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Calling B.S. Re: “You better f@%#ing vote!” by SN&R staff (Opinion,  October 18): Passing Measure U [two times] rewards [the  Sacramento] City Council for arrogance and deceit. As you point out,  they were warned for years to not “build the temporary money into its  long-term budget, and that’s exactly what they did.” You say you’ll be  watching them closely to make sure [Mayor Darrell] Steinberg keeps  his promises. B.S.! We all know they set up this vote so that no one can  hold them to their promises. If Steinberg and his cronies want to spend  this money on 17 percent pay raises for city employees (like they gave  the police last year) or a new soccer stadium or more crony corporate  welfare, no one can stop them. On the other hand, the measure may be  challenged in court. The [California] constitution defines a special tax as  “... any tax imposed for specific purposes, including a tax imposed for  specific purposes, which is placed into a general fund.” Measure U begins  by enumerating specific things the tax is to be spent on. How specific do  those things need to be to make the measure, in fact, a special tax? If it is  ruled to be a special tax, and if it doesn’t get a two-thirds vote, it might be  invalidated. It might be thrown out anyway because it was not voted on at  a special election. If it is ruled a general tax, then Steinberg and the City  Council might be guilty of election fraud for making promises they know  they don’t have to, or cannot, keep.

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Bad measures, bad endorsements Re: “You better f@%#ing vote!” by SN&R staff (Opinion, October 18): As a local advocate, I’m shocked by your support for Measure K and Measure U. Measure U: Sales taxes disproportionately affect people in poverty. Further, we are expected to trust the City Council to use the funds in a responsible way, with zero outline of how the tax funds will be allocated. Need I remind you that this City Council has time and again shown a tendency to spend irresponsibly? Measure K: starts out sounding good, but gives the City Council appoint the city auditor, whom is supposed to be independent and act as a financial watch dog. (Interesting since they’re trying to

raise more tax money without any spending plan for those taxes). It would also allow the City Council to change how they hold meetings, including eliminating public comments for matters not on the agenda. If passed, this measure would further shield council members from being held accountable. I hope your readers do their own research on these measures, because it seems that you have not. James Faygo sacramento via sactoletters@newsreview.com

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RETRAINING SOCIETY ON THE STIGMA OF M.A.T. (MEDICALLY ASSISTED TREATMENT) Story by Richard Alcala

Opioid Facts: Over 200,000 Deaths Since 2000

The conversation must begin with everyone from the President of the United States to the homeless person on the street. Society must understand that a person with opioid use disorder, aka addiction, is dealing with a chronic disease and needs their medication to help keep it under control, much like a diabetic needs their insulin everyday, to keep their disease under control. The sooner we all understand this the faster a person dealing with addiction can get help and stay on their medication, without the pressure of the stigma to get off of it completely. This is not about money, but about keeping the person alive and giving them their life back. Every person has the right to get their lives back, and to become a functional part of society again. This means many things, such as working a regular job, being productive, and taking care of their families. The sooner everyone involved understands that being on Buprenorphine or Suboxone, M.A.T. is better than the alternative and that going back to work in this equation is so important. Our society must learn to accept them back into the workforce!

Over 64,000 Deaths Since 2016

A person on M.A.T. has already been through hell with their addiction from pain pills to heroin through no fault of their own. Now that they are doing better and on a program that works for them, they still feel that they must hide the fact that they are on a medication that helps them control the cravings. This medication does not affect their job in anyway. This is the area in which we need more education. Police/Sheriff/Firefighters/CPS/Prisons/Jails/Military/ especially must be open to M.A.T. A person should not be afraid of loosing their job that they hide the fact that they are on this treatment program. This type of behavior enforces the stigma all around.

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We have more that 600 patients doing well and back to work and having healthy babies, and taking care of their families! We here at Transitions are proud to say that our family of patients have come a long way. All people on M.A.T. should not be ridiculed for taking a medication that helps them. This must stop! Society must learn to support them and encourage them to do better. Yes, they have made mistakes in the past but so have we all. Going forward

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education about M.A.T. in all levels must be done to help stop the Stigma. Millions of lives and dollars have been lost to this opioid crisis. Job loss, economic loss, not to mention the destruction of what it does to each family (this has no price tag) the loss of a loved one cannot be given back. We live in a society where grandparents are raising their grand kids, because of the loss of a drug addicted parent. We have a new generation of drug babies. The cost and hardship are passed onto the parent and grandparent. NO help from healthcare or anyone. We also must understand that the addiction process has relapses, accept that we are not perfect! And it’s OK to start over. Some more than others. Understanding the facts that there are so many factors; mental illness, sexual abuse, pain pills, unscrupulous pharma, some dishonest doctors, accessible heroin on the streets and online drugs. We all have an overwhelming job helping those people who need it. But let us not punish the ones seeking help and getting help and trying to get their lives back! Even inpatient programs need to learn that being there is no cure and that being on M. A.T. is OK, it does not mean that a person has failed. Getting tested for Buprenorphine or Suboxone should never get you fired, it’s nothing like methadone. To the Trump Administration: Please remove the limits on a Data 2000 waiver certification. So that certified doctors may see as many opioid use disorder patients as needed. Pass legislation so that no person on M.A.T. can be fired because they are on Suboxone or Buprenorphine or similar medications. Even in the military. Help educate everyone to remove the Stigma. Have the big pharma pay for their mistakes by making them pay 10% yearly on what they make just on opiate medication. And use it to fund M.A.T. programs all over the USA. THE ANSWER IS EDUCATION, AND WE MUST BEGIN NOW TO END THE STIGMA OF M.A.T.!

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Blacked out PG&E defends decision to cut off power to thousands as part of a new reality in fire-prone California by Scott thomaS anderSon

El Dorado County has its share of rugged survivalist types. But after thousands of its residents had their electricity shut off for days as part of a new strategy to prevent wildfires, many foothill folks are wondering if they’ll all have to live like doomsday preppers now. The blackouts started on the evening of October 14 as part of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s Public Safety Power Shut-off initiative. The impacts were felt the next day. The historic courthouse in Placerville put a pause on justice. Businesses on the north side of Main

Street shut down while those on the south side won the illumination jackpot. Up in Pollock Pines, locals watched workers at their Safeway grocery store gut its entire deli and some of its produce section. In the more remote hills and mountains, residents risked more than inconvenience. Landline phones, cellular coverage and internet went completely dead. People who depend on oxygen tanks, respirators and Nebulizers were left vulnerable. Isolated seniors couldn’t call family members or 911.

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As the confusion unfolded, representatives for the utility giant arrived in Placerville to face county leaders and angry members of the public. The message from PG&E was clear: In a state that’s been brought to its knees by fire, life in the Gold Country won’t ever be the same again. It was Black Monday—literally. On the morning of October 15, 27,000 structures in El Dorado County lost power. It was the maiden voyage of PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shut-off, or PSPS,

program, developed last spring after state fire investigators implicated the company’s equipment in possibly contributing to at least 12 blazes. The fires were major events, killing 18 people, causing billions in damages and generating a mountain of lawsuits against PG&E. The energy titan created PSPS as part of a broader prevention strategy that it says includes investing in stronger, coated power lines and engaging in emergency vegetation management. PG&E managers claim PSPS will help save lives and property. And with that comes sparing PG&E more legal exposure—something that California lawmakers already achieved through Senate Bill 901. Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, the law changes the standards of culpability for fires sparked by utility equipment. The bill also allows utility companies such as PG&E to pass some of the liability costs onto ratepayers through bonds. The new law wasn’t something many in Placerville were focusing on as the “BlaCkED Out” COntInuED On pagE 11

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170-year-old city saw roughly half its workforce head home. Jeff Meader, the owner of the magazine and stationary store Placerville News Company, said he got multiple notices of the impending blackout a day before it happened. For businesses like his, the outage lasted from Sunday evening to late Monday afternoon. Meader says he’s most concerned that the shut-off is part of PG&E’s longterm tactic for operating in fire-prone California. Meader fears such outages could become semi-regular occurrences next summer. “It’s going to be a big problem for businesses if it starts happening a lot,” he said. “It was a huge disruption down here.” Businesses in south El Dorado were hit even harder. Power wasn’t restored in parts of Grizzly Flat, Somerset, Fairplay and Mount Aukum for three days. Jolene Kaiser, owner of Crossroads Coffee in Somerset, said the outage cut into her revenues. “It’s rough having to be closed, especially with Monday being one of our busiest mornings of the week,” Kaiser observed. “The amount of food we keep here is small enough that we were able to pack it up, bring it home and keep it cool; but the grocery store just up the road lost food.” One person taking a nuanced view of the incident is Laurel Brent-Bumb, who’s the CEO of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, as well as the founder of the Sustainable Forest Action Coalition. While Brent-Bumb is concerned about the PSPS program’s impacts on small businesses, years of studying forest fuel density in California has left her troubled about the other side of the equation, too. Brent-Bumb says she’s worried Placerville is one emergency away from suffering the same fate as Red Bluff and Santa Rosa. “What didn’t happen Monday was a catastrophic fire,” she pointed out. “What happened was a lot of residents and business owners were inconvenienced, and there was an economic impact, especially to the businesses that had perishables. But it worked in the sense that there wasn’t a fire.” Brent-Bumb added, “Why did the power take so long to turn back on? That’s my great concern now.”

locals wanted answers as they poured Kristine oase guth, manager of the el into county government chambers last Dorado County Emergency Preparedness week. It was Tuesday, October 16, and and Response program, told SN&R that some 5,600 residents of El Dorado County sheriff’s officials, firefighters and health still didn’t have power. By PG&E’s own workers are coordinating a plan for the admission, that included 245 “medical outages that might come next summer. baseline customers,” meaning people She said assisting elderly residents and who get extra allotments of electricity for people with fragile health will be a top special equipment needed for significant priority. A likely scenario, Guth added, health problems. would include opening various shelters The task of explaining what happened with generators to run medical equipment. fell on Aaron Johnson, vice president Asked if PG&E had shared its list of PG&E’s community wildfire safety of “medical baseline customers” with division. Johnson said the PSPS county officials, Guth responded program constantly monitors that it had not. weather forecasts, paying “We don’t have that close attention to a list,” she acknowledged. certain combination of “I don’t know if they dry conditions, low can share it because humidity and high of customer privacy winds. issues and HIPPA, “The wind is but either way, we’re what puts it over trying to figure out the top for us,” he ways to duplicate told supervisors. that same informaTeresa Lukini “It’s not that our tion, so we know resident, Mount Aukum equipment isn’t rated where those people are.” for those types of wind During the October 16 speeds—it certainly is—but board meeting, county leaders it’s more about the debris that didn’t press PG&E on whether it breaks loose and flies into our lines, could share its medical baseline customer potentially causing a line to come down list. Instead, several supervisors wondered and be a source for a spark.” aloud if it wasn’t time for every business Johnson went on to explain that winds of owner and resident of El Dorado County 25-to-35-mph and gusts, which are sudden to have their own generator. They also bursts of high winds, of 45-to-55-mph can discussed the need for residents to be selftrigger a power shut-off if conditions are dry reliant by having a personal action plans enough. He added a tree had just struck a for outages. Those sentiments didn’t go power line in a part of Amador County that over well with Teresa Lukini. was also blacked out, potentially avoiding Lukini, who lives near Mount Aukum, a fire. Johnson called that “a data point” to said during public comment that she has indicate he’d made the right decision. elderly neighbors, a mother on oxygen and Johnson also addressed why it was three family members with diabetes. She taking so long to restore power. stressed most of her neighbors can’t afford “The challenge with this program is that a generator, nor can they just take a trip once you make the decision, in advance of a when the power goes out. fire, to turn off power, we lose our eyes and “I have four generations of my family ears of the electrical grid,” he said. “Before in my house and it’s because they can’t we can reenergize that, we have to physiafford to live somewhere else, so going cally patrol the lines.” somewhere is not an option for most District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen people,” Lukini said. “If something were asked Johnson if there was a way for PG&E to have happened to my family, there to examine historic weather data and predict would have been no way to call the sheriff how often it might have to yank El Dorado or anybody. … It’s all dandy to say we County’s power. Johnson told her the have to buy a generator and be prepared company is exploring that possibility, but to have a plan. Well, maybe some people then noted she shouldn’t get her hopes up. don’t have a plan because they can’t “As weather continues to get more afford a plan.” Ω extreme in this state, the past will not necessary be a predictor of the future,” Johnson said soberly.

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Jewish groups at UC davis are not satisfied with the administration’s response to anti-Semitic fliers discovered on campus earlier this month. Noticed on October 8, the fliers depicted U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, George Soros and other prominent Jewish figures with the Star of David on their foreheads while seemingly blaming Jewish people for fabricating sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice brett Kavanaugh. The fliers credited the daily Stormer, a white supremacist website that has resurfaced on the dark web since getting banned by Google and Go Daddy. Shortly after news of the fliers spread, Chancellor Gary May released a statement denouncing their content and calling for compassion. But May didn’t mention the Jewish community outright, which drew a letter from more than a dozen Jewish groups on campus. “We are frustrated that hate incidents like these are continuously being swept under the rug, and that the community is choosing to look the other way,” the joint statement read. “[T]he campus’ response to this incident is insufficient and does not offer specific support for Jewish students.” May addressed the Jewish community directly in a letter two days later. The university is also planning a town hall and meetings with the Anti-Defamation League, but only after specific requests from the campus Jewish community. Anti-Semitism on UC Davis’ campus is nothing new. In 2016, anti-Semitic fliers were printed on campus computers asking “white men” if they were tired of Jewish people destroying the United States through immigration and degeneracy. In two separate 2015 incidents, swastikas were painted on a Jewish fraternity house and carved into cars in a university parking lot. (Dylan Svoboda)

rUral rent Control? Voters in the city of Sacramento might not be the only ones casting a ballot for rent stabilization in 2020. The same fight’s also starting to brew in rural, Republican-red el dorado County. On October 16, Kathy Kniffen of the Diamond Springs Mobile Home Park Homeowners Coalition, informed county supervisors that her group is hoping to get a rent control ordinance on the ballot by the next presidential election. The reason, she said, is that seniors in the community have recently been targeted by predatory property ownership groups from out of town. Kniffen started her presentation by referencing what has happened at the diamond Springs Mobile home park, where she says a Southern California company that purchased it in May is now drastically raising rents for the lots, as well as leveling new utility fees. Mobile home owners generally own their structures but pay rent for the lots they sit on. “These are people who are in their 70s, 80s—some are a hundred—and they’re terrified,” Kniffen told supervisors during public comment. In August, los angeles County supervisors passed a temporary rent control measure for mobile homes in their jurisdiction after rents began skyrocketing and owners protested. In Mountain View, mobile home owners have been demanding to be included in the groundbreaking rent control measures that were recently passed in that city. Kniffen told supervisors that mobile homeowners across El Dorado County would be organizing at the county’s veteran’s hall on October 25. “I don’t know where these people are going to go,” she said of the seniors on the verge of displacement. “Where are the elderly going to go?” (Scott Thomas Anderson)

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Amanda Blackwood, 35, became CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce on May 1. Photo by Graham Womack

Reloading the Metro Chamber New CEO Amanda Blackwood looks to revive chamber’s relevance following 2016 electoral gaffe by Graham Womack

When Brian Holloway’s membership in the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce came up for renewal a couple of years ago, it wasn’t difficult to move on. Holloway, a 68-year-old land development consultant based in East Sacramento, had been involved with the chamber off and on for years, even serving on its board. After the chamber’s political action committee put out an attack mailer on future Mayor Darrell Steinberg in the 2016 election, though, Holloway and at least six people he knew opted to leave. “My world is a very political world and you don’t want to be part of an organization that makes dumb political decisions,” Holloway told SN&R. “After the Steinberg faux pas, a lot of us felt that being a member of the chamber, especially being on the board, was kind of an albatross.” Roughly two years on, the chamber finds itself at a crossroads.

The organization’s latest chief executive officer and first woman to hold the position, Amanda Blackwood, started May 1 and is already leading the chamber in a more progressive direction. But she’s also dealing with residual fallout from people like Holloway, who’ve vowed never to return to what they view as an entity with diminishing influence. Holloway remembers a different time for the chamber, which dates to 1895 and today counts 1,400 businesses around the region as members. When Holloway returned to Sacramento after college, the chamber was a force at City Hall and county offices. “If there was a blue ribbon committee, the Metro Chamber was either the chair or had a number of seats,” Holloway said. Today, this role seems to be played more by the Greater Sacramento

Economic Council. Blackwood acknowledged that times have changed for chambers of commerce, not just in Sacramento but throughout the country. “Before [the] digital age, that was it,” Blackwood said of chambers. “When you moved to a city, if you were a resident or a business, the chamber of commerce was one of the first places that you went.” She continued, “Now, just with the internet in general, people can find out maybe what they want to know in a different way. So for chambers, you really have to understand what’s important [to people.]” The results of a strategic planning effort, begun under her predecessor Peter Tateishi, who left to become CEO of Associated General Contractors of California, should be known by year’s end. Blackwood has had to acknowledge other past problems for the chamber aside

from the 2016 mayoral snafu. In June, the Sacramento Business Journal noted that the chamber had over-reported its membership by at least 30 percent in years past. Blackwood told SN&R membership numbers shrank because the chamber changed its membership model and software program for tracking members. “There was no intention to do anything misleading in any way,” Blackwood said. “I think we are just consolidating data and saying, ‘We’re on a new system. We know this is clean. We can move forward with this and we want to be transparent about our numbers.’” In other respects, though, the chamber seems healthy. Its annual Washington, D.C. lobbying trip, Cap-to-Cap, went smoothly this spring, with the chamber known to bring the largest contingent in the country. Steinberg has also worked with the chamber on his “Thousand Strong” youth-hiring initiative and recently secured the chamber’s endorsement for Measure U, his sales tax measure on the November ballot. The mayor didn’t respond to an interview request, though he told SacTown Magazine in late 2016 he could forgive the mailer. Others have felt similarly, such as developer Mark Friedman who’s maintained his chamber membership. He was recently in Brooklyn with roughly 200 people as part of a chamber study mission. “I was disappointed in the way in which the political action committee handled its engagement in the mayoral race,” Friedman said. “But that did not undercut for me the other good work that the chamber does on a range of other issues.” Blackwood ran a consulting business before becoming head of the chamber and doesn’t have a college degree, though she was in the 2015-16 class for the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, an incubator for regional leaders. A 35-year-old mother of two and Land Park resident, Blackwood’s excited to be the first woman to lead the chamber. “There’s something very powerful when the person in a position of leadership understands your experience and looks like you,” Blackwood said. “It creates a safe space.” Friedman is bullish about her hire. “I thought it was actually a very, very bold and intelligent move to select her,” Friedman said. “She is clearly part of that new generation of young leaders who’re going to make a difference in Sacramento.” Ω 10.25.18 | SN&R | 13


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Crisis course correction Sacramento County declares homeless shelter crisis, wrestles with legality of its anti-camping law by Scott thomaS anderSon

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do more research before any vote is taken on Sacramento County leaders last week grappled officially changing the county’s anti-camping with the legal implications of their anti-camping ordinance. ordinance and then declared an official shelter They were more decisive when it came to crisis. The latter move puts the entire region one the next item of business—declaring a homeless step closer to harnessing a new funding source shelter crisis. It was a critical step for making meant to help those on the streets. sure the region can access the governor’s new The ground shifted for elected officials and Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or HEAP, law enforcement around the nation in early which will bring an additional $5.6 million of September when the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court shelter resources to the city of Sacramento and of Appeals ruled that issuing criminal citations $12.7 million to Sacramento Steps Forward, to people who are camping is, in some cases, the coordinating agency for front-line homeless cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling was services. leveled against the city of Boise, Idaho, which To get the money, both the city and is appealing the verdict. The city of Sacramento has decided to ignore the county had to declare a shelter crisis. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has indithe legal development until Boise’s appeal is cated the City Council will take the same heard. Meanwhile, Sacramento County vote by the end of the month. supervisors weighed their own Ben Avey, chief public affairs options October 16 as County “The officer for Steps Forward, said Counsel Robyn Truitt reviewed his agency is now reaching the Boise decision with them. city of out to the smaller cities “The city of Sacramento’s within Sacramento County Sacramento’s ordinance is to see if they plan to do almost word for word the ordinance is almost the same. same as Boise’s,” Truitt word for word the same “We’re finalizing what remarked. “Our [county] the partnership will look ordinance was written in as Boise’s.” like and who’s participat1971. It clearly hasn’t been ing,” Avey said, adding that Robyn Truitt updated or refreshed for Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County these times in this economy.” Citrus Heights and Folsom counsel Truitt said her interpretation have until the end of December to of the Boise ruling is that it’s decide. not a matter of anti-camping rules In August, Steps Forward held a public being unconstitutional, but rather how they’re workshop to unveil early conceptual ideas on applied. Specifically, she said, the issue comes spending the money and to get input from the down to whether a person has an alternative public. A number of homeless advocates who place to go or not. That problem comes up attended were put off by a lack of emphasis on enough that county rangers patrolling the American River Parkway have already changed adding new shelter beds. This week, Avey said the plan has evolved some of their tactics since the Boise ruling. to ensure that more shelter beds will be added, Rob Leonard, the deputy county executive both in the city and the county. for municipal services, told supervisors that “We did take public feedback from that rangers are no longer citing people for camping workshop into consideration and modified the without a permit, illegal camping or camping plan we’re forming to reflect that,” Avey noted. on public or private land. Leonard noted that “We’re excited. It’s not just about the money, rangers are continuing to cite individuals for it’s about the collaboration between the city and littering, starting camp fires, having dogs off the county and the continuum of care. That’s the leashes, possessing open alcohol containers and kind of collaboration it’s going to take to find bringing shopping carts into the greenway. solutions long-term.” Ω Raising concerns about wildfires and river pollution, the supervisors asked their staff to

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Finding ourselves through our elders American history books labeled Laos as ‘third world.’ My grandmother taught me what they missed. by Vlai ly

the farmland and their houses, they still yearn for My grandmother never talks about herself when that simplicity because it was a life devoted to I ask about her life in Laos. Instead, her stories spiritual and mental well-being for everyone, a always revolve around the people she loved. Her struggle was their struggle. Her triumph was their life true to their values. When I landed back into San Francisco, I triumph. Her life was their life. was immediately faced with the stark cost that This was true for all the elders’ stories I’ve came with the comfort and luxury of America. been fortunate enough to listen to, a truth that Homeless people panhandling for money during reveals to us that our lives are not our own—that Christmas week as hundreds of people walked we create community and community creates us. by paying them no attention. An incoherent man I never understood this sentiment growing being punched and thrown up as a Hmong American. onto the ground by security Beyond the sparse amount of guards as everyone watched partnering up and group work and recorded. in school, it was individualism The brief joy of being and competition we were back home was taken over by taught as the foundations this dense atmosphere of a for success. But, because I spiritually and mentally sick was Hmong, I never truly country lacking the values of understood individualism and community. competition. I never wanted to Like myself, I realized that place myself before others or so many Hmong Americans see anyone as beneath me. who have struggled to find Neither values from the their footing within this Hmong or Western culture country were always painfully truly fit my identity as a Vlai Ly is a Hmong-American writer and sensitive to the façade of a Hmong American. Everything photographer working in Sacramento. He “civilized” America, but we seemed to spill out the sides. wrote this essay while assisting SN&R simply didn’t have the words But finally, after college, I with the USC Annenburg Center for Health Journalism’s 2018 California Fellowship. to articulate what that feeling found myself in Laos in an was. I think we always felt attempt to really understand in our hearts that the cost of what it meant to be Hmong progress and success was the American. loss of a spiritual bond, not only shared between My initial Western perspective was to view friends and family, but with the larger community the chaotic traffic and dusty roads as “undeveloped,” but my heart was transfixed by the strange as well. So, it was Laos, and the elders, that taught me beauty of intuition, trust and respect that people that we create community and community creates had for one another, foreigners and locals alike. us. To nurture one is to nurture the other. Children still played around the city at night. American history books always labeled Laos There were no traffic laws besides the unspoken as “third world” or “undeveloped.” But my trust that drivers and pedestrians placed on one American home is the most undeveloped when it another. People’s lives were not defined by their comes to knowing that the most important thing jobs or salaries, but through the love shared in life are people. Regardless of whether they are between friends and family. Of course, personal family or strangers, successful or struggling, alike strife and struggle was constant in their lives, but or unlike you, to be Hmong American means to they knew that spiritual and mental well-being be there for everyone, to struggle and succeed mattered most. They didn’t get lost in the materitogether like our grandparents did when they alistic chase that divides America so deeply. Ω The elders always tell me that they miss living came to this country together. in Laos. Despite the long hours walking between

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A tale of two cities by jeff vonkaenel

When I heard that the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce chose Brooklyn for its 20th annual study mission, I thought it was an odd choice. Sacramento is a city of trees, Brooklyn is celebrated in one of America’s best novels for one tree growing in it. Sacramento was really just a fort before the 1850 gold rush, and didn’t become a major metro area until after World War II; Brooklyn has several hundred years of history. The two cities could not be more different. But in my seven trips with the chamber, I have always come away with a new perspective on the problems and opportunities that we face in our capital region. So off I went earlier this month, spending several days with 100 Sacramento businesspeople, nonprofit and government staff and a dozen or so elected officials, going from one workshop to another, meeting with local Brooklyn experts. The scheduled workshops focused on workforce development, housing creation, waterfront parks and transit. Yet for me, the major takeaway from our study mission was income inequality, or as Mayor Bill de Blasio described it in his first state of the city address in 2014, “Tale of Two Cities”: one city focused on the financial sector that is doing extremely well, and then the other city where everyone else exists. In his address, the mayor said that “for millions in this city—New Yorkers living in all five boroughs—the economic rebound hasn’t just been slow in coming. It seems a distant fantasy—with the ladder up to the good life stretching farther and farther out of reach. … 46 percent of our city’s residents live at or near the poverty line. Our middle class isn’t just squeezed; it’s at risk of disappearing altogether.” And that’s what we experienced: One city for the small number of rich

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“People can go to any Vote Center they choose and cast their ballot,” Dramer said, noting that Voter’s Choice eliminated assigned polling places. Another exciting new opportunity for voters through Voter’s Choice is eligible voters may also register to vote at any Vote Center and vote the same day. The California Endowment is supporting efforts to promote the Voter’s Choice Act and increase civic engagement through voting.

Organize Sacramento, which is part of the Sacramento.VOTE Coalition, has received support from The California Endowment to educate voters on the Voter’s Choice Act, which expands the number of days and ways voters in Sacramento County can vote. Courtesy photo

As part of its get-out- the-vote effort, the coalition is distributing 50,000 “More Ways, More Days” leaflets, printed in both English and Spanish, which will be distributed through local organizations, churches, synagogues and temples, and on public transportation. Leaflets in Hmong/English are being disseminated by coalition member Hmong Innovating Politics. Under the Voter’s Choice Act changes in the June 5 Primary, the county’s voter turnout increased 12 percentage points over 2014’s mid-term Primary — an impressive increase for the county’s first experience with the new voting system.

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Prentice White stands in front of Chicago’s on Broadway, a barbershop he’s owned for 16 years in the changing oak Park neighborhood.

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heart Sacramento’s black barbershops bore witness to a turbulent history—but can they survive gentrification and new legal challenges? story and photo by Kris HooKs

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rentice White switched his hair clippers on for the umpteenth time. It was around noon on a late summer Saturday, and he’d already cut three men’s hair, had two people waiting, and me sitting in his barber chair. “Bald fade, right?” White asked. “Yup, yup,” I replied. Our exchange was almost second nature, despite it being only my second time in Chicago’s on Broadway in 12 years. The atmosphere inside hadn’t changed since high school. But the world outside the shop’s widescreen windows had. “Does it ever get weird seeing white people walking their small dogs in Oak Park?” I asked. “Yes, definitely,” White said.

Like a lot of predominantly black and brown neighborhoods in Sacramento, progress happens without consent or consultation. Homes have flipped, rents raised. Vacant lots have been filled by modern lofts the locals can’t afford. Small businesses that once served people of color have been replaced with cafes, juice bars and white-owned barbershops. Some say this all started around 2003, when not-yet-Mayor Kevin Johnson sunk some of his NBA riches into the neighborhood he grew up in, opening the 40 Acres Business Complex on Broadway. Johnson, the wealthy, charismatic, prodigal son, planted his flag in Oak Park—with all its crime, poverty and political neglect— announcing it as a place ripe for investment. More than a decade later, that promise is being realized at a dizzying pace. The flip side of progress is gentrification—and sometimes the two are indistinguishable.

Chicago’s is a remnant of old Oak Park. White’s owned the spot for 16 years. As so many black barbers before him, he’s a witness to history—and a survivor of it. “I’m just one of those that can see the greatness in the midst of adversity or issues,” he told me later. “You gotta find the good.” Forged during the messy last throes of slavery, the black barbershop (and later salon) is a perennial institution in African-American culture. Call them secular churches, call them tip-driven community centers, call them trash-talking town halls—they are first and foremost spaces where black people can discuss life, relationships, current events and sports while getting a low fade with a taper in the back for him, or a hot comb

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uncomfortably close to the nape of the neck for her. “The barbershop is like a constantly evolving museum in a sense, because there’s so much history there,” observed Justin Tinsley, a culture writer for ESPN’s The Undefeated. “But it also teaches you about life and what your future may hold.” The future of these iconic black-owned businesses has never been guaranteed. For more than a century, they’ve withstood all manner of social and economic upheaval. In Sacramento, in just the past decade, they’ve had to contend with tragic shootings, racist vandalism and recessions. Now, a state Supreme Court ruling has put the shops’ very economic model in doubt, just as many try to walk a tightrope between long overdue revitalization and unbidden displacement. Black barbershops are no stranger to adversity. But can they keep surviving the future?

Out Of the emancipatiOn fire, intO the gentrificatiOn pOt The history of the black barbershop is similar to the history of most black-owned businesses in America—created out of necessity on the heels of emancipation. In this sense, as Quincy T. Mills wrote in his book Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barbershops in America, the black barbershop and salon maintain

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equal footing with the black church in the African-American consciousness. “This sphere encompasses the private and public, individual and collective interests that organize these spaces,” Mills writes. “Barbershops are locations of economic exchange, but are also spaces that facilitate public discourse.” It wasn’t always like that. In the early 19th century, black barbershops specifically catered to wealthy white men. These shops were sometimes run by ostensibly free black men, who controlled just a modicum of their own time in a period of history when black people controlling their own bodies was an anomaly. But most shops were run by enslaved black men, who used their talents as a means of survival.

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“In the black barber-white patron relationship of the 19th century,” Mills writes, “whites exercised their political power in the barbershop by dictating whom their barbers could shave. With Black customers, barbers wielded much more control over what happened inside their shops.” Following the Emancipation Proclamation, enterprising AfricanAmericans turned their trade into some of the first black-owned businesses. More than 155 years later, the flickers of the past return in unexpected ways.

Take the weird—and widely unknown— story behind the demise of Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut. In 2003, Johnson’s St. Hope Development Corp. bought and began renovating the historic Guild Theatre and Woodruff Hotel. With loans and grants from the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Johnson transformed the properties into his 40 Acres Business Complex—named after the famed “40 acres and a mule” that former slaves were promised (but never received) as reparations. While the Guild remained, the hotel was converted into loft apartments, an art gallery, Underground Books (run by Johnson’s mother Georgia West) and Uncle Jed’s Cut Hut (run by Johnson’s brother Ronnie West). Like the rest of the businesses at 40 Acres, Uncle Jed’s had a cultural inspiration. According to Jalil Muhammad, one of Uncle Jed’s original barbers, the shop was named after Margaret King Mitchell’s 1998 children’s book Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. It’s a tale of African-American adversity told through the lens of Sarah Jean, a young black girl growing up in the segregated South, where her favorite uncle, Jededaiah Johnson, yearned to one day open his own barbershop. Uncle Jed saved money for years, but when the Great Depression hit and Sarah Jean needed an emergency operation, he used all of his savings to help his family. When Uncle Jed finally opens his barbershop, he’s 79. Uncle Jed’s in Oak Park had sort of a flipped storyline, starting strong and disappearing before its time. The barbershop lasted 13 years—replaced suddenly last year by Bastille Barbers, a hipster salon opened by local barbers Anthony Giannotti and Brandon Taber. Giannotti also owns Anthony’s Barbershop on 21st Street and Bottle & Barlow on R Street. Locals howled at the optics—longtime black barbershop closes for

renovation, only to be replaced by a business catering to hipsters. The story of why Uncle Jed’s closed is still disputed. Ask black Oak Park residents, and they’ll likely say a black-owned barbershop was kicked out and replaced by a white-owned barbershop just like most businesses in the historically black neighborhood. Others might say the barbershop was struggling and Johnson wanted to expand Old Soul. Muhammad says the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Johnson did want to expand the busy café, but ultimately it didn’t pan out and the barbershop closed in vain, Muhammad said. “When [Johnson] opened that shop, he intended it to be for the black community,” Muhammad said. “For him to implement a black essence in a part [of the city] that was considered ran down and demised, tells me that his intentions were for good with that barbershop. “Now that Oak Park is being gentrified, people are looking at [Johnson] like he’s the reason it happened. I don’t blame him for that, because he came and invested in a part of town that everyone forgot about.” Still, it’s difficult to refute Uncle Jed’s closure as a symbol of Oak Park’s gentrification. Muhammad says two of Uncle Jed’s barbers wanted to open a new shop across the street, at the site of newly built lofts, but were told by the developers that they “weren’t going to open no more barbershops in Oak Park.” (SN&R couldn’t independently verify this story.) “Out of all the businesses that could matter in Oak Park, why not a barbershop?” Muhammad asked. “Especially a black one. Now, you have—I forget what it’s called, but it’s a white shop. It’s a white shop.”

hair tOday, gOne tOmOrrOw Five barbershops serve customers of color along the Broadway corridor, stretching from Alhambra Boulevard to Stockton Boulevard. Two doors down from Chicago’s faded

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burgundy awning is Ace of Fades, run by one of White’s longtime friends, Lance Washington. Cutting hair here since 2003, when K.J. opened 40 Acres, Washington takes a less optimistic view of the changes rippling through Oak Park. He and White are a study in contrasting worldviews. Where White is a “look on the bright side” kind of guy, Washington is more of a “once bitten, twice shy” skeptic. And with good reason. After questioning the rebranding of Oak Park’s north side as the Triangle District in 2014, Washington says his shop was vandalized—twice. “It’s kind of scary to say, because with some people here in Oak Park, you got to say the right stuff,” Washington said. He points to the back of his shop. “I had a window busted out right here,” Washington said. “Then the door got kicked in. Two incidents happened after I spoke out about that. It was just weird, man.” Owning a business in communities of color, which suffer from both too much attention (law enforcement) and not enough (political representation, food deserts, health disparities, joblessness, etc.), sometimes means learning the furies have swept inside. In February 2017, Supreme Barber Lounge on the Tahoe Park side of Broadway was broken into and robbed. The perpetrators spray-painted swastikas on the walls. The racist graffiti was removed, but months later the shop’s front window was busted for second time. The shop closed that same year. Coming back from such hostility isn’t easy. Just ask Sharie Thompson-Wilson, who owns DreamGirls Fine Hair Imports in Elk Grove. The same year that Supreme Barber was vandalized, Thompson-Wilson discovered a racist note on the door of her salon, located in the city’s historic Old Town. The note threatened a “hunt” of black people and included a racist epithet. The incident made national headlines, but wasn’t the first time Thompson-Wilson endured racism in the area.

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“I’ve had people say racist things to me. That was just the first time I’ve ever had a note,” said Thompson-Wilson, whose shop has been in its location for 10 years. “I’ve had feces thrown at my front door before. We’ve had people call and be like, ‘Go back to South Sac, niggers.’ But that’s been going on since I’ve been here.” Now, barbers and salon owners have another thing to worry about. A California Supreme Court decision in April redefined who can work as an independent contractor. More simply put: If a barber works inside of a barbershop, he or she can’t be considered an independent contractor and will have to be classified as an employee of the shop. Giannotti’s Bottle & Barlow lost its entire crew following the ruling, prompting the owner to hold a workshop on how the ruling would affect businesses like his. Muhammad, who now owns Fadez on 20th, says the ruling is just another obstacle those in his resilient profession will adapt to and overcome.


“Being a barber, most people just have to worry about paying their rent, and most don’t pay taxes,” Muhammad said. “So I see it as a gift and a curse. They’ll learn how to run the business side of things, but it’ll come at a cost. Either way, it’ll be a while before it changes—if it does.”

Final cut Prentice White pointed the remote at the flat screen TV mounted on the wall. “What’s that one DMX movie where he’s getting back in the dope game?” he asked no one in particular. “Was that Cradle to the Grave?” one customer asked. “Naw, that was the one with Jet Li,” said the man sitting in White’s barber chair waiting for a haircut. “I thought that was the one with Aaliyah,” I offered. Here’s the thing: You can describe any DMX movie from 1998 to 2004 and you’d get the same synopsis. The rapper-turnedactor plays some sort of drug dealer in a hyper-sensationalized film showing black people as gangbangers and drug dealers about to leave the dope game before something pulls them back in. Black barbershops and salons are sort of like DMX movies of that era, in that they’re all the same, yet different. Then again, Chicago’s isn’t just a barbershop. On the first Tuesday of every month, it serves as a gathering place for a small fellowship of black men, teenagers and young boys to discuss the intersection of God, culture and social justice. On a Tuesday night in August, about a dozen mostly older black men and one young boy came to talk about mass incarceration. “Anybody have any idea what mass incarceration is about?” moderator Shawn Williams posed. The question sparked a lively discussion about how the prison system affects the home, the school-to-prison pipeline and even the National Rifle Association’s hypocrisy when it comes to black people’s Second Amendment rights. “If every black person went out and got the Saturday night special—bought a gun and 100 bullets—and joined the NRA, the NRA would shut down,” one deep-voiced man said. “It’s like when Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party went to the state Capitol armed with rifles and the NRA wasn’t having it,” another man shouted from a couch. “Why do y’all think that is?” Williams asked. “Because that ain’t for us,” the child said in an almost hushed tone.

The discussion hopscotched. Participants disagreed, contradicted and debated about who to blame for oppression, when to stop blaming the school system and start blaming the parents and when black people will collectively stop blaming white people for all of society’s ills. Guys auditioned provocative stances without fear of shame or reprisal. They refined their thoughts in real time. They created a space for each other to grow. That’s what barbershops are about, says ESPN’s Tinsley. “Yeah, people talk a lot of dumb shit in the barbershop, but there’s honestly some really good discussions about being a man and how to operate in the world,” Tinsley said. “It’s eternal in a sense, because it’s a safe haven.” White agrees. “It’s about the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is helping each other,” White said after the meeting. “If you got something good, it’s not good to keep it for yourself. Let’s give it to each other so that we can uplift and edify each other on the things that we don’t know.” The barbershop as a pretense for personal improvement is one reason White became a barber. The Inland Empire-born, Sacramento-raised White said he started cutting hair at 11 years old. He was cutting hair as a side hustle out of his house when one of his clients, Petri Hawkins-Byrd—known to many as the bailiff of the daytime court show Judge Judy—asked him if he ever thought of making it his profession. “I told him I had never really thought about it,” White said. “[Byrd] told me if I was serious about it, ‘I’ll go ahead and take care of you up front with the cash, and you just pay me back in cuts.’ That’s what I did, and that’s what got me moving.” In 2001, White began his apprenticeship at Another Look in South Sacramento, a local shop where many current barber and salon owners got their start. Two years later, White left Another Look for Chicago’s on Broadway, one of many black-owned barbershops on the north side of Oak Park. “They used to call this the barber haven,” White said as he began listing all of the barbershops he remembers on Broadway. Many are still there today. Looking out his window, at a neighborhood still figuring out what it wants to be, White hopes his business will stand the test of time. “I hope and I pray that my barbershop will be a beacon in the community, man,” he said. Ω

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Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street; 8 p.m.; Tickets $39.50-$59.50; Myfavoritemurder.com.

Fang out Shannon McCabe’s Vampire Ball: mingle with vampires of centuries’ past like Dracula and his dearest Mina from the Bram Stoker’s gothic horror novel, along with dedicated humans who enjoy to act the part of the undead. This otherworldly gathering on Saturday, October 27, celebrates its 10th anniversary and honors the original vampyre, Nosferatu. For one

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California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front Street; 8 p.m.; Tickets $30-$65; Vampireball.net.

Summon Old Sacto spirits Ghost tours: Every Friday and Saturday evening, Sacramento’s Living History Museum hosts annual

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Old Sacramento’s Living History Museum, 101 I Street, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Tickets $15; Sachistorymuseum.org/tours/ghost-tours.

Jig to the dead Old Ironsides’ Annual Dead Rock Stars Show: The loudest Halloween party that celebrates the music of late rock gods and goddesses is the annual Dead Rock Stars Halloween Show. On Saturday, October 27, Old Ironsides hosts 19 bands throughout the day and night. Local talent will summon the spirits who continue to rock our eardrums from beyond the grave. Expect appearances by the Phantom Jets, Drop Dead Red, Whoville, King Petty Party and more. A costume contest with first, second and third place prizes begins at 9:40 p.m., so get creative this year with your best Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain or Janis Joplin-inspired attire. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th Street, 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Tickets $5-$7; Theoldironsides.com.

SpaceWalker’s Funky Spooktacular: On Halloween night, stop by SpaceWalker’s Funky Spooktacular at Harlow’s. The star-travelling beat-maker invites fans to the mystical land of Funktronica, where “fun is immortal and the freak flags always fly.” This transcendental experience promises a patio pre-show carnival billed as the Cosmic Cantina Carnival, and during the show: tarot card readings, a costume contest and live performances by electronic musical anomalies Gnarboots, burlesque performer Mone’t Ha-Sidi


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and an all-night dance party led by the funktastic DJ Larry. Harlow’s, 2708 J Street, 8:30 p.m.; Tickets $11-$22; Harlow’s.com.

VgDb’s Halloween cover show: Remember Halloween as Danzig would prefer it by joining Vinnie Guidera & the Dead Birds as they cover all the classic songs by the Misfits. This eclectic night of live music also includes performances by doom metal band Chrome Ghost as Nirvana, and Shotgun Sawyer as The Doors. Press Club, 2030 P Street; 8 p.m.; Tickets $10; facebook. com/thepressclub.

Uncover history at night the Haunted Fort: Sutter’s Fort is visited daily by crowds of school children who travel near and far to hear about Sacramento’s original agricultural and trade colony (that was also the first non-Indigenous community in the Central Valley). But come dusk, the fort takes on a mysterious vibe with its annual Haunted Fort performances. On Saturday, October 27, this familyfriendly event let’s history buffs explore the historic fort by moonlight and learn the tales of its storied halls and grounds. With infamous ties to the Donner Party, the gold rush era and the formation of Sacramento, the Haunted Fort hosts interactive stations with docents ready to spill all the spooky details of pioneer life that checker this monument’s past. What’s more, B Street Theatre will perform an original eight-minute play inspired by the fort’s history. Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, 2701 L Street, performance times vary; Tickets $6-$10; Suttersfort.org/event/ hauntedfort2018.

Scream-worthy stops Scare houses and makeshift haunted mansions; scary clowns and chainsawwielding psychopaths popping out at every corner; those tropes truly stir up memories from my adolescence. But who says the kids should have all the fun, especially on Halloween? For curated frights conjured up by professional scream park and haunted house enthusiasts, visit one or more of these terrifying haunts: ultimate terror scream Park: Through November 3, follow the sounds of bloodcurdling screams as you and your closest allies navigate through three haunted houses like Paranormal Playground, The Optic Surgeon and Cabin Sickness. This place was named the “Best in the West by Forbes.” You’re going to want to call your mom after this one. 4909 Auburn Boulevard; Times vary; Tickets $25.99$30.99; screamparkcalifornia.com.

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cemetarium Haunted House: Scaring people for 15 years, choose between three haunts like the Cremetarium, Psycho Citrus and the Zombie Heights. 7983 Arcadia Drive in Citrus Heights; Times vary; Tickets $8-$22, ticket bundles available; cemetariumhauntedhouse.com.

Heartstoppers Haunted House: There are four creepy settings here that are sure to spook even the most machismo in your group. Choose between Deadlands, a desolate town infected by zombies; Steamghast Asylum, an empty estate turned government-run, haunted insane asylum; Underland, a hunt to find a twisted version of Alice from the classic children’s tale. (This room is also in 3D for three times the scariness.) And then there’s Murk, a mine shaft-themed room with a large collection of bones. But how did they get here? 2300 Mine Shaft Lane in Rancho Cordova; Times vary; Tickets $25-$40 and $80 annual passes; heartstoppershaunt.com.

Escape a serial killer Escape rooms have surged in popularity over the last five years in the Sacramento area. The real life challenges put teams together in rooms of varying themes. The goal is usually is to solve puzzles and escape successfully in under an hour. Here’s a sampling of some of best ones in the area: norcal Escape co.’s condemned 2: Halloween Escape: This Halloweenthemed take on the original Condemned 2 model runs through November 4. It’s a 90-minute escape experience where a twisted kidnapper splits the party into two groups. They’ll have to work together to advance through whispering halls, round eerie corners and solve mind-numbing puzzles before the clock runs out. 3076 Colusa Highway, Suite B in Yuba City; Times vary; Tickets are $35 per person; norcalescape.co.

Exit strategy games: torture chamber: It’s dark. It’s cold. Blood drips from the walls. A psychotic serial killer has trapped your party of friends in two separate jail cells. Will you escape before he returns? The Torture Chamber was recently remodeled, so even if you’ve successfully conquered this game once, it’s nothing like it used to be, according to Exit Strategy staff. This location is open on Halloween night. 9833 Kent Street in Elk Grove; Times vary; Tickets are $35 per person; exitstrategygames.com.

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of the killer’s victims, which reveal the four digit code that will open the door to freedom. Otherwise, you’re dead! 5400 Power Inn Road, Suite B; Tickets $35 per person; californiaescaperoom.com.

Watch a classic Frankenstein: Captured live in 2011 at the National Theatre Stage in London, Frankenstein stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock the TV series, Thor: Ragnarok) and Johnny Lee Miller (Trainspotting, Mindhunters) who alternate between two characters, the young mad scientist Victor Frankenstein, and his infamous monster creation. See the classic on Tuesday, October 30. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel, an early example of science fiction that serves as a commentary on scientific responsibility. Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive; 7 p.m.; Tickets $20, readingcinemasus.com/tower.

Psycho: The film that drove paranoia into those who dare shower at a backwoods motel can rejoice on Halloween night. Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho plays at Tower Theatre, where those either familiar and even unfamiliar with the tale of the Bates Motel and it’s troubled caretaker, Norman, are sure to be spooked. Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive; 7 p.m.; Tickets $10.50; readingcinemasus.com/tower.

beetlejuice: Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Is he here? No. But, the cult classic film starring Michael Keaton as the obnoxious demon is showing at the Crest Theatre on Sunday, October 28. Grab a date, a friend or go it alone with other fans of one of Tim Burton’s best. Heck, dress up as your favorite character, whether it be the cryptic Lydia Deetz, Adam and Barbara Maitland, or the receptionist from the hellish afterlife waiting room between worlds. Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street, doors open at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. showtime; Tickets $7.50-$9.50; crestsacramento.com. Ω

Press Start for concierto There’s nothing like seeing Journey Live, and I’m not talking about the ’80s rock band. Far from it. one part twitch livestream of an award-winning video game with the same name, one part orchestral performance of its soundtrack, October 16 brought a haunting classical score to the Harris center, conducted by the baton and guided by the choices of an onstage gamer. If you’re not familiar, Journey is an atmospheric exploration video game where players control a robed wanderer through the desert toward a distant mountain, sometimes interacting with other online players anonymously as they traverse sandstorms and arcane ruins. Originally released in 2012 on the Playstation 3, it earned an impressive 92 out of 100 metacritic score from reviewers, who many said it reinforced that video games could be considered art. “The awe that comes from cresting your first hill and spotting the mountain on the horizon is paired expertly with the fear that stems from exploring the ancient caverns beneath your destination,” Wrote IGN about the game. Fans love it incessantly. When Journey composer Austin Wintory launched a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign to tour a live concert/gameplay mashup, he instead got $52,000 and reached its original pledge goal within two hours. The result is bewildering and spectacular. Composer Patrick O’Malley, who worked with Wintory to streamline Journey’s original soundtrack, masterfully cued sections of the ensemble to stay in synch with the gamer. When the player encountered a guardian, a mechanized serpentlike flying creature, the sharp sting of a live orchestra made it all the more harrowing. But even with O’Malley’s stringent command, the music’s only as good as the musicians are. Though the Fifth House Ensemble were mostly dexterous with its instruments—the bassoon, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, oboe, violin and more—there were a few obvious signs of fatigue. The two violins, though exquisitely bouncing off each other like songbirds, occasionally missed beats. The flutes didn’t properly crescendo, which caused them to flutter out trying to hold long notes. Although the gamers switched every 25 minutes, providing a welcomed variety in personality and gameplay on screen, the orchestra monotonously repeated bars because a couple of the gamers got stuck during their session. Some in-game moments even felt forced, like panning the camera to see the sun-drenched horizon eclipse the sand dunes, but the gamers never committed to showing the audience the views, so it came across as unnecessary and disorienting. As the game reached its final climax, so did the orchestra. An elegant singer draped in a red dress sauntered to the stage. Her voice was soft yet powerful as she performed the final track, “I Was Born For This,” a mishmash of languages and excerpts of poetry. It was as majestic as it was magnificent. If the lyrics to the song mean anything, it’s that Journey Live at the Harris Center was born for this, born for combining the visual with the auditory in such an effortless way that a classical music connoisseur can marvel at, a gamer can revel in, and everyone in between can enjoy.

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and just as effervescent as champagne. Pair it with a slice of the sweetest, creamiest apple cheesecake on the menu. No one leaves Delfino’s without a sample of their popular Walkin’ Pie: pie dough stuffed with delicate ringlets of spiced apples and an optional ladle of cider sauce. With ample space for walking, sitting and eating, this stop has a more modern, mountain-y and secluded feel than other Apple Hill attractions, so feel free to roam the orchards and marvel at the lush flower garden. 3205 North Canyon Road in Camino; delfinofarms.com.

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Sweets, sips and memorable stops along the historic Apple Hill trail by Amy Bee

Every fall, I pack up the husband and our dog and drive up Highway 50. I enjoy how the dry, golden hillsides of Folsom transform into the woodsy backcountry of Eldorado National Forest. This routine jaunt is marked by my favorite time of year—Apple Hill season. We always stop at the closest farm and indulge in thick slices of apple pie and mounds of apple dumplings followed by spiced apple cake paired with sweet caramel apple milkshakes (and maybe a tri-tip sandwich for good measure). Yet after the gluttony, no matter how satisfying, we lose all motivation (and mobility) to explore any farther. Not this year. This year, I took my little family to Apple Hill armed with a plan, a map and an app. We spent a long day enjoying all the different attractions that make up 30

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this association of over 50 local family farms. From corn mazes and pony rides to Bluestone Meadow’s old-fashioned pumpkin trebuchet (a fancy word for catapult, only through October), to wineries, bakeries, and artisan craft fairs, it’s impossible to take it all in during one visit. With that in mind, here are the top places to visit at Apple Hill that offer delicious bites and even breathtaking views. That is, if you’re willing to resist the urge to pull over at the first farm you see and stuff your face full of pie. Sips and sweets. Four years in production, and first year on tap, Delfino Farms offers a delicious hard cider called Henrietta Stich, named after Great Grandma Henrietta. At 7.5 percent alcohol by volume, the cider is light, tart

History lesson. No frills-yet-picturesque Larsen’s Apple Barn might be easy to pass on by, but don’t. They have one of the most intriguing destinations at Apple Hill: A family museum. A giant outbuilding holds not just tools of the apple farming trade from late 1800s to the 1930s, but the Larson family also recreated—like a movie set—“early home life” living spaces, complete with giant mannequins and stuffed dolls. Yes, it’s a little creepy. But I especially enjoyed seeing all the apple-separating machines and even an old-timey pioneer wagon. Don’t forget to visit their giant barn store on your way out; with its extensive array of apples to purchase, as well as a fantastic pear cider.

2461 Larsen Drive in Camino; larsenapplebarn.com.

For the kids. There are several fun stops for kids at Apple Hill, and Apple Ridge Farms is at the top of the heap. Less a farm and more like a mini theme-park, Apple Ridge has a working mining station to unearth gemstones, a convoluted maze with walls almost too high to get a parent’s help, pony rides, nature trails and face painting. The whole family wins when it comes to food, because I found the best barbecue tri-tip here at Apple Ridge, with perfectly spiced cuts of beef on a thick hoagie and sharp, vinegary sauce on the side. I stood confounded at the bakery, seduced by cinnamon rolls, and beguiled by fruit blossoms and dumplings, but settled on a slice of Dutch apple pie spiced with a nice kick of cinnamon. I couldn’t help but order a whole pie to take home. 1800 Larsen Drive in Camino; appleridgepies.com.

Freshly picked. If you’re looking to pick apples, Denver Dan’s Apple Patch is where it’s at. I was impressed at how many orchards people can wander through, picking apples and putting them in quaint little buckets. Crops vary based on season, but when I was there, trees were dripping with beautiful, multicolored apples. For a different U-pick experience, head out to 24 Carrot Farm, where vine-ripened cherry tomatoes were just waiting to be plucked on one visit. For even more fun, walk the rows of blooming flowers to pick and make a gorgeous bouquet. 24 Carrot Farms also offers U-pick strawberries and pumpkins when in season. On the way back to my car, I found a marshy pond with a short pier. As I stood there quietly, I realized I wasn’t alone. I was surrounded by dozens of green frogs (some of them scary-big). The frogs, the flowers and the fruit-stand feel made 24 Carrot Farm one of my favorite stops. 4354 Bumblebee Lane in Camino, denverdansapplepatch.com; 2731 Jacquier Road in Placerville, 24carrotfarms.com.

Drive-by. Just driving through? Don’t forget to grab the freshest, piping-hot apple cider donuts at Rainbow Orchard. If you can find parking, stop at High Hill Ranch for delicious apple milkshakes and gooey Carmellow Cups (a generous dollop of fluffy marshmallow drowning in a plethora of soft caramel). O’Halloran’s Apple Trail Ranch has holidays covered with a pumpkin patch and Christmas tree farm. The pony rides at Abels Apple Acres are worth a pit stop, and the Fudge Factory has over 50 flavors of fudge available at any given time. 2569 Larsen Drive in Camino, rainboworchards.net; 2901 High Hill Road in Placerville, highhill ranch.com; 2345 Carson Road in Placerville, abelsappleacres.com.

There’s a lot to taste and experience at Apple Hill, and most of it involves apples—the sheer amount of apple pies alone will keep you busy for a day. A good plan to tackle all the attractions is to download a map at applehill.com and also download its very handy app at an app store of your choice. Ω


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A few decades ago, when Sam’s Hof Brau on 17th and J Streets was thriving, several friends and I frequented the old-school establishment following evening work shifts. A towering turkey or pastrami sandwich and few pitchers of cold lager were standing orders. But it was also common to hear older men at the bar ordering tomato beers. For a young beer drinker, it seemed like heresy. Who’d ruin a perfectly good crisp beer in a frosty mug by adding tomato juice? And who knew a host of beer-infused cocktails would become a thing? Purists may still gawk at the concoctions. But with age comes maturity and a more developed palate—or a least an open mind. Beer mixed with nearly anything these days is a cocktail. Many varieties of the traditional Michelada are popular around Sacramento. The beer cocktail list also includes a Coronarita, Caip-beerinha, Mexican Bullfrog, Snakebite and Shandy. Mary Valasquez of El Salvador and Angela Greer of Mexico usually work the register and tables at Midtown Taqueria on 37th and J streets. They move quickly in a small space behind the counter with Salim Doumit, who runs the place. Sometimes Valasquez or Greer step aside to create a Michelada. It’s a small meal of drinkable art. Offered in a heavy goblet is a mixture of an on-tap or bottled beer of choice, mixed with Clamato and lime juices. Tajin chili seasoning surrounds the brim, with two slices of lime and two shrimp as garnishes. If you’re lucky (I was) a third shrimp awaits at the bottom of the glass.

Oscar Escobar, bar manager at Cantina Alley (2320 Jazz Alley), has a different take. Escobar is known for his drinks served in fruit, but his Michelada is in demand. “The Michelada is a concoction of clam juice, tomato juice and about seven different spices (the mixture is a secret),” Escobar said. “Typically, we use a Mexican beer. You don’t want to use a stout or anything too hoppy. ... With the Michelada, we’ve added pork rinds as a garnish. That gives it another level a flavor.” Escobar isn’t a fan of the newfangled Coronarita, sometimes called a Mexican Bullfrog. But he’ll serve one if asked. It’s a frozen margarita with a bottle of beer presented upside down in the glass. Sip the margarita with a straw and the beer steadily fills the glass while diluting the margarita. And consider some of the other options: A Shandy is a beer-lemonade mix. A Snakebite is a mixture of lager and cider or a dark beer combined with hard cider. A Caipirinha is beer, Cachaca (fermented sugarcane), sugar and lime. Bill Farrell has owned SoCal’s Tavern (5200 Folsom Boulevard) since 1995. A thirsty patron can order a beer cocktail by any name. But what they’ll get is the only variety the Farrell family and its employees serve—a Bloody Mary beer. It’s the famous drink, with beer replacing the vodka. Horseradish and Worcestershire sauce are added. Forget the shrimp, lime slices or pork rinds. The Bloody Mary beer has one primary purpose. It’s a good cure for a hangover. Ω

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Lyndsay Burch directed Martyna Majok’s prize-winning dissection of the American dream as experienced by a Polish immigrant woman (strikingly portrayed by Dana Brooke). Tue

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8pm and Sun 2pm. Through 11/10; $10-$20; Celebration

August Wilson’s play is second in a 10-play cycle chronicling African American life in each decade of the 20th century. Set in 1911, its characters are not that far removed from slavery and certainly are not free of its horrors. An outstanding cast directed by James Wheatley delivers Wilson’s drama with power and conviction. Th 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat

Arts Theatre, 2727 B St., (916) 455-2787, celebrationarts.net. J.C.

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When you think of a neighborhood bar, you think of Cheers—a place where everybody knows your name. It’s a local gathering spot where drinks are filled and confessions spilled, where friendships and loyalties are forged and sometimes broken, and where the pulse and politics of a community can be read. Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat, now playing at Capital Stage, is set in a neighborhood bar in Reading, Pennsylvania, a town that was sustained by blue-collar industrial factory workers for generations. But in 2000, black clouds loomed overhead, and line workers gathered after shifts to drink and trade jokes, stories and increased rumors of picket lines, layoffs and factory closures. Sweat shifts back and forth between 2000 and 2008, following a cast of characters and their stories— a haunting look at the past that helped create the present political climate of division and tension. It’s the narrative of the Rust Belt and other hard-hit areas, where the disillusioned and demoralized working class feels increasingly disenfranchised. Helping set the time and tone of each era is a television that airs news clips on the economy, trade deals, politics and the closing of local plants, while a jukebox plays relevant and timely songs. The large, nine-member cast is completely captivating, with the tempo and tension carefully orchestrated by director Michael Stevenson. It’s a tour-de-force for Capital Stage; a timely, thoughtprovoking and unsettling peek into lives and communities that seem forever floundering for a future. Ω 32

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5 Pushed too far A powerful and compelling play is now at California Stage. Times Like These, written by John O’Keefe and directed by Richard Winters, tells the story of two German actors brutalized by Nazi oppression. Meta Wolff, Germany’s most celebrated actress of the 1930s, is suddenly banned from the theater for being Jewish. Her husband Oskar Weiss is permitted to continue performing because he is Aryan, though as time goes on the circumstances destroy them both. Meta privately directs Oskar in a production of Hamlet which satirizes the Nazis, though she sinks further into depression as time passes and Nazi brutality increases. She has heartbreaking moments, realizing that as she was raised Protestant, she had “never known hate till now.” She reaches a breaking point when German officers break in, mess up her apartment and steal her treasured scripts and radio. Meta is torn between her love of Oskar and her frustration at being closeted in her apartment and deprived of her own glory. This dynamic unleashes intense, disturbing drama. The success of this play depends on having strong actors, and in Lois Masten Ewing and Gary Alan Wright, California Stage has two of the best. Ewing is riveting in some of her monologues, and Wright’s angst at wanting to enjoy his newfound success—but not at the expense of his wife’s emotional stability—is palpable. This exploration of human weakness puts a more personal face on the victims of Nazism. —Bev SykeS times like these: fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm. through 11/18; $15-$20; california stage, 1725 25th street; (916) 451-5822; calstage.org.

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Reliably warped There are few things we can count on anymore, but one thing we can be sure of: When things turn Halloween-y, Green Valley Theatre Company will be performing The Rocky Horror Show. Yes! Meatloaf again. The high-energy rock musical with the outlandish cos0tumes and the plot that is science-fictionally freaky, humanitarian and diversity inclusive gets its 10th anniversary production with Green Valley. Costumes are encouraged for the audience, and no one under 18 is allowed. So get out the bustiers, put on the heels and get ready to do the Time Warp again. Wed 8pm, Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm. Through 11/3; $20; Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street; greenvalleytheatre.com.

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On July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik carried out two deadly attacks in his native Norway. First, he detonated a bomb that killed eight people in the government center of Oslo, then he drove 40 kilometers to a Labour Party youth camp on the island of Utøya, where he shot and killed 69 more people, most of them teenagers. This sobering but soporific Netflix docudrama from international tragedy specialist Paul Greengrass (United 93; Captain Phillips) covers the story from the perspectives of the survivors, the lawyers and the politicians, but very little in this cumbersome film connects beyond a superficial level. Although the film is entirely in English, director, co-writer and co-producer Greengrass made 22 July with a Norwegian cast and crew, yet it feels like he was so concerned about skirting the exploitative pitfalls of turning real-life tragedy into entertainment that he forgot to make the film entertaining. D.B.

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boy, and throwing Chalamet’s meth-addled Nic into harrowing relief. It also throws into relief Dave Sheff’s cycle of hope, anxiety, exasperation and guilt, always wondering what to do next, or what he could or should have done differently. Beautiful Boy tells the story of a family ravaged by Through it all we’re never sure exactly where the addiction of its eldest son. It’s based on two we are in that “one year earlier” we read about, or memoirs of that addiction, one by the father, journalwhere Nic is on his road to the “eight years clean ist Dave Sheff, the other by his recovering-addict and sober” that he’s currently enjoying, “one day at son Nic. Their stories have been carefully blended a time,” according to the movie’s written epilogue. by writer Luke Davies and director Felix Van Maybe that was Davies and Van Groeningen’s Groeningen, and Van Groeningen coaxes fearless intention, to give a sense of Dave Sheff’s fear that performances from Steve Carell and Timothée this living hell will never end. But it’s debatable Chalamet as father and son. So why does the whether they can do that by planting the fear finished product feel so flat and monotonous? in their audience that this movie will Part of the problem is that in their keennever end. And as excellent as Carell ness to avoid the clichés of drug movies Beautiful and Chalamet are, I wish they didn’t that date all the way back to silent days, Boy is a so completely hog the camera; it Davies and Van Groeningen have seemingly endless would be nice to know how others neglected to give their own movie any are affected by Dave and Nic’s dramatic arc at all. cycle of rehab, travails. Instead, Amy Ryan as The picture opens with Dave Sheff recovery and Nic’s mother is confined mainly to interviewing a doctor (Timothy Hutton) relapse. swapping recriminations with Carell about crystal meth—his son’s own drug over the phone, while Maura Tierney, of choice. Next, a title tells us, “One year as Dave’s second wife, registers as little earlier …” (Just when did that become the stanmore than a pair of pursed lips out of focus in the dard cliché for introducing flashbacks? I prefer the old background. cliché of rippling dissolves and harp glissandos.) By the time Beautiful Boy cycles back to that From there, Beautiful Boy is a seemingly endless interview, we don’t get the sense of a circle closing; cycle of rehab, recovery and relapse, as Nic caroms it feels more like someone mixed reels and started from deception to self-loathing and back, wheedling the movie all over again. Nic is still addicted, Dave his father for money and claiming he’s five days sober is still distraught, everyone else is still unimportant. when anyone can see he’s stoned out of his mind. But again, maybe that was the point. Ω Davies and Van Groeningen take a frankly carefree approach to chronology, interspersing the past year of Nic’s ups and downs with deeper flashbacks to his childhood (played by Kue Lawrence) and adolescence (Jack Dylan Grazer), when he really was a beautiful Poor Fair Good Very excellent

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Psycho killer Michael Myers escapes from the insane asylum and goes on yet another killing spree; as a result, the survivor of his 1978 rampage (Jamie Lee Curtis), half crazed with paranoia, braces herself for one more battle. And meanwhile, her daughter (Judy Greer) and granddaughter (Andi Matichak) roll their eyes at each other— Grandma’s going bonkers again. Plus, there’s an obsessive psychiatrist (Haluk Bilginer) who thinks he can control Michael. Those who consider John Carpenter’s original a classic, or who embraced the eight or nine sequels and reboots since then, will no doubt be satisfied with director David Gordon Green and his co-writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley’s repackaging. But it was never a classic: it was sadistic schlock in 1978 and it’s more sadistic and schlockier than ever now. J.L.

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A once-trendy, near-deserted Lake Tahoe motel and its closet-junkie clerk (Lewis Pullman) play host to a motley assortment of guests (Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, John Hamm, Dakota Johnson), none of whom is quite what they seem. Writer-director Drew Goddard gets off to a stylish start, with a burst of Tarantino-esque narrative energy and a garishly beautiful retro-’60s look courtesy of production designer Martin Whist and cinematographer Seamus McGarvey. But Goddard can’t sustain it past the first 25 minutes, much less for the full two hours and 21 minutes. He piles so many turns into his plot that it simply feels like constantly changing the subject. He keeps us guessing for a while, but by the time Chris Hemsworth shows up as a Manson-style psycho, we just want Goddard to wrap things up and let us go home. J.L.

When your serial molester President starts putting serial molesters on the Supreme Court, it’s time to at least consider the possibility that political satire as we know it is dead. If that is indeed the case, then the ostensibly timely but hopelessly limp and scattershot political satire The Oath simply dumps another shovelful of dirt on the grave, as the film tries and fails to coast on its own hot-button fumes. The Oath was co-written and directed by Ike Barinholtz, who also stars alongside Tiffany Haddish as a liberal married couple hosting Thanksgiving for their politically divided family during a particularly contentious political moment. Barinholtz’s previous directing credits are limited to a handful of episodes of The Mindy Project, the sitcom on which he played a supporting part. That aesthetic feels right for The Oath, a film that can’t follow a single thread long enough to make it to a commercial break. D.B.

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This creaky, lumbering, rock ’n’ roll romance is the third official remake of William Wellman’s 1937 showbiz melodrama A Star is Born, itself an unofficial remake of George Cukor’s 1932 film What Price Hollywood? The greatest version of A Star is Born was also made by Cukor, this time in 1954, but like the 1976 remake with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand, this newest version concerns musicians instead of actors. Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut and stars as Jackson Maine, a shambling country-rock god drowning in booze and pills, at least until a golden-voiced unknown named Ally (Lady Gaga) offers a lifeline. However, while Ally’s career begins to take off, Jackson’s career trends in the opposite direction, and he seeks further refuge in self-destruction. Both leads are fine, albeit one-note, and cinematographer Matthew Libatique supplies some sharp images, but the movie is pervasively musty and false, with some brutally bad songs to boot. D.B.

Director Damien Chazelle and writer Josh Singer (adapting James R. Hansen’s biography) follow the career of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) from his days as a test pilot to his landing on the moon as commander of Apollo 11 in 1969. The movie suffers from Chazelle’s mannered camerawork, always too close to the subject (closeups seldom include chins and foreheads in the same shot); it feels like it was designed to be watched on an iPad rather than in a theater. Gosling’s customary diffidence makes Armstrong seem cold and distant as the moon itself, while his wife Janet, as played by Claire Foy, comes off as a nagging shrew; it makes for an off-putting combination. Ultimately, the movie is proficient but unsatisfying—we leave the theater feeling like we know less about Armstrong than we did going in. J.L.

The husband-and-wife directing duo of Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi deliver the white-knuckle documentary of the year, a nail-biting and surprisingly penetrating look at Mira Loma High School graduate and elite mountain climber Alex Honnold as he prepares for the most dangerous climb of his life. Last June, Honnold became the first person to ever “free solo” (i.e., scale without any ropes or other equipment) the 3,000-foot high El Capitan wall in Yosemite National Park, and Free Solo follows his year-long journey of preparation and introspection leading up to the climb. Chin and Vasarhelyi previously made the 2015 documentary Meru, which covered similar subject matter and captured similarly astonishing images, but their storytelling craft has considerably evolved since then. More than other recent documentaries about daredevils, Free Solo succeeds in penetrating Honnold’s shell, showing us why he would risk his life rather than simply celebrating his thirst for danger. D.B.

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Venom

A crusading reporter (Tom Hardy, acting moronic), through his own troublemaking stupidity, loses his job, his girlfriend (Michelle Williams) and his apartment, which makes him ripe for a takeover by a slimy alien “symbiote” imported from space by a sinister tycoon (Riz Ahmed) as part of his research into curing cancer. I swear I am not making this up. It’s writers Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Kelly Marcel “reimagining” the archvillain from Spider-Man as a sort of antihero along the livnes of Deadpool. It’s a measure of the power of Marvel Comics when they think they can get away with an out-and-out stinker like this, but they’ve gone too far this time. The writing is terrible, the acting is worse (only Williams survives with any dignity) and the direction by Ruben Fleischer virtually nonexistent. J.L.

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Hearts of gold The Gold Souls make socially conscious, feel-good songs by Steph RodRiguez

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high to low octaves with a spirit-kindling depth of breath. Afterward, the five musicmakers quickly hit the road on a tour down the California coast, where they lost a tire during the first 50 miles of their trek. Although they spent their first night in an O’Reilly’s parking lot, Severson says, the tour and its early moments ultimately brought the band closer together. It also fueled the creative process behind the band’s new full-length album released in May, the gold Souls, from left to red: Matt hevesh, Alex Severson, Juniper Waller, Jace dorn and Billy thompson. Good to Feel, which incorporates everyone’s songwriting, from lyrical content (including themes of love, heartbreak and even female empowerment) to its use of funkier Ella Fitzgerald is a hard woman to emulate, genres and lush arrangements. especially for a young, middle school girl. But that “Interestingly enough, this band really turned the didn’t stop Juniper Waller, vocalist for the funkykey for me as far as songwriting,” says Thompson, soul blues band The Gold Souls. Her first memory who studied jazz percussion at the Sacramento State performing live was when she covered the First Lady School of Music. “I think we’re in a unique time right of Song’s “Lullaby of Birdland” during a school play. now with women asserting a stronger voice. I grew “I was dressed up as a ’40s jazz singer, and it was up being inspired by strong women, and I think it’s like in a movie scene where everyone’s in a club, and really cool to write music that speaks to that there’s a cameo of a jazz singer for a second. larger context in society right now.” That was my only part in the entire play Songs like “Nobody,” written … it was random,” Waller recalls. “I by Thompson, or “Midnight,” really remember just the feeling. I written by Severson, and “I grew up being was just like, ‘Whoa, that was the even “Hunger is the Best inspired by strong shit right there.’” Spice,” penned by Waller, Since then, Waller’s women, and I think it’s all touch on self-care, devotion to jazz and blues independence and not really cool to write music that inspired her to share those being defined or limited speaks to that larger context classic, old-time sounds with as an individual just new audiences backed by her in society right now.” because of a relationship. bandmates: Alex Severson By the end of the Billy Thompson on keys, Billy Thompson on album, the takeaway is drummer, The Gold Souls drums, Jace Dorn on bass and that The Gold Souls are Matt Hevesh on guitar. Together, The about living, feel-good music Gold Souls aspire not to reinvent the and connecting with their listeners genres that they so admire, but to update the through funky bass lines that get crowds music they all grew up listening to. moving. “I’m realizing more and more that the kind of “There’s a really strong vibe right now where a singing that I do and I aspire to do is an art form ... lot of younger folks are playing bluesier stuff, funkier and it takes a certain amount of ability and passion stuff, stuff that was not necessarily our parent’s and performance,” Waller says. “I think it’s really music, but our take on it,” Severson says. “I think important to keep that alive.” there is this real resurgence of just like good-feeling The Gold Souls formed in March last year, and a party music that’s happening.” Ω few months later, the band wrote and recorded its first self-titled EP, a collection of songs that showcased see the Gold souls perform during the crocker art Museum’s monthly audio the group’s salient blues backbone studded with Muse live music series on thursday, october 25 from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. soulful singing. Waller’s vocals creep in like a black tickets are $10-$20; crockerart.org; listen to the Gold souls’ new album Good to feel at: thegoldsouls.com. cat on a grand piano, moving effortlessly between

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mUSiC THURSDaY, 10/25 ASHeR ToBIN CHodoS: The composer and piano player and musicologist (someone who studies and analyzes music) will share some music composition or some smart words onstage. 4pm, no cover. Ann E. Pitzer Center at UC Davis, Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way in Davis.

FRiDaY, 10/26 ALL eARZ: Sofa Kin Tight Soul Hop band share

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Laugh heartily and get covered in blood Blacktop comedy, 8pm, $15 There are too many Halloween events out there that give you candy or scare you with people dressed in costumes. An abundance, even! All any of us really want Comedy at our most primordial level is to be covered in fake blood. That, I maintain, is a good baseline for any Halloween night. This event starts with that promise and

TICKeT wINdow JESSiE mCCaRTNEY Jessie

McCartney, of no relation to the famous Beatle, Ringo Starr, will perform music. 11/8, 7:30pm, $20-$40, on sale now. University Union Ballroom, theuniversityunion.com.

JEN KiRKmaN The stand-up

comedian affiliated with Chelsea Lately lately will stop in for a night of standup comedy. 11/10, 7pm, $25-$30, on sale now. Harlow’s, ticketfly.com.

JUSTiN TimBERLaKE What’s

better than a lumber puddle? Many things, including a concert from Timberlake. 11/18, 8pm, $49.50-$250, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

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an EP with Pryncess Hall and Kendra De’Anna. Also, it’s Phantom of the Opera themed. 8pm, $10. Liaison Lounge & Restaurant, 2667 Alta Arden Expressway.

BAd moTHeR NATURe: The Sacramento rock group is playing a free show. 7pm, no cover. Big Sexy Brewing Company.

BLUe LAmP 5 yeAR ANNIVeRSARy & GABI’S BIRTHdAy PARTy: Not only is it the fifth year of Blue Lamp’s operation, and not also only are Warp 11 and Skeleton Voodoo Monkey laying down the music, but it’s owner Gabi Garcia’s birthday party and it’s all free. 8:30pm, no cover. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.

NNAmdI oGBoNNAyA: The Chicago musician who’s got a foot in a lot of genres is pretty great. Sen Morimoto is also playing, and that kid’s got a good sound, too. 7pm, $12$15. Momo Lounge, 2708 J St.

oINGo BoINGo dANCe PARTy: The ideal Halloween

builds from there, offering some space horror-themed improv comedy as the excuse to spill some blood onto the audience. A slick coating of gore is just the thing you might need to rediscover your childlike whimsy for the spookiest holiday known to humankind. 3101 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 6A in Rocklin, blacktopcomedy.com.

Ticket windows have been replaced by ticket masters.

STEvEN PagE TRiO The former

$35-$3,000, on sale now. Ace of Spades, eventbrite.com.

Barenaked Ladies man is leading his eponymous trio. 11/19, 11am, $25-$35, on sale now. Harlow’s, ticketfly.com.

LiNDSEY STiRLiNg Name a musician

Fleetwood Mac? Well, here’s some good news: Fleetwood Mac is a big fan of you, if you buy a ticket to their show. Very manipulative of them. 11/23, 8pm, $69.50-$149.50, them on sale now now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

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The Sacramento artist is bringing his live performance painting show down the road—a few blocks away from his studio. 11/24, 7pm,

who’s done more for the electric violin. I’ll wait. 11/24, 8pm, $34.50-$129, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy will bring the White Album to life in blazing symphonic sound, 50 years since it was released. 11/25, 6:30pm, $35-$50, on sale now. Harris Center, harriscenter.net.

DEaD KENNEDYS The Bay Area

punk band is coming to the Sacramento Valley area with TSOL, Dwarves, MDC, Twitch Angry and The Moans. 12/8, 6pm, $23-$26, on sale now. Ace of Spades, eventbrite.com.

dance party would have Danny Elfman’s former band from the 1980s, so this mostly fits the bill. 9pm, $59.95. Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

PARTy FAVoR: An American DJ and music producer, Party Favor will host this “grande fête” for those 18 and older. Don’t forget to wear an outfit that suits you. 8pm, $24$47. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

THIeVeS THeSe dAyS: The Sacramento rock band plays with Adam Poe. Remember kids, listen and eat local. 9pm, $5. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

Tommy CASTRo ANd THe PAINKILLeRS: Soulful blues come to the Sofia in the form of this band. 7pm, $35. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

weLSHLy ARmS: Cleveland’s own Welshly Arms sound a lot like most alt-rock bands these days, and they’re joined by acts The Glorious Sons and Charming Liars. 8pm, $15. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

SaTURDaY, 10/27 deNNIS JoNeS BANd: The eponymous Dennis Jones of this blues band leads with aplomb, a voice and a couple of guitar-wailing hands. 7pm, $10. Torch Club, 904 15th St.

HALLoweeN PARTy: Children of the Grave, purportedly the world’s only Zombie Tribute to Black Sabbath, will play with The Triple 7s, who will also be in costumes so you should, too. 9pm, $5. Fox & Goose, 1001 R St.

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deAd RoCK STARS SHow: Nineteen bands come together for the annual show honoring the music of, you guessed it, dead rock stars. 3pm, $5-$7. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

PASQUALe eSPoSITo CeLeBRATeS ITALIAN PIAZZAS: No, not pizzas—piazzas. You know, open city squares where people can congregate? Come hear Esposito’s moving compositions dedicated to and inspired by public landmarks in Italy. 8pm, $55$85. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

PHoRA: The hip-hop—and former tattoo— artist makes some pretty alright music. 6:30pm, $29-$129. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

LA LUZ: With Shy Boys and Honyock, don’t blink or you could miss this subdued evening of sounds and feelings. 7pm, $12-$15. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.

SUNDaY, 10/28 GUS CLARK: Expect some old-school country sounds done well. 5pm, no cover. SacYard Community Tap House.

TUESDaY, 10/30 dHoAd GyPSIeS oF RAJASTHAN: In the spirit of traveling musicians from Rajasthan, the Dhoad Gypsies will perform for you just as they once did for the Queen of England. 7:30pm, $22-$52. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

HaLLOWEEN FRiDaY, 10/26 CReePy CRAFTING: Actual children are invited to make some creepy crafts. This includes “monster putty,” “spider slime” and more, all designed to help ring in the second most terrifying holiday of them all. 3:30pm, no cover. McKinley Public Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd.

HAUNTed LIBRARy: The library will be turned into a haunted house, with a truly scary version and a mild-salsa scary version. If libraries already scare you but ghosts don’t, this might be a good introduction to the community resources. 7pm, no cover. ArdenDimick Library, 891 Watt Ave.

RoSeVILLe ZomBIe wALK: Imagine if we could walk with the zombies, talk with the zombies, dress up as and pretend we’re friends with the zombies. All ages are welcome to show up and to dress up like the dead people hidden inside each and every one of us. 6pm, no cover. Roseville Town Square, Vernon Street in Roseville.

TeRRoR By THe TRACKS: Train tracks: Aside from being the infrastructure that helped industrialize and develop this country, they’re also the perfect setting for horrifying haunts. Show up and be terrorized by a murderous railroad butcher—and not the kind that provides the meat for the dining car! 7pm, $10$40. Terror By The Tracks, 412 Vernon St. in Roseville.


Your Friendly Neighborhood Psychic Saturday, 10/27 5TH annUal HaUnTeD Howloween PaRTY: You can get your Halloween kicks at a hotel for dogs! Is that something you knew you wanted? Bring your dog and celebrate the holiday with drinks and such, Cruella de Vil, costumes and more fun that benefits the California Fire Foundation. noon, $10$50. Wag Hotels, 1759 Enterprise Blvd. in West Sacramento.

Boo aT THe Zoo: Check out the zoological Halloween event featured below, with the photo of the kid. 11am, $13-$16. Sacramento Zoo, 3930 W. Land Park Drive.

FaCeS Halloween PaRTY: This party’s costume contest is no joke. More than $1,000 is on the line, so get serious; don’t just be a sexy doctor, be a sexy Nobel-winning scientist. Or just be yourself. Just be ready to be judged on your costume and to dance. 8pm, $25. Faces, 2000 K St.

Halloween BaSH & FURnITURe BlowoUT Sale!: When you were a kid, you loved Halloween for the candy. Now you’re older and need to tastefully furnish your apartment. Well, have a mix of the two at this event with music, raffles, games and sweet, sweet deals. 11am, no cover. Artfully Rooted Marketplace, 608 1/2 Sutter St. in Folsom.

Halloween BlaCKoUT SKaTe: Nothing says Halloween like strapping some wheels on your feet and rolling around in a costume! Bring a canned food item and get free admission, minus the skate rental. 8pm, no cover. Roller King Skating Center, 889 Riverside Ave. in Roseville.

Halloween eXTRaVaGanZa anD CoSTUMe PaRaDe: Seventy-five pumpkins have children’s names on them at this event—not literally; 75 pumpkins are available. Show up in your costume, have some candy, have a bounce in a moonbounce and do other fun seasonal activities. 10am, no cover. NHRPD Community Center, 6040 Watt Ave. in North Highlands.

Nightmare Before Christmas? noon, no cover. Southgate Plaza, 7235 Franklin Blvd.

Halloween SPooKY RIVeR CRUISeS: Have a spooky sensation while in a buoyant vessel with your whole family. Coloring sheets? Halloween music? Face paint? Yes, all of these things will be on a river cruise on the weekend. Various times, $10$20. Hornblower Cruises and Events, 1206 Front St.

Halloween FeSTIVal & PooCH PaRaDe: Dogs (and humans) are invited to midtown for one hell of a festival! That was a joke; this festival will be clean, well-intentioned fun, with a dog parade, foods from nearby venues available and an honest-togoodness dog costume contest. 1pm, no cover. Marshall Park, 915 27th St.

Sunday, 10/28 TRUnK oR TReaT: Celebrate the not entirely clear messaging of trunk or treat this season with some car trunks packed with candy! It’s billed as a safe way for kids to have some candy treats— without all the fuss of tromping through neighborhoods. 10am, $10 for adults, includes two children’s admission. California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St.

WedneSday, 10/31 BeeTleJUICe 2018: Do the holiday the way it was clearly intended by our pagan predecessors: by playing laser tag, bowling and more! There’s a food buffet, video games and all the fun stuff you’d expect from the Michael Keaton-character-themed party. 6pm, $25-$52. Country Club Lanes, 2600 Watt Ave.

Halloween FoR SPeCIal neeDS KIDS anD TeenS: Kids and teens with special needs are invited to this free event with games, sensory play and more fun Halloween activities. 2pm, no cover. The Silver Orange, 922 57th St.

FeStiValS tHurSday, 10/25 HanGTown MUSIC FeSTIVal: Host band Railroad Earth will play three out of four nights of this festival that also features The Claypool Lennon Delerium, Trampled By Turtles and more musical acts. There’s late night shows, costume themes and even a kid zone—where a kid can be a kid (trademark Chuck E. Cheese). 8am, $55-$215. El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

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Friday, 10/26 SaCRaMenTo aRTS FeSTIVal: The Creative Edge Plan of Sacramento cited data that 51 percent of Sacramentans consider themselves artists. That’s more than half of Sacramento, so just walking around is like being in an art festival. Come to this one, though, if you’d like more organization and all manner of artistic forms over a few days. 10am, $7-$8. Sacramento Convention Center Complex, 1400 J St.

Saturday, 10/27 CaBaReT on K 2018: Homeless women and children of Sacramento are the beneficiaries of this evening of music and art. The Rogue Music Project will share a distinct performance of cabaret and music to set the tone for the evening. There are two showings of the performance, so take your pick. 6pm & 7:45pm, $50. Capital Plaza Ballrooms, 1025 9th St.

PanTeon De SaCRaMenTo: Celebrate the Día de los Muertos with unique experience that lets you step out of Sacramento and into a recreation of a Mexican village. There are vendors, traditional altars and a processional, plus an artisan marketplace and more. It’s a two-day trip of a cultural experience. 11am, no cover. Latino Center of Art and Culture, 2700 Front St.

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Sunday, 10/28 FOOD SimPlY POP-UP DiNNER: Food Simply hosts this spontaneous dinner. The fare is all vegan, all organic, all local, all gluten-free and all sugar-free. Celebrate a decadent meal, beautifully prepared to palpitate your tastebuds with delight. 5pm, $55. Community Learning Center & Cooking School, 2820 R St.

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Oktoberfest on while October is still a going concern. There will be: bratwurst and schnitzel, potato salad and beer, as well as a beer stein holding contest. To see who can hold a beer stein the longest? 4:30pm, $5-$25. American Legion Hall, 320 N. Washington St. in Lodi.

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to the public, this event offers the chance to participate in a Japanese tea ceremony. There will be Matcha, mindfulness and meditation for your enjoyment, elucidation and anything you want to get out of the experience. 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, no cover, donations accepted. Temple KUKURI, 10723 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Fair Oaks.

SACTOWN VEGAN BUFFET: Partake in a vegan buffet. Gluten free options abound at this barbecue-centric event with faux chicken and beef, traditional American side dishes and other tasty treats. Noon & 2pm, $36. Sactown Union Brewery, 1210 66th St., Suite B.

tueSday, 10/30 BUilDiNG UP BREAKFAST 2018: So this event has breakfast in its title, though it’s technically an update on what’s going on with Mutual Housing, a sustainable housing developer that works with residents. Anyway, there’s

a full complimentary breakfast at the Sutter Club, no less, so wear a tie for goodness sakes, and register in advance. 8am, no cover. Sutter Club, 1220 Ninth St.

FiLM Friday, 10/26 HOCUS POCUS: Sacramento is a host to the cult that loves the cult classic, Hocus Pocus. Join in the fun with other local fans of the darkly fun and campy ’90s flick about witches and Halloween and stuff. 7pm, no cover. Jackrabbit Brewing Co., 1323 Terminal St.,West Sacramento.

Saturday, 10/27 THE ROCKY HORROR PiCTURE SHOW: Check out the event highlight on the bottom right corner of this page. 10pm, $20-$60. Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd.

Sunday, 10/28 DR. JEKYll & mR. HYDE: The silent, 1920 production of the Robert Louis Stevenson story of the doctor who, after drinking a potion of his own devising, becomes a different man and loses his title as doctor. For this screening, Dave Moreno will provide the score on the Wurlitzer pipe organ. 2pm, $5-$20. Fair Oaks Community Club House, 7997 California Ave. in Fair Oaks.

THE PiCTURE OF DORiAN GRAY: The Oscar Wilde work came to the silver screen more than seven decades ago, and it comes to this screening a few days from now. Show up for commentaries prior to and in the wake of the film. 12:30pm, no cover. Sacramento Pubic Library, Central, 828 I St.

tueSday, 10/30 COCO: The heart-wrenchingly touching Pixar work about the boy who travels into the Land of the Dead learns a little about himself, a good amount about his family

Saturday, 10/27

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Colonial TheaTre, 10pm, $20-$60

In what very well may be the final showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Colonial Theatre, you can expect the movie to be shown, but also the live, cinematic, audience-driven experience of interacting with moving pictures on screen. If you haven’t experienced Film the annual event, it might be time to join in the PHOtO By BrandOn Barker/BeardOir PHOtOgraPHy fun. A costume contest, a shadowcast of the film and more fun hijinks and lojinks can be expected. 3522 Stockton Boulevard, sachorrorfilmfest.com.

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THURSDAY, 10/25

After Hours Science: Seven Deadly Sins powerhouse sCienCe Center, 6:30pm, $20-$25

yoga until midnight. 9pm, no cover. Classy Hippie Tea Co., 3226 Broadway.

Want some scientific insight into the seven deadly sins and why humans do them? And want some drinks to go with that insight? Get ready for people with MUSEUMS PhDs (most of them) to share their expertise with you. Jay Cummings, a Sac State math professor will handle pride, Nikki Soltis, a PhD candidate in plant biology at UC Davis will explore greed, and the other five sins will also get expert explanations—but I ran out of room. 3615 Auburn Boulevard, powerhousesc.org.

food and beverages and dancing, all to support the Sacramento SPCA. 5pm, $75$175. Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Road.

SATURDAY, 10/27 AMERICAN RIVER LEGACY CELEBRATION: The American River is the guest of honor at this party with a film screening and music by Nancy Cassidy. 6pm, $10. Gold Trail Grange, 319 CA-49 in Coloma.

CLASSES THURSDAY, 10/25

DAY OF THE DEAD RIDE: Hop on your bikes and

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ride around Sacramento in celebration of the Day of the Dead. Get your bike decked out and join in a community of cyclists who enjoy traveling through the city via wheels. 3pm, no cover. South Side Park, 2115 6th St.

have your name on them at this two-hour introduction class. You’ll have all the tools you need to get into ceramics. 6:30pm, $12. Sincere Ceramics, 5931 Power Inn Road Suite B.

KIDS OBSTACLE CHALLENGE: Kids and their and a whole lot about copyright laws in the music industry. There’s a costume contest, so come in costume! 7:30pm, no cover. Sacramento State, 6000 J St.

COMEDY BLACKTOP COMEDY: The Improv Showdown. Improv is your friend, it’s a uniquely human invention that permeates our lives. See it harnessed for comedic impact here. Friday 10/26, 8pm. $10. Teen Slasher Improvised Comedy. Ponchos will be provided at this comedy show—find out why on page 36. Wednesday 10/31, 8pm. $15. 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A in Rocklin.

COUNTRY CLUB LANES, SKY ROOM: Suzanne Westenhoefer. Well, sometimes people rely on their ability to make an audience laugh for their set to really work. Maybe check out some of Westenhoefe r’s work before putting down cash for a ticket. Friday 10/26, 8pm. $25-$280. 2600 Watt Ave.

PUNCH LINE: Joe List. List, the comedian, will stand up and tell jokes in a very earnest performance. It’s a mix of dead-pan and other fun jokes. Through 10/27. $17.50$22.50. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

STAB! COMEDY THEATER: The Apple Tree Comedy Competition. The premise for this comedy show is pretty great. So the comedians are on stage, doing their jokes and trying to make people laugh. Pretty normal, right? Well, just you wait. Some of the potential laughers have apples in their mouths, and if they drop an apple, the responsible comedian wins. Friday 10/26, 9pm. $5. 1710 Broadway.

SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER COMPLEX: My Favorite Murder Live Show. The podcast that mixes true crime stories with comedy is coming to your town—this town, where you live. Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff run the show, much to your amusement. Friday 10/26, 8pm. $39.50$59.50. 1400 J St.

SUDWERKS BREWERY: We’ve All Got Skeletons. This comedy show features a costume contest and scary laughs. It’s hosted by Bike City Theatre, and it’s sketch comedy, which I didn’t mention before. Through 10/31. $10. 212 D St. in Davis.

TOMMY T’S COMEDY CLUB: Ryan Davis. Pretty darn funny person Davis has opened for lots of comedians and will probably continue to do so—but today, someone will open for him. Through 10/28. $20-$30. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

ON STAGE CONFIDENCE HALL: Hangtown: A Ghost Play. Get your scary kicks from this story of a lady accused of murder and the detective who intends to prove some guilt. It’s a Placerville classic story. Through 10/28. $20. 487 Main St. in Placerville.

CREST THEATRE: Henry Rollins. Check out the event highlight to the far right of this entry. Friday 10/26, 7:30pm. $33-$173. 1013 K St.

GREEN VALLEY THEATRE COMPANY: The Rocky Horror Show! The most Halloween-based theater performance you could possibly see this week is likely this one. Get decked out in your favorite costume and relive the horror—but not the kind used in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Through 11/3. $20. 2791 24th St.

HARRIS CENTER: Techno Circus by Siro-A. No words will be spoken at this mime performance, unless you count the audience members that say, “Holy crap, this is cool!” under their breaths. Through 10/27. $38-$52. Finding Neverland. It’s a national tour of the classic story-behind-the-story of Peter Pan author, James Matthew Barrie. Through 10/28. $48-$92. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

SACRAMENTO COMMUNITY CENTER THEATER: On Your Feet. Broadway comes to Sacramento in the form of this musical story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Through 11/4. $70-$85. 1301 L St.

MUSEUMS POWERHOUSE SCIENCE CENTER: After Hours Science 7 Deadly Sins. Learn some of the science behind the seven deadly sins with some adult beverages, and check out the event highlight above. Thursday 10/25, 6:30pm. $20$25. 3615 Auburn Blvd.

ROSEVILLE UTILITY EXPLORATION CENTER: Count Watts’ Spooktacular. Get some Halloween kicks in a different way by learning about the utility of electricity. There will be face paint, education on waste and other fun activities. Wear a costume! Saturday 10/27, 10am. No cover. 1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Roseville.

SUTTER’S FORT STATE HISTORIC PARK: Light Art Grand Tour USA. Check out this light show on the walls of Sutter’s Fort. The show will be created by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter (New Helvetia ring any bells?, and it’s the only California stop on the 50-state tour. Thursday 10/25, 7pm. No cover. 2701 L St.

parents or guardians are invited to play in the mud in this obstacle course designed for kids. The mission statement of the obstacle challenge is to foster a more active and adventurous younger generation, so get muddy and adventurous. 8:30am, $45-$49. Gibson Ranch Regional Park, 8556 Gibson Ranch Road in Elverta.

BUSINESS ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKERS: Business: It is the language that runs America, and this workshop will teach you some of the things you need to know to put data to work for you. Remember—data are your friends. 9:30am, $550. 770 L St., Suite 950.

DATE NIGHT AUTUMN HARVEST: Groups of two

RUN FOR A SAFE HAVEN: This run raises funds

are invited to take this class together that helps take the essence of the autumnal season and condense it into a meal. You can also eat the food and have a free glass of wine with the ticket. 6pm, $90. Community Learning Center & Cooking School, 2820 R St.

for survivors of domestic violence and their support. 8am, $15-$37. William Land Park, 3800 W. Land Park Drive.

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FRIDAY, 10/26

ARTISAN PIZZA WORKSHOP: Get your greasy

2018 SAC VALLEY ASHRAE FALL TRAP SHOOT FUNDRAISER: Shoot a gun for a cause at this trap shoot fundraiser for ASHRAE’s student scholarships. Noon, $125. Coon Creek Trap & Skeet Club, 5393 Waltz Road in Lincoln.

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FRIDAY, 10/26

mitts out of that frozen pizza box and learn how to make pizza like an artisan. 1:30pm, $75. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova.

LET’S PLANT A FALL CONTAINER!: Learn how to make a autumn container garden. 10am, $45. The Plant Foundry, 3500 Broadway.

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SPORTS & OUTDOORS FRIDAY, 10/26 MIDNIGHT YOGA: There’s a million ways to feature yoga in events, like mixing up the event with a different kind of event, doing it in a cool place, and now, this free event mixes up the temporal aspect by running

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THE AUDITORIUM AT CLARA: Stories on Stage. Dana Johnson’s and Melissa Yancy’s stories will be shared by Ruby Sketchly and Lori Russo. Friday 10/26, 7:30pm. No cover. 1425 24th St.

ART ALPHA FIRED ARTS: Cobb Mountain Ceramic Show. Nine artists comprise this show of ceramics that focus on issues of ecological stewardship and experimentation in all things ceramic. Through 12/8. No cover. 4675 Aldona Lane.

GALLERY 1855: Two Michaels. Michael Radin is one of the two eponymous Michaels featured in this gallery of photography of landscape and architecture. The other Michael, you ask? You’ll just have to come see to figure out that mystery. Through 10/31. No cover. 820 Pole Line Road in Davis.

JOHN NATSOULAS GALLERY: Pat Mahony and Julie Smiley. Take in some abstract works that have links to California in this exhibit. Through 10/31. No cover. 521 1st St. in Davis.

FRIDAY, 10/26

Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Crest theatre, 7:30pm, $33-$173

Your idea of a travel slideshow might be different than this one. Henry Rollins, the musician and actor and writer and traveler is also a photographer. This ON STAGE night sees Rollins take to the stage to share some insights and stories behind a few of his favorite photographs he’s taken in locations all over the world. It’s a rare opportunity to go to an event that features an intimate discussion that you’re entirely removed from. 1013 K Street, crestsacramento.com.

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THURSDAY 10/25

FRIDAY 10/26

SATURDAY 10/27

SUNDAY 10/28

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 10/29-31

Fierce Fridays, 7pm, call for cover

Spectacular Saturdays, 7pm, call for cover

B.P.M. & Sunday Funday Remixed, 4pm, call for cover

Karaoke Night, 9pm, T, call for cover; Trapicana, 10pm, W, call for cover

Tim Stokes, 9:30pm, no cover

Comedy Night, 9pm, no cover; Norman Baker, 9:30pm, no cover

Warp 11 and Skeleton Voodoo Monkey, 8:30pm, no cover

La Luz, Shy Boys and Honyock, 8pm, $12

Roc Da Mic, 9pm, call for cover

Failure By Proxy, Trigger Effect, Evolution Revolver and more, 8pm, $10

Anever, Pyrite Sidewalk, Tides of Tomorrow and more, 7pm, $8

AVOID, Castaway, the Last Titan and Murderthroat, 7pm, $10

Vegan Drag Queen Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, 6:30pm, $25

Capitol Fridays, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm

Dinner and a Drag Show, 7:30pm, $5-$25

Capitol Cabaret, 7pm, $5-$25

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Dr. Cesar Lozano, 7pm, $35-$75

Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour, 7:30pm, $33-$173

Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Italian Piazzas, 8pm, $27.50-$85

Beetlejuice, 7pm, $7.50-$9.50

FaCes

Faces Karaoke, 9pm, call for cover

Absolut Fridays, 9pm, call for cover

Sequin Saturday, 9:30pm, call for cover

Pool Party, 9pm, no cover

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Ralph Gordon, 6pm, call for cover

RoadHouse 5, 7pm, call for cover

The Pikeys, 7pm, call for cover

Fox & Goose

According to Bazooka, 7pm, no cover

Petty Luv Unplugged, 9pm, $5

Halloween Party with Children of the Grave and the Triple 7s, 9pm, $5

Open-Mic Night, 7:30pm, M, no cover

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Thomas Rhett, 7:30pm, $49.75-$220

Vagabond Brothers, 9pm, call for cover

RCA, 9pm, $7

Let’s Get Quizzical, 7pm, T, no cover

Welshly Arms, the Glorious Sons and Charming Liars, 8pm, $15

House of Floyd, 8pm, $20-$25

Badlands

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Poprockz 90s Night, 7pm, call for cover

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Mismiths, Love for Fire and the Shammed, 8pm, call for cover

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Wylma, This Great State, Centersight and Our People, 7:30pm, $10-$12

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La Luz with Shy Boys and Honyock 8pm Saturday, $12 Blue Lamp Surf

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The Darling Clementines Variety Show: Halloween Masquerade, 8pm, $15-$20

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Will Comstock, 8pm, no cover

1217 21ST ST., (916) 440-0401

luna’s CaFe & JuiCe BaR 1414 16TH ST., (916) 737-5770

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

King Woman, Lingua Ignota, Msc and DJ Sessworld, 9pm, M, $10

Geeks Who Drink, 8:30pm, W, no cover

Every Damn Monday, 8pm, M, no cover; Noche Latina, 9pm, T, no cover

Nekromantix, 7:30pm, $16-$18

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Pint Night and Trivia, 6:30pm, M, no cover; Open-Mic, 7:30pm, W, no cover

Halloween Massive 7, 10pm, $15

Noodles and Jess Connelly, 7:30pm, T, $15-$20

Hippie Hour Jam, 5pm, no cover

Shitshow Karaoke, 8pm, M, no cover; Record Roundup, 8pm, T, call for cover

Highwater Friday Nights with Joseph One, 10pm, $5

HOF Saturdays, 9pm, $5

The Trivia Factory, 7pm, M, no cover; Geeks Who Drink, 6pm, T, no cover

DREAMERS, Weathers and Rad Horror, 7pm, $12-$15

Mouse on the Keys, Find Yourself and Mookatite, 7pm, $15-$18

Silent Planet, Stray From the Path, Kublai Khan and more, 6pm, M, $16-$18

Kupros Quiz, 7:30pm, no cover Trio No Mas Tres, 7pm, $6

Halloween Special with David Houston & String Theory and more, 8pm, $6

Kenneth Martin, 5pm, T, no cover; Ross Hammond, 7:30 pm, W, no cover Comedy with Jaime Fernandez, 8pm, W, $5

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For Eliza Maroney, yoga is a practice that’s always there when mind and body need it most. It’s an exercise that she uses in the morning to awaken her senses. It’s a skill she’s sharpened to help calm the nerves.

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little bit of cannabis to loosen joints and ease aches so that everyone is “elevated,” a word she prefers over the term “high.” She is, after all, known as the Cannabis Yogi. “As a lover of cannabis, I have loved applying it to my personal practice,” Maroney says. “It just took me having the courage to hold space for other people to come in and experience it with me, with the intention of that being part of the practice.” Maroney, who hosts private classes known as Bend and Blaze at private residences, led her first cannabisinfused yoga class in San Francisco last December, where almost 30 yogis gathered to explore just what her vinyasa-yin hybrid classes have to offer. In that moment, Maroney knew she wanted to continue to bring her style to everyone who loves yoga and cannabis, and was curious about blending the two together. “I can’t tell you how many people come and they’re like, ‘I get high before every class every time, but I’m always paranoid that’s someone’s going to know that I’m lifted,’” Maroney says. “They love coming to this because they feel liberated. It’s OK if I’m a little giggly, or if I’m a little wonky, or my eyes are a little red or if I’m moving slower than others, because it’s expected in this class that people may be elevated.” A regular client of Maroney’s, Elisa Allechant has practiced variations of yoga for more than 20 years. Allechant says Maroney’s technique is comparable to a gentle flow of energy. “She encourages you to feel your body, not to push it,” Allechant says. “You won’t know until you’re in [shavasana] that you’ve worked your entire body just enough for you to feel your blood reaching every cell in your body. Then she fills the room with sound, and you vibrate even higher.” Her ambitions go well beyond Bend and Blaze. Maroney’s also the “Yoga tranScEndEd” continuEd on pagE 45

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Free will astrology

by Jeremy WinsloW

by rob brezsny

FoR THe Week oF oCToBeR 25, 2018 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In her poem “Shedding

Skin,” Harryette Mullen compares her own transformation to the action a snake periodically carries out to renew itself. Since you now have an excellent opportunity to undertake your own molting process, you may find her thoughts helpful. (I’ve rendered them in prose for easier reading.) “Pulling out of the old scarred skin—old rough thing I don’t need now—I strip off, slip out of, leave behind. Shedding toughness, peeling layers down to vulnerable stuff. And I’m blinking off old eyelids for a new way of seeing. By the rock I rub against, I’m going to be tender again.” Halloween costume suggestion: snake sloughing its skin.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Only the young and

stupid are confident about sex and romance,” says 49-year-old author Elizabeth Gilbert, who has written extensively about those subjects. I agree with her. I’ve devoted myself to studying the mysteries of love for many years, yet still feel like a rookie. Even if you are smarter about these matters than Gilbert and me, Taurus, I urge you to adopt a humble and curious attitude during the next few weeks. The cosmos has prepared some interesting lessons for you, and the best way to take advantage is to be eagerly receptive and open-minded. Halloween costume suggestion: sex researcher, love explorer, intimacy experimenter.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “My way of learning is to heave a wild and unpredictable monkey-wrench into the machinery,” wrote Gemini author Dashiell Hammett. But I recommend that you use his approach very rarely, and only when other learning methods aren’t working. Most of the time, your best strategy for getting the lessons you need is to put lubricating oil into the machinery, not a monkey wrench. That’ll be especially true in the coming weeks. I suggest that you turn the machinery off for a while as you add the oil and do some maintenance. Halloween costume suggestion: repair person; computer techie; machine whisperer.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The great Swedish

filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was a Cancerian like you and me. One of the factors contributing to his success was that he put his demons to good use, “by harnessing them to his chariot.” He also testified that he gained control over his demons by taking long walks after breakfast. “Demons don’t like fresh air,” he said. “They prefer it if you stay in bed with cold feet.” I suspect that now would be an excellent time to adopt his advice. Halloween costume suggestion: Walk your demon on a leash, or make it into a puppet, or harness it to your chariot.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Throughout the Halloween

season, I encourage you to fantasize extensively about what your dream home would look like and feel like if you had all the money necessary to create it. What colors would you paint the walls? Would you have carpets or hardwood floors? What would be your perfect lighting, furniture and decor? As you gazed out your windows, what views would you see? Would there be nature nearby or urban hotspots? Would you have an office or music room or art studio? Have fun imagining the sanctuary that would bring out the best in you. Halloween costume suggestion: the ultimate homebody.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Extraordinary things

are always hiding in places people never think to look,” writes novelist Jodi Picoult. That’s crucial for you to meditate on during the coming weeks. Why? Because your superpower is going to be the ability to find extraordinary things that are hiding in places where people have almost never thought to look. You can do both yourself and those you care for a big favor by focusing your intensity on this task. Halloween costume suggestions: sleuth, treasure hunter, private eye, Sherlock Holmes.

beautiful creature hatching from an egg; strong sprout cracking out of a seed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “He believed in

magic,” writes author Michael Chabon about a character in his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. “Not in the so-called magic of candles, pentagrams, and bat wings,” nor “dowsing rods, séances, weeping statues, werewolves, wonders, or miracles.” Then what kind? Chabon says it’s the “impersonal magic of life,” like coincidences and portents that reveal their meanings in retrospect. I bring this to your attention, Scorpio, because now is a favorable time to call on the specific kind of magic that you regard as real and helpful. What kind of magic is that? Halloween costume suggestion: magician, witch, wizard.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “If adventures will

not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.” Sagittarian author Jane Austen wrote that in her novel Northanger Abbey, and now I’m passing her message on to you, slightly altered. My version is, “If adventures will not befall Sagittarian people of any age or gender in their own neighborhood, they must seek them abroad.” And where exactly is “abroad”? The dictionary says it might mean a foreign country, or it could simply mean outside or in another place. I’d like to extend the meaning further to include anywhere outside your known and familiar world. Halloween costume suggestion: traveler on a pilgrimage or explorer on a holy quest.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): PR executives at

a beer company offered to pay me a lot of money if I would sneak a product placement ad into your horoscope. They asked me to pretend there was a viable astrological reason to recommend that you imbibe their product in abundance. But the truth is, the actual planetary omens suggest the opposite. You should not in fact be lounging around in a haze of intoxication. You should instead be working hard to drum up support for your labor of love or your favorite cause. Very Important People will be more available to you than usual, and you’ll be wise to seek their input. Halloween costume suggestion: the Ultimate Fundraiser, Networker of the Year, Chief Hobnobber.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “What kind of idea

are you?” asks author Salmon Rushdie. “Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accommodates itself, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze?” I pose this question to you, Aquarius, because I think you could be an effective version of either idea in the coming weeks. If you’re the latter—the cussed, damnfool notion—you may change your world in dramatic ways. Halloween costume suggestions: revolutionary, crusader, agitator, rabble-rouser.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “There is no beauty

without some strangeness,” wrote Edgar Allen Poe. Fashion designer Rei Kawakubo ventured further, declaring, “Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.” She also added another nuance to her definition: “For something to be beautiful, it doesn’t have to be pretty.” I’ll offer you one more seed for thought: wabi-sabi. It’s a Japanese term that refers to a kind of beauty that’s imperfect, transitory, and incomplete. I bring these clues to your attention, Pisces, because now is an excellent time to refine and clarify your own notion of beauty—and re-commit yourself to embodying it. Halloween costume suggestion: the embodiment of your definition of beauty.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “There is a season for

wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming.” Author Shauna Niequist wrote that. In accordance with the astrological omens, I endorse her perspective as true and useful for you. You’ve zipped through your time of fertile chaos, conjuring up fresh possibilities. When January arrives, you’ll be ready to work on stability and security. But for now, your assignment is to blossom. Halloween costume suggestions:

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Podcast, stat! That mound of flesh you’ve lugged around for nine months is now growing on its own. Sure, you’re also a mound of flesh, but that doesn’t make you qualified to help this tiny flesh mound as it screams and stretches out uncontrollably. Someone has to know how to care for your new mound. Pediatrics is the study of and medical care for flesh mounds. Practicing pediatricians, in all their technical wisdom, refer to the mounds slightly more formally: as infants, children and adolescents. The doctors assert essential care needs, and they both understand and can talk about best practices to maximize a child’s growth. Pediatricians Dean

Blumberg and Lena Rothstein of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento host Two Peds in a Pod, a podcast to educate parents of all experience levels. SN&R sat down with both doctors to talk about the podcast, an endeavor that started as a fledgling idea in June, was cultivated in August and birthed in September.

How did you two land on a podcast? Blumberg: I don’t know. Rothstein: I don’t think Dr. Dean wants anyone to know what he looks like [laughs]. Blumberg: Yeah, I mean, maybe we should do something on YouTube. I don’t know. We just thought a podcast seemed sort of natural.

Do you two work together at all? Rothstein: We haven’t worked that much together in terms of a medical standpoint. We’ve done a lot of advocacyrelated stuff together. … We’ve worked a lot together on reaching out to local news when the flu shot comes out, or reminding parents to put on sunscreen during the summer and not leave their kids in hot cars.

How closely do these podcast characters resemble your real selves? Blumberg: Obviously there’s this age difference. So when we were coming up with this, we thought, “Well, let’s exaggerate that.” Let’s exaggerate the young, bright, open-minded position, which is Dr. Lena. And then I can channel being judgmental. … I can try to channel what the older generation is thinking. … Somebody told me, “I know you’re playing a role like Stephen Colbert did with ‘The Colbert [Report],’ but I was listening to you and agreeing with you the whole time.”

Dr. Dean Blumberg, left, and Dr. Lena Rothstein mug in their makeshift recording studio. PHOTO COURTESY OF LISA BUTTERwORTH

What’s the vetting process for topics? Rothstein: We started out just polling people we know and [discussing] things that have come up … and then we’re hoping that as time goes on we’ll have to reach out less … one parent wanted to hear about wearing your baby. Blumberg: Oh yeah, wearing your baby. Rothstein: And what the studies have shown about that. So we were talking about doing skin-to-skin, or how touch is beneficial for kids. We were asked about weaning with breastfeeding. Blumberg: Yeah, baby-led weaning instead of the parent leading. Rothstein: Screentime with teenagers [was another].

Is having electronic access to doctors the direction the medical field is taking? Blumberg: Here at UC Davis, we’ve been trying to do a lot of telemedicine, and I think we’ve been leaders in the field. … It makes sense, especially here in Sacramento, because a lot of our population that comes here comes from rural Northern California … We’re all equipped with these cameras, and so I can sit in my office and see these patients and save them two- or a four-hour drive one way. Rothstein: And there are certain things where it doesn’t make sense to do it over the computer. So when we need to listen to their lungs, we need to be able to do a physical exam, we need to be able to talk a little bit further to see how we’re going to treat appropriately. So I still think it doesn’t replace an in-person exam.

Where does the information in the podcast come from? Rothstein: The studies that we talk about are from everywhere … The marijuana

episode we just recorded, I talked a lot about the studies done in Colorado, because that’s where they first legalized recreational marijuana. Blumberg: For these last ones, we’ve made an effort to have other people review them. On the podcast we’re experts, but my specialty is infectious diseases and Lena’s still in training, so we want other input. To make sure our perspective is correct, we always send it out to subject matter experts, and then they sometimes will give us other references. Rothstein: We sent our marijuana one out, and she sent back all of these articles that were so science-based. I was like, “Oh god, we have to boil this down for parents.”

Was the marijuana episode fun to record? Rothstein: It is interesting. I think that our views tend to be less progressive and liberal just because it’s related to pediatric use. And so a lot of the podcast is talking about the dangers of accidental ingestion in young kids, other policies that we could bring up to keep kids safer from this type of thing. But it’s super interesting to research, and I think [California’s] got to be on the forefront … we have to make sure that kids aren’t getting into it and it’s not increasing teen use and things like that.

So the marijuana episode is a definite favorite. Rothstein: [Laughs] We’ll see. I haven’t heard it yet. We just recorded it, so I’ll have to get back to you.

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Check out the pediatric podcast at blog.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/twopedsinapod.

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