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Interstate 5 and Robla. Along with the Let’s count the ways that the TrumpMeasure U sales tax, opportunity zone Republican tax cut was terrible. money could boost inclusive economic It was a giveaway to the wealthy, development. It could also help launch who were doing just fine, and to corporaan effort to remake the waterfront. tions, which were already raking in huge Both are top city priorities this year, profits. In fact, big companies didn’t add jobs or buy more equipment, as President Mayor Darrell Steinberg said at a very upbeat State of Downtown event on Donald Trump and his amen chorus January 22. Downtown Sacramento claimed would happen. Instead, they Partnership leaders celebrated new spent billions upon billions to buy back housing and retail and growing national their own stock, putting more money in buzz, but said it’s crucial to build on the hands of rich shareholders. the momentum, especially to make the The tax cut is also bad for California. waterfront a “one-of-a-kind” destination. It caps the deduction for state and local These opportunity zones have taxes at $10,000, more than what has “potential,” but it’s too early to say been claimed by more than 1 million how they will play out, said California taxpayers. That Michael Jasso, assistant means a deeper tax bite city manager in charge when they fill out of innovation, their 2018 returns in Opportunity zone economic developcoming weeks. money could boost ment and commuBut the tax inclusive economic nity development. cut law included Across one idea that won development. It could California, about bipartisan support also help launch an 880 census tracts and could be effort to remake the qualify as opporgood for struggling tunity zones; across areas in Sacramento waterfront. the nation, it’s about and other U.S. 8,700. Bloomberg cities—maybe. reported this month that It creates “opportunity there’s already a gold rush by zones” that offer tax breaks on some developers to capitalize. While capital gains (profits on stocks and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin other investments) if the taxpayer puts predicts that opportunity zones will the money into a fund that invests in pump $100 billion into these needy “distressed communities.” areas, critics warn the cost to the On Friday February 1 at Depot Park, U.S. treasury will be far more than the city of Sacramento, City Councilman the projected $1.6 billion. They also Eric Guerra, the Greater Sacramento say that some of the eligible areas are Economic Council, the Federal Reserve already thriving. Bank of San Francisco and several other So it’s not a done deal that this latest groups are hosting a forum on opportrickle-down idea will work as advertunity zones—what projects might be tised. And I’m not a fan of giving more eligible and how to get them done. special breaks to the wealthy anyway. Sacramento’s opportunity zones But in Trump’s America, is putting include the downtown railyards, the more cash in the pockets of the rich the riverfront, Meadowview, Valley Hi, price we have to pay to create more Avondale/Glen Elder, Franklin, the River jobs for working families? If so, that’s a District, North Sacramento, Del Paso shame. Ω Heights, parts of South Natomas along


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Thank movement elders Re: “Them Fem Dems” (15 Minutes, January 17): “Angry, bra-burning ladies?” Linda Tenerowicz is insulting the founders of the modern feminist movement, to whom she owes so much, and reveals herself to be either dismissive of our roots or ignorant of our history. By using this trite, feminist-bashing label, she is not only buying into the decades-old attempt to humiliate the movement, but she is also denigrating the many brave and tenacious leaders whom she should be thanking. As to “bra-burning ladies,” she needs to study some feminist history and learn why the lady label is offensive, and to help us seasoned feminists destroy the mythical bra-burning narrative once and for all. That might assist her in her new role and help her realize that pandering to men by using cheap shots is a betrayal of what she should be standing for.

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Public banks can help Re: “Could California succeed where Wall Street fails?” (Capital Cannabis, January 17): Public banks are proposed for many communities, not just the state, but are opposed by the same Wall Street financiers whose frauds led to the Great Recession. Generally, banks can make loans that exceed their deposits. In the case of public banks, their loans can fund what Wall Street’s short-term profit imperative refuses to underwrite. Neglected infrastructure could get a boost from public banking, as could the financial health of our communities. The discount they offer in financing costs could be significant, too. For big infrastructure, financing costs can be as much as half the entire project. The U.S. has a long history of publicly financing large public projects, including many New Deal projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority and the first Bay Bridge. California’s Infrastructure Bank did not finance the Bay Bridge rebuild; Goldman Sachs did.

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Investing in the arts is good for business

By Maya Wallace

Maya Wallace is vice chairwoman of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and an organizer of Wonk Wednesday.

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How can transit improve? dAMIen nurse manager

I wouldn’t have so many security guards giving people tickets for not having their fare … I got a ticket the day after my birthday. So maybe they cut down on that, give people some slack.

Sacramento has  an arts plan,  but it needs  more money Sacramento has been attempting to develop a comprehensive plan to invest in the arts for at least a decade. Unfortunately, these aspirations have been hampered by the lingering effects of the Great Recession, which significantly cut the Sacramento Metropolitan invest in artists and creatives, Arts Commission budget. infuse all neighborhoods with arts This decline in fundand culture and increase funding ing—including from $700,000 for the arts. a year for Cultural Arts Awards Several of the priorities are grants to as little as $311,000 in getting off the ground, thanks 2014—occurred as many cities to significant support from the recognized the importance of the city and the Sacramento Region arts for economic development Community Foundation. In midand neighborhood revitalization January, we convened nearly 150 and increased public funding and arts leaders for a day-long community engagement. event focused on Fortunately over the incorporating past two years, cultural equity Sacramento has into arts taken steps Investing in management, to develop a cultural equity will programplan to make ming, grant the arts and help to truly fulfill the distributhe creative promise of inclusion tion and economy community an integral and community outreach. part of its empowerment. Following economic a year in which development mainstream approach. media embraced That plan, called diversity, we can see there Creative Edge, is the result is economic value in this approach. of a six-month community-wide But I believe the dividends it process that brought together will pay to our sense of worth, artists, creatives, nonprofit organiwell-being and belonging are far zations, gallery owners, business greater. Sacramento leaders often owners, educators and community tout our community’s diversity, members to identify our priorities. but investing in cultural equity will Creative Edge identifies six major help to truly fulfill the promise pillars: Provide arts education for of inclusion and community youth, advance cultural equity, empowerment. invest in the creative economy,


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I’ve continuously had this issue with the bus leaving early ... so I continuously miss it and have to take a Lyft to work. Maybe buses that all run 30 minutes, not hourly, ’cause that’s really annoying.

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We are also making strides on arts education. A consortium with the Sacramento County Office of Education is raising the money to put arts in every school in the county, and has won $1 million in state grants to advance this goal. While we have momentum, several potential perils loom. The first is leadership; our previous director, Jonathon Glus, left late last year. We need to ensure we have visionary and effective leadership. The second is linking investment in the arts to a thriving creative economy; we need to support artists by connecting them with the business tools to succeed. Third, we need to find the resources to implement the rest of the plan and demonstrate to the community that these dollars are well spent. While the passage of Measure U in November 2018 offers a major potential resource, there are many compelling, competing interests for those funds and making the case for arts investment above other priorities will be a challenge. However, if the city and community are serious about the arts as an engine for equity and economic empowerment, they need to work to ensure these priorities are supported. Ω

Add some more security on the light rails and at the stations … Make them run a little bit faster and sync the schedules ... so you’re not missing a light rail as soon as you get off the bus.

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I don’t have any problem with the transit. Mostly they’re on time, they put up the chart, tell you what time they’re coming and they try to help out the handicap, get [us] in there.

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I think it’s pretty good the way it is. I know there’s a homeless issue … they can hold up the bus sometimes. Sometimes the drivers do, too, but for the most part the drivers are pretty good.

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CalFresh Recipients Welcome at Farmers Markets by Edgar SanchEz The call for artists went out last May: A striking design was needed for two Sacramento billboards announcing that CalFresh — also known as food stamps — are welcome at farmers markets.

Forty people witnessed the unveiling.

Stacy Almy, an artist from Arden-Arcade, learned about the entry deadline just a day prior.

“It’s not often you get art folks and food folks in the same room, but we’ve done it with this project,” Adrian Rehn, of coalition member Valley Vision, told the guests. “This art piece will advance an equitable farm-to-fork economy while furthering our robust art scene.”

“I had 18 hours to put an idea together,” said Almy, 34. “I worked until 10 minutes before deadline and I sent it off.”

The project was funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the City of Sacramento’s Creative Economy Program, Rehn said.

A special panel that received input from CalFresh recipients named Almy’s the best among four submissions, earning her a $2,500 commission. On Jan. 17, a coalition of nonprofits, led by the Sacramento Food Policy Council (SFPC), unveiled the waterproof billboards — one in English, one in Spanish. They stand on a cement foundation at Oak Park Art Garden, a 1/3-acre plot at 14th Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that is privately owned and leased by Alchemist, a coalition partner. Depicting newly harvested produce and a CalFresh electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, the 9-foot-by-6-foot billboards say: “Use CalFresh EBT at Farmers Markets.” The installation is part of SFPC’s ongoing campaign to increase CalFresh utilization at nearly 15 Sacramento County farmers markets. In November, the county had 93,508 CalFresh households, but many are unaware their benefits are accepted at farmers markets, a coalition press release said.

“PEoPlE lItErally go homE, or kIdS go to School, and thEy’rE hungry. [thIS IS] not accEPtablE!” darrell Steinberg mayor, Sacramento

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who was also present, noted the billboards combine “public art and public good.” “People literally go home, or kids go to school, and they’re hungry,” Steinberg said. “[This is] not acceptable!” City Councilmember Jay Schenirer, Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna and SFPC President Brenda Ruiz also spoke.

Stacy Almy designed two billboards for a busy Oak Park corner, with identical English/Spanish messages: Farmers Markets welcome Food Stamps. Photo by Edgar Sanchez

“Our mission statement at SFPC is to propel collective action towards an equitable and sustainable food system” said Ruiz, whose agency is supported by The California Endowment. At Oak Park Farmers Market, CalFresh recipients can double their benefits: For every $1 of CalFresh EBT benefits, they receive $2 to shop for produce at the market. Considering the billboards’ message, Market Manager Joany Titherington expects to see more CalFresh participants at the Oak Park Farmers Market when it reopens for the season on May 4.

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Each year for the last 21 years, several hundred developers, elected officials, government employees and other interested parties have gathered for an expensive breakfast to hear about the State of Downtown. I have attended many of these breakfasts, like the one held January 22 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Sacramento. Over the last two decades, we have heard about many plans for developing downtown; some were eventually completed, and some were not. We heard about the new arena, the problems of the homeless living on Sacramento’s streets, the exciting potential of the railyards, the disappointing realities of the railyards, the need to attract the creative class and numerous other issues. The mayor nearly always speaks. And each year we watch increasingly sophisticated videos that could make any place look cool. But this year’s State of Downtown was different. Michael Ault, the longtime Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s executive director, described the 60-plus developments that have recently been completed or are under construction or in the planning stages. This includes the 200,000-square-foot Kaiser Permanente Downtown Commons Medical Offices, the 838,000-square-foot state Natural Resources headquarters, the 43,000-square-foot Powerhouse Science Center and the 250,000-square-foot Hardin mixed-use project on the 700 block of K Street. Ault’s map of downtown looks like a lawn with a dandelion problem, but all the dandelions are new buildings. And then there’s the railyards. The 240-acre site will soon have a massive new Sacramento County Courthouse, a gigantic Kaiser Permanente medical complex and, if things go right, a privately-financed Sacramento Republic FC soccer stadium.

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Mayor Darrell Steinberg, making these announcements, sounded a lot like an eight-year-old boy opening his birthday present—the long-desired train set—and discovering all the train cars are filled with silver dollars. It’s an incredible list of projects. But there may be a dark side. Kate Joncas, the former Downtown Seattle Association CEO, spoke at the breakfast about how being in a hot real estate market with massive job growth, while desirable, also presents problems, including increased housing costs and transportation bottlenecks. Joncas mentioned New York, San Francisco and Seattle, where so much of the job growth has been driven by overpaid, mostly male tech workers, creating an inbred geek culture. In Sacramento, we do have somewhat of a cultural safety net with our large number of state workers, roughly split between male and female, who are certainly much more enjoyable as neighbors than techie bros. Nevertheless, with Sacramento now on the list of hot cities for development, we should not repeat those other cities’ mistakes. While it is encouraging to see more downtown housing, the amount is not enough for the increased numbers of people who will be coming into downtown every day, who will put greater demands on our transit system. We will need to give Regional Transit additional funds to build the transportation infrastructure to accommodate the increased number of people living, working and playing downtown. Twenty-one years from now, at the 2040 State of Downtown breakfast, our current decisions about housing, transportation and development will likely be featured in a state-of-the-art video. I hope we look good. Ω Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of the News & Review.

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Angie Zuniga has worn out plenty of boxing gloves in her day.


Hooked on boxing Angie Zuniga defines tough love. One  minute, she’ll be shouting at a boxer  to keep her gloves up—45 minutes into  an intense workout. The next, she’ll be  laughing while “working the mitts” with  a guy a foot taller than she, holding her  ground while catching scripted punch  combinations. Zuniga has come a long way. She  battled through her childhood with an  absentee mother and father. She worked  a full-time job, raised four sons as a  single mother and earned her GED—boxing all along the way. Now she is a trainer at Flawless Boxing & Fitness on Broadway, where since 2015 she has worked  alongside Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales,  a boxing phenom in his own right. Though  the 5-foot-3-inch Zuniga is only a bit  older than Gonzales, there was a time  when she made up an integral part of his  coaching staff. SN&R roped in Zuniga to  chat about her lifelong love of pugilism.

Who was your toughest opponent? So my toughest fight was with Samantha Vega. I usually fought in the Bay Area, but we fought at Colonial Theatre on Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento; the venue has got a lot of history. This girl was from somewhere close to Fresno. They used to look at me as, you know, an experienced boxer, ’cause these girls were coming up, and I was in my late 20s. And what happened was, we were going at it: I hit her “bottom-up,” and then she came forward. She was a little taller than me, and she hit me in the

chin. I backed up because she’d wobbled me, and I felt one of my legs start to shake. Instead of covering up, I went forward to fight her. I remember just swinging, and she backed off. I recouped and then the bell rang. After that, the last round was an all-out fight. That was an awesome fight.

How about another notable contest? I qualified for the California Golden Gloves in 2010. I was almost 35 years old. I had to lose one pound to make weight. I went to the sauna at 24 Hour Fitness and my trainer made me walk and spit over and over.

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What sort of music do you like to listen to in the gym? I listen to old-school. Music like Rick James, Michael Jackson, but you know, upbeat stuff. I like Teena Marie, New Edition. Stuff with a beat. It keeps people going. And old-school hip-hop; I actually love to listen to Tupac.


I’ve heard you talk about your back injury. Would you tell us about that? I got hurt when I was 26. I was doing shipping and loading full-time, and to accommodate my boxing, I would double-shift. I’d work early in the morning and late at night. … We were at the end of our shift. Everybody was leaving. We were unloading weight machines from a truck, shoving ’em out. And so I sat down, and pushed one back, and my back went out. I didn’t stop unloading, but when I sat down later, I didn’t get up. My back was never the same, and I never fought the same, but I kept boxing. I survived my childhood. I survived being poor. I feel like boxing gave me the strength to be able to do anything. Ω

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Dave Brown, owner of Dreaming Dog Brewery, faces an uncertain future now that Elk Grove has announced plans for a new hospital on the site of his business.

Displaced by a hospital Elk Grove neighborhood’s independent merchants  told to make way for a Level II trauma center by Scott thomaS anderSon

When a city’s awash in national chains and big box stores, small business owners stand out—and stick together. That’s what some mom-and-pop operations are doing in the Stonelake neighborhood of Elk Grove now that a proposed hospital might displace them. The controversy is swirling around a shopping center at the corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and West Taron Drive, which has become a destination for everything from stylish haircuts to Mediterranean pastries. The enclave was an unmentioned casualty when city leaders and California 10   |   SN&R   |   01.31.19

Northstate University unveiled their plans for a new hospital in mid-December. The announcement that Elk Grove would get expanded medical services and a Level II trauma center sparked media fanfare across the region. But the fact that seven small businesses had no clue they’d lose their premises has led to a backlash on the west side of the city. Coupled with residents’ concerns that the hospital will lead to increased traffic, noise and crime, the business owners have mustered an organized resistance to what had looked like a big political win for Mayor Steve Ly, who was not supported

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by the City Council for re-election in November. Northstate University and city leaders continue to stress that the project can cut the time for ambulances rushing people to a trauma center from 20 minutes to 5 minutes, in many cases being the difference between life and death. But the hospital may end up killing small businesses in the area.

December surprise When David and Liz Brown opened Dreaming Dog Brewery in 2017, they

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were realizing a dream. He had been home-brewing ales for 20 years before he decided to showcase that talent at a community gathering point in his neighborhood of west Elk Grove. The Browns say they did five years of research before selecting their commercial location. Once they settled on Stonelake Landing, they struggled through months of planning, building and permitting, followed by months of trying to grow a customer base. Today, Dreaming Dog Brewery is a hit. It has Brown’s own Belgians, lagers and IPAs on tap. Crowds come in for live music, stand-up comedy, sports, fundraisers and karaoke nights. Many now consider the brewery a neighborhood hub. When the Browns learned that the shopping center’s owner, Ethan Conrad, sold it for $12.6 million to Northstate University in January 2018, they were immediately worried. They say that they reached out to the medical school’s general counsel, Paul Wagstaffe, to get answers and that Wagstaffe led the couple to believe there was nothing to worry about.

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rallying around refugees “He said they wanted to see the small businesses in here succeed,” David Brown recalled. Then, almost a year later, the couple noticed a barrage of news stories about the university opening a 250-bed teaching hospital and emergency room. Brown said he contacted Wagstaffe again, but this time the conversation went differently. The Browns were told their brewery would have to make way for the hospital. Plans revealed since then indicate that at least six other small businesses will also be evicted: Stone Bake Oven, Like Academy, Miyabi restaurant, Stone Lake Nail & Spa, Majesty Afro-Caribbean Food Store and the Flaming Grill. Last week, Wagstaffe told SN&R he wouldn’t answer questions until March about how Northstate University has handled public outreach for its hospital. Meanwhile, for the Browns, relocating might not be an option. To reopen, they’d have to find a location with 800 amps of power, a rolling door and delivery truck access. The couple’s commercial real estate agent says that is a tall order in Elk Grove. Of equal concern, a new location means new architectural plans, new construction permits from the city, new fire and sewer permits from the county and a complicated process of updating their state and federal liquor licenses. David Brown said even if they find another location, they’ll likely have to shut the brewery down for six months, which they probably can’t afford. “We’ve done everything we reasonably can to make this business work,” he said. “It really took the wind out of our sails when this came up.” Melinda Robinson was hanging out at Dreaming Dog when she learned about the proposed hospital. Robinson lives in the neighborhood and has concerns about traffic and helicopter noise, but she’s also worried about the area losing small businesses. “They’ve been places that are really servicing our neighborhood,” Robinson said. “At one point they were having trouble renting spaces, but over the last year it’s been steadily increasing, and it’s all been small businesses.” The fate of the shopping center was on the minds of many who attended the January 9 Elk Grove City Council meeting. When Liz Brown told council members she felt betrayed by them, she received loud applause. “In the end, if Dreaming Dog Brewery goes down—goes out of business—I will look back at my time in Elk Grove with sadness instead of joy,” Liz said from

the podium. “But I will be able to sleep at night, and look myself in the mirror, knowing that I never lied to people and never betrayed their trust. … And I’m not sure you can do the same.”

Public records show Ly received $3,000 in campaign contributions from Northstate University’s CEO Alvin Cheung in his 2018 re-election campaign. Councilwoman Stephanie Nguyen accepted $13,000 in campaign funds last year from Region Builders, ‘this is going to be the political arm of the area’s largest construction association. Region a fight’ Builders’ CEO Joshua Wood was Liz Brown wasn’t alone in confronting conspicuously front and center during the City Council at the first meeting since the hospital’s announcement December the hospital’s announcement. A 20 and also attended the January line of residents from the 9 City Council meeting. Stonelake neighborOver the last two hood said they felt years, council members blindsided by news Darren Suen, Steve of the project and Detrick and Pat expressed fears Hume have each about the impacts. accepted accepted Several noted thousands of that while the dollars in campaign mayor openly contributions from campaigned on area construction Dave Brown bringing a hospital companies and buildowner of Dreaming Dog Brewery and emergency room ing trade associations. to Elk Grove, he didn’t At the heated meetmake clear that it would ing, Cheung attempted to be in Stonelake. address the concerns. “We are However, speaking to SN&R taking concrete steps to reach out to, during the campaign, Ly did say that and work with, the business community, he believed Elk Grove’s best chance of neighborhood leaders and local organizalanding a hospital was by working closely tions,” Northstate’s CEO told the crowd. with Northstate. That was of cold comfort “We have a process to work with each to those taking the podium. and every business tenant immediately “If the mayor of this city really had impacted by this project.” our best interests at heart, he would be After Cheung left, Wagstaffe reemsteering these types of businesses to the phasized those points, saying Northstate eyesore area of the abandoned skeleton University wanted to work with the buildings at 99 and Grant Line,” said small businesses to “try to give them a Barbara Patterson. “This monstrosity Stonelake happy landing.” of a building would be less offensive He added that the university would there. There are other vacant lots availemphasize transparency moving forward, able with better access that should be though Wagstaffe later declined to speak considered.” with SN&R about the hospital. Randy Becker, who emphasized he One resident who worries lives in east Elk Grove, was nonetheless Northstate’s process won’t be transparincensed about revelations of a hospital in ent is Edgar Sanchez, who’s lived in west Elk Grove. Stonelake for 17 years. Sanchez is still “Quite frankly I’m a little pissed hoping a new location for the hospital off,” Becker told the council. “I get that might emerge. we need a hospital on the I-5 corridor. “We’re right behind the Stonelake There isn’t one from north Stockton to Wetlands Preserve, which is a federally Sacramento. I understand the importance protected land that can’t be built on,” of it, I really do. But it does not need to Sanchez said. “There’s a lot of protected be built where the proposed site is. …. habitat and birds that make their homes This is going to be a fight. And you better there. Now, we’re going to have helicopfigure out if you’re going to be part of it, ters coming through?” and what side of history you want to be He added, “And it just doesn’t make on.” sense to destroy the small business Several speakers also raised the owners.” Ω influence of campaign financing on the hospital project.

“It really took the wind out of our sails when this came up.”

Sacramentans rallied outside a federal courthouse on January 24 to protest the deportations of refugees who arrived in the wake of the Vietnam War. The demonstration was organized by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the Asian Prisoner Support Committee and Viet-Unity South Bay to raise awareness of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security decision to target cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants. Since 2016, DHS has exploited a 17-year-old renegotiated treaty with Cambodia in a way that’s allowed it to deport hundreds of refugees from the khmer rouge genocide, many of whom were arrested in their youth or had minor run-ins with the law. According to a recent lawsuit filed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice, DHS began attempting to renegotiate a similar treaty with Vietnam, while at the same time issuing orders of removal for dozens of Vietnamese immigrants being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If amended, the treaty will allow ICE to deport refugees who came to the United States after 1995. (“The Fall of Sympathy,” News, December 20, 2018). One local group that took part was Hmong Innovating Politics. Cha Vang, a HIP organizer, said that the Hmong community understands the challenges all refugees fleeing the fallout from the Vietnam war have faced over the years. This includes neighborhoods suffering from decades of poverty and disinvestment, which makes young people more susceptible to getting pulled into the criminal justice system—and later vulnerable to deportation. “We understand that our stories are very similar and that the fates of our communities are intertwined,” Vang said. “This isn’t just about what’s happening to Cambodians and Vietnamese, it’s an attack on Southeast Asians as a whole.” (Scott Thomas Anderson)

more up layoffs looming? Union Pacific won’t say how recent layoffs across the western United States have affected its roseville railyard, though it has acknowledged that more workforce reductions could be coming. UP spokeswoman Hannah Bolte said that the 475 cuts announced in October were carried out by the end of 2018. The rail company has roughly 42,000 workers. Bolte declined to specify how many employees were laid off at each UP site. City of Roseville spokesman Brian Jacobson said that the layoffs were system-wide and not isolated to Roseville. He added that the city hadn’t received a WARN Act letter, which is required under California law for cuts of at least 50 employees at a site within a 30-day period. That said, Bolte has publicly acknowledged that the October layoffs “would be the first of additional workforce reductions through 2019” as part of a plan to make the company more competitive. The recent cuts come despite UP announcing last week that it had posted operating revenue of $5.8 billion for the fourth quarter of 2018, a 6 percent increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Fewer employees at Roseville’s UP yard could exacerbate safety issues. The California Office of Emergency Services website shows that the Roseville yard had 19 incidents since the beginning of october, including an employee being treated for an injury. The Roseville yard also had a major fuel spill into a local creek in late 2016, as well as a faulty train engine spewing soot across an entire neighborhood in a separate accident. (Graham Womack)

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how lost they seem and how little luggage they have. When asylees arrive after the sisters have left, bilingual station janitor Alma Magallanes calls them so they can return to help. Sanchez and Amaro don’t consider themselves frequent activists, though they’ve attended women’s marches and Sanchez mentioned going to a Black Lives Matter rally. Amaro learned about Abuelas Responden this summer from a Facebook post about the group organizing a caravan to the border to protest family separation. She and Sanchez joined the caravan in San Antonio and followed it to McAllen. “It called to me. I had never done that before,” Amaro says. A woman in a winter jacket and sandals, with what looks like the bulge of an ankle monitor under the hem of her Sisters-in-law Yolanda Sanchez (left) and Bonita jeans, walks in with a young child. She’s Amaro look at bus arrival times on a monitor at carrying a blanket, a duffle, a backpack, a the Greyhound station on Richards Boulevard. woven purse and a plastic bag containing apples, bananas and chips. The child Photo by tess townsend clutches a Spider-Man figurine to his chest. Based on the items, they probably received help from a charity at the border, Sanchez says later. Sanchez makes a beeline to the woman and guides her to a seat in the waiting Two grandmothers greet Central American asylum  area. They sit across from each other and seekers as they pass through Sacramento talk in Spanish. The woman has the same first name as Sanchez—Yolanda. She’s 34 and left Guatemala a month ago with her by Tess Townsend 5-year-old son. They spent three days in detention. Yolanda tells Sanchez she has papers from immigration authorities, but Bonita Amaro has just started the 6:30 founding member Catherine Cole of In the back seat of Amaro’s SUV is a that she isn’t literate and needs a lawyer. a.m. drive from her home to the Beacon, New York. My Little Pony-print bag containing hats, Amaro asks the young boy to choose Greyhound bus station on Richards The January 15 bus station visit is one gloves and children’s books. Sanchez is the a paperback children’s book to keep. She Boulevard. The sun hasn’t risen and it’s example of how activists in the Sacramento cook. Some mornings she brings burritos. takes out a black pair of hat and gloves drizzling out. Her sister-in-law Yolanda area are aiding people who have trekked At Christmastime she brought homemade and a red pair and asks him which he Sanchez is meeting her at the station. from violence-plagued countries such tamales. prefers. He chooses red. She asks Yolanda Every day since September, at least as Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras. “This is the last leg of their journey, and the child if they want anything to eat one of them has gone to the station. Many volunteers got involved in response actually, by the time we see them,” Amaro from the concession stand at the station, On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they go to U.S. Customs and Border Protection says. her treat. The child asks for a coffee, together. dividing children from parents at the border then follows Amaro. He comes “We go hoping that there’s somebody in summer 2018 as part of a ramp-up of back with chocolate milk. “We go there,” Amaro says. criminal prosecution of adults crossing the Mother And Barely 15 minutes from The pair, both grandmothers in their border illegally. Other area residents are the time Yolanda and hoping that son in trAnsit 60s, belong to Abuelas Responden— sponsoring asylum seekers and making her son arrived, a voice there’s somebody The bus, scheduled to Grannies Respond—a nationwide trips to the border to volunteer. announces their bus to arrive at 6:55 a.m. from there.” network of volunteers who meet asylum Sacramento is often a transfer point Oregon is boarding. Los Angeles, is running seekers from Central America when they for those heading further north to family They gather their things. Bonita Amaro late. When passengers arrive at bus stations after leaving federal or sponsors, who will support them while Sanchez accompanies them Abuelas Responden step off, Amaro and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement they go through the immigration court to the bus door. Yolanda Sanchez watch through custody. The group formed following the process. Sometimes they have snacks will be sitting on the bus for as the doors of the station. The mass separation of families crossing the and warm clothes given to them by long as an hour before it leaves, people they look for usually get border from Mexico, and is named for charities at the border. Other times, Amaro but the sisters say that she must be off last. Amaro, wearing rimless glasses “the idea of what would grandmothers and Sanchez are the first to offer them relieved to have made her connection. Ω and a long-sleeve shirt under her Abuelas say about this in any country,” said anything. Responden T-shirt, says you can tell by

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Sac Ballet artistic director Amy Seiwert (left) leads a company class at the CLARA, the dancers’ new Midtown studio space, on January 17.

shaking up The Nutcracker and Hamlet, can a new artistic director reinvigorate the sacramento ballet? by tessa Marguerite outland Photos by Karlos rene ayala



chaikovsky’s overture floats out of the orchestra pit, and children dash across a dimly lit stage. The scene is set, and the audience waits for Clara, a young girl with bouncing curls, to appear and receive her Christmas gift. But this time, it’s Marie who twirls in to accept the nutcracker. Unlike Clara, she’s growing out of dolls and into womanhood, though the gentle girl still dreams of lands with sugar plum fairies, Arabian dancers and a toy prince. In December, The Sacramento Ballet debuted a different version of The Nutcracker, this time under the leadership of a new artistic director, Amy Seiwert. Seiwert admitted that creating her own version was terrifying; looming over the production was the shadow of a beloved 30-year-old legacy, cast by her predecessors and former teachers Ron Cunningham and Carinne Binda.


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The Cunninghams’ Nutcracker sported classic choreography and casting, at one point boasting an ensemble of 500 children. Seiwert’s production only had 100 kids per show, closer to other professional ballet companies such as the New York City Ballet, which uses about 50 a night. She knew some wouldn’t see hers simply because it was different, but she was eager to add her voice to a familiar chorus. It seems she succeeded. The production exceeded its projected ticket sales and was the most financially successful Nutcracker in recent years, a good sign for the 65-year-old ballet company, which struggled financially during the Great Recession but saw increased attendance in the last three years. After putting her stamp on The Nutcracker, Seiwert is also changing another classic, Hamlet. The dancers are rehearsing for a modern rendition opening February 15. Will Seiwert’s vision for the 2018-19 season be enough to keep Sac Ballet on its toes? After a public feud over the termination of the ballet’s two longtime co-artistic directors, Seiwert commands a longstanding arts institution in flux as it seeks to repair its finances and broaden appeal. “A lot of people are very

curious—which is great,” she said. “And a lot of people, I hope, are going to support the art form and support this organization through the transition.”

Curtain Call

For three decades, the husband-and-wifeteam of Cunningham and Binda guided The Sacramento Ballet. The company won national recognition, presented global premieres such as Cunningham’s Carmina Burana and produced a high volume of commissioning works—ballets created here and exported to other companies around the world. Binda, a renowned ballet mistress, founded the ballet’s school in 2007, which teaches more than 300 students, some of whom have been hired into the company or gone onto dance with other organizations such as the Houston Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Many former dancers of the Sacramento Ballet have become professional choreographers including Nicole Haskins and Rex Wheeler, both based in San Francisco, and Colby Damon, based in Philadelphia. But in January 2017, the ballet’s board of directors shocked Sacramento’s arts community by announcing the couple

i lov e th is a rt fo rm d e e p w ith i n m y sou l , a n d as wo n d e rfu l as it is, th e re a re so m e fau lts, too . . . th e o ld e r i got th e m o re i wa nte d to a d d ress th e m .” Amy Seiwert, artistic director, The Sacramento Ballet

would end their tenure after the 2017-18 season, exiting the stage for a new artistic director. The succession plan was part of a new vision, dubbed “Sac Ballet 2.0” by former board president Nancy Garton and designed to increase the company’s budget and ticket sales and also to define a fresh creative direction for the next 30 years. The new artistic director would

shadow the Cunninghams in their final season, and they would thereafter be named artistic directors emeritus. The plan mostly happened, but not without a fight. The Cunninghams publicly complained they didn’t want to leave. Some dancers protested, donors threatened to pull money and more than 700 ballet supporters signed a petition calling for the couple to remain at the helm for another five years. In an interview with SN&R, Cunningham said while he was not ready to leave, he believed that Seiwert had put in the necessary work to take over. “She was quite talented and she’s really done her homework over a number of years,” said Cunningham, who is being commissioned to choreograph for other ballet companies throughout the country. Still, the controversy also exposed a financial house in disrepair. Dancers complained they were overworked and paid near poverty-level wages. An unforeseen $80,000 shortfall had caused the 2014-15 performance season to be cut short to avoid bankrupting the company. Also in 2015, the state attorney general threatened to revoke the ballet’s charitable status after the board failed to pay registration fees and properly file annual reports. Andrew Roth—who led the hiring committee that selected Seiwert in 2017 and became board president in August 2018—said while the company hit difficult times, it’s in a better place now. Two-thirds of the board are new members who joined within the past two years. Roth said a few donors who pledged around $200 a year each pulled funding,

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Seiwert became The Sacramento Ballet’s artistic director last year after a contentious transition from her longtime predecessors, Ron Cunningham and Carrine Binda.

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“ th e tu rN i N g po i Nt ”

N ow w e’re try i N g to h e a l th e co m pa N y a N d try i N g to h e a l w h ate v er h as h a ppeN ed i N th e past a N d focus o N th e futu re a N d success. Andrew Roth board president, The Sacramento Ballet

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and that Sac Ballet has since added donors. Roth said the ballet had another $20,000 shortfall for the 2017-18 season, but this year, it is expected to end $21,000 in the black. The overall budget was increased from $3.15 million last season to $3.76 million for 2018-19. “We’re trying to heal the company, and trying to heal whatever has happened in the past and focus on the future and success,” Roth said.

The journey

Seiwert returned to Sacramento to try to turn around Sac Ballet. After dancing professionally in New York and New Jersey after high school, she moved here in 1991. She danced for eight years under Cunningham and Binda, then continued at the Smuin Ballet in San Francisco until the age of 38, when she retired as a dancer and became the company’s choreographer-in-residence. In 1999, she opened a contemporary ballet company, Imagery, in San Francisco, and was named one of “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine in 2005. Now, Seiwert says she wants to improve the ballet world by helping younger dancers, correcting what she calls the “right-wrong ballet paradigm.” As a student, she noticed ballerinas were expected to do things in a particular way and have a certain “look,” with their hair in a tight bun. “I would love to blow that paradigm out of the water,” Seiwert said. “You don’t just need to mimic what you think you’re supposed to be, who you think you’re supposed to be.” It may be because of that paradigm that some say that ballet worldwide is dying—or dead. In a 2011 article in Dance Informa Magazine, one author argued that classic works such as George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 were “trivial” and could no longer move audiences. Others said that ballet was too limited in the modern art world and urged companies

to engage new audiences with newer works, despite tight budgets and a typically affluent ballet audience ever loyal to full-length classics. Others, however, dismiss the argument. “To say ballet is dying is the same as saying ‘classical music is passe’ or ‘surrealism is dead.’ It’s an art form with a wonderful heritage and a rich history,” Robert Kelly, a choreographer, dancer, ballet master and director, said in the article. Seiwert said the biggest issue confronting modern ballet is equity—a lack of diversity, good pay and women in leadership positions. The Cincinnati Enquirer recently released a study of the country’s largest ballet companies, with annual budgets of more than $5 million. It showed that of the 290 staged ballets in the 2012-13, only 25 were choreographed by women. According to The Sacramento Ballet, there are only seven female artistic directors at professional companies in the United States, and only two of those companies put on The Nutcracker. “I love this art form deep within my soul,” Seiwert said. “And as wonderful as it is, there are some faults, too ... The older I got, the more I wanted to address them.” At Sac Ballet, she’ll have her chance. Seiwert said she wants the company to have its own identity, not just present “hot ballets.” She wants to push ballet forward, but without giving up its history. “There’s something about these dancers and the culture that has been cultivated by the predecessors and how they work with people,” she said. “They’re willing to dive in deep with the choreographer not necessarily knowing if this is going to be a successful idea or not. That’s something that’s here that’s pretty special, and I want to continue to cultivate that.”

The TransiTion

In the ballet world, leadership changes are often difficult. When The Washington Ballet’s board replaced its longtime artistic director with former

American Theatre Ballet’s Julie Kent in 2016, it didn’t go well. Many dancers left, and audience attendance decreased. At the close of last year’s season, The Washington Ballet, notably larger than Sac Ballet, struggled with $3 million in debt. Ballet companies, as nonprofit organizations, hold dual economic and artistic obligations, so it’s acceptable for them to lose money, argues Angela Ma, a dancer and Harvard student in a study published in the Harvard Economics Review in 2014. “The monetary loss incurred by companies that advance their artistic mission but expend more resources than are recouped is accounted for by the social benefit of bringing the mission to fruition,” she wrote. Seiwert recalled the transition after the death of her former employer, Michael Smuin of Smuin Ballet. A cluster of dancers stayed through the leadership change, but about half left the company after one year. In April 2017, Sac Ballet dancers, stage managers and apprentices voted 23-1 to unionize under the American Guild of Musical Artists, in part to raise what they call extremely low wages.

Roth said the dancers are compensated consistent with the industry. Nationally, the top 10 percent of professional dancers earn about $13.74 per hour with a median income of about $30,000 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Last year, the Boston Ballet paid its first-year corps de ballet members $1,262 a week for a 40-week season, while members of the St. Louis Ballet earned just $325 per week for a 28-to-30week season. In 2017, half of Sac Ballet’s 23 dancers made near-poverty level wages, or around $16,000 a year. Roth said that the board is committed to pay increases. “We’re making sure we do the best we can as one of the crown jewels of the Sacramento dance scene and paying dancers as much as we’re able to,” he said. Julia Feldman, in her ninth season with company, said that since unionizing, there have been day-to-day changes, such as mandatory five-minute breaks and lunch breaks after six hours, and are now scheduled raises for dancers. “It’s nice to have a forum and a little representation,” said Feldman, who performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The

Nutcracker in December, and will be playing Ophelia in Hamlet. Jonathan Harris, who has danced with Sac Ballet since 2015, said revenue is the main issue, with 45 percent of the company’s revenue coming from ticket sales, 55 percent from donor support. He said that amid the leadership transition, Seiwert’s support and wealth of knowledge were refreshing. “She has handled the complications of the transition with incredible grace,” he said. Seiwert rehired all of last year’s dancers and commends their work ethic and support of one another. “It was always my intention to work with the company here,” she said, though she is prepared to lose some of them in the coming years. “The transition is ongoing,” Seiwert said. “But a lot of it is really exciting. I have been so on fire with how our rehearsal day has gone, or when you look at what we can all create together. Our work is making art, and that’s the best single part of the job.”

The fuTure

In the upstairs studio of CLARA on January 25, the ballet’s rehearsal space in Midtown,

choreographer Stephen Mills watches intently as the dancers glide gracefully across the floor through the final scene of Hamlet, while also portraying grief, jealousy, confusion and visible anguish. After four weeks of rehearsals, the dancers are prepared to woo audiences with this 400-year old Shakespearean tragedy. Set in Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to exact upon his uncle Claudius by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, murdered by Claudius to seize the throne. Mills, of Ballet Austin, created this ballet 20 years ago, telling a classical story in a contemporary landscape with modern costumes and music by Phillip Glass. Sacramento Ballet’s California premiere is “pure emotion given form through movement, light, and music,” he said. The remainder of the 2018-19 season, given the theme “Roots and Wings,” will also be new to Sacramento. When Seiwert became artistic director in August, she created a work that interspersed a Neil Gaimon poem with a Benjamin Britton cello sonata. During the performance of “Instructions,” a dancer read the poetry— while dancing—as a cellist played onstage. Seiwert said she received one of her biggest compliments when a father repeated what his 15-year-old son told him after the show: “Dad, when can we go to the ballet again?” Harris, a dancer, said this season represents Seiwert’s vision for the ballet by “honoring the past and using that as the foundation by which we explore the next era in ballet.” “I have observed that the dancers have really embraced this idea,” he said. “We are giving her vision a chance, and I think we are already reaping its rewards.” Seiwert said she intends to honor The Sacramento Ballet’s history—and look forward. Although this season will see new and modern ballets, she still loves the classics, including Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. “I’m not leaving any of that,” Seiwert said. “But I want to be able to surprise people; I want people to feel things they didn’t know they could feel.” “People think ballet and they say, ‘Oh, I saw the ballet once and I didn’t like it,’” Seiwert said. “And I’m like, ‘You saw one!’ I always say that’s like hearing a song on the radio and saying ‘I didn’t like it. I don’t like music.’” Ω

hamleT opens friday, february 15. TickeTs are $30-$75. performances run Through february 17. for show Times and TickeTs, visiT sacballeT.org.

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acramento’s creative landscape has a new DIY ideology woven into its fabric—and it’s creative women making the first stitch. The movement represents a shift toward more locally made, artisan goods, and it means that as the region’s creative economy expands, so do the needs of its makers. When you see such creatives—fiber artists, ceramicists and others—selling at hip craft fairs such as Makers Mart and River City Marketplace, it may seem like they’re part of a well-oiled machine. But how did they actually make it in what’s often a solitary and challenging industry? The answer draws on equal parts business know-how, a collaborative spirit and feminine energy. Of course, Sacramento’s makers scene includes all genders, but its women are arguably in the midst of a quietly crafty revolution, one thriving thanks to collaboration, mentoring and camaraderie.

community over competition The co-founders of Broad Room, a “creative womxn’s collective and self-care centered nonprofit,” are cut from the same cloth. Claire Curley and Shevaun Zakhir, 20-something entrepreneurs who already had their own businesses (selling vintage and ceramics, respectively), both saw the need for a womendriven creative space. Broad Room, located at 23rd and S streets in Sacramento, opened in summer 2018. Now, what was once a lonesome endeavor is shared, and affordable. Broad Room’s Instagramworthy vignettes and DIY-vibe workspace add to the charm. The interior boasts a bright, industrial studio aesthetic and includes a retail section, community coworking tables and a

to learn more visit: broad Room broadroomsac.org together Midtown facebook.com/ togethermidtown sac-Made sacmade.org

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by vanessa Labi photos by nicole fowler gallery. Membership packages are available at two tiers of investment, with corresponding levels of access and perks. Several blocks over at 24th and J streets, there’s another new retail and creative coworking space. Together Midtown, which also includes a salon, is meant to serve and support artistic women, recognizing that tight budgets are a hurdle for many. Co-founded by Purpose Boutique owner Rachel Minyard with the owners of Pomegranate Boutique, sisters Stella and Araxia Manukyan, it’s designed for makers and creative-minded shoppers. “There were a lot of coworking spaces, but there weren’t spaces for people to actually share and have their own brick and mortar,” Stella Manukyan explains. For Araxia Manukyan, the numbers add up. “If you could start your own business and not have a $5,000 overhead, would you do it?” she asks. Together features a stylish lounge area and rear workshop. There’s also a marketplace, which includes both the Purpose and Pomegranate boutiques. Purpose focuses on ethically made apparel, while Pomegranate serves the modern mother with stylish, comfortable clothing, as well as matching children’s ensembles. There’s also Minyard’s salon, which with its perfect selfie mirrors and organic touches is meant to attract customers, as well as bring business to the shops inside. The variety of experiences and products contributes to its one-stop appeal. But why Sacramento? Austin, Portland and Los Angeles are all maker meccas, so what makes the local competitive? For Sarah Barkawi, co-founder of Sac-Made, a new maker collective, the community here is thirsty for connection.

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Angelina (right) and Maggie Sorokin (left), owners of Sunroom Goods, mingle with customers during The Broad Room’s monthly handmade market.

She points to the Broad Room’s popularity of local Curley and Zakhir speakers series such agree that what sets as Creative Mornings Sacramento apart is that and Creativity Plus as it’s a reflection of the proof. Both series aim ethos that’s become a to inspire and connect staple of independent through monthly creatives: community events that showcase over competition. creative thinking “It’s friendships “People [in and relationships first, Sacramento] are ready selling second,” Zakhir for it.” Barkawi says. says. Sac-Made, whose In practice, this co-founders include spirit means guiding Trisha Rhomberg and women with specific Eric Ullrich, launched questions. Although in December and is many of Broad Room’s designed as much for members are already the consumer as for the experienced business maker. Rhomberg says people, the co-founders she recognized a need claire curley also want to share for a directory for folks insights with newer co-founder, broad Room looking to hire makers entrepreneurs, such for both commercial as tips on how to sell and custom projects. directly on Instagram. (Some of Sacramento’s more stylish restaurants, Some might argue the communal spirit is including Canon and Beast & Bounty, are more readily embraced by women; certainly, known to utilize makers’ wares in their designs). stereotypes still abound in regards to women Rhomberg’s many creative endeavors have put and crafty things. Stella Manukyan believes her in tune with the city’s needs. She’s the force most women share a different mindset than their behind Makers Mart and R Street Block Party as male counterparts well as the owner of Old Gold vintage boutique. “I don’t know if it’s because we’re women, “We needed [a collective] that was or if socially we’ve been constructed [that way], easily accessible and open to the public, that but there are definitely different energies,” she didn’t have such an exclusive vibe to it,” says. Rhomberg says. The Together team says this helps them Those behind Sac-Made also aim to create a support network, whether it’s prepare makers with mentorships on scaling aiding women’s businesses to gain traction a business, a key to longevity and success, or encouraging them to bring in their small Barkawi says. children. In short, it’s about championing

"it’s not really that it’s female-centric, so ‘men aren’t allowed.’ it’s trying to create some sort of baLance between the way it’s always been and the way it should be moving forward.”

Claire Curley (right) and Shevaun Zakhir (left) pose outside their business, Broad Room, in Midtown.

someone’s creative needs in a welcoming and practical way. Over at Broad Room, Curley says their collective corrects an imbalance in which women don’t receive the same time or attention as male artists. “The big names in art in Sacramento are pretty much all dudes. So for me it’s not really that it’s female-centric, so ‘men aren’t allowed’,” she says. “It’s trying to create some sort of balance between the way it’s always been and the way it should be moving forward.” In addition to elevating profiles, these communities also focus on wellness. With its weekly “Self-Care Sundays” series, Broad Room offers a rare resource for its community: meet-ups that allow women to unpack whatever’s on their mind. Or they can simply show up to listen and “just be there to hold space for other people,” Curley says. “It’s the best of both worlds, caring for yourself and others, while doing what you love,” Zakhir says.

Likewise, Rhomberg stresses the need for support. “Being part of the community helps people continue to push forward and keep growing,” she says. “Especially through the beginnings where ... it may be hard to balance work, social and family time.” Whether the craft industry is expanding, or whether these women are catching up to a demand remains to be seen. What’s certain is there are many lined up to join. Both Together and Broad Room’s calendars are full with trunk shows, pop-up sales and other events. Meanwhile, Sac-Made is off to a strong start, working toward a goal of 100 makers this spring. What unites them is the drive to make art happen, and not just a side hustle—collaborative and social, yet project-oriented. “They come in ready to work on a specific thing,” Zakhir says. “But it’s not a heads-down space.” Ω

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From TV to stage Revered on the Mary Tyler Moore show as the grumpy editor to Moore’s perky reporter, as well as his own stint starring in its spin-off series Lou Grant, Ed Asner has built a career playing tough, admirable characters. On February 1 he brings Ed Asner: A Man and His Prostrate to the Sofia. Based on a real experience, the stage performance explores life and death with comedy and drama. 7 p.m., Friday, February 1. $50. B Street at the Sofia, 2700 Capitol Avenue; bstreettheatre.org.

Find your kink Kinky Boots, the Broadway smash musical, comes to Folsom’s Harris Center with its high-heeled take on love, friendship and strong wills. With music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, it chronicles the story of young Charlie Price, who worries about pleasing his pop. The story traverses many worlds, including a British shoe factory and an Italian catwalk. Based on the 2005 film by the same name, it features direction and choreography from Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), as well as a book by the incomparable Harvey Fierstein. In 2013 it nabbed several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Choreography. 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 15; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, February 17. $55-$99, Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; harriscenter.net.

Funny, magical unicorn Sure, comedian Tiffany Haddish famously bombed her New Year’s Eve stand-up gig in Miami, but there’s no arguing that the Girl’s Trip actress is talented. Whether she’s headlining movies, starring in under-appreciated TV series (The Last OG with Tracy Morgan) or penning her memoir (The Last Black Unicorn), Haddish is raw, honest, delightfully unpretentious and, thankfully, unpredictable. 7 p.m., Thursday, February 28, $50-$150. Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1530 L Street; sacramento-theater.com.

Get lifted In need of a spiritual boost? On March 1, the Mondavi Center presets We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. featuring Damien Sneed. The program, inspired by the late civil rights leader, features a diversity of sounds led by musical director Damien Sneed. A quintet of singers, backed by a musical quartet, plays music by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone and Donny Hathaway, as well as traditional spirituals. 8 p.m., Friday, March 1. $12.50-$85. Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Avenue in Davis; mondaviarts.org. Ω

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brother also helped me connect with techno and European dance music much more. My record is not techno in any way, shape or form, but it pushed me in a direction I’m very happy with.” The first single, “No Good,” is driven by a four-on-the-floor beat and a wobbly synth bassline coupled with van Hofwegen’s soulful, R&B-style vocals. Young & Sick lives in the same sonic world as Foster the People: There’s a clear emphasis on groove, lots of falsetto singing, Nick van Hofwegen, aka Young & Sick, produced album and the fun, goofy swagger of cover art for robin Thicke, Maroon 5 and others. white boy funk. “I’ve known Mark’s music since I was 19, and we would always pass demos back and forth,” he said. “We’ve always been on a similar path. It wasn’t Nick van Hofwegen used to be locked into the 9-to-5 grind of retail jobs. He bounced around several necessarily rubbing off on one another, but more so having similar taste and having known each other for different department stores, his longest stint at a so long.” Louis Vuitton outlet in London; it was uninspiring Rather than setting a hard release date, Young & work, but he still managed to pursue his dual interests Sick is releasing Sive of Release as a series of singles, of music and visual art on the side. with a new song dropping every three weeks. Van Thanks to “a mix of hard work and a stroke Hofwegen says that decision is based on the overof luck,” he’s now able to work in both mediums saturation of media and the modern music listener’s full-time. His break came in 2010, when he told his increasingly short attention span. longtime friend Mark Foster that he’d create the “I’m still in love with the idea of the record and artwork for Foster’s band’s debut album—and he’d the full LP, but it’s wonderful to put out music in a do it for free. The album, 2010’s Torches, featured more rapid-fire way,” he said. “There’s so the single “Pumped Up Kicks,” the chartmuch media being thrown in your face topping hit that turned Foster the People everywhere you look. … It’s hard for “If into indie-rock stars. anyone, including myself, to keep The spotlight helped van I ever get up. I think you’re doing everyone Hofwegen come into his own as stuck with a piece a favor by not dropping a double a multi-faceted artist. Under the album one day and saying, ‘Here’s of music, I make a name Young & Sick, he’s since a song, here’s a song, here’s a created album artwork for Maroon piece of art.” song.’” 5 (Overexposed), Robin Thicke It’s an innovative approach from Nick van Hofwegen, (Blurred Lines) and others. an innovative artist. As he straddles Young & Sick As a musician, he’s an up-andthe worlds of music and visual art, van comer on the verge of dropping his Hofwegen has navigated the parallel paths debut EP. Young & Sick is gaining exposure of his career by following his creative intuition by supporting electronic duo The Knocks on its tour from one moment to the next. There’s no reason to of North America, including a stop at Ace of Spades stay in the doldrums of writer’s block, for example, on Thursday, January 31. when you can change focus entirely. Speaking to SN&R from the road, van Hofwegen “If I ever get stuck with a piece of music,” he says the prospect of playing with The Knocks influsaid, “I make a piece of art.” Ω enced the direction of the EP, Sive and Release. “I was working on the music before I heard the news that I would be going on tour with them,” he said. “When that came into play, I subconsciously check out young & sick, opening for the knocks at ace of spades on started making things more beat-heavy and simple thursday, January 31. show starts at 6:30pm. tickets are $20. Blue Detiger and danceable, more uptempo than some of the stuff also performs. for show info, visit aceofspadessac.com. I’ve done previously. My trips to Berlin to visit my

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Playwright Rick  Foster goes back  to the real beginning of the  civil rights movement with  the story of the unusual  friendship between two  icons of the anti-slavery  movement. Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Levi  Lowe) and white abolitionist  John Brown (Thomas F.  Maguire) each proposed  different ways of achieving  it—Brown wanted to provoke with violence, Douglass  with nonviolent means.  Eventually, each got his  way. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat

8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 2/3; $10-$20; Celebration Arts,  2727 B St.; (916) 455-2787,  celebrationarts.net. J.C.

Juno and the  Paycock focuses on the  Boyle family struggling  in the squalor of a Dublin  tenement. It takes a while  for this production to find  the right rhythm, but once  it does, the audience is  effectively pulled into the  family drama. Fri 8pm, Sat

8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 2/17; $15-$20; California Stage,


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A 17-year-old American girl, accused of involvement in a tragic fall of a mentally challenged schoolmate from a window during a wild house party, flees to an ex-pat uncle living in Costa Rica to contemplate her future. As much as archetypal American teenage girls contemplate, anyway. Stephanie Altholz plays Becky, the stressedout motor mouth who speaks with the pottymouth profanity often associated with teenagers today. Tim Kniffin plays Sterling, the uncle who is reluctant—for the longest time—to say much about anything, especially the circumstances that led to his life of isolation in the jungle. Becky admits that thoughts and words enter her head and exit her mouth with no thought to their appropriateness or vulgarity. Sterling suggests a little filtering might be in order. Playwright Greg Pierce’s drama is carefully, deliberately paced, and director Jennifer King pushes the tempo just firmly enough to maintain what suspense or surprise exists as each character’s layers of guilt and fear are revealed. One brief, shocking scene between uncle and niece seems not just unnecessary but gratuitous, and it goes nowhere. Otherwise, the hopeful inter-generational détente of their connection seems genuine and believable. Ω 24   |   SN&R   |   01.31.19

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3 Parental guidance needed Parenthood can be stressful—and for a single mom facing health issues, subjects such as guardianship of a child can loom large, especially if things go awry. Local actor and new playwright Jayna Anderson captures her own experiences as a sole parent with similar concerns in her debut play The Guardians, now at Resurrection Theatre. The story is simple, yet complex. Mom— Camilee (Margaret Morneau)—must come face-to-face with the possibility that her health is declining and her teenage daughter’s future hangs in the balance. So she begins figuring out her daughter’s potential options, zeroing in on her drama queen GBF Gavin, a surprising choice, considering Gavin does not get along with the teenager, let alone his own husband. The two standout performers in a cast of six are Morneau as Camilee and Cattaryna Goodin as the teen-with-a-’tude, Bronwyn. Though filled with tender moments, thoughtful reflections and some lovely prose, The Guardians isn’t quite ready for prime time. It needs a little massaging and tweaking, such as downplaying the lurking ghost element that can be distracting, especially in the first act. However, the play explores a topic sure to stir the hearts and concerns of parents, especially those traveling solo along that road. —Patti RobeRts the guardians: fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm; through 2/16; $18$20; resurrection theatre at Wilkerson theatre, 1723 25th street; (916) 491-0940; resurrectiontheatre.com.

A millionaire and his  wife invited a group of five  strangers to a “haunted  house” party with the  promise of $10,000—for a  comedy, there seemed to  be too many straight-man  characters, which allowed  Tara Sissom and Jason  Kuykendall to completely  steal the show with their  hilarious character choices.

Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm & 9pm, Sun 2pm, Tue 6:30pm, Wed 2pm & 6:30pm; Through 2/17; $33-$47;

B Street Theatre, 2700  Capitol Ave.; (916) 443-5300,  bstreettheatre.org. TMO


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“Did i say that out loud? Geez, i’m sorry!” stephanie altholz and Tim Kniffin co-star in slowgirl at Capital stage.


Closer to the Hugo  novel than the recent  lighthearted Disney movie,  this may not be for small  children, but the excellent  cast make this production  wonderful. Gannon Styles as  Quasimodo,is particularly  good, and his final scene will  tear your heart out. Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; $16-$18;  Jean Henderson Performing  Arts Center, 608 Pena St.  in Davis; (530) 756-3682;  dmtc.org. B.S.

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Murder for Two  Featuring a small  cast of two, minimal  story lines, sets and  costumes, this madcap  musical mystery works  when you accept the fact  that the show is campy,  the story quirky, the musical numbers corny, and  the ending comes before  the whole thing becomes  tiresome. Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm & 2pm, Sun 2pm & 7pm; Through 2/10; $20-$38;

Sacramento Theatre  Company, Pollock Stage,  1419 H St.; (916) 443-6722;  sactheatre.org. P.R.



This Pulitzer Prizewinning drama  about a brilliant professor  of English who struggles  to understand the life and  death process of ovarian cancer with the same  intelligence and wit she  has applied to studying the  poetry of John Dunne is an  outstanding piece of theater. Beth Edwards stars  and Karen Bombardier directs. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm; Through 2/9; $12-$22;  Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del  Paso Blvd.; (916) 960-3036,  bigideatheatre.org. J.C.

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

Photo courtesy of Becky Bauer With the franklin theatre

ed asner brings a one-man show to sacramento, and it in turn brings awareness to prostate cancer.

Prostrate prostate As a man gets older, he and his prostate may not always  get along. He also may decide to star in a play about the  storied gland. Such is the case with Ed Asner’s performance in A Man and his Prostate, coming to B Street  Theatre for one night—although the true experience isn’t  Asner’s, but writer-producer Ed Weinberger’s. The serious  story gets a comedic take from Asner’s prolific wit, and the  production also serves to draw awareness to men’s health  issues. Fri 2/1, 7pm. Through 2/1; $55; B Street Theatre,  2700 Capitol Avenue; (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org.

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Order the braised pork shank at Cacio plated with sauteed greens, creamy polenta and a generous ladle-full of savory braising liquid.

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7600 Greenhaven Drive, Suite 23; (916) 399-9309 Good for: An Italian date night Notable dishes: Cacio e pepe, braised pork shank



Italian, Pocket-Greenhaven

Located in the Riverlake Village Shopping Center at the corner of Greenhaven Drive and Pocket Road, Cacio hides in plain sight among a gym, a beauty salon, a frozen yogurt place and a handful of other businesses. From the outside, it looks like any small strip mall restaurant, but stepping through the door envelopes you in a profound feeling of hominess. Cacio is cozy to be sure—read: small—but owners Jonathan Kerksieck and Katie Kinner-Kerksieck imbue every inch of the space with a warmth you’ll be hardpressed to find elsewhere. Padded banquettes are lined with comfy throw pillows, shelved and hanging knickknacks abound, and a soft, golden light fills the whole place with a cheerful vibe. Walking in the door feels like you’ve just stumbled into your best friend’s kitchen. The food at Cacio is just as satisfying as the atmosphere. My first visit was punctuated by an enormous braised pork shank ($18) that showed up to the table like a caveman club atop a bed of greens, creamy polenta and generous ladle-full of savory braising liquid. The shank was cooked slowly to voluptuous tenderness under Kerksieck’s watchful eye; it was easily one of the most satisfying meat dishes I’ve had in the past year. Second up was cacio e pepe ($13), the Roman cheese-and-pepper pasta dish for which the restaurant is

named. Well executed from both technical and experiential standpoints, the dish was creamy and well-sauced without a single identifiable chunk of cheese. (Anyone who has been served a broken or under-melted bowl of cacio e pepe will understand why this is worth mentioning.) Also added to the mix was a simple cup of country bean soup ($8), which sang with flavor and warmed our rain-soaked joints from within. A second visit was just as successful, with a roasted green salad ($10) bright with arugula, endive, almond, blue cheese and a surprisingly luxurious lemon-shallot vinaigrette. The bucatini and meatballs ($15) arrived topped with fresh basil and a dollop of creamy cheese, plucking every possible savory note on our palates. A small-ish bowl of macaroni and cheese ($10) was also a hit, or rather a velvety dream of fontina, ParmesanReggiano, dry mozzarella, pancetta and roasted garlic. Then came dessert, dubbed “chocolate ganache,” ($8) consisting of grilled bread, olive oil, sea salt and the aforementioned ganache. This is the second time in recent memory I’ve been served a dessert in Sacramento that involves grilled or toasted bread with some sort of side sauce. While I appreciate the eye toward reducing food waste, bread and dipping sauce is not a satisfying $8 dessert ($4, possibly). But for eight bucks I expect to be served a dish that involves a little more effort and doesn’t so closely resemble … bread. Plainly put, the final word on Cacio is, Yes! Go. There. Now. The food is incredible, they’ve got a solid wine list and the atmosphere will make you feel like you just stepped into your auntie’s kitchen in the middle of a family holiday. Ω

Lunch at 85 °C Bakery Cafe recently hit all the nostalgic feels. Comparable to a pig in a blanket, the Cheese Dog ($2.20) reminded me of grade-school lunch. A frankfurter is snuggled inside a blanket of soft bread baked with cheddar and mozzarella cheese, mayo, ketchup and parsley sprinkled on top. I was dubious about baked mayo and ketchup, but it works. The ketchup adds a likened sweetness which undercuts the carb overload. More like a guilty pleasure than a culinary revelation, the Cheese Dog was a perfect precursor for the cakes, tarts and Asian baked goods I secretly wanted all along. 5591 Sky Parkway Suite 411, 85cbakerycafe.com.

—amy bee

Fit for a Queen Queen’s Old FashiOned, FOx & GOOse Public hOuse A London-style pub located in downtown Sacramento, Fox & Goose serves English breakfast staples such as grilled bangers with baked beans and flaky crumpets with sweet Devonshire cream. At night, the bar at F&G serves up creative cocktails that take classic recipes and add a little kick. Take the Queen’s Old Fashioned: Muddled maraschino cherries and orange slices are paired with Bulleit bourbon, ginger syrup and Angostura bitters. Sweet cherry notes cut through the full bourbon mouthfeel while the ginger and citrus flavors add some brightness and acidity. Once the ice cubes melt a little, this bevy’s pungency relaxes a bit. It’s a cocktail I imagine her majesty would enjoy on a warm, sunny afternoon on the green. 1001 R Street, foxandgoose.com.

—stePh ROdRiGuez


Taco touchdown The Super Bowl is nigh, which means so is the best part of the game—no, not the ads—the Vegan Super Bowl Party at El Papagayo. It has become a tradition at the brightly decorated, family-run Mexican restaurant at 5804 Marconi Avenue in Carmichael. Those interested in pairing “the big game” with a big meal Sunday, February 3, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. may purchase a ticket in advance for $25 via Eventbrite. El Papagayo could not confirm what will be included in the all-you-can-eat spread as of January 29, but previous years’ buffets included tacos, sopes, enchiladas and mole. Take a peek at its regular (available year-round) vegan menu at elpapagayo916.com to get a taste. The restaurant is also advertising $4 shots of Jameson whiskey, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Beefeater Gin on game day, all of which are vegan-friendly (yup, even Beefeater) according to Barnivore, the online vegan-alcohol database. But please drink responsibly—no one wants to see a taco fumbled.







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Peter Hoey, brewmaster at Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse, compares the malapropos drinking of a pilsner on a cold, rainy day to drinking a stout or a hot cup of coffee poolside in the summer. He says he tends to drink seasonally. So what styles are best to drink on the days when you bundle up before going outside? You’ve likely heard the pat answer to this question: a stout, a porter, or an offering with a high ABV. I recently decided to dig deeper into the inquiry with some key players in Sacramento’s beer scene. Grocery manager at Taylor’s Market in Land Park, Troy Durfee, likens winter beer to anti-session beer. “You drink one or two by the fire with a blanket,” he says. “They’re warming. They’re good with comfort food like prime rib and stuffing.” Durfee mentioned barrel-aged beers and those with spices or cocoa nibs added as being especially delicious as an accompaniment to cold weather. Dave Gull, owner of New Helvetia Brewing Company on Broadway, says he adds cocoa from Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates in Midtown to his imperial chocolate porter formula. It’s a beer that combines the darkness and the higher alcohol content of many winter-focused beers, and it received a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the experimental beer category in 2015. It’s part of New Helvetia’s curiously named Mystery Airship series, and it’s an intriguing Valentine’s Day alternative. Although he produced

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such a season-specific beer, Gull opined that the whole concept of winter beer is rather subjective. Back at Urban Roots, Hoey says he believes in malt-forward beers such as the Mercury Drops. He brews a black lager called Nothing is Certain with tasting notes of chocolate and roasted malt. “It drinks like a porter, but it finishes like a pilsner,” he says. It’s an ideal brew for one of those mildly chilly Sacramento nights. Sara Crocker’s favorite beer to drink during the winter is one of Libertine Brewing Company’s dark rye saisons. A specialty manager at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Crocker makes her rounds in the beer and wine section daily. “It’s a dark rye beer, it’s kind of sour and it’s ABV is 5.8 percent,” Crocker says. “It’s aged in French oak and it’s good with comfort food.” Brewed in San Luis Obispo, it’s sealed with a cork, and aesthetically, looks like a bottle of wine. It’s a creative option for a Groundhog’s Day dinner party without being so alcohol heavy. Recall Hoey’s stout-and-hot-coffee-by-the-pool analogy? Well, Insight Coffee Roasters’ Southside café location stocks Bike Dog’s Milk Stout. And a stout paired with a cup of hot coffee isn’t a bad idea on a crisp, winter morning. A barista, tongue-in-cheek, suggested, “It’s like a warm blanket for your mouth.” I agree. Ω

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for the week of january 31

by maxfield morris

POst eVeNts ONLINe FOR FRee At newsreview.com/sacramento

muSic thurSday, 1/31 tHe KNOCKs: New York band with driving electronic sound instinctively put their best feet forward, causing audiences everywhere to dance wildly. Also on the bill: Young & Sick and Blu DeTiger, two young bands with enough pep, verve and get-up-and-go to get you going. 6:30pm, $20-$25. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.


exhibits A through Y

tICKet WINDOW Gordon LiGhtfoot The Canadian singer-songwriter with a heart of gold and a guitar pick in his pocket will sing, sing, sing. 3/4, 8pm, $39-$79, on sale now. Crest Theatre, crestsacramento.com.

Sam riGGS Well, Sam Riggs is on his

Love & Panic tour—but the only thing you’ll have to panic about is loving his music too much. 3/6, 7:30pm, $10, on sale now. Goldfield Trading Post, eventbrite.com.

BLue octoBer acouStic Justin

Furstenfeld and Ryan Delahoussaye are keeping the rock going, turning this March show into an October one. Not literally. 3/15, 8pm, $35, on sale 2/1. Crest Theatre, crestsacramento.com.

Stevie B The freestyling singer-

songwriter is coming to town for a freestyle jam, along with Lisa Lisa,






don’t stub your toe; buy some stubs instead.

eeLS As the alternative rock group’s

bio subversively says, “We could do the usual record company ‘bio’ about this new record, but, seriously … who gives a [expletive],” so come enjoy some music that manicures an image of not caring about typical publicity. Good music, though. 5/14,

7:30pm, $40-$60, on sale now. Crest Theatre,


new KidS on the BLocK The super-group is joined by super co-stars

Step lightly, Gordon.

VALeNte LeCtuRe INÉs tHIeBAut, COMPOseR: Madrilenian by birth and assistant professor of music at CSU East Bay by virtue, the composer will lecture on her complex musicality and research. 4pm, no cover. Ann E. Pitzer Center Recital Hall, Hutchison Drive & Cushing Way in Davis.

friday, 2/1 taste for mosh music and membership in a hip-hop collective will be bringing it all to the stage for the Injured Generation tour, supporting his Testing album. 8pm, $39.47-$48.99. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J. Stern Walk.

Railroad Museum for some locomotive learnin’ or the Leland Stanford Mansion for some locomotive luxury. Whether you go for the masterpieces at the Crocker or the deceased at the Historic City Cemetery, take in some of the vibrant history Sacramento has to offer. Visit the Sac Museums website for a complete list. Sacmuseums.org/news-events.

Sir Mix-a-Lot and more. 4/12, 7:30pm, $48.50-$120, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

singers are so positively iconic and irrepressibly powerful on stage that they deserve their own show, their own label and their own cult following. Lisa Fischer is one such vocalist, playing with the swampy Afro-Carribean funk band, Grand Baton. 7pm, $60. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

A$AP ROCKY: The Harlem rapper with a

Various museums and times, no coVer Got an unquenchable thirst for learning? This Saturday is your day. With 25 museums opening their doors and not MuseuMs charging entrance fees, it’s your time to take in some knowledge units. Stop by the California Pharmacy Museum in Natomas or the California Agriculture Museum to really get the low-down on other industries. Visit the California State

Photo courteSy of the muSeum of medicaL hiStory


An iron lung on display in the Museum of Medical History.

LIsA FIsCHeR & GRAND BAtON: Some backup

tHe CRIPPLe CReeK BAND: Yee-haw! Are you a sucker for those thick-as-honey, roughas-sandpaper voices that sing songs about having a good time and being American? Well, put on your cowboy boots and strap on your 10-gallon hat—it’s hoedown time. 8pm, $18. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

DANILeIGH: The 24-year-old musical and creative dynamo is known for her powerful singing and dancing, her affiliation with Prince and more—hop on the DaniLeigh train now, because if you miss this stop, you may be fresh out of luck. 7pm, $15-$55. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

tHe ILLeAGLes: When the Eagles formed, they Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty by Nature. 5/30, 7:30pm, $45-$345, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

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More Tours 2 is coming to town, and after that, Osbourne’s definitely going to stop touring.

6/18, 7:30pm, $31-$475, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

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The Backstreet Boys are back—and this time, they’re not exactly new kids on the block, nor are they New Kids on the Block. They’re on a massive world tour. 8/1, 8pm, $45-$850, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

decided they were going to be the best rock band in the world. When the Illeagles formed, they decided to be a tribute to the band that decided to be the best rock band in the world. This is their story. 7pm, $20$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

LARRY AND HIs FLAsK: What’s post-Americana, you ask? Well, it’s like a pasteurized amalgam of all the musical dairy products of America’s music—but don’t take my word for it, allow Larry and his Flask to elucidate the definition by delightful demonstration. 7:30pm, $15-$19. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

BAseBALL GReGG: The Stockton-based pop band with roots in Italy headlines this night of catchy beats paired with nontraditional vocal tracks: Plum Anderson and Mediocre Cafe. 6:30pm, $5-$7. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

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tHe ROA BROtHeRs BAND: Attention—the Roa Brothers Band are nominated for a Sammie award. You can catch their harmonic medleys of original music feat. sweet guitar licks, sweet bass licks and maybe salt licks for horse groupies. 8pm, $5-$10. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

WHAt ROuGH BeAst: When you take a line from a Yeats poem, mix it with some experimental and tactful music, what do you get? The answer is What Rough Beast, who’ll be makin’ music along with local bands the Gold Souls and the Jessica Malone Band— both of whom are nominated for SAMMIES this year—#sammies, #snrsammies2019, #dohashtagsworkinprint? 9:30pm, $12$15. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

Saturday, 2/2 DReAM VARIAtIONs: The Sacramento Youth Symphony celebrates the musical contributions of African-Americans for Black History Month. With works by Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, John Wineglass and more, it’s sure to be an evening of powerful, evocative sounds. 7:30pm, $20-$25. Hiram Johnson High School Theater, 6879 14th Ave.

MØ: MØ is apparently the world’s best pop star, if you go by her Spotify bio. If you ask other music streaming bios, you might get similar answers—so check out the Danish superstar’s continued catchy rise to and amid superstardom—for only $26. 7pm, $26. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

PARADIse ReGAINeD ROCKs: The smoothest of rock bands is coming to Roseville—that’s right, Pablo Cruise has set sail, and the show benefits families displaced by the Paradise fire. Midnight Flyer, Dennis James, Mike Roe with Adrian Bourgeois and more will open, so come out to support the devastated community. 5pm, $35-$65. @the Grounds-Johnson Hall, 800 All America City Boulevard in Roseville.

RICHARD tHOMPsON eLeCtRIC tRIO: If you want music from an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, you’ve got plenty of options. If that officer fluently plays multiple kinds of dulcimers, you’re more hard-pressed. Luckily, Richard Thompson, the English folk rocker, is coming to town and fits the bill. Disaster averted. 7pm, $35-$65. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

sGMC’s 2ND ANNuAL CRABARet: The Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus brings you two things you rarely get, mixed into one convenient location—it’s a crab-based cabaret show. Show up for the chorus performers, eat some food, participate in a raffle and support the mission of the SGMC. 6pm, $60. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1710 L St.

sYNtH tRIPs: MusicLandria opens its doors for a community of synth-driven musicians to bloom and grow. Dumbledog and Clark are performing some ambient synth music, and there will be bread and soup—along with an interaction session after the soundscapes are performed. 6pm, $10. The Library of MusicLandria, 2181 6th Ave.

Sunday, 2/3 DAVID DONDeRO: With a heavy dose of words detailing stories and emotions, the warbling Dondero is a very special performer just

Through Sunday, 2/3

Make Believe Nevada TheaTre, various Times, $20-$30

It’s the second and final week to catch  Dalrymple MacAlpin’s newest play, Make  Believe. Follow the make-believe exploits  of six sisters (Wendel,  On Stage Wanda, Winky, Florence,  Fern and Fand) as they find themselves  in an orphanage run by their lessthan-ideal aunt, kept from their happy  lives with their mother, who’s a goodly  fairy. Featuring music two years in the  PhoTo CourTESy oF douglaS hooPEr making performed by a nine-piece chamber  orchestra, this original work by puppeteer/playwright/poet/person  of many interests is guaranteed whimsical. 401 Broad Street in  Nevada City, dalrymplemacalpin.com.

stopping by to share some songs. Kevin  Seconds also performs.  7pm, $11. Riving  Loom, 1701 Broadway.

Monday, 2/4 SIngIng aMeRICa: The subject of this musical  evening are American art songs from a  variety of composers, including Ernst  Bacon, John Duke, Florence Price and more.  Robin Fisher sings ’em and Hatem Nadim  plays ’em.  7pm, $5-$10. Capistrano Music  Hall, 6000 J St.

WEdnESday, 2/6 Le BUtCHeRetteS: The Tapatío garage punk  band fronted by Teri Gender Bender will be  performing their recently released album,  bi/MENTAL.  7:30pm, $15. Goldfield Trading  Post, 1630 J St.

tHe MOVeMent: Reggae’s in your future if  you’re a fan of the Movement—but it’s also  likely in your past if you’re a fan of them.  Get smooth and positively vibed up.  6:30pm, $13-$15. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

OttMaR LIeBeRt anD LUna negRa: The most  famous German Spanish-influenced guitar  player east of the Mississippi is playing  with Luna Negra, west of the Mississippi— namely, at the Sofia.  7pm, $55. Sofia  Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700  Capitol Ave.

FESTIValS FrIday, 2/1 geM FaIRe: There’s been no shortage of gem  faires in the last several months. It’s our  duty as the purveyors of the calendar to  tell you every time gems are available—it  used to be a lot harder to get gems, but  now you’ve got them at your fingertips.  See offerings from many vendors, get  your jewelry cleaned for free, purchase  some beads or fine jewelry and maybe  learn a thing or three about gems. Runs  through Sunday.  noon, $7. Placer County  Fairgrounds, 800 All America City Blvd. in  Roseville.

SaTurday, 2/2 2019 HOW tO aDULt FeStIVaL: Anyone will tell  you—adulting isn’t easy. That’s why the  Sacramento Public Library is hosting this  festival for folks ages 12 to 19—to give you  the scoop on how to make it look easy.  Check out the event highlight on page

30.  10am, no cover. Arcade Library, 2443  Marconi Ave.

neW YeaR CeLeBRatIOn: Get your daily dose of  Japanese New Year celebrations, with sakedrinking, mochi-pounding and calligraphywriting. There’s a drum circle, games, a tea  ceremony and a resolution writing session  in Kanji.  noon, $10-$20 donation. Temple  KUKURI, 10723 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Fair Oaks.

Food & drInK SaTurday, 2/2 6tH annUaL BReW DaY: Californians  everywhere can legally make anywhere  between 100 and 200 gallons of alcoholic  beverages a year in their homes—but they  can’t sell those gallons. However, there  are options for them to share their home  brews—check out this sixth installment  of the art of brewing, taste some beers,  taste some foods, taste some discounts,  taste some mingling and more. A $10  ticket includes a sausage sandwich and  that aforementioned mingling.  11am, no cover-$10. Lodi Wine Labs, 710 S. Beckman  Road in Lodi.

aMaRO gaYO COFFee taStIng: Bring your  senses that are helpful for tasting coffee  to this unique Ethiopian brew session  (taste, smell, touch and sight all play a  part—listening to coffee is nice, but not as  vital). Pachamama’s own Cruz Conrad will  lead the tasting session of Amara Gayo,  the single-origin coffee made by Asnakech  Thomas. You’ll get some snacks and some  of that sweet, sweet coffee.  10am, $10$15. Community Learning Center & Cooking  School, 2820 R St.

FIlM ThurSday, 1/31 tHe nOt-DYIng gIRL: This documentary  brought to you through the joint efforts  of KVIE and Capital Public Radio puts  forth the cancer-fighting experiences  of Lauren McCullough. McCullough, as a  high-school athlete, was diagnosed with  childhood cancer. Through her efforts  to experience life and fight for future  people in her positions, she left behind an

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C.K.mCClatCHy HigH SCHOOl: 2019 CKM VAPA Gala. McClatchy High School’s newest performing arts program is hosting its second annual gala. There will be student performances, a student art auction and more. It’s a USO-themed affair, and veterans and active service members are welcomed with free admission. Saturday 2/2, 6pm. No cover$40. 306 Freeport Blvd.

2019 How to adult Festival arCade Library, 10am, no Cover

CaPital Stage: Slowgirl. When things get hairy

Want to get on the fast-track to Being-an-Adult-Town, children ages FeStival 12 to 19? Slow down there! Before you board that bus, hit up this helpful festival that gives you some great information PHoto courtesy oF FranK mcKenna about how to tackle those big life things. With discussions on finance from Golden 1 professionals, public speaking lessons from the Carmichael Toastmasters, self-care mental health lessons from Capital Star Community Services as well as job-hunting tips, this is a can’t miss for the aspiring adult. 2443 Marconi Avenue, saclibrary.org/events?eventId=264782.

at a house party and a teenager pulls a drug lord move and flees the country, she has to find a way to get along with her reclusive uncle in Costa Rica. See the review on page 24. through 2/24. $22-$42. Out&BOLD. Take in a showing of Slowgirl with friends of the LGBTQ community, featuring Hoppy Brewing Company beer tastings. Friday 2/1, 7pm. $30-$40. GAR 4th Annual Pre-Valentine’s Show. Graham-A-Rama is your ticket to fun, if you buy a ticket. Graham Sobelman shares local performers Patrick Burns, Katie Petterle, Jessica Coker, Jenny Coker and more. Sunday 2/3, 7:30pm. $25-$30. 2215 J St.

HaRRiS CeNteR: Russian National Ballet. Too much drama in the local ballet scene? Check out the Russian National Ballet, featured on page 30. through 2/7. $38-$68. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

you brought brownies? Papa! I love you, Papa! through 2/10. $21-$85. 1400 J St.

and fashion trends. Saturday 2/2, 6:30pm. $15. 3330 McKinley Blvd.

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Man And His Prostate. Ed Asner brings this one-man show to the Sofia. See the stage pick on page 24. Friday 2/1, 7pm. through 2/1. $55. 2700 Capitol Ave.

tHe wilKeRSON tHeatRe: The Guardians. The local production brings forward issues of finding a guardian for your child after you’re gone. Written by Jayna Anderson and directed by Aerin Morneau, see our reviewer’s review on page 24, in the review section. through 2/16. $18-$20. 1721 25th St.

tHuNdeR valley CaSiNO: Australia’s Thunder From Down Under. All the world is a stage—and all the hunks from the land down under are its players. Get a double dose of buff Australian performers. through 2/2. $37.95. 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

weStmiNSteR PReSByteRiaN CHuRCH: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. What would it take for someone to become a murderer? Finding out he had something to gain is what did it for Monty Navarro, taking pains and giving pains to reduce the line of inheritance blocking him from his new-found royalty. through 2/24. $20. 1300 N St.

imagiNatiON tHeateR: Vanities. It’s “a play

CaleNdaR liStiNgS CONtiNued FROm Page 29 incredible story of inspiration. Visit this Viewfinder documentary in advance of its KVIE broadcast on February 6. 5pm, no cover. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

laugHS uNlimited COmedy CluB: John McClellan. The New York resident and comedian is committed to storytelling and building up to punchlines. through 2/3. $20. 1207 Front St.

PuNCH liNe: Chris Garcia. Polymath of content creation, Garcia puts out a whole bunch of material in television and sound. He’s got the likable thing going on for him, and after making a name for himself, he’ll continue to make people laugh and get paid for it. through 2/2. $17.50-$22.50. Joel Kim Booster. Funny person, he makes a stage sing and attended Millikin University—as did Jodi Benson and Sierra Boggess, both of whom are famous for playing Ariel in various productions of The Little Mermaid. Booster is famous for the comedy. through 2/2. $22.50. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

Friday, 2/1 eteRNal SuNSHiNe OF tHe SPOtleSS miNd: The trippy story of a man obsessed with an ex and a made-up technology to ease the experience never fails to pull at the heartstrings. Jim Carrey stars. 7:30pm, $7.50-$9.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

monday, 2/4 tHey Call uS mONSteRS: This documentary details the experiences of violent juvenile offenders in a facility in Los Angeles, screened then followed by a discussion. The practice of putting kids in prison for life is explored by the documentarian and advocate Ben Lear. 4:30pm, no cover. California State University, 6000 J St.

SaCRameNtO COmedy SPOt: Two Dykes and a Mic. This inclusive show hosted by McKenzie Goodwin and Rachel Scanlon brings you an all-female cast of comedians telling you jokes on all manner of topics, including LGBTQ issues and activism. The show’s descriptor suggests you’ll split your pants from laughter, so potentially bring extra pants or a long sweater. thursday 1/31, 8pm. $10-$15. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

tuesday, 2/5 liveS well lived: We Stand With Seniors hosts Sky Bergman for a showing of her documentary. The film follows the exploits of people of advancing age in America—and their inherent ability to defy expectations, to live for the moment and pursue their best lives. After the screening, there will be a discussion on the future of California as its population becomes older. 6pm, no cover. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

on staGe Big idea tHeatRe: WIT. BIT’s Wit tells the story of an English professor who studies sonnets and who is faced with her own mortality in the form of ovarian cancer. The heavy subject matter follows the very analytic Vivian Bearing as she tries to make sense of it all. See why our reviewer gave it the best William Shakespeare cartoon-head rating SN&R offers. through 2/9. $12-$22. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.

comedy BlaCKtOP COmedy: Al Skinner and Stephen B. Two laugh-makers that market themselves as “clean comedians” will bring their straight-edge acts to the stage. Skinner is a magician comedian, known as “The King of Banquet Entertainers.” Stephen B. is also committed to laughter, and he’s from Sacramento. Saturday 2/2, 8:30pm. $15$20. 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A in Rocklin.





Blue lamP: Drunk Poetry. If the name doesn’t


give it away, your reading comprehension could use a mild tune-up—but it’s and evening of poetry mixed with alcohol. There are games such as the Gangster Rap Recital, Dirty Haiku and Roses are Red. Definitely check it out if you like outrageous verses. thursday 1/31, 8pm. No cover. 1400 Alhambra Blvd.

about women, directed by women,” although it’s written by a man—when comedy meets drama, set in the ’60s and ’70s, you may just laugh, you may just cry—and you may just grow. through 2/24. $18. 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

midtOwN BaRFly: Midtown Moxies Burlesque. Take in the burlesquey-est burlesque act in town, showing every month. Buy your tickets in advance, as the Midtown Moxies sell out. It’s what they do. This month features Penny Weiss, Sabrina Florence, Belle du Jour and more. Saturday 2/2, 8pm. $15-$40. 1119 21st St.

COmmuNity CeNteR tHeateR: Stomp. Sacramento gets a whole bunch of music from a bunch of objects you might not see as instruments—that’s why you never hit the big time. Gasp as performers make a musical meal out of a garbage can and a broom, as they dance and make you smile uncontrollably, just like you did when you were a child and Papa came home carrying brownies—ah, papa! You’re home! And

art JOHN NatSOulaS galleRy: Avery Palmer. Palmer’s oil works are surreal and positively wild. Without a doubt, the works of Palmer will certainly speak to a deep part of your soul, and seem to come from a deep place of universal understanding. through 3/2. No cover. 521 1st St. in Davis.

PeNCe galleRy: Garrett Masterson Elemental Markers. Garrett Masterson uses sculpture to create works of art—as sculptors do— and ends up making quasi-abstract works based on the human figure. He uses clay in ways more adventurous than most. through 2/28. No cover. 212 D St. in Davis.

SHePaRd gaRdeN aNd aRt CeNteR: I’m A Diva Trendy Thrift Event. Aimed at women (but come on, who can resist the thrift), attending this event will grant you 500 Clothing Credits that you can use to bid on Clothing Units. Clothing Units can be used to wear on your body. Come out to see local vendors

and Craft Fair. Take in some arts and crafts from local vendors. Sunday 2/3, noon. No cover. 2251 Florin Road.

veRge CeNteR FOR tHe aRtS: Opening Reception for Tavarus Blackmon and Kumasi Barnett. Tavarus Blackmon’s Exquisite Diversion combines many elements and colors to create a visual feast of ideas, and Kumasi Barnett’s The Amazing Black-Man explores the superhero archetype in the context of the Black experience in the United States today and to provide a venue for under-represented characters in media. Friday 2/1, 6pm. No cover. 625 S St.

wal PuBliC maRKet: Aporetic Opening Reception. Andy Cunningham’s gallery showing of paintings is colorful and explores surrealism. Aporetic means inherently contradictory or illogical—a very good name for a gallery. Friday 2/1, 6pm. No cover. 1104 R St. Suite 110.

Old gOld: $5 SALE Feb 2-4. This annual sale brings great prices to great vendables, including all manner of clothing and appurtenances, along with bags and art. 11 am. through 2/4. No cover. 1108 R St.

museums SaCRameNtO muSeumS: Free Museum Day. There are 25 museums across Sacramento offering free admission to their inner workings. See the event highlight on page 28 for more information. Sunday 2/2. No cover. Various locations.

CaliFORNia muSeum: 2019 Day of Remembrance. As a reminder of the 77th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the California Museum opens its doors to remember the 120,000 Japanese Americans put into internment camps across the United States. monday 2/3, noon. $5. 1020 O St.

CROCKeR aRt muSeum: Teacher Workshop Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence’s prints will be explored and a historical context of the African-American experience will be provided, along with curriculum materials for teachers to take into their

Wednesday, 2/6

Russian National Ballet Harris Center, 2pm & 7pm, $38-$68

Too much ballet-related drama in this issue of SN&R for you? Take in a ballet performance that’s far-removed from the world of 916 dance—instead it’s the +7 country code of Moscow’s own dance ensemble. ON Stage The company of 50 dancers will perform Prokofiev’s soaring ballet, Cinderella, twice in one day, followed by a gala program the following day. Elena Radchenko is artistic director, and the performances will be delicate and perfectly removed from local dance scuttlebutt. 10 College Parkway in Folsom, harriscenter.net. PHoto courtesy oF Harris center

Saturday, 2/2

Leave it to Beaver EffiE YEaw NaturE CENtEr, 10:30am, No CovEr

BOOKS MONday, 2/4 douGLAS ABrAMS: Have you ever wondered  where to even begin in your endeavor of  getting the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu to  collaborate on a book together? Get some  insight from someone who’s done that very  thing: Douglas Abrams worked with the two  to facilitate a conversation, and thus, The  Book of Joy was born. Hear from Abrams  and his experiences and see exclusive  video.  7pm, $12-$45. Mondavi Center, 1  Shields Ave. in Davis.

SPOrtS & OutdOOrS tHurSday 1/31 ICELANd SKAtING rINK: Take to the ice in the  largest outdoor rink Sacramento has to  offer. It’s open daily to the public, with open  sessions generally on weekdays at noon and  6 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Check them out  for more info.  Noon, $10. Iceland Skating  Rink, 1430 Del Paso Blvd.

Saturday, 2/2 LEAVE It to BEAVEr: You may follow the art  scene in Sacramento, but how aware of the  beaver scene are you? Take a walk and see  what the hydraulic engineers of the animal  world are up to, featured above.  10:30am. No cover. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San  Lorenza Way in Carmichael.

Saturday, 2/2 MIdtoWN QuEEr CLotHING SWAp: The Lavender  Library hosts this fun clothing swap  event, featuring unique styles curated  by individual members of the LGBTQ  community—along with coffee.  2pm, no cover. Lavender Library, 1414 21st St.

tHurSday, 1/31 VoLuNtEEr MIXEr: If you want to get involved  at the Lavender Library or meet some of  the other people who are already getting  involved, show up and get a-mingling.  6pm, no cover. Lavender Library, 1414 21st St.

taKE aCtION Saturday, 2/2 NAtIVE GArdEN WorKdAY: Get the Native Plant  Garden into ship-shape (or garden-shape)  by weeding and whatnot. Wear long pants,  good shoes (for working in, not your good  shoes) and register in advance.  9am, no cover. American River Parkway Foundation,  5700 Arden Way.

WEdNESday, 2/6 SACrAMENto VALLEY rEGIoNAL CLIMAtE SYMpoSIuM: Come out and see what paths  Sacramento can take for preserving and  increasing the resilience of the climate.  Researchers and scientists will be present,  as will community leaders, state agencies  and more.  10am, no cover. Student  Community Center, Multipurpose Room, 397  Hutchison Drive in Davis.

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The beaver is a majestic creature— majestically awesome, that is. Apart  from being native to the United States,  including most  SportS & outdoorS of California,  the North  American beaver can weigh more than  70 pounds, secretes a substance called  castoreum that smells like vanilla and  has been used in food and perfume for  PHOtO By CHEryL rEyNOLdS, COurtESy OF WOrtH a daM years and has valves to keep water out  of its nose and ears. Take a walk at Effie Yeaw and look for signs of  the beaver—a truly remarkable animal. 2850 San Lorenza Way in  Carmichael, sacnaturecenter.net/events/weekend-programs.

SACrAMENto 5K HAppY Hour ruN: Get some  drinks and move 5 kilometers in this quasirun. You can get a margarita, some wine  or beer and whatnot.  Noon, $5-$35. William  Land Park, 3800 W. Land Park Drive.

VIrGIL FLYNN III produCtIoNS prESENtS No LoVE LoSt LIVE pro WrEStLING: Mike Rayne,  Bison Braddock, Jack Banning, Brutal Rob  Hands, the Stoner Brothers and more join in  the wrestling action, aimed at anyone who  likes pro wrestling.  6:30pm, $10. 5731 Watt  Ave. in North Highlands.

CLaSSES FrIday, 2/1 CALIForNIA BLACK HIStorY MoNtH CELEBrAtIoN A tAStE oF AFrICA: Celebrate Black History  Month with this showcase of Afro-Latino  history in California during the 1800s, the  California Gold Rush and pre-U.S.-Mexico  War.  1pm, no cover. California State Capitol  Building Room 126, 1303 10th St.

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THURSDAY 1/31 ArmAdillo music

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

Rowan McGuire, 7pm, no cover Spectacular Saturdays, 7pm, call for cover

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

Trapicana, 10pm, W, call for cover

BAr 101

Quarterhorse Drive, 6:30pm, no cover

Samantha Sharp, 9:30pm, no cover

Toast & Jam, 9:30pm, no cover

Super Bowl 53, 3:30pm, no cover

Open-Mic Wednesday, 8pm, W, no cover

Blue lAmp

Drunk Poetry, 8pm, no cover

Hot Lunch, Peace Killers, Older Sun and Sky Pig, 8pm, $12-$15

One Night Stand, 5pm, $20-$25

9th Annual Superbowl Party w/KTP, 2pm, no cover

Outpatient, Shutups, Car Crash Hearts and Spitting Roses, 8pm, M, $8-$10

cApitol GArAGe

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

Dinner and a Drag Show, 7:30pm, $5$25; Capitol Karaoke, 9:30pm, no cover

crest theAtre

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 7:30pm, $7.50-$9.50

Richard Thompson Electric Trio and Ryley Walker, 7:30pm, $35-$145

Sleepless in Seattle, 7pm, $7.50-$9.50 Pool Party, 9pm, no cover

1500 k ST., (916) 444-3633 1013 k ST., (916) 476-3356


Faces Karaoke, 9pm, call for cover

Absolut Fridays, 9pm, call for cover

Sequin Saturday, 9:30pm, call for cover

FAther pAddY’s irish puBlic house

Robbie Thayer, 6pm, call for cover

Roadhouse 5, 8pm, call for cover

According to Bazooka, 8pm, call for cover

Fox & Goose

Steve McLane, 8pm, no cover

Kevin & Allyson Seconds, Gillian Turnbuckle Blues Review, 9pm, $5 Underwood and Dave Brockman, 9pm, $5

2000 k ST., (916) 448-7798 435 MAIN ST., WOODlAND, (530) 668-1044 1001 R ST., (916) 443-8825

Golden 1 center Golden BeAr

GoldField trAdinG post 1630 J ST., (916) 476-5076

100 Men Who ... Meeting, 5pm, W, call for cover Open-Mic Night Every Monday, 7:30pm, M, no cover

Larry & His Flask and Willie Tea Taylor, 7:30pm, $15-$19

GRRRLY Show: Burlesque & Variety, 7pm, $15

Le Butcherettes, 7:30pm, W, $15

hAlFtime BAr & Grill

College Night, 10pm, call for cover

Vagabond Brothers, 9pm, call for cover

Midnight Players, 9pm, $10

Let’s Get Quizzical, 7pm, T, no cover; Cornhole, 6pm, W, no cover


The James Hunter Six, 7:30pm, $35-$45

The Illeagles, 7pm, $20-$25; What Rough Beast and more, 9:30pm, $12-$15

The Purple Ones, 10pm, $17-$20

Fantastic Negrito and Credit Electric, 8pm, W, $22-$25

Happy Hour, noon-4pm, no cover

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

5681 lONETREE blvD., ROcklIN, (916) 626-3600 2708 J ST., (916) 441-4693

hideAwAY BAr & Grill

with Lexy Pantera 7pm Friday, $15-$55 Holy Diver Hip-hop

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

Back Bar Saturdays, 10pm, no cover

2326 k ST., (916) 441-2242


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

A$AP Rocky, 8pm, $35-$49

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



Monét X Change, 8pm, $15-$30

1400 AlHAMbRA blvD., (916) 455-3400

8pm Friday, $35-$49 Golden 1 Center Hip-hop

Brenden Tull, 7pm, no cover


Poprockz 90s Night, 7pm, call for cover

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

A$AP Rocky



2003 k ST., (916) 448-8790



2565 FRANklIN blvD., (916) 455-1331


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

1910 Q ST., (916) 706-2465

holY diVer

DaniLeigh and Lexy Pantera, 7pm, $15-$55

1517 21ST ST.


Live Music with Michael Musial, 8pm, no cover

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

Metal Mania w/ Solanum, Tyranocannon, Nihil Futurum and more, 6:30pm, $5

Badfish, Roots of Creation, Fayuca and more, 6:30pm, M, $18-$22 Trivia Night, 7:30pm, no cover

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live MuSic 1/31 Quarterhouse drive 2/1 2/2

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Valentines dinner & dance


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friday 2/1

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MOnday-Wednesday 2/4-2/6

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

1414 16TH sT., (916) 737-5770

Creative Music and Jazz, 7:30pm, M, $10; Open-Mic Comedy, 8pm, T, no cover

Midtown BarfLy

Midtown Moxies Burlesque, 7pm, $15-$25

Mello Mondays with Austin Payne, 7pm, M, no cover

Plum Anderson, Baseball Gregg and Mediocre Cafe, 6:30pm, $5-$7

Adrian Bellue Album Release with the Mindful and more, 7pm, sold out

Bourbon & Blues: the Pistofferson Brothers, 6:30pm, W, $8

The Roa Brothers Band, Desiree and more, 8pm, $7

Lipstick!, 9pm, $5

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

The Morning Yells, 8pm, $14-$18

Miss Lonely Hearts, 8pm, $14-$18

1119 21sT sT., (916) 341-0277

MoMo saCraMento 2708 J sT., (916) 441-4693

oLd ironsides

Self Made and Kare, 8pm, $5

1901 10TH sT., (916) 442-3504

PaLMs PLayhouse

13 Main sT., WinTers, (530) 795-1825

Sunday Afternoon Jazz w/ Almir Côrtes Trio and more, 3pm, $18-$22

PLaCerviLLe PuBLiC house

North Coast Tap Takeover and Trivia Night, 6pm, call for cover

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

Jonny Mojo & Friends, 8pm, call for cover

Powerhouse PuB

614 suTTer sT., fOlsOM, (916) 355-8586

A country band will play (TBA), 9:30pm, call for cover

Wonderbread 5, 10pm, call for cover

House of Floyd, 10pm, call for cover

Cutting the Cord, 3pm, call for cover; Blues Jam, 6pm, call for cover

Scarlets, 8:30pm, T, call for cover; 98 Rock Local Licks, 9pm, W, call for cover

the Press CLuB

Everything Crash, 8pm, no cover

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

Sunday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

Vinyl Night, 9pm, M, no cover; June Swoon, MUTT and more, 8pm, W, $8

shady Lady

Dbaba, 9pm, no cover

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

2030 P sT., (916) 444-7914 1409 r sT., (916) 231-9121

soCiaL nightCLuB

1000 K sT., (916) 947-0434

the sofia

Tone Mosaic, 9pm, no cover

Zorelli, 9pm, no cover

Thomas Young, 10pm, no cover before 11pm

DJ Stylo, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm

Kings St. Giants, 9pm, W, no cover

stoney’s roCkin rodeo

Country Thunder Thursdays, 6pm, no cover

Hot Country Fridays, 6pm, $5-$10

Stoney’s Gold VIP Card Giveaway, 6pm, $5

Superbowl Sunday, 2pm, no cover 21+

College Night Wednesdays, 9pm, W, no cover 21+ before 9pm, $5-$10

the torCh CLuB

City of Trees Brass Band and Alana Davis, 9pm, $7

Badd Self, 9pm, $8

Smokey the Groove and Control Z, 9pm, $10

You Front the Band, 8pm, no cover

Lisa Phenix, 5:30pm, T, no cover; Petty Party, 9pm, W, $5

Blues at Yolo Brewing w/Chicken & Dumpling, 6pm, call for cover

Blueperbowl Saturday, 11:30am, call for cover; Analog Rox, 6pm, call for cover

1320 del PasO Blvd., (916) 927-6023 904 15TH sT., (916) 443-2797

yoLo Brewing Co.

1520 TerMinal sT., (916) 379-7585

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The Knocks, Young & Sick and Blue DeTiger, 6:30pm, $20

harris Center

10 cOllege PKWy., fOlsOM, (916) 608-6888

Anne Frank, Words from the Shadows, 7:30pm, $32-$58


Shine Jazz Jam, 8pm, no cover

1417 r sT., (916) 930-0220

1400 e sT., (916) 551-1400

MØ with LPX 7pm Saturday, $26 Ace of Spades Synth-pop

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra, 7pm, W, $55

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, 7pm, $60

2700 caPiTOl ave., (916) 443-5300

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Honkytonk Boombox featuring Cripple Creek and CJ, 8pm, $18

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MØ and LPX, 7pm, $26 Tracy Byrd, 7:30pm, T, $38-$72; Russian National Ballet, 7pm, W, $38-$68

Sumdood, Dino DiMare and Matthew White, 8pm, $7

7:30pm Tuesday, $38-$72 Harris Center Country

Instagon Anniversary Show with Pregnant and Yo & the Electric, 8pm, $8


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originally founded in 1993 by tony magee, Petaluma-based Lagunitas Brewing Company grew into one of the largest independent craft breweries in the country. The small-town, self-styled rebels gradually rose to the top of an increasingly crowded craft beer heap, gaining notoriety for their in-your-face marketing and over-the-top flavors. Additional locations were eventually opened in Chicago and Seattle, and another production brewery will debut this year in Azusa. Over the course of two separate transactions in 2015 and 2017, though, Lagunitas became a fully-owned subsidiary of Heineken International, joining a United Nations-style portfolio of brands such as Amstel, Birra Moretti, Tecate and Affligem. As is the case with other

international beverage companies such as Molson Coors, Heineken is also looking to get in on the ground floor of a potentially lucrative North American cannabis beverage market. That is likely the driving force behind the Lagunitas and AbsoluteXtracts collaboration Hi-Fi Hops, a “cannabis-infused sparkling water” that is meant to evoke the sensory experience of quaffing a Lagunitas IPA, only with 10 milligrams of marijuana and no alcohol. However, the relationship between Lagunitas and cannabis is long and storied. It is no secret that Magee is a long-time cannabis supporter, and the drug has inspired some of the brewery’s most beloved beers.

One of those marijuana-themed only sold at licensed dispensaries, not beers is Undercover Investigation at any bars, taprooms or restaurants. Shutdown Ale, an “extremely bitter” There are two different varieties of American Strong Ale brewed to Hi-Fi Hops, one with 10 milligrams of commemorate the so-called “St. THC and one with a 5:5 blend of THC Patrick’s Day Massacre” of 2005. and CBD, but otherwise, this beer-like Marijuana was smoked liberally around substance contains zero alcohol, zero the Lagunitas facility in those days, at calories and zero carbs. least before one of the company’s top The sharp hiss and hoppy aroma executives was busted by an undercover when you pop the cap off the bottle cop while smoking an absurdly large feels very familiar to anyone who has joint at an on site St. Patrick’s Day quaffed their share of Lagunitas IPA, party, resulting in a brief suspension of but the illusion ends as soon as you the brewery’s license. pour Hi-Fi Hops into a glass. Instead of Another one of Lagunitas’ most a gorgeous golden hue, the fizzy liquid famous beers is Waldos’ Special Ale, bears the cloudy color of grapefruit an outrageously dank Triple IPA juice, and while the dank and hoppy released once a year on the stoner holiaroma persists throughout, the head day of April 20. In fact, Hi-Fi Hops is disappears as quickly as a La Croix. not even the first collaboration between In addition to getting flavored with Lagunitas and AbsoluteXtracts, the dried hops and infused with cannabis California-based vape giant. They oil, Hi-Fi Hops also mimics beer-like previously produced SuperCritical flavors by including nutritional brewIPA, a crossover that took two forms: a er’s yeast, while olive oil also makes vape cartridge infused with hop varietal the list of ingredients. Ultimately, it’s terpenes and a super-dank IPA that more like water than beer, but you contained cannabis terpenes and 6.6 certainly get an IPA-style flavor, and percent alcohol by volume, but not any it’s hard to tell where the hop terpenes THC or CBD. end and the cannabis terpenes begin, That brings us to Hi-Fi Hops, which is probably the point. The taste an “IPA-inspired” sparkling water is fine, slightly citrusy and piney like originally released last June. Hi-Fi Hops a Lagunitas IPA, although the olive comes in a 12-ounce pop-top bottle oil becomes a touch too prominent in that doesn’t look any different than a the mix. typical Lagunitas beer release. In the The budtender at All About relatively regulation-light opening Wellness warned me that Hi-Fi months of recreational Hops hit her faster than cannabis legalization most products of similar in California, craft strength, and those beers and cocktails words proved infused with the prophetic. I don’t The sharp hiss and anti-inflammaconsider myself hoppy aroma when you pop tory and nona lightweight by psychoactive any means, but it the cap off the bottle feels cannabinoid, took less than 15 very familiar to anyone who CBD, enjoyed a minutes for me has quaffed their share of brief popularity. to feel the effects But they were of the beverage. Lagunitas IPA. shut down first by This led to two the federal governhours of carefree ment, and later by the video game-playing, state. followed by a long and Lagunitas Hi-Fi Hops, groggy evening on the couch, on the other hand, is perfectly legal so no complaints there. Still, I would at the state level for two reasons: It have preferred a cannabis IPA with a doesn’t contain any alcohol, and it is little more alcohol in it. Ω 01.31.19 | SN&R | 35

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This is a tricky question, because in the weed world, “purple” can mean two things: The color of the cannabis or the flavor of the cannabis. This can lead to confusion when your bag of “Granddaddy Purple” is full of tight green nugs. But it won’t be a problem once you get the hang of it. Some cannabis strains are genetically predisposed to produce high levels of a compound known as anthocyanin, which is also found in eggplants, grapes and other purple plants. It’s what makes the plants turn purple. Sometimes, cold weather or growing conditions will trigger anthocyanin production in a plant, causing it to be more purple than usual. Flavorwise, “purple” can best be described as a sort of violet or lavender flavor. Very flowery, or like that violet gum and candy you can still sometimes find at old-school candy stores. Believe it or not, purplecolored weed, such as “Forbidden Fruit,” doesn’t always taste “purple,” and some strains, such as Purple Candy Cane, aren’t purple at all, but full of “purple” flavor. I know. It’s weird. You will get the hang of it. Purple cannabis used to be relatively rare, and so finding a weed-man with access to purple flowers was considered a treat. After a while, purple weed became a sort of legendary thing, and now, the color purple has come to represent quality. It makes sense; purple weed is very pleasing to the eye, and purple is the color of royalty, so on a subconscious level, purple weed always looks like the best weed in the world. However,

purple weed is just purple weed. These days, breeders can create any sort of hybrid that will turn purple in the right conditions. And for some strange reason, most deep purple cannabis strains usually have a lower THC count than greener weed. I don’t know why. Which is not to say you shouldn’t smoke purple weed. You should smoke whatever color weed makes you happy. Just don’t get too excited if the bag looks like it’s full of grapes.

Did I just hear that there’s lead in my vaporizer? —P. B.

Yeah, kinda. But there’s probably always been a little lead in your vape cartridge. What happens is the oil in the cartridge interacts with the heating element. If the manufacturer uses lead to make the heating unit, chances are there’s a little bit of lead in your cartridge. Just a little though. California lead limits are the lowest in the country at 0.5 parts per million. That’s hella low. But maybe you feel like any lead is too much. I understand. According to Leafly, many manufacturers are ordering lead-free carts. They will probably be here after the Chinese New Year. Until then, stick to flowers. Ω

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Every year around this time, I get nostalgic for my ex-boyfriend. It happens around Thanksgiving and Christmas, too, but it’s worst on the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. My ex was really into holidays and made them special for me even though nothing else actually worked in our relationship. I want a guy who makes me feel special and it hurts so much to not have anyone. Please help! You’re not suffering because you’re solo on holidays, honey. Your pain results from discounting the power to create your own happiness. Waiting for a man to take responsibility for your emotional life is unfair to you and to him. A partnership can’t be equal if one person is charged with managing their own emotions as well as a partner’s happiness. Thrusting that kind of expectation on a relationship infantilizes one person and turns the other into a parent. It’s one thing to be called, “baby,” and another to be treated like one. Say, “yes,” to the former and, “yuck,” to the latter. It’s heartbreaking to read that you think of yourself as without anyone on your side. Please stop lying to yourself. Here’s the truth: You have you. Open your heart to becoming your best friend and life partner. Instead of looking outside of yourself for joy, begin within. If you want to be happy, make choices that inspire happiness. If you yearn to feel special, celebrate your uniqueness. Be mindful that every human being on the planet is both special and ordinary. Cheer on your most common attributes, too. By recognizing both extremes, you will bring your emotions into balance. Your mind will feel lighter and more inspired. Gratitude becomes as ordinary as breathing. Living gratefully also means that when someone does something sweet for you, your heart will overflow. It’s a wonderful feeling, but not more than knowing this: A full heart will always be enough. How soon is too soon to tell a date that I’m bisexual? I’ve shared it on the first 42





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date and scared people off. I’ve waited until right before we’re going to have sex and spoiled the mood. I’m looking for information about the exact right time. Any advice? There is no perfect rule to follow to guarantee that a date will embrace all of who you are. So let’s flip the script: When you tell a date upfront that you’re bi, he or she will reveal an authentic self. When you wait to confide your sexuality, you will see your date’s true colors. That’s all. It’s not about you, unless you’re acting as if being bisexual is unacceptable. It isn’t for you. Be confident in who you are. Behave accordingly. Using the same tone of voice in which you might share your career goals, number of siblings and what you love to do in your spare time, just say that you’re bi. After all, it’s as essential to who you are as your ethnicity or values. If someone can’t handle that, it’s their loss not yours. Trust that you’ve been protected from someone who isn’t ready to handle all the love you’re prepared to give. Ω

MEDITATIon of THE WEEk “Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole,” said poet Derek Walcott. What hungers to be put back together again in your life?

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interesting uncertainty even as you stay well-grounded? Yes! MAY: You can increase your power by not hiding your weakness. People will trust you most if you show your vulnerability. A key to this season’s model of success is the ability to calmly express profound emotion. JUNE: Wild cards and X-factors and loopholes will be more available than usual. Don’t be shy about using them. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): FEBRUARY: The world may finally be ready to respond favorably to the power you’ve been storing up. MARCH: Everything you thought you knew about love and lust turns out to be too limited. So expand your expectations and capacities! APRIL: Extremism and obsession can be useful in moderation. MAY: Invisible means of support will become visible. Be alert for halfhidden help. JUNE: Good questions: What do other people find valuable about you? How can you enhance what’s valuable about you? SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): FEBRUARY: You’ll have the need and opportunity to accomplish some benevolent hocus-pocus. For best results, upgrade your magical powers. MARCH: Make sure the turning point happens in your power spot or on your home turf. APRIL: You should be willing to go anywhere, ask any question and even risk your pride if necessary so as to coax your most important relationships into living up to their potentials. MAY: If at first you don’t succeed, change the definition of success. JUNE: You can achieve more through negotiation and compromise than you could by pushing heedlessly ahead in service to your single-minded vision. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): FEBRUARY: A new phase of your education will begin when you acknowledge how much you have to learn. MARCH: Initiate diplomatic discussions about the Things That Never Get Talked About. APRIL: Revise your ideas about your dream home and your dream community. MAY: You have the power to find healing for your oldest lovesickness. If you do find it, intimacy will enter a new Golden Age. JUNE: Solicit an ally’s ingenuity to help you improvise a partial solution to a complex problem. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): FEBRUARY: Start a new trend that will serve your noble goals for years to come. MARCH: Passion comes back into fashion with a tickle and a shiver and a whoosh. APRIL: As you expand and deepen your explorations, call on the metaphorical equivalents of both a telescope and a microscope. MAY: This is the beginning of the end of what you love to complain about. Hooray! JUNE: You’ll have an abundance of good reasons to celebrate the fact that you are the least normal sign in the zodiac. Celebrate your idiosyncrasies! PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): FEBRUARY: You’ll have a knack for enhancing the way you express yourself and present yourself. The inner you and the outer you will become more unified. MARCH: You’ll discover two original new ways to get excited. APRIL: Be bold as you make yourself available for a deeper commitment that will spawn more freedom. MAY: What are the gaps in your education? Make plans to mitigate your most pressing area of ignorance. JUNE: Your body’s ready to tell you secrets that your mind has not yet figured out. Listen well.

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