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are projected to increase to $131 million in 202425 from $64 million in 2017-18. Also like other California cities, Sacramento is on the hook for retiree health care, even The Sacramento City Council’s though it eliminated the budget hearings this year will benefit for all new hires spotlight retiree costs in the except firefighters by 2014. debate over Measure U money. The long-term liability is estimated at $429 million; the proposed budget includes more than $1 This month comes a yearly ritual: the million to pay down that amount. Sacramento City Council holds budget hearings Before I get angry messages from city and a parade of interest groups seek more retirees, let me make a few things clear: I realize money—the arts, fire, parks, police, youth that salaries for government work are generprograms, the list goes on and on. ally lower and that pension benefits offset that What often doesn’t get talked about nearly difference. I also know that under current law, enough are the costs of pensions and health care pension benefits that exist when an employee for former firefighters, police officers and other starts working cannot be cut without additional city retirees. These costs—along with the next compensation. recession that may be overdue—are the storm I’m just saying what city officials also clouds gathering on an otherwise sunny financial are—that the increasing costs of retiree benefits outlook for City Hall. are unsustainable and that the city can’t absorb So it’s a little ironic that a huge cash them by itself. windfall—from the Measure U half-cent sales Whether workers pay a bigger share depends tax increase approved by voters last November— on closed-door contract negotiations with unions. will spotlight the issue of pensions and other City Hall is still working with the firefighters retiree costs. union on a new deal to replace one that expired In City Manager Howard Chan’s proposed in December; the agreements with police officers budget, revenues are rising by $79 million, or and other major unions end on June 21. Those 15%, for 2019-20 over 2018-19, mostly thanks to additional labor costs are not factored into the the additional $50 million from Measure U. But budget forecast. spending is increasing by $53 million, mostly With so much money at stake, you can’t due to higher salary and pension costs. ignore the political power of city unions. To keep his campaign promise that the new Steinberg and Councilmen Allen Warren, Steve Measure U money wouldn’t go to pensions and Hansen, Eric Guerra and Larry Carr are up for salaries, Mayor Darrell Steinberg is calling for re-election in March 2020. the $50 million to be spent on neighborhood Council members (whose salaries, by the and business projects to improve “economic way, are increasing from $71,850 to $91,915 a equity”—an issue that resurfaced after the police year) plan to hold their first public hearing on killing of Stephon Clark. the proposed budget on Tuesday, May 14 and But some council members say taking that approve it on June 11. This year, they need to money out of the general fund will make it be brutally honest with taxpayers about rising much more difficult to meet the city’s pension retiree costs and the difficult choices that lie obligations. The city’s payments to CalPERS ahead. Ω Photo by Foon Rhee
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Re: “Don’t get schooled” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, April 25): I’m not looking forward to the new Kaiser Permanente medical center in the railyards. Yes, it will be convenient for those working and living downtown. But for those who don’t, it will be a major challenge to get there. Imagine when all the staff, patients and visitors currently using the Morse Avenue hospital will be joining the commutes on I-80 and I-5, then trying to navigate unfamiliar one-way streets into the railyards and find parking (which will never be enough). And if the soccer stadium is built, traffic will be even worse during matches. And don’t forget all the planned Natomas development that will add traffic to I-5. I just don’t get your enthusiasm for the hospital site.
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Enriching the few Re: “Get rid of ‘weed deserts’” by Ngaio Bealum (Capital Cannabis, April 18): So you talk about the will of the voters. Doesn’t that will of the voters include all of Prop. 64? Or just the part that is going to enrich a very small fraction—the big box retailers. That’s what you’re saying here. What about all those that did get shut out because of their county’s rejection of Prop. 64? This includes all the previous mom-and-pop shops that got shut out because these counties suffer from a NIMBY syndrome; and those counties that allow cannabis that made it cost prohibitive and secretly selective whom gets to
participate in the business end of Prop. 64. This bill’s only purpose is to enrich the very few and to expand the state’s revenue at the expense of the vast majority. This bill’s sole purpose is to continue killing the competition at the business end.
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America’s biggest companies should pay their fair share by Jeff vonKaenel
For the last 49 years, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce has sent a delegation of business leaders, elected officials and nonprofit and government staff to a four-day Washington, D.C., lobbyfest to explain to our legislators why federal dollars should come to California. This week, 325 leaders will lobby for housing, transportation, education and water dollars, and if money is not available, we will ask for lower federal taxes and fees. I am writing this column on a plane heading to Washington to join my Sacramento colleagues, a trek which I have made repeatedly over the last decade. This decade has seen many changes in which party controls each of the three branches of government. And each year, I’ve seen a growing frustration about how things are done—or rather, not done in Washington. Before we go to our nation’s capital, Chamber members put in many hours producing comprehensive, detailed requests. These requests, even if not funded by the federal government, are great action plans. If the feds do not fund them, then the question naturally becomes, “Can we fund it ourselves?” This funding issue is now one of our country’s greatest moral questions. Who should pay for these programs that the vast majority of Americans believe are necessary? Like an absent parent who sends an annual birthday card, but never pays a dime for child support, many large corporations reap the benefits of our infrastructure, yet pay no taxes. In a recent study, 60 Fortune 500 companies, including such highly profitable companies as Netflix and Amazon, will pay no federal income taxes in 2018, despite earning a total of $79 billion in profits. To add insult to injury, these 60 companies actually received a combined $4.3 billion in tax rebates. 8 | Sn&r | 05.09.19
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Yet I expect these companies would agree with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats that America needs a $2 trillion plan to overhaul America’s crumbling infrastructure. And of course these companies rely on graduates from our schools, drive fleets of cars and vans on our streets and have employees who enjoy breathing clean air, rely on Social Security in retirement and are happy that we have a military to defend our country. Like us, they want and need these infrastructure programs. But, unlike us, they have the money to pay lobbyists and to make political donations to ensure that they do not pay their fair share of taxes. Because of the tax cuts for the wealthy during the Bush and Trump administrations, we are not only failing to fund needed services, but we are also dramatically increasing the federal deficit. We cut taxes for the rich, so we can borrow money from them and then pay it back with interest. This insanity should end. It is absurd that most individuals have paid more federal taxes than Amazon. Our small company has paid more than Amazon. Our business could not have survived without schools, roads and government infrastructure. I should pay my fair share. But Amazon, Netflix and Chevron should pay their fair share as well. We will not find Santa Claus in D.C. We may get funding for a few programs, but not all. For that we are going to have to look elsewhere. I suggest we look at the rich and corporate members of our community who have been successfully avoiding paying their fair share of our infrastructure expense. Our future depends upon it. Ω
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A tender fascination All that glitters is not gold—sometimes it’s silver, sometimes it’s copper and sometimes it’s just completely worthless. It isn’t always easy to tell, though. So what do you do when you have a coin, but you’re unsure about its history or value? That’s easy—hit up the
Sacramento Valley Coin Club. Established in 1957, the organization has been keeping the hobby of numismatics alive, preserving and sharing their knowledge of currency that spans countries and decades. This year the club is hosting the largest coin hunt in Sacramento history, and has dropped 1,000 coins all around the area for folks to discover. Twelve of those coins are specially marked and can be exchanged at the club for a more valuable coin up until July 24. SN&R caught up with club president Rick Yadon at the recent Spring Coin Show to chat about everything coin.
What first drew you to coin collecting? My dad’s mom collected. Hers was Indian Head cents, probably because when she was a girl those were older. She was born in 1916, so she would find Indian Head cents. She got my dad into the hobby. He collected his whole life and kinda got me started and interested in collecting. I got his collection when he passed away, and all of it I’ve given to the club. I kept one coin that has no value, but to me it’s priceless.
What makes it priceless? When I was a boy, he’d take his coins out, and it was a Lincoln cent of Lincoln smoking a cigar. It has no value, but [I would say] “Daddy, I want to see the coin!” I always wanted to see that coin. He’s been gone 12 years—you think it’d be gone, right? … That’s the only coin I cared about.
What makes one coin more valuable than another? It’s really about mint mark, denomination and condition. The grades run from 01 to 70; 70 is a perfect, flawless coin. Sometimes you’ll have a Mint State-66, you go up one grade to 67 and it’s worth thousands of dollars more.
What’s something every numismatics initiate should know? Go slow. It’s hard to balance that when you’re excited; you’re like a kid in a candy store. Sometimes you’ll overspend, or you’ll get things that aren’t really things that you’re interested in. And so I tell people to go slow, start with low-end stuff, don’t jump in and start buying high-end stuff, ’cause you may pay thousands more than you should’ve paid for something.
What does a typical club meeting look like? We meet second and fourth Wednesdays—the second Wednesday is show and tell. Members bring things they just found out somewhere, they traveled somewhere and found something cool. … The second meeting of the month is educational.
Does cryptocurrency factor into numismatics? Not for us at this point. The electronic stuff is a little more difficult to deal with; I don’t know if we’ll ever see that. To collect this stuff, it’s really gotta be physical and tangible, that you can put in a case, a holder, your pocket, things like that.
I have a few coins, are they worth much? (He looks at the coins.) This is a Canadian dime. Modern Canadian dimes, unless there’s an error or an anomaly like perhaps a broken die or something, they’re generally just worth pennies. Most of these are just pennies. Same thing for this Canadian quarter, modern Canadian quarter. The U.S. cent is, of course, worth a cent.
Check out the Sacramento Valley Coin Club at sacvalcc.org for more information, and visit a club meeting at North County Corporate Yard, 5026 Don Julio Blvd.
Back to school: From left, Jacqueline Laybourn, Elijah Muller, Madeline Pogue and Trinidad Reyes display their drama club officer jackets. The current and former Laguna Creek High School students are relieved now that a controversial theater teacher has resigned. Photo by elisabeth bayard-arthur
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An Elk Grove teacher accused of tormenting her drama students resigned the same day that an SN&R story about her began circulating online. But at least one parent remains concerned that Sarah Goodenough will teach again in another town. Goodenough resigned from the Elk Grove Unified School District on May 1, according to an email a Laguna Creek High senior received from the principal and shared with SN&R. Goodenough, who is credentialed to teach in California under the name Sarah Woodward, hasn’t appeared for work as a theater instructor in Laguna Creek’s |
Visual and Performing Arts Department since April 5. Before that, she was on leave for five months as the school investigated claims that she verbally abused and mistreated students. While the school stripped Goodenough of her role as adviser of the LCHS Theatre Company, it reinstated her as its theater teacher on April 3. Goodenough lasted only three school days, and didn’t return to class the following week, when dozens of students protested outside the school and shared their concerns with the Elk Grove Unified school board.
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LCHS Theatre Company president Madeline Pogue, who received the email about Goodenough’s resignation, helped kick-start a school investigation into her teacher. She and her mother Amy Pogue provided administrators with written grievances from nine students following last fall’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The declarations alleged that Goodenough and two adult assistants berated and demeaned students backstage before, during and after the production (Read “Drama High,” Cover Story, May 2, 2019).
“That’s when she started taking individual students—usually younger, underclassmen, girls—and she would berate them outside,” recalled Elijah Muller, a drama club member who witnessed some of the events. But the school’s investigation didn’t involve interviews with the students, who told SN&R that Goodenough had a long history of exploiting sensitive personal information about their health, sexuality and family dynamics, and frequently left them inside the school’s Black Box Theatre to work unsupervised with power tools and sometimes engage in riskier behavior. “She put me in charge of the power tools a couple of times,” Madeline said in an interview. “Like, ‘Watch them. Make sure no one gets hurt.’ I don’t even know what to do if someone does.” Several students also told SN&R that the Black Box without Ms. G became an occasional hub for drug use, underage sex and vandalism. Maya Brewer, a 16-year-old junior, said a male student forced her to kiss him during one of Goodenough’s absences. She also told SN&R that Goodenough was sometimes physically violent with her
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when she babysat at the teacher’s home, and slapped her in March 2018. “She started becoming more verbally abusive toward me, but only when no one else was there,” Maya said. Other students reported the same pattern.
a ProCess to follow Principal Doug Craig stopped returning SN&R’s emails following last week’s story. The district can’t say much on the matter either. “Personnel matters are really tough,” explained EGUSD spokeswoman Xanthi Pinkerton. “Because there’s really nothing we can say.” That includes whether there is or isn’t an active investigation into Goodenough. As for whether an alleged assault occurred offcampus, Pinkerton said, “Of course we’d be concerned about that.” While such an allegation creates jurisdictional overlap, Pinkerton added, “I don’t think there’s jurisdiction over concern.” But the school district can’t investigate something it learned in a newspaper article, Pinkerton noted. “There needs to be a report made,” Pinkerton said. “We have processes that we follow.” The same is mostly true for the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing, which issued Goodenough a Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate in 2015, under her former married name Woodward. In an email, spokesman Joshua Speaks said the commission is “required by law to have either a district report, police report, or an affidavit signed by someone with direct knowledge to open an investigation.” But, Speaks added, the commission can proactively reach out to a school district or victims if a news article raises concerns that haven’t yet been formally
of teachers left the profession between school years, and only 10% of that small subgroup left the profession unwillingly. Maura Spiegelman, a statistician with the National Center for Education Statistics, said the center’s six-year-old survey is the most up-to-date look at teacher attrition. She wasn’t aware of another institution or database that collects information on teacher dismissals or movement. Laguna Creek has a pretty experienced teaching staff. The teachers have an average of 14 years of experience, and less than 8% of the school’s teachers are in their first or second year, according to state education data. The disclosure that Goodenough isn’t reported “to make sure we get jurisdiction returning to Laguna Creek came in a as quickly as possible.” roundabout way. Speaks said he forwarded SN&R’s Following publication of SN&R’s story to the state commission’s investigastory on May 2, Madeline said that she, tive unit. Elijah and a Laguna Creek graduate were Goodenough currently has a spotfollowed on Instagram by an account less record with the commission. She’s called “lies.ruin.lives,” which includes the authorized to teach English to grades tagline “Who’s The Real Victim.” One of 12 and under, as well as adult classes, the account’s two posts is of a shadowy, and worked for the Lodi Unified School black-and-white image of a photo showDistrict before moving to Elk Grove. ing drama club students during a campus Maya’s mother Gin Brewer, who is protest. also a teacher, texted that she was happy Concerned that she was being that Goodenough resigned, but concerned trolled, Madeline emailed Laguna that it “means a different group of kids Creek’s principal about the Instagram somewhere else” could still have her as a account and shared a screen shot of his teacher. reply with SN&R. In his email, Craig offered to connect Madeline with the ‘glad she’s gone’ school resource officer and asked her to The state doesn’t track substantiated report any direct threats immediately. claims of misconduct or abuse against Before signing off, Craig educators. closed with, “As an aside, Elk Grove Unified said Ms. Woodward has it expects to provide resigned from the Elk SN&R with requested Grove Unified School data on staff District as of May suspensions and 1st.” terminations, and Madeline, who student-initiated graduates next complaints by early month, said she felt June. some measure of National surveys vindication followMadeline Pogue provide cursory ing more than seven senior, Laguna Creek High glimpses into the months of trying to get School career span of American her school to intervene. teachers. The National “It’s nice to see that Center for Education Statistics, something came out of this,” she which is part of the U.S. Department wrote in an email. “It seems a little odd of Education, surveyed approximately that I had to message them about the 4,400 elementary and secondary school Instagram account for them to tell me. teachers during the 2012-13 school year. Nonetheless, I’m glad she’s gone.” Ω The survey found widespread stability, with 84% of America’s almost 3.4 million public school teachers working at the same school a year later. Only 8%
“It’s nice to see that something came out of this.”
A man who admitted drone-dropping propaganda over Sacramento last week told SN&R he intended it as a subversive act criticizing law enforcement and the media—and that he’d done it before. Tracy Mapes broke off communication after briefly exchanging Facebook messages on Sunday, but not before acknowledging he was the one who papered Guy West Bridge with inflammatory fliers during a sacramento state university fundraiser on May 3. The fliers also fell on the Golden One Center during an ariana grande concert. According to photos posted to social media by student reporters with the State Hornet, the hand-sized leaflets contained messages such as “The Press Is the Enemy!” and “Stop the TV Whore Takeover!” But at least one leaflet was emblazoned with a swastika, with the words “Fake!” “News!” “Papers!” “TV!” inscribed in the far corners. The swastika flier also contains the line “Whose Side Are You On!” In a statement issued the night of the leaflet drop, Sac State president Robert S. Nelsen condemned “the dissemination of hate speech and propaganda.” The Sacramento Police Department said it’s currently investigating the incident. Reached via Facebook Messenger on Sunday, Mapes told SN&R he delivered the same material to local media offices two years ago, including SN&R’s. “I’m equating the Media and Local ‘Dirty’ Law-Enforcement with being Nazis. And involvement with the subversion of an entire Nation,” he wrote. “Are you ready to play in the Major Leagues? Or are you just some college punk that thinks he’s got all the answers?” Whatever Mapes’ intended message, colleges are being infiltrated with far-right propaganda. At least two posters proclaiming “It’s okay to be white” were found at American River College in November, The Sacramento Bee reported. And a group calling itself the american identity movement has targeted numerous campuses with xenophobic literature, including Sac State on Monday, according to the group’s Twitter page. Until recently, AIC was known as Identity Evropa, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The group is currently facing a lawsuit in connection to the deadly 2017 “unite the right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., which the group and its leader Patrick Casey helped organize. AIM’s modus operandi is to spam colleges with race-baiting slogans such as “Diversity Destroys Nations” and “Nationalism Not Globalism.” The agitprop masks an even darker mission, the Southern Poverty Law Center states, and is “simply a cover for rampant racism and antisemitism.” In an emailed statement, Sac State spokeswoman Anita Fitzhugh said the administration was aware “a white supremacy group” had disseminated fliers in violation of university policy and encouraged people to report them “so they can be removed immediately.” By contrast, Mapes seems to fancy himself a far-left provocateur. He wrote that he was a freelance reporter in Sacramento between 1995 and 2005, until he was “run out of the business” for exposing the “truth.” Los Rios Community College District spokesman Gabe Ross confirmed that a student by Mapes’ name is enrolled at American River College. In an emailed statement, ARC spokesman Scott Crow said the college joined Sac State in condemning what he described as a “hate speech incident” and “any attack on journalism, which is more important than ever today.” Mapes’ Facebook page also says he works for the “Red ‘X’ Society,” which describes itself as a members-only “Non-Associative Organization” with the goal of “Exposing US Corruption.” A Tracy Michael Mapes is listed as the group’s founder. Mapes is currently being prosecuted for misdemeanor vandalism in connection to an incident that occurred in Sacramento County on or before April 2018, according to online court records. He’s next due in Sacramento Superior Court on June 6, when a psychiatric evaluation could determine if he’s mentally competent to stand trial. (Raheem F. Hosseini)
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of jobs to residences. She also decried the lack of affordable housing and multi-unit housing in Placer County. “When push comes to shove and the [Placer County] Board of Supervisors is making decisions about land use … climate and social justice is on the back burner,” Warren told the crowd. How soon development actually happens in the area is a different matter. Placer County has had plans on the books since at least 1997, approving a major update in September 2016. Jacobsen’s report acknowledges that development within the Placer Ranch area could take another 20 years and Sunset Area development could take 80. That would mirror the slow progress for another environmental lightning rod of a public project, the Placer County Parkway, which would connect Highway 65 and Highway 99. Leslie Warren (left), chair of the Alliance for In the meantime, Warren and her Environmental Leadership, voices concerns about Placer County development plans May 2 to the group, which came together in response Auburn Area Democratic Club. to the plan, could continue to speak out. Warren gave a 30-minute informational presentation to the planning commission Photo by Graham Womack on March 28, after one of its members, Wayne Nader, invited her to do so. County supervisors have yet to take action since the close of the comment period for the environmental report in late February. County officials declined to comment for this story, though a retired county Conflict swirls over South Placer plans for 55K job center employee, Mike Fitch, provided the lone voice of dissent to Warren’s presentation by Graham Womack last week. Fitch told Warren during the meeting that the plan has been publicly in the works at least 40 to 50 years, “never plans, the county would turn 8,497 acres for Environmental Leadership, told 30 On Facebook, there’s a page with nearly was meant to provide housing” and that of largely undeveloped land into possibly mostly senior attendees at the Auburn Area the county has other land that couldn’t 1,700 likes titled “Don’t Roseville Nevada one of the largest employment centers in Democratic Club on May 2. County.” In recent years, bumper stickers be developed for perpetuity. Fitch also the region. All told, the plans call for more County officials concede that project in the foothills have proclaimed a similar suggested Warren was oversimplifying the than 55,000 jobs to go with roughly 8,000 impacts could be substantial and unavoidmessage: issue. residential units, satellite campuses for able. The plan would go about 40% While Nevada County’s largest Even Fitch expressed some uncerSacramento State University and Sierra above the Sacramento Area city, Grass Valley, has added just a few tainty, though, over the project’s College, and more. Council of Government’s thousand residents since 1990 and still future. “When “Looking strictly at numbers for buildrecommended average has fewer than 15,000 people, Roseville’s “The problem is … out of the [plan] areas, the project would vehicle miles traveled population has more than tripled to more the county never had the push comes to add substantially more jobs than housing for residents and than 150,000. Nearby cities such as funds to provide all the shove … climate and units, making it a ‘jobs-rich’ area,” Placer employees. In addiRocklin and Lincoln have seen similarly infrastructure that’s social justice is on the County principal planner Crystal Jacobsen tion, plans call for large growth spurts in recent decades. needed,” Fitch said. wrote in a February report, ahead of a housing within 1,000 Now, controversy is brewing over one It’s unclear whether back burner.” planning commission meeting. “Viewed feet of an existing of the last stretches of undeveloped land Warren’s group or Leslie Warren in the context of all of Placer County, landfill. The project between the three cities, known as the others will pursue a chairperson, Alliance the project’s contribution would serve to would also result in Sunset Area—and what the term smart lawsuit through the for Environmental provide more balance.” the removal of roughly growth means in Placer County. California Environmental Leadership Others see it differently. 5,000 acres of vernal Quality Act, though Warren “The county of Placer is proposing pools. Earlier this year, the county requested admitted she’d spoken with a to build an industrial city the size of Warren, who used some of public comments on a draft environmental lawyer. “Do we have $150,000 to Roseville in the West Placer prairie,” her time to present an alternative plan for impact report for its Sunset Area and pay for a lawsuit?” Warren told SN&R. Leslie Warren, chairperson of the Alliance the area, expressed concern about the ratio Placer Ranch Specific plans. Under the “That’s the weak link.” Ω
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Rancho joins the Tour
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Rancho Cordova makes six-figure play to join cycling’s largest event for the first time
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by James Raia
Amgen Tour of California organizers have the same geographical dilemma every year: Which cities will be part of the country’s biggest bike race? For the first time in the tour’s 14-year history, the city of Rancho Cordova is making the cut. The weeklong Tour of California will advance 700-plus miles south from Sacramento to Pasadena starting May 12. But on the “There’s no second day, a tangent will take the race other event that into Rancho Cordova before heading to South Lake Tahoe’s Carson Pass. The takes place in this 120.5-mile leg will divert the world’s region that can give us top international teams through the that kind of exposure.” east-county suburb’s hilly terrain, culminating in nearly 15,000 feet of Marc Sapoznik elevation gain. executive director, Rancho Rancho Cordova officials Cordova Travel & Tourism approached race organizers Anschutz Entertainment Group following last year’s event. It was announced as a host city in December. “We’ve been on the periphery of the event for a couple of years now,” said Marc Sapoznik, chairman 2019 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA of the city’s local organizing committee and executive director of Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism. MEN “We are a bicycle-friendly city and we thought, Sun., May, 12 Stage 1, Sacramento to ‘Gosh, maybe there would be an opportunity for us Sacramento to be involved in this race.’” Mon., May 13, Stage 2, Sapoznik said the honor comes with a nearly Rancho Cordova to $100,000 investment. The city will also provide South Lake Tahoe about 100 volunteers and municipal services. Title Tues., May 14, Stage 3, sponsors will help absorb the city’s costs, Sapoznik Stockton to Morgan Hill said. He thinks the financial investment is prudent. Wed., May 15, Stage 4, “Sure, there are room nights [in hotels] associSalinas to Morro Bay Thurs., May 16, Stage 5, ated with the events and there’s economic benefits Pismo Beach to Ventura that comes from the Tour of California, and that’s Fri., May 17, Stage 6, all great. But we knew that the exposure to the city Ontario to Mt. Baldy would help to put us on the map, not only nationally Sat., May 18, Stage 7, but internationally,” he said. “There’s no other event Santa Clarita to that takes place in this region that can give us that Pasadena kind of exposure.” WOMEN Elk Grove, Folsom and Davis have also been Thurs., May 16, Stage 1, among race hosts. Farther afield, Auburn, Lodi, Ventura to Ventura Nevada City, Santa Rosa and Stockton have Fri., May 17, Stage, 2 welcomed a stage start or finish. Ontario to Mt. Baldy Stage 2 starts at 9:30 a.m. May 13 at Rancho Sat. May 18, Sta ge 3 Santa Clarita to Pasadena Cordova City Hall, which will also host a free lifestyle festival that morning. Ω
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KILLER Sacramento boosts automated cars, but what happens to professional drivers?
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acramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg leaned out from the window of a dark sedan and gave a long wave to the photographers huddled around its strangely fitted rooftop. “To the future,” he called out. Then the vehicle slowly pulled away. Depending on one’s perspective, Steinberg was either steering his city toward a new economic horizon, or he was cheerfully waving from an ominous piece of job-killing technology—tech the mayor is taking an active role in promoting and advancing in a city that has done little to plan for the alarming employment disruption it could cause. According to the Sacramento County Department of Economic Development, there are 18,000 local professionals who earn their living behind the wheel of cabs, long-haul trucks, shuttle buses and delivery vehicles. The limited data on Uber and Lyft suggests there are hundreds more Sacramantans paying their bills through the city’s ride-share economy. But these are all members of the working class who could be looking at very different streetscapes—and very different job prospects—in the near future. In August 2018, the city of Sacramento entered into a partnership with Phantom Auto, a Mountain View company specializing in autonomous vehicle safety. Officials allowed Phantom Auto to spend six months “testing and mapping the
city’s wireless capacity and coverage at the street level” to pave the way for avenues buzzing with driverless cars. City leaders were not only giving Phantom Auto exclusive access to Sacramento’s infrastructure, they were also paying for the privilege to the tune of $100,000, according to a report from Wired. So why would a city give public funds to a Silicon Valley corporation already fat with millions in venture capital to be part of an experiment? Louis Stewart, Sacramento’s first chief innovation officer, said City Hall wants to “accelerate the time to market for autonomous vehicles.” Steinberg’s big wave from Phantom Auto’s semi-autonomous car April 15 was partly the result of the helping hand his administration lent to phase in
the company’s testing stage. The mayor is betting big on predictions from research firms such as Strategic Analytics, which forecast an eventual $7 trillion “passenger economy” emerging across the globe from automated vehicles. But other experts warn that before the financial boon comes, massive job loss and social pain come first. A 2018 study by the research firm Bain & Company found that automation will eliminate as many as 20 to 25 percent of current American jobs by 2030. A similar analysis by the Center for Global Policy Solutions determined driverless cars will be the earliest force in that upheaval. The authors of Global Policy’s report wrote that any rapid shift to automated vehicles will cost “a significant source of work for those with lower levels of educational obtainment.” In other words, wave goodbye to a lot of livable and semi-livable wages that residents of Sacramento can make without a college degree. Steinberg canceled an interview for this story, but later issued a statement to SN&R: “As a city, we can’t run from automation. We have to participate in the new economy while making it work for all of our people. That goal was at the heart of our campaign for Measure U. Studies show that automation won’t just eliminate jobs; it will create many more jobs, but these will require higher levels of education and skill. Our responsibility is to make sure our residents are ready to take those jobs. That’s why youth and mayor Darrell steinberg workforce training will be a major focus for my office as we develop plans for spending the new resources generated by voter approval of Measure U.” Speaking at the California Innovation Summit in January, he stressed that the city must seek the jobs of the future. “We are rapidly changing as a city,” the mayor said. “We’re going from a traditional capital city and government town to an aspiration to be the center of technology.” Steinberg added that being “on the cutting-edge of transportation” would be especially good for disabled residents and families in low-income neighborhoods. Edward Escobar, founder of #DriversUnite, a campaign to protect both professional and gig drivers, says the kind of deal Sacramento officials struck with Phantom Auto mirrors a trend that happening in other cities. And, he adds, it’s dangerous when elected officials and regulators cozy up to driverless vehicle companies without talking about the impending job loss. “They have tunnel vision all the way,” Escobar says. “They’re buying into this utopic sales pitch from companies who’ve convinced them that they’ll provide some magic bullet. These public officials may want to be known for ushering in a new era of transportation, but the problem is, the primary motivation for the companies who are convincing them is a hundred-percent profit-driven, and officials are going along with that and forgetting the public trust.”
“as a city, we can’t run from automation. We have to participate in the new economy while making it work for all of our people.”
In spring 2018, one of Uber’s driverless SUVs struck and killed a woman as she crossed the road in Tempe, Arizona. In a matter of weeks, Uber arrived at a financial settlement with the woman’s family and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was on the Today show saying his company remained
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Commitment at all Costs
Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg poses for the camera before taking a test drive in one of Phantom Auto’s cars.
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Number of SacrameNto couNty driviNg jobS that could poteNtially be at riSk from automated vehicleS industry
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“absolutely committed to self-driving cars.” Khosrowshahi couched this pledge, ironically perhaps, as part of Uber’s hope for safer roadways. But investors see more truth in the words of Khosrowshahi’s predecessor, Travis Kalanick, who acknowledged two years earlier that driverless cars were “basically essential” to his company finally making a profit. For these and similar tech companies, it may be a case of desperation driving innovation. A report by TechCruch found Uber has already spent more than $900 million on developing its driverless car fleet. That’s not surprising since Uber and rival Lyft continue to lose money under their business model with human drivers. Thousands of them in at least eight cities went on strike Wednesday to protest wages and working conditions. Lyft went public in March and, a month later, was already being sued by investors for inflating its value. Uber, which plans its initial public offering this week, secured a $1 billion investment in its self-driving unit after reporting a $3 billion operating loss last year. Both ride-share giants are betting their futures on driverless cars. Unlike Uber and Lyft, many traditional sectors of the driving industry are still lucrative and still supporting long-term employment. The research firm Sageworks found profit margins for long-haul trucking doubled between 2017 and 2018, and they’re projected to rise again this year. Drivers working for delivery services UPS or FedEx also saw their employers’ profits fatten. Likewise, overall revenues for limousine services and the charter bus industry remain strong. In Sacramento County, the mainstream driving industry breaks down to some 5,668 drivers working for companies such as UPS and FedEx or the U.S. Postal Service, while some 5,730 drivers work for 16 | SN&R | 05.09.19
ground transportation services or the charter bus industry, according to the economic development department. It also reports there are some 4,879 long-haul and pipe transport truck drivers living in the Sacramento area, earning between $52,000 to $99,000 a year. These may be functioning corners of the region’s workforce, but they are under threat from automated vehicles: A 2017 report from the Center for Global Policy Solutions found that 4 million American driving jobs are in near-term peril from driverless cars. And since that report’s release, the development of automated driving tech has been burning rubber. At the end of April, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that his company’s robo-taxis would be on the road by next year to compete with Uber and Lyft (though the prediction was made just days after it was revealed that Tesla’s autopilot could be tricked into driving at oncoming traffic by placing small stickers on roadside signs). Nonetheless, Musk’s confidence reflects the reality that global investors have recently put more than $4.2 billion into research and development for automated vehicle tech, all in a bid to eventually phase out traditional driving roles. Wayne Campbell is a long-haul trucker who hosts a popular Facebook Live show called “In the Driver’s Seat.” Campbell, who is “trucker famous” around the diners and rest stops along Interstate 5 and Highway 99 in Sacramento, says he speaks daily with truckers from Northern California and is convinced they won’t be getting the “nextgeneration” jobs that politicians like Steinberg keep bragging about when justifying hopes for a brave new passenger economy. “When [public officials] talk about the new jobs, they’re not talking about the men and women in the trucking industry, who aren’t generally big on computers,” Campbell says. “They keep talking
about these possibilities, but they’re not talking about our family heritage drivers, our bloodline drivers, our people who did this job because it was supposed to be good for this country.” “They never want to bring up what this [transition] means for men and women in the real world who will have to retrain themselves,” he added. “For someone like that, where do they even start?” That question was never broached in the city of Sacramento’s press release about its partnership with Phantom Auto. What is clear is that, in the midst of a driverless car investment windfall across Silicon Valley, Phantom Auto also received public funds. Likely of more value to the Mountain View company was the open access officials gave it to public infrastructure for testing. So what does Sacramento get out of this huge assist to a company that’s part of an industry movement that could eventually cost hundreds of local workers their jobs? When the Phantom Auto deal was announced, Steinberg said it would put Sacramento on the map with the emerging titans of tech. “We are creating a testing ground for such technologies that will ensure our status as a hub for the jobs they create,” he said in a statement. City Hall echoed that point again on May 1, when it released a video on Twitter in which Stewart said that Sacramento “is taking the lead on mobility innovation, by bringing technology solution companies to Sacramento and testing them out.” On a parallel track, the city is also aggressively seeking to become a research center and proving ground for electric cars, using $44 million it received
“they never want to bring up what this [transition] means for men and women in the real world who will have to retrain themselves.” Wayne Campbell, long-haul trucker and host of “In the Driver’s Seat” on Facebook Live
in a settlement from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. Plans include electric shuttle buses, ultra-fast public charging stations and electric car sharing services, including one run by AAA Northern California that launched last week with 260 Chevy Bolts. In the video, with highly produced images of Phantom Auto cars and other driverless vehicles whizzing around local streets, Stewart added, “That means new solutions that you may have never seen before.” As with previous speeches and press releases, the video made no mention of local job loss.
Photo by nicole fowler
Blind spots Dave Rivera might be the best-known taxi driver in Sacramento. Working under the umbrella of Yellow Cab services, he has a popular YouTube channel where he spins cabbie rhymes and touts tourist attractions around the Capital City. Rivera isn’t falling out of his driver’s seat at news the mayor and other Sacramento officials are giving subsidies to Phantom Auto. That’s because he believes that City Hall has always lent inappropriate support to two of the main players in the driverless cars quest, Uber and Lyft. Rivera says he repeatedly brought concerns to Sacramento officials that the ride-share giants were operating as illegal taxi services and was soundly ignored. Then, in April 2018, the California State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that delivery company Dynamex Operations West—which has a similar business model as Uber and Lyft—were illegally misclassifying drivers as contract workers when they’re actually employees under state law. In January, labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan, who’s suing Uber and Lyft, told SN&R the rideshare giants have attorneys engaged in stalling tactics to try to prevent the ruling from going into effect. Rivera says the Dymamex ruling vindicates everything he tried to warn City Hall about. He said Steinberg and the council had enough legislative
experience and common sense to know Uber and Lyft weren’t following the law. It is an example, Rivera says, of how enamored city officials are with pleasing—and building political alliances with—big tech. “It doesn’t surprise me they’re doing this,” Rivera said of the subsidies to Phantom Auto. “The city already spent money supporting ride-share companies, which were illegal, by putting up signs around Midtown that flagged parking areas for them.” As for the competition that robo-taxis would bring to his own business, Rivera says he isn’t worried. That’s because of a nasty little streak in human nature he’s seen over the last decade, one he thinks tech leaders just don’t understand: Passengers, especially at night, can be extremely disgusting. Drunks vomit and urinate in the seats—or worse. Rivera says that never happens in his cab because he’s vigilant and knows how to handle the ultrainebriated. But without a human driver watching, look out. “Every bad thing you’ve seen on the light rail, it’s going to be that inside the car you’re getting into,” he predicted. “The experience is going to be horrible.” Rivera isn’t the only one forecasting this. At a public debate in April about whether driverless cars are good for society, New York University assistant professor Meredith Broussard, who studies the ethics of artificial intelligence, raised numerous questions
about safety and sanitation in driverless cars and buses. Rivera is also concerned about the overall safety of passenger. “They’re fascinated with technology, I get it,” Rivera said of city officials. “But are they going to say health and safety don’t matter anymore? That’s one of their main responsibilities.” Indeed, in addition to Herzberg’s death, at least three other people have been killed since 2016 while using Tesla’s autopilot technology. Steinberg has stressed that Phantom Auto’s mission, in particular, is creating a solid safety infrastructure for driverless cars. But such words ring hollow for advocates such as Escobar, who argue that leaders in Sacramento and San Francisco are racing forward with promoting technologies they simply don’t understand. “They look at all the good and they’re not focused on the impacts and consequences,” Escobar said. “It’s a rush to judgment without fully evaluating all the sources. I don’t think they’ve done their homework.” He said that #DriversUnite is fighting to make sure elected officials start planning now for safety, job losses and employment disruption caused by automated vehicles. “You discuss it now and help shape it as it’s rolling out,” he stressed. “It you wait to respond when it’s here, it will be too late.” Ω
Well-known Sacramento cabbie “Taxi Dave” Rivera has raised numerous concerns about two companies developing driverless cars, Uber and Lyft.
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interior photo by nicole fowler; historical images courtesy of the sacramento public library
Rock in memoriam
Expect enhanced acoustics and comfier seating inside the new Memorial Auditorium.
The newly RenovaTed memoRial audiToRium is wheRe Ronald Reagan, The Rolling sTones and pRizefighTeRs made hisToRy
by James Raia
emorial Auditorium’s legend is varied and complex. But its pipe organ helps define the J Street monolith’s unique
Singer Marian Anderson performed several times at Memorial throughout the 1940s and ’50s.
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story. About 30 years ago, organ historians renovated the 1926 Estey Opus concert model, which had a seriously mangled flange and a crushed top. It hadn’t been played for a decade. Like the building, it was old but still worked. As for the damage, blame an overzealous elephant and a rock guitarist. According to the 1997 book, Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium: Seven Decades of Memories, elephants were stored with other animals in the basement when the circus came to town, beginning in 1935 and for more than 50 years. This one lodged its tusk into the machinery, although the exact circumstances are fuzzy. Decades later, the top of the organ was crushed
by a rocker who jumped on the instrument with unfiltered enthusiasm during a show. Presidential speeches, rock concerts, high school graduations, roller derby exhibitions— Memorial Auditorium is the city’s brick, mortar and terra cotta keeper of cultural history. It has withstood protests, possible demolition and environmental concerns. Inside, operas and orchestras once ruled, boxing championships were well-attended and immigrants en masse became citizens. Following a nearly yearlong face-lift, the 92-year-old facility will reopen May 21 with a rock concert by the Tedeschi Trucks Band and Los Lobos. The auditorium’s upgrades are part of the city’s two-andand-half-year undertaking called the C3 Project, which also includes expansion and renovation of the Community Center
Theater and Sacramento Convention Center down the street. Last September, the City Council unanimously approved the issuance of as much as $350 million in bonds to finance the project. The Community Center Theater and the Convention Center will close for construction this summer and will reopen in late 2020. Shows normally housed in those venues will be held at Memorial meantime, city officials say. Memorial Auditorium’s $16 million in upgrades include a new ground floor and refurbished upper-floor seating, enhanced acoustics, upgraded theatrical lighting and sound equipment and new concession stands and lobby monitors. For the performers: new stage flooring and renovated dressing rooms. “The biggest challenge is trying to preserve the historical aspect of the building,” says
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of twang A poster for Othello, which played from 1943 to 1945.
The Memorial Auditorium in 1927, the year it opened.
live album released by an American rock band. The Beach Boys returned a year later, and fans rushed the stage. Police couldn’t control the crowd, and the show was canceled. In December 1965, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was rushed to the hospital after nearly being electrocuted when his guitar touched a non-grounded microphone while playing a new song, “The Last Time.” Mick Martin—the longtime area musician, broadcaster and former rock critic for the Sacramento Union newspaper—has told many times of his attendance at Richards’ ordeal. “I was right there in the front row, in front of Keith,” Martin said in a 2013 Huffington Post interview. “I saw the blue light. I literally saw Keith fly into the air
Like the Grateful Dead or jam band Umphrey’s McGee, no two Tedeschi Trucks sets are the same. Trucks unleashes vicious solos on the slide guitar; Tedeschi channels Jackson and Aretha Franklin. with hints of Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. They both started young. Tedeschi started as a six-year-old understudy in a Broadway musical. Trucks first played in the Allman Brothers and affiliated groups as a guest at age 9 and toured with Buddy Guy at 13. Expect a diverse mix of rock, blues, soul and jazz. The band’s three best-known tunes are
Fast-forward 20 years. The husband-wife duo, married since 2001, have two teenage children and are on tour. Following shows in London, Oakland, Los Angeles and Mesa, Ariz., their 12-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band will be the first headlining performers in the renovated Memorial Auditorium on May 21. Los Lobos, the East Los Angeles latin rock band, opens the night.
Susan Tedeschi and “Midnight Derek Trucks front in Harlem” the 12-piece jam band and “Bound Tedeschi Trucks. For Glory,” both on the 2011 album Revelator, which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album; and “Anyhow” from the 2016 album Let Me Get By. Its sixth album, Signs, released in February. Ω
From 1950: A ballet series from Indian dance and choreography legend Uday Shankar.
“The moTheRs who Took TheiR pRe-Teen daughTeRs TheRe weRe kind of shocked when The band was smashing TheiR insTRumenTs and TheRe was smoke billowing fRom The sTage.” William Burg, Sacramento historian backward. I thought he was dead. I was horrified. We all were. Silence fell over the crowd. They carried him out with oxygen tubes, and he was semiconscious. I patted him on the shoulders and said, ‘I hope you’re going to be OK.’”
he passion of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks for their life of music together is clear. In interviews, she has joked that they only started dating because of their knowledge and appreciation of the late Mahalia Jackson, the “Queen of Gospel.” The couple met in 1999. Tedeschi, a blues guitarist and singer, and her band were opening for John Mellencamp, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan and the Allman Brothers Band. Trucks, the nephew of Allman Brothers founding drummer Butch Trucks, was 19 and just joined that group full-time.
Richards recovered, of course. The Rolling Stones played Memorial again in 1966, adding another memory to the building without incident. Ω
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Sabrina Tefft, a C3 Project manager. “We wanted to make sure that what we added to it ... [matched] the historical intent of the design and the aesthetic.” The biggest additions to the building were a loading dock to the I Street side for Broadway tour shows, and temporary restrooms on the first floor, Tefft says. As for the organ: it’s being restored and digitized. The auditorium opened in 1927, dedicated to local World War I veterans. The San Carlos Opera performed Aida in its first commercial event. Jack Benny played the violin at Gov. Ronald Reagan’s inaugural in 1971. It occupies a place with other iconic structures including Sutter’s Fort and the Elks Tower, says Sacramento historian William Burg. Then there’s the rock ’n’ roll lore. “I was interviewing one of the founders of KZAP and he saw The Who there,” Burg says. “He thought it was great, but the mothers who took their pre-teen daughters there were kind of shocked when the band was smashing their instruments, and there was smoke billowing from the stage.” During the 1960s and ’70s, the auditorium hosted stars including The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Jefferson Starship, Ted Nugent, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and Frank Zappa. It had a double bill of Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce) and the Grateful Dead in March 1968. Beach Boys Concert, recorded at Memorial in 1963, was the first
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remember when Tool opened a sac underground show in 1991?
Another roundup at the Cattle Club Nirvana, Tool, Alice in Chains— remembering Sacramento’s ’90s alt-rock incubator On the night of May 11, 1989, Sacramento’s music scene felt a seismic shift. For the 200 locals inside a janky club on Folsom Boulevard—where a random pole blocked the best view of the stage—it was just an evening to get your ears blasted on Go, Dog. Go!’s rock ’n’ roll. Thirty years later, we now know better. That night birthed the Cattle Club, which nurtured Sacramento bands such as Deftones and Cake. The all-ages venue doubled as Sacramento’s incubator for the 1990s alt-rock revolution, hosting Green Day, No Doubt, Primus, Smashing Pumpkins and Hole before they became stars. “It was the right toilet at the right time,” says Brian McKenna, a Cattle Club co-founder with promoter Jerry Perry. “Sacramento needed a place like that. It was the right size for all these upcoming bands. It just had the right vibe.” 20
You can rekindle the vibes Saturday at Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub—a celebration exactly 30 years since the Cattle Club’s first show. The event features local bands from the venue’s salad days, including Phallucy, FMK, 58 Fury and others. Dennis “The Master Bastard” Yudt, the Cattle Club’s DJ, will be mixing music and heckling like it was 1991. After all these years, which shows stick out in the memory of McKenna, who witnessed hundreds of Cattle Club gigs? “Any Kai Kln show,” McKenna says. “Any fIREHOSE show … The Jesus Lizard … Lush and Ride … NoMeansNo and Victims Family.” It’s kind of an unfair question, given the Cattle Club’s epic yet fairly brief run, which ended in the mid-1990s. Here are a few shows that go down as McKenna’s personal favorites. Each bill is a mix of locals paired with touring acts, which in some cases became rock royalty. Phallucy / Far / Tool (March 7, 1991): “Tool kind of came in and sucked all the oxygen out of room,” McKenna says. “They just had a lot of power. I dunno if anyone in the room knew who they were before they played, but they sure did before they were done. I alternately felt bad for Far and Phallucy, but I also felt proud of my booking.” Nirvana / Tad / Thornucopia ( Feb. 12, 1990): “[Nirvana] was hanging out during the day, and I was hearing them do radio interviews in our office. They were funny. I liked Tad a lot, too. So many people over the years say they were there, but only about 60 people were at the show. You could definitely hear Nirvana had songs that were going to take them further along.” Wood Is Good/ Fungo Mungo / Alter Natives (Nov. 18, 1989): “Fungo Mungo were compared to Red Hot Chili Peppers, but in a lot of ways, I liked Fungo Mungo better. They just delivered the goods every time. It didn’t matter who we put them with. Any Fungo Mungo show was a highlight for me.” Alice In Chains / Mookie Blaylock (aka Pearl Jam) / Burn Baby Burn (Feb. 16, 1991): “I went to all these radio stations to get them involved in the show, but they were like, ‘We don’t hear any singles on this [Alice In Chains] record.’ Mookie Blaylock was just growing, but you could tell they definitely had something. In a perfect world, you knew they’d be huge. Three years later, Eddie Vedder was the biggest rock singer in the world.” Ω
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friend that passed and a man he met in Oakland. “The song is a realization that because all these people have the answers,” Basi says, “because I came from them, because I know them, I also have the answers.” Basi makes music based on his poetry, inspired by spoken-word and musicians such as Domino. “It’s just trying to fuse those specific sounds that people know so well—D’Angelo, John Legend, Frank Ocean—and using it with … the way that my voice works and the way that I play piano,” he says. Basi Vibe has resting rest face. A jazz piano major at Sonoma State, Basi returned to Sacramento in desperate need of a change of pace. He’s focused on art since. Somnus is the sluggish god of sleep. In Ovid’s poem “I started to realize that I was just kind of wasting Metamorphoses, the Greco-Roman couch potato away,” he says. “I had my mind focused on the lounges on a soft black chair, relaxed by dreams, wrong things over there.” dead silence and twilight from his cave in the Once in Sac, He “weaseled” his way in to Underworld. the music scene, he says. Somnus is also Basi Vibe’s awaken“Like what does it take for ing record. Coming out of a creative somebody to infiltrate an art “It’s just trying lull, the Sacramento R&B poet scene, you know?” Basi says. and musician released his first “My formula was just to say to fuse those specific album in April, named after yes to everything and step sounds that people know the immovable deity. out of my comfort zone.” “As an artist, I felt like so well—D’Angelo, John Attending events and I was moving lethargically networking worked. Now Legend, Frank Ocean—and through life,” Basi says, “… Basi draws large crowds using it with … the way that and here we are now, and I to his bar sets, including am awake.” his “Vibe W/” sessions at my voice works and the way Basi debuted the sixHighwater, which present that I play piano.” song EP live at Highwater soul and cold funk every in Midtown on April 12. With second Friday. Basi Vibe moody red lighting and instrumenThe soft-spoken pianist is the talists behind him, he sang to a bar god of chill onstage. But when it filled wall-to-wall with patrons who knew comes his dreams, he’s restless. the words, bobbing along to his chill R&B and “When I go do my thing, I’m gonna be ruthatmospheric beats. less about it,” Basi says. “And this is kinda how I see “I need you to quit all your playing, come and get it, but it’s all for the sake of the thing that I hold very some lovin’ baby, come and get some lovin’ baby,” dear. And that’s the art.” Ω he says in “Palm Trees,” fitting for a cruise down Pacific Coast Highway. Check out basi Vibe Friday, May 10 at Concerts In the Park. souls of Mischief “Answers,” a lo-fi interlude under a minute, is and the Philharmonik also perform. no cover. show starts at 5pm. 910 I st. Basi’s favorite track. A tribute to his biggest inspiralisten to somnus: basivibe.bandcamp.com/album/somnus. tions, he shouts out to his parents, grandparents, a
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Through 5/12; $20-$38;
bursting with life, color and charm. Be prepared to have your socks charmed right off with this one, and maybe even shed a tear for a pet goldfish.
Falcon’s Eye Theater chooses a more hallucinogenic version for its adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, with some very creative production elements. Though there’s nothing provocative, it may prove confusing and frustrating for traditionalists and Disneyaged audience members.
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Valley Theatre Company at the Roseville Tower Theatre, 417 Vernon Street in Roseville; (916) 234-6981; greenvalleytheatre.com. TMO
Thu 7:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm; Through 5/12; $12-$20; Falcon’s Eye
In this rhyming, Alexandrine verse play, Resurrection Theatre attempts to entertain audiences with comedy, tragedy, drama and melodrama all wrapped into one. Unfortunately, it takes more than an appropriate suspension of disbelief to accept jeans, Crocs and fanny packs in 1807. Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm;
A “jukebox musical” with some of the best (and worst) songs of the 1970s is one huge cruise of enjoyable theater. Michael Laun directs with admirable respect for both musical comedy and the disaster theme, mixing humor and groan-inducing obviousness (“Feelings,” anyone?) into one big hit.
Theatre, Stage Two at the Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom, (916) 608-6888, harriscenter. net. P.R.
Based on the French romantic comedy Amélie, Green Valley Theatre Company’s production of this new musical is
Through 5/11; $18-$20;
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Wed 2pm & 6:30pm, thu 8pm, fri 8pm, sat 5pm & 9pm, sun 2pm. through 5/26; $38-$47; B street theatre at the sofia, 2700 capitol avenue, (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org.
This new Sherlock Holmes mystery is like an episode of that old TV game show, To Tell the Truth. Three men, each well-prepared with the facts of the famous detective’s life, claim to be the super sleuth. Trouble is, plenty of others have claimed to be Holmes, who has been presumed—and may well be—dead after an incident involving him and arch nemesis Moriarty three years earlier. Only Holmes’ supremely insightful and cognizant partner, Dr. John Watson, can identify the real Sherlock Holmes, and he’s been called all over Europe to debunk the imposters. Now, he finds himself on an island off the coast of Scotland, where the three possible imposters are held in an insane asylum. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher has created a plot that is as full of all the twists and turns and red herrings of one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s finest Sherlock mysteries. Director Jerry Montoya peoples it with a top-notch cast and manipulates them—and the audience—through every trick and tease. Jason Kuykendall, Ryan Imhoff and Dave Pierini play Sherlocks One, Two and Three, respectively; Peter Story plays Dr. Watson; Greg Alexander plays asylum director Dr. Evans; and Kathryn SmithMcGlynn and Anthony Marble round out the cast as the asylum matron and orderly. Each could have had a role on the old game show I’ve Got a Secret. For that matter, any character in this drama could have a big, important secret. And so do I. I know the ending, but I’m not telling. Ω
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Jess bears the scars of war, both internally and externally. She has returned from her three military tours in Afghanistan a broken person—horribly wounded and disfigured, leaving her depressed and angry. When we first meet Jess in Big Idea Theatre’s production of Ugly Lies the Bone, we understand her bitterness. Her face is scarred, she stumbles around with a walker, and multiple surgeries have left her in excruciating pain. But the real tragedy is Jess has lost her sense of self, and it seems the world has lost its sense of this new, unrecognizable Jess. Then she’s introduced to virtual reality, which transports her into a more mobile and manageable world. While the storyline of Ugly sounds dark and dreary, playwright Lindsey Ferrentino adds sharp humor and a cast of quirky characters who help lighten the load. And what Big Idea contributes is a strong cast who completely transform themselves into totally believable characters. At the center of this production is the talented Karen Bombardier who gives us a layered Jess—not always sympathetic, but always authentic. Bombardier never leaves her character, even during set changes, and she makes us believe in her character even when her character doesn’t believe in herself. —Patti RobeRts
ugly Lies the Bone: thursday 8pm, friday 8pm, saturday 8pm; through 5/25; $12-$18; Big Idea theatre, 1616 del Paso Boulevard; (916) 960-3036; bigideatheatre.org.
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Pause for laughter Step aside, menstruation. There’s a new sheriff in town. It’s menopause. There’s also a new musical in town—Menopause the Musical. In it, four women clash at a Bloomingdale’s lingerie sale, only to discover they have more in common than they first thought. Parodying hits from past decades, the show features 25 musical numbers, including “Night Sweating,” a fun riff on the Bee Gees’ “Night Fever.” Since its 2001 Orlando debut, the show has traveled all over the globe, promising a frank, comical take on a period of life that’s rarely put in frank, comical terms. Thu 5/9, 7pm; Fri 5/10, 2pm & 7pm; Sat 5/11, 2pm & 7pm; Sun 5/12, 2pm; Through 5/12; $32$58; Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; (916) 608-6888; harriscenter.net.
Hearty scramble arTicHoKe scraMble, orpHan breaKfasT House The Artichoke Scramble ($13) at Orphan Breakfast House in East Sac is the dish you never knew you were craving. This tasty concoction of three eggs scrambled with huge artichoke hearts and melted jack cheese is garnished with a flair of chopped Roma tomatoes and scallions. It comes with the most amazing, crunchy rosemary potatoes, lightly seasoned and fried to perfection. It’s topped off with two slices of thick, freshly baked rosemary bread. Sprinkle a little pepper—or a spritz of hot sauce—and this scramble is pure delight. 3440 C Street, orphanbreakfast.com. The Sammich is a textural dream. Order it Medium spicy for a tolerable burn that cools between bites of crunchy slaw, dill pickles and a creamy Fuego Sauce held together by two buttery, toasted buns. PHOTO BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ
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I have an affinity for spicy food, though it wasn’t always that way. When I was in kindergarten, my dad shouted from the kitchen, “Mija! Do you want a pickle?” I loved pickles. He knew this. And although this particular pickle looked strange, I bit into it—only to suffer through heat waves and watery eyes that comes standard with deep-green jalapeños. Oh the joys of growing up in a Mexican household. Now when I see spicy food trending, I seek it out. I enjoy testing my spice-boundaries and swimming in the euphoric feeling triggered by capsaicin (the compound that makes hot peppers hot). Enter Nash & Proper, a Nashvilleinspired hot chicken food truck that serves a straightforward menu of crispy-fried chicken thighs, wings and tenders dunked in varying levels of liquid fire. My first visit was at its location in Oak Park, where N&P parks in front of T&R Taste of Texas BBQ on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The spice levels: Mild “a bit of heat,” Medium “now you feel it,” Hot “it’s burning” and Cluckin’ Hot “get the cluck outta here.” I ordered The Sammich ($12, Medium), a generously layered beast that requires two hands to manage. A soft, buttery bun is grilled until lightly charred before two crunchy boneless thighs are dipped in hot sauce and stacked with a vinegary, green cabbage slaw, a few dill pickles and crowned with a top bun accompanied by Fuego Sauce, a 24
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mildly spicy aioli. I ensured my first, large bite included a bit of everything. The textures alone were deliciously satisfying. The pillowy, toasted buns and the crisp cracklings from the chicken’s batter echoed with crunch inside my head, while the thigh meat was both tender and juicy. This tantalizing mouthful was followed by toothsome moments of fresh cabbage slaw and the occasional dill pickle punch. I dove back in for another gargantuan bite. Luckily, I was dining solo on the trunk of my car, so I had no shame. Between bites, I enjoyed creamy potato salad ($3), cubes of cold potatoes in a dill-forward dressing acted as an excellent cooling method. Still, Medium didn’t quite scratch the surface of spiciness that I craved. I continued to chase the capsaicin dragon on a follow-up visit, when the truck was at SacYard Community Tap House, with a basket of Cluckin’ Hot wings (three for $10) served on slices of white bread with pickle slices. The wings and drumettes were such a deep red it appeared an ominous warning. Once I popped the drumette from its wing, I took a conservative bite and waited. Cluckin’ Hot is deceptive. I stopped myself from taking a second bite as the heat began to billow on my palate like a desert storm cloud taking over the entirety of my mouth. The heat builds slowly and digs in to stay awhile. As time passed, I craved more as it burned so good. A deep inhale seemed to make things worse so I tore off a piece of white bread and chewed until the heat slowly cooled. With beads of sweat beneath my glasses, Cluckin’ Hot took me there. A very hot, but pleasantly slow burn. Would I order The Sammich Cluckin’ Hot? No. That ’wich is meant to be savored. But would I order a basket of wings that hot again? Most definitely. Would you? Ω
Fun fact: The word “sake” in Japan refers to alcoholic beverages in general. Sake, as we know it stateside, is described there as “nihonshu,” or Japanese rice wine. Why not enjoy some nihonshu right here in Sacramento by ordering a glass of Kurosawa-Ginrei ($10) at the 41-year-old Hana Tsubaki Restaurant? It’s got minerality in the nose, coupled with a creamy lychee aroma. A taste yields medium-plus sweetness with a rich, full body. How to describe that natural candy flavor from the fermented rice? Grape Laffy Taffy. All the way from Fukushima Prefecture in Japan, this sake is nice to sip and pairs well with the broiled mackerel on the menu. 5006 J Street, hanatsubakirestaurant.com.
Instant vegan kitchari Once plagued by myriad health issues—obesity, depression, high blood pressure, sleep apnea—former “meat-and-potatoes” guy Bret Mason found healing through food. Inspired by various health documentaries, he determined “that the human body is not designed to eat animal proteins, [which are] one of the main causes of the disease epidemic in the US.” He went on to embrace Ayurveda, a 3,000-year-old holistic healing practice with Indian roots, which includes eating an entirely plant-based diet. Through Ayurveda, plus yoga practice, he found relief from his various ailments and lost 100 pounds in nine months. Eager to share the benefits of his newfound lifestyle, he founded Abundant Roots. The Roseville-based company’s inaugural product is an organic, just-add-water Kitchari, a mild flavorful broth of lentils, grains and spices said to absorb digestivetract toxins. Abundant Roots is looking to expand beyond the Folsom and Carmichael farmers’ markets, so keep up on Instagram @AbundantRoots. facebook.com/ abundantroots108. —Ted saMson
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Several years ago, a friend owed Dan Slort a favor, so she made him a logo for the ages. It features a stretched violin shaped like an “S” as in the famed 17th century string instrument maker Antonio Stradivari. A honeycomb encircles all but the neck of the violin and bees fly over the image. It all represents the family history of Strad Meadery in Rancho Cordova. Along with Dueling Dogs Brewing Co. in Lincoln, Strad is producing and serving fermented honey, or mead. Mead was once was called the “nectar of the gods;” often, it’s referred to as “bee booze.” Regardless of its name, legend details ancient pottery in China dating to 9,000 B.C. containing a liquid that was a combination of grain and honey. Modern-day mead is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast and water. Although specialty mead has a higher alcohol content, mead usually has 7.5 to 8% alcohol by volume, about half the amount of wine. It’s slightly carbonated and served cold. “The Vikings and Celts all drank fermented honey because that’s all they could get,” Slort said. “Any culture that had alcohol started with mead because if you have honey and it gets wet, it turns into magic water.” Although he didn’t play a Stradivarius, Slort’s grandfather played the violin for most of his 96 years. Strad, founded in 2011, serves several varieties of mead in bottles and on tap, all honoring the family patriarch. Ingredients at Strad and at Dueling Dogs Brewing Co. are simple. Strad uses Sacramento
wildflower honey made from local flowers and bees. Slort also sometimes uses white clover honey from Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Dueling Dogs does the same. “We use local honey. It’s from Bear River Honey in Sheridan,” said Adriana Stephens, who with her husband Earl started Dueling Dogs in 2014 and is its mead maker. “But we also use Oregon honey and California Orange Blossom Honey. It’s from all over; wherever I can get it.” Both businesses rotate their mead offerings. Strad’s selections usually include apricot, pomegranate strawberry, cherry and a traditional honey-only recipe. Dueling Dogs’ mead varies with the season: mandarin to apple, blueberry to strawberry. It also offers braggot, a mead made with honey and barley malt. Slort explained in jest that all worker bees are female and he has billions of little worker bees. But he receives his honey usually in 55-gallon drums. “People will come in because they’ve heard of mead. They never tried it, but they’re curious about it,” Stephens said. “Most people are like, ‘Wow, that’s different. But it’s good.’” A consummate advocate of mead and other adult beverages, Slort often references the history of mead. “It’s been around a long time, but it’s kind out of favor,” Slort said. “In the 16th-17th century, Shakespeare drank mead when he had the money. When he didn’t, he drank beer. People of money then would drink mead because only a peasant would drink beer.” Ω
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The garden gates at Duchess Pinky’s former home, featured on the 2019 East Sacramento Garden Tour.
A parade of moms, often with their children tagging along, will make its way through Sacramento’s Fabulous Forties neighborhood this coming weekend. It’s their treat. They’ll stop at seven spectacular gardens, getting a peek behind the gates of stately private homes. They’ll shop for sweets and only-in-Sacramento keepsakes at David Lubin School, then relax with iced tea, lemonade or wine at the century-old Sutter Lawn Tennis Club. “It’s a perfect family outing for Mother’s Day weekend,” said volunteer Mary Odbert, one of the tour’s organizers. Now in its 21st year, the East Sacramento Garden Tour has become a Mother’s Day tradition, a familyfriendly walkabout for a cause. Proceeds support arts, music and after-school programs at Lubin School on M Street. Last year, more than 3,000 patrons took part in the tour, drawn in part by the Lady Bird house, the big blue mansion seen in Greta Gerwig’s Oscarnominated movie. This weekend, the gardens will be just as gorgeous, if not as famous. Instead of Lady Bird, this tour features Duchess Pinky. According to “intriguing neighborhood lore,” the duchess (who may or may not have had royal bloodlines) often sat on her front lawn, playing the harp and drinking champagne, Odbert said. Pinky no longer lives in the ivy-covered house, but this is 26
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a rare chance to see behind the home’s brick pillars and curved wrought-iron gates into Pinky’s fanciful English cottage garden. Another featured stop is more modern and pragmatic: What do you do with a swimming pool in the wrong place? Move it. “The back of this lovely East Sac home was extended further into the original backyard with a remodel,” Odbert explained. “The new house footprint meant that the original pool was in an inconvenient spot.” So the homeowners hired Michael Glassman and Associates to redesign the yard. “He and his team created a lovely hardscape that maximizes the space and completely moved the pool to the left side of the yard, which made room for dining and living areas,” Odbert said. For the tour, Sacramento designer Kerrie Kelly will embellish these outdoor patio rooms, Odbert added. Besides the gardens, the tour offers other attractions such as refreshments at Sutter Lawn, Sacramento’s oldest private neighborhood club, and a boutique with about 40 local vendors offering Mother’s Day gifts. Parked in front of the homes will be vintage cars borrowed from the California Automobile Museum. During the tour, Lubin School will open its kindergarten’s Alphabet Garden (as in “A” is for artichoke) and its Peace Garden, a shady refuge. Throughout the tour, every garden can offer inspiration. “I like the opportunity to see all the gardens and get ideas for my own,” Odbert said. “It’s just a wonderful way to spend the day.” Ω
event detAils 21st annual east sacramento Garden tour start: David lubin School, 3535 M St. When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 Admission: $20 advance; $25 day of tour; children 12 and younger free details and tickets: eastsacgardentour.com
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Advance Peace Sacramento Fights to End Gun Violence by Edgar SanchEz After doing prison time for non-violent crimes, Clemmie Fields vowed never to be behind bars again. The 54-year-old Sacramentan has upheld that promise since 2003 and urges others do the same through his work with Advance Peace Sacramento (APS). “The work that we do here, I would do it for free,” Fields, a Neighborhood Change Agent (NCA), said recently, sitting in the headquarters of Advance Peace Sacramento (APS). “I enjoy helping others better their lives.” Advance Peace is an organization dedicated to ending gun violence in urban neighborhoods. The program has not only been successful where it was founded, in Richmond, CA, but also in Sacramento where it was implemented in June of 2018. APS currently has a four-year, $1.5 million contract with the City of Sacramento, and received additional funding from a state grant. APS is also supported by The California Endowment. As an NCA, Fields helps prevent gun violence in Oak Park, Del Paso Heights and South Sacramento by reaching out to gang members or other residents who may be affiliated with crime, both young and old. These three areas were identified by the City of Sacramento’s Gang Prevention & Intervention Taskforce as being “gunfire hot zones. NCAs act as mentors and outreach workers, often drawing on their own experiences as former gang members or felons. Many of these NCAs were raised in
the same neighborhoods where they are now looking to make a positive difference. “Neighborhood Change Agents have accomplished a significant amount in only about six months of regular outreach work,” stated a report by Jason Corburn, a professor in University of California, Berkeley’s Department of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Health.
“WE Had No tEEN HomiCidES iN SaCramENto iN 2018.” Julius Thibodeaux Program Manager, advanced Peace Sacramento
The 24-page report said there were 18 homicides in Sacramento in 2017, and the same number in 2018. Although gun-related homicides rose in Del Paso Heights from five to 12 between the two years, they dropped from six to two in Oak Park and from seven to four in South Sacramento. “The key finding was that we had no teen homicides in Sacramento in 2018,” said APS Program Manager Julius Thibodeaux, who also noted there were nine in 2017.
advance Peace Sacramento had a successful start, an independent evaluation found. its Program manager, Julius thibodeaux (right), posed with Clemmie Fields, an aPS Neighborhood Change agent. Photo by Edgar Sanchez
Thibodeaux credited that improvement to Advance Peace and its community partners who also advocate for non-violence, like the Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Mayor Darrell Steinberg agreed. “Advance Peace has added an important new tool to address gun violence in Sacramento alongside the great work already being done by [other] nonprofits in our city,” said Steinberg in reaction to the evaluation.
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by maxfield morris
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MUSIC THURSdaY, 5/9 aPOCalYPtiCa: Curious what Finnish cello covers of Metallica sound like in concert? Of course you do, you’re a playful soul. Join the cello quartet for the sounds of metal. 8pm, $25-$55. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
a very Berry Festival @theGrounds, 11am, $6-$12
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Grab some strawberries and head down to this festival. No, switch that around.
J.W. telleR: Folks will say it’s folk music, and they’re right. Teller is joined by Ryan Thompson and The Delicate Hounds. 9pm, $7. Torch Club, 904 15th St.
MaOli: Catch a night of reggae with acts local and from far afield. Empress Niko & Lion’s Paw along with Squarefield Massive complete the lineup. 7pm, $15-$20. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
savOY BROWN: Bringing more than 50 years of rock experience to the bargaining table, British blues group Savoy Brown will not compromise. 7pm, $25-$30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
stRFKR: Add a consonant and some vowels to pronounce this Portland group of indie rock ’n’ rollers. 7pm, $22. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.
As the weather gets warmer, the minds of interested folks across California turn to one thing only— Festivals strawberries. This festival caters to those people interested in the accessory fruit in the only way it can— by having a lot of activities and things to do and see. We’re talking musicians playing nonstop, a strawberry village and
a half-pipe jam. Think a festival based on strawberries would have to be fairly limited in scope? You must not have heard about the shortcake eating contest, the live graffiti wall, the petting zoo, the pancake breakfast, the model railroad and everything else fun going on at this singular festival. 800 All American City Boulevard, feedmeberries.com.
FRIdaY, 5/10 CONCeRts iN tHe PaRK, sOUls OF MisCHieF: Thought Concerts in the Park were over? You’re grossly misinformed. The second week brings Souls of Mischief and local phenom The Philharmonik to play ’til the house falls down—which is difficult, because it’s outdoors. Also check out Basi Vibe, Sooshe! and art by Shaun Burner. 5pm, no cover. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St.
iN tHe eND: Interested in seeing a Linkin Park
tiCKet WiNDOW UB400 Hear from the English reggae group later this year. Don’t delay; act now; get a ticket; hurry. 9/4, 7pm, $35-$38, on sale now now. Ace of Spades, eventbrite.com.
CakEE If you like cake, eat
cake. If you like Cake, go see them perform with Ben Folds in their hometown. 9/11,
7pm, $59.50-$279, on sale now. now Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster. com.
Catch a falling ticket and put it in your pocket.
JOHN MaYER Ma Mayer will be
bringing the softly sultry sounds of his own voice to DOCO DOCO.
9/17, 7:30pm, $59.50-$175, on sale 5/10 at 10am. Golden 1
MONTEREY Jazz FESTIval Don’t miss
the exhaustive lineup of jazz bands and performers littering the Monterey Jazz Festival. With Diana Krall, David Sanborn and so many more, you’re not going
Sing well, John. Sing well for us.
tribute band? Time to accept the fact that you’re getting older. Catch the premier Linkin Park experience without any of the members of Linkin Park. 7pm, $13-$15. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St. to want to miss the 62nd installment of the fest. 9/27-9/29, various times, $20-$435, on sale now. Monterey Fairgrounds, montereyjazzfestival. org.
JONaS BROTHERS The Jonas
Brothers are back together—reunited and it feels so good. In case you missed the episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls where Nick Jonas hangs out with Bear Grylls, you might want to get caught up before the show. 10/15, 7:30pm, $29.95-$199.95, on sale 5/10 at 10am. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.
laseR sPeCtaCUlaR FeatURiNG tHe MUsiC OF PiNK FlOYD: Get ready for some music of Pink Floyd with frickin’ laser beams. It’s a light beam extravaganza the likes of which can only be paired with Pink Floyd sounds. 8pm, $32.50-$39.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
tHis CHaRMiNG BaND: Come catch this The Smiths tribute band along with a The Cure tribute band, Just Like Heaven. It’s a faux music kind of Friday. 9pm, $15-$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
SaTURdaY, 5/11 Cattle ClUB 30tH aNNiveRsaRY eXtRavaGaNZa: It has been 30 years since the first show was played at the Cattle Club, and that means it’s time for a celebration of it. Join as 58 Fury, FMK, Ian Faith, Kepi Ghoulie, Phallucy and DJ Dennis “The
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Master Bastard” Yudt play some of their music. 6pm, $20-$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
listeNiNG sessiON liQUiD sWORDs: Ready to listen to someone else’s musical taste and enthusiasm? Rico Gordon’s going to be sharing some music of Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA, along with some guiding information about the formative rap album. 6:30pm, $10 suggested donation. The Library of MusicLandria, 2181 6th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95818.
ROsaNNe CasH: If you didn’t catch the performance by Johnny Cash’s grandson a few weeks ago, you can hear the country music of the musician’s eldest daughter, Rosanne Cash. 7:30pm, $35-$65. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
SUNdaY, 5/12 ClassiCal CONCeRt aNDRei BaUMaNN: Catch Beethoven and Chopin as their work gets a recital from pianist Andrei Baumann at the Crocker. 3pm, $20. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.
ReD JUMPsUit aPPaRatUs: Catch the emo, rocky group with opening act Life of the Afterparty. That group, winner of the 2019 SAMMIES award for punk/postpunk artist, is very excited about the opportunity. 7:30pm, $16. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.
taliB KWeli: Catch the hip-hop artist/social activist at his stop in Sacramento. As if that’s not enough, Bap Notes will be opening. 9pm, $30-$35. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
viviaN lee: Don’t miss this Mother’s Day installment of the Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series at CLARA. Featuring Vivian Lee presenting “It’s a Mom Affair,” this vocal jazz evening is sure to warm even the coldest cockles of any matronly heart. 6:30pm, $10-$30. CLARA, 2420 N St.
MONdaY, 5/13 eMPiRe aRts sUMMeR siNG-alONGs: Want to sing along with Hamilton without ruining the experience of countless people who paid absurd amounts of money for their seats? Rejoice. Join Empire Arts for their singalong, and consider dressing in your periodaccurate duds. 5:30pm, $10-$25. Federalist Public House, 2009 Matsui Alley.
Osatia: Rock on over to The Colony to catch Osatia, Anever, Gigantes, Royals Die Young and Without Hope as they perform. 6:30pm, $10. The Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd.
staRCRaWleR: Catch the Los Angeles-based band you watched the music video of in the former apartment of your brother, playing with Death Valley Girls. 6:30pm, $12$14. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.
Pauly Shore Goldfield tradiNG post, 7:30pm, $23
Do you remember when Pauly Shore premiered his autobiographical mockumentary in Sacramento? COMEDY He always had fun shows in Sacramento, he told SN&R in 2004. Since then he’s dropped by a number of times for standup shows. Well, he’s coming back again, this time for an intimate performance. If you like the comedian’s style of comedy, which tends to go for the fairly easy, you could catch him after Frank Castillo and Sandy Danto open. But really, you should go because you want to see how the former hot toddy of the ’90s fares today. 1630 J Street, goldfieldtradingpost.com.
Join them and Shana Shafer for the most Connors in one place. Thursday 5/9, 8pm. $10. 1710 Broadway.
SACRAMENTO COMEDY SPOT: The Art Critique
DATE NIGHT MOVIE IN THE PARK: Adults only are
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allowed at this movie date night, so if you’ve been fixing to watch Crazy, Stupid, Love in a public place with a partner of yours, this is your destiny calling you on Viber. Bring chairs or a blanket, or a collapsible picnic table, an inflatable chair, an overturned milk crate, an exercise ball or a sofa. 6pm, no cover. Laguna Town Hall, 3020 Renwick Ave. in Elk Grove.
THE MALTESE FALCON: The Tower’s film noir
TUESDAY, 5/14 CARRIE UNDERWOOD: America, eat your heart out, but don’t eat Carrie Underwood’s— she’s performing on her Cry Pretty tour, and has seven Grammy Awards to push you over the fence when it comes to persuading you to get a ticket. 7pm, $40.42-$98. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.
DEREK KING: Derek King was the New York Islanders’ left wing starting in 1985, continuing on and off for the next 10 years. Now he coaches the Rockford IceHogs, and shares his name with R&B artist Derek King, who will be performing soon. 7pm, $15$30. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.
EELS: The alternative rock group famous for its stint on the Shrek 2 soundtrack is performing in Sacramento. Dressing up as Shrek, Donkey or Fiona is encouraged by the Calendar editor. 7:30pm, $40-$60. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.
LORD DYING: All ages of Lord Dying fans are invited to check them out, along with Year of the Cobra and more. 7:30pm, $12. The Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd.
FESTIVALS THURSDAY, 5/9 MAY MARKETPLACE 2019 ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS POP-UP SHOP: See what small businesses are cooking up at this community marketplace. With local makers filling out the marketplace, it’s a great opportunity to get your finger to the neck-pulse of the local small business marketplace. 5:30pm, no cover. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St.
SATURDAY, 5/11 ART, BEER & WINE FESTIVAL: You like art and you like alcoholic beverages, so you may want to find transportation to this free festival. If you want to partake in the beverages, though, you’ll be required to pay for them. 11am, no cover. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills.
BERRYFEST STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL 2019: Strawberries are accessory fruit, meaning that the fleshy part of the “berry” is really just an enlarged receptacle. Interestingly, BerryFest doesn’t make this fact a primary facet of their festival, featured on page 29. 10am, $6-$12. @the Grounds, 800 All America City Blvd. in Roseville.
Welcome to the world of the Sacramento Valley, where design seeps through everything we do. Check out the kickoff event of the week at Urban Roots. There’s a pop-up market that starts at noon, so check that out first, then get into the swing of things. 6pm, no cover. Urban Roots Brewery & Smokehouse, 1322 V St.
TACO, BEER & MARGARITA FEST: If you don’t like all three of this festival’s consumables, odds are you’ll like at least one of them. Show up and buy some of these edible and drinkable things, then eat or drink them. Noon, no cover. Old Town Plaza, 9615 Railroad St. in Elk Grove.
THIS MIDTOWN BLOCK PARTY: It’s May, and that means Will Clarke will be the disc jockey for this block party. Catch some sounds, drink some drinks and eat food. 5pm, no cover. MARRS, 1050 20th St.
SUNDAY, 5/12 MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA AND CHAMPAGNE: Grab your mother or grab your child and head over to this Mother’s Day high tea celebration. With champagne, cakes, tea and sandwiches, it’s got most of the trappings of an excellent Mother’s Day tea. Noon, $70. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, 4749 Folsom Blvd.
MONDAY, 5/13 CHOCOLATE AND WINE PAIRING: Is your appetite for wine matched only by your vociferous voracity for cacao? Well, it’s apparently Chocolate Week, so come celebrate another made-up week with some overconsumption. 4:30pm, $15. Rio City Cafe.
WEDNESDAY, 5/15 WINE WEDNESDAY AT HONEY: Design Week is
FOOD & DRINK
taking over Honey’s Wine Wednesday, bringing you some wine and mingling at the design agency. 5pm, no cover-$10. Honey, 1050 20th St.
SAC FRY FEST: Fries have been eaten a lot in the past few months—but they’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers at SactoMoFo’s second annual Sac Fry Fest. Show up and treat your mouth, belly and digestive tract to some of the most overloaded, positively scrummy fries you’ll eat at a festival all year. Yes, live music, yes, drinks. 3pm, $10$25. Roosevelt Park, 1615 9th St.
SECOND CHANCE PROM NIGHT: Remember senior prom? The way the cool kid, Arlo, laughed at your stupid vest? He was right—it was not a good look on you, and you didn’t know how best to dance. It was, to be frank, a train wreck, but that doesn’t have to be the end of your prom legacy. Show up to this re-prom and have the beer, food, music and dancing you should have had back in the day. To boot, it’s 1980s-themed and is a much better deal than prom is these days. 6pm, $40. Big Sexy Brewing Company.
GOLDFIELD TRADING POST: Pauly Shore. Comedy is his middle name—actually, it’s Montgomery, but that’s got an extra syllable, and who’s got the time? Check out the event highlight on page 29. Thursday 5/9, 7:30pm. $23. 1630 J St.
PUNCH LINE: Steve Byrne. The comedian who speaks in broad strokes and created and starred in Sullivan & Son will be performing for a number of shows. Through 5/11. $25. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.
PUNCH LINE: The Mother’s Day Comedy Showcase starring Justin Rivera. Nothing says “I love my mother” quite like taking them to a comedy showcase labeled “Mother’s Day.” If they like comedy, you’ll especially be in their good graces. Sunday 5/12, 7pm. $16. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.
STAB! COMEDY THEATER: Stay Silly Comedy Presents Connor Squared. Much like Terminator 2: Judgment Day, this evening of comedy has two Connors—but instead of imprisoned Sarah and rambunctious John, it’s Connor McSpadden and Connor Martin.
PRINCE & PRINCESS TEA ON THE PATIO AT LAND PARK: Join Chocolate Fish for one of two very limited tea celebrations on the patio. Dress up like a princess, or dress up like a prince. The choice is yours, but just remember that you and your child plus-one will be eating sandwiches, cakes and tea. Noon and 2pm, $50. Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters, 2940 Freeport Blvd.
series continues with the Humphrey Bogart PI classic. As things usually go for Bogart’s characters, things get a little dicier than he originally expected. 7pm, $10.50. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive.
ON STAGE 1723 25TH ST: Little Mermaid. Join Moore
WEDNESDAY, 5/15 DESIGN WEEK SACRAMENTO OPENING PARTY:
Comedy Show. Another month means it’s time for another roasting of thrift store art from the folks at the Art Critique Comedy Show. Show up ready to feel for some bad art. Saturday 5/11, 7:30pm. $15-$20. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.
Musicals in their production of the classic Hans Christian Anderson Tale. Through 5/12. $15. 1723 25th St.
BIG IDEA THEATRE: Ugly Lies the Bone. Catch Bid Idea’s new production of a soldier going home after traumatic experiences in Afghanistan, finding new ways to cope and deal with the emotions. Check out the review on page 23. Through 5/25. $12-$22. 1616 Del Paso Blvd.
COLONIAL THEATRE: SacCirque Artist Showcase. Don’t miss the first of ostensibly many SacCirque Artist Showcases to come. With acrobats, fire tamers and many other talented performers really doing their thing on stage, it’s a sure bet you’ll be wowed. 7pm. Through 5/11. $25. 3522 Stockton Blvd.
GOLDFIELD TRADING POST: Sacramento Emerging Artist Showcase. Artists are coming up throughout the city, and this is one place you can see the work of some of those artists. Catch comedians, singers, dancers, musicians and basically anything else you can see on a stage, and even give them some constructive feedback. Friday 5/10, 7pm. $7-$12. 1630 J St.
HARRIS CENTER: Menopause the Musical. Since its inception 17 years ago, this musical about the end of your menstrual cycles has been visiting cities all over. Now it’s stopping near
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Urban Bicycling and Scooting 101 New City Hall, 6pm, No Cover
Greasy gears, intimidatingly small wheels, enormous momentum—these are some of the menacing facets of bicycles and scooters, and CLASSES that doesn’t even include dealing with traffic. Are you interested in learning about biking or scooting in the city? This class goes over laws, safety, intersections and enjoyment of the ride. If you’re looking to take your twowheeled acquaintance into the urban landscape, here’s a good place to start. Register online in advance. 915 I Street, cityofsacramento.org.
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eASt SAc gArden tOur: Tour some gardens in support of a mother in your life. It’s a yearly tradition for the weekend, and it features gardens throughout the East Sacramento neighborhood. Show up and stop by David Lubin Elementary for some chalk art and crafts. check out the garden column with more details on page 26. 10am, $20-$25. East Sacramento Neighborhood, 3535 M St.
waterfront yoga old saCramento Waterfront, 6:30pm, no Cover
eASy, breeZy wAterFrOnt bAcHAtA: Come
As the weather changes, birds speak in tongues, sunlight fawns over its adoring plants and our star Photo courtesy oF alina tyulyu bounds a higher arc through the sky. Spring is in the air, and that means yoga is muSic going to be, too. You can join the Yoga Seed Collective in its free, outdoor sessions on the Old Sacramento Waterfront Embarcadero for four days every week. There’s shade, a water feature and instruction. Come on out for some exercise. 1002 Front Street, facebook.com/ oldsacramento/events.
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tHe bricKHOuSe gALLery & Art cOmPLeX: Gary Rosenblum Exhibition “Time & Space Travel”. Catch the photographic work of Rosenblum as he explores the art form with unique photo assemblage. It’s a truly unique use of the medium and employs antique slides. through 5/25. no cover. 2837 37th St.
you for some comedy and music. through 5/12. $32-$52. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.
SAcrAmentO tHeAtre: Disaster!. This disaster flick parody at STC is a musical trip down nostalgia lane. through 5/12. $30-$40. 1419 H St.
tim cOLLOm gALLery: Anthony Montanino’s “Between Two Rivers” at Tim Collom Gallery in May. Enjoy the acrylic and oil work of Anthony Montanino, often featuring everyday people doing everyday things. through 5/30. no cover. 915 20th St.
tHe cOmmunity center tHeAter: Disney’s “Aladdin”. In advance of the release of the 2019 live-action remake of the Disney classic, check out the genie-infused musical with Broadway on Tour. 8pm. through 6/2. $50$90. 1301 L St. Ringling Bros. Circus leader Kevin Venardos for some circus-esque times. Featuring all the classics you know and love—like juggling—to some of the things you’re less fond of—like acrobatics—a trip to this circus will make you say, “This is a circus.” through 5/19. $25. 3010 Burrows Ave. in West Sacramento.
Kennedy Gallery. Catch 20 artists sharing 20 works of art. It lasts through the start of June and includes plenty of local artists. through 6/3. no cover. 1931 L St.
Spend some time at the Crocker in honor of Richard Jackson’s current exhibit, Alleged Paintings. You’ll see UpcyclePOP’s artwork, installation art from Bailey Anderson and Tavaras Blackmon, along with plenty of music and other fun ways to get a little wild and subversive. thursday 5/9, 6pm. $20. Artful Tot. Children, toddlers specifically, are invited to spend some time making some art in the museum. It will get a bit messy. Friday 5/10, 10:30am. $16. 216 O St.
OLd SAcrAmentO StAte HiStOric PArK: The Quest for the Gold Spike. Check out a performance honoring that spike of gold that marked the meeting of the Transcontinental Railroad. The hourlong performances are free and quite melodramatic. through 5/25. no cover. 1014 2nd St.
LeeAnn brOOKe Fine Art: Deborah Bridges Environment and Exploration. Catch some of Deborah Bridges’ work in sculpture, highlighting her work in sculpting women. through 5/31. no cover. 231 Broad St. in Nevada City.
SAcrAmentO Fine ArtS center: Art Where Wild Things Are 2019. It’s time for some natural art. Join the SFAC for a juried show and art auction in support of the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. Don’t miss the reception and awards ceremony, and check out the exhibit through June 2. thursday 5/14, 5:30pm. $25. 5330 Gibbons Drive, Suite B in Carmichael.
mAy OPen gArden At tHe HOrticuLture center: Spend some time in the out-of-doors with Rancho Cordova Library. They’re opening their garden and putting on demonstrations that could lend helpful lessons to your own garden. 9am, no cover. Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd.
Wednesday, 5/15 minigOLF & cHOcOLAte: Enjoy a delightful pairing of a miniaturized sport and chocolate in a new, downtown mini golf location. 10am, $15. Sac Mini Golf, 1028 2nd St.
LAgunA creeK trAiL & bruceviLLe rOAd SidewALK PrOJect cOmmunity meeting:
cOFFee, cOOKieS, + crAm!: Come out and study
Learn about proposed improvements and new paved trails in Elk Grove. 6pm, no cover. Wackford Community Center (Willow Room), 9014 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove.
SymPOSium dOcumenting tHe undOcumented immigrAnt vOiceS OF PASt And PreSent: Join this discussion of how best to document the experiences of undocumented immigrants. 4pm, no cover. UC Davis Global Affairs Multipurpose Room, 463 California Ave. in Davis.
saturday, 5/11 cHArity gOLF tOurnAment beneFiting LeuKemiA & LymPHOmA SOciety: Join this golf tournament to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 9am, $40-$300. William Land Golf Course, 1701 Sutterville Road.
StAmP Out Hunger: Join the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ food drive by bringing a bag of nonperishable food to your own mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up. 8am, no cover. Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3333 3rd Ave.
with Broad Room. There’s coffee, there’s cookies, there’s studying and more. Join in a space to study for whatever students need to study for—tests, potentially. 10pm, $5. Broad Room Creative Collective, 2311 S St.
urbAn bicycLing And ScOOting: Want to get the lowdown on how to bike through the city—or scoot? Check out the event highlight on page 30 for more details on the class. 6pm, no cover. New City Hall, 915 I St.
Friday, 5/10 POrtugueSe bAKing cLASSeS: Take a baking class from a contestant of the Great American Baking Show, Jeremiah Duarte Bills. You’ll get some real experience making Portuguese pastries from a real amateur celebrity chef contestant. 6pm, $75. Jeremiah Bakes’ Home, 12 Rio Viale Court.
saturday, 5/11 2nd SAturdAy ArtS And crAFtS KiteS: Take in Second Saturday with some fun arts and crafts. You’ll be working with Verge Center for the Arts to make some kites in the DOCO and even try to fly them. Hopefully it’s windy! 10am, no cover. Downtown Commons.
saturday, 5/11 bent 9tH AnnuAL gOLF tOurnAment: Play some full-sized, nine-hole golf to support the BENT film festival. You’ll be scrambling over the course in a golf cart, taking in some food after, and you’ll even receive a bag of swag. noon, $20-$70. Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, 3645 Fulton Ave.
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out to the Old Sacramento Waterfront Embarcadero in front of the Delta King for some Latin dancing with Dance on the Edge. 7pm, no cover. Old Sacramento Waterfront.
vierrA FArmS: Venardos Circus. Join former
sPorts & outdoors thursday, 5/9 wAterFrOnt yOgA: The Old Sacramento
Waterfront isn’t just a spot to access the river anymore, it’s also a place to stretch out your body for free. Join the Yoga Seed Collective for some yoga fun. 6:30pm, no cover. Old Sacramento Waterfront, 1002 Front St.
Wednesday, 5/15 through sunday, 6/2 Aladdin Community Center theater, various times, $35-$165
Corresponding pretty well with the release of Disney’s new live-action version of Aladdin—which comes out on May 24—is this live-action production of the musical. Unlike the movie, this production has no computergenerated genie, no On StAge post-production gimmicks, not even any Will Smith. Don’t count it out though—come see what Broadway has to offer in terms of Arabian nights. 1301 L Street, broadwaysacramento. com.
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THURSDAY 5/9 ArmAdillo music
207 F ST., DAvIS, (530) 758-8058
2003 k ST., (916) 448-8790
Poprockz 90s Night, 9pm, no cover
101 MAIN ST., ROSEvIllE, (916) 774-0505
1400 AlHAMbRA blvD., (916) 455-3400
Urbanation, 7pm, no cover
Silky N. Ganache, 8pm, $10-$20
Spectacular Saturdays, 6pm, call for cover
Banjo Bones, 9:30pm, no cover
The Bongo Furys, 9:30pm, no cover
Open-Mic, 7:30pm, W, no cover; Monday Night Trivia, 6:30pm, M, no cover
Cigarette Machine, VGDB, Electric Vibe and HoM, 8pm, $10
Lord Dying, Year of the Cobra, Ape Machine and Hauler, 8pm, T, $12-$15
Inanimate Existence, Flub, Princess Kitten and more, 7pm, $10
Sweater Zest, Roland Tonies, the Countermen and more, 8:30pm, $10
Capitol Fridays, 10pm, no cover before 10:30pm
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For the week oF May 9, 2019
wedding and work drama
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Time to shake things
by JOey GARCIA
and acknowledge the moment you My mom’s ex-husband, my stepdad, is the only real dad I’ve known. She doesn’t became an adult. It also means embracing want me to invite him to my wedding choices that honor your capacity for real and says she won’t come if I do. I want love. After all, your mom is hammering her there, but honestly I’m sick of an escape route. Your stepdad is present the ways she tries to control me. She and available. Which one represents love doesn’t see that my stepdad has been to you? more of a parent to me than she has. he knows about her demand but hasn’t said one of my coworkers manipulated our anything. Is there a good way to handle other coworkers against me with this situation? half-truths, lies and deception. we all got Yes, if you’re ready to accept that along before, but now no one wants to talk blowback is inevitable. Here’s why: to me. My anxiety is through the roof. I Acquiesce to your mom’s demand, and don’t know what to do. Please help. you’ll be pissed that she was the Be kind to yourself. It hurts to be boss of your wedding. Invite the target of lies, but avoid your stepdad, and your obsessing over why others mom will be pissed you would be so mean. Stay didn’t obey her. focused on what you know Have you Either way, your is true about you. People stepdad gets the considered writing lash out, gossip and tear shaft. He’s the martyr wedding vows and others down when they who begs out of have not interrogated their marrying yourself? the wedding to keep own anger or managed things cool. Or he their own anxiety. attends, but his joy is If you feel centered peppered with guilt over enough, approach the person being the favorite parent. It’s who started the gossip. In a enough to inspire a couple to elope! compassionate, non-confrontational way Have you considered writing wedding share your side of the story and the pain vows and marrying yourself? Before you the gossip is causing you. If that doesn’t marry your partner and fully intertwine help, contact your company’s human your lives, braid together your past, resources department or a supervisor present and future selves. and request an intervention. Ω Start by creating a quiet space for reflection. Keep a journal and pen nearby. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply. In your mind’s eye, see the version of you that arises during interactions with your mother. (What age are you?) Bring her together with version of you who finds refuge in your stepdad’s support and love. (What feelings emerge?) Bind her to the adult you are now, the one who is mature enough to make choices she won’t regret. Write three vows to motivate you to behave as an equal when dealing with your parents. You can’t expect your mother to change. You do have the power to take back your life. You may be disappointed if your mom misses your wedding. Even if you make choices you won’t regret, there’s no guarantee everyone will be happy. However, you will be able to look back 42
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MedItatIon oF the week “There’s only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself,” said fashion editor Diana Vreeland. What’s stopping you?
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up! In the next three weeks, I invite you to try at least three of the following experiments. 1. See unusual sights in familiar situations. 2. Seek out new music that both calms you and excites you. 3. Get an inspiring statue or image of a favorite deity or hero. 4. Ask for a message from the person you will be three years from now. 5. Use your hands and tongue in ways you don’t usually use them. 6. Go in quest of a cathartic release that purges frustration and rouses holy passion. 7. Locate the sweet spot where deep feeling and deep thinking overlap. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): According to science writer Sarah Zielinski in Smithsonian magazine, fireflies produce the most efficient light on planet Earth. Nearly 100% of the energy produced by the chemical reaction inside the insect’s body is emitted as a brilliant glow. With that in mind, I propose that you regard the firefly as your spirit creature in the coming weeks. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you, too, will be a dynamic and proficient generator of luminosity. For best results, don’t tone down your brilliance, even if it illuminates shadows people are trying to hide. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s a message from author Susan J. Elliott: “This is not your week to run the Universe. Next week is not looking so good either.” Now here’s a message from me: Elliott’s revelation is very good news! Since you won’t have to worry about trying to manage and fine-tune the universe, you can focus all your efforts on your own self-care. And the coming weeks will be a favorable time to do just that. You’re due to dramatically upgrade your understanding of what you need to feel healthy and happy, and then take the appropriate measures to put your new insights into action. CANCER (June 21-July 22): The next three weeks will be an excellent time to serve as your own visionary prophet and dynamic fortune-teller. The predictions and conjectures you make about your future destiny will have an 85% likelihood of being accurate. They will also be relatively free of fear and worries. So I urge you to give your imagination permission to engage in fun fantasies about what’s ahead for you. Be daringly optimistic and exuberantly hopeful and brazenly self-celebratory. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Leo poet Stanley Kunitz told his students, “You must be very careful not to deprive the poem of its wild origin.” That’s useful advice for anyone who spawns anything, not just poets. There’s something unruly and unpredictable about every creative idea or fresh perspective that rises up in us. Do you remember when you first felt the urge to look for a new job or move to a new city or search for a new kind of relationship? Wildness was there at the inception. And you needed to stay in touch with the wildness so as to follow through with practical action. That’s what I encourage you to do now. Reconnect with the wild origins of the important changes you’re nurturing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I have no complaints about the measures you’ve taken recently to push past unnecessary limits and to break outworn taboos. In fact, I celebrate them. Keep going! You’ll be better off without those decaying constraints. Soon you’ll begin using all the energy you have liberated and the spaciousness you have made available. But I do have one concern: I wonder if part of you is worried that you have been too bold and have gone too far. To that part of you I say: No! You haven’t been too bold. You haven’t gone too far. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “[I] dreamt of a past that frees its prisoners.” So wrote Meena Alexander in her poem “Question Time.” I’d love for you to have that experience in the coming weeks. I’d love for you be released from the karma of your history so that you no longer have to repeat old patterns or feel weighed down by what happened to you once upon a time. I’d love for you to no longer have to answer to decayed traditions and outmoded commitments and lost
causes. I’d love for you to escape the pull of memories that tend to drag you back toward things that can’t be changed and don’t matter any more. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Desire is a profoundly upsetting force,” writes author Elspeth Probyn. “It may totally rearrange what we think we want. Desire skews plans and sets forth unthought-of possibilities.” In my opinion, Probyn’s statements are half-true. The other half of the truth is that desire can also be a profoundly healing and rejuvenating force, and for the same reasons: It rearranges what we think we want, alters plans and unleashes unthought-of possibilities. How does all this relate to you? From what I can tell, you are now on the cusp of desire’s two overlapping powers. What happens next could be upsetting or healing, disorienting or rejuvenating. If you’d like to emphasize the healing and rejuvenating, I suggest you treat desire as a sacred gift and a blessing. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “So much of what we learn about love is taught by people who never really loved us.” My Sagittarian friend Ellen made that sad observation. Is it true for you? Ellen added the following thoughts: So much of what we learn about love is taught by people who were too narcissistic or wounded to be able to love very well; and by people who didn’t have many listening skills and therefore didn’t know enough about us to love us for who we really are; and by people who love themselves poorly and so, of course, find it hard to love anyone else. Is any of this applicable to what you have experienced, Sagittarius? If so, here’s an antidote that I think you’ll find effective during the next seven weeks: Identify the people who have loved you well and the people who might love you well in the future—and then vow to learn all you can from them. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn fantasy novelist Laini Taylor creates imaginary worlds where heroines use magic and wiles to follow their bliss while wrangling with gods and rascals. In describing her writing process, she says, “Like a magpie, I am a scavenger of shiny things: fairy tales, dead languages, weird folk beliefs, fascinating religions, and more.” She also writes, “I ... have plundered tidbits of history and lore to build something new, using only the parts that light my mind on fire.” I encourage you to adopt her strategies for your own use in the coming weeks. Be alert for gleaming goodies and tricky delicacies and alluring treats. Use them to create new experiences that thrill your imagination. I believe the coming weeks will be an excellent time to use your magic and wiles to follow your bliss while wrangling with gods and rascals. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I was always asking for the specific thing that wasn’t mine,” wrote poet Joanne Kyger. “I wanted a haven that wasn’t my own.” If there is any part of you that resonates with that defeatist perspective, now is an excellent time to begin outgrowing or transforming it. I guarantee you that you’ll have the potency you need to retrain yourself: so that you will more and more ask for specific things that can potentially be yours; so that you will more and more want a haven that can be your own. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m not a fan of nagging. I don’t like to be nagged and I scrupulously avoid nagging others. And yet now I will break my own rules so as to provide you with your most accurate and helpful horoscope. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you aren’t likely to get what you truly need and deserve in the coming days unless you engage in some polite, diplomatic nagging. So see what you can do to employ nagging as a graceful, even charming art. For best results, infuse it with humor and playfulness.
A rolling moss gathers no moss.