Issue: May 13, 2010


This week, SN&R contributor James Raia steps up to give SN&R readers a bike-race sponsorship backgrounder in advance of this Sunday’s Amgen Tour of California. Next, Seth Sandronsky tells all about four local women who’ve orchestrated an activist, traveling art show about—drum roll, please—budget cuts. In Green Days, Alastair Bland regards salmon and Violet Cooper gives readers one more reason to love Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Finally, SN&R’s bossman Jeff vonKaenel invites everybody—and that means you!—to our upcoming block party.

Feature story

As any Sacramentan who gives a damn about rock music already knows, Far owned the local scene, along with Deftones and Cake, during the early 1990s. The group attracted faithful teenaged fans in numbers unmatched by any Sacto band even two decades since, kids seduced by strident rock riffs and thoughtful, melodic songwriting. Even Sony Music Entertainment fell under Far’s spell, inking the band to a record deal. But then they broke up—and then, 10 years later, they reunited. It was a crazy struggle, but this week they’ve got a new album and a local gig downtown. What the hell happened? Nick Miller reports.


Kindle, iPad, online books, the death of print-the world of reading is in flux. This week, Kel Munger chats with author John Edgar Wideman on the future of the written word. Also this week: Jenn Kistler previews Raley Field’s Brewfest, Greg Lucas chows on Peruvian eats at a waffle house, Jonathan Kiefer has the town in a Panic, Jackson Griffith goes ’70s with local troupe Ozzie, Nick Miller hits up opening night at Concerts in the Park-and deejay school, and Ryan Lindow chats with Macramento filmmaker Colby Elrick.