Urbs Indomita Magazine
The debut issue. Let’s celebrate our culture!
Photo By Jeff Fasano
Your guide to music, theater and film in the 916.
Cimorelli flaunts its NorCal Pride!
Consumer review: Doughdown showdown!
“Sexy Feminism,” the millennial woman’s guide to feminism?
Spring 2014 issue
The Indomitable City Page 19
Land Park Drive
Your guide to Sac Town’s homegrown performers.
Brooke Purves reviews a book by American River College adjunct Heather Wood Rudulph.
Consumer Review Foothill high school student judges downtown-area donuts.
Oak Park Outreach
Page 8 The Cimorellis are proud to have been made in the 916.
Scouting Report Profiling Autumn Sky’s new status and EP.
Online Goodbye, K Street Mall
Community-supported organization reciprocates for those in need.
Beyond the Arc Are Vivek Ranadive and the Sacramento Kings brass up to Jorden’s challenege?
Page 7 Notes From Our Native Children There’s no place like home!
Publishing April 24 3
Jorden P. Hales
PUBLISHER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, DESIGNER
Geoff Siler DESIGNER
Adnan Ramic DESIGNER
Stephanie Parsons STAFF WRITER
Barbara Harvey STAFF WRITER
Copy editing by Jorden P. Hales and Brooke Purves
Upon its settlement, Sacramento Calif. was given the nickname “Urbs Indomita” (The Indomitable City), because its citizens where not easily subdued. The city’s early settlers did not surrender to the natural disasters or disease that plagued the region in which they desired to thrive, literally moving the American River – and raising their city above it – to create a viable community. Over 150 years later, that fighting spirit and will to endure still lives in California’s capitol. Urbs Indomita Magazine and Urbsindomita.com are tributes to Sacramento’s rich history and fighting spirit, as well as a celebration of its culture, landmarks and prodigies.
Photos by Jorden P. Hales and Angelo Edwards
Letter from the staff Cause for celebration I fell in love with Sacramento as a teenager, when I began using public transportation. Having been in the Antelope area, I hadn’t explored the heart of the city. Once I found my way to K Street, I didn’t waste time getting to Midtown, Oak Park, Old Sac, Broadway and the rest. I had been to some of these places with my parents, but navigatJorden P. Hales ing myself – at the street Publisher, editor-in-chief level – was different. Most of my family are southerners. While I feel a bit of them in my roots, I always felt “my” culture and makeup varied dramatically. This experience helped me find what was missing. The more I saw, the more interest I took. I seemed to spend more
time on Wikipedia, Google and in libraries each week. Our city has a fascinating history, and tremendous impact on the world. Sacramentans seem to posses a self-loathing characteristic. We think ourselves “uncool,” because others have told us we are. Aside from our blood-seething summer weather, the only thing “uncool” about Sacramento, is this peer-induced disdain we have for it. We are among the most diverse cities in the world, far from “small,” with a history of resilience eclipsing any other. We enjoy weather most would kill for, are the backbone of California (not just politically) and make endless contributions to pop culture.
If those who think us “uncool” are ignorant to such things, who do we have to blame, but ourselves? A Southerner will never have a guest in their home without offering a cold beverage, a New Yorker will never be mistaken for a pushover and a Pacific Northwestern hipster will never miss an opportunity to condescend. There are plenty of things – tangible and otherwise – that are unique to this incredible city. As of today, this magazine, and its mission, are among them. It’s time we celebrate these things. And if our contemporaries think Sacramento is “uncool” and inconsequential, let’s teach them – and never let them forget – how wrong they are.
Capitol Consumer Review
Sac-area patrons chronicle their experiences at local businesses.
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Photos by our Instagram followers. Interview by Setphanie Parsons
Danny’s mini donuts Vs.
Kyle Pierce, a freshman at Foothill High School, went with our staff to these two establishments. Here are some of this thoughts.
Located at 2226 10th Street, Downtown (916) 444-5157
“I like the whole townhouse effect, where it’s located.” @tinajett
“They’re attentive and they’re good at what they do.” - on the service.
“(It’s) kind of retro-style (decor), people would enjoy (the) novelty a little more. Regular donut shops are just kind of lame.”
“It’s not overpowering, but it still has a lot of flavor too it.” - on the vanilla bean donut.
Doughbot 900 2nd Street, Old Sac (916) 498-9255
“More business-like, (like) a factory. You can see how the donuts are made.”
“Very rich ... still light and easy to eat.”
“More business-like, (like) a factory. You can see how the donuts are made.” @barberbaby
Notes From Our Native Children !"#$"%&'("')*$&+&#(*,'*-."(*(.&/$*0,#"0*.&$/("1&*%&"')*(,*(.&%2 In this issue: LeChe Faulknuer-Mcgill, a Foothill High School and Sac State graduate, who recently returned home.
I was born and raised here, in Sacramento. I attended Foothill Sr. High School, American River College and Sacramento State University. I was finishing up with graduate school when the recession hit. I did everything within my power to secure a position in my field, but all of my efforts were fruitless. The fact that I couldn’t find a public sector job in the capitol city didn’t make sense. It was frustrating, to say the least. On the other hand, I viewed it as a sign that I might have to leave my hometown and build my career elsewhere. I did everything within my power to secure a position in my field to no avail. All of my efforts were fruitless. The fact that I couldn’t find a job public sector job in the capitol city – one of the biggest government towns in California – didn’t make sense. It was frustrating, to say the very least. On the other hand, I viewed it as a sign that perhaps, I might have to leave my hometown and build my career elsewhere. Still, that wasn’t enough to propel a move. After a lot of convincing from my husband, I finally agreed to relocate to Southern California.
From the moment we arrived, I was absolutely in love with the weather. It was beautiful, sunny and mild. There was an abundance of little cities, full of nightlife and countless leisure activities. The restaurant selections were fabulous and the food was great. What more could anyone ask for? Well, after a few months, I was terribly unhappy, homesick. While I adored the weather, social life and fun, in the back of my mind, I knew it wouldn’t be able to sustain me. As each day passed, I longed for the simple life, family and friends that I had in Sacramento. I knew that it was only a matter of time before I would move back home. When I began to tell my new friends and colleagues that I was moving back home, most of them were sad about my decision, but understood my reasons. However, even those who understood me, displayed bits of negativity. I was often met with comments about how boring Sacramento is, or how it’s a “country cow town,” that could never compare to Los Angeles. It was puzzling, how some people could have such strong opnions on a place they had never been to. I was a little offended by the criticism, but when I thought about it, some of the comments were true. Sacramento doesn’t “compare” to Los Angeles. They are both different from each other – and consequently – offer different lifestyles and experiences. While I wouldn’t describe my hometown as “boring,” I would say it offers a slower paced lifestyle, that’s what I love about it. It’s a nice, quiet place to settle in, with destinations such as Tahoe and San Francisco only a short drive away. It wasn’t until I left this town that I truly missed and appreciated what it has to offer. While I’m grateful for the experiences that I had in Southern California, my anchore roots, are here, in Sacramento. After all, there’s no place like home.
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Once the largest music retailer in the world, Tower Records is synonymous with record store culture and performing arts as an industry. The historic chain shared its moniker with several businesses at the Broadway and Land Park Drive intersection, including the illustrious Tower Theatre. “Land Park Drive” is the Urbs Indomita reader’s guide to the Sacramento-area performing !"#$%$&'(')%*'!#+",(-%./0%!(1%!/2+0%"'3,'4$)%+5&60,(-% performances and talent bios.
Land Park Drive
A look at Sacramento’s homegrown artists 10
Upcoming Tower Tuesdays: Jessica Chastain: Sacramento City College alum, one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most =)3>+)$.1%'+;:1+% in the World. “ April 29
Robbie Jones III: Rancho Cordova, Calif. native, starred in Typer Perry’s “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.”
Crosses– Crosses is a side project by Chino Moreno of Sacramento’s Deftones and local DJ/Producer Shaun Lopez, who performed at Launch Fest in Ceasar Chavez Plaza last summer. The group released its !"#$%&'%()%*+,-%.)/% recently perform at Ace Of Spades downtown.
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Exploring the Disney world’s many connections to the 916, including The Bee and an early 2000s hit comedy.
Last Man Standing–
Saving Mr. Banks–
This primetime show airs Friday nights at 8 on ABC and features William Land Park native Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, daughter of Mike Baxter (Tim Allen). LMS (#%()%$0+%!).1% weeks of its third season (second featuring Fuller) and is also available on 2+$3(4-
Available on DVD, this box of!5+%0($%#$."#%6#5."% Award-winning Sacramento State University alum Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Based on true +7+)$#8%$0+%!19% tells the story of Disney’s quest to 5"+.$+%.%!19%./.:tation of the book “Mary Poppins,” a personal favorite of his daughters.
A Book of Common Prayer– Written by National Book Award-winning Arden Area product Joan Didion, whose ancestry stretches back to the Donner Party, this timeless 20th century novel will soon be adapted ()$;%.%!19%#$."()<% SAG Award-winning actress Christina Hendricks.
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Story by Barbara Harvey Barbara@urbsindomita.com Photos by Angelo Edwards Angelo@urbsindomita.com
Hall of Fame Autumn Sky scouts her way to local music history.
“You only need to be around her for a very short period of !"#$%!&%'()% out that she’s got extraordinary depth.” Autumn Sky may genuinely be the nicest person you’ll ever meet. Looking at her Facebook page, it’s easy for a pessimist to imagine that the bubbly nature of the local singer-song!"#$%"&#'&()&("$#*+#(,&-%"sona, constructed for the purpose of amassing a loyal fanbase. Within minutes of meeting her, however, her sincerity is sure to become apparent. Meeting handshakes with hugs, and exuding warmth that shakes a cynic their core is far from uncommon with Sky, even .-/)&*"'$&0%%$#)12& 345&*"'$�-"%''#/)&!('& that she was just a little bit of a ditz,” recalled keyboardist Jeremiah Jacobs.
But you only need to be around her for a !"#$%&'(#)%*"#+(,%(- %)+."%)(%/0,%(1)%)'2)%&'"3&% got extraordinary depth as a human being.” This inherent friendliness has clearly contributed to her ever-increasing success, as her fans are arguably among the most loyal of any current musician in the Sacramento music scene—In 2011, Sky amassed the most votes of any artist during voting for the SAMMIES (Sacramento Area Music Awards). Sky gratefully acknowledges the support she’s received from her fans. Her approach of making fans into friends has ensured a devoted group that supports her in ways not typical of the Sacramento music scene. “When you don’t have a label working for you, when you don’t have those extra hands…all you have is your friends and their friends,” said Sky “It wasn’t ever something I planned, it just kind of happened that way. I wish I’d planned it, because it seems really smart (laughs).” The Paradise, Calif. native has been building her career since she was 15 years old, starting with open-mic nights at coffee shops. % 45'"0%6%/#&)%.")%'"#7%6%82&%9+:"%;('7%+)3&% another indie chick with a guitar,’ and then she started playing, and you can really hear and feel her passion. It broke any predisposition I had about what kind of artist she was,” said guitarist Kyle Kaylor. “She’s worked so hard to write songs her entire life, since she was a little girl. I’ve read a lot of her stuff that she wrote in crayon,” said guitarist Barry Crider.
When reminded of her new credential, the petite redhead abruptly stopped picking at her scone, and for just a brief moment, looked entirely shocked by her own success. “Hall of fame is just crazy. It’s just insane,” she said. “We got really lucky and we have a lot of fans who have been a part of my life for years and years and years.” On March 29, following years of work, Sky and her band will debut their new EP, “Scout.” “We got into the studio, and it took us two takes to get everything done, because we’ve been practicing these songs for so long,” she explained. “I think we’ve only had one show where we played a couple of (the new songs) full-band. The EP’s title is a reference to Harper Lee’s literary classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “Scout’s probably one of my favorite characters in literature. She reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger. I was a humongous tomboy,” explained Sky. “My whole childhood I had just wanted to be adventurous and brave.” Sky now uses this character for motivation, explaining, “Sometimes, even though you’ve worked really hard to get there, sometimes you feel like you don’t really deserve it, or have earned it. Or you go up there and !"#$%&'()*&+',-.')/'%&0((!'/10/'2%&0/3'45'-'6#./' 70./)82'5!'/)5&3$'089'!"#'8&&9'/"'6#./'%&member that little person inside of you, who was doing it for the joy of it, who loved adventures.” “I like seeing the start of a thing, when /1&'%":*&/';%./')28)/&.+'089'/10/$.'*)89'"< '1"7' I feel with Autumn,” said Jacobs. “This young woman will go far beyond Sacramento.”
Speaking life into streets With nearly a century of service behind him, Hurley Merical and his organization seek to aid one of the city’s most storied, but troubled neighborhoods.
Story and photo by Jorden Hales It has been said by some philosophers that a fellowship is only as strong as its ability to care for its least fortunate members. If this is truly the case, Oak Park may be the strongest of communities. Community activist Hurley Merical, and those affiliated with his Oak Park Outreach organization, are thoroughly invested in the Oak Park neighborhood. Oak Park’s nefarious activities are well-known to those familiar with the Sacramento area. According to the Sacramento Police Department, 14 percent of motor vehicle thefts, 13 percent of robberies and 18 percent of aggravated assault cases recorded in the city during the first month of the year occurred in district six, where Oak Park is located. The area’s reputation and reality have made it a rather unattractive place to many, but Merical’s family has been in Oak Park nearly a century, since his grandmother relocated from Denver in 1918. “I remember Oak Park when it was a ‘speaking community,’” said Merical. “People sat on their porch in the evening time … on Sunday, people would go out to church. After church, people would come walking by, they’d speak, they’d talk … that’s how I grew up.” During his young life, Merical was taught that residents should place special value on their reputations with neighbors. He remembers his 42nd Street comrades not only speaking to, but supporting one another. His present day endeavors are reflect the example of dedication his parents set during his youth. lMerical’s childhood household, which included six brothers and a sister, was “well respected in the community,” he said. “My parents did a lot of community service. I can remember them collecting shoes (for donation) in the ‘50s, (participating in) the Selma walk and all that.” 17
MMl The Merical family legacy, one of selflessness and endless contribution, began at a time when Oak Park was thriving and considered by many to be Sacramento’s premier community. “Broadway was the thoroughfare through the city,” Merical
“Generally, it’s the community that supplies me with resources,”
recalls. “The Independence Day parade, the Christmas (parade) would be in Oak Park. They’d start at Sacramento High School … People would come from all over the city to Oak Park. It looked nothing like the ‘down’ years.” In addition to health education workshops, services for parolees and at risk youth, Oak Park Outreach provides clean needles, condoms and other hygiene supplies to those who may need them, for free from the organization’s office and throughout the area at various events. Some believe this encourages drug use, but those involved with Oak Park Outreach and other organizations like it, contend that such services prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases. The organization makes a point to inform the community of the effects of such programs. “It’s important not only to engage the population that you’re trying to help, but also engage those who may not want to affiliate with that population,” said Shanon Astley, a recent University of California, Davis graduate who volunteered with Oak Park Outreach her senior year. Merical started Oak Park
Outreach in 2006, after a 10-year tenure with Harm Reduction Services, a similar organization. Like the services provided to the community decades ago by Merical’s parents, Oak Park Outreach is supported primarily by contributions from neighbors. Aside from the Capitol City Aids Fund, churches, local business owners and other non-profit organizations provide a majority of Oak Park Outreach’s supplies. “Generally, it’s the community that supplies me with resources,” said Merical. Having seen Oak Park and its people during better times, Merical sees himself and Oak Park Outreach as stewards of the community. To those who have witnessed the organization in motion, such is vividly apparent. “If you had any other people running it, you probably wouldn’t have the same type of community and the same type of openness,” said Astley. Astley believes such openness is critical for Oak Park Outreach. Like the neighborhood itself, some of its members are often disregarded by those less invested in it. “It’s not something to worry about. It’s affecting the ‘unsavory’ types of our population – homosexuals, intravenous drug users, sex industry workers,” Astley said describing the dismissive attitudes of many. The natural unease, which often comes with acknowledging drug abuse or participation in the sex industry, has the potential to keep some in need of Oak Park Outreach’s services away. Astley described the relationship among drug users, sex industry workers and the organizations best
equipped to provide them assistance as one of “general mistrust.” MMMll“It’s really important to have people who are welcoming running a place like that … I think a lot of them know Hurley personally,” said Astley. “He makes it his mission to get to know his community. It is a joy of his to be knowledgeable. He lives in his community … He just really thrives off of that.” The energy Merical seems to thrive off is by design reminiscent of the energy exuded from the porches of his childhood neighbors. Astley has identified the interaction between the organization and members of the Oak Park community as a prominent characteristic. Through continued efforts,
“If you had any other people running it, you probably wouldn’t have the same type of community and the same type of openness,” hhhhhMerical hopes to continue building trust between all members of the Oak Park community and ease the troubled neighborhood’s notorious tension by reviving its communicative ways. “I long for Oak Park to be a ‘speaking community’ again,” he said. “When it was a speaking community, people dropped their guard, because they could see who was friend and who was foe. When you ‘speak,’ you’re speaking with your hands open, not coming with one hand behind (your back).”
Who knew genital grooming could be Review by Brooke Purves Brooke@UrbsIndomita.com
Social activism should be construed as sexy in its own right, but instead of lifting our young women up to the standards set by the pioneers of feminism they emulate in their book Sexy Feminism, co-authors Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and American River College adjunct professor Heather Wood Rudulph dumb down feminism, chew it up and spit it into the gullets of the baby birds they must think the young “feminist curious” women are today. The feminist reader wants to know: Where is the discussion about being a feminist by protecting yourself from cancers of the breasts and reproductive organs? What about issues of job sharing with other women who want to spend more time at home with their children? What about homeless women and 19
their children? The answer: Not sexy. The feminist issues addressed in this book are simple and they are safe. For
Rudulph and Armstrong, “is example, the claim the collective that stopping the mefeminist mission” simdia-inspired notion of a !"#$%&'()%'*%+,'-./!"%0' standard of beauty, ac- collection of movecording to ments that is “Feminism.” In the author’s defense, the book is geared toward young women - women who didn’t grow up (or have mothers that grew up) during the second wave of feminism - and according to Rudulph, the goal wasn’t to be academic. The goal was to “help interpret (negative) media messages and give women the tools to speak out about slut-shaming, demand equality in a dating/suitor relationship, and advocate for themselves in the bedroom.” The hope, Rudulph said, is that young women will become more interested in feminism as a whole,
choose to read the additional resources mentioned in the !""#$%&'(!$%()$%(
of back alley abortions and not just about the feminist implications of breast augmenta-
incorrectly It’s not clear propagated by that will happen well-meaning activ- through this book, ists. but the reader will be entertained - the writing is snappy and sassy - and ,-#(.!/(#*#$()$%( feminist
with genital waxing, dieting and what it means to take a partner’s last name, all helpful for the newly-hatched liberal feminist.
“the reader will be entertained a way to express tion, but the writing is snappy themselves about will read their own feminist “The Cancer and causes. Journals,” in which Indeed, it is empower” Young women must, of their own volition, )$%(!$(!*#$+#( through which they will be educated not just about keeping abortion safe and legal, but about the history
Audre Lorde talks about the stigma attached to cancer patients who have had a breast removed. Concepts taken out of context can be misused and
the responsibility of the feminist author to make sure the reader understands why something is a feminist goal or why a particular idea is relevant to feminism.
ment in her everyday choices. ( 0-#(1&22()$%( sexy feminist action plans to share with her partner and author anecdotes about experiences
Sexy Feminism can make for a witty introduction to feminism, but it shouldn’t stop there.
Beyond The Arc A column by Jorden Hales
Photo by Ryleigh Hales
Let’s make the Kings a little more “ours” going forward
I’m going to stick with the civic pride and “uniquely Sacramento” theme here. Like many of you reading this, I am a die-hard Kings fan. These last several years have been rough. Like the city they represent, my favorite team has shown me potential the rest of the world does not seem to see. Such potential is easily dismissed when your team can hardly string together three wins and only gets national coverage on relocation rumors, Real Housewives and Maloof/TMZ fodder. Vivek Ranadive and his team of visionaries have clearly changed that, and I’m sure I speak for the entire fanbase when I say I am eternally grateful. It will likely be another season before the Kings are back in the playoff picture, but I
believe the commitment to improvement shown by Ranadive, our new general manager Pete D’Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone will yield positive results in due time. My challenge to our brilliant new owner, recently nominated for Sports Executive of the Year by SportsBusiness Journal, is to apply that same passion and vision to making our team “uniquely” Sacramento. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I miss seeing those Tower Records advertisements in the arena, and knowing that a local powerhouse had a business relationship with the Kings. I’d like to be able to buy some Rubicon and Ruhstaller beers at the concession stands in the arena. Whenever I see Jack Nicholson and Snoop Dogg courtside at Lakers games, I won-
der why Roseville, Calif. native Molly Ringwald isn’t a VIP guest for an annual ‘80s night at Sleep Train Arena. I – for one – think she’d look ravishing in a powder blue Reggie Theus jersey. Or perhaps our cover girls, Cimorelli, could sing the national anthem opening night. For crying out loud, there is a song called “Arco Arena” on the Sacramento-based CAKE’s album “Comfort Eagle,” which has been certified gold. I have never heard this song at a Kings home game. I’d go so far as to change the team name and colors to better represent our region (Sacramento Rush Basketball Club?), but even if you’re not on board with such extreme change, we should all demand to see more of Sacramento’s character reflected by its most prominent team.
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