Le SFFF, c’est magnifique!

I’ve been sworn to secrecy…but un peu oiseau whispered a few details in my ear about this year’s Sacramento French Film Festival  — celebrating its tenth anniversary! — and it is shaping up to be quite the event.  It opens on Friday, June 17th and features some fantastic French classics you won’t want to miss.

Whatever plans you might have had for that weekend, or the next, just toss them! The Crest is where you want to be!

Return Of The Ribbonses!

Agent Ribbons

I know I wasn’t the only one to shed a tear when Natalie and Lauren of Agent Ribbons packed up their vintage 1920s suitcases — as well as the Danelecto guitar and drumkit — and moved to Austin, Texas.  But the lovely and incredibly talented ladies are back for not one but two shows in our fair city this month!  They kick things off next Tuesday, May 10th, at Harlow’s at 7:30.  Only 7 bucks for what’s bound to be a fantastic show.  But if you’re not up for going out on a schoolnight, you can catch them Friday, May 20th for the Concerts in the Park series at Cesar Chavez.  If you’ve never seen them play live, you need to.  And if you have, no doubt you’ll want to catch at least one if not both of these shows.  See you there!

The Prodigal Daughters Return

Hi kiddos,

If, like me, you lamented Agent Ribbons’ move to Austin, TX…rejoice!  Deck the halls, in fact.  You’ve got not one but two chances to see them before we ring in the new year.

This Saturday: Luigi’s Fun Garden at 20th and J.  All ages — and Dog Party opens, so it sounds fairly kid-friendly.  Can’t decide if I should tell my daughters and let them get all agog for the rest of the week, or if we should just drag them there as a surprise.

Already have plans for Saturday night?  Well, you’re in luck: the Ribbonses are playing again on Wednesday the 22nd at The Shady Lady, 1409 R Street.  Never been there myself, but I’m looking forward to checking it out…

Oh, and just a reminder: while it’s a shame The Crocker 2.0 is no longer free Sunday mornings (understandable, given what the incredible new wing must have cost) the third Sunday of the month is “pay-what-you-can.”  Since the weather is turning inclement, it’s a great way to spend the day.

Take care!

Sacramento Rawks!

Hey kiddos,

Two very exciting shows coming up in November!

First up, on Friday, November 12th the legendary/infamous Jandek is playing on the UC Davis campus. Just in case you’ve never heard of him: he’s released more CDs than you can shake a stick at since his first — Ready for the House — in 1978, on his own label, Corwood Industries. And for years he flew, um, under the radar let’s just say, due to his atonal tunings, unconventional lyrics, and complete unwillingness to make any sort of public statement or appearance…

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Second Saturday: Hot or Not?

Hi kids,

I was very flattered when I was asked to contribute to The Sac Rag a few months back. My “beat” was supposed to be the Midtown music/arts scene, but my only post of significance so far has been about getting fined for riding the light rail when I was 5 cents short.

[Taken care of, BTW. I can walk the streets without fear of arrest. Well, for that, anyway. There’s still that whole “shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” thing. But I have a good attorney who says the “Twinkie defense” definitely applies in my case. Really. I ate a Twinkie. When I was 12, but since they have no expiration date, it still applies. Really!]

But as someone who has chosen to make Midtown his home for the better part of the decade, I thought I might chime in regarding Second Saturday: what it has meant to Sacramento, and what it’s become.

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Live Free Or Die Trying

I am a wanted man.

I am a fugitive from Sacramento County. Lock your doors and keep your children close. There is a warrant out for my arrest. Clearly, I am a threat to the community.

No, I’m not making this up.

I truly love this city, and have been looking forward to blogging here about all the wonderful things Sacto has to offer. Then $#!+ like this happens, and all I want to do is move back to Paris and live out my days as an itinerant street musician…

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