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dive in One Hundred and Fifty Melissa welliver Issue 150 is in your hands. ONE-HUNDRED AND FIFTY! Honestly that seems insane when I think about it. We’ve had 150 issues printed, delivered them all over the Sacramento region 150 times and we probably have had more than 750-plus interviews printed with artists, musicians, athletes, comedians, chefs, bartenders, entrepreneurs, the list goes on… When we first started, I really didn’t consider what it would be like to design an issue with a number past 100 on the cover. Not because I thought we wouldn’t make it, I just thought it would take forever to get to that point. Well, issue 100 came and went about two years ago and it’s been difficult to remember what number we’ve been on ever since. It all seems like a blur. We’re always checking with each other here at Submerge, like, “What issue number are we on now?” Maybe we should have changed to volumes and issue numbers, with the volume number being total years in print and the issue number being how many there are out in a year. Math is not my specialty but if that were the case, since we started at the beginning of 2008, I think this would be Volume 6, Issue 24. We’d be coming up on Volume 7 this coming 2014! So in business terms, that means we’re seven years old, right? Or are business birthdays similar to human birthdays and after we finished our first year we were finally 1? That damn question troubles my brain every year. Gasp. How old are we going to be in January!? I’m just going to say 7. Am I wrong? Please feel free to email me to set me straight. I mean, I’m OK with 6…that’s just as legit. Anyways, when we reached our 50th issue, which is what we felt was our first huge milestone, we celebrated with a rad party at Marilyn’s on K. It feels like just yesterday when Tais, CHLLNGR and DJ Mike Diamond killed it at that party in January 2010. Issue 100 was a big one. We celebrated in December 2011 at Ace of Spades with Sister Crayon, Tera Melos, ZuhG and Ganglians. Not only was it a lot of work to promote a show that big, but I found it challenging because many holiday parties interfered with some of our friends being able to attend. Though it wasn’t sold out, I feel like it should have been. But it was a success regardless, because major fun was had by all in attendance. There are roughly 26 issues of Submerge per year so every two years another 50 gets added to the toll. Now here’s where I have to break it down for you, we slipped. We are not throwing a party celebrating issue 150 and I’m sorry. It just snuck right up on us. Between me and our co-founder Jonathan getting married this past September and then the holidays are feeling like they came out of nowhere, plus all the work that went into this year’s Holiday Gift Guide (starting on page 22), we done fucked up and completely spaced that this year was a “milestone year.” Not to mention it threw us off that issue 150 was falling upon us in November. All I have to add I guess is this, we’re so sorry for not having a fun party where you can listen to some good bands and party your face off with us. We’re tossing around the idea of throwing a shindig toward the beginning of next year. Just keep picking Submerge up and you’ll stay in the loop, and that goes beyond waiting to hear when we announce our next party. Always pick us up to keep in the loop on music, art and comedy shows as well as other random culture/lifestyle things happening in our lovely city of Sacramento. Pro tip: if you happen to be in Sacramento visiting family for Thanksgiving and find yourself loving Submerge, you can read our digital issues even when you’re back home (wherever that may be) by going to our website,, and clicking on the magazine cover on the right hand side. Read on. Enjoy issue 150, Melissa-Dubs

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You know your group is tight when you can enter a studio, press record and with everyone playing all together in one room make an awesome sounding live album. Local indie/pop group Musical Charis recently did just that and they’re releasing the songs, along with DVD footage of the session, at Harlow’s on Friday, Dec. 6 when they will be opening for Dishwalla. The Charis recorded seven songs in Los Angeles on Nov. 11 at Velveteen Laboratory, a studio owned and operated by Taylor Locke from the band Rooney. “Taylor is a genius. It was an honor to work with him,” Blake Abbey, one of the founders of Musical Charis, told Submerge. “It actually sounds better than all of our CDs,” he said of the live recording, which features Abbey on acoustic guitar/kick-drum/ tambourine and his wife Jessie Abbey on the Rhodes/synth/hi-hat (they both sing), as well as Joe Kye (violin), Sam Barlow (electric guitar), Colin Vieira (bass) and Marc Del Chiaro (electric guitar). JMB Records is putting out the release on Jan. 1 via iTunes (both DVD and audio), so the Dec. 6 show at Harlow’s is your shot to get your hands on the physical release. If you head over to Facebook. com/musicalcharis, you can check out a video the band posted of a song called “Anatomy” to give you a feel for how fantastic the audio sounds. Musical Charis is one of the best sounding live bands from Sacramento, and this live EP/DVD combo will only further prove that point.

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Have you ever listened to a live comedy album or watched a comedy special on TV and wondered about the people in attendance laughing in the background? Like, who is that guy with the growl-y laugh or the lady with the shrieky laugh? Did these people know they were walking into a live taping that night? If so, why didn’t that one dude with the weird hair sticking up bring a comb? Well, here’s your chance to be one of those people and claim your spot in comedy history! Sacramento comedian Keith Lowell Jensen is recording his new album for Stand Up! Records live at the Sacramento Comedy Spot on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Atheist Christmas show will also be shot with three different cameras for a special which will be available as Video on Demand and DVD. Jensen has performed at Skepticon, Reasonfest, The American Atheists 50th Anniversary Convention and at comedy clubs all over the country. This will be his second album on Stand Up! Records and fourth overall. Doors open for the album taping on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. Cover is $12 and tickets are available online through

It will be a night of sevens when local rock duo Blue Oaks release their debut single on 7-inch vinyl on Dec. 7 at Starlite Lounge. There are seven total bands, it’s on Dec. 7, celebrating Blue Oaks’ 7-inch release, all for a $7 cover with a door time of, you guessed it, 7 p.m. Blue Oaks’ vinyl single, which is limited to 300 unique random colored copies (no boring black records here!), features the song “Hit by a Train from New York City Blues” on the A-side with the track “Skeleton Key” on the B-side. You can hear “Skeleton Key” at We’re really digging Blue Oaks’ gritty, bluesy vibe and can’t wait to hear more from this promising up-and-coming local act. Their release show also features bands like The Kelps, Drive-Thru Mystics, Autumn Sky and more. Get there early, as they will have giveaways for the first 50 people to arrive. Photo: Dennis Scott


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The Optimistic Pessimist A guitar is a very versatile instrument. It lends itself to any genre of music. Guitars also come in many varieties, as do guitar players. These guitar players may play their guitars in different ways to get different sounds for different reasons, but something about them all is the same. When these guitarists play guitars, they all push their chins out. It’s called guitar chin (aka gitchin, the gitch) and it will afflict anyone who straps on a six-string shred stick. Some may be better at fighting the gitch than others, but they will eventually succumb. Watch closely the next time you see someone play a really complicated part and you will see their mandible creeping forward. Men, women, children…it’s all the same. Now that you know what is happening, it’s time to ask why. Surely, it’s just a sign of concentration, right? That explains why everyone’s chins pop out when they get to the hard bits; but, by that reasoning, shouldn’t a more seasoned player stick his/her chin out less?

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Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Guitar greats from Jimmy Page to Jimi Hendrix have all been caught in photos or on film, gitchin out. Also, if gitchin is a sign of concentration, why don’t we do it in other contexts? I’m not rockin’ a gitch while I write this. Players on a basketball court aren’t running jaw first. Maybe guitar players are just biting their lower lips to make them feel the music more. There are people out there who enjoy being bitten for freaky-deeky reasons, or because experiencing pain makes them feel more alive, but that can’t account for everyone. For the rest of us, lip-biting during a song is usually kept to a minimum. Maybe we let it out after an epic solo, but we generally feel the music through the vibration of the sound waves themselves and not through a pain in our lips. While it may not be the result of pain, Gitchin could be a way of showing how tough a guitar player is. The guitar chin face, with its jutting chin, furrowed brow and squinty

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eyes, could be viewed as a slightly aggressive face. That would seem to support this theory, but the reasoning unravels when we remember that singers, not guitar players, are the drama queens in any band. If someone is starting fights, it’s undoubtedly the singer. Besides, guitarists don’t want to punch people; it could mess up their picking hand. If it’s not physical, perhaps it is a matter of history. Guitar playing is passed down from teacher to student. That teacher may be an actual guitar teacher or just a guitar hero whose licks you try to copy, but everyone learns from someone. Those teachers themselves learned from someone else before them and so on and so forth. Each one studied the moves of his predecessor, mimicking the techniques and styles on their own road to finding their sound. If that were the case, then we should be able to trace back to the very first guitar player and find a gitchin. Some claim that an Italian named Gaetano Vinaccia invented the modern acoustic guitar, but after months of exhaustive research, I

was unable to locate any photos of him playing the guitar, let alone showing his gitchin. However, he does have a rather prominent beard in some of the photos I found. While that may be enticing evidence, it is still not enough to serve as proof. As Winston Churchill once said, “[Gitchin] is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Psychology, science, the code of the street and history all fail to explain why the gitchin exists. Is the gitch a leftover of evolution from a time when we held strings made of animal guts between our teeth and toes to pluck away at while we killed time between hunting and gathering? The cave paintings depicting this haven’t been found yet, so we just don’t know. Seeing the guitar chin often makes us feel better as it means someone is playing music. Perhaps then, gitchin is the answer to all that ails us. That’s how it worked in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, anyway, and that might be proof enough for me.




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How many times have you said to yourself, “This year, I’m finally going to complete my holiday shopping early”? Despite the promised commitment, we always find ourselves at the mall days before our gifting deadlines, with thousands of other shoppers, dodging pedestrians in the parking lot, hustling through the stores and impatiently sighing in a seemingly endless line to the cash register. Let’s face it, there is a fine line between anxious, last-minute shoppers and a mob riot…and it’s best not to test its borders. Thankfully, Bows and Arrows will be hosting its handmade shopping event and bazaar, Makers Mart, on Dec. 8, where you can support local makers while enjoying the live DJ, awesome food and generous drink specials. This is your opportunity to select one-of-a-kind gifts for all your friends and Even though desserts are in the smallest loved ones. The event will take place in the alley category at the top of the food pyramid, they next to the shop and most vendors accept cash only. are loaded with health benefits. Consider You can get more info on the event and opportunities chocolates and port wines. Chocolate is an to vend at The event goes awesome treat, but did you know it’s beneficial from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., so stop by and avoid all the to areas beyond your taste buds? Studies have unnecessary holiday hassle! found that a small daily intake of gourmet chocolate (basically, the stuff you can’t buy in a liquor store) contains compounds that can increase your brain functioning. It stimulates blood flow to the brain, strengthens connections in memory and attention, and increases the release of those awesome Calling all Roller Ball and Whip It fans and adrenalinefeel-good endorphins. Similarly, port wines seeking enthusiasts alike. Sac City Rollers are presenting are loaded with antioxidants and Resveratrol their annual two-day roller derby event, Red Red Holiday (a free radical associated to healing injuries, 8! On Dec. 7 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (10 a.m. to 5 reducing inflammation of cells and delaying p.m.) come and enjoy the women’s two-day round robin aging). Indulge yourself in these health benefits tournament, along with men’s and junior’s mixed oneat Revolution Wines’ Port & Chocolate Dessert hour scrimmages at the Nor Cal Indoor Sports Center in Special on December 14. The entrance fee is $6 Woodland. More than 25 leagues from all around California for wine club members and $12 for those who will be represented in this awesome holiday event that’s aren’t. Chef Rachel’s house-made chocolates sure to put smiles onto the sternest Debbie Downers. Tickets will be paired with their 2008 California State are available at the Arden, Downtown and Sunrise Dimple Fair double gold winning Late Bottled Vintage Records locations, or online at Port. RSVP to this awesome event at Rwwinery. com before space fills up! It’s the tastiest way to benefit your health.

Watsky is clever. It’s apparent through his instrumental manipulations; he takes beats, samples and melodies from a variety of artists (Deer Tick, Kanye, Hall and Oates and Snoop Dogg to name a few) and intelligently reconstructs specific aspects of tempo and placement, while supplementing his own musical ideas. Watsky is a poet. His lyrics are an evolved version of spoken word; he transforms situations of humor, irony, emotion and honesty into incredibly visual wordplay and smooth poetic phrases. His lyrical intentions can be confrontational, but he presents them in a very approachable manner. Watsky is an entertainer. He’s enthusiastic, engaging, animated and unpredictable…and he’s going to be performing at Sacramento State on Dec. 5 (tickets can be found at Watsky is not someone to miss. Not only does he have incredible stage presence, but he is the kind of artist that leaves you feeling kind of inspired after listening to his music. Get your tickets; you’ll be regretting it if you don’t.


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hances are, you’ve heard of Cage the Elephant. After all, that’s not the sort of band name you really forget. And in the five years since the their debut album, conveniently also titled Cage the Elephant, the band has certainly done their best to make their music equally hard to forget, hitting a palatable sweet spot between the trendy ‘70s revival blues of bands like The Black Keys and harder edged Janes Addictionstyle psych rock. And it’s been a winning formula so far, forging a string of hits—“Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” and “Back Against the Wall,” from their first record; “Shake Me Down,” from 2011’s Thank You Happy Birthday and the latest, “Come a Little Closer,” the first single off their recently released third album Melophobia—and catapulting them from their sleepy college town roots in Bowling Green, Ky., to being bona fide rock ‘n’ roll titans. From Letterman to the MTV Video Music Awards, to arena tours with The Foo Fighters, to video game trailers, to pretty much any rock radio station on the dial: even if you haven’t heard of Cage the Elephant, if you’ve been alive the last five years, you’ve at least heard Cage the Elephant. For his part, frontman Matthew Shultz seems to be both a reluctant, and an ideal, rock star, demure but confidently cool. In light of the band’s relatively successful first two records, the title of their third effort, Melophobia, the fear of music, would seem to suggest that the band was perhaps feeling the pressure of following success with more success. But speaking by phone from his home in Kentucky ahead of a string of radio shows (including headlining Radio 94.7’s Electric Christmas, Dec. 4 at Sacramento’s Sleep Train Arena), Shultz said the only thing that he and his Cage the Elephant band mates feared when writing and recording the songs on markedly more eclectic Melophobia, was fear itself.

It’s been about a month since Melophobia came out. How has it been, being on the record release cycle for the third time now? I think that with each record that you release, there are new things that arise. Hopefully as your band evolves, the way you present your music and creative works also evolve. But it’s been really cool to see how we’re three records in and people are still responding. So I guess that’s a good thing, right? You guys have worked with the same producer, Jay Joyce, for all three of your records now. Is that just a case of “if it’s not broke, why fix it?” From the very first moment we met Jay, he was one of those kindred spirits and it felt right from the very beginning. He’s never been one to shy away from confrontation, but he’s not a confrontational person. He has an incredible ability to pull things out of you. You know going into the studio that the songs are probably gonna change quite a bit when you’re in there, because if he feels that something isn’t up to par, he’ll tell you, which is one of the beautiful things, one of the things that will drive you

crazy. But it always produces good things. He pushes us real hard, but we get along. So we continue to work with him. The title of the new record, Melophobia, translates to “fear of music.” Was that just a cool word, or is there a deeper meaning to that? Well for us it’s not so much of a fear of music, as in an actual fear of music as it is a fear of creating music to fabricate, or to create some kind of image of self. Sometimes we build these images of how we like to be perceived and that takes over the creative process rather than just trying to communicate an honest thought or feeling. So it was more like a fear of fear-based writing, writing with all kinds of fears and safeguards to create an image rather than to communicate a thought, if that makes any sense at all. Was there any pressure, writing these songs or in the studio to try to live up to the success of your first two records? The pressure didn’t come so much externally as it did internally. With each record you get to

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“Well for us it’s not so much of a fear of music, as in an actual fear of music as it is a fear of creating music to fabricate, or to create some kind of image of self. Sometimes we build these images of how we like to be perceived and that takes over the creative process rather than just trying to communicate an honest thought or feeling.” – Matthew Shultz, Cage the Elephant learn some things along the way and hope to be able to apply them to the creative process. I think for us it was just that we wanted to become better communicators, definitely didn’t want to be so directly externally influenced as we had been in the past. So there was a little bit of pressure, externally, but most of it came from within ourselves. Just to make a record that we loved and that the people would love. But it wasn’t really dictated by the past success of the band or anything like that. Was it a fear of sort of wearing your influences on your sleeve? It wasn’t so much a fear of wearing our

influences on our sleeve, as much as it was just being so directly influenced in general. And I think that all goes back to fear-based writing, too, because as we were talking about earlier, as human being we’re working tirelessly to create images of ourselves and project those images, and so that limits your creative works. As human beings we tend to lean towards things that we see have already become socially accepted as cool or artistic or poetic, and so we start writing poetry for poetry’s sake or making art for art’s sake or creating things to sound intellectual, rather than trying to communicate an honest thought or feeling. So it was really a battle against fear-based writing or fear-

based creation; trying to get back to the root of songwriting or any creative work for that matter, which is communication, to communicate a thought or a feeling or a freedom or a moment of joy or happiness or whatever it is, but just to communicate freely and honestly. And in doing that, I think you do shed some of those influences, or they’re probably not as noticeable, because you’re just drawing from the things that have woven themselves into your heart rather than catering toward cool. Do you think that your past successes sort of gave you more of an opportunity to do things the way you wanted this time around, maybe more so than on the first two records? I think that if we were a band back in the ‘80s or the ‘90s when the music industry was thriving that probably would be the case, but the way things are going you can’t really say that anyone today is completely established, unshakable or unremovable. Because everything moves so fast. For us, it wasn’t a comfortable thing. It took a lot of convincing

ourselves just to go for it and to chase after this theory. But I think you have to take chances. I think the greatest accomplishments are made by taking very huge risks. So what’s next for you guys, what’s the next risk you’ll take? I don’t know, I hope that we continue to push this forward. For me, it’s learning all along the way, and hopefully becoming better communicators, and understanding more of what that means. Music has always been a communal thing, to share thoughts and feelings. When you speak to people, you have to speak from your heart, but it’s best if you speak their language. If that makes any sense… It’s just trying to learn how to speak to people, to Don’t be scared… Check out Cage communicate, the Elephant as part of Radio 94.7’s Electric Christmas at the and to do it Sleep Train Arena on Dec. 4. Also honestly.

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Self Promotion Piece Pen & Ink/Digital (Original ink drawing in Temple Coffee show)

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here’s something dichotomous about visual artists. Take for instance, art displays in coffee houses. The artist comes in and revisualizes the space, and patrons have the opportunity to scan each piece as closely as they’d like. But the artists themselves needn’t be present. On one hand, their work is upfront and exposed. But if the performance doesn’t need the performer, there lies some mystery. From the viewer’s perspective, it can seem as though the artist might feel isolated from new audiences, but it’s quite the opposite. “It feels interactive to me and helps me get my artwork to such a wide array of people, just to see what they think of it,” said Erik Hosino, an artist nearly native to Sacramento who’s been displaying his work at Temple Coffee. “One of the great things about hanging art at a place like a coffee shop, especially in a place

come from studying well-known artists like Edward Gorey and his masterful pen-and-ink illustrations. Hosino’s work has been compared to Tim Burton’s numerous times, both sharing a similar darkness, also found in Gorey’s work. “I’ve had people look at my artwork and think, ‘Are you depressed? Because you paint a lot of stuff about death and skeletons,’ but honestly it’s quite the opposite for me. I think that by sort of accepting death and celebrating it as a part of life has made it less taboo, and therefore it’s never felt weird to depict it whether in an explicit or more symbolic way. But because I am sort of drawn to the mysterious, I think that darkness and dark subject matter does lend itself well as fodder for my artwork.” Since an artist is rarely present if you by chance see their work hanging somewhere

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like Midtown, is you really get a slice of the population. You get everybody from lawmakers, people at the capitol, to young hipster kids and everyone between,” Hosino said. “I’ve been flattered to see people who buy my artwork are not just this age group, this type of person, that I’ve actually sold artwork to young people, old people, white collared, all over. So in that sense I get that interaction.” Hosino has been living in Sacramento since before he turned 1, and has been drawing throughout his entire life. “The extent of my formal art training honestly doesn’t go too far beyond high school and a few classes at the junior college,” Hosino said. “I think the fact that I took to art at such a young age has kept me inspired to keep doing it.” A huge part of that inspiration has


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“I’ve had people look at my artwork and think, ‘Are you depressed? Because you paint a lot of stuff about death and skeletons,’ but honestly it’s quite the opposite for me. I think that by sort of accepting death and celebrating it as a part of life has made it less taboo, and therefore it’s never felt weird to depict it whether in an explicit or more symbolic way.” – Erik Hosino

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like Temple, the next inevitable a curious Pen &step Ink (in the Temple Coffee Show) viewer would take would be to look up the artist online. If you search Erik Hosino, one of the first things you’ll come across is a website called Superheroes for Hire, or as Hosino puts it, “The thing I’ll look back on my death bed and kick myself for.” The idea started out as a project for a class. In his late teens, Hosino had this idea for creating an agency of B-rated superheroes, banding together their lackluster talents to try to find work. The project was praised by his teacher, which inspired Hosino to develop the idea a little more. He sent the piece to Comedy Central and a few other networks. Comedy Central got back to Hosino and asked him to redraft the idea a bit. At the time, Hosino was about 20 years old, and with the motivation level of a 20-year-old and some unexplainable hesitation, he let the opportunity slide and never followed through. “Now that I’m older and take my art more seriously in a lot of ways and am a lot more disciplined and passionate, I hate that I did that,” Hosino said. While it was a heartbreaking setback, Hosino has kept the project alive in a smaller capacity. The website has an interactive feel to it, allowing the visitor to scroll through the various superheroes for background on their minimal

capabilities, and a comment section for superhero service requests. “It was a total lesson learned. I try not to beat myself up for it because I was young and I was straight-up stupid about it, but inspired me to keep the idea up,” Hosino said. “It only exists in that incarnation now, but in some ways it gives me some happiness to know it’s not totally dead.” A good starting point to get a broad sense of his style would be checking out his collection called Strange Places, a book released in January 2011. “I’ve had people come to me and say they want to buy either a print or original, and maybe they couldn’t afford the original or the one that they wanted was sold. Strange Places was partly a response to people’s desire to have a collection, just a sampling of my artwork,” Hosino said. Hosino’s style is a blend of odd, imaginative and eerie. Bodies with bulky shoulders and torsos and pencil-thin arms and legs; dark scenery with curled tree branches or cavernous dark spaces. A mix of imaginative and morbid—all very slight, enough to set a somewhat creepy tone but not fearful. The book gives a good example of his versatility. Each style requires a different medium to create. “If I want something chaotic or fluid, that’s where watercolor comes in; and if I want

something really controlled, really tight pen and ink lines help achieve that,” Hosino said. “By day I’m a graphic designer, although I’ve been drawing a lot longer, the designer in me informs the way I work as an illustrator. It’s kind of a blessing and a curse. The illustrator in me often longs to be more spontaneous and organic, but the graphic designer in me longs for structure, planning and cleanliness and often times gets the better of me.” It seems almost as a way to subconsciously merge both sides that Hosino gravitates most toward watercolor. “I love the organic way, when I work with pen and ink and watercolor—which is a common combination for me—I’m very controlled with my

pen work, and I let the watercolor play as much of a role as I do,” Hosino said. “I spent a long time trying to get a good command of watercolor, and it’s only recently I grew to accept it’ll kind of do its own thing. Not only did I accept it, I embraced the fact that I can control what I can control when I’m drawing, but when I put down that watercolor it adds a whole organic way to my illustration.” Letting go of a little control has become one of Hosino’s main strengths within his artwork. “I’ve found those kinds of pieces that people gravitate mostly to of mine are the ones where they are interacting with it and filling in the blanks,” Hosino said. “That’s one thing people enjoy about my artwork and wasn’t intentional at first, but when I omit certain details to appease, people have come up and said, ‘Oh man I’ve been staring at this piece forever and trying to figure out what’s going on,’ and sometimes they fill in the blanks on their own, other times they like the fact that it remains unknown to them.”

See Hosino’s art for yourself at Temple Coffee’s downtown Sacramento location (1010 9th Street). It will be on display now through Dec. 12. Peruse the artist’s Web presence at

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Where Is The Fun In Seriousness? Local punk trio BOATS! talks about their latest LP and being misunderstood Words Jenn Walker | photos phill mamula


he guys in local punk band BOATS! could have a future in comedy. It’s difficult to know when they’re being serious, and when they’re just baiting. During their phone interview with Submerge, they gave us permission to make this whole article up. We didn’t take them up on the offer, so you can keep reading. When we spoke with two of the three members, the band was prepping for the official release of their LP Black and White (the first LP they have released since Totally Jawsome in 2010), coming up at Café Colonial. It’s been a long time coming. Local musician Ted Angel recorded the album in the back of a boat warehouse in North Sacramento almost two years ago. “I was in my mid-twenties then,” says BOATS! bassist David Hayden. “I couldn’t even grow facial hair yet,” adds lead guitarist and singer Matt Leonardo. Why the delay? They would have put out the album much sooner, except they were waiting almost a year for Adeline Records to “press go.” The record company, which is co-owned by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, initially expressed interest in releasing the BOATS! LP after hearing a demo, and then backtracked. “They were into it, and Billy Joe Armstrong reportedly liked it, or liked us (I don’t know if he actually even heard the record),” Leonardo says. “We were talking to them, but they were kind of stringing us along.” “We really wanted to put out [the LP] with them, so we weren’t really looking for other labels,” he adds. “Then we realized that it wasn’t going to happen.” After almost a year of holding out, BOATS! released the record through Sonoma label Modern Action Records instead. Black and White will be available on cassettes and vinyl, but if you still do CDs (does anyone?), you are out of luck. Since their beginning in 2007, when BOATS! surfaced from a previous project called the She He He’s (inspired by Portland’s Clorox Girls), the band has rotated several members. Nowadays, though, BOATS! is solid, consisting of


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core members Leonardo and Hayden, both 27, and newest addition Adam Jennings, 19, on drums. All and all, Black and White is no more than 12 minutes of quick and dirty punk songs with silly lyrical jabs, like “Smoking Is Cool.” “Obviously smoking isn’t cool,” Leonardo says. “But, it’s cool. I don’t know about you, but James Dean is cool. Audrey Hepburn? Cool. The Fonz, I think smokes. He’s cool.” Then there is the song on the album called “Watch You,” which, Leonardo says isn’t about much of anything except looking into people’s windows as he drives by, just to see what’s going down. Comedy aside, in all seriousness, these guys claim their love for Sacramento. “People think that we hate it here,” Leonardo says. “For some reason in Sacramento people just think we’re dicks. And it makes it hard to feel good about yourself at home when everybody says they don’t like you.” “Sacramento is really big on new bands,” Hayden adds. “We’re no longer a new band, so our 10 minutes is kind of up in the punk rock scene.” Thus, they tour a lot. Fortunately, touring is easy for BOATS! these days. Whereas they once toured for two months at a time, broke, now their tours last about two weeks. If a show gets cancelled, it’s not too big a deal, because they don’t spend days driving to get there. Instead of using a tour van, BOATS! will fly to wherever their shows are booked, rent a car and borrow gear from one of the other bands playing the same show. “Some bands look down on us for doing that, that’s the con,” Hayden says. Other than occasional flack, there are those rare occasions that make touring rough, like when Hayden got sick during one of the East Coast shows in March. “I spent most of the night having diarrhea in the shitty bathroom of this punk club,” he candidly recalls.

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How did you guys get into punk music? Matt Leonardo: I got into punk music because I got tired of listening to metal when I was like, 12. I was really into Slipknot, and I decided that I liked the attitude in punk more than I liked the attitude in metal. But when I was into metal, it was nümetal like Korn and Slipknot, so it wasn’t really cool metal like Judas Priest. So, yeah, I got into punk that way. I just kept going, I couldn’t stop. David, what’s your story? David Hayden: I was just listening to Green Day, forever. I never stopped. And that’s like, the punk-est band you’ll ever come across. [Laughs.] Alright. ML: [Laughs.] She’s like, “bullshit.” DH: I recently got into Good Charlotte, too. I don’t know if that’s like, punk, but… ML: And that’s not even a joke. He literally got in my car the other day, and he was like, “Let me put on some tunes, I’m really into this band,” and it was Good Charlotte. It’s hard sometimes to hold down band members. My impression is drummers are even more difficult. ML: Oh yeah, you gotta have a good drummer. If you have a drummer that sucks, then [the band] would suck. You might as well not have a drummer at all. DH: We tried out two other drummers before Adam. If we didn’t find Adam we probably would have broke up.

Especially for punk bands, one of the ways to promote shows has been through posters and flyers, but record stores are dropping off the map. So how are you guys promoting your shows? ML: Mostly Facebook. I actually just deleted my Facebook because of all the cyber bullying that happens. Social media is kind of the new telephone pole, I guess. It kind of sucks, though… The band is still on Facebook, but I’m personally not on Facebook anymore. What are you releasing the album on? ML: It’s on vinyl, and then we’ll have it on cassette. We will not release it on CD. We’ve actually never put anything out on CD except for a CD-R when we first started out. Why is that? ML: I don’t buy CDs, I don’t know about you, but I don’t go out and look for CDs anymore. I have a six-disc CD changer in my car, and I have six CDs in there, but I never listen to them. I just put six CDs in there when I bought the car and that’s it… If you are going to put this in the article, then I would say: if you bought the record, and then asked for me to email you a digital copy of the record, I would. What can you tell me about the new LP? DH: It’s not as catchy as Good Charlotte. ML: It’s close though, it’s a close second. We like to describe our music as catchy.

“When we play live, we just get excited and we just play faster. People got things to do, they don’t have time to listen to a band. So you just got to get it out fast.” – Matt Leonardo, BOATS! DH: Short and catchy: Our songs don’t go past 2 minutes and 50 seconds. ML: I don’t think there’s a song on the new record that’s longer than a minute and 10 seconds. I think there was one that was a minute and 30 seconds. DH: We like to exaggerate. They’re short otherwise. ML: If we were playing it live we would speed it up to keep it under a minute. And that’s because…? ML: I don’t know, when we play live we just get excited and we just play faster. People got things to do, they don’t have time to listen to a band. So you just got to get it out fast. They’re not there to really get the full experience; they just want it short and sweet, huh? ML: Yeah, I don’t know about you but I hate going to a show and the band plays for, like, 45 minutes, and you’re like, “Is this song ever gonna end?” And then they play an encore. For us it’s like, alright, let’s do this. Fifteen minutes, then we’ll get out of here and go grab some food.

Your shows aren’t really 15 minutes, are they? ML: Sometimes. In the beginning we obviously didn’t have that many songs, so it was probably close to 15 minutes. We could probably do a 15-song set in 15 minutes. We usually do like 30 or 40 minutes [now]… We don’t like to dilly-dally; we’re straight to the point. And it’s always been that way? ML: Yeah, I think so. I think that’s what we always kind of aimed for. I think it originally started out because I haven’t always been the strongest songwriter, so it’s easy to write a song that’s first chorus, solo, chorus, and that’s it. That’s like, 57 seconds, and that’s the song. DH: One thing that people either like or hate about us is, we like to talk more than we like to play music. ML: We should be stand-up comedians.

Catch these standup guys at their official LP release show Friday, November 29th, at Café Colonial. BOATS! will be joined by The Left Hand, The Barfly Effect, and the Phenomenauts. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 and is $10. For more info, visit boatssacramento.

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ank Shaw is an inspiring food writer and instructor. By combining his experience as a cook, hunter and investigative reporter in his James Beard award-winning blog, “Hunter, Angler, Garden Cook,” Shaw is considered one of the preeminent voices in the country for living off what you can catch, forage, grow or shoot. His latest cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated, covers everything from how to pluck a wild bird or purchase a domestic one, to how to render its fat or cure it as prosciutto. With mantras like, “If it grows together it goes together,” and “Eating everything but the quack,” Shaw exhibits a very unique repertoire and self-reflective, almost romantic mission of bringing honest cooking to your loved ones, from wilderness to table. He has even successfully converted his girlfriend and photographer counterpart Holly Heyser into a hunter and duck meat lover. The two spend their hunting seasons not far from their home just outside Sacramento.

Shaw’s first book, Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, and his current one (for which he’s on tour), are intense versions of “Hunter, Angler, Gardener, Cook,” which he launched in 2007 and has made his career. His recipes are well-researched, broken down into simple steps with photos (mostly by Heyser), and interspersed with interesting commentary on trends, personal experiences and his own food evolution. With hundreds of cookbooks published annually, Duck, Duck, Goose stood out from the competition with Shaw’s insistence on learning to cook a creature that has for years scared home cooks, but at the same time has been a main course across the globe for millennia. “The core of why I wrote the book is for home cooks,” Shaw says one afternoon in Denver before a book event at Old Major, a sustainability-focused restaurant similar to Sacramento’s Mulvaney’s B&L. Shaw’s goal with Duck, Duck, Goose is to teach home cooks as well as avid hunters the specialized skills necessary to cook the more Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

adventuresome fowl, especially those who may videos and tips on his blog to accompany need to shred their breast-only comfort zones the thousands of recipes that range from to fully experience every possibility of a bird. homemade spaetzle to braised squirrel. Shaw, 42, wasn’t always so obsessed with Something for everyone. duck, though he was an easy convert after his The menu at Mulvaney’s, where first taste of wild mallard. Shaw will be cooking a sold-out feast for “I’ve been foraging and fishing since I could enthusiasts on the book tour on Dec. 2, is walk…but I didn’t do a lot of hunting until my not yet public; but it will focus on the book’s 30s,” Shaw says. “I didn’t even meet a hunter recipes. Several high-profile chefs have also until I was 24.” cooked from the book during the tour, and Shaw worked in Minnesota as a reporter the crowds are growing. when a friend gave him his first mallards and “The typical crowd is 60 to 70 percent pheasant to cook and eat. “I was amazed at home cooks and 30 to 40 percent hunters, how good they were,” he says. which is what I envisioned for this tour,” Shaw Ultimately, that began his journey for notes. “Two years ago when I toured with my good food. first book, a crowd was about 30 people. Now “When you’re fishing or foraging you it’s 75 to 100. We sold out at Mulvaney’s perceive nature in a different way,” Shaw says a month early. It’s kind of blown me away, of what appealed to him when he decided to especially going someplace you’ve never been continue this lifestyle. “You’re hyper aware of like Lexington, Ky., and receiving a warm the elements, the current and the water, or welcome.” the wind.” One of the highlights of the tour occurred Hunting, he adds, “makes you feel more in New York City, where chef Anita Lo of alive, but it’s not about pulling the trigger, it’s renowned Annisa Restaurant said she would about the process.” prepare three dishes from Shaw’s book. For Heyser, just “I’m not embarrassed experiencing this to say she cooked them “When you’re fishing or process with Shaw better than I did,” he foraging, you perceive changed her life. laughs. nature in a different “The tipping point, While being on tour for way. You’re hyper aware two full months, Shaw’s what got me to start of the elements, the hunting, was ducks,” hunting days have waned. current and the water, she says. “Hank had He has been able to go started hunting them out a day here and there, or the wind.” obsessively, and two – Hank Shaw, food and has learned to savor things happened: One, writer/blogger those days much more he would be gone than when he would go all day on weekends, out three to four times a and I was getting lonely. And two, the ducks week, he says. he brought home and cooked were insanely Heyser has kept busy keeping the freezers delicious, and if I wanted more of them in the filled and working at the nonprofit California house, I would need to get a gun and go out Waterfowl. Shaw hopes to continue his with him. passion after some rest. “Now I can’t imagine life without hunting; Another book is not yet in the works, but I am never happier than when I’m out in the he updates his blog regularly with timely field with a gun. Even if I don’t get anything, recipes and suggestions or thoughts on that sense of possibility—the realization that the latest hunting controversies. He even you might get lucky and bring home something includes entertaining stories of his past that for dinner—is completely addictive.” lend themselves well to elevating a meal Shaw mentions in Duck, Duck, Goose that from a quick family dinner to a memorable, his most memorable meal to date is still an customizable event. If you get the book, check obese gadwall shot by Heyser just in time for out examples of this in recipes for rarities Christmas dinner. A gadwall, as noted in the like duck fat hollandaise or duck bulgogi—an book, is a small brown duck Shaw calls “the adaptation of his mother’s adaptation after duck lover’s bird,” but only when it feasts on she tried the authentic version at the home of grain and rice. That’s another thing you’ll learn a Korean War veteran in the ‘60s. from him: what an animal eats; its age; and where it flies, walks or waddles all matter in To catch Shaw in action, check that making of a perfect meal. out his cooking demonstration Heyser went from being timid about at the Sacramento Natural Foods cooking what she killed to “breaking down birds, Co-op December 17, or check his website for cleaning gizzards, braising legs and searing duck upcoming book tour events. You breasts pretty fearlessly,” she says. can also catch Shaw in Davis at Avid Reader on Dec. 4. All of these techniques are photographed to assist cooks in the kitchen. Shaw also offers

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GIFTOLOGY The 2013 Submerge Holiday Gift Guide By Submerge Staff


tuck on that perfect gift for your Secret Santa? Want to outdo your handmade cookie brigade from last year? Fear not, reader! Submerge has you covered with not one, not two, but nineteen unique, eclectic, (mostly) local gifts for any interest, any budget. Unique handcrafted jewelry? Check. Hottest in baby couture? Double check. Art, sports jerseys and dare we say, fish farms? Check, check, check. Peruse the list, get your shop on, and save a little room in the budget for yourself—we guarantee you’ll find some things you won’t be able to live without!

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In case you didn’t get the memo, bucket hats are really hawt right now. This one from Sacto-based skateboard clothing company Lurk Hard is no exception, donning classic red and white roses on a black bucket. When Lurk Hard uploaded a picture of this design (also available in a five-panel hat, $32, and pom beanie, $30) on their Facebook page, they said, “Hat we made for camping and hunting. Also badminton is acceptable.” So open-minded, they are.

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Playable Art Cube and Playable Art Ball $24.50 - $35.50 at Crocker Art Museum’s Gift Shop (216 O St.) Bring out your inner artist with these colorful, flexible pieces of ingenious design. Playable Art Cube and Playable Art Ball will be the talk of your holiday party this year. The Cube features 12 elastic cordconnected wooden blocks in 12 colors; the Ball has 20 interconnected wooden balls in 10 colors. You can literally create an endless number of symmetrical patterns and artistic displays to leave your coworkers, friends and family in awe of your creativity.

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$19.99 at Time Tested Books (1114 21st St.) or Beers Books (915 S St.) This book is the best bet for any foodie on your list. Lost Restaurants of Sacramento and Their Recipes is a must-read for locavores and farm-tofork enthusiasts (of which there seems to be a lot in Sacramento), as well as history buffs. Get a healthy portion of memories and recipes from well-loved Sacramento restaurants thanks to authors and locals Maryellen Burns and Keith Burns.

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This 100% cotton long-sleeve button-down oxford shirt with super hip antler print by SLVDR is a sure hit with any fashionforward-thinking guy on your shopping list. SLVDR (pronounced “Salvador”) is a stylish Californiabred brand whose “attention to detail is second-to-none,” according to one Good Stock employee. Check out this shirt and tons of other killer pieces of streetwear for both men and women at their boutique inside the Westfield Downtown Plaza.

The Radio Dock by Areaware $40 at or 2028 K St. Classic style meets advanced technology with The Radio Dock by Areaware. Slide your iPhone 4 or 5 into this bad boy and let it transport your device back in time via the downloadable Public Radio app, which finds up to seven public radio stations within a 50-mile radius. Imagine the nostalgic vibe set forth by listening to NPR’s This American Life or Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me on this thing! Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

Dakine Super Tune Snowboard Kit $104.95 at Winter is coming! Don’t get left behind when you hit the slopes just because you couldn’t find time to drop your snowboard or skis off at REI to get waxed. Take matters into your own hands and get your gear in proper shape with the Dakine Super Tune Snowboard Kit. Everything you need to have a lightning-fast setup is in here: Tuning iron, all temperature wax, edge tuning tools, wax scrapers, instructions and more. The best price we could find was on where the whole kit, including a nifty multi-pocket carrying case, was only $104.95. Wax on, wax off!

Custom Lamp featuring Local Photographer Miki Lansdowne’s Work

Handmade Jewelry by Local Artist Susan Rabinovitz $5 - $100 at Little Relics Boutique & Galleria (908 21st St.) All women love jewelry, that’s a fact. Moms, sisters, girlfriends, wives, grandmas, aunts—chances are, there are more than a few ladies on your holiday shopping list. Artist Susan Rabinovitz hand makes creative and stylish pieces of wearable art right here in Sacramento, and they range in price from very affordable (starting at just $5) to around $100. She makes cool stuff for guys, too, so visit her Midtown boutique and gallery Little Relics to see more handmade jewelry. While there, you can check out work from rotating guest artists.

$23.95 - $63.95 at Lampinabox. com/miki-lansdowne A stylish table lamp will quickly and easily add some flair to any room in the house. Rather than getting a run-of-the-mill IKEA or HomeGoods lamp that you’ll see in every other home, check out this cool option: a custom lamp featuring Sacramentobased urban exploration photographer Miki Lansdowne’s work (Sparrowandtheowl. com) wrapped around the entire lampshade! Los Angeles-based Lamp-In-A-Box is featuring many of Lansdowne’s epic photos on their lamps. Our favorite is her shot called “Explore the Keys.” Check out what other pieces would look like wrapped around a lampshade, swap out different stands and bases, click order and voila, you’ll get an awesome custom lamp in the mail to spruce up your pad, office, band room, art studio, wherever! You can even design your own lamp from scratch.

Keytar Key Covers $5.99 at Evangeline’s (113 K St.) It’s a common problem: too many keys on your keychain. “Which is the house key? The gold one? The silver one?” Eliminate the chances of getting keys confused with these sweet Keytar Key Covers! It’s not required, but highly suggested, to mouth your favorite guitar solo every time you open a lock with a Keytar.

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They may look like real fruits and veggies, but these babies aren’t edible! They’re actually percussion shakers and they’re ready to add a hefty dose of rhythm to your next jam session. Pick some up today at Skip’s Music, where they range in price from $8.25 for the smaller ones to $14.99 for the larger ones. They sound great and, best of all, make for perfect stocking stuffers.

If you gift someone this sick “Gucci Pinoy” snapback hat from Sacramento-based headwear company Official, it’s like giving times two! One hundred percent of the proceeds from this hat go to the Philippine Red Cross. Official first released this design three years ago and it sold out immediately. Since a number of staff are Filipino, they were heavily affected by the recent typhoon that devastated the country, so Official decided to bring the hat back and give all the proceeds to charity. Pre-order the hat now at Ships starting Dec. 12.

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Black Sophisticated Ring by Compliment $36 at This bold and sophisticated black ring by local brand Compliment is suited for work or play, featuring black Swarovski crystals on a silver band. Compliment founder and creative director Melissa Camilleri hand crafts jewelry, stationery, and “gifts for the spirit” in her studio space on Alhambra Blvd. Her work can be found at Identity Boutique (2600 J St.), at GOOD: Street Food and Design Market, by appointment at her studio and via her website. Being a former high school English and AVID teacher, Camilleri is passionate about equality in educational opportunities for young people. That’s why 5% of Compliment purchases go to the Compliment Scholarship Fund, which supports young Sacramento-area women in their quest for a college education. Giving always feels good, but that makes it even sweeter.




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Gift Cards to Local Restaurants! Any amount you want, available at most local restaurants Still can’t decide what to get for that special someone? Save them the hassle of returning whatever it is you’re going to get and opt for gift cards to any of our many amazing local restaurants. If you will allow us to suggest a few: Clark’s Corner for that local East Sacramento cozy bar vibe (they have killer food too!); Tequila Museo Mayahuel for some of the best damn upscale Mexican cuisine you’ll ever taste; Paragary’s Restaurant Group, because, well, one gift card is good at many different tasty restaurants (try Hock Farm!); LowBrau for sausages and craft beer; and Red Rabbit and/or Magpie for farm-to-fork American fare that’ll straight up knock your socks off. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with gift cards, especially ones that fill up bellies with amazing food. Plus chances are good you’ll get taken out to a good dinner! Bon appetit.

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The grindhouse The Empire Strikes Back The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Rated PG-13 Words James Barone

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“No, I am your father.” Darth Vader intoned these grave words to a devastated Luke Skywalker, who'd just had his hand light-sabered off. It was the most pivotal scene in The Empire Strikes Back, the darkest movie of the original Star Wars trilogy—the lowest point where it seemed that all hope was lost for the Rebellion. In that tradition, we have The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second installment in the wildly popular trilogy based on Suzanne Collins’ novels. Though the first Hunger Games wasn’t exactly bright and cheery (it did feature the senseless—and oft-times brutal—slaughter of young people), it did end on an up-tick. Our heroes, Peeta Mellark (played by Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), thumbed their noses at “the man” and opted for dual suicide in lieu of killing one another. Since the powers that be needed a winner to preserve the relevance of their twisted contest and, in so doing, flex their political muscle, an impromptu rule change was enacted to declare them as co-winners of The Hunger Games. In the first film, Katniss, Peeta and their team of mentors, stylists and publicists propagated a fiction that the two were starcrossed lovers, and it worked. The people of Panem (the country that emerged from the ashes of America) ate it up, and the two became pop-culture icons. In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta reap the consequences of their actions. A rift has formed between the two “lovers.” Katniss is torn between her feelings for her childhood friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and her much more complicated relationship with Peeta, to whom she feels indebted. But it’s not just a simple love triangle. Outside pressures are also at work. Their act of defiance in the game arena has given hope to a burgeoning resistance against the Capitol, and seemingly omnipotent President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is seeking to use Peeta and Katniss’ Romeo and Juliet appeal to appease the people and quell any sort of uprising. If they step out of line, however, their lives and the lives of everyone they care about are in danger. So of course, on their victory tour of the 12 Districts of Panem, Peeta and Katniss do just that. Caught up in the moment, they speak off-the-cuff. As the spotlight becomes brighter, and the crowds become more hostile, they freeze up. President Snow is not pleased. The peasants are revolting (I’d say!). With the 75th Hunger Games approaching (the Quarter Quell as it’s called), Snow

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schemes with new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to tarnish the reputation of, and ultimately kill off, Katniss (and to a lesser extent Peeta). Katniss and Peeta are summoned back to the arena where they must face off against other past victors in a gruesome battle for survival. Catching Fire is a really good movie for a lot of reasons. First, it's exciting. The stakes rise exponentially as the film builds, methodically at times, toward its climax. First the story is personal: How will Katniss reconcile her relationships with Gale and Peeta? But the mounting danger soon becomes bigger than just our principal players: thousands of people’s lives begin to depend on whether or not Katniss and Peeta can portray a convincing couple. Then comes the action. The arena they’re tossed into is a dense, humid rain forest. Harsh elements, ferocious fauna and even poisonous fog—let alone the other competitors out to kill them—make survival an almost impossible task. Scenes in the arena are more suspenseful than necessarily action-packed, giving Catching Fire an almost horror movie feel. It’s a nice twist, and makes for a very thrilling experience. It’s also well acted. Sutherland and Hoffman (and even Stanley Tucci in the comedic-yet-sinister role of talk show host Caesar Flickerman) add serious credibility to the film with their chilling and calculated performances. Elizabeth Banks also lends a tender soul to flamboyant publicist Effie Trinket. But Lawrence and Hutcherson are charged with most of the heavy lifting and both carry the film effortlessly. Lawrence especially shines as the strong-willed heroine, portraying the type of female character you wouldn’t mind your daughter looking up to. It would be easy for The Hunger Games films to descend into schmaltzy romance, but Catching Fire never does. Much like Collins’ novels, there is a stark message behind what’s going on. Sure, this isn’t new territory. We’ve all seen the post-apocalyptic world ruled by a despotic government a hundred times. But Collins, in focusing on two well-meaning, salt-of-the-earth teens, makes the situation feel remarkably intimate (aided by first-person narrative of the books). In the films, Collins’ imagery is really fleshed out. Allusions to the Roman Empire are used liberally. The concept of the Hunger Games may be far-fetched, but it’s not like it hasn’t happened before. Gladiators battled to the death for the amusement of spectators, and now, to a lesser extent, contestants battle the elements on Survivor. Will we ever be glued to our screens to watch as Kim Kardashian strangles Big Ang from Mob Wives with a string of barbed wire? Probably not, but what if…? Catching Fire ends on a dark note, much like The Empire Strikes Back, setting up what should be a fantastic conclusion in the twopart Mockingjay (first part due in theaters in 2014). I doubt there will be Ewoks, but I’m sure it will be just as memorable as when we said good-bye to Luke, Han and Leia. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

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11.25 Monday

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Karaoke, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club JU4’s Hip-Hop Vinyl & Classic Skate Collection, 9 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

11.26 Tuesday

Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist Tuesdays feat. Soft Metals, Sam I Jam, Adam J, Taylor Cho, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s GSET: Classic Rock and Blues Review, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Press Club FFFREAK! w/ CrookOne, Ben Johnson, Boogalicious and guests, 9:30 p.m. Shady Lady Radio Days: A Night Celebrating Old Time Radio w/ DJ Shaun Slaughter, 10 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam w/ Jason Galbraith & Guests, 8 p.m. Toby Keith’s Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Torch Club Christopher Gene, 5:30 p.m.; Delta City Ramblers, 8 p.m.

11.27 11.29 Wednesday

Assembly Arden Park Roots, Kayasun, One Leg Chuck, James Cavern, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. The Blue Lamp City of Vain, Bastards of Young, Setting Sons, The Community, 9 p.m. Bows and Arrows Toy Drive Hip-Hop Show w/ Tao Jiriki, Mr. P Chill, J.Smo, Mike Colossal, Light-Skinned Creole, BeatKnocks, Max Bundles, 7 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 Bad Boy Bill, Verdugo Brothers, 9 p.m. G Street WunderBar Funk Night w/ DJ Larry, 10 p.m. Harlow’s The Cosmic Wanderers pay tribute to the Bands “The Last Waltz,” Lonesome Locomotive, The Family Practice, Blake and Jessie (of Musical Charis), Hans Eberbach, Brian Chris Rogers, Justin Farren, 7 p.m. KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Laughs Unlimited PreThanksgiving Bash w/ DJ Gio, J.Gib, 10 p.m. Marilyn’s Big Trouble, Gibson & Gray, Joshua Macrae, 8 p.m. Midtown BarFly New Jack Fling w/ DJ Epik, CrookOne, Ben Johnson, 9:30 p.m. Mix Thanksgiving Eve w/ DJ Peeti V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Scene, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Secretions, ADD, Losing All Pride, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Harley White Jr., 9 p.m. Sleep Train Arena TransSiberian Orchestra, 4 & 8 p.m. The Stoney Inn Thanksgiving Weekend Kickoff Party w/ Chris Gardner Band, 9 p.m. Toby Keith’s Turkey Jam w/ Big Trouble, 9 p.m. Torch Club X-Quartet, 5:30 p.m.; The Nibblers, 9 p.m.

11.28 thursday

Pine Cove Karaoke, 7 p.m. Press Club DJ Meek Da Cat, 9 p.m. R15 Z Rokk, 9 p.m.


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Ace of Spades Problem, Clyde Carson, Teeflii, Eric Bellinger, DJ Amen, DJ Carisma, 7 p.m. Assembly Big B, Brodi Nicholas, 7 p.m. The Boardwalk Potluck, R. A. the Rugged Man, Whitney Peyton, Black Pegasus, Drunkfunk Productions, SideFX Syndicate, Charlie Muscle, Syndicate, Jaded Jessay, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows Bree Anderson, 8 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Adam Donald, 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Bobby Womack, 8 p.m. Café Colonial Phenomenauts, Boats!, The Left Hand, The Bar Fly Effect. 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Elvin Bishop, 8 p.m. District 30 DJ Billy Lane, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Kevin Seconds, Damon and Mason (of Forever Goldrush), 9 p.m. G Street WunderBar Murderland, 7 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m. Harlow’s UTZ! and The Shuttlecocks, 9 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe DJ Carisma, 10:30 p.m. Jazz & Jokers Symposium Jazz Band, 8 p.m. Level Up Lounge WHIP: A Black Friday Booty Bass Blowout w/ DJs Adam J & Shaun Slaughter, 10 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Kally O’Mally, The Coal Mine Engineers, Mike Blanchard & Los Californios, 8 p.m.

Marilyn’s Diva Kings, Dane Drewis Band, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino Black Uhuru, 10 p.m. Old Ironsides William Mylar, 5 p.m.; Once An Empire (Album Release), Hessler, Blood Party, Amour, 8:30 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Cripple Creek, 9:30 p.m. Shady Lady Emily Kollars, 9 p.m. Toby Keith’s Amanda Gray and Whiskey Savage, 9 p.m. Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Island of Black and White (CD Release Party), 9 p.m.

11.30 Saturday

Ace of Spades Pusha T, Arami & Yae, Suave Debonaire, Babnit, 7 p.m. Assembly Orgy, Korean Fire Drill, Zeroclient, Awoken Shadows, Snow White Smile, 7 p.m. The Blue Lamp KB & the Slingtones, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Lace Leno, Cool Guy Wiilly, SNFC, Kingdom, Young Sam, WMJ, T. Hill, 7 p.m. The Boxing Donkey James Cavern, 9 p.m. Bows and Arrows Orange Morning, EGG, Adrian Bellue, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Rufus Wainwright, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday’s w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Nahko and Trevor Hall, Dustin Thomas, 8 p.m. Clark’s Corner Lonesome Zak & the River City Roustabout, 9 p.m. District 30 Glow-Bal Warming 12 w/ DJ Elements, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Olympus Mons, A. Tom Collins, 9 p.m. G Street WunderBar The Palace Ballroom, State to State, 8 p.m.


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Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Revue Torch Club 9 p.m.

11.30 12.04

DJ Larry Rodriguez Press Club 9 p.m. Harlow’s Petty Theft (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute), Zoo Station (U2 tribute), 9 p.m. Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Tower of Power, 7:30 p.m.; Clinton Sparks, 10:30 p.m. Jazz & Jokers Al Zaid’s Classic Soul Band, 8 p.m. KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe David Houston & String Theory, Larisa Bryski, Keaton Nelson, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s City Cats Classic Rock Cover Show, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino Porter Robinson, Audien, 9 p.m. Naked Lounge Downtown Jesus Christ, Mister, Hit Reset, Herd Mindset, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides The Knockoffs, The Decibels, Little Elvis, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge Devin Lucien, DJ Peeti V, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Cover Me Badd, 10 p.m. Shady Lady Tyson Graf, 9 p.m. Torch Club Box Family, 5:30 p.m.; Mighty Mike Schermer, 9 p.m.

12.01 Sunday

The Blue Lamp Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF, Selector KDK, Juan Love, Ras Matthew and Guests, 9 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. The Colony See You in Hell, Rad, xtomhanx, Plague Widow, 8 p.m. Crest Theatre Sacramento Taiko Dan, 2 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Church of Misery, Saviours, Giant Squid, Wizard Rifle, 7 p.m. Marilyn’s Open Mic Talent Showcase, 7 p.m. Mix Sunday Circus w/ DJ Gabe Xavier, 8:30 p.m.


Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Tess Marie and the Poorman Band, 8 p.m. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall Post 67 Sacramento Blues Society’s Annual Member Party w/ Christian DeWild Band, Kyle Rowland Band, 3 p.m.

12.02 Monday

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Karaoke, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club DC Fallout, Yankee Brutal, Dearly Divided, Support the Rabid, 9 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

12.03 Tuesday

Assembly Crystal Bowersox, Seth Glier, Bossa Zuzu, 6 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Le Twist Tuesdays feat. GB (Gifted & Blessed), Coyote Clean Up, Sam I Jam, Adam J, Taylor Cho, Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s GSET: Classic Rock and Blues Review, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam w/ Jason Galbraith & Guests, 8 p.m. Third Space The Ostriches, Mad Judy, The Stoned Penguins, 8 p.m. Toby Keith’s Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Torch Club Quinn Hedges, 5:30 p.m.; Lew Fratis, 8 p.m.


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12.04 wednesday

Ace of Spades Backstreet Boys, The Fray, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) Assembly Official Backstreet Boys Afterparty feat. DJ Set by Nick Carter, 11 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Club Retro Sing Inc. Presents: Zendaya, 7 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. G Street WunderBar Funk Night w/ DJ Larry, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Number Station, Ancient Astronaut, VVomen, Aequorea, 8:30 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Karaoke w/ KJ Ryan, 8 p.m. Marilyn’s Wild Wednesday, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, DJ Peeti-V, 9 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Get Shot!, Maxxx, Zero for Zero, 8 p.m. Press Club DJ Oasis and DJ Epik Present: Press Release w/ Cali Bear Gang, Century Got Bars, P3TRO, DLRN with Stevie Nader and more, 9 p.m. Sleep Train Arena Radio 94.7 Presents Electric Christmas w/ Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Grouplove, Capital Cities, The Features, Ms Mr, 7 p.m. Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic, 5:30 p.m.; Greg Nagy Band, 9 p.m. University Union Redwood Room, CSUS Nooner feat. Joe Kye, 12 p.m.

12.05 Thursday

Assembly Winds of Plague, Impending Doom, No Bragging Rights, City In The Sea, Destruction of A King, Defy The Odds, 6 p.m. Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m.

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The Boardwalk Rocc Steady, BaBNiT, Tizzy B, Ryan Rinauro, Nips, Rowdy Locus, Sunny B, Dee Roq, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows Banjo Fiddle, 8 p.m. Center for the Arts Lorraine Gervais, Tony Unger and Friends, 6:30 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. The Coffee Garden Open Mic Night, 8 p.m. District 30 Big Little City EDM, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Disney Themed Skate Night w/ DJ Shaun Slaughter, 6 p.m. G Street WunderBar Boco do Rio, The West Nile Ramblers, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Mount Whateverest, Step Jayne, Bellygunner, 7 p.m. Level Up Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. R15 Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Torch Club X Trio, 5 p.m.; Jeramy Norris, 9 p.m. University Union Ballroom, CSUS Watsky, Mr. P Chill, 7:30 p.m.

12.06 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades The Mowgli’s, Blondfire, Hunter Hunted, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Riotmaker, 9 p.m. The Blue Lamp 1st Place, Lonely Ave, Squarefield Massive, Script, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Johnny Richter, Demented Naychir, Grinn Liftid, 420 Darkside Boyz, SMES, Nonsense, 7 p.m. Bows and Arrows Reconnaissance Fly, Furious Tone Quartet, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Dub Culture w/ DK Wokstar, DJ Jaytwo, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Kaki King, Jerome Halloway, 8 p.m. Club Retro Causa Mortis, Vitality, Retrace, Crossface, Bad Times Crew, Peace & Quiet, 7 p.m.

Crest Theatre The Fab Four, 6 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Crook, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Dishwalla, Musical Charis (EP/DVD Release), 9 p.m. Luigi’s Fungarden Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children MacNuggits, Mad Judy, Hit Reset, Julie the Bruce, Liz Sivell, 7 p.m. Marilyn’s You Front the Band Live Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Black Uhuru and Mike Pinto, 9 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Superlicious, 9:30 p.m. Shine Desario, The Foxtails, Coed Pageant, 8 p.m. Torch Club Pailer & Fratis, 5:30 p.m.; Steven Roth Band, 9 p.m.

Level Up Lounge Guest DJs, 9 p.m. Marilyn’s Chuck’s Bad Santa Party w/ DJ Katz and Drummer Flash, 9:30 p.m. Mix DJ Eddie Edul, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Radio, 10 p.m. Rock Band University Maidens Sorrow, Fearection, xMalcolmX, CAF, 7 p.m. Starlite Lounge Blue Oaks (7-inch Release) Drive Thru Mystics, Kelps, Mindflowers, Autumn Sky and more, 7 p.m. Third Space Life Stinks, The Ostriches, Mad Judy, The Stoned Penguins, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Dippin Sauce, 5:30 p.m.; Quinn Deveaux and the Blue Beat Revue, 9 p.m.

12.07 12.08 Saturday

Ace of Spades Frank Hannon, John Corabi, 7 p.m. Assembly I Alone Acoustic Tour w/ Ed Kowalczyk (of Live), 7 p.m. The Blue Lamp The Drunk Injuns, Shove It, Rhythm School, 8 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Y&T, 8 p.m. Café Colonial Crude Studs, Prince, Yogurt Brain, Bad Daddies, Croissants, 7 p.m. Capitol Garage Feel Good Saturday’s w/ DJ Epik, 10 p.m. Center for the Arts Ensemble Galilei, Neal Conan, 8 p.m. Clark’s Corner Tyson Graf Duo, 9 p.m. The Colony Blackbird Raum, Hollow Point Stumblers, Miss Maddy’s F Street Stompers, Julie the Bruce, 7 p.m. G Street WunderBar Big Sticky Mess, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Al Stewart, David Nachmanoff, 5:30 p.m.; KRSOne, 10 p.m. Jazz & Jokers Pete Escovedo, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m.


Ace of Spades Talib Kweli, M-Theory, M. Born, Luke Tailor, 6:30 p.m. Assembly Metalachi, Ellipsis, 7 p.m. The Blue Lamp Get Down to the Champion Sound w/ DJ ESEF, Selector KDK, Juan Love, Ras Matthew and Guests, 9 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, 7 p.m. Marilyn’s Open Mic Talent Showcase, 7 p.m. Mix Sunday Circus w/ DJ Gabe Xavier, 8:30 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Jared James Nichols, 8 p.m.

Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas

12.09 Monday

The Boxing Donkey Open Mic Variety Night, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Howie Day, Tyler Hilton, Anna Rose, 6 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Marilyn’s Karaoke, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club Dynamic Fuzz Bomb, Sun Valley Gun Club, Physical Education, 8 p.m. Sol Collective Microphone Mondays, 8 p.m.

Comedy Crest Theatre TLCS Presents: Stand Up For the Homeless feat. Dennis Gaxiola, Michael Calvin, Ellis Rodriguez, Cheryl the Soccer Mom, Diego Curiel, hosted by Randi Knott and Ruben Mora, Dec. 3, 7 p.m. Adam Carolla’s Live Podcast Taping!, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. Jazz and Jokers (ex-Tommy T’s) Filipino Kingz Present: Stand Up for the Philippines Benefit Show feat. Jimmy Earl, Justin Rivera, JR Deguzman, hosted by Joey Guila, Nov. 27, 8 p.m.

Darren Carter, Dec. 5 - 6 and Dec. 8, Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Claude Stuart, Stephanie Garcia, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Comedy Open Mic Showcase hosted by Shane Murphy, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Tom McClain, Cheryl the Soccer Mom, Dec. 6 - 8, Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Open Mic Comedy, every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Keith Lowell Jensen’s Comedy Night, every Wednesday, 8 p.m. Po’Boyz Bar & Grill (Folsom) Comedy Open Mic, every Monday, 9 p.m. Punchline Comedy Club Mike E. Winfield, Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 - Dec 1, Wed., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Showcase, Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Unity Through Laughter Tour w/ Gabriel Iglesias, Dec. 5 - 8, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Spot Open Mic Scramble, Sunday’s and Monday’s, 7:30 p.m. Spot-on Trivia, Tuesday’s, 8 p.m. Improv Lab, Wednesday’s, 7 p.m. Harold Night, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m.

Top 10 List Podcast Live!, Saturday’s, 7 p.m. Anti-Cooperation League, Saturday’s, 9 p.m. White Trash Comedy Show feat. Jessica Wellington, Sam Bruno, Mark Leathers, Jason Violation and more, Nov. 29, 9 p.m. Atheist Christmas: Keith Lowell Jensen’s Live Comedy Album Taping, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Misc. 1409 Del Paso Blvd. GOOD: Street Food + Design Market Holiday Edition, Dec. 7 - 8, 1 p.m. 2020 J Street Midtown Farmers Market, every Saturday, 8 a.m. Assembly FRINGE: A Non-Stop Night of Comedy and Sideshow hosted by Jay Siren, Dec. 6, 8:30 p.m. Bar 101 Trivia Night, Monday’s, 6:30 p.m. Blue Cue Trivia Night, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Bows & Arrows Pompsicle Figure Drawing, Nov. 26, 6 p.m. Makers Mart Handmade Holiday Shopping Party, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. The Boxing Donkey Trivia Night, every Tuesday, 8 p.m.

December 4th

Carmichael Park Park, Rec & Eat It feat. Krush Burger and Drewski’s, Dec. 5, 5 p.m. Crocker Art Museum Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power, through Jan.5 Sky is Falling: Paintings by Julie Heffernan, through Jan. 26 Passion and Virtuosity: Hendrick Goltzius and the Art of Engraving, through Jan. 26 Downtown Plaza 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition, Dec. 8, 12 p.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesday’s, 7 p.m. Franklin Community Library An Author’s Journey w/ Kristin Shaw Amrine, Dec. 4, 4 p.m. Guild Theatre Holiday Jam feat. Comedy, Live Music, Poetry, Dance and more, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts An Irish Christmas feat. Kevin Horton of Riverdance, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 Jill Solberg Performing Arts Theatre Tis’ the Season for Dance feat. Tap, Ballet, and Contemporary Dance, Dec. 7-8

Little Relics Boutique & Galleria Epic Sacramento Scenes Show Grand Finale feat. Photographer Jay Spooner and Visual Artist Mike Rodriguez, Nov. 29, 5 p.m. Luigi’s A Slice of Trivia w/ the Bruce Twins, Monday’s, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, Thursday’s, 8 p.m. Maidu Museum & Historic Site All Nations Native Craft Fair, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Midtown BarFly Salsa Lessons, every Wednesday, 8 p.m. New Helvetia Brewing Company 1st Anniversary Celebration feat. Live Music, Food Trucks and more, Nov. 29, 11 a.m. Old Sacramento Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and “Theatre of Lights” Performance, Nov. 27, 6 p.m. Pine Cove Trivia Night, Wednesday’s, 9 p.m. Press Club Flex Your Head Trivia, Tuesday’s, 8 p.m. River City Saloon Beards of Old Sacramento Society Presents: The Final Beard-Off, Dec. 1, 9 p.m. Sacramento City College Alternative Gift Fair, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.

Sacramento Fine Arts Center Open Studio, Open Mic, Open Movement, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. Sacramento State (CSUS) Run to Feed the Hungry, Nov. 28, 8:30 a.m. Sierra 2 Center Jewelry & Holiday Ornament Fair, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. Sleep Train Arena WWE Live! feat. CM Punk, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, The WWE Divas and more, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Starlite Lounge Trash Film Orgy Presents: Badass Motor Booty Party A Go Go feat. Film, Burlesque, Live Music from SoulMotor, Comedy, Games and more, Nov. 30, 9 p.m. Toby Keith’s Free Line Dance Lessons, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Church Alternative Christmas Fair, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. University Union Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, CSUS Design Circus: Visual Concoctions from Sac State’s Graphic Design Alumni, Nov. 25 - Dec. 19 The Wine Gallery (Folsom) The Poetry Box Presents: Verse on the Vine feat. Shawn Pittard and Clemon Charles, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento Issue 150 • November 25 – December 9, 2013


the shallow end For the first time in my life, I’m dieting. I don’t like to talk about it. I feel weird saying it because I’ve never been all that big or small weight-wise, just a sort of uninteresting gray area between “normal weight for my height” and “sort of pudgy.” My body type would probably be scientifically classified as “meh.” I’m not dieting because I have a poor body image. I mean, I’d probably still think I looked like a dork if I lost 15 to 20 pounds, but I figure I’m approaching 40 and I should probably get my shit together if I want to live long enough to retire. Plus, it seemed a lot easier than quitting cigarettes. Well, it’s not. I didn’t realize how much shit I eat per day until I started keeping track of it. If I had my way, I’d eat everything all the time. Always. What better joy is there than eating? That’s rhetorical. There isn’t any. You ever notice that when you bend your arm at the elbow to touch your face, it reaches as far as your mouth? That’s no accident. It’s evolution. If your mouth was on your forehead, your arms would be longer. Call Darwin, he’ll tell you.

Fruits of the Devil

I also don’t like to talk about it, because every time you say you’re dieting, someone feels compelled to offer their opinion. Like, “Oh, you know, what you’re doing won’t work. Doing 100 burpees a day is the only way you’ll lose weight.” Or they’ll try to convert you to some extremist cult diet like eating only what you can scavenge from the corpses of game hunted and killed by lions in the Serengeti like our ancestors used to do. By all means, do what works for you, but don’t expect me to admire you for it. My grandma ate pasta just about every day of her life and she lived past 100 years old. That’s 100-plus years of carbs. Believe me, I wouldn’t push my lifestyle on any of you either. I keep weird hours and rarely sleep. I fret and pace and am always rushing around. I’m sure none of that is good for you. I’ve never gotten a professional’s opinion about it, because I refuse to go to medical doctors (even though I’m insured now). Clearly, I need more than just dieting to turn it around, but like my therapist says, small steps are good. And hey, it couldn’t hurt to eat more fruits and vegetables. I forgot how much I like those fucking things.

James Barone Oranges? Holy shit, those things are awesome. And apples and bananas are pretty dope, too. Then you have broccoli, nature’s scrub brush; and Brussels sprouts, those adorable and tasty little cabbages. They’re not as awesome as a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and a side of fries, but they’re still pretty cool. I love my renewed love affair with all those tasty things that grow in the ground. The best part about them is you can just keep stuffing your face with them, and it’s cool because it’s not like you’re drowning yourself in deep-fried chicken fingers (which is No. 1 on my list of ways I’d prefer to die, given the choice). So, OK, I can say without reservation that I love fruits and veggies. But do you know what I hate? Spiders. I don’t mean to ruffle the feathers of any environmentalists who may be reading, but I wouldn’t mind if all spiders went extinct. I know, they’re important to the ecosystem and eat all kinds of nuisance insects, but bats and birds eat insects and I think both of those are much less creepy. I read an article recently that spiders are showing up in fruit bought at the supermarket. And not just your run-of-the-mill spooky spider,

like, those small, non-descript, brownish ones that scamper out from behind your dresser in the middle of the night and cause you to tear apart your whole room in an effort to catch and kill it because you will not be able to sleep unless you’re able to find the fucking thing. I mean ones that can kill you like the black widow. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported that Yvonne Duckhorn purchased a package of grapes to find a black widow spider flailing around inside of it. Callum Merry of Brighton, Mass. also found a black widow in a package of grapes he purchased at a Kroger supermarket. These stories are in addition to a woman in England who brought home a bunch of bananas with a nest of baby Brazilian wandering spiders attached to it. The little demons invaded her home and she had to get it fumigated. I can’t afford an exterminator, so if something like that happened to me, I’d just have to burn down my apartment building (don’t worry, I’d warn my neighbors first, sheesh). Look, all of this spider talk is freaking me out. This is why I never like to talk about how I’m dieting. Let’s just forget this ever happened.

Thursday, December 12 5 — 9 PM Gentleman Surfer

It’s a Festivus Miracle! Art Mix celebrates holiday traditions for the rest of us • On-stage Airing of Grievances • Feats of Strength with the ladies of Sac City Rollers derby team • Live music by Gentleman Surfer • Re-gift exchange • Festivus pole-making competition • “Seinfeld” Festivus episode marathon


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Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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ACe Of spAdes • 1417 r st. • sACtO All Ages • 8:00pm

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Issue 150 • November 25 – December 9, 2013


Dive into Sacramento & its Surrounding Areas

November 25 – december 9, 2013


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Hank Holiday Cage the GiftGuide! Elephant Erik Hosino Shaw Inside the Eerie Mind of Artist



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Hunt. Cook. Eat.

7s are wild at Blue Oaks’ Vinyl Release Party • Watsky comes to Sacramento State • Musical Charis’ Ear-Opening New Live EP/DVD

Submerge Magazine: Issue 150 (November 25 - December 9, 2013)  

Issue 150 features interviews with rock giants Cage the Elephant, local artist Erik Hosino, food writer and hunting/cooking expert Hank Shaw...

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