Saturday, March 28, 2009
Weekend post. I know, weird. You have probably all heard me mention it like a million trillion times, but I'm going on vacation for a while, so I won't be posting very often. I just wanted to post about Jessamyn Lovell being at Verge Gallery on April 2nd at six pm. I would go if I could. Lovell has a varied portfolio, but I think she's most well known for pictures of her of her family. They bring up class issues, and people who maybe grew up poor, or in my case, had some friends who were really living on the edge of absolute poverty, will find these family portraits on the edge of chaos to be poignant. Her landscapes are cool, too.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Do you know about the Tiffany movie at MOBS this weekend? It definitely smacks of the genre of freak show documentaries that make me very uncomfortable, especially since one of the subjects is going to be at the screening BUT the seven o'clock show conveniently precedes the show at West Capitol Bowl that I'll be going to, so I'm gonna ride my bike there and check it out!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
I bet you didn't know that Grace Slick and Billy Idol are bros. The secret to their bond is that they are both total assholes who only care about money.
Did you ever notice that Bono and Billy Idol look kind of alike? I saw U2 on the Zoo Station tour and I can say with confidence that the rendition of Pride (in the name of love) was exactly what it was like when they did it at Arco. That's one of the best stadium rock songs ever.
I tried to steal a good photo of Nico from JH's facebook, but it's tiny.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
I did a little drunk shopping on second saturday, and I am now the proud owner of my 168th purse (a devastatingly cute little tweed number from Bows and Arrows) and one of Dan Quillian's teapot lithographs. Check out his show at MidMo gallery (25th and R), there's more prints for sale and they are very reasonable. The show at Verge is very interesting, too. The piece pictured is from a woman (Juliana Paciulli) who stages photos a la Cindy Sherman. Another notable photographer in the show is Jessamyn Lovell.
Friday, March 13, 2009
I'm pretty excited about this show at the MidMo that opens on Saturday. I really like this lithograph. What is a lithograph, anyway? Here's the info:
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I made my first sojourn to Le Petit Paris yesterday for a couple of macarons. The one in front is pistachio and the one in back is apricot lavendar. They were tasty. I preferred the apricot lavender. The filling was intensely apricot-y with that pleasantly soapy taste that lavender can confer on food. Yes, I said pleasantly soapy. Le Petit Paris seems cool. Anyone had the sandwiches?
I think I've extolled The Greens Cookbook on this blog before, but I am going to highly recommend it again. This is a celery salad from the cookbook. Organic celery, of course, cuz I guess that celery soaks up more pesticide than many other vegetables. It's just celery, apples, raisins, walnuts, a little olive oil and, s and p, and champagne vinegar. I loved it.
The new Food and Wine (OK, it's kind of a sucky magazine but I got a subscription for like 5 bucks) had a red quinoa recipe, and I've had some red quinoa sitting in my pantry forever, so I tried it. Have you every seen a watermelon radish? They're hecka good and pretty. Like a combo radish and turnip.
Guess what? Red quinoa is not as good as regular. Don't fall for the hype! I put tahini (Natalie's trick), olive oil, sunchokes, and green onions in here. It was pretty good. Do you guys eat quinoa? What do you do to it? Any polenta suggestions?
Your eyes are surely glazing over by now, but I'll press on. I am constantly reading in cookbooks and mags that you can make shortcut ravioli with wonton wrappers, so I decided to try it. This is butternut squash with goat cheese, shallots and oregano sauteed in butter, s and p, and chopped roasted hazelnuts.
It was fun to make them, although nervewracking because I thought they would fall apart upon contact with water.
Here is the unlovely, lumpen result. The wonton wrapper def tastes like a like a...wonton wrapper. Not like pasta. It made me want to make dumplings. They needed some garlicky pork inside, not squash. However, they did stay together quite nicely.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
MMarch 16 at the Hart Senior Center at 7:30 pm
(915 27th Street, 95816) Map
· March 26 at the Coloma Community Center at 7:00 pm
(4623 T Street, 95819) Map
YOUR SACRAMENTO FIREFIGHTERS WANT YOU TO KNOW…
As your firefighters, we know a little about handling times of crisis – it’s what we do every time the bell rings. That’s why we want you to know what the city’s proposed public safety cuts really mean to you.
City proposal: Eliminate 50 fire department positions, including 44 layoffs, and maintain rotating engine brownouts.
What it means: Longer response times, fewer firefighters at the scene, increased safety risks to citizens and firefighters, higher overtime costs.
City proposal: Reduce engine staffing from four (industry standard) to three.
What it means: Slower and less effective response, increased insurance and Workers Comp costs, greater risk of property damage in fire, less-effective medical response.
City proposal: Lay off 67 police officers and eliminate the vice unit.
What it means: Gang, drug and prostitution enforcement will be rolled back, community policing curtailed, patrols in high-crime areas reduced.
City proposals: Lay off nearly 200 other municipal employees and roll back after-school programs, community centers and garbage collection.
What it means: Fewer outlets for youth, especially in low-income areas, messier and less secure parks and recreational facilities.
IS IT NECESSARY?
The city says everyone needs to do their part to close a $50 million budget deficit. But look at some of the things public money is being used for at the same time we talk about putting your safety at risk:
n $5.4 million … to subsidize development of nightclubs on K Street, including one with a “Mermaid Bar”
n $55 million … for 32 acres of land at the Sacramento railyard, at nearly six-times its market value;
n $18.6 million … to buy out nine properties on K Street, at three times their assessed value;
n $5.4 million … to extend a riverfront “sidewalk to nowhere”
n $4 million … to subsidize the temporary relocation of the Greyhound Bus Station.
These may be worth doing, but when we’re talking about keeping our neighborhoods safe, is a “Mermaid Bar” really our highest priority? Firefighters respond not only to fires, but also emergency medical calls, hazardous materials incidents, and specialized rescues like water, vertical, confined space and animal rescues.
HOW TO REACH US
- We have a new website, www.firefightersforsacramentocity.org, which has all of our contact information and updates on our community involvement.
- You can also reach us at (916) 761-8013
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: The city says they couldn’t redirect this spending even if they wanted to because it comes out of redevelopment funds. Could we even use this money?
A: Yes, redevelopment funds can be redirected for general fund use, and such a proposal has been offered to the council as a way to avoid deeper public safety cuts.
Q. The city and the Bee say the problem can be solved if employees take a pay cuts. Is this true?
A: No. Even if every employee in the city accepted a pay freeze, there would still be a significant hole in the budget.
Q: Can’t the fire department get by with only three people per engine, like other fire departments?
A: Fire Departments with three person companies require fire stations to be placed geographically closer to each other to provide an acceptable level of service. The City of Sacramento cannot afford to build new fire stations and add new equipment to provide the same level of service that we currently have with four person companies.
Q: The Bee says four-person staffing is just a union thing.
A: Virtually every organization’s staffing standards call for at least four, and sometimes five-person crews. These include the National Fire Protection Association, the International City Managers Association, the state and local Fire Chiefs Associations, the California Office of Emergency Services and the ISO standard used by the insurance industry to set rates. None of these are union organizations.
- Sacramento Fire Department budget has been chronically under-funded for years. Most cities spend about 66% of the budget on public safety – but in Sacramento we spend less than 50%.
- Our fire death rate more than doubles the state average and we have about 40% more fires than similar sized cities.
- Emergency call volume has increased significantly over the last 15 years, and we cannot currently meet the National Fire Protection Association recommended standards for dispatch, response and drive time.
- We understand the city budget is stretched thin, but firefighters need more resources, not less. The Fire Department has been reduced over the years in the face of increasing population growth and increasing call volume.
- Response times will increase overall. Brain death due to lack of oxygen occurs after 4 minutes. Fire doubles in size every minute.
- We have been doing more with less for decades, and we do not believe that this is the time to cut funding in any way to the fire department. It’s about the safety of every Sacramentan we serve.
Monday, March 09, 2009
It was the weekend of terrible photography, so I don't have a lot to share. I'm a bit late to the party, but Atelier is pretty fucking cool. I was riding my bike down 16th, mostly to try to get a glimpse into Hot Italian (have you seen their stupid plastic bike racks? At least they have bike racks), and I passed Atelier. I saw this jacket outside and screeched to a stop. My picture doesn't do it justice. It also has a cute belt. I'm not even a big fan of red and blue together but this rain coat is a classic garment, and it fits me perfectly. I shot the shit with Joanie (Joni?), who is the owner of Opaline, which is a store within the store, and we talked about thrifting back in the day, when she used to be able to find stuff from the 20s. 30s, even the late 1800s! I will be back again soon.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Good job, city council, banning dumpster diving. I guess digging through recycling was already illegal, and that doesn't stop anyone. That's really where we need to be turning our attention right now, stopping people from recycling discarded furniture and eating thrown-out food. Every time I've dumpster dived I felt like I was doing something illegal.
Monday, March 02, 2009
Guess why they call it cheesecloth, folks. That's right. In the case of mozzarella you have to knead it for a trillion years.
How was it? Just ok. The farmer's cheese was better than the mozz. Making cheese is hard to do right.