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23 6 Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Interim Editor Rachel Leibrock News Editor Raheem F. Hosseini Managing Editor Mozes Zarate Staff Reporter Scott Thomas Anderson Copy Editor Steph Rodriguez Calendar Editor Maxfield Morris Contributors Daniel Barnes, Ngaio Bealum, Brad Branan, Rob Brezsny, Skye Cabrera, Aaron Carnes, Jim Carnes, Maia Paras Evrigenis, Joey Garcia, Kate Gonzales, Becky Grunewald, Howard Hardee, Ashley HayesStone, Jeff Hudson, Rebecca Huval, Jim Lane, Ken Magri, Rachel Mayfield, Michael Mott, James Raia, Patti Roberts, Steph Rodriguez, Shoka,

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Wolves of hate The Jewish community is still reeling from what may have been the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. Last Saturday, a gunman opened fire into the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, killing 11 and wounding six. The victims were between the ages of 54 to 97. They had gathered for a naming ceremony, an initiation for newborns into the faith. For Debby Nelson, President of Congregation Beth Shalom in Carmichael, Saturday reminded her of 1999, when hers was one of three Sacramento area synagogues firebombed by two white supremacist brothers. “We were fortunate that no lives were lost,” Nelson said Tuesday. But the massacre, several state lines away, still pained her. “If you’re a Jew, you’re part of that local family and community, and although this horrible crime was across the country in Pittsburgh, we feel it deeply here,” she said. “It reminds us that we always have to be vigilant.” Under the current administration, she’s probably right. Whether it’s Trump falsely equating the Charlottesville protestors and those who shouted “Jews will not replace us,” to signaling his belief in globalist conspiracy theories that often paint Jews as villains at the helm, the president has been a vehicle for anti-Semitism. Monday night offered a different message. At the Congregation B’Nai Israel synagogue in Sacramento, an excess of 1,200 attendees, spanning all faiths, memorialized the victims. “I’ve been particularly touched by my non-Jewish friends who have supported that position that we’re all brothers and sisters in the community,” Nelson said. If you’re interested in showing solidarity and support, you can donate to the Greater Pittsburgh chapter of the Jewish Federation’s “Our Victims of Terror Fund,” or directly to the Tree of Life. Locally, the California Museum is offering free admission to its Unity Center this weekend. The exhibit opened in August 2017, originally conceived in response to the 1999 bombings—and its following attacks. Those same brothers later firebombed an abortion clinic, and murdered a homosexual couple, Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder, in their home. If one community is unsafe, we’re all unsafe.

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Honestly, I think everything will sort itself out. I’m not too worried … We have a good system of checks and balances, so I’m not too afraid that Trump or any other president’s going to bring down the whole country. I think everything’s going to be fine.

I am all for the idea of democracy. I think that everyone’s entitled to their opinions and has a right to speak out on it. But, democracy has its flaws, of course. ... It should by all means stick around. But it does need a bit of tweaking.

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Prop. 10’s flawed approach Re: “You better f@%#ing vote!” by SN&R staff (Opinion, October 18): Sacramento is facing a critical shortage in affordable housing. As our region continues to grow, absorbing thousands of people who are seeking a more affordable alternative to the Bay Area, we have seen rents and home prices increase dramatically, placing pressures on families and others struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. Now, we face a new threat on the November ballot, Proposition 10, that would make it harder to build new affordable units and make our statewide housing crisis worse. Prop. 10 would create a series of new rules and regulations that would make it difficult to include affordable units in new developments. Builders rely on rents from market-rate units to help subsidize price-controlled units in the same development project. As the state cuts billions for affordable housing, mixed-use projects like the Hardin Building, which includes 60 percent affordable units, and the WAL project in downtown Sacramento were

creative alternatives, conceived in partnership with affordable housing builders, city leaders and community activists to ensure new development was not only catering to those at the top of the economic ladder. But the price caps permitted in Prop. 10 could make those mixed-use projects untenable for local housing builders, and further restrict our already severely limited supply of affordable housing. Adding another layer of regulation and bureaucracy will only drive up the cost of building new housing, and make it harder to offer new units at prices that low- and middle-income Californians can afford. We all agree that California is in the midst of a critical housing shortage and affordability crisis, and that we may need to make some changes to protect current renters. But Prop. 10 is a flawed measure that would make worse many of the problems the measure claims to try to solve.

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Trans in the light Re: “Support trans rights,” by Rachel Leibrock (Editor’s Note, October 25): People aren’t hiding it— that’s what’s changed. Tom Wendel S a c r a me nto v i a Fa c e b o o k

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Correction The 2018 general election guide (“You better f@%#ing vote!”, October 18) incorrectly endorsed Measure L, a ballot measure that was voted on and passed in 2016. SN&R regrets the error.

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Can Dianne Feinstein survive the midterms, or will the unbeaten senator fall to a more progressive rival? IllustratIon by MarIa ratInova

Do you know Dianne? The iconic California senator’s past predicted the Democratic Party’s current identity crisis by Kate Gonzales

On a sunny day in mid-October, California’s senior U.S. senator did something she hadn’t in nearly two decades. In the City by the Bay where she was born, Dianne Feinstein stepped onstage with her opponent to make her case for another six years. “This is a historic opportunity,” her Democratic challenger, Kevin de León noted somewhat dryly. “I think the last time Sen. Feinstein had an opponent on the same stage was about 18 years ago.” It’s true—the 85-year-old senator hasn’t defended her incumbency in a 6

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debate since 2000. After prodding from de León’s campaign, however, the candidates came together just shy of three weeks to Election Day. But blink and you may have missed it. The exchange, hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California, took place during a Wednesday lunch hour at the nonpartisan think tank’s Bechtel Conference Center. The San Francisco center was at capacity, but voters who wanted to watch live online had to pre-register.

De León’s campaign promoted the event on social media. Feinstein’s didn’t, but posted recaps that named her victorious in what wasn’t really a debate, but rather a moderated Q&A that didn’t allow the candidates to respond to one another. As they each discussed their vision for representing the state in the Trump era, their areas of divergence became clear. Feinstein encouraged voters to keep Democrats in office, calling elections key to making progress. “You can march, you can filibuster, you can talk all night. It doesn’t change

anything,” she said. “What changes things are elections. … If we can deliver a Democratic majority in one house [of Congress] even, then we change the dynamic.” Republicans currently hold the majority in both houses. De León, meanwhile, emphasized the need for California’s representatives to lead on issues the state’s voters prioritize, like immigration and climate change. He touted his own record in these areas as a state senator and senate president pro tem. “We need new leadership that’s on the front lines and not on the sidelines,” he said. Once, Feinstein might have been the candidate pushing progressive change. Feinstein used to be a pioneer. She became the first woman to serve as San Francisco’s mayor in the late 1970s. Less than a generation later, she was one of four women voted into the U.S. Senate in a historic moment dubbed the Year of the Woman. She currently sits on the Senate Judiciary and Senate Intelligence committees and has championed gun


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supreme inVisibilitY regulation. But her long political career and wealth tend to hurt her image with those in the left wing of the party. “If there is a Bernie Sanders impact on the [Democratic] party, it is this cadre of young, progressive, outspoken activists who don’t feel bound by the old rules,” said Eric Bauman, California Democratic Party chair. “[They] want somebody who … will go and shake things up.” The California Democratic Party voted this summer to endorse de León. But the truth is, that may not matter. The most recent pre-election PPIC poll shows Feinstein leading by 16 points. Her history in Washington—as well as her heightened name recognition for her recent role in the Senate Judiciary hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, will likely withstand the challenge on November 6. Feinstein was born into a wealthy family in 1933 and grew up in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. Today, she’s the second-richest senator, with a value of at least $58.5 million, according to a March article in the Los Angeles Times. Her political career is lengthy: She was first elected to the city’s Board of Supervisors in 1969. Back then, several Bay Area newspaper articles highlighted her pleasing physical appearance in their coverage of the first woman on the board in more than 50 years. Feinstein’s mayoral run began in the wake of tragedy. She inherited the position when then-San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated at City Hall. Feinstein, who was the one to find Milk’s body, was indelibly shaped by the moment and has often publicly recalled how that moment formed her fight for gun regulation. Attorney Louise Renne temporarily filled Feinstein’s open supervisor seat, and was later appointed city attorney— another first for women in San Francisco politics. Renne said Feinstein made appointments that uplifted women and other marginalized groups. “She was very forward-thinking, in terms of making sure women and persons of color were appointed to positions where they hadn’t been before,” Renne said. In 1987, City and State Magazine recognized Feinstein as Mayor of the Year. Early the next year, the Christian Science Monitor covered her in a story. In the article, Feinstein discussed her political aspirations and the challenges women in politics faced at the time.

“Strength in women is very often critically evaluated, and strength in men is not,” she said. At times, she flexed that strength in ways that clashed with her constituency. In 1984, some speculated that Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale would select Feinstein as his running mate during the San Franciscohosted Democratic National Convention. In a move to try to win over southern Democrats, she erected the Confederate flag outside San Francisco City Hall—just one day after Ku Klux Klan members were acquitted in the deaths of activists in the Greensboro Massacre. With a crowd cheering him on, activist Richard Bradley climbed the pole wearing a Union uniform to tear down and destroy the flag, according to the SF Bay View. Feinstein had it replaced and Bradley took it down again. After a few rounds of this strange game of whack-a-mole, Bradley, who is black, was jailed and Feinstein briefly demanded he pay for the flag. She backed down after public pressure. Mondale bypassed Feinstein for Geraldine Ferraro. Her checkered history with the city also came in the form of a recall effort in 1983, with organized citizens upset by a handgun ban she’d proposed. She defeated that effort. She also occasionally sparred with the city’s LGBTQ community, ordering undercover sting operations to shut down bath houses in the 1980s and voting against a measure that would have extended health benefits to same-sex couples. But at the same time, she was also praised for securing HIV research funding. She teased at a run for governor in the Christian Science Monitor article, saying it would probably be necessary to get to the White House. “A few years in Congress probably won’t do it,” she said. After a failed run for California governor in 1990, however, she decided to run for Congress. That move would launch a 26-year career in DC politics and coincided with greater representation of women in Congress. stephanie schriock vividly remembers watching Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony in the hearings to confirm Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas. It was the eve of her first opportunity to vote. “I was one of those young women, a teenager, who went, ‘Why aren’t there any women asking questions?’” There were only two women in the Senate at the time—Nancy Kassebaum, a Republican from Kansas, and Barbara Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland.

The next year, during the 1992 presidential election, women ran for office in record numbers. Four were elected, half from California. One was Barbara Boxer; the other, Feinstein. Two years into her first term, Feinstein authored the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. The topic remains a key issue for Feinstein as mass shootings have continued to plague the United States. She discussed the topic in March on the Fight Back with Barbara Boxer podcast. “When I saw the faces of the 6- and 7-year-old children who were mowed down at Sandy Hook, I thought: ‘This will never happen again,” she said. “But it did.” Today, Schriock is the president of EMILY’S List, an organization that supports the campaigns of pro-choice Democratic women. As she watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of Kavanaugh before he was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice last month, it felt like déjà vu but with one important difference. The woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, had the support of a diverse cast of Democrats. “You see Amy Klobuchar and Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris,” Schriock said. “You saw diversity of race and gender on the Democratic side.” As the senator who received the letter outlining Ford’ allegations, Feinstein was a controversial centerpiece of the hearings— criticized from both sides of the political aisle. During the San Francisco event, she said she did her best as a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to stop the nomination. “Although Democrats are not in control and therefore do not have the vote, it became very important to be able to say what we thought,” she said then. But de León and other left-leaning progressives believe maintaining the status quo in Washington will not do Californians justice. Freshman U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna agrees Feinstein doesn’t align with the wave of progressive energy. “I don’t think she represents the changing face of California, or is going to be at the forefront of the new progressive movement of the party,” said Khanna, who represents the Bay Area district that includes Silicon Valley. Khanna added that, while he recognizes her achievements, she’s not the voice California Democrats need in Washington. “One can have both respect and admiration for her, but also think that it’s time for a new voice to lead a new California.” Ω

The California supreme Court may be getting paltry election coverage, but two justices are up for “retention,” meaning voters will either approve or deny a governor’s past appointment for another 12 years. The most embattled of the two is Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, whose reconfirmation faces opposition from a number of lgbtQ groups. Corrigan’s early career was spent as a prosecutor and then judge in Alameda County. In 1991, Republican Gov. Pete Wilson appointed her to the California First District Court of Appeal. Once Arnold Schwarzenegger was running the Golden State, Corrigan enjoyed another Republican appointment, this time to the Supreme Court. Her tenure became controversial just two years later, when she voted against legalizing same-sex marriage. Her dissenting opinion was on the losing end of a 4-3 vote. In 2009, Corrigan voted to uphold proposition 8, which defined marriage as between and man and a woman. Those opinions haven’t been forgotten. The San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Clairemont Democratic Club and the Lambda Democratic Club of Contra Costa County are all urging a ‘no’ vote on retaining Corrigan. On the flip side, Corrigan has the endorsement of The Los Angeles Times and received praise for her 2017 vote to fix a loophole in the California public records Act, one that elected officials used to shield government-related texts and emails from reporters. The other associate justice up for retention is the youngest on the bench, Leondra Kruger, who Gov. Jerry Brown appointed in 2014 to fill a vacancy left by the retiring Joyce Kennard. To date, Kruger’s most headline-grabbing ruling came in July when she was part of a 4-3 majority that found it unconstitutional for lower courts to force Yelp to remove negative reviews, even if a judge deemed those reviews legally defamatory. (Scott Thomas Anderson)

redefining ‘going postAl’ A sharp-eyed postal employee in Sacramento reportedly spared U.S. Sen. Kamala harris a fright last week. The worker was credited with intercepting one of the more than a dozen suspected pipe bomb packages that an ardent admirer of Donald Trump allegedly mailed to terrorize the president’s critics. Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Fla., was formally charged Monday in federal court with five crimes stemming from his alleged role as the person responsible for mailing 14 potentially explosive packages to prominent Democrats and CNN. One of those prominent Dems was Harris, whose Sacramento district office was the intended recipient of one of the suspicious packages, the FBI and county Sheriff’s Department announced on October 26. But the package never reached its target. Instead, Harris’ office said in a statement, “a trained postal employee identified the package at a Sacramento mail facility and reported it to the authorities.” The Sheriff’s Department says its communications center received a call around 7:45 a.m. that Friday. Authorities evacuated nearby homes and blocked roads as explosive ordinance detail technicians from four agencies worked to neutralize the device, a release from sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton said. Sayoc reportedly had a list of more than 100 potential targets, according to law enforcement officials cited by NBC News. Sayoc, who The New York Times reports began railing against Democrats and immigrants on social media in 2016, billed himself as a promoter of Native American heritage. But he was neither of those things. Sayoc, who was of Italian and Filipino descent, was working as a pizza delivery driver and male dancer at the time of his arrest, according to relatives and employers interviewed by multiple news outlets. (Raheem F. Hosseini)

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An SN&R analysis of city records and documents from the Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency, or SHRA, reveal that, between 2016 and last summer, officials sold seven cityowned properties—but only one was brokered to an affordable housing developer. Tenant advocates say that pattern constitutes a violation of the California Surplus Land Act, a piece of legislation Mayor Darrell Steinberg himself voted to strengthen in 2014 while he was in the state Senate.

Construction crews tear out a section of the Johnson Greenbriar Motel on Stockton Boulevard, working to convert the property to “boutique hotel rooms.” Photo by Scott thomaS anderSon

Short sold Sacramento has skipped chances to sell city-owned property to affordable housing developers by Scott thomaS anderSon

Sheetrock dust blows through the courtyard of the Johnson Greenbriar Motel, sweeping past dumpsters, bandsaws and discarded furniture. Three months ago, the city of Sacramento detached its code enforcers to shutter this Stockton Boulevard complex, taking control of it through receivership and transferring it to a new owner. It’s now being renovated into “boutique hotel rooms.” Officials and business leaders cheered the move, describing the Greenbriar as urban blight and a nuisance magnet. Left out the conversation was the fact that the Greenbriar was one of the few complexes in Oak Park that catered to extremely low-income renters. Liane Bruckstein, operations manager at Harm Reduction Services, works near

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the Greenbriar. She said closing the property propelled scores of people into homelessness. “The Stockton Boulevard Partnership constantly complains about homelessness in the area. Well, this literally put people on the streets,” said Bruckstein, who’s also a board member of the partnership. “Half our clients are homeless but used to live in places in Oak Park—until they were priced out.” The same city government that chose to close the Greenbriar also declined to sell a piece of its property less than a mile away to an award-winning affordable housing developer, opting instead to steer that land to a company now building pricier, market-rate units. That happened in 2017 and wasn’t an isolated incident.

One thing is certain: Sacramento’s wheeling and dealing of public land to market-rate developers happened during a crisis that hurts low-income renters more than anyone. The controversial land sales were brought to Steinberg’s attention in July when the Sacramento Housing Alliance and the Environmental Council of Sacramento sent him a joint letter expressing concern. Specifically, the two organizations questioned whether the city is in compliance with the Surplus Land Act, a law that requires prioritizing surplus government land for affordable housing. One case that the nonprofits found particularly “alarming” was the city’s sale of 4722 Ninth Avenue and 4601-4625 10th Avenue, near Stockton Boulevard. When the city put this collection of lots up for sale in August 2017, it received a competitive bid from Community Housing Works, a reputable developer that’s built more than 3,000 apartments for low-income renters across the state. In the proposal Community Housing Works submitted to the SHRA, which manages city-owned property sales, it said that its aim was to build 130 to 195 rental units that would be “an affordable and stable platform for lowincome residents and seniors on fixed incomes.” CHW added that its prices would be set for single households earning less than $29,160 annually, and four-person households earning less than $46,640. Instead of prioritizing that offer, SHRA sold the property for just $55,000 more to College Town International LLC, which is planning a mixed-use, marketrate complex the company says will cater to “students and faculty of the UC Davis Medical Center.” In CTI’s proposal, it said it primarily wanted to “take advantage of the growth of the Medical Center and ancillary medical services.”

Another deal that perplexed housing advocates involved the sale of 14 cityowned lots in North Sacramento. When the buyer, Del Paso Homes Inc., first submitted its proposal to SHRA, it said it wanted to purchase the land to build 14 single-family homes with starting prices of $185,000. Del Paso Homes also wrote in its proposal documents that the houses would cater to people earning roughly $39,000 a year. “This is approximately the pay of a shift manager at a local fast food restaurant,” the development group noted. That was in February 2017. Yet, seven months later, when SHRA asked the Sacramento City Council to approve the sale, Del Paso Homes had changed the starting price of the units to $314,649. District 2 Councilman Allen Warren recently told SN&R that, from his perspective, $300,000 is an affordable home price in Sacramento. Cathy Creswell, board president for Sacramento Housing Alliance, said elected officials should think twice about making statements like that. “When they say $300,000 is affordable, the real question is, ‘Affordable to who?’” Creswell stressed. “The reality is that $300,000 is likely not affordable to a lower-income household.” Not only is Del Paso Homes’ project now less affordable than promised, but SHRA’s decision to sell the land to the developer prevented it from going to Habitat For Humanity, which was also bidding on it. SHRA declined to comment for this story. Multiple studies released in the last two years have identified a lack of lowincome rentals as one of biggest drivers in Sacramento’s housing crisis. This week, Steinberg said his office is looking into the issue Sacramento Housing Alliance and ECOS raised. “The Surplus Land Act is an important law and the city should absolutely comply with it,” the mayor told SN&R. Creswell agrees and thinks City Hall needs to pressure SHRA to change its tactics on selling public lands. “I think people are seeing—given the extent of the housing crisis—that we really have to use every resource we have,” Creswell said. “To lose this precious resource for working families, and for people in danger of being homeless, it’s just a tragedy.” Ω

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SMAC to the head Director’s abrupt exit deals a blow to Sacramento art initiative by Rachel Mayfield

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The departure of Creative Edge’s leader The person responsible for turning Sacramento raises questions about the fate of the initiative. into a vibrant, economically viable hub for the arts Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commissioner and has exited his position—and the city’s burgeoning Creative Edge steering committee member Maya scene—after just over a year in the job. Wallace says she finds Glus’ departure unfortuJonathon Glus, director of Creative nate, but believes he has done much to build and and Cultural Economy and manager of the encourage SMAC staff to move forward with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, plan. resigned to take an unspecified job in Southern “He’s done a pretty good job of hiring very California. Initially hired by the city in July qualified people who can pick it up and run with 2017, Glus was brought on with the expressed it, and he’s empowered them to do that,” she purpose of developing a new plan to transform Sacramento into a thriving arts hub. The resulting said. Besides the loss of Glus, Wallace notes blueprint, called Creative Edge and approved by other challenges for Creative Edge’s future, the City Council in July, was the fruit of over 60 including the need for sufficient financial community meetings and a survey of approxiresources and establishing trust with artists mately 1,000 residents and visitors. It’s the city’s through community engagement. She first comprehensive arts initiative in more cites Measure U as one of the only than 20 years. funding sources identified for Glus released an official “I don’t carrying out Creative Edge’s statement on the SMAC objectives. How people website: want this to vote on November 6 could “Dear friends: I would atrophy because of have a significant impact like to announce that I will how the initiative be leaving my position with other elements that are on proceeds, she says, but not the City of Sacramento, as happening.” everyone is convinced that I have accepted a new posiMeasure U will be admintion in Southern California. Maya Wallace istered appropriately. My decision was difficult, member, Sacramento “A lot of apprehension but ultimately it was a family Metropolitan Arts in the community is that there decision.” Commission isn’t a way to meaningfully overThe rest of Glus’ statement see those funds,” Wallace explained. acknowledges the hard work and “If we had more community input and dedication of the arts community and participation on a lot of elements of how the thanks Sacramento for welcoming him. city does its work, people would feel a lot more Spending just 16 months with SMAC, comfortable in voting for something like that.” Glus took his leave last week. His departure Despite hurdles, Wallace emphasizes that coincides with SMAC’s move to City Hall there are still people in place with the necesto accommodate the start of renovations sary expertise to achieve the vision laid out by at the Sacramento Convention Center and the Creative Edge initiative. If they want it to Community Center Theater. succeed, she says, it will take continued effort It’s not the first time Glus has made a and dedication. relatively abrupt exit. In February 2017, Texas “I feel like we are off to a great start with art publication Glasstire reported that he also Creative Edge,” Wallace said. “We definitely did stepped down from his previous position as more, and took way more time to [engage the CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance unexpectcommunity] than we have done in other projects, edly, to the surprise of both board and staff at least in my experience. … I don’t want this members. The circumstances behind that to atrophy because of other elements that are decision are unclear. The specifics of Glus’ happening.” Ω new position were not publicly announced before print deadline. Glus did not respond to SN&R’s inquiries. 10

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Non-participation atrophy An impassioned voter understands why many eligible voters don’t vote by Detria thompson

My team—the Dems, in full identity crisis I have mixed feelings about voting. mode—have stubbornly trotted out 71-year-old On the one hand, I’ve voted pretty Hillary Clinton and 75-year-old Joe Biden to consistently for the past 25-plus years. Even if I “energize” us. Dianne Feinstein, at 85 and 26 don’t actively follow the politicians and issues years in, thinks her best political years are on my ballot, I bone up on what I need to know ahead. Incumbent doesn’t simply mean you before heading to the polls. I’m old school, so have an edge on your challengI like to vote in person—cheat ers. It means you have the job sheet in hand. for life. According to the Public My party is less concerned Policy Institute of California, with holding base constituents young people, people of color, and attracting unlikely voters renters, immigrants, the less than figuring out how to bring educated, and the working class the moderate-conservative are the least likely voters. I Midwestern farmer demographic know there’s overlap with some into the fold. of these category boxes. These The progressive wing of demo groups also skew indethe party supports things like a pendent and democratic. When I livable wage, Medicare for all, read these stats, the deepest part college subsidies, rectifying the of my voting DNA screamed country’s unchecked wealth a little bit. We gotta get out Detria Thompson is a Sacramentodisparities. The party leadership and vote. For the kids and our based freelance writer. thinks they’re dewy-eyed crazies. future! An informed voter can’t even Just a couple of weeks ago, rely on the issue summaries I gave an impassioned speech included in their sample ballots. You think you about the importance of voting to a couple of voted to save the California coastline from oil people I know who aren’t registered and have drilling and toxic waste pollution, but you actunever voted. They weren’t convinced. ally cast a vote to waive coastline environmental “All politics is local.” My interpretation of protections—in perpetuity. this saying is less cynical than what its source The Los Angeles Times reported an estimated author may have intended. To me it means we, 40 percent of Californians who supported the people, should be engaged and pay close Proposition 66 in 2016, an initiative that passed attention to social and political issues that and expedites executions, thought they voted to directly impact our neighborhoods, our city and abolish the death penalty. our state. We should know what our council Widespread and brazen voter suppression members, mayor, county and state officials are up to because their priorities, and what they depriori- efforts that disproportionately disenfranchise African-American and Latinx citizens. In 2018? tize, greatly affects our day-to-day quality of life. I get it. On the other hand, 48 percent of Americans My cognitive dissonance has me politically don’t vote because they don’t trust politicians or pessimistic but cautiously hopeful. Hopeful the system their representatives operate in. Only because some grassroots progressives have 37 percent of registered California voters particicrashed the Democratic Party—successfully. pated in the June primaries. I get it. I understand the why, but the optimist in Politics is overrun with corporate influence, me still hopes the large untapped population of corruption and pettiness. California politics is a politically disengaged Californians will become microcosm of a disreputable system. A few good likely voters. Ω people work inside, but overall the major parties are anachronistic and tone deaf.

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Lessons from Brooklyn to Sacramento with love by jeff vonkaenel

Getting from point A to point B in Brooklyn, compared to the same process in Sacramento, was a major focus of last month’s Sacramento Metro Chamber Study Mission. This was the 20th year that 100 Sacramento business leaders, government officials and nonprofit executives traveled to another city to gain insights and ideas to bring back to our Capital City. After each Chamber study mission, I return to Sacramento with a much better perspective on both the problems and opportunities that we face in our region. And we certainly have many transportation problems and opportunities right here in River City. In addition, on this trip, I had my own personal experiences with the New York transportation system. Before arriving in New York, I had meetings in Washington, D.C., and took the train up to New York’s Penn Central, where I arrived very late Tuesday night. Having luggage and never having been to Brooklyn, I thought a cab would be the safest option. However, when I got to the cab line, the first two cabs refused to take me to the borough. The third cab driver only agreed if I would give up $40 in cash. Off we went. This cab ride from New York to Brooklyn cost roughly the same amount as the train from D.C. In Brooklyn, the Chamber presented workshops by a transportation futurist, John Martin, as well as a panel of New York City transit users including an ex-Sacramento resident. I learned that younger people think that paying a small fortune to buy, maintain and park a car is stupid. Really stupid. And then the idea that you have to live somewhere that you do not want to live, like a suburb, because it is more convenient for your car, is really lame. The panelists

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all praised the New York subway system. One of the panelists did not even have a driver’s license. Besides attending these transportation sessions in Brooklyn, I also had dinner with Sacramento Regional Transit General Manager Henry Li and Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, where I received my Sacramento transit update while breaking bread in another city next to a river. The good news for Sacramento is: Henry Li, who arrived from Jacksonville Florida in early 2016. I am astounded by how much Li has been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. In the last two years, RT has dealt with the safety and cleanliness issues that were driving away customers. And RT has gotten its costs under control, recently announcing fare reductions, lower student rates, easier transfers from other area bus lines and SmaRT service for on-demand ride share in certain selected areas. There is now a can-do attitude at RT. At the end of my trip, I needed to get from our hotel to JFK airport at the beginning of rush hour. According to Google, taking the subway would take about one hour and cost $7.75, or I could take a cab which would take one-and-a-half hours and cost around $60. So, thankful that suitcases have wheels, I made my way several blocks to the subway station. Finding several different subway entrances, I asked a woman which one would take me to the airport. She looked confused, but her 8-year-old companion told me which one would do the trick. I now know a lot more about getting from point A to point B. Ω Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of the News & Review.

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s n t a s i r l v a T cti tri n a o Six months after she was put in the men’s jail, Ebony Harper’s legal battle parallels today’s transgender civil rights struggle

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acing the wall, Ebony Harper made a conscious decision to let the man with the badge do what he was going to do. Outside of the county jail’s windowless booking area, the 38-year-old was a respected activist with a prestigious job at the California Endowment. Inside the jail, however, Harper was just another transgender woman destined for the men’s side of the high-rise lockup. “By the time I got searched, I already made my peace,” she told SN&R. “I knew where they were putting me.”

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On April 12, Harper got caught between police and demonstrators outside of the Sacramento County district attorney’s office, the site of continuing protests over the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark in March. Harper and one other woman were arrested. The other woman was released without charges. Harper was not. Harper’s arrest briefly drew public and political concern to the sheriff’s department’s treatment of transgender people inside of its two jails. But the spotlight shifted three weeks later, when the suspected Golden State Killer was captured, an event that garnered national press for Sheriff Scott Jones, who runs the jails, and District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, whose office is prosecuting Harper. Both were handily reelected in June and Harper’s ordeal largely faded from view. Six months later, however, Harper’s story isn’t over. Schubert’s office is pressing forward with its criminal case against Harper, who faces misdemeanor counts of refusing to disperse and resisting arrest—charges she denies. The case has potentially broad implications, say those interviewed by SN&R. To some attorneys, it’s an example of the DA’s eagerness to prosecute activists who embarrass the establishment. To others, it’s a reminder that Sacramento’s jail system is constantly lagging behind society’s evolving understanding of gender and sexuality. And to politicians standing on the inclusive side of California’s red line against the Trump administration, Harper’s arrest, incarceration and potential trial could sound the wrong echoes:

As the White House threatens to erase transgender people from existence—at least where the federal government is concerned—Harper is just one more member of a marginalized group who faces attack. “There’s no doubt about that,” said Councilman Steve Hansen, who represents the downtown core where the main jail and DA’s office are located. Schubert, he added, “has an opportunity to send a strong message about how she’s going to handle issues like this.” Schubert’s critics already feel like she has. Within the local chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a progressive bar association advocating for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights, the thinking is that the DA goes hard on high-profile dissenters to send a message to the larger activist community. “Ebony Harper has been a very peaceful protester,” said Elizabeth Kim, president of the NLG’s Sacramento chapter, which had legal observers at the DA’s office protest. “For her specifically to be arrested [and charged] is indicative of the district attorney’s stance against the activist community as a whole.” Harper wouldn’t be the first prominent activist the DA’s office tried to make an example of, they said. But Harper may be one of the few capable of turning the tables. And she said she’s ready to put her reputation up against the justice system’s. “Sometimes we have to go through this to change some things,” she said. “It takes speaking truth to power.”

A disputed Arrest, An ongoing problem Harper said she showed up to the DA’s downtown headquarters that Thursday evening in April as the day’s protest was winding down, wondering if she’d missed the action. Moments later, she was on the ground with her hands behind her back, feeling an officer’s electrified baton singe her arms. (She showed SN&R burn marks along her forearms that she says were caused by the volts.) Harper had wandered into the middle of a brewing standoff between civilians calling for the prosecution of the two officers, who shot an unarmed Clark one month earlier, and a row of bicycle officers wading into the small crowd with their bikes held like shields. Harper said she was trying to comply with officers’ orders to disperse when she backed into a gate bordering the parking lot and fell. She felt someone take her arms and shout at

her to stop resisting. She said she tried to keep her voice calm as she explained that she wasn’t resisting. She ended up in the paddy wagon anyway, along with Marilyn Melisa Price, 37, of Sacramento. The Sacramento Police Department denied SN&R’s request to review bodyworn camera footage of the arrests. Others caught the aftermath. Elika Bernard said she was driving by the DA’s office when she registered a commotion. The vice president of Black Women United thought she saw a protester get hit and pulled over to “see if everything is cool,” she recalled. She said that’s when Ryan McClinton of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, who was also at the demonstration, told her Harper had been arrested. “I was instantly very afraid,” she said. Bernard said the reason has to do with who runs the jail. “Just based on the leadership of Scott Jones,” she said. “I know he’s not a trans activist.” Jones isn’t the only sheriff that LGBTQ groups have condemned. Fifteen years ago, it was then-Sheriff Lou Blanas’ name on the cover page of federal lawsuits regarding the treatment of transgender jail inmates, who described having to choose between solitary confinement or imprisonment with inmates of a different gender—sometimes with horrifying results. One plaintiff, Kelly McAllister, had been left behind at the downtown jail for an unresolved bench warrant in 2002 when she felt the presence of a man in her cell, her lawsuit alleged. The inmate was Phillip Andrade, a convicted child molester. McAllister had already informed jail personnel during her initial booking interview that she was a preoperative transgender woman, and had initially been housed separately or in protective custody in a carefully monitored open dormitory setting, her attorneys argued. McAllister said a voice scratching through the intercom ordered her to follow Andrade into another cell. She did. The next afternoon, Andrade raped her, she said. Following the attack, McAllister was taken to a hospital and then moved to the county’s other jail near Elk Grove, where she was placed on what the sheriff’s department refers to as total separation status. Her attorneys had another term for it.

“After the incident, the County’s response was to effectively blame the transgender inmate and put her in solitary confinement because of the County’s failure to provide safe conditions,” McAllister’s attorneys wrote. After three days of being shackled in a cramped cell without human interaction, attorneys wrote, McAllister “was freed from the Sacramento County jail system, with no further charges or sentencing beyond the horrific time already served.” McAllister’s lawsuit was settled and the terms are sealed. All these years later, one of the attorneys who represented McAllister hasn’t forgotten the case, though some of the details—and the issues—feel like they’re stuck in another time. “Oh yeah, I remember McAllister,” said Kelly T. Smith, who still practices law in Sacramento. “This case was a few years ago, which was almost a world away.” As a point of reference, the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on gay marriage was still seven years away. But that doesn’t mean progress was static. When the McAllister case was filed, Blanas’ department was already under a federal

court decree to root out mistreatment of transgender inmates. “They were already under orders to fix the problem,” Smith said. “They hadn’t done anything and these inmates were exposed to this kind of danger. They were probably just blowing it off.” The plaintiff in that earlier ruling, Jackie Tates, had been raped in the jail and forced to walk past male inmates with her chest exposed when she wanted clean clothes. Like McAllister, Tates told SN&R in 2003 that her experience prompted

Before amending it, the Sacramento County district attorney’s office misgendered Ebony Harper in its original criminal complaint by using the name she was assigned at birth. Photo by Raheem F. hosseini

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suicidal thoughts. (Read “What’s she doing in the men’s jail?” Feature, February 13, 2003.) Years later, Smith says, he visited a state prison regarding another case and learned it had housed an inmate he knew. It was Tates. She had recently killed herself. In response to a public records request from SN&R, the sheriff’s department admitted that it doesn’t track sexual assaults on inmates inside either of its jails. A sheriff’s spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment about the department’s policies regarding transgender inmates. An audit by the U.S. Department of Justice last year revealed that the department doesn’t track inmates who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in its jails. The 270-page audit, which was released February 2017 as part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, found improved conditions for transgender inmates compared to what McAllister and Tates experienced the previous decade, though that determination was largely based on interviews with jail deputies and only two transgender inmates. At the time the audit was performed, the jail

obviously pat down that person, that individual.” Because of Harper, that jailhouse policy was about to reach its cultural expiration date.

‘they dehumanized her’ Once they reached the jail three blocks from where they were handcuffed, Harper said she and Price initially remained together. They navigated a co-ed line of arrestees, but were separated when it came time for the personal searches, which is when Harper realized she wouldn’t be given the same consideration she gets from airport security. “I get searched often because I travel for work,” Harper said. “I’m always searched by a woman. Most people know what I am.” If there’s a question, Harper said, TSA workers ask her preference. That’s not what happened here. Harper said a deputy asked her about her genitalia and determined based on her answer that she would be searched by a man. Harper said she informed the deputy that she would be more comfortable being searched by a woman and objected when she was told that wouldn’t happen. “They had to talk me into getting searched [by a male deputy],” she said. She described the search as traumatic, but said she did her best to remain calm. She said she was worried her distress could be misconstrued as hostility. Harper said she knows she doesn’t present as traditionally feminine. As a 6-foot-2 person of color, Harper said, working for a progressive enterprise doesn’t insulate her from discrimination. She’s endured laughs and stares. She’s felt judged and disregarded. “I realize I live in a society that is hostile to my existence,” she said. “Every walk, every talk, I feel it in my cellular grain.” Bernard was less understanding about what her friend experienced in jail. “They dehumanized her,” she said. Outside of the small booking room, where the path forked, Harper said she was led down a corridor that ended in the men’s jail. Harper said she was placed in a cell by herself, in protective custody, where male inmates walked by getting a good look. “It was uncomfortable,” she said. “If I’m going to be in protective custody, I want to be on the female side.”

As the White House threatens to erase transgender people from existence, Harper is just one more member of a marginalized group who faces attack. system’s policy was to house transgender inmates based on their current anatomy— not their gender identification—in singlecelled protective custody. Donna Cox retired as a sheriff’s sergeant working the jail in 2016. In response to an SN&R reporter’s message following Harper’s arrest, Cox left a voice mail explaining the process for booking someone who identifies by a gender different than the one they were assigned at birth. “Basically, in a nutshell, in the past we just used to say, we’d go by the plumbing,” Cox said. “So basically if someone had a penis then the male officer would

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Councilman Hansen called Harper’s placement in the men’s jail “very disturbing, but not surprising given the sheriff’s bent.” Unbeknownst to her, Harper’s friends assumed she was being misgendered inside the jail and were lobbying elected leaders to intervene. Bernard texted Kelly Fong Rivas, the mayor’s chief of staff, who contacted county Supervisor Phil Serna, who called Bernard and said he would reach out to the sheriff, but could make no promises. Bernard says Serna soon called back and said the sheriff agreed to move Harper. The mayor’s communications director confirmed Bernard’s sequence of events. Serna was ill and unavailable for comment, but Bernard said she’s grateful for the supervisor’s intervention. “Phil Serna acted quickly,” Bernard said. “This was the moment when our organization needed to rise to the values of our mission.” About two hours after she was sequestered in the men’s jail, Harper estimated, she was moved to a single cell in the women’s dormitory. Another two hours passed, and then Harper said a deputy asked for the first time where she preferred to be housed. She said she wanted to stay in the female wing. Harper said she was released around

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11:30 p.m., roughly five-and-a-half hours after her arrest. Harper is philosophical about the experience, saying it’s better that a transgender person of her rarefied social status was jailed over someone who might not have the platform or resources that she does. “Would I go through this again? Yes. To change some things,” she said. “I’m a boat rocker. Presenting the way society says I shouldn’t be is rocking the boat.” Harper’s arrest did change things. A week later, the sheriff’s department

amended its booking policy and now gives arrestees the option to request being searched and housed in accordance with their gender identity, said Cox, who was running for sheriff at the time. She doesn’t agree with that. “I don’t think that you should punish the officers—the male or the female officers— and then put them in a liability situation. Because if an individual still has a penis, I don’t believe that a woman should be patting them down,” Cox said in her voice mail, which she left a week after Harper’s release. The presidents of the Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and California State Sheriffs’ Association didn’t respond to requests for comment. Three weeks after Harper’s arrest, Sheriff Jones and DA Schubert stood together at a press conference to announce the historic apprehension of Joseph DeAngelo, the suspected Golden State Killer, which helped clinch their reelections. Hansen, who endorsed Milo Fitch, Jones’ reform-minded challenger, can’t help wondering what might have been. “It just underscores the fact that had we elected another sheriff …” he began. Hansen didn’t finish the thought.

‘i came to bring the revolution’ Harper was arraigned nearly two months after her arrest, in June. The DA’s office said it filed charges against Harper and not Price because Harper has a criminal record—a misdemeanor petty theft conviction from five years ago. A DA spokeswoman declined further comment on the pending case. Following multiple continuances, Harper’s next scheduled court appearance is in December. With no budging from either side, Harper’s attorney said the matter could be headed for a jury trial. “We’re kind of at an impasse right now,” said Yuri Hill of the Choyce Law Firm. “What they’re alleging is not what we see.” Hill said he reviewed police footage of the altercation and spoke to another person who was present at the protest. He declined to discuss what the footage showed because of the increasing possibility of a trial, but said that he and his client unequivocally dispute the people’s allegations. “I think the charges are unwarranted,” he said. Some legal observers said the case is another example of DA Schubert’s pattern of

prosecuting the very activists who challenge her willingness to hold officers to the same account. The National Lawyers Guild’s local chapter said it’s monitoring the legal situations of 13 activists arrested in Sacramento, including one Me Too activist who faces 30 days in jail for graffiti targeting rape culture. Trial looms for 10 Black Lives Matter members as well. “We can’t help but see the correlation with these protesters being charged,” said Kim, the Sacramento NLG’s president. “We are concerned about that—and the disparity there with how these protesters are charged so quickly and we’re not even getting a statement from the DA on the Stephon Clark shooting.” Veteran criminal defense attorney Linda Parisi was more circumspect. Parisi has squared off with the DA’s office before in high-profile cases involving activists, including the notorious “lynching” arrest of Maile Hampton and Parisi’s current representation of Michael Williams, an anti-fascist protester charged with assaulting neo-nazis during a summer 2016 riot outside the state Capitol. Parisi didn’t see a clear pattern of prosecuting dissidents so much as she saw the DA deferring to the desires of her law enforcement partners. “I don’t know that it’s as systematic,” she said. “What I think is wrong is that there’ll be an event that occurs and I feel like the DA’s office tends to be reactive to the position of the agency that was involved.” In Harper’s case, the involved agencies are the Sacramento Police Department, which made the arrest, but it’s also the DA’s office, whose doorstep is the site of continuing protests. Hansen, who was unaware that Harper faced prosecution until he was informed last week by SN&R, said the DA has dropped charges against dissidents in the past and believes that will happen here. He noted that 2018 has been “a year of high emotions,” not just because of the Clark shooting, but because this White House has made a wedge issue out of basic civil rights, staking hostile positions against people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and women. Harper’s looming case would cross nearly all those fault lines, he added. “This kind of hits at all of them,” Hansen said. “I think the DA here will do the right thing.” Whatever her future, Harper said she’s ready for it. She spoke about trying to unify a trans community that isn’t as organized as it could be in Sacramento. She deflected a question about whether she has political aspirations with a coy laugh. Then, smiling, she said, “I came to bring the revolution, darling.” Ω

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The stories we share by PaCHia Vang

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“What’s Hmong?” It’s a question I hated growing up, because for a long time, it was really hard to answer. Yes, we came from Laos. But we aren’t Lao. And although we originated in China, we’re far from Chinese—at least not Chinese American. Our migration stories are completely different. “Mama,” a child cries, looking to his mother as soldiers gun his father down. “You stay here,” a man reassures his brother, who lies covered in blood. They hold each other for the last time. “When

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For Hmong Americans, embroidered narratives are keys to preserving a cultural identity

Pachia Vang, in front of the “Thailand Refugee Camps” exhibit she curated for the HmongStory 40 in February 2017.

I will reach Thailand?” a couple wonders, hidden from the violence between two trees. “Hurry,” “Hurry,” people say all throughout. An elderly woman falls behind her group. “Quickly, they don’t wait [for] you,” a man turns around and tells her. These violent scenes, preserved on fabric, are those that exist in the memory of the Hmong community, stories that tell of our migration to the United States and our journey in becoming American. After decades of fighting in the U.S.’s war against communism in Laos, we found ourselves alone when U.S. forces left Vietnam in 1975. Those who had won were now seeking revenge, and to escape mass retribution, we became refugees, a people exiled from our lands and pushed to the camps of Thailand on the other side of the Mekong River. Defeated and impoverished, we turned to what we’ve always known best to survive, to maintain hope and to preserve a cultural identity— our needlework. Known for their formulaic designs, story cloths are square or rectangular shaped textiles covered in embroidered images of people, animals and nature. They tell tales of Hmong history, culture


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Wooing them with jazz licks and life. A craft that is 40 years old, or as old as our diaspora from the East, they’ve become an integral part of Hmong textile art, which spans across countries and generations. “Since 1975 Vietnamese have come to control Laos & harm the people,” Read embroidered lines at the top of one cloth displayed for the HmongStory 40, hung on a wall along with other story cloths, each with unique narratives. Celebrating four decades of Hmong refugee migration to the United States, the grassroots exhibit took place in Fresno, Merced and Sacramento, home to over 60,000 Hmong. Put together in the partnership with Sacramento City Unified School District, the Sacramento exhibit opened for two weeks in February 2017, breaking up Hmong history into four parts: “Life in Laos,” “The Secret War,” the “Thailand Refugee Camps,” and “California.” Cloths displayed at HmongStory 40 were unconventional. They didn’t read in their usual top-down, left-to-right order. Instead, the scenes were raw, scattered and read from the bottom-up, with broken bits of English written down to give insight to what was happening. Although story cloths would eventually become a good source of income to get us through the camps after the Vietnam War, they first served as genuine ways for us tell stories we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. Although we have a writing system today, for generations we had been illiterate. Drawing pictures to document our history was our best bet at being heard. And making story cloths also helped us cope with the dreariness of refugee camp life. It was a source of beauty, expression and healing from the tragedies of war. These unique pieces at HmongStory 40 were a testament to this. Predating the commercialized story cloths we see today with cute people and picturesque settings, they showcased raw Hmong ingenuity and imagination. A diversity which is hard to come across today, since all story cloths are made to look exactly the same now.

“Making story cloths also helped us cope with the dreariness of refugee camp life. It was a source of beauty, expression and healing from the tragedies of war.” The homogenization of story cloths is a reflection of the conundrum we find ourselves in currently: a people who have lived relatively poor and marginalized throughout time, running to “catch up” with the rest of the world, but also fearful of losing what we’ve held onto to survive for so long: our group identity. So we’ve found different ways to cope. HmongStory 40, for example, was a huge cultural movement as much as it was an educational exhibit aimed at reclaiming history through our own lenses and narratives. Looking at cloth more closely teaches us something really important about ourselves in this crucial moment, because they are markers of who we are and where we come from. Not having a writing system, we’ve developed a strong oral tradition which tells us that our embroidery patterns are actually remnants of a writing system we used to have in ancient times. Pushed south out of Central China centuries ago, it was something we lost along the way. Now dispersed throughout Southern China, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, we continue to hold onto these symbols as national emblems of who we are.

How we wear them shows exactly where we come from, down to the province and city. And this type of identity-wearing is important to us, even in death, because our soul is supposed to embark on a journey to our ancestors in Central China, recognizing them only through the clothes that we will both share and wear when we arrive. Today, regardless of how much our language and customs may have changed throughout time and space, clothing helps us continue to recognize one another, connecting us to this spiritual understanding of what “land” and “home” is, which is rooted in our memory. Here in Sacramento, this longing for “land” can be translated to “space,” a search for a “place,” which we have been fighting to belong to for the last 40 years. The new H.O.P.E. Center, or Hmong Organizing for Progress and Empowerment, can help fill this void. It officially opened off Eleanor Avenue in Del Paso Heights on Saturday, October 27, with a massive story cloth hanging in the hallway to welcome everyone in, reminding all that this is a place for community. With the goal of being a co-working space, there are already classes in session for dance and language. But organizers also have plans to a build a cafe and a rotating exhibit space, where they hope to attract artists from the community to participate. They want the center to serve as an incubator that can help the “cultural renaissance” flourish since HmongStory 40 took place. It’ll offer necessary support as a new generation of Hmong Americans rise. Today, despite being the second largest Asian population in Sacramento, and the largest throughout the Central Valley, many are still wondering what Hmong is. It’s a question that can be answered not just in our common history, but in the tales of the future we stitch together. Ω

On October 24, the Crest Theatre audience sometimes sounded like it was taking a Brew Bike for a spin instead of chilling at a jazz concert.

“Woooooo!” That was the sound of pumped up pockets of the crowd as Pat Metheny’s fingers slid into the opening chords of “Third Wind,” a Brazilian-styled burner from 1987’s Still Life (Talking).

“Woooooo!” There it was again, as Linda May Han Oh took a nimble bass solo later in the night. And those were just a few of the wooooos! heard throughout the impeccably performed two-and-a-half hour set. Metheny, 64, has traditionally drawn a broader, even more boisterous crowd than the typical set of chin-scratching jazz aficionados. Over the past four decades, he’s merged a fluid, Jim Hall-styled guitar touch with rock, avant-garde music (see: 1994’s Zero Tolerance for Silence) and collaborated

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Metheny’s playing sounded as strong and diverse as ever.

America,” from 1985’s The Falcon and the Snowman soundtrack). Metheny’s also made the Sacramento area a fairly regular stop since the 1970s, when he appeared at the old UC Davis Coffeehouse around the time of his folksy New Chautauqua album. His 1983 live album Travels includes recordings from a Sacramento Community Center Theater gig, and last appeared in the area for a surprise show of sorts at UC Davis’ Mondavi Center in 2016. This Crest Theatre crowd seemed especially hyped for his return. The band on Metheny’s current tour is a leaner outfit compared to the grandiosity of Pat Metheny Group lineups in the past. Along with Metheny and bassist Oh, his band functions as a quartet with pianist Gwilym Simcock and drummer Antonio Sanchez. The group’s conversational kind of interplay allowed Metheny’s masterful playing to shine. Much of the set was geared as a greatest-hits styled affair, including such Pat Metheny Group signatures as “James” and the breezy “So It May Secretly Begin.” Metheny showed an incredible range of guitar artistry and emotional resonance while rocking his wild, Hulk-ish mane of hair. Whether Metheny was immersed in the dulcet “Farmer’s Trust,” laying into free jazz-styled freak-outs, or blazing through be-bop styled runs in “Question and Answer,” Metheny’s playing sounded as strong and diverse as ever. By the time the show wrapped up with an almost celebratory take on “Song For Bilbao,” Metheny shredding away on synth-guitar, there was only one thing left to say: Woooooo!

—Chris MaCias

Pachia Vang is an artist grant recipient of the University of California Critical Refugee Studies Collective. She wrote this essay while assisting SN&R with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s 2018 California Fellowship.

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Just eye all of those fresh toppings packed into Origami Asian Grill’s Cold Noodle Salad. (Insert Homer Simpson “Mmm ...” here.)

Flavor infusion Origami Asian Grill 4801 Folsom Boulevard, Unit 1; (916) 400-3075 Good for: a quick dinner with big flavor Notable dishes: Fried Chicken, Bahn mi with glazed pork belly

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When Origami Asian Grill opened this summer, touting the idea of Asian fare served in a similar style to the ubiquitous Chipotle Mexican fast food chain, cynical diners might have raised an eyebrow were the idea not presented by Scott Ostrander and Paul DiPierro, chef-alums of Paragary’s and The Inn at Park Winters. (Ostrander also did a stint at Chicago’s mega-star darling Alinea.) What they’ve created is something wholly unlike Chipotle—aside from the “build-your-own” format. Stationed within the East Sac hipster strip mall that is Folsom Boulevard and 48th Street, Origami’s concept is simple: decide on a dish, then pick from a rotating cast of proteins and vegetables to go with it. Ordering is relatively straightforward. The food shows up quickly and, for the most part, delectably. The Fried Chicken ($12 for half a bird) is popular for a reason; its crispy coating is infused with maple and fresh herbs, then sprinkled with orange zest and drizzled with maple syrup, giving it an ethereally sweetsalty-floral quality that nearly caused my brain to short circuit from sheer flavor overload (in a good way). As an unapologetic bahn mi zealot, I was also pleased to find Origami’s version ($10) intriguing yet familiar. I ordered mine with glazed pork belly, which on its own lent an incendiary sweet succulence to the sandwich, then found 24 | SN&R | 11.01.18

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We all have a different idea of what the ne plus ultra of Sacramento sandwiches looks like; the Bud’s Diablo ($10.49) from Bud’s Buffet is a strong contender. A soft French roll is piled high with warm, rosy pink roast beef plucked from a simmering steam tray and sliced-to-order. It’s moistened with a moderate spread of chipotle mayo, then layered with slices of pepper jack, shredded lettuce and pickled jalapeños; it’s a sandwich where every bite is balanced perfection. Pro tip: A half sandwich will satisfy many appetites and only costs $5.49. Also, only order if you can tolerate moderate heat. It’s called “diablo” for a reason. 1016 10th Street, budsbuffet.com. —becky grunewaLD

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balance when heaped with pickled veggies, sliced Fresno chiles and fermented chili aioli. The Brown Rice Bowl with smoked tri-tip ($13) was a rare combination of healthy and deeply satisfying, piled high with vegetables and burnished with a charred onion glaze. If you’re looking for something lighter while still packing in the flavor, the Cold Noodle Salad with yuzu-ginger dressing ($10) was the most refreshing meal I’ve had all season, with the bracing punch of green papaya bolstered by peanuts and sweet carrots. I was excited to try the Ramen with pork belly ($13). The dish showed up colorful and intensely aromatic, but flavor-wise it needed a little love. While the handmade noodles had a lovely flavor and texture, the broth lacked soul and the level of comfort I look for in a bowl of ramen. Others report great ramen experiences here, so this may have been a one-off error. One final visit yielded fried chicken with barely a teardrop of maple and zero orange zest, which made me sad, because I’d so been looking forward to it; it was still good, it just wasn’t as good as the first two times. The Poke ($9), however, was a lighthearted chorus of ahi tuna, avocado, cucumber and soy mayo. The gently spicy togarashi seasoning and crispy fried rice paper chips made for a playful, energizing experience that I will absolutely be repeating. What’s the final thought on Origami? Solid. Yes, that’s the word I’m using—as in the food was rock solid, for anyone unsure what it means in a culinary context. Barring a few day-to-day inconsistencies, the food at Origami is both adventurous and familiar, which is not an easy feat. And when they open their late-night takeout window, I’ll be there begging for my 11 p.m. fried chicken fix. Ω

As the sun burns the leaves to the orange and red we’ve all longed for, it’s finally time to whip out the warm clothes and the warm drinks. Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse’s Luna De Miel—“honeymoon” in Spanish ($4 for a half pour; $6 for a full pour)—is the perfect drink that’ll ignite your stomach’s fireplace. It’s an amber lager that’s buttery like a biscuit, spicy like a chai and warm like huddling around a slow-burning fire. Kind of like a whiskey at first, its sharp spices plummet to the back of your throat and sizzle there before shooting to the front of your pallet with warm and rich notes. It finishes with a subtle caramel taste. Be careful, at only 4.8 percent alcohol by volume, too much and you just might find yourself on your own honeymoon. 1322 V Street, urbanrootsbrewing.com. —JereMy winsLow

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The little yellow trailer On the weekends at the farmers markets in Folsom and Carmichael, there’s a little yellow trailer. It’s called the Healthy Nut Hut, and proprietor Miriam Bailey will make anyone who sidles up to its window an order of nut burgers, barbecue-sauced beet burgers, nut tacos, vegan kabobs or acai bowls. Bailey, who says she’s a lifelong vegetarian, began making nut burgers for her kids because she didn’t like the premade options at the store. Her family encouraged her to take the burgers to the public, and for the past two years, she’s been selling them via the Nut Hut. In addition to the savory menu items (some are vegetarian but can be ordered vegan), Bailey makes vegan cookies, seasonal pumpkin bread and hibiscus flower lemonade. The yellow trailer is at the Historic Folsom Farmers Market Saturdays (8 a.m.-1 p.m., 905 Leidesdorff Street and the Car-michael Park Farmers Market Sundays (9 a.m.-2 p.m., 5750 Grant Avenue). —shoka


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As the Farm-to-Fork capital, Sacramento’s got a lot going on in terms of new restaurants, budding chefs and new food-related laws for Gov. Jerry Brown to consider. Here’s the scoop on what’s what in the capital city: Hey, home cooks! Sharpen those knives because Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 626, the California Retail Food Code. The bill makes it possible for home cooks to turn their original recipes made with love from their very own kitchens into mini-businesses. The stipulations: All home food operations must be inspected by a local health enforcement agency; home cooks must follow similar health, training and sanitation standards like any other food business; the maximum annual income these micro-businesses can produce is $50,000; and home cooks must sell directly to customers, not restaurants or retail stores. This is great news for low-income families, stay-at-home

parents and immigrants who want to earn a living wage, but don’t have the means to open a brick-and-mortar. River City Food Bank, an organization that provides healthy emergency nourishment to families and individuals in need, will say farewell to longtime executive director Eileen Thomas, who is set to retire in 2019. Thomas’ 15 years of work with RCFB includes adapting to the growing needs of families who suffer from food insecurity in Sacramento. RCFB said that it now serves more than 110,000 people and distributes upwards of 1.8 million pounds of food annually. The organization also expanded into the Arden Arcade neighborhood earlier this year to keep up with RCFB’s mantra that no one should go hungry. “I retire hoping I made a difference or at least brought a spotlight to food insecurity in our region,” Thomas said. Pet owners, and the fur babies they love, welcomed Healthy Hounds

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Kitchen to its second location in the Ice Blocks corridor just two weekends ago, and canines of all ages are waggin’ their tails in approval. Co-owned by Chris Ouchida, Tim Tseng and local restaurateur Billy Ngo (Kru, Fish Face Poke Bar), Healthy Hounds’ concept was born out of the trio’s personal dogs’ necessities for healthy meals. Ouchida told SN&R that a lot of dog food found on grocery store shelves is full of additives and byproducts. With that in mind, they developed meals made from “100 percent USDA certified meats and produce,” cooked to optimal temperatures to preserve its nutritional value. No Kibbles ’n’ Bits here. The top-dog meal at the moment? Ouchida says that goes to the Chicken & Russet Potato recipe. But his Staffordshire terrier, Kayo, prefers the Venison & Lentils variety made from sweet potato, green peas, kale, Icelandic fish oil and other quality ingredients. Bone-appétit, pups. Ω

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The good, the bad and the ugly by Jim Carnes

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Jim Turner’s Come and Gone

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 8pm and Sun 2pm. Through 11/10; $10-$20; Celebration Arts Theatre, 2727 B St., (916) 455-2787, celebrationarts.net. J.C.

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This 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is set in a neighborhood bar where line workers gather after shifts to drink and trade rumors of picket lines, layoffs and factory closures. A timely, thought-provoking and unsettling peek into lives and communities that seem forever floundering for a future. Completely captivating cast, handsome set and era-set production elements. Wed 7pm, Thu

7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm. Through 11/18; $28-$40; Capital Stage,

This is the final weekend to catch B Street’s Treasure Island, adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s seafaring tale by Jerry Montoya. Imaginative story centers on three youngsters who find themselves amid pirates, ships and treasure maps. Enthusiastic cast, beautiful staging and costumes. Sat 1pm & 4pm,

Sun 1pm & 4pm. Through 11/4; $15-$23; Sutter Theatre for

Children at the Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave.; (916) 443-5300. bstreettheatre.org. P.R.

2215 J St., (916) 995-5465; capstage.org. P.R.

short reviews by Jim carnes and Patti roberts. check out the “on stage” section of the events calendar on page 34 for more upcoming live performances.

1 an elephant man never forgets. Frederick Treves (Tim Yancey) and mrs. Kendal (ariel elliot) eye John merrick (mark Kirshnir).

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When Bernard Pomerance wrote his 1977 play The Elephant Man about a severely deformed man rescued by a young doctor from a life of freakshow derision, he specified that no special makeup or prosthetics be used to create the character. It is a theatrical challenge that has tempted many well-known actors, including Philip Anglim, David Bowie, John Hurt and Bradley Cooper. In this Chautauqua Playhouse production, that difficult role is played by Mark Kirshnir, who transforms from handsome actor to deformed “monster” through sheer art: body language and attitude. The Elephant Man tells the story of an Elizabethan-era man named Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the play), who is discovered in a freak show (after a life of workhouses and abuse) by a young London doctor, Frederic Treves (Tim Yancey), and rescued for medical study—for a fee to the “exhibitor.” The remainder of the play reveals the depth of Merrick’s pain and suffering as well as his inner beauty that few took the time to find. John Walck, an actor himself, directs the play with sympathy and understanding, making excellent use, too, of the very functional set designed by Rodger Hoopman and the effective lighting (Andrew Fiffick) and sound (Walck and Warren Harrison) design of the production staff. Ω

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4 The monster rehash There’s the common misconception that the title of Mary Shelley’s iconic Frankenstein refers to the name of the creature created by a mad scientist. In fact, the creator is named Dr. Frankenstein and his manufactured being is just called “The Creature.” In his adaptation of Shelley’s classic, now being presented by Resurrection Theatre, local playwright Jes Gonzales poses the question of who the real monster is—the creator or the created? Gonzales keeps with Shelley’s concept of man fiddling with lifeforms and reimagines the story that starts onboard a polar expedition at the turn of the 20th century. Gonzales gives us an intriguing and creative storyline, with strong dialogue and colorful characters. He keeps the suspense on highwire while jumping back and forth through various moments of Dr. Frankenstein’s life: his losses and loves, his secret, singular devotion to replicating human life and the consequences when he does. The cast works well together, with Said Noori giving an impressive portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein, a character who shoulders much of the dense, period-appropriate dialogue. The set is simple—a captain’s cabin on a platform, with other scenes presented through boxes, benches, a chest and tables. The lighting and sound effects add to the eerie tale, especially the sound of crackling ice that imprisons the ship, its crew and an unexpected guest. —Patti RobeRts

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Love, music, Cuba and more music.

Come on, shake your body The decorated husband and wife musical team of Gloria and Emilio Estefan boast 26 Grammys, Presidential Medals of Freedom, lifetime achievement awards and stars on sidewalks. It’s only natural that their musical success story On Your Feet!, running now at the Community Center Theater with Broadway On Tour, is set to the hits of their career that propelled them to superstardom. There’s “Conga,” “1-2-3” and of course, “Get On Your Feet,” as well as some songs that you might not recognize—including an original work by Gloria and her daughter Emily. This is one high-energy story of two Cuban musicians, and in the end, you might just end up … on your feet (like the title). Wed 8pm, Thu 2pm & 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm. Through 11/4; $26-$100; Community Center Theatre, 1301 L Street; (916) 557-1999; broadwaysacramento.com.

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Co-writers Luke Davies and Felix Van Groeningen (who also directed) tell the real-life story of the relationship between journalist Dave Sheff (Steve Carell) and his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet), and the stresses engendered by Nic’s addiction to crystal meth. In basing their script on father and son’s separate memoirs, Davies and Van Groeningen fail to provide a clear dramatic arc. The movie quickly devolves into a seemingly endless cycle of rehab, recovery and relapse, as Nic caroms between deviousness and self-loathing and Dave is tortured by concern, exasperation and guilt; the movie remains dramatically flat and frankly monotonous. On the plus side, Carell and Chalamet give fearless performances, though Amy Ryan (as Nic’s mother) and Maura Tierney (as Dave’s second wife) are unfortunately underused. J.L.

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Although there are numerous horror films that I have embraced over the years, the genre is not a personal favorite for this squeamish film critic, so it was only when faced with the prospect of an impending remake that I finally worked up the nerve to watch Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria. Forty-plus years after its original release, I’m happy to report that the film is a complete blast, all overthe-top style, deranged energy and fever dream logic, with gonzo fairytale visuals and a rightfully iconic original score. Unfortunately, watching Argento’s lean and hyper-potent gothic vision in such proximity to Luca Guadagnino’s plodding parade float of a remake does the latter film no favors, as there is not a single way in which the newer film compares favorably to its predecessor. Of course, Guadagnino’s flavorless film is less a straight remake than a dreaded “homage,” with subtext becoming text, the unspoken getting spoken and tantalizing assumptions transforming into leaden story points. It’s like listening to an endless lecture on Suspiria delivered by someone with a tenuous grasp of the subject, as Guadagnino and screenwriter David Kajganich white-knight to the rescue of a text that was never in any peril. Based on the original 1977 screenplay by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, Guadagnino’s Suspiria retains the broad strokes—an American girl discovers evidence of witchcraft at a weirdo German dance academy— while changing most of the narrative and stylistic details and expanding the universe enough to allow for a clunky commentary about post-WWII guilt. The

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dance academy has been moved from Munich to Berlin, but the film still takes place in 1977, as the tragic events of the real-life German Autumn play out in news reports and street graffiti. American ingenue Suzy Bannion from the original is now Susie Bannion, and she’s played by the unfathomably uncharismatic Dakota Johnson. In between monotonous line readings, Johnson occasionally bites her lip, Anastasia Steele-style, because I guess that’s her thing. Susie arrives at the academy as a replacement for Patricia (Chloë Grace Moretz in a glorified cameo), who has gone missing after relaying fantastical stories about witches and demons to her elderly therapist, Dr. Josef Klemperer. The part of Dr. Klemperer is credited to Lutz Ebersdorf, but it’s really Tilda Swinton buried in old-man makeup. (The character’s voice is so feminine and the mannerisms so obviously exaggerated, it’s hard to tell if this is a spoiler or not.) A barely recognizable Swinton pops up in a few other key roles in Suspiria, once again mostly unrecognizable under wads and wads of latex, and if Guadagnino’s film succeeds at all, it is only as a Norbit-style, tour de force showcase for Swinton. Aside from Swinton’s chameleonic appearance and undisciplined but nonetheless compelling mugging, there is very little to recommend about this take on Suspiria. The pacing is flat and slow, the visuals are drab, most of the performances are lifeless and the film is only notable for its connection to the superior Argento original. Ω

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The career of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) provides the framework for a standard musical biopic with all the conventions in place—the ambition, the parental disapproval, the struggle to find a “sound,” the success that goes to the hero’s head, the breakup, the reconciliation—all culminating in Queen’s landmark performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Only Mercury’s sexuality varies, a pattern that goes back 70-plus years. Back then it would have been half an hour shorter, and this one could have been. (Maybe the firing of director Brian Singer, to be replaced by Dexter Fletcher without credit, led to a lack of focus in the editing room.) Still, the music is electrifying, and Malek is a stellar presence, as is Lucy Boynton as Mary Austin, Mercury’s lover-turned-platonic-bestfriend. J.L.

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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 seeming showdown between Russian and American submarines masks a coup by a rogue Russian defense minister bent on setting off World War III; in a sort of Hail-Mary play, an American sub commander (Gerard Butler) is ordered to work with a team of Navy Seals to rescue the hostage Russian president (Alexander Diachenko). Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (Gary Oldman) fumes impotently back in Washington. Adapted by Arne L. Schmidt and Jamie Moss from a novel by George Wallace and Don Keith, the story is enjoyably far-fetched, a surprisingly fun throwback to the doomsday thrillers of the Cold War (Fail-Safe, The Bedford Incident, etc.). Muscular direction by Donovan Marsh keeps the action tense and clipping along, compensating somewhat for a tendency of minor characters to blur together. J.L.

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When a series of mysterious cyberattacks all but cripples Great Britain and exposes all the agents of British Intelligence, MI7 has no choice but to recall the inept Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) from his forced retirement to get to the bottom of things. In reviewing Atkinson’s first two Johnny English movies, I said that such James Bond spoofs were an exhausted genre and had worn out their welcome. Now I have to take it back; here’s an inspired bullseye. Maybe it’s the new director (David Kerr), or the fact that this time writer William Davies is working without collaborators, but the movie is hilarious from beginning to end. Atkinson is at the top of his game, wonderfully supported by Ben Miller (as his dogged sidekick), Olga Kurylenko (a Russian spy) and Emma Thompson (the harried Prime Minister). J.L.

Rank nostalgia and 1990s hip-hop alone prop up this cocktail napkin sketch of a movie, the debut film from writer-director Jonah Hill. Sunny Suljic stars as Stevie, a precocious pubescent who escapes his depressing family life in mid-1990s Southern California by glomming on to an older group of skateboarders. Eager to prove himself to his new idols, Stevie mimics their nihilistic behavior, sexual promiscuity and drug and alcohol abuse, and he quickly gains a reputation for recklessness. In between endless skateboarding montages, a few wispy mini-conflicts arise within the group, hurtling everyone toward a symbolic car crash that teaches them all a lesson about friendship for some reason. Mid90s is one of the slightest major releases in recent memory, and although a handful of nice moments point to Hill’s potential, none of the characters are developed beyond a one-sentence outline. The great Katherine Waterston is especially wasted as Stevie’s single mother. D.B

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.

Susan Sarandon headlines this trudging and bleary-eyed drama as Helen Sterling, an emergency room nurse fighting to free her independent journalist son Sam (Matt Bomer), who is being held captive overseas by Islamic terrorists. When Helen finds that the CIA and FBI are reluctant to act (or even talk to each other), she seeks the help of an underground network called the Viper Club, thrusting her into a world of secret fundraising and illicit money laundering. Meanwhile at the hospital, Helen mentors a young Iranian doctor and counsels a distraught mother waiting for her daughter to wake from a coma. An ostensibly fictional story inspired by real-life events and people, most notably slain American journalist James Foley and his mother, director Maryam Keshavarz’s Viper Club is incredibly unfocused and impersonal, relying heavily on hackneyed visions, dreams and flashbacks to forge any kind of emotional connection with the audience. D.B.

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Cardinal Copia has a lot to prove. He doesn’t have the blood of a pope, but as the newest bandleader for Satanic rockers Ghost, he’s got youth and “sexual charisma,” according to the clergy. The church needs that: all of Copia’s predecessors are dead. Papas Emeritus I, II and III were assassinated and embalmed earlier this year. The snappy-dressing, jukebox-carrying cardinal’s their only hope. Until the next album. You can watch the playfully dark succession story unfold on YouTube, used this time to hype Prequelle, Ghost’s fourth LP. Behind each newly appointed skull-faced preacher is actually the same guy. A fan of history, heavy metal and the 1980s, Tobias Forge is Ghost, the next in a lineage of Grammy-winning rock bands who wear costumes and sing about the devil. Backed by masked musicians called Nameless Ghouls, and the oldest of the fictional popes, the saxophonist Papa Nihil, Ghost makes a tour stop at the Community Center Theater on November 15. Can the band please the clergy, or at least Sacramentans who grew up on Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Judas Priest? Because that’s exactly who this music is for. Listen to Prequelle’s “Dance Macabre,” an arena rock love anthem sewn as a dark party for the dead, and you’ll see what I mean: It’s a nostalgia trip to that bygone marriage of glam and horror, with reverb-heavy drums, triumphant keys, layered vocal melodies, power-metal riffs and a wanting guitar solo. And similar to bands like Iron Maiden, Ghost pulls from history for contemporary commentary: The song “Rats” retells the Black Plague, so in this case the 14th century. Wonder who they’re calling out? After a 2015 Grammy win for Best Metal Performance, Ghost is making a name for itself as torchbearers for a classic kind of heavy 28

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music. SN&R spoke with the frontman about the apocalypse in Prequelle, creating satanic music that’s inviting to everyone, and Forge’s love for his brother, who died in 2010, on the same day Forge uploaded Ghost’s first EP on Myspace and became an overnight sensation: Are you a big history buff? I’m not a historian. I’m interested in history. It’s a lot of ground to cover if you look at it from a worldwide basis, but try me.

There are a lot of historical parallels being drawn right now. To the Cold War. To World War I and II. What’s Prequelle about, and how are you pulling from history here? The main concept is mortality ... Acknowledging the fact that you can persevere so far, but as far we know, you’re likely to succumb to some sort of ending. … And I think from an apocalyptic perspective … that has been preached and prophesized many, many times. Civilizations have come and gone. And new ones arose at the expense of others. ... It’s easy to think of humanity as very complicated, but at the end of the day, it’s very simple. We’re not that smart. We move in groups. And we tend to do the same things over and over again.

Are you responding to any recent historical cycles you’ve observed? Well, politically, in terms of the Cold War, there’s a lot of things ... You have a little bit of Watergating here, you have a little bit of the crisis of the mid 1900s going on. We still have huge countries against each other. I’m talking about Russia and America, and me as a European, we’re sort of sitting in between, which is not very different than how it was in the ’50s ... But from a worldwide perspective, I also think that there are enough people in the world who don’t want it all to go away permanently ... I want to believe that we will be able to look back on this 50 years from now as one of those weird points in history when things were a little bit rocky. But then 50 years from now, there will be something else.

How do you see your role, being a popular musician playing apocalyptic music? I am an entertainer. I am here to make you feel potentially a little bit better about the world, and in your every dayto-day life. ... I guess a lot of the entertainment I’m into, especially when It comes to rock, has some sort of social take, commenting on the contemporary state of the world, especially in the ’60s, the ’70s … But I don’t have higher hopes than that in terms of Ghost’s relevance to what is going on. I don’t think we’re changing a whole lot. But I think we can probably be a little bit of a band aid for anyone who likes Ghost and what we and we’re doing. Hopefully [we] can be a pillow to squeeze if the times feel rough.


You should be In the ’80s, artists like Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne were known for incorporating Satanic themes, and upsetting Christians. But that was 40 years ago. Are there any ways that you’re music has offended people, that surprised you?

when that rose in the latter of the part of ’60s with the Church of Satan, and Black Sabbath and Black Widow and Coven and that sort of hippie Satanism, which at the end of the day, heavy metal, black metal, all that is based upon that cultural Satanism. … I grew up with that. … So from that point of view, I would definitely say that culturally, I am definitely, for lack of better way of putting it, I’m a devil-liking kind of guy. But … I wouldn’t sacrifice a baby to a half-ram that I believe to be living in the underground. … And I would never ever encourage anyone to do that.

I think that I have been personally more subjected to people who have said the opposite. Just coming from a traditionally more conservative background, and then being surprised that they are oddly in favor of what Ghost is doing. Maybe not 100 percent from a philosophical point of view, whatever that means, but it still Oh good. In an interview with Revolver resonates in a positive way among people magazine, you likened Ghost to who would traditionally not like “satanic procreating with rock history. What rock music.” … I have theories about it, has Ghost meant to you? but I don’t know, maybe it’s just the fact Obviously, it’s meant the world … Not only that heavy metal in the 1980s was way am I myself depending on it, but I have two more of a household thing, and the gap kids depending on it. I have a wife who’s between generations was bigger at that depending on it. I have around 30 people point, so you’d have the 15 to 25-year-old around me living on this. So obviously it teenagers in 1980 or 1985. Their parents has a great feel of significance for me … would have been 40 or 50 at that point, It’s very much reliving a lot of the things and were potentially of a different breed that I did as a kid, when I dressed than most of the 40 year olds, up as KISS and Alice 50 year olds, 60 year Cooper, and watched olds today. … But it all horror films. It’s very depends on how you much reconnecting present yourself as with a lot of the a spokesperson things I grew up for a band like with. It’s very this. I’m not here childish. In a to shock people regurgitating who are not willing kind of way. to be shocked, if Tobias Forge Is that what that makes sense. frontman, Ghost you meant by I’m not here to throw “procreating?” a grenade into the I guess so, I’m not god-fearing home, trying to involving myself as a child rip your family apart … I want in that, so don’t go incestuous or them to come to the show and have weird here. (Laughs.) I’m definitely wallowing fun and feel good about themselves, and in my past. I’m very much a typical kid who want to live their lives … not to commit grew up in the ’80s. Just because I had a suicide or go kill someone. I want people to brother who was older than I ... I got a lot of be happy and embrace life. ... I can imagine teenage culture from him at an early age. I’m Rob Halford [of Judas Priest] having never definitely wallowing in that. If I would meet said anything unlike what I just said, nor myself in 1985, you can compare the things Ozzy Osbourne. I’m interested in, and not a whole lot has Are you a Satanist? happened, really. I’m searching to recreate From a strictly Christian point of view, if myself as a five-year-old with my brother. that means believing in a physical, half man, That feels important. Ω half-ram living in the underground, no, I don’t believe there is such a thing. I’m not the opposite either. ... And you know, I’m sure in the eyes of the beholder, if I was put in front of true god-fearing bible thumpers, I would probably be regarded as a Satanist ... just Check out Ghost at the Community Center Theater because I’m not a god-fearing bible thumper. Tuesday, November 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39But the concept of Satanism has many, many $59.50. 1301 L Street. For show info and tickets, visit sacramentoconventioncenter.com. forms … In the last 50 years now, ever since [Anton] LaVey and pop-cultural Satanism,

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mUSiC THURSDaY, 11/1 ALAsdAIr frAsEr ANd NAtALIE HAAs: Celtic fiddler Fraser and Celtic cellist Haas will go all Celt on their instruments. 7pm, $40. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

fELLY: Touring the album Surf Trap, Felly is

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CELtIC WINGs: Two Celtic events already—this one features Riverdancer Caterina Coyne and a host of other performers. 7:30pm, $12-$42. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

JW-JoNEs: Ottawan guitarist JW-Jones will play the blues so well your rosy cheeks will turn purple when the two colors mix. 9pm, $8. Torch Club, 904 15th St.

trIAtHALoN: Chad, Adam, Hunter, Lamont and Kristina will bring the chill pill you all desperately need along with bands The Marías and Toast. 6pm, $13-$16. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

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According to his press blurb, Noone is “universally regarded as one of Rock and Roll’s finest and most versatile entertainers,” so don’t miss the highoctane 1960s band member back with the Hermits! 7:30pm, $55-$75. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

St. RoSe of Lima PaRk, NooN, $2 The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has increased in size by 20 percent this year—it now sports & outdoors stands at a glorious 6,800 square feet. Other media outlets are quick to echo that this nearly rivals Rockefeller Center’s 7,200-squarefoot rink, but we have other metrics in mind: Our rink is now nearly the size

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sharing hip-hop along with artists Gyyps and Trip Carter. 7pm, $20-$149. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

of 30 school buses, roughly the square footage of New Hampshire’s governor’s mansion and about three times the size of the average female house cat’s sphere of territorial influence. Come down and celebrate the ice skating season that runs from this discounted opening night through January—and glide around in a wintery ice rink. 701 K Street, godowntownsac.com.

rEMEdY 7: If you Google “Remedy 7,” you may get results for a bicycle model, but if you go to this show, you’ll get this band performing for a benefit for John Burton Advocates for Youth. 6pm, $25. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

FRiDaY, 11/2 ArC orCHEstrA: The orchestra will be playing

tICKEt WINdoW JUSTin TimbERLakE Get the

Timberlake experience with the wildest stage configuration you’ve ever seen. 11/18, 8pm, $160-$880, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

RUDOLPH THE RED-nOSED REinDEER Everyone’s favorite

reindeer is coming to the stage in a musical based on the hit television movie. 11/19-11/23, various times, $28-$62, on sale now. Harris Center in Folsom, harriscenter.net.

bRUCE HORnSbY The six-foot-four

Hornsby goes solo on the piano. You might remember Hornsby from “The Way It Is.”

11/26, 7:30pm, $43-$75, on sale now. Harris Center, harriscenter.net.

Beethoven, with support provided by

These are some upcoming shows. no joke here this week, sorry.

piano soloist Natsuki Fukasawa 7:30pm, $50. American River College Theatre, 4700 College Oak Drive.

Dana CaRVEY The funny impressionist impresario comes to Punch Line.

11/26-11/28, 7pm, $25, on sale now. Punch Line Sacramento, concerts1.livenation.com.

PaULa POUnDSTOnE The stand-up comedian and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! panelist comes to Davis. 11/30, 8pm, $17.50$55, on sale now. Mondavi Center in Davis, tickets. mondaviarts.org.

ELECTRiC CHRiSTmaS The radio event of the season is hosting Matt &

Kim, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Sublime with Rome, Elle King and The Crystal Method. 12/6, 7pm, $40-$55, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

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.

TRaViS SCOTT On the

Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour, rapper Scott is joined by Trippie Redd, Gunna and Sheck Wes.

12/15, 7:30pm, $36-$255, on sale now.

Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

Electrify our Christmas, Jared.

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Music is good, too. 7:30pm, $10. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

JIM MEssINA: Messina is here. Known for his affiliation with well-know groups Poco, Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina, Messina will bring his songs and turn Harris Center into the Danger Zone. 7:30pm, $22$58. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

tHE tWILIGHt drIftErs: Described on their SN&R band bio page as “one of Northern California’s most exciting and up-andcoming classic country and western swing bands,” the Drifters will play, play, play. 9pm, no cover. Shady Lady, 1409 R St.

SUnDaY, 11/4 LArrY JuNE: Rapper Larry June will be “Doing Good” (the title of one of his songs) live in Sacramento. 7pm, $20. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

mOnDaY, 11/5 ANdY GrAMMEr: Touring his 2017 album, the vocalist with a nice voice is joined by Leroy Sanchez and John Splithoff. 7pm, $27.50$199. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

wEDnESDaY, 11/7 3oH!3: The electronic duo famous for the 2008 song “Don’t Trust Me” joins Emo Nite on the WANT House Party Tour. 8pm, $25. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

LIVE CItY ENt tALENt sEArCH: Local musicians claw for recognition from the Live City Ent touring company. Show up and support bands’ attempts to get discovered. 7pm, $7. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

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ruLEr: Indie Seattle band Ruler plays some haunting music, not the ghostly kind of haunting, and Makebelief and Sunday School join. 8pm, $10. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

ENsEMBLE dAL NIENtE: This group, comprised of 22 people, creates music experiences for audiences. They have to use very long shots to fit everyone in frame when they’re photographed. 7pm, $12-$24. UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave. in Davis.

SaTURDaY, 11/3 BEArtootH: Ohioans and hardcore punks who sound, to my ear, like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, will play with Knocked Loose and Sylar. 6:30pm, $25. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

CAMELLIA sYMpHoNY orCHEstrA: The orchestra takes to the oldest* high school in Sacramento to play music from Argentina and Mexico. 7:30pm, $8-$30. C.K. McClatchy High School Auditorium, 3066 Freeport Blvd.

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FRiDaY, 11/2 916 fEst: The lineup is long and the area code is local—you should probably accept the charges. It’s one of the last hurrahs at the Colonial Complex, so come out for two days of bands like Hemispheres, Paper Airplanes, Wayne Jetski, Dandelion Massacre and many more. 6pm, $5-$20. Cafe Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd.

fENAM GALA CoNCErt: Take in some of the newest music America has to offer at Sacramento State. It’s a 10-day-long festival with free performances, discussions with composers and masterclass seminars. The quartet enhake will perform, as will HUB New Music Ensemble and many other talented musicians and groups. 7pm, no cover. Sacramento State, 6000 J St.

oAK pArK dIA dE Los MuErtos: Celebrate the dead and take time to remember them at this event. Traditional altares that act as tributes to parted loved ones form the scene of a cemetery, and music, crafts, food and artwork round out the celebration. 5pm, no cover. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex, 2837 37th St.

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Estas Tonne with Sergei Polunin Crest theatre, 7pm, $29.75-$80

The international guitar instrumentalist sensation who creates hypnotically beautifully sounds with On STagE talented fingers, Estas Tonne, is joining up with the only person I’ve ever heard described as a bad boy of ballet, the tattooed Sergei Polunin, from Ukraine. Separately, they do remarkable things, but for one night, together, the two will share the stage to craft a PHOTO COURTesy OF VOICe aRT GROUP remarkable collaboration of music and dance. Bring extra tears and oxygen, as your ducts and lungs will be working overtime. 1013 K Street, crestsacramento.com.

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saTURday, 11/3 DIa DE LOS MUERTOS, SOULS OF THE CITY 2018: Check out the event highlight on page 34. 4pm, no cover. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St.

merchandise and crepes. 3pm, $7. Davis Odd Fellows, 415 2nd St. in Davis.

STREET & SLOW, MInI STREET FOOD FESTIVaL: Check out the highlight for this slow food event on page 35. noon, $10-$40. Canon East Sacramento, 1719 34th St.

SaCRaMEnTO WaTER FESTIVaL: Celebrate that most precious of combinations of hydrogen and oxygen: water. Join in the cultural activities, food and other water-related things. noon, no cover. Discovery Park, 1600 Garden Highway.

FOOd & dRInK THURsday, 11/1 PERIDOT POP-UP RESTaURanT: Have eight whole courses of food crafted by Russell Middleton, chef, and beverages made by Brett Heyer. 6pm, $75. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.

saTURday, 11/3 CO-OP WInE TaSTIng: Taste some wine without leaving the city at the Co-Op! There will be winemakers to meet, caviar to indulge in and a souvenir wineglass to take home with you. 1pm, $15. Community Learning Center & Cooking School, 2820 R St.

PIZZaS FOR PETS: Come on down for a benefit for Front Street Animal Shelter. Get a table for six folks and nosh on some brunch pizza, and hang out with an animal from the shelter and make them a healthy treat with appropriate ingredients. 9:30am, $100. Federalist Public House, 2009 Matsui Alley.

sUnday, 11/4 3RD annUaL DaVIS CHOCOLaTE FESTIVaL: Want to go to a well-established chocolate festival? Consider this one, with two years under its belt, free samples and all kinds of chocolate for your discerning palate. There’s a bake-off, chocolate beverages, chocolate fountain treats; there’s music,

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SaCaPEX POSTagE STaMP SHOW: Postage stamps: Is there anything you can’t send with them? Come by for a uniquely stampy event, with stand-out exhibits on Irish Dog Tax Stamps and Mongolia. Come see a bigger collection than most, and bring your kids to this family-friendly showing. 10am, no cover. Scottish Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St.

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THURsday, 11/1 VIEWS OF aMERICa: This drama directed by Diego Quemada-Díez, La jaula de oro (The Golden Dream), follows teenaged undocumented immigrants on the quest to come to America and the hardships they face along the way. 6:30pm, $8-$24. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

sUnday, 11/4 UC DaVIS HUMan RIgHTS FILM FEST: The festival’s final screening of the year is Women of the Venezuelan Chaos, a documentary that explores the viewpoints of five different women and their experiences in a country ravaged as much by fear as it is by shortages of basic necessities. 2pm, $8-$12. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

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effortlessly portrayed by original teen wolf Michael J. Fox, will return to the silver screen in a showing of the 1985 classic time travel film. Relive magic in the shape of a stainless steel, gull-wing-doored defunct automobile time machine. 7pm, $9. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive.

COMedy BLaCKTOP COMEDY: Rocklin Comedy Jam Friday. Oliver Graves, of America’s Got Talent fame, brings his dark sense of humor to the comedy stage. Through 11/2. $15$20. 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A in Rocklin.

LaUgHS UnLIMITED COMEDY CLUB: The Big Showstopper Spoken Word Competition. Come see poets try to answer the question “Who has the best poem?” The poets will give convincing spoken performances to convince you it’s them—namely by

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PunCH Line: Whitney Cummings. The creator of the shows 2 Broke Girls and Whitney is also the comedian Whitney Cummings. Catch the veteran television writer and producer and her comedy. through 11/3. $30. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

Stab! Comedy tHeater: Saul Trujillo. Fresh off a monumental victory of the Sacramento Comedy Competition, Trujillo is doing the obligate rounds of his one-man show. Saturday 11/3, 9pm. $7. 1710 Broadway.

SoFia tSaKoPouLoS Center For tHe artS: Throwing Shade Live. The two hosts of Throwing Shade (the topical, issue-driven comedy podcast), Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, come to the Sac’ Sof’ Tsak’ Center. Friday 11/2, 7pm. $40. 2700 Capitol Ave.

tommy t’S Comedy CLub: Robert Powell III. The comedian had a spot in the television program Atlanta earlier this year, and he brings his comedy to the stage. through 11/4. $20$30. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

on StaGe CLara: The View from Here. Dance from TwoPoint4 Dance Theatre will fill your eyes with two premieres. Also, some of the dance is done in midair. Yes, you read that right. Most people aren’t great at dancing while their feet are on the ground. through 11/3. $25. 2420 N St.

CreSt SaCramento: Estas Tonne. See event highlight on page 33. wednesday 11/7, 7pm. $29.75-$80. 1013 K St.

GoLden 1 Center: Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic. Disney lets normal ice skaters know that their medium of performance can always be improved by being mixed with Disney. An incredible cast of 50 plus characters you might recognize come to the frozen water stage. through 11/4. $20-$90. 500 David J. Stern Walk.

HarriS Center: Ballet Folklorico de Sacramento. Thirty dancers and musicians

round out the experience of ballet folklorico, a traditional Mexican cultural experience. Friday 11/2, 7:30pm. $18$38. Macbeth. Get a little bloodlust in your life with the classic Scottish play about a thane and his lady, some or both of whom might go mad with power. through 11/18. $12$20. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

Jean HenderSon PerForminG artS: Annie. Everyone’s favorite orphan after Tarzan, Harry Potter, Bruce Wayne and the kid from Free Willy comes to the stage with spunk, positivity and a penchant for intriguing billionaires. through 11/24. $20. 607 Pena Drive in Davis.

ooLey tHeatre: Inversion. The classic story of a mathematician who wants to meet women and his best friend’s efforts to turn the geek into a total ladies’ man. through 11/17. $17$20. 2007 28th St.

SaCramento Community Center tHeater: On Your Feet. Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s lives are the subject of this musical that features the pair’s music and exploits, and it even brings an original song by the Estefans’ daughter, Emily Estefan, with lyrics by Gloria. through 11/4. $26-$100. 1301 L St.

Sierra CoLLeGe: The Laramie Project. This story of a brutal crime committed upon a young gay man in Wyoming follows the aftermath, the trial of his accused murderers and the townspeople’s reactions. through 11/4. $5-$15. 5100 Sierra College Blvd. in Rocklin.

tHe wiLKerSon tHeatre: Frankenstein. The monster of Frankenstein takes to the stage, and upon that stage he will rise again from a smattering of purloined people parts. Relive the classic Shelley horror story, adapted by Jes Gonzales. through 11/16. $18. 1721 25th St.

tHeatre in tHe HeiGHtS: The Sunshine Boys. Al and Willie were the best in the performance biz for years—but circumstances pushed them apart, then together … and onto the stage! through 11/24. $15. 8215 Auburn Blvd., Suite G in Citrus Heights.

woodLand oPera HouSe: Annabelle Broom, the Unhappy Witch. While most witches get their kicks from typical witch-doings, Broom does not approve. She’s unhappy with her lot, and it leaves things between her and the rest of the witches less than amicable. through 11/2. $16. 340 Second St. in Woodland.

Saturday, 11/3

Souls of the City Sacramento HiStory muSeum, 4pm, no cover

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of Dia de los Muertos or a neophyte to the celebration of life, this FeStivaLS festival welcomes you to share in the memories of your family, no matter your cultural background. Experience the altar-building, the facepainting, the sugar skull-making and the music outside along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. With dancing from Sacramento Aztec Dancers Maquilli Tonatiuh leading the day, this event is a unique experience. 101 I Street, solcollective.org.

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Street & Slow Mini Festival Canon East saCramEnto, noon, no CovEr-$40

Just as lions hunt the slowest gazelle, so should Sacramentans seek out slow food—but in the sustainable, fair, local sense. This petite Food & drink festival is free to attend, but you can buy a ticket to share in food from Canon, Nixtaco, Pizza Supreme Being, Thai Basil and Binchoyaki. PHOTO COuRTESy OF FERnandO GuTiERREz The free festival-tivities include lectures from V. Miller Meats, Niche Bread Co. and more, music from Pressure Lounge and a pop-up farmers market. There will be also be a Grabish Farm goat prepared. 1719 34th Street, slowfoodsacramento.org.

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aRT AXiS GALLErY: THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU. This exploration of the Thanksgiving holiday puts it into historical context, namely its roots in colonialism. Andres Alvarez, Karlos Rene Ayala, Garrett Daniells and more contribute to the conversation. Through 11/25. no cover. 625 S St.

JoHn nATSoULAS GALLErY: Pat Mahony and Julie Smiley. The Sacramento Valley School painter offers abstractions and landscape works that are very conscious of their stroke, while Smiley’s oil works are reflective and romantic. Through 11/24. no cover. 521 First St. in Davis.

HoTEL WoodLAnd: Art Farm Gala. Get whatever kind of need you have for art-farm collaborations at this fundraiser for the arts and land preservation. There’s food, artwork, music, shovels for “art harvesting” and goodie bags of art. Friday 11/2, 6pm. $40. 436 Main St. in Woodland.

MuSEuMS CALiForniA AGriCULTUrE MUSEUM: Tom Talks Threshing & Reaping. When was the last time you got to check out a lecture on how the state’s historical machinery changed the flow of agriculture? The answer, for all of us, is “much too long ago, I’m afraid.” Tom will help elucidate. Saturday 11/3, 11am. $5-$10. 1962 Hays Lane in Woodland.

CALiForniA AUToMoBiLE MUSEUM: Whiskey, Cars and Cigars Gala. Do you like whiskey, cars and cigars? Well, get down to the Cal Auto Museum soon. It’s an ’80s themed night with cocktails, dinner and music. Saturday 11/3, 6pm. $85-$100. 2200 Front St.

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SaTuRday, 11/3 HALLoWEEn BALLrooM dAnCE PArTY: As P!nk says in her song “Raise Your Glass,” “Don’t be fancy, just get dancy.” Well, you can get fancy and get dancy at this Halloween costume contest dance night. Be ready to salsa, cha cha and rumba the night away. 7pm, $7-$10. Spotlight Ballroom, 2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 150 in West Sacramento.

TaKE aCTiOn SaTuRday, 11/3 roSEViLLE 2018 ArBor dAY TrEE PLAnTinG EVEnT: There will be more than 300 holes in the ground, and native trees need to be put into those holes. Come out and help put root to soil and make Roseville a more foliated place to live. 9am, no cover. West Park Preserve at Blue Oaks Boulevard and Orchard View Road in Roseville.

WEdnESday, 11/7 Grid ALTErnATiVES 5TH AnnUAL SoLAr SoirEE: A soiree with a cause, this particular soiree supports communities in Sacramento with solar access. There will be music, a variety show and food. 6pm, $80. Beatnik Studios, 723 S St.

CALiForniA MUSEUM: Unity Center Free Admission. In light of the Philadelphia synagogue shooting, the Unity Center is opening its doors to the community for two days of healing and unity through advocacy programs and education. Saturday 11/3, 10am and Sunday 11/4, noon. no cover. 1020 O St.

MCkinLEY LiBrArY: Read to a Dog. Get in some practice testing your literary chops by sharing a story with a canine companion. These dogs are great listeners, and while their retention of plot points is somewhat lacking, the experience with the therapy dog is the real goal. Tuesday 11/6, 3:30pm. no cover. 601 Alhambra Blvd.

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GArdEn LAB For kidS: Kids can learn what it takes to grow a garden at this event, from the battling pests to the glowing pride after the harvest. 4pm, no cover. Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd.

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ArmAdillo music

Wester Spies & the Kosmonaut, 9:30pm, no cover

Lil Blood, 9pm, $15 in advance

Dissident Aggressor, Trauma, West Coast Fury and Solanum, 8pm, $10-$15

The BoArdwAlk

The Ryan Raynal Band and Brian Casper, 8:30pm, $6

The Greg Golden Band and Tonic Zephyr, 7:30pm, $10

cApiTol GArAGe

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

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

Capitol Cabaret, 7pm, $5-$25

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

Blue lAmp

1400 AlHAMbRA blvD., (916) 455-3400

Day of the Hip Hop Ain’t Dead Tribute & Art Show, 8pm, call for cover

9426 GREENbAck lN., ORANGEvAlE, (916) 358-9116

1500 k ST., (916) 444-3633

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Pete International Airport, Pets and Desario, 8pm, M, $8 Extortionist, Distinguisher, Born A New, Focara and more, 7pm, T, $10

Grave of the Fireflies, 7:30pm, $7.50$9.50

The African Queen, 7pm, $7.50-$9.50

Estas Tonne and Sergei Polunin, 7pm, W, $24.50-$80

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

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

FATher pAddY’s irish puBlic house

Kent & Cavileer, 6pm, call for cover

High Card Drifters, 8pm, call for cover

Frankie & the Fabletones, 8pm, call for cover

1001 R ST., (916) 443-8825

Irish Jam Session with Stepping Stone, 8pm, no cover

Kevin & Allyson Seconds, 9pm, $5

Skyler’s Pool, Jenn Rogar and more, 9pm, $5

Golden 1 cenTer

Disney On Ice, 7pm, $10-$80

Disney On Ice, 7pm, $10-$80

Disney On Ice, 7pm, $10-$80

Fox & Goose

500 DAvID J STERN WAlk, (888) 915-4647

GoldField TrAdinG posT 1630 J ST., (916) 476-5076

The Cold Mountain and Zahkia, 7:30pm, no cover

hAlFTime BAr & Grill

5681 lONETREE blvD., ROcklIN, (916) 626-3600

hArlow’s

2708 J ST., (916) 441-4693

Triathalon and the Marias, 6:30pm, $13-$16

Aaron Gayden Band, 9pm, call for cover

Rash, 9pm, $10

Azizi Gibson and Jez Dior, 7pm, $14-$18

Foreverland, 1pm, $17-$20

hiGhwATer

1910 Q ST., (916) 706-2465 1517 21ST ST.

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

Disney On Ice, 4pm, $10-$80

Let’s Get Quizzical, 7pm, T, no cover

Hippie Hour Jam, 5pm, no cover

2565 FRANklIN blvD., (916) 455-1331

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

Family and Friends, 7:30pm, $10

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with The Marias 6:30pm Thursday, $13-$16 Harlow’s R&B

Sacramento Sounds: Local Releases Listening Party, 5pm, no cover

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Army of Darkness, 7:30pm, $7.50-$9.50 7:30pm, $55-$75

435 MAIN ST., WOODlAND, (530) 668-1044

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

1013 k ST., (916) 476-3356 2000 k ST., (916) 448-7798

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

Samantha Sharpie, 9:30pm, no cover

101 MAIN ST., ROSEvIllE, (916) 774-0505

7pm Sunday, $20 Holy Diver Rap

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

Spectacular Saturdays, 7pm, call for cover

Poprockz 90s Night, 7pm, call for cover

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Larry June

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Fierce Fridays, 7pm, call for cover

2003 k ST., (916) 448-8790

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SUNDAY 11/4

The Chandelier Ravens and Helicopter Kids, 7pm, no cover

207 F ST., DAvIS, (530) 758-8058

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SATURDAY 11/3

Felly, Gyyps and Trip Carter, 7pm, $20-$25

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

HOF Saturdays, 9pm, $5

Emo Night Sac, 8pm, $10-$12

Baeza, Lil Debbie, DJ Eddie Z and Izel, 7pm, $20-$50

Shitshow Karaoke, 8pm, M, no cover; Record Roundup, 8pm, T, call for cover The Trivia Factory, 7pm, M, no cover; Geeks Who Drink, 6pm, T, no cover

Larry June, 7pm, $20

Youth Fountain, Demon in Me, Hi, Mom!, Fonty and more, 6:30pm, T, $10-$12

Kupros Quiz, 7:30pm, no cover

Ross Hammond, 7:30 pm, W, no cover

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Ruler, Makebelief and Sunday School, 8pm, $10

The Benders Album Release, 7pm, $7-$10

old IronsIdes

Remedy 7 Benefit for John Burton Advocates for Youth, 6pm, $25

Poly-Funktion, Eazy Dub and DJ Zephyr, 9pm, $7

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670 fulton ave., (916) 487-3731

Open-Mic Comedy/Karaoke, 8pm, no cover

Palms PlaYHouse

Austin Lounge Lizards, 8pm, $22

2708 J st., (916) 441-4693

1901 10th st., (916) 442-3504

13 Main st., Winters, (530) 795-1825

PlacervIlle PublIc House

414 Main st., Placerville, (530) 303-3792

PowerHouse Pub

614 sutter st., folsoM, (916) 355-8586

tHe Press club

Gotcha Country, 9:30pm, call for cover

2030 P st., (916) 444-7914

Blitzed with DJ Lady Grey and DJ Dada, 9pm, call for cover

sHadY ladY

The Mindful, 9pm, no cover

1409 r st., (916) 231-9121

socIal nIgHtclub

1000 K st., (916) 947-0434

saturDay 11/3

sunDay 11/4

MonDay-WeDnesDay 11/5-7 Bourbon & Blues with the Greg Roberts Band and Bubba McCoy, 6:30pm, W, $8

Live Music With Heath Williamson, 5:30pm, M, no cover

Lipstick!, 9pm, $5

Tuesday Night Karaoke, 9pm, T, no cover Lindsay Lou, 8pm, $20

Jimmy Breaux Trio, 8pm, $20

Rooster Crows, 8pm, call for cover

Matt Rainey & the Dippin’ Sauce, 8pm, call for cover

Just Bill, 1pm, call for cover

Popular Demand, 10pm, call for cover

Petty Theft, 10pm, call for cover

Lavay Smith, 3pm, call for cover

Fuck Cancer with Dan Reynoso and more, 8pm, W, call for cover

Pop 40 Dance with DJ Larry, 9pm, $5

Sunday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

Reggae Night with DJ Dweet, 9pm, T, no cover

Crescent Katz, 9pm, no cover

Tenor Explosion, 9pm, no cover

Fashion, 10pm, no cover before 11pm

DJ Thomas Young, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, 7pm, $40

Throwing Shade Live 2018: There’s No Place Like Condo Tour, 7pm, $40

Mary Youngblood & the Sisters of the Earth, 7pm, $40

Richard Shindell, 7pm, $35

Leo Kottke (an evening with), 7pm, $55

stoneY’s rockIn rodeo

Country Thunder Thursdays, 9pm, no cover

Hot Country Fridays, 7pm, $5-$10

Hot Country DJ Dancing, 9:30pm, $5

Sunday Funday, 8pm, no cover

West Coast Swing, 7:45pm, T, $5; College Wednesdays, 9pm, W, $5-$10

You Front the Band, 8pm, no cover

Lindsay Beaver, 9pm, W, $7

Yoga at Yolo, 11am, no cover

Trivia with Geeks Who Drink, 6pm, T, no cover

Stryper, SJ Syndicate and Anarchy Lace, 6:30pm, $27

Andy Grammer, Leroy Sanchez and John Splithoff, 7pm, M, $27.50-$199

1320 Del Paso BlvD., (916) 927-6023

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Christmas for Kids, 1pm, $10

5871 GarDen hiGhWay, (916) 920-8088

tHe torcH club

904 15th st., (916) 443-2797

Andy Grammer with Leroy Sanchez 6:30pm Monday, $27.50-$199 Ace of Spades Pop rock

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J.W. Jones, 9pm, $8

AC Myles, 9pm, $8

Black Market III, 9pm, $8

Yolo brewIng co.

1520 terMinal st., (916) 379-7585

All ages, all the time ace of sPades

1417 r st., (916) 930-0220

The Devil Makes Three and Erika Wennerstrom, 6:30pm, $29.50

cafe colonIal

3520 stocKton BlvD., (916) 718-7055

sHIne

1400 e st., (916) 551-1400

The Shine Jazz Jam, 8pm, no cover

Photo courtesy of chelsea Kornse

916 Fest with City Mural, Paper Airplanes, Marigold and more, 6pm, $10

916 Fest with Jib, Brianna Carmel, Seafloor Cinema and more, 4pm, $10

Mike Frazier & the Dying Wild, Sarchasm and more, 8pm, T, call for cover

I Am Hue, Cameron Betts and Alex Walker, 8pm, $7

The Vintage Find and Side Wheeler String Band, 8pm, $8

Speak Out Sacramento Open-Mic Night, 8pm, W, no cover

Family and Friends 7:30pm Saturday, $10 Goldfield Trading Post Indie rock

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Veterans from all over Northern California pose at a September Weed for Warriors Porject meeting in Oakland. Photo courtesy of the weed for warriors Project

a dose of change The Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act could offer alternatives to opioid use among vets by Jeremy WinsloW

With California legalizing recreational marijuana in January, it’s no surprise that there would be new laws introduced with it. City and state laws now recognize that, with cannabis hitting the market legally, there are ways of studying its effects on individuals in the advent of the growing opioid epidemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 630,000 people died from drug overdoses between 1999 and 2016. And while several factors make the numbers difficult to calculate, a 2011 study of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ system by the National Center for Biotechnology Information discovered that veterans are twice as likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses than nonveterans. But a new bill introduced in September looks to investigate this further by offering cannabis as a viable treatment for common ailments among veterans like chronic pain and PTSD while cutting opioid prescriptions. Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) penned the Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act, a bill that will allow veterans to speak to

their physicians at the VA about medical marijuana use without worry of losing their benefits. Marijuana is still federally illegal and is classified as a Schedule I substance, alongside other known killers including bath salts and heroin. The bill also allows vets to use, possess and even transport medical cannabis. Still, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve of marijuana as a safe and effective drug, leaving the VA with no choice but to administer FDA-approved medications. With that, the VA physicians can’t recommend medical cannabis in any form whether it’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component found in marijuana products, or cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive component of marijuana that’s said to help with inflammation, pain and insomnia. For veterans who seek alternative medications to opioids and a listening ear, there are support groups like the Weed for Warriors Project, a nonprofit organization with 14 chapters from Sacramento to Miami that advocate for marijuana usage on behalf of veterans with VA benefits. As a former U.S. Marine and the founder of the Weed for Warriors Project,

Kevin Richardson recalls his own struggles with prescribed medications. “I had 17 different prescriptions. A lot of the meds just make it where life’s kind of like blah,” Richardson said. “Now I use cannabis and that’s it, and it helps me wind down at nighttime or relax versus having to take so many pills [that] I forgot how to eat a bowl of cereal.” The Safe Harbor Act states that “almost 60 percent of veterans returning from serving in the Armed Forces in the Middle East,” and more than 50 percent of older veterans who use the VA’s health care system live with some form of chronic pain. In order to treat these ailments, many of which are psychological, the VA prescribes a litany of pills, jokingly referred to as a pharmaceutical cocktail by many veterans. This capsule concoction includes medications like Depakote (treats seizures), Hydroxyzine (treats anxiety), Quetiapine (treats psychological disorders), Trazodone (treats depression) and the list continues. Most pills treat the same ailments because it’s difficult to isolate what hurts where and instead of investigating alternative treatment methods, many veterans believe the VA is just numbing their lives.

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The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that medical marijuana can treat issues related to HIV/AIDS, inflammation, mental disorders, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and a vast array of other health problems, including chronic pain and PTSD. Even though it’s classified as a Schedule I substance, veterans won’t be denied VA benefits because of marijuana usage if the Safe Harbor Act is passed. As it stands now, the bill was read twice and is referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. However, in many instances, VA physicians won’t even recommend or discuss marijuana with its patients, with many vets believing the VA just isn’t equipped to talk about cannabis as a possible alternative to prescription pills, many of which are automatically shipped to veterans’ houses. “Modern medicine’s not teaching cannabis, so anytime I’ve talked to the doctors, [they tell me] ‘cannabis is great for the short-term, but we want to give you something that chemically alters your brain,’” Richardson told SN&R. Though the prescriptions administered by the VA are refilled for free, some veterans said they spend a couple hundred dollars a month, while others spend a couple hundred dollars a week, on medical marijuana alone. While a number of vets are optimistic about the Safe Harbor Act’s intention to help their medical needs and shift the conversations about cannabis in a positive direction, many are more frank and believe it won’t change a damn thing. Sean Kiernan is one of them. A former specialist in the U.S. Army and president of the Weed for Warriors Project, Kiernan survived a suicide attempt in 2011 related to his struggles with PTSD. For him, this new bill is simply more marijuana policy. “Nothing pragmatically is going to change. We’ve had a bill that passed by both the Senate and the House in Congress for that past two years, and it magically disappeared for reconciliation,” Kiernan said. “We’re hopeful [about this bill]. It’s wonderful news, but none of these bills go [further] than doctors being able to prescribe cannabis to veterans, which is a huge home run symbolically. But it doesn’t do anything about getting the medication in the hands of the veterans.” Senators Nelson and Schatz didn’t respond in time for print deadline. Ω

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War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

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Yup. The new proposal came out last week, and for some reason, the BCC decided on a 15-day comment period, as opposed to the usual-45 day period, so the cannabis industry has been scrambling to make sense of this proposal in time to get some changes made before these new rules go into effect. The new rules can be summed up thusly: Convoluted. The packaging rules are still ridiculous and hard to follow (although not as ridiculous as Washington state, where they just decided to ban gummy candies and other cool cannabis treats), but the biggest seed in the doobie is the new proposal that would require EVERYONE involved in the industry to have a license of some sort. This applies to websites (looking at you, eaze.com), celebrities that want to license their name to products (Hello Willie Nelson and the Marley Brothers) and folks that run “white label” cannabis manufacturing businesses. I can tell you that folks are very upset, though. Chelsea Dudgeon, CEO of Newell’s Botanicals (Named as November’s “Startup of the month” by Comstock’s magazine) says if these new rules are adopted, it “will significantly impact not just unlicensed IP holders, but also dozens of manufacturing facilities that have made white labeling services their business model. It will significantly impact the marketplace, product availability, and tax revenue.” Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association, says,

“For businesses and brands trying to stay alive in [banned counties], this one is going to hurt. A lot of the farms and brands that consumers know and love are threatened, and the shelves might be even less diverse than they are now if these rules go into effect.” He also pledged to work with the legislature in the next session to make changes. Cannabis lawyer and activist Omar Figueroa tells me that, “The cannabis industry is alarmed by these unanticipated obstacles proposed at the last second and that these sorts of major changes should have a 45-day comment period,” and also that he anticipates major pushback from the industry. He describes the chances of this proposal passing as-written as “iffy.” I’m not sure why it’s so hard for the BCC to make it easy for people to open and run cannabis businesses. I mean, we have had cannabis clubs, and cannabis lounges, and all sorts of wonderful cannabis events in California for years. It shouldn’t be too hard to create simple and effective rules that everyone can understand and follow. Sigh.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20): U2’s singer, Bono,

born under the sign of Taurus, says that all of us suffer from the sense that something’s missing from our lives. We imagine that we lack an essential quality or experience, and its absence makes us feel sad and insufficient. French philosopher Blaise Pascal referred to this emptiness as “a God-shaped hole.” Bono adds that “you can never completely fill that hole,” but you may find partial fixes through love and sex, creative expression, family, meaningful work, parenting, activism and spiritual devotion. I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I have a strong suspicion that in the coming weeks you will have more power to fill your God-shaped hole than you’ve had in a long time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): “Most of our desires

are clichés, right? Ready to wear, one size fits all. I doubt if it’s even possible to have an original desire anymore.” So says a character in Gemini author Tobias Wolff’s short story, Sanity. Your assignment in the coming weeks, Gemini, is to refute and rebel against this notion. The cosmic rhythms will work in your favor to the degree that you cultivate innovative yearnings and unique urges. I hope you’ll make it your goal to have the experiences necessary to stir up an outbreak of original desires.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): If you’re a typical

member of the Cancerian tribe, you’re skilled at responding constructively when things go wrong. Your intelligence rises up hot and strong when you get sick or rejected or burned. But if you’re a classic Crab, you have less savvy in dealing with triumphs. You may sputter when faced with splashy joy, smart praise or lucky breaks. But everything I just said is meant to be a challenge, not a curse. One of the best reasons to study astrology is to be aware of the potential shortcomings of your sign so you can outwit and overcome them. That’s why I think that eventually you’ll evolve to the point where you won’t be a bit flustered when blessings arrive. And the immediate future will bring you excellent opportunities to upgrade your response to good fortune.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): “Each of us needs

something of an island in her life,” said poet John Keats. “If not an actual island, at least some place, or space in time, in which to be herself, free to cultivate her differences from others.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Leo, you’ll be wise to spend extra time on your own island in the next two weeks. Solitude is unlikely to breed unpleasant loneliness but will instead inspire creative power and evoke inner strength. If you don’t have an island yet, go in search! (P.S. I translated Keats’ pronouns into the feminine gender.)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I’m rooting for you

to engage in experimental intimacy, Virgo. I hope you’ll have an affinity for sweet blends and incandescent mixtures and arousing juxtapositions. To get in the right mood for this playful work, you could read love poetry and listen to uplifting songs that potentize your urge to merge. Here are a few lyrical passages to get you warmed up. 1. “Your flesh quivers against mine like moonlight on the sea.” —Julio Cortázar. 2. “When she smiles like that she is as beautiful as all my secrets.” —Anne Carson. 3. “My soul is alight with your infinitude of stars … The flowers of your garden blossom in my body.” —Rabindranath Tagore. 4. “I can only find you by looking deeper, that’s how love leads us into the world.” —Anne Michaels.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Of course I want you

to have more money. I’d love for you to buy experiences that expand your mind, deepen

your emotional intelligence and foster your ability to create inspiring forms of togetherness. My soul would celebrate if you got access to new wealth that enabled you to go in quest of spiritual fun and educational adventures. On the other hand, I wouldn’t be thrilled about you spending extra cash on trivial desires or fancy junk you don’t really need. Here’s why I feel this way: To the extent that you seek more money to pursue your most righteous cravings, you’re likely to get more money.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Penetralia” is a

word that means the innermost or most private parts, the most secret and mysterious places. It’s derived from the same Latin term that evolved into the word “penetrate.” You Scorpios are of course the zodiac’s masters of penetralia. More than any other sign, you’re likely to know where the penetralia are, as well as how to get to them and what to do when you get to them. I suspect that this tricky skill will come in extra handy during the coming weeks. I bet your intimate adeptness with penetralia will bring you power, fun and knowledge.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian poet

Rainer Maria Rilke suggested that we cultivate an alertness for the ever-present possibility of germination and gestation. On a regular basis, he advised, we should send probes down into the darkness, into our unconscious minds, to explore for early signs of awakening. And when we discover the forces of renewal stirring there in the depths, we should be humble and reverent toward them, understanding that they are as-yet beyond the reach of our ability to understand. We shouldn’t seek to explain and define them at first, but simply devote ourselves to nurturing them. Everything I just said is your top assignment in the coming weeks.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’re in a phase

of your cycle when your influence is at a peak. People are more receptive than usual to your ideas and more likely to want the same things you do. Given these conditions, I think the best information I can offer you is the following meditation by Capricorn activist Martin Luther King Jr. “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian environ-

mentalist Edward Abbey spent much of his life rambling around in the great outdoors. He was an emancipated spirit who regarded the natural world as the only church he needed. In an eruption of ecstatic appreciation, he once testified, “Life is a joyous dance through daffodils beneath cerulean blue skies and then, then what? I forget what happens next.” And yet the truth is, Abbey was more than a wildhearted Dionysian explorer in the wilderness. He found the discipline and diligence to write 23 books! I mention this, Aquarius, because now is a perfect time for you to be like the disciplined and diligent and productive version of Abbey.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): For renowned Piscean visual artist Anne Truitt (1921-2004), creating her work was high adventure. She testified that artists like her had to “catapult themselves wholly, without holding back one bit, into a course of action without having any idea where they will end up. They are like riders who gallop into the night, eagerly leaning on their horse’s neck, peering into a blinding rain.” Whether or not you’re an artist, Pisces, I suspect your life in the coming weeks may feel like the process she described. And that’s a good thing! A fun thing! Enjoy your ride.

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Space corpse In space, no one can hear you  scream—especially if you’re dead,  in a spaceship and the only human  around for billions of miles. This is the  goal of recent Sacramento transplant, 41-year-old Graham Arthur Mackenzie: to send his corpse outside

of the oppressive clutches of our solar system with your help. His terrestrial story so far:  Mackenzie has been a professional  sign language interpreter for over  20 years, is in a master’s program  in computer science in the pursuit  of working on autonomous vehicles,  creates lots of music, has been on  Sesame Street. This represents  just a smattering of the former  Seattleite’s history, and should his  lofty, $10 million kickstarter prove  successful, the world will see exactly  how high he can fly. SN&R chatted  with Mackenzie about how, why and  when he intends to become the first  celestial body.

There’s other space burial options out there—you didn’t go for cremation? Right. So the problem with those is, there are a number of companies that will put a gram of your ashes into orbit around our planet. It’ll stay in orbit for quite some time, but eventually they will lose enough energy that they will return to Earth, then when that happens they will get burnt up in the atmosphere. So that, to me, is a lovely option to those who want to pursue it, but I’m looking for something much grander. … Getting one of us outside of our solar system, even if not alive, is a good way of setting our stamp on the universe and saying, “We were here.”

I see the $10 million goal—do you think that’s going to happen? Well, one thing I’ve learned in life is the first failure point in any plan is the strength of the beliefs of the plan creator. So effectively, if a person doesn’t think something can happen, it definitely won’t happen. Whereas, thinking that it will happen is the first necessary part of it actually happening.

Have you reached out to corporations for sponsorships? I have not. I think I need to lay the groundwork on my own, kind of show that I’m being serious and show that I’m going to work on it—I don’t just want to hit someone up for a handout.

Why should people get behind your dream as opposed to someone else’s?

Hint: Graham Arthur Mackenzie is not kidding around. PHOTO BY MAXFIELD MORRIS

Trust me, I’ve thought a lot about [this]. The world is full of pressing issues that, to many people’s minds, are more important than this project—but I think that that’s always a way that people phrase these things. There are people who think that we shouldn’t have any kind of space program so long as there’s hunger in the world. I’m totally amenable to that perspective. Unfortunately, that’s not the way the world works … We could cancel that program and there would still be homelessness, so the existence of homelessness is not a reason not to do those things. I think the truest motivation for me is that this is a tribute and homage to the human spirit, of being scientific and exploring things … so that if and when it succeeds, it will be a very true representation of our spirit as a species.

In the meantime, what kind of assurances are there that the money doesn’t just go into your pocket? Because people would be donating their hard-earned money … I would definitely want to do whatever is necessary to put them at ease. So effectively, I want to be transparent about the whole process … I would show receipts of every dollar spent. The only money that needs to be spent before I die is on the lawyer hours in setting all the contracts up.

How did you get the idea of launching yourself? The way that ideas occur to me is a mystery, like it is to everybody. I don’t know, but it’s sort of a melange of all my favorite things. Like a somewhat morbid fascination with my death combined with a love of science, and

the love of space travel kind of made it all fit together, I don’t know.

Why you? Why should your corpse be sent into space, as opposed to someone else’s? I think it’s just me because, A, I’m the one who had this idea. And B, I think the overwhelming majority of people would not want to do this and wouldn’t have the fortitude or the commitment to see it through. And I’m definitely all about commitment to an idea.

How much of your life do you envision putting this project into creation? Obviously, this would take a lot of time and money and energy, but once it’s set up, assuming the contracts are as ironclad as can be, then effectively the system will just be up and in place, and so then I don’t need to worry about it anymore. It might take a few years or more of getting there, but once it’s ready, effectively, we’re just waiting for me to die.

What else do you want to be remembered for? Everything is about balance … On the one hand, I would like to be remembered as a person who took life seriously, but not too seriously. Like, life is deadly serious and it’s important to remember that, but also, if we hold on and we white-knuckle, and if we try to make everything be what we want it to be, it’s definitely not going to do that. Ω

For more details, or to contribute, visit Mackenzie’s fundraiser page at indiegogo.com/ projects/shoot-my-dead-body-out-of-the-solarsystem-please.

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