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May, 2010 | Midtown Monthly

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Video: Matt K Shrugg in Montpellier

Our pal Matt K Shrugg is currently on tour with SF punks Zodiac Killers in Europe. Here’s some just-posted footage of Sac’s ‘Best Drummer’ Sammie-Award winner blasting off in Montpellier, France.

Pink Flamingos!

We here at Midmo, swear this beautiful coincidence was unplanned.

Long live John Waters!!!

Youngsuk Suh Lecture Tonight

Artist and UC Davis Professor Youngsuk Suh will discuss his work in a lecture at 7PM tonight at the Center For Contemporary Art Sacramento. Suh’s show Wildfires opens tonight at the gallery.

We raved about Suh’s work in the May Art Picks. The artist’s hazy landscapes seem almost like movie sets for an art house disaster film. Quiet and elegant, the images offer a glimpse of the familiar made eerie. Check it out!

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Music Picks for the Weekend… Yolo County?!?

Why is it that the hot shows this weekend are in Yolo County? OK, there is that Constants (Lost theme band) + Four Eyes show at Luigi’s tonight that is darned appealing, but the pure pop elegance of the Finches just can’t be denied. Even in Davis.  Heckasac informs us that there have been some lineup changes, but assures that main songbird Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is still at the helm.

Then Sunday offers all the insanity that is Operation Restore Maximum Freedom, KDVS’ daylong music fest. Local faves English Singles will be on early, while Seattle noise stars the A-Frames will be topping the bill. In between is a mix up of musical acts ranging from Rank/Xerox, Mucky the Ducky and the UC Davis Gamelan Ensemble. ORMF is a guaranteed good time, just be sure to bring sun block!

The Finches
5/21, 7PM, $5, Bike Forth, 1221 1/2 4th Street, Davis

The Constants, Four Eyes
5/21, 9PM, Luigi’s Fun Garden, 1050 20th Street, Midtown

Operation Restore Maximum Freedom
5/23, 2-10PM Plainfield Station, 23944 County Road 98, Woodland

Bows and Arrows Garage Sale!!

While it’s a total bummer that Rafter’s moped shop got NIMBY’ed out of the garage behind Bows and Arrows, there is a teeny-tiny silver lining: Now B&A can use that space to pile up extra cool gunk, and can even open it up to the hoi polloi once in a while…. like this weekend!

Olivia and Trisha decided that they’ve got TOO MUCH STUFF, so they’re opening up the back space for a two day sale that runs from 8AM Saturday to 3PM Sunday. Everything is $1 – $5… so basically flea market prices. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they’ll be having a giant sale in the store as well, with most stuff 25 – 75% OFF.

ok, Got it? Good. GO!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8:00am
End Time: Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 3:00pm
Location: in the alley behind bows&arrows 1712 L street, by old soul

For La Raza: Jammin’ in the Park

“Jammin’ in the Park,” the biggest fundraiser of the year for Midtown’s La Raza Galeria Posada, will take place this Saturday, May 22.

Headlining the show is Malo. Led by Jorge Santana (Carlos’ brother), this Latino powerhouse racked up a pile of van-friendly hits in the seventies. Also on tap is local Keri Carr, late of Rowdy Kate, and Bay Area artist Blanca Sandoval… There will be plenty more entertainment in this all day party.

Saturday, May 22. Noon-6 PM
Cesar Chavez Park
10th & J Sts. (in front of City Hall)
Sacramento,
Tickets are on sale at:
La Raza Galeria Posada (1024 22nd St. in Midtown)
R5 Records (Broadway and 16th Street)
All Dimples Records Locations
and www.inticketing.com (Valid until 5/21 8 PM.)

This may sell out, so purchase your tickets early! If there are tickets available, they will be $10 at the gate @ Cesar Chavez Park day of show beginning at 11 AM
For additional information about this all-ages event,
please call (916) 446-5133.

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Kings NBA Draft Party in Midtown

The Sacramento Kings are inviting all fans to join them for the “NBA’s GREATEST Draft Lottery Party” tomorrow, May 18, at 18th Street between L and Capitol.

The block party-style event is free to the public and starts at 4PM. A live ESPN telecast of the NBA Draft Lottery begins at 4:30. The Lottery will be shown on a giant outdoor screen for all fans to see, and the party will include prize giveaways, the Sacramento Kings Dance Team, the Sacramento Kings Breakers, special offers from Midtown-area vendors and special VIP guests!

Out of the 14 teams in the Lottery, the Kings have the third-best odds of receiving the number one pick in the Draft. Last year’s pick, Tyreke Evans, went on to be named NBA Rookie of the Year – who will it be this year?

Market tour with Michael Tuohy

Liv and Tim and I were pleased to be invited to tour the Wednesday Cesar Chavez Park farmer’s market with Grange chef Micael Tuohy.  This guy really knows his produce!  I was super impressed.  He knew most of the purveyors by name.  After the tour, which took about an hour, Tim high-tailed it back to work and Liv and I got to sit down for lunch at The Grange with other local food writers and bloggers.

As a side note, I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrated I am with wordpress’ photo-posting settings.  It has taken me an hour to make this post, probably, and the photos are just willy-nilly.  Sorry!

Here he is, with some beautiful artichokes that he later shaved into a salad for lunch. Usually I don't like when people shave into my food, but in this case it was A-OK!

The lavender dude.


The lavender dude in his natural habitat.

It was Cinco De Mayo, so I guess some sombrero sightings were inevitable. Yet still regrettable.

There's Tim, soaking it all in.

This lady was working the Gotelli cherries booth. Her family are fifth generation cherry farmers!

Sweet peas. So beautiful!

This guy's name is Friend. First name.

Fresh pea soup with creme fraiche.

This salad had raw asparagus, pickled beets and dry aged jack.

Risotto with fresh peas and shaved artichoke.

This dessert was kind of a show-stopper. Strawberry tart with house-made strawberry jam and whipped creme fraiche. There was something else going on, too, some kind of alcohol. The crunchy sugar on the crust really sent it into the stratosphere, taste-wise.


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