Monday, August 30, 2010

Today in: WTF is Marcos Breton talking about?

In honor of Cosmo's blog, I'd like to post my own version of the fun game: "What the fuck is Marcos Breton talking about?"

Mayor Kevin Johnson used to dunk on 7-foot NBA stars. Now he's laid low by lumpy union bosses and frumpy City Council members.

Breton weighed in again on the severe problems that shyster er, developer Stan Thomas is having. Once again, he goes soft on the dude, yet stops short of giving him the full blowjob he got in the last column. Remember, the one where he referred to him as "a barrel-chested bull of a man"?

Who could have envisioned that things would go so wrong with this railyard deal? Nostradamus? Madame Blavatsky? Uri Geller? No mere mortal could have figured it out I'm sure. I mean, even Breton, with his superhuman powers of observation (not to mention description) is just now starting to catch on.

There's a huuuggge show tonight at Sol Collective: G. Green, Ganglians, Wavves

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'll miss you guys so much...

This is super painful. I was trying to look through older pictures but it's making me sad, so I don't even want to. Two friends are moving away this weekend.

DP is one of my best, oldest friends. I feel like we were kids when we met. He was wearing some sort of euro scarf and using a rope as a belt and smoking hand-rolled cigarettes and right away I was riveted by this intriguing person. We've lived together in, I think, three different houses, right? One million laughs and some tears later, he is still one of my favorite people in the world. So sweet, so kind, so caring, so silly, so funny, such a good musician, such a good friend, such a good uncle and son and brother.

And then, a few years ago, he met this wonderful lady. Looking through my more recent pictures started bringing back to me all the good times I've had with Caroline. She makes fun shit happen. Whether it's a medieval meat fest or dramatic readings of romance novels or being the best Grace Slick impersonator or getting me excited about camping and canning and cooking and books and science and all the many, many things this renaissance woman has infectious enthusiasm for...I have kind of backed myself into a corner with this sentence but if you know her you know what I mean.

I am so happy for them that they're embarking on this adventure together and I wish them all the best!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

get your gloat on

I am not trying to get my gloat on about this, but has any mayor ever been so inept at managing his own P.R.?

P.S. there's some scandalous shit in the comments. Read it now before the Bee yanks it.

El Topo/Big Money Rustlas connection?

I really wish there had been someone at the El Topo screening besides me who had seen Big Money Rustlas, because there were some really funny similarities. I would not be surprised if ICP has seen El Topo. The biggest similarity was that the female protagonist of both movies was an attractive brunette little person. The second was the cheesy western sets. The third is a stretch, but there were dudes in makeup in both movies.

The screening was fun, with a good turnout. It looked great projected.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Movie screening tonight

OK, last night you will have to hear about this until we schedule the next one: El Topo tonight at The Hub! 730! For real, that's when it starts. OK maybe ten minutes later but don't count on it. Three dollars. Air conditioned kinda. Wear light clothing or bikinis. I was looking for El Topo pictures and I saw that one of my favorite blogs did a whole post on it so look at that.
Speaking of movies, three thumbs up to the ICP movie Big Money Rustlas. It's pretty good. It's kind of like a budget Blazing Saddles.
Sugar Slam makes a cameo towards the end.
Violent J plays the heel, a character named Big Baby Chips.
Shaggy 2 Dope is the good guy and this is his mom.
Shaggy 2 Dope's character is named Sugar Wolf and his signature is this weak wolf call. They should have thought of a better signature move. I think he's a pretty good actor but I am going to deny categorically right now for the record that I ever said that he was cute.
There are videos on the DVD, including this one, which is a really sweet song dedicated to the family. Don't expect any songs in the movie because there aren't really any.

Monday, August 23, 2010

the Bee joins the fray

Now the Bee is piling on for the food cart issue. The comments seem to run pretty much in favor, even with all the normal Bee wackos calling them "yuk trucks", etc. Have we finally reached critical mass with this? I have yet to hear a single restaurateur named who called for the anti-food truck ordinance. The noise complaint thing is vague. I guess it's history and we should just move on now.


OK, you know the drill. Screening of El Topo tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Hub, 7:30, 3 bucks. I hope you will attend! If you didn't come last month, let me assure you that the movies actually look quite nice projected on the wall, the sound is good, and the air conditioner works.

Pictures from the weekend. I found this dog buried in the sand at the South Yuba River. I gave him some scraps and left him there. I think he is a native South Yuba Sand Dog.
so true, so true
I wrote about Asian Cafe in this months MidMo (and was very gratified to see they have it posted in the restaurant!), but I want to reiterate that you should check this place out! This is the chicken larb. It was even better than the last time I had it. It wasn't as salty this time, and the chicken pieces were larger. The meat is so smoky and moist and it is really strongly cilantro-ish. Not for cilantro haters.
AND you can get the papaya salad made with cucumber instead. Or rather you can get a cucumber and cherry tomato salad flavored in the manner in which Lao papaya salad is flavored. Brilliant! They are really friendly! It's cheap. It's healthy. Try it. 2827 Norwood Ave, a short jaunt from the DPH Thrift Town

Friday, August 20, 2010

Step it up dudes

MidMo might have the busted society pages, but OMF made the real society pages!! The most exciting thing in the new SacTown is the picture of OMF with one of my old professors, Chris Daubert! He was my art teacher at Sierry College (I wrote that accidentally but it kind of captures the country vibe of the place) in 1992 or '93 and I totally had a crush on him. I did my final presentation on Riot Grrl. There was a collage that may or may not have contained a cut-out picture of Rollins.
Did you guys know that Rock The Light is playing their possibly last show on Saturday?!?!? With The Pizzas and Dog Party. At Luigis.

Can I have a teeny little rant here? OK, remember how Chef Kelly at Ella put a beautiful bone marrow dish on the menu quite a few months back? He had to really search to find a purveyor who would give him the bones he wanted, and I'm sure he worked hard on the perfect, very dramatic presentation. It is a wonderful dish. It was written up in article after article, including my profile of him in MidMo. The dish became a signature for them and sold like gangbusters. So....Sac being Sac, what did every other chef in town do? Did they think "wow, Chef Kelly took a risk and it paid off, so now I will take a risk and prepare pate/brains/trotters/tongue/urchin/etc."???

NO! Every other chef just put a fucking bone marrow dish on the menu!!! C'mon guys (it is almost all guys) step up your fucking game!! Step it up! I ate at Kupros on the first night it was open, which is too early to really review it (although I will say they have a couple of good brews on draught), but the only "risky" thing they had on the menu was a marrow dish. It would be funny if it didn't make me sad.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

loincloths: in pants:out

FINALLY produce is starting to roll in from the garden! This was yesterday's take. That yellow tomato was the bomb.
Last night Liv, Skipper, and I screened Holy Mountain to get us in the proper state of mind to trip you out on Tuesday, the 24th (at 730) when we screen Jodorowsky's classic psychedelic spaghetti western "El Topo" at the Hub for only 3 dollars!!
Holy Mountain is insane and it is almost more than I can take. These crucified carcasses come onscreen about 4 minutes in.
This is going to be my Halloween costume. Who's with me? The ladies below, not a flayed, crucified carcass.
There are lots and lots of loincloths. I like a man that can pull off a loincloth.

I want my bedroom to look like this, including a man in a loincloth.
Here's Jodorowsky himself as The Alchemist (he can turn shit into gold!-a useful skill). We concluded by the end that this was some kind of hairpiece as he seems to have a normal hairline later.
All in all, this movie is jaw-dropping. It does have a plot, a loose plot, and it's certainly visually interesting, and Don Cherry did the music so it sounds good, too. It is really just too much to take in one sitting, but by the time I was reaching my limit, it was only 10 minutes from the end. I'm psyched to see El Topo now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

thanks Sac Press

Yes! Can we please get some momentum building behind this? I want to help! Steve Cohn's assurance that it is not racial seems willfully naive.

Monday, August 16, 2010

yes I will

According to the poll, most people will come see either movie, although an evenly split few will only come see one or the other. You know what Abe Lincoln said: you can please some of the people some of the time or all of the people all of the time but you can't please some of the people all of the time. So looks like we'll be going with El Topo for our Captain Trips Presents screening at the Hub! August 24th. Yes, I will keep mentioning it constantly.


Saw this in Yuba City. That's a new one. This truck also had a "Ted Nugent for president" sticker

The show at Stingrayz was super fun! Please everyone book shows there. My pictures do not do it justice. Here's the Jefferson Airplane cover band Cheaper Thrills. Grace Slick was killing it.

This guy was wasted and got kind of out of hand.
This guy was chili doggin'-in the bar! Inappropriate! Save that for later, in the tent.
We set up tents by the horseshoe pits.
I didn't get any good pictures of Big Brother! Sucks.
These guys.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mr. Lobo

I don't usually post about MOBS because I assume that most of you are on the mailing list, but just in case, they are having an interesting event this weekend. Don't let this post make your forget to check the post below and fill in the poll and go to the Bananas and Baby show! Here's Lurch's email:

Hi there! Sorry this is a bit last minute, but Cinema Insomnia's Mr. Lobo is about to go on the air, as I type this! He's a featured interview on Capital Public Radio's show, "Insight" today (Friday) between 10 and 11 AM. Listen in at KXJZ 90.9 FM or online at and click on "Listen Live" under "NPR News and Jazz!"

Also, pick up the Sacramento Bee tomorrow (Saturday) to check out the feature article on Mr. Lobo in the Metro section!! And take a look at the nifty Event Spotlight on Saturday's show in this week's News and Review! It's a Lobo media blitz, I tell ya!

And why is that?

Because this weekend at MOBS, it's gonna be all Mr. Lobo! NOTE: Advance tickets for the Cinema Insomnia Live Broadcast Taping will go off-sale tonight, Friday, August 13. Probably around 9 PM. The show is NOT sold-out and tickets will be available at the door.

Saturday, August 14, 2010
Doors open around 6:00 PM
Show starts around 7:00 PM
Admission: $7.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA

Cinema Insomnia Live Broadcast Taping With The Undertaker and His Pals!

On Saturday, August 14, 2010, be a part of history and attend this first ever live broadcast taping of late night horror show, "Cinema Insomnia" with host Mr. Lobo! CI is now syndicated across the country, but ironically, can only be viewed via the internet in Sacramento.

Join Mr. Lobo as he hosts the 1960's mess, "The Undertaker and His Pals" - "a macabre story of two motorcycle-riding, knife-wielding, shiv-shaving, eye-gouging, arm-twisting, chain-lashing, scalpel-flashing, acid-throwing, gun-shooting, bone-breaking, pathological nuts and their pal the Undertaker!" OK, that last bit was actually the tagline for the movie. In reality, it's short on plot, but packed with horrible puns, blood, and some scantily-clad gals just to keep it somewhat interesting. Somewhat.

This event will be filmed. Please review the "Public Notice of Filming and Consent" which will be posted at all entrances on August 14 on our website at

Please also visit for information about ordering advance tickets.

And then...

Sunday, August 15, 2010
7:30 PM
Admission: $5.00
Movies on a Big Screen at The Guild
2828 35th St, Sacramento, CA

Mr. Lobo's Movie Pick: Virginia Creepers

Didn't get enough of Mr. Lobo on August 14? As it turns out, it's a Lobo weekend! We asked Mr. Lobo to choose a movie and present it, and he agreed! Please note, this evening will NOT involve filming of any kind.

And Mr. Lobo picked...

Virginia Creepers! A full length feature documentary chronicling the rich history of Virginia and DC area horror hosts, featuring, well, Mr. Lobo!! And presented by, Mr. Lobo! It's like getting double the Lobo for one money!!

SEE! An array of horrifying ghouls and goblins haunting the Virginia airwaves for over 50 years in rare clips and photos!
HEAR! The bloodcurdling sounds of long lost shows!
THRILL! To see past and present hosts in a macabre tableau (whatever that is . . .) and witness interviews unseen anywhere else!

Hope to see you there!


So the poll is up. Please only answer if you think you will attend.

Bananas/Babies/Croissants at Hub tonight. The Bananas have some AWESOME tshirts for sale for CHEAP and you know they don't make merch that often. They have tie dyes with grimacing banana designs, among other things.

Saturday is the madness/camping at Stingrayz. I guess I should have posted about it before. It boils down to Stingrayz being beyond my powers of description and that our friends are going to play in Big Brother and Jefferson Airplane cover bands. And it's a bar. That you can camp at. On the river.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

K/S zine

Two rad, unrelated pictures. From Yolkie's blog Best Summer Ever (linked at right). This is The Four Eyes kickin' it as hard as they want to.
And this is from a zine I want really bad, but do not want to pay 25 dollars for.


So...I want some feedback on our next Captain Trips Presents at The Hub. To remind you, we're showing the Kult Klassic El Topo August 24th at the Hub at 7:30 for three measly bucks. I have seen Holy Mountain, so I know how amazeballs (ha! I'm just using that word to annoy smiller) it is, but probably some of you have never seen a Jodorowsky film, and to be honest, spaghetti westerns are not my favorite genre at all. In fact, I don't like westerns and like spaghetti westerns only slightly more. Oddly, I watched a lot of the Clint Eastwood spag westerns as a child because my mom loved them. And they are boring.

I guess what I want is to hear from you guys that are interested in coming to our screenings sometimes and whether you are thinking of coming to this one or skipping it. I'm going to put up a poll tomorrow. But first, I'd like to hear from anybody who wants to convince you (and me) that this movie is amazeballs.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cap Stage moving

I'm stoked about this. My favorite theater company is moving right by my house! Although that will eliminate my only occasion to visit Old Sac. That stretch of J street is suffering, so I hope they can I hesitate to say....revitalize it.

if you don't know...

Did you know that the Bananas are playing on Friday? At the Hub. If you don't know, now you know.

Yesterday after my dismissal from jury duty, I practiced some prestidigitation. This (from my garden....finally!)...
became this! Having a consistent supply of tarragon has been the best thing about having a garden so far.
This... (bigger than a baby's arm-see that squirrel nibble on there? little fuckers)
became this!
And these (foraging these in the hot sun kinda sucked)...
became this...
which became this!
yay summer!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

civic duty

Jury duty!

Friday, August 06, 2010

official organ of the American Hound Association

The Verge jumble sale was awesome. Scrimshaw pilsner on tap kind of went straight to my dome. Drunk shopping! My favorite thing that I bought was a magazine for coon hound aficionados called "Full Cry". The one I got is from the 80s but I guess it dates back to the 30s . Remember that book "Where the Red Fern Grows"? As a kid I would SOB every time I read it. So I guess that makes me a coon hound aficionado and now I have found my magazine.

Don't forget that Yellow Fever/San Kazagaskar show at The Hub tonight.

OK, so Liv and Skipper and I have scheduled our next trippy film night. We'll have to think of a catchy name for it. Trip Out With Your Dick Out? No, that's no good. Captain Trips presents? It's going to be at The Hub on August 24th (that's a Tuesday) at 7:00 or 7:30 (we'll decide but whatever time we list it will REALLY start then this time) and now it will only be THREE MEASLY DOLLARS. If you are asking yourself why it isn't free since we just netflix the movie the answer is the cost of the Hub rental.

And what are we tripping your shit out with this time? Why only the grandaddy of them all....El Topo! If you're not familiar there will be info to come on what you can expect and what drugs you should be stockpiling to experience it properly. Fun fact about Jodorowsky? He officiated at the wedding of Marilyn Manson and Dita Von Teese.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

i plotz when is see this pic

This picture doesn't apply to anything I'm posting but isn't it awesome?

Here's a happier post-there's a good show at the Hub Friday night.
Yellow Fever-they wrote the hit song "cats and rats"
San Kazagascar
starts at 830!

And tonight is the preview of the Verge jumble sale. See details below. 15 bucks with food and drink and first crack at the cool stuff and DJ'ed by Soriano!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

spreading the sadness

I am in a melancholy state of mind right now because I just finished listening to "no country for old men" on my ipod (that sounds kind of embarrassing. i swear i don't usually listen to books on tape) and even though I had some real problems with the cornpone wisdom aspect of it, it's really fucking sad. way sadder than the movie, although I think the movie is better than the book overall. I thought I'd spread the sadness by sharing this story from the Bee. It reminds me of that part in the movie "Adaptation" where the screenwriting teacher yells at Nic Cage when he said that nothing dramatic happens in real life.

Q: I saw the question on Troy Adam Ashmus who killed Marcie Davis, but I think her father met a tragic end too. Is that right? - JoAnne, Sacramento

A: Robert "Bob" Davis, whose daughter was found raped and killed in a Sacramento Park in 1984, was shot to death in 1988 in a confrontation with a tow truck driver, The Bee reported.

Davis' life had spun out of control after his daughter, 7-year-old Marcie Davis, was murdered in Santa Anita Park. Troy Adam Ashmus was convicted of the murder and is on California's death row.

Friends and family told The Bee that the murder changed Bob Davis from an outspoken, congenial and enthusiastic man to an inconsolable and angry one.

On the afternoon of May 25, 1988, Davis and another man were beating a man and then attacked a tow-truck driver who came to the man's aid in the parking lot of the Country Club Plaza shopping center on Watt Avenue, police said.

A second tow-truck driver arrived and shot Davis to death after the driver said Davis and the other man moved toward him.

Tim Frawley, the prosecutor who sent Ashmus to death row, remembered Davis as "a volcano smoldering."

"His life went into a tailspin after Ashmus killed his daughter," Frawley said. "He might have been held together kind of loosely to begin with, but at the time prior to his daughter's death he was making a good life for himself and his family."

Frawley said the burly man burned with rage -- enough so that the judge ordered him frisked each time he entered the courtroom to watch the Ashmus trial.

"There was always concern that Bob might blow up and go after Ashmus in the courtroom, " Frawley said.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

crazy footage

Wow, have you guys seen this? It looks a lot older than '91 cuz of the film. Who are these dudes (and ladies)?

Well, actually if you watch till 0:10 on this video you can see who one of the dudes is. Hot stuff!

don't forget

oy I'm so tired. I'm not at liberty to say why but lets just say I can confirm that Joanna Newsom is definitely still dating Andy Samberg. And she covered that Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow duet last night! I love that song.

Don't forget about Personal and the Pizzas tonight!

Monday, August 02, 2010

ICP kidz

Violent J's kid (Violent JJ) has his own video! It's catchy.

nature's bowl

Look, Mochi is drinking out of nature's bowl.
What a bathing beauty!
Personal and the Pizzas are playing at The Hub tomorrow night! With Slippery Slopes and G. Green, who I heard have been on fire lately. At the Hub, starts at 8:30.

On Thursday the big event is the Verge jumble sale preview. I've heard they have some killer stuff.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming JUMBLE SALE Preview Party supporting Verge Center for the Arts!
Come to VCA on Thursday, August 5th from 7 to 10pm for the JUMBLE SALE Preview Party. Not only do you get a chance mingle with your favorite artists and check out the goods before anyone else, but you get free food and a drink with the purchase of your $15 dollar ticket. Buying a ticket to the Preview Party is a great way to support VCA, especially if you won't be donating any items to sell. Tickets for the Preview Party will be on sale at the door.

We are also accepting donations to the JUMBLE SALE from now until August 1st each Thursday from 1-5pm or contact Liv at to arrange a drop off at another time. Verge Center for the Arts is located at 625 S Street.