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#233 JR De Guzman Returns to Where His Comedy Career Began

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One very lucky Sacramento-area concertgoer is about to receive the ultimate gift from Ace of Spades, a popular all-ages music venue in downtown Sacramento. To celebrate their sixth birthday, the venue is running a sweepstakes where the winner will receive a pair of tickets to every show at Ace for the rest of 2017! They’ve already got some amazing shows booked in the coming months (Whitechapel, Social Distortion, Keys N Krates, Dance Gavin Dance, STRFKR, Beats Antique and Jimmy Eat World, just to name a few) and there are sure to be dozens more added in the coming months, so the winner will be sure to have a great year. To enter, visit Ace of Spades’ Facebook and/or Twitter pages (their handle is @AceOfSpadesSac on both platforms) and look for their posts about the contest, which will have a link to follow where you’ll fill out a brief form. You must be a legal resident of California, live within 100 miles of the venue (located at 1417 R St., Sacramento), and be at least 18-years-old. Make sure you enter before Feb. 24, which is when the winner will be chosen. Learn more about the venue, upcoming shows and more at Aceofspadessac.com.

After Receiving Eviction Notice, Future of Third Space Art Collective In Limbo In their three-and-a-half years of existence, Third Space Art Collective in Davis has hosted hundreds of touring and local bands, art shows, workshops, theater events, literary readings and other events, all the while becoming an integral part of Davis’ diverse creative community. Not bad for an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, right? Well, unfortunately, the future of Third Space Art Collective is in limbo. Due to a change in ownership of the building they currently occupy at 946 Olive Drive, the folks at Third Space recently received an eviction notice stating that they’ve got until April 20 to get out. “Our goal is to provide an accessible center for creation, exhibition and congregation,” Third Space states on their website, Thirdspacedavis.com. “We are a place where people can connect in a meaningful way through artistic expression, regardless of age, economic classes, or experience.” If this is something that sounds important to you (hint: it should!) then we urge you to hit up their website and donate if you can. Any amount will help. They’ll have many significant costs to cover when they find a new home: deposit, first few months worth of rent, transportation and storage, construction of art studios, fire and safety improvements, permits, etc. If you can’t help monetarily, spread the word on your social media networks and through word of mouth. Spaces like this are of the utmost importance to music and art scenes, and unfortunately they are few and far between these days. Check out their upcoming events at Facebook.com/thirdspaceartcollective and get involved.

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Noise Pop Music and Arts Festival Returns to the Bay Area for 25th Year For a quarter of a century, Noise Pop has been championing independent music and culture in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. The annual music and arts festival returns to the Bay from Feb. 17–27, providing tens of thousands of fans with 10 days worth of expertly curated concerts, film screenings, happy hours, art shows and other events. Top-notch acts like Vince Staples, Ty Segall, Grandaddy, Deafheaven, Animal Collective (DJ Set), MSTRKRFT, Cloud Nothings, The Radio Dept., Temples, Clipping, The Joy Formidable, Electric Guest and dozens of others will take over some of the best venues in the area like Fox Theater, The Fillmore, Bottom of the Hill, Mezzanine, The Independent, Rickshaw Stop, Swedish American Hall, The New Parish, 1015 Folsom, The Chapel and many others. Everything from hip-hop, to jazz, to rock, to indie, to singer-songwriters will be showcased, and then some. Many of the hot-ticket shows are selling fast, so check out Noisepop.com/2017 as soon as possible to look at the schedule and get in on the action. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


The Optimistic Pessimist Attention readers of Submerge: you might be in danger at this very moment! If you are reading this while riding in a hot air balloon, you may be about to die! Tell the balloon dragon pilot to bring her down and let you out immediately before you suffer a needless death. No matter what the pilot says, you are not safe, he does not have things under control and you need to get the fuck out of there right now! OK, are you safely back on terra firma? Good! Now kiss the ground and count your lucky stars that you aren’t just a pile of bleeding, mangled body parts in an oversized basket at the bottom of a canyon. That wonderful flying contraption you just rode to that ultimate view was a goddamn death trap and you could have been killed! Don’t believe me? Just look at what hot air balloons are made of: a blowtorch, a basket and a balloon. If I gave you a car made from wicker and nylon that was propelled by a propane tank attached to an open flame blowing around in there, would you consider it safe to drive? Of course you wouldn’t, so why in the hell would you fly in the same thing?

I mean, baskets do an OK job of carrying food in picnic-type situations, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t designed to protect people from falling out of the sky. Baskets just aren’t that durable. I’ve seen a fat cat squash a basket before like it was nothing, so why would I want to ride 2000 feet in the air in one while underneath a balloon filled with combustible gas? As if the basket weren’t enough reason to avoid hot air balloons, the whole thing is being propelled by a tank of propane, so you are basically flying around in a barbecue! Have you ever had a propane tank refilled? If so, then you’ve probably noticed the warning sign by the pump that says, “Do not operate near open flame! Highly combustible gas!” That all makes perfect sense because propane is fuel and tends to explode when it’s lit on fire. Why anyone would want to take a ride in a floating barbecue is beyond me. I can’t be the only one that thinks it’s crazy to fire off a propane torch while standing underneath it in a giant basket that hangs from a balloon a half-mile above the ground. There are certainly

Terror in the Skies! Bocephus Chigger bocephus@submergemag.com better ways to die than that. Why not skate around the top of a skyscraper in banana peel shoes or point a gun at a Texan and tell him Jesus didn’t ride a dinosaur? Either will get you killed in a much more memorable fashion than, “He died in a hot air balloon crash.” If it’s not the balloon itself that kills you, perhaps Mother Nature will. This is not an airplane with a hardened cockpit that we’re talking about here. You are completely exposed to the elements up there in a hot air balloon. There are the obvious dangers, like gusts of wind, rain and lightning to worry about, of course, but there are also the three B’s: barbs, birds and bears. Barbs are things that could ensnare balloons. They include electrical towers and wires, large trees, pointy buildings and barb wire fences. Barbs tear balloons and cause them to deflate (i.e., you crash and die). Barbs and balloons simply don’t mix! Birds will poke through your hot air balloon with their freakish beaks. Sometimes it’s an accident and sometimes it’s sweet revenge for the deaths of their flocks. A hot air balloon can look terribly comfortable to a weary duck returning

home for the summer. A nice, big cushion of warm air is a welcome sight and can put them right to sleep. Next thing you know, they roll over and accidentally rip a big ol’ hole in your balloon with their bills. Geese and blue jays are just dicks; they will jack up a hot air balloon something awful just for floating in the way. You might not think bears would be a danger to hot air balloons, and that could make you a tasty snack for a bear. If my childhood of watching cartoons taught me anything, it’s that bears love pic-a-nic baskets and will do damn near anything to get them. What is a hot air balloon to a bear other than a flying pic-a-nic basket? If you float by a bear, that hot air balloon could be your pic-a-nic casket. Now you know why hot air balloons aren’t safe and you can all tell my girlfriend that it’s not a good idea to ride in one. As we can all see, there are a multitude of reasons why we should never engage in any hot air ballooning activities that take place off the ground. My reasons for not wanting to go in one are firmly based on these facts and definitely have nothing to do with my debilitating fear of heights. That would just be silly, and this is clearly no laughing matter.

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MIND. BLOWN. John Wick: Chapter 2 Rated r Words Robert Berry John Wick: Chapter 2 is one of the most amazingly violent and gorgeous movies I’ve ever seen. Returning as the title character, Keanu Reeves is a one man tidal wave of death that racks up a body count so high, they may as well have called this film GOP Obamacare Replacement. If you missed the first chapter, don’t worry. John Wick comes out of superassassin retirement to take out anybody that had anything to do with killing his dog and stealing his car, and this installment picks up right where that one left off. Wick takes out a Bernie Sanders rally-sized bunch of people with his car, fists, guns and just about anything he can find along the way. As you’d imagine, it’s not easy to be the deadliest killer in the world and stay retired. They pull him back in, and after a couple of hours, they wish they hadn’t. Wick has to go to Rome for “one last job” that presents some moral dilemmas that your typical movie heroes aren’t burdened with. In fact, with the weapons, gizmos, exotic villains and artistic set pieces, this plays nicely as an anti-James Bond film. And it’s not just mayhem for

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mayhem’s sake, there’s an extremely well conceived set of rules, culture and backstory for all of these folks that make everything pretty exciting to watch. Director Chad Stahelski has done stunt work and direction for more than 70 movies and has even served as Reeves’ double in many films including The Matrix. Improbably, they’ve managed to create a masterpiece out of the kind of disposable flick that found itself going straight to VHS in the ‘80s, emerging as something beautiful, original and thrilling from beginning to end. The fight scenes? Amazingly, at 52, Keanu Reeves can still jump, punch, kick, stab, twist, shoot and maim with the best of them. There’s a couple sequences with hip-hop artist-turned-actor Common that are ridiculously fun to watch. They tumble down stairs, break dance while dodging a hail of bullets as they wrestle each other, all while looking as if they’re really doing this stuff. This isn’t the hyper-stylized violence you saw in 300. Every blow seems to be delivered in real life while the camera people watch in awe. They call Reeves’ character “The Boogeyman” in this movie, and rightfully so. Anyone that crosses him is most certainly going to end up dead. But he’s mortal enough to look like he was thrown into a garbage disposal full of glass by the end of the movie. Ian McShane returns as Winston, who runs a sanctuary hotel where “business” is not permitted. It’s one of his best parts since his amazing Al Swearengen

role in HBO’s Deadwood. There’s also a super fun cameo from an actor whose identity is better left unspoiled. Ruby Rose, who played Stella Carlin on Orange Is the New Black, does a great job as Ares, a silent assassin who speaks in sign language. Of course, Wick is fluent in it as well, so there’s some pretty cool tough talk between the two before they kick each other’s ass. I really dug an outdoor concert scene featuring singer Ciscandra Nostalghia who reminds me of some new version of Siouxsie Sioux. There’s a moment when a gunfight spills to the stage, and the crowd just thinks it’s part of the show. There’s a sequence near the end involving a house of mirrors, that seems like it may be derivative of every house of mirrors piece you’ve already seen, but it ends up being a gorgeous affair that looks every bit as amazing as the CGI work done in Inception, but with real mirrored walls, stairs, and angles that are really a triumph of art direction. Stahelski deserves credit for directing this violent spectacle with such a great eye for beauty. From the opening moments of the film where the camera hangs above a city at night with enough clarity to see a car chasing a motorcycle, to a piece in an all-white subway tunnel where two characters trade shots with silenced pistols among an otherwise oblivious crowd of commuters, John Wick: Chapter 2 really is a triumph that ranks among the best action movies ever made.

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New Orleans-Based Lightwire Theater Brings Imaginative Audiovisual Experience Dino-Light to Mondavi Center Feb. 26

Lightwire Theater’s founders and performers share many passions: dance, puppetry, storytelling, music, technology, luminescence and, as luck would have it for their many show-goers, combining all of those into mesmerizing performances. Lightwire’s shows have been internationally recognized for their “signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant storytelling and music scores designed to evoke imagery,” according to Lightwiretheater.com. On Sunday, Feb. 26 they’re bringing the spectacle to Mondavi Center’s Jackson Hall in Davis. Dino-Light: A Glow-in-the-Dark Adventure tells the story of a famous scientist with magic powers who brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the curious dino leaves home, he discovers a world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. Dino-Light has received the prestigious Jim Henson Foundation Grant, so you know it’s gotta be good. Purchase tickets ahead of time at Mondaviarts.org. The show is family-friendly and starts at 3 p.m.

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Comedian JR De Guzman Is Releasing His Debut Album at Sacramento Comedy Spot! • Feb 24 For comedian-on-the-rise JR De Guzman, Sacramento Comedy Spot is where it all began. Sure, he has gone on to perform all over the globe, sharing the stage with the likes of Margaret Cho and Daniel Tosh, earning appearances on Comedy Central and MTV, and just last week he was even named the winner of Standup NBC, landing himself a one-year talent holding deal with NBCUniversal. But the humble little Midtown Sacramento venue and comedy scene staple is where Guzman performed at his first ever open mic on Valentine’s Day in 2011. Now, exactly six years (plus 10 days) later, Guzman is returning to his home base for a headlining gig at the Comedy Spot to celebrate the release of his debut album, Dual Citizen, on Friday, Feb. 24. Blending music, songwriting and storytelling with cleverly written jokes, Guzman’s comedy draws from his experiences touring nine different countries and throughout the United States, as well as his being Filipino and American, highlighting both the struggles and benefits of dual cultures. Snag tickets to his album release show at Saccomedyspot.com/deguzman, where for $20 you’ll receive entrance to the event and a signed copy of Dual Citizen. Comedy Spot is located at 1050 20 th St., Suite 130. The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and will also feature a set from Diego Curiel. For more info on your headliner, visit Jrdeguzman.com.

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Hallowed Heights

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he sun machine fades over the forest; in the absence of celestial glow, earthbound stars light up within the stone walls of a foundry. The sounds of astral guitar flood the former citadel of industry, and the children of the revolution begin their Beltane walk, faces like multicolored mirrors flashing against each other in the swirling half-dark. Upon the stage, walking shards of rock ‘n’ roll light break into a set of numbers possessed of five decades of stylistic exchange, from paisley mid-century pastoralia to hard-sheen ‘70s space glam. It is the first lunar quarter, and the crowd is turned up and turned on. The year, the millennium—all time has become irrelevant … Regardless of whether or not the above will accurately depict your experience when Temples hit the stage at

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Nevada City’s Miners Foundry on March 3, there are plenty of reasons to get on the wavelength of this ascendant pop quartet. Temples began as four lads from Kettering, a midsized town in the English midlands, who flitted through various acts, styles and educations before finally coalescing. Frontman James Bagshaw played for Sukie, which garnered a No. 1 spot on the U.K. Indie chart back in 2008. Bagshaw and bassist Thomas Walmsley later played a stint in mod-ish band The Moons before forming the kernel of the mystically titled new group, adding Adam Smith on keyboards and guitar and Sam Toms on drums. Their inescapably catchy 2012 debut single “Shelter Song” proved to have serious legs, gaining them appearances on Ellen and The

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2014. That same year, their full-length debut, Sun Structures, breathed new life into psychedelic dance pop, refining it with state-of-the art production while chipping back the historical mystique to a moment in time —roughly 1966—when it had yet to be sullied by bad-trip freakouts and lurching excessivism. Adam Smith recalls his first encounters with the genre: “It was actually quite late when I started getting into psychedelic music. It was probably when I was about 18. I had always been into The Beatles, as every proper British kid is, really, but when I went to university, I really discovered all the great bands. It was quite a tangible feeling— it sort of felt like I went through my own experience of the '60s in my head as I went through the music.”

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After a few years of constant touring, however, it was time for the Temples’ tonality to undergo a sea change. As last year came to a close, a few peeks behind the curtain were offered from their forthcoming project, Volcano. The new single “Certainty” is the signpost for a new era in the band’s work, complete with eye-catching artwork (visually similar to a three-dimensional toontown Peter Max come to life) that provides the key to what lies within. The new album stomps where Sun Structure swirled, soars where the former swayed. It feels less of a nimble retexturing of ‘60s pop and more of a solid statement bathed in the production advancements of the decade that followed. One major shift is the balance of power toward

the deeper end of the sound spectrum. Another is the positive sheen in the new tracks (especially when paired with the artwork, which you can almost hear shimmering on its own). “We never really sat down and had a talk about doing a more hi-fidelity album, it just started developing that way,” says Smith. “One reason is that we’d been playing live quite extensively for two years, and we gradually realized that the song structures didn’t really have anything below 50 Hz—there was no real low-end. That’s one reason why it might sound a bit more polished this time around. Another reason is that we wanted to play around more with song structure, and not rely on reverb and delays. We’ve stripped back the production technique somewhat. We’ve

taken away the clouds and this is what’s behind them.” Volcano promises to singe away some past influences and be just as dynamic and sense-pounding as its namesake, spiraling outward on prog-like chord changes and mini-fugues that benefit greatly from the overall increase in definition. Remarkably, the evolutionary practices that often take a stable of outside producers to conjure up for a high profile album of this sort have, in this case, been entirely selfpropelled. Bagshaw has acted as producer for both this and the previous album, helping to steer the group towards other worlds and epochs. “I think this way, making Volcano, we’re all proud of what we’ve done, because we’ve changed the sound ourselves. We haven’t had to rely on anyone else’s input,”

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Laughs from the Past

The O’Mulligans are a good band that just happens to be funny Words Justin Cox • photos Jon Hermison

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he O’Mulligans formed way back in 2003 (!) with the plan of banging out a few songs at a suburban Sacramento battle of the bands. This month, nearly 15 years later, they’ll release their first full-length album. “We were listening to a lot of Dropkick Murphys then and wanted to sound like that,” said guitarist and one of the band’s two singers, David Lindsay. “We wrote a couple of songs in that vein and were like, ‘Oh, this sucks. These aren’t good songs.’” They ditched the Celtic-punk routine right off the bat, and the battle of the bands never even ended up happening. They pivoted toward a more carefree shade of catchy punk rock almost immediately, but never fully resolved their repeated conversations about changing their name along the way. “None of us are really even Irish,” said Lindsay during a recent phone interview. “It’s like a bad tattoo that we’re kind of stuck with. We just kept the name and started writing some goofy songs.” The O’Mulligans piddled along as a side project for years, mostly playing friends’ parties, while all three members focused on their “more serious” bands. Things were sporadic

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until around 2011, when the band’s members started giving the band more attention—playing regularly and recording some demos and EPs, carving out a place in Sacramento’s punk scene. This month, nearly 15 years after their formation, The O’Mulligans will release their first full-length album, Meh, at a show with The Moans and The Enlows at Café Colonial on Feb. 24. “A dmi t t edly Nos ta lg ic” The same week that The O’Mulligans emailed me an advance copy of Meh, I happened to crack open NOFX’s recently published memoir and I was scheduled to attend Emo Night at The Press Club for another story I was writing. Suffice it to say, it was a week spent dipping into the songs of my teens and early 20s. The new O’Mulligans album tucked itself beautifully into that week (closer to the NOFX than the emo), because it nods so deliberately to the past, sonically and in the lyrics, which are heavy on cultural references, both smart and playful. There’s plenty to laugh at on the album, but The O’Mulligans aren’t the Bloodhound Gang or anything. They’re not a stand-up act.

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“Contemporary music is seriously lacking in humor, but I don’t want to be thought of as a joke band,” said bassist and other vocalist, Jeff Florence. “I want to be a good band that just happens to make good jokes.” The O’Mulligans tilt more toward the Offspring/NOFX/Vandals attitude in that they are clearly down to fuck around and are not hung up on taking themselves too seriously, but that doesn’t mean all they’ve got are jokes. Take that attitude and spike it with a heavy dose of early Green Day and you’re starting to get a feel for what the The O’Mulligans offer up on Meh. “This album is a conscious throwback,” said Florence, describing not only the music, but the whole experience of the disc. “Have you ever shelled out hard-earned dough for a bare bones CD that sounded like it was recorded on a phone? I feel this CD is an accurate representation of us from the killer sound quality to the popping visuals. I hope anybody who digs our music will appreciate our admittedly nostalgic compact disc.” The album’s artwork, by local artist Mark Stivers, is a bright and beautiful piece of pop art featuring the face of a blonde woman with popping red lipstick. The band’s name

is slapped across the top in large comic book lettering. The cover is an absolute attention grabber, which is why its title, featured on the cover in the form of a white talk bubble from the woman’s mouth, is an anticlimactic beauty: Meh. The album was recorded and mixed by Pat Hills at Earth Tone Sacramento. The bulk of the 14 tracks have been written and performed in their live shows for the last few years, but they needed to save up some money and set aside the time before pinning them down alongside one another. “It just felt like time,” said Lindsay. “We had more than enough songs for an album, but it was mostly a financial thing. Fortunately for us, Patrick at Earth Tone is fucking killing it. He’s offering good services at an affordable price.” The O’Mulligans have played together for nearly half of their lives. With Meh, they will have their first full-length under their belt. “This band started out as a joke, and it still is a joke that makes us very proud,” said drummer Michael Luna. “This album is funny and we need some laughter right now, and what better way to do that than to throw in a couple of dick jokes?”

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Ta k e M e B a c k t o 1 9 9 4 The song “DJs” is a five-minute lament on the current state of radio music. The song makes a specific reference to 1994, which is the year Lindsay got his first CD—The Offspring’s Smash. He was 8 years old and had to share it wish his sister. She kept the CD, and they used that to make him a copy on tape. A year later he bought his first CD of his own—Green Day’s Insomniac. You can draw a direct through-line from those albums to what The O’Mulligans are making now, and as someone who grew up on that exact same music, it’s a treat. The song “Your Pathetic Band,” a favorite of mine on the album, is built entirely of Star Wars lines, with the two singers trading verses— Florence singing from Luke’s perspective and Lindsay as the Emperor. “T.G.I.F” commits to its theme just as admirably, only this time it’s a rapid-fire run through Full House, Family Matters and the rest of the shows you spent your childhood watching. Some other standouts for me are the abrasive “Textual Criticism” and the catchy “Song in My Head”—neither of which are joke songs. The band is a staple in the Sacramento punk scene whose hub is Café Colonial, where they’ll host their release party. (Lindsay even has a burger named after him on their menu.) The

release party will feature two of their favorite local bands, The Enlows and The Moans—the latter of which which features Danny Secretion, whom the band considers a mentor. “I expect and hope to be surrounded by friends and family,” said Luna. “The local punk scene is our family and if they were the only ones to show up, I would be happy. A few people from other bands have messaged us or told us they were looking forward to the album and that has meant a lot to me.” I reached out to Danny Secretion for comment. “The O’Mulligans (Davey, Mike, and that other guy) are men of honor and conviction,” he said. “They are true professionals who fly the banner of local punk rock with pride. Most of all, I can’t get that fucking pizza song of theirs out of my goddamn head!”

Hear that pizza song yourself at the The O’Mulligan’s CD release show for Meh on Friday, Feb. 24 at Café Colonial. The show, which also features The Moans and The Enlows, starts at 8 p.m. and the cover is $5. Find out more at Facebook.com/ theomulligans.

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WORD ON THE ARTSTREET Makers Gonna Make WORDS Niki Kangas Photos Nicholas Wray

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felt like a child again. In wonderment, in awe, jaw agape, I excitedly weaved all over ArtStreet, unable to believe my eyes. Or any of my senses. The overwhelming magnitude of this project is made even more special by its impermanence. Its world-class contribution to arts and culture is trumped only by the pride-inducing fact that our neighbors made this happen, right in our own backyard. Organized by M5 Arts, a collaborative holacracy that was responsible for last year’s tremendously successful and acclaimed Art Hotel, gathered more than 100 artists together in a 65,000 square-foot warehouse to create an arts experience that dazzles. Beyond visual art, daily events include live music, poetry, dance, history lectures and more. Made possible by the contributions of the city and a number of businesses and individual patrons, ArtStreet opened its doors on Feb. 3, and will say its goodbyes on Feb. 25. Your inner child will thank you for visiting. While actual children were taking it in on my many visits, there are some exhibits that warn prior to entry that they are not kid-friendly, and in fact, may trigger victims of abuse and rape. Art should make you feel, and tears streamed down my face as I read the stories of rape and molestation victims, juxtaposed with their anonymous nude photos in one exhibit. In another, entitled This is What It Feels Like, you enter through a curtain into a dark room. Violent sounds of breaking glass fill the room as you fumble in the dark for headphones hanging on the wall. Listening to men catcall and say things like, “Suck it, babe,” and “Smile,” is meant to invoke the fear, anger and degradation that too-often accompanies girlhood and womanhood. We spoke to some of the artists who participated in the creation of ArtStreet to get some insight about their work. Here are explanations of their contributions, in their own words.

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Jared Tharp “When I make art, I like to remain somewhat vague with my narrative. Even as I go, I prefer to let it all unfold during the process. I guess the reason behind working in this way is so that I can also step back as a viewer and attempt to decipher what I’ve done. For this project I felt that there were a few ideas woven together. However, I had a lot of fun playing with the idea that human beings and other objects in nature are essentially made up of the same stuff. In a painting, a tree can be an arm. A head can be a rock. For me, these are fun things to think about. I cut large shapes out of wood and mounted them to the walls, then I painted on them. The centerpiece was a tire that I found in front of my neighbor’s house. I was drawn to it, so I scooped it up and turned it into a planter for some cacti. The whole thing took me about a month to complete. In the process, I think we all grew closer as a Sacramento art fam, too. It was grueling work, but it definitely paid off.”

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“The initial idea behind my work was for the exterior and interior mural to be identical, so that it was a window or portal of sorts. The layout shifted a little and ultimately, I felt that having the work in the same Northeast corner without necessarily being mirrored would be perhaps more effective. The exterior wall might just be a peripheral piece as you walk in, but the familiarity of the design on the inside wall would have the viewer reconsider what they saw outside. The laser-cut pieces are of the same pattern aesthetic, but in 3-D form. Working with M5 is like working with any of my other weirdo peers. I love it. We all thrive on the pressure to create some sort of alchemy magic with whatever resources we have. I want weirdos to be a larger fabric of all society. Especially now. You all need us more than we need you.” Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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“I’ve been working with our site team on ArtStreet for about two months. Shaun Burner and I were going back and forth trying to decide whether or not we would even a have a room, because we didn’t think we would have the time or frankly, the space, but once we got our ideas rolling, we couldn’t turn back. Shaun and I began our room as soon as we got the walls up. We were definitely riffing off of the concept we had at Art Hotel, with the wooden man, mid-travel, a moment in time where you see him stuck between two worlds. The concept evolved more and more everyday after we dealt with logistical issues, building, meetings, etc.; we took time to sit in front of our room and dream away. We wanted to create a stale room, a monochromatic representation of everyday life in a box, a place you would call home, to contrast and highlight this magical explosion of color. Whatever this entity means to you, the color in your life, it is something to behold and really take the time to appreciate, and exercise if needed.” continued on page 22 >> SubmergeMag.com

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Photos above by Aaron Cheesman

Ianna Frisby “I began with an ordinary object: the brick. No other object better represents the sweeping Photo above by Niki Kangas societal changes that came with factory production, industrial revolution and the wealth that it brought. The brick literally became the building block of a new society—one that “The Room of Mistakes is full of work that I’ve ‘messed up’ on; however, when it is permitted the emergence not only of privileged idlers but also a commercial pageant for them all put together it comes together quite nicely. Trying to build my ArtStreet project, I to take in, one nonchalant step at a time. Compared to the more traditional agrarian landscape, was very, very pregnant, and things just kept going wrong. My kiddo came super late this spectacle must have seemed a fantastic novelty. I repurposed the brick and transformed past her due date, which cut my creation time in half because while pregnant you it from a banal structural element into a mode of expression that harkens the romance of the cannot use photo chemicals. I was running out of time, the prints I created were not Gilded Age. I begin by forming wet clay around an actual brick. After the clay hardens, the working out, screws fell out of the walls, negatives came late, everything that could brick was carefully removed leaving a hollow form, a brick negative, onto which words were go wrong did, so I ran with it. I ‘tied’ everything together with actual string and it hand-sculpted and gilded with luster. Just as structural bricks form a supporting wall, these turned out more powerful than I had imagined. I captured perfectly what it is like messaging bricks are arrayed in such a way as to train the eye and form thoughts as the being a very new mom and a full-time artist; chaotic, messy, delirious, dreamy and flâneur walks by and considers their place in that world at that moment. These brick negatives still kind of fun.” are lightweight and adhered to their backgrounds. The idea is that, rather than For more information, reservaFood is art, too. And chefs, artists. So in keeping with the spirit of ArtStreet, local chefs from all over call attention to themselves, tions or to purchase special Sacramento are volunteering their time and collaborating to offer different culinary delights each day at the bricks quietly reveal event tickets, visit M5Arts.com. ArtStreet. Word to the wise: bring cash, so you can enjoy beer and wine served throughout the venue, themselves only when ArtStreet is located at 300 First make donations to the project and buy some awesome, inspired grub. passersby pause and look Ave. in Sacramento, is free to Some participating chefs include Ed Roehr of Magpie Cafe, Bryan Widener of Revolution Wines, Scott the public and is open now more closely. The messages through Feb. 25, Monday–FriOstrander of Park Winters and Ben Roberts of Pizza Supreme Being. Says Roehr, “The idea was to create presented by the bricks day, 3–9 p.m. or later, and come from a collection a space where local cooks could collaborate and support the arts, and explore working together in Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.– of musings by celebrated a culinary environment. KiCo is an opportunity for cooks to work on a common project, without the 9 p.m. or later. flâneur artists and thinkers.” competitive stress of vending and without the big corporate sponsorship some festivals bring with them.”

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Laughs Unlimited Open Mic, 7 p.m. Mix DJ Elements, 9:30 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Edmar Castaneda Trio, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Press Club Rick V, Tony Sardella, Daryl Posnett, Sam Gabriel, 9 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Third Space Très Oui, Anxient Aliens, 8 p.m. Torch Club Singer-Songwriter Showcase in the Round, 5:30 p.m.; Drunken Hearts, 9 p.m. University Union Redwood Room, CSUS Nooner w/ The Color Wild, 12 p.m.

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2.13 Monday

Ace of Spades Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag, Ballyhoo!, Direct Hit, 6 p.m. B-Side Night Move Mondays w/ Average Joe, 9 p.m. Blue Lamp The Spotlight: Open Mic, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Swimming In Bengal, Art Lessing and Flower Vato, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 9 p.m. Press Club Monday Vibes w/ MC Ham and friends, 9 p.m.

2.14 Tuesday

Ace of Spades Rebelution, Passafire, 6:30 p.m. (Sold Out) B-Side Tuesday Revival w/ Brendan Stone, 9 p.m. Crest Theatre Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Amy Sky, 6:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Mondo Deco, 9:30 p.m. Harlow’s Khalid, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Open Mic, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Dianne Reeves, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe West Coast Songwriters Competition, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Press Club Reggae Night w/ DJ Dweet, 9 p.m. Starlite Lounge Freedom Hawk, Irata, Frack!, Shotgun Sawyer, 8 p.m. Torch Club Bill Mylar, 5:30 p.m.; Michael Ray, 8 p.m.

2.16 thursday

B-Side FFFreak! w/ CrookOne & Ben Johnson, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. The Twilight Drifters, 5 p.m. Blue Lamp Drab Majesty, Pregnant, Color of Closure, Pregnant Women, DJ Lady Grey, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 10 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 Crankdat, 10 p.m. Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Chicken & Dumpling, 8 p.m. Harlow’s The Infamous Stringdusters, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, 7 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts John Anderson Acoustic Duo, 8 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Edmar Castaneda Trio, 8 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 10 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Moonshine Crazy, 9:30 p.m. Press Club Bastards of Young, Western Settings, Caskitt, Dead Dads, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Harley White Jr. Orchestra, 9 p.m. Shine Sac’s Coolest Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Sudwerk (Davis) Cold Shot, 5 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Motel Drive, Sevon Caneri & The Spellbreakers, 9 p.m.

2.15 2.17 Wednesday

Ace of Spades Rebelution, Passafire, 6:30 p.m. (Sold Out) B-Side R&B Sides w/ Satapana, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts Elephant Revival, Dead Horses, 7:30 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Welcome To Night Vale w/ Erin McKeown, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Fox & Goose All Vinyl Wednesdays w/ DJ AAKnuff, 8 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Nocturnal, 10 p.m. Harlow’s The Revivalists, Con Brio, 7 p.m.

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friday

Ace of Spades Louis The Child, Imad Royal, Manila Killa, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) B-Side Liquid Eye Lounge w/ Flower Vato, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Todd Morgan, 9:30 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Erich Gonzales, Daniel Matsunaga & Sheryn Regis, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Downtown & Vine Ross Hammond (Album Release), 6 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Code Blue, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose The Remainders, According to Bazooka, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne, 10 p.m.

2.18 Saturday

Ace of Spades The Growlers, 7 p.m. B-Side Sprockets w/ DJ Centipede & Young Aundee, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Spare Parts, 9:30 p.m. Blue Lamp M.D.C., Mass Terror, Black Crosses, Screaming Bloody Marys, Slutzville, 7 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Erich Gonzales, Daniel Matsunaga & Sheryn Regis, 8 p.m. Cafe Colonial The Mentors, X-Method, Blessed Curse, Hazard, Obsidian, Hydra, 8 p.m. Center for the Arts ALO, Rabbit Wilde, 8 p.m. Center for the Arts: Off Center Stage Tom Brosseau, Garrett Pierce, Jeffrey Dupra, 8 p.m. Den Of Sin (8262 Alpine Ave.) Hoods Fest 2017: Sworn Vengeance, Hoods, Havenside, Cold Trap, Earth Down, Devotion and More, 4 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 J. Espinosa, 10 p.m. El Dorado Saloon The Blokes, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose The Storytellers, Massive Delicious Duo, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ Rated R, 10 p.m. Goldfield The Holdup, Katastro, 7 p.m. Harlow’s The Greg Golden Band, Rogue, 8 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts The Folsom Lake Symphony: Russian Romance, 7:30 p.m. KBAR Z Rokk, 9 p.m. Kupros Craft House Annie Jay &

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Mar 3

With speCiaL guests big Jesus

m u s i c , c om e d y & m i s c . C a l e n d a r Gold Country Lanes (Sutter Creek) C.T. Locke: DJ, Sing & Dance, 6:30 p.m. Harlow’s Kill the Precedent (Album Release), Horseneck (Album Release), Peace Killers, The Moans, 8 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts International Guitar Night: Lulo Reinhardt, Luca Stricagnoli, Chrystian Dozza, Debashish Bhattacharya, 7:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Kamikaze Music Ensemble, 9:30 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Edmar Castaneda Trio, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Race to the Bottom, Super Mega Everything, Seeing Red, 9 p.m. On The Y Resonance feat. DJ Nachtdoom, Samora, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Elements, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Thunder Cover, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino The Wiz Kid, 9:30 p.m. Shady Lady Switch Blade Trio, 9 p.m. Shine Nzuri Soul, Ms. Lovely, The Soul Jones Collective Band, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge Waning (Album Release), Squalus, Ghostplay, 8 p.m. Station 1 Beth Duncan, 8:30 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub DJ Night, 9 p.m. Studio 817 1st Annual JazzFest, 5 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Dennis Deyoung, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club The Hucklebucks, 5:30 p.m.; Terry Hanck, 9 p.m. Vanguard DJ JB, 9 p.m. Yolo Brewing Co. Band in the Beer Hall: Sami Jo, 6 p.m.

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Reggie Graham, 9:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe John Malcom, Jazzbo Paradox, Cheap Bastard Club, Jack Donaldson, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Edmar Castaneda Trio, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m.; Fr!ends (Beatles tribute), 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Lipstick! w/ Roger Carpio, Adam J, Trophii, 9 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ DM, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Retro Metro, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Superbad, 10 p.m. Shady Lady Current Personae, 9 p.m. Shine The Pacific, Vinnie Guidera & The Dead Birds, Casey Groat, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge Ganglians, The Rippers, Rose Italic, 8 p.m. Station 1 Shelley Burns, 8:30 p.m. Torch Club Golden Cadillacs, Earles of Newtown, 9 p.m. Vanguard Louie Giovanni, 9 p.m. Yolo Brewing Co. Band in the Beer Hall: Cloudship, 6 p.m.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Dark Star Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Harris Center for the Arts Great Composers Chamber Music Series: Antonín Dvorák, Andrei Baumann, Chase Spruill, Susan Lamb Cook and More, 2 p.m. LowBrau Throwback Jams w/ DJ Epik & Special Guests, 9:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Bryan Hawk, DJ Carnie Robber and Guests, 9 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall The Chieftains, 7 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Natalie Gelman, 1 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Alan Iglesis, 3 p.m. Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Ray Reynolds, 1 p.m. Shady Lady Alex Jenkins, 9 p.m. Starlite Lounge Necrot, Phrenelith, Raptor, Voyeur, 8 p.m. Third Space Well, Pierce and the Gals, Not, Nigel Read, 8 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m.

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sunday

Ace of Spades J Boog, Jo Mersa Marley, Jemere Morgan, 6:30 p.m. (Sold Out) B-Side Feels w/ DJs Busy Gillespie & Babesicle, 6 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. The Colony He Whose Ox Is Gored, Dust Moth, Amigo The Devil, Chrome Ghost, 7 p.m. Crest Theatre Hmongstory 40 Presents: Roots & Legacies, 7 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. District 30 Jayceeoh, 10 p.m. Harlow’s ALO, Rabbit Wilde, 7 p.m.

B-Side Night Move Mondays w/ Average Joe, 9 p.m. Blue Lamp The Spotlight: Open Mic, 9 p.m. Cafe Colonial Girls Rock Benefit Show w/ Boy Romeo, Destroy Boys, Sonder, Bottom Feeders, 7:30 p.m. Center for the Arts Hot Tuna Acoustic, 7:30 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s The Brains, The Delta Bombers, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 9 p.m. Starlite Lounge Spirit in the Room, VOWWS, The Great Sadness, Cities You Wish You Were From, 8 p.m.

2.21 Tuesday

B-Side West End Blues w/ Harley White Jr., 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Dive Bar Shadia & Friends, 9:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Open Mic, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Beginning Bluegrass Club, 6:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Press Club Depeche Mode and the Sire Records Family Sessions Tribute Night, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge Falter, Cold Trap, Sowers of Dissent, xTom Hanx, 8 p.m. Torch Club Richard March, 5:30 p.m.; Michael Ray, 8 p.m.

2.22 wednesday

B-Side Sound Dust w/ Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. The Colony Jesus Piece, Jukai, Vamachara, Year of The Knife, Hands of God, These Streets, Mara, 7 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Fox & Goose All Vinyl Wednesdays w/ DJ AAKnuff, 8 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ Nocturnal, 10 p.m. Harlow’s Gibbz, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Open Mic, 7 p.m. Mix DJ Peeti V, 9:30 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Experience Hendrix feat. Billy Cox, Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Chris Layton and more, 7 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Press Club Emo Night, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Singer-Songwriter Showcase in the Round, 5:30 p.m.; Jessica Malone (Album Release), Matt Bradford, 9 p.m. University Union Redwood Room, CSUS Nooner w/ Jahny Wallz, 12 p.m. Warehouse Artist Lofts: Rooftop Tom Brosseau, Garrett Pierce, 7:30 p.m.

2.23 Thursday

B-Side Step in the Marina w/ CrookOne & Ben Johnson, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Karaoke, 7:30 p.m. Blue Lamp Mike Sherm, 7 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 10 p.m. Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 Trademark, NickNack, 10 p.m. Dive Bar Dueling Pianos, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose According to Bazooka, 8 p.m. Goldfield Uli Jon Roth, 7 p.m. Harlow’s Zepparella, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Great Wide Open (Tom Petty tribute), 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 10 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Bubba & the Boys, 9:30 p.m. Press Club 50-Watt Heavy, M Lockwood Porter, Would Be Train Robbers, 8 p.m. Shady Lady Hot City, 9 p.m. Shine Sac’s Coolest Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge Deth Crux, StudentLed and More 8 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; JonEmery, Tatiana McPhee, 9 p.m.

2.24 FRIDAY

B-Side Vibrations w/ Adam Jay, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Andrew Castro, 9:30 p.m. Blue Lamp JG Madeumlook, Boshy-b, Big Omeezy, Work Dirty, Capo Click, 9 p.m. Cafe Colonial O’Mulligans (Record Release), Moans, Enlows, 8 p.m. The Colony Conceived In Chaos, Worn Thin, 24 Gore, Atomic Flounder, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Tim Dierkes, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Instagon, Grex, The Bad Twains (Tom Waits tribute), 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne, 10 p.m. Gold Country Lanes (Sutter Creek) C.T. Locke: DJ, Sing & Dance, 6:30 p.m. Harlow’s Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer, 5:30 p.m.; Ideateam, Be Brave Bold Robot, 9:30 p.m. The Hideaway Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Decent Criminal, M Section, Boss’ Daughter, 8 p.m. Kupros Craft House Shiner, 9:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Jason McAlister, Noah Nelson, Joe Kojina, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Ann E. Pitzer Center Daniel Stepner, 7 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Caliscope, Back Alley Buzzards (Album Release), The Braden Scott Band, The Polymers, 8 p.m. On The Y Mechanizm, 8 p.m.

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assorted $2 drink specials wednesday

discount craft beer bombers thursday

$6 coors & Jameson combo friday

$7 mystery craft cocktail saturday

tuesdays • 7pm oPen mic W e d n e s d ay s • 7 : 3 0 p m Porch Pickin’ w/ ross hammond

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happy hour all night! buy any draft beer & add a well shot for $2, fireball $3, Jameson $4

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Ace of Spades Born of Osiris, Volumes, Oceans Ate Alaska, Within the Ruins, Fire From the Gods, 6 p.m. B-Side Loose Change w/ Daniel O & Mike C, 9 p.m. Bar 101 Lillie Lemon, 9:30 p.m. Blue Lamp Just Like Heaven (Cure tribute), New Day Rising (Husker Du tribute), Midnight to Six (Clash tribute), 9 p.m. Cache Creek Casino M.C. Thuy Duong, Hong Ngoc, Justin Nguyen, Ha Thanh Xuan, Trieu Minh and more, 7 & 10 p.m. Cafe Colonial At Both Ends (Album Release), Sonder, Toy Traps, Vont, 8 p.m. The Colony Baddest Beams, Ghoul School, Captain Cutiepie, 8 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. District 30 Dynamiq, 10 p.m. El Dorado Saloon The EZ Street Band, 9:30 p.m.

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Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Inspector 71, 10 p.m. Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino The Spazmatics, 9:30 p.m. Ruhstaller Tap Room So Much Light, Minihorse, Prospect Castles, Duke Chevalier, 9 p.m. Shady Lady A. A. Groove Project, 9 p.m. Shine Rich Corporation, Forest Bailey, 8 p.m. Starlite Lounge King Woman (Album Release), VRTRA, Declension, 8 p.m. Station 1 Vivian Lee, 8:30 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub DJ Night, 9 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort The Tubes, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Lew & Jimmy, 5:30 p.m.; Mojo Green, 9 p.m. Vanguard Joseph One, 9 p.m. Yolo Brewing Co. Band in the Beer Hall: Lucy’s Bones, 6 p.m.

EvEry Sunday • 7:30pm

late night happy hour 9pm to close

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Ace of Spades William Singe, Alex Aiono, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) B-Side Butter Funk w/ DJ Nocturnal, 9 p.m. Blue Lamp The Draft, 8:30 p.m. Cafe Colonial Cresca, Flight Mongoose, Nam the Giver, Floral Caves, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Karaoke w/ Jeff Jenkins, 9 p.m. The Colony Lost Things (EP Release), A Foreign Affair, Fake It (EP Release), Ourfathers, Subtlety, 7 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 8 p.m. LowBrau Throwback Jams w/ DJ Epik & Special Guests, 9:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Bryan Hawk, DJ Carnie Robber and Guests, 9 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Richter Uzur Duo, 2 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Lavay Smith, 3 p.m. Press Club Screature, Preening, Grave Lake, 5 p.m.; Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Red Hawk Casino Tiffany Lorraine, 1 p.m. Shady Lady Peter Petty, 9 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m.

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Blue Lamp The Spotlight: Open Mic, 9 p.m. Distillery Karaoke, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays hosted by Ross Hammond, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m. On The Y Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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Comedy The Center for the Arts Paula Poundstone, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. (Sold Out) Community Center Theater Imparables El Show: Adrian Uribe Y Omar Chaparro, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Laughs Unlimited Say It Loud Comedy Presented by Michael Calvin Jr., Feb. 16, 8 p.m. Bruce Jingles feat. Myles Weber, Feb. 17 - 19, Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Best of Open Mic Showcase, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Erik Myers feat. Jimmy Earll, Feb. 24 - 26, Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Open Mic Comedy Hosted by Jaime Fernandez, every Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Valentines Hangover Comedy w/ Shera Hyat and Guests, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Brian Regan, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Punch Line Cupid’s Comedy All Stars w/ Conor Kellicutt, Paco Romane, Jaime Fernandez, Michael Cella, Diana Hong, Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Tom Bomb’s Dirty 30 Roast Extravaganza w/ Carlos Rodriguez, Lance Woods, Jimmy Earll, Cheryl Anderson and More, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Steve Treviño, Keon Polee, Red Scott, Feb. 16 - 19, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10 p.m.; Sun., 8 p.m. There Goes the Neighborhood Comedy Show w/ JR De Guzman, Diego Curiel, Jimmy Earll, Feb. 22, 8 p.m. Dan Soder, Amy Miller, Richard Sarvate, Feb. 23 - 25, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 8 & 10 p.m. Vir Das, DJ Sandhu, Richard Sarvate, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Spot  Open Mic, Sunday’s and Monday’s, 8 p.m. Improv Taste Test and Harold Night, Wednesday’s, 7 - 10 p.m. Cage Match and Improv Jam, Thursday’s, 8 - 10 p.m. Anti-Cooperation League, Saturday’s, 9 p.m. Third Space Art Collective Capitol PUN-Ishment: A Pun Tournament w/ Hayley Benham-Archdeacon, Dejan Tyler, Andrew Absher and Guests, Feb. 24, 8 p.m. Tommy T’s LYAO Comedy Tour w/ Tami Roman, Brian Hooks, Cocoa Brown, Ray Grady, Feb. 17 - 19 Cedric The Entertainer, Feb. 24 - 25

Misc. 20th Street (Between J and K) Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 24th Street Theatre Community of Writers Presents: Meet the Authors feat. Jade Chang, Michael Lavigne, Jordan Fisher Smith and More, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. 300 1st Ave. ArtStreet: Large Scale Art Experience feat. 100+ Artists From Around the World, Through Feb. 25 All Good Flagship Store All Good x Westfalyeah Capsule Collection Release Party feat. Sale Prices, Beer, Food Trucks, Vanagon Meet-Up and More, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. American River College 15th Annual Sacramento Invitational Taekwondo Championships, Feb. 18 - 19 Badlands SacCirque: Happy F@#%ing Valentines, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. B Street Theatre Mainstage Series: Becoming Dr. Ruth, Through Feb. 26 B3 Series: The Christians, Through Feb. 11 Blue Lamp Moxie Crush Burlesque & Comedy Show, Feb. 17, 8 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Trivia Night, every Tuesday, 8 p.m. Cal Expo 29th Annual Celebration of Black History Month, Feb. 25, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. The California Automobile Museum Zero to 60s: A Mad Men Office Party, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m.

California Museum Art Exhibit: Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown, Feb. 7 - May 28 The Center for the Arts 4th Annual Animal Film Fest, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. 10 p.m. Colonial Heights Library Fenix Drum and Dance Company, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) Sacramento Ballet Presents: Beer and Ballet, Through Feb. 19 Sacramento’s Brazilian Carnaval 2017, Feb. 25, 4 p.m. Crest Theatre “The Vagina Monologues” 2017, Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m. 2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films, Feb. 20 - 24 Sacramento French Film Festival Presents: 10th Annual Winter Short Film Screening, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Crocker Art Museum Black History Month: A Celebration in Film Presents Cooley High, Feb. 16, 6 p.m. Japanese Film Festival Presents: Grave of the Fireflies, Feb. 19, 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Black History Month: A Celebration in Film Presents Get On The Bus, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. Sacramento Area Youth Speaks Grand Slams Finals, Feb. 25, 2 p.m. Reuniting the Masters: European Drawings from West Coast Collections, Through Feb. 5 A Show of Force: Sculpture by Allan Houser (Haozous) feat. Recent Gifts from Loren G. Lipson, Through Feb. 26 Into the Fold: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz Collection, Through May 7 Crocker Park 6th Annual Getty Owl Run and Walk, Feb. 26, 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Golden 1 Center Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment, Feb. 16 - 20 Harris Center for the Arts California Theatre Center Presents: Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, Feb. 18, 1 & 3 p.m. El Dorado Musical Theatre: Shrek The Musical, Feb. 24 - March 5 Hiram Johnson High School Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Rooster, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Historic Old Folsom Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. Kupros Craft House Triviology, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, every Thursday, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Lightwire Theater: Dino-Light, Feb. 26, 3 p.m. Oak Park Brewing Co. Trivia Night, Sundays, 8 p.m. Oak Park Community Center Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m. Old Sacramento Mardi Gras Festival Crawl, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. The Rink Sac City Rollers’ Season Opener Double Header, Feb. 25, 6:15 p.m. Starlite Lounge The Darling Clementine’s Vicious Valentines Variety Show, Feb. 15, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Pub Trivia, Sundays, 8 p.m. Tommy T’s 50 Shades of Men, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. University Theatre, CSUS Sacramento/ Black Art of Dance 25th Anniversary, Feb. 22 - 26 University Union Ballroom, CSUS Vagina Monologues, Feb. 16, 7 p.m. University Union Gallery, CSUS Art Exhibit: More Than Just Scribbles, Feb. 20 - March 16 Various Venues in Downtown Sacramento Sacramento Fashion Week 2017, Feb. 19 - 25 Verge Center for the Arts Current Exhibit: We Buy White Albums by Rutherford Chang, Through March 19 WAL Public Market Art Exhibit: (WAL) Flowers by Tyson Anthony Roberts, Through March 1 William Land Park Sacramento Undy Run and Walk, Feb. 25, 9 a.m.

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Since then, the band has gone through some lineup changes, and some tours, and are about to go out on tour again in support of the new record. Created in the Image of Suffering brings a more straight-forward feel to the band’s songwriting and even recording approach. The result is a sound that captures more of a live feel for the band. One track that stands out is the first single “Utopia.” The main riff lunges forward in a slow churn, you can almost feel anxiety waiting between snare hits. Esfandiari’s haunting and powerful delivery commands its space over the riff. The entire album is at times churning and slow, giving way to lush, cavernous texture. In the empty rec hall at another one of my part-time jobs, I set up an android tablet with a recording app so that I could record my phone call with Esfandiari and her bandmates Joey Raygoza (drums), Colin Gallagher (guitar) and Peter Arensdorf (bass).

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Was this album something that had just come about or a project that may have been on the back-burner for a while? Colin Gallagher: We had been writing songs. Like when the EP came out, we had some that were a similar style, and Kristina had a lot of conceptual lyrics. We met up with Pete and it really sealed the deal, the songs we sort of wanted to write came together. When was the last time you were all in Sacramento together? Kristina Esfandiari: We did a small tour with CHRCH, and we played at Starlite, and before that we were at Press Club. Was there a sound or feeling you wanted to capture with Created in the Image of Suffering? Peter Arensdorf: We tried to capture more of a live sound, because for the longest time people that listened to our record, many people came up to me and were like, “Whoa, now I understand why your live performance is so powerful,” or “It’s so different.” Because none of the songs are played the same live, just because there’s a lot of layers that we put on the record. I mean, we’re still trying to find the sound that we want to hone in on, so I think in this record, at least how I feel, this is more of a depiction of how we sound live. And it’s much more straightforward and has more of a band feel to it. As opposed the EP, which has more of a studio feel to it. KE: When I am writing, I’m thinking about how it will translate live. I think it’s our strong point is our live performance. I listened to Sabotage by Black Sabbath a lot. There’s so many themes running throughout the record, it’s hard to say there’s any one thing. The songs are kind of a collection of like a year and a half, where we were kind of like, shit, we should probably put out a record, you know? And we came to this point where we were like OK we have enough songs, let’s just go in the studio with Jack. It’s just like a collection of songs we had been sitting on for a while. I can say for myself I’d been listening to the Black Sabbath album a lot and Frank Ocean. CG: I made it a point to not listen to anything actually, because I didn’t want that to influence the way the songs sounded, I don’t know if this sounds cheesy but I just immersed myself in the songs because I wanted to explore different drum patterns and different things to make the songs as unique as possible, because I purposely didn’t want people to say like, “Oh, that drum beat sounds like this band, or that groove sounds like this band” Kristina is there music from your childhood that you weren’t allowed to listening to with your strict upbringing? KE: I had to sneak music, I wasn’t allowed to listen to anything that wasn’t Christian. The music I had access to was very sterile and shitty, and like the edgiest Christian record I had was fucking P.O.D.

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The one with “Southtown” on it? KE: Yeah. My dad was a rocker, growing up, so he played a lot of Neil Young, and the Stones. Neil Young really shaped me growing up. It’s weird because I wasn’t allowed to listen to quote unquote secular music growing up but I would sit on the couch and my dad would play all the bad ass rock 'n' roll records. But yeah I had to sneak a lot of the music I listened to. I remember I listened to a lot of No Doubt— Tragic Kingdom and Return of Saturn—and I liked Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette, because she was super angry, and I wasn’t really allowed to express that side of myself. So I would just listen to that record and really relate to it, but I was never allowed to listen to it. I would do it when my mom went to work or something and just blast it on the stereo system they bought me for Christmas. So your parents wanted you to listen to music, they just wanted you to listen to a certain kind of it … KE: Yeah, they just wanted me to listen to worship music. Like I was the worship leader at church, which was so shitty. I listened to a lot of pop music … I loved Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, but I wasn’t allowed to listen to them, and my mom said they were bad, so when my mom would leave I would just blast it. I just loved their voices, and I would sing along with them and it taught me how to sing in a lot of ways. I went to Best Buy with my dad, and got some of the first CDs I ever bought — Elliott Smith’s XO, Hail to the Thief by Radiohead, Good Mourning by Alkaline Trio and some shit like that. If you could set up a dream tour who would it be with? Joey Raygoza: My ideal one would be where every single one of our friends is on the tour whether they would be with us or playing, because I feel like those are the ones that matter the most. Those are the ones you always have to look back on. There’s only been like a couple tours where I’ve gone and I didn’t feel fully immersed or not really having the best time, but every time I’ve gone on a tour with people I already knew, or people that I got to know pretty quickly because of the shows, those always felt like my favorite tours. I can’t really think of any other ones unless it was like Slayer or something. CG: Oh I don’t know I feel like we’ve already got to play with some of the bands I’d really like to play with. Boris maybe? Yeah that’d be great. KE: Yeah that’d be sick. I’d like an old man dad-rock band. I want to tour with like Bruce Springsteen or Stevie Nicks, or The Replacements or something. That’d be sick.

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That’s Amaro!

Deftones’ Abe Cunningham and Shady Lady’s Kevin Ritchie Are Rightfully Proud of Their New Restaurant Venture Words Ronnie Cline • photos nicholas wray

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ears in the making, Amaro recently opened with a refreshing, yet time-tested menu of classic Italian dishes. Building on the experience of opening successful establishments like Shady Lady, B-Side and the Sail Inn, the owners and executive chef of Amaro have done it again. Distinctively modern, yet comfortably classic seems to be the theme of their restaurants and bars, which are always built from a moment in time that is steeped in tradition, then elevated with a critical eye. Amaro is no exception. When walking into the restaurant—especially at night—you are instantly drawn to the illuminated wall that features what looks to be a glowing, whimsical collection of books which are anchored by the building’s custom industrial steel frame. Peering into the open kitchen you will find Kevin Ritchie and his crew hard at work preparing fresh pasta, pizzas and sauces that have been passed down, tested and honed through generations. And one cannot talk about Amaro without bringing up the fact that Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham is an investor. Surprising to some, Cunningham isn’t new to the restaurant world. In fact he spent his childhood romping around the coastal restaurant his mother owned. Recently I spent some time with Cunningham and Ritchie and learned how cherished church cookbooks, historic building regulations and the love of wanting to serve food that is saturated in comfort has led to the long-awaited opening of Amaro.

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I noticed that Amaro was initially scheduled to open a while back. Can you tell me about the unexpected process that went into getting the doors open? Kevin Ritchie: If you’ll take notice, there are many steel girders that are supporting this building. When this building was inspected we were told that it was about to come down, and it was marked as a historical building, so in order to keep the façade and make it secure we had to maintain the historical integrity. So you couldn’t secure the building using modern technology? KR: No, we had to turn to Pittsburgh and order real steel custom-made girders. The new steel beams are literally holding the building up. They are not artistic by any means. They look great exposed. Was that always the plan once you had them put in? KR: Well, if you’re going to take an extra three years on a project, you might as well leave the steel girders and beams exposed and not redesign around them. How did Abe get involved with Amaro? KR: So Abe is friends with Garrett [Van Vleck] from coming into Shady, he mentioned that he was interested in becoming an investor. He grew up in restaurants. His mom owned a restaurant for a long time. Abe Cunningham: Yeah, my mom had a restaurant, so for me playing music and working in restaurants, the two kind of go hand in hand. Abe, Is this your first major investment outside of music? AC: Yeah, I’ve known these guys forever and thought it was a great opportunity to get involved with something in town with my friends; people I’ve grown up with that are now of age and are doing good things. How does it feel to see your first restaurant open? AC: It’s really neat to see it happen after all these years of wishing and hoping … Now that it’s open I’m just so happy to be partnered up with these guys and make something rad and delicious that we can all back. How did you guys end up choosing an Italian concept? KR: It’s something that we sit down and discuss; not only concept but a menu that goes along with the concept. We tend to have a lot of arguments about what’s classic and what concepts will stand the test of time, things that remind you of home, but when I was asked, “If you had your choice of any kind of restaurant you would like to build, what would you do?” I was like, “I would love to have a little pizza/ pasta place.” Once you had the concept, how did the menu come together? KR: I wanted all of the food to feel like home. I want the food here to be comforting. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel. I just want to make good food good.

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What drew you to Italian food? KR: I grew up eating lots of spaghetti. The spaghetti sauce here is basically my mom’s sauce that comes from a church book that was my great grandmother's. The book was filled with handwritten recipes by women in her church. Did you grow up in Sacramento? KR: Born and raised. I went to the same elementary, junior high and high school as my mom. My grandparents moved here in the ‘50s, right after the war, and I was lucky enough to grow up in the house my mom grew up in. I’m proud of that. And did your culinary career start in Sacramento as well? KR: Yeah, my first job in a restaurant was at Pizza Hut on J Street when I was 16 years old. Then I worked for Round Table on Folsom Boulevard … but it really took off when I started working at Rio City Café. I worked there for about a year and a half, and I was in a culinary apprenticeship program through the American Culinary Federation which was out at Sierra College, then I went to work for Waterboy. So I learned how to be a line cook at Rio City; Rick Mahan at the Waterboy taught me what it meant to be a chef. Abe, was your mom’s restaurants in Sacramento? AC: I grew up on the coast in Mendocino and she had a restaurant up there—kind of early California cuisine. While growing up in restaurants I had the time of my life. Since my existence really, I remember bussing tables, washing dishes and working in the kitchen. Did you have an area of the restaurant that you found yourself hanging out in more than others? AC: I always preferred to hang out in the kitchen rather than on the floor. It’s more fun back there. Kevin, currently you are overseeing the food program of four restaurants and bars? KR: Yes, Amaro, Shady Lady, B-Side and Sail Inn. How does overseeing the food program at Amaro differ from a location like Shady Lady? KR: Amaro is kind of the exact opposite of Shady in some ways. There, the bar is out front and it’s all about the bar, but here the kitchen is out front and we are all about the kitchen. While overseeing numerous restaurants, is there one you find yourself spending more time in over others? KR: This is where I will spend the majority of my time. From this point on, Amaro is my home.

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Make SNL Great Again It seems to be the rite of passage for pop culture obsessed Americans to proclaim that Saturday Night Live sucks now. It gives you a level of distinction, I guess, to say something along the lines of, “Who’s even in the cast any more?” or, “I just caught a minute of it the other night by accident and said, ‘This isn’t even remotely funny.’” And maybe it’s true. Maybe it does suck now. I work late nights on Saturdays, and I never get to watch the show anymore. But honestly, I’ve been hearing the same song and dance since the ‘90s, from people who would go on and on about how the older casts were so much better. Jan Hooks was no Gilda Radner. Phil Hartman was no Dan Aykroyd. I guess nowadays you could say Colin Jost is no Dennis Miller (and thank God for that). But nevertheless, the show persists, now in its 42nd season (at least I’m younger than something), and it would seem that so far the only thing the current occupant of the White House has made great again is SNL. In fact, its ratings are the highest they’ve been in 20 years, according to Marketplace.org. If you haven’t seen Melissa McCarthy’s impression of Sean Spicer to open the Feb. 11 episode, you really need to. McCarthy’s hilarious when she’s just doing her usual thing, but in this sketch, made up to bear a remarkable resemblance to our esteemed press secretary, she just reaches another level of glorious absurdity. She explains extreme vetting procedures to the “dumb babies” of the press using dolls, advertises Ivanka Trump’s clothing line (even does a high-leg kick to show off a pair of heels) and attacks a member of the press using a mobile podium, which made me do a spit-take. Another clip from the show features

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Alec Baldwin doing his now trademark impression of our 45th President, where he takes the three justices of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to The People’s Court in an attempt to get the halt on the travel ban overturned. Though the sketch is a bit uneven and preachy, it still has its good sight gags, like when shirtless Vladimir Putin shows up as a character witness, and when Cecily Strong as an exacerbated Judge Milian says to Baldwin’s Trump, “You’re doing too much … I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me.” It’s the weariness of the remark that resonated the most with me. It hasn’t even been a month yet, as of this writing, and it’s like it’s never going to end. I’m afraid I’m getting a dose of what I asked for, honestly. I’ve written before that I used to watch storms and always hoped they get worse, and now it seems it’s actually happening. I can’t really handle the constant state of anxiety, the constantly talking about it, the constantly writing about it. And the crazy part is nothing really bad has happened yet. I’m not talking about the authoritarianstyle executive orders that seem to be flowing out of the White House nonstop. We’ve seen the checks and balances of our judicial system at work with the decision to halt the travel ban. But I mean something really bad. Like, a crisis that has nothing to do with politics, like a Katrina-type storm or a legitimate, horrific terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and not just an imaginary one like the Bowling Green Massacre (which is horrific in an entirely different way). What are we going to do then, when a major earthquake hits some liberal hotspot like, say, the Bay Area or

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Los Angeles? What’s the response from Washington going to be like? Is it going to be a tweet that just says, “Sad” … ? I’m sick of worrying about it, honestly, but if there wasn’t this, what else would there be? Another clip from the Feb. 11 show featured Blake Bennett as CNN’s Jake Tapper and Kate McKinnon as a fatally attracted Kellyanne Conway. In the sketch, Tapper returns home after wrapping an episode of State of the Union to find a dangerous and seductive Conway waiting for him, upset that she wasn’t asked to be on the show. The sketch is absurdly funny, but it’s also a bit frightening (though perhaps not as frightening as Conway’s actual appearance on The Lead with Jake Tapper on Feb. 7). The sketch shows Tapper struggling with his desire for truthful reporting, but seduced by the enthralling media shistorm whose eye is currently firmly affixed over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In the end, Kellyanne gets her way, but falls out of Tapper’s apartment window and lands in a twisted, broken mass on the sidewalk. This gave me a sense of cathartic relief. How easy it would be if it could just end like that, in some grave, definitive thud on the concrete. Then I could go back to my regular life and start to forget this ever happened. But then, with the aid of CGI, Conway rises, her joints folding back to their regular shape. At the end, McKinnon smiles at the camera and delivers a woeful forecast for the years to come, “See you on the news.” I know I should have been laughing. The sketch was really funny, but at the same time I couldn’t. Like I said, it hasn’t even been a month. After four years of all of us at each other’s throats, how much of a regular life are we going to have to go back to?

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Every Ace of Spades Show in 2017

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Submerge Magazine: Issue 233 (February 13 - 27, 2017)