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Wednesday, May 29, 2024




Bow Ribbons

Today, 8 p.m.

Lunas Café in Sacramento

Brooklyns Bow Ribbons creates the type of music that is right up my alley: A dark, understated and powerfully raw take on psychedelic and soul. The duo will also give an in-studio performance Friday at 6 p.m. on “Cool as Folk on KDVS 90.3 FM.


Ghostface Killah

Today, 8 p.m., $23

Colonial Theater

Ghostface Killah has an impressive resume: Hes a member of hip-hop ensemble Wu-Tang Clan, he teamed up with underground favorite MF Doom for his album Fishscale in 2006, he was made into a video game character in “Def Jam: Fight for NY and his love for Iron Man landed him a cameo in the film. Sadly, his part was left out in the final cut, but at least hes still got that whole rap thing working out for him.


Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down, Horse Feathers

Today, 8 p.m., $15, 21

The Independent in San Francisco

After touring with the likes of Xiu Xiu and Rilo Kiley, Thao and the gang are headlining their own summer tour. Time is finally on my side I was still a wee one when they came to Sacramento back in April, and with summer session I over and done, theres really no excuse for me not to go. To all you other 21ers who plan to venture out to the city for this show, youre in for a night of charmingly sweet folk-pop.


Franklin For Short, Le Petit Protest, Autumn Sky

Today, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophias Thai Kitchen

With their easygoing indie pop, Beesting Records label mates Franklin For Short and Le Petit Protest have proven themselves worthy of space on my meager 8 gig iPod touch. Fans of early Death Cab for Cutie and other like-minded artists are sure to be pleased.


Wednesday 13, The Stalking Distance, STD

Friday, 8 p.m., $13 in advance, $15 day of show

The Boardwalk in Orangevale

Hump day and ominous numbers, being creeped on, venereal diseases Lady Luck is definitely not on my side.


Flip The Switch, Boats!, The No-Goodniks, The Enlows

Friday, 8 p.m., $5

Javalounge in Sacramento

Punctuation is something that is often overlooked. With their rousing pop punk, I suppose that the exclamation point in Sacramento trio Boats! is well-earned. In fact, all of the acts in this lineup could use a good exclamation point or two. Listen for “IWALY from The Enlows, an updated version of Whitney Houstons classic love anthem “I Will Always Love You.


Barn Owl, Art Lessing & the Flower Vato, Eet

Friday, 9 p.m., $5

Luigis Fun Garden

Hazy, earthy and undeniably creative, San Francisco experimental duo Barn Owl provide their own take on West Coast drone that manages to sound studied and haphazard all at the same time.



Friday, 9 p.m., 21

Fire Escape in Citrus Heights

The Silicon Valley seems like the last place to spawn some good ol traditional Americana. And it would seem that Im right: Taking a fuck-it-all approach to bluegrass with songs like “Burn It Down is San Jose sextet ShitKickers. Come to think of it, I guess the name really should have been the first sign.


The Bad Mitten Orchestre, Buxter Hootn

Friday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophias Thai Kitchen

Admittedly, I was worried at first at the mention of a six-piece girl group. To my tremendous luck, these talented ladies are far from the folksy version of The Pussycat Dolls that I had initially envisioned – but the idea is interesting, no?


In the Flow Festival

Saturday and Sunday, noon, $15 per day

True Love Coffeehouse in Sacramento

Witness the on-the-spot creative process behind improvisational music with this two-day festival. For an improv experts opinion, turn to page __.


Full Blown Chaos, Elysia, Epicurean, Bears Doing Human Things

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $12 in advance

The Boardwalk in Orangevale

According to my research, East Coast hardcore band Full Blown Chaos has more to offer than the “tired tough guy mentality. Thanks for the info, Internet!


House Crackers, Sterling Riot, Doodle, Feedback Inhibition

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $4

Old Firehouse

As the unofficial band of the UC Davis English department, jam sessioners House Crackers is fronted by English professor Joe Wenderoth. On the other end of the spectrum, the kids of grunge band Doodle display a maturity beyond their high school years.


Automatic Rival, Kid Cook, The Nickel Slots

Saturday, 8 p.m., $3-5

The G St. Pub

Holding it down for alt-rock from the 916 is Automatic Rival, whose solid compositions recall alternative music a la Woodstock ’94.


Me First & The Gimmie Gimmies

Saturday, 9 p.m., $15, 21

The Blue Lamp in Sacramento

Normally, a punk rock cover band is nothing to write home about. But a punk rock cover band who offers renditions of songs like “Ghostbusters, “Phantom of the Opera and the ever-classic “I Believe I Can Fly? Now thats special.


Blue Bone Express, John Weinland

Saturday, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophias Thai Kitchen

Get a taste of New Orleans jazz from an unexpected source: Oakland-based band Blue Bone Express brings the brasses, rhythms and spirit of any Mardi Gras parade by the Mississippi River.


The Anchor

Sunday, 4 p.m.

R5 Records in Sacramento

Taking careful notes from other punk outfits like Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music and None More Black, San Francisco/Santa Cruz-based band The Anchor are calling this their “There May Not Be a Next Time Tour.



The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Opens Friday at Regal Davis Stadium 5 on G Street

I liked the first and second, but I didnt even bother with The Scorpion King. Plus, Rachel Weisz isnt even in this one! Watching movies out of pity just isnt my thing.


Swing Vote

Opens Friday at Regal Davis Holiday 6 on F Street.

In the heat of the presidential election, the final decision comes down to one mans vote. Two words: Oh noes.


The Wackness

Opens Friday at Varsity Theatre on Second Street

Boy falls for girl. Girls stepfather is boys psychiatrist. Psychiatrist also happens to be infatuated with girl. An Olsen twin is thrown into the mix. Sounds like your regular coming-of-age story.



Heart-Felt: The Art and Stories of Jan Schubert & Terry Busse

Opens Monday at the Tsao Gallery

In addition to the hand-stitched needle-felt illustrations, artwork by students from the Davis Waldorf School will also be on display.



James Lee Jobe

Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Bistro 33 at 226 F St.

James Lee Jobe writes the kinds of poetry we can all relate to as he shares his insights about family members, incidents of everyday life and finding his voice on the Yolo Bus.


Curtain Call at City Hall Comedy Show

Tuesday, 8:30 p.m., $5

Bistro 33 at 226 F St.

Earning their chuckles tonight are comedians Mickey Joseph (“Americas Funniest People, “The Rat Pack is Back) and Larry “Bubbles Brown.


RACHEL FILIPINAS can be reached at arts@californiaaggie.com.


Editors picks:

Franklin For Short, Le Petit Protest, Autumn Sky

Today, 10 p.m., $3-5, 21

Sophias Thai Kitchen


In the Flow Festival

Saturday and Sunday, noon, $15 per day

True Love Coffeehouse in Sacramento


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