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El Arte de las Almas: Dia de los Muertos is an exhibit with vibrant altars dedicated to fallen pop idols and Latino ancestors housed in the California Museum through Dec. 15.

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The campaign sprint California’s March 3 presidential primary accelerates local races by Foon Rhee

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counties in California could have stuck with a separate June primary for local races. But the Secretary of State’s office doesn’t know of any that have. In Sacramento County, the county elections office estimates that would have cost another $6 million-plus, which no officeholder wants to spend California’s March 3 presidential in an election year. primary means much earlier So we’re full speed local elections in 2020. ahead to March 3. Key races include the crowded contest for Sacramento County A year from now—Nov. 3, 2020—America will be supervisor in District 3. electing the next president. Susan Peters is not seeking reelection, and local But first things first. Democrats say if they can win the seat, that would Democrats in the Legislature moved up flip control of the board—and change policy on California’s 2020 primary from June 2 to cannabis, climate change and homelessness. March 3 to give the state a bigger say in the There’s also an open seat on the Sacramento presidential race, though 13 other states have City Council in District 8, with incumbent Larry also picked that date. Carr not running, along with three other district The earlier California presidential primary also council races. Of course, the race for Sacramento means a much shorter schedule for state and local mayor is crucial, though Darrell Steinberg seems to elections. be skating to a second term. For candidates, filing starts Nov. 12 and ends And there could be a citywide ballot measure Dec. 6 (or Dec. 11 if the incumbent doesn’t file), that would lock in more funding for children and so there’s not much time to decide whether to run. youth services by changing the city charter to After that, there’s only three months to organize, reserve 2.5% of unrestricted revenues, or about $12 raise money and reach out to voters. million a year. Supporters are pushing for March, For voters, expect your mailboxes and but the council has yet to put it on the ballot. Facebook feeds to be full of campaign appeals For those candidates in local races fortunate right after the holidays, if not earlier. Mail enough to win outright on March 3, it will mean ballots go out Feb. 3, and drop-off locations eight months to prepare for office. But for those open the following day, so decision time will forced into a Nov. 3 runoff, it means an even be here before you know it. longer—and likely more expensive—campaign for If you haven’t registered to vote yet, Gov. the general election. (Sacramento County’s other Gavin Newsom signed a bill that expands the right cities—Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, to register and cast a conditional vote the same day. Isleton and Rancho Cordova—don’t hold their So if you’re eligible to vote, there’s not much of an elections until Nov. 3.) excuse any more. Helping choose the Democratic nominee to go This schedule is different than the last time up against President Trump is absolutely critical, of California moved up its presidential primary—in course. But so is picking local officeholders who February 2008—when the statewide primary was will have more control of daily life. held separately in June. So get ready: it’s going to be an exciting, In 2020, while the state primary must be held at exhausting sprint to March 3. Ω the same time as the presidential contest, cities and 4






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Politicians out of touch Re: “Will residents raise a stink on garbage?” by Foon Rhee (Editor’s note, Oct. 10): When I saw the startling amount of the increases, I decided to attend the public hearing. I listened to the presentation justifying the proposed rate increases based on the city’s population growth, funding for a compressed natural gas fueling station and increased frequency of street sweeping service. I spoke, pointing out that the proposed increases seem extraordinary and that perhaps the gas project should be delayed and street sweeping decreased again. No one replied to my comments or the comments of anyone else who spoke. I was then surprised when the commission proceeded to vote. I was left with the feeling that the public comments are a mere formality. I believe there could have been 300 of us at the meeting and the outcome would have been no different. I agree that lack of citizen involvement is a problem, but perhaps a bigger problem is the failure of local politicians to understand the burdens imposed on citizens by tax and rate increases.

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Re: “Running to help the homeless” by Charles Crowder (Essay, Oct. 10): To provide shelter for the homeless, Charles Crowder proposes infill housing at $50 million for each 250-apartment project, with 62 apartments set aside for the homeless. This means each apartment would cost $200,000. This is a low-ball estimate since such apartments in Sacramento actually cost twice this amount. Crowder’s proposed apartments would result in rents of at least $2,000 a month to cover mortgage costs alone and would need to be heavily subsidized so that poor folks could afford them. Major add-ons would include drug treatment, health care, job training, security, water, sewer, trash, energy, maintenance and supervision. Crowder does mention tiny homes, but these are relatively expensive per square foot. Providing housing for all of the county’s estimated 2,000 unsheltered homeless would require 30 apartment buildings of at least $50 million each, or $1.5 billion. This proposal would burden Sacramento County with costs not fully addressed by Crowder.

Re: “Clown town” by Jed Pressgrove (In the Spotlight, Oct. 10): I enjoyed Joker, and I think Joaquin Phoenix’s performance is fantastic. Obviously, there are references to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, which only made the movie more enjoyable for me. Even if I disagree with Jed Pressgrove, I am glad he wrote his opinion. I’m grateful that this movie review was in SN&R, and I hope many more reviews find their way into the paper. It is one feature that draws me in to read the rest of your content. Especially in the crazy political environment we are in, we all benefit from an independent paper shining a light on the issues big and small that affect our area and our country. So please keep the movie reviews coming because it all works together.

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Surviving a blackout The safety power shutoff  is like a reality TV show I am a reality TV junkie, mostly the shows like Naked and Afraid where people are dropped off to survive terrible experiences in a remote corner of the earth. So when the local power company decided to cut power to me and thousands of others, I began my own odyssey into an alternate reality. Some events were inescapable, while others I manipulated through my imagination and actions. The night before, I left my car parked in the driveway. No way was I lifting the garage Domino Soleil is a Sacramento-area writer who had her power cut off as part of the PG&E safety shutoff. door open. Waking up, I knew right away the threatened shutoff had happened. My night light was out. The land line phones didn’t work, and I don’t have a smartphone. I was stuck and marooned in my virtual reality show. I recalled how reality show participants Day One had its own mission: eat a giant ate grubs, snakes, mice, rats and moose. bowl of turkey salad before it went bad. I had Thankfully I had no way of cooking them. studied and was duly armed with a five-page At the little bridge over our man-made printout of what food goes bad and when. neighborhood lake, I gazed down at some As the sky darkened, I had no fish. But without a grill, I kept internet and no light. It had walking. always astonished me—how In our neighborhood, a Nothing survivalists on reality shows driveway social had been cracked and quit when planned for that night. was working: faced with the real thing. Was it still on? I bravely Now, I could see why. the sprinklers, the knocked at the door of In bed at 7 p.m., I the family hosting the clocks, the fridge, air read by flashlight and event. candlelight. After I conditioning, Wi-Fi. I wasn’t Realizing I had not couldn’t read another spoken a word in the last naked or afraid, but word, I sat propped up day and a half, my voice in bed, watching the instead I felt time and sounded scratchy to my candles. The flicker of the own ears when a woman life slowing down. flames was relaxing. I was a answered the door. They, hippie again. in turn, told of their experiThe next morning, I awoke ences with the power shutoff. We the exact moment I always get up, bonded, strangers coming together despite no alarm. I had made it through Night over shared disruptions to everyday life, big One. My second lesson that morning was in and small. understanding what drives most of us—habit. That night just before dusk, there was a My cup of tea, the gym, sitting down to write, knock at my front door. The neighbors had hearing from friends. Nothing was working: brought me a hot meal in bento boxes, the the sprinklers, the clocks, the fridge, air nicest gesture that warmed my survivalist conditioning, Wi-Fi. I wasn’t naked or afraid, heart. Just like a reality show, this ended with but instead I felt time and life slowing down. astounding revelations about the moments that After breakfast, I decided on a trek, like comprise our lives. those in survivalist shows. I had begun to I am home, but still in a foreign land. □ worry about the loss of food in the freezer.


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‘One job should be enough’ by Jeff vonKaenel

It’s a simple sentence, five short words. Yet, somehow, packed into that sentence is a vision that includes all Americans, a practical political plan with attainable goals for the issues of housing and income inequality, a rallying call for the 21st century labor movement and a life-changing slogan for some of Sacramento’s daycare workers. “One job should be enough.” This was said repeatedly at the 20th annual Sacramento Central Labor Council’s Salute to Labor Awards Dinner that honored the life’s work of Jack Loveall, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 588, and recognized the organizing achievement of Child Care Providers United. The dinner was held Oct. 25 at the Arden Hilton, where our food was prepared and served by union workers. Yvonne Walker, president of both Service Employees International Union Local 1000 and the Sacramento Central Labor Council, led off the evening, saying that we need to work for an America that enables every full-time worker to have adequate housing, food, transportation, childcare, health care and retirement benefits. She told us that something is deeply wrong with our country when a person needs to work two or three jobs just to get by. More than eight million Americans work more than one job, and many more are living on the street or in their cars because they can’t afford housing. Picking up upon Walker’s theme, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg explained his work to develop programs to decrease the cost of housing, to make sure the economic development funds from Measure U go to low-income neighborhoods and to help increase the wages of Sacramento workers. Fabrizio Sasso, executive director of the Sacramento Central Labor Council, called for a labor movement that lets in 8





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everyone. He said that this is a critical time for America’s labor unions because while they represent only 10% of the workforce, a new generation of labor leaders is expanding the role of unions to not only represent their members but to represent all of America. According to Sasso, it was the union movement that made the American dream possible. Things that we now might take for granted—including Social Security, a minimum wage, safer workplaces and a 40-hour work week—were all made possible by the organizing power of our labor unions. All Americans have benefited from labor’s struggles. After a moving tribute to Loveall’s 50 years of service, the dinner concluded with the Excellence in Organizing award going to Child Care Providers United. Although they are doing our community’s most important work, taking care of our children, these childcare workers rarely receive more than minimum wage and have historically had very little power in the workplace. They are delighted that Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill granting them the ability to negotiate wages and benefits with the state. Childcare workers who never before were involved in union activities were amazed that they received so much support from the labor movement. Now, they are able to negotiate with their bosses as equals for better wages for themselves, and to advocate for making childcare more affordable and available. They appreciated being part of something bigger than themselves, part of a movement—a movement that believes one job should be enough. Ω

Jeff vonKaenel is the president, CEO and majority owner of the News & Review.

Michelle Drago and Andrew Hammond stand in their Frustrations paint-flinging vault in Old Sacramento. PHOTO BY MAXFIELD MORRIS

Paint by anger Inside a vault in Old Sacramento, behind century-old concrete walls 18 inches thick, past an antique safe door worth more than $175,000, people can pay to release their frustrations. That’s the idea behind Andrew Hammond and Michelle Drago’s Frustrations, a business where customers check their patience at the door and chuck some paint at a wall while wearing protective gear. The Old Sacramento business opened last week, and shares the space with Drago’s blow dry bar, which has been open for about six months. SN&R chatted with Hammond and Drago about the unique shift their business is taking.

So you all owned this business before and are just rebranding it? Hammond: Well, I’ve had Frustrations in my mind for years. And I unfortunately have a little bit of a temper, so I’ve broken things over time, then I was like, man, that’d be cool—to integrate this, and to do this.

Do you ever throw the paint when you’re frustrated? Hammond: I do. Well, she got her frustrations out on me by throwing paint. Drago: I get frustrated with him, I now know what to do.

Had you been working here, too? Hammond: Well, I had always helped her out. I’m the front desk manager. So that’s what we used to do, we’d come down here and sit, but we wanted to turn it into something else. Drago: Old Sac needed something. Hammond: We’re hoping that this takes off really well because we also have the mobile side of it where you can break things, things like TVs, windshields, printers.

Does the vault door stay open? Drago: Yes. That big one is really real. We shut

it one time, one time only, and it took two hours to get it open. The paint seized. Hammond: … I took the mechanism out, so that way it’ll never lock, but it got stuck, and I’m like, “Oh, thank god no one was inside.”

Do you ever talk to people who don’t subscribe to breaking things as frustration relief? Hammond: I actually have. I have talked to a few people—they’re friends of mine. When we were thinking about these ideas, one of them happens to be a counselor. She was just like, “Well, we actually try to teach people not to resort to anger and to hurting things or breaking things, we actually want to have them deal with it personally and inside.” I’m like, “Yeah—and then there’s some of us that like to break things.”

Where do you source breakable things, for the mobile side? Hammond: I actually reached out to a few people. … The recycling places, you go there to take your printers, to get rid of all [your] crap. They actually have to pay for people to come pick it up and get rid of it. … They take the gold out, and they spend the time taking the motherboards out and whatever. Now they have the shell and the other components. … We made a deal where I can go pick up however much I want. And the same thing for windshields—I get their defectives.

Do you think throwing paint satisfies a different kind of urge? Drago: I think it’s more for the family—families like to come in here. Because I know, I’m like, “What are we going to do today?” Little kids will like it, and we’re going to be adding little stuff as we go, but they can just come in here and have fun as a family. Hammond: I think this is more emotional. I had a buddy come over—and he has brand-new twins—and I saw a different side of him. … The look on his face, just throwing the paint as hard as he could. Ω Check out Frustrations in Old Sacramento at 1115 Front St., Suite 6 and on Instagram at @sacfrustrations.

Facing fears with a pen These bills target real-life horror stories

Why payday loans can be a nightmare

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hosts, vampires, zombies; Halloween is packed with scary things. While trick-or-treating as children, we learned to laugh at our fears. (These monsters lived in our imagination, not under our beds.) But as adults, we have to cope with plenty of real-life horrors, not just for our families but for our society as a whole. How do you deal with these nightmares? Sometimes, with a stroke of a pen. For this Halloween edition, here are three very scary, very real problems facing Californians and three bills signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to address our fears. Nobody should worry about getting shot, especially by a police officer, yet this is a real fear for some people. Among the bills Newsom signed was Assembly Bill 392, the California Act to Save Lives, which regulates police use of deadly force. This bill is considered one of the toughest laws in the country regulating when officers can use a gun and delineates when deadly force would be considered necessary and reasonable. San Diego assemblymember Shirley Weber, the bill’s author, said, “This bill sets a higher standard that authorizes deadly force only when necessary to defend against an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury.” Built on best practices already in place in some departments, this common-sense bill is an important step towards rebuilding trust between police officers and the communities they serve. We know these methods work and this new law will save lives. If it can stop a tragedy from happening, it will be worth it. Do you fear being locked up? Incarceration is another real fear for thousands of Californians. That fear haunts refugees seeking asylum, but there’s also fear that some want to lock up more people because they profit from it. Also signed by Newsom, AB 32 phases out the use of private, for-profit prisons and immigrant detention centers by 2028. According to Oakland assemblymember Rob Bonta, the bill’s author, “Californians in these facilities are hurt, abused, neglected.” SEIU Local 1000 has organized for years to reduce the use of private for-profit prisons that undercut wages and benefits for employees, and that cut corners by failing to provide adequate rehabilitation and medical care – let alone adequate food and living conditions – in order to make money. Conditions in these facilities tend to be less safe for both people detained and people who work there. “This is truly a historic moment for California,” Bonta said at the bill’s recent signing. “By ending the use of for-profit, private prisons and detention facilities, we are sending a

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Annual interest on $500 loan powerful message that we vehemently oppose the practice of profiteering off the backs of Californians in custody, that we will stand up for the health, safety and welfare of our people, and that we are committed to humane treatment for all.” With AB 539, Newsom and the state legislature went after blood suckers: Payday loan companies. Santa Barbara assemblymember Monique Limón authored this bill that tightens regulations on these lenders and closes a black hole that sucks in desperate borrowers. Earlier this year, the Trump administration rolled back regulations on payday lenders, which specialize in high-interest, short-term loans. On average, these loans have an annual percentage rate of about 400 percent – 20 times a typical credit card – and target low-income workers who need cash in a hurry. But this blood money is ultra-expensive. In its research, Pew Charitable Trusts found that borrowers usually take five months to pay back that loan at an average cost of $520 in finance charges. By stopping greedy lenders from preying on those in need we can all sleep better at night. Yvonne R. Walker President SEIU Local 1000

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Los Angeles fire official Michael Flynn demonstrates advanced information equipment in a command vehicle, part of a California pilot program. Photo by NaNcy Pastor for calMatters

High tech to fight wildfires But real-time data could have downsides by Julie Cart

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On a recent day at an expansive National Guard airfield in Los Alamitos, local fire officials put on display what $4.5 million can buy: planes crammed with high-definition cameras, radar and infrared equipment that peers through smoke. This eye in the sky can provide commanders on the ground with a broad picture of a wildfire in its infancy, the most critical

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time for decision-making. The plane—operating at 10,000 feet, out of signal range—beams the information to a smaller aircraft below, which relays it to a UC San Diego research team running a lab known as WIFIRE. The lab’s supercomputer spits out mapping and heat-detection data within minutes, and it generates a model of how the fire might spread

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based on a number of factors—the holy grail for fire bosses. Eventually, such information will go to a wildfire warning center created under a new state law. The planes are part of a pilot program, an aspect of California’s emphasis on technology to respond to wildfire. In the state’s new landscape of more frequent and more ferocious

fires—like the ones burning in Sonoma County and Southern California that prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a statewide emergency—it takes a village to combat the menace: private technology, state and local fire agencies and computing know-how at California’s universities. The push to better anticipate wildfire danger is intended, in part, to provide early warning to residents about conditions so they can evacuate safely, before any flames get near. But the information bounty, welcome to many state officials and agencies, has potential downsides: It could regularly scare the heck out of Californians with a never-ending barrage of red-flag warnings, ever more disruptive power shutdowns—like the one more than 2 million Northern Californians just endured—and ever more warnings to flee.

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‘LoSinG a Brother’ More frequent alerts could eventually cause residents to disregard them, acknowledged state Sen. Bill Dodd, who proposed the warning center. “Yes, we do risk that the pendulum swings the other way,” said the Napa Democrat. “But it’s probably better to err on the side of giving folks too much information. We have to do this surgically so that only the people in the high-threat areas get these notices.” Eventually the warning center will be operated by the state firefighting arm, known as Cal Fire, and by the Public Utilities Commission and California’s Department of Emergency Services, Dodd said. The information collected—from multiple sources under various auspices—will be shared with federal, state and local authorities, utility companies and the public. Newsom budgeted about $1 billion in new funding for fire preparedness and response, and said he intends to tap into the hive mind of California’s innovative businesses to create better tools for predicting and attacking fire. In January, on his first full day in office, Newsom signed an executive order establishing the Wildfire Innovation Sprint, a program to foster that innovation.

CoMputinG anD ‘SKySenSorS’ The state has already signed the program’s first two contracts. One project will use advanced computing to predict a fire’s path; the other will fund a network of “skysensors” to detect fires as soon as they ignite and send alerts to emergency officials. In March, the Public Utilities Commission hosted an international conference exploring how to harness science, private-sector products and yet-to-be-developed devices to respond to wildfires. The discussion included: smartphone apps to guide residents along the safest evacuation routes during the smoke and chaos of fires; equipment that utilities attach to power lines to provide real-time diagnostics; the use of artificial intelligence to “teach” remote cameras to monitor backcountry; unmanned drones to observe fires; and high-speed computing to predict and track fires. “We need to shift strategies to deal with the constant threat of wildfires,” said Assemblywoman Cottie PetrieNorris, a Laguna Beach Democrat who

secured the state funds for the pilot centers has changed the way we fight aviation project, which is being used in fire,” Driscoll said. “They allow us to five Southern California counties. “We make a quick confirmation of a fire and need better tools.” make critical decisions in the critical Part of the state’s plan is to knit moment—at the incipient point.” together what exists already: copious Officials hope to expand the system weather data, cameras operated by eventually to 1,000 cameras around the utility companies and federal partners. state. The new approach emphasizes Much of the interaction with new information sharing, a potentially technology falls to Cal Fire and difficult concept for utilities local fire agencies, where and other businesses handed-down traditions typically more are strong. The fire comfortable service has in the “It used to be that keeping their data past been slow to to themselves. adapt to change; you’d drop the tailgate on In addition longtime a commander’s pickup and to its involvewildland firement in the fighters laugh put a map on it. Now you drop plane pilot about how old the tailgate and the truck bed program, UC timers resisted San Diego the adoption is full of computers.” operates the of chainsaws, ALERT Wildfire Mike Mohler arguing that axes system with Cal Fire deputy director didn’t need gasothe University line to operate. of Nevada and the “It used to be that University of Oregon, you’d drop the tailgate a network of almost 300 on a commander’s pickup and high-definition cameras trained on put a map on it,” said Cal Fire Deputy high-fire-threat areas. The remotely Director Mike Mohler. “Now you drop operated cameras can see up to 70 miles the tailgate and the truck bed is full of in daylight and 100 miles with infrared computers.” at night. Still, some fire veterans keep Each camera pans and tilts every two one boot in the future and one in the minutes, said Neal Driscoll, who runs past, cautioning that technology is the program. The resulting information only helpful until it fails. There’s no feeds into a computer that “learns” substitute for experience—what Dave what constitutes normal conditions in a Winnacker, chief of the Bay Area specific place. When the cameras detect Moraga-Orinda fire district, calls “the an anomaly such as a smoke plume, hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck factor.” an alarm goes off, alerting a myriad of “This is a human business; we need local and state agencies that monitor the people doing things, not staring at a system. tablet,” Winnacker said. “The computer In the case of a fire, authorities just remorselessly runs the scenario and can manipulate the camera network to does the math. When the model runs, I identify the fire site with fine resolution want my battalion chief up on the hill to and quickly create a map. look at the model, and then look at the Computer programmers are using fire, and say, ‘Hmm, I don’t think that’s artificial intelligence to teach the right.’ The machine does not have the network to distinguish between clouds authority to make decisions.” and smoke, Driscoll said, and over Winnacker was a crew leader time the cameras will act as remote fighting a 2017 blaze in Napa Valley, 911 sensors. Such sensors send alarms where cell service went down for seven to computers in dozens of emergency days. centers and other offices around the “The need for an analog option is state where Cal Fire or another agency always there. We are always going to can take control of the cameras and need people who can operate without determine whether to dispatch a crew or the information scaffolding support,” he whether it’s a false alarm. said. “We can’t just say, ‘The Wi-Fi is “Having real-time data and being able down; we can’t fight a fire today.’” □ to move these cameras from command

A deputy is dead after a firefight at an illegal marijuana grow in Somerset last week—and authorities blame the property owner who called 911. El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini told reporters last Thursday that he expects Christopher Garry Ross to face a manslaughter charge for the death of his deputy, Brian Ishmael, shot in the chest when he and a fellow deputy from San Joaquin County responded to Ross’ report that robbers were in his outdoor marijuana grow. What Ross didn’t tell deputies was that he had been in cahoots for months with the people on his land, and now feared they might welch on their deal. “Had he been truthful with our deputies and the 911 dispatcher, this Deputy Brian Ishmael tragic event would not have occurred,” D’Agostini said. “His actions directly related to this incident.” According to a written affidavit by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer Dave Stevenson, Ross allegedly agreed in July to lease a tree-shrouded patch of his remote property to the weed growers in exchange for $13,000. He was still owed $3,000 as harvest time approached, the affidavit states. Two Mexican nationals, identified as Juan Carlos Vasquez and Ramiro Bravo Morales, were allegedly camping near the grow for weeks and removing tops by mid-October. Concerned that his associates weren’t going to cover the outstanding balance, Ross called 911 after midnight on Oct. 23 to report that he was being robbed. D’Agostini said that Ishmael and his ride-along partner were the first to arrive at the home. After speaking to Ross, the deputies went around back to the grow, announced themselves and asked whoever was in the high green to show themselves. “And at that time they were immediately confronted with gunfire,” D’Agostini said. The sheriff said his deputy died within minutes, but not before he and his ride-along partner, who was hit in the upper thigh, returned fire. Vasquez and Morales were captured while fleeing. According to the DEA affidavit, both men admitted they were hired to cultivate and protect a grow that numbered approximately marijuana 75 plants, and that they started firing when they saw bright lights coming toward them. On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Vasquez, Morales and Ross with drug trafficking and firearms offenses. (Raheem F. Hosseini)

‘tiS the wiLDFire SeaSon As the year’s awakened wildfire season forced wealthy Southern Californians to flee and a bankrupt private utility sunk another million customers into darkness, Sacramento got off relatively easy—with a highway-closing grass fire and downed tree limbs. The simmering threats remain the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, which ate up 75,000 acres and stood only 15% contained on Tuesday, and the Santa Ana-fanned Getty Fire in a posh, populated area of Los Angeles County. While the latter blaze has only covered 650 acres, more than 7,000 structures stood in its windswept path, which runs south from Mulholland Drive to Sunset Boulevard. Meanwhile, the city of Sacramento reported that 50 mph gusts snapped branches and lashed a grass fire near Arena Boulevard that closed Interstate 5 and kept firefighters busy for three hours on Sunday. (RFH)

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Theo Scott-Femenella, a Sacramento City College student who produces music under the moniker Madk@p, wants to spin something positive out of his wrongful police detention. “What I’m focused on right now is pouring what happened to me back into music, back into the kids that I work with to keep them safe, and just trying to … bring peace and compassion into places that see a lot of violence and heartbreak.” Photo by ben IrwIn

‘Copwatching’ while black College student attempts to observe police interview a black man, gets mistaken for armed suspect

by Ben IrwIn

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After leaving his music business class at Sacramento City College on the evening of Oct. 10, Theo Scott-Femenella noticed something unusual on his walk back to the campus parking garage—five police officers surrounding a black man. While the conversation appeared calm, Scott-Femenella positioned himself under a street lamp to watch until it was over. The AfricanAmerican student’s decision to “copwatch” the encounter got him briefly detained and has raised questions about why—if police were investigating reports of an armed suspect on campus—the college didn’t warn students, faculty and staff. |


For Scott-Femenella, a youth mentor and budding music producer, the 30 minutes he spent in Sacramento Police Department custody did something else. It reinforced his belief that black men are more likely to lose their freedom—or even their lives—if they come into contact with law enforcement. “I felt wronged,” Scott-Femenella told SN&R. “This really furthered my distrust. My civil rights were violated, blatantly, and I was flat-out racially profiled.” That night, Scott-Femenella says he almost pulled out his cellphone to record, but then remembered Stephon Clark, a

fellow Sac City student, shot dead last year by two police officers who mistook his cellphone for a gun. While the situation was calm at first, Scott-Femenella says it changed when the man officers had surrounded began approaching him. Scott-Femenella asked the man if he was OK, then took a step back when he got closer. Scott-Femenella says that, only then, did the officers intercede—by charging at both of them with their hands on their firearms. Scott-Femenella says he was handcuffed and sat down on the curb. He says the officers informed him that he matched the description of a black suspect reported to possess a rifle in

a black backpack. The suspect had allegedly threatened the man police were interviewing when Scott-Femenella arrived on the scene. Larry Savidge, chief of the Los Rios Community College District’s police department, said the suspect was described as an African-American male in a light shirt and dark pants. Scott-Femenella said he was wearing a blue, striped shirt and red sweatpants that night, and carrying a small black backpack. Sacramento police spokeswoman Sgt. Sabrina Briggs confirmed that officers were checking out a report of “a subject with a rifle on the school grounds” because there was only one Los Rios police officer on duty. Briggs wouldn’t comment on officers’ interaction with ScottFemenella, citing an open internal affairs investigation. “Anytime there is a complaint made to our internal affairs division, they have to do their due diligence and look into the case, review body cameras and see reports,” she said. Scott-Femenella shared his version of events in a widely circulated Facebook post, prompting Sacramento City College President Michael Gutierrez to publicly respond on Oct. 15. “This is not reflective of the type of community we are committed to building at Sacramento City College and throughout Los Rios,” Gutierrez said in his statement. “We support our community’s right to peacefully observe any engagement between officers and members of our community, as that type of transparency is critical to building positive relationships on our campuses. The safety of our students and campus community is paramount.” Gutierrez made no mention of the armed threat, and the college didn’t issue a Rave alert—an app-based campus-wide warning—that night. Sacramento City College representatives declined to comment, but Savidge said a Rave alert wasn’t issued because it wasn’t needed. “We quickly determined that there was no weapon involved, no weapon seen,” the police chief said. “That probably happened within less than five minutes of us arriving there. The student arrived about 15 minutes later from when the incident initially occurred.” Scott-Femenella said hearing a Rave alert could have changed what happened. “If I knew there was a gunman on campus or nearby, I think the night would have gone very differently,” he said. Ω

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The statue of a Chinese dragon guards a garden in the little Delta town of Locke, which was one of the towns drawn into the tongs’ Highbinder War.






One of Locke’s tributes to the agricultural contributions of Chinese Americans in the Delta. Some of the immigrants had a dark ending due to tong feuds in nearby San Francisco.

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“SCARY SACRAMENTO� continued from page 15 Locals can take regular tours of the Sacramento Old City Cemetery and hear the tragic stories connected to some of its tombs and headstones.







The walls of Old Folsom Prison look the same today as they did when inmates went to the gallows.

Ninety-three souls were strung into eternity from gallows erected behind these high rock walls.






lm ods i f e h t e o r h a d h l i s h s c r e m their t i r w R SN& sters” fro “mon E.T., go home

E.T. (voiced by Pat Welsh)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) E.T.—the bumbling yet adorable alien known for his quizzical nature and affinity for Reese’s Pieces. We can’t help but love him, right? Wrong! On the long list of things that made E.T. the opposite of endearing to my 5-year-old self (bulbous cranium, grating voice, long sweaty fingers), one scene had a haunting effect: E.T. hiding in a closet full of stuffed animals. The fact that Elliott’s mom couldn’t spot the difference between a wrinkled, hairless alien and fuzzy plush toys was terrifying, and I was convinced E.T. would try the same trick in my closet. Many sleepless nights were spent cowering under the covers, hiding from my dark closet and E.T.’s soul-piercing gaze. Even now, the thought sends shivers down my spine. RACHEL MAYFIELD

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ack in the old days, family movies were still allowed to scare kids. Remember the grizzly bear attack in Disney’s The Fox and the Hound? The Penguin’s rusty grin in Batman Returns? Every single scene in The Wizard of Oz? No child was safe from terror at the cinema, and six of our writers have the nightmares to prove it. Clowns didn’t make the scary list, but these nontraditional movie “monsters” sure did.






Rated G for ‘Good Luck Sleeping’ Nightmare King (voiced by William E. Martin)

Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989) When young-boy-in-a-dream Nemo opened the door to the Nightmare King’s prison cell and quickly slammed it shut, he didn’t properly secure the lock. Nemo had been warned to stay away from that door, but he didn’t listen! Of course, the Nightmare King broke his way out, becoming an unstoppable, oozing mass of tar that enveloped the good King Morpheus in a terrifying sequence that left its mark on my door-closing habits forever. The animated film, rated G by the all-knowing MPAA, was a series of early childhood nightmares brought into reality. On present-day rewatching, the voice acting is obviously hammy and laughable, but the imagery cauterized my toddler brain. Remember, kids: Firmly shut doors. Listen for the latch. Don’t be a Nemo. MAXFIELD MORRIS









He has risen

Reverend Henry Kane (played by Julian Beck)

Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) I was never spooked by killer clowns or murderers behind white masks. Yet, the tall, slender, sunken-eyed fictional Reverend Henry Kane from Poltergeist II: The Other Side terrified me. He slowly sang an old hymn throughout the film, dressed in black with a brimmed hat, a look I later associated with the Quaker oatmeal man. Whether opening cupboards at home or roaming the grocery store aisles with my mom, 5-year-old Steph suspected the smiling Quaker was out to get her just as Kane was out to trap little Carol Anne! To this day, I despise oatmeal, hymns and probably won’t be showing my 4-year-old any Poltergeist movies anytime soon. STEPH RODRIGUEZ

‘Kali Maa!’

Mola Ram (played by Amrish Puri)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) I was 7 when my mom took me to the theater for the opening weekend of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. For the first 30 minutes, I was completely enthralled by the nonstop action and intrigue. But then Indy and his crew arrived at Pankot Palace and discovered the underground lair of the blood-drinking Thuggee cult—and its high priest Mola Ram. Portrayed by a veteran Bollywood actor, Ram wasn’t just a formidable villain, he was an embodiment of absolute terror, one that’s widely seen as culturally insensitive today. His ability to pull his victims’ beating hearts from their chests with his bare hand—somehow keeping them alive only so that he could then lower them in a cage into molten lava—made me want to climb far under the theater seats. Things got worse when I saw that the whole point of Ram wanting to lava-bath his prey was so that their hearts caught fire in his palm, like a spine-curdling carnival trick, all as he laughed and laughed. At that point, I was doomed—pun intended—to see Mola Ram in my nightmares for years. I often wonder if Steven Spielberg thought about how savage this character really was. SCOTT THOMAS ANDERSON

He slowly sang an old hymn throughout the film, dressed in black with a brimmed hat, a look I later associated with the Quaker oatmeal man.

Scary good genes

Nuclear Man (voiced by Gene Hackman)

Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987) Mark Pillow is Hitler’s dream. The actor has a chiseled face, blues eyes and mulleted helmet of blond hair. He’s tall and muscular. It’s creepy how perfect he looks. So it makes sense that Pillow played Lex Luthor’s latest diabolical experiment in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, a fiery-tempered but inhumanly cold Energizer battery with one purpose: “Destroy Superman.” Fueled by the power of the sun, the black-caped bogeyman is Superman’s formidable doppelganger, kicking the Man of Steel like a soccer ball to the Big Apple, the Great Wall of China and even the moon. Good genes aside, what creeped me out was that Nuclear Man had a monstrous roar, a mean face and electric fingernails.

America’s Dad Bill Cosby

The Devil and Max Devlin (1981) I’m in a garbage can rolling down a subterranean staircase into the darkening depths of I-don’t-know-what. Days pass. My fear subsides. I guess this is my life now, a jostled fetus in a funky, metal womb. It almost starts to feel like home. But then boom—the receptacle bursts apart, propelling me into what Renaissance painters and unimaginative Hollywood producers have conditioned me to recognize as hell. Bubbling magma lakes, jagged red rocks, demons in bad need of manicures—I soar just beyond their clawing reach toward the horned honcho himself, aka Lucifer, Beelzebub … Bill Cosby?! This was one of my most frequent nightmares as a child—and it always ended with the big reveal that the devil was none other than “America’s Dad.” Sometimes Satan/Cosby held my own dad chained and shackled at his hooved feet, sometimes not, but he always tried to open my belly with his pitchfork as I glided over him into the waking world. That meant that sometimes my dad remained The Cos of Darkness’ captive. What’s that about? I loved The Cosby Show. I even loved Fat Albert! It turns out my subconscious was riffing on an old movie I caught in a hotel once, The Devil and Max Devlin. I can’t tell you what this Disney comedy is about, except that Cosby plays “Barney Satin,” and that a few minutes of his performance were evidently so potent that they lodged in the head of a kid made delirious with chronic ear infections. Oh, and also this: It turns out my subconscious knew more about real-life monsters than my woke brain. Go figure. RAHEEM F. HOSSEINI







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Left: “Cougar and Capitalist” by Oscar Magallanes; Top right: “The Last Song” by Raul Mejia; Bottom right: “Ancestors” by John S. Huerta.

The famous dead A California Museum exhibit returns with its tribute to fallen pop idols and Latino ancestors by Norma Huerta

el arte de las almas: Dia de los Muertos runs through Dec. 15. admission is $6.50-$9 (children 5 and under get in free). open tuesday through saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and sunday noon-5 p.m. 1020 o st.; (916) 653-7524; californiamuseum.org. editor’s note: the author is not related to artist John s. huerta.




Miniature mariachi skeletons laughing in the palm of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and a Native warrior Hamlet-ing a skull. Vibrant paintings are the way three artists are celebrating the dead, and their tributes are on display at the California Museum through Dec. 15. El Dia de los Muertos (Oct. 31-Nov. 2) is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin-American countries to honor late ancestors. For the past five years, the O Street museum has continued the ancient tradition through El Arte de Las Almas: Dia de Los Muertos, an exhibit where local artists build brightly colored monuments that honor mostly deceased pop idols. |


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John S. Huerta, one of the featured artists, has previously created altars honoring Frida Kahlo, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe. This year, his altar glistens with jewelry for the iconic screen queen Elizabeth Taylor. Inspired by the passing of his sister and grandmother who raised him, Huerta used his art to cope with loss. “I was in a really dark place, and I kept hearing my [grandma’s] voice. She said, ‘Mijo, you need to stop what you’re doing and do what you’re passionate about,’” Huerta told SN&R. “A friend of mine told me about el Dia de los Muertos, because I really wasn’t

raised with it. I looked into it, researched it elaborate containers to quench the thirst of and it just clicked. This is what I’m going souls who’ve made their long journey to to do, and I put them in my paintings, like the altar. inspiration.” Grapevines climb around a portrait Altars are crucial to Day of the Dead, honoring Cesar Chavez by Raul Mejia, with each containing photographs, candles, and carefully constructed papel-picado traditional foods such as pan dulce and display the words “Crenshaw” and personalized objects to make spirits feel “TMC” in Oscar Magallanes’ altar to welcome. Marigolds, the bright yellow slain rapper Nipsey Hustle. The altars “flower of the dead,” are prominently and artworks are carefully curated displayed and used as a beacon for spirits and are a labor of love for each artist, to wander back. A community altar at the showing how grief can be transformed center of the museum invites visitors to into beauty. add their own touch by leaving items for “I’m just thankful I do what their loved ones. I do. It gives me so much “Ofrendas,” or offerings, joy when people enjoy “I are a key ingredient, my work.” Huerta was in a really which display the natusaid. “I love seeing ral elements: earth, when people dark place, and I kept wind, fire and water. look at my art, hearing my [grandma’s] Earth is represented I love seeing voice. She said, ‘Mijo, you by crops, so fruit or their expression favorite dishes are when they’re need to stop what you’re placed at the altar smiling. When doing and do what you’re to nourish departed they look closer passionate about.’” souls. Wind moves and ask, ‘Are through moving objects those digital?’ And John S. Huerta such as “papel-picado,” I say, ‘No, they’re artist made by cutting out elabohand-painted.’ It gets rate designs in pieces of paper me through everything. mache. Fire breathes through wax There are days when I’m candles, lit to represent a loving soul, with down, and then I paint. It’s like my an extra candle placed for forgotten souls. therapy session.” Ω Water is the last element, poured into

now playing



The Humans

Tapped in by Bev SykeS

Photo courtesy of Joshua Wheeler

Each of the performers is excellent in dancing badly—and you know they are all good dancers by their performance in the finale. This particular production has some problems. A lot of dialogue is missed because the performers, most of whom are local professionals and know how to project, can’t be heard even in rows close to the stage. But with or without complete understanding of what is being said, watching them all progress from beginners to dancers is a lot of fun. Ω



Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 11/3; $10-$20; Celebration Arts,

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

The Rocky Horror Show


The three generations of the Blake family are gathering for Thanksgiving dinner at the new apartment of daughter Brigid (Karen Vance) and her boyfriend Richard (Damien Seperi). 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. 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. B.S.

Director Khimberly Marshall gives audiences a lot to chew on in this production, which honors the Celebration Arts community with a project of race-conscious, crosscultural casting in which the entire world of the play is transposed to a futuristic Africa. Ultimately, this play is an ambitious, creative endeavor and an important addition to the landscape of theatre in Sacramento.

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

8pm & 12am; Through 11/2;

2727 B St., (916) 455-2787, celebrationarts.net. S.K.

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Sure, you can tap dance while sitting but it’s not ideal.

Stepping Out


fri 7:30pm, sat 7:30pm, sun 2pm; through 11/10; $7-$25; the Woodland opera house, 340 2nd st., Woodland, (530) 666-9617, woodlandoperahouse.org.

It was thanks to the wife of playwright Richard Harris that the comedy Stepping Out was written. After Hilary Crane attended a tap dance class in the local village hall, she suggested the idea for a possible play and the show was born. Now the Woodland Opera House, which has displayed wonderful dance examples lately, is presenting this comedy about a diverse group of people, whose only common bond is the desire to learn how to tap so they can perform at a charity concert. Though this is a thoroughly “spec-tap-u-lar” production, there are a few problems with the script that make it less than ideal. We learn so little about the backstory of the tap students that it leaves us wanting more. What about Geoffrey, who is dealing with grief following the death of his wife? Why does Andy insist on long sleeves and clutch pillows to her abdomen? Is her husband abusive? What about nurse Lynne, the quiet one, who says this class is the only thing she does for herself? Why is Vera such a compulsive neatnik?

The title of this excellent play—the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama—refers to a treatment for babies suffering from stomach flu. Small sips of fluid over an extended period made hydration possible. It’s a task that Odessa Ortiz couldn’t manage because of her crack addiction. Her baby died. Water by the Spoonful is the second part of playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes’ “The Elliot Trilogy.” Part One dealt with Elliot’s experience in Iraq, which has left him with physical and emotional injuries. Elliot has returned to his Puerto Rican neighborhood in Philadelphia. Still haunted by Iraq, he tries to step back into a fractious family. Now known by her chat room handle “Haikumom,” Odessa (Katherine BahenaBenitez) hangs onto sobriety by moderating an addiction chat room with participants around the world. The play alternates between family dramas and discussions between Haikumom and a trio of regulars (a “family,” too) on the addiction network: Orangutan (Jordan Lee Powell), Chutes&Ladders (Marques Buford) and Fountainhead (Cole Winslow). The playwright doles out insight and interactions in small drops, drops that eventually become a torrent of grief and transformations. The acting by this ensemble, plus Yazmin Ortiz (Jezabel Olivares) as Elliot’s close cousin, is uniformly strong. Some scenes between Yazmin and Elliot are easy exchanges, sometimes spoken too comfortably as if it’s casual conversation. —Jim Carnes

Water by the spoonful: fri 8pm, sun 7pm; through 11/17; $18-$24; california stage, 2509 r st.; teatroespejo.com.

scReen pick Jeremy Irons loves a proper Watchmen adaptation almost as much as he loves birthday cake.

Old book, new look After countless false starts and a slavish-yet-tonally-inept Zack Snyder version, HBO’s new original series Watchmen does what every other Alan Moore adaptation before it has failed to do: channel the bold intelligence of its visionary creator. And the new series, developed by Lost and The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof, isn’t just smart. It’s a pipe bomb of world-building ideas that I hope Lindelof and his creative team gets to fully explore, with or without the blessing of the cantankerous Moore, burned so many times by bad Hollywood adaptations that he insists on having his name removed from any future ones. He may want to reconsider that policy—at least this one time. Unlike Snyder’s 2009 big-budget misfire, Lindelof, who scripted the first episode, actually gets the provocative subtext that made the 12-issue maxi-series by Moore and artist David Gibbons such a genre-eclipsing game changer in 1987. The premiere, directed with blood-drops-on-a-badge precision by Nicole Kassell, gobsmacks you with sly Easter eggs and apocryphal visions of the present. I don’t know where Lindelof and his excellent (surviving) cast will go next, but I can’t wait to turn the page.

—raheem F. hosseini






Photo by nicole fowler

Kraig Brady (left) and Raoul Adamchak observe the vast acres of UC Davis dedicated to growing and studying the food enjoyed on campus and beyond.

Aggie Grown UC Davis’ homegrown campaign partners with agricultural research departments to follow the real story of farm-to-fork by Tessa MargueriTe OuTland

want to learn more about the Uc Davis “Aggie Grown” campaign or when the campus restaurant, latitude, opens? Visit housing.ucdavis.edu/ sustainability/dining for more information.




The best kept secret on campus isn’t a fraternity or a goose that lays golden eggs. It is an “Aggie” idea hiding in plain sight at breakfast, lunch and dinner: UC Davis Hospitality and Dining Services calls it “Aggie Grown.” The campaign is centered on finding ingredients that fit the needs of the students by collaborating with the agricultural research departments on campus. “Students in this class really care about where their food is coming from and the story of the food,” said Richard Ronquillo, associate director for student outreach at UC Davis Hospitality and Dining Services. Ronquillo is part of the team that helps tell that story by tracking the tomato from the farm to the kitchen to the plate. “This whole concept of ‘farm-to-fork’ has really lost its identity,” said Kraig Brady, director of Hospitality and Dining Services. “No one knows what it means anymore.” |


But at UC Davis, farm-to-fork means grown in UC Davis soil. Although the demands of providing about 20,000 meals on campus each day cannot always be met by homegrown foods, an increasingly large percentage of ingredients served on campus is cultivated right under the students’ noses. Dining Services used to be managed by Sodexo, a multinational corporation. Now it is run by UC Davis with hyper-local ingredients and international flair. Brady admits that not many students know about Aggie Grown. And while the partnership between research departments and on-campus farms is not totally new, Brady said it has exploded over the last couple of years. The campaign collaborates with the campus research ranch, Russell Ranch, as well as the Student Farm, Aquaponics, Pastured Poultry Program, Meat Lab, Goat Dairy, Olive Oil Center and the Honey

find something to do with all this stone fruit.” The student farm—where any UC Davis student can learn about gardening—is 23 acres of fruit trees, rows of leafy vegetables and flowers. “The students that volunteer there are rarely actual ag students,” said Chamayo Yniguez, associate director for operations at Hospitality and Dining Services. “They just want to learn how their food gets to the table. They get very passionate about it, too.” Yniguez and Kue Her, senior executive chef for Hospitality and Dining Services, partner with the student farm to use some of their produce. In addition to Aggie Grown, some of the produce is reserved for on-campus and community food banks. Aquaponics, the blending of hydroponics and fishery, is a crossover program between engineering, agriculture, plant-and-soil science and others. In research on sturgeon and caviar, the byproduct is water that is “swimming” and Pollination Center. Buying from with beneficial bacteria, phosphorus and these departments helps fund research nitrogen—ideal for plant growth. The fishy and ensures an economically sound water is then processed into a hydroponics relationship. “It’s more than just feeding students,” greenhouse that grows basil, lettuce, wheatgrass and bok choy. Brady explained. “We’re collaborating Pastured poultry is a collaboration with the campus to infuse living lab between veterinary science and situations and providing benefits of the engineering. The chicken coops are research to benefit those programs as built with solar panels on the roof and a well.” mechanism that allows freshly laid eggs Russell Ranch is a 1,600-acre farm to roll gently outside, which reduces the that researches soil for organic farmrisk of salmonella. Currently the program ing, fruit splicing and pruning trees, is researching how different ingredients in and conducts many other projects and chicken feed affects the taste of the eggs. experiments. In August, Aggie Grown bought 27,000 pounds of Roma tomatoes A blind taste test of hard-boiled eggs was held in a UC Davis cafe. from the ranch and made Students have a wide tomato pastes and sauces variety of dining options that can be stored and at residential dining used throughout the “It’s not just halls, restaurants, school year. The markets with grabremaining nearly 6 know your farmer. n-go options, coffee million pounds of It’s know your shops, food trucks tomatoes were sold and concessions to The Morning broccoli.” at sports games. Star Company in Kraig Brady And with a new Woodland. Aggie director, UC Davis Hospitality and restaurant, Latitude, Grown also buys Dining Services opening in January stone fruit from the with cuisine from ranch from trees that regions around the world, are used by students there will be even more. learning about pruning. The But for students who really want most recent harvest was used to to know what they’re eating, Aggie Grown make purees and a Mexican sweet sauce allows them to follow the story of food called chamoy. from farm to farmer to food to fork. “Even poorly pruned trees still grow “It’s not just know your farmer,” Brady fruit,” Ronquillo said. “So they have to said. “It’s know your broccoli.” Ω


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The end of October isn’t just for Halloween and trick-or-treaters. It’s the beginning of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican-born holiday that celebrates ancestry, heritage and remembrances of deceased loved ones. On Nov. 1-2, graveyards are brought to life by families who visit, clean and decorate headstones. Many erect altars in their homes dedicated to grandmothers, children and uncles who’ve passed. They present ofrendas (offerings) such as loved ones’ favorite meals, sweets, cigars or warm beverages to help guide them home. At La Esperanza Bakery on Franklin Boulevard, George Placencia Jr. says his family’s business, started in 1969 by his grandfather Salvador Placencia, is busy filling hundreds of orders of pan de muerto, a traditional sweet bread made in preparation for Dia de los Muertos. He stands in front of a colorful altar made by his sister inside the small bakery. It’s decorated with candles, sugar skulls, flowers and photographs in remembrance of late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

“What she likes to do is to show the customers how pan de muerto is meant to be an offering,” he says. “Some pan de muerto is also for parties. It’s a unique bread and flavor and that’s why people come seek it out.” The small, round sweet bread ($1.30) is dusted in sugar and is decorated with crossbones made from the same dough. The pastry is soft and flaky, studded with anise seeds and a fragrant orange aroma. There’s also a medium size with sesame seeds that resembles pretzel bread ($10) and the larger pan that is shaped like a skull ($30). “It’s just real neat to feel that people are attached to something,” Placencia says. “It’s also nice to feel a sense of community in a city like Sacramento in terms of Hispanic culture.” Across town at the Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex in Oak Park, director and curator Barbara Range is finalizing the plans for this year’s Dia de los Muertos festivities, which invite people from various backgrounds to participate in traditional dance, enjoy

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places. Brown recluses and hobo spiders, I had to admire her industriousness, two other species that can hurt people, are even if the results made me scream. not found in California. Spanning the width of our double front Villegas likes jumping spiders (his door each morning was a humongous favorite), crab spiders, garden spiders and spider web, easily six feet across and just cellar spiders (aka daddy long legs). All as tall. Sitting right in the middle at my of them have a productive job eliminating eye level was its creator: A giant black unwanted pests. spider with yellow markings. “All spiders are predacious on other Each morning, her impressive web got critters, especially insects, and they knocked down (usually with a broom). are considered beneficial critters of the Each night, this spider spun another. garden,” Villegas explained. “Most all Then, I noticed: She was not alone. spiders in our area are harmless to humans Equally large spiders were creating their or pets. The only problem is when the own wide webs between rose bushes spiders are grabbed or trapped by human in the front yard. Each web looked big hands! Then is when they can bite.” enough to snare a trick-or-treater. Evolution likely programmed people Who needs Halloween props when to be scared of spiders. Arachnophobia, a your garden is full of spiders? Their presence actually is a good thing. fear of spiders, became part of our survival instinct. Spiders are natural pest control; As for Halloween, spiders they eat lots of bugs. have been connected to My front-door spider, witches since medieval who got nicknamed Who needs times. Several species Charlotte (as in the Halloween props hang out in dark and children’s book), is a when your garden is spooky places, adding golden orbweaver, a to spiders’ creepy common garden spider full of spiders? Their reputation. known for its overpresence is actually But in ancient sized concentric webs. a good thing. folklore, spiders are an Harmless to people, this omen of good fortune. particular variety is fond They just look scary. of large rose bushes, such as “However, one has to be those growing on either side of careful reaching into darkened or my doorstep. protected areas where the widow spiders “They like to hide out under leaves on make their webs,” Villegas said. “Also, the rose bush during the day,” explained one has to realize that some of the large Baldo Villegas, Sacramento’s “Bug Man.” garden or orb spiders construct huge webs “That’s where it’s nice and cool.” that in my garden cover the walkways. The retired state entomologist has If one wanders in the garden and acciencountered many, many spiders. In dentally runs into these huge webs, the Sacramento, we only need to worry about experience can be very scary.” widows, which have a venomous bite. Believe me, I know. □ “In the Sacramento area, the black widow spiders are the most dangerous as they are very common,” Villegas said. “Next would be the brown widows, but they are much less common.” Debbie Arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong gardener, is co-creator of the Widows tend to be found outdoors or Sacramento Digs Gardening blog and website. in garages in dark, dry, seldom disturbed 24





If you advertised your house as haunted, you need to disclose that “feature” to buyers.

How to sell a haunted house Disclosure laws vary, but be honest when asked Can you sell a haunted house? It

depends. Some houses just give folks the creeps. These homes may or may not be inhabited by spirits from another world. Whether you have to divulge any potential ghosts as current residents is contingent on local real estate disclosure laws – and the house’s reputation. According to real estate experts, a home seller in most states does not have to disclose suspected spirits. Death is another matter. California, for example, has among the most stringent disclosure laws. Sellers and real estate agents are required to tell potential buyers if there was a death (natural or otherwise) in the home in the past three years. (Details of the long-gone dearly departed can rest in peace.) Murders, satanic rituals, cult connections; those can stigmatize a property and

lower its value (sometimes 25% or more). If a house is associated with a particularly infamous or ghoulish incident, it’s best to disclose it upfront as with any other potentially contentious flaw such as bad plumbing or a leaky roof. The same goes for a house with a haunted reputation, especially if it’s received some publicity for its paranormal activity. A New York court case set that precedent. A home was advertised as haunted by its previous owner. The court ruled that the seller should have disclosed that to the buyer in good faith. The more infamous the haunting, the more necessary it is to disclose, experts say. In California, a seller or agent must tell the truth about a house when asked by a potential buyer. That includes questions about any suspected spirits. Victorian-era homes, such as those that dot Sacramento and other Gold Rushera communities, often have a haunted mystique. It’s not because they have a greater chance of poltergeists, but a reflection of popular opinion. According to historians, Victorian architecture from the late 1800s dramatically fell out of favor after World War I. In the 1920s, these large and imposing homes came to represent death and decay as many of these houses were abandoned and torn down. By the 1930s, empty Victorians were portrayed as dangerous and increasingly spooky. It’s a reputation that remains to this day, regardless of any actual ghost sightings. by Debbie Arrington

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SATURDAY, 11/2 THE COUNT RETURNS: The Count will be performing again at The Torch Club to support Next Move Homeless Services and Francis House Center. 4pm, no cover, donations accepted. Torch Club, 904 15th St.

THURSDAY, 10/31 BROKE IN STEREO: Broke in Stereo is the alias of performing artist, songwriter, guitarist and producer Cabell Harris. See him perform with blazing guitar prowess. 9pm, $10-$15. Opera House Saloon, 108 Main St., Roseville.

EMPIRE POP CHOIR CONCERT: Join Urban Hive for its fall concert exploring the far reaches of pop music, including Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elton John. All proceeds will go to support Empire Arts Collective, a nonprofit performing arts incubator. 7:30pm, $10$25. The Urban Hive, 1601 Alhambra Blvd., Suite 100.

GHOST TOWN REBELLION: Halloween music at the Shady Lady with Ghost Town Rebellion— get it? You will, once you hear the rocky blues acoustic music of the band. 9pm, no cover. Shady Lady, 1409 R St.

LITE: LITE, the four-piece instrumental rock band formed in Japan, will be playing their complex rhythms along with additional support from Elephant Gym. 9pm, $20$23. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

THE LACS: The country rap duo has been active

El Pantéon de Sacramento Native americaN HealtH ceNter, 8am, No cover For the 10th year running, the Latino Center of Art and Culture brings its El Pantéon de Sacramento and Día de FESTIVALS los Muertos celebration to the people of Sacramento. This year is different, featuring brand new processions over two days of festivities. The event is centered around the recreation of a typical celebration of Día de los Muertos, and offers

more than 60 ofrendas from local families and organizations. Additionally, there will be plenty of traditional music, ballet folklorica performances, dancing horses, food vendors, sugar skulls, mask making and much more! Come celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on, as well as the customs and traditions of the holiday. 2020 J St., thelatinocenter.com.


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since the early 2000s and will be performing in town. 6:30pm, $22.50. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.


ROGER CREAGER: The country music singer

a rambunctious group of Beatle-loving musicians, is not a tribute band—but if you join them, you will enjoy the passion of this music through a wide range of all Beatles musical eras. 4pm, $5. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 300.

from Corpus Christi, Texas, is going to be bringing a little bit of country to Sacramento. 7:30pm, $15. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

THROUGH THE ROOTS: The San Diego reggae band will be sharing the evening with you and with additional reggae band Pacific Dub. 6:30pm, $13. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SUNDAY, 11/3 TWENTY ONE PILOTS: Catch the event highlight

FRIDAY, 11/1

for this concert on page 26. 7pm, $34.50$225. Golden 1 Center, 500 David J Stern Walk.


BODEANS: BoDeans’ remarkable 30-year

and Joe Gilman’s piano soloing are coming together for an evening of music with the American River College Orchestra. 7:30pm, $10-$15. American River College Theatre, 4700 College Oak Drive.

musical career continues as they stop in at the Sofia for an evening sharing their music. 7pm, $45. B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Ave.

FENAM GALA CONCERT: Catch the 42nd

BARNACLE BASH 2019: The first ever Barnacle

Annual Festival of New American Music’s gala concert at Sacramento State, featuring pianist Michael Mizrahi, the Cygnus Ensemble and Citywater. 7pm, no cover. Sacramento State, 6000 J St.

Bash is sure to be a Halloween party like no other, featuring five Sacramento bands: the Bad Barnacles, Band of Coyotes, Occupy the Trees, Dads Under Where and Astral Cult—plus contortionist Jessica Will, oracle reader Meredith Morris and painter Lizzie Mailho. 7:30pm, $8. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

THE RUBINOOS: Adrian Bourgeois is the guest of Bay Area rockers the Rubinoos, and they’re all back in action for a fun performance. 6pm, $25. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.



performer and songwriter in the realm of superstars, will be sharing her voice and musicality. 7pm, $30. B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Ave.

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THE SPILL CANVAS: The Spill Canvas plays alternative music. The Juliana Theory plays rock. And Cory Wells? Not that Cory Wells— he’s a rock singer. 6:30pm, $20. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SHAED: The indie pop trio from Washington,

THE LETTERMEN The pop-singing

trio from the 1960s doesn’t just perform in the 1960s—they’re also performing in a couple of weeks, in Lincoln. Grab a ticket now. 11/15, 7:30pm, $29.50-$42.95, on sale now. Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, ticketmaster.com.

MANá The Mexican pop rock band is

known as one of the most successful Latin American bands of all time, and also as one that’s coming to Sacramento on tour soon. 11/27, 8pm, $65.91-$450, on sale now. Golden 1 Center, ticketmaster.com.

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT The band behind “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Godzilla” will be behind the lights at Jackson Rancheria for your amusement. 12/8, 7pm, $30-$40, on sale now. Jackson Casino, Jackson, tickets.vendini.com.


comedian, magician, improvisational artist and famed guest on Rachael Ray’s talk show will be headed to Lincoln to perform. 1/17, 7:30pm,

$49.95-$191.95, on sale now. Thunder Valley Casino, Lincoln, ticketmaster. com.

KORN The nu metal icons from Bakersfield are taking their show on up the road to Reno, and will be performing with Breaking Benjamin and Bones UK. 2/29,

8pm, $39-$89, on sale now.

Reno Events Center, Reno, ticketmaster.com.

FOgHAT The band behind “Slow

Ride” will take the slow ride to Jackson Rancheria for a night you won’t forget—much like the song “Slow Ride.” 4/3, 7pm, $20-$35, on sale now. Jackson Casino, Jackson, tickets.vendini.com.

D.C. will be coming through. They hit the music scene hard in 2018. 7pm, $18. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.


TOTAL RECALL: Total Recall is a Sacramentobased ’90s alternative cover band that’s ready to entertain fans of bands such as Weezer, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Oasis, Blink 182 and many more. Every First Friday of the month. 10pm, $0-$5. Highwater, 1910 Q St.

UNCHARTED PRESENTS LIVING ROOM VIBES: Get some living room experiences in a place as far from your living room as can be: Arden Fair Mall. Ode to Saturday will be performing. 6pm, no cover. Arden Fair Mall, 1689 Arden Way.

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Kristian Bush brings Rita Wilson into the musical fold at the B Street Theatre. 7pm, $55. B Street Theatre, 2700 Capitol Ave.

SHELLEY BURNS QUARTET: The Quartet celebrates the lyrics of Sammy Cahn, the decorated Oscar-nominated and Oscarwinning lyricist whose music is the stuff of jazz legends. 7pm, $25-$60. Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd.

TUESDAY, 11/5 CRACK CLOUD: The mixed-media collective based out of Vancouver, B.C., operates

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Sunday, 11/3-Sunday, 11/10

Saturday, 11/2 6TH annUaL SUnrISe CraFT FaIr: Come discover what local artisans have created for this fun filled holiday extravaganza. 9am, no cover. Rusch Park, 7801 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights.

Festival of new american Music SaCramento State CapiStrano Hall, variouS timeS, no Cover

eL PanTeÓn de SaCraMenTO/dÍa de LOS MUerTOS: The Panteón de Sacramento is an urban recreation of Día de los Muertos that takes place in small village cemeteries throughout Mexico. Catch the event highlight on page 25. 11am, no cover. Latino Center of Art and Culture, 2700 Front St. Sacramento History Alliance invite the community to participate in a traditional and large-scale Day of the Dead ceremony highlighted by altar building, Aztec dancing, sugar skulls and more. 3pm, no cover. Sacramento History Museum, 101 I St.

Food & drinK tHurSday, 10/31 TrICK Or drInK: Catch Barcrawlerz second bar

HaLLOween SPOOKTaCULar: The Halloween Spooktacular has become a community tradition and will feature trick-ortreating—plus, there’s a costume contest for kids and dogs. 3pm, no cover. El Dorado Hills Town Center, 4364 Town Center Blvd., Suite 310, El Dorado Hills.

as a rehabilitative outlet for a revolving cast of multi-disciplinary artists across Canada. 8:30pm, $10-$12. The Starlet Room, 2708 J St.

HOMeSaFe: Homesafe is joined by Kayak Jones,

HaLLOween COMMUnITy CeLebraTIOn: La Familia’s Annual Halloween Community Celebration is a fun, safe space for children and their families to enjoy this traditional holiday. Families will enjoy activities, games, sweet treats, music, community resources and more. 3pm, no cover. Maple Neighborhood Center, 3301 37th Ave.

Young Culture, Keep Flying, Paper Airplanes and Marigold. 6pm, $15. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

SKeGSS: The Australian surf music band is garaging up the Sacramento area, specifically in the vicinity of Harlow’s. 8pm, $16-$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

Tab benOIT: Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No.

SaFe TrICK-Or-TreaTInG aT IKea: Bring your children to IKEA West Sacramento on Halloween for its annual trick-ortreat event. 5pm, no cover. IKEA West Sacramento, 700 Ikea Court, West Sacramento.

1 roots export and has been imported by the Harris Center for an evening on roots. 7:30pm, $25-$42. Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom.

greatest Chicago tribute act in the world right here in little old Sacramento. 7:30pm, $38-$58. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

Friday, 11/1 CLaSSy HIPPy Tea FIrST FrIday nIGHT MarKeT:


Have a bit of fun in Oak Park with Classic Hippie Tea Co. There are vegan vendors, vegan art from vegan artists, plus live music from vegan instruments. 5pm, no cover. Classy Hippie Tea Co., 3226 Broadway.

tHurSday, 10/31 2019 SaCraMenTO waTer FeSTIvaL and COnFerenCe: This festival and conference will raise awareness about the role of water on Earth and our responsibility as dwellers of the land. Activities include discussions on how to utilize ancient wisdom to live long and respect our waters and resources. There are also special sessions with guardians of the water. 10am, no cover. Discovery Park, 1000 Garden Highway.

HaLLOween FOr SPeCIaL needS KIdS and TeenS: Halloween fun with special needs

dIa de LOS MUerTOS OaK ParK: Come remember your loved ones and celebrate with your community at Oak Park’s fourth annual observance of Día de los Muertos. There will be altars for deceased loved ones, live traditional Mexican music, dance performances, food vendors, artists, free kids’ crafts and more. 5pm, no cover. Brickhouse Gallery, 2837 36th St.

STaMP & SCraPbOOK eXPO: Celebrate all

and families in mind. Come join The Silver Orange for safe trick-or-treating, games, sensory play and fun this Halloween. 2pm, no cover. The Silver Orange, 922 57th St.



Saturday, 11/2 rIver CITy CHILI COOKOFF: The River City Chili Cook-Off is a one-night, epic farm-to-fork battle. It features more than a dozen of the Sacramento area’s hottest restaurants serving unlimited samples of the most amazing, five-star, gourmet chili you’ve ever had. 6:30pm, $30. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

Sunday, 11/3 beer LOverS SInGLeS SUnday FUnday: Join Hoppy Dating at Jackrabbit Brewing for a chance to meet your special someone in the company of beer. 3pm, $22. Jackrabbit Brewing, 1323 Terminal St., West Sacramento.


PSyCHOTrOnIX HaLLOween FILM FeSTIvaL: Spooky, silly and bizarre vintage film clips on 16mm come to Two Rivers Cider’s taproom. 6pm, no cover. Two Rivers Cider, 4311 Attawa Ave., Suite 103.

CreaTUre FrOM THe bLaCK LaGOOn: This classic horror film first swam into theaters in 1954. Today, the superbly crafted film is widely considered one of the greatest monster pictures ever made, and is returning to a theater near you. 7pm, $8. Auburn State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way Suite 104, Auburn.


things stamp-y and scrapbook-y at this exposition. Don’t expect anything Stampy related, though. Swap ideas with likeminded crafters and learn new techniques

comedy bLaCKTOP COMedy: Open Mic at Blacktop. Grab a drink, and catch Blacktop Comedy’s Open Mic. Monday 11/4, 8pm. $5. 3101 Sunset Blvd., Suite 6A, Rocklin.

LaUGHS UnLIMITed COMedy CLUb: Shaun Jones. Brent Pella and Josh Means are also a part of this evening of comedy featuring Shaun Jones, the New Jersey comedian. Through 11/3. $10. 1207 Front St.

PUnCH LIne: Doug Loves Movies. Catch Doug Benson’s podcast live and inperson. Thursday 10/31, 8pm. $20. Doug Benson. Catch Doug Benson separate from his podcast in a stand-up comedy stop in town. Through 11/1. $27.50. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

STab! COMedy THeaTer: Real Live Comedians. Real Live Comedians bring comedians to perform real, live music—and by music, we mean comedy. Robert Omoto will be one of the comedians, a living one. Friday 11/1, 8pm. $10. 1710 Broadway.

SaCraMenTO COMedy SPOT: Squad Patrol The Return of Stacey. Enter a world of stories told through jokes about cat detectives; sexual tension on construction job sites; the horror of bats and banana slugs and more with Sacramento Comedy Spot. Friday 11/1, 8pm. $8. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

THe rInK STUdIOS: Elephant on the Block Comedy Series. Elephant on the Block is a recurring comedy show filmed every first Saturday in Sacramento. It features Clay Newman, Mario Hodge and Jerry

costume, bring your bag and trick-or-treat on every aisle in the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op! 4pm, no cover. Community Learning Center & Cooking School, 2820 R St.

LeOnId & FrIendS: Get what’s billed as the


crawl with this Halloween theme. 4pm, $15$60. SacTown Sports Bar & Grill, 106 J St.

TrICK Or TreaT aT THe CO-OP: Wear your

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SOULS OF THe CITy: Sol Collective and the

For 42 years, the Festival of New American Music has been highlighting new music from Americans, and this week is no exception. You can join Sacramento State’s festival every step of the way to hear performances, listen to master class lectures, attend forums and more. FeSTIvaLS There will be performances by Cygnus Ensemble, Jeffrey Zeigler, Michael Mizrahi and more, all over the course of a week. Come for the new American music, stay for the rogue saxophonist playing old American music. 6000 J St., csus.edu/college/arts-letters/music/ spotlight/fenam-festival.html.

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by taking a workshop. 9am, $8-$15. Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd.

Law. Saturday 11/2, 8pm. $10-$15. 1031 Del Paso Blvd.

on StaGe 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 one-of-a-kind, don’t-miss, theatrical experience. Through 11/10. $25. Family Day. Join the B Street for family activities prior to a performance of The Sword in the Stone. Sunday 11/2, 11:30am. $19-$24. Kevin Kantor Poetry. Kevin Kantor is a trans non-binary spoken word poet, theater director, actor, teaching artist and agent for social change working to deconstruct and reimagine the semiotics of gender on stage and in performance. 6:30pm. Through 11/2. $12. 2700 Capitol Ave.

CaLIFOrnIa STaGe: Water by the Spoonful. Teatro Espejo presents Pulitzer Prize winner Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Nicole C. Limón. 7pm or 8pm. Through 11/17. $13-$18. 2509 R St.

CaPITaL STaGe: The Humans. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night. Through 11/17. $25-$49. 2215 J St.

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 before it wraps. Through 11/2. $20. 3823 V St.

HarrIS CenTer: Seussical the Musical. Join El Dorado Theatre Company for this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza of Dr. Seuss characters. Through 11/10. $15-$58. 10 College Parkway, Folsom.

PaMeLa TrOKanSKI danCe: Right Here, Right Now. The Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre would like to invite you to their fall concert, featuring live music and plenty of dance. Through 11/9. $12-$18. 2720 Del Rio Place, Davis.

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excited to present original arrangements of well-known songs in a revue-style concert. Through 11/2. $20. 2791 24th St.

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 such as The Cabin in The Woods, The Grudge, and Scream, these four will have you howling. 8pm. Through 10/31. $12. 1901 P St.

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SACRAMENTO HISTORIC CITY CEMETERY: Masons History Tour. Some of California’s earliest residents were Masons, some famous and some lost to history. This tour will be a walk through the cemetery telling some of the stories of residents that were Masons. Saturday 11/2, 10am. No cover. 1000 Broadway.


BLUE LINE ARTS: Art of Darkness. In a play on the Joseph Conrad novel title, art is celebrated with drink specials, a live DJ and a costume contest in the gallery. Thursday 10/31, 6pm. $20-$30. 405 Vernon St., Suite 100, Roseville.

SACRAMENTO FINE ARTS CENTER: Journey of Hope. The Sacramento Fine Arts Center is proud to host Journey of Hope 2019, a multidisciplinary exhibition seeking to portray true stories of mental health challenges through personal writings and accompanying art. Through 11/17. No cover. 5330 Gibbons Drive, Suite B, Carmichael.

THE BRICKHOUSE GALLERY & ART COMPLEX: Layers of Life in Death Yucatan, Mexico. 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.

VERGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS: Art Gallery Storytime. Sacramento Public Library and Verge combine for a storytime and playbased art session or a walk through the gallery with your children. Friday 11/1, 11am. No cover. 625 S St.

MusEuMs CALIFORNIA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM: An Evening With Tom Matano. Join the Cal Auto Museum in celebrating 30 years of the Mazda Miata with its creator, Tom Matano. Saturday 11/2, 4pm. $27.50-$35. 2200 Front St.

FrIday, 11/1 PIRATE TEA PARTY: Come dressed in your fanciest tea party attire, your roughest pirate outfit or both! You’ll make pirate hats, eye patches, maps and telescopes, plus have some tea and cookies. 3:30pm, no cover. McKinley Public Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd.

TuEsday, 11/5 NEFERTITI AUSTIN: Join Nefertiti Austin for a discussion of her book, Motherhood So White, the unflinching account of her parenting journey in the world of fostering children. 6pm, no cover. Central Library, 828 I St.

sPOrTs & OuTdOOrs FrIday, 11/1 DOWNTOWN ICE RINK: The ice rink is open for business, and that means you can ice skate on the rink. 10am, $6-$15. Ali Youssefi Square, 701 K St.

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I divorced my wife and now think it was My husband told me he wanted a divorce. a terrible mistake. I like to get out of I moved out the next day while he was at the house, listen to music, hit a pub for work. I’m devastated and don’t want to trivia nights and generally have fun. face him. I’ll let my lawyer do that. I’m She refused to do any of those things. staying with a friend while looking for a She just wanted to stay home and chill. place I can afford. Honestly, I don’t see I admit that our work lives are very a future for myself. I smile and talk, but different. She’s exhausted by her job it’s all fake. I’m on autopilot: work, the and I’m energized by my career. But gym, looking for an apartment. I’ve heard when things died between us in the people say, “Fake it, ’til you make it!” and bedroom and women flirted with me that’s what I’m trying to do but it isn’t at clubs, I thought I had other options. working. We divorced. The problem is I haven’t met anyone I can talk to openly the You’re grieving the death of your way I could talk to my wife. We had a marriage. That’s why ordinary activiconnection that doesn’t seem easy to ties that once felt good, no longer find anymore. Friends say she’s have the power to lift you up. in therapy and doing well. Traumatic life experiences Should I reach out to her? like a divorce slice Traumatic What should I say? through the self we show life experiences to the world and reveal Leave your ex-wife like a divorce slice our vulnerability. Allow alone. Have a heartyourself to love the through the self we to-head conversation you behind the persona with the man in the show to the world you have shown to the mirror. You have and reveal our world. Trust in your convinced yourself resilience. Divorce can vulnerability. that your lifestyle inspire a rebirth into a more is fun. Maybe. Here’s authentic you. As you embody a different perspective: that self, a new future will take You require a lot of external shape. Until then, you are in the void. It stimulation to feel alive and juicy. may feel dark but it’s also where anything Your partner did not. Rather than be and everything is possible. So dream big, content living according to alternating then take action to live into your vision. □ rhythms, you opted for divorce. That’s understandable given the lack of sexual connection between the two of you. But it’s not cool to show up in her life now MEDITATION OF THE WEEK simply because you yearn for emotional intimacy. She is not responsible for the “You don’t have a soul. You are emotional depth that is missing in your a soul. You have a body,” said relationships. writer C.S. Lewis. What is in Here’s one antidote to ease your charge of directing your life? suffering: Sit and breathe through your Your personality, your soul or feelings of emptiness until they pass your body? through you. A meditation course can help (real meditation classes, not a guided visualization class). Focus on growing in emotional intimacy with yourself. Otherwise, you’re likely to Write, email or leave a message for create chaos in your ex-wife’s life just Joey at the News & Review. Give to avoid feeling lonely and that would your name, telephone number (for verification purposes only) and question—all be a terrible mistake. correspondence will be kept strictly confidential. Write Joey, 1124 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95815; call (916) 498-1234, ext. 1360; or email askjoey@newsreview.com.






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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “One language is never

enough,” says a Pashto proverb. How could it be, right? Each language has a specific structure and a finite vocabulary that limit its power to describe and understand the world. I think the same is true for religion: One is never enough. Why confine yourself to a single set of theories about spiritual matters when more will enable you to enlarge and deepen your perspective? With this in mind, I invite you to regard November as “One Is Never Enough Month” for you. Assume you need more of everything. Halloween costume suggestion: a bilingual Jewish Santa Claus; a pagan Sufi Buddha who intones prayers in three different languages. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In his novel Zone One, Scorpio author Colson Whitehead writes, “A monster is a person who has stopped pretending.” He means it in the worst sense possible: the emergence of the ugly beast who had been hiding behind social niceties. But I’m going to twist his meme for my own purposes. I propose that when you stop pretending and shed fake politeness, you may indeed resemble an ugly monster—but only temporarily. After the suppressed stuff gets free rein to yammer, it will relax and recede—and you will feel so cleansed and relieved that you’ll naturally be able to express more of your monumental beauty. Halloween costume suggestion: your beautiful, fully exorcised monster. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice,” testified poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. “Had I abided by it, I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.” This is excellent advice for you. I suspect you’re in the midst of either committing or learning from a valuable mistake. It’s best if you don’t interrupt yourself! Halloween costume suggestion: the personification or embodiment of your valuable mistake. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Cleopatra was an ancient Egyptian queen who ruled for 21 years. She was probably a Capricorn. All you need to know about her modern reputation is that Kim Kardashian portrayed her as a sultry seductress in a photo spread in a fashion magazine. But the facts are that Cleopatra was a well-educated, multilingual political leader with strategic cunning. Among her many skills were poetry, philosophy and mathematics. I propose we make the real Cleopatra your role model. Now is an excellent time to correct people’s misunderstandings about you—and show people who you truly are. Halloween costume suggestion: your actual authentic self. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Around the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the 11th sign of the zodiac will be capable of strenuous feats; will have the power to achieve a success that surpasses past successes; will be authorized to attempt a brave act of transcendence that renders a long-standing limitation irrelevant. As for the 11 days and 11 hours before that magic hour, the 11th sign of the zodiac will be smart to engage in fierce meditation and thorough preparation for the magic hour. And as for the 11 days and 11 hours afterward, the 11th sign should expend all possible effort to capitalize on the semi-miraculous breakthrough. Halloween costume suggestion: 11. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Author Robert Musil made a surprising declaration: “A number of flawed individuals can often add up to a brilliant social unit.” I propose we make that one of your mottos for the coming months. I think you have the potential to be a flawed but inspiring individual who’ll serve as a dynamic force in assembling and nurturing a brilliant social unit. So let me ask you: What would be your dreamcome-true of a brilliant social unit that is a fertile influence on you and everyone else in the unit? Halloween costume suggestion: ringleader, mastermind, orchestrator or general.

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