Page 1

Letter From The Editor. I love every minute of being a girl. Growing up, my family didn’t defer between ‘girl things’ and ‘boy things.’ I wore dresses and loved fashion but also climbed trees, played in mud, and helped fix cars. I was a tomboy in disguise, and to this day that is still accurate: my camera bag carries lipstick and spark plugs at all times. Growing up this way has left me with a ‘you can do anything’ attitude. Being a girl is tough sometimes. There are days when you have to prove yourself twice. I don’t know how many times I have heard someone say, “You can’t do that, you’re a girl.” My response has always been, “Watch me.” I believe pretty strongly that instead of talking about changes you’d like to see, you should just go ahead and change them. No one is stopping you except for you. Right as I was finishing up Issue Five I was reminded of how awful people can be: a photograph I took was posted on Facebook and trolled by another photographer. At first, I was hurt to be cut down by a fellow woman. Then, I realized it doesn’t matter because I’m surrounded by so many amazing, successful, strong, confident women, that I know I’m right where I belong. While I, of course, had my list of ladies that I knew had to go into this issue, I was interested to see who my fellow TUBErs looked up to as well. When I asked for a list their favorite woman, their responses came quickly and confidently. These are the woman in this book. Issue Five is full of interviews with artists, musicians, and comics. There is art scattered throughout from some of our favorite ladies in Sacramento, poems from women we admire, and photos of ladies in action doing what they love. This is “The Girl Issue” and I couldn’t be happier about it. XO Melissa Uroff

Artwork by Zsalto

Covering the Cover Artist: Franceska Gamez

Words K. Hules Photos provided by the artist

Franceska Gamez, artist and creator of this issue’s cover, grew up “believing that art wasn’t a viable career option.” Not that it discouraged her. “I immigrated with my family from the Philippines, so there was pressure to pursue a career that provided security. I started college as a business major and somehow ended up in an upper-division art class for general ed [in] my second year. I trusted my gut, took a chance, changed my major, met some amazing mentors along the way, and I’ve been rolling with the punches since.” On top of being an artist, she also considered starting a band and becoming a lawyer, a career choice she is still open to, if the whole art thing does not pan out. Gamez’s cover resurrects imagery she has explored in the past and reworks it. “I thought it would be fitting for the theme of creative women because hands are as elegant as they are expressive, and as creators, our hands are our tools.” As an artist she is not constrained in her medium. Though she has been lately working in mixed media, including paper and clay sculptures and acrylic, spray paint paintings, she “really love[s] to dabble in every medium.” The artist also helps run and book shows for 1810 Gallery at the Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL). The tale of how she came to this position starts a few years ago when she met fellow artist Shaun Burner. At the time he was running Tomato Alley, a group of artists including Molly Devlin, Stephen Williams, Waylon Horner, and Daniel Contra. The group put on shows at Burner’s house until they moved to a gallery space on 16th and U. They held receptions there once a month for six months. “Although that was short lived — speaking for myself and hopefully anyone else who got to experience that place — it was absolute magic. It was a place for us to go every day to work, collaborate, exercise our creative energy, and most importantly, it was a place for us to share our art.” Soon after that, Burner partnered with painter John Horton and established the 1810 Gallery. By this time, Gamez and Burner had collaborated on several projects so it was only “natural” for her to come on board. She helps with nearly step in the exhibit process, from curation to installation to promotion. “My favorite part about running 1810 is building relationships with artists and connecting them with the community. Sacramento is rich in talent and I believe that its a pivotal time to be an artist here. Exciting things are happening, and it’s up to us to rise to the occasion.”

As part of the Sacramento art scene, Gamez has had a hand in some major projects including the Sacramento Art Hotel. The Art Hotel was a temporary exhibit using the historic and condemned Jade Apartments in Downtown. For two weeks in February, the abandoned building was turned into an oasis of art, transformed by over sixty artists into an immersive, interactive, multi-discipline exhibit. “It was an incredible experience. I watched it start as an idea and evolve into something bigger than any of us imagined,” says Gamez. The project was spearheaded by Burner who told her about it when he first contacted the Jade’s owner. Gamez helped formulate the proposal’s first draft. Burner then partnered with curator Seumas Coutts and they formed M5 Arts, “a new arts initiative in Downtown Sacramento committed to envisioning and creating culturally significant multi-faceted and multidimensional art experiences,” according to the site. Gamez was at the exhibit “every day as soon as the doors opened” while the show was running. “It’s wonderful to see how much the Art Hotel has opened the dialogue for Sacramento arts and culture. It’s really created a platform for artists to empower themselves as well as a basis for how to raise the bar in the future.” For anyone who wants to be an artist, Gamez says, “[p]persistence is key. Take risks, say yes to opportunities and be open to learn from the mistakes you make along the way. Be critical of yourself. Pay attention to the art happening around you and globally. Don’t be so polite — tiptoeing around subjects you wish to address becomes a cycle and no growth results from complacency. Strive to be your best — balance confidence and humility. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because chances are, you aren’t the only one who needs it.” Gamez is currently sharing a studio in the Panama Art Factory with Burner. She calls Panama “one of Sacramento’s best kept secrets. The building is over 100 years old and was a ceramic factory for years — now it’s become an incredible creative hub.” Panama holds shows and open studio tours monthly. Additionally, in August, she was part of two group shows: one at Knew Conscious Gallery in Denver and a women’s group show at 1AM in San Francisco. She also plans to work with the Asian American Women Artists Association in San Francisco next year. See more of Gamez’s art at and on Instagram at @ewfrank

Drawn From Life

Words Kate Gonzales Artwork Serene Lusano

Serene Lusano’s wants are pretty simple. She wants to illustrate. She wants to express the mundane and comedic aspects of everyday life through comics. She wants to talk comics. And she’d like her work to be known, without playing the gimmicky #hashtag game. Lusano, 31, has been doodling since she was a kid. She was inspired by her older sister, Rene, who drew characters from The Simpsons, Rocko’s Modern Life — even Homie D’ Clown from In Living Color. “I totally stole my sister’s binder of amazing drawings,” she remembered. The younger Lusano brought them to school and passed them off as her own. She said her sister could replicate the characters perfectly, but her own drawings were always a little offbeat. So she kept drawing, and as a preteen, when her mom remarked her work looked like that of Robert Crumb — a controversial cartoonist who came to rise in the 60s and 70s with honest, sexual and self-deprecating work — it blew her young mind.“I looked it up, and I was just like holy shit this guy’s stuff is really fucked up,” she said. “It’s pretty cool that my mom just name-dropped this guy who’s like totally sick.”But for Lusano, Crumb wasn’t all shock value. He was a talented artist and one of the first comics to show her the potential of the art. “To see that as like a 12 year old, is just kind of crazy and kind of changed up the game,” she said. “I’m not only drawing characters that are silly looking and interesting but this is a way to create a journal.” She continued drawing, did a stint of community college and, as an adult, didn’t need to snag anyone else’s work to get her first design job at a Bay Area startup.

She moved to Sacramento in 2009 and, that same year, started Gap Teef, a first-person comic chronicling her thoughts and interactions with partners and friends.“I just consider everything to be comic fodder,” she said. “I think I learned that mundanity is hilarious in things like The Simpsons.” For the past two years, Lusano has worked as a designer at Sacramento News & Review. She has recently started creating illustrations to accompany the paper’s news stories. She said she hopes to spark an interest for current events in Sacramento’s younger residents. “I’m not a political cartoonist but I’m a cartoonist that draws political subjects,” she said. “I have a kind of younger style and I hope that I’m engaging people that like weird art and weird style into these stories.” While she mostly puts her work online, Lusano’s goal is to begin printing her comics. She’s currently working on an eight-page compilation of Gap Teef illustrations. She said she’d rather hand someone her work and talk with them about it than be discovered on Instagram. While looking for other comics and graphic novels to explore, she was surprised to find a great collection at the Sacramento Public Library, where she volunteers. “I’m impressed that our library is literally introducing me to new stuff, because I’m not finding it anywhere else,” she said. “Man, it’s endless.” She would like to see more people express the world around them through comics, even if they don’t consider themselves to be great artists. “I don’t understand why more people don’t just draw comics,” she said. “Everybody is constantly saying hilarious stuff, and they put it on something stupid like Twitter.” She added that she would love to find a community of Sacramento illustrators to talk comics and collaborate with. “Dear people drawing comics, please let’s hang out,” she said. “I’m not trying to make that many new friends, I’m just trying to make comics.” Follow Lusano at or on Instagram @serenes

Controlled Chaos: The Art and Process of Denae Davis

Words Justina Martino Photo Wes Davis

Sacramento-based artist Denae Davis describes her mixed-media artwork as, “a mutual exchange of release and controlled chaos.” She uses her artwork as a therapeutic way to express her sometimesturbulent internal dialogue. One of her most recent mixed media installation, Mixed State, at the Art Hotel was an example of this. (The Sacramento art collective, M5 Arts organized the Art Hotel in the condemned Jade Hotel in Midtown, Sacramento for ten days in February.) Mixed State featured montages of the artist’s personal experimental footage as well as government footage from World War II, which played on six different television screens. To create an overwhelming and claustrophobic viewing experience, Davis lined the walls with handwritten poetry and notes, which included texts such as, “a texture like the infinite” and “why the sad music makes me happy.” Davis described this installation as, “an exercise in materializing and externalizing internal feelings.” While Davis spent several weeks creating her installation at the Art Hotel and also works at the Panama Art Factory, most of her mixed media projects begin in her one bedroom apartment in Sacramento. Her apartment is like a constantly in flux work of art. She has three couches, eight televisions, and piles of various craft and recycled materials such as string, staplers, projector slides, and cardboard, strewn about her apartment. Davis always works on multiple projects simultaneously. She constantly moves furniture and supplies around her apartment in order to work on particular projects or explore new ideas. Her art-making process is one of discovery. Instead of starting projects with a

particular plan in mind, she allows new ideas to emerge during her process of intuitive play and creation. Now, Davis is in the process of experimentation and is open minded about the outcome of her current artist endeavors. She is currently working on video montages, which will be composed entirely of her own original footage. In past video montages, she combined her own experimental videos with footage from a variety of sources, including well-known directors, such as Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch. In preparation for the creation of these new film montages, she has been documenting the seemingly mundane aspects of our urban environments. As she strolls through the streets of Sacramento with her Canon Rebel, she captures the interplay of light and the urban environment, intriguing conversations, and subtle interactions between people. She will later manipulate and edit this footage into video montages, which express her own inner dialogue. In addition to film-making, Davis is also in the process of creating mixed media sculptures. One of her current experimental projects consists of a pair of plaster hands, wrapped in white thread and splattered with red paint. She describes her current sculptural project as, “something violent, red, and plastery… gentle and sculptural… and hopefully stark.” If her multi-layered installation is any indication of what’s to come, Davis’s future artwork is bound to be extremely tactile, complex, and intimate.

Denae’s installation for the 2016 TUBE. Circus Photo Melissa Uroff

A Russian Surrealist on Sacramento Soil Words K. Hules Photos provided by the artist

When Julia Kropinova was a young child, her mother would draw for her. She would draw outlines and Kropinova would color the picture in. “As I was coloring, I learned how to draw and copy her work,” she remembers, now all grown up. Kropinova is a surrealist artist from Novosibirsk, Russia who emigrated to California as a teenager in 2003. “I truly love this country as much as I love where I came from. My twin sister and I are first-generation Siberian girls, and I am very proud of that.” In school, Kropinova would doodle instead of taking notes. She thought it was a phase until she moved to America. “I realized that to express myself I rather paint and draw than to explain to people how I feel.” At 15, she decided to get serious about making art. “I understood that to be happy I have to follow my heart and do what I love most.” To that end, she studied in a formal artist studio and is now in the progress of getting her bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University. She urges other aspiring artists to “be passionate about what you love and follow your dreams. It is not an easy road, the artist’s life is a struggle but it’s worth the memories and experiences along the way. Do what you love and you won’t ever be unhappy.” Though she works predominantly in acrylic paint, Kropinova loves exploring mediums and thinks it is crucial to learn how to use a wide array of materials. “I enjoy recycling old things such as snowboards, and skateboards that are broken to create a beautiful piece of art. I want to use as many materials as possible to create something beautiful. I like that there are no limits to what I can create.” Aside from the materials she uses, Kropinova is inspired by the expressionist, abstract, and surrealist movements. She cites artists such as Max Beckman, Salvador Dali, Mark Chagall, Man Ray, Hannah Hoch, and Pablo Picasso as influences. “These artists are all highly controversial and have brought something new to the art world, which is why they are the most inspiring.” She is also influenced by growing up in Russia. “As we grow up in different places in the world, we end up being influenced by our memories and culture. Russian

culture has a rich history, strong traditions and influential arts especially when it comes to literature, philosophy, classical music, architecture, and paintings. I always think of my past when creating new work, I cannot get away from my past, it is who I am.” Kropinova’s creative process can put her in a meditative state and to increase this spiritual connection with her work, she likes to work with fundraisers and charities. In addition to having solo shows in Granite Bay, the Roseville Civic Center, and Bolinas, she has worked with the Alzheimer’s Foundation Association, A Touch of Understanding, Art for Heart, and Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary. In keeping with her love of charities, she will be live painting at the Wind Summer Soiree. Wind Youth Services who call themselves “only unabashedly pro-youth agency in Sacramento” provides services for homeless and at-risk youth between 12 and 24. It helps them “pursue self-determined lives of stability and independence,” says Kropinova. She will also be dressing up as part of instructor and fellow artist Robert Ortbal’s performance at the Art Jam Masquerade. “[W]e are just going to be walking around in our costumes making people feel weird.” The Art Jam took place on August 27th in the heart of the Mural Festival murals in the alleys between J and K Streets. For more of Kropinova’s work check out her website or follow her on Instagram at @JuliaKropinova

If you see this man... #KlaiberVision

Zsalto Illustrates Dedication

Words K. Hules Artwork provided by the artist

Hungarian illustrator Zsalto finds the term ‘artist’ uncomfortable. “What makes you an artist, or where is the line where what you do turns into art? I have no idea. I think I have a general aversion towards categories. For example, aside [from] art and illustration I work in UC Davis as a post-doc; however, I find it awkward to say that I am a scientist.” The illustrator holds a PhD in cancer biology and does work in UCD’s labs when she is not making art. Zsalto has been only living in California for a year, but she has put that time to good use. Her work has appeared in over 15 exhibitions around the country and she has more coming up. “I started to put more effort to exhibiting my works when we moved here, so I am pretty new in the art world.” Though she has lived in big cities like Berlin, Barcelona, Boston, and Budapest, she enjoys the scene in Northern California, especially in her new hometown, Davis. “I think people are very open... to art [in Davis]. Last year I had a few shows in local businesses during Second Fridays, great shows in the Bay Area, and I just started to discover Sacramento! I feel like the opportunities are endless.” However, she hasn’t left her heritage behind. Her charming illustrations are reminiscent of Hungarian folk art both in her limited but bright color palette and the way she stylizes her figures. “One can recognize elements of folk culture in my art, usually in the floral patterns. My heritage is definitely an influencing factor, but I don’t know the exact ways of it myself, I rarely use direct references. I think inspiration works in more delicate and secret ways.” She is also inspired by Disney animator Eyvind Earle, Otomi folk patterns, and more recently, the graphic novel Panther by Brecht Evens, calling it “a very troubling story with amazing artwork.” In keeping with her recent dedication to exhibiting, Zsalto has some interesting shows coming up. She recently was a part of a group show at the FE Gallery in Sacramento. She also has a hand-painted banner hanging over Ocean Ave. in San Francisco, which will be up for auction until next month. In August, her work will be hanging at Finnegan’s Public House (3751 Stockton Blvd). “There are a few semi-secret projects coming up, for example, a cool time-lapse video about me working on a piece will be released soon, I am very excited about that.” Learn more about her Ocean Ave. banner at and check out her website at

TUBE. is an ever expanding collection of artists and writers, dedicated to showcasing the creativity around us. We may be small, but that does not stop us from covering and discovering what’s new and worth seeing. To see where we are headed next or to keep up with our events, be sure to follow us. Instagram @TUBEmag Facebook @TUBE

The Queens Of Noise A Sacramento based all-girl moped club. Instagram @ “the_queens_of_noise_mpc Facebook @ the queens of noise moped club

Photos Ange Parodi

Yasamin You do not think of me. We both lay, quiet, like ancient women learned, through wisdom and sacrifice Hearts mangled on spiked brushes; instruments like mandolinos of death. You do not think of me, not because you never have, or never will again, But I lie here, ancient, looking down my nose through the last crease of daylight, before my lashes intertwine and all is darkness. You lie here, wise and top-free and full, breasts resting on your Persian rib cage, bones ancient, knowing more of Death than women should. Our throats have been slit by our forefathers, and what we have left is blood, and ancient herbs, the architecture of breasts - bones - wisdom - feathers. O share your sunlit skin with mine. I am beaded by the way you look down your nose with creases, sharp like bone shards. And still you do not think -Lauren MArgux

Artwork by Sarah Marie Hawkins

Artwork by Marissa “Squeeky”Goldberg

Panama Art Factory.

4421 24th Street Art. studios. Creative Space.

Learn More at

Why Our City Needs the Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance Words Kate Gonzales Photos provided by SYFA

As a woman about to approach 30, I don’t have enough digits to count on my hands and feet the number of times I’ve been treated unjustly or received unwanted attention because of my gender. About a decade ago when I was a teenager, I didn’t think much, if at all, about feminism. However, I did notice the different ways society treats boys and girls, men and women. When I was young and people said uninvited things about my body, for instance, I would often giggle awkwardly, get angry or internalize it. Usually all three. It wasn’t until college I was introduced to feminism and the ways it has impacted politics and individual lives. I’ve found that some of feminism’s greatest strengths – promoting female empowerment, high self-esteem and a supportive, inclusive community – are all tools that would have helped me navigate some pretty rocky teen years. Today, Sacramento’s youth has a community to turn to talk about, learn about, and live feminism. The Sacramento Young Feminists Alliance, launched in 2014, invites high school students citywide to take part in events, meet for discussions about feminism and engage politically. They have formed a relationship with Sol Collective, a community center on Broadway focused on art, culture and activism, where they host semimonthly meetings to discuss current feminist issues. To know that their work impacted even one family in a tangible way is pretty awesome. The group also donates event proceeds to organizations like WEAVE, a Sacramento nonprofit that delivers crisis management services for survivors of violence and Femme International, a global organization dedicated to menstrual and feminine health and promoting education.

When asked whether men have a place in feminism, King and her predecessor, Madeleine Fraix, agree that they have an important role. “It’s huge,” said Fraix. “In my opinion, it should be just as equal as women’s.” They also agree that there are persistent misconceptions about feminism. And we’ve all heard them. Bitches. Man-haters. Lesbians. And, as Fraix pointed out, the idea that there’s no longer a need for feminism in our society.“Women can vote, women can get abortions,” she said. “But when you bring different ideas (in) — intersectionality, connecting transrights and race into this, you get a broader perspective. We really need to be talking about all that.”

Maiti at Take Back the Night.

It’s good to know that in Sacramento, young people are defying the millennial stereotype of being self-centered and disengaged. They exhibit cooperation, civic-mindedness and respect. Their peers, and our city, are lucky to have them here to make a difference.

Artwork by Melanie Bown

Xochitl Hermosillo: A Long Drive for Someone With Everything to Think About

Words Evan Nyarady Photo provided by the artist

The rising rents in San Francisco are forcing the non-tech creative class out of that peninsula and some of them are settling in Sacramento. Yet this influx of cool will not greatly alter California’s capitol; it has had hidden stashes of novelty for decades, over the bridge and under the trees. Xochtil (pronounced so-chee) Hermosillo is one of those nodes of creativity. A constantly touring musician, she makes her living solely off of her art. In the current creative landscape, this is quickly approaching the status of a magic trick, almost impossible. The secret behind the magic trick is a kind of dedication. Hermosillo credits her work ethic and drive for her success. She has been able to make a living off of music and has toured consistently for almost half a decade. “I was going to community college, and I just eventually realized it wasn’t what I was meant to do. I wasn’t interested in school, not as much as people wanted me to be.” Although Hermosillo does admit she learned some useful things in the classroom. “I took one business class, and I’ve used stuff from that class.” To be a working artist does take a certain kind of business savvy, an entrepreneurial spirit. “I can never send enough emails, I can never make enough phone calls,” Hermosillo said. “At one point I was sending like 80 emails a day.” Anyone who has ever been self-employed, freelanced, or in any kind of field which demands such discipline, knows the eternal anxiety of gigging. All of her shows are booked independently, without the middle man of a manager or an agent. Thus she has been able to retain control over her creations. The work seems to be paying off. She recently released her second album, What I’ve Become, along with a music video for the titular single. True to form, all these appendages to her art are self-produced as well. To be a working artist means doing everything yourself, at least to Hermosillo. (This is not to say she does not have help, obviously there are camera crew and producers in a studio, yet the will to make these pieces comes from her). “I make these videos where I update anyone who’s following on what I’m doing, and I don’t know how to edit. But I have to do it, so I’m just sitting at the computer like ‘Ugh I don’t know what I’m doing!’ But I want to make these videos, so I have to do it.”

This fervor comes with another price. The price of gas. Always on the road, she “basically live[s] in the car.” She has gone as far north as Oregon and as far south as San Diego, and all the way to the East Coast. For the uninitiated, this may sound like a dream vacation, a road trip which need never end. Yet Hermosillo has reservations. “Well, touring isn’t vacation. It’s long hours on the road, going from show to show. I’ll make enough money to pay for gas to the next one, but I’m just constantly booking.” Yet there are period of respite. When she is not touring or writing, she makes her home in Sacramento. However these are brief relapses into mellow rhythms, barely lasting more than a week or so. “I was in Sac for like ten days, and I’m heading out again to LA and San Diego, making my way back north.” She seems tired, though it is a fatigue tempered by enthusiasm and joy. What I’ve Become details the struggle of supporting oneself while trying to maintain a sense of autonomy, something Hermosillo knows well. “I was working like three jobs,” she says. “And y’know, I was pulling in money, but I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do.” Pursuing art full time was as setting oneself on a raft, trusting things would work out. A scary decision, but one that has led to interesting coasts. For updates on Xochitl’s whereabouts or work, those so inclined may find her at

Roots by Artist Sheila Cameron

Oracle by Artist Emerald Barkley

The Fearless Gabrielle Singer Gabrielle has loved music since her toddler years. She spent her early childhood singing songs from Disney princess films and the Wizard of Oz. “I always sang and wrote songs but never thought of pursuing it as a career.” That is until, at 11, she began releasing her songs on Facebook. Then kids at school were suddenly asking if she wanted to become a singer. Her family and friends were supportive, with her mother even agreeing to work as her manager. “[T]hat’s what lit the fuse.”

Words K.Hules Photo Nicole Bica

Three years later, Gabrielle had her first performance in a Malibu restaurant called The Sunset. “[I]t was very special because it was the first time I ever performed original content for a good crowd and everyone really enjoyed my performance, so it definitely stuck with me and I always think back to it when [I]’m planning out my current shows.” Ever since then she has played all over Los Angeles including performances at Kulak’s Woodshed, Room 5 and even singing the national anthem at a Laker’s game. “It’s like I live on stage and get a kind of high that’s only caused by performing, it’s unlike any other feeling.” She was also briefly a backup singer in a band called California, but found, though she enjoyed it, she preferred solo work. “It’s always fun performing with people you know and I believe I will always have a band backing me up, but personally a solo career is more beneficial for me to be where I want to be.” The now seventeen-year-old songstress’s tracks belay her young age, not just because of her smoky, mature voice, but because of her self-assured, grown up lyrics. Gabrielle writes all her songs herself (with occasional editing help, of course) but says she cannot truly say where her inspiration comes from. “Sometimes, I feel a certain way and it’s basically my therapy to write a song, but other times my songs will, in some way, just channel through me straight to the page. It’s a very spiritual experience ... I’ve had times where I remember writing the first word to a song but forget... all that I wrote to get to the last.” Gabrielle urges other young artists thinking of starting a music career to “be fearless.” The determined singer says, “It’s never easy to start, but like many situations, once you’ve gotten past the first time it’s easy.” Though she admits to moments of doubting her work and talents, she always reminds herself that “music is art” and of her grandmother’s saying, “hunger to strive.” Being hungry for success and striving is what takes you far in the music business, she says. Lately, she has been collaborating with young producers around the world. “[I]t’s such an exciting opportunity to see songs that I had written years ago ... finally flourish into what I always hear[d] it sounding like. Every person I collaborate with has a different sound [and] finding an in-between of my style and theirs is challenging but quite a lot of fun.” Though she cannot divulge the names of the producers, she can say she is working towards getting a record deal before she drops a full album. She is in the process of polishing a few singles to release with plans to do gigs around Los Angeles as well as play open mikes in New York this summer. Gabrielle was also the featured singer on house band Cocaine & Caviar’s new single ‘Cross Your Heart.’ “I don’t want to say too much but I’m definitely looking forward to what the future holds for my singing career,” she says with a smile. Learn more about Gabrielle online at

“Winter in the Desert” by Artist Laura Marie Anthony

Four Months Sober You will wonder why you always rush to meet things. Night time in the country is deep like river silt: you dive in slow and know, if you stop treading water, the land will swallow you whole. One night, as you fumble with your car’s fog lights, you will hit what looks like a pregnant doe. A soft thud and you don’ t even have to jam the brakes. You lurch forward and for weeks after this night, you will remember that instinct to move, but for now, your body still holds the shock of it like a fish trapped in a black floe of ice. Because there are no streetlights, there is a moment when it will appear like nothing has happened. You and a saloon of car light in a country of liquid dark. After you tell this story, a couple of other alkies approach you and pat you on the back; one woman asks you where you live in the country. You tell her that the deer in the fields near your house still cross the road at night to drink the run-off from the nearby farmland. You wonder what it is about the moonlight that makes them thirsty. -Arielle Robbins

Jill of All Trades: Tina Jett and The Comedy Spot INT. DAY-SACRAMENTO COMEDY SPOT

Words Evan Nyarady

Tina Jett is a svelte, dark-haired lady with brown eyes and a bright smile. On her wrist she has a simple text tattoo: “create.” This is central to her. Her exuberance transfers to the stage where she makes her home: the Sacramento Comedy Spot. Note: this reporter once worked with Tina as a fellow writer/performer in the monthly sketch revue team “The Secret Handshake Society.” What follows is a conversation between two former colleagues. EVAN: So have you always wanted to do comedy? What led you to the Comedy Spot? TINA: I’ve been drawn to some type of performing for as long as I can remember. Comedy has always been my first love, even if not the core of what I was actually doing. I have very early memories of SNL, Benny Hill, Blazing Saddles, and others on TV at the time, and I wasn’t even six years old. Cut to a team of cowboys riding through the Comedy Spot, tearing up the stage, making a general ruckus and tomfoolery. The interview continues. E: What brought you to Sacramento? T: Well I lived in Orlando a while back, which is where I started to get somewhat serious about acting. I enrolled in SAK Comedy Lab for improv, primarily because I saw that Wayne Brady trained there. I only made it to the second level before dropping out, though. E:(curiously) Why? T: (reflectively) Basically, my brain exploded and I felt defeated by it. I made the mistake of taking the second class as a one-day intensive, something I do not recommend for improv. But I stayed in the acting scene for about five years, including producing an actors’ workshop in LA. E: But then there was a hiatus? T: Yes, but I also auditioned with that workshop, before putting it on a shelf. That shelf was about ten years long. I told myself that if I got back into [performing], it would be organically, and that comedy would likely be the focus. The cowboys by this time have ransacked the Spot, leaving only water bottles and frayed chaps. The interns pick up their trash and reset the chairs. Get that garbage, kids! E: (fingers steepled) You certainly do comedy, but you have other passions as well, yes? T: (resetting herself in the chair) My interests generally fall under the umbrella of creativity. I like things that are more illustrative or graphic design based, and I really love typography. I love everything about movies; acting, production, and just going to the theater as my happy place. Basically, I don’t think it matters what label you call yourself, what matters is the act of creating and taking an idea in your brain and making it into something real. E: You touched on the theater as your happy place. Can you expand on that? Because the Comedy Spot has really turned into this community, a hub. T: The community and theater are a second home to me, as they are to many others. We are a mosh

pit of funny, flawed, self-conscious geeks, and we have found a tribe in each other that most of us have been craving for a long time. Everyone has each others’ backs, on and off stage. We rally behind everyone’s successes and troubles, and we rally behind the theater. It’s a very special place. E: Do you have any criticisms of the Spot? T: I feel the Comedy Spot is being run to the best of the ability of everyone involved. I don’t have criticisms. I do wish there was more of a connection between the genres, though that is not a reflection of the administration. E: Okay. So what do you mean about “more of a connection?” T: We have improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy at the theater, and most performers align themselves with only one of these. This creates sub-communities that don’t see a lot of overlap when it comes to cross-support of shows. Improv folk tend to only go to improv shows, stand-ups tend to only go to stand-up shows. So I would love to see more improv and stand-up people at sketch shows, and vice versa. E: Oh, I see. I would change that cowhide finish on the bar. Just then Brian Crall, owner and founder of the Spot, rises from behind the bar. BRIAN: I’ll never change Bessie! Bessie is the name of the bar because it looks like a cow! Brian cries and runs out the door. E: Moving on. I want to talk more about the inclusive nature of the Spot. There are many funny women who work here. Do you feel lady comedians are more accepted as a whole? Is it sexist of me to say “lady comedians?” T: I think women still struggle in the universal comedy community. There is still the stigma that women aren’t funny, or that a woman can’t be pretty and be funny, or that women can’t do material that isn’t about dating or periods. I’ve not personally experienced any sexism in Sacramento, but that’s not to say it doesn’t exist. We have so many funny and talented women at the Comedy Spot, in all genres. We have a lot of men in the community that will, and have, gone to bat to stand behind female comics, and female equality, in general. It’s pretty wonderful. E: Definitely. Half the SHS while I was on it was women. They were all hilarious. I laughed a lot. Awkward pause. Well, Tina thank you so much for talking with me. I know you gotta go, but one thing: Where do you see comedy taking you? Have you thought that far ahead? T: I try not to think too far ahead with it. Going back to that word “organic”, I feel anything that can be accomplished in larger cities can be done here, or at the very least, can be started here. We have so many talented people in the area working on great projects, from individual shows, to movies, to podcasts, and our visibility and accessibility is constantly growing. I’m happy to be a part of this scene for as long as it will have me. The chairs are set, the interns have swept the stage, and the lights are ready. The hodgepodge gaggle of folks and roustabouts who compose the The Secret Handshake Society begin to file into the vacant theater. Rehearsal begins. The Comedy Spot is located at 1050 20th Street in Midtown Sacramento CA. Learn more about the venue and view their calendar at

Meet TUBE. Editor K. Hules has been writing and editing for TUBE. Magazine since 2013. When not working on the magazine she writes and creates art for her own projects including finishing her first novel. A life-long Golden State resident, K. Hules is currently based in Southern California. Kate is a copy editor, writer and photographer with TUBE. Magazine. She has been with TUBE. since 2013 and loves meeting the artists, writers and fellow creators of Sacramento. She has worked in print and broadcast media for the past 10 years and graduated from Sac State in 2014 with a degree in sociology. Emma Montalbano is an artsy fartsy photographer.

Evan Nyarady is the son of a poor sheep herder and a rich diamond smuggler. He is the sleeping companion of an affectionate and obese feline. He has never been to Japan.

Justina Martino is passionate about supporting emerging artists and creative communities. She writes about art, interviews artists and art professionals, curates art exhibits, and organizes educational events. She has worked in the arts for over 5 years at institutions such as the UC Davis and the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, PA.

Anouk Nexus has been taking pictures since she could press a Polaroid button. She loves getting up close and showing her view of the world. This fun-loving, quirky artist loves to meet new people, so if you see her out and about be sure to say hey!

Are you creative? Do you love music and art? Do you have an interesting view on the world? Do you find yourself knowing the haps before it is happening? We are looking for you!


Keep in mind that we operate on a volunteer basis, but you do score albums, concert tickets and you can be proud to know that you are making a difference by supporting the arts. Email us your portfolio/writing samples along with a few reasons why you’d like to join the team to TUBE. would not exist without a lot of help from our friends. Big thank you to all the fantastic people who contribute stories, share photographs, let us borrow us your venue for events, hang flyers, make posters, sewed our print issues together by hand, lend their artwork, words, sweat and talent ...we couldn’t do this without you. Thank you for your support, hard labor, creativity and for believing in what we do. Special thanks to Francesca Gomez, John Klaiber, Dino Eneboccir, Pollyanna Espinosa, Charles Gunn, Sneeze Attack, Dog Party, Pleasant Screams, Sven Eastlund, Dal Basi, Gabi, Ben and the rest of our pals at the Blue Lamp, you guys rule!

Subscriptions to TUBE. can be made online at Each magazine delivered includes something from a local Sacramento artist or musician.

“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.� -Frida Kahlo

TUBE. Issue 5  
TUBE. Issue 5  

TUBE. is an online and print magazine created by artists and musicians. TUBE. produces art and music shows at locally owned venues and galle...