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RedRover Takes the Lead for Domestic Violence Awareness Month


id you know that one in three women and one in four men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime? And that 48 percent of domestic violence survivors stay with their abuser in fear of what could happen to their pet if they leave? And did you know that even if they do leave, only 10 percent of domestic violence shelters in the U.S. accept pets?

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and RedRover is working to break down the barriers to safety by raising awareness about the issue and providing grants that enable survivors to escape abuse with their pets. Since helping its first survivor of domestic violence with a RedRover Relief Safe Escape grant in 2007, RedRover has awarded 767 grants to help 1,350 people with 30,232 nights of boarding for their pets. Since 2012, RedRover has given 100 Safe Housing grants to domestic violence shelters in 37 states, totaling more than $850,000. Earlier this year, RedRover joined forces with Purina to launch the Purple Leash Project, an extension of RedRover’s Safe Housing program. These grants allow shelters to build on-site housing for pets. During the month of October, RedRover + Purina’s Purple Leash Project are holding a “Take the Lead” social media challenge to help raise awareness about the need for more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters. Participants will post pictures with their pets wearing either a limited-edition Purple Leash Project leash or cat collar and share why they are taking the lead on this issue. RedRover and Purina will continue to work towards the goal of having at least one pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in each state. Currently, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and West Virginia shelters have NO pet-friendly domestic violence shelters. outwordmagazine.com

Here are ways you can get involved: • Be Vocal. Help spread awareness about the lack of pet-friendly options for domestic violence survivors. Visit www. PurpleLeashProject.com to stay informed on all the ways to become involved. Post your support on social media by using #PurpleLeashProject to take a stand for the belief that pets and people deserve to escape abuse and heal together. • Connect to your local DV Shelter. Reach out to your local domestic violence shelter to see how you might be able to help the survivors in their care, and ask if they accept pets now or are interested in resources to become pet-friendly (if so, tell them about the grants). • Support the Purple Leash Project. The mission of the Purple Leash Project is to increase the number of pet-friendly domestic violence shelters, and with your help, this goal can be reached even faster. You can donate to this cause by making a donation directly to RedRover at www. PurpleLeashProject.com. If you or someone you know or love is a victim of domestic abuse, call or visit the Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 for support and resources: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). To find a domestic violence shelter that accepts pets or offers services for pets, visit safeplaceforpets.org. To learn more about RedRover and its work bringing animals from crisis to care, visit RedRover.org.

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Outword Unleashing the Benefits of Mass Transit in Sacramento County Staff PUBLISHER Fred Palmer A RT DIRECTOR/ PRODUCTION Ron Tackitt GRA PHIC DESIGN Ron Tackitt EDITOR editor@outwordmagazine.com A RTS EDITOR Chris Narloch SA LES Fred Palmer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Chris Allan Matthew Burlingame Diana Kienle Chris Narloch PHOTOGRA PHY Charles Peer Ron Tackitt ON THE COVER Pet Photo Contest Winner Kennedy With Towel Human, and photographer Noe Sauro DISTRIBUTION Kaye Crawford Michael Crawford


he urban growth from Downtown to Citrus Heights, from Rancho Cordova to Folsom, from Elk Grove to the bustling suburban neighborhoods has brought increased opportunity to Sac County residents. As we celebrate this expansion, we cannot overlook the increasing traffic congestion and rising transportation costs. Emissions from vehicles has been identified as the leading cause of air pollution in our area and has again placed Sacramento this year 15th on the list of US cities with the worst air quality. Residents of all ages are expressing concern that transportation is not keeping pace with the need for reliable and safe travel. Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) recognizes this gap and has the vision to be a major part of the solution. Sacramento Metro Advocates for Rail and Transit (SMART), a new, broad-based coalition of business, labor, and community leaders, supports the plans of the Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) to modernize and enlarge its system to provide the transportation backbone Sacramento County needs to continue growing and thriving while containing congestion and transportation costs. However, in order to implement these plans, SacRT must be provided increased funding to underwrite new and expanded light rail and bus service. The Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are recognizing the urgent need for improved transit to meet future mobility challenges. They are taking action by investing in and extending major transit lines Bart and Caltrain. Meanwhile, stagnant transportation efforts in Sacramento combined with the

influx of Bay Area residents risks further gridlock and congestion. That is, unless we also make the same necessary commitment to invest more in our transit system. SacRT has developed plans to reconfigure its bus routes for greater frequency, reliability, and convenience. SacRt has received national accreditation for its efforts to lower fares, offer free student ridership and modernize its rail system. However, if SacRT remains restricted to current funding, investments in extending light rail to Sacramento International Airport and Elk Grove; running express trains between Downtown and Folsom; expanding bus services to reach more neighborhoods; and making the system safer and more accessible will be unattainable. Insufficient funding to

support these improvements will impair the future of mobility and stunt economic growth. That is why SMART urges the Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) to add a measure to the 2020 ballot for greater allocation of Measure A funds to SacRt. Funds will support SacRt’s plans to reduce congestion, increase mobility, reduce air pollution, create jobs, boost the economy, and help fight global warming. The STA will decide this fall whether to proceed with the ballot measure and, if so, which projects to fund. SMART encourages all Sacramentans to let the STA know that we can only realize the dreams for our future with the investments in the transit development projects that SacRT has identified. This the best way to ensure that everyone keep moving smoothly, safely, and affordably.

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Five Common Myths About Being Trans (And Why They’re Wrong!)


adly, there are so many prevailing myths around transgenderism that it’s hard to answer them all. GI Collection is a transgender clothing, beauty and support services brand that is committed to empowering and helping the trans community. Here, founder Carmen Liu shares five common myths about being trans.

1. They’re all escorts – trans people are not a sexual commodity, dreamed up by porn sites and salacious gossip magazines. There are trans escorts, but they’re a minority. 2. They’re gay – the myth that trans people are really just gay people ‘in disguise’ is still a common one, despite it… making no sense at all. 3. It’s just a phase – changing your entire gender is not a decision that can be taken lightly. In almost all cases, it’s been a long and difficult road to realisation. 4. They’re just being ‘fashionable’ – people often assume that transgenderism is a recent, ‘trendy’ thing, but there are accounts of trans people on 3,000-year-old Indian wall carv-ings! 5. They’re confused – in fact, the opposite is true. Trans people aren’t confused – they know they’re in the wrong body. Taking the steps to change this is one of the bravest and most challenging decisions a person can make.

ABOUT GI COLLECTION Founded by Carmen Liu, GI Collection is a first of its kind brand designed exclusively for transgender women, including the world’s first transgender lingerie brand. GI Collection includes a unique series of products and services, aimed to help transgender women feel both genuinely feminine and sexy. The brand comes as a stark contrast to the limited choice of ghastly and masculine products currently on the mark et , which can prevent transgender women feeling like the women that they are. Despite elements of progress over the last few years, transgender people are still shunned from society and discriminated against unfairly, plus they often lack psychological/ emotional support when it comes to making the transition. But GI Collection is aiming to change things, one leap at a time. www.gicollection.


he Sacramento French Film Festival will present a full day of Gallic cinema featuring four of the finest French films of the year, presented on the giant screen of the Esquire IMAX Theatre on K Street, this Oct. 27. This 6th MiniFest (the one-day version of their main Festival each June) will include “Someone, Somewhere” (pictured) starring Francois Civil and directed by Cedric Klapisch. outwordmagazine.com

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Nobody Said It Would Be Easy - Read “Me” by Elton John


words by Terri Schlichenmeyer, photograph by Jayne Moore

ou have your eyes set on something but doing it will take time, sacrifice, and effort. You’ll get things right, but you’ll also get in your own way before you get to where you want to be and if you don’t believe that, then read “Me” by Elton John.

On and off through most of his life, Elton John had a tumultuous relationship with his mother. She was sometimes angry, sometimes abusive, rarely loving, but she did one important thing for him: she introduced him to Elvis Presley music. Though John says he’d wanted to be a musician since he was very small, the 78 RPM his “mum” brought home opened a window for a huge record collection, a passion for seeing live music, and a dream of playing in a band onstage. Soon, he was gigging with regional bands and accidentally meeting people who would help his career. At nineteen, he was still a virgin, still naïve about being gay, and rather blithe about his natural ability to write music. That was okay, though; he’d met Bernie Taupin, who wrote lyrics over breakfast and together, they’d pen hits by lunchtime. At twenty-two, John had fallen in love with a man, was no longer a virgin, and “things [professionally] were starting to move, very gradually.” Just one year later, he performed for the first time in America. Through his early career, stardom gave John a delightful platter of surprises and he seized most everything that came his way: singers he admired praised him, famous people he’d watched wanted to meet him. He later hobnobbed with royalty, both the music kind and the Buckingham Palace kind. He fell in love, married, divorced, and fell into an obsession over something that made his life so, so much harder… There is a certain aura surrounding the first third of “Me,” and it’ll charm the socks off you: author Elton John writes about his childhood, quickly, before he leaps into the bits about his early career with a sense of wide-eyed awe at what life had just handed him. If he’d said “Gee whiz!” even once, you’d understand. Alas, after the kid-in-a-candy-store naiveté


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evaporates and his career takes off, John’s account of his young-manhood seems jaded; he says he was “exhausted” by constant work and pressures, and the second third of his book shows that in the voice readers see. Here – in the stories of parties, recording sessions, and industry goings-on – the tale starts to slip into that which plagues so many star biographies: name-dropping and seemingly unnecessary sameness. It would

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mar the book, were it not for the sense of droll humor that John continues to pack around his anecdotes. By the final third of this book, we get a settled John who’s clean, happier, less frenetic but still funny. Here’s where readers reach what is likely familiar, as though we’ve read this book before. But, of course, you haven’t because “Me” is John’s first and only biography and enjoying it is easy.


Boy Wonder Smashes Gender Norms With Launch Of Clothing Line Anchored In Unicorns, Rainbows And Pink


oy Wonder, a gender stereotype-defying clothing line, officially launched. The woman-led business was created by two mothers to address the fact that unicorns, rainbows, cats, sparkles, and other themes are typically found only in girls’ clothing, and there are many young boys yearning for more variety in their clothing choices as a means to express their interests.

The debut collection includes themes and colors ranging from cats to unicorns and pink to rainbows. All the clothes are ethically produced with soft fabrics, deep pockets and functional drawstrings in the pants. The line is designed with active children in mind. An April 2019 crowdfunding campaign for Boy Wonder reached funding goals in 8 hours and ended up bringing in over 400% of the original goal, demonstrating a market need for the clothing line’s unique offering. “My son always tells people his favorite color is ‘rainbow.’ But shirts with rainbows or even just bright colors are only in the girls’ section,” co-founder of Boy Wonder and Chief Creative Officer Eva St. Clair said. “As a parent, I think it’s important for his development to encourage him to

embrace what he loves rather than force him into a narrow definition of masculinity.” “Boy Wonder directly supports this sea change,” said co-founder and CEO Rebecca Melsky, “The clothing communicates to everyone who sees boys wearing it that all the colors and all the topics are for both boys and girls. It’s a completely different message from mainstream gendered clothing that relies on stereotypes. Our hope is that when people see boys wearing pink and rainbows, the conversation for those boys will change to one that affirms the broad range of boys’ interests - not only that they themselves find value in them, but that we adults do too - and chip away, just a little, at the societal norms that breed toxic masculinity.” Boy Wonder can be purchased at www.boy-wonder.com.

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Midtown Association to Add All-Weather Umbrellas to Bark Dog Park

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s part of an elevated focus by the Midtown Association to showcase, activate and energize five Midtown parks, the process will begin next week to install seven all-weather umbrellas at Truitt Bark Park. Popular among residents and their furry friends alike, Truitt Bark Park is located at 1818 Q Street in the heart of Midtown. Truitt Bark Park first opened to the public in July 2017 and features separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs, lighting, trees and public art that includes an iconic dog-themed mural as a focal point. The latest enhancement process will begin the week of October 21 and the project is expected to be completed in mid-November, pending favorable weather conditions. While some minor fencing will be up throughout the process, Truitt Bark Park will remain open to the public for most of the construction period except for a few days the week of October 21. During that time, concrete will be poured and allowed to set properly with hardware in the seven holes to secure the all-weather umbrellas. Once installed in November, the new umbrellas will provide protection from the rain in the winter months and offer

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much-needed shade during the summertime. The all-weather umbrellas are made possible with great support from Sutter Health, Capital Area Development Authority, Tricorp Group, Inc, QUADRIGA, Councilmember Steve Hansen and the City of Sacramento, and the Midtown Association. Midtown Parks is a newly established non-profit 501(c)(3) arm of the Midtown Association that dovetails with the mission of the organization to create a center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in Sacramento’s urban core. Truitt Bark Park is one of five centrallylocated parks in the district that will be enhanced through the organization’s programming; other parks include Fremont Park (1515 Q Street), Marshall Park (915 27th Street), Winn Park (1616 28th Street) and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (2701 L Street). To find out more about the Midtown Parks program, please visit www.MidtownParks.org outwordmagazine.com

S.M.A.R.T. Volunteers are Hard at Work at Front Street


t the Front Street Animal Shelter, only 1 out of 3 dogs and 1 out of 10 cats are found by their owners - and we’re doing everything we can to change that.

One of the biggest obstacles facing owners who lose a pet is lack of knowledge. The average citizen doesn’t know which local shelters exist, which is the right one to check, and what other strategies they should use. For example, many owners look for lost cats and lost dogs in the same way, even though their behavior (and the strategies that work to find them) are completely different. This lack of knowledge often causes owners to adopt a “wait and see” mentality, hoping the pet will simply return home. To solve this, and with support from Petco Foundation, Maddie’s Fund, The Jackson Galaxy Project, WaterShed Animal Fund, ASPCA, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, and Best Friends Animal Society, we created a lost pet texting program to guide owners through every step of finding their pet, including sending links to view pets at the shelter every 3 days, in-depth video tutorials, and other key resources. We sent out postcards holding magnets, stickers, and emergency wallet cards to 135,000 residences in the city, so families have the right information on hand as soon as the pet goes missing.

Lost pet reports can now be done on our website, and our staff actively compare those reports to animals at our shelter, as well as found pet reports submitted by those who find an animal and still have them in their custody, in the hopes of reuniting the pet before they ever have to come to the shelter. Our S.M.A.R.T. (Sacramento Missing Animal Response Team) volunteers are hard at work, posting every dog who comes to the shelter to Nextdoor and scanning Craigslist to make lost pet matches. We also utilize Facebook and a skip tracing service (like those used by debt collectors) to track down owners when other means of contact aren’t available. We offer free ID tags and $5 microchips every day of the week, and give new digital license tags with every City of Sacramento license. If someone finds your pet, they can scan the QR code or call the number on the tag so the company can connect you to the finder. It is our hope that these strategies will make a major impact, helping pets in our shelter get back to the families that love them, or even better, prevent them from coming to the shelter in the first place.


f you’re in the market for some sinister sounds this Halloween, check out Sharon Needles’ brand new EP “Spoopy.” To kick off this spooky season, Needles, the drag queen of Halloween (and a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner), covers such iconic classics as “Monster Mash,” “Spooky,” “Highway to Hell,” “Somebody’s Watching Me,” and “Devil With A Blue Dress.” outwordmagazine.com

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Out & About With Matt by Matthew Burlingame


he City of Trees never fails to disappoint this time of year as our streets become a backdrop of radiant colors to the coming holiday celebrations. Now more than ever our need to support one another and embrace our diversity is key to building the equal and just future we all hope for. However there’s no reason we can’t have fun while doing it! Fun is the defining theme of Outword’s Liquid Therapy Happy Hour at Badlands, 2003 K St. on November 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Always a great way to spend time with your community and possibly win a few prizes along the way! This month’s Drag Queen Bingo will benefit the Sacramento State PRIDE Center which creates and maintains a campus environment that is open, safe, and supportive of student diversity in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity/ expression. Arrive early on November 7 at Mango’s Sacramento, 1930 K St. and enjoy dinner before the fun. Rainbowchamber.com. Can’t get enough drag queens and Bingo? The Sacramento Bingo Center, 3399 Arden Way is having a night of your favorite local queens hosting your favorite game of chance on November 2 at 8 a.m. The evening will be hosted by Misha Rockafeller and featuring DoMe Moore, Betty Booger and Taryn Thru-U, will feature up to $1000 payouts and will be raising money for Golden Rule Services. Sacramentobingocenter.com. Don’t forget the Sacramento LGBT Center’s Vision of Equality fundraising luncheon at Beatnik Studios, 723 S Street on November 6 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring your checkbooks as it’s a fundraiser for their Get Centered program kicking off the year-end giving season. Saccenter.org. So much amazing theater happening over the next few months! Indulge in the Halloween spirit with Evil Dead: The Musical for mature audiences through November 2. Sutterstreettheatre.com. On November 8 embrace the Christmas spirit with Broadway Sacramento’s A Christmas Story: The Musical at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. Broadwaysacramento.com. Want to feel a little of both? Come to the Nightmare Before Christmas Free Movie Night October 25 at 7 p.m. and October 26 at 9:30 p.m. at the Jack Rabbit Brewing Company, 1323 Terminal St, West Sacramento. The event is family friendly, costumes are encouraged, bring camp chairs to sit on and your favorite snacks. Jackrabbitbrewingcompany.com. Tickets are now on sale for the smash hit Tony Award®-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. The long awaited Broadway on Tour production will be storming into the Memorial Auditorium January 15-26. Broadwaysacramento.com. The Ms. Sacramento Leather Contest strives to provide representation, outreach, service and education to the Sacramento Valley Area leather, fetish, and kink communities. Come join the meet and greet with 2018’s Ms. Sacramento Leather Tiffany on October 25 at The Bolt Bar, 2560 12 Outword Magazine

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Boxwood St. and attend the contest on October 26 at Turn Verein Hall, 3349 J St.-26. MsSacramentoLeather.com. Celebrate the music of the legendary George Michael with the moving tribute “Fastlove” on October 24 at the Harris Center in Folsom. The live performance will feature the greatest hits from both his solo career and Wham! Harriscenter.net. Badlands Sacramento, 2003 K St. is where it’s at Halloween week! The 2019 lineup includes Man Candy, Halloween Costume Contests, Boo Bash Drag Show, Monster Ball 2019, Rocky Horror Picture Show Singalong, and Trapacana: All Hallow’s Eve Bash. Check for dates and times at Badlandssac.com. Congratulations to Jim Jordan on the return of a monthly cabaret! Check it out at

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groovy time was had by all at the 3rd annual DECADES Dance Party at Sidetrax in Midtown! DJ Swex turned out all the funky tunes with luminaries Alice Cooper, Madonna and the Bee Gees in attendance (or their fabulous look-alikes). Stefan Murphy, Michael Steele and Derek Roberts thrilled the crowd with an impromptu “Hustle” to win the 70s hour costume contest. The event was a fundraiser for the Rainbow Chamber Scholarship fund. Hosted by Rainbow Chamber, Jody Pribyl, and Outword Magazine.

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Angelina & Almodovar At The Movies Plus A New Film From Bong Joon-ho


by Chris Narloch

hen fall arrives, darkness descends on movie theaters, and Pain and Glory The great Spanish director Pedro Almodovar (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous so I have four fine films to recommend this month that Breakdown”) returns with a movie that will probably win the Best Foreign Film Oscar next put the final nail in the coffin of sunny summer cinema. year and could even sneak in to the Best Actor and Best Picture categories. A great Antonio Banderas stars in Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical tale of a famous film director who reflects on the choices made in his life, as the past and present come crashing down around him. Penelope Cruz, Cecilia Roth and Julieta Serrano costar in this intensely moving drama, which is a must-see for fans of world cinema. “Pain and Glory” is currently scheduled to open at Sacramento’s Tower Theatre on Nov. 1.

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The Addams Family

I am a hopeless fan of the creepy cartoons by Charles Addams that appeared for many years in The New Yorker -- they were also adapted in to live action films and now an animated feature for children. “The Addams Family” is that movie, and although the film didn’t blow me away it retains enough of Addams’ subversive wit to be entertaining in its own right – the darkness is a welcome relief from the usual sunniness of most animated kids’ flicks. The ‘goth girl goes to school’ storyline afforded Wednesday (Chloe Grace Moretz) is nicely inclusive, and the film benefits greatly from a top-notch voice cast that includes Charlize Theron (Morticia), Oscar Isaac (Gomez), Finn Wolfhard (Pugsley), Snoop Dogg (Cousin Itt) and the one and only Bette Midler (as Grandmama).

Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil The battle of the cheekbones has begun, as Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer battle it out for the heart and the soul of Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) in this sequel to the original 2014 Disney hit. If you act fast, you can see the movie on the really big screen of Sacramento’s Esquire IMAX Theatre on K Street, and that’s the best way to enjoy the magical, CGI-filled world of “Maleficent” (and all of those amazingly chiseled cheekbones). Visit www.imax.com/theatres/ esquire-imax.

A still from Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.”

Parasite I haven’t seen it yet, but “Parasite” is receiving ecstatic reviews for Bong Joon-ho, the great South Korean screenwriter and director of “Snowpiercer,” “The Host,” “Mother” and “Okja.” The movie is described as a fantastic, genre-hopping shocker “about how greed and class warfare threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan”. “Parasite” is currently scheduled to open at Sacramento’s Tower Theatre on Nov. 8. outwordmagazine.com

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Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s “Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil.”

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The Bay Area Gets Haunted This Halloween


by Chris Narloch

here are plenty of terrifying things to do in Sacramento this Halloween, but if you’re planning to be in the Bay Area this season, check out one of these events – in S.F. and San Jose – where horror fans can really step it up a notch. Winchester Mystery House

The spookiest house in Northern California – and one of the most haunted houses in the world – is horrifying visitors this Halloween season with an exciting lineup of events for all ages. The Winchester mansion in San Jose was once the personal residence of the late Sarah Winchester, the eccentric (some would say crazy) widow of William Winchester, who made his fortune from Winchester rifles. Sarah turned her Queen Anne-style Victorian home in to a genuine architectural oddity that is really something to see. You can check out the Winchester Mystery House and also celebrate Halloween season until Nov. 2. Activities include Sarah’s Spirited Supper,

a gourmet Halloween-themed dinner in the beautiful ballroom, and a free trick-or-treat trail for children on October 26 & 27. Less expensive than the supper is “Unhinged,” the all-new thrilling immersive horror experience in which guests can enjoy festive decorations and activations, including an all-new 3D projection mapped light show in the Estate’s front gardens that uses the home’s unique architecture as a canvas. Also, don’t miss the giant edible gothicinspired replica of the Winchester Mystery House created by Christine McConnell, of Netflix’s “Curious Creations of Christine McConnell,” on display in the Mercantile. For more information, visit www. winchestermysteryhouse.com.

Go “Into T he Dark” this Halloween season in San Francisco.

Into The Dark Meanwhile, in San Francisco, from the wonderfully warped minds of Peaches Christ and David Flower, a series of terrifying attractions are taking place at the Old Mint, a historic building at 5th and Mission Streets that is currently used for special events. Christ and Flower are celebrating the season in style and employing more than 100 local artists (the majority of which identify as LGBTQ+) in the creation of “Into The Dark”, a not-to-be-missed destination for horror this Halloween that is scaring the Bay Area through Nov. 10. 20 Outword Magazine

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The two attractions under the “Into The Dark” banner are “Terror Vault,” a fully immersive haunted attraction featuring a brand-new storyline, sets, characters, and footprint in the iconic building, and “Apocalypse,” a zombie-filled escape room experience. The two attractions combine elements of theater, special effects, haunted mazes, games, and puzzles. In addition to the two interactive haunted attractions, there is also a themed bar, café, arcade room, retail store, Instagram rooms, and more. Visit www.intothedarksf.com. outwordmagazine.com




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Christmas Comes Early At Broadway Sacramento


by Chris Narloch

wo classic movies transition to the musical stage this month, courtesy of Green Valley Theatre Company and Broadway Sacramento. They bring their latest productions, “The Rocky Horror Show” and “A Christmas Story The Musical,” to our area this October and November, respectively. Cast members from Green Valley T heatre Company’s new production of “T he Rocky Horror Show”

The Rocky Horror Show Dr. Frank-N-Furter and his freaky friends return to Roseville this Halloween for Green Valley Theatre Company’s annual holiday engagement of “The Rocky Horror Show,” which usually sells out every performance, so get your tickets while you can. Green Valley has been performing this cult classic for so long that they like to

mix things up by injecting a different theme into the festivities each year – adding a 1920s Speakeasy angle for 2019. This is the live stage show – not a shadow cast – and Green Valley’s 11th Annual production of “Rocky Horror” performs at the Tower Theater on Vernon Street in Roseville through Nov. 2. Visit www.greenvalleytheatre.com.

Benefiting You’ll shoot your eye out at “A Christmas Story T he Musical.”

Thursday, November 7th 7-9pm • $20 Come Early for Burgers & Beer! Mango’s, 20th & K

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A Christmas Story The Musical

One of the finest recent screen-to-stage movie musicals, “A Christmas Story The Musical” preserves all of the charm of the original story of young Ralphie and his Christmas dream – to get a Red Ryder BB gun. The songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award®-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Academy Award®-winning film “La La Land” brings the classic 1983 movie to

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hilarious life on stage this November, for ten days at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium. Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The New York Times writes, “I was dazzled. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.” “A Christmas Story The Musical” plays Nov. 8-17, 2019. For more information, visit www.broadwaysacramento.com. outwordmagazine.com


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photo courtesy of Addicted Underwear

Addicted Underwear Breaks Out Its “Flammable Ice” Winter 2020 Collection


ddicted, the naughty little sister brand of ES Collection, is heating up winter with its “Flammable Ice” underwear collection. The sophisticated new line features padded garments, some with faux fur, and introduces thermal laminated textiles including 3D spacer; a highly breathable, cushioned, multifaceted fabric that is water resistant and provides a solid and comfortable fit. “This winter’s underwear collection is designed to transport men to the kingdom of their deepest fantasies,” explains Chris Lynch of Addicted USA. “It’s sporty, stylish and futuristic.” The “Flammable Ice” collection contains tight-fitting briefs, boxers, jocks and long johns in bold primary colors and camouflage prints. “‘Flammable Ice offers the quality, fit and comfort Addicted has become famous for,” continues Nir Zilberman from the Barcelona headquarters. “All gear is designed with fashionable gay men in mind. They are intended for guys who feel good about themselves, are comfortable with their bodies and are daring enough to be overtly racy.” As always, all garments in the collection are finely and meticulously crafted by Addicted’s superior artisan team. “As a men’s fashion label, materials and craftsmanship are top priority,” designer Carmen Monforte confirms. “More time is put into the sewing of each garment so that they are built to last, even through the roughest play. They are tailored to fit every body type perfectly.” One of the most exciting new components to “Flammable Ice” is the addition of 3D spacer. Unlike regular, 2D fabrics, Spacer uses two separate fabrics,

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joined by a microfilament yarn. It creates a breathable, 3D “microclimate” between each layer of the brief. Heat and vapor leave the body, moving to the brief’s first highly permeable layer. Then, cool air provided by natural ventilation pushes the heat and vapor out, providing temperature control and maximum air circulation in the brief. “Gear is also interchangeable,” adds Lynch. “They’re perfectly suited to be worn in the gym, bed, or outdoors in the snow. Who says sports briefs can’t be sexy too?” The pictorial campaign, directed by the renowned photographer Leonardo Corredor, captures the steamy side of Addicted’s “Flammable Ice” collection. The provocative images of half naked men frolicking in the snow have been a big hit on the brand’s social media. Addicted is the sister line from ES Collection, the popular men’s athletic wear company. Since 2009, the brand has been dedicated to the design, manufacturing and sale of men’s underwear, swimwear, and sportswear. It was founded by Eduardo Suner, also the founder of ES Collection, and has distinguished itself by setting trends and pushing the envelope in stylish, sexy and very wearable men’s fashion. Addicted’s “Flammable Ice” collection is sold directly at AddictedUSA.com. outwordmagazine.com

pet picture contest


Model: Arlie in the Park Human and Photographer: Glenn Springs


1st Place is on the cover!

honorable mention

Model: Jamie the Alpaca Humans and Photographers: Ryan and Molly

Model: Zoe with Teddy Bears Human and Photographer: Kris Ritualo

other contestants:

Model: Tip the Cat Human: Stephanie S.

Models: Papa and Pigeon Human: Tyler Monk

Model: Oliver Human: Renee

Model: Bark Human: Zack

Model: Princess, Pepper and Blanche Human: Robert Greene

Model: Marvelous Mad Madam Mim Human: Sarah and Jon

Model: Her Human: Amy M.

Model: Cal Human: Kona Kaaihue


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Advertiser Directory ACCOUNTING/TAX PREP RUSSELL, CPAS Jason Russell, CPA Lic. 99177 Jason@RussellCPAs.com 916-966-9366


L’AMOUR SHOPPE 2531 Broadway, 916-736-3467 SUZIES ADULT STORES Multiple locations www.suzies.com/locations.html


M. JANE PEARCE 455 University Ave. Ste 370. 916-452-3883



ELK GROVE SUBARU 8585 Laguna Grove Dr., Elk Grove, 877-360-0259 ElkGroveSubaru.com ELK GROVE DODGE, CHRYSLER, JEEP 8575 Laguna Grove Dr., Elk Grove, 877-399-4262 ElkGroveDodge.com


BADLANDS 2003 K St., 916-441-6823 SacBadlands.com THE DEPOT 2001 K St., Sac, 916-441-6823 TheDepot.net SIDETRAX 2007 K St., 916-441-6823 facebook.com/sidetraxsac

CANNABIS DISPENSARY ABATIN 2100 29th St., Sac., 916-441-7966 www.abatinsacramento.com


FAT’S CATERING 916-441-7966 www.fatscatering.com


HEALING TOUCH CHIROPRACTIC Dr. Darrick Lawson, 1919 21st St, Ste. 101, 916-447-3344 www.FixMyBack.com


ERIC GROVE, DDS KENDALL HOMER, DMD 9216 Kiefer Blvd., STE 5 916-363-9171 grovehomerdentists.com

DINING/BEVERAGES ERNESTO’S MEXICAN FOOD 1901 16th St. 916-441-5850 ernestosmexicanfood.com

MEN’S CLUBS STEVE’S 1030 W. 2nd St., Reno 775-323-8770 www.StevesReno.com


MICHAEL POLAND Movement Mortgage 916-936-3710 michael.poland@movement.com

LA COSECHA - THE HARVEST 917 9th St. 916-970-5354 lacosechasacramento.com

JEREMY WILLIAMS Positive Lending 707-592-1732 cell jeremy@mrhomeloans.com

LUCCA RESTAURANT & BAR 1615 J St., 916-669-5300 www.LuccaRestaurant.com MAYAHUEL Corner of 12th and K St. 916-441-7200


CAMERON YEE, O.D. 6407 Riverside Blvd., 916-395-0673 DrCameronYee@aol.com





MIDTOWN FINANCIAL Al Roche, 1750 Creekside Dr. Suite 215, 916-447-9220 MidtownFinancial.net

UNIVERSITY AUDIOLOGIC, INC. Deborah Powell, M.S., 1325 Howe Ave., Ste. 101, 916-927-3137


PERFECTION HOME SYSTEMS 916-481-0658 www.HotCold.com

HEALTH SERVICES CAPITAL CITY AIDS FUND 1912 F Street, 916-448-1110 ONE COMMUNITY HEALTH 1500 21st St., 916-443-3299 onecommunityhealth.com


LELAND INSURANCE Bill Skinner, 916-428-1309 bill@lelandins.com STATE FARM INSURANCE Stephanie Slagel, 916-485-4444 StephanieSlagel.com

HOUSE CLEANING 916-507-5375 www.saccleanliving.com


WEAVE 916-920-2952 (24/7) www.weaveinc.org

FRIENDS OF THE SAC. PUBLIC LIBRARY 8250 Belvedere, Ste. E, 916-731-8493

IL FORNAIO 400 CAPITOL MALL, 916-446-4100 www.ilfornaio.com/sacramento

HOUSE 2 OM 916-833-8510 www.house-2-om.com


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LAVENDER LIBRARY 1414 21st St., 916-492-0558 LavenderLibrary.com

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EARTH GUARD PEST SERVICES 916-457-7605 contact@earthguardpest.com

GRATEFUL DOG 430 17th Street, Sacramento 916-446-2501 gratefuldogdaycare.com LUCKY BUDDY PET CARE 916-505-4375 LuckyBuddyPetCare.com


PUCCI’S PHARMACY 2821 J Street, Sacramento, 916-442-5891 www.puccirx.com


COLDWELL BANKER Mark T. Peters, 916-341-7794 www.MarkPeters.biz Tim Miguel, 916-798-0746 www.TimMiguel.com MCMARTIN REALTY Brian McMartin, 916-402-4160 brian@brianmcmartin.com McMartinRealty.com

THEAT ERS & MOVIES BROADWAY SACRAMENTO BROADWAY AT MUSIC CIRCUS & BROADWAY ON TOUR 916-557-1999 www.BroadwaySacramento.com MONDAVI CENTER 1 Shields Ave, Davis, 530-754-5000 www.mondaviarts.org/events


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