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Seeding success City Hall counts on small Sacramento companies to grow BY FOON RHEE

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recipient, AHI Construction, is minority-owned. One of the initial seven recipients was Hamilton Devices, which supplies and markets vaping cartridges, batteries and disposables Preservation & Co. in Midtown, for cannabis. That might which plans to reopen as Preservation Spirits later this be somewhat controversial, year, is one of the first six given divided views on companies in the city’s Economic cannabis legalization and Gardening program. the surge of vaping-related deaths. And indeed, the city took it off the list, leaving When the media release popped into my email, it only six recipients. looked promising: The city of Sacramento The city said it “reevaluated the involvement of picked the first local companies for its Economic Hamilton Devices” and “decided that it does not Gardening 2.0 program. align with City goals at this time.” To encourage expansion, these firms will get Here are the other recipients: help from experts on business strategies, plus as Preservation & Co. in Midtown produces handmuch as $50,000 in matching funds from the city. crafted cocktail mixes including bloody Mary The two-year pilot program’s goal makes all sorts and margarita. It plans to reopen its storefront of sense: Grow younger and smaller companies— later this year as Preservation Spirits. those with five to 99 employees and $1 million Honey, also in Midtown, is a 10-year-old design to $50 million in annual revenues—as part of the and marketing studio for food and agriculture just backbone of Sacramento’s economy. named the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 2019 As Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a statement: small business of the year. Its recent clients include “We can’t rely on attracting corporate headquarters Design Week Sac, SF Bay Coffee, Jane cannabis from elsewhere in order to grow and diversify edibles and Bogle wine. our economy in Sacramento. We must focus our The Party Concierge, in the downtown railyards, attention on nurturing the entrepreneurs who have provides balloons, flowers, foam carvings and other already planted their businesses in Sacramento and supplies for birthdays, corporate events, weddings help them to expand and thrive.” and other parties and celebrations. It worked on the But after a little more digging, a couple of Placer County exhibit at the 2018 California State concerns cropped up. Fair and the 2018 SacPride Festival. The city is on a high-profile crusade for Trifecta, based in DOCO, delivers ready-made economic justice for residents and neighborhoods organic meals. It promotes a science-backed diet who haven’t shared in Sacramento’s growing with lean protein, complex carbs and vegetables, prosperity—an issue highlighted after the police a rotating weekly menu and exclusives from a killing of Stephon Clark. professional chef. But nearly all the selected companies are in Uptown Studios on Broadway—slogan Midtown or downtown—not in the distressed “Designs for Social Change”—specializes in neighborhoods that need jobs the most. And there’s graphics, website design and hosting, video no requirement that new employees hired through production, “design thinking and social media.” this program have to be poor or unemployed. They’re all worthy recipients. Hopefully, The city’s response: The program is focused on with the program’s help, they’ll grow and business growth and the 21 applicants were referred create more jobs. by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, Still, the Economic Gardening program would Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, be even better if it scattered seeds for growth in all Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce of Sacramento—and was more focused on residents and Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, who need a helping hand the most. Ω as well as the Sacramento Metro Chamber. One PHOTO BY FOON RHEE

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Re: “One tunnel, same distrust” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, Feb. 13): The state of California wants to put in this tunnel without having first said how much water is going to go through it and without saying how much is going to be left in the Delta to support the ecosystem and fish species. We need to first come up with a water allocation plan that looks at all of the users, instead of the status quo—give the water to the users with the biggest political clout.

Re: “The right road” by Benjamin Etgen (Essay, Feb. 13): It’s not a big surprise that car ownership amounts to a regressive “tax” that also makes people unhealthier. Even a 10-minute daily walk produces significantly fewer late-life health problems. Add to this the fact that our population’s fastest growing demographic is folks older than 85—talk about dangerous drivers—and transit of any kind looks far healthier and better. Sabotaging transit with more outlying, edge-city development is already underway (it makes lots of money for the land speculators), but we can still have far better bus service, and perhaps diminish the diseases of chronic inactivity— obesity, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, etc.—that afflict our country. Also worth remembering: non-subsidized bus service requires enough people within a walk to the stops, so more homes per acre and pedestrian-friendly streets are part of the picture, not just more buses.

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Delta falsehoods Re: “One tunnel, same distrust” by Scott Thomas Anderson (News, Feb. 13): Northern California has believed falsehoods about water management since the 1960s. The Delta has not been natural since the 1840s. Mining, agriculture, industry, recreation, timber harvesting—not to mention treated sewage and runoff from 7 million people living in the Bay Area, 2 million in the Sacramento region and 1 million in the Stockton region—make it a man-made environment.

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Re: “Demolishing history” by James Peyton (Essay, Feb. 20): I just want to say I totally agree with James Peyton, and his article is spot-on. Sacramento was a wonderful city and place to grow up and make memories. I was born and raised here in 1940. I never wanted to leave. The Tower Record buildings were such a part of history. I’m sick about what is happening to my birthplace.

We can make it a better manmade environment, but pretending the Delta is a natural system, refusing to build hydraulic systems that were planned in the 1960s and should have been built then and even building a small version of the peripheral canal is just silly and based on a series of falsehoods. It’s a sad thing for California that we cannot consider the reasonable management of our precious resources and instead rely on a fake view about our water resources.


Re: “Demolishing history” by James Peyton (Essay, Feb. 20): Yes, some buildings and history should be preserved, but the general size of what’s being built shouldn’t matter. We should be building up rather than out; we should do more infill projects rather than huge developments with no character.

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One of my favorite childhood memories is going to see a re-release of Bambi at the movie theater with my mom. I can vividly recall the smell of the popcorn and being in complete awe of the film on Jennifer West is the city of Sacramento’s first film the big screen and all the emotions that came commissioner, overseeing the new Office of Film and Media. with it. Now, as an adult, I love the fact that I can enjoy popcorn and be in awe from the After moving to Sacramento, raising a family comfort of my own house while streaming and running two businesses, I served in the City episodes of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Councilman Jeff Harris’s office and produced the We’re in the midst of a content boom. successful Pops in the Park concert series. Consumers have an endless appetite for bingeUnderstanding the film industry and the watching shows and movies. So content producers Sacramento community will be key to success in are in a war; Netflix is upping the ante by my new role. I have already begun to foster several announcing that it plans to spend more than $17 great relationships with those in the industry. I have billion in 2020. met with California Film Commissioner Colleen Looking to seize on these opportunities, the city Bell, Beverly Lewis, director of the Placer-Lake of Sacramento opened the new Office of Film and Tahoe Film Office, and Kathleen Dodge, execuMedia in October and recently hired me as the new tive director of the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film Sacramento film commissioner. & Media Office. I plan to attend the Sacramento has a long, rich history Association of Film Commissioners of film, television and commercials. International professional developProjects shot here include the hit ment days in Los Angeles on movie Lady Bird and an array We need to March 30-April 3. of television shows featured Not only do we need take the next big on Travel Channel, A&E, to make sure we gather step of more actively Fox, E!, HGTV and History our resources, refine our Channel. supporting production so marketing and develop The city and I understand relationships with the that Sacramento can be the value that this industry industry, we need to take the competitive with other has on our city because it next big step of more actively provides local jobs, increases regions. supporting production so that local spending, fosters artistic Sacramento can be competitive expression and raises our profile with other regions. Although there nationally and internationally. has been an increase in content being Sacramento’s film services previously made, every production is about the bottom were handled by Visit Sacramento. The city’s line. Stakeholders are looking for additional ways Office of Film and Media will expand upon Visit to bring down the cost of filming. We must work Sacramento’s great work and will continue to together to create these incentives to become more provide support and resources to film, television and competitive in the industry. commercial producers while positioning Sacramento In the next several months I look forward to as a production destination. fostering relationships with key stakeholders in and I, too, have a long history in the film industry outside of the region. I look forward to working and in serving the Sacramento community. I worked with the local and global film and media industry on feature films in Los Angeles, Chicago and to help address their needs. With their help, we will Washington, D.C., before becoming the manager turn Sacramento into the production destination it of television production for New Line Cinema. deserves to be. Ω

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Inconvenient Truth was the name of former Vice President Al Gore’s 2006 documentary that so graphically illustrated the dangers of global warming. But inconvenient truths are also a political phenomenon when the truth about a problem points to a solution that is not politically viable. The scientific evidence about global warming is an inconvenient truth for Republicans because the evidence overwhelmingly points to the need for action. But unfortunately, it is not as overwhelming as the political donations coming from the Koch brothers and others. Republicans who want to be elected rightly believe they are committing political suicide if they support efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions. But inconvenient truths are nonpartisan. This was painfully apparent in the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, when highly capable candidates struggled to balance the truth with their desire to get elected. Here are two examples of inconvenient truths that came to light during the debate: The first: While it is true that Florida has 29 electoral votes, and while it is true that many of those voters hate the current communist regime in Cuba, nevertheless Cuba has made major advances in health care and education. Life expectancy in Cuba is about the same as the United States, and Cuba has three times as many physicians per person, according to data from World Health Organization, the World Bank and the United Nations. The Cuban government also devotes twice as much of its gross domestic product to education as the United States. Compared to its Central America neighbors—El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras—Cuba ranks much higher on education, standard of living, life expectancy and many other 8





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measures. So while you may hate Castro, or Cuba’s communist regime, it is ridiculous to criticize Bernie Sanders for speaking the truth about it. The second inconvenient truth: Our health care system is an expensive mess. According to 2017 data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States spends $10,224 per year per person on health care, compared to similar countries that spend $5,280, while also providing universal health care. There are 331 million people in America who could be paying 48% less for health care. That adds up to $1.63 trillion we could be saving. Any discussion on health care needs to start with this understanding. To evaluate the costs of “Medicare for All” or any health care expansion plan, we must consider both taxes and private insurance costs. If I am seeing the same physician at the same clinic, I do not care if I am paying the federal government or Blue Cross. But I’m telling you, I would sit up and pay attention if my health care spending was cut by 48%. While “Medicare for All” would generate some savings by reducing insurance company profits and CEO salaries, as Sanders mentions in his stump speech, the real savings come from the elimination of about two million administrative jobs in the private insurance market and health care industry. These jobs create massive amounts of paperwork to justify, approve and deny claims would largely be eliminated in a single-payer system. However, no politician wants to mention cutting jobs in an election year. While it may be difficult to speak the truth and get elected, unless we demand that politicians tell us the truth, our most difficult political problems will never be Ω solved.

Cam Villa estimates that 2020 kickball league enrollment will top 2019 numbers. PHOTO COURTESY CAM VILLA

Kickin’ it in Colonial Heights Longtime Colonial Heights resident Cam Villa was looking for a way to bring the neighborhood together while making the most of what he saw as an under-utilized park. The result? A league of Colonial Heights’ own, for playing kickball. Gearing up for its second year, Villa took some time to tell SN&R about how the league started and what’s coming next.

Is this an all-ages kickball league? It’s an adult-only kickball league. Anybody over 18. The kickball league is called the Colonial Heights Kickball League, and it’s centered around the neighborhood of Colonial Heights in South Sacramento, and the entrance to our neighborhood is Stockton Boulevard and San Francisco Boulevard. Part of the reason [I started the league] is our park was underused, just like a lot of parks south of Broadway, and we wanted to bring back the community to bring back the park again. We just wanted everybody to have a place in the [community] … and that was better represented with an activity instead of a neighborhood association meeting or a get-together talking about some of these possible negative aspects that people talk about in some of our neighborhoods in Sacramento, and we wanted to bring people together in more of a fun, community basis. We don’t always have to be talking about changing things. We just wanted to go out and have fun in the parks.

How do people join? First and foremost, initially it was directed towards members of our neighborhood, then those members, their friends and people from outside. I’d say the kickball league is kind of a neighborhood-centric league, but we have players from all over. The main goal of the leagues is we asked for sponsors to pay the costs, which allows the league to be almost free to all participants … The cost is around $20 to $30 for the year. We get sponsors to pay for all of the park costs, and all of the sponsors are from the Colonial Heights neighborhood, whether that be neighborhoods or businesses … We have six teams, and each of the teams has 25 players … Part of it is with the diversity of our neighborhood, not everyone works a nine-to-five … so we increased the teams so if you can show up, you can play, and if you can’t, it’s no big deal.

What’s your goal for the league? We have to reach each other outside of Nextdoor or Facebook. These neighborhood issues are not a challenge; it’s a challenge to get people to talk about it, really. A lot of us feel the same way about things going on in our neighborhoods. And these older people in our neighborhoods have shown us this by involvement through community. There’s a ton of events in that park, more events than I’ve seen in any other park, in terms of community coming together … We have an Easter event where we hide over 600 eggs on Easter Sunday. We obviously have a National Night Out … and then the kickball league is 14 weeks, from May 15 to Aug. 13. Ω

Sign-ups for this season end March 31. For more info, visit the Colonial Heights Kickball League Facebook page: facebook.com/ ColonialHeightsKickballLeague.

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Union Advantage the difference between union and non-union wages is bigger for women.

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magine your job is to clean up somebody else’s mess. You work long hours, often late at night by yourself. You are isolated, vulnerable and on your own. If attacked, there is no one to hear you scream. Imagine your job depends on how you look, not what you do or how well you do it. You’re treated like a thing, not a person. Your boss feels free to force you to do anything: Work off the clock, dress provocatively, accept harassment – or worse. You fear if you object that you could be fired – or deported. Then, imagine having someone who could help you gain power to end such abuse and assure you a better work environment with more pay, more benefits and a better life. That’s the protection a union can offer. Sunday is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Unions have been a big part of that success story. Unions help narrow the gender pay gap. On average, women in union jobs earn much more than their non-union counterparts, particularly in right-to-work states and for women of color. According to federal statistics, Hispanic unionized women earn 42% more than their non-union sisters. Black women in unions earn 33% more. It’s not just about the dollars. Union women are much more likely to have employer-paid health insurance. Women in unions have fought for and won sick leave to care for children and parents — so important since the job of caring for our families disproportionately falls on us. We have pensions and retirement benefits. And we have life-changing protection — against assault, harassment and unfair rules. I want to mention how we are fighting to change sexist and racist labor practices in two industries. First, we are getting rid of tipped wages. What’s wrong with tipping? The problem is, in 43 states, restaurants can pay people well below minimum wage, $2.13 vs. $7.25. It’s no coincidence that 70 percent of those jobs are held by women, and the restaurant industry has the highest rate of sexual harassment and low unionization. Tipping, an American custom dating back to the 1860s, bakes racism into our culture. As Black freed slaves found jobs as restaurant workers, hotel workers and railroad porters, their employers paid them no wages; instead, tips became their compensation. It was as if they were still slaves. Hotel workers and porters unionized, leaving restaurant workers non-unionized and still dependent on tips to make up subminimum wages.


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California is one of the progressive states that eliminated this two-tier practice. In states without lower minimum wages, sexual harassment of waitstaff goes down by 50%. SEIU has also fought for unionized workplaces to be free of sexual assault and harassment. For thousands of female janitors, the threat of rape on the night shift is real. Locally, SEIU-United Service Workers West represents more than 45,000 janitors, security officers and airport workers statewide who help keep California clean and safe. USWW includes many brave women who have been fighting against rape on the night shift. They won peer-to-peer training of their co-workers to help end sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. They also won the creation of a statewide registry to ensure that companies go through anti-harassment training. Courageous women marched, spoke out and fasted to win these recent gains. And we are joining them now in Sacramento to support their contract campaign, which I will be talking more about in the coming weeks. Because union women are stronger together. yvonne R. Walker President SEiu local 1000

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policy that we’ve seen in the past couple of years.” The Wall Street Journal reported in December that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, had made roughly 143,000 arrests for the 2019 fiscal year, a 10% decline from the previous year and the lowest number under Trump. But the federal government’s decreased focus on undocumented immigrants with serious criminal convictions in favor of asylum-seekers and those with no criminal convictions means that more immigrants are locked up at any time since at least March 2015. And it remains remarkably common for Latinos to know someone who’s been deported. The IJDP study—which surveyed 3,446 white, black and Latino adult participants in April and May A group for Spanish-speaking 2019—noted that 39% of Latino members of Al-Anon, which helps friends and relatives of people with people “reported personally knowing substance problems, operates from a detained or deported migrant,” with this building in South Sacramento. 26% saying they had a family member deported, 43% a friend deported and PHOTO BY GRAHAM WOMACK 31% a coworker or community member deported. The study found that whites, blacks and Latinos had the same rate of hazardous drinking (48%), though rates spiked for Latinos who said they knew someone who’d been detained or deported, with the highest rate of hazardous drinking being 66% for Latinos who had a friend deported. “This study shows how callous immigration policies have devastating BY GRAHAM WOMACK effects, not only for deportees, but also for the friends and family they are forced to leave behind,” Sameera found that Latino people who knew Hafiz, the Immigration Legal Resource someone who’d been detained or Center’s policy director, said in a deported were 3.9 times more statement provided by the likely than whites to report Drug Policy Alliance. symptoms of substanceThose close to Pete use disorder. who he said have “It’s not just been deported the folks that include a friend are affected [by and his uncle. being detained The wave of or deported] deportations obviously,” haven’t affected said Jeannette his drinking, but Zanipatin, they have done Pete California director a number on his DACA recipient for the Drug Policy mental well-being. Alliance. “But it’s also “It’s nerve-wracking, their family members and cause you don’t know folks who have a loved one or what’s next,” he said. “You don’t someone they care about that may be know [when] the immigration laws are impacted by the shift in immigration going to change.”

Stressed to addiction Friends and family of deportees at greatly increased risk of substance use

When Pete needs to ease his stress, the 29-year-old construction worker and DACA recipient sometimes goes salsa dancing. Having come north from Tijuana at age 5, Pete said he knows as many as 15 people who have been deported. This includes four people since President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, which unleashed a wave of increased harassment and stress for immigrants and those close to them. With fluent English, a bright smile and quick laugh, Pete can perhaps duck the sort of hostility leveled at non-English speakers. But it’s been nerve-wracking to watch the Trump administration’s hardening to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, which protected from 10





deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the country as children when President Barack Obama issued the executive order in 2012— and which Trump attempted to cancel months after taking office. “It’s a lot of uncertainty,” said Pete, who was working construction on a Midtown building and didn’t provide his last name. “I was raised in this country. I consider this country like, ‘This is mine.’ I was born in Mexico, but I’m an American just like everybody else. I don’t know any other country but this country.” The ripple effects of hostile immigration policies on public health are becoming clearer. A study released in January by the International Journal of Drug Policy

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IF A MOON TREE FALLS Case in point: It was only this past September—and only because of a federal court order—that the Trump administration resumed accepting DACA requests. Sometimes, it doesn’t take much for the deportations either. Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel for LatinoJustice, noted in the Drug Policy Alliance’s statement that “drug possession, especially marijuana possession, continues to drive deportation rates unnecessarily and discriminatorily.” Zanipatin said people will also sometimes sign voluntary removal orders to escape harsh confinement— which can last years. There has been some encouraging news for migrants, including a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling Feb. 28 that a Trump administration policy to force asylum seekers to remain in Mexico during their proceedings was unjust. State and local lawmakers have also been active in their opposition to Trump’s immigration actions. California has pushed back perhaps most famously with Senate Bill 54, also known as the California Values Act, which was signed into law in October 2017 and essentially prohibits state and local law enforcement from working with federal authorities on most deportations. Sacramento has been among those to designate itself a sanctuary city for immigrants, with Mayor Darrell Steinberg saying in a 2018 statement that the movement “is about protecting Dreamers, and families, and hardworking people who just want to be part of the California dream.” Pete would like that understood as well. “People that are here illegally are here to work,” Pete said. “They’re not here to steal from anybody. I’m not saying everybody’s good. But they’re here to work and they’re here to contribute to the economy. Also, illegals pay taxes and get nothing in return for it. And they’re not allowed to get any state help or any federal help.” One thing’s clear: The uncertainty doesn’t appear poised to end any time soon. Zanipatin noted the recent announcement by ICE that it would target sanctuary cities for enforcement by elite tactical teams. Ω

Evading the drug tax California Assembly tables opioid tax amid fears that Big Pharma would pass it onto the poor BY SCOTT THOMAS ANDERSON

A California bill to steer more resources toward opioid treatment by taxing drug manufacturers and wholesalers is officially dead. Supporters say its defeat is a lost opportunity, while opponents say it would have had unintended consequences, particularly for low-income patients recovering from surgery or enduring painful genetic diseases or terminal illnesses. Co-authored by Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, Assembly Bill 1468, the Opioid Prevention and Rehabilitation Act, would have raised $50 million in extra revenue by taxing sectors of the pharmaceutical industry. The money would have then bolstered opioid-related prevention and rehabilitation programs. McCarty and his co-author, Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher of Yuba City, said in their official argument for AB 1468 that California’s public health system “desperately needs assistance” for dealing with the deadly opioid epidemic. But many pharmacy owners worried that the law would have hurt more patients than it helped. Last year, New York state passed a similar tax to net $100 million from pharmaceutical giants. Investigations by at least four New York newspapers have since found that the tax spiked prices for patients with legitimate prescriptions, while some pharmacies couldn’t obtain opioids from distributors and other pharmacies closed their doors for good. New York legislators originally crafted their tax in such a way that the cost couldn’t

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be passed directly to consumers, but Big Pharma sued in federal court—and won. Legislators released an amended version that didn’t expressly prohibit the costs from being passed down in various ways, which is what ended up happening. Amid concerns that Big Pharma would again pass on its tax to wholesalers, AB 1468 died on its third reading on the Assembly floor last week. Clint Hopkins is co-owner of Pucci’s Pharmacy in Midtown Sacramento, which, at 90 years old, is the longest-operating pharmacy in county. Hopkins said AB 1468 would have brought the problems of New York to California. “A tax anywhere in the supply chain of health care, regardless of how they write it into the bill … leads to the supplier raising the cost of the drug,” Hopkins told SN&R. “Even when it’s not a direct cost increase, it leads to an increase in the cost of the patients’ insurance premiums and co-pays.” Pucci’s co-owner, Joel Hockman, agrees. Hockman says their pharmacy works with Harm Reduction Services to provide clean needles to people struggling with addiction, and saw AB 1468 as adding to a slippery slope of addiction. “A shortage on these drugs will potentially take some of these patients out of the controlled system of a valid prescription,” he said, “causing [them] to resort to things like heroin, which will be cheaper and more accessible.” Ω

In 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa took hundreds of tree seeds into orbit as the crew headed for the moon. The seeds made it home, germinated and were planted in dozens of states in celebration of the country’s bicentennial. Sacramento’s only Moon Tree, one of seven in California, sits just steps from the state Capitol’s north entrance. Now, as the state embarks on its $750 million Capitol annex project, the 150-foot tall Coastal Redwood and dozens of other historic Capitol Park trees are at risk of being removed. Kate Riley of Trees for Sacramento claims that about 100 trees would either need to be removed or razed if state-provided overhead maps of the project are correct. California Department of General Services spokeswoman Jennifer Iida said more like 20 to 30 trees would be affected. State officials are “implementing a plan for the protection, restoration or replacement of [those] trees,” Iida wrote in an email to SN&R. Nothing short of completely safeguarding the trees is enough for retired Sacramento city arborist Dan Pskowski. The state’s efforts are part of a larger mindset shift in California’s capital city, he said. “Over the last decade or so, we’ve gone from protecting and preserving to removing and replacing,” he said. “We can’t keep calling ourselves the city of trees while we’re tearing down 100-yearold, 120-year-old trees.” As planned, the project would demolish and rebuild the east annex to the Capitol, add an underground visitors center near the old Capitol basement and construct a 2-acre parking lot underground, with 200 spaces. It’s the latter aspect that irks retired Pskowski most. “Trees are our first line of defense against climate change and flooding,” he said. “And we’re demolishing them so more people can drive to work. What kind of message are we trying to send?” (Dylan Svoboda)

CABIN COMMUNITY FEVER Sacramento city leaders last month approved a small cabin community for young homeless adults, the first part of a multifaceted shelter strategy set to roll out over the coming months. With the Feb. 18 vote, First Step Communities can now erect 24 cabins for 48 individuals on a vacant lot next to St. Paul Church of God in Christ in north Sacramento. Estimated to cost $7.6 million over two years, the project will include restrooms, showers, meals, laundry services and case management. Sarah O’Daniel, Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency’s director of homeless innovations, told council members there was a reason to kick off the city’s five-point shelter plan with a youth-centric focus. “This is a very vulnerable population, many have suffered significant trauma,” O’Daniel said. “They have a hard time adjusting to sleeping in regular shelters with adults. … This is a young population. If we help them stabilize now, they’re less likely to be chronically homeless in the future.” Mayor Darrell Steinberg took a moment to acknowledge the local champion of the tiny homes movement, First Step Communities executive director Stephen Watters. “In some ways, with this vote today, we will be launching Stephen Watters’ vision,” Steinberg said before turning to the man himself. “I really appreciate that you’ve hung in there through thick and thin.” (Scott Thomas Anderson)






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Failed test? California coronavirus case reveals problems with testing BY ANNA MARIA BARRY-JESTER AND RACHEL BLUTH

This story was produced by California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation. An unabridged version is available at californiahealthline.org.




Just weeks into the federal government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, a California case has exposed weaknesses in the testing procedures that could be masking more widespread reach of the disease. A woman in Solano County—who hadn’t traveled abroad or had contact with another known patient with the illness— was diagnosed with the virus on Feb. 26, raising concerns that cases are going undetected because of the federal government’s narrow testing protocols. The patient sought care at a local hospital before being transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento because of the severity of her case, according to a letter hospital officials sent to members of the campus community. Suspecting coronavirus, doctors at UC Davis asked public health officials about testing for COVID-19, the name given to the illness believed to have originated in Wuhan, China. But the request did not meet protocols laid out by the federal Centers for Disease |


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Control and Prevention: The woman didn’t have a history of travel or contact with a person with a known infection. So no test was administered. The patient continued to receive treatment at UC Davis for four more days, without a diagnosis. Finally, on Feb. 23, the CDC requested the test, according to the letter. It came back positive. Multiple experts interviewed said the case underscores the need for more widespread community testing of the new coronavirus, which has sickened tens of thousands of people in more than 50 nations. It also highlights how the CDC’s narrow testing protocols, combined with the agency’s continued delays in getting functional coronavirus test kits to state and local public health agencies, have hindered the public health system’s ability to respond to the outbreak. As of March 1, the CDC had tested fewer than 500 people in the United States. for the virus. By contrast, South Korea, several days into an outbreak, had tested

more than 66,000 people and confirmed guidelines were expanded to include more than 1,700 cases as of Feb. 27. people who had those symptoms and As of March 2, officials reported had recently traveled to Iran, Italy, more than 100 cases in the United Japan or South Korea, in addition to States, including six deaths, all in China; or people with fever and acute Washington state. lower respiratory illness that isn’t The Northern California case explained by flu or other viruses. mirrors what some experts have been Like other experts, Adalja believes warning for weeks: that infected the testing protocol should be even people might be circulating undetected broader. About 80% of people in the general population because the diagnosed with the virus have only testing criteria are too narrow. It’s mild symptoms, according to early highly likely the Solano County case research out of China, and even under is not unique, and that other cases of the expanded CDC guidelines, few of what is called community transmission those people would qualify for testing. are going undetected, said Amesh While the risk to the general Adalja, a senior scholar at John population is still believed to be low, Hopkins Center for Health Security. finding mild illnesses is the key to He stressed, however, that the risk of understanding how deadly the virus is, infection remains low in the U.S. and how big a risk it poses. Officials declined to provide details Given the high rate of travel into and about the patient’s age or condition, out of the U.S., there’s reason to believe citing privacy concerns. Some health the virus arrived here before there was care workers at the facility have been even a testing protocol in place, Adalja asked to stay home “out of an abundance said. He said clinicians need more of caution,” hospital officials wrote, and autonomy to order tests on patients they public health officials were working to suspect have the virus. locate others who may have come into And the test kits themselves have contact with the patient over the last couple had substantial problems. After they of weeks. were sent to labs three weeks ago, At a Feb. 27 press conference, numerous states reported trouble California officials called for the verifying the tests because federal government to ramp one component of the kit up testing of the broader was flawed. Officials population in light of aren’t yet sure of the Solano County the exact cause case, thought to be of the problem. the first evidence Meanwhile, in the U.S. of all testing has community continued to be transmission. routed through the “We need CDC in Atlanta, to substantially a process that can increase access take several days Gov. Gavin Newsom and availability of between packaging, California testing, and we need to shipping and analyzing. do that today,” said Gov. In the weeks since Gavin Newsom, who noted that the faulty kits were sent out, more than 8,400 people in California public health agencies have gotten so were being monitored for coronavirus desperate for a functional test that they and that 28 people still in the state were took the extraordinary step of asking confirmed to be infected. Newsom said the FDA to allow them to develop he had received assurances from CDC their own. officials that they would expand testing But too much testing can be a bad protocols, which they did later that day. thing, which means officials must find Until Feb. 27, testing criteria for an appropriate balance. During the COVID-19 said the person should have 2009 H1N1 outbreak, local labs were fever and signs of lower respiratory overwhelmed with tests, Becker said, infection, as well as a recent history some of which were unnecessary since of travel to mainland China; or a fever the virus already was known to be or signs of lower respiratory infection circulating in some communities. and close contact with someone already “We can’t have every mildly ill diagnosed with the virus. Those person flood the health system.” Ω

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City attorney acknowledges new levee camping ban was born out of Ninth Circuit defeat, but ordinance could’ve gone further BY RAHEEM F. HOSSEINI

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg poked the proverbial elephant in the room: Was City Hall’s new attempt to outlaw camping along levees, under hollow sidewalks and within 25 feet of government buildings, roads, railroad tracks, utilities, public and private land “a clever workaround” to a 2018 federal appeals court ruling that protected the rights of homeless people to sleep outdoors? “Are you essentially using this critical infrastructure ordinance … [to] de facto ban camping under a different pretext?” Steinberg wondered aloud during the Feb. 25 City Council meeting. The mayor made it clear he didn’t think that was the case. The city attorney sort of undercut him. “Ever since the Boise decision was issued by the Ninth Circuit on Sept. 4th, 2018, we have been advising our Police Department and all of our enforcement agencies and members of the council as far as what we could do to address the impacts of unlawful camping throughout the city,” city attorney Susana Alcala Wood said in response to Steinberg. Got that? The city still considers homeless people to be engaged in “unlawful camping” and spent the past 18 months looking to reassert that paradigm. Citing a footnote in the Ninth Circuit ruling, local officials contended the city could prohibit camping near critical infrastructure or areas at risk for wildfires. How does the city define these terms? According to the ordinance the City Council considered last week, they’re whatever the city manager decides they are. The ordinance that the council adopted didn’t go quite that far. For now, it will ban camping along three miles of levees inside the city. City Manager Howard Chan will have to return with a list of specific locations he wants to add to this new camping prohibition. That finagling happened after homeless and civil rights advocates pushed back against the implied carte blanche, and argued that city leaders were not accepting that their anti-camping ordinance, like others across the

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country, came down on the wrong side of the U.S. Constitution. “There are ways to protect critical infrastructure without criminalizing homeless people and trying to reenact the pre-Boise vs. Martin camping ban,” Paula Lomazzi, executive director of the Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, told the council. “The logic of Boise was not to comb through every freaking footnote to see if you could figure out a way to get around it,” added Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness. Erlenbusch also took issue with the way the ordinance could be enforced without notice. “So homeless people have no idea if they’re camping on quote-unquote critical infrastructure until after the fact, until their stuff is gone,” he scolded. A 24-hour notice was added to address the due process concerns. The ordinance had its supporters, too. Fire Marshal Jason Lee said city firefighters responded to more than 1,000 fires associated with encampments in the five months between May and October 2019. Reclamation District 1000 general manager Kevin L. King said daily monitoring of the levee system is hampered by the dozens of encampments stretching along the riverbanks. And Simon Antill of the Sacramento Yacht Club described taking a recent boat trip and witnessing “a colossal volume of garbage” along the river banks. Councilman Jeff Harris, whose district covers the levees, said the ordinance is also intended to protect the very people who might be displaced into more visible areas of the city. People living outdoors are particularly vulnerable to wildfires and flood, he noted. “We are not trying to criminalize homelessness with this ordinance,” Harris said. When Chan returns with his list of “critical infrastructure” locations, the City Council will get another chance to prove it. Ω

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his call to action on the state’s homelessness crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom zeroed in on the need to treat serious mental illnesses and substance-use disorders among people who are chronically homeless. About a third of homeless people have serious mental illness, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. Even by conservative estimates, that encompasses tens of thousands of Californians. Many of them end up cycling in and out of emergency rooms and jails; close to one third of inmates in California’s jails have a documented mental illness. In his annual State of the State address on Feb. 19, here’s what the governor proposed to deal with people who have fallen through holes in the safety net:




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CALIFORNIA’S GOVERNOR IS PROPOSING SWEEPING CHANGES Force more people into treatment Newsom, in calling for changes to the state’s involuntary treatment laws, described the importance of people “being capable of accepting help, to get off the streets and into treatment in the first place.” “Some, tragically, are not,” he said. But changing the law—especially the definition of “grave disability”—is highly controversial, and has been for a long time. The Lanterman-Petris-Short Act, which passed in 1967, imposed specific time frames on involuntary confinement and limited involuntary holds to those deemed a danger to themselves or others, or gravely disabled. Families say the law can prevent them from helping loved ones who don’t recognize that they are ill and need treatment. Disability rights advocates worry that compelling treatment is ineffective and can violate people’s civil rights. In recent years, several bills that have attempted to alter the law have failed. That may change with an audit of Lanterman-Petris-Short, which State Auditor Elaine Howle is expected to release in March, along with specific recommendations. A pilot project to expand conservatorships without altering Lanterman-Petris-Short is underway in San Francisco, and Newsom said in his speech that he wants to see that pilot expand statewide. He also mentioned changing the conditions imposed on counties to make it easier for them to implement Laura’s Law. Currently, some counties haven’t adopted the law because doing so requires them to provide an array of intensive services. The law, which passed in 2002, was named for Laura Wilcox, a college student who was shot and killed by a man who had refused psychiatric treatment. Counties that adopt the law can compel people to accept community-based outpatient treatment through the court system.

Change how mental health money gets spent Another proposal that’s already proving contentious is the call to expand the kinds of services that can be funded through Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act. When voters passed the act in November 2004, they imposed an additional 1% income tax on millionaires in the state. That money was intended to expand county mental health offerings. Since then, the Mental Health Services Act has brought billions of dollars into a long under-resourced system. But some critics have been frustrated to see the money sometimes fund programs like horse therapy for troubled teens while the seriously mentally ill go without other important treatments. Others have pointed out, as Newsom did in his remarks, that many counties have not spent all their funds—sometimes sitting on huge reserves. A state audit in 2018 found that counties and mental health agencies had accumulated hundreds of millions in unspent Mental Health Services Act funds, and required stronger state direction and oversight. Newsom underscored his frustration in his address, criticizing counties for currently having more than $160 million in unspent funds.

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But loosening the restrictions on what the funding pays for has some county mental health directors nervous, because they don’t want to see dollars diverted away from mental health services. The California Behavioral Health Directors Association released a statement applauding much of Newsom’s speech, but emphasizing that the state should “consider the need for additional investments, rather than shifts” in what the Mental Health Services Act funds.

Gov. Gavin Newsom devoted most of his State of the State speech on Feb. 19 to homelessness and declared that mental health care is an essential part of the solution. PHOTO BY RACHEL BLUTH FOR CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE

Simplify treatment for people in crisis Newsom devoted a significant portion of his speech to CalAIM, which was recently rebranded Medi-Cal Healthier California for All. That initiative seeks to dramatically overhaul the state’s Medi-Cal system by integrating mental health, substance abuse treatment and physical health services, increasing funding and making access to mental health care simpler. Low-income people with serious mental illnesses often have to navigate various bureaucracies to get the help they need. In the pilot programs Newsom wants to expand, individuals are provided with health and medical treatment as well as social services. “Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics,” he said. The initiative hinges on two important federal waivers, which allow California to operate its Medicaid program according

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Whither mental health parity? One topic that the governor did not bring up during his State of the State was his desire to strengthen enforcement of mental health parity laws, which hold private insurers accountable for providing equal access to health and mental health care. He spoke forcefully on the topic when he revealed his budget plan in January, saying he plans to go “aggressively on the parity issue as a mandate and a mission.” What that increased enforcement will look like remains to be seen. The governor is expected to be more specific in the spring, when he releases his revised budget. Legislation to strengthen parity laws in the state has failed repeatedly in recent years. The push for parity reflects the fact that many Californians are worried about their access to mental health care. According to a poll released in February by the California Health Care Foundation, for the second year in a row, people listed access to mental health care as a top mental health concern. The statewide shortage of mental health providers is another significant issue that wasn’t discussed during the State of the State, but will be a key component of any efforts to reform the state’s troubled mental health care system. Ω

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For some people with serious mental illnesses and substance-use disorders, hope of recovery can be severely impeded by the lack of a place to sleep. Services without housing don’t work well for them; neither does housing without services. One problem the governor referenced in his address: The state’s spate of board and care home closures. Newsom said he wants to stabilize and expand the number of these homes, but that will prove costly. The homes are rarely viewed as an ideal housing model for low-income people with mental illness and other disabilities. Some are plagued with rat and bedbug infestations. But they are often the only relatively affordable housing option available to a very vulnerable population. Tenants pay a government-set monthly rent of $1,058 out of their monthly federal SSI checks to cover

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WE NEED TO HELP THE MENTALLY ILL LIVING ON OUR STREETS BY DARRELL STEINBERG I have waited 20 years to hear a governor deliver a State of the State address like the one Gov. Gavin Newsom gave on Feb. 19. Much of my political career has been spent trying to draw attention to the profound deficiencies in California’s mental health system, so I was immensely gratified to hear the governor make it the focus of his address. Gov. Newsom’s commitment makes me more hopeful than I have ever been that we can make real change. Californians are clearly eager for their leaders to tackle these profound problems. They are confronted every day with one of the most visible consequences of the failure of the existing system—the thousands of people living on the streets in conditions that are unsafe and degrading. This disturbing reality has spurred cries for an overhaul of the Lanterman-PetrisShort Act, passed in 1967, which restricts the ability to institutionalize people against their will to those cases in which they are gravely disabled or pose a danger to themselves or others. I agree that we need to consider any changes to the that law or its implementation that would help families get help for their loved ones and that further assure we have more ways to help for those with severe mental illness living on our streets. Living outside long term reduces a person’s lifespan by an average of 25 years. The Steinberg Institute, the mental health advocacy organization I founded in 2014, last year successfully pushed for the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to conduct an audit of the LPS Act, which should be completed soon. I hope the audit will provide a pathway for us to refine our approach in a way that both respects civil liberties and refuses to accept the current reality of thousands of people dying unnecessarily. I also know that focusing solely on the LPS statute is not enough. I have been involved in every previous attempt to change the involuntary treatment laws in California. Few have succeeded at all, and

those that did have brought only modest change. The LPS statute is long and complicated, and a deep philosophical divide separates those who want to amend it to allow for more involuntary treatment, and those who think improving services and housing are the key to helping more people. I think a better way to reform the LPS statute may be to look outside of it. Last July, I wrote an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times calling for a government obligation to bring unsheltered homeless people indoors. I also called for an obligation for people to take safe shelter or housing when offered. I argued that when we have enough housing or shelter capacity to bring people indoors, they should be obligated to do so. Could establishing a legal obligation for people to come indoors be a proxy for LPS reform? The simple idea that people must live indoors might have a better chance at achieving consensus than resuming the same old battle over each word of a dense statute. For too long, advocates of greater enforcement and advocates of more services and treatment have each viewed the situation through a polarizing ideological lens. But even people who could argue for days about the definition of gravely disabled can surely agree that it is unhealthy and unsafe for a person to be sleeping on strip of cardboard on a city sidewalk. I await the results of the LPS audit in the hopes that it may identify a productive path forward. I also continue to believe that arguing over words is not sufficient. The idea of establishing a legal obligation on local governments to provide shelter— and an obligation to accept it—merits serious attention as a way to get thousands of mentally ill people off the streets. It’s a goal I’m certain we all share. Ω

Even people who could argue for days about the definition of gravely disabled can surely agree that it is unhealthy and unsafe for a person to be sleeping on strip of cardboard on a city sidewalk.

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Before the latest accident left him critically injured, Mark Rippee ate a snack of rolls and coffee on Nov. 22, 2019.






Everyone around him saw this coming. No one managed to stop it. For years, family members of James Mark Rippee—a blind, homeless Vacaville man with a traumatic brain injury and paranoid schizophrenia—have fought to get him into treatment. He resisted. And official after official cited California’s involuntary treatment laws in explaining to his family why there was nothing they could do. On the evening of Feb. 12, Rippee stepped off the center divide of a dimly lit Vacaville street into the path of an oncoming vehicle, police say. Now he’s facing multiple surgeries, said his sister Linda Privatte—for a fractured skull, a brain bleed, a shattered elbow, a dislocated shoulder and a crushed leg. Like many other families, Rippee’s sisters place much of the blame on the mental health implications of a 1967 state law, LantermanPetris-Short. It imposed specific time frames for involuntary confinement and limited involuntary holds to those deemed a danger to themselves or others, or gravely disabled. But families like Rippee’s are ratcheting up the pressure to change the controversial law. And policymakers seem to be listening. Gov. Gavin Newsom, in his State of the State address, said: “Clearly it’s time to respond to the concerns of experts who argue that thresholds for conservatorships are too high and need to be revisited.” 18





“I just blame the whole situation of him still being out there. Sometimes I’m just amazed at how he does survive.” Linda Privatte Seeking to get her brother into involuntary mental health treatment

After watching the speech, Rippee’s sisters aren’t yet convinced. They’ve been circulating a petition begging the governor to pay attention to Rippee’s situation and act to help him. “It’s easy to stand up and say what needs to happen,” Privatte said. “What is he really going to do about it? What’s the plan? I watched it twice, and I didn’t hear one.” An audit of Lanterman-Petris-Short is due out later this spring, and could suggest a possible path forward for the state. The governor’s office did not respond to requests for comment or provide any details about what exactly he would do to respond to change the rules surrounding involuntary treatment of people with mental illness. While the governor has not yet outlined a specific plan for the state, he did sign a bill to pilot expanded conservatorships in San Francisco. Privatte and her twin sister, Catherine Hanson, recognize that making it easier to conserve people isn’t a simple fix, either.

Disability rights advocates are concerned that involuntary treatment is ineffective and jeopardizes people’s civil rights. County public guardians say they are overwhelmed with an influx of new clients, while the number of facilities available to treat them shrinks. Even if Rippee were to be conserved, very few facilities in the state accept patients with traumatic brain injuries, Gerald Huber, the county’s director of Health and Social Services, said in an interview late last year. Rippee himself, when I found him huddled at the edge of a Vallejo strip mall last year, told me he wants to live in a home with a shower and someone to care for him. But not a locked facility, he emphasized. “To leave a blind man outside, you know, I just figured the county could do better than that,” he said.

A string of close calls This was not the first time Rippee has wandered into traffic. People who know his family regularly reach out to tell them they have pulled him out of danger, or have themselves almost hit him. In September, he was struck by a car and ended up hospitalized with a brain abscess. But after a couple weeks, his sisters said, the hospital discharged him to a board-and-care. Soon after that, he returned to the streets. Lt. Mark Donaldson, of the Vacaville police department, said his officers regularly respond to calls about Rippee stepping into traffic. “You have to go out and deal with these same people over and over again, and you know what the end result is going to be, because there’s no place to take them,” he said.

“I got into this job to help people above all else, and we like to be problem solvers, and when you simply don’t have the tools to solve these problems, it’s devastating,” he said. “It’s so frustrating. Your heart hurts for him and his family. There simply is no place; there’s nothing we can do.” Privatte says she doesn’t blame the driver who struck her brother earlier this month. “I just blame the whole situation of him still being out there,” Privatte said. “Sometimes I’m just amazed at how he does survive.” She and Hanson say their brother has refused necessary medical treatments while in the hospital, including blood transfusions. Rippee’s sisters have been fighting to get him into involuntary treatment for years. They testified on behalf of state legislation that sought to redefine “gravely disabled” to include those who don’t seek needed medical treatment. It failed. They attended Solano County board of supervisors meetings. They asked the police for welfare checks. They sent thousands of emails, and administer a Facebook group about their brother’s situation, which currently has more than 2,500 members. “What we’re doing is unacceptable,” Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson told Privatte as she wept during a board of supervisors meeting in 2018. Thomson declined to comment on Rippee’s most recent accident. “I’ve struggled with this for the five years I’ve been here,” Huber, the county’s director of Health and Social Services, said last year. “The street is not an appropriate place for him to live.” Ω

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Zoë Kravitz assumes the role of Rob—originally played by John Cusack—in Hulu’s High Fidelity reboot.

Hig HigH H HigH Fidelity Fidelity goes goes FFemale emale the newest version of High Fidelity offers a woman’s perspective. by Lindsay OxfOrd l i nd s a y o @ne wsr e v ie w.c o m


hy do gender swap movies and shows exist? It’s rare for a reboot to right some pop culture wrong, some bit of sexism so egregious that there’s industry penance to be done. Most often, gender-swapped media—think the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot—are at best an attempt at capturing a different viewpoint. At worst, they’re a cynical “X, but Y” cash grab that allows a studio to recycle a property. Luckily, while it doesn’t dive deep into the waters of what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated subculture, the Zoë Kravitz fronted Hulu remake of High Fidelity is the former. High Fidelity in all its versions is about music-obsessive and record store owner Rob’s soulsearching inventory of loves lost, told through a thread of top-five lists and

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pop culture references. As a movie, it allowed thousands of awkward dudes to rally around it and declare, “I feel seen.” To be fair, I too felt seen when High Fidelity, the movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s 1995 novel that starred John Cusack, was released in 2000. I was a snotty record store employee then, and I felt the very specific sort of glee that came with recognizing band names on flyers and stickers pasted over every flat surface, and I was smug in the recognition that the movie’s fictional band the Kinky Wizards were in fact my beloved Royal Trux. I knew what it was like to fret over mixtapes. But High Fidelity has not aged well. It’s a movie that spectacularly fails the Bechdel Test (at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man), with barely a trace of a woman that’s not a one-dimensional romantic interest. There’s only one instance of two women speaking to one another, and it’s in silent montage. Most heartbreaking to me, quietly-queer “it” girl actress Sara Gilbert is wooed by a Cusack sidekick lecturing her on Stiff Little Fingers’ influence on later bands. Watching it 20 years on, I felt as if millions of women registering two or above on the Kinsey Scale cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Those lectures aren’t necessarily fiction. Though we’ve seen the passing of more than one Sacramento-rooted music store chain, independent record shops of the type Rob would own flourish here. (If you’re quick about it, you can hit around a dozen record stores in a day from city center to the suburbs.) And while I have my “home” record store and a handful of others I love, there are still other shops where, as a woman, I feel less welcome—where I’ll browse for 20 minutes unnoticed while a male customer gets an immediate greeting, or where clerks ask if my purchase is a gift for a boyfriend. So in that sense, the new Kravitz version streaming on Hulu offers a welcome alternative to the heterosexual white dude record nerd experience and fosters a kinder, gentler elitism. From the treatment of customers to the accessibility of its pop culture references, Disney-owned Hulu has made High Fidelity translatable to those without the Discogs app on their phones. This new version gives depth to a protagonist who believes “what you like is more important than what you are like,” and writes supporting characters with equal complexity. The music obsessives’ experience is both spot-on and more accessible in this version. In the season’s first episode, “Top Five Heartbreaks,” Rob’s date Clyde admits his love of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy,” (think of the references to Captain Beefheart in the Cusack version as a counterbalance) and, as music nerds are apt to do, she lets her personal excitement about the topic trump his interest with a track-by-track analysis of Rumours.



I am a liner note reader and a credit watcher. In a show about a woman’s experiences in and around music, my heart sank a bit to see so few women’s names roll by in the credits.




He’s engaged in the conversation, interested in her takes, but clearly isn’t prepared for the energy she devotes to a band that she professes to only sorta-like. I have done exactly this. Ask me about King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight” at your own peril. It’s halfway through the season, in an episode titled “Uptown,” when the show directly acknowledges the sexism so common among music obsessives. Rob gets a tip on a holy grail of a record collection being sold for peanuts by a bitter ex-wife. This scenario appears in the novel and was cut from the movie version, but the series diverges here, in part by providing depth and personality in the form of Noreen, played by Parker Posey as an impatient artist and socialite rather than “stock ex-wife.” The end result in the series version is the same, but Kravitz’s Rob decides to put a face to the ex-husband to see for herself if he’s worthy of such a soul-crushing fate. He is. A blowhard with faulty knowledge of Wings Over America, he ignores Rob’s contributions to the conversation in favor of talking to nice-guy Clyde. It’s a frustrating scene to watch; I’ve had similar experiences of being dismissed, or being ignored in record stores in favor of the male clerk chatting with the dude who “loves to crate dig,” but brings a shrinkwrapped reissue of Eagles’ Greatest Hits to the counter, or—my personal favorite—the I’ll-tellyou-little-girl of a male acquaintance telling me sexism didn’t exist within independent music scenes. Ahem. Rob holds her own by matching the blowhard’s “actuallys” one by one, whether he wants to hear them or not. It’s not a sparring match every woman would have the guts, interest, or energy to participate in. It should be cathartic to watch. But it’s not, and that may be because it hits so close to home. It’s a scene and experience that resonated with me, and one the writers clearly believed was universal enough to capture. Why are Rob’s unsolicited Fleetwood Mac run and the blowhard’s Wings lecture so different? Accuracy, for one. Kravitz’s Rob knows her stuff and her Wings defender doesn’t. More to the point, when Clyde opens the door to Rob’s font of musical knowledge, he’s genuinely interested in hearing more. Our unnamed blowhard is just in the game to placate his ego. If I have a larger-scale criticism of High Fidelity, it’s this: I am a liner note reader and a credit watcher. In a show about a woman’s experiences in and around music, my heart sank a bit to see so few women’s names roll by in the credits. It’s not that men aren’t qualified to create art about women; I’d just hoped there would be more room for women in the process. Ω

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Gamma People’s Amanda Chavez performs supporting punk icon Alice Bag last August. Photo by Matthew Kadi

Volcano of the Gamma Watch out Sacramento—there’s  a new surf band in town by Lindsay OxfOrd

As my interview with Gamma People begins, the talk has already drifted into monster-movie territory. There’s discussion of Excel spreadsheets multiplying, becoming sentient and taking over, blob-style. It’s a fitting place to start: Gamma People are a surf band with lyrics that often dive into sci-fi B-movie imagery. When Gabriel Nunez, Gamma People’s drummer, talks about his previous band with singer Amanda Chavez, he hints at what was to come with their next band: “When we were in Krebtones, I used to joke that we were ‘Central Valley surf,’ go surf on Folsom Lake or something,” Nunez said. “Our closest connection [to the ocean] is two hours away.” Chavez and Nunez are now Gamma People, a band with influences that run the gamut, from Ennio Morricone 22   |   SN&R   |   03.05.20

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to The Munsters. Along with Dire Deparra on bass, Jono Carraba on guitar, and Adam Iniguez on both guitar and organ, they’ve just finished recording their first album after two singles released digitally in November. It’s a significant output for a band less than a year old. Surf, easily one of rock’s most surface-innocuous sub-genres, developed during a complicated era. It’s as danceable as it gets: Surf’s initial popularity coincided with the height of Cold War nuclear threats, and as the genre evolved over decades, that atomic anxiety seeped into what had been marketed as a fun-loving soundtrack to the early ’60s. Nothing to see here. Everything’s fine. Keep dancing. The surf bands that may be top of mind are vocal bands such as the

Beach Boys, whose early contributions he plays at Club Séance as part of the borrowed from both rock and surf post-punk darkwave and goth night he but, like other bands, used surf as a co-hosts monthly. marketing gimmick more than core As far as the surf ethos, Deparra style (please see me after class for a says: “I have no interest in surfing or lecture on why Jan and Dean were surf culture. It’s just the music … I terrible). But instrumental surf such as don’t even like going in the water.” the Ventures or Dick Dale are better Back to Cold War pop culture representatives of the core surf sound. and B-movies—Gamma People’s Though the casual record-buying name is taken from a 1956 sci-fi flick world shifted its attention to other about radiation and mind control. genres as the ’60s wore on, surf never And just like those earlier bands, in really went away. In a lot of cases, it some of their songs Gamma People just got weird. One of the best early juxtapose surf sounds with themes post-’60s examples: the B-52s—a band of atomic annihilation. Their organthat surfaced in the late 1970s that was soaked, upbeat single “Lizard Party,” named after members’ bee-hive wigs, highlights how danceable one’s which resembled the planes developed fears of nuclear annihilation can be: to carry nuclear warheads. Their “1962, disintegration ray-gun, mint pre-Whammy output (think “Rock condition,” links back to monster Lobster”) melded upbeat surf music movies from an era where nuclear with sci-fi, B-movie imagery that mutation didn’t seem so farfetched. created something both surf-rooted and Their self-titled full-length album incredibly unique. Bands including will release digitally next month, and the Man or Astro-man? and Servotron vintage sci-fi themes are present there, too, continued the tradition of surfy sci-fi with cover art that’s influenced by artist music. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Sacramento has been a loving “The cover is all of us running home for landlocked surf of all stripes away from this giant rabbit,” Chavez long past the genre’s ’60s heyday. starts to describe, before Nunez cuts From the straight-ahead surf of the in—“that’s like, radioactive … You Tiki Men to the surf-influenced could call the comparison back punk of ¡Las Pulgas!, the to The Gamma People, genre has always had a like being under mind place in Sacramento’s control.” independent music The band already “I have no interest scene. has material in in surfing or surf Now, Gamma the works for an culture … It’s just the People also carry additional EP, and Sacramento’s they have several music … I don’t even like weirdo-surf torch. shows lined up in going in the water.” “I feel like it’s the next month, a music that can including a late Dire Deparra speak to everyone,” April date at the Gamma People bassist Nunez said. “It’s so Torch Club. proto, so early. It can A Gamma People be mixed with a lot of show is worth witnessing, different-type genres.” and Chavez is a presence Most of the members enjoy playing onstage. Her vocals incorporate new mixed-bill shows in the spirit of their wave styling that complements the variety of inspirations, which creates band backing her up with infectious, the band’s unique sound. poppy, danceable surf-influenced “We all have different inspirations,” goodness. Chavez said, “and it meets in the “When I’m onstage, I feel like I’m middle and creates this nice volcano of a giant,” Chavez said. “Listen to what the Gamma.” I have to say, and listen to these guys Though he’s the lone dissenter on behind me, because they’re amazing.” Ω the topic of shows featuring seemingly incompatible genres, Deparra has particularly broad tastes, “from 1930s Check out Gamma People wed., april 29 at the to present.” Those contemporary influtorch Club, 904 15th St. Visit facebook.com/ ences include rockabilly and the music GaMMaPeoPLebaNd.

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A ghost story BY ODIN RASCO


SCREEN PICK Watch Sofia Coppola tear apart the Coen Brothers, limb by limb.

Coppola smackdown

“Hamlet’s a little hard to pull off, but we’re doing pretty good, right, Yorick?”



Wed 7pm, Thu 7pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 3/22; $25-$40; Sacramento Theatre Company, 1419 H St., (916) 443-6722, sactheatre.org.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an exceedingly ambitious choice of play to put on. Unedited, a production can easily stretch longer than three hours, and the play’s success lives or dies on the skill of the actor playing the titular character. Every performer must deliver their lines of centuries-old dialogue with such clear intent and emotion that even a Shakespeare neophyte would find them not only understandable, but compelling. Such pitfalls, and numerous more, make even the decision to attempt Hamlet one that should be commended. Sacramento Theatre Company’s production is deserving of the highest praise, as it avoids each pitfall expertly. The play begins with an absolute spectacle. The ghost scenes, played out in pitch black—lit only by the character’s flashlights as the king’s spectre magically moves from place to place—are truly incredible. The minimalist set is elegant in its simplicity and versatility, with changes achieved through just the movement of scrims hanging from the ceiling. The costumes are fantastic—modern and simple while bearing elements that hearken to more traditional garb. The script is masterfully pared down to a comfortable two hours and 20 minutes run time, without feeling like any depth or detail was lost in the process. Every single actor in the play does a superb job, with Ian Hopps’ standout performance as Hamlet being particularly noteworthy. If you only see one play this month, perhaps even this year, this play’s the thing. Ω

3 Eye to eye Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel The Bluest Eye is a harrowing but beautifully written tale of the insidious effect of racism and unrealistic, unattainable ideals of beauty on a young AfricanAmerican girl in 1940s Ohio. Poverty, domestic violence, incest, alcoholism and mental instability complicate the life of Morrison’s tragic character, Pecola Breedlove. The play, adapted by Lydia Diamond from Morrison’s novel, relies upon much of her actual language and dialogue to bring the story to the stage. Eleven-year-old Pecola (Dannyelle Finch in a remarkable performance) is considered “ugly” because she is dark-skinned and has awkward mannerisms. She prays to be beautiful, and that—to her—means having blue eyes like Shirley Temple. Through a series of events, fate appears to answer her prayers when a charlatan soothsayer (played brilliantly by Tory Scroggins) convinces her that she has the eyes she covets, although some may deny it. Delusional and pregnant with her father’s baby, Pecola descends into tragic madness. Opening night revealed a production that needed a bit more preparation, with awkward pauses and delayed entrances. James Wheatley directs the play, which (to its detriment) is more words than action, with a feel for the poetry of Morrison’s text. Paradoxically, this blunts some of the novel’s shattering emotional devastation into mere sadness and sorrow on stage. —JIM CARNES The Bluest Eye: Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm; Through 3/22; $13-$20; Celebration Arts, 2727 B St.; (916) 455-2787; celebrationarts.net.

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You can get your Sofia Coppola fix at the Tower Theatre as part of its Director’s Cup, a gauntlet featuring eight films by some of Sacramento’s favorite directors. See her feature-length directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, a dreamy 1970s coming-of-age tale about five sisters who commit suicide and the neighborhood boys who try to piece things together. It’s already round two, and Sofia’s now duking it out with the Coen Brothers’ Fargo. Whichever film gets the most votes moves on to the final round to win a really big cup, or something to that effect. Mon, 3/9, 7:30pm; $11.50; The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive; (916) 442-0985; readingcinemasus.com/tower


STAGE PICK Knock it out of the park, C!

A borough investigation The Big Apple lights up the stage this week in A Bronx Tale, a story about a father, a son and the overwhelming temptations of joining organized crime. Calogero’s just your typical nine-year-old Italian American, living it up in 1960s New York City. His pop’s a hardworking guy, and things are going pretty swell until mob boss Sonny befriends the kid. Will Calogero leave his family for the thrill of rolling dice on the street? What will become of Calogero’s dad? All this and more will be revealed through the powerful medium of song and dance. Wed, 3/4, 8pm; Thu, 3/5, 2pm & 8pm; Fri, 3/6, 8pm; Sat, 3/7, 2pm & 8pm; Sun, 3/8, 2pm; Through 3/8; $26-$102; Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J St.; (916) 808-5181; broadwaysacramento.com.


Woodlake Tavern is on the move Comfort food with class, yes, but check out the new events atrium by ALLEN PIERLEONI


irst it was the high-end Enotria Restaurant and Wine Bar, then it became the whiskey-wine-BBQ-centric Cask & Barrel. For the past three years, the building at Del Paso Boulevard and Arden Way has operated as Woodlake Tavern, an “American gastropub” with the motto “Craft and Comfort.” “We (chefs) are more craftspeople than artists, but there is a level of artistry here,” said CEO-partner-chef Deneb Williams. “We put a lot of craft into our work – handmade pasta, slow-roasted and smoked meats, from-scratch sauces. That’s what sets us apart from other corner restaurants.” As for the “comfort” part, “Comfort food is the cornerstone of a good restaurant, but we try to be multicultural in our approach.” When Williams was visualizing a concept for Woodlake Tavern, he recalled, “I thought, this neighborhood needs a spot where you can sit at the bar and have a burger and a beer, or

come in for an after-work dinner with your spouse. It can also be a specialoccasion place, but nothing fancy.” If not fancy, then definitely classy. “I’ve been in fine dining all my life, so I wanted everything here to have the same attention to detail and be of the same caliber,” he said. Among the highlights: shrimp ‘n’ grits, prime rib grinder, bargain-priced daily specials, and live music on Friday nights and during Sunday brunch. Now’s the time to mention that Williams was the executive chef for a decade at the four-star Firehouse in Old Sacramento. His wife, partner-beverage director Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, formerly of the four-star Ella, is an Advanced Sommelier, one of only three in our area and the only woman. Enter Joe Pruner, late of Empress Tavern, The Kitchen and OBO’ Italian Table. “He’s the company’s executive chef, and we collaborate on all the menus,” Williams said.

Deneb Williams sees Woodlake Tavern as a combination of class and comfort. Photo by Anne StokeS

Another thing: Williams and Mandalou opened Allora modern-Italian restaurant in East Sacramento in 2018 — a four-star destination that, not surprisingly offers a 250-selection wine list. A major piece of their business has become special events, which are booking at a furious rate. Williams closed his conjoined Uptown Pizza (five Uptown pies made it to the tavern menu) to make room for WM Catering and Events. For an events venue, he recently completed a gorgeous atrium-patio with a retractable roof and waterfall, and is constructing a nearby 40-space parking lot. “David Hardie (the building’s owner)

thinks outside the box and was crazy enough to go along with me,” Williams said. As for location, “We’re here a little early, but we’ve positioned ourselves in what I think will be the next big boom for Sacramento,” Williams said. “Everybody who thinks they know Del Paso Boulevard should come and check it out now. There’s a new entrepreneurial spirit and we’re on the move.”

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Served on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Mezcal Grill’s large bowl of Pozole checks all the boxes with a rich and savory broth filled to the brim with tender pieces of pork and bright toppings.

Spoonful worth savoring BY STEPH RODRIGUEZ

Mezcal Grill 5701 Broadway, Suite B; (916) 619-8766 Good for: Brunch on a charming patio Notable dishes: Pozole, Molletes con Al Pastor, Mezcal Fillet Al

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There are certain aromas, tastes and textures that take me back to Sunday morning walks down to the corner store with my cousin. We’d each have a few dollars balled in our fists ready to exchange for bowls of pozole made by a family friend who set up shop in the parking lot. It was our little breakfast tradition. We’d head to the makeshift condiment station stocked with all the traditional staples: cilantro, diced onions, radishes, oregano, limes. The right combination of flavors made each spoonful worth savoring—and I was reminded of those Sundays on a recent Saturday at Mezcal Grill. A family-owned Mexican restaurant whose original location opened in 2009 in South Natomas, Mezcal Grill now has a second home in Tahoe Park. Housed in the former Cafe Lumiere space (RIP stuffed hash browns), the shaded, outdoor patio is brightened by dozens of green succulents—and bonus—the scent of delicious smoky meats from MoMo’s Meat Market across the street. My attention focused back to brunch once a large bowl of deep red Pozole ($11.99) was placed in front of me. Garnished with crisp, matchstick radishes, thinly sliced green and red cabbage and a lime wedge, it checked a lot of my boxes. Large pieces of tender pork filled spoonful after spoonful with generous portions of hominy all submerged in a rich and savory broth. But this simple soup—or stew— doesn’t pack enough heat on its own. Instead, it’s served 26





Near the Downtown Commons corridor is Roots Coffee Company, a family-owned cafe that opened last summer. Besides its variety of coffee beverages, Roots also has a vast toast menu, which features a Mushroom “Quiche” Toast ($6) large enough to be a complete breakfast. An inch-thick slice of buttery, flaky Grateful Bread brioche is smeared with tangy, creamy chevre then topped with leafy mache greens that add a nice bitterness that complement rich pillows of mushroom quiche piled high on top. Finished with a generous sprinkle of finely shaved cheese, it all makes for a super satisfying avocado-less toast experience that’s sure to bring both toast and quiche lovers together. 428 J St., Suite 120, rootscoffee.co.



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with a side of dried, whole red chiles, which I crushed until I found my desired spiciness. Also included on Mezcal’s brunch menu: avocado toast. But we ordered the Molletes ($11.99) because it’s kinda similar—only if regular bread were replaced with toasted bolillos layered with creamy refried beans, grilled al pastor, melted Jack cheese, pico and sour cream. An order of Molletes is like an open-faced sandwich that puts fancy toast to shame—and the crunchy ruffles on the toasted bolillo firmly held unctuous, grilled pork that had hints of pineapple, as it should. Our friendly server also recommended another special, the Mezcal Fillet Al Mojo de Ajo ($14.49), which was a delicious pan-seared tilapia with crispy edges that gave easily under a fork. The fillets were finished with diced garlic, butter and finely chopped cilantro that made each bite herbaceous, bright and slightly tart. During a dinner visit, we ordered the Molcajete Fiesta Mix ($29.99), a trio of arrachera (skirt steak), shrimp and chicken baked in a stone mortar (molcajete) so that all the flavors and spices meld together in delectable umami harmony. Although the steak was juicy, and the chicken was well seasoned, the shrimp was not only overcooked, but left unclean and in its casing. No bueno. Everything is served over a bed of chicaronnes, sponges of flavor as they soaked up all the yummy broth. But still, clean the shrimp—and remove the casing. Mezcal Grill has its highlights with influences from various regions such as Michoacán found in its pozole. But it also has some kitchen kinks to figure out (shrimp) before it settles into the neighborhood. It’s simple food that when done well hits strides tasted in dishes such as its citrus-laden tilapia with delectable garlic sauce that has since been committed to memory, with a side of rice and beans. Ω

Pretty in pink PINK MARTINI, PINK MARTINI RESTAURANT Pink Martini, on the corner of Blue Oaks and Lone Tree Boulevards in Rocklin, is a quaint neighborhood spot with the feel of a downtown lounge. Hand-crafted drinks are made with houseinfused liquors, simple syrups and fresh-squeezed juice. Its signature cocktail, The Pink Martini ($13), is a refreshing blend of hibiscus, lime juice, elderflower and grapefruit, with a choice of either gin or vodka. Make it “naughty” for a spicy kick of fresh jalapeño that blends harmoniously with the fruitiness of the hibiscus and smooth elderflower. The lime juice adds the perfect pop of acidity for a bright finish. 6700 Lonetree Blvd., Suite 100, Rocklin; pinkmartinirestaurant.com.



Yes, Guinness is vegan St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, marking the annual vegan outcry that Guinness, the beer synonymous with March 17, isn’t vegan. Despite company announcements in 2017, PETA’s blessing, and regular confirmation on Barnivore (the go-to website for vegans who imbibe), the rumors that Guinness isn’t suitable for herbivores persist. That’s because many beers and wines use isinglass, a fish-derived gelatin, as a clarifying agent. But—as mentioned—Guinness did away with isinglass in most of its beers in 2017. Those noted as “dry hopped” are still not considered vegetarian friendly, presumably because the haziness of the dry-hop process does require additional filtration. Whatever you choose to drink this St. Patrick’s Day, do so responsibly and respect your fellow human animals by staying off the road. —LINDSAY OXFORD


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It’s March and spring is just around the corner. There has been some lingering cold, but the thought of longer days, more sunshine and blooming flowers have many eagerly counting down to the fun activities to come—and what better way to head into the new season than by pairing wine with the warm weather? Robust reds are a staple during the winter months and knocking down a glass or two with our favorite holiday movies is a whole vibe, but spring is the perfect time to add lighter reds, rosés and white wines into the mix. Here are a few varietals to add to your weekend— or weeknight—rotation that can be found at many local area wine outlets.

Dry riesling Riesling is like cilantro. Most people either really like it, or really hate it. I’m in the camp that believes there’s a riesling out there for everyone. This white wine tends to have a moderate amount of alcohol and is easy to drink. A crisp, dry riesling with its hints of pear and peach flavors is

ideal for this time of year. It pairs excellently with salads, seafood, light chicken dishes and Southeast Asian cuisine such as Thai and Indian. Budget: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling (Monterey County), $10. Splurge: 2018 Pey-Marin Vineyards Dry Riesling (Marin County), $29.

Prosecco There’s nothing better than some springtime bubbly and prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, fits the bill. Prosecco is a crisp wine similar to riesling, but what makes it spectacular is how it takes to fruit. Local fruit varieties including strawberries and blueberries are slowly coming into season. Pop a few washed berries into your glass or freeze some fruit the night before to keep your drink nice and cool. Budget: Kirkland Signature Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG, $10. Splurge: Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut, $30.

Lighter rosé Rosés are a hit during the summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t

bring them out a little early, especially with glasses of pink wine that look oh-so-pretty next to brunch spreads. Ease your way into rosé season by opting for delicate bottles with substance and saving the full-bodied pinks for summer. An easy way to tell if a rosé is full-bodied or not is by the color. Dry, crisp rosés are lighter in color. Budget: La Vieille Ferme Rosé, $9. Splurge: Inman Family, 2018 Endless Crush Rosé Pratt Vine Hill (Sonoma County), $38.

Light-bodied pinot noir Even though Sacramento spring tends to be on the warmer side, we have a few cold and rainy days before we forge into summer. So keep some reds out. Pinot noirs are quite robust and can be a bit overwhelming in the spring. So opt for a younger wine that’s brighter and crisp in flavor. Pair this one with some creamy brie and a baguette or an Asian-inspired grilled salmon. Budget: Sea Glass Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara), $11. Splurge: Domaine Drouhin Oregon 2016 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills, $34. Ω

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A rising star in Amador Andis Wines rocks near Plymouth Wine-tasting is married to the

California lifestyle, of course, but let’s remember there’s a closer, far less crowded destination for sips than Napa and Sonoma. This nearby wine country is less commercialized and less expensive as well, and no reservations required. That would be the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA), inclusive of eight counties and more than 100 wineries — a prime destination for discovery. Take for instance Andis Wines along Shenandoah Road near Plymouth in Amador County. It’s a model of green practices and sleek design that opened in 2010. Outside, a 30-foot-high steel wall bears 1,000 barrel staves engraved with the names of its wine-club members. Inside, the art-filled public tasting room overlooks serene hills and vineyards, and a picnic area where Adirondack chairs underneath wide umbrellas invite guests to stay awhile. The latest feature is the private event facility, with wall-to-wall sliding glass doors that bring the outdoors in. “It’s for all kinds of functions, and our private tasting room can be booked in conjunction,” said Andis founder/co-owner Andy Friedlander. Andis grows grapes on only 25 acres, but produces about 8,500 cases a year by sourcing fruit from a few other select Amador County vineyards.

Still, its wines are sold in 27 states and retail locally at Corti Bros. Market. They appear on the wine lists of some of Sacramento’s premiere restaurants, including Waterboy, Allora, Biba and the Firehouse. “Our style of winemaking has always been varietal correctness and sense of place,” said national sales manager/partner Lorenzo Muslia. Among the varietals are barbera, cabernet franc, grenache and four zinfandels. Its premier white is 100 percent semillion, an honored outlier. Do look for the schioppettino, a rarely seen Italian red that was saved from extinction in the 1970s. Andis has taken its share of awards at prestigious competitions, and got a bonus in February when Wine Business Monthly included it on its list of Top 10 Hot Brands. In 2018, renowned master sommelier Peter Neptune included Andis’ semillion on his list of “Hidden Gems,” an informed pick of 10 top wines from around the world. Flights: Taste up to seven first-tier wines for $5, refundable with purchase of a bottle. Taste four reserve wines for $10, nonrefundable. Tasting room: 11 a.m -4:30 p.m. daily. by Allen Pierleoni

Andis Wines, 11000 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth; 209-245-6177, www.andiswines.com UPCOMING EVENTS Amador Wine Country: behind the Cellar Door, March 7-8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Tastings, food pairings, seminars and rare vintages at 43 wineries. Details and tickets: www. amadorwine.com Spring into Zin: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18: Taste a variety of zinfandels at nine wineries. Details and tickets: www.startonsteiner.com Placer Wine Trail: Sip into Spring, noon5 p.m., March 21-22: Meet winemakers, tour budding vineyards and sample limited-production wines at 20 wineries. Details and tickets: www.placerwine.com

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This month, local gardening hits another gear as we head into spring. (Tomato planting time is right around the corner!) Looking for inspiration? There’s plenty to be found this weekend. Learn practical tips and a lot more during Green Acres’ eighth annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair on Saturday. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Folsom nursery (205 Serpa Way) will host garden talks, demonstrations, raffles and more to get gardeners ready for the busy season ahead. Admission is free. Among the featured workshops will be Urban Farmstead’s Kyle Hagerty; at 1 p.m., he’ll share his secrets to success for “Edible Gardening: How to Grow a Bumper Crop This Year.” Details: idiggreenacres.com. Meanwhile, at Cal Expo, the 39th annual Original Sacramento Home and Garden Show rolls out the latest trends and products in one giant marketplace. Friday through Sunday, find hundreds of vendors and exhibits showcasing everything from air conditioning to window replacements. A big emphasis will be on “green” products that are kind to the planet—and can save money, energy and water, too. Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details: sachomeandgardenshow.com. Ω

After an unusually warm February, Julie Vierra is understandably nervous. Will Sacramento’s famous camellias still be in bloom this weekend? “With this hot weather, bushes are popping them out so fast, it’s scary,” she said. “Thank goodness, we’re cooling down at night—but not enough.” Vierra is co-chairman for the 96th annual Sacramento Camellia Show, traditionally the nation’s largest celebration of this popular flower. “Our ‘largest camellia show’ may not be so large this year,” said Vierra, who saw her own camellias open way too early. “My garden was in full bloom [two weeks before the show]; a good third are already done.” Set for Saturday and Sunday, the camellia show will be held for the second time at the Elks Lodge, 6446 Riverside Blvd. Entries will be accepted from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday; beginners should make sure to get there before 9 a.m. “We need to tell everybody, ‘Bring all your camellias! Bring in your flowers!’” Vierra said. “Somebody must have some camellias left.” Even if you’ve never entered a flower show before, this may be the time to try. Camellias should be home grown (no fair raiding local parks or businesses). Members of the Camellia Society of Sacramento will help first-time exhibitors with set up and placement. They’ll help with identification of camellia varieties, too. The key is to cut the camellia with about 4 to 6 inches of stem. (It will be trimmed down for Debbie Arrington, an award-winning garden writer and lifelong display). Keep a couple of leaves on the stem, too. gardener, is co-creator of the Sacramento Digs Gardening blog Carry the camellias to the show with their stems in and website.

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MUSIC THURSDAY, 3/5 BoY naMeD BanJo: Nashville band Boy Named  Banjo will be performing live folk-bluegrass  in Sacramento as part of their 2020  tour.  7:30pm, $12. Goldfield Trading Post,  1630 J St.

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it’s Women’s Day in Sac SEIU 2015- CapItol BUIldIng, 10am, no CovEr It’s time again for the International  Women’s Day march to take to the streets  of Sacramento. The Women’s Day march  was formed to empower  Take acTion the voices of women,  LGBTQ+ people and people of color, and has  returned every year for four years since  to do so. Since I’m not a woman, I’ll let my  partner Ashley Hayes-Stone speak about  the International Women’s Day march: “The  women’s march is about letting women’s

TickeT WinDoW in the ’80s. They came out of Seattle and  have been playing a lot of rock music  since then. They’ve been described by my  girlfriend as, “They were pretty famous  and did, uh, something?” Harlow’s 5/5 8pm  $20-$25 on sale now harlows.com.


TOOL Tool is coming to Sacramento,

coming down on the Golden 1 Center  stage like a hammer to a nail. Order a  screwdriver at the show if you’re feeling  wild. There’s bound to be a lot of power at  this Tool show. Golden 1 center 6/22 7:30pm  $59-$129 on sale now golden1center.com.

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Weeknd is coming on  a Thursday. Joined  by special guests  Sabrina Claudio  and Don Toliver,  the After Hours  Tour is making its  stop in Sacramento.

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nominee Jessica Malone will be performing  at The Pour Choice.  6:30pm, call for cover. The Pour Choice, 177 Sacramento St.,  Auburn.

JoRDan DaViS: Country musician Jordan Davis  will be coming to Sacramento for his Trouble  Town tour.  7pm, $25. Ace of Spades, 1417  R St.

LiTTLe Hank MiLLeR: Little Hank Miller  performs his swinging brand of honky-tonk  country at the Torch Club.  9pm, $6. Torch  Club, 904 15th St. saxophonist Melissa Aldana is performing  in Sacramento for three days.  8pm, $23$59. UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis.

PiMP ToBi/TeeJaYX6: Rapper Pimp Tobi will be  performing live in Sacramento along with  Teejayx6.  7pm, $15. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

RoYaL THURSDaYS: Spinning Afrobeats,  dancehall, hip-hop/R&B. Enjoy music  from different angles of the Afro music  genre.  9:30pm, no cover. Chaise Lounge,  1330 H St.

SakURako kaneMiTSU: Pianist Sakurako  Kanemitsu performs Beethoven’s Sonata No.  30 in E Major, Liszt Transcendental Étude  and brief selections by Bach, Debussy, Ravel  and a contemporary composer.  12:05pm, no cover. UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis.

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San Francisco-based DJ and producer, one  half of the hip-hop electronic duo DLRN. His  music production work has been featured  on radio shows such as Soulection Radio,  The Main Ingredient, Anthony Valadez  and NPR’s Hey Listen.  9pm, no cover. The  Flamingo House Social Club, 2315 K. St.


is Not A Drill! No is Not A Drill! No really,  Roger Roger Waters is coming to  Waters is Sacramento as part of his  Sacramento as This Is Not a Drill Tour. Self  This Is Not a Drill labeled as “the creative  labeled as “the genius of Pink Floyd,” Roger  genius of Pink Floyd,” Waters hasn’t missed the  Waters hasn’t missed starting gun. starting Golden 1 center 9/23 8pm 8p  $45$225 on sale now  $225 on golden1center.com.

featuring guitarist and singer-songwriter  Lorin Rowan with acoustic roots in folk-rock  and world music, backed by fellow musicians  Ken Emerson and violinist/fiddler Dick  Bright.  7:30pm, no cover. Davis Odd Fellows  Hall, 415 2nd St., Davis.

FRIDAY, 3/6 aBBa Mania: ABBA tribute band ABBA Mania  will be performing live.  7pm, $30. Ace of  Spades, 1417 R St.

aFTeR DaRk BanD: This high-energy rock ’n’ roll  band has been playing all over the western  United States, opening for national acts and  at private parties.  9:30pm, $7-$12. Opera  House Saloon, 108 Main St., Roseville.

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to perform blues rock.  9pm, $8. Torch Club,  904 15th St.

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BRoTHeRLY MUD: SAMMIES Americana nominee  Brotherly Mud will be performing with Ben  Morrison.  9pm, $12. Old Ironsides, 1901  10th St.

cHeRRY BoMB: Cherry Bomb is a six-piece  band dedicated to the music of John  Mellencamp.  9:30pm, $7-$12. Opera House  Saloon, 108 Main St., Roseville.

eZRa BeLL: Ezra Bell brings a ’60s sound to

Sacramento.  7:30pm, $10. Goldfield Trading  Post, 1630 J St.

THe FaB FoUR: Beatles tribute band The Fab  Four will be keeping Beatlemania alive, 60  years after the English rock band first  rocked the world.  8pm, $0-$65. Crest  Theatre, 1013 K St.

GRoUnDWaVe: Groundwave kicks off free  Live Music Fridays, featuring no cover live  music events throughout March.  10pm, no cover. Hacienda del Rio, 702 Sutter St., Suite  M, Folsom.

THe HoLDUP/GRieVeS: Rappers, The Holdup  and Grieves will be coming to Sacramento  to perform live.  7pm, $20-$75. Holy Diver,  1517 21st St.

MeLiSSa aLDana QUaRTeT: Chilean-born  saxophonist Melissa Aldana is performing  in Sacramento for three days.  8pm, $23$59. UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis.

MUSTacHe HaRBoR/THe YacHT Rock/ eXPLoSion: Mustache Harbor, The Yacht  Rock and EXPLOSION! are performing  live soft rock in Sacramento.  9pm, $15$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

MYLaR’S HiPPie HoUR FRiDaYS: SAMMIES  nominated singer-songwriter William Mylar  has been performing free live music events  since 2012.  5:30pm, no cover. Louie’s Cocktail  Lounge, 3030 Mather Field Road, Rancho  Cordova.

RoDneY aTkinS: Country music singer Rodney  Atkins will be performing, joined by special  guest Rachel Steele.  7:30pm, $49.95. Thunder  Valley Casino, 1200 Athens Ave., Lincoln.

THe STRUM SHoP LocaL conceRT SeRieS: This  local concert series is an effort to unify  musicians and give them a space where they  can showcase their talents and earn some  money.  7:30pm, $10. The Strum Shop, 209  Vernon St., Roseville.

ToTaL RecaLL: Sacramento ’90s cover band  will be performing the first Friday of every  month.  10pm, $5. Highwater, 1910 Q St.

Zack ViLLeRe: Indie musician and viral  sensation Zack Villere will be performing in  Sacramento.  7:30pm, $16-$18. The Starlet  Room, 2708 J St.

SATURDAY, 3/7 BackBaR SaTURDaYS WiTH Mike DiaMonD:  Backbar Saturdays is every week with DJ  Mike Diamond spinning house, bass, rap and  Electronica.  10pm, no cover. Golden Bear,  2326 K St.

BooT JUice: Boot Juice is gearing up to record  and release their second album. They will  be accepting donations at this no cover

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tHE MuSIC oF CREAM: Featuring Kofi Baker, Malcom Bruce and Will Johns, this tribute band performs 50 years since Cream’s debut album, Dance the Cool Jerk, which started an excursion into the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s. 7:30pm, $19$68. Harris Center, 10 College Pkwy, Folsom.

SAMMIES Rock nominee Band of Coyotes in the Russ Room the rUSS room, 8pm, $5

Wednesday, 3/11 will be performing in Sacramento as part of their All The Feels Winter 2020 Tour. 7pm,

nominated for a 2019 Grammy. 7pm, $27$31. Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St., Sutter Creek.


Green Eyed Misfits formed in April 2019 as a trio of Michael Baker Jr, Brian Shunta and Sojourner Zink. Through local open-mics, the band quickly grew to a six-member edgy performance group. 7pm, call for cover. Crooked Lane Brewing Company, 536 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn.

sunday, 3/8 BLACKwAtER HoLyLIGHt/AEQuoREA: Blackwater Holylight perform with ÆQUOREA. 7pm, $12.50-$15. The Starlet Room, 2708 J St.

CuRtIS oN touR: The Mondavi Center’s longstanding partnership with Curtis on Tour brings faculty pianist Meng-Chieh Liu and the Vera Quartet, which is currently the string quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute of Music. 2pm, no cover. Mondavi Center-Jackson Hall, Davis.

IdEAtEAM/MEStIZo BEAt: Listen to live music from Ideateam and Mestizo Beat 9pm, $12. Torch Club, 904 15th St.

Hot SNAKES: Hot Snakes and Kill Birds will

be performing live. 7:30pm, $22. Goldfield Trading Post, 1630 J St.

tHE JACKS: The Jacks, Cemetery Sun, The Color Wild and The New Crowns will be performing live in Sacramento. 7pm, $10. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

LIttLE JESuS/LoS wÁLtERS: Little Jesus and Los Walters are coming to Sacramento for their El Camino Tour. 7pm, $25. Holy Diver, 1517 21st St.

JAX HAMMER: Jax Hammer is bringing mainstream rock to Old Sacramento. 3:30pm, no cover. Laughs Unlimited Comedy Club, 1207 Front St.

PEtER yARRow: Peter Yarrow, former member of Peter, Paul & Mary, will be performing in Sacramento. 7pm, $45. The Sofia, 2700 Capitol Ave.

MoNA VILLAMAyoR: Mona Villamayor will be performing as part of UNIQUE Programs’ Wednesday Nooner series in the University Union’s Redwood Room. Noon, no cover. Sacramento State University Union, 6000 J St.

performing in Sacramento with Metz and Youth Code. 7pm, $27. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

monday, 3/9 CHRIS RENZEMA: Chris Renzema performs live with Ry Cox. This show has moved from the Starlet Room to the main stage by popular demand. 6pm, $12-$15. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

MELISSA ALdANA QuARtEt: Chilean-born saxophonist Melissa Aldana is performing in Sacramento for three days. 8pm, $23$59. UC Davis, 1 Shields Ave., Davis.

HEAtH wILLIAMSoN & FRIENdS: Sacramento’s Heath Williamson will be performing live every week. 5:30pm, no cover. Old Ironsides, 1901 10th St.

NEoN PLAyBoyS: Neon Playboys return to Roseville by popular demand, performing the best of the ’70s and ’80s, including the Bee Gees and New Order. 9:30pm, $10-$15. Opera House Saloon, 108 Main St., Roseville.

SIdELINE: Sideline began as an off-season experiment and has become a full-time dream team of players and singers. 7pm, $20. The Side Door, 2900 Franklin Blvd.

StEELy dEAd: This show blends the music of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead with the music of Steely Dan. Edge of the West will be opening the show. 6:30pm, $10-$20. Keep Smilin’s Foothill Fillmore @ The Odd Fellows Lodge, 1226 Lincoln Ave, Auburn.


tHE SuGARAy RAyFoRd BANd: Sugaray Rayford is an American soul-blues singer and songwriter whose last album was





NoRtHERN CALIFoRNIA EGGStRAVAGANZA 30tH ANNuAL EGG SHow & SALE: International egg artists will be teaching seminars, exhibiting and selling art created from real eggshells from ostrich, rhea, emu, goose and finch eggs. 10am, no cover. Crowne Plaza Northeast, 5321 Date Ave.

Food & drinK Friday, 3/6 SACRAMENto RIVERtRAIN MuRdER MyStERy: This trains theme is “Western-One Wife Too Many.” As the train rolls along, you’ll meet a cast of quirky characters who will squabble, scheme and ultimately kill each other. You’ll count on your sleuthing skills to solve the case while you dine. 6:30pm, $96. Sacramento RiverTrain, West Sacramento.

tuesday, 3/10 CHINAtowN (1974): A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. By the end of this grueling film noir, you’ll wonder if you can forget it, Jake. 7:30pm, $10-$22. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

Film tHursday, 3/5 My HERo ACAdEMIA HERoES RISING: The hero anime is back in theaters. Class 1-A visits Nabu Island, where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful until they’re attacked by a villain with an eerily familiar power. Deku and his friends are the island’s only hope. 7pm, $12. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive.

LuCIAN FREud A SELF PoRtRAIt: Exhibition On


’70s hippie apostle garb. 7pm, $15. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

Screen’s film on Lucian Freud reveals the life and work of a modern master though a unique exhibition of his self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. 7pm, $18. The Tower Theatre, 2508 Land Park Drive.

PINK FLAMINGoS (1972): Notorious criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her. Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American exploitation horror comedy film directed, written, produced, narrated and edited by John Waters. 7:30pm, $10$22. Crest Theatre, 1013 K St.

oN tHE BASIS oF SEX: UNIQUE Programs at Sacramento State hosts a special film screening of On The Basis of Sex. Based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who faces challenges as a lawyer and a mother. 7:30pm, no cover. The University Union Ballroom, 6000 J St.

sunday, 3/8 JESuS CHRISt SuPERStAR SING-A-LoNG: The original 1973 film musical with Ted Neeley and Yvonne Elliman. Sing along with the classic 1973 rock opera and show off your superstar spirit by dressing as your favorite Holy Land character or in

comedy CARoL’S BooKS: “YeahBuddy!” Comedy night. Live Stand up comedy show at Carol’s Books featuring comedians in the Sacramento area. The night is hosted by comedian-actor Buddy Rahming 8pm. Monthly from 3/10. No cover. 1913 Del Paso blvd.

PuNCH LINE: Sacramento Comedy Showcase. Spotlighting comedians from Sacramento, this event features a rotating cast of upand-coming comedians. 8pm. wednesday 3/11. $12. 2100 Arden Way, Suite 225.

StAB! CoMEdy tHEAtER: Unmotivated. Two of the biggest slackers on Earth, David Samuel and Sam Hochhalter, attack successful people on their new podcast, Unmotivated. 7pm. Friday 3/6. $5. 1710 Broadway.

StAB! CoMEdy tHEAtER: Late Week Leftovers Open Mic. Late Week Leftovers wraps up your weekend nice and tidy with an open mic bow. Come see an assortment of some of the best and some of the rest before you have to face the reality of the work week again. 8pm. Sundays 3/8. $5. 1710 Broadway.

SACRAMENto CoMEdy SPot: Squad Patrol. Dark, literate, mildly classy, plus lasers and swearing, Squad Patrol is Comedy Spot’s live, main-stage sketch comedy show, similar to Saturday Night Live and Key and Peele. Enter a world of stories told through jokes about cat detectives, sexual tension on construction job sites, the horror of bats and banana slugs, Casio keyboards and more. 8pm. Friday 3/6. $8. Harold Night. Harold Night is part of our up-andcoming talent night series. You will see new comedians, some seasoned veterans and everything in between. 8pm. wednesdays 3/11. $6. 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

REFuSEd: Metal band Refused will be

MAoLI: Maoli, which translates to “native” in Hawaiian, started in Maui with Glenn Awong and Kana Akiu-Corpuz writing original music during their sophomore year of high school. 8pm, $16-$18. Harlow’s, 2708 J St.

for their 10th annual Mama’s Makin’ Bacon Drag Brunch. At this event, they’ll highlight the drag culture that is unique to Sacramento by bringing in local kings and queens. 11am, $70-$160. The Grand Hotel, 1215 J St.

$35. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

saturday, 3/7

GREEN EyEd MISFItS: Folsom-based band

MAMA’S MAKIN BACoN: All aboard The Mama’s

FItZ ANd tHE tANtRuMS: Fitz and The Tantrum

Sacramento has a history with coyotes. They wander along our rivers, SAMMIES chase your PHoto by maria ratinova cat, show up in Midtown and every now and then they’ll form a rock band. OK, not really. 2020 SAMMIES nominated rock band Band of Coyotes is a group of human musicians, but they can go wild. The group of self proclaimed “vagabond songwriters” came together to form a rock, blues, folk-influenced sound. Head down to The Russ Room to see what all the fuss is about, and I’m pretty sure they won’t chase your cat. 730 K St., solomonsdelicatessen.com.

show to support recording, mastering and release. 7pm, no cover. Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 2nd St., Davis.

sunday, 3/8


will be coming to Sacramento to perform live electronic dance music. 7pm, $25. Ace of Spades, 1417 R St.

Wednesday, 3/11

SAMMIES R&B/Soul nominee Mona Villamayor performs a Nooner CSUS UniverSity Union, noon, no Cover

2020 SAMMIES R&B/Soul nominee Mona Villamayor will be performing live at the Sac State Nooner series in a free concert. There will SAMMIES even be free popcorn for attendees if Villamayor’s soulful voice isn’t enough to bring you in. In Villamayor’s own words: “I write straight from my heart and soul. I want [the audience] to know that they’re not alone. It’s OK to be vulnerable. It’s OK to express your emotions and be your true self.” See her perform live before SAMMIES voting ends on March 11. 6000 J St., theuniversityunion.com.

PHoto by maria ratinova

SATURdAy ANd SUNdAy, 3/7-8 I shouldn’t have to egg you on to come to the Nor Cal Eggstravaganza Crowne Plaza norTheasT, 8am-5Pm, no Cover

Eggs. You eat them boiled or scrambled, you throw them  as young immature children, you lay them if you happen  to be a hen. Furthermore, you can jewel,  FESTIVALS bead, carve, etch, Feberge them and way  more. Eggs are some versatile embryonic development  chambers. For 30 years, the Northern California  Eggstravaganza Egg Show & Sale has celebrated the  world of egg-based artwork, and for two days it will be  celebrating with the public at this no cover egg-fest.  International egg artists will be teaching seminars  and exhibiting and selling art made from eggs as big  as an ostrich’s to as small as a finch’s. 5321 Date Ave.,  norcaleggshow.com.

THE BENVENUTI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: Max  Amini Live in Sacramento-2020 World Tour.  World-touring comedian Max Amini presents  his 2020 World Tour in Sacramento.  8pm. Saturday 3/7. $35-$95. 4600 Blackrock Drive.

ON STAGE AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE THEATRE: North Star.  Set in North Carolina in the 1960s, this is  the story of Relia, an African-American girl  searching for her place to shine in both  society and her personal life. The joyous  innocence of Relia’s summer is transformed  by the rising tensions of the growing civil  rights movement.  Various times. Through 3/8. $12-$15. 4700 College Oak Drive.

GREEN VALLEY THEATRE COMPANY: Sweeney  Todd. Sweeney Todd, whose real name is  Benjamin Barker, uses his new alias to  resume work in his barber shop above Mrs.  Lovett’s struggling pie shop after being  wrongfully sentenced to life imprisonment  by the corrupt Judge Turpin. Sweeney  swears vengeance on the entire human  race, murdering as many people as he can,  inspiring the integration of a new ingredient  into Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies. Mrs.  Various times. Through 3/7. 3823 V St.

HARRIS CENTER: Chicago. The longest-running  American musical in Broadway history,  Chicago returns to Stage One with its universal tale of fame, fortune and all that  jazz with one show-stopping song after  another.  Various times. Through 3/8. New  York Gilbert & Sullivan Players The Mikado.  New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present  this new production of The Mikado.  7:30pm. Through 3/12.   10 College Pkwy, Folsom.

HOUSE OF OLIVER: Little Shop of Horrors. Meek  floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles  across a new breed of plant he names  “Audrey II” after his coworker crush. This  foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down  and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding  it blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out-of-this-world origins and  intent towards global domination.  6:30pm. Through 3/29. $35. 3992 Douglas Blvd. Suite  140, Roseville.

JEAN HENDERSON PERFORMING ARTS: Lerner  & Loewe’s Camelot. Based on T.H. White’s  novel, The Once and Future King, Camelot  tells the story of Arthur, a young squire  who becomes king after extracting the  sword Excalibur from its legendary rock.  Camelot opens in the midst of the battle that  destroyed King Arthur’s kingdom and goes  back to tell the story of how the battle came

to be.   Various times. Through 3/28. $20. 607  Pena Drive, Davis.

more than 20 resident artists inside three  floors of open studios in Midtown’s entertainment district.  Various times. Through 4/5. No cover. 1931 L St.

PENCE GALLERY: Call to Artists-Emerging


adventure begins.  Various times. Through 3/7. $12-$18.50. Hutchinson Drive, Davis.

MCLAUGHLIN STUDIO THEATRE: Starkid’s  Firebringer. At the dawn of humanity, one  tribe of cave-people survives the many  trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. Jemilla  taught her people to express themselves,  rather than bashing each others’ heads with  rocks and eating each others’ babies. But  one member of the tribe doesn’t seem to fit  in. Zazzalil is always trying to invent things  to make life easier for herself. While out  hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in  history, one that will pit her tribe against  woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers,  and change the world forever.  Various times. Through 3/15. $0-$18. 3470 Swetzer Road,  Loomis.

MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM: A Bronx Tale.  Broadway’s crowd-pleaser A Bronx Tale  takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the  1960s, when a young man is caught between  the father he loves and the mob boss he’d  love to be. Bursting with dance numbers  and original doo-wop tunes from Academy  Award and Tony Award-winner Alan Menken  and Tony nominee Glenn Slater, A Bronx  Tale is a story of loyalty and family.  Various times. Through 3/8. $70-$77. 1515 J St.

ART ELK GROVE FINE ARTS CENTER: 8th Annual Open  Fine Arts Competition. Five media categories  including oil/acrylics, water media/mixed  media, drawing/pastels, photography and  three-dimensional art will be accepted  for this competition. Awards for first and  second place in each category, best of show  and people’s choice will be given.  Various times. 3/7-27. 9080 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk  Grove.

JAYJAY: Critical Matters 2.0, New work by  Robin Hill. Robin Hill’s work focuses on the  intersection between drawing, photography  and sculpture. Her underlying conceptual  thread is her interest in collection, extraction and representation and in transforming  seemingly inconsequential matter into  meaningful statements, which ultimately  become a mediation on time.  Various times. Through 3/28. No cover. 5524 B Elvas Ave.

KENNEDY GALLERY: Modern Abstracts Exhibit.  Kennedy Gallery celebrates works from

Artist Award 2020. The Pence Gallery  announces that its Emerging Artist Award  2020 is now open for application at www. callforentry.org. This award supports the  creation of new work by emerging artists  in California and the opportunity to share  that work through an exhibit and artist  talk.  Various times. Through 4/3. Laurelin  Gilmore & Liz Webb The Stories We Tell  Ourselves. The Stories We Tell Ourselves  includes narrative work by figurative artists Liz Webb and Laurelin Gilmore. Typically  centering on a female figure, Liz Webb  sculpts clay and arranges them into poetic  scenes. Laurelin Gilmore’s paintings use  mythology and legend to create depictions  of surreal creatures.  Various times. Through 3/29.   Water + Color National Juried Exhibit.  Come see Pence Gallery’s watercolor show  that exhibits artwork by more than 30 artists, juried by Sandy Delehanty. This show  includes a variety of styles, subjects, colors  and compositions.  Various times. Through 3/31. No cover.  212 D St., Davis.

SACRAMENTO POETRY CENTER: Sibling Revelry  Poetry Reading. Two award-winning sisterpoets, one from Chicago and one from  California, perform selections from their  new collections of poetry. As Sibling Revelry,  they bring laughter to pathos, empathy  to childhood memories.  7:30pm. Monday 3/9. 1719 E 25th St.

SECOND BITE: Second Bite Techno Feminist  Art Installation. This exhibit uses dozens of  Apple computers combined with powerful  imagery and mesmerizing music to create  an immersive space. As a unifying theme, the  installation is a celebration of women, with  representations from various cultures and  throughout all stages of life, from infancy to  elderly.  7pm. Through 4/30. No cover. 1930 5th  Street, Behind Suite C, Davis.

contemporary design works by UC Davis  students, which are also showcased,  highlighting the continuing relevance of traditional cultures.  Various times. Through 4/18. No cover. 1 Shields Ave., Davis.

MUSEUMS CALIFORNIA MUSEUM: Small as a Giant. A  photography exhibit that tells both the  individual and societal stories of teens  sentenced to life in prison. The artist has  spent the last two years visiting inmates  in prison and formerly incarcerated people  on location throughout the state.  Various times. Through 3/15. $0-$9. Toyo Miyatake  Behind the Glass Eye. This temporary exhibition chronicles the life and work of Los  Angeles-based photographer Toyo Miyatake.  Miyatake was incarcerated at Manzanar,  where he documented iconic images of life  for Japanese Americans during World War II  behind barbed wire.  Various times. Through 4/19. $0-$9.  1020 O St.

CALIFORNIA STATE RAILROAD MUSEUM: “White  Out!” Exhibit at Railroad Museum. For  a limited time, visitors to the California  State Railroad Museum have a special  opportunity to see a 251,000-pound rotary  snowplow, along with a compelling new  exhibit titled “White Out! A Collision Course  with Nature.”  Various times. Through 4/1. $6-$12. 111 I St.

SACRAMENTO HISTORY MUSEUM: Underground  Tours. Come see and learn how Sacramento  lifted itself up out of the flood waters during  the 1860s and 1870s. Tour guides explain how  the streets and buildings were jacked up to  avoid further flooding as visitors explore  two spaces that were created by the city’s  successful raising process.  Various times. Through 3/31. $12-$18. 101 I St.

UC DAVIS: Appreciation and Adaptation  Homage to Global Textiles. The exhibition  features traditional textiles from Africa,  Asia and South America that have inspired


PERFORMING ART CENTER: Mr. Burns The Post  Electric Play. When nuclear power plants  across the country begin to “go up,” a small  group of survivors gather in the woods and  begin to recount an episode of The Simpsons.  Over the course of the play’s three acts  and three-quarters of a century time span,  casual storytelling evolves into theater, theater evolves into ritual and one Simpsons’  episode evolves into a myth and legend for  a post-apocalyptic world.  Various times. Through 3/15. $18. 383 Freeport Blvd.

SOFIA TSAKOPOULOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS:  Byhalia Mississippi. Jim and Laurel are  a young married couple, struggling with  employment, parental interference and the  impending birth of their first child. But when  something happens that turns their world  upside down, can they find their way back to  each other?  Various times. Through 3/7. $28$47. 2700 Capitol Ave.

UC DAVIS MAIN THEATRE, WRIGHT HALL: Peter  and the Starcatcher. Based on the novel  Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry  and Ridley Pearson, and adapted for the  stage by Rick Elice, the play begins as a  young orphan and his mates are shipped off  from Victorian England aboard a vessel with  a mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin.  When the ship is taken over by pirates,  led by the fearsome Black Stache, the real

ThURSdAy, 3/5

SAMMIES Folk/Bluegrass nominee Jessica Malone will be performing at The Pour Choice The Pour ChoiCe, 6:30Pm, Call for Cover

Ah, the soothing sound of a singer-songwriter  whose windy voice whisks you away to being  on the road, on the move, driving  SAMMIES through flatland rural landscapes  on your way somewhere you don’t quite know  yet. Or in other words, Jessica Malone’s music.  The four-time SAMMIES winner is trying for  a fifth in the Folk/Bluegrass category. See  the woman behind the awards at The Pour  Choice and decide for yourself if she deserves  another SAMMIE. 177 Sacramento St., Auburn,  thepourchoice.com.


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Friday, 3/6 1St FrIdAyS PAINt ON PurPOSE PArty:

sPorts & oUtdoors sUnday, 3/8 SuNSEt/MOONLIGHt HIKE: ARC staff member Julie Allen leads this moderate hike of 3 miles, starting with an immediate elevation gain on the first mile up the Western ridge at Cronan Ranch. You will then hike up and down on the rolling ridge with views of the moon and river below. 6pm, $5$10. American River Conservancy, 348 State Highway 49, Coloma.

taKe action satUrday, 3/7 4tH INtErNAtIONAL wOMEN’S MArCH: The 4th International Women’s March is taking to the streets of Sacramento. Marchers will meet at SEIU 2015 and march past the ICE Detention Center on their way to the Capitol. 10am, no cover. SEIU 2015, 681 W. Capitol Ave., West Sacramento.

Join Classy Hippie Tea and experience a different kind of paint party. Start the weekend with an adults-only evening that combines creativity, wine and paint. 7pm, $35-$45. Classy Hippie Tea Co., 3226 Suite A Broadway.

satUrday, 3/7 CELL PHONE ArtIStry: Betty Sederquist, local photographer and teacher, will guide you through this short, fun workshop on the basics of phone photography and at some of the many photo apps available. You’ll receive a list of apps to download the week of the class. 1pm, $65-$75. Nature Center, 348 Highway 49, Coloma.

tUesday, 3/10 StruM FOr FuN @ ML KING LIBrAry: The Sacramento Guitar Society, a nonprofit educational and arts organization, is offering a free community service to get you on your way to playing the guitar. Join weekly for a “Strum-inar,” where you decide what song you want to learn to play. 4pm, no cover. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 7340 24th St. Bypass.

StruM FOr FuN @ NOrtH NAtOMAS LIBrAry:

classes tHUrsday, 3/5 SKEtCH 101 CLASS: Sketch 101 will teach students the basics of writing sketch comedy scripts and developing characters, as seen in television shows such as SNL, MadTV and Key and Peele. Students will learn Comedy Spot sketch theory and several methods of generating ideas with a clear focus. At the completion of this class, students will have several finished sketches and characters to use. 7pm, $150. Sacramento Comedy Spot, 1050 20th St., Suite 130.

The Sacramento Guitar Society helps you on your way to playing the guitar. Join weekly for a “Strum-inar,” where you decide what song you want to learn to play. 3:30pm, no cover. North Natomas Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia.

events Friday, 3/6 SuPEr SMASH BrOS tOurNAMENt: Test your Super Smash Bros skills at this tournament hosted at the Sacramento State University Union. 1:15pm, no cover. Sacramento State, 6000 J St.

Friday, 3/6

SAMMIES nominee in Americana and New Artist, Brotherly Mud perform at Old Ironsides Old IrOnsIdes, 9pm, $12

When someone said to me, “Hey, have you heard of this band, Brotherly Mud?” I said, “No, tell me more.” They said, “Well they’re an Americana band with a folk style. The SAMMIES four-piece band plays with banjos, mandolins, upright guitars, the works. In fact they’re nominated for a 2020 SAMMIES award in the Americana and New Artist categories. If you hadn’t heard of them until now, you might want to consider going to their concert at Old Ironsides before SAMMIES voting ends. They’ll be performing with Ben Morrison.” And I said, “OK.” 1901 10th St., theoldironsides.com.






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THURSDAY 3/5 ArmAdillo music

207 F ST., DAvIS, (530) 758-8058


2003 k ST., (916) 448-8790

PopRockz 90s Night, 10pm, no cover

The BoArdwAlk

9426 GREENbAck LN., ORANGEvALE, (916) 358-9116

Wacken Metal Battle USA, 7pm, $10

War of Ages, Convictions, Haunted By Day, Shorelines, Aspen Way, 7pm, $12

Sequin Saturday, 9:30pm, call for cover

Pool Party, no cover

Every Damn Monday, M, no cover; Noche Latina, 10pm, T, no cover

1001 R ST., (916) 443-8825

Irish Jam Session with Stepping Stone, 8pm, no cover

Hank & Lulu, Hannah Lingrell, 9pm, $5

Who Can Sleep, KC Shane, 9pm, $5

Golden 1 cenTer

76ers vs Kings, 7pm, $21-$171

GoldField TrAdinG PosT

Boy Named Banjo, me&you, 7:30pm, $12

Ezra Bell, The Sam Chase, 7:30pm, $10

Mustache Harbor, The Yacht Rock, EXPLOSION!, 10pm, $15-$18

Maoli, CRSB, Eazy Dub, 9pm, $16-$18

Pimp Tobi, 7pm, $15

The Holdup, Grieves, K-OTTIC, P.MO, CaryG, 7pm, $20-$75

Cemetery Sun, The Jacks, The Color Wild, The New Crowns, 7pm, $10

1217 21ST ST., (916) 440-0401

Singer/Songwriter Live, 7pm, call for cover

Ross Hammond, 5pm, call for cover

louie’s cockTAil lounGe

Karaoke, 9pm, call for cover

Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30pm, no cover; Two20 Band, 9pm, no cover

memoriAl AudiTorium

A Bronx Tale, 2pm, 8pm, $26-$90

old ironsides on The Y

1517 21ST ST.


3030 MATHER FIELD RD., RANcHO, (916) 362-9151 1515 J ST., (916) 808-5181

1901 10TH ST., (916) 443-9751 670 FULTON AvE., (916) 487-3731


When We Were Colored, 2pm, W, $20-$30 Chris Renzema, Ry Cox, 7pm, M, $12$15; Drake Bell, 7pm, W, $15-$100 Local Showcase, 7pm, T, $5; Louis XIV, The Silent Comedy, 7pm, W, $10

Trivia, 7:30pm, call for cover

Open-mic, 5pm, T, call for cover

Karaoke, 9pm, call for cover

Sugar Shack, 5pm, call for cover

Karaoke, 9pm, M, call for cover

A Bronx Tale, 8pm, $33-$102

A Bronx Tale, 2pm, 8pm, $33-$102

A Bronx Tale, 2pm, $38-$102

Remedy 7 Benefit show, 6pm, $0-$25

Brotherly Mud, Ben Morrison, 9pm, $12

Lipstick!, 9pm, $5

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California’s cannabis culture is rooted in advocacy and grassroots policy change, one quality that sets the Golden State apart. It was the first state to legalize medicinal cannabis use in 1996, followed by recreational use in 2016. But cannabis is still illegal under federal law, and continues to carry a stigma. Perpetuating falsehoods about a medicinal drug that’s known to alleviate cancer-related side effects and improve mental health prevents people who may benefit from seeking the drug as a possible remedy or silences them. It can also cause unnecessary judgment and fear. 40





While the image and reputation of cannabis have a long way to go, there are a number of ways the everyday user can help the cause move forward. Here’s how users and advocates can continue to destigmatize its use.

Change the dialogue Cannabis has picked up a number of street names and monikers throughout the years: ganja, weed, chronic, Devil’s lettuce. According to research by the Global Commission On Drug Policy, there is

throughout the years, so has the wealth of knowledge and clinical research. Yet easily-debunked myths are still reported as news. Some still regard cannabis as a gateway drug even though, according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “the majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, ‘harder’ substances.” One of the best ways to help destigmatize cannabis use is by education. Take advantage of resources including SN&R’s Cannabis section or websites such as California Weed Blog that feature events, local information and cannabis news so that you can refute inaccuracies. It’s easy for others to pass judgment and regurgitate oversimplified or inaccurate talking points. Stay informed and get versed on how cannabis can benefit your friends, family and community.

Cannabis use is often depicted as being immoral and dangerous (Reefer Madness anyone?), or there’s something “wrong” with people who use it. A number of studies, however, have shown that not only does cannabis use have health Enjoy responsibly benefits, but it’s safer than both alcohol Use cannabis and embrace the lifestyle and tobacco. with intention. Most consumers It’s perplexing given the partake privately in their rooms or normalization of the alcohol industry homes—or they keep that part of their and its culture despite it being harmful lives hidden from people they know— and a potential cause of death, unlike and stigma plays a part in that. cannabis. A mom can post a photo of While it’s understandable to a large glass of red with a cute wine caption and rack up likes on Instagram. not welcome more negativity in today’s trigger-happy environment, The reaction would be entirely it actually handicaps the cannabis different if she was holding a vape pen image. If common perception is that or lighting up a joint or bowl. cannabis users are immoral, Casually broach the topic unprofessional or lazy, of cannabis with people then being an example the same way you of a responsible would a new IPA While the image consumer, or wine. Offer and reputation especially with friends and respect to family the of cannabis have a those around opportunity to long way to go, there you, directly try cannabis combats that. in a safe are a number of ways That does not environment the everyday user can mean becoming such as your a person who home. If you’re help the cause move enjoys cannabis an influencer or forward. indiscriminately. a frequent user of California law forbids social media, consider cannabis use near schools incorporating cannabis and day cares where children content into your feed and may be present, as well as public places highlighting your canna-life on stories where tobacco is prohibited. You can help and channels. make the image around cannabis a positive Educate and research one by knowing your state and local laws and being a responsible, respectful and The stigma against cannabis is informed advocate in your community. Ω strengthened by stereotypes and propaganda. As use has increased

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I do. I mean it’s not my recipe, but from the legendary cannabis breeder and master cultivator known as Subcool. (May he rest in peace; he just passed away after a long illness.) He created a “super soil” containing every ingredient needed to grow fantastic weed. Pros and amateurs all over the world use Subcool’s dirt recipe to grow top-shelf cannabis plants. The ingredients are easy to find and the recipe is fairly scalable so you can make as much or as little as you need. And since his recipe takes about a month to “cook”—it’s essentially a cannabis-friendly compost—now is the perfect time to get started. You can find his recipe all over the web, but if you are hella lazy or just stoned, here’s a link: freecannabis.com/ forums/resources/ subcool’ssuper-soil--improved.9/. I am sure Subcool would want you to grow the dankest buds ever this year.

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What can be done? I’m glad you asked. The one and only Rob Bonta, who is one of the most cannabis-friendly legislators of all time, has introduced a bill that would prohibit most businesses (school bus drivers still can’t smoke weed, so all the “WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!?” alarmists can relax) from firing medical cannabis patients who test positive for pot. “To be discriminated against by your employer because of the type of medicine you use is both inhumane and wrong,” Bonta wrote in the Los Angeles Times. “Medical cannabis, as recommended by a doctor, should be given a similar reasonable accommodation as all prescription drugs.” He is correct—and he is not alone. There are 16 other states that offer some form of employment protection to adult cannabis users. Just because someone uses cannabis they don’t automatically become a bad employee. In fact, they are probably better employees because they don’t show up to work hung over. California should be leading the league in cannabis acceptance. I’m glad someone in the Legislature is willing to at least attempt uphold people’s right to be a cannabis user and a productive member of society. Call your reps and tell them to support the Bonta bill, Assembly Bill 2355. Peace. Ω

Pros and amateurs all over the world use Subcool’s dirt recipe to grow top-shelf cannabis plants.

Can I really get fired for cannabis use? I am sober at work. I thought weed was legal in California. What gives?

Yes, you can really get fired. In fact, there’s a clause in Proposition 64, the 2016 initiative that legalized adult-use cannabis, that explicitly allows employers to fire people who test positive for cannabis use. Yes, it is bulls--t. And before you say anything, just know that in 2008 someone in California already tried to sue. The courts upheld the employer’s right to fire folks for weed way back in 2008. Look up Ross v. RagingWire if you must.

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don’t believe in keeping secrets from you, My buddy’s girlfriend sits home all day watching reality TV shows like Love and unless it’s a birthday surprise or something Hip Hop and then accuses him of doing the like that, but I value our privacy.” By things that the people on the show have shifting the conversation from emotional been caught doing. I can swear he isn’t drama to emotional intimacy, your friend doing any of the stuff she accuses him can keep his relationship together. That is, if of doing. He’s a good guy and completely his girlfriend is also willing to grow in her faithful to her. She creates a lot of drama capacity to love. Without her commitment, and that causes him a ton of stress. I try the relationship is stuck. In that case, he to help him out, offer suggestions and the should move on. Otherwise, he’ll be her like, but feel like I’m coming up short. emotional punching bag. Any advice? The other issue is this Tell your friend to get ahead woman’s creative energy. of his girlfriend’s game. Reality show People who possess a Love and Hip Hop is an talent for the creative scripts are written over-the-top television arts but lack an outlet show about making to trigger chaos and will infuse creative it in the music filmed to enhance the thinking into areas industry. It plays of their life where feeling of being a voyeur. into the stereotype it doesn’t belong. that creative people Viewers too easily forget So if your friend’s can’t thrive without they are watching a girlfriend channels her extreme emotions, imagination into writing fantasy. and so creatives stories, making collages or stir arguments by any another form of expression, means necessary, ignorant she will have less energy to pour of the adrenaline it causes or the into developing storylines in her life that addiction to adrenaline they’re forming. mimic what she sees on reality TV. After It is categorized as a reality show, which all, the acronym LHH also means Laughing means that each character’s role leans into Hella Hard, which is what we should do a pathological type. Reality show scripts anytime we catch ourselves thinking that a are written to trigger chaos and filmed reality show is real. Ω to enhance the feeling of being a voyeur. Viewers too easily forget they are watching a fantasy. MEDITATION OF THE WEEK The next time your friend’s girlfriend lobs an accusation, he should check a fan “If women talk in ways expected podcast that offers episode summaries or, of them or project a feminine better still, the show’s Twitter account. demeanor, it’s seen as weak. But From her accusation he can scroll through if they talk in ways associated and figure out which episode she watched. with men or bosses, then Then he can quickly determine the show’s they’re seen as too aggressive. Whatever they do violates one theme and use it to create distance between or the other expectation,” said fantasy and reality. It’s easier than it sounds. Deborah Tannen, a professor of Let’s say she calls your friend and linguistics. What stereotypes accuses him of ignoring problems. Your do you give your life energy to friend can scroll the show’s main Twitter keep alive? account. When he does, he will find a 15-second clip in which a character named Trick is said to be struggling with denial. Write, email or leave a message for Your friend can use that information to Joey at the News & Review. Give your name, telephone number formulate a response: “Did you see the new (for verification purposes only) and question—all episode that dropped with that guy named correspondence will be kept strictly confidential. Trick? I watched a clip that made him Write Joey, 1124 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento, CA look like he didn’t have a clue about the 95815; call (916) 498-1234, ext. 1360; or email difference between privacy and secrecy. I askjoey@newsreview.com. 46






in a glorious, ever-rising upward arc. The more usual pattern is gradual and uneven. Each modest ascent is followed by a phase of retrenchment and integration. In the best-case scenario, the most recent ascent reaches a higher level than the previous ascent. By my estimate, you’re in one of those periods of retrenchment and integration right now. It’s understandable if you feel a bit unenthusiastic about it. But I’m here to tell you that it’s crucial to your next ascent. Let it work its subtle magic. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are most likely to be in sweet alignment with cosmic rhythms if you regard the next three weeks as a time of graduation. I encourage you to take inventory of the lessons you’ve been studying since your birthday in 2019. How have you done in your efforts to foster interesting, synergistic intimacy? Are you more passionately devoted to what you love? Have you responded brightly as life has pushed you to upgrade the vigor and rigor of your commitments? Just for fun, give yourself a grade for those “classes,” as well as any others that have been important. Then— again, just for fun—draw up a homemade diploma for yourself to commemorate and honor your work. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Are you ready to seize a more proactive role in shaping what happens in the environments you share with cohorts? Do you have any interest in exerting leadership to enhance the well-being of the groups that are important to you? Now is an excellent time to take brave actions that will raise the spirits and boost the fortunes of allies whose fates are intermingled with yours. I hope you’ll be a role model for the art of pleasing oneself while being of service others. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cancerian author Lionel Trilling (1905–1975) was an influential intellectual and literary critic. One of his heroes was another influential intellectual and literary critic, Edmund Wilson. On one occasion, Trilling was using a urinal in a men’s room at the New School for Social Research in New York. Imagine how excited he was when Wilson, whom he had never met, arrived to use the urinal right next to his. Now imagine his further buoyancy when Wilson not only spoke to Trilling but also expressed familiarity with his work. I foresee similar luck or serendipity coming your way soon: seemingly unlikely encounters with interesting resources and happy accidents that inspire your self-confidence. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Poet Conee Berdera delivered a poignant message to her most valuable possession: the flesh and blood vehicle that serves as sanctuary for all her yearnings, powers, and actions. “My beloved body,” she writes, “I am so sorry I did not love you enough.” Near the poem’s end she vows “to love and cherish” her body. I wish she would have been even more forceful, saying something like, “From now on, dear body, I promise to always know exactly what you need and give it to you with all my ingenuity and panache.” Would you consider making such a vow to your own most valuable possession? It’s a favorable time to do so. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Luckily, the turning point you have arrived at doesn’t present you with 20 different possible futures. You don’t have to choose from among a welter of paths headed in disparate directions. There are only a few viable options to study and think about. Still, I’d like to see you further narrow down the alternatives. I hope you’ll use the process of elimination as you get even clearer about what you don’t want. Let your fine mind gather a wealth of detailed information and objective evidence, then hand over the final decision to your intuition. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Certain artists are beyond my full comprehension. Maybe I’m not smart enough to understand their creations, or

I’m not deep enough to fathom why their work is considered important. For example, I don’t enjoy or admire the operas of Wagner or the art of Mark Rothko. Same with the music of Drake or the novels of Raymond Carter or the art of Andy Warhol. The problem is with me, not them. I don’t try to claim they’re overrated or mediocre. Now I urge you to do what I just did, only on a broader scale. Acknowledge that some of the people and ideas and art and situations you can’t appreciate are not necessarily faulty or wrong or inadequate. Their value may simply be impossible for you to recognize. It’s a perfect time for you to undertake this humble work. I suspect it will be liberating. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Scorpio-born Ralph Bakshi has made animated films and TV shows for more than 60 years. His work has been influential. “I’m the biggest ripped-off cartoonist in the history of the world,” he says. Milder versions of his experience are not uncommon for many Scorpios. People are prone to copying you and borrowing from you and even stealing from you. They don’t always consciously know they’re doing it, and they may not offer you proper appreciation. I’m guessing that something like this phenomenon may be happening for you right now. My advice? First, be pleased about how much clout you’re wielding. Second, if anyone is borrowing from you without making the proper acknowledgment, speak up about it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): “Vainly I sought nourishment in shadows and errors,” wrote author Jorge Luis Borges. We have all been guilty of miscalculations like those. Each of us has sometimes put our faith in people and ideas that weren’t worthy of us. None of us is so wise that we always choose influences that provide the healthiest fuel. That’s the bad news. The good news is that you now have excellent instincts about where to find the best long-term nourishment. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Poet Adrienne Rich wrote, “When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her.” I believe this same assertion is true about people of all genders. I also suspect that right now you are in a particularly pivotal position to be a candid revealer: to enhance and refine everyone’s truth-telling by being a paragon of honesty yourself. To achieve the best results, I encourage you to think creatively about what exactly it means for you to tell the deep and entire truth. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Through some odd Aquarian-like quirk, astrologers have come to harbor the apparently paradoxical view that your sign is ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. At first glance, that’s crazy! Saturn is the planet of discipline, responsibility, conservatism, diligence and order. Uranus is the planet of awakening, surprise, rebellion, barrier-breaking and liberation. How can you incorporate the energies of both? Well, that would require a lengthy explanation beyond the scope of this horoscope. But I will tell you this: During the rest of the year 2020, you will have more potential to successfully coordinate your inner Saturn and your inner Uranus than you have had in years. Homework: Meditate on how you will do just that. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 1637, renowned English poet John Milton wrote “Lycidas,” a poetic elegy in honor of a friend. Reading it today, almost four centuries later, we are struck by how archaic and obscure the language is, with phrases such as “O ye laurels” and “Ah! who hath reft my dearest pledge?” A famous 20th-century Piscean poet named Robert Lowell was well-educated enough to understand Milton’s meaning, but also decided to “translate” all of “Lycidas” into plainspoken modern English. I’d love to see you engage in comparable activities during the coming weeks: updating the past; reshaping and reinterpreting your old stories; revising the ways you talk about and think about key memories.




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