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There’s a lot brewing in Sacramento’s coffee scene. What are the newest trends? Do coffee grounds make plants happy? Are baristas making a fair wage? And what’s the Wi-Fi password? Find out more in SN&R’s issue dedicated to coffee.

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N&R Publications Editor Debbie Arrington Associate Publications Editors Derek McDow, Our Mission: To publish great newspapers that are successful and enduring. To create a quality work environment that encourages employees to grow professionally while respecting personal welfare. To have a positive impact on our communities and make them better places to live. Editor Foon Rhee News Editor Raheem F. Hosseini Managing Editor Mozes Zarate Staff Reporter Scott Thomas Anderson Copy Editor Steph Rodriguez Calendar Editor Maxfield Morris Contributing Editor Rachel Leibrock Editorial Assistant Rachel Mayfield Contributors Ngaio Bealum, Amy Bee, Rob Brezsny, Aaron Carnes, Jim Carnes, Joey Garcia, Kate Gonzales, Howard Hardee, Ashley Hayes-Stone, Jim Lane, Chris Macias, Ken Magri, Illyanna Maisonet, Tessa Marguerite Outland, James Raia, Patti Roberts, Dylan Svoboda, Bev Sykes, Jeremy Winslow, Graham Womack Creative Services Manager Elisabeth Bayard-Arthur Art Directors Sarah Hansel, Maria Ratinova Art of Information Director Serene Lusano Publications Designer Katelynn Mitrano Publications and Advertising Designer Nikki Exerjian Ad Designers Naisi Thomas, Cathy Arnold

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in tips. In some states, that includes baristas, as well as waiters and bartenders. That lower wage for tipped employees puts more workers into poverty, the Economic Policy Institute points out, and also worsens racial and gender gaps in pay since minorities and women are overrepresented in these jobs. Still, the cost of living is much higher in California, especially for housing. So many baristas, just like others who work in retail and service jobs, are caught in the affordable housing crunch. I talked about all this to Eloy Sanchez, who usually gives me my large coffee at a Midtown Starbucks as I head to the office in the morning. Sanchez, 47, said that most of his fellow baristas don’t get a full 40 hours a week and that the going rate of $14 an hour is not enough for them to live on, especially if they have kids. So many have second jobs. He said he works about 26 hours a week and chooses not to be a supervisor, giving him flexible hours and leaving a lot of time for bike rides and other outdoor pursuits. “I make enough for myself,” Sanchez told me, because of his seniority after 13 years with Starbucks and because he doesn’t have children. If he did, he said, it would be “a whole different story.” Starbucks—which has nearly 14,300 locations in the U.S., including more than 2,000 in California—does offer health care, a 401(k) savings plan with company match, discounted stock purchases and tuition assistance. Many independent and smaller coffee houses can’t afford to be as generous with benefits. This issue features the craft coffee boom in Sacramento, another way the region is becoming more cosmopolitan. But don’t forget all the people serving us those lattes. You might even want to put a little something in the tip jar. Ω Photo by Foon Rhee

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“I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to unite behind the science, and I want you to take real action,” 16 year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg told Congress. The same applies to vaccines, as the World Health Organization declares “vaccine hesitancy” Richard Pan, a Sacramento Democrat, represents the Sixth a global health threat, and the United States District in the state Senate and is the author of Senate Bill 276, experienced the largest number of measles cases the new law on vaccinations that takes effect on Jan. 1, 2021. since 1992. Unfortunately, both efforts to address the climate exemptions rate above 10%, far above what science crisis and insufficient vaccination are stymied by predicted. disinformation campaigns. Decades of research Like the climate crisis, California is affected have proven vaccines are safe and effective, by action, or inaction, around the globe. In the but false claims—including that vaccines cause European Union, where many countries have autism—have frightened parents. universal health care coverage, only four countries While vaccines provide individual protection, have vaccination rates of above 94% and there have their full impact requires collective action. To been more than 44,000 measles cases since 2016. achieve community immunity to halt measles, a This year, Japan has the highest rate of measles vaccination rate above 94% is needed. This protecsince 2006. The United States almost lost our tion is important since babies, transplant patients measles elimination status, which was achieved and people being treated for cancer or with other in 2000. In 2019, there have been more than 1,200 immune-compromised conditions cannot be vaccicases resulting in more than 100 hospitalizations. nated and depend on community immunity. While measles came to California We have already experienced what from other states and countries, SB happens when vaccination rates are 277 helped prevent another large too low. In 2010, whooping cough outbreak like 2015. killed 10 infants and hospitalized While vaccines To maintain community 809 in California, an outbreak provide individual immunity, this year I introduced traced to places parents declined SB 276 to provide oversight protection, their full to vaccinate their children. In and eliminate inappropriate 2015, a measles outbreak beginimpact requires medical exemptions. Without ning in Disneyland infected 136 collective action. real scientific evidence, a Californians, the vast majority well-funded opposition resorted unvaccinated or with unknown to disinformation, bullying and vaccination. Twenty were hospitalrhetorical—and even physical— ized and, again, the outbreak spread violence to attack the bill. Opponents are through places with low vaccination rates. collecting signatures for a statewide referendum to To protect children, I authored Senate Bill 277 overturn the new law. in 2015 to abolish the personal belief exemption to The people of California, however, stand legally required vaccines to attend school. This law strongly in favor of SB 276, which Gov. Gavin successfully raised the school vaccination rates to Newsom signed into law in September. A UC restore community immunity; however, the law left Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll medical exemptions to the discretion of individual showed 83% support the law. Also, a Public physicians without oversight. Policy Institute of California survey shows Unfortunately, a small number of unscrupulous support for mandating vaccines for school has physicians, many of whom profit from promoting risen from 67% in 2015 to 73% this year. vaccine disinformation, sold medical exemptions. Every child deserves the right to be safe at Medical exemption rates quadrupled since SB 277 school. Unite behind the science, and we can became law, eroding our hard-won community take real action to keep our community safe and immunity. More than 100 schools had medical healthy. Ω |




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ow do you feel about your retirement prospects? Are you optimistic that you’ll be able to afford to stop working some day? If you’re anxious just thinking about this subject, you’re not alone. Last week, I wrote about the problems with our retirement system on a policy level. What strikes me about this issue is that more and more people are deeply concerned about retiring without security of any kind. Will you have enough money to live comfortably in retirement? Almost half of Americans say no. That anxiety keeps growing. Back in 2002 when Gallup first asked that question, only one in three Americans expressed doubts about their retirement savings. This makes sense. In 2002, many more people had pensions, and Social Security wasn’t under continuous attack. Now in California, one out of every two workers has nothing saved for retirement. Nationally, the numbers are no better. On average, older workers age 56 to 61 – very close to traditional retirement age – have $17,000 saved for retirement. Counting on Social Security alone? The average monthly payment in California is $1,377 – less than the average rent for an apartment. We see people in their 80s, looking for work because they need the money. We know people who live on Social Security alone, with no consistent transportation, no way to afford regular dental or vision care, no way to visit loved ones. This is no way to end one’s working years. These statistics reflect the difficult situation so many working Californians face. Take Pablo Narvaez. Now in his 50s, he has been working in the fast food industry for almost two decades, and is always holding two or three jobs to make ends meet. When I met him, he was working in the morning in construction and in the evening in a restaurant. He had just finished sending his children to college and was going to start – at age 52 – to try to put some money away for retirement. Besides that, he’s worried about continuing to work. Pablo shared that, as he gets older, he has fewer opportunities to be hired or to get a full-time job. We are fighting back against federal attacks on retirement that would make our retirement even riskier. The Koch brothers

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Curtain call Here’s a mystery for you: Once a month, there’s an author reading event where no authors read, but people still hear their stories. That’s because actors perform the stories instead. It’s Stories on Stage Sacramento, which has been a local staple since 2010. Sue Staats, the outgoing coordinator for Stories on Stage, originally came to Sacramento to work in TV news—which she did for a while, then worked in a slew of public relations jobs. It wasn’t until retirement that she began exploring creative writing. Staats began her Stories on Stage involvement first as a reader and then a volunteer before she was asked by the event’s founder, Valerie Fioravanti, to take over operations. That was six years ago, and in the intervening years, Staats has brought esteemed authors and emerging writers to see their work read on stage. Now, Staats is passing the Stories on Stage torch to the team of Shelley Blanton-Stroud and Dorothy Rice. SN&R chatted with Staats about the greatest hits of coordinating Stories on Stage Sacramento, and about its future.

Did you change things along the way? Only in the sense that I placed it more on a business footing because we’d sort of been operating out of a shoebox on a cash basis. And I, for instance, opened a checking account. (Laughs.) One of the basic tenets of Stories on Stage is that writers and actors should be paid for their work. … That started to come as a check instead of cash divided up at the end of the event. … I also started some new partnerships. We now have an annual event where we feature the writing from the four Los Rios community colleges. They all have literary magazines, and they all have very good creative writing departments.

wish lists. Y’know, who would you like to have, who would you like to have? And that way, I got sort of an idea of what the group would like to see.

Is it a challenge ever for the actors? I can’t say yes. There have been stories where the actors reading have elevated it, and that’s wonderful. The actors like it—it’s a challenge. It’s a really different kind of acting presentation, I’ve been told, because you can’t be too dramatic. You’re not moving around, you haven’t memorized anything, you’re just reading it out loud and trying to bring life to characters on the stage.

How long have you been a writer? I want to say 15 years, more or less. I’m sort of dawdling along with it. I have a short story collection that’s finished, and I’m sort of, in a mild way, trying to get it out to the world. … I would have to work way harder and devote way more of my time to it to really say that I was a hard-nosed, dedicated person.

In your career, did you have a creative outlet of choice? Y’know, I didn’t do any creative writing at that time. I didn’t come to fiction until I started taking classes. But the most creative part was I produced a number of documentaries, and particularly when I was working in TV, I produced a lot of documentaries. But also producing a news story for television, your assignment editor gives you an idea in the morning, and you have to come up with a complete visual piece that is a minute and 15 seconds long with a story arc … That was, to me, really more fun than anything.

Has your writing changed in any way, being involved in this? Well, it has opened my eyes and mind to better and better and better and better writing. And also, it has made me realize the kind of toughness and dedication it takes to be a really fine writer, and how true you have to be to yourself. The best work comes from a strong personal conviction. Ω

Were you selecting pieces and authors? Yeah, I was … I would assemble the volunteers, and we’d come to my house—have dinner, a glass of wine—and people would throw out ideas for their

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Noah Buchanan, the parent of a special-needs student who was bullied, stands in front of the Sacramento City Unified School District headquarters. Photo by Scott thomaS anderSon

When no one listens Parents took their bullied students out of Sacramento City Unified schools, where resources to protect them are limited by Scott thomaS anderSon

Researchers are learning more about the link between school bullying and suicide, a grim intersection between distinct but sometimes connected public health issues. The Sacramento region had its own wake-up call in 2014, when a 12-year-old Folsom Middle School student, Ronin Shimizu, took his life after relentless bullying for his perceived gender identification. The Folsom Cordova Unified School District later settled a lawsuit with the child’s family for $1 million and launched a multilayered anti-bullying campaign. Sacramento City Unified School District—one of the largest districts in the region—has its own program to prevent students from being targeted. But some local families claim the efforts are not enough, after their own children were bullied off their campuses for their sexual 10





orientation or developmental conditions. For these parents, Shimizu’s story is particularly haunting. He was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder and anxiety as other students were using hurtful, anti-gay slurs to claw at his emotional state. That pressure led to a tragedy. Can others be avoided? As Sac Unified lurches toward its third year of a budget crisis that could mean a state takeover, the prospect of expanding anti-bullying efforts is nowhere in sight. There came a point when Angie Sutherland could no longer take what her daughter was going through. All through fifth and sixth grades, her daughter was bullied at Hollywood Park Elementary School for her autism, Sutherland says. She says it started

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in 2017 and included students repeatedly shaming her child about her appearance, as well as calling her the r-word. One boy reportedly even taunted, “I wish you’d die in a house fire.” Sutherland says the harassment caused her daughter, now 11, to have nightmares and develop an eating disorder and extremely low self-esteem. Then she was driven to self-harm. “She had six hospitalizations over two years,” Sutherland recalled. Sutherland says that school staff at Hollywood Park made little effort to investigate or stop the bullying. Worried for her daughter’s welfare, Sutherland eventually pulled her out the district in May 2017. She’s now attending an out-of-state residential school centered on teaching students suffering from trauma.

She’s slowly showing signs of recovery, her mother says. Sacramento City Unified spokesman Alex Barrios said it is policy for the schools to refer inquiries to the district office, but that he couldn’t comment on specific bullying reports due to student privacy regulations. Generally speaking, he said, if parents believe school employees are not handling bullying issues appropriately, they should report it to the district’s constituent services office. Angel Garcia is another parent of an autistic student who no longer attends a Sac Unified school. She says her son went through a hellish ordeal while in seventh grade at California Middle School. He had come out as gay that year, and between that and his developmental condition, the bullying was nonstop, Garcia says. She says her son endured verbal abuse, was punched and, at one point, extorted for money. The most heartbreaking moment for Garcia was when her son admitted he wasn’t eating at school anymore because he didn’t want to be confronted in the cafeteria. She says that even though campus staff discovered her son hiding under a staircase one time, they didn’t take the situation seriously. “They said that [the bullying] had to be his perception from his autism,”

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a quIck draW Garcia remembered. “These were physical attacks—that’s not his perception.” When Garcia’s son hurt himself, she pulled him out of the district and put him in private school. She says the bullying ended overnight. “A lot of kids with disabilities can’t control their tics and mannerisms, and they’re targeted within a culture that has no protection for them,” Garcia said. “There was no one looking out for my son, and it turned him into a different person who I barely recognized.” Noah Buchanan says he was also recently compelled to pull his son from an SCUSD school. Buchanan’s son, who is diagnosed with severe attention deficit disorder, was in fifth grade last year at Matsuyama Elementary School when problems started. Buchanan says students were subjecting his son to anti-gay insults and name-calling due to his gender identification. That included, Buchanan says, being called a gay slur and “a disease.” At one point, one student allegedly told Buchanan’s son he needed to die. “Once, when I told him he had to go to school, he said, ‘I don’t feel safe—I’m scared,’” Buchanan recalled. Buchanan provided SN&R with a series of emails between himself and staff at Matsuyama that indicate officials investigated the reported bullying but ultimately found it unsubstantiated. From Buchanan’s standpoint, that’s part of the problem. He believes school employees pick and choose which students they believe, and kids with disabilities are at a disadvantage. Once Buchanan’s son began engaging in self-harm, he again approached the district for help. He says it offered to put his son in a special school for at-risk students experiencing emotional disturbance. That has been a widespread practice for the district, and one that came under fire in 2017 in an independent audit of its special education program. “He’s a smart kid, and I feel that segregating him and putting him in that kind of class is putting a label on him,” Buchanan said. “And that’s going to carry on for him. And, regardless, people are going to find out about it. I feel like the bullying will escalate.” This year, Buchanan put his son in a St. Hope charter school and says his son’s overall experience has dramatically improved. Reports of bullying do seem to be increasing. There are roughly 47,900 students in Sac Unified. In the 2017-18 school year, 171 cases of suspected bullying were

reported to the district. Last school year, 276 were reported. A 2014 survey by the Journal of Adolescent Health found that 35% of American students between the ages of 12 and 18 reported being bullied on campus, while15% said they were the victim of cyber-bullying.

practices and things that we know are vital to a student’s ability to show up and learn,” board president Jessie Ryan said at the November meeting. Victoria Flores, the district’s director of Student Support and Health Services who oversees the bullying intervention program, acknowledges the challenges that she and Wharton face are significant. sacramento city unified has “We do have to make had a bullying intervensure we’re being inclusive “There tion policy since 2011 and focusing on those was no one and is currently one protected classes,” of the few districts Flores told SN&R this looking out for my son, in California to month. “Every year, and it turned him into have a full-time as we learn more and a different person who I bullying prevention deal with new situaspecialist—a licensed tions, we’re constantly barely recognized.” marriage and family looking at best Angel Garcia, therapist named practices and trying to parent of a student with Jessica Wharton. get that into the training. autism Wharton trains campus … I always feel hopeful administrators to recognize about it.” and respond to bullying. She also But it has been months since intervenes directly in some cases, mediatthe district and union officials met for ing conflicts between students. Last year, contract negotiations, and that’s making Wharton held 58 mediations, provided 422 parents like Garcia and Sutherland less consultations with parents and school staff hopeful. And they believe that the teachers’ and trained 737 employees. union insistence on a two-decade-old policy But Wharton is spread thin. She’s a that allows teachers to choose whether or one-woman show for all of the district’s 75 not disabled students are placed in their schools. While her salary is paid from the classrooms—a contract stipulation called district’s general fund, the outreach, awareAppendix D—shows the union’s indifness or education initiatives rely on grants. ference to kids with special needs. These At a district board meeting last November parent advocates also believe that move where her program’s budget was discussed, contributed to a broader culture of excluWharton told trustees it’s sometimes diffision, one that only worsens bullying. cult for her to carry out all of her different David Fisher, a spokesman for the jobs, especially training. SCTA, disagreed with that interpretation “Where we fall into a quandary of Appendix D, saying it was intended sometimes is that we have nine months of as a framework for giving teachers more school,” Wharton said. “When you have resources for inclusive practices. He said a lot of complicated things that need to be the union is not aware of any students done, sometimes we don’t have enough being denied services because of it. Fisher professional development hours that are added that SCTA recently made what it available.” argues is revenue-neutral proposal in budget Translation: Not all SCUSD employees negotiations to increase the ratio of school are getting the anti-bullying training counselors and psychologists to help with within the time frame the district’s policy issues like bullying, which the district has mandates. so far declined. When Wharton issued that warning, “Improving school climate has been a the district was already mired in a financial big priority for us,” Fisher said. crisis. The problem has only gotten worse, Garcia is quick to point out that the as the district is at a contract impasse with lack of resources to expand anti-bullying the Sacramento City Teachers Association measures is an untold casualty of the budget and has a multimillion-dollar structural saga—and forced her family to turn to deficit that could trigger a state takeover. As a costly private school, an option many a result, there hasn’t been any public discus- parents don’t have. sion of expanding the bullying intervention “There have been times in my life program, nor hiring a second prevention when I couldn’t have afforded that,” specialist. Garcia said. “If someone’s child is “I think it’s really unfortunate we have going through this, and they don’t have to hope for additional grant funding to hundreds of extra dollars a month, what do restorative practices, trauma-informed are they supposed to do?” Ω

A 55-year-old African-American man is dead after a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy mistook a pellet gun in his waistband for a real one while responding to a disturbance in a remote rural neighborhood this month. The department’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division is still investigating the fatal shooting that occurred Oct. 6, which began with two 911 calls regarding a man laying on the side of a country road in herald, a small town in the county’s southern reaches. The Sheriff’s Department released video of the event on Oct. 16. The footage depicts a 19-year-veteran making a splitsecond decision at the end of an overtime shift and realizing he made the wrong call. Maurice Holley was laying in a raggedy bed of grass when the deputy’s in-car camera began recording that Sunday afternoon. The deputy writes Holley’s name and date of birth into a notepad. Suddenly, the deputy drops his pad and whips out his gun. He shouts at Holley to get on the ground. Holley holds his palms out and screams, “I didn’t do nuthin’!” The deputy radios that Holley has a gun in his waistband. Holley’s left hand drops to his shirt hem. The deputy quick-fires nine rounds. Holley shrieks, twists, falls onto his left side, then rolls slowly onto his back into the ditch. The deputy radios loud and clear, “Shots fired. Code-3 cover. Code-3 fire.” The deputy reenters the frame, looks over the body and makes a discovery. “Fuck! BB gun!” he yells. According to the coroner’s office, holley leaves behind two adult children, a son and a daughter. The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office will review the Sheriff’s Department investigation into the shooting. Because the county hasn’t hired a new inspector general to replace the one Sheriff Scott Jones ousted last summer, it’s unlikely there will be an independent policy review of the incident. (Raheem F. Hosseini)

flIckerIng lIghts Days after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. intentionally threw 2 million Californians into darkness, regulators publicly denounced the utility giant at an Oct. 18 emergency meeting. Just three days after that, PG&E announced it may again shut off power this week. What may come to be known as the great california blackout of 2019 marked the third time PG&E triggered its Public Safety Power Shutoff program in hopes of preemptively stopping largescale wildfires. While two previous efforts sparked anger and concern, the scale of its most recent shut-off caused a level of disruption that Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission found unacceptable. With a host of PG&E’s managers sitting before her, Newsom’s newly-appointed PUC president, Marybel Batjer, said the company had botched the shut-off on a level that compromised the health and well-being of countless people across the state. PG&E CEO Bill Johnson acknowledged that his team failed at a number of tasks during the blackout. The CEO’s presentation drew withering remarks from Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves. “PG&E is treating its customers as if there’s no way it could lose them,” Aceves told Johnson. “Is your lack of preparedness and consideration for your customers a reflection that fundamentally you believe that you are entitled to them?” Johnson answered he didn’t believe that. On Oct. 21, PG&E announced it was considering shutting off power to 17 counties this week due to high fire conditions. (Scott Thomas Anderson)






David Balto, a former federal regulator who is now an antitrust lawyer in Washington D.C., called the developments “precedent-setting.” “You have all these metropolitan markets where you have large hospital systems, but Sutter Health in the Bay Area is like the filet mignon of the problem,” Balto said. “The problems in San Francisco are bigger than anywhere else. And you see that in how Sutter has exploited its market power to the nth degree.” Sutter’s tactics were hard to challenge under antitrust law, Balto added. But “what [Becerra] did was bring together hard facts with top-notch scholarship proving there was an overwhelming Sutter Health is the largest problem and that Sutter’s strong-arm hospital system in Northern California with 24 hospitals, tactics were the cause of the problem.” including Sutter Medical Anthony Wright, executive director Center in Midtown. of the advocacy group Health Access California, said he wasn’t privy to the PHOTO BY FOON RHEE settlement details, but that he expected it to include “some meaningful remedies in terms of adjusting some of the anti-competitive practices and contract provisions that Sutter has advanced over the years.” “While we await the details of the Sutter Health and AG reach tentative deal in antitrust case settlement,” he said, “the lawsuit itself sends a strong signal to hospital chains across the nation and all health care Ka ise r H e a lth Ne ws BY JENNY GOLD providers planning to adopt predatory prices.” Jaime King, associate dean and a professor of law at UC Hastings College where Sutter is dominant, are 20% to 30% Sutter Health has reached a tentative of them—even if some of those facilities of the Law in San Francisco, said Sutter’s higher than in Southern California, even settlement agreement in a closely watched were more expensive than a competitor. decision to settle “in some ways is not a after adjusting for cost of living, according antitrust case brought by self-funded Sutter Health consistently denied the surprise. On the eve of trial, we often see to a 2018 study from the Nicholas C. Petris employers, and later joined by the allegations, saying its large, integrated big settlements.” Center at UC Berkeley that was cited in the health system offers tangible benefits for California Attorney General’s Office. Still, she said, it comes at a complaint. The agreement was announced in San patients, including more seamcost: “I think it’s a shame The case was a massive undertaking, Francisco Superior Court on Oct. 16, just less, high-quality care we won’t ever get to encompassing years of work and millions moments before opening statements were and increased access “While we await see the evidence that of pages of documents, California Attorney for residents in rural expected to begin. would have been the details of the General Xavier Becerra said beforehand. While representatives for both sides areas. Sutter also brought forward If the plaintiffs prevailed, Sutter was confirmed they had reached a tentative disputed that its settlement, the lawsuit in this case expected to face damages of as much as settlement, they would not divulge details prices are higher itself sends a strong signal to about Sutter’s $2.7 billion. of the agreement, which must be approved than other contracting hospital chains across the nation The nonprofit giant has 24 hospitals, by the court. Superior Court Judge Annemajor health and pricing 34 surgery centers and 5,500 physicians Christine Massullo told the jury impaneled care providers, and all health care providers practices. across Northern California, with $13 billion saying its interfor the case that details likely would be planning to adopt predatory There are a lot in operating revenue in 2018. The state’s made public during approval hearings in nal analyses tell of very large prices.” lawsuit alleged Sutter has aggressively February or March. a different story. health systems There were audible cheers from the jury bought up hospitals and physician practices The case Anthony Wright that are charging throughout the Bay Area and Northern following the announcement that the trial, was expected to executive director, Health Access a lot of money California, and exploited that market which was expected to last three months, have nationwide California for their services, dominance for profit. would not continue. Officials with the implications on and this case had the Among other tactics, it accused Sutter attorney general’s office and Sutter Health how hospital systems opportunity to give us much of employing an “all-or-none” approach declined requests for comment. negotiate prices with insurers. more insight into what we’re to contracting with insurance companies, Sutter stood accused of violating Even with details of the agreement spending our health care dollars on.” Ω demanding that an insurer that wanted to California’s antitrust laws by using its not yet public, attorneys and patient include any one of the Sutter hospitals market power to illegally drive up prices. advocates said they expect the settlement or clinics in its network must include all Health care costs in Northern California, to mark a pivotal moment.

Surprise settlement This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent service of the Kaiser Family Foundation. KHN is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.






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h ree months ago, Molly Seely began

a new chapter in her life by attending Amplify — a week-long summer camp for girls and boys in South Sacramento.

Like traditional camps that involve nature hikes and canoe trips, this camp unfolded in a creative writing center, where everyone learned to craft better fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The literary camp, led by adult writers, was created by 916 Ink, a nonprofit supported by The California Endowment. “I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since I was eight, maybe earlier,” Molly, a 6th grader at Sacramento’s Alice Birney Waldorf School, said recently. “Amplify is a great program. You can work on your writing techniques and get feedback.” The highlight was in September, when Molly and other camp graduates returned to 916 Ink for a book-release party. More than 40 youth received copies of Secrets, a 260-page professional anthology of their best writings from camp. “I was pretty excited having my works published,” said Molly, 12, who opened Secrets to find two of her poems and a short story in it. Equally thrilled was Autumn Peterson, a 7th grader at Golden Valley River School in Orangevale, who contributed three poems to the book.

“I’m really proud I put my work out to the public,” said Autumn, who began writing short stories and poetry early last year. Like many writers, Molly and Autumn occasionally experience writer’s block. “Writer’s block is a dreaded thing,” said Autumn, who turned 13 this month. “When it pounces on me, I try to find inspiration by looking outside through a window. Other times I take a break.”

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autumn Peterson (left) and molly Seely (right) are accomplished writers. their works were included in Secrets, a new anthology of young writers published by 916 Ink . Photo by Edgar Sanchez

Autumn Peterson Published Author, Secrets

Helping youth appreciate the power of the written word is 916 Ink’s mission. In the last nine years, the nonprofit has produced more than 140 anthologies with the writings of over 3,500 youth throughout the Sacramento area according to Ian Hadley, executive director of 916 Ink. Some of the authors attended 916 Ink workshops at their schools; others wrote during various programs at 916 Ink.

“One of my favorite moments is seeing the young authors’ proud smiles when they receive copies of their published work,” Hadley said. “Publishing is an important milestone in the program.” “It shows the youth that their stories matter and that they deserve to be heard.” Autumn and Molly have joined the Author’s Lab, an after-school workshop for advanced creative young writers that meets Tuesdays at their headquarters in South Sacramento.

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Behind bars but free from copays BY MARGHERITA BEALE

“She died in prison, and many other women die Crystal Hall was convicted in 2013 for attempted in prison because of lack of health care,” Ralston murder. Since being in jail, Hall says she has said. “They should be here today. They should be developed several medical conditions, including alive.” diabetes and cervical cancer. Hall says that through In Sacramento, this bill is especially relevant. her time in the California Institution for Women in Just a month ago, a settlement was reached Corona, no word has rolled off the tongue of prison in the 2018 federal class-action lawsuit filed health-care providers as often as “copay.” against Sacramento County, which alleged the “It’s like a vicious cycle, a cycle that goes “unconstitutional and illegal treatment” of inmates on all around paperwork and copays,” Hall said. inside county jails. “Everything is about a copay.” Aaron Fischer, counsel with Disability Rights But for inmates like Hall, things are changing. California, which filed the suit, believes the On Oct. 9, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed historic settlement will lead to significant improvements. legislation that permanently bars county jails and One of its more innovative aspects is recognizing state prisons from charging copays for medical and the importance of reducing the jail population, dental services, as well as equipment. particularly for people with mental health needs and Incarcerated people typically earn between 14 disabilities, Fischer said. and 62 cents an hour, if employed at all. A 2017 The lawsuit also addresses study by the Prison Policy Initiative found Sacramento County’s longstanding that California’s standard $5 medical rule under which inmates were copay in prisons is equivalent to an “People are only allowed to raise one medialmost $700 copay for someone cal condition per visit. Not working a minimum wage job dying in prisons only does this practice have on the outside. By eliminating and jails all over this financial implications due to copays, California is the first country all the time copays, but Fischer said it state to take what advocates has health ones. are calling “an important first because of lack of care.” “The example I always step.” Romarilyn Ralston give is someone comes “The governor’s decipolicy director, California Coalition in and says, ‘I want to be sion to permanently remove for Women Prisoners seen because I’ve lost a lot of copays from California jails weight.’ And then they get there and prisons brings us one step and also say, ‘My eyesight has closer to fair and just access to gotten worse,’” Fischer said. “Those are health care for everyone, including two different issues, but both are symptoms of those who are incarcerated,” said Eric diabetes. So the idea that you can only raise one Henderson, policy director of Initiate Justice. condition at a time is deeply problematic.” Though Assembly Bill 45 won’t officially In 2017, Sacramento County collected $20,280 go into effect until January, state prisons started in copays. Divided by the $3 copay required in jails, eliminating copays earlier this year, citing public this means medical care was sought approximately health concerns. AB 45 codifies their decision into 6,670 times. law, and extends the requirement to California jails. Courtney Hanson, an organizer with Romarilyn Ralston, policy director for the Decarcerate Sacramento and Californians United California Coalition for Women Prisoners, said for a Responsible Budget, has been held inside the decision has already helped some members Sacramento County jail twice for brief stints, on the inside. which she cites as the inspiration for her current “The incarceration sometimes murders people because you don’t have the right quality work. “You’re sort of seen as being less than of care and access,” Ralston said. “I know human,” Hanson said. “You’re seen as a maniputhat’s a strong word to use. But people are lator, a complainer. Anyone who’s been on the dying in prisons and jails all over this country inside jokes about how aspirin is the solution to all the time because of lack of care.” Charisse Shumate, founder of CCWP, didn’t everything. We’re talking severe medical conditions and people being written off as not being receive the treatment she needed for sickle cell trustworthy.” Ω anemia while in prison, Ralston said.

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old chocolate and nutty aromas waft through the small cafe as a large coffee grinder whirs steadily, followed by the familiar hiss from a steam wand as it heats a small pitcher of milk. Some customers type quietly behind glowing laptops, while others sit comfortably at the coffee bar chatting up staff who weigh freshly roasted beans before pouring them into small bags. It’s a typical morning at Coffee Works, Sacramento’s oldest specialty roaster that has been serving its house-made blends to East Sacramento and beyond since 1982. Back in those days, recalls owner John Shahabian, there were no specialty coffee houses and Starbucks had yet to stake its claim in the state capital. Almost 40 years later, Sacramento’s coffee scene has flourished. Temple Coffee Roasters, Old Soul Co. and Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters compete nationally at the annual Golden Bean awards, the world’s largest coffee roasters competition. Each also consistently ranks in the 90s on a 100-point scale created by Coffee Review to rate coffee similar to wine. Yet as much as Sacramento’s specialty coffee community wins national acclaim, it’s also home to small, cozy cafes that offer a warm place to relax, talk and enjoy a hot beverage. But it’s both parts that keep Sacramento’s culture as a coffee capital brewing.

Right: Temple Coffee’s head roaster, Camilla Yuan, is the expert behind some of the highly rated coffee varieties such as its Ethiopia Sidamo Gora Kone, which scored an impressive 94 points with Coffee Review.

According to the National Coffee Association,


of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day.

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A number of independent coffee roasters started popping up in Midtown and downtown in the early 2000s. Temple Coffee owner Sean Kohmescher opened his first location in November 2005 in the old Levinson’s book store building on 10th Street. Inspired by his travels to Indonesia, Kohmescher wanted to open a communal space modeled after the temples he visited, a place where people could gather and enjoy delicious cups of coffee. Now, Kohmescher has six locations, with a seventh opening in a few months. He also looks forward to the completion of a 44,000 square-foot warehouse in Depot Park where he’ll have more space for training baristas and also educating the public. “In today’s day and age, I think people want fresh, new beverages. I think the market is becoming much more signature as people are becoming more playful with recipes,” he says. “There are a lot more creative things happening, which is exciting.” Although the world of specialty coffee can be intimidating, similar to learning the ins and outs of fine wines, Kohmescher says there are varieties for every taste. “A Guatemala would be a great coffee to start somebody off with. All of the flavor characteristics are very approachable. There’s going to be a lot of citrus and melon and it’s going to be light and sweet,” he says. “Some people may also like Brazil because it’s going to be a little deeper and chocolaty and not have much high notes, so they may enjoy that better.” One year after Temple opened, Old Soul Co. began roasting coffee

in its L Street alley location. Co-owner Jason Griest says at first he and co-owner Tim Jordan started out as a wholesale roaster and baker. But drawn by the aroma of fresh-baked pastries and roasted coffee beans, many passersby wanted coffee and sweets on the spot. In 2007, Old Soul opened as a retail space and began serving its award-winning coffees to the public with locations on the grid and in Oak Park. Griest says Sacramento’s coffee scene is very interwoven. He remembers Kohmescher from when they both worked at Naked Lounge (another independent coffee roaster) before the two started their own ventures. Former roasters at Old Soul have opened their own coffee houses


is Italian for “expressed” or “pressed-out.”

and roasteries, including Ryan Harden of Camellia Coffee Roasters and Lucky Rodrigues of Insight Coffee Roasters and later Identity Coffees. “One of the cool things about Sacramento is that everyone is supportive of each other and friends, so when Lucky opened Insight and Identity and Ryan opened Camellia, for us, it was really cool to see other people grow,” he says. “Sacramento is just going to continue to gain a better reputation with more young professionals opening up their own stores in the next five years. It’s not just farm-to-fork anymore, it’s crop-to-cup.”

A growing Culture When people think of coffee destinations they mostly think of San Francisco, Seattle or Portland. But a 15-minute walk through Midtown or a leisurely bike ride through the grid’s outlying neighborhoods will land anyone at or near a specialty coffee shop or cafe. Sprudge, a coffee news and culture blog based in Portland, rated Sacramento as one of five “underrated coffee cities” in America. But there’s still room for growth. Pachamama Coffee—an independent cooperative owned by coffee farmers and

governed by a board of directors representing countries such as Ethiopia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Mexico—opened its roastery at 20th and J streets in 2012. Thaleon Tremain, CEO of Pachamama, says he’s witnessed the Midtown area’s growth as well as the demand for premium coffee and welcoming spaces. “We’ve got great coffee people, great coffee roasters, great cafes,” he says. “Customers support not just the high quality aspect of coffee, but also that it’s a local business. And I think that creates a coffee community and I think when people come here to Sacramento, they recognize that, too.” As the Sacramento coffee scene continues to expand, local roasters are incorporating new techniques and technology.

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continued from page 17 andres Polo is big on coffee tech and pulling espresso shots at Old Soul co.’s l Street alley location.

catered to families and had a friendly touch. Coffee is “I think that coffee has grown in more than come to a pinnacle where For instance, there’s almost a little software pretentiousness to it, but companies such really it’s just coffee,” as Cropster she says. “It’s a warm have developed beverage that you’re programs that help countries, including going to drink to wake up recreate awardMexico, Ethiopia, or spend some quality time Yemen and Vietnam. winning varieties by with someone. It’s something setting roasting schedto be enjoyed.” ules and tracking different Sabrina says she enjoys sitting at variables to achieve consistent other coffee shops in town to experience batches of coffee. the various ways other local business owners “I definitely believe that’s going to be a are creating communal spaces. big movement going forward,” says Andres On the other side of East Sac, Shahabian Polo, a barista at Old Soul who keeps an eye on sits outside his neighborhood coffee house what’s up and coming in the industry. “It just near a hand-painted sign that reads “Coffee goes to show that technology does play a role Works 1982.” He says coffee is one of life’s in the coffee scene here in Sacramento and on luxuries that is accessible to just about a multinational level too. Technology is now everyone. more precise to get exactly what you want in “Community and culture I think is really the cup.” what this is about. I told one of my friends that it’s like a place where we can repair our souls,” he Did you says. “People come here know that with problems, and we (allegedly) talk to them and help them Inside an 80-year-old building get through. We have a near historic McKinley Park, certain kind of profile of sisters Sabrina and Makeda customers, and they’re Berhane opened Tiferet, a usually people who aren’t cozy little coffee shop, in paying attention to whether August 2014. As joggers or not you have fancy rounded laps near the rose tile on the floor, whether garden on a recent Monday you have a printed cup or morning, Sabrina was cups of coffee to whether it looks upscale. chatting with her customers. kill a 150-pound We’re just very real. We’re She says the area needed person? a very real place.” Ω a small, no-frills cafe that


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f you’ve ever tried brewing your own coffee, you’ve probably noticed: There’s a heck of a lot of options out there. Espresso? More like, “espress-I don’t-know!” Dark roast? Sure, that sounds like it would taste good. Wait, does the water go in here? Whoops, no it does not. Between all the different ingredients, methods and philosophies, it’s hard to navigate elite coffee culture and also know that what you’re brewing is “the good stuff.” It might even get to the point where you’re too intimidated to even try. What if your guests turn up their noses? What if your partner leaves you for a highly skilled barista? What if your roast is really, truly disgusting? Luckily, there’s a foolproof method to ensure that every cup of coffee you pour is astoundingly delicious. All you need are a few essential ingredients, a little patience and a pure heart.


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Step 3: With the help of your guests, draw a circle on the ground, large enough to fit a human in the fetal position.

Step 5: Assuming the ritual works, the guest should have transmuted into a piping hot, perfectly brewed cup of coffee. If you want more cups, repeat this ritual to satisfy any remaining guests.

Step 1: Pour coffee beans down the drain. Pour the water as well to make sure no beans get lodged in the pipe. Step 2: Tell any guests expecting coffee that you’re out, but if they assist you in a series of tasks, soon they will be drinking

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by PatriCk Hyun WilSon Velvety nitro cold brew is on tap at Pachamama Coffee in East Sacramento.


n the old days, if you asked someone how they liked their coffee, they might say with cream, maybe a little sugar or black. These days, the world of coffee is much more complex: Nitrogen is added to coffee, oat milk is taking over dairy and people are even adding butter? If you asked me a week ago to add a spoonful of butter to my coffee I would have gagged at the thought. But after trying some of the trendiest—and weirdest—coffee drinks in Sacramento, I now take my coffee various ways. Here are a few styles to consider for your morning caffeine jolt.

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What more needs to be said about this recent staple found on coffee house menus? The popular drink is made by infusing coffee, which has been steeped overnight, with nitrogen gas. It gives each sip a smooth velvety texture comparable to a pint of Guinness. Cruz Conrad, a barista at Pachamama in Midtown, was on the grounds when the drink first hit the scene. “When I first got into the coffee industry about 10 years ago ... No one was talking about cold brew, just iced coffee,” he said. “Then in 2013-2015 you saw people making cold brew in specialty shops ... and it just caught on like wildfire.”

Oat milk exploded onto the coffee scene in 2018 and took over as the dairy substitute. (Sorry almond milk.) The relatively low environmental impact of oat milk is a key selling point for many baristas and consumers. For Reginald Kendrick of Old Soul Co. at the Weatherstone, the switch is well worth it. “The biggest trend that I feel is being more conscious on life,” Kendrick said. “People want good coffee. Well, we need to have good processes otherwise, it’ll fail.”

SiNgle-origiN roaSt Single-origin coffee can now be found in most specialty coffee shops. Rather than blending beans from multiple sources to create a consistent flavor, single-origin coffee utilizes just one farm for the beans. The result captures the essence of the specific location where the beans were harvested and a clearer flavor profile. Places such as Temple Coffee Roasters offer tasting notes to guide palates through the different components unique to each specific roast, such as its Ethiopia Gora Kone with its orange blossom, peach and black tea notes.

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Honey spice offers an alternative fall flavor that is more subtle than pumpkin spice. Typically made with honey, cream and cinnamon in a latte, the drink satisfies a sweet tooth without tasting like dessert. It’s also found at most specialty coffee shops in town.

cortado/gibraltar Cortados or Gibraltars as they’re named in some cafes are growing in popularity alongside the increasing demand for specialty coffees. The drink is made with the same ingredients as a latte but using a 1:1 ratio of espresso to milk, which allows for more of the coffee’s natural flavor to emerge. “It’s not on our menu, which is weird, but people ask for it,” said Ruben Ruyna, a barista at Insight Coffee Roasters. “It’s cool that people don’t want these big drinks with lots of milk. They want to actually taste the coffee.”

bulletproof coffee Bulletproof coffee is not going to be for everyone. It’s a bizarre blend of flavors that works surprisingly well, as long as you don’t think about it too much. The drink is made by mixing butter and coconut oil into a cup of coffee resulting in a somewhat oily yet smooth drink. The taste of butter is prominent, but somehow it mixes with the flavor of the coffee. I suggest you bite the bullet and try a cup of bulletproof coffee to warm up your morning. Ω






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the alternative House shows and DIY art spaces keep Sacramento’s all-ages music scene alive


he band was Jib and the Swigs. Between the threesome’s clangy acoustic punk songs, Jib Haddan had a message for his audience. “This is my backyard, thanks for being here,” Haddan told the crowd of 50 as dusk fell. “I have an EP that’s for however many dollars you want. Zero is totally fine. … This next song is about something, I dunno, sad.” The venue was Bart’s House, an old crib along Stockton Boulevard in Oak Park, and the occasion was Bart’s Fest, a two-day, 16-band music festival in September with Jesus and the Dinosaurs, I Kill Cameron, Melissa Schiller & The Baker Miller Pinks and other bands in the local underground. Bart is the house cat, and the rule is: Respect the house, pet the cat.

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Bart’s House is not a bar or concert hall; the door fee is pay-what-you-want and the bathroom was a rented porta potty. But it’s not unusual for Sacramento. The region has a rich history of house shows and do-it-yourself music spaces, giving a stage to the all-ages underground with an ethos that puts the music first, profits last. “It’s a mess trying to play a show [in Sacramento], so basically I just book people based on how nice they are when they message me, and that’s it,” said Haddan, who has operated Bart’s House with roommates since May 2018. “I’m not gonna sit there and tell you, ‘Your band sucks, I’m not gonna have you,’ because I think that’s garbage. We want good people playing

music. That’s the basis of it, and everything else comes together.” Dotted around the region are similar spaces that put on a show every month or two. Secret Compound in North Sacramento is a backyard studio, while North Pole House in Davis is a living room. There’s also the 10 and V Street house downtown and The Morgue in South Sacramento, among others. The house rules are similar: Outside of show expenses, all proceeds go to the bands. The touring act gets paid first, and the locals often play for free. The cover charge is usually $5 to $10 or just a donation, but no guest gets turned away for lack of funds. “It’s kind of unfair for the people who don’t have money to feel embarrassed that they can’t pay,” said Styles Munson, who

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runs Secret Compound with partner Clare Murphy. Both musicians, they are prepping a Halloween night show and costume party with bands Fashionista Boyfriend, Mediocre Café and J. Irvin Daily. “We try to be as inclusive as possible.” The two most notorious DIY spaces opened in the ’90s, starting with The Loft, upstairs and behind Time Tested Books on 21st Street in Midtown. What began as a practice space for bands such as Cake became Sacramento’s premier illegal venue. Its 10-year lifespan is mostly a blur to Scott Soriano, an indie label owner who helped run The Loft, booking shows with Craig Usher, Charles Albright and other artists. He remembers a space that was selfpoliced by a tight-knit community of about 300 artists, where fights and cop visits where minimal, where anarchist groups and the Sisterhood Posse held regular meetings and where bands (Bikini Kill, Unwound, The Yah-Mos) that couldn’t score a gig in above-board venues (The Cattle Club, Old Ironsides) performed. The Loft was both open to all and exclusive at the same time. “Besides no racists or fascists, or Nazi bands or sexist bands, if you were a local band regularly playing other venues, then we didn’t book you,” Soriano said. The Loft met its demise through burnout and pressure from new neighbors in the early 2000s. “We were never going to try to go to the city to get a permit,” Soriano said. “We weren’t going to get a business license. We weren’t going to let official Sacramento into it, because once we let them know it was there, then they would come and put all their rules on us and close it down.” Just down the street from The Loft was Casa de Chaos, where in the basement punk bands such as The Secretions were formed. Since its founding in 1992, the venue mostly avoided the attention of local police, benefiting from its location near the center of Midtown’s nightlife scene. “We were smack dab in the middle of what we used to call the Bar-muda triangle,” said musician Mickie Rat, who used to live there. “On one end of the block, we had Press Club, and on the other end we had Benny’s, and across the street from that, there was Townhouse. … There was so much going on, maybe nobody noticed. Or maybe they noticed and said, ‘Meh, doesn’t seem bad, we don’t want to waste our time.’”

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In December 2017, tenants at Casa de Chaos were evicted when its owner, real estate firm Rohenco Inc., sought to demolish the house to build new living units. Though now above-board, one of the most successful modern DIY spaces is the Red Museum, a 15th Street warehouse that doubles as a rehearsal space for paying members. It was temporarily shut down in 2017 for building and code violations, but the city stepped in to get its permits and infrastructure up-to-date. Local historian William Burg, who moved to Sacramento and into Casa de Chaos in 1993 and has co-organized the annual Norcal Noisefest for over two decades, said that DIY spaces provide an inclusive all-ages venue—and invaluable experience to those who run them. “There’s not much difference between organizing a punk show and organizing a rally or fundraiser,” Burg said. “You learn that by doing, and by getting over the fear that, ‘I can’t make any change, I just have to be a consumer. The people who get onstage at venues and put on shows are somehow different from us and we can’t do those things.’ Of course we can.” Burg, who is on the board of Preservation Sacramento, has been part of the fight to prevent the demolition of the former Casa de Chaos house. He said he’s optimistic about Sacramento’s music scene, though it’s invariably hurt by rising housing costs. “San Francisco in the ’60s, New York’s Lower East Side in the ’70s, Seattle in the ’80s, Portland and Sacramento in the ’90s— they all had very vibrant music scenes, and they all had cheap rent,” Burg said. “Finding a way to keep rent inexpensive in an era when downtowns are not inexpensive is a challenge, and that’s when the official level of government comes in.” Still, house venues continue to sprout. Promoters such as Brianna Carmel of 916 Growth Gigs prefer their more intimate and supportive vibe. Lower overhead costs mean less financial pressure. As a singersongwriter who performed at Bart’s Fest, she said you’re not competing for dollars, or with bar room chatter. “I was very caught off guard by people talking during my set, but also clapping after I would finish songs,” Carmel said of a recent gig at a downtown venue. “With house shows … the love and support, you really feel it.” Ω

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This page: The next night, Oakland-based post-rock band Wander played a living room set at the Morgue in South Sac.

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Crass comedian Lewis Black on Trump, a Netflix special in limbo and his upcoming stop in Sacramento Lewis Black, comedian-at-large, is jazzed about life. Heckfire, he’s positively brimming with positivity. “It just gets better and better. You can’t imagine how good it can be,” Black told SN&R. “You wake up the next day, it’s even better than the day before. Really looking forward to this, they’ve figured out how to make—everything, it’s just so swell.” Black has been an award-winning staple of American comedy for more than two decades, including his regular appearances on The Daily Show and his stand-up routines that are the subject of his The Joke’s On Us tour, one he’s rip-roaringly “rah-rah” about. He’s not pleased about how sport seasons overlap, though. “It’s taken what my distraction was,” Black said, “and now I’m distracted from my distraction because my distraction is distracted!” After chatting about sports, sporting events and the Sacramento Kings’ and the Washington Wizards’ shared struggles in the NBA, Black revealed his recent struggles to get stand-up specials aired. “I’ve been working toward a special that should have been on last year, but we’ve been having

difficulties that I can’t explain or understand,” he said. “Netflix has been kind of weird with me. Y’know, it’s kind of a stupid thing to talk about.” Chopping sounds emanated from the phone speaker that sounded distinctly like a tomato— or possibly a casaba melon—being julienned, as Black continued to dish: “I don’t get it. But it doesn’t matter, I mean, the special is there.” Chop. Chop. Chop. “Most of what you guys will see,” the comedian continued, “you’ll probably see a chunk of what I’ve been working on for the last year and a half.” As the noises halted, Black quickly noted that his show at the Crest Theatre on Friday will be different than his last stop in Sacramento, in 2013. “The only thing that I’m ever concerned about—at all—when I return to a town is that the show I’m doing is completely different than the show before,” Black said. “That, I guarantee.” He also guarantees that his stand-up isn’t based on President Donald Trump, because he doesn’t believe presidents are very interesting. He had 45 minutes on Vice President Dan Quayle, sure, and brief bits about various presidents—but he’s gotten more blowback from supporters of the current president than any other. “I’ve always had trouble with authority, have from the very beginning,” he said, “This is the first time when I finish, people either say I didn’t talk enough about him or I talked too much about him. I mean, come on. What is the matter with you?” So he doesn’t talk about it that much. He tries to find ways to make fun of everyone and shed some light on current issues—and he also lends his voice to the audience. “The audience is asked before the opening act goes onstage, they have about 5 to 10 minutes to type in questions or comments about the city they live in,” Black said. “Anybody who wants to write in to me from Sacramento or the surrounding areas or any part of Sacramento, if it’s well-written, I will read it. If it’s funny, I’ll read it. … I have a show that’s produced in part by the town I’m going to.” If that appeals to you, you can show up— and just maybe, someone will ask what that chopping sound was. Ω

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Native twists on american sci-fi are a central theme of Indigenous Futurisms: explorations In art and Play.

The future in play A new UC Davis exhibit explores geeky Native American art There’s a whole lot of Star Wars in the C.N. Gorman Museum’s latest exhibit, tucked inside Hart Hall at UC Davis. But the gallery of portraits from George Lucas’ sci-fi series has a twist: The stormtrooper is tattooed with Native American symbols, as is Darth Vader. A New Hope plays on a wall monitor, except the dialogue is dubbed in Navajo. A New Hope, re-released in 2013, marked the first major Hollywood film made available in a Native American language. It’s a rare find, and it represents a big goal of Indigenous Futurisms: Explorations In Art and Play; displaying the lesser-known obsessions of contemporary Native American artists, including UFOs, video games, comic books and geek culture. “Within the genre of Native American art, there’s actually quite a lot of [sci-fi] material,” said Veronica Passalacqua, the exhibit’s curator. “It just has a lot of engagement and dialogue within Native American art … And maybe, you know, I’m a little bit of a fan myself.” Lined along the entrance wall are new perspectives on classic American comic book superheroes. There’s a framed cover of “The Indigenous Hulk” by Kiowa/Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd. Blasting through the vintagestyle print, this superhero is blood red and

long-braided, but still furious. “Super Indian” trades a cape for free-flowing hair, and instead of the Justice League, meet “The Council of Pueblo Justice:” Captain Owingeh, Laguna Woman, Silver Smith, The Hero Twins and Hummingbird. “Almost 10 years ago, I had an exhibition with Australian and Pacific Islander artists,” Passalacqua said. “And I really wanted to create a show that was more urban. … And then it’s been interesting because in the past three years or so, all of a sudden it’s become this massive trend in the Native art world.” Video games are the last focus. A giant vinyl ink jet print produced by artist Sonny Assu reimagines the original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. Its directional pad is replaced with a “copper,” an indigenous shield shape that for Northwest coast tribes are a display of wealth. “They’re quite prestigious, they’re one of the ultimate items,” Passalacqua said. “At potlaches or ceremonial events, you might have given it to someone, or a chief might break them up to give to other people to demonstrate his wealth.” The exhibit also features video game art you can play. Three indie games are playable with Xbox One controllers at a center kiosk. Hold My Hand! forces two players to use one controller as they navigate dungeons and solve puzzles by sticking their polygonal limbs together. Terra/ Nova is a split-screen side-scroller starring an indigenous woman and astronaut. For the story to progress, each player must accomplish a goal in their respective world, a village or a space ship. Lastly, Full of Birds is an interactive art gallery. Like something out of Super Mario 64, stepping into a painting takes you to another world with fields, random wildlife and soft indie rock songs. Take a seat at a nearby table, and you can play an indigenous take on Dungeons & Dragons as well as and Cards Against Colonialism. The gaming section was curated by Ashlee Bird, a graduate student of Native American Studies at UC Davis. With the exhibit, Passalacqua aims to surprise museum-goers. “I want people to have an experience that Native art is more than what they think it is,” she said. “And to show that Native artists are doing all kinds of things just like everybody else. We’re progressive and moving forward.” □ Indigenous Futurisms: explorations In Art And Play runs through Jan. 31. C.n. Gorman Museum, 1316 hart hall, UC Davis. one shields Ave., Davis. open Mon-Fri, noon-5 p.m., and sun 2-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more info, visit gormanmuseum. ucdavis.edu.

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Published posthumously by Jane Austen’s brother, Northanger Abbey is one of her lesser-known books, but one that captured the imagination of local playwright Carissa Meagher. While the mix of romance and gothic horror gets a bit muddled, overall, Meagher captures Austen’s humor and wit, along with her distinctive grammar and dialogue. Wed 7pm,

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Wed 7pm, thu 7pm, fri 8pm, sat 2pm & 8pm, sun 2pm, tue 7pm; through 11/17; $27-$44; capital stage, 2215 J st., (916) 995-5464, capstage.org.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Capital Stage’s choice of Stephen Karam’s The Humans can get everyone worrying about their next family dinner a month ahead of time. Thanks to the direction of Michael Stevenson, it seems as realistic as if it were reality TV and not a scripted play. The three generations of the Blake family are gathering for Thanksgiving dinner at the new apartment of daughter Brigid (Karen Vance), who has just set up housekeeping with boyfriend Richard (Damien Seperi). As everyone begins drinking, secrets are revealed, tears are shed and emotions run high. Everyone has their problems. Daughter Aimee (Kristine David) has broken up with her long-time girlfriend, Brigid is about to be fired, father Erik (Matt K. Miller) has secrets and his wife Deirdre (Jamie Jones) is struggling with eating problems. One of the most outstanding performances is Janet Motenko, as the grandmother, “Momo,” who has dementia and spends the evening talking gibberish or napping. “This is one of her bad days,” Erik explains. Motenko’s performance is impeccable, and the relationship between the other family members and Momo is beautiful to watch. In my favorite scene, Erik simply stands and watches his mother nap, while the actual scene plays elsewhere. But the look on Erik’s face is so beautiful, showing a sense of concern, frustration and love that anyone who has a loved one with dementia knows. This is a deceptively simple play with no hysterics, no name calling—just a family revealing its weaknesses and struggling with how to carry on. It is both entertaining yet honest, with a surprising and disturbing conclusion. All in all, an excellent play. Ω 26






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Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 10/27; $25-$40; Sacramento

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This year marks Green Valley Theatre Company’s 11th run of beloved musical, The Rocky Horror Show, and based on the enthusiasm shown by both audience and cast, it’s unlikely the company will retire the cult favorite any time soon. Ryan KevinPatrick Allen is especially electric as the lead, Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Fri 8pm, Sat

$20; Green Valley Theatre Company at the Roseville Tower Theatre, 417 Vernon St., Roseville, (916) 2346981; greenvalleytheatre. com. R.M.

Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Crew, now at Big Idea Theatre, tells the story of four workers at an imperiled plant. Director Anthony D’Juan helps playwright Dominique Morisseau dramatize her exploration of big themes on a personal scale on a perfectly realized stage designed by Russell Dow. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat

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Director Khimberly Marshall gives audiences a lot to chew on in Celebration Arts’ Macbeth. This production honors the Celebration Arts community with a project of race-conscious, cross-cultural casting in which the entire world of the play is transposed to a futuristic Africa. Marshall makes clear, definite interventions in the script, and the brisk cut makes the play a short 90 minutes. After multiple interviews with Marshall, it’s clear that this production holds special significance as Celebration Arts’ first-ever Shakespeare production, and also as one of the first all-black Shakespeare plays in Sacramento history. In scholar Ayanna Thompson’s book on Shakespeare and race, she notes a common joke among African-American actors that “the only way we will get to do Shakespeare is as one of the three witches in Macbeth.” Here, not only is Marshall giving us a play full of actors of color, but she reclaims the witches by drawing on African folklore for the design and direction of these three “Ancestors.” A standout among them, Danyelle Finch, plays a puckish, meddling Ancestor, who personifies the supernatural influence of fate and becomes a driving force of the play as she coos, charms and teases ill-fated characters toward the inevitable. Maurice Ngakane also gives a strong performance as Macbeth, as does Cline Moore as Banquo. Ultimately, this play is an ambitious, creative endeavor for Celebration Arts and an important addition to the landscape of Sacramento theatre. —Sawyer Kemp

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Bunny business

Remember kurt Johnson in The Christians? Well he’s back now and ready for rabbit time.

Like riddles? Like rabbits? You’re in luck, because B Street Theatre is showcasing White Rabbit Red Rabbit, an experimental show originally conceived and created by Nassim Soleimanpour. Every night, a new actor takes the stage and is handed a sealed envelope with a script. With no prior knowledge or preparation, they read the script to an equally confused audience, allowing the mystery to unfold in real time. There probably won’t be any actual rabbits, but semi-retired company member Kurt Johnson is returning to the stage Wednesday exclusively for this, and isn’t that just as good as petting a small, fuzzy-eared bun bun? Don’t answer that. Wed, 10/23, 6:30pm; Thu, 10/24, 8pm; Fri, 10/25, 8pm; Sat, 10/26, 5pm; Sun, 10/27, 2pm; Tue, 10/29, 6:30pm; Through 11/10; $25; B Street Theatre at the Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave.; (916) 443-5300; bstreettheatre.org.

—rachel mayfield Macbeth : thu 8pm, fri 8pm, sat 8pm, sun 2pm; through 11/3; $10-$20; celebration arts, 2727 B st.; (916) 455-2787; celebrationarts.net.








Josue Acosta, owner and head chef of Zoe Coffee and Tacos, tops an order with fresh salsa at SacYard Community Tap House during its Taco Tuesdays. Photo by mary huynh

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Whether during the early mornings as he got ready for school, or in the evenings after dinner, Josue Acosta says his dad always had a fresh pot of coffee brewing. Coffee was a comforting aroma throughout his childhood that fueled conversations and relaxed the family. For Acosta, growing up Salvadoran meant coffee was an anytime beverage. “Its culturally been passed down that after your meal you start smelling coffee,” he says. “That’s been my family since I grew up.” Inspired by his cultural connection to coffee and an insatiable taste for flavorful tacos, Acosta launched Zoe Coffee and Tacos in January 2018, popping up at weddings, breweries and fundraisers to pair what he says are a match made in culinary heaven. 28   |   SN&R   |   10.24.19

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“One of the biggest memories I have is cooking with my dad. He would explain to us what he was doing and he would always talk about how he learned from his grandma,” Acosta says. “That idea always stuck with me. Him seeing his grandma and me seeing him. I don’t need to know the exact recipe, I just need to observe, see him and remember the flavors.” Those flavors are rich with spices such as paprika, garlic and cumin that are in many of Acosta’s rubs and marinades for his taco fillings. He also uses dashes of vinegar to give a typical chimol (similar to pico de gallo) a little kick. He blends his Salvadoran roots with his love for Mexican dishes—the taco an edible vessel for customers to

experience the flavors of his childhood. Next to the condiments table, an Besides his grilled red potato, pork, espresso machine and coffee grinder sat chicken and steak tacos served on atop a wooden table, and a barista stood fresh, hand-pressed corn tortillas, ready to make everything from a flat Acosta also makes a Salvadoran white to a cappuccino. staple: pupusas con curtido (a bright When Acosta first began his business cabbage relish). journey, he often spent time at local On a recent Tuesday evening, coffee shops such as Broadway Coffee the spacious back patio at SacYard in Oak Park where co-owner Jimmy Community Tap House was filled with Gayaldo gave him advice about running patrons who gathered at communal a small business while fellow barista tables to knock back a few craft pints Ayana Moore taught Acosta how to pull as little kids tinkered with a life-sized shots and make popular coffee drinks Connect 4 game. Zoe Coffee and behind the espresso machine. Tacos set up on the side of the East “He would come in all the time and Sacramento beer garden as a steady line he was obsessed with lattes,” Moore of customers waited patiently for their says. “I thought his business was a orders to be called. great idea. There’s not a lot of people, Each taco comes with melted especially people of color, who are cheese on the inside of the tortilla, booming into this industry. I just had to unless ordered without. That detail was support it.” inspired by Acosta’s trip to Ensenada, Acosta serves Temple Coffee when Mexico, where he first tried a queso he’s out selling tacos; he also worked taco. A crowd favorite at Sac Yard’s with a Temple barista, who gave him Taco Tuesday was the pork taco, similar and two members of his staff more to al pastor, but with Acosta’s twists on specialty coffee education. flavor and experience. He marinades a He has aspirations to open up whole pineapple in apple and pineapple a brick-and-mortar restaurant, and juice before grilling it with pork. He eventually, a nonprofit that helps young then finely chops everything and boys in underserved communities. blends it all together before But for now, he says Zoe serving it hot off the Coffee and Tacos is grill. What followed meant to give people “My whole life, was the perfect an experience— bite: A warm, whether it’s at my whole concept is I soft corn tortilla a wedding, a want to help bring people held a generous brewery or an to life whether that’s through portion of early morning filling with pick-me-up— food, whether that’s through a moments with a cup of program or sobering you up with of sweet, coffee and a a taco at a brewery.” slightly charred tasty breakfast pineapple bits taco. Josue Acosta and savory, “Zoe means Owner/head chef Zoe Coffee and crispy pork. ‘life’ in Greek and Tacos For the plantI want what I do to based crowd, Acosta exemplify that,” Acosta says he always has vegetarsays. “My whole life, my ian and vegan options and his whole concept is I want to help tortillas are naturally gluten-free. At bring people to life whether that’s SacYard, the potato taco was another through food, whether that’s through popular choice. Small, diced red potatoes a program, or sobering you up with a gave off a smoky and herbaceous aroma taco at a brewery. That’s always been with its paprika, cumin and garlic blend my life’s purpose is to help people tamed by hints of rosemary. come to life.” Ω A self-serve condiments bar with cilantro, onions, limes and a variety of Follow Zoe Coffee and tacos on Instagram salsas let customers dress their tacos @zoecoffeeandtacos and catch Josue acosta and to taste. But with such delicious and crew at the 26th annual heroes, hops and hotrods fundraiser at Sacyard Community tap house, 1725 satisfying grilled options, the tacos are 33rd St., on Saturday, oct. 26 from 2 p.m.-7p.m. plenty flavorful on their own.



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“I ask for the 20-pound bag,” she said. “Otherwise, they’d just be taking the grounds out to the dumpster. And there’s no charge.” Keeping coffee grounds out of landfill to feed the soil has rewards, she noted. “It’s good for the Earth,” Campbell said. “And it smells good, too.” Coffee shops, bars and houses generate masses of Charlotte Owendyk uses coffee grounds throughout her Roseville garden. Her used grounds every day. poodle Kelly leaves them alone. Instead of going in the trash, that food waste is available free to customers—if they come prepared. Want a greener garden with more flowers and “Absolutely, but bring a bucket or Tupperware less work? Give your soil some grounds. so we can easily dump them in,” said Elise Neal, Used coffee grounds make excellent compost. manager of The Naked Lounge Midtown, a popuThey’re fast and easy. And unlike most kitchen lar coffee spot on Q Street. waste, they’re ready to go straight from the The lounge goes through about 11 pounds of counter to the garden. ground coffee and espresso every day, Neal said. Make friends with your favorite barista, advise Gardeners from nearby Fremont Community local gardeners. Your plants will thank you. Garden drop by for grounds to go with their lattes. “I pick up my coffee grounds from Starbucks,” “At our roasting facility, ReSoil Sacramento said Charlotte Owendyk, who has a spectacular comes by all the time,” Neal added. “They ride by garden in Roseville. “They have five-pound bags on their bike with a big bucket and fill it up.” of used grounds, packed in tight. I dig them in Part of Green Restaurants Alliance Sacramento, where I drop them in the garden.” ReSoil Sacramento is a pedal-powered community Owendyk sprinkles the used grounds about compost network that helps close the loop in the 1/4-inch deep around her many shrubs and roses, farm-to-fork-to-farm capital. The service picks up then gently works them into the topsoil. Her hundreds of pounds of restaurant kitchen waste poodle Kelly leaves them alone. every day, including a lot of coffee grounds. The “Coffee grounds are neutral pH; they’re not waste is turned into compost at more than two acidic,” she explained. “They’re organic with lots of nitrogen and break down right away. By putting dozen urban farms and community, church and school gardens. them on the soil, you’re feeding the soil web, all The Naked Lounge keeps some of its coffee the fungi and bacteria that make your soil healthy grounds for its own plants. and help your plants. The more organics you feed “At another of our locations, the manager your soil, the less fertilizer you need.” works coffee grounds into the potted plants,” Neal Owendyk also adds her household coffee said. “The plants love it.” Ω grounds to her compost bin. From home-brewed coffee, the paper strainer can be composted, too. “Compost is the best thing you can do for your garden,” she said. Jeanie Campbell of Fair Oaks has a big garden, so she gets big bags of grounds from her neighborhood Starbucks.






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


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By the cup or carafe Today’s coffee makers getting faster Drip coffee makers have gotten

quicker, pricier and more complicated. Some grind beans, others froth milk, all dispense (hopefully) hot coffee conveniently with the push of a button. (Except for cold brew makers, of course.) How do you decide which coffee maker is right for you? For 2019, Consumer Reports reviewed 108 drip coffee makers. The biggest difference, the magazine’s testing lab found, was many of today’s drip systems make coffee faster than past counterparts. Prices of the top 10 drip coffee makers varied widely, from under $30 to about $200. But so did their features; the less expensive models pretty much just made coffee. Here are some highlights of Consumer Reports’ findings: Cuisinart had four models in the top 10: Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew ($199), Coffee on Demand ($99), PerfecTemp 14 Cup ($79) and Premium Single Serve ($105). All were considered excellent. Burr Brew & Grind, which grinds the beans just before brewing, received superb

scores for its performance. Its added features include brew-strength control, a permanent filter, water filter, programming and smallbatch settings. Coffee on Demand brews by the cup with no carafe. A traditional drip coffee maker, PerfecTemp can serve a crowd with its 14-cup capacity. The Premium SingleServe is a K-Cup style coffee maker and was rated among the best of that type not made by Keurig. The best value: Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. Priced at under $28, this thrifty coffee maker comes in basic black but is programmable with automatic shutoff. Besides its low price tag, the major selling point: It brews a great pot of coffee in just 10 minutes. Looking for a coffee maker that goes with your kitchen’s stainless steel appliances? Calphalon Special Brew ($200) makes a statement on the countertop along with a fine pot of coffee. It offers brewstrength control, LED display, programming and a 10-cup carafe. For latte lovers, the Ninja Specialty ($160) makes lattes, macchiatos, hot or iced coffee by the cup or whole carafe. It has a built-in milk frother and adjusts to fit travel mugs, too. The least expensive coffee maker reviewed was also one of the best: Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Priced at under $23, it comes with a glass carafe and is dishwasher safe. For full reviews and more, click on www.consumerreports.org. By DeBBie Arrington

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MUSIC THURSDAY, 10/24 At tHe GAteS: The Swedish death metal band will be performing their little hearts out onstage, and they’ll be accompanied by Wastewalker and Bavmorda. 7pm, $35. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

FAStLoVe-A tRiBUte to GeoRGe MicHAeL: A respectful and moving tribute to the late, great George Michael, featuring all the greatest hits from his solo career and the classic Wham! numbers, including “Careless Whisper,” “Outside,” “One More Try,” “I’m Your Man!” “Wake Me Up” and many more. 7:30pm, $14-$58. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom.





ticket window JACk HARLOW Jack Harlow comes

to Harlow’s for a Harlow-themed night of rapping fun. You won’t want to miss the Louisville rapper as he performs in a venue that bears his name. 11/9, 7:30pm, $17.50-$20, on sale now. Harlow’s, showclix. com.

SNOOP DOgg The seminal, iconic,

formative, pioneering and groundbreaking rapper and showman is touring on his I Wanna Thank Me tour. Grab a ticket and help Snoop thank himself. 12/3, 8pm, call for cover and sale time. Ace of Spades, concerts1.livenation.com.

ANUHEA The Hawaiian American singersongwriter is coming to town to jam and perform onstage. 12/6, 9pm, $35, on sale now. Harlow’s, showclix.com.






showing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets starts at 6 p.m., but that’s not all. There are also games galore, Harry Potter trivia, plenty of Harry Potter-inspired but not copyright-infringing costumes and more. Tickets are $4 for kids and $6 for adults— ticketify maxima! 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento, milb.com/sacramento/events/ flickortreat.

THE AqUADOLLS The Southern

of world music’s hottest rising stars on Harlow’s intimate stage with her trio. It’s time for Taimane & Her Trio on the Element tour. 8pm, $18-$20. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

wAGe wAR: The Floridian metal band will be performing alongside Like Moths to Flames, Polaris and Dayseeker. 6pm, $20. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

FRIDAY, 10/25 BeAUSoLeiL AVec MicHAeL doUcet: The Louisiana Cajun band specializing in zydeco and having a beautiful sun of a name is coming to town avec Michael Doucet to perform, which makes sense because he founded the band. 7pm, $40. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts, 2700 Capitol Ave.

doLoReS 5000 And tiM cRUMP: Catch Dolores 5000’s dream-rock, space-prog-shred, plus catch Tim Crump, who plays ukulele at senior centers and does a mix of covers including rock, country, classics, pop and a little bit of everything. 9pm, $5. Fox & Goose, 1001 R St.

Have fun at Harlow’s, Jack Harlow.

California band from La Mirada is coming to town both to perform and just be an alternative/indie band on stage. 12/10, 6:30pm, $12-$15, on sale now. Holy Diver, holydiversac.com.

that countless people know from their song featured in the Guitar Hero guitar-simulator video game is stopping in Sacramento. 12/16, 8pm, $32.50, on sale now. Ace of Spades, concerts1. livenation.com.

tAiMAne & HeR tRio-eLeMent toUR: One

magnanimous and powerful media producer as well as serious contender on the ninth season of American Idol, is coming to Sacramento on tour. 7:30pm, $22.50$131.50. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

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Big Damn Band and Reverend Peyton are coming together to perform as they always do. They’re a three-piece country band and they’re ready to perform. 7:30pm, $15. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

todRick HAUS PARtY toUR: Todrick Hall,

Raley Field, 4pm, $4-$6 Halloween—is there any holiday more associated with trick-or-treating? We at SN&R certainly hope not. The FeStiVALS River Cats offer a twist on the classic candy collection with their Flickor-Treat event. While the name’s duality implies you would receive either a flick or a treat, you actually receive both. Trick-ortreating begins at 4 p.m., and an on-field

tHe ReVeRend PeYton’S BiG dAMn BAnd: The

FRAnk tURneR no MAn’S LAnd: Frank Turner is touring on his studio album No Man’s Land, so you can catch that music and that artist in this location. 6pm, $40. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.


The band you know from the song “Out of My League” will be in your league and general area next year. 3/11,

7pm, $37.50-$135, on sale now. Ace of Spades, concerts1. livenation.com.

tHe iLLeAGLeS: The Illeagles will be performing the hits of the Eagles in this tribute show, which is basically what the Eagles do anyway. 7pm, $20-$25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

tHe knockoFFS: Catch the Knockoffs, the Clevers and Patsy’s Dekline all in one place and under the roof. 9pm, $10. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

MicHALe GRAVeS: Catch the former lead singer of the Misfits in the one and only Holy Diver. Nova Sutro, Suburban Paranoia and Banger

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are all joining. 6:30pm, $13. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SoUR dieSeL: Sour Diesel will be playing some jazz music at the Shady Lady. 9pm, no cover. Shady Lady, 1409 R St.

SATURDAY, 10/26 22nd AnnUAL deAd Rock StARS HALLoween eXtRAVAGAnZA: Catch the costume contest and music from Tater & the Tots, the Phantom Jets, Bar Room Bombers, Band of Coyotes, the Roa Brothers Band, Space Walker, the O’Mally Sisters, Drop Dead Red and more. 4:30pm, $5. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

ARt MULcAHY: The Utah/Sacramento/Nashville recording artist, singer, songwriter and all-around entertainer will be performing. 7:30pm, $10. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

Be BoLd BRAVe RoBot And SAid tHe SHotGUn: Said The Shotgun and Be Brave Bold Robot will perform back-and-forth sets at Tower Brewing. 5pm, no cover. Tower Brewing, 1210 66th St., Suite B.

cAnniBAL coRPSe: The death metal band from Buffalo is coming to perform live music. 6:30pm, $26.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

FASHAwn: A chance to see some dope live music, while supporting the work of local arts, culture and education. Catch performances by Fashawn, Bapnotes, DJ Rockbottom and more. 8pm, $5-$30. Sol Collective, 2574 21st St.

LUke coMBS: The country music star is on

his Beer Never Broke My Heart tour. 7pm, $99-$364. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.

nAtHAn teMBY-An eVeninG oF BRoAdwAY: For the first time in more than three years, Nathan Temby returns to the William J. Geery theater for a concert featuring an array of Broadway songs. 8pm, $20. William J. Geery Theater, 2130 L St.

Rock tHe ScHooL BeLLS 7: Rock The School Bells is the region’s preeminent hip-hop education conference, one that engages students and educators in the hip-hop ed movement. 8:30pm, no cover. Sacramento City College Student Center, 3833 Freeport Blvd.

tHe SPeed oF SoUnd in SeAwAteR: The Sacramento performers are coming to Sacramento to provide musical music, as are So Much Light, Catbamboo, Roman Pilot and Saint Juniper. 6:30pm, $13. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SteeLin’ dAn: Steelin’ Dan is the recipient of Sacramento Magazine’s Best of Sacramento Award for “Best Show Stealers” and of multiple SAMMIE awards. 7pm, $40. The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave.

SUNDAY, 10/27 coUnteRPARtS: Catch Counterparts at Holy Diver with Stray From the Path, Varials, Chamber and Dying Wish. 6pm, $18. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

eLViS & tHe eXPeRience: Come in costume for a reenactment of Elvis’ return to live

Saturday, 10/26

Halloween Haunt Safetyville USa, 11am, $5

With all the safety concerns around children and Halloween, parents are hard-pressed to find good options. But Safetyville USA has been hosting its Halloween Haunt since FESTIVALS 1991, and the place literally has “safety” in its name. Show up and get a hefty dose of carnival games, costumed parades, safety demonstrations and trick-or-treat stations. Concerned your child won’t PHOtO By tattOOdWaItrESS [CC By-Sa 3.0] have enough game play? Spring for an unlimited game wristband—wow! 3909 Bradshaw Road, safetycenter. org/events/halloween-haunt-2019.

performance circa 1969. 7pm, $15. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

MIKE MCMULLEN SAXOPHONE STORIES: Catch Mike McMullen telling Saxophone Stories with some saxophones. 6:30pm, $15$25. Midtown Vanguard Jazz Series at The Auditorium, 1425 24th St.

SOUL THERAPY SUNDAYS: Catch Soul Therapy Sundays at Ambiance Lounge for sounds from DJs Epik and Racer. 8:30pm, no cover. Ambiance Lounge, 910 2nd St.

MONday, 10/28 KIM PETRAS: German singer, songwriter and singer-songwriter Kim Petras will be performing. 7pm, $28.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

FEStIVaLS tHurSday, 10/24 HANGTOWN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019: For four days, host band Railroad Earth and once-in-alifetime musical experiences and artist collaborations come together in Placerville to play music for the whole family. The lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, Dark Star Orchestra, the Wood Brothers, the Motet, Anders Osborne, Fruition, the Lil Smokies, Cory Wong, Cris Jacobs Band and many, many more. 10am, $215-$1,625. El Dorado County Fairgrounds Park & Ride, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville.

FrIday, 10/25 TAHOE PARK SPOOK-TACULAR: Come check out the second annual Tahoe Park Spooktacular. There’s a costume contest, trick or treating, carnival games, arts and crafts, monster mash and so much more! 5pm, no cover. Tahoe Park, 3501 59th St.

Saturday, 10/26 BARKHAPPY SACRAMENTO HOWL-O-WEEN COSTUME PAWTY: Bring your dogs and your friends for this Howl-o-ween Pawty benefiting Recycled Pets NorCal. Catch the fun doggie costume parade and free goodies valued at more than $150 for all attendees. 3pm, $15-$18. Flamingo House, 2315 K St.

FLICK-OR-TREAT: Get ready for Halloween and join the River Cats for their 6th annual Flick-or-Treat. They’ll have a special on-field showing of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the video board, trick-ortreating for the kiddos and games on the

concourse. 4pm, $4-$6. Raley Field, 400 Ballpark Drive, West Sacramento.

FREAK FEST 2019: An all-day event honoring the musical of Frank Zappa with local art and music from La Tour, Instagon, Yo! and the Electric, A Tribe Quartet, Rruhb, Bongo Furys, Nam the Giver and more. 2pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave.

HALLOWEEN HAUNT: See event highlight

above. 11am, $5. Safety Center, 3909 Bradshaw Road.

MIDTOWN HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL AND POOCH PARADE: Pooches and people will be gathering at Marshall Park to celebrate the annual Midtown Halloween Festival and Pooch Parade. The event is highlighted by Midtown’s popular mobile off-leash “Pop-Up Dog Park” and by family-friendly activities Noon, no cover. Marshall Park, 915 27th St.

SACRAMENTO GEM, MINERAL, AND JEWELRY SHOW: The Sacramento Mineral Society of California presents its 83rd Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral and Rock Show, featuring amazing vendors, exhibits, demonstrations, exhibitions, fun for the whole family and great food! 10am, $6. Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St.

SAFE & SUPER HALLOWEEN IN OZ: There’s no place like Fairytale Town for Halloween! Follow the Yellow Brick Road and journey into the land of Oz for four nights of trick-or-treating and family fun. 5pm, $7$12. Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive.

SuNday, 10/27 OLD SACRAMENTO WATERFRONT DISTRICT TRICK OR TREAT: The Old Sacramento Waterfront will host its annual trick-ortreat event throughout the district. Join as participating merchants and business owners who have the trick-or-treat poster in their windows hand out candy. Noon, no cover. Old Sacramento Waterfront.

FOOd & drINK Saturday, 10/26 12TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PUB CRAWL 2019: XOSO’s longest-running pub crawl is just around the corner. Join them and make this Halloween a night to remember with walking and consumption. 4pm, $10-$20. Midtown, 20th & K streets.







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tHiStLE DEW tHEAtEr: Nightmare on P St. It’s a “Nightmare on P Street” at the Thistle Dew Theater. There will be blood and laughter in this improvised live horror movie. Inspired by movies like The Cabin in The Woods, The Grudge and Scream, these four will have you howling. through 10/31. $12. 1901 P St.

Little Shop of Horrors american river college, variouS timeS, $15-$18


Are you a little too old for chaperoned trick-or-treating? Want something spookier to spice up your Halloween? Well, prepared to on StAGE be terrified PhoTo courTesy oF Brian williams by American River College’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. It’s the last weekend to catch it, so snag a ticket and see what Seymour, Audrey and Audrey II are up to—not to mention Mr. Mushnik, plus that lovable dentist. 4700 College Oak Drive, arctheatre.org/productions.

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SACrAmEnto ComEDy SPot: Comedy Spot Halloween Show. Comedy spot is hosting a whole night of Halloween-inspired comedy candy. Saturday 10/26, 7pm. $15. Invisible Disabilities Comedy Show. Comedians perform jokes about their invisible disabilities! Topics include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, addiction, ADD, PTSD, memory loss, chronic UTIs, NPD, gout, colitis, OCD and more. Sunday 10/27, 7pm. $15. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

Film Thursday, 10/24 tHE FirSt AnGry mAn: The Crocker is screening the story of political outsider Howard Jarvis and the 1978 California property tax revolt. Officially known as Proposition 13, the initiative has remained popular with a broad swath of the electorate. An audience Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the screening. 6:30pm, $12. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

on sTage AmEriCAn rivEr CoLLEGE tHEAtrE: Little Shop of Horrors at American River College. Catch ARC’s production of Little Shop of Horrors and witness the slow, rising tension of the story of Seymour and a little plant called Audrey II. through 10/27. $15-$18. 4700 College Oak Dr.

saTurday, 10/26 tHE roCKy Horror PiCturE SHoW WitH LivE SHADoWCASt AmbEr’S SWEEtS: The cult cinema classic returns to the Historic Colonial Theatre with live shadowcast Amber’s Sweets. 10pm, $22.99. Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd.

b StrEEt tHEAtrE: White Rabbit Red Rabbit. No set, no director, no rehearsal. Each night, a different actor arrives on stage and is handed a sealed envelope. Together, actor and audience discover the mystery that lies in the envelope in this unique theatrical experience. through 11/10. $25. 2700 Capitol Ave.

comedy b StrEEt tHEAtrE: Maximum Occupancy Improv with a 50% chance of pizza. Company Members Dave Pierini, Tara Sissom, Stephanie Altholz and guests perform classic long-form improvisation for a late-night audience. Sunday 10/27, 6:30pm. $12. 2700 Capitol Ave.

CrESt tHEAtrE: Lewis Black. Known as the king of the rant, Lewis uses his trademarked style of comedic yelling and animated fingerpointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Friday 10/25, 8pm. $55$337. 1013 K St.

LAuGHS unLimitED ComEDy CLub: Smile Out Loud. Johnathan Gregory headlines as Marcus Parker and Paul Conyers don’t. Curtis Newingham hosts. thursday 10/24, 8pm. $15-$20. 1207 Front St.

StAb! ComEDy tHEAtEr: Tonight! Right Now!.

CLArA AuDitorium: Stories on Stage Sacramento. Christine O’Brien and Jen Palmares Meadows share their stories with readings by Kelley Ogden and Justine Lopez for the final show of 2019. Friday 10/25, 7:30pm. $10. 1425 24th St.

DDSo PArKWAy tHEAtEr: The Fourth Wall Hits Broadway! A Musical Revue. Catch The Fourth Wall’s take on Broadway. It’s a musical revue. through 10/27. $7.50. 5051 47th Ave.

GrEEn vALLEy tHEAtrE ComPAny: The Rocky Horror Show 2019. Get out your corset and high heels for Green Valley Theatre Company’s The Rocky Horror Show. through 11/2. $20. 3823 V St.

tHE univErSity union At SAC StAtE: Shuga

Tonight! Right Now! is a live late night comedy show hosted by the outrageous Drew Absher and Benton Harshaw. Saturday 10/26, 10pm. $5. 1710 Broadway.






Cain Special Event. Catch this drag show featuring Shuga Cain, from RuPaul’s Drag Race, plus an opening guest. thursday 10/24, 7:30pm. no cover. 6000 J St.

KobASiC’S HALL: Unique Collector’s Sale. This show is a very rare opportunity to purchase items from the world renowned collection of local celebrity Dolph Gotelli. through 10/26. no cover. 5324 Riverside Blvd.

SACrAmEnto StAtE: What Were You Wearing. This is an exhibition of statements and clothing from survivors of sexual violence that challenges the most pervasive rape culture myth, proving that clothing has nothing to do with sexual assault. Thursday 10/24, 6pm. No cover. 6000 J St.

Wintu). The beloved teacher and noted artist served as the co-curator of “When I Remember I See Red American Indian Art and Activism in California,’’ which opened Oct. 20. thursday 10/24, 7pm. $6-$12. 216 O St.

PoWErHouSE SCiEnCE CEntEr: Marvelous Metals A Celebration of Chemistry. National Chemistry Week is now, and this year Powerhouse Science Center has partnered with the Sacramento chapter of the American Chemical Society to celebrate Marvelous Metals. Saturday 10/26, noon. $7-$8. 3615 Auburn Blvd.

SuttEr’S Fort StAtE HiStoriC PArK: Haunted Fort. Join Friends of Sutter’s Fort as they team up with California State Parks to present a special two-night, family-friendly event allowing you to explore the spooky nooks and creepy crannies of Sutter’s Fort—one of Sacramento’s oldest settings— completely after dark. 6:30pm. through 10/26. $20. 2701 L St.


tHE briCKHouSE GALLEry & Art ComPLEX: Layers of Life in Death Yucatan, Mexico Exhibition by Roberta Alvarado. Join Brickhouse as they celebrate National Hispanic Month & the Dia de los Muertos Festival at this photography exhibition by Roberta Alvarado a culmination of years of travel to her homeland. through 11/2. no cover. 2837 37th St.

museums CALiForniA AutomobiLE muSEum: Trunk Or Treat at the Museum. Bring your ghosts and goblins to the museum on for Trunk Or Treat during the daylight. Kids under 18 are free with a costume. Sunday 10/27, 10am. no cover. 2200 Front St.

CEntEr For SACrAmEnto HiStory: Sacramento Archives Crawl. In celebration of National Archives Month in October, archives and special collections libraries from throughout the region will showcase their rarely seen holdings during the 9th Annual Sacramento Archives Crawl. Saturday 10/26, 10am. no cover. 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd.

CroCKEr Art muSEum: Open Poetry Night In Tribute to Frank LaPena. Poetry Night is returning to the Crocker in honor of the late painter and poet Frank LaPena (Nomtipom

Friday, 10/25 WHAt GoES unSEEn booK LAunCH PArty, introDuCinG AutHor SEAn minStEr: Celebrate the launch of What Goes Unseen & Other Tales From Afar by local author Sean Minster. Exclusive advance copies of the book will be on sale, plus books, beer and bone-chilling fun. 6pm, no cover. King Cong Brewing Company, 1709 Del Paso Blvd.

saTurday, 10/26 DoG mAn PArty: Come celebrate our favorite canine crime fighter—Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man—with crafts, snacks and activities. 2pm, no cover. Sacramento Public Library-Arcade, 2443 Marconi Ave.

sunday, 10/27 WritEr’S bLoCK GorDon LEE JoHnSon: Join the Crocker for a conversation with Cahuilla and Cupeño writer Gordon Lee Johnson. The celebrated author will discuss his latest book, “Bird Songs Don’t Lie: Writings from the Rez,” a collection of short stories and essays. 2pm, $6-$12. Crocker Art Museum, 216 O St.

sPorTs & ouTdoors Friday, 10/25 DAnCE on tHE EDGE LAtin DAnCE niGHt: The Old Sacramento Waterfront welcomes Dance on the Edge back to the embarcadero for another fun evening of bachata, salsa and Latin dance overlooking the river. 6pm, no cover. Old Sacramento Waterfront.

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TaKe acTion saTurday, 10/26 SACrAmEnto SPCA DiSCo inFurno FALL GALA: The Sacramento SPCA is throwing a ‘70s themed Disco InFURno to benefit the animals and people they serve. 6pm, $175-$1,750. Sacramento SPCA, 6201 Florin Perkins Rd.

classes Thursday, 10/24 WAtEr DiSCovEry DAy: Discover how the City of Sacramento produces more than 100 million gallons of water daily. Join a guided tour to take you behind the scenes. 8am, no cover. Sacramento River Water Treatment Plant.

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Water Discovery Day Sacramento river Water treatment Plant, 8am, no cover

Finally, the most terrifying Halloweenthemed event of them all: learning about the city’s water treatment plant. Register and show up, then be greeted by the unholy knowledge of the methods the CLASSES city uses to alchemize river water into drinking water, 100 million gallons every day. Your guide will fill you in on the plant’s workings—and you’ll even be able to taste water fresh off the line. 301 Water Street, cityofsacramento.org/Utilities/ Water/Water-Discovery-Day.

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My plants are all weird. They are turning yellow, and they have rust-colored spots. What should I do?

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MedItAtIon oF the week “We weep for our strangeness,” wrote poet Dennis Schmitz. When will you see that what you call odd—all the parts of your personality that don’t fit in to the mainstream—are actually your superpowers?

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the world’s lowest fertility rates. In 2012, this “state of affairs” prompted the government to urge Singaporeans to have sex on an annual holiday known as National Day. A new rap song was released in the hope of pumping up everyone’s libidos and instigating a baby boom. It included the lyrics, “Let’s make fireworks ignite … Let’s make Singapore’s birthrate spike.” I have a different reason for encouraging you to seek abundant high-quality sex. According to my analysis, tender orgasmic experiences will profoundly enhance your emotional intelligence in the coming weeks—and make you an excellent decision-maker just in time for your big decisions. (P.S. You don’t necessarily need a partner.) TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the 1530s, explorer Jacques Cartier led expeditions from France to the New World. As Europeans often did back then, he and his team were brutish to the indigenous folks who lived there, stealing their land, kidnapping some of them and slaughtering herds of great auks in a bird sanctuary. Yet there was one winter when Cartier’s marauders got crucial help from their victims, who gave them vitamin C-rich pine needle tea that cured their scurvy. I suspect you will embark on quests and journeys in the coming months, and I’m hoping your behavior will be different from Cartier’s. When you arrive in unfamiliar places, be humble, curious and respectful. Be hesitant to impose your concepts of what’s true, and be eager to learn from the locals. If you do, you’re likely to get rich teachings and benefits equivalent to the pine needle tea. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Many software engineers have enjoyed The Pragmatic Programmer, a book that helps them develop and refine their code. One popular technique the book offers is “rubber duck deprogramming.” Programmers place a toy rubber duck in front of them, and describe to it the problems they’re having. As they explain each line of code to their very good listener, they may discover what’s amiss. I recommend a similar approach to you as you embark on metaphorically debugging your own program. If a rubber duck isn’t available, call on your favorite statue or stuffed animal, or even a photo of a catalytic teacher or relative or spirit. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Read the following passage from Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. “Gaston was not only a fierce lover, with endless wisdom and imagination, but he was also, perhaps, the first man in the history of the species who had made an emergency landing and had come close to killing himself and his sweetheart simply to make love in a field of violets.” I admire the romantic artistry of Gaston’s dramatic gesture. I applaud his imaginative desire to express his love in a carefully chosen sanctuary filled with beauty. I praise his intense devotion to playful extravagance. But I don’t recommend you do anything quite so extreme in behalf of love during the coming weeks. Being 20% as extreme might be just right, though. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): In his song “Diplomatic Immunity,” rapper Drake disparages tranquility and harmony. “I listen to heavy metal for meditation, no silence,” he brags. “My body isn’t much of a sacred temple, with vodka and wine, and sleep at the opposite times,” he declares. Is there a method in his madness? It’s revealed in these lyrics: “All that peace and that unity: all that weak sh-- will ruin me.” In the coming weeks, I urge you to practice the exact opposite of Drake’s approach. It’s time to treat yourself to an intense and extended phase of self-care. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It’s a favorable time to refresh your relationships with your basic sources and to make connections with new basic sources. To spur your creative thought on these matters, I offer the following questions to meditate on. 1. If you weren’t living

where you do now, what other place might you like to call home? 2. If you didn’t have the name you actually go by, what other name would you choose? 3. If you had an urge to expand the circle of allies who support and stimulate you, whom would you seek out? 4. If you wanted to add new foods and herbs that would nurture your physical health and new experiences that would nurture your mental health, what would they be? LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Mushrooms have spores, not seeds. They’re tiny. If you could stack 2,500 of them, they’d be an inch high. On the other hand, they are numerous. A ripe mushroom may release up to 16 million spores. And each spore is so lightweight, the wind can pick it up and fling it long distances. I’ll encourage you to express your power and influence like a mushroom in the coming days: subtle and airy but abundant; light and fine, but relentless and bountiful. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Sometimes the easiest way to get something done is to be a little naive about it,” writes computer engineer Bill Joy. I invite you to consider the value of that perspective, even though you’re the least likely sign in all the zodiac to do so. Being naive just doesn’t come naturally to you; you often know more than everyone else around you. Maybe you’ll be more receptive to my suggestion if I reframe the task. Are you familiar with the Zen Buddhist concept of “beginner’s mind?” You wipe away your assumptions and see everything as if it were the first time you were in its presence. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Is it always a bad thing to be lost? To wander in the unknown without a map? I’d like to propose a good version of being lost. It requires you to be willing to give up your certainties, to relinquish your grip on the comforting dogmas that have structured your world—but to do so gladly, with a spirit of cheerful expectancy and curiosity. It doesn’t require you to be a macho hero who feels no fear or confusion. Rather, you have faith that life will provide blessings that weren’t possible until you got lost. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “Worrying is the most natural and spontaneous of all human functions,” wrote science educator Lewis Thomas. “Let’s acknowledge this, perhaps even learn to do it better.” I agree with him! And I think it’s an ideal time for you to learn how to worry more effectively, more potently and with greater artistry. What might that look like? First, you wouldn’t feel shame or guilt about worrying. You wouldn’t regard it as a failing. Rather, you would raise your worrying to a higher power. You’d wield it as a savvy tool to discern which situations truly need your concerned energy and which don’t. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “Some wounds go so deep that you don’t even feel them until months, maybe years, later,” wrote Aquarian author Julius Lester. Pay attention to that thought. The bad news is that you are just now beginning to feel a wound that was inflicted some time ago. But that’s also the good news, because it means the wound will no longer be hidden and unknowable. And because you’ll be fully aware of it, you’ll be empowered to launch the healing process. I suggest you follow your early intuitions about how best to proceed with the cure. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you’ve been having dreams or fantasies that the roof is sinking or the walls are closing in, you should interpret it as a sign that you should consider moving into a more spacious situation. If you have been trapped within the narrow confines of limited possibilities, it’s time to break free and flee to a wide open frontier. In general, I urge you to insist on more expansiveness in everything you do, even if that requires you to demolish cute little mental blocks that have tricked you into thinking small.

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