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Say goodbye to MOMO Sacramento and hello to The Starlet Room. The upstairs space located directly above and owned by the iconic downtown Sacramento venue Harlow’s (2708 J St.), known for many years as MOMO Sacramento, is getting rebranded as The Starlet Room. The space has had many lives. It was originally six apartment units, then those were gutted and it became a cigar bar, eventually turning into MOMO a nightclub known largely for dance nights. For those of us who follow the local music scene with a keen eye, the move to rebrand probably won’t come as much of a surprise, as the last couple years in particular have seen MOMO turn from mostly DJ and dance nights to hosting up-andcoming live local and touring bands more consistently and not just sporadically, so it only seems natural for the upstairs’ identity to shift in order to reflect the changes. Marketing manager and co-booker Daniel Romandia tells Submerge that they’re “changing the name for a few reasons,” and that, “MOMO is a more personal name that belongs to the previous owners, the Torza family,” mentioning that ever since current owner Jim Cornett bought Harlow’s and MOMO in 2012, the team has wanted to connect the upstairs space more with Harlow’s. “Making the upstairs room into a music venue isn’t necessarily a new idea for the Harlow’s team,” Romandia says. “This room was always meant to be a music venue in our eyes, but Jim and the rest of the crew had their work cut out for them to update downstairs at Harlow’s. Now, we feel Harlow’s is in a place where we can focus most of our energy to making The Starlet Room a venue in its own right.” Romandia mentions that the new name The Starlet Room builds on the idea that Harlow’s is named after 1930s Hollywood icon Jean Harlow. “Our décor will reflect the change with other Old Hollywood figures being featured on the walls, chandeliers, new art pieces. The works,” he says.

The Starlet Room will host all-ages shows as well as 21-plus events. The room has an approximate capacity of 200, making it about half the size of its downstairs sister venue. They’ve also begun bringing in new sound equipment and lighting for both the upstairs stage and the room itself, and they’re re-working the bar to include more local beers on tap. “Another hint of this being a music venue rather than a club is going to be covering the walls with show posters, live concert photography and the like,” Romandia says. “Jim coming from the Fillmore and the Warfield provides us with an entire inventory of legendary posters and artwork that you can’t find anywhere else in the city.”

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All of this is leading up to the big opening night/relaunch bash for The Starlet Room on Friday, Sept. 6 with a killer all-local lineup consisting of 1960s influenced garage punks Th’ Losin Streaks, along with rock ‘n’ roll sister duo Dog Party and DJ Larry. Their calendar before and after that also continues to be stacked with great shows (some all-ages, some 21-plus), which Romandia mentions is a theme they want to stick with, even saying that, “in a perfect world we’ll have shows both up and downstairs almost every night.” Learn more about upcoming shows at The Starlet Room’s website, Thestarletroom. com. In addition to the official Sept. 6 re-launch night mentioned above, the remaining Fridays in September will also act as grand re-opening celebrations including Blue Oaks, Robert Jon and the Wreck and The Loose Threads on Sept. 13; the all-female Black Sabbath tribute band Black Sabbitch on Sept. 20; and Cugino, Mediocre Cafe and The Black Suns on Sept. 27.

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THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST Summer is finally coming to an end, and my partially melted brain could not be any happier. It was a long, hot, sometimes hellish season, but the end is near. Unfortunately, I don’t have much to show for it, but I’ve been planning a wedding, so what’s your excuse? I’ve barely had time to read the news and even then, I mostly just looked at the pictures or glanced at headlines. I feel like I don’t have a clue about what’s been going on at all. Getting married really has controlled the lion’s share of my summer. Fortunately, I will soon wed a very special lady friend of mine, so the struggle to throw the most expensive party of my life in celebration of our love has been entirely worth it. I’m a very lucky man, indeed. Still, I can’t help but wonder what could have been had we just let ourselves have a little more fun instead of being adults and putting all of our efforts into planning a great wedding. My fiancée and I could have gone on a trip to an exotic locale like the Dominican Republic or Costa Rica. It could have been so relaxing. We could have laid on the beach all day before heading back to our room to finish off the contents of the hotel mini bar while basking in

the cool air of the A/C. I’m sure we’d be in for the longest nap ever after that. I think I’d be able to sleep forever! I’ve heard about some people who went and loved it so much they never came home again. Instead, I was busy picking out and ordering Save the Dates. We are both big music lovers and we could have gone to tons of concerts. We were pissed when we missed out on the Fyre Festival in 2017 for a friend’s birthday. Everyone told us how dope it was, and I’m inclined to believe them. Why else would both Netflix and Hulu have made documentaries about it? I haven’t had time to watch either, but I bet they got some sweet footage of Migos rocking with Blink-182! That’s why this year I was sad to hear that we would miss yet another musical milestone. Instead of going to the Woodstock 50th Anniversary concert this year, I had an appointment at Men’s Warehouse to rent suits for the wedding. I could have finally seen Jay Z, but I was getting my inseam measured. I can’t think of a reason why anyone would want to turn that opportunity down. I bet he killed it! Did anyone see if Colin Kaepernick was there? Those guys are inseparable!

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Even if we couldn’t have gone to a fancy resort or awesome concert, we still could have spent some of our evenings unwinding with a little Facebook instead of stressing over headcounts. Who doesn’t love all of those quizzes? It’s completely harmless fun to find out which character on Harry Potter or The Office I’d be. It is kinda weird that they need access to my friends, personal information, likes, comments and pictures, but it’s worth it to find out if an algorithm really could guess my favorite flavor of ice cream from my choice in movies. But before I got my chance to agree to the Terms and Conditions, I got sidetracked deciding on our wedding colors and name cards. I haven’t even mentioned all of the great movies that we missed. I saw that Serenity starring Mathew McConaughey opposite Anne Hathaway recently landed on Amazon Prime. Talk about two Hollywood juggernauts! With a cast like that, there is no way that movie could be bad. I’m also sad I missed Sophie Turner’s first movie following the series finale of Game of Thrones, which, come to think of it, I haven’t had a chance to finish either. Dark Phoenix looks like it’s probably going to be the best film

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You might read “Hear” in this issue’s “Submerge Your Senses” and feel a bit of a bittersweet twinge. Labor Day? Doesn’t that mean the summer is over? We’re here to tell you that it’s not. Not yet anyway. Know that you can just head over to the Sail Inn Grotto and Bar in West Sacramento (1522 Jefferson Blvd.) and sample their Frozen Flights, which feature a rotating lineup of frozen drinks. Read the following words out loud: Strawberry daiquiri … piña colada … Fro-mosa … spiced rum punch … OK, close your eyes. Are you transported to a tropical island? Are you on a beach somewhere? You see, you can always go to the summer of your mind whenever you want. Let the Sail Inn help you get there. Go to Sailinngrotto.com for more info.

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Outdoor movies are one of our favorite summer traditions. As the summer wanes, you’ll still have a few chances to enjoy films under the stars. On Saturday, Aug. 31, HI Sacramento Hostel (925 H St.) will host a screening of Mean Girls starting at 8:30 p.m., providing free water and popcorn and offering drinks and barbecue for sale. For a more family friendly option, Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer presents an ice cream social and movie night on Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., featuring the 2019 remake of Disney’s Dumbo at Hollywood Park Elementary School (4915 Harte Wy., Sacramento). On Saturday, Sept. 14, you can take in a double feature at Sutter’s Fort State Park (2701 L St., Sacramento) featuring Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Zootopia. This event will get underway at 8:45 p.m. All of these screenings are free of charge! Check out Facebook.com/hisacramento, Jayschenirer.com and Exploremidtown.org respectively for more info.

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n the last few years, Michelle Buteau has been riding high in her career. You may have recently seen her as Veronica in the Netflix romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe. She was the scene-stealing pregnant best friend who offered the main characters support through

their love-crossed idiocracies. She also co-hosts the podcast Adulting for WNYC Studios (New

York City’s NPR affiliate), where she and stand-up comedian Jordan Carlos ask guests to help them answer important questions like, “Sock, sock, shoe, shoe OR sock, shoe, sock, shoe?” and, “When does a Venmo request become petty?” Buteau has actually been in the entertainment game for a little less than 20 years, with a long résumé that includes (but is not limited to) comedian, actress, writer, new mom to twins and podcast host. She’s not slowing down anytime soon, either. She has a few surprises with Netflix planned, as well as a leading role in the upcoming remake of The First Wives Club, which will become one of the flagship shows for the new streaming service BET+. Her persona can be most accurately described by her own words—“I’m not loud, you’re just boring.” Her blunt, sharp comedic interpretations of life are a welcome addition to whichever medium she is working in. I had the chance to interview Buteau about her upcoming shows in Sacramento and her plans for our coffee shops, Keanu Reeves and how she finally got to film a sex scene. Buteau will be bringing her one-woman show to Punch Line in Sacramento in September.

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You’ve been busy! You’ve been in movies, shows, podcasts, doing stand-up … Girl! I just took a hard nap on the subway and just happened to wake up at my stop, which was pretty cool. Times have been busy! You ready for your upcoming shows in Sacramento? Yes! I’ll be there three days. I’m currently writing a lot so I’m going to take advantage of the time away from my twins and just write. If I can find a cute coffee shop with a clean toilet, that would be my jam. A good coffee shop with a clean toilet? That’s rare. I know! Especially if it’s good coffee … Those poor toilets. Our coffee scene is pretty tops, so you’ll be good! Thanks for letting a bitch know! I can’t wait. You’ve actually been in the comedy scene for quite some time. You started just days after 9/11 while working as a news editor? I didn’t even think of myself as a comedian back then. It was just something I wanted to try because my co-workers and my friends kept telling me I should. When 9/11 happened, my news director told the staff, “You guys can stay at your own risk or leave at your own will, up to you.” I decided to stay and help edit. She was also offering us therapy but I was like, “No, I think I’ll try this stand-up thing.” In hindsight, I should’ve took her up on the therapy because now I am in therapy and that shit is expensive as hell. I had kind of flirted with the idea of doing comedy but wasn’t sure. Doing stand-up on Sept. 14, 2001 was a relief for me, but also a relief for other people who just wanted to go out and truly not even look at a TV or talk about what had happened. People in New York were collectively looking for ways to lean on each other. It was pretty insane. People had family and friends and friends of friends who were involved. It was so fucked up. I was just talking to my friend Aisling Bea today who has a show on Hulu called This Way Up, and it’s about a girl trying to recover from a breakdown and it’s much like how doing comedy after 9/11 felt. I think comedians definitely use comedy as a tool to process and recover from really sad, messed up stuff. What were your jokes like? They were totally Fisher Price, My First StandUp-type things. For women, it’s always very self-deprecating so I remember I had a joke about being big-boned. I remember saying “blow job” on stage and feeling free. I had a joke about my ex-boyfriend that I still think is great. It was “Lines at Disney World remind me of my ex-boyfriend … three hours of waiting for a twominute ride.” That still stands!

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How do you feel about the self-deprecating factor in comedy with female comedians? It’s so different now than it was back then. But, it’s still a place we go to when we first start, because it almost feels like you’re not allowed to be in your power. You’re not allowed to stand up straight. You just feel like, “Oh my God thanks so much for having me here. I’m so sorry.” Guys also do self-deprecating stuff but also can say stuff like, “OMG blow jobs are so crazy,” and, “Porn, am I right?” How has it been getting so many roles lately? It feels like the time is now! It feels amazing. I feel like these streaming networks are getting hip to the fact that we don’t all have to be a slim girl with blonde hair and blue eyes or whatever. There’s more than one look, and people who are consuming this content also look like us. So shout out to Lizzo … keep clapping your ass for everybody. Your assclapping is truly opening up doors, girl. How was it working on Always Be My Maybe? It was so fun! I was actually looking through my photos before I fell asleep on the subway, trying to post a WCW picture of me, Ali Wong and director Nahnatchka Khan because they are such amazing, warm, talented boss-ass bitches and I am seriously missing them. I just want to make another movie with them because they are amazing. So what was up with Keanu on set? I met him at the premiere but not on set. He put his hand out to me and I was like “Nah, I do big titty bear hugs” and he was kind of like, “Oh! OK!” and then I went for it. You’re starring in a re-make of The First Wives Club alongside Jill Scott? It’s gonna be so dope! It’s coming out on BET+. Jill is so damn funny and talented. She’s walking magic. She’s also so supportive and always smells so good! She would come over to me and put her hand on my shoulder and say, “You got it baby,” and I would freak out. What’s your character like? My character is Bree Washington. She is married to her college sweetheart, they have a couple of kids and they kind of lost their way. He ends up cheating on her, and they are trying to figure themselves out. She’s an overwhelmed mom of two and I get it! She sort of has a sexual awakening, which was super fun to play. I got to do a sex scene with a hot bartender. Have you ever done a sex scene before? No, bitch! I’ve always been the friend you tell the sex about in the coffee shop the next day! You have a podcast called Adulting. What’s one way a woman can “adult?” Definitely stop saying “I’m sorry.” We have nothing to be sorry about. That’s just fucking insane. See Michelle Buteau live at Punch Line in Sacramento (2100 Arden Way) when she performs five shows in three nights from Sept. 19–21. For a full rundown of showtimes and ticket prices, go to Punchlinesac.com.

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Above: Wide Open Walls mural at Sac State by Jillian Evelyn | Photo by Julia E. Heath

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headlong into the corporate world, working as a brand designer for biggies like Converse and TOMS. Eight years went by, and she was damn good at delivering before deadline, but she would get caught crying at work. The tension between her own vision and the demands of the empire sawed on her nerves not a little. “I just felt stuffed into a box all the time,” she told Submerge during our recent interview. It was right around this period that the characters in her paintings started to perform what you might call static gymnastics, bending into impossible poses. Her titles are often dark-funny, like Just Peachy, and Don’t Call Me Sugar. There is a funky, thick-lined, angular quality to her work that harkens back to Charlie Harper, and maybe a little ancient Greece. Her use of color is that of a designer: opaque blocks of neutrals with shouting complementaries like navy blue, mandarin and pinks, lots of peach. She prefers matte acrylic or even house paint and wood as well as canvas, but she also paints ceramics, furniture, skateboards and giant walls. Her “product oriented” work history means she is cognizant of waste and takes delight in repurposing what would otherwise end up in the trash. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


Above: Jillian Evelyn painting at Wide Open Walls | Photo by Austin Novy Los Angeles definitely feels like her natural habitat, immersing her in a very lively and supportive art scene where she realized, oh wow, I’m not a freak. Some of her ladies appear to be swan diving, or performing some kind of warped naked dance, sometimes with a twin. Some embrace animals like a giraffe-dog hybrid and some just sport really crazy pants. Evelyn has her own secret symbols that recur, “a squiggly line will represent overthinking, or a flower will signify a dead romance.” One of her pieces takes an obvious crack at Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist—there is certainly a silly aspect to her characters. There are many staring-off-into-the-distance faces, and many please-just-let-me-smoke-this-cigarette-in-peace faces. It’s a little ironic that it’s these expressions of the “unattractive,” a distinctly female display of frustration and boredom, that got Evelyn a wave of attention in the art world, namely a sold-out show at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse in Miami. Or is it a sort of poetic justice that seemingly overnight, her unimpressed darlings made her the darling of the L.A. art scene and liberated her from the cubical and the meetings with regional (for those of you that don’t know, it’s these things that make having a real job suck)? She cut the umbilical cord about three years ago, and has since SubmergeMag.com

found herself going nonstop to keep up with the demand for her work. She recently contributed to a Hello Kitty 45th anniversary show at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, and right now, Evelyn is preparing for an upcoming duo show in September at the same gallery with her friend and fellow artist, Kristen Liu-Wong. They are working with a flower theme and so she has been boning up on all the different types of flowers and what they have come to symbolize to humans. The plan is to produce a few collaborative pieces and then several works that tinker with the theme of flowers. Murals are not her main jam, but Evelyn is always delighted when the opportunity comes her way, as it did when she was a featured artist at this year’s Wide Open Walls, Sacramento’s fourth annual mural festival that showcases local artists as well as international talent. “It’s a great chance to get out of the studio, travel to cities you maybe You can see Jillian Evelyn’s have never been before, meet other mural at Sac State’s Lassen Hall (6000 J St.). artists,” she said a couple of weeks For more on Jillian Evelyn, prior to Wide Open Walls. “And I check out her website, also just love the challenge of doing Jillianevelyn.com. something large scale.”

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Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Fremont Park Chalk It Up! Festival w/ Th’ Losin Streaks, Mondo Deco, Loose Engines, Roman Pilots, Skylers Pool, Honey Power, The Brangs and More, 10 a.m. - 6 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. Swabbies on the River Four Barrel, 2 p.m.

9.03 TUESDAY

Cafe Colonial LA URSS, Silent Era, Las Pulgas, Spitting Roses, 8 p.m. Harlow’s Paula Fuga, John Cruz, 6 p.m. Holy Diver Orenda, The Anima Effect, No Sympathy, Nail The Casket, The Outsider, Predisposed, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Open Mic, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Guitar Club, 6:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Pour Choice Matt Brennan, 7 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Torch Club Scott McConaha, 5:30 p.m.; Working Man Blues Band, 8 p.m.

9.04 WEDNESDAY

Ace of Spades UB40, 7 p.m. (Sold Out) 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. Folsom Hotel Saloon Open Mic Night, 9 p.m. Harlow’s Morgan Heritage, Jemere Morgan, 7 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 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 Reverend Stephan Sams, Sylvia Grape, 5:30 p.m.; The Deltaz, 8 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Reggae Wednesdays w/ Empress Nico & The Lion’s Paw, 6 p.m.

9.05 THURSDAY

Ace of Spades Kiana Ledé, 7 p.m. Auburn Alehouse Jonny Mojo, 5 p.m. Blue Lamp Apathy, Celph Titled, NME the Illest, 9 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Patrick Walsh, 7 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Karaoke Night & DJ Matty B, 9:30 p.m. Fox & Goose Irish Jam Session w/ Stepping Stone, 8 p.m. Holy Diver D Savage, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Will Boule, 5 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Pour Choice Jessica Malone, 7 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Good Time Charlie, 9:30 p.m. Shine Jazz Jam, 8 p.m.

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Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Torch Club Mind X, 5:30 p.m.; Husky & The Slow Attack, South San Lucas, 9 p.m.

9.06 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Black Flag, The Linecutters, Twitch Angry, 7 p.m. Arden Fair (Upper Floor) Living Room Vibes Hosted by Basi Vibe feat. Harlequin Rose, 6 p.m. Armadillo Music Blunderbusst, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Merry Mac Band, 9:30 p.m. Blue Lamp Karaoke, 7 p.m. The Boardwalk Damage Inc. (Metallica Tribute), 3SD, Reverse the Cycle, 7 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Tropicali Trio, 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Megan T. Smith, 9 p.m. Folsom Hotel Saloon Gotcha Covered, 9:30 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Holy Diver Tonic Zephyr, Flight Mongoose, Vanna Oh!, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Sac Popfest 2019 w/ Slowness, Rat Fancy, The Very Most, Clevers, Sad Numbers, Ghostplay and More, 5 p.m. Opera House Saloon Rag Tag Allstars, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Placerville Public House Out of the Blue, 8 p.m. The Pour Choice Eazy Dub, 7 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Wiz Kids, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Dos Hombres, 6 p.m. Shine Sumdood, Glosso, Dino DiMare, 8 p.m. The Side Door Christine Bonner & Allegra Shock, 7 p.m. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts Mads Tolling Duo, 6:30 p.m. The Starlet Room (fka Momo Sacramento) Opening Night & Re-launch Party feat. Th’ Losin Streaks, Dog Party, DJ Larry, 8 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Gwen In Doubt, 6 p.m. Torch Club Jimmy Pailer and Co., 5:30 p.m.; Earles of Newtown, 9 p.m.

9.07 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Steel Panther, 7 p.m. Bar 101 Nate Grimmy, 9:30 p.m. SubmergeMag.com

Blue Lamp Planned Parenthood Benefit Show 2: Vinnie Guidera & The Dead Birds, Salt Wizard, Maddy Smith, Car Crash Hearts, 8 p.m. The Boardwalk The Dead Rabbitts, Note to Self, Amber’s Wake, Apollo’s Key, Sadghost, 6 p.m. Cafe Colonial Phantom Jets, Trinidad Silva, The Me Gustas, Danny Ramirez, 8 p.m. Cesar Chavez Plaza 916 Live: DJ Zay, DJ Markz, DJ Kevin Banger, 95MiL, EL Jamexican, 5 p.m. Crawdads On The River Madison Hudson, 3 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Crooked Lane Idol Karaoke Contest, 6 p.m. The Fig Tree Open Mic, 7 p.m. Folsom Historic District Outdoor Amphitheater Light Up the Dark Music Festival: The Random Strangers, The SkyKings, The Aaron Gayden Band, 6 p.m. Fox & Goose KC Shane, Duexcoasts, James Love, Ben Cole, Mona V, 9 p.m. Golden 1 Center Dave Matthews Band, 8 p.m. The Hangar at McClellan Conference Center West Coast Jam: Richard Elliot, Peter White, DW3, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Levitation Room, Roland Tonies, 8 p.m. Holy Diver Melvins, Redd Kross, ShitKid, 7 p.m. The Library of MusicLandria Synth Trips: Dustin Carpenter, 7 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m.; Nam the Giver, 5 p.m. Old Ironsides Lipstick!, 9 p.m. Opera House Saloon Unleashed, 9 p.m. Palms Playhouse The Zach Waters Band, 7:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Placerville Public House Mitch Franco Trio, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Sock Monkeys, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Revival at the Sawyer Encore w/ Guest DJs, 9 p.m. The Shack Dey Trippers, 5:30 p.m. The Side Door Shelley Burns, 7 p.m. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts Majickat: A Tribute to Cat Stevens, 6:30 p.m.

Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Outlaw Trail, 1 p.m.; Press Play, 3:30 p.m.; Skid Roses, 6:30 p.m. Torch Club Watt Ave Soul Giants, 5:30 p.m.; Jeff Crosby and the Refugees, 9 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Eazy Dub, 7 p.m.

9.08 SUNDAY

Blue Note Brewing Co. 4 Sax Only, 3 p.m. Downtown Commons DOCO Block Party, 11 a.m. El Dorado Saloon Megan T. Smith, 12 p.m. Goldfield Arise Roots, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver The Shelters, The Jacks, 7 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. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Val Starr, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Zack Sapunor, 5 p.m. Suite Nine Bar and Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. Swabbies on the River Uptown Funk: The Ultimate Tribute To Bruno Mars, 3 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m.

9.09 MONDAY

Blue Lamp HTSOB, Holy Grove, Døne, 8 p.m. Fox & Goose Open Mic Night, 7:30 p.m. Golden 1 Center Iron Maiden, The Raven Age, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Karaoke, 9 p.m. LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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9.10 TUESDAY

Crest Theatre Scott Stapp (of Creed), Messer, Sunflower Dead, 6:30 p.m. Holy Diver Warbringer, Enforcer, Heat of Damage, 24Gore, Phantom Witch, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Craft House Open Mic, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe CMS Songwriters Showcase, 6 p.m. Old Ironsides Karaoke, 9 p.m. The Pour Choice Matt Brennan, 7 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m. Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts HighTime Irish Band, 7:30 p.m. The Starlet Room (fka Momo Sacramento) Anime Aliens, The Brankas, Soft Nerve, 6 p.m. Torch Club Bill Mylar, 5:30 p.m.; Jordan Young, 8 p.m.

9.11 WEDNESDAY

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. Golden 1 Center Cake, Ben Folds, Tall Heights, 7 p.m. Goldfield Junior Brown, Cash Prophets (Johnny Cash Tribute), 7:30 p.m. Harris Center Ottmar Liebert, Luna Negra, 8 p.m. Holy Diver Morgxn, Castlecomer, National Lines, 7 p.m. Kupros Craft House Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Acoustic Open Mic, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Open Mic, 9 p.m. The Pour Choice Brotherly Mud, 7 p.m. Sacramento State: Serna Plaza Nooner w/ DJ LG, 12 p.m.

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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.; Michael Ray Trio, 9 p.m.

Comedy Folsom Hotel Saloon Standup Saloon Hosted by Jason Anderson, Mondays, 8 p.m. Laughs Unlimited All-Star Grand Re-Opening Event w/ Brad Bonar Jr., Ngaio Bealum, DJ Sandhu, Anthony K, Carlos Rodriguez, Ellis Rodriguez, Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, Fri. & Sat, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 & 9:30 p.m. Pro-Am Comedy Night w/ Host Ellis Rodriguez, Sept. 3, 8 p.m. DJ Sandhu, Jennifer Alves, Pete Munoz and More, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. Stephen Furey feat. Emma Haney, Sept. 6 - 8, Fri. & Sat, 8 & 10:30 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Toys for Tots Benefit Show w/ Jimmy Earll, Ricky Del Rosario, Cisco Duran and More, Sept. 11, 7 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Open Mic Comedy w/ Hosts Jaime Fernandez and Michael Cella, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Open Mic Comedy Night, Mondays, 7 p.m. Old Ironsides Comedy Kick Back, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m. On the Y Open Mic Comedy w/ Guest Hosts, Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Punch Line Talking After Sets with Austin Carr, Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Ron Taylor, Cory “Showtime” Robinson, Hosted by Andrew Orolfo, Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. Kabeezy and Friends Starring Armando “Mandoman!” Placencia, Aug. 30, 9:45 p.m. Byron Bowers, Jason Downs, Hosted by Feel Woods, Sept. 5 - 7, Thurs., 8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. LOLGBT+ Presents: An Evening of Queens & Comedy, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Cyrus Present Freak Show, Sept. 10, 8 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Showcase, Sept. 11, 8 p.m. Sacramento Comedy Spot Open Mic, Sunday’s and Mondays, 8 p.m. Improv Taste Test and Harold Night, Wednesdays, 7 - 10 p.m.

9.07

POLISH FESTIVAL Polish American Community Hall 12 – 6 p.m. Cage Match and Improv Jam, Thursdays, 8 - 10 p.m. Anti-Cooperation League, Saturdays, 9 p.m. STAB! Comedy Theater Comedy Open Mic, Thursdays, 9 p.m. STAB! Podcast Panel Show, Fridays, 10 p.m. Late Week Leftovers Open Mic, Sundays, 8 p.m. Tommy T’s Stay Silly Comedy, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m. Adam Hunter, Aug. 30 - 31, Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 7 & 9:45 p.m. DC Young Fly, Sept. 6 - 7, Fri., 7:30 & 10:15 p.m.; Sat., 7 & 9:45 p.m.

Misc. 1409 Del Paso Blvd. Uptown Market on the Boulevard, Saturdays, 12 - 5 p.m. 8th and W Streets Certified Farmers Market, Sundays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 20th Street (Between J and K) Sacramento Rainbow Festival 2019, Sept. 1, 12 - 7 p.m. Brazilian Day Sacramento Street Festival, Sept. 8, 1 p.m. 20th Street (Between J and L) Midtown Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Artisan Building Taste of North Sacramento, Sept. 7, 5 p.m. B Street Theatre at The Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts Mainstage Series: The Last Match, Through Sept. 1 Blue Cue Trivia Night, Wednesdays, 9 p.m. The Boxing Donkey Trivia Night, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Capitol Garage Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. Dinner and a Drag Show, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. CLARA (E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts) Stories on Stage: Jenn Alandy Trahan and Diane Kallas, Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. Country Club Plaza Certified Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Crocker Art Museum The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West, Through Sept. 29 Chiura Obata: An American Modern, Through Sept. 29 Cool Clay: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Ceramics, Through July 19, 2020

Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Trivia Night, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Florin Road & 65th Street Certified Farmers Market, Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fox & Goose Pub Quiz, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Highwater The Trivia Factory, Mondays, 7 p.m. Historic Old Folsom Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Historic Main Street Placerville WINEderlust, Sept. 7, 4 p.m. Kupros Craft House Triviology, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Laughs Unlimited The Best of Me w/ Poet Terry Moore, Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Girls Night Out The Show, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Poetry Unplugged, Thursdays, 8 p.m. McClatchy Park Oak Park Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Midtown BarFly Salsa Lessons, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Polish American Community Hall Polish Festival, Sept. 7, 12 - 6 p.m. Sacramento Hostel Silver Screens and Summer Nights: Mean Girls, Aug. 31, 8:30 p.m. Streets Pub and Grub Pub Trivia, Sundays, 8 p.m. Strikes Unlimited (Rocklin) Let’s Get Quzzical: Trivia Game Show Experience, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Sunrise Light Rail Station Certified Farmers Market, Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre Fuddy Meers by David LindsayAbaire, Through Sept. 8 Tower Brewing Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. Cribbage Night, Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Trivia Night, Wednesdays, 7 p.m. William Curtis Park District 5 Movie Night: Disney’s Dumbo (2019), Sept. 7, 8 p.m. Yolo Brewing Co. Trivia Night, Tuesdays, 6 p.m.

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UNDER YOUR SKIN (AND INTO YOUR EARS)

WARM DRAG LANDS AT RED EX VOL. III WORDS JACOB SPRECHER PHOTO MARK CHAMPION

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I understand that you and Vashti more or less started the band by chance after reuniting. How exactly did that come about? We met through mutual friends in New York, [both] moved to L.A., hooked back up and actually started DJing together. We kinda realized we had a lot of very similar, very particular tastes in music. Especially the darker side of early rock ‘n’ roll. A lot of that, like, Link Wray or early rockabilly; there’s a lot of dark, moodier stuff. We wanted to start a band with that vibe, and I realized that by using samples, I could incorporate all these other [genres]. She’s into goth and industrial, and I’m into hip-hop and noise ... you look at those types of influences on paper and you’re like, “How the hell is that gonna work?”

Another aspect of your live sound that I really appreciate is that you guys are not afraid to just be loud as fuck. Bringing your own speakers— especially for the low end—makes it powerfully loud, and you gotta respect that. [Laughs] I come from playing in live bands. And most of the shows we play, even though we’re technically an electronic two-piece, we get invited to play more rock shows. So at least volumewise, I wanna be able to match or surpass all the rock bands we play with. And like I said earlier, literally every show we play, things sound slightly different. Certain rooms will bring out certain bass tones more, and it used to kind of drive me insane. I was like, “Why am I spending so much time trying to EQ everything?” when it’s just complete anarchy every time. We do have some harsh moments when shit Talk a bit about your setup. It’s got a certain mad gets noisy just from the distortion I use, but if scientist quality to it. there’s a nice bedrock of thick bass underneath, [Laughs] I have two Akai MPC1000 samplers, and it tricks your ears. If all you heard was just that also a Roland SP-404. Most people who use MPCs shrill distortion, your ears would not be able to will use them as a beat-making machine, but handle it. I mean, mine can’t. I’m going deaf from basically I use them as keyboards. I can’t play this band, basically [laughs]. And I’ve learned guitar for shit, but I always liked experimenting to turn it down a little bit. I used to crank shit with sounds. Before I even more. We did our started using samples I first European tour back in “I could just program everything always seemed to have January and the guy that and press play, but playing stuff a cheap keyboard laying was doing sound for us, this live and using guitar pedals around that I would mess French guy Sam that also kind of throws in this element with drones running does sound for Oh Sees, he of spontaneity. It’s hard for through guitar pedals. was trying to convince me. me to go onstage and not play He was like, “Did you notice something. Because of that, it Is it a little intimidating adds chaos, ‘cause shit could go how there was like 10 feet relying on a setup that between the stage and where haywire at any moment—and almost seems out of your the crowd was, and that a often times does—but I have to control at a point? lot of people were plugging have it like that, otherwise it Oh my God yes. That’s their ears?” And so the next would be boring for me..” literally every single set. night I did it his way and — Paul Quattrone, Warm Drag Not only the setup itself, immediately was like, “Oh, but how the room is gonna sound. That’s why I people are dancing.” That was a humbling, eyelike using the pedals, too. I could just program opening experience. everything and press play, but playing stuff live and using guitar pedals kind of throws in this So you guys will be up here playing with Drug element of spontaneity. It’s hard for me to go Apts ... know them? onstage and not play something. Because of that, Yeah, actually Michael [Thiemann] was the one it adds chaos, ‘cause shit could go haywire at who asked us to play. For a while Sacramento was any moment—and often times does—but I have kinda like my second home, from when I played to have it like that, otherwise it would be boring with !!! ... we would spend extended amounts of for me. time practicing. In fact, do you know Mike C? DJ? I gotta give a shoutout to him, because I used to Plus with the element of dub, for example, if stay at his house whenever I was in town. And you wanna stretch something, then you can just he would come home late-night and play 12-inch stretch it. There’s definitely that mood where a 45s at 33 [rpm], and do his version of DJ Screw. groove can run long and it’s totally natural. And that was kinda what gave me the idea to I’m glad you picked up on that. We do have pitch down and slow down all the old samples I [songs] with dub sections, and there’s some use. That all comes from him, 3 a.m. on P Street, shows we play where I can tell kids are getting both of us really stoned and playing [a 45 of] kinda bored. We opened for Ty Segall a couple “Immigrant Song” and it just blowing my mind. weeks ago, and I reigned that stuff in because kids were straight-up moshing to our set [laughs]. Don’t miss Warm Drag Saturday, Sept. 14 at But then we played this small festival up in the Red Ex Vol. III, a fundraiser for the Red Museum (212 15th St.), along with a host of other amazing Catskills and I could tell at least half the people bands. The event is all ages, and runs from 3 p.m.– there were trippin’ on something, and they were 11 p.m., and tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at really responsive to all the trippy dub stuff. the door. For more information on this event,

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FOUR SONGS, INFINITE FLAVOR

WOLF & BEAR UTILIZE A BROAD PALETTE OF SOUNDS ON THEIR NEW EP WORDS TYLER HORST • PHOTO ERIC MOLYNEAUX

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here are you from?” is a deceptively difficult question for many bands. Sitting at a table outside Insight Coffee, Cameron Nunez, Marcus Cisneros and Tim Feerick of post-hardcore band Wolf and Bear quickly settle on Sacramento. But they and their bandmates Tyler Watt, Josh Unitt and Jacob Koval trace their roots back to many different towns—and different bands—across the Central Valley. “We all try to bring our own different flavor,” says Cisneros, who sings for the band. Wolf and Bear has followed up their 2017 full-length Everything is Going Grey with a short but ambitious EP (simply titled EP) that grafts surf rock, emo, indie, R&B and other sounds onto a solid post-hardcore backbone.

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The four-song EP hit the internet on Aug. 15, but fans could stream most of the songs before that. The band sporadically released singles online, in what they say was a strategy to sustain listeners’ interests rather than dumping all the material on them at once and hoping it didn’t get lost in the noise. “I feel like people can get overwhelmed listening to music now. I feel like dropping one song, waiting a little bit, then dropping another song, it helps people focus on the music,” says Cisneros. “People will take 10 songs and judge them in a day. But if you get one song and don’t like it at first, then listen to it again, you might be like, ‘Actually I was wrong first spin.’ Then it’s a grower, not a shower,” adds Feerick with a laugh.

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It’s clear that the band isn’t lying when they say they get along. Being in a band can be more akin to a romantic relationship than a friendship. A musical polycule, if you will. Butting heads is common, but it’s all in the service of a positive creative vision. “It’s the story of most bands in Sacramento. You find dudes that are talented, and you make some cool stuff but you cannot function with them sometimes, so then you have to find other dudes and you keep having to play musical chairs with everybody,” says Feerick.

But all agree that Wolf and Bear is and has been a harmonious alignment. Like any good couple (or throuple), the three guys (Cisneros, Feerick and Nunez) finish each other’s sentences throughout our conversation. “I remember seeing your band play with Scary Kids Scaring Kids and I was stoked,” says Nunez to Cisneros when describing the long road to the current formation of Wolf and Bear. As Cisneros explains, this was a show on the Scary Kids tour that his old band was opening in Modesto. A light comes on in Feerick’s face and he jumps in: “Oh yeah, I was there too because I was also on the tour!”

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Feerick has played bass with posthardcore godfathers Dance Gavin Dance, also from Sacramento, on and off since 2009. Sometime in 2015, Feerick says he was recording songs with the band at Pus Cavern Studio in North Highlands. Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Will Swan had just launched his own label, Blue Swan Records, and was looking for bands to sign. Feerick was watching the music video for Wolf and Bear’s single “Sight,” and showed it to Swan. He was instantly impressed. “He just watched the video and was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll sign them.’ It was the most matter-of-fact thing,” Feerick says, then adds with a laugh, “I was like, man, I could’ve pretended to be their manager and took a cut.” But Feerick did get involved with the band in another way, joining as bassist in 2017 and helping to write Everything is Going Grey. The connections to Dance Gavin Dance have been a boon to Wolf and Bear, but it can also be hard to escape comparisons to a band whose mark on the scene is so large and enduring. Dance Gavin Dance inspired bands to race to explore as much genre territory as possible, and these days it often seems like there is little frontier left. “The innovation has become tradition,” says recording engineer Dryw Owens, who worked on Everything is Going Grey and the new EP. Owens says Wolf and Bear was the first post-hardcore band he’d recorded, but has since worked with Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Hail The Sun, Eidola and Sianvar. These and other bands often fall under the genre “Swancore,” a playful label invented by fans. The name comes as much from the Blue Swan record label to which many bands of the genre are signed as it does the adventurous guitar-work of Swan, which remains a strong influence in post-hardcore. Put another way, genre-bending has at this point become a genre in itself, and styles that may have been novel in post-hardcore 10 years ago are now almost expected. It’s harder for posthardcore bands to surprise listeners these days, but Owens continues to be surprised by Wolf and Bear. “It’s definitely strategically done. All of the cool parts are well placed,” says Owens. He adds that not only have Wolf and Bear matured technically as songwriters on the EP, but they also continue to write music with genuine emotion.

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“They pull from different influences than other bands. They also have a rawer aspect to them,” he says. The raw, post-hardcore energy is there on the EP, especially in the hard-hitting opener “Scorched Shore.” Then there are the funky basslines and R&B-inflected chorus of “Red Hen,” the surf-rock guitars and sensual grooves of “Deleto” and the unexpected bongo breaks and pop melodies blended into the otherwise mosh-ready “Lifeguard.” The band agrees that while writing the full-length was more rushed than they would have liked, the process for this EP provided much more room to breathe and opportunities for every member to contribute. “For the EP, we all wrote the songs collectively. This feels more authentic to the lineup,” says Nunez. “Six voices is a lot, but you get really cool results when you have people all pushing and pulling to get it right,” Feerick adds. The result is something with which they can all be happy. Says Nunez: “It’s some of my favorite things that I’ve written, and that the band has written.” Wolf and Bear plans to continue surfing their creative wave and remain in writing mode for awhile. Playing more shows isn’t out of the question, but the band’s primary touring vehicle is rusting on the side of a road somewhere in New Mexico, splattered with elk guts. The poor creature met its natural predators, Wolf and Bear, this time barreling down the road at top speed in a van after a show. The vehicle was totaled, but luckily nobody was hurt. “Just the elk,” says Feerick. Despite the bump in the road, Wolf and Bear hasn’t slowed down and doesn’t plan to. After playing a pair of release shows for the EP at the end of August, the band says they will tuck into generating material for their next LP. Feerick also hopes to record some acoustic tracks and possibly cover songs to release for their appreciative fans.

EP by Wolf and Bear is available now on Spotify and Bandcamp. Their EP release shows will be at The Boardwalk in Orangevale (9426 Greenback Lane) on Saturday, Aug. 31 and at Malones in Santa Ana on Sunday, Sept. 1. Performing alongside Wolf and Bear at The Boardwalk will be Outlier, Find Yourself, Self Continuum, Subtlety and The Measure. $10 cover. 6 p.m. doors. All ages. For more info, go to Boardwalkrocks.com.

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THE SHALLOW END It’s becoming increasingly likely that the popular chain restaurant, Rainforest Cafe, will lose its relevance with future generations. This probably won’t be much of a problem considering that if the rainforest keeps burning, there most likely won’t be many future generations anyway … Look, I’m doing my best to find some humor in a terrible situation, but it seems there’s just no getting around it. The world is fucked. Actually, it’s more likely that we’re fucked. Earth has existed for quite some time before us. I don’t claim to be an astrophysicist, even though I interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson that one time, so I don’t know exactly how old Earth is, but I’m fairly certain that it’s very old. Like, even older than the combined age of that random table of old people who were grouped together at the last wedding you attended. Who were they? I’m afraid that information has been lost to the ravages of time. Still, they persist, and they brought gifts, and one of them may have been your great aunt or something, who somehow has pictures of you in diapers. So,

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yeah, the Earth is even older than that. And until the Sun goes nova in a few billion years, the Earth will be here after us, and after whatever comes after us, ad nauseum. We definitely won’t be here to see that day. I don’t mean we as in us, reading this, I mean We like our species. We’ve jumped the proverbial cosmic shark. There’s no going back. As I write this, The Leaders of the Free (and Not So Free) World are meeting in France somewhere. They’re talking about the world economy, I’d suspect, and trade, and I’m sure someone is going to bring up the environment and the fires ravaging the Brazilian rainforest. All of these seem like important topics. Topics that in one way or another affect every person on the planet and not just those citizens of the countries represented. To plot the course of humanity for the next year, we’ve sent our Best and Brightest including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a right-wing nationalist; Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy, an “anti-establishment” populist, whatever the fuck that means; a couple of Dudes Who Lead the

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European Union, which I guess is still a thing; German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the only woman representative at the summit, and in some respects, probably the only adult; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, who’s just as sweet as sweet can be; French President Emmanuel Macron, who has become the de facto leader of the free world, or at least is trying his darnedest to be; newly minted U.K. Prime Minister/insufferable prick Boris Johnson, aka U.K. Trump, as opposed to the Brazilian Trump or [Insert Your Country Here]’s Trump; and of course, Our Own Trump, President Donald Trump, which is three words that still make me throw up in my mouth a little. That’s it. That’s the best we got. Good job, everyone. Macron already announced prior to the meeting that this would be the first time in the G7’s history that the summit wouldn’t issue a joint statement, preemptively stealing Our Own Trump’s thunder of either signing the joint statement and then back-tracking on whatever agreement he signed in a tweet, or just refusing to sign it at all because MAGA.

Meanwhile, the rainforest will just keep burning, and the ice caps will keep melting, and at least we can take comfort in knowing that no matter who we sent there—even if the G7 was, like, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Albert Einstein and Joan of Arc and Sasquatch and Harry Potter and Dora the Explorer—that it really wouldn’t matter. We’re past the point of anything mattering. I don’t know about you, but that’s what helps me sleep at night. That’s a freeing thought, right? Knowing that Netflix-and-chilling in your sweatpants is really the only course of action that you can take? Let Uber Eats bring you your favorite sushi, and hey, might as well give the driver a 25 percent tip while you’ve got it. The next recession is probably right around the corner. Enjoy your waning salad days while you still can. I also realize that sarcasm is the lowest form of humor. But like I wrote in the opening paragraph, you’ll have to cut me some slack. I’m trying my best to find the joke here, but it’s a little more difficult than it usually is.

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Issue 299 features exclusive interviews with stand-up comedian Michelle Buteau, who has a run of shows at Punch Line comedy club in Sacramen...

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