Incredibly strange Sacramento
All of this makes you wonder if there wasn’t something a little strange in the Roseville water system. And, as Becca Costello’s cover story (“23 Degree tilt”) suggests, that same plume of surrealism appears to have found its way into the systems of the local avant auteurs in the 23 Degrees film collective. They may not be working with Hannah and Woods anytime soon, but the urge for artistic expression unmitigated by commercial or even rational concerns suggests a kindred spirit.
Events like 23 Degrees’ equinox screenings and the Sacramento Noise Fest remind us that Sacramento can be a fertile ground for outsider sounds and visions. Hopefully, that will continue to be the case in spite of recent setbacks like the loss of Joe’s Style Shop and the opening-night police closure of Exploding Opera’s Faust at the Gallery Horse Cow. It’s good to remember that the experimentation and diversity operating on the perimeter of our community today can have a profoundly positive impact on Sacramento’s cultural development in the years to come.