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Sacramento is taking a more indirect approach, funding projects and programs to create jobs and economic growth in distressed neighborhoods. As part of the city budget, Mayor Darrell Steinberg persuaded the City Council to set aside $40 million a year for the next five years in an “Economic The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Opportunity Fund” to Sacramento, which took part in the finance affordable housing, annual Big Day of Giving, works in left-behind neighborhoods. youth and arts programs and transportation safety improvements. The money would come After watching the first three meetings of the from the Measure U half-cent sales tax increase that citizens committee that will suggest how best voters approved last November. But that cash could to spend Sacramento’s new sales tax money, a be used up pretty quickly. At the June 12 meeting, few thoughts: Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services asked First: Inclusive economic development—to the committee for $500,000 a year. Youth Forward boost neighborhoods left behind for too long— sought $1.85 million to help people convicted of is the right thing to do. minor cannabis-related crimes to clear their records. Second: Members of the Measure U Other cities are being more direct in trying to Community Advisory Committee are still reduce poverty. Stockton, under Mayor Michael trying to figure out their precise role. Tubbs, is testing a concept called universal basic And third: It’s not a done deal how much income. With $1 million from a nonprofit, the city difference the committee and the Measure U in February started giving $500 a month to 100 money can really make. people, for 18 months, no strings attached. After all, this issue extends far beyond Whatever the strategy, the goal is to give Sacramento. The gap between rich and poor is more people a chance at the American Dream. In growing wider, eating away at the American Sacramento, the odds of a child born in the poorest Dream and dividing us into haves and have20% of families rising to the richest 20% are about nots. Just a few numbers: one in 10, about average for California, according One quarter of U.S. workers make less than to a groundbreaking study on upward mobility. $10 an hour. City Hall is also up against a legacy of distrust, The average CEO got paid $14.5 million in which the citizens committee is also supposed to 2018. help overcome. The 15-member panel includes The top 1% take home 22% of all income. Stevante Clark, the older brother of Stephon Clark, The three richest men have more combined whose killing by Sacramento police last year put wealth than the bottom half of all Americans. economic justice front and center. These statistics are daunting, concedes The panel met again July 29, and over the next Kimberly Williams, the advisory committee’s couple of months it will decide how to vet proposvice chairperson who works at the Black Child als. Williams and other committee members say it’s Legacy Campaign and is a former CEO of the crucial to create a clear pathway for people in every Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento. neighborhood to submit ideas. But she told me that if the money actually They’re right: Confronting such powerful gets to the neediest neighborhoods, it can still economic forces, if the best we can do is make life “move the needle.” That means the city must just a little better in our little corner of the world, the come up with the right strategy. least we can do is make sure everyone benefits. □ Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls cluBs of Greater sacrament0

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Little guy loses Re: “California’s new wildfire plan” by Julie Cart (News, July 18): “The law now flips the burden of proof to advocates and victims groups to show that a utility acted unreasonably.” Unbelievable. Once again, deep-pocketed organizations win and regular people lose. Victims of wildfires are already having to pick up the pieces from their broken lives, already a massive financial burden. Now, if utilities act negligently, victims have to incur the added, and likely even larger, financial burden of proving utility culpability. The likely outcome (which I suspect is exactly what the utilities want) is that victims will be forced to give up holding utilities accountable for their actions and abandon their properties (allowing predatory realtors and lenders to resell the land), particularly when you consider that these laughably small “victim funds” are likely to be depleted long before most victims are able to receive any compensation. The bottom line: score one for utilities, while victims get screwed.

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At the worst time for working families, the homeless, disabled veterans, farmworkers and millions of others lower-income Americans, evidence has emerged that the 2017 federal tax bill—as predicted—has taken a significant bite out of affordable housing production and preservation in California. Since President Trump signed the Republican tax cut bill two years ago, the number of new and rehabilitated affordable homes and apartments has fallen off by 16,296 units compared to 2016, according to the California Housing Partnership. Housing experts forecast that the bill would result in a decline in production of more than 200,000 affordable units over the next decade. That prediction seems to be on the mark, given the California numbers, with grave consequences for families in search of decent, affordable homes that connect them to better schools, jobs and health care. The bill cut the corporate rate from 35% to 21%, a move that kicked the legs out from beneath the $9 billion Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Under this Reagan-era initiative, corporations or individuals who invested in the credits paid lower taxes. Over the past 33 years, the federal government used the funds to finance some 3.13 million affordable housing units, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. I think it is the most productive government program in the history of affordable housing. With the new 40% lower corporate tax rate, however, investment appears to be falling off in the LIHTC program. Meanwhile, the housing crisis grinds down on the millions of households that earn less than 60% of an area’s median income and

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pay half or more of what they make on rent. Remember those numbers when you see a janitor cleaning your office, farm workers harvesting your food or cashiers, child-care workers, nursing assistants, landscapers and others doing the work our society demands. The most recent “Out of Reach” report published by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition lays out the California story. Average fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $1,804. Average wage needed to pay for it without having to pay more than 30% of income for rent: $34.69 an hour. Average wage for a renter in the state: $22.79. Not surprisingly, the picture becomes almost impossible to imagine for the five million working Californians—nearly one-third of the labor force—who make $14.35 an hour or less, according to the UC Berkeley Labor Center. Even with the LIHTC program, California has a shortfall of 1.4 million homes and apartments for very-low and extremely-low-income people. In Sacramento County, the number is more than 63,000. Unfortunately, the free market system doesn’t build enough housing for people at the lowest income levels. Until two years ago, we had a government program that tried to fill the gap. It has since been clipped, and its full restoration is something that lawmakers, presidential candidates and others need to put high on their agendas. The economic strength of the nation, which must find a way to house its less skilled, as well as its technical elite, depends on it. □


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A lesson from the Camp Fire Roll back tax breaks for the rich and stop corporate giveaways by Jeff vonKaenel

It has been nearly nine months since the Paradise Camp Fire, which caused at least 85 deaths, destroyed almost 20,000 building structures and wiped out nearly 240 square miles of forest and urban spaces. Now what? What should be the new Paradise? Who should pay for the damages? How do we make sure that this does not happen again? What is happening to all the people displaced by the fire? What about the neighboring cities of Chico and Oroville? All of these questions and more have been covered in well over a hundred stories and editorials that our sister paper, Chico News & Review, has published since the fire. I am very proud of the work done by our Chico editor, Melissa Daugherty, and her team of reporters and freelancers. And the fire is personal for me. I moved to Chico in 1980 to become publisher of CN&R. Deborah and I were married near the Honey Run Covered Bridge that was destroyed in the Camp Fire, and we lived in Chico until 1989, when we moved to Sacramento to start SN&R. Our Chico drivers were distributing CN&R in Paradise on the day of the fire. Two members of our staff lost their homes. We lost over 100 newsstands. CN&R, like all other Butte County businesses, would benefit from a new Paradise arising from the ashes like a phoenix. We know that Mother Nature, with 385 million years of experience restoring trees and habitat destroyed by fire, is hard at work erecting a new ecosystem, which most likely will be different than the old one. Global warming and the intensity of the fire have made her job more difficult. Also hard at work are the government employees, who have the 8





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Moms against cancer Posters in the UCSF Children’s Hospital pictured bald parents alongside their bald children, Timaree Marston remembers. The posters were for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit supporting childhood cancer research through sponsored head shavings. At the time, in 2012, Marston asked her 3-year-old son Caemon if she should shave her hair. “Absolutely not,” he replied—he didn’t want his mother to change. He had been diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare form of the blood cancer that is difficult to treat and has a high rate of recurrence. After treatment, a bone marrow transplant and five-and-a-half months living with the diagnosis, Caemon died. Marston, an English teacher who has lived all around Northern California, found a home with St. Baldrick’s along with an affiliated fundraising group of mothers of cancer patients known as 46 Mommas. She has been fundraising, advocating and organizing to stop childhood cancer ever since—including a recent head-shaving trip to Washington, D.C., to seek research funding from lawmakers. SN&R spoke to Marston about her journey, her work and Caemon.

Does carrying on your son’s legacy motivate a lot of what you do now? It does, but I have a 4-year-old daughter now, and I teach. I teach at area community colleges; I teach English. And so I do have this professional life, and I have a life as a parent again, but this is the way I parent my son. I don’t get to parent my son in everyday activities, I don’t get to make him brush his teeth or help him learn to read. I instead show his picture and help ensure that other kids from other families don’t have to endure what we did.

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Heather Qualls holds up the death certificate for her mother Irma Jean McLaughlin, who died in September after an alleged fall at the Sacramento County Main Jail (right). Photos by Raheem F. hosseini

What happened to her mom in jail? Irma McLaughlin got hurt inside Sacramento’s jail, then died outside of it. The county doesn’t know how often that happens. by Raheem F. hosseini

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Heather Qualls dabbed a tissue at her reddened eyes and sank her hands back into the papers spilled across the table. Somewhere in there, she hoped, were answers to what really happened to her mother inside the Sacramento County Main Jail. Irma Jean McLaughlin died on Sept. 3, 2018, just four days after a drug arrest put the petite 66-year-old in the aging facility, which had been redflagged years earlier by the county’s own experts and condemned in a class-action lawsuit alleging inhumane conditions. |


In June, the parties in the lawsuit reached a settlement that—if approved by a judge—will require the county and the Sheriff’s Department to improve the chronic understaffing and other failings that fostered an overreliance on solitary confinement and deprived inmates of basic medical care, according to inmate welfare groups Disability Rights California and the Prison Law Office, which brought the class action. But McLaughlin’s death last year wasn’t due to a suicide or medical condition. She was severely injured

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inside the jail, then transported to a hospital where she died. That change of setting erased McLaughlin’s name from the jail’s roll of two-dozen dead since 2014, according to figures kept by the California Attorney General’s Office. As for the number of people who have died from the jail—no one really knows. Sheriff’s deputies arrested McLaughlin and three others at a home on Marconi Avenue on drug charges on Aug. 30, 2018, booking logs show. Along with McLaughlin, two of the arrested were listed as residents of the home: Bruce

Wayne Boatwright, 67, and William John Souza, 65. Qualls, who lives close by, said Boatwright was her mom’s romantic partner, one McLaughlin’s children couldn’t pry her away from. “He was a career criminal, but she loved him,” said Gloria Abernathy, a family friend. In March, Boatwright pleaded no contest to one count of possessing methamphetamine for sale, and was sentenced to eight months in state prison, according to court records. Souza was convicted of illegally possessing ammunition, a misdemeanor, and given three years of informal probation. The charges against McClaughlin were dropped. Qualls and Abernathy said they tried to visit McLaughlin at the jail the day she was arrested, but were told there were too many visitors for them to be accommodated. Qualls said she returned the next day and couldn’t find her mother’s name on the jail roster. When she asked why, Qualls said, she was told that her mom was in the medical wing, but wasn’t provided additional details. When she and Abernathy returned on the third day, they say they were

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10k and two stories? told McLaughlin had been released from custody. They waited for McLaughlin to return home, and wondered why she didn’t. By nightfall, they called the Sheriff’s Department to report her missing. Because the jail is downtown, they were told they had to call city police. They say they did. Eventually, Qualls received a call from a cousin saying her mother was at UC Davis Medical Center. They found McLaughlin on a gurney with a swollen face and gashed head, and were told that her spleen and intestines had ruptured. When Qualls first saw her mother in the hospital bed, she said she pulled at the covers and blurt, “Who hurt you?” Qualls said her mom grabbed her and repeated a phrase. Qualls thought her mom was saying she was dying. Qualls tried to reassure her that she wasn’t. McLaughlin’s eyes flashed and her grip tightened. Then Qualls said she realized what her mom was telling her. “‘They’re lying,’” Qualls said her mother told her. “They had to pry her hands off of me.” “That was the last day her mother spoke,” Abernathy added. “She never regained consciousness after that.” there are 109 pages describing the lengths to which medical staff went to keep Irma Jean McLaughlin among the living. There are only eight pages explaining what happened to her inside the jail that ultimately led to her death. The official story from the Sheriff’s Department is that the 4-foot-11 McLaughlin toppled off the top bunk in her cell while withdrawing from a gram-a-day heroin habit, striking her head and hip, according to a Sept. 1, 2018 casualty report, which McLaughlin’s family shared with SN&R. According to one deputy’s statement, McLaughlin’s left eye was swollen shut by a multi-colored bruise threaded down the middle with a dried, two-inch cut. The report says a deputy first learned of McLaughlin’s fall at 1:41 a.m. that Saturday, but that McLaughlin was not transported by ambulance to UC Davis Medical Center until more than three hours later, at 5:10 a.m., after speaking to her third deputy. A workup at the hospital showed that McLaughlin had fractured her neck and was spotted with hematomas. Within hours her stomach was hurting; a second CT scan showed significant blood in her belly, as well as “mesenteric hematoma,” a rare form of blunt abdominal trauma that is most commonly caused by seat belts in car accidents.

She was resuscitated by a massive blood 244 medical transports originated from the transfusion even before she reached the county’s other lockup in Elk Grove, the Rio operating table, where surgeons opened her Cosumnes Correctional Center, since 2017. stomach to discover internal hemorrhaging In just the past two-and-a-half years, from multiple sources. Surgeons cut and Sacramento County’s two jail facilities have clamped their patient, whose temperature originated 408 medical transports. plummeted. They emptied bags of plasma, While the data doesn’t reflect the seripacked absorbent sponges behind oozing ousness of the passengers’ conditions—or organs and stitched her up to see if they specify whether they were inmates, visitors would have a better chance at bringing her or staff—McLaughlin isn’t the only person back in the ICU. to die outside the jail from injuries sustained But the next day she was back on the inside of it. operating table, where surgeons In June 2017, a 61-year-old inmate excised a segment from her with cancer was savagely beaten small bowel and discovered by a mentally unstable a congested, bleeding liver cellmate being tried for “They’re that they suspected was murder. Clifton Harris was lying.” caused by CPR. They weak from chemotherapy slowed the bleeding treatments for small-cell last words of Irma with a laparotomy pad lung cancer and had McLaughlin and were closing her complained frequently as told to her daughter, back up when her pulse about his solitary confineHeather Qualls rate dropped again. They ment and medical care. pumped her heart, but it was Jail staff finally transferred no use. They called time of him from solitary—what the death at 10:01 p.m. on Sept. 3, 2018. Sheriff’s Department calls total separaHow a relatively healthy older woman tion, or t-sep—to an outpatient psychiatric went from getting snared in a drug raid to pod, where they put him in a cell with a deceased at the morgue has McLaughlin’s murder suspect who had also just been loved ones spinning their own theories. released from t-sep. Eight days later, that “They’re brutal down there,” Abernathy cellmate covered the cell with Harris’ blood. said of the jail staff. “They need to be Harris died eight months later when his exposed.” family took him off life support. His assailant was never charged with the assault. Like twenty-three people died within the McLaughlin, Harris’ death only came to physical confines of the jail between 2014 light through the family’s efforts. and 2018, according to self-reported figures Fischer thinks that prevents jail officials from the Sheriff’s Department. from drawing valuable lessons. Nine committed suicide by hanging, “If you have a critical incident, you seven were said to die of “natural” causes, should learn from it,” the litigator said. two were killed by other inmates, two “And it certainly shouldn’t matter where a overdosed, one suffered an unspecified person dies. The opportunity is the same.” accident and two died of undetermined Aside from the moral and ethical implicauses, according to the California Attorney cations, ignoring such opportunities can General’s Office’s Open Justice data portal. prove expensive to taxpayers. Even without Only three of the nearly two-dozen a judge’s approval of the settlement in the dead had been sentenced for their crimes. jail class action, the county budgeted $14 The rest still enjoyed the presumption of million for the fiscal year that started July innocence. 1 to increase staffing and medical care, and McLaughlin perished in a blind spot anticipates needing upwards of $118 million that masks the true toll the deteriorating jail to build a wing for mentally ill inmates. exacts on the people awaiting justice inside, “They’re not waiting,” Fischer said of said Aaron Fischer, litigation counsel for the county. Disability Rights California. The perceived lack of transparency Fischer added that, because the letter of over what happened to McLaughlin has the law allows jails to “weasel their way out prompted her daughter and friend to seek of” reporting deaths of inmates outside their answers in other ways. They filed a claim walls, it “creates some perverse incentives.” against the county, which is often a precusor McLaughlin’s ambulance ride was to civil litigation. Abernathy said they’re one of 63 to originate from the downtown pushing for that. jail last year, and one of 164 since 2017, “She was a really nice lady,” Abernathy according to figures from the county’s said. “She didn’t deserve to die like that.” Ω Department of Health Services. Another

Sacramento needs more housing—now. That’s a message city leaders have heard for more than three years, and they decided to echo it themselves when voting down an appeal last week that would have stopped a mixed-use residential project over environmental concerns from labor. Developer nikky mohanna made headlines last year when she unveiled her 11-story tower known as 19J, which added 175 living units to Midtown. Since then, Mohanna’s been working on a project called the 10k, which will replace three vacant buildings on the 900 block of K Street with a mixed-use development that includes a 200-room hotel and 196 apartments. Last month, city staff urged the Planning and Design Commission to approve the project, despite an official objection from the Oaklandbased law firm Lozeau Drury, which represented Laborers International of North America Local 185. The law firm told commissioners that construction would put laborers at a high risk for formaldehyde exposure. After the commission approved the project, the law firm officially appealed to the City Council on July 23. Staff from the city’s Community Development Department made it clear they disagreed with the consultant’s estimates of airborne exposure being significant. When it was Mohanna’s turn to speak, she assured the council that she shares common values with Local 185. “[The project] meets an immediate need of housing for our urban workforce,” Mohanna said. “I truly believe in advancing the environmental sustainability goals of our state and our city, and we intend to uphold every environmental policy.” Minutes before the council unanimously moved 10K forward, Councilman Steven Hansen said he’d spoken to leadership from Local 185 that day and was told it had no concerns about the project. “I don’t even understand why we’re here right now,” he said with a note of frustration. (Scott Thomas Anderson)

repo mad A 33-year-old woman was arrested in Rancho Cordova last month after she refused to get out of a car that was being repossessed, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded to a disturbance involving the woman and the repo man on Gold River Road on the afternoon of July 17, an incident summary states. According to the summary, the car had already been hooked and loaded onto a tow truck when the woman entered her vehicle and tried to drive it off the sled. When officers arrived, the woman allegedly locked herself in the car and initially refused to come out. She eventually opened the driver-side door, but still wouldn’t exit, the department alleges. An officer grabbed the woman’s left hand, “placed it in a twist lock” and pulled her out of the vehicle, the incident summary states. She was handcuffed, taken to the jail and cited for resisting arrest, booking logs show. Repossessions and auto loan debt are trending upward nationally. As of June of this year, 2.4 million cars had been repossessed, compared to 1.8 million in 2017, according to Title Loanser. A report last year by the national Fair housing alliance revealed that white borrowers with weaker credit profiles received less expensive financing options from auto lenders than their nonwhite counterparts, who were more financially qualified. Booking logs identified the woman arrested last month as African-American. According to the California Credit Union League, credit unions in Sacramento County dispensed $13.4 billion in loans over a 12-month period that ended Sept. 30, 2018, including new and used auto loans (Raheem F. Hosseini)

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Wally Sipher holds a photograph of his sister, Judy, at the site of her Paradise apartment off Clark Road. Photo by Andre byik

Vanished The last six unidentified Camp Fire victims have stumped law enforcement and scientists by Andre Byik

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As the Camp Fire barreled toward the town of Paradise, Wally Sipher called his sister, Judy, from his home in nearby Chico. A massive plume of smoke could be seen from the valley floor. Sipher told her the situation looked scary and she ought to get out. She didn’t seem worried. That was the last time they spoke. Judy, 68, lived in an apartment surrounded by tall pines at Paradise Community Village off Clark Road. It was an attractive low-income housing complex, Sipher recalled, and she was fortunate to have landed a spot there. Human remains, Sipher said, were found in or near the bathroom of Judy’s bottom-floor apartment, which was leveled by the blaze. He believes she likely sought shelter there in her final moments. |


It has been nearly nine months since the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire ripped through eastern Butte County—charring Paradise, Magalia and the smaller communities of Butte Creek Canyon and Concow and killing at least 85 people. But closure remains elusive for Sipher. Judy, he said, has yet to be confirmed dead by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Her case is believed to be among the six whose remains have not been positively identified. What’s complicated the identification process in some cases, authorities tell CN&R, is that the remains are so badly degraded from the intensity of the fire that DNA analysis is difficult to conduct. In others, authorities have few or no clues as to who the deceased could be.

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Kory Honea, sheriff and coroner for Butte County, received grim news in the evening hours of Nov. 8, 2018. The Camp Fire had been burning for less than a day, but the scope of the immediate destruction was beginning to take shape. Honea told CN&R he was at a command post set up at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico when sheriff’s officials learned multiple people had been found dead in cars on Edgewood Lane in south Paradise. They’d died trying to escape the inferno and were among the first human remains recovered. In conversations Honea had that day with state and federal officials, he was told to expect more deaths. Many more, maybe between 300 and 400. In the following days and weeks, officials mounted an unprecedented

search and recovery operation. They scoured a fire zone that measured about 240 square miles—a land area about as expansive as the city of Chicago—and included about 18,000 places, such as burned homes, businesses, outbuildings and other areas where people may have sought refuge from the flames. An estimated 10,000 people contributed to the search, including firefighters, coroner’s investigators, forensic anthropologists, crime analysts, morgue workers and DNA specialists. “What we ended up with was, in my view, probably one of the most complex mass casualty events that anyone has ever had to deal with,” the sheriff said. In other mass-casualty events in which there could be a similar or greater number of deaths, such as a commercial plane crash or terrorist attack, the search area typically is limited. Searchers also may have a better understanding of whom they are looking for, taking into account such things as passenger manifests and corporate rosters. And the remains would be expected to be more intact than what was left behind in the Camp Fire. To date, two people remain on the official Camp Fire missing persons list—Wendy Carroll-Krug and Sara Martinez-Fabila. Nevertheless, the sheriff said his office has remained open to the possibility that more remains could be found in the burn zone. The last person to be positively identified was Shirley Haley of Paradise. The Sheriff’s Office released her name on July 10. She was 67. Haley lived with her sister, Barbara Carlson, 71, who also was killed in the blaze, in a mobile home on Heavenly Place. Carlson was positively identified in December. Carlson’s granddaughter, Maggie Masterson, 23, of Magalia, told CN&R that not having official confirmation about Haley’s death until July was surreal. “The not knowing is what really hurts,” Masterson said. Sipher said he’d like to receive the remains of his sister and hold a memorial service with his family in Idaho, which had been put off but was scheduled for late July. “We’re still going to do it with or without remains, I guess,” he said at the time. “Just a little remembrance.” □

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n okapi is smacking on his food, his nostrils flaring, the horn-like ossicones on his head forking forward as his mouth bends sideways. Kids at the Sacramento Zoo stand a few feet away, wonder-struck. They marvel at the crimson and smoky ribbons wrapping the forest giraffe’s shoulders and the lashing zebra-like stripes that jet down his legs. One of the grade schoolers can barely contain himself as he starts explaining the okapi’s taxonomical link to the giraffes wandering in a nearby corral. A future veterinarian? The next intrepid biologist? The boy keeps reading every word posted about the okapi as droves of students hurry by him in every direction. There’s an energy to this shady hideaway in Land Park. Children rush to the chimpanzees. They huddle near the snow leopards. They point at trotting zebras. They motion friends over to see the jaguar. And from one side of the tree-lined labyrinth to the other, there’s not a single pair of young eyes staring at a cellphone. On this July morning, the Sacramento Zoo is living up to one of its missions. It is filling the next generation with a true sense of the natural sublime. It may just be a peek, a series of small glimpses of the animals and plants on landscapes around the globe, but it’s clearly sparking empathy in the kids—and making them aware of mesmerizing but disappearing corners of the wild. Four miles away in downtown, far removed from the laughs and shouts echoing over the okapi pen, a political tug of war is underway over the future of North Natomas and the destiny of the Sacramento Zoo. So far, the headlines have centered largely on economics, tourism and neighborhood vitality. City leaders and the Sacramento Kings assured Natomas residents in 2013 that once they lost their sports arena, it would be replaced by a new “shovel-ready” attraction before Golden 1 Center even opened. For Natomas residents, anger over that broken promise appeared it might ease when the zoo announced it needed a new, much bigger home.

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“A lot of the reason that two-thirds of the animals that used to be at the Sacramento Zoo aren’t there anymore has to do with decisions on animal wellness. Space is a quality of life issue for some animals.” Jason Jacobs, director of the Sacramento Zoo

“We’ve been waiting for years to hear something is happening at that location,” says Brandy Tuzon Boyd of the We Want a Zoo campaign in Natomas. “The kind of zoo that could exist at that specific spot would be a family-friendly, entertainment-based draw that the people of our city would love and that visitors would gravitate to from all over.” But politics is never simple. As city leaders commissioned a $150,000 zoo feasibility study in May, staff also included at least two other sites as leading candidates for relocation, leaving Natomas’s zoo hopefuls trying to gauge where exactly each City Council member aligns. The Sacramento Kings exact position on the issue is also unclear. Yet a closer look at why the Sacramento Zoo is interested in a much larger property—the Sleep Train Arena site has 185 acres—reveals another story that is unfolding. By nearly every metric, the current landlocked, 14-acre zoo can’t grow, evolve or even maintain its status as a quality home for animals, especially in light of new science on wildlife health. The Sacramento Zoo has acknowledged those challenges. “Our tigers and lions were in enclosures, or habitats, that were essentially unchanged since 1961,” says Jason Jacobs, who took over as zoo director in January 2018. “That’s why we made the extremely difficult decision to send our tigers out.” The rest of the zoo’s leadership team echoes Jacobs’ concerns, saying their animals “deserve better” and that a greatly expanded site would allow them to build “large, complex and enriching habitats.” But animal advocates are hoping that if the zoo somehow accomplishes that, it will only

be the beginning of following the model of cutting-edge facilities that are reimagining the very concept of a zoo. Several zoo directors have proven that moving from the Victorian-era focus on caged spectacles to a 21st century commitment to animal rescue and well-being and habitat protection is the best path to longterm success. Could an expanded, reinvigorated Sacramento Zoo be the next innovator? Jacobs says his team wants to find out.

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Osh, a tusked, towering African elephant, drags his snout across a glassy surface of water. People at the Oakland Zoo watch his herculean head drop from a distance. When Osh has his fill, he goes wandering alone through six sprawling acres that, for now, he has to himself. Later, Osh will be rotated into a different spacious area, while three female elephants enjoy trotting along these open grades and hillsides. Osh has been domineering toward the females lately, says Oakland Zoo employee Danial Flynn, so the females need some space from his antics. And at the moment, the Oakland Zoo gives its elephants more space

to roam than any facility in the nation. It’s not just the pachyderms that have breathing room. From its Malaysian sun bears to its troop of baboons, the Oakland Zoo features some of the largest enclosures and living conditions of any zoo in America. Its jaguar enclosure, for example, appears to be 8 to 10 times larger than the one at the Sacramento Zoo. Justin Barker, who grew up in Sacramento and founded Citizens Lobbying for Animals in Zoos when he was just 13, says that his grassroots group wants any new version of the Sacramento Zoo to have a strong commitment to improving the living conditions for animals. For the Oakland Zoo, steering toward a more humane philosophy has paid off. It’s closing in on having a million visitors a year. The story of transformation was three decades in the making and spearheaded by its director, Joel Parrott, a veterinarian. When he was hired, the Oakland Zoo was under constant criticism for the health of its animals.

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“If you take on the responsibility of having something in captivity, you have to ensure that it will not only survive, but that it will thrive. It’s about quality over quantity.” Ron Kagan, director of the Detroit Zoo

Parrott believed that if the zoo could emphasize animal welfare above any other priority, it would reenergize the public’s interest—and create a powerful place to meditate on the plight of animals in the wild. Today, by making its enclosures larger and more relaxing for the animals, this means patrons are often watching the animals from further away. “You get your educators out there to help tell the public why you’re doing it,” Parrot says. “The people are seeing the animals in a non-stressed state. They’re seeing them do natural behavior. They know what they’re seeing.” Parrot isn’t the only head of an American zoo viewed as a trailblazer. Ron Kagan, director of the Detroit Zoo, has also been lauded for bringing a careful, empathy-driven approach to the treatment of animals. In 2016, the Detroit Zoo moved its 75 penguins into a 33,000-square-foot, 326,000-gallon state-of-the-art facility, complete with Arctic winds and icy waterfalls. No other penguins in captivity enjoy an environment like it. 16   |   SN&R   |   08.01.19

Kagan also insisted that his zoo, in a city where the winters are long and frigid, not house wildlife used to a warmer climate. The penguins, along with polar bears and arctic foxes, are now some of the top attractions. The zoo does not have animals that belong in extremely hot, subtropical environments, such as orangutans. Finally, the Detroit Zoo works to make sure it’s not keeping instinctually social animals isolated, or solitary species in crowded conditions, which causes stress. “Beyond the science, you have to use common sense and you have to use compassion,” Kagan says. “If you take on the responsibility of having something in captivity, you have to ensure that it will not only survive, but that it will thrive. It’s about quality over quantity.” Leaders at the Sacramento Zoo are hoping a relocation and reinvention will allow them to follow at least some of the principles put in place in Detroit and Oakland. They want the room to recreate an African savannah larger than the entire current zoo with

giraffes, zebras, antelopes, gazelles and other species “living together as they do in nature,” the leadership said in a public statement. They have also discussed generally larger enclosures for primates and other animals. “A lot of the reason that two-thirds of the animals that used to be at the Sacramento Zoo aren’t there anymore has to do with decisions on animal wellness,” Jacobs says. “Space is a quality of life issue for some animals.”

‘Give me shelter’

A golden-brown grizzly bear sits waist-deep in a pond, his claws playfully thrashing the water, occasionally grazing his wet nose. His nearly 3-acre pen at the Oakland Zoo sits at the top of a hill overlooking seaside neighborhoods around the East Bay and then out to the Pacific Ocean. The grizzly, which was saved from being euthanized as a cub after his mother was deemed a problem bear in Alaska, lives in the zoo’s recently opened California Trail—a 56-acre expansion that doubled the size of the zoo and added a secluded oak woodland dedicated entirely to North American species. Most of the animals living on the trail were brought for sanctuary by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. State and federal biologists often struggle to find longterm sanctuaries for orphaned animals that can’t go back in the wild, especially mountain lion and black bear cubs. The Oakland Zoo has taken in three rescued mountain lion cubs—one from El Dorado County—and a black bear and her triplets. The mother bear had broken into a house in Kern County and then behaved defensively when its owner confronted her. The zoo prevented the sow and her cubs from being euthanized. Parrot’s team also has a program for detoxing California condors that have secondary lead poisoning and getting them back in the wild. “If they test positive, the condors are brought to our vet hospital,” Parrot explains. “We provide a drug that brings down the lead to a safe level, then they go back to Pinnacles National Park.” The Detroit Zoo has also put a public punctuation mark on its rescue work. Kagan says it took in a lion that was guarding a crack house in Detroit, a lion that had been wandering a junkyard in Kansas, a bear held as a mascot and viciously abused, and a polar bear that a fly-by-night circus was dragging through the heated jungles of the Caribbean. Kagan’s team has made it a point to tell each animal’s story. “Part of the education is to show those cases where people have really failed these animals,” Kagan says. While the Sacramento Zoo has taken some rescue animals, most were bred in captivity or transferred from other zoos. It hasn’t had space

for large California wildlife needing sanctuary. In the region, that burden has been taken on by the much smaller Folsom Zoo, which continues to be a sanctuary for black bears, mountain lions, bobcats and Pacific Northwest wolves. If a larger Sacramento Zoo is built, Citizens Lobbying for Animals in Zoos wants it to have dedicated space for North American wildlife. “The Sacramento Zoo has an opportunity to think bigger than what they’re thinking, and bigger than business as usual,” Barker says. “It should focus on being a refuge for animals rather than a way station.” Jacobs says that while there are a lot of unknowns until the feasibility study is done in a few months, he and his team have a lot of interest in doing sanctuary work. “We’d love to have a habitat that focuses on the Sacramento Delta and American River wildlife,” he says. “And we’d love to be in a position to help rescue animals like grizzly bears.” Jacobs adds that Colombia is currently looking for long-term homes for hippos that were imported by the late drug lord Pablo Escobar and aren’t doing well in its climate. “Those are conversations we’re interested in having,” he notes.

Darkness in the forest

Indah, a smooth-haired Sumatran orangutan, rocks back and forth on a tree branch, her long arm grabbing a rope against the breeze. She eventually climbs down, waddling toward her rock enclosure inside the Sacramento Zoo. Stacy Broyles approaches Indah’s enclosure with her 1-year-old niece, Bailey, who’s smiling and jabbering at other critters flashing by. Broyles says it’s important to teach children about wildlife at an early age. “There’s a lot of people causing harm to animals in the world, and I think this is a good way to teach kids about what’s special when it comes to animals,” she says. Indah and the two orangutans that live alongside her, Makan and Cheli, are a major attraction. Orangutans have been a draw for years, going back to Urban, a shaggy male who wowed visitors with his size, and Ginger, a spry female, who set the world record for the oldest orangutan in captivity. Urban died in 2009 and Ginger in 2011. But for as much fascination as orangutans have brought to visitors, the reality is that this gentle, highly intelligent species is facing its twilight. Orangutan numbers in the wild have plummeted over the last century. The World Wildlife Fund has listed Sumatran orangutans as critically endangered, with only between 8,000 and 14,000 left in the rain forests of Southeast Asia.

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“The Sacramento Zoo has an opportunity to think bigger than what they’re thinking, and bigger than business as usual. It should focus on being a refuge for animals rather than a way station.”

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Justin Barker, founder of Citizens Lobbying for Animals in Zoos

While the Sacramento Zoo does participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Sumatran Orangutan Survival Plan—a research and breeding program—the main areas of conservation it is funding are zebra habitat protection, some California wildlife restoration and a program to reduce lion-human conflicts in Africa. The zoo estimates it has contributed about $1 million to various conservation programs over the last decade. Animal advocates hope that a larger Sacramento Zoo would strive to fund much more direct conservation, especially on behalf of the most threatened species that draw visitors through its gates. “What’s important is that we’re conserving the environments these animals live in, and not just saying, ‘OK, we give up, we’re only going to have these animals in captivity,’” Barker stresses. That includes the zoo’s biggest stars, like the orangutans. According to orangutan conservation biologist Leif Cocks, the imperiled apes need all the help they can get. Cocks operates the Orangutan Project, a nonprofit working to establish complete ecosystems that could allow the apes to survive. “Zoo populations of Sumatran orangutans are unsustainable, and saving small patches of rain forest is unsustainable,” Cocks explains. “That means we’re a $3 million-a-year organization with a $20 million-a-year problem. That’s literally the gap for us when it comes to saving viable ecosystems for all species of orangutans to survive.” Of the Orangutan Project’s current funding sources, no money is coming

from the world’s zoological societies, he says. He adds that in his experience, most zoos—and most corporations—want to make small, one-time donations in exchange for positive publicity. As a biologist who formerly worked in the zoo industry, Cocks says the public needs to understand what participation in the AZA’s Sumatran Orangutan Survival Plan actually means. “The zoos’ breeding programs are only designed to sustain captive populations,” Cocks says. “There’s probably a lot of zoo employees who genuinely want to help, but I think there’s some cognitive dissonance around this.” Here again the Oakland and Detroit zoos have tried to be better models, steering funds to long-term habitat conservation programs for the very animals that are their biggest draws: elephants and penguins, respectively. Jacobs says that the Sacramento Zoo has recently taken an important step in that direction by starting to raise funds for the Okapi Conservation Project, which seeks to both lift villagers out of poverty who live near the Okapi, as well as pay the workers who protect the elusive animal in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Jacobs adds that if a new Sacramento Zoo could close in on 1 million visitors a year—double its current attendance—it will certainly be funding more conservation projects. “Imagine what we could do,” he says. “It’s not about the number of programs, it’s about making sure those programs have the most impact. But either way, I see a greater commitment.”

Different players are pushing the conversation in different directions as the feasibility study is getting underway to determine exactly what kind of new Sacramento Zoo is possible. The cost depends on the size of the expansion and the location; it would be financed by a mix of private donations, fundraising efforts and city revenues. While private donors are interested in helping the zoo expand, City Councilman Steve Hansen continues to remind everyone that the city would be responsible for land acquisition and a good portion of construction. Barker plans to ask the City Council, which technically owns the animals, to commit to keeping families together for life and to having clearly defined purposes for any breeding program, beyond just increasing captive populations. For his part, Jacobs continues to talk to his team about what’s possible, including using their recognized expertise in caring for thick-billed parrots to run a rehab center that could help return more of the rare North American bird back into the wild. Boyd says Natomas residents will press on with their We Want a Zoo campaign. She adds that any progress on animal welfare, sanctuary and habitat conservation will only make the zoo more popular. “This project shouldn’t be about just putting animals in bigger cages,” Boyd says. “It’s about a vision where we can do more for the animals.” Ω

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Top: “Setting Sun of Sacramento Valley,” a 1922 ink and color on silk scroll exclusive to the Crocker exhibit. Right: Artist Chiura Obata at his exhibition at the California Palace of Legion of Honor in 1931. Top Right: “Untitled (Bears),” one of Obata’s many sumi-e ink paintings.

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Chiura Obata painted his 1941 piece “Landslide” in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, where on Dec. 7 that year, 2,335 people were killed by the Japanese Imperial Navy. The next day, the U.S. declared war on Japan. In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which would relocate over 100,000 Japanese residents—many of them American citizens—to 10 concentration camps across the country. Obata would be among them. For the painter, who ran away at 14 to study art in Tokyo before immigrating to San Francisco four years later, life and art would often collide. That’s evident in the traveling exhibit Chiura Obata: An American Modern—now showing at the Crocker Art Museum through Sept. 29. It presents the 70-plus year career of the late Japanese-American painter, who brushed together richly saturated California landscapes, documented life inside the internment camps during World War II, continued painting long after his release from detention, and in so doing, rode a historical fault line as a JapaneseAmerican man and artist in the 20th centuary. More than 100 paintings demonstrate an artist who’s hard to categorize stylistically. But Obata’s obsession with natural beauty is obvious. In “Mountain Mist,” splotched black hills and quaint houses make what could appear to be an old Japanese village blanketed by fog. It’s actually a scene from Gilroy in the 1930s. Obata was born in 1885 in Okayama, Japan, and moved to San Francisco in 1903. What he and other Japanese immigrants found was an America emerging from intolerance. While Obata thrived in the arts society,

there was still a bridge to build between two countries destined for war.

‘Great Nature’ It was April 25, 1906. At around 5 a.m., the chimney fell into the apartment. Obata snatched as many sketchbooks as he could and trekked downtown. In front of the Union Square Francis Hotel, American women in their bathrobes wandered in panic. “I knew something seriously had happened,” Obata said in a 1965 interview with the Japanese American History Project at UCLA. “I also knew by then that you have to face anything Nature gives you with your whole body and spirit.” A 7.9 magnitude earthquake had hit, and Obata wanted the best view of the wreckage. One of his many sketches of the Great Earthquake’s aftermath shows a barren roadside downtown, leveled buildings etched along San Francisco’s horizon. He was 21 and already a seasoned illustrator. He had worked various jobs, including as a domestic helper, as a cook, then as an illustrator with the influential Japanese newspapers Tohoku Shimbun (“Japanese American News”) and Shin Sekai (“New World”). In his free time, Obata explored Northern California. Over seven decades, he observed its natural monuments: Yellow moonlight reflecting on the sharp rocks and swirling waves at Point Lobos. Summer radiating over fruit farms in Alma. Melting snow engulfing the Sierra Nevada mountains. He advocated for a life in harmony with dai shizen, or “Great Nature.” “We humans, without knowing the rhythmical activities of heaven and earth, cannot live our harmonious life,” he wrote in a 1933 essay “Natural Rhythm and Its Harmony.”

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Some art scholars have called Obata a New Deal public arts programs in the ‘30s cultural mediator between modern-traditional offered jobs only to citizens. Japanese and American styles. His landscapes To support themselves, many Asianare impressionistic. Distant city lights are American artists held outside employment represented as constellations of white, orange or, like Obata, produced commercial art. and gold dots. Rain clouds smear the sky in From 1915-1927, he illustrated for the travel black ink, where flame tongues burn red at magazine Japan. sunset. In 1922, he co-organized the first exhibit “A lot of his landscapes are his by the East West Art Society at the San subjective interpretation. His Francisco Museum of Art, featuring expression, his feeling, his work by Asian, American and observation of the place,” Russian painters. He had “he seemed to said ShiPu Wang, the several solo exhibitions in want to suggest exhibit’s curator and an art the ‘30s, including at the professor at UC Merced. Crocker in 1938. that whIle the “That’s a little bit differIn 1932, Obata ent from the plein-air began teaching art annIhIlatIon Is landscape painters who at UC Berkeley. His almost Complete, we would go out and be classes were popular, faithful to the scene they the curriculum rigorous, Can stIll survIve.” are depicting.” Wang said. shIpu wang Meanwhile, racial “He was humorous but C u r at o r , C h I u r a o b ata : a n tensions boiled in San had high expectations,” he amerICan modern Francisco. An incident in 1907 said. Essays reveal an artist landed Obata an attempted murder who believed that both precise charge after eight union rail workers form and individuality were essential to ambushed him near a crosswalk. great art. “Immediately, they started swearing ‘Jap! “Before the student touches brush to paper, Skebe!’ [Pervert],” Obata said. “The second his mind must be as tranquil as the surface of guy stood up and slapped me on the cheek. … a calm, undisturbed lake,” he wrote. “Let not a Although I felt humiliated, I tried to ignore shadow be cast on it nor the slightest thought them and just pass. However, the third one spit of self-conceit or egotism!” on me.” ImagInIng freedom He hit the spitter first. Outnumbered, Obata grabbed a three-foot-long iron railroad connecRelocation was swift. Obata and his family— tion and charged at them. One of the men his wife, renowned ikebana artist Haruko stumbled, and Obata dropped the iron on his Obata, and four children—were forced to leave head. He was arrested and later exonerated. their homes immediately. They closed two art Before the 1960s, visual artists of color studios in Oakland and Berkeley, and Obata were mostly marginalized. The Immigration left his teaching position. His youngest son Act of 1924 completely excluded Asian Gyo, a freshman architecture major at Berkeley, Americans from acquiring citizenship, and wanted to stay for school, and they successfully

“Devastation,” which Obata painted in the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings in 1945.

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Top: Obata’s 1945 trilogy, reacting to the atomic bombings during World War II, carry themes of hope in the aftermath of the destruction. Right: “Moonlight: Point Lobos,” a 1930 painting in Monterey, is one of Obata’s larger pieces.

petitioned to have him transferred to a university in St. Louis, MO. Many Japanese artists permanently lost their paintings. The UC Berkeley president offered to store Obata’s. What they reveal is what Obata saw, in black and white: the Bay Bridge distorted by black streaks, as if by rain or distant memory. In another painting, blurred faces and piled suitcases file into a bus. “While I was waiting for the bus, there was a soldier with a gun,” Obata said. “There was a little child, five or six years old, not knowing anything, with childlike innocence, playing with the guard—playing hide-and-seek at the edge of the street trees.” Obata and his family were sent to Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, and were later transferred to Topaz Relocation Center in Utah. In over 350 drawings throughout his stay, the tone is mostly monochromatic and unsentimental, Wang said. Other artists, he writes, depicted the suffering and bleak circumstances dramatically. In a painting by George Matsusaburo Hibi, from 1945, black

ChIura obata: an amerICan modern, runs through sept. 29. the CroCker art museum, 216 o st.; for more Info, vIsIt CroCkerart.org.

coyotes haunt a duskened camp. The drawings are essential to the historical record, said Kimi Kodani Hill, one of Obata’s granddaughters. “At that time also, Japanese Americans were not allowed to own radios and weapons, and one of the other contraband items were cameras,” Hill told the Crocker in a Facebook livestream interview. “So for people that are being forced into this situation, how do you record what’s happening to you?” Obata’s memory of the child stuck, and was an impetus for opening the first art school in the internment camps in May 1942. The school taught around 600 internees, from children to elders. “weathering the storm” Continued on page 22

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“He believed that when you are making art, you have to concentrate,” Wang said. “And when you’re concentrating, you have a calmness of the mind to be able ... not be so affected by the traumatic experience around you.” When they moved to Topaz in September 1942, they brought the art school with them. But in April 1943, Obata was allegedly attacked by an unknown assailant and hospitalized. He was released with his family, and reunited with his son in Missouri. At the end of of internment in 1946, 1,862 internees had died, mostly from medical issues. One in 10 died from tuberculosis. “What we had built up during that long period—more than half a century or even a century—we had to leave and abandon,” Obata said. “They lost everything. I don’t think anyone earned anything from that experience.”

RetuRning to coloR With immigrant artists, museums sometimes drop “American” from their identity. Asian-American artworks may be shown in the “Asian” department, while white artists can define mainstream art history, even when an artist of color may have originated an idea. Through the traveling exhibit, Wang hopes to persuade museums to integrate Obata’s story. “I’m presenting him as an American artist without the Japanese qualifier,” said Wang. “I’m asking American museums to think about their definitions of American art and their collections.” The exhibit is semi-chronological, presenting Obata’s tendencies: watercolor and ink paintings of landscapes, animals, ikebana (Japanese flower arrangements), his magazine covers, and his documentations of every day life. “It was very important that we include postWorld War [II] work [in the exhibit],” Wang said. “It’s also a way to say that while World War II was 22   |   SN&R   |   08.01.19

a crucial period for people who were incarcerated, some of them returned to what they did before as a sign of resilience, as a sign to say, ‘I’m not defeated by this experience.’” Hope is a central theme in Obata’s 1946 trilogy reacting to the Hiroshima-Nagasaki atomic bombings, which killed between 100,000 and 200,000 Japanese civilians, and led to Japan’s surrender. In the first painting, “Devastation,” two people sit amid battleground of dirt-colored splatters signifying the wreckage. And in the third painting, “Harmony,” smoke-infected sunrays illuminate a patch of green grass. “He seemed to want to suggest that while the annihilation is almost complete, we can still survive,” Wang said. After the war ended, Obata returned to teaching at UC Berkeley, where he retired in 1954. Two years prior, he was able to finally acquire citizenship after the Immigration Act of 1952 ended Asian exclusion. He continued painting and, for two decades, led ‘Obata Tours’ to Japan. He died in 1975, at age 89. “He was determined to introduce Americans to the traditional arts and culture and scenic beauty of Japan, and hopefully that way teach Americans and Japanese to appreciate each other’s cultures, to create a bridge of understanding,” Kodani Hill said. The end of the exhibit shows a resurgence of vibrant landscapes. A bold dungeness crab painting from 1961 calls back to his prewar sumi-e animals. Some paintings show giant sequoia trees, which Obata praised as survivors. “Think of the fact that it was more than 30 centuries ago when the sequoia trees sprung out from tiny seeds, even long before Christ was born,” he wrote in the 1933 essay. “You can imagine what tedious hardship and experience—wind, rain, snow, storm, drought and avalanche—the trees have gone through during their life without crying. This is real existence, not imagination, not abstract impression.” □

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Five events to get you through the dog days of summer It’s August, the hottest time of year, and a time known as the dog days of summer. The phrase, in modern speak, refers to the hot, lazy end of season. Historically, its meaning is rooted in centuries past: the Dog Days of Summer was the period following the rising of the Sirius star system, the so-called Dog Stars, part of the Canis Majoris constellation. It was also a time ancient astrologers associated with extreme summer weather, lethargy and even insanity. If that sounds like late summer in Sacramento, we’ve got you. In the spirit of pulling you away from your perch in front of the air conditioning, here are five August events to keep you coolly entertained.

Come clean Have skeletons in your closet but not quite ready to go public with them? Find inspiration at this show hosted by the STAB! Comedy Theater. Confessions of the Garbage People is just that: six participants— appropriately dubbed the “Garbage People”—sharing their deepest, darkest secrets. Each person drops a written confession into a box to have it selected and read by another person. Then, everyone will try to guess who did exactly what. Awkward hilarity is sure to ensue. 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; $8; STAB! Comedy Theater. 1710 Broadway; stabcomedytheater.com.

Soak it up With its quirky cool art and venue warehouse space, Beatnik Studios is part of downtown Sac’s Southside

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Space jams Montreal’s premier indie chamber rock band with a hipster name, Godspeed You Black Emperor, visits Ace of Spades for what’s sure to be a sprawling and spacey soundscape of a night. The band’s 2000 debut Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven is a modern classic, comprising of only four epic sonic numbers, the longest clocking in at 22 minutes. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20; $27; Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.; aceofspadessac.com.

Catch a legend Legendary singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson brings Merle Haggard’s backing band, the Strangers, to Folsom for a show that draws on his rich pop-country catalog. Kristofferson’s prolific career includes songs such as “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” and “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” He’s also an actor and starred in the 1976 version of A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; $55-$85; Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom; harriscenter.net.

History revisited The California Museum is one of Sacramento’s not-so-secret gems. Located downtown, it offers a wealth of exhibits and events that spotlight the state’s history, accomplishments and milestones. Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege, which opened in late July and runs through Dec. 29, documents the censorship, whitewashing (literally and figuratively) and destruction of Southern California’s Chicana/o mural scene. With photographs, mural fragments and other documents, it chronicles vital Mexican-American representation. Artists include Barbara Carrasco, Willie F. Herrón III and the East Los Streetscapers. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; $6.50-$9, Free for children 5 and under; California Museum, 1020 O St.; californiamuseum.org. Ω

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Park artistic and cultural Renaissance. On Friday, it hosts Absorbed: Summer Edition as a final reception for Desert Songs, a desertthemed exhibit featuring Erica Avila, Joshua Tremain and Felicia Gabaldon. The closing event will include music from Jon Bafus, Ross Hammond and Jon Raskin as well as a performance from the Capitol Dance Project. There will also be food and drink, including boozy concoctions from the Jungle Bird and brews from Urban Roots Brewing & Smokehouse. Bonus: Your ticket includes food and an open bar. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; $35 advance, $40 door; Beatnik Studios, 723 S St.; beatnikstudios.com.


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A bright future Newly-formed Sunny Side Theatre Company hits the local scene this weekend with an original play set in the city of swift rivers, farm food hitting your forks and arboreal denseness. Written by Johanna C. Pugh, City of Trees follows three friends who reunite post-grad school and attempt to save a Midtown diner from shutting down. While working together, challenges relating to identity, mental health and abuse bubble up from the surface. What happens to their friendship, and do they save the diner? These are questions that can only be answered by seeing the show for yourself. Fri, 8/2, 7pm; Sat, 8/3, 7pm; Sun, 8/4, 5pm; Through 8/18; $12-$14; William J. Geery Theatre, 2130 L St.; facebook.com/sunnysidetheatre.

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An Oak Park legacy Flowers Fish Market has been a neighborhood mainstay for nearly 40 years by Illyanna MaIsonet

“Fresh call, brother? Bean pie, sister?” asked two brothers in perfectly fitted suits and crisp black bow ties, standing on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Broadway as my cousin and I walked toward a little building tucked in an alcove. We entered Flowers Fish Market and approached the counter, the open kitchen directly behind. The cook was oblivious to us and continued to sing to the floating fillets of fish in the deep fryer. We put in our orders for two fried whiting sandwiches. We took our bounty and sat under a shady tree on Bigler Way to wait for the American Legion High School crowd to pour out. We tore into those containers as the assemblage started. A mountain of thin fillets cut into pieces with curled edges, white flesh on one side and a charcoal stripe on 26





the other side beneath light cornmeal dredge. A slather of tartar sauce, a sprinkling of tart and vinegary Crystal hot sauce, crunchy from the cornmeal batter and years of fried fish education sandwiched between two pieces of white bread. A sip of Tahitian Treat. We were mighty pleased with these sandwiches. “Flowers is definitely a legacy business,” says local author and historian William Burg when I inquire about the possibility of an older restaurant existing in Oak Park. There are a few Oak Park restaurants I remember from my childhood such as The Hamburger House, that had amazing peach cobbler. I remember a few from folklore such as Dunlap’s Dining Room near 43rd Street and 4th Avenue. I remember a Primo’s Swiss Club that was not “dilapidated and abandoned,”

as it’s now described on Arthur Henry’s Supper Club & Ruby Room’s website. Rather, it was full of electric energy. I remember an Oak Park that had both Harlem Renaissance swag and 1990s Hollywood inner-city movie violence. Yvette Henderson, owner of Flowers, was born in Berkeley. She’s a restaurant veteran. Henderson says that her family “built a restaurant from the ground up in Vallejo” in the 1980s. They decided that their future wasn’t going to be economically successful if they stayed in Vallejo. So in 1993, Henderson and her family, along with her father Rudy Henderson, moved to Sacramento and took over Flowers from Mr. Flowers, who opened Flowers Fish Market and Restaurant in 1985. At one point, it even had a fish market. The current building is the original building, but it has served different lifestyles. “It used to be a juke joint and a wash house at one point,” Henderson says. As I stand at the front counter, a series of working men come in and out, picking up their phone orders. There are lunch specials on the menu: five-piece whiting and fries ($7) and a red snapper burger and fries ($5.50). I always order the two-way combo of fried whiting and chicken wings ($16.85) with a side of french fries. While I normally prefer my french fries crispy, I have a special place in my heart for soft french fries if they’re homemade and hand cut. And they are at Flowers. What appears before you is a heaping pile of crispy fish and chicken pieces, some blossomed like flowers in the deep fryer. Be patient. Everything is cooked to order, so it arrives at the temperature of the sun. First: a slather of tartar sauce and a sprinkling of Crystal hot

sauce just as I’m about to gnaw at the little pieces of chicken like a wild animal. Suddenly, another aroma wafts from the kitchen. A warming scent. I walk back to the counter to find Henderson removing a slew of sweet potato pies straight from the oven. I’m not normally a fan of sweet potato pie. I often find it to be cloyingly sweet, sometimes gritty, or just downright bland. It was impossible to pass up an opportunity to purchase a fresh pie that had only been out of its incubator of love seconds ago. The sweet potato pie ($14) is Henderson’s mother’s recipe. The filling is smooth and rich. It has nutmeg, cinnamon and other warming spices. Henderson makes her pies weekly, along with peach cobbler and bean pies. She learned how to make bean pies from her father, Rudy. And Rudy learned how to make bean pies from rapper Mozzy’s grandfather, John Usher. “He was really good at baking,” Henderson says. Bean pies were a regular sight in the ’90s in Oak Park, sold on street corners by black Muslims. Today, there are only two places that I know of where you can purchase them. Flowers is one of them. Flowers might not be everyone’s favorite. But, I’d peg it as a strong contender for being the oldest restaurant in Oak Park continually operated by the same family. A mainstay foundation in the face of gentrification. It’s still a family business, so you might catch Henderson, or her brother J.R., or her son Denzel on any given day. It’s welcoming to those who have a history with the neighborhood. The food is like the restaurant and its owners: It doesn’t need your approval. It’s unapologetic, it’s comforting, it’s loving and it is genuine. It’s the Oak Park of my childhood. □

Be patient. Everything is cooked to order, so it arrives at the temperature of the sun.

Visit Flowers Fish Market at 3224 Martin luther King Jr. blvd., (916) 456-0719.

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Off the vine River City Wine Week celebrates the bounty of craft and boutique  wines grown throughout the Sacramento region and beyond by James Raia

“Smaller wineries are at a disadvantage,” says Boyles of the more than 1,000 wineries within a twohour drive from Sacramento. “It’s a great way to showcase boutique, handmade, artisanal wine that people may not ever have a chance to try in a restaurant.” A portion of the proceeds from Pop & Pure will benefit WellSpace Health, a system of community health centers that provide primary care, dental health and behavioral health services in Sacramento, Placer and Amador counties. Rio City Cafe’s wine flights, a Summer Sangiovese Pairing and a three-course dinner and wine pairing at The Waterboy are among the 27 events scheduled. Sara Arbabian, owner of The Rind and La Crosta, will also participate and calls it a “wonderful opportunity to highlight wine with the bounty we have in Sacramento.” “For us, it’s a time to highlight our relationships with winemakers and distributors, and have fun with exciting wine flights and dinner and cheese pairings.” she said. Boyle believes the diverse offerings will accentuate that Sacramento is in the middle of wine country and a wine destination. □

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Carrie Boyle has two decades of wine industry experience—teacher to vintner, broker to global wholesale representative. Now she’s undertaken another task as co-founder of the inaugural River City Wine Week. “We kept having that conversation,” says Boyle, who works from a home office in Antelope. “Nobody is doing this? We are going to do it.” More the 35 wineries, as well as several restaurants and specialty wine-related businesses from throughout the Sacramento region, will be participating in the event. It begins Aug. 5 with a preamble, two days before the official start—a Sacramento River cruise exploring the wines of Clarksburg that will be held through the week. The debut kaleidoscope of wine ends Aug. 11 with four events, including wine tasting in a barn in Plymouth. “It’s all about getting the conversation started again about wine,” Boyle says. “It’s getting restaurants excited to introduce new things to the community. I think there’s been so much attention placed on other things—beer and craft cocktails—that sometimes wine lists might not get as much play.” While major wineries in the region get notoriety, boutique locales often have difficulty getting exposure. The Pop & Pour event, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at CLARA auditorium in Midtown will address that concern.

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Wine country near home Napa’s Rombauer Vineyards debuts in Plymouth We’re going to need a bigger wine

glass. That’s because the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA) sprawls over 2.6 million acres (only 5,700 of them planted in vineyards), includes parts of eight counties and more than 100 wineries, and we plan to explore it. Well, some of it, anyway. This column will be rolling along miles of curvy two-lane blacktop in search of special wineries and wines, and the people behind them, putting all of it front and center in this space each month. The Sierra Foothills wine scene (born during the Gold Rush) is surprisingly unexplored, a shocker in view of its accessibility to Sacramento. But that’s changing as more wine-lovers back away from the commercialism and traffic of Napa and Sonoma in favor of a homier destination. Let’s begin with the big news out of Amador County, ironically starring big-time (300,000 cases a year) Rombauer Vineyards of Napa Valley, known for its distinct Carneros chardonnay. After a multi-year walk-up, Rombauer bought the venerable Renwood Winery in Plymouth in January, for an undisclosed sum. The word-ofmouth soft opening kicked off in April, with the grand opening planned for October.

Meanwhile, Renwood will continue limited production at a neighboring facility. The deal included the tasting room, winery and 20 acres planted in zinfandel and barbera, reflecting Rombauer’s plan to increase its red wine production. Its 148-acre Twin Rivers Vineyard – purchased in 2010 – is only four miles away in nextdoor El Dorado County, and grows zin and other red-wine varietals. “Our new foothills winery will see its first harvest this year, and we’ll make all of our zin right here,” says hospitality manger Megan Foley. The classy Rombauer compound is in the Shenandoah Valley outside of Plymouth. It’s a beautiful venue, with shaded grounds and outdoor seating for about 120 (bring a picnic). One handy feature inside the gorgeous tasting room is the refrigerated grab ‘n’ go box stuffed with an assortment of artisanal cheeses, charcuterie and crackers. The five-wine flight is $20, but is comped with a three-bottle purchase, wine club membership or military ID. The tasting offers each varietal in the Rombauer portfolio, but Foley has some advice about that: “Tasting reservations are encouraged to avoid a wait,” she says. “A smart alternative is to buy wines by the glass, half-bottle or bottle and find a table outside.” Eight other wineries share Steiner Road with Rombauer. “Everyone has been so welcoming,” Foley says. “Being here feels like we should have been in Amador all along.” Rombauer Vineyards, 12225 Steiner Road, Plymouth; 866-280-2582, www.rombauer. com. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. by Allen Pierleoni


Sippin’ on Steiner, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 10: nine wineries will offer a “special selection of wine experiences,” outside of Plymouth; www.startonsteiner.com

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Set for Saturday at Fair Oaks Horticulture Center, Harvest Day is a chance to pick up a cornucopia of gardening know-how. Typically attracting about 2,000 patrons, it’s the Sacramento area’s largest free educational gardening event and a showcase for master gardener expertise. Popular speakers and pop-up demonstrations present hot topics in Sacramento gardening. (That includes beating the heat.) Scores of vendors offer unique wares, including artwork and succulent wreaths. Several local clubs and gardening experts will staff information tables. (That includes me—look for the Sacramento Digs Gardening banner, where I’ll be giving away recipe cards.) Food trucks will feed the crowd, who also can taste fresh-picked grapes and perhaps sample other crops. It depends on what’s ripe. This year, the focus is on award-winning All-America Selection vegetables, including eggplant and okra, plus new herbs for Asian cooking and summer cilantro. “We have six different colors of tomatoes plus 15 different peppers—nine sweet, six chilies,” said Judy McClure, coordinator for Sacramento County’s master gardeners. “That includes a jalapeño that’s not hot.” But you’ll have to taste for yourself. For 22 years, Sacramento County master gardeners have tried new varieties and new growing methods at their demonstration garden, which puts UC research to the test. Doubling as a wildlife habitat, the garden uses only integrated pest management, controlling problems and fertilizing plants with as few chemicals as possible.

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Grape tasting is always popular at Harvest Day.

“We should have 12 varieties of grapes available for tasting. We found out this year: Flame Seedless grows a good raisin grape.” An often perplexing crop, grapes are a popular Harvest Day staple. Two morning mini-seminars are devoted to home vineyard care. “We should have 12 varieties of grapes available for tasting,” McClure said. “We found out this year: Flame Seedless grows a good raisin grape.” There will also be plants for sale. “We have early-, mid- and late-ripening varieties,” she said. It isn’t just people who like grapes; birds and critters do as well, and outsmarting them can be a challenge. “We did a lot of bagging and netting,” McClure said. “It’s quite a sight to see all these little organza bags hanging on the vines.” In addition to the vineyard, the horticulture center has its own little orchard of dwarf fruit trees, including some grown in containers. “One fun new thing: We have a banana tree,” McClure said. “It’s part of our new tropical fruit hut. And the best thing: We have sex in the garden. We’re trying to get the male and female kiwi vines to flower at the same time.” Under the shade of a giant tent with plentiful seating, three featured speakers will address popular topics. At 8:30 a.m., American River College’s Debbie Flower will share tips on water-wise container gardening. At 9:45 a.m., compost expert Kevin Marini will tell how to know when your soil and plants need fertilizing. And at 11 a.m., landscape horticulturist Pam Bone will get to the root of many tree and shrub issues—root problems. “Because they’re underground, those are problems you can’t see,” McClure noted. Unless you’re at Harvest Day. Ω

event detailS Harvest day 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, aug. 3, Fair Oaks Horticulture center, 11549 Fair Oaks Blvd. Free admission and parking Details and event schedule: sacmg.ucanr.edu/ Harvest_Day

Debbie arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong gardener, is co-creator of the sacramento Digs Gardening blog and website.


When it’s time to sell, a new garage door can add value to your home.

What really adds value to your home? Remodeling survey points to garage doors and stone veneer Sacramento home buyers appreci-

ate a good garage door. They also are attracted to stonework and are willing to pay a little extra for all that manufactured rock. For prospective sellers, a new electric garage door and manufactured stone veneer rank as the best bets for a positive return on investment in our housing market. Installed within a year of a home’s sale, those two items have been the two most cost-effective renovations for sellers for the past five years. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, a new electric garage door will more than pay for itself. Home sellers were able to recoup all of its average $3,833 cost in the Sacramento market. Probably because garage doors are so prominent in many home designs, the new door added about $5,100 to the home’s value, higher than the national average of $3,520.

Manufactured stone veneer (think decorative ledge rock or cobbled siding) also added more value than cost – but it’s not cheap. A $10,000 average investment returned about $11,300 at sale time. When it comes to remodeling or major renovations, everything else is a push – or worse. Of the 22 categories surveyed by Remodeling Magazine, only the garage door and stone veneer came out ahead. Attic fiberglass insulation and window replacements can come close to recouping their cost, too. If remodeling with intentions of greatly increasing their house’s value, Sacramento home sellers can lose a lot of money. Adding an extra bathroom or redoing the kitchen may help a house to seller faster, but not necessarily at a higher price. In Sacramento, a bathroom addition can cost $57,000 (mid-range) to $103,000 (upscale), but add only $35,000 to $62,000 to the final sale price, said the survey. A bathroom remodel has a better return on investment, but still only 75 percent of its cost. Many prospective sellers focus on the kitchen, but it will not make them money. A kitchen facelift – new cabinets, flooring, sink and countertops – costs on average just above $25,000 in Sacramento, but adds only $21,000 to the sale price. Major kitchen remodels – which run $74,000 to $147,000 in Sacramento – bring back just 55 to 65 percent of their cost. The best quick fixes? Weed the yard and paint the walls. Both are cheap and will help a house sell faster, according to local real estate agents. Let the buyer do the remodeling. by Debbie Arrington

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MUSIC THURSDAY, 8/1 CAthEDRAl hillS: Cathedral Hills is a park in Grants Pass, Oregon—it’s also a posthardcore band from Medford, Oregon. The two cities are a stone’s throw away, about a 30-mile drive—want more insight into this mystery? You’ll just have to show up to this show. 6:30pm, $10. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

GOD mODulE: The pale, well made-up electronic band from Seattle will be playing this venue along with Killer Couture and DJ Keys. 7:30pm, $12-$15. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

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Much like in this photo, you’ll be able to see Lady Bird on a wall at this Crocker filmstravaganza.

events are sharing the headline, and that means you get two headliners for the price of one. The first is a celebration of men through comedy, and the second is a celebration of women through comedy, music and more. 6:30pm, $10-$15. Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club, 1207 Front St.

liVE ON thE BOulEVARD: Lots of dance and lots of fun await you at this celebration of music and concerts. Bring a chair for yourself and for your guests, set up an hour and a half before the show. 7pm, no cover. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 310 in El Dorado Hills.

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CroCker Art MuseuM, 7pM, $8-$16

thrown way back in time with a celebration of the music of the ’90s and the ’00s. 9pm, no

cover. Ambiance Lounge, 910 2nd St.

you could end up the belle of the ball by showing off your trivia chops or winning a giveaway. There are few more iconic places to watch the movie that finally put Sacramento on the map than the Crocker Art Museum—unless they do a showing on the Tower Bridge or at the State Capitol. Those are good ideas, write those down. 216 O St., crockerart.org.

We’ve waited long enough for this day— the Lady Bird floodgates are open again. Following a projected showing of Film the darling Sacramento-based film in Midtown last month, the film also gets a projection on the exterior walls of the Crocker Art Museum. Show up to catch a showing of the adolescent love letter to Sacramento from Sacramento native Greta Gerwig, and if you show up early,

tiCKEt WiNDOW IRON MAIDeN The maidens are

coming to Sacramento, and just like their namesakes, they’re going to poke their audience full of holes with metal spikes. Catch the concert. 9/9, 7:30pm, $49.50$129.50, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

CHANCe THe RAPPeR The Chicagoan phenomenon is touring on his The Big Day tour, and you’re invited to get yourself some tickets now, y’hear? 9/14, 7pm, $82$355, on sale 8/2 at 10am. Chase Center in San Francisco, ticketmaster.com.

BLACk LIPS The Georgian punk rockers

hail from Atlanta, and their garage-y sound stems from their use of power tools instead of instruments. They’re on tour, catch them when they stop through your






Get your ticket, you non-ticketholders.

town. 10/12, 9pm, $20-$25, on sale now. Harlow’s, ticketfly.com.


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Without the Jonas Brothers, there would be no joy in the world. No, there would be joy, but it would mean something totally different—like happiness, or maybe good spirits. Catch them while you can. 10/15, 7:30pm, $29.95$199.95, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.


you’re like me, you recently heard about this obscure band from some California city who are making some waves. They were even on Seth Meyer! Catch Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers later this year. 11/29, 8pm,

SANTANA The music of

Carlos Santana returns home to San Francisco to, hopefully, a very full crowd of people having Take a chance a nice

time with the music. 11/12, 7:30pm, $39.50-$199.50, on sale 8/2 at 10am. Chase

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FRIDAY, 8/2 BOCA DO RiO: The big band music contained in the members of and instruments of Boca do Rio will be coming to a stage near you—but don’t count on that containment lasting. Not on your life. 9pm, no cover. Shady Lady, 1409 R St.

DEViN thE DuDE: Start your Friday off right— wake up at 6:45 p.m., roll off the couch and run the 40 city blocks to catch Devin the Dude laying down some music. Someone will probably be opening, like UsVsU, Grooovymaxx, Charlie Muscle, Suite A and Skurge, so you don’t need to run, per se. Also, the doors open at 7, so don’t stress much at all. 7pm, $20-$50. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

FREE mONthlY uKulElE StRum-A-lONG: The title says it all—bring your uke and your body and strum along. 7pm, no cover. The Strum Shop, 209 Vernon St. in Roseville.

hOmE B4 DARK: Catch a community performance at this tap house from Home B4 Dark. Many bands claim to be unfathomably twangy, but most of those bands’ twang levels are indeed fathomable. Home B4 Dark makes no such claims, but still manages to produce great twang. 6pm, no cover. SacYard Community TapHouse, 1725 33rd St.

RAtt: They’re the metal band from the 1980s, but this time they’re performing in a whole new decade! That’s right, some of the old crew is back on the stage with the classic, rodent-inspired name and the often embattled history of naming rights. Join

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the real Ratt for a night you won’t forget, ever. 6pm, $39.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

SPAWNBREEZiE: The reggae artist with Polynesian roots, Spawn is coming to Sacramento to perform on his For the Culture Tour. 7pm, $13. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

tOtAl RECAll: Join the 1990s cover band that won’t accidentally cover only the artists of today all night long. Total Recall will be doing the best of the second-to-last decade, with Nirvana hits, Weezer hits and more. 10pm, no cover before 10pm, $5 after. Highwater, 1910 Q St.

uNChARtED PRESENtS liViNG ROOm ViBES: The Arden Fair Mall isn’t just a place to return the blouse your aunt got you from Nordstrom’s for your birthday—leopard print just isn’t your vibe—it’s also a place to watch living room show-style performances every month. Basi Vibe hosts the series, and this month’s featured artist is Timothy Brown next to the Crocs store. Join Brown and for Pete’s sake, return that blouse already! 6pm, no cover. Arden Fair, 1689 Arden Way.

SATURDAY, 8/3 thE AlARm: The Welsh alternative rock band is coming to the Wales of Northern California: Sacramento. They’re also bringing Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebel with them to perform. 6:30pm, $20-$27. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

BEAR FlAG tRiO: Who wants to see some honky tonk music with their ears and taste some hillbilly music with their nose? It’s you, of course! Instead of organizing your collection of vintage garage door openers by year of parent company closure, come dance and have some fun. 6pm, $5 suggested donation. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.

CASh’D Out: There’s no time like the present to hear music that sounds like it’s coming from Johnny Cash—except for maybe back at a Johnny Cash show. This is the third best thing, so come check out Cash’d Out. 6:30pm, $20. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

EmilY WOlFE: The Austin-based Emily Wolfe is performing with Everyone is Dirty. Don’t miss out on the rock, the roll, and the noises in between that can’t quite be classified by music scientists just yet. 9:30pm, $12$14. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

mARCiA BAll: Marcia Ball is coming into town, and she won’t be playing next to a disco sphere. No, Ball will be be playing fast-pitch soft blues and will be the pianist belle of the fiesta over at B Street. Catch the … have a … don’t drop the … 7pm, $41.50. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

SAD & BOuJEE: It’s a night where emo music meets trap music, and the two genres have a confusing yet fun time together. 7pm, $10. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SuPER SOul FESt: While other festivals feed you with food or gems, this one feeds you soul, with unbeatable musical performances from The O’Jays, The Whispers, Loose Ends and O’Bryan. 5:30pm, $47.95. Thunder Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave. in Lincoln.

Saturday, 8/3

Fitness Rangers Pop Up Bootcamp Winn Park, 9am, no cover

What’s more fun than participating in a popup event? The answer may surprise you: Keep reading for the SPoRtS & oUtdooRS answer—nothing is more fun than participating in a pop-up event. This particular one is hosted by East Sacramento’s Fitness Rangers, and it’s a free exercise bootcamp. Register online, fill out a waiver, and get ready to exercise ’til you achieve, to sweat ’til you get real sweaty and feel accomplished. It’s part of a series of Saturday morning park workouts, so drop in and do cardio, body weight exercise, interval and strength training. 1616 28th St., fitnessrangers.net/pop-up-bootcamp.

SuNday, 8/4 CoMMUNItY SINGING CIRCLE: Who likes singing in a group of people who also like singing? The folks at this event, of course. You’re welcome to be one of those people at this event, where you’ll add your voice to a chorus of singing and shifting sound. 2pm, $10-$20. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.

tHE WAIFS: Ready for some rock ’n’ roll music with a folk rock twist, the twist being that the music is folk music? Then you’re definitely ready for the sweet sounds of Australia-based group the Waifs. 7pm, $45. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

WILLIAM CLARK GREEN: Even folks from Flint, Texas are making an appearance this week, with the country music stylings of William Clark Green, further amping up the city’s weekly allotment of twang. 7:30pm, $15. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

moNday, 8/5 LoS tIKI PHANtoMS: Most, if not all members of Los Tiki Phantoms are going to be performing their spooky rock music, wearing their scary skeleton masks and being enigmatic. Los Frenéticos and the Me Gustas are also performing, though they may be less scary and enigmatic. 7:30pm, $12-$15. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

tuESday, 8/6 CHARMING LIARS: Egalitarian thinkers imagine a world where equality reigns supreme—Charming Liars and Ivy Wood imagine a world where alternative rock music reigns supreme; they probably want world equality, also. 7pm, $10-$12. Momo Sacramento, 2708 J St.

WEdNESday, 8/7 doUBLE VISIoN REVISItEd: Most folks, when mentioning the album Double Vision, mean the Foreigner studio album from 1978—NOT TODAY! That’s right, for one night only, Bob Jones and David Sanborn reunite for one evening of jazzy revisitation of their 1986 album of the same name (as the Foreigner one). Marcus Miller, Billy Kilson and Larry Braggs are also joining in the fun. 8pm, $72-$102. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

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FEStiVaLS Friday, 8/2 AUBURN UKULELE FEStIVAL: By far, the smallest stringed instrument might be the ukulele. This festival is anything but small, though—with two whole days celebrating the tiny Hawaiian instrument inspired by the Portuguese machete. This festival has open microphones, tons of performances, workshops and much more. There’s music from Daniel Ho, Abe Lagrimas Jr. and the Peewee Ukulele Orchestra, plus plenty more. 7pm, $25-$55. State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.

CLASSY HIPPY tEA FIRSt FRIdAY NIGHt MARKEt ANd LoUNGE SESSIoN: Every first Friday brings excitement—this one also brings a night market, one bringing music together with art and vendors. 5pm, no cover. Classy Hippie Tea Co., 3226 Broadway.

Saturday, 8/3 AUBURN UKULELE FEStIVAL: Remember, the ukulele festival is two days—this is the second day. 9am, $25-$55. State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn.

CARoL MANSoN & tHE BLUE SKIES BANd: There’s music in that Brickhouse! Additionally, there’s a Summer Jazz Fest with Chet Chwalik, art from Milton Bowens, food, vendors and more. 7pm, $22-$25. The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex, 2837 37th St.

CRAFt BREWFESt & WINE tAStING: Of all the brewfests in all the Citrus Heights area in the world, you had to read the blurb for this one. Grab some great food, great live music and great drinks at this brewfest and wine tasting event. 5pm, $15-$45. Historic Rusch Home, 7301 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights.

UPtoWN MARKEt oN tHE BoULEVARd: There’s only one Uptown Market on the Boulevard, and you’re invited to join in the exciting time. There are vendors, music, sustenance and more. Noon, no cover. Uptown Market, 1409 Del Paso Blvd.

SuNday, 8/4 dAVIS CRAFt & VINtAGE FAIR: It’s another installment of the crafts and vintage fair in downtown Davis. There will be music, food, crafts and plenty of things to peruse







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Friday, 8/2Saturday, 8/3

comedy HarLOW’S: All Things Comedy Presents “Tin Foil Hat Comedy” Live. Don’t miss this special comedy showing at Harlow’s, featuring Sam Tripoli and Eddie Bravo. Friday 8/2, 7:30pm. $24.50. 2708 J St.

auburn ukulele Festival state theater and other locations, 7Pm, $25-$55

LaugHS unLimiTed: Mike Paramore and Jimmy

By far, the smallest stringed instrument might be the ukulele. This festival is anything but small, though—with two whole days celebrating the tiny Hawaiian instrument inspired On STage by the Portuguese machete. This festival has open microphones, tons of performances, workshops and much more. There’s music from Daniel Ho, Abe Lagrimas Jr. and the Peewee Ukulele Orchestra, plus plenty more. Don’t miss the free Saturday jamboree at Recreation Park at 5:30 p.m. 985 Lincoln Way in Auburn, auburnukulelefestival.com.

$55-$65. Community Learning Center &

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Cooking School, 2820 R St. and purchase. 11pm, no cover. Davis Central Park, 3rd. & C St. in Davis.

Sunday, 8/4 Farmer’S marKeT: Calling all produce consumers—this is a place you can consume produce, once you purchase it or if you’re offered samples. 8pm, no cover. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 310 in El Dorado Hills.

Food & drinK tHurSday, 8/1 HOOK-i-Lau: Please attend this Hawaiian themed food and drink excursion. There will be tiki drinks, traditional food from Anthony Scuderi served in a buffet with all manner of grilled meat, fruits, veggies, spam, salads, slow-roasted pork and much more. Come celebrate some Hawaiian cuisine and some local cocktails. 6pm, $50. Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Company, 1630 S St.

wedneSday, 8/7 river CiTy Wine WeeK: All the world is but a pretense for wine drinking—that’s not really true, but you can enjoy this week either way. With lots of different participating venues across the Sacramento area, you’ll be hard-pressed to find an event that doesn’t excite your viticultural senses. 1pm, $16-$65. Sacramento Area, Exact address to be emailed to attendees 7 days prior to event.

rOSebud reLeaSe ParTy aT TOWer breWing: Yes, Rosebud is back at Tower Brewing, brought back from the dead from Rubicon Beer’s old recipe. There’s music from Nipper Brothers and food from Toro Tamales, as well. Join for the food and drink, stay for the ambiance. Spoiler alert: Rosebud was the name of his sled. 5:30pm, no cover. Tower Brewing, 1210 66th St., Suite B.

TOmaTOFeST demOnSTraTiOn: Only a fool would miss a demonstration of such tomatoey proportions—show up for this performance with Mayumi Tavalero, cooking and serving up the reddened recipes. There’s tomato and mozzarella tart, gazpacho, pico de gallo and more. 6pm, $45-$55. Community Learning Center & Cooking School, 2820 R St.

Soil Born Farms? You’ll be rewarded with a chance to peruse and purchase some goods and services, fresh from the farm. 8pm, no cover. Soil Born Farms American River Ranch, 2140 Chase Drive in Rancho Cordova.

tHurSday, 8/1 mOvieS OFF THe WaLL FeaTuring Lady bird: Lady Bird is coming to the Crocker for a night of fun. The city’s generally held off on the movie shenanigans, but it’s time to celebrate the movie in the museum’s courtyard, projected on a wall. 7pm, $16. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

graTeFuL dead meeT-uP: Egads, there’s a meet-up for Grateful Dead fans. Show up and catch the showing of a concert from Giants Stadium, June 17, 1991. 7pm, $12. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive.

Sunday, 8/4 rebeL WiTHOuT a CauSe: No one will be seated

Wine COunTry CuiSine FrenCH garden ParTy: Resplendent culture and wine served with panache are coming your way. Take in a strawberry mocktail, some crackers with pleasing toppings and more from instructors Jill and Walt Simmons. 11am,





PunCH Line: Chris Porter. Ready or not, Chris Porter is carrying his luggage into town for a multi-day stay. The Last Comic Standing comic will leave no one in the audience seated, because they have to clean the place at the end of the night. Through 8/3. $20. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

STab! COmedy THeaTer: Real Live Comedians. Ever want to see some actual, factual, contractually obligated comedians performing? Catch this smattering of caterwauling laughter-calling, with Jason Mack leading the evening of stand-ups. Friday 8/2, 8pm. $10. 1710 Broadway.

SaCramenTO COmedy SPOT: Geek Out Comedy Show. Don’t hide your geekiness away—be proud. Show up to catch some geeky improv, stand-up and sketch comedy with Emma Haney, Daniel Humbarger, Cory Barringer, Marco Cabodi and more. Friday 8/2, 9pm. $12. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

Oakland is the hometown on Sinn D. Rella, and her comedy is based on her experiences parenting, living, giving hot takes and more. Thursday 8/1, 7:30pm. $10. 12401 Folsom Blvd. in Rancho Cordova.

on StaGe FairyTaLe TOWn: “The Three Little Pigs”. Ready or not, three small pigs are coming to Fairy Tale Town. Join the Puppet Art Theater Company for this show about housing materials and their relative cost-benefits, when viewed through the lens of optimizing interaction with the area’s megafauna. Through 8/4. $1-$2 after admission. 3901 Land Park Drive.

FOLSOm gaZebO: Romeo & Juliet. Many fans of theater will catch this version of Shakespeare’s story, as featured on page 24. Through 8/4. $10. 411 Stafford St. in Folsom.

HarriS CenTer: Little Black Dress!. Open up your calendar and plan on catching this installment of musical improvisation deals with women’s issues, written by women and dealing with the story of Mandy and Dee at their life experiences. Through 8/4. $25$52. 10 College Parkway in Folsom.

WeLLS FargO PaviLiOn: The Wiz. Now, the story of Dorothy making her way through Oz comes to the Wells Fargo Pavilion. “Ease on Down the Road” to this performance of unique musicality and fun. Through 8/10. $70. 1419 H St.

THe rinK STudiOS: Elephant on the Block Comedy Series. It’s time for another installment of this comedic series, featuring Lance Woods, Rico Da Great and Sharea Hyatt. Saturday 8/3, 8pm. $10. 1031 Del Paso Blvd.

THe THiSTLe deW THeaTer: Tell Me About It! by Unrehearsed Improvised Comedy-Improv. “That’s not rehearsed!” is what you may be thinking to yourself at this unrehearsed improv show—but don’t say it out loud. Instead, silently enjoy the comedy, without twitching a muscle or interrupting the show. Laughter is considered a faux pas at comedy shows. Friday 8/2, 8pm. $12. 1901 P St.

art beaTniK STudiOS: Absorbed Summer Edition. Everyone’s showing up for some food, some drink, some music, some dancing and much more. It’s also a celebration of artwork, with an installation from Propagate Sacramento and more artwork. Friday 8/2, 7pm. $35. 723 S St.

eLK grOve Fine arTS CenTer: Figurative Expressions Show. Your favorite kind of expressions are coming to Elk Grove—figurative ones. Catch this show at the Elk Grove


Saturday, 8/3 SOiL bOrn FarmS ameriCan river ranCH FarmSTand: Up for a Saturday excursion to

Earll. All the comedians in the world couldn’t out-perform Mike Paramore and Jimmy Earll—mostly because they would have a tough time getting into one room, and it would be too loud to hear anyone. Catch some punchlines from the pair. Friday 8/2, 8pm. $20. 1207 Front St.

TOmmy T’S COmedy CLub: Sinn D. Rella.


during this movie, unless they prefer to sit, in which case they will. James Dean’s iconic role returns to the screen for another night of rebellion, no cause and more. 7pm, $7.50$9.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

Sunday, 8/11

The Wiz Wells Fargo Pavilion, various times, $40-$70

The Wizard of Oz is a gift that keeps giving, and this time the 1900 kid’s story is revived from the initial 1975 production of the musical The Wiz. Charlie Smalls initially produced the sounds of the one-of-a-kind musical, and it begins its Music Circus rounds this week. Following the exploits of Dorothy but set in the On STage urban environment of New York City, the musical broke ground in Broadway with its entirely black creative team. Catch the show while it’s in town—the first time it’s been performed at Music Circus. 1419 H Street, broadwaysacramento.com.

Fine Arts Center. Through 8/9. no cover. 9080 Elk Grove Blvd. in Elk Grove.

SaCramenTO Fine arTS CenTer: Animal House. Catch this showing of local artists’ work depicting animals. It’s one of the Center’s most popular exhibits. Through 9/1. no cover. 5330 Gibbons Drive, Suite B in Carmichael.

muSeumS CaLiFOrnia STaTe Library: California History Behind the Scenes Tour. See what the State Library has to offer, featuring lots of climate-controlled collections of state history. Thursday 8/1, noon. no cover. California State Library.

CrOCKer arT muSeum: Art History Photography and the American West. See what manner of historic photography the Crocker has to offer in this class examining the way photography helped dramatically shape the American West. Thursday 8/1, 1pm. $60. 216 O St.

SPortS & outdoorS Saturday, 8/3 FiTneSS rangerS POP uP bOOTCamP Winn ParK: Grab a free fitness class at this fitness class, featuring lots of different kinds of exercise. All fitness levels are welcome to get instruction and join in the fun. 9am, no cover. Winn Park, 1616 28th St.

claSSeS Saturday, 8/3 KiTe maKing WOrKSHOP: Catch this event featuring kite making—register in advance for the classic show. 1pm, no cover. Barbara Morse Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex: Teen Room, 9014 Bruceville Road in Elk Grove.

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Encore! Aja Live, 11pm, $15-$20

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The Numinous, 9:30pm, no cover

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Club Séance, 8pm, $10-$14

Spotlights, Horseneck, Vampyre and NMTA, 8pm, $10-$12

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Boot Scootin Sundays, 8pm, $5

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Breakfast Club, 7:30pm, $7.50-$9.50

Tiffany Jenkins, 8pm, $39

Rebel Without a Cause, 7pm, $7.50-$9.50


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Guy and Carol, 6pm, call for cover

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The Moon Cats, 8pm, call for cover

Fox & Goose

Irish Jam Session, 8pm, no cover

Hank & Lulu and Vinnie & the Dead Birds, 9pm, $5

The Backburners, 9pm, $5

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Spawnbreezie and Kaimi Hananoeau, 7pm, $13


Tin Foil Hat Comedy, 7:30pm, $24.50

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

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

Open-Mic Night, 7:30pm, M, no cover

William Clark Green, 7:30pm, $15 Emily Wolfe and Everyone is Dirty, 10pm, $12-$14

James McMurtry and Bonnie Whitmore, 8pm, $22-$25

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

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Live Music with Jerome Greene, 7pm, no cover

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Poetry Unplugged, 8pm, $2

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Total Recall, 9pm, $5

Night Swim, 10pm, call for cover

Devin The Dude, UsVsU, Grooovymaxx and more, 7pm, $20-$50

Sad & Boujee, 7pm, $10

Trivia Factory, 7pm, M, call for cover; Geeks Who Drink, 7pm, T, call for cover Local $5 Showcase, 6:30pm, $5

New Years Day and Beauty Is Betrayal, 6:30pm, M, $15

Triviology 101, 7:30pm, no cover

Live Music, 5pm, T, no cover Nebraska Mondays, 7:30pm, M, $10; Jazz Jam w/ Byron Colburn, 8pm, W, $5


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Behold the Arctopus, Imperial Triumphant and more, 8pm, W, $10-$12 Helion Prime, Novareign, Striker and more, 7:30pm, M, $10


Trapicana, 10pm, W, no cover Open-Mic, 7:30pm, W, no cover; Trivia, 6:30pm, M, no cover

Bad Mother Nature, Flight Mongoose and Sacramento Maidens of Metal, 7pm, $10 Zach Waters Band, 8:30pm, $10

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with Everyone is Dirty 10pm Saturday, $12-$14 Harlow’s Folk


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God Module, Killer Couture and DJ Keys, 7:30pm, $12-$15

Private Island, Magic Bronson and Del Water Gap, 8:30pm, $10-$12

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Remedy 7, 6:30pm, $5

Shotgun Slim, Hard Luck Daddies and Jetblack Popes, 8pm, $8

Lipstick!, 9pm, $5

Jolie Holland and Tracy Manuel, 8pm, $12-$23

Tim Bluhm Band, 8pm, $12-$22

Will Champlin, 8pm, $12-$21

Brian Rogers, 8pm, call for cover

Retro Addicts, 8pm, call for cover

Pop Rocks, 10pm, call for cover

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Blues Jam, 6pm, call for cover

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

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

DJ Larry’s Sunday Night Dance Party, 9pm, no cover

High Voltage! Rock and Roll Vinyl Night, 9pm, M, call for cover

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Powerhouse Pub

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Megan Smith, 9:30pm, call for cover

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Y2K Night: Hit Music from 1999-2010, 9pm, $5 after 9pm

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Poor Man Band, 9pm, no cover

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West Coast Swing Dancing, 7pm, no cover

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

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Zorelli, 9pm, no cover

The Alarm The Waifs, 7pm, $40

Hot Country Fridays, 7:30pm, $5-$10

Stoney’s Saturdays with Free Line Dance Lessons, 7pm, $5

Sunday Funday, 9pm, no cover 21+

Chicago the Tribute, 6:30pm, $8-$11

A Day of Divas, 1pm, $8-$11

The Spazmatics and Stung, 12:30pm, $8-$12

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Davey & The Midnights, 9pm, $7

Mojo Green and Ctrl-Z, 9pm, $10

Casey Hensley and Duke Evers, 9pm, $10

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The Alarm, Modern English and Gene Loves Jezebel, 7:30pm, $45.01

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Citizen Snips, Year of the Dead Bird and more, 8pm, $8

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keep it clean Cannabis devices such as pipes and bongs get clogged: Here’s SN&R’s guide to a more sparkling smoke session by Kevin Cortez

it doesn’t matter whether you’re smoking from a pipe, pulling from a bong or taking a drag from a vaporizer: You need to keep your pieces clean. Sure, cleaning your piece is probably the least interesting thing you can do during any given day, but by taking a few moments to eliminate all of that excess tar and build-up from your favorite pipe, you’re optimizing your smoking sessions with cleaner, less harsh hits. Smoke is undoubtedly easier to pull from a pipe that isn’t clogged. While everyone has a preferred cleaning method, it doesn’t need to be so difficult, time consuming or expensive.

Most commercial cannabis cleaning products include acetone, which is found in nail polish remover––a liquid that can be used by itself as a glass cleaner. Nail polish remover certainly isn’t the only item you can use at home to clean; you can clean a pipe with many simple household items.

easy cleaning For glass pipes, slides, glass screens or bowls, vinegar and baking soda will do the trick. If your pipe isn’t too dirty, and you clean your pieces regularly, this is recommended for an easy cleansing.



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Grab a container that’s deep enough Larger Pieces to fit every piece and accessory For a glass or acrylic bong, you can you intend to clean. Liberally cover use a combination of baking soda and everything with baking soda, making vinegar, much like you would clean sure to coat the powder inside of every a hand pipe, but in a bathtub, large crevice––the carburetor, bowl, mouthsink or shower. Pour baking soda into piece, etc.––and then lay your piece(s) the chamber of the bong and slowly at the bottom of the container. Grab a bottle of white vinegar and slowly pour pour vinegar into the piece. Allow the baking soda and vinegar to overflow if the liquid over your pipes and watch you like, but be mindful of how messy a chain reaction of cleanliness unfold. this can be. Grab a bottle brush and Like a seltzer volcano, the vinegar will scrub away before rinsing with warm dissolve the baking soda and gush out resin from every hole. Allow the pieces water and letting the bong air dry. No vinegar on hand? Denture tabs or even to sit in vinegar and soak for at least a few tablets of Alka-Seltzer 15 minutes before rinsing can be used for a fizzy them with warm water, clean. and letting them air dry. Like a Hot water can crack metal & seltzer volcano, cheap or worn glass, so be mindful of silicon the vinegar will temperature. For metal pipes and

deep cleaning

dissolve the baking soda and gush out resin from every hole.

Haven’t cleaned your piece in a while? Give it a bath. Pouring an equal mixture of warm water and rubbing alcohol (70-90% isopropyl) into a sandwich bag with a liberal amount of sea salt can also help get all of that tough gunk out of your piece. The bigger the bag, the more pieces you can cram and clean. The alcohol loosens the grime inside of the pipes, while the sea salt works as a nonabrasive agitator to help break up resin. For super dirty pipes, gently swish your bag of liquid around while being careful not to clang together glass, and let it sit for a few hours before pouring out the smelly mixture and rinsing the pipes with warm water. The gunk will fall right out with no pressure to scrub. This method can be done overnight, or while you’re at the office. Again, ensure your piece is properly rinsed with warm water and completely dry to prevent an alcohol taste.

one-hitters, a simple bath in boiling hot water will do. Place your metal pieces into a pot of water and let it boil for 20 minutes or so. After dumping the hot water out, let the pipes cool a little before clanging them against something hard to bang the resin out. A pipe cleaner or a Q-tip dipped in alcohol can also be used to scrape excess resin out. Silicon devices should never be cleaned in alcohol or any harsh chemicals, as it can damage color and coating. With silicon pipes, bongs and mouth pieces, soap and water works just fine. Another method: freeze the piece and clang it against something hard to scrape off resin. Maintaining a consistent cleaning routine for your pieces ensures that they’re always ready to be used, and won’t slow down any of your sessions with clogged resin or foul-tasting smoke. A cleaner piece means a happier and more fulfilling smoke session. Happy smoking! □






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Ancient seeds What’s the longest running original, unadulterated strand of cannabis?

I think the important word in your question is “unadulterated.” Let’s see. What we know is that while the plant, itself, has been around for at least 15,000 years, mankind started using hemp for fabrics in China around 7,000 years ago. Folks started to figure out that you could smoke it a 1,000 or so years after that, if those burial grounds full of weed flowers and freeze-dried corpses carrying weed and seeds, which archaeologists have found, are any indication. From China, hemp made its way all over the world. Hashish—the collected glands of the cannabis flower, gently heated and pressed into a sort of paste—became a popular drug across the Middle East during the 13th century. Cannabis eventually spread across Africa, and then over to the Americas. Hemp was grown just about everywhere, mostly for its fiber (the word “canvas” is derived from “cannabis”), but also as a medicine and recreational drug. Cannabis was completely legal in the U.S. until the mid-1920s, when a few states made it illegal. The federal government prohibited cannabis nationwide in 1937. I don’t think there are any thousandyear-old, viable cannabis seeds laying around somewhere (although I would rather scientists use their DNA wizardry to grow Jurassic cannabis strains rather than recreate dinosaurs), but “landrace” strains still exist. African strains such as Durban Poison and Malawi Gold have been around for decades, if not longer, and tropical strains including Acapulco Gold and Panama Red can still be found south of the border. If you want to know more about the history and cultivation of classic cannabis cultivars, check out the Strain Hunters series on YouTube.

What’s the best way to start a career in cannabis?

If you’re looking for training, there are a few spots that will teach you all you need to know to get started. Oaksterdam University is a good spot in Oakland. You could also check out the Cannabis Training University online, or even the Cleveland School of Cannabis, if you aren’t on the West Coast. But when you say “a career in cannabis,” what do you mean? There are so many niches. Do you want to own a club? Are you launching some sort of weed app? Are you a good grower? Are you good at sales? It’s not even a matter of “a career in cannabis” as much as it is “what branch of cannabis do I want to get into?” My advice: Play to your strengths. Are you good at organizing and motivating? Manage a club or a lab. Good at sales? Distribution is probably your thing. There are plenty of job boards on the internet—vangsters.com and leafbuyer.com, for example. You don’t even need to do that anymore. You can find job openings in the cannabis industry listed on mainstream job sites such as Monster or Indeed. Tighten up your resume, find your nice clothes and go out and get a job, you stoner. Good luck. Ω

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My boyfriend works in tech but is also a licensed massage therapist. All of his clients are ex-girlfriends or women he dated. he provides free massage in their homes. I’m uncomfortable with this. he says I’m insecure, he’s a healer and doesn’t charge because he doesn’t need the money. But we had sex after he gave me a massage for the first time. Should I be concerned? If your boyfriend continues to massage his exes for another 10 years, would you want to be with him? That’s the nut you have to crack. Your man’s ego identity is tied to his role as a healer. He needs to believe he is engaged in transformation, and that need clouds his ability to admit that he crosses the line. After all, he gave you a massage that became a sexual encounter. Your concern that he does the same for other women in his life is understandable. A man who cares about you will pay attention to what makes you uncomfortable, assuming it’s reasonable. A man who is intent on building a long-term relationship will work with you to find a solution to the issues that inhibit growth in intimacy. A man who responds to your concerns with arrogance or denial may only have the capacity for a superficial connection. If you want fidelity, look elsewhere. P.S. Your man is harming the reputation of legit licensed massage therapists. Take action to protect others by reporting him to the license certification organization in your state. when I try to talk to a cute girl in a coffee shop, she responds like I’m a serial killer. I’d rather meet in person so I’m not exchanging messages with some bot on Bumble. Is there a way to approach a woman so she’s at ease and I can maybe ask her out? State the obvious: “I wish it was easier to start a conversation with a stranger, but you have a gorgeous smile and I wanted to introduce myself.” Then share something personal, like you hit this particular coffee shop every Tuesday, or another tidbit that gives her confidence you’re not a rando to 46






be wary about. Keep the conversation flowing without sounding like a census taker. Then invite her to something safe: “My friends and I are going to (name a chill bar) Friday at six. It would be cool to see you there.” Her response will let you know whether to ask for her number now, whether to wait and see if she shows up, or if you should try again with someone else. I’ve been crushing on the t.A. for one of my college classes. he seemed flattered, but nothing happened. Last weekend, he was at a party, my friend got drunk and hooked up with him. She knew about my crush and betrayed me. Loyalty is everything. I don’t want to see her again, ever. My roommate says I’m overreacting. Am I? Yes. You had a crush on this man. You don’t own him. By your own admission, he wasn’t attracted to you. Why are you fixed on a man who isn’t into you? Correction: By George, I think I blew it! In my July 18 column, I misidentified Mary Ann Evans’ pen name. It is George Eliot. Ω

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my Aries friend dragged me to the Karaoke Bowling Alley and Sushi Bar. I was deeply skeptical. The place sounded tacky. But after being there for 20 minutes, I had to admit that I was having a fantastic time. And it just got better and more fun as the night wore on. I’m sure I made a fool of myself when I did my bowling ball imitation, but I can live with that. At one point I was juggling a bowling pin, a rather large piece of sweet potato tempura and my own shoe while singing Led Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’—and I don’t even know how to juggle. I have to admit that this sequence of events was typical of my adventures with Aries folks. I suppose I should learn to trust that they will lead me to where I don’t know I want to go.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In his poem “Wild Oats,” W. S. Merwin provided a message that’s in perfect alignment with your current astrological needs: “I needed my mistakes in their own order to get me here.” He was not being ironic in saying that; he was not making a lame attempt to excuse his errors; he was not struggling to make himself feel better for the inconvenience caused by his wrong turns. No! He understood that the apparent flubs and miscues he had committed were essential in creating his successful life. I invite you to reinterpret your own past using his perspective. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Even if you’re an ambidextrous, multi-gendered, neurologically diverse, Phoenician-Romanian Gemini with a fetish for pink duct tape and an affinity for ideas that no one has ever thought of, you will eventually find your sweet spot, your power niche and your dream sanctuary. I promise. Same for the rest of you, too. It might take a while. But I beg you to have faith that you will eventually tune in to the homing beacon of the mother lode that’s just right for you. P.S.: Important clues and signs should be arriving soon. CANCER (June 21-July 22): What would a normal, boring astrologer tell you at a time like now? Maybe something like this: “More of other people’s money and resources can be at your disposal if you emanate sincerity and avoid being manipulative. If you want to negotiate vibrant compromises, pay extra attention to good timing and the right setting. Devote special care and sensitivity to all matters affecting your close alliances and productive partnerships.” As you know, I’m not a normal, boring astrologer, so I wouldn’t typically say something like what I just said. But I felt it was my duty to do so because right now you need simple, basic, no-frills advice. I promise I’ll resume with my cryptic, lyrical oracles next time. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Let’s check in with our psychic journalist, LoveMancer, who’s standing by with a live report from inside your imagination. What’s happening, LoveMancer? “Well, Rob, the enchanting creature on whose thoughts I’ve been eavesdropping has slipped into an intriguing frontier. This place seems to be a hot zone where love and healing interact intensely. My guess is that being here will lead our hero to breakthrough surges of love that result in deep healing, or deep healing that leads to breakthrough surges of love— probably both.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Virgo figure skater Scott Hamilton won an Olympic gold medal and four world championships. He was a star who got inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and made a lot of money after he turned professional. “I calculated once how many times I fell during my skating career—41,600 times,” he testified in his autobiography. “But here’s the funny thing: I also got up 41,600 times. That’s the muscle you have to build in your psyche—the one that reminds you to just get up.” In accordance with current astrological omens, I’ll be cheering you on as you strengthen that muscle in your psyche during the coming weeks.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): What’s the story of your

life? Psychologist James Hillman said that in order to thrive, you need to develop a clear vision of that story. How do you do that? Hillman advised you to ask yourself this question: “How can I assemble the pieces of my life into a coherent plot?” And why is this effort to decode your biography so important? Because your soul’s health requires you to cultivate curiosity and excitement about the big picture of your destiny. If you hope to respond with intelligence to the questions and challenges that each new day brings, you must be steadily nourished with an expansive understanding of why you are here on earth. I bring these ideas to your attention because the coming weeks will be an excellent time to illuminate and deepen and embellish your conception of your life story. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide,” wrote psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. I think that description fits many people born under the sign of the Scorpio, not just Scorpio artists. Knowing how important and necessary this dilemma can be for you, I would never glibly advise you to always favor candid, straightforward communication over protective, strategic hiding. But I recommend you do that in the coming weeks. Being candid and straightforward will serve you well. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian poet Aracelis Girmay writes, “How ramshackle, how brilliant, how haphazardly & strangely rendered we are. Gloriously, fantastically mixed & monstered. We exist as phantom, monster, miracle, each a theme park all one’s own.” Of course that’s always true about every one of us. But it will be extraordinarily true about you in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will be at the peak of your ability to express what’s most idiosyncratic and essential about your unique array of talents and specialties. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sometime soon I suspect you will arrive at a crossroads in your relationship with love and sex—as well as your fantasies about love and sex. In front of you: a hearty cosmic joke that would mutate your expectations and expand your savvy. Behind you: an alluring but perhaps confusing call toward an unknown future. To your left: the prospect of a dreamy adventure that might be only half-imaginary. To your right: the possibility of living out a slightly bent fairy tale version of romantic catharsis. I’m not here to tell you what you should do. My task is simply to help you identify the options. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): How many handcuffs are there in the world? Millions. Yet there are far fewer different keys than that to open all those handcuffs. In fact, in many countries, there’s a standard universal key that works to open most handcuffs. In this spirit, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I’m designating August as Free Yourself from Your Metaphorical Handcuffs Month. It’s never as complicated or difficult as you might imagine to unlock your metaphorical handcuffs; and for the foreseeable future it will be even less complicated and difficult than usual for you. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): People who sneak a gaze into your laboratory might be unnerved by what they see. You know and I know that your daring experiments are in service to the ultimate good, but that may not be obvious to those who understand you incompletely. So perhaps you should post a sign outside your lab that reads, “Please don’t leap to premature conclusions! My in-progress projects may seem inexplicable to the uninitiated!” Or maybe you should just close all your curtains and lock the door until your future handiwork is more presentable. P.S. There may be allies who can provide useful feedback about your explorations. I call them the wounded healers.

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