Archive for February, 2009
TYVEK is playing twice this week:
Wednesday Feb 25 @ UC Davis Coffee House
w/ Green Green and Th’ Losin Streaks
Friday Feb 27 @ Luigi’s Fun Garden
w/ Desario and San Kazagaskar
I did an interview with them back in 2007. It was a published in Out of Order zine and them put up as an online-only special on the Midmo website. Here’s a link!
by Rachel Gregg, photos by Jesse Vasquez
The days following the passage of Proposition 8, the state proposition that eliminated the right of same sex couples to marry, were a tumultuous time for Californians. Here in Sacramento we saw protests and vigils-we saw the emergence of new activists and organizations who are bent on righting the wrong of Prop 8. For me, as a lesbian writer with my eye on other political contests, I could have never guessed the impact the passage of 8 would have on my life and on the spirit of my community. Read more »
By William Burg
Most people do not think of Sacramento when discussing the history of slavery, but during the Gold Rush, enslaved human beings worked for their owners here in California. In 1857, Sacramento became the site of a court battle between an escaped slave, Archy Lee, and his former owner. The resulting struggle became an early victory in American civil rights, and a rallying point for Sacramento’s early African American community. Read more »
Allen Rockwell fronts two of the most disparate rock groups in town—critics’ darlings Knock Knock, whose folk pop gems showcase Rockwell’s sunnier side, and Rock the Light, a camaro-drivin’ mesh-t-shirt-wearing hesher’s dream. Rockwell himself is something of a conundrum—a clean-living junior high teacher by day who also happens to need to rock the bejeezus out of any stage handy. We got to talking about his passion for trashy (is there any other kind?) rock bios and he offered to run through some of his favorites for us. Read more »
The biggest benefit in writing about food is that it occasionally leads me to some similarly food-obsessed individual who will share his or her treasured stash of food secrets with me. I recently bumped into local musician (The Alkali Flats) and nineteenth century architecture fan (he owns an 1860′s era house) Mark Miller and a discussion about Lalo’s (which he had not yet visited) led to him dropping some food knowledge. Read more »
The 75th Crocker-Kingsley exhibition opened at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on January 10, and if you haven’t seen it yet you’ll have to hurry—the show closes on February 6 Read more »
Local artist Jeff Musser is perhaps best known as the guy who painted Oprah Winfrey’s dog. Excellent though that may be, there is quite a bit more to Musser and his work. Musser paints like a motherfucker. His technique is outstanding and underneath the fluid brushwork there is a simmering intensity that draws the eye into the work. The guy not only paints, he thinks. That’s why we booked him to show his recent body of work at MidMo this month.
Turns out we aren’t the only ones who have been following Musser’s career. Musser’s on the cover of SNR’s d’Art section this week, and Josh Fernandez had this to say about Musser’s latest work: “With miraculous attention to color and composition, Musser paints realism that is at once melancholy but full of insight. His latest series, Body of Work, attempts to make sense of this tattoo-obsessed generation.” (for the whole review click here.)
Midmo Gallery is at 1719 25th Street (25th and R) and is open on Second Saturday from 6 – 10 PM. I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but remember- art is romantic, and a cheap date!
So I was out at the Buick Club Auto Swap the other week, looking for nothing in particular (because I already have more than enough cars that don’t run, and should spend any extra $$ I have to make them run) but looking at everything. I showed up nice and early just in case a $300 barn-fresh Crosley station wagon was waiting for me, but no luck.
So the next time some asshat says “There’s never anything to do in Sacramento,” I want you to remind them of today, Friday February 6. Not only is there something to do… there is altogether too much to do.
Third up is a Java Lounge blowout featuring a KnockOffs reunion… this of course begs the question, “which lineup?” since the Knockoffs are sorta like Sac’s version of the Fastbacks, but we’re 99.9% sure it’s the longest running lineup (Big Tom, Lil Tom, Danny and Bobby). We’re 100% sure that it’s not KnockOffs beta (lil Tom, Alkali Flat Tim White, Rod ‘Trouble Makers’ Cornelius and Decibel Dean Seavers). Also on the bill is the aptly named Bastards of the Young who are doing their best to channel Tim era Replacements. there’s a couple more on the bill, but i can’t say I’ve heard ‘em.