Issue: March 08, 2012

This year, we’ve got murders, stalking, cops in love and the apocalypse! Yes, welcome to SN&R’s annual Flash Fiction contest, in which our readers send us the most entertaining stories they can tell in 150 words or less. For 2012, we’ve got some repeat offenders-uh, writers-as well as some new talents bringing their best short-short fiction to the table. Enjoy these tales of and remember - short is sweet!

In Frontlines, SN&R’s owner Jeff vonKaenel sits down for a frank discussion with Bishop Jaime Soto on birth control. That’s right: The bishop actually sat down with SN&R to share some sex advice. Also this week: Bites’ Cosmo Garvin dissects the (bad) Sacramento Kings arena deal and Nick Miller reports on Monday’s Occupy the Capitol protests.

In Arts&Culture: There are no doubt many excellent bartenders in Sacramento. But can they, upon request, prepare a drink that’s not on their menu-and prepare it flawlessly and with a little bit a of style? SN&R contributor Becky Grunewald asked a handful of local mixologists to play along in this week’s cocktail challenge. Also: Greg Lucas visits legendary house of hot dogs The Wienery, Anthony Nathan chats with skater Tristen Moss, and Kel Munger says the Sacramento Theatre Company’s Dial “M” for Murder will make you dial “f” for fun.

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