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Mayor Darrell Steinberg just pulled off a huge triumph on the city budget and Measure U money. It’s only the most recent time he has used his powers of persuasion and political skills to get the City Council to follow his lead. That seems plenty strong, but maybe not enough for him: His campaign recently asked voters about changing the City Charter to give the mayor more powers, though he says he has no immediate plans to take “strong mayor” to the ballot. But why spend the money on the polling at all if there’s no real interest? “We explore different questions periodically,” spokeswoman Mary Lynn Vellinga replied in an email, “and Mayor Steinberg has said repeatedly that it’s worth exploring how Sacramentans feel about their government and whether they would like to make a change so that elected officials have more responsibility.” So what do residents actually think about “strong mayor?” She wouldn’t share the survey results. Even without “strong mayor” powers, it’s difficult to deny that Steinberg has been effective during his two-plus years in office, as he rides the wave of economic growth and downtown development. Even before he took the oath of office, Steinberg got his way on the long-planned expansion of the Sacramento Convention Center, persuading the City Council to back a scaled-down plan that left money for other projects. Last November, he persuaded city voters to raise the local sales tax by a half cent. His plan for inclusive economic development for left-behind neighborhoods is well on its way after the council’s approval on June 11 to spend $40 million a year for five years. He also supported police reforms and helped keep Sacramento calm after no charges were filed in March against the two police officers who killed Stephon Clark. But he hasn’t made as much progress on the homeless crisis as he would like, so that’s part of his frustration. As Vellinga wrote in a statement: “He has no direct ability to site homeless shelters and make other significant programmatic decisions on this urgent issue.”

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“Because of his experience and leadership ability, Mayor Steinberg has been able to accomplish big things with limited power,” Vellinga added. “But change has come slowly and with difficulty.” Where have we heard that complaint before? Oh wait, it was Steinberg’s predecessor, Kevin Johnson, whose obsession with “strong mayor” damaged him. It made him look power-hungry, divided his supporters in the business community and in neighborhood groups and diverted a lot of money and energy from other pressing needs. And in November 2014, Johnson’s quest ended in an embarrassing defeat when Measure L lost, 56% to 44%. Steinberg watched it all unfold from the state Capitol, and he’s a smart enough politician to avoid a similar implosion. Indeed, while seeking endorsements in 2016, Steinberg pledged that “strong mayor” wasn’t near the top of his to-do list.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg is “exploring” a change to the City Charter to give the mayor’s office more power.

With less than nine months before the March 2020 election, Steinberg appears to have clear sailing for a second four-year term. There’s no sign of a big-name, big-money challenger. Even if one suddenly pops up, Steinberg will have no problem raising as much money as he needs. Only a messy scandal or an ugly battle over the future of the city—like changing the City Charter for “strong mayor”—could dramatically change that political equation. Is it really a risk Steinberg is willing to take? Ω

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Activists, stay united Re: “The fight for Black Lives Matter” by Raheem F. Hosseini (News, June 6): Exactly the same is happening to the LGBT community. We all need to learn how to respect each other’s views and be willing to reach compromises amongst ourselves to further our interest. The people who belong to BLM and the LGBT community have core interests within their respective groups that are the same. I would say they have more in common than not. These types of fractures amongst people with shared values is giving us people like Donald Trump. I am not saying these groups are the same, but just an example of two groups tearing each other apart when there are bigger fish to fry.

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Inclusion, even for cops Re: “Police have no place in gay liberation” by J. Ama Mantey (Essay, June 13): As a longtime reporter who had the great pleasure of reporting on and knowing Harvey Milk in San Francisco in the 1970s, J. Ama Mantey’s point of view would have disgusted him. His focus—whether in those original, legendary Pride parades, or in political office—was to bring inclusion, not exclusion to the gay community. There are now tens of thousands of LGBTQ police officers in the United States, which is a good thing. In every activist movement, there is always a subset of individuals who don’t want acceptance or inclusion, but rather an endless glorification of their “marginalization.” In any event, let gay cops be gay cops. If you can’t do that, it’s appropriate that she does return her Pride award.

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Defacers, not developers It is time to stop calling the most powerful group in our local politics by the euphemistic term developers. They should be called by the term coined by Frank Lloyd Wright—defacers. It is developers and their minions who are responsible

for defacing our communities and environment. The greatest triumph of “developer speak” are the words “developer,” “rebirth,” “revitalization” and “renaissance.” They are all code for a process that destroys residential neighborhoods, displaces low income residents and immigrants, and despoils the environment. We should remember that when we read a story about “developers,” what we are really reading is an article about a defacer.

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Corrections Re: “Sutter Health’s big tax break” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, June 6): The column incorrectly stated that the U.S. Justice Department joined an antitrust lawsuit filed by Attorney General Xavier Becerra against Sutter Health. The department was involved in a separate legal action. SN&R regrets the error. Re: “Camera ready” by Jim Carnes (Stage, June 6): The name of David TaylorGomes, musical director at Granite Bay High School, was misspelled. SN&R regrets the error.

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Last week, five local elected officials decided how to spend the $4.4 billion Sacramento County budget for 2019-20. As always, the five county supervisors’ choices were controversial. There were winners and losers. The major losers in this budget were the county’s social services, where 189 full-time positions were eliminated, mostly in the departments of human assistance and child, family and adult services. In addition, CalFresh outreach and animal services were slashed. Much of this year’s budget pressure was created by the need to improve health care at the county jail and a lawsuit that is forcing the county to fix it. This budget is a severe blow to the county’s already strained safety net. And there is a strange logic to the county’s budget solution. Because the county has been unable to find employees at the current pay and workload, it has 189 social service positions unfilled. Instead of increasing pay or improving working conditions, the county decided to eliminate those positions to save money. But if it was unable to recruit people before, this situation will only get worse as people retire or quit because their caseload is too high. This “solution” is setting us up for a future disaster where each year we have fewer workers but no less work. And these impacted positions, in areas such as child protective services, perform critical functions to protect children and families. At the same time, the county chose to increase the budgets of the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s budget went from $93 million to $95 million and the sheriff’s already-huge budget increased from $502 million to $542 million.

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And why are these budgets being increased, while we cut social services? Because we continue to treat mental health issues and drug use as criminal problems instead of health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 60% of all people in local jails have a recent history of mental health issues or are currently exhibiting symptoms. Sacramento law enforcement officials told me that locally the number is at least 30%. More than half of all people in jail depend on or abuse alcohol or drugs. Are they getting adequate treatment in jail? No. Does being in jail make their situation worse? Yes. Yet we continue to lock up people whose mental health problems may have caused them to break a law. We put them in a facility that everyone knows makes them worse. We release them back onto the streets. And then we cut back the very social service programs that could help them, because we have spent so much of our budget on jails. The U.S. incarcerates people at more than five times the rate of other industrialized countries. But using the criminal justice system to deal with people suffering from mental health issues or drug addiction does not work. Not only is it a waste of money, it makes the situation worse. Unfortunately, our current sheriff and district attorney do not understand that we need to fundamentally reform our criminal justice system. And so our supervisors have approved a budget that prioritizes locking people up, rather than providing supportive services. There will be another budget next year. Hopefully it will be smarter and more effective. Ω Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of the News & Review.

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School boards Vincent “Scooter” Hamilton was at home when his friends arrived, bringing a camera and a microphone. They plugged the electronics into a laptop, hung grey sheets around his living room and then they started playing Dungeons & Dragons live on camera. What started as a hobby turned into a whole heck of a lot more. Since May 2017, Hamilton has run Time2Tabletop, a group devoted to teaching kids social skills through tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. Along with their educational programs, the group streams regularly on Twitch.tv and hosts meatspace events, bringing together industry leaders and community members for workshops, gaming and beer. SN&R sat down with Hamilton along with members of the Time2Tabletop team Lucy Zheng, Rysa Kolesinski and Brianna Winstead to discuss education in tabletop gaming, their favorite games and their upcoming Pull Up a Chair Expo.

How did Time2Tabletop form?

Hamilton: I had the dream of saving the world through gaming together. That’s not a joke. It’s been something I’ve been looking into for probably 10 years … I believe very strongly that we have a common language through gaming … When you start playing games, you get to know that other person, whether you think you do or not.

Why do you think that happens when you play a game?

Zheng: Coming from a research perspective, the fact that you’re able to take the context away, all the prejudices and judgments, you’re better able to—in a sense—be yourself, but also be better, because you’re not constrained by society.

What are some of your favorite games?

Hamilton: Zombicide, I think is what we’ve all played together … We just broke open Ticket To Ride.

[We] really enjoy it because you can play up to five players. I like games that have a lot of players in it, and a lot of interaction, a lot of strategies.

Teaching kids is a big part of what you do; how early in the process was that a part of T2T?

Hamilton: Day one. Before day one. That curriculum was it, everything else was a byproduct … [Schools] are not teaching kids how to be good people, [they’re] teaching them a bunch of information and having them regurgitate it. Instead of that, let’s teach them to socialize with each other interact with each other and think for themselves.

What kind of reception have you gotten?

Hamilton: There are some hurdles to cross on the back end, because for a lot of schools, it is new and something different … once the kids and the administration see what’s going on, they’re like, “Holy crap, I didn’t know this was a thing.” Winstead: [One of my students] was really quiet in the beginning. At first I thought it was just me, like okay, it’s a new outsider, I get it, you’re shy. … Over the course of months, she’s more outgoing, she’s talking more, she is okay with new kids joining into the group.

Tell me about your upcoming Pull Up a Chair Expo.

Hamilton: Pull Up a Chair has always been a dream of mine. I was like, “There’s so much talent in Sacramento, but we don’t get together and we don’t share ideas.” … We’ll have workshops all day. You get to meet these people that are making all this stuff and hang out with them. And we also have a [beer], called ‘+1 Charisma’ that is brewing right now at Yolo Brewing Company for the event ... My shtick has been “Pull up a chair and make time to tabletop,” because we get so wrapped up in our lives that we forget to do what we love to do. Ω Check out Time2Tabletop’s Pull Up a Chair Expo at Yolo Brewing Company’s taproom at 1520 Terminal Street in West Sacramento on Saturday, June 29 at 2pm. Tickets are $20-$30.






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Dixie Page’s 9-year-old daughter still sings the songs she learned at Sacramento’s Mustard Seed School six years ago. As a preschooler, Tynileah learned to write and picked up an affinity for art that she carries to this day. Page, who is currently homeless, says the support she and her daughter received from the specialized educational program is immeasurable. “My daughter, she learned so much with her character. It helped her to deal with her feelings and she’s a lot calmer |


now,” Page said. “She goes to [Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences School] now. It’s our first school with the uniforms and everything. But she’s come around to it. She’s doing very well.” Established in 1989, Mustard Seed recently celebrated its 30-year anniversary as a free private school for children experiencing homelessness. Nearly 6,000 kids have walked through its doors, which averages to about 200 students each year. But Mustard Seed director Casey Knittel said enrollment has noticeably increased in the

past five years, with 262 students last year. While that would be good news at most schools, Mustard Seed is a little different. It is a program of Sacramento Loaves & Fishes, the city’s largest independent homeless charity that operates without government funds. Climbing enrollment doesn’t mean more money from the state, but it does suggest Sacramento’s well-documented homelessness crisis is finding new depths. “You can’t meet the level of service sometimes that you want to without

expanding your staff,” Knittel said. That means recruiting more volunteers, as well as adding a flexible classroom for whatever grade has the most kids at the time. “The word I would use to describe our staff and volunteers is … dogged,” Knittel said. “They keep coming back and meeting the needs of the kids wherever they are, no matter how many are here, on any given day.” That may be because several of Mustard Seed’s staff first came to the school as parents of new students, giving them a unique perspective on how Sacramento has become tougher for homeless families. Mustard Seed is easy to miss. The campus is tucked in a corner of a city where blue tarps are commonplace. A fence spanning C Street separates the school from the Dos Rios Triangle. Walk through the office and into the courtyard and color jumps out: blues, reds, yellows and greens of plants, flowers and intricate murals. “It’s a hidden gem of Sacramento,” said Vina Nguyen, who teaches middle school. “You feel it when you walk into the school. The kids want to be here. The teachers love being here.”

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Student resource specialist Annabelle Hufana guides students to class following morning playground time.

Mustard Seed offers preschool through middle school to children age 3-15. At any given time, between 30 and 50 children attend class. The K-2 program typically has the highest enrollment, Knittel said. On average, children stay between five and six weeks, but some attend the entire academic year. Because students come and go, there are no tests or grades, and every lesson is taught on a day-to-day basis to accommodate the fluctuating enrollment. Lucia Vega is Mustard Seed’s outreach coordinator. Like other employees, Vega was once homeless and has a 13-year-old who attended preschool. When a family first arrives at the school, Vega works with them to understand their most pressing needs and connect them with the right resources, including housing, clothing, counseling and medical services. Vega also searches the places where homeless families stay to let them know there’s a school for their children. Students come from motels or couch-surf with friends. Some live in parks or tents. Others, on the side of the road. “We provide transportation, so we pick kids up every morning from motels or light-rail stations or on the street and bring them to school and we drop them off,” Vega explained. “If kids need glasses, we make eye appointments. We have a dentist that we work with. We can take two kids per month on an emergency basis. We make sure they have food. If they need clothes, we get them clothes. Whatever the family needs.” Like Loaves & Fishes, Mustard Seed relies entirely on private donations and community support. That has specific benefits. “By intentionally not accepting government funding, it allows us to be able

doing,” Luna said. “I had to get at the bus stop. I had to get to my classes or else they wouldn’t count. “And here you have a 4 year old who’s curious about everything, wanting to see everything, wanting to know everything. I just didn’t have the capacity or the time to nurture those moments.” Luna said coming to Mustard Seed helped her find housing, while allowing her daughter to not only pursue academics, but to “be a kid.” Now, the hardest part of her job is wanting to help families but not having enough resources, she said. Luna said when she was homeless, there was a clearer route to housing. “You knew that if you’d gotten a shelter and you did these things, you would end to stand up a little bit more to advocate for up in housing,” Luna said. Now, she said, people experiencing homelessness and to “Either the resources are not enough for the amplify the voices of our guests without population that is homeless or what’s going worrying about being worried about cuts in on in our system right now is that it’s just funding,” Knittel said. harder and harder to get a place.” This independence also allows Luna and her three children recently fell children to enroll in the school as early as back into homelessness after her apartment their first visit. complex was sold. “It was scary,” Luna Mustard Seed’s enrollment figures said. “I have an income. I have a job. I suggest more families are being pushed don’t have any evictions. ... What I ended to the margins. Of the 5,979 students up realizing is that whatever is going on in the school enrolled since 1989, 20.6% Sacramento right now as far as rent goes … attended during the past five years it’s absurd.” alone. Of the 262 children who attended Ten months of searching and around Mustard Seed in 2018, only 104 returned $600 in application fees later, Luna to the public school system, leaving found housing. more than 60% to fend for an Luna said her experience allows education outside of it. her to connect to the families. Knittel, who has been “The main thing is involved with Loaves letting the parents know Students & Fishes for a decade, right off the bat that come from motels attributed the increased I’ve been where enrollment to a they’ve been,” Luna or couch-surf with tightening housing said. “I understand friends. Some live in market and less room how it feels to enroll parks or tents. Others, at emergency shelters. a child into a school “This year, I can’t that is for homeless on the side of the think of a single family families and all of the road. that’s been able to find shame and fear that goes housing on their own,” into that. If you open with Knittel said. “It’s just that that, our families get a sense costs are too high. There are too of comfort knowing that they’re many people who want those apartments. not being judged.” And there are vulnerable families at the Luna said the school has never strayed unfortunate end of that system.” from its mission—to be a constant for children assailed by uncertainty. living on the razor’s edge is nothing new “We have some difficult situations and for Liana Luna. sometimes kids disappear and we don’t hear The school’s officer manager, she from them again,” Luna said. “But when enrolled her daughter Laila into the we hear from the kids coming back years preschool 10 years ago when she was later, that in itself is everything. When they staying at a shelter and in drug treatment. remember a person’s name or a certain field “Laila often got pushed to the side or trip. We were that light and that’s probably dragged along with everything that I was the most important thing that we can do.” Ω

Come next year, davis residents with mental health issues or developmental and physical disabilities will have a new affordable option for housing. The Creekside complex is planned for Fifth Street in the Mace Ranch neighborhood. “It’s mainly for folks earning somewhere between 25% of area median income to 60 percent,” said Davis City Councilman Dan Carson. The complex—developed by Neighborhood Partners, Davis Community Meals and Housing and The John Stewart Company— will contain 90 units, according to a City Council staff report. Some will be reserved for occupants “with some type of identified disability,” Neighborhood Partners co-principal Luke Watkins said in an email. Carson said Creekside residents will have access to an “onpremises service coordinator” who will work to understand each individual’s specific needs. Watkins said that coordinator could help with drug or alcohol treatment, mental health services or more basic health requirements, while facilitating social services along with educational and recreational programs for residents. This comes more than a decade after the 53-unit Cesar Chavez Plaza was developed for those struggling to afford to live in davis, Watkins said. Like Creekside, Cesar Chavez Plaza has an onsite service coordinator. Both affordable housing complexes allow residents and other volunteers to pick up food for storage at an on-site office, and both feature community spaces for art projects and other activities, Watkins said. Creekside will also offer “24 raised gardening beds and numerous fruit trees,” Watkins’ email said. Residents can sign up to grow their own food with these resources, he added. Watkins also cited Mercy Housing and the Sacramento-based Mutual Housing California as similar projects with room for all residents, including those with special needs. Creekside began construction last November, and it could be open to residents in early April 2020, Watkins said. (Tyler Heberle)

homicide heat check It’s a bleak truism in Sacramento: As the weather heats up, so does the pace of murders. City detectives have responded to four homicides through the first half of June, after three homicides in all of May, one in April, two in March and one apiece in February and January. Altogether that makes a dozen slayings inside the capital city, a third of which occurred in a 16-day span. (Two separate death investigations—one in March, one in April—have yet to be classified as homicides, which is when someone dies at the hands of another.) The Sacramento Police Department investigated 36 homicides last year, which represents a 16% decrease since 2015, when there were 43. On June 15, police responded to two shooting deaths in less than an hour. Just before 10:30 p.m. that Saturday, a man was shot multiple times in the Avondale neighborhood of southeastern Sacramento, while, 55 minutes later and roughly eight miles to the north near Arden Fair, officers found two male gunshot victims, one of whom died at a hospital. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office was withholding the victims’ names pending autopsies and fingerprinting, said Coroner Kimberly Gin. Police released few additional details. anonymous tips can be texted for free using the “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Witnesses can also call anonymous tips to the dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357) and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. (Raheem F. Hosseini)






Deputies restrain Marshall Miles inside the jail in November 2018, one of the few videos Sheriff Scott Jones has agreed to release under a new transparency law. imAGe CourTesy of The sACrAmenTo CounTy sheriff’s depArTmenT

The shield Sacramento sheriff finds new ways to sidestep California’s flawed transparency laws by Raheem F. hosseini

To learn how California Attorney General Xavier Becerra inspired the sheriff’s records obstruction, visit sacblog.news review.com for an extended version.

Despite a local judge ruling against him this month, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones is finding other ways to hide records from the media. In back-to-back responses last month, the sheriff’s Legal Affairs unit rejected SN&R’s requests for records pertaining to eight jail inmate deaths and to former Deputy Paul Pfeifer, who has been sued three times for beating people with his flashlight. The sheriff’s response reveals the fatal loopholes of California’s new transparency laws when it comes to people who die behind bars or the violent acts cops commit against civilians. Regarding Pfeifer, who left the department after 2017, according to public employee database Transparent California, the county agreed to pay a $200,000 settlement to one of his victims in October 2016, media outlets reported. While the Sheriff’s Department indicated it had disciplinary records concerning Pfeifer’s conduct, it said it didn’t have to release them.






Personnel actions regarding misuse of force don’t have to be made public under Senate Bill 1421, explained First Amendment Coalition legal fellow Glen Smith. “Obviously the law’s limited,” Smith said of SB 1421, which mandates the release of officer personnel records regarding sustained findings of sexual misconduct or dishonesty, but not excessive force. “They can also play games with what’s a ‘sustained finding.’” SB 1421, conceived alongside Assembly Bill 478 to require the release of body-camera footage concerning violent law enforcement encounters, does require the release of certain investigative records relating to uses of force resulting in death or serious injury. But both laws are also limited when it comes to the safety of people once they’re in custody. More than 20 people have died inside the Sacramento sheriff’s jails since 2014. While the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t tell the media when inmates injured inside the jails die outside

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of custody, SN&R confirmed that’s happened at least twice since 2017. On May 21, the department rejected SN&R’s request seeking records pertaining to eight jail deaths dating to July 2016. In an email replying to SN&R’s request to reconsider its denial, records officer Tanya Birch explained the department’s position: “Because none of the inmate deaths included in your request arise out of a use of force, there is no exception” under SB 1421, she wrote. “Your citation to the code section is inapplicable. The Sheriff’s Department will not amend its May 21, 2019 response.” But SB 1421 also applies to incidents involving dishonesty by a peace officer or custodial officer, “including, but not limited to, any sustained finding of perjury, false statements, filing false reports, destruction, falsifying, or concealing of evidence.” SN&R asked if the Sheriff’s Department determined that the eight inmate deaths involved no misconduct by sheriff’s personnel. The department did not respond.

“Since we don’t know the circumstances of the in-custody deaths noted in your requests, there is no way to say whether the agency’s determination that the records are disclosable pursuant to SB 1421 is correct,” Whitney L. Prout, a staff attorney with the California News Publishers Association, which supported the law, wrote in an email. Prout added that there is a separate section in the state’s public records law that does allow the department to release certain information regarding in-custody deaths, and that she “found it profoundly disappointing that even now the Sheriff’s department is still being obstructionist in its responses to records requests under the California Public Records Act.” This isn’t the first time Jones has threaded the legal needle to skirt open records laws or shield corrupt cops on his payroll. On June 6, a judge ruled the sheriff, who is licensed to practice law in California, violated the Public Records Act by withholding five years’ worth of records from The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times, which sued in January. Jones took a page from the playbook of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra by claiming uncertainty about whether SB 1421, which took effect Jan. 1, applied retroactively. Both law enforcement officials adopted a Pandora’s box mentality—that releasing older records before the courts weighed in could cause irreversible harm to violent, dishonest or sexually inappropriate officers. With the courts weighing in conclusively that older records are fair game, Jones has frustrated post-SB 1421 requesters with a convenient excuse. Regarding five other use-of-force cases cited in SN&R’s request, the Sheriff’s Department said it had responsive records regarding five cases of dishonesty and 98 instances where an officer discharged a firearm. But the department provided no time line for when it would release those records. “Currently, we do not have an estimate of the number of cases of use of force by an officer resulting in death or great bodily injury. The Sheriff’s Office did not previously utilize a mechanism to track this data, requiring personnel to review thousands of incident records to determine if they are responsive,” it wrote. Omitted from the response is that the department had been urged for years to adopt such a tracking mechanism by Rick Braziel, the inspector general whom Jones forced out last August. Ω


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Historian William Burg’s new book tackles Sacramento’s seedy side. Photo courtesy of the history Press

Now that Wicked Sacramento is being There’s a little Jekyll and Hyde in every city, published by History Press, Burg is ready to and now a local historian is torch-lighting the discuss with the public what he learned about shadows that provided Sacramento so much his rebellious cast of real-life characters. intrigue during its heyday of vice. On June 25 at 7 p.m., Burg will be at the Later this month, William Burg will begin Sacramento Historical Society to focus on a public lecture series about his new book brothel queen Cherry de Saint Maurice, controWicked Sacramento, which delves into the versial jazz advocate Grant Cross and nightclub capital nightlife’s love affair with all manner owner and boxing manager Ancil Hoffman. of gambling, bootlegging, exotic drugs, Admission is $5 for nonmembers. political scandals and sex workers. On June 26 at 6 p.m., Burg will give a But the author said the purpose of his different lecture at the Lavender Library and exploration isn’t to titillate so much as show Cultural Exchange, this time focusing on local the kinds of abuses that happen when “civictransgender pioneer Tamara Rees. minded Sacramentans” try to hide impulses Then, on June 28 at 6 p.m., he’ll they don’t want others to see. appear at Capital Books at 1011 “People have this idea that K Street for a discussion of Sacramento was a bucolic gambling legend Frank farm town where nothing “Butch” Nisetich and his much happened, but the notorious Equipoise Cafe. more I looked at the Burg said that, as historic record, the with his book, a theme more I realized that will run through his just wasn’t the case,” lectures. Burg told SN&R. “Many of “We were always a Sacramento’s responses dynamic, energetic city. to these issues were part The intent of this project William Burg of what was then called is to write those people author, Wicked Sacramento ‘the progressive movement,’ who didn’t get into the but today would be considered history books back in.” racism, segregation and the end of Burg spent the last three years a neighborhood legacy,” he said. “So, balancing his time between research while there may have been a lot of vice, the city’s and his ongoing efforts as a historic preservationworst crime was its own racist policies.” Ω ist in the city. Burg’s earlier books—Sacramento Renaissance and Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City—have received stellar reader reviews on a host of platforms.

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Unlikely sUpport Anti-vaxxers capitalize on questions raised by Gov. Newsom and medical board

California Healthline reporter Ana B. Ibarra contributed to this report.

by AnnA MAriA BArry-Jester This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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s California lawmakers attempt to tighten the rules on childhood vaccinations, they’re getting push back from unexpected quarters: high-profile officials who support vaccines. In the past few weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the members of the Medical Board of California have questioned a bill that would give the California Department of Public Health authority to decide whether a child can skip routine vaccinations. Anti-vaccine activists have capitalized on these moments, plastering Facebook pages and social media with praise for the officials’ statements. But these officials are not against vaccinations. In fact, they have made clear they’re committed to vaccines, and to dealing with the problem the bill is supposed to fix—doctors providing kids with medical exemptions for reasons that don’t meet federal standards. “Having been in public health for a long time, I am a huge supporter of vaccines,” said Michelle Bholat, a family medicine physician in Santa Monica and until recently a member of the medical board, which has oversight over physicians and their licenses. What concerns her, she said at a late-May meeting of the board, was the measure’s potential effect on doctor-patient relationships and the particulars of who would qualify for a medical exemption. State Sen. Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat who is a pediatrician, introduced the bill to address a spike in the number of

children who have been granted what he calls “fake” medical exemptions from vaccinations; more than five times as many kids have medical exemptions this past school year than in 2015-16. The original verison of Senate Bill 276 would give the final say on medical exemption applications to the state public health department, which would be required to follow guidelines established by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any exemptions provided by doctors would be subject to approval—or denial—by the department. The only other state that gives control of vaccine exemptions to a public health agency is West Virginia. [That version passed the state Senate in May. Leading up to a crucial hearing and possible vote Thursday in the Assembly Health Committee, Pan unveiled amendments to focus more on unscrupulous doctors. He said the changes were the result of negotiations with Newsom, who announced his support. The amended bill is still expected to be opposed by the relatively small but zealous coalition of parents who are adamantly against mandatory vaccinations.] [Under the new amendments made public Tuesday, the department could only review and potentially reject exemptions issued by doctors who grant five or more a year, or at schools with immunization rates of less than 95%.]

Medical exemptions rise The debate over the measure comes as new state data shows that the percentage of kindergartners who had all their recommended shots fell for the second straight year, largely due to an increase in medical exemptions written by doctors. During the past school year, the share of fully vaccinated kindergartners dropped to 94.8%, down from 95.6% in 2016-17, putting the state in potentially dangerous territory. Officials recommend 90-95% coverage for community immunity. And as vaccination rates dip, measles is spreading nationwide. In the largest outbreak since 1992, more than 1,000 people have been infected across the country this year through June 5, including 51 in California. Nearly three years ago, California enacted a law by Pan that bars parents from citing personal or religious beliefs to avoid vaccinating their children. Children could be exempted only on medical grounds if the shots were harmful to their health. That ban improved vaccination rates, though progress has been slipping. Today, many of the schools that had the highest rates of unvaccinated students before the law took effect still do. Doctors have broad authority to grant medical exemptions from vaccination; some wield that power liberally and sometimes for cash, signing

“We want to make sure unscrupulous physicians aren’t making medical exemptions for money.” David Aizuss, president of the California Medical Association, which backs a bill to give the final say on skipping childhood vaccinations to the state public health department

Governor raises doubts

Activists who oppose required childhood vaccinations rally at the state Capitol in 2015. They’re back this year.

portions of the bill, after listening to 200 members of the public speak against it for more than two hours. The board members called on Pan to address a variety of concerns, from the potential oversight role the state public health department might play, to the proposed guidelines for medical exemptions. They agreed on one thing: It should be easier for the board to investigate complaints of questionable medical exemptions. To look into complaints, the board needs to see medical records. To get those records, it generally needs permission from patients or their guardians, something parents who have sought medical exemptions are often unwilling to provide. The bill would give the board access to these records. One physician, Bob Sears in Orange County, a well-known opponent to vaccine mandates, was put on probation in 2018 for writing an exemption for a 2-year-old without taking any medical history. Since 2016, at least 173 complaints against physicians for inappropriate exemptions have been filed with the state medical board, with more than 100 currently under investigation, the board said. Medical exemptions for California kids are clustered in certain communities and schools. In Humboldt County, 5.8% of kindergartners have medical exemptions from shots, according to the new state data. In Nevada County, the rate is 10.6%. All told, nearly one-third of the state’s counties have fallen below 95% immunity from measles.

Aizuss of the California Medical Association said the organization is working with Newsom’s office and the medical board, among others, to update the bill so that it will be “workable, effective and supported by the governor.” “I think that our goal is the same,” he said. “The idea of the bill is to protect … the sanctity of the true physician-patient relationship, as opposed to a relationship where physicians were granting the medical exemption for a fee, which is not a true physician-patient relationship.” Ω

“I’m a parent; I don’t want someone that the governor of California appointed to make a decision for my family.” Gov. Gavin Newsom, raising concerns that the bill would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship

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The biggest name among the new critics is Newsom, who said he’s worried about interfering with the doctor-patient relationship. “I like doctor-patient relationships. Bureaucratic relationships are more challenging for me,” he said at the state Democratic Party convention in early June. “I’m a parent; I don’t want someone that the governor of California appointed to make a decision for my family.” State Sen. Ben Allen, Santa Monica Democrat and a co-sponsor of Pan’s previous legislation, abstained from voting on the new measure last month, saying he’d made commitments during the previous fight to leave medical exemptions to the discretion of doctors. Last month, the Medical Board of California offered just lukewarm support, and only to

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dozens or hundreds of exemptions for children, sometimes in far-off communities. Pan’s bill would crack down on this practice and has the strong support of the medical establishment. It was co-sponsored by two powerful doctor associations, the American Academy of Pediatrics, California, and the California Medical Association. “We want to make sure unscrupulous physicians aren’t making medical exemptions for money,” said David Aizuss, the president of the California Medical Association. “The idea of the bill is to protect a real personal medical exemption, where kids are on chemotherapy or have an immunological response.” But the bill has its critics—and this time, they extend beyond the small but fervent group of people who continue to question the extensive scientific evidence that shows vaccines are safe. And although raising concerns is typical in the legislative process, their criticisms take on outsize importance with a subject as explosive as vaccines.

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Even with new technology, painstaking tracking of patients is needed to contain an outbreak

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n any given day, more than 4,000 people pass through the library at California State University-Los Angeles. On April 11, one of them had measles. The building has only one entrance, which means that anyone who entered or exited the library within two hours of that person’s visit potentially was exposed to one of the most contagious diseases on Earth. It’s the stuff of public health nightmares: Everyone at the library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day had to be identified, warned and possibly quarantined. Measles is so contagious that as many as 90% of people close to an infected person who are not protected by a vaccine or previous case of the disease will become infected. But how could the university figure out who had been in the library during that time frame? And which of those people were vulnerable to infection? Rooting out answers to such questions is the job of the public health detectives who work at health departments across the country.

In 2000, the United officials sent out emails and posted on States declared the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to ask measles eliminated, anyone who may have been at the library to thanks to widespread come forward. use of vaccines. But the Working together, Cal State and county virulent disease is back, health officials came up with a list of 1,094 with more than 1,000 cases confirmed people who were exposed; all were required nationwide this year through to present proof they had been vacciJune 3—the greatest number nated or had immunity. “We shouldn’t since 1992. For every At one point during the thousand cases, 1 to 3 investigation, 887 people have to be using people with measles were under a blanket these ancient techniques. will die, even with quarantine order from We should have everybody the best of care, the Los Angeles according to the immunized. That’s what keeps me County Department U.S. Centers for of Public Health until up at night. If we stop vaccinating, they could establish Disease Control we can turn the clock back to the their immunity and Prevention. So public health status. Middle Ages.” departments are Public health Alan Melnick, redirecting scarce departments regularly resources to try to employ this sort of shoedirector of public health in Clark control the spread. leather detective work to County, Wash. Using basic techniques track and control outbreaks in place for over 100 years, of sexually transmitted diseases public health investigators work and foodborne illnesses like salmonella. to control an outbreak before it balloons. But there is a palpable sense of frustration Such investigations have evolved with that sets the measles apart: It is easily new technologies but remain among the preventable. best defenses against infectious disease “We shouldn’t have to be using these outbreaks—and among the great untold ancient techniques. We should have everycosts of an epidemic. body immunized,” said Alan Melnick, direcThe New York City Department tor of public health in Clark County, Wash., of Health and Mental Hygiene, which which logged 71 measles cases during a has confirmed 566 measles cases since two-month outbreak that ended in February. September, has spent more than $2.3 million “That’s what keeps me up at night. If we on related investigations. The Los Angeles stop vaccinating, we can turn the clock back County Department of Public Health to the Middle Ages.” estimates spending as much as $2,000 to track down each contact of a confirmed patient—and it has made hundreds of such efforts in recent months. “Public health departments across the In the course of Clark County’s outbreak, country have had their budgets tightened in 237 people spent 19,071 hours doing a sustained fashion over the past 15 years,” outreach, investigation and monitoring said William Schaffner, an infectiousthe health of people exposed, at a cost of disease specialist at Vanderbilt University. more than $864,000. They investigated 53 “There are no public health departments that exposure sites, including 15 schools and the are like firemen playing pinochle and waitarena where the Portland Trail Blazers play ing for an outbreak. They have other things just across the state line in Oregon. to do, and they have to put aside those tasks All this work meant delays in other to deal with an outbreak.” programs, including restaurant health At Cal State LA, public health officials inspections and a home-visit program for visited the library and tried to figure out high-risk pregnant women and infants. exactly where the infected student had “Just because the measles outbreak is gone—the photocopy area, for example—to going on, it doesn’t mean other commudetermine who might have been nicable diseases are taking a holiday,” exposed. They worked with the Melnick said. school to identify which library There was a time public health officials employees were present. They wouldn’t have bothered. Before the scoured library records to find late 19th century, officials “were busy anyone who had checked out trying to control diseases like typhoid, books or logged onto a library

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computer during the specified time period. But they realized they were missing others who may have come in to browse, work or eat at a library cafe. So school

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Possible exposure One measles patient, four cities

In early May, the public health departments in Los Angeles County,  Orange County and the city of Long Beach published the itinerary  of a single measles patient to try to track down people who might  have been exposed. The list shows the painstaking work of public  health detectives—and how quickly one case of the highly contagious  disease could expand into an outbreak.

April 27, all day, Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, Los Angeles. April 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Peet’s Coffee, 3rd and Fairfax, Los  Angeles.

April 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fratelli’s Café, Los Angeles. April 27, 5-8 p.m., TART restaurant in Farmer’s Daughter  Hotel, Los Angeles.

April 27, 2-5:30 p.m., The Grove shopping center, Los Angeles. April 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., J Crew and Barnes and Noble at The  Grove, Los Angeles.

April 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., The Original Farmers Market at The  Grove, Los Angeles.

April 27, 4-6 p.m., Paper Source, 3rd and Fairfax, Los  Angeles.

April 27, 8-11 p.m., Whole Foods, 3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles. April 27, 7-9:30 p.m., La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles. April 28, until 10 a.m., Farmer’s Daughter Hotel, Los Angeles.  April 28, 5:30-7 p.m., Pizzanista, Long Beach. April 28, 6-7:30 p.m., Total Wine, Long Beach. April 29, 10 a.m.-noon, Humanities Instructional Building 100,  UC Irvine.

April 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Murray Krieger Hall, Classic  Department, UC Irvine.

April 30, 2-5 p.m., Humanities Hall 112, UC Irvine. April 30, 5-7 p.m., Susan European Dressmaker, Long Beach. April 30, 7:45-11:45 p.m., Los Angeles International Airport,  Terminal 2.

April 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m., LAX employee shuttle. May 1, 7:10-9:30 a.m., LAX, Terminal 2. May 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m., LAX employee shuttle. May 1, 2-5 p.m, Ralph’s supermarket, Fourth Street, Long  Beach.

May 1, 8-10 p.m., Art du Vin Wine Bar, Long Beach. May 2, 1-3 p.m., Student Health Center, UC Irvine.  May 2, 3-6:30 p.m., Ralph’s supermarket, Pacific Coast  Highway, Long Beach.

May 2, 6-10 p.m., AMC Marina Pacifica, Long Beach. May 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Broadway Car Wash, Long Beach.  May 3, 1:45-3:30 p.m., The Pickled Monk, Fullerton. May 3, 2:40-4 p.m., Brick Basement Antiques, Fullerton. May 3, 3-4:15 p.m., Buffalo Exchange, Fullerton. May 3, 3:15-5 p.m., 8Eightyeight Cigar, Fullerton.

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cholera and smallpox,” which there. Extra pairs of shoes in had much higher death rates than the hallway, for example, might measles, said Graham Mooney, an indicate other residents. If she’s associate professor at Johns Hopkins interviewing a woman and finds University who studies the history of the toilet seat up, she knows a medicine. But as other infectious diseases man likely has been there as well. declined, officials focused more intently on The goal is to come away with a list of measles. all possible contacts and locations the patient By the early 20th century, schools began visited while contagious. The results can read noting which students had already had the like a bizarrely intimate window into one measles, and who might be vulnerable. When person’s day. L.A. County recently published a child fell ill, he might be sent home with a patient’s itinerary in April; in one envia card to be signed by a physician before able day, that patient visited Peet’s Coffee, he could return. A school medical inspector Fratelli Café, TART restaurant, The Grove, often would visit the home to make sure the the Original Farmers Market, Whole Foods child remained isolated. and the La Brea Tar Pits. During an epidemic involving thousands Public health officials visit each site to of cases, officials placed warnings in newspagather more information. They reach out to pers and later on the radio, describing likely ride-sharing services to locate drivers and symptoms and asking parents to keep sick other passengers who might have been in children at home. “Now it’s Twitter; before, the same car during the infectious period. At it would have been The Baltimore Sun or the restaurants, employees are easily identified, Chicago Tribune or the L.A. Times. But the but customers can be hard to find. Officials actual information may not have changed,” don’t routinely look at surveillance video said Mooney. or track down people through credit card Today, public health departments almost receipts. Instead, they mainly rely on news invariably learn of a measles case through a releases and social media to spread the word. health care provider. Measles is a reportable They also look to schools and businesses to disease, which means that any provider who do outreach. suspects a case has to warn local This can be a lot of work, espehealth officials. Someone cially for medical clinics where from the department visits a measles patient initially the patient to conduct sought care. During a 2017 an interview and outbreak, Children’s “We have to assess determine precisely Minnesota, a hospital their hangouts, their where they might system in the Twin friends, their hobbies, which have gone while Cities, spent $300,000 contagious. For the on their emergency grocery store do they go to, do measles, that’s four response. Part of that they take Lyft or Uber?” days before the rash was tracking down appears, and four everyone in the waiting Adarsh Almalvez, days after, for a total room within two hours Los Angeles County public health nurse of nine days. of a measles patient. The Patsy Stinchfield, interviews are who directs the Children’s rigorous. “We have Minnesota’s infection prevention to assess their hangouts, and control program, has worked on their friends, their hobbies, which three measles outbreaks, in 1989, 2011 and grocery store do they go to, do they 2017. She said the work has gotten more take Lyft or Uber?” explained L.A. County efficient because of electronic health records public health nurse Adarsh Almalvez. and the state’s electronic vaccination registry. With the click of a few buttons, investigators can determine who was in the waiting room with a measles patient, and which people were unvaccinated. For most people, it’s hard to remember Still, Stinchfield said, measles outbreaks everywhere they went days earlier. Some remain a source of great frustration. “If we patients are reluctant to share details. can get people to use the [measles] vaccine, Almalvez said she starts by building a we won’t have to spend all these health care rapport, asking them about their favorite dollars, all of this time and energy on followfoods and where they get their hair cut. up,” she said. “And we won’t have to have all She said it’s crucial to get the patient’s these miserable, sick children.” Ω cooperation. She looks for clues around the house that could tell her who else might be living

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The Girl Inspired Conference Gives Young Women in Sacramento Advice on Success By E d G A r S A n C H E Z


ays before she graduated from Pacific Elementary School in South Sacramento, 11-year-old Amyah Davis had a chance to hear successful women speak on important topics such as how to excel in life.

Among that advice: Follow her dreams, never give up, be herself and not forget her community. The sixth grader also heard messages about the beauty of her character and that she has the power to change the world. These words of encouragement came from the Girl Inspired Conference sponsored by the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) with the support of The California Endowment. The day-long event, held at American River College, aims to promote female empowerment and sisterhood among girls of all ethnicities in grades six to eight in the SCUSD. This year, the girls attended classroom workshops dealing with leadership development, college and career readiness, social justice and healthy lifestyles. Most of the workshops were conducted by nonprofit partners of the district. “Our hope is that the girls walk away with something” that will help them reach their full potential, said conference co-founder Aliya Holmes, coordinator and liaison for SCUSD’s Foster Youth Services and Targeted Prevention/Intervention programs.

The conference was inspired by the Boys & Men of Color (BMOC) Summit, an annual event that in recent years has been held at Sacramento State University, to steer Sac City Unified boys toward excellence, and away from drugs, gangs and arrests. “After BMOC began (in 2009), a group of women made up of community partners and SCUSD staff talked about what we could do for our young girls,” Holmes said. “The boys at BMOC have sisters, and the same things that our young boys are experiencing, their sisters are experiencing, too.”

“THE SamE THiNgS THaT our YouNg BoYS arE ExPEriENCiNg, THEir SiSTErS arE ExPEriENCiNg, Too.” Aliya Holmes Girl Inspired Conference Co-Founder

The first Girl Inspired Conference, held in 2010, drew 50 middle school girls and it has steadily grown each year. During lunch, the attendees heard inspirational songs performed by solo artist

Amyah Davis (left) attended the Girl Inspired Conference days before she completed sixth grade at Pacific Elementary. “it was fun,” she said of the summit co-founded by aliya Holmes (right). Photo by Edgar Sanchez

Gabrielle Reid, who sang the self-composed tunes while playing guitar. Reid, 18, also known as VirgoGabrielle, told her audience: “In middle school, I was not popular. But my individuality has brought me to a point where I can express myself through my music. So, as you go through school, be yourself!” Amyah, a member of Pacific Elementary’s Student Council, applauded. “The conference was a lot of fun,” Amyah said, adding she learned lessons that will help her, starting with her transition to Fern Bacon Middle School next fall.

Your ZIP code shouldn’t predict how long you’ll live – but it does. Staying healthy requires much more than doctors and diets. Every day, our surroundings and activities affect how long – and how well – we’ll live. Health Happens in Neighborhoods. Health Happens in Schools. Health Happens with Prevention.

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Summer’s coming in hot. So is this lineup of independent film festivals.


Inside the onyx theatre in Nevada City. Photo courtesy of kial james

In the film amin, a senegalese construction worker adjusts to life in France, away from his family and among few friends.

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ast year was the highest-grossing domestic box-office year on record, but only 4% of the films released made one-third of the total $11.8 billion in revenue. The top-10 films of 2018 cashed in on big franchises (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), big super heroes (Avengers: Infinity War) and big, dead rock stars (Bohemian Rhapsody). But movie theater attendance is still on the decline, hitting a 25-year low in 2017. In 2002, people went to theaters on average about five times a year. These days, it’s closer to three or four, according to White Hutchinson, a Kanas City-based consulting firm. Studies have pointed to sluggish summer blockbuster seasons and at-home entertainment. The multiplex might be slowly losing out to the living room, but the theater tradition is far from dead. The Sacramento region has its share of long-running, independent film festivals opening throughout the summer, boasting big classics, new indies and scrappy shorts.

The 18th Sacramento French Film Festival (June 21-30) French comedies, documentaries, classic dramas and psychological thrillers make this two-weekend fest, jam-packed with 18 premieres and 20 short films. In Invisibles (“Les Invisibles”), social workers at a shuttering women’s day shelter struggle to get their women out of homelessness permanently. The documentary A Place in the Sun (“J’Veux Du Soleil”) follows the Yellow Vest social uprising against fuel taxes in France. And in Mother’s Instinct (“Duelles”), channel Alfred Hitchcock as the bond between two best friends are marred by a sudden tragedy. There’s a surprise film screening on the closing night.

$12-$13 general audience, $17-$18 opening and closing night, $50 one-weekend pass, $90 two-weekend pass; The Crest Theatre,1013 K St.; sacramentofrenchfilmfestival.org.

Summer Solstice Film Festival (June 28) The two-night, free event is intended to uplift narratives of indigenous communities across the globe through five documentaries. Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess tells the story of a Caribbean female war leader who successfully fought the British invasion in Jamaica in the early 1700s (she was named a national hero in 1975). In Ausangate, discover the relationship that the Peruvian Quechua people have with the Andes mountains and its population of llamas. The festival is hosted by the Decolonization Project, a local, anti-colonial arts and culture cooperative inspired by the Standing Rock movement.

Admission is free; Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.; facebook.com/ thedecolonizationproject.

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In Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, a mystery novelist searches for his late wife in the afterlife to bring her home.

Are We Good Parents? poses that question to two parents after their daughter says she’s going to a high school dance with a classmate. Photo courtesy of lunafest

the 6th annual love horror Short film festival (July 20) While horror fans wait for the Sacramento Horror Film Festival’s 13th year, which kicks off Sept. 21, the fest’s sister show, the Love Horror Short Film Festival, returns to the Colonial Theatre. Between bite-sized bits of gore and bathroom mirror scares, catch performances by the Scream Queens Gorelesque Troupe and others. The headliner is a showing of Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic the room, with meet-and-greets with Greg Sestero, one of the film’s stars.

$25 general audience, $70 VIP. The Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd.; sachorrorfilmfest.com.

lunafest (July 20) Since 2000, this annual traveling fest has celebrated short films produced, written and directed by women from across the country. This year’s stories run the gamut, documenting the path to American citizenship (my Immigrant Story), discovering the art of turntables (flip the record), experiencing racism and sexism on the Fourth of July (war paint) and opening up to parents about sexuality before a high school dance (are we good parents?).

$35; The Guild Theatre, 2828 35th St.; lunafest.org.

Papa Murphy’s Park felt extra paternal as the bash landed on Father’s Day. While this Cal Expo venue hosted Slayer on Mother’s Day 2018, this recent holiday was a suds-and-mosh affair with beer tastings and a lineup of punk rock that included Rancid, Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, L7 and Sharp Shock. Throughout the grounds, kids with hair the color of otter pops tagged along with their moms and dads, sometimes slam dancing as a family on the periphery of Rancid’s mosh pit. As a festival, The Bash takes its cues from Punk In Drublic, a similar pairing of punk rock and craft beer that’s headlined by NOFX. The first four hours of The Bash were strictly for 21-and-up, while patrons sampled beer from Solid Ground, Ghost Town, High Water and other breweries via tiny plastic goblets. At 4 p.m., The Bash became an all-ages affair. The overall turnout was fairly light, with maybe a quarter of the field at Papa Murphy’s Park filled as L7 hit the stage. The band’s set was still a winner, not just for its

fuzzed-out songs

the 15th Sacramento Japanese film festival (July 19-21)

the 19th International nevada City film festival (aug. 23-30)

Festival director Barbara Kado is committed to telling the modern Japanese story in Sacramento, and great films have been her medium. In the third murder (“Sandome no Satsujin”), legendary director Hirokazu Kore’eda focuses on the country’s criminal court system, after a man with a bad record confesses to a gruesome murder. The comedy what a wonderful family! 2 (“kazoku wa tsurai yo2”) follows a family unwilling to let an elder know he should stop driving. In the 1963 classic high and low (“tengoku to Jigoku”), a shoe company executive contemplates giving up his fortune to save a ransomed child who isn’t his own.

The festival will screen more than 100 full-length and short movies in two theaters this year. See Sam Elliott play a World War II veteran on the hunt for a fabled backwoods creature in the

$10 single show, $40 festival pass; The Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.; sacjapanesefilmfestival.net.

man who killed hitler and then the bigfoot, or hit the road with Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper in a 50th anniversary screening of easy rider, with surprise guests. When it’s time to rest your eyes, participate in filmmaker panels, go on a group hike, take a yoga class or eat barbecue.

$11 single show, $59-$89 festival pass; Nevada Theatre, 401 Broad St. / The Onyx Theatre, 107 Argall Way in Nevada City; nevadacityfilmfestival.com. Ω

Rancid’s set charged forth with its celebratory take on street-punk and ska, but the crowd seemed spent and an exodus to the parking lot started fairly early.

(“Shove,” “Andres”) but for its 916 name-drops to Citrus Heights and inner-tubing on the American River (bassist Suzi Gardner once lived in the area). Fueled by a liquid diet of water, malt and Cascade hops, the mosh pits swirled for Suicidal tendencies and pennywise. Sweaty dad bods bumped into each other mightily as Pennywise cranked through such melodic Southern California anthems as “Bro Hym” and an amped-up cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir spent nearly as much time giving punk rock-styled pep talks between songs as he did stalking the stage and ripping through crossover classics such as “Subliminal” and “Institutionalized”—though its iconic line about Pepsi should’ve been slightly altered to, “All I want is a hazy IPA and she wouldn’t give it to me!” Headliners rancid killed The Bash’s proverbial keg with an hour-long performance. The set charged forth with its celebratory take on street-punk and ska, but the crowd seemed spent and an exodus to the parking lot started fairly early. By the end, as Rancid cranked through the songs “Roots Radicals” and “Ruby Soho,” some kids ran freely across the emptying field. A few dads were splayed across the ground, done in by a full day of beer, heat and the punk rock of their skateboarding youth.

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rendition of “Grand Etang & Hull’s Reel,” recorded as a duet with cellist Natalie Haas, is eerily transporting, especially as the fiddle brings its pressing power to ever-sweeping heights—a bounding, slashing string-sear that whirls with a pained sense of remembrance. In 1985, Fraser walked away from the corporate job that had transplanted him in San Francisco and decided to devote himself entirely to performing. He soon stumbled upon Nevada City, where he saw signs of a community as obsessed with the arts as he was. He made it his base. “I found this wee town and there were seven theater companies and live music in alasdair Fraser plays a traditional Scottish ballad on the every bar,” he recalls. “But I’m still very stage of the Sierra Fiddle camp in nevada city. much tied to where I grew up. In many ways, I feel like I’m kind of a long umbilical cord from Scotland.” Though still performing as far away as Ireland There’s still an echo of Celtic wanderers who and Spain, for 14 years Fraser has hosted the annual poured their dreams into the American West. They Sierra Fiddle Camp in Nevada City, an event that arrived from the Scottish Highlands with old fiddles allows amateur and aspiring musicians to play alongand surly fortitude. They sailed from Ireland with side some of the best masters of the form. This year’s Bodhráns in their packs and nothing in their stomcamp will explore how the instruments and styles achs. They brought the all-brawn of Cornwall to our that Scottish, Irish and Cornish miners brought to the hills, along with all the grace of its haunting choirs. Gold Country slowly began to evolve. They came for the promise of gold. They “The beautiful thing is they all have stayed to help forge a new California. wonderfully distinctive little nuances Four generations later, one of and touches that differentiate them,” “In many Scotland’s most celebrated fiddle Fraser said. “It’s related to dialect, players arrived in Nevada City, a to language, to climate … But ways, I feel like former frontier town built largely it’s all music that takes you I’m kind of a long on the backs of those pathfinders. down through the ages—you umbilical cord from Alasdair Fraser may get offers to meet the ancestors.” perform around the world, but he While Fraser will teach the Scotland.” says he’s just as happy playing ageless approach of the isles, Alasdair Fraser, locally because he knows there’s a this year’s camp also features fiddler link between his adopted home and Bruce Molsky, a top Southern the misty lochs and meadows that first Appalachian-style fiddler, and Darol bred his love of music. Anger, a renowned composer who puts This summer, Fraser will join forces with fiddle work into old-time jazz. fiddle fanatics from across the nation to explore that “We’re taking those elements, along with the legacy. Their efforts will culminate in a performance Celtic awareness, and bringing it into this crucible— in Nevada City June 22 that honors a lost moment this experiment,” Fraser says. “But it’s not just about when traditional Celtic sounds grew the roots of going back. It’s also about saying, ‘What do you folk-Americana. do when you have people who are enthusiastically Fraser grew up in a small Scottish village near exploring these old sounds, but are also asking, ‘What Stirling, which was an epicenter in the country’s wars now?’ It’s not 1849. What are we saying with this of independence. The blood and sacrifice of those music today? How is it relevant?’” Ω battles remains a precious memory on the landscape woven deep into the surviving songs of its people. Fraser spent his early life contemplating the ways that alasdair Fraser, bruce molsky, darol anger and the sierra Fiddler’s camp culture can carry through the wood neck of a fiddle. will perform at the ceilidh in the Park concert June 22 at 7:30 p.m. tickets And his passion for the heritage is still burning. His Photo by scott thomas anderson

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thu 8pm, fri 8pm, sat 8pm. through 7/13; $12-$18; Big idea theatre, 1616 del Paso Blvd, (916) 960-3036, bigideatheatre.org.

Are inner dialogues our friends or our foes? What happens when inner dialogues manifest into imaginary friends or disruptive delusional mental burdens? Jasper, debuting at Big Idea Theatre, is an intriguing and thought-provoking self-described “romantic-bromantic comedy” by local playwright J.P. Malin. It opens with a struggling Clarence and his invisible sidekick Jasper in a court-ordered therapy session. Clarence and Jasper are an unbreakable team, best friends ever since Clarence was a young boy. Clarence either invented or physically accepted Jasper into his life to help him cope with drama, as well as to take blame for all of his bad decisions. The audience sees Jasper, but no one else does. That is, until Clarence meets a woman who has a female version of her own Jasper. It’s the world premiere of a fascinating play with well-written and fast-paced dialogue, interesting characters and a provocative look at mental health issues. The ending is a bit convoluted and needs some tweaking, but the main story still resonates. Malin said that he started working on the play 10 years ago, and revised and workshopped the script over time. Now, he says “it has grown into a play about purpose, personhood, and how our connections to others shape our identities.” The cast is a well-synchronized team, headed by Thomas Dean as Clarence, Jacob Garcia as Jasper, Mallory Brodeur as Elle and Devin Valdez as Lily. And the circular revolving stage is an imaginative method of scene changing; with just a swipe, a therapist office rotates to an apartment that rotates to a restaurant. Ω 26





3 Suggestible theater A one-act festival gives you plenty of chances to start over with the audience. That’s especially true of Errant Phoenix’s Parameters: A One Act Festival With A Twist!, a show comprised of four 10-minute scenes, each executed twice. The second time around, charming, witty and encouraging show host Steve Ibarra solicits suggestions from the audience that are jotted down then foisted upon the actors, leaving them to grapple with celebrity impressions, accents and film styles. Improvisation brings good and bad things into the mix. Some folks seemed to thrive on it, like Claudia Wrazel in the spectacular one-act Skin Off the Top, written by Karina Summers and directed by Shane Robert. Wrazel, opposite a delightfully crooked Marco Tabayoyon, belted out an improvised rap. The scene would be worth rewatching unadulterated by parameters a second, third—or even a fourth time. Noises in the Walls and Micro-Aggressions have their moments, along with some likable improv from Jacob Padua and Linda Taylor. Without giving away the clever punchline, But Wait, There’s More! suffered from a lack of nuance and pretty much hit only one note. Come ready to chime in with fun suggestions. Half the show is steered by them, so jump in with “pet therapist,” “preachy dental hygienist” and shy away from the obvious ones. A disclaimer: Your experience may vary. —Maxfield Morris

Parameters: a one act festival With a twist! : fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm; through 6/23; $16-$20; errant Phoenix Productions at thistle dew dessert theatre, 1901 P st.; errantphoenix.com.

“Did you read the book?” “No, did you?”

Remember Pemberly It’s a classic back-to-school scenario: You get your summer reading list, skim it over, then toss it aside. It’s not until the day before class you remember—you have to read all 432 pages of Pride and Prejudice and write a 500word essay analyzing its core themes! If you want to avoid the scramble, consider seeing a free production of Jane Austen’s groundbreaking novel, put on by Hummingbird Theatre at Village Green Park. It might even be better than the book … but you should probably read the book, too. Thu 6/20, 7pm; Sat 6/22, 8pm; Sun, 6/23, 4pm; Through 6/30; No cover; Hummingbird Theatre at Village Green Park Amphitheater, 3141 Bridgeway Drive in Rancho Cordova; (530) 306-4182; hummingbirdtheatreco.com.

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ntries must be original and previously unpublished. They must be about Sacramento, or set in Sacramento. There will be four categories: 1) The first part of a story of 500 words or less 2) Flash fiction of 100 words or less 3) Best opening line. 4) Poems of as many as 250 words.


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Dubplate Kitchen has been open in the El Camino/Watt area for more than six months, but is still using its opening menu of authentic Jamaican dishes—a small, curated offering that this family-owned restaurant hopes to expand into a full breakfast, lunch and dinner selection soon. Meanwhile, the staff and chefs lure passersby with surprise daily specials, entrees you just aren’t going to get yet, unless you check in every day, which is what I suspect they’re aiming for. I’ve personally missed fried dumpling day, and ackee and saltfish day, even though I swear I’ve tried. No worries, though. Dubplate is making good food and good vibes, whichever day you visit. The menu seems less limited once plied with complimentary tasties, such as a warm bowl of pumpkin bean soup during my first visit, or the chewy fried dumplings—with only a hint of sweetness—called “festivals” on another. These friendly touches, plus the great Jamaican oldies playing on the speaker, add a kind of familial coziness, like when you visit your elders and they bring out all the comfort foods from the recipe box to nourish you and ready you for the big, bad world. Jamaica has comfort foods, oh yeah, and Dubplate puts them front and center. I enjoyed the Oxtail ($14), slow cooked until falling off the bone, marinated in a rich sauce reminiscent of pot roast. No heat there, just 28 | SN&R | 06.20.19

A Sunday morning ritual for my family is a trip to the farmers market under the overpass on the corner of W and 8th streets. It’s a great way to stock up on fruits and veggies at affordable prices, and to get the feel-good boost from supporting local farmers. Despite the spring’s rain, hail and heatwaves, it’s cherry season! Sweet, golden Rainier cherries and plump, red bing varieties are in abundance. One of the best fruit vendors at the market, J&J Ramos Farms, is always giving out free samples of ripe oranges, nectarines and peaches depending on the season. I picked up a 1-pound bag of mixed cherries for $5, which makes for the perfect snack under a shady tree or a sweet reprieve with fellow coworkers to perk up the work week. W and 8th streets, california-grown.com. —Steph rodriguez


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savory contentment. Heat was found in full force with the Curry Goat ($14), often considered a party dish in Jamaica, probably because the scotch bonnet peppers get everyone hopping. The Jerk Chicken ($13) was also tongue-numbingly hot, with a crispy-charred skin slathered in a wet marinade of allspice and peppers. The juicy chunks of chicken pulled off the bone sputtered with flavor, intense but playful, and I ate all of it even though my mouth almost fell off. Good thing I had a large glass of Jamaican Punch (pineapple, strawberry, passion fruit and ginger) to win it back over. All of the plates come with pigeon peas and rice stewed in coconut milk and a giant heap of callaloo, consisting of leafy greens steamed with tomato, onion and peppers. My rice and peas were the spiciest things on my plate every time I visited—I mean, put-downyour-fork-and-cry-into-your-napkin hot—whereas my partner had a much more benign version, tame enough to taste the fleshy beans and subtle coconut. I never leave without bringing home some Jamaican Patties ($3.50), large pockets of thin, flaky pastry often brushed with egg yolk and/or turmeric, packed with meats and veggies. They’re like Hot Pockets, but better. The minced beef pattie is delicious, but the veggie pattie really stands out: aromatic and peppery like a chicken pot pie without the chicken. The last time I visited Dubplate Kitchen, the cheerful owner confided she has long-term goals for the place, and it’s evident in the way she’s brushed off any hiccups, such as a limited menu, or (ahem) inconsistently fire alarm hot rice and peas. Their authentic dishes are made with love, and I’m positive that love will spread outward. Ω

Cane full of sugar Sugar Cane JuiCe, CoCo Cane JuiCe If you’re looking for a refreshing summer drink and you’re tired of Arnold Palmers and La Croix, head over to Coco Cane Juice and try some fresh-pressed sugar cane juice. While chewing on sugar cane produces a mellow, honey-syrup flavor, the juice of the cane is quite sweet and makes a perfect hot afternoon treat, especially when combined with other fruits. I had a Strawberry Sugar Cane drink ($4.85), and the taste was similar to my mother-in-law’s fresh, homemade strawberry preserves. There’s another combo available for a more adventurous spirit: The mysteriously smelly Durian ($4.95), which will surely earn you bragging rights if you drink it down in front of your friends. 5591 Sky Pkwy, Suite 409. —amy bee

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Ethiopian love If marrying food was a thing, I’d be living in wedded bliss with Ethiopian food— specifically, the vegan buffet at Queen Sheba on Broadway. For those unfamiliar with Ethiopian food, the vegan entrees primarily consist of lentils, split peas, carrots, potatoes and collard greens, all elevated to a level of spicy, comfort-food deliciousness that I have yet to successfully emulate. And if you’re really into eating with forks, get over it—that’s what injera is for—soft, floppy, rolled-up bread made from teff that you use to scoop up your food (can be gluten-free by request). I also recommend the shiro wot, which is vegan but not part of the buffet. It’s basically a spicy gravy made from garbanzo flour and Queen Sheba’s own spice recipe. The vegan buffet is available Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3pm. 1704 Broadway, queenshebas.com. —breege tomkinSon

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Not since its pioneering beer heydays more than 100 years ago has Sacramento had a signature offering such as Monkey Knife Fight. With its odd name—a reference to an episode in season 11 of The Simpsons—the American pale ale wasn’t just a novelty beverage with a weird label. For years, it was a go-to brew at Rubicon, matched with the signature comfort food—fish and chips—at Sacramento’s original craft beer establishment. The smooth-drinking ale found its way into many restaurants, bars and grocery stores in Sacramento and other locales. But when Rubicon closed in August 2017 after nearly 30 years, Monkey Knife Fight connoisseurs were aghast. A liquid culinary companion was gone. Monkey Knife Fight resurfaced in late February, however. It’s now crafted and available at Tower Brewing, the recently rebranded microbrewery in East Sacramento, formerly known as Sactown Union Brewery. It’s also available in several locations on tap and in cans throughout the Sacramento region and reaching into the Bay Area. “Monkey Knife Fight is a Sacramento staple as a classic West Coast-style pale ale in the vein of Sierra Nevada,” says brewer Mike Ungerbuhler. “We’ve kind of modernized it, just a touch. It has a little bit more dry hops and a little bit more hoppy aroma just to make it a little bit more palatable to modern tastes.” When Rubicon closed, its intellectual property became available. Two Tower Brewing owners, enamored by its beer for years, acquired the recipes and other items, such as a panel truck. Still with

faded Rubicon logos, it sits in the Tower Brewing parking lot. Described as a pale ale with malt character and pine and citrus aromas, Monkey Knife Fight has 5.6% alcohol by volume and 35 international bitter units. “When I moved here in 2012, it was the first local Sac beer that I ordered,” says Sam Long, a Tower Brewing regular, with fiance Quintin Chan. “And I ordered it everywhere.” Some longtime Monkey Knife Fight drinkers quickly tasted a change in the re-introduced beer. “They were like, ‘I like this, but there’s something a little different.’ I think both of the brewers nerded out really quickly,” says Lucy Ishizuka, Tower’s spokeswoman, menu planner and occasional bartender Ungerbuhler is pleased when customers taste subtle differences. Head brewer Evan Rosatelli, who formerly worked at Rubicon, says, “Instead of being hop-forward, Monkey Knife Fight has balanced malt and hop characters. It’s a refreshing beer.” Now approaching its four-month anniversary, the new Monkey Knife Fight appears well on its way to craft beer prominence. But it will soon have familiar competition. Tower Brewing will reintroduce Rosebud English Old Ale, another former Rubicon favorite, in August. Ω

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A one-woman, world-famous garden Huei Young’s backyard oasis in Davis is a labor of love by Debbie Arrington

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she uses her garden to help others. Young opens her private garden to groups for tours to raise money for local charities. A $25 donation includes her homemade Asian refreshments as well as time in the garden. Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento has been a major beneficiary. Over the past five years, tours of her garden have raised thousands of dollars for the hospital’s comprehensive Cerebral Palsy Program. Huei Young opens her Davis “I raised $5,000 in three hours,” garden to groups for tours Young said proudly of her April Shriners to raise money for Shriners tour. “It makes me feel so good. The Hospital for Children and other local charities. garden has helped me help so many children.” “I have been here almost 50 years,” Young said while looking out over her Starting with a bare lot at a new home, Huei backyard oasis. “This garden has become a landYoung planted her paradise, one piece at a time. mark in Davis. I turned nothing into something. For almost 50 years, she methodically added This is a labor of love.” sculptured trees, shrubs, flowers and more to her Along with her Asian-inspired backyard, startvision of a zen oasis. A waterfall feeds a series of ing in 1980, Young turned a long stretch of the small ponds, crossed by a charming red bridge. A public bike path next to her home into a flowerstone path winds around rocks and statuary. Large filled parkway. At her own expense, she planted red lanterns and mirrored fences add light and and maintained hundreds of shrubs and perennials sparkle. under the city’s redwoods. Her feng shui garden looks like it came out of A broken water pipe prompted Young to reach a painting. In a way, it did. out to city leaders for an assist. Last week, a “My father was an artist,” Young explained. contingent of Davis officials visited her garden to “He got me interested in gardens when I was very, find out how they could help Young’s one-woman very, very young. He always [said], ‘What you beautification efforts. Among those she hosted see is in your mind.’ I became very good at design were Davis Mayor Brett Lee, city manager Mike because of imagination and passion; you have to Webb and parks superintendent Martin Jones. have passion to do anything well.” “The mayor said, ‘This is amazing!’ They call Her father, J.S. Liu, was a famous painter and calligrapher in Taiwan who died in 1984. His work it a miracle,” Young said. “I said I just need some help—I’m in my 70s now—and they said they’re continues to be part of her inspiration. glad to do that.” “My father [told] me, ‘Remember: I teach you The city is starting with free mulch. Ω how to do art. Do it slowly, slowly.’ That is how I do this garden; I’m still changing things,” she explained. “I told my father, ‘You will be so proud of me some day.’ I did it; I know he would be proud.” Featured in magazines and on HGTV, “Huei’s Garden” has become internationally famous. Besides being her own source of joy and peace,






Debbie Arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong gardener, is co-creator of the Sacramento Digs gardening blog and website. to arrange a tour or learn more, go to hueis-garden.com or email hueis.garden@yahoo.com.






for the week of JUNe 20

by maxfield morris

PoST eVeNTS oNLiNe for free AT newsreview.com/sacramento

MUSIC THURSDAY, 6/20 BomBiNo: Catch the Tuareg guitarist and musician from Niger as he performs in Sacramento along with Smokin’ Ziggurats. He’s played all over the world. 8pm, $25$30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

LiVe oN THe BoULeVArd: Spend some time on


The boys are back in town Sacramento comedy Spot, 10:30pm, $7 Two Sacramento boys are returning home and gracing the city with a bona fide comedy show, “The Comedy Boys of Summer.” Give a warm welcome to Devin Ritchie and John Farnsworth, who are usually in New York performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade and hosting The Honeymoon Phase in Brooklyn, respectively, but are mixing things up and co-opting your summer



What’s better than one comedy? Two comedy, with Devin Ritche, left, and John Farnsworth!

your hard-earned Thursday evening out at El Dorado Hills Town Center. They’ll give you some music and you’ll give them some consumer loyalty; the system works. 7pm, no cover. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 310 in El Dorado Hills.

LUCiNdA WiLLiAmS ANd Her BANd BUiCK 6: Catch up with folky rock musician Lucinda Williams—see what she’s been up to in the time since last you’ve seen her perform, and how she performs now. She’ll be joined by Buick 6, her band. 7:30pm, $38-$68. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

SACrAmeNTo TAiKo dAN: Spend some time with the Dan that can, Sacramento Taiko Dan! You’ll get some major fun drums going as you take in the traditional and contemporary Japanese drumming. 9:30am, no cover. Auburn Garden Theater, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn.

THroWBACK THUrSdAyS: Join Ambiance Lounge

solstice plans instead. Their evening features sketches, musical numbers, stand-up from Claire Marie Fisher, a drag performance by Dahlia Divine Moore and more. You’ll get to experience the glitz of a highly refined New York comedy show, but in the easy-chair comfort of Sacramento. It’s got confetti cannons, it’s Sacramentothemed, it’s your evening. 1050 20th Street, saccomedyspot.com.

as it throws way back to the 1990s and 2000s with their musical repartee. 9pm, no cover. Ambiance Lounge, 910 2nd St.

FRIDAY, 6/21 CoNCerTS iN THe PArK: You like good music? You like hanging out with your friends in a crowded park? You like waiting in line for food from trucks? You’re going to love this week’s installment of Concerts in the Park. Smith & Thell are headlining, which means they’re the main attraction of the evening, but there will also be music from Island of Black & White, Occupy the Trees and DJ Lady Kate. 5pm, no cover. Cesar Chavez Plaza, 901 J St.

KATe GAffNey WiTH STeVe rANdALL: Kate

TiCKeT WiNdoW JOE ROGAN Why listen to a podcast

of the guy when you could see the guy in person in a veritable amphitheater? I can’t answer that question for you, only provide you with details. 8/10, 8pm, $49.50$95, on sale now. Shoreline Amphitheatre, livenation.com

MARY J. BLIGE Catch the one and

only Mary J. Blige performing along with Nas in one convenient Bay Area location. 8/14, 8pm, $41-$251, on sale now. Shoreline Amphitheatre, livenation.com.

BRYAN ADAMS The Canadian

with a heart full of golden songs and philanthropic tendencies is touring through Wheatland. Catch the “Summer of ’69” singer and maybe hear him tell an anecdote from his career. 9/15, 8pm,

We do a unique line about tickets here each week.

$28.53-$133.03, on sale now. Toyota Amphitheatre, ticketmaster.com.


Hear some of that swanky new electronic dance music from NGHTMRE, SLANDER, Seven Lions and Glitch Mob at a take-and-bake pizza park near you. 10/3, 5pm, $55, on sale 6/21 at 10am. Papa Murphy’s Park, ticketmaster.com.


The group comprised of various people dressed in blue paint and with limited visible hair is coming to Folsom for a series of percussive

Don’t look so blue, Blue Man.






performances. You’ll see them in all their blue glory, then tell your friends about the experience. 10/8-10/13, various

times, $48-$92, on sale 7/1 at noon.

Harris Center, harriscenter.net.


Ndegeocello joins Bird on stage for an unforgettable evening on musicality and performance. 10/21,

6pm, $18.50-$56, on sale now. Mondavi Center in Davis, tickets. mondaviarts. org.

Gaffney and Steve Randall are taking over Two Rivers Cider. Gaffney’s got more SAMMIE awards than the entire SN&R editorial staff combined, and Randall is also in that category. Join them as soon as you can—which is this Thursday. 6pm, $8. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.

mAC SABBATH: What’s better than a band paying tribute to heavy metal? A band playing tribute to heavy metal while simultaneously paying tribute to the characters associated with the McDonalds brand: Ronald McDonald, Grimace and the rest. You don’t have to visit McDonaldland to get the weirdest metal-meat experience this side of the Rockies. 6:30pm, $18. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

reBeLUTioN: The reggae band is on their apparently unironically named Good Vibes Summer Tour 2019. Catch them if you feel like it, and if you show up on time, you’ll also likely hear music from Protoje and Durand Jones & the Indications. 7pm, $37.50. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

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SomPArTy: Catch the $omparty Grad Night show. It’s got all the makings of your own grad night, but with Derek King, Suigeneris, Tree Thomas, Nate Curry and more. Plenty more. 7:30pm, $22. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

SATURDAY, 6/22 CemeTery SUN: Catch The Catching along with Cemetery Sun as they make their homecoming in Sacramento—which is where Cemetery Sun is from. Isn’t that neat? 6:30pm, $12-$25. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

CHriS CAiN: Guitarist Chris Cain will be performing live and in concert at the B Street’s home on Capitol Avenue, the Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts. The blues guitarist and vocalist was described by Calendar editor Maxfield Morris as “like biting into an electric marshmallow.” 7pm, $30. The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave.

CLUB SÉANCe 4 yeAr ANNiVerSAry PArTy: DJ Chat Noir plays dark and spectral sounds of Goth, deathrock, post-punk and coldwave in the main room and guest DJs featured in the front room. 9:30pm, $5. Midtown Barfly, 1119 21st St.

dirTWire: The Americana, bluegrass, folk et cetera band from Oakland is coming to town to perform for you, personally. 9pm, $15$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

Jeff LyNNe’S eLo: Catch the event highlight

for this show on page 33. 8pm, $45.94$340.50. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern


mAideN USA: Catch this Iron Maiden tribute band perform on the same night as a Van Halen tribute band, Hot For Teacher. It’s going to be very tributary, tribunal and rocking. 6pm, $16. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

mArTy CoHeN ANd THe SideKiCKS: They’re deeply engrossed in the SAMMIES contest culture, and they’re playing on a covered patio near you. Catch the acoustic trio outdoors and in living color. 6:30pm, no cover. Ettore’s Bakery and Restaurant, 2376 Fair Oaks Blvd.

PoPS iN THe PArK 2019: The pops are popping and the parks are stationary—that can only mean one thing: that it’s time for The Count to play Pops in the Park 2019; no, not the Count, Count von Count from Sesame Street, the Sacramento rock band. 6pm, no cover. Glenn Hall Park, Sandburg and Carlson Drives.

SUNDAY, 6/23 ALoHA PoLyNeSiA: Catch up with Sacramento’s Aloha Polynesia dance school as they share their hula and live music. There’s the Kalama Brothers, Legacies of the Pacific and ’Ohana Dance Group of Sacramento performing as guests. 1pm, $12-$25. Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St.

CALiforNiA CoUNTry SUNdAyS: Grab your boots or your lasso or whatever country garb you’ve got going and bring that country vibe down to Midtown. 6pm, no cover. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.





Jeff Lynne’s ELO Golden 1 Center, 8pM, $45.94-$340.50

It’s not every day that Jeff Lynne performs in Sacramento—it’s Saturday that he performs, the one day of the week excluded from the ELO bop “The Diary of Horace Wimp.” If you’re a nightrider looking to spend some MUSIC time with the Birmingham band, look no further. Responsible for so much musical, strange magic; having performed with some of the best musicians all over the world; and being one of the Traveling Wilburys, Lynne is a can’tmiss music icon. Grab your ticket to the star’s show—plus, Dhani Harrison is performing as well. 500 David J Stern Walk, golden1center.com.

participation rates while you’re at it. 7pm,

$16-$17. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

SATURDAY, 6/22 WILD WILD WEST: Come catch a movie the way the cowboys likely would have in the wild west, at a drive-in theatre. There will be all kinds of Western entertainment, including mechanical bull rides, music, games and more. 7pm, included with admission. West Wind Drive-In, 9616 Oates Drive. PHOTO COURTESY OF CARSTEN WINDHORST


MONDAY, 6/24


FRIDAY, 6/21

DAVID GRAY: The English singer-songwriter is

DAD’S NOSTALGIC CAR SHOW & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019: If you’re like me, you love nostalgia.


back in session, performing on his Gold in a Brass Age tour. Are we living in a brass age? Apparently, so come see what age we ought to be living in instead. 7:30pm, $69$99. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

Nostalgia is, in my opinion, really great. You can have some of that this weekend if your particular form of nostalgia is for cars from before 1972, and for food from after 1972. There’s music, drinks and potentially dancing as long as just one person decides to dance a little. 3pm, $15-$50. The Wrangler Bar, 8945 Grant Line Road in Elk Grove.

TUESDAY, 6/25 OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Sheff is coming to Harlow’s to perform in his band, Okkervil River. Would he call it his band? Who can say—what’s known for certain is that special guests will be performing, too. 8pm, $25-$30. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

together for the inaugural Harambee Festival at Meadowview Park. There will be music, artwork, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a car show, food trucks and more. Come celebrate and take in the cultural offerings. 5pm, no cover. Meadowview Park, 7760 24th St.

OUR STREET NIGHT MARKET: A market that’s happening at night is happening this weekend. Although it starts at 7 p.m., a time which falls right in the “evening” zone of the day, it ends at 1 a.m.—which is definitely nighttime. Show up to buy things from vendors, or just to seem interested in buying things. There’s a silent disco, dancing, a record swap, food, a pop-up arcade, a large crowd of people moving in silent desperation and more fun! 7pm, no cover. R Street Corridor.

WEDNESDAY, 6/26 THE ALEXANDER PROJECT: Like the musical Hamilton? Come check out what is effectively a tribute to the musical, featuring some songs that are “from various media within the ‘Hamilton’ scope.” 7:30pm, $17.50-$40. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

JUNE SHINE SHOWCASE: It’s June, which is a good thing for the name of this showcase! It’s an in-the-round style musical jamboree of some of the jamboree-iest musicians in town. 7pm, $8-$10. Shine, 1400 E St.

UPTOWN MARKET ON THE BOULEVARD: Markets, markets, markets—it seems like these days, there are countless markets of makers showing off their creative chops. That’s all fine and good, and this market has 65 vendors, but maybe there should be more markets with non-makers and noncreatives selling their uninspired works of merchandising. You heard it here first. Noon, no cover. Uptown Market, 1409 Del Paso Blvd.

FESTIVALS THURSDAY, 6/20 THIRD THURSDAY AT 24TH & K: The streets are alive with the sound of making—making art and stuff, that is. It’s another year, and that means it’s time for more Midtown Mades. K Street’s going to be awash in makers, and everyone who’s anyone will be there, unless they’re at a prior or better engagement. 6pm, no cover. 24th & K St., 24th & K St.

FOOD & DRINK THURSDAY, 6/20 CANNABIS TRIVIA NIGHT: Well, it’s that time of year again when the trivia nights start busting out their theme nights in an effort to draw in crowds—wait, that’s all year round. This night poses questions about the famous herb (cannabis) in popular culture. If you know your pot, bring your melon. 7pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.

FRIDAY, 6/21 DAVIS MUSIC FESTIVAL: Hello! Davis Music Fest is a music festival held in the city of … Davis. For those playing along at home, that was a gimme. There are three days of music from 40 acts all very skilled at performing music in front of audiences, even though some will likely be a little sheepish. There are seven different venues and musical acts you’ll recognize from last year, including Big Sticky Mess, who became less sticky and big. There’s also Honyock, Bomba Fried Rice, Jimmy Toor, Dog Party, Lillian Frances and plenty more—34 more, for those playing at home. 5pm, $40. Downtown Davis, various venues, davismusicfest.com.







TOGETHER PANGEA: Vundabar also performs with Together Pangea, the indie rock band. They’re both indie rock bands—that’s how venues book acts sometimes, by similar genres. 6:30pm, $18. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

something funny brewing in Business Park Drive—spirits. You can show up and take a tour of the distillery if you want to get the inside scoop and all the tantalizing details about what goes on behind closed distillery doors. 4pm, $5. J.J. Pfister Distilling Company, 9819 Business Park Drive.



is one brewing company that doesn’t take “Eh, let’s not have a shirt tie-dyeing night” for an answer—join Pizza Port Brewing Company for the activity. 5:30pm, $20. Auburn Community Tap House and Bottle Shop, 1850 Grass Valley Highway in Auburn.

THURSDAY, 6/20 KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: The Studio Ghibli Festival is back, yet again! Catch this one about Kiki—a young witch—and her cat. 11am, $10.50. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive

MOVIES ON THE VERGE PRESENTS ‘FIG TREE:’ Catch Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s work about Addis Ababa in 1989. It’s a story of a girl growing up amid turmoil, war and terrors. 7:30pm, $7-$9. Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S St.

FRIDAY, 6/21 THE SACRAMENTO FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT FILM ‘INVISIBLES:’ The Sacramento French Film Festival is back again for a whole bunch of feature films. We’re talking 20 feature films! That’s more than the average American watches in their lifetime, probably. Help drive up the American per capita viewing statistics by catching all of the works, and catch some Q&A sessions to drive up the per capita Q&A

Museum and everyone else that shows up to watch this animated, Japanese thriller about a former pop singer and the delights of retirement, including obsessive stalkers and ghosts. 8:30pm, no cover. The Red Museum, 212 15th St.

COMEDY GOLDEN 1 CENTER: Impractical Jokers The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour. Catch the truTV comedy series folks on their Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour. Parental discretion is advised, so if you’re a parent, consider your discretionary income before buying a ticket. Good one, Calendar editor. Friday 6/21, 8pm. $55.94-$81.44. 500 David J Stern Walk.

LAUGHS UNLIMITED COMEDY CLUB: Keon Polee. Keon Polee is the headliner for the evening and Marcus Mangham is the host. Friday 6/21, 8pm. $10. 1207 Front St.

STAB! COMEDY THEATER: Rainbows & Shit. Catch this showing of “Sacramento’s funniest queer comics” with host Amy Estes. If you’re a queer comic not included in the show and think you’re the funniest queer comic in Sacramento, consider pursuing legal action. No—think better of it. Friday 6/21, 9pm. $8. Tonight! Right Now!. Check out this comedy show with Drew Absher and Benton Harshaw—it’s like those late night comedy shows you like from TV, but without the TV and without Steve Allen. Saturday 6/22, 10pm. $5. 1710 Broadway.

SACRAMENTO COMEDY SPOT: The Boys of Summer. Catch this show, but also catch this show’s event highlight on page 32. Friday 6/21, 10:30pm. $7. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

THREE PENNY THEATER: Actors Workshop of Sacramento Comedy One Act Festival. See some one-act plays at this one-act festival. Through 7/7. $20. 1723 25th St.

THUNDER VALLEY CASINO: Jo Koy. The FilipinoAmerican stand-up comedian is headed to a casino near you—to perform, not to gamble. You can buy tickets. Friday 6/21, 8pm. $49.95. Ron White. The TexanAmerican stand-up comedian is headed to a casino near you—to perform, not to gamble. Saturday 6/22, 8pm. $42.95. 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

TOMMY T’S COMEDY CLUB: Comedian Kevin Farley. He’s the brother of Chris Farley and is coming to town to perform stand-up comedy. Through 6/22. $15. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

ON STAGE B STREET THEATRE: New Comedies Festival 2019. Catch four new plays in B Street Theatre’s New Comedies Festival. Through 6/23. $12-$55. 2700 Capitol Ave.

BADLANDS: A’keria C Davenport. Catch the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11 finalist in a drag performance to remember, and maybe in a meet and greet afterward. Friday 6/21, 8pm. $20. 2003 K St.

ERRANT PHOENIX PRODUCTIONS: Parameters 2019. Catch the one-act festival with many twists from Errant Phoenix, and catch the review on page 26. Through 6/23. $20. 1901 P St.

FAIRYTALE TOWN: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Crystal Ice Cream Fantasy. Do you like Shakespeare and ice cream? This is your kind of evening, with all-youcan-possibly-consume ice cream and all-you-can-appreciate Shakespeare. Wear a costume. Saturday 6/22, 5pm. $7-$20. 3901 Land Park Drive.

MAIN STREET THEATRE WORKS: Leading Ladies. Celebrate 25 years of the Jackson theater company producing work in Amador County with this production featuring two actors given the roles of their lives—conning an elderly millionaire out of money by pretending to be related to her. Through 7/20. $12-$20. 1127 N. Main St. in Jackson.


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All Aboard Free Community Festival CroCker Art MuseuM, 10AM, no Cover

About 150 years ago, give or take a month or so, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed primarily through the hard labor of immigrants. It helped usher in the modern era, so come MUSEUMS celebrate the landmark event that shaped the American West. The Crocker is hosting a free community open house commemorating it with all kinds of cultural performances, activities and celebrations. The Black Irish Band will perform, as will the Flow Crew Chinese Folk Dancers and the Dirty Chops Brass Band. Show up, learn and appreciate. 216 O Street, crockerart.org.


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tHeatre in tHe HeiGHtS: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. Catch a production of every Shakespeare production compiled into about an hourand-a-half of your precious time. through 7/7. $15. 8215 Auburn Blvd., Suite G in Citrus Heights.

weLLS FarGo PaviLion: Oklahoma!. Catch the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical with such great numbers as “Kansas City” and “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top.” through 6/25. $45-$83. 1419 H St.

art SaCramento Fine artS Center: Found Art Exhibition. Have you ever seen garbage on the ground and thought, “Hey, I could do that!”? Well, confusing as that sentence may be, you can check out some artwork made from found objects at the SFAC. through 7/14. no cover. 5330 Gibbons Drive, Suite B in Carmichael.

tHe iCe bLoCKS: Short Center Show. Catch this large-scale window art exhibit featuring artwork by adults with developmental disabilities. The opening reception is on Saturday and features music from the Short Center Band and MC Ham. Saturday 6/22, 5pm. no cover. 1610 R. St.

verGe Center For tHe artS: June Artists’ Salon Outside the Canon. Join Verge Center for the Arts in its gallery for a discussion about the artistic canon. thursday 6/20,

5:30pm. no cover.


some activities. Friday 6/21, 6:30pm. $15. 111 I St.

CroCKer art muSeum: All Aboard Free Community Festival. Check out the event highlight for this transcontinental event on page 33. Sunday 6/23, 10am. no cover. 216 O St.

FoLSom HiStory muSeum: The Chinese Legacy in Folsom. The legacy of Folsom’s Chinese history comes to light in the Folsom History Museum’s latest exhibit. through 9/1. $4-$10. 823 Sutter St. in Folsom.

SPortS & outdoorS Friday, 6/21 internationaL day oF yoGa 2019 CeLebrationS: Catch a celebration of International Day of Yoga 2019 with one of the many local yoga venues and gatherings. all day, no cover. Various locations throughout Sacramento.

Saturday, 6/22 CHunKy dunK Swim Party: Celebrate all kinds of bodies in this pool party promoting body positivity and just being okay with existing as you are. 5:30pm, $0-$10. Glenn Hall Park Pool, 5201 Carlson Drive.

FeatHerS and SCaLeS: Are birds and reptiles the same? Learn the answer at this event— but don’t Google it in advance, because that spoils the fun. 10:30am, $5. Effie Yeaw Nature Center, 2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael.

GLamPout FamiLy CamPout: Camp close to home at Camp Pollock. It’s a glamorous camping expedition, featuring included food, drinks, games and more. 4:30pm, $45. Camp Pollock, 1501 Northgate Blvd.

CaLiFornia muSeum: Stand Up for Unity in Our Community. Join the California Museum for a free weekend of activities for unity. It’s in recognition of the 20th anniversary of a series of Northern California hate crimes by white supremacists and the continued need for community. through 10/7. no cover. 1020 O St.

CaLiFornia State raiLroad muSeum: Science Friday’s Cephalopod Movie Night. Cephalopods are headed to the Railroad Museum along with Capital Public Radio to learn about the creature and participate in

taKe action Saturday, 6/22 bLaCK women’S marCH 2019: Join the Black Women’s March this year and walk to the Capitol to convene, hear music and support the health and well-being of black women all over the country. 7am, no cover. Crocker Park, 211 O St.

Saturday, 6/22

Feathers and Scales EffiE YEaw NaturE CENtEr, 10:30am, $2-$5

This heron may look like a bird, but is there a chance it’s actually a reptile in disguise? Reptiles and birds share a suspicious amount in common—find out what they may or may not be hiding at this class on animal classes, aimed at anyone curious about the mysteries of the critters. SPortS & outdoorS Be careful about the questions you ask, though, because even SN&R’s not entirely sure how deep the birdreptile conspiracy goes. 2850 San Lorenzo Way in Carmichael, sacnaturecenter.net.

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Great question! Plenty of stoners enjoy a good dose of caffeine while under the influence of cannabis, so much so that the coffee and weed combination has come to be known as the “hippie speedball.” Especially with a strong indica, coffee is great for keeping you awake enough to enjoy that couch-lock. I figured it was just the caffeine counteracting the drowsiness, but it turns out there may be more to it. A few scientists at Northwestern University took a look at what happens when people combine weed and coffee, and they found that coffee has an effect on the human body’s endocannabinoid system. The folks that drank more coffee showed a decrease in the blood metabolites that are the neurotransmitters to the endocannabinoid system. We already know that THC increases endocannabinoid neurotransmitters. So, yes, you could say that coffee does indeed counteract the effects of weed. I don’t think coffee is a better “cure” for being too stoned than CBD, but one time, I was hella faded (judging the Emerald Cup will do that) so I had a cup of CBD-infused coffee. Not only was I sober in like 15 minutes, I couldn’t get high for the rest of the night. And believe me, I tried. Someone should host a coffee and weed pairing party. I bet a hit of Chocolate Hashberry would go very well with a nice dark roast. Ω

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