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Site next to RT station makes a lot of sense Sacramento has a crisis. We don’t need a formal census to see that the number of people living outdoors under our freeways, on our streets and in our parks has grown. This epidemic threatens not only our collective economic future, but our core values as a community. Inaction is not an option. The City Council, led by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, has committed to locating at least 100 shelter beds in each council district. My colleagues and I are pursuing different approaches to reach this goal. In addition to finding feasible sites, one of the biggest challenges we face is winning neighborhood support. Many Sacramentans want to see homelessness addressed, but few want a shelter in their neighborhood. Some fear that new shelters will attract more homeless people. But in truth, research shows that many of those living on the streets are in or near the neighborhoods where they grew up or previously lived. They are our neighbors. I have spent a lot of time searching for an appropriate shelter location in my district. After much consideration, I identified an underused Sacramento Regional Transit parking lot off Florin Road and Indian Lane as a potential site. The proposed shelter will house 100 adults who are living outdoors within two miles of the shelter site and who are directly referred by the city’s police outreach team. The Regional Transit board is scheduled to debate this proposal as soon as March 11. This shelter will not hurt the neighborhood, and in fact will address existing problems. It will be run by an experienced operator chosen by competitive bid. The city will focus on bringing

Jay Schenirer represents District 5 on the Sacramento City Council.

in people from the surrounding neighborhood, not from elsewhere. Once indoors, residents will get the services and support they need to stabilize their lives and move into permanent housing. All services, meals and sanitation facilities will be contained on site. The city will increase police patrols and fund a crew of homeless individuals who will clean the shelter site, nearby light rail station, and surrounding neighborhood. The shelter operator will be responsible for 24-hour security, and the city will lease a portable trailer for a RT transit officer sub-station next to the Florin light rail station. Although the proposed shelter is intended for adults, we also are working with our schools, particularly nearby Luther Burbank High School and its Law and Social Justice Academy. The shelter can create learning opportunities and partnerships, especially for our young people, many of whom have experienced homelessness or who have friends or family experiencing homelessness. I ran for City Council to improve our city and help meet the many challenges before us. Homelessness is a challenge that we must surmount if we are to be a successful community and create a city where all Sacramentans can thrive. Based on our experiences at the North Sacramento triage shelter, we have found a successful strategy to get people off the street and reclaim their lives. But first, we must provide the shelters. Ω

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A large fire takes both fuel and a spark. PG&E now admits that its equipment “probably” caused November’s Camp Fire that killed 85 residents, destroyed 19,000 structures and wiped out most of Paradise. The utility, which filed a bankruptcy notice in January, will pay more than $10 billion in Camp Fire related costs. Given PG&E’s safety record and given that its idea of corporate governance included rewarding the departing CEO with a $2.5 million severance package just before filing bankruptcy, PG&E should be held accountable. The stockholders who allowed this kind of mismanagement should lose their investment. But in all likelihood Paradise was destined to have a catastrophic fire regardless of PG&E’s negligence. Many things could have provided the spark for the fire. Lightning strikes, arson, a car fire, you name it. The big problem is that Paradise was ready to burn. The experts knew it and not enough was done to prevent it. In 1993, our sister paper, the Chico News & Review, ran a cover story, “Inferno in Paradise,” a prophetic fictional piece about a future Paradise fire. The story—based on information from a study of the 1991 Oakland fire that killed 23 people and destroyed nearly 3,000 dwelling units—came to the shocking conclusion that a Paradise fire could be much worse, trapping 9,000 people in a fiery hell. The 1993 cover story predicted many of the elements of the actual Camp Fire. It foretold the chimney effect of ridge topography, with high, steep canyons and narrow plateaus that would create challenges for firefighters and worsened transportation bottlenecks that would make it difficult to evacuate. It foretold the large number of elderly residents who would lack transportation to escape. It was a chilling account, written 25 years ago. 8   |   Sn&r   |   03.07.19

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Over the 25 years that followed, what was done? Not enough. When I talked to a former Cal Fire employee about the Camp Fire, he said it was common knowledge that Paradise was a disaster waiting to happen. In my experience, most disasters are waiting to happen. Some just take longer than expected. We should do something about it. According to the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers Report Card, the nation needs $123 billion for backlogged bridge rehabilitation, $45 billion to repair aging dams, $28 billion to fund passenger rail projects ... and the list goes on. These seem like big numbers, unless you compare them to the trillions of dollars spent on our war in Iraq or the recent Republican tax cut for the rich, which will cost us $2.3 trillion over the next 10 years. Giving the rich tax breaks while we allow our country’s infrastructure to deteriorate is insane. It is time to face reality. The inferno is coming. Enough is enough. It is time to reverse these tax breaks for the rich that only serve to increase our country’s income inequality. If the rich paid their fair share of taxes, we would have enough money to fix our infrastructure. We could fix those bridges. We could maintain our dams. We could repair the railroads. And more. We could build housing. We could create good jobs with livable salaries. We could build public transportation. We could adequately fund our schools and colleges. There will always be sparks. Let’s stop waiting for the next disaster and start preventing it. Ω

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Clockwise from left: District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert stands silent as video of Stephon Clark’s shooting plays behind her; Mayor Darrell Steinberg addresses the media after the DA announces she won’t charge the officers who killed him; and Stevante Clark, brother of Stephon, says a day later that his family will continue fighting for justice. Photos by Karlos rene ayala, Kris hooKs and dave KemPa

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Gray walls, gray carpet, gray faces. Sleep- and stress-puffed eyes. A scrum of reporters pack in tight with their equipment, logging in, setting up, test-firing lenses. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert stands inside the doorway, hands folded, eyes down, waiting for her cue. Somewhere through the wide, sixthfloor window is a grieving family waiting to be let down, to feel loss again.

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On March 2, nearly one year after two Sacramento police officers turned a corner in a Meadowview backyard and opened fire, Schubert made the announcement many expected: She would not file criminal charges against Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet for killing Stephon Clark while he stood in his grandparents’ backyard with only a cellphone in his hand.

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The news was both anxiously awaited and widely predicted. Faith leaders, community activists, legal and public health professionals, and city officials had convened for weeks inside City Hall to discuss how best to respond to and channel the anger from Schubert’s impending decision. Sometimes an emotional venue to speak openly about historical trauma, the Friday meetings were a tacit acknowledgment that many in Sacramento expects only rubber-stamp

endorsements of deadly force from its elected district attorney. There’s a reason for that. Since the DA’s office restarted its use of force reviews in 2014 and through 2017, it has cleared officers in 33 shootings all on Schubert’s watch. (The office has yet to release its findings in four officer-involved shootings from 2017 and, except for the Clark case, it hasn’t finished reviewing any officer shootings or in-custody deaths from 2018.) But in trying to shift the narrative that she is swayed by anything other than the evidence, relatives and activists say that Schubert went too far by disclosing text messages, internet searches and call logs of Clark, who argued with his fiancee two days before his March 18, 2018, slaying. In going to such unusual lengths to interpret the thoughts of a 22-year-old black father of two whose only crime was breaking windows, Schubert invited condemnation from an array of family members, civil rights leaders, community activists and even journalists who had another question: Why didn’t she put the same effort into unpacking the minds of the officers who killed him? “Instead, Stephon Clark is murdered twice,” Saad Sweilem, an attorney for the

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Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said later in a theme repeated in the days since. “First by the police officers who murdered him in his grandmother’s own backyard, then again today by our district attorney. She assassinated—she assassinated his character.” High noon, moment of truth hour. schubert takes the lectern between two flat screen monitors. She preambles. She settles expectations. She foreshadows, listing instructions for a theoretical jury that will never convene. “We’ve done our very best to balance accuracy with compassion,” she says. “When we talk about the role of the district attorney’s office, our question in this review is limited to one question: Was a crime committed?” She takes the long way to answering that question. She starts at the beginning, with a 911 call about a man breaking car windows. There are minor revelations. DNA and glass analysis confirm Clark was in fact the one who broke them, although Schubert stresses that he did not steal anything. She replays the infamous videos from the Sheriff’s Department helicopter overhead and from the officers body-worn cameras. She stands silent as the gunshots pop from the screen behind her. Clark dies with her back turned. She builds a case. Officers’ accounts are presented as credible: Clark swore and pointed at them as if he had a gun. A spark of light looked like a muzzle flash. Actions are imbued with meaning: Clark advanced toward officers, rather than alongside his grandmother’s house. Legal assumptions are extended: The statements officers made after shooting Clark are “inherently reliable” because they were spontaneous—even though officers muted their body-worn cameras moments later, suggesting they knew they were being recorded. Schubert cherry-picks evidence. She omits that Mercadal and Robinet never identified themselves as police officers during their pursuit of Clark, including when they chased and shouted and shot at him. Schubert drops hints. She drops bombs. She veers personal. An unsubstantiated domestic violence claim two days before Clark is killed “weighed very heavily on his mind,” she says. A probation violation hung over his head. An unsent email to police denied the incident and expressed fears of returning to jail. On the phone that officers apparently believed was a gun were beseeching texts and unanswered calls to the mother of his two sons and visits to two dozen websites about suicide. Schubert reveals that Clark had alcohol, Xanax, Codeine, Hydrocone, marijuana and cocaine metabolite in his system; two of those substances are suggested as a lethal combo on one of the visited suicide sites.


“Some may wonder, especially today, why She omits that her office has the authority to are we talking about this,” Schubert says. “Isn’t request whatever information it deems necessary it invasive? Isn’t it disrespectful? But I’ll say it to complete its review. She resists stating the again, our job is to consider all the facts ... even obvious: Her office never bothered asking such the ones that may be uncomfortable for us to talk personal questions. about.” She invites speculation and lets it hang: Is it news travels. news vans and marked and possible that Clark committed suicide by cop? unmarked police cars dot a rain-dampened Sixty-eight minutes in, Schubert closes her downtown. A nondescript sedan idles in an alley argument and delivers her verdict. She says around the corner from the DA’s office; sitting what everyone expected for a year: The officers inside is a police officer in a bullet-proof vest. committed no crime and will not be prosecuted. Cal Expo is on notice. It has agreed to act as a Outside the office where Schubert rests her processing center for arrestees if civic unrest case, people stand in near silence. explodes, according to emails obtained by Less than a minute later, protesSN&R. tors follow Black Lives Both sides have been preparing “The Matter-Sacramento founder for this moment. Both sides are last time I Tanya Faison and head to unsure of what happens next. the Sacramento Police Press conferences are checked, the legal Department where called. Press conferences consequences of more than 100 people procreate. Press conferences decompress for hours. trip over each other. breaking windows is not Inside, reporters Mayor Darrell Steinberg execution.” begin their cross stands at a lectern inside examination. They ask the City Council chambers, Rev. Elizabeth Griswold whether the DA’s office flanked by three council co-pastor, Parkside was as thorough excavating members and two faith leaders. Community Church the officers’ personal lives. He makes explicit what politicians Schubert rubs her hands and have been telegraphing for weeks. shrugs. “Today’s announcement was not a “I don’t know if we received that,” she says surprise,” he says. of officers’ cellphone data. Steinberg politicks. He bullet points the Reporters rifle follow-ups. Schubert contraPolice Department reforms that have already dicts herself. She suggests the officers’ cellphone happened: its pioneering video release policy, history is irrelevant, as the investigation only its revised foot pursuit policy in direct response considered events directly leading up to the to Clark’s death. He repeats his call for a $200 shooting. Reporters point out the contradiction. million investment in “left-behind neighborShe deflects. Her office has “no indication there hoods” such as Meadowview, where the survivwas anything that impaired these officers.” ing Clarks live.

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Steinberg searches for the middle ground through polarizing terrain. Officers have a hard job, he says. “At the same time, they have an awesome power to take a life.” He supports restricting that power. Assembly Bill 392, which would refine officers’ legal justification to employ deadly force, is broached. Steinberg says he supports Assemblywoman Shirley Weber’s bill in principle. Reporters press. “I support the Weber bill,” he says. “There, I said it.” That becomes the headline. Outside City Hall, at an overlapping press conference, Pastor Les Simmons introduces a broad coalition of faith and civil rights leaders. They stand shoulder to shoulder in top coats and Sacramento Area Congregations Together buttons. They are flanked by homeless people inside and outside tents and sleeping bags and wheelchairs. The juxtaposition is accidental. The homeless people were already here, to be dry and safe. Now they are witnesses to a laser-focused pain. Somber-faced speakers take turns using City Hall as a backdrop to press City Hall to do more than what’s being offered inside: Grant a civilian police commission the power to investigate and discipline officers, they urge. Force the department to reform its use of force policies, they demand. Don’t wait for the legislative churn, they say. Fire the officers who shot Clark. Don’t let them police our communities. Don’t let them make another deadly mistake. “The last time I checked, the legal consequences of breaking windows is not execution,” says Rev. Elizabeth Griswold, co-pastor of Parkside Community Church, United Church of Christ. “It is not facing a firing squad in your grandmother’s backyard with no trial. This is not how our system is supposed to work for anyone.” At police headquarters, Chief Daniel Hahn tells reporters that any disciplinary action against the officers won’t be decided until after Attorney General Xavier Becerra releases the results of his investigation. On Tuesday, Becerra announced he wouldn’t file criminal charges against the officers, dashing the hopes of reformers who want his Department of Justice to take use of force reviews away from elected DAs. Unlike Schubert, Becerra didn’t dredge up Clark’s personal affairs. Like Schubert, the A.G. deflected reporters’ questions about how robust his office’s “independent” review actually was and whether he found it problematic that officers never identified themselves before pulling the trigger on Clark. Becerra also wasn’t ready to outright endorse AB 392, though he wondered aloud if the status quo was sustainable. “We must all be willing to write the next chapter of what we call American justice,” he said.

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Darkness falls. “Safe zones” created by city officials in the weeks leading up to the DA’s announcement struggle on short notice to attract youth. At the Oak Park Community Center location, Tasha Johnson with the Greater Sacramento Urban League says at most 12 young people came in around 2 p.m. The scene at the Max Baer Park safe zone is similar, and the Urban League location was closed at least an hour before the expected 8 p.m. time. “We’re hoping that more youth and families come in throughout the week as the news sets in,” Johnson says. Even though the Clark family anticipated the DA’s decision, it’s staggered by the toll. Clark’s grandmother Sequita Thompson is taken to a hospital with shooting chest pains. The news re-broke her heart. Family friend Jamilia Land goes with Thompson. Thompson’s disabled husband stays at home. Clark’s girlfriend Salena Manni is on her way from Los Angeles to Harmony Church on Second Avenue to speak publicly for the first time. Greater Sacramento NAACP president Betty Williams says Manni reached out about three weeks ago, deciding it was time for her voice to be heard. But Manni didn’t know the DA would divulge personal details of her relationship to Clark. She learned that on the flight to Sacramento, says the Rev. Shane Harris, national president of the People’s Alliance for Justice, who escorts her here. The one-story church is intimate. Manni is joined by her parents, Clark’s mother and the two sons Manni had with Clark. Manni’s father holds her older son Aiden, 4, who sleeps through the emotion-wracked event. Younger son Cairo, 2, looks at the strange people snapping photos of him. His eyes are wide and wondrous. Manni comes to the microphones and sobs. She gathers herself and reads a prepared statement. It’s articulate. It recites the talking points of the day. Use this profound travesty, transform and channel it, pass AB 392 to prevent more unarmed black men from dying. She leaves the lectern. She returns to it. She has more to say. She puts down her prepared remarks and speaks from her heart. “What I feel the DA announced today was not about what happened on March 16th, was not about what happened on March 17th, it was about what happened on March 18th, when the officers murdered my fiancé, murdered Stephon Clark,” she weeps. “That’s what this is about. It’s not about anything that happened before that. It’s about the officers who murdered him. Murdered him because he had a cellphone.” Morning comes. It’s Sunday. Stephon Clark was killed on a Sunday. His older brother Stevante resurfaces in the afternoon, for a press conference at Genesis Church in Meadowview. The one-year anniversary looms. Stevante outlines the family’s plan for a “legacy weekend,” beginning March 15. So much will happen on the way to that day—sit-ins and marches and mass arrests and still more press conferences. Still so much left to be said about a man dead too soon. “Stephon is more than just protest,” Stevante says in a calm voice. “Stephon is legislative change. Stephon is communities being united. Stephon is … dreams being fulfilled, not just a kid who died in his grandmother’s backyard.” Ω 12   |   SN&R   |   03.07.19

that’s rich Police corner and arrest  more than 80 Stephon  Clark demonstrators near  Fab 40s neighborhood

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Demonstrators outfoxed police monday evening, piloting a surgically disruptive march through one of Sacramento’s richest neighborhoods. Police, who beefed up security around the Golden 1 Center before the night’s Kings game, responded with overwhelming force—and escalated tensions at a raw moment in the city. Two days after Sacramento County’s district attorney said she would not file criminal charges against the two officers who killed Stephon Clark—and 12 hours before California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the same—police arrested 84 people on a Highway 50 overpass near 51st Street. Numerous participants and witnesses said the quickly planned march, which began at a Trader Joe’s on Folsom Boulevard and 50th Street before cutting through the affluent heart of the Fab 40s neighborhood, was winding down when officers declared an unlawful assembly, hemmed in marchers and ordered them to disperse. Around 10:30 p.m. Monday, community activist Berry Accius said he had just left the march when he got word that Les Simmons, a South Sacramento pastor, had been arrested. The Rev. Shane Harris, national president of the People’s Alliance for Justice, was also arrested. Reporters with the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal and Sacramento State’s college paper were also detained. That prompted Mayor Darrell Steinberg to demand a Tuesday morning audience with Police Chief Daniel Hahn. “No matter the reason an order to disperse was given, no member of the press should be detained for doing their job,” Steinberg said in a statement. Later, he and City Council members asked their Office of Public Safety and Accountability to review the incident. Several protesters gave troubling accounts that police kettled them in on the overpass, making it impossible to follow the orders to disperse. An 18-year-old

J streets after another middle-aged poet and actress who goes by the name white man wearing a “Make America Khalypso tweeted that she overheard one Great Again” hat pushed his way into officer on scene tell another, “So we’re the crowd, his 14-year-old daughter trapping them on the bridge, right?” in tow. The crowd pushed back. A police spokesman didn’t immeSomeone took—and later burned—his diately respond to SN&R’s request for MAGA hat. As he screamed at comment. But police Capt. Norm a demonstrator trying to Leong tweeted around 8:30 defuse the situation, p.m. Monday that officers police wearing riot had “been seeing cars gear rushed the back getting keyed so we Several protesters end of the crowd. are going to move gave troubling The marchers closer into protest accounts that police took 40th Street group to protect up to Folsom vehicle.” He added, kettled them in on the Boulevard, speed“We have not seen overpass, making it ing up as they who is doing the impossible to follow made the 10-block damage.” trek back to where The march began orders to disperse. the demonstration on Folsom Boulevard, began. They then where more than a dozen stopped, turned, and faced officers on bicycles trailed the now massive police presence behind a crowd walking west and behind them on Folsom. On a darkened turning right on 47th Street. Organizers street, a symbolic divide was made led chants about Clark using a makeshift literal: Officers dressed in helmets and sound system attached to a wheelchair. body armor and carrying rifles. A crowd Some rode bikes decorated with flashing of demonstrators, wearing jeans and long neon lights—one with its own radio blarsleeves and holding signs. ing KRS-One’s “Sound Of Da Police” in A demonstrator read once more the front of a line of patrol cars. group’s demands, then all went still as “What we know is that the movers protesters held fists in the air to the riot and shakers who make the decisions police. The MAGA-hat man, who had in this city live in this neighborhood,” followed the march for 12 blocks, broke shouted a South Sacramento woman. the silence with a fart noise. Marchers reveled. As the marchers prepared to disperse, Families in picturesque homes police moved into action. “Move.” peeked around curtains. Curious “Back.” dog-walkers ambled toward the din. A Some marchers made it into vehicles. boy came outside and filmed for a few Others were stuck behind the line of riot moments, before his mother ordered police. To the east, where cops were him back inside. While some Fab 40 pushing them, more police stood guard. residents joined the march, others Pressured from two directions, demonwere less pleased. strators turned right on 51st Street where, A middle-aged white man wearing on the Highway 50 overpass, more cops a hat held his middle finger up to the met them at the end of the bridge. Those marchers as they turned the corner of detained were carted off to a makeshift J and 45th streets. processing center at Cal Expo. Ω Police upped the ante outside Mercy General Hospital on 40th and

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Staff members at immigration detention centers “The standards are so low for these detention in California delayed medical appointments for centers, and they are not regulated the way that they patients complaining of shortness of breath. They should be,” said Angelica Salas, executive director inadequately supervised suicidal youths. And in one of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights. case, they failed to refer a patient with dangerously In addition to one-day visits to all of the facililow blood pressure to a physician. ties, Becerra’s Department of Justice conducted These and other health and safety problems more comprehensive investigations of three: the were detailed in two reports released on February Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility, Theo 26. The reports, produced by state Attorney General Lacey Facility in Orange County and the West Xavier Becerra and State Auditor Elaine Howle, County Detention Facility in Contra Costa County. found that the inadequate medical care, along with Contra Costa County decided last year no longer to other health and safety risks, posed a serious danger house immigrant detainees in its facility. to immigration detainees. The department found a number of health and Becerra and Howle blamed the federal and local safety problems in the centers: governments for failing to oversee the detention Staff at the Yolo facility did not adequately centers, allowing the health and safety violations to address the mental health needs of detainees and persist. “Everyone in this country has constitutional overused psychotropic medications. One youth rights, and everyone at the end of the day, child had been cutting himself but wasn’t put under and adult, deserves to be treated in a a special watch. Providers conducted humane way,” Becerra said at a news superficial medical examinations that conference in San Francisco. failed to rule out serious injuries The U.S. Immigration and Customs or health conditions, including immigrants, who Enforcement is committed to one case in which a detainee stayed an average “ensuring all detainees are complained of testicular pain. treated in a humane and profesA shortage of bilingual medical of more than 50 days, sional manner,” spokeswoman staff compromised the confidenwere held in civil, Lori Haley countered in a written tiality of medical care and made not criminal, statement. “The safety, rights and it more difficult to access care. health of detainees in ICE’s care Unqualified personnel, including detention. are of paramount concern and all detention officers, deputies and ICE detention facilities are subject to licensed vocational nurses, made medistringent, regular inspections.” cal decisions. Dental services were often Haley’s statement didn’t discuss the specific delayed, including one case in which a detainee findings in the reports. needed urgent care for a probable “tooth eruption.” Becerra described his report as an initial look at Other detainees were denied fillings and root canal conditions in the 10 California centers that housed procedures. immigration detainees in 2017, when his review Becerra said the federal government is not began. The centers, overseen by ICE, hold people ensuring its own standards are met. And while some awaiting immigration hearings or deportation. The of the facilities already have made changes, he said federal centers have come under increased scruhe will continue monitoring them to ensure they tiny as President Donald Trump has stepped up adequately address their shortcomings. He didn’t immigration enforcement, with reports of deaths, rule out legal action. abuse and substandard medical care. A separate but equally damning report by the Over the past three years, nearly 75,000 state auditor concluded that California cities that immigrant detainees were housed in the 10 contract with ICE to house immigration detainees California facilities. The immigrants, who stayed are not providing adequate oversight, putting the an average of more than 50 days, were held in detainees’ health and safety at risk. Ω civil, not criminal, detention. The federal Office of Inspector General also This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially examined detention facilities and revealed health independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. An and safety problems such as nooses in cells and unabridged version of this story is available at newsreview.com/ sacramento. “improper and overly restrictive segregation.”








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The Iu-Mien are Sacramento’s spirited but little-known refugee community that’s starting to find its voice

by Scott thomaS anderSon sc otta@ ne wsrev i ew . com

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rolling echo rumbles under the call of what sounds like a songbird. People in the auditorium turn as the musician appears, conjuring a long, soaring cry from his pineand-copper mountain flute. Then he leads a trio of men through the gathering. Their music gets louder. It’s a melody that is completely unknown to the streets outside. It’s the sound of a people whose memories have roamed countries, continents and one vast ocean. More than 30 years ago, a hill tribe called the Iu-Mien began arriving in South Sacramento. They were escaping the cost of supporting U.S. troops in the chaos of the Vietnam War. The capital city soon became home to largest community of Iu-Mien anywhere outside Asia, now about 15,000 strong. These refugees had migrated long distances over 10 centuries, but now they found a place to end their wandering. Yet, despite their love for their new home, these survivors make up one of the smallest and least-known threads of Sacramento’s thriving cultural fabric.

Now, the Iu-Mien are beginning to tell their own story as part of a mission to keep their heritage intact. Their customs may have survived wars, revolutions and upheavals, but in Sacramento they face a different threat: assimilation into a country where the Iu-Min have been quietly contributing. As the musicians keep moving through the gathering, it’s the younger faces in the audience who must save the community’s traditions and identity. Only recently has their generation brought the Iu-Mien experience into the medical profession, Sacramento City Hall and even the state Capitol. That’s allowed them to give the community a voice. The new generation also hopes that Sacramentans will decide it’s finally time to meet the Iu-Mien.

MeMories froM the earth There’s a graceful swaying to the way the elders dance, men and women moving in pairs, their ritual garbs swinging as they follow the call of the mountain flute. The men pretend to stir the ground with wooden dowels. The women pretend to make

“Giving back to family and friends, having a sense of community, those are things i like about iu-Mien culture. there’s a sense of duty.” Stacy Saecho, deputy legislative counsel sprinkling motions over their shoulders. Each pair takes elegant steps to the side, as if kicking dirt on a broken field. They’re reenacting rice-planting techniques they once used in the hills of Laos, the men hoeing the land, the women seeding the soil. This fusion of dance and storytelling was part of a Iu-Mien Lunar New Year’s celebration at the Fruitridge Collaborative on Feb. 2. Looking on was James Saeteurn, who glanced at reactions of elders surrounding him. “It helps them remember,” he says. “For the older people watching, they grew up around that planting; but now they haven’t seen it for 30 years.” In Southeast Asia, the Iu-Mien were masters of a slash-and-burn method of subsistence farming they learned over centuries of being on the move. A distinct ethnic group with roots in southern China, it’s generally believed the Iu-Mien were forced out of China in the 17th century by imperial

Fahn Fou Saephanh and Nai Cho Saechao prepare for the Iu-Mien Lunar New Year event on February 2 in South Sacramento.

persecution. They began sojourning into Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. In the 1960s, the Iu-Mien who remained in China fled to Laos to escape Mao Zedong’s cultural revolution. Their brush with communism may have influenced why they chose to fight alongside the Hmong in the “secret army” led by the Central Intelligence Agency. That force of hill tribes in Laos battled North Vietnamese soldiers and Viet Cong guerillas on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Iu-Mien also provided surveillance to American fighter planes and rescued downed pilots stranded in the jungle. Similar to South Vietnamese soldiers and the Hmong clans, the Iu-Mien faced devastating consequences when the United States withdrew from Southeast Asia in 1975. Fleeing a violent vendetta from the communist government in Laos, most spent several years inside crowded Thai refugee camps where hunger was extreme. The Iu-Mien arrived in Sacramento in one burst of migration between 1979 and 1983. James Saeteurn, a 36-year-old program analyst, says his parents’ generation was immediately drawn to the area’s agriculture. Some quickly found work in the region’s strawberry fields and vegetable farms. The Iu-Mien also became deeply involved in urban farming, including the expansive community garden in Lemon Hill. Many families tend their own elaborate gardens, growing basil, mint, cilantro, tomatoes, chili peppers, lemon grass and eggplant— all staples to traditional dishes such as Tum Som (a spicy papaya salad) or Ka-Soy (an herb and rice noodle broth). There’s a direct thread between Sacramento’s famed farmers markets and the dance the elders performed on stage—this tribute to their lost, Laotian rice fields. After the audience gave them a loud round of applause, Chai Choy Saeteurn stood before them to recite a chant from Iu-Mien folklore.

Ritual songs and blessings are just part of how the Iu-Mien stay connected to their past. Another way is handling urban livestock. Their festive wedding ceremonies include slaughtering live pigs and chickens at the groom’s home, with his family using the fresh meat to prepare dishes such as steamed pork, chicken larb gai, fried pork belly and pig’s blood gelatin. “We were the original farm-to-fork here,” James Saeteurn says with a laugh. “But it was more like backyard-to-kitchen table.” Over the years, some Iu-Mien have transitioned from field laborers to independent farm owners, a few even supplying strawberries to national outfits such as Dole Food Company. James Saeteurn says there’s no denying his people have spent three decades becoming an integral part of the Golden State’s agricultural story. “We have an extremely rich history here,” he stresses. “We’ve contributed to a lot.”

Lessons on a new Life Koy Saeteurn walks through the cold morning light toward the front of City Hall. She’s the first Iu-Mien-American to hold a high-level position within its bustling offices, and she says the reason she’s so involved in politics has everything to do with a memory never far from her heart. Her parents, Mahn Hin and Yooncho Saeteurn, met and fell in love in Thailand’s Nam Yao refugee camp. Mahn Hin barely made it there alive. When she was 16, she fled through the jungles of Laos, barefoot and running with a lone sack of rice on her back. She and her fellow villagers were shot at by Communist soldiers and were trying to avoid hidden landmines in the forest and nighttime military patrols along the river. Mahn Hin’s “hidden thread” brother-in-law was continued on page 16

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hit by shrapnel and later died. The violence of the secret war, and the viciousness of the Pathet Lao’s purge that followed, would never be forgotten by the Iu-Mien. Growing up, Koy Saeteurn noticed her mother would often cry, but rarely wanted to talk about what happened in the jungle. That was hard for her to watch, but the memory that stays with her the most was when she was 5 and Mahn Hin was working in a strawberry field in the Central Valley. Sitting in a van watching her mother toil under the relentless sun, she pieced together that her mom was paid partly by how much the crates of strawberries weighed. Koy Saeteurn remembers pouring sand into the crates, hoping her mom wouldn’t have to work so hard. Mahn Hin scolded her about it, but the little girl was determined to help. It didn’t matter since the sand kept pouring through holes in the bottom of the crate. For Koy Saeteurn, the futility of the act came to symbolize a larger hopelessness refugees experience when first trying to rebuild their lives. The family didn’t have child care or health care. The few toys at Christmas came from police officers dressed as Santa Claus. In her mind, all those feelings of uncertainty still swirl around the image of sand falling through a strawberry crate. “I was trying to take that weight off my mom’s shoulders, the pressure to provide for her family,” Koy Saeteurn recalls, brushing back tears. “It was a key memory for me, because it was a driving force …It made me want to be better, and to give back—for my mom, for my parents—and to know that their sacrifice was worth it.” She majored in political science at UC Davis, and now works as a field representative for Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra, who told her about his own family’s immigrant story working in the fields. She wants to help Guerra combat local poverty. “The community engagement piece, the advocacy piece, it’s why I love working in Sacramento,” she says. “And when the vice mayor asks me for advice ... I try to answer in the shoes of little Koy on that strawberry field.” Lately, one form of her advocacy is related to the Iu-Mien’s seeming invisibility in the Vietnam War narrative. State lawmakers recently passed Senate Bill 895, which develops new curriculum in public schools on U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asian and its fallout. Specifically, the bill ensures new generations will learn about the South Vietnamese contribution to the war, as well as how the Hmong fought in the CIA’s secret army and the geopolitical events that led to the Cambodian genocide.

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Authored by then-state Senator Janet Nguyen, an Orange County Republican who was born in Vietnam, the legislation is also meant to educate Californians on how these refugee communities became such a vital part of state’s social fabric. But the bill leaves out recognizing the Laotian and Iu-Mien soldiers who fought for the United States. Koy Saeteurn and others in Sacramento’s Iu-Mien community are working with state Senator Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, to fix that oversight. Navigating the government bureaucracy has become easier for the Iu-Mien now that a new generation of professionals are active around the state Capitol, people such as Deputy Legislative Counsel Stacy Saechao. She grew up in Antelope, graduated from the University of the Pacific and has been working in the Legislature for several years. Because her position is nonpartisan, she can’t advocate for specific bills, including a fix for SB 895. She can, however, help the Iu-Mien community learn about the ins-andouts of the legislative process. “I do work in the arena, and I don’t know of a lot of Iu-Mien people who do,” Stacy Saechao says. “If you look at our neighborhoods in South Sacramento, in Antelope or North Highlands, the Iu-Mien like to create little villages ... Giving back to family and friends, having a sense of community, those are things I like about Iu-Mien culture. There’s a sense of duty.”

The language of survival Kevin Saephan was 6 when his family woke him up in the middle of the night and told him they had to leave a small village not far from Laos’ southern border on the Mekong River. His grandmother strapped a bag of rice around his shoulders and led him by the hand into the darkness. Everyone in the village was trying to make it to Thailand before they were killed or forced into a re-programming camp. “After the war, the people who are involved with the American soldiers—and even the people who weren’t involved—could be easily prosecuted and taken away,” Saephan remembers. “We made it to Thailand after we met a fishing boat at 4 o’clock in the morning.” His family spent four years in the Chiang Kham refugee camp before they were given a chance to emigrate to the United States. They arrived in 1979, among the very first wave of Iu-Mien to come to Sacramento County. While he was still young enough to learn English and get through school, that path was harder for the adults. His generation could see family ties being disrupted and conflicts between children and elders.

“The kids became the main breadwinners of the family, even with the teens, because they learned the language fast,” Saephan says. “They adapted a lot quicker, so they didn’t feel like their parents had the knowledge to support them. They got into the mode of supporting themselves and surviving for themselves. Then, challenges came between the parents and the kids.” Saephan sits in a quiet café on the border of South Sacramento. It has been a week since he spoke in front of the Iu-Mien’s Lunar New Year gathering, but the mesmerizing sound of the mountain flute still makes him smile. Its proper name in Iu-Mien is the Fanh Diqc—and there are only six people in Sacramento’s entire community left who know how to play it. Saephan, 51, is just old enough to remember living in the Laotian hilltops where the Fanh Diqc originates. He fears that the centuries-old art form is on the verge of dying out in California. That has already happened to the Iu-Mien’s special tradition of silver-smithing. He saw these challenges coming 20 years ago when he and a handful of others set to

Special beads, embroidery and silver work make the Iu-Mien’s ceremonial attire stand out.

make sure the Iu-Mien could find their place in the American melting pot without losing the unique parts of their identity. He started working with other Iu-Mien professionals, including Chiem Seng Yaangh at the Sacramento City Unified School District, to turn a small organization called Iu-Mien Community Services into a larger nonprofit. In 2002, he became its first official board president. One of the initial programs he and Yaangh launched was the Iu-Mien Student Conference to prepare teenagers for career success while also helping parents support them, even if they didn’t speak English. Stacy Saechao, when she was a high school student in Antelope, ditched class to attend the conference. “The [Iu-Mien] kids around North Highlands were in a different school district and weren’t set up to go,” she recalls with smile. “We lied and said everybody’s aunt had a funeral, which got us all an excused absence.” The conference, preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year, showed students that there could be real opportunities ahead of them.

Iu-Mien Community Services also runs a program for seniors to promote health and combat isolation. Board president Nai Sio Saechao, a registered nurse, says the program sometimes helps get the elders counseling for the trauma that lingers from their war and refugee experience. “A lot of them do have isolation and depression, because they’re really just at home by themselves, especially since they used to live in villages where they were all connected,” Nai says. But the nonprofit’s initiative with perhaps the highest stakes is its Iu-Mien language class. Very few in Sacramento under the age of 40 can speak fluently, though many special nuances of the culture are embedded in its language. The group offers free Iu-Mien classes for all ages every Monday and Tuesday in South Sacramento. Saechao said that is a good start, but says the only real chance for the language to survive is for younger parents like herself to prioritize teaching it to their kids, insisting it be at least one of the languages spoke inside their homes. “The classes alone can’t save it,” she said. Saephan agrees, but is encouraged by a rising new genre of music attracting some of Sacramento’s Iu-Mien teenagers. It fuses American dance music with Iu-Mien lyrics and has inspired a number of teens to check out the language class. For Koy Saeteurn, these concerns about the language—or where the next generation of shaman will come from—are serious issues for the community. But, she says, these questions also show that the hardships endured by elders allowed their children and grandchildren to have new, meaningful lives in America. They’re now seizing opportunities, building rewarding careers and finding ways to save the Iu-Mien culture. “If you think about it,” she says, “it’s literally the American dream.” Ω

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“BJ” Jones, the master artist and instructor at Hue Paint & Sip on March 2. She created the original “Ride Along” piece that everyone learned to paint.

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t Hue Paint & Sip Studio on a recent Saturday, rows of easels held identical canvases, blank except for pencilstenciled outlines of the same step-through bicycle frame. These graphite guidelines take the infinite possibilities of the blank canvas away, making the prospect of filling it up with paint more approachable and limited. The master artist and instructor for the evening, “BJ” Jones, created the original “Ride Along” piece—along with every other colorful painting in the purple-accented, oversized wine glass-endowed establishment in East Sacramento. There are many options for paint-and-sip events in Sacramento. It’s trendy, approachable and everywhere: at local restaurants, in private homes or in new venues including Jacqueline Johnson’s studio. In fact, the city has a seemingly endless supply of paint nights, featuring smocked painters lined up in a row—all working on the same exact painting. Paint-and-sip nights feature all the undeniably agreeable super-hits: beautiful beaches, moonlit meadows, towering trees and pleasant pets—but are they too agreeable?

the painters Cara Gregor of Cara Emilia Designs works as a creative employee at Heringer Estates, the Clarksburg vineyard and winery. She got her foot in the paint-sip door through the company, but now holds her own classes at venues and parties throughout Sacramento and Davis. A few years ago, when Heringer Estates decided to start running paint-and-sip events, Gregor, who was in the sales department, was tapped for the job. She’d never been to a paint night, but her lifelong love of painting took the wheel. For Gregor, bringing art into people’s lives has been a largely positive experience. A typical paint-and-sip lasts a couple hours and leads participants through the steps of recreating a pre-made painting. It’s an ideal outing for someone

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who doesn’t necessarily think of themselves as an artist. “This is the interesting thing about art,” Gregor said. “People are not used to being creative, necessarily, all the time, and they’re not used to being around art supplies. But we were all around art supplies in kindergarten and preschool.” There are many fun-night-out paint classes going on around Sacramento. Some of them mix paint with wine, coffee or beer—not literally. Gregor’s classes share the space and libations of coffee shops and breweries, such as Philz Coffee and Sactown Union Brewery, and put people in a mindset where they’re willing to try new things. From local brick-and-mortar studios to national franchises that paint in restaurants, there are a slew of weekly options, including the Painted Cork, Hue Paint Studio and Yaymaker Sacramento (formerly Paint Nite). A night of painting ranges from $20 to $60; food and drinks can be purchased from host venues or brought from home, depending on policies. Davina Vargas, Yaymaker Sacramento’s regional general manager, says there can be 120 to 220 local paint nights in a given month—good numbers, she says, competitive with Los Angeles and San Francisco. “Sacramento is doing really well,” Vargas said. “Sacramento, for one, has the income for it and, for two, has the people who are up for coming out and trying new things.” This echoes a recent city survey about the creative proclivities of Sacramento, which showed 51 percent of those polled considered themselves “an artist, craftsperson, or creative worker.” That’s a big market, and it makes sense that more businesses are providing art-themed activities. Yaymaker’s recent name change was an effort to shift from the increasingly ubiquitous “Paint Nite” and distinguish itself from the growing competition. Yaymaker has some advantages—such as large data insights on customer preferences. With more than 20,000 artistsubmitted paintings in its system available for use in 1,800 cities, the company can see what subjects do best. “A lot of things with flowers and mountains have done well,” Vargas said.

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“A lot of things with flowers and mountains have done well. Things that have to do with pets do really well ... Those sell like crazy. Dogs, cats, animals; people love to paint that stuff.” davina vargas regional manager, Yaymaker Sacramento

“Things that have to do with pets do really well … Those sell like crazy. Dogs, cats, animals; people love to paint that stuff.” The top Yaymaker painting is by a Boston artist named Andrea Soto, called

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Tamara Jackson used to run painting classes featuring a different creative instigator: cannabis. “It all happened for me by fluke,” she said. “I can only paint when I’m high. That’s where it started.” She stopped holding puff-and-paint nights because it was difficult to find cannabis-friendly venues, but her classes could also get weird. Once, her students were painting a pond and one woman wanted to add some fish—and there happened to be a package of Goldfish crackers laying around. “She took the Goldfish crackers and she glued them to her painting,” Jackson said. The structure of traditional paintand-sips was something she wanted to avoid. “At the end of the night, their pictures look the same,” she said. “You drew the outline for me and I was able


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The paint-and-sip experience at Hue feels a lot like riding in an airplane. You hear the enthusiastically explained rules for the evening, you place drink orders from your seat and there’s virtually no chance of a crash—it’s pretty swanky. Part of me chafes at the structure, but another part loves just filling in lines with paint. All across the room, small deviations from the sample painting feel like big victories. You can choose what colors to use; you can be bold or toned down. It’s an encouraging environment. BJ is in performance mode the entirety of the nearly three-hour class—the most impressive aspect of the evening. She has been doing these kinds of classes for about five years, and she produced all of the studio’s rotating paintings over a three-week period. I feel conflicted. I don’t want to make the same thing as a room full of people. I want to stand out. With billions of people on the planet, little reminders that you’re not special cut deeply. Who cares if my bike was red or purple—what will I have to show for my life when it’s over? Does anything I do matter?

Are you in there, Maxfield? We’re kidding, he’s fine! He actually had a good time.

“Lola in the Fall,” a silhouette of a woman in a multicolored dress. It’s grossed around $32,000 for the artist—$10 for every time it’s used. Across the country, paintings that appeal to the most people are being reused over and over in classes; imagine all those copies of “Lola in the Fall” out in the world. Nearly everything we own is massproduced by the hundreds of thousands, but some believe that by definition, art should be unique.

to stay in the lines. Wow. When I’m doing the puff-and-paint parties, everybody’s picture is so different.”

Back in the studio Often, paint and sip is like an episode of The Twilight Zone, and I needed to get to the bottom of it. That’s how I ended up behind the brush, tasked with painting the same bicycle so many others have painted.

Unfortunately, I don’t think we can blame existential dread exclusively on paint-and-sip. It makes painting more approachable. It’s a cathartic way to spend an evening. Is it art? Well, it made me question my place in this city, the world and the universe—so, yes. Ω To schedule a night at Hue Paint & Sip, visit huepaintstudio.com. Tickets are typically $39. Materials include a 16x20 paint canvas, apron, paint and brushes.

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Director of Vietgone Jeffrey Lo (center) and his cast pose on the stage before their rehearsal at Capital Stage on March 3.

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From left to right: Jomar Tagatac, Anthony Chan and David Crane, who plays a redneck biker who picks a fight with Tagatac and Chan during rehearsal at Capital Stage on March 3.

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When Jeffrey Lo first saw Vietgone, he was thrilled by the play’s irreverence, complete disregard for theater norms and unique Asian-American story. “It was really the most visceral and magical experience I’ve ever had,” says the Bay Area-based director. “It was truly special because of the fact that this show is just so clearly and unapologetically written for the Asian-American community from the Asian-American community.” Now, Capital Stage will bring Vietgone to Sacramento audiences for the first time, with Lo as director. Previews for the Steinberg Award- and Ted Schmitt Award-winning play begin Wednesday, March 13, featuring an all Asian cast for the first time in the theater company’s history. 20   |   SN&R   |   03.07.19

In Vietgone, playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story of his parents falling in love as new refugees in the United States during the Vietnam War. The play moves from Vietnam to Arkansas to California as the characters wrestle with the trauma of displacement, culture shock and racism—oh, and there’s a ninja fight. “It’s so funny and fun that you don’t even realize you’re watching the birth of an American citizen,” says Michael Stevenson, Capital Stage’s producing artistic director. Vietgone lands in the second half of Capital Stage’s 2018-19 season, #SearchingForAmerica, which explores the evolution of American culture during a particularly tense

generation of Asian-American and politically fragmented time playwrights, according to Lo, focused in our history. Stevenson says he on “the double consciousness of wanted to speak to as many different the double hyphenate,” the struggle viewpoints as possible throughout the of being both American and Asian. season, and with almost 20 percent of Sacramento’s population identifying as But Vietgone is part of a new wave of Asian-American plays, fueled by Asian, it was vital to include at least younger voices looking to their parents one Asian-American story. for inspiration. While Vietgone isn’t a political “The current generation seems to play—and doesn’t tackle immigration be wrestling with how many of their issues head-on—it does “humanize the parents came to not want to talk about people who are involved so they’re the hardships they went through, or just not groups and metrics and kind of the potential trauma in their life as cold data,” Stevenson says. an immigrant or as someone “You see that they’re ‘othered’ a great deal people, they’re human living in America,” beings like you and Lo says. “As these I. That’s something “This show is parents grow that gets older, both the overlooked a lot just so clearly and playwrights and these days,” he unapologetically written the parents I adds. believe are The for the Asian-American realizing Vietnam War community from the Asianthey’re running might be an out of time to ever-present American community.” tell this story.” backdrop, Jeffrey Lo In a sense, but it doesn’t director playwrights like completely define Nguyen are creating these characters. their own genre: The action-packed biographical comedies comedy also notably that balance absurdism with subverts Asian stereotypes— touching truths about life as Asian something still frustratingly common Americans. in Hollywood depictions. The father, “You can have a blanket statement for example, is downright sexy, not about the Asian-American experience,” an emasculated Asian man. And Lo says, “but these playwrights are the mother is strong-willed and chronicling the individuality of their anti-maternal instead of quiet and personal stories in a really beautiful subservient. way.” Ω The uptick in Asian-American stories onscreen—Crazy Rich Asians made a huge splash last summer and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before met critical acclaim—is now Catch Vietgone, March 13-April 14 at Capital Stage, being seen onstage. The previous 2215 J Street. $22-$47. capstage.org.

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Muse has been blowing the lids off the world’s grandest enorodomes for a good decade. The British rock trio’s past four albums—The Resistance (2009), The 2nd Law (2012), Drones (2015) and Simulation Theory (2018)—have been accompanied by increasingly ludicrous, arena-sized spectacles, including LED towers for each member of the band, a shape-shifting step pyramid made of video screens, an indoor zeppelin, pyrotechnics, fireworks and lasers. So many lasers. Muse finally seemed to have topped itself, however, with the terrifyingly high-tech Drones World Tour, which featured a squadron of flying robots ominously hovering over the band and the audience. Impressive though they were, the drones themselves frequently malfunctioned on the U.S. leg of the tour, says drummer Dominic Howard. One wayward drone ended up braining bassist Chris Wolstenholme. “The tech we were using, it felt so new, kind of like beta, you know? It was definitely a bit difficult because there were some shows where they didn’t work, and one of them fucking fell out of the sky and landed on Chris’ head, at one point. His head went through it,” Howard says, laughing. “There were a couple of edgy moments and the technology could be a little bit temperamental, so we wanted to bring things slightly more down to earth.” Muse is supposedly scaling back the tech stuff in favor of choreographed performers on the Simulation Theory World Tour, which is rattling Golden 1 Center on Thursday. The band has a history of using non-musicians for elaborate displays, such as aerial acrobats suspended by balloons and an actor playing a Wall Street banker hurling money at the audience. “It’s that kind of stuff,” Howard says, “but there’s a bit more of it and it’s really kind of styled

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and tied in with the Simulation Theory album.” Howard admits that there’s still “a bit of tech knocking around” on the Simulation Theory World Tour. By that, he means Muse has brought to life the enormous cyborg skeleton from its music video for “The Dark Side” to loom over the band onstage, shooting lasers from its mouth. “It’s pretty incredible,” Howard says, sounding giddy. “We didn’t really want to give it away, but we just couldn’t help it. It’s epic, when you see it. It

just looks nuts.” Frontman and guitar wizard Matt Bellamy recently appeared in a promotional video wearing a 12-foot-tall robot suit, somewhat like Ripley in Alien, but it’s unclear whether Bellamy would be able to shred guitar properly in the suit, and Howard isn’t saying if he’s going to wear it onstage. “Robots do appear at some point in the show, and, you know, they’re pretty threatening,” he promises. “I didn’t think we could go this far, but we’ve finally gone too far. At some point, you’ve got to find the limits of what you can do in a rock show. It feels like no one else is doing that in the world of guitar music. It feels pretty unique at the moment.” But that does present a problem: The band that once observed that “endless growth is unsustainable” can’t keep topping itself forever. “That’s the thing, it’s becoming unsustainable,” Howard says. “This is very much about the spectacle, this tour, but the antithesis would be to do something that’s purely about the music and nothing else, which is most likely what we’ll do in the future. At this stage, I don’t know. It’s either back down to earth or straight into space.” By now, we know which direction Muse will steer their starship. They pretty clearly can’t quit killer robots. Ω Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the author’s personal blog.

catch the simulation theory World tour on thursday, March 8 at Golden 1 center. show starts at 7:30pm. Walk the Moon opens. tickets are $95-$400 via ticketmaster.com. 500 David j stern Walk; golden1center.com.

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The Whipping Man

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Wed 2pm & 6:30pm, thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, sat 5pm & 9pm, sun 2pm, tue 6:30pm. through 4/7; $28-$47; b street theatre, 2700 Capitol avenue, (916) 443-5300; bstreettheatre.org.

Nora returns! Knock, knock, KNOCK! A front door vibrates with the sounds of someone arriving at the Helmer household. It’s the same door through which wife and mother Nora famously departed 15 years earlier—the shocking ending to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House. At the time, Ibsen’s play was considered groundbreaking because of Nora’s refusal to accept her rigid role as wife to an emotionally abusive husband. The curtain goes down as she leaves her life behind. Curtain goes up again in Lucas Hnath’s Tony nominated play A Doll’s House, Part 2, which imagines the story years later as Nora drops by the family she left behind. But you don’t have to be familiar with the original to appreciate Hnath’s witty and thoughtful script. The four characters in A Doll’s House, Part 2 are forces to be reckoned with, each presenting the losses, gains, regrets and fall outs that followed Nora’s departure. You need a resilient and talented cast to hold your own while portraying such strong-willed characters who constantly parry with each other. Thankfully, B Street Theatre has assembled an ace team, with Melinda Parrett as Nora, Brian Dykstra as husband Torvald, Tara Sissom as daughter Emmy and Stephanie McVay as Nanny Anne Marie. Director Dave Pierini keeps the cast on task—a challenge when a play calls for each character to show their weaknesses and faults along with their nonapologetic strengths and stubbornness. There are no easy answers or endings, no right or wrong decisions, just an examination of lives lived, decisions made and the consequences that come with both. Ω

Celebration Arts follows up its production of the pre-Civil War drama Abolition with a strong showing of the post-Civil War drama The Whipping Man. A fine cast and outstanding direction by James Wheatley give this play about the scars of slavery and the responsibilities of freedom a fierce strength. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm,

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4 Do the twist, Oliver The Davis Musical Theatre Company, celebrating its 34th year, has opened its production of “Oliver!” directed by Jan Isaacson, and it’s a winner. Co-founder Steve Isaacson is a marvelous Fagin, the criminal who leads a band of child pickpockets. He is mostly kind to the kids he houses, but his hard edge shows when he is coordinating with the likes of the evil Bill Sikes (Jesus J. Madrigal). Brian McCann and Danette Vassar are delightful as Mr. Bumble, the beadle of the workhouse where Oliver grew up, and Mrs. Corney, its matron. The size difference between the two made for some very funny situations, probably not possible in other productions. Elliot deJong is outstanding as the Artful Dodger. Moving from the young people’s program to main productions, deJong takes command of the stage and is enjoyable to watch in every scene. While Gabriel Mark is good as Oliver, with a wonderful voice and good ability to act the part, his one problem is that he needs to control the smile on his face at all times! Hanna Van Noland gives a strong performance as Nancy, Bill Sikes’ girlfriend, who becomes Oliver’s protector and ultimately his savior, at the cost of her own life. She has a strong, emotional voice that’s perfect for the character. —Bev SykeS

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Dancing with the devil Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes—that’s how long it’s been since Empire Arts’ last production of Once More, with Feeling! The live reenactment of the musical episode from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in its third year, which means the stakes are even higher. Get it? Stakes? Vampires? No? OK. Contrary to what the above image implies, Sarah Michelle Gellar will not be performing, but it’s sure to be a fun show regardless. There’s also a costume contest each Saturday night, so come dressed in your most stunning Principal Snyder look. Fri 3/8, 8pm; Sat 3/9, 8pm & 10pm; Fri 3/15, 8pm; Sat 3/16, 8pm & 10pm; Through 3/16; $10-$15; William J. Geery Theater, 2130 L Street; (916) 446-4618; empireartscollective.com.

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“I make a traditional Japanese dish called Pork Kakuni. We take pork and we braise it in sesame, apple and sake. It’s a soft-braised dish, and I’m turning that into tacos,” Takehara says. “It’s almost like a Japanese pulled pork. We put it on tacos shells, top it with cabbage and we make pickled onions to go on top of it. I have cilantro microgreens and I make an avocado cream with yuzu and lemon juice.” Another creative dish from Takehara combines one of his bestsellers, curry, with his take on chili cheese fries. “I was eating chili cheese fries one day and thought, ‘What if I do this with curry?’” Takehara recalls. “Now I’m doing curry on top of fries, crème fraiche, cheese and green onions. I think people are always looking for things to be interested in and not always needing to feel tied down.”

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Between food trends such as avocado toast or the rise of kale as a super green sautéed on pizzas or blended in smoothies, what makes certain foods popular from year to year is somewhat a mystery. Chefs and local experts say the surge of social media usage among diners, who often snap photos of dishes for Instagram or Twitter before taking the first bite, cue them in on what’s what. SN&R asked Craig Takehara, executive chef and co-owner of Binchoyaki in downtown Sacramento; Chris Wong, executive chef and owner of Mighty Good Food catering in Davis; and food scientist Maddison Gurrola about the tastes and habits they predict will take over menus and dining experiences in 2019. 24   |   SN&R   |   03.07.19

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Fusing cultures Menus feature cultural fusions so much these days diners probably don’t even notice. That is, if they’re done well. Takehara of Binchoyaki, an izakaya (Japanese pub) that specializes in Japanese-style barbecue, spent time in Japan learning the art of binchoyaki: “bincho” meaning charcoal and “yaki” meaning grill. Although he enjoys cooking traditional dishes such as Soboro Don (a salty ground chicken dish with slightly sweetened scrambled eggs), piping hot bowls of ramen and fresh hamachi carpaccio, he says he also enjoys mixing it up in the kitchen with “fun food.”

While New York strip and filet mignon are America’s go-to cuts, they’ve got competition. Customers are getting more adventurous with unusual cuts such as livers, hearts, gizzards, gizzard skins, beef tongue and pork cheeks, all of which are now widely available in restaurants. Takehara says pork jowls “sell like crazy” at Binchoyaki. When he opened three years ago, he sold more fish. Today, it’s more meat skewered, seasoned and grilled using maple charcoal he orders from Japan. “People who have been coming here repeatedly, they tend to be a little bit more curious and are willing to try more things now,” Takehara says. “I’ve been trying to seek out different, odd cuts and see what people’s reactions are to them. Everyone seems to be curious and they’re trying more and more.”

Plant-based alternatives As odd cuts trend for some restaurants, plant-based “meats” continue to kick open doors. The Impossible and Beyond Burger brands are two examples that are readily available at fast-food burger chains and locally owned Mediterranean spots such as Kasbah. And cauliflower is having a moment, whether it’s a substitute for mashed potatoes or pizza crust, cut thick and grilled as a substitute for steak, or roasted whole and served with a tangy aioli. It’s pretty much upstaged portobellos.

Maddison Gurrola, a food scientist and UC Davis alum, sees the science behind plant-based alternatives continuing to advance. “I’m seeing a lot of really innovative and cool products coming out that are exciting,” Gurrola says. “The interest on the consumer end is driving more innovation. It’s not just the vegetarian or vegan who is happy eating these products, but really meat-eaters who are looking to cut back on their meat consumption.”

Ethnic spice Wong, a former restaurateur in San Francisco, now brings his dining expertise to the Davis and Napa areas with his catering company Mighty Good Food. He predicts ethnic spices from Filipino, Burmese and Sri Lankan cultures will start to pop up on menus in the warmer months to come. He’s also noticed that peppers and spice blends such as za’atar, sumac and even the aleppo pepper piquing chefs’ curiosities. “I’ve seen a lot of things come and go in waves of popularity, but I think we’re going to see a lot more micro-flavors,” Wong says. “Aleppo pepper is getting famous because it doesn’t have quite the strong heat that chili peppers tend to have. It has a slow, sweet heat that people like.” Turmeric, although not new to most, is an aromatic spice known for its bright yellow color and Gurrola says it’s on a lot of people’s grocery lists. “Turmeric milk, turmeric coffee, turmeric teas for curcumin, one of the bio-active compounds in turmeric that’s supposed to have a lot of positive health benefits to it,” Gurrola says. “People are actively looking for teas and coffees containing turmeric to get those benefits.”

Dining in Food delivery companies such as Blue Apron are inspiring more people to get creative in the kitchen and dine in. Wong says people are also using services such as Mighty Good Food to host more dinner parties. He also says people want to find alternative dining experiences by seeking the latest pop-up restaurant. “I’m not trying to take away from going to restaurants, but this is what I’m seeing,” Wong says. “There’s also a push to legalize home-based businesses and support home cooks ... that will be another level of where we will find interesting food.” Ω

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And the savory mix of fresh flavors in the pot stickers are steamed to perfection and accompanied by a spicy soy sauce. Wan was born in China and moved to Los Angeles with her parents in 1975. She was 13 years old when she left her home country and missed her home, friends and all the familiar flavors. Now, having lived in Sacramento for almost 35 years, Wan feels a strong connection to the community. “I love my Sacramento,” she beamed as her smile grew. “Now this is my hometown.” After working for Cal Fire as an accounting manager for many years, Wan retired to pursue a completely different career, something closer to her heart and taste buds. She bought the restaurant in 2017. Wan said she chose to go into the food service industry as a way to serve and love her community with authentic Cantonese dishes. “With food, I thought it would be a communication,” explained Wan. “I use my heart.” In learning how to be a small business owner, Wan said the hardest—and best— part is the customers. Many are loyal and

appreciative, while some can be critical. “My favorite part is talking to people and when people enjoy the food,” said Wan. “I feel like success in that way.” Gam Le Sing, which means “success” in Cantonese, is different than many Chinese restaurants. American Chinese food is often greasy, battered, deep fried and covered with sticky sweet goo. Not that those gooey fried meat chunks aren’t appetizing, but they’re quite different from traditional Cantonese cuisine. At Gam Le Sing, Wan wants to change how people think about Chinese food by using fresh ingredients and healthier recipes—without losing that amazing tangy, sweet or savory flavor. The dishes offered at Gam Le Sing are not too spicy and many are vegetarian. The menu is extensive and portions are perfect to share (or to take home for lunch the next day). Wan wants her food to be traditional, but is also finding new ways to cook certain dishes in healthier ways. Ω Visit gam le sing at 918 s street, (916) 446-6888; gamleisingchinesetogo.com.

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MUSIC THURSDAY, 3/7 sKIPPer: The hip-hop artist with the HBK Gang

record label will be performing. 6:30pm, $15$18. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

JOeL taYLOr: Craig Stickland joins the Australian singer-songwriter for an

evening of music and accents. 7:30pm, $12$15. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

Muse: Yes, that Muse—they’re coming to

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RangellOnwuegbuzia was 2018’s Poetry Out Loud state champion.

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tICKet WInDOW P!NK Get your pixie cut and bedazzle your clothing, because it’s time for P!NK to come to town. It’s the Beautiful Trauma tour and will feature Julia Michaels, so don’t wait—buy now! 4/10, 7:30pm, $99.94$400, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT IGHT It’s time to play America’s game show—no, not Wheel—The Price is Right will be live, featuring all your favorite product placement guessing games. 5/31 & 6/1, 8pm, $49.95$69.95, on sale now. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, ticketmaster.com.


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They’re still the new kids, and they’re playing with Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty by Nature, Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. 5/30, 7:30pm, $29.95-$179.95, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

FOREIGNER The band famous for their rock songs, including “Juke Box Hero” and others, will be rocking at a level commensurate with their skill and enthusiasm. 6/14,

7pm, $39.95-$79.95, on sale now.

Don’t blink, P!NK!


poetic interpreter crop. None of last year’s top three are returning to compete, so it should be interesting to see which poets’ works draw support from judges. Last year’s champ, Alexis Rangell-Onwuegbuzia, recited compositions by Fatimah Asghar, Randall Mann and Baron Brooke Fulke Greville. Anything could happen this year. 914 Capitol Mall, capoetryoutloud.org.

will be in conversation, as well. 4/29, 7:30pm, $12-$68, on sale now. Harris Center, harriscenter.com.

Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, ticketmaster.com.

thInK gLOBaL gIVe LOCaL: Join other people raising funds for Sol Collective Arts by attending this fundraiser and donating some funds. The Philharmonik will play, as will Zero Forbidden Goals, DJ El Indio, Paul Willis, Sol Amaru and more. Come out and hear some music that supports art. 6pm, by donation. Uptown Studios, Inc., 2415 23rd St.

WOLFgang gartner: Wolfgang Gartner, of DJ fame, will perform. He’s originally from San Luis Obispo, and his real name is Joseph Thomas Youngman. 9:30pm, $9.50. The Park, 1116 15th St.

Yung graVY: The Minnesotan rapper with the

California State library room 500, 10am & 9am, no Cover Fifty-two young poets enter, but there can only be one champion of verse—a person who carries the artistic weight On stage of the state on their shoulders. That’s right, sports fans, it’s another year of California Poetry Out Loud, in which students from across the state go head-to-head with memorized recitations of poems from the greats over two days. It’s the cream of the



Golden 1 Center, they’re bringing all of their instruments they use to play songs and will perform with Walk the Moon. Check out the music feature story on page 22. 7:30pm, $39.50-$94.99. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J. Stern Walk.

meat-dripping sauce name will perform with bbno$ and Tiiiiiiiiiip. 7:30pm, $22$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

FRIDAY, 3/8 aBBa ManIa: Come celebrate the music of ABBA in a way that’s a little bit more commitment than renting Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and features lives music. 7pm, $25-$30. Ace Of Spades, 1417 R St.

BaD Patterns: Local music abounds at this free show, one of the last from Bad Patterns for a while. They’ll be giving away free merchandise and will be joined by Vinnie Guidera & The Dead Birds and Emma Simpson. 6pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.

CItIZen X: Sadiq Bey and Jean-Paul Bourelly

RON WHITE Everyone’s third-favorite

member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour comes to Thunder Valley Casino for some funny, funny comedy. 6/22, 8pm, $42.95$278.95, on sale now. Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, ticketmaster.com.

SANTANA Carlos Santana joins the

Doobie Brothers for an evening of summertime jamming. 6/27, 7pm, $47.50$169.50, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, concerts1.livenation.com.


rocking-est band around will be playing with Barenaked Ladies, just a day after the Doobie Brothers are scheduled to play. 6/28, 7:30pm, $29.50-$129.50, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheatre in Wheatland, concerts1.livenation.com.

form this evening of poetry, voice and music. There will be guitar, soundscapes and much, much more. 7pm, $12-$24. UC Davis, Ann E. Pitzer Center, Hutchinson Road in Davis.

the FaB FOur: Get ready for the next best thing to watching the Beatles live—no, not winning the lottery and buying a boat made entirely of gold—it’s watching this tribute band. 8pm, $37.50-$62.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

KIKagaKu MOYO: Liquid Lights by Mad Alchemy accompany this Japanese band that was featured in last week’s SN&R. If you still have a copy lying around, turn to page 24 and read about it. 9pm, $15-$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

sOns OF sILVer: Featuring the original drummer for Pearl Jam, Dave Krusen and other musicians, this is one soulful band you won’t want to miss as a result of accidentally tying your shoes together. 8pm, $8-$12. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

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uLtraVIOLet: Join Andru Defeye and The Philharmonik as they share this release party for Defeye’s foray into the non-visible spectrum of light. Check out our coverage of the album in last week’s paper. 8:08pm, $10$12. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.

War: The funk band from Los Angeles that bring out the Afro Cuban rock music will be

making electrified walls of sound. 7:30pm, $44.95-$54.95. Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

SATURDAY, 3/9 DeFeCratOr: The anti-human satanic black metal band will be performing for humans with other bands Cartilage, Dearth and Denunciation. 8pm, $10-$12. Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd.

MartY COhen anD the sIDeKICKs: The 2019 SAMMIE nominees Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks will be playing at a bakery that doubles as a restaurant with their original folky music. 6:30pm, no cover. Ettore’s Bakery and Restaurant, 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.

CraDLe OF FILth: The metal band from Suffolk, England and fronted by Dani Filth will play. Suffolk is notable for its horses and desirable coastal climate. 6pm, $32. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

SUNDAY, 3/10 BIg WILD: The electronic music producer will be performing on his Superdream tour, and Robotaki and Mild Minds will also play. 6:30pm, $20. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

CaPItaL JaZZ PrOJeCt: The Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series presents this evening of jazz from the Capital Jazz Project, a Sacramento jazz ensemble staple. 6:30pm, $10$30. CLARA, 2420 N St.

the Irrera BrOthers: Meet the Irrera Brothers. Joseph plays piano while John plays violin—cue The Odd Couple theme music. The two will play some Stravinksy, Beethoven and Vitali. 3pm, $20. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

tYLer Carter: Carter and the SN&R have something in common—we both have issues, although Carter’s Issues was his metalcore band. Check him out when he’s in town. 6:30pm, $15. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

MONDAY, 3/11 DOOBIe: On their Highway to Hell tour, the Ohio rap group will be performing. 7pm, $10$55. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

LIBBY YOrK: The Joe Gilman Trio joins Libby for this night of jazz singing and music. There will be classic hits performed and breathed new life into. 7pm, $25-$75. Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J St.

TUESDAY, 3/12 g. LOVe & sPeCIaL sauCe: Blues are on the menu, as is soul from Ron Artis II & the Truth. Come get an earful or potentially two earfuls of the sonic resonance of these two groups. 8pm, $30-$35. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

s.O.s: The son of Sammy Hagar is bringing his father’s name recognition to bat and will perform with King Daniel for a night of


Sacramento Jewish Film Festival CresT TheaTre, various Times, $9.50-$80

STAB! COMEDY THEATER: Duos Night w/ Vegan Potluck & Yikes. There are two pairs of improv comedians making improv with each other. The improv teams are Vegan Potluck and Yikes! 8pm. Through 3/8. $5. 1710 Broadway.

With nine themes of films that explore the nuances of the Jewish experience worldwide, including Love is Love and IsraeliFILM Palestinian dynamics, this festival has a lot to offer. There are 14 different films to choose from, including I’ve Gotta Be Me, a documentary about Sammy Davis Jr.; The Last Suit, a multilingual drama about a Holocaust survivor and tailor living in Buenos Aires; and Chasing Portraits, a documentary from Elizabeth Rynecki about her discovery of her great-grandfather’s artwork he managed to save before he was killed by the Nazis. 1013 K Street, crestsacramento.org.

garage folk. 7pm, $10-$12. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.


ON STAGE ACTORS WORKSHOP OF SACRAMENTO: Annual One Act Festival. Join the Actors Workshop of Sacramento for the annual installments of one-act plays. If you find more than one act to be burdensome, come take in the entirety of human experience in one digestible piece. Through 3/24. $20. 1721 25th St.

BIG IDEA THEATRE: Reborning. A reborn doll is

celebrations. Noon, no cover. Golden Blades Barber Shop, 2100 Del Paso Blvd.



MONDAY, 3/11



you get a kick out of making ads? It’s time to celebrate the local folks in Sacramento working tirelessly to promote things. There are awards given out, and the theme of the gala is “Decades,” meaning you can dress up in garb from your favorite era of ad-exec fashion. 5:30pm, $100-$125. Hyatt Regency, 1209 L St.

CARRIAGE RETURN THE ART OF TYPOGRAPHY: Check out the event highlight on page 29. 3pm, no cover. Mills Station Arts and Culture Center, 10191 Mills Station Rd. in Rancho Cordova.

IGNITE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PRESENTS THE BASH 2019: Are you a professional or non-professional of any age interested in networking with other similarly or contrarily inclined folks? There will be food, drinks, casino games and more fun networking opportunities. 5:30pm, $30$40. The Falls Event Center, 240 Conference Center Drive in Roseville.

SACRAMENTO BOAT SHOW: Looking to buy a boat? Don’t settle for a second-tier boat show—you deserve the best. Check out this show at Cal Expo featuring all the boats under the sun and over the waves. With all manner of fishing seminars to choose from and other outdoorsy vendors, you could spend a whole weekend here if you wanted. 11am, $12. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

SATURDAY, 3/9 17TH ANNUAL WINE AND JAZZ: Join in the wine dining event of the Folsom jazz season. The music comes from local high school jazz performers. There will be a silent auction and more exciting wine-related activities. 6pm, $40. Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St. in Folsom.

SUNDAY, 3/10 GOLDEN BLADES BARBER SHOP GRAND OPENING: Check out the newest barbershop on Del Paso Boulevard at its grand opening. There will be food, discounts ad other barberly

meat-free burger highlight on page 27—this page, to the bottom right. Noon, $6.50$20. Downtown Davis and UC Davis campus.

FILM THURSDAY, 3/7 20TH SACRAMENTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: Read about the Jewish film festival, it’s focal themes and highlights above. 6:30pm, $13. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

MATEWAN: Take to the Crocker to watch this story play out on a big screen. It’s about coal miners striking in West Virginia, stars Chris Cooper and James Earl Jones and ties in to the Jacob Lawrence exhibition that features blue collar workers. 6:30pm, $8$16. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS: Take in this positively wild documentary film about three strangers who turn out to be way more identical than most strangers are. It’s almost too incredible to be true, but that doesn’t stop it from being true. 7pm, $8. Auburn State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.

FRIDAY, 3/8 SORRY TO BOTHER YOU: Join Showing Up for Racial Justice in this film showing fundraiser for Black Lives Matter Sacramento with the Boots Riley film Sorry to Bother You. 7pm, by donation. Unitarian Universalist Society, 2425 Sierra Blvd.

SATURDAY, 3/9 BLACK HANDS IN THE SOIL: This film celebration brought to you by African Americans for Balanced Health and Farms to Grow, Inc. screens Black Hands in the Soil, a story about Black farmers in the United States. 1pm, $5-$25. Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, 2251 Florin Road.

SUNDAY, 3/10 GANJA & HESS: This Blaxploitation classic about a murder, germs and vampires comes to the Red Museum. 8pm, by donation. The Red Museum, 212 15th St.

COMEDY LAUGHS UNLIMITED COMEDY CLUB: Tony Dijamco. Dijamco won second place in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2011—come check out the comic. Through 3/10. $10. 1207 Front St.

PUNCH LINE: Kate Quigley. The comedian, actress, awards host and model is coming to Sacramento to perform comedy. She’s got a good stage presence, very calm and confident, funny and good. Through 3/9. $18.50. Benito Skinner. The Brooklyn-based comedian, actor and impersonator will be headed your way and won’t disappoint. He subverts gender norms, masculinity and often wears wigs. Tuesday 3/12, 8pm. $25. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

a regular doll that is made to look incredibly realistic. This comedy explores a baby doll sculptor and a woman who meet and have some disturbing interactions with the past. Through 4/6. $12-$22. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.

SACRAMENTO CITY COLLEGE MAIN AUDITORIUM: The Beaux Stratagem. Tale in the story of English young men finding their way in the world outside of London. It’s the classic tale of leaving home to find a wealthy young woman for one of them to marry. Through 3/17. $10-$18. 3835 Freeport Boulevard.

SACRAMENTO CONVENTION CENTER COMPLEX: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live King for a Day. Come live in the world of Daniel Tiger, a Fred Rogers Joint, for a day, taking in his routine and the little occurrences that make life so whimsical. 6:30pm. Through 3/8. $28$78. Falsettos. Check out the event highlight on page 28. Through 3/17. $26-$85. 1400 J St.

SACRAMENTO POETRY CENTER: Poetry Overturned. Join three poets as they take over the Poetry Center and share some poetry along with Sacramento’s poet laureate emeritus. Friday 3/8, 6pm. No cover. 1719 25th St.


SACRAMENTO STATE: Tom DeLuca Hypnotist.

Nunca!”. Teatro Espejo shares this adaptation based on Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! It’s set in Colonial Heights and deals with pressing current events. Through 3/31. $13-$23. 2509 R St.

CAPITAL STAGE: Vietgone. This story of two new American immigrants from Vietnam set in 1975 deals in new beginnings, endings, comedy and love. Go more in-depth with the play on page 20 in our A&C section. Through 4/14. $22-$47. 2215 J St.

DELTA KING THEATER: Bard For Life. Take to the least mobile boat on the Old Sacramento waterfront as M Todd Gallowglas shares traditional tales and whimsy mixed with a hefty dose of raconteur-ship. Through 4/6. $10-$45. 1000 Front St.

Hypnotism show! Yes, you heard it here first, folks, you can attend a hypnotist show and watch people pretend to be hypnotized or pretend to be hypnotized yourself—the choice is yours. Thursday 3/7, 7:30pm. No cover. 6000 J St.

SHERATON GRAND SACRAMENTO HOTEL: She Shares with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. This discussion with Jennifer Siebel Newsom explores her role as first partner of the state of California and what she intends to to with it. There will be wine, beer and appetizers. Thursday 3/7, 5:30pm. $65. 1230 J St.

THE GEERY THEATER: “Once More, with Feeling!”

HARRIS CENTER: An Evening with Ron Paul. Do you like Ron Paul’s politics? Well, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. If you want, come hear the former congressman and presidential candidate in discussion. 7:30pm. Through 3/12. $32-$62. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

JEAN HENDERSON PERFORMING ARTS: Oliver!. The lovable orphan mixed with strong numbers

from Lionel Bart combine to make a truly engaging musical. See our review on page 23. Do I only tease to other pages? Through 3/23. $20. 607 Pena Drive in Davis.

the live staged version of the Buffy musical episode. Join in the fun with your favorite vampire slayer—no, not Van Helsing—you guessed it, it’s—no, it’s not Blade. Stop guessing. It’s Buffy. Come join in the fun in this production of the show’s musical episode. Through 3/16. $10-$15. 2130 L St.



Cool Cuisine Burger Battle ThroughouT Davis, $6.50-$20

Last year’s Sacramento Vegan Burger Battle definitively answered who makes the best FOOD & DRINK vegan burger in Sacramento—but the best vegan burger in Davis is still up in the air. Well, that constant state of uncertainty will be over soon, as more than 14 restaurants and UC Davis dining halls are throwing their vegan burger hats into the ring. You can eat burgers from the Davis Food Co-op, Solomon’s Delicatessen, DeVere’s Irish Pub and more and vote on the best of the meatless burgers. Various locations, coolcuisine.net. PHOTO COURTESY OF ZOE POPPENGA






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tHe urban Hive: What Moves Us, An Art Conversation on the Immigrant Experience. This event shares stories of the immigrant experience in the United States, showing the many faces of humanity. saturday 3/9, 4pm. no cover. 1601 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 100.

woodLand oPera House: Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat. When a cat enters your life, it’s likely your world will be upended for its whims. Come join in this whims-ical, mews-ical adaptation of Seuss book, and ask yourself, “What actor would be perfect as the Cat in the Hat?” Definitely not Johnny Depp. through 3/8. $16. 340 Second St. in Woodland.

wyatt PaviLion tHeatre: Flora The Red Menace. This theater performance concerning a performance put on by the Federal Theatre Project tells the story of a group of people putting on a show about a fashion illustrator and an artist and communism. through 3/9. $12-$18.50. UC Davis, Old Davis Road in Davis.

arT JoHn natsouLas GaLLery: 11th Annual Art of Painting in the 21st Century. Spend a bit of time with this annual conference concerning painting and where the professional world of painting is headed, as well as seeing some works from painters pushing the boundaries of their mediums. through 3/9. $25-$50. 521 1st St. in Davis.

Kennedy GaLLery: Abstracts Festival. Michael Misha Kennedy and other local artists share their abstract-est works to date. You can expect shapes, forms and colors as well as thematic imagery and if you’re lucky, allegory. through 4/6. no cover. 1931 L St.

PenCe GaLLery: Color Shape/Pattern Play. Jan Schnurr’s exhibit deals in the business of shapes—geometry, man-made objects and randomness. Keep the abstractions flowing. through 4/5. no cover. 212 D St. in Davis.

saCramento art GLass: Live Glass Blowing. Is cooled glass a little too staid for your liking? Prefer to get your silica-rich solid fresh off the kiln? Check out the wildest profession under the sun that involves glass. saturday 3/9, 6pm. no cover. 204 23rd St.

CentraL Library: Vanquishing the Invisible Photographic Exhibit of Women Veterans. This James R. Morrison photography exhibition shares the stories and voices of women serving in the armed services. through 3/15. no cover. 828 I St.

tHe atrium: Art & Play. Interactive art is the best kind of art. Join the Atrium for this gathering that features the triumvirate of events: workshops, dancing and talking to people. With artists Amaris Morningstar, Mary Sand, Lily Mott, Sunya Whitelight, Emmalou Ras, Charlie Sand, Martha Esch, Teresa Miller, Melissa Flores and more, it should be a fun little evening. 6pm. through 3/8. $10-$20. 7300 Folsom Blvd.

tHe briCKHouse GaLLery: From Broadway to Abroad. Help send local artists Angelica V. Newby and Alley Scheffki to Chateau Orquevaux in France—for an art residency. They’ll share their artwork and you’ll help them achieve their dreams. thursday 3/7, 7pm. $5-$20. 3324 6th Ave.

tim CoLLom GaLLery: A Visual Life. Michael Dunlavey, watercolor paint and photographs are the subject of this space. Come out to his exhibition inspired by the things he’s seen in his life, which are many. through 4/4. no cover. 915 20th St.

tsaKoPouLos Library GaLLeria: SACFW Finale Designer Showcase. Sacramento Fashion Week is winding down, so come see what the designers came up with at this showcase. Friday 3/8, 6pm. $40. 828 I St.

Jan and manetti sHrem museum: The Life and Work of Manuel Neri. Join Jock Reynolds in this talk on Manuel Neri’s works. The two worked together, and this discussion in the Community Education Room will delve into the artist’s impact on sculpture. saturday 3/9, 2pm. through 3/9. no cover. 254 Old Davis Road in Davis.

Through Sunday, 3/17

Falsettos Community Center theater, various times, $26-$90

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical in two acts Falsettos is coming to Sacramento by way of the Lincoln Center Theater. The musical’s book was written by William Finn and James Lapine, and Finn provided on staGe the music and lyrics. It depicts the experiences of a gay man, his former wife, his current lover, his lesbian neighbors, his son and his life in the midst of an emotional upheaval. Come live in Falsettoland for a few hours, taking in the laughter and drama contained therein. 1301 L Street, broadwaysacramento.com.






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Thursday, 3/7

Carriage Return: The Art of Typography Mills station arts and Culture Center, 3pM, no Cover

Clicks and clacks can make up words, but dings imply a line break. With more than 60 typewriters being displayed, this exhibit brings the somewhat antiquated form of typing to ART the public. There are activities for you to bask in, typography-themed creations from artists and words from Dime Show Review author and editor Kae Sable. Come out Thursday for an open-mic experience to take in the humming power of language. 10191 Mills Station Road in Rancho Cordova, rcmacc.org.

MusEuMs CALIFORNIA MUSEUM: Dolores Huerta Opening Day. Join the California Museum for this traveling Smithsonian exhibit, Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos. Huerta will be in a discussion as will First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom. A curator presentation by Taína Caragol will take place at 12:30 p.m., and there is a reduced admission. Come take in the exhibit and activities. Saturday 3/9, 10am. $4-$5. 1020 O St.

sPOrTs & OuTdOOrs saTurday, 3/9 1864 BASE BALL IN DIXON: Take in our national pastime the way it was meant to be experienced—as it was played in 1864. You can come watch this double-header and even play if you show up early to learn the rules. 10am, no cover. Northwest Park, Parkgreen Drive in Dixon.

MEMBER APPRECIATION PLANT SALE: Join the Arboretum for a sale of plants and plant stuff—and consider becoming a Friend of the UC Davis Arboretum. 9am, no cover. UC Davis Arboretum Teaching Nursery, 1046 Garrod Drive in Davis.

Sacramento, the Indian Association of Sacramento, and My Sister’s House to hear Asian Pacific Islander women’s voice and stories and learn about services. Register in advance. 6pm, no cover. Cosumnes River College, 8401 Center Parkway.

saTurday, 3/9 CLIMATE CAFE PIZZA PARTY: Youths can come join this pizza party that also puts putting an end to climate change in the spotlight. Learn how to get involved and nosh on some sweet, sweet ’za. Noon, no cover. The Atrium, 7300 Folsom Blvd.

WEdNEsday, 3/13 MUSIC HEALS BENEFIT CONCERT FOR COMMUNITY AFFECTED BY THE CAMP FIRE: Come join the Harris Center for this evening benefiting those affected by the Camp Fire. Proceeds go to the North Valley Community Foundation, and musical acts include Laurie Morvan Band, Tom Rigney & Flambuea, Daniel Castro, Mighty-Mike Schermer and Roy Rogers. 7pm, $30-$40. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

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LGBTQ WEdNEsday, 3/13 THE OTHER MIC: Join the Lavender Library for this open-mic for comedians who have fewer options to take to the microphone. Priority goes to queer and trans people, women and people of color. 7pm, no cover. Lavender Library, 1414 21st St.

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The Gateway Show combines comedians and cannabis for an evening of laughs on and off the stage by Janelle Bitker

the setup for the show is simple: Stand-up comics perform their best sets, disappear, smoke weed and return to the stage completely stoned. You might expect the featured comedians to all be potheads, but they’re not. About half don’t really have any tolerance to weed. And that’s what makes the show so fun. The Gateway Show started about four years ago in Seattle—a random idea that became an instant, consistently sold-out hit. The show migrated down to Oregon, then to California, Las Vegas and even Vancouver. In late 2017, the Gateway started hitting Sacramento every month. It returns to the Sacramento Comedy Spot on Friday, March 8, with a stacked lineup: Sacramento’s

Ellis Rodriguez, a San Francisco International Comedy Competition winner; Jessica Wellington, who recently appeared in a Netflix movie, The Mule; and Los-Angeles based Ramsey Badawi, in addition to founder and host Billy Anderson. Wellington, a former Sacramentan, has performed at the Gateway several times. But she wouldn’t call herself a stoner. She prefers to be in control when she consumes cannabis, so generally she is at home, alone, with nothing to worry about—not in front of dozens of strangers expecting entertainment. “It’s already an awkward thing to do a set and then go back onstage, and then to add the component of you getting high, it’s really uncomfortable,” she said. “But they just feed off

it and you feel the crowd and then you company that sponsors every start having fun and it’s amazing.” California show. It also takes care of For Anderson, the key to a successthe advertising and ensures the comics ful show is to book a diverse lineup— get paid. That’s one very real, tangible both in point of view and cannabis benefit to organizing a cannabistolerance. Big-time stoners aren’t ideal themed comedy show—most comedy for the Gateway, because they’re less nights aren’t sponsored. likely to reemerge with a radically “It’s hard to be a producer right different set. Back-to-back similar now and pay comics a fair wage and sets would be dull. At the same time, make money and not charge audience he said, “if everyone had a meltdown, members $50,” says Anderson, who that would be boring by the end of the also credits the Sacramento Comedy show.” Spot for making the Gateway’s stops Ideally, you get delightful in town possible. moments, like a set by comedian Chris Sponsorship has also allowed Mejia, captured on video in 2016 in Anderson to send Sacramento comics, Seattle. “I have no idea what reality is including Becky Lynn and Mike Cella, right now,” he says with a silly smile to other cities and pay for their travel and spacey eyes, right before offering and hotel costs. It’s a recent endeavor anyone in the audience oral sex in that he hopes to be able to do more in exchange for some coconut shrimp. the future. “We’ve had people two-and-a-half “I think Sacramento is a city that minutes in be like, ‘Nope, is pushing out great comics faster I’m done,’” Anderson than any other community recalled. “Our goal in the nation right now,” “Our isn’t for our comics he said. goal isn’t for our to have a bad It’s worth noting time. I don’t that Anderson comics to have a bad think there’s doesn’t identify time. I don’t think there’s anything as a stoner, anything funny about someone funny about either. He grew someone up in Georgia, crying on stage, but I think there crying on where weed is is something funny about someone stage, but I still very much cracking up or having a low-key think there illegal. Even is something though cannabis existential crisis.” funny about might seem like Billy Anderson someone crackit’s at the forefront founder and host of The ing up or having a of the Gateway, Gateway Show low-key existential Anderson doesn’t see crisis.” it that way. One curveball for the “It’s really more about the traveling show is that every state’s freedom to do whatever the hell we weed is different. Anderson always want,” Anderson said. asks the comics what kind of cannabis And if it is about cannabis, then it’s they prefer smoking, and then he’ll about making smoking weed seem like find a slightly different strain local a more normal part of society. to the host city. Wellington recalled “We drink beer at sporting events,” traveling up to Seattle for a show and he said. “I’d love to normalize the idea feeling a little more terrified than usual of weed at events without there being a for her second set. tie-dye shirt-wearing pothead.” Ω “I don’t know if it was the different weed or different place, but I just felt Catch some laughs and a possible contact high at The so out of my body,” she said. “I wasn’t Gateway Show on Friday, March 8 at the Sacramento Comedy connecting and it wasn’t working.” Spot (1050 20th Street, Suite 130). The show starts at 9:15 The cannabis comes from p.m., tickets are $15-$30; visit thegatewayshow.com. AbsoluteXtracts, a vape cartridge 03.07.19 | SN&R | 33

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Under my skin Hello! I’m back with another weed question. Have you ever heard of people treating their eczema with cannabis?

I hear that Congress is reintroducing a cannabis legalization bill. What have you heard?

—Rose esha

And high yourself! I have indeed heard of people using cannabis to treat their eczema. Once again: I am not a doctor. People should really talk to their health care professional before starting any sort of medical treatment. OK, back to your question. Cannabis is known to do a few things. It is an anti-inflammatory and it also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, so it stands to reason that a cannabis-infused salve or cream could at least help with the itching and scratching and whatnot. Also, I found a study about hempseed oil and dermatitis that came to this conclusion: “Dietary hempseed oil caused significant changes in plasma fatty acid profiles and improved clinical symptoms of atopic dermatitis. It is suggested that these improvements resulted from the balanced and abundant supply of PUFAs in this hempseed oil.” By the way, “PUFA” means “polyunsaturated fatty acid” so get your mind out of the gutter. The thing is, using a cannabis-based salve or even just hempseed oil on your eczema will most likely not miraculously cure you, but you might feel better and it definitely won’t make it worse. For thousand of years, people have used cannabis salves and poultices to find relief from a variety of symptoms, but I caution folks from thinking that cannabis is a cure-all for whatever ails you. But who knows? Maybe one day scientists will find a cannabis-derived concoction that does in fact cure eczema. We need more tests. It would be great if the federal government would make it easier for scientists to study this amazing plant.

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You are correct! On the last day of February, U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, along with Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna of California reintroduced a legalization bill. Booker, who is also seeking the Democratic nomination for president, posted a few quotes about the bill on his website: “The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level. But it’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana. We must also repair the damage caused by reinvesting in those communities that have been most harmed by the War on Drugs. And we must expunge the records of those who have served their time. The end we seek is not just legalization, it’s justice.” Woot woot! Legalize weed, clear up people’s criminal records and invest in communities decimated by the War on Drugs? It would be awesome. Unfortunately, I fear that Congress may have more pressing issues in the next few months, what with all the hearings about corruption and collusion that are taking place. I fear that we won’t get federal legalization until we get a new (Democratic) president. Ω

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For the week oF March 7, 2019 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Genius inventor

worry wart by JOey GARCIA


My boyfriend says I’m too anxious and it’s the pain of being mistreated, take time starting to affect our relationship. he’s to breathe, write about what you gain by super easy-going—it’s one of the things clinging to a worst-case scenario and then that attracts me to him. I can tell he’s choose a mature course of action. Self-love losing patience with me, but I don’t think includes accepting that it’s your job to take I can change. I don’t know how. I don’t care of you. In the process, you prove to want to lose him. Please help! yourself that “Everything is figureoutable.” You’re standing at a crossroads. One path That brings us to you and your leads to your man. Another path leaves boyfriend. His ultimatum means he’s done him behind, but allows you to continue to with being your therapist, your savior, default to anxiety. A third path is a doorway your personal healer. He’s asking you to to the unknown. What do you choose? shoulder those roles for yourself. If you Being faced with a decision may spark persist in believing that love means he more anxiety, but other responses are must manage your uncomfortable feelings, possible if you train yourself. It requires your relationship will end. So see self-love and willpower because this crossroads as an invitation anxiety is worry on steriods. into a better relationship To reduce anxiety, believe with yourself. Anxiety is If you persist in your ability to manage a coping mechanism. in believing whatever might come Let your overworked your way. that love means he muscle rest. Tend Right now, you are to the wounds that must manage your invested in the fear inspire the thoughts uncomfortable feelings, that life will level you. that create the anxious Instead, greet worries your relationship will behaviors that are drivwith curiosity: What ing your man away. end. do I gain by clinging to One last thing: Reduce this thought? Don’t answer: or eliminate your intake of “Nothing.” The gain might food and drinks that heighten be difficult to identify because it’s anxiety. Gradually cut caffeinated negative. For example: “I get to stay stuck.” beverages and sugary products from your For anxious personalities, being stuck might diet. It’s no coincidence that anxiety has be more comfortable than the challenge of skyrocketed in industrial countries alongside learning to release anxiety and live with the rise of caffeine-laced drinks. Ω more freedom. After confronting your fear, identify MedItatIon oF the week three personal successes—any three! Would you be more likely to experience a repeat of your success, or have a perceived fear “I have chosen to no longer be  materialize? What could you think, feel and apologetic for my femaleness  do to sway things in a positive direction? and my femininity. And I want  The exercise of disengaging from worries is to be respected in all of my  powerful and healing. When you confront femaleness because I deserve  to be,” said Chimamanda Ngozi  anxiety-riddled thoughts as a daily practice, Adichie. What will you stop  you’ll feel lighter and more confident. apologizing for? I love this soothing advice from entrepreneur Marie Forleo: “Everything is figureoutable.” Write, email or leave a message for It’s positive self-talk you can repeat Joey at the News & Review. Give when you feel overwhelmed. This is your name, telephone number how it might play out at work: Imagine a (for verification purposes only) and question—all co-worker who perpetuates micro-aggrescorrespondence will be kept strictly confidential. sions. It would be easy to spiral into drama. In seconds, you can convince yourself you Write Joey, 1124 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95815; call (916) 498-1234, ext. 1360; or email will lose your temper, lose your job and askjoey@newsreview.com. be on the street. Or you can acknowledge 42   |   SN&R   |   03.07.19

Thomas Edison rebelled against sleep, which he regarded as wasteful. He tried to limit his time in bed to four hours a night so he would have more time to work during his waking hours. Genius scientist Albert Einstein had a different approach. He preferred ten hours of sleep per night and liked to steal naps during the day, too. In my astrological opinion, Aries, you’re in a phase when it makes more sense to imitate Einstein than Edison. Important learning and transformation are happening in your dreams. Give your nightly adventures maximum opportunity to work their magic in your behalf. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The Danish flag has a red background emblazoned with an asymmetrical white cross. It was a national symbol of power as early as the 14th century, and may have first emerged during a critical military struggle that established the Danish empire in 1219. No other country in the world has a flag with such an ancient origin. But if Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who’s a Taurus, came to me and asked me for advice, I would urge him to break with custom and design a new flag—maybe something with a spiral rainbow or a psychedelic tree. I’ll suggest an even more expansive idea to you, Taurus: Create fresh traditions in every area of your life! GEMINI (May 21-June 20): On June 7, 1988, Gemini musician Bob Dylan launched what has come to be known as the Never Ending Tour. It’s still going. In the past 30-plus years, he has performed almost 3,000 shows on every continent except Antarctica. At the age of 77, he did 84 gigs in 2018 alone. He’s living proof that not every Gemini is flaky and averse to commitment. Even if you yourself have flirted with flightiness in the past, I doubt you will do so in the next five weeks. On the contrary. I expect you’ll be a paragon of persistence, doggedness, and stamina. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The otters at a marine park in Miura City, Japan are friendly to human visitors. There are holes in the glass walls of their enclosures through which they reach out to shake people’s hands with their webbed paws. I think you need similar experiences in the coming weeks. Your mental and spiritual health will thrive to the degree that you seek closer contact with animals. It’s a favorable time to nurture your instinctual intelligence and absorb influences from the natural world. For extra credit, tune in to and celebrate your own animal qualities. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Between 1977 and 1992, civil war raged in Mozambique. Combatants planted thousands of land mines that have remained dangerous long after the conflict ended. In recent years, a new ally has emerged to address the problem: rats that are trained to find the hidden explosives so that human colleagues can defuse them. The expert sniffers don’t weigh enough to detonate the mines, so they’re ideal for the job. I foresee a metaphorically comparable development in your future, Leo. You’ll get help and support from a surprising or seemingly unlikely source. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Imagine a stairway that leads nowhere; as you ascend, you realize that at the top is not a door or a hallway, but a wall. I suspect that lately you may have been dealing with a metaphorical version of this. But I also predict that in the coming weeks some magic will transpire that will change everything. It’s like you’ll find a button on the wall that, when pushed, opens a previously imperceptible door. Somehow, you’ll gain entrance through an apparent obstruction. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Not all of the classic works of great literature are entertaining. According to one survey of editors, writers, and librarians, Goethe’s Faust, Melville’s Moby Dick, and Cervantes’ Don Quixote are among the most boring masterpieces ever written. But most experts agree that they’re still valuable

to read. In that spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to commune with other dull but meaningful things. Seek out low-key but rich offerings. Be aware that unexciting people and situations may offer clues and catalysts that you need. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Many of you Scorpios regard secrecy as a skill worth cultivating. It serves your urge to gather and manage power. You’re aware that information is a valuable commodity, so you guard it carefully and share it sparingly. This predilection sometimes makes you seem understated, even shy. Your hesitancy to express too much of your knowledge and feelings may influence people to underestimate the intensity that seethes within you. Having said all that, I’ll now predict that you’ll show the world who you are with more dazzle and flamboyance in the coming weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how you do that as you also try to heed your rule that information is power. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness has been married to megastar actor Hugh Jackman for 23 years. Their wedding rings are inscribed with a motto that blends Sanskrit and English: “Om paramar to the mainamar.” Jackman and Furness say it means “we dedicate our union to a greater source.” In resonance with current astrological omens, I invite you to engage in a similar gesture with an important person in your life. Now is a marvelous time to deepen and sanctify your relationship by pledging yourselves to a higher purpose or beautiful collaboration or sublime mutual quest. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In 1997, a supercomputer named Deep Blue won six chess matches against grandmaster Gary Kasparov. In 2016, an artificial intelligence called AlphaGo squared off against human champion Lee Sodol in a best-of-five series of the Chinese board game Go. AlphaGo crushed Sodol, four games to one. But there is at least one cerebral game in which human intelligence still reigns supreme: the card game known as bridge. No A.I. has beaten the best bridge players. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because I am sure that in the coming weeks, no A.I. could out-think and out-strategize you as you navigate your way through life’s tests and challenges. You’ll be smarter than ever, and I’m guessing your acumen will be extra soulful, as well. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): At regular intervals, a hot stream of boiling water shoots up out of the earth and into the sky in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. It’s a geyser called Old Faithful. The steamy surge can reach a height of 185 feet and last for five minutes. When white settlers first discovered this natural phenomenon in the 19th century, some of them used it as a laundry. Between blasts of water, they’d place their dirty clothes in Old Faithful’s aperture. When the scalding flare erupted, it provided all the necessary cleansing. I’d love to see you attempt a metaphorically similar feat, Aquarius: Harness a natural force for a practical purpose or a primal power for an earthy task. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Who was the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting “Mona Lisa”? Many scholars believe it was Italian noblewoman Lisa del Giocondo. Leonardo wanted her to feel comfortable during the long hours she sat for him, so he hired musicians to play for her and people with mellifluous voices to read her stories. He built a musical fountain for her to gaze upon and a white Persian cat to cuddle. If it were within my power, I would arrange something similar for you in the coming weeks. Why? Because I’d love to see you be calmed and soothed for a concentrated period of time and to feel perfectly at ease, at home in the world, surrounded by beautiful influences you love. In my opinion, you need and deserve such a break from the everyday frenzy.

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