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A couple of weeks ago the news broke that all of the Dimple Records locations plan to close their doors soon. Just another blow for record store retail in our area. It bums me out for so many reasons, here are the top two: • They had a huge variety of used and new music, from hip-hop to rock and everything in between. Plus a large selection of DVDs and used video games, not to mention books. • A lot of people will be losing one of the coolest jobs around, telling people about bands and selling their music. As a former employee of Tower Records, I can say that it was hands down the best job I ever had. Not only that, but future generations will more than likely never have the opportunity to work at a record store. At the end of the day, we are still very lucky to have the small mom and pop shops! Never forget that. One of my favorite shops in town is Kicksville Vinyl and Vintage (1104 R St., inside the WAL Public Market). Please support them! The owners, Tim and Laura, are awesome! Plus it’s really like two record stories in one, since they share the space with Medium Rare Records and Collectibles. Laura recently shared a great list of record stores in our area on Facebook that are still in business. I’d like to share with you what some of my favorites were on that list: • Delta Breeze (1715 10th St., Sacramento) • Phono Select (2475 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento) • Rocket Records (830 Jefferson Blvd., #6, West Sacramento) • Esoteric Records (1139 Fulton St., Ste B1, Sacramento) • The Audio Nerd (3700 Midas Ave., Ste C, Rocklin) • Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records (1107 Firehouse Alley, Old Sacramento) And one that wasn’t on the list, but is one of my other faves, is Armadillo Music (207 F St., Davis). Just another friendly reminder that if you enjoy something, support that something, whether it be record stores, venues, bands, and now more than ever—ahem—your favorite local publications!

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THE STREAM An exciting new opportunity for two artists—one from the Sacramento region and one from beyond—was just announced last week when the newly formed Ali Youssefi Project, in partnership with the Verge Center for the Arts, announced its inaugural initiative. Their “Artist in Residency Program” is now open for applications through Aug. 5, 2019, and “is designed to create meaningful opportunities for inspired artists by providing much-needed financial support.” The two winners, who will be reviewed and selected by a panel of arts professionals along with members of the Ali Youssefi Project, will be announced in early September and will receive free studio space at Verge, a $500 monthly stipend and a coveted solo exhibition at the Center. The artist who wins from outside our region will also receive a furnished, live-in studio apartment at Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL), including free utilities and Wi-Fi, for three to six months. Artists are encouraged to learn

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ALI YOUSSEFI PROJECT AND VERGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCE NEW ARTIST IN JONATHAN CARABBA RESIDENCY PROGRAM Send regional news tips to info@submergemag.com more and to apply for one of the two residency programs online at Aliyoussefiproject.com. The Ali Youssefi Project was formed to honor the late, great Sacramento developer and active supporter of the arts who sadly lost his battle with stomach cancer in March 2018. Although he was only 35 years old at the time of his passing, Youssefi played a critical role in not only developing WAL—an affordable housing project in downtown Sacramento where countless artists, musicians, dancers, writers, designers and other creatives live and/or work—but he also worked on the redevelopment of the 700 block of K Street, and other high-profile projects that have been vital in the current renaissance our city’s core is seeing. Ladi Youssefi, sister and Ali Youssefi Project co-founder, said in a press release submitted to Submerge, “We started the Ali Youssefi Project as a way to continue Ali’s important work and to reinforce his devotion to

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this city that he loved so much. We are excited to partner with Verge for our first initiative: the ‘Artist in Residency Program.’ This program is just the beginning as we want to continue what he started by funding other projects that uplift and amplify Sacramento and beyond.” In the same press release, Liv Moe, founding director of the Verge Center for the Arts, stated, “We are thrilled to partner with the Youssefi family to honor Ali’s legacy with the new ‘Artist in Residency Program’ that gives both local and national artists meaningful support as they create work and contribute to the Sacramento art scene. Our goal is to further Ali’s belief in dreaming big and finding a way to make it happen. We are looking forward to growing this project and our continued partnership with the Ali Youssefi Project.” Stay up to date with the Ali Youssefi Project by following them on social media or visiting their website, Aliyoussefiproject.com.

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THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST A TIME WHEN ONLY PASTA MATTERED It was the early 1990s and I was a weird child. On most weekends, my friend would spend the night or I would stay at his house. We weren’t into drugs or drinking in those days and were more likely to be hopped up on sugar and caffeine than anything else. We’d sneak out late at night after our parents had gone to sleep to egg peoples’ houses or toilet paper their trees and generally cause mischief around our neighborhoods. When we got home we’d turn to television, specifically late night infomercials, to help wind down for the night. For those not alive or old enough to be awake at 2 a.m. prior to the year 2000, you may not be aware of the wonderful world of infomercials or their heyday in the 1990s. An infomercial is basically an extra long commercial for a product or service that someone claims will change your life and wants to sell to you for dirt cheap. On the best infomercials, the acting was bad, the statements were outrageous, the audience was incredulous and the products were ridiculous. It was one of the greatest times in television history, and my friend and I were there to witness it all. Back in those days, the cable and local networks would run out of content by 1 a.m., so they’d turn things over to people to hawk their inventions through the wee hours of the morning. The types of products available ran the gamut from car paint repair kits to shoe odor removal to sandwich makers and Ginsu knives. Some were clearly gimmicks and other seemed to be magic in action, but most paled in comparison to the inventions created by one man: Ron Popeil. Ron stood over the rest in the world of infomercials, and no one could top him, which was actually a good thing because they might wipe off some of his fake spray hair and stain their clothes. Ron was more than just a pitchman or an inventor; he was a god among men. Billy Mays and the Sham-wow guy were but flecks of powder spray hair on Ron’s collar, waiting to be brushed away at any moment. Ron has probably invented and marketed more things than Thomas Edison, but unlike Edison, no one has ever accused Ron of stealing their idea. In addition to the aforementioned spray hair in a can, Ron (through his company, Ronco) was also responsible for a food dehydrator, Dial-O-Matic Food Slicer, bagel cutter, inflatable car door saver, smokeless ashtray and the Popeil Pocket Fisherman, which I think we can all agree will come in handy when the ice caps melt and SubmergeMag.com

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On Friday, July 12, local 916 DJ Yuka Yu and the Elkhorn Country Saloon host Reeferpalooza. Tickets are $10 and the event is from 2–11 p.m. This perfect summertime event will feature the raddest in local music and inspirational art. The lineup features Yo the Electric, Rruhb, Chonnie Gold, Black Crosses, Skypig and more. Whether you’re a fan of dreamy indie rock, classic punk, groovy electronic or dub reggae, this festival has almost every genre imaginable. Dove Brynhild Clothing will be on display to the public with the most fashionable in recycled and up-cycled vintage wear, original screen printing and embroidered work. But if custom wire wrapping with beautiful stones is what you’re looking for, Carmen Sault will be selling her intricate work as well. Come say hi to the Flood Water Roller Derby, a skaterowned roller derby league grown in Sacramento with a “mission to provide women with a place to be strong, confident and kick some ass!” Live comedy and burlesque performances will also be on the schedule. Parents and families can rest easy knowing that this unique music festival at the Elkhorn Country Saloon (18398 Old River Road, West Sacramento) will be kid-friendly, while a restaurant and bar will be on-site for any hungry tummies and thirsty mouths. Just in case anyone has a reason to step out of the festivities and grab some air, in and out privileges are available with special wristbands provided at the event. This event is sponsored by Cannabiscur.es and Grown by Vet Farms. For more information and to purchase tickets visit Reefer Rangers on Instagram (@reeferrangers, ticket link is in their bio). Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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What’s better than a sunny afternoon in the shade watching baseball with a cold brew? Not much! This summer at every Thursday home game, the River Cats have welcomed fans ages 21-and-over to Raley Field for quality beer at ridiculously low prices. For just $2, visitors can relax with a 12-ounce beer, while craft Lagunitas will only be $5. The next Thirsty Thursday will be July 11 at 7:05 p.m. when our local and ferocious River Cats take on the Fresno Grizzlies. The Rivers Cats are currently battling the Grizzlies for the top spot in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern division. This game will not only provide tasty brews, but is sure to be a can’t-miss occasion for die hard River Cats fans. For those unaware, once beer is purchased on these Thirsty Thursdays, the drinks can only be consumed in the Toyota Home Run Hill area. Tickets are offered for the lawn area at $8 and traditional seats start at $15. Wheelchair accessible seats are also available for purchase. Summer flies by quickly, so be sure to jump on this occasion. After July 11, only two dates for Thirsty Thursdays will remain: Aug. 8 against the Memphis Redbirds, and Aug. 29 against the Reno Aces. For tickets and more information, visit MiLB.com/sacramento.

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“One of the best aspects of Sacramento is that it is close to the ocean and close to the mountains.” Sacramento’s golden ticket: a gateway to nearly every adventure sport you could ask for. Mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, trail running, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, rafting ... and then there is surfing. Surfing tends to be the easiest sport to try once and never again, or never try at all. Why is this? Sharks? Cold water? Lack of access to information? A neardeath experience that one time you tried? All valid answers. My first surfing experience involved a board far too short, which led me to nearly drowning (I never could hold my breath for very long). My second experience, three years later, left me with a bloody lip and a black eye from the board abruptly uniting with my face underwater. The third time I went surfing, my board and I traveled far beyond the breaking of the waves. I’m pretty certain I didn’t even attempt to catch a wave. I just sat out at sea looking for otters, drifting in and out of day dreams with the soft ocean currents. It was then that I claimed to love surfing. Years passed and I was asked, “Do you surf?” My response: “Yeah, I dabble.” In what world I recalled, I cannot say. My fourth time surfing was with the cute boy who had asked if I surfed. I didn’t see him much in the water that day as I spent what seemed like hours battling my way through the underwater forest of kelp beds. My point here is, unless you’re a modern-day Hercules, becoming a surfer is hard work if you’re not living on the coast, surfing nearly every day. Coming to terms with the fact that you might be a beginner forever is the first step to becoming a “real” surfer. Eventually, you will find yourself getting into waves— perhaps not yet standing on the board but gaining excitement of understanding the wave. This is what puts beginners in the perfect scenario. Perhaps it’s difficult to understand at first, but the perpetual beginner brings a perpetual psyche, and perpetual psyche is what athletes spend their lives searching for.

So, my fellow beginner-to-moderate Sacramentan surfers, not only do we hold the key of psyche that most surfers dream of having, we also don’t need to spend our retirement money on board after board because that Wavestorm from Costco works quite well for us every single time. We don’t have to deal with locals who start fights, because we are not good enough to be on their wave. Forget about the 5 a.m. alarm, because the tide doesn’t matter where we’re going. For those who have yet to break into surfing, here are a few tips on becoming the best beginner you can be: White water: Start here. The “inside” (closer to the beach) where the waves have already broken, is a great place to learn how to get into waves. Wetsuits: If it flatters you, congratulations—you’re one in 100. If you can get it off alone, congratulations— you’re on the road to success. Picking the best location for your ability: Do your research and make sure you are on a beginner wave. The wave depends not only on the location but on the weather, wind, swell direction, swell angle and a whole slew of other weather-pattern-and-meteorologyrelated dependents. See Surfline.com or Magicseaweed.com. Take a lesson: It will save you many a solo session. And maybe a fat lip. Look left: In California, the majority of waves break to the surfers right. Before paddling for any wave that is breaking right, think, “look left.” If someone is there, sit back on your board and allow them to take the wave. In other words, the surfer closest to the peak of the wave, the first point at which the wave breaks, has the right of way. Ethics: Respect the locals, hold onto your board, wait your turn, apologize. So there you have it; push me into a wave and hand me a cocktail, because damn it feels good to be a beginner, forever.

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FORMER WAITER VINCE VICARI SERVES UP BODACIOUS DEBUT EP WORDS JOHN PHILLIPS

Sing for your supper, and you’ll get breakfast Songbirds always eat If their song is sweet to hear Sing for your luncheon, and you’ll get dinner Dine with wine of choice If romance is in your voice. “Sing for Your Supper”—Lorenz Hart It isn’t every day you run across a real example of someone singing for one’s supper, a concept popularized (at least, that’s what my very limited Google search uncovered) by the nursery rhyme “Little Tom Tucker.” It’s certainly more rare to find one singing for someone else’s supper. However, from 2011 through March 2017, that is exactly what singer Vince Vicari did, performing at downtown Sacramento Mexican eatery Tequila Museo Mayahuel as its resident singing waiter. Vicari, now officially retired from the role, is now poised to release his debut EP, Bodacious, and for the first time, there is no supper on the line. Vicari, who started life in Jackson, California, made his way to Sacramento by way of Sac State, where, according to an interview he did with Capital Public Radio, he started off as a communications major, but graduated with a journalism degree and a minor in Spanish. While Vicari always had a love for music, it was while working at KSSU that he discovered a desire to take things a step further: “I’ve always watched performance videos of other artists and wanted to perform on stage,” said Vicari during a phone interview with Submerge. “I had ideas of what I wanted to do back in high school but had no idea how to go about writing or recording a song, mainly because the small town I grew up in had no resources for doing music publicly In college, I was at Sac State and I started a radio show there at KSSU.com, and I started interviewing local artists. The more I interviewed people, some of them were pretty good, and some of them were pretty bad, and I was like, ‘Damn, bottom line is they’re putting out their stuff; what is my excuse?’” Vicari started small, attending college karaoke fundraisers and eventually putting together a makeshift band for a couple of events. When he finished with school, he decided he wanted to work for the state. However, he entered the workforce at a less-than-ideal time. “I was trying to get hired by the state toward the end of college to just get a regular job,” said Vicari. “Turns out California had some sort of hiring freeze ‘blah, blah, blah,’ they couldn’t hire me, and my student assistant position ran out. Someone told me, ‘I know someone who is opening a restaurant; I could recommend you and set you up for an interview to be a host.’ I was like, ‘Sure, I have zero restaurant experience, but I need a job.’” Early on at his new job, he found himself showing off his vocal talents. Vicari explains that one day while serving his bosses, one of the boss’s wives was present. While refilling her water, the woman—whom Vicari describes as “a very striking woman with light eyes and big hoop earrings ... just kind of an intimidating attractive woman”—was asking him what he did outside the restaurant. Vicari explained that he liked to sing, and the woman requested a song, which he honored. The bosses were so impressed they asked him to make it a part of his job. “I just started singing songs and it just sort of grew from there,” said Vicari. “People would request me for special dates or anniversaries and birthdays or whatever, and that spot was seen by a lot of travelers from around the state and around the world.” However, not too long after starting to work for Mayahuel, he ended up getting a gig with the state. At first, he kept both jobs, while pursuing a music career in his spare time, which was limited. Eventually, in March 2017, Vicari uploaded a video to his Facebook page explaining that he would be stepping down from his role as the singing waiter of Mayahuel. Vicari says he misses working there, but that he needed to make the move in order to continue on his path. “I was working two jobs,” said Vicari. “I was working at Mayahuel three to four nights a week, and then at the state five nights a week, and just trying to do everything else with whatever free time I had. It was so much fun there, and I enjoyed most of my coworkers, and I really enjoyed interacting with customers. I was having a great experience with them.

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But I felt like at the same time I’d almost hit the ceiling with what I could do there.” Vicari cherished his time at the restaurant, where he was able to get paid while honing his talent and doing what he loves: performing. He also shows a lot of appreciation for the restaurant that gave him the early exposure. “Mayahuel was very good to me; it was super fun there,” said Vicari. “The bosses were always supportive when I would have these artist things. People would try to give me shit because I would have a beard, or have my hair all curly instead of more clean cut, so the managers would be like, ‘Vincente ... you need to shave your beard,’ and the events coordinator Damaris, she was always like, ‘leave him alone...he’s an artist. He needs to express himself. He needs to do this. Yes, señor, you tell ‘em.’ They kind of realized that I was a waiter there, but that I was a little unique. They were always super flexible with me, but I just decided I needed to push to the next level.” Meanwhile, Vicari has already gone on to show that he is more than just a singing waiter. He has sung the national anthem for both the Sacramento Republic FC, as well as the River Cats, performed at Cesar Chavez Plaza, and the SacTown Nachos Festival. Most importantly, Vicari is ready to debut his first album, Bodacious, a six-song EP. “I’ve always loved the “I love to entertain word ‘bodacious,’” admitted people and I love to Vicari. “Then, one time I actually Googled it and it just said it give people a show. was a combination of ‘bold’ and If you like to dance ‘audacious,’ and I feel like that or you like to sit resonates with who I am onstage and how I like to operate and there and watch, run house when I’m onstage I will give you and doing a live show. I love to something entertain people and I love to give people a show. If you like to to watch.” dance or you like to sit there and – Vince Vicari watch, I will give you something to watch.” Bodacious is a mix of dance, pop and R&B, which Vicari purposely mixed evenly with “half danceable, funky songs, half R&B ... sexy songs more or less.” The lead single on the album, “Hear This,” already dropped, and the music video is an impressive watch, featuring some very well rehearsed choreography performed in the tunnel between Old Sacramento and DOCO. Throughout the album, from the thick, bassdominated “Party City” to the ballad “Hush”—which Vicari performed in a Tiny Desk Concert submission to NPR—the album shows a diverse variety of pop influences. “That’s why I like pop music; it’s such a malleable genre,” said Vicari. “Sometimes it’s kind of rock, and sometimes it’s kind of trap. Lately, top 40 has a huge Latin influence. I love that about pop music. To me, there’s a visual element to pop music. There has to be some sort of fashion moment going on or some sort of memorable music video or some kind of element assigned to pop music, and I’m really drawn to that. I like artists that have done that, and I feel like that’s the kind of artist I am. Whatever I’ve written down and you’re hearing in your ears, there’s a whole visual happening in my head I want to share with you, Catch Vince Vicari live in celebration whether that’s in of the release of his debut EP, the music studio or Bodacious, Friday, July 12 at Goldfield on stage. That’s Trading Post (1630 J. St.). Tickets are why I love doing $7 in advance, $10 at the door and the pop music.” show is all ages, with doors at 7 p.m. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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he ukulele and surfing are more than just inventions of Hawaiian culture; they are symbols of the aloha spirit. Famous competitive swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku helped grow the popularity of the sport and in turn transformed Waikiki Beach into a global hotspot for surfing. Kahanamoku’s popularity as a surfing legend in Hawaii led to the opening of his self-named nightclub, Duke’s, on Waikiki Beach, where Hawaii’s most famous pop star Don Ho began his career dancing and playing ukulele on The Don Ho Show. In this very neighborhood, a young ukulele prodigy—whose first name translates to “diamond” in Samoan—began her own career as a musician. The multifaceted ukulele virtuoso Taimane Gardner, born in Honolulu, started out busking on the streets of Waikiki, dazzling tourists with her engaging performances and lively dancing. She was gifted a ukulele at the age 5 from her father, from whom she claims she received her tireless work ethic. Her mother, who competed as Miss Samoa during the Miss Universe pageant, was a singer and dancer, leaving a strong impression on Taimane’s love for performing. “I would practice with a blindfold on and that has really helped me be able to stare at people when I perform and connect with people when I perform rather than looking down, because part of the performance is the way you connect with the audiences,” she told me over the phone as she made her way to West Palm Beach for a performance. By the time Taimane was 13, her busking efforts had finally paid off after she was discovered by a performer from The Don Ho Show and invited to perform for “Uncle Don.” Ho was thoroughly impressed by Taimane’s talent and offered her the chance to play on his show. Under the tutelage of Ho, Taimane learned to play the ukulele at a mindnumbing pace with precision and clarity while impressing the crowd with her dizzying dance skills. “My first love is actually dance, because it comes natural and you don’t really have to think about it … I like to call my music visual music. It’s an experience. It’s not just the audio,” she said, crediting her time alongside Ho for her strong stage presence.

Playing alongside the “Hawaiian Elvis” propelled her into the fierce onstage performer that she’s known as. “I feel very comfortable on stage; probably more onstage than offstage. It’s just a place where you’re accepted to express yourself,” she said. Taimane’s success on The Don Ho Show made her a sensation on the islands, where she began playing luau parties and weddings, eventually releasing her first studio album, Loco Princess, in 2005. To date she’s released five studio albums with a musical style that spans genres, from flamenco to classic rock, Beethoven to Led Zeppelin. Her 2018 album, Elemental, focuses on the four elements—earth, wind, fire and water—as well as a fifth element: ether. “’Ether’ was inspired by a dream,” Taimane explained about the song recorded for Elemental. “For me, ether is like the void, the astral plane, the place where you go when you dream. I had a dream and there was a melody that came to me and I woke up and I hummed it into my phone … I listened to it and kind of built that song from that dream. So ‘Ether’ was inspired by a dream, which is ultimately where ether for me comes from.” Just like her art, Taimane’s performances are more than just music; they’re an emotional experience. “A lot of people say they have a spiritual experience or something moves them during these performances,” she said. “So for me, it’s sharing that experience with the audience. And I like to incorporate chants from Hawaii and from Polynesia into my music to show where I’m from but those chants are also spiritual as well.” Taimane’s intoxicating performances are her trademark for her. The preparation for her live shows, however, isn’t quite like I had expected.

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“It’s mostly improv, especially the dancing, none of that is choreographed,” she admitted. “I don’t write a setlist until I’m at the venue, until I see the people. It’s normally the thing I do 10 minutes before I go on stage because ultimately it comes down to the energy of the people— the ambiance—because it really is an experience based on the present. “I’m 30 now and I love performing but I’m starting to feel it more and touring is pretty grueling on the body,” she continued, sensing a slight shift in her career as an artist. “I’m possibly working on another album but I want to look into self-sustainable ways of making money through sound libraries and jingles—creating short original music that people can use in their art.” The ukulele maestro has already begun the process of creating art for alternative purposes, helping create the music for the 2018 documentary, Poisoning Paradise. The documentary takes aim at chemical companies that have exploited Hawaii’s fertile lands to test genetically engineered pesticides. “You can see certain things of the culture eroding and I just wish that there was a balance,” Taimane explained about the changes she’s noticed on the islands. “There are so many people now that it’s kind of hard to find that sense of community or aloha.” While her career may be evolving, Taimane’s commercial success isn’t losing any momentum. She performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, last year and is slated to play on NPR’s Tiny Desk YouTube series this upcoming January. Despite her growing popularity, the aloha spirit embodied by the forefathers of Hawaiian culture still remains at the core of her music. Whether listening to her cover works—from “Stairway to Heaven” to the James Bond theme song— or listening to her spiritual exploration of the elements, Taimane’s music exemplifies the divine beauty of her home island. You can catch Taimane live with a slew of other transcendent artists at this year’s California WorldFest. Taimane performs Saturday, July 13 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley). Ticket options are plentiful for the festival, and info to purchase can be found by visiting Worldfest.net/buytickets. For more info on Taimane, visit Taimane.com.

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THE WHITE OAK CHRONICLE

A CUP OF COFFEE WITH AUTHOR RANDALL J. BARSCH WORDS RICHARD ST. OFLE • PHOTO JON HERMISON

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andall J. Barsch doesn’t look anything like you’d imagine. Even at 31 years old, I’m willing to bet his bourbon benders, which pepper his newly completed novel, start with having to pull out his driver’s license and prove his age. His face is bright with sober intensity, but the age and weathering he lacks on his face he more than makes up for in his work. Like a fine bourbon, Barsch’s writing in The White Oak Casket is ripe, bold and sophisticated, ricocheting back and forth between audacious characterizations and winding peregrinations. Consider this passage, which opens Chapter 7: “Waaahh,” a voice screamed, waking me up in a funk. “I’m all wet.” It was V’s voice and she’d just been struck by a sprinkler from what I could tell, but I was lying rather precariously in a tree at that moment and wondering how I hadn’t fallen off during the night. “I’m up here. Are you alright?” I yelled as I started to make my way down from the tree. What had my father gotten us into last night? “Up where?” V called back. “I’m in a tree,” I shouted as I continued to climb down. “Why are you in a tree?” My head was throbbing and I couldn’t tell where we were yet. I took a moment to look around, mostly at tree branches. I noticed a notebook hanging above me and I climbed back up towards it instead of continuing down. When I reached it, I could see outward and recognized quickly that we were at The Holy Oaks Cemetery where my mom was buried. It was bright out and there was no telling how early it was; the sky was empty, not a cloud in sight. My first thought was to honor the spirit of his book by getting buzzed on bourbon for the interview, but it was 9 a.m., and I have a kid, so we went in for another intoxicating drink—coffee.

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Tell me a little bit about what brought you to writing? I’m from Sacramento, born and raised here and pretty much lived here all my life. I’ve considered myself a writer pretty much ever since I could scribble more than just my name on a piece of paper. I originally started writing The White Oak Casket—the first few chapters of it, but then I didn’t like the direction I was heading and so I just took a break from that and shifted more in journaling all the time. Lots of journaling for a long time to get to know myself better. It’s funny because journaling has this dual purpose; not only does it make you a better writer just by virtue of having written something, but it also makes you more aware of your sensibilities and your voice as a writer. I was kind of inspired to do it from reading Dracula. I really like the Jonathan Harker journals. I have never done a story like that yet, but I do want to do a story that is kind of written in a journal fashion.

Can you give me a little synopsis of what the book is about? This one is mostly based on things that have happened in my life and the lives of others around. I just pieced together a bunch of worst case scenarios that I’ve experienced or heard other people experience and I started writing this. I got to what is now the third chapter and decided to kill the protagonist’s father, but I didn’t really like that so I set the book aside. I didn’t touch it or think about it. I picked it back up when I started going to Sacramento City College about four years ago. I decided maybe the father doesn’t die. It’s a botched suicide attempt essentially, but then I thought that since I was dealing with grief and tragedy, someone’s still got to die, so I killed the mother instead. You get that twist and style of it. I remember trying to remember all these different stories, like when you’re talking to your friends about what happened last night, and that kind of feeling of trying to piece together how the protagonist James just lost two weeks of time spent in this life and trying to figure out what led up to that—how much his drinking got out of control or how much it’s been out of control and how much he has been acting out of character. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


Do you see yourself in James? It’s definitely like a loose alter ego, and I’ve calmed it down and turned it more spiritual from when I originally wrote it. A lot of it has changed. It became really focused on grief and tragedy so I rewrote a bunch of it. It was still wild but I wanted to focus on that point of this kind of selfmedicating thing as unhealthy and as the drinking progresses, things never really stop but the way the character drinks and the way his friends and family around him drink changes drastically through the story. So many people talk about writing a novel as a life achievement; they plan to retire and then write their novel or whatever, and it’s a lot harder even than most people probably imagine. What was the hardest part for you? Editing and revising because I write very much the vein of [Ernest] Hemingway or [Hunter S.] Thompson. I can get a solid chapter, maybe two, in a good night and then I have to go back and I find massive spelling errors. So many times like “there” instead of “they’re,” and there are weirder ones that I do more commonly like “loose” instead of “lose” or whatever. Peter De Vries wrote something like, “Write drunk and edit sober.” I think that’s the key to it, right? I did some of that, at least with the second revision, editing while drinking a little bit but when I came to the final editing and things like that it’s pretty much sober. Talk me through how you decided to publish it and how you got it published. I always had those dreams of self-publishing it. I wanted to print it, do everything myself and I realized how overzealous that was, so I had learned about Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, in which you own the rights, you get really good royalties, but you do all the marketing yourself— that’s the downside to it. Book publishing is like an Indiana Jones door. I think for a long time, writing novels was a good way to make a living. Now we’re just sliding under the last crack of it. It’s definitely more difficult. There are a lot more people out there getting their work out, but there is also a lot less readership. It kind of falls off substantially. There is so much stuff out there, but it’s just not that high quality, and if you don’t have a track record or a bunch of awards or a degree, people aren’t going to take your work seriously. What’s next for you, what are you writing right now? I’m working on a handful of different things, but it’s obviously slow going at times. There are a few different things that I really want to do. But I don’t think I’m going to be able to get them done in the timeline that I want to. I actually finished a short story about someone who has a mental disorder and he breaks out of the mental institution because his wife died and his little girl out there will be put in the system. Next thing you know is he’s all groggy from the medications and setting his house on fire. I entered that into a competition but I feel really good that it’s going to win because I looked at the previous winners and thought, “If this is what I’m competing against this year and I don’t win, I’m going to be disappointed.” Having those awards behind me would have made marketing so much easier.

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After my order arrived, I settled into my booth and took my first bite of the sweet, creamy, tart Orange Freeze and knew I would be back many times over the summer months. This dairy-free treat is made with fresh squeezed orange juice, unlike other freezes in the area, and it really makes a difference. I was planning on ordering a straight-up Orange Freeze, but found opting for a mix of flavors is the way to go. The layers of freeze did not melt into each other as fast as typical ice cream, which made selecting a flavor or mixing them enjoyable. As soon as it came out, I knew that the Hagen Burger was going to be special, and it did not disappoint. The burger was served on a toasted sesame seed bun with

gooey American cheese, thousand island dressing, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and an onion ring to top it off. This was one of the best familypicnic-style burgers I’ve had in a long time. The produce was unbelievably fresh and crisp and the steak fries that came with the burger were piping hot, and cooked perfectly. As the fries were served, I was asked if I wanted a side of ranch for dipping and of course said, “yes,” which added to the throwback feeling Hagen’s emanates. Loaded with bacon and slathered with mayonnaise, the BLT was also satisfying. The sandwich’s crisp lettuce and fresh tomatoes balanced out the savory bacon perfectly. The bacon was not overcooked but had just enough crispness that I expect when it comes to BLTs. Only eating half of the BLT and Hagen Burger at the restaurant, I packed up the rest of the food that I had future meal plans for, but I must confess that the second half of the BLT did not make it home. As I left Hagen’s Orange Freeze, I stopped by their patio to finish my frozen treat. The layers were still holding strong as the summer heat was creeping in. I found myself planning my next trip back to Hagen’s before I left. The idea of watching the world go by while cooling off in the summer warmth with an Orange Freeze sounds like something I can get used to.

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7.03 WEDNESDAY

Ace of Spades Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, All Hail the Silence, 6:30 p.m. Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Electric Six, Kyle Shutt, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Local $5 Showcase feat. Dead is Better, Someday Sober, Haunted by Day, Full Metal Hippies, Octtobraa, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier, DJ Scooter, 9:30 p.m. Momo Sacramento Blues & Bourbon: Tribute to Little Walter feat. Mark Hummel, Nathan James, Wes Starr, R. W. Grigsby, 5:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 7 p.m.

Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Meghan Smith, 10 p.m. The Press Club FFFreak! w/ XL Middleton, Moniquea, Black Yacht Club, DJs CrookOne, Ben Johnson and Todd Shima, 10 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Garratt Wilkin Trio, 5 p.m.; Skynnyn Lynnyrd, 6 p.m.

7.04 THURSDAY

The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. The Colony Escape From the Zoo, Fun Abuse, Dandelion Massacre, C.A.F., No Pressure, Jib & the Swigs, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Wild Turkey Band, 10 p.m. The Press Club Throwback Thursday (Old School Hip-Hop and R&B) w/ DJ 2Much, 9 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Swabbies on the River Four Barrel, 2 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Phrogg, 6:30 p.m.

7.05 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades The Struts, The Glorious Sons, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) Armadillo Music Matthew Torres, Big Brave Dog, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Samantha Sharp, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Misner and Smith, 5 p.m. Blue Lamp Chrch, Usnea, Chrome Ghost, 8 p.m. The Boardwalk Crowns, Sparrow and More, 7:30 p.m. Boeger Winery Don Gato Latin Band, 6 p.m. Cafe Colonial Mystic Priestess, 13th Sky, Ashes Fallen, DJ Dire, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Crest Theatre Dwight Yoakam, me&you, 7 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Boom Sexy Drums & Bass, 8 p.m. Esther’s Park Silent Disco, 6 p.m. Fox & Goose Hank & Lulu, Noah Nelson, Dave Dalton, 9 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Holy Diver Local $5 Showcase feat. Arbory, Divine Blend, The Imported, 7 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m. Mix Riffs & Rose w/ Alex Vincent, 6:30 p.m. Momo Sacramento Roland Tonies, Yo and the Electric, The Honest, 6 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino Craig Morgan, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Nam the Giver, Tx3, The Bongo Furies, Ariana Brooke, 8 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Locked & Loaded, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Journey Revisited, 6:30 p.m. Torch Club Jimmy Pailer, 5:30 p.m.; Grant Farm, 9 p.m. Tower Brewing Be Brave Bold Robot, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Drum Circle, 5 p.m.

7.06 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Rumours (Fleetwood Mac Tribute), Tonic Zephyr, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Tajlyn, 1 p.m. Bar 101 The Lightrays, 9:30 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp Spanky’s Electro-Swing Soirée w/ DJ Lady Char and More, 9 p.m.

The Boardwalk Control-Z, Sacred Moon and More, 7 p.m. The Colony Struggle Session, Connoisseur, Knee Deep, T-87, Fuming, 7 p.m. Crawdads On The River North Forty, 3 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Next Phase (Isley Brothers Tribute), 9 p.m. Faces Nightclub Poolside (Episode 3) w/ Mike Paz, Bfunky, Analog Disko, 3:30 p.m. The Fig Tree Open Mic, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose Nice Monster, Adam Varona, 6 p.m. Harlow’s The Sugar High Band, 9 p.m. Holy Diver Jeff Turner Music, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Miller Park Sacramento Riverfest Seafood and Barbecue Festival w/ Dazz Band, Maxine Jones, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino Trace Adkins, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele SingAlong, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m.; Hill Country, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Lipstick: 19 Year Anniversary Party w/ DJs Shaun Slaughter & Roger Carpio, 9 p.m. Opera House Saloon Remix, Backstage Pass, 9:30 p.m. Palms Playhouse Bandella (feat. Chris Hadfield, Steve Robinson, Dave Webb and More), 8 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Placerville Public House Burning Daylight People, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Ariel Jean, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Encore w/ Guest DJs, 9:30 p.m. Riving Loom Brett Shady, Brian Hanover, 8 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Carolyn Sills Band, 5 p.m. The Shack The Brangs, 5:30 p.m. Shine Soulwood Acoustic, Stellar (Incubus Tribute), 8 p.m.

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Sophia’s Thai Kitchen The Gold Souls, 9:30 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Cherry Bomb (John Mellencamp Tribute), 1 p.m.; Playback the Hits, 4 p.m.; Riff/Raff (AC/DC Tribute), 6:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort KhÙc TÍnh Xưa, MC Thanh Tung, Le Quyen, Hong Nhung, Uyen Linh and More, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Ray “Catfish” Copeland, 5:30 p.m.

7.07 SUNDAY

Berryessa Brewing Co. The Bathtub Gins, 3 p.m. Blue Note Brewing Co. Dos Hombres Trio, 3 p.m. Harveys Pentatonix, Rachel Platten, 7 p.m. King Cong Brewing Co. Del Paso Day Festival w/ Love Mischief, PolyFunktion, What Rough Beast, The Good News Club and More, 4 p.m. LowBrau Throwback Jams w/ DJ Epik & Special Guests, 9:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Bryan Hawk, DJ CarnieRobber and Guests, 9 p.m. Mix DJ Gabe Xavier , DJ E-Rock, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Mick Martin, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Raley Field Baile Masivo Del Año: Gerardo Ortiz, Pancho Barraza, 4 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Dey Trippers, 3 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

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7.08 MONDAY

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, 7:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Heath Williamson & Friends, 5:30 p.m.

7.09 TUESDAY

Holy Diver Local $5 Showcase feat. Yung Jalez, Naeem Supreme, Budaman, Ver$e, Q Allaz, Fosceto, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Scott McConaha, 5 p.m.; Open Mic, 7 p.m. Momo Sacramento Jackie Mendoza, Lillian Frances, 6:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe CMS Songwriters Showcase, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts @ B Street Theatre Acoustic Alchemy, 8 p.m. Torch Club Bill Mylar, 5:30 p.m.; Sicky Betts, 8 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Cider Session feat. SteadyDrop, 7 p.m.

7.10 WEDNESDAY

Bar 101 Open Mic, 7:30 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Jake Shimabukuro, 6:30 p.m. Earth Trek Campground South Fork Fest w/ Dangermuffin & Jenner Fox, 5:30 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Golden 1 Center Michael Bublé, 7 p.m. Harlow’s The Joy Formidable, Warbly Jets, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Yunger, Anemoria, Predisposed, The Outside, Saint Juniper, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m.

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Momo Sacramento Blues & Bourbon: Elvis Cantú, 5:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Open Mic, 8 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Ballin’ That Jack, 5:30 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Reggae Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

7.11 THURSDAY

Blue Lamp Authorities, Year of the Fist, Jesus & the Dinosaurs, Las Pulgas, 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Betraying The Martyrs, Entheos, Within Destruction, Sentinels, Defying Decay, A Waking Memory, Petroglyphs, 6 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose Irish Jam Session w/ Stepping Stone, 8 p.m. Golden 1 Center Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Clemón, Skyler’s Pool, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Local $5 Showcase feat. TheNuminous, Citizen Snips, Erik Childs, Over Motion, Worst Friends Forever, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Jay Shaner, 7 p.m. Lakeview Commons (South Lake Tahoe) Live at Lakeview w/ TapWater, Barnsmoke, 4:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Momo Sacramento Heather Evans, House of Mary, Hannah Jane Kile, 7 p.m. Nevada County Fairgrounds World Fest feat. Turkuaz, Raye Zaragoza, Pura Fe, Mariachi Herencia De Mexico and More, 4 p.m. Old Ironsides The Stone Sugar Shakedown, Jovani, 8 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Press Club Minihahas, Gnarboots, Vantana Row, 8 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Bomba Fried Rice, DJ Trop’A, 9:30 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Tropicali Flames, 9 p.m.

7.12 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Feeling Myself feat. HBK Skipper, Miles Medina, Azure, DJ Gio, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Daryel Gheni Dillon, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Scotty Mac, 9:30 p.m.

Berryessa Brewing Co. The Muddy Waders, 3 p.m. Blue Lamp Flipper w/ David Yow, The Bananas, Frack, 8 p.m. Boeger Winery Nate Grimmy, 6 p.m. Cafe Colonial Drop Dead Red, North by North, The Phantom Jets, 7 p.m. Cal Expo California State Fair: Plain White T’s, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza Concerts in the Park: Arden Park Roots, Harris Rudman, Weirdoze, Robbie (HOF), 5 p.m. Elkhorn Saloon Reeferpalooza feat. Yo the Electric, Rruhb, Chonnie Gold, Endless Yawn, Rebel Holocrons, Black Crosses, Eazy Dub, DJ Yuka Yu, Skypig, Nam the Giver, The Eddie Louis Brown Band, 2 p.m. Fox & Goose The 18 Wheelers feat. Mitch Polzack, The Truckaderos, DJ Diva, DJ Cakes, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Goldfield Vince Vicari (EP Release), 7 p.m. Harlow’s Deconstruct, Amongst Thieves, Skyline Red, 7:30 p.m. Harveys Blake Shelton, Mark MacKay, 8 p.m. Highwater Vibe w/ Basi Vibe & Guests, 10 p.m. Holy Diver D-Lo, Andrew Miller, Yung Tay, 7 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m. Mix Riffs & Rose w/ Dan Rau, 6:30 p.m. MontBleu Resort Casino Bone Thugs N Harmony, 10 p.m. Nevada County Fairgrounds World Fest feat. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Las Cafeteras, Ayla Nereo, Kanekoa, Tropa Magica, Mariachi Herencia De Mexico, Raye Zaragoza, Pura Fe, Mikey Pauker, Twanguero and More, 9 a.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Bachelor Paradise (Album Release), The Bad Barnacles, Wayne Jetski, Glosso, 8 p.m. On the Y 3SD, Archer Nation and More, 8 p.m. Opera House Saloon Superbad, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Placerville Public House Loose Engines, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Pop Fiction, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Band of Coyotes, 6 p.m. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts @ B Street Theatre Ruthie Foster, Katie Knipp, 7 p.m. Sol Collective The WAVE feat. Philharmonik, Andru Defeye, KARE, MC Radioactive, 8 p.m. The Stag Chris Sprague & the 18 Wheelers, Mitch Polzak, The Truckaderos, 8 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Swabbies on the River Steelin’ Dan, 6:30 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Rick Springfield, Richard Marx, Greg Kihn, 7 p.m. Torch Club The Highway Poets, 9 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Stan & Jerry, 6:30 p.m.

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Did anyone watch the first democratic presidential debate(s) last week? I didn’t. It’s not because I’m not interested in politics; I am. And it’s not because I don’t care about who America chooses to take on the incumbent in the 2020 election; I do. I just want to vote for whoever’s going to win. I have opinions. I swear I do. Some of them are more mainstream, left-of-center-ish stuff; others border on socialist; and a few are even right-of-center (not many, but I think it’s important for everyone to keep themselves honest). But I’m not so worried about voting for someone who checks off all my boxes this time around. I just want to vote for whoever’s

miracle. Or maybe just Russian interference. Ask the underdog in chief, whose managed to play the victim even though he was, against all odds, victorious. When former Veep Joe Biden got into the race, he jumped to the head of an already crowded field. I like Joe. He was a fun vice president. His debate versus Paul Ryan was epic and spawned a thousand memes. The bromance between Biden and Barack was equally meme-worthy. And if you saw the ceremony when Biden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, you witnessed a person who cares deeply about public service. Does he put his foot in his

going to defeat the orange bozo in office now. That’s why I’m totally cool with just playing frontrunner until next, next November (remember, you still have to vote in 2019, you don’t get a pass this year … every election has consequences). Are you a sports fan? I am. I’ll be a New York Mets fan until the day I die. In fact, being a Mets fan will probably be my cause of death, but that’s for another column. I grew up in a place where the Mets had to share the stage with a team you may have heard of named the Yankees, who you may know are always good. There was a brief time, however, when I was young, when the Yankees sucked, and the Mets were perennial contenders. It was brief, but nice. Then 1994 rolled around, this douchebag named Derek Jeter showed up, and suddenly everyone was busting out their pinstripes again. Frontrunner was a dirty word to me. You’d accuse someone of that when the team you loved stunk, but the team they cheered for was kicking ass. Maybe you experienced the same thing when your friend ditched his Peja jersey and suddenly showed up repping Kobe. The same dude is probably all about Steph Curry right now. Fuck that guy, right? Calling someone a frontrunner meant that the person was fickle, disloyal, desperate to be cool—not very flattering. But maybe it’s not so bad. Look, rooting

mouth? Yes. We all do. Am I making excuses for him? Absolutely not. He should know better. This isn’t his first rodeo. But if he’s on the top of the ticket, I’m certainly going to cast my vote for him. I mean, I already did twice, and he won. I also like Kamala Harris a lot. In every hearing, she consistently outperforms her colleagues in the Senate. She asks tough questions. She doesn’t let up. I’m fully confident that if she were to reach the highest office in the land, she’d do the country proud. I’d heard she did well in the debates and shot up in the polls as a result. That doesn’t surprise me at all. It also doesn’t surprise me that her surge in popularity goaded a response from the president’s son, who retweeted a now-deleted post questioning whether or not Harris was an American citizen, because birthering is how Trumps roll. I also like Mayor Pete, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and there’s part of me that still feels the Bern. If they can win, I’ll wear their jerseys, too. Heck, I’ll change my jersey every week depending on who’s being touted as the one who’ll topple the current administration. Has anyone watched When They See Us on Netflix yet? It’s a moving new series about the Central Park Five, peppered with old clips of Donald Trump calling for the execution of the minority teens who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman. In it, an actress who

for the underdog is rewarding … when the underdog pulls off the impossible and wins it all. It’s exhilarating. You feel a part of something truly special. It was you against the world. Most of the time, the underdog is the underdog for a reason. It’ll take a

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