacrity, I hope!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Velcro

fastener is a handy invention that came into the world thanks to a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral. While wandering around the Alps with his dog, he got curious about the bristly seeds of the burdock plants that adhered to his pants and his dog. After examining them under a microscope, he got the idea to create a clothing fastener that imitated their sticking mechanism. In accordance with the astrological omens, Capricorn, I invite you to be alert for comparable breakthroughs. Be receptive to help that comes in unexpected ways. Study your environment for potentially useful clues and tips. Turn the whole world into your classroom and laboratory. It’s impossible to predict where and when you may receive a solution to a long-running dilemma!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): On May 29, 1953,

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbed to the top of Mount Everest. They were celebrated as intrepid heroes. But they couldn’t have done it without massive support. Their expedition was powered by 20 Sherpa guides, 13 other mountaineers, and 362 porters who lugged 10,000 pounds of baggage. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, in the hope that it will inspire you. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to gather more of the human resources and raw materials you will need for your rousing expedition later this year.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Although her work

is among the best Russian literature of the 20th century, poet Marina Tsvetayeva lived in poverty. When fellow poet Rainer Maria Rilke asked her to describe the kingdom of heaven, she said, “Never again to sweep floors.” I can relate. To earn a living in my early adulthood, I washed tens of thousands of dishes in restaurant kitchens. Now that I’m grown up, one of my great joys is to avoid washing dishes. I invite you to think along these lines, Pisces. What seemingly minor improvements in your life are actually huge triumphs that evoke profound satisfaction? Take inventory of small pleasures that are really quite miraculous.

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Talking dead When Deb Sheppard and her husband  were experiencing financial hardship,  she says, she went on a spiritual  journey and turned to meditation and  feng shui to gain control of her life.  She says she then realized she could  “feel” her friend’s father, whom she  had never met. And then, she says,  “the flood gates opened.” Sheppard  describes herself as an “empath”  who communicates with people who  are no longer among the living. She  bills herself as “an internationally

recognized medium, psychic, author and speaker,” and claims she is “in  the top 3 percent most accurate in  her profession.” Sheppard’s tapped  into the spirit dimension for the  past 20 years and shares her ability  with audiences nationwide through  Facebook Live sessions. She also  conducts spiritual readings for  clients over the phone from her home  in Denver. She is hosting an event this  Sunday in Sacramento, where she’ll  connect with a room full of new faces,  living or otherwise.

The No. 1 question on everyone’s mind? Usually, are their loved ones OK? That’s probably the No. 1 question. My comeback is there are no taxes or dieting, so it must be heaven. It’s letting people know that they’re at peace and they’re not struggling like they were on this Earth plane.

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grandmother who was older, that’s what I’m going see. What I do believe is that when they eventually cross over and they start going through the transition on the other side, they’re not that person in pain, they don’t have the cancer, they don’t have Alzheimer’s anymore, because they’re not in the body. So the image that people like myself get is that they’re healthy, and that gives a sense of peace.

What is the other side? Is it another dimension like the Upside Down in Stranger Things?

That it’s [not] real. I think most people are skeptical, which I think they should be. I think they question, can we really do this? After they usually have an experience they’re like, “Wow!”

I think it depends on what people believe. I believe it’s another dimension, and that they’re still with us in another dimension, because energy can never be created or it can never die. That’s Einstein’s theory. We’re just energy, and I’m connecting with that vibrational energy.

What do you get out of sharing this ability with others?

Have you ever worked with police to solve crimes or cold cases?

I think that it’s another type of therapy for people. They may go to a grief group, or a therapist, or they may read books, but I think for many of them, when they get exposed to talking to a medium, and I validate things like what they wore, what they did, or things that they would say, or their favorite music, or who has a tattoo, or someone’s moved and I’ll come to such precise detail that the client knows without a doubt that we were connecting with their loved one. It also helps them open up to feel signs from them. I have therapists that send clients to me all the time and my benefit is that it helps people heal.

Yes. As a matter of fact, I’ve worked with lots of detectives, and I’ve really enjoyed those times because it’s a whole other venue for me to work through. The detective will give me the name of the victim, and that’s it. I will describe the crime scene, the weapon or how the person died and I’ll get a profile on the perpetrator. I did one several years ago, and they gave me this case and I said, “This is a serial killer.” They said that it wasn’t. I drew a freeway with a second housing development, but it didn’t look like the same scene because it was quite an old case, but they checked the DNA and it was the same perpetrator.

Some psychics say that if you die elderly, you’ll become youthful again once you die. Is it true? When I’m doing a reading, they come through exactly how the person remembers them before they died. So if it was a

Do you ever cleanse homes or work with children who see dead people? When I go into buildings, homes, or do land cleansing, usually it’s not anything scary, but people think of it as Hollywood, and so

they’re very scared. A lot of it has to do with what they’re attracting energy-wise, what was on the land, or perhaps something that happened with the previous owner. Usually, it’s just about educating them. I work with a lot of kids because they’re more intuitive and they’re open to it. A lot of times, I go into houses because the child is really afraid and is seeing things. So I educate the child and the family about those things. It’s not scary. It may be a loved one, a spirit guide, or it may be some energy that they’re picking up in the house, and I try to help them work through it.

Does Hollywood create challenges for you? It just depends. A lot of over-the-top religious people, it really scares them, and they think it’s negative, but Hollywood is there to make it a story. I think it helps in some ways, and in other ways it’s just up to people’s perspectives and their experiences.

Do you foresee future events? If so, when will Donald Trump be impeached? I get asked that all the time. (Laughs.) You never see a psychic win the lottery, correct? So we’re not always privy to information, because I think it’s about creating boundaries and balance, and we’re supposed to just live our lives and not have all that information. Between you and me, I hope there is a change in office. But I don’t know. He’s been playing the big game, so who knows? Ω

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