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22 Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Eric Johnson News Editor Raheem F. Hosseini Managing Editor Mozes Zarate Staff Reporter Scott Thomas Anderson Calendar Editor Kate Gonzales Copy Editor Steph Rodriguez Contributors Daniel Barnes, Ngaio Bealum, Alastair Bland, Rob Brezsny, Skye Cabrera, Aaron Carnes, Jim Carnes, Joey Garcia, Jeff Hudson, Rebecca Huval, Jim Lane, Michael Mott, Rachel Leibrock, Kate Paloy, Patti Roberts, Steph Rodriguez, Shoka, Bev Sykes
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There have been some touching tributes to Anthony Bourdain in the last few days, but I need to point out that he was never a “celebrity chef.” Bourdain was a memoirist who lifted himself from poverty by channeling raw, naked honesty onto the page. As the years went on, and Bourdain became an inspiring documentarian for millions, he continued to think of himself mainly as a storyteller. He wielded that conviction with great impact in popular culture, too. Who else put novelists like Jim Harrison and Leonardo Padura on national television, or talked with such passion about James Joyce and George Orwell to millennial viewers? Like countless people, the effect of reading Bourdain’s books and watching his beautifully shot productions tempted me out into the wider world. It also convinced me to step out of my comfort zone as a career crime reporter and try my hand at travel journalism, a move that soon brought new balance to my life, leaving me eternally grateful. In April, I published a story in SN&R about the recent film Bourdain produced, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent. In my piece, I wrote that Bourdain had given us “a seesaw yarn about endless ambition, quietly sprinkled with deep meditations on originality and death.” In the wake of Bourdain’s reported suicide, I can’t stop thinking about writing those lines. That doesn’t mean I’m judging his departure—it just means I’m more aware of some dark patina of pain this creative soul fought through in hopes of bringing the world a little closer together. And it means I feel even more indebted for what he gave us.
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Groups Work to Get More ethnic Studies Classes in Schools by Edgar SanchEz
Dominique Williams has a passion for Ethnic Studies.
school districts to offer Ethnic Studies, the course is not required for graduation.
Of the multiple subjects she teaches at McClatchy High, Ethnic Studies is her favorite curricula — one that fosters pride among her racially diverse pupils.
“They see Themselves inside The curriculum.” dominique Williams Ethnic Studies teacher, Mcclatchy high
“In Ethnic Studies, my students know we’re not going to study the same old same old,” Williams said recently. “We’re going to study something that matters to them. They see themselves inside the curriculum.” By 2020, Ethnic Studies will be required for graduation from McClatchy and other high schools in the Sacramento City Unified School District. The requirement, approved by district trustees in mid-2015, was a victory for its proponents: the district’s Student Advisory Council and Ethnic Studies Now – Sacramento, a coalition of parents, teachers and community activists. This year another coalition was born, calling itself Ethnic Studies Now – Elk Grove (ESNEG). At a recent meeting of the Elk Grove School Board, ESNEG called for a mandatory Ethnic Studies graduation requirement for Elk Grove Unified students. “Staff have indicated they are serious about [our] initiative, so we hope to see positive developments,” said Megan Sapigao, ESNEG’s spokesperson. Although existing law directs the California Department of Education to create a model curriculum, and encourages California
In Sacramento City Unified School District, about 1,500 ninth graders took a onesemester Ethnic Studies course at nine high schools this year. The course, part of a pilot program, uses “Our Stories In Our Voices,” the first 9th grade Ethnic Studies textbook in the country by Sacramento State professors Dale Allender and Gregory Yee Mark. Allender and Mark have also taken the lead in providing training for Ethnic Studies teachers in the region, with the help of a $2.6 million grant from the United States Department of Education, awarded this past October. “Ethnic Studies education is crucial for helping students orient positively to themselves and to others in the world,” said Allender, an assistant professor in Sacramento State University’s Teaching Credentials Department. ESE, he added, can yield increased grades, higher test scores and graduation rates, and a decrease in truancy and dropout rates, as cited by myriad studies.
dominique Williams teaches Ethnic Studies at mcClatchy High. By 2020, a course in that subject will be required for high school graduation in the Sacramento City unified School district. Photo by Edgar Sanchez
“In a city as diverse as Sacramento, all students can benefit from a greater understanding of the various historical perspectives and experiences that exist within our community,” said Jessie Ryan, president of the SCUSD School Board. Hmong Innovating Politics, a Sacramento nonprofit, is involved with both Ethnic Studies Now coalitions. The California Endowment supports HIP’s efforts to strengthen both groups in regional school districts.
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Re “Non-voters: Shame on you.” by Eric Johnson (Editor’s Note, May 31): Okay, Mr. Johnson, let me see if I’ve got this straight: You don’t blame people who voted for Donald Trump Stick to offending progressive in 2016, because after all, at least they organizations, that seems to be the single voted, and they voted their convictions, thing you are professionally capable of, you even if you disagree profoundly with hack. You want to protect the U.S. from further their views. On the other hand, you Donald Trumps? Liquidate the centrist, bour- do blame those of us who voted our convictions in 2000 by voting for Ralph geois “liberals” like yourself and the rest of Nader, even though your disagreements you N&R stooges, put actual progressives in with our views are presumably a lot less positions of social and political power, and this problem goes away very quickly. As long profound. as old, failed, mediocre intellects like yourself In attacking Nader voters you, seem to are at the top of so-called liberal institube advocating against third-party voting. tions, mediocrity and left-wing failure will What you don’t seem to recognize is that remain the norm. the Trump presidency is, at least in part, Shame on you for broadcasting this disthe product of the two-party system. We honest nonsense to the public, shame on you keep voting for the lesser of two evils, and for driving the public discourse further into the evils keep getting worse and worse. the realm of sad absurdity. Do resign, for the What we need is to break the stranglehold best interests of the community and literate that the Democratic/Republican duopoly people everywhere who might accidentally has on our body politic. be exposed to your “writing.” DaviD Urman Jonathan SchUltz
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Re “Non-voters: Shame on you.” by Eric Johnson (Editor’s Note, May 31): This article is illogical, intellectually dishonest garbage. Given that the last election was decided by the Electoral College, it’s outcome couldn’t possibly be the fault of any standard voter or abstainer (particularly not one in California). Further, Clinton got more of the popular vote, ergo enough votes were cast to declare her a winner. This centrist clap-trap of the evils of the nation being the fault of those who rightfully recognized an immoral electoral system and chose, correctly, to not include themselves among those who partook in it’s fraudulent enterprise is an attempt by intellectual inferiors like yourself to reclaim good feelings among the wreckage of a system that failed to turn a tyrant away, and instead of protecting the average interest has, instead, produced mealy mouthed, inactive, misinformed political critics to mischaracterize the ills of our republic.
Re “10 good reasons to vote” by Eric Johnson (Endorsements, May 31): I find this to be one of the most disgusting articles printed in this paper. While I have no problem with the author endorsing Mr. Villaraigosa for governor, I do take offense with the reason given. For a publication that seems to pain itself to be inclusive and diverse, it is the height of hypocrisy to scheme, openly and proudly, in an attempt to discourage and disenfranchise a specific segment of voters. This is simply abhorrent. I have no doubt that this publication would take offense if there was an organized effort to reduce voter participation of the young, the homeless, black, Latino, LGBTQ and/or any of a number of other groups. Yet, the mere fact that one is a Republican makes them go from a person worthy of a vote and say for how our state is run to an entity worthy of exclusion? This is disgusting, and it is yet another symptom of a sickness of a single viewpoint heavily slanting local and national media. For a time, the SN&R was above this type of garbage news, but I guess that time is over. Spencer Bogan
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In late April, following news that 14 journalists at the Sacramento Bee had been given the ax, I wrote a piece headlined “Save the Bee,” praising its coverage of the Stephon Clark shooting and its aftermath, and encouraging SN&R readers to subscribe. Over the months since, on a couple of occasions, I have almost come to regret it. Today, in the name of media literacy, and in the tradition of alt-weekly editors slamming the daily, I’m writing to point out what I perceive as an example of very poor news judgment shown by the Bee—and to once again encourage SN&R readers to subscribe to our struggling local newspaper. Many of you will recall an article published two weeks before the June 5 election, headlined “DA candidate Phillips called sexist, racist email ‘work appropriate … appropriate anywhere’.” Seeing that headline, a reader might conclude that the candidate, Noah Phillips, had taken that position publicly. That is not at all the case. The article would have been more appropriately headlined, “DAs office leaks email in attack against opponent. Again.” We learn in the story that the email in question, sent to Phillips in February 2016 by his 70-year-old Uncle John, was “provided to The Bee” by an unnamed source. Described in lurid detail, the email was in very bad taste; Noah Phillips’ sin was in failing to scold/ educate his uncle in his reply. Page one. Following the story, my colleague Raheem F. Hosseini tweeted: “Let he without an embarrassingly retrograde relative cast the first stone.” It was incomprehensible to me that the editors at the Bee decided to take the bait provided by the DA’s office, but I should not have been surprised. The newspaper had been lapping up dirt provided by Ann Marie Schubert’s brutally negative campaign for months. Confronted with the email, Phillips expressed shock and anger that his account had been “hacked.” That, then, became the story—columnist Marcos Breton, who co-bylined the original
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piece, followed up with this: “Want the worst way to handle a racist, sexist email? Just ask Noah Phillips.” Let’s put this in context. Schubert’s mishandling of protests regarding use of force by local police agencies have put Sacramento in the national spotlight. This race is being followed by judicial reformers around the country, many of whom have seen images of the chain-link fence surrounding her office. Phillips, two years ago, let a dirty joke slide. Reflecting on this, I find that I do not blame anyone in the vastly depleted Bee newsroom for what I see as one serious flub. When I was researching local elections for a voters’ guide a few weeks ago, my main source of information, by far, was sacbee.com. I was stunned by the sheer volume of reporting delivered by what has become a skeleton crew. Not too many years ago, there were 300 reporters, editors and photographers in the Bee’s newsroom. Today that number stands at 22. Following my “Save the Bee” piece, I had coffee with Lauren Gustas, the Bee’s editor and The McClatchy Company’s West Coast chief. She shared her strategies for guiding the newspaper through these extraordinary times. On Sunday, Gustas made those plans public in a page-one plea for subscribers. While I am too much of an old-school editor to get super-excited about metricsdriven decisions, cross-platform synergies or Amazon Echo—and I find the presence of screens in newsrooms delivering real-time reader data repugnant—there is one thing that Gustas told me that gives me hope. She plans to create content that gives readers something so valuable that they are willing to pay for it. I get the sense that she is sincere about this. Do I believe that getting 45,000 new digital subscribers would mean the Bee-of-the-future will not fall for a ruthless politician’s dirty tricks? Maybe not. Nevertheless, I urge you to point your browser to sacbee.com and sign up. Ω
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Milo Fitch thanks his supporters at the June 7 election night gathering at the Sacramento County Democratic Party’s downtown headquarters. Photo by Raheem F. hosseini
The counterfactual election Sacramento’s primary was a mess. It was beautiful. It could be so much better. All of the above. by Scott thomaS anderSon and raheem F. hoSSeini
On primary night, Two Rivers Cider bustled with people hoping to see Tamika L’Ecluse become the newest member of the Sacramento City Council. L’Ecluse chose to make poverty, homelessness and the housing crisis focal points of her campaign. But the 37-year-old community health worker faced an uphill battle against District 5’s well-funded, two-term incumbent Jay Schenirer. She declined contributions from special interest groups hostile to rent control, entities that gave Schenirer nearly $60,000 for his reelection bid. As the first returns came in, L’Ecluse’s supporters were compelled to 10
wonder if she’d had enough time or money to spread her message. On Tuesday, Schenirer led L’Ecluse by 21 points, with 135,575 votes remaining to be counted in Sacramento County. Despite the top two vote-getters in all state races advancing to November runoffs, Sacramento’s city and county contests often end in June when incumbents benefit from meager voter turnout and win simple majorities that keep their challengers from scrapping into the fall. While the county boosted voter participation this primary as part of the California Voters Choice Act, a five-county pilot that mailed ballots to every registered voter,
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Sacramento’s messy democratic experiment has room for improvement, says a broad swath of electoral reform advocates. San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro have all abandoned the 50-percent-plus-1-percent rule in June for local races, opting to move to a different type of election system that happens in November. The model is called “rank voting” and the California League of Women Voters, Common Cause California and Californians for Electoral Reform are in favor of all jurisdictions moving to it. Sacramento County could easily adopt the system with a public vote.
Rank voting allows constituents to cast votes for multiple candidates in a given race, ordering their votes by preference. Winners are then determined by a tiered point system. For local races, which are technically nonpartisan, it eliminates the primary and runoff system altogether, settling the election at one time, typically in November. If the L’Ecluse-Schenirer race happened under the rank voting system, not only would L’Ecluse have had 18 more weeks to be out stumping, but the voters who cast ballots for the third candidate in the contest, Joseph Barry, could have also cast secondary-preference votes for L’Ecluse or Schenirer. Proponents of rank voting argue it better represents the overall will of voters. The four Bay Area cities that have already made the transition did so partly because of problems with the June primary timeline, says Steve Chessin, president of Californians for Electoral Reform. “About half the electorate was whittling the field in June for the rest of the electorate in November,” Chessin told SN&R.
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lend them your ear “But what you really want is the winner to be chosen in a high voter-turnout election, so you get the most participation.” A report by the Public Policy Institute of California suggests that in recent years voter turnout for November elections has doubled that of June primaries. Paula Lee, past president of League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, has been working to raise awareness of the rank-voting alternative for years. “It solves the whole problem of splitting the vote, which is very timely, given everything that was happening with this last election,” Lee said. “Our state league is officially advocating for a move to it for all single-seat office elections. … It’s definitely something to consider for the future in Sacramento.” Lee added that rank voting has two other major advantages over the status quo. Municipalities that adopted it enjoy big savings by not paying for two election nights in one year; and the ranking system generally disincentives negative campaigns. Under rank voting, the most successful candidates are the ones who not only score the most first-place votes from their supporters, but also second-choice ballots from people generally backing other candidates. Mudslinging comes with tangible risks. “In most cases, there’s no advantage to going really negative against your opponent,” Lee observed. Conservative commentator David Brooks made that same point in a recent op-ed in the New York Times, calling rank voting “a reform to save America.” Under current law, only the state’s 121 chartered cities, such as Sacramento and Folsom, can adopt rank voting. Californian’s 361 “general law” cities— including Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights—can’t. In 2016, state Sen. Mark Leno authored a bill that would have allowed all cities in California to move to rank voting if constituents approved it. Leno’s bill made it through both state houses only to be vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown, who criticized the approach as “overly complicated and confusing.” “It was like he was saying people are too stupid to figure it out,” Chessin said. It can be confusing. At press time, Leno and county Supervisor London Breed were trading leads in their race to be the next mayor of San Francisco, a rank-voting city. it’s less than an hour after the polls have closed on election night and the mood inside the Democratic Party of Sacramento County headquarters is
starting to shift from cautious optimism A week later, with more than a third of to sullen alarm. The early numbers are ballots needing counting, Fitch was chipin and they aren’t good for the guests of ping away at Jones’ lead. Fitch currently has honor—or for democracy. 22 percent of the vote, dropping Jones to 52 With nearly all precincts reporting, it percent. If Jones loses another two points, looks as if less than 15 percent of voters there will be a runoff decided in November. participated in this offseason election. The next election update will be Friday. According to those anemic tallies, homicide The sheriff’s race could have been prosecutor Noah Phillips is badly losing further shaped by rank voting: Sacramento his race to replace District Attorney Anne County is among the chartered counties Marie Schubert. In the sheriff’s race, that could legally switch to it. Under the Phillips’ criminal justice reform running approach, constituents unhappy with Jones mate isn’t faring better. could have voted for all the chalState prison workforce lengers against him, creating development chief Milo Fitch a “favorites list” between is running a distant third Fitch, Cox and the It was shaping behind incumbent Sheriff third challenger, Bret up to be the Scott Jones, the embatDaniels. That might tled politician who have allowed Fitch or election that showed that day was denied Cox to double their that the name “Stephon a lucrative immigrant vote tally against Clark” was a national detention contract by Jones, while also county supervisors. Even buying more time to rallying cry—but not more galling to some in campaign against him. a local one. this room, Fitch, a reformVoters trying to minded department veteran research Sacramento and policy wonk who is regularly County’s current approach consulted by Gov. Brown, is trailing to electing local officials may find Donna Cox, a retired sheriff’s sergeant with few answers on the California Secretary of little money and a tiny public footprint. State’s website, which makes no mention This was supposed to be the election of any 50-percent-plus-one elections in where voters revolted against a status quo the state. Placer County Clerk-Recorder that allows law enforcement killings of Ryan Ronco agrees that having state office people of color to go unchallenged. Instead, holders being elected one way, while local it was shaping up to be the election that office holders are elected differently on the showed that the name “Stephon Clark” was same ballot, could be perplexing to some a national rallying cry—but not a local one. would-be voters. Pronouncements of Sacramento’s civic “What we have for our county and city apathy turned out to be way premature. races in [Placer and Sacramento] is not Gathering the candidates for nonquite a top-two voter-getter system, and concession speeches, local party chair Terry it’s not quite a winner-takes-all situation,” Schanz tells the crowd the county’s expanRonco said. sion of when and where ballots could be So far, San Francisco County is the delivered has left many left to be counted. only charter county to have switched to The candidates are dutifully rousing. rank voting. Chessin said that Santa Clara Phillips tells the crowd they have yet to hear County flirted with adopting the approach, “from the people” and calls Sacramento though the effort eventually stalled. County “the beginning of fixing what’s “One argument that some election offiwrong with the criminal justice system.” cials have made against rank voting is that Noting that he jumped into the campaign it takes longer to count the votes and release just 90 days earlier, Fitch tells onlookers the results,” Chessin said. that he still expects to force a come-fromBut that may not matter anymore in behind runoff with Jones. Sacramento County, whose participation in “We’re very hopeful that the numbers the California Voters Choice Act drew out turn out the right way,” he says. “We’re the tallying process anyway. Rank voting going to come out victorious in the end.” could work in conjunction with the CVCA’s Indeed, the county’s participation in attempts to make voting more accessible. the state’s pilot voting system boosted Incumbents might not like that idea. participation to nearly 47 percent of “Elected officials and political consulregistered voters, which also clogged tants generally don’t like rank voting,” she the counting process with last-minute noted. “But that’s because they already know mail-in ballots dropped off at voting how to win under the current system.” Ω centers.
A story of loyalty, honor and betrayal recently unfolded behind the granite walls at Folsom State Prison. Yet, the tragedy was met with applause rather than discipline as a cast of 22 male inmates recreated William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar for an audience of nearly 100 people. The performance was part of the state’s arts in Corrections program. Billed as a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Arts Council, the program aims to introduce prisoners to a range of positive experiences through art disciplines such as theater, music and dance. For the past eight months, Folsom play director Lynn Baker, of the Marin Shakespeare Company, held rehearsals and broke down the poetic words of Shakespeare line-by-line with inmate actors, helping each understand the weight of his character. “I chose the play since all of the men know what it’s like to make difficult decisions and some they may regret,” Baker said. “They stepped out of their comfort zone and proved to themselves and society that they are creative individuals and worked hard to get to know themselves in a deeper way.” Marin Shakespeare’s program, known as shakespeare for social Justice, is currently in eight different prisons throughout Northern California. Back in the 1970s and ’80s, art rehabilitation programs were prevalent in many prisons throughout state, according to CDCR public information supervisor Krissi Khokhobashvili. The program ultimately lost its funding due to prisons becoming increasingly overcrowded. “In 2014, the department reduced prison population and increased focus on rehabilitation and we decided to bring back Arts in Corrections as a pilot program at a handful of our prisons,” Khokhobashvili said. (Steph Rodriguez)
spoken truth A series of videos from young spoken-word poets premiered May 29 at the Crocker Art Museum as part of a mission to discuss violence and death in Sacramento neighborhoods. The jarring performances were sponsored by the Black Child Legacy Campaign and can be viewed at blackchildlegacy.org by clicking on “Poetic Service Announcements.” The campaign, which partnered with Sacramento Area Youth Speaks to produce the videos, is working to address the disproportionate death rate of African-American youth in certain parts of the city and county. “Sacramento soil knows young, black dead bodies and rotting corpses like a battlefield,” Simone Hall says in one of the videos. “This is the war that America refuses to acknowledge.” While the death of 22-year-old stephon Clark at the hands of two Sacramento Police Department officers thrust the region into the national spotlight, other deaths have garnered less attention. Hill notes in her video that black children are twice as likely to die in Sacramento as any other ethnicity. That grim statistic was first identified by a 2013 Blue Ribbon Commission. The commission set goals of reducing AfricanAmerican child deaths by 10-20 percent within five years. Sierra Health Foundation president and CEO Chet Hewitt told SN&R that an assortment of groups are making progress. “For the first time in a long time, we’re actually seeing small but encouraging declines in the number of low birth-weight AfricanAmerican babies,” Hewitt said. “We’re also beginning to see some [pretty significant] impact … in the number of sleep-related infant deaths in the African-American community.” (Graham Womack)
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Man of the censure Called out for creeping, embattled Citrus Heights councilman says colleagues can ‘kiss my ass’ by Raheem F. hosseini
an extended version of this story is available at newsreview.com/ sacramento.
Last fall, Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence summoned his officer to discuss a harassment allegation involving a sitting politician. It wasn’t the first time the department was forced to review the behavior of Bret Daniels. The Citrus Heights politician and frequent sheriff’s candidate had already been the subject of multiple claims that he made women uncomfortable. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department fired Daniels in 2001 after the then-deputy used his position to access confidential information about a woman in Arizona. Citrus Heights police investigated a separate complaint in 2008 that Daniels had been harassing an old high school flame for decades. Nine years later, the object of his unwanted attention complained to Roseville police that Daniels was at it again, sending her an unsolicited email after he was told to leave her alone. It’s this controversy that has stirred up big drama in the small city. On June 7, the Citrus Heights City Council took the
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unusual step of publicly censuring one of its members for conduct deemed “unacceptable” and “indicative of a pattern of behavior,” a staff report from the city attorney’s office reads. The censure carries no binding consequence, though Vice Mayor Jeannie Bruins took the special meeting as an opportunity to call for Daniels’ resignation. Daniels called Bruins’ comments “out of line” and says he isn’t going anywhere. “You know what, you can print this. I don’t care. They can kiss my ass,” Daniels said of his council colleagues. “I’ve got no love for them and I guess they have none for me.” According to semi-redacted police reports obtained by SN&R, Daniels met with Chief Lawrence shortly after he sent an August 29, 2017, email to his high school ex. The woman responded by saying she would report the incident to police. Daniels says the woman communicated that to his wife in a typo-laden
Facebook message, prompting him to request a sit-down with the police chief. After discussing other matters, Daniels asked Lawrence if the department was investigating him. Lawrence said it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing investigation and the meeting soon ended, the police report states. In September 2017, Lawrence called Lt. Alex Turcotte to his office and briefed the SWAT team commander on his conversation with Daniels. Lawrence was concerned that the woman “may be a victim of harassment by a public official,” Turcotte wrote in his report. The chief asked Turcotte to contact the woman and determine if a crime had occurred. On September 6, 2017, Turcotte reached the woman by phone and learned that she and Daniels dated almost 40 years ago in high school. The woman, the lieutenant wrote, “has repeatedly told him not to contact her and finds his persistence ‘creepy.’ She is aware of other women, who formerly dated Mr. Daniels, that have also had similar experiences.” Daniels says none of this is true. “Never one time, I swear to God, never one time have I received anything from her that said ‘please don’t contact me,’ anything like that,” Daniels said. “I’m not trying to minimize her feelings because I don’t really know her feelings. And if it did cause distress to her, I’m incredibly sorry. This is someone who was very important to me once upon a time. And if I caused her pain, that’s something that tears at my heart.” Daniels says he was canvassing neighborhoods for a Citrus Heights City Council run in October 2008 when he pulled into the court where the woman’s mother lived. Daniels says he saw a number of people standing outside what looked like a yard sale. With a flier in hand, Daniels says, he started up the driveway and was confronted by a man who threatened to have him arrested if he didn’t leave the property. The man was his ex’s husband, Daniels says, and accused Daniels of intruding in their lives and stalking his wife. Daniels defended his visit to the neighborhood, as well as the email nine years later, which he described as an innocuous attempt to catch up. But he also provided a copy of an email to the woman that acknowledged he wrote her multiple times, always without hearing back. Until last year, when she responded that she was contacting the police. Roseville police public information officer Rob Baquera confirmed to SN&R
that officers responded to “a call for service” regarding Daniels’ email in August 2017. “We determined from our end that it wasn’t a crime,” he said. The DA’s office arrived at a similar conclusion. This isn’t the first time Daniels’ interactions with women have gotten him in trouble. In 1995, Daniels lost an off-duty security gig at Sunrise Mall “for inappropriate behavior toward female employees,” the Sheriff’s Department stated in its termination letter. The department fired him in 2001 after investigating a complaint involving a different woman. The version Daniels tells is that he asked a community college officer in Tucson to help him find a friend, didn’t get the information he requested, and instead learned of his friend’s whereabouts from her mother. The department’s version of events is that he flashed his badge to get the campus cop to look up confidential DMV and address records about a woman he liked, then later lied about it to internal affairs investigators. Daniels lost his fifth bid to be elected sheriff of Sacramento County last week. The ex-deputy ran a campaign based, in part, on his position that incumbent Sheriff Scott Jones presides over a department where female employees faced harassment and discrimination, culminating in one of the largest courtroom payouts in the department’s history. But Daniels’ critics say he is no friend of the Me Too movement, and that his inability to take no for an answer makes him unfit for public office. In a staff report dated June 7, Citrus Heights City Attorney Ruthann G. Ziegler wrote that Councilman Daniels’ “pattern of behavior and alleged conduct is not in accordance with the City of Citrus Heights’ core values and principles.” Reached by phone, Ziegler said the censure was simply a way for the majority of the council to publicly announce its position, not a pathway to remove someone from office. “It’s basically a public shaming if you will,” Daniels added. Rather than question his own future on the council, Daniels said he was looking forward to the fall, when three of his colleagues will be up for reelection, including Bruins. “And November, we’ll hopefully replace one of them,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the November election.” Ω
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State and federal attorneys have traded filings all spring related to the Trump administration’s lawsuit in the California Eastern District Court over the state’s sanctuary policy. While the lawsuit chugs toward possible showdowns in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Supreme Court, officials in the Sacramento region’s most conservative county have been largely buying time over taking a side in the contentious issue. The sanctuary laws, passed in the state legislature in 2017 as Senate Bill 54, Assembly Bill 450 and AB 103, restrict enacting federal immigration policy in California, including limiting the amount of information local law enforcement agencies can share with federal authorities and prohibiting workplace targeting of immigrants. At a raucous Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting May 8, multiple speakers seized on immigrant-related crimes, such as the murder of two law enforcement officers by Luis Bracamontes, who was recently sentenced to death. Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen, whose Republican gubernatorial run ended last week, told the board that a city in his area, Los Alamitos, was the first to “opt out” of the law and that numerous other cities have followed. “Ladies and gentlemen, this movement has caught fire, this movement has caught fire around the state of California for one very simple reason: The sanctuary state policy of Jerry Brown, Kevin de Leon and the California Democrats have endangered every single Californian,” Allen said. As of June 1, at least 12 counties and 42 cities have officially opposed California’s sanctuary laws, said Dennis Revell, chair for the Placer County Republican Central Committee. The cities include Lincoln, the only one in Placer County so far to take action, though Revell said he suspected Rocklin, Loomis and Colfax will be approached as well. Supervisors ultimately ignored a push, though, engineered by the Placer County Republican Party, to schedule a public hearing for May 22, adopt a resolution opposing California’s
sanctuary law and file an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit. Meanwhile, at the April 11 council meeting for Placer’s most populous city, Roseville, 11 people voiced concerns during the time for public comment after rumors spread that the council might look to oppose the sanctuary policy. “There’s been a lot of ICE raids in our region,” Roseville resident Olga Trevizo told the council. “A gentleman was picked up in Auburn recently. And I’m concerned there may be folks on this dais who want to take a vote to make sure that Roseville is not considered a sanctuary city.” Though no one from the public spoke in support of Roseville opting out of the sanctuary law, the city’s vice mayor, Bonnie Gore, a Republican and a Trump donor, proceeded with a call near the end of the meeting for the city to oppose the law. “I heard the comments this evening from many of our community members and this is not about immigration,” Gore said. “This is about protecting our residents from violent crimes.” Gore got little support from the dais, with the council ultimately directing city staff to review what other jurisdictions are doing. “I’m going to disagree with Bonnie completely,” Councilman Tim Herman said. “I have not seen our chief of police come to say they need anything to make our city safer.” Roseville City Attorney Bob Schmitt told SN&R his staff prepared a confidential memo for the council and that he wasn’t aware of the city taking any other action related to the matter. It remains to be seen when the Trump lawsuit will be resolved. Filed March 6, the case already has a lengthy docket and a quick dismissal for either side seems unlikely. On May 24, Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman ordered the state to quickly respond to a series of interrogatories. Multiple speakers at the Roseville council meeting alluded to the city facing a projected $14 million budget deficit. Despite what antisanctuary conservatives tried to achieve, the public’s concern was elsewhere. Ω
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Is LegaL CannabIs bankIng on Its Way? Senate Bill 930 aims to solve the industry’s biggest problem
he biggest problem in the cannabis industry is its inability to conduct simple finances. Locked out of the nation’s banking system, businesses are forced to pay suppliers, employees and tax collectors by shuttling around tens of thousands of dollars inside canvas bags and armored cars. The problem stems from a Department of Justice policy which requires banks to verify that cannabis businesses are in legal compliance before offering them new accounts. Financial institutions don’t want the responsibility of monitoring for possible abuses. The extra work and added costs make cannabis business accounts undesirable. A new law sailing through the California Legislature aims to solve this problem. Senate Bill 930 allows no-strings banking for cannabis businesses, including savings, checking and the ability to invest in government bonds. Introduced by Sen. Bob Hertzberg of Van Nuys, it passed overwhelmingly in the Senate and now heads to the Assembly.
“The bureau recognizes how difficult it is for the industry to not have banking options.” Senate Bill 930 will allow cannabis businesses to conduct limited banking transactions.
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Hertzberg said in a statement that operating exclusively in cash is “not only impractical from an accounting perspective, but it also presents a tremendous public safety problem.” He says the limited services in his banking bill will allow the cannabis industry to get cash off the streets and into bank vaults. Hertzberg acknowledged that his bill won’t solve the entire banking problem. Dispensary customers, for example, must still make purchases in cash. “What we’re trying to do is to create a controlled system,” he said, hoping the bill will serve as a stop-gap until federal legalization comes.
CanPay, a wireless payment system for cannabis retailers, consulted with the state on a variety of topics during the drafting of Senate Bill 930. CEO Dustin Eide hopes a final version will “provide a more normalized shopping experience” by also allowing electronic payments for retail customers. “I think blockchain technology may be the perfect answer to the cannabis banking problem,” predicted Forrest Heise, manager at Green Solutions dispensary. “But I’m all for working with a state-chartered credit union. Any forward movement can’t be a bad thing.”
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“Senate Bill 930 will reduce the burden and risk of operating in the cannabis industry,” said Kimberly Cargile, owner of A Therapeutic Alternative dispensary. “It will allow us a new option to pay our distributors, our taxes and our employees, which is currently limited.”
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Another Uber conflict Elk Grove man trades accusations with the rideshare giant that fired him by RichaRd Ramos
On the wrong side of an alleged assault and fired for accusations of impaired driving, an Elk Grove resident is looking to take the fight to Uber. Former Uber driver Richard West claims he was wrongfully fired by the ridesharing giant and states that the company has failed to cooperate with authorities on an assault case West filed with the Citrus Heights Police Department. West provided SN&R multiple letters and emails sent to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Uber Support as recent as March 25 encouraging the company to participate in the investigation. SN&R reached out to Uber for comment and was contacted by safety associate Andrew Hasbun. He says law enforcement never contacted the company about an assault on West. Citrus Heights police Officer Kane Kissam declined to comment on the case except to say that it had been forwarded to the Sacramento County district attorney’s office for further review. In an emailed response, Hasbun said West was fired from Uber due to rider complaints accusing West of driving while impaired. “UBER has a zero tolerance policy for impaired driving,” Hasbun wrote. “This particular driver had multiple complaints about suspected impairment which led to his deactivation.” West denies the accusations. In a series of emails with Uber’s support team from March 11-25, West appealed for his rehiring and sought more information about why he was fired. “I do not drink and I have never done illegal drugs of any kind,” West
said. “I am surprised and dismayed that I have not received a call from upper management.” In the emails, West made several requests to be contacted by Uber’s San Francisco headquarters. After declaring West’s firing final through email, Uber Support stated that “phone support is only available to active partners.” The ridesharing company is no stranger to conflict. Sexual harassment allegations from within the company forced Travis Kalanick to step down as CEO following an internal investigation. The New York Times also reported on Greyball, a secret tool used to dodge authorities. The company also concealed a cyber attack in which customer data was breached and lost its license to operate in London over a failure to provide proper safety for its riders and drivers. All of this is from 2017. Proper safety for riders and drivers is something West also brought up in his letters. One letter, addressed to Assemblyman Jim Cooper, pushes for driver safety to be just as important as rider safety by calling for background checks to be performed on both riders and drivers alike. In 2016, Cooper wrote a bill that was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown requiring ridesharing services to perform stricter background checks on prospective drivers. The bill was designed to unveil complete criminal histories of drivers to provide greater safety for riders of services such as Uber and Lyft. West says he plans to hire a lawyer and take further action. Ω
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Brown reminded us that for On May 24, California Governor Jerry thousands of years, California could Brown, shuffling through papers that support only 300,000 people, but now we never seemed to be in the right order, have 40 million people. To support that made his final speech at the annual growth, Brown says, we had to invest. California Chamber of Commerce 93rd We had to create. We had to engineer. Host Breakfast before an enthusiastic We had to build the roads, the crowd of more than 1,000 business bridges, the trains, the tunnels, the leaders at the Sacramento Community schools, the dams, the aqueducts and Center. all the rest of it. We cannot stop. I have attended many of these California is not a pristine wilderness. Host Breakfasts. Many governors It is a highly engineered, highly sophishave addressed the group. There were ticated advanced civilization. We need the Republican governors: George to continue that investment. Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Arnold Brown said that it is this heart, this Schwarzenegger, who made OK spirit, this willingness to invest that speeches with predictable talking points makes California great. Businesses create to a receptive audience. There was the products and services, but Democratic Governor Gray government creates the Davis, who made an OK infrastructure we need speech with predictable Brown to work together. talking points to reminded us Supporting the gas a non-receptive that for thousands tax is one way audience. Of to invest in our these speakers, of years, California infrastructure and Arnold was the could support only 300,000 our future. best, with great people, but now we have 40 The other delivery. But, thing to keep these speeches million people. To support in mind is the were all like cheap that growth ... we cyclical nature of white bread. They had to invest. our economy. Brown filled you up for a reminded us: It goes up little while, but then they and down. We have had 10 were gone. recessions since World War II. We Then there’s Jerry Brown. need to put money away for a rainy day, His remarks are seemingly an because we are going to need it. When undisciplined, rambling series of he came into office, we were down $27 observances packed with massive billion dollars. Now he leaves a reserve insights. Insights into government, of $14 billion. the future and past of California, He concluded by telling us that Greek philosophy, education and he used to think that experience was numerous other topics, too many to bunk. But now he says that there is no list. I highly recommend you visit substitute for experience. Government is the Chamber website and listen to his complicated. If you have not been around speech yourself. for at least 40 years, you probably do not When preparing for this speech, know what the hell you are doing. Brown said, he reviewed his 1978 While I have been around for speech. He told us that many issues more than 40 years, I still may not were the same. We still have lot of know what I am doing. But I always regulation, a lot of taxes, a lot of enjoy the opportunity to experience lawsuits, just as we did in 1978. But the complex and enlightened brain of we are not a failed state. Despite these Brown. Ω problems, during the last 40 years, our state economy has grown from $175 billion to $2.7 trillion. So, somehow Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority we have figured out how to thrive owner of the News & Review. despite these problems.
failed sacramento schools have the most discriminatory suspension rates in california
story and photos by Kris hooKs Raheem F. Hosseini contributed to this report.
evi Beckwith is too young to remember much about the first time he was kicked out of a classroom. It happened four years ago when he was in preschool at Woodlake Elementary School in the Twin Rivers Unified School District. Now 8, Levi recalls being removed from class a second time that year, though he can’t say why. His mother, Tyffani Beckwith, remembers both suspensions vividly. “It was after [Levi] telling his teacher several times that he was being teased and bullied,” Tyffani said. Levi’s teacher didn’t intervene, his mother says, and Levi resorted to punching his classmate. He was sent home for several days. Later that year, Levi was suspended again, this time for being disruptive, something Tyffani says could’ve been avoided had the school called her. “He’s in the second grade now,” Tyffani said, looking at her son sitting quietly next to her. “This is the first year of school that he has not gotten suspended— not once.” Suspensions are frequent in Sacramento County school districts, especially for black boys like Levi.
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SuSpenSion rateS by DiStrict, 2016-2017
“FaileD” continued from page 17 According to researchers from San Diego State University and University of California, Los Angeles, Sacramento schools disproportionately suspend black boys. The researchers’ new study, “The Capitol of Suspensions: Examining the Racial Exclusion of Black Males in Sacramento County,” revealed that the schools with the worst record are right here in the state capital: The Sacramento City Unified School District has suspended more black boys than any other district in the state—including Los Angeles’ much larger one. Three other local districts are in the undesirable top 20 for disproportionate suspensions. While the research brief didn’t examine what behavior preceded the suspensions, other studies have shown that black boys are disciplined more harshly than classmates of other races or ethnicities for the same minor transgressions. “What we find as a pattern is that when black boys do things that are normal, it’s viewed as criminal,” said San Diego State education professor J. Luke Wood, one of the authors of the new report. “When white children do things that are normal, it’s viewed as just that—normal.” Maybe you’ve heard of the school-to-prison pipeline? This is how it gets built, Wood says: on the backs of little black boys who are told from an early age that they are unfit for society. According to the figures, that message is loudest in Sacramento County classrooms.
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SCUSD (sacramento city unified school district)
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Black boys in the county’s four largest districts— Sacramento City Unified, Elk Grove Unified, Twin Rivers Unified and San Juan Unified—were suspended more than 5,600 times in the 2016-17 school year, according to the research brief. These figures mean black boys in Sacramento County are 5.4 times more likely to be kicked out of class than the statewide average. At Levi’s school, the disparity is no different. Tyffani recalls once walking into the school’s office and seeing only black children in trouble. Since that day, she has
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the sacramento city unified school district has suspended more black boys than any other district in the state— including los angeles’ much larger one.
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CJUSD (center joint unified school district)
9.3% 2.8% 3.1% 10.7% 6.9% 14%
believed the suspension rate is higher for black males at Woodlake. She’s right. According to an SN&R review of California Department of Education data, Woodlake Elementary had 95 total suspensions in 2016-17. Nearly half of those were black boys. “That school has always made me feel like they don’t care about us,” Tyffani said. “We’re just here to fill their seats and their classrooms, and that’s it.” Despite representing 12 percent of the total enrollment, black students account for nearly 35 percent of the county’s total suspensions, Department of Education data shows. Black boys specifically represent 6.3 percent of the county’s enrollment and account for 25.2 percent of the county’s total suspensions. The data reveals “the bleak educational conditions that some Black males in Sacramento County must navigate,” the Capitol of Suspensions research brief states. “It is clear that some districts are far too reliant upon suspension as a form of discipline.” Two California school districts recently settled lawsuits over their exclusionary disciplinary practices. In May, Modesto City Schools reached an agreement with a coalition of students, parents and advocacy groups who claimed black students were nearly four times more likely to be suspended in that district. Last year, Kern High School District settled a case after advocates claimed Latino and black students were expelled and suspended at higher rates. The district reportedly paid $670,000 to the families and was required to hold community forums about suspensions. But the California school district with the worst suspension rate for black students is almost 300 miles north of Kern County. At Sacramento City Unified, black boys were suspended 1,859 times in 2016, which is the most recent school year the state’s Department of Education has data on. That’s equal to 20.7 percent of all black male students in the district. By comparison, suspension rates in the district were 5.4 percent for white boys, 7.6 percent for Latino boys and 2.2 percent for Asian boys.
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J. luke Wood professor of education, San Diego State university
“many of our black males are being suspended. and with our sacramento data, the biggest disparity is in early childhood.”
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Elk Grove Unified, the fifth largest district by enrollment in California, had the second most suspensions for black males in the county, with 1,476 during the 2016 school year. The district’s 16.5 percent suspension rate for black males is the lowest in Sacramento, but still higher than the state’s 5.2 percent average for all male students. Twin Rivers Unified, the district in which Levi is enrolled, has a 20.1 percent suspension rate for black boys. At San Juan Unified, it’s 19.3 percent. Of the four smallest districts in the county— Natomas, Folsom-Cordova, Center and River Delta—only Center and Natomas hold suspension rates lower than the county’s 19.5 percent for black boys. Throughout the county, suspension rates for white, Latino and Asian males are 6.6, 7.8 and 2.4 percent, respectively.
A different ApproAch By comparison, Los Angeles Unified School District, which is the second largest district in
the United States with over 620,000 enrolled students, suspended 1,107 black boys during the 2016 school year—only 2.9 percent of its black male students. Sacramento City Unified, which is only the third largest district in Sacramento County, has 580,000 less students, but suspends substantially more black boys, and at a higher rate. According to Darryl White of Sacramento’s Black Parallel School Board, a volunteer organization that monitors the city’s district, the difference between the two districts can be attributed to, among other things, “willful defiance”—a vague offense that has been criticized for years as being a catch-all to evict students for any behavior. Black students are indeed overrepresented in local willful defiance suspensions, accounting for 32 percent of them in the county in 2016, Department of Education data shows. “We know that most suspensions come out of [willful defiance], because it’s subjective,” White explained. “Teachers and administrators can, almost for any reason, suspend a kid.”
sacramento county teachers don’t reflect the diversity of their classrooms, which experts say can influence disciplinary choices.
Those reasons often stem from implicit racial biases of teachers and administrators, studies show. Implicit bias is a decades-old concept that people develop subtle, subconscious prejudices by absorbing stereotypes and bigotry through culture and media. But don’t discount the other kind of bias, Wood says. “With this issue there are two different types of educators: There are the ones who are biased and simply don’t know it, but don’t have bad hearts,” Wood explained. “And then there’s another group that is simply just racist. You have to deal with those groups very differently. That’s the complexity of this.” Wood’s colleague and coauthor, UCLA education professor Tyrone C. Howard, has worked to eliminate the kind of zero-tolerance policies that are meted out disproportionately against students of color. In 2013, the L.A. Unified school board eliminated suspensions and expulsions for willful defiance. The number of suspensions dropped drastically. One year before the vote, students were suspended more than 12,000
times. The following year, that number fell to just below 8,300. In 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill eliminating only expulsions for willful defiance, but left it up to districts to pursue broader reforms. Few did. The bill did, however, get rid of willful-defiance suspensions for children in kindergarten to third grade. That bill expires on December 31. The legislation had an impact in its narrowly tailored form: The number of suspensions fell dramatically for black students in kindergarten through third grade—though suspension rates remained the same for all other grade levels. State Sen. Nancy Skinner is hoping to replace the expiring law with a farther-reaching version. The Berkeley Democrat authored Senate Bill 607, which would ban the use of willful-defiance suspensions across all grade levels in the state. It’s the third attempt in recent years to rid school districts of a rule that has proven to be disproportionately damaging to
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dArrYL White, of SAcrAmento’S BLAcK pArALLeL SchooL BoArd, SAYS LocAL SchooLS ShouLd reform their SuSpenSion poLicieS. teachers: White: 71.7% black: 3.8%
students: White: 31.4% black: 12.1%
“failed” continued from page 19 students of color. In 2012, Brown vetoed a similar bill, Assembly Bill 2242, citing local control as his reasoning. “It is important that teachers and school officials retain broad discretion to manage and set the tone in the classroom,” he said then. Unlike L.A. Unified, which used that discretion to end willful-defiance suspensions across the board, Twin Rivers Unified’s director of student services, Rudy Puente, claims the district’s hands are tied. Willful defiance “is on the legislative books,” he said. “We have to obey the law.” While no district in Sacramento County has yet proposed eliminating willful defiance as an ambiguous justification for discipline, all of them agree that the suspension rates are egregious, and most say they have a plan to address the issue.
RestoRative justice, RestoRing faith According to Sac City Unified spokesperson Alex Barrios, the district, like most
others in the county, is beginning to take a restorative justice approach to discipline to “ensure that our system is more focused on helping students understand how their actions impact others and holding them accountable for those actions, rather than just punishing them.” Restorative justice is about keeping kids in their classrooms when they act out. Instead of booting them to the principal’s office or out of the school, the philosophy calls for confronting students’ issues through mediated talking sessions and understanding life circumstances that may contribute to their behavior, like hunger, housing insecurity or community trauma. The district created an Equity Office to find new ways to discipline more appropriately. Out of the office came the collaborative SPARK program, which stands for “social-emotional learning, positive relationships, analysis of data, restorative practices and kindness.” Evaluations from the summer 2016 SPARK training workshop showed instructors who took part left energized to affect change, but also felt frustrated about the lack of support or specifics over the years.
in the 2016 school year, black males in the county were nearly 10 times more likely to be suspended in comparison to the state average.
“I’ve been in SCUSD for 20 years, and it’s the same speech,” one participant wrote following the conference. “I understand there is implicit bias. I want to help my students, but the conversation never goes beyond the fact that implicit bias exists. What specific things can my school do to include and support all of our students? The first step is being aware that there is a problem, but then what? The workshops never get past the first step.” Wood suggests that one specific tool the district could adopt would be setting up video cameras in classrooms and reviewing the recordings with teachers in a supportive setting, similar to how professional athletes review tapes following their games to learn from their decisions. “Teachers need game film, and they need to be able to have an understanding of what they’re doing better,” Wood said. “This doesn’t mean that they’re bad people. But good people can still do harmful things.” White said the Black Parallel School Board pushed the district to create the Equity Office and helped develop the SPARK program, but has been disappointed with its lack of progress. Representatives from other school districts also say they recognize the problem and that they are working to reduce the disparate disciplinary outcomes through social-emotional learning and restorative justice systems. Folsom-Cordova Unified communications director Daniel Thigpen said the district hired Channa Cook-Harvey, an educator and researcher, as its new director of social emotional learning. Cook-Harvey will help “build on our efforts to support our teachers and students in ways to reduce disproportionality in suspensions,” Thigpen said. San Juan Unified spokesperson Raj Rai said the district has hired “28 additional school social workers, school counselors and school mental health therapists to work with student behavior and social-emotional growth.”
Pinkerton added that the district eliminated its zero-tolerance policy. And, although Elk Grove Unified administrators maintain discretion to discipline students as they see fit, communications director Xanthi Pinkerton said the district is currently reviewing the impact of willful defiance to further “reduce the suspension rate for African-American students while maintaining a safe and productive learning environment for all students and staff.” Pinkerton added that the district eliminated its zero-tolerance policy. But implementing restorative justice models at schools might not be a panacea, cautions Wood, who is also co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab, a national research laboratory at his university that focuses on underserved students of color. From his experience, Wood says, restorative justice models work for the students who were born into them. But for kids who came up in a traditional disciplinary environment of suspensions and expulsions, restorative justice has been less effective at reaching them. Wood fears they’ve already been institutionalized.
exiled at an eaRly age While concrete solutions for decreasing the woeful suspension rates are unclear, the longterm effects they have on students are vivid, according to Wood and his co-authors. “Prior research has demonstrated that students who are regularly suspended are being tracked into the prison industrial complex, a pattern often referred to as the school-to-prison pipeline,” they write. “Thus, while some students are being socialized by schools for college-going and entering into the workforce, others are being socialized for prison. Moreover, research has also shown that those subjected to suspensions are more likely to enter into the permanent underclass and to have a reliance upon social services.”
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since 2012, the suspension rate for black boys in the county has hovered around 20%.
Kids who are exiled from their classrooms also run the risk of falling behind their peers and never catching up. “Many of our black males are being suspended. And with our Sacramento data, the biggest disparity is in early childhood,” Wood said. “We’re talking at that point about young children. Think about the effect that has on their perception of school, the value of school and whether or not they should even engage in school.” White, of the Black Parallel School Board, offers a hypothetical in which an untested kindergarten teacher resorts to removing a disruptive or high-needs student instead of looking at those disruptions as calls for help. “There’s a chance that that kid could lose a half-year to a full-year of instruction, because the dynamics just simply weren’t there,” White said. That student then moves on to first grade without being fully prepared. Frustration leads to more outbursts and more suspensions and so on, compounding the problem year after year, classroom after classroom. There are numbers to support this narrative—and they show that the unequal discipline starts at a crushingly early age.
The suspension rate for black male students in kindergarten through third grade in Sacramento County is nearly 11 percent. Almost half of those suspended children—46 percent—were kicked out of class more than once. Their stories only get worse as they get older. Suspension rates for black boys increase from 23.6 percent in fourth through sixth grades to 28.9 percent in middle school. “So by the time that kid gets to middle school, he’s three years behind,” White said. “Now the middle school teacher looks at this kid, does a pre-assessment, and you know what they say when they see the kid is behind? There’s something wrong with the kid.” The high school numbers are no different. Although the suspension rate from middle to high school drops from 28.9 percent to 20.1 percent, experts say the decrease could likely be attributed to attrition—i.e., the students just leave. “Once you get that ‘bad kid’ label,” White said, “the teachers look at it, other students look at it, and then it puts people in the position that the more you hear it, the more you believe it. So now it’s, ‘Oh, you think I’m really bad? OK,
“they don’t care about our little black boys at all. and they show it.” tyffani beckwith, mother of a sacramento second grader
then I can show you how bad I can really be.’ And that kid never recovers from that.” A notable 2011 study out of Texas revealed that students who are suspended or expelled from school are more likely to repeat a grade, drop out or land in the juvenile justice system. The study disclosed that 23 percent of students who were suspended were likely to see the inside of a juvenile court. “Racism as an institution continues to reinvent itself to maintain the status quo,” White observed. “We can no longer just sit back and let kids fail. We have to determine systems that tell us where kids are from grade to grade.”
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Tyffani Beckwith says she will not allow her son Levi or his siblings to fall victim to a trend that leaves black boys behind. Starting next school year, four of her children will be enrolled at a different school in the district: Foothill Oaks Elementary. She’s hoping a fresh start at a new school will be the thing her kids need. But Levi’s suspension record will follow him,
branding him as a “bad kid” before he sets foot on a new campus. Whether he’s confronting his bully or just speaking too loudly in class, the data suggests he’s likely to be suspended again because he’s a black boy in Sacramento County. Compared to Woodlake Elementary’s 23.3 percent suspension rate for black boys, Levi’s new school looks only slightly more promising. According to data, Foothill Oaks has a 14.3 percent suspension rate for black male students. Professor Wood has a personal connection to this story. As a black kid growing up in Siskiyou County, well before he attended college in Sacramento, Wood says he was suspended more than 40 times while in the fifth grade. “That’s a lot of times to not be in the classroom” Wood said. “And we see that as a pattern.” The discriminatory treatment leaves a lasting impression, Wood says. Students internalize the unfairness and have a harder time keeping up with the curriculum. This makes them more likely to be suspended again in the future, compounding their scholastic difficulties. So how did Wood break from the pipeline track? He says it was a teacher who intervened at a critical time, when Wood stood on the precipice of disassociating from school or embracing it. “The very following year I had one of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” Wood said. “Instead of seeing me as a problem, he saw me as someone who had incredible talents and assets he wanted to invest his time in. … He found what my passion was in school and leveraged that to support my learning in all other areas. So it was real simple—he cared.” Whether Levi finds that mentor remains to be seen. Despite leaving some of his friends behind, Levi says he’s ready to attend a new school because, “People are mean to me.” “A lot of people?” Tyffani asks. Levi nods his head, before saying solemnly, “They’re always yelling at me.” “Who?” Tyffani asks. “Kids or teachers?” “Kids,” he says, as he tucks his arms into his long-sleeve shirt. “They just don’t,” Tyffani starts, looking down at a still quiet Levi, “they don’t care about our little black boys at all. And they show it.” Ω
Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment runs through August 19 at the Crocker Art Museum; 216 O Street; crockerart.org.
Maia Paras Evrigenis poses alongside the exhibit’s largest painting, a piece by Jacques-AndréJoseph-Camelot Aved. Photo by shoka
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What an 18th-century art exhibit can teach us about life here and now
by Maia Paras EvrigEnis
he new exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment, investigates the ways a historical moment set the tone for the feminist waves to come, and for the lives we live today. Simone de Beauvoir says in her best-known book, The Second Sex, “one is not born, but rather, becomes a woman,” a quote that gives the exhibition its title. Though this was said long after the Enlightenment, you’ll see de Beauvoir’s meaning in the paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures from the Horvitz family’s collection of 18th-century French art. These objects show women adapting to their role in society at their given point in time by embracing it and challenging it. As I viewed Becoming a Woman with curator William Breazeale, I was surprised to find that I was thinking more of the present than the past—which I soon realized is the show’s main point. The challenges women in the Enlightenment faced were issues of marriage, work, children and beauty standards. And as Breazeale said, “Even though all the objects are essentially 18th century, they deal with issues that affect us all now. These issues are very current.” Jacques-André Portail’s “Young Girl Reading,” a chalk drawing of a girl at a table focused on a book, can be seen as a comment on women’s changing responsibilities. Not only were women of the time expected to take care of their families, but they also wrote orders or managed a family’s budget, and a high reading level was necessary. Similarly, “Young Lady Performing Needlework” by Princess Louise-Adélaïde de Bourbon-Condé, Abbesse de Remiremont depicts a girl mastering a complicated form of sewing. It was not enough to just be pretty or a good mother, a woman must also have a skill, or maybe moreso, she just wanted one. While in our time, women have broken out of the role of only being a caretaker, there is still an unfair amount of pressure for the “breaking out” of our gender roles. Instead, they’re expected to fill both. Now, women are often expected to caretake and have a career, or hire someone to watch their children. This was also an issue of the Enlightenment, as depicted in Jean-Baptiste Mallet’s “Grooming of the Infant,” in which two women stand in a room with a baby, and the viewer can’t tell exactly who is the mother. Many of the objects in Becoming a Woman reflect the competitive marriage market of the time. “Catherine-Étienne Tripier d’Aury Le Franc” by Jean-Jacques Bachelier is a profile of a girl with an inscription explaining that smallpox destroyed her features and chance at marriage. As Breazeale explained this, I looked horrified, and he said, “I’m not
judging the society, I’m just relaying what it was.” While the marriage market seems ridiculous and sad to me, I know it was incredibly important, because women of the time needed a man who could support them. As a Greek Orthodox girl living in Sacramento, my cousins and I were always made aware of the single Greek guys at our church on Alhambra Boulevard, and when Breazeale was discussing the grand balls of the Enlightenment, they seemed a lot like the annual Debutante Gala at the Convention Center. While things are different now and women are able to support themselves, there is still pressure in today’s society to pair up, though of course there isn’t as much at stake. One of the most striking pieces in the show is L. Monbrison’s “Standing Young Man Holding A Letter,” where a good-looking boy leans against a wall holding a love note with a smirk on his face, like the world has nothing to teach him. It’s a look I saw on many boys when I was in school here not so long ago, as a naive St. Francis High School girl intrigued by cool boys all the other girls wanted too. But “Standing Young Man Holding A Letter” also offers something deeper. It’s a peek into the world of pressure young men were experiencing at this time, to be successful enough to attract a wife and support a household. As Breazeale said, “This exhibition isn’t all about women.” It seems Becoming a Woman may be much more than its title. Maybe it’s not so much about the female experience, but more about the experience of being human. As I stared into the eyes of the women in these pieces, I felt them staring back at me as if to say something, or ask something of me. I especially felt this in the largest painting in the exhibition, Jacques-André-Joseph-Camelot Aved’s “Marie de Guérin du Treuil, Marquise de Sainte-Maure d’Origny,” a favorite of Breazeale’s. “She’s so tremendously grand, she dominates the room,” he says. Standing there in all her power, owning her time period, dressed in the excessive Turkish garb so in fashion, Marie looked deep in my eyes as if to say, “Don’t judge me, and I won’t judge you.” I don’t believe this exhibition is trying to say that we have not progressed in feminism or equality, but rather that the fundamental challenges of family and honor will remain the same across centuries. It is the details, the freedoms, the fashions of our time periods which alter these fundamentals, and our challenge and interpretation of them in which we truly “become” the women of our time. Though, of course, you’ll have to see the exhibit yourself to know what the women of the Enlightenment have to say to you. Ω
it was not enough to just be pretty or a good mother, a woman must also have a skill, or maybe moreso, she just wanted one.
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Clown and the crime fighter “Technically this is his Barnes & Noble.” It takes a second for the woman’s comment to sink in, but if one could imagine the golden State killer as a literary sort, then this Citrus Heights bookstore was likely where he wandered in search of, oh who knows, murder mysteries and true crime thrillers. It’s the night of May 30, and we’re at the bookstore off of Sunrise Boulevard for the latter—specifically to hear comedian Patton oswalt, along with Billy Jensen and Paul Haynes, discuss I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. The nonfiction book, written by Oswalt’s late wife michelle mcnamara, is a deep dive into the story of the East Area Rapist, the serial sexual assaulter and murderer McNamara renamed the Golden State Killer. Published nearly two years after the writer’s 2016 death, its February release eerily dovetailed with the April 25 capture of Joseph Deangelo. Oswalt, along with Jensen and Haynes, the journalist and researcher respectively who worked with McNamara on her book and finished it posthumously, have gathered to discuss the writer’s work and the case. The evening starts off a bit rough—one can’t really blame staff for being somewhat unprepared in the face of 400 visitors, multiple local TV news cameras and an hbo film crew. Once it starts, the trio patiently address theories and answer questions from various attendees, including McNamara fans, GSK survivors, shocked DeAngelo neighbors and scores of “murderinos” a.k.a. My Favorite Murder podcast enthusiasts who cheer, loudly, every time Paul holes, the hunky, retired contra costa county investigator, is mentioned. Holes is famous for tirelessly pursuing the GSK case, even post-retirement, but here everyone seems to just be #hotforholes, which given the scope of DeAngelo’s alleged crimes, feels somewhat distasteful. Oswalt plays along, occasionally dropping Holes’ name to get the crowd pumped, and his ability to lighten the moment is welcome. Responding to a man who wondered why the GSK didn’t target his father, who’d dared to criticize the GSK at a public town hall meeting: “Sorry your dad wasn’t killed.” One tense moment comes near the end, when a woman who says her father was murdered by the GSK questions what she sees as inaccuracies in the book. McNamara, she complained, never contacted her for an interview. Jensen handles the reproach deftly, asking her to put McNamara’s legacy into perspective. “You’ve got to remember Michelle died before she got the chance to finish this book,” Jensen says. “It [represents] her first and second drafts.” Throughout, the three are quick to keep the spotlight on mcnamara, pointing out time and time again that they didn’t finish writing her book, but rather tied up loose ends. “we didn’t change a single word,” Jensen says. Near the end, Oswalt, who’s been asked repeatedly to imagine what McNamara would have thought after DeAngelo’s arrest, draws a respectful, cautious line. McNamara, he stresses, put in years of research and writing. He can’t necessarily imagine what she’d feel (though he speculates she’d likely have booked a stay at a local Airbnb in order to attend every court hearing) and it’s tough, he says, trying to answer questions on her behalf. “I’m just a clown speaking on behalf of a crime fighter,” he says.
—Rachel leibRock email@example.com
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Now that’s Italian ChiCken ParmeSan, SamPino’S The first time you walk through the door into Sampino’s on F and 16th streets, your head will spin. One minute, you’re in the parking lot of a modest Midtown shopping center, the next you’re in a cozy cellar dining room in Old Brooklyn. On my first visit, my lunch companion, who grew up in that borough when the Italian-to-hipster ratio was off the charts, ordered the chicken Parmesan, and because he is a regular (and his last name ends with a vowel) I followed suit. This is a hearty, spicy, cheesy, almost overwhelming experience. It is also, surprisingly, a bit chewy—and apparently I like chewy chicken Parm. I’ve since learned that Michael Sampino’s marinara is famous, as it ought to be. At $7.99, this meal is a steal.
—alex Gilrane Farro and beet salad. Photo by rebecca huval
Playful risks at Recess by RebeCCa Huval
Recess Cafe 1102 Q Street, (916) 389-0121 Good for: a quick, nutritious bite for early breakfast or lunch—only on weekdays!
Notable dishes: teacher’s Pet, farro and beet salad, chia pudding
California cuisine, downtown
Sacramento still has a workaday downtown. Restaurants often close for the weekend and target state workers who just want a breezy lunch that’s a step above a BLT in a Ziploc bag. In March, Recess Cafe entered this fray with a whimsical sensibility for such a utilitarian walk-up counter. Joe Mayo and Ross Dreizler opened the eatery “to serve creative and healthy food for busy working folks,” according to their website. Their restaurant offers breakfast and lunch inside the lobby of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Dreizler formerly worked as the chef behind Sapporo Grill Steak House at the Firestone Building, where he crafted funky rolls and lettuce wraps. Now, he’s applying that playfulness to lighter meals. Week by week, Recess Cafe’s menu seems to gather new items as if it were collecting the ready-made meal section of the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op. The California lunch cuisine is lovingly plated inside readyto-go Tupperware, but features more flourishes than its containers might suggest. Breakfast options include a hefty breakfast burrito and egg sandwiches as well as fruit cups and chia pudding. Sandwiches skew toward the green side, with a rare sighting: a purely vegetarian sandwich with avocado and aioli. Nutritious food at a reasonable price ($4-$9) should be enough of a draw, but the patio out front makes this a real 24
recess. For the office worker, a dining table underneath leafy trees makes this a breather from cubicle life. The food quality? Like many a lunch, it’s a mixed bag. Let’s start with the good. The farro and beet salad ($3.95 for small) tastes inspired for something so tiny. Lemon crème fraiche added a whisper of sourness to beets that gushed with beet-sugar. Nutty, chewy bits of farro broke up the red vegetable medley, while arugula added a welcome zap of bitterness. Oh, and that vegetarian sandwich? I didn’t understand how vegetables between two slices of bread could taste so crave-worthy. The Teacher’s Pet ($7.50) is more than the sum of its parts, which include creamy avocado and swiss cheese, heightened with saltiness and sourness from the pickled red onions and kalamata olives. Red pepper aioli pulls it together with a fatty base. But I was disappointed by the School House Special ($7.50). Several small tiles of smoked salmon were randomly scattered about an open-faced sandwich of cream cheese on sliced bread—the lovechild of a New York bagel and an Australian avocado toast. The ingredients were all fresh, including cucumbers and pickled onions. It was only the presentation that made little sense. The bagel-toast Frankenstein was topped off with a cluster of three razorthin lemon slices, and I wasn’t sure if I should eat them or squeeze them. (I ate them whole and sourly regretted it.) I was pulled back in by the chia pudding ($4.95). Sweetened with maple syrup and layered with yogurt, the little bursts of almond milk-soaked seeds were wonderful with their toppings of strawberries and blueberries. To be playful is to gamble on experiments that could fall flat. Recess Cafe admirably aims to entertain the palates of the downtown crowd with more than just the ordinary. I’d say it’s worth the risk. Ω
Majorly crisp Sonoma CoaSt Chardonnay from Sean minor WineS The temperature crept toward 100 degrees on a recent summer day. A beer seemed too heavy and a cocktail too complicated. Instead I reached for the wine list and asked for something I rarely order: a chardonnay. When it comes to whites, I like them dry as the desert, and this one, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($22 per bottle) from the Sonoma-based Sean Minor winery, didn’t disappoint. It’s buttery, yes, but with its notes of apple and pear, as well as a bit of pineapple, cardamom and cinnamon, it also exhibits a strikingly crisp mineral summer-ready finish that’s refreshing whatever the weather. Seanminorwines.com.
The V WoRd
Sumac in your burger The two most common vegan menu items in the nonvegan world arguably are veggie burgers and hummus. Now that it is mid-June, aka the Great Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle month, those of us who are halfway through eating at the 30-plus battling eateries (search for “sacveganchefchallenge” on Facebook) may be experiencing burger burnout. So how about a hummus palate cleanser? Because the hummus at Sactown Kabob (2440 Fulton Avenue, Suite 1) tastes like we’ve been doing hummus wrong our whole lives. Sactown achieves the perfect viscosity and balance of chickpeas, tahini, lemon and garlic, then sprinkles sumac on it. A genius move for this Persian restaurant, even though hummus isn’t Persian— it’s Mediterranean. Seeing hummus on a plate next to saffron-infused rice and kabob is like seeing tacos with a side of cornbread. But who cares, because their version is excellent, elevated with the tart, underutilized and underrated sumac. Chefs, have you considered sumac in your burgers? It would be amazing.
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by James Raia
It’s hard to imagine better synergy for a fundraiser than craft beer, comfort foods and vintage cars—all to save stray, abandoned and abused animals’ lives. The combination will be found at Saturday’s inaugural Front Street Brewfest at the Front Street Animal Shelter. By the numbers, the forward-thinking block party will include beer from more than 40 breweries, 10 food trucks, three bands and one deejay. Add to it viewing a lot of vintage cars at the neighboring California Automobile Museum, and visiting animals in need of adoption. The genesis for this a joyous day is the energy instilled beginning six years ago, when the Front Street Animal Shelter was rebranded. Part of the shelter’s new initiatives include expanding relationships with various vendors, including beer and food truck industries. “What we’ve learned is that typically people who love to save animals don’t mind having a couple of cold ones while they are doing it,” Bobby Mann, the shelter’s communications manager, says. As the shelter’s relationships and other functions, including Pints For Pups, have become more popular, further ideas developed. Upscale, higher-priced events continue to be a success, but Mann and his colleagues wanted a more folksy event. “One thing that we’ve prided ourselves on is that we are a community shelter,” Mann says. “And although black-tie events are very popular, we’re much more of a T-shirts and flip-flops community. We always say, ‘We are never going to be the organization that has a donor who donates a million dollars, but we have a million people who will give us a buck.’ We want to have community events that are also affordable.”
More than 11,000 animals arrive at the Front Street Shelter per year. Revenue from the Brewfest helps provide emergency veterinary care for sick or injured animals, assists in funding for adoptions and the shelter’s outreach programs. Animals will be available for viewing and “to put on hold” during the Brewfest, Mann says. Project coordinator Alyssa Huskinson says the event was a natural. “Bobby and myself were brainstorming on another way we could elevate an event for the community, and this is it,” Huskinson says. “This is definitely our baby.” For craft beer fanciers, many regional favorites—Lagunitas, Lost Coast, Track 7 and, of course, Bike Dog—will be serving. Several far-flung micro-breweries will also be present, including Belching Beaver (Oceanside), Founders (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Latitude 33 (Vista). Buckhorn Grill, Chando’s, Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen and Teppanyaki 2 Go will be among the food truck vendors. The Gold Souls, The Golden Cadillacs and the Cash Prophets will provide the music for the 21-and-over event. Animal adoptions won’t be available until the following day. “The Brewfest is really about dogs and dads,” Mann says of the Father’s Day weekend festivities. “We will be open for business for any of the attendees. They will be able to check out all of our pets, and we always have lots of pets looking for forever homes.” Ω the Front street brewfest is sat., June 16 noon-5pm at the Front street animal shelter, 2127 Front st. (916) 808-7387; Frontstreetshelter.org.
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Celebrate the Bard A flock of summer Shakespeare festivals open this month. Catch them before they spread their wings.
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Julius Caesar isn’t the only shakespeare play where characters get treacherously stabbed. Macbeth at Lake Tahoe shakespeare opens July 13.
June is when the summer Shakespeare festivals get underway. These fests stage other kinds of plays, of course. A quick rundown of the options: Davis Shakespeare—Previews begin on June 21 for Mary Stuart, Friedrich Schiller’s drama from 1800 about the struggle between two royals during Shakespeare’s day—Elizabeth I and Mary (Queen of Scots) Stuart. Alternating in repertory will be the musical showbiz farce On The 20th Century, set in the Roaring ’20s. For your fix of iambic pentameter, Shakespeare’s As You Like It will be staged in September and October. This summer’s cast includes three professional actors as well as well-known community performers; The two shows open on June 28 and 29, continuing through August 4-5. Performances are indoors in the Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis (adjacent to Davis High School). Tickets are $15-$30. Showtimes vary. For more info, visit shakespearedavis.org or call (530) 802-0998. Sacramento Shakespeare—This long-running community festival likewise gets started in late June.
by Jeff Hudson
Plays are staged outdoors in William Land Park’s William Carroll Amphitheatre (next to Fairytale Town)—bring a picnic and blanket or a low-slung lawn chair (and maybe a light jacket for the second act). This summer’s plays are Shakespeare’s historical drama (with battle scenes) Henry V (July 6, 7, 12, 14, 20, 22, 27 and 29) set in “a fantastical Britannia in the First Century A.D. in which women can ascend the throne;” alternating in repertory with The Count of Monte Cristo (June 29, 30, July 8, 13, 15, 21, 26 and 28), a French swashbuckler about a man framed and imprisoned on his wedding day, who gets revenge 14 years later, based on the 1844 adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas. This festival is affiliated with nearby Sacramento City College and features local actors; $16-$20. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., all shows start at 7:30 p.m.; sacramentoshakespeare.net. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare—This glossy festival’s shows are performed outdoors at twilight, in a dramatic lakeside amphitheater at Sand Harbor in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park (south of Incline Village). Bring a jacket. The mountain air cools after sundown. This year’s shows are Shakespeare’s tragedy of ambition and revenge, Macbeth (in a traditional production set in medieval Scotland) and the recent jukebox musical Beehive (a lighthearted, nostalgic look at female artists from the 1960s like the Supremes and Aretha Franklin, who sported teased-up, sky-ascending hairstyles, supported by lots of hairspray). Artistic director Charles Fee originated these productions at the Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland last spring; they are currently at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival (where Fee has been artistic director for 20-plus years), and then come to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, where they run in repertory July 6-August 26 (performances Tuesdays through Sundays). Tahoe Shakespeare shows typically employ around 20 professional actors, mostly from the East Coast and Chicago; $30-$99, laketahoeshakespeare.com or (800) 74-SHOWS. Other festivals to consider: California Shakespeare Theatre in Orinda—June 13-October 7, outdoors, calshakes.org. Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland—The oldest and biggest Shakespeare fest in the country; now through October 28, osfashland.org. Ω
noah Racey is don Lockwood, the silent film star originally played by Gene Kelly in the 1952 film.
Makin’ it rain (literally) Forecast for the Wells Fargo Pavilion calls for continued showers through Sunday in Broadway at Music Circus’ Singin’ in the Rain, opening this week. The talented cast will sing and dance through actual light rain, completely surrounded by the audience watching in-the-round. But don’t worry, you won’t need an umbrella. “The production crew installed a special deck on the stage to allow it to drain off and not douse the folks in the front rows,” explained Music Circus Marketing Director Matt Hessburg. This production is a tribute to the 1952 Hollywood classic and its legendary star Gene Kelly—who made tapping down a wet street while twirling an umbrella an iconic film scene. Also included are the well-known tunes from the movie: “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Good Morning” and the show-stopping umbrella-twirling title song. In fact, Singin’ in the Rain is ranked No. 1 on the American Film Institute’s Greatest Movie Musicals list. The plot is pure Hollywood—set in the late 1920s when three silent film stars have to navigate the new world of talking pictures. Two of the leads have previously trod on the Music Circus stage—Noah Racey, who was the lead in the 2012 local production of Crazy for You, is Don Lockwood, while Matt Loehr, who was in last year’s local production of On The Town and 2016’s Nice Work If You Can Get It, is Cosmo Brown. New to the Sacramento stage is lead Kara Lindsay as Kathy Selden. Thu 6/14 2pm & 7:30pm, Fri 6/15 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sat 6/16 2:30pm & 7:30pm, Sun 6/17 3pm; $45-$96; Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H Street; (916) 557-1999; broadwaysacramento.com.
by Jim Lane
well-meaning but heedless Mr. Incredible. So mom goes off being super while dad stays home to mind the kids—including the infant Jack-Jack, who has an It’s been 14 years since writer-director Brad Bird’s impressive array of powers of his own that he’s still The Incredibles put a new spin on the superhero movie. too young to control. In “movie years” that amounts to two generations; Walt Meanwhile, the Underminer is dropped Disney used to reissue his animated classics every seven completely in a mysterious entity calling himself years. The landscape is different from what it was, too; Screenslaver, able to remotely hypnotize innocent superhero movies are a lot thicker on the ground than bystanders into carrying out his criminal plans. they were in 2004. Can Incredibles 2 measure up to its The truth is, there are so many Marvel and DC predecessor? Can it even stand out from the crowd? Comics sequels flooding multiplexes these days that The answer is “yes” to both questions. what was a “new spin” in 2004 tends to look Some of us are frankly sick and tired of like a broken record today. For example, comic-book superhero movies, but the phalanx of superpeople the Deavors Bird makes the genre fun again. Some of us are recruit look a lot like X-Men, and Incredibles 2 follows a Bird’s creation, so delightfully template very close to The frankly sick and original back in 2004, starts looking Incredibles, albeit with a few tired of comic-book unfortunately derivative. Balanced new plot threads and the benefit superhero movies, but against that—and to be honest, of 14 years’ progress in the tending to outweigh it—is Bird’s field of computer animation. Brad Bird makes the clever wit, the excellent voice work The story picks up at the exact genre fun again. by the cast (especially Holly Hunter instant where The Incredibles left and Sarah Vowell), and the customary, off, with the sudden appearance of breathtaking Pixar polish. a new supervillain, the Underminer Paradoxically, the Parr family—the (voiced by Pixar good-luck charm John Incredibles—these retro-1960s animated caricatures, Ratzenberger), and the Parr family swinging feel much more real than all the Batmen, Iron Men, into action—dad Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), Thors, Deadpools and other live-action comic-book mom Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), daughter Violet (Sarah characters in the Marvel and DC universes put Vowell) and son Dash (Huckleberry Milner). together. It’s a credit to Bird’s powers of invention. Once again, there’s a backlash against the resultPersonally, I wouldn’t mind if Marvel and DC ing mayhem, and the Parrs have to go once again never made another movie. Bird does it better— into hiding. But they and their friend Lucius Best, plus, so far, he’s given us a nice long break aka Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) have drawn the between chapters. Ω sympathetic attention of telecom tycoons Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener), who want to mount a PR campaign to restore all superheroes to legal status. Their approach is to focus on Elastigirl, who is not only telegenic but is also able to ply her super-trade with less collateral damage than the Poor Fair Good Very excellent
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A young couple sailing a 44-foot yacht across the Pacific (Shailene Woodley, Sam Claflin) get caught in 1983’s Hurricane Raymond and are stranded in their crippled boat far from land. The fact-based script by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell and David Branson Smith (based on the memoir by Woodley’s character Tami Oldham) is more complicated than it needs to be, with a time-hopping flashback structure that works against our getting to know the main protagonists. On the other hand, it’s virtually a two-person show, and Woodley and Claflin are both excellent. Filming on water is notoriously challenging, and director Baltasar Kormákur pulls it off neatly; he keeps us interested, if not exactly on the edge of our seats. There’s a plot twist in the last act that won’t surprise those who know the true story. J.L.
no “i” in team, but in family?
Four lifelong pals (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) feel the stirrings of dormant libido when their monthly book club takes up Fifty Shades of Grey. Make no mistake, it’s great to see these four working together, good sports and consummate pros that they are, but the fact remains that they’re shoveling crap, and it’s insulting. The script is a mélange of lame jokes about menopause, plastic surgery, Viagra and online dating, plus a huge slab of naked product placement (pun intended) for E.L. James’ steamy novel. It’s aimless, contrived and clichéd, betraying the inexperience of writers Erin Simms and Bill Holderman (who also directed, limply; he’s new to that too). Escorting the ladies to this senior prom are Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss and Craig T. Nelson. J.L.
“Wisdom is holding two contradictory truths in our mind at the same time,” says Toller, the disturbed and disillusioned pastor played by Ethan Hawke in Paul Schrader’s masterful First Reformed. If that sentiment holds true, then First Reformed is easily one of the wisest movies of the last decade, a film that glides on a knife’s edge of seemingly unresolvable contradictions. Unable to pray anymore, the self-destructive Toller chronicles his life as caretaker of a centuriesold country church in his diary, all the while numbing himself with alcohol and fighting off human intimacy. An attempt to counsel a parishioner’s troubled environmentalist husband, as well as general despair about the state of the planet, inexorably lead Toller towards a horrifying moral crossroads. Longtime Robert Bresson superfan Schrader structures the film like Diary of a Country Priest, sprinkles in the scathing despair of Bergman and envelops the entire thing with his own sensual and spiritual obsessions. D.B.
In 2028 Los Angeles, torn by the worst riots in the city’s history, a hotel/ hospital for wounded criminals has a busy night, taxing the endurance of the harried manager, known only as Nurse (Jodie Foster). Among the patients: two brothers, fugitives from a robbery gone wrong (Sterling K. Brown, Brian Tyree Henry), an arms dealer (Charlie Day), a hired assassin who wounded herself to get close to her next victim (Sofia Boutella), the hotel’s crimelord owner (Jeff Goldblum)—and, in a breach of the rules, a cop whom Nurse knew as a child (Jenny Slate). Writer-director Drew Pearce serves up a hyper-violent black comedy, not for the easily upset but for those who can take it, a wildly unpredictable ride sparked by edgy performances and a striking look (courtesy of production designer Ramsey Avery). J.L.
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Life of the Party
Solo: A Stars Story
A middle-aged housewife (Melissa McCarthy), suddenly dumped by her husband, decides to go back to school and finish her degree, to the horror of her college-bound daughter. The latest laughless dud from McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone (she stars, he directs, they both write) takes its place beside predecessors Tammy (2014) and The Boss (2016), the two worst pictures of McCarthy’s career. Now there are three. The story is inconsistent from one scene to the next—sometimes from one shot to the next—with nearly every scene looking desperately improvised, falling flat, and left in for the sake of filling out the running time. It’s all Melissa all the time; nobody else gets even a sliver of the limelight. A vanity production sure enough—but whose vanity is being catered to, McCarthy’s or Falcone’s? J.L.
Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock), who shares the family’s proclivity for elegant scams, gets out of prison on parole (after being double-crossed on her last job), but she goes back to her old habits “because it’s what I’m good at.” Her quarry this time is a fashion queen (Anne Hathaway) who’ll be wearing $250 million in diamonds at the annual Met Gala, and she recruits some old friends (Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson) and some new talent (Awkwafina, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter) to help run her game. The script by Olivia Milch and director Gary Ross has a double-twist ending, but only one twist will surprise you if you can count as high as eight. The movie is mechanical and formulaic, but the formula is amusing and it goes down smoothly enough to pass for something original. J.L.
Of all the rickety crutches that mediocre movies lean on, one of my least favorites is when a character expresses their cosmic ambivalence by gazing meaningfully into the empty distance. Like any trope, it can be used well, but indie filmmakers tend to overuse it as an all-purpose, fill-in-the-blanks placeholder for details, nuances and character development. In Chloé Zhao’s The Rider, the slightest twinge of emotional conflict sends the lead character outside to stare blankly into the sunlight, the twilight, the moonlight or even the “friscalating dusklight,” to borrow a phrase from Eli Cash. To be fair, that dusklight friscalates over the forbiddingly beautiful badlands of South Dakota, but those empty stares are almost too apt for a film with an offscreen story that is so much more interesting than the actual movie. Too bad Zhao spent more time contemplating the emptiness of the badlands than the emptiness of her own script. D.B.
Solo is essentially a 135-minute version of the River Phoenix sequence from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, only it looks like complete garbage and is no fun at all. It’s a nonstop succession of callbacks, wink-wink foreshadowing and Infinity Stonestyle worldbuilding meant to explain the origin of everything Han Solo ever did, said or touched over the course of episodes IV through VI. Worse, Solo is shot like an early 1990s primetime drama, all gauzy lighting, shadowy interiors and monochromatic colors. Original Solo directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were booted from the project well into production and replaced by career hack Ron Howard, who never met a property he couldn’t drain of personality. As ever, Howard’s concept of visual cinema is hopelessly flat and punishingly literal. Call it old school Hollywood craftsmanship if you insist, but I wouldn’t trust the guy to build a stairway to nowhere. D.B.
On Creature Sounds, folk rockers Salt Wizard melodize your subconscience
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The album was recorded and partially mixed in a home-built studio in Lomax and Warren’s backyard, usually after they put Max to bed for the night. It’s loaded with surprises like “Noice,” a dark sound collage Warren pieced together with synthesizer plugins, a guitar run through analog tape delay, and his, uh, mouth. “I just made different sounds and ran them through different guitar effects and recorded that,” every wizard needs a spirit animal. he said. “Also, I recorded stuff outside, like the rain outside of our studio and some bird sounds by the river. Later, I tried to mimic the bird sounds with my guitar.” So much depends on perspective: In courts of law, The song serves as the album’s instrumental it’s well understood that two people who witnessed centerpiece as well as inspiration for the cover art, the same event might tell different stories about it which itself is a visual collage created by Lomax. later. And that concept in the context of a personal “It’s another example of our dueling subconsciences,” relationship is part of what makes “Back Seat,” the Warren said. first song on Salt Wizard’s new album, Creature When the mood is right, Salt Wizard also rocks Sounds, so compelling. The voices of Rachel Lomax hard. “LSD” is a fuzzed-out psych-rock freakout of and Eric Warren intertwine in a round—a style of the highest order, serving as a heavy-hitting countersinging where multiple voices sing the same melody balance to Creature Sounds’ softer indie numbers. but start at different times—and tell the same overlap“We like to be unexpected, lyrically and ping story from separate points of view. musically,” Warren said. “It’s written in the perspective of two “We also just enjoy playing “We people riding in a car—one in the front different types of music,” Lomax seat and one in the back seat—and like to be added. “We started playing what they’re both experiencing [“LSD”] and we were stoked unexpected, simultaneously, which is how reality because it’s so heavy. It’s so lyrically and is,” Warren said. fun.” “Eric started writing the song and musically.” Music isn’t the couple’s had that first verse,” Lomax said, only focus—far from it. By Eric Warren “and I wrote the second from that day, Warren works as a graphic Singer-guitarist perspective, and then we realized we designer, while Lomax works in the could sing them at the same time and it mental health field. And, of course, they sounded awesome.” have their hands full with raising Max. But Awesome indeed. Salt Wizard is a SAMMIEthey are serious about the craft and specifically focus award winning local folk-rock band fronted by the on lyrics written from unique perspectives. married couple of Lomax and Warren. They share “We appreciate the ability of music to communivocal and songwriting duties and live together on cate the subconscious or unconscious,” Lomax says. the Sacramento River with their 1-year-old son, “Our lyrics are not incredibly straightforward, but Max, who babbled happily in the background during each person can come up with their own meaning or a recent interview with the SN&R. The group is interpretation of the song and maybe connect with it rounded out by drummer Anthony Ordonez and basson a deeper level.” Ω ist Steven Cranston, who recently joined the band to help bring the new songs to life in the live setting. Salt Wizard will play at Sophia’s Thai Bar & catch salt wizard at 3:30 p.m. on saturday, June 16 at sophia’s thai Bar & Kitchen on Saturday, June 16 as part of Davis Music Kitchen, 129 e street in davis. tickets to davis Music fest are $35. learn Fest (June 15-17), in support of Creature Sounds, the more at davismusicfest.com. follow-up to the band’s full-length debut in 2014.
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Ziggy Marley is touring in support of his newest album, Rebellion Rises. 6/23, 7pm, $40, on sale now. Ace of Spades, eventbrite.com.
HARRY STYLES TYLES Styles has been performing his debut solo album since September 2017, and his stop in Sacramento marks the tail end of his world tour. 7/9, 8pm, $26-$129, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.
Shake ya dreads, Ziggy.
simple question: What would happen if children performed popular songs?
7/16, 6:30pm $35-$55, on sale now.
Papa Murphy’s Park, ticketmaster. com.
SOCIAL DISTORTION The punk
rock band is touring in advance of their new album, tentatively scheduled for release in 2019. 6:30pm,
General sold out, viP $175, on sale now. Ace of Spades, eventbrite.com.
THREE DOG NIGHT The rock
band, popular in the ’60s and ’70s, still has the talent to put on some solid shows. 7/19, 7:30pm, $49-$79, on sale now. Crest Theatre, ticketfly. com.
CUPCAKKE The Chicago rapper
uses her music to discuss pressing social issues, making a habit of delving into oft-unexplored territory. 7/21, 6pm, $22-$75, on sale now. Harlow’s, ticketfly.com.
FRIDAY, 6/15 ConCerts in tHe ParK: Element of Soul, Our
People and Jayson Angove perform. 5pm, no cover. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St.
Davis MUsiC fest: See event highlight on page 30. 5pm, $35. Davis.
GentleMan sUrfer: With Grex (album
friends perform FAR’s Water & Solutions album in its entirety to celebrate its 20-year anniversary. 7:30pm, $13$15. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.
and Salt Wizard are a couple of the standout artists, and the Philharmonik is performing. You don’t want to miss the Philharmonik. Proceeds from the event benefit the Davis School Arts Foundation, so you can feel good about the cost of your ticket. Davismusicfest.com. —Maxfield Morris
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by Conjunto Liberation during this weekly music, art and food festival. 5pm, no cover. Heritage Plaza, 701 Main St. in Woodland.
JonaH MatranGa: Jonah Matranga and
nolan anD tHe last aCtion Heroes: With Would-Be Train Robbers and David Ryle. 8pm, $8. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.
saCraMento GaY Men’s CHorUs—tHinK PinK: A concert to support the mission and goals of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 8pm, $15-$40. C.K. McClatchy High School, 3066 Freeport Blvd.
sYMPHoniC serenitY WitH sUsan laMB CooK, Cello: In this project that combines the restorative effects of both music and silence, audience members will take in short excerpts of music followed by silence, over and over again, for an hour. Assisted by cellist Susan Lamb Cook. 6pm, $15. 2450 Florin Road, Community Room.
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$5. Fox & Goose, 1001 R St.
Various locations & tiMes around daVis, $35
Loveless. 7pm, $22.50-$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
release) and guitarist Amy Reed. 9pm,
Cow-town sounds If music festivals scare you, try some gentle immersion therapy with the Davis Music Fest. The three-day MUsiC event has 40 artists of various genres playing local venues: Armadillo Music, Sudwerk and Delta of Venus, to name a few. It’s a veritable who’s-who of indie bands—so expect a whole hell of a lot of acoustic guitar. Strange Hotels
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TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL The two country icons drop by Sacramento for their world tour, Soul2Soul. 7/22, 7:30pm, $50$130, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.
ZZ TOP The heavily bearded blues
rock band is hitting Cal Expo on their summer tour. 7/26, 6:30pm, $50-86, on sale now. Papa Murphy’s Park, ticketmaster.com.
LIL UZI VERT, G-EAZY, P-LO, TY DOLLA $IGN AND YBN NAHMIR It’s a
hip-hop dream as G-Eazy and Lil Uzi headline the Endless Summer Tour. 7/28, 6:30pm, $30-$300, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, concerts.livenation.com.
SAM SMITH The Oscar-winning
U.K. artist comes to town to perform his second studio album, The Thrill of it All. 8/24, 7pm, $45-$70, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.
UniCorn af: If this is a chance to wear onesie footie pajamas to a night club, I’m in. This party encourages you to stand out and wave your horn in the air. 9:30pm, no cover-$5. The Park, 1116 15th St.
SATURDAY, 6/16 aCoUstiC alCHeMY: With Damien
Escobar. 7:30pm, $45-$79. McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave. in McClellan Park.
CorDUroY: The Pearl Jam tribute performs
with Longview, a Green Day tribute. 7pm, $15. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.
DaviD HoUston & strinG tHeorY: With
According to Bazooka. 8pm, $8. Shine Sacramento, 1400 E St.
Davis MUsiC fest: See event highlight on page 30. 2:30pm, $35. Davis.
saCraMento GaY Men’s CHorUs—tHinK PinK: See event listing for 6/15. 2pm,
$15-$40. C.K. McClatchy High School, 3066
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will feature Lillian Frances, Stop Motion Poetry, Bobby Waller and other local talent performing in the CapRadio Garden. 6pm, no cover. Capital Public Radio, 7055 Folsom Blvd.
SUNDAY, 6/17 Davis MUsiC fest: See event highlight on page 30. 2pm, $35. Davis.
festival Centro aMeriCano: A family event with pony rides, live bands, DJs and more. 10am, no cover-$15. 3262 Marysville Boulevard.
saCraMento aUDio Waffle: The loudest breakfast in the valley will feature live performances by Doofy Doo, Filthmilk, Burnt Dot, Stolen Elk, Amy Reed and Onlineanarchy. Cover includes waffles and coffee. noon, $8-$10. The Red Museum, 212 15th St.
MONDAY, 6/18 Dave Bass afro-CUBan seXtet: With David Frazier and Jeff Sanford on saxes, clarinet and flute. 7pm, $25. Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J St.
TUESDAY, 6/19 MoB rUle: With Riva Rebels, Se Vende,
Enemy Fire. 8pm, $6-$10. The Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd.
WEDNESDAY, 6/20 Davis farMer’s MarKet PiCniC in tHe ParK: Enjoy farm-fresh food to take home or dinner during the event, beer and wine and entertainment like a bike-powered carousel, playgrounds, bounce houses and a clown. 4:30pm, no cover. Central Park, 301 C St. in Davis.
sHaWn Colvin: With Shannon Curtis. 7:30pm, $53.50-$133.50. The Sofia, 2711 B St.
FESTIVALS THURSDAY, 6/14 el DoraDo CoUntY fair: Rides, fair food,
animals, games and more. noon, $7-$45. El Dorado County Fair and Event Center, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
FRIDAY, 6/15 el DoraDo CoUntY fair: See event listing on 6/14. noon, $7-$45. El Dorado County Fair and Event Center, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
SATURDAY, 6/16 el DoraDo CoUntY fair: See event listing on
6/14. 10am, $7-$45. El Dorado County Fair and Event Center, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
r street Get DoWn: See event highlight on
page 31. noon, no cover. 1400 Block of R St., 1409 R St.
rio fatHer’s DaY MarKetPlaCe: Music, a car show, food, face painting and vendors offering unique items. 9am, no cover. Rio Marketplace, 741 M St. in Rio Linda.
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$5-$15. Woodcreek Golf Club, 5880 Woodcreek Oak Blvd. in Roseville.
Hasan Minhaj community centeR theateR, 8 P.m., $29.50-$49.50
SaCRaMento FRenCH FilM FeSt: See event
highlight on page 32. 7:30pm, $11-$17. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
Still loSinG ouR CHainS: An original film
It’s no secret that the Sacramento region produces lots of excellent comedians. Hasan Minhaj CoMeDY is a name that tops the list. A Davis native, Minhaj has risen to comedy fame as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. PHOtO COurteSy OF Gavin bOnd In his Netflix special Homecoming King, Minhaj jokes about growing up with immigrant parents in our rural neighbor to the west. Not only does Davis get mad shout-outs, it’s even filmed at the Mondavi Center. Check him out live on this side of the river. 1301 L Street, sacramentocommunitycentertheater.com/events.
created by Black Lives Matter Sacramento to explore black history outside of the mainstream. 8pm, $10. Organize Sacramento, 1714 Broadway.
Sunday, 6/17 SaCRaMento FRenCH FilM FeSt: See event
highlight on page 32. 7:30pm, $11-$17. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
WedneSday, 6/20 FRee SCReeninG oF tHe Cove: Watch the award-winning documentary detailing the killing of dolphins in Japan. 6pm, no cover. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
beverages, music, games, tarot reading and a best dressed contest. 3pm, $30$70. The Good Saint, 2518 B St.
tHe SiniSteR CReatuRe Con: Check out an impressive lineup of actors, writers, artists and other creators from the horror and suspense genres, along with cosplay, vendors and workshops. Celebrities like Paul Sorvino and Linda Blair will be present. 11am, $25. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St.
Sunday, 6/17 el DoRaDo CountY FaiR: See event listing on 6/14. noon, $7-$45. El Dorado County Fair and Event Center, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.
in the shelter. noon, $10-$40. Front Street Shelter, 2127 Front St.
luau in tHe vineYaRD: Enjoy a Hawaiian catered dinner, live music and hula dancing, vineyard tours and a complimentary glass of wine (more wine available for sale). 5pm, $39-$60. Heringer Estates Vineyards, 37375 Netherlands Road in Clarksburg.
WHeRe’S WalDo puB CRaWl: Dress like Waldo (or like your favorite Where’s Waldo character) and bar hop with folks from Xoso Sports. 4pm, $10-$20. Midtown locations TBA.
Sunday, 6/17 SpiCY Joi’S lao StReet FooD pop-up: Enjoy
some delicious Spicy Joi street food. noon, no cover. Anh Hong, 4800 Florin Road, Suite A.
FOOd & drinK tHurSday, 6/14 GatHeR oaK paRK: Enjoy this food-focused evening that turns a city block into a bustling dining room every second Thursday of the month. 5pm, no cover. Broadway Corridor, 3433 Broadway.
Friday, 6/15 DinneR DeteCtive: A different kind of murder mystery, where non-costumed actors are hidden in the audience. Costumed detectives will uncover clues and interrogate audience members who may or may not be part of the show. 7pm, $60-$80. Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar, 815 11th St.
Saturday, 6/16 FatHeR’S DaY BeeR taStinG eXpeRienCe: A tasting of eight 4-ounce Northern California craft beers, with snacks, pizza and dessert. 4pm, 7pm, $50. The Hamilton Room, 2009 N St.
FRont StReet BReWFeSt: A block party celebration with food trucks, more than 30 local breweries, live entertainment, games and more to support the animals
Hasan Minhaj. See event highlight on page 31. 8pm Friday, 6/15. $30-$40. 1301 L St.
showcase of George Balanchine’s finest choreography. through 6/17. $65. 2700 Capitol Ave.
toMMY t’S CoMeDY CluB: J. Anthony Brown.
tHeatRe in tHe HeiGHtS: The Good Doctor. A writer shares stories collected over the course of his life in this musical comedy. through 6/23. $15. 8215 Auburn Blvd. Suite G in Citrus Heights.
The radio, television and film funnyman makes his rounds. through 6/16. $10$30. 12401 Folsom Blvd.
tHRee pennY plaYHouSe: The Young
Directors. Two one-act plays directed by two young women: The Zoo Story and Thin Walls, written by a Sacramento City College professor. through 6/16. $15-$20. 1723 R St.
HaRRiS CenteR: Double Feature: La Boutique Fantasque and Into the Woods. An enchanted toy shop and a romp in the woods set the stage for a night of magic, dancing and singing. 1:30 pm, 6:30pm Saturday 6/16. $29. Malko Performing Arts Academy Anniversary Showcase. The 10-Year Anniversary of MPAA features local dancers and Dancing With the Stars performers. through 6/17. $10-$45. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.
uC DaviS: From Orphan to Queen, the Story of Esther. The biblical story of Hadassah, a young Jewish woman in Persia who became Queen Esther. through 6/17. $15. 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.
MCKinleY liBRaRY: Shadow Puppets with
COMedy lauGHS unliMiteD CoMeDY CluB: D. Tyler.
SaSS & SWaGGeR: All-you-can-eat food,
SaCRaMento CoMMunitY CenteR tHeateR:
Featuring Lee Levine. through 6/17. $10. Rare Breed Comedy Tour. The Rare Breed Comedy Tour takes off at Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club with Mean Dave. Teo Morgan will also get a few words in, and there will be appearances by Sydney Stigerts, Imin Love and Eric Somers. through 6/20. $10. 1207 Front St.
MoMo lounGe: Andy Bumatai. Andy Bumatai brings his trademarked loud sense of humor to Sacramento. 6:30pm Saturday, 6/16. $15-$20. 2708 J St.
punCH line: Aries Spears. The former Mad TV contributor and Chicago comedian drops in. through 6/17. $23.50. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.
SaCRaMento CoMeDY Spot: Lady Business: Baby Come Back. The all-female troupe uses true stories of lost love to fuel their improv show. 8pm Saturday, 6/16. $8. Teacher Appreciation Show. A night of comedy dedicated to educators featuring three area teachers. 7pm Saturday, 6/16. no cover-$10. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.
Daniel Barash. Learn all you care to know about the versatile medium of shadow puppetry. 3:30pm, Friday 6/15, no cover. 601 Alhambra Blvd.
Featuring the Off Center Ceramic Competition, Ceramic Wall Works and a solo show by Michelle Gregor. through 7/21. no cover. 405 Vernon St. #100 in Roseville.
Singin’ In The Rain. A Broadway premiere of the classic musical. through 6/17. $45$96. 1419 H St.
olD Soul CoFFee: The Intersection. Free
CRoCKeR aRt MuSeuM: Hopes Springing High:
open mic every Monday, who knows what someone might perform. 7:30pm Monday, 6/18. no cover. 3434 Broadway.
Gifts of African American Art. Works by Romare Bearden, Beauford Delaney, Faith Ringgold and others are represented in this exhibit. through 7/15. no cover-$10. 216 O St.
tHe BRiCKHouSe GalleRY & aRt CoMpleX: HIDDEN: A GENDER. The 1989 play explores gender and expression with inventive storytelling and parallel timelines. through 6/24. $13-$15. 2837 37th St.
GalleRY 625: A Walk in the Park. A collection
tHe DaviS aRtS CenteR: The Davis Arts Center
tHe GuilD tHeateR: Baltimore. A resident adviser is faced with the issue of racism on college campuses. through 6/16. $10$18. 2828 35th St.
tHe SoFia tSaKopouloS CenteR FoR tHe aRtS: The Genius of Balanchine. A
Room. Ben Hunt uses photographs and sculpture to explore space. through 7/1. no cover. 625 S St.
Blue line aRtS: Three Great Art Shows.
MuSiC CiRCuS at tHe WellS FaRGo pavilion:
Poetry Series. Two featured poets perform every month, hosted by Davis poet James Lee Jobe. 2pm Sunday, 6/17. no cover. 1919 F St. in Davis.
aXiS GalleRY: Surveying the Prairie of a
of multimedia, photography and art depicting incredible parks and nature throughout the country. through 7/31. no Cover. 625 Court St. in Woodland.
GalleRY at 48 natoMa: Feast for the Eyes. More images of fruits and vegetables than you will see anywhere else, featuring Linda Heath Clark and Craig Stephens. through 6/28. no cover. 48 Natoma St. in Folsom.
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Friday, 6/15 Can ReleaSe anD FRee Movie niGHt: Bring a lawn chair and check out this beer release and screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. 8pm, no cover. Jackrabbit Brewing Co., 1323 Terminal St. in West Sacramento.
MovieS in tHe paRK: A screening of the
family-friendly Pixar film, Coco. 7pm, no cover. Village Park, 4238 Main St. in Fair Oaks.
MovieS in tHe paRK: Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy the 2016 film, Leap! 8:30pm, no cover. North Natomas Regional Park, 4989 Natomas Blvd.
SaCRaMento FRenCH FilM FeSt: See event
highlight on page 32. 7:30pm, $11-$17. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
Saturday, 6/16 BaCK to tHe FutuRe: The band Press Play will perform ’80s classics before the screening of Back to the Future. 7pm, $8. Auburn State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.
R Street Get Down R StReet, noon, no coveR
Let’s be honest—for the past several months, the 1400 block of R Street has been a mess. The hightraffic area popular for diners, drinkers and musiclovers was a cramped maze of cars FeStival and pedestrians during its facelift. The result? A much-smoother street, wider sidewalks and a block party. Celebrate R Street’s new look (and increased functionality) with a day of food, fun vendors and music by an impressive local lineup that includes La Noche Oskura, The Philharmonik and Rituals of Mine. 1409 R Street, facebook.com/ Rstreetcorridor.
DiRtY DanCinG: Watch Swayze in his prime
PHOtO by Serene luSanO
while indulging on some food trucks. 6pm,
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JayJay: BIG ISSUES SMALL PIECES. Inspired by the #MeToo, #TimesUp and #WeSaidEnough movements, this exhibit is an artistic platform to discuss the evolution around gender and power in our culture. through 6/30. no cover. 5524 Elvas Ave., Suite B.
JoHn natSoulaS Gallery: Kevin Snipes and Kerry Rowland-Avrech. Snipes, a talented sculptor, instead shares his paintings. Rowland-Avrech’s paintings often depict women alone in landscapes. through 7/1. no cover. 521 1st St. in Davis.
Kennedy Gallery: Superheroes and Villians. A look at heroes that skirt definitions of good and evil in a fashion-inspired exhibition. through 7/10. no cover. 1931 L St.
manetti SHrem muSeum: Arts and Humanities Graduate Exhibition. Seven disciplines of graduate students are represented at this year’s exhibition. through 6/17. no cover. 254 Old Davis Road in Davis.
miCro Gallery: Artworks by Felipe Dávalos, El Maestro. The pre-Columbian artists of Mexico documented their civilization. In the steps of his ancestors, Dávalos has travelled the world to document ancient civilizations. through 6/16. no cover. 1200 S St., Suite D.
SaCramento Fine artS Center: American Watercolor Traveling Exhibit. The 151st annual showcase of the best watercolor painting in the country, as well as Canada, China and Taiwan. through 6/30. $10$50. 5330 Gibbons Drive in Carmichael.
Sol ColleCtive: Contemporary Codices. This group art exhibition highlights indigenous Latino cultures and explores their links with present-day Latinx and Xicanx cultures. through 7/7. no cover. 2574 21st St.
tim Collom Gallery: Still Life Variations and Juicy. The colorful works of local artists Patricia Tool McHugh and Leslie Hackard fill up your senses. through 7/5. no cover. 915 20th St.
muSeumS C.n. Gorman muSeum at uC daviS: Contemporary Prints. Several large Native American print portfolios are
featured, as well as recent print acquisitions. through 6/15. no cover. 1 Shields Ave., 1316 Hart Hall in Davis.
CaliFornia automobile muSeum: Crafting a Rebellion: Sacramento’s Customs & Hot Rods. More than a dozen automobiles will be on display, telling the story of the talented people who created a historic car craze. through 9/3. $5-$10. Downtown Sunday Drives. Visitors get driven around Downtown Sacramento in vintage automobiles. 6/18. $5-$10. 2200 Front St.
CaliFornia muSeum: The Newest Americans. This exhibit explores the naturalization of 28 new citizens, with portraits and interviews detailing immigrants’ reasons for coming to America. no cover-$9. 1020 O St.
CaliFornia State arCHiveS: Alfred Eichler: Art and Architecture in the Golden State. Have you ever wondered who designed the Tower Bridge? It was Alfred Eichler, and his diverse work from 1925 to 1962 is featured in this exhibit. through 1/31. no cover. 1020 O St., 4th Floor.
CaliFornia State railroad muSeum: Death Valley Scotty’s Race for Glory Exhibit. The suspenseful story of Death Valley Scotty’s record-breaking, high-speed trip from LA to Chicago in 1905. through 9/30. $6$12. Weekend Excursion Train Rides. Enjoy a relaxing and memorable train ride along the Sacramento River. through 9/23. $6-$24. minutes. Big Weekend of Small Trains. Expect many, many small trains in this Father’s Day, train-themed extravaganza. Through 6/17. $6-$12. 111 I St.
maidu muSeum & HiStoriC Site: Campfires at the Maidu Museum. Sit around the campfire and raost marshmallows while listening to Native American stories. 7:30pm, Friday, 6/15. $4-$5. Night Out at the Museum. Artist Kai LaPena leads the closing reception for Feathers to the Future: A California Traditional Continuum. 6:30pm, Saturday, 6/16. no cover. 1970 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville.
SaCramento CHildren’S muSeum: Cultural Connections. Every week, Sacramento children can learn about a different world culture. 10:30am, thursday, 6/14. $6-$9. Cupcake Ball. The museum’s sixth annual father-daughter dance—princess dress-up is encouraged. 6pm, Sunday, 6/16. $25-$35. 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 120, Rancho Cordova.
muSeum oF mediCal HiStory: Medical History Lecture Series. Faith Fitzgerald will give a talk on the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. 7:00pm, wednesday, 6/20. 5380 Elvas Ave.
Friday, 6/15-Sunday 6/17, Friday 6/22-Sunday 6/24 Sacramento French Film Festival Crest theatre, IMaX theatre, varIous tIMes, $11-$100
Twenty different French films will flicker across the Crest and IMAX screens, each coupled with a French short film. Watch Kiss Me, then Film meet its director and star, Océan, or join in the fun of the opening and closing ceremonies with Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and dessert from the Melting Pot. The SFFF website describes its audience as “diverse, educated and affluent,” but hopefully they’ll allow us non-affluent, uneducated cinema-goers to partake as well! 1013 K Street, sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org. —MaXfIeld MorrIs
PHoto courteSy oF SFFF, From tHe royal excHange
Lavender Heights Walking Tour Lavender Library, noon-3pm hourLy, no cover
If you’re already planning to walk roughly 1.5 miles in Midtown on Saturday, why not learn something while LGBTQ you do it? Join a guided tour of the historic Lavender Heights district and soak in the history of Sacramento’s LGBTQ corridor. Tours depart from the Lavender Library hourly and explore the places, spaces and faces that helped shape Sacramento’s LGBTQ community. 1414 21st Street, facebook.com/ SacramentoHeritage. —maxfieLd morris
SPOrtS & OutdOOrS Saturday, 6/16 INAUGURAL FATHER’S DAY SOFTBALL GAME: Melanated
PHOtO COurtESy OF LLaCE
WEdNESday, 6/20 PRIDE AND MENTAL ILLNESS: An interactive panel discussion on LGBTQ individuals who live with a mental health condition, and their caregivers. 5:30pm, no cover. Impact Foundry, 2031 K St.
Fathers Of America & Thompson Rose Chapel are hosting a softball game. Register in advance. Noon, no cover. Woody Hampton Park, 7320 Florin Mall Drive.
22ND ANNUAL MUSTANGS AND FORDS AT THE MARRIOTT: Show your car or just take a gander at some Ford vehicles. 9am, no cover-$30. Marriott Hotel, 11211 Point East Drive in Rancho Cordova.
FREE WOMEN’S FITNESS BOOTCAMP: Get some exercise and have some fun—and bring your kids, there’s activities galore. 10:15am, no cover. McClatchy Park, 3500 5th Ave.
OPEN GARDEN: Examine some plants, question master
tHurSday, 6/14 IMMIGRANT KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND MIGRA OBSERVER TRAINING: Join Migra Watch, a communitypowered rapid response network that helps fight immigration detentions and deportations in Northern California. 6pm, no cover. Casa de Español, 1101 R St.
gardeners and soak in some demonstrations at this informal event. 9am, no cover. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Fair Oaks.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Give back at Camp Pollock by helping build fences, sowing native plants and weeding. 9am, no cover. Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd.
tuESday, 6/19 FREE YOGA IN FREMONT PARK: Stretch yourself in this free yoga class in Fremont park. 6pm, no cover. Fremont Park, 1515 Q St.
LGBtQ tHurSday, 6/14 ARTMIX PRIDE (THE MUSICAL): Celebrate Pride at the Crocker as local theater companies tell the story of the LGBTQ community. 6pm, $10. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.
QUEER COMMUNITY YOGA: Take a class in this supportive community. 7:30pm, call for cover. The Yoga Seed
Collective, 1400 E St., Suite B.
Saturday, 6/16 LAVENDER HEIGHTS WALKING TOURS: See event highlight on page 33. Noon, no cover. Lavender Library, 1414 21st St.
SuNday, 6/17 QUEER CRAFTERNOON: Bring a project you’ve been working on or start a new one. Basic craft supplies provided, but other supply donations welcome. 1pm, no cover. Lavender Library, Archives, and Cultural Exchange, 1414 21st St.
CLaSSES tHurSday, 6/14 ACTIVISM+DANCE=LIBERATION WORKSHOP: Learn to use
dance as a metaphor for movement building. 4pm, no cover. The Washington Neighborhood Center, 400 16th
THE ART OF TEMPEH: Learn to ferment your own tempeh and how to use it in sweet and sour tempeh triangles and Baja ground-tempeh tacos. 6:30pm, $40$49. Community Learning Center & Cooking School, 2820 R St.
FrIday, 6/15 SCG CLAY/SCULPTING WORKSHOP SESSION I: A three-day workshop to introduce participants to the methods of solid clay construction. 6pm, $310-$370. Blue Line Arts, 405 Vernon St., Suite 100 in Roseville.
Saturday, 6/16 CROTCH WATCH CERVICAL SELF-EXAM: Learn the technique of genital and cervical self-exam and create a genital self-exam kit. Noon, $25. Welcome Home Midwifery Services, 2830 I St., Suite 306.
MONday, 6/18 A LEGAL GUIDE TO BOOK PUBLISHING: Learn what you need to know about modern book publishing, including emerging developments in e-book publishing. 11:30am, $5-$30. The Avid Reader, 1945 Broadway.
tuESday, 6/19 LESS IS MORE ART WORKSHOP: Create something magical with the use of a limited palette in this class taught by Telagio Baptista. 11am, $65-$80. Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 5330-B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael.
THURSDAY 06/14 The acousTic den cafe
10271 FAIRWAY DRIVE, ROSEVIllE, (916) 412-8739
PopRockz, 9pm, no cover
2003 k ST., (916) 448-8790
1400 AlHAMbRA blVD., (916) 455-3400
Open Mic, 6:30pm, W, call for cover
Fridays are a Drag, 8pm, call for cover
Asia O’Hara from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, 8pm, $15-$25
Psychosomatic, Purification by Fire, Grave Gnosis, Skulsyr, Thangorodrim, West Coast Fury and more, 8pm, $12-$15 Gloriam Draconis, 8pm, $10
Sextile, Venetian Veil and more, 8pm, $10
Capitol Fridays, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm
2000 k ST., (916) 448-7798
RuPaul’s Drag Race Screening, 5pm, no cover
Absolut Fridays, 8pm, call for cover
faTher paddY’s irish puBlic house
JonEmery, 6pm, call for cover
The Moon Cats, 7pm, call for cover
House of Mary, 7pm, call for cover
fox & Goose
Steve McLane, 8pm, no cover
Gentleman Surfer, Grex, Amy Reed, 9pm, $5
Close to Normal, Sly Park, Amy Bleu, 9pm, $5
Open Mic Every Monday, 7:30pm, M, no cover
Backbar Saturdays w/Mike Diamond and My Cousin Vinny, 10pm, call for cover
Bear Quiz Trivia Night, 8pm, W, call for cover
Fire Season—Prez’s Birthday Bash, 8pm, $14
The Golden Bear
2326 k ST., (916( 441-2242
Goldfield TradinG posT
Dinner and a Drag Show, 7:30pm, $5-$25 Every Damn Monday, 8pm, M, no cover; Noche Latina, 9pm, T, no cover
Jonah Matranga, 7:30pm, $13-$15
1630 J ST., (916) 476-5076
halfTime Bar & Grill
Funk Rockers, $7
5681 lONETREE blVD., ROcklIN, (916) 626-3600
2708 J ST., (916) 441-4693
Justin Townes Earle, Lydia Loveless, 8pm, $22.50-$25
Punk/Rock n Roll, 10pm, no cover Andrew Wilson, Sam Brooks, National Lines and more, 6:30pm, $12
1910 Q ST., (916) 706-2465
holY diVer 1517 21ST ST.
Rich Homie Quan, 8pm, $20
R Finn and Zane Carney, 8pm, M, $15;The Calling, 8pm, W, $20-$25
Cuffin’, 9pm, $5
HOF Saturdays, 9pm, $5
The Trivia Factory, 7pm, M, no cover; Geeks Who Drink, 6pm, T, no cover
Uli Jon Roth, Scott Allen Project, 7pm, $18-$20
Sinister Creature Con Afterparty ft. Aurelio Voltaire, Unwoman, 8pm, $20
Upon a Burning Body, Volumes, WhiteNoise, Convictions, 6pm, T, $18-$20
1217 21ST ST., (916) 440-0401
luna’s cafe & Juice Bar
with Van Goat 9pm Friday, $10 Torch Club Alternative soul
Kupros Quiz, 7:30pm, no cover
Open-Mic, 8pm, T, no cover
Truth, Richard March and Tyler Ragle, Aaron Burke, 8pm, $6
Creative Music and Jazz, 7:30pm, M, $10; Open-Mic Comedy, 8pm, T, no cover
Joe Montoya’s Poetry Unplugged, 8pm, $2
Sac Unified Poetry Slam, 8pm, workshop 6:30pm, call for cover
2708 J ST., (916) 441-4693
Ruby Jaye, Samantha Sharp, 7pm, no cover in advance, $3 at door
Andy Bumatai, 6:30pm, $15-$20
Bourbon and Blues: Nick Schebelen Band, 6:30pm, W, $12-$15
Turnbuckle Blues Review, 7:30pm, $5
We Are Your Friends Lipstick Dance Party, 9pm, $5
Heath Williamson, 5:30pm, M, no cover; Karaok “I”, 9pm, no cover
1414 16TH ST., (916) 737-5770
1901 10TH ST., (916) 442-3504
Would-Be Train Robbers, Nolan and The Last Action Heroes and more, 9pm, $8
2708 J Street Sacramento, CA 916.441.4693 www.harlows.com 6/20 7Pm $20Adv
Coming Soon 6/23 Heartless (A Tribute to Heart) 6/24 day 26 6/28 Armstrong & getty 20th Anniversary (Sold ouT)
6/14 7Pm $25Adv
Justin townes earLe
6/30 electric Flag (early) 6/30 mike Jones
2708 J Street www.momosacramento.com 6/14 7pm free tix online/$3 at the door
Discover ThursDays: ruby Jaye, samanTha sharp
6/15 6:30pm $15adv
june 16 david ryle
The comeDy of anDy bumaTai
7/1 Slum village 6/22 5:30Pm $20Adv
6/16 8Pm $20Adv
ricH Homie Quan
7/5 electric 6 7/8 Show Banga 7/14 dirty revival 7/15 mike Farris 7/19 Phoebe Bridgers 7/20 Tainted love
6/18 7:00Pm $15
7/26 Antsy mcClain & the Troubs 7/27 lil darrion
Just Like Heaven (HeAdliner), erASure-eSque |
6/20 5:30pm $8
bourbon & blues: nick schebelen banD 6/21 7pm free tix online/$3 at the door
Discover ThursDays: WorlD Toor beaTs, massive Delicious
8/17 grateful Shred 8/18 2nd Annual Battle of the Brass Bands
june 15 banjo bones
june 22 j.m long & common hours june 23 adam jacobs june 28 steve stizzo trio june 29 legal addiction june 30 blue situation
33 Beers On Draft
7/24 Shawn mullins
6/22 10Pm $15
Cthulhu: the Musical! by Puppeteers for Fears, 8pm, W, $12
Capitol Garage’s Next Drag Superstar, 8pm, call for cover
1001 R ST., (916) 443-8825
PHOTO DEREk PROSPERO
435 MAIN ST., WOODlAND, (530) 668-1044
with WurdPlay 8pm Saturday, $20-$65 Harlow’s Hip-hop
Michael McNevin with Patrick McClellan and Larry Diehl, 7pm, $15
Wrekonize (of Mayday), 1 Ton (of Potluck), 9pm, $15-$30
1500 k ST., (916) 444-3633
Rich Homie Quan
Mark Lemaire and Michael Manring, 7pm, $10
9426 GREENbAck lN., ORANGEVAlE, (916) 358-9116
PHOTO kEITH MORRIS
6/24 6:30pm $10
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
sacramento’s favorite djs every fri at 10pm
101 Main Street, roSeville 916-774-0505 · lunch/dinner 7 days a week
For booking inquiries, email Robert@momosacramento.com
fri & sat 9:30pm - close 21+
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670 FUlTOn avE., (916) 487-3731
Open-Mic Comedy/Karaoke, 8pm, no cover
Zephira, Akasha, MadorMaero and more, 8:30pm, $10
The Bus Stop Hip-hop Showcase, 8pm, $10
Open 8-ball Pool Tournament, 7:30pm, $5 Karaoke Night, 9pm, T, no cover; Jukebox buy-in; Throw the Goat, 8pm, call for cover and Movie Night, 6pm, W, no cover
Cynthia Renee, 9pm, call for cover
Mike Blanchard and the Californios, 9pm, Shawn Wrangler, 1pm, call for cover call for cover
Wiz Kid, 10pm, call for cover
8 Track Massacre, 10pm, call for cover
PlacErvillE Public HOusE
414 Main ST., PlacErvillE, (530) 303-3792
High Noon, 10pm, call for cover; Free Line Dance, 10:30pm, call for cover
THE PrEss club
Teenage Dirtbag ’90s House Party, 9pm, no cover
614 SUTTEr ST., FOlSOM, (916) 355-8586 2030 P ST., (916) 444-7914
Industry Night 1/2 off everything, 6pm, call for cover
$3 Drink Specials, 3pm, M; Live Band Karaoke, 8:30pm, T, call for cover
DJ Larry’s Sunday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover
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Stifling the ‘Green Rush’ Sacramento is a leader in the cannabis-cultivation business, despite the city’s efforts by Brad Branan
in the five months since the state started approving commercial cannabis cultivation, Sacramento has emerged as an unlikely leader, only eclipsed in total licenses by communities with long traditions of growing marijuana, or other types of farming that made them attractive to Big Weed. In Sacramento, all legal weed is grown indoors, and no place in California is licensed to grow more indoor cannabis than Sacramento. That’s good for Sacramento growers because customers increasingly want an aesthetically pleasing bud that’s easier to produce indoors. Why, then, is the city of Sacramento putting the brakes on cannabis cultivation? The City Council voted in mid-May to limit cultivation in the southeast industrial 36
area and plans to consider restrictions in other parts of town. Cannabis can only be grown in industrial areas, generally limiting it to the southeast and northern parts of the city. While council members say the limits are needed to protect other businesses from collateral impacts, the decision is also shaping up as yet another example of the hardships faced by cannabis entrepreneurs in the state’s new and unsettled market. Responding to concerns from a business association, the Power Inn Alliance, the council voted to declare an “undue concentration” when cannabis cultivation takes up 2.5 million square feet of the area’s industrial space. The city has already received applications for 2.8 million square feet and approved 1.2
million. That means some applicants are likely to get turned down by the city. According to the Power Inn Alliance, Sacramento’s “Green Rush” has caused havoc in the area’s industrial real estate: higher rents and fewer vacancies are creating hardships for other industries. Danny Dean, the owner of a furniture company, told the council that cannabis cultivation led his landlord to raise rents, forcing him to relocate. He said he won’t be able to stay in Sacramento, meaning the loss of 60 local jobs. City Councilman Eric Guerra, who represents the area, said that pattern will continue if cannabis cultivation is allowed to continue unchecked. “The speculation of the Green Rush has caused harm,” he said.
But entrepreneurs say they didn’t invest in Sacramento based on speculation. They said they made a decision based, in part, on a city ordinance that didn’t limit the number of growers. “This would change the rules of the game after the game is started,” Jay Rifkin told the City Council prior to approving the Power Inn cap. Rifkin has a cultivation application for the area. Another businessman planning to grow in the Power Inn area said he was similarly distressed by the city’s shifting direction on cultivation. Alex Reyter said he chose Sacramento over other cities for his business because he thought leaders respected the “rule of law,” and because residents are “hardworking.” He plans to employ 85 people at his facility. “Why are you singling out this industry?” he asked the City Council. “This is the highest-growth industry in California.” Other critics of the policy said a number of factors are driving up industrial rents, not just cannabis. They also called the city’s conclusion that 10 percent of industrial space is an “undue concentration” an arbitrary figure. The decision marks more bad news for cannabis entrepreneurs in California. Even under the best of circumstances, establishing a cannabis business in the state’s new market would be a difficult proposition. The system to deliver cannabis from growers to retailers is still being set up, and it is governed by regulations that critics say makes marijuana seem like plutonium. Statewide, revenue for the first three months of the year was well below projections. The difficulties have been compounded in places with changing regulations. In the most extreme example, politicians in Calaveras County encouraged growers to locate there, only to decide months later that they were going to ban cultivation. The county is facing lawsuits as a result. Growers in Sacramento are also talking about legal challenges to the city’s policy in the Power Inn area. The city has not set a timeline for establishing a cultivation cap in other parts of the city. Ω
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FRee will aStRology
by Matt KraMer
by rOb brezsny
FOR ThE WEEK OF JUNE 14, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): My Aries
acquaintance Tatiana decided to eliminate sugar from her diet. She drew up a plan to avoid it completely for 30 days, hoping to permanently break its hold over her. I was surprised to learn that she began the project by making a Dessert Altar in her bedroom, where she placed a chocolate cake and five kinds of candy. She testified that it compelled her willpower to work even harder and become even stronger than if she had excluded all sweet treats from her sight. Do you think this strenuous trick might work for you as you battle your own personal equivalent of a sugar addiction? If not, devise an equally potent strategy. You’re on the verge of forever escaping a temptation that’s no good for you. Or you’re close to vanquishing an influence that has undermined you. Or both.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You have caressed and finessed the problem. You have tickled and teased and tinkered with it. Now I suggest you let it alone for a while. Give it breathing room. Allow it to evolve under the influence of the tweaks you have instigated. Although you may need to return and do further work in a few weeks, my guess is that the problem’s knots are now destined to metamorphose into seeds. The awkwardness you massaged with your love and care will eventually yield a useful magic.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Whether you love
what you love or live in divided ceaseless revolt against it, what you love is your fate.” Gemini poet Frank Bidart wrote that in his poem “Guilty of Dust,” and now I offer it to you. Why? Because it’s an excellent time to be honest with yourself as you identify whom and what you love. It’s also a favorable phase to assess whether you are in any sense at odds with whom and what you love; and if you find you are, to figure out how to be in more harmonic alignment with whom and what you love. Finally, dear Gemini, now is a key moment to vividly register the fact that the story of your life in the coming years will pivot around your relationship with whom and what you love.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Congratulations
on the work you’ve done to cleanse the psychic toxins from your soul, Cancerian. I love how brave you’ve been as you’ve jettisoned outworn shticks, inadequate theories, and irrelevant worries. It makes my heart sing to have seen you summon the self-respect necessary to stick up for your dreams in the face of so many confusing signals. I do feel a tinge of sadness that your heroism hasn’t been better appreciated by those around you. Is there anything you can do to compensate? Like maybe intensify the appreciation you give yourself?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): I hope you’re reaching
the final stages of your year-long project to make yourself as solid and steady as possible. I trust you have been building a stable foundation that will serve you well for at least the next five years. I pray you have been creating a rich sense of community and establishing vital new traditions and surrounding yourself with environments that bring out the best in you. If there’s any more work to be done in these sacred tasks, intensify your efforts in the coming weeks. If you’re behind schedule, please make up for lost time.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Necessity is the
mother of invention,” says an old proverb. In other words, when your need for some correction or improvement becomes overwhelming, you may be driven to get creative. Engineer Allen Dale put a different spin on the issue. He said that “if necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father.” Sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein agreed, asserting that “progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” I’m not sure if necessity or laziness will be your motivation, Virgo, but I suspect that the coming weeks could be a golden age of invention for you. What practical innovations might you launch? What useful improvements can you finagle? (P.S. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead attributed the primary drive for innovative ideas and gizmos to “pleasurable intellectual curiosity.”)
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Would you have turned out wiser and wealthier if you had
dropped out of school in third grade? Would it have been better to apprentice yourself to a family of wolves or coyotes rather than trusting your educational fate to institutions whose job it was to acclimate you to society’s madness? I’m happy to let you know that you’re entering a phase when you’ll find it easier than usual to unlearn any old conditioning that might be suppressing your ability to fulfill your rich potentials. I urge you to seek out opportunities to unleash your skills and enhance your intelligence.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The temptation to
overdramatize is strong. Going through with a splashy but messy conclusion may have a perverse appeal. But why not wrap things up with an elegant whisper instead of a garish bang? Rather than impressing everyone with how amazingly complicated your crazy life is, why not quietly lay the foundations for a low-key resolution that will set the stage for a productive sequel? Taking the latter route will be much easier on your karma, and in my opinion will make for just as interesting a story.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Each of
us harbors rough, vulnerable, controversial, or unhoned facets of our identity. And every one of us periodically reaches turning points when it becomes problematic to keep those qualities buried or immature. We need to make them more visible and develop their potential. I suspect you have arrived at such a turning point. So on behalf of the cosmos, I hereby invite you to enjoy a period of ripening and self-revelation. And I do mean “enjoy.” Find a way to have fun.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): For the
next two-plus weeks, an unusual rule will be in effect: The more you lose, the more you gain. That means you will have an aptitude for eliminating hassles, banishing stress, and shedding defense mechanisms. You’ll be able to purge emotional congestion that has been preventing clarity. You’ll have good intuitions about how to separate yourself from influences that have made you weak or angry. I’m excited for you, Capricorn! A load of old, moldy karma could dissolve and disperse in what seems like a twinkling. If all goes well, you’ll be traveling much lighter by July 1.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): I suggest you
avoid starting a flirtatious correspondence with a convict who’ll be in jail for another 28 years. OK? And don’t snack on fugu, the Japanese delicacy that can poison you if the cook isn’t careful about preparing it. Please? And don’t participate in a séance where the medium summons the spirits of psychotic ancestors or diabolical celebrities with whom you imagine it might be interesting to converse. Got that? I understand you might be in the mood for high adventure and out-of-the-ordinary escapades. And that will be fine and healthy as long as you also exert a modicum of caution and discernment.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I suggest that you
pat yourself on the back with both hands as you sing your own praises and admire your own willful beauty in three mirrors simultaneously. You have won stirring victories over not just your own personal version of the devil, but also over your own inertia and sadness. From what I can determine, you have corralled what remains of the forces of darkness into a comfy holding cell, sealing off those forces from your future. They won’t bother you for a very long time, maybe never again. Right now you would benefit from a sabbatical—a vacation from all this high-powered character-building. May I suggest you pay a restorative visit to the Land of Sweet Nonsense?
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Art and violence Mario Sandoval, 27, of Folsom, has been into the Sacramento punk scene since high school. An artist since his youth, Sandoval created BRUTE zine out of a passion for that scene—and the horror genre. As his first public artistic endeavor, BRUTE sets out to capture the spirit of the world Sandoval loves. But this isn’t the Sacramento most folks know—this is a local punk nightmare fantasy replete with zombies in patched vests, spikes and battle jackets. Where an angry punk punches through a YOLO/swag bedecked bro’s head to get a cigarette, and where blood and guts flow as freely as cheap beer. While living up to its name in its artworks, BRUTE also features reviews of hardcore punk, powerviolence, grindcore and deathcore bands, and horror movies new and old. Distributed recently at Sacramento Zine Fest 2018, BRUTE has two issues out with a third issue planned for the summer.
Why “BRUTE”? The name expresses what’s inside of us. For instance, when you go to a concert and you mosh, or the way you draw—BRUTE defines what gives you a rush. That’s what BRUTE is. Cool pictures, cool drawings, monsters, characters. This first issue was not all planned out. A lot of these were drawings I’ve done in the past. I thought, “OK I don’t have a lot of drawings, I might as well grab some drawings I did a couple years ago and just throw them in here,” and it worked!
What is BRUTE’s reach? It’s expanded from Sacramento toward San Francisco. I get a little help sometimes. I’ll give a good stack to bands that come around from L.A., from even Boston. I’ll get people that will take some and just kind of hand it out for me. I can’t say how well it does out in those areas but hey, it’s getting out there some way.
I see you have hidden jokes in your artwork, too—this cartoon has a band poster for Anal Trump, and there’s a Dead Kennedys Easter egg with a “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” poster. Anal Trump is actually a real band! Just for a little while … I don’t think they’re together anymore. That’s actually their humor, the characters in that cartoon. Those are actually some characters I’m working on as a side project, but I’m sharing that within the zine for now.
PHOTO BY MATT KRAMER
What inspires your characters?
What are your artistic influences?
Honestly, most of the characters have different personalities. For instance, these two characters—Chug and Glug—Glug’s basically a D-beat. He’s not much of a punk, he’s basically a new-waver. He’s a guy, but he doesn’t consider himself a guy, he feels like a woman. A lot of these characters that I do have real personalities and feelings based off real people. People in my life that I know. I’m friends with people that are [born as] men, but they prefer to be considered women. Those are the kinds of characters that I’m going for. Chug and Glug are a couple friends that hang around in this town. I’m still working on the story and the environment that they’re supposed to be in—basically the environment that I usually hang out at. Like, I go hang out at the Colony—that’s basically the kind of story I’m creating for them. It’s going to be fictional though, with monsters and villains. I did a drawing of the villain from Bad Taste and from Mad Max II. I’m going to mix it up and make it a little silly and kind of throw those in the mix.
A lot of people that are underrated, like Shawn Kerri is one of my all-time influences. She’s done artwork for bands like the Circle Jerks, The Germs. A lot of the early hardcore bands in the ’80s and ’70s. Her work was there, and it was recognized, but her name wasn’t really recognized. There’s very few articles about her. Another artist I like is Paul Felix. He’s a Disney animated artist. Did a lot of artwork for Tarzan and Lilo & Stitch. I also like Raymond Pettibon. He did a lot of artwork for Black Flag, and Fear and a couple other bands. His artwork is kind of violent. There’s a little bit of movement to it. That’s what I like about artwork. You get to express yourself and put whatever you want into it.
What else do you have coming up in BRUTE? Just recently, the lead guitarist of Anal Cunt, Josh Martin, passed away. And [vocalist and guitarist] Seth Putnam passed away [in 2011]. I’m creating a little side story for them, and they’re also going to be included with Chug and Glug. They both played in The Picnic of Love [an Anal Cunt album]. That’s basically what they’re going to be about. They’re going to be soft and kind. They’re not going to be hardcore or anything like that. They’re going to be gentle characters. That’s going to be featured in Issue 3.
What is Sacramento’s zine scene like, and how did Sacramento Zine Fest go? I didn’t even know there was a zine scene going on until I went to the Zine Fest. At first I thought I was the only one doing this in Sacramento. I thought, “I might as well put something out. I might was well express my art in some way.” So when I heard there was a zine fest going on, I had to go. There were some people from out of the area, and there were some people from within Sacramento. When I went, I thought, “Wow, there’s actually people getting involved!” There’s people doing artwork, people working on movement zines, there’s zines on human rights, or women’s rights. There’s just all these different types of worlds going on. It felt right to be there. Ω Find BRUTE zine at Dimple Records, Phono Select, punk shows and on Facebook.