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District’s task Force Hopes to Boost Grad Rates by Edgar SanchEz Jorge Aguilar said he takes it “very personally” when students drop out of the Sacramento City Unified School District.
Coming from neighborhoods that are often impoverished, Bordeaux said students may see no value in diplomas, so they drop out.
As the district’s new superintendent, Aguilar is trying to steer 47,900 K-12 pupils toward success. He arrived in July with a mandate to increase the district’s 80.5 percent high school graduation rate, which was .5 percent below the Sacramento County average and 2.5 percent below the state’s in 2015-16.
“Minority students, the main ones dropping out, see incentives in other places, because of the ways they were raised or the ways their lives have been shaped,” she said. “Our lives aren’t equitable, just as our school systems aren’t equitable.”
Until the district shows it cares about every student, some youth “will feel that dropping out is a viable and good option for them, which of course, it isn’t,” Aguilar said recently. To boost the graduation rate, Aguilar is implementing reforms that will make education more exciting. He’s also established a Graduation Task Force, which has developed more than 50 preliminary recommendations for student success. But changes take time, Aguilar said, so he remains worried about potential dropouts. One student he doesn’t worry about is Malissia Bordeaux.
“Unless stUdents see incentives in schooling — things that will benefit them — they won’t develop a drive to be sUccessfUl.” Malissia bordeaux. Student representative on ScUSd’s graduation Task Force
The Kennedy High School senior with a 3.8 GPA is the student representative on Aguilar’s Task Force, which has 20 other members ranging from social workers to community activists.
Bordeaux, currently a state Capitol intern, cited another problem: Many students believe the district views them as “statistics,” not human beings. She said Aguilar is changing that perception by demonstrating he cares about every student.
“Unless students see incentives in schooling — things that will benefit them — they won’t develop a drive to be successful,” said Bordeaux, 18, who plans to enroll at UC Davis after graduating in June.
Before coming here, Aguilar was an associate superintendent for Fresno Unified, where he created a system that dramatically increased the graduation rate. He also worked at the newest University of California campus in Merced.
malissia Bordeaux, a senior at John F. Kennedy High, is the student representative on a graduation Task Force exploring ways to reduce the dropout rate in Sacramento schools. Photo by Edgar Sanchez
As in Fresno, he is using data and tracking systems that detect when a student lags and requires immediate intervention. Students also need supportive teachers and parents, Aguilar said. The California Endowment is giving funds to SCUSD to strengthen and expand the Men’s and Women’s Leadership Academies, which are designed to keep students in school and develop their leadership skills. Funds also go to the district’s centralized resource center to better support LGBTQ students.
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When I went through graduation, I was very proud of myself. I had on my cap and gown, and as soon as I started to walk across the stage, I noticed I had two mismatched shoes. … One was a square toe and one was round toe. ... I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, what an idiot!”
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Before joining the labor movement, I was a bassoonist and studied in San Francisco. I would cut out of baroque ensemble to go sell the San Francisco Chronicle at the Giants games. ... I got a job selling papers at the Willie Mayes Plaza and got into the games for free.
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There Are So Many Causes to Fight for … the Opiate Crisis is the Fight We Choose to Fight A letter to the community Opioid Facts: Over 200,000 Deaths Since 2000
Over 64,000 Deaths Since 2016
Over 100 People Die Every Day
It’s been 10 years now that I have been working with Dr. Neil Flynn at Transitions Clinic, watching and learning of buprenorphine and opioid addiction. I’ve watched this miracle drug change people’s lives within hours of taking it. I’ve enjoyed working with a staff of caring professionals, doing whatever it takes to help our patients get better. Being a nonjudgmental practice is what works best with our patients, and we are proud to say 50% of them do well (which is above average). Doctors come here to learn to work with opioid-dependent people. Many of them go on to open their own practices to help opioiddependent people, becoming a DATA 2000 waiver certified doctor. We would like to see most primary care doctors (family practice and internal medicine) become buprenorphine doctors and for the government to stop imposing limits on the number of patients each doctor can help!
forward two bills that would help with DATA 2000 waiver training, and would tax the pharmaceutical companies that manufactured and marketed opioids to help pay for treatment. We have opened a transitional living home for four previously homeless people who are now in the buprenorphine program, in a safe environment and in the process of getting SSI and medical insurance. Seeing this amazing transition makes us proud to be of service. As we look to the future, we will start working with telemedicine in order to help patients who live far from the clinic or are working in other cities and can’t make their appointment. We are also in a new partnership with Pathways to Recovery.
We are also on the cutting edge of a new medication called Sublocade, which we will be one Richard Alcala of the first to use. Sublocade is an injectable form Clinic Manager of buprenorphine used once a month. Getting Medi-Cal to cover it has been the only problem so far. Over a year ago I met with Supervisor Phil Serna and introduced him to Transitions and the concept of Sincerely, buprenorphine treatment. He was very interested in it and brought Mayor Darrell Steinburg and Assemblyman Kevin Richard Alcala McCarty to our clinic in the heart of Oak Park. Transitions Clinic Manager The presentations went well, and we educated our special guests on how buprenorphine works. Since then, they have become advocates on the use of buprenorphine. Office visit is $ 200 per month, your Serna has decided to include a buprenorphine clinic into RX is covered by your insurance the next transitional housing project. McCarty has brought
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GSK’s former job is irrelevant Re “Killer former cop” by Christine Craft (Letters, May 3): Seriously!? I get the need to publish letters critical or mocking of your editorial opinions/positions, but “criticizing” your views on our elected DA and the serious issues of police deadly force policies because a serial murderer/rapist was a cop 40 years ago is neither clever nor funny. Please, keep implying that DA Schubert isn’t independent enough to investigate police misconduct allegations (she isn’t); and the fact that the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer was temporarily a cop eons ago is irrelevant and suggesting it is does not warrant “Letter of the Week” status.
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The Bee: too far left Re “Save The Bee” by Eric Johnson (Editor’s Note, April 26): The Sac Bee has had no competition for years. SN&R is a quite different and a different
platform. The Bee chose to use distorted language in headlines and lost its objectivity a long time ago. Many, many moderate people live in Sacramento and they got tired of having to dig to find the truth.
The Stephon Clark and Black Lives Matter is a classic example. The Bee has skewered SAC PD and the DA, even though they should know their basic civics lesson about due process and separation of powers. The activist reporters and activist editors have caused many good subscribers to leave The Bee in favor of other platforms. The Clark reporting has demonstrated they have become more and more like the National Enquirer. The only reason I read the Bee is for Joe Davidson’s coverage of high school sports, and, occasionally, to see what Marcos Breton has to say. Sad to see it go, but they should have drifted back to center a long time ago and they could have sold more news papers. Just like a lot of things, silent protests and withholding of cash makes a difference. See ya! Maggi Schubert S a c ra m e nt o v i a ne w s re v i e w . c o m
Bee: not at all left Re “Bye-Bye Bee” by Ken Lauszus (Letters, May 3): Would you care to comment on any issues that make the Clintons, Obama and the Bee “left,” or do facts have that famous “liberal bias” that emotional reactions don’t? Bill Clinton ended “welfare as we know it,” Obama hijacked Romneycare from the Republicans, and the Bee endorsed Newsom and Chiang for governor over the progressive Delaine Easton. I understand. Facts aren’t sexy. John bell S a c r a me nto v i a ne w sr e v ie w.c o m
Stick to the numbers Re “Keeping up with the Jones campaign” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, April 23): I’m a huge fan of Raheem Hosseini; Sheriff Jones, not so much. However, Hosseini’s piece
on campaign contributions was not up to par for a journalist of his stature. Jones is bad enough— lacing the article with innuendo and puns wasn’t really necessary. Mr. Hosseini, come on, you’re better than that. Daniel Steinhart S a c r a me nto v ia sa c to le tte r s@ ne wsr e v ie w.c o m
Ghost guns are okay Re “Ghost of a chance” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, May 3): Most guns in the USA are already untraceable as only a few states require gun registration—transfers occur all the time inside state lines which require no background check or registration. Moreover, Americans deserve privacy as to their gun ownership, or not. Learn more at OpenCarry. org. And carry on! Mike Stollenwerk
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Solitary saints County audit, lost funding raise challenges for Sacramento nonprofit for homeless women and their children by Scott thomaS anderSon
A calm California sunset flares over the old Army depot in Sacramento. Welldressed men and women stroll past the amber garden lights, sipping wine under the maple branches as a duo of guitarists drizzle light, acoustic notes. Women in black aprons circle the crowd holding trays decked with colorful appetizers. According to the brochure, it’s these servers who are the actual stars of the evening. Saint John’s Program for Real Change, a nonprofit working to lift women out of homelessness, has been hosting these elegant “guest chef dinners” for months. 8
The soirees often feature the cream of Sacramento’s culinary crop, though tonight the special chefs are the ladies themselves. Some of the women ended up on the streets trying to escape domestic violence. Others saw their lives devastated by long-term substance abuse. More than a few are still reckoning with criminal convictions and trying to get their kids back from Child Protective Services. Saint John’s supporters claim the nonprofit tackles these daunting challenges better than any agency in the region. Its strict seven-month program is meant to
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house distressed women while offering them addiction treatment, life skills, self-esteem building, job training and free legal aid. And Saint John’s can point to anecdotal stories of women who’ve used the program to break their crisis cycle. A number have achieved permanent housing and ongoing employment. Some have even regained custody of their children. But are anecdotal stories enough in a county with more than 13,000 people on the streets, according to county food stamp data? That question, along with concerns about Saint John’s record-keeping, have
played a role in the organization’s funding streams evaporating. Saint John’s is currently undergoing a financial audit by Sacramento County, one that’s led to a temporary freeze in state-administered federal funds. Saint John’s is also missing out on additional revenue sources by shunning the “housing first” philosophy, which emphasizes getting homeless individuals safely sheltered before addressing their broader health and employment needs. Saint John’s demands constant sobriety from the women it helps. Yet tonight, on the Big Day of Giving, the region’s greatest philanthropy moment of the year, Saint John’s executive director Michelle Steeb stands before a crowd of donors and makes an impassioned defense of her agency. She calls up two women who graduated from her program, Tammy and Kami, who share that Saint John’s up-by-the-bootstraps approach helped them overcome the worst moments of their lives. As Tammy tearfully recounts finally having her kids back, eyes begin to well up across the decorated tables. Steeb tells the audience that such triumphs are what county leaders are threatening when
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Dueling autopsies they don’t support Saint John’s. “The county now believes that, since homelessness is a condition, the answer is just a house,” Steeb said. “But a house would not have helped Tammy and Kami to get to where they are today.” But with Saint John’s struggling to stay funded, how did it get to where it is today? saint John’s glamorous dinner parties, replete with marquee chefs and renowned winemakers, appear to be a smoother fundraising strategy than some of its grantwriting efforts. In the fall of 2017, Sacramento County officials started auditing how the nonprofit was administering funds for a special contract to give homeless women employment training. The grant comes via CalFresh, the state’s version of a federal food-assistance program that channels federal Housing and Urban Development dollars to the state’s Department of Social Services, which then awards that money to counties, which then pick their own service providers. Sacramento County gave some of those funds to Saint John’s to help expand its job-training services for women who are CalFresh eligible. However, according to Ann Edwards, the county’s director of human assistance, when her department sought clarifications from state officials about some of the reimbursement paperwork that Saint John’s was submitting, the state saw problems—and told the county to halt the funds. Edwards says the county’s audit was an effort to eventually win back the state’s confidence in Saint John’s and get the dollars flowing again, but the program’s director didn’t see it that way. Steeb declined to grant an interview before press time. But in January, she wrote a letter to Supervisor Phil Serna in which she described the amount of work involved for Saint John’s to comply with the audit, as well as the toll it was taking. “We are fully supportive of this audit. However, given that we have provided 800 pages of back-up documentation for every invoice we have submitted, and given that we are currently sitting on a $600K receivable, which will grow to $900K by March 31, which is a daunting challenge for us, we are continuing to try and manage the negative impacts of these delays,” Steeb wrote. Job training is one of Saint John’s most touted features. After one month of intensive classes and counseling, the women in the program have a choice to either start working in the nonprofit’s Plates Café and Catering—one eatery is located in Midtown
and the other in the Army Depot’s old highest score. In January, county officials chow hall—or start working in a child care recommended that the supervisors award service based in South Sacramento. funds to the first- and second-highestIf the women graduate from the sevenrated applicants—Wind Youth Services month program, they leave with a little and Sacramento Self-Help Housing. under $700 for their labor, but they also Supervisors agreed, cutting Saint John’s out have Saint John’s staff working to find completely. them jobs in child care or the restaurant In Steeb’s letter to Serna, dated after the industry, regardless of prior criminal recommendation but before the superviconvictions. Several women currently in sors’ vote, she urged the board to consider the program told SN&R that past DUIs splitting the money three ways. Edwards and drug offenses remain ongoing barriers tells SN&R that math didn’t add up for for them to land stable jobs, even in elected officials. California’s new era of “not “If we had split it three ways, checking the box.” The we’d get less economy and Saint women all expressed effectiveness with tiny confidence that Saint programs,” she observed. John’s refusal John’s team would use “And the top-rated to embrace its connections to help program would not have the housing first them overcome that been operating as well as hurdle. Staff members it should have.” philosophy has put told SN&R that Edwards adds that the it on a funding numerous Saint John’s panel had no knowledge of island. graduates are now working the county’s audit of Saint at Sacramento’s top dining John’s, which she says was houses. not a factor. So what was? County Edwards says the county is not documents show that “number of inditrying to interfere with those success viduals served” was among the top criteria stories. in the rating process. Saint John’s model of “We expect that very soon we’ll be able focusing entirely on homeless women and to put this behind us and move forward,” their children set it apart from most of the Edwards said of the audit. service providers it competed against. Saint John’s refusal to embrace the even if the calFresh dollars start rolling housing first philosophy has also put it on back to Saint John’s, its funding challenges a funding island. Every year, most of the won’t be solved. local nonprofits that work on homelessLate last year, Sacramento County ness apply for federal HUD dollars via decided to revamp its strategy around the HEARTH Act. In January, some $20 combating homelessness. Previously, it had million of those funds were split between awarded various levels of its transitional eight different service providers in the area, housing funds to Saint John’s. But in all of which belong to Sacramento Steps November, county officials convinced Forward’s continuum of care. the Board of Supervisors to change Ben Avey, chief public affairs officer course, instead giving all $720,000 of its for Steps Forward, said Saint John’s is transitional housing money to Volunteers not part of the continuum—or eligible of America. Edwards says the reason was for HEARTH Act money—because simple. that requires embracing a housing first “Saint John’s was invited to put in [a philosophy. request-for-proposals application] for those “The federal government has set some funds,” Edwards said. “Someone else just expectations and guidelines that don’t came in with a superior bid.” necessarily match [Saint John’s] model,” At the time, Chet Hewitt, the chairAvey explained. man of Saint John’s board of directors, He adds that the continuum does refer expressed concerns about the lost funding, homeless clients to Saint John’s when they though his nonprofit was soon applying are a good fit for the nonprofit’s gender for a brand new monetary stream from criteria and sobriety requirement. As for the county. Known as Augmented County Saint John’s being on the minority end of a Homeless Initiatives, the $540,000 fund1-to-8 ratio of local service providers, Avey ing source was something numerous would only say, “Housing first is a fairly Sacramento nonprofits wanted a piece prominent strategy right now, and a lot of of. The county put together a panel of people believe in it.” Ω independent experts to rank the applications. The panel gave Saint John’s the third
The black-and-white photo is graphic. It shows stephon clark’s corpse facedown on a metal slab, his 22-year-old body plumped with rigor mortis and pocked with bloodless, nickel-sized craters where the copper-jacketed rounds plunged into him like asteroids hitting a doomed planet. There are three such craters on the right side of his back, one tucked under his right arm, one on the back side of his right shoulder and another bolted to the rear right side of his neck. The six wounds helped end Clark’s life on March 18, when two police officers chasing a window-breaker opened fire on the young father, standing in his grandparents’ backyard with a cellphone. That clark was unarmed when officers sent 20 rounds at him is indisputable. How many of those rounds struck their target and where are the subject of dueling autopsy findings from the Clark family’s chosen pathologist and Sacramento County’s coroner. On May 1, the coroner’s office released its long-awaited official report on Clark’s death. The basics remain the same, but the report pointedly took issue with the private autopsy by noted pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who determined that Clark had been shot eight times, including six times in the back. The official autopsy concludes that Clark was shot seven times total, three times in the back. Granted permission by the Clark family to release the autopsy photo, Omalu also issued a statement saying, in part, “Experts may have different opinions, but a picture is a picture. A picture does not have an opinion.” The coroner’s report, conducted by county pathologist Dr. Keng-Chih Su, also contains the kind of boilerplate language that can’t help take on unintended significance due to what it describes. In his summary of his external examination, Su writes: “The body weighs 156 pounds, measures 68 inches, and is well-nourished. … Tattoos are present including: letters of ‘beloved’ and unknown figure at the right arm.” This used to be Stephon Clark. (Raheem F. Hosseini)
DeaDly nexus Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Paul Durenberger estimates that in the 15 years he’s been on the county’s Domestic Violence Death Review Team, there have been 150 homicides connected to spousal abuse, with at least half of those involving firearms. A bill currently in the state legislature could change that calculus. Senate Bill 1200, authored by Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, would enhance California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order process, which allows for firearm confiscation if their owners pose a threat. The bill would also end fees attached to requesting gun restraining orders, along with making ammunition confiscatable when judges sign off. Julie Bornhoeft, a spokeswoman for WEAVE Inc., which provides domestic violence crisis intervention, said the orders are “another tool if you have someone who may be a danger to themselves or others.” The orders might also help curb a sobering stat: Bornhoeft said that the likelihood of a murder in a domestic violence situation increases 500 percent when there’s a gun in the house. SB 1200 passed the Senate Committee on Public Safety on April 17 and was heard Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The latter committee placed the bill in its suspense file, a holding spot pending further review by the legislature for proposed laws with more than $150,000 in estimated public costs. (Graham Womack)
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Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced a nationwide search for a police chief in August 2016 following a sex scandal within the department. Former Sacramento-area officers Joeseph James DeAngelo, top right, and Gary Dale Baker, were implicated in vicious sexual assaults. Photos courtesy of the cities of oakland and sacramento and sacramento county
The bad badges East Area Rapist suspect isn’t the only former officer accused of rape. Just ask sex workers. by Raheem F. hosseini
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News that Joseph James DeAngelo worked in law enforcement during the years he is suspected of carrying out merciless home invasion assaults in Sacramento as the East Area Rapist has both surprised and validated armchair investigators who followed the case over the four decades it remained cold. But it wasn’t shocking to Kristen DiAngelo. The onetime escort who now helps sex workers in crisis was nearly killed in the 1980s by a man who lured her into his home, produced a fake badge and raped her repeatedly. DiAngelo has since provided outreach to others who have been assaulted or exploited by the real thing. While she was conducting a survey of local sex workers in 2015, for instance, a handful of women told DiAngelo of a Sacramento police officer they called the “white ninja.” The officer got the nickname because he would trade cocaine for information or sex, and threaten sex workers with arrest or physically assault |
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them if they didn’t comply. The officer no longer works for the department. SN&R isn’t identifying him by name because the allegations against him haven’t been independently verified. “He was just a really bad cop,” DiAngelo said. Sex crimes involving onetime lawmen, while rare, aren’t entirely unique. Gary Dale Baker is at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, where the 54-year-old is a little more than two years into a life sentence for the ruthless crimes he committed while employed by the Sacramento Police Department. Baker was convicted in 2015 for sexually assaulting an elderly stroke victim unable to speak. Authorities only learned the assailant’s identity after concerned family members installed a motion-activated camera in the victim’s apartment in 2012, a year after the assaults began. More recently, the Contra Costa County district attorney’s office charged a
local sheriff’s deputy assigned to the West County Detention Facility with having illicit sex with two inmates there. Patrick Morseman of Vallejo faces four felony counts, the DA’s office announced in a May 4 release. Because of their vulnerable status and illicit profession, sex workers are often among the first victims of serial predators, say those who work with them. Robert Pickton was able to make upward of 50 women disappear before authorities in Canada stopped him. Most of Pickton’s known victims were sex workers and from the country’s indigenous population. “These were highly transient women, so society didn’t care that they were missing,” said Laura Dilley, executive director of the PACE Society, which was founded by and for sex workers in the Vancouver area. The same holds true when the offenders happen to work in law enforcement. The Bay Area was rocked in 2016 by reports that more than two dozen officers were carnally sharing a self-identified sex worker, including when the victim was a teenager. The exploitation came to light around the time that one of the implicated officers took his own life, the East Bay Express reported. The Alameda County district attorney’s office ended up filing criminal charges against six law enforcement officers, but most of those cases have stalled out. The city of Oakland agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to the victim, who happens to be the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher. Some assailants worked in a support capacity of the justice system. Last month, a former Bureau of Prisons employee was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for sexually trafficking a 16-year-old girl. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Eastern District of California, Charles Carstersen, 55, of Manteca was working as a technician for the federal prison system when he met the victim at a Sacramento motel and paid her $200 for sex. Soon, Carstersen was acting as the girl’s “sugar daddy,” says an arrest warrant affidavit signed by FBI Special Agent Gabriela Betance, paying for the victim’s cellphone, renting rooms on her behalf and helping post ads to the website Backpage. com. (Backpage was recently seized by federal authorities claiming it’s a hub for illegal prostitution and child exploitation.) A Roseville resident tipped a patrol officer to the victim’s existence, the affidavit states. An undercover operative then arranged a rendezvous through Backpage.
At the Heritage Inn on Harding Avenue, a task force entered the room and detained the undressed girl, who told authorities she was a runaway who learned the prostitution trade from her biological sister. She allowed authorities to search the cellphone Carstersen had given her, which turned up countless text messages between the two, with Carstersen inveigling himself into the victim’s life, first as a purported romantic savior, then as a wannabe manager always complaining about money issues and bitter about not being given absolute control over the girl’s body. Not all crimes perpetrated by law enforcement and involving sex workers are violent. Kevin Anthony Steed worked as a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department sergeant when he was arrested in Roseville for soliciting sex in December of last year. According to the website Transparent California, Steed earned $233,536.62 in total compensation in 2016, including approximately $52,000 in overtime and additional pay. In February, a Placer Superior Court judge ordered Steed to serve eight days in jail and pay a $220 fine, as well as a $105 incarceration fee, online court records show. He remains employed by the agency, a spokesman said. Much remains unknown about Joseph DeAngelo’s time on the force between 1973 and 1979, when he worked for police departments in surrounding counties. The Exeter Police Department in Tulare County has virtually no records from the time DeAngelo, now 72, reportedly worked there. The Auburn Police Department in Placer County kept better track of DeAngelo, who was fired in 1979 for shoplifting a hammer and dog repellent in Citrus Heights, where authorities found DeAngelo living and arrested him last month. Auburn’s police chief recently told The Sacramento Bee the department would be reevaluating unsolved crimes committed in the city during the time DeAngelo was an unremarkable officer there. Kristen DiAngelo was a sex worker during the height of the East Area Rapist’s activity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and said street workers were hyper aware of his existence. But no one speculated about his real identity. For workers, DiAngelo said, it was common for officers to extort them into trading sexual favors for their freedom. Sometimes they were taken for both. “I don’t know any sex worker who worked the stroll for any length of time who didn’t know that was part of the job,” she said. Ω
Christina Wynn, left, and Kate Van Buren are competing to be Sacramento County’s next elected assessor amid an investigation into the office’s management. photos courtesy of the wynn for assessor and Van buren assessor 2018 campaigns
Tax and defend A favor-trading scandal hangs over June’s election to be Sacramento County assessor by Graham WomaCK
The question now for voters is if they The timing for the upcoming election for want to invest their faith in a member Sacramento County assessor is interesting, of the establishment in Wynn, who’s to say the least. worked for the office for 17 years, On June 5, voters will decide whether or gamble on Van Buren, a political quasi-incumbent Christina Wynn or realneophyte who, if anyone’s wondering, tor Kate Van Buren will lead the office is related to the eighth president of that helps set the value of the county’s the United States through her husband more than 500,000 parcels, which in turn (and, prior to this, was married to the determines property tax amounts. late James Woolley, a former touring Days before the ballots will be member of Nine Inch Nails). counted, meanwhile, the Wynn told SN&R she results of a countywasn’t aware of serious commissioned investiimproprieties. gation into numerous “If people have allegations of The election, legitimate concerns, impropriety by the I would definitely office’s leaderincidentally, coincides want to deal ship are expected. with contract talks with that,” said The findings Wynn, a 50-yearcould either rock between the county and old Carmichael or reinforce one resident. “If there’s of the most quietly employee union. any kind of unethical powerful departbehaviors, mistreatments in Sacramento ment of employees, I County, but they may would never tolerate that. … come too late to shape a But so far, I haven’t had anything race that hinges on whether the brought to me that was of that level.” assessor’s office operates fairly. The Board of Supervisors appointed The allegations, summarized in a story Wynn, an assistant assessor, to fill the by The Sacramento Bee in May 2017, remainder of Kelleher’s term on June 15, include ones that top brass received artifi2017. She said she’s proud of her time as cially low assessments—and thus, lower interim assessor and that her office was tax bills—as well as complaints of favoritfinalizing the launch of an Oracle-based ism, harassment and management issues. information management system that will Wynn’s predecessor Kathleen Kelleher replace its 40-year-old system. abruptly retired for unspecified health “Overall, I believe it’s been a very reasons weeks before The Bee’s story successful year,” Wynn said. “We’ve got broke on this investigation and two other quite a few accomplishments.” internal ones the county had launched. Van Buren, who’s 49, lives in The county subsequently found “no Curtis Park and ran unsuccessfully for evidence of policy violations,” The Bee the Sacramento City Unified School reported, though the paper determined District Board of Education in 2014, has that Kelleher and former assistant assesother views about the current state of sor John Solie had “received significantly the assessor’s office. She said she kept lower valuations for residential property an eye on the race for some time and than adjacent property owners did, entered at the deadline in early March, though the homes were around the same after no one else filed. size and age.”
“I feel an urgency that I didn’t feel before,” Van Buren said. “Like, I knew things were really bad there but I had no idea the corruption that was going on.” Van Buren said an “us versus them” culture exists between management and rank-and-file employees, with the latter at risk of being retaliated against for making complaints. Wynn didn’t dispute that there was some divisiveness in the office. “We do have some disgruntled employees and that’s part of the issue that we’ve had,” Wynn said. “I’ve been committed to trying to get past that. It’s been a big struggle because I’m not receiving a lot of that cooperation back at this point. There’s union involvement and that kind of thing.” The election, incidentally, coincides with contract talks between the county and employee union, the Assessor’s Office for United Public Employees. The old contract expires this June. Rick Reeve, a 23-year employee of the office, is scheduled to meet May 25 with other employees, a county human resources representative and attorney Eli Makus to review the results of the internal investigation from law firm Ellis Buehler Makus. Reeve isn’t optimistic it will reveal the turmoil he believes the office is in. “They can never do an investigation that’s unbiased because they have pressure on them never to admit liability,” Reeve said. Wynn had outraised Van Buren $4,500 to $1,600 as of May 3, according to county records. Reeve estimated that only one-fourth of the office currently supports Van Buren’s candidacy. But his union’s endorsed her. “We have a chance now of changing at the top,” Reeve said. Ω
Voice of The VoTers A Los Angeles-based startup that aims to give citizens an online platform to better reach their legislators has its eyes on the Sacramento area. The platform is called LawMaker.io, and the idea is to create a direct line of communication between voters and legislators—or at least give people a stronger voice in the creation of new laws. Here’s how it works: An elected official picks a topic and commits to use the policy with the most support in their district as inspiration for a new bill or motion. So far, two LawMaker Challenges were held in Southern California, and the first resulted in Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu’s motion related to increasing government transparency and disclosures. The second prompted U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley of California to consider a user-generated proposal to introduce legislation that would reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the landmark case citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Brownley has committed to using the LawMaker Challenge as the basis for a new policy or program. Hold up, though: Doesn’t this sound like legislating at the ballot box? And doesn’t that often result in poor policies? (We’re looking at you, Propositions 8 and 13.) Not according to LawMaker co-founder Amit Thakkar, who said all of the ideas are proposed in simple terms by ordinary citizens, but must be vetted by legislators. “Users submit their ideas publicly to their elected officials, who still have to consider the ideas, write them into viable policy and build a political coalition among their colleagues in order for the bill to pass,” he said in an email to SN&R. “Which, in our opinion, is exactly how it should be.” But it’s also worth considering who’s likely to use such a platform, said Mark Brown, a Ph.D of political science and professor at Sacramento State University. “There’s a so-called digital divide where, depending on race and class, people have a lot less access to social media and online sources,” he said. “People who are more tech-savvy, people with more time and money, are going to make more use of this.” Indeed, from Brown’s perspective, LawMaker is a potentially useful tool, but it doesn’t address what he views as the fundamental problem with American democracy. “The problem is not that legislators don’t hear from us enough,” he said. “It’s that they ignore what they hear.” Stay tuned. The startup will launch a LawMaker Challenge in Sacramento later this year. (Howard Hardee)
was $200—when I was in med school, it was $10. A little inhaler that I use when I run had always been this cheap little thing—I would go to the pharmacy and they said, “That’s $100.” And I would be like, “You gotta be kidding me.” It was right at the beginning of the Affordable Care Act debates. And my editor said, “Will you write about health care again?” And I said, “the only thing I want to do is write about why it costs so much because I am completely confused and distressed.”
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Editor’s note: Former New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, is the author of An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. She is editor-inchief of Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. She spoke with SN&R publisher Jeff vonKaenel at her office in Washington, D.C. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your background? I come from a medical family—my dad was a doctor, took care of kids with hemophilia. I loved both writing and medicine, so I wasn’t quite sure what I would do in life. And eventually, life kind of sorted that out for me. I went to medical school and started working in an emergency room, and I was also freelancing a lot for the New York Times. And when the Clinton health reform effort came along, the Times asked if I wanted to come to work full time. And I thought, OK, I’ll do this for a year and then I’ll go back to being a doctor.
Now here I am, more than 20 years later talking about a lot of the same issues. What made you want to focus on the economics and the sociology of medicine? Ironically, after the Clinton health reform efforts failed, I did a long detour as a foreign correspondent, so I was overseas for about from ’97 to 2007. Those were the years in which health care costs in the U.S. really spiraled, really got out of control. I was covering international environmental issues, mostly based in Europe, and I had experiences there with different health systems. I broke a wrist in Stockholm. And this really great orthopedist examines it, X-rays it, casts it and charges like 400 bucks. And then I needed some stitches on my forehead when I was in Rome and went to the hospital where the pope goes and for 112 euros had my head stitched up. And so when I came back to the U.S. in 2007, I encountered things that were so crazy and expensive that I didn’t know what to make of it. My kids were young, and they would need an antibiotic and it
What did you find out? I got to spend two years writing a series of stories called Paying Till it Hurts, which was a fabulous, scary experience. We decided to try something relatively new then, which was to put little call-outs on the stories that said, “Do you have an experience with high drug prices you’d like to share? Or have you had a medical bill that you couldn’t afford to pay?” And we got, for the series, about 20,000 submissions. They were like a catalog of all the ways that the health system was failing ordinary people. How did the idea for the book come along? We did probably 20 stories in that series, each one feeding on the other. All of the people in the series, after the first two, were people who submitted their stories. And then at the end, my editors said, “OK, the series is done,” and so I thought, Well, I’d better write a book. And what I hoped to do in the book was to go down another layer. Because, though I love newspaper journalism, for a 2,000-word story, there was a kind of certain depth that I had to understand. But then I didn’t really understand how we got here. I discovered that the reason colonoscopies can get so expensive is because they’re adding on this thing called a “facility fee;” how we got to charge recovery room time by the minute, like a taxi meter. How do we get to a place where we think a little inhaler that cost $10 in 1995 would cost $200 in 2012? That’s exactly the opposite of how a market should work. So this was kind of like a big mystery to me that I needed to solve. I thought one of the strengths of the book was that you were able to combine the stories with explaining how the situation occurred, and your conclusions about the culpability of the whole system. Will you talk a little about that? Well, I’m a storyteller, right? Here at my new job, and at the Times, each of those stories started with a person. I worked from that as a starting point—which story should I tell and what points do they illustrate?
There’s a desire, when we talk about American health care, to say the problem is the insurers, the problem is the hospitals or the problem is the doctors and their salaries. And my feeling was the problem is all of them and none of them, you know? It’s the way they interact. Will you talk about your 10 “Rules of the dysfunctional health care market?” When I finished writing the book, I thought, OK, so everyone likes to say that in the U.S., we do market-based health care. Well, if this were a market, what would the rules be? And I started writing them down. Things like, “A lifetime of treatment is preferable to a cure.” Obviously, if you’re thinking from a health-care point of view, every one of these rules is ridiculous. The over-arching rule is: Prices will rise to whatever the market will bear. There’s no reason for anyone to charge anything less than the moon in this system because we, the patients and our employers and our regulators, don’t put any brakes on spending. So, is it a surprise that one hospital charges $150,000 for a knee replacement while another charges $20,000? And what we find in a lot of markets, instead of a bunch of providers pulling prices down, what happens is the opposite; the low-price providers go, “Whoa, why am I such a schmuck? He’s getting away with charging a $100,000.” And the prices all go up to what we call a sticky ceiling. Big providers can simply demand more. And you see this in Northern California with Sutter. You could say, “Isn’t that unethical for them to charge higher prices than everyone else?” From a Harvard Business School point of view, you look at that and go, “Wow, that’s brilliant. Look, they’ve cornered the market and they’re raising the price to whatever the market will bear.” And if you corner a market that’s really high. You use Sutter Health as your “poster child” for out-of-control pricing. I do, but not because they’re the only ones doing it. I mean, sometimes hospitals that are in the book or that are in the New York Times articles will say, “Why did you pick me? I’m not doing anything that Hospital X isn’t doing?” I say, “Well, bad luck.” There are hospitals that have Sutter-like pricing power in different parts of the country. Sutter’s really good at what it does, and that’s partly why they become a target. They’re a prominent medical system; people want to go to their hospitals. So if you have that reputation, and you have a monopoly or near monopoly, you can get away with a lot. Ω
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As head law enforcement officer for Sacramento acquitted without a rigorous external review, the entire justice system loses legitimacy. Failing County, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert to root out bad actors in the system only breeds is charged with leading her jurisdiction through resentment, and this effect is widespread. Every difficult and sometimes tragic situations. But rather than leading, Schubert is taking a backseat. time we fail to hold a police officer accountable in one city, people all over the country lose faith She recently announced her office’s investigation in their own police. Accountability is pro-police into the shooting of Stephon Clark would not because it shows we are truly working for the begin until the Sacramento Police Department interests of the people we serve. concludes its internal investigation. What’s A robust and independent investigation worse, she has indicated that the SPD will lead could change everything. By critically examinthe investigation. They will decide who is worth ing what the officers knew, said and did prior talking to, and who is not. They will conduct the to shooting at Clark, Schubert could help the interviews with the witnesses, frame the quesSacramento Police Department prevent the next tions and thus choose whose voices are heard. fatal encounter. By looking into how officers What’s more, they will question the officers were trained to handle encounters, especially involved, with the district attorney serving as no encounters with people they believed to be more than a passive observer. armed, the Police Department could do Schubert’s failure to impartially a better job of preparing its officers investigate Clark’s death sends a for events which put the public chilling message to a grieving Every time we fail and officers in danger. And by community. Clark’s family educating the public on what will find no comfort in an to hold a police officer she finds, Schubert could help investigation led by the same accountable in one Sacramento residents and agency that caused their loved city, people all over the police officers better underone’s death. The residents of stand and trust each other. Sacramento will be skeptical country lose faith in In California, unlike many of a police investigation of their own police. other states, DA Schubert has their own friends and colleagues. the authority to file charges against And police will suffer when they the officers involved in Clark’s death, find community members less willand to do so immediately. But if she feels ing to report crime and come forward as more investigation is needed, she should open witnesses. an independent grand jury investigation, and use But it doesn’t have to be this way. Rather that tool to explore what happened in the minutes than initiate an internal investigation that will create tension between police and civilians across and seconds leading up to Clark’s death, as well as the training those officers received in the the United States, Sacramento can and should weeks and months before they took to the streets. bring in an outside cohort to review the case Conducting this investigation independently is and improve overall transparency. The external the only way to maintain integrity and credibility. investigation by California’s attorney general It would benefit Stephon Clark’s family, the is laudable, but does not displace the need for a local investigation by DA Schubert. Schubert, not people of Sacramento and the police officers who work to make it safe. Ω A.G. Xavier Becerra, has been democratically elected by the people of Sacramento to protect them from crime, no matter who the alleged perpetrator. She is not only the lead law enforceRetired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief ment officer in Sacramento; she is, or ought to Stephen Downing is an executive board member for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a nonprofit group of police, be, a leader in the fullest sense of the word. A judges, prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals leader does not shirk responsibility, even when who use their expertise to advance public safety solutions. that responsibility comes with a political cost. A leader makes hard choices, and does so proudly. Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) is a 34-year veteran of the Baltimore Police and Maryland State Police Departments. He’s now the Every time the public sees a police officer executive director for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. killing an unarmed person and the officer is
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Popular for its generous list of Germanstyled beers and fare, Oakhaus invites with its kitschy and colorful thrift storeinspired interior. Be sure to venture out onto the patio, too, especially on a nice summer night. It’s not the biggest patio in town, but with its view of Oak Park’s light-strewn Broadway corridor it exudes a neighborhood feel that’s at once magical and familiar.
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On the west side of the causeway, the patio at the University of Beer outpost in downtown Davis is not very big, but if you can get a seat it makes for a fun and relaxing way to enjoy a lazy afternoon. And with 60 beers on tap (60!) there’s sure to be something for every taste. Unsure of what to get? Ask the bartender to curate a flight and try a little bit of almost anything. Of note: This location doesn’t serve food, but patrons are welcome to bring their own.
If you’ve got a day to spare, spend it at this Winters-based brewery. Located about an hour north of Sacramento, Berryessa is a weekend destination (it’s only open Friday-Sunday) thanks to its exceptionally tasty beers and giant, shade-covered patio. In short, it’s the ideal place to hang out, listen to live music and get some grub from the food truck. If it’s extra-hot don’t forget that Berryessa is just a short car ride from Lake Solano or Putah Creek—perfect for a quick dip.
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Federalist Public House OK, sure, Federalist is probably better known for its pizza, but regulars know the pizzeria, housed in a set of open-air shipping containers, also boasts a compact but impressive list of local and regional drafts. Pair those (and pizza, too, natch) with a game of bocce ball and you’re set for a fun and family fiendly afternoon. 2009 Matsui Alley; https://federalistpublichouse.com.
Pangaea Bier Cafe. The interior’s undergone a makeover since its caffeinated days and the back patio has a fresh look, too. With clean lines, reclaimed wood detailing and enough room for the kiddos to run around, Hop Gardens is a lovely spot for an afternoon sip. Oh, and its impressively diverse draft list, rich in beers not available elsewhere locally, is an obvious plus.
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Hop Gardens Taproom One of the newest entries in the local beer scene, Hop Gardens resides in the former Coffee Garden location in Curtis Park—just steps away from
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Capitol Beer & Tap Room With nearly two dozen beers on tap (and a bottle shop stocked for to-go orders), this Arden-Arcade spot has ample outside seating. Popular for its laid-back atmosphere, some may see it as a fresh alternative to Midtown’s beer nerd vibe. 2222 Fair Oaks Boulevard; www.capitolbeer.com.
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mber Clemons studies a flash card at Fieldwork Brewing Company. She’s sipping the brewery’s Lilith, a golden Belgian ale, and wants to better understand its flavor profile. “It’s not exactly what I expected,” she says, examining the compact threering binder collection of information cards Fieldwork helpfully provides curious drinkers. “I’m used to Belgians that taste a little on the funky side and
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this one is a lot less funky—it’s got a lot more sweetness to it.” It’s not just curiosity that drives Clemons to learn more. “My philosophy on beer is trying to find what I like—I’ve been trying as many different types of beers as I can to get a mental crib sheet,” she says. Those mental notes serve a greater purpose. As the influencer behind the Hopular Culture social media accounts (find her on Twitter,
Instagram and Untappd) as well as a findings. Those intimidated by all things forthcoming blog and podcast, Clemons hoppy, sour and hazy, however, needn’t shares them with an ever-growing audience. worry. Clemons’ approach is subtle—so Her followers are varied in tastes and stealth, in fact, that her friends nicknamed beer expertise but, she says, she posts her the “silent assassin.” with a particular drinker in mind. Instead of preaching or trying to sell “It’s that person [who is] making that someone on a beer, Clemons tries to find a turning point in their taste,” she says. gateway drink for the beer-shy. “It’s the person who says, ‘I want to grow “I slip in a little [information]—someup from the Coors Lights of the world. thing like, ‘this style has this flavor characHow do I take that next step?’” teristic,’ and let it settle.” Clemons, dressed today in a “Save Her own sense of adventure comes Water, Drink More Beer” T-shirt, knows naturally. Her grandfather was a chef and that road. Her own journey to the center Clemons says she inherited his curiosity and of the craft beer boom started with a adventure in the kitchen. Coors Light on her 21st birthday. The Now studying culinary arts with an watery American lager didn’t impress eye toward working in the local restaurant much, but a few months later, after industry, Clemons says she’s excited about she’d relocated from the Bay Area to Sacramento’s prospects. The scene here Sacramento, Clemons heard about the continues to grow and while Clemons Capitol Beer Fest at Cal Expo. Intrigued, admits she’s wondered if the craft beer she decided to attend, even though her bubble might burst, she believes it’s motivation wasn’t exactly educational. relatively healthy for now. Sure, a few “Being a younger places have shut down drinker it was like, ‘Oh, recently, but the local it’s all you can drink for market is probably only Amber these many hours?’” she at “70 percent” capacity, says with a laugh. “Yep, clemons she says. I’m going to drink my “There’s a beer for tries to find every money’s worth; and I fit, flavor-wise,” she tried.” says. “[But] we still have A gAtewAy She tried—and she room to grow. I think we drink for learned that brews can handle more.” Ω existed on a spectrum the far beyond those convenience store beers. beer-shy. “It just opened my eyes—beer could not only taste good, but [different brews] could taste different from one another.” Since then, Clemons has been on a mission to try as many types of beer as possible and educate others on her
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Solid sessionS Some beerS to enjoy when you feel like drinking Some beerS. ot too many years ago, I ended a streak of 13 years driving around France for most of the month of July following the Tour de France. The bicycle race also often ventured into Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain and occasionally Andorra, Switzerland and the Netherlands, but mostly the trips followed routes across miles of French flatlands and rolling hills covered in sunflowers or vineyards. Steep, winding roads presented panoramic views of jagged snow-capped peaks. Long hours and days of driving were challenging and rewarding. They were celebrated almost every night with fantastic European beers. Every corner pub in every city, obscure farming village and mountaintop resort had familiar brew signage, most notably Stella Artois and Leffe. Duvel, Kronenbourg 1664, Pelforth, Grolsch, Hoegaarden and Heineken were also common. Stella Artois (a brewery in Leuven, Belgium) and Leffe (an Abbey in Belgium) are considered session beers. The term dates, as legend details, to World War I, when beer was rationed to British soldiers in two sessions per day. But
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there’s no exact definition of session beer, although there’s a prevailing understanding that the term refers to lower alcohol by volume, or ABV, beers in which drinking just one isn’t usually part of the experience. Maxim, the men’s lifestyle magazine, defines the term perfectly: “Session beers are what you can drink all night long, and still be able to walk home without doing something stupid. Essentially, a session beer is the opposite of the hop/sour/funk monsters that so many beer geeks love.” Leffe and Stella Artois, both now owned by European subsidiaries of Anheuser–Busch, are similar yet different. The former, at 6.6 percent alcohol, is a pale ale; the latter, 4.8 percent alcohol, is a lager. By Belgian standards, where higher-alcohol-level beers are the norm, Leffe, in its several varieties, is often described as tasting slightly fruity with hints of banana. Stella Artois is usually defined as light and crisp. The session beer term wasn’t quite the “thing” it is now when I was traveling regularly to the Tour de France and other European sporting events. But Stella Artois was perfect for celebrating during the day. It was a quick thirst quencher on rest stops on muggy July
afternoons after hours of driving and with hours in the car left. Leffe was best for day’s end and with accommodations nearby. It was also always tempting, but midday consumption on a few occasions prompted a nap when alertness was paramount to wisely negotiating the roads. High-alcohol beers, sour beers and uber-hoppy beers have their place and passionate enthusiasts. But session beers are refreshing anytime, anywhere—an afternoon barbecue with friends, a break on a long day’s drive in a foreign country or at the local pub just because. Here are seven favorites: Anchor SteAm
The historic San Francisco brewery makes many varieties, but it’s among the remaining few companies producing California common beer, or Steam Beer, its trademarked name. It’s made by fermenting lager yeasts at warmer ale yeast fermentation temperatures. It’s crisp and malty with a big, bubbly head. 4.9 ABV. FireStone WAlker eASy JAck
Everything made at the Paso Robles-headquartered brewery is terrific. The malts and hops are from a halfdozen countries, and the result is a sensory-pleasing combination of spices, citrus and floral. What’s not to like? 4.5 percent ABV. GuinneSS
Watching a good bartender properly pour the Irish dry stout into a room-temperature glass is watching a skilled artist. The dark color, creamy head, the malted and unmalted barley, the mixing of the beer with nitrogen and carbon dioxide when poured, the high amount of iron. Add all up and Guinness’ nickname, “Mother’s Milk,” is perfect. Best beer ever made? Hard to argue. 4.2 percent ABV.
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After maybe a 30-year hiatus from drinking PBR, I had a pint a few weeks ago at The Shack in East Sacramento. It was the perfect choice to accompany a blue cheese burger and fries. Fresh, consistent, inexpensive. The American lager originally from Wisconsin is polarizing with overt fans and detractors. Count me in with the former group. 4.7 percent ABV. SeSSion eZ iPA
If you make a session beer, why not say so? Full Sail Brewing Co. thinks it’s a good idea with its Session EZ IPA. Equinox, Citra and Cascade hops. No beer-face bitterness. A fruity aroma. Unfiltered. Refreshing. It’s easy like its title reads. Its slogan works: “Life’s Hard Enough. Your Beer Should Be EZ.” 4.8 ABV. SierrA nevAdA PAle Ale
Approaching its 40th birthday, the country’s top-selling craft beer from Chico is available nationwide and in many countries. Pale Ale, Porter, Stout, Torpedo ‘Extra’ IPA, Kellerweis Hefeweizen, Nooner Pilsner, and Hop Hunter are year-round choices. Bring the original Pale Ale to a party, and it will likely be quickly consumed. Its taste: hearty malt and aggressive hops and a hint of grapefruit. It cheats the standard 5.0 percent alcohol limit for session beers. So what? 5.6 ABV. StellA ArtoiS
Its heritage is confusing. It’s sometimes marketed as if it’s a French beer. But it’s from a northern section of Belgium where Dutch is spoken. It doesn’t matter. If you drink a beer for refreshment and one isn’t enough, Stella rules. And it reminds me of long, wondrous summer days in Europe. 4.8 ABV. Ω
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The result smells like a pale ale, but bubbles with high carbonation and tastes crisp with a hop flavor that builds as you drink the beer—as opposed to walloping you on your first sip. To make it, Sudwerk reimagined an old lager recipe they had—a helles to be exact, a word which means “bright” in German, a fitting adjective. Lagers are a style mostly dominated by macro breweries like Coors or Budweiser. And while lots of craft breweries will have at least one—such as New Helvetia Brewing Co.’s tasty Buffalo Craft Lager—none specialize in the style quite like Sudwerk, which dabbles in all sorts of different varieties while doing neat stuff like barrel-aging and adding probiotic yogurt to a kettle sour for a tangy accent. But there’s a few reasons why breweries don’t go for the style. UC Davis Distinguished Professor and the “pope of foam” Charlie Charlie Bamforth Bamforth explained it’s uc davis Professor, partly because breweries food science & tech haven’t realized the timeconsuming 100-year-old way of brewing the style has been compressed a bit by modern science. Brewers do need top-of-theline equipment to make lagers as they require temperature control to ferment at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. But the style also requires a higher level of precision than a bombastic IPA. “If you make a mistake, you’ll spot it, where you might sort of cover it up [with a more flavorful beer],” Bamforth said. “To make a gently flavored beer is very, very hard.” According to co-owner Ryan Fry, a Sudwerk brewer spends about “80 percent” of their time in fairly unglamorous fashion. Noting that they clean the brewery spotless roughly twice a day, he said brewers sometimes joke about being little more than “glorified janitors.” But if they don’t maintain this surgical level of cleanliness, yeast or bacteria or some other microbe will get into a batch and spoil it. And if that happens, technique, equipment and quality of ingredients don’t count for jack. The first sip of a quality lager is jarring in a The crew at Sudwerk Brewing Co. in Davis. subtle way as most people know the style through the compromised, mass produced versions that aren’t exactly purchased for their taste. In comparison, Sudwerk tastes like fresh-baked bread after a probably heard of pilsners, which Stull said lifetime of store-bought. have caught on a bit recently. Sudwerk’s “I grew up in this brewery pretty much,” Stull “People’s Pilsner” is a tasty example of the said. “There’s a big love for style as it balances gentle citrus [this style]. And it is a bit of a and sweet malt flavors in an easysudwerk brewing co. is open chip on our shoulder because drinking, yet well-rounded beer. tuesday, 4-8 p.m., we do have this identity. But within this rich and varied through sunday, 2-6 p.m. Our tanks don’t turn over as tradition of lagers, Sudwerk fast because we do it slower. has innovated. Its flagship, the We use a little more energy California Dry Hop Lager, was because we have more cold storage. But we love fairly unprecedented when it came out about what we do and we take a lot of pride in the way five years ago. On top of a bready German we do it. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Ω malt, they add hops during the fermenting process, thereby only extracting grapefruit-like aromas and flavors, as opposed to the bitter tastes that happen when hops are added during the boil. continued on page 26
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It’s hard to imagine any beer-art as controversial or successful as the artwork showcased on Polygamy Porter, made by the Park City, Utah, brewery. Credit Greg Schirf. About 18 years ago, Schirf introduced the beer and its label of tangled Reubenesque nudes as a good-natured ribbing of the spousal arrangement practiced by the Mormon church until 1890 and still practiced in places. Two billboard companies Wasatch Brewing used for years refused to post advertising for the porter. A few other official-type folks balked. Church officials collectively chuckled. Schirf reported sales of Polygamy Porter rose in 2001 from 500 to more than 3,000 cases per month. Wasatch Brewing plays with the idea: The label asks: “Why have just one?” And advertisements suggest that folks “Take some home to the wives.” good people BreWing company
A clean script bordering an old yellow pick-up truck. How cool is that? The Birmingham, Ala., company’s label is featured on the lower center of all of its canned beer. The 10-year-old company has some great names for its beers, too. The Bearded Lady American Wheat Ale, Urban Farmer Farmhouse Ale, Snake Handler Double IPA. While still in its infancy, the Good People Brewery has received its share of acclaim. It’s only available in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and parts of Florida. Put a picture of an old pick-up truck on your beer label and the suds are likely to sell well. Add visiting the brewery to the list of reasons for a road trip south.
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he names of the beers—all real—are Face Plant, Santa’s Butt, Old Engine Oil, Dog’s Bollocks, Moose Drool, Farmer’s Tan and Old Peculiar. The task is to design their labels. Is more less or less more? Does funny sell beer or fall flat? Gothic renderings? Old-style fonts? Something classy? For every old and new brew, internationally distributed to an obscure tap room’s offering, the label is the calling card, marketing ale and lager, porter and stout. A great beer will overcome an ill-conceived label. And maybe a clever label will help sell an ill-conceived beer. It’s subjective, but these five beers have labels that work. Animals, Americana, sex, simplicity and style all sell beer. Consider:
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A design firm with the name Stranger & Stranger is renowned for many creative projects, including beer and liquor labels. With a classic and modern design, the Edinburgh, Scotland, brewery does it right. Big, bright red, white and gold style elements mesh with a military stencil font. Innis and Gunn makes oak-aged craft beers with clever names—Gunpowder
IPA and Blood Red Sky—and very basic names: Lager and Original. Fanciers say the brewery’s beers are works of art. Its labels are, too. Good news is that beginning two years ago, Innis & Gunn began importing its beer to the United States and about 30 other countries. north coast BreWing company
Handsome, delicate and whimsical artwork prevails on the 30-year-old Fort Bragg brewery’s labels. The renderings for Red Seal Ale, Scrimshaw Pilsner and Le Merle Saison help sell a lot of beer that doesn’t need much help. The labels for the company’s many other offerings are equally impressive, most notably an homage to Peruvian artist Alberto Vargas’ “flying lady” on Acme Ale. And check out the drawings on Brother Thelonious Abbey Ale and Old Rasputin Russian Stout. track 7 BreWing company
Sometimes simplicity works best. The Sacramento brewery’s original Curtis Park location is close to the old Western Pacific railroad tracks. Its logo: A prominent numeral seven encompassed with a full circle of railroad track ideally presents the beer. In its mission statement, the brewery’s name is explained as a “nod to the integral role the railroad has and continues to play in Sacramento’s rich history.” And the numeral 7 in the logo? Legend has it that it’s a reference to where the least important cars or freight was stored. Track 7 Brewery began small and unimportant, but not anymore with its third location, in East Sacramento, Ω soon to open.
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My culinary territory typically extends from downtown south on Stockton Boulevard as far as Mack Road. There’s no real reason I stop at Mack except that my 10-minute drive bleeds into 15 minutes at that arbitrary border. A February Vietnamese Tet celebration set up in a parking lot on Mack clued me in to the existence of Cuco’s Taqueria, which is housed in a moribund strip mall at the back of said parking lot. I’ve never heard anyone recommend Cuco’s, but the Yelps looked OK and revealed that it’s been open over seven years—definitely worth a visit. The exterior is painted and posted with a variety of intriguing looking specials, including an unfamiliar one: “tejuino.” I Google it and discover it’s a cold, fermented masa drink flavored with piloncillo (unrefined brown sugar). It’s not every day or even every month I get to try a new dish locally—I restrain myself from skipping through the door in glee. The sludgy, brown tejuino ($4) is tart and sweet and tastes of tamarind. The thick texture is off-putting at first but by the second time I order it on a subsequent visit, I’m fully onboard. The jauntily captain’s-hatted chef emerges from the kitchen to inquire if I’ve had it before, proudly mentions how rare it is on local menus, and shares that they ferment it for two and a half days. Cuco’s bills itself as a taqueria, and their taco game is moderately strong. The tacos ($1.89) are large, but
can be picked up in one hand (big pet peeve—tacos too heaped with meat to eat as God intended), with supple tortillas surrounding. Best taco of the five I sampled: the tender, beefy tacos de lengua, which are well worth the 50-cent additional price. Worst: the carnitas. Carnitas are all about the crispy bits and these were flabby. Cuco’s also serves an equal number of seafood dishes, most centered around shrimp. The tostado de ceviche de camaron ($4.85) is a new local favorite of mine, and is served topped with a generous portion of avocado and tasting of zingy lime and strong cilantro. The ceviche rancheros plate ($12.50) exhibits plump pink shrimp bathed in a thin, garlicky tomato sauce. I’ve been on a bland pozole streak. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve questioned if I ever even liked pozole that much, and I haven’t had time to get to Alonzo’s to snap myself out of it. Well consider me officially snapped by Cuco’s hominy-heavy, meaty version. I lamented the lack of dried oregano as an offered topping, but that was quickly forgotten when I flavored the broth with the bright orange, ridiculously fruity four-chili salsa (habanero, cayenne, chipotle, serrano) that was served on the side. There was at least a pound of tender pork shoulder in the one bowl, and the stew tasted even better warmed up the next day. Cuco’s is super cute inside, with a mural of Jalisco taking up one wall and tables covered in bright, striped blankets under grandma-style sheets of plastic. It’s open long hours, seven days a week and serves breakfast all day. On each of three visits there was only a trickle of customers, even at peak times. Maybe nonlocals are put off by the farflung location, as I usually am, but Cuco’s is worth the trek. Ω
The haze craze New Glory Craft brewery’s serves Me riGht bloNde ale at Kupros Craft house I can be a creature of habit when it comes to beer. I (along with the rest of the world) discovered IPAs some years back, and took to ordering pretty much nothing but. Then I rediscovered pale ales and I’ve spent a year or so seeking out the toasty, malty goodness. I’ve been noticing “hazy” beers lately, but hadn’t gotten around to exploring them. Thank goodness that phase is over. This Northeastern style blonde is so complex, every sip brings a bit of revelation. Grapefruit. Spice. Orange juice. It’s been a while since a beer struck me as so delicious that it kind of blew my mind. I’m officially on a haze kick.
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Shepherd’s pie school May is a great month for those who want to try a vegan cooking class at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. With three vegan classes scheduled, two have already sold out: the Veggie Burger Bash vegan-burger workshop and The Art and Science of Cheesemaking: Cashew Brie. However, as of this writing, there are more than twodozen seats available in the Vegan Comfort Food Essentials class on Tuesday, May 22. Chef Marina Kercher will lead the class, demonstrating how to make vegan and glutenfree shepherd’s pie, baked spinach artichoke dip, and faux carbonara with creamy cauliflower Alfredo and tempeh bacon. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. and takes place at the Co-op Cooking School & Community Learning Center at 2820 R Street, on the second floor. Tickets cost $49$55 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets. com/event/3370381. Oh, and pupils 21 and older get a complimentary glass of wine. It better be vegan wine!
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Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 8pm. Through 5/13; $10-$15; Visit the website to find location for each performance; https:// bikecitytheatre.org. B.S.
An Ideal Husband
Eric Craig and Ian Hopps give masterful performances in Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy about blackmail, political corruption and public and private morality. Directed by Kevin Adamski and Nina Dramer. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm,
Sat 8pm. Through 5/26; $18-$22; Big Idea Theatre,
1616 Del Paso Blvd.; (916) 960-3036; www. bigideatheatre.org. J.C.
Man of La Mancha
This 1964 musical adapted from Cervantes’ 17th century novel, Don Quixote, presents the author as a failed writer who, while awaiting trial, barters for his stolen possessions by acting out the fantasy adventures of his quixotic hero. Thu 7pm,
Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm, Wed 7pm. Through 5/13; $15-$38; Sacramento
Theatre Company, Main Stage, 1419 H St.; (916) 443-6722; www.sactheatre.org. P.R.
short reviews by Bev sykes, Jim carnes and Patti roberts.
Janis stevens is marjorie, and Brock D. Vickers plays Walter Prime, her husband. The younger robot version of him.
Is Marjorie Prime a science-fiction tale disguised as a family drama? Or is it a family drama disguised as a sci-fi tale? It’s both, actually, and it’s a superior rumination on family dynamics, aging, fading memories and what we choose to remember—and how. Janis Stevens stars as Marjorie, an 85-year-old woman with an unspecified disease that seems an awful lot like Alzheimer’s (she struggles with memory loss). Her daughter Tess (Jamie Jones, who, in this role, defines what it means to be difficult and unlikeable) delivers highly selective bits of memory, while Tess’ husband Jon (the sturdy Steven Sean Garland) embraces all that technology can provide to make Marjorie happy and comfortable. That includes endorsing the arrival of a holographic computerized replica of Walter, Marjorie’s late husband. Walter is not Marjorie’s age, or even the age he was when he died. Rather, he’s 35 or so, in his prime—as Marjorie wants to remember him. Brock D. Vickers, playing the stiffish grief ghost impeccably, makes Walter Prime an ingratiating (and creepy) companion. Vickers has impeccable robotic mannerisms, automatically buttoning his sport jacket when he stands, then unbuttoning when he sits. The final scene is a little Places in the Heart unsettling, leaving room for plenty of discussion. Capital Stage founding artistic director (now the producing artistic director of Florida’s American Stage) directs this co-production of the two companies with assurance. 28
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Wed 7pm, thu 7pm, fri 8pm, sat 2pm & 8pm, sun 2pm. through 6/3; $28-$40; capital stage, 2215 J street; (916) 995-5464; www.capstage.org.
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4 A Song for Coretta Playwright Pearl Cleage was moved to see a long line of people, waiting in the rain, to pay respects to Coretta Scott King before her burial. So moved, in fact, that she wrote a play to capture that scene from 2006. In A Song for Coretta, now playing at Celebration Arts, Cleage imagines the stories and reasons that five women—all of different ages and backgrounds—felt compelled to stand for hours in front of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church to honor the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cleage uses a clever device to move things forward: A young student reporter approaches women to record their stories and why they came. The interviews run the gamut; a woman who witnessed the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycotts; a child; a pregnant teen facing life hurdles; a New Orleans artist displaced by Hurricane Katrina; and a U.S. Army veteran back from Afghanistan. For around 80 minutes, the one-act engages the audiences with the characters and their interactions, interweaving generations, beliefs and back-stories. At times, the plot feels contrived, but the messages, characters and a talented Celebration Arts’ cast are strong enough to carry the story along. —Patti RobeRts
a song for coretta: thu 8pm, fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm. through 5/26; $10-$20; celebration arts, 2727 B street; (916) 455-2787; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jack and rose, played by Lew rooker and Deborah shalohoub, are not amused.
Retirement house of cards Jack of Diamonds is a retirement home comedy which examines the lives of residents, who have learned their broker has lost their life savings in a Ponzi scheme. The show is just plain silly, with laughs aplenty (lots of fart jokes and bathroom humor) as the crew tries to figure out how to stay in their expensive community. Particularly strong are Lew Rooker as a former late-night TV jeweler, with a stash of Viagra in his back pocket and Deborah Shalhoub as Rose, a visually challenged technophile with laxatives in her purse. Direction by Corey Morris. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm. Through 5/12; $20; Ooley Theatre, 2007 28th Street; (916) 214-6255; email@example.com.
A Tucc of class
by Daniel Barnes & JiM lane
Avengers: Infinity War
Lean on Pete
For all the emotional repression of the characters in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend and 45 Years, those previous films felt tightly wound, while the first half of his latest effort Lean on Pete is the kind of wandering, navelgazing indie movie that critics charitably describe as “austere” or “stark” or “exquisitely observed.” Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) is a miserable 15-year-old boy who was long ago abandoned by his mother and sentenced to a lonely life with his impoverished and promiscuous father. While out running one summer day, Charley meets a crusty, bottom-feeding horse trainer named Del (Steve Buscemi), and accepts a low-paying job tending horses, including a rapidly deteriorating quarter horse called Lean on Pete. After the long, slow burn of the first half, Lean on Pete takes a Walkabout-like veer into the desert void, and like an old horse getting a sudden shock, the film suddenly comes charging to life. D.B.
This third Avengers film reassembles almost the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe of wise-cracking gods, superhumans and space creatures, and manages to finally pay off the franchise’s long-gestating “infinity stones” storyline (basically, a purple alien wants to put jewels in a glove so that he can punch the world in half). If you care, you probably already know that this is the Avengers movie where many of your beloved characters meet their shocking ends. And they’re never ever coming back, no way, never gonna happen, even though many of the characters in Avengers: Infinity War have already returned from the dead, and Marvel has several thousand (or so) releases slated for 2019 alone, including an Infinity War sequel. Obviously, the mass death ending is a gigantic fakeout, just a launching pad for the next waves of Marvel product, but as a longtime detester of the MCU machine, I must admit that it brought me some joy. D.B.
Finding Your Feet
Final Portrait Geoffrey rush trades a pirate’s life for a painter’s role while armie Hammer is no longer the loneliest ranger.
by Daniel Barnes
portrait of an artist at work, one that considers the pain, anxiety, confusion and excitement that comes from creation. The low-key, chamber play-like Final Portrait is the As the sessions stack up and they spend more fifth feature film directed by character actor Stanley time together, James only grows more conflicted Tucci, although it’s only his first since 2007. Tucci does about Alberto, a man who proves as erratic as he is not possess an enormous body of work as a director, exacting. Alberto provokes James, smokes cigarettes but it’s big enough now to pick out some auteur tendennonstop, cavalierly destroys his own art, treats his cies: he is obviously interested in the creative process wife Annette (Sylvie Testud) like garbage while (Big Night) as well as performance and deception (The spending a fortune on a prostitute (Clémence Poésy) Imposters and Joe Gould’s Secret), and he favors intiand frequently blows off painting sessions to drink mate, actor-friendly stories (Blind Date). wine. But there are also moments of pure genius All those elements come into play that prevent James from totally distrusting in Final Portrait, an intimate, the process. actor-friendly film focused on the Geoffrey Rush is well-cast as Actorcreative process, with a story Alberto—he’s not an actor needs director Stanley ultimately resolved by perforto be encouraged to overact, but Tucci creates a patient mance and deception. Set in the role still equips him with a 1964 Paris (cue the jaunty full arsenal of affectations. Of and thoughtful portrait of concertina music), Final course, the best performance in an artist at work, one that Portrait stars Geoffrey Rush Final Portrait comes from longconsiders the pain, anxiety, as Swiss-Italian painter and time Tucci collaborator Tony sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Shalhoub, virtually unrecognizconfusion and excitement with Armie Hammer co-starable as Alberto’s overshadowed that comes from ring as American writer James brother Diego. Unlike Rush, creation. Lord (the script was adapted by Shalhoub adjusts the temperature of Tucci from Lord’s book). his ham to each individual film. When the longtime friends run into Unfortunately, a typically wooden each other in Paris, Alberto asks James to Hammer isn’t quite right for the role of James. sit for a portrait, promising that it will only take a day Even though Final Portrait is narrated by James and or two at the most. Instead, the process stretches on framed through his point-of-view, he mostly acts like for several weeks, with James delaying his flight back a withdrawn observer, and the script doesn’t give home while the procrastinating and pathologically selfus a lot of personal details to go on. Those details doubting Alberto repeatedly paints over an entire day’s should have come through in Hammer’s perforlabor (despite the difficult birth, the resulting portrait is mance, but he does a little more here than pose. Ω considered one of Giacometti’s last major works). The bulk of Final Portrait consists of these posing sessions in Alberto’s studio, with John motionlessly observing what seems like a chaotic process, while also occasionally sneaking a stretch when the artist isn’t looking. Without pontificating or underlining any point Poor Fair Good Very excellent Good too aggressively, Tucci creates a patient and thoughtful
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When her marriage of 35 years collapses, a snobbish upper-crust wife (Imelda Staunton) moves in with her aging-hippie, semiestranged older sister (Celia Imrie). She gets a bracing dose of how the other half lives, eventually climbing down off her high horse and joining the sister’s elderly dance class, where she takes a shine to a houseboat-dwelling handyman (Timothy Spall). Writers Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft and director Richard Loncraine whip up the kind of middlebrow, middle-class feel-nice comedy that has been a stock-in-trade of British movies since the coming of sound, as comfy and enjoyable as it is formulaic. A last-act plot turn is straight out of the Dictionary of Tearjerker Clichés (look under “C”), but by that time we’re enjoying these people’s company so much that we don’t really mind. J.L.
I Feel Pretty
An insecure working schlub at an elite cosmetics firm (Amy Schumer) gets knocked on the head and wakes up believing she’s a perfect 10; her newfound confidence catches the eye of the company’s founder (Lauren Hutton) and CEO (Michelle Williams), sending her zooming up the corporate ladder. Writer-directors Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein concoct a slickly satisfying vehicle for Schumer’s comic everywoman persona, and she rises to the occasion. There are no great surprises, but no glaring missteps either (although Schumer’s climactic I-am-womanhear-me-roar speech, practically flashing “Author’s Message!”, does go on). Williams, hilariously unrecognizable behind a squeaky cartoon voice and under a thick layer of the company’s cosmetics, all but steals the show from Schumer—and that’s saying something. J.L.
Turkish-born, French-raised writerdirector Deniz Gamze Ergüven follows her passionate and personal debut film Mustang with this clumsy and chaotic drama set against the backdrop of the 1991 Los Angeles riots. Halle Berry ostensibly stars as a South Central foster mother trying to care for her brood of hellcats, while Daniel Craig plays a grumpy neighbor with a heart of gold, but in truth they’re relatively minor players in the ensemble. As in Mustang, Ergüven is more interested in the raw energy of young people rebelling against the limitations of their world, but what once felt fresh and honest now comes across as completely phony. Incoherence abounds (I’m still not certain if the story spanned a year or two weeks), and one jaw-droppingly bad scene after the next lands with a loud thud. With several great documentaries about the LA riots having been released in recent years, Kings becomes even more unnecessary. D.B.
An arrogant, selfish playboy (Eugenio Derbez) stiffs a working-class single mom (Anna Faris) after she cleans the carpets on his mega-yacht; later, when he falls overboard and washes ashore with amnesia, she claims him as her husband, intending to get her money’s worth by putting him to work around the house. This remake of the 1987 Goldie Hawn/ Kurt Russell rom-com switches the genders of the lead characters, which was probably a mistake—Derbez is scruffy-looking and charmless, without Faris’ comic flair for playing superficial characters; he’d have been more sympathetic as a working-class dad, and she’d have been funnier as Hawn’s spoiled heiress. Otherwise, the movie is passably mediocre, and at least it’s one remake that doesn’t desecrate the original—which was hardly a classic in the first place. J.L.
When a genetic experiment gone awry turns a gentle gorilla into a raging King Kong-size monster, his keeper (Dwayne Johnson) scrambles to set things right while the gorilla and two other mutant beasts—a flying 30-foot wolf and an alligator turned into the kind of creature Godzilla used to fight—tear up Chicago. This videogame-inspired folderol is just as insane as it sounds, but it’s enjoyable in its mechanical, greedy-eyes-on-the-boxoffice way. Writers Ryan Engle, Carlton Cruse, Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel do their mediocre best to cram as much of the game onto the screen as they can, while Johnson flexes those amazing muscles and director Brad Peyton does little more than call “Action!”, “Cut!” and “Lunch!” It all qualifies as a guilty pleasure, but the pleasure really is guilty as hell. J.L.
A suburban mom (Charlize Theron), at the end of her rope when child No. 3 comes along, resorts to the services of a “night nanny” (Mackenzie Davis) to ease her burden. The nanny goes above and beyond, even sleeping with the wife’s husband (Ron Livingston) to revive their languishing sex life. Writer Diablo Cody, with her ear for clever dialogue and eye for revealing detail, and director Jason Reitman, with his flair for bringing order out of clutter and confusion, craft a diverting (if familiar) portrait of parenthood, and especially motherhood, as nothing less than hell on Earth, requiring the superhuman—even supernatural—to cope with it. Theron is wonderful, sympathetic even when she’s being unreasonable, and her joined-at-the-hip chemistry with Davis makes the movie’s unsurprising surprises work. J.L.
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the power of the 3-to-5-minute pop song. But Bazan had formative experiences in all five places— Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Scotts Valley, Paradise and Seattle. He plans on using his ruminations as the source material for five albums to be released in one-year increments starting next spring. He’s pondered this compulsion to revisit familiar places, he said, and, “the phrase ‘midlife crisis’ has occurred to me. This is my Corvette.” Twice pictured: David Bazan, Pedro the Lion’s main man. “I had a rough couple of years, personally,’’ he elaborated. “In the midst of it, I was staying with my grandparents in Phoenix on tour. That tour was full of surprising David Bazan is the brains behind Pedro the Lion, and weirdly negative experiences, and I was feeling an indie-rock band band formed in 1995 that’s best so low. I decided to swing by the house I grew up in, known for its downtempo, sad-bastard songs and and as I was driving over there I asked myself, ‘Why concept albums such as Winners Never Quit (2000) do I feel so much longing in these places? What is and Control (2002). Those records tackled macrothat about?’” issues like American consumerism and religion, and He realized he’s got unfinished business basimore personal stuff like modern marriage. cally everywhere he’s been. His family moved The band split amicably in 2006 and went their frequently and he didn’t keep up with the people separate ways. Bazan had been playing mostly as with whom he’d established relationships. a solo musician since, though he occasionally “There was a lot of unresolved feelings assembled session players to fill out the live in general with all of these places,” sound. he said. “I was like ‘OK, let’s do Last year, he decided he’d had a little creative project about “The phrase enough of gigging alone and it.’ I thought it might be writreformed Pedro the Lion to tour ‘midlife crisis’ ing, but then I realized, ‘You extensively, including a May 11 has occurred to me. make records, dude. That’s set at Harlow’s Restaurant & your medium for dealing [These albums are] my Nightclub. with this shit.’” Lately, he’s been holed up Corvette.” Bazan is still working on in his studio outside of Seattle, the narrative arc that will tie David Bazan writing and recording the band’s everything together, but he Frontman, Pedro the Lion much-anticipated new album, the knows it will expand beyond his tentatively titled Phoenix. During a own walk down memory lane; the recent interview, Bazan told SN&R that story will reference his personal expePhoenix will be the first of an epic, fiveriences only as a jumping off point. And album series paying homage to each of the five cities he won’t get too specific, because he recognizes he’s lived in—including Paradise, a town nestled in that nostalgia for childhood—and hometowns left the foothills of Butte County. In fact, Bazan’s musical journey began when he behind—is universal. “We all have so many of our experiences in common,” he said. “A lot of people started playing drums in a worship band during his feel the same way about moving.” freshman year at Paradise High School. His youth He acknowledges that the five-album series is pastor/bandleader taught him how to play a couple an enormously ambitious project, and he’s fearful of simple guitar chords on a whim, and around of “promising the moon and delivering a block of the same time, his sister brought home a book cheese.” But it’s happening, Bazan said: “Plans have of easy-to-play piano songs, and he learned the solidified and I’m really leaning into it.” Ω Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” And so, during his brief time in Northern California, he discovered
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tHIS: The first of Midtown’s go-to summer
no cover. Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive in Rancho Cordova.
block party features Poolside, DJ Epik, Billy Lane, Rich Soto and Haitham. 5pm, no cover. LowBrau, 1050 20th St.
SECoNd SAturdAY At KuLturE: A courtyard party with local artists, vendors and food. 4pm, no cover. Kulture, 2331 K St.
SoIrEE: A collection of workshops, including
MICHIGAN rAttLErS: Country/rock
artisan soaps, water color basics, bread bracelets and more. Attendees get guaranteed participation in three workshops of their choice, along with catered refreshments and bottomless champagne. 10am, $125. The Makers Place, 2618 X St.
band. 7:30pm, $10. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.
SLAYEr: Farewell tour show with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, Testament. 4:30pm, $55. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.
PHOTO cOurTesy Of gary francescHini
The four-day ride kicks off Thursdsay morning.
ridin’ with a reason CroCker Park, 6 a.M. May 10, $75
tAIMANE: Cross-genre flamenco ukulele
SprING CrAFt FAIr: Enjoy handmade crafts,
performer. 7:30pm, $25-$30. The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.
unique gifts, jewelry and direct sales from over 30 vendors. 9am, contact for cover. Orangevale Community Center, 6826 Hazel Ave. in Orangevale.
MOnDay, 5/14 CApItAL JAZZ proJECt—MINGuS: The group
plays music by the 20th-century jazz icon, Charles Mingus. 7pm, $25. Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J St.
BErrYFESt StrAWBErrY FEStIVAL: See
event listing on 5/12. 10am. No cover-$24. Fairgrounds in Roseville, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville.
WeDnesDay, 5/16 SMoKEpurpp: With Larry June, Lil Mosey. 7pm,
FABuLouS tHrIFt tour: A Mother’s Day
$15-$50. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.
edition of this thrift tour, hosted by The Dress Fiend, takes participants to the Sacramento Antique Fair, SPCA Thrift Store and FreeStyle Clothing Exchange. Gourmet lunch, drinks and treats provided. 9am, $50. Sacramento Antique Faire, 2100 X St.
NEW CENturY CHAMBEr orCHEStrA: Classical music performed in a fresh, exciting way in a concert dedicated to the memory of Robert Mondavi. 8pm, $22.50-$95. Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.
GoLdEN CoASt AdVENturE FAIrE: See event
VIoLEt’S LuNG trANSpLANt BENEFIt SHoW:
There’s no better reason to get on your bike and ride 300 miles than to be part of the annual SportS & outdoorS NorCal AIDS Cycle. The four-day ride kicks off Thursday morning from Crocker Park, with riders heading to base camp in Auburn. Day two will see riders choose their own adventure: the milder Classic Route or the demanding Epic Route. No matter their choice, all
Music THursDay, 5/10 oNCE ANd FuturE BANd: With the Soft White
Sixties. 7pm, $12-$14. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
ruFuS WAINWrIGHt: With Lucy Wainwright
Roche opening. 8pm, $42-$87. The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.
SAC StAtE FLutE CHoIr: Sac State’s flute choir, under the direction of Laurel Zucker, is joined by the Camellia Flute Choir, under the direction of Martin Melicharek. 8pm, no cover. Sacramento State, 6000 J St.
friDay, 5/11 BANJo BoNES: With the Clay Dogs. 9am, $5. Fox & Goose, 1001 R St.
BrooKLYN Art SoNG SoCIEtY: A performance of post-war art song traditions, including a premiere by UC Davis faculty composer Kurt Rohde. 7pm, $10-$20. Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.
these riders are badass. Each participant had to fund-raise $2,000, which goes to organizations like Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation and Harm Reduction Services that address service gaps for marginalized communities. Registration is also open to weekend and single-day riders, and the ride will end with a warm crowd welcome at the Capitol. 211 O Street, https:// norcalaidscycle.org.
Good rIddANCE ANd SWINGIN’ uttErS: With
Western Addiction, Coercion. 7pm, $20-$22. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
MYStIC rootS: With The Color Wild, Fate Under Fire, One Sharp Mind. 5pm, no cover. Cesar Chavez Park, 901 I St.
pEdro tHE LIoN: With David Dondero. 8pm, $20$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
pINK FLoYd LASEr SpECtACuLAr: A light show to the original music of Pink Floyd. 8pm, $24-
$35. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.
pouNdEd CLoWN: With Sewer Trout Experience, Bananas, Cringeworthy. 8pm, $10-$12. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.
rSVp CoNCErt: Vocal Jazz Ensemble Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace perform to provide support and raise awareness for the Center for Land-Based Learning. 7:30pm, no cover. Journey Church of Folsom, 450 Blue Ravine Road in Folsom.
tItANIC—A MuSICAL JourNEY: The first live event to showcase music as it was originally heard on the Titanic. The show
stars acclaimed ragtime pianist Adam Swanson. 7pm, $15-$20. Stokes Music Studios & Event Center, 5011 Golden Foothill Parkway in El Dorado Hills.
saTurDay, 5/12 ABBA tHE CoNCErt: An ABBA tribute show, if that’s what you’re into. 7:30pm, $35$55. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
ALL AGES SAturdAY MAtINEE: Las Pulgas, Dying for It, Urban Wolves, Dead is Better play an all-ages show at one of our favorite tiki bars. 5pm, call for cover. Hideaway Bar & Grill, 2565 Franklin Blvd.
BuILt to SpILL: With Ed Harcourt. 8pm, $30-$35 (sold out). Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
rSVp CoNCErt: Vocal Jazz Ensemble Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace perform to provide support and raise awareness for the Center for Land-Based Learning. 7:30pm, no cover. Congregation Beth Shalom, 4746 El Camino Ave. in Carmichael.
listing on 5/12. 10am, no cover-$10. Fairgrounds in Roseville, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville.
Captain Cutiepie, Grave Lake, Baddest Beams and Deacon Free perform to raise money for a double lung transplant. 8pm, $10+ donation. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.
SACrAMENto ANtIQuE FAIrE: Three hundred vendors from California, Nevada and neighboring states selling collectible vintage clothes, military antiques, art, jewelry, toys and more. 6:30am. $3. 21st & X Streets, 2350 21st St.
fesTiVaLs THursDay, 5/10
fOOD & DrinK
BrEAtHE FESt: A festival bringing together Clean Air Award winners with local music, farm-to-fork cuisine, craft beer and more to inspire a community of environmental progress. 5:30pm, $40-$400. California Museum, 1020 O St.
THursDay, 5/10 CHoC-LA-tour: A self-guided tour to sample
chocolate treats in Old Sacramento. 4pm,
$15. Old Sacramento, Front St.
GAtHEr oAK pArK: See event highlight on page
BErrYFESt StrAWBErrY FEStIVAL: Fun-filled day for the family, with a petting zoo, pony rides, strawberry shortcake eating contest, a renaissance show, cooking demos and more. 10am, no cover-$24. Fairgrounds in Roseville, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville.
tHE dIVA MArKEt: Vendors selling art, handcrafted jewelry, unique fashion and gourmet food. 11am, no cover. The Diva Market, 1817 Del Paso Blvd.
GoLdEN CoASt AdVENturE FAIrE: Cross-genre costume contests, live entertainment, a blacksmith, jousting and more. 10am, no cover-$10. Fairgrounds in Roseville, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville.
rANCHo CordoVA IFESt: A celebration of the ethnic diversity of the community, with performances, food and music that showcase diverse cultural heritages. 5pm,
snr c a le nd a r @ ne wsr e v ie w.c o m
33. 5pm, no cover. Unseen Heroes, 3433 Broadway.
SAC MAC + BrEW rEVIEW: Sac Beer Week’s opening event celebrates craft beer while tasting bites from Sacramentoarea chefs who will prepare variations on the comfort food. Attendees will receive a commemorative glass and enjoy unlimited samples of new, rare and classic beers. 6pm, $15-$45. 651 Second St. in West Sacramento.
friDay, 5/11 SIErrA NEVAdA CANdEMoNIuM: Help choose R15’s next tap. The bar will showcase a variety of canned Sierra Nevada beers and guests decide the favorite. The winner
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follow. 5pm, no cover. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex, 2837 37th St.
brown girl resist! sOl COlleCtIve, 5 P.M., nO COver
friday, 5/11 beer reLease & austiN pOwers gOLdmember free mOvie NigHt: This beer week
A self-taught artist with Berekeley roots and a career in LA, Nisha K. Sethi is bringing her message of social justice to art Sacramento. Her solo show, Brown Girl Resist!, features hand-painted signs reminiscent of the civil rights era, mixed-media pieces PhOTO COurTesy Of nisha K. seThi and a showcase of the South Asian and brown women who aim to disrupt patriarchal norms and white supremacy. Meet Sethi during the opening reception Saturday or view the exhibit through May 31 and get inspired. 2574 21st Street, www. facebook.com/solcollective.
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delicious food. Mothers will get to take home gifts. 11am, $45. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.
will get a permanent spot in the beer rotation. 11pm, contact for cover. R15, 1431 R St.
mOtHer’s day pairiNg: A flight of four 4-ounce beers paired with five Godiva truffles. Enough said. Noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, $25. Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th St., Unit B.
saTurday, 5/12 cOiN-Op mONtHLy piNbaLL tOurNameNt: IFPA-sanctioned monthly pinball tournament. Noon, no cover. Coin-Op Sacramento, 908 K St.
JfK HigH scHOOL 50tH aNNiversary picNic ceLebratiON: Friends and Alumni of John F. Kennedy High School are invited to an afternoon of food, games, history and reconnecting during this family-friendly event. 11am, no cover. John F. Kennedy High School, 6715 Gloria Drive.
susHi fest: See event listing on 5/12. Sunday is VIP only. Noon, $25-$105. Downtown Sacramento.
tour of J Street, historically Main Street, and former streetcar route, with two stops for dessert. 11am, $30. Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St.
publisher behind Celebrator Beer News shares his beer secrets. Oh, and he’s also a comedian, musician, farmer, author and lecturer. Neat! Three pints included with ticket. 5pm, $20. New Helvetia Brewing Company, 1730 Broadway.
sacrameNtO beer weeK aNNuaL pig rOast: All-you-can-eat Caja China pig and beer tastings from 10 breweries. 6pm, $45-$55. Dad’s Kitchen, 2968 Freeport Boulevard.
susHi fest: Food and drinks, a sushi eating contest, big tuna filleting show and more in this two-day fest. Noon, $25-$105. Downtown Sacramento.
tOur by cHOcOLate: A 45-minute walking tour to learn about Sutter’s Fort and its interesting connection to chocolate, like how it was used for medicinal purposes. Tour will include chocolates made in Northern California and at the end, participants get cake. CAKE! 6pm, $25-$40. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L St.
bunch of crab, enjoy some mimosas and paint a picture to take home. 1pm, $20$60. 1900 28th St.
mOtHer’s day HigH tea eXperieNce: Learn about the history and different rituals around tea and enjoy three thiers of
saTurday, 5/12 uNrest: A film about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), followed by a panel discussion, in recognition of ME/CFS Awareness Day. 12:30pm, no cover. Sacramento City Hall City Council Chamber, 915 I St.
COmedy b street tHeatre: Keith Lowell Jensen, Not For Rehire. The local comedian lost more than 30 jobs before he turned 30. Hear him joke about it. 8pm saturday, 5/12. $12. 2700 Capitol Ave.
cOmedy spOt: The Gateway Show. Stand-up comedians tell jokes, get too high, then try to tell more jokes. Hosted by Billy Anderson. 9pm friday, 5/11. $12-$15. 1050 20th St., Suite 130. talented queer, Latina comic comes to Sac. Show her some love. 8pm friday, 5/11. $250. 2600 Watt Ave.
crest sacrameNtO: Weird Al Yankovic Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. The parody artist, musician and comedian from our ‘90s childhood performs. Emo Phillips opens! 8pm tuesday, 5/15. $47-$259.71. 1013 K St.
OLd irONsides: Nerd Nite Sacramento. See
event highlight below. 8pm thursday, 5/10. $10. 1901 10th St.
Winfield. Enjoy this Baltimore native-turned hometown comedian’s observational humor. through 5/12. $20-$30. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.
mONdavi ceNter: inDance. The Canadian dance group integrates courtesan dance from South India, complex choreography, live music and stunning lighting design. 8pm, 2pm sunday, 5/13. $10-$30. 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.
OOLey tHeatre: Jack of Diamonds. Golden
On sTaGe big idea tHeatre: An Ideal Husband. Life seems easy for two men with very different lives, until a woman comes to town with blackmail on the mind. through 5/27. $12-$22. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.
cafe cOLONiaL: Cartoon Chaos Cabaret. Clowns performing stunts, gut-wrenching gags, tantalizing tease and comedy. 8pm sunday, 5/12. $10. 3520 Stockton Blvd.
Girls meets Three’s Company in this comedy about larceny, stolen diamonds and revenge. through 5/12. $20. 2007 28th St.
sacrameNtO tHeatre: Man of La Mancha. This classic Broadway musical brings the timeless character of Don Quixote to life. through 5/13. $30-$40. 1419 H St.
tHeatre iN tHe HeigHts: Twelfth Night. Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. through 5/12. $15. 8215 Auburn Boulevard, Suite G in Citrus Heights.
caLifOrNia stage: Lydia. This unflinching portrait of a Mexican immigrant family caught in a web of dark secrets is set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico. through 5/27. $15$20. 1723 25th St.
capitaL stage: Marjorie Prime. The aging Marjorie is a jumble of fading memories, but in the age of AI, her handsome new companion will feed the story of her life back to her. This show explores what we would remember and what we would forget, along with the mysteries of human identity. through 6/3. $22-$47. Capital Stage Apprentice Showcase. See event highlight on page 33. through 5/25. No cover. 2215 J St.
ceLebratiON arts: A Song for Coretta. Five women, strangers to each other, wait in line to pay their respects to Coretta Scott King. through 5/26. $10-$20. 2727 B St.
cOsumNes river cOLLege tHeatre: The House at Pooh Corner. Family-friendly play about Christopher Robbins’ animal friends following him to an unknown place called education. through 5/13. $5-$12. 8401 Center Parkway.
fiNNisH temperaNce HaLL: 1776. This Tonywinning musical drama goes behind the scenes of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. through 5/13. $12-$17. 4090 Rocklin Road in Rocklin.
JeaN HeNdersON perfOrmiNg arts: Guys and Dolls. The oddball romantic comedy takes audiences from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana and into the sewers of New York City. Eventually, everyone ends up right where they belong. through 5/12. $20. 607 Pena Dr. in Davis.
arT aLpHa fired arts: Larry Carnes—A Whale of a Show. Forty pieces of sculpture and pottery inspired by a surreal dream. through 6/2. 4675 Aldona Lane.
caNdibird saLON: Candibird Salon Grand Opening and Live Painting Extravaganza. Grand opening of a new boutique salon will feature more than 20 local artists live painting, DJs playing music, vendors, photo booth and a 1950s theme. Prom attire encouraged. Proceeds from drink sales will benefit m5 Arts. 4pm saturday, 5/12. No cover. 1601 28th
st., suite a.
cOsumNes river cOLLege: Living on a Dollar a Day—The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor. In a series of photographs and profiles by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Renée C. Byer, this exhibit illuminates the faces and stories of those who live in extreme poverty around the world. through 5/18, no cover. 8401 Center Parkway.
gaLLery at 48 NatOma: Feast for the Eyes. Works by Linda Heath Clark and Craig Stephens show the beauty of nature’s bounty. through 6/28. No cover. 48 Natoma St. in Folsom.
KeNNedy gaLLery: 20/20 Show. Twenty artists display 8x8-inch works in their own theme and medium. through 6/5. No cover. 1931 L St.
caLeNdar ListiNgs cONtiNued ON page 33
mariO Kart tOurNameNt: The annual Mario Kart Tournament awards prizes ($70, $35, $25!) to the top three finishers. Sign up early. 6pm, $5. Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th St.
wednesday, 5/16 prOduce fOr aLL: Free fruits and veggies for individuals and families. The only info participants will provide is their household size. 11am, no cover. One Community Health, 1500 21st St.
at the zoo, with samples of local wine and beer and food trucks surrounded by green landscape and exotic creatures. 5pm, $15-$70. Sacramento Zoo, 3930 W Land Park Drive.
mOtHer’s day crabfeast aNd paiNt: Eat a
classic Dorris Day film Midnight Lace, with fresh donuts and hot coffee and tea. 1:30pm, no cover. Sacramento Public Library— Sylvan Oaks Branch, 6700 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights.
wiNe & brew at tHe ZOO: It’s an adults’ night
cOffee, dONuts & a mOvie: A screening of the
cOuNtry cLub LaNes: Sandra Valls. The multi-
beer taLKs—tOm daLLdOrf: The editor/
midtOwN dessert streetcar tOur: A guided
celebration includes the release of a new blonde ale (All the Gold) and a screening of the third in the Austin Powers trilogy. Food will be available for sale. 8pm, no cover. Jackrabbit Brewing Co., 1323 Terminal St. in West Sacramento.
tOmmy t’s cOmedy cLub: Comedian Mike E.
film Thursday, 5/10 STAY WOKE: THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT: Part of the Sacramento Black Book Fair’s inaugural film festival, this film is told through first-person accounts by activists, protestors, scholars and journalists. An informal conversation will
Nerd Nite Livecast Old IrOnsIdes, 8 P.M., $10
Wanna feel like you’re getting smarter while you drink? Since 2003, Nerd Nite has married brains and booze ON stage through lighthearted TEDstyle presentations in cities nationwide. This month, Nerd Nite Sacramento brings comic artist and podcaster Kraig Rasmussen and musician/artist Ruben Reveles to a local haunt to talk storytelling and Latin culture with hosts Logan Hesse and Rachel James. 1930 10th Street, www.facebook.com/ nerdnitesac. PhOTO COurTesy Of raChel james
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
Capital Stage Apprentice Showcase caPital stage, 8:30 P.M., no cover (donations accePted)
Shakespeare is known for writing a play within a play, but what about a play after a play? Immediately following ON STAGE select performances of Marjorie Prime, Capital Stage will spotlight the talents of its apprentices in two apprentice-produced shows. Losing Sight follows an artist who is desperate to finish a painting before he goes blind. Anniversary is a dramatic comedy about a young woman trying to pick up the pieces in a fast-moving world. Check out these bonus shows through May 25. 2215 J Street, www.capstage.org.
include the blue house from Lady Bird. 10am, $15-$20. East Sac Garden Tour, 3535 M St.
SHE CYCLES WOMEN’S RIDE: This road bike ride
EQUAL PAY DAY EXPERIENCE: A day to examine
is the perfect chance to meet other women riders in your community, build your fitness and endurance and have a great time on some of the region’s best roads. Rides start and end at the store. 6pm, no cover. Trek Bicycle Store, 2419 K St.
CALENDAR LISTINGS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 32
WILLIAM JAMES STEWART GALLERY: Second Saturday. The inaugural William James Stewart Gallery reception and open house will feature paintings by Ellen McMahill. 5:30pm Saturday, 5/12. Through 7/14. No cover. 1809 19th St. (upstairs).
ARTSPACE1616: New works by Julian Faulkner, Aaron Petersen, Marc Foster, David Mayhew. Each artist will showcase their new pieces. Through 6/2. No cover. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.
MUSEUMS C.N. GORMAN MUSEUM AT UC DAVIS: Contemporary Prints. Several large Native American print portfolios will be featured, as well as gifts by individual artists and collectors. Through 6/15. No cover. 1316 Hart Hall, 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.
CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: Crafting a Rebellion—Sacramento’s Customs & Hot Rods. An exhibit that demonstrates the culture that fueled the desire to customize and hot rod cars, the relationship between customs and hot rods and their connection to racing. Through 9/3. $5-$10. 2200 Front St.
CALIFORNIA MUSEUM: And Still We Rise— Race, Culture and Visual Conversations. Hand-crafted quilts made by artists from the Women of Color Quilter’s Network chronicles 400 years of significant events that have transformed social justice for African-Americans. Through 5/27. $9. The Newest Americans. Photographs and biographies illuminate the American Dream through the stories of the newest citizens. Through 7/8. $9. Passion & Perseverance—A Year at Encina. Based on a yearlong series produced by Capital Public radio, this exhibit highlights the stories of dedicated teachers in a low-income school and their students, whose resilience is impossible to be measured by test scores. Through 4/22. $9. 1020 O St.
CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM FOUNDATION: Off the Rails Happy Hour. Trivia at the museum. 5:30pm Saturday, 5/12. $10$12. 111 I St.
CROCKER ART MUSEUM: Art Rx. A free tour and facilitated discussion for those experiencing chronic pain and their families. 11am Friday, 5/12. No cover. 216 O St.
OLD SAC LIVING HISTORY: Old Sac Living History Membership Meeting. Have you ever wanted to be one of the people dressed in 19th century clothing on the streets of Old Sacramento? Learn how you can get
ALL AGES FRIDAY, 5/11 CLAY CREATIONS: Beads, string, clay tools and other accessories will be provided for you (and your kids) to mold, sculpt and decorate a clay creation. 3:30pm, no cover. McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd.
DINOSAUR TERRARIUM: Create a living closed terrarium and learn how to care for it at home. Intended for all ages (with adult help for kids under 5). 6:30pm, $25-$35. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St.
SATURDAY, 5/12 BIRDING FOR FAMILIES: Birdwatchers of all levels welcome for this family-friendly bird walk. 10:30am, $5. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2820 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael.
COMMUNITY DAY: Sacramento Adventure Playground hosts a day for kids to create their own play structures and spaces by re-purposing everyday items. Open rain or shine. 11am, no cover. Sacramento Adventure Playground, 3301 37th Ave.
HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Fun games for kids, plus medical, dental and vision screenings and fresh produce. 10am, no cover. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.
the complex intersectional roles of gender, race and ethnicity, as well access to education and other factors that impact the gender pay gap. 5pm, no cover. The Urban Hive at the Cannery, 1601 Alhambra Blvd.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MISTY MCDOWELL
THURSDAY, 5/10 involved. 10am Saturday, Through 5/12. 101 I St.
Party of Sacramento County, 1033 S St., Suite 200.
and past old architecture. This tour will include the blue house from Lady Bird. 10am, $15-$20. East Sac Garden Tour, 3535 M St.
FREE YOGA CLASS: Experience yoga’s grounding, calming effects while increasing your strength, flexibility and balance. 1pm, no cover. Arden-Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave.
KAIA FIT + GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K: A run in support of the nonprofit that supports the development of young girls. 9am, $25. North Natomas Regional Park, 2501 New Market Drive.
MASTERMIND HUNT SACRAMENTO, MONSTERS ATTACK!: Embark on this information-based puzzle scavenger hunt that takes place on foot in downtown. 9:30am, $20. Capitol Park, 12 and N streets.
ROLLING ON THE RIVER: This longtime annual ride along the river includes coffee and donuts, lunch and a raffle. 9am, contact for cover. Capital City Motorcycle Club, 2414 13th St.
SECOND SATURDAY MIDTOWN CRUISE: Meet up at three, ride out at 5. Latunita’s will be on site for beer week with a Sacramento fusion beer and swag. 3pm, no cover. The Suzie Burger, 2820 P St.
SUNDAY, 5/13 EAST SAC GARDEN TOUR: An easy stroll from garden to garden along tree-lined streets and past old architecture. This tour will
ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: Practice
QUEER COMMUNITY YOGA: A yoga class for the LGBTQI community and non-identifying allies to increase flexibility. 7:30pm, $15-$30. The Yoga Seed Collective, 1400 E St., Suite B.
speaking English in a friendly, small group led by a trained facilitator. 1pm, no cover. North Highlands-Antelope Library, 4235 Antelope Road in Antelope.
JOB COACH: Meet one-on-one with a trained
SATURDAY, 5/12 QUEER PEERS AND BEER: A cider (not beer!) social and Queer POC showcase of spoken word, live music, comedy and more. 5pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.
job coach who will help you spruce up your resume, build better job searching techniques and do well in an interview. 4pm, no cover. Sacramento Public Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights.
SATURDAY, 5/12 CPR CLASS: A class that covers adult, child and infant CPR, AED and choke-saving. Certification card issued at the end of class. 1pm, $70. Sacramento CPR Classes, 5301 Power Inn Road.
AMBI DISCUSSION/SUPPORT GROUP: Meet with this social community for bisexuals, their partners and allies in an effort to build a visible bisexual community. 7:30pm, no cover. Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange, 1414 21st St.
NUTRITION CLASS FOR BUSY LIFESTYLES: Learn easy techniques to prioritize healthy eating, even with a busy life. 2pm, $20. California Family Fitness, 1349 Florin Road.
TUESDAY, 5/15 RAINBOW CHAMBER PRIDE MONTH KICKOFF MIXER: Network with business professionals during the monthly mixer. RSVP online. 6pm, no cover-$10. Wells Fargo Center, 400 Capitol Mall.
WEDNESDAY, 5/16 WHAT’S NEXT? A DEEP DIVE INTO DEATH AND REBIRTH: Explore Buddhist lessons about death, rebirth and different realms of existence. 6:30pm, $10-$20. Diamond Light Tibetan Buddhist Group, 2791 24th St.
THURSDAY, 5/10 THURSDAY PHONEBANK: Join Sac Dems to phone bank for DA and Sheriff, Noah Phillips and Milo Fitch. 5:30pm, no cover. Democratic
SACRAMENTO ZINE FEST!: Browse and buy DIY/ alternative press zines and other artwork. Catch the last weekend of The Jumble Sale while scoping the zines. 11am, no cover. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St.
SPORTS & OUTDOORS THURSDAY, 5/10 FREE YOGA IN FREMONT PARK: Come home from work and do yoga with your neighbors under the sun. 6pm, no cover. Fremont Park, 1515 Q St.
NORCAL AIDS CYCLE: See event description on page 31. 6am, no cover. Crocker Park, 211 O St.
SATURDAY, 5/12 AFRO YOGA: Men, women and children welcome to this community-building yoga class. 12:30pm, admission by donation. Mack Road Valley-Hi Community Center, 7833 Center Parkway.
EAST SAC GARDEN TOUR: An easy stroll from
GATHER Unseen Heroes, 5 P.M., no cover
Imagine sitting down for a dinner of local food and beer with dozens of your neighbors (or, soon-to-be-besties). In its fourth season, GATHER: Oak FOOD & DRINK Park continues to build on the premise of a community dinner table set up on Broadway and Third Avenue, with food trucks, live music, activities for kids and an opportunity each month to dance and mingle with friends and folks you’ve never met. Hosted by Unseen Heroes, GATHER is held the second Thursday of each month through October. Broadway and Third Avenue, www.gathernights.com/oakpark.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY HUYNH
garden to garden along tree-lined streets
The acousTic den cafe
Claude Bourbon, 7pm, $12
PopRockz ’90s Night, 9pm, no cover
10271 FAIRWAY DRIVE, ROSEVIllE, (916) 412-8739 2003 k ST., (916) 448-8790
Spectacular Saturdays, 7pm, call for cover
Sunday Tea Dance Beer & Bust, 4pm, call for cover
Todd Morgan, 9:30pm, no cover
Leeway NYC, Rhythm of Fear and more, 7:30pm, $15
Pounded Clown, Sewer Trout, the Bananas, Cringeworthy, 8pm, $10-$12
Comedy & Hip-Hop w/Nuf Ced, 8:30pm, $10
Lung Transplant Benefit Show with Captain Cutiepie and more, 8pm, W, $10
03 Greedo, 8pm, $20
Failure by Proxy, Decipher and more, 7pm, $10
Capitol Fridays, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm
1500 k ST., (916) 444-3633
The cenTeR foR The aRTs
314 W. MAIN ST., GRASS VAllEY, (530) 274-8384
Rufus Wainwright, 8pm, $42-$87
Taimane, 7:30pm, $25-$30
2000 k ST., (916) 448-7798
RuPaul’s Drag Race screening, 5pm, no cover
Absolut Fridays, 8pm, call for cover
Decades, 8pm, call for cover
Every Damn Monday, 8pm, M, no cover; Noche Latina, 9pm, T, no cover
fox & Goose
Michael B. Justis, 8pm, no cover
Banjo Bones, the Clay Dogs, 9pm, $5
The Gents, Adam Block, 9pm, $5
Open-Mic, 7:30pm, M, no cover; All-Vinyl Wednesdays, 8pm, W, no cover
1001 R ST., (916) 443-8825
Goldfield TRadinG posT
Michigan Rattlers, 7:30pm, $10
1630 j ST., (916)476-5076
halfTime BaR & GRill
5681 lONETREE blVD., ROcklIN, (916) 626-3600
2708 j ST., (916) 441-4693
College Night, 9pm, no cover
Inner Soul, 9pm, $5
Skid Roses, 9pm, $7
Once and Future Band, the Soft White Sixties, 7pm, $12-$14
Pedro the Lion, David Dondero, 8pm, $20-$25
Built to Spill, Ed Harcourt, 8pm, $30-$35 (sold out)
hideawaY BaR & GRill hiGhwaTeR
1910 Q ST., (916) 706-2465
holY diVeR 1517 21ST ST.
Sinatra & the Rat Pack, 4:30pm, $23-$28
Horse Feathers, Dead Horses, 7pm, T, $15-$17
Local Showcase Thursdays with Hard Knox, Zephira and more, 6:30pm, $5
HOF Top 40 Dance Party, 10pm, call for cover
Island Vibes Reggae Night, 10pm, call for cover
The Trivia Factory, 7pm, M, no cover; Geeks Who Drink, 7pm, T, no cover
Good Riddance & Swingin’ Utters, 7pm, $20-$22
Emo Night Sacramento, 8pm, $10
Mestis, Zephira, Max Breakfast and more, 6:30pm, $15
The Losing Kind, Wayne Jetski and more, 6:30pm, T, no cover
Kupros Quiz, 7:30pm, no cover
Open-Mic Night, 8pm, T, no cover; Ross Hammond, 7:30pm, W, no cover
7:30pm Sunday, $25-$30 The Center for the Arts Ukulele
luna’s cafe & Juice BaR
Joe Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged, 8pm, $2
Alyssa Mattson CD Release, 8pm, $5
Reggie Graham Trio, Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, 7pm, no cover
DJ JB, 10pm, $10
1217 21ST ST., (916) 440-0401
2708 j ST., (916) 441-4693
Let’s Get Quizzical Trivia Game Show, 7pm, T, no cover
Cuffin R&B/soul party, 8pm, call for cover
1414 16TH ST., (916) 737-5770
Expierence Authentic Ethiopian Cuisine Fresh food hand-made daily Vegan options
Nebraska Mondays, 7:30pm, M, $10; Open-Mic Comedy, 7:30pm, T, no cover Bourbon & Blues: Rockin’ Johnny Burgin, 5:30pm, W, $8
The Groove Line, 10pm, no cover-$10
Sac Sierra Indie Music Festival FREE LIVE MUSIC
Tues. - Fri. 11am - 3pm Tues. 5pm - 8pm Sat. 12pm - 3pm
MAY 11 JACOB WESTFALL (916) 945-9867 | Closed Mondays 1060 Pleasant Grove Blvd. #100 Roseville, CA
MAY 12 TODD MORGAN MAY 18 ADAM JACOBS MAY 19 SHAWN WRANGLER MAY 25 YO & THE ELECTRIC MAY 26 JAY TAUSIG
SPRING 2018 STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL May 24th - 28th | Nevada CouNty FairgrouNds, grass valley Ca taJ Mahal, luKas NelsoN & ProMise oF the real, dave alviN & JiMMie dale gilMore, aNders osBorNe & JaCKie greeNe, todd sNider, ghost oF Paul revere, liNdsay lou, aNd MaNy More! music ∙ camping ∙ food FOR THE FULL LINEUP OR TO BUY TICKETS VISIT WWW.straWBerryMusiC.CoM or M-F, 9-5 Call (209) 984-8630 |
Secret Artist Show (From Nashville), 7pm, M, $10-$15
All-Ages Matinee with Las Pulgas, Urban Wolves and more, 5pm, call for cover
2565 FRANklIN blVD.., (916) 455-1331
Trapacana, 9pm, W, no cover
Jacob Westfall, 9:30pm, no cover
9426 GREENbAck lN., ORANGEVAlE, (916) 358-9116
PHOTO cOURTESY OF ANTHONY THOEN
Open-Mic Wednesday, 6:30pm, W, no cover
with Good Riddance 7pm Friday, $20-$22 Holy Diver Punk
Fierce Fridays, 7pm, call for cover
Trivia, 5pm, M, no cover; Open-Mic, 7:30pm, W, no cover
1400 AlHAMbRA blVD., (916) 455-3400
Matt Stone, Larry Diehl, Steve Meckfessel, 7pm, $10
Fort Rock Brewing Company Pint Night, 5pm, no cover
101 MAIN ST., ROSEVIllE, (916) 774-0505
PHOTO cOURTESY OF jOE lEONARD
JUNE 1 DYLAN CRAWFORD JUNE 2 SAM PETER & THE VILLAGE
33 BEERS ON DRAFT MONDAY PINT NIGHT 5-8 PM, TRIVIA @ 6:30 PM TACO TUESDAY $1.25 TACOS NOON – CLOSE WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC – SIGN-UPS @ 7:30 PM 101 MAIN STREET, ROSEVILLE 916-774-0505 · LUNCH/DINNER 7 DAYS A WEEK FRI & SAT 9:30PM - CLOSE 21+
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Nerd Nite, 8:30pm, $10
The Rebobs, Beautiful Strangerz and more, 9pm, $10
Drunken Kung-Fu, Mojo Green, Zephyr, 8pm, $10
On THe Y
Open-Mic Comedy, 8pm, no cover
Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, 8pm, $20
1901 10TH sT., (916) 442-3504 670 fulTOn ave., (916) 487-3731 13 maIn sT., WInTers, (530) 795-1825
PlacervIlle PublIc HOuse
414 maIn sT., PlacervIlle, (530) 303-3792
Thinkin’ and Drinkin’ Team Trivia, 7:30pm, no cover
614 suTTer sT., fOlsOm, (916) 355-8586
mOnDay-WeDnesDay 5/14-5/16 Live Music with Heath Williamson, 5:30pm, M, no cover
Open 8-Ball Pool Tournament, 7:30pm, $5 buy-in
Open 9-Ball Pool Tournament, 6:30pm, M, $5 buy-in
Stephen Yerkey (Mother’s Day Brunch Show), 1pm, no cover
Beer Dinner Featuring High Water Brewing Co., 5pm, T, $40
The Morning Yells, 8pm, $20 Blue Lights, 8pm, no cover
Uncommon Ground, 8pm, no cover
Wonderbread 5, 10pm, $15
Rockology, 10pm, $12
THe Press club
Harlis Sweetwater, 3pm, $10 DJ Larry’s Sunday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover
2030 P sT., (916) 444-7914
Ren Giesick, 9pm, no cover
Monday Vibes with MC Ham & Friends, 9pm, M, no cover PHOTO cOurTesy Of cam evans
STRQ, 9pm, no cover
Reggie Graham, 9pm, no cover
1000 K sT., (916) 947-0434
Pete Alexander, 10pm, no cover before 11pm
Myty Myke, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm, $5 after
sTOneY’s rOckIn rOdeO
Hot Country Fridays, 7pm, $5-$10
with the Bananas 8pm Friday, $10-$12 Blue Lamp Punk
1409 r sT., (916) 231-9121
1320 Del PasO BlvD., (916) 927-6023
swabbIes On THe rIver
Sunday Funday, 8pm, no cover
College Wednesdays, 9pm, W, $5-$10
Michael Furlong’s Petty Theft (Tom Petty Tribute), 6pm, $8+
Riff/Raff (AC/DC Tribute), 7pm, call for cover
Scott Rodell, 2:30pm, $5 (moms free)
John Clifton Blues Band, 9pm, $8
Big Earl & the Cryin’ Shame, 9pm, $8
You Front the Band Karaoke, 8pm, no cover
Reed Turchi, 8pm, T, $5; Tony Lucca, Ernie Halter, 9pm, W, $8
YOlO brewIng cO.
Blue Mountain Quartet, 6pm, call for cover
Pints & Posies Pop-Up Shop, 3pm, $15-$75
Yolo & Yoga, 11am, no cover
Geeks Who Drink Trivia, 6pm, T, no cover
ace Of sPades
Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular, 8pm, $24-$35
5871 garDen HIgHWay, (916) 920-8088
THe TOrcH club
Grateful Bluegrass Boys, 9pm, $6
904 15TH sT., (916) 443-2797
wIldwOOd kITcHen & bar 904 15TH sT., (916) 922-2858
1520 TermInal sT., (916) 379-7585
all ages, all the time 1417 r sT., (916) 930-0220
Jazz Jam, 8pm, no cover
1400 e sT., (916) 551-1400
Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers, 7pm, sold out
Smokepurpp, 7pm, W, $15-$50
Neo Soul Vibes with Tey Yaniis and Gwen Yvette, 8pm, $10
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The emergence of medical cannabis changed the economy of marijuana from one dominated by arrests and legal proceedings to one dominated by farming, retailing and wellness. It also created an infrastructure for tax revenues. But when recreational use began in January, medical cannabis got pushed aside. Product selection went down. The potency of edibles went down. Lines got longer and new taxes raised dispensary prices. Likewise, there is still no place where medical patients can smoke in public, except for large touring shows, like the recent High Times Cannabis Cup. These “on-site consumption” events offer paying attendees discount prices and the ability to medicate in designated areas. Subject to local approval, the events can only be held at fairgrounds, like Cal Expo, or designated agricultural locations. Two new assembly bills, AB 2020 and AB 2641, aim to expand the possible venues for temporary event licenses. Until that happens, where do patients go? “We’ve jumped from property to property, trying to congregate for a safe place to do our medicine,” said Will Hennessee, at a recent city council meeting. Hennessee operates the 1130 Club, a free “membershiponly cooperative” for medical patients. His Terpy Thursday events operate like a mini farmers market, where a handful of small vendors offer discounts directly to patients. Hennessee said that despite a citywide increase in police activity throughout the 4/20 weekend, “yet they never cited us.”
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): One of the advantages you get from reading my horoscopes is that I offer confidential information about the gods’ caprices and leanings. For example, I can tell you that Saturn—also known as Father Time—is now willing to allot you a more luxurious relationship with time than usual, on one condition: that you don’t squander the gift on trivial pursuits. So I encourage you to be discerning and disciplined about nourishing your soul’s craving for interesting freedom. If you demonstrate to Saturn how constructively you can use his blessing, he’ll be inclined to provide more dispensations in the future.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Vincent van Gogh’s
painting “The Starry Night” hangs on a wall in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He created it in 1889 while living in a French asylum. Around that same time, 129 years ago, a sheepherder in Wyoming created a sourdough starter that is still fresh today. A cook named Lucille Clarke Dumbrill regularly pulls this frothy mass of yeast
out of her refrigerator and uses it to make pancakes. In the coming weeks, Libra, I’d love to see you be equally resourceful in drawing on an old resource. The past will have offerings that could benefit your future.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Love everyone
twice as much and twice as purely as you ever have before. Your mental health requires it! Your future dreams demand it! And please especially intensify your love for people you allegedly already love but sometimes don’t treat as well as you could because you take them for granted. Keep this Bible verse in mind, as well: “Don’t neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels as their guests.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): After
meditating on your astrological aspects for an hour, I dozed off. As I napped, I had a dream in which an androgynous angel came to me and said, “Please inform your Sagittarius readers that they should be callipygian in the next two weeks.” Taken back, my dreaming self said to the angel, “You mean ‘callipygian’ as in ‘having beautiful buttocks’?” “Yes, sir,” the angel replied. “Bootylicious. Bumtastic. Rumpalicious.” I was puzzled. “You mean like in a metaphorical way?” I asked. “You mean Sagittarians should somehow cultivate the symbolic equivalent of having beautiful buttocks?” “Yes,” the angel said. “Sagittarians should be elegantly well-grounded. Flaunt their exquisite foundation. Get to the bottom of things with flair. Be sexy badasses as they focus on the basics.” “OK!” I said.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Now is a
favorable time to discuss in elegant detail the semi-secret things that are rarely or never talked about. It’s also a perfect moment to bring deep feelings and brave tenderness into situations that have been suffering from half-truths and pretense. Be aggressively sensitive, my dear Capricorn. Take a bold stand in behalf of compassionate candor. And as you go about these holy tasks, be entertaining as well as profound. The cosmos has authorized you to be a winsome agent of change.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In his 1931 painting “The Persistence of Memory,” Salvador Dali shows three clocks that seem to be partially liquefied, as if in the process of melting. His biographer Meredith Etherington-Smith speculated that he was inspired to create this surrealistic scene when he saw a slab of warm Camembert cheese melting on a dinner table. I foresee the possibility of a comparable development in your life, Aquarius. Be alert for creative inspiration that strikes you in the midst of seemingly mundane circumstances.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “My whole life is
messed up with people falling in love with me,” said Piscean poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. She spoke the truth. She inspired a lot of adoration, and it stirred up more chaos than she was capable of managing. Luckily, you will have fewer problems with the attention coming your way, Pisces. I bet you’ll be skilled at gathering the benefits and you’ll be unflummoxed by the pitfalls. But you’ll still have to work hard at these tasks. Here’s some help. Tip No. 1: Stay in close touch with how you really feel about the people who express their interest in you. Tip No. 2: Don’t accept gifts with strings attached. Tip No. 3: Just because you’re honored or flattered that someone finds you attractive doesn’t mean you should unquestioningly blend your energies with them.
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Mongolia, ho! Unless you’re a flat-Earther, or Kanye West, you understand there’s a pretty good consensus on certain facts—one of which is that everything about the terrestrial surface is more or less explored. But in a mapped-out online world, is there room left for grand scale adventure? Andrew Hartman, 30, and Joshua Mather, 27, are two Sacramento residents who believe the answer is definitely yes. The pair—friends since college at Sac State—have combined their mechanical inclination and love for outdoor travel and set their sights on a motor-sports event—The Mongol Rally—that will span multiple continents. The rally launches in Prague, and travels to the Caspian Sea, through Bucharest Romania, Istanbul and Iran. Finally, their route will wind through multiple central Asian countries, then through Mongolia and finally land in Ulan Due, Russia. The epic trek will involve a car of a still to-bedetermined model—rules mandate that the vehicle be powered by an engine no larger than 1,000 cc’s (a Honda Fit, for comparison, has 1,500 cc engine). Hartman and Mather’s
team, Mystic Moose, will compete against 300 other teams from around the world along the route. Hartman and Mather will be the only full-time travelers in the team Mystic Moose vehicle, but family and friends will be joining them at various points along the route. The official launch date is set for July 16. Hartman and Mather’s goal is “to prove that adventure isn’t dead, to celebrate differences between cultures and to raise funds” in the form of $1,000 each for multiple charities including Cool Earth, End the Backlog and Harm Reduction Services.
How’d you get into this? Hartman: We had both looked into this independently in the past and always entertained the idea of doing this—maybe seven or eight years ago. We were drinking beer one day—here actually [Sactown Union Brewery] and said, “Hey, have you heard of this crazy Mongol Rally thing? We went back and forth talking about it. It’s not something you can just drop everything and do—even though that’s kind of what we’re doing. If you have kids, you have a house, those kinds of commitments, you can’t be away for too long. The time was right to do it this year.”
There are some parts of the world on your route that aren’t exactly friendly to the United States—
Photo by Matt KraMer
Tehran, Iran for instance. Do you have any safety concerns? Mather: Yes and no. There’s only one person who has ever died doing Mongol Rally, and that was in a car accident, so that could happen to anyone anywhere. The political side of things definitely is a little bit of a worry, especially with the nuclear deal going on with Iran. But at the same time, from everyone we’ve talked to—Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan—the people are incredibly friendly. People [who have been there before] have ended up at weddings! It’s like, “Oh, you’re from somewhere not in Iran? You should join our wedding and have dinner with us!” Hartman: Especially in terms of Iran. It seems that while the governments don’t like each other for sure, the people in Iran are amazingly hospitable and super friendly.
What places on the route are you most looking forward to seeing? Hartman: Actually Tehran is up there close to number one—it’s a beautiful city—and Uzbekistan and that region of the old Silk Road. Seeing the artwork and everything that’s been standing there for 5,000 years. Mather: Definitely Tehran, or Isfahan (Iran). Isfahan has the second largest city square in the world. I’m really excited to see that. The highway through Tajikistan is supposed to be absolutely gorgeous, and the stars are supposed to be second to none.
This is for Mather—and I’m using your words from the website here—as a ginger, how are you planning to survive the desert?
Mather: (Laughs.) We’re gonna have five gallon cans—one of them is gonna be fuel and one of them is gonna be sunscreen. No—a lot of it is gonna be long sleeves. I love hiking and fishing and all that, spending time outdoors. So a lot of it is wearing long, lightweight clothing and then sunscreening nonstop. It sounds like a melanoma ad, but it’s important.
Hartman, your profile notes that you can be compared to the three-way love child of James Bond, Mr. Rogers and Inspector Gadget. Imagery aside, do you have a fictional character that inspires you? Hartman: That was actually something that Josh wrote—it’s kind of a continual joke between us [due to Hartman’s resourcefulness when working on a car project]. But I think MacGyver. One of the things is that, when we’re out there, you can only prep so much. You might be out in the middle of Mongolia and hit a massive pothole that breaks an axle or something like that. So to rely on your own skills as much as prep is something that’s going to be really valuable.
Finally, have you had yak’s milk before? Mather and Hartman: I have not. Mather: Though I’m excited for yak’s milk, as well as the fermented kind. Ω For information on Mystic Moose racing, the Mongol rally, the charities hartman and Mather are supporting, along with info on the rest of their team and updates on their vehicle choice, visit www.mysticmooseracing.com.