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I Street idiocy Re: “A bridge to somewhere” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, May 30): The idea of replacing the I Street Bridge is ridiculous, literally worthy of ridicule. The center island swing bridge idea if worthy of a painting, nothing more. No one would demolish their home for cosmetic purposes. The story of contemporary bridge replacement is dismal, if

not criminal. The eastern span of the Bay Bridge cost nearly $6.7 billion, not the $1 billion as planned.

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Not just Russiagate Re: “Impeach Trump now” by Robert Krikourian (Letters, May 30): If Congress doesn’t impeach President Trump now, he will only become more imperious, reckless and dangerous. Forget about Russiagate. Here is my list of Trump’s offenses. Contempt of Congress: He declared two bogus national emergencies, sold arms to Saudi Arabia after both the House and Senate voted to stop arms sales to that country, redirected funds from purposes specified by Congress to his border wall and ignored Congressional subpoenas. Abuse of authority: All of the executive orders he has issued that have been reversed by federal courts, plus the two bogus emergencies. Extortion: The threat he made to congressional Democrats to refuse to work with them unless they stop all investigations into him, and threats he made to potential witnesses. Obstruction of justice: The purpose of the above extortion and other threats is to obstruct justice; the Mueller report presents compelling evidence of obstruction of justice.

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Backpacking … I like to go with other people … I did the John Muir Trail—at least I started it. I was by myself, I didn’t really like it. I found out a week in, it gets kinda boring by yourself.

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1973, Sylvia Rivera, an iconic Latina gay liberation activist, forced her way on stage during a Liberation Day rally in New York City to chastise white and white-passing gays for forgetting the origins of the movement as people of color were still getting beaten by police and thrown in jail, or dying from police violence and abject poverty. The crowd booed her. Fast forward 50 years, and not much has changed, even as many police departments across the country have diversified and been pink-washed. At the 2018 Pride festival, black and brown activists such as Ayotunde Ikuku had to remind the local LGBTQ community that Pride was a radical act against the police due to longstanding mistreatment of queer and trans people of color. On June 1, while accepting a 2019 Pride Award on my behalf during the LGBT Center’s annual gala, themed the “Summer of Color: An Evening of Sacramento’s Champions for Equality and Justice,” my friend and colleague Flojaune Cofer had to reclaim her time to ask the largely white and male attendees to check their privilege as they honored a group of white gay, lesbian and bisexual police officers and auctioned off a helicopter ride with the police. Yet again, the center and broader white LGBTQ community failed us miserably. For that reason, I will be returning my Pride Award because I cannot in good conscience align with a center that so clearly has the lowest regard for people who look like me. I did not attend the Pride march or festival last weekend. And, finally, I stand in solidarity with the LGBT Center staff calling for an overhaul of the center’s board, starting with the resignation of Marquez. Ω

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Amanda Milici, who graduates June 16 from UC Davis with a degree in environmental science and management, was rock wall manager for UC Davis Outdoor Adventures and travel coordinator for the UC Davis Climbing Club.

I was in a long-term relationship for team and I got hired at the campus rock about 16 years. Despite the beautiful places wall. Despite the enjoyable moments and it took me and the amazing opportunities, supportive community, my time spent my relationship wasn’t exactly healthy. climbing still left me feeling unfulfilled. We fought all the time. Sometimes I So I put more time into it. I even read felt invigorated, alive and accomplished. books and self-help articles about overBut mostly I felt scared, uncomfortable, coming my emotional barriers. I figured frustrated and incomplete. I knew somethat if I was even better at climbing, I thing needed to change, but was afraid of would enjoy it more. losing everything that I knew myself to be. Yet, this logic continued to disappoint However, after 16 years of actual blood, me. I finally knew I needed to let it go. sweat and far too many tears, I decided to On a seemingly uneventful afterbreak up with rock climbing. noon of my senior year after two hours I met climbing at an early age. at the climbing gym, I decided Family photos show me at that it was time to break 4 or 5, halfway up an up. Some may call this unknown rock in Joshua the moment I gave After 16 years Tree with dad—an up, but I call it the enormous smile on of actual blood, moment I gave in—to his face—belaying sweat and far too the desire to explore me from below. An a new identity that many tears, I decided avid climber himself, wasn’t centered he took me climbing to break up with around something I all over Southern rock climbing. did not enjoy, that did California. not force me to live up to I loved going because the expectations of others the trips gave me opportuniand that freed me of fear, ties to spend time with my dad frustration and the void. and allowed me to explore California. My breakup with climbing has But every time I tied into a rope, I felt been a smooth transition, filled with an immediate need to get the climb over self-discovery and growth. I even met with. someone new. Last October, I competed Still, climbing quickly became a part in my first triathlon, and it was love at of my identity. My high school friends referred to me as the girl who rock climbed, first sight. I revisit climbing every now and then, and my Facebook photos often featured especially with my dad. My friends still me halfway up a cliff or boulder. More climb, and I still work at the rock wall, importantly, it was a part of the persona by but I no longer feel trapped. Letting go which I knew myself. If climbing wasn’t was the best decision that I ever made. there, I’m not sure what else was. It taught me that breaking up doesn’t During my first two years of college, always mean giving up. Ω I helped create the UC Davis climbing

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Are you a Harry Potter fan? (Laughs.) Yeah. That’s why I pushed for that. I was like, “OK. We’re doing a movie series—it’s going to be Harry Potter.” I’m trying to get Star Wars for after this, but licensing is a little difficult.

How do you make a beer-food pairing? I look for companies who are rockin’ it, basically, and have a really good product, and I usually just reach out to them … inviting them here, saying, “Hey, bring some of your things, we’ll go through our tap list, we’ll taste and come up with a pairing.” So a lot of these are very collaborative events. They try our beer, or I try their product, and we tailor something that suits both of us.

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Is that a way to set yourselves apart from other brewers? I think so. I mean, I would say most taprooms do pairings in some form or another, but I think what we have done a very good job at is making sure the quality is really there … There’s the easy pairings, like Girl Scout Cookies and beer—which is good, it’s fine—but I feel like that’s kind of an easy route. I’d rather take it to the next level, really work one-on-one with the chef. … It’s very difficult because you’re not allowed to promote a business if they sell your product. Flaming Grill is down the street, if we wanted to do a pairing with them, I wouldn’t be able to say Flaming Grill on social media because that would be promoting a retail location of ours.

What’s the thinking behind that? So you can do it. I think you have to mention two other retail locations … because it would be showing favoritism. This law was actually passed by Big Beer because they want to make it, honestly, I think, harder for the smaller guys. Because otherwise, we could just say, “Hey, we just tapped a new keg at X bar, go give it a try,” which would be awesome, because they’re supporting you, and we want to support them too, but we’re not allowed to. … That’s why we chose Temple [Coffee] and Devil May Care [Ice Cream] to do our can release with, because neither of them have alcohol in their locations. Ω

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Seizures for trafficked methamphetamine by federal law enforcement in Northern California jumped in 2018. Photo istock / kaarsten

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Ten minutes before sunrise, the team hit the house. The FBI SWAT members approached a darkened stretch of 18th Avenue. The street was narrow, crowded with small yards under maple trees. Moments later, the tactical operators were inside and 23-year-old Ou Vern Saeteurn was in handcuffs. A search allegedly uncovered digital scales, 1,700 grams of methamphetamine, $9,000 in cash, gun magazines, three semi-automatic pistols, an AK-47 assault rifle and three untraceable AR-15 “ghost guns.” 12





“In the garage, the search team found equipment and chemicals used to adulterate or purify methamphetamine,” FBI special agent David Sieber wrote in his report. Following his Sept. 6, 2018 arrest, Saeteurn was charged in the U.S. Eastern District Court of California with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. He pleaded not guilty. Saeteurn’s house is on the edge of the “Fruitridge finger,” a jurisdictional mish-mash of neighborhoods inside and

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outside the city of Sacramento where violence is common. Methamphetamine is no stranger nor friend to the area. Federal agents say cases such as Saeteurn’s signaled an increase in meth trafficking throughout Northern California last year. For county Supervisor Phil Serna, who has spent years trying to bring resources to the Fruitridge finger, meth’s resurgence is bleak news. Serna is convinced the drug is a key driver in disintegrating families and futures throughout his district.

In February 2017, Serna had a more direct epiphany about the stimulant. He said he and a social worker were doing outreach in a homeless camp when they ran into a 26-year-old woman who was in her third trimester of pregnancy. They tried to get her out of the weather and into a shelter, but she refused to go. When Serna asked why, he said the woman admitted she didn’t want to be cut off from her meth dealer. “I was literally depressed for a few weeks after that,” Serna remembered. “The fact that she wouldn’t get help, the fact that she was using meth while pregnant. It’s something I’ll never forget.” Now, Serna is supporting a new county coalition designed to heighten awareness of methamphetamine and find broader strategies to treat those addicted to it. County leaders know what the problem is, but now they’re seeking a solution. Despite a growing focus on the opioid crisis, meth remains Sacramento’s biggest drug threat. “I don’t want this to get lost,” Serna said. “We have to keep making people aware that this isn’t getting better. It’s getting worse.”

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uNiVersity of the streets blue lights were beaming as federal agents smashed through the door. The house in Del Paso Heights had been under surveillance for months by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Forcing their way in, DEA agents allegedly caught Andre Washington dumping white powder from Ziploc bags into his toilet. One investigator, Special Agent Maxim Lashcuk, documented that he soon came across a 9-millimeter handgun, 968 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a child living inside the house. Later that same morning—March 15, 2018—agents sat watching a house off Northgate Boulevard. It was the residence of David Garcia Ramero, whom the DEA contends was Washington’s main supplier. Ramero got into his car and was soon pulled over. With a warrant in hand, the agents popped his trunk and allegedly found a bundle of cash, an electric money-counter, three pistols (including a Glock with a silencer and its serial number scratched off) and 37 pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Washington and Ramero face multiple felonies of trafficking meth in federal court. They both pleaded not guilty. Each man was also charged with dealing smaller amounts of cocaine and, in Washington’s case, crack. But meth is the main product they’re accused of moving from South Hagginwood to Old North Sacramento. That fits into an unsettling trend the DEA has documented around the state. “Meth has always been king in California,” said DEA spokeswoman Casey Rettig, a 21-year veteran of the agency. “But we have seen an increase in distribution lately.” In the territory that Rettig’s team covers—spanning Central California up to the Oregon border—there was a 500-pound jump in DEA seizures of methamphetamine last year. That doesn’t account for seizures by other federal, state or local law enforcement agencies. Rettig said that, in both 2016 and 2017, meth seizures for her division were less than 1,300 pounds annually. Then in 2018, with similar operations and using similar tactics, seizures jumped to 1,821 pounds. That means more drugs hitting local streets. What’s the impact around the capital? One of the goals of the new Sacramento County Methamphetamine Coalition is to find out. The coalition has already noted its drug-endangered children. According to the Sacramento County Family Drug Court’s 2016-17 annual report, methamphetamine was

the No.1 drug that parents were addicted down a patient while hospital staff apply to when enrolling in various programs restraints. The patient is then given a sedato keep or regain custody after a child tive while their body struggles to metabolize endangerment investigation. the substance. In time, doctors can try to And it’s not just neglect and abuse cases evaluate the situation, since it’s also not the drug is influencing. According to the unusual for people suffering from long-term county’s 2017-18 fiscal year report, 52% mental illness to self-medicate with street of people receiving treatment for methamdrugs, including methamphetamine. phetamine addiction are also entangled in “From a practical standpoint, someone the justice system, in many cases for more with an acute toxicity of meth in their than simple drug possession. The region’s system can present symptoms identical to law enforcement agencies have issued press someone suffering from schizophrenia,” releases this year on individuals Offerman said. “It can take some time arrested for burglary, identity to tease the two apart.” theft, check fraud, hit and Offerman says that while run and gun crimes, who doctors have long recog“Meth has allegedly possessed nized some crossover never been as cheap methamphetamine. between mental illness For Rettig, and drug use, recent as it is today, and it’s what’s as noteworstudies suggest the never been as pure as it is thy as the amount broader relationship today.” of meth being trafmay go well beyond ficked is its generself-medicating. Casey Rettig ally high potency at “If you look spokeswoman, Drug Enforcement bargain bin prices. at the research on Administration “Most of it’s coming methamphetamine when into California from south it’s used chronically, and of the border and then up the some of the neuroimaging Highway 99 corridor,” she said. studies that have been done, it “The market is flooded. Meth has never causes structural changes in the brain,” been as cheap as it is today, and it’s never Offerman explained. “If you’re using been as pure as it is today.” meth and slowly reorganizing the architecture of your brain, there’s a pretty good one place the ugly reality of chance it can cause mental illness. … It’s methamphetamine use plays out is in probably the worst thing you can do for emergency rooms, where doctors and nurses your body. It outstrips every other drug.” watch people experience hallucinations, Meth’s larger footprint at local paranoia and often perilous levels of hospitals is one of several alarming agitation. trends county officials began noticing NPR reported last month that of 7,000 in 2016. Lori Miller, division manager psychiatric emergency visits last year at for alcohol and drug services at the San Francisco General Hospital, 47% were county’s Behavioral Health Department, people who weren’t necessarily mentally ill, said that 37% of people who seek detox but were high on methamphetamine. and outpatient treatment are addicted to That figure doesn’t surprise Steve methamphetamine, compared to 16% to Offerman, chief of medical toxicology opioids. service for Kaiser Permanente Northern Meth requires different treatment than California and an emergency room physiopioids because there are no step-down cian in South Sacramento. While Kaiser drugs, such as suboxone, which an addict doesn’t track that particular statistic, can use to wean themselves from heroin, Offerman said distinguishing between Miller noted. The new coalition will try acute, meth-induced psychosis and severe to devise better outreach strategies to get mental illness is a regular challenge in area more addicts into treatment programs that hospitals. can include cognitive behavioral therapy, “In our South Sacramento emergency motivational guidance and trauma-informed department, we probably see three or four care. The group is also working on identifypeople who fall in the category of experiing new state funding sources to expand encing meth pyschosis per day,” Offerman those services. said. “They can be quite dangerous to For Serna, the coalition’s mission is a themselves and to the health-care providers top priority. trying to help them.” “This is a scourge,” he said. “For too Offerman added that firefighters and long we’ve been racking our brains around police officers sometimes have to hold how to make a difference.” Ω

Many California college students are struggling to find a stable home. Within the past year, one in 20 UC students, one in 10 CSU students and one in five community college students have reported some form of homelessness, said California Homeless Youth Project Director Shahera Hyatt. Hyatt blamed this in part on the lack of affordable housing in the state, including Sacramento. The capital city has also seen some of the country’s highest rent increases in recent years, Hyatt added. “I live in Midtown Sacramento, and my rent has increased $350 a month over the last two years,” Hyatt said. Some temporary resources for homeless students are offered at Sacramento State University. Danielle Muñoz, the university’s student affairs case manager, coordinates the Emergency Housing Program, which gives students 30 days to stay in residence halls with beds, laundry supplies and a meal plan. Those students must be enrolled in at least six units. Students with semester parking permits “can be issued an overnight parking permit at no additional cost,” Muñoz said in an email. This comes in light of Assembly Bill 302, revised May 16, which would require community colleges to let homeless students sleep in their cars in on-campus parking facilities. Hyatt cited the bill as a potential “harm-reduction strategy” that could give students better access to homelessness resources. Assemblyman Marc Berman, a Palo Alto Democrat who introduced the bill, said it “passed out of the Assembly with tremendous bipartisan support.” The Senate Education Committee will vote on the bill “in the coming weeks,” he added. (Tyler Heberle)

beloW the bar Sacramento attorney Matthew Pearson was temporarily suspended last month by the State Bar of California for failing to account for unearned fees in two separate cases. But Pearson was in less trouble than some of his colleagues. California’s licensing body for attorneys has disbarred three area lawyers since late February. On Feb. 22, the association disbarred Sacramento attorney Ilija Cvetich for misconduct involving five separate clients. It said that Cvetich filed a malpractice suit on behalf of one client, but failed to notify the other parties or show up for court dates. In another instance, Cvetich filed a workers’ compensation claim for a client, then stopped responding to the Workers Compensation Appeals Board. State Bar Court Judge Lucy Armendariz noted in her factual findings that Cvetich already had a history of “multiple acts of wrongdoing” documented by the association, including forging a client’s signature and wasting judicial resources, which she deemed “aggravating circumstances.” A week later, Auburn attorney Rick Raynsford was disbarred for misappropriation of funds, co-mingling personal funds in a trust account, practicing law while suspended and failing to comply with a court order. State Bar Judge Yvette Roland found that Raynsford’s misconduct dated to the Great recession for services he rendered in 2011 on behalf of a client having a dispute with his mortgage loan company. Finally, on May 26, the association banned Sacramento attorney William Buckner Menn II from practicing law, claiming he’d failed to perform “legal services with competence,” willfully violated the state’s Business and Professions code and failed to return up-front fees to clients after they fired him. State Bar Judge Cynthia Valenzuela noted in her findings that Menn had been under investigation by the association since at least June of last year. (Scott Thomas Anderson)

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police transparency. But what happens in cities like Rocklin shows how far advocates might still have to go.

A June 19 motion hearing will determine if video is released of Rocklin police officer Brad Alford’s altercation with Emelio Perez-Chavez during a 2017 DUI stop. Photo by Graham Womack

Release date Hearing will determine if public sees video that spurred prosecution of acquitted Rocklin police officer by Graham Womack

It’s video taken by a bystander’s cellphone, not the police dash-cam or three officer body-worn cameras, that to Sacramento attorney Stewart Katz best captures what happened to his client Emelio Perez-Chavez during a DUI stop in Rocklin. “It shows what happened, which is the guy’s getting out of the car, complying with the officers, and he starts getting whomped on with a baton again and again and again and again, for no reason,” Katz told SN&R. The question now is if more people will see any of the videos from the case. Within days of the Sept. 24, 2017 incident, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office charged the officer who struck Perez-Chavez, 15-year veteran Brad Alford, with four felonies, including assault with a deadly weapon. 14





Alford had one charge, for filing a false police report, dismissed in 2018 and was acquitted May 15 of the remaining charges. On June 19, though, a hearing will determine if video evidence sealed last year can be released. The DA’s office is arguing that it can and should be made public. Alford’s attorney opposes the video release, citing concerns for his client’s safety. It isn’t often that an elected prosecutor in a conservative county wants the public to see footage that convinced him to put an officer on trial. The office of District Attorney Ronald “Scott” Owens—is prosecuting three guards at the Auburn jail after video of inmate beatings was published widely. In recent years, one high-profile case after another both nationally and around the region has fueled calls for greater

officer. You gotta ask yourself, what was that all about? How does an officer get off the hook for that?” Officer Alford retained Michael It wasn’t the first time Rocklin police Rains, a Bay Area attorney who have come under fire in recent years. represented Barry Bonds during the City leaders agreed in 2016 to a $94,000 Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative settlement, according to media reports, for scandal and former BART police another Katz client, Nebraska Huggins, Officer Johannes Mehserle, convicted who alleged Rocklin officers mistreated of involuntary manslaughter for Oscar him outside of a party. Grant’s 2009 death. In February 2017, Rocklin officers shot Rains acknowledged to SN&R that and killed Lorenzo Cruz after receiving a baton strike broke a bone in Perezreports he was attempting to break into Chavez’s left wrist. But he called the quick houses. Incidentally, one of the three decision to prosecute Alford “a grotesque responding officers, Breanna Adams, was overreaction to graphic video evidence.” also present during Perez-Chavez’s arrest. During the trial, Rains’ team estabThe Placer DA cleared officers of lished Perez-Chavez as a gang member. wrongdoing for the shooting, saying Cruz “He claimed he hadn’t hung around had amphetamines in his system. None of with Nortenos since he was in high the three officers had their body cameras school in 2009,” Rains said. “All of that operating during the shooting. was nonsense. It was all false. It was all “It’s real challenging,” said perjury. The jury saw it, they hated it.” Sacramento attorney Kellan Patterson, Rocklin officials agreed to a $249,000 who represented Cruz’s family in an settlement with Perez-Chavez in February unsuccessful lawsuit against Rocklin. “For 2018. He has struggled since his arrest. a lot of the police shooting cases throughHe pleaded no contest in Placer County out the nation … it sucks that the only last year to charges related to his arrest, account of the death of a family member is receiving 240 days in jail and five years from the person who killed the individual.” probation. For Patterson, the case’s silver On May 16, one day after Alford’s lining was that Rocklin PD began acquittal, Perez-Chavez was sentenced to training officers to activate their two years in custody and five years probacameras before getting out of their tion on two felony DUI counts and five vehicles—which might explain the other charges in Sacramento County. abundance of embargoed video Alford remains on paid leave pending evidence from Perez-Chavez’s arrest internal investigation by his department. seven months later. Rocklin police Chief Chad Butler and James Pierson, a use of force and city manager Steve Rudolph deescalation expert, testified declined to comment. during Alford’s trial that Placer County Perez-Chavez, who had Chief Assistant It isn’t often two previous DUI District Attorney that an elected convictions, wasn’t Jeff Wilson given adequate opporprosecutor in a told SN&R in tunity to comply with a June 6 email conservative county officer commands. that the “video wants the public to see “He initially evidence does—the best analfootage that convinced speaks for ogy I could give, he itself” and that him to put an officer initially does what we “it remains clear on trial. would call, ‘A small child to our office that coverup who is about to be Alford’s conduct was spanked’ because [cognitively] excessive.” he’s not functioning,” Pierson Jurors needed just two testified. hours to acquit Alford after the twoPatterson attended a few days of the week trial. One juror even called Rains trial and also saw video. afterward. “At the end of the day, the guy’s hands “She said the jury both loved and [are] up and he’s getting beat by a baton believed Brad Alford,” Rains said. multiple times, unnecessarily,” Patterson “They thought he was a wonderfully said. “He never was aggressive toward the credibly guy.” Ω

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It’s almost summer in Sacramento—long days, more free time and sunny weather for all those outdoor activities and trips. But how do we revel in all that the region and California have to offer while being responsible in this era of climate change? In the 2019 Summer Guide—along with the usual best bets and hidden gems—SN&R looks at ways big and small to be more eco-friendly while vacationing, shopping and eating, and also by volunteering. We can have fun and be more sustainable at the same time. Read on to find out how.

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Jacob Montgomery fishes with his dog at a campground near Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River.

Can individual choices help save the planet? Or is the system too rigged? story and photos by t ess t ownsenD


ishing isn’t supposed to be as easy as dipping a hook into water and pulling out a fish. I’m told it’s an exercise in patience, and that you’ll often come home empty-handed. But those insights do not describe my experience on a recent camping trip near the Oregon border. There, in a reservoir on the Klamath River, yellow perch—a species not native to California—thrives in water made artificially still by Iron Gate Dam. And the fish are all too eager to snap at silicone lures on the ends of fishing line. The trip is an annual pilgrimage by my partner and his friends, an outdoorsy group, many of them research biologists. Teejay O’Rear, the mutton chop-bearded 40-something who started the tradition, said he collects a large proportion of the fish he’ll eat at home for the next year when he goes. (He could not make it this year.) He tries to only eat meat he’s hunted himself. Others on the trip follow a similar year-round rule. “Probably by proxy a lot of my vacations are sustainable,” says O’Rear. That’s partly because of his overall lifestyle, and partly because his idea of a vacation is to “shed as much civilization as possible.” During what some experts are calling not just climate change but a climate crisis, there’s something very attractive about vacationing in a way that doesn’t feed doomsday projections. Since last summer, the United Nations has issued one report saying one million plant and animal species are currently at risk of extinction and another saying humans must reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically in the next decade to avoid worstcase global warming projections. The trip to Iron Gate was presumably as green a vacation as one could take.

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Carcasses of yellow perch collect in a plastic bin as campers fillet them.

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Near the border of Oregon is a full resevoir on the Klamath River with a stunning view.

The camping trip was presumably as green a vacation as one could take. We slept in tents, gave up showers, fished a sustainable food source and did it all a few hours by carpool from home. But I had this nagging feeling that it would be irresponsible to hold up the trip as an eco-friendly model.

We slept in tents, gave up showers, fished a sustainable food source and did it all a few hours by carpool from home. Compared to flying to a hotel or resort with electricity and running water, we spent this long weekend of camping consuming a fraction of the energy and resources. But I had this nagging feeling that it would be irresponsible to hold up the trip as an eco-friendly model. For starters, to make any measurable difference in your impact on the environment, you have to make sustainable choices throughout the year, not just during vacation. This is not the norm in an economy that rewards bad choices for the planet by making them faster, more accessible and often cheaper. On top of that, industry practices and public policies also determine how humans impact the environment. Many parts of the trip reflected the eco-unfriendly system in which we live. We stored our fish fillets in plastic bags, a petroleum product. We brought food packaged in plastic. We used plastic coolers. We cooked with portable kerosene stoves. Some of us threw down fishing lines weighted with lead sinkers. We drove to the campsite in fossil fuel-powered cars. And we camped on a man-made reservoir that dramatically altered the ecosystem from its natural state, making the entire trip possible.

A contrived environment A common sight at our tent compound was campers filleting dead fish, a process that left the wooden picnic table strewn with fish guts as a container of carcases steadily filled at each sitting. What made that image so frequent was the abundance of yellow perch, a fish native to the Northeast and Midwest that has thrived in the man-made reservoir. Iron Gate Dam interrupts the flow of the Klamath River, creating a 944-acre reservoir that is “lake-like” and warmer than if the river were allowed to flow unimpeded, says fisheries biologist Peter Moyle, a distinguished professor emeritus at UC Davis. How exactly yellow perch got into the Klamath River isn’t clear. Moyle said the now-defunct U.S. Fish Commission

introduced the fish to the Central Valley near the turn of the 20th century. “It disappeared from the Central Valley and then mysteriously appeared in Copco Reservoir,” just north of Iron Gate on the Klamath, in 1946, he said. This would have been after the predecessor to utility company PacifiCorp started building dams on the river in 1903, but before it completed Iron Gate in 1962. PacifiCorp owns seven dams on the Klamath, which the company website says provide “enough power to supply the energy needs of approximately 70,000 households.” That’s about 15 percent of all the hydropower produced by the company, according to spokesperson Bob Gravely. PacifiCorp also generates energy from coal, natural gas and wind. Dams are often controversial. On the one hand, reservoirs help irrigate land and store water for human needs. Hydroelectric dams produce a renewable source of energy when reducing greenhouse gas emissions is critical. However, dams harm river ecosystems and aging dam infrastructure poses a flood risk. Dams on the Klamath River interrupt the migration of native Coho and Chinook salmon. Coho are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act on the Klamath River in California, and there is a petition to list spring-run Chinook as threatened or endangered in a portion of the river. The relatively still and warm water in the reservoir makes the river more prone to toxic algae that Moyle says can kill small fish as well as invertebrates that fish eat. “The dams are ruining the river and they are basically making the river sick. And because the river’s sick, everything that’s dependent upon the river is also sick,” says Amy Cordalis, general counsel for the Yurok tribe. The lower Klamath runs through the Yurok reservation and is intricately woven into the tribe’s history and culture. Cordalis says when toxic algae blooms happen, though, “nobody can touch the river.” That means no swimming for humans or pets, and no fishing. The kind of toxic algae that grows on the Klamath has been known to kill dogs. Four dams on the Klamath, including Iron Gate, are scheduled for removal in 2021 after extensive efforts by

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Brian Williamson fillets yellow perch at a campsite by Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River.

the Yurok and Karuk tribes, environmental nonprofits and government agencies, and the cooperation of PacifiCorp. Plans for removal still require federal approval, and the Board of Supervisors in Siskiyou County, where three of the four dams are located, opposes removal. In letters to the California Water Resources Control Board, the county says removal could negatively impact the environment and cause flooding, “in addition to socioeconomic impacts on the local community.”

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Compared to typical supermarket options—food produced with intensive energy and often transported over long distances—yellow perch are more sustainable. “As a matter of fact, it’s great to harvest them,” and makes little difference for the overall yellow perch population in the reservoir, Moyle says. O’Rear says that when he goes to Iron Gate, he usually brings back between 150 and 200 fish. “That’s at least six months of dinner meat,” he says. But Moyle also says, “You’re just taking advantage of an unnatural situation.” The fish are only able to thrive at Iron Gate because a dam creates an artificially favorable environment. Remove the dam and the yellow perch will disappear from Iron Gate Reservoir, though they’ll still remain in some other portions of the river. Yet removing the dams still won’t result in perfect restoration of the original environment. The Klamath River will still warm due to climate change, though that the increase will be smaller and slower than if dams remain in place, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

This paradox of yellow perch as a sustainable food source that’s contingent on a damaged natural ecosystem reflects how any individual choice made with sustainability in mind still balances on top of a highly engineered, extractive system. A more clear-cut example is choosing among different transportation options when you travel. “We’re choosing between bad carbon intensive options because that’s what we have,” says Lisa Aultman-Hall, a University of Vermont engineering professor who studies long-distance travel. An “average” car with five passengers is more energy efficient than a Boeing 737 with roughly 160 passengers, and a full bus or train is more efficient than both, she says. But you’re still contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. Electric vehicles are generally better for the environment, but even then just how much better depends on where that electricity comes from. “I think it’s up to policymakers to sort of create a system and to sort of create a pricing structure for that system so that we as individuals make collectively better choices,” says Aultman-Hall. While pursuing a sustainable lifestyle is worthwhile, individual actions in isolation will not determine the future of fossil fuel consumption and other activities impacting the planet. What will determine that future are policies and regulations and collective action, similar to the collective action that is leading to the planned dam removal for the Klamath. The last morning of the camping trip, my partner and I took his canoe out on the reservoir to fish. Our boat floated over the still water toward a small cove. I dipped a luminescent white lure into a cluster of seaweed, quickly catching fish after fish. Later I told Moyle how surprised I had been at how easy it was to hook yellow perch. According to historical records, he said, it was once just as easy to catch native salmon.

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the shortest trip is the optimal trip in terms of absolute energy, there’s just no sugar-coating that.

tips for sustainable vacationing squeeze in and don’t go far.

To limit energy use, the trip distance and number of people in a vehicle matter more than mode of travel, says Lisa Aultman-Hall, a University of Vermont engineering professor who studies long-distance travel. In general and assuming all seats are filled, options rank from best to worst: train, bus, car, airplane. “The shortest trip is the optimal trip in terms of absolute energy, there’s just no sugar-coating that,” says Aultman-Hall. Also, try public transit while traveling in a different city.

sleep thoughtfully.

Try to find out what hotel or other accommodation options are doing to have a more positive impact on their environment and community, says Samantha Bray, cofounder and executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel. Factors to consider include how they dispose of trash and whether they use a sustainable source of electricity. Also think of the economic impact: Does the place pay local taxes and does staying there limit housing options residents?

eat smart.

Look for locally sourced, sustainable food. If you’re camping and cooking and expecting sunshine, ABC 10 meteorologist Monica Woods suggests bringing a solar cooker to cut down on your use of kerosene or charcoal.

Leave no trace.

Dispose of waste properly, camp only in designated areas, don’t bother wildlife, stay on paths and well-trodden ground and follow rules and regulations. If you’re fishing or hunting, use lead-free sinkers or ammunition. Visit LNT.org to learn about the principles of “leave no trace” and guidelines for specific activities.

you are more than a consumer.

If you care enough to make sustainable choices while you’re vacationing, you should do the same in daily life. Still, systemic change is needed to make a real difference. To have a lasting impact, don’t just think about your choices as a consumer but think about your role in a democratic society.

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A hike through Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop offers scenic views of Lake Berryessa.

The trail is a 40-minutecountry drive from Sacramento with plenty of creekside swimming holes along the way.


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sailing, with picturesque views of Lake Berreyssa as you cut across the ridge before starting down the comparatively mellow descent. The loop was shut down for nearly a year after the 2015 Wragg Fire ravaged the 638-acre reserve, which is owned and operated by UC Davis. Flames scorched the chaparral, cottonwoods and iconic blue oaks, leaving the mountain inhospitable to the nearly 65,000 hikers who visit each year. The following spring, however, it reopened with some minor adjustments, including restoration of the trail, clearing of brush and improved parking. UC Davis scientists are also conducting postfire ecology research projects studying the foliage that’s rebounded since. After the hike, there are options before you return to the city. Less than

a mile from the trailhead, check out the Monticello Dam, which stands as tall as the length of a football field and towers over Putah Creek down below. From the dam you can also see the famous glory hole spillway. It won’t be gulping water during the summer, but it’s a unique sight nonetheless. On the way home, hit Berryessa Brewing Company to try the Doubletap brew, or Berryessa Gap Vineyards to sip the Tempranillo. Both are located at 27260 Highway 128 in Winters, and there’s usually a food truck in the lot. If you want to add another stop, Winters’ famous Verduzco taco truck is parked near the intersection of Grant and Railroad avenues. Go for the carnitas tacos; you deserve them after that hike.

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Take a half day with this trek to Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop

daytrip’s allure is that it’s a getaway you can easily slip into an otherwise busy schedule. But a whole day is half a weekend, and that’s not nothing. In that spirit, here’s one you can knock out in 12 hours or so if you spring out of bed and head west before the temperature creeps toward triple digits. The Stebbins Cold Canyon Loop encompasses a five-mile hiking trail just west of Winters that perches you 1,500 feet high, atop the hills around Lake Berryessa and the Monticello Dam. The trail is a 40-minute country drive from Sacramento with plenty of creekside swimming holes along the way. Upon arrival, the hard work comes almost immediately, taking you from trailhead to ridgeline in just more than a mile and a half. After that it’s smooth

hot shots Social media tips to save your summer


hen the rain-driven #superbloom hit the internet earlier this year, hordes hit the hiking trails. There were stories of crowds overrunning small towns, clogging roads, leaving behind litter and destroying the landscape. “Sometimes we aren’t able to promote stuff for that very reason,” said Faith Lopez, CEO of Faithmari, a social media management company that runs the accounts for Visit Sacramento and a number of other regional organizations. The Sacramento area doesn’t boast too many Instagram hot spots. There are a few popular attractions, including Tower Bridge, Foresthill Bridge and the Clementine Dam. When the posting is not in one specific location and is more general, such as photos of almond blossoms, social media etiquette is less problematic, said Lopez. And it’s become less of an issue as people have become more aware. Still, as you inevitably post your summer adventures on social media, practice good digital etiquette. Here are four tips from Leave No Trace, an organization that promotes ethical use of the outdoors:

FolloW t he rules If a sign tells you “no drones,” then don’t use drones. If it says “no trespassing,” then don’t treat the spot like it’s public. While you’re at it, extend your social media politeness to everything else you do in nature. If you’re supposed to wear a life vest, pack out your garbage, keep pets on leash, stay on the trail or not leave cars idling, then do those things too. (And if you do break the rules, maybe don’t post photos of it.)

stay on tr a ils a nd roa ds Even if you could get a really cool shot by standing in the middle of traffic on Tower Bridge or traipsing through a meadow and flattening all the flowers, don’t. Same with parking. Don’t just pull your car off the road if there’s not a place for it. Think of the damage if everyone does it for the Insta.

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tag t hough tFully “The whole point of what social media does is bring awareness of a location,” Lopez says. That’s part of the value. But there are also small, hidden gems that aren’t necessarily ready to go viral, such as the natural rock pools Lopez inadvertently promoted. That just means thinking before you geotag a location and keeping in mind how public you want to be.

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Post sm a rt Everything we put online sends out a message to the people who see it. For example, when Lopez posts about boating or raftings—one of the most popular activities when it gets hot—she wants to use that opportunity to remind people the rivers will be particularly full and dangerous this summer. That’s also why she doesn’t like to promote photos that appear before a treacherous climb. The concern is both safety and liability. She says she doesn’t want to promote hiking under the Foresthill Bridge, for example, if people are going to see that photo and then do the hike without being prepared. And for good reason: once she posted a photo of some natural rock water pools, which were on private property, and people overran the spot, littering and leaving garbage. Hey, here’s another tip: Just don’t be that person, OK?

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Catch air on an inflatable obstacle course at Wake Island Waterpark in Pleasant Grove.

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Maroon yourself i Two man-made lakes filled with wakeboarders and obstacle courses: Have you been to Wake Island Waterpark?

t’s a summer classic: slathering on sunscreen, jumping through manmade waves, climbing to the top of a water slide, shooting to the bottom, then running across the hot concrete to do it again. Fortunately, Sacramento has more than a few waterparks. GolflandSunsplash in Roseville combines the natural duo of mini-golf and water slides. Raging Waters Sacramento at Cal Expo offers all the traditional water park activities: a wave pool, lazy river, kids’ water playground, beach volleyball and 20 different slides (with both enclosed and free-fall drops). Extra bonus: A $34 season pass includes entrance to the California State Fair (July 12-28), so you can make a day of it and take a break from petting cows to cool off. But maybe the region’s most interesting water park is actually 20 minutes north of Sacramento, hidden in the farm fields of Pleasant Grove. “Still, to this day, we have people who live next door who have no idea we’re

out here,” says Jenna Price, a manager zip-lining and hamster-wheeling you at Wake Island Waterpark. want. Boating and paddle-boarding are Opened in 2013, Wake Island an additional fee. If you plan to wakeWaterpark started as the nation’s first board, book a separate one-, two- or and largest cable wakeboarding park. four-hour pass. The former fish farm now has one manCable wakeboarding remains the made lake devoted to wakeboarding and park’s main draw, especially for the another filled with an inflatable obstacle region’s serious wakeboarders. In early course, a zipline over the water, an June, the park will host a major event as inflatable human-sized hamster wheel, a part of the Liquid Force tour. free-fall tower, paddle boards and boats But if you’ve never wakeboarded and a swimming beach. before, sign up for a beginner’s lesson. Seem a little confusing? Good thing you The perk of the cable system is you get can enter the park for free and then decide a steady pull through the water—no what you want to do. Pay by activity and, boats needed. yes, the price of fun can add up quickly. Before you head out to the middle Wake Island visitors book sessions at of nowhere for a new summer staple, specific times: a stint on the Aqua Park book your sessions online to save time. obstacle course costs $25. For the first time And bring an umbrella. It gets hot this summer, you can also book unlimited wakeboarding through farm fields. sessions for $34. “One session is definitely enough for most people,” Price says. sports & recreation Add the “Thrill Pass” for continued on page 28 another $10 to cover all the

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Whether it’s volunteering during one of the foundation’s events, fixing or painting picnic tables, cleaning up trash or removing invasive plant species, it’s all possible along the American River Parkway. With more than 5,000 volunteers a year, executive director Dianna Poggetto believes residents show that they want to give back to this great resource located in Sacramento’s urban core. “At the parkway, you can run, ride a bike or a horse, or you have a picnic and just be out in nature,” she says. “There are studies that show how great just being out in nature is to your overall health and psyche.” For a list of volunteer opportunities and events visit





Located on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 14th Avenue is the new Oak Park community art garden. Project coordinator Randy Stannard says the concept is a neighborhoodbuilt, edible park. On site are 25 growing fruit trees, with plans to keep adding more perennial food plants as well as herbs. It’s also a public arts space, with original pieces created by neighborhood residents. Stannard says volunteer opportunities include mulching pathways and trees, picking up trash, painting fences and creating art. “It’s a great opportunity for the community and the neighborhood to work


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ake in the beauty of the night sky and the galaxies hundreds of millions of light-years away by visiting the Community Observatory in Placerville. It’s the perfect place for families and date nights, with daytime solar viewing on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. There’s also a Planet Walk where you can saunter through the outdoors of the observatory and read about Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and beyond at signage stations. The observatory opened in 2006 and is located on the El Dorado County Learning Center’s campus. Inside the newly upgraded sky theater at night, recline in comfy seats that look up at a blanket of stars. Through the use of two research-grade telescopes, the sky tours show a variety of stars and their unique colors, and the moon and planets unseen by the naked eye. “The telescope lets you see beyond those stars to other things in our galaxy that you just didn’t know were there,”

Observatory docents lead star tours with a little help from lasers.

Photo courtesy of the community observatory

eing out in the sun is linked to happier moods, and so is giving back. There are so many organizations that need a helping hand, and each offers unique opportunities to care for Sacramento’s lush nature trails, parks and creeks. Here are a few to get started:

The region’s best place to stargaze is in Placerville

“For visitors, i think it really puts everything into perspective that we’re so tiny in comparison to everything that’s out there.” Jim Gabler former chief docent, community observatory in Placerville

says former chief docent Jim Gabler. “When you pull them up and they’re in color, it’s amazing. It’s also amazing with how little we are. For visitors, I think it really puts everything into perspective that we’re so tiny in comparison to everything that’s out there.” Gabler says the “oohs” and “aahs” from adults and kids who look through the telescopes for the first time is still the best part about volunteering at the observatory. “There aren’t too many places that families, or even for people to go on dates, that are free anymore,” he says. “People bring a blanket in the summer and just sit out in the sky theater for hours, hang around and look at different objects through the telescopes. It’s an enjoyable family place to go.”

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acramento is a runner’s utopia, blessed with sunshine and miles of river trails. You can even pound pavement to Folsom along a 32-mile stretch of the American River Parkway if you’re a master of endurance. Whether an ultra-marathoner or a beginner, plogging is a fun way to engage with the environment as you run. The word derives from a Swedish concept urging joggers to “plocka upp” (pick up). Simply collect litter as you jog your way to cardio euphoria. And nowhere would benefit more from plogging than the American River. You’ll need a bag and rubber gloves to gather discarded bottles, wrappers, cigarette butts and doggy poo bags strewn along the trail (dog owners: really?!). Bring friends to compare garbage pile bounties, and whoever plogs the least buys the celebratory beer. The American River thanks you.

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he Ford Model T is one of the world’s most famous cars. Known for its ubiquity, its commercial availability to the public and its tractorlike look, in 1908 it helped usher in the American obsession with automobiles. With millions sold over 20 years of manufacture, it was the first and last word in cars. They don’t make ’em like this anymore. Literally, they don’t—and potentially for good reason. There’s no accelerator floor pedal; you use your hands on a lever next to the steering wheel instead. There are two forward-traveling gears, low gear and top gear. Depending on the model year, you’re probably going to end up crankstarting the car. If you hear all that and think to yourself, “Golly, sign me up!” then you’re in luck, because you can sign yourself up. You can learn to drive like they did in the early

1900s at the California Automobile Museum. It is hosting a number of Model T driving classes this summer, walking you through the ins and outs of operating the original Ford. With a little practice, you’ll be speeding along like a champ— not too fast, though. The top speed of Model Ts is in the 40 mph range. The workshops are on July 13 and September 21 at 9 a.m., and tickets run $95 a person, lunch included. Take your summer joyrides to the next level by slowing down and focusing much more on shifting. It’s an 18-and-over class, and you’ll need a modern driver’s license. They also offer Model A driving classes if you prefer. 2200 Front Street, calautomuseum.org.

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From Amador City to the far edge of Placerville, some winemakers aren’t just committed to offering earthy vino, but also to crafting calm, rustic havens with the most environmentally pure traditions. It’s a Friday and there’s a sun-blinding sky over the gentle oak woodlands of north Amador. Epimeliades, a lanky halfPyrenees, half-Anatolian-shepherd puppy, flashes a panting grin as she dances by the blooming vineyards. Her name is Greek for the nymphs of mountain meadow pastures once thought to protect wandering herds and flocks. It’s an apt name because it’ll soon be her job to guard baby doll sheep at Wine Tree Farm. Owner Corinne Moore adopted this group of white wool-walkers as a means of maintaining her vineyards without spraying herbicides.

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continued from page 35 Miraflores Winery in El Dorado County has vineyards that sit right where rolling oak woodlands meet the pine forest.

Winemaker Marco Capelli plants cover crops such as legumes and rye grass to add nitrogen and nutrients back into the earth.

Epi, a young halfPyrenees, half-Anatolian shepherd, gets ready to guard the sheep at the Wine Tree Farm near Amador City.

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“Sheep are really good because they’re grazers, so they don’t go after the grapes, they only go after the green,” Moore notes. “As soon as we have harvest, they’ll be out there, keeping the weeds down.” Getting Epi and the sheep are Moore’s latest attempt to move to the most sustainable farming and wine-making practices possible. The South African native has already received attention for constructing tasting and fermentation rooms that run entirely on solar power, just like her house on the vineyard’s ranch. Conservation-minded visitors appreciate her operation, but Moore is also an award-winning winemaker. She specializes in growing and mastering syrah, grenache and mourvèdre, varietals from the Rhône region of France. Her ability to bottle and blend those grapes has earned accolades, including a silver medal from the San Francisco Chronicle in 2019. Yet, it’s clear what gives Moore the biggest smile is talking about her animals. Since Epi is half-Pyrenees, Moore’s convinced she’ll make a good lookout for her moseying sheep. “They’ve got a natural instinct to guard,” Moore says. “She’s still a puppy, so she thinks the sheep are there to play with.” Moore has always seen her animals as family. Until last year, a happy Huskador named Otis greeted guests at the door to Wine Tree

Farm. Now that he’s passed, Moore is paying tribute with a special vintage called The Otis Blend. Made with 65% mourvèdre and 35% grenache, it’s a standout with finely balanced acids on an olallieberry veneer, its body brightened by shades of vanilla and slight hints of red chili pepper. A dollar from every bottle supports the county’s local animal shelter. Twenty-eight miles north of Moore’s ranch, over the El Dorado County line, a secluded vineyard is nestled where rolling oaks give way to towering pines. Miraflores is considered one of the best highelevation wineries in the region, and its team is doing everything it can to keep their sliver of California breathtaking. Founded by Victor Alvarez, a pathologist originally from Columbia, this throwback to the Old World checks all the boxes for sustainable farming. The Miraflores crew uses drip lines to irrigate, while keeping most acres open as fallow fields, so anything considered wastewater can be naturally captured and kept away from waterways and wildlife areas. Winemaker Marco Capelli also plants cover crops such as legumes and rye grass to add nitrogen and nutrients back into the earth. Beyond its soil enrichment techniques, the vineyard is also fenced in a way that keeps corridors open for wildlife, and it

uses owl boxes as a green avenue for rodent control. “Being low-impact is something our owner is really passionate about,” says Ashlee Cuneo, manager and head sommelier. “And that’s true of Marco Capelli and everyone else who works here.” Similar to Wine Tree Farm, Miraflores specializes in Rhône varietals. It’s also recognized for its high-elevation zinfandels. Perhaps its rarest offering is the Tintoretto, an Amarone-style wine made from grapes that are hand dried on wooden racks, stomped by foot and then fermented in wild yeast. The result is a silky red with simmering cherry reflections, a faint current of cinnamon on top and warm notes of brown sugar and burnt nutmeg. Like all of Miraflores’s wines, the Tintoretto can be sipped inside a charming tasting room that mirrors Alvarez’s love of global travel. It’s filled with relics, including a baptismal font from Italy, animal troughs from the Mediterranean and a 15th century fireplace from Cypress. These pieces add to a transporting view that looks out on the stunning landscape Alvarez and his team care so much about. “It’d encourage people to just come out and see the area,” Cuneo says. “It has an atmosphere that’s not like any place else.”

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Rock staR-woRthy Naked Lounge Coffee’s Keith Richards: Want to party like

a rock star? Naked Lounge Coffee pays tribute to the Rolling Stones guitarist with a drink as out there as he is. The caffeinated concoction entails a can of Shasta cola poured over ice complete with two shots of espresso. Drink at your own risk. 1111 H St., nakedcoffee.net.

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Espresso Metro has been a Sacramento coffee staple for more than 30 years. Its signature drink, the Glacier, is a summer fave among locals and puts a certain coffee chain’s signature sugary iced drink to shame. This sugar bomb comes in three flavors—mocha, vanilla and caramel—each blended with ice and coffee and topped with fluffy whipped cream. 2104 11th Ave.

Beat the heat The Trade Coffee & Coworking’s New Orleans Style Cold Brew: Trying to

survive those scorching summer days? The Trade has you covered with its New Orleans Style Cold Brew. This 14-hour steeped drink is blended with roasted chicory root, lightly sweetened with pure cane sugar and served with your milk of your choice. 2220 K St., thetradecollab.com.

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acramento: City of Thirst.” That’s what the Freeport Water Tower should read when the weather hits triple-digits. The good news is Sacramento has no shortage of beverages to keep you refreshed when the heat otherwise feels like hell. Reach for these five summer sippers:

Lava f low ($8) Hide from Sacramento’s sweltering humanity at Jungle Bird. Settle into this tiki oasis and nurse a Lava Flow, the tropical classic that blends strawberry daiquiri and piña colada for a righteous brain freeze. 2516 J St.; (916) 476-3280.

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Sacramento Treat ($5) Fifty Midtown points if you cooled off with Sacramento Treat during the 1990s while debating The Loft vs. Old Ironsides. Those days might be long gone, but the Sacramento Treat and its janky take on a Hefeweizen (cheap beer, lemon wedge and ice) gets a proper homage at Mother as a classic 916 outdoor beverage. Yah Mos vinyl not included. 1023 K St.; (916) 594-9812.

Sidework Lager ($4-$6) Save those IPAs for another day. The furnace blast of Sacramento summers call for something less

bombastic on the taste buds when it comes to beer. So, pass on the Pliny and opt for a Sidework Lager at Urban Roots Brewing ($4-$6) that’ll quench your thirst with a moderate 4.2% alcohol level. 1322 V St.; (916) 706-3741.

R iver City Root Beer ($1.99) Speaking of (non-alcoholic) beer, River City Root Beer ($1.99) hangs with the best of them given its foamy head, spicy kick and fizzy carbonation. For a hella local root beer float, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream—Gunther’s, of course—and cool down while satiating your sweet tooth. Available at Nugget Markets.

St. Rey Petillant Naturel Chenin Blanc ($35) Summer in Sacramento just about screams for chenin blanc, the white wine grape that grows especially well in the Delta. The 2017 St. Rey Petillant Naturel Chenin Blanc ($35) comes with a touch of fizz and citrus flavors that’ll refresh your palate like a dip at Clunie Pool. 610 Harbor Boulevard in West Sacramento.

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ummer months mean longer days—more sunshine, more hours for hanging out with friends, more time to sit around and employ ice cold beers as a personal cooling system. If you’re not careful, though, a few brews can quickly go to the head, pushing one straight into nap territory. Instead of filling up on high-octane options, sip on those with a low-ABV (alcohol by volume). Following are five beers, all with a measured ABV of 5.3% or less, to help you enjoy the benefits of summer day drinking: Friends, good conversation and a lower risk for that pesky hangover.

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disappointed with its low-impact sister beer. With a 4.5% ABV, it boasts a smooth yet complex profile that could probably trick even the most seasoned beer nerd into thinking it actually packs a greater punch. 27260 CA-128 in Winters, berryessabrewingco.com.

Better than a Fan Sidework, urban roots Brewing & Smokehouse With its expansive, shaded patio, Urban Roots makes for an outdoor downtown sanctuary and this 4.2% ABV lager makes for a delightful way to help pass the time. Crisp, refreshing and whisper-light, it’ll cut through the day’s scorching temps without leaving much of a buzz. Pair it with one of the brewery’s side dishes—the cheese grits are the bomb—for a chill afternoon snack. 1322 V Street, urbanrootsbrewing.com.

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Citrus blAst cellador ales Yuzu Famile,   Hop gardens The yuzu is a lemon-esque citrus fruit found in Japan, Korea and parts of China—and in recent years it’s become a trendy sour beer component. Crafted by a Northern California-based brewery, this 3.8% ABV small oat saison is made with yuzu zest for a tart, zippy taste. 2904 Franklin Boulevard, thehopgardens.com.

thirst-buster pincushion, device Brewing co. This German-styled pilsner clocks in a little higher on the ABV scale at 5.3%. Still, medium-bodied and dry, it’s crisp, thirst-quenching and never over-powering. Check it out at Device’s Ice Blocks tap room to pair with its family friendly patio and good people-watching. 1610 R Street, Suite 145, devicebrewing.com.


acramento has a global food palate. If you’re looking to acquire some new tastes, there are a number of multicultural food festivals happening over the summer:

summer soULstice (June 21) Held on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, this food fest at the Yisrael Family Urban Farm in Oak Park will serve up plant-based grub, with proceeds going to support Project GOOD, a neighborhood youth leadership program. Celebrate the Earth’s relationship to the sun with drinks and live entertainment. Admission is free, donations accepted; 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; The Yisrael Family Farm; 4505 Roosevelt Ave.

73rd annual Japanese Food & Cultural Bazaar (Aug. 10-11) It started in 1947, in the aftermath of the Japanese-American internment camps. It has expanded into a two-day celebration of traditional Japanese culture that draws thousands each year. Teriyaki chicken, short ribs, sushi, udon, and sake are a few of the items on the menu. Stay for the Taiko drum performances, calligraphy and flower arranging demonstrations and live music. Admission is free;

Middle eastern Culture and Food Festival (Aug. 17) It’s the festival’s first year, and the organizer, One World for Love and Peace, wants to fill Sacramento’s dearth of events that cater to the tastes of Arabic countries. Dig into falafel, shawarma and hummus, and enjoy baklava for dessert in a dining experience that represents Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. While you’re eating, watch a Palestinian wedding and a kid’s fashion show with traditional clothes. Admission is free; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; La Sierra Community Center. 5325 Engle Road in Carmichael.

sactown Nachos Festival (Aug. 24) For a $15 pass at the door, you can taste a popular Mexican invention: Tortilla chips topped with cheese, jalapenos, ground beef or whatever pairing is concocted by the stacked vendor lineup at Cesar Chavez Plaza. Plates are $3 each. Like the other festivals, there’s an opportunity for cultural exchange in lucha libre masked wrestling, traditional fashion shows and bands. $10 presale, $40 for VIP;

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lothing gets tossed into landfills a lot. In 1990, 4.27 million tons of discarded textiles ended up in U.S. landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That number has steadily risen: In 2000, it was 6.28 million tons, and in 2015 it was 10.53 million tons. It’s a complex issue, mostly one of scale. Large-scale manufacturers serve lots of consumers as part of a global economic system of consumption. Step into a cluttered, secluded office lined with well-loved clothing, electronics and enough curious curios and nifty knick-knacks to occupy hours of your time. It’s Patti Litsey’s domain at Adoptable Goods, the Sacramento SPCA’s thrift store on E Street. The items dominating the room are donations to sell on markets such as eBay or local consignment stores. She’s on the front line of the secondhand goods resistance. Tidal waves of donations overflow the intake room—75% of those items can’t be kept, Litsey says. Some can’t even be accepted, including the Mildly Contentious Lamp. “‘It works, you just have to put a zip tie on it,’” the donor insisted, as Litsey recounts. “And I was like, ‘We can’t take that.’ People get very mad when we don’t take stuff, but it costs us money when we have to take stuff that we just have to throw away.”

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She and her staff are trying to move as much they can, with proceeds benefiting the SPCA. Some products that are in good condition are sold to other thrift stores, but of the marketable items brought to the store’s sales floor, four out of five will get a new owner. Some are resellers, some are junk dealers and some are there to send scrap electronic parts to Africa. “There’s a lot of money in junk,” Litsey says. “It seems like millennials are really into reusing and recycling clothing.” There’s something to that. “I haven’t bought from retail in probably a couple years,” says Karina Herman, who works at Refill Madness on 29th Street. She says she tries to stay trendy without contributing to the problematic fashion industry. “It’s easy to go to Target or Forever 21,” Herman says. “The quality of the fabric and the stitching and everything of the garment—it’s gonna fall apart. Or you’re going to have to throw it away … That’s just wasteful, in my opinion.” She prefers to shop at FreeStyle Clothing Exchange for its curated, one-of-a-kind clothing. There, customers can sell or trade their garments for store credit or cash. Herman also recommends clothing swaps. “You get together with some friends, some friends of friends and everybody brings some clothes,” she explains. “They go through their closet, take out

what they haven’t been wearing. Everybody kind of lays it out, and everybody kind of shops each others’ closets.” There are a lot of ways to stop items from becoming trash. Go on Craigslist’s free section, stop at yard sales or get creative with your castaways. You might be surprised what you find. Michael Saalman, who has worked at Adoptable Goods for about a year (and also plays in local experimental band Pregnant), had to stop thrifting on his days off. “If I did that, I would just be driving my roommates crazy,” Saalman says in the back room, filled with clothing hangers and piles of merchandise. “I’m like, ‘Oh, here’s a new chair, guys! Enjoy!’” Rayla Maier works with Saalman and curates the store’s festival room, perpetually stocked with Burning Man-appropiate gear. Unlike Saalman, Maier goes thrifting on off days. “It’s like, the hunt,” Maier says. There is more used clothing, furniture and bric-a-brac than anyone knows what to do with. Instead of buying new summer apparel, opt for the swim trunks of yesteryear. You can fulfill all your consumerist desires without breaking the bank or trashing the planet—and it can be really fun. As Litsey says, “Every time we open a box, it’s like Christmas.” But don’t donate Christmas items. They’ve got way too much.

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With more than 100 volunteers keeping this store humming, it’s a neat, friendly shop to drop some dough and cop some top-notch duds.

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ummer in the Sacramento region means a generous harvest of fresh fruit and vegetables. Farmers markets are the obvious option—you can find them around town nearly any day of the week. If you’re feeling adventurous, however, try venturing out to a farm or produce stand. Short of digging in the dirt yourself, it gets you just a little bit closer to growing it yourself. Here are three eco-friendly options to boost your summer bounty.

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This Roseville-based farm, open to the public from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, sells vegetables, tree fruit and berries. The farm isn’t certified organic, but according to the family that runs it, it specializes in nutrientrich soil and organic farming methods, including recycling waste into compost or chicken feed. Their summer speciality: heirloom tomatoes and starter plants. 3435 Amoruso Way in

Based in Placerville, this stand lets you pick your produce yourself. Choose from seasonal fruit (apples, berries, etc) as well as flowers and vegetables. Can’t make the drive? Sign up for their CSA delivery box. Open Thursday through Sunday.

This Lincoln farm, still in the process of being certified organic, aims to grow in a chemical-, antibiotic- and hormone-free way. In addition to seasonal fruits, Yellow Rose Ranch also specializes in free-range chicken and duck eggs.

2731 Jacquier Road in Placerville; 24carrotfarms.com.

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o the untrained eye, outdoor cooking may seem like a fun, casual way to unwind. But if food competition shows have taught us anything, it’s that a cookout can be a life-or-death situation. Roast, or get roasted. Braise, or suffer malaise. Survival is only guaranteed to the person who cooks the juiciest hunk of lamb, and if you don’t already know how to stack charcoal, you’re dead meat, buddy. If you’re looking to beef up your barbecuing skills this summer,

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the BBQ Pro in Fair Oaks offers monthly classes ($70) that can teach you all you need to know for a successful cookout. Recipes include pulled pork, whole chickens and Santa Maria tri-tip. Just what you need to shut down the competition. And in case you’re still wondering—a pyramid. You should stack charcoal briquettes into the shape of a pyramid. The BBQ Pro, 10136 Fair Oaks Boulevard in Fair Oaks; (916) 595-7444; bbqproonline.com.

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ost breweries (and a lot of restaurants) in Sacramento have hopped on the doggy train, allowing fur babies on the patio or in the bar. My Corgi needs places to socialize and drink with me, so here are a few fur-friendly watering holes.

Two Rivers Cider Co.

Dogs are almost a necessity at Two Rivers. And delicious ciders such as Jalapeño, and Strawberry Jam make it worth a visit. Enjoy a game of skee ball, pinball or corn hole while meeting other dog moms and dads. There are food trucks most nights and live music a couple times per month. Two Rivers also has an Instagram page, @tworiversciderdogs, which features cute pups that frequent the cidery. 4311 Attawa Ave.; tworiverscider.com.

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The open air venue in West Sac has an up-close view of the river, Raley Field and Tower Bridge with plenty of space to run around (on a leash, of course). Guests can lounge by a fire pit or

play yard games. Your dog might love this place more than you do, but with its huge selection of brews, wine and cocktails, food and live music, you’ll love it, too. 985 Riverfront St. in West Sacramento; drinkdrakes.com.

Track 7

This cool tap room near Sac City College is definitely on the right side of the tracks. It has a minimalist feel; earthy and fresh. Both locations (Curtis Park and Natomas) are very dog-friendly and usually have food trucks. It’s a mellow place to relax, sip on a Left Eye, Right Eye IPA and talk with friends while the dog naps under the table. 3747 W. Pacific Ave. Suite F; track7brewing.com.

The Federalist

It’s one of Sacramento’s more unique restaurant/bars, with bocce ball and cocktails in mason jars under the protective walls of a large shipping container. Dogs can wait for crumbs under the community tables while the humans enjoy a hot and sizzling wood fired pizza on Neapolitan crust. 2009 Matsui Alley; federalist publichouse.com.

Bike Dog

Bikes, dogs and beer abounds at Bike Dog’s tap rooms. The chill vibe is ideal for relaxing with a beer and playing a table game with friends. The rotating taps include cool blends like Bitter Cup of Joe with Temple Coffee. Dogs are loved at the Broadway location, too, but only on the patio. 2534 Industrial Blvd., Suite 110 in West Sacramento; bikedogbrewing.com.

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Toy Story 4

Woody and the rest of the crew are back, and this time they’re met with the challenge of teaching Forky—a spork—what it means to be a toy. The product of an arts and crafts experiment, Forky asks, “Why am I alive?” before running off. Come for the colorful animation, stay for the existential crisis. (June 21).

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s there anything more synonymous with summer than movies? OK, outdoor activities such as water skiing and beach volleyball may come to mind first, but movies definitely fit in somewhere toward the middle of the list, especially if you’re looking to enjoy air conditioning and tasty snacks. If you’d rather relax in front of a big screen than soak up the sun, here are eight flicks to keep you cool.

Escape the heat with these eight summer flick picks Men in Black: International

It has been seven years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones last protected Earth from the scum of the universe. Now, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are the new sharp-suited, shiny tech-toting agents tasked with resolving intergalactic threats. It’s a sci-fi buddy cop film that knows what it is, replete with small aliens and big guns. (June 14).

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

Nickelodeon’s live adaptation of the iconic children’s show looks like a wild Tomb Raider-esque adventure, complete with lush jungle life and hidden temple traps. Dora’s not a cartoon anymore, but she’s still an explorer, and she’s got a purple backpack full of flares to prove it. (July 31).


What if the Beatles never existed? What if you were the only one who remembered them? What if people thought you wrote their songs? Jack (Himesh Patel), a struggling musician, finds himself in this exact situation. Richard Curtis’ original screenplay has a solid comedic premise, and with Danny Boyle directing it’s sure to be a fun trip. (June 28).

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Ari Aster follows up last year’s spine-chilling Hereditary with a full-on skeleton-chilling spiritual sequel. Dani (Florence Pugh) joins her boyfriend at a Swedish festival where peopIe “dress up” and perform “special ceremonies,” meaning they’re probably an evil cult. Aster describes it as “Wizard of Oz for perverts.” So there’s that. (July 3). 58   |   SN&R   |   06.13.19

The Art of Self Defense

Billi’s grandmother doesn’t know she’s dying of cancer. Her family insists on hiding the diagnosis from her to spare her the emotional pain. A moral quandary wrapped up in a family drama, the story is based on director Lulu Wang’s experience with her own grandmother and her struggle to say goodbye without actually saying goodbye. (July 12).

Everyone’s favorite Eisenberg (Jesse Eisenberg, of course) plays a young man who signs up for karate lessons after he’s attacked on the street. Writer-director Riley Stearns’ black comedy promises sharp insight into how toxic masculinity affects the ways men deal with trauma— basically what Fight Club should have been. (July 12).

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Richard Linklater adapts Maria Semple’s book of the same name, about a mother and former architect who leaves her family to pursue her passion in Antarctica. More than that, this movie is about Cate Blanchett’s incredible ability to wear thick-rimmed sunglasses in cloudy weather. (Aug. 16).

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s a Sacramento music fan, sometimes you just have to suck it up during the summer. The temptation might be to just wind down with a well-placed fan, but it’s difficult to pass on the range of outdoor shows coming through Northern California. Here are five to get you out of the house this season:

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Try not to spill your IPA in the pit. The Bash Music & Craft Beer Festival on June 16 brings together Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, L7 and others with tastings of more than 100 beers at Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo on June 16. Note: The event starts at noon for 21 and older and all ages are welcome after 4 p.m.


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The weirdest thing keeps happening at Concerts in the Park each Friday. The crowds these days seem just as interested in hearing free live music as bro-ing down in the beer garden. Decompress from the work week with acts such as the electro-acoustic So Much Light (June 28) and the reggaerock rhythms of Arden Park Roots (July 12). Cesar Chavez Plaza, 901 I St.; godowntownsac. com/events/signature-events/ concerts-in-the-park.

Head out oF town Beat the Sacramento heat with one of Northern

Hit the great outdoors for these five summer concerts California’s coolest festivals of indie and garage-rock. Hosted by subversive film legend John Waters, the 10th anniversary Burger Boogaloo goes down in Oakland July 6-7 with The Jesus & Mary Chain, Dead Boys and King Tuff Mosswood Park. Various ticket options available with day and weekend passes starting at $49.50 and $149.59 respectively. 3612 Webster Street in Oakland; burgerboogaloo.com.

sHake it oFF Make it a funky summer night at the One Nation Under a Groove Tour, as George Clinton and Parliament/ Funkadelic turn Thunder Valley into a sweaty dance party on Aug. 4. Zapp, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet & Blue Wolf round out this most booty shaking of bills. $49.95-$89.95. 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln; thundervalleyresort.com.

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acramento’s visual art scene has a packed schedule over the summer. With openings every second Saturday, and some recent exhibits still running, here are a few worth a visit:

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Four new shows are slated at the Crocker between June and September. The Race To Promontory (June 23-Sept. 29) outlines the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad through photography by Andrew Joseph Russell and Alfred A. Hart. In the same time frame, Chiura Obata: An American Modern presents a collection of paintings, drawings, prints and personal items from the Japanese-American artist who was the founding director of art schools in two Northern California internment camps during World War II. In Cool Clay (July 21-July 19), observe newly acquired modern ceramics, and through Pueblo Dynasties: Master Potters From Matriarchs to Contemporaries, marvel at the pottery skills of indigenous people. Admission is $6-$12, Free for members; 216 O Street; (916) 808-7000; crockerart.org.

Verge Center for the Arts

Nathan Cordero was a Sacramento-born mixed media artist renowned in Northern California art circles. He died last year at 43. The Verge Center’s newest exhibit, Stay Awhile: A Nathan Cordero Show (through Aug. 18), presents his peculiar style, mixing graffiti and “hobo” art to make pictures, sculptures and text phrases out of reused materials such as plywood. Admission is free; 625 S St.; (916) 448-2985; vergeart.com.

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Untitled (UC Berkeley Students) by Chiura Obata, part a of new Crocker exhibit opening this summer.

Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma’s Fountain Valley Mural comes to Sacramento through photos at the California Museum.

California Museum

The museum’s Dolores Huerta exhibit will be open through July 7. Expect a new exhibit showcasing Chicano culture shortly after: ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege (July 25-Dec. 29) covers the erasure of Mexican-American murals in Southern California, displayed through photographs, mural fragments and drawings. Admission is free; 1020 O Street; (916) 653-7524; californiamuseum.org.

Kennedy Gallery

The Kennedy opens a new show every month. Spirit Nation (June 6-July 7) appreciates the work of indigenous artists across the country, while Urban Identity (July 11-Aug. 4) captures life in inner-city Sacramento. Neomod and Cubism (Aug. 8-Sept. 8) explores the geometric shape abstractly. The annual Getting Wild with the Sacramento Zoo show (Sept. 12-Oct. 6) drew a big crowd at the opening last year,

when a tortoise roamed the gallery’s first floor. Expect animal-focused art by humans and paintings by monkeys and other creative species. Admission is free; 1931 L St.; (916) 400-4272; kennedygallerysac.com.

Fe Gallery

Fixate on creative uses of lines, spaces and shapes through the Fe Gallery’s exhibit, Pattern and Abstraction (June 8-July 26), which features a national roster of more than 30 artists. Channel Salvador Dali in Mythic (Aug. 10-Sept. 27), which focuses on pop surrealism. At each opening, enjoy a blacksmithing demonstration. Admission is free; 1100 65th St.; (916) 456-4455; fegallery.com.

Public Land

The succulent store (and art gallery) will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a 40-artist, immersive group show on June 30. The cactus shop has a knack for solo exhibits by Sacramento artists, and in August, will present a show by Trent Dean. If you’ve been to Canon East Sac or attended the Art Hotel project in 2016, you may have caught Dean’s otherworldly fabrications of metal and wood. Admission is free; 2598 21st St.; (916) 942-9720; publiclandstore.com.

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entertainment Easy skipper: There’s a three-drink maximum on this brew boat.

Booze cruise by ashley h ay es-st oNe

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Sail away the summer on the Sacramento Brew Boat


ocals know the Sac Brew Bike Company for transporting happily buzzed folks on its giant pedalpowered cycle to local breweries. Now, it’s fun off is the streets and into the water. Co-owner Matt See says he and his partners were inspired by a similar concept in larger cities, and at the tail end of last summer, they launched a soft opening for the Sac Brew Boat, a 30-foot-long party vessel. This year, the brew bike is in full swing, bringing the party to the Sacramento River all summer long with 90-minute public and private tours. Public tours fit 14

passengers and private cruises accommodate up to 16. For both, the boat has 10 pedals (located around the main bar), all of which power a central paddle wheel. See says it’s a great way for people to explore the scenery. “You get to see what’s going on with the river, like seeing fishermen and the wildlife,” he says. Feeling lazy? Don’t sweat it—there’s no pressure to pedal because the boat is also revved with a 10-horsepower motor. It’s also equipped with life jackets, and staffed by a captain who handles the boat and an overseer tasked with making sure passengers remain safe.

The boat allows passengers to bring only cider, wine and beer, and the staff enforces a three-drink maximum. To get the party started, people are encouraged to bring their phones to hook up to the boat’s stereo system. Trips start daily at at 11 a.m. on the waterfront next to Old Sacramento. Public tours are $35 a seat, Monday through Thursday. Private parties are $500. FridaySunday, tickets are $39 per seat for a public tour or $550 for a private party. (916) 952-0931; sacbrewboat.com.

feeling lazy? Don’t sweat it—there’s no pressure to pedal because the boat’s also revved with a 10-horsepower motor.

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Going to a movie at the drive-in is still a Sac summer staple.

lose the roof Relax at one at one of Sacramento’s open-air bars


f you’re looking to relax with sunshine and the evening breeze, there are a handful of local bars primed for both. Don’t be an indoor cat. Imbibe outside.

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West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In puts nostalgia into focus


he light fades as the smell of popcorn wafts through the air and headlights shut off one by one. Rows of cars that are parked on asphalt point toward a 100-foot wide screen. As the sun sets further below the horizon, a powerful projector shines a film beneath a darkening sky. Since 1973, the West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive-In has been a staple—and despite a decline among drive-ins around the country over the years, it’s not going anywhere. In recent months, Syufy Enterprises, the outdoor theater’s owner, has invested money and resources, including repaving the asphalt parking lot and renovating the bathrooms and concessions





counter, said Tony Maniscalco, Syufy’s vice president of marketing. In the past, West Wind faced imminent closure, Maniscalco said. A nostalgia for simpler, streaming-free options has changed that. “Now we feel like we have the opportunity to invest in [the drive in] and to improve the location as we have done with some of our other locations,” he said. Paving is complete for at least three screens, with the rest temporarily postponed due to rain, while the renovations are just in time for the summer season. Drive-in theaters have been part of American culture since their peak in the 1950s, when there


were more than 4,000. There are only about 330 left in America, but Syufy hasn’t given up on the tradition just yet. The Sacramento location is “well-performing,” according to Maniscalco, giving Syufy the confidence to invest in upgrades and weekly offerings such as “Family Fun Nights” and “Free Movie Tuesdays”. This summer will also debut a new series of Saturday events for children, including bounce houses, face painting and open markets. The kid-friendly focus, as well as the renovations, are part of an effort to modernize the tradition for the future. “Families are in lawn chairs when it’s hot outside or bundled up in the back of a pickup truck. It’s a slice of Americana,” Maniscalco said. “It’s kind of old school and high technology all rolled into one.” 9616 Oates Drive; westwinddi.com/ locations/sacramento.

At the corner of 23rd Street and Jazz Alley is Sacramento’s wormhole to Mexico. At least that was the intention of Art Aguilar and Max Archuleta, who opened an authentic open-air cantina on the grid in 2017. Cantina Alley serves street tacos, pozole, sopes, tres leches cake, Mexican craft beer and a collection of mezcals in an ever-expanding menu. Vibrant street art and hand-carved wooden tables make the place feel like home south of the border. 2320 Jazz Alley; Hours: Tue-Thu 3 p.m.-10 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; (833) 2320-639; cantinaalley.com.

Swabbies on the River One of the best places in Sacramento to regularly catch daytime live music is Swabbies on the River, a riverside restaurant off Garden Highway that has Cabo San Lucas and Honolulu in mind. From the shade of giant trees, order from more than 19 beers on tap, or munch on burgers, fries and bar food staples. Definitely take a look at the live music calendar: Swabbies has a local reputation for hosting rocking tributes for bands such as Heart, Van Halen and Creedence Clearwater Revival. 5871 Garden Highway; Hours: Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; (916) 920-8088; swabbies.com.

Der Biergarten No television, no music, no dance floor, but more importantly no roof. Der Biergarten is an outdoor dive that twists

on the German beer garden. At K and 24th streets, two large cargo containers are used for the bar and restrooms, and benches shipped from Germany make the space communal. The 32-beer list is extensive with German and Belgian ales. On the food menu: sausages, pretzels and German pizza. In lieu of nightclub amenities, play ping-pong, foosball or cornhole. 2332 K Street; Hours: Tue-Thu 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Fri 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Closed when it rains; (916) 346-4572; beergardensacramento.com.

Drake’s: The Barn Drake’s Brewing Co. opened a new venue in West Sacramento’s Bridge District last October. It’s an 8,000square foot beer garden, bar and live music venue characterized by a giant art deco archway and an emphasis on bringing the neighborhood together. Admission is free to the Barn’s three stages, pizza restaurant, 25-plus beer selection and lawn. It’s mostly outdoors, so huddle by the fire pits at night. 985 Riverfront St. in West Sacramento; Hours: Wed-Thu 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m.-midnight, Sat noonmidnight, Sun noon-9 p.m.; (510) 423-0971; drinkdrakes.com/places/the-barn.

Revival at the Sawyer Sacramento’s only rooftop bar overlooks the DOCO and Golden 1 Center from the third floor of the Kimpton Sawyer luxury hotel. It’s got a pool deck, cabanas, a full restaurant that serves $7 dishes and caviar, and while it’s mostly a lounge, Revival transforms into a nightclub on evenings and post-game celebrations. Hours: Mon-Thu 4 p.m.midnight, Fri-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; (916) 545-7111; revivalsacramento.com.

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new at the California State Fair this year

he California State Fair returns July 12-28, and the 166th edition boasts an unprecedented number of goats. You’ll catch them dominating the petting zoo, and you’ll also find a number of new things to freshen up fair traditions:

Bear Cup eSportS tournament There will still be thoroughbred horse races held every Thursday through Sunday at the Miller Lite Racetrack, but 2019 also includes a recently legitimized sport: video gaming. Inside Building 5 at Cal Expo, pro gamers will compete in Super Smash Bros., NBA2K, Overwatch, Apex Legends, League of Legends and Fortnite. A tournament between UC Davis, Sacramento State and two other college teams is intended for spectators, but you can get your hands on a controller by signing up for an amateur tournament at castatefair.org.

Food FeStival paSS and Competition Deep fried bananas, chocolate-covered bacon—for a $28 pass, you can increase your cholesterol through more than 30 vendors. And after scarfing down funnel cake pizza, you won’t be the only one deciding whether it was worth it. This year, 34 different items will be judged in a competition held on Saturday, July 13 on the Promenade Stage.

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grossing movie of all time, with $2.2 billion at the box office globally. People love watching superheroes save the world, apparently, and now kids can become their own through an interactive exhibit. Build your own shield, create a name and persona and discover your superpowers through group exercises and games. Located in the play area between Building A and B every day.

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drone light ShoW Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, State Fairs typically ended with a fireworks show at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. This year, there will be no fireworks. Instead, 75 to 80 drones will light up the sky and perform choreographed routines to pop music. Times are changing, but drone shows will always start at 10 p.m.

Canine raCeS Even with the brave new world of drones, some traditions never go away—including splash dog races and weiner dog relays, both big favorites each year. At the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand, canines will jump as far as they can into the water and short-legged dachshunds will sprint to the finish line. New this year: Dogs from the Front Street Animal Shelter will be available for adoption, and rescue dogs will show the other pups how it’s done.

For the full California State Fair program, visit castatefair.org. Ticket prices vary depending on activities.

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Rock the cradle by Bev SykeS

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The prospect of having children? Terrifying.

The Forever Question


Wed 2pm & 6:30pm, thu 8pm, fri 8pm, sat 5pm & 9pm, sun 2pm. through 7/14; $33-$47; B street theatre at the sofia, 2700 capitol ave., (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org.

Last year’s winner of B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Festival is now a full blown two-act show, and until intermission was perhaps one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever seen. Directed by Associate Artistic Director Lyndsay Burch, the play follows Mike (Peter Story) and Carolyn (Dana Brooke), a couple trying to decide whether or not to have a second child. It’s playwright James Christy’s way of examining how becoming a parent involves permanent life changes—and if they’re worth it. The actors also play several other characters: her mother, his father, his brother and a few more, both stepping aside briefly to don a new hat or scarf or accent. Story and Brooke are masterful in their ability to become new characters with the smallest change of facial expression. But it’s the very, very funny observations about parents, parenting, sex, childbirth, babies and relationships between men and women that had the audience in stitches. (Mike’s uncomfortable explanation of menstrual periods, for example, is hilarious.) Sadly, while the second act is funny, the tone becomes darker as it moves our couple through the death of Mike’s father, frustrating teenagers and the prospect of growing old together. Enjoyable and, yes, funny, but not nearly at the same level of the first act. The amazing set by Samantha Reno must be seen to be believed. B Street asked for volunteers to donate toys to decorate the stage and the faithful came through in droves. The mountains of toys will be donated to a children’s center at the conclusion of the run of the show. Ω 70





Comedy central Just as B Street Theatre’s 2018 New Comedies Playwriting Contest winner—The Forever Question —starts its run, the theater company is also set to try out contenders for this year’s prize. After an opening reception on Sunday, B Street actors and playwrights will get to work prepping four new comedies to be given staged readings. The plays are How to Conquer America, A Mostly True History of Yogurt by David Myers, Golden by Peter Manos, Proclivity for Kiting by Jacob T. Zack and Teen Dad by Adrienne Dawes. Each play will be given two readings and the winning entry will get a full production at B Street next year. The idea for the competition was sparked by a lack of new American comedies for B Street to choose from, said associate artistic director Lyndsay Burch, who created the competition last year. “The first year, we had a little over 50 submissions,” Burch says. “We certainly hoped for more … but we realized it would take a year or so for the word to get out.” This year there were more than 800 submissions from which the four finalists were selected. And while B Street gets a new play, playwright finalists get career boosts. “Playwriting is a very solitary art form,” says Burch. “To hear their work performed with actors in front of an audience, playwrights get an invaluable experience that is integral to the development of new plays.”

scReen pick Society looks much the same as it did 100 years ago, albeit with fewer horses.

Parisian getaway Sometimes it can feel like there’s too much content out there to ever catch up on it all—so you should get started ASAP. That’s why instead of suggesting you watch something contemporary with a plot, actors or daring special effects, SN&R suggests you watch restored historical footage of life in Paris during the late 1890s. Check out Guy Jones’ YouTube video “Late 1890s – A Trip Through Paris, France (speed corrected w/ added sound)” and you’ll step backward in time to a place without cars, without cell phones and without anyone featured who is still alive. It’s a series of shots depicting traffic and capturing the goings-on in the city. Late 18th century life on the streets bears a resemblance to the world of today— men ride by on bicycles without laying a finger on the handlebars, most folks adopt a casual, ambling indifference. There are certainly more canes, hats and parasols, but those are all coming back into vogue. Why should you watch what is essentially stock footage? For the perspective, maybe; to get a sense of the scale and scope of the world through an old lens. Maybe you don’t feel very grounded and need to find something that reminds you that life goes on. Or maybe you just want to see some old-fashioned fire brigades.

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—Jim Carnes

1 2 3 4 5 New comedies festival: reception is June 16, staged readings run June 20 through June 23; $12-$55; B street theatre at the sofia, 2700 capitol ave., (916) 443-5300, bstreettheatre.org.





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Who doesn’t love a flower that gobbles up bugs? That’s part of the allure of carnivorous plants. “Our stuff is a little bizarre, a little different,” said Eric Trygg, past president of the Sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant Society. “People love the idea of bug-eating plants.” This weekend, the club will present its 49th annual show and sale at Shepard Garden and Arts Center in McKinley Park. It marks the first time this popular event will be held on Father’s Day weekend. The show “was always the last weekend in July – and hotter than hell,” Trygg said. “That’s wildfire season and the last couple of years, there was so much smoke in the air, people were told to stay inside. That’s also the last weekend of the State Fair, so we had that conflict, too.” So the club made the move when the dates became available at Shepard Center, Sacramento’s hub of club activity. Plus, Trygg said, carnivorous plants make great gifts for dads. Why do people gravitate towards these plants? “They visualize violence or something out of ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’” said Trygg. (Remember Audrey, the man-eating houseplant?) “There’s a mystique about these plants,” he added. “They’re beautiful; they’re weird. People think of Venus flytraps, but there are actually more than 650 varieties of carnivorous plants including some native to California.”

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Carnivorous plants always have had a special mystique. California’s native cobra lily and other pitcher plants have found new popularity as cut flowers. “Farmers can earn $40,000 an acre growing pitcher plants,” Trygg said. “And they’re easy to grow. The flowers are so cool, in yellow and red. It’s a neat hobby.” But it’s curiosity that brings most newcomers to this plant show. “The first thing kids ask me is always, ‘Will it eat my finger?’” Trygg said. “The first thing adults ask, ‘Will it eat mosquitoes?’” No fingers, but lots of mosquitoes, flies and more. The captured insects break down inside the plant, releasing nutrients. “They’ll eat anything they can catch,” Trygg said. “They’re pigs. You never have to feed them; they feed themselves. “Look inside a pitcher plant and you’ll see all these bug carcasses and black goo [from decaying insects]. It’s kind of gross, but kids love it.” And that fascination from younger generations strengthens the club, Trygg said. “We’re one of the few garden clubs that attracts young people,” he said. “We have that advantage over begonias or African violets, for example. If your club doesn’t get new blood, it dies.” Just like a pitcher plant in need of flies. Ω

evenT deTails 49th annual sacramento Bromeliad and Carnivorous Plant show and sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16; Shepard Garden and arts center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Find hundreds of unusual and rare exotic plants on display and for sale. admission and parking are free.

Debbie Arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong gardener, is co-creator of the Sacramento Digs gardening blog and website.






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by maxfield morris

Post EVEnts onLinE For FrEE at newsreview.com/sacramento

mUSiC THURSDaY, 6/13 kraniUM: Catch the New Yorker reggae performer on his The Hotel Tour. He’ll be joined by Jada Kingdom. 9pm, $20$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

LarrY JUnE: Catch the San Francisco rapper on tour. He’s signed with Warner Bros. and has done a good amount of work with oranges—photos with them, songs with them, etc. 7pm, $20. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.


Brewfest to the rescue

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entertainment. What puts it over the edge as a brewfest, though, is the animals—proceeds from the festival benefit the Friends of Front Street Animal Shelter, meaning your consumption of beer does good things. Show up and get your unlimited tastings of beer, and if you go VIP, you can taste the New Helvetia/Front Street collab beer. 2127 Front Street, frontstreetbrewfest.com.

SaNTaNa 96.9 The Eagle welcomes the

Latin rock group to Wheatland, and they also extend a fairly warm welcome to openers Hootie and the Blowfish. 6/28, 7:30pm, $29.50-$129.50, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheater in Wheatland, concerts. livenation.com.


didn’t catch Elton John during his farewell tour, read my SN&R concert review (“A little Knight music,” Jan. 24) or check out this tribute show to his career and music. 7/18, 7pm, $31.20-$59, on sale now. Crest Theatre, crestsacramento.com.

GUS JOHNSON The YouTube comedian, standup comic and funny dude is coming to Sacramento for one night only of wholesome comedic stylings.






Y’know what they say about tickets: The best ones don’t involve a judge.

8/3, 3pm, $25-$50, on sale now. Punch Line Sacramento, concerts.livenation.com.

iNDia.aRiE With four GRAMMY Awards under her belt, India.Arie is putting on a show at the Crest. It’s part of a tour in support of her album WORTHY. 9/24, 7:30pm, $48-$179, on sale now now. Crest Theatre, crestsacramento.com.

FlORiDa GEORGia EORGia liNE Another country group comes to Wheatland, this one composed of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. The also-performing groups are Dan + Shay, Morgan Wallen and Canaan Smith.

CHRiS BROWN Great, yeah, great,

just great, Chris Brown is coming to Sacramento to perform. Really, yeah, that’s great, that’s really great— seriously, nothing hugely problematic about that at all. 10/12, 6:30pm, $43.50$253.50, on sale 6/14. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

lEWiS BlaCk The king of Black

comedy is coming to town and will be making some jokes. There should be some anger, some excitement and more good vibes. 10/25,

8pm, $25-$75, on sale now now.

9/26, 7pm, $39.25-$109, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheater in

Wheatland, concerts. livenation.com.

Crest Theatre, crestsacramento.com.

You’re on the ticket window, Lewis!

Hills Town Center for a night of dancing fun and musical sounds that will stun and bring a smile to your face. 7pm. no cover. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 310 in El Dorado Hills.

MELissa sCHiLLEr & tHE BakEr-MiLLEr Pinks: Don’t miss the Davis-based indie rockers as they perform along with Cool Moon and Sitting and Waiting. 6:30pm, $10. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

FRiDaY, 6/14 andY Carr-HaLL: Catch the Rosevillian performing in town along with Meggie K Green. 7:30pm, $10. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

aUBrEY LoGan: She sings with Postmodern

Front Street AnimAl Shelter, noon, $10-$100 The dog days of summer are very nearly upon us, and that means it’s time to start pouring some cold drinks Food & drink without paws—pause, get it? There’s no better place to wet your snout than at the Front Street Brewfest. It’s got all the amenities you expect from a brewfest, including the best local brewers, local food trucks and musicians fur your



Dogs (and, to a lesser extent, cats) are depending on you to drink craft brews!

LiVE on tHE BoULEVard: Head to the El Dorado

Jukebox, and that’s a pretty cool thing to be able to put on your curriculum vitae! Don’t miss Logan as she brings the music and the soul to the rafters of the Sofia. 7pm, $30. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

tHE Bad BarnaCLEs: Catch the worst barnacles in town as they cling to the stage, but share it with Orange Sunshine, making for a night of independent rock ’n’ roll music. 8pm, $8. Shine, 1400 E St.

ConCErts in tHE Park: In case you happened to miss last week’s Concert in the Park featuring Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers, you can still catch the next Concert in the Park, though it’ll be sans Hobo. Instead, you can take in the rooting, tooting sounds of Cripple Creek Band, Ashley Barron, Amador Sons, Zack Lee and DJ FVME. 5pm, no cover. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I St.

MErCHants: Catch the Merchants of Sacramento as they explore themes of post-hardcore music instead of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, which explores themes of race, love and self-interest. 6:30pm, $10. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SaTURDaY, 6/15 andrEa BoCELLi: The storied operatic singer with crossover appeal is performing in Sacramento. If you take Celine Dion’s word for it, Bocelli is one heck of a singer. 8pm, $80. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.

MaidEn CaLiFornia: Iron Maiden is coming to Sacramento later this year. In the meantime, so is Maiden California, a tribute to Iron Maiden. You’ll not be disappointed if you expect more, as Modern Day Cowboy

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will be tributing the music of Tesla as well. 8:30pm, $12. The Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane in Orangevale.

PoPs in tHE Park 2019: Pops are coming to a park near you, if you live near East Portal Park. The music of the evening will be performed by IdeaTeam, the band once reviewed by SN&R’s Dave Kempa as “a confluence of tight, technical tunes dripping with that amalgam of mud and forest floor,” which means you should show up for some tunes. 6pm, no cover. East Portal Park, 1120 Rodeo Way.

saC UnPLUGGEd Ft. FaLLoUt kinGs: Join the Library of MusicLandria for an entirely unplugged show featuring music from Fallout Kings. There are limited seats, so get a ticket quickly and expect no plugs. 6:30pm, $10. The Library of MusicLandria, 2181 6th Ave.

SUNDaY, 6/16 Fat niCk & sHakEWELL: Fat Nick and Shakewell are headed your way for a show. It’s their 2019 tour, and there’s also a meet-and-eat pizza party with the band before the show you could be a part of potentially. 7pm, $19.50-$75. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

innEr WaVE: I was going to riff on the band’s genre of swamp rock, but then I thought better of it. The band from Los Angeles will be playing with Eyedress. 7pm, $15$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

JiMMY Eat WorLd: If you’re like any number of red-blooded Americans who used to listen to Jimmy Eat World, just the name of their band is enough to remind your of different times, of Guitar Hero and of dancing around in the kitchen. Catch them if you’ve got time amid all the other shows I’ve told you to catch. 7pm, $39.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

mONDaY, 6/17 HaYBaBY: Haybaby Burgers in Eugene, Oregon has reviews that generally speak highly of the food. Sure, the prices are a little high, but the food is more than worth it. If you’re there, don’t miss the barbecue fries. If you’re in Sacramento instead, catch Haybaby perform some sludgy slop rock. 7pm, $10-$12. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

TUESDaY, 6/18 anBErLin: Tickets are running low for this show of Floridians. Even though they’re a rock band with two people named Christian, that doesn’t make them a Christian rock band. They’re an alternative rock band, instead. 7pm, $28.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

WEDNESDaY, 6/19 CHris WEBBY: Hip-hop is on the table as Chris Webby brings his World Wide Webb tour to Sacramento, along with Grieves, Locksmith and Ekoh. And another shout-out to the people who set up the show and organized the venue. 7pm, $20-$70. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

EMPirE PoP CHoir ConCErt: Join Empire Pop Choir for a concert at Atrium 916. They’ll be playing the summer hits that have rocked the country since the 1960s. Show up, get singing and support Empire Arts

Thursday 6/13

ArtMix: Pride the Musical II CroCker Art MuseuM, 6pM, $10-$20

The hills are alive with the sound of Pride—and at the Crocker, that means it’s time for the next installment of ArtMix: Pride the Musical MuseuMs II. There will be all kinds of absolutely over-the-top performances filling the evening with spirit and song. Expect some one-of-a-kind numbers PhOTO COurTEsy OF CrOCKEr arT MusEuM from the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, along with work from the Underground Theatre Company. Show up and put some music back into your life while also getting a muchneeded dose of drag and more. 216 O Street, crockerart.org.

Collective. 6:45pm, $10-$25. Atrium 916, 7300 Folsom Blvd.

FEsTIVaLs Thursday, 6/13 eL DORADO COuNTY FAIR: Catch this county fair event highlight on page 76. 12pm, $7-$12. El Dorado County Fair & Event Center, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

FrIday, 6/14

the people who partake of makers’ made goods. 12pm, no cover. Uptown Market, 1409 Del Paso Blvd.

FOOd & drINK saTurday, 6/15 FRONT sTReeT BReWFesT 2019: Catch the highlight for Front Street’s Brewfest on page 74. It’s sure to be a bark of a good time! 12pm, $10-$60. Front Street Animal Shelter, 2127 Front St.

HMONG NeW GeNeRATION: Catch the Hmong New Generation Summer Festival. There are sports, dance, plenty of vendors and more. There’s also food for sale, musical guests and more. To boot, there will be a fashion show, a talent show and more. 1pm, $7. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

YOuTH & FAMILY POP-uP CARNIVAL: Join the Maple Neighborhood Center for a carnival. There are games, free food, a movie and more fun. 4pm, no cover. Maple Neighborhood Center, 3301 37th Ave.

saTurday, 6/15 25TH ANNuAL OAK PARK sTReeT FesT: The 25th Annual Sacramento Oak Park Street Festival Juneteenth Unity Festival is here again for the 25th time, meaning it’s time to honor the end of slavery and celebrate freedom. Join in the celebration and participate in a bunch of community fair events, with resources and performances and fun. 10am, no cover. Center of the Street Stage, 35th Street and 4th Ave.

GARDeN sessIONs FeATuRING TÂCHes: Join this Garden Session that seeks to showcase some of the unique talents the world has to offer. That means you’ll have music, art, cocktails and more, and TÂCHES headlines. 9pm, $10. The Ice Blocks, 1715 R St.

THe sINIsTeR CReATuRe CON: Convene at the Sinister Creature Con as it returns for two days of horror and sci-fi fun. There will be plenty of insight into horror films, along with some stars who are currently acting in the genre, including Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kane Hodder and Joe Bob Briggs. Noon, $30. Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 6151 H St.

uPTOWN MARKeT ON THe BOuLeVARD: Catch more than five dozen local artists, makers, creatives, sellers, vendors, artisans and more at this weekly market for makers and

FILM FrIday, 6/14 OuTDOOR MOVIe NIGHT AT THe MILL: Enjoy some games, food, drinks and the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, all under the evening sky. 6pm, no cover. Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave. in Clarksburg.

FILM PReMIeRe-BeCOMING INCuRABLe: Learn about the people whose stories have been shaped by chronic, incurable illnesses in this Sacramento-based documentary. 7pm, $10. The Guild Theater, 2828 35th St.

saTurday, 6/15 PeTeR PAN: The classic animated Disney film about childhood imagination screens for one night only. 4pm, $7.50-$9.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

COMEdy PuNCH LINe: Chad Daniels. Stand-up comedian Chad Daniels of “Dad Chaniels” fame stops by to give some fatherly advice, and tell a few jokes too. Through 6/15. $25. It’s Not Them, It’s Us. Maybe you don’t need fatherly advice, but instead relationship advice— comedian Liz Liles has some, and also more jokes. Through 6/16. $16. Makeup & Mimosas Daddy’s Day Show. Celebrate Father’s Day the way it was meant to be celebrated—at a drag brunch, of course. sunday 6/16, 11am. $16. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

sTRAPPING: Queer Comedy Showcase. Keep celebrating Pride month with some queer









influenced by his experiences living around the U.S.-Mexico border. Saturday 6/15, 5pm. No cover. 2574 21st St.

Live on the Boulevard El DoraDo Hills town CEntEr, 7pm, no CovEr

TIM COLLOM GALLERY: Jay Welden Follows the Paint to Tim Collom Gallery this June. In June, Tim Collom Gallery welcomes painter Jay Welden’s exhibition of landscape and figure paintings. Through 7/3. No cover. 915 20th St.


Are you ready for the biggest El Dorado Hills Town Center live performance night? Then you’re in luck, MUSIC because this boulevard is about to get exciting. Don’t miss a single minute of the 13-week series PHOTO COURTESY OF EL DORADO HILLS TOWN CENTER billed as the best lineup in the history of the event. The fun kicks off with Zeppelin Live, a tribute band covering the hits of Led Zeppelin. Show up for the Zepp but stay for the food vendors, the community, the giveaways and the delightful artwork. 4364 Town Center Boulevard, edhtowncenter.com

Write a Nomination!. This new art project by British artist Joshua Sofaer brings the magic of maritime signal flags to public docks, connecting West Sacramento with Sacramento by sharing the name of a cared-for person. Through 6/13. No cover. 625 S St.

MUSEUMS CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: Sunday Drives. Join the California Automobile Museum for its monthly car driving extravaganza. I’ve never done it, but I’ve mentioned it in the Calendar plenty of times, so it’s probably a lot of fun. Sunday 6/16, 10am. $5-$10. 2200 Front St.

CROCKER ART MUSEUM: ArtMix PRIDE (The bar, spoken-word poetry and more. Sunday

CALENDAR LISTINGS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 75 stand-up comedy. Saturday 6/15, 8:30pm. $15. 3405 Broadway.

6/16, 5pm. $25-$55. 2837 37th St.

THE GUILD THEATER: If These Walls Could Talk #2 The Stage Play. Join Ceola J. Abram for this story about a church, domestic violence and the way religion can factor into all facets of life. Saturday 6/15, 6pm. $35. 2828 35th St.

THREE PENNY THEATER: Actors Workshop of Sacramento Comedy One Act Festival. One act. One stage. Plenty of laughs. Through 7/7. $20. 1723 25th St.

THE RINK STUDIOS: Acapella Poetry Night. Grab your poetry-appreciation shoes and strap them on, then get ready for a night of a capella poetry. Friday 6/14, 8pm. $10. 1031 Del Paso Blvd.

ON STAGE CAPITAL STAGE: The Roommate. Sharon’s a middle-aged woman looking for a roommate, and Robyn’s a middle-aged woman looking for a room. There’s more to Robyn than meets the eye though, and the more Sharon learns, the more she starts to question her own life choices. Through 7/21. $22-$47. 2215 J St.

THE WILKERSON THEATRE INSIDE THE CALIFORNIA STAGE COMPLEX: The Young Directors 2019. See what these young directors are cooking up on stage. Through 6/15. $15. 1721 25th Street.

WILLIAM J. GEERY THEATER: Methtacular!. Steven Strafford brings his one-man show about meth addiction to the stage for one performance. Tuesday 6/18, 8pm. $25. 2130 L St.

ERRANT PHOENIX PRODUCTIONS: Parameters 2019. Audience participation and theater improvisation meet in this one-of-a-kind, one-act festival. Experienced actors perform four original one-acts, before handing the scenes off to audience members. Anything can happen, absolutely anything. Through 6/23. $20. 1901 P St.

ART BLUE LINE ARTS: 3rd Saturday Art Walk and Reception The Rock Show. Join Blue Line Arts for their new exhibit, “The Rock Show” on third Saturday, which is a thing apparently. Saturday 6/15, 4pm. No cover. 405 Vernon St., Suite 100 in Roseville.

ESTHER’S PARK: Toge+her Live Art & Hiphop Show. Show your support for local artists, and enjoy an evening of live performance and visual art. Through 6/15. $15. 3408 3rd Ave.

HARRIS CENTER: C.S. Lewis Onstage The Most

KENNEDY GALLERY: Spirit Nation Celebrating Our Native Culture. Celebrate the culture of Native Americans who lived here prior to the area’s colonization. This art exhibit celebrates the native people who called this place their home. Through 7/6. No cover. 1931 L St.

Reluctant Convert. Watch the drama behind C.S. Lewis’s conversion from atheism to Christianity unfold onstage. Through 6/15. $30-$93. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

LOWBRAU: SAVANT Featuring Anoraak. Join Lowbrau for this series of people making music and being intellectual. This Sunday, the headliner is Anoraak, the French music producer and DJ. Show up for the music and take in the overall performance atmosphere. Sunday 6/16. No cover. 1050 20th St.

THE BRICKHOUSE GALLERY & ART COMPLEX: Love, Lipstisck, Letting Go Tour. Join K-Love the Poet for a night of women’s empowerment. There will be conversation, a lipstick





SACRAMENTO FINE ARTS CENTER: Celebrating the Figure. Celebrate the figure of the human body with this exhibit from the Sacramento Fine Arts Center Through 6/23. No cover. 5330 Gibbons Drive, Suite B in Carmichael.

SOL COLLECTIVE: Ernesto Yerena Montejano.


Meet-and-greet with exhibiting artist Ernesto Yerena Montejano at Sol Collective. The El Centro-born artist shares work

Musical II). Catch this production of ArtMix, Pride edition on page 75. Thursday 6/13, 6pm. $10-$20. The Love Tour. Join Crocker docent Eva Lisle for a special tour in which art becomes a focus for finding your inner voice and extending love to yourself. Through exercises, meditations, and direct engagement, this program will offer a new way of viewing art and cultivating love. Wednesday 6/19, 11am. No cover. 216 O St.

SACRAMENTO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM: Cupcake Ball 2019. The Cupcake Ball is back, and that means fathers and daughters can come to the museum to dance and have a cupcake of a time with Disney princesses and more. Saturday 6/15, 6pm. $25-$35. 2701 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 120 in Rancho Cordova.

SACRAMENTO HISTORIC CITY CEMETERY: African-American History Tour. Celebrate the contributions of Sacramento’s AfricanAmerican community as it struggled to gain a foothold in a dynamic and often hostile environment, and meet barbers, doctors, caterers, soldiers, singers, pastors and

others who settled the frontier. Saturday 6/15, 7pm. $10. 1000 Broadway.

SACRAMENTO ZOO: Father’s Day BBQ #1. Grab a seat at the table at the Sacramento Zoo for Father’s Day. You’ll have some classic food and some classic fun with your dad, who’s much smarter than people think he is—he has a very big uh-brain. Sunday 6/16, 9am. Through 6/16. 3930 W. Land Park Drive.

MONDAY, 6/17 THE CAPITOL CITY GAMES: The Capitol City Games is an Olympic-styled five days of competition where you and everyone can participate. The Games have events in track and field, swimming, tennis, archery and boxing. 9am, $10. Folsom High School in Folsom.


SPORTS & OUTDOORS THURSDAY, 6/13 BUDDY HIELD BASKETBALL CAMP: Want to be as good as Buddy Hield is at basketball? Well, here’s one way to get started. Show up to this camp after having paid the registration fee and work on getting better at the sport you’ll learn to hate over time as it passes you by and leaves you humbled and empty. 9am, $199. Hardwood Palace, 1091 Tinker Road in Rocklin.

FRIDAY, 6/14 LANFEST SACRAMENTO SUMMER 2019: LANFest Sacramento is here, meaning it’s time for 500 folks with their own computers to play computer games for three entire days. Show up, get playing and help support the Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis and Make-A-Wish. 4pm, $50. McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave.

FRIDAY, 6/14 SACRAMENTO GAY MEN’S CHORUS PRESENTS OUT & ABOUT A COMING OUT JOURNEY: Join the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus at Out & About, a performance featuring selections from your favorite Wizard of Oz themed movies, musicals and everything in between. 7:30pm, $15-$40. C.K. McClatchy High School Auditorium, 3066 Freeport Blvd.

CLASSES SATURDAY, 6/15 BLOCK PRINTING ON FABRIC WORKSHOP: Learn how to block print in a major way at Sol Collective, including reproducing designs and how far you can take the art form. 11am, $20-$30. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.


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hold mini-demonstrations on growing sunflowers and succulents at the Water Efficient Landscape Garden, harvesting herbs, gathering seeds, drying herbs and more. 9am, no cover. Fair Oaks Horticulture Center in Fair Oaks.

SUNDAY, 6/16 FATHERS AND FROGS: Spend Father’s Day in the Nature Center. You’ll learn about water insects, polliwogs and potentially an adult frog. Nature is calling—don’t let it go to voicemail. 1:30pm, $5. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael.

painfully boring? Get decorating. Come to this class that teaches you how to turn your disgustingly plain pillow into a champion. 7pm, $25-$50. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.

WEDNESDAY, 6/19 HOUSE PLANT BOTANY: Get the lowdown on the plants that are growing in your house right now. Don’t let them grow without knowing their innermost workings. 6pm, no cover. Streets Pub & Grub, 1804 J St.


El Dorado County Fair El DoraDo County Fair & EvEnt CEntEr, noon, $7-$12

Perhaps you caught the SN&R calendar pick for the Sacramento County Fair—well, there’s a new county fair in town, one representing the best in El Dorado County. Join in the fun as the fair FESTIVALS kicks off for a few days of real, wheelbarrow-themed fun. There are plenty of musical acts including Spazmatics, the Herald and the Outcome, along with a bubble gum competition, funnel cake eating contests, rides and more. And, yes, there will be the wheelbarrow race, the 75th anniversary edition. 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, eldoradocountyfair.com.









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Bestselling author and cartoonist, Box Brown (left), released his latest graphic novel about marijuana.

a colorful history of stigmas Graphic novelist and cartoonist Box Brown’s latest work tells the storied history of marijuana through vivid imagery by Kevin Cortez

Weed is everywhere. it’s in our television shows, our films, our homes. For some of us, it’s just down the road at our local dispensary. For others, it’s in our backyard. Today, 65% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, according to an April 2019 CBS News poll. We love the herb, and we feel the herb loves us.

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