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MELISSA WELLIVER melissa@submergemag.com For the past week-and-a-half, I have been running on a few hours of sleep each night. You see, our 18-year-old cat, Lola, seems to have been attacked by some sort of creature in the middle of the day. Obviously she can’t tell us what happened, but she has two puncture wounds near her spine on her back. For the most part, she sticks to the indoors; however, once in a great while, she likes to explore the outside world, and mostly sticks to our yard, but has been known to end up in our neighbors’ yards. Usually she doesn’t stay outside for more than 10 to 15 minutes at a time. This past Thursday, she decided to explore and, well, something attacked her. We have critters in our neighborhood: opossum, raccoons, sometimes even coyotes, and a good number of stray cats. Whatever it was, it really hurt my fur baby. And even though we’ve taken her to the vet, we are still worried sick about her and we just want her to feel like her normal self. She’s not eating much, sleeping all the time and is not hitting the litter box regularly. These things are keeping me up at night. As if that critter drama wasn’t enough … So, I’m running on zero sleep, and as we were burning the midnight oil putting the finishing touches on this very issue of Submerge, we realize we need to turn in and get some sleep. As per usual, it’s 2 a.m. on our deadline eve, and my husband and I close our computers and get ready to do the nightly turn in ritual: brush our teeth, go to the bathroom, yada yada. I hear a yell from my husband in the other bathroom, “Ummmm, babe, you’re never going to believe this, but there’s a RAT alive in the toilet bowl.” My heart sank and from the tone of his voice I knew without a doubt he wasn’t joking. The lid was down. We always leave the lid down, so there was no way the rat was leaning in to get a sip of water and just fell in. I freaked out. I mean, HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?! DID HE COME UP THROUGH THE SEWER!? We spent some time looking this up and YES, rats can crawl up through the sewer and get into your toilet bowl. No joke, all of this was making me sick to my stomach! I’ve never heard of this and didn’t even think that something like that could happen, let alone to me. I mean, we do not live downtown where the houses and sewers are super old;, we live in a suburb near Sac State that was built around the ‘80s. I guess rats didn’t get the memo to stick to the DoCo area. It’s probably pretty rare, but with our horrible luck this week, of course it happened to us. If you want to learn more, look up National Geographic’s YouTube video “See How Easily a Rat Can Wriggle Up Your Toilet.” Long story short, we got rid of him, but it’s going to give us nightmares for the rest of our lives and we will never use a toilet again without checking out the bowl first. The only takeaway I can give you after my rough week is to make sure your cat and other pets are up to date on their shots because you just never know what can happen. AND always keep your toilet lid closed and be sure to LOOK before you pee. Even if it’s 2 a.m. and you’re half asleep. Life changer. Has this sewer rat situation happened to you or a friend? Email me: If YES, where? If NO, have you ever heard of it happening? Melissa@submergemag.com. Read. Learn. Keep your cat safe. Close your toilet lid. Melissa Welliver

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Mondo Deco’s Album Release Show at The Starlet Room

Some bands just have a sound that makes you feel good, and Sacramento four-piece rock outfit Mondo Deco fit the bill. They’ve got an unforced, easy-to-get-into blend of ‘60s garage-rock with bits of glam, indie, stoner and grunge thrown in. And if you’re one of the many thousands who are just moving to Sacramento, just know that Mondo Deco’s been killing it for a minute. Friday, Nov. 15 will mark the release of their third album, Take What Ya Like. As Mondo put it, these are “12 meaty, Patrick Hills-produced tracks cut on 180-gram vinyl with cover art by our friend and amazing artist Melissa Uroff.” The Mondo boys will be throwing a release party that night at The Starlet Room (2708 J St., above Harlow’s) alongside two other killer locals: Ani Maul and Las Pulgas. Doors open at 8 p.m., 21-plus, tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Check out Thestarletroom.com or Facebook.com/ MondoDecoMusic for more, and to listen to “Feed the Rich,” the first single off Mondo’s new record, point your internet device toward Soundcloud.com/mondodeco/feed-the-rich.

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Midtown Moxies 5th Anniversary Party at Blue Lamp

Time sure flies when you’re constantly throwing kick ass burlesque and variety shows, as does Sacramento’s Midtown Moxies. They’re celebrating their fifth year anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Blue Lamp (1400 Alhambra Blvd.) with an all encompassing event that will see the troupe releasing and signing their 2020 calendar, playing music from the past five years of shows, sharing behind the scenes stories, performing some of their favorite acts and sharing the stage with friends. Purchase a calendar for $25 and get in free, otherwise the show is just $5. 21-plus, doors open at 8 p.m. with performances starting at 9 p.m. Visit Midtownmoxies.com for more info and to buy ahead of time. Reminder: Blue Lamp’s owners are currently selling the venue/bar, and we’re not sure what’s happening with the space once new owners take over, so your days to enjoy this iconic and beloved Sacramento venue might be numbered! Do with that info what you will.

T U E S DAY, N O V. 19

Cider Session Vol 5. Watch Party at Two Rivers Cider Co.

For a glimpse at just some of the immense talent the Sacramento area music scene holds, look no further than Cider Sessions, a group of friends, musicians and videographers who are regularly recording and releasing well-shot and produced live music videos in the loft at Two River Cider Company (4311 Attawa Ave. #300). Look up Ciderhousemusic.com to queue up live takes that they’ve already released from acts like Red Dirt Ruckus, Eazy Dub, Katie Knipp, Heather Evans, Dust In my Coffee and others, including our personal fave so far, The Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet with singer Camilla Covington. Then, after you’re like, “yeah all this shit is good!,” set a reminder to attend the Cider Session Vol 5. Watch Party at Two Rivers on Tuesday, Nov. 19 starting at 7 p.m. They’ll be premiering new videos from three new artists: Jessica Malone, Sol Peligro and Pressure Lounge, as well as playing some of the previously released ones. There will be a food truck on hand, and of course plenty of delicious hard cider to wash it down. Even better, there’s no cover and it’s family friendly so feel free to bring the kiddos. Keep an eye on Facebook.com/tworiverscider or Tworiverscider.com for other cool happenings at the tap room. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST the strength to turn it down because, dammit, there are so many different and delicious ways to eat it! I have seen full-blown junkies practice more self-control around free heroin than a professional office full of people who are told there is free candy in the break room. Don’t get it twisted; Pam from accounting will cut a bitch over the last fun-size Snickers! It’s a dangerous business for the consumer and never more so than at this time of the year. With the passage of Halloween, we have just begun a five-month journey into the depths of the candy bowl with no plan on how to get back out after Easter. Each major holiday between now and then carries with it a mammoth portion of sweet treats designed to make you slower, fatter and more content to sit around and eat another bag of Peanut M&Ms. The conspiracy against us stretches far and wide. For example, Costco keeps selling me five pound bags of candy at Halloween even though we never get Trick-or-Treaters at our house. Now it’s on me and my wife to eat all of these Twix, Kit Kats and Milky Ways. By the time we finish, it will be Christmas and we will have to start all over again. And when we finish that, Big

Sweets will be there to get us on Valentine’s Day with boxes of chocolates and again the day after Valentine’s Day with discounted boxes of chocolates. We can’t seem to get away from it. You could call your candy “filthy slops” and people will still eat it. People already eat Harry Potter Jelly Beans that taste like farts and boogers. Big Sweets knows I’m going to buy whatever sugary, syrupy substance they put in front of me, no matter the cost or name. Do they have no regard for my health or safety? It’s like the Mars Company doesn’t really care about me or my well-being at all. What the fuck, Mars? I thought we were friends! Candy and I have been through so much together. Whenever I was down or when times were tough, candy was there to lift me back up with a rush of sugar. Whatchamacallit nursed me back to life when I got dumped for the first time. Gummy worms and Sprite helped me survive high school. Chasing the ice cream man down my block to buy candy cigarettes is one of my fondest and most vivid childhood memories. Sugar has inserted itself into some of the most critical times of my life. It’s no wonder I can’t quit it.

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They say you catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. While this idiom used to be understood as a statement on kindness, it’s now morphed into a whole new meaning at the heavy hands of Big Sweets, the lobbying arm for the sugar industry. According to a 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture study, the average American consumes 57 pounds of sugar each year. Yes, you read that right: 57 pounds! The honey seems to be working. Let’s be clear; there are no “sweeties” in the sugar game. Like Big Tobacco, Big Sweets has known the power of its powder since long before the Silk Road was established. At one time, Big Sweets held their secret saccharine back from the rest of society and only allowed it to be the delight of the rich and powerful. Eventually, Big Sweets realized the rest of us dolts would literally eat it up and stuff their pockets with wads of cash for the pleasure of doing so and an industry was born. They don’t call them 100 Grand bars for nothing. Once the rest of the world got a taste, there was no turning back. Big Sweets calls it lollies in some places, sweets in others, but most of us know it simply as candy. Few of us have

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BOCEPHUS CHIGGER bocephus@submergemag.com If we aren’t careful, the reach of Big Sweets is going to continue to expand. How long will it be before we are giving each other candy for Independence Day? I’m surprised they haven’t already made “Liberty Candy” a thing, but perhaps they just haven’t figured out the right flavors to push. They haven’t had that problem with pushing earlier into the year. Their pumpkin spice campaign has been quite successful. Now, nearly every object on earth can be made to taste like pumpkin spice. If we don’t draw a line in the sand with a cinnamon stick soon, we might never look good in our bathing suits again. The struggle is real. I’ve made myself sick from eating Hi-Chews several times in the last year and I will probably do it again because they are delicious and I can’t stop eating them. I’m eating a mango one even as I write this. If you told me I could replace my teeth with Chiclets gum I might do it so long as it didn’t impede my ability to eat other candy. Look what you’ve done to me, Big Sweets! Look at what I’ve become! I’m a monster and it’s all your fault. Now, would you pass me that Butterfinger …?

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Pet professional and dog training book author Chris Perondi spends most of his time traveling the world to bring cities the ultimate dog show experience. When he is not showcasing, he is analysing dog behavior and how to properly train them, following many of the tricks mentioned in his latest book, The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, which details 118 stunts. Perondi will stop at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Hall (255 S. Auburn St.) for two shows of his 90-minute theater program, Stunt Dog Experience. These rescue dogs are guaranteed to provide an exciting show featuring air stunts and tricks, and will consist of 20 dogs and five human performances. Stunts will consist of multiple challenges testing the canines’ intelligence, speed, accuracy and leaping ability. Tickets are $25 for members of The Center for the Arts and $30 for the general public. Catch the matinee show starting at 1 p.m. or the second at 7 p.m. To get tickets and for more information, check out The Center for the Arts’ page at Thecenterforthearts.org.

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The Cookery Sacramento’s Sip & Cook Class Teaches You Classic Italian Made Vegan • Nov. 9 & Dec. 14 Pasta for everyone and one without added eggs. With eggs being one of the main ingredients in pasta, vegans don’t have the opportunity to try some heaven-sent Italian dishes, but fret no more; vegan Italian food is here. The Cookery Sacramento will guide you in a step-by-step workshop for an Italian four-course meal. The events that will take place at the Burly Beverages Gift Shop and Tasting Room (2014 Del Paso Blvd.) and will solely use whole-food and plant-based ingredients, starting with a savory and tangy chopped salad sweetened with blood oranges. Skip the eggs in the pasta making process and start from scratch on a decadent potato gnocchi paired with braised chanterelle mushrooms. Bon vivants will live for the following course of artichoke hearts flavored with truffle oil, and finish off the night savoring an espresso mousse and crunching on an almond biscotti cake. Pair your cooking experience by bringing your own zesty, dry or sweet vino. Perfect for a date night or go solo to stock up on some new cooking skills to show off at the next gathering. The events that will take place on Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Two tickets are available per guest for Chef Stacy’s class, so grab those tickets for $75 before the limited spots get filled. For more info, visit their event page at Eventbrite.com and search "Classic Italian Made Vegan Cooking Class."

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With the holidays just around the corner, get a head start on present ideas and gift your loved ones a chunky knit blanket personally crafted by you, or treat yourself. Learn stepby-step how to hand-knit at one of these DIY classes hosted by AR Workshop in Roseville at their art studio (1426 E. Roseville Parkway). What started off as an online Etsy store by two designers developed into a live studio offering hands-on classes for creating decor and goods out of raw materials. Skip the needles but bring your patience, as no experience is necessary to make this cozy blanket and get creative with your selection of merino wool yarn colors; the perfect color combination is enough to bring the room together. As the weather is rapidly changing, these soft and heavy blankets will do the trick to keep you warm in cold or wet conditions. The wool fibers in the yarn trap in the heat and are guaranteed to keep you at your coziest. Times and dates for this workshop vary

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You may know Justin Willman from his popular Netflix original series, Magic for Humans, his viral online videos or his many TV talk show appearances. The comedic magician is bringing the funny and the magic to the heart of Sacramento with his new show, Magic in Real Life, on Nov. 15 at the Crest Theatre (1013 K St.). The St. Louis native and Los Angeles resident is not afraid to test and push the boundaries of subcultures in America, and adds a comedic twist to his experiments. A good example of these twists is his popular project with childrens’ control and their ability to withstand the urge of consuming a marshmallow placed in front of them for 10 minutes and tricking them by making the fluffy and sugary confectionery disappear. Before his six-episode show swept the streaming audience, he made his rounds around television hosting shows like Cupcake Wars and several other cooking competition shows on the Food Network. What was once a hobby for Willman as a child turned out to fascinate and entertain millions across the world. Find yourself immersed in the mystery and questioning the true essence of reality. Jump at the opportunity for tickets for this out-ofthis-world experience and sold out show in other states at the price of $35. Get more details at Crestsacramento.com. SubmergeMag.com

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THE GRINDHOUSE

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WORDS ANDREW C. RUSSELL It’s November, 2019. Long ago, Blade Runner foretold a foul future where renegade replicants ran amok, as the threadbare and exhausted-looking dregs of humanity creaked through the motions, their ersatz existence barely holding a candle to the fierce and defensive grip on life the fugitive artificials seemed to hold. Now, an anxious, bitter, dazed and politically divided populace sits in thrall month after month to a host of algorithmically generated sequels, prequels, reboots and remakes, each now capable of regenerating themselves well past any human notion of longevity, detonating standard time itself and using only the release date as temporal measurement. Michael Myers is still stalking after Laurie Strode; every single Disney film is being frantically spit-shined and shoved out for re-release with few alterations, as if from a desperate re-gifting relative who woke up a bit too late on Christmas Day; Will Smith has passed the torch to a “fresh” new co-star—a lifeless CGI avatar molded into a facsimile of his 20-year-old self; and Tom Cruise still soars in the heavens to a bitchin’ Harold Faltermeyer score. Now, evidence to the contrary, we’re not one to hold a single film responsible for the totality of Hollywood’s sins, but it’s our responsibility to inform you that the latest “installment” (to use proper robot terminology) of the Terminator series is less part of any ongoing saga and more of an infiltrator, using the human faults of nostalgia and desire for closure against us in its attempt to make a killing. Its primary tools of infiltration? A very SubmergeMag.com

grim, very game Linda Hamilton, who’s triumphantly returned to steal all of her scenes, and Arnie himself, who plays his latest turn as the T-800 mostly to mine its rich, untapped vein of deadpan humor. Both are a welcome sight, especially the former, but her presence—the anchor and entire justification for this otherwise unwanted outing—mostly serves as a constant reminder of how good Terminator 2 still is. It is Mexico City in the year 2020. Auto factory worker Dani (Natalia Reyes) quickly puts her fears of industrial automation and unemployment on the back burner when she finds herself at the center of a plot to save/assassinate the future leader of the resistance. An augmented super soldier (Mackenzie Davis, in danger of being typecast at this point as robot or savant) and a newly minted “Rev-9” model terminator (Gabriel Luna) close in on Dani while a weathered and fugitive Sarah Connor wanders in from the fringe, having been following a series of encrypted texts leading her to the spawning location of new terminators for the past few decades. John Connor is conspicuously absent; the timeline has been flipped again; humans have once more lost their footing in the interminable battle against the machines; more sequels have been ensured; and so start the explosions. What follows is an endless flow of déjà spew that leaves one wondering exactly which Transformers movie we’re supposed to be watching. And honestly, it is not the human element that suffers; the cast is a talented ensemble that balance each other well, and the south-of-the-border, immigration crisis, border-military complex setting is an interesting change, even if only a surfacelevel one. It’s during the fire, chaos and screeching tires—the real meat of the series— that we are reminded of how counterfeit most action films have become. For one, the central hook of the latest terminator model—a hybrid liquid/solid exoskeleton

WILLOW that can separate, becoming two for the price of one—is proof enough that the series has run out of ideas and is content to remix old ones. And the cheapness of expensive CGI, more evident than ever before in any given blockbuster of the past few years, is glaringly evident. The incoherence of one pivotal sequence taking place at night is so great, you feel as if you’re attempting to referee a deathmatch between two squirrels trapped in a garbage can 20 minutes after having your wisdom teeth pulled. The impossible physics and weightless movements of CGI characters, removed from any solid reference point, are a strain on the eyes, and just plain unexciting (for required viewing on this subject, check out a YouTube video entitled, “Is CGI getting worse?”). Figures zip, skip, bounce and teleport from one end of the screen to the other, hardly suggesting the impact of the tons of weaponized metal they are supposed to represent. Furthermore, the camera doesn’t seem to care how much of the conflict you can actually see; perhaps it’s aware that most of the action is not fit for a clear, hard look. The endless parade of this breed of supra-sequels, characterized by their need to bring out the stars to reprise decadesold roles and get us in the seats to witness something “final,” something that connects us once again to “glory days” and the unqualifiedly “fun” box office fare of yesteryear gives one the paranoiac sense of a doomed culture getting its affairs in order and saying its last goodbyes before imploding under the weight of its own hollowed-out memories. But all of culture and society is not Hollywood—it’s important to remember that real films (even ones with robots!) exist— something the remakes and remodels are always reminding us of: We don’t have to sit patiently and wait for what the machines bring us.

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OUTSIDE THE 9-TO-5 SACRAMENTO IS WINE COUNTRY! WORDS & PHOTOS ELLEN BAKER It’s been nearly two years to the day since I wrote “Wine-Ding Down From Summer,” a guide to Sacramento’s best wine happy hours, and I’m back to encourage any autumninduced wine cravings that may arise this season. We’re aware of Napa, Sonoma and Amador wine countries, as they are located just in our backyard, but what about our front yard, right here in downtown Sacramento? The beauty of downtown Sacramento wine tastings is not only their proximity to your own beloved bed, but also the simplicity of planning a wine tasting trip with good friends without spending two weeks in advance calling locations, booking a limo and making sure there is enough picnic for everyone after a couple rounds of wine. Listed here are two route options in the heart of Sacramento for a day of wine tasting—attempt the entire list in a day at your own risk.

WEST SIDE OF TOWN: Underground Tasting Room

900 Second St., open Wednesday–Sunday

Take the stairs down from the street to locate Underground’s tasting room on the “original level” of old Sacramento. A quaint, historically rich room sets the ambiance when walking into the venue, with brick walls and copper wine taps. The local wineries of Twisted Twig and RendezVous share this tasting space and make for a fantastic and calming start to your day.

WHIRED Wine Bar

Bailarin Cellars

410 L St., open Monday–Saturday

720 K St., open everyday

A 10-minute walk or three-minute bike ride from Underground Tasting Room brings you to WHIRED (pronounced wired) Wine Bar. The location is modern and small, with local and international wines to satisfy your palate. They also provide small plates while you enjoy a seat at the array of high top tables, couches or patio seating.

Another short walk of sixminutes, Bailarin offers a full lineup of their Sonoma County wines. This new(ish) tasting room provides tasting flights, wine by the glass and off-sale options. The tasting room also plays host to an Insight Coffee Roasters espresso bar and offers various small bites to pair with wine or coffee, making it a good pick-me-up for mid or end of day.

Three 2-ounce tastings: $10–$15

Five 1-ounce tastings: $5–$10

Five 1-ounce tastings: $10

EAST SIDE OF TOWN If continuing on the tasting route from Bailarin, I suggest grabbing an Uber or Lyft at this point for a short six-minute drive. Otherwise, enjoy a 12-block stroll through the heart of Midtown and walk off a few of those earlier tastes. Another option is to begin at 58 Degrees at the start of the day and continue east through town.

58 Degrees and Holding

1217 18 th St., open everyday

Focusing on the pairing of food and wine, 58 Degrees brings in wines from all over the world and prepares seasonally inspired foods in partnership with the wines. A quiet and upscale vibe may be a good starting point before the group gets wild. Tastings: $16–$19

Acheson Wine Company

Revolution Wines

1629 19 th St., open everyday

2831 S St., open everyday

With a slogan of, “sustainable, environmentally conscious way of drinking vino,” Acheson uses a tap to move the wine directly from the barrels to the consumers’ very own reusable bottle. This may be my new favorite winery, anywhere. Just a few-minute bike ride (any JUMP bikes nearby?) or an eight-block walk from 58 Degrees. Locally made wine with grapes from California.

A last stop but definitely not least brings us to Revolution Wines. At this point, especially if you started the day at Underground, I suggest taking an Uber or walking to this final destination as biking under the influence (BUI) is illegal in California! Revolution Wines is a unique craft winery that uses California grapes and prepares, ferments, bottles and serves all their wine at Revolution Wines on S Street.

Six 1-ounce tastings: $15 (This also gets you a free swing-top reusable glass bottle for take-home wine!)

Five 1-ounce tastings: $10–$14

There are certainly other places to drink wine in Sacramento. This is purely a guide to what I believe is the next-best, if not better outing, to a day in the vineyards of Napa County. Sipping on local wines minutes from home in Sacramento’s fall weather is pretty hard to beat, if you ask me. SubmergeMag.com

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

JOSÉ ARENAS’ LIFE OF TRAVELS SURFACES IN HIS ARTWORK WORDS LOVELLE HARRIS

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ymbolism, identity and culture are intrinsically connected to the notion of community. Indeed, the sum parts of any society are made up of those who inhabit, celebrate and aspire to make worthy contributions in enriching the lives of its inhabitants. Of these residents, it’s the artist who, through intention and boldness, reflects on and reimagines this idea of “place” as a means of understanding what it means to belong. For José Arenas, a Davisbased artist and educator who explores the idea of community and place through his own experiences as a youth traveling between San Jose, California, and Guadalajara, Mexico, the concept of belonging is a recurring theme in his work. “What I’ve been doing is a continued exploration of themes that have to do with dual identities,” Arenas says. “For me, it’s the idea of myself at a young age picking up on what it means to belong and not to belong—the whole sort of sentiment of not being Mexican enough or not being American enough. So content-wise, the images that I use deal with migration and displacement and then finding home.” Indeed, the idea of home has a specific place in Arenas’ work. From images inspired by his childhood, he weaves an emotionally poignant narrative that speaks to the plight we all face as humans in navigating our way home. In his current exhibition at Pence Gallery in Davis, aptly titled A Place in Mind, Arenas’ work is a vivid collage of patterns and decorative elements cultivated through his nomadic escapades. The items that

comprise each piece are extrapolated from various sources, including traditional, regional Mexican clothing and ceramics, metaphorical images like birds and houses, and navigational symbols, including maps, compasses and ships. Each element alludes to place, direction and the concept of duality. “I definitely use image as a way of driving meaning,” Arenas explains. “In other words, symbol drives meaning. For example, you may see a bird in one of my pieces, but it’s not just a bird, it’s what the bird is pointing to that a sense of meaning is derived.” An avid collector of all things inspirational, Arenas says his studio is littered with treasures he’s collected during his nomadic exploits, which include a teaching stint in New York at the Parsons School of Design, as well as exhibitions throughout the United States. “The collection process is both based on the daily experiences of just being present, I guess,” he explains. “If something catches my eye, I collect it. So my studio is full of little snippets and pieces combined with drawings and sketches and printouts and photographs that I’ve taken.” Of his artistic process, Arenas says that the beauty of everyday life is his muse, especially when he finds himself navigating through public spaces where a color relationship, a pattern or a texture can provide a solution to a creative problem he’s working through in a particular artwork. He says that through a combination of sketching and drawing and cutting and pasting familiar images that he captures on his camera, compositional possibilities emerge in his painterly work.

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their ideas into a sketch and then a design that they paint. “It’s been great to come back and explore the medium once again,” Arenas says of returning to one of the first artistic mediums he explored as a student, silkscreening. “I was deep into the painting medium, oil paint in particular, so it’s been great to see how my imagery evolves using that medium.” Through cultivating and encouraging young artists to embrace their cultural heritage and creative passions at TANA and in his ongoing exploration of the symbols and themes in his work, Arenas aspires to continue his exploration of the nuances of cultural duality and the idea of home. This concept is no more apparent than in the vivid confines of one of the pieces currently on display in the Pence show titled, Casa Calli. “The idea of past and present connect to my experience of trying to form the idea of home through the representation of the modern American track home,” he explains. “And also looking back to my indigenous roots and my Mexican-American mestizo is how I got interested in this subject matter and started thinking about how I would connect them.” This idea of the MexicanAmerican mestizo is the driving force that permeates Arenas’ body of work and brings his narrative about place-making into reality. For Arenas, the concept of where we fit in and how we

make viable contributions to the world in which we live is the driving force in his work. Indeed, he says that art should be a mirror of that experience. “As a practicing artist, some people have the feeling that you’re only as good as your last show,” he says. “But my work is the continued excavation of these kinds of symbols and ideas that I’ve been exploring for quite some time. There’s not necessarily a beginning and an end to my work.” Arenas looks at his current body of work as an extension of his curiosity in exploring how the symbols that comprise our shared cultural heritage impact our relationship to one another. “When I look at the paintings—I’ve had an opportunity to go to the show and look at it all by myself—the work is actually catapulting me forward in terms of just being inspired and being excited to kind of jump into new things,” he explains. “I can see so many other ways that I can drive relationships between symbols and further explore how I’m pushing paint, at least in terms of technique and exploration.”

José Arenas’ A Place in Mind is on display now through Dec. 6 at the Pence Gallery (212 D St., Davis). For more info, check out Pencegallery.org. If you’d like to learn more about the artist, go to Josearenas.com.

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ORGONE’S ADRYON DE LEÓN DISCUSSES MATURITY, CREATIVITY AND THE RECORDING OF REASONS WORDS RYAN KAIKA

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ightest rhythm section in Los Angeles and California,” Adryon de León, Orgone’s vocalist from Ojai, California, tells me over the phone. “I mean, I’m partial, but I’ve heard ‘em all,” she confesses. For a vocalist who sings in a group applauded by critics for “hitting their stride” following the release of their newest album, this is easily the most (and perhaps only) boastful thing that de León says during our entire conversation. The rest of the interview, just like Orgone, is a humbling, introspective journey through the process of maturation in a creative environment. De León joined the group in 2013, 14 years after Orgone’s official inception in 1999. Orgone draws influence from 1960s and ‘70s American funk and soul, but if you ask them what their genre is, they’ll most likely say, “California soul,” which is a rather fitting name. Los Angeles-based guitarist Sergio Rios created the group alongside keyboardist Dan Hastie, and to date, the duo has released 10 albums under the name Orgone. Rios, who de León calls a “visionary” and someone who is “on a relentless quest for the perfect sound,” first learned to play the guitar at age 15 by playing “Fade to Black” by Metallica. And, like most teenagers, he evolved from this stage, not only personally, but also musically.

Rios and Hastie began studying jazz, soul and R&B, and with the exploration into new genres, they began to add horns. Before they knew it, they were recording their own blend of 1960s/’70s funk with modern recording techniques. De León refers to the group as a “rotating, family-band vibe,” which makes sense considering the number of artists who’ve been in the group since its start. Maybe not the typical family (or maybe the ideal family depending on your upbringing), but the feeling of love is easily heard in their music no matter who’s playing in the group. The band’s introduction to de León might not have been your Hollywood-envisioned moment—Hastie searched “female” + “vocalist” + “Los Angeles” on YouTube and stumbled upon a video of de León singing in one of her former bands. Impressed with her vocal range, the group promptly invited her to tour since their vocalist at the time could no longer travel, and right on cue, de León flew to Bloomington, Indiana, to learn Orgone’s music. “The first time I ever heard them play was at the sound check … and then we did a show that night and then from there everyday of the tour I’d learn another song,” she says about her start with Orgone. This would prove to be the challenge that

de León and perhaps Orgone needed in their respective careers. “I’ve toured before—I toured with a nonprofit group—but not like rock ‘n’ roll life,” she says. “I was working with kids and families; this was the nitty-gritty, real deal … play the clubs every night, 3 a.m. … So that was my first experience with that.” This also happened to be the first time de León would enter a songwriting role. Her voice was a known entity at the time—she had the passion and range of a 1960s soul superstar—but she just didn’t have the experience of channeling that into a creative role. “I had been hired previously because of that sound, but I didn’t come into my own skin until I started with Orgone,” de León says. “I was like, ‘This feels like a warm blanket.’” De León played a key role in the release of Orgone’s 2015 studio album Beyond the Sun. Her evolution into a creative powerhouse was ongoing, and Orgone provided the perfect setting for her to blossom. “After we did our first record [together] I said, ‘This is a process that I really love to do and if I can let go and just put down honest art then it’s fine [and], at the end of the day I can sleep well,’” she explains about accepting her art. The next album that the group released,

Undercover Mixtape, is a collection of soulful covers and organic creations. Songs like “Neither One of Us”—an anthem made famous by Gladys Knight and the Pips—epitomizes the sound of this group: a swaying, heartfelt, transportation back in time. Undercover Mixtape was released in 2018, and a year later, they would release their hit album Reasons, a collection of tracks that is the culmination of a group of talented and humble musicians. Joshua Tree was their base camp during the recording of Reasons. The group rented a house and a studio in the famous Southern Californian desert landscape and embarked upon a four-day journey to compose and create the sounds that would give life to the album. “We would be up until, like, 4 or 5 in the morning, and rouse around 1 or 2 in the afternoon … you know, artist hours … and we would cook and commune and be a family and then ultimately one of us would head toward the studio and we’d all follow suit,” de León says about their time at Joshua Tree recording the album. The contents for Reasons, at least from de León’s perspective, were on the pages of a darkbrown, leather journal, gifted to her by a student, that collected dust for 12 years before she began filling it with deeply personal words. Photo by Ryan Chin

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Nine tracks in total at a length of 41 minutes and 56 seconds, this album has a little bit of everything for your dancing and nostalgiainducing needs. For the Sacramento audience, you can jam to this group in person and fulfill this sentimental feel at Harlow’s on Nov. 24 as they showcase Reasons. Terin Ector, a vocalist who’s appeared on previous songs with Orgone most notably the galactic-rock sounding “Cosmic Slop” off of Undercover Mixtape will sing alongside de León at the show. De León says that “he’s got this soulful voice that transcends time,” and if that’s coming from the reincarnated voice of Aretha Franklin, I’d take her word that it’s going to be an energetic experience. “I just hope that people want to come out and continue on this journey with us,” she says, because the journey will never stop, a realization this group has made and wants to share with the world. Times may feel tense, but just remember, in the words of de León, “the song’s never going to be done … and as soon as you accept that it’s fine.”

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“There’s something enticing about the blank page to me,” she says about her journal. “If you look at the first half of the journal when I was working with the album it was like crazy drawings and words and nebulous things. And then when I’d actually hit the studio I would take a blank page and make a fully organized, constructed version of the song that I could use while recording because I’m Type A like that.” That Type-A personality apparently found its way onto the streets of gridlocked Los Angeles, where de León made use of her time in traffic by listening to demo tapes that were recorded at Joshua Tree before putting the finishing touches on her work. “I work best in my car,” she says about her mobile studio sessions, “because I have nowhere to go.” The album starts with de León’s dreamy vocals before the remaining members—Rios, Hastie, as well as drummer Sam Halterman and bassist Dale Jennings—lay the seeds down with their head-bobbing rhythm to kick off a groovy album. The second song, “Hands,” feels like a summoning of the original funk spirits with a hypnotic drum line that compliments de León’s powerful voice. Two songs later, perhaps my favorite track of the album, “Whisper to Me,” features a somewhat different sounding voice for de León, with wavy sound effects that highlight the group’s focused yet abstract sound.

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B Street at The Sofia The Subdudes, 6 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Leonid & Friends (Chicago Tribute), 6:30 p.m. Goldfield MyKey, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Moonchild, Kiefer, 8 p.m. Holy Diver Local Showcase: W!SK!, T30, Titino, Danny G, EastSacBaby, CrazyRocky, 6:30 p.m. Kupros Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Powerhouse Pub F#ck Cancer: Danny’s Lame-Ass Birthday Bash w/ Stellar (Incubus Tribute), In the Garage (Weezer Tribute), Mother of A Girl (Violent Femmes Tribute), 8 p.m. The Press Club The Shivas, Gamma People, Pets, 8 p.m. Sacramento State: University Union Redwood Room Nooner w/ Heather Evans, 12 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: The John Cocuzzi Courtet, 5:30 p.m. Torch Club The O’Mally Sisters, 5:30 p.m.; Ryan Thompson and the Delicate Hounds, 8:30 p.m.

11.07 THURSDAY

Ace of Spades Intocable, 7 p.m. Cafe Colonial Sneeze, Fucko & More, 7 p.m. The Club Car Songwriters Showcase, 8 p.m. The Colony F#ck Cancer: Danny’s Lame-Ass Birthday Bash w/ Paper Airplanes, Marigold, Mastoids, Emma Dilemma, 8 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Patrick Walsh, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Irish Jam Session w/ Stepping Stone, 8 p.m. Goldfield The Dales, Brotherly Mud, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Capolow, 7 p.m. Kupros Dylan Crawford, 7 p.m. Opera House Saloon Hip Hop Night: Powered by Mad Money Militia, 9:30 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Moonshine Crazy, 9:30 p.m.

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11.08 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Intocable, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music Misner & Smith, 8 p.m. Berryessa Brewing Co. Scott Guberman, 5 p.m. Big Sexy Brewing Co. Jessica Malone Band, 6 p.m. The Boardwalk Soulwood, Volrahven, Johnny Schizo, Downcypher, Failure By Proxy, 7 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Ricardo Scales, 5 p.m.; Soundwave, 7 p.m. Cafe Colonial The Silhouette of Nude, Pregnant, Plots, 7:30 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. El Dorado Saloon HellDorado, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Kentucky Trust Fund, Alex Walker, 9 p.m. Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m. Goldfield Mickey & the Motorcars, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Mono, The Album Leaf, 8 p.m. Holy Diver Slaves, Rivals, Dark Signal, Self Continuum, 6:30 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m. Old Ironsides Sacto Storytellers, Sad Girlz Club, Phantom Jets, Flip the Switch, 8 p.m. Opera House Saloon Township, 9:30 p.m. Palms Playhouse California Banjo Extravaganza: Leroy Troy, Gina Furtado & Bill Evans with John Reischman, Chad Manning, Sharon Gilchrist & Dale Adkins, 7 p.m. The Park Ultra Lounge DJ Elements, DJ Eddie Edul, 9:30 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Rockology, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Rue, 9 p.m. Shine Micah McCaw, Turtle Rock, 8 p.m. Spotlight Ballroom Midtown Stomp w/ The Twilight Drifters, 8 p.m. The Starlet Room Mellow Fellow, Ruru, 6 p.m.; South Fork, 9:30 p.m.

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11.09 SATURDAY

Berryessa Brewing Co. The Muddy Waders, 3 p.m. Big Sexy Brewing Co. Baby It’s Cold Outside: A Warm Clothes Drive Benefiting Homeless w/ Alyssa Mattson, Justin Forcione, Dean Haakenson & More, 2 p.m. Blue Note Brewing Co. Ticket To Ride (Beatles Tribute), 3 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Elias Negash, 1 p.m.; Soundwave, 5 p.m. Crest Theatre Portland Cello Project, 6:30 p.m. Goldfield Tow’rs, B.R. Lively, 7:30 p.m.

Ace of Spades Tom Morello, 7 p.m.

Harlow’s Marlon Asher, Fluid Foundation, 8 p.m.

B Street at The Sofia Susan Werner, 6 p.m.

Holy Diver Fit For An Autopsy, Rivers of Nihil, Lorna Shore, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Dyscarnate, A Waking Memory, 6 p.m.

Berryessa Brewing Co. Matt Rainey, 3 p.m. The Boardwalk Boy Floyd, Jet Black Romance, Cardboard Ringo, Bad Boy Eddy, Madman’s Lullaby, 7 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Ricardo Scales, 1 p.m.; Soundwave, 7 p.m.; DJ Nano Saenz, 11:30 p.m. Cafe Colonial F#ck Cancer: Danny’s Lame-Ass Birthday Bash w/ Kill the Precedent, Cassette Idols, Knocked Down, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre F#ck Cancer: Danny’s Lame-Ass Birthday Bash w/ Joe Queer & The Moans, The Enlows, The O’Mulligans, The Bitters, 7 p.m. The Colony F#ck Cancer: Danny’s Lame-Ass Birthday Bash w/ Vasas, The Comedians, Coast Office, The Brangs, 7 p.m. Crest Theatre Michael W. Smith, 7:30 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Sock Monkey, 9 p.m. Foothills Event Center Center for the Arts Presents Rodney Crowell, 7 p.m. Fox & Goose According to Bazooka, Amy Bleu, 9 p.m. Goldfield Charley Crockett, Abraham Alexander, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Jack Harlow, 6:30 p.m. Holy Diver Brother Ali, Evidence, Marlon Craft, 7 p.m. Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m.

LowBrau Throwback Jams w/ DJ Epik & Special Guests, 9:30 p.m. Midtown BarFly Factor IX w/ DJ Hawk, DJ CarnieRobber and Guests, 9 p.m. Pine Cove Karaoke, 9 p.m. Powerhouse Pub Alan Iglesis, 3 p.m. The Press Club Sunday Night Soul Party w/ DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. SacYard Community Tap House Crescent Katz, 1 p.m.; The Charities, 5 p.m. Sutterville Bicycle Company Five Year Anniversary w/ Black Yacht Club, Draw Pinky, 2 p.m. Torch Club Blues Jam, 4 p.m.; Front the Band, 8 p.m.

11.11 MONDAY

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Opera House Saloon Journey Revisited, 9:30 p.m.

Harlow’s Pinback, Disheveled Cuss, 7 p.m.

Palms Playhouse Kimberly Ford (Joni Mitchell Tribute), 7:30 p.m.

Holy Diver Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Boondox, Alla Xul Elu, Scrubblud, 6:30 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Flock of Seagirls, 10 p.m. The Press Club DJ Larry Rodriguez, 9 p.m. Shine Hannah Jane Kile, Campfire Crooners, JonEmery, 8 p.m.

LowBrau Motown on Monday’s w/ DJ Epik, 9 p.m. Luna’s Cafe Nebraska Mondays, 7:30 p.m.

Thunder Valley Casino Resort Teresa Carpio,Wendi Lee, 8 p.m.

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

Torch Club Val Starr (Album Release), 4 p.m.; The Lique, Hayez, 9 p.m.

The Starlet Room The Five Thirty, Cuffed Up, 6:30 p.m.

Two Rivers Cider Co. The Urban Sherpas, 6 p.m.

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11.13 WEDNESDAY

Ace of Spades Tribal Seeds, New Kingston, Tropidelic, 6:30 p.m. The Club Car The Double Shots, 7:30 p.m. Goldfield Flatland Cavalry, Mitchell Ferguson, 7:30 p.m. Harlow’s Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno, Liz Vice, 6 p.m. Holy Diver Dirty Honey, Control, Nanday Lane, 7 p.m. Kupros Ross Hammond, 5 p.m. Louie’s Cocktail Lounge Live Blues Jam Session, 8 p.m. Mondavi Center: Jackson Hall Sérgio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto, 7 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Musica Nuda, 7 p.m. Sacramento State: University Union Redwood Room Nooner w/ Mr. Hooper, 12 p.m. The Starlet Room Blues & Bourbon: Selwyn Birchwood, 5:30 p.m. Torch Club Ballin’ That Jack, 5:30 p.m.; Boot Juice, Johnny Boy Kunk, 9 p.m.

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11.15 FRIDAY

Ace of Spades Sammy Johnson, Swells, 7 p.m. Armadillo Music The Little Army, 8 p.m. B Street at The Sofia Kalani Pe’a, 6 p.m.

11.16 SATURDAY

Ace of Spades Issues, Polyphia, Lil Aaron, Sleep Token, Sadghost, 6:30 p.m. Armadillo Music Bristol To Memory, 8 p.m. The Boardwalk The Frank Hannon Band, The Zach Waters Band, The Austin Mo Experience, 7:30 p.m. Cache Creek Casino Ricardo Scales, 1 p.m.; Ascension, 7 p.m.; DJ Optimiztiq, 11:30 p.m. Crest Theatre Jesse Cook, 6:30 p.m. Crooked Lane Brewing Co. Austin Payne, 7 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Undercover 209, 9 p.m.

Berryessa Brewing Co. Junk Parlor, 5 p.m.

Fox & Goose Rip & Stomp Rock Show w/ Whoville, Roa Brothers, 9 p.m.

Big Sexy Brewing Co. Guero, Justin Forcione, 6 p.m.

Goldfield Demun Jones, Longcut, 7:30 p.m.

The Boardwalk The Numinous, Erik Childs, 7 p.m.

Harlow’s Tainted Love, 6 p.m.

Cache Creek Casino Ricardo Scales, 5 p.m.; Ascension, 7 p.m. Cafe Colonial Wicked Bears, The O’Mulligans, Lamonta, Rebel Holocrons, 8 p.m. Capitol Garage Capitol Friday’s Reggae Night w/ DJ Veyn, 10 p.m. El Dorado Saloon Radio Memory, 9 p.m. Fox & Goose Bad Barnacles, Nice Monster, 9 p.m.

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, 7:30 p.m. Harris Center Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, 7:30 p.m. Holy Diver Strung Out, The Casualties, 7 p.m. Library Of MusicLandria Sac Unplugged w/ Clevers, 6:30 p.m. Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Musica Nuda, 8 p.m.

Golden Bear DJ CrookOne and Guests, 10 p.m.

Nicholson’s MusiCafe Ukulele Sing-Along, 11:30 a.m.; Free Ukulele Class, 1 p.m.

Guild Theater “Offline” feat. Jeaux & The Band Hayez, 7 p.m.

On The Y Never 4 Naught, Control, Nova Sutro, 8 p.m.

Harlow’s John Craigie, Shook Twins, 7 p.m. Holy Diver Good Riddance, Sharp Shock, Get Dead, The Last Gang, 7 p.m.

Opera House Saloon Skid Roses, 9:30 p.m. Palms Playhouse Tim O’Brien Band, 8 p.m.

Louie’s Cocktail Lounge William Mylar’s Hippie Hour, 5:30 p.m.

Powerhouse Pub Bruno and the Hooligans, 10 p.m.

Mondavi Center: Vanderhoef Studio Theatre Musica Nuda, 8 p.m.

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SacYard Community Tap House Wild Ginger, 6 p.m. The Starlet Room French for Rabbits, Mallard, 6 p.m. Thunder Valley Casino Resort Holiday Soul Jam: Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the New Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, DJ Gino and More, 7:30 p.m. Torch Club Loose Engines, 5:30 p.m.; Collectivity, 9 p.m. Tower Brewing Your Alibi, 7 p.m. Two Rivers Cider Co. The Bathtub Gins, 6 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church Capital Choral Festival, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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11.18 MONDAY

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BRANDON AND THE LION

AUBURN FILMMAKER BRANDON VEDDER ASKS THE BIG QUESTIONS IN STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS WORDS RICHARD ST. OFLE

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randon Vedder’s newly released film, Strange Negotiations, is in a way neither particularly strange nor in any way a negotiation. Quite the opposite, in fact. What it is instead is magnificently unpolished and relentless in its examination of David Bazan, formerly (and… surprise, currently—but the film will get into that) of the indie band Pedro the Lion. Bazan is known for asking some pretty heavy-hearted questions about life on the road as a musician, purpose, family, whether it’s enough just to stir the hearts of a few people in a Kansas City living room, and, biggest of all, the film (through Bazan) asks who you are if you renounce your lifelong belief in Christianity and walk away from your critically acclaimed (and commercially successful) band. Vedder’s film opens with a slow shot of Bazan behind the wheel of his minivan, silently trudging uphill through a rainstorm. It takes a long minute to realize, through intermittent glances in the rearview mirror, that Bazan has been sobbing the whole time. Vedder’s film, like Bazan himself, doesn’t hide anything or polish any of the unattractive parts of Bazan’s life, and stays with you long after the house lights come up. At one point in the film, Bazan proclaims that “vulnerability is the antidote to anxiety and self-loathing” and as if guided by that manifesto, Vedder’s film embeds itself in Bazan’s psyche, asking questions, watching him struggle, sitting with him while he cries and investing in his pain. Vedder paints Bazan as a sort of uncompromising Antigone character—self-sacrificing for the sake of virtue, and playing his heart out between minivan trips that crisscross the United States. I sat down with Vedder to find out more.

David Bazan performing at a house show in Orlando, Florida

Did you know David before this? I didn’t, no. I was familiar with his music—with Pedro the Lion, listening in high school, and then like everyone else, I kind of lost track of him once he got rid of Pedro, and I didn’t hear about him again for a minute, until I was finishing my last film, In Pursuit of Silence. I had a shoot in Mexico and downloaded a handful of podcasts. One of them was You Made It Weird by Pete Hall, the comedian. He had Dave on and they had this insane conversation. That kind of lit the fire and through mutual friends I ended up getting a hold of him. I had a conversation with him and his manager on the phone, talking a little about what I was interested in and what I was curious to explore and they were into it—cautiously into it. The film is really intimate, and while he seems like an incredibly vulnerable person, it also seems like he’s someone who might like his space sometimes. How’d that work out? That’s a pretty astute observation about David. It’s a vulnerability that he likes to have control over, but he’s always able to frame himself and control his vulnerability, but it’s a whole different thing to give that to someone else and let them frame you. The nature of the film is editing all of these disparate parts to tell a story, and I think it was a whole other level of vulnerability than he had ever experienced in the past. How involved were you in his life on the road? The project really called for me to be as sensitive as possible and try to understand how to crack this guy’s head open in a meaningful way. The first trip I went on, I was able to bring a cinematographer with me who’s a close friend of

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mine. We’ve shot a lot together, and we were kind of in a follow car and we’d sort of leapfrog through it, staying at the same motel or whatever, but if we didn’t have it set up for a long drive interview, I wouldn’t be in the car with him, and we’d just sort of shoot the travel stuff and a lot of the drone stuff, and we got a lot out of that trip. But in subsequent trips, it ended up just being me, and knowing that I needed to get more intimate, knowing that we needed to be more personal and intertwined. So we probably did six big shoots like that, you know, between six weeks and a week over the course of three years. Was it hard to remove yourself and just kind of watch David ask himself these questions or did you feel like you needed to prod him? There are certain times where it’s more about sitting back and watching, and there are other times, not that I would ever influence what was going to happen, but I was more interested in some of the thematic elements than others and tried to focus the film like that. Can you talk about your relationship with some of the themes in the film? Was it hard for you not to get caught up in some of those questions yourself? A huge part of why I made the film is because I was and am asking a lot of the same questions and dealing with some of the same issues, whether it’s just the general kind of like ideas of balance in life as a husband and a father and an artist, whether it’s just the idea of having a fidelity throughout all of these elements in your life and having everything point toward the same thing, down to how hard it is to make a living as an independent artist and how to Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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take that in balance-wise and faith-wise as well. You know, what is worth interacting with [in] this faith system, and I wasn’t introduced into this whole world of faith until later in my life whereas David was born into it quite literally. But we found ourselves in pretty similar spots in terms of where the loose threads were that we wanted to pull. And so yeah, it’s interesting. It’s especially interesting to hear that that’s where you were coming from because you manage to keep the film so agnostic in terms of choosing sides or answering any of these questions. Was that a hard balance to strike? I don’t know. I always knew that’d be the case with David, so his living intention and always asking questions … and his approach to life, his sort of posture to living were the most important and helpful things about David. There were so many ways I could have gone with the story, getting more political or examining exactly which parts of the faith made sense to him or whatever, but to me the most interesting thing was to have an hour and a half of stepping into this guy’s shoes to see this kind of posture of openness and questioning in a helpful way in a time where we’re taught that—no matter which side you’re on, you just need to bolster your belief and bolt down the hatches because we’re under attack, no matter which side you’re on, we’re in the middle of a battle. So to see someone just let go of all of these imaginary lines and just ask “what is it?” that just became really helpful and interesting to me. Have you had any pushback from people seeing the film and being disappointed that it doesn’t reaffirm their values? Not yet. One of the things that I went into was wondering what kind of experience I was interested in creating, I wanted the film to be able to speak for itself as this 90-minute piece that’s happening, that if you sit down and give this guy a chance, it’ll be impossible to deny this person’s journey and the importance that it has. So far people have only seen it in theatres, so I’m interested to see whether or not there’s that sort of pushback. SubmergeMag.com

Let’s talk about that. I read that there’s going to be a digital release in November. Yeah. So it’s been a really interesting process with this film. The film’s main market is super hard to quantify and in distribution, the biggest thing is people wanting to know who they’re gonna sell a film to and exactly how they’re gonna sell it. After SXSW, I did the thing I did with all of my past films, which is to talk to people and make sure they got a chance to see the film, and I talked to a lot of distributors. Over and over again I got exactly what I thought I was gonna get which was “I love the movie, so powerful, such a human story, but we have no idea who to sell this to or how to sell it” you know, at Magnolia or Sony Pictures Classic, they were just like, “What do we do?” I hooked up with this distribution company out of Nashville called Aspiration Entertainment and they love the film, they’re perfect for the film, so the film is going to be released on iTunes and nationally and it’s great because I’m not having to sign the film away. I get to maintain control of it in every way and sell different markets in different ways. The idea is to do really well with iTunes presales and sales and restart some conversations with Hulu and Netflix and Amazon about streaming. It’s seemingly perfect for that. Yeah, I agree with you that this film is really well-positioned to be a kind of “stumble-across” film online. What does David think of the film? He’s seen it probably 10 times in its finished form and he loves it. We were just arguing the other day because I was trying to put up some clips to market the film, clips that didn’t necessarily make it into the film and he’s just like, “No. this is perfect. It’s fucking perfect. Don’t mess it up. It’s all there and we got it” and I’m like, “Yeah, but I’ve got to get people to come to see it.” Strange Negotiations will be released digitally on Nov. 19. You’ll be able to see the film in person at a special screening at the Auburn State Theater, 985 Lincoln Way on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Director Brandon Vedder will be onhand. Tickets are $12. For more info, go to Livefromauburn.com, or Bazanfilm.com.

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SWEETER THE SECOND TIME AROUND

REAL PIE COMPANY IS A FAMILY TRADITION WORDS RONNIE CLINE • PHOTOS DILLON FLOWERS

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hough Real Pie Company sits on 24th and Broadway in Sacramento, husband and wife team and owners Kira O’Donnell Babich and Fred Babich have created a space that transports you from the lively streets of Broadway to a comforting, cozy pie shop. You’re welcomed with the sights and sounds of a bustling open kitchen, smells of baked berry pies and multilayered cakes as you hear customers greeting each other. “We were so warmly welcomed by Curtis Park, Oak Park and Land Park,” said Kira. “We feel blessed; we’ve had a lot of support.” Real Pie Company returns the support by making it a point to stay local when buying supplies for their pies and other baked goods. “We buy almost all of our fruit from the local farmer’s market. We sort of just go and check it out, see what’s there,” said Kira. “We want to support sustainable farms when we can. We go to the farmer’s market with an eye out for whatever looks amazing that week.” Keeping a changeable menu means there’s always something new at Real Pie Company. “We’re so lucky because our middle menu changes all the time,” continued Kira. “It’s completely capricious, so when we get new stuff in, we just pull it down and rewrite it. It gives us the ability to be creative and to use whatever beautiful produce we happen to bring in or what someone brings in for us.” I caught up with the owners of Real Pie Company just in time for the holiday season and learned how a commercial helicopter pilot and a former Chez Panisse pastry chef shared the same dream of wanting to be in the dessert business and how they made it happen.

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When did you first become interested in becoming a baker? Kira O’Donnell Babich: My grandparents had a farm up in Humboldt County. My grandma was an amazing pie baker, and that was a big deal in our family; we had it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Did your grandma have a signature pie? KOB: If you’ve been up to Humboldt County, they have beautiful wild blackberries; they’re so succulent and amazing up there, so that was kind of her main pie. My grandpa was a lumberjack and he just had one arm. He used to wire a coffee can to his belt and we used to have contests in the wild blackberry patches. He would always pick more berries than me! We used to see the berries go from grandpa’s coffee can into grandma’s pies. For me, that was super meaningful. Going to their house on holidays and in the summertime was the highlight of my childhood, and to this day, wild blackberries are probably my favorite fruit. And from that point on, you wanted to open a pie shop? KOB: It had just been a nagging, gnawing dream of mine for pretty much my whole life, since I was a little kid on my grandma’s farm. I don’t know why, but it just kept haunting me and wouldn’t go away. Finally, my ex-husband said, “Just do it, and get it out of your system. Either it works or it doesn’t, but at least you did it.” That’s when you opened your first pie shop across town, but you closed your doors about a year in? KOB: That place was doing great. We had been open for a year, we were selling out. But my kids were really small and it was all-consuming. I got a phone call from my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and she said, “I just want you to know, your daughter came into school today and said, ‘My mommy doesn’t live at home anymore. She lives in a pie shop.’” So a year after just busting serious ass and building the business, we closed everything down, which was probably the hardest decision of my life. How did that experience help when opening this location? KOB: It turned out to be a fabulous training ground. I had a great staff, I made a ton of SubmergeMag.com

mistakes and learned from them. By the time I went to open this place, I knew that I had stumbled and fallen, but I knew what happens and what was needed. What kind of staff I’ll need, what kind of layout I’ll need, what kind of equipment I’ll need. Fred, how did you become interested in owning a pie shop? Fred Babich: I always wanted to open up a dessert shop at some point in time in my life. I always said, “someday,” not knowing when it would be or how it would happen. It was something that I always kept inside when I was on my journey in life. I just always knew, somewhere down the road, when I’m through with everything else, I wanted to open a dessert shop, but I never really shared that with very many people. Where do you think wanting to own a dessert shop came from? FB: My family. My parents were first generation Americans. My mom’s side is Arabic, she’s Syrian, my dad is Russian and they were all foodies. I remember the food, the gatherings, the desserts, the pastries. Kira, how did you decide it was time to get back into the pie business? KOB: This pie shop would have never happened, if he [Fred] didn’t have … when he was at the hangar he had an accident with one of the helicopter blades which ripped all of the muscles off of his shoulder. So he was out for almost a year rehabbing from surgery. I had wanted to reopen my pie shop; it was a dream of mine, but I didn’t think it was ever going to happen. So he said, you know, “I got this time off, let’s just do a business plan and see if it would work.” FB: Having that year off allowed me to really dig into the business plan. Once I put the pencil to the paper I thought, “Yeah, we can do this.” We are doing this at the start of the back end of our lives rather than being in our twenties or thirties, so we did a lot of our living ahead of time. Now, working 12 and 14 hour days, we know it’s going to be this. Plus, I’m not good with boredom. Kira, how did working at Chez Panisse help you prepare for owning your own bakery? KOB: I was there in ‘93, ‘94, but when we were building this place out I was feeling frustrated because it was taking so long, so I called them

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Does it get crazy around here during the holidays? KOB: We have pre-orders coming in already. We have six pies that are available the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and people are already ordering them. We’ll still be open for business that Wednesday, but a lot of it is going to be pre-orders. FB: This year, we’re also offering the option for people to buy frozen pies that they can take home and bake in their own oven, which they can purchase any time prior to Thanksgiving. What are some of your favorite seasonal pies? KOB: We have a pie called the Cazuela. Around this time every year, we start getting phone call after phone call asking about it. It’s kind of our version of a pumpkin pie with roasted sweet potato, pumpkin and coconut milk. It’s a very laborious pie so we don’t have it that often, but it’s a huge customer favorite. When Meyer lemons are in season, we do a Shaker pie that’s like a lemon bomb. It’s like a lemon explosion in your mouth. It is the purest, most vibrant lemon thing I can imagine eating. It doesn’t sound like you are interested in cutting corners when it comes to pie. KOB: One of the things I learned when I opened this bakery is that a lot of people have moved towards convenience. We juice our lemons; we make our curd every day. It’s old school here; our butterscotch is old school. We’re back there caramelizing brown sugar and pushing it until its smoking to give it that almost bitter, earthy edge. It’s family, it’s love, it’s comfort. Real Pie Company is located at 2425 24th St. Suite A, and is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.– 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.–4 p.m. They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more mouthwatering information about this Sacramento treasure, visit Realpiecompany.com.

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THE SHALLOW END BETO BYE BYE JAMES BARONE jb@submergemag.com Before you read the title of this column and think I’m being facetious, I should point out that I think Beto O’Rourke is a pretty cool dude. I contributed to his campaign for the U.S. Senate, more because I—like many people in America (including his colleagues from his own party) —think Ted Cruz is a raging prick than any affinity for Beto’s policies. I just heard on the news that he was polling well enough that though Cruz was likely to win, it might be close. I’m not sure how much I pitched in. It wasn’t a lot. I’m not a PAC (Beto hates PACs, right? I’m sadly not even sure), but I figured even if I was just wasting $15, it would be totally worth it to see Cruz wallow in defeat. Like, didn’t Trump insult Cruz’s wife and blame his father for killing John F. Kennedy on the campaign trail? And even after all that, after Cruz was handily smashed in the Republican primaries, didn’t he then throw his support behind the eventual Cheeto in Chief? Who would vote for someone as spineless and cowardly as that? Oh, right. Texans. Anyway, Beto lost the senate race, but his presence on the ticket riled up Texas democrats to get out and vote, and perhaps his candidacy played a small role in purpling up the second largest state in the country. I guess that’s $15 well spent. I figured then that Beto would just become a regular guest on, like, Morning Joe or whatever, and his good looks, infectious personality and unlikely run at national office would perhaps garner him his own talk show one day. Lo and behold, he ran for president, even though he didn’t win his own state and likely wouldn’t carry it in a general election. He was probably banking on out-of-state libs like me who flooded his campaign coffers with modest donations, but amid paltry poll numbers and literally every other Democrat in the country (and Tom Steyer) still vying for the presidency, this past weekend Beto decided to back out of the 2020 race. “Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” he wrote in a statement emailed from his campaign. “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.” Beto didn’t go on to endorse any of the current hopefuls, but he did go on to say that he will “work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald

Trump in 2020. I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I’m going to be proud to support whoever that nominee is.” And at this point, it’s anyone’s guess who that could be. There hasn’t even been a single state primary as of this writing. It could be you. Seriously, get your shit together. I’ve written before about the various campaign emails that flood my inbox. I think it started with an innocent donation for Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action, which I contributed to in 2013. Since then, I’d say 85 percent of the emails I receive on a daily basis come from some candidate or another from some district I’ve never even heard of telling me how important it is that I donate whatever I can so we can defeat some dastardly rightwinger that I’ve never heard of. It gets worse toward the end of each month, because, apparently, there’s some “monthly goal” thing that they’re all just a few contributions away from achieving. Over the past couple weeks, I’ve gotten donation requests from Bernie Sanders’ campaign (who apparently is too salty to be stopped by a mere heart attack) with the subject asking for “$2.70,” which is an oddly specific dollar amount. The latest one came three days ago as of this writing. “One of the worst parts about running for president is the obscene amount of money required to run a winning campaign,” began a statement signed by Sanders. I agree that it sucks that it takes a lot of money to run a presidential campaign, but unfortunately, you need an obscene amount of money to do anything in America these days. Rent is obscene. The price of almond milk is obscene. Cell phone bills are obscenely obscene … and you know, health insurance, yada yada. But the difference is that we sort of need these things to function in society. No one needs to run for president. The oddly ironic thing is that the day before I got the latest pitch for $2.70 from the Sanders campaign, Beto’s team hit me up for “$4.80.” I joked with my wife, “Why does it cost two more bucks to support Beto?” I guess you always have to expect to pay a bit more for the boutique option. President might not be in the cards for Beto O’Rourke (at least not yet … maybe he’ll become the Democrats’ version of Mitt Romney and run in perpetuity), but I’m sure he’ll move on from this just fine. The nation, however, doesn’t inspire the same amount of confidence. Dive Into Sacramento & Its Surrounding Areas


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Issue 304 features interviews with Los Angeles-based funk/soul/boogie band Orgone, whose latest tour hits Harlow's in Sacramento on Sunday,...

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Issue 304 features interviews with Los Angeles-based funk/soul/boogie band Orgone, whose latest tour hits Harlow's in Sacramento on Sunday,...

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